Obasanjo at 83: African leaders to storm Nigeria for ex-president's birthday

Obasanjo at 83: African leaders to storm Nigeria for ex-president's birthday

- The 83rd birthday of former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, will be a high-profile celebration

- This is as the birthday party will be graced with the presence of a number of former African heads of state in Ogun

- Among others, the grand event will be attended by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and a former prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn

Former African heads of states will be at the Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library international conference centre in Abeokuta, Ogun state, for the 83rd birthday of former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former Nigerian leader will be 83 years on Thursday, March 5, and a series of activities have been organized by the Centre for Human Security and Dialogue (CHSD), including keynote addresses by leaders in the continent.

At a press conference to announce the events preceding the day of the celebration, Professor Peter Okebukola, the director of CHSD also announced that there would be a presentation of the book ‘The Asian Aspiration’ which was authored by Greg Mills, Obasanjo, and others.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former Liberian president; Ernest Bai Koroma, the former Sierra Leonean leader and Hailemariam Desalegn, a former Ethiopian prime minister are the former African leaders expected to grace the occasion.

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“The roundtable will bring together former Heads of State and government in Africa, especially from the ECOWAS sub-region, heads/representatives of United Nations agencies, Ambassadors of foreign missions to Nigeria, leaders from the public and private sector, the media, development experts, and other stakeholders.

“Ambassador of China to Nigeria and the Head of Chancery of the High Commission of India to Nigeria will give perspectives of their countries on the Asian aspiration and lessons for Africa,” Professor Okebukola added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Obasanjo had called for unity among Nigerians as the country navigates through its security challenges.

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Legit.ng gathered that Obasanjo made the call in Abuja during the burial service of Jennifer Etuh, wife of the chairman, Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), Thomas Etuh. The former president said the country would be better off if its citizens see themselves as agents of unity.

He said: “The bible says in all things give thanks. In the part of the country where I come from, culturally, we believe that anybody who dies no matter his or her age has automatically become the senior to those alive.

“As Thomas has said, here we are; I have seen people I will meet in the Mosque here and I have also seen people I will meet in the Church here and what can be unifying than this."

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