Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies as a youth to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad .
Ajimobi said this at a South- West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo .
The governor , while urging the youth to have a positive mindset toward hard work , said he spent eight years abroad washing dead bodies to survive .
He said his parents only sent him $ 30 all through his stay abroad , adding that he had to look for a way to survive .
“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad , but throughout my stay there , I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school.
“Whenever I got home from work , I will be weeping , remembering the number of dead bodies I washed .
“My boss at work then said I should not be afraid or fear , adding that such feeling is normal for first comers .
“He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish .
“But against all odds , I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success .
“I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up .
“This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country .’’
Ajimobi, however , urged Yoruba leaders and governors to unite for the progress of the Yoruba race .
( NAN )