By Jonah Nwokpoku & Hannah Isibor
LAGOS— Mr. Tunji Okusanya, Managing Director, MIC Funeral Services, who was allegedly killed in an Associated Airlines plane crash, had in the interview before his death, given guidelines on how he should be buried by his children.
When asked in the interview if he had planned his funeral yet, having planned the funerals of others, he said, “Fortunately, I am in this line and my kids see what I do. You plan for yourself as you get older and we have people who plan their funerals before they die. They even choose the clothes they want to be buried in. My children know what I like to wear but it is always good to plan before hand because in most instances, your kids will not give you what you want. My children should bury me the way I live.”
The ill-fated Associated Airline plane was flying to Akure, where the remains of the former Governor of the state, Olusegun Agagu was supposed to be interred by the weekend.
On hearing the news of the crash, crowd of sympathizers thronged MIC House, the office of MIC Funeral Services at No.10, Odunlami Street, beside CSS Bookshop, Lagos Island.
When Vanguard visited the office, the funeral house was under locks and key, while the Nigerian flag in front of the office flew at half mast.
One of the sympathizers, a woman who preferred anonymity, alleged that the Managing Director, Tunji Okusanya and his first son whom he has handed over the company to were involved in the crash.
There were, however no immediate members of the family or close associates within the office, to confirm this information.
Attempt to get the reaction of other sympathizers who thronged the funeral undertaker’s office, proved abortive, as most of them said they were too shocked to comment.
Sympathisers, in their hundreds gathered in front of the office, temporarily blocking access to the company and other businesses around the area.
However, following the huge crowd which besieged the premises of the company, the gates were closed.
Tunji Okunsanya was trained as an engineer in the United Kingdom. He runs the Magbamowo Industrial Company, M.I.C, as the Managing Director. The company was handed over to him by his father in 1982.
In a recent interview, Okusanya said he formed his company from his father’s company — Magbamowo Industrial Company. “All I had to do was pick the first letter of each word to arrive at MIC. This was in 1982,” he said.