Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has uncovered that he made a mistake while picking his vice when he was the civilian head of state in 1999.

Obasanjo expressed this at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State, while handling questions from secondary school students in a programme.

While interacting with the students, Obasanjo uncovered that he had made a large number of “genuine mistakes” in his life; saying, in any case, that God caused him to defeat them.

“One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two when I wanted to become the president. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me,” Obasanjo said.

NAIJA LIVE TV reports that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was Obasanjo’s second-in-command from 1999 to 2007.


While in office, the duo of Obasanjo and Atiku differ on issues as they went quite agitated against one another for a really long time.

Talking about the second mistake, Obasanjo said he rejected an asylum proposed to him by the American Embassy when he was going to be arrested by the late former military dictator, General Sani Abacha.

As indicated by Obasanjo, he would have lost his life during the time of his imprisonment, however God saved him.

“When Abacha wanted to arrest me, I was told by the American ambassador that they will arrest me and that America has asked that I should be given an asylum. I said no. It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.”

The Balogun Owu kept up with that God had saved him from numerous things that might have been a mix-up.

On whether the youths could be permitted to rule the country, Obasanjo communicated stresses, expressing that young people might very well never come into power if the latest thing in Nigeria proceeds.

The former president lamented that despite the “Not Too Young to Run” campaign, individuals contesting to run the country are somewhere in the range of 70 and 80 years of age.

“How can the youths run,” he asked, adding that how much money associated with going into politics wouldn’t permit young people to get to leadership positions.

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