By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan — AS the three musketeers in Nigerian journalism profession were celebrated, yesterday, a former military governor of the old Western region, Gen. Adetunji Olurin (retd) has declared that former military men have no business in politics.
Olurin said this at the presentation of a book, titled: ‘The Three Musketeers’, written in honour of late Peter Ajayi, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Mr Felix Adenaike, which held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan.
According to the former governor of the defunct Western Region, his short foray into politics left a bitter pill in his mouth and would never venture into it again.
Recalling his bitter experience when he was nursing the ambition of becoming the governor of Ogun State, he said: “I will never go into politics again. A military man has no place in politics.”
Acknowledging the advisory role the three musketeers played during his tenure, Gen Olurin noted, “When I was in trouble with the kings, Adenaike and Ajayi used to caution me. They always warned me to respect tradition. As a military governor, I thought I could smash everything but I learned many lessons through the media.”
At the epoch-making event which attracted several prominent Nigerians like the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; former Governor of Western region, General Oluwole Rotimi (retd), General Adetunji Olurin (retd); former Military Administrator of Oyo State; Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Sam Amuka-Pemu, who was also the Chairman of the occasion; the Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye; Mrs Iyabode Ajayi and Mrs Kemi Ajayi, wives of late Peter Ajayi; Colonel Yakubu Anifowoshe (retd), Mrs Korede Adenaike and Mr Toye Arulogun, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, who represented the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, among others.
Alaafin hails ”three musketeers”
Oba Adeyemi, the royal father of the day who, in his characteristic manner, went down the memory lane listed icons in journalism profession and the roles they played, said the three musketeers, “may not be biological but the social gene that binds them together is that which breeds competence, excellence and professional integrity.”
Their friendship was without its trials — Akande
Reviewing the book, Prof. Adeolu Akande from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said the Three Musketeers’ stock of social capital was so immense that they dared to walk where angels feared to tread.
He said: “That was the case when Osoba, as Managing Director of Daily Times contested the post of National President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN against the publisher of National Concord, Chief M.K.O Abiola.”