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The Letterman: I’ll proceed to jot down letters, don’t consider it’s outdated – Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo Thursday informed a convergence of the media, politicians and others at a e book presentation in Abuja that he wouldn’t cease writing letters to powers that be and authorities.

Obasanjo made the assertion on the public presentation of ‘The Letterman’ a 466-page e book authored by Editor-in-Chief Premium Occasions Musikilu Mojeed.

The e book chronicled ‘secret’ letters of the previous Nigerian chief.

The e book from the secure of Premium Occasions Books had its foreword written by former Secretary-Basic of the Commonwealth Chief Emeka Anyaoku.

The historic letters chronicled within the e book dwells on the previous president’s exploit and braveness to talk fearlessly, superiors, associates and international personalities through letters with out minding whose ox is gored.

In the midst of exemplifying patriotism, Obasanjo had written letters to Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Margaret Thatcher of the Nice Britain,, Jimmy Carter of the US of America, his then Commander-in-Chief and Head of State, Basic Yakubu Gowon, his superior officers within the military, Presidents Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua, Goodluck Jonathan, Ibrahim Babangida and  Muhammadu Buhari amongst others.

The highpoints of the event was when the 85-year-old ‘Ebora Owu’ as fondly referred to as, breezed into the corridor unannounced and the disclosing of the e book by some invited dignitaries.

Talking on the event, Obasanjo recommended the creator and described the work as amazingly good, stated “you will have finished a wonderful job.”

“I consider in letter writing as a result of you must talk. I don’t see any substitute for it. I consider very a lot in letter writing and I don’t suppose it’s outdated. It’s an artwork and has finished nice issues within the historical past of nice international locations.

“I learn it and was fully flabbergasted by the quantity of labor that he has finished in writing the e book.

“I began studying the e book and I used to be liking what I used to be studying till I completed studying it. Though, there are various issues that I had forgotten that he dug up and I used to be marveled at it.”

On whether or not he knew something in regards to the e book undertaking, Obasanjo stated: “I didn’t intend to return. He (Mojeed) didn’t take my permission. Till final week when he introduced me two copies, I didn’t know that he was writing the e book. After I learn the e book, I used to be flabbergasted. I used to be torn between him not telling me and the quantity of labor he put in.

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“I learn an element and rang him. I informed him, you will have unearthed this half? That is good. I didn’t reply to his letter as a result of I didn’t need him to cite me.”

Revealing to the viewers how he received to the occasion regardless of having a two-day assembly in Ethiopia, the previous chief stated: “I met my waterloo after I referred to as Bishop Kukah, who informed me he was studying my e book. He informed me to be right here.

“There are various issues that I’ve forgotten, and he (Mojeed) offered them nicely. The rationale why I don’t grant interviews is as a result of journalists are like a nagging spouse that has youngsters for you. You simply should tolerate them. They are going to annoy you. Musikiliu has one distinctive benefit, he tolerates me and I tolerate him.

He additional shocked the viewers when he stated that he gained’t cease writing letters.

The previous president additionally stated the suitable title of the e book would have been the ‘Audacity of an Optimist.’

Talking additional on the nation and interplay with different world leaders, Obasanjo stated Nigeria received away with lots of “silly issues” as a result of ‘God is a Nigerian.’

“I consider that God is a Nigerian. Bishop Kukah could not agree with me. As a result of God loves us a lot that we’ve got finished so many silly issues and He allowed us to get away with these silly issues.

“I sincerely hope that God’s persistence has no restrict of elasticity as a result of if He does, there’ll quickly be a day that God will say: ‘No, I’ve had sufficient.’ And if God says He has had sufficient it doesn’t matter, Musikilu can write 20 books on Lettermen and Letterwomen, it gained’t assist us.

“I consider the fitting classes have to be learnt. We have now all that we have to have. God has given us all that we have to have; that we’re not doing what we should always do. It’s not God, we should always blame ourselves,” stated the previous president.

Obasanjo, who recalled some cases the place international leaders have been at all times consulting with Nigerians earlier than taking some essential selections, lamented that the nation seemed to be dropping it.

He stated the nation was not appreciating what it had by way of assets.

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Obasanjo stated: “We most likely don’t recognize what we’ve got as a rustic and I consider if we do recognize it, make good use of it, we’ll do higher than we at the moment are.

“I’ve despatched for an interview with the one remaining member of what they name the 12 disciples within the international service; that’s the 12 Nigerians who first joined the International Service earlier than our independence, Amb Adefuye is the one remaining one.

“In that interview, he stated that when Nigeria grew to become unbiased it was an enormous within the solar. That was the expectation; not an enormous even in Africa. A large within the solar. That was the expectation of the world about Nigeria.

“Have we lived as much as it? No. If we’ve got not, why haven’t we? And it’s not to date to hunt.

“Someone talked about Jimmy Carter visiting Nigeria. After all, he did go to Nigeria however earlier than he visited Nigeria we have been fighting America, one thing they name constructive engagement with South Africa. What will be constructive with apartheid?

‘’We stated no, we don’t settle for that Kessinger stated he was coming to Nigeria thrice and thrice I stated I might not obtain him. You could say that’s insanity. Sure, there’s a contact of insanity however you must do what is true.

“There was this election coming. It was Ford and Jimmy Carter. If Ford gained the election, I must do acrobatics. I might not be capable of say America can not come to Nigeria for 4 years. Earlier than the election, we began in search of who was within the camp of Jimmy Carter and we discovered Andy Younger earlier than the election and when the election happened, Cater gained.

“Inside two weeks of him being sworn in, Andy Younger got here to us. We grew to become very shut with Andy Younger to the extent that the Carter administration won’t do something in Africa with out informing us. Individuals ask me, how did we lose that? How did we lose it?”

Jonathan lauds ex-leader

In a message to the gathering, former President Goodluck Jonathan stated greater than something,  Obasanjo would  be remembered for debt forgiveness he championed for the nation, the creation of anti-corruption companies and his a number of worldwide interventions throughout Africa.

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Represented by a former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka, the previous president  stated “historical past will keep in mind the previous president for the nice issues he did, not the quarrels and the fights.”

Kukah evaluations

Reviewing the e book, Bishop Matthew ssan Kukah stated: “In attempting to evaluation this enigma, the place, when and the way does one begin? Is it his life as a soldier, a farmer, a former army head of state after which a president, an internationally much-sought after negotiator, a squash participant of reputation or the place does one actually begin?”

He thereafter dwelled comprehensively on the e book, describing it as nothing wanting an inspiration and a masterful piece of ingenuity.

Obasanjo within the e book, in keeping with him, “is portrayed as essentially the most controversial, provocative, argumentative, insightful, enigmatic and galvanizing people past the shores of Nigeria and Africa.

“It’s moderately curious that nobody has but written a biography of Basic Obasanjo. The person has made such a undertaking redundant as a result of, not trusting anybody to inform his story. He developed virtually an obsession with getting his phrase on his personal phrases.”

“His state of psychological self-discipline and application is unbelievable and virtually not possible to decipher. His thoughts is incisive, distrusting, suspecting, sharp, rapier like as he writes and ensures that he’s the principle deal in his personal scripted drama,” Kukah added.

In a welcome tackle, Writer/CEO Premium Occasions Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi stated the launching of The Letterman was weaving the previous with the current through an honest execution of historical past and journalism.

In his personal remarks, chairman of the event, Yusuf Ola-Olu Ali, SAN expressed optimism that the e book would assist revive the dying tradition of studying within the nation, saying successive leaders within the nation must be correctly lettered.

 Mojeed

In a brief dialog with a tv host, Kadaria Ahmed, Mr Mojeed, stated he by no means had the permission of the previous president to jot down the e book.

Relatively, he stated what was initially occurred to him throughout his go to to the Obasanjo Library was getting the letters for unique tales, however later modified his thoughts.

Roll calls

The roll calls embody Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate who was represented by Chief Fani-Kayode, Senator Seriake Dickson, former FCT Minister Aliyu  Modibbo Umar, politicians and the media fraternity.