By Sola Ogundipe
The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has described the late first Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, as a pragmatic lover and genuine embodiment of sound education towards self-reliability and liberation.
In a condolence message to the Osun State government and All Progressives Congress, APC, Adewole, who served as a governing council member in Adeleke University where the deceased was a Chancellor, said Nigeria will not forget the countless sacrifices to solidify national unity as a federating unit.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a friend, brother, statesman and a seasoned politician. His loss is likened to a swift wind that faints away gradually but I take solace in knowing that he played his active role in shaping the political landscape of our dear state and Nigeria as a progressive agent of positive change through his qualitative representation, selfless service to mankind, unequalled philanthropic gestures and religious leadership disposition as a revered community leader.”
“His leadership qualities as a former Pro Chancellor of University of Calabar was a testament to his brave commitment and devotion to education. Though departed yet he will remain alive in our hearts and minds forever as a great man who displayed uncommon affection to the plight of humanity.
“In this difficult time of mourning, I equally extend my heartfelt sympathy to the government, people and APC family of the state of Osun on this repressive and unfortunate loss of one of our strong pillars of grassroots mobilization
“My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the immediate and extended family members, the Timi of Ede in Council, The 8th Senate, state executives & members of Osun APC and loving people of Ede community.”