VIDEO: Jubilation As Aisha Buhari Returns To Aso Villa

 

There was jubilation on Sunday as the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, returned to the Presidential Villa after a long holiday in the United Kingdom.

The First Lady arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via a British Airways flight at about 4:30AM.

She was received at the airport by wives of present and former and governors and many associates among others.

 

Aisha said she was happy to be home after a well-deserved rest and thanked her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as family and well-wishers for their support and encouragement while she was away.

See photos of the First Lady’s arrival below:

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, greeted by well-wishers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on October 13, 2019.

 

Buhari Attends Juma’at Prayers

File Photo: Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, joined by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, and other officials, on Friday attended the Juma’at prayers in the Presidential Villa.

This comes less than 48 hours after the President missed the Federal Executive Council Meeting for the third time since his return from medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

Despite the President’s absence from public functions, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru; and the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, all said they held meetings separately with him this week.

President Buhari’s absence at the weekly FEC meeting last week had fuelled speculation about his health with 13 activists, including, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, calling on him to proceed on a medical leave to attend to his health.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and other government officials, including the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, have, however, assured Nigerians that that there is no cause for alarm over his health.

They also said he was carrying out his responsibilities as President, while also following his doctor’s orders that he should take things slowly.

El-Rufai Asks Nigerians To Reduce Visits To Buhari

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has appealed to Nigerians to reduce the frequency of their visit to the Presidential Villa and give President Muhammadu Buhari some space to recover.

Answering questions from journalists after a Jumat service at the Aso Villa also attended by the President, Governor El-Rufai said the number of visitors coming to the Villa to see the President had become a strain on him as he needs some time to rest.

“I believe that what the President needs is for those that love him to keep away from him and allow him to rest. The President needs quality time to rest because it is meeting too many people that strains leadership.

“I am a governor and I know that when I meet 10 people in a day, I get so tired. It is not the paper work, it is not reading the memos and approving them or asking questions that strains a leader. It is the stream of visitors.

“I don’t want to contribute to the President’s problems by coming here everyday. I plead to all of us that love the President to please allow him some space so that he can recover. We need him, the country needs him,” El-rufai pleaded.

Meanwhile, his appeal is coming at a time when there has been war of words between himself and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, over a controversial budget issue.

Dogara had challenged governors to make public their security budgets, as well as provide details of how they disburse local government funds.

While the Kaduna State Governor disclosed details of his monthly salary and security votes, he asked the National Assembly to do same, a challenge that now seems to be taking a new twist.

Buhari, Oshiomhole Meet Amid FG Appointment Speculations

Edo State, Muhammadu Buhari, Adams OshiomholeFew weeks after he handed over Edo State’s administration to his All Progressives Congress (APC) successor, it appears Mr Adams Oshiomhole may be joining the leadership train of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former Governor of Edo State was in a meeting with President Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Mr Oshiomhole, a two time governor of Edo State, is visiting the President for the first time since he left office in November 2016.

The visit comes at a time speculations are strong that President Buhari may be tipping him for the position of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), presently occupied by Mr Babachir Lawal.

Buhari To Pay 2-Day Working Visit To Edo, Oshiomhole

Mr Oshiomhole is also said to be likely pencilled down for a ministerial job by political analysts.

When approached by reporters after the meeting to react to the appointment rumours, he refused to speak on the issue.

The former governor said (while walking away) that he was in the Aso Villa to exchange pleasantries with President Buhari following the New Year celebration.

Economic Recession: Clergy Urges Nigerians To ‘Think More Creatively ‘

NigeriansA former Chaplain Of the Aso Villa Chapel, Reverend William Okoye, has urged Nigerians to look inwards and think of creative ways of overcoming the current economic challenges, without having to depend on the government.

The former chaplain and General Overseer of the All Christians Fellowship Mission expressed concerns on the level of hardship and increasing cases of suicide in Nigeria.

He said more families would suffer hardship if the state of recession was not urgently addressed.

Several financial and economic experts have made numerous suggestions on alternative measures that could be taken to bail the nation out of its downward economic spiral.

Many of those suggestions have bordered around encouraging private sector investment, as well as individuals to take up new initiatives along the path of agriculture and infrastructure.

While delivering a state of the nation address at the headquarters of the church in Abuja, Reverend Okoye stressed the need for the church in Nigeria to return to its original role of caring for the people in order to ameliorate the suffering of the masses.

He criticised the act of laziness among some Nigerians and also urged parents to bring up their children in ways that they could eventually add value to the society and future generations.

Jonathan Urges Niger Delta Militants To Sheathe Their Swords

Muhammadu-Buhari-Goodluck-JonathanNigeria’s former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday called on Niger Delta militants to sheathe their swords and let peace reign in Nigeria.

He added that no one should make any attempt to balkanise Nigeria.

Dr Jonathan said this while speaking to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, which lasted for about 15 minutes at the Presidential Villa.

“You’ll see that it’s not just about me. All the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders of the Ijaw ethnic nationalities have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country.

“The emphasis is that we need a united Nigeria and I always emphasise that Nigeria is great, not just because of oil.

“We are great because of our size (the human resources we have and the diversity we have). So if we balkanise the country into small components, we will all be forgotten by the world.

“We are all working collectively to ensure that these issues are resolved,” he said.

Dr Jonathan, who arrived the Presidential Villa at about 2PM, said he was there to give a brief of his recent external engagements to President Buhari

“I have come to brief the President about some of my engagements… leading the AU election monitoring team in Zambia.

“I came to brief the President about some of these external engagements,” he said.

The former President also touched on the fight against corruption, where he said it will be sub-judicious to speak on them as almost all the matters were in court.

He, however, promised to talk at the right time.

President Buhari Meets With Dogara, Nigerien Speaker

Muhammadu Buhari,Yakubu Dogara, Ousseini TinniPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Nigerien counterpart, Ousseini Tinni.

The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, took place in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, inside the President’s office at the Aso Villa and lasted for about an hour.

Speaker Dogara and his partner refused to brief State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

The lawmakers insisted that it was a private visit.

The meeting is coming hours after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a document road map, outlining the policies and objectives it has for food sufficiency in Nigeria.

The Council also approved the takeover of two federal roads in Kaduna metropolis by the state government for rehabilitation, as requested by the Kaduna State government.

Nigeria and Poland Call For Reform Of United Nations Security Council

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday held talks with the Prime Minister of Poland on promoting and further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The talks which  lasted for over one hour in president  Goodluck Jonathan’s office is following an official visit to Nigeria by the Prime Minister of Poland Mr Donald Tusk.

The two leaders discussed political cooperation between both countries and welcomed the ongoing efforts aimed at reforming the United Nations in order to equip it better to meet the current challenges in the maintenance of international peace and security.

They called for the urgent reform of the United Nations Security Council to make it more democratic.

Briefing state house correspondents after the talks President Jonathan said that Poland is a very important European country  and that it is important to deepen trade relations with them.

2015: Igbo Group Swears To Punish Jonathan

The Coordinator General of the South-East Revival Group (SERG), Willy Ezugwu on Monday called on all Nigerians of Igbo descent to ensure that they pitch their voice against President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2015 general elections.

In a statement emailed to Channels Television, Mr. Ezugwu said that “any person who is genuinely of Igbo extraction must be prepared to punish President Goodluck Jonathan at the next election or through mass protests that would amount to a vote of no confidence in him after the series of failed promises he made to garner votes from the region.”

He accused President Jonathan of deceiving Igbo people with his campaign promises of 2011 as all his actions since coming into office have served to only further impoverish the one group of people who genuinely voted for him going by election figures.

The statement said all that the people of the South East have to show for supporting the President in good faith is the array of phantom projects that if implemented would only serve to multiply the hell they presently live in.

It said “Construction of the Second Niger Bridge is a fresh political dummy packaged by President Jonathan and his south-east proxy, Anambra state governor, Peter Obi and is being marketed under the guise of being financed through Public Private Partnership-PPP/BOT-Built-Operate & Transfer.

“When Jonathan solicited support from Igbos in 2011 with promises of projects he did not disclosed to these trusting people that his grand plan was to sell them into the slavery that PPP-BOT amounts to since past events show that these concessions are usually granted to cronies who in turn share the resulting loot with those in government.

“But all these are being disregarded in the bid to again hoodwink Ndigbo in the South East and cart away votes come 2015 Presidential election. The desperation of President Jonathan’s spinners is astounding. They are branding this project as the first of its kind in Nigeria when the harrowing experiences of some travelers in some parts of the South West since the collapsed of similar PPP-BOT project between the Federal Government and Bi-Courtney Ltd on rebuilding of Lagos/Ibadan Express road expose the lie for what it is.

“Private Building of the Second Niger Bridge with-no fixed completion date is the stuff fraud is made of. It would come with consequences on the people since the investor would be eager to recoup the resources invested and if history and happenings elsewhere are good guides, the profit taking in such ventures would be unregulated and at the expense of Igbo-race for next 40 years or for the number of years of slavery specified in the agreement.

“We challenge those who routed for Jonathan Presidency to go ask him: what has been the benefit of swaying Igbos to support Jonathan and the PDP? What has happened to the national resources that the President is meant to hold in trust that he now has to start shopping for a slave master for the South East? Why has government abandoned the Onitsha Seaport project, a cargo airport in the South East and the Orient Oil refinery?” The SERG Coordinator asked.

SERG asked Igbo people to immediately start shopping for there would be candidate for the next elections and particularly look out for a person that will protect their economic interest and not some who will willfully sell them into slavery. The group said the easiest way of ensuring this is to insist that a South-East Presidency in 2015 is a must with a warning to people who hide under the guise of social cultural groups to truncate the collective aspiration of Igbo people.

It also said the people should not rule out having to take on the Jonathan government over any attempt to foist anti-people policies like PPP-BOT on them since access to world class infrastructure is embedded in the economic rights guaranteed by the laws of the land and that the government can provide these without recourse to sending Nigerians into slavery.

According to SERG, the Igbo people must immediately activate all the democratic avenues available for punishing President Jonathan for reneging on his electoral promises.