The management of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) has disclosed that no fewer than 20 eminent scholars including former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku and Bishop Mathew Kukah among others, are to join heads to publish a book entitled “Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy 1999 till 2007”.
The book – which has 20 well researched chapters – has its forward written by foremost African elder statesman, former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
This was announced as part of 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 Project, 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 noted 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.”
While admitting the existence of many publications on the former President, Akinkugbe said the book was well researched and was forwarded by Dr. Nelson Mandela.
“It quintessentially blazes an untrodden path in the political history of an African nation through that period” he added.