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Gowon, Obasanjo, others absent at Balewa book launch

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Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon yesterday shunned the launch of a book, titled:  RAYUWA in memory of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who died in the 1966 coup.

Gowon was to serve as the Chairman of occasion at Arewa House in Kaduna.

Also absent at the event were former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Goodluck Jonathan.

Others are former vice presidents Atiku Abubakar and Namadi Sambo, Theophilus Danjuma, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Justice Mamman Nasir and Adamu Ciroma, among others.

They were not only absent, but they also did not send representatives.

However, some other dignitaries attended the conference with the theme: The North And The Challenges Of Leadership at Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Center in Kaduna.

Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, at the book-launch called for unity among Nigerians, particularly the northerners.

Represented by the Executive Director, Service (EDS) of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC),   Abdullahi Idris, the GMD described the late Balewa as an embodiment of unity.

Meanwhile, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, will on Saturday, January 20, 2018 receive Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Christian Theology at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).


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