Aisha Buhari, Wife of the President, on Thursday launched her book and donated the undisclosed proceeds to assist victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Donations made at the launch of the book were not disclosed, only number of copies needed.
However a copy of the book entitled, “The Essentials of Beauty Therapy,” sold for N10,000 cover price.
Presiding over the presentation of the book, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said he could not be expected to donate much to the launching of the book because he was on half salary and President Muhammadu 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,” Osinbajo who represented President Buhari said.
The vice president, who described the book presentation as very important, said 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 education 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.
In her remark, Aisha Buhari said her decision to present the book now was borne out of the need to contribute to the support of victims of insurgency particularly mothers and children as well as malnourished children across the nation.
The chairman of the occasion and National Leader of the All Progressive Party (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who was represented by his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, observed that the vast potential of the beauty industry had not been tapped in Nigeria.
Noting that the industry generated a combined revenue of $19 billion annually in the United States, he called for the training and certification of beauty salon operators in the country as well as the setting up vocational schools in partnership with beauty products.
A brief introduction of the book indicated that “The Essentials of Beauty Therapy” is “designed as work books for students, practitioners, tutors and provides information on their specific needs in simple-to-understand language.”
Among those who graced the occasion were the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State; Pastor Tunde Bakare; Donald Duke, former Cross State governor; Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari II, Emir of Birnin Gwari; Yobo Joseph, former Super Eagle skipper, and Opral Benson.
Kogi State Governor who spoke on behalf of Governors, announced that a copy of the book would be purchased for each local government, while the National Board for Technical Education and the National Teacher’s Institute pledged to equip their libraries with copies of the book.