I don’t know my true age – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: dailypost.ng]

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday admitted he did not know his true age.

He said his late mother merely told him she gave birth to him on a market day.

Mr. Obasanjo said this on Thursday at the 2017 International Youth Variety Day and Public Presentation of Olusegun Obasanjo’s Books for Children, as part of programmes for his 80th birthday.

The programme, organised by the Centre for Human Security, with the theme “Presidential Libraries Will Reduce Leadership Deficit in Africa”, held at theater hall of the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

Mr. Obasanjo said while growing up, he had the challenge of knowing his real date of birth, because his parents were illiterates.

“At early stage in my life, I had the challenge of knowing my date of birth, and my peers always asked, while in return I persisted in asking my mother, who was an illiterate and had no records,” he said.

The former president added that when he continued to pressure his mother, the information he was given by his was that she gave birth to him on an Ifo village market day.

“When I continued to put pressure on my mother, she told me that she was preparing to go to market on the said day, and went into labour, and before others could return from the market, she had given birth to me,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

The former leader said he arrived at his current age when he considered the ages of some of his peers at the time.

“I’m not as lucky as some of my peers who know the dates of their birth. What matters to me is that I have chosen a date. If I don’t even know the exact date of my birth, at least I know my age group,” he emphasised.

The former president also spoke about morality in the society, lamenting that the era of genuine morality was fading, but needed to be revived in the interest of all and sundry.

“When we were growing up, if people doubt the source of your wealth, you will be ostracised. If your father goes out every night, the conclusion would be that your father is a thief, and if a family is seen and known to have engaged in crimes, the community will keep its distance from such family. All those values are gone, and how do we bring them back?” he said.

On the Presidential Library, Mr. Obasanjo said its benefits would be for both the young and the old.


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  • Mamman Bako

    Sir, one thing you can be proud of is that your service to Nigeria and humanity is ageless. God bless you all the days He has given you. Happy Birthday ‘Baba Nigeria’.

    • SamuelEzuo

      If i may ask you which service to Nigeria and humanity?

    • Otitikoro

      Happy birthday Baba ”Ebora Owu” Enjoy your day

  • George

    This man must be a confused Yoruba asssssssshole as the rest of them.

    If you are not a thief how did you made all these funds at your disposal.

    God will punish you OBJ

    • Jossy Friday

      The same way he punished your retarded, bow-legged father eh?

      Now tell me, what has this got to do with Yoruba? You shitgbo bastards are always spitting crap. Tomorrow, una go talk say everybody hate una

      Useless tribe

  • Takhdeer

    your mother’s pastor nko? why didn’t he keep the date?

  • Samson Folarin Ayorinde

    I wonder why igbo guy’s are always like this, insulting leaders and elderly one. Maybe that’s why we can’t single out one respected leader or elder among them. Respect is reciprocal

    • Otunba

      I am going to tell you this; I am sure some of these “Yanminrins” would kick and start their attacks as usual. When an Ibo Child/Boy rises up from his Father’s side of the same Matt, where they slept over-night, he raises his foot up to kick the father to wake him up, saying: “Papa wake up, day don break”. I do not know how old you are, but please do some findings by yourself to autheticate this; it is NOT a joke. We, I mean my generation, who know them very well, we do not engage them on issues of “Veneration” for Elders. You can not give what you do not have. Watch this space and see their reactions!

  • Egbele Tom Amos

    Join the discussion…obj must be respected.particular tribe from the south ve no respect 4 d elderly!

  • FreeNigeria

    What won’t this old thief stay in his hole and enjoy his loot. This deranged old man

  • Mufu Ola

    Obasanjo should have asked “that Igboman” from Anambra.

  • Shahokaya

    Unfortunately in our time, a koboless prisoner that later became president has become so rich that he doesn’t know how much he has. Yet he remains the most talkative of all former leaders.

  • Okokondem

    I suppose PT is saying if you don’t like what we report don’t come here. Why else would they subject their readers to news that are irrelevant. My question is what is the relationship between Obasanjo and Osinbajo because I get the queasy feeling it might not be that great, explaining the recent shoboating aimed at stealing the platform from Osinbajo.

    Otherwise it’s hard to explain the recent urge to be in the public.

  • Kamalu

    On some good days Chief Obasanjo can be very honest and humble with facts. However his honestly most times is blighted when he seeks political correctness.