Eid-El-Maulud: Buhari Preaches Love, Asks Nigerians To Reflect On Virtues Of Holy Prophet

 

As Muslims across the world celebrate the Eid-el-Maulud, President Muhammadu Buhari urged Nigerians to reflect on the virtues of the Holy Prophet by showing love and understanding for fellow citizens.

The President disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu

He asked youths to shun all negative tendencies as manifested in the recent hijacking of peaceful protests to loot and destroy public and private property.

The President also took to his official Twitter handle to share goodwill message to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.

“As Muslims all over the world mark Eid-el-Maulud, I urge us all to use the occasion to rededicate ourselves to showing love and understanding to one another; and exhibiting patience, honesty, sincerity, kindness, and generosity in all our undertakings,” he tweeted.

 

Speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic, President Buhari cautioned Nigerians not to stretch their luck too far even though the country has so far managed the problem successfully.

He said, “looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert the second wave of the pandemic. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown,”

President Buhari also asked all citizens to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, and washing of hands.

Buhari Felicitates With Veteran Journalist, Femi Kusa, On 70th Birthday

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammdu Buhari, on Saturday, rejoiced with veteran journalist, Femi Kusa on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

In a statement signed by Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President praised Kusa for “choosing a career that best expresses his talent.”

The President also commended Kusa, a former Editor of The Guardian, for his passion and courage for traditional and alternative medicine.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen the renowned writer for greater service to the nation, and humanity,” the statement concluded.

 

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PRESIDENT BUHARI GREETS VETERAN JOURNALIST, FEMI KUSA, AT 70

President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with veteran journalist, media trainer and consultant, John Olufemi Kusa, on his 70th birthday, August 23, 2020, congratulating the foremost editor and writer for choosing a career that best expresses his talent.

The President believes the awareness that Mr Kusa brings to Nigerians through his years of working in newsrooms and writing, will continue to be appreciated, and his wise counsels to leaders, more recently on broad health issues, have influenced review of strategies and policies, with more focus on homegrown options for treatment of infirmities and ailments.

President Buhari extols the former Editor of The Guardian for his passionate and courageous contributions to the development of the health sector by consistently putting the spotlight on efficacy of traditional and alternative medicine and practitioners until they gained formal recognition by the Federal Government and inclusion in the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

As the media trainer and consultant turns a septuagenarian, the President affirms that his willingness to share knowledge and experience with upcoming journalists and writers deserves commendation, urging him to take pride in the many people he inspired and mentored, who have played key roles in the country as legislators, chief executives, media entrepreneurs and advisers.

President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen the renowned writer for greater service to the nation, and humanity.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 22, 2020

Boko Haram: Nigerians Know We’ve Done Our Best, Says President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his administration has done its best in ending Boko Haram in the North-East and militancy in the South-South.

The President, however, acknowledged that security agencies “could do much better” in curbing insecurity in the North-East and North-Central.

He made the comments to reporters after attending a Sallah service in Abuja.

“I wish Nigerians the best of luck,” he said in respect of the Eid-al-Adha marked nationwide on Friday. “We want security, prosperity, and the wellbeing of all Nigerians.

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“I want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country. What we inherited when we came around in 2016 was Boko Haram in the North East and the militants in the South-South. Nigerians know that we have done our best.

“What is coming up in North West and North Central is disturbing indeed. But I believe the military and the police and other law enforcement agencies, I think they could do much better, but we are keeping them on the alert to do their duties.”

President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to reporters on July 31, 2020, after attending a Sallah service.
President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to reporters on July 31, 2020, after attending a Sallah service.

 

The President’s comments come days after gunmen attacked Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on his way to Baga, a town 196 km from Maiduguri.

The security situation in Southern Kaduna has deteriorated forcing the state government to order a curfew amid rising cases of banditry and kidnapping across the country’s North-West.

The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked the President to resign partly over the insecurity issue.

Meanwhile, the Senate has called on the President to sack the nation’s security chiefs, although voices from the Presidency have pushed back on the idea.

Abuse of trust

President Buhari also said, on Friday, that some people trusted by his administration have abused the privilege.

He was responding to a question about the recent corruption allegations arising from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu was suspended in July after corruption charges were brought against him, and the House of Representatives publicly investigated financial misappropriation at the NDDC amid a plethora of drama.

 

“There has been an abuse of trust by people trusted by the previous administration and this administration,” the President said when asked about how he felt about the recent developments.

“A number of assets have been recovered and some money; but we have introduced TSA, Treasury Single Account, where all the money are taken.

“I said assets should be sold and the money put into TSA so the money can be identified at any level. And I will see who will come after us and take it back again to those who misappropriate public funds.”

 

 

President Buhari Wishes Saudi Ruler, King Salman Speedy Recovery

This file handout photo taken on March 5, 2020, provided by the Saudi Royal Palace, shows King Salman bin Abdulaziz during a meeting in the capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's 84-year-old ruler King Salman has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh for gall bladder inflammation, the royal court said. Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP
This file handout photo taken on March 5, 2020, provided by the Saudi Royal Palace, shows King Salman bin Abdulaziz during a meeting in the capital Riyadh. Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has wished Saudi Arabia’s ruler, King Salman Bin Abdulazizaz a speedy recovery.

The 84-year-old ruler was admitted to hospital in Riyadh on Monday for gall bladder inflammation, according to the royal court.

In a series of tweets, President Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, on behalf of the Nigerian leader, described the Saudi King as a true friend of the country, praying for his quick recovery.

“President Muhammadu Buhari Monday sent a passionate get well message to Saudi Ruler and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, who has been hospitalized,” the tweet read.

“King Salman is a true friend of Nigeria who has never failed to identify with us at all times through important collaborations and cooperation.

“As the King receives medical attention, I send my best wishes and prayers for his speedy recovery.’’

 

Rare Development

It is rare for Saudi Arabia to report on the health of the ageing monarch, who has ruled the top oil exporter and the Arab world’s biggest economy since 2015.

The king was “admitted today to King Faisal specialist hospital in Riyadh for some medical tests due to cholecystitis,” inflammation of the gall bladder, the royal court said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The announcement made around 4:30 am (0130 GMT) did not disclose any further details.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi’s scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia, which was due to start on Monday, has been postponed after the king’s hospitalisation, according to the Saudi foreign minister.

“In recognition of the extremely important visit and a desire to make it a success, our wise leadership in coordination with our brothers in Iraq have decided to postpone the visit” until the king leaves hospital, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan wrote on Twitter.

Hours before Kadhemi was to set off on his first trip abroad as premier, his office said they heard King Salman was suffering from “a sudden health issue”.

“It was decided to postpone the visit to the earliest possible date agreed upon by the two sides,” his office said in a statement.

President Buhari, Family Observe Eid Prayers At Home

President Muhammadu Buhari and his family members at home.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and his family members on Sunday morning observed the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The prayers were held at the villa with members of the first family including the First Lady Aisha; their son Yusuf, and other children in attendance.

President Buhari observed the Eid prayers at home this year, as against the usual tradition of going to prayer grounds, in line with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) directive against mass gathering to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

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At the end of the prayers, he urged Nigerians to observe health advisories, noting that these measures will help in curtailing the spread of the virus.

The presidency had earlier on Saturday announced that President Buhari will be observing Eid prayers at home.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while making the announcement said the President’s decision to pray at home is also in line with the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III which suspended all congregational prayers.

“This is also in line with the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto & President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country as well as the protocol against mass gathering issued by the PTF on COVID-19.

“Further to this, the President who has traditionally shared the joyous moment with top government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian leaders and children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading,” Shehu said.

This year’s Edi-el-Fitri is being held amid Coronavirus pandemic which has caused thousands of death globally and hundreds of fatality in Nigeria.

See below photos of President Buhari observing Eid with his family at home:

COVID-19: Buhari Not Flown Abroad – Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari working in his office. Photo: [email protected]

 

The presidency has debunked an audio making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari has been flown abroad for treatment over coronavirus. 

According to the audio in circulation online, President Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari, have been flown out of the country for treatment.

In the audio, a lady narrated how the alleged trip was arranged, claiming that she got the information about it from her friend whose husband is the pilot contacted to fly President Buhari and Mr. Kyari abroad.

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A tweet, however, on the Presidency’s handle, Thursday night, described the audio as “concocted,” adding that Buhari was at work in his office that night.

It, therefore, called on Nigerians to disregard the audio, saying it is “fake news.”

President Buhari had tested negative for COVID-19 while Mr. Kyari had earlier in the week tested positive for coronavirus and is believed to have been infected during his recent trip to Germany where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

He was said to have returned on March 14, and that he did not show any symptoms of being infected with the virus at the time.

Buhari Condoles With Victims Of Abule–Ado Explosion

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sympathised with victims of the Abule-Ado explosion in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Sunday.

In a short statement, President Buhari also expressed shock at the tragedy which many has described as a black Sunday.

I have received with sadness the news of this unfortunate incident which caused the loss of lives and property.

A misfortune of whatever scale anywhere is a tragedy to the country, and while the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest and profound sympathies to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos State.

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The blast, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was caused by a human error.

The corporation, in a statement, added that the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.

Channels Television reported that Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed that at least 15 bodies have been recovered and efforts are ongoing to rescue victims trapped under caved-in structures.

Ganduje, Doguwa, Kano Leaders Visit Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received a delegation from Kano State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They were led by the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Some members of the National Assembly, including senators and the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, as well as some community leaders were on the delegation.

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Ganduje after the meeting told journalists that they came on a ‘Thank You’ visit to President Buhari for supporting the state by providing infrastructure and security.

He added that Kano State is the most peaceful due to the introduction of technology and cooperation of stakeholders and support of his government.

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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.