Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:49 pm
Yinka Odumakin, Nigeria’s political activist and secretary of Afenifere group says his book, ‘Watch the Watcher’, was written to straighten the records of a former Nigerian leader, General Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo had written a three-volume book, The Watch, his memoirs which he launched early December in Lagos.
The book, since then has been locked down in the publishers warehouse by a court order and assailed by prominent Nigerians for conveying many falsehoods about the history of Nigeria and Obasanjo’s role.
Odumakin’s ‘Watch the Watcher’, was published three weeks later.
On a Channels TV programme Wednesday, the activist denied that his book was influenced by Obasanjo’s book.
He, however, said that the title of the book was changed after Mr Obasanjo’s book came out.
“It is a public intellectual duty to set the record straight and to let those who have been in charge of affairs and those who are still in charge of affairs to know that a time has come for us, as victims of their misrule, not to forget.”
Odumakin told his interviewers that Obasanjo’s book could be likened to a situation where a serial rapist would be invited to give a lecture on ‘the evils of rape’, saying that Nigerians have “allowed people to falsify history”.
Mr Odumakin described Mr Obasanjo’s book as “a package of lies”, insisting that the former President has “a selective integrity that when he does a thing, it is right and when other do it, it is wrong”.
“I wonder why Obasanjo only knows the right things when he is not in office. It amazes me when Obasanjo continues to grandstand and move from side to side.
“For General Obasanjo to come out and tell Nigerians that he was not aware of any pact with AD in 2003, that it was his deputy, Atiku. Atiku never featured in all the talks and meetings. All the meetings held with Obasanjo, I was present. The first meeting was in Obasanjo’s home in Ota and I was there,” he said, discountenancing claims the president made in his book.
“I have tried to put the authentic accounts side by side with the Obasanjo’s book.
“It is amazing that I have not seen anybody related to this man (Obasanjo), who has worked with him that has something positive to say.”