I don’t do this but i will make today an exception because you deserve this and so much more.
Early in life you taught us to be God fearing, independent, kind, generous, honest, loving, fair and of high moral standards. You were strict because you wanted us to be disciplined (you are the most disciplined person i know). Always time conscious and punctual (this part is where we always disagree...lol). Always ready to lend a helping hand.
We have always known we could count on you to support our strengths and where to run to in times of need when trying to overcome our weaknesses and you would do it without appearing to know it all. You would always listen and still listen to everything we have to say.
Although you travelled a lot due to work when we were little, we always got some form of gift (ranging from kilishi to movie tapes, i particularly remember Patrick Swayze’s FATHER HOOD) upon your arrival. And when you were permanently at the Ikeja office you’d be home on or before 6.30pm, not any minute later.
With you its always been words of encouragement, even when we were being naughty, the highest that could come out from your mouth was “silly girl”. During good times and other times, you have always been there. I remember you walking me to the main gate on my first day at work and you would go on to do that everyday for 8 and a half years (i don’t think it gets better than this). For you, our happiness and the happiness of everyone around you is a priority.
I know Mummy, Moni, Gbemi, Afolabi, Adewale, Ojumoola (Olufemi junior), Itanolape and Adekunle all feel this same way about you.
I must say you have been exceptional as a father and grand father, husband, son and sibling and we all couldn’t have asked for someone better.
May Almighty Allah continue to have mercy on you and may you live long in good health.
Happy 70th birthday Dad!