Court Halts Publishing Of Obasanjo’s Autobiography


Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been stopped from publishing a new autobiography titled: ‘My Watch’ by an Abuja High Court.

Justice Valentine Ashi pronounced the restraining order on Friday in favour of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Buruji Kashamu.

The application for the restraining order was filed by Kashamu’s lawyer, Dr Alex Izinyon, SAN. The counsel had argued that the content of the book related to issues contained in Obasanjo’s December 2, 2013, letter to President Goodluck Jonathan and former PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, where the former president claimed that Kashamu was allegedly a fugitive, wanted in the United States.

He contended therefore that, since the content of the letter was the subject of the libel suit his client filed against Obsanjo, which is still pending before the court, it was wrong for the ex-president to be allowed to proceed to comment on, write books about or make publications on the issue yet to be decided by the court.

Ashi subsequently ruled that Obasanjo should refrain from either publishing the book or having it published on his behalf by anybody, pending the determination of the main suit still pending before the court.