Despite the ongoing political imbroglio, President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly will honour an invitation by the Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Ekweremadu's book, titled, ‘Who will Love my Country: Ideas for Building the Nigeria of Our dreams,’ will be presented on Wednesday 27the April 2016, and Buhari will be one of the guests, contrary to reports that the President had vowed never to have anything to do with Ekweremadu who is an opposition occupying a position the President believed ought to occupy by his party, All Progressives Congress, APC
The presidency, sources said, vowed not to have anything to do with Ekweremadu, who it believed usurped a position that should have been occupied by an All Progressives Congress, APC Senator.
Senator Ike Ekweremadi is also a leading senator who may eventually become Nigerian first Senate President from opposition party, following the CCT Trial of the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki
But fresh report according to Nigerian Pilot suggests that President Muhammadu Buhari among many other eminent Nigerians will attend a book launch, written by Ekerema.
Others to who are billed to be at the event are; former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Senate President Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives are among eminent Nigerians billed to grace the public presentation of the book, ‘Who will Love my Country: Ideas for Building the Nigeria of Our dreams,’ authored by the deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The event slated for Wednesday is also expected to feature a dialogue where notable academics and technocrats will share their views on the broad themes of the book.
These personalities include Prof Pat Utomi, founder, Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof. Sam Egwu of the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, and His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Making the disclosures on Monday at the Senate Press Centre while addressing a press conference, chairman of the organising committee, Professor Amucheazi, flanked by other members of the committee, further disclosed that the book was Ekweremadu’s modest attempt at dissecting the problems facing Nigeria, with a view to sharing his own ideas on the way forward.
While emphasising that the book was also meant to challenge leaders and all Nigerians to find creative solutions to the myriad of problems confronting the country, Amucheazi further said: “The ideas he (Ekweremadu) expressed in the book are generally to beseech Nigerians to engage in good faith discourse on how to make the Nigeria project work for all of us.”
He added that “it is hoped that this intellectual discourse will provoke ideas that will boost governance at all levels for the benefit of all Nigerians. We solicit your support to make the occasion a success.”
On why the book presentation was coming now, the professor of Law further said: “The book presentation was initially scheduled to take place immediately after the 2015 general elections. The author however had to revisit the book due to the non-assent to the 4thAlteration Constitution (Amendment) Bill. The presentation is now scheduled to hold on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the International Conference Centre at 1pm prompt.”