28th October, 2010
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed shock over theÂ untimely death of the Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. SaliuÂ Adeoti.
According to him, Adeotiâ€™s death â€œat this auspicious moment in the history of ourÂ dear state came to me as a rude shock.Â The affable deputy speaker stood like aÂ solid rock in the fight for justice, pursuit of peace and liberation of Ekiti peopleÂ from the shackles of political marauders.â€
The governor, whose statement on Adeotiâ€™s demise was made available to P.M.NEWSÂ through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Mojeed Jamiu, added: â€œWe were inÂ the trenches together for more than 42 months, fighting for justice and demandingÂ equity for our people. His short days on earth were marked with unshaken patriotism,Â as he was a quintessential generalissimo who fought and died for a principle thatÂ Ekiti people should live as freeborn. He stood against oppression andÂ neo-colonialism.â€
He said â€œAdeoti lived like a star who we did not envisage an early eclipse, but theÂ cold hands of death snatched him away and gave him eternal censorship. This,Â undoubtedly, will deny Ekiti people the much required leadership from young andÂ cerebral Saliu.
â€œWe know for sure that if there is life after life, he will live it for Ekiti peopleÂ and if God gives him another opportunity to come back, he will come again an EkitiÂ son. May your spirit continue to guide and protect the democratic principles andÂ freedom that you fought for gallantly and won for the good people of Ekiti.
â€œI pray that the Almighty God will grant your family and Ekiti people the fortitudeÂ to bear this irreparable loss. Adieu, my dear brother.â€