Tears, Tributes As Ogun NUJ Chairman, Soji Amosu Is Buried - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, November 20, 2021

Tears, Tributes As Ogun NUJ Chairman, Soji Amosu Is Buried

The Daily Crucible | Published Saturday,  November 20, 2021

Amid bright sky - blue above and suffusing sombre mood on ground, the remains of  late Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council, Comrade Olusoji Samson Amosu, were interred in his residence at Bode Olude, Lambo area of Abeokuta.

Amosu who died on Sunday, November 14. 2021 after a brief illness, was committed to mother earth about 1:49pm on Friday after a funeral service at the Antioch Baptist Church, Surudara Bode Olude, Abeokuta. He was 53.

Earlier in the morning same Friday, his remains were laid in state at the Ogun State NUJ Secretariat, Iwe-irohin, Abeokuta where last respect was paid by senior colleagues, Journalists, associates , family, friends and well-wishers to the deceased.

On Thursday evening at the same venue, professional colleagues and relatives also converged to pay tributes to the deceased  where the Ogun State Correspondent of the Daily Times of Nigeria and former Assistant Secretary of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council, Com. Taiwo Abiodun, glowingly extolled the virtues of the departed Soji Amosu.

Taiwo, who almost gave to way to tears while rendering his tributes, disclosed that his path with the deceased professional colleague, friend and ally crossed over 30 years ago.

He desccribed their relationship as that of "inseparable siamese twins." 

"Anything I say here therefore, are true reflection of what Soji was. I know him inside out while he also knew me more than any human.

"When we started the journey of life, after leaving school, the two of us weathered the storm together before getting to where we are now.

"He was what you all said he was to you. A highly committed family man, a loving husband, an honest companion, a dedicated worker, a patriotic Nigerian, a community leader per excellence, a humanist, a loyal follower, an advocate for the oppressed, a clean person inside out.

"Samson Olusoji Amosu in human  perspective was an epitome of perfection

"My brother was not a smoker, he was very brunt, always smiling, he does not drink, nether does he run after another man's wife," he said.

Although, his death was a painful loss to all who have had encounters with the late chairman of Ogun NUJ, yet people handled it with great equanimity, sending him forth to eternal life with His creator in a blaze of glory and eulogies.

In his sermon titled ”The Final Journey’ at the burial service, the officiating minister, Rev. Rotimi Afuape, reminded the living that death is the inevitable end of all human beings.

Rev. Afuape described the final Journey as the end to all chanllenges of the world, saying the deceased had weathered his own chanllenges during his life time to the best of his capacity.

Anchoring his sermon on Revealtions 21 verse 4, Hebrew 9 verse 8, Corinthians 2 ves 10, Afuape urged the gathering to always be of good deeds in all their doings, warning that: ”we will all appear before the judgement throne one day.”

His physician son, Dr Amosu Opeyemi, told The Daily Crucible that he "will miss a whole lot" of his father, describing him as "humble and determined father."

"My father was a very determined person. Ok, let me just give a very short story, in 2007 when we were to park into our house, he just picked me one day in June 2007 and said we're going to start a new house and within three months we were done. 

"Alright, from that point on I picked that cue that I really need to be determined always about things, that whatever goal I set, I can achieve it irrespective of short or scarce resources at any time. His death is a big loss. Like I said, I'm going to miss a whole lot of him. He was a very daring and very determined father. He was very humble and very humble, almost to a fault," Dr Amosu said.

Dignitaries who were in attendance at funeral service to bid late Olusoji Samson Amosu final farewell included top media executive in Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Senior Special Adviser to Ogun State governor on Media and Communication, Hon.Remmy Hassan, General Managers of NTA, Abeokuta, Mrs Funmi Wakama, OGTV, Mr.Tunde Kassim, Media Adviser to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr.Kehinde Akinyemi, members of Association of Mass Communication Graduates(AMACOG) Class of ’92 Ogun State Polytechnic, Directorate of Public Relations, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Mr Kola Adepoju among others.

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