'Allow us mourn our brother in peace'-family begs Nigerians
The family of the late senator has asked for peace and quiet from Nigerians as it mourns.
The 62-year old former Osun Governor and serving senator, passed away last Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Since his passing, rumours regarding the cause of his death have persisted; with insinuations in certain quarters that he was poisoned or suffered from an overdose of painkillers.
However, his family has appealed to members of the public to allow those he left behind mourn him in peace and in a respectable manner.
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Addressing an emotional press conference on Wednesday 26 April, 2017, the deceased's younger brother, Adedeji Adeleke who spoke on behalf of the family, disclosed that no one knows the cause of his brother’s death.
He explained that the family delayed the burial of his brother for 24 hours contrary to Islamic rites, in order to allow Doctors perform a full autopsy.
Senator Adeleke was Muslim.
“The autopsy has been conducted, and the Doctors informed us that the detailed analysis and reports will be out in the next one or two weeks. I want you to ignore everything you have been reading on social media.
“The reports on social media are mere speculations and rumours,” Adedeji said.
Adedeji said the essence of the press briefing was to appeal to Senator Adeleke’s political supporters, fans and admirers to allow the family mourn in peace and quiet.
“Senator Adeleke was a very peaceful man, we appeal to all his political supporters, fans and admirers to allow us mourn him peacefully. Don’t resort to violence, our brother won’t be happy with anyone causing problems or disturbing the peace of the society in his name.
“He was not a violent person; he never encouraged nor tolerated it. Ignore all rumours and gossips in the social media, nobody knows the cause of his death".
Adeleke was first executive Governor of Osun State in the early '90s.
He also had plans to return to that office in the not-too-distant future, before death came calling.
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