Since the news of the passing on of a Fourth Republic Senator Bayo Salami broke last Thursday, it has been days of reactions from high and the low, all attesting to Salami’s humanism and purposeful life.
The Tabloid.net gathered that Senator Salami passed away in the United States where he was holidaying and making preparation to return to Nigeria.
Notable among traditional rulers that had personal encounter with the deceased is the Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Adekunle Asamu Oyeyemi, who described Senator Salami’s death as shocking and devastating.
Oba Oyeyemi stated that though death is inevitable, the late senator deserved to live long, recalling that he was near 70 years with family and friends looking forward to his 70th birthday before death took him.
“Everybody knows that we were close friends. We were friends politically too as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when I was eyeing the Senate. He played a major role during my contest to the throne. I am planning to pay a condolence visit to his family in Osogbo soon. He was a good man who lived a modest life worthy emulation. But no matter what we say now, he has left and gone, leaving behind memories of our association with him in his lifetime,” he said.
Also, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi said the demise of Senator Salami came rather early because of his usefulness to the society. Oba Akanbi further said that what people had so far attributed to the deceased, who represented Osun Central Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003, is a good attestation to the life awaiting him in the hereafter.
“I always say it that our deed here on earth is the mirror of the judgment waiting for you in heaven. We don’t even need to plead with people to live selfless life. Whatever we sow, we shall reap. I commiserate with the bereaved family and the state over the death of Senator Salami. He was a good man, and that is what everybody says since Thursday,” he said.
Aside the traditional rulers, the Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola also mourned Senator Salami. In a condolence message credited to Governor Oyetola, he described the death as a huge loss to the entire people of Osun State.
“As we mourn Baba Adinni’s demise, I pray Almighty Allah to overlook his shortcomings, grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus, and give the family and all those who mourn his demise the strength to bear this loss,” he prayed.