•Says: “Bishop OYEDEPO Is My Uncle”
•And My Father, A Retired KWARA Judge
National Union of Road Transport Workers, Lagos Chapter cannot be complete without mentioning one of the Bigwigs Alhaji Ganiu Amos Oyedepo popularly called Koko Zaria. This close friend of Musiliu Akinsanya a.k.a MC is the NURTW top shot in charge of LOB i.e all the long buses operating in Lagos axis. Koko calls himself “Muhammed” and MC Oluomo “Jesus” of NURTW. Koko Zaria who likes all his things in white in this interview with City People’s Senior Society Reporter Biola Orisile, disclosed his relationship with the General Overseer of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, his late Dad and how they have been able to have a new face for NURTW.
You mentioned Oyedepo, are you related to Bishop Oyedepo of Canaanland?
He is my father because my father and Bishop Oyedepo are from the same father and mother. I’m from Omu-Aran in Kwara State. So he is my uncle. Now that my father is dead, I can say that he is my father, so I call him Daddy mi.
But you are a Muslim while Oyedepo is a Christian, how come?
My Dad and Oyedepo were born of the same parents but my dad was a retired justice in Kwara State.
Those who are close to me know this. My Dad was a Christian and he named me Amos but my mum was a Muslim so because I love Islam, I decided to follow my mum’s religion. Aside from this, my mum was always there for me. My Dad was a rare gem too but I was closer to my mum. All my father’s children are Christians but I am the only Muslim among them and my mum named me Ganiu.
So where did you get the Koko Zaria from?
I stayed in the North for a while precisely Zaria and that was why they gave me Zaria but for the “Koko”, it was my friends who added it.
Let’s talk about your American Trip?
My American trip was splendid and fun-filled. I have travelled all over the world but my America experience has always been one thing I don’t want to forget in a hurry. I don’t think it’s good for anybody to travel all over the world without going to America. I enjoyed my stay and I’m planning to go again soon.
You’ve travelled round the world, how easy was it to secure an America Visa?
Well, when I got to the embassy and they asked me if I could speak English, I told them I could only speak Yoruba (laughs) maybe that won their hearts and I was able to secure the Visa. How they behave in America is quite different from how they behave in other countries.
What advice do you have for our government from your American experience?
Oh, do you think they have all not been there? Even if you say it on the pages of Newspapers they are always adamant to such advice.
In America, the gap between the rich and the poor is not wide. Nobody sees you unlike here, you don’t have to be told if Mr. A is rich or poor. It’s not possible for you to go to school without securing a good job.
We have been seeing you in some films of late, have you started acting?
No, those films you see me in are films I bring out my money to finance. So when I go to such locations to see what is happening, I would be persuaded to do a scene or two. All these are done to promote the flicks.
But does that mean you have a passion for acting?
No I have my job, I’m just doing it to assist actors. So that when my friends see me in such movies, they will buy. I am not an actor.
Okay, let’s talk about you and MC Oluomo, how did you meet MC Oluomo?
MC Oluomo is my friend and we grew up together in Oshodi. We are more of brothers than friends.
How do you sustain the relationship?
People do say MC and I look alike in terms of behaviours. MC is patient but I am inpatient. MC is ‘Jesus’ but I am ‘Muhammed’. There is nothing you do to MC Oluomo that will make him crossed with you, but if you do anything that gets me angry I will fight back. MC is tolerant but I am intolerant.
Looking at the New face of NURTW, what is the Secret of the peace that is being witnessed there?
That peace in NURTW, the New face should be credited to MC Oluomo. And may Allah spare his life for us.
Our immediate predecessors were killers and destroyers of peace. They were ready to kill to achieve their shameful aims. And Tajudeen Agbede too is a man of the people who also carries people along. May we never witness the regime of our past predecessors. Lots of people died.
The new traffic law in Lagos has always been an issue of discussion among your drivers, how has it affected the operation of NURTW?
It has not affected us in anyway, in fact, it’s favourable to us because we want to change. What our Governor Raji Fashola has been saying and doing is what we like.
Even all the NURTW top executives like Tajudeen Agbede, our boss, MC Oluomo and Mustapha Sagoe all love it and they are Godly people who embrace peace unlike our former predecessors.
So that is why Lagos is now gradually free of violence and crime.
Mushin & Oshodi are known to be one of the violence-prone areas in Lagos, what has brought about the change in these areas?
Please I want to see this publication exactly the way I said it. It’s our predecessors that didn’t want Unity. Tajudeen Agbede wants unity among members of the NURTW. See, we had one party last week at Oshodi, all Mushin boys came and we didn’t record any death. Any boss who doesn’t like Unity there is something he is hiding. See I am coming from Mushin now and I went with all my boys because I am in charge of LOB. It went peacefully. Even Baba Alado who is the head of Mushin too was in attendance. Meetings are now held at intervals and people are held accountable.
Our new boss Tajudeen Agbede told each council chairman to go and put their house in order and any council boss who go contrary to lay-down rules is left to face the wrath of the law.
You are from Kwara, let’s talk about why you came to Lagos?
I was born here in Lagos and I didn’t know I had rich parents for a number of years. My Dad, Oyedepo, was the head of justice in Kwara State. So it was when I was struggling that I realized the son of whom I was.
Looking at your family you’ve got pedigree, what did your Dad say when you decided to join NURTW?
Initially, it didn’t go down well with him but after seeing the kind of acholade I got, he was, impressed. We were close before he passed on.
You’ve been a bus conductor and have done many meager jobs, what comes to your mind when you remember your ordeal?
I used to cry a lot when I remember all I have gone through. What brings me tears too is the death of my mum. She took care of me and I was the only one she gave birth to for my Dad.
Comparing your predecessors to the present NURTW, what do you have to say?
All thanks to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who restored peace and stopped the bloodshed of our predecessors. They wanted to spoil Lagos but for timely intervention.
Your head office on Abule Egba road is so bad, are you involved in corporate social responsibilities?
Yes we do. Though Tajudeen Agbede and MC Oluomo just assumed office and there are some things we are allowed to do and some we are not allowed to do.
Which musician do you like listening to?
It’s Pasuma Alabi Wonder. I love his person and his kind of music.
Let’s talk about your white car, all your cars are white, you seem to like white a lot?
I like white because it comes out nice. Though some people believed it has something to do with a traditional title, I am sincere about this. I am a Muslim and a blunt person to the core so it’s just natural. I don’t belong to any cult.