Adebayo Adenrele

Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State on friday led other dignitaries like the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Ondo State Deputy Governor, Lucky Ayegbatiwa, to grace the burial of the late Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Funminiyi Afuye in Ikere-Ekiti.

The remains of the late Speaker proceeded in a motorcade from Ado-Ekiti, the state capital to Ikere Ekiti on Thursday after a special valedictory plenary session and lying in state ceremony at the State House of Assembly Complex.

L-R: Deputy Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Hakeem Jamiu; Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Monisade Afuye; First Lady, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji; and Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji; during the burial service for the late Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon Funminiyi Afuye; at St. Peters’ Anglican Church, Ikere- Ekiti… on Friday.

Oyebanji, in an interview with newsmen shortly after the funeral service held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ikere Ekiti, described the late Speaker as a loyal and decent man who gave his life to humanity.

He added that the late Rt. Hon Afuye was a consummate lawyer and principled politician who worked tirelessly for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria and ensure cordial working relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government in Ekiti.

In his words, “Hon. Afuye was a consummate lawyer and highly principled politician. He was a very loyal and decent man. He worked tirelessly for the attainment of democracy in this country. We shall miss him, but we thanked God for his life.”

In his sermon, the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ekiti State, Rt. Rev’d Olusola Ajayi, stressed the need for everyone to live an impactful life in view of the inevitability of death,  imploring the congregation to always take a cue form the lives of people who lived exemplary lives.

The Clergy enjoined  everyone to live in the fear of God and serve in the purpose of God for their lives.

Rev’d Ajayi urged the children of the late Speaker to emulate their father’s selfless service to the community, state and the country.

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi (right) with the wife of the deceased, Mrs Titilayo Afuye (left) and children

The deceased’s eldest son, Mr Oluseye Afuye, thanked God for the impact his late father made in his community and in the lives of the people of the state. He also expressed the appreciation of the family to the state government, Governor Oyebanji, and former Governor Fayemi for their love and support for the late speaker.

Other dignitaries at the event include the state deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye; Ekiti State first Lady, Dr olayemi Oyebanjii; former first lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, former deputy Governors – Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Prof Modupe Adelabu; and Surveyor Abiodun Aluko; Senators Bamidele Opeyemi, Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Hon Femi Bamisile and Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Hakeem Jamiu.

Also, several members of the State Executive Council, members of the Assembly and several prominent politicians, speakers of state assemblies and heads of institutions attended the burial ceremony.

NEWSTODAYNG recalled that the late Rt. Hon Afuye took over as Speaker of the State Assembly on June 6, 2019, and died on October 19, 2022 at the age of 66.