Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Wednesday unveiled a memorial park built by his administration to immortalise late Hassan Olajoku at Gbongan junction where he was assassinated eight years ago.
Alhaji Olajoku, who was a pillar of support and financier of Oranmiyan, the political group of Aregbesola was brutally assassinated on his return trip to Lagos from Osogbo with his wife and two children.
To commemorate the eight year anniversary of Olajoku’s demise, a two kilometre Peace March took place from Oke Church junction in Gbongan to Olajoku Memorial Park at Gbongan junction led by the governor.
Aregbesola told the mammoth crowd who gathered to witness the historic occasion that because Olajoku lived his life for a worthy cause, his name will remain indelible in the minds of the people, noting that the park was part of the move by his administration to keep the late martyr of the struggle alive.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State described late Olajoku as a political titan that stood the test of time and paid the supreme sacrifice for what he believed in, hence his memory will be inscribed on the minds of his family, friends, family , political associates and admirers
Alhaja Fausat Olajokun, wife of late Hassan, went down the memory lane on how assassins murdered her husband in cold blood.
She described the governor as a true friend of her husband and thanked him for the support he has been giving to the family since the demise of her husband.
Senator Jide Omoworare, [ACN-Ife East] who was also abducted the day Olajoku was murdered at Gbongan junction recounted the exemplary life dedicated to the cause of progressive politics. He thanked Governor Aregbesola for putting to shame the callous men who killed Olajokun by not forgetting those who died in the course of the struggle.
In his address of welcome, Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Bola Ilori who is also the project coordinator of the park said the Hassan Olajokun Memorial park symbolises peace and is a monument that testifies to a change to a new lease of life.
Hon. Ilori noted that the park is significant in the sense that it speaks clearly about the return to a new era of peace, development, and progress in the State of Osun.
He noted that aside from immortalising the name of Olajoku with the park, it is part of the effort of the Aregbesola administration to beautify the entire landscape of the state.