NTA Staff, wife buried, brother slumps at grave side
Symphatisers wept profusely Thursday as the remains of the staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Akure,the Ondo State Capital, late Alex Akinwale and his pregnant wife, Kehinde were buried at his hometown, Ondo.
Alex, 34, was a Pastor at Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Chairman,NTA Akure Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalism (NUJ) before he died with four members of his family which include, wife, daughter, Pauline and his housemaid.
Only his four year-old first child, Paul survived the crash, but presently recuperating at the hospital.
His daughter and maid had been buried on Wednesday. They died last Saturday in an accident along Ondo-Akure road which involved the convoy of the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.
The deceased was said to be coming from one of his brothers’ burial in Ondo town before the incident happened.
A short service held for the couple at Orimolade Community Comprehensive High School in Ondo, turned into moment of tributes as friends, relatives and RCCG members bade the deceased farewell.
Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by Deputy National President, Rotimi Obamuwagun, Vice-President Zone B, Dele Atunbi and the State Chairman of NUJ, Akinfolayan Owanikin betrayed their emotions as they gave last respect to their departed colleague.
There was a confusion at the grave side as his elder brother, identified as Wale slumped when corpses were about to be lowered into the grave.
It took the intervention of sympathizers before he was revived.
In his exhortation, Pastor Tunji Ademuluyi said the couple had gone and could only be remembered of what they have done when on earth.
He described death as inevitable and as such would happen to all human beings, stressing that late Pastor Alex had done his best.
Quoting copiously from I Thessalonians, 4vs 18, Ademuluyi described the deceased as humble persons who by now have joined Jesus Christ in the heaven above.
His words, “we should weep no more because Pastor Alex and Wife have completed their missions on earth and the joyful aspect of it is that both of them have dedicated themselves in serving God.
“Alex, who served under me as a junior Pastor was a diligent person and always happy to serve God.
“We are all going to die but the time, how, where and when this will happen is was we do not know. I want all of us to prepare and ensure that we give our life to Christ before this final day.
One of the deceased church member, Mrs. Adeniyi said Alex would be sorely missed, adding that he was a powerful preacher.
The NUJ Deputy National President, Obamuwagun described their death as a rude shock to members of the pen’s profession.
He advised NUJ members to key into the Insurance scheme so that those left in this kind of circumstance would be taken care off.
Obamuwagun said “if by now our late Alex has registered for the Insurance scheme, the NUJ would have given the family member close to N2million and this would have been spent on the surviving son of the deceased. So we are urging our members to embrace this programme. We pray we will not lose any member of NUJ in Nigeria again.
NUJ state Chairman, Owanikin said the deceased would be missed by journalists in the State.
The NUJ Zone B has advocated for the dualization of Akure – Ondo-Ore highway.
In a statement issued by Dele Atunbi the union said the move was necessary to reduce the carnages being recorded in that axis of the state.
The union posited that many young promising Nigerians have lost their lives while plying the road in question.
It stated that the dualization of the road is equally important due to the density of the vehicular movement as the only link road to Ore en route Lagos State from Ondo State.
The union recalled that the accident that claimed the life of a former Deputy Governor of the State Late Barrister Afolabi Iyantan occurred on that road.
It also hinged its advocacy for the dualisation of the road on its economic viability to the state in view of turning Ore to a mega city.