A popular saying in Nigeria is: ‘Old soldier never die’ and former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the weekend stood as refreshing proof of the timeless words as he took on his son in a game of squash.
In a video clip that has been shared on social media, the former president was is seen – shirtless and booted, going hard at the game with his son, Olajuwon.
While it’s eye-popping by itself to see an 80-year-old battle-hardened retired general playing squash, there’s even more to the story as the younger Obasanjo was recently appointed president of the Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO).
This came after Olajuwon declared his support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, pitting him against his father who has since emerged as a vocal critic of the present administration.
Politics aside, the father and son took the time to bond by playing a game of squash at their Abeokuta residence. Talk about politics not being a do or die affair.
Check out the video below.
And Nigerians have been reacting to the video, and its import to the 2019 general elections…
At 80 plus, Obasanjo is 'chopping' his life in a way that's jealousy inducing. He would have been a good actor; his self assurance in his body, his lack of self-consciousness, is remarkable.
— Molara Wood (@molarawood) November 26, 2018
They share different political opinions but that hasn't let it affect their relationship as father and son. Out here, people are losing friendship because of the same issue.
— Sly Umoh🇳🇬 (@iamsly69) November 26, 2018
And Buhari or Atiku will be shaking hands and having dinner playing with all of them minds.
Politicians are not worth fighting about.
— D_V.I.C🇳🇬 (@olamummy95) November 26, 2018
This man no won Old! Baba ti gbe adòmí
— TEA1 (@Easytop1) November 26, 2018
What is this baba chopping? Full of strength and health.
— Joshua Oluwafemi (@joshfemi_) November 26, 2018
Obasanjo is a beast o!!! Buhari over to you.. 🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️🏃🏼♂️. All na Soldier
— NewNigeria (@nigeria1sth) November 26, 2018
He wants to beat his son in the game as a punishment for supporting MBuhari.
— SmallboyofJESUS (@attaller) November 26, 2018
Who political difference help? My sons relationship with me is not worth atiku's election/campaign strategy. If my son sees good in @mbuhari and chooses to campaign for him, so be it.
— Tonye Cole Associates (@TPCassociates) November 26, 2018