Barely two weeks to the untimely death of Senator representing Osun Central, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke and the controversy generated by the sudden death and the proposed inquiry into the unfortunate incident, a call has gone to the family of the deceased senator to allow and support the planned coroner inquest being arranged by the state government to unravel the fact behind the senator’s death.
This advice was handed down by the Coalition of Oodua Self Determination Group (GOSEG) in a statement issued in Osogbo on Monday which was signed by the chairman of its coordinating council, Comrade Ifedayo Ogunlana, and the secretary, Comrade Rasak Olookoba.
The organization stressed that in advanced societies, when an incident of such happens, it is only a coroner’s inquest that will be set up to unravel the mystery the death.
According to COSEG, “The sudden demise of Senator Adeleke has thrown up so many issues as it was untimely and more so with the foul play being suspected. We want to commend the Government for setting up a coroner inquest panel so as to unravel the mystery behind the sudden death of the Senator. Also, it is pertinent to equally call on the Adeleke family not to outrightly condemn the coroner inquest, but support the government in the pursuit of truth.
“A responsible and responsive government having interest in knowing the cause of the death of one of its state’s prominent citizens has set up the coroner inquest to bring out the real reason behind the death.
“Our position remains that the family, though pained by the death, should join the government to unravel the mystery behind the death and if it suspects the attempt by the government to politicise or doctor it, can call on the government to include their representative in the panel.”
The group said further that as Yoruba people, highly knowledgeable and educated, traditional means could be effectively used to reveal causes of the death.
It added, “And a normal practice now in a sane clime in the event of sudden death like this, is for the government to set up an inquest.
The family should therefore cooperate with government in this task of unravelling the real cause of senator Adeleke. As a politician of huge followership, there will be divergent opinions as to the real cause of his death,it’s only a coroner inquest that can reveal the actual cause of the senator’s death.”
COSEG also advised politicians not to create unnecessary tension over the death of the amiable senator who was adjudged by all to be peace-loving and accommodating.
It said, “Politicians should desist from playing politics with this unfortunate development but to join the government in the task of unravelling the cause or causes of his death,rather than blaming each other for the death of Senator Adeleke.”
The group also commiserated with the family, government and people of the state of Osun over the unfortunate incident and prayed for peaceful repose of his soul.