Jonathan, Abdulsalami, Fmr Ghanian President, Govs For OBJ’s Reception

OBASANJO celebratesPresident Olusegun Obasanjo in civic reception following his voluntary retirement from office as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Billed to add colour and glamour to the event is President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Ghanaian President, John Kufuor and some governors.

The event which has been spread over two days and billed for the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, from January 18 to 19, is expected to be chaired by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido.

Adeyemi Adefulu, Chairman, Planning Committee of the event, at a press briefing on Monday in Ibadan, said the former president was being celebrated because he was an outstanding statesman and an icon.

Adefulu added, “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is being  celebrated for his exploits on the political landscape of Nigeria in the past 50years.

“In the 60s, he was a young officer fighting in the Congo on a United Nation’s Mission to restore order to Zaire.

“It is to his glory that he kept faith with the people and in 1979 handed over to Alhaji Shehu Shagari as elected President of Nigeria.

“Having dominated the Nigerian public life in a way no other person has for the past 50 years, the symbolism of another retirement is not lost on us. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has effectively become the father of the nation, a political oracle and a living legend whose life is worth celebrating.”

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