Former Nigeria President, Olusegun Obasanjo, owned all of last weekend, literally.

Obasanjo and other dignitaries across the continent, have just commissioned the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).

Obasanjo also used the occasion to mark his 80th birthday.

The multi-billion Naira library complex sits on a large expanse of land in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

First launched on May 14, 2005, the OOPL is modelled after the American Presidential Library.

The library is the first of its kind in Africa.

According to co-chairman of the Library's board of trustees, Dr Christopher Kolade, the OOPL is housing two million materials in book form, 15 million documents that students from across the world will find as useful resource materials and several other artefacts.

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The OOPL library complex also boasts a museum, a mosque and church, a lawn tennis court, a relaxation spot perched on a rock, several lawns and a squash court.

Pulse was conducted round the OOPL last weekend as current and former Presidents from Africa, took time out to honour 'Baba Iyabo'.

As the events rolled past on Saturday, March 4, 2017, Pulse took note of some awkward moments.

1. Obasanjo dismisses host Governor Amosun

During speech giving session, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, congratulated Obasanjo for making it into the exclusive club of 80.

Amosun also said Obasanjo will celebrate 20 more years on earth.

With a wave of the hand from where he was seated, Obasanjo dismissed Amosun's prayers as the audience devolved into laughter.

Obasanjo certainly didn't buy into Amosun's prayers for him.

2. Ali Modu Sheriff tells Pulse he's hungry

Pulse successfully got PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, before the cameras.

Sheriff has just been affirmed as authentic PDP chairman by an appeal court.

Meanwhile, caretaker PDP chairman, Ahmed Makarfi is still laying claim to the leadership of Nigeria's biggest opposition party.

The PDP is in crisis and Sheriff is at the center of it all.

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After telling Pulse how honoured he was to be at the event and how laudable Obasanjo's initiative is, we wanted Sheriff to say a thing or two about the raging PDP crisis.

Sheriff walked out on us.

Like, no chill at all.

But we wouldn't be giving up.

Ten minutes later, Pulse ambushed Sheriff again.

"Sir, when will peace return to the PDP...what peace moves are you implementing with the Makarfi faction?",Pulse asked the embattled PDP leader.

"Please, I am hungry", came his reply. "Let me go and eat. We'll talk after I eat at the reception", Sheriff promised.

We lost Sheriff after.

He avoided us like a plague for the rest of the event.

3. Ambode's orderlies bounce Pulse

The first top ranking government official we spotted as we made our way up the Obasanjo library complex, was Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Pulse wasted no time in approaching the small group where Ambode was holding court.

We should have known better.

Two stern looking Aide-De-Camps (ADCs) of the Governor, emerged from no where and almost shoved this writer out of sight.

Standing beside Ambode was his Information Commissioner, Steve Ayorinde.

After explaining ourselves, Ayorinde asked us to proceed with a few questions for Ambode.

As Pulse beckoned on the camera crew to get prepared and with the PulseTV microphone at the ready, the aides returned to fend us off.

They wore meaner looks this time.

"No way...", they told Ayorinde. "Ambode is leaving".

APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, emerged from the library at this point and joined Ambode at the red carpet area.

Both men and their orderlies proceeded down the staircase and exited the event.

We never saw them again, even during the main event of the day.

4. Obasanjo is still funny as hell

Obasanjo is famous for his wry sense of humour and wisecracks.

None of that has disappeared even as he marked 80 years on God's planet.

During his speech, Obasanjo asked certain dignitaries to stand up for recognition:

He asked serving Ministers, serving Senators, former Ministers, former and serving Governors, serving and former Presidents etc, to stand up for recognition, one after the other, while thanking them for coming.

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There were however certain dignitaries who stood up twice in their capacities as former Governors and serving Senators.

Among them were Godswill Akpabio and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Addressing Kwankwaso, Obasanjo made a joke about him standing up twice and the implications of doing so.

It provided another humorous moment for the audience.

5. Osoba stumbles and almost falls

After some entertainment from a group of talented kids from Akwa Ibom, former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba, got up to congratulate former Akwa Ibom Governor Godswill Akpabio and serving Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Osoba lost his footing on the aisle and was moments away from tumbling down the stairs--agbada and all.

He regained his footing seconds later and thanked his stars.

Osoba still managed to have his conversation with Akpabio.

6. Liberian President can't pronounce name of Nigeria's acting President

Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was a study in eloquence and composure while delivering her prepared remarks.

But when it comes to pronouncing "Professor Yemi Osinbajo" (Nigeria's acting President), Sirleaf would like to be excused in future, we are certain.

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It was while pronouncing the last name of Nigeria's leader that Sirleaf got it all wrong.

"Vice President Yemi , Sirleaf said, as everyone (bar Osinbajo of course) devolved into laughter.

Sirleaf didn't even care what the laughter was about as she continued with her speech as though she hadn't just mangled someone's name.

7. Can someone please light up Abeokuta?

Abeokuta was playing host to African leaders and the biggest names in the country's political circuit, but as Pulse drove round the city after hours at night time, the darkness on the streets was palpable.

Abeokuta hosted Africa's finest in pitch, black circumstances.

There were lamp posts everywhere but the street lights were as dead as dodo.

It is instructive that Ogun State Governor Amosun hasn't borrowed a leaf from neighbouring Lagos where you can hardly tell the day from night time these days.

Most of the streets in Abeokuta are also pot-hole ridden and barely motorable.

As Pulse drove to the landmark Olumo Rock on Sunday, you wouldn't know you were making your way to a historical site and tourist attraction, given how narrow and horrible the road surfaces around the site were.

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There was this drab, lifeless look everywhere.

Ogun State has got to do better.


Some of the dignitaries who attended the commissioning of the Obasanjo library and the 80th birthday celebration of the former Nigerian leader were President of Malawi Peter Mutharika, President of Benin Patrice Talon, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Tanzania John Magufuli, former Nigeria President Ernest Shonekan and former Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Others were Christopher Kolade, former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan, Donald Duke, Emeka Anyaoku, Nuhu Ribadu, Ben Murray Bruce, Florence Ita Giwa, Kemi Adeosun, Andy Uba, Goodluck Jonathan, Liyel Imoke, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Aliko Dangote and Akin Adesina.

Also in attendance were Aminu Bello Masari, Sule Lamido, Femi Otedola, Namadi Sambo, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, Jim Ovia, John Kuffour, Stephen Oronsaye, the Alaafin of Oyo and Ebitu Ukiwe.