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In Loving Memory: Of OJ Akingbesote – An Exemplary Husband Who Loved without Restraint!

He was my best friend, confidant, faith booster, prophet, editor of my academic papers and official writings, encourager, accountability partner and teacher (yup, he taught me how to drive and so many other things). This is such a loss I’m not sure I’ll recover from. He died serving this great nation. He was killed in the course of a heated military operation in Northern Nigeria. He was shot whilst trying to rescue a friend and colleague in the course of battle. That colleague called me to narrate the chain of events himself – the most painful news I have ever received. His sacrifice leaves my heart heavy but I’m certain heaven must have rewarded him with an award badge because he literally laid down his life for his friend. Here on earth, his good deeds live after him.

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When we lose people we love, their physical bodies may be gone but the light of the love we had for them lasts for an eternity. BellaNaija presents In Loving Memory to give everyone in our community a chance to etch the memories in stone. 

We’re kicking off the series with the incredibly sweet memory of Toyin’s husband. She tries her best to capture the emotions she went through and the love they shared; and it is truly an honor for us at BellaNaija to bring this story to you.

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I lost my darling husband on the 5th of October, 2018 and that has been the most excruciating pain ever.

My hero, Capt. OJ Akingbesote, was a Captain in the Nigerian Army, a Signal Officer to be precise. He was an ardent lover of God, country and family. He firmly believed that his purpose on earth was strongly connected to these three: God, country and family. As a little boy, he incessantly dreamt of being in the Army. In fact, he wanted to be in the Infantry (that’s the Corps for the actual “foot fighters”). His parents recounted stories of how he would wield sticks and rods as his gun. After his elementary education, he indicated his intention to attend the Nigeria Military School (NMS) but out of apprehension, his parents would rather have him in a Unity School. He gained admission into the prestigious Federal Government College, Idoani and greatly excelled there.

Upon graduation, he proceeded to Federal University of Technology, Minna (popularly referred to as FUT Minna) where he studied Electrical and Computer Engineering. Regardless of the fact that he was acing his courses, by his third year in the University, he discreetly purchased the National Defence Academy (NDA) admission form and left Minna for Kaduna in the hope that he would soon become a Cadet. He was on the reserve list so he kept his hopes high and remained in Kaduna almost missing out on a full semester in Minna. When it appeared he was going to miss an entire semester in Minna, his best friend, Charles, called him and strongly advised him to return to Minna for the semester exams so he doesn’t lose out on both sides. Apparently, he missed out on the continuous assessment tests for all his courses so he had to read extra hard for the outstanding 70% for each course. Yielding to his bestie’s call, he hurriedly returned to Minna and read tirelessly for the exams. He aced all exams and did not have to resit any course. He completed his University education with honors but did not stop purchasing NDA admission forms every year or attempting the entrance exams. He was a firm believer in the quote: “anything that is conceivable is achievable”. He wasn’t just writing these exams, he equally fasted and prayed to have his dream come true.

When I met him in 2009, he had finished the compulsory National Youth Service Corps and was working for his dad, whilst also job hunting. However, he never let go of his dream to join the Army. At some point, he had the option to be aided with his admission into the NDA on the condition that he changed his state of origin to Osun State because all slots for his home state had been taken. Being a man of integrity, he didn’t want his admission offered on the altar of lies so he politely opted out..

Someday, in 2010, he called me excitedly on the phone and this time, he had a testimony. His dream of gaining admission into the NDA had become a reality just like that! I had mixed feelings but I would rather support him to live his dream than be selfish. This was the least I could do because he always supported mine, after all. I was in my fourth year in the University, studying law at the time and I kid you not, he was my alarm clock for waking up to read because he would always call me on the phone when it was my study time. I would go for “night class” and the one who accompanied me – whilst staying on the phone – until I got to my hostel safely, was my OJ.

By August 2010, he left for the NDA but he stayed in touch. Phones were not allowed at the Academy but they had access to a payphone once a week (every Sunday, I think) and he would call me every week.

After completing his short service programme at the Academy, he was posted to Lagos to serve at the Signal Command.

He was a very disciplined man in every sphere. He loved God so much and would never joke with his Deeper Life Monday Bible Study. Deeper Life was not his home church but that was the fellowship he attended whilst on Campus and he never outgrew his love for the weekly Bible Study. According to him, Deeper Life Ministry is one of the few churches in Nigeria that constantly remind you about heaven and is not smitten by the “24/7 prosperity sermon” bug. He would study the word of God on his own and make jottings (one of them is attached to this mail for reference purposes).

He also gave benevolently for the spread of the gospel. I recall he was a member of an RCCG parish in Ile-Ife whilst he was on Army sponsorship for a postgraduate course in OAU. He was the parish pastor’s go-to person for arising financial contributions and he never held back.

He was also an unrepentant lover of his country and was very diligent at his job. This is evident in the way he passionately served. One of his bosses, a Brigadier General, described him thus: “It’s painful and very hurtful. I have lost a son, a fine soldier, an embodiment of intelligence, sincere and naive professionalism, a fearless warrior, and all it takes to be a gentleman soldier and officer. He was the finest of his generation, a natural-born soldier. Sola can never die! He remains immortal in my heart. He is my candle in the winds.  He shall be studied for his all-round abilities and leadership qualities.  He was naive and loved his work with passion. He does not know how to say no to tasks, including dangerous ones. He always sacrificed his all, energy and time. So amiable, and charismatic. Never saw a frown or grimace on his face when assignments are dished out. His mental and physical maturity was beyond his age and experience, omoluabi ti lo. Glad he passed through me and forever grateful that we shared time together. He was always steps ahead, exceptional and almost mythically proactive. I never had cause to check him because he was always exceptional. Nigeria, and indeed mankind, has lost a rare gem. A gem far above the best of diamonds and gold and every other precious stone. Sola will live on. His virtues will be taught for all to learn. He was not of this generation he was far above. I love Sola and I am forever grateful to God for making our paths cross in this perilous and uncertain world. Sola,  Rest in peace my son and my hero. Till we meet to part no more. Adieu.”

He was so responsible financially that he never failed to draw up his budget every month. He helped me develop myself in this area because I spent on impulse. My husband’s budget had his tithe as top on the list, then expenditure for our home and the rest goes to charity; he barely spent on himself. By charity, I mean money for a relative who needs a raise, a cousin who is yet to pay up fees in school, distant relative who needs capital to fund a new business and gifts for our parents – mine and his. Not like they would ask for it but he believed that’s the least we could do for our parents.

Sola was a giver, a cheerful one at that! He honoured his parents so much that sometimes, I wonder why his life was cut short since the key to a long life is for us to honour our parents. I have since come to the realisation that we often read the scriptures in part and interpret in part. Even though we are told to honour our fathers and mothers so our days can be long, the scripture also tells us that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

He was an exemplary husband who loved me without holding back. I cannot stop relieving the memories of waking up in the night to the face of a man staring at my face and smiling. The first time I noticed that, I was startled to the nerves. I woke up and suddenly saw my man staring at my face and smiling. One of those days, I asked how long he had been staring and he said “not too long ago” (maybe so I don’t freak out). He said he could not stop admiring me. He made me feel so good and comfy in my skin. I also recall that when I was hospitalised, I woke up (unknown to him) and saw a grown man in his uniform crying and asking God to put the illness on him rather than watch me being ill. That grown man was my husband! He showered so much love on our son and me. He could not bear grudges; if we disagreed on an issue, he would make sure we made up without delay. When I’m pissed off, I prefer to keep mute and stay on my own but my husband could not take the silent treatment. If he had tried to gist with me and I was still forming ‘angry bird’, he would set up an emergency family Bible study time. He would make us study the Word, pray together and in the course of praying, he would raise really hilarious prayer points such that I would have started chuckling even before the prayer is over. He made it so easy for us to settle our differences and taught me seamless dispute resolution.

In my career, he was a pillar of support. I got a job in a bank shortly before we got married and he was ready to wait till I was confirmed at work for us to start preparing to have a baby. According to him, it would be unfair to my employers if I had to push a big belly around the office barely one year into my employment. Our plan fell through! When it was time to prep for baby No. 2, I had just changed jobs to a new path in Law practice, which was my dream job and path. He agreed with me to settle into the new office before making our baby. Unfortunately, he slept in the Lord just when we were ready for our next baby. This man paid through my LLM programme in Unilag when he had not even bagged a Masters degree himself.

OJ never saw me as a competition. For every dream I have nursed, we would pray and fund it together until it became reality. He knew I always wanted to have a post grad degree abroad so he registered me for another online Masters programme with the University of South Wales through UNICAF, shortly before his demise. He also joined in doing chores at home; he never considered himself too big to help out. He was an amazing father to our son. Through delivery, he was right by my side in the ward taking in all my yells and labour drama. At some point, he told me to reduce my voice and consider other patients on admission in the hospital. I yelled at him and asked him to leave my room. He left very calmly because he knew I was “under the influence”. That’s not the regular Tosin. Few minutes later, guess who was calling for her husband to return to the ward and give her a back massage? Me! When our baby finally came forth, he made the first contact with him, held him in his arms and prayed so fervently for him before the nurses took him for their routine. Work did not avail him 24/7 presence at home but he was always present with us. WhatsApp and IMO were our favourite apps for video calls.

Amongst these super qualities he had, he was a great listener, extremely selfless and full of empathy. A lover of football (Man Utd addict), a provider, a stern disciplinarian (sometimes when he discipline our little man, my eyes would go dim) and other exceptional qualities too numerous to mention.

It is evident how greatly his departure has affected me. He was my best friend, confidant, faith booster, prophet, editor of my academic papers and official writings, encourager, accountability partner and teacher (yup, he taught me how to drive and so many other things). This is such a loss I’m not sure I’ll recover from. He died serving this great nation. He was killed in the course of a heated military operation in Northern Nigeria. He was shot whilst trying to rescue a friend and colleague in the course of battle. That colleague called me to narrate the chain of events himself – the most painful news I have ever received. His sacrifice leaves my heart heavy but I’m certain heaven must have rewarded him with an award badge because he literally laid down his life for his friend. Here on earth, his good deeds live after him.

I’ll always remember him for the fantastic angel he was on earth and can only pray that his son carries on with his strength of character.

Forever and a day, my hero. He remains in my heart.

60 Comments

  1. Chineze

    June 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    This is so sad.
    I cried reading this. I pray God makes this easier for you to bear as the days go by and that time dulls this pain.

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  2. AleroMii

    June 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    I’m speechless. It is well Sister. Thank you Captain OJ Akingbesote…

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  3. Halima

    June 8, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Life of a soldier…..this is really touching. His be with you

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  4. Temi Tope

    June 8, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Oh no Madam my dear SISTER! please take heart! Sorry woooo.. There is no Balm to heal the pain. My deepest condolences
    May the Lord open his Heaven for him ! Amen. I am crying right now..
    HE IS A HERO! I shall pray for him

    Very Sad!! SORRY AND TAKE HEART

  5. Dee

    June 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    This was so touching! God bless you and keep you. His life was beautiful!

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  6. Bunmi

    June 9, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    WAOHHHHHHHHH….your write up takes us straight into your world of a fine angelic personality. I cant even try to understand the pain but may you be daily comforted by God.

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  7. Toyin_Tola

    June 9, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I will never understand the concept of death.This was completely devastating to read.I only hope that when i leave this world,i will never be forgotten and i make heaven.May his soul continue to rest in peace ??❤

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  8. OLUKEMI

    June 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Continue to rest in peace my brother and friend Sola Michael… I remember all your evening visits to our house in Akure those days with Femi and TK Omotade. Take heart madam tosin.

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  9. Morire Labeodan

    June 9, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    It is well. Such a loving person. I pray that God continually comfort you and his loved ones. What the Nigeria military personnel (and their family) at war front have to go through …

  10. Blackbeauty

    June 9, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    This made me cry. God comfort and strengthen you in Jesus name. Amen

  11. Lois

    June 9, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I’m so glad that you have let God comfort you and that you haven’t lost your faith.
    The memory of the just is blessed and so is his.

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  12. Latifat Abdulmajeed-Isah

    June 9, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Its just so sad. But God Knows best. Keep being strong dear Tosin

  13. Nike Elegbede

    June 9, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Hmmm,I can testify to all these. He was just a perfect man. Be courageous as ever my dear. He lived an exemplary life, worth for all to emulate. I miss his smiling face. Always ready to work with cheerful heart. Am convinced that he’s chiling with the angels as he possesses the characters of an angel. Keep resting Sola. #littlebrother#

  14. Lollygold

    June 9, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This really got me crying, I can feel your pain . Indeed, he was an icon and he deserves to be celebrated even in death! My sincere condolences. I pray that the great physician heals your heart, upholds you and the little man and restores you completely. May his soul continue to rest in peace

  15. Abolarin Opeyemi

    June 9, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    It is well my sister, sola is a wonderful person. I know is with the lord resting.

  16. Omolara

    June 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    The good trees don’t last in the forest… I can imagine your pain and loss. It reminds me of my own dad, till this day we are still wondering why he had to leave so soon. But God knows best! A hug from here, you had a rare gem indeed and by God’s grace he’s in a good place.

  17. Aliyu

    June 9, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    It is well my sister! You didn’t miss out on anything about this decent man of God. He was my class mate at FUT minna, and the day I learnt he was in the army I told other classmates that he is one of the officers that deserved to be called “an officer and a gentle man.” I am of a different religious faith from Sola, but I will always admit that he has the fear of God. Rest on Officer!!! Madam! Pls pray and take heart, God is with you.

  18. KEHINDE AKINGBESOTE

    June 9, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Continue to rest in the bossom of Almighty God. We really missed you my brother.

  19. Tayo

    June 10, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Barrister brought back the memories of my friend Captain OJ Akingbesote who I call Sola Michael. I find it difficult to hold back tears when reading the piece, he was indeed selfless and a son of God and no doubt he is resting in the bosom of the almighty. I pray that the Lord will heal your wound and comfort you. All is well.

  20. Oluwatosin Daodu

    June 10, 2020 at 1:18 am

    So sorry for your dear Tosin. Heaven indeed gained an angel. May His soul continue to Rest In Peace and may his legacy leave on. May God bless and keep your Son. ???

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  21. Oluwatosin Daodu

    June 10, 2020 at 1:21 am

    So sorry for your loss dear Tosin. Heaven indeed gained an angel. May His soul continue to Rest In Peace and may his legacy leave on. May God bless and keep your Son. ???

  22. chris

    June 10, 2020 at 2:57 am

    so sorry for your loss ma’am, may his soul continue to rest in peace. his life story could be forged into a movie for the world to know how exemplary of a solider he was.

  23. Tos

    June 10, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Hmmmm… Only God knows best why such things happen especially to the good ones. It is well my namesake. God will continue to comfort you and I hope and pray that time truly heals this wound. Eternal rest to our HERO… Lots of love to you and the Prince Charming.

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  24. Tosin

    June 10, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Its a pathetic story God we see you and your son through D’s ? take heart my sister Jah knows best

  25. Michael Olugbenga Sile

    June 10, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Sola was a year ahead of me in FGC Idoani. He was jovial and exceptionally friendly. As much as ‘seniority’ was exploited in those days, he never took advantage of this. He was a great guy all the way and many years after he never stopped being that amazing person. Indeed he lived a life worthy of emulation. Continue to rest in peace, Sola! Take heart Toyin. I’m sure he is smiling at you and the kids right now in Heaven.

  26. Firecracker_toyeen

    June 10, 2020 at 6:47 am

    This was so beautiful and yet sad to read. I pray the Holy Spirit comforts you and fathers your child – he is a father to the fatherless. I believe heaven received your father with a “well done good and faithful servant” reward. ?

  27. Adetola Fabiyi

    June 10, 2020 at 7:25 am

    This was truly an exceptional man and soldier. So much to learn from him. I celebrate him with you too Toyin and please take heart. GOD Almighty will comfort your heart in Jesus name, amen. We truly lost gem in FGC Idoani alumni.

  28. Osunde Stephanie Chioma

    June 10, 2020 at 7:31 am

    I remember Sola like yesterday, back in our secondary school days, a gentle boy to the call, he was one of those that always put me on my toes to read, because I saw him as a drive and I didn’t want to be left out, our class seat was next to each other,after classes he would always want to test my understanding and would throw a question at me. Oh!!! Death why! Why!! Why!!!. Madam please take heart the lord will will not leave you with your little man at this time. Rip Sola.

  29. Jumoke

    June 10, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Words are not enough, I pray God comforts and gives you strength at all time. RIP and may be love on in his son and through all his good deeds.

  30. Peter Erin

    June 10, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Sola was my classmate and friend I respected so much. Words can never discribe him. He is just too good. I could not comprehend it when he lef for NDA in our 3rd year. When I realized he loved the military so much that I advised him to apply for the USA Army. He declined his words are God, Country Family. I wander if even our president put this country ahead of his family. I just can’t believe it. Nigeria? I can’t. I bet you that boy is better than a General. If I can miss him this much I wander how his wife and son would feel. Continue to rest in the bossom of our Lord. Amen!

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  31. Ire

    June 10, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Take heart sister. May he continue to ewat in Gods blossom. He was a good man so calm and gentle

  32. Gbenga Amoboye

    June 10, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Continue to rest in the Lord Sola. We were class mates at FGC Idoani and I remember one of those conversations back then when you expressed your desire to serve in the military. The Lord continue to strengthen and uphold the beautiful family he left behind.

  33. Ganiyat

    June 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

    So speechless. Tosin Akingbesote nee Ipinmiso, be comforted in the Lord. Only he never fails. I can feel your pains but God loves him more. I pray the Lord settles you in all areas of life. You are blessed for the Lord is with you.

  34. Shaba Mohammed

    June 10, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Sola was classmate at FUT Minna. I could not bring myself to finish reading this write up.His dead came as a shock to me.I pray God gives you and your family the fortitude to bear this great loss. Sola was a wonderful person he was everyone’s friend

  35. Ranti Oketade

    June 10, 2020 at 10:44 am

    The Lord will comfort you continually Tosin…this was painful to read…rest in peace Capt. Sola!

  36. Ifelola Oluwaseun .O

    June 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

    His death was a double tragedy for me .He lost his best secondary school friend ,Tokunbo Alade to an accident on his way to school ,uni ilorin and Sola also joined him after several years later, both were my junior in school and they were close to me, both were handsome, respectful and extremely brilliant they both belong to best of first five in class in their secondry school days,they love God . The good lord will continue to uphold the families they both left behind.

  37. Akinnate Ayodeji

    June 10, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Rest on my lovely cousin, may God continue to grant you eternal rest till we meet and part no more. May God standby, protect and meet all the needs of the family who left behind. We love you but God loves you most.

  38. Oladutemu Temitope

    June 10, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I couldn’t hold back my tears? The righteous are taken away before the evil days. Sola lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He was a good son to his biological parents and to every parent in our church. Always keeping a smile on his face. He was very respectful, diligent and responsible. Greatly loved and missed by many. He left suddenly but was fulfilled. The unquestionable God knows why He took him that soon. May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace??
    I feel your pain Tosin. it is well with you and your handsome boy. He will be greater than his late father. The great Comforter who has been with you, will continue to strengthen and uphold you and the entire family members/loved ones he left behind in Jesus’ name

  39. Ojo Adedayo

    June 10, 2020 at 11:43 am

    It’s sad to part with loved ones but let’s be consoled Sola is in a better place. He was my classmate at FGC Idoani. So sincere and very selfless. The last time I saw him was when he paid me a visit all the way from Futminna to Uniabuja. Continue to rest as well as interceed for your own till we meet again.

  40. Oluwaseyi.

    June 10, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Tosin,
    Its only the Lord that can comfort you,He’ll surely be there to see you through this pain.

    By the grace of God,”King David”(your son) would live to fulfill his glorious destiny in your lifetime in Jesus name.

    You’re indeed a strong woman.God will See you through this phase.

    Bro Sola,Rest on,sir.

  41. Joseph Agunbiade

    June 10, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Captain OJ Akingbesote was a friend back in FUT Minna and just as you have described him. He was a good man! May God strengthen you and give you the grace to raise your children to become multiple-fold of their father.

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  42. Tope Oyegoke

    June 10, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Uhmmm a selfless Akingbesote in a world people just think about themselves alone. Heaven indeed gained an angel may we all live to number our days. Rest on OJ

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  43. patrick obiora

    June 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    “Shola” as we used to called him those days in futmx, very nice and gentle dude, we argued for football. I cried when I heard the news, May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

  44. Cheks EXCELLENCE-OLUYE

    June 10, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Read this earlier but couldn’t post a comment because of trembling hands. The memory of Sola has never ceased to get me teary-eyed. My Sec. School classmate, friends from way-back…we were also in the same service unit in the Christian students fellowship, loved God from back then till death, very committed, a giver, soft spoken… A good example of who we ought to be and how we ought to live… Hmmmm… gosh! The

  45. Seth Oyinloye

    June 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Sola’s passion for the army was contagious. I remember how he always talked about it back then at FUT Minna. He was such a dedicated and forthright being and an extraordinary friend.
    My prayer is that Nigeria remembers and honors his sacrifice.
    May God also continue to grant fortitude to you madam and Sola’s son.
    May Sola also continue to rest with his Creator.
    Amen

  46. Temitope Adewunmi

    June 10, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    I am teary right now. May you continue to find inner strength to carry on in Jesus name.

  47. Gbenga Owolabi

    June 10, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Mrs Tosin, your husband was a perfect gentleman. I almost dropped my phone in shock when I read about Sola on our WhatsApp group. Your writeup makes my eyes well up with tears. Just like the Brigadier said, Sola still lives in all our hearts. The sky will be a starting point for your son.
    Its well in Jesus name Amen.

  48. Idowu Adeyemi

    June 10, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I hardly read through articles or write-ups cos of it length but I had to read this from the beginning to the end , I might not know captain O.J personally but I went to same F.G.C MInna with his lil sibling Tayo and I can attest to similar traits in TY, I pray God great hand of sympathy & comfort never leave you…Keep being strong for the little O.Js.

  49. Grace

    June 10, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Wow what a write up from a wife. Indeed he was a good husband and father. I prayer men out there can emulate this. What does you wife say about you yes you?

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  50. Oluwaseun

    June 10, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    The righteous are take before the evil days. May God continue to comfort you Tosin.

  51. Timi Michael

    June 10, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Sola was a great colleague. It’s still hard to adjust to his departure. Rest on, Sola.

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  52. Lawal

    June 10, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I still feel horribly pained with the demise of an exceptional colleague. A perfect gentleman and an Officer of distinct quality. The beauty of life is that no matter how long it takes we shall still meet to part no more.I wish the family the fortitude to bear the loss.Akinnn

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  53. Adebayo Adedeji

    June 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    A great loss . Sola was a secondary school colleague, a house mate and a room mate.I remember how dilligent he was with his academic work. Regular with the Christian student fellowship activities and friendly with colleagues.
    A vacuum difficult to fill, as our Lord God continues to comfort the loved ones left behind. Rest on , Sola

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  54. Adeyemi

    June 10, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    OJ as fondly called, was a colleague, close associate and wonderful brother. We were in the same battalion in Nigerian Defense Academy and also posted to Signals Corps after our training. He was God-fearing, brilliant, intelligent, diligent, hardworking, selfless, courageous, respectful and a gentleman officer. Shola loved his family and everyone around him. We watched the Independence Day Celebration together in my flat on 1st October. I dropped him off at the park on 2nd October when he was going back to the unit. I called him that night, he told me he was at Minna and would leave to his location the next day. I was shocked to hear the sad news on 5th October. Continue to rest in perfect peace my dear brother. You will be remembered forever. May God grant everyone the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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    • Adeniyi Funmilayo

      June 11, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Continue to rest on uncle, it was indeed a loss to the family, I pray God will continue to hold and strengthen the family. We love you but God loves you most.

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    • Damoscky

      June 11, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Sola was a perfect gentleman.we met at the university,though not in the same department but same faculty. We would argue on football matters and politics.His level of intelligence is uncommon.Earth loss heaven gain. RIP shelly

      Damoscky

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  55. Mohammed Isiaka

    June 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    OJ was more than a loving friend in our days at Federal Government College Idoani. We shared the dream of being in the army together but mine never materialized. He was a soldier for Christ, never compromises and such a perfect gentle man. Please take heart Toyin for I believe he is in a better place. May God comfort you and your son.

  56. Adeyemi Funmilayo

    June 13, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Anytime I see him in church,Michael was always reserved,quiet and very humble,d news of his death was a total shock but who are we to question God,God will comfort you Tosin,be with u and all he left behind… Continue to rest on Shola

  57. Kayode Florence

    June 19, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Continue to rest in peace, soldier, may God in His infinite mercy continue to console all the families left behind, What a humble young man

  58. Yoloye Bankole

    July 15, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Sola was such an amazing guy. He is unforgettable. Rest on bro.

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