Saturday, 20 June 2015

Secret of my 50 Years Romance with Gbenga Kaka---Dr. Fassy Yussuf | Says “I have no regret in life”


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The Baagbimo of Ijebu Land to Asabeafrika...'I dont have any regret in life'
Dr. Fassy Yussuf a former Commissioner for Information and strategy in Ogun state, South West Nigeria under two military administrations of Colonel Daniel Akintonde and Captain Sam Ewang has opened up on his 50 years friendship with former Ogun East Senator, Sefiu Adegbenka Kaka.
Speaking with your soar away Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog Asabeafrika penultimate Saturday afternoon  during the wedding ceremony of Senator Gbenga Kaka’s first son, Hamzat Ayotunde, in Lagos, Dr. Fassy who is also the Baagbimo of Ijebu land in Ogun state, told this blog why his relationship with the former Deputy Governor of Ogun state under Aremo Olusegun Osoba is unflinching. Enjoy the excerpts

Baagbimo of Ijebu-Land, Dr. Fassy Yussuf
We have watched you standing since this event started without sitting, how would you describe your relationship with Senator Adegbenga Kaka?
We have been friends for 50 years, we started our friendship at Ijebu Muslim College, we entered the same day and we left school the same day, with this lady here too, pointed to her (Alhaja Ganiyat Balogun)
So what is unique about Senator Adegbenga Kaka?
His humility, his forbearance, his attitude to life and his simplicity, his candor and his comportment, he is not “one of those politicians”. He is a man that believes that what Allah has destined you to be you will surely be and that is why I will be with him any time any day. I am not a politician but you could see me standing all through just like you just noted, it is because he deserves more than that because anytime I have anything to do, Kaka no matter his position, he has been a commissioner, he was a commissioner before me. He was commissioner for lands, agric and later he became a deputy governor before becoming a senator. Nothing I will do, he will stand by me and behind me. So, such a man when it comes to his turn, whatever you can do to assist, render it and that is why I was standing all through.
“He was commissioner for lands, agric and later he became a deputy governor before becoming a senator. Nothing I will do, he will stand by me and behind me. So, such a man when it comes to his turn, whatever you can do to assist, render it and that is why I was standing all through”
The Baagbimo of Ijebu land, Dr. Fassy Yussuf to Asabeafrika...'Even though i served under the military, i am not a military apologist'

In fact some people here taught you were the chief organizer?
Yes, I am. And I am happy to do it.
Can you mention some of your great friends that came here today apart from Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Chief Olu Falae and Chief Ayo Adebanjo?
We had Senator Femi Lanlehin, Senator Ayo Odunsi, the 2015 gubernatorial candidate of SDP in Ogun state. Professor Sidi Osho, Dr. Bello and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Professor Wale Sule Odu, we also have Mrs. Onabanjo who was vying for house of Representative Ijebu Ode. She used to be the chair person of teaching service commission and the daughter of the late Chief Bisi Onabanjo. We also had Alhaja Salmot Badru, the first female deputy governor of Ogun state here today.
Dr Fassy Yussuf with 2 best friends Mrs. Balogun & Sen. Gbenga Kaka

You served with two military administrations in Ogun state, what was your staying power then under the military regime since you said you are not a politician?
Yes I served under Governor Daniel Akintonde and Sam Ewang, I was appointed I was not elected. I was appointed at a very, very critical time in the history of the state and because they had known me as a PR consultant and also as a journalist, and they needed somebody who could assist in mobilizing the people and projecting their image and streamlining issues. Don’t forget that was a very difficult time in the history of the country itself and we needed to relate with all the Obas and all the people in Ogun state and they needed somebody who was a grass root person and they found all that in me and that was why I was appointed.
“I am a Muslim I don’t regret anything about life. Whatever I have been or would be has been apportioned by God. I have not lost anything by not being a governor; I have not lost anything by not being the President, in my own little way I have contributed”.
Friends of 50 years, Senator Gbenga Kaka & Dr. Fassy Yussuf

How were you able to blend all those qualities as a journalists and PR man?
To God be the glory, at least I left the place some twenty years ago; since 1996 and I am still relevant. If I didn’t serve properly then I won’t be where I am today and nobody in Ogun state or in Nigeria will say he does not know who Dr. Fassy Yussuf is.
But why did you choose to be apolitical despite your relationship with politicians?
Well, every human being is a political animal but what I have not actually done is to belong to a political party or carry banner to contest. But you could see that I am a public analyst, every now and then I appear on radio and television and analyze events and issues and all the rest. So, I am also contributing my own part. Maybe one day, one day, I may decide if the climate is clement enough then one will be there.
What do you regret about life?
I am a Muslim I don’t regret anything about life. Whatever I have been or would be has been apportioned by God. I have not lost anything by not being a governor; I have not lost anything by not being the President, in my own little way I have contributed. All of us cannot be governors but anywhere you find yourself, try your best and remember that you have a date with your creature and that from Him you came and to Him you will return and therefore, you have to do your best where ever you find yourself.
“All I will ask of him is to establish a think-thank and have people who are creative, who can transform the country; then, we want transformational leadership and again we will need a leadership that is ready to navigate change. A leader that will pilot us and would lead by example not by precepts” 
The Baagbimo, Dr. Fassy Yussuf strategising with Best Friend, Sen. Gbenga Kaka
As an elite in Ogun state and having served under the military, do you share the opinion that the military regime is better than the civilian regime?
I am not a military apologist and I am neither into partisanship what I wish for my people is that God should provide for them, I cannot return any verdict. It means I will be judging myself. If I talk in favor of the military, people will say it is because I served in the military. If I talk about democracy they will say ‘ooh, it is because his friends are politicians’. All I know is that democracy is in vogue. With democracy we can have sustainable development. I believe with time, things will be okay in this country.
As a statesman in your own right, can you advise General Buhari the new commander-in-chief?
He should be focused and don’t forget that he is coming at a different time. When he was a military head of state he had a different idea of running government but now he is coming in a democracy and in democracy things could be slow in happening but they are sustainable. All I will ask of him is to establish a think-thank and have people who are creative, who can transform the country; then, we want transformational leadership and again we will need a leadership that is ready to navigate change. A leader that will pilot us and would lead by example not by precepts

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