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Friday, April 29, 2016

Ekiti NMA buries three more doctors, driver amidst tears

Fayose-EkitiEmotion ran high on Thursday during the
commendation/funeral service for three more
medical doctors from Ekiti State and their driver
at the Nigerian Medical Association’s secretariat
on Ado-Iyin road.

The four were among six doctors and a driver
that died on Sunday along Abuja-Kaduna
Expressway on their way to the Annual
Delegates Meeting of the NMA in Sokoto.

Those given the last honour were the late Dr.
Atolani Adeniyi, Senior Health Officer with the
Ekiti Hospitals Management Board; the late Dr.
J.B. Ogunseye, who served as Senior Dental
Officer at the General Hospital, Ifaki; the late
Dr. Olayiwola Olajide who until his death was
the President of the Association of Resident
Doctors, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital,
and a driver of the NMA, Mr. Olowookere
Ajibola.

Ogunseye and Olajide were buried at the
premises of the NMA secretariat while the
remains of Adeniyi and Olowookere were
conveyed to their communities for interment.
The remains of two other victims, the late Dr.
Alexander Akinyele, who was a Resident Doctor,
Community Medicine, Federal Teaching
Hospital, Ido Ekiti, and the late Dr. O.J. Taiwo, a
consultant, Anatomic Pathologist at EKSUTH, will
be buried at a later date.

A consultant General Surgeon at FETHI, the late
Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, had been buried on
Wednesday after a funeral service held in his
honour at the Redeemed Christian Church of
God, Life Fountain Cathedral, Ado Ekiti.
It was learnt that Taiwo’s burial was delayed
because he died barely 24hrs after the death of
his mother.

The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola,
represented Governor Ayodele Fayose at the
event which was also attended by the House of
Assembly Speaker, Kola Oluwawole; the Head of
Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka; Chief of Staff,
Dipo Anisulowo, and other top government
officials.

The House Committee Chairman, Dr. Samuel
Omotosho, said the governor had given approval
for automatic employment of the wives of
Akinyele and Olajide.
Emotion heightened during the dust to dust rite
when Ogunseye’s wife, Omolara, who had been
crying all day started shouting “don’t go, don’t
go.”

Olajide’s wife also insisted that the casket be
opened for him to see the face of her late
husband. “That’s him, that’s him,” she shouted
breaking down in tears again.
Pastor Olurotimi Sanya, in a sermon entitled,

“Teach us to number our days,” described
human life as very short and ephemeral.
Urging the audience to always prepare for the
day of death, he added that everything had its
time.

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most
Rev. Felix Ajakaye, offered prayers for the
families of the deceased and also urged the
people to fulfil all the promises made to them.

“To lose one’s husband, brother, friend and
confidant is enough trauma. Please, don’t let the
widows suffer. The properties left behind, they
worked together as husband and wife. I will
appeal to you, don’t let them suffer.”

Olusola urged the families of the deceased to
take heart during the period of grief, pledging
the support of the state government to them.
He said, “When God says it is time, it is time.
When your own day comes, what will people say
about you. And when my own time comes what
will the people say about me?

“We all have our own today and tomorrow but
the greatest tomorrow is the one that will meet
us at the feet of Christ. Let us learn from our
departed brothers. They died in active service,
they were hardworking and diligent.”

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