2023 Presidency: Buhari Will Not Manipulate The Process – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not manipulate the process to pick a successor ahead of the 2023 Presidential elections.

The response follows a call by the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, who asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to sit on the fence when it comes to choosing his successor.

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Speaking on Channels Television Politics Today on Monday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, stressed that contrary to call, President Buhari will ensure that the process is free, fair and credible.

He added that though the president is interested in who would succeed him, but will not pick a successor.

“The president knows that by May 2023, he would have finished his second term as president; Pastor Bakare has said he should be interested in who succeeds him, he would be interested in who succeeds him, but he will not manipulate the process to pick a successor.

“The president will not pick a successor if you know him, he is not somebody like that, but yes he will be interested in the process and he has said that he will ensure that there will be a free, fair and credible process and nobody will come to use money and resources to bamboozle his way to the leadership of the country, it will not happen.”

Mr Adesina also stressed that the president will ensure that his successor builds on the gains of his administration and will not allow looters to find their way to power.

“The president will ensure that Nigeria is in safe hands, there is no point having worked from 2015 to 2023, having made gains, advances and then hand Nigeria over to looters once again or to allow looters use stolen funds to seize power.

“Every position you hold which has a time limit, you should begin to think and plan towards the final day in that position.”

Continue To Respect Human Rights, Buhari Tells Soldiers

President Buhari giving the opening speech at the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on December 3, 2019

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday advised Nigerian soldiers to keep to the rules of engagement and international code of conduct while carrying out their constitutional duties.

The President was speaking at the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on Tuesday.

The Nigerian army has been serially accused, by rights groups, of flouting human rights during its operations.

However, on Tuesday, President Buhari commended the army for its work in keeping the country safe from terrorists. 

“I urge our soldiers to continue to abide by their ethics and ethos and keep to the rules of engagement and code of conduct while ensuring that human rights and international humanitarian laws are promoted and respected in the conduct of military operations,” the President said.

He then saluted the “army’s courage and gallantry” while noting that its achievements have come with associated costs.

“Many personnel have lost their lives, some have sustained injuries and a significant number have been away from their families for a long time,” he said.

“I, once again, send my condolences to the families of those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in an effort to safeguard the sovereignty of our great nation. May their souls rest in perfect peace.”

Insecurity: Buhari Commends Army, Pledges Better Welfare

 

President Buhari giving the opening speech at the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on December 3, 2019

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the Nigerian Army for its efforts against insecurity across the country while pledging to improve personnel welfare for every military personnel and their families.

The President said this during an opening speech delivered at the Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on Tuesday.

“I am highly impressed with the conduct of operations that continue to flush out the terrorists from their enclaves,” President Buhari said. “I ask you to sustain these great efforts.”

However, he noted that his government was “aware of some of the challenges” particularly in the area of training, manpower, barracks infrastructure and healthcare for armed forces personnel and their families.

He stressed that the federal government is committed to the armed forces’ welfare. 

“Let me again reiterate our government’s resolve to do everything within its constitutional power to ensure the security and safety of law-abiding citizens,” he said. “This is a commitment we have made and will continue to keep.”

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd); Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashil were all present during Buhari’s speech at the conference.

The conference is an end-of-the-year opportunity for the army to evaluate its activities for 2019 and develop strategies for its 2020 activities.

This year’s theme is “Application of the Cutting Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Contemporary Security Challenges.”

In his speech, President Buhari also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai, “on his efforts to transform the Nigerian army.”

“He has keyed into the federal government’s change agenda,” Buhari said. “I particularly commend his thrust in the critical areas such as the innovative and inventive approach to produce military hardware, infrastructural development, restructuring and reorganisation, among others, with significant results.

“This government will continue to support the army to sustain these laudable initiatives aimed at repositioning you to deal with contemporary security challenges and to achieve a modern army of the future.”

South-East Governors To Meet Buhari Over Enugu Airport, Other Regional Issues

FILE PHOTO: Chairman of South-East governors forum, David Umahi

 

South-East governors on Monday resolved to meet President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the welfare of the region, rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam international airport, among other issues.

Chairman of the forum, David Umahi disclosed this after a meeting by the governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, religious leaders and South-East National Assembly Caucus in Enugu.

The governors resolved to meet with President Buhari following fears that the closed Enugu airport could be abandoned.

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“We have resolved that we are going to see Mr President on the welfare of our people. When we get back, we will give you the context of our meeting with Mr President,” Umahi told journalists after the meeting.

Governors at the meeting include Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu). Imo State governor was represented by Deputy Gerald Irona.

In their last meeting on August 31st, the governors agreed to meet with the President and service chiefs to discuss and dowse security tension in the region amongst others.

Fuel Price: I Have No Intention Of Inflicting Hardship On Nigerians, Says Buhari

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no intention of inflicting additional hardship on Nigerians.

He declared that there are no plans to increase fuel price and also restated his promise of ridding the nation of corruption and the oil and gas sector of corruption.

The President said this when he met with newly elected officers of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in his office, in Abuja. The TUC delegation was led by the National President, Quadri Olaleye.

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President Buhari disclosed this when he responded to a request by the group not to increase the price of fuel and promised to sustain the momentum in his second tenure and lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

He added that the key agenda of the inaugural Federal executive council meeting focused on the medium-term expenditure framework which includes the minimum wage as he re-echoed a commitment to implement the new national minimum wage.

 

Leader of the delegation, Quadri Olaleye of the Food, beverage, and tobacco senior staff association who recently emerged as the new National President of the TUC, replacing Bobboi Kaigama led the14-member National administrative council of the union to the President.

The Minister of Labour, Doctor Chris Ngige was also at the meeting.

 

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President Buhari Loses Staff Who Served Him For 30 Years

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

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday mourned the passing of one of his staff member, Buhari Nalado Sandamu.

“I have lost a good and honest caretaker.

“I have lost a prudent and a wonderful custodian who did so well taking care of my country home in Daura. May Allah bless his soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Ameen,” President Buhari said.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He added that the late Sandamu served the President and his family for more than 30 years.

The President has since sent a delegation to the family of the bereaved in Sandamu Local Government Area, Katsina, comprising Senior Special Assistant, Domestic and Household Matters, Sarki Abba, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Lawal Kazaure.

The President’s Housekeeper, Saleh Yuguda, was also on the delegation that visited the family of the bereaved.

Sandamu, better known as “Commander,” died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano on Monday.

We Have No Hand In Buhari’s Cambridge Documents, WAEC Official Tells Tribunal

A West African Examination Council (WAEC) official, Henry Adewunmi, who said he has worked with examination board for 30 years told the Presidential election tribunal that the assessment result issued to President Muhammadu Buhari by Cambridge Assessment Center is not a document from WAEC.

Adewunmi said this on Wednesday when President Muhammadu continued the defence against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging his victory during the February 23 presidential election.

President Buhari’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, had earlier called four witnesses including Henry Adewunmi who is also a deputy registrar in charge of exam registration at WAEC.

President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affair, Sarki Abba was also one of the witnesses called up by Mr Olanipekun.

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In his witnesses testimony, Mr Adewunmi who was subpoenaed from WAEC and led in evidence by President Buhari’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, told the tribunal that 18 candidates sat for the 1961 WAEC exam and that President Buhari was inclusive and indeed was number two on the candidates’ list.

Adewunmi, while testifying further added that President Buhari sat for eight subjects and had credits in five subjects.

The witness maintained that President Buhari was educated up to secondary school level and was awarded aggregate 32 and grade 2 for his performance.

However, under cross examination by Atiku and PDP’s counsel, Mr Levi Uzoukwu, the witness admitted that the assessment result issued to President Buhari  by Cambridge Assessment Center was not equal to a certificate.

The witness added that the assessment report of President Buhari is not a document from WAEC because it is bearing Cambridge University Assessment International Education.

After he was further cross-examined by the petitioner’s lawyers, Mr Adewunmi admitted that he never worked with the University of Cambridge and that his own signature is not on the assessment report.

He added that the attestation letter issued to Buhari on November 2, 2018, was not a certificate and it can be issued under various conditions.

President Buhari has so far called seven of the 240 witnesses listed in his response to the petition. Further defence in the petition continues on August 1, 2019.

Nigerians Analyse President Buhari’s Ministerial List

 

Two months after President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated into office of the President, the ministerial list has been sent to the Senate for confirmation.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the list of 43 nominees on the floor of the Senate and he noted that the screening of the nominees will commence on Wednesday.

The ministerial list has however sparked mixed reactions from Nigerians on social media with #MinisterialList #TheList dominating trend.

Some social media users opined that they were not impressed by the names on the list noting that the same old faces make up the list.

Others expressed disapproval noting that the list has more of politicians than technocrats or young Nigerians.

The list of women on the list was the concern of some others who said they expected President Buhari to have appointed more female ministers.

Few names like former Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Goodwill Akpabio came as a surprise to some Nigerians while others lauded the appointment of Niyi Adebayo from Ekiti State, Sunday Dare from Oyo State, Adeleke Mamora from Lagos State, Sharon Ikaezor from Anambra State among others.

 

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President Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday held a meeting with security chiefs.

The President presided over the meeting at the State House in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The discussion, which came one day to the end of the first term of President Buhari, was attended by the outgoing Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.

Service chiefs present include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

Others are the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

More to follow…

FG Replies Obasanjo, Says His Comment On Boko Haram Is Divisive

 

The Federal Government has replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment on the activities of Boko Haram terrorist group describing his comment as divisive.

According to the Federal Government, the comment by the former president is aimed at imputing ethnoreligious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP and it is “deeply offensive and patently divisive.”

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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Mohammed added that such comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

He said it was particularly tragic that Obasanjo, who fought to keep Nigeria one is the same one seeking to exploit the country’s fault lines to divide it in the twilight of his life.

 

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OBASANJO’S COMMENTS ON BOKO HARAM DIVISIVE, DEPRESSING – FG

The Federal Government has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP as deeply offensive and patently divisive, saying such indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was particularly tragic that a man who fought to keep Nigeria one is the same one seeking to exploit the country’s fault lines to divide it in the twilight of his life.

He said Boko Haram and ISWAP are terrorist organizations pure and simple, adding that they care little about ethnicity or religion when perpetrating their senseless killings and destruction.

“Since the Boko Haram crisis, which has been simmering under the watch of Obasanjo, boiled over in 2009, the terrorist organization has killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion, blown up more mosques than any other houses of worship and is not known to have spared any victim on the basis of their ethnicity. It is therefore absurd to say that Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as their goal the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of Nigeria, West Africa or Africa,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said President Buhari put to rest the mis-characterisation of Boko Haram as an Islamic organization when he said, in his inaugural speech in 2015, that “Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of”.

The Minister said Obasanjo’s comments are therefore as insensitive and mischievous as they are as offensive and divisive in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like Nigeria, wondering whether there is no limit to how far the former President will go in throwing poisonous darts at his perceived political enemies.

He said Obasanjo’s prescriptions for ending the Boko Haram/ISWAP crisis, which include seeking assistance outside the shores of Nigeria, are coming several years late, as President Buhari has done that and more since assuming office, hence the phenomenal success he has recorded in tackling the terrorists.

“Shortly after assuming office in 2015, President Buhari’s first trips outside the country were to rally the support of Nigeria’s neighbours – Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger – for the efforts to battle the terrorists. The President also rallied the support of the international community, starting with the G7, and then the US, France and the UN.

“That explains the massive degrading of Boko Haram, which has since lost its capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which it became infamous, and the recovery of every inch of captured Nigerian territory from the terrorists,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said Obasanjo’s call for wide consultations with various groups as part of the efforts to tackle the Boko Haram crisis has been neutralized by his ill-advised comments which have served more to alienate a large number of Nigerians, who are offended by his tactless and distasteful postulation.

The Minister called on the former President, whom he said took bullets for Nigeria’s unity, not to allow personal animosity to override his love for a united Nigeria, saying it will not be out of place if he withdraws his unfortunate statement and apologizes to Nigerians.

 

Buhari To Attend Senegalese President’s Inauguration

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart Abuja for Dakar, the capital of Senegal later today to attend the inauguration of President Macky Sall who will be sworn-in for a second term in office.

According to a statement released by Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari, who is the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be the special guest of honour at the ceremonies which will be attended by other African leaders at the Diamniadio exhibition centre on Tuesday.

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“On the invitation of his host, President Buhari, who is ECOWAS Chairman, will be Special Guest of Honour at the ceremonies to be attended by other African leaders at the Diamniadio Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.”

President Buhari will be accompanied by governors Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa states.

Other government officials on the presidential entourage include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retired); and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai.

The President is expected back in the country at the end of the inauguration ceremony.

‘Don’t Make Buhari’s Family A Campaign Subject,’ Presidency Tells PDP

FILE PHOTO: President Buhari and his family.

 

The Presidency has warned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to make the family of President Muhammadu Buhari a campaign subject in the 2019 elections.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday said the PDP should rather address consequences of their 16-year of rule in Nigeria than bring the President’s family into the 2019 elections.

“The PDP leadership cannot afford to make family an issue in this campaign. Need I say more? The only thing I want to add is that PDP is engaging in mud-slinging because it finds it easier than speaking on their despicable 16-year record in the course of which they abused the trust of Nigerians.

“They made a mess of everything including the economy, security, and infrastructure. It has come to the destiny of President Muhammadu Buhari to correct their mistakes.

“The PDP doesn’t see anything beyond grabbing power, power at all costs. It is an irony that a party that boasted as being the largest in Africa is now begging small parties for alliances. A Presidential contest is more than the issuance of daily press releases containing falsehoods,” Shehu said.

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Shehu, however, added that if the PDP wants to make family the issue in the coming elections, the APC would gladly accept the challenge.

“If the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wants to make family the issue in the coming elections, the APC would gladly accept the challenge. Let this be the subject for 2019 election.

“They have launched a campaign for the Presidency, a campaign that has failed to get any traction. The whole thing is not working; that President Buhari is unstoppable,” he added.

He further claimed that the PDP has no records to show of their achievements, despite being in government for 16 years, hence the reason why they are diverting attention.

“The PDP doesn’t have the strength and support to fight President Buhari. They don’t have the records in security, economy and the war against corruption to mount any meaningful challenge. They have no records of accomplishments in infrastructure. That is why they are dragging the President’s wife into their politics,” he said.

Reacting to various comments by several organs of the opposition party on remarks made by the President on views publicly expressed by his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari in an interview, the presidential spokesman said questions raised of the President by the PDP in regard to his wife only amounted to an own goal.

“Rather than a so-called cabal, an imaginary creation attached to all past governments of the country, President Buhari is remote-controlled by the 200 million-plus Nigerian people whose interest is uppermost in everything he says and does,” he said.