Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, also at the occasion, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for doing a lot through the Social Investment Programme; she highlighted the most recent, the N75b National Youth Investment Fund, designed to finance youth-led innovations.
Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim reaffirmed the commitment of the scheme to justifying the government’s huge investment and spoke glowingly of the role of the scheme in important sectors like education, health, and agriculture as well as strategic national programmes like election, immunization, and SDG Advocacy.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday announced her return from medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while calling for healthcare providers to improve the capacity of the country’s health sector and reduce foreign medical trips.
In a statement signed by her and obtained by Channels Television, the First Lady said healthcare providers should take advantage of the Federal Government’s N100bn credit support for the health sector in order to ramp up capacity.
Channels Television had earlier reported Mrs. Buhari’s exit from the country on August 8, although her office did not confirm the news at the time.
In her Saturday statement, Mrs Buhari thanked Nigerians for their prayers and well-wishes and also extended gratitude to the men and women of the Nigerian Airforce who facilitated her journey back to Nigeria.
READ MRS BUHARI’S FULL STATEMENT:
I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE). I am well now and fully recovered and had since returned back home, Nigeria.
On our way back, the Nigerian Airforce Flight encountered a violent clear air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the Captain and crew of the Flight.
I want to commend and appreciate the courage and professionalism of the Captain and his crew, the wonderful gallant service men and women of the entire Nigerian Airforce for their dedication to duty and the quality of maintainance of its Fleet.
I recall hosting the private healthcare Providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge.
I therefore call on the healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020 to the Commercial Banks. This will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the Country.
Once again, I thank our frontline workers, and all Nigerians for their steadfast as we navigate the challenges facing the entire world.
Aisha Muhammadu Buhari First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria August 22, 2020
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sanni Umar, has faulted the role of the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari in the incident that led to the recent shooting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Reacting to the incident during his appearance on Channels Television’sSunrise Daily on Monday, he noted that it was not the duty of the President’s wife to quarantine anyone but that of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“If we are talking about the quarantine, we are talking about the NCDC. I don’t know how the wife of Mr. President will become a member of NCDC who will now go to quarantine somebody because the person has travelled to Lagos,” said Umar who was a media adviser to former Vice President Namadi Sambo.
The shooting at the Presidential Villa is said to be a fallout of an incident on Thursday involving the fist lady, some of her children and security aides, as well as a personal assistant to the President.
The President’s aide reportedly returned from Lagos and was said to have been challenged by the President’s wife and others who asked him to proceed on self-isolation for 14 days, to save the President and his family from the danger of COVID-19.
In an attempt to apprehend the President’s assistant, Mrs. Buhari’s aide allegedly released some gunshots, an incident that led to his arrests and other security aides at the scene.
While Mrs. Buhari has called for the release of her security aides in detention, Umar condemned the incident.
As a former resident of the Villa, he noted that there could be gunshots due to external aggression but indiscriminate shootings to raise tension and cause chaos must be condemned.
“I appreciate her (Mrs Buhari’s) concern because the person works with her husband and she doesn’t want her husband to be infected, but there are ways to go about it.
“She can as well request the relevant agencies to take necessary actions to address the matter. But for her to take the issue personally and execute the action is very wrong and it is completely outside the known protocol,” the former PDP presidential campaign spokesperson added.
On his part, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the police were investigating the incident.
Although he did not speak about the alleged role of the first lady in the incident, Shehu stated that the police were expected to make the outcome of the investigation public.
He also explained the rationale behind the movement of staff of the Presidential Villa from Abuja to other states, stressing that such was done in line with the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC.
“They (the police) are the professionals, they know what to look for; they know what to ask and it is up to them,” the President’s aide said.
He added, “He (Buhari) has not placed any restriction on this investigation; he has given them the freedom to go and do their work.
“So, I don’t think it is appropriate for people to make any closures as to what will happen and what will not happen.”
The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has called for the release of her assigned staff who are still in police custody.
She made the call via her Twitter handle on Friday, although she did not state why her aides were detained.
Mrs Buhari told the Inspector General of Police to ensure the release of the detained persons, stressing that they could be exposed to COVID-19 while in custody.
According to her, it is no longer a doubt that COVID-19 is real and still very much around in the country.
The first lady asked relevant authorities to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She also urged them to ensure that one was found violating the law and the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Mrs Buhari called on the police to ensure that the erring persons should be brought to justice accordingly without fear or prejudice.
Read the tweets by the President’s wife below:
That Covid-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently, I call on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr. President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines
“I would like to express my appreciation to all those who responded to our call through my GET INVOLVED INITIATIVE to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19.
“I thank Nigerians particularly all Former First Ladies for their Goodwill and some contributions in kind especially Dame Patience Jonathan for willingly releasing her hospital that’s in court but still under her possession to be used as a COVID-19 isolation center TEMPORARILY.
“All the donated items including hospital beds, bedsheets, Personal Protective Equipment-PPE and medications will be distributed immediately to centres where they will be utilized appropriately. It is my ernest prayers for the end of this global pandemic,” she said. Cases of the novel coronavirus is on the rise, daily in Nigeria. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is on the rise with a total number of 873 cases recorded as at April 22, 2020.
One of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari has reunited with her family after she returned from isolation.
The lady, whose name was not disclosed, reunited with her family on Thursday after she went into isolation for 14 days, following her return to the country.
A media aide to Mrs Aisha Buhari, Aliyu Abdullahi, revealed this in a statement.
He explained that the isolation was done in line with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to ascertain the health status of returning travellers on coronavirus (COVID-19).
The President’s daughter, according to Abdullahi, is normal, very healthy, and well at the end of the isolation period.
He added that she reunited with her family on Thursday afternoon and was personally received by her mother, the first lady.
“The lesson here for Nigerians and other parents to learn is that this is a child with all the privileges one can ever think to have in the country, but the parents and the daughter insisted in following the NCDC protocol,” Abdullahi said.
Elated Aisha who could not also hide her joy took to Twitter to share the news of her daughter’s return.
She also prayed for a speedy recovery for those who have tested positive for coronavirus in the country, as the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 184.
See the first lady’s tweet below:
It is a thing of joy & gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria. While I’m wishing all those infected for a speedy recovery, I pray for the end of this pandemic. . #AbujaScaleUppic.twitter.com/t3KyJ3d29n
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, is seeking a total lockdown of the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Aisha Buhari revealed this in a tweet on Monday, where she commended the state governors for closing down schools.
She said, “It is commendable that state governors have closed down schools.
“However, this could be counterproductive if parents are still going to work.
“We should not isolate students and expose their parents.
“Let us remember that they will meet at home”. #TotalLockDown #StayAtHome
See Tweet Below:
It is commendable that state governors have closed down schools; however, this could be counterproductive if parents are still going to work. We should not isolate students and expose their parents. Let us remember that they will meet at home.#TotalLockDown#StayAtHome
“Based on the advice of the Hon. Minister Of Health, Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19 and that of NCDC, She is on Self Isolation, not because she displayed any symptoms of the COVID-19.
“Please, I urge all parents to do the same if possible as prevention is better than cure.
“Similarly, I have shut down my office for two weeks with immediate effect while essential staff can work from home as a result of some Staff who recently returned from the UK.
“I commend the North-Western Governors including Niger and Kwara on preventive measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 at their security meeting yesterday in Kaduna.”
She called on Nigerians to “keep following the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC,” expressing hopes that “We will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic if we all take the necessary precautions at the same time!”
See Her Tweet Below:
Good afternoon Nigerians, Earlier today my daughter returned from the UK being among the high Burden listed countries of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/cku3bzcIJS
Let’s keep following the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, which encourages maintaining social distancing, high hygiene culture through regular washing of hands with soaps and sanitizers.
She said: “The occasion of International Women’s Day is not only meant to celebrate our achievements but to remind us of the need to continue playing those crucial roles towards making the world a better place for humanity.”
The wife of the president, therefore called on “Nigerian Women as mothers to pay more attention to children’s wellbeing in our changing society.
“As mothers, wives, sisters, role models and equal stakeholders in project humanity, we look forward to more opportunities for the realization of our full potentials for an equitable, just and prosperous society,” she explained.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the family is essential for the national attitudinal change needed for the country to develop.
The President said only stable families can make meaningful contributions to a stable society.
He made the remarks at a joint national conference on repositioning the Muslim family for national development organized by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in conjunction with Future Assured Initiative which held on Thursday at the banquet hall of the State House in Abuja.
The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari on Monday hosted her predecessor, Mrs Patience Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mrs Buhari in a post on her verified Instagram handle revealed some of the details of their discussions which centered on women’s participation in politics, girl-child education and Mrs Jonathan’s pet project, ‘Women for Change’.
She added that Mrs Jonathan shared her experience during her tenure and her perspectives on issues affecting women and children in the society.
Read her full post below…
“Yesterday, I received my predecessor, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan at the State House.
“We discussed my efforts with regards to greater involvement of women in politics & participation of women at lower level of governance.
“We also discussed girl child education and her pet project “women for change”
“I got to hear her experience during her tenure and listened to her perspectives on issues affecting women and children in society.
“It was really nice having her around and I look forward to having more of such moments.”