Mr Jacob Oyedepo, the father of the late airman, Matthew Oyedepo, has appealed to the Nigerian government to help in providing jobs for the unemployed siblings of his late child.
Oyedepo who spoke during a recent conversation with newsmen said he saw no sign that his son was going to die.
According to him, they had a good conversation a day before the incident, and that he prayed for his son, only to receive the sad news a day after. Oyedepo, however, said his son’s death will not make him stop the siblings of the deceased from joining the Army.
Matthew died in the ill-fated Beechcraft 350 that crash-landed in Kaduna a few days ago, claiming the life of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other ten officers of the Nigerian Army.
Speaking further on the demise of his son, Mr Oyedepo who hails from Ora-Igbomina, Osun State, said the deceased was his last child and that the other five older siblings were unemployed.
He said, “I spoke to my son on Thursday that preceded the day he died. I prayed for him. I did not see or have any sign that he was going to die. I just prayed for him. His death has left a permanent vacuum. I will never forget him. He was the one taking care of me. His brothers are unemployed. He was also taking care of them.
Oyedepo added: “I plead with the government to help in providing jobs for the siblings of the deceased that are not employed. Matthew is my last child and I have six children. Even with his death, I will not discourage any of my children who is willing to join the military, I will allow them to follow their hearts.”