The editor of SportsDay newspaper, Sam O’Femi Olusetire (formerly Fasetire) has recounted his tale of two accidents that he survived in June 2001 and 2003, then went on to give profound thanks to God for keeping him alive till June 2019.
Olusetire gave his testimony on thanksgiving Sunday at Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Divine Counsel Parish, as he used the opportunity to thank God afresh, for keeping him alive, despite the mystery of two scary accidents within the same month of three years.
He disclosed that his first escape was on June 10, 2001, when a bus he was travelling in to a friendly match with 16 players of National Grassroots Dream Team got a burst tyre and somersaulted under Maryland Bridge, along Ikorodu Road, Lagos Mainland.
The veteran youth developer, sports writer and broadcaster further recounted that the second accident involved him alone on a commercial motor cycle, but he lost memory of how it happened; only that he woke up at Lagos Geenral Hospital after three days in coma.
Olusetire added: “Up till tomorrow, I don’t know how the accident of June 13, 2003 happened, or what I did before then.
“I was told that I had been on Okada, heading to Bar Beach. The irony of it, though, is that I don’t like Okada and my officie then, at Brila FM, was on Idowu Taylor, which is the opposite direction to Bar Beach.
“I just thank God for sparring my life, and for making it possible for me to declare the power of His Grace and Glory in the land of the living.
“I also thank Brila FM chairman, Dr Larry Izamoje, for the role he played in ensuring that I got better medical attention at a private hospital in Ogba, after I had been left for dead at Lagos General Hospital.
“I also thank Tony Obot, Bimbo Adeola, Jide Ojo and Shade Oni, who were my senior colleagues at Brila FM back then; as well as Oscar Ezinwa Emmanuel and Deb Ball, who are was a volunteer together with a British Council project, Community Action Through Sports (CATS).
“I equally thank some of my boys, Ayo Mamkinwa, Ifeanyi Emeghara, Reginal Onowode, Sunday Ibrahim and Ike Nwaogu, for staying with me.
“They arranged a welcome-back football match for me at Union Bank Sports Complex on the day I was discharged from hospital, which happened to be my birthday, July 3, 2003.
“The match was graced by Obafemi Martins, Babatunde Ogunsoto, Benjamin Onwuachi, and many others, with Alhaji Agboola Dabiri, who later became Surulere LG chairman and commissioner under former Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, as guest of honour.
“Incidentally, that accident came almost exactly a year after I survived a similar scare in a tumbling bus under Maryland bridge, with 16 players and two supporters, on our way to a match in Ikorodu.
“I can’t remember all the boys that were in the bus that day. Those I can recall were Kunbi Yusuf, Chijioke Okeke, Shakiru Abikoye, Reginald Ibeh, Paul Agu, Toheeb Aremu, Sunday Jaggers, Ikechukwu Nwaogu, Rasak Aweda, Kingsley Abalogu, and six others.
“Also in the bus were Ayo Maminwa’s younger brother, Akinola, and the team’s former goalkeeper, Seyi Adeboye, who went along to support the squad. I just thank God that no life was lost and there was no serious injury.”