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General Oladipupo Diya: Dr Babatunde Diya pays tribute to father at 78

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A former Chief of Staff and former Military administrator in Ogun state, General Donaldson Oladipupo Diya’s son, Dr. Babatunde Diya has expressed his delight and joy over the life of his father as he clocks 78.

Dr. Tunde Diya, the renowned doctor and partisan politician in an interview monitored by this platform ran through series of questions concerning his father as he marked his 78th birthday. He spoke about family and public life of the former Chief of General Staff.

Speaking with newsmen at his Odogbolu country home, Dr. Tunde Diya extols the virtues of his father as a public servant, military administrator of Ogun state and family man.

As General Oladipupo Diya clock 78years, can you remember any memories of your dad while in service?

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I was quite young then. But I know my dad spend every available time he has with his family members either immediate or extended.
Even as Chief of General Staff, he will come to the children’s room in his uniform to wake us for morning prayers before he goes back to work. Some times, we’d eat together and I always admired him. He’s an astute in his uniform. He was my role model he has continued to be my role model.

I know him as a very detailed and uncompromising man. He is indeed a disciplinarian and caring. That is why you can see that most people around him today are members of his families. It was as if he was in the service to “emancipate” his family from poverty through education and training.

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What do you think Gen Diya will be remembered for mostly as a public servant, Chief of Staff, and a Military Administrator?

Like I said, one of the things my dad will be remembered for is how he carried himself in the course of his duties both within and outside the country. He will be remembered for how many lives he was able to touch. He will be remembered for his efforts to build his community especially putting Ijebuland on the world map.

Some of the things he will be remembered for are the things you can see in us, his children (biological and adopted). That is why in my own little way, I have been trying to emulate him while alive to show the world what General Oladipupo Diya stood for and has continued to live for.

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What was General Diya’s reaction when he gets to know about your decision to join partisan politics?

Before I started politics, I went to him for his blessings. He asked me why I was going into politics, if it was for going sake or if I had a passion for doing things differently in politics? He also asked that are you sure you are not going into politics to embezzle money? I wasn’t shocked as I had heard him on numerous occasions speak about the need for people to want to serve without ‘ojukokoro’ like they say. He is completely against corruption and laziness in public office holders. A lot of people who know him will tell you he has always been very blunt about this. To God be the glory, while he was the Military Administrator of Ogun State, or Vice President and after, there has not been any case or issue as to this regard. He was and is still a very contented man.

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How have you been managing your profession as a medical doctor and Politics?

I came in with a passion to make a difference. My first decision was to set up the Doctor Tunde Diya Foundation (DTDF) with The Yellow initiative (TYI ). The Yellow Initiative was particularly set up to support His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR and the people of Ogun State which is a continuous process. It was and remains my opinion that if people collectively support their government, things will move forward for all of us at a more faster pace. So, for my people and I, the main focus of seeking public office is to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people which is engraved in my heart permanently with a mindset of the need to implement policies that will benefit people. I decided to focus on starting at the Local Government level. A leader in the APC once told me “Politics is from bottom to the top”.

As electioneering process begins, what are we to look forward to from you?

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Apart from me being a medical doctor, I am also a politician. Every political season will definitely have to be studied keenly, consultations to be made, and a decision to be arrived. The experience we had recently had taught us that all stakeholders must be on the same page on whatever individual aspirations one must be having. Definitely, we will attempt something in 2023 but we are still doing our consultation within the party structures and other stakeholders.

What’s your prediction for 2023 Presidential race?

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As a party man, one must work within the available structure especially the political party. I believe APC as a party has been able to surmount many challenges as a party and as government. 2023 as a defining moment in the history of our nation must be allowed to take it’s natural cause. Wherever my party goes I go. And I’m certain that APC has the capacity to retain the power at the centre and in Ogun state in particular.

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22 Hospitality Limited buys Sheraton’s parent company, Capital Hotels

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Capital Hotels Plc, owners of the Abuja-based luxury hotel, Sheraton, said 22 Hospitality Limited has procured 66.1 per cent of its outstanding shares in exchange for a controlling stake in the company.

A purchase of a company’s total issued shares crossing the 50 per cent threshold is deemed a buyout. Capital Hotels has not posted annual profit in the last two years.

The transaction is the end of a series of off-market deals conducted for months, and means Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited will be yielding to 22 Hospitality Limited the ownership crown it had worn for two decades.

“All the required regulatory approvals have been received for the transaction,” Capital Hotels said in a statement posted on the Nigerian Exchange’s website.

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Capital Hotels set out earlier in the year to raise capital for, what it said, was the renovation of the hotel.

The board sought to approach it by way of rights issue and made a proposal during an emergency general meeting in April to sell new shares to existing shareholders at N7 per share at a time a unit was selling for N3.19 in the market.

A refusal by shareholders to endorse the offer for fear it would erode their rights meant the board turned to private placement as a second option. In all, 1,611,995,510 shares were allotted to 22 Hospitality Hospital at N7 per unit when that was concluded, totaling N11.3 billion.

The company’s share price, which had been stuck at N3.19 for at least seven months to 23rd May, jumped to N3.40 that date but has not moved again ever since.

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The share purchase transferred 51 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares to 22 Hospitality Limited.

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“In addition, 22 Hospitality Limited also bought 456,641,337, and 21,562,293 Ordinary Shares of 50 kobo each representing 14.45% and 0.68% of the equity share capital of the Company, from Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited and Associated Ventures International Limited respectively through Offer for Sale,” according to the statement.

Altogether, the new owner’s holding in the firm translates to 2,090,199,140 ordinary shares.

Bank of Industry Limited, Ministry of Finance Incorporated, Nigeria Re-insurance Corporation and Continental Energy Resources Limited are among the substantial shareholders of Capital Hotels, its 2021 audited financial statement shows.

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I love you with passion, Faith Oyedepo tells husband on his 68th birthday

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Faith Oyedepo, the wife of David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has taken to social media to celebrate her husband on his 68th birthday.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Faith appreciated David for being a “wonderful leader” to all and sundry.

She also expressed her gratitude to God for being “undeniably evident” in the cleric’s life.

Faith said she loves David with passion while wishing him greater years ahead.

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“Happy birthday to my dear husband, Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo. The hands of God has undeniably been evident upon your life and to Him alone be all the glory,” she wrote.

“Thank you for being a wonderful leader and example to our family and world at large. Your latter years shall be greater than the past in Jesus’ name, amen. I love you with passion.”

Faith and David tied the knot in 1982.

The union has birthed four children, David Jr, Isaac, Love, and Joyce.

During their 38th wedding anniversary in August, they both pledged to love each other forever.

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“The journey thus far has been awesome with you by my side. You have been the true definition of a virtuous woman,” David told his wife.

 

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PHOTOS: 71-year-old Nigerian cleric, wife welcome triplets after years of waiting

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Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi paid a courtesy visit to a couple blessed with a set of triplets at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) in Ado-Ekiti.

The babies are the first children of 71-year-old Venerable Hezekiah Akenroye, a retired Anglican Priest and his wife, Mrs Durodoluwa Akenroye (45) who were married in April 2016.

The babies were delivered through a cesarean section on Wednesday 21st September 2022, and weighed 2.3kg, 2.0kg and 1.8 kg.

Congratulating the couple, Erelu Fayemi who got a hint of the birth of the triplets through a viral news on social media platforms presented the babies with cash and material gifts and charged the couple to ensure they raise the children in the way of the Lord.

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The first lady who made a detour to the hospital on her way to a social function today expressed happiness on the birth of the babies saying that it is an evidence that God answers prayers.

She congratulated the couple and used the medium to advise trying couples not to lose hope and keep believing in God.

The aged father of the babies, Venerable Akenroye who appreciated the first lady for her kind gesture, said he was happy to be blessed with the triplets after many years of waiting.

He said that he never believed God can still make him a father in life. He appreciated God for the pleasant gifts, stressing that God’s time is always the best.

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