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#LagosIsland: Father of pupil who died in collapsed building says his son asked him to pray for him before going to school

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#LagosIsland: Father of pupil who died in collapsed building says his son asked him to pray for him before going to school

Mr Abdulfatah Ayoola the father of a six-year-old pupil of Ohen Nursery & Primary school has said his deceased son asked him to pray for him before he left for school.

When Ayoola laid his hands on and prayed for Fawad, his son, he never knew that would be his last time of doing so.

The devastated father said Fawad woke up late for school on Wednesday and “after taking his breakfast, he requested for money but I told him there’s no need for money since he has his lunch with him.

Then he said, “daddy, pray for me before I go”, and I did exactly as he requested. He walked to school which is just few metres from the house,” the Cable reports.

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He said by two pm his son’s corpse was brought out of the rubble of the collapsed building.

In the six years that the deceased spent on earth, the father prayed for him regularly but hardly had the request come from the boy.

“I don’t think I can sleep tonight. My late son and I did almost everything together; we ate together, prayed together, spent time discussing. I was introducing him to life because he was my eldest child,” Ayoola said.

The man of the house painfully narrated how he contemplated enrolling Fawad in another school but did not go ahead with the plan because his late son was rounding off his primary education.

“I visited Kings’ College not too long and liked the academic atmosphere. and I was assured that an interview date will be communicated to me soon but now I can’t take him there anymore because Fawad is gone.

“God gives and take, we cannot question Him. All I need to do now is pray for him, console the mother, I know of a family who lost four of their children in the building, what will be their fate? Praise be to Allah for everything.”

Fawad has been buried at the Ikoyi cemetery in accordance with Islamic rites.

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The three-storey building had a school inside it and according to reports, the school operated illegally. Residents also said the collapsed building had been marked for demolition and the occupants given notice to quit.

WuzpNaija gathered that the school had over 120 pupils.

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