By _ Kaka Babatunde
Dr Ibrahim noted that the harrowing experience he experienced at the hands of the abductors made him realise the truth in the popular Yoruba proverb “eniyan l’aso mi.“
A former Dean, School of Sciences at the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Dr TL Ibrahim, has appreciated members of the college community for their goodwill and solidarity throughout the period of his recent abduction.
Dr Ibrahim was speaking during a farewell ceremony organized by college management for its recent batch of retirees on Thursday, July 11th, 2021.
The scholar, who hails from Osun State appreciated the unflinching support, prayers as well as strong sentiments of love and goodwill exhibited by his colleagues in the MOCPED community after he was kidnapped on June 7th and released on 12th June, 2021.
“I want to cease this opportunity to thank the entire college management, the Governing Council and all the students for standing by me during the time of my trial. It was exactly one month yesterday (7th July), a month before my birthday that I was kidnapped very close to my house.”
“I thank God, for one thing, my daughter that was in the vehicle with me miraculously escaped the hands of the kidnappers because they have the intention of kidnapping her too. From the information I heard, you people stood by me by your prayers, by your money. I am now thanking you people, there is no other way to thank you than to say thank you very much,” he said.
Speaking further, He noted that the harrowing experience he experienced at the hands of the abductors made him realise the truth in the popular Yoruba proverb “eniyan l’aso mi.”
The academician said he was indeed touched when he was told about the unceasing rounds of prayers held at various worship centres for his safe return, “Who am I for you people to feel concerned about me?” he queried.
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Dr TL Ibrahim, as a gesture of honour and respect, took a solemn bow before his colleagues at the gathering, noting that the efforts of the Provost and his Deputy would forever linger in the memory of his wife. “You saved my life. My experience in the hands of kidnappers, I don’t pray for my enemies to have such experience talk less of friends. But I know it is your prayers that saved me from their hands, this won’t be replicated in your lives,” he stated.
The former Deputy Provost of the College was presented with a merit award and other gifts in the company of his beautiful wife, family members and colleagues.
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