How humility brought Obasanjo to his kneels in Canada

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Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo
Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Obasanjo (rtd) was stripped of pride recently in Canada when Immigration officials ordered him to step aside, giving the same treatment as meted to drug carriers and terrorists as he arrived the country.

According to Obasanjo who was speaking at a forum in Ghana at the weekend, he was kept waiting for over three hours by immigration officials in an undisclosed Airport in Canada.

He said the reason for the delay was that he had told the officials at the port of entry who had requested for his profession during interrogation that he worked as a farmer instead of declaring himself as an Agricultural expert or agric businessman.

In Canada, Farmers suffer the worse indignity, but those identified as working under Agricultural umbrella are given utmost respect and are well referred.

The Immigration officials who did not recognise him former president of Nigeria delayed him for more than three hours before eventually rescued by his friend.

According to the former leader, because farmers are not held in high esteem in Canada, they asked him to step aside and he was left waiting for over three hours before his friend that he was visiting came to his rescue.

He said when his friend asked him why he was delayed; he told the man that he had introduced himself as a farmer.

Obasanjo said his friend after the unpleasant treatment explained to him that he should have described himself as an agric businessman instead of a farmer because a farmer in Canada suffers worse indignity than a peasant farmer in Africa.

Obasanjo said he wouldn’t have suffered that fate if he had not  arrived Canada a day before his flight schedule which actually is the day his friend was expecting him.

He narrated his experience at the forum to underscore the fact that everybody wants to be either president of a country, Secretary-General of the United Nations, or do other white collar jobs rather than go into farming.

The forum was attended by Ghana’s President Attah Mills, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Koffi Annan and several other dignitaries across the world.