Mon. Nov 30th, 2020

IN RETROSPECT: THE LIFE OF A POLITICAL PARAGON

Born on the 28th of November, 1955, to the family of Late Alhaji Rabiu and Mrs. Mariamo Taiwo Osinowo, in their residency of Ijebu Ode, Ogun state, was a man of humble beginnings, void of titles and standings.

He was given a simple name, Adebayo Sikiru, just like all men before him, with one exception, he was born with an innate desire to revolutionize his country.

After studying Building Technology in Italy at lnstituto per Geometri, he started his business career in 1977, as a Land Officer at the Federal Ministry of Works till 1979. Over the years, after a sturdy foundational experience from the ministry, he went on to become the Managing Director of several successful construction companies.

His venture into politics began with a well-deserved breakthrough position, and his undeterred journey till the very end of his career is nothing short of enthralling. From serving as Youth Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the second republic, under the chairmanship of late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, to becoming a four-time member of the Lagos state house of assembly (2003-2019), and then a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019, representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, while also serving as Chairman of the Senate Committee on industries. All these remarkable feats are nothing short of a great man fulfilling what had already been written.

Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo was known prominently for being a man of the people. Pepper or Pepperitto as they fondly called him, listened to everyone, from every corner of the state. He lent a hand, he comforted, he aided, and always left his doors open. His selfless approach to solving the problems of others no matter what it required of him is incomparable. Irrespective of his limited capabilities, he gave all he had anyway. His kind heart, empathy and compassion, were only matched by his wit, charisma and ingenuity.

To his political colleagues he was a peacekeeper and rift-tender, a levelheaded lieutenant of order. He tended to his duties with an appreciation for all the privilege his position gave him, and love and unwavering dedication to his country and its progress. To his constituents, he was a singular voice of all their hopes, dreams, cries and worries. He was an umbrella against the cruel downpour of afflictions and an unfair economy.

The measure of the true greatness of a man is not in his possessions or power, but what he does with them. It is in the impact and impression he leaves on the world. And at the age of 64, still a far cry from existential retirement, our entire nation weeps for the blanketed flame of a rare soul by the hands of fate.

Our world is now irrefutably changed because Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo graced its surface, sowing the virtuous seeds of his soul wherever his feet touched, now it is left to us to carry on his legacy by watering those seeds till they bloom magnificent flowers of the very ideals he embodied.

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.’

Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo was a great many things to many people, but to the people of Kosofe L.G, he was and will always remain a tenacious ember of loyalty, generosity, hope and love.

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