20th August, 2021
By Adejoke Adeleye
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday revealed why he abandoned his law programme he enrolled at Open University.
He spoke at the commissioning of the Olumide Ayeni & Co. multi-million Naira Office complex, situated along Ita Eko road, Ita-Eko, Ibara, Abeokuta.
Obasanjo said he abandoned his law programme because of the Ogun State’s former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Dr. Olumide Ayeni (SAN), whom he described as man full of hardwork, loyalty, intelligence and with fear of God.
He said these attributes had paid off in his legal profession, adding that his humility and team work spirit clearly put him above his contemporary in the industry.
“His tenacity is unquestioned. He worked with persistent and any assignment given to him, you can be rest assured of positive result from such task.
“At a stage I wanted to go for a law programme, but, when he said he will be out of job, if I go for the law programme, I decided to drop the idea. In fact, I have been enrolled for the programme at the Open University but I have to dropped, because he assured me that he can take on any task given.
“And he has not disappointed me since he has been close to me,” Obasanjo, who was Father of the Day said.
Obasanjo’s state was captured in a release issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Friday.
The former President said he was proud to be associated with the Senior Advocate, stressing the new Office is the best among others.
At the special reception held to honour Ayeni on his conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Obasanjo thanked Ayeni’s father, Chief Afe Babalola ((SAN), Lateef Fagabemi (SAN) and former governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun to nurturing and bringing him to limelight.
The Chairman of the occasion, Lateef Fagabemi went down memory lane, saying Ayeni is an exemplary human, with his intelligence and hardwork, adding that since 1986 in his days at the University, he has never changed in his humility and quest for positive result.