Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed his gratitude to Nigerians who showed him enormous goodwill following a minor delay he endured after his vehicle suffered a deflated tyre along the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, according to a press statement he released early Monday.
The former president explained that the incident occurred while he was en-route Lagos for the 80th birthday celebration of lottery mogul, Chief Kessington Adebutu, adding that he had since departed the country for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to monitor the ongoing presidential elections in that West African country.
The statement, which was signed by his media assistant, Vitalis Ortese, reads: “He was indeed involved in an incident on the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, after Sagamu roundabout, while he was on his way to join in the celebrations of the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Kessington Adebutu in Tinubu Methodist Church, Lagos.
“The vehicle, he was travelling in suffered a burst left tyre at the rear and swerved several times but did not hit any car in front or behind until it did a 180 degree turn and faced where it was coming from and he had to change vehicles.
“President Olusegun Obasanjo wishes to convey his deep appreciation to all those, who by way of calls, personal messages and prayers, and indeed members of the general public, who have shown overwhelming concern about his welfare.”
The incident occurred few hours after Obasanjo attended a memorial service to mark the 10th year anniversary of his late wife and former First Lady, Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, held at the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.