All was set for the burial of the late Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olayinka, Friday. She died on Saturday 6 April, 2013 while suffering from cancer.
A funeral service was going on at the time of this report at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Ado-Ekiti, Southwest Nigeria. This would be followed by her interment.
Dignitaries including governors, senators and others from all walks of life attended her final burial rites which began on Tuesday with Service of Songs in Lagos.
On Thursday, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and other members of the state council and legislators at the federal and state levels today showered encomiums on Olayinka.
The shower of encomiums was during the Special State Executive Council meeting led by Governor Fayemi and special session held by the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
During the two sessions, top government officials could not hold back their tears as they wept for the departed lady.
The chief mourner, Governor Fayemi wept throughout the executive meeting while his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi who sat beside him kept patting him at the back and appealing to him to take it easy though, she herself could not hold back her tears.
Also, the state chief of Staff, Yemi Adaramodu had to battle tears to deliver a speech as he eventually had to drop the microphone and continue weeping for several minutes.
In his speech, Governor Fayemi described the late Olayinka as a co-pilot, strong pillar of support, dependable deputy, virtuous and loving mother, bold activist and agent of change.
“I think the only thing I say that might come closer to capture your essence and existence is that you are my sister, you are my friend, true icon, beautiful inside and outside in good and bad time. You never lost capacity to continue to smile. I believe everybody can now appreciate your actions. I learnt from your life of courage, integrity, compassion and extra ordinary pouring of heart of love.”
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi pointed that the state learnt about the death of the deputy governor with great sense of regret, describing her as a true representative of Nigerian women.
Also, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Tony Adeniyi and Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora described the deceased as a good woman and wife who contributed to the development of Ekiti State.
Most of the members of Ekiti State House of Assembly called for the immotalisation of Olayinka. As at the time of filing this report, a special session in honour of the late deputy governor was holding at the legislative chamber of Ekiti State House of Assembly.
Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin urged that everyone must not relent in praying for the family Olayinka left behind.
The husband, Arch Lanre Olayinka and their three daughters Yejide, Olamide and Ololade were also in attendance along with a horde of mourners and sympathisers.