Buhari Confident Nigerian Army Will Rout Boko Haram

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian military to overcome and eradicate the Boko Haram terrorist group.

At a press conference held after talks between the Nigerian President and President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, President Buhari declared that the Nigerian Army, which had earned a good reputation across the world, remained a virile fighting force.

“I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency,” the President said.

President Buhari told the reporters that in the course of an over five hours meeting he held with heads of Nigeria’s Armed Forces and Security Agencies on Tuesday, on-going operations against Boko Haram were reviewed for better results.

President Buhari said that because of the peculiarities of terrorism, the movement of terrorists across borders and the unconventional nature of the war against terror, Nigeria would continue to seek the support of neighbouring countries in its bid to overcome Boko Haram.

The President said that his visit to Niger was to seek more support from the country in bringing a quick end to the atrocities of Boko Haram.

A statement by the Nigerian President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, indicated that President Buhari would hold similar meetings on security and the war against terrorism with the Chadian authorities after leaving Niamey on Thursday.

President Buhari further told the reporters that Nigeria would also require the assistance of other nations and multi-lateral institutions to rebuild areas that had been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and rehabilitate displaced persons.

The President of Niger commended President Buhari for making Niger the first country he would visit after his inauguration.

“Your decision to move the military command of Nigeria to the North East has further strengthened our conviction that the war against terrorism will soon come to an end,” he told President Buhari.

President Mahamadou assured the Nigerian leader that Niger would continue to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.

At the opening of the talks between Nigeria and Niger leaders earlier, President Buhari praised his hosts’ contributions to the on-going multi-national effort against terrorism, insurgency and cross-border crimes.

“Permit me also to acknowledge the consistency with which the government and people of Niger Republic have stood beside Nigeria under all circumstances. I would like to convey the appreciation of Nigeria for the sacrifices by Niger in the on-going efforts to counter the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Niger Republic has over the years, proven to be a reliable ally to Nigeria both at bilateral and multilateral levels. It is our hope and aspiration that this special relationship would be further consolidated during my administration.

“My administration will bring new impetus and a renewed commitment to the efforts to wipe out the menace of the Boko Haram insurgents. As a first step, we have directed the relocation of the command post of the counter-insurgency operations to Maiduguri until such a time that the insurgency is completely defeated,” President Buhari said.

Another issue of concern to the Nigerian leader was the influx of refugees and other displaced persons.

“We are aware that currently, there are over one hundred and fifty thousand displaced persons comprising refugees and returnees taking refuge in various parts of Niger.

“Our administration will work closely with governments of the affected States to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced persons and their host communities,” he told President Mahamadou.

The Nigerian leader further stressed that the ultimate objective, however, would remain an end to the insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east, which he believed would facilitate the return of the refugees to their homes.

Egypt Pledges To Support Nigeria In Fight Against Boko Haram

boko haramThe Egyptian government has promised to collaborate with the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists and to strengthen business relationship between the two countries.

Addressing reporters in Abuja during a press conference on Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Shoukri Sameh, who also represented his President during the Nigeria’s Presidential inauguration, said that he was convinced that the new government would respond to the needs of Nigeria and also project African interest.

According to Mr Sameh, both Nigeria and Egypt have common challenges and interests which stronger relationship between both countries could address.

Egypt is one of the countries that have declared their support for the new administration in the fight against the Boko Haram.

Shortly after the inauguration of the Nigerian President on Friday, the UK Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said his country was ready and willing to help in the fight against the terrorist group.

Nevertheless, President Buhari in his inauguration speech said: ”Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires,” reiterating his commitment to ending the over five years insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.



We Have Not Banned Anyone From Travelling – Buhari

president muhammadu buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that officials of past administrations, including ministers, are entitled to their full rights and privileges under the constitution and must not be subjected to any undue harassment and intimidation at the airports or at other points of entry and exit.

“We have not banned anyone from travelling,” he said in a statement released on Saturday by the Head of President Buhari’s Media Team, Garba Shehu.

Responding to some cases of “V.I.P stoppages” at the airports as reported to him, President Buhari directed all agencies under the government to run their affairs in full compliance with extant rules, regulations and the constitution.

“Unless otherwise directed by the courts, no law-abiding citizens should be barred from travelling abroad. We must treat fellow citizens with courtesy and respect.

”Officials at the borders and other points of entry and exit should conduct their affairs in strict compliance with due process.

”No one has my permission to bar anyone from travelling abroad,” President Buhari said.

In his inauguration speech on Friday, the President had dismissed insinuations that he would go after some persons in governance.

He said: ”A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue”.

Bayelsa State Holds Thanksgiving Service For Jonathan

JonathanThe Bayelsa State Government has held a Special Thanksgiving Service for the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

The service was held on Saturday at the St. Peters Anglican Church, Yenagoa, the states’ capital.

In a speech at the thanksgiving service, the former President appealed to the people of Bayelsa and the Niger delta to continue praying for him and his family.

It was a gathering of elders from both Bayelsa and Rivers State, singing and dancing in appreciation to the almighty God for what most of the guests described as a safe return of the former President to his people after his tenure in office.

Dr. Jonathan read the first lesson of the service, from the book of Luke 17;11-19 while his wife, Mrs Patience Jonathan read the second lesson from the book of Psalm 121. After reading the bible chapter, Mr Jonathan broke into a song.

In his address of welcome, the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, said the thanksgiving service was held to round off activities marking the “heroic homecoming of the hero of democracy”, Dr Jonathan.

The preacher at the service, quoting from the book of job, Reverend Uma Ukpai pointed out that any life without problem was useless.

“Problem is a pathway to promotion. Everyone must go through that other side of life. Sunlight becomes darkness, good health becomes sickness. Nobody remains on the sunny side of life. Every one of us will be tested. You can’t escape it. If you have not been tested, you can’t be a good soldier of the cross,” he said.

In a speech, Dr. Jonathan thanked members of his cabinet, who attended the service; the Bayelsa State Government and Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria for their support while he was in office.

He also thanked the newly sworn-in Governor of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, who led a delegation of state officials and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in his state to the service.

The former President expressed his gratitude to the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Diepreye Alamieseigha, without whom, he said, he would not have become president.

Dr. Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in a swearing-in ceremony that was attended by over 50 world leaders.

Buhari’s Inaugural Speech Brightens Hope For Democracy In Nigeria – Fayose

ayo fayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described the inaugural speech of President Muhammadu Buhari, as a sign that the President is ready to serve all Nigerians, not minding their political affiliation.

In a statement issued by Mr Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and Media, Lere Olayinka, he said “the content of the President’s speech showed a man who is desirous of making a success of his administration”.

“Nigerians, including those who voted and did not vote for President Buhari were eagerly waiting for his inaugural speech.

“The speech, if followed in practice, shows that he is ready to govern Nigeria and it is a sign that the president is ready to live above board and lead a government that accommodates all.

“It is my prayer that the Almighty Allah will grant our president the courage and wherewithal to make a success of his administration and further deepen democratic governance, especially in a confederation like Nigeria, by sustaining rule of law,” Governor Fayose said.

He stressed that President Buhari had the constitutional duty to protect all Nigerians, not minding the political party they belonged to.

The governor also hailed the immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, saying; he laid a foundation for democracy in Nigeria.

The statement also said the event proved to the world that the people of Africa were capable of piloting their own affairs.