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Official Statement on the Passing of Ekiti State Deputy Governor Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka | by Governor Kayode Fayemi



Funmilayo OlayinkaMy dear good people of Ekiti State,

With grief in my heart, I address you today on the passage of our Deputy Governor, Mrs Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka. In the evening of yesterday, April 6, 2013, the death of Mrs Olayinka occurred after a long but spirited battle with cancer. This was duly communicated to the public immediately her death was confirmed in a statement from the Government of Ekiti State.

This is indeed a trying period in the life of our dear state. We have been aware of the health challenges of our Deputy Governor which culminated in the government issuing a statement a month ago when she commenced a sick leave during which we requested that you remember her in your prayers. In the course of her ailment, she battled gallantly and availed herself of the best medical services within and outside Nigeria.

In all of these challenges, I was of the belief that because of her courage and determination to live, she would pull through her health challenges. But man proposes and God disposes. She lost the battle.

Fellow citizens of Ekiti State, I am pained by the exit of our Deputy Governor who was my ready partner in our collective quest to develop our dear state. As my dependable ally in the struggle to free Ekiti, she was a consistent bulwark of support, especially through the period of the judicial struggle to reclaim our mandate. I was never in doubt of her unalloyed loyalty, competence and integrity. I shall miss her greatly. In the course of our struggle, she also became my wife’s best friend.

As my Deputy, she was a hardworking, God fearing, reliable and trustworthy companion. She served our people meritoriously in various capacities, overseeing key units of government including the Ekiti State Economic Management Team; Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Ekiti State Tenders Board; the State Pilgrims Welfare Board; the Branding and Communications Strategy e.t.c. Among her several achievements in office, she would be particularly remembered for overseeing the birthing of a new brand identity for the state; restoring the dignity and honour of our people and bequeathing brand identity icons that have become unifying forces among our people regardless of age, gender, or socio-political leanings. Her unique legacy is that active participation and high achievement in politics and governance should not exclude women; this is particularly instructive in our society today as we pursue inclusion in every sector of national life.

She was a virtuous family woman and devout Christian who served God practically and diligently, touching many lives in compassion and humility. Even as we mourn the dearly departed, we are consoled by the fact that she has gone to rest with the Lord and thus she is free from the burdens and worries of this earthly realm.

In reflection of the mood of our state in this trying moment, a period of seven-day mourning shall commence from this moment during which all flags in the state will fly at half mast. During this period also, all state official ceremonies will be suspended.

Condolence registers have been opened in the Governor’s and Deputy Governor’s offices, Government House, the State House of Assembly, her residence and the Liaison offices in Lagos and Abuja.

The State shall liaise with her family in preparation for a full state burial. I also use this opportunity to request that you remember the family she has left behind in your prayers.

Olufunmilayo Adunni Olayinka, Akoni Obinrin, Moremi Ekiti, Sun re o.

I wish all of us the courage and the fortitude to bear the loss.

Thank You and God bless.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi,
Ekiti State, Nigeria


  1. gistyinka

    April 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    rip to the late… this is big blow to the ekiti state people…

  2. colourfulbutterfly

    April 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    what a beautiful woman!
    cancer is a bitch!
    Oh! When shall the cure be found?
    I pray fervently>

  3. Partyrider

    April 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm sad. may God rest her soul and comfort her family 🙁

  4. Raheem Kamoli Akande.

    April 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Onbehalf me and my family ,I send my condolenced to the govt of Ekiti , ACN and good of Ekiti state on the news of death of their Deputy Governor.Mrs Fumilay Adunni Olayinka, May her soul Rest in Peace.

  5. The Fairy GodSister

    April 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    May her soul rest in peace.

  6. ronny

    April 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Rip!my former deputy governor.

  7. miss Tee

    April 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    So sad.May God comfort her family.

  8. sunki

    April 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm


    Olufunmilayo Adunni Olayinka, Akoni Obinrin, Moremi Ekiti, Sun re o.

  9. Mz Socially Awkward...

    April 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    That is very sad news 🙁 Another life cut short way too early. I pray that her family receive the comfort needed as they mourn her.

  10. Bolade

    April 7, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    May her soul rest in peace…na wa for the way cancer is so rampant nowadays!

  11. sista

    April 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    man, she was such a great leader. so sobering

  12. Berry Dakara

    April 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Wow. May she RIP

  13. mum enoch

    April 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    MaY her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

  14. A Ajepe

    April 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    The pains and the agonies of this world, you’ll see them no more. Rest in the bosom of your Lord.
    Omo alagbado aya iyatan, Arimona gbe sinu agbado, sun re o

    • Vicky Faleye

      April 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Hm!!! My heart has been so heavy since my mum called to give me the sad news yesterday morning!

  15. JAUNTY

    April 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    That was really sad.

  16. Oyewole lawrence pastor

    April 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    May her soul rest in peace, and only almighty God will console her aged parent she left behind

  17. SS

    April 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    May God rest her dear soul

  18. All about Nigeria

    April 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    may her gentle soul rest in prefect peace. its really sad.

  19. ebrufles

    April 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    sad rest in peace ma

  20. R

    April 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Very sad. May God comfort her family.

  21. Miss Mo

    April 8, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Awwwww, just learnt today that she was my mom’s friend. So terribly sad. My mom said she was a genuine soul and great woman who was so afraid to die. I pray God gives her family fortitude and strength to carry on. Never met you ma but pray your sweet soul rests in eternal peace. Amen. 🙁

  22. Tosin

    April 8, 2013 at 6:56 am



    April 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    May her soul rest in perfect peace

  24. pynk

    April 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

    May She RIP! but question why was she still deputy governor in time of illness? They didnt ask her to step down? Sometimes this clinging on to power is just ridiculous.

  25. x factor

    April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am


  26. Hurperyermie

    April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

    this is really sad i pray that God will grant her mother and family the fortitude to bear the loss

  27. Bolanle

    April 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

    May her gentle soul rest in peace. Her parents are both alive and my deepest condolences go out to them.

  28. Vicky Faleye

    April 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Aunty Funmi, I really do not know what to say. May your soul rest in God’s comfort. 🙁

  29. Grace

    April 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    🙁 I didnt even know she was fighting cancer,sometimes we just stand from afar,admiring some persons,wishing we were just like them but will never know the kind of pains they go through at night…I have always admired her.May her soul find peace and i pray God to have mercy and comfort the family she left behind.(Amen)


    April 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    On behalf of my family,we today felicitate with the family of the rare gem,the demise deputy Governor of Ekiti State Mrs Olufunmilayo Adunni Olayinka.May God grant the octogenarian parents,husband,children of the diseased the fortitude to bare the loss of the icon.MRS OLUFUNMILAYO ADUNNI OLAYINKA REST IN PEACE.


    April 9, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Your death was lamentable and a setback.May God grant the octogenarian parents of the deceased,her children,husband,well wisher and the whole Ekiti state in general,the fortitude to bear the loss of an icon.What has made a very beatiful woman to depart like that?your death sound abysmal.

  32. Morenike

    April 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

    RIP!!!!! May her soul rest in bosom of d Lord.

  33. Doyin Dada

    April 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    This is very sad. I feel so pained. The DG was such a pleasant woman. A professional to the core and not these ‘jeun jeun’ politicians making so much noise in the State. The Good Lord shall comfort the families and Ekiti people in general. The Governor should remain focussed in governance . May the soul of Mrs Olayinka rest in peace.

  34. falade Saheed adekunle

    April 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Ope ni fun olorun mama oku mama lo sinmi laya olugbala ni ki olorun ko te mama si afefe rere amin,Abiamo tooto

  35. Orenuse Omoboriowo

    April 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    it really sad , may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. We love u but God’s love u more than us.

  36. Maxwell Godwin

    April 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    This life is jst vanity upon vanity! is appointed unto a man 2 die…rest in peace..our deputy governor

  37. jekpe joy

    April 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Love u forever mum! She was indeed a great woman! A mentor to me. I served in ekiti state. I can never forget this GREAT ICON!


    April 27, 2013 at 1:06 am


  39. Betty

    April 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    May her soul rest in perfect peace. This is a lesson to all, contribute to building your world. Above all Choose life, Choose Christ, for you to have a hope of peaceful eternity wen you leave dis life.

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