A Flight Too Soon! Another Void Created; A Personal Tribute To A Dear Friend – J. Osilama Okuofu

Zak, Barely Three Weeks Ago We Were Together In Benin City Exchanging Our Usual Brotherly Banter, Chit-Chats & Digs. If Only I Knew That Was Our “Goodbye”, Maybe I Would Have Stayed Longer Capturing A Life Without Your Physical Presence. But How Could I Have Seen Your Demise Coming So Soon Especially When You Displayed So Much Zest For Life & Hope For An Even Greater Tomorrow?
I Am Very Gutted By Your Death At The Age Of 54 With Your Life Well And Truly Still Ahead! Some Things Just Do Not Make Sense! I Still Vividly Remember Our Last Conversation That 25th Day Of June, 2020. So Very Surreal Now!

In Your Exact Words You Said:

“I’m Happy & Fulfilled. My Focus Now Is To Get My SAN. I Look Back & See My Juniors Now Ahead Of Me & I Really Have To Build My Law Career Again. Politics Has Been Good. I Have Attained A Level Where If I Die A Plenary Will Be Held For Me In The House Of Assembly Fully Robed! The Only Challenge Though Is My Religion. I Have To Be Buried Immediately”

I Will Miss Your Charm, Wit, Great Sense Of Humor…..But Most Especially, Your Big Brother Steadiness!
As You Now Sojourn In Eternity, I Pray For Your Peaceful Repose. I Know God Will Find You Worthy To Have Abode With Him. Heaven Won!

Rest In Peace, Mr. Speaker. Be Assured That The Ideals You Lived For Did Not Die On That Black Saturday Morning 18/07/2020.

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