Obasanjo: How I sur­vived car crash in Sagamu

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Former Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo yes­ter­day re­counted how his ve­hi­cle had a burst tyre along the Ibadan-Lagos ex­press­way and thanked Nige­ri­ans for their show of con­cern about his wel­fare.

Obasanjo de­clared that he was hale and hearty and presently in Abidjan, Ivory Coast ob­serv­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which started on Sun­day.

The former pres­i­dent in a re­lease signed by his as­sis­tant, Vi­talis Ortese said he was “in­deed in­volved in an in­ci­dent on the Ibadan-Lagos Ex­press­way, af­ter Sagamu round­about, while he was on his way to join in the cel­e­bra­tions of the 80th birth­day an­niver­sary of Chief Kess­ing­ton Adebutu in Tin­ubu Methodist Church Lagos.

“The ve­hi­cle, he was trav­el­ing in suf­fered a burst left tyre at the rear and swerved sev­eral times but did not hit any curb or any car in front or be­hind un­til it did a 180 de­gree turn and faced where it was com­ing from and he had to change ve­hi­cles.”

It was gath­ered that Obasanjo left for the French speak­ing West African coun­try af­ter at­tend­ing Adebutu’s pro­gramme and was in high spirit pre­par­ing for the elec­tions, un­til he started re­ceiv­ing calls from fam­ily mem­bers, friends and as­so­ci­ates ex­press­ing con­cern about his wel­fare.

“Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo wishes to con­vey his deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all those, who by way of calls, per­sonal mes­sages and prayers, and in­deed mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic, who have shown over­whelm­ing, con­cern about his wel­fare,” the state­ment said.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred few hours af­ter at­tend­ing a me­mo­rial ser­vice to mark the 10th year death of his late wife and First Lady, Chief (Mrs) Stella Obasanjo.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice was held at the Chapel of Christ the Glo­ri­ous King of the Oluse­gun Obasanjo Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary (OOPL), Abeokuta.

It was at­tended by Abebe fam­ily, where the late wife hailed from, friends and as­so­ci­ates from across the coun­try.

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