By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has joined other well-meaning Nigerians to mourn the sudden departure of the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Anambra State Command, Sunday Michael Ajayi, who died on Saturday, 15th December, in a ghastly motor accident on his way back to Anambra State.
Bishop Ezeokafor who gave out his condolence message at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka, described the late safety expert as a committed and dedicated public servant, noting that the sector commander would be sorely missed by all and sundry, adding that he (Ajayi) bridged the gap between the commission and the Mother Church.
The Catholic Prelate prayed God to give the late Ajayi family the fortitude to bear what he described as an irreparable loss and also for the quick repose of his soul.
For his part, Governor Willie Obiano also condoled with the family of Mr Ajayi. Speaking at the Governor's Lodge in Amawbia last weekend, Governor Obiano described Mr Ajayi's death as a heavy blow to Anambra State.
Describing the deceased FRSC Sector Commander as a hard-worker and a gentleman who gave his country his very best, Governor Obiano observed that he would be greatly missed by Anambra State but even more so by his family and friends who would have to cope with the void he left behind.
Governor Obiano who further expressed his condolences to the family and prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the pain of his sudden exit, said Ajayi's death had cast a pall of grief on Anambra State with many members of the State Executive Council paying tearful tributes to him and expressing their deep condolences to his family.
Fides gathered that Ajayi and his driver were heading to Anambra State when the ghastly accident occurred. Their car was hit by a speeding Hummer Bus while trying to avoid a head on collision with an overtaking car. While Ajayi lost his life, his driver sustained injuries and is currently receiving treatment at a hospital.