Six medical doctors from Ekiti State and a driver have died in a car crash and Governor Ayodele Fayose has declared three days of mourning. “I am deeply sad. This is one loss too many,” Mr. Fayose said in a statement on Monday.
The governor declared the death of the six doctors in an accident involving a 13-passenger bus as a “monumental loss” and “the lowest point in the history of the State”, not just for Ekiti people but for all Nigerians.
Mr. Fayose declared a three days of mourning for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement by Mr. Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications.
The governor, who directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast, described the tragedy 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,” he 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 life will give Ekiti people the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the governor added.
The six doctors, who had an accident a few kilometres to Kaduna on their way to Sokoto to attend 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 as well as 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 look up to “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.