President Muhammadu Buhari sent a heartfelt birthday message to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who celebrated his 82nd birthday yesterday.
President Buhari used his official twitter handle @MBuhari, to congratulate Obasanjo on his birthday yesterday.
His message read;
“Regardless of our political differences, I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of Nigeria overshadow those differences.
“The former President is a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity.
Former president Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, Ph.D., was born on 5th 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. From 1952 to 1957, he attended Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, for his secondary school education.
President Obasanjo is a former Nigerian Army general and he served as President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his Nigeria’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.