Saharareporters publication reveals that ex-Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a swipe at a Nigerian politician who has held up the release of his autobiography by suing him for libel in an exclusive interview with RFI.
In the publication titled: ‘My Watch,’ Obasanjo criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for working with a man charged with drug-smuggling in the US.
A court in Nigeria has then banned the sale and distribution of Obasanjo’s autobiography, citing libel against the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and some of his entourage.
My Watch may not now make it into bookshops before the 14 February presidential elections in Nigeria.
The former Nigerian President could be ordered to pay compensation for defamation of character, as Buruji Kashamu has filed two libel cases against Obasanjo over his book.
Kashamu, who is a campaign director in the president’s ruling People’s Democratic Party, is unhappy about references to him in Obasanjo’s book.
There is a warrant out for Kashamu’s arrest in the US, where the Chicago City Police Department say they have evidence of his involvement in a multi-million-dollar heroin-smuggling racket.