15 August 2012

Nigeria: Book On Obasanjo Rakes in N15 Million At Launch

Abeokuta — More than N15 million was yesterday realized at the launch of a book, Olusegun Obasanjo: Passing the Torch. The book chronicled the achievements of Obasanjo as a Military Head of State (1976-1976) as well as Nigeria President (1999-2007) and was authored by Ambassador Albert Omotayo.

Kebbi State government was among the highest donors with N5 million while Ogun State government pledged to buy copies for all educational institutions in the state as well as a copy each for each member of the state's executive council.

Dame Patience Jonathan Goodluck eulogized the virtues and leadership qualities of Obasanjo, describing the former president as not only a great patriot but also a detribalized individual who is passionate and committed to Nigeria's unity.

Also, former Head of Interim Government Ernest Shonekan said Obasanjo can be likened to the biblical prophet who is never honoured in his own country and among his people. "I say this because those of us who know him can tell you that, you may take anything from Chief Obasanjo, you cannot take his love for Nigeria from him. He is exceptionally patriotic," he said.

Chief Aare Afe Babalola, who was the chairman of the occasion, said it was through the vision and determination of Obasanjo that the anti-graft agencies, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) were established.

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