Buhari, Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu, others shower praise on Bisi Akande

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    The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, among others, have praised the qualities of former APC Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.

    The event was the unveiling of Akande’s autobiography entitled: “My Participation,” held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Speaking at the book presentation, Buhari said that he had a duty to attend because Akande is a decent, truthful and friendly man.

    He recalled their first encounter in 2006 when they attempted to unseat the PDP government. Despite the failure, he said, they were not ready to give up because the nation was in a terrible state under the PDP.

    “He was always in the thick of things. He emerged as governor of Osun in 1999. He inherited looted treasury, enough challenges to overwhelm a leader and he faced the challenges and overcame most of them. Within one year, he paid all the salaries through his competence,” he said.

    Buhari revealed that Akande and others fell victim to Obasanjo’s electoral massacre when he took over the Southwest except for Lagos in 2003.

    “We fused together, though we failed in 2011, we came back into APC, he was chosen as the chairman, throughout, I found him honest and truthful. Akande has a permanent smile on his face. Students will find this book useful, I recommend this book to them,” he said.

    At the event, Tinubu described Akande as a hero and as a man of impeccable character. He said it was through men like Akande with their selfless character that the lives of Nigerians would be improved.

    As the leader in the Nigerian political scene, Tinubu said Akande’s life shows what a public figure of a nation like Nigeria should be like.

    “From a humble beginning, he rose through hard work and perseverance to the top, he did not walk the easy way but through hard work. He tutored himself to become a qualified accountant at the age of 22,” he said.

    The former governor of Lagos State said Akande was a key figure in the actualisation of the merger that brought about APC.

    “Without Akande, that merger would not have come to pass. We owe him gratitude for this and this led to Buhari’s victory in 2015. We have been fellow travellers in the journey to democracy,” he added.

    Governor Sanwo-Olu described Bisi Akande as a beacon of democracy and a selfless leader.

    “He is a man of great respect and it is not surprising that his autobiography is being witnessed by politicians and others. His name is synonymous with honesty, loyalty and so on.

    “All his life, he has lived consistently by those values, he has fully paid his dues. The standard of his fairness and equity set him as a man of integrity. He made sacrifices for the birth of APC. The book is deeply rooted in politics. The book is a timely offering. We are confident he still has many more years to go,” he said.

    Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Ogbonnaya Onu spoke on Akande’s important contribution to APC.

    “Akande did so much for the APC that he deserved every honour that can be given to him. Akande is a unique personality who deserved to be celebrated, he worked very hard and determined to succeed in life. Through home studies and correspondence he worked hard to become an accountant.

    “This man stood by whatever he believed in, his honesty saved him several times in his life. His life shows that our nation is a land of opportunity. He was born poor but never allowed it to dissuade him. His story showed that one future is not determined by one’s background. It showed Nigeria has a bright future, our nation can benefit from the life of Akande,” Onu stated.

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