ABUJA, OCT. 22, 2023
It was a sober moment as family, friends, colleagues and sympathisers gathered in Lagos to bid the late Remilekun Toyosi Meshioye, a Nigerian citizen, who died aboard Egyptair on Sept. 4, 2023 in Cairo, bye as her remains were finally laid to rest.
In a statement, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) who
represented Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa at all the three-day burial programmes, expressed the condolences of the Commission to the family saying “words alone cannot erase the pain her death has brought to the family”.
At a short service at the grave side in Matori cemetery, Lagos, the presiding Pastor of Winners Chapel, Pastor Seyi Elliott, said though
her life was cut short, everyone should take solace in the fact that she lived an impactful and Godly life while on earth.
Her eldest sister, Mrs. Oluwakemi Shilgba, who coordinated the burial programmes, said Remilekun was a daughter full of faith and wisdom and always ready to sacrifice for others even at her own expense.
Friends, colleagues and other family members also paid glowing tributes on the personality of Remilekun, describing her as a rare gem who has a kind soul and a heart of gold. “Your loss, so shocking has hit all of us, so hard”.
The three-day programme started with the receiving of the body from Cairo at the Muritala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos.
Thereafter, a service of songs at the Winners Chapel Ogba, Lagos was organised in her honour where family and friends paid their last respects to the deceased.
The body was finally interred at the Matori Cemetery Ladipo near Oshodi Bus Terminus, Lagos after a short exhortation at the grave side.
It would be recalled that the family had decided to repatriate the body of late Remilekun back home for burial following the refusal of
Egyptair management to accept full responsibility for what happened to its passenger.
The family, as represented by Mrs. Lola Olaniyi-Alabi, has written series of petitions to Egyptair and its management about the incident but the airline refused to even condole with them up till this moment let alone accept the responsibility for bringing the corpse and luggages back until the family paid for the repatriation of the body.
Similarly, the Egyptair management has also refused to respond to a letter written to it by NIDCOM to seek for clarification on the matter and do the needful for the family.
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO, NiDCOM, has once again offered her condolences to the family over the unfortunate incident and prayed to God to comfort them especially Remilekun’s aged father and siblings and grant the deceased eternal peaceful rest.
Remilekun, 41, tragically lost her life on the 4th of September 2023 aboard Egyptair in Cairo on her way from Lagos to London for further
She is survived by her aged father, Elder Israel Meshioye (JP) and her siblings both in Nigeria and abroad.