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Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu Relives her Union with Late Alhaji Shamsideen Ojikutu

By Ovie Ebireri
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Former deputy governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu yesterday recalled how her late husband went at length to get her nominated as Lagos State National Republican Party (NRC) deputy governorship candidate as well as the good times they had, saying he was her love, friend, partner and everything.

Speaking at a well-attended special service to commemorate her late husband, Alhaji Shamsideen Ojikutu at the Lagos Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Alhaja Ojikutu said her late husband gave her strength and support at a time when men would have deserted their wives.'When we were looking for a child, he stood by me. He stood by me financially. We had one purse throughout his lifetime. My husband was a man of passion. He was energetic and very sociable. As a private person, most information I need now, I cannot get them. That vacuum is hard to fill' She said.

The former deputy governor who also spoke about the late husband's dreams, sense of humour, business acumen and thirst for knowledge recalled the pressure she had at that time, revealing how she asked her husband to make a child outside marriage. 'I said I would accept the child and if Allah gives me my own, I will train them together. Unfortunately, human beings are not the same'.

On rumour going round that her late husband had children outside, Alhaja Ojikutu said if anyone comes today to say that her late husband was the father of her child, she would accept the child after a proper DNA test and take care of the child along her own children.

She also appealed to women in their husbands' homes to forgive women trying to unseat them and accept the children given birth to by their husbands outside the matrimonial homes if they are brought to them.

She urged dignitaries present to join her in promoting a crime free society by taking proper care of children and counselling them against social vices. According to her, 'If there is enlightenment and better education on Islamic tenets and adherence to Islamic principles, the issue of terrorism will be a thing of the past'.

To promote the training of qualified graduates who will spread enlightenment among the populace as to what Islam is about, she urged Nigerians and non-Nigerians to donate towards the cause of the Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria.

Other speakers said they hoped Ojikutu's death would galvanize people to address the issue of terrorism and support good Islamic education in Nigeria and abroad.

Ojikutu's memorial service was a vast coming together of Shamsideen admirers ranging from politicians to top business executives.

Ovie Ebireri, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu's media handler wrote from Rivers State.