By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO — Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday commissioned the bust of the late former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige erected at the front gate of the Osun State Governor’s Office, Osogbo.
The Governor’s Office named “Bola Ige House” was constructed and commissioned by the former governor of the state who is now the National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, Chief Bisi Akande in 2003.
Chief Ige while serving as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice during Obasanjo administration was in December 2001 assassinated in his Bodija residence in Ibadan by yet to be identified gunmen.
Chief Obasanjo, who led the delegation of Owu Development Foundation to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s office, told his host that “You have successfully ambushed me.
“You have flabbergasted me and if I may use the military term, you have successfully ambushed me because I never expected to meet this large number of people. I was only billed to brief you on the development in Owu,” Obasanjo said.
The former president told Governor Aregbesola that he was in government office over the selection process of the new traditional ruler of the town which has become a matter of litigation between the same family.
His word: “ When the situation that could cause disturbance to the selection of the new Oba, Owu Development Foundation made up of prominent members came to me that I should not allow things to go sour and what I equally found on ground is gradually drifting to an alarming situation.”
“I then formed a committee to consult and make contact with all the people involved in the chieftaincy matter so that no group or anybody is left out. I also found out that there were people who are dissatisfied with the selection process and need to be pacified where there are also people who only wanted recognition,” he added.
Chief Obasanjo said his coming to governor Aregbesola was not to influence the choice of any candidate to the vacant stool but to make acceptable recommendation of a credible candidate.
In his speech, governor Aregbesola who recalled his days at The Polytechnic, Ibadan as a students’ union activist led a protest against Chief Obasanjo during his visit to the institution as Head of State in 1978.
He described Chief Obasanjo as a rare personality not only in Nigeria but entire black race saying that it was a rare privilege for somebody to have rule Nigeria as a military and two terms as a president.
Governor Aregbesola also said he was equally privileged to receive Chief Obasanjo, a Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP leader in his office saying that for the seven and half years rule of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola rule in the state, Obasanjo never visited him in his office.