I was already saying my final prayers – Ikoyi building collapse survivor recounts experience

An artisan, Lateef has thanked God for surviving the horrific Ikoyi building collapse but the that the impact of the building collapse affected Lateef’s left eye, chest, back and right leg.

The 32-year-old artisan said he never believed he could have another shot at life after he found himself trapped in the rubble.

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He said, “It was God’s mercy that I survived. I begged him for mercy because I thought the end had come. I had concluded that I would die and decided to say final prayers so that I would make heaven.”

I was already saying my final prayers – Ikoyi building collapse survivor recounts experience

Recounting his horrendous experience under the debris, Lateef said he was in a bent position for several hours and became so weak that he nearly passed out.

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He added, “There was a lighter with me. I turned it on and saw dead bodies everywhere. Bricks had fallen on some people and they were struggling to breathe.

It was a horrible way to die and I don’t wish it for my enemies. I was touching the heads of dead people. With this experience, I will never work in high-rise buildings again.”

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