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TRIBUTE: Blessed Memory Of A Patriot's Courage Under Fire

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Blessed Memory Of A Patriot's Courage Under Fire, Tribute To Sir Friday aderemi

Blessed Memory Of A Patriot's Courage Under Fire, Tribute To Sir Friday aderemi

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  • 1. BLESSED MEMORY OF A PATRIOT’S COURAGE UNDER FIRE Tribute by His Excellency Dr. Kayode FAYEMI Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria In honour of Sir Friday Aderemi Former Acting Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria Friday, February 14, 2014 It is always difficult coming to terms with the passage of a loved one, more so a patriot of the stock of our dear departed Sir Friday Aderemi, the former Acting Governor of the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria. Sir Aderemi belonged to the early generations of Ekiti political elite who devoted their days to the pursuit of Ekiti interest. Though they were also concerned about wider national developmental issues, his generation was more fanatical about matters that concerned Ekiti. They bequeathed to succeeding generations the tradition they equally inherited from their forebears – our signature propensity to work together as one in the pursuit of a common cause, regardless of our differing backgrounds, as long as it is pursuant of Ekiti’s peace and progress. He rose to prominence in the history of our dear state as providence thrust on him the onerous role as one of those who frontally led the resistance against the draconian leadership of the then Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose. Though he was at the time a member of the People’s Democratic Party, his progressive inclinations as a true son of Ekiti propelled him to work with other progressive elements to cause the impeachment of Mr. Ayo Fayose. The historic feat was not to be achieved by the lily livered as the forces we then contended with were indeed oppressive and determined. It remains one of the darkest points in our history as a state, which required character of the texture and substance displayed by late Sir Aderemi and other co-missioners – he deservedly earned my respect as an Ekiti patriot on account of such demonstration of Courage under Fire. Page 1 of 2
  • 2. As one of those privileged by God to play a modest role in that phase of the Ekiti struggle, yours truly was of the number that escorted late Sir Aderemi along with Senator Babafemi Ojudu and other E11 comrades to the Governor’s office to witness him occupy the seat as Acting Governor as fate so occasioned; albeit for a brief period before the subsequent declaration of the ‘State of Emergency’ by the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. It was on this momentous day that for the very first time I entered into the present Governor’s office which by God’s grace I now occupy. It should be noted, and as the holy scriptures affirm, that no man takes this honour unto himself unless he is called of God. “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God”, Romans chapter 13 verse 1. Nobody can attain a position of power, even for a day, unless our God so sanctions. This is particularly instructive to some of our politicians who are willing to do anything and go to any extent to get to power – Power is from our God Almighty. Late Sir Aderemi was anointed by God to play a crucial role in our history, and he gave a good account of himself writing his name in gold. Accordingly, as the holy scriptures further instruct pertaining our earthly leaders in Romans chapter 13 verse 6, “for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers…”, I join family, friends and all lovers of goodwill to pay tribute to one of our finest examples of the display of Courage Under Fire in the person of our beloved former Acting Governor, Sir Friday Aderemi. I would forever cherish the memories of the refreshing times spent with the dear departed during my visits to his house behind Mobil filling station in Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti. However, while I mourn the painful exit of this great son of Ekiti, I am comforted by the fact that he fully aligned with the progressives by joining our great party before his demise, and worked closely with me as Chairman, Ekiti State Education Trust Fund, pursuant of our administration’s Education and Human Capital Development agenda. In the words of Antonio Porchia, the late Italian Poet, “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory”. Late Sir Friday Aderemi’s life and times have been immortalised in the collective memory of all sons and daughters of Ekiti – may this memory remain blessed and may his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. Dr. Kayode Fayemi Governor Page 2 of 2