I really feel sad for the death of my wife and my daughter. She is a very smart girl and would have been 11 years old in September; she is the only child I have. You can imagine how devastated I am; well, I leave everything to God.
How did you receive the news of your wife and daughter’s death?
I dropped them at the Airport by 12.30pm and then left. Then around 2.15pm, my wife called that they had boarded and I said ‘Okay, safe trip’. I then came back home and decided to take a short nap (sleep) before the commencement of the Nigeria/Namibia football match. Then, as I was sleeping, my phone rang, it was my friend from CBN. He asked me, “Are you in town?” I said Yes and he said, “Thank God, There is a plane crash involving DANA Air.” I asked from where? He said Abuja to Lagos. I told him that my wife and daughter are on that flight. I immediately took off to the airport. When we got to the airport, we couldn’t get any information because everybody was confused and many of the officials were crying. After spending some hours, we started monitoring it on the television.
What took your wife and daughter to Lagos?
My wife works with the Nigerian Shippers Council as a Deputy Director. She is based in Lagos with my daughter while I am here in Abuja. Usually, once in a while they come to Abuja for the weekend but this time around my daughter had an entrance examination on Saturday June 2, at African International School. My wife had official assignment on Friday, so they came on Thursday night. After these assignments, they decided to go back on Sunday.
How will you describe your wife and how long have you been married?
She was a very lovable wife and since we married in 1998, we have never had any quarrel. God is my witness. I repeat…I never had any quarrel with that lady. She is very respectful and highly religious. She is a great inspiration to the family. Anybody that comes across her will testify to it. I really feel sad for the death of my wife and my daughter. She is a very smart girl and would have been 11 years old in September; she is the only child I have. You can imagine how devastated I am; well, I leave everything to God.
Did you have a premonition of this disaster?
Yes! Just two weeks ago, a man of God told us as a family that he saw plane crash and asked whether I would be travelling soon in June. I said ‘No’; he said crash is hovering around the family and suggested that we should go on three days fasting which we did between May 29, 30 and 31 to avert the disaster; at the end of the day God knows what happened.
Source: The Punch.