President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the wives of state governors of the 36 states of the federation.
President Buhari during the meeting on Saturday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja assured the governor’s wives of his support, noting that he would canvass more moral and financial support for them.
Wives of the governors during the meeting with President Buhari played video clips of projects they had executed in their various states and called on him to help them canvass more funds for projects when next he meets the governors.
The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, is worried about the security of the National Assembly and the Presidential Villa after the Senate was invaded on Wednesday.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, a legislator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), raised the concern during his appearance on News At 10, hours after suspected thugs disrupted proceedings at the Upper Chamber and made away with the mace.
He condemned the incident which he said involved the kidnap of one of his colleagues, stressing that it shows Nigeria has a serious security challenge.
“There is no way on earth they (the invaders) could have gotten into a car, kidnapped a senator, drove through multiple security points, escaped from the facility; we are next to the Villa. If the National Assembly complex is not safe, then the Villa certainly is not safe,” the lawmaker said.
“If people can get away with this on live TV, then we have a serious security problem in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If herdsmen can kill with no ramifications, kidnappers can pick you away with no ramifications, and the rich and the poor can get attacked the same way and there is no protection for anyone, then we are in a state of anarchy,” he added.
The Deputy Chairman revealed further that the hoodlums took the mace away from the chamber and on their way out, they kidnapped a senator from Lagos State – Solomon Iyayi – who narrated his ordeal to the Red Chamber during a closed session.
Asked how sure he was about what he was saying, Murray-Bruce said, “He (Omo-Agege) was in front of me, I was the first person to approach the door. I walked towards the door and I was the one looking at him directly to his face.
“I looked at him and he had a gang of young men, there’s a bunch of cowboys besides him fighting his way through with a bunch of ladies blocking his path; and he walked his way through the ladies and the guys who were with him broke somebody’s leg and threw chairs around and tried to intimidate people.”
The lawmaker noted that everybody involved in the act was caught on tape while the incident lasted for at least four minutes.
He, however, decried that security operatives have yet to apprehend the culprits, wondering what the perpetrators aim to achieve by committing such crime.
Earlier, the Senate had issued a statement shortly after the incident occurred, condemning the incident as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force.
The police had also arrested Senator Omo-Agege, although the lawmaker has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and the invasion of the Upper House.
A statement from the police on Thursday, however, revealed that the stolen mace was found after the National Assembly ordered the heads of the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) to recover the mace within 24 hours.
According to the police, the hoodlums abandoned the mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate in Abuja, where a passer-by saw it and alerted them.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s daughter, Oludamilola on Thursday engaged her fiancé, Oluseun Bakare, at a private traditional engagement party.
The event, which witnessed attendance of some governors and top government officials, was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Vice-president had earlier taken to Twitter to announce the wedding. Using his official twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo on February 14 he said, “With joy and praise to the Lord, Dolly and I announce the betrothal of our daughter Oludamilola Osinbajo to Oluseun Bakare.”
The church wedding is scheduled to take place at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Saturday, March 17.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October 27, hosted some state governors at the Presidential Villa.
They include Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura; Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam; Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.
There was drama at the Presidential Villa on Thursday night when Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, led members of the National Assembly leadership there for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
A source in the National Assembly confirmed to Channels Television that some of the lawmakers were angered by the level of security screening they were subjected to and angrily opted to abandon the meeting.
The leadership of the National Assembly visited the villa to discuss the 2018 budget with President Buhari.
Upon their arrival at the villa in a coaster bus, they were informed they would be subjected to checks including body searches.
Despite the setback, the meeting went on with the Senate President telling reporters afterwards that they had a fruitful discussion with President.
Asked whether they were barred from entering the Villa by security agents, the Senate President said the matter has been resolved, which is why they are with the President.
The Senate also said that the lawmakers would be back to visit the President in a few days.
After the meeting, President Buhari apologised for the mix-up. As the President, along with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saw the lawmakers off, there was a lot of laughter and no sign of the drama that preceded the meeting.
President Muhammadu Buhari was seen in public as he went to observe the Friday Muslim prayers within the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The President was joined by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd); as well as the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu among others.
He was seen chatting with the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Mr Lawan Daura.
There were concerns over President Buhari’s health as the Federal Executive Council meeting could not hold last Wednesday.
Last week Friday, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir Elrufai had advised that people should reduce visits to the Aso Villa to allow the President some rest.
Three years after the abduction of her daughter, Esther Yakubu has been speaking of the pain she has had to bear over the period.
Mrs Yakubu who seemed to be the face of the Chibok mothers on Friday, confronted the Police as she marched alongside another Chibok mother, demanding that they be given access to the Presidential Villa.
She told Channels Television that the anguish she felt with the disappearance of her daughter has not reduced.
“For you not to be together with your child at least for three years is not easy, but for the grace of God we have 24. We say thank you, but we want them to put more effort to ensure the rescue of others so that we can rejoice altogether.
“It is not easy for a child to go for education and just disappear in her final year; I think about her always, day and night, every second. If not because of this, I don’t think I will be separated from my kid for so long like this,” she said.
Yakubu also lamented that the abduction of her child has affected the younger siblings, saying their education standard has dropped.
“When we were there in Chibok, her younger siblings are always in first position. But as for now, their education barrier is back because they are afraid of being taken away from their school.
“Whether they are in Chibok or not, they do not feel at home because they fear someone will come and pick them from school anytime,” she added.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has appealed to Nigerians to reduce the frequency of their visit to the Presidential Villa and give President Muhammadu Buhari some space to recover.
Answering questions from journalists after a Jumat service at the Aso Villa also attended by the President, Governor El-Rufai said the number of visitors coming to the Villa to see the President had become a strain on him as he needs some time to rest.
“I believe that what the President needs is for those that love him to keep away from him and allow him to rest. The President needs quality time to rest because it is meeting too many people that strains leadership.
“I am a governor and I know that when I meet 10 people in a day, I get so tired. It is not the paper work, it is not reading the memos and approving them or asking questions that strains a leader. It is the stream of visitors.
“I don’t want to contribute to the President’s problems by coming here everyday. I plead to all of us that love the President to please allow him some space so that he can recover. We need him, the country needs him,” El-rufai pleaded.
Meanwhile, his appeal is coming at a time when there has been war of words between himself and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, over a controversial budget issue.
Dogara had challenged governors to make public their security budgets, as well as provide details of how they disburse local government funds.
All heads of prosecuting agencies of the Federal Government are in a crucial meeting with Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa.
The agencies include the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Department of State Services (DSS), and the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
Although the reason for the meeting is unknown, feelers are that it may not be unconnected with the recent setbacks suffered in the government’s corruption cases.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will formally launch the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020 on Wednesday, April 5.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, revealed that the ceremony will take place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The statement explained that the launch is “in furtherance of the current administration’s drive to sustain and build on the successes so far recorded in tackling corruption, improving security and revamping the economy.
The ERGP, which unveils a road map for Nigeria’s economic recovery, growth and sustainable development, was made public on March 7, while President Buhari was on his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
The Media Adviser to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Akpandem James, had said the ceremonial presentation will take place when the President returns from his vacation.