Obasanjo’s wife loses bid to stop son’s wedding

The plan by Mrs. Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to seek a court order stopping her son’s wedding has met a brickwall.

An Ikeja High Court, on Monday, dismissed the suit filed by Mrs. Obasanjo to stop the wedding planned for May 11 and prayed for its postponement to a further date.

The suit was dismissed by Justice Lateefa Okunnu on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to adjudicate over a matter involving an adult. The groom, Olujonwo, is 33 years old.

“On March 27, I ordered counsel to direct me on whether the family court can hear a case where the child is an adult.

“Counsel have addressed me and I have read the processes before me.

“I have found to be very genuine, what the applicant said regarding performing her parental duties in paragraph 15 of her affidavit.

“The court, regrettably, lacks the competence to adjudicate this suit, the jurisdiction of the family court covers children under the age of 18 years.

“The respondent’s son is 33-years-old, this negates the ability of this court to entertain this suit.

“The proper order to give is one dismissing this suit in its entirety, I hereby dismiss this suit,” the judge said.

Former President Obasanjo and Sir Kessington Adebutu, the bride’s father and promoter of Premier Lotto known as Baba Ijebu are the respondents to the suit.

While Mrs. Obasanjo was present in the court, the respondents in the suit, Mr. Obasanjo and Sir Adebutu, were absent.

Mrs. Obasanjo, the groom’s mother, had earlier filed a suit on March 27, asking the court to postpone the wedding scheduled for 11 until a later date after June 1 when the groom turns 34.

Mrs. Obasanjo said her reason for requesting a postponement were as a result that she has not been properly involved in the wedding preparations as the mother of the groom and that she had received several warnings from spiritualists warning that a bad omen lies ahead if the son should have an elaborate celebration before his next birthday.

Mr. Bode Olanipekun, counsel to the two respondents, Obasanjo and Adebutu, had earlier during the court proceedings asked that the suit be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

“We urge your Lordship to dismiss this suit based on jurisdictional challenges.

“Under Section 261 of the Child’s Act, this court has no jurisdiction because the child is above 18-years.

“The claimants have not disclosed a reasonable cause of action and no laws were cited in their address.

“I urge your Lordship to dismiss this suit,” Olanipekun said.

Obasanjo’s government the most corrupt in Nigeria’s history – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has lashed out again at former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Fayose said in a statement issued by his special assistant on public communications that Obasanjo presided over the most corrupt administration in the history of Nigeria.

Fayose said that while Obasanjo was “eating and sleeping” with corruption under his tenure, he has no moral right to accuse anyone of corruption.

On Saturday, Obasanjo was quoted to have said that Nigerian churches had become corrupt and church governors needed to join the campaign to sanitize the country of corruption. The former president was speaking at the 2017 convention lecture of Victory Life Bible Church International in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

In Fayose’s statement released by Mr. Lere Olayinka, his SA on public communications, he noted that “Obasanjo that I know does not have morals rights to accuse anyone of corruption because he eats and sleeps with corruption.”

“If anyone must accuse the church in Nigeria of promoting corruption, that person cannot be Obasanjo because he presided over the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.”

Fayose also insists that Obasanjo should disclose his source of wealth if he wants to keep accusing churches of not disclosing sources of gifts to them.

“Where did Obasanjo get the stupendous wealth he is parading since he was a pauper before he became president?” Fayose asked.

“Where did he get the trillions of naira that he deployed to his failed third term bid? How can Obasanjo, under whose tenure Nigeria witnessed Halliburton scandal be sermonising about corruption? Who introduced politics of Ghana-must-go bags to the national assembly?

“Who was the president when sacks of money were displayed on the floor of the house of representatives, as bribe money given to some reps members to impeach the then speaker, Ghali N’abba?

“Under whose administration was the out-of-court settlement in the ‎controversial $1.09 billion Malabu oil block initiated in 2006?”

The Ekiti State Governor also said that Obasanjo coerced state governors into donating N10 million each to the building of his presidential library in Ogun State while he was president.

“Isn’t compelling state governors to make donations to the personal project of a serving president part of corruption?” he asked.

Obasanjo says corruption in Nigeria a spiritual problem; asks churches to help

Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked churches in Nigeria to join the campaing against corruption.

While speaking on ‘The Role of the Church in the Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria’, Obasanjo said that the church could use its power of influence in helping to combat the plague of corruption eating Nigeria away.

Obasanjo, who was at the 2017 Convention Lecture of the Victory Life Bible Church International in Abeokuta, on Saturday, said that the anti-corruption war in Nigeria is “a fight for the soul of the nation.”

He said that legislation and enforcement of laws has not been impactful in achieving desired results in fighting corruption and as such alternative methods are necessary.

“Legislations alone are not enough as they are often breached by those who make them and those who should implement them.

“Our main problems are moral, ethical, attitudinal failure and disorientation. The church is an institution that provides the moral and ethical standards for us as believers. Man alone by himself cannot get rid of corruption from the world, he needs the assistance of God.

“The behaviour of some of  our men of God leaves much to be desired. They not only celebrate but venerate those whose sources of wealth are questionable. They accept gifts (offerings) from just anybody without asking questions giving the impression that anything is  acceptable in the house of God,” Obasanjo said.

“Here must come the society and the church with the spirit of God to work together to undo the harm that man has done and continue to do to the perfect work of God on earth,’’ he said.

Obasanjo, however, said that the church also needs to stamp out corruption in its own domain before it can impact on the larger society.

“The church needs to clear its Augean stable. The temple of God must be cleanest to restore the holiness of the church. Our present day money changers and merchants must be chased out of the church.

“The pulpit must be used to teach and preach righteous and honest living. To preach that one can acquire wealth without labour is not only deceitful, but also a call to corruption.

“We must be careful in believing and celebrating every testimony of miraculous blessing otherwise we end up celebrating corruption. The behaviour of some of  our men of God leaves much to be desired. They not only celebrate but venerate those whose sources of wealth are questionable. They accept gifts (offerings) from just anybody without asking questions giving the impression that anything is  acceptable in the house of God,” he said.

Taiwo Obasanjo files suit to stop son’s wedding

Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court on Monday seeking to stop the wedding of her son, Olujonwo Obasanjo.

The wedding is scheduled for May 11 but Mrs. Obasanjo is asking the court to cancel that date and reschedule for after June 1.

Her grounds for seeking the court injunction to stop the wedding includes the fact that she was not properly consulted and included in the programme planning as well as a “message” from a spiritualist instructing that the son should not be involved in an elaborate wedding before his next birthday.

Both her husband, ex-President Obasanjo and the father of the bride, Sir Kessington Adebutu, promoter of Premier Lotto known as “Baba Ijebu” are respondents in the suit.

Mrs. Obasanjo is specifically seeking permission from the court to postpone the wedding until a date after June 1.

The son, Olujonwo, and his fiancé, Tope, had their formal introduction on December 17, 2016 in an elaborate fashion. The mother is, however, bothered by a prophecy she received from a spiritualist that her son, who turns 34 on June 1, must not be involved in an elaborate celebration before his birthday.

The mother of the groom also said in her suit that she was excluded from the preparation for the wedding and as the mother, she has inalienable rights to be part of the process and planning.

Mrs. Obasanjo wants the court to instruct her husband and Sir Adebutu to postpone the wedding until adate later than June 1.

Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Ikeja High Court has fixed April 10 for the hearing of the suit.