Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday went ahead to unveil his three-part autobiography, “My Watch” against an injunction granted by Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal High Court, Wuse, Abuja, saying his book did not contravene any law.
Speaking about the book during the presentation, Obasanjo said, “I had given the book to my editors and to the publisher. As far as I am concerned, my job is done. I had written the book and printed before the court injunction.
“In a normal judiciary, the judge should be sanctioned and I hope something will be done. We are here legally and lawfully and we will continue to act lawfully and legally.”
Justice Ashi, had following an ex parte application by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, directed that the book should not be published pending the determination of the petitioner’s libel suit against him.
The content of the book was said to be related to a letter dated December 2, 2013, written by Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan, claiming that Kashamu was wanted for a drug-related crime in the United States.
The dignitaries present at the event were Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe, Chief Jonathan Olapade, the Vice-Chancellor, Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie; and a former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola.
Vice-Admiral Michael Adelanwa (retd.), Dr. Segun Oyefeso, Olubara of Ibara, Oba Olufemi Omolade; Navy Capt. Femi Pearse, Registrar, Bells University of Technology, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Gbadebo, were also in attendance.