President Buhari Returns To Nigeria After Condolence Trip To UAE

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari disembarking from a plane in Abuja.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country from the United Arab Emirates.

The President left Nigeria on Thursday to pay a condolence visit to the new President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the passing of his predecessor, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the visit, President Buhari expressed his condolences and that of Nigeria to Sheikh Mohamed and congratulated him on his election as President.

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He assured the new UAE leader of his determination to do more to ensure the growth of the strategic partnership between Nigeria and the Asian country.

President Buhari also hopes that under Sheikh Mohamed the two countries will continue to actively champion a vision of sustainable security, strengthen counterterrorism cooperation, facilitate trade and investment, and promote prosperity and development.

Buhari Departs For Abu Dhabi, To Meet New UAE President

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave on Thursday for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to meet with the Asian nation’s new President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

Announcing his departure, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said the President’s trip is to convey his condolences on the passing of the former president and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

The President “will also extend his congratulations to the new President, renewing bonds of the longstanding friendship between Nigeria and the UAE.

“The President, in an earlier congratulatory message to the new UAE leader, had reaffirmed Nigeria’s cordial relationship with the country, noting that the cooperation between both governments have helped Nigeria in tracking down illegal assets and tracing terrorist funds.

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“Under the new leadership, President Buhari looks forward to a bigger and stronger partnership for peace, stability and prosperity of both countries.

“President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

“Other members of his delegation are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”

The President is expected back in the country on Saturday.

Buhari Congratulates New Somali President, Promises Peacekeeping Support

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and new Somali President, Hassan Mahmud
A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and new Somali President, Hassan Mahmud

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated the newly elected Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mahmud, “for successfully staging a comeback after being unseated in 2017.”

According to a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, the President said that “the re-election of Hassan Mahmud is a significant indication that the people of Somalia appreciate his efforts to unite and rebuild the country after decades of civil war and terrorist activities.

“President Mahmud’s return to power is a resounding vote of confidence in his ability and leadership skills, which he had demonstrated while he was previously in power, but most importantly signifies that Somalians are committed to a democratic process.”

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President Buhari however noted that “other political parties and leaders in the country should unite and rally round President Mahmud in the difficult task of rebuilding Somalia from the ruins of war and terrorist devastations.”

Additionally, he commended the out-going president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, for his swift acceptance which inevitably will lead to a peaceful transition in the best interest of the people.

President Buhari reassured the new Somali leader that “Nigeria will continue its usual support for peace keeping efforts in Somalia,” adding that “African countries must unite against terrorists and other evil forces seeking to disrupt and destroy our territories.”

Buhari Surrounds Himself With Liars, Sycophants – Bala Mohammed

A file photo of Governor Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor and presidential aspirant, Bala Mohammed, believes President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the country because he surrounds himself with liars and sycophants.

Mohammed expressed this belief on Sunday while campaigning in Katsina State ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential primaries.

“Katsina is a state that produces good leaders for the country,” he told PDP delegates in the state. “What late Umaru Musa Yar’adua of the blessed memory did was the only thing that makes us proud.

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“Unfortunately, (President Buhari) has attached himself with a bunch of liars, sycophants and bad people because he was a soldier and he doesn’t know people’s attitudes, he doesn’t have knowledge of government job; he has never entered villages. He thought everybody is trustworthy.

“But we can differentiate between good and the bad people.

“We have to correct all the mistakes the president did because all eyes are on us the northerners. Irrespective of the political party you support, you must bring a good hand who knows what he is doing to reclaim the integrity of the North for our incoming generations to be respected.

“We don’t have security in our country as if we don’t have government. Farming activities have been paralyzed, our children’s education has been affected, hunger and looting is on the increase.”

Buhari Condemns Deborah’s Killing In Sokoto, Calls For Impartial Investigation

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned the resort to self-help by a mob, resulting in violence, destruction, and killing of Miss Deborah Samuel in Sokoto State.

Samuel, a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern.

He, therefore, demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

READ ALSO: Female Student Killed, Burnt In Sokoto Over Alleged Blasphemy

The President stated that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the holy prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW).

He, however, explained that where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

President Buhari stressed that religious leaders have always preached that it was not for a believer to judge the actions of another person and the constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise.

“No person has the right to take the law into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

The President also directed the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs, as well as Communications and Digital Economy to work with telecoms service providers and tech companies to help contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.

He extended the nation’s condolences to the family of the slain student and wished all those injured a quick recovery.

President Buhari commended the immediate response to the incident by the government and urged religious and community leaders to call citizens’ attention to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.

He called for tampered comments by the media and calm among the general population while the investigation continues to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident.

Buhari Signs Money Laundering, Terrorism Bills Into Law

President Buhari signs Anti-Money Laundering Bills into Law in State House on May 12, 2022.
President Buhari signs Anti-Money Laundering Bills into Law in State House on May 12, 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja signed into law, three bills aimed at improving the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing/proliferation financing framework in Nigeria.

The bills are: the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, and the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill, 2022.

Speaking at a signing ceremony at the Council Chamber, State House, the President described the bills as being in tandem with this administration’s commitment to fight corruption and illicit financing activities, as well as critical to the governance agenda and the development of Nigeria, a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina said.

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“The new laws have provided enough punitive measures and containment strategies against abuses and compromises,” he said, noting that the inadequacy of all the repealed Acts had impacted legal actions against offender.

“We will not rest until we rid the nation of the menace of money laundering, terrorism, and other financial crimes,” he added.

President Buhari commended the National Assembly for their tenacity, courage and commitment in ensuring that Nigeria has put in place effective measures to address the menace of money laundering, terrorism, and terrorism financing.

The President noted that the 9th National Assembly has proven to be patriotic, responsive, resourceful and industrious in its legislative assignments, recalling that on 14th January, 2022, he had sought expeditious passage of the said Bills.

He lauded the Assembly under Senate President Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and their colleagues for responding to his request, saying they “have certainly carved out a worthy legacy for themselves.”

On the importance of the legislations, the President said: “The signing of these Bills into law today not only strengthens the Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework in the Country, but addresses the deficiencies identified in Nigeria’s 2nd round of Mutual Evaluation as assessed by Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa on compliance with the Financial Action Task Force global standards.

“Accordingly, the repeal of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and enactment of Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 provides comprehensive legal and Institutional Framework for the prevention and prohibition of money laundering in Nigeria and confers on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the legal status of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering.

“The repeal of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended in 2013, and enactment of the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 provides for the effective implementation of international instruments on the prevention and combating of terrorism and suppression of the financing of terrorism.

“The enactment of the Proceeds of Crime (recovery and Management) Act, 2022 makes comprehensive provisions for the seizure, confiscation, forfeiture and management of properties derived from unlawful activity.”

President Buhari told the ceremony attended by the Senate President and other Senators, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Heads of anti-corruption agencies, including ICPC and EFCC, that the executive arm of government “carefully avoided creating another asset recovery and management agency with its cost implications in deference to government’s sensitivity to the rising cost of governance.”

He explained that the new law mandates the creation of dedicated accounts for the proceeds of crime and other confiscated assets in order to enhance the accountability of the process: “I have therefore taken time to note the emphasis placed on collaboration, synergy and unification of strategies and measures to combat the scourge of Money Laundering and terrorism financing and proliferation financing in the Act.

“The primary objectives of these measures are to ensure effective, unified and comprehensive legal, regulatory and institutional framework for the implementation of the Acts.

“This is profound and calls for coordinated responses to the challenges posed by the menace. I therefore charge all relevant agencies to ensure effective implementation of these new laws.

“The robust frameworks diligently enshrined in the Acts can only serve useful purposes when every bit of them is enforced.”

Stressing that the fight against corruption requires an “All of Government, All of Nation approach’’, the President affirmed that every Nigerian had a role to play to rid the country of corrupt practices.

He commended the members of the National Action Task Force comprising several Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, noting that the bills are a clear demonstration of government functioning at its best with coordination, collaboration, and execution all towards a common goal.

The President assured Nigerians that his administration will continue to do its best to secure the nation, adding that the bills signed into law represent not just legislative instruments but very significant governmental actions projecting courage, determination, and sincerity in tackling the menace of Money laundering, terrorism and other financial crimes.

2023: ‘I Am Having Fun’ – Emefiele Laughs Off Anxiety Over Presidential Ambition

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday laughed off the anxiety associated with his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections, saying he is having fun.

Emefiele, who briefed journalists at the presidential villa after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari, said, “There is no news but there will be news.”

When journalists inquired to know his views about the anxiety created by his ambition, the apex bank governor said: “Let them have a heart attack. It is good to have a heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”

Emefiele’s visit was not officially on the State House’s schedule.

READ ALSO: SGF Directs Emefiele, Heads Of Agencies, Others With Political Ambition To Resign

Condemnations had trailed his move to contest in the 2023 presidential election on the All Progressives Congress (APC) while presiding over the apex bank.

The CBN governor had on May 6 picked the APC N100m presidential nomination and expression of interest form.

Prior to him picking the form, he had in February reacted to the controversy around his interest in the much-coveted seat, saying he would leave his fate firmly in the hands of God.

Adamant about his presidential ambition, he approached the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 challenging the legality of Section 84(12) of the amended Electoral Act and preventing its application to him (a government appointee) in h Buhari has directed that all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has directed the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, ambassadors, heads of agencies, and other government appointees with political ambition to step down.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the directive affected the CBN Governor who is among the heads of extra-ministerial departments.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all Ministers, Heads, and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices,” read the circular issued hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s ordered members of the cabinet seeking offices in next year’s poll to resign.

2023 Elections: Nine Ministers Affected By Buhari’s Resignation Order

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to submit their letters of resignation.

This, the president did, in trying to ensure that members of his cabinet abide by the tenets of the constitution.

According to Section 84(12) of Nigeria’s Electoral Act 2022, no political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.

Bearing this in mind, President Buhari directed that FEC members with political ambitions must submit their resignation letters on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

READ ALSO: Buhari Orders FEC Members With Political Ambitions To Resign

Based on their political declarations, here are those who are directly affected by the president’s latest directive:

1. Abubakar Malami (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation)

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.
File photo: Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.

The powerful AGF recently declared for the Kebbi governorship seat. However, if this ambition is to come to fruition, then he will have to swiftly see to the legal nullification of the clause in Section 84 (12) or otherwise tender his resignation.

2. Rotimi Amaechi (Minister of Transportation)

A file photo of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during an interview on a Channels Television programme.

 

Amaechi in April announced his interest to contest the presidential election in 2023.

While addressing a crowd of supporters and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at an event in Port Harcourt, the minister in a speech titled ‘Forward with Courage’, said his 23 years of service in various capacities have equipped him with great experience in governance and public service.

“After more than two decades in the public arena, I had wanted to go on a holiday and spend more time with my family before charting a new course outside politics, but at 56 … I am compelled by the urgency of our present challenges to place my experience and proven capacity at the service of the nation at the highest level,” Amaechi said.

Now with his principal’s new instruction, the minister will either tender a resignation letter with courage or join the fight to rewrite the constitution.


3. Godswill Akpabio (Minister of Niger Delta Affairs)

In this file photo, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, speaks during an interview on Politics Today on May 5, 2022.

 

Akpabio,  who was a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, told a large crowd at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium that his declaration is uncommon and a trumpet call for unity and action.

He further promised that he will not let Nigeria “sink”. So, it is expected that Akpabio will not allow his presidential ambition to plummet, but the question remains what option will he opt for?


4. Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and Employment)

File photo of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

 

Dr Ngige has had different battles as a minister, having to deal with industrial actions from various quarters. However, these challenges have not deterred him from seeking to become President.

Ngige says he has a burning desire to see a prosperous, united, and equitable Nigeria. Let’s see how intense his aspirations are and if he will be willing to resign and follow the path of his heart.


5. Ogbonnaya Onu (Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation)

FG To Set Up Science Centres In Six Geopolitical Zones
File photo of Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu.

 

It is not unusual that Dr Onu seeks to become President of Nigeria, after all, there are indications that in 2023, the seat might be zoned to the South.

The minister while declaring his intention a few days ago, said Nigerians have the key to unlocking the prosperity of the nation.

For him, this key is a knowledge economy driven by science, technology, and innovation.

With the little clause set by President Buhari, it will be interesting to see what the highly knowledgeable minister will do, and how much he is willing to sacrifice to become Nigeria’s “Chief Servant”.


6. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba (Minister of State for Education)

In this file photo, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, was presented with the APC nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC in Abuja on April 27, 2022.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are on strike and Nigerian students are home, their educational future put on hold, but that’s another kettle of fish.

Perhaps this is why Hon Nwajiuba is seeking to become president; who knows the answer to transforming Nigeria’s education sector might come from him when he gets to Aso Rock.

He seems very ready for the task ahead as he became the first minister to resign.


7. Uche Ogar (Minister of State Mines and Steel)

A file of Uche Ogar. Twitter/The_Jonathanian

 

For Ogar, the goal is to become the next governor of Abia State. It’s an ambition that the oil magnate has been chasing for quite a while now.
He has contested for the seat twice, first under the Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressive Congress.

Ogar will be hoping that the third time will be the charm but that’s only if he is able to scale the little hurdle that Buhari’s new directive poses. Nigerians will be watching to see if this minister is truly made of ‘steel’.


8. Pauline Tallen (Minister of Women Affairs)

The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.

 

Mrs Tallen has her eyes on a clime outside the executive pedestal. She is gunning for a Senatorial seat in Plateau State, the South precisely.

Reports suggest that the incumbent Senator, Prof. Nora Dadu’ut, might not be running for the position come 2023, hence, paving the way for the minister to throw her hat into the ring.

Like others before her, there is an opportunity cost. In her case, many would believe that forgone cost will be worth it in the end.

Time will tell what actions will follow, now that the president has made his stance clear on the matter of being in his cabinet and nursing a political ambition come 2023.


Timipre Sylva Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba (Minister of State for Education)

A file photo of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

 

Mr Sylva is one of the nine cabinet members affected by the President’s directive to resign if they must pursue their various political ambitions.

The minister from the south-south region now has until Monday, May 16 to take a decision on whether to pull out of the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or jettison his ministerial appointment.

Buhari’s May 29 Handover Date Is Sacrosanct, Presidency Replies Clarke

A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

 

The Presidency on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari will unfailingly hand-over the reins of the country on May 29, 2023.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said the president was committed to ensuring a proper democratic transfer of power.

The statement was made in response to the comments made by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Robert Clarke.

Clarke had asked the President to extend his term by six months.

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“Chief Robert Clarke, a very well-respected elder may be sincere in his wish for the President to extend his term by six months,” Shehu’s statement said.

“We wish to categorically restate that the President will step down on May 29th, 2023, after serving two terms – as per the constitution.

“Having been the first recipient of a democratic transfer of power from an incumbent administration to an opposition candidate in Nigerian history, the President is committed to extending and entrenching democratic values across the country. He shall, in turn, hand the privilege of serving the people of Nigeria to whomever they choose through free, fair and credible elections.

“However, Chief Clarke is right to say that without security, Nigeria would not likely realize its true potential as a peaceful and prosperous nation. That is why it has been at the core of this administration. The results are there for all to see. Boko Haram have been forced back from controlling whole swathes of this country. Internally Displaced Persons are now returning to rebuild their communities. These achievements have been accomplished through the bravery and determination of the Nigerian armed forces and the fortitude of the people of our nation.

“New challenges have arisen and tackled in turn – whether it’s the National Livestock Transformation Plan to alleviate herder-farmer clashes, the elimination of the leadership of ISWAP, or new efforts to combat banditry. Till the last day of the administration, the security of the citizens shall remain the administration’s paramount concern. We shall finish the job. Yet, in any case, respect for the constitution and Nigerians’ democratic rights remains the best path to securing and then maintaining peace.

“Yet there are others, such as Chief Afe Babalola, that believe elections should be suspended, with the current elected government replaced by an interim unelected administration. This, he claims, is necessary to create a new constitution for the people, made possible, paradoxically, by ignoring their democratic rights. Down that path lies crisis and instability.

“Instead, this administration proposes something entirely simpler: honouring the constitution and people’s right to decide.”

Buhari Travels To Abidjan For COP-15 Conference

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday travelled to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to attend a United Nations organised conference on the future of the land, regarding desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and implications for national and world economies.

The President, who will participate in a Summit of Head of States and Government between May 9 and 10, joins world leaders for the 15th session of the Conference Of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), with the theme “, ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.”

The convention aims to take action to ensure that land, the lifeline on the planet, continues to benefit present and future generations, his media aide, Garba Shehu, said in a statement.

READ ALSO: Buhari Condemns Zamfara Attacks, Asks Military To End Bandits’ Activities

“To achieve the visionary objective of land restoration and balance, COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society, and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most precious assets, land,” the statement said.

“The convention will explore links between land and other key development issues, which will be discussed during the high-level segment, including a Heads of States Summit, high-level roundtables, and interactive dialogue sessions.

“COP 15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification, land degradation, and drought. Accordingly, it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss as the world steps into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.”

According to Shehu, drought, land restoration, and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment are among the top items on the conference agenda.

He stated that President Buhari, who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa, would be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of Agriculture, Dr Mahmoud Mohammed; and Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.

Also, on the President’s team to Abidjan were the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; and Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Buhari Condemns Zamfara Attacks, Asks Military To End Bandits’ Activities

Buhari Condemns Gombe Killings, Condoles With Victims' Families
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent attacks by bandits on communities in Zamfara State.

Channels Television had reported that no fewer than 55 people were killed in separate attacks by bandits in four Zamfara communities in three days.

The affected communities are Sabon Gari Damri, Damri, and Kalahe – in Bakura Local Government Area, as well as Faru in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President asked the military to stop the killings by the terrorists.

READ ALSO: Bandits Attack Another Zamfara Community, Kill Seven Locals

“We mustn’t allow the return of days when the bandits had a free hand to do as they wished,” he was quoted to have said. “The rural folk in Zamfara and elsewhere must be allowed to have peace.

“Therefore, the momentum that has been developed must be sustained in order to bring closure to the activities of these murderers.”

He expressed condolences to the families of the victims as well as the government and people of the State, adding that the combined efforts of the Federal and State governments must do all that can be done to bring an immediate end to the horrific killings.

President Buhari, however, commended the military for the incessant onslaught and for not showing any let up as they continue to achieve positive outcomes based on their current operational trajectory in Zamfara, as well as other states in the North West.

According to him, there appears to be relative calm in the state with situations returning to normal in most parts and locals in the rural communities ready to live their lives normally again.

The President, however, decried several breaches recorded recently, especially in view of the latest attacks on the communities where a number of casualties were recorded.

Only The Court Will Decide Nnamdi Kanu’s Fate, Buhari Tells Igbo Leaders

 

A political solution to the travails of Mr Nnamdi Kanu seems impossible as President Muhammadu Buhari insists only the court will decide his fate.

President Buhari made the declaration again on Friday shortly after leaders in the south-east region re-echoed their plea that he should forgive and pardon Kanu – the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

He gave the response in his address at the Ebonyi State Stakeholders’ Forum held at the Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital.

“I have listened carefully to the various appeals from the elders to the traditional leaders, regarding a wide range of options,” the President said. “And as I have said previously, this matter remains in the full purview of the court where it will be properly adjudicated.

“My worry is for our hardworking and innocent civilians for whom life is already tough and will like to just go out and earn a decent and honest living.”

READ ALSO: Grant Nnamdi Kanu Freedom ‘As A Forgiving Father,’ Igbo Leaders Beg Buhari

President Buhari, who arrived in Ebonyi on Thursday on a two-day official visit, was worried about the renewed attacks by gunmen in the region.

According to him, the situation has continued to deteriorate in spite of the efforts of the military, police, and other security agencies to protect the people.

The President specifically condemned the brutal killings of security operatives and innocent civilians, as well as the truncation of commercial activities in the region.

He, therefore, advised the people not to be brainwashed but to support the government in flushing out those restricting their freedom of movement and ability to exercise their basic human rights.

“I must register my deep and grave concern with regards to the deteriorating state of security affairs in this region,” said President Buhari. “In the last 48 hours, I have been informed of the latest in the round of brutal actions carried out by gun-wielding terrorists who prey on innocent and hardworking citizens.

“Unfortunately, these barbaric acts were aimed at those who have committed their lives to protecting their fellow citizens. May the souls of these soldiers and many others killed by these evildoers rest in peace.”