Adesina said when Arase was invited by President Buhari to a farewell dinner, he (Arase) was shocked.
He said Arase noted during the meeting that since the inauguration of President Buhari, he had lived with the fear that he would be sacked.
Adesina, who represented the President, said this during the presentation of a book written by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in Lagos on Thursday.
The book is titled, “Cascade of change: A decade of liberal thoughts.”
Adesina said, “He (Arase) said he lived with the daily trepidation that he would be sacked any time. This is because the former IGPs usually received their sacking on the pages of newspapers.
“So, he was shocked when the President invited him for a dinner. Three things made the President to retain Arase: One is the quality of his mind, quality of his write-ups and his capacity. You know, Arase too has authored many publications. President Buhari appreciates his intellect.”
While delivering the President’s message on the book, Adesina said Buhari was fascinated by intellectual works and commended Ayorinde for publishing the book.
Also at the gathering were the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu; former governors of Ogun and Ekiti states; Chief Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Niyi Adebayo, respectively.
Others were two former deputy governors of Lagos State, Femi Pedro and Mrs. Sarah Sosan; the Executive Director, Digital Operations and Publications, Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Joseph Adeyeye; and the Editor,Sunday PUNCH, Toyosi Ogunseye, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Emevwo Biakolo, Prof. Anthony Kila and Dr. Doyin Abiola,
Osoba commended Ambode’s intervention in the gridlock at the Queens Drive, Falomo area of Ikoyi, which he said past governments in the state could not tackle.
The former governor said Ogun State would continue to be grateful to Lagos, adding that the success factor that distinguished Lagos from others was the continuity of policies.
“Ambode is doing well, but he needs to do more. The race is like a marathon race. We have seen the first 100 metres; his performance is impressive, but we want more development in the state. You need to do more,” Osoba said.
Ambode recommended the book to the public while acknowledging Ayorinde’s contributions to his election.
He promised to consolidate on the success of his first year in office.
“This book is a contribution to knowledge; it will enrich policy design and will make an interesting read to the public,” Ambode said.
While reviewing the book, Biakolo said the major theme of Ayorinde’s articles was political morality.
He said the book also displayed Ayorinde’s transition from a journalist to a politician.