6 August 2012

Nigeria: Tambuwal, Governors, Tinubu for Book Launch

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rotimi Ameachi (Rivers), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), will tomorrow grace the launch of The Nigerian Political Turf: Polity, Politics and Politicians, a new book by The Nation's Group Political Editor, Bolade Omonijo.

The public presentation of the book slated for the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos is to be chaired by former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Other governors expected at the presentation are: Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and Cross River State counterpart, Liyel Imoke. Fayemi is to deliver a lecture entitled The Nigerian Political Turf: Perspective of an Active Participant.

The chief launcher is Chairman of Board Hospitals, Dr. Paul Akintelure.

Chairman, Senate Commiittee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi, is co-launcher.

A statement by the publisher, Madiba Publication, said: "As our own contribution to nation-building, a lecture will be delivered by Fayemi on the topic, Nigerian Polity, Politics and Politicians: The Perspective of an Active Participant. The thought-provoking lecture is our contribution to the search for new processes and systems to lead our dear country out of the woods.

"The Nigerian Political Turf: Polity, Politics and Politicians, which is a fitting chronicle of the country's the good, the bad and the ugly.

"This book of essays, analyses and 'tit bits' traces Nigeria for about a decade. In that era, there was an Olusegun Obasanjo as President, there was the late Umaru Yar'Adua, who was too sick to lead and there is Goodluck Jonathan, who inherited Yar'Adua's seat and has made history as the first minority to rule Nigeria. What he is doing with power is another matter which though ongoing has generous space in Omonijo's lucid prose.

"At the state level, there were also interesting characters such as the former Delta State Governor James Ibori, the Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and many others. Omonijo did justice to this era through his columns in the Vanguard and The Nation, which has now become a book."

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