As a former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, celebrated his 81st birthday on Monday, he has revealed his biggest regret to be the untimely demise of his parents. He said that it saddens his heart that despite their huge sacrifices they on him, they did not live long enough to reap the fruits of their labour.
Speaking at the gathering of eminent Nigerians and foreigners who came to felicitate with him on his birthday celebration held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta. He said,
“One of the things that I always missed or remember with some feeling of sadness is that my parents left this world too early and that the sacrifices they have made for me, how I wish they have been around to see the fruit of their labour, that is not to be.
“But if, as Yoruba believe that those who are dead are still able to see those who are here alive, if my parents, where they are, are able to see those of us who are here, they will also be grateful to those who have worked with me to enable me to achieve what, if they’ve been alive, they would have been proud of as my achievements.”
Lamenting on the state of bad leadership in Nigeria, he said;
“I do not believe God has created a bad situation for Nigeria, no, or for any part of Africa, no.
“When things are not going on right, we must blame ourselves and these are issues of leadership, governance, development and values. And these are things we must take seriously and make sure we get them right.”