Iyabo Toluhi, the elder sister of the late Prof. Pius Adesanmi, on Saturday described the death of his brother as a great loss to the family and community.
Mrs Toluhi (nee Adesanmi), spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the sideline of a memorial mass held in honour of the deceased at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in his home town in Itedo-Ijowa, Isanlu, Yagba East, LGA, Kogi State.
Adesanmi and 156 others on board died in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on Sunday March 10, 2019.
The elder sister to the late professor, with tears rolling down her eyes, told NAN that it was really difficult for her to talk about her younger brother.
She said that her brother’s death was a great loss to the family as he was the only son among three children of their mother.
“We appreciate the whole world the way they have celebrated our brother, Bola (Pius), the last born and only son among the three siblings of our parent,” she said.
“Pius was a very hard working and a highly intelligent man, right from the nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary schools. He was an excellent child in school.
“We thank God for the life he lived and that is what we are seeing now, how people all over the world are celebrating him.
“It shows the kind of life he had lived. He loved and cared for his people including his immediate, nuclear, and extended family including his community,” she said.