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I don't know my Real Birthday – OBJ



Former  President Olusegun Obasanjo who was
77 year-old today (Wednesday)  confessed   that he had no real
record of his birthday.
Obasanjo said he could not give an actual date of his birth, attributing
it to his parent’s inability to have it documented.
The ex-president spoke at his 77th birthday ceremony held at the
ampi-theatre Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in
Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Obasanjo, who took a retrospective look at his life, admitted that God
had been gracious to him despite his shortcomings.
He promised to make concrete revelation on the matter very soon.
He also thanked God for making him relevant and important towards
contributing to the condition of the country.
“Sooner than later, the cat will be let out of the bag by myself but one
thing that is clear is that I was born, there is no doubt about that.
“Another thing that is clear and that I was told by my mother that I
was actually born on Ifo market day because according to her in our
village, she had prepared to go to Ifo market and Ifo market is every
five days.
“And then she was under labour. Before those who went to Ifo
market had come back, I was born. I know and she knew I was born
on Ifo market day. Don’t ask me what year or month. Whether I
know the exact date or not, I think God has made my path to be
“There are those of us like me who have no real record of birth like
me. I want to thank God once again for what He has done in my life.
Whether I know the exact date of my birth or not, I think God has
made my birth glorious”.
“There are some people including me who do not know their exact
“I am grateful to God and I cannot thank God enough for all He has
done, for all that He is doing and all that I know He will continue to
do in my life.
“For making me to be a source of blessing to others, for making me to
be a participant in areas that are of relevance and importance in the
life of this country, Africa and indeed in the world”.
Obasanjo however, assured that there is still hope for Nigeria to
realise the goals and aspirations of her fore-fathers.
He said, “when you listen to these younger ones, you cannot but agree
that there is hope for this country. When you hear them and listen to
them, you will feel proud.
“Here we have two organisations that are working together not only
to give hope, not only to raise expectation for the up and coming in
Africa but to make sure that tomorrow will be better than today. And
in those children, I am assure personally that tomorrow is better than
Meanwhile, Obasanjo has said that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-
led administration in the state has performed fairly good.
“Normally I don’t like to say thing about politicians especially when
they are still in power. It is only when politicians have been out of
power that you can assess them accurately but this one,
“I will stick out my neck a little bit. So far, so fairly good. Those of
you who were here in Ogun state will testify. Even if you belong to a
party which doesn’t like the governor, you must say yes I didn’t like”,
he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Amosun described Obasanjo as one of the
greatest products of the state at the global stage.
Co-Chairmen of the library, Dr. Christopher Kolade and Amb.
Carl Masters in their separate remarks, said Obasanjo remained one
of the most revered African leaders.
Dignatories at event included Sierra Leonian Minister for
Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, former
Governor of Ekiti State, Engr. Segun Oni, former Minister of
Education, Prof. Babalola Borisade, Prof. Akin Mabogunje,
Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, Osile of Oke-Ona
Egba, Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuoso amongst others.
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