A man knows his worth among friends when he organizes a party. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria might have many enemies to reconcile with. It was gathered by Newstime Africa, that Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria from 1999-2007 as a civilian president, apart from being a military president during the 70s, and also the Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was yet to believe what played out in Lagos, the former Capital of Nigeria, on the 28th Oct 2010, during his book launch titled ‘Baba’s Story: Nigeria is 50’.
It was gathered that Senate President, Senator David Mark, who was the Special Guest of Honour of the occasion, and the business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, were perceptibility absent at the launch. Newstime Africa gathered that the erstwhile Jigawa State Governor, Senator Saminu Turaki represented Mark, while Dangote, who was Chief Launcher, was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Oladeinde Brown. We also gathered that both Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and his Imo State counterpart, Ikedi Ohakim, sent representatives. Reportedly, why Mark failed to show up at the occasion was still a speculation as it was evidenced that Obasanjo even went to Mark’s residence in Abuja two days to the event to be sure that he remembered the date.
We learnt that whereas Mark was expected at the occasion, he was mottled at the 1st National Prayer Breakfast organised by the National Assembly held in Abuja alongside Head of Service, Mr. Steve Orosonye, Vice-President of Kenya, Kalonzo Musyoka and President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, but Dangote’s reason was yet to be known.
While these men were not visible at the Obasanjo’s book launch which might be causing him headache by now, the former President of Ghana, John Kufour; former Minister of Information, Frank Nweke; Kenny Martins; Nigeria Ambassador to Cuba, Ambassador Segun Baju; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo; Oba of Badagry, Oba Aholu Wholu Menu-Toyi; and few Lagos traditional chiefs made Obasanjo proud by attending the book launch.
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