Vanguard (Lagos)

13 February 2008

Nigeria: Daniel, Others Laud Late Onabanjo's Virtues

Lagos — THE first civilian Governor of Ogun State, late Chief Victor Olabisi Onabanjo was yesterday in Abeokuta commended by Governor Olugbenga Daniel and some of the late Onabanjo's old associates for his achievements as governor of the state.

The venue was the launch of a book titled "Olabisi Onabanjo: Footprints of a patriot" written by his Private Secretary, Mr. Olufemi Odubose at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta which had in attendance the widow of the former Governor, Chief Lucia Onabanjo.

Governor Olugbenga Daniel said that late Chief Onabanjo was an epitome of discipline who was loyal to the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo under whom he served his tutelage.

He said "he was not a pretentious man; forthright to a fault. He served his tutelage under Chief Awolowo very well and this no doubt prepared him to deliver an administration that is still celebrated even to this day.

"This, again, should provide some food for thought for many of today's politicians who seek leadership without tutelage and wish to hijack governance without any form of preparation whatsoever".

Otunba Daniel said that the launching of the book was the celebration of the life and accomplishments of one of the finest humanists, administrators and visionaries ever produced by the Yoruba nation.

Noting that the book launch was coincidentally being held on the late Onabanjo's 81st post humous birthday; Governor Daniel said "Chief Onabanjo was a steadfast Awoist disciple whose life was an epitome of Spartan discipline."

In his own speech, the author, Mr. Olufemi Odubose said late Chief Onabanjo "was a rare gift to humanity, the book is a product of my conviction that he deserves the honor that is commensurate to his stature as a frontline nationalist and patriot.

"The book is designed to immortalize him so that he will live in our hearts forever. It is an attempt to project the person of Chief Olabisi Onabanjo to unborn generations of Nigerians".

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