Nigerians Should Focus On Governance Rather Than Buhari’s Absence – Consultant

adetokunbo-adedejiThe position of the president is sacrosanct to any government in any democracy therefore, it is that position we should be looking at, rather than looking at the person occupying the position. 

This was the view of Management Consultant, Adetokunbo Adedeji, as he called on Nigerians to focus on what is important, which is governance, rather than President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence.

He believes Nigerians are just “making a mountain out of a molehill as governance is not about the individual but the position”.

According to him, the nation is guided by a constitution and the provision in the constitution allows that if the person who is occupying a position is not available or fit to continue, someone else who is next to him should be in that position and continue to run government.

He further stated that much of the “unnecessary noise is because there are vested interests who are probably using this opportunity to position themselves in government such that whatever it is that they are hoping to achieve with the absence of the president at this point, they can achieve it or they run against the tide of events that is already going on”.

Mr Adedeji then recalled a statement by the wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, where she allegedly mentioned that there is a cabal that is running government.

“How are we sure that the mismanagement and the mal-positioning of the information about the health of the president is not being handled by this cabal,” he questioned.

muhammad-yakubuAlso addressing the issue, a member of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mohammad Yakubu, said: “I think Mr President has done what is right and what he should do constitutionally.

“He has handed over power to the acting president properly and the acting president is doing excellently well.

“I think at this point in time, all we need to do is to appeal to Nigerians to show some understanding.

“All this noise we are hearing about the president’s health is as a result of the fact that those who helped in bringing this government to power, a good number of them – about 85% of them are still not properly appreciated”.

Mr Yakubu added that it is at the discretion of the president to disclose the status of his health.

“It is at his discretion to do that. It is not necessary because he has properly transmitted power.

President Buhari is currently on vacation in London, and while rumours about whether he was still alive or not had been doused, many still criticise his purported inability to address Nigerians openly about the state of his health.

He had however written to the senate for the second time, requesting to extend his leave which ought to have lasted for only 10 days.

Recently, he spoke to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and thanked him for “holding out against mischief makers”, while he has been away.

Aisha Buhari Lauds Military’s Effort To End Boko Haram

Aisha Buhari, Boko Haram, MilitaryWife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has commended the patriotism and resilience of the military in its sustained effort to rid the country of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Mrs Buhari gave the commendation when she visited about 50 soldiers who sustained various degrees of injuries in the battle field and were receiving treatment at the 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

Presenting some gift items to the wounded soldiers and officers, the first lady, who was represented by wife of the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Ladi Bantex, commended them for their gallantry in protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

She lauded their effort in ensuring that peace was restored in the troubled northeast region and prayed for their quick recovery with an assurance that their efforts would not be in vain.

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Also, the delegation visited the Obstetrics/Gynecology wards to offer gifts to patients as well as pregnant and nursing women at the hospital.

The Medical Director of the Centre, Brigadier General Ikechukwu Okeke, who commended the gesture, revealed that the soldiers were injured during the Operation Lafiya Dole operations.

He added that some of them were responding to treatment, while those with critical cases had been flown abroad for further treatment.

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Mrs Saraki Visits Massey Hospital, Island Maternity

Mrs Saraki Vists Massey Hospital, Island MaternityThe Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari is also celebrating the Christmas day with a visit to some children’s hospital in Lagos state.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki paid a call to the Massey Street Children’s Hospital and the Island Maternity to see the patients.

Mrs Saraki, who applauded the efforts of the medical personnel, observed the poor quality of infrastructure in the hospitals.

She called on the federal government to revamp the health sector.

“I was sent here by Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, who wishes to reach out to the unreached at this time of goodwill and cheer.

“What I saw was incredible. I saw children who were born at 500g and despite what looks like dilapidated surroundings, the clinical service was top notch.

“You will discover that our doctors in Nigeria are well trained, our midwives are very committed and our nurses are happy to be deployed under the right conditions.

“But they are working under difficult conditions. Conditions is more than salary.

“When you have a building where you are supposed to be moving children in crisis on stretchers but the corridors are too narrow to fit two stretchers, that is when I say the intellectual infrastructure begins to outstrip the physical infrastructure.

“I believe the federal government does have a commitment to strengthen health even though the budgetary allocation is much smaller than what most medics would applaud.

“I think it is the second lowest allocation in Nigeria but even with that, it would be good if we can start with the physical infrastructure,” she said.

AIsha Buhari Seeks Support For Female Entrepreneurs

Aisha Buhari, Gombe, IDPsThe Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari is seeking support for female entrepreneurs in Nigeria towards economic productivity and independence.

Mrs Buhari, who said women should be given their pride of place in the development of the nation, warned, however that they should be mindful of the home front.

She made the remark at the Women in Export Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

Men and women involved in business gathered to discuss how women can be included in global export trade.

At the event, Nigeria was integrated into the International Trade Centre a trade initiative, which aims to get one million women globally involved in international business by 2020.

The initiative is geared towards tackling the challenges faced by women in export, including funding, capital and land acquisition, cultural beliefs, gender imbalance and lack of support from men.

The target for Nigeria is to involve 100, 000 women in the initiative and most of the participants are hoping that the right support will come for the target to be attained.

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council organized the event in collaboration with the International Trade Centre.

CPC Flags-Off Nationwide Grassroots Awareness Campaign

CPC-Consumer-Protection-Council-The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has flagged-off its nationwide grassroots consumer awareness programme.

This, according to the Director General of the Council, Mrs Dupe Atoki, forms part of the Council’s strategies aimed at stemming consumer abuses in Nigeria.

Mrs Atoki, who flagged-off the sensit‎ization campaign for women groups in Abuja, while addressing the National Convention of the National Council of Women Societies announced the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari as the Nigerian Consumer Ambassador.

The council, in taking its consumer education to the grassroots, said it has identified some platforms such as National Road Transport Union, Commercial Motorcyclists, National Orientation Agency, Students bodies, National Association of Nigerian Traders and Non Governmental Organisations and women groups as veritable avenues for its nationwide grassroots sensitization campaign.

Aisha Buhari Gives Food To IDPs In Gombe

Aisha Buhari, Gombe, IDPsWife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated some food items to the less privileged and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

The donation was made on Sunday by the former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State, Mr Inuwa Yahaya, who represented Mrs Buhari.

Mr Yahaya commended the initiative of the First Lady and advised other individuals and corporate organisations to support the IDPs.

He explained that the items would also be extended to those participating in the Ramadan fast.

The former governorship candidate also advised beneficiaries to continue to remain law abiding citizens and support Gombe State and the federal authorities in the fight against terror.

Mrs Buhari’s benevolent act was part of her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative, where she reached out to some less privileged persons in Kogi and Kaduna states.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.

Aisha Buhari Donates Food To Less Privileged In Kogi‎

Kogi, Aisha Buhari, Less privilegedThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated food worth millions of Naira to some less privileged persons in Kogi State through her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative.

Mrs Buhari made the donation on Tuesday in Lokoja, where she was represented by Mrs Maryam Ibrahim and the wife of the Kogi State Governor, Mrs Rashida Bello.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.

‎The President’s wife added that the plight of the widows and less privileged ones in the society remained a serious concern, hence the need for the support.

“This is part of my contributions to nation building. We cannot pretend that these set of people don’t exist in our society.

“We have carried out this same gesture in other states of the federation, because the essence of living is to be our brothers’ keeper.

“So, these materials are just my token gesture to assist those who are in dire need of help in our country,” she said.

Mrs Buhari also used the medium to appeal to the people of the state to support the All Progressives Congress-led administration to deliver the dividends of democracy, urging the populace to remain peaceful at all times.

In her remarks, Mrs Bello commended the gesture, saying that she was also committed to improving the lives of widows and the less privileged in the society.‎

She similarly called on the women in Kogi State to lend their supports and prayers for the President’s family.

Aisha Buhari Launches Free Medical Service In Nasarawa

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Wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has flagged off a three-day free health screening programme in Nasarawa State.

The medical outreach was launched on Monday under the auspices of ‘Future Assured Initiative’ to cater for women and children with various health challenges.

The programme was in collaboration with the wife of the Nasarawa State Governor, Mairo Al-Makura.

It complements the efforts of the state government in providing adequate health care service to the people.

A representative of the President’s wife, Grace Shamma, said that the poor health condition of women and children prompted Mrs Buhari’s decision to organise the screening.

According to Mrs Shamma, she maintained that it was only a healthy population that could drive the economy.

While appreciating initiative of the wife of the President, Mrs Al-Makura called on the Nasarawa State Governor to do more for the people with critical health challenges, especially the silent killer diseases.

In his response, Governor Tanko Al-Makura thanked Mrs Buhari for choosing the state for such outreach program, appealing to the beneficiaries to comply with the instructions given to them.Nasarawa, Aisha Buhari

The outreach program was organised to screen women and children, including men for hypertension, diabetes, breast and cervical cancer, hernia, lipoma and  cataract often referred to as ‘silent killer diseases’.

The organisers of the programme assured individuals found positive of various ailments of immediate treatment.

They added that cryotherapy services would be offered to women with cervical problems and there would be referrals and follow ups where the need arises.

The health screening, which is being organised in the six Nigeria’s geo-political zones, is targeting women and children with very severe medical conditions.

Women, Children Health Initiative To Check Mortality Rate – Aisha Buhari

Oba-Saliu-Adetunji-Ogungunniso-1The wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says the Children and Women Health Initiative is aimed at promoting preventive medicine practices.

She said it would help checkmate the alarming rate of mortality resulting from late presentation of diseases affecting women in Nigeria.

The wife of the President made the statement at the Olubadan Palace in Ibadan, as part of her two-day visit to Oyo State.

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Mrs Buhari told reporters that the programme would offer 2,500 women free screening for cervical and breast cancers while blood screening would also be done to detect blood glucose for women at designated centres, including markets.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who received Mrs Buhari’s entourage with his wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, his deputy and cabinet members, lauded the initiative, saying the culture of preventive medicine must be made popular among Nigerians to promote longevity.

Mrs Aisha Buhari and her entourage earlier arrived at the Ibadan Airport into the waiting arms of Governor Ajimobi and his wife and other government officials.

She was led straight to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Ogungunniso 1 to pay homage and explain the reason for her visit.

Governor Ajimobi in his remarks promised that the state would do all within its power to support the initiative, as health remained a critical sector in Oyo State.

Welcoming the dignitaries to his palace, Oba Adetunji expressed delight that Mrs Buhari had chosen to start the free screening for the South-West zone in Oyo State.

He promised that utmost support would be given to the programme which would begin on Thursday by all and sundry.

Aisha Buhari Donates Relief Items To IDPs In Benue

Aisha Buhari Donates Relief Items To Benue IDPsWife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has presented 100 bags of rice and other relief items to IDPs in Benue State.

This comes as part of the President’s wife’s support for the victims of herdsmen attack in the state.

Mrs Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, made the donation on Wednesday at the Agatu Indigenes Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located at the Wadata area of Makurdi metropolis.

She assured the IDPs of high level engagement with the Federal Government to arrest the crisis, which has claimed hundreds of lives since it began on February 19.

Mrs Buhari sympathised with the IDPs and made a symbolic presentation of the items to underscore the reason for her visit.

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his wife, Mrs Eunice Ortom, compared the destruction carried out by the herdsmen to the war crimes in Nigeria’s northeast.

While Governor Ortom urged the Federal Government to restrain the herdsmen from Benue State, Mrs Ortom expressed her appreciation for the visit.

A representative of Buruku victims of the attacks, Adzor Chamegh, also gave details of the attack, including poisoning of water sources by the herdsmen.

Aisha Buhari Launches Health Initiative In Ogun

Aisha Buhari Launches Free Health Screening In OgunThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has launched her health initiative, the ‘Future Assured Initiative’ towards reducing child mortality rate in Ogun State communities.

The launching took place on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital where at least 5,000 beneficiaries benefited from the health screening initiative.

Representing Mrs Buhari at the occasion, the National Coordinator of the screening initiative, Mr Abdul Rahaman Kamal, enlisted the support of individuals and corporate organisations in developing the health sector in Nigeria.

In attendance at the event was the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, his wife, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Halima Buhari among other dignitaries.

Giving his goodwill message at the occasion, Governor Amosun restated the commitment of his administration towards affordable and qualitative health care services in Ogun State.

Considering the lean resources, he called on corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to support government in attaining quality health care for all.

Nigeria’s First Lady Decries Prevalence Of Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital MutilationThe wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has decried the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria despite international and local efforts to end the practice.

Representing the President’s wife at the official launch of the United Nations support program to eliminate FGM in Abuja, the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, called on women to support the global campaign to end FGM.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, also said that the practice was a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls, stressing that it should be discouraged.

In her speech, the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, asked the wives of governors and other politicians to domesticate the programme in their states.

The wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Rachel Umahi, who spoke on behalf of other state governors’ wives at the forum, assured the public of their support to spread the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation.

At least 19 million girls have undergone FGM in Nigeria, although the practice is punishable by the provisions of the 2015 Violence against Persons Prohibition Act.