On a day his friends, associates and loved ones converged on the nation’s capital to witness the public presentation of his controversial and expository memoir, ‘The Accidental Public Servant’, on Thursday at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center Abuja, former FCT Minister, Nasir El-Rufai betrayed his emotions and wept openly.
El-Rufai, who often comes across as a tough, courageous and firm figure, could hardly hold back the tears that flowed freely when he noticed the mammoth crowed that thronged the venue of his book presentation.
“I never thought I could be so honoured; I am deeply touched and I do not really know what to say and how to say it given the calibre of persons and the large number of people who have turned out today to witness the presentation my book,” the former minister said.
As he began to elaborate, tears flowed down his cheeks and those close by helped him with a handkerchief and he ended his speech and was helped to his seat but not before he apologised for weeping in public, explaining that he wept because of the encomiums showered on him.
“I was touched. The prayer by Pastor Sarah Omaku was very kind to me. I have never had any one speak about me in that manner, I just couldn’t handle it I am sorry if I disappointed you,” El-Rufai explained.