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As Buhari’s Book Unites Disputing National Leaders

Buhari's book launch
Posted: Oct 8, 2016 at 5:46 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Yemi Adebisi.

The shocking embrace between Senator Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, APC’s national chairman at Abuja last Monday at a book launch on President Muhammadu Buhari, perhaps suggested a reunion between the two leaders. It would be recalled that Tinubu, who was one of the four book reviewers at the event had few days earlier asked Odigie-Oyegun to resign after disagreement over the party’s governorship primaries in Ondo State.

Tinubu had accused Odigie-Oyegun of derailing the party’s agenda.

The launch that took place at the popular International Conference, Abuja had a league of political leaders, monarchs and captains of industry in attendance. Entitled ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria,’ the book, authored by Professor John Paden, chronicled the struggle and career of the president until May, 29, 2016.

In his review, Tinubu called for the re-introduction of History in the secondary schools’ curriculum, stressing that “a nation that forgets its past forgets everything.”

Recalling how the APC was formed, Tinubu noted that many sacrifices were made despite plans by many to undermine it.

“The formation of the APC is an important event that the book addresses. The merger was the result of teamwork, belief in the democratic will of the people and a commitment to national purpose. Many of us invested ourselves, our heart, body, mind and soul in this project for national salvation. Many did not want it to happen and fought to undermine the good we sought to accomplish. Many others straddled the sidelines, neither completely in nor completely out, but waiting to see how the prevailing winds might blow before making their move,” he said.

Describing him as a focused leader, Tinubu commended Buhari for his being proactive despite all odds.

“Muhammadu Buhari never wavered for one moment on this journey. Proving to be a focused leader, he acted with single-minded determination that showed no fear or doubt in the rightfulness of the cause we pursued. I know this for an unassailable fact, because I was there with him, every step of the way, to fight against, what the realists told us, were insurmountable odds. Yet, our determination for reform beat their smart calculations. The desire for a better country was more powerful than their incumbent might.”

Tinubu also revealed that the party encountered some challenges in deciding who became Buhari’s running mate, before it resolved the candidature of Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

“After the successful merger and birth of the APC, it was time to pick a standard-bearer. At the Lagos convention, President Buhari emerged as the new party’s choice in a transparently honest process.  His speech to the convention was greeted with ovation, even by those who had opposed him.”

Commenting on the content of the book, Tinubu said the author had done well reflecting Buhari as a man of assignment.

“From the book’s pages, we see a man who has lived his life on assignments that always intersected with vital moments in the nation’s history. He was a man on assignment, when, in the military, he served bravely in a civil war to keep Nigeria united.

“He was on national assignment when he became military head of state in a well-intentioned effort to straighten things out, and set Nigeria on a better path. When he ventured into politics and competed for the Presidency, culminating in his 2015 election victory, he was still on assignment, showing that there was no other way for this nation to go but the way of democracy, no matter how difficult the path may be.

Now, as sitting president, he is on an assignment, against time, to undo the wrongs of nearly two decades of bad governance.”

Chairman of the occasion, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, said Buhari deserved every word of praise and criticism that would come his way.

He described Buhari as a fighter and a man of destiny, adding that as a young officer, he did so well within and outside Nigeria, such that he was recognised both within and internationally.

“As a combat politician, he fought to take over the villa despite being told he will never see it,” he said.

In his remark, President Buhari commended the author for a job well done, expressing his commitment to delivering  Nigeria from the woods.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was the Special Guest of Honour described Buhari as an upright man, adding that the book confirmed what he knew about Buhari and what he had been told about him.

According to him, the book was for those who wanted to know about Nigeria of yesterday, today and about their present leader.

He urged Nigerians to read the book for the right reason which was progress, unity and wholesomeness of Nigeria.

The former United States (US) Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, who also reviewed the book, described as a mistake, America not showing enough interest in Nigeria, not giving the country the attention it deserved as the giant of Africa, urging it not to repeat the same mistake.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, who was also one of the book reviewers, hailed Buhari for not allowing insurgents to take the country for granted, adding that he used his influence for common good rather than for sale.

He said despite being attacked during election campaigns, Buhari’s courage guided him to think of what he would do for the nation.

The organisers promised to donate the proceeds from the book to humanitarian work in the North-East, while copies of the book will be sent to every tertiary institution in the country.

Other prominent personalities in attendance were the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and wife, Dolapo; Senate President Bukola Saraki and his wife, Toyin; Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and wife, former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, service chiefs and members of the Federal Executive Council.

Comments (1)

  • Okasor Godwin Oct 8, 2016 at 6:27 am Okasor Godwin

    who told u that , with the way they sit together

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