Some family members of the late Bukky and Toyin Coker, who died in a collapsed building at Jakande Low Cost Housing Estate, Isolo, Lagos, on Tuesday, are yet to come to terms with the demise of their relatives.
Although Toyin’s facebook account, which she registered on Sept. 14, 2009, was dormant, her family and friends took to their various facebook pages to express their shock over the death of the Coker sisters.
A cousin of the sisters, Bishop T. Coker, referred to Bukky as a great educationist. He stated that he found it extremely hard to believe that they were dead.
He added that he and Bukky were scheduled to do something important in December but that would not be possible again.
He wrote, “Oluwabukola and Toyin Coker, I don’t want to believe you two are no more. My heart refused to find rest while my soul refused to be comforted when I heard about the news, but God knows better and He can’t be questioned. Bukky and I have something very important to do by December but death took her away. It’s hard to believe she’s gone.
“I love you dearest sisters and forever I will miss you Oluwabukola, great educationist and your elder sister Toyin. RIP. It’s extremely hard to believe that my two dearest beloved cousins Oluwabukola Michelle Coker and her elder sister, Toyin, are dead. It’s painful to the soul and spirit. May God grant you two eternal rest.”
Another relative, Sope Coker, while expressing shock over the death, stated that she spoke to Bukky a few weeks ago. She described Bukky as a quiet person.
She said, “I just can’t believe that my cousin, Bukola Coker, died in that building like that. I spoke to her a few weeks ago. I did not believe when I read it in the newspaper. I called her line but it was switched off. It’s very painful. Bukola is the quiet type, stoic in nature; the devil just wasted her like that. May God have mercy on her soul, RIP.”
Afolakemi Coker said it was so painful that the sisters were dead. She said that the first time she met Bukky was at a family reunion.
“It’s so painful she is gone. The first time I met her was at Uncle Ladele’s hotel during a family reunion, RIP Oluwabukola Michelle Coker. God knows better,” said Afolakemi.
Although Bernadette Coker did not know the sisters while they were alive as she met Bukky through facebook, being empathic about the plight of the family, she also joined in mourning their loss.
“Today, I learnt of the unfortunate and untimely death of Bukky, a family member whom l knew through facebook. I cannot possibly imagine the shock and sorrow that has been thrust on her family as well. I pray her family is comforted by the Holy Spirit and may her soul rest in peace,” Bernadette said.
Tobias Nnebife, a friend of the sisters, while expressing her grief, preached the message of love and appreciation of one another. She advised people against bearing grudges and gossiping.
Nnebife said, “We lost two of our own, Toyin and Bukola Coker. My heart goes out their family. Life is really short, let us appreciate one another, care about one another and reach out and touch somebody’s life while we can. I pray that there will not be another episode of an untimely death amongst us. Don’t bear grudges, do not gossip, instead embrace and encourage one another. Remember the Coker family in your prayers. God bless us and keep us. Amen!!!! May their souls RIP.”
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