The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Professor Ademola Dasylva, on Wednesday, recounted how he could have also flown in the same ill-fated Ethopian aircraft that crashed killing Professor Pius Adesanmi and 156 others. Dasylva rendered this account during a series of activities like procession, rendition of tributes, readings and holding of candle light held in honour of the late Adesanmi at the University of Ibadan. Dasylva said just like Pius, he was also in Ethiopia to honour an invitation by the African Union Commission.Noting that he stayed in the same hotel as Adesanmi, Dasylva said the departing point was that while Pius was assigned to Nairobi, Kenya, he was to work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Describing Adesanmi’s death as most unfortunate, Dasylva said,“I probably would have not been alive today. We could have been on the same plane because we were invited by the same African Union Commission and went together.He came through South Africa to Addis Ababa but I came through Lagos to Addis Ababa. His own team was to work in Nairobi, ours was to work in Addis. We stayed in the same hotel and they left the hotel around eight in the morning for the airport.”Within the next ten minutes, all we heard was that there was a loss of signal and the next we heard was that the worst had happened. It is very unfortunate because we have lost a gem.Within the next ten minutes, all we heard was that there was a loss of signal and the next we heard was that the worst had happened. It is very unfortunate because we have lost a gem.”