How Obasanjo Received Son’s Rumoured Death
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was momentarily in shock yesterday following the rumoured death of his son, Gbenga, in the crash. As news about the ill-fated plane filtered in yesterday, Obasanjo was literally bombarded with phone calls apparently from friends and sympathisers who wanted to ascertain the truth from him.
The former president had received the news during a photo session with head-boys and head-girls from various primary schools who had come for a leadership training workshop at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.
It was observed that the countenances of the ex-president changed immediately he received some phone calls.
Obasanjo, who was in company with a renowned scholar, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, and former executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, was seen working frantically on his mobile phone for a few minutes.
An unidentified woman was sighted weeping profusely and being consoled by some guests at the event.
In one of the calls put to him, Obasanjo was heard engaging in conversation with an unknown caller in Yoruba language.
“Gbenga wo? Gbenga wa ni Abuja” (meaning “Which Gbenga? Gbenga is in Abuja”), the former president was heard responding to his caller.
He, however, managed to conclude the photo session, after which he dragged Mabogunje from the crowd and whispered to him.
Obasanjo subsequently left the frontage of the OOPL auditorium and went into a nearby building where reliable sources said he further made contacts over the plane crash.
It was later confirmed that the rumoured death of the ex-president’s son was a false alarm.
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