As prominent Nigerians continue to shower encomium on former governor Adebayo Alao Akala on occasion of his 70th birthday anniversary, an All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwart in the state and philantropist, Dr. Fola Akinosun has described him as a true beneficiary of God’s grace .
Akinosun, an educationist, stated this at the presentation of Amazing Grace, the biography of the former governor to commemorate the celebration at Trenchard hall of the University of Ibadan on Thursday.
According to him, the title of the book, Amazing Grace, truly represents the true picture and life story of the author.
“Indeed, the title, Amazing Grace, shows that Akala has enjoyed the amazing grace of God. I equally pray to enjoy such grace in my life. Many people of such caliber till date do not have initiative like this. If you go through the content of the book you would see that Akala has enjoyed a divine backing, going through his experience as police officer, local government chairman, deputy governor and governor. He is a divine favourite.”
The grassroots politician noted that the book was recommendable for not only politicians but for scholars in various disciplines.
“As it has been rightly observed by other speakers, including former president Olusegun Obasanjo, I agree that this book should be recommended for students of politics and others. It is a good book which explores the dynamics of politics and associated pains and gains. When you read the story of the likes of Alao-Akala, you would have an insight into some history and intricacies of Oyo State politics. It is an evergreen piece which I would love to read over and over.”
The Agbaakin of Irokoland congratulated Alao-Akala for the initiative on the publication, noting that the caliber of personalities at the book launch was a signal to the fact that the author was visionary and purposeful.
“First class Obas were there, top government functionaries and reputable politicians were all there because of one man. There is no doubt in my mind, Alao Akala is a great man.
Akinosun, however, encouraged other eminent Nigerians who had made marks on the nation’s political history at any period to always endeavour to document their activities in order to guide the younger generations on decision making.