Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he was saved from being killed by whiskers during the February 13, 1976 military coup.
The former President has revealed how General Olu Bajowa (Rtd) saved him from being killed by Lt Colonel Buka Dimka in the February 13, 1976, military coup d’etat.
Obasanjo spoke at the celebration of the 80th birthday of General Bajowa in Igbotako, Okitipupa council area of Ondo state.
He said; “I want to say something about Olu either he knew it or he didn’t know. When Dimka coup came, if Olu had not been what and what he is, I would have gone with the coup.
“Let me tell you the story. Olu is very respectful. He is very conscious of our culture. He had a child, a boy, and wanted to name the child after me. He had to call me early in the morning, that morning that Dimka struck.
“And because Olu said he was coming, I had to wait a little bit. I waited beyond the time I would have gone out.
“Olu then came, he made the request and I granted the request. So, I was a little bit late in going on the route that I normally took to work.
“And Reinumuje went ahead of me and they thought it was me and they shot his car. They shot his car, Murtala was shot.
“Indirectly, that is how Olu Bajowa saved my life,” he said
Obasanjo who described Bajowa as a performing soldier noted that he “performed very well when he(Obasanjo) drafted him to go and lead 11 Battalion during the nation’s civil war.
Speaking as the chairman of the occasion, Obasanjo said that “any job that Bajowa could not do, no one else could do.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu at the ceremony called on owners of local radio stations to dwell more in educating and disseminating information in local languages.
Akeredolu said this while inaugurating a new radio station in commemoration of the 80th birthday of General Olu Bajowa(rtd) at Okitipupa.
He commended General Bajowa for the pivotal role he’s performing towards the development of the Southern Senatorial District of the state.
The celebrant, General Bajowa, said that the aim of establishing the radio station was “to complement the effort of Government in reviving and prompting Ikale, Ilaje, Ijaw-Apoi and Ijaw-Arogbo culture, tradition, custom and by extension the Yoruba heritage, which are now becoming abandoned or extinct.
“We also identify ourselves with the government effort to make information an important tool for social development and dissemination of the benefit of democracy at the grassroots level.”
He, therefore, assured the governor that the station (Awawa Radio 94.1fm) “will support the administration in the provision of necessary information on your government programmes and actions.
In his sermon, the Lord Bishop of Diocese On The Coast Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev’d Olaoluwa Oluseyi Pirisola, charged the general to make the rest of life the best of his life.
Pirisola admonished him to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness as well as supporting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The minister called on him to serve him more diligently for the rest of his life.
The event was attended by dignitaries from different parts of the nation including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Emitan Ogunwusi, Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo, the Aboji of Ikaleland, George Babatunde Faduyile, other royal fathers from Southern Senatorial District of Ondo State and Admiral Akin Aduwo (rtd) among others.
74-Year-Old Minister Of Agriculture Mohammed Sabo Nanono Marries 18-Year-Old In Secret Wedding- Report
Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono, has reportedly married an 18-year-old secondary school leaver.
Online news media, DAILY NIGERIAN reported that the 74-year-old Minister of Agriculture tied the knot with the young woman identified simply as Rakiya, in a secret wedding held on Saturday, April 3, in Jere Town, Kaduna State.
We gathered that only three representatives of the minister attended the ceremony and that the young bride has already settled in the minister’s Tamandu Close residence in Kano.
“The minister only assigned three people and warned them against disclosing the details of the marriage to people,” said a family source who preferred anonymity.
The source said Nanono’s family had kicked against the wedding but the minister insisted on marrying the girl despite the over 50-years age gap.
“The minister is madly in love. He appeared unstoppable,” the source added.
Husband sheds tears as his five wives hit him with a big surprise
After three decades of peaceful marriage, a prominent Ugandan businessman, Hajji Mohammad Ngobi, was moved to tears after his five wives threw a surprise party to celebrate his 57th birthday.
The five women, Aisha Namatende, Zulufah Nampina, Sumaya Ngobi, Hajjati Lamulal Ngobi, Aminah Namukose and Sharifah Ngobi, have been married to Ngobi for a period of 30 to 10 years. Ngobi is also the prime minister of the Nagwere clan.
The party was held at the home of the eldest wife, Namatende in Nabidongha zone, Iganga town last week.
In speeches before their families, the women thanked a blushing Hajji Ngobi for creating a harmonious relationship among them.
The women said that Hajji Ngobi had never discriminated against any of them in his treatment and ensured that he always shared all family resources equitably. Hajjati Zulufah Nampina recalled the many instances when Hajji Ngobi was considerate in his treatment.
The surprised Hajji Ngobi shed tears as he listened to speeches from his five wives and their children.
Hajji Ngobi said he had not expected the party thrown in his honour and thanked his wives and family for appreciating his decades of work.
“I have been able to build a house for each of my wives and they all have a business. Before I add another one, I am always open to the new one to know that she is not alone, but that there other women as well.” he said.
Sheikh Shaban Ngobi, who presided over the function, urged wives in the audience to emulate the women before them. Sheikh Ngobi is Hajji Ngobi’s brother.
Family and friends concluded the evening by singing and presenting birthday gifts to Hajji Ngobi.
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