- As CAN honours ex-president
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Sunday said God has been too partial to him by bestowing unmerited favour on him.
Obasanjo also revealed how the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and rights activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, advised him to contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in 1999.
He spoke at the thanksgiving service held at the Treasure House of God, Abeokuta, which was organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ogun State chapter to commemorate his 80th birthday.
Obasanjo will clock 80 on Sunday, March 5, 2017.
The one-time head of state, who wondered why God has been so merciful to him, declared that he had gotten much more than he deserved in the journey of life.
He said despite the fact that he was imprisoned on a trumped up charge of coup plotting by the late General Sanni Abacha, he came out alive and later became a president in 1999.
Obasanjo explained that given his background as a poor Ibogun village boy, with stark illiterate parents, he never dreamt his name would be heard in the nearest hamlet, not to talk of Nigeria and the world over.
According to him, he consulted with late South African President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu when pressure was being mounted on him to contest as Nigeria’s president in 1999.
He said he would always be grateful to God for showing overwhelming grace on him.