Dr Moshood Fayemiwo praying over hundreds of prayer requests received all over the world at his home office at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas. Your best New Year Resolution for 2023 is to give your life to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
hat day will remain indelible in my life forever. It was a Friday afternoon on February 21, 1997. I was inside the dungeon of the Directorate of Military Intelligence of the Nigerian military Apapa Southwest Lagos. I had been kidnapped from Cotonou, Republic of Benin by the goons of Gen. Sani Abacha, the late Nigerian military dictator (1993-1998). I had fled my native nation, because of persecution and harassment as publisher/editor of Razor Magazine. My ordeal was reported by world newspapers. ("Government detention practices cause many persons to be "missing" for extended periods. The only known case of a politically motivated disappearance was that of former Razor newspaper editor Moshood Fayemiwo, who spent 7 months in detention before escaping to neighboring Benin Republic in September 1996. On February 14, Fayemiwo disappeared from the United Nations refugee camp where he had been living with his family. Mrs. Fayemiwo reported that her husband had been kidnapped by "unknown security agents," but reliable sources claim he is being held incommunicado by Nigerian security services. The military junta was asked repeatedly about the case by the media but did not acknowledge any involvement" (See Pages 5 & 6 U.S. Department of State Nigeria Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1997, Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1998. (https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/eoir/legacy/2013/06/07/hrp97nigeria.pdf) Similarly, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch 1997 while reporting about my ordeal: "Moshood Fayemiwo, publisher of Razor magazine was allegedly abducted by Nigerian agents in Cotonou, Benin Republic in February 1997, and has since been held incommunicado in Apapa military camp in Lagos, Nigeria" (See link:https://www.hrw.org/reports/1997/nigeria/Nigeria-05.htm#P451_107749). In the same vein, the London-based Amnesty International (AI) reported about my case in its reports of January 1, 1998 thus: "Scores of journalists were detained, usually for short periods, throughout the year. Moshood Fayemiwo, publisher of the Razor news magazine, was reportedly abducted by Nigerian security agents from neighboring Benin in February and subsequently detained in an underground cell at a Directorate of Military Intelligence detention facility in Lagos" (See the web link to the Report by the Amnesty International in London, UK: https://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6a9f31c.html)
Also, the Columbia University New York School of Journalism Report about my ordeal this way: "Nigerian security agents faced no impediments in February 1997, when they kidnapped Razor magazine publisher Moshood Fayemiwo in broad daylight in neighboring Benin and transported him across the border to Nigeria. There he was detained, chained to a pipe, and tortured until his release in September 1998. ---- (Source Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) Nov/Dec 1998 Journalism Building, 2950 Broadway, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (http://backissues.cjrarchives.org/year/98/).
From South Africa, Austria, Toronto, Canada to Germany, France, the United States and all campaigns around the world to the Nigerian military schizoid; Gen. Sani Abacha for my release failed until he died on June 08, 1998, and thereafter I and my family relocated to the United States. But before I relocated to the United States after nearly two years I was completely quarantined and tortured wearing the same cloth, I contemplated suicide.
Hope was gone inside this Gulag. Then I heard a Voice as if it were yesterday. "Moshood, Moshood, Moshood," I heard thrice. "Who are you?" I shouted. "I'm Jesus Christ Who created you, I've brought you here to use you. A Bible will be given to you?" I wasn't hallucinating. This was not a vision, a trance, a dream or whatever. I wasn't sleeping, it was not a night. I was crying for being kidnapped the previous night back to a nation I had fled. I heard the Voice of Jesus Christ as I would talk to a human person one-on-one except not face-to-face. Somehow, I slept after Jesus Christ spoke to me only to be awoken this time by a human voice. It was the pastor at the detention facility. He said two weeks before I was brought to the Gulag, the Holy Spirit instructed him to purchase three copies of the Holy Bible-NIV Version Large Print Edition. He informed me that he used one copy for his personal use, second copy for the use of other detainees and the third copy he kept for me as if he knew I would be brought to that Gulag. He said he would love to send that third copy when the military guards would bring my dinner later that day. This confirmed the earlier Voice of my Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ and His instructions: "I'm Jesus Christ Who created you, I've brought you here to use you. A Bible will be given to you?" That was over 25 years ago.
I was born a Moslem in Owo, Ondo State Western Nigeria. I was an orphan having lost both parents in my teens. Life was nasty, brutish, and hellish growing up in Nigeria. I knew the circumstances of the deaths of my parents which I had chronicled in my co-published book titled: "The Kingdom of Satan Exposed; Activities of Principalities and Demon Worship In Our World: ISBN: 978-1-63490-089-8 (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Moshood+Fayemiwo?_requestid=7817136). I was exposed to voodoo, black magic, charlatans, marabouts etc. very early in life in order to protect me so I would not be taken out like my parents. It was at the University of Lagos that I first made profession of faith and belief in Jesus Christ in 1986. I was saved but not born-again (John 3:3;5). That day I heard the Voice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the Military Gulag, Apapa, Lagos I have not remained the same. That I survived and came out alive was a miracle on its own. Friend, I don't know where you're reading this; at the airport, hotel lobby, guest house, about to board a plane, traveling by road, at the mall, in a library, in a restaurant, in a church, at a motor-park, driving in or out, in the comfort of your living room, at a kitchen, browsing the Internet, in a hotel, about to see your boyfriend or girlfriend, inside the prison yard, about to send an email and this tract/article was given you, on the phone talking to a friend, at the gas station, at the post office, at the city hall, at the court house, waiting for the train, inside a mosque, or in any of the thousand places human beings converge; death is a breath away.
The Holy Bible, the Book which the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said would be given to me at the Gulag 25 years ago said: "And it is appointed unto men-and women too-once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). In other words, death is inevitable for every human being, including you and me. It is a one shot, no re-do. We only pass this earthly dimension once. Do you know where you are going after death? What type of judgment awaits you on the Other Side immediately you die? If anyone told you that you will not die, you aren't that stupid to believe such a person. One day, you will leave this planet earth; thus, the question is not whether you will die or not; rather, where will you go after death? Don't tell me death ends it all, because Hebrews 9:27 says a day of judgment is down the Street of Time. That Jesus Christ Who appeared to me told me is the Great Judge on that Day. "For the Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son" (John 5:22)-referring to Jesus Christ. When this Jesus Christ comes, how would He judge everyone human being, including you and me? Hear Him: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'" The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' "He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." (Matthew 25:31-46).
When you appear before the Judgment Seat of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, will He call you a sheep or goat? Do you know Him here now while alive? Have you given your life to this Great Judge? Have you taken Him as your Lord, Master, and Savior? Do you want to know Him more? You can become one of His sheep today instead of being dismissed as a goat when you appear at His Judgment Seat after death. Be a child of the King today. Give your life to Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Tomorrow may be too late. To Know More; Write to: -The Jesus Christ Solution Center, P.O. Box 0123, Cameron, TX 76520-0123. Call: 1 254 605 4035; email: [email protected] . WhatsApp: 1 254 563 3856 "Jesus replied: Truly, truly I tell you no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again" (John 3:3). You can also join our fellow brethren around the world at our Zoom Online Bible Classes. Our normal E-Congregation Assembly Bible Classes Zoom Link is here for you to join us https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87942253858?pwd=N2EzZ2I5aGUvTFQzNWdPRzVQem9pdz09 Time: 3:30pm Texas Time/4:30pm New York EST/10:30pm Nigeria/12:30am following day in Kenya. We meet Monday -Friday weekly at the Gracious Feet and Awesome Presence of the Holy Spirit to study the Greatest Book the Almighty God has given to the human race to meander our way in this sin-soaked and Satanically controlled evil world and that is the Holy Bible. Just as He instructed us: "This Book of the Law-referring to the Holy Bible-must not depart from your mouth; Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:8). Link up with other believers around the world. Click this link for your Time Zone: https://dateful.com/world-clock.
CONTINUATION OF ASIWAJU BIOGRAPHY
THE IRAGBIJI OSUN STATE BIRTHER CONSPIRACY MOVEMENT As aforementioned, Lagos state is "all-comers'' city, the melting-pot of Nigeria. Lagos is to Nigeria what New York is to the United States. With a population of 20 million and still growing, it opens its doors to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, tribe, religion, and other artificial separation. There is something for everyone, Nigerians, and foreigners alike in Lagos. The expression: "Gbogbo wa la l" Eko" meaning; "Lagos is for us all" captures the inclusive nature of Nigeria's most populous city. Opportunities abound. As the economic heartbeat of Nigeria, Lagos is also the nation's political powerhouse. Just as many political carpetbaggers are comfortable in making the Big Apple-New York- their home in the United States; so is Lagos in Nigeria. For a political magus like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu shaking things up and upsetting the status quo in Africa's most populous city, traducers and opponents abound with their conspiracy theories. Big and populous metropolitan cities tend to confer anonymity on residents and when politicians want to demonize their opponents, they resort to primordial sentiments. The aborigines and non-natives are some of the tags often attached to political opponents. But one other unique trait of Lagos is its republican nature, which continues to exacerbate the divide between the so-called "indigenes" and the dreaded "transplanted immigrants." Even Nigeria's first British governor- general, Mr. Frederick Lugard was distasteful of Lagos and the republican nature of Lagosian. When he arrived the city in 1914 as WWI was about to start preparatory to weld the north and south together to become what is today Nigeria, he described the people of Lagos thus: "These people are the most seditious and disloyal, the most purely prompted by self-seeking money motives of any people I have met." Lugard was so contemptuous of Lagosian that he refused to live in Lagos, instead went back to Lokoja throughout his stay in Nigeria till August 1919 after WWI. No wonder, not a single monument was named after him in the "City of All." Lugard "hated" Lagos and Lagosian treated him in kind too.
The Otherness signifies a stranger in our midst. It means, someone who doesn't belong, or not one of us. President Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States faced this political battle throughout his 8-year presidency. Known as the birther movement, it began in 2008 and was spearheaded by Mr. Donald Trump. The whole idea of the conspiracy theory of questioning President Obama's birth is to de-legitimize his presidency and the achievements he recorded. As Mr. Chris Matthews, author, American political commentator, and host of the Liberal night talk hourly-long program; Hardball on MSNBC aptly pointed out, the birther movement was to convey the otherness; meaning, "this guy is not one of us and should not have been president." But Mr. Obama is not the first American politician and president to be mired in conspiracy theories and even their election victories challenged. The electoral victory of President George Bush was seriously contested by Vice- President Al Gore in 2000 because of the electoral debacle in Florida. The United States Supreme Court had to halt recount of the votes in Florida to hand over victory to the former governor of Texas and the Republican presidential candidate. The re-election of President Bush in 2004, when he defeated Sen. John Kerry somehow put paid to the question mark that earlier swirled over his presidency. Similarly, President Donald Trump, who began the birther movement is facing the same legitimacy crisis when Democrats are questioning his 2017 electoral victory over Russian involvement in the election. Even in Nigeria, the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his supporters questioned the legitimacy of the election of 1979 that brought former President, Shehu Shagari to power. A segment of Nigerians believed the military dictatorship of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo (1976-1979) manipulated the 1979 presidential election in favor of the presidential candidate of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. The legal fireworks which ensued, and the way the Justice Atanda Fatai-Williams Supreme Court sided with Chief Richard Akinjide, the legal counsel to the defunct NPN over the matter of the legal interpretation of what constituted the twelve two- third of nineteen states as spelt out in the defunct 1979 Constitution of Nigeria is part of Nigeria's sordid political history.
It is not surprising therefore that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has had to contend with this birth farrago in Lagos from his political opponents and traducers. Chief Ibiyinka Olabode George, a retired naval commodore and chieftain of the People's Democratic Party in Lagos state fired the first salvo over the so-called birth mess of Asiwaju in 2013. Olabode-George made the following statement: "The enemy is the Iragbiji upstart-referring to Bola Tinubu- who seized the local government secretariat at Glover Street in Ikoyi. Our collective enemy is the greedy man who bought the old Nurses House, the Falomo shopping complex, the Lagos state Polytechnic property at Ojota, stretches of acres at Lekki, the old Strabag yard at Alausa, the innumerable beach front properties long owned by the people of Lagos state, the billion naira Queen's Drive mansion, the illegal Lekki Toll Gate, the First Nation Airline, the strings of media conglomerates, the Vault and Garden Cemetery, the vast Estates on the shores of Oniru beach , the endless choice hotels and high-rises, the shopping Mall in Ikeja and Lekki, and many great assets of our people. This Iragbiji man has stolen with maniacal desperation. That is the real enemy we must chase back to Iragbiji." It was a direct dig at Asiwaju. In 2015, George said pointedly that Asiwaju Bolanle Tinubu was not born in Lagos but in a sleepy town called Iragbiji in Osun state. In an interview with Eniola Akinkuotu of The Punch newspapers, George said: "Bola and I are not enemies, we are in two different parties with different ideologies. His concept of operation is at variance with mine. We are not enemies; we did not grow up together. I even went to his village in Iragbiji to campaign for our party in Osun state. I met his Oba-king-there and they even showed me his primary school. One of his friends with whom he lived in Ibadan was my classmate at the University of Lagos." Earlier on, during the contentious governorship elections in Osun state in 2010 between retired Col. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former PDP governor, whose seat was being seriously threatened by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the defunct ACN governorship aspirant. Oyinlola was miffed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was the main backer of his opponent, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. On national television, Col. Oyinlola alleged that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not born in Lagos, but a sleepy town in his state, known as Iragbiji. "Let Tinubu come to Osun state so I can take him back to his roots where he was born at Iragbiji," Oyinlola busted out in Yoruba Language. At a widely-covered press conference in Osogbo during the same period, Olagunsoye Oyinlola said: "Everything about Bola Tinubu is fake, his name is fake, his mother is fake, his place of birth is fake. For the sake of what he stands to gain, he abandoned his parents in Iragbiji in Osun state. There is a mark on his body with which one can trace his ancestry to Osun state. The time to open up is not yet ripe." Can there be a mark at a person's body to identify the person's place of birth in Yoruba land?
This is politics of bitterness at its height, although Oyinlola eventually lost the election; switched party from the PDP and today, he is one of the staunch supporters and henchmen of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. His outburst was a concern to many Nigerians because the statement of Gov. Oyinlola was so weighty that The Tribune newspapers sent three of its reporters: Messrs. Taiwo Adisa, Dapo Falade and Stephen Gbadamoshi to cover Oyinlola's press conference. This conspiracy theory has been peddled for long by many politicians to score cheap political point and traduce Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Another prominent politician, who has alluded to this conspiracy theory on the birth and parentage of Asiwaju is former minister of works during the PDP-led Federal Government of Nigeria, Prince Adeseye Ogunlewe. In an interview with a Lagos-based newspaper, Prince Ogunlewe said; Asiwaju Tinubu was not qualified to lay claim to the leadership of the Yoruba race, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo. To Ogunlewe, Asiwaju Tinubu had no pedigree, because he's hiding his birthplace. He said Bola Tinubu was not from Lagos, but Iragbiji in Osun state. These are strong and weighty statements that should be investigated. No biography of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would be deemed credible and authoritative without investigating these outlandish political utterances and unguarded statements. Consequently, to Iragbiji Osun state the authors went to investigate during the research and field work for this biography.
Iragbiji is a small town which shares common boundary with Ikirun, another rustic town about one hour's drive to Osogbo, the administrative city of Osun state. Founded by Sunkungbade, a peripatetic hunter, who chased an antelope to a burrow in the site of where the current city hall is in the town. History has it that the hunter thought the antelope was mysterious as he found it difficult to climb the mountain and kill the animal. When he eventually did, a mysterious tree known as Ira sprouted up where Sunkungbade sat to catch his breath. Soon, his fellow hunters began to look for him until they were directed to the Ira tree. One of the most prominent features of Iragbiji today are its two mountains, which have become tourist attractions, hence the town is also known and called Iragbiji Olokemeji literally, " Iragbiji, The town of two imposing mountains." The white garment church movement has popularized the mountain with a prayer mountain worship center, known as Iragbiji Prayer Mountain Church. Believers and faithful throng the hilly abode for night vigil prayers and spiritual needs. Another prominent tourist site in Iragbiji is the Muriana Oyelami artistic wizardry displayed at his Ile- Ona residence christened as Obatala Center for Creative Arts. Of course, Oyelamii, the creative artist is probably the most popular indigene of Iragbiji after the town's monarch. Iragbiji is an idyllic countryside town trying to merge the past with modernity, while preserving its old innocence with moderate commercial activity. When searching for truth in African oral history, you approach the custodian of culture and tradition of the Yoruba people. Obas and chiefs are the dependable historians of the people and at the palace of the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, the sitting room was tastefully furnished. Earlier on, in 2003 when the rumor seeped into the rustic village, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji had sharply debunked it. The traditional ruler of the town, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, His Royal Highness Oba Abdulrasheed Ayotunde Olabomi IV said there is no shred or smidgen of truth in the assertions made by former Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Chief Bode-George, Prince Adeseye Ogunlewe or any politician for matter that, Asiwaju Bolanle Tinubu was born in the ancient town. The tree that Iragbiji originated from, legends say, soon became the ancestral symbol of the ancient town, and the town was named Iragbiji or "The town of Ira tree," where people take refuge." Although founded by a Yoruba hunter, later settlers migrated from Ilorin, Igbo mina, Ofa in neighboring Kwara and Kogi states to call the town their home. Today, Iragbiji is surrounded by Ikirun, Iree, Iba, Eripa. Omoruwo, and Aagba in Boripe local government area of Osun state but none of the latter family settlers bears the name Tinubu. News reached the authors that the current king was not in town, but another titular chief was competent to answer queries and inquiries about the Tinubu birther movement. Chief Taoridi Adekoya (a.k.a Baba Kekere) fessed up to the authors that some inquisitive reporters had once visited the sleepy town asking the same question: Is Gov. Bolanle Tinubu born in the ancient town? "I have lived in this community all my life and I can recognize indigenes of this town who have been away for over four decades," Chief Adekoya disclosed. "Anyone can say anything mischievously, but that Tinubu is an indigene of this town, and he was Lagos state governor, will he not help our community and youth in any way possible? There is no way our indigene would be governor in Lagos that we will not know to talk of Tinubu, in fact there is no family with the name Tinubu in Iragbiji here." When Baba Kekere was reminded that some politicians have been boasting that they would expose Asiwaju Tinubu as a non-Lagosian and would point out his family compound in Iragbiji, Baba Kekere looked askance. He looked quixotic and then after a smirk replied: "I am a septuagenarian and have worked with about four different traditional rulers in this town, so I am in a good, if not the best position to have this information. But I tell you there is no record, either written or experienced that shows Tinubu is an indigene of our town here at Iragbiji. Even if you meet the Kabiyesi, it is what I am telling you he will also tell you. Even Kabiyesi did not stay at home as I do before he mounted the throne, so if Asiwaju Tinubu is one of us, what is the big deal in hiding his background? The truth is that he's not an indigene of our town. I will be the happiest man on earth, if Asiwaju Tinubu is an indigene of our town. It is not something to be ashamed of, but the fact of the matter is that Asiwaju Bolanle Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu wasn't born here in Iragbiji. There is no family that bears Tinubu in Iragbiji. There is no prominent indigene of this town, either at home or abroad that I don't know. There is even no name like Tinubu in the whole of Osun state. We all know that Gov. Aregbesola is from Ijesha land and was a prominent former member of the Lagos state cabinet in the Asiwaju administration."
Chief Adekoya seemed to be the Herodotus of Iragbiji. Other elders that volunteered to speak on the subject echoed him declaring matter-of-factly that there are many sons and daughters of Iragbiji in other parts of Nigeria and abroad. "Assuming Asiwaju Tinubu was born in Iragbiji, at least someone from his family would come forward and tell the world the secret," one of the elders told the authors. "You can see how peaceful and livable our town is, so what would Asiwaju Tinubu be hiding, if he was born here in Iragbiji. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was born in Ikenne, a small village the size of our town so what is the shame in hiding one's roots? The fact of the matter as Baba Kekere told you is that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not born here. There is no single family with the family name of Tinubu in this town."
Determined to find out the truth for this biography, the authors burrowed into the historic archives of the ancient city, hoping somehow for any paper trail, at least, the name Tinubu may surface in any document. Oral sources have not yielded results, perhaps written sources may help. If there was any person that should know the historical lineage of anyone, especially a famous and prominent indigene of the town, it should be the late Chief Amos Olarinde Moronkeji. He was said to be the longest living person in Osun state, if not in Africa and the world. He was born in 1879 as a pagan but converted into Christianity in 1979 and was given the cognomen; "Soldier for Christ" till he passed on peacefully in his sleep at Iragbiji. Before he died in 2015 at the age of 136, he was said to be the Herodotus of Iragbiji and much of south-west Nigeria. Researchers had come to him during his lifetime to authenticate certain historical facts, especially oral traditions. " During his lifetime and from his written historical notes left behind, Baba Soldier for Christ said repeatedly that there was no family name known as Tinubu in Iragbiji," a source in the town maintained.
Meanwhile, back in Lagos, no member of Asiwaju Tinubu's family wants to hear or entertain for nanosecond the rumor of Iragbiji Birth Story. They were livid when the authors brought up the subject. "Which Iragbiji," one asked annoyingly. Chief Rafiu Olubodun Tinubu, the current head of the famous Tinubu family in Lagos described the childhood years and growing up of young Bola in central Lagos this way: "Bola was very stubborn while growing up, ... "I don't even know what to say about him other than to thank the Lord God Almighty for bringing him out of the family. He is a pride to all of us and a shining star. "Even though the name, Tinubu, connoted respect and dignity when we were young, it has expanded with more honor and increased in popularity." Olubodun was effusive in his praise to Allah and Destiny for bestowing Asiwaju as a gift to the Tinubu family. "Now, when we mention our name as Tinubu, the first question people ask is: are you a brother to the Asiwaju? It is a pride. We pray that he enjoys many more years in good health and in wisdom to be able to achieve more than he has achieved so far." The Eleko of Eko, Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akinolu said openly that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu is his relative. The revered monarch should have known because he is nine years older than Asiwaju. But how did the unfounded rumor and malicious conspiracy theory of Iragbiji as the natural birthplace of Asiwaju start? As one commentator disclosed: "By Nigerian standard- even anywhere in the world-Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a very successful man. If Bola Tinubu is from Osun state, the Osun people would have said it loud from the top of the mountain. This "Iragbiji" hocus-pocus was a political gimmick used in 1999 by Musiliu Obanikoro and his PDP to fool the electorate to wrestle the governorship from Tinubu. The PDP failed in 1999, so, they raised it up a notch in 2003 and they failed again. Lagosian know their fellow Lagosian and that's a fact. But in politics, politicians would say anything just to gain the upper hand." Another Lagosian resident at Isale-Eko disclosed that from historical perspective, the Obanikoro family has no authority over any Tinubu in Lagos. "As an Isale-Eko man proper myself, the only person who can talk about the parentage and birthplace of Tinubu is that man, who is an Isale-Eko bonafide with direct link to Enu Owa and that is the Oba of Lagos, the Eleko of Eko himself, Rilwanu Akiolu and he is a relative of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, period." A Lagosian, who has lived all his life in Surulere weighed in on the rumor: " One thing I know very well about the Yorubas is that it doesn't take long to know where they come from. For example, they (Yorubas) are very proud at using their origin as a form of identification. in my neighborhood in Surulere Lagos some years back, we know every elder's origin because we refer to them as "Baba Ijesha", "Baba Ife", "Baba Ekiti", "Baba Ijebu". You don't need the FBI, KGB, or Mossad to find out, if Tinubu is from "Iragbiji" because millions of Lagosian would've known that long before Obanikoro and PDP turn it into a political issue. The damning problem with many of us is that once we latched on to any hocus-pocus no matter how ridiculous, we remain glued to it forever." A prominent social commentator delivered the clincher to the purveyors of this persistent but unfounded and an insane rumor of Iragbiji Birther Movement: "But let's look at the antecedents of the three characters at the forefront of the Iragbiji Birther Movement. Like Donald J. Trump consistently lied that he sent investigators to Hawaii to fish out the "fake birth certificate" of President Obama, Olabode George, Musliu Obanikoro and Adeseye Ogunlewe have character flaws." The social commentator disclosed that when Ibiyinka Olabode-George was a Navy Captain in the Nigerian Navy, Olabode George was told he could not be made military governor of old Ondo state in 1988 by the Babangida military junta, unless he made his ex-wife, Feyi whom he had earlier divorced, as first lady of defunct Ondo state. George capitulated and abandoned his legitimate wife, Roli in Lagos to assume office. "How could a man of honor commit such an act, but all because of political power?" Now after retirement, he joined politics and the PDP but in the process, went to jail in 2009 for stealing public money at the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA). As for Musliu Olatunde Obanikoro, he is currently being tried for public larceny and corruption from his ministerial days under the PDP. The EFCC may send him to jail. As one political commentator said of Obanikoro: "The Obanikoro family of Lagos disowned Musliu Obanikoro some years back. He changed his name from Onikoro to Obanikoro for political reasons. He is not a man of honor and good character so why listen to him?" As for Prince Kingsley Adeseye Ogunlewe, he too is currently standing trial for stealing and embezzlement of public funds as former pro-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state. He too may go to jail.
But many have questioned the discrepancies in the international passports of Bolanle and the scuttlebutts surrounding the Iragbiji birther rumor. The "scandal" emerged in 1999 when Bolanle was contesting for the governorship election in Lagos. In fact, the late pro- democracy icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi took then Sen. Bola Tinubu to task on the discrepancies in his different dates of birth: 1952, 1954 and 1958. In one of the international passports filled out by Asiwaju, he filled in "Iragbiji" in the column for place for birth. He filled his name as "Abimbola" instead of "Bolanle" which is his original name, while he listed his date of birth as: "1957." The conspiracy theorists in this wise have questioned this information and insisted that there is no smoke without fire. Asiwaju himself has unwittingly added more fire to this smoke that has fueled and has been dogging the birther snafu. The answers to this web of controversies, rumors and conspiracies were found by the authors in Chicago as will be seen in this biography.
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