Akire of Ikire-Ile mourns Tafa Balogun

Akire of Ikire-Ile mourns Tafa Balogun
The Akire of Ikire-Ile in Olaoluwa Local Government Area of Osun State Ọba AbdulAzeez Olatunbosun Adebamiji has mourned the demise of former Inspector General of Police, Mr Tafa Balogun.

The monarch who extolled the virtues of the late Police boss, commiserated with the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun Bibire and the people of Ila on the death of the former IGP.

He said the late Polie chief assisted many while on earth, saying that those who came across him during his sojourn on earth.

His words "I was never privileged to meet Tafa Balogun one on one before his demise, but by virtue of living in Ila-Orangun and interacting with his people for more than a decade, I can attest to his sterling qualities of humility, generosity and undiluted commitment to community development.

"Mustafa Adebayo Balogun rose to the position of Inspector General of Police (IGP) and was never power intoxicated. Despite his position or rank in the Nigeria Police Force, he was amiable and respectful. Tafa Balogun was a foremost son of Igbomina that is fantastically generous. 

"This is evident in so many testimonies of the people of Ila-Orangun on how he impacted positively in their lives. He assisted quite a good number of sons and daughters of Ila-Orangun to secure Federal government appointment particularly in the NPF, Military and other paramilitary agencies. His empowerment drive cuts across all categories of people irrespective of political or religious beliefs.

"The former IGP was a builder, not a destroyer! His commitment to community development propelled him to facilitate Police College to his hometown, Ila-Orangun. His immense contribution led to the completion of the new ultramodern Ila-Orangun Central Mosque.

"It is on record that the former IGP, Tafa Balogun supervised the dismantling of the dreaded Okija Shrine where disgruntled elements traded in human parts during the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo. He facilitated the promotion of quite a good number of Police officers in history and equally recruited the highest number of able bodied young men into the Nigeria Police Force.

"Tafa Balogun lived a purposeful life and will live forever in the hearts and minds of his people. Even his adversaries knew that he was a very nice person.

"I commiserate with the Alayeluwa Oba Wahab Kayode Oyedotun, Bibiire I, the Orangun of Ila-Orangun; the former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande; the immediate and extended family of Tafa Balogun as well as the good people of Ila-Orangun on the transition of their illustrious son. May the Almighty Allâh give them the mental strength to bear the irreparable loss.

"I wish to meet with Tafa Balogun, not on the planet earth, but in Paradise (Al-Jannah)! He has his shortcomings, so does everyone of us. May Allâh, Subhânahu Wa Taa'la forgive his shortcomings, overlook his sins, reward him abundantly for his good deeds and grant him Al-Jannah Fridaouz," he added.

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