Keep Faith, President Buhari Will Take Us To Promised Land – Adesina

Femi Adesina, 5,000 nairaThe Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has urged Nigerians to keep faith with the current administration’s commitment to take “Nigeria to the promised land.”

He said President Muhammadu Buhari is fulfilling his campaign promises to Nigerians, particularly in stimulating the economy for job creation, anti-corruption campaign and security of lives and property.

He made the statement while addressing a delegation of Northern Youths Initiative for Peace and Good Governance on Tuesday in Abuja.

“I am glad that majority of Nigerians are still with President Buhari.

“The excitement and jubilation, around the country, that greeted his return to Nigeria recently is a clear testimony of the love, confidence and belief, which Nigerians have in his leadership.

“We are witnessing a positive turn around in the economy, agriculture, the fight against corruption, job creation and I am very confident that President Buhari will lead Nigeria to the Promised Land before the mandate given to him by Nigerians lapses in 2019,” Adesina said.

The Special Adviser, who received the Sardauna Leadership Award, “Icon of Societal Transformation”, thanked the Group for the honour, noting that he was motivated to serve in government because of the personality and integrity of the President.

In his remarks, the President of the Northern Youths Initiative, Comrade Muhammadu Abubakar, described Adesina as an exemplary leader.

“You are a Goldfish that has no hiding place.

“We northern youths, under the aegis of Northern Youth Initiative for Peace and Good Governance, honour you as Garkuwan Matasan Arewa (The shield of Northern Youths), for your invaluable contribution to the country and inspiring role to the upcoming generation,” he added.

Buhari Condoles With Germany On Munich Shootings

Corruption CasesPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock and horror at the shootings which recently rocked Munich, Germany.

“On behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari sends his most sincere condolences to the families and friends of victims of the barbaric act”, a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adeshina said on Saturday.

The President said “it is quite unfortunate and inconceivable that the forces of evil do not relent on their activities”, but expressed “confidence that with the unanimity of purpose from all forces around the world, the workers and perpetrators of these evil acts will not prevail”.

The President also assures the people of Germany that Nigerians as a people are standing with them at this time and are ready to assist in any way to defeat the planners and executors of such crimes.

Buhari Leads Security Team To Malabo

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari is leading a national security team to Malabo for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and the Gulf of Guinea.

The conclusion and signing of an agreement by Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea for the establishment of a combined maritime policing and security patrol committee on Tuesday is expected to be the major outcome of President Buhari’s meeting with his host.

In a statement by the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, both leaders would discuss and agree on other collaborative measures to combat crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, attacks on oil rigs, arms smuggling and human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea.

Both leaders will also confer on the rescheduling of the joint summit of the Economic Community of West African States and the Economic Community of Central African States on additional cooperative measures to curb terrorism and violent extremism in West and Central Africa.

The summit was to have been hosted by Equatorial Guinea last year but was postponed because of Nigeria’s general elections.

In accordance with the main focus and agenda of the trip, President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and other senior security officials.

The President is expected to return to Abuja on Tuesday.

Hajj Stampede: Buhari Orders NAHCON To Account For All Nigerian Pilgrims

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of last Thursday’s disaster at Mina.

The Presidential directive, contained in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, follows conflicting reports on the number of Nigerians who died or suffered injuries in the catastrophe which claimed well over 700 lives.

“President Buhari is very concerned that days after the unfortunate incident, some Nigerian families are still grappling with painful uncertainty over the fate of their relatives who traveled to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.

“The President expects the National Hajj Commission to work with the various state pilgrim boards, Islamic organisations and private travel agencies involved in Hajj operations to speedily provide a confirmed and verifiable report on the status of every Nigerian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia”, Mr Adeshina said.

President Buhari has also directed the Hajj Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to give all necessary assistance to Nigerians who are still receiving treatment for injuries suffered in Mina.

The President also prayed that the Almighty Allah receive the souls of the dead, comfort bereaved families, heal the injured and bring all surviving Nigerian pilgrims safely home.

NAHCON had earlier on Monday confirmed the death of 54 Nigerians in the deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during this year’s Hajj.

The Chairman of NAHCON, Mr. Abdullahi Mohammed, said that 42 out of the 54 that died were from states pilgrims welfare board including two NAHCON officials, while others were among those on pilgrimage by private tour operators.

He made the confirmation in Makkah on Monday.

He also listed 15 states of Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe, as those that lost pilgrims to the stampede.

The incident is said to have claimed at least 720 lives.

Nigeria, Neighbours Have Increased Capacity To Deal With Boko Haram – Buhari

president buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says that with the formation of a stronger regional coalition, Nigeria and other neighbouring countries have an increased capacity to deal with Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

President Buhari said this on Friday during a conversation with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

According to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President reaffirmed his belief that the full activation and deployment of the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has been established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, would lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko Haram.

President Buhari also said that with the Command and Control Centre of the Nigerian military now in Maiduguri, Borno State, the morale of troops in the front-line states had improved significantly.

“You can tell the Secretary-General that we are doing our best and our best will be good enough for the nation and the sub-region,” President Buhari said.

Against the background of upcoming elections in Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the President also called on the United Nations to assist African countries in the acquisition and use of innovative technologies to ensure more credible elections.

“When citizens recognize that their votes count, it will boost their confidence in democracy and their countries’ electoral systems,” he said.

Recalling that in the last general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) used smart card readers to authenticate prospective voters, President Buhari observed that while Nigeria could afford the use of such technology in its elections, other African countries may require support and assistance from the international community.

Dr Ibn Chambas commended President Buhari for his strong and positive actions against terrorism.

The United Nations envoy also welcomed President Buhari’s successful visit to Cameroon during the week and his reaffirmation of Nigeria’s commitment to the peaceful resolution of all border issues with Cameroon.

Jonathan must start “walking the talk” says Adeshina

Deputy Managing Director of the Sun Newspapers, Mr. Femi Adesina has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to “walk the talk” instead of the “continuous talk approach” which he claims the government has maintained since inception over a year ago.

Adeshina was speaking on Channels Television’s weekend breakfast show Sunrise Saturday where Nigeria’s 53 year old journey after independence was analysed.

He said “I want to see a president that is a doer, not just a talker. I know that government has to plan but if you spend all the time planning saying we will do, we will do this, we will do this, when are you going to do it?”

Adeshina also noted that government is periodic not everlasting like the proverbial army barracks where soldiers come and go but the barracks remains the same.

He also had special praise for the previous military regimes that ruled the country saying “In 1999 before the military left, I was on leave I took my car and drove to Akwa Ibom on a holiday, I spent about a week, I came back, I drove back to Lagos, I can’t do that today”

Despite maintaining that he prefers democracy any day, Adeshina lamented on the dangers that come with driving through the same road he took over a decade ago.