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At book launch, Osinbajo, Gowon pour encomia on ex-IGP Okiro


Retired Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan (left); former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro; Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Pauline Tallen; and former Chief Justice, Alfa Belgore, during the launch of Okiro’s book, Striking Footprints, in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO: LUCY LADIDI ATEKO<br />

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd.), yesterday took turns to eulogise former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mike Okiro.

At the public presentation in Abuja of Okiro’s book, Striking Footprints, Osinbajo described the former police boss as a man who had an illustrious and eventful time in public service.

Represented by the Special adviser to the President on Economic Matters (Office of the Vice President), Amb. Yemi Dipeolu, the vice president said the immediate past chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) was well respected among officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) because he was committed to the welfare of the officers.

He said: “Mike’s story is one of tenacity, resilience and dogged determination to succeed against all odds. These are attributes that have served him well in both his personal and professional sojourn.”

On his part, Gowon described Okiro as a thoroughbred professional whose strength, through his career as a police officer, symbolised the best anyone could wish for.

Gowon, represented by Mr. Lanre Adebayo of the Institute of Governance and Leadership Studies, tasked Nigerian leaders to take up the challenge of researching and documenting the country’s past experiences. He urged him not to waiver or get tired in contributing to the development of the country.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said Okiro was a detribalised Nigerian who served the nation truthfully. She prayed God to spare his life as he continues to contribute to the country’s development.


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