By Gbenga Gbelee
Former President of Nigeria; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has admitted that he is not sure
about his true age.
Former president Obasanjo noted that his late mother only told him she gave birth to him on
a market day.
Chief Obasanjo said this today at the 2017 International Youth Variety Day and Public
Presentation of Olusegun Obasanjo’s Books for Children, as part of programmes earmarked
to celebrate his 80th birthday.
The programme was put together by the Centre for Human Security, with the theme
“Presidential Libraries Will Reduce Leadership Deficit in Africa” and it held at theatre hall of
the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The former president said while growing up, he had the challenge of knowing his real date of
birth, because his parents were illiterates and could not provide any record of his birth.
He added that when he continued to pressure his mother, the information he was given was
that she gave birth to him on an Ifo village market day.
The former leader said he arrived at his current age when he considered the ages of some of
his peers at the time.
The former president also spoke about morality in the society, lamenting that the era of
genuine morality was being fast eroded, but needed to be revived in the interest of all and