Buhari took over Aso Rock like a combatant - Gowon

Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) yesterday, October 3, praised President Muhammadu Buhari to high heavens 

Gowon described Buhari as a dogged fighter for good governance 

He also stated that Buhari took over Aso Rock in the last election like a combatant 

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, October 3, was eulogised by eminent personalities who graced the occasion of the public presentation of a book titled Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.President Buhari in a handshake with the book's author; Professor John Paden while former heads of state, Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo looks on

The book was written by Professor John Paden, an American author with special interest in developments in Nigeria, The Guardian reports.

At the event, former heads of state, Generals Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo extolled the virtues of the president.

Muhammadu Buhari whom they described as a dogged fighter for good governance.

Gowon, who was the chairman of the occasion told participants at the event that President Buhari deserved commendation and criticism by Nigerians.
President Buhari with the presidents of Chad and Niger Republic who graced the occasion

He also described the president as a fighter and a man of destiny working to get things right with the economy despite the huge challenges being faced by the country.

“As a combat politician, he fought to take over the Presidential Villa despite being told he would never see it,” Gowon said.
 President Buhari, his wife ; Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Generls Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo and other foreign dignataries at the event

On his part, Obasanjo said the book was a confirmation of the true person of Buhari whom he knew.

He described it as a must read for those who are interested in catching a full glimpse of Nigeria of yesterday and its leaders piloting the affairs of the country today.

He said though the book confirmed what he knew about Buhari, it did not represent a definitive assessment of the president.

 In his review of the book, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, waved off critics of Buhari’s governance style, declaring that the president is on an assignment against time, to undo the wrongs of nearly two decades of bad governance in the country.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell who also reviewed the book said that America should be more interested in the politics of Nigeria.

 Another reviewer, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, a former Nigerian Representative at the United Nations, urged Buhari to show leadership and carry all Nigerians along in piloting the affairs of the country.

 He advised Buhari to practise politics of inclusion, warning that development without unity would be tough.

Another reviewer, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu who is the minister of science and technology‎, noted the president’s belief in the judiciary despite being disappointed thrice by the latter.

 In his remarks, author of the book, Professor Paden said the biography seeks to answer the question of who Buhari is and the frantic efforts he is making with a view to addressing Nigeria’s challenges.

He stated that the book was tailored towards introducing Buhari to the international community, while addressing the challenges of leadership.

Among those who graced the occasion were the presidents of Benin, Chad, and Niger Republic; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, state governors, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, and APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

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