Tuesday 25 July 2017

Wife begged tragic taxi driver to open eyes as he slipped away

Olusola Ayanwole, whose husband Moses died after he was attacked, holding their wedding photograph at their home in Clonsilla, Dublin, yesterday
Olusola Ayanwole, whose husband Moses died after he was attacked, holding their wedding photograph at their home in Clonsilla, Dublin, yesterday
Moses Ayanwole

Edel O'Connell

THE wife of taxi driver Moses Ayanwole has told how she held her dying husband's hand for three days and begged him to open his eyes as his life slipped away.

Nigerian national Olusola Ayanwole broke her silence yesterday to talk about the devastation she has felt since her husband's death, following an assault in Dublin city centre last week.

The 41-year-old father of one, from Clonsilla, west Dublin, died last Wednesday after being assaulted on Dublin's Pearse Street following an alleged row over a taxi fare.

Mrs Ayanwole and the couple's only child, 12-year-old Joshua, are struggling to come to terms with his death.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, the deeply religious woman said she had "left her anger with God" and forgiven her husband's attacker.

She told how she had first met her future husband at school in Nigeria, describing him as an "absolute gentleman".

Attack

"He was my husband, my supporter, my best friend, my confidante. I know him all of my life and I miss him so much," an emotional Mrs Ayanwole said.

She said she and her husband had attended church as usual, sang with the choir and enjoyed an intimate family meal on the night of the attack.

Some hours later, she was woken by a garda who said her husband had been involved in an accident.

"I was so shocked. The doctors told me his injuries were very severe and I thought, 'God, why did this happen to me?'," she said.

Mrs Ayanwole -- who has lived in Ireland for 15 years -- sobbed as she told how she spent three days at her husband's bedside praying for his life. "I said to him, 'Moses, open your eyes. I want to hold your hand. I am here with you, your son wants to talk to you'," she said.

Mr Ayanwole passed away from his injuries at St James's Hospital in Dublin.

Mrs Ayanwole does not believe the attack was racially motivated.

"Ireland is a wonderful country, very peaceful. Moses, Joshua and I loved Ireland. We planned to stay here forever. I don't think this had anything to do with racism," she said.

The couple's son can't accept his father has died.

"Joshua misses his father so much; he is always asking me 'Is my daddy gone? I want to see my daddy'," said Mrs Ayanwole.

The family planned to bury Mr Ayanwole at Glasnevin Cemetery following a service of song on Friday. However, this may now not be possible due to ongoing forensic examinations.

Irish Independent

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