By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.
Tears, wailing rained freely Thursday as three of the medical doctors from Ekiti State and their driver who died on Sunday along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway on their way to the Annual Delegates Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Sokoto were buried.
Their remains were committed to mother earth after a commendation/funeral service was held in their honour at the state NMA Secretariat, otherwise known as Doctors’ House along Ado-Iyin Road on Thursday.
Those who were given the last honour were the late Dr. Atolani Adeniyi, Senior Health Officer with the Hospitals Management Board; the late Dr. J.B. Ogunseye, who served as Senior Dental Officer at General Hospital, Ifaki, the late Dr. Olayiwola Olajide who until his death was the President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) Branch and the driver of the NMA bus, Mr. Olowookere Ajibola.
Ogunseye and Olajide were buried at the premises of the Doctors’ House 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 (FETHI) and the late Dr. O.J. Taiwo, a consultant Anatomic Pathologist at EKSUTH will be buried on Monday and Tuesday next week respectively.
Taiwo’s burial was put on hold because his mother died barely 24 hours before he died on his way to Sokoto.
Meanwhile, a Consultant General Surgeon at the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), the late Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, had been buried earlier on Wednesday, after a funeral service was held in his honour at Life Fountain Cathedral of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The event was attended by Governor Ayo Fayose represented by his deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola; House of Assembly Speaker, Kola Oluwawole; Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka; Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo; other senior government officials, head of health institutions and top NMA officials.
Fayose has given approval for automatic employment of the wives of Akinyele and Olajide who were not in government service before the demise of their husbands.
In his sermon, Pastor Olurotimi Sanya, who spoke on the topic: “Teach us to Number Our Days” described human life as very short and ephemeral.
He urged the audience to always prepare for the day of death which, according to him, doesn’t give a prior notice.
The preacher who took his sermon from Psalm 90 Verse 12 noted that none of the victims of the accident planned to die while on their way to Sokoto and never knew that they would be embarking on a journey of no return. He called on the audience to turn away from sins and commit their lives to God to whom they will return.
Sanya who described death as inevitable said one of the ironies of life is the fact that there is no chronological roster of death as a younger person may die before the elderly.
Fayose who spoke through Olusola urged the family of the dead persons to take heart during the period of grief pledging the support of the state government to them.
He said “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.”
By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.