Authors of the book, “The Fight and Strides of Muhammadu Buhari against Corruption” have expressed concern over Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to redeem the pledge he made during the public presentation of the book.
Tony Osauzo and Nowinta Igbotako who are both Authors of the book, which was unveiled on February 12, 2019 at Bolingo Hotel and Tower, Abuja on Tuesday, called on the President to live up to his rating as a man of integrity and redeem the pledge, ahead of end of his second tenure in office on May 29, 2023.
In a statement jointly signed by Tony Osauzo and Nowinta Igbotako on Tuesday, recalled that the former Minister of Works for State, Engr. Chris Ogiewonyi presided as Chairman, while President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina at the event.
The statement said, “Adesina, while speaking, pledged the President’s financial support for the book in view of the honour done to the President by the Authors and pledged in addition that his office as Special Adviser, would also give financial support for the book project.
“One year after the book presentation, we didn’t get feedback from Mr. Adesina. We then contacted him and he told us to write a letter of request through him to Mr. President as the first one he asked us to write was no longer tenable.
“We complied and after a period of time, he informed us that President Muhammadu Buhari had given a “generous financial approval” for us and we were happy and appreciated him because he (Adesina) also wrote the foreword to our book on Mr. President.
“From that moment on, each time we made enquiry about payment of the money, Mr. Adesina repeatedly assured us that he would get the money paid to us before the end of President Buhari’s administration.
“Subsequently, he stopped responding to our communications to him. We are therefore, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his pledge to us as a man known for integrity before he leaves office”, according to the statement.