The Oasis Reporters
March 12, 2019
The late Nigerian-Canadian Professor of English at Carleton University, Pius Adesanmi never failed to receive diverse emails from inquisitive Canadians, Americans etc who wanted to know so much about cannibalism, witchcraft, etc in Nigeria. Like he said in his own words on Facebook:
“Only Canadian immigration lawyers write me on a weekly basis, soliciting my “expertise” in assorted Nigerian experiences such as cannibalism, witchcraft, sorcery, family honour killings, paganism, idolatry, and a whole range of situations their Nigerian clients always claim they are fleeing from.
Now, this email pops up from Houston, Texas. American immigration lawyers are now seeking out this Nigerian-Canadian Professor of Cannibalism and assorted violence?
Obviously, I have never once agreed to do these things – write an “expert opinion” to claim that Nigerians are cannibals because of money but I have nearly two decades of these emails in my archives.
Toh, Delta people, read this email. Na wetin una pikin dey claim for Houston be dis o. See excerpt of email wey I just get:
( Deltans, imagine what one of your indigines is claiming in Houston. Read the excerpt of the email I just received)
Dear Professor Adesanmi,
I am an immigration lawyer in Houston, TX. I have a Nigerian client who is currently detained and seeking asylum. In order to best pursue his case, we need an expert witness with expertise in violence in the Delta State (Ubulu Uku), specifically directed at the royal families (“first class monarchs”) in the region.
Because the client is detained, the docket moves very quickly. The deadline for submission is 3/27/2019, although if a few extra days are needed, I can ask the judge for an exception and likely get it. Oral testimony via telephone to go along with written testimony would be great but is not required.
The client and his family cannot afford to pay very much. I am on the case pro bono. I’m happy to provide more detailed information if this is something you might be interested in.
Thanks so much for your time.”
As interesting as this email was, Professor Adesanmi was thanked for his time. Well, he read the mail, but he didn’t have the time to make a reply, assuming that he really wanted to.
Rather than reply to the email he made his last Facebook post and it was a quote from the Holy Bible.
“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10,” he wrote as he shared a photo of himself on March 9, 2019.
While in a post on an Ethiopian airline, it crashed, and Pius Adesanmi was no more.
However, Investigators have recovered one of two black box recorders on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 that crashed just outside Addis Ababa Sunday, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew, Ethiopian state media reported.
Tributes kept pouring in for two prominent Nigerians who died in the crash. President Muhammadu Buhari has already expressed his condolences. So did Dayo Alonzo Awe who wrote, “May their souls rest in peace.
Pius Adesanmi I got to know you virtually on Facebook ….. Abiodun Bashua, I knew you on the Field ….. May the Lord grant you eternal rest, and may the Lord comfort those you left behind.
Ambassador Abiodun Bashua has been described as a “high profile Nigerian. Those serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will know him. He was the former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. A complete gentleman.
Indeed, Princess Lebi who was in Nigeria’s foreign service knew him well,and fondly called him “BB”, describing him as a “faithful, loyal, devoted friend. Every time I had my back against the wall, you rode in to rescue me. You took me under your wings to navigate the choppy waters of life. You accepted me for me, warts and all. Now that you are gone, I can only imagine what you will say to me. I’m consoled by my faith that I’ll see you again at the second coming of Christ when we will be together again and forever.
When we spoke last week, I had no idea it was the last for a while. I will keep all your mails to console myself in times of despair. BB, you were a complete gentleman. I thank God for you. This pain is searing. Goodnight honey. Good night.”
Pius Adesanmi was a popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, and he was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10, 2019.
An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.
Adesanmi was a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State, was among the passengers.
Ethiopian Airlines was deemed the best African carrier last year by UK-based air travel consultancy Skytrax.
It reported carrying more than 10.6 million passengers in its 2017/2018 fiscal year, a 21% increase on the previous year and has a good safety ranking, scoring 6/7, according to Airlines Ratings.
The last major accident involving Ethiopian Airlines was in 2010 when a plane travelling from Beirut in Lebanon to Addis Ababa crashed in the Mediterranean Sea killing all 90 people aboard.
Four years earlier, an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed after being hijacked resulting in the death of 125 out of the 175 people on board.
Currently, safety concerns are being raised on the type of Boeing 737 aircraft that crashed on Sunday. Analysts are worried that the way it crashed was the similar way others of the same make, crashed. Unless the safety concerns are rightly addressed, air travellers would be asking critical questions about the type of aircraft on ground, before they board it.