Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he regretted that his parents did not live long enough to see his success in life.
Mr. Obasanjo made the lamentation when he spoke to a gathering of eminent Nigerians and foreigners who came to felicitate him at his 81st birthday held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
He said it was “sad and regrettable” that, despite the sacrifices they made for him, his parents did not live long to be part of the success story of his life.
The former president said, “One of the things that I always miss or remember with sadness is that my parents left this world too early and the sacrifices they have made for me, how I wish they have been around to see the fruit of their labour.
“But if, as Yoruba believe that those who are dead are still able to see those who are alive, my parents, wherever they are, will also be grateful to those who have worked with me to achieve everything.
“If they were alive, they would have been proud of my achievements.”