President Buhari Returns From Cameroon

Muhammadu-Buhari-Obama-visitPresident Muhammadu Buhari is back to Nigeria after a 2-day visit to Cameroon.

President Buhari, before his return, got assurances from his Cameroonian counterpart, President Paul Biya, that the two countries would cooperate in dealing with the Boko Haram menace in spite of border lines.

Both Presidents also discussed strategies on how to improve trade relations.

President Buhari believes that insurgency must be tackled from all fronts as the wave of attacks spill into Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

He said, “We recognise that none of us can succeed alone, in order to win this war we need the collective efforts of each one of us, standing together as a formidable force for good to defeat and end these acts of terror against our people.”

Political Leaders Express Shock Over Akhigbe’s Sudden Exit

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed profound regrets on the death of the former Chief of General Staff and Vice Chairman of the defunct Provisional Ruling Council (PRC), Vice Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe.

Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, said the nation has lost a committed military officer who served his nation with utmost sense of responsibility and patriotism.

Fayemi stressed that Akhigbe’s contribution to the return and stability of democracy in Nigeria would not be forgotten in a hurry. He noted that Akhigbe served the old Ondo state of which Ekiti was part as military governor during which he executed projects that had impact on the lives of the people.

Akhigbe,  A Courageous Leader – Uduaghan

Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan also described the late Admiral Mike Akhigbe as a courageous leader who always spoke truth even in the face of daunting challenges and great risk to his life.

Uduaghan, in a statement by Felix Ofou, his press secretary also described the former number two citizen as a disciplinarian who lived a Spartan life and insisted that the interest of the masses must be considered before critical national decisions were taken.

Notwithstanding his military background, the governor applauded Akhigbe’s pro-people initiatives, resulting among others in his joining hands with General Abdulsalami Abubakar to return Nigeria to civilian democracy in May, 1999 as well as helping to nurture it.

 

Akhigbe An Exemplary Officer– Mimiko

Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko also spokr glowingly  on the death of former Chief of General Staff and Military Administrator of Ondo and Lagos states in a statement where he stated that the late Akhigbe was an exemplary officer whose life even after retirement was worthy of emulation.

He added that the former Military Administrator of Ondo state was part of the developmental process of the state as he contributed his quota to its growth.

Mimiko regretted that his death is not just a great loss to his immediate family but also an irreparable loss to the nation, insisting that “with his wealth of experience, it was too early for him to leave at 68”.

 

Nigeria Will Miss Akhigbe’s Contributions To National Development- Ihedioha

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha has said that late Mike Akhigbe will surely leave a big vacuum in the political development of Nigeria.

He said the country will miss his wealth of knowledge, experience and statesmanship contributions to national development.

The deputy speaker mourned the death of the former number two citizen, saying the sad occurrence came at a time of sober national evaluation where the intellectual resources and contributions of all statesmen and senior citizens like the late Akhigbe would be immensely useful in moving the country forward.

Though saddened by the demise, he said people should brace up to the fact that death is an inevitable occurrence which can visit anyone without notice. He prayed God Almighty to grant the soul of the departed a warm reception into the bosom of the Lord and Saviour.

 

Jonathan, Others Condole Akhigbe’s Family

The President has commiserated with the wife, children and relatives of the former Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe, who died on Monday.

In a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, President Goodluck Jonathan described the late Akhigbe as a courageous officer who served his country patriotically during his career in the armed forces.

President Jonathan also commiserated with the government and people of Edo state, where he hailed from, as well as the officers and men of the Nigerian Navy which Vice Admiral Akhigbe once led as Chief of Naval Staff.

The late Vice Admiral is reported to have battled cancer until he died at the age of 68 in the United States.

Akhigbe Served The Nation– Sambo

“On behalf of the Federal Government, Vice President,  Mohammed Namadi Sambo, commiserates with the family, friends and well-wishers of the former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Mike Akhigbe whose sad demise occurred on Monday in New York.

“Admiral Mike Akhigbe has served this nation selflessly. He was Governor, Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of General Staff to the Military Administration that ensured the smooth transition from Military to a democratically elected government.”

“He was a disciplined military officer who rose to the peak of his profession by dint of hard work and commitment.

“As a statesman, his invaluable counsel will be greatly missed by us. Indeed his loss is a sad and great one to the country.

The Vice President prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and for God Almighty to give the family the courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Akhigbe, A Gentleman– Tambuwal

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, expressed shock and sadness over the death of former Chief of General Staff, retired Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe.

In a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described Akhigbe as a gentleman officer whose contributions, and that of his peers, towards restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 will remain indelible in the annals of Nigeria’s history.

He said Nigerians will forever remain grateful to the Abdulsalami Abubakar-led regime, which Akhigbe served as the Number 2 officer, for their diligence and commitment to ensuring the return of democracy to the country.

“Nigeria has lost one of its eminent sons. I extend my condolence to his family, Fuga community in Edo State, the Nigerian Navy and Nigerians as a whole,” the Speaker added.

Tambuwal also prayed to the Almighty God to give his family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

 

Fewer Parties Will Bring Better Leadership- Atiku

A Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has said that the reduction in the number of political parties and possible adoption of a two party system in Nigeria would signal the beginning of better leadership.

In a recent interview, he said that he believes the adoption of a two party system is the way to go for the country.

“I think we are moving towards that direction.” He said.

Vice President Atiku approves of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s decision to delist 28 political parties.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday December 6th deregistered 28 political parties in Nigeria.

In a press statement signed by the Secretary to INEC, Abdullahi Kangama, the commission based its action on the power conferred on it by the 1999 constitution (as amended) and the electoral act 2010 (as amended).

Vice President Atiku’s has now put his stamp of approval on INEC’s move stating that he has “always advocated for fewer political parties.”

He stated that the country will have if the country adopts the two party system it will experience “a better political process and … better leadership”.