- Ex-president Obasanjo was spotted among the action during an exhibition game in Abeokuta
- The former Nigerian leader was captained during the Baptist Boys High School anniversary
- He was captured the moment he took a penalty, as he later led his teammates to win medals
A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo was in the thick of the action in an exhibition match during the Baptist Boys High School anniversary in Abeokuta.
Obasanjo was transferred to the school in 1952, with reports claiming his school fees were partly financed by state grants.
At 85, OBJ captained a side during their anniversary in 2023 and photos showed he also took a penalty kick during the game.
His side won the tie and the ‘captain’ led his teammates into the stands, where they were presented with medals.
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Nigerian outlet, Punch Newspapers shared the photos on Facebook and credited Penpushing Media for the details.
Reactions have continued to trail the photos. One said:
“While someone who aspires to be the next President cannot work or talk unaided."
“Another one who was an ex General like OBJ, cannot even run 200 metres without falling down. I didn't mention names.”
“The definition of God bless you. He's had it all. Even at old age he's still enjoying it. May God bless good and patriotic Nigerians.”
“Some people that are contesting because it's their time can't even climb a staircase. Baba may you live long.”
A fan replied:
“When he was a little boy like the one behind him; no one except God knew that he will one day become the most decorated person in the history of Nigeria."
“God is great and should be worshipped.”
Obasanjo was Nigeria’s head of state between February 1976 and October 1979, before he took over the role of president from May 1999 to May 2007.
Obasanjo scores in five-a-side game
Sports Brief earlier reported on Obasanjo celebrating his birthday in style, scoring twice for his five-a-side team versus a selected group of friends to mark his 85th birthday.
The game was played at the five-a-side football pitch of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The former leader captained his team as they defeated a team from the state 4-2, with the former statesman getting a brace in the game.