Nigerian couple married for 72 years, died same day, buried same day in Abeokuta


Abeokuta,  Dec. 18, 2020 (NAN) PA Israel Akojede and his wife, Mama Esther, who were married for 72 years and died few hours apart  were buried on Friday at the Apostolic Faith Church Cemetery, Ijeja in Abeokuta, Ogun State. 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the couple died hours apart on Friday,  Oct.  30,2020 at Gbonagun in Obantoko area of Abeokuta.

NAN reports that the husband was 103 years old at the time of his death, while Esther who died shortly after receiving the news of her husband’s passing was aged 98.

Delivering his sermon at a funeral service for the couple, held at Apostolic Faith Church, Ogun Regional Headquarters, Abeokuta, Rev. Folorunsho Ajayi, admonished couples to always pray together and believe in one another. 

Ajayi , Regional Overseer of the church, who read different bible chapters during his sermon, noted that salvation was  precious , saying that one must work hard and follow God’s rule to obtain it. 

He called on women to be virtuous,  truthful and always have respect for their husbands,  saying that was one of the major ways to make  heaven.

Speaking to NAN, the Eldest Child, Mr Joseph Akojede, described his parent as loving , caring  and prayer warriors. 

“They were both great in life and in death. They were parents to all and not biological alone. They both exhibited a parental care and friend to all, ” he said. 

Also,  the First Grandson,  Olanrewaju Akojede, said he was grateful for the love and support he received from couple “grandma and grandpa “.

He explained that their love and prayers were the driving force behind everything he does. 

“They are so great parents who lived a pleasant and worthy life that is worth emulating. 

“I am happy knowing that they are finally resting peacefully in heaven,” he said. (NAN)

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