Osun PDP Begs FG, Buhari To Pay Osun Workers, Pensioners Directly

naira-notesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State is appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and relevant agencies of the Federal Government to pay workers and retirees directly from Osun’s share of the 522.7 billion Naira funds to be given to states for payment of salaries and pensions.

A spokesman for the PDP in the state, Prince Diran Odeyemi, told Channels Television that past experiences triggered the fear being expressed by the party and people of the state over the coming funds.

Prince Odeyemi said the party was expressing the fear that Governor Rauf Aregbesola may not use the money for payment of salaries and pension, just as it urged the Federal Government not to back out of its plan to probe the utilisation of the bailout funds given to states last year for payment of salaries.

“We are concerned basically because the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, had last week disclosed that Federal Government has decided to hand out funds to the states from the over deducted funds for the repayment of debt owed Paris Club by states,” he pointed out.

Prince Odeyemi further said that “for the efforts of the Federal Government to stimulate the economy, relying on salaries and pensions to yield the expected results in the state, we believe that the Federal Ministry of Finance should liaise with banks handling payment of salaries and pensions for workers and pensioners and not hand the money over to state governments”.‎

“It is so unfortunate that the State House of Assembly is attacking the Senate because it is commencing probe into how Aregbesola spent bailout funds given to Osun State last year to pay salaries.

“We recommend the lawmakers in the State Assembly for refresher course in responsive and responsible legislative business for them to imbibe patriotic act of always staying with the popular course that will benefit the general populace.

“For attempting to shield Aregbesola from probe of special funds he received to pay salaries and pensions from federal government, the lawmakers are only sending signals that they partook in the diversion of the funds.

“To show they are no longer stooge of Aregbesola, we advise the lawmakers to immediately mandate Ogbeni to appoint cabinet members and conduct local government elections.

“People are already seeing them as enemies of the masses and when Ogbeni eventually return to Lagos, Osun people will definitely ask the lawmakers questions about their roles in the mess Osun is plunged into,” the PDP spokesperson added.

Cross River State Gets Limestone Exploration Licence

Ayade, Cross River, Supreme CourtThe Cross River State government in southern Nigeria has obtained exploration licences for limestone and quarry from the Federal Government.

The licences include quarry lease for granite, exploration licence for limestone, clay and shales as well as reconnaissance permit.

The State government says the development is part of strategies to reposition its economy.

Receiving the licences, during the State Executive Council meeting at the State Executive Chambers, at the Governor’s office in Calabar, the State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, thanked the Federal Government for the feats.

The Governor also applauded the Commissioner for Solid Minerals Resources, George O’ben-Etchi, for his level of commitment to procuring of the licences.

Governor Ayade maintained that, with the licences and the availability of the limestone in the state, the next step would be sourcing for finance to begin exploration to positively reposition the economy of the state.

Reasoning that Cross River indigenes were not limited by the challenges of the time, the Governor averred that, the state was rather inspired by the challenges to act and dream big.

Limestone is the raw material for the manufacture of quicklime (calcium oxide), slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), cement and mortar.

Pulverised limestone is used as a soil conditioner to neutralise acidic soils, this can help in the area of agriculture that the Nigerian government is exploring to increase its input to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

Pulverised limestone is crushed for use as aggregate – the solid base for many roads as well as in asphalt concrete.

Nigerian Government To Allocate 60bn Naira More On Capital Projects

Kemi-Adeosun-Minister-of-Finance-NigeriaThe Nigerian government is to allocate 60 billion Naira ($180 million) more spending on capital projects, as part of the 2016 budget.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said on Friday that the allocation was an addition to earlier releases, aimed at boosting the economy.

Mrs Adeosun said that so far, the government had spent over 400 billion Naira on capital.

Pumping Money Into The Economy

She told reporters that the money was spent between May, when the budget was signed, and now.

“Even as we leave here now, we are going for another capital allocation meeting where we are going to allocate another 60 billion Naira.

“We are pumping money into the economy at a very rapid rate,” he Minister stated.

On when the recovery of the economy would likely begin, she explained that the recovery process would take a little time due to the procurement process that required proper scrutiny.

“There is a balance between speed and transparency. If we say to them, quick, quick , quick, just work with the contractors you have, that is not necessarily fair on the rest of Nigeria,” she stressed.


The Minister further assured Nigerians that the government was doing its best to boost the economy.

The Nigerian economy is in the middle of its worst financial crisis for decades as a slump in oil revenues hammers public finances and the Naira.

The central bank governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has said recession is likely.

Cost of living has increased in the nation that depends largely on imported products, triggered by high cost of local production due to poor power supply  and other circumstances.

The government has said it will do its best to boost the nation’s power, exploring all avenues.

‘I Acted In National Interest’, Says Dasuki

dasukiThe former National Security Adviser (NSA) in Nigeria, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has released a statement, dismissing the allegations brought against him by the current government and claiming he acted in ‘national interest’.

In the statement released on Wednesday, Mr Dasuki condemned what he called a “theatrical manner, the Presidency fed the public many allegations against him and other yet to be named former public officers”.

He claimed that the Presidency’s report about some “absurd findings, including extra-budgetary interventions; award of fictitious contracts; 53 failed contracts; payment for jobs without contractual agreements; non-execution of contracts for the purchase of four Alpha jets, bombs and ammunition”, were made to draw sympathy.

The former NSA is facing trial for unlawful possession of fire arms without license.

The crime, according to the Department of State Services (DSS), is punishable under Section 27(i)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.

But Colonel Dasuki in the statement denied committing any crime.

He said: “For undiscerning Nigerians, they may tend to assume that the allegations were true and pronounce the former National Security Adviser guilty as charged.

“The statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, who should know better as a former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and a witness to history, was nothing sort of propaganda to cast aspersions on Dasuki”.

The former NSA claimed that the AVM Jon Ode-led panel did not invite him before arriving at its ‘ambiguous findings’.

“At least, fairness demands that the panel ought to hear from Dasuki instead of its recourse to hasty conclusions. If the panel had been more patient and painstaking, it would have been availed of all relevant documents on some of the jaundiced findings.

“As if acting a script, the Presidency alleged that the Panel accused Dasuki of awarding fictitious contracts between March 2012 and March 2015. Contrary to this claim, Dasuki was not the NSA in March 2012 and he could not have awarded any contract in whatever name. The ex-NSA was appointed by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on June 22, 2012.

“All contracts and accruing payments were with the approval of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Once the ex-President approved, the former NSA paid. So, there was due process for every purchase in line with regulations guiding arms procurement for the Armed Forces,” the statement further read.

No Fictitious Contracts

Colonel Dasuki also stressed that all “the services generated the types of equipment needed, sourced for suppliers most times and after consideration by the Office of the NSA, the President will approve application for payment. For sensitive sectors (military/security), there was no room for awarding fictitious contracts. The conclusions of the panel were presumptive, baseless and lacked diligence.

“There were no fictitious contracts; contract sums were not diverted and the relevant services in writing acknowledged delivery of equipment. For all procurement, the Nigerian Army, the Air Force and the Nigerian Navy have their contractors.

“While awaiting judicial process on these allegations, it is proper to make some references to show that the presidency was just desperate to hang some former public and military officers who served this nation at the risk of their lives.

“It is laughable for the panel to assume that 4 Alpha jets and 12 helicopters were undelivered. In a memo to the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA), referenced NAF/905/D/CAS of November 28, 2014, the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Adesola Amosu acknowledged the receipt of the 4x Alpha jets attack aircraft and the helicopters.

“On 10/21/14, the Chief of Air Staff also confirmed the receipt of F-7 N1 aircraft combination of 250kg bombs and accessories at $2,894,000 with the cost of freight at $1,200,000. The same Air Force confirmed getting 2xTri Shield 36DG Tactical radars

“In another letter of December 1, 2014 signed by L.S. Alao (on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff), the Air Force said it received five containerised fuel storage and dispensing units with equipment”.

He further explained that “the Nigerian Army wrote the ONSA to acknowledge the delivery of 14 armoured tanks. In a December 13, 2014 memo, the Brigade of Guards thanked ONSA for releasing N30m for RCA, Operation allowance for Troops on Op Urban Sweep II for third and fourth quarters of 2014. This is apart from the installation of CCT Cameras at the Brigade Headquarters, 2 backscatter bomb detection vans and other equipment.

“On November 26, 2014, the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh sought for approval of the award of one pair of uniform (in the interim) for the Armed Forces at 165, 375 Naira to El-Jahab Mubarak Nigeria and 330,750,000 Naira for two pairs.

“These are some of the acknowledgment letters submitted to me by the end-users (the services). It is not for me to go and find out whether the equipment were delivered or not. I am not the one keeping the inventories”.

“In The Interest Of The Nation”

Colonel Dasuki further stated that he had submitted a comprehensive list of all requests for procurements by the services, the items bought and those equipment being awaited to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari long before I left office.

“If there were issues, I should have been questioned. I was just the clearing house, I did not award contracts to my company or proxies. There was no contract awarded or equipment bought without approval from the then President and Commander-In-Chief. I am not a thief or treasury looter as being portrayed.

“In order not to endanger the nation’s security, there are many salient issues and contracts which I cannot put in public domain. I am ready for trial on all these allegations in order to prove to Nigerians that I did nothing untoward in office. We will certainly meet in court.

“I have a lot to tell Nigerians but in the interim, they should not believe some of the allegations as the gospel truths. The good thing is that some of the key actors in the present administration were parts of the past process being viciously challenged.

“As for my tenure as the nation’s NSA, I acted in the interest of the nation and with utmost fear of God. I did not use the office for any self-serving agenda. I occupied the Office of the National Security Adviser at a difficult moment in Nigerian history when terrorism was at its peak and I am leaving posterity to judge me accordingly,” the former NSA added.

More Lawmakers Reject House Committees’ Leadership

imo-state-house-of-asemblyFive more lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives are said to have rejected the chairman and deputy chairman positions offered them by the Speaker of the House.

This will bring to seven the number of members who have rejected the positions given to them, as two members had rejected their positions last week.

Speaking in the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Monday, some of the members of the loyalist group accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara of working against the interest of the ruling party.

The members are demanding that the Speaker should reverse the current order and reconstitute the committees in favour of the All Progressives Congress.

This is coming on the same day that the Speaker inaugurated the the House’s 96 standing Committees in a special session.

Group To Mark 500 Days Of Chibok Girls Adoption

Sesugh-AkumeMembers of the Bring Back our Girls group in Abuja on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction with the inability of the government to rescue the over 200 schoolgirls almost five hundred days after their abduction.

The girls were abducted by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group on April 14, 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, Borno State in north-east Nigeria.

Leaders of the group said they have mapped out plans to mark the 500 days of the abduction of the girls.

“Although we have had high level advocacy activities to mark specific milestone dates since the abduction, we had never envisaged that our girls will not be rescued nearly 500 days after their abductions.

“We are extremely saddened as the 500 day mark approaches.

“They, however, hopeful that the girls would be rescued with the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the military to end insurgency in the north by December 2015,” a spokesman for the group, Sesugh Akume, said.

He said that in the last few weeks, however, the group’s hope of the girls rescue was rekindled, with the ultimatum by the President to the military to decimate the Boko Haram terrorists and end insurgency in the north-east region by December.

The group is also hoping to re-engage government officials and human rights organisations with a view to mounting further pressure on the government to rescue the children.

 

 

Buhari To Seek More Cooperation With U.S. On War On Terror

Obama and BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday hold high-level talks with the U.S. President Barack Obama which will centre on measures that will strengthen and intensify bilateral and international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and West-Africa.

The talks are part of a four-day official visit of the Nigerian President, who will leave the nation’s capital, Abuja, on Sunday for the U.S.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said President Buhari, during the official visit, would also hold talks with other senior officials of the United States government.

“President Buhari, who will meet with President Obama at the White House on Monday, July 20, will later hold further discussions with the Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and the Deputy Secretary of Defence, Robert Work on military and defence cooperation.

“The President will also meet with Vice President Joe Biden and confer with the US Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, the US Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew, the US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker and the US Trade representative, Michael Froman on United States support for his administration’s war against corruption as well as fresh measures to boost Nigeria-United States trade relations,” the statement read.

Mr Adesina said that the President would later hold meetings with the United States Senate and Congressional Committees on Foreign Relations, as well as the Black Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.

He said the President, before leaving Washington DC, would address the United States Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Council for Africa.

President Buhari will also host an interactive session with Nigerians in the American Diaspora.

The US trip will also afford President Buhari the opportunity of a reunion with members of the American War College Class of 1980 in which he was a distinguished participant.

The President will be accompanied by the Governors of Imo, Nasarawa, Edo, Borno and Oyo States as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment.

He is due back in Abuja on Thursday, July 23.

The White House had on June 25 announced that President Obama will host President Buhari Buhari  on July 20.

The visit will mark “our support for the Nigerian people following their historic democratic elections and peaceful transfer of power,” a White House statement read.

Four African Leaders Agree On Coordinated Military Forces To Fight Boko Haram

Goodluck Jonathan and Idriss Deby.The leaders of four African nations, Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin Republic have agreed to step up a command centre with additional battalion to fight the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held on Tuesday in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic.

After the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and three other heads of state and a representative of Cameroon’s president the group said in a statement that the command centre for an already agreed-upon multinational force, led by a chief of staff, would be established by November 20.

Other leaders at the meeting were the President of Benin Republic, Thomas Boni Yayi, Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufou and Chad President Idriss Deby.

“The heads of state regrets the persistence of Boko Haram Islamic sect’s atrocious acts of terror on people and security forces in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries,” the statement read.

The leaders agreed to finalise the deployment of troops promised by member states to form the multinational force, to operate within their national borders, by the beginning of November.

Benin, Nigeria’s western neighbour whose border stretches from the Atlantic to the Sahel north, was asked to deploy a full military battalion to its border with Nigeria.

The terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out violent attacks mostly in three north-east states in Nigeria.

They are demanding for an Islamic State and an end to Western Education in the region. But in the past few months the group has progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings that have led to the death of thousands to trying to seize territory in remote areas near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

The recent twist in their operations is believed to have been inspired by the similar moves by Sunni Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

The militants have also carried out incursions into Niger and Chad, and authorities fear the attacks will continue to spread if left unchecked.

The Niamey meeting is a follow-up to a May summit in Paris where the leaders promised to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram after the group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls and threatened to destabilise the wider region.

Jonathan Asks Security Chiefs To Fish Out Persons Behind Nyanya Blast

 Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has asked security Chiefs in Nigeria to ensure that those behind Thursday’s bomb blast in Nyanya are arrested and made to face the consequences of their actions.

The blast killed at least 19 persons and injured over 60.

President gave the order during a meeting with the Security Chiefs on Friday in Abuja called to discuss the security situation in the north.

He also set up a fact finding committee comprising security agencies, civil society groups, international organisations and others to get to the roost of the whereabouts of the girls abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram on April 14 and rescue them.

At the high level security meeting held on Friday, President Jonathan asked the Security Chiefs to increase surveillance and increase investigation into the explosion to ensure that those behind the act were arrested and brought to justice.

In attendance were the chief of defense staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosun.

Also at the meeting were the Director-General of the Department of State Security, Mr Ekpenyong Ita and the Minister of Defense, Rtd General Aliyu Gusau.

Shun The Blame Game

While briefing reporters after the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said that the committee would help resolve the conflicting reports on the number of girls kidnapped and other issues.

He assured Nigerians that the country would not shut down because of terrorists and also assured those who would attend the World Economic Forum on Africa of safety.

From the Minister’s brief, it was obvious that the meeting centred on three issues, the Thursday’s bomb blast in Nyanya, the state of the abducted Chibok girls, two weeks after their abduction and general insecurity in Nigeria’s north east.

The Minister of Information was joined by the spokesmen for the presidency, police, army, State Security Service to brief reporters.

He assured the international community that measures were being taken to ensure a hitch free World Economic Forum on Africa which will begin on May 7.

The government appealed to politicians and the public to shun the blame game and furnish security organisations with information that would lead to the rescue of the Chibok girls and the suicide bombers, promising that the culprit would be dealt with.

“It is only in doing this that Nigeria will defeat terror,” the Minister said.

Fulani/Farmers Clashes: Senate Security Committee Visits Nasarawa

Tiv-Fulani AttackThe Joint Security Committee of the Senate for three days have been investigating the causes of the Fulani herdsmen clashes with farmers along the borders of Nasarawa and Benue states.

Aside from meeting the government of both states, the committee visited some of the communities affected by the violence.

While in Nasarawa State, the team held a closed door meeting with the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who presented the committee with three volumes of previous government white paper on insecurity.

The Governor said that all the necessary information had been provided for the committee to aid its investigation.

Speaking with Channels Television afterwards, Governor Tanko Al-Makura said, “The issue about this skirmishes, insurgencies, fighting among ourselves or getting people’s houses destroyed, getting people killed are things that will not do us any good.

“Unless and until we find solutions to them, we will be putting our children’s lives into jeopardy and the future might be elusive for all of us.”

He solicited support for the Senate Committee towards achieving the target of getting to the root of the matter, but also advised that community based conflict resolution remained the best approach to solving crisis.

“The issue of bringing about peace should be everybody’s business”, he said.

Chairman Senate Joint Committee on Security, Mohammadu Magoro, also revealed that the issues of establishing grazing reserves had been raised but a decision had not been made on it.

Fulani Herdsmen Attacks: Lawmakers Seek End To Chemical Substance Use

Tiv-Fulani AttackCommunities lying on the border between Nasarawa and Benue States have been left devastated after attacks by purported Fulani herdsmen.

In some attacks there was an alleged use of chemical substances that left people that inhaled it dead with foams coming out from their mouths, a development that caught the attention of Nigerian lawmakers.

The governors of the two states had promised to restore order in the affected communities

Also worried are members of the House of Representatives after a motion, describing the crisis as a matter of urgent national importance, was brought to the floor of the house for consideration.

Although a peace deal facilitated by the Nigerian police has been reached between both parties, the house would be interested in knowing how the chemical substances can be tracked before it spreads to other parts of the country

Constitution Amendment

In the Senate, it was a week that saw federal lawmakers in the Senate bring up fresh proposals to amend the electoral act and the Nigerian Constitution.

The new proposals were in continuation of the amendment of the constitution which the National Assembly began almost two years ago.

Some of the bills had to do with the amendment of the Electoral Act.

Senator Abu Ibrahim sponsored one of the bills which sought to amend the electoral act to provide for elections to be held on the same day.

But majority of the lawmakers rejected this amendment.

Another bill, which was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, seeks to amend the Electoral Act to provide for the tenure of the office of the secretary of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and determine voting procedure.

According to the Deputy Senate President, the bill seeks to grant INEC the latitude to use electronic voting system when it has the capacity to do so.

Another lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to amend the 2010 Electoral Act to put the burden of proving the regularity of any election on the INEC. The bill has passed second reading in the Senate.

If eventually passed, the electoral body would be charged with the responsibility of proving the regularity of an election before the election tribunal or court in Nigeria.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Hadi Sirika, in his debate said the responsibility of proving the regularity of an election ought to be the duty of the body or organisation that arranged for the conduct of the election and thereafter conducted the said election

But another lawmaker, Senator Heineken Lopobiri, disagreed saying the bill is “at variance with the laws of the country”.

But when the question was put forward, majority of lawmakers supported the amendment and the bill passed second reading.

That was not all on amendment of the constitution and Electoral Act.

Producing A New Constitution

The senate committee which has been working on reviewing the constitution presented some new proposals at the April 2 plenary.

One of the proposals is to make provision for the president in addition to the National Assembly to initiate a process of producing a new constitution.

For years, some Nigerians have said the 1999 c onstitution does not represent the wishes and aspirations of the people, as it had more of military input.

Even with a constitutional review underway in the National Assembly, the voices calling for a new constitution have not quietened.

This is creating a window of opportunity for Nigerians to have a new constitution, with the chances that a new constitution might come as a recommendation of the National Conference currently holding in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

A matter of such significance elicited an intense debate for and against the proposal.

Other new proposals which were presented for amendment include alterations of section 68 and 109 to mandate the clerk of the National Assembly and State House of Assembly to notify INEC in writing, within seven days, of the vacancy arising from the death, resignation or vacation of seat of a member of the National or State Assembly.

Another proposal is to empower INEC to deregister political parties which fail to win presidential, governorship, chairmanship of a local government, area council or seat in the National or State Assembly.

Lawmakers would vote on these amendments on Wednesday April 9.

Lawmakers React To Judgement On Defecting Members

In the House of Representatives, the court judgment delivered over the matter of defection of some members of the house from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) to the All progressives Congress (APC) generated a lot of reactions.

The APC caucus in the house spoke to journalist about the judgement.

“None of their 37 members that defected from the ruling party shall vacate their seats nor cease to take part in major decisions in the House as partly ruled in the judgment by a Federal High Court in Abuja,” they said.

Minority Whip of the house, Samson Osagie, told journalists that Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who delivered the judgement, was merely expressing an opinion over a matter that was not before him and in effect meddling with the internal affairs of the house on which he is ignorant.

He however said the defected lawmakers had appealed the judgment.

The House of Representatives also took a stand on the matter after it arose from an executive session.

The deputy chairman of the House Committee on Media, Representative Victor Ogene, said the decision of the house was that no action should be taken on the matter until all cases in court over the defection had been concluded. 

Representative Ogene said the lawmakers are not in a hurry to act and the speaker of the house was not under any pressure to declare the seats of any of its members vacant.

Jonathan Assures International Community Of Peaceful 2015 Elections

The Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has assured the international community that the 2015 elections will be peaceful, free and fair.

The president’s re-assurance comes at a time the country is experiencing heightened political developments, as politicians focus on gaining grounds ahead of the 2015 election.

At a New Year cocktail held on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for members of the diplomatic community, President Jonathan solicited the support of the international community in the conduct of the 2015 elections.

He urged the diplomats to ensure that their countries participated in the nation’s centenary celebration.

Dr Jonathan said that the high point of the centenary celebration would take place in February 27 and that the government had already extended invitations to various countries.

President Jonathan expressed gratitude to some nations which rendered logistics and other supports to the nation in the fight against terrorism.

“The world should, in 2014, place priority attention to sustaining efforts at conflicts resolutions through dialogue and fight against terrorism,” he said.

The dean of the Diplomatic Corp and the High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria, Mr Abbas Salaudeen, thanked the president for the interaction and for taking out time to interface with them.

Salaudeen said that despite internal challenges, Nigerian forces were currently present in eight countries keeping peace.

He urged the president to continue with the positive steps in placing Nigeria high in global records.

More than 40 ambassadors and high commissioners attended the event.