The President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is well rested and has got the best treatment available, to be back home and continue with the job of governance.
The president who was speaking at the Presidential Villa on return from his trip abroad, thanked Nigerian Muslims and Christians for their prayers.
He said he cannot recall being so sick as a young man even as a military man, while commending the doctors for the growth in technology in the health sector.
He said Nigeria will continue whether he is here or not observing that, age and military experience remains his own strength.
He advised Nigerians to take education very seriously and that all efforts must be made to educate the Nigerian child.
He said that he chose to return on a weekend while the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will continue with the good work as he continues to rest.
The President added that he is recuperating very well and believes in the efficacy of prayers, even as he calls on Nigerians to trusts the ability of his Vice President.
He was received by the Vice President and other government officials.
The President was convoyed to the First Lady’s Conference Room for a short reception that featured welcome speeches from the representatives of the state governors, the Service Chiefs, Ministers and the Vice President.
Meanwhile, the President is expected to transmit a letter to the National Assembly on Monday, indicating his return and resumption to work.
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, and Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade, on Tuesday met behind closed-doors to consider a blueprint of the Deep Seaport project initiated by the Governor’s administration.
At the meeting held in Abuja that lasted for about 40 minutes, both leaders discussed extensively, the proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 260 kilometre superhighway signature projects of Professor Ayade, both estimated to cost about 700 billion Naira.
The Deep Seaport will boost the export of produce such as rice and banana as well as solid minerals, the Cross River government hopes.
According to Governor Ayade, “the Deep Seaport would not compete with existing Calabar Ports. It will only complement it because the Bakassi Port will be a 16-meter draft and will accommodate mother vessels especially from the far East”.
The governor had last year said the Deep Seaport had received presidential nod and support.
“Even in the face of several challenges and the fear that this project was impossible, the president has kept giving me proper encouragement and I am happy to acknowledged that,” the Governor told the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority who met with him days ago.
The Federal Government recently gave the Cross River State Government the approval to recruit a transaction advisor for the project.
It had also constituted an advisory and implementation committee for the project
He said that the situation has made his administration’s ongoing anti-corruption war “tough and grueling.”
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says the President told the United States Secretary Of State that corruption was fighting vigorously back, but assured Kerry that the anti-graft war would be won.
President Buhari said corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that the anti-corruption war is tough and grueling, with corruption fighting vigorously back, but assured that the battle would be won.
The President made this known at a meeting with the American Secretary of State, John Kerry on Wednesday, at the climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari said corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.
“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win,” President Buhari said. “People of goodwill are behind us, countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win.”
The President also updated Mr Kerry on the war against insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria, efforts being made to tackle humanitarian problems caused by the insurgency, informing that a presidential committee had been launched “under Gen T.Y Danjuma, a man of high integrity.”
On the unrest in the Niger Delta area, which manifests in the sabotage of critical oil and power installations, President Buhari said the engagement process was proceeding apace, adding that it was rather difficult bringing the main protagonists of the insurgency under one umbrella.
The President said Nigeria was happy with the American support on different fronts, assuring that the economic challenges facing the country were being “frontally tackled, and we will overcome them soon.”
Mr Kerry expressed delight at the many successes of the Buhari administration, pledging continued U.S support in the bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges.
As the Barrack Obama administration exits next January, Mr Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity. He described President Buhari as a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.
Nigeria’s quintessential musician, producer, and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo has added a tongue-in-cheek and humourous perspective to the controversial #TheOtherRoom comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The producer has teamed up with Ugovinna to release a song titled, ‘The other room.’
According to Cohhams, “‘The other room’ song is not an attack on the President or the Presidency.
Rather, the song is a present day representation of the Nigeria we know and love, and are very much concerned about.”
He said the song is lighthearted and “guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of listeners while underscoring very serious social issues.”
The artistes added that the song is also “a humorous recap of recent events that have been woven into the fabric of our shared political history as a nation.”
“We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it,” they added.
According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had been appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.
After laughing off the comments, the President said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.
His response also elicited laughter from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel who was standing by the President’s side.
The President went on to say: “I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded.
“It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government”.
President Buhari, who is currently on a second working visit to Germany since assuming office, will during his meeting with German Chancellor discuss issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany.
The issues comprise further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the northeast, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.
President Buhari joins over 190 world leaders for the high level opening meeting, which will address issues regarding large movements of refugees and migrants.
This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants.
It is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response.
It is also a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.
The President will also be attending the AU Peace and Security Council meeting at the AU Observer Mission Office, before meeting with the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Matthew Rycroft CBE.
While in New York, he is also expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
President Buhari arrived at the JFK International Airport at about 7.30 p.m. local time on Saturday, (Sunday, 1:30 a.m. Nigerian time). He was received by the Nigerian Charge De Affairs In New York, Mr Anthony Bosa.
The plight of the over nine million people in the Lake Chad Basin is one of the topics President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will present before world leaders when he addresses them on Monday.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in New York for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, is one of the five speakers scheduled to address the plenary session.
He is also expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change while attending a series of high level meetings, including one with the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Some of those on the president’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno and the Minister of the Interior, General Abdulrahman Danbazzau.
Others are the Minister of Solid Minerals Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri Erewa.
Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival in New York in pictures
President Buhari arrived at the JFK International Airport at about 7.30 p.m. local time on Saturday, (Sunday, 1:30 a.m. Nigerian time), was received by the Nigerian Charge De Affairs In New York, Mr Anthony Bosa.
Some of the persons that received the president are the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Interior.
President Buhari will join over 190 world leaders on Monday, for a high level opening meeting, which will address issues regarding large movements of refugees and migrants.
On Monday, the President will also be attending the AU Peace and Security Council meeting at the AU Observer Mission Office, before meeting with the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Matthew Rycroft CBE.
The UN Agency explained that of the 475,000 deemed at risk, 49,000 in Borno State will die in 2014 if they do not receive treatment.
As a result of the growing crisis, the agency has been forced to review its funding needs to $308 million to help support people affected by Boko Haram in four countries that border Lake Chad – Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon.
Receiving the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, in Abuja on Thursday, President Buhari warned that the failure to regenerate the Lake Chad will lead to another round of migration by the people living in the areas.
The President, who led seven ministers to an interactive meeting with the UNESCO chief, said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.
The United Nations has said that at least nine million people are in urgent need of aid in Nigeria’s northeast and neighbouring countries.
The UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, said at least $559 million would be needed in the next four months to ease the crisis in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
He said more than six million people were “severely food insecure” with 568,000 children acutely malnourished adding that the UN has appealed to Britain and other western governments for help.
Mr Lanzer said at the Chatham House in London: “With population growth of speed and nature, in an area where everyone is already poor, the environment is incredibly stressed.
“There is a never-ending stream of heavier violence, it is only natural to conclude that more people will migrate,” he said.
The Heads of State of the Lake Chad Basin and donor countries would meet on the margins of the annual United Nations General Assembly holding next week.
Meanwhile, the US President, Barack Obama, would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the Assembly.
US Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes, disclosed that President Obama would hold separate sessions with the Nigerian President, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi and Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos.
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, will meet with Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, the leaders of Iraq and Colombia on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly holding next week.
The White House Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes, explained that President Obama would hold separate sessions with the Nigerian President, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi and Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos.
President Buhari would participate in the five-day, 71st session of the General Assembly where he would deliver Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the general debate.
The theme of this year’s debate is “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push To Transform Our World”.
Mr Duterte was responding to the US President’s promise to raise the issue of drug-related and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at their meeting.
US aides later confirmed Mr Obama would meet South Korea’s President instead.
In reply, Mr Duterte issued a statement saying he regretted that the comment came across as a personal attack on the US President.
This is not the first time President Duterte has made inflammatory statements against prominent figures as he had attacked Pope Francis, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry and the US Ambassador to the Philippines in recent times.
Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, paid a visit to former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) at their Hilltop homes in Minna, the Niger state capital.
Journalists were not allowed into the meetings but Channels Television learnt that the immediate past president arrived first at the home of General IBB about 11am where he spent about one hour before he proceeded to the home of General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd).
IBB reportedly received ex-President Jonathan at his private living room, and not the usual venue where he received visitors.
Dr. Jonathan was accompanied by the former Minister of State for Finance, Bashar Yuguda from Zamfara state and former Chief of Staff, Mike Okhiadome from Edo state.
The former leaders held a closed-door meeting for about 40 minutes while Bashar Yuguda and Mike Okhiadome waited in another section of the house.
According to sources, the discussions may not be unconnected with the postponed Edo governorship election, the 2019 elections and the present situation in the People Democratic Party (PDP) although IBB has announced that he was leaving active politics.
It was further gathered that the duo of IBB and Abdulsalami, in their separate meetings with Jonathan, must have discussed issues concerning the ongoing attacks in the Niger Delta area by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group and the need to resolve the crisis.