Mr Raufu Olaniyan has expressed deep shock and sadness at the passing to glory of ace broadcaster, writer and journalist Adebayo Faleti. He expressed his grief in a media release made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, signed by his media aide Omolere Omoetan.
The All Progressive Congress Gubernatorial aspirant stressed that “the vacuum created by Baba Faleti’s demise will be difficult to fill”, noting that distinguished poet and translator left a very enviable track record that will be challenging to surpass.
He said “Adebayo Faleti did all he could to promote the Yoruba language and culture”, and therefore urged all to ‘continue to uphold the course to bolster the relevance of the Yoruba culture, language and way of life particularly amongst our children’.
The erstwhile Permanent Secretary in the Oyo State Civil service said that he is happy that Faleti got recognition for his numerous achievements from the Federal Government when he was awarded as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). He however stressed the need for the South Western states to immortalise the renowned literary icon for the promotion and upliftment of the Yoruba language and culture which he lived for.
The former Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency boss, said that though Adebayo Faleti passed on at a good old age of 86 years he will be greatly missed. He prayed that God grants the family the fortitude to bear this bereavement. He however advised them to take solace in knowing that Baba Adebayo Faleti will never be forgotten, because those who touch the hearts of the people they leave behind never die. Raufu Olaniyan remarked that “Adebayo Faleti through his work has touched our hearts and he therefore lives on”.
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