Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, 73, fainted and collapsed at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Igbotako, Ondo State on Tuesday during the 70th birthday thanksgiving service of Olu Bajowa.
Bajowa, former Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji, retired as Major General in 1980.
In the congregation was Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who directed Health Commissioner B. Olatunbosun and his personal physician, C. Adegbule, to attend to Obasanjo.
Obasanjo lost his balance, fainted, and fell on the bench in the front row. The fainting, Daily Independent learnt, was caused by stomach ache and acute pain.
He was taken to the home of Bajowa, who looked worried over the health of his visiting former senior officer.
Obasanjo later rejoined the other worshipers in the church. He appeared woozy, but managed to stay till the end of the service before returning home in Abeokuta.
Other dignitaries at the service included former Governor Olusegun Agagu, Adeyinka Adebayo, and Akin Aduwo. Retired Anglican Bishop of Akure, Bolanle Gbonigi, preached the sermon.
At the reception, Mimiko congratulated Bajowa, describing him as an illustrious son of the state. Mimiko said his administration would always solicit the support and meaningful contributions of eminent sons and daughters of the state who would key into development programmes.
Obasanjo has twice ruled Nigeria, first for three years as military Head of State from February 1976 to October 1979, then for eight years between May 1999 and May 2007.
He has faced some personal misfortunes in recent times. On December 5, former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, insulted him publicly by calling him "the father of bastards."
The confrontation took place in Osogbo after a church service where Olagunsoye Oyinlola celebrated his exit as Governor with a thanksgiving service, despite being sacked by the Appeal Court.
At the reception, Fayose greeted other guests, but ignored Obasanjo. When Obasanjo inquired why Fayose did not greet him, he replied, "Is it a must that I greet you?".
Obasanjo then told him, "You're a bastard for saying that." Fayose countered, "You're the father of bastards."
On November 8 at the Lagos Airport, a man suspected to be mentally ill attacked and ridiculed Obasanjo, blaming him for the country's political and economic woes.
The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. when the man forced open the door of a car conveying Obasanjo and jumped into it as he was being driven out in a convoy.
He grabbed Obasanjo, and it took the timely intervention of Air Force officers and security aides attached to Obasanjo to save him from harm.
The attacker was taken to the airport military commander's office and later transferred to the police station.
Airport Police Commissioner, Chris Ola, said: "The incident was a security breach. We have commenced an investigation into the incident to ascertain if there were some people behind the attack.
"We can't ascertain if the man is a lunatic because you can't call somebody a lunatic unless a medical examination proves it. We will take him for medical examination."
Before the incident, the man had wandered aimlessly at the airport.
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