The National Coordinator, Oodua People’s Congress ( OPC) and Convener of the global Yoruba movement, Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), Otunba Gani Adams has described the late scholar and writer, Pa Adebayo Faleti “as a true and thorough Oodua breed who imbibed early and exhibited the Omoluabi traits till the end”.
Condoling with the family of the late writer in particular and Yoruba people in general via a statement issued by his Publicity Secretary, Bar. Yinka Oguntimehin in Lagos on Wednesday, Adams who extolled the virtues of the late Pa Faleti commended him for his role as a good custodian of the Yoruba culture, adding that the late artist did his best in ensuring that the Yoruba culture continue to maintain its enviable place of uniqueness.
Adams who said he received news of the demise of Pa Faleti with mixed feelings said “even though it was painful losing an institution like Baba, whom i would have loved to still see around longer than now, yet, i give God the glory for keeping him around for about 90 eventful and productive years which many can bear testimony he virtually lived for the establishment and promotion of the yoruba arts and culture”
According to the OPC leader, Pa Faleti could be said to have ran a good race and fulfilled his destiny because he was able to make his mark “not just as a Yoruba scholar, but as an exemplary father whose handiwork would speak for till the end of time”
Admonishing Odua children to take a cue from the late Faleti by promoting the Yoruba culture, Otunba Adams canvassed that Nigerians of the Oduduwa stock at home and the diaspora should not shy away from the responsibility of ensuring the Yoruba nation takes its place by supporting every effort that will unite her citizen and promote her culture and cause.
“It is a thing of pride to be a yoruba man or woman, it is also a virtuous thing to be an entrenched yoruba native who will not hesitate to promote the Yoruba culture and ideals, irrespective of position and status.
“It is my fervent prayer that God will give us the fortitude to bear the colossal loss of the departed, as well as give us the courage to promote the Yoruba culture, even beyond where Pa Faleti would have envisaged if he was alive” the statement concluded.