Monday, 17 August 2015

J.B. Ajayi told me in 2013 that he would die in 2015 — Rev. Father Peter Assumpta + Why Orin Ekiti lacks Unity


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Chief Bosede Ajayi in his 30s

This moving sermon in the form of a paper was delivered in Orin Ekiti on Friday August 7, 2015 during the Service of Songs and Wake Keep Service of late Author, Teacher and Pillar of Catholic Church in Orin Ekiti in Ekiti North Local Government Area of Ekiti State-South West Nigeria, late Chief John Bosede Ajayi. Chief John Bosede Ajayi is the father of business woman extra-ordinary and wife of former Minister of Police Affairs, General David  Jemibewon; Madam Dupe Jemibewon.

Asabeafrika got the exclusive right from the Father Pater Assumpta Ajayi (Ph-D) to publish the text for global knowledge of Orin Ekiti and the role of the deceased in her development. Enjoy!

“Psalm 90: 10 – “Adorin ni ojo  ori eda, ogorin fun alagbara, Baba  (J.B. Ajayi) reached the Biblical Age of 70, he  was 80 and now 85. Alagbara ni Baba” (Baba was a superman).
“I have come not to praise Caesar but to bury him, the evil that men do live after them,” the good that men do also live after them. The good that Baba John Abosede Ajayi did is already living after him. John Abosede Ajayi was a controversial person.
I am happy it is now between him and God.
My late mother Chief Mrs. Esther Omoyemi Ajayi; Late Mons; Anthony Ogunleye Oguntuyi and Baba J.B. Ajayi had premonitions about their deaths. Baba J.B Ajayi told me in 2013 that he would die in 2015 and here we are--he is dead.



Ex-Minister of External Affairs, Tunde Adewale with Ex-Minister of Police Affairs David Jemibewon listening to Rev. Father Assumpta's Message
How Baba predicted his own death
Three months before he died, he said   to every one around him: “father Assumpta must be at my burial” I am here therefore today to honour you Baba. Chief J.B Ajayi may God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit and may all the Saints and Angels of heaven honour you Amen.
“Let us call a “Spade a Spade” there is no unity and love among the king (Olorin) and the people of Orin: there is no unity between the people of Orin. There is no unity among the quarters (Streets) of Orin. There is no unity; and love among the people of Orin themselves”
Members of laity of St. John Catholic Church, Orin Ekiti exchanging notes before Father Assumpta's arrival
The University of Life
Life is but a school, a college or a university if you like. Chief John Bosede Ajayi passed with distinctions in all the school he went to in life. In politics Baba Egbe of Saint John’s, Orin Ekiti passed with a distinction. In   family life, Osi Balogun, Ikolaba, Ibadan, passed with a distinction. In human relations, Adeyelu of Usi – Ekiti passed with a distinction.
As a father of his children, Baba passed with a distinction; as a seasoned Christian Catholic, Baba passed with a distinction. Baba J.B Ajayi is saying to everybody here today: “weep not for me weep for yourselves, what you are now I was, what I am now you will soon be”. I, John Bosede Ajayi,I  am already being poured out like a libation and the time of my departure has come, I have competed. I have finished the race I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me11 Timothy 4:  6 – 8.

Mrs. Modupe Jemibewon & Her Siblings during the Wake Keep Service
Baba's First Child, Mrs. Modupe Jemibewon
What Baba stood for while alive?
John Abosede Ajayi stood for love, unity, peace and harmony in his lifetime.
You that you are still alive what do you stand for? Or do you stand for hatred, malice, rumors, gossip, injustices and what have you?
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost, when health is lost something lost, but when character is lost everything is lost”
The children of J.B Ajayi
i.                    Chief (Mrs.) Agnes Modupe Jemibewon
ii.                  Dr. Dayo Ajayi
iii.                Dr. Tunde Ajayi
iv.                Dr. ((Mrs.) Ajoke Akintade
v.                  Barrister Abimbola Bankole Ajayi
vi.                Pharmacist (Mrs.) Funmilayo Jegede
Definition: Unity is a state of being united, Living together in harmony.
National unity is essential in time of war (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English, 1980).
Christ has come to restore the world to unity, a single human family. We are family of God, Christians, Muslims, traditionalists or FREE THINKERS if there are such people among us here. It is the same blood that flows through our veins that flowed through the blood of Jesus 2,015 years ago. This is good news! Jesus Christ came to save every people including the people of Orin-Ekiti and every individual human being. He came to meet every person on the cultural path inherited from the ancestors. It is clear from the Bible, Quran and Odu-ifa that all human being are one.
Without any doubt, all the people in this world originated from the same source-God (Gen. 1. 27, Quran 35:1, Oju Odu Ifa Mererindinlogun, Abimbola, 1977).

Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon with Uncles
Professor Tunde Adewale & General David Jemibewon at Baba JB Ajayi's Wake Keep
HISTORY OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE
Idowu (1962, p. 11), opined that: “the first creature here below, the original home of all things, the place from which the day dawns, the enchanted holy city; the home of divinities and mysterious spirits”.
The above statement of Idowu is a demonstration to us that Yoruba people regard the city of Ile-ife as their traditional cradle and shrine. Ile-Ife used to be the sacred loadstone, which filled the Yoruba everywhere with a deep yeaning for pilgrimage.
 It was a city of manifold mysteries: the grove of OLOFEFURE- a divinity reputed for the habit of hailing and welcoming visitors, even from a distance with laughter, and joy as one would do to a friend.
The shrine of the “MOON” – a slab-like stone through which one could see shades of the departed among whom one was sure to recognize a deceased relation; the OPA ORANMIYAN (the staff of the Divinity) – which was a war staff planted at the entrance to Oranmiyan’s grove when he vowed never to come out again in the visible form to champion the cause of men on earth (Ajiboye, 1980). All these demonstrate the unity of the Yoruba people.

Rev Father Peter Assumpta Ajayi (Ph-D) with other clergies during Baba JB Ajayi's Wake Keep Service @ Orin Ekiti
HISTORY OF ORIN PEOPLE  
As it is with all the Yoruba people, the people of Orin also migrated from Ile-Ife. All the sons and daughters of ODUDUWA- the king settled in Orin; hence, it is called the house of APELUA. There must be UNITY among the so many sons and daughters of ODUDUWA to be able to settle in Orin.
Rev. Father (Dr.) Peter Assumpta Ajayi (Ph-D)
NEED FOR UNITY IN ORIN – EKITI- THE HOME OF APELUA
God is the source of our creation, and God is unity HIMSELF, hence the creatures of God including the people of Orin cannot run away from UNITY, if they do, it is like running away from your SHADOWS. If God is UNITY HIMSELF, human beings have no reasons not to be united.
APELUA and the ANCESTORS of Orin (THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS)
The founders of this town called- ORIN- will be turning in their graves and cursing you; if they find you wanting in unity yourselves, hence DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS may be eluding you.
THE OLORIN OF ORIN-AJALAYE OMO ODUDUWA- AS A RALLYING POINT OF UNITY
The OLORIN of Orin as a representative of the ORIN’s ancestors has always been a rallying point of UNITY, if anybody disrespects him; he or she disrespect the ancestors of Orin and therefore forfeits the unity therein. Do we disrespect the OLORIN?
 If YES! You are playing with the DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS of this TOWN of APELUA.
In Exodus Chapter 35 verse 33-35, we read as follows:
            “But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak
            With Him, he took the veil off, until he came out,
            And spoke unto the children of Israel that which
            He was commanded. And the children of Israel
            Saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses
            Face shone; and Moses put the veil unto his 
            Face again, until he went in to speak with him (God).
Some grand children with Captain Mother Jokotade Oni
Baba JB Ajayi's grand daugther, Temidayo Omolola Jemibewon
In Yoruba land, high-ranking kings (OBAS) like the OLORIN of ORIN believe to be the “SONS” of ODUDUWA veiled their faces when coming out of their ancient places.
This is similar to Moses. In spiritual parlance, Moses was a Yahweh much as the TOP YORUBA OBAS like the OLORIN OF ORIN were and ought to be initiates of ODUDUWA. Two other principal initiative of Yehweh in Hebrew mythology is Prophet ELIJAH and our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. This was very much illustrated and exemplified in the RITUAL OF TRANSFIGURATION on MOUNT Tabor in Israel of old.
Idowu (1962) explained this mystery as follows:
“It is an observable fact that it is not custom of Yoruba’s to treat “familiarity” with their kings. In the olden days, unless a person belonged to the highest rank in the community, he might never have a slightest chance of seeing the king throughout his or her life time; for example, the Ooni of Ile-Ife, in consequence of his status, used to be held in so much reverence that it was almost impossible for any, except the very few who were privileged to behold his face or the gate of his palace. It is often said of  Alaafin of Oyo:
“IRO LANGBO, OJU O TA ALAAFIN”-
“WE HEAR ONLY REPORTS, EYES DO NOT SEE THE ALAAFIN”. ( Omoleye 2005) opined that there is a line of mystical contact that brings the overshadowing spirit of ODUDUWA into the lives of distinguished (Obas) like the Olorin of Orin in Yoruba land once initiated into the kingship mystery.

Baba's younger brothers, Afolabi, Dele and Eniola
Some of Late Baba J.B. Ajayi's brothers at the funeral
WHY ORIN EKITI MUST UNITE
Let us call a “Spade a Spade” there is no unity and love among the king (Olorin) and the people of Orin: there is no unity between the people of Orin.
There is no unity among the quarters (Streets) of Orin. There is no unity; and love among the people of Orin themselves; is there any unity and love between the Olorin and his chiefs? Is there any unity between the chiefs themselves?
If these questions begging for answers cannot be answered by all sons and daughters of Orin adequately well, the future at best is very blinking and cloudy. Therefore, unity, progress, peace, and development will certainly elude all the various facets of Orin, morally, psychologically, religiously and above all fundamentally.

Baba JB Ajayi's Condolence Register
Reverend Father Peter Assumpta Ajayi (Ph-D) with other clergy during the Service of Songs
SOLUTIONS TO LACK OF UNITY IN ORIN EKITI
1.      All the people or stakeholders of Orin must respect, honour and worship the Almighty God.
2.      The shrines and temples of idols should be destroyed immediately.
3.      Respect also, must be given to the Olorin when you eventually have one.
4.      Youth of Orin must be ready to be educated, for knowledge is power and be ready to accord the king and their elders the much they deserve so that they can receive respect from their young ones’ too eventually.
5.      Parent must be ready to educate their children to the highest level, not that someone will have NCE certificate and think he/she has arrived for “Half education” is very dangerous and deadly like cancer.
6.      The people of Orin must be ready to forgive and forget the bad and the hateful hurts of the past and forge ahead for the greater tomorrow.
7.      Orin people both home and abroad must be ready to work in love, peace and harmony to move the town forward to greater heights.
Choir of St. John Catholic Church, Orin Ekiti
REFERENCES
Abimbola, W. (1977) Awon Oju Odu Mereerindinlogun- Ibadan: oxford University Press.
Ajiboye, F.(1980) Yoruba Culture and the Christian Doctrine of Marriage, Rome: Piazzale Numba Pompilio.
Hornby et al (1980). Oxford Advance Learner’s Dictionary of Current English London- Oxford University Press.
Idowu, B (1962). Olodumare, God in Yoruba belief. London University Press Omoleye, M.(2005). Who is Oduduwa? Omoleye Publishing Company Ltd.

A Paper delivered at the Service of Songs & Wake Keep of Chief John Bosede Ajayi by Reverend Father Peter Assumpta Ajayi (Ph-d) on august 7th, 2015 at Orin Ekiti
Baba J.B. Ajayi's House in Orin-Ekiti where the Wake Keep held on Friday 7th of August, 2015
(R) Mrs Nneka Ijaola of La Base Fashion with friends listening to Father Assumpta's Message

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