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Obasanjo’s Book Out, Declares President Jonathan Incapable Of Governing Well



An attempt by Buruji Kashamu, a close associate of
President Goodluck Jonathan, to stop the publication of a
three-volume book by former President Obasanjo, appears
to have failed as SaharaReporters can confirm that the book
has gone into circulation.
A source close to Mr. Obasanjo confirmed to
SaharaReporters late last night that copies of the former
president’s exhaustive autobiography were already available
to buyers in print form.
The source that the book would soon be available in an
electronic version that is beyond the jurisdiction of Nigerian
SaharaReporters has already obtained and read sections of
the book scheduled for formal launch in Nigeria in a few
The book, whose three volumes chronicle the life of the
controversial former president from birth till this year,
excited political interest after SaharaReporters exclusively
reported that Mr. Obasanjo devotes significant pages to
paint an unflattering portrait of President Jonathan. We
reported that the book characterizes Mr. Jonathan as
selfish, weak-willed, callous and incapable of rising to the
challenges of running a complex country like Nigeria. Mr.
Obasanjo also accuses the president of surrounding himself
with aides and political associates with corrupt tendencies.
Mr. Obasanjo’s book dedicates several parts in the book to
point out some of Mr. Jonathan’s actions and inactions he
considers ill-advised or disastrous for Nigeria. He depicts
Mr. Jonathan as a man who has not only destroyed the
Peoples Democratic Party but also led Nigeria in dire
The book focuses on several instances of policy
somersaults by Mr. Jonathan as well as deliberate actions
by the incumbent president that have imperiled Nigeria’s
progress in the opinion of Mr. Jonathan.
An Abuja-based lawyer and critic of Mr. Obasanjo accused
the former president of seeking to use the book to earn
cheap popularity, adding that Mr. Obasanjo cannot get away
from responsibility for “sponsoring President Jonathan’s
rise to political prominence and the Presidency.”
“We have been saying it from day one that President
Goodluck Jonathan does not have the qualities to become a
true leader, but we cannot forget that Chief Obasanjo
singlehandedly put him and the late President Umaru
Yar’Adua in office,” the lawyer said.
Mr. Obasanjo’s book also castigates former President
Umaru Yar’Adua, former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, and
former Governor James Ibori of Delta State, Bukola Saraki,
among other political foes.
In the book, the former president also makes an incredible
claim that he was never interested in pursuing a third term
while in office.
“That is a clear lie,” said Mr. Obasanjo’s critic. “To even
deny what is so obvious to every Nigerian shows that Chief
Obasanjo has little regard for the truth.”

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