Presidency Re-accredits Deutsche Welle Correspondent

Ubale_MusaThe Villa Press Pass of the Radio/TV Deutsche Welle State House Correspondent, Mr. Ubale Musa, which was withdrawn in the last days of the Jonathan Administration, has been restored by the Presidency.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, on Monday said this “was done on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari”,

Presenting the re-issued Press Pass to the correspondent at the Presidential Villa, Mr. Adesina said that Mr. Musa’s re-accreditation as a State House correspondent was in keeping with President Buhari’s commitment to correcting the wrongs of the past.

“Part of the change promised by President Buhari is correcting things that were wrongly done before. Mr. Ubale Musa’s accreditation was wrongly withdrawn. To redress the wrong done to him by the withdrawal, we have returned his Villa Press Pass to him so that he can continue his work without hindrance,” Mr. Adesina said.

In his brief remarks after receiving his Villa Press Pass, Mr. Musa thanked President Buhari and his media team for restoring his accreditation.

He promised that he will continue to do his work as a State House correspondent objectively, professionally and with due regard for the ethics of journalism.

Buhari Is Busy Cleaning PDP’s Augean Stable – Presidency

BuhariThe Presidency, in reaction to the PDP’s criticism of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari’s first 30 days in office, says the administration has been kept busy cleaning PDP’s “Augean Stable”.

The opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, referred to President Buhari’s first 30 days in office as “30 days of motion without movement“, asking Nigerians to pray for the administration.

In a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said that it was amusing to read what the National Publicity Secretary of the defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, considers a 30 days appraisal of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

According to Mr Adesina, “He (Metuh) wants Nigerians to join hands in prayers for the government, so that things would begin to move (but) what he does not know is that Nigerians had long formed such coalition.

“They are hands in hands, and that was what gave victory to President Buhari in the March 28, 2015 poll. They had teamed up to uproot an administration that had brought the country to her knees, and was about to tip her off the precipice. And Nigerians have resolved that never would they allow any government to divide them along regional, religious and ethnic fault lines again.”

He stated that the Buhari administration is naturally contemplative because there was no reason to the way PDP ran the country, particularly in the immediate past dispensation and that is why the “Augean Stable is being cleaned”.

Explaining that the Buhari administration has only been scrupulous and painstaking in its approach, he said, “Across all sectors, our national life was devalued, and it takes meticulousness and sure-footedness to repair all the breaches.”

While maintaining that the Buhari administration would deliver on its promises, Mr Adesina added that after all that is being planned by the current administration has matured, and bearing fruits, Nigerians would be able to determine who is serving them acceptably, and who has taken them for a ride.

The Presidency also says siphoning money from the treasury “was the pastime of the immediate past administration, and the enormity of the sleaze will be evident when stolen money, to the tune of billions of dollars, is recovered, and returned to the national treasury soon”.

Stakeholders To Set New Date For ECOWAS-ECCAS Summit On Boko Haram

ECOWASNigeria will hold further consultations with other stakeholders to agree on a new date for the ECOWAS-ECCAS security summit on Boko Haram, President, Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday.

The meeting was earlier scheduled to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on April 8, 2015, but it was postponed because of Nigeria’s general elections held on March 28 and April 11.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said the Nigerian leader gave the hint about the planned meeting with stakeholders for a new date at a meeting with the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Desire Ouedraogo.

Victory Over Terrorism

President Buhari welcomed efforts to strengthen and expand cooperation between ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on the war against terrorism.

He reiterated his view that greater regional and international cooperation was needed to ensure victory over terrorism in Nigeria and other countries.

The President also assured Mr Ouedraogo that Nigeria would continue to fulfill its financial obligations to ECOWAS to enhance the regional body’s ability to attain its objective of regional integration and development.

President Buhari commended the ECOWAS Commission and other ECOWAS institutions for progress made on the Biometric Identity Card system, which would come into force in 2016.

He said that its introduction would be a major milestone to full regional integration and the free movement of ECOWAS citizens within the sub-region.

Wave Of Terror

There have been wave of terror in the Central and West African region, occasioned by inter-religious crisis in the Central region and the Boko Haram terrorist group in the west.

Close to two million persons have been displaced in Nigeria’s north-east, the stronghold of the terrorist group.

At an African Union summit in South Africa weeks ago, the Nigerian President stressed the need for more collaboration between countries bordering the oil-rich nation in West, which have eaully recorded cases of terror attacks. He said the collaboration would strengthen the fight against the terrorist group to end their activities in the region.

SSS Personnel Not Expelled From Presidential Villa

DSSThe Presidency has debunked rumours that personnel of the Department of State Service (SSS) have been expelled from the Presidential Villa.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has given no such order”, a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina said.

“While it is true that a reorganization of security at the Presidential Villa which involves the realignment of personnel from various services is underway, the exercise does not translate to the expulsion of DSS personnel from the premises in any way.

“The changes being made are routine adjustments which are not unexpected in any dynamic environment from time to time”, the statement added.

NBCC Tasks Buhari On New Cabinet

buhariAs President Buhari settles into his official residence, the Aso Rock, one group looking forward to the much needed change is the Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).

At a meeting with the Nigerian High Commissioner in London, the group said that economic diversification through trade and industry is what President Buhari’s team should be thinking about.

They expressed high hopes that when the new cabinet emerges, along with the administration’s roadmap, reviving industry and commerce would top the agenda.

Since assumption of office, President Buhari has not made any major appointment, but on May 31 named Mr Femi Adesina his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and Garba Shehu his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

The President also approved the appointment of Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP).

President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted on a thorough process for the emergence of new ministers and he will not be rushed into making decisions for the mere sake of it.

However, in an attempt to end the rise in insurgency that creates unrest in the northern part of the country, the President has been involved in series of meeting with neighboring countries and attending various summits.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy has struggled with the limitations of a single primary commodity – oil, for economic sustenance.

NASS Leadership: Buhari Expresses Readiness To Work With Elected Officers

BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed his readiness to work with the elected Senate President and Speaker of the House of representatives.

President Buhari’s comments came after the National Assembly on Tuesday elected Senator Bukola Saraki, as the Senate President and Honourable Yakubu Dogara, as the Speaker.

The election of both principal officers was against the choice of the All Progressives Congress, which had chosen Senator Ahmed Lawan as its candidate for Senate Presidency and Honourbale Femi Gabjabiamila for the position of the Speaker.

The party’s leadership has expressed its displeasure with the outcome of the election, calling it treachery.

But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that President Buhari would have preferred that the process of electing the leaders, as initiated and concluded by the All Progressives Congress (APC), had been followed.

Enduring Positive Change 

The President took the view that a constitutional process had somewhat occurred.

“President Buhari had said in an earlier statement that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, and that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected.

“That sentiment still stands. Though he would have preferred the new leaders to have emerged through the process established by the party,” Adesina said.

The President’s spokesman further said that the stability of the nation’s constitutional order and overall interest of the common man were uppermost on President Buhari’s mind, as far as the National Assembly elections were concerned.

President Buhari then called on all the elected representatives of the people to focus on the enormous task of bringing enduring positive change to the lives of Nigerians.

President Buhari Appoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu as Spokesmen

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President Buhari’s spokesmen: Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the first set of appointments into his administration.

The President on Sunday evening, May 31, 2015 named Mr Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu as his spokesmen.

Femi Adesina will serve as Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) while Garba Shehu will be the new Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity).

The President has also approved the appointment of Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP).

Mr Adesina is the current President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and serves as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun newspapers.

Garba Shehu served as the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. He was the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors sixteen years ago.

Abdullahi Kazaure is a career Foreign Service official and currently serves in Aso Rock Villa as a Special Assistant (Presidential Matters).

Bring Back Our Girls: States Hold Prayer Session For Abducted Students

Chibok girls videoNigerians have continued to lend their voices in protest and prayers towards the release of the abducted school girls in Chibok Borno State.

The wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Mrs. Fatimah Yero, urged Nigerians to pray for the parents of these girls, “This is a story that is disheartening, all Nigerians should pray for the mothers and parents of these girls”.

In Abia State, the wife of the Deputy Governor organized a prayer session for the abducted girls, while the President of the Guild of Editors, Mr. Femi Adesina said that the guild would not be known for lawlessness or anything that would commend terrorism.

“As a body we value the lives of our girls, there must not be any form of rigidity in positioning, it must be a give and take”, he noted.

They have asked the Government to do all they can to ensure their release.

PDP Decampees Are Now Born Again – APC

The Assistant State Publicity Secretary of APC, Funsho Ologunde, on Saturday responded to allegations that the party is no different from the Peoples Democratic Party it criticises based on its open arm policy to former members of the ruling party.

They (APC) are not birds of the same feathers because PDP represents power (and indirectly, impunity) while APC preaches change, he said.

Speaking on Sunrise, he said “in the game of politics, there are no permanent friends.” The fact that some people have been in the PDP, working against the interest of the country, does not mean they cannot be converted.

He claimed that the process of conversion was not overnight and that the gospel of the APC to the decampees was that their continued stay in the PDP was a hindrance to the progress of the nation.

In reaction to this, PDP Chieftain, Segun Ogundimu, said the position of the PDP is that the “mass defection (will lead to) mass confusion in the APC.” He also denied that those who decamped were being oppressed by the leadership and accused them of being over ambitious.

Asked what the APC intends to do to bring about the change it has promised, Ologunde said the development in APC states attests to the fact that the party can deliver if Nigerians support.

According to him, the widely celebrated development heralded by the Akpabio led Akwa Ibom state government is an orchestrated campaign by the PDP to give the party leverage against APC governors who are widely accepted as performing.

PDP is synonym for non-performance, bad government, he said.

However, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and Managing Director of the Sun Newspapers, Femi Adesina, who was a guest on the programme, opined that the mass defection is healthy for democracy as it has caused a “balance of power, forces.” The realignments in the political front indicate that “anything can happen in 2015,” Adesina added.

He continued by saying that prior to the season of defection, PDP’s return to power was highly ikely but now “nothing is guaranteed.”

Adeshina averred that the changes in the polity have generated excitement in the public domain in anticipation of 2015 general elections.