Buhari Returns To Abuja From Daura

A file photo of PResident Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after spending a week in his home town of Daura, Katsina State to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir.

While in the state, the president hosted his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Conde.

He also commissioned some projects executed by the Katsina State government and the Nigerian Airforce.

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The president who touched down at 10:29 am on Saturday, was received by the Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Inspector General of Police and Permanent Secretary of the FCT, among others.

CBN Directive: What They Have Thrown On The Table Is Fake – NECA DG

 

The Director-General, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Timothy Olawole, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation is fake and immeasurable.

According to him, although the president meant well in giving the directive, it is ill-timed and not very favourable to most Nigerians.

“What they have thrown on the table is fake, it’s not specific, it’s not measurable and that makes it difficult for Nigerians to really be extremely hopeful that yes there will be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said on Friday during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.

Olawole also believes that the country is yet to attain the level of food sufficiency that would allow such directive to thrive.

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He further explained that there is no clear definition of what types of food would be banned.

“There was no clear cut definition of what it meant by food. Is it processed food? are they food that serves as faders into our industries or factories or production processes which will affect the capacity of this production processes? Are they foods that are in their raw forms that are consumed by the generality of Nigerians?

“Because each category has its own implication. So overall, because of the aim or the objective that he intends to achieve which was according to his statement, to conserve foreign exchange makes sense, it’s laudable.

“However, you don’t just jump into the implementation of such policy without sitting down and doing due diligence: Is it the right time to do this? Is it going to rupture or destroy other policies? Is it even going to cause more problems than the one you are trying to solve?,” he questioned.

The NECA boss also pointed out the problem of proper implementation.

According to the president, “the problem with Nigeria is not the issue of policy or plans, the problem is with implementation.

“They go out there, make fantastic statements, they say the right things but down the line when you look back after several months or years… as a matter of fact even all they said they are going to do, there are no timelines”.

Mr Olawole’s comments come three days after President Buhari issued the directive.

According to him, it was important considering the “steady improvement” in agricultural production and attainment of “full food security” in Nigeria.

He, however, noted that the foreign reserve would be conserved and utilised strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.

Anybody Who Tells You Buhari Is Not Doing Well Is A Liar From Hell – Joe Igbokwe

 

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbowe, has asked Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Igbokwe, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday blamed the nation’s woes on the previous administrations since 1999.

According to him, anyone with the insinuation” that President Buhari’s government has not done well is ‘a liar from the pit of hell’.

“You (PDP) were there for 16 years and we didn’t see anything. In the midst of plenty, I cannot lay my hands on anything.

“Support your leader, don’t be a distraction. Anybody who tells you Buhari is not doing well is a liar from the pit of hell given where we are coming from,” he said.

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His comments follow a reaction by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ken Okolugbo that the APC led-Federal Government has not fared well in its cardinal promises.

The APC had swept to power in 2015 promising to urgently address the nation’s security, economy and fighting corruption.

On corruption, the PDP chieftain accused the President of favouritism in the graft war.

Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Joe Igbokwe.

“I will never give a pass mark, the only pass mark I will give is in terms of security. And our security is in tatters now.

“On the issues of corruption, I have always said it that there is favouritism. Though they have made a significant progress, a lot of money has been recovered,” he said.

But speaking on the home-grown school feeding programme, he noted that the initiative does not cover more than 15 states.

While lauding the Federal Government for launching the Treasury Single Account (TSA) seen to encourage transparency in governance, he faulted the current administration for not tolerating criticism.

Buhari To Discuss Xenophobia Attacks, Other Issues In South Africa Visit – Dabiri-Erewa

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri on Monday expressed hope towards an end to the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

She said the issue of xenophobia and the bilateral relationship between both countries will be discussed by both President Buhari’s and President Cyril Ramaphosa during the visit.

Dabiri disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television programme, Lunch Time Politics.

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“When the President visit South Africa in October one of the things that will happen is that Nigeria and South Africa will officially commission the bi-lateral commission between both countries.

“Of course the issue of xenophobic attacks and the killings of Nigerians will definitely be on the front burner,” she said

She recalled that the President of South Africa during his recent visit to Nigeria assured President Buhari that Nigerians were not the target and that the crime rate in his country is high.

Dabiri added that Ramaphosa during the visit promised that efforts are ongoing to ensure that South Africa is safe for everyone.

She added that although South Africa has taken steps to contain the attacks, “One of the things Nigerians are now asking of is the outcome of investigations.

“We need to see the political will, assuring us that we are not being targeted.

“Africans, we are brothers. It’s actually shameful that at this stage of our lives we are talking about Africans killing Africans,” she added.

The relationship between Nigerian and South Africa has been debated widely, especially concerning the Xenophobia attacks in the country.

The special adviser to President Buhari has however assured that both the Nigerian leader and the South African leader will discuss building and developing Africa to be one of the best continents, come October.

Oyegun: True Example Of A Patriot, Democrat – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in congratulating Chief John Odigie Oyegun on his 80th birthday, describing him as true example of a patriot and democrat.

President Buhari in a statement on Sunday congratulated Chief Oyegun on the milestone, which has been highlighted with memories of great achievements like turning a Permanent Secretary at the age of 30, winning a gubernatorial election in early 50s, and providing visionary leadership to unseat an incumbent government for the first time in Nigeria’s history.

The President said that the former chairman of All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP) and APC set a standard for consistency, honesty and integrity in Nigeria’s politics as he championed building of strong democratic institutions, and promoted the virtue of looking beyond elections and positions to growing and unifying the nation for posterity.

“As an active participant in Nigeria’s political development and governance for many years, President Buhari believes Chief Oyegun’s depth of wisdom, maturity, tolerance and penchant for always putting the interest of the nation above self should serve as a lesson to both old and younger political actors, that the greatest investment for building a nation is personal sacrifice,” the statement read.

The President rejoiced with family members, friends and associates of the former governor of Edo State as he turns an octogenarian, praying that God will give the elder statesman good health and strength to keep serving the nation and humanity.

‘Nigeria Will Always Be Proud Of You,’ Buhari Tells Akintola Williams At 100

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with a renowned chartered accountant and legendary teacher, Chief Akintola Williams as he turns a centenarian today.

The President in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity congratulated Akintola for many honours and pride brought to Nigeria and Africa.

President Buhari also commended Chief Williams for his pioneering and pacesetting roles and for laying the foundation for many institutions in the country, which include Nigerian Stock Exchange and Institute of Chartered Accountants, which have long turned into strong pillars of the Nigerian economy.

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“As first chartered accountant in Africa, the President believes Chief Williams’s prudent utilisation of time from his youth, and a proclivity for looking beyond circumstances, separated him early for global recognition, turning him into an institution that many will continue to study and draw inspiration from.

“President Buhari extols the centenarian’s adventurous spirit of seeking and taking up challenges like music, arts, and promotion of culture, underscoring his willingness to always serve the country and move it to greater heights through knowledge, wisdom, and counsels to leaders,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari, therefore, joined family, friends and professional colleagues in celebrating with Chief Williams on his 100th birthday, and for achieving the feat of inspiring the largest professional services firm in Nigeria with Deloitte & Touche.

He prayed that the almighty God will grant Chief Williams health and strength to continue serving God, the country and humanity.

Fintiri Visits Buhari, Asks President To Upgrade Federal Medical Centre

 

Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State on Thursday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The governor who was the leader of a delegation known as Leaders of Thoughts visited the President on issues affecting the state.

Part of the requests presented before the President was to convert the Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola to a conventional university.

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Similarly, the Adamawa State government wanted the Federal Government upgrade of the Federal Medical Centre to a teaching Hospital.

Reacting, the President requested that a formal request be submitted to his office, promising to review the request and act accordingly.

Buhari Receives Security Briefings From Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received briefings from service chiefs are currently in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The meeting was held at the President’s office in the State House.

Although the agenda of the meeting is not yet known it might not be unconnected to the prevailing security situation in the country.

President Buhari has had a series of meetings, with different groups of eminent Nigerians including traditional rulers, over security issues in the country.

The security issues include the spate of banditry, kidnapping and rising deadly criminal activities across the country.

Also, this is perhaps the first time the President will be meeting with the heads of security agencies after the United States-based publication, Wall Street Journal reported that Nigerian soldiers were secretly buried in secret graveyards in Borno state, a story the Nigerian military has denied.

See more photos from the meeting below…

 

Tribunal Reserves Judgment In HDP’s Petition Against Buhari’s Election

 

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has reserved judgement in the petition filed by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP).

The party through their counsel, Chukwunoyerem Njoku, is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 election.

The Tribunal reserved judgment in the petition on Monday after parties in the petition had adopted their final written addresses.

Adopting the HDP’s final address, its lead counsel Mr Chukwunoyerem Njoku, urged the Tribunal to set aside the presidential election of February 23 on the ground that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not follow conditions in the Electoral Act before postponing the poll earlier scheduled for February 16.

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Mr Njoku informed the Tribunal that because INEC did not follow the conditions before postponing the election unconstitutionally, a referendum was conducted in line with the law and the presidential candidate of the HDP, Mr Ambrose Oworu, emerged winner of the referendum with over 50 million votes.

He submitted that Nigerian citizens participated in the February 16 referendum as required by law and urged the Tribunal to nullify the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari by INEC as president and in his place, restore Mr Owuru as the authentic winner.

However, the President represented by Mr Wole Olanipekun urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition on the grounds that it is frivolous, baseless and lacking in merit.

Mr Olanipekun told the Tribunal that the petitioners did not in any way adduce evidence on how the referendum was conducted and who conducted it in line with the provisions of the law.

He also said he had studied carefully the final address of the HDP and its presidential candidate and there was nowhere they made any case against President Buhari.

Also adopting its final address, INEC through its lead counsel, Mr Yinus Usman, urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost to serve as a deterrent to those who may wish to file frivolous and baseless petitions in the 2023 elections.

Mr Usman argued that the petition lacked merit because the electoral body conducted an election and not a referendum and that the claims of the two petitioners were strange to the electoral umpire.

He, therefore, urged the Tribunal to uphold the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23 lawful presidential election.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) represented by Mr Akin Olujimi, in its final address, demanded the dismissal of the petition for lacking in merit.

Senate Confirms All 43 Ministerial Nominees

 

The Senate has confirmed all 43 ministerial nominees sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday last week.

The confirmation followed the conclusion of the hearing conducted by the upper chamber on Tuesday, after a week-long screening process.

Meanwhile, the senate screened the remaining three nominees; Mr Lai Mohammed, Sabo Nanono and Saleh Mamman.

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Below is a list of all 43 ministerial nominees confirmed b the upper chamber;

  1. Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia)
  2. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)
  3. George Akume (Benue)
  4. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)
  5. Emeka. Nwajuaba (Imo)
  6. Olorunnibe Mamora (Lagos)
  7. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun)
  8. Adamu. Adamu (Bauchi)
  9. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)
  10. Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra)
  11. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo)
  12. Mustapha Shehuri (Borno)
  13. Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe)
  14. Bashir Magashi (Kano)
  15. Ramatu Aliyu (Kogi)
  16. Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa)
  17. Zubairu Dada (Niger)
  18. Chris Ngige (Anambra)
  19. Abdullahi Hassan (Nasarawa)
  20. Sunday Dare (Oyo)
  21. Muhammad Bello (Adamawa)
  22. Sadiya Farouq (Zamfara)
  23. Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna)
  24. Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti)
  25. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)
  26. Hadi Sirika (Katsina)
  27. Osagie Ehanire (Edo)
  28. Paullen Tallen (Plateau)
  29. Festus Keyamo (Delta)
  30. Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe)
  31. Maigari Dingyadi (Sokoto)
  32. Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos)
  33. Dr.Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna)
  34. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara)
  35. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun)
  36. Goddy Jedy- Agba (Cross River)
  37. Suleiman Adamu Kazaure (Jigawa)
  38. Amb Mariam Katagum (Bauchi)
  39. Clement I.K. Anade Agba (Edo)
  40. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu)
  41. Engr. Saleh Mamman (Taraba)
  42. Sabo Nanono (Kano)
  43. Lai Mohammed (Kwara)

PHOTOS: Buhari Swears-In Tanko Muhammad As New CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore-in Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Justice Muhammad also at the event took his oath of office and pledged not to allow personal interests’ override his official decisions in office.

 

See photos of the swearing-in below…

Dangote, Gbajabiamila, Others Attend Presidential Policy Dialogue Chaired By Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday chaired the presidential policy dialogue session geared towards advising the government over the next four years to deliver on salient policies.

The session is scheduled for two days.

Those in attendance include principal members of the National Assembly, State Governors, Business leaders, All Progressive Congress (APC) leadership, Private Sector Representatives, and Academia.

President Buhari at the event said he expects the discussions at the retreat to dwell on high impact initiatives and strategies that can be adopted for the next four years.

He reaffirmed his commitment to consolidating on the successes of his first term as he promised to implement structures that will accelerate speedy execution of initiatives that would chart a course for the nation in the next four years.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole; Chairman of the Nigerian Governors forum, State Governors, Secretary to the government of the federation, Head of service, Business moguls-Dangote, Jim Ovia among others

 

See photos below…