Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State 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."
Fayose, who stated this in a statement, on Monday [Apr 25] to mourn the doctors, also declared three days of mourning for Monday, April 25 to Wednesday, April 27.
Governor Fayose directed that all flags should be flown at half-mast and described the death as "an eclipse of professional and intellectual figures, who lost their lives in active service to mankind."
According to him, "Ekiti has lost some of the best trees in its forest of medicine. I am deeply sad. This is one loss too many.”
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, 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 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.