Fayemi, Niyi Adebayo and Odubu
Ekiti State Governor - Dr Kayode Fayemi; his wife - Erelu Bisi Fayemi; former Governor of Ekiti State - Otunba Niyi Adebayo; and Edo State Deputy Governor - Dr. Pius Odubu, during the Outing Service in honour of Mrs. Funmi Olayinka.
Activities lined up for the funeral of the late Deputy Governor of Ekiti State - Mrs Funmi Olayinka were rounded off today with a Thanksgiving Outing service in Ado Ekiti - the State capital.
The retired Bishop of the Ekiti Anglican Diocese - Most Revd Adedayo Abe in his sermon, urged the State Governor - Dr Kayode Fayemi not to be depressed by the loss of his Deputy.
Abe said though the Governor had repeatedly referred to the late Deputy Governor as a co-pilot, Fayemi should hold onto Jesus whom he called the chief pilot who cannot allow the aircraft of the State to crash-land.
Describing the late Olayinka as a devout Christian, the Bishop said she was also a philanthropist and one who puts the people first in all she did.
Speaking with journalists after the outing service, Governor Fayemi expressed gratitude to Ekiti people and Nigerians for standing by the State during the dark period of Olayinka’s departure; saying the outpouring of love during the period was outstanding and a statement of how good the late Deputy Governor was to people during her lifetime.
Fayemi said the State Government will make good its promises in the interest of the people and to strengthen the legacies that Olayinka left behind; adding that Government will not stop remembering her and will this week disclose what it would do in her memory as well as in the interest of the people so that the ailment that claimed her life will not find its way into the State anymore.
The service was attended by the Deputy Governor of Edo State - Dr. Pius Odubu; former Governor of Ekiti State - Otunba Niyi Adebayo; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly - Dr Adewale Omirin; Wife of the Governor - Erelu Bisi Fayemi; and traditional rulers led by the Chairman of the State Council of Obas - Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, the Owa Ooye of Okemesi.