Buhari Urges Barrow To Ensure Smooth Transition In Gambia

muhammadu-buhari-sues-for-peace-in-ecowas-regionPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged the President-elect of Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, to ensure that the transition process is as smooth as the electoral process.

He also wants Mr Barrow to carry everyone along in his task of taking Gambia to a new level.

The Nigerian leader made the demand in a telephone conversation with the President-elect on Monday shortly before his trip to the International Forum on Peace and Security in Senegal.

President Buhari again expressed his gladness at the conduct of the contestants before, during and after the elections.

He also expressed his admiration at the existing rapport between the President-elect and other contestants especially the current President, who lost the election.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President observed that democracy, rule of law and respect for each other are fast taking roots in Africa and that Gambia had also become a role model for Africa and the world.

He further congratulated Mr Barrow again on his electoral victory.

The President had earlier congratulated him on Saturday December 3, after his triumph was announced.

Buhari Wants More Security In Gulf Of Guinea To Check Oil Theft

muhammadu buhari and florentina adenike ukonga on Gulf of Guinea and maritime security Nigeria is looking to collaborate with other countries to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and check activities of oil thieves in the coast, President Buhari says.

The Nigerian leader made the statement at a meeting on Thursday with the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Ambassador (Mrs) Florentina Ukonga, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said that most of Nigeria’s stolen crude oil is taken through the waterways.

President Buhari told the envoy that the commission was of strategic importance to plug revenue leakages.

“That region, between Senegal and Angola, affects our financial and physical security as a country. Nigeria will, therefore, meet all its obligations to the Gulf of Guinea Commission, and also encourage other member countries to do the same.

“This administration will do its best to strengthen maritime security. The rejuvenation of the Gulf of Guinea Commission is vital, and Nigeria will participate more effectively because of the security implications,” President Buhari stated.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina said Ambassador Ukonga told President Buhari that the Commission was established in 2001 to tackle piracy, unregulated fishing, drugs and human trafficking and environmental pollution among others.

The Gulf of Guinea Commission, with headquarters in Luanda, Angola, also generates awareness among member states on the need to maintain security in their territorial waters.

“We have been giving the bad guys in maritime a run for their money,” the Executive Secretary said.

The Commission has eight countries as members from west and central Africa, with an intention to admit more countries soon.

It Is Good To Be Back At Work, Buhari Says

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-Yemi-OsinbajoOn his resumption of duties on Monday, a day after he returned from London where he travelled to for vacation and ear evaluation, President Muhammadu Buhari says it is good to be back at work.

In a message on his Twitter handle, President Buhari shared a picture of himself and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in his office.

The tweet read:

“I Am Better”

President Buhari came back to Nigeria on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. and told reporters at the Abuja airport that he was feat.

He returned to Nigeria after a 10-day official vacation where he also had his ear evaluated by Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists.

“I am ok. I am better. You can see me inspecting the guards of honour. Now you can do the assessment yourself,” Mr Buhari told reporters at the airport.

He also said in Hausa language that he was so healthy that he could even engage anyone in a wrestling bout.

A spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, had in a statement said President Buhari’s Personal Physician and an E.N.T. Specialist had recommended further evaluation of the ear after they had examined him.

Stakeholders To Set New Date For ECOWAS-ECCAS Summit On Boko Haram

ECOWASNigeria will hold further consultations with other stakeholders to agree on a new date for the ECOWAS-ECCAS security summit on Boko Haram, President, Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday.

The meeting was earlier scheduled to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on April 8, 2015, but it was postponed because of Nigeria’s general elections held on March 28 and April 11.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said the Nigerian leader gave the hint about the planned meeting with stakeholders for a new date at a meeting with the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Desire Ouedraogo.

Victory Over Terrorism

President Buhari welcomed efforts to strengthen and expand cooperation between ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on the war against terrorism.

He reiterated his view that greater regional and international cooperation was needed to ensure victory over terrorism in Nigeria and other countries.

The President also assured Mr Ouedraogo that Nigeria would continue to fulfill its financial obligations to ECOWAS to enhance the regional body’s ability to attain its objective of regional integration and development.

President Buhari commended the ECOWAS Commission and other ECOWAS institutions for progress made on the Biometric Identity Card system, which would come into force in 2016.

He said that its introduction would be a major milestone to full regional integration and the free movement of ECOWAS citizens within the sub-region.

Wave Of Terror

There have been wave of terror in the Central and West African region, occasioned by inter-religious crisis in the Central region and the Boko Haram terrorist group in the west.

Close to two million persons have been displaced in Nigeria’s north-east, the stronghold of the terrorist group.

At an African Union summit in South Africa weeks ago, the Nigerian President stressed the need for more collaboration between countries bordering the oil-rich nation in West, which have eaully recorded cases of terror attacks. He said the collaboration would strengthen the fight against the terrorist group to end their activities in the region.