By Benjamin Omoike
A high-powered delegation from the Lagos State Government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, paid a condolence visit to number 12 Jimi Bewon Street in Ogudu GRA – residence of the late lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Adebayo Oshinowo, on Friday.
The state’s chief executive led members of the State’s Executive Council to commiserate with the widow and family of the late lawmaker, who died last Monday at the age of 64.
The governor’s delegation was received by members of the House of Assembly and their colleagues representing Kosofe constituencies in the House of Representatives.
Sanwo-Olu described the late Sen. Oshinowo, fondly called ‘Pepperito’ by his admirers, as “a patriotic and passionate nation builder”, noting that the deceased dedicated his adult life and energy to the service of Lagos and the nation, at large.
While condoling his widow, Alhaja Mariam Oshinowo, the governor painted a glowing memory of his personal meetings with Sen. Oshinowo, recalling that the deceased usually had abundance of advice to offer on good governance and how party unity could be entrenched.
Sanwo-Olu described Oshinowo’s death as a “colossal loss” to Lagos and Nigeria; he urged his family members and political associates to take the circumstances surrounding his death as a will of God.
He said: “I am personally at a loss over the death of Senator Adebayo Oshinowo. I am yet to recover from the shock because of the good relationship I had with him, even before I became the Governor. His passing is also a huge loss to our nation and Lagos State in particular, because of his years of service.
“I pray God comforts the widow and his family members who have personally been facing a painful reality of his absence. In this period of mourning, my thoughts and prayers are with Alhaja, children and members of his extended family. I urge them to take his death as the will of Almighty Allah.
“No doubt that Senator Oshinowo’s personality was larger than life. His death has left a void, not only in leadership, but also in the hearts of all of us, who are his associates. He was a detribalised Nigerian and a true Lagosian”
He urged the deceased family members to take solace in the fact that the late lawmaker gave his all in the service of God and humanity.
The governor also conveyed the condolence message of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the deceased family.
Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, urged the deceased’s widow and children to keep their faith in Allah, noting that the lawmaker was a “good man” whose large-heart was felt beyond politics.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, led prayers for the deceased.
The late Oshinowo’s son, Dr. Tunde, appreciated the governor and members of the state’s cabinet for the visit, saying the death left the family in shock.
He said: “On behalf of my mother and the rest of the family members, I express our gratitude to Governor Sanwo-Olu and all members of his entourage for this visit to share in our grief. Spiritually, my dad had prepared us for this moment but we never prepared physically. This is a pain and burden the family would carry on for the rest of our lives. We have accepted Allah’s wish over the death of our father.”