Saturday 2 September 2017

Id el Kabir With the Aregbesola Family in Ilesa

At Ilesa Aregbesola's family house for the Sallah celebrations.

It is that time of the year again when Muslims across the world celebrate the holiest festival in their calendar, known as Eid-el-Kabir or Sallah.
The festival honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Isma’il as an act of submission to God’s command, before God stopped him in his tracts, informing him that his sacrifice had already been accepted.

The meat from the sacrificed animal is usually divided into three parts. The family retains-one-third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola's detractors that are also Ijesas like him used to claim that he has no house of his own in Ilesa and that it will be difficult  for the people of Ilesa to reach to him after he might have finished his mandate as Osun governor.

The Osun East APC need a base to actively assess the distribution of power and resources, to build relationships with other stakeholders and make decisions that can have great impact on the well-being of a nation and its people. Aregbesola leaving office as the governor in 2018 is already seen as the leader that will occupy this position. But will he operate from his Lagos home if he has no house of his own in Ilesa?

Once, the governor informed an audience that he has two homes in Ilesa. First is her mother's, in Ilaje, Ilesa. And second is Abiola's house in Oke Omiru, also in Ilesa. Now, two of these 'homes' are bereaved.

First to answer the final call was Olu Abiola, a foremost industrialist, socialite and philanthropist who was not only "an invaluable asset in the business world", but also "gave his all to the cause of" Aregbesola's administration. Many political moves and appointments were arrived at, at Lomi Abiola's Oke-omiru's country home.

Abiola gave up the ghost on July 16, 2017 and the world mourned the passing of a patriot! Two weeks after, precisely, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the matriarch of the Aregbesola family in Ilesa, and the governor’s mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, also passed on into eternal rest.

I took interest in this writeup to show that Aregbesola family and Governor Rauf Aregbesola himself still has home and identity in Ilesa. Though at this year's sallah celebration Ogbeni was in faraway holy land (Mecca) but his presence was felt as his siblings, other family members and well wishers were all at the Ilaje home to celebrate this year's Id el Kabir in Ilesa.


   Teju Aregbesola

   Wasiu Aregbesola

   Well wishers and family members



Late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola (Iya olobi)'s final resting place..

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