Top Government officials and other dignitaries storm Abuja on Thursday for the official public presentation of a book about the Wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari.
The book, written by Hajo Sani, is titled ‘Aisha Buhari – Being Different’.
Sani is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration.
The book’s public presentation was put together by the Office of the First Lady in conjunction with Women and National Development, a non-profit gender-focused.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, says he absolutely agree with President Muhammadu Buhari, that Aisha, is a worthy partner beacon of the good things from the Buhari administration.
According to the VP, the book on the First Lady was not just an important addition to the literary canon on public life and Nigerian biographical history, it was a window into the credible efforts of the First Lady in empowering Nigerians.
In the words he directly attributed to President Buhari, the VP said; “Aisha, as the world has come to know her, is kind-hearted; this made her transition to philanthropy and humanitarianism easy. When she became First Lady, her protective mien was exerted when women, children, and other vulnerable people are abused.
” I have observed with keen interest, as she addresses many of the social concerns that have given her sleepless nights. She has, therefore, been a worthy partner and a beacon for some of the good things that Nigerians have come to identify with our government.” I concur, I agree.”
Speaking personally, the Vice President stated that, “with her views forthright, crisp, truthful and every once in a while, controversial, she has established an ongoing conversation with the Nigerian people on the issues that concern them most, issues that concern us the most: good governance, security, putting food on the table, education of our children, prompt payment of pensions to army veterans, and drug abuse, violation and victimization of women.
“She airs her own personal struggles, her annoyance, in a manner probably unprecedented in the role of First Lady anywhere.
“There is no question that Aisha Buhari is different; her difference has been empowering for the Nigerian people and there is never any question that her comments come from a good place, a place of genuine love and respect for the Nigerian people and our several concerns.”
The occasion was chaired by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, while Billionaire Entrepreneur Mrs. Folorunso Alakija was the Special Guest of Honour and a Professor of Political Science, Fatai Aremu reviewed it.
Also reviewing the book, Civil Service chief, Folashade Esan said that the book gives an insight into the mind workings, life, and passions of the First Lady.
”As an advocate tool, the book equally provides practical suggestions to overcome institutional challenges in a difficult era,” she said.
Tinubu described the First Lady as a voice of conscience, as he extolled the virtues of sincerity and courage among the invaluable contributions of Aisha Buhari.
The APC leader further chronicled the activities of the First Lady during the 2015 elections which according to him was instrumental to the President’s eventual success at the polls.
Eminent Nigerians present at the launch were; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha represented by the Head of the Service, Folashade Esan; Service Chiefs; Private sector leaders; Leadership of the National Assembly. Also the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and wife of former Vice President, Amina Sambo attended the event.
Others were Royal fathers; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; and a number of federal cabinet members.
Governor of Osun State, Adeboyega Oyetola, and wife; the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; Governor of Yobe state, Mala Buni and members of the diplomatic corps.
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