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Saturday, June 27, 2020

How Former Governor Ajimobi Made A Journey Of No Return

The special adviser on communication and strategy to the late ex-Governor Abiola Ajimobi in his tribute on Facebook to his late boss revealed how the politician made a journey of no-return from Ibadan to Abuja.





He said it was during that fateful trip that he took ill and did not recover.
Ajimobi died in Lagos on Thursday from complications arising from COVID-19.
He said his boss had planned to retire from politics after completing his eight-year tenure as governor of Oyo State last year.


Bolaji Tunji, said Ajimobi had told his staff that he didn’t want to take up the appointment as the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress but he had to as an obligation.



Below is Tunji’s tribute:


It was just like yesterday. He had received a call to come to Abuja. It was to discuss party matters. He was not sure of who would follow him. Because it was a private flight, he had limited options. He only went with his security aide.
He had told us earlier in our office in his Oluyole home that we would talk about the movement to Abuja since he had become the Deputy National Chairman. 



Our office had to shift to Abuja. He was in his usual caftan and cap, always impeccably dressed even at home except when he does his exercise every morning in his blue track down and blue stripe Tee-shirt and branded cap. With his earpiece and phone in hand, he would walk around the building several times to exercise.


“We will leave by 2.00 pm,” he said that fateful day. A special private flight had been arranged for him.


He radiated good health and we still marvelled that he still looked so good for his 70 years. Being 70 meant a lot to him and would jokingly call himself Baba 70. As he left our wing of the house to the other side, a few of us in our usual manner trailed him. He spoke with a few people in the courtyard before he left to prepare for that trip. I never knew it was going to be the last time I would see him.


But in his usual organised manner, there was no pending issue. He had taken care of everything. He had signed all the letters of appointment for the peace and reconciliation committee.

I still can’t wrap my head around what happened. He was so healthy, he was neat, he took all the necessary precautions even while he sat with us in our open office he was always with his face mask, we always observe social distancing. 


We were always quick to give him hands sanitizer anytime he touched something. We were conscious of his age and did all we could to ensure safety. We had three spots where you had to wash hands before entering the premises. One at each of the main entrance gates and another by the entrance to our office. We observed all due protocols. So what happened? How did it happen? None of us was sick. So where did this come from? I am still trying to find answers.


He never wanted anything else after the general election. He only wanted to take a long, due rest after serving for 8 years without break. But another position was thrust on him. He never solicited for us and he did not want. But they convinced him to accept. I know because in his usual forthrightness, he narrated how it happened. He took the positions because he felt it would benefit his people. ‘ I have done my bit. There is nothing I set out to achieve that I did not, I cannot be governor again, but I can not leave you people, ‘ he would say.
But what went wrong? I am at a loss. I was so sure he would get up the sickbed. I was so sure because there were unfinished businesses.



 There were so many tasks that he had planned ahead to better the lot of the people. So I was convinced he would come to complete those tasks, those plans. I never knew it would end this way.


A legend is born with the death of a hero. You will forever remain in my heart, in our heart. I have learnt so much from you. You were a willing teacher. You would deliberately sit with us and tell us about life experiences. The idea was to learn from you. And we learnt. You would have been surprised if we had not learnt. As you were quick to point out, you never had an academic PhD, but you had a PhD in experiences and what life had to teach.


I can go on and on reminiscing about you. About that other side that people never saw. That soft part of you that people never knew existed.

This is cathartic for me because I am still in shock. Am at a loss. Everything within a month.


Did we see this coming? No. Not this. Not that you would go so soon.
Were there signs? Yes. From the most unlikeliest of sources. But not like this. Not to death…

Though the music stopped, the melody continues. You will forever be remembered.
Good night Sir.
Just the way I always text you.

By Bolaji Tunji




*Former governor Ajimobi succumbed to Organ failure resulting from Coronavirus complications.

57 comments:

  1. May the Lord rest his soul in peace.

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    1. This life hehn. May God help us to live it right. I saw a video where he said his father died I think 2months to his 70th birthday, that him (Ajimobi) was telling God that Atleast if he can live to 70 he is ok. Getting to 70 he said he had to be begging God he doesn't want to die at 70 o that life is sweet.
      We need to be mindful of we say with our mouth and wish for.
      It is well o. May God continue to rest his soul.

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    2. Ordinary onions chopped and put in a flat bowl or tray beside his bed at the onset of Covid-19 would have kept him alive!

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    3. Anon. He had serious health issues which were complicated by covid-19. Onions wouldn't have kept him alive.

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    4. No be only onions ogiri okpei nkor mtchew

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    5. Ode. Na only onions? Can they put ayamashe and ofada rice join?;

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    6. 13:06 you are a clown! 不不不 Ogiri okpei indeed! 不不不不

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    7. The man was highly intelligent that was my first attraction to his government. He opened up business opportunities and the security was one of his achievement. RIP you be really missed by those who love and understand you.

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  2. This is sad休充IP to him.

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    1. @11:19...haba! Ds is about death that is inevitable to all of us . If I were u , I would have passed d post to another one that interests me. Not a must to read or comment. Even d notorious Evans, Invictus, Hush & many more have relatives who love them. Na wa.

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    2. It does not interest me either since the health and well being of those that elected them didn't interest them, why should their death interest me?

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    3. Ajimobi is a nice man,just dat nobody is perfect!we Ibadan indigen will miss him,no matter how someone is bad,I will still mourn d person cos we shall all pay d price.

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    4. 11:50 you think these looting politicians are better than the notorious Evans, Invictus and Hush?
      You must be joking!

      The death of any looting politician means nothing to the masses.

      Do you know how many Nigerians have died due to poor infrastructure which these 'polithievians' failed to build/develop/maintain?

      No matter the depth of sympathy or indifference, the dead is dead.

      Death is an individual experience, so is judgment.

      Let Ajimobi go and face his creator.

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    5. n穫yn ol癡 r穫n k簷 r穩 m獺 mi,no one is perfect so Ajimobi is not perfect but was a good governor, he built Ibadan.

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    6. Me too o,as he showed civil servants sgege during his second term.As they didn't vote for him in the election.

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  4. Fortitude to his family.
    Eeyah, he said he was a good man Aljanna firdaus

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  5. This had me so emotional.
    RIP Ajimobi

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  6. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.

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    1. Yes, the souls of the FAITHFUL departed rest in peace NOT THE UNFAITHFUL.

      Let us strive to be faithful to God. That's what counts.

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  7. May his soul rest in peace Amen.

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  8. May his soul rest in peace,his family members are lucky they had final moments with him,my mother left the house Hale and hearty on the 16th June,she even called my sis around 8.05 to receive some goods on her behalf and we were called around 9.30 that she died,I don't think I can ever recover from the rude shock

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    1. Oh My goodness I'm so sorry about the demise of your mom !!!I cannot even imagine what you're going through .
      May the Holy spirit comfort you .

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    2. I pray God gives you the grace to bear the loss

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    3. Kindly accept my condolences Sweetdee

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    4. It is well with your family, accept my condolences

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    5. Can u imagine?death is wicked...may her soul Rip may God keep all wt she left behind.

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    6. Please accept my condolences. She is resting now. We are the ones left to toil.

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    7. So sorry. It's well with your family.

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    8. Accept my condolences dear.

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    9. Wow. The Lord is your strength. All will be well in Jesus Name. Amen. God grant her soul eternal rest.

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    10. My God!!!! So sorry for the loss of your mom.

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    11. Oh dear, the shock of the suddenness of her passing on!!!

      I'm so sorry your loss dear Sweetdee, please be consoled and her soul find comfort in the Lord, Amen.

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    12. Oh my ... May God strengthen your family at this period!

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    13. Eya....so sorry for your lose.

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  9. This life is just a pot of beans. Sometimes we need to go through things so we can be humbled.
    Few weeks ago with everything going on in the country. Corona,hunger in the land, killing and rape of women in Benin,even their state Ibadan.
    Ajimobi's daughter was busy posting a video of all her designer bags and doing designer challenge. People dragged her and had to call her attention to it that it looks insensitive to what the country is going through.
    She later pulled it down and apologised and did her own say No to Rape hashtag. Few weeks after she is now experiencing loosing a loved one.
    I am not happy about this man dieing. Im just saying when others are suffering,learn to show respect to them also.

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    1. Thank you even the Bible say so mourn with those mourning and rejoice with those rejoicing. Everyday we learn

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    2. Sexy, for where? They will rather be jealous of u, call u all sorts of names when u are rejoicing or happy, then rejoice at ur loss, pains or down fall. We all really need to move closer to God, bcoz, both d good & bad can happen to any body on earth.

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    3. It's hard to feel anything for this man. I read this whole piece by tunji and I'm just void of emotion. God rest his soul but this man punished Oyo state people like kilode? He always tried to prove he can do and undo

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    4. Well, Ajimobi's daughter should post her designer bag collections on IG now that her dad is dead.

      What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

      Sorry, I will not mourn any looter, politician, wicked person or fraudster.

      I bet the Israelites didn't mourn the drowning of Pharaoh and Egyptian army in the Red Sea.

      When the wicked perish there are shouts of joy.

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  10. May his soul rest in peace.
    May God console his family

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  11. may his soul rest in peace.

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  12. May his soul rest in peace

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  13. This man didn't die of COVID-19 jare! You see all this big men they carry big sickness up and down managing and managing till the day they die so because COVID-19 dey reign now, everyone is say it is COVID-19. Big man Big problems!Nigerians dont like saying what actually kills someone or a family member now COVID-19 is the perfect excuse. It so sad nothing good is said about this man. A good name is better than Gold! Hey shooter gal so glad you watched the movie HALLOWEEN on Netflix! Chisom,Lady GCN,I dey greet oo. Happy weekend!

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  14. Special private jet... Nawa.

    God pls comfort the family

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  15. Baba constituted authority,sun re ooo...if u see my dear dad help me greet him.

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    1. Are they in the same WhatsApp group?

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    2. @Anon 15:48 lol. You never could tell.

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  16. "There is nothing I set out to achieve that I did not, I cannot be governor again, but I can not leave you people, "..... BUT HE LEFT AND NEVER CAME BACK. Ajimobi achieved his set goals and dreams. I hope those are things that will count for him in eternity.

    Bro Special Adviser, it's only Jesus Christ that will never leave you and he is coming back soon. Be prepared!

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  17. Ajimobi only taught you his limited knowledge as a mere mortal @"You were a willing teacher. You would deliberately sit with us and tell us about life experiences."

    Go and learn about Eternal life at the feet of the greatest Rabbi of all times, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.

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