Former Minister of Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has penned an emotional farewell message to his late friend, Senator Bayo Osinowo fondly called Pepperito.
He said he cherished his relationship and being in the late Senator’s company was always a thing of joy.
Obanikoro was Senator representing Lagos Central. He was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2007 election.
He said in the tribute: “Being in your company was always joyful. Your recollection of history and reference to the holy Quran as a guide to life was always deep and profound. There was never a dull moment with you. We had our political differences but you handled them in a very civilized and matured manner.
“You never allowed the dissimilarities to affect our interactions. We were always frank with each other about these differences. It was always a no holds bar conversation. There are very few individuals in this world who can manage such differences with such equanimity we both demonstrated. Your humanity was extraordinary, I recalled with nostalgia your unexpected visit to me in Atlanta in 2016 during my tribulations.
“When I heard of your sickness, I felt it was just a matter of days for your recovery. However, almighty God once again reminded us who is in charge. This is a clear testimony to the fact that we should not take life for granted. This indeed is a big loss. I pray to Allah to rest your soul in perfect peace and grant your family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Your 5 star General.”