Atiku, Saraki laud Olusegun Obasanjo at 82

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar

Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has celebrated former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 82nd birthday.

He is joined by the Senate President Bukola Saraki who referred to the former head of state.

In a tweet on his official account, Mr. Abubakar who served as Vice President to Mr. Obasanjo’s from 1999 to 2003 wrote, “A very happy 82nd birthday to you, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

“No living Nigerian has given as much to Nigeria in peacetime and in war as you have.

“May almighty God grant you many more years in good health and continued service to Nigeria and the world at large,” he tweeted signing off with his signature ‘AA’.

Similarly, Senator Saraki tweeted, “Happy 82nd Birthday to His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

“As you celebrate another year, Baba, I pray to Almighty God to continue to give you good health, great wisdom and grace to serve humanity.”

Olusegun Obasanjo was born on 5 March 1937 to his father Amos Adigun Obaluayesanjo “Obasanjo” Bankole and his mother Ashabi in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

His mother died in 1958 and his father died in 1959. He became an orphan at the age of 22.

In 1948, Obasanjo enrolled into Saint David Ebenezer School at Ibogun, for his primary school education.

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From 1952 to 1957, he attended Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, for his secondary school education.

Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation’s head of state.

He served as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

From July 2004 to January 2006, Obasanjo also served as Chairperson of the African Union.