Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has declared 3 days of mourning in the state following the death of six medical practitioners of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti state chapter and a driver in a fatal motor accident on Sunday, April 24.
The ghastly motor accident had killed the 6 officials, yesterday, few kilometres to Kaduna, while they were on their way to Sokoto to attend a meeting of the NMA.
The deceased persons, who boarded a 13-passenger bus, were identified as Aladesanmi of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ido-Ekiti; Oj Taiwo of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), NMA Secretary, Akinyele Lexy; Ogunseye of the Health Management Board (HMB); EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) President, Olajide, Adeniyi James of the FMC and a driver, Ajibola.
While describing their deaths as the lowest point in the history of the state, Mr. Fayose also declared three days of mourning in the state — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast. He described the death as an eclipse of professional and intellectual figures, who lost their lives in active service to mankind.
“Ekiti has lost some of the best trees in its forest of medicine. I am deeply sad. This is one loss too many,” he said.
He continued, “Death of seven prominent indigenes of a State in one day and at the same period is a burden too heavy to bear and it is my prayer that God, who is the only giver and taker of live will give Ekiti people the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
“It is my prayer that tragic incident like this will not be witnessed in Ekiti State again and that God in His infinite mercies will console the families of the deceased.
“On behalf of my family, Government and people of Ekiti State, I express our heartfelt condolence for the loss of these promising sons of Ekiti and wish their families, friends and professional colleagues the continued support and guidance of the Almighty God.”