To: The Editor, Nigerian Village Square
From: Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Libelous article about me that must be removed from the village square.
A friend Googled my name and said that an article saying that Ozodi Osuji is a schizophrenic came up:
"Ozodi Osuji's Schizophrenic Critique of Achebe - Nigerian ...Introduction. Mr. Ozodi Thomas Osuji wrote an article titled "False Sense of Victimization in Achebe's Worldview", which was published on the Nigerian ...www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/.../ozodi-osujis...achebe.html - Cached."
I googled and the same article was at the top of what came up. Apparently, not only was it posted at the Nigerian Village square it was done in such a manner that anyone who goggled my name would have it as the first material about me that came up. Obviously, this was done with deliberate intention and malice. I am not aware that a psychiatrist evaluated me and found me to be a schizophrenic. Therefore, whoever wrote the article misrepresented me. You must therefore remove the said offensive article immediately and advise me that you have done so. Please remember that this is an actionable material; it is a material that calls for law suit, for libel. I would rather not go there so just remove the material and advise me that you have done so. Failure to do so would require my taking legal action to not only have you remove it but pay whatever damages a law court would deem right for willfully misrepresenting my person. I am sure that that you see yourself as a reputable publisher and, as such, must make sure that you publish verified material. A publisher who publishes irresponsible material about folks calls for legal action to be taken against him. This article willfully and deliberately set out to misrepresent my person and therefore is irresponsible and calumnious. I understand that Nigerians tend to feel free to say whatever they want to say about without checking for facts but since you are a publisher you must ascertain that someone is a schizophrenic before you publish material saying that he is. Please remove the said article and advise me that you have done so. You have 72 hours to advise me that you have done so. Thank you.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD