By Innocent Anaba
Friday, December 05, 2003
LAGOS—Widow of late former Military Governor of Lagos State, Air Commodore Gbolahan Adio Mudasiru, Mrs Foluke Mudasiru yesterday said that her husband was buried in London to forestall a breakdown of law and order, because officers of the Nigerian Air force and the Lagos State government were heading for a showdown, because of disagreement over the burial plans of her late husband.Addressing journalists in Lagos, Mrs Mudasiru said that while the remains of her husband was still in the mortuary in London, the Lagos state governor and some family members of her husband went behind her back to make burial arrangement, without getting her involved. But when Officers of the Air Force heard of it, they were infuriated. She said bringing her husband to be buried in Lagos under that atmosphere would have caused a breach of the peace and order.
Narrating her ordeal before the burial, she said that when she got the news of her husband’s death, an associate of her husband came to her and told her, he would arrange for her to go to London, but half way into the arrangement, the man backed out, and despite repeated calls, she did not hear from him again, and she had to find her way to London. She said that on getting to London, she went to the mortuary and was told that one Ms Taiwo Adeyanju Erewa had instructed that no body should be given access to her late husband body.According to her, she also learnt that arrangement had already been concluded to bury her husband without her knowledge and that the funeral director, where the remains of her husband was deposited, was even surprised when she identified herself as the wife of the late Commodore. She said that she changed the entire plan, as she did not want to be shut out from the arrangement, and communicated same to members of her husband family who however disagreed with her.
According to her, the Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos state, also got involved, as he wrote several letters to the funeral directors on when the burial will take place. She said that, when she spoke with the governor, she was told that she was not supposed to know, as the burial was going to be a state burial.