Former President of Nigeria , Olusegun Obasanjo who was 77 year-old on Wednesday, has confessed that he had no real record of his birthday, attributing it to his parent’s inability to have it documented.
The ex-president spoke at his 77th birthday ceremony held at the amphi-theatre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
“Sooner than later, the cat will be let out of the bag by myself but one thing that is clear is that I was born, there is no doubt about that.
“Another thing that is clear and that I was told by my mother that I was actually born on Ifo market day. Because according to her, in our village, she had prepared to go to Ifo market and Ifo market is every five days”.
“And then she was under labour. Before those who went to Ifo market had come back, I was born. I know and she knew I was born on Ifo market day. Don’t ask me what year or month. Whether I know the exact date or not, I think God has made my path to be glorious”.
“There are those of us like me who have no real record of birth like me. I want to thank God once again for what He has done in my life. Whether I know the exact date of my birth or not, I think God has made my birth glorious”.
“There are some people including me who do not know their exact birthday.
“I am grateful to God and I cannot thank God enough for all He has done, for all that He is doing and all that I know He will continue to do in my life.
“For making me to be a source of blessing to others, for making me to be a participant in areas that are of relevance and importance in the life of this country, Africa and indeed in the world”.
Obasanjo however, assured that there is still hope for Nigeria to realise the goals and aspirations of her fore-fathers.
He said, “when you listen to these younger ones, you cannot but agree that there is hope for this country. When you hear them and listen to them, you will feel proud.