Following the death of the mother of Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Wednesday, stormed Osogbo on a condolence visit to the bereaved- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
This was even as the traditional rulers in the state were also in attendance to express their condolences to Governor Aregbesola and the entire family of the deceased.
Among others who condoled with Aregbesola are Senator Musilu Obanikoro, the Southwest Zonal Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Pius Akinyelure.
Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola died on Tuesday at age 84 years at her residence in Ilesa, Osun state and she was buried on the same day.
In their separate remarks, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described the deceased as an enigmatic woman whose entire life was dedicated to the service God and humanity.
He described Late Saratu Aregbesola as a woman who dedicated her life for the education of her children and their well being.
Tinubu added, “I know late Saratu Aregbesola just as I know her son- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Mama was a virtuous woman par excellence. She was a woman indeed whose character could not be faulted for any reason because she dedicated her entire life to service to God and humanity.
“She was a good mother not only to her children but to all. She took care of us very well. She loved us just as she loved her children.
“Nobody has the control of his or her life except God. He gives and takes, so for the death of Mama Aregbesola, we thank God….
“Though her death is painful but there cannot be a better time for her exit than now because one cannot write a biography of a great woman than the success which God had made Mama to accomplish during her life time.
“We give solace in the fact that Mama lived a good life and left a great legacy worthy of emulation. She left a good legacy by giving her children best things of life, as being manifest in the life of Governor Aregbesola.
“So, there is nothing certain as death and for this reason, we pray God t give her eternal rest and give Aregbesola and other members of the family the fortitude and courage to bear the irreparable loss.
Corroborating similar gestures, the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Adebisi Akande and former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, described late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a woman that can never be forgotten in the history of humanity.
They described the death of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a colossa loss to her children, family and the entire people of Osun as her legacies made most especially to oversee the victory of Governor Aregbesola will be forever be remembered in the book of histroy.
The duo while consoling Aregbesola to take solace in God for ensuring a gracious exit for Mama, thanked God for making the Governor to live behind his mother.
To Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and an APC chieftain from Borno, Hon. Kazim Imam, described late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as “a rare gem of humanity.”
According to Obanikoro, “I express my lofty sympathy for the loss of Mama. There is no doubt that Mama has gone to Paradize because her life was dedicated to service God and humanity. She built good legacy and this was reflected in the quality of her children, family and those who her life impacted in one way or the other.
Also, three of the traditional rulers in the state, the Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba AdulRauf Adedeji, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola, described late Saratu as a woman of virtues.
In his response, Governor Rauf Aregbesola described her mother as an extra-ordinary woman who had no means of qualification in motherhood.
He said his mother lived all her life to ensure that her children receive best training a good woman can ever give to children in all ramifications.
While giving thanks to God for giving him a virtuous woman as mother, Aregbesola said his mother’s love for children can never be undermined as her entire life was passionately lived to service God, for her children and the entire humanity.
Governor Aregbesola expressed profound gratitude to those who participated in the burial ceremony of his mother most especially the Islamic clerics.
“The death of my mother caught me unexpected because I had no premonition that such a thing would happen otherwise I may not be where I was when the news of her death was broken.
“But in all, I give thanks to God that my mother lived a worthy life that anyone could pray for. She was a mother indeed. She loved us and she always stand by us in all situations.
“She was a committed, dedicated and virtuous woman whose dedicated her life to ensure our collective greatness”, Aregbesola added.