After 12 months of missing her son, a Nigerian mother says she finally finds solace

It’s been 12 months since Kehinde Giwa was killed at the Lekki-Ikoyi toll gate during the post-election violence that struck Lagos. Giwa was crossing the road alone when he was hit by a saloon…

After 12 months of missing her son, a Nigerian mother says she finally finds solace

It’s been 12 months since Kehinde Giwa was killed at the Lekki-Ikoyi toll gate during the post-election violence that struck Lagos. Giwa was crossing the road alone when he was hit by a saloon car. His family tried to seek justice, but after several months of searching, they could only finally conclude their search for clues to their son’s death after his funeral last Friday.

In Lagos, family members said they were fortunate to be in a Catholic Church, where the deceased’s body was cremated after his funeral service on Friday. His mother Nnenna, 79, was inconsolable after the funeral, reliving to the Lagos Times how she tried to stop her son when he walked into the church with them. “I tried to stop him, but he wouldn’t listen to me,” she said. “Then he started pushing, but I wasn’t scared because I told myself God had another plan for him.”

On Sunday, Nnenna was informed by the driver of the car that his head had exploded. The woman recounted how she ran after Giwa and failed to bring him back to life.

“I ran back, shouting,” Nnenna said. “I don’t know what happened after that, but I couldn’t reach my son. He died in my arms. He was bleeding out. I shouted, ‘Oh my God, my child, my child, my son, my child.’ He didn’t blink when I was telling him that I loved him.”

Shortly after his death, her son’s Facebook page was hacked, and his burial got marred by violence. Another post on Sunday informed his friends that they had found some clue of his death. But for Giwa’s mother, the story of her loss still remained unanswered. “God has used him to help me,” she said. “I would like to thank God.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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