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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo slumps at church service

There was a mild drama in Igbotako area of Okitipupa Local Government in Ondo State on Monday as former President Olusegun Obasanjo slumped at a thanksgiving church service to mark the 70th birthday of General Olu Bajowa (retd)
Obasanjo was one of the guests at the church service held at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Igbotako.

Also present at the thanksgiving service were Governor Olusegun Mimiko and top government functionaries
Daily Sun gathered that the Owu-born General collapsed in the middle of the service and was hurriedly rushed out of the church for urgent treatment.

 His collapse changed the atmosphere in the church as his issue became the talking point by guests at the church service.
The former president was saved by the quick intervention of medical doctors attached to Governor Mimiko.
For over 30 minutes, the doctors reportedly battled to revive Obasanjo who was believed to have fainted. He later regained consciousness after the treatment given to him by Mimiko’s team of medical doctors.

Shortly after he was revived, the Owu-born General was said to have returned to the church to continue with the service.
His re-entry into the Church was said to have turned him to the cynosure of all eyes, as guests and other dignitaries looked at him with keen interest.

Former President Obasanjo who was not moved by the incident later joined others to sing praise and worship.
The celebrant who looked ruffled after Obasanjo slumped later danced to the admiration of the guests and family members.
In a swift reaction yesterday, however, media consultant to the former president, Adeoba Ojekoni denied that Obasanjo fainted at the ceremony.
Ojekoni, in a telephone chat with Daily Sun said: “There was nothing like that. 

He did not collapse.
“He (former president) was invited to the ceremony and he attended both the church service and reception. If he had collapsed as you claimed, he would not have been able to attend the church service and the reception, which he did. He left the place after the event.
“I can tell you, he (Obasanjo) is hale and hearty. There is nothing wrong with him.”