Family: Autopsy Report on Adeleke’s Death to Take Two Weeks
Senators eulogise late colleague at valedictory session
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The immediate younger brother of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Dr. Deji Adeleke, wednesday said the cause of the death of his brother is yet to be medically determined.
Speaking at a press conference by the family of the deceased, Dr. Adeleke pointed out that it would take one to two weeks before the result of the postmortem would be known to determine the actual cause of his death.
He remarked that the postmortem to determine the cause of his brother’s death was what caused the delay in his burial last
Sunday because as a Muslim, he ought to have been buried that day.
Speaking further, Dr. Adeleke pointed out that his late brother was a peaceful man, therefore, he urged the youths in the community, as well as politicians, not to be violent by disrupting the peace on account of his death.
He noted also that his brother never encouraged thuggery, violence and problems during his lifetime and therefore,he should be given honour in death.
He however emphasised that the moment details analysis of his autopsy is out, it would be made known to the whole world.
According to him, “Our brother was a Muslim as you all know but we had to delay his burial till the following day, Monday, so as to conduct a postmortem test and the doctors said it would take one to two weeks before the result would be out contrary to what is being speculated the social media and some local newspapers.”
“However, his death is painful to us as a family. Right now, we are still dreaming whether he is alive or not because our brother was not sick before his sudden death.”
According to Adeleke, “we have cried and cried; we cannot query God. However, we want to mourn our late brother in peace and not in violence and disunity.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the people out there to stop carrying speculations in order not cause mayhem.”
He noted that nobody can determine the causes of the death of his brother until the autopsy result is out.
He also pointed out that late Adeleke was a hero in the house as well as his community, adding that the pains of his death will take a very long time before it can be healed in their hearts.
He, however, appreciated President Muhammad Buhari, Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Governor Isiaka Ajumobi, Governor Ayodele Fayose, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Niyi Adebayi, traditional rulers, religious leaders and entire people of the country for sympathising with them.
Meanwhile, senators yesterday held a formal valedictory session for the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke (Osun West), where they paid glowing tributes to the former Governor of Osun State.
This is as the Senate set up a high-powered delegation to be led by Senator Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara North) to commiserate with the Adeleke’s family, and the government and people of Osun State.
Adeleke, 63, died last Sunday in circumstances that have generated controversy. Until his death, he was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Markets.
The late lawmaker’s seat in the Senate chamber was adorned with Nigerian flag, on which flowers were placed, while most of the lawmakers were clad in dark or white clothes to reflect the sombre mood caused by his demise.
Leading the lineup of lawmakers who paid tribute to the deceased lawmaker, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West), described Adeleke as a detribalised Nigerian who pursued peace.
Ekweremadu recalled that Adeleke, in contributing to a motion on the recent clash in Ile-Ife, disagreed that the clash was an ethnic one, rather, a disagreement between two people.
Adeleke, Ekweremadu added, had also argued that most of the Hausa people in Ile-Ife considered themselves to be from the communities there since most of them were children of migrants to the area.
“That was vintage Adeleke,” Ekweremadu said.
Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North West), said Adeleke was very nationalistic in his approach to all issues.
The Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye (Osun Central), recalled that he met Adeleke while they both lived in the United States. He added that Adeleke won the governorship polls in the third republic when no one gave him a chance.
“I don’t think Osun State has ever had a more populist governor. Anytime he went to Ede, he had a throng of people around him, he had an almost cult like following particularly in Ede,” Adeyeye said.
Senator Enyinaya Abaribe (Abia South), who hails from the same senatorial district with the late Adeleke’s mother, said the late senator was an example of the possibility of peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliations.
“I met him in the sixth Senate, but I have known him through his younger brother who is an Adventist like me. We met at the wedding of his younger brother. I was surprised that he was a Muslim while his younger brother was a Christian. Their mother is from my senatorial district, from Akwete where my mother comes from, so he used to call me, ‘brother’,” he said.
He added that the late Adeleke and his younger brothers had even gone to Akwete to build a church for their mother, who was a prophetess of the Cherubim and Seraphim movement.
“This is a lesson for Nigeria that we can find amity in one another. A multi-religious family, but they did not kill each other,” Abaribe added.
Several lawmakers spoke, recounting their personal experiences with the late senator, and paying tributes to him.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said when he visited Ede last Monday for the burial that it was obvious that Adeleke was loved by his people.
He announced the composition of the high powered delegation to include Senator Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa North), Senator Barnabas Gemade (Benue North East), Senator Abaribe (Abia South), Senator Foster Ogola (Bayelsa West) and Senator Odia Clifford (Edo Central)
Culled from ThisDay