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The Mistake That Almost Cost me My Life – Olusegun Obasanjo



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Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed the two greatest mistakes he has made in his lifetime.

According to Obasanjo, he refused seeking for asylum when warned of Late Sani Abachi’s plot to arrest him, a move he said could have cost him his life.

He also disclosed that he made another mistake while picking his running mate for the 1999 presidential election.

While Obasanjo did not mention Atiku Abubakar who served under him as vice president from 1999 – 2007, the former Head of State said the mistake was one made in good faith, but was saved by God.


Obasanjo stated this while fielding questions from selected secondary schools that participated in the finals of the National Exhibition and Awards organised by Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship.

The event, which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, featured presentations and exhibitions of products made by students of the participating schools.

He said, “One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two when I wanted to become the President. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me.

“The second one was when Abacha wanted to arrest me. When he wanted to arrest me, I was told by the American ambassador that they would arrest me and that America had asked that I should be given an asylum. I said ‘No’. It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.


“I will say there are many things that could have been a mistake but God saved me from them all.”

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