Obasanjo Weeps, Regrets Mother’s Early Death
It was an emotional moment yesterday when former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo wept during the stage play titled ‘Aremu’ at the Glover Hall, Marina in Lagos.
Aremu is a stage play that centre on the life and times of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, one of the most influential Nigerians alive.
The play, written by former Director-General of the National Troupe, Prof. Ahmed Yerima, tells the story of Nigeria from the life of Obasanjo, from birth to adulthood, exploring his peasant background, his travails and his presidency.
Aremu is a blend of the Nigeria rich culture that preaches hope to Nigerians that they can be whoever they want to be.
Surrounded by the cast and crew of the play, sponsors and top officials of the Lagos State Government, Chief Obasanjo after mounting the stage commended the producer, Joseph Edgar, for touching a critical aspect of his life: “When Edgar came to me, I was a bit reluctant. He showed me the script and I said, ‘Aremu’ well!’, but I want to particularly thank him for the entertainment aspect and the lesson we learnt. This is an evening of enjoyment. Then he kept quiet for almost a minute, controlling his emotions. And then the tears followed.
“My regret in life is that my mother did not live to enjoy, to see me grow up and to see what I became in spite of the lavish efforts made on me.
“But your presentation brought vividly to my memories the sacrifices that my mother, in particular, made for me to be what I am today.
“And I thank her and I thank God for the short life she lived.” “But for me, one thing you did, which you probably didn’t know, is to bring a nostalgic feeling, particularly of my mother.
“I hope the message in this play will be put into use.
Obasanjo while speaking further wept profusely and had to be consoled by one of his entourage who patted him on the back until he became stable and continued speaking
On his part, Edgar said: “I am touched just like Obasanjo because that aspect of his life is powerfully enacted. I can’t imagine if someone brings my mother memories on stage.
“Obasanjo was present when we staged Aremu in Abeokuta, Ogun State and coming here shows how important it is in bringing value. This play touches so many aspects. It touched the culture of the people, the essence, the leadership, unity and it sends a very strong message to those people who are saying that we should divide and go our separate ways.
This is a series and we will continue to bring the life of those who have contributed to the country immensely to life.
“I am excited to bring this to life.