The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has disclosed the role of the late Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson in the growth of Lagos State.
Tinubu recounted his conversation with him and how the late Brigadier had helped him rebuild Lagos even when the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, seized the statutory allocations of the State back in 2005. He made all these known at the Day of Tribute event recently held for the late General.
Tinubu disclosed that Late Mobolaji Johnson had asked him to ignore the political caprices of Obasanjo and focus on re-engineering Lagos State, Tinubu claimed he heeded to the advice, and it paid off.
In 2005, Obasanjo reportedly withheld Lagos State statutory allocation because Tinubu decided to create additional 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs without Presidential agreement.
The former Lagos State governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who spoke at the Day of Tributes for Mobolaji Johnson held at the newly remodeled Onikan Stadium said:
“Johnson embarked on re-engineering and assembling the best cabinet to show transparency at that time.
“He showed courage and strong determination for the benefit of Lagos State. His retirement was sudden following the coup in 1975. He lived a life of great contentment.
“We bid farewell to a man of great integrity. My time with him was at a critical time when I was facing another general who seized the money of Lagos State. He said governor, ignore that man and re-engineer Lagos State. I wish him eternal rest.
“He did not compromise in his profession. He left a good legacy in public service. He laid a durable foundation for Lagos State. He served the people and made them the cornerstone of social and economic policies.”