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Obasanjo Ex-president jets out to Ivory Coast after surviving auto crash

Hours after surviving an auto crash on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has jetted out of Nigeria to observe the presidential elections in Ivory Coast.

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Ex-President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has jetted out of the country shortly after surviving an auto crash on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway on his way back from the memorial programme in honour of his late wife, Stella Obasanjo.

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In a statement by his media aide, Vitalis Ortese, the elder statesman was on his way to the 80th birthday church service of lottery company billionaire, Kessington Adebutu, on Saturday, October 24, 2015, when the accident occured.

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Undeterred by the occurrence, the retired general had arrived his home and boarded a plane to Abidjan in Ivory Coast, where he is expected to participate in the observation of the presidential elections.

Read the full text of Obasanjo’s press statement:

The Office of His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR wishes to clarify that, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR is hale, hearty and away in Abidjan Cote Ivoire, where he is observing the Presidential Elections holding in that country.

The office also wishes to confirm, that yesterday Saturday, October 24, 2015, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo was indeed involved in an incident on the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, after Sagamu roundabout, while he was on his way to join in the celebrations of the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Kessington Adebutu in Tinubu Methodist Church Lagos.

The vehicle, he was traveling in suffered a burst left tire at the rear and swerved several times but did not hit any curb or any car in front or behind until it did an 180-degree turn and faced where it was coming from, and he had to change vehicles.

President Olusegun Obasanjo wishes to convey his deep appreciation to all those, who by way of calls, personal messages and prayers, and indeed members of the general public, who have shown overwhelming concern about his welfare.

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