Back in 1999, Nigeria began practising proper Democracy with a man from the Western part of the country being the first President. However, what was weird at that time is that the man used to be a Military President of the country. Yes, this man went from being in prison to becoming Nigeria's first Civilian President. And as much as that might sound like Nelson Mandela, we are actually referring to no other person than Olusegun Obasanjo. Yes, he is one of Nigeria's most popular leaders to date. So, in this post, we will be revealing some interesting facts about Olusegun Obasanjo net worth, cars, houses and political career. Read on!
Obasanjo looking dapper as always
1. Olusegun Obasanjo Biography
Matthew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo is the first of nine children born to his parents in a small village called 'Ibogun-Olaogun' in the Southwest Area of Nigeria. Sadly, only himself and his sister survived childhood amongst the family of 11. Olusegun Obasanjo's official date of birth is an estimate that was gotten when he was processing his international passport and it was given as 5th of March 1937 and this puts Olusegun Obasanjo's age at 84 years as at when this article was written. Obasanjo had a very rough childhood while growing up. His father abandoned his mother while he was little and he had to survive with just his mother who was a petty trader in their village.
A rare copy of Olusegun Obasanjo photos with Jimmy Carter
Olusegun Obasanjo did not have any formal education until he was 11 years old and he later moved to Ibadan in 1958 to further his education. He passed the entrance exams into the University College Ibadan but couldn't take up the admission due to a lack of funds for the tuition fees. It was at this point he decided to become a Civil Engineer under the Cadet Training Programme of the Nigerian Army at the time. This was how Olusegun Obasanjo found his way into the Nigerian Army that led to him being Nigeria's Military and Civilian President in 1976 and 1999 respectively. As at that time, he probably had the faintest idea that he would end up becoming one of the richest Politicians ever in Nigeria.
Obasanjo has come a long way making a name of himself
2. Olusegun Obasanjo's Family
In 1958, Obasanjo first got engaged to Oluremi who was the daughter of a Station Master in Ogun State at the time. In 1963, they both got married secretly in London because her family did not support Olusegun Obasanjo being her Husband for a lot of reasons. They both had a daughter together named Iyabo and she was the First Lady of Nigeria in 1976. They later divorced and she wrote a book named "bitter-sweet" that described her life with Olusegun Obasanjo. In 1976, Obasanjo married another woman called Stella while he was the Head of State and she bore him three children.
Obasanjo has a pretty big family
Olusegun Obasanjo also had a relationship with an NTA reporter named Gold Oruh. They had two children together. If we are to give details and rumours about each Olusegun Obasanjo Wife, the list will go on and on. But moving on to his offspring, the former head of state is rumoured to have more than 20 children in total as he doesn't acknowledge a lot of his children with some women he didn't get married to.
3. How Olusegun Obasanjo became President
Obasanjo joined the Army Cadet Training in 1958 as an engineer and he kept proving himself worthy of serving the country through the army by always excelling at any task given to carry out as a Cadet trainee. In 1960, Obasanjo was sent to Congo on peacekeeping duty and he impressed the army as he became a temporary captain. On his return from Congo, he joined the Army Engineering Corps. He was later sent to England under the Commonwealth umbrella and he became the best commonwealth student that had ever attended the engineering programme.
Obasanjo and his beloved Stella of late memory
One thing Obasanjo did not stop doing was getting more education. He kept travelling all over the world in pursuit of education and training. In no time, Obasanjo became the most senior Yoruba Army official serving in the Nothern part of Nigeria. Obasanjo was at the forefront of the Civil war trying to make sure the country returned to normal and Biafra was eased. This earned him the position for the office of the Federal Minister of Defence of Nigeria under the administration of Major General Muritala.
In 1976, there was a military coup detat that claimed the life of General Muritala Mohammed and this was when the council of the senior Army officials decided that Olusegun Obasanjo should be the head of the Council. Later on, he stood in for Muritala Muhammed as the Head of State of Nigeria until 1979.
Olusegun Obasanjo at his swearing in as a civilian President
In 1995, Obasanjo was jailed by General Sani Abacha for threatening the Government. However, the reason he was jailed was later revealed by an inmate in prison to be a framed offence against Obasanjo. Even with the big revelation, Olusegun Obasanjo was only proven to be innocent but still wasn't released. While in Prison, Stella Obasanjo was always visiting him once a month even with how he kept being transferred all over the country.
In 1998 when General Sani Abacha died, General Abdulsalami Abubakar ordered the release of Olusegun Obasanjo and he became a free man again. Later in 1998, Olusegun Obasanjo joined the Peoples Democratic Party and showed interest to run for the office of President. He got a lot of financial support from his former Military colleagues and new businessmen like Aliko Dangote. The elections went smoothly in February 1999 with Olusegun Obasanjo running against Olu Falae of the APP. And to everyone's surprise, Olusegun Obasanjo lost in all six Yoruba states but still managed to win 63% of the country's total votes. This shocking result is said to have been possible because he chose Atiku Abubakar as his running mate for the elections. So, that was how Olusegun Obasanjo became a GCFR between 1999 and 2007, conveniently running two terms as the President of Nigeria.
4. Olusegun Obasanjo Net worth
Olusegun Obasanjo is currently said to be worth over ₦800 billion as he has been investing his money since day one. His Ota farm alone generates Millions for him every single year.
A view of the Obasanjo Farm popularly known as "Ota Farm" in Ogun State
It's funny how this farm project was actually picked up by Olusegun Obasanjo back in 1998 just after he left prison.
5. Olusegun Obasanjo Cars and Houses
Obasanjo has over 30 houses scattered all over the world with about 18 in Nigeria alone. Olusegun Obasanjo house that most people know is the one at Ota where he currently resides. This house is sort of built on a hill and you would always see his helicopter directly at anywhere you view the house from.
Olusegun Obasanjo Car Museum
Obasanjo has a lot of cars and even has a car museum where you would see a couple of vintage cars for your viewing pleasure. His car collection Includes a custom-built Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, a second-generation Mercedes S-Class, Peugeots in different forms and some aircraft.
Olusegun Obasanjo recently got this type of Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Amongst Obasanjo's fleet includes a Rolls-Royce, Peugeot 504, 2016 Land Cruiser Prado, Lexus LX570, Mercedes-Benz S550, Mercedes-Benz G500 and a whole lot more luxury cars. This makes him one of the 40 Nigerian celebrities that daily drive a Rolls-Royce. In fact, the internet space in Nigeria was thrown into a frenzy sometime in 2019 when Obasanjo pulled up in a Gold-painted Rolls-Royce sedan at Gabriel Igbinedion's 85th birthday party.
6. Olusegun Obasanjo Achivements
Obasanjo is a Living Legend as he has achieved a lot while living on this God's earth. Asides from being a military and civilian president of Nigeria. We have highlighted some of his notable achievements below:
A. Writing over 20 books to date that span from politics to farming. Some of these books include;
- Challenges of Leadership in Africa
- War Wounds: Development Costs of Conflict in Southern Sudan
- Guides to Effective Prayer
- The Challenges of Agricultural Production and Food Security in Africa
B. In 1980, Obasanjo was a Distinguished Fellow at the popular University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
C. In 1998, Obasanjo set up the Obasanjo Farms in the Ota area of Ogun State.
D. In December 2003, Obasanjo received an honorary knighthood from British Queen Elizabeth II
E. In December 2017, Obasanjo defended his PhD thesis at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He is now a PhD holder in Theology.
F. Chief Obasanjo is the holder of the title; Olori Omo Ilu of Ibogun-Olaogun.
G. In 2013, Obasanjo set up the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation to help tackle some key human security issues in Africa. This is one of Olusegun Obasanjo charitable activities.
Olusegun Obasanjo went from a regular village boy to ruling the country and also establishing a lot of beneficial infrastructures even after his reign as President. This is part of the impressive legacy and interesting facts that we know so far about Olusegun Obasanjo net worth, cars, houses and political career.
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