“My Parents Never Knew I Could Survive Infancy,” Says Fayemi
Kayode Fayemi
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“My Parents Never Knew I Could Survive Infancy,” Says Fayemi

Austin Papi

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday, celebrated his 55th birthday with a soiree, where he made a shocking revelation that his late parents thought he would die early in his childhood.

Governor Fayemi said his parents, Francis and Abigail Fayemi, had lost two children in quick succession prior to his birth and that made them sceptical about his survival.

“I give God all the glory for giving me uncommon favour. It is uncommon because my parents never knew I could survive infancy.

“They had lost two children in quick succession and that was why they named me Folorunso, meaning that let us just leave him in the hands of God.

“My parents just thought they should just wait and see the outcome and today I am celebrating 55, I give God all the glory,

“I am particularly happy for today because I have passed through a lot and if I should continue to narrate all those ordeals today, nobody will leave this place,” said Governor Fayemi.

Fayemi added that he made the decision to celebrate his birthday at this time so as to show his gratitude to God for taking charge of his background and how he grew up.

Some of the governors who attended the event included Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal; Dr Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Alhaji Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Alhaji Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa); Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State; and Mr Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Yoruba leaders who were at the event were Professor Banji Akintoye and Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi; the Archbishop of Ondo Anglican Diocese, Bishop Christopher Omotunde; Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, Bishop Felix Ajakaiye, and traditional leaders in the state, led by their chairman Oba Ajibade Alabi also came to celebrate life with the Ekiti State governor.

In his parting remarks, Fayemi reiterated his vow to dedicate the rest of his life to the service of God and humanity, adding that “a life without service to God and humanity is not a life worth living.”

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