Son relives father’s last moments
Dr Niyi Ajayi, the eldest son of late Prof Jacob Festus Ade Ajayi, relived yesterday the last moments of the renowned historian who died on Saturday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
The late Prof Ade Ajayi celebrated his 85th birthday few weeks ago, according to his son.
Dr Ajayi said his father, last Saturday morning, was surrounded by his wife and children.
The late historian, his son said, was in high spirit as he played with his family on his hospital bed at the UCH.
But at 7.30pm, after he had been fed by his wife, Prof Ade Ajayi passed on peacefully.
Dr Ajayi said: “Baba’s last moment was dignified and peaceful. He died on Saturday evening at 7.30. On Saturday morning, he was sitting up, eating. Then he was fed by mum. They enjoyed some good time together. I enjoyed some time with him too. He enjoyed time with the family. But he passed on in a very peaceful and dignified manner.”
Dr Ajayi said the children will sustain the lofty legacy their father left behind.
He said: “What he has taught us is that service is what matters. He always said by leaving a life of service to others, particularly in education, training, development and culture, we will understand ourselves as a people and bring up the younger generation and appreciate who they are as individuals. This is the strength of the culture of Nigeria.
“We, his children, having observed him closely over many years and with the grace of Almighty God, we will sustain the legacy he left behind.”
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