Obasanjo celebrates 77th birthday

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The former president said Nigeria will be a better nation in the future.
Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, said despite his shortcomings, God has sustained and blessed him.

Mr. Obasanjo made the observation at his 77th birthday ceremony which took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.

“I have been very lucky for many things. At one occasion, I said God had never disappointed me and a journalist who thinks that he knows too much asked if I had disappointed God, I said of course. As long as I am living on flesh and blood, I am liable to be unworthy… to meet the standard of what God expects of me.

“God has never taken my shortcomings, my failures and all that …if he had, I would have been consumed. So God has really sustained me with His grace, mercy, goodness and compassion. Not because of my goodness but God has been gracious. This has been a marvelous event.

It has touched my life, my heart, it has humbled me,” the former president said.

“When you see some of the things you have laid your hands on or you have started without knowing they will end or how they will grow like the children that participated in the debate, like even this auditorium where we are, like the whole issue of the presidential library, what should I say except to give thanks to God almighty who had made it all to happen before this day and up till this day and on this day,” he said.

Mr. Obasanjo said he is grateful to God for making him relevant in Nigeria, Africa, and the world.

He thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for wishing him well on his birthday and disclosed to his guests that the President was amongst the first set of people to congratulate.

“I want to thank the president of this country because early this morning when I had finished my game of squash and I was preparing, a message came from President Goodluck Jonathan congratulating me on this day of my official birthday,” he said.

The former president said despite the numerous challenges facing the country, Nigeria would be a better nation in the future.

Notable personalities at the occasion included the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, the former Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni, former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, former Governor of Oyo State, Omololu Olunloyo, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Ibidapo Obe.

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