Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy 1999 - 2007 Vol 1&2 View larger

Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy 1999 - 2007 Vol 1&2

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Writing about the Obasanjo years compels rather more than the Presidential Legacy. These two volumes focus on what he found on the table as he came in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and what he left on that table in 2007.

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They capture the essence of his 8-years administration. Mandela’s foreword speaks of an African leader with outstanding qualities of sustained commitment, genuine African-ness and exemplary performance and the preface, of a man who has knit for himself a sizeable strand in the metaphoric tapestry of corpus Nigeria.

This socio-political scan covers a wide spectrum of activities in governance, infrastructure, the social services, crisis in transparency, oil, finance, communication, security, international affairs,power in megawatts and in judicial tongue. These essays that flow from the scholar, diplomat, entrepreneur, technocrat, bureaucrat, soldier, and cleric, constitute a quasi-historical document and dispassionately appraise the tenor of Obasanjo’s tenure as President.

Historians, archivists, social scientists, politicians, and the civil society will find it valuable in chronicling the events of that period. It is a welcome development in public affairs of a compendium of activities that help the citizen to determine whether the currency of leadership is in gold or garbage. It blazes a trail and serves as a forerunner of an exercise in stewardship that future political leaders in Africa and beyond may wish to emulate.

Editor: Ladipo Akinkugbe


Vol 1 - 402 pages, Vol 2 - 290 pages