Tears and anguish from family members, colleagues and associates rented the air as the South West and Oyo State Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, popularly known as Fele, was on Wednesday morning buried at his Elebu house, Ibadan.
His remains, led by the Osun State Chairman of the union, Mr. Folorunso Olalekan, a.k.a Lekan Salam, was conveyed to his palatial home in Ibadan at exactly 9:19am, in a white Toyota Hiace ambulance with registration number Abuja RAHIS 8. The ambulance was escorted to the house in snail moving convoy from the Ire-Aakari junction to his house with many members of the union betraying their emotions.
The ambulance arrived Osun State yesterday, into the waiting hands of members of the union and family members who were at hand to receive his remains. The body was immediately handed over for the Islamic Janazah while it was returned for special prayer at about 10:07 led by Sheikh AbdulRosheed Babalamunigun in company of other Islamic clerics.
Thereafter, his remains wrapped in a light lemon mat was taken under one of his garages for internment at about 10:12am.
This exercise drew uncontrollable weeping, panegyrics and shouts of Allahu Akbar, allahu Akbar as his remains were carried to the grave side for internment. Another emotional moment featured when his wife, Alhaja Kemi and the children were led to perform the dust-to-dust as they wept uncontrollably.
His eldest son, Alhaji Afeez Oyerinde, in an emotion-laden voice thanked the people for their love and support for his late father while alive and even after his death, appealling to them to forget about any misgivings about the cause of his father’s death.
Dignitaries at the occasion were the Special Adviser to Oyo State governor on security, Mr. Segun Bolarinwa who represented the state government; Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Abiodun Odude, some members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Nollywood actors and musicians.
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