Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that his friendship with philanthropist, Chief Kesington Adebutu should not be affected by their children’s failed marriage.
He said this at the conferment of first honorary member on Adebutu at the 45th President’s party of Abeokuta Sports Club.
The children of both men got married in May 2017, but went their separate ways soon after.
Obasanjo stressed the need to keep his friendship with Adebutu as their children’s marriage was their choice and not born out of their relationship.
He said, “The honoree of today has rendered marvelous services to Egbaland. The Park Inn, which is the old Gateway Hotel, would have still remained in derelict if not for the services, commitment of the honoree.
“One thing you never said about him and I wonder why the citation left that out, you know not too long ago my son and your daughter on their own decided to get married but what happened to their marriage is between them, not between us.
“But Odole (his chieftaincy title) is our in-law and not just ordinary in-law but in-law from a distinguished family. Mama Ibeji on his right is from Ake, daughter of Toye Coker. On behalf of the grand patron, patron, vice patrons, President and all the officials and members of Abeokuta Club, and by the power conferred on me for this special occasion, I do confer honorary membership of Abeokuta Club on Odole Oodua, Sir Kesington Adebutu.”