Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday launched his autobiography, titled “My Watch”, at the Country Club, in Lagos, against a court order, which restrained him from doing so. A federal judge, Valentine Ashi made the order based on an application made by counsel to a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leader in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu. The counsel Alex Iziyon, senior advocate, prayed the court to stop the publication of the book pending the determination of a libel suit filed on his client’s behalf against Obasanjo.
Obasanjo lampooned the judge, saying that the book was published before the court order was granted, and that its publication did not offend any law.
He 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.”
The guests at the book launch included former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Ayo Ibidapo-Obe, former Minister for Solid Minerals, and, later, Education, Oby Ezekwesili, and Patrick Okigbo, who reviewed the book.
Obasanjo’s book is a three-part book that revealed his early childhood, military career and presidency days.