By Ugonnabo Ngwu
Former president, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday disclosed that the early death of his parents without having to enjoy the fruits of the sacrifice they made while raising him continues to make him sad.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark his birthday at Marque Events Centre located within the premises of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, he expressed regrets over the inability of his parents to live long enough to see him make headway in life.
The former president added that his other regret is the dearth of good leadership in the African continent.
“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,’ he said.
Obasanjo, however, stated that he draws consolation from the Yoruba belief that the dead always look behind to see happenings after them on earth, stressing that on this basis he was sure his late parents would still be happy in their graves even now.
“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.
Speaking on his birthday, the ex-president said he would continue to appreciate, praise adore and worship God, just as he admitted that all those who worked and are still working with him are loyal.
He expressed his appreciation to his aides and workers. Mr. Obasanjo said his success would not be without their commitment and loyalty.
Obasanjo went on to advise people to serve humanity, noting that it is when humanity is serve that one can serve God.
He said he did not believe that God has created a bad situation for Nigeria, or in any particularly country in Africa.
“We mus 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.
The former president further urged Nigerians to among other things
take seriously governance and moral values in order to get things right in the country.