[Ogun]–While the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had described the former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a state gift to humanity, an ex president of the country, President Goodluck Jonathan, has described him as a lesson to the youths in the country.
These statements were made at the launch of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), in Abeokuta on Saturday, March 05, 2017, which happens to be the first of its kind in Africa.
The Acting President praised former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the legacies he has laid over the years, he added that the Obasanjo has took a great task upon himself by always keeping record of important events, giving the present and future generations the chance to know much about happened in the past, so that the future can be easily dealt with.
“History is the most compassionate teacher. At some point in time we were told in an adage that experience is the best teacher but now we know it is only half of a well wise saying.”
“The full statement of that adage is that experience is the best teacher for a fool, a wise man doesn’t need the pain of experience, history is a kinder and a more compassionate teacher.”
“President Olusegun Obasanjo is therefore a gift in various ways being so intricately tied to the history of Nigeria, few years away from independence to the civil war and then Head of State with the Nigerian people and then the transition to civil rule and them from retirement and farming and being twice elected as President of Nigeria and then handed over to another President.
“At every turn, he recorded his views and perspectives and his perspectives especially of the times in various books, articles, seminars and now in this amazing monument to add credible life of service to our continent and to our world.”
“We are fortunate that it is not only a life participant and sometimes victim of the twist and turns of history of our nation and continent but it is an enthusiast, erudite and resources chronic life of his contours and his textures through the years.”
“Aside from all else, his enduring legacy will be his belief in one strong, detribalized Nigeria and this is so evident in the gatherings of Nigerians here and also his belief in word and in practice in an Africa united in vision and thoughts.”
“Again, that Pan-Africanist vision is evident in the large gathering of African serving and former Heads of governments here present. But we diminish his vision if we do not recognize his place as a world-state man. Even that is evident from the representatives of the world that are present here today”, Osinbajo said.
Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan added that the youths in the country should learn from Obasanjo especially in the area of focus and determination.
Present at the event were; former United States’ Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Andrew Young; National Leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Koffi Annan; former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; former President Goodluck Jonathan; the industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Governor Ibikule Amosun of Ogun State; Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; among others.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg