The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, who passed away yesterday in Ado-Ekiti at the age of 66, has been remembered with a day of mourning and state engagements have been postponed, according to Ekiti State Governor Mr. Biodun Oyebanji.
The Governor described Afuye’s death as startling, tragic, and regrettable in a statement that was signed by his chief press secretary, Yinka Oyebode.
The speaker’s death, according to Oyebanji, was unfathomable because he was with the governor on Tuesday during an inspection trip of a few projects in Ado-Ekiti and had no symptoms of illness.
The Governor characterized Afuye as a party man and a patriotic leader who had dedicated his time, effort, and resources over the last 30 years to the advancement of the state
In addition to declaring a day of mourning for the late statesman and directing that state ceremonies such as the swearing-in of the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government and the Attorney General be postponed, Oyebanji prayed to God for comfort for the deceased’s family.
“Ekiti lost a distinguished son, a model citizen, and a defender of the rule of law and democracy. My heart is broken over the passing of this outstanding leader, who was also a wonderful friend and brother.
“I express my condolences to the Afuye family and the people of Ikere Ekiti on behalf of myself, my wife, the government, and the wonderful people of Ekiti State. Oyebanji prayed, “May the good Lord provide each of us the strength to suffer this loss.