By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presided over the presentation of a book, “The Essential of Beauty Therapy,” written by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari.
Mrs Buhari said the proceeds of the book would be channeled to assist victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, Osinbajo who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, told the audience at the State House Conference Hall that he could not be expected to donate much at the launching of the book because he was on half salary and President Buhari was very strict on money matters.
“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.
He said: “Girl-child eduction is still an issue, girls not having the opportunity to go to school. If the wife of the President didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to reach others.
“It emphasizes the importance of education. Her desire to dedicate the proceeds of the presentation to the victims of insurgency and particularly the families of the Chibok girls is commendable.”
Noting that the day commemorated the second anniversary of the abduction of Chibok girls, Osinbajo assured that they were still alive and would be brought back to their families.
He said the timing of the book presentation was apt, noting: “I am pleased to be associated with it.”
In her remarks, Aisha Buhari said her decision to present the book now was to enable her 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 in order to support the girl-child education.
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.
Noting that the industry generated a combine revenue of $19billion annually to the United States, he called for the training and certification of beauty salon operators in the country.
Tinubu also called for the setting up of vocational schools in partnership with beauty products, adding that “Nigeria needs more women to expand the frontier of beauty therapy.”
He called for generous contributions to the book presentation “because it’s not contributing to the purse of the wife of the President but the rebuilding process in the North East.”
Among those who graced the occasion were the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, Pastor Tunde Bakare; former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke; Emir of Birnin Gwari, Malam Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari II, former Super Eagles skipper, Yobo Joseph and Mrs. Opral Benson.


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