Jonathan Did Not Travel With Ali Modu To Chad

JonathanThe Presidency has described as erroneous, the allegations by critics of the Jonathan administration and the All Progressives Congress party that President Jonathan is hobnobbing with former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif.

Senator Sheriff was one of the two persons recently accused by the Australian, Stephen Davies, of being supporters of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, an allegation he has since denied, threatening to sue the Australian negotiator.

Speaking to State House correspondents, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, dismissed the claim that Senator Sherrif accompanied President Jonathan on his trip to N’Djemena as a member of his entourage, reiterating that the former Borno State Governor was not even a member of the delegation to Chad.

He listed those on the entourage to have included the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, and other presidential aids and journalists.

He said that Ali Modu Sherif was seen at the N’Djemena Airport in Chad on his own volition and not at the instance of the President. He wondered why anyone would rush to condemn the President over it.

He said that President Jonathan was fully aware of the allegation made against Senator Sheriff by Stephen Davies and that the allegation was already being investigated by the security agencies who would make their findings known to the public in due course.


Jonathan To Attend African Union’s Peace and Security Council Meeting

JonathanThe Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, will be among some African leaders that will participate in a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council scheduled to hold in Kenya on Tuesday.

A statement by a spokesman for President Jonathan, Ruben Abati, said that the President would travel to Nairobi on Monday.

The Nairobi meeting is a follow-up to talks by President Jonathan and other African leaders at Pretoria, South Africa, in May on joint action against terrorism.

The meeting will receive and consider the report of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa.

Deliberations at the Nairobi Summit and the adoption of the African Chairperson’s Report by President Jonathan, President Uhuru Kenyatta and other participating Heads of State are expected to lead to more collaborative actions by Nigeria and other African countries in the fight against terrorism.

It is aimed solely at riding the continent of acts of terrorism and violent extremism.

According to the statement, the Nigerian President will be accompanied to the Nairobi Summit by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and other advisers and aides.

The team will return to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday.

Guinea-Bissau Military Urged To Respect Democracy

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has called on Guinea-Bissau’s Armed Forces to embrace total respect for democracy and constitutionalism in the interest of their nation.

Addressing a special session of the National Peoples’ Assembly in Bissau on Friday during a visit to the country, President Jonathan stressed that the global community was no longer inclined to tolerate a role in governance by the military in Africa and other parts of the world.

“It is no longer fashionable today to see the military parading themselves as the custodians of political power. Rather, it is fashionable for the military to embrace the protection, preservation and total respect for constitutional order and democracy in order to build a prosperous and an egalitarian society,” President Jonathan said at the session which was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of civil society organizations.

President Jonathan was in Bissau to show solidarity to the Government and people of Guinea-Bissau as part of efforts to ensure lasting peace and stability on the African continent.

’Mischief makers’

He reiterated Nigeria’s condemnation of recent attacks on the Nigerian Embassy and Nigerian nationals in Guinea-Bissau.

“’Mischief makers’ in Guinea Bissau should be discouraged from inciting the public against brotherly Nigerians and Africans,” President Jonathan emphasised.

He called on the authorities of Guinea-Bissau to bring the perpetrators of the criminal attacks to justice.

“We should be our brothers’ keepers and work hand-in-hand in this era of globalization so as to reap the fruits that come with it. I want to reassure you that the incident that led to the death of a Nigerian will not deter us from our desire to ensure that peace and stability is restored in Guinea-Bissau,” he told the Parliament.

“We Identify with your aspiration to transform your country to the status of a stable and democratic society that will guarantee peace and stable democratic governance, which is a fundamental prerequisite for meaningful economic development,” he said.

The Nigerian President, therefore, called on the country’s political leaders and members of its Armed Forces to remain steadfast and maintain the commitment which they have demonstrated right from the onset until the transition process would be successfully completed with a general elections which would take place soon.

President Jonathan further urged all stakeholders in the country to sheathe their swords and work together in harmony to salvage the nation. He assured the gathering that Nigeria and ECOWAS would continue to make financial and material contributions to ensure that the general elections are held as quickly as possible.

The Speaker of the National Peoples’ Assembly, Ibraima Sori Djalo, thanked President Jonathan and the Nigerian Government for “Nigeria’s presence in our country every time we need support, particularly in this last crisis to which we are determined to find a solution.”

He described the October attack on Nigerians in Guinea-Bissau as “very depressing” and reiterated the earlier official apology conveyed to Nigeria on the incident.

Both countries later signed a Cooperation Agreement to boost bilateral relations between them.

The agreement was signed by the Nigerian Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and his Guinea Bissau counterpart, Fernando Delfim da Silva, in the presence of President Jonathan and his host, the Interim President of Guinea Bissau, Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo and top government officials of both countries.

During bilateral talks between the delegations of the two countries, which preceded the signing of the cooperation agreement, President Nhamadjo informed President Jonathan of the commitment of his government to conduct general elections and implement the reformation of Guinea-Bissau’s Security and Defence Forces with the assistance of ECOWAS.

He also thanked President Jonathan for his tireless and positive efforts as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Contact Group on Guinea Bissau and Nigeria’s material and human support especially through its troops in ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB).

Before departing Guinea Bissau for The Gambia, President Jonathan met with members of the Nigerian community and also visited the Nigerian contingent of ECOMIB at Bras, Bissau.

Jonathan To Visit Nigerian Contingent In ECOWAS Mission To Guinea-Bissau

President Goodluck Jonathan will embark on a two-day diplomatic shuttle to Guinea-Bissau and Gambia tomorrow, Friday, November 8, 2013, a statement by the presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati said on Thursday.

The statement noted that “President Jonathan will, in continuation of his duties as Chairperson of the ECOWAS Contact Group on Guinea-Bissau, first fly to the country to meet with leaders of the Armed Forces of Guinea-Bissau and visit the Nigerian contingent in the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea-Bissau at Camp Bras, Bissau”.

It further stated that “The President is also scheduled to participate in a programme at the National Peoples’ Assembly and meet Nigerians resident in Guinea-Bissau before leaving the country on Friday evening for Banjul, Gambia where he will confer with President Yahya Jammeh on bilateral and multilateral issues”.

President Jonathan, who will be accompanied by the Minister of Information and Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr. Labaran Maku, the Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed and the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, will return to Abuja on Saturday.

ECOWAS set to deploy troops to Mali and Guinea Bissau

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it will meet the 45-day deadline set by the UN Security Council for the final adoption of the modalities on the deployment of troops to Mali in line with resolutions 2056 and 2071 of the Security Council of the United Nations.

This formed the discussion at an extra ordinary meeting of foreign and defence ministers of member countries.

ECOWAS Commission President, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo said there is need for a twin approach to the Mali crisis, combining dialogue with military pressure to help Mali dismantle terrorist networks and regain her territorial integrity.

The meeting became crucial as the sub-region finalises plan on the adoption of the United Nation Security Council resolution on Mali and Guinea Bissau.

The resolution will allow for international military intervention in Mali following the capture of the northern part of the country by different armed groups.

Ouedrago observed the urgent need to halt the mafia and criminal practices of terrorist groups and the atrocities committed with impunity by the extremists.

The meeting, he says, will address the concepts of operations for clearly defining the stages of the operating procedures and methods for the planned deployment.

Lending her voice to that of the president of the commission, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Missus Salamatu Suleiman explains issues that will be considered at the meeting.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed warned that tackling the crisis in Mali and other parts of the West African sub-region is no longer an option but a necessity.

The recommendation of the council will be presented to the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Sunday to give additional guidelines regarding the resolution of the crisis for onward transmission to the African Union which will also transmit to the United Nation.