A victim of the Dana Air crash of June 3, 2012, Akinola Olumodeji, 39, was buried at the Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens, Lagos, on Friday.
Olumodeji, a cleric with the House on the Rocks, Abuja, was one of the passengers in the June 3 plane crash at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos.
He left behind his wife, Toyin, and his two young children, Hilary (four) and Iyinoluwa (18 months).
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Sure Foundation Area Pastor, Efe Akpomudje, who presided over the burial service, described the deceased as a man who was a joy to his family.
The priest said, “This funeral is not meant for razzmatazz, but to celebrate an extraordinary young man, who has finished his life’s journey.
“Everyone of us here came to this world as a bundle of joy and that was exactly what Akinola was to his family. But God has decided to take him back when he wished.
“It is never easy to say goodbye either a person is dead or not. Death is a sign of God’s love. Imagine what it would have been like to live forever, with the turmoil and diseases in the world.”
Akinola was born on Jan. 8, 1973.
He was said to be on his way to Lagos for a family engagement when he died in the crash.
The deceased’s sister, Mrs. Funmilayo Coker, said Akinola was a man who found the love for God at a young age.
She told our correspondent, “It is very strange for a young man to finish National Youth Service and decide to go into the ministry. But that was exactly what my brother did.
“He loved God passionately. Akinola exuded love and could give anything to anybody. He went straight to the ministry after his service year. He did not even work for a single day. He said he had a calling to serve God and that was exactly what he did.”
Coker said Akinola had left a vacuum in the family that would never be filled.
The sombre atmosphere at the graveside exploded into tearful goodbyes from the deceased’s family when it was time to perform the dust-to-dust rite.
Toyin said goodbye to her husband, silently sobbing and her expression said it all about her sorrow. The two children were also given the opportunity to throw sand into the coffin as it was lowered into the grave.
The Olumodeji family, however, declined to comment on the release of the operating licence of Dana Air by the Federal Government, a move that has sparked outrage across the country.