The former President Olusegun Obasanjo has done this in total adherence to government restrictions with respect to COVID-19 in order to curb the pandemic.
Quite dramatic moment in Isara Remo, Ogun East Senatorial District yesterday as former President Olusegun Obasanjo locked mourners outside during the burial of his mother in-law.
This act is very unlike high profile personalities burial which had taken place in Nigeria during this period, where government restrictions were visibly violated.
Our correspondent S’Teller gathered that the move was in Obasanjo’s strict enforcement of the Covid-19 protocols regarding safe physical distance and minimum number of persons permissible in an enclosed space.
At the St. Peter’s Anglican Church (Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion) Diocese of Remo, Isara Remo, Ogun State venue of the Order of Service for the remains of his mother in-law, Mrs Florence Mopelola Adenekan, Obasanjo manned the church’s enhance door and ensured that the approved limit of those to be allowed in was strictly adhered to.
The former President ordered many of the mourners who wanted to be part of the funeral service to go back and personally shut the Church doors against them as the service presided over by the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Bishop of Remo Diocese, Most Rev Dr Matthew Olusina Fape, commenced at about 10.30 am.
Some of the elder statesman’s close aides and associates were not spared – they too were also not spared – they too were also locked outside despite having their face mask.
The late Mrs Adenekan was the mother of Chief (Mrs) Bola Obasanjo. She died on April 17, 2020; two days before her 90th birthday.
The nonagenarian was interred at the church cemetery located behind the church with Obasanjo leading the family of his in-laws to perform the dust-to-dust rites.