The Yoruba political leader and former President of Nigeria shocked the world when he revealed he had no knowledge of his real age.
General Obasanjo, made this known on Thursday 2nd of March 2017, in an event tagged The 2017 International Youth Variety Day and Public Presentation of Olusegun Obasanjo’s Books for Children.
Ukrido learnt that the event took place at theater hall of The Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta. This was part of the programme to mark his 80th birthday.
Former President Obasanjo said in a statement:
“At early stage in my life, I had the challenge of knowing my date of birth, and my peers always asked, while in return I persisted in asking my mother, who was an illiterate and had no records.
“When I continued to put pressure on my mother, she told me that she was preparing to go to market on the said day, and went into labour, and before others could return from the market, she had given birth to me.
He further expressed how unlucky he was.
“I’m not as lucky as some of my peers who know the dates of their birth. What matters to me is that I have chosen a date. If I don’t even know the exact date of my birth, at least I know my age group.
“When we were growing up, if people doubt the source of your wealth, you will be ostracised.
“If your father goes out every night, the conclusion would be that your father is a thief, and if a family is seen and known to have engaged in crimes, the community will keep its distance from such family. All those values are gone, and how do we bring them back?”
According to Laila’s blog, the event was organised by the Centre for Human Security, with the theme “Presidential Libraries Will Reduce Leadership Deficit in Africa”.