Olusegun Obasanjo is an elder statesman in Nigeria. He is one of the many people who shaped Nigeria’s politics. As an officer of the Nigerian Army, he served in the Congo Crisis and the Nigerian Civil War. The 85-year-old retired general is at the crux of Nigeria’s history.
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He played an important role during the Nigerian Civil War, leading the army division in Port Harcourt. The success of his troop in Operation Tail Wind on 12 January 1970 led to the surrender of the Biafran leaders.
General Olusegun Obasanjo ruled Nigeria during two different periods. The first was between 1976 and 1979 as the Military Head of State after succeeding Murtala Muhammed who was killed in a deadly coup. His second stint was between 1999 and 2007 in democratic civilian rule.
This brings the total of his ruling days to 11 years. Baba Obasanjo is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Olusegun Obasanjo Profile
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Olusegun Obasanjo Early Life
Olusegun Obasanjo was born in Ibogun Olaogun, British Nigeria. He was born on 5 March 1937. He was the first of nine children. He began his education at the age of 11 after spending his early years doing agricultural labour. After three years, in 1951, he moved on to the Baptist Day School in the Owu quarter of Abeokuta. In 1952 he transferred to the Baptist Boys’ High School, also in the town. His school fees were partly financed by state grants. Obasanjo did well academically, and at school became a keen member of the local Boy Scouts.
Though there is no evidence that he was involved in politics during this period, he rejected the name Matthew as a form of protest against colonialism.
Olusegun Obasanjo Military Career
Obasanjo joined the Military in March 1958 to further his education. This gave him an opportunity to learn and earn a salary. He was based at the Regular Officers Training School at Teshie in Ghana.
In September 1958, he was transferred to Mons Officer Cadet School in England for additional training. He returned to Nigeria in 1959 and was posted to Kaduna as an infantry subaltern of the fifth battalion. The fifth battalion was mobilized to the Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping force. They returned to Nigeria in 1961.
Nine years later, Obasanjo played a crucial role in the Nigerian Civil War, leading two operations that led to the surrender of Biafra leaders.
Olusegun Obasanjo Books
- My Watch Volume 1: Early Life and Military
- My Watch Volume 2: Political and Public Affairs
- My Watch Volume 3: Now and Then
- My Command
- The Animal Called Man
- A New Dawn
- The Thabo Mbeki I know
- Africa Through the Eyes of A Patriot
- Making Africa Work: A handbook
- Forging a Compact in U.S. African Relations: The Fifth David M. Abshire Endowed Lecture, 15 December 1987.
- Africa in Perspective
- Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell.
- Not my Will
- Democracy Works: Re-Wiring Politics to Africa’s Advantage
- My Watch
- Challenges of Leadership in Africa
- War Wounds: Development Costs of Conflict in Southern Sudan
- Guides to Effective Prayer
- The Challenges of Agricultural Production and Food Security in Africa
- Addressing Africa’s Youth Employment and Food Security Crisis: The Role of African Agriculture in Job Creation.
- Dust Suspended: A memoir of Colonial, Overseas and Diplomatic Service Life 1953 to 1986
- L’Afrique en Marche: un manuel pour la réussite économique
- Africa’s Critical Choices: A Call for a Pan-African Roadmap
Olusegun Obasanjo Net worth
The former Nigerian president estimated net worth is $1.6 billion, He is also the 4th richest politician in Nigeria
Olusegun Obasanjo Cars
Olusegun Obasanjo’s Lexus 570 is decked with stylish interiors and state of art features. His Lexus 570 has a starting price of 45 million NGN.
Toyota Land Cruiser:
Toyota land cruisers have a bold and boxy appearance that makes it hard to miss. Often referred to as the King of all SUVs, Toyota Land Cruiser is a good car to have. It comes with an automatic transmission as standard. Toyota Landcruiser costs between 45-70 million.
Mercedes Benz S63 Sedan:
Olusegun Obasanjo shows his love for German-made cars by buying the Mercedes Benz S-63 Sedan. This cost him about 120 million NGN to bring home.
Toyota Highlander 2017:
The 2017 Highlander provides a quiet and compliant ride. It is a large three-row crossover SUV with seating for eight, but optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven. There are LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels. Olusegun Obasanjo’s Highlander cost him about 90 million NGN.
2019 Rolls Royce Phantom
Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo stole the show when he arrived in style to the 85th birthday anniversary of the Esama of Benin, Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, in a luxury Gold Rolls-Royce.
Olusegun Obasanjo Houses
Obasanjo’s house- no, scratch that- a mansion rather because it’s more than a house is on a Hilltop in Abeokuta, located an hour’s drive from downtown Lagos. Obasanjo’s mansion is made up of 6 structures including the Obasanjo cinema house and three bungalows.
The house was completed close to the time Baba left office as the President in 2007. It was structured by an Abuja-based Italian Company called Messrs Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Limited. It is also reported that the House has up to 50 rooms.
The Olusegun Obasanjo cinema is for visitors. The Mansion was reported to have caught fire in late 2012. However, there was no official claim.