Ogun State counterpart, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (right); former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (2nd left) and former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Koffi Annan (left) during the grand opening of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Saturday.]
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was officially opened on Saturday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West-African states (ECOWAS), Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf, called on serving and former African presidents to establish presidential libraries as part of efforts to preserve the rich history of Africans.
The ECOWAS chairperson said the call had become necessary to enable Africans tell their stories from their own perspectives and avoid distortion of facts about their history.
The library houses over 42 million books, documents and archival materials including the former presidents primary school uniform, shoes, military uniform, his first car and other personal belongings.
Johnson-Sirleaf said that such libraries would help the governments to preserve records of their past for future generations.
She explained that such records would also strengthen the belief of the people in their past and present, as well as enhance their capacity to forge ahead to a glorious future.
Source PM News.