Atiku, who spoke while on a courtesy visit to Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi in his office in Ibadan, recalled his years in the ancient city as a Customs Officer from where he rose to become a Deputy Comptroller-General.
He said: “Any time I am in Ibadan, I always recall my happiest days as a civil servant of 30 years. I always feel like it is a home-coming anytime I am here. It was from Ibadan here that I was catapulted three or four times on my ranks to become a deputy head of Customs. I have quite a number of memories.
“I remember it was in Ibadan here when the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed was assassinated. Because I had the same work ethics with Gen. Mohammed, I was always referred to as Murtala Mohammed. So, each time I come to Ibadan, this historic and great city, I always come back with a lot of memories.’’
The former vice president expressed happiness over the positive changes that had taken place in Ibadan Metropolis, which he said had transformed the city into a beautiful state capital.
“What always gladdens my heart is that I always see changes anytime I come back to Ibadan; changes in additional infrastructural development; changes in city renewal; changes in quality of life; changes in orderliness on the streets and changes in cleanliness of the streets.
“That is really what good governance is all about, and I want to commend you and praise you for these wonderful achievements, and I pray that the good people of Oyo State will continue to give you the support that you need to continue to do these good works that you have been doing,’’ he said.
Atiku said his visit to the state was in continuation of his nation-wide consultations with stakeholders on his political ambition, in line with his promise to the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) during their visit to him in December last year.
In his response, Governor Ajimobi commended the former vice president for the visit, describing him as a broad-based, patriotic and consummate politician with impeccable character and humble disposition.
He prayed that his (Atiku’s) “consultation’’ would result in “consummation’’ of a relationship between him and the All Progressive Congress (APC).