By Shayo Adebayo,
Former Osun state Governor and a former interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande, over the weekend said he has been subjected to loneliness and hopelessness one year after his wife, Mrs Omowumi Akande, passed on even as death has become more attractive to him since then.
Chief Akande, 79, lamented that since the departure of his wife on July 11, 2017, he has been constantly feeling lonely, vulnerable and hopeless.
He described his late wife as a very caring soul mate that took care of him as a mother till her death.
Akande in his speech titled ‘My Life Without My Wife’ at a year remembrance of his wife on Saturday in Ila Orangun, his country home, said he had never felt empty and emotionally deserted as he was feeling in the absence of his wife.
“I became weak and I regretted having involved myself at all in the mirage of our tradition called marriage from the beginning. I did not bargain for my wife to die before me. I am noticing that, since that night, I constantly felt lonely, vulnerable and hopeless,” Akande told the gathering.
“And since then, despite the constant kindness and support from my friends, associates and relatives, and even in spite of the intensive care and love that my children enthusiastically expressed, I have never felt as empty and as emotionally deserted as I am today.
“Sometimes, I moved around my room in a lonely soliloquy with the imaginary sentiment that my wife would suddenly answer me.
“At least, she has not once joined me in any conversation nor in searching for my misplaced reading glasses, handkerchiefs and wristwatches in her usual want. She must have been busy preparing a place for me close to her in heaven.”
“However, when I see the way our children had been celebrating her memory since she passed a year ago, death becomes very-very more attractive to me. And I have been praying to die such a painless death and for my funeral to be as glorious as that of my wife.”
Meanwhile, a primary health centre, located at Isedo 1, Ward 4, Ila-Orangun, was upgraded in honour of late Mrs Omowumi Akande by her children, and prayers were also offered for the repose of her soul.
Speaking on behalf of the children, former Commissioner for Health in Osun State, Dr Temitope Ilori, said they were commemorating her first year remembrance by giving back to her roots through the project that would impact on the lives of all members of the community, adding that the upgraded health centre will promote healthy living in the community and reduce the burden of disease.
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