Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he once feared he would never fathered a son after his two first children happened to be girls.
Obasanjo gave insight into his immediate family at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, on Thursday while addressing women at the 14th annual lecture of the Women in Management, Business and Public Service, where he urged women to play more active roles in politics.
The octogenarian who encouraged women not to allow men to suppress them cited the example of his daughter, ex-minister, Mrs. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello saying she was a bit of a handful for men.
His word, “I had two girls before I had a boy. I had thought that I would never have a boy before I had a boy. But it doesn’t matter who you are in our own family.
“My first child, my daughter (Iyabo) will not take nonsense from you. And you try it; you would be put in your place. It doesn’t matter; you may be 10 times her height, she will bring you down. (It is) because I give them the encouragement and you heard, eight of my children have PhDs. I have slightly more boys than girls but I have more girls with PhD than boys.”