The family of the former Minister of Housing, Late Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya has called for a changed and better Nigeria. One of Ogunsanya’s daughters made this call while receiving a posthumous award in hounour of the late elder statesman on behalf of the family at the Silverbird Man of the year awards last Friday.
She recalled how former President Shehu Shagari was so close to her father and other posthumous awardees of that night, which included late President of the Senate, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo and Pa Alfred Rilwane.
According to her, on the day of the coup, Shagari who was then the Minister of Communication and also Ogunsanyas’ neighbour had to visit to ascertain that no one in the family was affected.
“On the morning of the coup, I remember, Alhaji Shehu Shagari came to our house to look out for my father to make sure he is safe. Chief Rilwane was a very good friend of my father. I think I can safely say that and also Chief Okadigbo, my daddy always looked at him with twinkle in his eyes and this is a positive one,” she said.
She noted that these great men related peacefully despite that they belonged to different political ideology. “They were in different party and yet they cared about each other. That is not what we get today. But I want to say with highest sense of responsibility that we need a change. What we have today is not what we want. The country as we have it today is not the wish of these four men as we have it today,” she stated.
She noted that perhaps the creation of states had divided Nigerians further, adding, “we have to come together, we have a great country.”