Ilorin NBA boss, Akande, reveals last moments of father


…why he rejected hospital

The Chairman of the Ilorin branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday, revealed that his father, Alhaji Hamzat Onoolapo Akande rejected being taking to the hospital for treatment before his death.

Akande, during the final burial rites of his father at Government Secondary School, Oke Aluko, Ilorin, said that his father’s action was as a result of his believe that he was eventually going to die.

According to the Ilorin NBA boss, our father told us that he had done his part on earth and made lots sacrifices for all and sundry to have better lives.

Alhaji Akande, who died last Friday at the age of 82 after a brief was until his death, the Baba Egbe, Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria.

“My father told us that the fresh air coming into the room was only touching half of his body, he said we should be strong, he thereafter faced the wall and he died.

“He had premonition of his death. Few hours to his death, I told him to allow us take him to the hospital but he rejected. He added that if we (children) can understand the essence of candle that we won’t disturb ourselves. He said candle always live sacrificial life by burning for the whole world to see but when it gets to a stage, the light and the candle will be off,” the Ilorin NBA chairman narrated.

He however lamented the death of his father saying he had lost a mentor and an adviser who stood in for him especially in difficult times.

“I’ll miss a friend, mentor and adviser and someone I run to anytime there is problem. Nobody can replace him. However, death is inevitable, so I have to move on. , I thank God for his life and I wish I can end like this too.

Also speaking in an emotional laden voice, Ismail Omotunde Akande described the death of his father as a great lost to the entire family.

Ismail who works with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Katsina State said his father had 27 children from five wives and that he’s the 15th child.

Ismail stressed further that the kind of life his father lived was exceptional and that he had left enduring legacies for the children to emulate.

NAKSS Award: Gov’s aide, legal practitioner warn students against social-vices

Special Adviser on Commerce to the Kwara State Governor, Com Lawal Muhammed Olalekan and legal practitioner based in Ilorin, Abiodun Dada have warned students in the state against cultism and other social-vices.

The duo stated this after being decorated with excellent award by the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) at Kwara Hotel, at the weekend.

Speaking with our reporter, the governor’s aide advised the students to always embrace dialogue in pressing for their demands.

He said, “In order to have a peaceful society and avoid crisis among students, they should indulge more in consultation before any confrontation.”

Similarly, Barr. Dada who appreciated the students for recognising his contribution to the development of the society urged them to be law abiding.

“The award is a mark of recognising my contribution to the development of the society. Students need to be focused in life. In as much as they participate in unionism, their education must not suffer.

“They must run away from whatever can ruin their future, killings and cultism and nonchalant attitude that can make them less serious with their academic programme,” he said.

Dada further charged the incoming administration in Kwara State as well as private organisations to make education a priority.

“The individual organisations must support government in the area of education as government cannot do it all.

“The incoming government must start work immediately after their swearing-in ceremony. They’ve created too much task for themselves during their campaign. They must start putting in place all those facilities they claimed are not available in our schools. They must provide relevant facilities that can boost education in Kwara State.”

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