OBASANJO, Chief (Dr) Matthew Olusegun Aremu

Born Friday, March 5, 1937
in

Abeokuta, Ogun State

Chief

OBASANJO

Matthew

Olusegun , Aremu , Okikiola

Ph.D Theology from National Open University. (He is the first Ph.D graduate of the school)

He is a former Nigerian Army General who ruled Nigeria from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 before returning as a democratically elected President from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Esther Oluremi (ex-wife) , Lynda (deceased); , Mojiosola Adekunle (deceased) , Stella Abebe (deceased). , Madam Bola
State of Origin: Abeokuta
Father's Name Amos Adigun Obasanjo Bankole,
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Ashabi Obasanjo
Mother's Status Deceased

Iyabo, Segun, Gbenga, Deboye, Bukola, Oba, Dayo, Funke, Bisoye, Biyi, Bola, Busola, Damilola, Dare, Olumuyiwa, Funso, Jonwo, Kofo, Kunle (nephew, Obasanjo adopted as a son), Seun, and Toyosi

Profession Soldier , Politician , Elder statesman
Working Experience 5th Battalion, Nigerian Army, Kaduna and the Cameroon, 1958-59; Second Lieutenant, Nigerian Army, 1959; Lieutenant, 1960; Nigerian Contingent of the United Nations Force in the Congo, now Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960; Engineering Unit, Nigerian Army/Commander, 1963; Captain, 1963; Indian Army Engineering School, Kirkee, 1965; Major, 1965; Lieutenant-Colonel, 1967; Commander, 2nd Area Command, Nigerian Army, 1967; Commander, 2nd Division, Rear, Ibadan, 1967; Commander, Garrison, Ibadan, 1967-69; Colonel, 1969; General Officer Commanding, 3rd Infantry Division, 1969-70; Commander, 3rd Marine Commando Division, South-Eastern State, 1970; Commander, Engineering Corps, 1970-75; Brigadier, 1972;Federal comm. Works and Housing, January- July 1975; Chief of Staff,Supreme Headquarters, Nigerian Army, Lagos, 1975-76; mm/ch. defunct Supreme Military Council, 1975-79; Lieutenant-General, 1976; Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, 1976-1979; General, Nigerian Army, 1979; retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Army, October 1979;
Previous Appointments:

appointed Special Envoy by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Advisory Council of State, since 1979; established Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited, Otta, OgunState, since 1979; former member, Executive Committee, Inter-Action Council of Former Heads of State and Government; founder/organiser, African Leadership Forum, Otta, 1988-98; Special Adviser, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, 1989-99; ch: Energy Commission of Nigeria, 2005; Grand Patron, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyor, 2005; former ch: Advisory Council/ambassador, Transparency International; Fellow, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, 1979-81; Member, UNESCO Commission for Peace in the Minds of Men, 1981-86; Independent Palme Commission on Disarmament and Security, 1983- 99; Former member, WHO Committee of Experts on Effects of Nuclear Weapons; former member, Executive Committee, Inter-Action Council of Former Heads of State and Government; member/cochair, Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on South Africa, 1985; nominated member by Commonwealth leaders to Assess the Security Needs of Commonwealth Frontline States and Mozambique; Founder/Chairman, African Leadership Forum, Ota, 1988-1998; Special Adviser, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, 1989-99; former Chairman, High Level Expert Group on Military Expenditure by Developing Countries; member, United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons in the Relationship between Disarmament and Development; Chairperson, Hearing on Namibia at the World Council of Churches; former Director, Better World Society, Washington DC; former member, Board of Directors, University of Peace, Costa Rica; former member, Independent Group on Financial Flows to Developing Countries, The Schmidt Commission; former member, United Nations Secretary General Group on African Commodities Question; former member, Advisory Council of Parliamentarians for Global Action; member, African-American Institute; candidate for the post of United Nations Secretary General, 1991; former member, Eminent Persons Council, International Negotiations Network; former member, The Carter Centre of Emory University, Atlanta; former member, United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Panel on Africa; former member Advisory Panel on United Nations World Conference on Women and Development; former member, Advisory Council, Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict; former Chairman, Advisory Council/Ambassador, Transparency International

UNESCO Commission for Peace in the Minds of Men, 1981-86, Independent Palme Commission on Disarmament and Security, 1983-99; former mem. WHO Committee of Experts on Effects of Nuclear Weapons; mm/co-ch: Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on South Africa, 1985;nominated memberby Common wealth Leaders, to Assess the Security Needs of Commonwealth Frontline States and Mozambique; former ch. High Level Expert Group on Military Expenditures by Developing Countries; ch: African Union, July 2004; re-elected 2005; United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons in the Relationship between Disarmament and Development; chairperson, Hearing on Namibia at the World Council of Churches; former dir. Better World Society, Washington DC; former mem. Board of Directors, University of Peace, Costa Rica; formermember, Independent Group on Financial Flows to Developing Countries, The Schmidt Commission; former mem. UN Secretary General Group on African Commodities Question; former mem. Advisory Council of Parliamentaries for Global Action; mm. African-American Institute; candidate for the UN Secretary General. 1991; former mem. Eminent Persons Council, International Negotiations Network; former mem. The Carter Centre of Emory University, Atlanta; former mem. UN Secretary General’s Advisory Panel on Africa; former mem. Advisory Panel on UN World Conference on Women and Development; former member. Advisory Council, Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict;

St. David Ebenezer Anglican School, Ibogun Showunmi, Ogun State, 1946; Ibogun United School, 1948; Owu Baptist Day School; Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta;
Others
Yes

People’s Democratic Party

Balogun of Owu and the Ekerin Balogun of the Egba clan of Yorubaland.

Defence Service Medal (DSM) Defence Service Medal (Nigeria)
Forces Service Star (FSS) Forces Service Star (Nigeria)
General Service Medal (GSM) General Service Medal (Nigeria)
Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR) Order of the Federal Republic (military) – Nigeria – ribbon bar.gif
Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
National Service Medal (NSM) National Service Medal (Nigeria)
Republic Medal (RM)
Silver Jubilee Medal (SJM)
Grand Commander of the Order of Federal Republic of Nigeria, (GCFR) 1980.
Star of Democracy Award for excellence, Nigerian Union of Journalists Media Tour Awards, 2002; conferred with an Award in Recognition of his Contributions to the Struggle of World Peace by the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace, Nigeria Chapter, March 2002; conferred with the Sullivan Summit Service Award by Leon Sullivan Summit, June 2002;Agricola Gold Medal by Food & Agricultural Administration, 2002; Lifetime Achievement Award, ThisDay Newspaper 10th Anniversary, 2005; Conventry International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation for Outstanding and Sustained Contributions Towards Peace & Reconciliation in Africa, 2005; Honour: Lincoln House renamed after him by Lincoln University, Pennslyvania, USA, in recognition for Distinguished Efforts in Leadership, 2007; Publications: A March of Progress, Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos, 1979; My Command, An Account of the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70), 1980; ,4/r/ca in Perspectives ‘Myths and Realities’ 1987; Nzeogwu, 1987; Africa Embattled, 1988; Constitution for National Integration and Development, 1989; Not My Will, 1990; Elements of Development, 1992; Elements of Democracy, 1993; Africa: Arise to Challenge, 1993; Hope for Africa, 1993; This Animal Called Man, 1999; Women of Virtue; Sermons from Prison; Guides to Effective Prayer; Exemplary Youths In A Difficult World, I See Hope, 2002;

A March of Progress, Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos, 1979; My Command, An Account of the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-70, Heinemann Educational Books, Ibadan, 1980; Myths and Realities, 1987; Nzeogwu, Spectrum Books, Ibadan, 1987; Africa Embattled, Fountain Publica tions, Ibadan, 1988; Constitution for National Integration and Development, Friends Foundation Publishers, Lagos, 1989; Not My Will, 1990; Elements of Development, 1992; Elements of Democracy, 1993; Africa: Rise to Challenge, 1993;Hope for Africa, 1993; This Animal Called Man, ALF Publications, Abeokuta, 1999; Exemplary Youths In A Difficult World, ALF Publications, Abeokuta; / See Hope, 2002, ALF Publications;

Honourary Doctor of Letters, Howard University, USA, 1980; Doctors of Laws (LL.D), University of Maiduguri, 1980; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1985; University of Ibadan, 1988; Degree of Doctor of Science, BOWEN University, Iwo, Osun State, 2007; D.Sc, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, 2007; D. Agric, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, 2009;

Farming, Table tennis, Snooker, Squash, Reading, Writing,

Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Foundation, Oke-Mason, Abeokuta, Ogun State,

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