Buhari Reveals Why He Approved Redesign Of Naira Notes

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja launched the new Naira banknotes, expressing delight that the redesigned currencies are locally produced by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting (NSPM) PLC.

Speaking at the launch of the new banknotes, which preceded the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the President explained in detail the basis for his approval to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the ₦‎200, ₦‎500 and ₦‎1000 banknotes.

According to the President, ‘‘the new Naira banknotes have been fortified with security features that make them difficult to counterfeit.’’

He also added that the new banknotes would help the Central Bank design and implement better monetary policy objectives as well as enrich the collective memory of Nigeria’s heritage.


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President Buhari commended the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele and his Deputies for the initiative, while also thanking the Managing Director, Executive Directors and Staff of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC “for working tirelessly with the apex bank to make the currency redesign a reality, and for printing the new Naira notes within a comparatively short time.”

Acknowledging that international best practice requires central banks and national authorities to issue new or redesigned currency notes every 5 to 8 years, the President noted that it is now almost 20 years since the last major redesign of the country’s local currency was done.

‘‘This implies that the Naira is long overdue to wear a new look.

‘‘A cycle of banknote redesign is generally aimed at achieving specific objectives, including but not limited to: improving security of banknotes, mitigating counterfeiting, preserving the collective national heritage, controlling currency in circulation, and reducing the overall cost of currency management.

‘‘As is known, our local laws – specifically the Central Bank of Nigeria Act of 2007 – grants the Central Bank of Nigeria the power to issue and redesign the Naira.

‘‘In line with this power, the Central Bank Governor approached me earlier in this year to seek my permission to embark on a currency redesign project. I considered all the facts and reasons presented before me by the Central Bank.

‘‘There was an urgent need to take control of currency in circulation and to address the hoarding of Naira banknotes outside the banking system, the shortage of clean and fit banknotes in circulation, and the increase in counterfeiting of high-denomination Naira banknotes. It is on this basis that I gave my approval for the redesign of the ₦‎200, ₦‎500 and ₦‎1000 banknotes.
‘‘While this may not be apparent to many Nigerians, only 4 out of the 54 African countries print their currencies in their countries, and Nigeria is one. Hence, a majority of African countries print their currencies abroad and import them the way we import other goods.
‘‘That is why it is with immense pride that I announce to you that these redesigned currencies are locally produced right here in Nigeria by our Security Printing and Minting PLC,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, thanked the President for his unwavering support for the redesign and distribution of the new notes, which he said will control inflation, make policies more effective, ensure financial inclusion and fight corruption.
The CBN Governor also noted that by international best practice, the redesign of notes should be every five to eight years, and the currency in circulation had been in usage for 19 years, with spiraling challenges on the economy, especially on security and counterfeiting.
Emefiele also appreciated President Buhari for his insistence that the initial notes must be designed and produced within the country, further placing confidence in Nigerian Security Printing and Minting.
“Mr. President, only a President of your esteemed and incorruptible stature could have done what we are witnessing today,’’ he added.
The CBN Governor listed the benefits of the redesigned naira notes to include enhanced security, greater durability, attractiveness and promotion of rich cultural heritage.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 23, 2022

Buhari Approves Salary Increment For Judicial Officers

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an enhanced salary and welfare scheme for Nigerian judicial officers.

The President disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday during the inauguration of the Dr Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt built by the Governor Nyesom Wike administration.

Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said enhanced welfare scheme for judicial workers and many other initiatives are targeted at significantly strengthening the capacity and independence of the judiciary which remains a pillar of strength and stability for our democracy.

“Let me use this opportunity also to inform you that as part of the effort to enhance the welfare of judicial officers, Mr President has recently approved an enhanced salary and welfare scheme for judicial officers and accordingly directed the Chairman Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to promptly commence measures towards the realisation and implementation of these directives,” Malami, who represented the President, said.

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He further pledged that the Buhari administration will continue with efforts to transform the judiciary as part of a critical strategy in ensuring a fair, progressive, and prosperous society with the rule of law as its cornerstone.

The President commended Governor Wike for completing the project within one year after he was granted approval, describing it as an exceptional record time for a project of such magnitude.

Hailing Wike further, Buhari said it is in recognition of the numerous landmark projects that the governor has executed for the human and economic development of Rivers State that made him discard political considerations to confer Wike with the Excellence Award in Public Service in October.

The inauguration of what is now the seventh campus of the Nigerian Law School was attended by many dignitaries including Senators, members of the House of Representatives, and members of the Council of Legal Education among others.

’17 Heads Of Security Agencies Are Northerners,’ Atiku Slams Lopsided Appointments

 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, condemned what he described as the lopsided appointment of heads of security agencies by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“PDP will form a government of national unity. We will bring members of the opposition who would have lost and then, of course, we will move on from there. This is when only the ways to unify this country and we will now begin to move,” Atiku said during an interactive session with members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

“Today, we have 17 heads of various security agencies. All of them come from the North; I will not do that. I will make sure that every geopolitical zone is represented in these security outfits. This is also another way you can unify this country and give every part of this country a sense of belonging.

“By the time you double the strength of the Nigeria Police Force, maybe you will be talking about 700,000 or so. You will have reduced unemployment. So, we will extend that operation to the armed forces. By the time you finish doing that, you will find that you would have taken more than one million people out of the unemployment market.”

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In this file photo taken on February 19, 2019 Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar (L) speaks with PDP Chairman of Board of Trustees Walid Jibrin as they attend an emergency National Executive Committee party meeting in Abuja ahead of rescheduled general elections. Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP
File photo: Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar. Credit: Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP

 

He expressed his intention to continue with the economic policies the PDP embarked on between 1999 and 2007, which according to him includes liberalising the economy and promoting the private sector to create jobs and wealth in simple, straightforward terms.

“Liberalising the economy is broad. Empowering the private sector is broad, and of course, continuing with the privatisation of our public enterprises. In other words, (we will create) a more private sector-driven economy,” he added.

Terror Alert: Moles Within Govt Working To Collapse Nigeria, Says Security Expert


 

A security consultant, Ladi Thompson says moles in the government are working to collapse Nigeria.

“It seems that some elements within the government, moles within are working together with this agenda to collapse this country from within,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme on Saturday.

According to Thompson, the Federal Government’s policies of absorbing captured terrorists into the Nigerian society, failure to prosecute known terror financiers, amongst others are signs of alleged complicity.

“There are moles in high places in Nigeria and what is happening to our people is that when terrorism is being used clinically, one of its objectives is to break the will of the nation,” he emphasised.

Thompson said the alerts of imminent terror attacks in Abuja released by the United Kingdom and the United States must not be ignored.

“Abuja is a matter of time if we don’t change strategies,” he said and advised that low-tech devices should be deployed in Abuja immediately.

The security expert, however, expressed confidence that Nigeria will surmount the current security challenges.

“We will beat this thing but for us to beat this thing, the whole nation must realise that the strategy that this government is putting together has not worked (and) it is not working,” he stated.

 

‘Focus On The Message, Not The Messenger’

 

On his part, a global security analyst, Ademola Abbas urged the Federal Government to forget the messenger and focus on the message.

“Let’s for once forget the messenger and focus on the message – the message is that there is a threat to our country…We live with threats every single day,” Abbas submitted.

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The US and Britain had on Sunday warned of possible terror attacks in Abuja, especially at government buildings, places of worship, schools and other centres where large crowds gather. Both countries also commenced the evacuation of their citizens from the Nigerian political capital.

However, Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed dismissed the terror alerts, saying the government won’t be stampeded and that Nigeria is safer than in May 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari came into office.

 

Spate Of Attacks

 

Disturbingly, a number of daring terrorist attacks have been recorded in Abuja in 2022 and other parts of the country. On July 5, 2022, insurgents invaded the Kuje prison in Abuja and freed hundreds of inmates including hardened Boko Haram fighters.

The marauders also in the same month attacked the advance convoy of the President near Dutsinma in Katsina State. The emboldened terrorists would later in August ambush and kill some members of the Presidential Guards Brigade in Abuja.

Similarly, on March 28, 2022, the ferocious terrorists attacked a Kaduna-Abuja train, killed scores, kidnapped many passengers and held them hostages for over six months before their eventual release earlier in October.

On June 5, 2022, terrorists also invaded a Catholic church in Owo, the hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, killed over 40 worshippers and injured scores of members.

Nigeria Committed To Stabilizing Democratic System, Says President Buhari

President Buhari with Speaker Kim Jin-Pyo during a meeting with Speaker of the Korean Parliament in Seoul, South Korea on 27th Oct 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Seoul, South Korea, reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to stabilizing the country’s democratic system.

Speaking during his meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kim Jin-Pyo, on the sidelines of the World Bio Summit 2022, the President declared that the successes achieved in the recent off-season elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States, confirmed that the people of Nigeria have approved the democratic form of government.

According to him, “We are proud that our patriotic people are given the right to choose who will govern and represent them in the various legislative houses at state and federal levels.”


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Recalling his political journey dotted with several attempts and court cases to clinch the Presidency, the Nigerian leader praised the introduction of technology, especially the use of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) for his eventual success at the polls, while noting that the diversities introduced by the colonial history of Nigeria unlike in Korea, have not made governance easy.

Describing the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NNPC Ltd and Daewoo Group for the rehabilitation of the Kaduna Refinery which took place shortly before the President’s visit to the Parliament, as “very significant,” the Nigerian President, who noted that “technology transfer is not easy,” expressed appreciation to the Korean government for its generosity in the rehabilitation of both Kaduna and Warri refineries.

He also commended the resourcefulness of the Korean shipping industry, and thanked the host government’s assistance towards the rehabilitation of Nigeria’s infrastructure, describing it as “crucial.”

Declaring that Nigeria was trying to be self-sufficient in many areas due to her huge population so that she can be of help to other countries in the sub-region as well, President Buhari affirmed that good education and health are “very critical and fundamental to our state of development.”

In his words, “We are doing our best to see what government can provide and hope the people appreciate our efforts.”

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Speaker thanked President Buhari for his first visit to the Korean Parliament and commiserated with Nigeria over the havoc caused by floods.

Describing Nigeria as a “cultural power house” rich in population, natural resources and high GDP, Mr. Jin-Pyo, said the Korean Parliament valued its relationship with Nigeria and loved to see increased “people-to-people” interactions.

He noted that under President Buhari’s leadership, the Republic of Korea was able to grow bilateral trade with Nigeria by 30 per cent last year, and looked forward to expanded trade under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) regime.

The Speaker expressed his government’s readiness to assist Nigeria in human capacity building, while requesting for support as Korea planned to host EXPO 2030 in Busam, adding that he believed many Nigerian companies would attend.

He thanked the Nigerian President for addressing the World Bio Summit and commended Nigeria’s choice as a manufacturing hub for vaccines with Korea ready to provide requisite staff training.

According to Mr. Jin-Pyo, “Your visit will serve as a momentum to build on existing bilateral relations and expand to other areas like healthcare while finding ways to fund and provide better life for our peoples and engendering stronger Parliaments.”

Other ranking Parliamentarians in their remarks, praised President Buhari’s personal integrity and firm commitment to the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria.

Buhari Calls For Increased Korean Investment In Nigeria

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Seoul, invited top Korean business executives to increase their investments in Nigeria, while his Administration would continue to make determined efforts to improve the enabling domestic environment for businesses to flourish.

Speaking during an audience he granted representatives of strategic Korean companies and industries on the sidelines of the World Bio Summit 2022 in the Republic of Korea capital, the President declared that “Nigeria remains committed to creating a stable and enabling business environment for foreign investors through the formulation of sound economic policies and improved governance,” adding that “the security forces have been working assiduously with local communities to ensure the security of lives and properties of Nigerians and foreign investors.”

According to him, “Our administration, has prioritized Power infrastructure under the Presidential Power Initiative. In this regard, Nigeria has procured modern power equipment which was inaugurated in September 2022 as part of the phased project to generate 25,000 megawatts of electricity by 2025.

Furthermore, to ensure ease in clearing of cargo, giant strides have been digitalised of the processes in our Sea-Parts as well as airports.”

Making a case for the country as investment friendly and choice destination, President Buhari further highlighted that, “With a nominal GDP of 431.97 billion USD, Nigeria’s economy remains the largest in Africa with vast human capital and natural resources.

“The steady improvement from the global economic downturn of 2020 indicates that the Nigerian economy is on firm path of recovery. I implore you therefore, to take advantage of the many investment opportunities in Nigeria, especially in the areas of Oil and Gas, Trade, Manufacturing, ICT, Creative Industry and Culture exchange. It is worthy of emphasis to underscore that the business environment in Nigeria offers low corporate tax regime/ VAT rates, flexible labour market conditions and simple procedures for establishing businesses.”

Acknowledging some significant investments by Korean companies in Nigeria in the fields of construction or heavy duty industries, ICT and electronics as well as chemical production estimated as at 2021 at no fewer than twenty registered companies in Nigeria, among which are the Samsung, Deawoo and Hyundai Heavy Duty Industries as well as the LG and Samsung electronics and the Lotte Chemical industry, the Nigerian President expressed delight that these “companies have continued to contribute immensely to the growth of the Nigerian GDP and have created job opportunities in the country.”

According to him, “I look forward to increased investments by Korean private companies in Nigeria as we resolve the issues of enabling relevant agreements such as Investment Promotion and Avoidance of Double Taxation between our two countries.”

The Nigerian leader hoped that his engagements with Korean economic operators in priority areas would be mutually beneficial to both countries and their peoples.

Among Captains of Industry that made remarks at the event were; Byung-Kwan KIM, Chairman Korean Importers Association, Mr Sam Ka, CEO Korea Ship Building and Offshore Engineering, Mr Seung Il Chow, Chief Operating Officer of Daewoo Engineering and Construction, Mr Jaycee Jung, President/CEO, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Sang Ho Shiu, CEO, Kelon Group.

Speaking from the Nigerian end were Chief Ladi Jadesinmi, Chairman LADOL, Mallam Mele Kyari, Group CEO, NNPC Ltd, and Alhaji Bashir Yusuf Jamo, DG, NIMASA.

In Seoul, Buhari Urges Ambassadors To Prioritize Protection Of African Interests

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined African Ambassadors to continue to give preference to the protection of the interests of the African continent and her people.

The President made the call Wednesday in Seoul, during an audience with African Group of Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of Korea, on the sidelines of the First World Bio Summit.

According to the Nigerian leader, “the economic prosperity and development of Africa is the collective responsibility of Africans in leadership positions. I therefore, call upon you as a group and as individuals, to promote the agenda of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area which is aimed at making Africa an attractive common market for the global community.”


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Stressing the need to speak with one voice and project the correct African story to the rest of the world, President Buhari told his guests that “it is imperative that as you go about your diplomatic duties, you take into cognisance, the contents of the African Union (AU) Charter and the AU Agenda 2063 as they represent the priority expectations of the African Continent. We need to engage the rest of the world with one voice, based on our narratives that are carefully crafted in the two documents under reference.”

He also called on them to “continue in your individual and group capacities to project African narratives to reflect the correct standing of Africa in the world as you go about your diplomatic responsibilities to your respective countries,” while commending their exemplary activities in their host Asian country.

The Nigerian President further encouraged them to “sustain the already existing friendly relations among the African group and continue to look after one another with the aim of projecting Africa as a single unified continent.”

He also appreciated the Ambassadors for the warm reception accorded him and his delegation on arrival at the Seongnam International Airport, Seoul, on Monday.

Speaking at the event, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the reception shows African solidarity, as the African Union captures and institutionalizes the unity of the continent, a position shared by Amb Ali Magashi, Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Korea.

Ambassador Carlos Boungou, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, thanked President Buhari for his leadership and achievements in Nigeria, Africa, and global affairs.

President Buhari’s Full Statement On The Incoming Prime Minister Of UK, Rishi Sunak

 

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE INCOMING PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE RISHI SUNAK MP

“On behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the largest of 21 countries of Africa that are members of the Commonwealth, I welcome incoming British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to office.

“As the first Prime Minister of British-Asian descent and the youngest in about 200 years, these milestones will be especially inspiring for young people across our 2.4 billion-population, 56-nation Commonwealth.

“On this important day, we should also remember the enduring partnership and unbreakable friendship between our countries, United Kingdom and Nigeria.

“We stand together in this troubled world against terrorism. We are determined to address the world food crisis that is driving up the cost of living for people and families across the globe. We are steadfast in our commitment to make our countries and our allies more energy secure.

“We are pledged to address climate change that forces millions to leave their homes through desertification and attempt to cross the seas into Europe. And we seek to increase trade and investment within and between Commonwealth countries to boost the health and wealth of all our peoples.

“We seek to deepen our partnership with Britain to achieve these objectives, and more. The government and people of Nigeria look forward to working with Prime Minister Sunak and the leaders of other Commonwealth nations to deliver them.”

History Will Be Fair And Posterity Will Be Kind To Buhari – Lai Mohammed

A file photo of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

 

The Minister of Communication and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that history will remember the Buhari-led administration for good. 

Alhaji Mohammed in his opening remark on Wednesday at the inaugural edition of the PMB administration scorecard 2015-2023, opined that the despite several attempts to play down the achievements of the present administration, the Buhari government has etched its name in gold within the annals of history.

“Despite attempts in some circles to downplay the achievements of
this Administration, I have no scintilla of doubt that history will be
fairer and posterity will be kind to us,” the minister stated.

He further asserted that the government in the coming days will showcase more of what has been achieved in under President Muhammadu Buhari, even as the administration winds down.

Below is a full statement of the minister’s presentation today.


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OPENING REMARKS BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, AT THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF THE ”PMB ADMINISTRATION SCORECARD 2015-2023” SERIES IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19TH 2022.

Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, distinguished ladies and
gentlemen, gentlemen of the press, good morning, and welcome to this
press conference

2. This is the first edition of our new series, entitled ‘PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023’, designed to massively showcase the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

3. We have, over these past years, highlighted these achievements via Town Hall Meetings, Press Conferences, Radio and TV Documentaries, Media Appearances and Testimony Series. But as the Administration winds down, we believe it’s very important to consolidate our efforts at showcasing these achievements, hence we have designed a number of porgrammes, including the series starting today.

In the weeks ahead, we will be unveiling other programmes in this regard.

4. Gentlemen, in the words of President Muhammadu Buhari, this Administration has implemented high-impact projects across the length and breadth of the country that meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians. And this is in recognition of the importance of critical infrastructure in economic development and the quest of this Administration to leave a lasting legacy.

Today, you will hear about some of those projects in the area of critical infrastructure from the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, who is kick-starting this series.

5. Subsequently, you will hear from more Ministers and other top government officials about the strides in their various ministries and sectors, including transportation, social investment programme, economy, communications and digital economy, power, petroleum industry, defence, health, agriculture, youth and sports, trade and investment, fight against corruption, water resources, aviation and justice, just to mention a few.

6. In the din of politicking, naysayers have attempted to play down the massive and unprecedented achievements of this Administration. Some presidential candidates have even released a poorly-done photocopy of this Administration’s achievements as their own Blueprint. But the series we are starting today will leave them breathless as we cover all the achievements in the various sectors. Because we have so much to showcase, the frequency of these briefings will be high and this will run through the remaining part of our
tenure.

7. Despite attempts in some circles to downplay the achievements of this Administration, I have no scintilla of doubt that history will be fairer and posterity will be kind to us. Those whose trips have been shortened and smoothened by good roads and bridges will remember those who built those roads and bridges; those who use the modern terminals at our airports will remember who built them. Those who ride on modern trains along Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna and Itakpe-Warri will not forget those who made that happen. And the 9.8 million school children who are fed daily, the 1 million youth that have been empowered as well as the 500,000 who are undergoing trainings under the N-Power and the 1,632,480 households that have been enrolled in the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme will not forget.

8. On this note, Honourable Minister, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, gentlemen of the press, it is my pleasure to invite the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing to make his presentation, after which we will take your questions. Honourable Minister please!

Electoral Act: Court Fixes Jan 19 To Hear PDP’s Suit Against Buhari, AGF

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed January 19, 2023 for hearing in a suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party against President Muhammadu Buhari challenging moves to tamper with the Electoral Act 2022.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date following information made available to the court that a related suit on the same electoral act is pending at the Supreme Court.

At the day’s proceedings, counsel for the PDP, James Onoja told the judge that the apex court had delivered a judgement on the same subject which was taken to the apex court directly by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

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He further pleaded with the court to proceed with that of the PDP since the Supreme Court did not delve into the substantive matter but struck out Buhari’s suit for lack of jurisdiction.

In a brief ruling, Justice Ekwo held that it was better for the Federal High Court to thread softly and subsequently fixed January 19 to await the report of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Electoral Act.

The PDP through Ogwu Onoja had sued Buhari, Malami and Senate President Ahmad Lawan over a move to alter an aspect of the Electoral Act 2022 after it had been signed into law by the President himself.

Buhari Confers National Honours On Fashola, Okonjo-Iweala, Kyari, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari and other dignitaries at the event on Tuesday in Abuja

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday conferred national honours to 449 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria. 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, were also in attendance at the event which was held in Abuja.

Babatunde Fashola, SAN, was awarded the National Honours Award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger(CON).

 

The awardees include the President’s late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede;  the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State amongst others.

 

Others were awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

Receiving the officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) medal, General Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari, said the award “brought fulfillment and elevates expectations from my country for more sacrifice.”

 

Buhari Attends Passing-Out Parade Of NDA Cadets In Kaduna

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is in Afaka, Kaduna State, for the passing-out parade and commissioning ceremony of cadets of Regular Course 69 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

The President, who is the Reviewing Officer, arrived at the venue at 10:40am and inspected a Quarter Guard at the NDA main gate.

He is expected to present the Banner to Champion Battalion and awards to deserving cadets.

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Among the dignitaries present include all the service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali; Senate President Ahmed Lawan, the governors of Niger and Kaduna states, as well as National Assembly members.

A total of 239 cadets including those from sister African countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Niger Republic, Chad, and Uganda are passing out from the Academy as junior military officers.