Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has described the late industrialist and successful entrepreneur, Chief Bode Akindele, as a legend and role model for development.
Governor Makinde, who stated this while speaking at the burial ceremony of the late Business mogul, said that Akindele will live forever because of his kindheartedness, success stories as an industrialist and philanthropic gestures.
While addressing family members and church leaders at the burial service held in honour of Chief Akindele at the Methodist Cathedral, Agbeni, Ibadan, on Friday, Makinde asked the family to take solace in the fact that he left legacies of kindheartedness and success that will never die.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying that the late chairman of Modandola Group lived a good life and left indelible marks on the sand of time.
Makinde added that Chief Akindele followed the Biblical admonition in Psalm 90 verse 12, that we should number our days and incline our hearts unto wisdom.
“To Baba’s family, I say this, you may not see Baba physically anymore but our loved ones never really leave us. They live forever with us. Each time we hear a voice that sounds like theirs, someone that shares a similar look or act as they do, we are reminded that a part of them always remains with us. But even more than that, we take solace in the fact that someday, very soon, we will all meet again never to part,” the governor said.
He added: “On this occasion, what came to my mind was Psalm 90 verse 12 and I was surprised that when I came in here, it was the same verse that we read: Teach us to number our days that we may apply our heart unto wisdom. So, to number our days in wisdom is to leave a mark in the sand of time. It means to ensure that when we are no more and people are to speak of us, they won’t struggle to find things to say because we have left a legacy for posterity.
“The first time I met Baba physically was in this church and I said to him that I have been looking for an opportunity for us to meet face-to-face. My father did pray that when I grow up, I should be like Chief Bode Akindele, Parakoyi of Ibadanland. This means Baba numbered his days in wisdom.”
Governor Makinde recalled how Chief Akindele had wanted to volunteer his multimillion Naira medical facility to the state government as an isolation centre at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying “Baba was looking for me on how to use his medical facility as an isolation centre for Oyo State.
“Not only that, it is also on record that Baba is the largest single donor to Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund. So, he was a legend and will live forever.”