On Friday, 22nd February 2019, family, friends and associates joined people from all walks of life to give prayers and tributes to the exemplary life of the former Jaguna of Gbagura and Secretary of the Agura Regency Council, Engineer Chief Abiodun Adenekan who passed on Friday, 15th February 2019.At the eighth day Fird
au prayer in his honour, the Chief Imam of Agura Egba Alhaji Prof Kamaldeen Balogun offered prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased and recalled his outstanding role during the Ramadan. He shared his sterling values as a devout Moslem and his commitment to the Gbagura town since the traditional ruler joined the ancestors.
In his lecture, Al-Imam Olajide Ahmad drew from the late Adenekan’s lifestyle and character and espoused two of his major attributes which his giving without regrets and resigning to the will of God in all circumstances. Ahmad also gave him credits for assisting him and many others to get jobs and rise to prominence in their careers as true sons and daughters of Gbagura.
While he acknowledged the passing of Pa Adenekan at the age of 80, his death is a big loss to the land of Owu, Egbaland and Owu in general.
The traditional chiefs- Chief Ishola Akinsiku, the Akogun of Owu and Oloye Morufu Oladimeji Ajani Egbeyemi, the Ashipa of Owu Kingdom representing the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, also from Gbagura were Chief Alhaji Alani Tayo, the Asiwaju of Gbagura Land, Chief Kamilu Balogun, the Mayegun of Gbagura land, gave glowing tributes to the late astute politician and statesman.
Representative of Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the prayer, Honourable Ojodu extolled the life and times of Chief Adenekan and was proud to say the deceased was his mentor and role model.
In his tribute, Chief Joju Fadairo, the Fiwagbayi of Egbaland and a bosom friend of the deceased from childhood said the late Chief Adenekan would be remembered for his truth and honesty.
He recalled that he was a great influence in his bid to become a titled chief in Egbaland. Tributes were also given by Chief Mrs Tejumade Adenekan-Bakry popularly known as T-Black as well the deceased’s children, including Toyin Adenekan and Adebisi Adenekan who shared moments with their late father with emotions.
In his own tribute, High Chief Shehu Oladunjoye, the Olu of Ikerekodan urged children of the deceased to emulate their father’s legacy of embracing people irrespective of tribe, religion or status with love.
One of the children, Ademola Adenekan based in Maryland, USA expressed his profound gratitude to all who took time to attend the eighth-day prayer and wished them journey mercies.
Pa Adenekan who celebrated his 80th birthday last December had been active in the growth and development of Gbagura for the past four decades.
In his message to the octogenarian on his 80th birthday, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun described Engineer Abiodun Adenekan as a reliable leader whose contributions to peace and well -being of Gbagura and Egbaland could never be ignored.
Engr Chief A. Adenekan was a registered and chartered Engineer of over 40 years experience. A politician of repute with an untainted record of service in Ogun State in various capacities.
Adenekan was the past Chairman, Abeokuta South, now Abeokuta North Local Government, Akomoje, 1982.
In 1983, he was appointed Special Adviser on Rural Development and later Chairman, Niger Biscuits Nigeria Ltd, a division of Oodua Group of Companies, Apapa, Lagos.
Between 1991-1994, Adenekan was also appointed Director- General and later Permanent Secretary 1991 – 1994 in Ogun State’s Ministries before his appointment as Chairman, Hospital Management Board between 2000 – 2004. Until his passage, he was the Leader of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta North Local Government Area. Guests were later served delicious meals in take away packs
May his soul rest in peace.