Iyabo Obasanjo is one of the most notable children of former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. She and Olugbenga Obasanjo are Olusegun Obasanjo’s children most involved in the political affairs of Nigeria. Iyabo was former commissioner for health in Ogun state from 2002 to 2006 after which she became a senator in Nigeria. In 2010, she bitterly lost her senatorial seat and left the country. Miraculously, she became a senator again in 2015 under President Buhari’s administration.
A political writer on Nigerian affairs, based in the UK, Akintokunbo Adejumo, once shared this: ”
Here is a woman, the ex-first daughter of Nigeria, as she liked to be called, whose father was very broke before he became the President of Nigeria in 1999 and is now a multi-billionaire. Then her fortunes changed for the better. She was first appointed a Commissioner in her home state of Ogun State (we all know why Gbenga Daniel did this); she then became a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and then steering herself to become the Chairperson of an important and influential Senate Committee. Controversy has been following her since. She used a fake name (impersonation) to get some contracts, and she got away with it – only in Nigeria can that happen – without even a slap on the wrist. She became a fugitive as a result of this most recent scandal. Despite this misdemeanor, unbecoming of a person who calls herself a Senator, the Senate itself failed to sanction her, and this include her not attending any session for over two months, while she was still getting paid her salary as a Senator as well as other allowances. In fact, the Senate stuck their neck out for her and immediately absolved her of any crime or involvement in a crime, as if they are a court of law.”
Now, where is Senator Iyabo Obasanjo and what are her 2019 goals? She is currently based in Abuja, Nigeria serving as Senator representing Ogun state. She is divorced from father of her only son and former husband, Folajimi Hakeem Bello, who has moved on and married another woman. As an indigene of Ogun state, she aims to remain in the political spheres of Nigeria with goals of political appointments in 2019.