Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed what appears to be his major regret in his life.
The former Nigerian leader made this revelation at a ceremony to mark his 81st birthday, held at the Marque Events Centre within the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the capital of his home state, Ogun.
According to Obasanjo, the early death of his parents which led to their failure to enjoy the fruit of the sacrifices they made for him makes him sad, adding that he wished his parents were alive to witness his success in life.
“One thing I always miss and remember is that my parents left this world too early. The sacrifice they made, they did not wait to see the results. How I wish they had waited to see and eat fruits of their labour,” Obasanjo said.
He however noted that he consoles himself with a Yoruba belief that “the dead always watch over their beloved ones and see happenings around them.” With that he said he was sure his parents would still be happy for him.
“But going by what Yoruba believe and say, that the dead always watch over their beloved ones and see happenings around them, I am convinced that my parents are happy in their graves, as they watch over me,” he said.
Obasanjo who appreciated, praised and worship God, advised people to serve humanity, noting that it is when humanity is served that one can serve God.
“We must be able to serve humanity, if we can’t serve humanity, we can’t serve God. I do not believe God had created bad situation for Nigeria, or any particular country in Africa. If things are not going right, we must blame ourselves,” he said.