Obasanjo: A Legend at 80

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at a ceremony recently said that the numerous priviledges and oppourtunities he had been enjoying has been throufh the grace of God

He stressed that he does not deserve the favour God had shown him to achieve whatever he had achieved in life.
“God have been so partial to me by showing me much favour to achieve what I didn’t deserve. God has done for me much more I deserve. I praise God and I thank God for this”.
The statement confirmed that the former President in spite of whatever people might say about him remains today the greatest gift of God to mankind.
Looking at his background Ọbasanjọ was born in a remote Village of Ibogun- Olaogun in Ifo Local Government area of Ogun State and grew up in Owu (Abeokuta). His first name, Olusegun, means “The Lord is victorious”
His parents were peasant farmers and could be regarded as being ‘poor’ but had great regard for education, that was why they struggled to send little Mathieu Olusegun Okikiola to one of the presigious secondary school then, Baptist Boys High Scool, Oke Egunya, Abeokuta.
In so many times and period, he had suffered many afflictions and went through hard times. For example In 1987, his second wife/ex-wife, Lynda, was ordered out of her car by armed men, and was fatally shot for failing to move quickly.
On 23 October 2005, he also lost his wife, Stella Obasanjo, First Lady of Nigeria the day after she had an abdominoplasty in Spain. In 2009, the doctor only known as ‘AM’ was sentenced to one year in jail for negligence in Spain and ordered to pay restitution to her son of about $176,000.
Prior to his becomin the President, Chief Obasanjo said he consulted with eminent personalities including Former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
“When I came out from prison for offence I didn’t commit and people started putting pressure on me to be Nigeria’s President, I was confused but in that confusion I seek advice not from here. I went first to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela said Olu (Olusegun) whatever your instinct tells you, follow it”.
“Tutu after listening to me, he said are you tired of serving God and your people, he now said my advice to you is that go and do what your people asked you to do. When I now came back, one day I was reading the book of Esther and I saw where Modekiah said you are here for your people and I started changing my mind from there”.
Today Baba Obasanjo as he is fondly called is eighty, but could not acertain his true age that was why he said that he consulted with an Indian astrologer to know his date of birth.
Obasanjo at different fora had said that he did not know his actual date of birth, insisting that he was born on a market day.
Obasanjo explained that the astrologer could not ascertain his birthday, but that he only told him that he would live long.
I was not lucky unlike other of his contemporaries, whose parents were knowledgeable to note their date of births.
“I have been to India to meet an astrologer on this issue, but, the astrologer looked into my hands and said he had seen longevity. I concluded that the day I was born was no longer a matter.”
“Whether I was wrong or right in the chosen date, I had chosen one and that is it. At least I know those I grew together and attended schools with,” he said.
Though Obasanjo has retired from the helm of affairs in the country, he was still working silently for the country.

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