By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye
The body of the late former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi would be interred on Sunday, Bolaji Tunji, his spokesperson revealed on Friday.
The burial was initially planned to hold on Friday but Tunji said the ceremony had to be postponed after consultations with the governments of Lagos and Oyo.
He added that the Sunday’s burial of the late former governor would be held in line with the existing protocol issued by the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He however assured that larger funeral gathering will be announced later, where his well wishers would have the opportunity to pay him their respect
The former governor, died on Thursday in Lagos as a result of COVID-19 complications.
“In close consultation with the governments of Lagos and Oyo States, the date for the burial ceremony has been announced. Barring any changes, his body will be interred at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque at Oke Ado, Ibadan at 12noon on Sunday, the 28th of June, 2020, after the traditional Muslim prayers,” the statement read.
“To ensure that strict COVID-19 protocols are adhered to and in light of the current circumstances of our national health challenges, the family appeals to the public to observe strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in their participation.
“Furthermore, details of the live media coverage of the funeral ceremony will be made public by tomorrow.
“In the near future, details of a larger funeral gathering will be announced where a lot more of his well wishers will have the opportunity to pay him their respect.”
Ajimobi governed Oyo state between 2011 and 2019. His stint as the governor had been acknowledged to have brought lots of infrastructural development to the state.
He represented Oyo South Senatorial district in the red chamber between 2003 and 2007. Until his death, he held the position of the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, Ajimobi.