I want to live beyond 100 years says Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed his wish to live beyond 100 years on earth.

The elder statesman clocked 83 this year.

Speaking as a guest at the first anniversary of the the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakare, Jamolu II, held in Abeokuta on Tuesday, Obasanjo said he desired to live much longer in order to continue to celebrate with the traditional ruler.

Oba Bakare received the staff of office from former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on May 21, 2019, as the 9th Agura of Gbagura in Egbaland.

The monarch while commemorating his anniversary held interdenominational service with believers of all faiths and commissioned a borehole for the community.

The former president told the crowd that he wished to be at the 20th anniversary of the monarch.

“I will be here to celebrate your 20 years anniversary with you whether I am invited or not.

“By the time I also partake in celebrating your 20th anniversary with you, if God wishes, He can call me to come and meet Him in heaven because I know by that time, I will be above 100 or more .”

The former president, however, advised the monarch to propagate unity among traditional rules in Yorubaland.

“There are times that Kabiyesi don’t listen to words and there are times he does listen to words. If we are united, there is nothing we can’t do in Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole,” Obasanjo added.

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The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo who spoke at the event noted that the past one year of the reign of Oba Bakare had been characterised by direct engagement of Egba monarchs, leaders, and other stakeholders for social cohesion and unity of purpose.

The monarch expressed that the entire Egba Traditional Council was satisfied with the all-inclusive leadership of the Agura monarch and congratulated him for a successful anniversary.


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