The Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Tunde Bakare, yesterday said he will continue to cherish the memory of his late mother, Madam Abigail Eebudola Bakare. Bakare spoke at the funeral service held for his mother at the Victory Life Bible Church (VLBC), Ajebo Road, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, where she worshipped regularly during her lifetime.
Madam Bakare died on May 5 at the age of 108. She was buried at the Bakare family house in Sodeke area of Abeokuta amidst encomiums and tributes by people from all walks of life. Dignitaries in attendance include President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Also present were former governors, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and chairman of Forte Oil PLC, Mr. Femi Otedola. A former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo, former Nigeria’s Ambas sador to the Netherlands, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, Special Adviser to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Otunba Jimi Lawal, Dr. Wale Babalakin and Mr. Jimi Agbaje, among others, attended the service. In his remarks, Bakare, who described his mother’s exit as separation of a body part of him, said she carried a heavy load of intercession for him when she was alive.
The fiery cleric recalled how his mother had predicted that people from all walks of life would one day converge to bury her. He expressed joy that the prediction actually came to pass. Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election, said he would miss his mother dearly because of the role she played in his life.
“My mother carried a very heavy load of intercession on my behalf. I will definitely miss her. I am very grateful because we are giving her a befitting burial. I will continue to cherish her memories forever. No one can replace her in my life,” he stated. Bakare also disclosed that he had written a soon-to-belaunched book titled, “The woman who saw the valuable future” in honour of his late mum and to keep her memory alive.
He said the book, which would be distributed to Nigerians free, contains valuable lessons the deceased taught him which made him the person he is today.
Earlier in his sermon, the Senior Pastor of VLBC, Apostle Lawrence Achudume, described the late Madam Bakare as a caring woman and strong disciplinarian. Achudume, who addressed the congregation on the theme: “What will you be remembered for?,” said the deceased lived a very good life and had no reason to regret in life.
He said all mortals must die irrespective of status, creed and age. He said: “No matter how long you live, you will surely taste the bitter pills of death when it comes calling. “What will people be saying after your death because in life you will always be remembered for either good or bad. We must learn to do good all the time. Mama was a mother indeed. She was meticulous in everything she did.”