Atiku Leaves US For Nigeria Ahead Of Presidential Debate


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has left the United States and is expected back in Nigeria this afternoon ahead of the NEDG/BON presidential debate.

Atiku returns after a two-day visit to the US where he met with different groups, including some members of the Nigerian community.

While in Washington DC, Alhaji Abubakar attended a business round table at the US Chamber of Commerce where he shared his plans centered on his mantra to get Nigeria working again.

His trip to the United States came after more than a decade of not visiting the country.

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He was accompanied by some party leaders, including the Director general of PDP Presidential Campaign Council and Senate President, Doctor Bukola Saraki.

The presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will hold today in Abuja.

The debate is scheduled to hold by 7:00 p.m at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the same venue where the vice-presidential debate held on Friday, December 14, 2018.

It will be transmitted live on all BON member stations and its affiliates and streamed live on all social media platforms.

The debate offers the platform for the presidential candidates to reveal to Nigerians their plans for the country as the nation prepares for the general elections this year.

Expected to partake of the presidential debate are the flagbearers of the Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN), the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and The Young Progressive Party (YPP).

Buhari Will Probe Jonathan’s Government Only – Presidency

TherBuharie is now a confirmation that the Presidency is ready to commence probe of ministers and other government officials who served under the President Jonathan’s administration.

The Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, told Channels Television on Thursday that it would only make sense to look into the activities of the immediate past government rather than delving into all other administration.

According to Mr Adesina, “it would be a distraction for the President to begin digging into all former administrations but for a proper take-off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, there is the need to look into the immediate past government.”

He, however, made it clear that it is not a witch hunt, as only persons who looted the country’s funds would be made to return such loots.

He explained further that President Buhari would not waste time in probing the administrations of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalam Abubakar, Sani Abacha and Ibrahim Babangida.

Mr Adesina described the outcome of the President’s official visit to the U.S. as “a roaring success on every side”.

Buhari Ends Visit To US, Leaves For Nigeria

President-Buhari-3Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has concluded his four days official visit to the United States and has left the country for Nigeria.

President Buhari rounded-off the visit on Wednesday after an earlier meeting with representatives of the United States Institute of Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Atlantic Council, National Democratic Institute, International Republican Institute and International Foundation of Electoral System.

In his speech, the President told the gathering that Nigeria’s commitment to good governance, anti-corruption, democracy and security of lives and property remained firm.

He, however, stressed that fixing Nigeria’s problems, as formidable as they are, was the responsibility of Nigerians.

“The international community can only assist, but the hard work belongs to Nigerians and their government.

“I will as President, lead from the front, but all Nigerians, including the opposition parties, civil society, business and religious leaders, public servants, labour unions, the youth and professional associations all have important roles to play to get our country back on a sound economic footing,” president Buhari stated.

On Monday, President Buhari held talks with President Barack Obama on terrorism and further plans to foster greater economic ties between both nations.

He also met with Nigerians in the Diaspora in the United States and assured them that his administration would remain committed to ending the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.