Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has given an emotional account of how he missed a golden last-minute engagement opportunity with his late mother.
Makinde made this known on Thursday as parts of events lined up for the burial of the governor’s mother.
Mrs Abigail Makinde died earlier in the year.
The governor said the news of the death of his mother was still a shock for him to bear, explaining how much he loved his mother.
Makinde spoke on Thursday in a tribute at the service of songs held at The Archade of the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
The governor said he had promised to see his mother the weekend after the Ondo election, but was unable to pick her calls for fear of not being able to grant her wish.
Makinde had envisaged that the mother would request that he stopped by for a meeting before he would be most available to meet her.
According to the governor, he woke up the following morning to hear the news of the death of his mother, which he found shocking.
However, he said he was fulfilled because he made her proud with his exploits in life, especially in academics.
“My mum was a tough woman. She came to Ibadan with nothing, according to her. She was just looking for a green pasture and Ibadan then happened to be the capital of Western Region, so she came just like anyone would come, and she met my father. I think she came when she was 18.”
The Vicar, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, Dr. Samuel Osungbeju, hailed the deceased for her good deeds and enjoined others to emulate her.
The event was graced by notabvle names in Oyo politics including former Oyo State governor Rasheed Ladoja, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, former Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle, Pastor Femi Emmanuel, among others.