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Bode George: Old soldier, statesman

Bode George: Old soldier, statesman

Bode George

By Dapo Akinrefon, Deputy, Political Editor

It was General Douglas McCathur, who famously said: “Old soldiers never die, they fade away.”

Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George, a retired Navy Commodore, and political leader, is a testament to that eternal remark. Ever since he retired from the military, more than two decades ago, George has remained in the service of his fatherland.

As a committed patriot, he has been actively involved in the pursuit of a functional Nigeria where equity and rule of law have a prime place.

Each time the country is in a quagmire, he lends his voice in stabilising the polity. He has never shied away from making inputs and suggesting a way out for the country, especially as regards issues relating to the economy, security and politics.

He is a great statesman and political thinker whose personality is admired by critics and supporters. George, who is the great-grandnephew of Nigeria’s first politician, Herbert Macaulay, was born on November 21, 1945, in Lagos.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA respectively from the University of Lagos, UNILAG, of which he is an alumnus. He became a Commodore in the Nigerian Navy, and was appointed Military Governor of Ondo State from 1988–1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

As military administrator of old Ondo State, he established the Rufus Giwa Polytectnic, Owo by edict in 1990, a school that now has over 4,000 students. After serving as Military Administrator of Ondo State, he became Principal Staff Officer, to the former Chief of General Staff, late General Oladipo Diya, between 1993 and 1997.

He was also a Director at the Nigerian National War College, NWC, now National Defence College, NDC. Upon the advent of the 4th Republic, George joined the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, where he rose to become the party’s National Vice Chairman (South- West).

He would have become the National Chairman of the PDP, had former President Olusegun Obasanjo not tinkered with the zoning arrangement which made Patricia Etteh from Osun State become Speaker of the House of Representatives and he, Obasanjo, Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), of PDP. Later, he became the PDP Deputy National Chairman, South, and then the National Deputy Chairman of the PDP.

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