According to Olusegun Obasanjo, his late mother didn’t tell him the day, date and year he was born, she only told him she gave birth to him on an Ifo village market day.
The former president said this on Thursday 2nd March at the 2017 International Youth Variety Day and Public Presentation of Olusegun Obasanjo’s Books for Children, as part of programs for his 80th birthday.
The program was organized by the Centre for Human Security, with the theme “Presidential Libraries Will Reduce Leadership Deficit in Africa” and held at theater hall of the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.
On the Presidential Library, Mr. Obasanjo said its benefits would be for both the young and the old.
Mr. Obasanjo said while growing up, he had the challenge of knowing his real date of birth, because his parents were illiterates.
The former leader said he arrived at his current age when he considered the ages of some of his peers at the time.
Olusegun Obasanjo said:
“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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
He said back in the days, if the source of a man’s wealth was doubted by his neighbors he was ostracized. If a man goes out every night, the conclusion would be that the man was a thief, and if a family is seen and known to have engaged in crimes, the community will keep its distance from such family. However, all those values are gone and needed to be brought back.
According to the Wikipedia page of Olusegun Obasanjo, he was born on 5th March 1937 and will be marking his 80th birthday on Sunday 5th March 2017.
Going by that age, Mr. OBJ will be joining the octogenarian clique and is worth celebrating.
After his tenure as the 12th President of Nigeria [29 May 1999 to 29 2007], Olusegun Obasanjo has remained actively involved in the affairs of the country.
He became the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, with control over nominations for governmental positions and even policy and strategy.
He voluntary resigned as the chairman board of trustees of the PDP in April, 2012 and also withdrew from political activities with PDP.
Obasanjo is a member of Club de Madrid, an independent non-profit organization created to promote democracy and change in the international community.
He is also a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels
Age, like they say is just a number, therefore, does not define Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo.