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Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo was born circa 5 March, 1938, in Ogun State; and grew up in Owu, Abeokuta. His first name, Olusegun, means "The Lord is victorious".

Obasanjo was married three times: 1. to Mrs. Oluremi (Remi) Obasanjo – who is the mother of his oldest children, the most well-known being Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, a former Senator of Ogun State; 2. to Lynda Obasanjo – who was fatally shot when armed men ordered her out of her car in 1987; 3. to Stella Obasanjo – who died after a cosmetic surgery procedure in Spain in 2005.

Obasanjo has many children, who live throughout Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States. His son, Dare Obasanjo, is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft. His another son, Adeboye Obasanjo, who is a Lieutenant Colonel at the 3rd Division in Jos, Plateau State, was shot in the legs by Boko Haram in Baza in September 2014.

A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state.

In 1995, Obasanjo was imprisoned on fabricated charges of plotting a coup to depose General Sani Abacha. He was released only after Abacha's sudden death on 8 June 1998. While in prison, Obasanjo became a born-again Christian.

In 1999, Obasanjo became President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 29 May 1999, the day Obasanjo took office as the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule, is now commemorated as Democracy Day, a public holiday in Nigeria. Most of his first term he spent travelling abroad.

In 2003, Obasanjo was re-elected in a tumultuous election that had violent ethnic and religious overtones. With high oil prices, Obasanjo’s government oversaw a doubling of Nigeria’s average economic growth rate to 6 per cent. And as a result, he left Nigeria almost debt free.

Obasanjo was embroiled in controversy regarding his "Third Term Agenda," a plan to modify the constitution so he could serve a third, four-year term as President. However, the bill was not ratified by the National Assembly. Later Obasanjo denied involvement in this so-called "Third Term Agenda."

In 2008, he was appointed by the United Nations as a special envoy for Africa and has since overseen democratic elections on behalf of the African Union and Ecowas in countries across the continent.

His current home is Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State, where he is a nobleman as the holder of the chieftaincy titles of the Balogun of the Owu Lineage and the Ekerin Balogun of the Egba clan of Yorubaland.

Obasanjo is the king of corruption - House of Representatives hits back at former president

Obasanjo is the king of corruption - House of Representatives hits back at former president

Obasanjo is the king of corruption - House of Representatives hits back at former president
How I was punished for slapping my teacher - Obasanjo

How I was punished for slapping my teacher - Obasanjo

The former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has narrated how the deep respect he has for his father made him slap his teacher on his first day in school.

How I was punished for slapping my teacher - Obasanjo
Why we overthrew General Gowon - Obasanjo

Why we overthrew General Gowon - Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed why some top military officers executed a coup against former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon in 1975.

Why we overthrew General Gowon - Obasanjo
Fayose hits Obasanjo, describes ex-president as opportunist

Fayose hits Obasanjo, describes ex-president as opportunist

The Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an “opportunist” who prefers to put a “weakling in position”....

Fayose hits Obasanjo, describes ex-president as opportunist
OBJ, IBB allegedly draw list of 4 candidates to replace Buhari, set conditions

OBJ, IBB allegedly draw list of 4 candidates to replace Buhari, set conditions

The fireworks of 2019 general election has began. Political alignment and realignment are quietly ongoing and will gradually unfold to the shock of many.

OBJ, IBB allegedly draw list of 4 candidates to replace Buhari, set conditions
Obasanjo, Babangida, Abubakar under attack over alleged plot to replace Buhari in 2019

Obasanjo, Babangida, Abubakar under attack over alleged plot to replace Buhari in 2019

The Democratic Youth Congress (DYC) has condemned the media reports of purported search for the replacement of President Muhammadu Buhari by 3 ex-presidents.

Obasanjo, Babangida, Abubakar under attack over alleged plot to replace Buhari in 2019
Nigeria has 3 major factors affecting its development - Obasanjo

Nigeria has 3 major factors affecting its development - Obasanjo

Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, August 2, at an event said that there are three major problems affecting the country's development.

Nigeria has 3 major factors affecting its development - Obasanjo
Why the administration after me failed - Obasanjo makes revelation

Why the administration after me failed - Obasanjo makes revelation

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the inability of the administration that came after his own to continue with its project led to its failure.

Why the administration after me failed - Obasanjo makes revelation
What will happen to Lagos state before I die - Obasanjo reveals

What will happen to Lagos state before I die - Obasanjo reveals

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria has stated that in a very short period of time, Lagos would become the third largest economy in Africa.

What will happen to Lagos state before I die - Obasanjo reveals
Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, dazzles in a C&S church regalia (photo)

Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, dazzles in a C&S church regalia (photo)

Photo of former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, dazzling in a full regalia of the Cherubim and Seraphim church has surfaced on the internet. Read more!

Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, dazzles in a C&S church regalia (photo)
OPINION: Obasanjo and Nigeria’s current crisis

OPINION: Obasanjo and Nigeria’s current crisis

Former President Obasanjo recently at Makurdi, Benue State, following the eviction notice from some Arewa youths to the Igbo in the North had this to say.....

OPINION: Obasanjo and Nigeria’s current crisis
Obasanjo reveals why Donald Trump became US president

Obasanjo reveals why Donald Trump became US president

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed some reasons God in his mercy allowed Donald Trump to become the President of United States of America (USA).

Obasanjo reveals why Donald Trump became US president
How CNN and Ford Foundation helped me with $150,000 after I left jail - OBJ reveals surprising details

How CNN and Ford Foundation helped me with $150,000 after I left jail - OBJ reveals surprising details

Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that after he was released from prison, he was given the sum of $150,000 by the founder of CNN, and the Ford Foundation.

How CNN and Ford Foundation helped me with $150,000 after I left jail - OBJ reveals surprising details
Anybody who does not want to see my red eyes should stop calling me Matthew - Obasanjo

Anybody who does not want to see my red eyes should stop calling me Matthew - Obasanjo

The former president said he adopted only Olusegun Okikiola Aremu as his names, stressing that names have lots of connotations in the African setting.

Anybody who does not want to see my red eyes should stop calling me Matthew - Obasanjo
One “crime” I committed that made Abacha come after my life - Obasanjo makes revelation

One “crime” I committed that made Abacha come after my life - Obasanjo makes revelation

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed how the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade Okunade asked him to beg General Sani Abacha but he refused.

One “crime” I committed that made Abacha come after my life - Obasanjo makes revelation
Obasanjo is the best President Nigeria ever had - Afe Babalola declares

Obasanjo is the best President Nigeria ever had - Afe Babalola declares

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Aare Afe Babalola has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the best President Nigeria ever had. He said that..

Obasanjo is the best President Nigeria ever had - Afe Babalola declares
3 of us were listed to be killed but I was the only one that came out alive - Obasanjo reveals Abacha’s deadly plan

3 of us were listed to be killed but I was the only one that came out alive - Obasanjo reveals Abacha’s deadly plan

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed how Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Chief MKO Abiola were killed by late General Sani Abacha killer squad.

3 of us were listed to be killed but I was the only one that came out alive - Obasanjo reveals Abacha’s deadly plan
Anybody who wants to breakup Nigeria has mental issues - Obasanjo

Anybody who wants to breakup Nigeria has mental issues - Obasanjo

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's former president and head of state has faulted the current agitation embarked by Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra agitators.

Anybody who wants to breakup Nigeria has mental issues - Obasanjo
Maitama Sule saved Obasanjo’s life - Former minister opens up

Maitama Sule saved Obasanjo’s life - Former minister opens up

Major-General Tajudeen Olarewaju (retd) has revealed how late Maitama Sule, prevented the death sentence passed on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo by Abacha

Maitama Sule saved Obasanjo’s life - Former minister opens up
Failure to stop Nnamdi Kanu could lead to a repeat of the 1966 coup - Obasanjo

Failure to stop Nnamdi Kanu could lead to a repeat of the 1966 coup - Obasanjo

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, July 4, said that Nigerians must do everything possible to stop the agitation for Biafra led by IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.

Failure to stop Nnamdi Kanu could lead to a repeat of the 1966 coup - Obasanjo
Obasanjo reveals category of soldiers that must be removed from the army to prevent another civil war

Obasanjo reveals category of soldiers that must be removed from the army to prevent another civil war

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the removal of soldiers who have the backing of political office holder from the army to prevent another civil war.

Obasanjo reveals category of soldiers that must be removed from the army to prevent another civil war
Obasanjo endorses Benue state governor for second term

Obasanjo endorses Benue state governor for second term

The former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has showered encomiums on Governor Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom for striving under economy recession.

Obasanjo endorses Benue state governor for second term
Fayose attacks Obasanjo, says he has 'rotten mouth' (Video)

Fayose attacks Obasanjo, says he has 'rotten mouth' (Video)

There is no love lost between Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Fayose takes great pleasure in showing it.

Fayose attacks Obasanjo, says he has 'rotten mouth' (Video)
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