|The Oredein Sisters, Abiola & Odunola with Scion of the Oredein dynasty, Dr. Babafunmilayo Oredein|
exclusive encounter with children of the late politician and co-founder of
Action Group, Chief Samuel Taiwo Oredein
(Asiwaju of Ogere) two of his daughters, Mrs.
AbiolaOlatunji and Ms. Odunola
Oredein gave more revelations to debunk wide spread opinion that their
father was a criminal as revealed by a recent blogger.
United Kingdom spoke with this blog amidst contributions and interjections from
their elder brother, Dr. Babafunmilayo
Oredein and his wife, Mrs. Modupe Oredein. Enjoy the
|Ms Odunola Oredein meets the GDA|
My father, my hero and a great man; you know everything written about him on
the blog, we are not bothered because iwofa
l’enu, nkan to ba wu elenu lo le fie nu e so’. A lot of people will like to
be famous by writing such we are not bothered. What we are concerned about is to
correct any wrong impression that might emanate from the report. We are not
going to answer anybody, whatever they write. I will just say truth will
prevail and truth has indeed prevailed. I didn’t know my father to be an armed
robber. He was a disciplinarian, a straightforward man. The history I heard, in
fact, what I knew about the entire saga was that, it was envy and jealousy that
set in and the same thing is still happening to us—his children. That is one of
the reasons I don’t have close friends, my siblings are my friends because
people are so envious and that is what really happened to Baba. Because my father was a very successful man, a successful man
with 36 children, none of his children is not a graduate all of them are
graduate. Is it a man who has such a dirty heart as an armed robber who will
want education for all his children? A man that makes life good for his people,
a great politician, would he be the same man that will harm his people?; I
supposed to be a politician, I am one by nature but I refused to join politics
because of what our father said.
said none of us should be a politician because politics is a dirty and deadly
game. I did not get to know my father until he got into the prison. Of course I
was born before he was arrested. But anytime we go there to visit him, he will
sit us down and say ‘my children, please
I am here for what I did not commit’
and we all know the story. Everybody has already apologized to Baba. And let me tell you one thing, the
reason why Papa kept quite after the
whole saga was before Papa was
released, they made him to reach a bargain with them that he will not make
noise once he comes out, that he will not revenge. Do you understand what I am
saying, they said Baba should sign documents never to react, doctor (Dr.
Babafunmilayo Oredein) will testify to this, because it was doctor and Chief Olawoyin and (Alhaji) Jakande and all of them that made him come out. They said Papa
should make a promise that he will not revenge.
Baba was there for ten years. He was released via a treaty.
of jail—Mrs. Modupe Oredein (Nee Lebi interjected)
|Mrs. Modupe Oredein to Asabeafrika….’Nobody wanted my father-in-law out of jail but God used Alex Ekweme & President Shagari’|
first son) came back in 1971, they wrote a petition with his younger brother, Chief
Biodun Oredein of blessed memory.
They wrote a petition to the Federal Government; Gowon was the Head of state and Awolowo
was the Finance Commissioner (and De-facto Vice President) then. So when the
petition got to Gowon’s office, my
father was the secretary of the commission.
|Mrs. Modupe Oredein to Asabeafrika….’I am proud to be among those who fought for my father-in-law’s release’|
Oba, Oba C.O. Lebi. He was
Nigeria’s commercial attaché to America before
he became a king. So, my father got the petition, he took it immediately
because he saw Awolowo and Gowon talking. He said he now took it to
them because of Awolowo and Baba Awolowo said ‘We are not here for that; please keep that for some time’. That was what Awolowo said. My father said he was deflated because of the high
hopes he had that ‘ha, Awolowo with
Gowon, they will do something’.
My father said he was deflated; he told me this and I said ‘ok, we would do something about it’. I was persona assistant to Chief Fola Alade then, Chief
Ekweme was the Vice President (that was in 1981), he came to our office
and saw me, he said ‘I want to marry this
beautiful girl’. Then, Chief Alade said ‘No, she is your daughter. She is the
daughter of Chief Oredein’ and Ekweme
said ‘Ah, Oredein, which one?’ and I
said ‘the only Oredein that we all know’.
He said ‘the politician?’ I said
‘yes’. He said ‘Ha, Your father was great
o’. I said ‘Yes, sir. But they have kept him’. He said ‘Wow, let’s talk’. Then I went to him
with Chief Alade, we talked and he said ‘ok, we will do something.
|Mrs. Modupe Oredein….’Awolowo told my dad to take away my father-in-law’s petition away from him and Gowon’|
He now took
that message to (President Shehu) Shagari. Shagari now started the process. And they told Shagari that this thing happened in Kwara, that we should go and meet Governor Attah. But the good thing was
that Shagari granted amnesty. Shagari granted amnesty but because it
was a state matter, they said we should go to Kwara state. But the Governor had no choice because Shagari has accepted. So, we kept going
to Ilorin, I, Dr. Oredein, the late Chief Abiodun Oredein and Chief Oyeledun of Ogere. We will branch at Ogere,
pick him and travel down to Ilorin.
We went to Ilorin 14 times before
they finally released him. So I am very proud to say I am one of those that
worked for his release and I am happy for it, because he was too kind. He was a
very kind man, a very loving man. Anytime Baba
came to Lagos, I will be in the
office. Baba will go and see my children.
He will say ‘No, I am not going back to Ibadan unless I see
Dupe’s children’. He will go, give them gifts, give them attention; he will
even give my mummy gifts. That was how good Papa was.
from jail—Mrs. Olatunji
|Mrs. Abiola Olatunji to Asabeafrika…’Dad use to say ‘if i am guilty i will die in prison but if not i will be released and he was released’|
Olatunji Speaking) One thing Baba kept telling us when he was incarcerated was
this; you know anytime we go there to visit him (in prison), he will say ‘You my
children, if this sin is committed by
me, I am going to die here, I will not come out. But if I come out, you
children should know I didn’t do it’. I shouldn’t come out if I committed
this offense and he came out and lived a fulfilled life before his death.
|Dr. Oredein to Asabeafrika….’Dad said to me ‘if i am guilty i will die here but if not, i will come out’|
prominent IG was with my dad when we were discussing, and dad said ‘toun ba se nkan toun se yi, oun ma ku
s’ewon’. He told it to me, he said it to me. He said ‘but toun o ba se, oun
a f’ese oun rin jade’. I took him out of Abeokuta
prison in my own car on the day he was released. I took him out with my own
car—he said ‘toun ba se nkan toun se yi,
oun a ku s’ewon but toun o ba se, oun a jade’.
an agreement that he will never revenge?
a story for us, it is for you to get to the court and look at the court
proceedings. I want people to get the court proceedings. When you see it, then
you see the fact. Then, you can judge it by yourself.
|Odunola Oredein to Asabeafrika….’My Dad used to put me on his lap when we visit him in the prison’|
much to say. The only thing I want to say is that anytime we went to visit my
dad (in Prison) he will put me on his lap and keep saying that ‘Odunola if I did this, I will never come
back home. But if I did not, I will come and train you and be under same roof
with you’. And everything came to pass. He returned to the glory of God and
lived the rest of his life to the glory of God. We don’t really have much to
say to people; the most important thing is that we just need to narrate the
story to the people that want to be famous. We don’t even owe anyone an explanation;
we are just doing this because of the future of our coming Oredeins. We don’t owe them any explanation because the good Lord
has blessed the Oredein clan; we have
doctors, lawyers, accountants, and business tycoons among us. Shall we say it
is the properties our father stole that we are feeding on? No. How many good
politicians have children that are successful after the demise of their parent?
But we are trained to work, earn and be successful in life by our father.
Because our father was a good man; the only thing he always says to us before
his demise was that he does not want anyone of us to play politics.
what befell him?
|The Oredein sisters Abiola & Odunola to Asabeafrika….’Dad warned us not to play politics’|
absolutely. What happened to him became the biggest lesson of his life and he
warned us to stay off politics. That’s why you can’t see any Oredein in politics and we can’t even
marry them. We the ladies cannot marry politicians and the men can not marry
their daughters. We don’t want such a union under our roof because we have
learnt our lesson. I heard that word first word from my father that ‘politics is a deadly and dirty game’.
He said ‘it is a deadly and dirty game, stay out of it’. Of course we would
have loved to participate in politics but we have a standing order from our
father to stay clear.
return from jail—Mrs. Modupe Oredein (Interjected)
|Mrs. Modupe Oredein to Asabeafrika….’Baba made me to do my marriage a second time on his return from prison’|
sponsoring his kids’ education across the world. My husband graduated from Germany the same year he was jailed and
I remember when he returned from jail ten years later, because I did my wedding
in his absence, he asked that we re-do the event and he bankrolled it. That was
the kind of person he is—generous and kind to all. He had the best of time with
his children and grand children before his demise in 1986. He had a car
accident and died at 73.
|Mrs. Biola Olatunji to Asabeafrika….’Politicians can be mean and Dad told us to be wary of politics’|
See what they are writing about other politicians now, things they didn’t do.
So, this shouldn’t be a surprise to you. But we are just set to let people know
that our father was not an armed robber, he was a disciplinarian, a Christian,
a learned man. Let me tell you this; when my father died, I went to study
fashion design but he already gave a standing order that all his children must
obtain a university degree I had to go and start all over again. You know I
just finished my last degree program in the UK
and I am still learning.
|Dr. Babafunmilayo Oredein to Asabeafrika….’Nigerians need to seek for that court document to see the truth’|
even stole money, where is the evidence? That’s why I said go and get the court
proceedings and look at it—ka ni won ji
owo won a sha b’owo yen nibikan!
When Baba returned home, he started to work hard, hard, hard and hard.
implicate my dad was killed—Mrs. Olatunji (Interjected)
|Mrs. Abiola Olatunji to Asabeafrika….’If Dad was a criminal, he wont have the heart to raise educated and successful children’|
of his incarceration he has gotten all his 32 children and his wives were
professionals, nurses, teachers and headmistresses. I think we had about three
nurses including my mum. How can someone who is an armed robber get married to
professionals and they won’t say ‘ha, oko
mi ole ni o’. My mother is Number 9 and she was a nurse who was working
with my father in his company—St Oredein
& Sons. That is one of our companies, we have many more. We have Adewunmi Enterprises, like 5 companies.
That Adewunmi is our grand mother’s
name, she is from Ikole Ekiti. My
father’s problem was basically politics—they just took him off track, because
they knew where he was going to. They have foreseen his future, he was becoming
too powerful for them to tame. Nowadays, d o you know what politicians do to
each other? They will rather send hire killers to the person to go and kill
him, ok; Look at what they did to Dipo
Dina in Ogun State, just because Dipo Dina was moving. But now, they
cannot do the kind of things they did for Papa
by roping him with condemned armed robbers. Those armed robbers were forced to
implicate our father. The one who refused to implicate Baba was killed.
|Mrs. Abiola Olatunji to Asabeafrika….’One of the robbers who refused to implicate my father was eliminated’|
The one who said ‘I cannot implicate this man, he is innocent, I cannot do it’, they
killed him. They should go and investigate that. People must know the fact, he
wasn’t an armed robber. Instead of killing him, because my father was a good
Christian; instead of them killing him, because they know ‘Oredein, bee se n mu lo ma’a
ma jabo mo yin lowo, ee le ri wa mu,
awa omo Oredein, that is what we
are, Olorun lo da wa, akanda eniyan ni
Chief S.T. Oredein. Won woo pe ki la ma se fun?, e je a tii mole
tori man yi, ko ni gba fun wa’. You look at what is happening to Buhari now, Buhari to fe so ooto, ki lon se fun? So I am not going to go into
politics because I am not a politician. Yes, most of my friends are politicians
but I won’t discuss anybody, I am just giving you an example. If you cannot
lie, just like Chief Olunloyo
recently noted, if you cannot manipulate, you can’t succeed in politics. And my
father was a very straight forward man, he will never manipulate things. He will
never manipulate, if this thing is yellow, he will tell you it is yellow. He
was trustworthy to a fault
first car—Dr. Oredein (Interjected)
|Late Chief ST Oredein is NO 1 on the list of the 7 Wise Men of Action Group|
for my father to even buy his first car, he had to take instruction from Awolowo. He wrote Awolowo that ‘sir, I want to buy a car’ that is how transparent and
trustworthy he was. That is the man they are calling a thief. I will tell all
who want more facts on this matter to go and look for Lanlehin. That is what I can say for now.
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