Olusegun Obasanjo Quotes

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Olusegun Obasanjo
12th President of Nigeria
In office
29 May 1999 â€“ 29 May 2007
Vice President Atiku Abubakar
Preceded by Abdulsalami Abubakar
Succeeded by Umaru Yar’Adua
5th Head of State of Nigeria
In office
13 February 1976 â€“ 30 September 1979
Preceded by Gen. Murtala Mohammed
Succeeded by Shehu Shagari as 1st elected President of Nigeria
3rd Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters
In office
29 July 1975 â€“ 13 February 1976
Preceded by Vice-Adm. J.E.A Wey
Succeeded by Maj-Gen. S.M. Yar’Adua
Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing
In office
1974–1975
Personal details
Born (1937-03-05) 5 March 1937 (age 79)
Abeokuta, Western Region, British Nigeria
(now Abeokuta, Ogun, Nigeria)
Nationality Nigerian
Political party PDP (1999 – Feb. 2015)
Spouse(s)

Esther Oluremi (ex-wife)
Lynda (ex-wife, deceased)
Stella Abebe (deceased)
Mojisola Adekunle (deceased)

Alma mater Mons Officer Cadet School
DSSC, India
Religion Christianity (Anglicanism)[1]
Nickname(s) Baba , “OBJ”[2]
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch  Nigerian Army
Years of service 1958–1979
Rank General

We will as soon as possible reexamine our laws and policies and eliminate all obstacles to genuine investment.
Olusegun Obasanjo
We regard America and Europe as old friends. We keep old friends, but we make new friends in Japan, India, and China.
Olusegun Obasanjo
I will not say the fact that there are no European Union observers at an election means that it will not be fair and free.
Olusegun Obasanjo
If I am not above the law, nobody in this country can then claim to be above the law.
Olusegun Obasanjo
My joy knows no bounds… I will devote all my energy and all the powers available to me to the service of Nigeria and humanity.
Olusegun Obasanjo
I am a black man inside and outside and you are white men on the outside, but inside, you are Africans like me.
Olusegun Obasanjo
I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that our foreign friends are welcome to join in our endeavor to develop the resources of our country.
Olusegun Obasanjo
There is no part of the world where corruption is absolutely eliminated.
Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today.
Unfortunately, the true force which propels our endless political disputes, our constant struggles for political advantage, is often not our burning concern for democracy, it is often of our dedication to the principle of the rule of law.
Olusegun Obasanjo
Fighting corruption is not a one-night affair.
I believe God knew what he was doing when he put oil under our ground. It should be a means to an end.
Olusegun Obasanjo
Let me make a solemn pledge before all of you, before the whole world and before God, that I will devote all my energy and all I possess in my power to serve the people of Nigeria and humanity.
Olusegun Obasanjo
When I left office in 1979, I was about the only one who had really left public office on my own.
Olusegun Obasanjo
Nigeria has no business with poverty. With our human and material resources, we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country.
Olusegun Obasanjo
Pope John Paul II not only visited Nigeria twice but stood by the country in its fight against dictatorship and injustice.
Olusegun Obasanjo
We will work to bring an element of stability to the price of oil.
The givers of most of the corruption in Africa are from outside Africa.
What the oil producer gets paid is about 16 percent. The majority of it is tax, which in fairness to the government of this country they have accepted and admitted.
Olusegun Obasanjo
My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it.
Olusegun Obasanjo