Trump Commends Buhari On Fight Against Terrorism

trump-buhariThe United States President, Donald Trump, on Monday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the fight against terrorism via telephone.

The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, as well as on his cabinet.

This was revealed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina.

The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

Mr Trump then assured the Nigerian President of the U.S readiness to cut a new deal in procurement of military weapons to combat terrorism.

Meanwhile, President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he has done so far, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.

The American President finally invited President Buhari to Washington for a visit at a date convenient to both leaders.

Buhari To Present 2017 Budget To National Assembly Next Week

Buhari To Present 2017 Budget To National Assembly Next WeekNigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, will on Wednesday next week, officially present the 2017 federal budget to the National Assembly.

It had been announced earlier on, that the budget would be presented on November 7, 2016.

However, according to a letter to the senate which was read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the president would present the document before a joint session of the National Assembly.

The Minister Of Budget And National Planning, Mr Udo Udoma, told newsmen after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting last Wednesday, that the seven trillion Naira proposal was ready, after extensive consultations with different stakeholders.

According to him, the 2017 fiscal document, of which he gave no details, had been well prepared to avoid the pitfalls that characterised the 2016 budget.

“The document that we are presenting to the National assembly is a carefully prepared one,” Udoma said.

He told reporters that over 800 billion Naira had been released so far in the 2016 budget as capital projects with all recurrent expended.

President Buhari Congratulates Trump On Victory

Muhammadu Buhari, Donald TrumpNigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, has sent his “best wishes” to Donald Trump as he emerges AS winner of the U.S Presidential elections 2016.

This comes after other world leaders have also sent congratulatory messages to the U.S President-elect, who had a stunning victory over his female counterpart, Hillary Clinton.

One person that had been described as Trump’s supporter by Mrs Clinton, Mr Vladimir Putin, also sent a congratulatory message to the president-elect.

In a telegram to Mr Trump, Russian president congratulated Mr Trump and expressed confidence that Washington and Moscow would deepen relations.

President Buhari who sees the outcome as a triumph of the will of the people, also expressed that he looks forward to working with Trump.

This according to him is to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries on several fronts including foreign policy priorities, anti-terrorism, peace and security, economic growth and democracy.

After an election campaign that has been described as divisive and intensely contested; Donald Trump is set to become the 45th U.S. president following his victory.

Delivering his victory speech, Trump said he would uphold a united America and reclaim the nation’s destiny when he takes over.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, US ElectionHe went on to praise his opponent saying: “she fought very hard. She has worked
very long and hard over a long period of time. We have a sense of gratitude for her service”.

Furthermore, while Trump preached unity, he also promised to be  a “President to all American people”, a statement which has so far been greeted with much criticism by analysts who say it is in sharp contrast to many obnoxious comments made by him during his campaign trail.

He however stated that “while the campaign is now over, the work on this movement, is not only just beginning”.

After it was observed that Donald Trump has edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in battleground states on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, had asked supporters to go home.

She is yet to give her concession speech.

I Have Superior Knowledge Over My Wife – Buhari

Buhari, Aisha BuhariNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, has dismissed the comments attributed to his wife, Aisha Buhari, on the formation of his government.

He gave the reaction when journalists asked him to comment on his wife’s statement on BBC.

According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had been appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.

After laughing off the comments, the President said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.

His response also elicited laughter from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel who was standing by the President’s side.

The President went on to say: “I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded.

“It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government”.

President Buhari, who is currently on a second working visit to Germany since assuming office, will during his meeting with German Chancellor discuss issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany.

The issues comprise further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the northeast, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.

Aisha Buhari Raises Concern Over President’s Appointees

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's President, cabinetThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari, has warned her husband that she will not back him at the next election unless he considers rejigging the make-up of his appointees.

Mrs Buhari who is alleging that the Presidency has been hijacked, said a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), were now appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.

In a BBC interview, Mrs Buhari said the President “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed.

She revealed that “the President does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's President, Cabinet
President Muhammadu Buhari

Mrs Buhari said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

However, “I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before.

“I will never do it again,” she added.

President Muhammadu Buhari, has since dismissed Aisha Buhari’s comments on the formation of his government.

Speaking to journalists in Germany, he laughed off the comments, and said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room.”

President Buhari is currently on a second working visit to Germany since assuming office. He will during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany.

Buhari Visits Home Town, Duara

Muhammadu Buhari in home town Duara
Governor Aminu Masari welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari at the airport

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, is spending the weekend in his country home, Daura in Katsina State.

The President left Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja on Friday at about 2:00 p.m. after the Jumat prayers in the Presidential Villa.

On arrival at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport in Katsina, he was received by the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari and some indigenes.

It is the first time that President Buhari will be visiting his home town since he returned from London on June 19 where he visited for a 10-day vacation and an ear evaluation.

After he returned from London, he told reporters that he was okay and better.

“I am okay. I am better. You can see me inspecting the guards of honour. Now you can do the assessment yourself,” Mr Buhari told reporters at the airport.

He also said in Hausa language that he was so healthy that he could even engage anyone in a wrestling bout.

The President is expected back in Abuja on Monday.

UN General Assembly: Obama Warns Global Community On Unity

Barack-Obama-at-UN-general meetingThe United States President, Barack Obama, in his address to the UN General Assembly, warned the global community on the need to work together as one united global community.

President Obama said that unless this is done, the global community will suffer what he called a grave consequences from the activities of terrorists.

The President, however, said that nations would be best secured when UN member states respect basic international laws.

He made references to some countries where terrorism has taken toll and advised the UN members to join the crusade against terror.

“I will never hesitate to protect my country or alias unilaterally and by force when necessary.

“But I stand before you today (Monday), believing in my call that we United Nations can now return to the old way of conflict and courage.

“We cannot look backward, we live in an integrated world, one of which we all have a stake in each others success.

“We cannot turn back those forces of integration.

“No nation in this assembly can insolently suffer the threat of terrorism or the risk of financial contagion.

“The disorder we see is not driven solely by competition between nations or any single ideology. If we can now work more effectively, we will all suffer the consequences.

“That is true for the United States as well, no matter how powerful our military, how strong our economy, we understand the United States cannot solve the world’s problems alone.

“In Iraq, United States learnt a hard lesson, even a hundred thousand of brave effective troops, trillions of dollars from our treasury, cannot by itself impose stability on the foreign land.

” Unless we walk with other nations, under the mentor of uni national norms, principles and laws that offer legitimate residual efforts, we will not succeed”, President Obama said.

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, is one of many world leaders and policy makers gathered at UN headquarters for the 70th anniversary session of the General Assembly being held in New York to discuss a full spectrum of international affairs and outline goals for the next 15 years.

Ministerial List To Be Announced Not Later Than Wednesday Next Week – Adesina

Femi-Adesina-Buhari-SAThe Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday said the President may release his ministerial list before the month runs out.

Mr Adesina, who spoke with Channels Television on Sunday, also said that President Buhari will meet with the Presidents of US, China, Senegal and the British Prime Minister among others on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“Today (Sunday), the President will have high level meeting with global leaders and there will be bilateral meeting with the President of China, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Senegal and Prime Minister of Sweden.

“President Buhari will also attend a meeting on climate change which will be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon.

“Later in the evening, the ‘Champions of the Earth 2015 Awards’ will also hold which is to honour exemplary actions and leadership in the area of sustainable development in climate change.

” Something that has been noticed through the speeches of President Buhari is the zeal to build international coalition and partnerships for sustainable development.

” The President will address the General Assembly on Monday and most likely speak on the challenges of insurgency in the West African region”, he said.

President Buhari is one of many world leaders and policy makers gathered at UN headquarters for the 70th anniversary session of the General Assembly being held in New York to discuss a full spectrum of international affairs and outline goals for the next 15 years.

Saraki Blames Opposition For His Ordeal

Bukola-Saraki-Senate-president-president-in-NigeriaSenate President, Bukola Saraki, has declared that he’s being hounded by those who are not in support of his rise to the position of the Senate President.

Senator Saraki made the declaration after his appearance at the tribunal on Tuesday.

In a five paragraph statement signed by him, Dr Saraki said that “I reiterate my belief that the only reason why I am going through this trial is because I am Senate President. If I were to be just a Senator, I doubt if anybody will be interested in the asset declaration form I filled over twelve years ago”.

He also said that the trial is one which would always be a referral to students of law and international community.

Senator Saraki, however, thanked his colleagues who joined him in solidarity and his counsels for their performance.

Burkina Faso Crisis: Coup Juntas Should Disarm To Avoid Bloodshed – ECOWAS

ecowas on burkina faso crisisThe extraordinary session of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), has ended in Abuja with a resolution that the coup Juntas in Burkina Faso should disarm to avoid further bloodshed in the country.

They also called on the rest of the Army in Burkina Faso not to use force on the coup plotters in order to avoid loss of lives in the country.

The statement was contained in a communique at the end of the summit hosted by Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Briefing Journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Ouedragogo, said that they had also decided to dispatch a six man high committee composed of the Head of State of the ECOWAS member state to go to Ouagadougu on Wednesday to reinstall Kafando as the interim President.

President Buhari setting the tone, was grateful to the ECOWAS Chairman, Macky Sally and the President of Benin Republic for their effort so far in the mediation effort.

The ECOWAS Chairman, who spoke in the French language, told the military junta to immediately hand over to an interim administration pending the elections which he said should be shifted to November 21 instead of October 11.

He was said to have also suggested that amnesty should be granted to the juntas if that would bring about peace in the country.

At least 10 people had been killed in the clashes since the coup, which was widely condemned by the AU, UN and other arms of the international community.