by Kolapo Olapoju
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said a prayer to God to grant him the grace to live for ten more ten years.
The elder statesman made the comments while receiving his Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC), on Thursday, 20 November, from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Presidential Hilltop Estate in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
After receiving the PVC which is valid for ten years, Obasanjo, who is 77-years-old, said: “My prayer to God is for him to please let me outlast this card.”
Speaking further, he stated: “This means that if I outlast this card, I can be smiling. But then, it is only the grace of God. But I heard that some people were complaining that they have not collected their card. I do not complain because I know that I will eventually get my card. But people that genuinely complain will be attended to before the elections.”
In March 2014, at the ceremony marking his 77th birthday in Abeokuta, Obasanjo stated that he did not know his real age.
He had said, “There are those of us like me who have no real record of birth. I want to thank God once again for what He has done in my life. Whether I know the exact date of my birth or not, I think God has made my path glorious.”
“I was actually born on Ifo market day because according to my mother, she had prepared to go to the Ifo Market and Ifo market was every five days. And then she was in labour, before those who went to Ifo market could come back, I was born. I know and she knew I was born on Ifo market day. Don’t ask me what year or month.”