Why Nigeria Exports Electricity To Benin, Togo – Presidency

A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu
A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

 

The Presidency on Tuesday said Nigeria exports power to neighbouring countries in order to prevent the damming of water that feeds the nation’s major power plants.

On Monday, a Nigerian newspaper, Punch, had published a report describing how Nigeria has continued to export electricity to other countries on credit while blackouts persist within its borders.

As a response to the report, the Presidency, via a statement signed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu, described the report as “hyperbolic and terribly misleading.”

The Presidency said the newspaper’s credit figures were “far from accurate, out-dated and therefore not reflective of the current reality.”

It also added that over 90 percent of the electricity generated in the country was distributed and consumed by Nigerians.

The Presidency revealed that as of the last review in 2019, the amount of credit extended to Niger, Benin, and Togo stood at $69 million.

According to it, Niger owes $16 million and Benin, $4 million as of today, adding up to the naira equivalent of about N1.2 billion.

Read the full statement below:

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

PUNCH’S INACCURATE REPORTING ON THE SALE OF POWER TO NEIGHBORING NATIONS NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED

It is most disappointing that sensationalism has dominated the thinking and ethos of institutions that citizens look up to with trust, confidence and reliability. Monday edition of the Punch checks all the boxes in terms of an abject failure to honour these time-tested traditions with its news piece: “NIGERIA EXPORTS USD81.48bn ELECTRICITY ON CREDIT AS COUNTRY’S BLACKOUT PERSISTS,” is, to say the least, hyperbolic and terribly misleading.

Apart from the fact that the figure quoted is far from accurate, out-dated and therefore not reflective of the current reality, the overall cost of power generated and sold by Nigeria in the period covered by the report is not anywhere close to what was mentioned by the paper.

The actual cost of electricity generated within the said timeframe (2018-2019) by all the electricity generation companies in Nigeria was about N1.2 trillion ($4 billion).

Over 90% of the electricity generated was distributed and consumed by consumers across the 11 electricity distribution companies in the country.

Power exported to Niger, Benin and Togo based on Multilateral Energy Sales Agreement with the Government of Nigeria is on the basis that they would not dam the waters that feed our major power plants in Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba.

As of the last review in 2019, the amount of indebtedness to all three customers stood at $69 million, subsequent upon which several payments were made to NBET. Much of this has been repaid by the debtor nations.

As of today, Niger owes only USD 16 million and Benin, USD 4 million, adding up to the Naira equivalent of about N1.2bn.

The essence of said bilateral agreements, by which we give them power and they do not build dams on the River Niger means that Nigeria and her brotherly neighbours had avoided the unfolding situation of the Nile River between the sovereign states of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

In the future, we advise the newspaper to seek clarity from the market operator which is the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN. This process of fact-checking only improves your standing in the public arena.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

July 28, 2020

Buhari Will Not Resign, Presidency Replies PDP

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The presidency has reacted to the calls made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said his principal will not heed to calls made by the PDP.

“President Buhari will not resign. He is determined to continue the crusade against corruption, both legacy and recently unearthed cases, that are found to be shabbily handled, and in some cases unattended to by past administrations,” the statement partly read.

The presidential spokesman accused the PDP of launching what he describes as a whirlwind campaign that promotes “undemocratic values, the latest manifestation of which is the call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation for allowing audits and investigation into several agencies of government, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.”

While noting that opposition helps democracy to strive, Shehu alleged that the “leading party in opposition is afflicted by a life-threatening sickness, the undemocratic pandemic as a result of which they are trading away the nation’s democratic values.”

According to him, the PDP cannot scare the government from probing the grave allegations made against the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, adding that failure to do so will amount to a historic betrayal of public trust.

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He, therefore, insisted that the opposition party cannot subject the nation’s democracy to “subterranean attacks and continue to pretend that they are well-meaning.”

His response comes shortly after the PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus accused President Buhari’s administration of failing to tackle insecurity and attempting to sweep allegations of corruption under the carpet.

Speaking during a news briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja, Secondus said the rising insecurity in the country across the country has exposed the poor leadership in the military and ruling class.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

PDP GRIPPED BY UNDEMOCRATIC PANDEMIC

At a time when the whole world is unifying to confront a common enemy, Nigeria’s opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has launched a whirlwind campaign promoting undemocratic values, the latest manifestation of which is the call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation for allowing audits and investigation into several agencies of government, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Based on the statement issued by the embattled chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, it is clear that they would have liked the President to not investigate but to cover things up: to not wake the sleeping lion as voiced by another of their leaders.

In a democracy, an opposition party is as critical to the system as the ruling party but in the case of Nigeria, the leading party in opposition is afflicted by a life-threatening sickness, the undemocratic pandemic as a result of which they are trading away the nation’s democratic values.

The PDP government which exited the stage five years ago through a democratic election by voters dissatisfied with corruption on an industrial scale, policy paralysis, obsolete and decaying essential infrastructure appears to have forgotten the reason for their stunning defeat and seem hell-bent on the fooling the nation, yet again for another ride to power.

President Buhari will not resign. He is determined to continue the crusade against corruption, both legacy and recently unearthed cases, that are found to be shabbily handled, and in some cases unattended to by past administrations. The National Assembly, by virtue of its right to conduct its oversight function is currently carrying out own investigations. Additionally, the security and intelligence agencies are equally doing their part and must be given the time and space to conclude their work and present their reports.

The PDP cannot scare the government from probing the grave allegations made against MDAs and their chiefs because failure to do so will amount to a historic betrayal of public trust.

The PDP cannot subject Nigeria’s democracy to subterranean attacks and continue to pretend that they are well-meaning.

 

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

July 24, 2020

Buhari’s Critics Should Appreciate Due Process – Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

 

The Presidency has responded to a number of opinion articles and a stringent newspaper editorial, which outrageously said President Muhammadu Buhari was not in control of his administration.

In a communique on Sunday, the Presidency through Mr Garba Shehu stated that as many detractors have done lately, these “influencers,” “celebrated columnists” and “editorial comments” do no more than endorsing the opposition’s utterly wrong and fallacious position that the President is not in charge of his government.

Mr Shehu said sometimes, “we are forced to wonder whether some writers are mindful of the implication of words for the strategic and territorial interests of the nation.

“An entrenched culture of dissent in our country is not something that anyone, not least a Buhari Presidency wants to stamp down.

“The fact that these baseless and appallingly mischievous attacks can freely be aired is itself evidence of the right to freedom of expression prevailing in the country today.

“Whether it is Ibrahim Magu, Godswill Akpabio, NDDC, NSITF, and the others, Nigerians are bound to hold differing opinions, write letters, opinion columns, editorials, and even stage lawful protests.

“What is sometimes worrisome is that several of these comments, disguised as objective criticisms are merely speaking the language of the opposition-the people who ruined the country during their 16 years of corruption on an industrial scale.

“These detractors pick up isolated issues like the ones in the EFCC, NDDC, and incidents of crime and corruption which have been with the country for years, and without any serious effort to uncover them, paint them a phenomenon orchestrated and happening because President Buhari’s administration has decided to pursue cases of suspected wrongdoing in the anti-corruption agency, pension funds, NDDC and other government agencies.

“But the government was the first to point out the obvious embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by the EFCC leadership would cause the administration. The question to ask is: did they expect the President to draw a curtain over these suspected scandals by not ordering audits and investigations? And for them to turn around to accuse him of a cover-up?

“To do a cover-up and not order audits and investigations as the President did would amount to a historic betrayal of the mandate and the faith placed in him by the Nigerian people.”

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The spokesman added that President Buhari’s integrity, uprightness, and probity are intact and well known. Let us remind these so-called editorial writers that ECOWAS, Africa Union, and the international community at large recognized President Buhari as Champion of the Anti-Corruption fight in Africa.

He argued that Nigerians are convinced that he is honest. “They voted for him as President against the background of corruption, public policy paralysis, and growing menace of terrorists threatening to take over a sizable portion of the nation’s territory. In his five years in office, there is not a single charge of corruption against his person.

“As the leader of the country, President Buhari fully understands and bears the full weight of the solemn oaths he swore to defend the nation’s constitution, its citizens, and territory. Disinformation is not a viable option for opposition. The Buhari government has done nothing to warrant these criticisms. Under our laws, you are innocent until proven guilty: Investigation, trial than conviction. Not the other way round. To carry out investigations before condemnation or conviction should not be misconstrued as a weakness or a vacuum in leadership.”

Mr Garba Shehu opined that the war against corruption is today at historic crossroads.

He was of the opinion that this is the time all Nigerians should stand together to roll it back.

According to Mr Shehu, President Buhari is determined not to be diverted by unfounded attacks, neither would he compromise the sacred mandate of Nigerians.

“He is determined to get justice for Nigerians on all these corruption cases being pursued,” the spokesman noted.

Magu Probe: Nigerians Should Prepare For Surprises – Garba Shehu

 

There is more to be heard and seen as regards the case of suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, this is according to a statement from the presidency. 

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics that Nigerians should prepare for surprises as the panel probing the suspended chairman is getting set to submit a report of its findings.

Mr Shehu said the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel has been updating the President on some of their findings, noting that Nigerians will be amazed as to the content of the panel’s report.


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There Is No Disorganization In Buhari’s Government, Says Garba Shehu


He said President Buhari is recognized internationally for his fight against corruption and deserves to be commended.

The spokesman assured that where wrongdoings are detected, they will always be addressed.

Mr Shehu, therefore, asked Nigerians to ignore those persons who are trying to cast aspersions on the efforts of the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.

There Is No Disorganization In Buhari’s Government, Says Garba Shehu

 

President Buhari’s Special Media Aide, Garba Shehu, says there is no crisis under the present government.

Mr Shehu stated this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

This comment comes on the heels of reports suggesting that there might be a dilemma within the present government following the manner in which some ministers and head of parastatals have been behaving towards lawmakers running probes into the operations of various commissions and ministries.

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In the last few weeks, there have been reports of ministers and heads of commissions failing to appear before committees set by the National Assembly to look into certain ills within some parastatals.

There have also been situations in which some Senators walked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, out of a meeting, while the NDDC Boss, Professor Pondei, and others walked out on Lawmakers at the House Of Reps investigative hearing.

In reaction to these developments, President Buhari read the riot act to ministers and heads of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) on the relationship with the National Assembly.

“Ministers and all heads of Departments and Agencies should at all times conduct themselves in ways that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership, and members,” President Buhari stated.

Building on this premise, Mr Garba Shehu stated that where wrongdoings are detected within the present government, they are always addressed.

Mr Shehu further assured that if there is a mistake or wrongdoings by ministers or appointees, President Buhari would address it appropriately.

Corruption Fight: Buhari Won’t Be Deterred By Baseless Criticism – Presidency 

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at a meeting with members of the CNNI in Abuja on February 21, 2020.

 

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will not be deterred by baseless criticism in the fight against corruption.

Speaking to State House correspondents on issues raised by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the beginning of the interrogation of suspended acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said his principal will not fail Nigerians.

According to him, President Buhari is determined to “eradicate rampant, chronic corruption.”

He, however, berated the main opposition for its stance on corruption while at the helms of affairs in the country, adding that the volume and reach of the anti-corruption crusade so far reflect what the PDP left behind.

“A large number of cases, new and old, may appear to be daunting but PDP, which is now heckling the President, has forgotten that the party bequeathed this to the current administration.

“They had a large number of cases they did not investigate and prosecute,” the presidential spokesman said.

While cautioning the PDP to allow the process of investigation and prosecution to work instead of being pre-emptive about ongoing cases, Shehu expressed hope that the Judiciary would deal with the cases swiftly and satisfactorily, in a manner that would deter other would-be offenders.

“The current administration is handling many of the cases that the PDP should have dealt with and the new ones as they arise,” he said while praised the current administration’s approach in tackling corruption.

APC NEC Did Not Hold Meeting At FEC Chamber, Presidency Tells Critics

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and others at the APC National Executive Council meeting held virtually from the Presidential Villa in Abuja on June 25, 2020. Photo: Tolani Alli.

 

 

The Presidency has taken a swipe at those criticising President Muhammadu Buhari for holding a political meeting in the chamber of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House in Abuja.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr Garba Shehu insisted that the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not take place at the chamber.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media Publicity stressed that although the meeting was virtual, President Buhari has the right to convene a meeting in any part of the Presidential Villa.

He said, “It is necessary that we put records in their correct perspective concerning the recent meeting held by the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has, unfortunately, drawn criticism due to lack of understanding.

“The stubborn opinion held by the critics of the administration is that President Muhammadu Buhari had called a political meeting in the “hallowed” chamber of the Federal Executive Council, as if there is a law that says the President is barred from holding meetings in certain sections of the vast Presidential Villa.”

“Since the President lives in the Villa, no one can, legally speaking, choose or dictate to him where he can sit to hold meetings. So, what is wrong in the President presenting himself before a camera and a TV screen in a digital conference at a given location within the Villa?

“Just for the sake of the argument, this meeting, we say emphatically, was not convened at the Council Chamber. It was virtual, not a physical meeting,” Shehu stated.

He explained that the meeting held virtually to observe social distancing in view of health concerns, noting that the conference hall of the party was small to accommodate all the participants.

According to Shehu, President Buhari is billed to address the meeting from one of his offices and he chose the Council Chamber where the digital facilities are located.

He added that most of the NEC members, state party leaders, and members of the National Assembly were all linked through video conference calls.

The President’s aide, however, said, “Yes, it is true that governors and leaders of the National Assembly joined the President from the chamber from where he spoke; but the larger body of the members in attendance were all connected via video calls.

“Do not forget that these are not the normal times in view of the COVID-19 circumstances in which we have found ourselves. President Buhari placed health and safety above courtesy to the party by not going to its headquarters.”

Shehu insisted that the President made a wise decision because he wanted to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The APC NEC meeting had sparked criticism from various individuals and groups, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement on Friday, the opposition party accused President Buhari of violating his oath of office by using the FEC Chambers and government resources to conduct the affairs of his party.

It described the meeting as “shameful” and “a further manifestation of the level of impunity” by the present administration.

Nigeria Fully Capable Of Dealing With Banditry, Terrorism – Presidency

'It's Jealousy': Garba Shehu Faults PDP's Comments On Niger Governors’ Visit
A file photo of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

 

The Presidency has assured Nigerians, again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, urging more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircraft already deployed under “Operation Accord’’.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu the President’s Senior Special Assistant, the operation was launched three weeks ago.

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“Nigeria’s military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges,” the President says.

President Buhari appealed to the people of Katsina State to be patient and supportive of the ongoing military operations in the state while sympathizing with those who are bereaved, injured, and lost properties.

President Buhari admonishes that taking to the streets for protest could distract the military operations, urging “Katsina indigenes not to give up on the military who over the years have a strong track record of quelling crises once given enough time.

“The major forests in North-Western Nigeria have been identified as home to the bandits in the region. The operation will clear all these forests,’’ he further said.

No Govt. Has Done More For Democracy, Freedom Of Speech Than Buhari Administration – Presidency

A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu
A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

 

The Presidency on Tuesday said no other government has done more for democracy and freedom of speech than the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In a press release signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, the Presidency said the Buhari administration’s tolerance for divergent views has opened it up to “puerile” attacks.

The release was addressed to ‘The Coalition of Northern Groups” which had reportedly disassociated itself from the nation’s “Democracy Day”.

“Nigeria recognises Democracy Day because for many decades since independence, the fight for the right for Nigerians to choose their own government in their own name was not complete,” the statement read in part. “A prominent citizen of the country, Chief MKO Abiola died trying to do just this.

The statement continued: “Yet when groups such as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) put out statements claiming that Democracy Day holds no purpose and the government somehow wishes for the northern states to be struggling it is embarrassing not for the government but for the group, its members and their sponsors.

“For a start, if the group dared to issue such a comment under non-democratic method they would have met a swift and harsh retribution from a dictatorial government. They should thank their stars that we are operating a truly democratic government where the rights of free speech are guaranteed and protected.”

 

Read the full statement below:

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

THE COALITION OF NORTHERN GROUPS SHOULD EMBRACE DEMOCRACY

The future, it is often said, belongs to the youth.

For as many times as he met youth leaders, President Buhari has said to them again and again that we are fixing the ailing state to hand it over to you.

It then amounts to a grave mistake, for this group of otherwise promising northern stars to dissociate themselves from Democracy Day and, in effect de-cognizing democracy as a chosen system of government.

Nigeria recognises Democracy Day because for many decades since independence, the fight for the right for Nigerians to choose their own government in their own name was not complete. A prominent citizen of the country, Chief MKO Abiola died trying to do just this.

When independence was won, and then swiftly replaced by unelected government, it was not much of a change.

For the challenges Nigeria faces today, lack of universal suffrage or lack of elected politicians is not one of them.

We are facing severe hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic. And we continue to face the challenges posed by the terrorists Boko Haram.

Yet when groups such as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) put out statements claiming that Democracy Day holds no purpose and the government somehow wishes for the northern states to be struggling it is embarrassing not for the government but for the group, its members and their sponsors.

For a start, if the group dared to issue such a comment under non-democratic method they would have met a swift and harsh retribution from a dictatorial government. They should thank their stars that we are operating a truly democratic government where the rights of free speech are guaranteed and protected.

This government has done more than any other – elected or not elected – to curtail and beat back the terrorists.

Similarly, no government has done more to foster democracy and freedom of speech in Nigeria than the current administration.

The fact that CNG is freely able to transmit garbage to the media in the hope they will be widely reported is a testament the freedom of expression and media liberty that exists in our country today.

Equally, the fact that the government is issuing this statement, in response to the puerile message is a testament that today Nigeria is a country where disagreements can be aired publicly through the press, not through less gentlemanly methods used in the past.

We hope that CNG will consider the facts and reconsider the unhelpful and inaccurate message their statements contain when issuing them in the future.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

June 16, 2020

signed by spokesman Garba Shehu,

Security Incident In State House: Buhari Was Not At Anytime In Danger – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

 

The Presidency has acknowledged concerns expressed by several members of the public regarding a recent incident among the occupants of the State House which escalation led to the arrest of some staff by the police.

In a communique on Sunday, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, assured all and everyone that the President Muhammadu Buhari is not, and was not at any time in any form of danger arising, either from deadly infections or the reported incident by security personnel which he said is currently under investigation.

According to Mr Shehu, this particular incident happened outside the main residence of the President.

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He noted that armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House received the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them.

The spokesman further stated that having authorized the proper investigation to be carried out into the unfortunate incident by the Police, the President has acted in compliance with the rule of law.

Mr Shehu, however, stressed that it is sad that a minor occurrence is being used by some critics to justify attacks on the government and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, in this particular instance, the President says the law should be allowed to take its course.

In Making Judicial And Other Appointments, Buhari Is Not A Rubber Stamp – Garba Shehu

'It's Jealousy': Garba Shehu Faults PDP's Comments On Niger Governors’ Visit
A file photo of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

 

Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said that in making appointments upon the recommendations of other arms or agencies of the government, President Muhammadu Buhari is not a rubber stamp that will mechanistically sign off on nominees that come before him.

According to Mr Shehu, the President has a duty to ensure that all such appointments meet the requirements of the constitution and protecting the supreme law of the land in this regard, he has an obligation to allow law enforcement and security agencies to do their work.

Making a reference to certain recent appointments, the presidential spokesman noted that the experience with some ministers who were signed off upon and turned out as having not undertaken the compulsory National Youth Service is one of such reasons why the president will not just sign off on those who are brought before him.

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In the specific case of the Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Her Lordship Justice M. S Dongban-Mensem, Garba Shehu noted that the statutory regulatory time of her acting period has not lapsed.

He debunked all claims suggesting that the appointment is being delayed based on ethnicity and religious bias.

“It is about security and law enforcement agencies being allowed to complete their work.

“Nobody should seek to stampede the President in carrying out his constitutional duty in this respect

“The President had not been a rubber stamp dealing with these matters before and is not prepared to be one at this time.

“Let all allow the system to do what is right,” the presidential spokesman stressed.

‘Buhari Will Never Cede To Anyone Else’ – Presidency Faults Kyari Report

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Presidency says there is no iota of truth in the allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has upturned about 115 memos and reversed some appointments made by the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari. 

In a series of tweets on his official handle late Tuesday, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said there is not a grain of truth in these reports and wants Nigerians to ignore the insinuations behind them.

Mr Shehu said the President will never cede to anyone else the power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people.

On Sunday, the Guardian Newspaper had published a report claiming that President Buhari may have directed his new Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari to cancel all appointments and approvals made by Kyari without his permission.

“The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a number of memos and appointments signed off by his former Chief of Staff,” Shehu said on Tuesday. “Not surprisingly, these reports have quoted unnamed sources.”

“There is not a grain of truth in these reports and Nigerians should please ignore the insinuations behind them.

“President Buhari was duly re-elected by Nigerians in February 2019. He has not and will never cede to anyone else, that power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people.”