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.

No man is bigger than the party - PDP replies Obasanjo after he vowed not to re-join the party

No man is bigger than the party - PDP replies Obasanjo after he vowed not to re-join the party

No man is bigger than the party - PDP replies Obasanjo after he vowed not to re-join the party
Obasanjo, Jonathan to join Osinbajo for peace summit in Abuja

Obasanjo, Jonathan to join Osinbajo for peace summit in Abuja

The occasion is meant to herald the golden jubilee and thanks giving service ‎of the founder of Living Christ Mission Incorporated, Professor Daddy Hezekiah.

Obasanjo, Jonathan to join Osinbajo for peace summit in Abuja
Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo set to star in his first comedy video

Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo set to star in his first comedy video

Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo is a man full of surprises. He was recently spotted on the set of actor Samuel Ajibola’s soon to be released comedy skit.

Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo set to star in his first comedy video
Okorocha has never stopped to surprise me - Obasanjo praises Imo state governor

Okorocha has never stopped to surprise me - Obasanjo praises Imo state governor

Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has praised the governor of Imo state, Rochas Owelle Okorocha, for his dedication to providing free education.

Okorocha has never stopped to surprise me - Obasanjo praises Imo state governor
Buhari has not disappointed me - OBJ lavishes more praise on president

Buhari has not disappointed me - OBJ lavishes more praise on president

President Muhammadu Buhari has been showered with praise for his achievements in office over the past two years, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Buhari has not disappointed me - OBJ lavishes more praise on president
See how singer Timi Dakolo greeted ex-president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo when they met on a plane (photo)

See how singer Timi Dakolo greeted ex-president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo when they met on a plane (photo)

Singer Timi Dakolo has become a force to be reckoned with and is highly celebrated by his fans. He was recently seen with the ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.

See how singer Timi Dakolo greeted ex-president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo when they met on a plane (photo)
Throwback! Never seen before photo of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and late wife Stella

Throwback! Never seen before photo of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and late wife Stella

A photo of Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo and his late wife Stella has surfaced on social media. Stella passed away on October 23, 2005.

Throwback! Never seen before photo of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and late wife Stella
Obasanjo distances self from Nigeria's restructuring, gives reasons

Obasanjo distances self from Nigeria's restructuring, gives reasons

Former President, chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has distanced himself from ongoing calls for the country's restructuring by some Nigerians home and abroad.

Obasanjo distances self from Nigeria's restructuring, gives reasons
Why Obasanjo was not impeached - Former speaker sheds light on controversial issue

Why Obasanjo was not impeached - Former speaker sheds light on controversial issue

Aminu Bello Masari, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has revealed how former President Olusegun Obasanjo was saved from impeachment.

Why Obasanjo was not impeached - Former speaker sheds light on controversial issue
Obasanjo replies young Nigerians who begged him to help search for young leaders ahead of 2019

Obasanjo replies young Nigerians who begged him to help search for young leaders ahead of 2019

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has sent a strong message to young Nigerians hoping to take over the mantle of leadership in the 2019 General Elections.

Obasanjo replies young Nigerians who begged him to help search for young leaders ahead of 2019
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

Namdas said the reaction of the House was already captured in its earlier reply in 2016 that Obasanjo remained the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.

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

Obasanjo accuses Nigerian lawmakers of corruption

Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president has remarked on the constituency projects being embarked upon by lawmakers while saying that it is corruption.

Obasanjo accuses Nigerian lawmakers of corruption
I was going on with my life ‘jeje’ in the prison before they made me president in 1999 - Obasanjo

I was going on with my life ‘jeje’ in the prison before they made me president in 1999 - Obasanjo

Obasanjo made the statement at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Niger state Investment Summit held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi Conference Centre, Minna.

I was going on with my life ‘jeje’ in the prison before they made me president in 1999 - Obasanjo
Why I head-hunted Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and appointed her as minister of finance - Obasanjo reveals

Why I head-hunted Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and appointed her as minister of finance - Obasanjo reveals

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, has disclosed why he head-hunted Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and made her Minister of Finance during his administration

Why I head-hunted Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and appointed her as minister of finance - Obasanjo reveals
Be prepared for the second coming of Jesus - Obasanjo expresses desire to go to heaven

Be prepared for the second coming of Jesus - Obasanjo expresses desire to go to heaven

Former President Olusegun Obansanjo on Saturday. August 12 at Apostolic Faith Church said he wants to go heaven and longs to sing among the heavenly host.

Be prepared for the second coming of Jesus - Obasanjo expresses desire to go to heaven
Obasanjo gives reason Nigeria has not experienced military coup since 1999

Obasanjo gives reason Nigeria has not experienced military coup since 1999

A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria has not been experienced military coup since 1999 because it is a treason offense.

Obasanjo gives reason Nigeria has not experienced military coup since 1999
How the issue of Sharia law threatened to destroy Nigeria - Obasanjo reveals how he averted disaster

How the issue of Sharia law threatened to destroy Nigeria - Obasanjo reveals how he averted disaster

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has shed light on the issue of Sharia law in Nigeria describing it as one of his biggest challenges during his administration.

How the issue of Sharia law threatened to destroy Nigeria - Obasanjo reveals how he averted disaster
OBJ, IBB and Abdulsalami Abubakar have betrayed Buhari - APC lawmaker exposes former Heads of State

OBJ, IBB and Abdulsalami Abubakar have betrayed Buhari - APC lawmaker exposes former Heads of State

Obasanjo, Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar have been accused of conspiring against president Muhammadu Buhari’s continued governance by an APC lawmaker.

OBJ, IBB and Abdulsalami Abubakar have betrayed Buhari - APC lawmaker exposes former Heads of State
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
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