By Adeboye Ado, Oka Akoko.
The remains of an elder statesman and erstwhile Local Government boss, Hon. Michael Adefemi Arishe, has been laid to rest on Friday at his country home in Oka-Akoko, in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The funeral service of Hon. Arishe, whose sobriquet was ‘Baba Arise’, was well attended by prominent politicians, captain of Industries, opinion leaders among others.
Speaking at the church service held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, a Parish Priest, Rev. Father Alubiagba, extolled the visionary leadership of the late party chieftain when he was the Caretaker Chairman of the aforementioned Local Government Area.
The Rev. Father described the octogenarian as a focused and courageous man who contributed immensely to development of his community, adding that late Arishe was a very bold person and had good relationships with men.
In his succinct homily taken from the holy book of John 14:1-6, Alubiagba reminded Christian faithful to imbibe the kernel of steadfastness and perseverance.
The Cleric who enjoined the congregation to live above board during their transient stay on earth, urged all and sundry to live a sacrificial life, saying figuratively that the “world is a market where both buyer and sellers would eventually return to their abode”.
Aside, Arishe who was an astute believer was one of the founding members of the defunct Labour Party (LP) which held sway in Ondo State under the immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
However, one the sons of the late politician, Arishe Akinwale, stated that a foundation christened —Arishe Legacy Foundation has been set up to complement the efforts of ‘Baba Arise’.
Akinwale stressed that the foundation was poised to put smiles on the faces of indigent students, widows and the needy in the Sunshine State.
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