•Buried between mother, wife
By Moshood Adebayo, Abeokuta
The remains of the former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Lateef Adegbite were committed to mother earth yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The Seriki of Egbaland’s burial came barely 24 hours after the funeral of two other prominent sons of the town, Chiefs Segun Taiwo and Oluwole Adeosun who were Oluwo Ake and Osi Egbaland respectively.
The funeral at his Onikolobo-Abeokuta residence was preceded by Fidau led by the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Liad Orunsholu and assisted by other Islamic clerics. His corpse had earlier arrived his Onikolobo residence in a metallic hearse marked TOS 7 at about 3.39p.m and was received by the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in company of other family members and Muslim faithful who had earlier laid siege on his house in the early hours of the day.
The repeated shout of Allahu Akbar, rent the premises as the Hearse pulled to a stop while few hours later, the metallic grey casket which was draped in Arabic inscription was removed from it. Six Islamic pallbearers dressed in white kaftan over white trousers carried it shoulder high and took the casket to an open field where his corpse was removed from the casket and Islamic clerics offered prayers on the corpse. After prayers, Adegbite’s remains were committed to earth between his mother, late Saolat Biobaku and late wife, Alhaja Toebat Adegbite, Giwa Obinrin of Egbaland, who died about 11 years ago.
Professor Dawudu Noibi, Executive Secretary of Muslim Ummah in the South West while offering admonishment urged people always to remember that death would come anytime. According to him: ‘’when death comes when it would come, the only thing that would be left with us is our good deeds while on this planet. “Whatever good or bad that anyone does in life will be recorded in his favour in Aljanat’’