Sunday, July 12, 2015

Iyabo told me I was going to die, Obasanjo reveals

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that his eldest daughter, Iyabo, told him he was going to die in office. The former President also said his daughter said if that should happen, she would not weep for him                        
Obasanjo, who said this in his controversial book, My Watch, said that was Iyabo’s submission when he informed her and three of his other children about his desire to contest the 1999 Presidential election.
Obasanjo said, “My mind was almost made up (to vie for the position of President) but I had to consult with my children. I got four of them together in New York.
“I told them I was going to decide whether to go into politics or not. Iyabo was the most antagonistic.
“She burst out loudly, ‘I know you will join and you will die there and if you die, I will not weep.’
“I told her ‘if I die and you weep, it is for yourself and others, not for me as I will not know you are weeping.’
“It is ironic that within 10 years, Iyabo became a Senator and I completed two terms of eight years without a scratch.”
In the book, Obasanjo also mentioned the names of his 21 children. He was however silent on the number of his wives or the mothers of the children.
The listing and mentioning of the names of his children was the first time the two-time President of Nigeria, would publicly talk about his children.

Punch

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