Obasanjo now my father, says Governor Abiodun


The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun says a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is now his father, as his(Abiodun’s) biological father, Pa Emmanuel Abiodun had passed on 2nd August 2021

He said this on Sunday when the former president paid the governor a condolence visit on the death of his father at his Iperu-Remo home.

Obasanjo called on the people to take a lesson from the death of Pa Abiodun, stating that every mortal would answer the call one day no matter how long. He added that he shared in the grief of the family of the departed.

He said, “The lesson from this is that one day we will be no more. It does not matter how long we live, but how we lived. What will people say about you? Baba lived a life of service to his community, God and his family.

“I have come to share in th grief of missing a loved one. It does not matter how old, we still miss them. Baba has done his best and has gone to be with his Creator.

“On behalf of myself and my wife, we really want to share with you, the grief of the demise of your father. May his soul rest in perfect peace. From what we have heard and what we know of Baba, we can testify that Baba gave his life to serve. He gave his life for service of his family, his community, his country and to God.”

The former president urged the governor and other family members to take solace in the fact that their late patriach popularly known as ‘Baba Teacher’ lived an impactful live.

On his own part, Governor Abiodun thanked the former president for the visit,  adding that Nigeria could not afford to lose him, saying “you still have a lot to offer the nation and humanity.”

He further described Obasanjo as an asset which to the nation which should be exploited to the fullest.

He said the former President who has been his father over the years, would now step in as his father.

He said, “Baba, you are going no where. Baba, by the grace of God, you will live longer. We can not afford your going now. You have been my father over the years, but, now that my biological father has gone to meet with the Saints, you have to step up now to be my father.”

The governor described his father as a humble, God fearing, disciplined and focused man, and   he lived for his family and community.

“My father taught at different levels of education. Education was his first love and teaching his ministry. He was disciplined and focused. He used his profession to affect lives positively. We will miss him.

“I learnt humility from my father because he always believed that life is transient and we must impact positively on others”, he said glowingly of his late father.




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