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80 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OBASANJO AT 80

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80 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OBASANJO AT 80
On March 5th 2017,Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a Retired General in the Nigeria Army Celebrated his 80th Birthday. Olusegun Obasanjo a Nigerian Civil War Veteran, Twice Head of Nigeria Nation is an Engima, Popularly Called “Ebora Owu”, “Baba Iyabo” OBJ, Uncle Sege, “Baba” by his admirer. He is a Man to be celebrated.


Love or hate him, he has come be part of our life and History, so let celebrate the Man that ruled Nigeria between 1976-1979 and 1999-2007.
Here at www.dailyfamily.ng we gathered Eighty things you may not know about Olusegun Obasanjo to Celebrate his 80th birthday.

  1. Olusegun Obasanjo was Born on March 5th 1937

2. He was born in Owu Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.
3. He is a Yoruba from-Owu, Abeokuta, Southwest, Nigeria
4. His full names are Olusegun Matthew Aremu Okikiola
5. Names of his father-Amos Adigun Bankole Obasanjo
6.  Names of his Mother-Ashabi Obasanjo
7. He is a Christian, his Denomination-Baptist Church
8. What he does for living Formerly a Soldier, presently-Farming
9. Name of the primary School attended-Baptist Boys Primary School, Abeokuta
10. Secondary School Attended-Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta
11. Name of his farm-Obasanjo Farms Nigeria
12. Name of his first son-Gbenga Obasanjo
13. Name of his first born-Senator Iyabo Obasanjo
14. His traditional Titles in Abeokuta-Balogun of Owu kingdom, Ekerin of Egba
15. State of Origin-Ogun State
16. Name of his son currently in Nigerian Army-Colonel Adeboye Obasanjo

17. He became head of state when General Murtala Mohammed was killed in a Military coup led by Dimka in 1976

  1. He became the head of state from13 February 1976 – 30 September 1979

19. His Vice as head of state was Major General Shehu Musah Yar’Adua
20. He handed over to: Alhaji Shehu Shagari
21. He handed over October 1st 1979
22. He was elected as a Civilian President on May 29th 1999- 29th May 2007
23. His Vice president was-Alhaji  Atiku Abubakar
24. General Abdulsalam Abubakar, a military head of state handed over to him
25. He contested for the office of Secretary General Of United Nations and he lost
26. His tenure as a civilian president brought Mobile telecommunications into the country
27. Books authored By Obasanjo: The animal called Man, My Watch, Call to duty, Speeches, Not my Will, A new Dawn, No compromise with Apartheid, The Challenges of Agricultural production and Food Security in Africa, Towards Civil rule, Africa in Perspective, A March of Progress, Guides to effective Prayer, My Command: An Account of Nigerian Civil War, I see Hope
28. His son, Dare Obasanjo, is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft
29. His Wives- Bola, Esther Oluremi (Ex-Wife), Lynda (deceased), Stella Abebe (deceased), Mojisola Adekunle (deceased)
30. His Village: Ibogun, Ifo local Govt. Ogun State.
31. He joined The Nigerian Army at the age of 21
32.  He attended the 6-month Short Service Commission training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in,England and was thereafter commissioned as an officer in the Nigerian Army
33. He trained also in India at the Defence Services Staff College,Wellington
34.Trained at the Indian Army School of Engineering
35. Number of his Children-20
36. On 23 October 2005, As a ruling President, he lost his wife-Stella Obasanjo, The First Lady of Nigeria the day after she had an abdominoplasty in Spain
37. The Doctor who did the operation on his wife  was sentenced to one year in jail for negligence in 2009 and ordered to pay restitution to her son of about $176,000
38. His Nickname-Baba, Baba Africa, OBJ, Uncle Sege
39. He served at 1 Area Command in Kaduna. Promoted to Chief Army Engineer, he was made commander of 2 Area Command from July 1967, which was redesignated 2 Division Rear
40. He also served at the then Ibadan Garrison Organisation.
41. He was the Commander, the Army’s Marine Commando Division that took Owerri, effectively bringing an end to the civil war.
42. He was a Minister of Petroleum during his tenure as a President from 1999-2007
43. He was trained as an Engineer
44. Obasanjo was the Chairperson of The African Union From July 2004 to January 2006
45. Olusegun Obasanjo is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.
46. As a Soldier, he fought in the Nigerian civil War from 6th July 1967 – 15 January 1970 and Congo Crisis From 5th July 1960-25th November 1965
47. His Children are: Iyabo,Busola,Segun,Gbenga,Deboye,Bola,Kofo,Biyi,Seun,Bisoye,Olu,Dare,Funke,Damilola,Jonwo,Dayo, Funso, Toyosi, Bukola and Kunle (His Adopted nephew).
48. He is known to be a Choleric, though can be very Humorous.
49. From 1974-1975-, He was the Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing
50. From 29 July 1975-13 February 1976, He was the Chief Of Staff Supreme Headquarters
51. Obasanjo defeated Muhammadu Buhari in 2003 election by more than 11 million votes
52. In 1999 election, Obasanjo won with 62.6% of the vote to defeat Olu Falae
52. During his regime as a Civillian President,Nigeria’s GDP Growth rate doubled to 6percent
53. As a civilian President, Nigeria’s foreign reserves skyrocketed from $2billion in 1999 to $43billion in 2007 when he left office
54. His Second Wife-Lynda was killed by armed robber after failing to move out of her car quickly as ordered by the robbers.
55. Obasanjo once served as a teacher before joining The Army
56. His close friends are:  Akin Mabogunje, Joe Irukwu, Ahmed Joda, Christopher Kolade, Alex Okoro, Adamu Ciroma, Obafemi Olopade, Onaolapo Soleye.
57. Obasanjo survived many Impeachment moves during his tenure as the president
58. He became a Executive President of Nigeria on the platform of PDP
59. Obasanjo established The Bells Group of School,Ota
60. Obasanjo Founded The Bells University-Ota
61. His Daughter Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello was a former Commissioner in Ogun state and Senator of Nigeria.
63. It was alleged that the former Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Okwudili Onyejekwe is his true father because of the resemblance
64. Obasanjo’s favourite clothes is Adire(Egbas’ indigenous clothes)
65. Obasanjo’s shoe is size 42
66. Obasanjo once ordered for Made-in Aba Shoes
67. He went back to school in 2009 for his PhD to Study Theology in Nigerian Open University.
68. Obasanjo attended the same School with Late MKO Abiola(Baptist Boys High School,Abeokuta)
69. He was one of the founding Fathers of People Democratic Party(PDP)
70. He was the one that brought world bank trained Okonjo Iweala into the Nigerian economic scene
71. He established the anti-graft body-EFCC which was first headed by Mallam Nuhu-Ribadu
72. He appointed Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as the Minister for Federal Capital Territory in his tenure as the President
73. Obasanjo was once accused by his son-Gbenga that he was having sexual intercourse with his wife
74. He established a presidential library at his Hill-top home in Abeokuta
75. He was accused of sending soldiers to wipe a community known as Odi
76. Obasanjo sent the military to burn Fela’s Kalakuta
77. Obasanjo’s soldier raid of Kalakuta led to the death of Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti(Fela’s mother)
78. Obasnanjo was imprisoned by The Abacha government  for Coup Plot and latter freed by General Abdulsalam Abubakar
79. Bola Obasanjo is the current wife living with Obasanjo
80. Obasanjo’s favourite sport is the traditional Yoruba game known as ‘’AYO”
All of us at www.dailyfamily.ng join other Nigerians to celebrate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at 80.

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