Dear President Obasanjo et al…

by E. Terfa Ula-Lisa Esq

I write you this letter out of concern for our dear country.

This is a true story involving the famous Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello in 1988 during her National Youth Service in Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria. You can ask her to confirm. On a hot day, in the Orientation Camp in Ede, someone saw this crowd of young men heckling this quiet lady. Upon inquiry; he could hear them torment her that her father stole all of Nigeria’s money and built his farm with it. Some of the young men spoke in Hausa, some were from Delta, and a few were Yoruba. Stretching forth to all of his five foot four inches frame (never mind, he had powerful six-footers as friends), this person firmly and surely rebuked the young men for trying to visit the perceived sins of the father upon the daughter in Hausa. Then after he dispatched the young men, he reported to the Camp Commandant so he may look out for her.

The lesson of the story is, while trying to build an empire for our families, we should remember that the persons on whose behalf we build will have to live among their peers. A word is enough for the wise.

Yours truly,

Eric Terfa Ula-Lisa, Esq.

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