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There
is no gainsaying making pretence about the person of late Chief Olugbenga
Olaofe in the way he has changed the life of many that have come across him for
one thing or the other.

Writing
a farewell of someone that has many qualities and selflessness in leadership
that has affected many Nigerians including myself remains a pleasant thing to
do as a way of honouring the dead.


I
am writing this at the dawn of his demise and so do I have the benefit of
narrating some  of our great and evergreen engagements tilting towards memory
lane, the adulation of him that would unfold and follow.

In
one of our close engagement in Abuja recently, he told a telling experience of
how he grew up and how  God used his father for him, lifting him just as it was the way God operates in showing one mercy with favour, which according to him, must
come with one’s efforts physically before consulting spiritual.

Hear
him; “ Segun Aburo mi” as he fondly calls me” becoming a man can be tasking, I remember
in 1983 after finishing as a National Diploma student at the polytechnic
Ibadan, went further becoming a chartered Accountant and even at that, there
was no job. My father was seriously bordered and requested I see him back home
in Oyo state, on getting there, he saw me and we exchange pleasantries and ask
again, have you gotten a job? I answered saying nothing yet! Segun, do you know
what Dad did? He stepped out and hit his hand on the ground and rose to face the sky, saying if
indeed I’ve been serving you with all my heart o’ lord, this is the time you
will answer my prayers giving my son Olugbenga Olaofe a good job”.

     

That
was it Segun, he said! Got back to Lagos, it was as if almighty was there when
dad was actually making that statement, it was all breakthrough since then. There is nothing God
cannot do Segun.

I
left his hotel room with high inspiration from that moment onward to my room
that night. That massage struck me all through till date until I saw a
message on his WhatsApp image indicating his transition, transcending to great beyond.
Still in shock, never knew this is how good people just leave without showing
any sign of notice. 

  

I
was touched in many ways with those
inspirational words as it is unusual of some that you meet casually and you
eventually got stuck to each other, the bound alone is something else, it
was like blood relations and then comes many signs of appreciation with an
effusion of great words, that alone humbles me, which no doubt had continued
and that which I never abused until the announcement of his demise filtered.

Late
chief Gbenga Olaofe remains a testimony of how true relevance and appreciation
of is leadership to us is today, adding to it is his constant reminder to some
of us how we must do things accordingly at all time as no room for excuse.

Sleep
well chief Olugbenga Olaofe, may the Good Lord rest your soul, simply
unforgettable!!

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