Could there be another meaning to this? Former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo has donated a three year old chimpanzee named ‘Patience’ to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO); operators of the Drill Ranch Afi Mountain called Pandrillus.
The news was disclosed by one of the co-founders of the zoo Liza Gadsby during a telephone interview.
“The chimpanzee was formerly at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Wildlife Park but during our (Liza and her husband) recent visit to the former president at Abeokuta, we convinced him that she will be better off at our facility, which he agreed to, because he has visited the Drill Ranch Afi Mountain, and impressed with what we have done,” she said.
The NGO further thanked Obasanjo through a facebook post as they promised to take proper care of the chimpanzee.
“President Obasanjo donates chimpanzee “Patience” to Pandrillus! Seen here at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Wildlife Park in Abeokuta – from left: Peter, Liza with Patience, and Mr. President. As President of Nigeria, he visited Drill Ranch in 2001, and made a follow up visit in 2011. President Obasanjo recognises the special care needs of chimpanzees and therefore decided to place 3 year old Patience with Pandrillus so she can grow up in the forest as part of the large chimpanzee group at Drill Ranch Afi Mountain. Thank you, Mr. President!
“Patience is a fantastic chimpanzee who has been well cared for by the staff of the OOPL Wildlife Park. Once she has completed her medical screening in Calabar, she will join the group at the newly completed Nigerian Chimpanzee Center – located at Drill Ranch Afi Mountain in Boki LGA of Cross River State.
“Pandrillus thanks Mr. President and his staff for their logistical support and hospitality during Peter and Liza’s working visit. We also thank Air Peace for carrying all three back to Calabar. Welcome, Patience!” the post reads
Pandrillus was founded by both Liza Gadsby and Peter Jenkins. The NGO started work in Nigeria and Cameroon in 1988, with the aim of preventing the extinction of the highly endangered drill monkey Mandrillus leucophaeus.