The son of former Ondo State Governor, late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, Feyi Agagu, has reflected on the plane crash that nearly took his life almost a year ago, attributing his survival to divine providence.
He described his escape from the jaws of death as a rare miracle for which his family would eternally be grateful to God.
He added: “I am not just lucky; I am a blessed survivor”.
The younger Agagu, who spoke with reporters in Lagos on his traumatic experience, acknowledged that only few could have survived in that moment of uncertainty, tension and anxiety.
Feyi was involved in a plane crash in Lagos almost a year ago when the Associated Airlines plane that was conveying his father’s corpse to Akure, the Ondo State capital, for a state burial, crashed, less than a minute after take-off from the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
Feyi and one of his in-laws survived the crash in which the Ondo Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr. Deji Falae; the owner of Nigeria’s most popular casket marketers/makers, MIC Funeral Company, Tunji Okunsanya and his son, among other passengers of the ill-fated flight, died.
Feyi said: “Not many could have survived a plane crash. It is not something you plan or pray for. It takes God’s grace. I cannot say it was because of how I sat in the plane or where I sat.
“I just saw the plane going down. I saw smoke and I passed out. When I opened my eyes in the hospital, I could recollect what happened within seconds. I remembered that the plane was going down”.
Agagu’s younger brother, who was also his Chief of Staff, Femi, said friends and relatives would converge on University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, for the maiden anniversary lecture in memory of the late governor next month.
Agagu was an alumnus and lecturer at the university before he ventured into business and later politics.
Femi, who spoke on the life and time of his brother, described him as a great and honest politician who left worthy legacies.
He added: “Agagu was a university teacher, deputy governor, minister of Power and Steel and minister of Aviation. He was the governor of Ondo State. As the deputy governor, he fought for the inclusion of Ondo State on the list of oil-producing states. He constructed many roads and opened up the rural areas of Ilaje. The bridges are still there. He established a university in Ondo South. It is still there till today.
“He initiated the Olokola project and attracted other industrial major concerns. It has been the largest investment-driven concern in sub-Sahara Africa. If it has materialised, there would be no joblessness. He started the projects.
“As the governor, he set up the Fund Allocation Committee made up of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Finance Commissioner, Head of Service, Secretary to the Government, representative of the Council of Obas, and Chief Judge. The Commissioner for Finance always briefed the media monthly for four and half years on how the money was being spent. There was due process. It was an era of transparency”, he noted.