Flow of Tributes at Wake for Chief Areoye Oyebola

It is often said that sweet is the memory of the righteous while the good that men do live after them.

These maxims came to the fore at Late Chief Areoye Oyebola’s house, Dikat, Ringroad Ibadan as renowned traditional rulers in Ibadan, legal practitioners, religious leaders, families and friends converged to hold funeral wake for the late veteran journalist.

In their separate tributes, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Niyi Akintola, former Director, New Media, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Pastor Dare Olorunfemi and representatives of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, described Late Areoye Oyebola as a genius, diligent, lovers of peace, people and national development.

Other members of alumni association and institutions to whom Chief Areoye Oyebola belonged emphasized the need for Nigerians to emulate sincere commitment to the nation as well as uphold truth as demonstrated by the late editor of the defunct Nigerian Daily Times and president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

In his sermon, a clergy at Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, Yemetu who is also former secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Oyo State Chapter, Canon Dr Segun Babatunde implored the congregation to be mindful of their actions as they would give account of their deeds on the day of reckoning.

Speaking on behalf of the children, a daughter of Late Areoye Oyebola, Mrs Abimbola Oyebola said her father was a loving man who valued education and discipline.

Late Oyebola was a Commissioner for Home Affairs and Iinformation of old Western Region, Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Information, and founder of Ibadan Action Council.

He was also the Ekerin Balogun Bobajiroro of Ibadanland and Awise of Ayeteland.

The former president of League of Veteran Journalists, Oyo State Council died at the age of 84.

Rotimi Famakin

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