Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has distanced himself from one of his names, Matthew, whilst stating that anybody who addressed him by that name would see his red eye
According to reports, the former president, Obasanjo, stated that his decision to denounce the name was because he is not a tax-collector like his namesake in the Bible.
However, he has adopted only Olusegun Okikiola Aremu as his names, explaining that the names were related to his African heritage. The former president was said to have issued the warning in the course of an event which was organized by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, in Abuja on Friday
According to the former president, “When I was born in my part of Nigeria, the system was that after eight days, you must be given a name and for people to know that you were born into a Christian family, you will be given one Hebrew name.
“Not only does it not have meaning as long as I am concerned, the biblical Matthew is a stupid tax collector. Anybody who does not want to see my eyes red should stop calling me Matthew.”