Thursday, 13 August 2015

Burying My 1st Wife & Father-in-law same week is a huge task – David Jemibewon + “What I won’t tell PMB if I meet him”

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The GDA asking the General a question
What would you do if you lost a father-in-law and as you are preparing to give him a befitting funeral, you suddenly got the shock of losing your first wife within same time? That was the kind of fate that befell one of Nigeria’s finest Generals, General David Medayese Jemibewon between the month of June and July 2015.
The former Governor of the Old Western Region and former Minister of Police Affairs under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s first term in office (1999-2003) lost his father in-law, the great teacher and revered Catholic Church leader, Chief J.B. Ajayi on Monday 22nd. Chief J.B. Ajayi is the father of General David Jemibewon’s second wife, Madam Dupe Agnes Jemibewon. But exactly a month after losing his father-in-law who died at age 85, his first wife, Chief (Mrs.) Comfort Adunni Jemibewon (Nee Oni) passed away on Wednesday July 22nd. She died at age 71. With this situation, the General was left with no option than to stretch his schedule and foot the funeral bill of these two important personalities in his life. While his wife’s funeral took place between Wednesday July 5th and Thursday July 6th in Lagos, his father-in-law’s funeral held between Thursday July 6th & Saturday July 8th in Ibadan and Orin Ekiti. The Very intelligent and smart General opened up to your number 1 Africa’s Celebrity Encounter blog – during the Service of Song ceremony for his father-in-law in Orin Ekiti on Friday August 7th.  It was a very humble
General David Jemibewon who poured his heart to us. Read and learn from his philosophy. Enjoy!    
'Uncle Dave' at the Church Service for Baba J.B. Ajayi
Your presence today in Orin Ekiti means a lot to your in-laws, how do you actually feel with the warm reception accorded you here?
I feel happy and I have come to mourn the passing to the greater beyond of my father-in-l(Chief John Bosede Ajayi, I feel good, I feel okay being among the great people of Orin.
How would you define Chief John Bosede Ajayi?
It is difficult for me to define him appropriately but I can only make comments about my impression and that is that, he was a great man, he was a decent man, disciplined man; well educated and very accommodating and I think he left behind a great legacy particularly in the field of education and above all, I count him as being extremely religious.
What are the lessons you learnt from Baba J.B. Ajayi as a son-in-law?
 I think he was always punctual, he was always frank and like I said, he was a lover of education and luckily he was in the educational field. He had six children, three boys, three girls. All of them are well educated. For me, I try to ensure I encourage not only my children, anybody I come across on the importance of good education.
“I think he was always punctual, he was always frank and like I said, he was a lover of education and luckily he was in the educational field. He had six children, three boys, three girls. All of them are well educated”.
General David Medayese Jemibewon greets Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State
In your own days as students, things were done differently in the area of education but today, it seems everything is on the downside, do you think anything is wrong with our education system today?
No, nothing makes me feel bitter about them. I want people with good manners because even if you are well educated without good manners, without good home training, then of course, you can’t derive the greatest benefit from education. So, good manners is very important and also, you see, older people or elderly people I have heard many say ‘oh, during our time, it was great; no doubt it could have been great but this present crop of children in another twenty years they will also have their own story to tell, positive story. The general thing is that when you make comparison of two situations except you experienced the two situations your conclusion is likely faulty. Because if you are saying the young ones are not pulling their weight, they are not doing well or like when you were young but the point is, you are no more young; so, you are looking at your own situation which is perhaps twenty or thirty years ago and you are comparing it to what obtains today but you are not living in that stage of the children of today. You are not a part of their civilization. Take for example some of us we thought we were well educated but a lot of us cannot catch up with computer, we can’t catch up with the internet age. I had all the time in the world, I sat down, I got people to teach me but still I cant catch up, I don’t know why but little children of today will manipulate the television in the sitting room, they will manipulate the computer and other devices. It simply means they have a knowledge which we don’t have. So, to me, I think children of these days, educationally are doing pretty well except, perhaps, you see an individual who is irresponsible and this can happen in any situation. 
“I think a thief is a thief and a thief has no color. A white man can be a thief, a black man can be a thief just like an Ibo man; if he is a thief he should face the law. So, maybe, there is not a single thing I can say I will advice him. If I want to advice, I am advising Nigerians to let us build a strong country, a detribalized country, a country that is focused on progress”
General David Jemibewon with wife, Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon @ Catholic Church of the Ascension, Bodija GRA, Ibadan
Your wife, Mrs. Dupe Jemibewon is one woman who is very pragmatic and a lot of people feel she might have taken that aspect from you as a military man, do you agree?
I wouldn’t want to say I influenced anybody. It is much better that somebody says ‘he or she is influenced by me’. I wouldn’t decide to say I influenced anybody but we compliment ourselves. She has her qualities, I have my qualities and we try to listen to ourselves and we compliment ourselves.
You lost your first wife just a  month after your father-in-law passed away, it means you were busied with two funeral ceremonies and in fact you actually drove down to Ibadan for your father-in-law’s funeral after your first wife’s interment on Friday. How did that affect you psychologically?
It is not a situation I pray for anybody but again, I am a man and I must be prepared to cope with any situation. So, we thank God that God has bestowed on me a good health to be able to do whatever I am doing and so I give gratitude to the Almighty God.
Gen. David Jemibewon at the final ceremony for Baba at Orin on Saturday August 8th 2015
What advice do you have for President Muhammad Buhari as a veteran Military administrator?
Buhari is a focused man, he is a disciplined man; he is a competent man; he is a man who believes in Nigeria and I have the belief that he is the best for this country but Buhari alone cannot change the society; the society must respond positively to all his efforts if we want our country to take a new shape. But as a leader, he is going to lead well. Weather the people will follow properly or not is a different matter. So, I have confidence in him, in his competence, in his fairness and in his being exceedingly meticulous. And anybody who contravenes the law, I want to believe under Buhari, there will be general, equal application of the law.
General David Jemibewon explaining a point to Asabeafrika's GDA
Thisday Advert of Gen. Jemibewon's 1st wife funeral
There are many socio-economic challenges facing the country like corruption, power and terrible road network. If General David Jemibewon is to sit with President Buhari today what is going to be your chief advice to him?
I don’t need to even advise Buhari on leadership. He has all the ingredients necessary to pilot this country along proper leadership. But you see this is a large country, it is very large. A country with multiplicity of problems; it is difficult to just sit down here and say I will advice him on this. Let’s take this for example, what do we do with education? If we take education, what do we do with water supply? If we deal with water supply, what do we do with power, electricity? So, maybe, if I am to offer advice, is that we need to be less in a hurry in whatever we want to do and in our approach to doing things. We need to be less in a hurry. And it will help us if we de-emphasize regionalism and ethnicity. Because you see, if one Yoruba man who is corrupt is charged today, dismissed or jailed, the tendency is for newspapers and the mass media to come up with the noise that the man is jailed because he is a Yoruba man. If an Igbo man has stolen money and he is jailed, you will hear a section of the media say ‘ooh, they are prosecuting ibos. If isthe Hausa or Fulani or call it northerners there will equally be noise, we can’t continue like this. I think a thief is a thief and a thief has no color. A white man can be a thief, a black man can be a thief just like an Ibo man; if he is a thief he should face the law. So, maybe, there is not a single thing I can say I will advice him. If I want to advice, I am advising Nigerians to let us build a strong country, a detribalized country, a country that is focused on progress; we want to emulate nations that has developed on ethics and good governance.
You became a governor at a very young age in the South West region and development was the hallmark in your own days, what do you say of today’s crop of governors who loot and siphon money away?
I have no evidence that any governor looted money.
General David Jemibewon in a deep chat with the GDA at Orin Ekiti
But that is the perception in the country as a result of underdevelopment those states?
I don’t work on perception and the fact remains that I have no evidence. Perception is not evidence, so, I don’t know if any governor has looted but if anybody is arrested and he is prosecuted before a proper court of law and he is found guilty, then, that becomes our source of information that the man is corrupt. But for now I haven’t found any…
(Cuts in) But someone like His Excellency,  Former Governor James Ibori of Delta State was convicted abroad and sentenced to jail?
No, no, no, I don’t discuss individuals. I am a matured man and when you generalize, you offend people; it is like somebody saying all Yorubas are not good; that is an insult and I will take offence. So, that is it.
Your generation built Nigeria but are you afraid that your legacy might be destroyed due to bad leadership?
Why should I be afraid? afraid for what?
I am sure there are things that make you sad about Nigeria?
Like what?
Thisday Advert of Gen. David Jemibewon's Father-in-Law's Funeral
The General with his Pretty wife, Dupe, daughter, Omolola with Present Governor Ayo Fayose & Ex-Governor Niyi Adebayo
I spoke to a General in Abuja and he expressed the fear that with the rate at which the cost of education is going there is every probability that a day will come the children of the ordinary people might be shot out of the golden opportunity of getting educated?
I want to believe that education has always been expensive excerpt you don’t want to say the truth, education has always been expensive. When you are talking about something being expensive, maybe you are judging the value to monetary sacrifice. Now, if people pay tax and the tax is properly utilized, the chances are that; one, state governments, local governments even federal government and international organizations may award scholarships. A lot of people in this country have been educated through that, what I think is most important is, if the cost of education is high, tell me, I think what we should argue about is quality of education because there is nothing cheap that is excellent. Anything expensive or anything good must cost money. If you want a good car and they sell it for twenty thousand naira and you can’t afford it, then go and buy motor cycle. So, all good things cost money. Sometimes, it may not be money but you must show good brain. If you show good brain, people may give you scholarship.  With that you get what a man with a lot of money gets.
Thisday Advert of Gen. David Jemibewon's Father-in-law
Thisday Adevert Space of General David Jemibewon's First wife's

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