Nov 24, 2017 – Olusegun Obasanjo Confirms He Is Diabetic, Says Diabetes Not A Disease That Should Kill
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has for the first time opened up on his secret battle with diabetes.
In a statement the former President released in Abeokuta this morning during a walk to sensitise the public on diabetes and how to manage it, he said the disease if properly managed should not kill.
Here are his words:
“If a person with diabetes takes care of himself, he will discover that “diabetes is not a killer disease.”
“Diabetes is not a disease that should kill. I was diagnosed to be diabetic more than 30 years ago but rather I am growing stronger.
“If you don’t believe I am growing strong and you didn’t witness this walk, come and see me at night, you will know I am growing strong.
“Come and see me in the morning, you will know I am growing strong, even in the afternoon; you will know I am growing strong.
“What is necessary is management of diabetes. Some people said some diseases are incurable but diabetes is manageable and compliant.
“My headmaster in primary school was diagnosed at the age of 50 and died at age 85; you will agree with me that he tried.”
“What to do is that if you’re diabetic don’t be non-chalant about it and don’t eat carelessly.
“Three things are important, the food you eat, regular exercise and prescribed medication, those are the three most important things.
“You can be diabetic and still lives till 100. I don’t know when I will die but I am above 80 and many of youths could not catch up with my pace during the exercise this morning. Many of them were running after me.
“This is my message. Whether you’re diabetic or you have a family or friend who is diabetic; diabetes is not a killer disease or it should not be a killer disease unless you are careless”.