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I Told God I Want To Live Until I’m 96 – Late Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi

Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s death has got Nigerians talking about the power of the tongue on social media.

This is coming after a recent video of the deceased speaking circulated online.

In the clip, Ajimobi said he has always told God he just needs to clock 70 and he would be fine with his stay on earth.

He, however, added that after clocking 70, he then told the Almighty to extend his life to 96, because 70 started feeling short.

“I used to tell God that once I attain 70, it’s okay. My father died two months before his 70th birthday. So, I used to pray that if I can attain 70, I’ll be fine, but after I clocked 70 with all the good things that came with it, I told God to extend my life to 96, because that 70 was too short.”

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Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi (16 December 1949 – 25 June 2020) was a Nigerian politician from Oyo State, south-western Nigeria. He was formerly the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria. He left the oil sector in 2002 after 26 years, and was elected in 2003 as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party, a bid which he lost. He recontested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote. He died from Coronavirus complications after being hospitalised at First Cardiologist Consultants in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 25th June, 2020.

Abiola Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 to the Ajimobi of Ibadan at Oja-Iba, Ibadan. His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was minister of works and transport in the Western Region. His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also an Honourable member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region. He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School. As a high school student he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the school’s games prefect.


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