Former President Olusegun Obasanjo added another year to his age on Monday, March 5 and a ceremony was hosted to celebrate him at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
“One thing I always miss and remember is that my parents left this world too early, he said regrettably.
“The sacrifice they made, they did not wait to see the results. How I wish they had waited to see and eat fruits of their labour,’ the former president said.
“But going by what Yoruba believe and say, that the dead always watch over their beloved ones and see happenings around them, I am convinced that my parents are happy in their graves, as they watch over me,” he said.
Obasanjo promised to dedicate the reminder of his time on earth to serve humanity and praise God
“We mus be able to serve humanity, if we can’t serve humanity, we can’t serve God. I do not believe God had created bad situation for Nigeria, or any particular country in Africa. If things are not going right, we must blame ourselves,” he said.
There was no federal government presence at the event and President Buhari was also silent on Obasanjo’s 81st birthday with no official birthday wishes from the president as at 5pm Monday.
Former president of Switzerland, Ruth Dreifuss, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Ambassador Mary Khimulu, Prof Jummah Shabani of Burundi, Former African student leader from Ghana, Fred Auwwa, NACCIMA president, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Sharif Ishola and Akin Osuntokun, Former Osun state governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Prof Akin Mabogunje, Mr Christopher Kolade were dignitaries who graced the occasion.