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Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The remains of Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, were buried amid tears at the family residence in Araromi Quarters, off Adebayo in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.
The funeral rite was performed at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Life Fountain Cathedral, on Bank Road in the state capital.
The Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola, led the state government officials to the ceremony where friends and families extolled the virtues of the late surgeon.
Aladesanmi was among the six doctors and a driver that died on Sunday in an accident involving a 14-passenger bus.
The car conveying them had an accident a few kilometres to Kaduna on their way to attend the 56th Nigerian Medical Association annual general conference and delegates’ meeting in Sokoto.
Others were Dr. Ojo Taiwo of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital; Ekiti NMA Secretary, Dr. Lexy Akinyele; Dr. J. B Ogunseye of the Ekiti Health Management Board; EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors’ President, Dr. O. Olajide and Dr. Adeniyi James of the FETH as well as a driver, Mr. Ajibola.
Olusola, who represented Governor Ayodele Fayose at the church service, urged the family to remain firm in God.
“God in His infinite wisdom allows certain things to happen because He knows the end from the beginning. The enemy has not succeeded.”
The former Chief Medical Director of EKSUTH, Dr. Patrick Adegun, and Dr. Deji Ajayi, tried hard to console the deceased’s wife, Dr. Bola, during the long service.
Clad in a blue attire, Bola intermittently made remarks in agreement to what was said about her late husband at the ceremony
At one moment, she looked all around herself and asked those consoling her, “So Tunde is dead?”
At another time, she screamed, “Eh! Chei!…..my dear husband!”
One of the children, Jesutoni, wrote in the tribute, “My sweet dad, I love you so much. I know you are dead but I believe you are still with me. Please, just appear to me in a dream and tell me you love me. I will always make you proud dad. Rest in peace.”
Another daughter of the deceased, Jesutomisin, wrote, “Daddy, it was too soon to leave me. Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Another child, Tijesunimi, wrote, “You conquered till the end. That was the only thing I said when I heard the news of your death. You always wanted the best for my sisters and I. I can’t believe you are gone. You will miss my induction ceremony, Jesutola’s call to bar and Jesutomi’s induction ceremony.
“One thing for sure is that those that trust in the Lord, He shall renew their strength’. As a family, we put all our trust in the Lord and we believe that He shall renew our strength. I love you dad, always and forever.”
Their mother wrote, “Adieu, my dearest husband, till we meet to part no more.”
Pastor Steven Omotayo of Ekiti Province 1 of RCCG, in his sermon, cautioned people against making derogatory remarks over sudden sad occurrence.
“When sudden things happen to you, watch your tongue,” he said.
The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Kayode Obembe, said Aladesanmi impacted positively on people that came across him.
He was represented at the church by the Ogun NMA Chairman, Dr. Adenike Odewabi, who is also the South-West Coordinator of the NMA.
He said, “Even though his life was short, it was impactful. We will defend the dream he lived for. We shall live with his principles and ideals. His memory will continue in our minds. He has lived a worthy life.”
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