By Seun Agboola, Lagos
Popular comedian, Mr. Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere known as Ali Baba has taken to the social media to say that he had in the past named some of his dogs after prominent past leaders of the country.Writing on his instagram page on Wednesday, Ali Baba listed some of the leaders whom he had named his dogs after to include, late General Sani Abacha, General Ibrahim Babangida, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and incumbent US President, Mr. Barack Obama.
He wrote, “My dogs and I back in the days – I must have had like 12 at a particular point in time. Interesting time, that time I mean. I had traveled and returned at night, but was too tired to relate with them. OBJ, the big Alsatian was the head of the pack. Then Obama was the big black and white Great Dane, the Alsatian on the bummer was Thatcher.”
According to the comendian, he made bountiful financial gains from keeping the pets, saying, “But the fiercest of my dogs were Chaka, IBB AND Abacha. They took no prisoners. In fact, if I gave you anything I had used before, like shoes or clothes, my advice is not to wear them to my home. Because if Chaka, or Abacha caught a whiff of that item on you… You will not like yourself. They were my trusted security agents and my friends.”
He said he received a commendation from former President Olusegun Obasanjo for naming his dog after the former leader, saying “In fact, Obasanjo himself was very impressed years later when his friend that brought me a gift from Baba, told him how a dog called OBJ in Ali Baba’s house nearly killed him.
“Baba used to warn my wife, that if she ever decided to have a dog meal, she should not touch OBJ…but then again, OBJ had a different kind of personality and a high sense of humor. Everyone cannot be the same.”