My daughter “Iyabo” said I would die in office – Obasanjo Speaks

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, revealed in his autobiography that his eldest daughter, Iyabo, told him he was going to die in office and she would not weep for him, if it happens.

Obasajor and daughter

He said this was Iyabo’s reaction when he informed her and three of his other children about his intention to contest the 1999 Presidential election.

Obasanjo said this in his highly contentious book, My Watch, which was released last year.

He wrote that after Iyabo made the statement, he replied saying that her tears would not mean anything to him since he would not be there to appreciate it.

The meeting with the four children, Obasanjo says was held in New York.

He wrote:

“My mind was almost made up (to vie for the position of President) but I had to consult with my children. I got four of them together in New York.

“I told them I was going to decide whether to go into politics or not. Iyabo was the most antagonistic. She burst out loudly, ‘I know you will join and you will die there and if you die, I will not weep.”

“I told her ‘if I die and you weep, it is for yourself and others, not for me as I will not know you are weeping.’ It is ironic that within 10 years, Iyabo became a Senator and I completed two terms of eight years without a scratch.”

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