by Stanley Azuakola
Yesterday, the much anticipated book by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, entitled The Accidental Public Servant, was finally launched at the Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre in Abuja.
The event was witnessed by a host of public figures including Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Tunde Bakare, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Babatunde Fashola, Ibrahim Dankwanbo, Tanko Al-Makura, Babaginda Aliyu, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and many others.
Explaining the reasons behind his writing of the controversial book, Mallam El-Rufai said:
“My hope is that you people will elicit on some of the things we did in government that were right and many of the things that we did that were mistakes.
“I think that lessons are learnt when additional memories are protected when people learn from what works and what doesn’t work and personal mistakes and errors of leaders.
“That is how to build a nation; that is how future generations learn and this is why I wrote the book, I don’t think we should have the conspiracy of silence about how our government is being run, I think we should talk openly about it, celebrate what we did right and admit where we made mistakes and name names so that people will know that when you are in leadership position, history will judge you, that is what is my biggest motive here.”
Below are 5 photos from the event which might mean something, and short side notes from us about them.
1. Obiageli Ezekwesili and Babatunde Fashola: Following all the hoopla which greeted her speech two weeks ago at the convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, it appears that Ezekwesili, the former vice president of the World Bank, is done with giving the Jonathan administration the benefit of the doubt and is now openly dismissive of the administration. But that is story for another day.
What we want to point out in this picture is simple: Raise your hands if you’ll be satisfied and willing to vote for a Fashola/Ezekwesili ticket in 2015?
2. Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi: A penny for your thoughts, Governor.
Sanusi was probably thinking of all the possible news-making things he could say if the microphone was shoved into his mouth at that moment or at any time during the event.
The reason Sanusi’s picture is here is this: What does Sanusi really think about President Jonathan? Like honestly. The CBN governor many times cuts the figure of an opposition man. His presence at the event which comprised mostly of opposition politicians is an example. Of course that can easily be explained by virtue of his friendship with the book’s author. But it’ll be nice to know what Sanusi really thinks of the man he reports to.
3. Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Bakare: If things had gone the way they’d hoped in 2011, the titles before their names would have been different today. The rumour mill has been having a field day, claiming that the duo have fallen out with each other. From, the picture below, that might not be the case. In fact, Buhari and Bakare rode together in the same vehicle (pictured) to the event.
4. Nasir El-Rufai: The man must be very pleased with himself. His book, no doubt, is destined to become one of the highest selling non-fiction books in this country ever. Congrats to the him.
El-Rufai was reportedly so overwhelmed by the turnout and outpour of goodwill during the launch, that he wept publicly. So seriously, it is time to ask: what is it about CPC politicians and public tears. Last time it was Buhari, now it’s El-Rufai.
Photo Credit: YNaija and Vanguard