Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian-born professor teaching at Carlton University, Canada, was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash of Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was a popular columnist and social and political commentator.
The son of Adesanmi,
The son of Isanlu,
A proud son of Okun land,
The land of my birth.
A hero by all standards.
Saved from bad Nigerian roads,
Drowned in the skies.
You didn’t experience oppression yourself,
But you spoke against it at every given opportunity.
You didn’t know Zakzaky,
You didn’t know me,
But you spoke against our oppression and persecution.
Sleep well comrade.
Till we meet again on the other side.
Deji Adeyanju is a political activist and convener of Concerned Nigerians.