By Chiemelie Ezeobi and Anayo Okolie
The service of songs held in honour of late Dr. Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi, was not only a celebration of some sort, but also a moment of sober reflection as mourners eulogised and drew lessons from his life.
For the teeming crowd that gathered Sunday at the Majekodunmi residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, it was a moment of illumination as the deceased’s life was used as a yardstick to denounce the decadence in the society.
Majekodunmi, who would be laid to rest in his hometown on April 17, at Ikereku, Abeokuta, Ogun State, was until his death, the Chairman and Founder of St. Nicholas Hospital, a foremost gynaecology hospital in Lagos.
In his eulogy, a long time friend and colleague of the deceased, Dr. Yinka Omololu, also a clergy juxtaposed Majekodunmi’s strict principles with the seeming decadence in the society.
According to him, the deceased lived a life of servitude in his chosen profession, a virtue he lamented that has been eroded in today’s society.
He said: “Before papa departed, he asked me to say a word at his funeral but at the same time, he pleaded with me not focus on his political life which was forced on him, rather the quality of his medical background.
“In the 1950s, St Nicholas according to the late Dr. Ransome Kuti, was adjudged the best in gynaecology in terms of the quality of care given to patients.”
Although the services were expensive, people were willing to pay because they wanted the best.
“The hospital was known for being humanitarian, sympathetic and sensitive. The day papa died, Lagos doctors went on strike. Are they sympathetic, humanitarian and sensitive?
Without waiting for an answer, Omololu also harped on the corruption that has riddled the nation’s pension scheme, the corruption in the society as well as other challenges that has riddled the nation.
In their tribute, the Association of Lagos Titled Chiefs, represented by Chief Folarin Coker, the deceased was described as a gentleman to the core with strict adherence to integrity.
Going back memory lane, Coker said his first meeting with the deceased was to seek the solution to longetivity but ended up receiving an orange, an act which culminated to years of friendship.
Others that read tributes were the Gynecology and Obstetrics Organisation of Nigeria, St. Gregory’s College and Mr. Dapo Osubola, among many others.
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