How I cheated death twice – former REC, Ayoka Adebayo


.The host is third from right, with former President Obasanjo, his wife (third from left) and others

A former Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Chief (Mrs) Olusola Ayoka Adebayo (JP), at the weekend, narrated how she escaped death by the whiskers months back, thanking God for bringing her back to life.

She said, the incident the second this year, was enough to roll out the drums to appreciate God for His mightiness in her life.

Adebayo made this disclosure at the family Thanksgiving service, held to celebrate her 86th birthday anniversary, at her residence at Agbeloba Area of Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday.

She told the congregants, including former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, that the first incident occured in February, while the other one, which devastated her happened in August in her church, but, she came back to life at the hospital, where she was immediately rushed to.

In a release by the Special Assistant on Media to the former President, Kehinde Akinyemi on Sunday, Mama Adebayo, as she is fondly called, said the survival brought about the celebration of her 86 birthday, as it was not in her character to celebrate birthdays.

The elated celebrant, recalled that, “God brought back my life. I could not remember anything until I was resuscitated in the hospital.

“But, I only remember that my brother, Oyedele, Adeyemi and I were those that sat on the same line, before I slumped on Adeyemi’s lap and I don’t know anything again till I was resuscitated in the hospital. I thanked God.

“Who am I to get this from God? I have gone, but, God kept me, He preserved me and brought me back. It is not my making. I don’t just celebrate birthdays, this one, I specifically requested that I should use it to thank God. I felt I should call you to come and celebrate with me.

“It was a unique year for me. I had gone, but, God restored my life. It was at the Hospital that I was brought back to life. I saw Wole (her son) and others all around me and was asking what happened. It was a unique period for me, hence this Thanksgiving to appreciate God, His mightiness and protection on me is unquantifiable. Only recently, a Professor in Ibadan who was on his way to the Mosque slumped (just like I did), and he never recovered from it. He was reported to be 69. So, who am I that I will not rejoice to the Lord for preserving me,” she told the appreciable crowd in the compound.

She further commended all her children that “God put in my care, I will forever be appreciative of you all and may God use your children to take care of you too. As I was told, Wole rolled up his Agbada (flowing dress), Segun and Bode all carried me. I am so grateful to you all

Baba Obasanjo, I thanked you. Mama (Mrs Obasanjo), Kabiyesi (Oba Adebayo of Ibogun Olaogun).”

In his address, Obasanjo described Mrs Adebayo as a special wife in his family, stressing that,  “Mama is special, because, she is the first wife to be educated in our family. Really, Ayoka is a wife in a million even when my brother died, the vacuum that could have been created by his untimely demise, the vacuum has been adequately felt and filled by you.

“You said, when you slumped, you slumped and you did not die because, God did not open the doors for you. You just slumped but God is yet to say your time is up. You will live to be 90, 95 and more than your mother, who died at 106. You will live to be 110 years,” Obasanjo said.




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