Why Buhari is strict on money matters, by Osinbajo
Launches Aisha Buhari’s book
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s strict principle on financial matters is occasioned by the belief in transparency and accountability as well as his desire to serve the country with honesty.
He made the pronouncement at the public presentation of a book, The Essential of Beauty Therapy, written by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, at the Old Conference Hall, State House, Abuja.
The launch of the book coincided with the second anniversary of the kidnap of over 200 female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
As a mark of her concern for the parents of the direct victims of the kidnap, the president’s wife has indicated that she would channel proceeds from the launch to assist victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in assuage their psychological feelings.
Speaking in the needling principle between Buhari’s famed non-compromising principles on financial matters, the VP, who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, in place of the President, told the audience that he could not be expected to donate much to the launching of the book because he was on half salary and President Buhari was very strict on money matters.
Osinbajo said: “The president and I are on half salaries. The president is very strict on money issues. So, don’t expect me to make a large donation,” he said.
The vice president, who described the book presentation as very important, observed that it was “not just a book but it is an instructional manual.
There is a lot of technical material but it’s helpful.”
Osinbajo said the presentation of the book highlighted the importance of the girl-child education as he observed that if the wife of the president had not got the opportunity to go to school, she would not have been able to write the book and teach others.
Taking a cue from the VP’s declaration, all the donations realised were kept anonymous, as no amount was declared in the public.
In her remarks, the author said her decision to present the book now was to contribute to the support of victims of insurgency particularly mothers and children as well as malnourished children across the nation.
She urged members of the audience to buy the book to support the girl-child education. She said the launch was coming on a day that the country was marking the second anniversary of the kidnap of over 200 girls from a secondary school.
The Chairman of the occasion and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who was represented by his wife, Senator Oluremi, observed that the vast potential of the beauty industry had not been tapped in Nigeria. She noted that the industry generated combined revenue of $19 billion yearly to the United States.
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