Photos Emerge As Former President Obasanjo Turns ‘Keke’ Rider in Abeokuta
- In celebration of his 85th birthday, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo rode the streets of Abeokuta with a tricycle
- Baba Iyabo as he is fondly called was said to have donated a series of tricycles to Ogun state youths to mark his birthday
- According to the pictures that surfaced on social media, Obasanjo was seen picking up passengers as he rode gently heavily guarded by security operatives
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Ogun, Abeokuta - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in celebration of his 85th birthday took to the streets of Abeokuta to have a tricycle ride popularly known as Keke.
The ride, which took the former President from his Pent House residence at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), through Kuto under bridge, was done amidst greetings and jubilation by shocked onlookers along the road.
As contained in a statement made available to Legit.ng on Saturday, July 2, the onlookers expressed surprise at the former president riding the keke, a reaction Obasanjo said was fuelled by wrongful societal classification of all keke riders as miscreants and the tendency of young people avoiding the virtue of starting small business.
The president, along the route, stopped and picked a male passenger to demonstrate that riding in the tricycle is safe, if used properly and for people to learn how to start small and grow their craft.
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Oppurtunities: Obasanjo rides Tricycle, urges youths on business
Speaking after returning to the OOPL premises, Obasanjo said he embarked on riding the Keke to demonstrate to the people that there was not nothing bad in riding the Keke and using same for commercial purpose.
He said with tricycles and other small scale businesses, youths can be self employed and ultimately, become economically independent.
Obasanjo added that, when 85 Keke given young people across the nation, he received some feedback that made riding keke look like an inappropriate gift, even as some wondered if that was the best for young people.
"There is nothing wrong in young people starting small. The Keke is secure and safe when handled professionally and with discipline. In fact, you can plan your business the way you wish and earn income that you can deploy to other investments. And if you are able to get a second one, you can give that to someonelese. So you become self-employed and you have also employed somebody."
Obasanjo said he had remained committed to the economic empowerment of young people through initiatives that can generate employment. This is how we can increasingly address unemployment in Nigeria.
"I have always have passion for youths, empowerment and employment. When I started establishing farms, do you think I can run the farm alone?
"The people I employed on the farms some of them are as educated as PhD. There are veterinary doctors among them, Agric economist and some people that are well educated, Some of my children that have PhD and is still working with me.
"The other time I checked the people that are working with us directly on. our various establishments, we have over 5,000 and most of them are youths. I have always had passion for youths because there is no substitute for employment."
Expressing delight for riding in the tricycle personally driven by Obasanjo, the symbolic passenger, who simply identified himself as Lamidi, said the day will be immemorable in his life.
85-year-old Obasanjo wows Nigerians with football skills, scores as his team wins 4-2
Similarly, in celebration of his 85th birthday, Obasanjo featured in a novelty football match organised in his honour.
Obasanjo wowed the crowed who watched him play with incredible football skill on the field of play.
Sharing a video of Obasanjo on the pitch, Senator Dino Melaye referred to him as a £100 million striker unveiled for Arsenal and Super Eagles.