Somehow, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo always manages to stay in the news, not that he plans it so but providence has mostly played it out in his favour – if he is not in the news for dancing ‘Gangnam Style’ in Ghana, he is busy decrying the state of affairs in the country.
But yesterday, the Ota farmer was in the news for a fire disaster that could have turned ugly if not for the vigilance of his domestic aides, fire fighters and sympathizers that thronged his hilltop mansion in Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, to assist in putting out the fire that already gutted his secretary’s office in the sprawling estate.
But trust Obasanjo to always rise above every challenge that comes his way. Expectedly, you would think he will wear a gloomy face over the fire episode but rather, the Owu chief was philosophical in his approach. Addressing journalists that were present at the house, the former President in Yoruba language, jokingly used a local adage that the King’s house that burns will only be beautified.
“Go, go and sing to the whole world that ‘the King’s house that is gutted by fire only beautifies the house,” the former president cheerfully said.
And almost immediately, dismissed the reporters as he continued to jest with members of family and guests that had rushed there to sympathise with him.
In a rather sad related development, one of the sons of Obasanjo, simply identified as Oba, was reported to have grabbed the phone of a Premium Times journalist, Dimeji Kayode, who was taking pictures of the burning mansion and smashed it on the ground.