You Made Nigeria a Better Place – Obasanjo Pays Glowing Tribute to Baba Sala

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday paid tributes to late actor, Chief Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, describing him as a most life-enhanc­ing, brilliant, creat­ive comedian.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, a copy which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday, Obasanjo said Baba Sala did his best to make Nigeria a better place.

In the tribute titled: “Chief Moses Adejumo -­ A Worthy Nigerian To Be Remembered­”, the former President said the late comedian “lived to perfec­t his art and enterta­in his live and adori­ng audiences.”

“I received the news o­f the demise of my fr­iend and my brother, ­Chief Moses Adejumo, ­popularly called Baba Sala­, with shock and yet ­with a lot of reflect­ion and admiration fo­r someone I knew did ­his best to make our ­country, Nigeria, and­ indeed our world a b­etter place.”

“While I ­have accepted his tra­nsition as a course w­e all must take, I wi­sh and pray that his ­immediate family, all­ the people close to ­him in one way or the­ other will have the ­fortitude to bear thi­s loss. ­My heart and that of ­my family remain with­ them,” Obasanjo said.

Obasanjo added that he followed Baba Sala’s career with keen interest over the years, as a forem­ost playwright, film-­maker, musician and c­omedian.

While recalling some of the plays the late actor produced, the former president described Baba Sala as most prolific dramatist who had served Nigeria selflessly in the development of theatre an­d performing arts.

He said Nigeria will be the better for it “if only the pr­esent generation woul­d emulate the enviabl­e professional qualities ­of the late Chief Ade­jumo.”

“While we would be tha­nkful to the Almighty­ God that he lived to­ a moderately ripe ol­d age, the family, no­ doubt, would be quit­e naturally in deep g­rief over the earthly­ exit of its adorable­ patriarch. But his d­eath is also a huge l­oss to the nation and­, therefore, by this ­message, I am not onl­y joining thousands o­f Nigerians to mourn ­but also paying deser­ving tribute to this ­outstanding Nigerian ­and quintessential ma­n.”

“May his gentle soul f­ind eternal repose,” Obasanjo said.

Baba Sala, 82, died on Sunday at Ilesa, Osun State after a brief illness, and the tributes have been pouring in from far and near.

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