Jonathan, Kukah, Amaechi, Yusuf Ali, others for unveiling of “The Letterman” -
Many have poured encomiums on The Letterman as a pacesetting literary work in the country.
0 Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, is expected to literarily come alive on Thursday as former President Goodluck Jonathan and other top dignitaries converge on the city for the public presentation of The Letterman, a book on the ‘secret’ letters of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.0 A former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku; the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah and a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, have heaped praises on The Letterman: Inside the ‘Secret’ Letters of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, a new book by the Editor-in-Chief of PREMIUM TIMES, Musikilu Mojeed.Ifeanyi Nwannah A supporter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Musa Yusuf has said if actually, PDP thugs destroyed APC billboards and posters during last Sunday’s rally, the security operatives should be held responsible and not the PDP.Niyi Yusuf, who until his appointment was the first vice chairman of the NESG, took over from Asue Ighodalo, who was appointed in 2018 following the retirement of Mr Kyari Bukar.
The book, written by the Editor-in-Chief of Premium Times, Musikilu Mojeed, will be unveiled in front of what promises to be a packed audience at Bolton White Apartments in the Wuse Zone 7 District of Abuja Aside Mr Jonathan, who is the special guest of honour, an array of other top political, business and government functionaries are expected at the event which has a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Chairman of the Governing Council of Osun State University, Yusuf Ali, as Chairman.The Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah (book reviewer) and a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ifueko Omoigui Okauru (who is listed as chief presenter) are also expected at the occasion.3FM Lagos, television host, and former editor of NEXT newspaper.Some of the other dignitaries who have confirmed attendance at the event are a former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Senator Adelere Oriolowo, former Senator Babafemi Ojudu, a former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru, and a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu.“The State commissioner of police is supposed to have arrested the security operatives concerned for them to explain why they did not put up professionalism in their constitutional responsibility”, he lamented.Equally expected are members of the diplomatic corps, top politicians, governors, legislators, captains of industry, traditional rulers, clergy, media executives and practitioners among others.A number of these letters, written to dignitaries in Nigeria and around the world, have never been publicly seen.The Letterman: Inside the ‘Secret’ Letters of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has been described by those who have read it as a trail-blazing literary work.
The book brings to the front burner the place of letter writing in leadership, governance and politics.But those who have seen and reviewed the publication ahead of its unveiling have commended the work whose chronicle unfolds from the time of Obasanjo as General Officer Commanding the Third Marine Commando and his wartime efforts, through his tenure as military head of state between 1976 and 1979, his continental liberation struggles and political activism from the 1970s to 1999, his civilian presidential term from 1999 to 2007, as well as his post-presidency era.” He said, ”it is very clear that since Dauda Lawal Dare defected from APC to PDP, the ruling party knew that there would be a problem for the APC because Dare is a crowd puller to the core.President Obasanjo seems a perfect pick for this genre of work having demonstrated a consistent penchant for using letters to speak candidly to subordinates, superiors, associates and foreign personalities, not minding the accolades or invectives such letters might generate.Meanwhile, many respected personalities have poured encomiums on The Letterman as a pacesetting literary work in the country.No single Nigerian has captured and traversed the memories of Nigerians like President Obasanjo.Among those who have commended the work are a former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku; Bishop Kukah, Omoigui Okauru, Toyin Falola, renowned professor and the Frances and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin; Dan Agbese, respected columnist and writer, who was also the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Newswatch, a foremost and trail-blazing investigative magazine; and Kadaria Ahmed, founder/CEO at Radio Now 95.” “Why didn’t they arrest the thugs they claimed that destroyed their billboards and posters but they arrested the PDP heavyweights in the State to weaken the party” He said the political battle for supremacy between the ruling APC and opposition PDP may take another dimension, making it a do- or die affair, considering what is happening presently which may bring the State back to the days of the dark age.3FM Lagos, television host, and former editor of NEXT newspaper.The Letterman takes the reader through President Obasanjo’s complex, intricate, even serpentine mind, captured by the contents of his no-hold-barred letters.
The Letterman, a 492-page, 25-chapter narrative non-fiction, curates some of the most significant and historical letters written and received by former President Obasanjo, which compellingly tell the story of his life, as defined by and defining of the story of his country, Nigeria and the larger African continent.A number of these letters, written to dignitaries in Nigeria and around the world, have never been publicly seen.” – Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria.In the words of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria: “In the book, The Letterman, Musikilu Mojeed introduces a new genre in Presidential history and record-keeping.No single Nigerian has captured and traversed the memories of Nigerians like President Obasanjo.=========================== “I am amazed by the sheer quantum and depth of records accessed to write this book and the record-keeping ability of the letter writer, which is worthy of emulation.Straddling generations, famous for his role in the civil war through accepting the instruments of surrender of the Biafran army, noted for having the longest period of service as Nigeria’s Head of State and President, complex, forceful or brash, he stands out as the only person to have put down almost his every thought in writing.
READ ALSO: PREMIUM TIMES E-in-C, Musikilu Mojeed, to release The Letterman, book on Obasanjos letters “The Letterman takes the reader through President Obasanjo’s complex, intricate, even serpentine mind, captured by the contents of his no-hold-barred letters.Musikilu Mojeed demonstrates a knack for seeking the deep, unusual and insightful perspectives and presents this to his readers.The author has offered readers a precious piece of recorded history that will stand the test of time and occupy a special place in Nigeria’s rather barren shelves of presidential writing.” Share this:.This is a must and captivating read for all persons seeking to build a prosperous Nigerian nation and a truly great African continent.
Anyaoku, Kukah, Omoigui Okauru, Falola praise Musikilu Mojeed's The LettermanAnyaoku, Kukah, Omoigui Okauru, Falola praise Musikilu Mojeed’s The Letterman The Letterman, a 492-page, 25-chapter narrative non-fiction, curates significant and historical letters written and received by ex-President Obasanjo. Whereisdadiyata?
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