Foreign Affairs Minister, Onyeama Represents Buhari In Guinea Bissau, Benin Republic

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, addresses members of the diplomatic community in Abuja on… February 20, 2019


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama will be representing President Muhammadu Buhari in Guinea Bissau on Sunday.

Mr Onyeama will undertake an urgent mission as President Buhari’s Special Envoy in the company of ECOWAS President, Jean-Claude Brou.

In a series of tweets by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that President Buhari had in response to an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau graciously approved support to the country’s election process including three hundred and fifty (350) units of electoral kits.

“Ten(10) motorcycles, five(5) Hilux vans, two(2) light trucks and Five hundred thousand US Dollars ($500,000).

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“This vital assistance ensured that legislative elections held in Guinea Bissau, which should help in stabilizing the country.

He added that the visit is in the context of the brewing political crisis ahead of April 28, 2019, legislative elections in the country.

In a separate development, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister will also undertake a mission to Cotonou, Benin, to deliver a personal message to President Patrice Talon from President Buhari.

IPCR Launches New Initiative For Peace In Nigeria

Oshita Oshita, Nigeria, Institute for Peace and Conflict ResolutionAn initiative tagged “Infrastructure for Peace” has been launched by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Director General of the institute, Professor Oshita Oshita, said on Thursday at the launch, that the programme would help in the coordination and empowerment of peace management organisations in the country.

Professor Oshita said that the launch of the initiative was also expected to help the organisation achieve its mandate of peace and conflict resolutions as it would help build partnership with peace management organisations towards entrenching peace in all parts of the country.

The Director General stated that the need to garner support from institutions charged with the responsibility of sustaining peace was what informed the gathering.

A representative of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Bala Ahmed, described the launch as a welcome development, noting that Nigerians also have major roles to play in sustaining peace.

The House Committee Chairman on Internally Displaced Persons, Representative Sani Zoro, however, gave a different opinion in the bid to achieve peace.

He believed peace building institutions must be well funded to achieve their mandates.

Other speakers at the event also deliberated on ways to achieve socio-economic development in Nigeria through peace and conflict resolution.

Olugbenga Ashiru Dies At 66

Olugbenga AshiruA former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, has died in South Africa at the age of 66, after a protracted illness.

He was Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister from 2011 to 2013.

During his tenure, he was known to have highlighted the need to increase awareness about Nigeria’s economic potential but more importantly he championed what is termed citizen diplomacy where he placed emphasis on the treatment of Nigerians abroad.

In 2013, he ordered the repatriation of some South African citizens in retaliation of the ill treatment meted out on some Nigerians on account of not possessing the yellow fever vaccine card before arriving in South Africa.

Before his appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister, the late Olugbenga Ashiru was Nigeria’s envoy to the United Kingdom, Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho and Swaziland.

Jonathan In Closed Door Meeting With Emir Of Kano

Emir of KanoPresident Goodluck Jonathan, before heading to pick up nomination forms at the PDP headquarters on Thursday, held a closed door meeting with the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in the Presidential Villa.

The Emir was accompanied to the meeting, which lasted  for one hour, by members of the Kano Emirate Council.

Others present at the meeting included Vice President Namadi Sambo, National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke and Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Aminu Wali.

This was the second time Sanusi would be visiting Jonathan since he became the Emir of Kano.

Sanusi, alongside other northern traditional rulers led by the Sultan Of Sokoto, Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, had visited the Presidential Villa on July 23 to break the Ramadan fast.

Sources say that Jonathan and Sanusi met to see how they could resolve their differences.

Fighting Insecurity: Jonathan Meets With Governors, Security Chiefs

GEJ2The expanded meeting convened by the Federal Government to look at security situation in Nigeria has kicked off in the Presidential Villa with President Goodluck Jonathan presiding.

The meeting which has a fuller house as against what happened a week before, has many of the governors from the opposition parties present.

The President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, as well as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor are also attending the meeting.

Twenty-four governors are in attendance while the governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe are being represented by their deputies.

The security chiefs in attendance are; the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, the Comptrollers-General of Customs and  Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Commandant-General of the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.

The Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abduljelil Adesiyan, the  Foreign Affairs Minister,  Viola Onwuleri, Agriculture Minister,  Akinwunmi Adeshina and the  Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, are also present.

The expanded National Security Council meeting was summoned by President Jonathan following the bombing in Nyanya, Abuja and the abduction of over one hundred female students from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno.