I don’t know my real age – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“Whether I know the exact date of my birth or not, I think God has made my birth glorious.”

A mild drama played itself out on Wednesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo told his guests at his 77th birthday ceremony that he had no real record of his birthday.

The event held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Mr. Obasanjo said that all what he knew was that his mother told him he was born on a market day.

“There are some people including me who do not know their exact birthday. My mother only told me that I was born on Ifo market day.

“According to her, in our village, she had prepared to go to Ifo market and Ifo market is every five days. She said as she was preparing, she fell into labour and before those who went to Ifo market returned, I was born,” Obasanjo told the guests.

Mr. Obasanjo said he would continue to appreciate God for making his path glorious.

“Don’t ask me what month or what year. Whether I know the exact date or not, I think God has made my path to be glorious,”

“Kabiyesi Olowu wanted to let the cat out of the bag but he was trying to wriggle out of it but he didn’t quite succeed. 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… I know and she (my mother) knew that I was born on Ifo market day. Don’t ask me what year or month,” he stated.

“There are those of us like me who have no real record of birth. 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,” Obasanjo emphasised.

He declared appreciation for his parents, his community, and those who had worked closely with him in the course of his life. He also expressed gratitude to those who had contributed “positively and negatively” to his life, saying, “life is sweet and savour.”


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  • Adepet

    This man ehn! Na serious market day dem born am!

  • Garden-City Boy

    I go die-O-oooo! I begi-Oooo!

  • Mani_Kay

    Yeye man >>>>>>> Go and Die !!!

    • Issei

      Mani key.ONI Kure.useless pimp,by abusing Baba,I doubt much if you know who are.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Mani_Kay has cursed himself!!!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      You are so uncouth! Wishing someone’s dad dead? How will you want anyone to wish your father that? Anyway, that is if you have one, or if you hold him in any esteem at all!!!

    • Adoki

      Of course we can understand your feelings. Since he wrote that letter, you people have not known any peace.

      • Night Crawler

        true talk, they have been having internal crisis so they are trying to put the issue on someone else… God have mercy

      • redeem

        even b4 he took his sons wife to bed

    • Gezawa

      Wendell Simlin dey no still fire you??

  • Truthometer

    There is a science breakthrough that can easily determine OBJ’s age by merely taking his skin’s sample. But from my own guessing, I think he is as old as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

  • Truthnodeydie

    OBJ just only now confirmed what his son Gbenga told a news magazine years ago that his father does not know his real age, that he’s sure his father is older than what he claims, this he said while OBJ was still the President. Fraud is not only when money is involved, lying to gain an advantage is also fraud. OBJ lied about his age to get into the army, lied to be President, what else will he not lie about. What i expect OBJ to do is to apologize to the nation for lying but rather is philosophizing. What OBJ did is worst than what Bode George was purported to have done. POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK.

    • redeem

      Thanks he has always been a trickster–that was why he made sure abiola was killed–now he wants jonathan dead–supports those who hate the power of light–like amaechi–the man is already in APC with tambuwal–but acting as if he is the head of PDP–a cameleon

  • omonla

    OBJ, do even know who you are?

  • ade

    let me help you out, add 15yrs to IBB’s age…BINGO! that’s your age

  • Dumbo

    OBJ is not the only one that does not know his date of birth, I will proudly say that in my late 40s and born in one of the headquarters of the native authorities of those days ( at home and not in the hospital as there was non), my baptism card only carry the month and year of birth without the exact day – though my parents told me it was om a Sunday. Same goes to my older siblings. We all know that 80% and above of Nigerians fall into this category. It is not Obj’s fault that he does not know his date of birth because he never gave birth to himself so calling him a cheat does not make any sense.

  • Ayrevealer

    I see a handsome old man in his 70s or 80s. God has blessed you with every good thing. I wish to surpass your age in life and live good, healthy and wealthy like you. So help me God…As for all you abusers and critics, think of how ugly your fathers were at their 70s and imagine how you will look in your old age.