Gowon, Sultan, Kukah,Turai Yar’Adua for Farida Waziri’s book launch


Gowon, Sultan, Kukah,Turai Yar’Adua for Farida Waziri’s book launch

The public presentation of a book, One Step Ahead-Life As A Spy, Detective And Anti-Graft Czar, writtenby former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, MrsFarida Waziri has been scheduled for 10am on Tuesday February 11, 2020 at theLadi Kwali Halls and Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja.

Top on the list of eminent Nigerians expected at theoccasion include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the special guest of honour;former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon who is the chairman of the event andformer First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua as mother of the day, while stategovernors, ministers, top security chiefs, captains of industries and otherdistinguished Nigerians are expected as guests of honour.

Listed as royal fathers of the day are the Sultan of Sokoto,Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Emir of Zazzau,Alhaji Shehu Idris; Emir of Gombe, Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar; Emir of Daura,Alhaji Farouk Umar Farouk; Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse and Oba of Lagos, RilwanAkiolu, among others.

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr Mathew Kukah who isthe guest speaker at the occasion will deliver a lecture on the topic: Iscorruption a biological necessity or a political invention? While Special Adviserto the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina is the book reviewer,Chairman of Caverton Group, Mr Remi Makanjuola is the chief presenter.

According to the author, “through this book, I am renderingmy account by presenting my mosaic experience – as Special Branch operative, aspioneer head of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), as a detective at CID, ascommissioner of police, as former chair of EFCC, as wife of Nigeria’sambassador to Turkey, and as a lawyer that sat through one of the stormy momentsof this country and witnessed first-hand behind-the-scene happenings that formpart of Nigeria’s development history.

“Myths and mythologies about Nigeria’s endemic corruptionare due to the chameleonic forms of the scourge. I had the privilege to dissectthe problem from the vantage position of being at the helm of SFU and EFCC andI have simplified the anatomy of fraud and public office corruption in Nigeria.The trove of facts in the book belongs to the public. I have simply held themin trust for so long. I have no right to covet them. And having held them forso long, I have decided it is time to declassify them by putting them into abook form. This is the main motivation for the memoir.”

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