The former President recalled that “over the years, I have followed, with very keen interest, Chief Adejumo’s distinguished career as a foremost playwright, film-maker, musician and comedian. He was a true renaissance man.
“Along with being one of the finest comedy impressionists in the country, he was a talented actor and portrait artist. I recall, with nostalgia, that he served selflessly in the development of Nigeria’s theatre and performing arts’.
“Easily one of our most prolific dramatists, the late Chief Adejumo grossed dozens of performed plays, playlets and videos over the years, among which are Orun Mooru (1982), Aare Agbaye (1983), Mosebolatan (1985), Obee Gbona (1989), Diamond (1990 Home video), Agba Man (1992, Home Video), Return Match (1993, Home Video), Ana Gomina (1996, home video), Tokunbo (1985, TV).
“Little wonder therefore that his patriarchal contribution to the arts and professional and humanistic exertions have been acknowledged and rewarded with several national and international awards, notably his first award for his film Mosebolatan at the Performing Art Awards Night (1986 edition) and the distinguished national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger, MON, which was conferred on him by me during my Administration as the Nigeria’s Military Head of State in 1978’.
“Our dear nation will surely be the better for it if only the present generation would emulate the enviable professional qualities of the late Chief Adejumo”,Obasanjo stated, adding that the deceased was “a hardworking man of great integrity and highly cultured personality.
‘He was a symbol of humility, moderation and selfless service. I have had the supreme joy and privilege of hosting him in my private residence in Ota, Abuja and Abeokuta on different occasions’.
“The world has lost a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian with an operatically trained voice, who just wanted to make people happy. He lived to perfect his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences.
“While we would be thankful to the Almighty God that he lived to a moderately ripe old age, the family, no doubt, would be quite naturally in deep grief over the earthly exit of its adorable patriarch’.
‘But his death is also a huge loss to the nation and, therefore, by this message, I am not only joining thousands of Nigerians to mourn but also paying deserving tribute to this outstanding Nigerian and quintessential man.May his gentle soul find eternal repose.”