From Jimoh Taofiq Adeniyi, Ilorin
35 years after his unjust trial and subsequent incarcerations, a former Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Colonel Peter Obasa (retired) is set to set the records straight with his book, House of Exile.
The program will hold on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Radio Kwara Mandate Hall, Police Road, Ilorin.
In a statement made available to News Hub Mag! and signed by the author yesterday, Col. Obasa said the book is aimed at setting the record straight by giving a vivid account of what lead to his arrest in 1984 and the turn of events that followed up to late 1991.
The retired military officer said House of Exile chronicled his experiences in 1984, his prison accounts, the nation’s democracy, and judiciary.
He said, apart from setting the record straight in the media space, there are also leadership lessons to be learnt in the book. Above all, the book affords the author the opportunity to pour out his heart which in itself is good for his wellbeing.
It is noteworthy to say that up until now, only the military tribunal’s side of the story is being circulated in the media.
He explained that at the tribunal, there were false accusations supported by false witness just to indict him. Unfortunately for the tribunal their implementation didn’t work according to plan, but the tribunal still went ahead to apply veto power in getting him incarcerated.
Retired Colonel Obasa described his trial by the Supreme Military Council (SMC), headed by General Muhammadu Buhari, as illegalities of 1984, saying that the SMC promulgated decrees that had retroactive effect.