A former Governor of Oyo State, Dr Victor Omololu Olunloyo, is in a mournful mood. The 86-year-old octogenarian lost his son, Akintayo Olumide a few days ago to a brief illness. He died at his Ikolaba residence in Ibadan where he lived. He was aged 51.
Until his death, Akintayo who was the only son of the former governor was a quadriplegic, paralyzed waist down. He initially lost the use of his left hand but it was later restored after a series of surgical operations were carried out on him.
His ordeal began during the #AliMustGo riots of 1978 where Nigerian University students protesting increased tuition attacked government vehicles. Akintayo and members of his family which included his sister, the controversial Kemi Olunloyo, were travelling in a government vehicle and drove straight into the riot with no prior warning. Rioters pelted their car with rocks and set the car’s petrol tank on fire.
Akintayo was badly injured. He suffered a severe brain injury but his life was saved by a team of brain surgeons. He however remained confined to a wheelchair. Akintayo’s bereaved father on hearing news of his son’s death exclaimed, “He is gone now, he has left me. He was brave and brilliant. He suffered so greatly after the incident that confined him to the wheelchair.”