In addition, the book has underscore the ugly nature of politics of god fatherism just as it exposes how most politicians are bent on putting their stooges on power so as to do their biddings. The book, according to the writer, was written at the time he went for course at the prestigious Harvard University in England. He said the course was sponsored by President Goodluck Jonathan and after successful completion of the book, the first person he gave the book was the president as a mark of appreciation for his sponsorship. While giving the president a copy of the book, the author said he was happy to tell the world that the course was sponsored by Mr Jonathan and it was while he was studying that he had the opportunity of writing the book. It is obvious from the statement of the author and indeed, his action that the book was written in such a way that it will suit some sentiments and interests. In fact, it goes with the time tested saying that he who pays the piper, dictates the tune.
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In addition, the book has underscore the ugly nature of politics of god fatherism just as it exposes how most politicians are bent on putting their stooges on power so as to do their biddings. The book, according to the writer, was written at the time he went for course at the prestigious Harvard University in England. He said the course was sponsored by President Goodluck Jonathan and after successful completion of the book, the first person he gave the book was the president as a mark of appreciation for his sponsorship.
While giving the president a copy of the book, the author said he was happy to tell the world that the course was sponsored by Mr Jonathan and it was while he was studying that he had the opportunity of writing the book. It is obvious from the statement of the author and indeed, his action that the book was written in such a way that it will suit some sentiments and interests. In fact, it goes with the time tested saying that he who pays the piper, dictates the tune. Anyone who has read the book with utmost caution and deep comprehension will no doubt benefitts from the quality of presentation and the sound use of language which is typical of Segun.
Indeed, the book will be useful to many including teachers of literature in our varied universities. Additionally too, the book will be of immense significance to students of mass communication and writers who are cut between trying to set their story line at the course of writing a book.
As a matter of fact, a keen reader of the book will be exposed to how facts are distorted in such a way that unsuspecting readers will assume them to be truth. Through the book, one will see how people succeed even with double loyalty. But when he sets out to narrate a story that he knows there is no one to corroborate it, the author says the discussion is between him and the late president Yaradua and as we all know, the dead cannot give evidence.
In the book, the author has shown himself as someone who wielded enormous power during the reign of late president Yaradua and not merely a presidential spokesman. In fact, he presents himself like a special vice president who intervenes in virtually every matter for it to be successful. The author has tried to over stress his importance by saying that in the government of Yaradua, virtually all the good things or nice policies initiated were done with the support of the author.
He stresses that it is either he was the initiator or was instrumental to implementing it. As a matter of fact, the author in the said book strives to show that he has tried all he could to avert all the mistakes of the Yaradua administration suggesting that where such happens, they were because government failed to heed his advice.
Segun portrays President Jonathan as someone who was victimized in the Yaradua era and describes Jonathan as someone who is patient to a fault who never mind all the ordeals he pass through until truth eventually materializes and he assumes power.
A careful analysis of the book reveals that for all the period Segun stayed in the villa; he was busy working for some people and certain interest and not Yaradua who appointed him. It is not surprising because he stated categorically that he was forced to accept the appointment by his god father not that he accepted the offer on his own volition.
Segun in a chapter on Corruption and Ibori saga reveals how the American government supports Nuhu Ribadu on his chairmanship of the anti graft agency and how the American government turned it back on the agency when Ribadu was sacked page 17 to In this chapter, the writer eulogizes Nuhu Ribadu just the way and manner the America eulogizes him.
All through the book, nobody was praised as Ribadu. In the chapter, Segun eulogises himself as he stresses that he had to speak to virtually all those who matters that the way the late Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf was executed was not proper.
Indeed, the author reveals how the American government severe its ties with the Yaradua government because of the Mutallab saga. The important issue for which Adeniyi was silent about is the attempt to murder Sheik Ibrahim El Zak Zaky during the reign of Yar adua. The Sheikh had said during a Ramadan preaching that there are plans to murder him. At the said reaching, he gave a detailed account of the plan and called on the government to appreciate the fact that he was living in his own house with his aged mother and children and that the government should know that he is living among people.
He appealed that whatever happens, those innocent citizens who stay around him should not be affected. Virtually all the national dailies in this country reported the matter. Who hatched that plan? Who gave the directive? Who are those who wanted to execute it? Why was the plan not executed?
Everybody knows who sheikh Ibrahim El Zak Zaky is and his significance in the country. Why did Adeniyi spoke on the issue of Boko Haram and Mutallab but was silent on the murder plan? Indeed, this is surprising and has raised so many questions for which the only person to offer answers is Adeniyi since he has stake in virtually everything that happened within the government circle as revealed in his book.
He wrote that for any story that bothers on Nigerian nation or the late president Yaradua, even if it is in a press release and was not published by any newspaper, he usually direct for cuttings of such reports and comment before sending to the president. Why was it not reflected in the book since the issue almost disrupts peace in Kaduna state so much so that the then governor and now vice president sought audience with the pupils of Sheikh and indeed he met with them to douse tension?
Indeed, we are waiting for Segun to tell us. He said he had threatened to resign his appointment if men of SSS pester his life. He noted that the late president was taken from German hospital to Saudi Arabia because of the fear of the West.
He said he learnt of even the return of late president Yaradua to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia from the publisher of Sahara Reporter who phoned him to tell him before he confirm from other sources.
He averred that even when the late president arrives, he could not see him until he threatened to resign his appointment before he was granted access to see the ailing president whom he said although still breathing, his chances of survival appears very slim.
He said indeed, both Muslim and Christian clerics who were said to have seen the president on his sick bed did saw him. One of the harshest critics of the Yaradua administration, Dele Adalaja wrote the foreword to the book. Dele it was who established NEXT newspaper, a paper bent on bringing the Yaradua government to its knees. The newspaper died immediately after the death of Yaradua.
The newspaper publishes reports that taint the Yaradua government. Whoever read the book will see that Segun keep reaffirming that he had a cordial relationship with all media houses both local and international where he said all the reports written about the Yaradua government were true especially the reports of his ill health and all those reports published when the late president was sick. This book by Segun can be given different interpretation and understanding including of course, breach of trust.
In the book, tales were justapoxed with truth and the author was unjustifiably silent on some important issues. All we can say is we have heard Segun and shall await another book by him or another one to be written by somebody to see what his tales are.
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Danny Angbashim reviewed on Jan. Segun was generous in discrediting AGF Aandoaakaa the AGF was a disreputable guy, no doubt throughout the narrative but was conveniently silent about the despicable roles played by people like Tanimu Yakubu and Abba Ruma who kept misinforming the public that they spoke with the President almost every hour even when the same President would, strangely, not speak with his VP. They planted stories in the press about the President running up staircases in Saudi Arabia, playing with grand-children in the villa, walking round the villa lawns, desiring to speak with everyone else except Jonathan, etc. These and many more were clearly well coordinated events by an equally well organised power clique. Who were the faces behind these sordid events? Segun is loudly silent about them.
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