- Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo visited his former English Language teacher and mentor in Ilaro, Ogun state
- The former president was accompanied to his ex-teacher's home by his friend and traditional ruler of Ibara, Oba Jacob Omolade
- Obasanjo and his former tutor engaged in banters while recalling some old memories
Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, December 24, visited the home of his 91-year-old former English language teacher and mentor, James Popoola, in Ilaro, Yewa South local government, Ogun state.
Punch reports that Obasanjo was accompanied on his visit by the traditional ruler of Ibara, Oba Jacob Omolade, who was also a former student of Popoola.
Oba Omolade and Obasanjo were both students of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, in the 1950s when Popoola was a teacher there.
According to the statement made available to journalists by Kehinde Akinyemi, a spokesperson of the former president, Obasanjo engaged his former tutor in banters while recalling some old memories.
The statement reads: “The trip, which was led by one of the teacher’s children, Akin, from his Abeokuta residence, saw Obasanjo arriving into the waiting arms of Mr and Mrs Popoola at the family house in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun state, at around 5pm.
“It was an elated Pa Popoola who said. ‘I can’t believe it. You mean I will host you in my house today before my death? It was 35 years ago I met you. Oh! I am delighted, very delighted’.
“Obasanjo made a move to take over his (Popoola’s) wheelchair to drive him back into the large sitting room, saying, ‘We are delighted too sir. Let us come inside. I am here with Kabiyesi too. You remember him? Jacob Omolade, that boy that’….”
“Ahhh! Kabiyesi o! Yes, I remember him. The Olubara,” Popoola interjected, as the traditional ruler stretched out a hand to shake him.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that as another election year draws closer, Obasanjo, on Wednesday, December 26, claimed that his support for then All Progressives Congress candidate Muhammdau Buhari ensured the party's victory at the 2015 presidential election.
The former president insisted that Buhari would not have won the election without him.
Going further, the former president also claimed that he is most qualified person to criticise President Buhari, having presided over the affairs of the country at different times.
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