15 October, 2020
By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan
Eldest son of the late Abigail Makinde, Mr Kayode Makinde, has recounted his last moment with the deceased.
According to him, Mama Makinde, the mother of Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, has been calling the children, praying intensively for them until her death on Thursday morning.
He lamented when she called him on Monday, he promised to see her on Wednesday, not knowing he won’t see her physically anymore.
He spoke while receiving visitors and friends who besieged the Ikolaba residence of the Governor on a condolence visit to the family.
He said “She is a very good mother to each and every one of her children. She will always look for the way out for her children and always prayed that we reach the heights of our own profession. We will really miss her. We all love her but God loves her most.
“For the past two weeks, she has been calling each and every one of us, praying intensively for us. She called me on Monday and I said I will see her on Wednesday not knowing I won’t see her physically anymore.
“We thank God that she came to this world, she saw and conquered. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Also speaking while paying a condolence visit, wife of Ex-Governor Rashidi Ladoja, Mrs. Mutiat Ladoja described the deceased as a ‘very nice person’
She said “Our late mama, Mrs. Abigail Makinde was a very nice person. Within the short time that I got close to her, she is a mother.
“She played a motherly role to me up till yesterday afternoon. We have been doing things today and she sees me as someone that she can pass the baton to.
“We were very close. She was a nice mother; a mother in Israel, a mother in a million. I can never forget her. She was very kind to everyone that comes her way.”
The Senator representing Oyo South, Kola Balogun, who was also an early caller to the residence, enjoined the Makindes to take solace in that mama died without suffering.
He said: “She was pleasant, amiable, committed to the care of her children. She lived a fulfilled life, producing the governor of Oyo state and other well-behaved children.
“The family should take joy in that mama died without suffering at all. Alhaja Mutiat told me that even yesterday; she was arranging to bring food to her.
“She had a peaceful return, without any agony, without any body carrying her all around the place.”
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