Dapo Lam-Adesina, the politician son of the late Oyo State leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) spoke to our reporter in Ibadan.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, said it even took a while to convince his late father to be transferred to a Lagos hospital from the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan where he was initially admitted.
The late Adesina was believed to have suffered from diabetes.
He said: “One of the things he emphasised was that he must not be taken abroad for treatment. He said he did not want to be treated outside Nigeria. He said he wanted to be treated where common Nigerians are treated. That was why we could not fly him abroad for treatment. He rejected the idea. We were forced to take him to St Nicholas Hospital in Lagos when there was strike at the UCH. It took us a long time to convince him that there was strike at UCH before he allowed us to take him to St Nicholas Hospital. All of the time, he would say that he wanted to be treated where ordinary people are treated. He would have loved to remain at the UCH or at the State Hospital, Adeoyo, Ibadan.
He believed that there was nothing spectacular about him to warrant being taken for treatment abroad. That was why we could not fly him abroad because he said he was not going. Even if he would die, he said he would not go abroad.
He never treated himself outside Nigeria, even when he was governor so that people would understand that there was no difference between him and other people.”
He said his father believed so much in Nigeria and lived his life for the masses. He added that he believed in the possibility of change till the end.