Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
The final burial rites for the first governor of Kwara State, Brigadier-General David Bamigboye (rtd) began yesterday with the arrival, in Ilorin, the state capital, of the late military officer’s remains.
A Nigerian Air Force aircraft marked NAF 038, which conveyed the body, landed at the Ilorin Airport at about 1:30p.m, on Thursday afternoon.
The body was received by the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold.
Also in the government’s delegation were the Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Mathew Okedare, the Head of Service, Mrs. Dupe Oluwole, commissioners of Education, Health, Energy, Women Affairs, Environment and Commerce, Special Advisers, Special Assistants and other top government officials.
Also at the Airport were former Chief Judges of the state, former Secretaries to the State Government and the representative of the Emir of Ilorin, the Balogun Gambari of Ilorin, Alhaji Aliyu Adebayo Muhammad.
Others include the Talfida of Ilorin, Dr Amuda Aluko, family members, community leaders, students and associates of the late governor.
While handing over the body to the younger brother of the deceased, General Theophilus Bamigboye, the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed consoled the family over the loss and promised to continue to stand by the family.
Meanwhile, a service of songs for the departed comes up this evening at the State Banquet Hall, opposite Government House, Ilorin, starting at four o’clock.