The youngest son of the late veteran journalist, Alhaji Alade Odunewu (a.k.a. Allah De), Mr. Segun Odunewu, said his father died of age-related ailment.
Odunewu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikoyi, Lagos Friday that the death of their mother in January 2012 might also not be unconnected with the death of his father.
“Our mother died on January 4, 2012 and the death of my father happened just last night; so I am still dazed about the development.
“His health condition nose-dived after the family celebrated one year of the death of our mother. This might have affected him somehow.
Odunewu wondered why this should happen to the family 16 months after the death of his mother.”
Another family member, Mrs. Oreoluwa Odunuga (nee Odunewu), described the deceased as a very forthright man.
“He was highly disciplined, very caring and God-fearing man. He abhorred bribery and corruption and was always reflecting his hatred for such vices in his columns in the defunct Daily Times.
“I will miss his jokes, fatherly advice and his approach to life generally.
“I will also miss his accommodating ability; he made everybody feel at home without any discrimination.”