By Saidu Idris
365Daily – Vice President Yemi Osibanjo has showered encomium on the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, describing her as a courageous and selfless woman of integrity.
He said at the presentation of her new book at the State House, Abuja, that the First Lady, through her active social media engagements, always feels the pulse of the nation first hand, and generates real-time feedbacks that sometimes help shape government policies and action.
Osibanjo applauded her courage and willingness to always speak out in the interest of the less privileged, the vulnerable, and also for the good of the society, even when her positions, sometimes, appear contoversial.
The well attended presentation of the First Lady’s book, titled ‘Aisha Buhari Being Different’, was held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, on Thursday, April 8, 2021, under the chairmanship of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Vice President disclosed President Muhammadu Buhari’s perception about the First Lady thus, “In the words of Aisha Buhari’s doting sweetheart, the man who knows her best and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, and I quote him:
“Aisha, as the world has come to know her, is kind hearted, this made her transition to philanthropy and humanitarianism easy….
when she became First Lady, her protective mien exerts when women, children and other vulnerable people are abused.
“I have observed with keen interest as she addresses many of the social concerns that have given her sleepless nights….she has therefore been a worthy partner and a beacon for some of the good things that Nigerians have come to identify with our government.”
Osibanjo added, “And I concur!”
He further said, “History has shown that it doesn’t matter how many degrees you have or how many titles precede or honours follow your name, or how high the position you hold. The rare privilege of public service can only be justified by courage, integrity and selflessness. To these, Aisha Buhari adds being yourself, being different.”
On the book, the VP, said, “Hajo Sanni’s book seeks to document the practical work she has done in the past five years, but it begins with a detailed and sensitive chronicle of childhood years and her growth as a woman, wife and mother. It also highlights her evolution from a silent supporter of her husband’s political adventures to an active mobiliser and campaigner that played a major role in selling him to the Nigerian electorate.
“Then we also read in the book, how as First Lady, she founded the “Future Assured” initiative, promoting the welfare of women, youths and children, driven by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.”