Study The Budget And See What Abacha’s Loot Is Being Used For, Says Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has asked Nigerians who are concerned about how the Abacha Loot is being spent, to take a deeper look into the budget.

Mr Adesina gave this advice on Wednesday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

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He said, “What the loot had always been used for had always been in the budget.

“If people just take the time to study the budget properly, they will see the sub-heads that accounted for those funds.”

“Every year’s budget in the preceding years had that sub-heads – ‘recoveries’ and that is the Abacha loot and what it was used for is clearly stated in the budget.

“Particularly last year and the year before, it was used for the Social Investment Programme,” Adesina added.

The presidential spokesman stated that the monies recovered have always been and will continue to be used for Social Investment Projects.

Mr Adesina also noted that there are subheads awarded to the funds within the budget.

The President’s media aide stressed that contrary to claims in some quarters, the funds have been judiciously put to use and the breakdowns within the budget give deeper insight as to the specifics of use.

He assured Nigerians that the recovered loot cannot be squandered because even before it was released, the American government made it mandatory for the Buhari administration to state exactly what it will be used for.

Buhari’s Broadcast: Culprit Who Leaked Draft Speech Has Been Arrested, Says Adesina

Forgery, Saraki, Presidency
A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

 

Mr Femi Adesina says the suspect who leaked the draft speech of President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast has been arrested.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity revealed this in a piece entitled ‘Enemies Of The State’.

He said the suspect was responsible for leaking the draft speech of the President’s speech hours before his nationwide broadcast on COVID-19 on Monday.

Adesina likened the situation to an action-thriller film produced in 1998 starring American actor Will Smith.

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According to him, an enemy of the state struck in Nigeria on Monday and this time, it was non-fiction.

The President’s spokesman noted that as the country waited for the speech to be televised at 8pm with great expectations, a purported copy of the broadcast began to circulate on social media from about 4pm.

He added that after assessing the document being circulated on social media, he discovered that it was a rogue copy.

Adesina said the copy being circulated was different from the President’s broadcast, adding that the suspect was eventually traced and made to answer for his action.

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ENEMY OF THE STATE

You have possibly watched the 1998 action-thriller film with the above title, starring Will Smith. It was the box office hit story about a group of people plotting to kill an American Congressman, and the tape of the plot was discovered.

Well, an Enemy of the State struck in Nigeria on Monday, but this time, it was no fiction. It was real-life act of sabotage from somebody who does not wish his own country well at all, and who derived a sinister kind of pleasure from undermining the system.

President Muhammadu Buhari was to broadcast to the country by 8 p.m, to give an update on the battle against COVID-19, and what becomes of the lockdown that had lasted four weeks, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States. Kano was also a point of heavy interest, with the strange deaths ravaging the state. Was it COVID-19 or not?

As the country waited for the President with great expectations, a purported copy of the broadcast began to circulate on social media from about 4 p.m. Whodunnit?

I took a look at the circulating document, and within one minute, I knew that it was a rogue copy. What immediately gave it away was the paragraphing. It was completely different from the one I had been part of producing, and which had been recorded for broadcast by the President.

Another tell-tale to the dubiousness of the document was the date it gave. It said the lockdown in the affected states and the FCT would be eased from May 2, while the authentic copy bore May 4. There were some other discrepancies. Paragraphs that had been excised from the final copy were still intact, and the document was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, which you would rarely find in a presidential broadcast, which would have passed through a number of select and trusted hands.

I made a few phone calls to those of us involved with the script, right from origination, which was from outside the Presidency, to final editing, which I did, and the conclusion was easy to reach. Somebody had spirited out the original draft, which had gone through many stages of fine-tuning in terms of content and language, and thinking that it was a world exclusive in terms of artifice and underhand action, he fed it into the social media.

Who would do such a thing, except an Enemy of the State, someone who wants to ridicule the government, cause utmost confusion in the polity, and smirk his lips in malevolent pleasure, as the government, and possibly the media handlers of the President were flagellated, and taken to the cleaners.

Yoruba people talk of ‘ba ase je.’ Somebody who spoils the feast. Everybody is rejoicing and making merry, and he comes to pollute their joy. He could bring extremely bad news that sends everyone scurrying home, or looking for cover. He could even urinate in the big pot of soup in the full glare of the merrymakers. Or he could pour sand in the big pot of rice on the fire. Ba ase je (spoiler of the feast) can strike in many ways. That was the same thing the Enemy of the State did.

Igbo people speak of the proverbial lizard that ruined his own mother’s funeral. That was what the hidden hostile hand did. But he forgot that in these days of technology, almost everything leaves a trail. Before the end of that evening, computer evidence had narrowed down the suspect, and he was already answering for his evil action.

There is the house mouse called ‘oofon ‘ in Yoruba. And there is a delicious soup made from beans called ‘gbegiri.’ Yes, do you remember the popular amala and gbegiri politics as championed by Lamidi Adedibu in Oyo State in those days? That’s the soup I’m talking about. What happens when the house mouse urinates inside the bowl of gbegiri soup? Lassa fever! That’s why we have the Yoruba saying; oofon to si gbegiri, ki eleko ko eko e dani. Translating this into English makes it lose some originality, but let me try. The house mouse has urinated in the pot of gbegiri soup, let all merrymakers find their ways home. That was what the evil mind attempted to do by leaking the presidential broadcast hours before it came. But he fired blank, having laid hands on a wrong copy.

However, if that person had got the final, authentic copy, that is the same way he would have leaked it. To what end, to what purpose? Sinister. Sneaky. Hateful.

Some people hate their own country, and ironically would be the first to complain that things were not going well. Every act of the government (any government) they would undermine. If they can stick a knife into the soft underbelly of government in any way, they do it with relish and would be the first to grumble that things were not going right. Enemies of the State.

If the person that leaked the unedited draft of the broadcast had access to more sensitive national documents, he would do the same thing. If he cottons on information that could sell Nigeria to the enemy, ho would gladly do it. Thou art in the midst of foes, watch and pray.

I am surprised that a large number of people, including newspaper houses, fell for the gambit. They took their information from the wrong source and ended up publishing falsehood. That was what the Enemy of the State wanted. Cause maximum confusion. And he succeeded to some extent.

There is a way we release information from the media office of the President. And the media knows it. If a presidential speech was to be given ahead, there would be an embargo on it for a particular time. The circulating copy bore no embargo, yet they fell for it. And got embarrassed by publishing inaccurate information. Serves them right, do you say? The final copy was released by 8.06 p.m, good enough time for a newspaper to still produce and get early to market for the next day.

The social media is being used for every purpose: good and bad. It is the bastion of fake news, hate news, concoctions, and all sorts of conjurations. Will the users and consumers be more discerning? It is said that the person that stole a keg of palm oil from the rafter is not the only thief. The person that collected the keg from him is also a rogue. Those who began to share an obvious leak, rebroadcasting it, are also not guiltless. Be quick to hear, and slow to speak.

It was amusing to me to hear armchair critics blaming the media office of the President for the leakage. Ignorance. Why pontificate about what you don’t know? They were on radio and television stations the next morning, magisterially shooting breeze. It was Dr Reuben Abati, immediate past media adviser to a President who gave some proper perspectives on how a presidential broadcast is originated and produced, and how it was improbable that the leakage came from the Presidency. The lesson? Seek information, get your facts right, before arriving at a conclusion, lest you look foolish and uninformed.

Some people are not interested in the well being of their own country. Sad, very sad. Such would sell their mothers, and their country for thirty pieces of silver. Thou art in the midst of foes, watch and pray.

.Adesina is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

What Abba Kyari Told Me Before He Died – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has narrated his experience with Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari before he died.

While recounting his last moments with Kyari via his Facebook post, Adesina recalled a dream which occurred last Thursday.

The former chief of staff died last Friday after battling COVID-19.

In his tribute, Adesina said he never knew that Kyari who appeared in an unusual manner in the dream, was there to say his final goodbye to him.

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The President’s spokesman said his last encounter with Kyari was on March 20 when President Buhari was scheduled to meet with the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.

Explaining that a seat had been designated for him next to that of Kyari, Adesina said he rose to greet the former Chief of Staff who walked in a few minutes later.

“Femi, how are you? They have said we should not shake hands again,” he responded. Rather jocularly, he extended his right foot. I touched his foot with my own, and we both laughed. Leg-shake, instead of a handshake.”

“I’m not much of a dreamer. At least, not dreams with significance. Dreams come from a multitude of business, as the Good Book says, so if a man drinks a bowl of garri before going to bed, and he dreams of swimming in a pond or river, he actually started swimming right from inside that bowl of garri,” Adesina said.

Confused by the revelation, the President’s spokesman explained that he shared his experience with a friend, Mallam Garba Mohammed.

According to him, Mohammed noted that Kyari’s appearance was to bid him farewell.

“He came to say goodbye to you, and you didn’t know it,” my friend said. I didn’t know till then that Garba Deen had the uncommon gift of interpretation of dreams. Well, I now know where to go the next time I dream,” he stated.

 

President Buhari To Address Nigerians At 7pm Today

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari at his office in the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @NGRPresident

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians by 7pm on Monday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement hours before President Buhari is scheduled to address Nigerians.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” he said.

The President is expected to address Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as some residents in Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory expect to know whether the lockdown would be extended or not.

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More than a million positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed with thousands of deaths recorded in many countries across the world.

As of April 12, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said a total of 323 cases have been confirmed with 10 deaths in the country.

It noted that 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have recorded at least one confirmed case of coronavirus while a total of 85 people have been discharged.

 

On March 29, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as Abuja, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the disease and ease the stress of identifying contacts with confirmed cases.

In his last broadcast, President Buhari said the movement restriction would last for an initial period of 14 days effective from 11pm on March 30.

He explained that the decision was taken based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC.

The President then advised residents of the affected places to postpone travels while all businesses and offices there should be fully closed during the period of the lockdown.

Ahead of the day which the lockdown is expected to end – April 13, some residents in Lagos and Ogun State have raised alarm about unrest in their communities.

 

Despite parading at least 150 suspects recently, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, played down the report of unrest in parts of the state.

Ebrimson, who spoke on Monday during an interview on Sunrise Daily, explained, “I think we are dealing with the issue of apprehension. Earlier this month, there was a cult supremacy battle in Ifo and the police rose to the challenge and got some of them arrested.”

“Thereafter, this snowballed to Agbado, Ijoko, Ota area and we put up a team to go after the cultists and ever since then, we have been making arrests.

“People have been calling me, there is no day I don’t receive close to 100 calls. Most of these calls are false alarms. The social media is dishing out fear,” he added.

Buhari, Osinbajo Have Been Earning Half Salaries – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been receiving half of their monthly salaries before the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this during an interview on Politics Today.

“Already, the President and the Vice President are earning 50 per cent of their salaries, they are not earning 100 per cent,” he stated on Tuesday during the Channels Television political programme.

Adesina explained that both leaders opted to be paid half of their salaries since the inception of the present administration in 2015.

Although he did not disclose what purpose the unpaid halves were used for over the years, he believes both leaders have done well and will be making donations to tackle coronavirus at their own will.

Asked whether the President and his vice were donating their salaries just like the members of the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly, he said, “I can’t say for sure; the members of the federal cabinet are donating 50 per cent of their March salaries.”

“Already, the Vice President and the President are earning 50 per cent. Right from the beginning of the administration (the first term), they had elected to earn half of the salaries they should earn … to ask them to do more will be a voluntary thing,” the presidential aide added.

President Buhari To Address Nigerians Tonight

President Muhammadu Buhari at his office in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 26, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @NGRPresident

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation by 7pm on Sunday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement hours before President Buhari is scheduled to address Nigerians.

“Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” he said.

The scheduled broadcast comes amid mixed reactions triggered by what some described as the inability of the President to address the people against the backdrop of coronavirus (COVID) in the country.

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country in late February.

Despite the measures put in place by the Federal and state governments to curtail the spread of the disease, the number of confirmed cases in the country surged to 97 as of 10:40 pm on March 28, 2020.

 

A Suitable Style

Lagos State is worst-hit with 59 confirmed cases while the Federal Capital Territory trailed with 16 cases.

Similarly, Oyo has seven cases, Ogun has three cases, while Enugu, Edo, Bauchi, and Osun State have two cases respectively.

Ekiti, Rivers, Benue, and Kaduna States have also recorded one case of COVID-19.

Among those who tested positive to coronavirus included governors and some top government officials in the country.

Worried by the situation, some Nigerians took to social media to call out President Buhari for not addressing the people in a television broadcast, although he tweeted recently.

During his appearance recently on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr Adesina defended his boss.

He stressed that not addressing the people was the President’s style and there was no need for regular briefing, as long as there was no communication breach.

COVID-19: Buhari Not Briefing Nigerians ‘A Matter Of Style,’ Says Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

Mr Femi Adesina has defended President Muhammadu Buhari for not addressing Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) on a daily basis.

Against the backdrop of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country numbering over 50, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity believes his principal has a right to his style of leadership.

He stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.

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Asked why the President did not brief Nigerians as it was done in other countries, Adesina said, “It’s a matter of style”.

“The style that A adopts may not be the one that B adopts, and there is no style that you can call ‘this style’ for everybody. So, everybody is at liberty to adopt a style that suits him.”

 

Adesina, however, noted that the President had put certain measures in place to ensure information was passed through the right channels.

He listed these to include the setting up of a Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus, as well as briefings from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among other stakeholders in the nation’s health sector.

With these measures being operational, the presidential aide stressed that there was no need for President Buhari to give a regular briefing, as long as there was no communication breach.

He said, “The style our President has adopted is to set up a Presidential Task Force headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), which briefs regularly.

“You have the Minister of Health who briefs, you have the Minister of State for Health who briefs, you have the NCDC who briefs; so you have that chain and there is no lack of information.”

Buhari To Minimise Impact Of Coronavirus On Nigeria’s Economy – Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s focus is to preserve the well-being of Nigerians from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Speaking on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Adesina said his boss is working to minimize the impact of the dreaded disease on the Nigerian economy.

“Some approvals have already been given by the President to ensure that the impact of the Coronavirus on the economy is minimized as much as possible.

“The President also assured that the focus of government is to ensure that the welfare, well-being of Nigerians are preserved as much as possible. So government is looking forward and getting readt for what may be inevitable if the pandemic lasts for a longer time,” he said.

When asked if the President will order the closure of the nation’s borders as a means to contain the spread of the disease, the presidential spokesman neither confirmed nor denied it.

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He replied saying: “The fact is that whatever is best for Nigeria will be done. Already we have the Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health that are on top of the situation. And you can see daily if not hourly briefings on this situation.”

According to Adesina, the situation at hand does not call for the pressing of a panic button yet, stressing “it is serious and government is tackling it seriously.”

Adesina’s comments come shortly after the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire, also confirmed the case during a press briefing in Abuja the nation’s capital.

The victim said to be a 30-year-old returnee from the United Kingdom is currently at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba.

The Minister said he will provide an update on whether or not to ban flights or impose other strict measures after the inter-ministerial meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

Insurgency: Buhari Still Very Accepted, Popular In Borno – Presidency

 

The Presidency on Sunday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent visit to Borno state shows that he is still ‘very popular and accepted’, adding that residents appreciate what he has done in tackling insurgency in the North-East.

President Buhari was in Maiduguri on Wednesday on a condolence visit, following attacks by Boko Haram which claimed many lives at Auno in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

During the visit, President Buhari paid a visit to the State Governor, Babagana Zulum and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi.

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Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, who was on Channels Television Sunday Politics, the crowd that received President Buhari was a huge one and the few dissenting voices do not call for worry.

“We don’t see it as a rejection; if you look at those who came to welcome the president from the airport to the palace of the Shehu of Borno, it was a huge crowd.

“Some 90 to 95 percent were waving brooms and welcomed the president; some dissenting voices in a large crowd like that do not call for worry, its normal in a democracy.

“The President really, is still very accepted, still very popular and the people of Borno know what he has done; they appreciate what he has done in terms of tackling the insurgency,” he stated.

On the war on insurgency, Mr Adesina explained that President Buhari is concerned because he took an oath to protect lives and property in the country.

“There may be some reversals of the gains made, but then those gains can always be made again.

“The President should be worried, he took an oath to protect the country so if we see lives and property being lost wantonly, the president must be concerned and he is.”

President Buhari had expressed surprise that Boko Haram insurgents have continued to launch attacks on communities despite the huge budgets expended on the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.

According to the President, operations against the insurgents will not be successful if the people do not cooperate with the military and other security agencies.

Northern Elders Forum Is A Quasi-Organization With No Credible Membership – Femi Adesina

a file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

Special Adviser to President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has described the statements by the Northern Elders Forum as comments from a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a general without troops.

Mr Adesina said in a statement that “hearing that title, northern elders forum, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF.

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He noted that before the 2019 presidential election, the ‘one-man army’ called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari, and its preference for another candidate, yet they all got beaten.

Adesina added that the Northern Elders Forum is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria.

CAN Must Stop Misinforming Nigerians – Femi Adesina

 

Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has asked leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to stop misinforming Nigerians as regards the state of affairs within the country. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Adesina urged CAN to desist from disinformation which can further divide Nigerians.

Adesina’s comments come on the heels of allegations by the Christian association bordering around the payment or non-payment of ransom for the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls who were adopted by Boko Haram terrorists.

The President’s spokesman reacted directly to reports which quoted CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel to have said inter alia that “Nigerians need to know if they have not known the reason why the Presidency could not pay ransom to rescue Chibok girls. It is because 80% to 90% of the girls are Christians. The reason why Dapchi girls’ ransom was quickly paid and they were returned is the discovery that most of the girls were Muslims except Leah Sharibu who is still in captivity.”

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According to the President’s media aide, the claims by CAN were unfounded.

Mr Adesina said when the media in August 2018 quoted a United Nations report alleging that the Federal Government paid a “huge ransom” for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls on March 21, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, immediately disputed the report, insisting that no ransom was paid, “little or huge.”

He further stated that according to the Minister, “There must be conclusive evidence to support such a claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is – a mere conjecture.”

Having stated this, Adesina rhetorically asked if Nigerians should believe their Minister for Information or CAN.

The president’s aide urged CAN to desist from disinformation which can further divide Nigerians, adding that the letter and spirit of the Holy Bible do not support discord, which CAN’s allegations are liable to cause.

“The Christian body needs not to be antagonistic to every attempt by the administration to move Nigeria forward before it can champion or defend the Christian faith.”

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari made it very clear in 2015 that if a ransom needed to be paid to free the Chibok schoolgirls, he would pay it and that is a testament to his commitment to getting the girls back.

Adesina was of the opinion that regardless of the diversity of faiths in Nigeria, all Nigerians are stakeholders in the promotion of peace in their fatherland.

He said the Holy Bible enjoins everyone to seek peace, and pursue it.

Buhari Approves Transfer Of Sentenced Persons Between Nigeria, Macao

Buhari Signs N30,000 Minimum Wage Bill Into Law
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari assenting to a bill at the Aso Villa in Abuja.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transfer of sentenced persons between Nigeria and Macao, China’s special administrative region.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the President’s approval followed his assent to the Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons between Nigeria and the Government of the Macao.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons between the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

“This is sequel to the Federal Executive Council Conclusion of August 1, 2018.”

Adesina explained that the Council had approved and directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to prepare the Instrument of Ratification of the agreement for the President’s signature.

“President Buhari’s assent formally executes the Agreement,” the statement added.