Pius Adesanmi’s family tackles widow over ‘unauthorised’ burial in Canada

Mike Oyelude, a relative of Pius Adesanmi, the late Nigerian-born Canadian professor, says the academic was buried in Canada without the consent of his family.

The remains of Adesanmi were buried in Ottawa, Canada, last Saturday. He was among the passengers on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airline flight which crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on a Sunday morning in March.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which carried 149 passengers and eight crew members, lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after taking off.

In an article entitled, ‘Re: Pius Adesanmi’s Burial’ on Sunday, Oyelude said the burial is contrary to the wish of the deceased who wanted to be buried in Isanlu, Kogi state.

Oyelude said since his death, neither Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines nor Adesanmi’s widow has contacted the family in an official capacity over the burial.

He said the “shambolic funeral” of Adesanmi coincided with his mum’s 78th birthday, which is believed to be deliberately done to maximise the pain, the suffering and the agony of the matriarch.

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