- Makinde has revealed that Nigerian Army once rejected him
- The governor also stated that he never thought he would live up to 30
- Meanwhile, he vowed to step on toes if it would benefit the people of Oyo state
Engineer Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor, has revealed how he was rejected at the Army when he went for recruitment.
The governor said this while speaking at the thanksgiving service to mark his 52nd birthday at the St Peter's Cathedral, Aremo, Ibadan.
Makinde also stated that he never thought he would live up to 30.
"There is nothing really much to say; today is my birthday and I am getting mature. Quite frankly, I never thought I would live up to 30. I have a friend here and every time we were talking, we always thought that we would go into the Army, fight, get killed and that would be the end of our story.
“We actually went for recruitment into the Army but were rejected. But today, we are seeing Seyi Makinde at 52 and all I can do is to give thanks to God.
"When we were going through the electioneering period, people said the political terrain here is rough, and I could get killed. So, I looked at myself and said that I could take the risk since I am more than 30 because I had always believed that anything I have after 30 would be like a bonus to me."
Going further, the governor said he would not mind breaking some toes.
He said he will do this if it would aid his determination to serve the ordinary people of Oyo state.
Makinde said that he would continue to fight on the side of the ordinary people.
According to him, his determination to render service to the people made him declare free and qualitative education in the state.
He added that education remains the surest way to lift people out of poverty.
“If I can be who I am today, then no child should be left behind in Oyo state. And that explains my passion for education. Once we give education to our children, the sky is their starting point,” he said in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Makinde revealed reasons why he cannot chase away street traders in the state for now.
Makinde said that the state government cannot take the traders off the street just yet without first making suitable and much better alternatives for them
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