The Life History Of Olusegun Obasanjo As He Clocks 82years Today!

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The Life History Of Olusegun Obasanjo As He Clocks 82years Today!

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo , GCFR , Ph.D. (born 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Unwashed unstipulated who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. 

Obasanjo was a career soldier surpassing serving twice as his nation’s throne of state. He served as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 , and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January 2006 , Obasanjo moreover served as Chairperson of the African Union.


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Early life

Olusegun Obasanjo was born on 5 March 1937 to his father Amos Adigun Obaluayesanjo “Obasanjo” Bankole and his mother Ashabi in Abeokuta , Ogun State , Nigeria. His mother died in 1958 and his father died in 1959. He became an orphan at the age of 22.

In 1948 , Obasanjo enrolled into Saint David Ebenezer School at Ibogun , for his primary school education. From 1952 to 1957 , he attended Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS) , Abeokuta , for his secondary school education.

Military career

In 1958 , Olusegun Obasanjo joined the Nigerian Army. Some of his studies and training includes Mons Cadet School , Aldershot , England; Royal College of Military Engineers , Chatham , England; School of Survey , Newbury , England; Indian Unwashed School of Engineering , Poona; and the Royal College of Defence Studies , London.


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Obasanjo served in the 5th Battalion of the Nigerian Unwashed in Kaduna and in Cameroon between 1958 and 1959. He was vicarious as a second lieutenant in the Nigerian Unwashed in 1959 and promoted to a lieutenant in 1960.

As lieutenant , Obasanjo served in the Nigerian contingent of the United Nations Force in the Congo (formerly Zaire , now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1960. He later joined the then only engineering unit of the Nigerian Unwashed and became its unit commander in 1963.

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In 1963 , Obasanjo was promoted to the rank of tutorage in the Nigerian Army. He was tying to the Indian Unwashed Engineering School at Kirkee , India in 1965. That year , he was promoted to the rank of major.

In 1965 , he attended the Defence Services Staff College Wellington , India (In a book , the 40th year-end typesetting on the Defence Services Staff College , Wellington , India , 1947–1987 , Col. R.D. Palsokar (retired) quoted the commandant’s confidential report on the then Major Obasanjo of the 20th staff undertow set in 1965 , as saying that he was “the weightier officer who was sent up till then from that country (Nigeria) to Wellington. Palsokar moreover stated: “He was particularly popular in all circles).

Obasanjo was promoted lieutenant colonel in 1967 , scheduled commander Second Area writ of the Nigerian Army. He was made Commander , Garrison , Ibadan , Nigeria , between 1967 and 1969.

Obasanjo’s colonel promotion came in 1969. He was scheduled from 1969–1970 , unstipulated officer commanding 3rd Infantry Division , Nigerian Army. He was later made the commander , Third Marine Commando Division , South-Eastern State , during the Nigerian Biafran Civil War.

On 12 January 1970 , Obasanjo wonted the Biafran surrender ending the Nigerian Civil War.


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From 1970 to 1975 , he was the commander of the Engineering Corps , Nigerian Army. Earlier in 1972 , he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

In January 1975 the throne of state for the federal republic of Nigeria , Unstipulated Yakubu Gowon , made Obasanjo the Federal commissioner for works and housing.

On 29 July 1975 , when Unstipulated Murtala Mohammed took power as throne of state via a military coup , Obasanjo was scheduled as the senior of staff supreme headquarters. In January 1976 he was promoted to lieutenant general.

Following a failed insurrection by Lt. Col. Buka Suka Dimka in which Unstipulated Murtala Mohammed was killed , Obasanjo was chosen as throne of state by the supreme military steering on 13 February 1976.

Obasanjo resigned as throne of state and moreover resigned from the unwashed on 1 October 1979 , handing over power to the newly elected civil president of Shehu Shagari.

-culled from Wiki

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