Bukola Adeyinka, Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that God has been partial to him for the unmerited favours he has been receiving.
Obasanjo while narrating how he became President disclosed that he never wanted to contest for any position after he left prison, until he consulted Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa before he got convinced.
Obasanjo made this known on Sunday when the Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), hosted a thanksgiving service to commemorate the 80th birthday for him at Treasure House Of God, Agbeloba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He said that Nigeria is not there yet as a country but, the most significant thing is unity, and we would get there.
However, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu Of Owu tasked the Former President to make sure that he prevail on the appropriate authorities to ban the proposed importation of cassava flakes, (garri) from India before 2025.
The Olowu said that he would choose the made in Nigeria Garri over any other that would be imported from any of the foreign countries.
He however commended Obasanjo for handing over power to his successor, without violence.
Also, the Deputy National President of the pentecostal Fellowship Of Nigeria (PFN), Mr Wale Oke during his sermon disclosed how his prophesies to Obasanjo in Prison, in 1995 made him become President.
He said that Former president Obasanjo did not contend the position of presidency with anyone, adding that,the position came to him unknowingly,after he was released from prison.
He however described Obasanjo as a God fearing man, and a man who loves everyone irrespective of their tribe.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga congratulated Obasanjo describing him as “the legend of our time”
Dignitaries at the event were the, Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, Speaker State House of Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, Hon Ladi Adebutu former Minister of Finance, Onalapo Soneye, Keshington Adebutu, Catholic Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese, Most Revd. Peter Odetoyinbo, Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, Osiele of Oke-Ona, Oba Dapo Tejuoso, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, Iyabo Anisulowo. Among others.