In a statement by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, the governor was quoted saying: the matriarch of the dynasty of the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, deserves a burial befitting of heroines.
The statement further read: “As a mark of respect, the governor has ordered a temporary closure of the popular Agbeni market, on Monday, due to its contiguous location to the Methodist Church, Agbeni, where a commendation service would be held for the deceased by 9am.”
The statement said that the closure became necessary to prevent avoidable gridlock and the attendant pains it could cause traders and commuters plying the area.
The governor appealed to the general public to join hands with the state government to fully partake in the burial rites from 7am on Monday when the corpse arrives in Ibadan, from where the procession moves to the Oke Ado residence of the Awolowos for lying-in-state by 8am.
After the commendation service, the statement said another lying in state would be held at the Tribune House, Imalenfalafia, Ibadan, between 11am and 1pm.
“Let us turn out en masse on Monday to give our dear Mama a burial rite befitting of a heroine, which she was. Since her passage, several accolades and encomiums have been showered on her, I want the people of Oyo State to go a step further by partaking in all activities scheduled for her burial.
“This is the best opportunity for us to again show our love for our highly venerated late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo for his sacrifices for this country. Since his passage Mama had held the fort to the admiration of the Yoruba and the country at large. Her memories will live with us forever.”