The committee organising for the burial of departed Engineer Ebenezer Adeboye Komolafe has sent its appreciation to the Nigerian community for the precision with which they responded to the campaign, which was launched few weeks ago.
Already, the committee members have been overwhelmed with calls and requests by members of the public on developments about the burial while several programmes in the media had emphasized that Nigerians in the United Kingdom must not allow the body to be cremated, in sympathy for the calls by the deceased 15 year old boy.
Mama Erelu Lola Ayonrinde, the former Mayor of Wandworth, South East London thanking Nigerians and friends of Nigerians for their overwhelming response since the campaign said the spirit with which Nigerians responded to the plight of the deceased and his 15-year old Gabriel Komolafe had been unprecedented, adding that Nigerians had shown immense interest and love for the deceased family.
He however urged that Nigerians should work harder to close ranks and create a better care and a social oriented workable future for all Nigerian citizens in the United Kingdom.
“The response has given me a special joy as a campaigner for unity and love among Nigerians and Engineer Komolafe’s case has launched such unity and community closeness”, she told EMNnews.com.
The 15-year-old had cried out that he did not want Social Services adoption as he wanted to remain embalmed in his background Yoruba culture.
Gabriel also advocated for a befitting burial for his daddy in a special message saying that his body was being threatened to be cremated and that he wanted a legacy for other coming generation in the family.
The boy appealed for financial assistance to enable the family embark on normal burial as the dad left no financial resources behind due to the former engineer’s condition.
Among those who had responded to his appeal were the Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom(CANUK), Nollywood Television, Christ Apostolic Church ( Outreach Circuit Headquarters Tottenham), Chief (Mrs) Yemisi Agunbiade-Sanusi and Celestial Church of Christ,(Living Word Parish) in North London.
CANUK launched a massive financial appeal in the social media and the press, with its Chairman, Mr Abimbola Roberts Afolayan inviting Gabriel and his current guardian, Yetunde Olodo(aka Mama 70) to a dinner organised by the organisation to welcome Nigeria’s contingent to the London 2012 Olympics.
A sum of over £1000 was raised during the dinner.
However, with all arrangement now on top gear, the body of Mr Komolafe will be buried within the next two weeks, having been handed over to Funeral Director by the Hospice Home harboring his remains.
Members of the public are however requested to stop forthwith all payments to those accounts made available through this medium and others pending the opening of Gabriel Komolafe’s Trust Fund Account which will be made available after the burial of Engineer Komolafe.
“The Burial Committee members are very transparent and since the money collected is for the purpose of the burial and belong to the public, they will all be accounted for with the remaining amount set to open the Trust Fund for the son of the bereaved”, Erelu Ayonrinde emphasised.
We members of the organising committee for the burial of Engineer Boye Komolafe are seizing this opportunity to thank all those who contributed and are still contributing to Engineer Boye Komolafe burial Fund . It has been amazing how you all well-wishers responded to the Appeal Fund and as things are now, we are duty bound to stop all payments until further notice when a Trust Fund account will be opened in the name of Gabriel Komolafe, the 15 year old son of the deceased.
We implore every body that contributed to the Fund to please register under this story and state specifically the amount contributed towards the Fund to enable the committee reconcile the provided account where the Fund has been channeled. Thanking you in millions. May you all meet GOD at every point of your needs. Once again, Thank you ! We love you all!
Contact Phones: Erelu Ayorinde: 07535179935,
Fatai Ogunribido: 07508609114
Nataniel Oyinloye: CANUK Welfare Officer: 07535483252