Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has declared himself an adopted son of Oginibu, an Urhobo Town in Ughelli South, Delta State, just as he described former Minister of Education, Olorogun Barrister Kenneth Gbagi as the most illustrious Urhobo man and one of the most development oriented Deltans.
Chief Obasanjo who made the above declaration while speaking at the 40th remembrance anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Robinson Ajeriyeghe Gbagi, said Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi is a pillar of peace and development in Delta State and recounted how Kenneth Gbagi single-handedly worked with him while he was the president of Nigeria to end the bloody inter-ethnic wars in Warri, Delta State.
He described Kenneth Gbagi as a selfless, humble, honest and incorruptible politician who works selflessly for the unity and progress of Nigeria and Delta State.
Obasanjo narrated his several encounters and relationship with Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi and added that it was difficult to find such a person who is people and development oriented and who is committed to national and community development. Obasanjo explained that he was amazed at the charity work Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi has carried out in Oginibu and Ughievwen Kingdom, which, according to him, included providing scholarship for students of all level of education from Ughievwen Kingdom, payment of WAEC enrolment fees for students of Oginibu Secondary School, building of ultra-modern community civic centre and several other works of charity.
He noted that Gbagi has brought unquantifiable development to Oginibu community and the entire Delta State. He stated that with the development, unity of purpose and the kindness of the Oginibu people, he had no option than to declare himself an adopted son of Oginibu. Reacting, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, pointed out that the week-long celebration was to honour his father who lived a fulfilled life as a court Bailiff and later as a business mogul during the colonial era and who was regarded as a beacon of judicial integrity and a cynosure of uprightness.