The remains of the late former Minister of Education, Prof. Abraham Babalola Borishade, has been committed to mother earth in his home town in Usi-Ekiti, Ekiti State, with the Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh blasting Nigerian leaders for being too corrupt.
Borishade, who also superintended over the Ministries of Aviation, Culture and Tourism as well as Steel and Power, died on April 26, 2017 at the age of 71.
The interment service for the late professor of Nuclear Physics took place at Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Usi Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government area of the state.
Okoh, who delivered his sermon through the Arch Bishop of Ondo
Province and Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Reverend George Lasebikan, called on the leaders to live lives worthy of emulation, saying “only what you do well on earth will speak for you after your demise”.
The Primate regretted that Nigerian leaders lived reckless lives without regard for death, warning that death shall surely end their lives regardless of whatever they used their positions to amass.
“We have limited time to live on earth, so why amassing wealth at the expense of poor people? We all carry expiry dates.
“The sufferings of the masses today was caused by the foolishness of some few privileged Nigerians who plundered the commonwealth without thinking about the poor.
“They exhibited larger than life attitudes. But they must realize that death is just a step away from them, so they must have a rethink so that they can have a memorable end like Prof Borisade”, he counseled.
Okoh described Borisade as a worthy leader and man of commitment, dedication and integrity to the service of the nation, who never abandoned his people when appointed into the exalted ministerial position.
“This man was a distinguished Nigerian, a man of no mean reputation to his state, town, church and the entire nation. He shall be surely missed by his admirers. He left indelible marks on the sand of time and in the hearts of his people as a generous statesman and confidant.
“You must take a cue from his life. What would people say about you after death? Will they praise or curse you? Have you used your position to amass wealth at the expense of the populace? Whatever you do, the end shall come soon”, Okoh warned.
Okoh reminded the leaders that hell and heaven were real, urging them
to imbibe attitudinal change and come to the path of righteousness,
because “where you will go depends on who you are”.
Professor Borisade was later buried inside his palatial mansion along
Dignitaries at the event include: wife of the former Vice President,
Mrs Titi Abubakar, Governor Ayodele Fayose, represented by his wife,
Feyisetan, former Governors of Ekiti and Oyo States, Segun Oni and
Christopher Alao Akala respectively, former Deputy Governors of Ekiti
State, Tai Lawal and Prof Modupe Adelabu, PDP National factional spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, former Chief of Staff, Mr Segun Ilori, former JAMB Registrar, Prof Dibu Ojerinde.
Others on the roll call were: Senator Ayo Arise, Senator Biodun
Olujimi, Senator Duro Faseyi, Special Adviser to President on
Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, former NUC Executive Secretary,
Prof Peter Okebukola, former NCAA General Manager, Prof Harold Demuren, and Prof Buraimoh Yusuf.