By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has paid tribute to the late rights activist and unionists, Comrade Ayodele Akele.
He said he received the news of the activist he described Akele as a brave activist whose death was a colossal loss to the entire nation.
Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, described Comrade Akele as a reliable and trusted ally that made remarkable impact in the world of social activism, devoting all his life and energy to freedom fighting.
“I am saddened to hear the news of Akele’s death, it was a loss too many to bear. The late Comrade Akele’s foot hold in social activism was indelible and we will certainly missed his radicalism, “he said.
“Comrade Akele in his life remained a frontline freedom fighter and one of the strong and trusted men in the struggle for humanity, especially, during the military dark era. He suffered a lot of injustice and yet remained steadfast in the struggle for justice and social reforms.
“The unionists’ relationship with the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) family was cordial till date. He was nick named “Itu” and his popular saying was “Keu, Keu”, which had been his signpost among other comrades.
“I could remember some of the memorable moments we shared together and it reminded me of a brother, colleague and great man of high intelligence with integrity. Comrade Akele would never compromise on his principles and ideals, and he was at the forefront of the struggle for my release while I was imprisoned.
“He was one of the few men that had earned my respect. He also showed unrivaled bravery during the campaign by a group-” Free Otunba Gani Adams (FOGAC) that actually led to my release from detention.”
Adams, while describing the late Akele as a hero even in death, charged other comrades and social activists not to relent on the struggle for true federalism.
“The only way the death of our heroes past would not be in vain is to continue the struggle for which heroes like Comrade Akele lived and died for and also demonstrate unrelenting zeal for social justice.”
Iba Gani prayed that God should strengthen the family of the deceased and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.