Today, Sunday, 31st March 2019, is exactly 30 years ago that I
The four distinguished gentlemen Governors whom I had the rare
I had been seconded on 4th February 1983, from the former Television Service of Oyo State(TSOS)now called the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State Television(BCOS-TV), Ibadan, where I was a Principal Editor in the Current Affairs Department to Governor ‘Bola Ige, as a press secretary.
Also seconded from Radio O-Y-O to Governor Ige was Femi Mapaderun.
We both joined Governor Ige’s incumbent Press Secretary, Dapo Aderinola, perhaps Africa’s best newspaper reporter, to form a triumvirate in the Bureau of Information and Public Relations in the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, with Dr (then Mr)Yemi Farounbi, as the Chairman. He was also the Special Assistant on Information to Governor Ige.
Before my secondment to Governor Ige
When the now-defunct Federal Electoral Commission( FEDECO) declared the then candidate of the now-defunct National Party of Nigeria(NPN), Dr Victor Omololu Olunloyo, winner of the August 1983 governorship election in the state,his government,quite unfairly,sacked or transferred many civil/public servants suspected of being “loyalists/sympathisers of Chief Obafemi Awolowo/Chief ‘Bola Ige or their Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). I was among the innocent victims of that political purge.
All those victimized
Thus, when the Generals Muhammdu Buhari/Tunde Idiagbon-led armed forces of Nigeria toppled the civilian governments at Federal and States levels, on 31st December 1983, I was among the several Nigerian civil/public servants ordered by the new Federal Military Government to return to our former posts. God certainly vindicates the just.
A month after my return to TSOS, I was recalled by the new Military Governor of the state, the then Lieutenant-Colonel Oladayo Popoola, to my former position as Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State!
Till date, I describe my appointment or is it recall now, by former Governor Popoola as the ‘eighth’ wonder of the world.
As indicated earlier, I went on to serve two successors of Governor Popoola(Governors Olurin and Oresanya)till 31st March 1989.
On my last day in office, as his Press Secretary, on 31st
After a minute or two, which seemed like a century, I requested the Governor to please sponsor me to that year’s(1989) pilgrimage to Makkah and Medina. True to his word, he sponsored me to the 1989 Hajj. May God continue to bless his valiant soul. Amen.
In addition, Governor Oresanya gave an