By Umar Muhammad Puma
The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has described as devastating and shocking the news of the death of their colleague Rt. Hon Michael Adeyemo of Oyo State.
Adeyemo who passed away in the early hours of Friday 27th April, after a brief illness, was until his death the Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, and had meritoriously served the Conference as the South West Vice Chairman and the Chairman Technical Committee on the 1999 constitution amendments.
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by the Conference Chairman Samaila Kamba said the State Speakers and indeed the country have lost an eminent political leader.
Kamba who is also the Speaker of Kebbi State House of Assembly, also said “we lost a rare leader who earned the love and admiration of the people for his straightforwardness, excellent sense of public service, simplicity and honesty.
Kamba who could not control his emotions on getting this sad news, described the late Speaker as a personal friend, true brother and dependable ally.
“The death of Adeyemo is a great loss to all of us. I’m short of words to describe how devastated and heart broking. We lost a true friend, brother and confidant, with whom I had excellent relationship and association.
“We have indeed lost a distinguished parliamentarian, easy going and courageous person who had worked tirelessly both in and outside the state to defend the interest of his constituents.
“He is a worthy ambassador and a distinguished gentleman. But we’ll take solace in the fact that his humanitarian services and other accomplishments will continue to be a source of inspiration to us all.
“Our deep condolences and sympathies go to the bereaved families, the management and members of Oyo State House of Assembly and the government and people of Oyo State. We pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the family members the fortitude to bear the great loss.”