When I prayed for my son, I didn’t know he would die next day – Father of NAF airman Oyedepo
Mr Jacob Oyedepo, the father to the late Aircraftman, Matthew Olamide Oyedepo, said he spoke with his son before the incident and didn’t know he would die the next day.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Matthew died in the ill-fated Beachcraft 350 that crash landed at the Kaduna International Airport last Friday, killing former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and, nine others.
The bereaved father said he spoke with Matthew a day before the incident and offered him prayers, adding that there was no inkling of the impending danger hanging around his son, during their last conversation.
Oyedepo, who hails from Ora-Igbomina, Osun State, disclosed that the deceased was his last child.
He added that the late airman was the one taking care of him as his five other older siblings are unemployed.
He said, “I spoke to my son on Thursday that preceded the day he died. I prayed for him. I did not see or have any sign that he was going to die. I just prayed for him. His death has left a permanent vacuum. I will never forget him. He was the one taking care of me. His brothers are unemployed. He was also taking care of them.
“I plead with the government to help in providing jobs for the siblings of the deceased that are not employed. Matthew is my last child and I have six children. Even with his death, I will not discourage any of my children who is willing to join military, I will allow them follow their hearts.”
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