By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
Chief Alex Ajipe, the Convener of ‘IBI GIGA AMBASSADORS’, has mourned a renowned chemical engineer and Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties in Ondo State, Bayonile Ademodi who died yesterday at the age of 68 years.
Ajipe in a statement signed on Sunday by his Media Aide, Solomon Adewoye commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased.
He, however, described the death of the late Commissioner as a great loss to his family, the people of Ondo state and Nigeria as a whole.
Professor Ademodi, a native of Ondo town passed on Saturday 19th December 2020 during a medical surgery.
According to him, the shocking death of Ademodi after all efforts by medical professionals to stabilize him when he took ill, has opened a deep sore in the hearts of millions of Nigerians, who looked up to him as a rallying point and a political stabilizer.
Ajipe said, “the passage of Prof. Ademodi hurt me. My heart was filled with grief when I was informed that I had lost another political icon in Ondo state.
“The progressive has lost one of its own, he will be missed especially to the grassroots progressive family in Ondo state. He was a good campaign partner in the just concluded governorship election and he and others delivered Ondo East for APC.
“Prof. Ademodi was more than a politician, he was a man of many parts, whose managerial skills and experience are required at this critical period in our national life particularly in Ondo state.
“Professor Ademodi, a renowned chemical engineer, was a distinguished Nigerian, who bestrode the economic and political space of the country like a colossus. He made his mark in the corporate world before venturing into politics.
“The death of loved ones is usually one of the most painful episodes in peoples’ lives but we must realize that death is inevitable. We will all die someday. Therefore we must gather enough strength to carry on.
“It is with heavy heart that I commiserate with his beloved wife, the children and other family members he left behind. My heart and prayers are with you all at this period of your grief. May God comfort you.”
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