Buhari Swears In SGF, NSA, SA Media

Femi-Adesina-Babagana-Mungono-Babachir-LawalPresident Mohammadu Buhari has sworn in the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono and the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Speaking at the event on Monday, the newly appointed SGF promised not to disappoint Nigerians in the exercise of his duties.

“We know the President and the Vice President. We know that they are men of integrity. We know that they are hard working people. They are very patriotic and they intend to take Nigeria to greatness.

“We are lucky that we are part of this team and we will do our best not to disappoint the President, Nigerians and God,” Mr Lawal said.

Threshold Of Greatness

He made the pledge while addressing reporters at the end of the swearing in ceremony held at the council chambers at the Presidential Villa.

The SGF further expressed optimism that others appointed to the President’s kitchen cabinet would do their best to reposition Nigeria, a country he said was at the threshold of greatness.

On his part, Mr Adesina told Channels Television that it was a privilege to be asked to serve Nigeria.

“We have sworn to an oath today, that we will not betray the country nor betray the confidence reposed in us. We intend to abide by that oath,” he said.

On the appointments made by President Buhari so far, which critics said were lopsided, favouring northerners more, Mr Adesina explained that majority of the appointments were his personal staff.

“He has the prerogative to appoint those ones. Some of those ones are also statutory appointments. The next person in rank normally steps in. And we have said better things are ahead.

“Every part of the country will be taken care of. These are early days. These are early appointments many more are still on their way,” Mr Adesina stated.

My Administration Will Uphold Press Freedom – Buhari

buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured journalists that his administration would uphold the freedom of the press, in order to deepen the nation’s democracy.

President Buhari made the promise through his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Mr Femi Adesina, at the triennial National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja.

The President urged the media to partner with his administration for national development.

The conference was held to elect new leaders that will run the affairs of the union for the next three years but before the commencement of the election proper, dignitaries at the conference took turns to comment on the state of the Nigerian media.

Different speakers made recommendations for developing the media sector.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Shehu Sani from the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna Central, were present at the conference.

War On Terror: Buhari Hopeful Of Greater Cooperation With US

Muhammadu-Buhari-Obama-visitNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is hopeful that talks with U.S. President Barack and other officials of the American government will lead to better mutual understanding and deepened bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United States, especially in Nigeria’s current priority areas of defence and security.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said that President Buhari had very successful and useful talks with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, other high-ranking US government officials and members of United States Congress during his visit to Washington DC.

President Buhari returned to Nigeria on Thursday after a four-day official visit to the United States, where the talks were held.

‘Widely Off Mark’

According to the statement, there have been claims in the local and international media that President Buhari had accused or indicted the United States Government of helping the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The presidency said the statements were untrue and widely off mark.

“Reports to that effect are an unfortunate misinterpretation and distortion of the President’s remarks at the United States “Institute of Peace (USIP) during his highly successful official visit to Washington DC.

“Indeed, President Buhari made it abundantly clear in those remarks, copies of which were circulated to the media, that he was convinced that the United States could never support groups such as Boko Haram,” the statement read.

Buhari had told a gathering at the USIP on Wednesday that he knew that the American people could not support any group engaged in these crimes.

Mr Adesina further stressed that the regrets expressed by President Buhari at USIP about the impact of the application of the Leahy Law on Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram and terrorism could not be construed as an indictment of President Barack Obama and the United States Government who have publicly and privately declared their preparedness to give the Buhari Administration the fullest possible support and assistance.

“Within the context in which they were made, President Buhari’s comments on the adverse effect of the Leahy Law on Nigeria’s efforts to contain Boko Haram’s atrocious acts of terrorism should only be taken as a passionate appeal for even greater understanding and support from a very powerful and longstanding ally.

“President Buhari has nothing but the highest possible regard for President Obama, the United States Government, the people of the United States, their laws and institutions,” he said.