Osinbajo Returns To Abuja After ECOWAS Summit

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The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has returned to Abuja, the nation’s capital after attending an extraordinary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Spokesman to the Vice President, Laolu Akande confirmed his return in a tweet on Friday.

He said, “VP returns to Abuja & tonight he is attending the Abuja Special Holy Ghost Service as the RCCG continues its 30-day fasting programme called for this month.

“We continue to work very hard and pray fervently for God’s continued blessing on us, our leaders, and our country, Nigeria”.

The Vice President represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the summit which included other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government with the aim of reviewing the ongoing situation in Guinea Bissau.

President Buhari had earlier in September attended a one-day ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Given the growing threat of terrorism in the sub-region, the West African leaders had called for the Summit to review different initiatives taken so far, and redefine the priority intervention areas for the containment of the worrisome attacks in the area.

The decision to convene the Summit was reached at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on June 29, 2019.

PHOTOS: Osinbajo Represents Buhari At ECOWAS Summit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is on a visit to Niamey, Niger Republic for an extraordinary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit.

He is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting.

A statement signed on Friday by the spokesperson for the vice-president, Laolu Akande explained that the Summit will include other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and will review the ongoing situation in Guinea Bissau.

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Osinbajo Attends ECOWAS Summit In Niger Republic

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is set to visit Niamey, Niger Republic for an extraordinary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit.

Osinbajo is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting.

A statement signed on Friday by the spokesperson for the vice-president, Laolu Akande explained that the Summit will include other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and will review the ongoing situation in Guinea Bissau.

The Vice President will depart Abuja this morning and return later today.

President Buhari had earlier in September attended a one-day ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Given the growing threat of terrorism in the sub-region, the West African leaders had called for the Summit to review different initiatives taken so far, and redefine the priority intervention areas for the containment of the worrisome attacks in the area.

The decision to convene the Summit was reached at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on June 29, 2019.

President Buhari at the summit renewed his call for West African leaders “to strive to provide the necessary resources and tools” for regional initiatives such as Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the G5 Sahel Joint Force, to lead the war on terrorism, violent extremism and trans-border crimes across the region.

52nd ECOWAS Head Of Sates Summit In Photos

The 52nd ECOWAS Summit has been declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

The meeting commenced on Saturday, December 16 with discussion centred around the political and security situation in Guinea-Bissau, the observer status of Tunisia and an association agreement with Mauritania, among others.

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ECOWAS Heads Of State Meet In Abuja

President Buhari with President of Benue Republic, Patrice Talon, President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita and President of Capeverde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca at the 52nd ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Summit in Abuja on December 16, 2017

The 52nd ECOWAS Summit has on Saturday been declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

Discussion amongst the West African Heads of State is centred around the political and security situation in Guinea-Bissau, the observer status of Tunisia and an association agreement with Mauritania.

The Mauritanian President, Mohamed Abdel Aziz and his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi are special guests at the meeting.

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Morocco’s proposed membership to the body is also on the agenda, but a final decision is not expected until 2018.

Morocco’s King Mohammed 6th is not in attendance although Moroccan diplomats are representing the nation at the summit.

Also, the political stalemate in Guinea-Bissau is discussed as President Jose Mario Vaz has refused to appoint the Prime Minister nominated by the ruling PAIGC party (who have won the required number of seats in Parliament to determine the nomination for the Prime Minister post).

The ruling party faction and President Vaz are also at the Summit to break the deadlock as negotiations which are being moderated by President Buhari continue inside the Congress Hall.

President Muhammadu Buhari at the event charged West African leaders to take all necessary measures to evacuate their nationals out of Libya.

He also tasked Togolese leaders and also leaders in Guinea Bissau to embrace dialogue as the primary means of dispute resolution in their respective countries.

Amosun Congratulates Buhari at 74

Amosun Congratulates Buhari at 74Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his 74th birthday.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka, the Ogun State Governor joined family, friends, political associates and well-wishers to celebrate the President on the occasion of his birthday, on Saturday.

“On this occasion of your birthday, we celebrate you and your commitment to the socio-economic and political development of our dear nation, Nigeria,” the Governor said.

Governor Amosun added that, “at 74, the President’s work ethics, commitment to the Nigerian nation and style of leadership is indeed a great lesson to the younger generation.”

The governor prayed that Allah continues to grant the President good health, sound mind and fulfilment in his efforts to steer the ship of the Nigerian state in the right direction.

Presidency Explains Why Buhari Is Not Marking 74th Birthday

Muhammadu Buhari, PresidencyNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is 74 years today (Saturday), but he may not be interested in rolling out the drums to mark his birthday.

However, the Presidential Guards Brigade joined the President’s official aids at the Presidential Villa where a silent military parade was held in his honour before he joined his colleagues for the ECOWAS Summit holding in Abuja.

The occasion featured the cutting of the 74th birthday cake and the release of the white pigeons to signify peace that has followed the present administration.

Among those that have sent birthday wishes to President Buhari is his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Nigeria On Halcyon Shores

Mr Adesina took to Facebook to say: “Instead of wining and dining, (President Buhari) would be hosting leaders of the West African sub-region. For that reason was he born. For that purpose was he sent to Nigeria. To serve the country, serve humanity, and show that things could be done differently.”

He wished the President longer life and assured Nigerians that the country would get to halcyon shores.

“The man the people call Mai Gaskiya (honest man) turns 74 today. I wish him longer life, in good health. The sailing may be rough and tempestuous on the economy front now, and some people are shouting; carest thou not that we perish?

“We are hungry and dying. But Nigeria will get to halcyon shores. This land will prosper again. Our captain is at the helm. He is tested and trusted. We can then sleep through the storm,” Adesina said.

Regional Solidarity Is Vital In Solving ECOWAS Challenges – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari Addressing ECOWASPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has stressed the need for a regional and indeed global solidarity in efforts to counter threats of terrorism and climate change facing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

At the opening of the 48th Ordinary Session of the Summit of ECOWAS holding in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, President Buhari urged the member states to continue to enhance their individual country’s system of governance.

Violent Extremism And Terrorism

He also asked them to maintain a stronger relationship with partners to accelerate the implementation of joint initiatives and mechanisms created to address the daunting but not insurmountable risks.

“As we do so, we should not relent in our effort to engage with member states coming out of crises, in order to help them to consolidate on the achievements made.

“Security challenges persist in our region as we continue to be confronted with the daunting scourge of transnational organised crime including arms trafficking, drug trafficking, as well as piracy and criminality at sea.

“Equally worrying is the rising scourge of violent extremism and terrorism. All this constitute serious threats to peace and security in the region, and therefore require our urgent and concerted actions,” he told the gathering.

Reducing Global Warming

The Nigerian leader further pointed out that the catastrophic consequences of climate change were manifest in the West African region.

He said: “A number of fragilities, conflicts and environmental degradation that affect our countries today with serious negative impact on peace, security, economy and livelihoods are either directly or indirectly triggered by climate change. Alone, we will not be able to reverse or stop some of these consequences, as it requires huge investment of resources far beyond our capabilities.

“We should therefore continue to press for international assistance and to work with the rest of the world to protect the environment.

“We should do so without losing focus on our industrial development objectives.

“Our efforts to fast track regional integration should also be informed by the requirement for clean source of energy”.

He further expressed his support for the agreement reached at the just concluded COP21 in Paris, which aims at reducing global warming and providing financial support to developing nations.

Calling for further cooperation between West African nations and their development partners, he urged member states of ECOWAS to take advantage of their willingness to support West Africa’s initiatives to address all the challenges in the most appropriate and beneficial ways to the region and to global peace and security.

President Buhari also told the ECOWAS member states that Nigeria would like to see that on-going reforms in ECOWAS institutions were concluded and firmly entrenched to ensure greater effectiveness in leading the integration process.

“We would like to see that the resources of the Community are devoted to the implementation of economic programs that would enable us build a prosperous region.”

He expressed strong belief in the vast potentialities of the West African region and said he remained confident that under the leadership of the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, “our Community will continue to make steady progress towards achieving the goals for which it was founded; a community that gives hope to the present and future generations”.

Jonathan Condemns Killing Of Emir Of Gwoza, Urges Nigerians To Unite

Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has extended condolences to the Government and people of Borno State, as well as Northern Traditional Rulers on the death on Friday of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Shehu Timta.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, President Jonathan utterly condemned “the heinous murder of the Emir by brigands and terrorists” who waylaid the convoy in which he was travelling with two other Emirs.

The President believes that the brazen attack and the wanton slaying of the respected traditional ruler reinforces the vital need, which he emphasized in his Democracy Day Broadcast, for all patriotic Nigerians, irrespective of where they come from, their religions or political loyalties, to come together and work with urgency and complete unity of purpose to quickly end the murderous attacks by terrorists and insurgents that continue to threaten the security, cohesion and well-being of the nation.

The President reassured the nation that Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies would continue to receive all the empowerment and support they require from the Federal Government to speedily give maximum effect to his orders that they take all necessary action to stop the brigands, terrorists and insurgents “who descended to new depths of infamy yesterday with the dastardly killing of a First Class Traditional Ruler.”

The President prays that Almighty Allah would receive the soul of the slain Emir and grant his family and subjects the equanimity to bear his loss.

Insurgency: FG Reveals ECOWAS Summit Resolution, Reacts To Emir’s Killing

Dr Reuben AbatiHeads of states and governments of West African states have resolved to share intelligence and cooperate with Nigeria in the fight against boko haram in Nigeria.

The resolution was following the extraordinary session of the ECOWAS which held in Accra, Ghana over the weekend.

Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said that assisting Nigeria would not only ensure stability in the region, but engender sustainable development with the West African sub region.

ECOWAS member nations were said to have condemned the terrorist activities in Nigeria and resolved that whatever happened in Nigeria or Mali or any other West African country was a concern of everyone because they all share a common destiny.

The President was in Ghana when news came in that the terrorists had attacked and killed the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Shehu Timta.

The President expressed sadness over the death of the Emir in the hands of the Boko Haram, saying that the incident showed the desperation of the terrorists to destabilise the country, pledging that at the end of the day Nigeria would prevail; no matter how desperate the Boko Haram terrorists might be.

He said that the Government was determined to rid the country of terrorism.

Just back from the ECOWAS extraordinary summit in Ghana, President Goodluck Jonathan met with the Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, in the Presidential Villa to further discuss matters concerning the fight against terror.

He also played host to Sheik Tijani Nyass from Senegal.  The sheik, who came with some Islamic scholars, was said to have made innumerable contributions towards the establishment of an enduring peace and love in Nigeria since 1963 and has prayed that the issue of terror would soon be a thing of the past in the country.

The Presidency also had to clear the air on whether it was giving amnesty for the Boko Haram or not, and Dr Abati explained that the President might not have used the word amnesty but that opportunities have been created for the Boko Haram terrorists who are willing to renounce terrorism and embrace peace.