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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