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April 16, 2024
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Akeredolu: Historic lessons of an Unusual Governor, by Surv. Niran Akinniyi

AN ELEGY FOR AKEREDOLU:
HISTORIC LESSONS OF AN UNUSUAL GOVERNOR

Arakunrin
Our Very Dear Governor
In life, you were a titan
In death, you became a colossus
You displayed uncommon courage
You dared the President
In defence of the People
And you earned national respect
In a manner never seen before

You trusted too freely
Apparently with good intentions
Advertently or inadvertently
Giving opportunists a field day
Abuse and exploitation unlimited
Alas! they acted only in default
Arrested the progress of our land
Leaving the people you love
Helplessly pauperized and traumatized

Our beloved Aketi
Your face, white-bearded, was charming
Your forthrightness was remarkable
Your voice resonated far and wide
Your strides while active were giant
You displayed rare humility
And stole the hearts of millions
With your infectious mien
Your electrifying conviviality,
Your exceptional “apolitical” frankness
Never witnessed in this land before

Your Death, a rude irony
The irony of all ironies
One death in “peculiar” circumstances
Most undeserving of icons
Devoid of your characteristic candour, Courage, charisma and culturalism
Bereft of the love you radiated in life
Emptied of your social hypes
Power, money and fame demystified
Existential Lesson for those still living

For your beloved people of Ondo State
Your Orlandon Owoh’s lyrics is apt
“Afefe to fe to k’aso ni yara
Eni wo tie s’orun ko ma s’afara
Araba tunra mu, odo ngbarere lo”
Now, it is good night, the final one
From everyone, friends and foes alike
Adieu! Our Amiable Governor!

May Your soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace!

My own name is Surv. NIRAN AKINNIYI

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