Ogun State, the Gateway to Nigeria Tuesday celebrated the widow of her first Executive Governor Chief Mrs. Lucy Onabanjo wife of the late Journalist Governor Chief Olabisi Babayensi Onabanjo who ruled from 1979 to 1983 and was known as Ayekoto for his brilliant write-ups.
Mrs. Onabanjo whose husband is from Itantebo quarters of Ijebu Ode was 95 years old on Monday.
The State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, described the widow of Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, as a woman of many parts whose life and legacy would transcend many generations.
Abiodun, praised the matriarch of the Onabanjo clan as a woman with a difference. According to Abiodun, the nonagenarian played less politics but was more interested in her family and husband’s welfare.
The statement read, “She was as a foremost pillar of support for Chief Victor Olabisi Onabanjo, the pioneer executive governor of the state, who suffered a great deal of personal deprivations while struggling to make a name in journalism and politics.
“Chief Onabanjo was a prolific writer, who wrote a popular column under the sobriquet, Aiyekooto.
“I recall mama telling a journalist that her husband wasn’t interested in riches but in service to the people. That is the kind of support that made Papa Onabanjo a reference point in the political history of progressives in the country today.
“Behind every successful man, they say, is a woman. Mama suffered a lot of personal deprivations when Pa Onabanjo was always on the move, but she kept the home front and ensured that the children and family didn’t lose track of their career paths.
“I am very happy that at 95, Mama’s voice remains strong. She is still very smart and alert to the environment and has the goodwill of all kinsmen and women; husband’s associates and political children.
“The nonagenarian, on her part, is a great educator, who trained a generation of Nigerians now straddle with key leadership positions across the various sectors of the nation’s economy.”
“We are grateful to the Almighty God for sparing the life of Mama for her to continue to contribute her quota and make available her wealth of experience towards nation building. I pray she lives in good health to continue to support the socio-economic and political development of not only Ogun State, but also the entire country.”