PHOTOS: Anthony Joshua Presents Heavyweight Titles To Buhari In UK


 

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has presented his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The 30-year-old celebrated his recent victories with the President on Saturday when the Nigerian leader met with some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom.

Excited Joshua could not hide his feelings as he prostrated to pay homage to President Buhari, in line with the tradition of the Yoruba cultural group.

He also enjoyed the moments by taking some selfies with the President.

READ ALSO: Joshua Beats Ruiz, Reclaims Heavyweight Titles

The meeting had in attendance Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and his Trade and Investment counterpart, Adeniyi Adebayo.

Others included the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, Justice Adesola Oguntade, among other dignitaries.

Joshua met with the President just six weeks after he beat fellow boxer Andy Ruiz to reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

Anthony Joshua (white gloves) competes with Andy Ruiz Jr (golden gloves) during the heavyweight boxing match. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

 

Dominating from the outset, he outclassed the Mexican-American to score a unanimous points victory in the bout tagged ‘Clash on the Dunes’ on December 7, 2019, in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua, who suffered a stunning knockout defeat to Ruiz in New York in June 2019, produced a masterclass to win the fight by margins of 118-110 on two scorecards with the third judge making it 119-109.

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Buhari In London Ahead Of UK-Africa Investment Summit

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in London where he will be participating in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The summit is hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and it is expected to bring together African leaders, international business chief executives, and heads of international organisations.

Apart from highlighting new perspectives on UK-Africa Partnership for Prosperity, issues of Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure; Trade and Investment; Future African Growth Sectors and Clean Energy and Climate, are expected to dominate presentations and discussions during the Summit.

READ ALSO: FG Willing To Fund Community Policing, Says Chief Of Air Staff

President Buhari is accompanied by Governors Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and Okezie Ikpeazu of Gombe and Abia States.

While in the United Kingdom, he will hold a meeting with the Head of the Commonwealth, Prince Charles in Glasgow, Scotland.

The president and his delegation will also have bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Johnson as well as heads of multilateral organisations.

He is expected back in Abuja next Thursday.

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Before London Trip

President Muhammadu Buhari attends a meeting with the service chiefs and others at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the nation’s Service Chiefs, ahead of his scheduled trip to the United Kingdom.

The President met with the security chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), led the services chiefs to the meeting which had the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, in attendance.

Also present were the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

Others included the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi.

The meeting, which reviewed the operations of security agencies in the country, was also attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

President Buhari is expected to travel to London after the meeting to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit scheduled for Monday next week.

According to the organisers, the event hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will bring together African leaders, international business chief executives and heads of international organisations “to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs” to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom.

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Buhari Pledges To Sustain Efforts To End Child Marriage

President Muhammadu Buhari attends an event to commission the headquarters building of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja on January 16, 2020.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the assurance that the Federal Government will sustain ongoing efforts to end child marriage and improve girl-child education in the country.

He gave the assurance on Thursday while commissioning the headquarters building of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja.

According to the President, it is the collective duty of all to ensure that mothers of today and tomorrow are educated, encouraged and empowered.

“Our quest is to ensure that concerns of women, children, and other vulnerable citizens are given prominence and ultimately addressed,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

President Buhari added, “A key priority of our government is the development and implementation of social inclusion and economic sustenance policies. Our determination is to ensure that economic growth and prosperity are felt by as wide a circle as possible.

“In particular, we are laying great emphasis on the education of the girl-child. The high level of young girls who are out of school or unable to complete school due to socio-economic pressures is disturbing and must be addressed.”

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during the commissioning of the headquarters building of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja on January 16, 2020.

 

 

President Buhari noted that the launch of the National Strategy to End Child Marriage (2016 – 2021) has been the first critical step towards increasing children’s access to quality all-round education.

He explained that the strategy also aimed to enhance the retention of the girl-child in schools across the country.

The President urged the ministry to continue to champion and coordinate all matters relating to the plight of Nigerian women and the most vulnerable citizens.

He assured Nigerian women of his continued support and determination to see that the ministry delivers on its mandate.

President Buhari applauded positive contributions from the ministry and other relevant government agencies in reducing human trafficking incidents and maternal mortality.

He said, “I expect this ministry to maintain its lead coordinating role on these, and other women’s related matters working with state governments, as well as our regional and international partners.”

In her remarks, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, thanked the President for recognising the role of women in nation-building, and for supporting the completion of the headquarters of the women ministry.

She, however, urged President Buhari to appoint more women to leadership positions in his government.

Tallen pledged that her ministry would double efforts to improve girl-child education in the country while advancing the welfare of vulnerable persons and women.

FG To Engage More Qualified Teachers To Increase Teacher-To-Pupil Ratio

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government is ready to engage more qualified teachers to increase the teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country.

The President said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

He acknowledged that Nigeria has a deficit of teachers, which his administration is addressing through the N-Power Teach Volunteers scheme under National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

‘‘We have created a dedicated platform under the National Social Investment Programme called N-Power Teach, which engages qualified graduates to man the gaps of basic education delivery in Nigeria,” he said.

“These N-Power Teach Volunteers are deployed as teacher assistants in primary schools across Nigeria to support existing teachers.

“The aim of this, and many other Government programmes, is to increase the teacher-student ratio at the primary school level thereby enhancing the quality of students moving to secondary schools.

“I want to take this opportunity to ask all members of Nigeria Union of Teachers to support these programmes and encourage as many qualified and willing graduates to enrol in the teaching profession,”.

Speaking further, the president described teaching as one of the noblest of professions.

“It shapes the character, calibre and future of individuals and nations. You and I were all taught by teachers who moulded our persons and influenced our future. No price is too high for good rewards,” he said.

The President also used the occasion to pay tribute to teachers, noting that they have been at the forefront of cultivating young minds to be innovative and inventive.

“Today, we live in a dynamic world where science and technology drives innovations that virtually touch every aspect of our lives.

“The foundations of today’s changes can be attributed to teachers who, decades ago, in one way or another, shaped the minds of young men and women who eventually grew to become global innovators and inventors from whose works we are benefiting today.

“Nigerians, both at home and abroad, are part of this global breed of impactful change agents.

“Almost everyday, Nigerians are inventing new products or improving existing ones. It is, therefore, our collective duty to continue to encourage and cultivate these minds, by increasing resources available for research and development and improving work environment,” he said.

In his remarks, the NUT President, Mohammed Idris, commended the Buhari administration’s over what he described as the numerous groundbreaking strides in the education sector.

He said teachers in the nation’s primary and post-primary schools identify with the giant strides of the Buhari administration, including;

Gigantic gains in the anti-corruption crusade, technical defeat of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, restoration of teaching and learning in the schools of the North-East geo-political zone that were affected by insurgency, securing the release of Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.”

The union leader also praised the Buhari government for sustaining the National School Feeding Programme, establishing the National Secondary Schools Commission to regulate secondary education and the proposed establishment of six federal colleges of education across the geo-political zones of the country.

Presenting some pressing challenges of the teachers to the President, the NUT leader appealed for presidential assent to the Bill on Teachers Retirement Age, and the Teachers Special Salary Structure (TSSS), among others.

According to Idris, the Teachers Retirement Age, when signed into law, will improve teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country, improve teacher’s retention rate in public primary and secondary schools and “revolutionise and strengthen the profession for the wellbeing of the nation’s schools.”

President Buhari Mourns Sultan Of Oman, Says His Contributions To Peace Won’t Be Forgotten

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said waits for the French President François Mitterrand’s arrival, on January 30, 1992, at the Muscat airport.
Gerard FOUET / AFP

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said of Oman as “a great loss not only to his country, but also the entire humanity”.

According to the president, his record as a peacemaker and tireless mediator for peace in the troubled Middle East will not be forgotten.

“The promotion of peace is one of the most important contributions we can make for humanity, and I am pleased that the late Sultan Qaboos dedicated his life to this worthy cause,” President Buhari was quoted to have said in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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“Apart from his contributions to peace in the Middle East, the late Omani ruler had also transformed his once poor country into a modern state. His record was so remarkable that he would be remembered for years to come.

“Let me use this opportunity to extend my condolences to the government and people of Oman as well as the family of the deceased.

“May his soul rest in peace. May Allah grant him paradise and reward his good deeds. May Allah grant his family the fortitude to bear this great loss”.

What Pushed Me Into Partisan Politics After 1985 Coup – Buhari

The President Needs To Rejig His Kitchen Cabinet – Oyebode
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he took an interest in politics after ruling the country as a military general.

He explained that the decision to join politics was taken after a clean bill on his integrity by those who detained him after the 1985 military coup.

The President noted that his record as governor of the North East, Minister of Petroleum, and Head of State was thoroughly checked and nothing incriminating was found.

“After I was released and nothing was found on me, I took interest in politics,” he told a group of youths on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Buhari added, “This is what pushed me into partisan politics; to serve with integrity. So, I decided to try leadership as a civilian, after taking off the military uniform.”

‘We Learnt Our Lessons’

He made the remarks while receiving youth leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the six geo-political zones.

The President advised the younger generation to keep a broader view of the country as one entity, and continuously de-emphasise ethnic and religious backgrounds in nation-building.

He said, “Whether we like it or not, we will someday handover to Nigerian youths. And you have to brace up for leadership.

“Some interest groups will come up with ethnic, religious issues, but you have to look at the broader picture.”

“We had a civil war that consumed over 2 million Nigerians, and we learned our lessons. Nigeria is one country, and no one should take our firmness for granted,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

On his second tenure, the President gave the assurance that he would be more firm, focused and relentless in delivering results.

He also promised to ensure the country was secure, stimulate the economy to work for all, and fight corruption.

Buhari Pays Tribute To Late Chukwuemeka Ike

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday sympathised with the government and people of Anambra State over the death of Professor Chukwuemeka Ike.

Professor Ike, a renowned author, scholar and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom, died on Friday at the age of 88 after a brief illness.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President condoled with the family, friends, and associates of the traditional ruler.

He described the legendary author as one whose loyalty to the nation would continue to resonate in the way he mobilised his community for civic duties and sensitised youths on the value of good education.

President Buhari believes that the administrator, cerebral scholar and prolific writer would always be remembered for his exceptional creativity in communicating wisdom in simple ways through books.

He listed some of the books authored by Professor Ike to include Toads for Supper, The Potter’s Wheel, Sunset at Dawn, and The Bottled Leopard among other publications.

According to him, the books have been used by many institutions as teaching tools, within and outside the country.

The President affirmed that the traditional ruler understood the depth and richness of African cultures and the power of the narratives, exploring every opportunity to showcase Nigeria and Africa to the world.

He prayed that the almighty God would grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort his family.

Tinubu Asks Nigerians To Focus On Nation-Building, Not Buhari’s Successor

President Muhammadu Buhari with APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 7, 2020.

 

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, has advised Nigerians to worry less about who will succeed the President.

Instead, he said the task of nation-building and moving the country forward should take priority over the search for a successor for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Tinubu made the remarks while briefing State House correspondents on Tuesday, shortly after meeting with the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Third Term Agenda: Buhari Has The Courage To Refuse Such A Temptation – Tinubu

“Restlessness of politics is going to be there, but any lover of this country will not talk about the succession plan yet; that’s the truth.”

“Concentrate on working for the country, help the country, help the President to help the country,” he advised Nigerians.

The APC leader added, “We cannot (use) 360 degrees, 365 (days) in a year to work on politics, it’s not possible.

“Anybody talking about that now; it’s just complete restlessness and not focused on the agenda of the nation-building and development of our country.”

His comments come two days after a former running mate of President Buhari and senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, asked the President not to sit on the fence when it comes to choosing his successor.

According to Bakare, a key responsibility that history bestows on the President is “to institutionalise systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria that is desired”.

In its response, the Presidency gave an assurance President Buhari would not manipulate the process to pick a successor.

The President’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, who was on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday noted that although his principal has an interest in who would succeed him, he would not handpick a successor.

Third Term Agenda: Buhari Has The Courage To Refuse Such A Temptation – Tinubu

APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, addressing reporters at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 7, 2020.

 

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bola Tinubu, has dismissed the claims that President Muhammadu Buhari would be seeking a third term in office.

He recalled that the President had vehemently opposed the third term agenda of one of his predecessors some years ago.

Tinubu, who visited President Buhari on Tuesday, stated this while addressing State House correspondents in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“I was in the struggle for democracy,” said the former Lagos State governor.

He added, “I was in opposition to a third term agenda of a former leader of this country, with Muhammadu Buhari, Mr President; I know he will never.”

READ ALSO: Tackle Electoral Violence, Not Third Term, PDP Tells Buhari

The APC chieftain, however, urged Nigerians to believe in the President whom he said would never have any thought of seeking re-election as President in the 2023 general elections.

He stressed that President Buhari would not be interested in extending his tenure in office after 2023, even if it was offered to him.

Tinubu said, “He (Buhari) has the courage and the character to refuse such a temptation, even if offered to him. I believe in him and I believe Nigerians should believe in him.”

PHOTOS: APC National Leader Tinubu Visits President Buhari

Tinubu’s reaction is the latest among many others over allegations that the President was nursing a third term agenda.

Addressing a meeting of the APC National Executive Council (NEC) in November 2019, President Buhari dismissed the claims.

He told party leaders at the gathering in Abuja that he could afford to be reckless because he had no plans to remain in power after the 2023 general elections.

In its reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party said “the issue of third term is a dead-end” and asked the President to end all attempts to bring the issue of running for another term in 2023 to public discourse.

It, however, advised the President to address the issue of violence during elections in the country.

INEC Fixes Date To Conduct 28 Reruns, By-Elections

INEC To Hold Governorship Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa On Nov 2
A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a media briefing in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is ready to conduct 28 outstanding elections spread across 11 states of the Federation.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja.

He spoke shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari along with top officials of the electoral body at the Presidential Villa.

Also present were the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Professor Yakubu announced that INEC has set January 25 for the exercise, noting that 28 elections were part of the 30 annulled by the courts.

On his part, the IGP told reporters that the police were poised to stop ballot box-snatching and other electoral malpractices while ensuring a secure environment for the elections.

Earlier, President Buhari directed INEC) and the police to be fair to Nigerians during the elections, saying the commission must ensure that the game was played by the rules, without fear or favour.

“Those that you declare as winners must be the candidates that the people have chosen,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina.

He added, “Democracy is about free will, and the will of the people must be allowed to prevail. Get your acts right, and leave no room for underhand tricks or manipulation.”

The President said he was determined to give Nigeria an electoral system that meets with best practices anywhere in the world, and charged the electoral umpire to stick to the rules of fair play and adherence to justice.

On the other hand, he told the police that they must carefully secure the electoral process, without bias or favouritism.

President Buhari stated, “Our elections must be done in violence-free atmosphere. The process must be free, fair, decent, devoid of intimidation or malpractices.

“It is the duty of the police to accomplish that, and it is what I expect in the elections immediately ahead and going forward.”

PHOTOS: APC National Leader Tinubu Visits President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 7, 2020.

 

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has visited President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari received the APC leader on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Tinubu had a session with State House correspondents during the visit.

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