Just as her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari was conspicuously absent at the book launch of his wife, Aisha Buhari on account of being away on a medical trip to the United Kingdom, so also were many invited Nigerian billionaires conspicuously absent.
The launch of the biography titled, ‘Aisha Buhari: Being different’, held at the Banquet Hall, presidential villa, Abuja.
Not only were the billionaires expected to grace the book launch, but they were also pencilled down as presenters at the event.
The likes of Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Arthur Eze, Femi Otedola, Muhammadu Indimi, Jim Ovia, Kessington Adebutu, and Idahosa Wells Okunbo and Folorunsho Alakija who was listed as the special guest of honour, all didn’t turn up for the event.
They all however sent in representatives
While the business icons failed to turn up, political heavyweights like Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were in attendance. So also socialite, Bola Shagaya.
Others who attended the event include Ovie Omo-Agege, depute senate president; Patience Jonathan, the former first lady; Sa’ad Abubakar II, the Sultan of Sokoto; and Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife.
Amina Sambo, wife of former vice-president; Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor; Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor; Mai Mala Buni, Yobe governor, among others, were also present at the book launch.
Tinubu who plans to run for presidency come 2023 was the chairman of the occasion. He described Aisha Buhari as a “voice of conscience” who has played a unifying role in the country.
He said: “Given the First Lady’s achievements, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign an official role to the First Lady. Because of Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari, their concerns have been forever laid to rest.
“Mrs. Buhari shows that a First Lady should not stand aloof and detached from what is happening in the country. No doubt that Mr. President’s administration has been enriched because of her active role and the teamwork that exists between husband and wife.”