Oluṣẹgun Mathew Okikiọla Arẹmu Ọbasanjọ simply known as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was born 5 March 1938.
Obasanjo is from Abeokuta in Ogun State.
His first political appointment was as federal commissioner for Works and Housing in January 1975. He held that office for seven months before the government was toppled in a palace coup.
He is a former Nigerian Army general and Head of state. As a military ruler, he ruled from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
The former president is well respected and known for his fearlessly expressing his candid opinion on matters.