Olusegun ObasanjoChief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, Ph.D. (born 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation’s head of state. He served as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January 2006, Obasanjo also served as Chairperson of the African Union. Obasanjo also has a foundation called the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation which distributes hearing aids in Lagos State to reducing the burden of hearing impairment in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Dr. Olalekan Makinde, said that the foundation has procured N2 billion hearing aids to be distributed across different geo-political zones of the country. Makinde said the initiative is aimed to reduce the burden of hearing impairment in the country which was estimated to be affecting 20 million people majority of who are vulnerable group in the society. He explained that over 5,000 people are expected to benefit from the exercises while there are plans to extend the scope in subsequent years.