“I washed dead bodies to survive while I was a student abroad” – Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, was missing at the inauguration of the South-West zonal office of the Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group, in Ibadan on Saturday. Ajimobi instead attended a rally at the APC secretariat in the Oke-Ado area of Ibadan. The governor’s absence could be connected to his rift with Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu, who is the chairman of the Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group. Shittu and Ajimobi are at loggerheads over the Minister’s ambition to become Governor in 2019. Earlier in the week, Shittu wrote a petition to Buhari, over what he described as the “unbecoming behaviour” of Ajimobi. He accused the Governor of “nepotism, arrogance, creating division within the party in Oyo and disenfranchising members”. Speaking at the inauguration of the support group, former Governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, said Ajimobi and Shittu were supposed to be the best of friends.

Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has revealed that he washed dead bodies for eight years in order to pay his tuition fees while studying abroad.

Ajimobi said his parents only sent him 30 dollars all through his stay abroad, adding that he had to look for a way to survive. He made the revelations while addressing youths at a South-West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo.

Ajimobi said his boss told him not to be afraid of the dead bodies and charged him to always see the dead bodies as iced fish. The governor further urged youths to see hard work as the only way to succeed while challenging them not to give up.

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In his words;

“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad, but throughout my stay there, I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school. “Whenever I got home from work, I will be weeping, remembering the number of dead bodies I washed.

My boss at work then said I should not be afraid or fear, adding that such feeling is normal for first comers. He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish. “But against all odds, I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success.

I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up. “This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country.” Ajimobi, however, urged Yoruba leaders and governors to unite for the progress of the Yoruba race.

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