How I survived fire that gutted my house, by Obasanjo

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By MOSHOOD ADEBAYO, Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday recounted what transpired during the fire incident that gutted a part of his palatial building in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, last week, saying he would have died in the inferno.

According to Obasanjo, if not for divine intervention that made the fire to break out in the afternoon and not midnight, he would have been suffocated to death and become history.

Obasanjo, who was Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), disclosed this while receiving a delegation of executive members of the party from the Lagos State chapter, at his hilltop residence.

He was full of praises to God for sparing his life and for the opportunity to witness a new year, stressing that the smoke that beclouded his room would have killed him.

While recounting the experience to the delegation that was led by the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the PDP, Mr. Tunji Shele, Obasanjo said many documents and consumables were destroyed in the inferno.

He said: “The fire, which occurred in the office of my Private Secretary, resulted in thick smoke, which pervaded my bedroom.

“If it had happened at night, I would have been a dead person by now.

“I want to thank all, and all those who called me on phone both within and outside the country.

“Let us appreciate the mercy and kindness of God.

“There are many, we started last year together, but no more today.

“We are not mocking them, but to extol God.

“In fact, that I am able to stand erect is God’s blessing.

“Many of my age group cannot stand well.

“I am not mocking them, but I am thanking God.”

While disclosing that he continued to receive telephone calls from within and outside Nigeria over the incident, the statesman prayed that the New Year would be a glorious one for the country.

He stressed the need for leaders of the party in Lagos State to be united to make it the one that would rule the state in future elections.

Obasanjo stressed the need for party leaders to sink their ego and sacrifice their individual interest for the general interest of the party.

He added: “If only the leaders would sink their ego and regard the party’s interest as supreme and above that of individual, then the party will come out strong and able to wrestle power from the ruling party.”

According to Obasanjo, if the leaders and members of the PDP in Lagos State could unite, they would take over power from the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) .

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Mr. Shelle described Obasanjo’s advice as priceless.

He said: “Baba’s advice is invaluable and we are going back to Lagos as a happy family.

“We would return to build our party on the platform of his advice to re-launch our party into recognition.”

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  2. you represent the ugly face of the stupid yoruba people.
    how will it not burn when you used stolen nigeria’s money to build it ? idiot ! no sympathy for you.
    the next time it will happen, you will be consumed. foolish man.

  3. Our rulers should learn how to trust in God and not on the power they have. Well, baba should thank God for allowing him to see a new year and he should use his life to help people around him.

  4. BABA, WE HONESTLY THANK GOD FOR YOUR LIFE. MAY WE ALSO HAVE D FAVOUR OF REACHING AND SEEING YOUR AGE. THIS DELIVERANCE IS FROM NO ONE BUT ONLY GOD, IT’S AN INDICATION THAT GOD IS WITH U, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU. WE LOVE YOU. I DEY KAMKPE.

  5. Emeritus and incumbent Presidents extole God and talk about His supreme power. What can He not do? The power to save Nigeria is not beyound Him. In this year 2013, He will save us like he did in Abachas’ time. He will preserve us like He did during economic melt down and the hardships of oil subsidy. He will further the nations’ existence like He did during the civil war and deliver Nigerians from bad leadership/followership like He delivered OBJ. Like Obasanjo, Nigerians shall have testimony of praise this year in Jesus name!

  6. Dele Odugbemi on

    @Hugo, you must be a stupid idiot and son of Monkey, how could you foolishly abuse an elderly man like Obasanjo for thanking God that he saves his life from the fire that gutted his house and at the same time extended your madness to call the whole Yoruba people stupid? Whatever you wish others shall definitely befall you.
    I know your progenitor is a Chimpanzee, so i do not expect sensible comment from you, OMO AJA, OMO ALE!

  7. Thank God for saving the most luckiest and favoured president in the history of the Black World..Baba you will live to see another year..i wish u long life.

  8. Thank God for saving the most luckiest and the most favoured president in the history of the Black World..Baba you will live to see another year..i wish u long life..may d God that save you save Nigeria from political fire in jesus name amen..

  9. @ Dele you have said it all, I have no word to qualify a despicable greenhorn like Hugo who has his brain buried under his feet. of course, I expected nothing less from a generation of ‘backbiters’. No wonder they (Igbos) are always at the back.

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  11. Good luck and Happy 2013 to OBJ! I lost my father, High Chief Joshua Obazu Aisivhiekpen OSIKI 14 days to/before the New Year 2013 (he slept 17-12-2012), but he was able to clock 102 years! Good life, contentment and service to humanity can give a man (and woman) long life and good health!

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  13. OBJ YOU MAY NOT SURVIVE ANOTHER ONE,BUT I HOPE YOU SURVIVE THIS BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE ALIVE SEE YOUR EVIL PARTY HANDOVER POWER IN 2015 TO GEN BUHARI AND SENATOR TIUNBU SO THAT CAN GIVE THE FULL ACCOUNT OF YOU STEWARDSHIP FROM 1999-2007.THIS HAVE BEEN MY PRAYERS FOR YOU.

  14. Which Way Nigeria on

    All Powers belong to GOD. No one can predict when and how he/she will die. So the best thing of mankind is to have reference for GOD, and be with GOD because only GOD has the power to kill and to ressurect. We should stop abusing someone whom GOD saved.

  15. Biafra is real on

    u are happy that u survived ok. one day monkey go market inogo return,remember Odi massacare those people u killed also loved to alive but now in the grave is a pitty

  16. BUHARI IS 200% THAN ALL THOSE WHO HAS BEEN THERE PUT TOGETHER. LET US TRY BUHARI AND SEE HOW THIS COUNTRY COULD BE STABLE, ATLEAST THE MONSTAR CALLED CORRUPTION THAT HAS EATEN THE FABRICS OF THIS NATION WILL BE DRASTICALLY REDUCED AND COST OF GOVERNANCE REDUCED TOO.
    PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE BUSINESS AND REASON BEEN IN GOVERMENT WILL BE SHOWN THE WAY OUT.

  17. peter omelazu on

    If you really believe in God as Almighty,why then do you also associate with Ogboni cult ?.If God is God serve him only and if ogboni is god serve it without deceiving the people and your followers.God does not love double face worshipers.

  18. Ethelbert Opara on

    The experience affords you another opportunity to drop the unGodly part of you, and begin to play a true fatherly role to Nigeria and Nigerians.

  19. @ HUGO-when will this bastards and rogues called igbos mind their thieving generations.A foolish and mumu zik was just a figure head president dancing to the tune of an Hausa PM.Renowned robber(ojukwu) stole and got all his wealth from Nigeria.In igbo land,a father will inherit a child fathered by another man all because of money(what do u call that child-a BASTARD of course) in Ibo land, like and mbaise and some parts of Anambra,Abia,Enugu states,their women will ever cheat on their husbands and the bastards that was born from such relationship will be accepted culturally.Igbo wife and daughters are prostitutes all over the country and their men OLE.Can any one tell me one good thing about the igbos? THE ORIGINAL CULTURAL BASTARDS !

    • PETER IF ALL THE MARRIED MEN AND WOMEN IN UR VILLAGE ARE FAITHFUL TO THEIR SPOUSE, HOW THEN DO UR PEOPLE SUFFER FROM AIDS? SWEAR THERE ARE NO SUCH BASTARDS IN YOUR LAND. AMADIOHA VISIT U AND UR GENERATIONS TO COME!!!

    • PETER IF ALL THE MARRIED MEN AND WOMEN IN UR VILLAGE ARE FAITHFUL TO THEIR SPOUSE, HOW THEN DO UR PEOPLE SUFFER FROM AIDS? SWEAR THERE ARE NO SUCH BASTARDS IN YOUR LAND, AMADIOHA VISIT U AND UR GENERATIONS! FOR OBJ, THAT IS A SACRIFICE HE CARRIED OUT

  20. OBJ congrats, I am very happy for you. May God continue to strengthen and keep u healthy. However, Baba I don’t even know whether u’re a christian, moslem or traditionalist. Pls which one are u courages baba? Which God are u praising, God of the Moslems, God of the Christians or the ocult and traditional god. I really admire your courage and wisdom but no matter the lenght of years spent here on earth without Christ amounts to nothting. You may live longer than Methusela without Christ you hv wasted your whole life chasing shadows. Wise men seek and serve JESUS. I wsh u the best Baba.

  21. Baba OBJ, I thank God for your life that was preserve during the inferno. I also will acknowledge you for giving glory to God for sparing your life. But I will advise you to be an elderstatesman that you are and ensure that your godson GEJ abides by his campaign promises to the people; for we know that your political schemes brought him to the position of the president. You should live a life worthy of emulation.

  22. @ Hugo, i hate the way and manner you insult elders on this forum, you don’t have respect for anybody including your parents because your type of person must also be arrogant to their parents, are you not cultured, don’t you have manners, were you not born by human beings, is your parents perfect in everything, have they not offended some one. Watch your attitude and utterances. may God have mercy on us.

  23. @Penmight, why are you trying to generalize someone’s opinion to Igbos? Ask yourself if you are better than Igbos who started life with only 20 pounds despite being in control of the commerce then? If he has made a comment that you despised refer to him alone than making some ethnic comments……Pls together we will build this country.

  24. THANK YOU LORD THAT OUR BABA IS ALIFE AND KICKING,ATLEAST THAT ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY GOD USED TO LET HIM KNOW THAT HE IS ALIFE AND LETTING HIM KNOW THAT TO PUT NIGERIA IN GOOD WAY IS STILL PART OF HIM OBJ RESPONSIBILITY,THERE IS STILL REASON WHY GOD MADE HIM TO STILL BE ALIFE SHOWING THAT GOD IS NOT THROUGH WITH HIM,BABA KNOW TODAY THAT YOU STILL HAVE THINGS GOD WANT YOU TO DO THAT YOU HAVE NOT DONE,THINK AND THINK VERY WELL FOR HUMANITY AND PUT ALL THESE,I SAID ALL THESE THINGS IN ORDER.

  25. @Hugo&Peter,i don’t know whether u have fathers.A person who have no father will never repect the elders.If growing old is a crime,may u never commit it,fools.

  26. I wish issues are adressed objectively, it is about time we are united,as united as our leaders, yes, our leaders are all united in the act of bad leadership, we the masses are their captives. Actually i do not know what OBJ wants, the other day he told us ” FIRE THAT GUTTED A KINGS HOUSE HAS ADDED BEAUTY TO IT” at a time we all should have been praising God ( not the occoult god) for making the house of king OBJ more beautiful, now he suddenly changed, telling us how the fire would have consumed him. Let someone tell me, A KING BURNT BY FIRE, WOULD THAT NOT ADD BEAUTY AND COLOUR TO THE ENTIRE KINGDOM ? I have said this earlier, it is only in this country that an elder statesman speaks like a tout while armed robbers speaks like military commanders. For sure sanity demands that we all console an old man whoes house was gutted by fire but the said old man has the tradition of complicating issues. Be that as it may, i wish King OBJ long life, you never can tell he turns out a beautiful king tomorrow. With God all things are possible.

  27. Wao,nigerians are getting mad on daily bases.It is as a result of frustrations and lost hopes.Pls,my ppl,we should not put all our hope to government officials because failure by them will trickled down on us all.How can ppl put curse on someone why expressed thanks to God for saving his life?Nigerians on daily base becoming demonic like the boko haram members.Pls,God,accept OBJ’s thanks.Pls,God help GEJ as your sons/daughters in Nigeria are more beast than humans these days.

  28. Green, leadership is not a trial-and-error thing. People must reflect well and decide brilliantly. He whose campaign strategy is Boko Haram and its’ attendant violence will be another Emperor Nero if voted into office. The blood of innocent Nigerians will not present any ladder to the throne of leadership. Violence from his people as a strategy for attracting power has not targeted Nigerians in the ruling class. What makes you think he will go after them if voted for? Nigerians are yet to know that the disciplinary driving force in his defunt military juncta was Tunde Idiagbon of the blessed memory.

  29. @Snow what trial and error ? you where not born when Buhari ruled? well God word mark it will come to pass. Buhari is the next President. if Boko Haram will bring change so be it.

  30. @peter. Peter or whatever useless name you answer, any body that says obasanjo should die is simply saying the truth . Obasanjo is the father of the new nigeria embodied in everything evil. Moreover Calling zik a fool and ojukwu a thief is simply a sign of blind jealousy and aversion which you inherited from your ugly, black, dirty, lazy, wicked and diabolic yoruba forefathers to which igbo ingenuity consigned them. Before you call igbos thieves remember that thousands of hopeless boys in lagos called alayes and area boys are yorubas and are the worst holigans in nigeria from where yoruba leaders like obj are made. Remember also that it is only yoruba people that engage in drug pushing business in the name of movie making in nigeria . Before calling igbos bastards remember that Yorubas celebrate rape even your oba (a ‘royal’ father) was caught raping an igbo female corp member. Even the obasanjo we are talking about was once accused of incest ( i mean that he wanted to rape a relation) i want you to understand that the yoruba is the devil’s gift to nigeria and humanity.

  31. With all appreciation to Almighty God we congratulate Obasanjo for escaping death once again.If there is any politician mostly favoured by God is Obasanjo.He has witnessed so many incidents and rumours as regard his death but he has always emerged victoriously.OBJ God loves u,worship Him in spirit and truth

  32. Penmight, dont say that about the Igbos. You knw the Igbos are a special race and breed of people. The Nigeria/Biafran war is a ready testimony of this. Dont think their Biafra will not be a reality. A french man during the war said:’Before I came to Biafra, I heard that Igbos fight like heroes, but I have now seen that heroes fight like Biafrans’.

  33. You are all fake junkies and sad-faced Igbos to succumb to the blackmail of these Yoruba miscreants. Not long ago, they called for the blood of Prof. Achebe and every Igbo notables that participated in the Biafran expedition. It is now a sin against human race to talk about Obasanjo who is far younger than those Igbo notables. What a tragedy.!!!Obasanjo looted this country dry to woefully own whatever he claims belongs to him. If some of them born up and in the process consume Obasanjo, is it a big deal. Last week, we lost Azazi and Yakowa-the mmen that far more responsible, in my view, than Obasanjo. Nigeria did not end. SHAME!!!!

  34. dele odugbemi, peter,bony,vedheka,ndubuisi,penmight and all other fools like you. you all spoke as the bastards that you all are. I’m not surprised. like obasanjo, all of you are irredemable idiots. what respect does obasanjo deserve. is it how long or well somebody lives that matters ? I am 200% humble but i will never ever at any time respect obasanjo and the ugly face of the yoruba that he represents. a pig, rapist, murderer, thief like obasanjo deserves no respect even if he is 200 years, rather, i will insult him to his marrows. I dont care whatever post he has held which he used to steal the common wealth yet punishing his political opponents in the name of fighting corruption. all of you the yorubas who recognise obasanjo as their father are already cursed just like obasanjo himself
    as for you ndubuisi, you are the worst bastard if you cannot realise what the yorubas are and you continue to worship and lick their butt. SHAMELESS BASTARDS IS WHAT I REAGARD ALL OF YOU AS . If you dont like my post about obasanjo and the yoruba people which is actually what they are, go and hang yourselves and proceed to hell fire and obasanjo will meet you there.

  35. It is only in stupid nigeria that i hear of respect for a looter and thief like obasanjo from fools like dele odugbemi and his co- idiots. Elsewhere in sane countries peopled by reasonable humanbeings, that pig of a man will either be in prison or hanged. how much did he steal to build such a mansion ? That amount of money will do a lot of facelift on nigeria and its infrastructures which are derelict . I dont blame you though. all of you idiots have never gone out of the shores of nigeria. If you have seen what is called development outside of nigeria, you will know why i am cursing the day this thief obasanjo was born. I know you cannot afford a visit outside nigeria. I know that poverty cannot allow you step out of nigeria otherwise i would have advised you to step out of your GOD forsaken town to visit any developed nation to see how countries and leaders behave. elder obasanjo my foot !

  36. I joined the father of the nation to thank God of saving his life and rescue him from fire incident Baba you will not die as they think i wish you many more years to live in strenght Amen

  37. I joined the father of the nation to thank God of saving his life and rescue him from fire incident Baba you will not die as they think i wish you many more years to live in strenght Amen

  38. I have read all the comments from HUGO and I cannot even tell his tribe. But amazingly, some small brained creatures like Peter have concluded that out of the 250 tribes in Nigeria, he must be Igbo. Does it mean that anybody who insults the Yoruba must be Igbo? The discussion has now shifted to a tribal war because one HUGO (who may come from anywhere) insulted Obasanjo. You people should be careful with these online comments. My smart friend from Ethiopia reading this with me just asked me whether HUGO is an Igbo name. May God be with you all.

  39. Oh Baba Obj,each man possesses so much of this earth as of this on which we stand and u being a man like other men save that ur life is full of corruption and embezzlement,but u will later die and leave all ur ill-gotten wealth for those who will live after u and possesse only d dust of d earth as surfice for ur burial…

  40. Hugo,

    You dont insult your elders. Obasanjo has paid his dues, no matter how you look at it. Forget the fact that he did not do most of the things he was expected of when in power.

    His legacies have proved subsequent leaders as baby-leaders. He took some decisions nobody else has the politica will to attempt. I AM NOT YORUBA, BUT HE IS A MAN. He is not like your GEJ.

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