Former Minister, Babalola Borishade Buried

The remains of the former Minister of Education, Professor Babalola Borishade, have been laid to rest in his hometown in Usi-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Borishade, who also superintended over the ministries of Aviation, Culture and Tourism as well as Steel and Power under the Olusegun Obasajo’s presidency, died on April 26, 2017, at the age of 71 after a brief illness.

The funeral service for the late professor of Nuclear Physics took place at Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Usi Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Saturday.

During the funeral, the Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, condemned Nigerian leaders for their financial recklessness.

Okoh, who was represented by the Arch Bishop of Ondo Province and Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Reverend George Lasebikan, called on the leaders to live lives worthy of emulation, saying, “Only what you do well on earth will speak for you after your demise”.

The Primate said Nigerian leaders lived reckless lives without regard for death, adding that death shall surely end their lives regardless of whatever they used their positions to amass.

He said, “We have limited time to live on earth. So, why amassing wealth at the expense of poor people. We all carry expiry dates. The suffering of the masses today was caused by the foolishness of some few privileged Nigerians who plundered the commonwealth without thinking about the poor.

“They exhibited larger-than-life attitudes. But they must realise that death is just a step away from them, so they must have a rethink so that they can have a memorable end like Prof Borisade.”

Okoh described Borisade as a worthy leader and man of commitment, dedication and integrity to the service of the nation, who never abandoned his people when appointed into that exalted ministerial position.

“He shall be sorely missed by his admirers. He left indelible marks on the sand of time and in the hearts of his people as a generous statesman and confidant,” he said.

“You must take a cue from his life. What would people say about you after death? Will they praise or curse you? Have you used your position to amass wealth at the expense of the populace? Whatever you do, the end shall come soon.”

Okoh reminded the leaders that hell and heaven were real, urging them to imbibe attitudinal change and come to the path of righteousness.

The former was later buried inside his residence along Ido-Usi-Ayetoro Road.

Dignitaries at the event include wife of the former Vice President, Mrs Titi Abubakar; Governor Ayodele Fayose, represented by his wife, Feyisetan; former governors of Ekiti and Oyo States, Segun Oni and Christopher Alao Akala, respectively; and PDP National factional spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, among others.

President Buhari Mourns Former Minister, Babalola Borishade

Buhari at his office

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of former Minister of Education, Professor Babalola Borishade, who died on Wednesday.

President Buhari sent his condolences to the government and people of Ekiti State, professional colleagues, political associates and friends of the renowned academic and political strategist.

According to him, Borishade’s antecedents in the academia and public service will continue to speak for generations to come.

The President made this known in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He believes Borishade distinguished himself in patriotism by diligently serving as a minister in four ministries, and initiating laudable projects and regulating structures that have remained the reference points in all the institutions after many years.

Furthermore, the President pointed out the unwavering support of the septuagenarian to the policy team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his contributions in ensuring victory at the polls for the party in 2015.

He, therefore, prayed that the almighty God grants the soul of the departed former minister eternal rest, and comfort his loved ones.

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Former Minister, Babalola Borishade Dies At 71

A Former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Professor Babalola Borishade, has died at the age of 71.

The minister, who according to reports, died in London after a brief illness, served in different ministries between 1999-2011.

He was also a teacher, a political strategist and an electrical engineer.

Meanwhile, his former colleague and Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, described his death as a monumental loss, saying he was a good elder brother, who would be missed by the entire nation.

5.2bn Naira Aviation Scam: AGF’s Request Stalls Trial Of Borishade, Others

EFCC on BorishadeHearing on a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the former Minister of Aviation, Babalola Borishade and four others, has been stalled on the request of the Attorney General of the Federation for a brief on the matter.

Mr Borishade and four others were to appear before Justice Abubakar Umar of the High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, both parties were present in court, but Justice Umar informed them that the matter could not go on as planned, as the AGF had requested for a brief on the case by the EFCC since the matter had been in court for about seven years.

“He presented a letter dated February 2 from the AGF requesting for an adjournment of the case and records of court proceedings so far.

“Counsel to the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, told the court that his hands were tied with regards to continuing the proceeding, as the AGF, being the Chief Law Officer, has power over him,” the statement read.

The statement further read that Mr Okoroma said that “under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and Section 174 of the Constitution, the AGF has the power to take over, continue or discontinue a case”.

Counsel to the first defendant, Kehinde Ogunwumiju and Regina Okotie- Eboh, representing the 4th and 5th defendants, who had initially sought for a dismissal of the case which was earlier slated for ruling on Wednesday, could not have their applications taken as a result of the letter from the AGF.

Justice Umar adjourned the case to February 17, 2016 for ruling and continuation of hearing pending the decision of the AGF.

Mr Borishade, his former personal assistant, Tunde Dairo, and two others allegedly mismanaged a 5.2 billion Naira Aviation Safe Tower contract.

Others on trial for the alleged offence are former Managing Director of Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, Rowland Iyayi; an Australian, George Eider and Avsatel Communications Limited.

The suspects were arraigned on November 19, 2009 by the EFCC on a 15-count charge of taking bribe and forging aviation contract documents.