Buhari Speaks With Femi Adesina

buhari-writesNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has put a call through to Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

According to Mr Adesina, the president called at exactly 2:43pm on Saturday, and he was more than delighted to speak with him for the first time in a month.

During the conversation, he thanked him for “holding out against mischief makers”, while he has been away on vacation in London.

The President’s aide made this known via his Facebook account where he wrote:

“At exactly 2.43 p.m today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Who was at the other end? Tunde Sabiu, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Hold on for Mr President,” Tunde said – and in a matter of seconds, the very familiar voice came:

“Femi, how are you?” (He calls me Adesina most times, but today, he opted for Femi) – I screamed :”Mr President, I have missed you. How are you sir?”

He first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said: “I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers.”

“I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him.”How is your family?”

“I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them. I hope to call you again, ” Mr President said, and I bade him farewell, adding: “Best wishes, sir.”

Mr Adesina described the call as a defining moment for him, stating that he had deliberately avoided speaking to the President, since he embarked on his vacation, as he did not see the need to validate that fact that he was alive.

“It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London. Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he was on vacation, he had a right to his privacy.

“Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my President, my leader, and my man. Any day,” he stated in the post.

Amosun Congratulates Buhari at 74

Amosun Congratulates Buhari at 74Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his 74th birthday.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka, the Ogun State Governor joined family, friends, political associates and well-wishers to celebrate the President on the occasion of his birthday, on Saturday.

“On this occasion of your birthday, we celebrate you and your commitment to the socio-economic and political development of our dear nation, Nigeria,” the Governor said.

Governor Amosun added that, “at 74, the President’s work ethics, commitment to the Nigerian nation and style of leadership is indeed a great lesson to the younger generation.”

The governor prayed that Allah continues to grant the President good health, sound mind and fulfilment in his efforts to steer the ship of the Nigerian state in the right direction.

Presidency Explains Why Buhari Is Not Marking 74th Birthday

Muhammadu Buhari, PresidencyNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is 74 years today (Saturday), but he may not be interested in rolling out the drums to mark his birthday.

However, the Presidential Guards Brigade joined the President’s official aids at the Presidential Villa where a silent military parade was held in his honour before he joined his colleagues for the ECOWAS Summit holding in Abuja.

The occasion featured the cutting of the 74th birthday cake and the release of the white pigeons to signify peace that has followed the present administration.

Among those that have sent birthday wishes to President Buhari is his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Nigeria On Halcyon Shores

Mr Adesina took to Facebook to say: “Instead of wining and dining, (President Buhari) would be hosting leaders of the West African sub-region. For that reason was he born. For that purpose was he sent to Nigeria. To serve the country, serve humanity, and show that things could be done differently.”

He wished the President longer life and assured Nigerians that the country would get to halcyon shores.

“The man the people call Mai Gaskiya (honest man) turns 74 today. I wish him longer life, in good health. The sailing may be rough and tempestuous on the economy front now, and some people are shouting; carest thou not that we perish?

“We are hungry and dying. But Nigeria will get to halcyon shores. This land will prosper again. Our captain is at the helm. He is tested and trusted. We can then sleep through the storm,” Adesina said.

Buhari Salutes Victorious Olympics Soccer Team

buhari-wavesPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night commended the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian Soccer Team at the Olympics Games, which saw them flying over Denmark 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said “Again and again, the unconquerable Nigerian spirit has come to the fore, showing that where there is a will, there’s always a way.

“This was a team that was not given much chance, but which has now advanced into the semi-finals. Go for it. Go for the gold, and let the Nigerian banner be held proudly aloft once again on the global stage. We are almost there. Let’s go.”

President Buhari urged the nation to pray and support the Nigerian contingent at the Olympics, especially the soccer team, so that the rest of the world will know that even in the face of economic adversity, the Nigerian spirit remains resolute and lifted high.

“And this, we shall demonstrate in every sphere of our national life,” he added.

Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Deal With ‘Rampaging Herdsmen’

RiversPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja restated his administration’s resolve to deal decisively and expeditiously with the matter.

This, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, is coming against the background of reports of continued attacks on communities across the country by armed herdsmen.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), President Buhari confirmed that heads of national security agencies have been ordered to take all necessary action to apprehend and expose those behind the heinous attacks.

“We are determined to secure all Nigerians and I have told the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies, in very strong terms, to deal decisively with the attackers,” the President said.

President Buhari expressed his personal condolences to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, the people of Ukpabi Nimbo and all other communities that have suffered fatalities and other losses from the recent attacks.

Speaking on other national issues, the President assured the Bishops that he was acting with deliberation and moving methodically to implement his change agenda for the good of the country.

“We need to rebuild our institutions methodically, we need to change the way we do things.

“In the last 10 years, crude oil sold for more that $100 per barrel, but Nigeria did not save. That is why we have found ourselves where we are today,” President Buhari told the Catholic Bishops, led by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos.

The President assured them that his administration was working very hard to fulfill all the promises it had made to Nigerians, adding that his greatest motivating factor now is the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.

On behalf of the Bishops, Most Rev. Kaigama expressed the solidarity of the CBCN with the President.

“We are willing to collaborate with you and with your administration, in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria,” he told the President.

The Bishops pledged continued prayers for Nigeria and the government, expressing their conviction that current hardships are temporary, and Nigeria will soon overcome its present difficulties.

 

Nigeria, Neighbours Have Increased Capacity To Deal With Boko Haram – Buhari

president buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says that with the formation of a stronger regional coalition, Nigeria and other neighbouring countries have an increased capacity to deal with Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

President Buhari said this on Friday during a conversation with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

According to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President reaffirmed his belief that the full activation and deployment of the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has been established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, would lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko Haram.

President Buhari also said that with the Command and Control Centre of the Nigerian military now in Maiduguri, Borno State, the morale of troops in the front-line states had improved significantly.

“You can tell the Secretary-General that we are doing our best and our best will be good enough for the nation and the sub-region,” President Buhari said.

Against the background of upcoming elections in Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the President also called on the United Nations to assist African countries in the acquisition and use of innovative technologies to ensure more credible elections.

“When citizens recognize that their votes count, it will boost their confidence in democracy and their countries’ electoral systems,” he said.

Recalling that in the last general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) used smart card readers to authenticate prospective voters, President Buhari observed that while Nigeria could afford the use of such technology in its elections, other African countries may require support and assistance from the international community.

Dr Ibn Chambas commended President Buhari for his strong and positive actions against terrorism.

The United Nations envoy also welcomed President Buhari’s successful visit to Cameroon during the week and his reaffirmation of Nigeria’s commitment to the peaceful resolution of all border issues with Cameroon.