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NIGERIA: 20 scholars write on Obasanjo legacy

Olusegun Obasanjo

No fewer than 20 eminent scholars including former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, Bishop Mathew Kukah among others have teamed up to publish a book entitled “Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy 1999 till 2007”.

Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela wrote the forward of the book which had 20 well researched chapters.

The management of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) disclosed this in Abeokuta, while announcing the activities scheduled for the five-day event and celebration of the 76th birthday of the former president and his legacy in Africa.

Addressing a press conference , the leader of the Obasanjo Legacy Book Projecst, Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe and Alhaji Ahmed Joda, said the book is “a quasi – historical efforts, richly illustrated and constitutes a dispassionate appraisal” of the former president’s eight year tenure at the helms of affairs of Nigeria.

Akinkugbe explained that the book would afford many critics of the Obasanjo administration the opportunity to frankly assess his leadership and stewardship as in gold or in garbage.

“The complexity of the character, as well as those factors that formed the fulcrum for policy formulations of Obasanjo’s administration between 1999 till 2007 will  be unveiled in a book that will be launched and presented to the public on March 5th, 2013.”

He further stated that though many publications exist around Obasanjo, the book was well researched and was forwarded by the former president of South Africa, Dr. Nelson Mandela.

“It quintessentially blazes an untrodden path in the political history of an African nation through that period.

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