Vice President,Yemi Osibajo, has described Pa Ayo Adebanjo, as a true nationalist and Icon that is committed to national unity. Osibajo spoke yesterday at St. Philips Anglican Parish Church, Isanya Ogbo- Ijebu, Ogun state, during the thanksgiving service held in commemoration of the 90th birthday celebration of the Afenifere chieftain.
“All his life, Pa Adebanjo, has shown the value of consistency, he has refused to give up on the ideals of true federalism. An ideal he truly believes in”,the vice president said. Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun,in his remarks,said the life of the nonagenarian is a testimony of the abundant grace of God. ” Pa Adebanjo’ s life captures the essence of service to humanity. He is a true believer in an egalitarian society, where there is social equality”, the governor stated..
Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, also described the Afenifere leader as a product of strong, progressive leaning.Speaking to journalists at the event, Adams, said Pa Adebanjo’s voice remains the only voice that keep echoing from time to time.
“I am here to celebrate the life of one of our fathers in Yoruba land. Baba’s life cut a picture of a true disciple of the late sage,the late chief Obafemi Awolowo. As an Awoist, Pa Adebanjo has been a strong advocate of restructuring and true federalism. At 90, he is still a bastion of hope to young Nigerians,who believe in his ideology of true federalism.
The Afenifere chieftains have in the 60s had his own fair share of the political tribulations, serving various jail terms in Accra, Ghana, and Kirikiri, Nigeria, particularly, under the maximum ruler, the late Sanni Abacha, during the NADECO days.” Therefore, as Baba celebrates another milestone, I wish him many more years with good health in the service of humanity.”, he said.
Other guest present at the event were; former governors, Gbenga Daniel,Olusegun. Mimiko, Afenifere chieftains, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Olu Falae, Oba Adadapo Tejuosho,Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, Chief Emeka Anyaokwu,and others.