I regret not being able to serve as governor of Oyo State.Former minister Barrister Adebayo Shittu

Apr 17, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

In an exclusive interview conducted by Tunde Ayanda and Segun Adebayo, former Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, candidly shares his perspectives on various aspects of his life and career, including his aspirations to govern Oyo State at the age of 71. He also reflects on his journey into politics and governance, as well as his thoughts on current national issues.

As he approaches his 71st birthday, Shittu expresses deep gratitude to God for his health and intellectual vitality. Despite surviving over 20 car accidents, he credits God for his protection. Regarding spiritual fortification, he emphasises his faith in God and recounts prophetic dreams that have guided his life.

Recalling his entry into politics 45 years ago, Shittu narrates how an encounter with Chief Obafemi Awolowo sparked his interest. Following Awolowo’s encouragement, he became actively involved in politics, eventually serving in the Oyo State House of Assembly.

Reflecting on his political journey, Shittu shares insights into his experiences and challenges, including his attempts to become governor of Oyo State. Despite facing setbacks and political opposition, he remains resolute in his aspirations to contribute to governance.

Addressing national issues, Shittu offers his perspectives on leadership, governance, and national development. He highlights the importance of good governance inspired by Awolowo’s principles and advocates for free health services, quality education, and employment opportunities for all.

When asked about his future ambitions, particularly regarding governance, Shittu reaffirms his desire to govern Oyo State, emphasising that age is not a barrier to his aspirations. He underscores his commitment to public service and his vision for the state’s development.

Reflecting on his personal life, Shittu shares insights into his family and lifestyle choices. With multiple wives and children, he credits his simple lifestyle, dietary habits, and religious beliefs for his agility and well-being.

As he approaches his 71st birthday, Shittu remains optimistic about the future and grateful for the blessings in his life. He concludes the interview with a sense of contentment and humility, acknowledging the role of faith and perseverance in his journey.

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