Pirated copies of Obasanjo’s book sells for N5,000
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Pirated copies of Obasanjo’s book sells for N5,000

Yvonne Williams

The controversial autobiography written by Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo titled ‘My Watch’ is the latest money spinner for the piracy cartel as the book is currently being circulated in the streets of Lagos State, for as low as N5,000.

According to the Punch Newspaper, the original publication of Obasanjo’s memoirs published by Farafina, and which comes in three volumes, costs N15, 000 while the pirated copy, costs less than half the price but comes in two volumes, spotting a white cover unlike the original’s yellow and brown.

Hawkers selling the book in traffic along Maryland and Opebi road in Lagos mainland, disclosed that Obasanjo’s original book had become scarce, following a court injunction preventing the former president from releasing the book to the public.

Obasanjo’s book, which centres on his life in the military, as a democratic president and after office, became a legal issue shortly before its publication when the Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, Buruji Kashamu, took the matter to court in an attempt to prevent Obasanjo from launching the book.

Obasanjo on December 9, 2014, went ahead with the book’s publication and the judge ordered that the books be confiscated.

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