By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Veteran basketball coach, Oliver B. Johnson popularly known as Coach OBJ has received a pleasant surprise as a group under the aegis, ‘Friends of OBJ’ shocked him with a gift of a brand new Vibe SUV vehicle.
Our correspondent trailed him to the Ahmadu Bello University where he is the Technical Adviser of the basketball team as soon as we got a tip off from a reliable source.
When he was contacted, an elated Coach OBJ said the car gift was a pleasant surprise.
“I never close expected this it cams as a big surprise. I was told that a group of 25 who are known as Friends of OBJ bough the car and had it delivered to me,” he said.
Coach OBJ when asked if he had a list of the 25 friends behind the noble gesture,he said they refused to reveal themselves to him.
Speaking further, he disclosed that the same group has also commenced renovation and fencing of his official residence in Shika.
“With the fencing done,I would be able to plant some exotic plants I have been longing to nurture,” he added.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the friends as part of their gesture, also ensured the vehicle was delivered with a customised number plates.
Investigations revealed that the anonymous G-25 Friends of OBJ are scattered across three continents in Africa, Europe and USA.
It would be recalled that 79-year old Coach Oliver B. Johnson an American by birth, has spent most part of his life in Nigeria and contributed immensely to the ABU becoming a basketball power house in Nigeria.
Several of his inspired players have played for the national team, with some playing for top teams in the United States.