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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday participated in a novelty match played at the 5 Aside football pitch of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The event which is part of activities marking his 85th birthday celebration, drew the presence of the 91-year-old President of Benin Republic Nicephore Soglo, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bayo Ojo, among others sports enthusiasts who took part in the game.
Former President Obasanjo, who was the captain of his team displayed his dexterity in the art of football as his team defeated the Ogun State Government led by the Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako Oyedele, by four goals to two, with the former president doing the goals.
He attributed his agility even at his age to the grace of God as he recommended physical exercise, medical examination, good dieting, and social interaction for the elderly to keep them healthy.
Meanwhile, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo who clocks 85 on today.
The Wazirin Adamawa described the retired General as a leader committed to good governance in Nigeria and Africa.
In a statement on Friday which was sighted by Africa Daily News, New York, Abubakar said the celebration of Obasanjo was parallel to celebrating the vision of good leadership and pan-Africanism.
The former VP noted that the celebrant continues to put forward progressive ideals in governments across the continent.
Recalling the late 70s when Africa was under military dictatorships, Obasanjo set the pace for a transfer of power to civilian government in Nigeria.
That singular effort, according to him, began the process of democratisation across the continent.
Atiku said these were the reasons he continued to enjoy the goodwill of progressive politicians and statesmen, not just in Africa but globally.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK