On Saturday 2nd of August 2018, Nigeria playwright, poet and essayist, Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka launched his new book titled “Quis Custodise IPSOS Custodes? (who watches over the watchmen): Gani’s Unfinished Business in Lagos.
This new book by 1986 nobel prize in Literature award winner is a compendium, it centralised and revealed many escapades of the former President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; who to many has been a thorn in the flesh of many Nigerians since 1975 till date and has never relent in his mischievous acts.
Speaking on the reasons why Wole Soyinka put this together. He says “there is a very subjective sense, near mystical, in which I feel that the mantle has been placed on my shoulders to respond to the rhetorical question posed in the title of this address: Quis Custodlet IPSOS Custodees? Fortunately, this also compels me to discharge the onerous burden of conforming to a moral and legal caution which goes – Ubi Jus Ibi Remedium. I promise this is the last time I shall talk Latin, no matter how much Greek provocation we encounter along the way: For four years, Mr. President, the nation had accorded you such servile obeisance on the understanding that you inherited a weak state and that anything after Abacha was tolerable. The people were optimistic that you had the credentials to lead them to the promised land.
What will now pass your mythical image of a great achiever and statesman prevailed on even the doubting Thomases to believe that you were divinely anointed. But barely two years into your first term, it was clear to even your most jaundiced admirers that you are not after all the messiah this nation has been waiting for.
Barr. Femi Falana was at the event. He also revealed many atrocities this enigma called Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has committed while Engr. Kolawole Koiki said Obasanjo is a curse to this nation.