Ikorodu was thrown into a mourning mood on Saturday, April 23, 2022, when the news of the death of Alhaji Anibaba Wakiludeen ‘Lemmy’ Obafemi, popularly called, ‘School Boy Lemmy’, filtered into the town.
Lemmy, who had been sick for months, THE IMPACT gathered, died in a hospital early Saturday, at the age of 65.
His remains were returned to Ikorodu and buried in accordance with Islamic rites at his house at Aluko Street, Igbe, Ikorodu, amidst tears and wailing by family members, friends, former students and members of his alumni association (OCOSAN), who were all unable to come to terms with his death.
The grand Chief Imam, Ikorodu Division, Alhaji Sefiudeen Olowo-Oribi, led family members and sypathizers in performing the final prayer on his remains before interment.
Anibaba, an alumni of the premier college in Ikorodu, Oriwu College, was a chieftain and one of the major financiers of the Oriwu College Old Students’ Association of Nigeria (OCOSAN) and a former teacher who taught for several years in the same school.
He retired as Principal, Lagos State Model College, Igbokuta, Imota.
The late Anibaba was a strong pillar of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Ikorodu branch.
Anibaba was also a Council Administrator who was loved by many teachers in both primary and secondary schools because of his caring, humanitarian and administrative acts and capacity.
While alive, many loved him because of his jovial nature and related easily with people.
While in service, Anibaba was a force to reckon with and a go-getter regarding the matters of teachers and even after retirement, he was still playing a leading role in that regard.
He had a record of helping many into service and others in politics, most of whom he had crossed their paths at one time or the other.
Engr. Charles Longe, the immediate past National President, Oriwu College Old Students’ Association of Nigeria (OCOSAN), who spoke with THE IMPACT from abroad, described late Lemmy Anibaba as a dedicated, trustworthy, honest and committed individual who OCOSAN is going to miss greatly.
The former National President added that the deceased stood by and supported OCOSAN and that the body never abandoned him while he was sick.
He prayed that God should grant his family and OCOSAN and other groups that he left behind the capacity and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss his death has caused.
The Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who spoke with our reporter when the news of late Lemmy death filtered in, also described him as a great and supportive man who always gives to others.
He said that his death is a great loss to Ikorodu, teaching profession and the entire state in general.