Buhari Urges Barrow To Ensure Smooth Transition In Gambia

muhammadu-buhari-sues-for-peace-in-ecowas-regionPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged the President-elect of Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, to ensure that the transition process is as smooth as the electoral process.

He also wants Mr Barrow to carry everyone along in his task of taking Gambia to a new level.

The Nigerian leader made the demand in a telephone conversation with the President-elect on Monday shortly before his trip to the International Forum on Peace and Security in Senegal.

President Buhari again expressed his gladness at the conduct of the contestants before, during and after the elections.

He also expressed his admiration at the existing rapport between the President-elect and other contestants especially the current President, who lost the election.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President observed that democracy, rule of law and respect for each other are fast taking roots in Africa and that Gambia had also become a role model for Africa and the world.

He further congratulated Mr Barrow again on his electoral victory.

The President had earlier congratulated him on Saturday December 3, after his triumph was announced.

Nigerians Very Supportive Of Anti-Corruption Campaign – Buhari

buhari, Anti-CorruptionPresident Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is greatly encouraged by the uncommon support from Nigerians in the fight against corruption, as well as initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.

Speaking in an interactive session in Berlin with representatives of the Nigerian Community in Germany, President Buhari said that his administration will reciprocate the gesture by strengthening critical institutions needed for sustainable development and prosperity.

“We are working hard to empower our institutions especially our educational institutions.

“If you educate a person that is the best you can do for him but if not you make him susceptible to religious, ethnic, negative thinking and action.

“Nigerians are virtually supporting us in our fight against corruption, security and the economy. He referred to “Rolls Royces,” recently discovered in the homes of certain government officials as a clear reference of the rot in society and the fact that the war against corruption in the country is working.

“There are things that are happening, which if such had happened before there would have been major riot, like the removal of subsidy on fuel,” he said.

President Buhari told Nigerians in the Diaspora that it was regrettable that over the years, oil marketers had colluded with banks to defraud Nigeria of much needed revenue from the commodity.

“One third of the activities of the oil marketers are fraudulent, you can see how some of us Nigerians are wicked.

“They just take the money, stamp some papers without bringing the product and this fraudulent activity was between bankers and businessmen,” he said.

The President declared that his administration will continue “to be very hard on corruption”, in addition to encouraging more Nigerians to pay their tax.

“If you work hard and get your money we will try and see how much tax you can pay us, but to take money from government and get away with it no more,” the said.

The President used the occasion of his interaction with Nigerians to underscore the importance of his three-day visit to Germany, the largest economy in Europe, noting that he was upbeat on improved trade ties between both countries because of new investment incentives offered by Nigeria.

President Buhari Ends Germany Engagements, Visits Hospitalized Soldier

President Buhari, Germany, BerlinPresident Muhammadu Buhari’s three-day official visit to Germany ended on a compassionate note on Saturday with his convoy veering off its way back to the airport in Berlin, to visit a Nigerian military officer receiving treatment in a Berlin hospital.

The military officer, Brigadier-General Mohammed Sani Aliyu, the Acting Commander of the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Jos survived a ghastly road accident in the course of a duty tour in the North-East.

The head of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Yusha’u Abubakar, who was in the same vehicle was not so lucky as he died in the auto crash on Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

President Buhari, accompanied by the Governors of Borno and Imo, the National Security Adviser, NSA, the Minister of Interior and that of Foreign Affairs congratulated General Aliyu for the progress he has made in his treatment in the last six months in hospital.

The President and his delegation wished him a quick recovery and an early return to his family and duties in Nigeria. He gave a further assurance that his administration will continue to accord priority to the health and wellbeing of service personnel.

Doctors said General Aliyu could barely move his head only when he was stretchered in, with the rest of the body torn and broken in many parts. Now, he can move around with very little assistance.

He thanked the President for his visit, saying his spirit to serve Nigeria remains unbroken.

Buhari Seeks Increase In Trade Between Nigeria And Germany

muhammadu-buhari-on-wife-commentNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is seeking increase in trade relations between his nation and Germany.

President Buhari, who addressed a German-Nigeria Business Forum in Berlin where he was on official visit, urged German businessmen to explore different sectors of Nigeria’s economy that had not been opened up.

He told the gathering that a new bank, Development Bank of Nigeria, would soon begin operations to strengthen the government’s economic diversification programme.

Improving Access To Financing

The Nigerian leader explained that the bank, when fully operational, would support small and medium enterprises in the country, by improving their access to financing.

“Our ambitions of creating a diversified and inclusive economy in Nigeria can only be achieved by having a mix of small, medium and large businesses.

“This is why we worked with the German Development Agency, KFW, in designing the Development Bank of Nigeria which will support the small and medium size enterprises both financially and technically to ensure they take their rightful place in the industrialisation value chain.

“I am pleased to announce that Development Bank of Nigeria will be taking off soon and should be a game changer in our economic diversification plans,” he said.

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Muhammadu Buhari and German President Joachim Gauck held talks

President Buhari, who described Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Nigeria from Germany as modest, urged prospective investors at the gathering to go beyond the expressions of interest and make binding commitments for trade, investments and industry in the key priority sectors of Agriculture, infrastructure, solid minerals and digital economy.

In a statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari said Nigeria, which recorded a trade volume of $2.96 billion with Germany in 2015, still had a great deal of unexploited potential and room to diversify its exports to Germany and increase overall trade volumes.

“In A Hurry To Develop”

According to the President, trade relations between both countries primarily take the form of oil and gas exports from Nigeria, machinery, vehicles and vehicle parts, telecommunications technology and chemical products in the other direction.

“Nigeria has remained a country of potential. Now we are in a hurry to develop and realise that potential.

“Nigeria is not yet where we would like it to be, but I am confident that the Government and people of Nigeria are determined to create a CHANGE and be where we would like Nigeria to be:

“A major economy, that is subject to good governance on the basis of the rule of law and constitutional order and a responsible member of the international community,” he said.

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President Muhammadu Buhari met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Buhari, who had earlier met with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, told the business gathering that “with the successes recorded in the fight against terrorism and the administration’s resolute commitment to the war against corruption, Nigeria is open for business and broader relationship with Germany”.

He had told the German Chancellor that he would continue to press for the release of other girls abducted by Boko Haram members in April 2014.

Twenty-one of the over 200 girls were released on Thursday.

On corruption, he said: “We have boldly set out to bring an end to a culture of impunity and abuse of public trust. Corruption is the reason why we went through years of an oil boom and came out with very little to show in terms of savings or investments.

“Corruption is the reason our military struggled for so long against Boko Haram. Corruption is one of the reasons that in spite of our rich human and natural resources as a country, seventy percent of our population continues to live in poverty.

“Now we have said enough is enough. It is time to make public funds work for the public good. And that is why we are bringing culprits to book and recovering looted funds and assets”.

Ease Of Doing Business: Nigeria Targets Top 100 Countries By 2019

Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria's EconomyPresident Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will be one of the most attractive and easiest places of doing business in the world by 2019.

He said this on Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya at a plenary session on “Dialogue with the Private Sector” at the sixth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD VI).

President Buhari said his administration is implementing policies and measures to create right and enabling environment for business and investors in Nigeria.

Nigeria is currently ranked 169 out of 189 countries by the World Bank, according to the Bank’s 2016 Ease of Doing Business report.

President Buhari told the session attended by several African leaders, Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and international business executives that his administration’s vision and objective was to make Nigeria one of the top investment destinations in the world, within the shortest possible time.

“We believe government has a particular responsibility to create right and attractive environment for businesses and economic activities to thrive.

“In furtherance of this vision, we have launched the Presidential Enabling Environment Council (PEEC) and Inter-Ministerial Council, to oversee the efforts of government to remove various bottlenecks that stifle businesses and economic activities and thereby create economic activities and the right enabling environment and investment climate in Nigeria.

“The secretariat will include strong private sector representation that would be led by experienced business professionals from the private sector.

“We are committed to moving up the ranking of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index 20 places in first year and be in the top 100 within the next 3 years,” the President said.

This plan was made public by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

Adaka Boro Avengers Oppose Arms Mop Up To End Niger Delta Crisis

Adaka Boro Avengers, Niger Delta, MilitantsMembers of the Adaka Boro Avengers say arms mop up exercise in the Niger Delta without dialogue with the militants will not bring lasting peace in the region.

The spokesman for the group, Edmos Ayayeibo, said in a statement that the militant groups in Nigeria’s south-south region have laid down their arms.

He added that the militants are also prepared to dialogue with the Federal Government, to end the crisis in the region.

Ayayeibo described as insincere, the plans by the military to move into camps to dislodge the militants after they had laid down their arms.

Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has been nominated by the militants as one of those to represent them on the negotiating table with the government.

President Muhammadu Buhari had disclosed that the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the Niger Delta region.

He, however, said the government does not believe the militants have announced a ceasefire, saying the government was yet to identify their leaders.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more.

“Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,” he asked in Kenya.

Buhari Agrees To Swap Boko Haram Prisoners For Chibok Girls

Muhammadu Buhari on Chibok GirlsNigeria’s President has again renewed his commitment to the rescuing of the Chibok girls, saying the government will not give up in the search.

 

Commenting on this via Twitter on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari paid glowing tributes to the military for their efforts in the war against insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

The President also said he was willing to swap Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls.

But that is on condition that they are able to list those they want released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

He says the Federal Government will want the girls out safe without any harm done to them.

Recently, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners had called on the President to accept the swap of the Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls who were kidnapped in Borno State two years ago.

The President was in Nairobi, Kenya for the African economic summit which dwells on diversification and advancement of African economies.

Full text of the President’s statement:

Nigeria Ready To Take All Necessary Measures To Free Chibok Girls – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the preparedness of the Federal Government to discuss the release of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terror group since 2014.

In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, President Buhari said the Nigerian government is ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

“I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised.

“What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram.

“If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.

“If they do it through the ‘modified leadership’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an internationally recognised NGO, then Nigeria will be prepared to discuss for their release,” he said.

President Buhari, who spoke to the media on the margins of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), warned that the Federal Government will not waste time and resources with “doubtful sources” claiming to know the whereabouts of the girls.

“We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us.”

The President maintained that the terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been largely decimated by the gallant Nigerian military with the support of immediate neighbours from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.

“Some of the information about the division in Boko Haram is already in the press and I have read in the papers about the conflict in their leadership.

“The person known in Nigeria as their leader, we understand was edged out and the Nigerian members of Boko Haram started turning themselves to the Nigerian military.

“We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded. Indeed, their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem and we know this because when we came into power, they were holding 14 out of the 774 local governments in Nigeria. But now they are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets.

On the militancy in the Niger Delta region, the President said the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the area.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,” he said.

Garba Shehu

SSA to the President (Media & Publicity)

August 28, 2016

 

Nigeria Seeks Unity In Guinea Bissau

Guinea BissauThe Nigerian government has appealed to political leaders in Guinea Bissau to embrace unity and avoid any act that could plunge the nation into further crisis.

In a meeting on Monday with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Guinea Bissau, Mr Modibo Toure, President Muhammadu Buhari decried the lingering political crisis in the West African country.

“They must accept responsibility for leadership to stabilise their own country,” the President warned.

He pointed out that the country’s political leaders, not outsiders that could effectively resolve the political crisis in Guinea Bissau.

A statement by the spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, said that President Buhari told the visiting envoy that Nigeria would welcome increased support from ECOWAS and the United Nations to stabilise the country and prevent breakdown of law and order.

President Buhari said Nigeria had a responsibility to the region and the rest of Africa and assured him that “we will not shirk on our responsibility, in spite of the hardship confronting us”.

Mr Toure had requested that Nigeria should use its clout in the regional bloc, ECOWAS, to break the deadlock in Guinea Bissau.

He warned that the nation faced a very grim future if the country continued without a functioning government.

Buhari Sympathises With Turkish President, Condemns Bombings

Muhammadu Buhari, TurkeyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday condemned the recent terror attacks on Ataturk Airport in Turkey, during which dozens of people from around the world lost their lives.

In a letter to his Turkish counterpart a day after the incident, the Nigerian President commiserated with President Recep Tayyep Erdogan and the entire people of Turkey on “this horrific attack” on their soil by evil forces who have nothing to do with Islam despite their warped beliefs.

“On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I wish to convey my heartfelt sympathy to you and the people of Turkey on the shocking terrorist attack at the Ataturk Airport yesterday.

“Please extend my most sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims of this tragic incident.

“We condemn in the strongest terms these criminal, cowardly attacks, wherever they might occur as an attack on all decent, democratic and peaceful people. Every terrorist attack only strengthens Nigeria’s resolve to stand shoulder to shoulder with Turkey and other countries in the frontline of the war on terror.

“Our government calls on all peace-loving nations to commit themselves wholeheartedly to multi-lateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at eradicating the scourge of international terrorism,” a statement by the President’s spokesman (Mr Garba Shehu) said.

President Buhari urged the people of Turkey to unite at this time and to strengthen their resolve to fight terrorism.

He described Turkey as a country that is rapidly growing and its government and people must not allow this attack to take their eyes away from the goal of progress.

President Buhari also stated that Nigeria would continue to cooperate with countries around the world on the war against terrorism until victory is won.

Justify Your Promotions, President Buhari Charges Public Officers

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria-President-AbujaPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja charged public officers entrusted with certain responsibilities to live up to their duties and justify the confidence reposed in them.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media And Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said that “this was the only way Nigeria can get out of the current hardships facing the nation”.

The statement added that “President Buhari said this while decorating two of the newly promoted officers of the Nigerian Police Force deployed to his office with their new ranks.

“President Buhari congratulated the officers and urged them to justify their new ranks by increasing their commitment to the service of the nation. He also commended them for their hard work and achievements which brought about their promotion”, he said.

He stressed that Nigeria needed their dedication and unwavering commitment for it to achieve greatness and assume its rightful position, cautioning them not to abuse their positions.

Abdulkarim Dauda and Kayode Sikiru Akande, both promoted from the position of Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police, serve as the Chief Personal Security Officer to the President and the Officer in Charge of Presidential Movement respectively.

President Buhari Mourns Eze Njemanze Of Owerri

Muhammadu-Buhair-on-looted-fundsPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday paid a tribute to the late Owerri Monarch, Eze Emmanuel Emenyonu Njemanze, saying, he was ‘a monarch of candour and character, qualities that are rare today’.

In a statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that Eze Emmanuel Njemanze was an outspoken traditional ruler who was not afraid of telling the truth despite the risks involved, especially when it concerned matters of public interests and the wellbeing of ordinary people.

A Man Of Peace

“As an outstanding pharmacist with a public service career that flourished till he ascended the throne of his ancestors in 1989, Eze Njemanze knew the appropriate use of power and the meaning of public office.

“This was why he did not hesitate to condemn the abuse of public trust and highhandedness by political office holders whether during the military or the civilian administration whenever it occurred,” the President said.

According to him, “the Nigerian nation knew the contributions of the late royal father to the peace that is common in the city of Owerri and the support and cooperation that were mutual between Eze Njemanze and his people of Owerri in particular and Imo State in general.

“That enabled them to restore the dignity of Owerri as a land of decency and character when fraudsters violated it and attempted to turn it into a land of ritual killers and dubious men in the mid 1990s,” the statement read.

While praying that God will receive the soul of the departed monarch, the President urged the family he left behind and the people of Owerri and Imo State to mourn their late king with dignity and solemnity, as he was a man of peace whom it pleased God to reward with a long and fruitful life.

President Buhari urged the Imo State government and the royal family to ensure peace in the kingdom and to work for a peaceful, orderly funeral and succession of the traditional ruler.

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.