The sleepy town of Ilare-Ijesha in Osun State on Friday, came alive and agog as it played host to prominent Politicians, business moguls and associates across the country, as they joined in the 10th year memorial Mass in honour of late Prince Joseph Adeboyejo Famojuro.
Leading the roll call of the distinguished Nigerians is the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, former Chief of Staff to Oyo State Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, the Speaker of the Oyo State House, Rt. Hon Mr. Debo Ogundoyin, Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof Daud Sangodoyin, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, as well as other prominent political functionaries in Oyo State.
Members of the Famojuro family, friends, relations, home and abroad, came together, once again to pray at a Rememberance Mass, held at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ilare, for the sweet repose of the soul of their beloved Patriarch at the bosom of Christ.
Recall that Prince Joseph Adeboyejo Famojuro is the father of Otunba Seye Famojuro, a close associate and longstanding trusted friend of Governor Seyi Makinde.
Family, friends and distinguished guests gave thanks to God almighty, as they recall fond memories of Prince Joseph Adeboyejo Famojuro, who was severally described as ‘a devouted Christain faithful, loving father, treasured husband, doting family man, a great patriot, defender of the nation and an exemplar worthy of emulation.
The Priest-in-charge of St. Francis Catholic Church, Ilare charged Otuba Famojuro and his siblings to ensure they do not relent I’m emulating the kind gestures of their father, late Prince Famojuro.
He said, “We are proud of your father’s legacy of tolerance, fortrightness, truthfulness and kindness”.
Pointing out that “Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people,” the cleric further urged the people to live a life in expectation of making the heaven.
He described Pa Famojuro as a great Service Chief, who was committed to Christianity and dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity.
Speaking shortly after the sermon, Otuba Seye Famojuro, said he misses his father, whom, during his lifetime promoted peace and selflessness.
While thanking dignitaries who attended the Mass in honour of his late dad, Seye Famojuro submitted that he would continue to hold on to the morals and values inculcated by him from his father when he was alive.
Hallmark of the Church service was the donation of over Eight Million Naira, by the Governor, the son of the deceased, Otunba Seye Famujuro, captains of industry and top political functionaries in attendance.
The elated congregants of St. Francis Catholic Church, Ilare sang in praises to the most high as they appreciated God in the life of Governor Makinde and other dignitaries who donated the huge sum for the continuation of God’s work.
Also in attendance at the thanksgiving service were 33 Local Government chairmen, Special Advisers, Members of the People’s Democratic Party, from Oyo and Osun states, among others.
Pa Joseph Adeboyejo Famojuro who died on December 2, 2012 after brief illness, was later interred at a mausoleum built within the premises of his house in Ilare-Ijesha.
May the soul of Pa Prince Joseph Adeboyejo Famojuro, and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of Christ continue to rest in Peace. Amen.