Olusegun Obasanjo was born on 5 May, 1937 in Abeokuta, in Owu kingdom south-west Nigeria.
In 1958 he joined the army and received training in Nigeria and abroad. He served in the UN peacekeeping mission in the former Zaire and commanding the 3rd Marine Commando Division during Nigeria’s Biafran civil war from 1967-70.
He was appointed works and housing minister, later becoming chief of staff, supreme headquarters in 1975.
After the assassination of General Murtala Muhammad he became Nigeria’s military ruler from 1976-79, there after he handed over power to the civilian government and Shehu Shagari won the election in 1979. This made Obasanjo became Nigeria’s first military ruler to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government.
He failed in his bid to become UN Secretary-General in 1991.
In 1995 he tried plotting coup against military leader General Sani Abacha and was sentenced to life in prison. This was later commuted to 30 years after pressure from friends abroad, including South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, former US President Jimmy Carter and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
On 8 June 1998 he was released from prison after the sudden death of General Sani Abacha and returns to politics. Those released alongside him include oil industry union leaders Milton Dabibi and Frank Kokori, journalist Chris Anyanwu, activist Beko Ransome-Kuti, politicians Bola Ige and Olabiyi Durjaye, Uwen Udoh and former Sultan of Sokoto Ibrahim Dasuki.
Obasanjo was dead though not physically but to the world of sins. His imprisonment gave him life in Christ as he became a born-again Christian. His name became Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo. His new life gotten made him derived more close attention to God. With his new life he discover that he can be useful to God, according him, the major challenge in life was not how to stay alive but “what to live for and what to live with.” He became a prison pastor and began to preach to the inmates and the prison`s staff. He also met a hardened armed robber nickname Baba Ali and was converted to a born-again Christian, who later beaome a pastor. Obasanjo also preach the word of hope to the inmates, while in prison he built a church and also started his farming ambition.
However, is he still dead to the world and alive to Christ or dead to Christ and alive to the world?