Sunday, 6 October 2013

I thought my son would succeed me — Grieving Falae

Chief Olu Falae

A former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, has said he lost a political successor in his son, Deji, who died in the ill-fated Associated Airline on Thursday.

Deji, who was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Ondo State, led the state government’s delegation to accompany the corpse of former Ondo State governor, Chief Olusegun Agagu from Lagos to Akure, for the a state burial.

Falae, who was still grieving over the loss, told the visiting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, that he had reached the peak of his political sojourn.

“I was looking forward to seeing Deji take over from me, because I have reached the peak of my being in politics. I will miss him so much,” he said.

He, however, noted that he would submit to God since he could not question God over the death of his son.

He prayed that God would grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Some traditional rulers in Ondo State also paid a condolence visit to the politician in his Akure home in respect of the sad incident.

Falae, while receiving them, said his son had earned his place in the present Government of Ondo State.

Mimiko, who broke down in tears upon entering Falae’s house, was consoled by sympathisers. Until his untimely death, Deji was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Mimiko’s cabinet.

This is such a pathethi situation. We pray that God Almighty be with this family and any other affected families. Amen!

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