President Jonathan, Governor Amosun, others pay tribute as ex-student leader, Segun Okeowo, is buried

President Goodluck Jonathan sent a delegate

The remains of a former President of the National Union of Nigerian Students, NUNS, Segun Okeowo, were on Friday committed to earth in Simawa, his hometown, in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The final journey for Mr. Okeowo was full of tributes and a recall to his popular heroic involvement in the 1978 student struggle, otherwise known as ‘Ali Must Go’,
Mr. Okeowo led the Nigerian students’ body, now NANS, in 1978 against the then military government of Olusegun Obasanjo.

Mr. Okeowo died on January 28 at 73 years in a hospital in Sagamu as a result of an ailment diagnosed as ‘heart murmur’.

The funeral service held at St. Matthews’ Anglican Church, Simawa, Sagamu; and was witnessed by several dignitaries who came to pay their last respect to the late students union leader.

Those in attendance include President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Student Matters, Jude Imagwe; Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, represented by Commissioner for Education, Segun Odubela; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, represented by Segun Mayegun; and former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel.

President Jonathan in his message described the deceased as an upright man who lived a life devoid of corruption.

The President said Mr. Okeowo’s death had deprived Nigeria of the priceless presence and service of “an eminent commander of courage and virtue.”

He also noted that the deceased cherished his name more than titles. He enjoined Nigerians to emulate him, urging the family and other Nigerians to drive and protect Mr. Okeowo’s dreams in the interest of the country.

The Bishop of Remo Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Michael Fape, earlier in his sermon at the church service, described Mr. Okeowo as a brave and courageous community leader who brought the same energy into all his multifarious assignments as a school teacher, principal and Chairman, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission.

Mr. Fape also prayed for the family of the deceased.

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