Former President Olusegun Obasanjo shut out his close associates and aides during the funeral of his mother-in-law, Florence Adenekan, on Friday.
Adenekan, the mother of Bola Obasanjo, one of the former president’s wife, was laid to rest on Friday at Isara in the Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The deceased died on 17 April, two days before her 90th birthday.
According to a statement issued by Kehinde Akinyemi, Special Assistant on Media to the ex-President, Obasanjo took the action to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols on public gatherings.
Akinyemi explained that his principal took the decision at the St Peter’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Remo as the service began at about 10 am.
He noted that the former Nigerian leader stood in for his wife, who was absent at the ceremony as she was said to be in the United Kingdom and could not make it to the ceremony.
The service was said to have been presided over by the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos/Bishop of Remo Diocese, Rev Dr Adesina Fape.
“Shortly after the burial service, the interment took place at the Church cemetery located behind the church, with Obasanjo leading family members to pay the dust to dust rites.
“The former President later paid homage to the four traditional rulers at Ode and Isara areas of the local government.
“The monarchs include Oba Mukaila Akanbi Olabinjo (Isara), the Iraye Remo, Oba Samuel Olatunji Kalejaiye, the Eleposo Eposo Ode Remo, Oba Albert Adebose Mayungbe and the Alaye Ode, Oba (Suvr.) Adetunji Osho,” the statement partly read.