Final Burial Rites of Ogunjobi begin in Osun

Final Burial Rites of Ogunjobi begin in Osun
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Final Burial Rites of Ogunjobi begin in Osun

by Tajudeen Ahmad

Governor, State of Osun Mr. Gboyega Oyetola says the state government would continue to remember and honour the former Chairman of Osun FA, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, calling on members of the association to sustain the legacy left behind by the late football icon.

Governor Oyetola stated this in his address at the first day of activities heralding the weeklong final burial rites of the former Osun FA Chairman, which held at the Oshogbo Township Stadium, Osun State on Tuesday, 12th March, 2019.

The governor, who was represented by the Supervisor of the Ministry of Sports, Social Protection and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade said the state appreciated Ogunjobi’s exhibition of administrative acumen which fast tracked the development of football and the growth of sports in Osun.

He stressed that the roles played by Chief Ogunjobi while on earth was recognized by the state government which facilitated his appointment as the Special Assistant to the immediate past Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Football Matters, adding that efforts would be made to sustain the good work of the former General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In their remarks, the younger brother of Chief Ogunjobi, Mr. Rotimi Ogunjobi and the deceased first son, Deji appreciated the state governments of Osun and Oyo for deeming it fit to honour the Ijesha born football technocrat, saying his philanthropic gesture for people would be sustained through the about-to-be launched “Taiwo Ogunjobi Foundation”, which is part of the burial activities.

There were football matches involving Osun United, Ijesha Golden Wariors, Osun Babes, Osun Under 15 and under 10 as well as tributes and special prayers for the late Pillar of Sports in Osun and his family

Students of African Church Government Middle School Ilesha, where Ogunjobi attended were also present to pay the last respect to the former General Manager of the Oluyole Warriors.

Meanwhile, burial activities continue tomorrow at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan, Oyo State with candle light procession, and a South West Symposium while football matches, Lying in State, Service of Songs and Christian Wake will hold on Thursday, 14th March,2019.

The Football Legend will be buried on Friday, 15th March at Eleyele Cemetery after a funeral service at the Living Spring Church, Ojo Expressway, Ibadan in the morning.

Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi died on Monday, 11th February, 2019 at the University College, {UCH}, Ibadan Oyo State during a brief illness at the age of 66.

He is survived by wife and three children.

Until his death, he was the Chairman, Osun State Football Association.

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