If there is something quite spectacular about former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, it is the fact that he is always in the news for one reason or the other. Many have always wondered whether he simply has a penchant for publicity, or it is because his words always come with much significance.
Since his exit from office in 2007, he has continued to remain relevant in the mainstream of politics in Nigeria, and his words have also continued to carry weight.
Today, he is in the news again, following the statement he made during the first anniversary of Oba Bakare as the 9th Agura of Gbagura in Egbaland. Oba Bakare assumed the office in May last year, after receiving the staff of office from the former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun.
The first anniversary was held yesterday in Abeokuta, with a lot of notable personalities in attendance, and Olusegun Obasanjo was one of those dignitaries.
In his address, the former President said that he will be at the 20th anniversary of the monarch to celebrate with him, whether he is invited or not. He added, that by the time he takes part in the 20th anniversary if God decides, He can then call him up to heaven to meet with him because by that time he will be above 100 years.
Olusegun Obasanjo marked his 83rd birthday this year, and if you add the 19 years he is now projecting for himself, then he should be 102 years by then. That’s quite an optimism! And it is quite impressive to see a man of his age being so positive about life and his future.
Expectedly, Nigerians took to social media to react to the statement, with some concurring to it and wishing him the best on his desire. While some maintained that God is the giver of life, and not him, and as such he cannot determine how long he will live.
There is something really stirring about such pronouncements. There is a belief that there is power in the tongue, and that we always get what we proclaim. But then, why is it that we do not always get what we proclaim? We have seen many people die young even after all the proclamations of long life, but then we never stop to believe that what we say is what we get.
Olusegun Obasanjo was born on March 5th, 1937, and has served both as a military head of state and as a political leader. As the head of state, he served from 1976 to 1979. In 1999, during the country’s return to democratic rule, he became the first President of the Fourth Republic. He left office in 2007 after eight years of what was considered as one of the most dramatic governance in Nigeria’s history.
He is a leader that many Nigerians will truly wish long life for, because of the various accomplishments he made for Nigeria during his administration, which included strengthening the country’s international relations, and positioning our young democracy for growth.
So we truly wish him the long life that he wishes himself. And impressively, Baba has been in a run of good health despite his age. Or when last did we ever hear that Olusegun Obasanjo is in a critical health condition? He is still full of zest and optimism even at the age of 83. And who knows, maybe Baba might still be here in the next 19 years.
So what are your thoughts on this? Do you think Obasanjo did the right thing by predicting how long he intends to leave, or is that supposed to be decided by the Divine? Let’s hear you out in the comments section below.