The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday was one of the reviewers of a new book on President Muhammadu Buhari titled: ‘Muhammadu Buhari – The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.’
In a winding speech, Tinubu described Buhari as a true democrat who has always been disciplined and focused right from his youthful days.
The event had the who-is-who of Nigeria’s politics and foreign dignitaries in attendance including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, APC national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell also eulogized Buhari at the occasion.
Below are excerpts of the Tinubu’s speech:
“This authorized biography of Nigeria’s Leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, attempts a broad characterization of the different stages of his life and professional career.
“Essentially, the book explores how his professional career, his personal life and prior experiences in government shaped and prepared him for the momentous assignment he now has.
“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.
“Such is the life of this man. Always in the public eye, doing things in his different, disciplined and Spartan way. From this compelling narrative, neatly demarcated into three parts and 24 chapters, the reader is able to glean the quintessential Buhari.”