How old is Olusegun Obasanjo?

Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo was born on the 5th of March, 1937 in Ogun State and grew up in Owu (Abeokuta). The Egba Chieftain is a former General in the Nigerian Army and was president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007.

At the age of 21, he enlisted in the Nigerian Army and attended the 6-month Short Service Commission training in Aldershot in England, and was afterward commissioned as an officer in the Nigerian Army. He also trained in India at the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington and the Indian Army School of Engineering.

When he returned to Nigeria, he served at 1 Area Command, Kaduna. Thereafter, he was promoted to Chief Army Engineer and was made commander of 2 Area Command from July 1967, and then the Ibadan Garrison Organization. As a commander during the Nigerian Civil War, he led Army’s 3 Marine Commando Division that took Owerri and helped bring the civil war to an end.

Obasanjo served as Nigeria’s military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, where he handed over power to Shehu Shagari, a democratically elected civilian president. This earned him the status of becoming the first military head of state to peacefully transfer power to a civilian regime in Nigeria. However, Olusegun Obasanjo was not yet done with Nigerian politics.

Along with Atiku Abubakar as his running mate, he contested under the banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and was president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May, 2007. Olusegun is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP) and has many children who live throughout Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He currently resides in Abeokuta and holds the chieftaincy titles of the Balogun of the Owu lineage and the Ekerin Balogun of the Egba clan of Yorubaland.  To answer the question, he’s currently 79 years old.

 

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