President Buhari Attends TICAD Opening Ceremony In Japan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday joined other leaders at the opening session and plenary of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama, Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister declared the conference opened and disclosed that the Asian country has given Africa many interventions including the clearing of land mines, health care, water supply, building infrastructure and capacity building.

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He also described TICAD as a conference that believes in Africa and one that will continue to guide Africa and Japan.

Leaders who also gave opening speeches at the conference include Al Fatah Elsisi of Egypt; UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and the Africa Union Chairperson, Musa Faki Mohammed among others.

President Buhari is expected to deliver Nigeria’s statement during Plenary Session Three and appraise Nigeria-Japan relations during the conference.

 

See photos from the conference below…

Ease Of Doing Business: Nigeria Targets Top 100 Countries By 2019

Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria's EconomyPresident Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will be one of the most attractive and easiest places of doing business in the world by 2019.

He said this on Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya at a plenary session on “Dialogue with the Private Sector” at the sixth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD VI).

President Buhari said his administration is implementing policies and measures to create right and enabling environment for business and investors in Nigeria.

Nigeria is currently ranked 169 out of 189 countries by the World Bank, according to the Bank’s 2016 Ease of Doing Business report.

President Buhari told the session attended by several African leaders, Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and international business executives that his administration’s vision and objective was to make Nigeria one of the top investment destinations in the world, within the shortest possible time.

“We believe government has a particular responsibility to create right and attractive environment for businesses and economic activities to thrive.

“In furtherance of this vision, we have launched the Presidential Enabling Environment Council (PEEC) and Inter-Ministerial Council, to oversee the efforts of government to remove various bottlenecks that stifle businesses and economic activities and thereby create economic activities and the right enabling environment and investment climate in Nigeria.

“The secretariat will include strong private sector representation that would be led by experienced business professionals from the private sector.

“We are committed to moving up the ranking of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index 20 places in first year and be in the top 100 within the next 3 years,” the President said.

This plan was made public by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

Adaka Boro Avengers Oppose Arms Mop Up To End Niger Delta Crisis

Adaka Boro Avengers, Niger Delta, MilitantsMembers of the Adaka Boro Avengers say arms mop up exercise in the Niger Delta without dialogue with the militants will not bring lasting peace in the region.

The spokesman for the group, Edmos Ayayeibo, said in a statement that the militant groups in Nigeria’s south-south region have laid down their arms.

He added that the militants are also prepared to dialogue with the Federal Government, to end the crisis in the region.

Ayayeibo described as insincere, the plans by the military to move into camps to dislodge the militants after they had laid down their arms.

Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has been nominated by the militants as one of those to represent them on the negotiating table with the government.

President Muhammadu Buhari had disclosed that the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the Niger Delta region.

He, however, said the government does not believe the militants have announced a ceasefire, saying the government was yet to identify their leaders.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more.

“Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,” he asked in Kenya.

Buhari Agrees To Swap Boko Haram Prisoners For Chibok Girls

Muhammadu Buhari on Chibok GirlsNigeria’s President has again renewed his commitment to the rescuing of the Chibok girls, saying the government will not give up in the search.

 

Commenting on this via Twitter on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari paid glowing tributes to the military for their efforts in the war against insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

The President also said he was willing to swap Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls.

But that is on condition that they are able to list those they want released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

He says the Federal Government will want the girls out safe without any harm done to them.

Recently, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners had called on the President to accept the swap of the Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls who were kidnapped in Borno State two years ago.

The President was in Nairobi, Kenya for the African economic summit which dwells on diversification and advancement of African economies.

Full text of the President’s statement:

Nigeria Ready To Take All Necessary Measures To Free Chibok Girls – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the preparedness of the Federal Government to discuss the release of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terror group since 2014.

In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, President Buhari said the Nigerian government is ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

“I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised.

“What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram.

“If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.

“If they do it through the ‘modified leadership’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an internationally recognised NGO, then Nigeria will be prepared to discuss for their release,” he said.

President Buhari, who spoke to the media on the margins of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), warned that the Federal Government will not waste time and resources with “doubtful sources” claiming to know the whereabouts of the girls.

“We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us.”

The President maintained that the terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been largely decimated by the gallant Nigerian military with the support of immediate neighbours from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.

“Some of the information about the division in Boko Haram is already in the press and I have read in the papers about the conflict in their leadership.

“The person known in Nigeria as their leader, we understand was edged out and the Nigerian members of Boko Haram started turning themselves to the Nigerian military.

“We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded. Indeed, their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem and we know this because when we came into power, they were holding 14 out of the 774 local governments in Nigeria. But now they are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets.

On the militancy in the Niger Delta region, the President said the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the area.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,” he said.

Garba Shehu

SSA to the President (Media & Publicity)

August 28, 2016

 

Japan Pledges $30bn To Africa

japan prime ministerThe Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has told African leaders that his country will commit $30 billion into public and private support, for infrastructure development on the continent.

He explained that the package would be spread over three years from 2016, which includes $10 billion for infrastructure projects on the continent, to be executed through cooperation with the African Development Bank (ADB).

Mr Abe made this known at the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where he is attending the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD),

The $30 billion announced, is in addition to $32 billion that Japan pledged to Africa over a five-year period at the last TICAD meeting in 2013

TICAD: Buhari Says Government Will Rehabilitate IDPs

IDPs, President Buhari, TICADThe President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government will ensure full rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and find lasting solutions to combat threats of terrorism in the nation’s northeast.

Speaking at the opening of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) holding in Nairobi, Kenya, President Buhari stated that since life had started returning to normal where the IDPs were displaced, it was important for his administration to re-unite them with their families.

He acknowledged Japan’s assistance through the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and other development partners for their support towards the rehabilitation of the victims of Boko Haram and improving the lives of IDPs.

The two-day summit with the theme “Advancing Africa’s sustainable Development Agenda-TICAD Partnership for Prosperity”, is being held outside of Japan for the first time since inception in 1993.

It is  co-organised by the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, the United Nations Development Programme, the African Union and the World Bank.

It focused on promoting structural economic transformation through diversification and industrialisation; promoting resilient health system for quality life and promoting social stability for shared prosperity.

President Buhari is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe in the course of the summit.

No fewer than 35 African leaders are are attending the high level summit also attended by leading private sector companies from Japan.

This will be the first time TICAD is being held in Africa since its inception in 1993.