A clearer picture of the last moments of deceased billionaire, Chief Deinde Fernandez, has emerged. The bureaucrat died on Tuesday at age 86.
One of Fernandez’s closest associates, Chief Dele Momodu, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday, said he had a premonition that the business mogul, who had been reportedly hospitalised for an undisclosed old age-related illness, might not make it.
Momodu said he spoke with Fernandez on Saturday when the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, put a call through to the ailing businessman in an hospital in Belgium.
“This was a man who had such a strong and booming voice. He found it difficult to pronounce my name. I guess he had been ill for some time. He was 86years. This was a man who had flogged his body and worked tirelessly all his life,” he said.
Momodu further eulogised Fernandez as a great African, asking Nigerians to emulate his work ethics and flair for recognising opportunities.