Spokesman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bolaji Abdullahi, is ready to release a new book titled ‘On a Platter of Gold’, a book he wrote on the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, in October.
Abdullahi, who was a minister in Jonathan’s government, described the book as an exclusive account of the “making and the unmaking” of the former Nigerian leader.
According to him, the book reveals the intrigues that surrounded the 2015 presidential election and its aftermath.
“On a Platter of Gold is part history, part political thriller, which answers many of the often-asked questions about Jonathan’s incredible rise to the highest political office in the land and his unprecedented electoral defeat in 2015,” Abdullahi said in a statement.
“The book, which has the subtitle, ‘How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, is introduced as follows:
“Was Goodluck Jonathan weak and clueless, as his traducers have claimed? Or – as his supporters have alleged – was he just a victim of vicious conspiracies by an entitled cabal that would stop at nothing to bring down this ‘intruder’ to power?
“From an unknown university teacher, Goodluck Jonathan rose to become President of Africa’s largest democracy, in less than a decade -most astonishingly, without winning a single vote in his name. In contesting the 2011 presidential election, he declared that growing up as the son of a fisherman in the creeks of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, he had no shoes. This message resonated with millions of Nigerians. “If I can make it, then you can as well,” he had declared. He went on to win with the highest majority vote ever recorded in the nation’s history.”
Asked why he wrote the book, Abdullahi said: “I believe that journalists who find themselves in government owe it a duty to the profession to tell a good story afterwards.”