4th October, 2010
A 74-year old landlord in Ifako-Ijaye area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, has givenÂ his 28 tenants one month free rent in celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary ofÂ Nigeria.
The landlord, Chief Sikiru Oladunjoye, told his tenants to not to pay the rent forÂ September, , saying that he had used it as gift for them to celebrate the golden jubileeÂ of Nigeria.
All the tenants sang praises of the landlord of the house situated on 5 OladunjoyeÂ Street, Toyin bus stop, Iju-Ishaga.
Oladunjoye is the Baale of Obada-oko in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State. HeÂ came to Lagos State in search of greener pastures in 1957 as a mechanic.
There are lots of reasons to give thanks to God, especially as he weathered the storm toÂ actualise his mission in Lagos.
â€œThe gesture is the least I could do to appreciate God and the country. The 50thÂ anniversary celebration is significant in my life because I married my senior wife onÂ September 30, 1960 and we celebrated the Independence Day together as couple. I rememberÂ quite well that the celebration was our first social engagement as I recall taking herÂ round Lagos to behold fiery fireworks,â€ he recollected.
However, Oladunjoye said he was also moved by the many achievements of Governor BabatundeÂ Fashola, saying that â€œhonestly, I donâ€™t know where this kind of a man has been all theÂ while. We have suffered in Lagos as a commoner. Look at all the selfless services he andÂ his cabinet have been rendering. May God never cease His blessings on him.â€
He again prayed for President Goodluck Jonathan and his team for successfulÂ administration and the 2011 election, saying, â€œas a Muslim, I am always philosophical andÂ cautious when I approach issues. Jonathanâ€™s emergence in the political scene of thisÂ country is mysterious. The earlier we admit this, the better for us all.
â€œGod may have brought him to come and wipe our tears away after all punishment meted outÂ to us by our past leaders. I want us all to rally round him, bless and support him. IfÂ possible let us contribute our quota towards his success at the polls.â€
â€œOne of the tenants, Augustin Edewor, a police sergeant said he was not surprisedÂ â€œbecause Baba is known for good gesturesâ€ and prayed that God favours him and his family.
Another tenant, Najeemdeed Sobola, a welder, described the landlordâ€™s gesture as anotherÂ positive deed he is known for in the area.
When contacted, the landlord said some of the tenants still remained sceptical about hisÂ decision to give them the bonus.
He said he had a lot of harrowing experience from landlords in the state, which made himÂ resolve to treat his own tenants well.