By Chuks Ekpeneru
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as his ‘father’.
He stated this when he was presented an award by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) in his Bayelsa home state, over the weekend..
The OOF delegation to the award presentation led its chief executive officer, Dr. Olalekan Makinde, said the choice of Jonathan was in appreciation of the “great works” he did for Nigeria as president.
He lauded the former president for his commitments to ‘project Nigeria’ and dedication towards making life worthy of living for the downtrodden.
Reacting, Dr. Jonathan said it was a privilege and honour for him to receive such a “special award” from a Foundation owned by a “refined” former head of state, whom he described as his father.
“This is a special award coming from my father,” he said, “Yes, Obasanjo is my father. And of course a former head of state. He is on a different level but still my father and will continue to be my father until death do us part.
“He has played his role as a nation builder, even as a military head of state, and handed over to late [Shehu] Shagari…
“And of course, he became a civilian head of state and served his two tenures and has been working for the society even after he left office. He was part of the eminent persons who intervened in South Africa…
“He(Obasanjo) has served the country, he has served Africa, he has served the nation. We respect him, adore him and pray that God should give him more years to mentor us.”