Family, friends and associates of late Baale of Adiyan Alausa, High Chief Shuaib Akanni Mogaji came out in their numbers to give their last respect to the Baale as the town holds final burial for the Baale who joined his ancestors on Sunday 10th of March. Burial ceremony was held in honour of the late Baale in Christianity, Islamic and Traditional ways. People that interacted with our correspondent at the event, described the Baale as a kind and peaceful person.
Chief Imam Adiyan Alausa Central Mosque, Alhaji Lookman AbdulQodir described the Baale as a kind hearted and humble person that relate freely with both young and old, adding that he’s a kind of person that usually seek advice before taking any decision, which made him had cordial relationship with his Council. He then admonished the people to install another Baale that will behave like the late Baale. “I urge the indigenes and residents to support and cooperate with whoever that emerge as the new Baale, either young or old; all we need is love and understanding because there will be peace and development in any community that there is love and understanding. There wouldn’t be any rancour installing new Baale, if we are sincere with one another,” the Imam added.
An indigene and elder of Adiyan Alausa, who identify himself as Alhaji Imam S. A. AbdulRahmon described the Baale as calm and well behaved person. He said they (Adiyan Alausa indigenes) are contemplating on installing civilized and educated fellow as their new Baale. He then admonished the indigenes to always come home to attend community meetings, especially those living in Adiyan Alausa.
Ifo CDC Zonal Chairman, Prince G. B. Adebanjo have this to say about the late Baale “He is one of the honest Baale I ever seen in my life, his relationship with the community is so excellent and his a lover man that relate with anybody in the community.
“Is quite unfortunate that his tenure, there is no enough space to give out because in terms of development, he is a man that so much love development and you know that Community, they are to develop where ever they are. We used to tell him what and what we need to develop the community, especially Adiyan Alausa. For example, school, health center, hall, police station. There was a time that we requested for land to build post office, actually he did his best but is so unfortunate that the space is not there but at the same time he did not leave the community, he always give them total support.”
Adebanjo then admonished the indigenes not to see the residents or community leaders/members as their enemies. “Some of the indigenes has loose their tracks being seeing the community as their enemy, they should make sure they have good relationship with the community. Yes, they are the land owners but they can not live there all alone, they have sold the lands to the people that can live with them. Those people are here now to develop their community for them. So when we have them, then that is the growth of the community. You can not seen them as your enemy, you should see them as close relatives because all of them leave their community to come to Adiyan Alausa, you have Igbos, Hausas, Ghanaians and so on and so forth living here together for betterment and growth of Adiyan Alausa. So, if this could happen, I don’t see how they can see them as their enemy, is because of misunderstanding and for them not to realize in time that those people living with them are part and parcel of the community because what they can not do these people residing here can do much more better. So, we urge them to move closer to the member of the community, give them what they want, give them total support,” he said.
High Chief Akin Okanlawon Oseteni, Baale of Matogbun and Chairman General Council of Baales, Agbado Oke Aro LCDA in an interview with our correspondent described the late Baale as a kind hearted person, adding that he was the one who nominated him as the Chairman of General Council of Baales and he supported him till his demise. He also described him as a calm and well behaved person that don’t intervene in issues that don’t concern him or know nothing about. He then admonished the indigenes to thinking very well and make proper consultation before installing anyone as Baale, adding that they should install someone who is ready and willing to spend his personal funds to develop the town as their Baale and both indigenes and residents should support the new Baale in order for him to succeed.
Chief Ebenezer Oladipo Soetan, Baale of Olowo and Akogun of Adiyan Alausa Town said the late Baale was a good father and a faithful person who always carry everyone along in community issues as he don’t take decision without the council and community leaders. He then urged the people of the town to remain calm and do the right thing till another Baale emerged. “And I pray that God choose good person like Baba that will bring peace and development to the community,” Soetan added.
Mr Mutiu Mogaji, the first son of the deceased said he thank God for the life of his father saying he’s proud of having him as a father. He said he is impressed with good things people have been saying about his father since his demise last week.
Mrs Raheemat Ajayi described her father as a generous, kind hearted and loving father that want the best for everyone around him.
Mrs Oyelola Eyitayo Morufat, the last child of the deceased said her father was so kind to everyone in the community and pray that good and bigger things should happen after his demise. “I wish the community and town progress in life, they should just keep it up,” she added.
The late Baale, High Chief Shuaib Akanni Mogaji was born on April 8th, 1933. He was enthroned as Baale of Adiyan Alausa on 23rd of December, 2006 and died on 10th of March, 2019, he was buried same day according to Islamic rites. He was survived by 2 wives, 3 children and grandchildren.