'Obong of Calabar did not criticize Obasanjo over Camp-FUNAAB road'

The management of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has debunked a news report published by the Champion Newspaper captioned, "Obong of Calabar Flays Obasanjo Over Bad Roads In Ogun"

The registrar of the institution Dr Bola Adekola said that the report is baseless,unfounded and ill informed.

He added that the news item is a mischievous imagination of the writer as it can be interpreted as an intent to embarrass the Obong of Calabar and Paramount Ruler of Efik Burutu Kingdom, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V who is the Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

According to him" Obong is in Abeokuta in his capacity as Chancellor of FUNAAB to preside over the 30th Convocation Ceremony of the institution which is on- going, and during which he hosted to the Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land, Oba (Dr.) Kehinde Olugbenle and Olowu of Owu, Oba (Prof.) Saka Matemilola and dignitaries who inaugurated projects marking the occasion aforementioned.

"Receiving the Royal Fathers, and Management of FUNAAB who were accompanied by some journalists who attended a Press Conference and commissioning of Projects marking the Convocation ceremony earlier in the day, Obong, speaking in his capacity as FUNAAB Chancellor appealed to the State Government to kindly fix the deplorable road leading to the University.

"His Eminence did not mention the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo talkless of blaming the illustrious son of the soil, his long time friend whom he has tremendous respect for.

"The Chancellor of FUNAAB only pleaded on behalf of the University and the stakeholders to the State Government to kindly repair the road.

"He made the open appeal before the Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land Oba Kehinde Olugbenle who also reiterated Obong appeal to Government as well as before Chief Obasanjo's monarch,the Olowu of Owu,Oba (Prof) Saka Matemilola.

"Whereas other journalists in their reports stated that His Eminence,the Obong of Calabar appealed to the State Government, it's only the Champion Newspapers that misinformed the public by reporting that Obong Flays Obasanjo.

"We hereby call on the Public to disregard this fabricated story as concorted as it is capable of souring the robust rapport between His Eminence,the Obong and his long time friend,Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,whose consideration was the driving force that spurred the physical prescence of His Eminence at the Coronation of the new Olowu of Owu last year."


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