Story and photos by Niyi Tabiti
The remains of late leader of Afenifere, Pa Abraham Adesanya was given a befitting lying in state ceremony today in Lagos,Nigeria.
Organised by Lagos State Government, the event took place inside the the new Teslim Balogun Stadium opposite National Stadium Surulere,Lagos.
The Governor of Lagos State,Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola led other several important personalities to pay tributes to the late leader of NADECO and Afenifere who survive an assasination attempt on him by the draconian government of late General Sani Abacha.
Alot of personalities who graced the occasion paid extolled the virtue of Pa Adesanya, a lawyer and native of Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State.
Almost all the shops within the Lagos State was shut as a mark of respect for the late leader of Yoruba who spoke vehemently against injustice and military rule in Nigeria.The lying in state reminded almost everyone about the accolades that poured when the late Pa Obafemi Awolowo,mentor of the late Adesanya died.Apart from the large turn out, their was also a heavy rain.In Yorubaland, when rain descend at the lying in state of a man, it connotes that he was indeed a great man in his life time.
Photo 1-Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State paying tribute to the late Pa Abraham Adesanya
Photo 2- General Yakubu Gowon (retd) former Head of State)
photo 3- The remains of Late Pa Adesanya
photo 4- People appreciating Ajobiewe, an ewi exponent with Naira notes for singing the praises of the late Adesanya.I am very sure that Pa Adesanya's head would be swollen in the coffin after listening to Ajobiewe
photo 5-Cross section of women at the event
photo 6-Former Governor of Ogun State,Aremo Olusegun Osob and former Governor of Lagos State,Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Pa Adesanya..Baba Bayo, Baba Modupe..Baba Ijebu, adieu.
The question on the lips of many people is "Who steps into Pa Adesanya's shoes as the leader of Yoruba people of South West Nigeria?"