–By our reporter-
Igede Ekiti, one of the prominent towns in Ekiti State, South West Nigeria, witnessed a deluge of vehicular and human influx as dignitaries from all works of life – academics, judiciary, top Christian clerics, government officials trouped into the town last weekend to pay their last respect and bade final farewell to Deacon Lawrence Ojo Oni, an illustrious son of the land who was buried amidst fanfare after spending 87 fruitful years on earth.
At the funeral service, the Host Minister, Reverend Dr. M.O. Ige, Araromi Baptist Church, Igede Ekiti, reading from the book of 2 Timothy 4:6-8 admonished people to live purposeful on earth so that they can finish well. “How you started is not the issue. What you achieved is not the issue but how you ended it”. He said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Dr. Charles Oni, Head, Mass Communication Department, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, appreciated all the people that came from far and near to celebrate Pa Oni.
In his words, ” I appreciate everybody that came to celebrate our father with us. He lived a good life and we know we will all meet in heaven to part no more. Thank you for your support and love, God bless.”
Deacon Lawrence Oni before his death, was a devout Christian who served in various capacities as an usher, Sunday School teacher, leader of the Men Missionary Union, leader of the Egbe Agba Okunrin and Patron of the Royal Ambassador. He was the pioneer pastor of Baptist Church, Ifaki Ekiti.