Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the death of six medical doctors and one driver in the state, in an accident involving a 13-passenger bus as the lowest point in the history of the State and a monumental loss not only to the people of Ekiti State but to Nigerians.
Mr. Fayose then declared three days of mourning in the state — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The governor, who directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast, 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.
In a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said, “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.”
The six doctors, who had an accident a few kilometres to Kaduna on their way to Sokoto to attend a Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) event were Dr Aladesanmi of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ido-Ekiti; Dr Ojo Taiwo of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH); NMA Secretary, Dr Akinyele Lexy; Dr Ogunseye of the Health Management
Board (HMB); EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) President, Dr Olajide; Dr Adeniyi James of the FMC and a driver, Mr Ajibola.
The governor urged families, friends and professional colleagues of the deceased, especially members of the NMA, to take solace in God who giveth and taketh when it pleases Him.
“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,” the governor said.