Don’t Call Me Matthew Again, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Warns

Former Nigerian President, Chief  Olusegun Obasanjo who turned 80 yesterday has warned people to desist from calling him “Matthew”.

Speaking at an event organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Abuja in his honour, the former leader instead of focusing on the usual merrymaking speeches digressed into an unfamiliar territory.

He revealed that he was given the name by his parents as a child but had to change it because the name bore connection to the Biblical character, Mathew, who was a tax collector.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that no body should call him Matthew again. Obasanjo made this known at an event to mark his 80th birthday celebration by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Abuja yesterday, said he removed the name because the Biblical character, Mathew, whom he was named after, was a tax collector.

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Though not sure what triggered the warning, Chief Obasanjo who sounded very serious, asked his guests if they knew the meaning of Matthew and cautioned that anybody who dared call him Matthew will see his bad side.

Throwing more light on the importance and significance of names, he said names have a lot of influence on the identity of an individual.

“When I was born, my mother and father decided to name me Matthew. I grew up being called and addressed Matthew. What is the meaning of Matthew in the Bible? He was a tax collector,”

“So, when I grew up, I dropped Matthew from my name. If anyone does not want to see my eyes red, no one should call me Matthew again. People ask, what is in a name? For me, there is so much in a name.” “A doctor’s mistake often leads to the death of one patient.”

“A lawyer’s mistake leads to the client going to jail. But if an engineer makes a mistake that leads to the collapse of a bridge or house, many people would lose their lives.

“That is why engineers must be very careful and must be efficient not to allow mistakes to be made.”

When I was born, my mother and father decided to name me Matthew. I grew up being called and addressed Matthew. What is the meaning of M

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/no-one-call-matthew-obasanjo-warns/

Obasanjo made this known at an event to mark his 80th birthday celebration by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Abuja yesterday, said he removed the name because the Biblical character, Mathew, whom he was named after, was a tax collector.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/no-one-call-matthew-obasanjo-warns/

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that no body should call him Matthew again. Obasanjo made this known at an event to mark his 80th birthday celebration by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Abuja yesterday, said he removed the name because the Biblical character, Mathew, whom he was named after, was a tax collector.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/no-one-call-matthew-obasanjo-warns/

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that no body should call him Matthew again. Obasanjo made this known at an event to mark his 80th birthday celebration by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Abuja yesterday, said he removed the name because the Biblical character, Mathew, whom he was named after, was a tax collector.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/no-one-call-matthew-obasanjo-warns/

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that no body should call him Matthew again. Obasanjo made this known at an event to mark his 80th birthday celebration by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Abuja yesterday, said he removed the name because the Biblical character, Mathew, whom he was named after, was a tax collector.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/no-one-call-matthew-obasanjo-warns/

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