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God has made me to be privileged to serve notable personalities in my public service outing from whom I have learned a lot. I regard them al as helpers of destiny. Navy Capt. Anthony Udofia (retd) opened the new chapter in my life on Monday January 10 1994, when he appointed me as his Chief Press Secretary and related with me as a blood relation. Next was Col. Anthony Obi (retd) who served at a most turbulent period and from whom I learned the art of prudence. From Chief Adebisi Akande I learned the art of governance and administrative prowess. No file spent more than 24 hours on his desk and he is a lover of logic, intelligent people and minute details. There were two other notables, whom my paths crossed theirs by sheer acts of providence and they impacted my existence positively. Though retired senior military officers, they have demonstrated great virtues associated with lovers and sympathizers of humanity. The duo of Prince Olagunsoye Adedapo Asola Oyinlola, and one of his predecessors in office as governor of Osun State, Chief Theophilus Oladapo Bamigboye, are being singled out in this piece as a mark of honour as they both turn 70 years old same day February 3, 2021. A combination of facts make the celebration of this memorable milestone by these ex-gentlemen officers unique. The most reasonable guess would be that both Prince Oyinlola and Chief Bamigboye have reasons to appreciate God on this special occasion. Both celebrants must show gratitude to their Creator who has made them celebrities in spite of all odds associated with their upbringing, among other vicissitudes of their lives. In the case of Olagunsoye Oyinlola, destiny must have largely accounted for his making a head way in life given the fact that he became an orphan at a tender age of nine years in 1960. Young Theophilus Bamigboye was also not quite fortunate to enjoy the support of his father for long but was lucky to have enjoyed motherly affection of the late Mama Asmawu Bamigboye who died at the age of over 100 years. THE TWO BIRTHDAY BOYS The two ‘birthday boys’ share a lot of things in common. Forget the fact that both of them are now orphans. Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Theophilus Bamigboye share the same date of birth (day/month/year) and both served in the Nigerian military until they were ‘booted’ out in…

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