Proceeds of Buhari’s Biography To Go To Charity

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Author of the biography of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that proceeds from the book launch would be used to finance charity initiatives across the country, including the humanitarian criis in the Northeast.

The biography titled “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria” was written by John Paden, an American Professor of International Studies charities and was launched on Monday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

“Let me say that the proceeds of the launch of this book will all go to some select charities including humanitarian aid to the Internally Displaced People in the North East,” Paden said.

The book launch, which was chaired by former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, also had many prominent Nigerians in attendance as well as guests from the West African Sub-region, including the Presidents of Niger, Chad and Benin Republic.

However, organisers of the event said that no one was allowed to make donations in millions of naira, rather, the book would be launched at N1500 for the soft cover, N2500 for the hard cover and N10,000 for the leather cover.

Chairman of the occasion, Gowon, poured encomiums on President Buhari, saying that he has distinguished himself both as a soldier and as a politician.

Citing the President’s failed attempts at winning the presidential election, Gowon said “2015 was an affirmation that persistence pays,” adding that he was confident that Buhari would “restore the economy and alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.”

Among the book reviewers were Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Tinubu eulogized president Buhari, saying that his “heroic role” in the formation of the APC has led to the “rescue of Nigeria”.

Also, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, said president Buhari has shown “deep concern for female education” and patriotism both as a military officer and Head of State.

A former Nigerian permanent representative to the United Nations, Ibrahim Gambari who also served as Nigeria’s foreign Minister under Mr. Buhari, took time to brief the audience about the humorous nature of the president.






     

     

    Former President Obasanjo, who was a special guest at the event noted that he has various “encounters” with president Buhari due to political differences, but those disagreements and differences never affected their personal relationship.

    Obasanjo described the biography as “surely intriguing, inspiring and a mix of history and current affairs together”.

    In his vote of thanks, president Buhari said he was surprised by the large turnout of guests at the event, especially as Monday was a public holiday and many people would have preferred to spend time with their loved ones.

    He also thanked the author, Paden “who tolerated me for the stories I tried to tell him.”

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