By Godson Ikiebey-
A memorial in honour of Pius Adesanmi was organised in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Adesanmi, who is a literary scholar and a Professor at Carleton University, Canada was among the passengers on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
The memorial held at the Unity Fountain, afforded different people the opportunity to recount how he touched their lives in numerous ways.
Senate President Bukola Saraki who was at the event said that Adesanmi was not his enemy despite criticising him.
He described Adesanmi as an ambassador of Nigeria. He said that Adesanmi “did not die in vain”.
“As I was leaving my house somebody said, ‘Sir, do you know that he was very critical of you?’ I said we are not enemies, we share different views and we must appreciate his talent. He had his views, he had his thought about some of us.
“We can learn from some of those things and that is why I came here to join you and appreciate those that are good ambassadors of this country. His wife and his daughter, let them know that their father and husband did not die in vain. I’m here to give him that respect”.
Also speaking, the convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, said Adesanmi was a patriot who ought to be celebrated.
“There is no greater patriot than a person who speaks the truth, we must celebrate Pius Adesanmi. I’m touched by this death and I pray that his memory be blessed”.
“We must take the lives of Nigerians more seriously than business”.
To Senator Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, the professor was one who spoke the truth “fearlessly”.
Senator Melaye said one way to honour Adesanmi is to stand for the “truth he wrote”.
“He was a great Nigerian, one who spoke the truth fearlessly. He is gone but his works are here and the only way to appreciate this transparent ordinary Nigerian is to make sure that the truth is stood for.
“The truth he wrote about we will defend it. In an unjust society, silence becomes a crime”.