Nigerian former president Olusegun Obasanjo, took time out of his busy schedule to visit his former English teacher, a 91-year-old Mr. James Popoola. The former president went there with his former classmate who is also his close friend and the traditional ruler of Ibara, Oba Jacob Omolade.
Reports online have it that Mr. Popoola, taught both the former president and his friend Oba Omolade at Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, in the 1950s.
According to the statement released by the aid the the former president, h said;
“The Trip, Which Was Led By One Of The Teacher’s Children, Akin, From His Abeokuta Residence, Saw Obasanjo Arriving Into The Waiting Arms Of Mr And Mrs Popoola At The Family House In Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area Of Ogun State, At Around5pm.
“It Was An Elated Pa Popoola Who Said. ‘I Can’t Believe It. You Mean I Will Host You In My House Today Before My Death? It Was 35 Years Ago I Met You. Oh! I Am Delighted, Very Delighted’.
“Obasanjo Made A Move To Take Over His (Popoola’s) Wheelchair To Drive Him Back Into The Large Sitting Room, Saying, ‘We Are Delighted Too Sir. Let Us Come Inside. I Am Here With Kabiyesi Too. You Remember Him? Jacob Omolade, That Boy That’….”
“Ahhh! Kabiyesi O! Yes, I Remember Him. The Olubara,” Popoola Interjected, As The Traditional Ruler Stretched Out A Hand To Shake Him.
The former president and his friend the Oba, was also welcomed by the wife to their English teacher who said;
“Daddy Often Remembers All Your Pranks. He Must Be Very Happy Receiving You Today,” She Told Obasanjo And The Monarch.
Pa Popoola thanked the visitors and prayed for their continuous success in life.
When the age difference between the ex-teacher and Obasanjo, who will be 82 next year was pointed out, Akinyemi said,
“Anyone That Attended The Standard Class In Those Days Could Teach. With A Three-Month Course Then, You Could Be A Teacher. He (Popoola) Could Have Been A Grade II Teacher Then With Eight Or Nine Years’ Difference Between The Ages Of The Teacher And His Pupils.”