By Dayo Adesulu and Ndahi Marama
Professor Abudulhamid Abubakar faculty of Arts University of Maiduguri has said that having a medical practitioner in the literary world that is also doing very well in the development of literature in Nigeria is a great challenge for those already in the literary field.
The University Don stated this at the public reading of a book titled, â€œTenants in the Houseâ€ written by a former member of the Federal House of Representative and chairman sub-committee on National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Wale Okediran at the CBN hall, University of Maiduguri.
Delivering a key note address during the public reading of the Book, Professor Idris Amali of the faculty of Arts who is represented by Dr. Abubakar Othman said that, language no matter how dynamic its position is nothing, if credence is not given to the writer.
According to him, the attitude of the northern elite is not only imperative but shameful, as Dsuch, he then called on northerners who have the means to always make them available and support literary works for the betterment of the Northern region and Nigeria in general.
Also speaking, the Head of Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Danjuma Gambo said that the public reading of the book, â€œTenants in the Houseâ€ was the first of its kind in the University of Maiduguri, as such, there is the need for such an occasion to always be where Authors will be invited to come and read their works to help students and emerging writers have a better understanding of literature.
While answering questions from both lectures and students of the institution, Dr. Wale Okediran who read about two chapters of his book said this is the first time he will be addressing such a large crowd in the University of Maiduguri .
He said after reading his book in some places across the country, his former colleagues at the National Assembly had described him as a bad politician for revealing some of the dirty games in the National Assembly, particularly with the House of Representative where he served for four years as member.
Dr. Wale Okediran who was given a standing ovation after the reading of his work also told the gathering that his challenges in the two years which he took to write the book was how to write about the information he has at his disposal while he was serving at the national Assembly and how to portray politics in the way it is being played in the house.
The Author who said that he has been keeping a diary since he was 12 years, told the students at the university that the book, â€œ Tenants in the Houseâ€ was a diary he has kept for four years while serving as member House of representatives that he revert to it two years ago to put the 306 pages novel.