Former President Obasanjo was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State on March 5, 1937 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1959. In January 1970, as General Officer Commanding, he led the Third Marine Commando Division that ended the Nigerian Civil War and accepted the surrender of Biafran forces. He was appointed Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters in 1975 and became Head of State upon the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed. As Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria from 1976-1979, he presided over the first voluntary transition to civil democratic rule on the African Continent.

In 1995 President Obasanjo was convicted with his former deputy, Shehu Yar’Adua, of a phantom coup plot and sentenced to life in prison. He was released in 1998 upon the death of the military ruler and later granted a full state pardon. He is the Founder of Bells University of Technology, Ota and the Olusegun Obasanjo Presdential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.