President Buhari Returns To Abuja From Daura

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is on his way to Abuja after spending eight days in his country home, Daura Katsina State.

Before his departure at about 4:00 pm on Friday, the president received the guard of honour from troops of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force operating under the 17 brigade and 213 Forward Operating Base respectively.

The State Governor, Aminu Masari, his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tasiu Maigari and other top government functionaries including well-meaning citizens in the state amidst tight security personnel were on the ground at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport to bid farewell to the president.

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Earlier in the week, the President commissioned a number of projects completed by both the federal and state governments, including the commissioning of Organic Integrated Farm Estate established by the National Land Development Authority (NALDA) located in the outskirts of Daura.

The farm has the capacity to generate over ₦1.7 billion in the first year.

During his stay in Daura, the President also joined Muslim faithful to mark the Eid-el-Kabir festivities.

Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state also paid him a visit to mark the event.

In return, the President gifted them two cows, 20 bags of rice and ₦1million.

President Buhari Arrives In Abuja After 4-Day Visit To Daura

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to Abuja after a four-day trip to Daura.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Abuja after his four-day trip to his hometown, Daura in Katsina State.

He was received at about 6:00 pm on Tuesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by government officials including the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello.

The President was in Daura for the registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress.

After the exercise, the president called on Nigerians to support the development of the country and believes all hands must be on deck in the quest for nation-building.

President Muhammadu Buhari is welcomed back to Abuja on February 2, 2021.

 

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The 78-year-old also assured Nigerians that his administration will be transparent and open with the implementation of the 2021 budget.

He noted that the budget aptly captured some of the visions of the administration, and all efforts will be poured in to ensure effective implementation.

 

“We have directed all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to follow what is in the budget so that we can get the National Assembly to easily support the next budget,” the President said, as quoted in a statement by spokesman Garba Shehu.

“We can tell them what we have received, and how it was spent. We are always ready to make the balance sheet available for all Nigerians and the National Assembly. We have nothing to hide.’’

President Buhari Renews Pledge To APC

President Muhamamdu Buhari signs a form at the membership registration and revalidation exercise in Daura, Katsina State on January 30, 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari signs a form at the membership registration and revalidation exercise in Daura, Katsina State on January 30, 2020.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday participated in the All Progressive Congress’ membership registration and revalidation exercise in Daura, Katsina State.

The President is currently on a four-day trip away from the capital.

He is expected to return to the nation’s capital on Tuesday, according to a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu.

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“All good people must get involved in the task of nation-building and improving their society,” the President said after his registration. “Register for your party, and register to vote.”

 

The APC membership registration and revalidation is expected to take place simultaneously in every ward in the country.

President Buhari Arrives In Daura For APC Membership Registration

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Katsina State to attend the ongoing All Progressives Congress Membership Registration in his hometown, Daura.

The Director-General on Media to the Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Abdu Labaran confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday in a phone conversation.

The presidential jet conveying the president and his aide touched down at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport at about 4:55 pm with most reporters not allowed access by the security officers to the airport runway.

 

 

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On arrival, the president was received by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, in company of his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tasi’u Maigari and other senior government officials as well as heads of security agencies in the state.

Others at the airport to receive the number one citizen included members of the business and academic communities, religious and traditional leaders, among other dignitaries in the state.

This visit marks exactly 49 days since his last visit in December 2020 where over 300 schoolchildren of the Ƙankara Science Secondary School in the state were abducted.

Northern Groups Demand Rescue Of Katsina Students, Shelve Plan To Protest In Daura

The Coalition of Northern Groups have demanded the rescue of abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

They however shelved their plan to protest in Daura to register their concerns with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the town on a weeklong visit.

The National Coordinator of the Coalition, Balarabe Rufa’i explained that instead, the CNG is using the occasion to launch the #BringBackOurBoys struggles that would go on ceaselessly until all the abducted children are returned alive and safe.

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Speaking at a press conference in Katsina, the state capital the group described the abduction of the children as a total weakness of President Buhari’s administration and his failure to protect the lives of all Nigerians.

The coalition of Northern Groups protest at premises where they held a press briefing in Katsina, Katsina State capital on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

 

They also called for the unconditional resignation of all the Service Chiefs.

While explaining the reason why they shelved their plan to take protest to Daura, the group said it is as a result of considerations raised by the security agencies in Katsina State.

They added that the prevailing tense atmosphere across the state may not guarantee a peaceful ending to the protests considering the crowd likely to be pulled out.

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CNG said further that their last consideration is that the Katsina Government has given assurances that having developed contact with the abductors, it will within the shortest possible time secure the release of the children, an effort that should not be jeopardized at this point.

The CNG had earlier on Wednesday planned to stage a protest to Daura.

The spokesperson, Abdulazeez Suleiman vowed that the protest will be indefinite until the students are rescued.

He said that the protest will kick off in Katsina, the state capital on Thursday and will then proceed to Daura to register their concerns with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the town on a weeklong visit.

Katsina Govt Extends Lockdown Order After Eid-El-Fitr

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

The Katsina State Government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown order in Katsina, Daura and Batagarawa which have been the most affected Local Government Areas of the state.

According to Governor Aminu Masari, the lockdown is effective from 7:00 am on Wednesday.

He announced this on Tuesday at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House while highlighting the progress made so far in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The development comes days after the relaxation of the lockdown for Muslim faithful to celebrate the Eid-El-Fitri Sallah festival.

Giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in the state, Governor Masari said there are currently 337 active cases.

According to him, 294 of the cases are from Katsina, Daura and Batagarawa, while the remaining 43 cases were discovered from the remaining 32 LGAs in the state that now have zero cases of the virus.

He further revealed that of the 337 cases, 18 patients have lost their lives, while 51 have recovered and been discharged.

Doctor Dies In Daura Before Testing Positive For Coronavirus

File photo/ AFP

 

 

A private medical doctor based in Daura, Dr Aliyu Yakubu, has died just before being confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, announced this at a media briefing on Tuesday at the Government House in Katsina.

He disclosed that the doctor died three days ago (Saturday last week) in Daura after returning from Lagos State.

According to Governor Masari, Yakubu had been hospitalised at the Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital for about two hours before he died.

The medical practitioner was said to have travelled to Kogi State – his home – and spent two weeks before returning to Daura.

Governor Masari confirmed that Yakubu’s blood samples were taken to the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja for coronavirus test and the result came out to be positive.

“Before his death, he was diagnosed with hepatitis, and that was two years ago, and he was also hypertensive,” he added.

The governor described the incident as sad and directed that the blood samples of all the people the deceased had come in contact with should be collected for laboratory testing between Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

He said a medical response team from the State Ministry of Health had been deployed in Daura to identify Yakubu’s contacts.

PHOTOS: Buhari Departs Daura After Five-Day Working Visit

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Katsina State after completing his five-day working visit to his hometown, Daura.

He left Daura on Tuesday morning and arrived at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport on a helicopter.

The President was warmly received by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari; his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tasi’u Maigari.

Others on the ground to receive the number one citizen were Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mustapha Inuwa; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Katsina, Shitu Shitu; the State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, as well as the State Service Chiefs and members of the State Executive Council.

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The presidential plane, thereafter, departed the airport at about 10:23 am for Kaduna State where he is expected to attend the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference.

He is expected to deliver a keynote address and declare the conference open and commission the new 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in the state capital.

During the five-day working visit to Daura, President Buhari performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the take-off of the first Federal University of Transportation in the country.

He also inaugurated a 28-kilometre Randa-Doguru-Gallu-Kwanar Gwanti-Shargalle Road in Mashi Local Government Area of the state.

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Nigeria Set To Get University Of Transportation

 

Nigeria is set to have a University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the institution, the president re-echoed his administration’s commitment to prioritizing the participation of indigenes and application of local content to the development of infrastructure.

He said the project is part of components of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan aimed at promoting and developing indigenous capacity through technology acquisition and knowledge transfer to effectively maintain and operate the numerous railway infrastructure.

According to him, the government would facilitate the establishment of the university by providing all the necessary support to ensure the success of the institution.

He added that the Presidential Order (Number 005) including the planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in context concerns engineering and technology has been signed accordingly.

Buhari Embarks On Five-Day Working Visit To Daura

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday evening departed Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport in Katsina State to Daura.

The President is travelling along with some top government officials to his hometown on a five-day official visit.

He arrived in Katsina at about 4:42 pm and was received by the state governor, Aminu Masari, his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, and other members of the State Executive Council among others.

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President Buhari, thereafter, headed to Daura at about 5:04 pm aboard a helicopter.

While in his hometown, the President is expected to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the take-off of the University of Transportation, Daura, among other functions.

Buhari To Embark On Malabo Trip, Five-Day Working Visit To Daura

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President Muhammadu Buhari (file)

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday to participate in the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He noted that apart from the Nigerian leader, the one-day meeting would be attended by leaders of major gas-producing nations of the world.

They include Algeria, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Bolivia, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and Norway, which account for 70 per cent and 80 per cent of global gas reserves and production respectively.

“The idea of the GECF was first mooted in 2001 when the First Ministerial Meeting held in Tehran, Iran, while the First GECF otherwise called Gas Summit, took place in Doha, Qatar in 2011 with Nigeria represented at the highest level.

“Indeed, President Buhari had attended the Third Gas Summit in Tehran in November 2015. This Fifth Gas Summit in Malabo is the first time the biennial meeting will be hosted in Africa,” the statement read.

It added, “Recall that on November 19, 2019, President Buhari had received Mr Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, the Special Envoy of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who brought a special invitation to the Nigerian leader to attend the 5th Gas Summit as well as thanking Nigeria for her support towards the hosting.”

During the visit, the President had noted that Nigeria was more of a gas-producing rather than oil-producing country.

According to him, that fact had long been established and if the nation had followed the plans laid out in the 1970s for the gas sector, it ought to have had 12 trains by early 1980s instead of being on just six trains of exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Shehu said the Nigerian delegation would also use the opportunity to discuss current trends in the global gas market, potential policies for the energy sector, and opportunities for collaboration.

At the end of the 5th Gas Summit, the Malabo Declaration is expected to be adopted.

President Buhari would be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

After the summit, the President would head for Daura in Katsina State on a five-day official visit.

Updated: Police Uncover ‘Rehabilitation Centre’ With Chained, Maltreated Children In Daura

 

The Police in Katsina State have uncovered and shut down another Islamic home, housing some children who were said to have been treated inhumanely in the Sabon Garin Daura area of Katsina North.

The building was discovered after some of the boys who had escaped embarked on a protest over allegations of violation of human rights at the centre.

Owned by one of the most famous and respected Islamic scholars in Daura, Bello Mai Almajirai, the centre is said to house people perceived to be outlaws from their parents and the society.

“On 12/10/2019 at about 10:09 hrs, based on a tip-off, the Command succeeded in busting/smashing an illegal detention/remand home being operated by one Mallam Bello Abdullahi Umar, m, aged 78 years of Sabon Garin Daura, Daura LGA of Katsina State”.

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The escapees, numbering over 200, ran into the town, narrating how they were being maltreated, a development that sparked outrage in the community against the owner.

Briefing journalists at the center on Monday, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, told reporters that preliminary investigation revealed that Malam Bello had been running the center for about 40 years and later left it in the hands of his son, Umar Bello.

He lamented about the deteriorating situation at the center, adding that each of the six rooms accommodates over 40 inmates who were subjected to all forms of dehumanising conditions including being chained.

 

The Police CP intimated that 67 persons between the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains.

“In the course of an investigation, 67 persons from the ages of 7 to 40yrs were found shackled with chains.  Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments.”

He enjoined parents to take their recalcitrant children to only recognized and approved rehabilitation facilities provided or registered by the government.

CP Buba said that the victims have already been evacuated and taken to the hospital for treatment, while efforts are ongoing to reunite them with their families.