‘I Pledge To Carry Everyone Along’, Buhari Tells Ex-Ministers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to carry everyone along on his last lap as a democratically elected leader.

He made the statement on Wednesday when he received some of the Ministers who served with him as military head of state between January 1984 and August 1985.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari recalled how things were done during the military administration.

A delegation led by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who served as Minister of External Affairs, had other former ministers including Major General Muhammed Magoro (Internal Affairs), Dr. Emmanuel Nsan (Health), Alhaji Ibrahim Yakima Abdullah (Education) and Brig-Gen Ahmed Abdullahi (Communications).

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President Buhari thanked the former Ministers “for being consistently in touch” and particularly lauded the military for building Abuja as new Federal capital for the country.

In response, Professor Gambari said the team came to congratulate the President on his achievements in security, foreign affairs, anti-corruption, education, and many others.

“We were appointed 35 years and nine months ago. Eighteen of us were sworn in. Your leadership was firm, but you also gave us a free hand to operate. You knew what each person was doing. We will never forget the opportunity you gave us. We remain patriots,” Professor Gambari said.

He commended the President on the newly constituted Economic Advisory Council, adding that the same should be considered for security and foreign affairs.

Gowon Visits President Buhari At The Villa

Yakubu Gowon Visits Muhammadu Buhari At The Villa Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), says the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria, after receiving medical attention in the United Kingdom has proven critics wrong on the President’s state of health.

General Gowon said this during an interview with State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.

The former Military Head of State who also came to pay a welcome visit to the President from his medical vacation, said “the other thing is to thank him very much indeed for ringing me when he was in London, to commiserate with me on the death of my sister and this was rarely very gracious of him.

“I’m sure that also helped to make Nigerians to rejoice, especially those who are sending all those unfortunate messages about him. It was a good thing that was done and Nigerians know that yes he’s still well and for him to be able to ring.

“This is rarely the purpose of what brought me here and then to encourage him to continue to his work to the best of his ability”.

He then wished President Buhari well as he braces up to tackle the challenges confronting the country.

Benue Govt. Beefs Up Security Ahead Of Herdsmen Crisis

Benue, security, herdsmen crisisThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has beefed up security in the state, in order to fore-stall any incidents that may occur between herdsmen and farmers.

He constituted the state and local government joint security committees, comprising security agencies, farmers and herdsmen to prevent the ugly crisis which he says has occurred every year since 2011.

Mr Ortom took this step while declaring open the Benue state security awareness seminar for security agencies, civilian joint task-force, sole administrators and traditional rulers across the state.

The step, according to him, is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the February 2016 deadly Agatu attacks involving herdsmen.

The Special Adviser to the Governor and Chairman of the Committee, Colonel Edwin Jando, had tasked the state to prevent a recurrence by all means possible.

In October, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Oshodi Glover, deployed over 60 personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states.
benue, fayose, herdsmen crisisHowever, in the ongoing fight against insurgents and herdsmen attacks across the country, past Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is one of those who opines that the government cannot solely bring an end to the insecurity issue.

The former military leader-turned-farmer, in an interview with Channels Television, had said the crisis requires all hands to be on deck, especially those of well-meaning individuals in the country.

In an attempt to also avoid further attacks instigated by the herdsmen, Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose came up with the decision to sign a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle in the state.

Speeding up the passage of the bill, he has inaugurated a task force to enforce the law, insisting that he has a duty to do whatever he can to protect the lives of his people.

President Buhari Felicitates With Ajoke Mohammed On Her 75th Birthday

Muhammadu Buhari, Ajoke MohammedPresident Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former First Lady, Mrs Ajoke Mohammed, who clocked 75 years on Monday.

The President in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, joined family members, friends and well-wishers in celebrating the worthy and exemplary life of Mrs Mohammed.

On the happy occasion of her 75th birthday, he said she has consistently shown that the entire society could be truly enriched through building strong and successful families.

President Buhari also applauded the remarkable contributions made by the wife of late General Murtala Mohammed to environmental preservation, as a renowned horticulturist and leading conservationist.

He prayed that Almighty God would grant the dear wife of late military Head of State many more years of good health and joyful living with her children, grandchildren, relatives, friends and associates across Nigeria.

Buhari Assures Of Media Freedom If Elected

buhariFormer Military Head of State and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has assured the Nigerian Media that the industry and its practitioners will not suffer any harassment under his government, should he emerge winner of the March 28 presidential election.

General Buhari, who gave the assurance in Abuja, at a special interactive session with the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), however, refused to apologise to the media for the harassment suffered during his term as the military Head of State between 1983 and 1984.

He added that dictatorship goes with military rule, so he cannot change his past but can change the present and the future.

Buhari, who said he is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time, added that if elected, he would continue to promote the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria, by guaranteeing that the media’s freedom is not compromised in any way.

General Buhari further applauded the media for sustaining the nation’s democracy, saying that the constant reminder of those in position of authority of the alleged ills in the society has really helped in bringing some level of sanity.

PDP Alleges Forgery of Buhari Certificate

Buhari certificateThe PDP presidential campaign office says the documents said to have been released by the Government College Katsina as the results of the APC presidential candidate, are forged, manipulated and fraudulently procured.

The Director of Media for the Campaign Organization, Femi Fani-Kayode, said that instead of providing conclusive proof that he possesses the required qualification, he has only stumbled into a new phase in the matter.

Using an enlarged printout of the documents, the Director of Media showed what he said were clear indications of alterations and cancellations that questions the authenticity of the documents.

He said that the police and other security agencies should seek out the authors and masterminds of the forgery and prosecute them in accordance with the law.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, had on Wednesday, spoken to journalists about the controversy surrounding his primary and secondary school qualification.

While insisting that he attended the Provincial Secondary School, now known as Government College, Katsina, he named late Gen Shehu Musa Yar’adua and a former President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Umar Abdullahi, as his classmates.

Buhari Certificate: Army Deny Possession Of WASC

BuhariThe Nigerian Army has stated its side of the story following an affidavit sworn by General Buhari that all his academic credentials are with the Secretary, Military Board.

This statement came as the saga surrounding the academic qualification of the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammed Buhari (Rtd), continues.

According to the Nigerian Army, besides other qualifications obtained by the General while in service, it was not in possession of his West African School Certificate.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who said the army has been inundated with request for the General’s credentials, added that it was only in possession of a letter from the Principal of the Provincial Secondary School, Kastina, recommending Buhari as fit for military commissioning in 1960.

He said that the Army also have in its possessions Nigerian Army Form 199A where the General indicated after commissioning that he obtained credits in four subjects and a pass in another. However, it is not in possession of a certificate to prove same.

In the document passed around to journalists for sighting, the letter reads in part; “I recommend him fit for military commissioning, I consider that he will pass the WASC examination in English, Math and three other subjects.”

Buhari Responds To Certificate Controversy, Tags Allegation Desperate

BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has broken his silence on the debate over his credentials.

Since the PDP raised alarm over the Buhari certificate issue, a rights’ group, the Integrity and Justice Initiative at a press conference have also challenged the candidate and INEC over the matter, alleging that the retired General had been silent over the matter.

“General Buhari as things stand, does not qualify to stand as a candidate for the February 14 presidential election, as he has failed to show proof that he has been educated up to school certificate level.

“Whilst his standing as a former military Head of State is not in doubt, we posit that as a nation governed by laws, any individual wishing to be President of Nigeria in this democratic dispensation must comply fully with the provisions of the 1999 constitution,” the group said.

General Buhari, however, spoke to Channels Television on the issue.

“I have contested elections three times and that’s the same rule by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where there is basic education qualification that you have and I was allowed to contest all these election because my certificate was in order.

“There are even individuals that wrote to the United States War College and the College answered them and its published in some of your papers .

“Really, this desperation of disinformation that is being passed around will do nobody any good because our minds are being taken away from the serial issues of corruption and incompetence by the PDP.”

Ezekwesili Demands New Social Contract From Leaders

oby okwesili

The Former Minister of Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, has stated that for Nigeria to surmount its current socio economic and political challenges, Nigerians must demand a new and normal social contract from its leaders.

Ezekwesili made the call in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while delivering a lecture titled ‘Renegotiating Nigeria’s Social Contract after 100 Years of Nationhood’ marking the 80th birthday celebration of Nobel Laurette, Prof Wole Soyinka.

Ezekwesili, who also advocated on good governance, challenged the citizenry to live up to their responsibilities by putting their leaders on their toes in re-positioning the country’s path of sustainable growth.

She said; “It is not Nigerian to be known as an underperforming country, it is not Nigerian to be known as a corrupt country, it is not Nigerian to be known for every negative label.”

The lecture put together by the National Association of Seadogs, formed by Professor Wole Soyinka in 1948 at the University College Ibadan, was aimed at promoting good governance, social justice, and the advancement of democratic ideals.

It was also to honour the man fondly called “Kongi” by friends and admirers whom to them remained a different personality.

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, referred to the celebrant as “a colossus of our current era”, he added, “the Government and the people of Ogun State are proud of Professor Soyinka, our illustrious son.”

The Catholic Bishop Of Sokoto State, Mathew Kukah, said, “I’m not assessing him on whether he’s a good footballer or whether he plays tennis well, I’m concerned with what church he worships in, if he worships at all, I’ve only come to celebrate what I consider the greatest human being to come out of our continent.”

In his remarks at the occasion, former Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, expressed confidence in the future of the country despite current challenges. He said that he believes in Nigerians being able to keep the country together.