Ibadan-based Family Of Late Military Pilot appeal to Government for Help

Father says his late son, Taiwo Has Been the family’s Only Hope Since 2019

Mr. Asaniyi Rufus, father of the late Asaniyi Taiwo, pilot of the military plane that crashed last week has said that only God can console his family and appealed to the government for help after the tragedy that occurred.

He shared this with journalists at his Ibadan residence on Monday while lamenting the death of his first male child. He said: “I struggled to ensure that my children have the best. I did farming for 32 years to support my teaching job, just to ensure that my children have the best of education.”

“Since my retirement in 2019, Taiwo has been the one sustaining my family. All the responsibilities of the family had been on his shoulder, being the first male child. “He was a blessing to us and our extended family. I had thought that the chain of hardship had been broken, but God took him away.”

“I want to appeal to the government to please help me find jobs for them because God has taken my beloved Taiwo away,” he said, visibly upset.

The late pilot’s mother, Mrs. Rachael Asaniyi, also visibly upset, asked for the government’s assistance.

“My heartbeat has gone. It is only God who can console the family. “I am a teacher due for retirement in February 2022. Taiwo was my son and my friend. I don’t know what to say or do now, but I have put everything in the hands of God,” she said, trying and failing to hold back the tears.

The family’s first child, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olaoye also spoke to the visiting journalists and spoke highly of her late brother. She revealed that the family, although bereaved, has found some comfort in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life in his time on earth.

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