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An 85- year-old former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has broken his silence over the roles his late father and one of his wives played that thwarted the education career of his younger sister .
Obasanjo said the withdrawal of his younger sister who was two-years younger to him from the school, despite her sterling performance ruined her adulthood and development.
Obasanjo and his younger sister schooled in Olaogun-Ibogun village in the Ifo local government area of Ogun where they were best pupils of their respective classes, more than seven decades ago, before he later joined the Nigerian Army.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Obasanjo hails from a humble family where he is the first son of his nine siblings of which only him and his sister survived the childhood death .
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that Obasanjo’s father, Amos Adigun Obaluayesanjo ‘Obasanjo’ Bankole was married to his mother, Bernice Ashabi Bankole.
He started his education career very late and could not know when exactly he was born.
More than seventy years after the incident occurred, Obasanjo opened the issue and declared that both his late father, who was a farmer , and one of his wives stopped the progress of his younger sister when she was taken away from the school due to her gender.
Speaking in Abeokuta,Ogun state capital on Tuesday, Obasanjo regretted that his sister did not commit any offence except that she was a girl-child.
He narrated “when I started school in the village, I had a junior sister, after two years of starting school my sister started school.
” I was first in my two years and as I went along, my sister was also first in the school she started and suddenly, our father decided that because a girl-child education ends in the kitchen, pulled her out of school – I remained in school.
“And that singular action made the difference between her development into adulthood and my development into adulthood.
“And, I thought that when I come back from the UK I will send her to school. And by the time I came back from the UK, my wife had given my sister to marriage and that ended my sister’s education.
“Then, I vowed that whatever I can do for girl-child education, I will always do. And this unfortunate idea of girl-child education ending in the kitchen is unimportant.
” The culture of giving preference to a male child over a female child is an idea and culture that must be killed.
“Woe betide anyone who attempts to pull my eldest child, Iyabo, out of school. Iyabo will crush such a person, be he or she,” he said.
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