Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo yesterday called on citizens of the state to be part of history by turning out en masse to witness activities scheduled for the final burial rites of Chief HID Awolowo, in Ibadan, the state capital tomorrow.
A statement by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government quoted the governor as saying the matriarch of the dynasty of the late Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, deserves a burial befitting of heroines.
The governor, as a mark of respect, has thus ordered a temporary closure of the popular Agbeni Market tomorrow, due to its contiguous location to the Methodist Church, Agbeni, where a commendation service would be held for the deceased by 9 a.m.
The statement said the closure became necessary to prevent avoidable gridlock and the attendant pains it could cause traders and commuters plying the area.
Ajimobi appealed to the public to join hands with the state government to fully partake in the burial rites from 7 a.m. when the corpse would arrive in Ibadan, from where the procession would move to the Oke Ado residence of the Awolowos for lying in state at 8 a.m.
The statement said after the commendation service, another lying in state would be held at the Tribune House, Imalefalafia, Ibadan, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Said Ajimobi: “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.