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Jonathan, Sambo, Amosun, Anyaoku bid Abati’s mother farewell

President Goodluck Jonathan and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun were part of the dignitaries that converged on Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital Friday  to give the last respect to Madam Maria Taiwo Abati, the mother of the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the President, Reuben Abati.
The Funeral Service which was held at the Saint John’s Anglican Church, Igbehin in Abeokuta, also had in attendance  Vice President Namadi Sambo who was   represented by Mallam Umar Sanni  and former Secretary General of Common Wealth, Emeka Anyaoku.
Dr. Abati publicly betrayed emotion when he was paying tribute to his mother who he said did everything   to make him succeed in life.

From Left, Dr Reuben Abati, Robert Abati, Lanre Abati and Mr Ralph Abati and others at the grave side during the burial ceremony of their late mother
Abati could not hold his emotion again anymore when he recalled the two  most loving songs his mother liked   singing  every time.
But, President   Jonathan who was   represented by his   Chief of Staff , Chief Mike Ogiedomhe said the deceased lived a fulfilled life, evidenced in the life of Dr Reuben Abati,   adding that she didn’t just produce an intellectual who according to him, later turned a journalist, she also produced a geologist, chartered accountant   and civil servant.
The President further said that Mama   Maria Abati’s   life showed   how much   she was dedicated to her   family life and upbringing of children which he said   is the primary responsibility of parents which according to him, parents are failing in  that “ is   responsible for crimes and all forms of social ills that bedevilled our country, today.”
He said   “the deceased has led   a life of example, a life that needs to be   emulated so we are here today to celebrate because God did not just   give her 70 years   but gave her an additional 11 years . We have every reason to celebrate and I can understand why my brother Reuben started with those celebration songs that  are wonderful.
”You can see today, that there are   no political differences. All political representations are here, even religions. We have muslims right here in this Church.”
Governor Amosun in his remarks said, ”we are here to celebrate Mama because Mama lived up to 81. Yes, we would have wanted mama to live beyond   81 to be with us   till  probably 100 years, but  I   think Mama lived well.”
In his sermon titled ‘Motherhood’, the Diocesan Bishop of St John’s Anglican Church, Emmanuel Adekunle traced many of the problems in the country to the product of the evils in the home. Adekunle urged women and mothers to be careful in the upbringing of their children and put them on the right part in order to benefit the society.
While citing examples of good and devilish women in the bible and how their actions and inactions shaped the society, the cleric urged mothers to continue to be truthful to the society by producing offspring that will make the country proud but not the ones that will destroy it.
The cleric said “the testimony for the deceased is the legacy she left behind which is evidence in the success of her children adding that a true mother just like the late Madam Maria Abati should be a good house wife, house keeper, matron.

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