I won’t die before 100 –Obasanjo

Obasanjo
Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said he will be alive in another 25years to celebrate 50th coronation anniversary with the Akarigbo of Remo kingdom, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, and consequently live beyond 100 years.

Obasanjo who practically turned the Akarigbo’s palace, venue of the monarch’s 25th coronation anniversary in Sagamu, Ogun State, to a theatre of sort as he amused everybody at the event, apologised to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for coming late to the event after the nation’s number two citizen has arrived much earlier.

The former President also urged the monarch to continue to extend the kind of support he gave him when he was the nation’s president to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, so that he could succeed.

Obasanjo who clocked 78 years last March, is believed to be over 80 years old already because a lot of people who said they used to call him egbon (elder brother) in his Owu community in Abeokuta are already over 80 years.

Speaking in Yoruba language, the retired general who started jokingly by sayIng “I am not supposed to talk  because a lot of personalities like the Vice President Osinbajo, Governor Amosun, former Governor Gbenga Daniel, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos and  other dignitaries are here. “

He caused the people to burst into laughter again when he added “aloku soja bi temi naa wan bi (over used, exhausted and retired soldier like me is also here, while referring to former Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya (retd)

Osinbajo, who was also there to deliver a keynote address, commended the royal father on the wisdom he used to end the communal clash that occurred between the Hausa and their Yoruba hosts in 1999, saying that wisdom has continued to enable the two ethnic groups to live in harmony since then.

 

Osinbajo who also followed Obasanjo’s footsteps by reading his speech in Yoruba language eulogised Akarigbo for making sure that peace reigned in his domain and ensuring that the Permanent Camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was located in Sagamu during his tenure,

Governor Amosun commended the royal father for the developments that Remoland witnessed during the 25 years reign of Oba Sonariwo, saying because the monarch is a Senior Fellow of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) that was the reason his domain is experiencing rapid development.

He added that because he (Amosun) is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (FCA) he would continue to develop the state and ensure that he finishes all the projects he has embarked on before the expiration of his tenure in 2019.

Akarigbo on the other hand, appealed to the government to ensure that the Sagamu / Ikorodu Road is quickly reconstructed because according to him, road users have been agonising because of its deplorable condition, adding that it would not only be useful for Remo, Ogun and Lagos States but the entire nation because it links all the parts of the country.

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