Saraki Calls For ‘Selfless Service’ From Nigerians In Easter Message



Senate President, Bukola Saraki has called on Nigerians to commit themselves to selfless service and make sacrifices in the interest of the country.

Saraki made the call in an Easter message to Christians on Thursday signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

The President of the Senate stated that the Easter period was again a reminder that Jesus Christ whose birth, life, passion, death and resurrection brought salvation to mankind.

“I believe that our country will become better if we all commit ourselves to selfless service and making sacrifices, both at the individual and collective level. I also believe that Christians, like their counterparts in other faiths, have spent the Lenten Season to stand in the gap for Nigeria and humanity in general.”

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He urged Nigerians not to relent and; “The prayers and fasting of Nigerians have been the bulwark against all the centrifugal and centripetal forces threatening to pull our nation down. We must not relent but only need to add discipline, obedience to law and more intense patriotism to our attitude.”

Saraki acknowledged the challenges facing the country and such “obstacles are surmountable if we all play our roles patriotically and commit to be our brother’s keeper.”

He urged Christians not to always relent in prayers for God’s positive intervention in the affairs of the country.

May Day: Saraki Praises Workers For Priceless Contribution To Nigeria

Senate President, Budget reformThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described Nigerian workers as the lifeblood and driving force of the nation’s development in view of their invaluable contributions.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to mark the 2017 Workers’ Day celebration, Senator Saraki lauded the resilience and commitment of workers in both the formal and informal sector, describing their contribution to the nation and the economy as priceless.

He stated that from the SMEs that contribute over 47 per cent to our GDP, to the civil servants who are the driving force behind our government, all the way to the unregistered business owners who work to make a living for themselves and their families, every Nigerian worker in both the formal and informal sectors makes a priceless contribution to the sustainability of our nation.

He further stated that the Senate would continue to partner with Nigerian workers to enact legislation which would guarantee that they get their dues at the appropriate time and that their safety and well-being in the workplace are guranteed.

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed As Chief Of Staff

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed as Chief of StaffSenate President, Bukola Saraki has appointed Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed as his new Chief of Staff.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki says the appointment takes immediate effect.

61-year-old Baba Ahmed was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; London School of Economics and University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

He was permanent secretary at various times in the Presidency and later Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

He later became Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is a holder of the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The new Chief of Staff to the Senate President is a columnist with the Daily Trust Newspaper.

Tell Us True State Of Nigeria’s Security, Fayose Tells FG

Ayodele Fayose, Muhammadu Buhari, UNIMAID, MaiduguriThe Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has asked the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the true state of the nation’s security.

Governor Fayose made the call on Monday while addressing reporters in Ado Ekiti, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria, hours after a suicide attack led to the death of four persons.

He claimed that contrary to claims by the government that it was winning the war against the insurgents, happenings in the past few weeks have clearly shown that Nigeria was being ‘governed by propagandists’.

The governor maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remained the only party which had better solution to the nation’s challenges.

His call was in reaction to the blast at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in Borno State, in Nigeria’s northeast.

Eyewitness said a boy of about seven years carried out the attack

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the death of Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Aliyu Mani, and three others to reporters after the suicide attack in the early hours of Monday.

Survivors said the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated the bomb while some Muslim faithful were praying at the Junior Staff Quarters Mosque in the school premises.

Following the incident, the UNIMAID authorities announced the postponement of all examinations earlier scheduled to take place on the day of the blast.

While President Muhammadu Buhari sympathised with the families of the departed, Senate President Bukola Saraki has call for strengthen security presence in schools to avert subsequent attacks.

Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bombing, Calls For Strengthened Security

Bukola Saraki, UNIMAID, University of MaiduguriThe Senate President in Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has condemned the bombing of a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri that claimed the lives of a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and three others.

In a statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senator decried the loss of human lives and destruction of property in the incident.

He expressed concern over the rising trend of isolated Boko Haram attacks on soft targets since the military took over the Sambisa forest which used to be the stronghold of the insurgents.

Dr. Saraki observed that such attacks have continued to create fears among Nigerians.

He added that in spite of the obvious defeat of the insurgents, pockets of attacks were still being perpetrated by the fleeing remnants of the outlaws.

The Senate President also stated that the attack on the university provided a cogent reason security should be strengthened around all educational and allied institutions to prevent reoccurrence.

While praying that God should grant repose to the souls of the departed and quick recovery to the injured, he called on Nigerians to be more vigilant and security conscious.

Seven-Year-Old Carried Out Attack

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the death of the late professor, Aliyu Mani, and three others to reporters after the suicide attack in the early hours of Monday.

Survivors said the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated the bomb while some Muslim faithful were praying at the Junior Staff Quarters Mosque in the school premises.

Following the incident, the university authorities announced the postponement of all examinations earlier scheduled to take place on the day of the blast.

University Of Maiduguri Explosion: Management Postpones Examination
Entrance gate of the University Of Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist attack and sympathised with the institution, families of the victims, the government and people of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

A statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said “President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows that the perpetrators have no true understanding of Islam, adding that their despicable acts of terrorism are cowardly, criminal, unjustifiable and punishable before God Almighty and the laws of the land”.

Purchase Of Made In Nigeria Shoes Earns Army Senate’s Commendation

army-boot Made In NigeriaThe promotion of made in Nigeria goods and services is a priority for the Nigerian government and this is seen in the commendation that the Nigerian Army has received from the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for buying Nigerian made shoes.

The army had purchased 50,000 pairs of shoes from local manufacturers in Aba, a production hub in eastern Nigeria, for the use of officers and soldiers.

Lauding the decision, the Senate President said: “The move shows that the military is living up to its billing as an institution that can play vital roles in boosting the national economy”.

A statement by Dr. Saraki’s spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that the Senate President pointed out that the decision to patronise Made in Nigeria footwear was a good example which showed the force as a pace setter and a truly national institution which is ready to contribute its quota in ending the present economic recession.

Mr Olaniyonu said that the Senate President had been a major supporter of the Aba local manufacturers.

According to him, Senator Saraki urged all the other military and para-military forces like the Air Force, navy, police, civil defence corps and the National Youth Service Corps to emulate the army by immediately banning the purchase of all imported foot wears in preference for locally produced ones.

He also urged the military and paramilitary agencies not to limit their patronage and promotion of Made in Nigeria goods to only shoes but to other items that can be sourced locally, while also praising the Air Force for the co-operation it is forging with the Innoson Motor Group in the area of manufacturing of some air plane parts.

“This is the essence of the amendment of the Public Procurement Act by the Senate since June. The new law compels all Ministries, Department and Agencies of government to compulsorily give preference to goods and services which can be sourced locally. We believe one of the gains that our country will derive from this recession is to make our people look inward and patronise locally made goods.

“Patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods is an obvious panacea for our economic problems. We will by doing that increase our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), empower our youths, challenge their creativity, increase revenue generation ability of state governments and improve on the sense of self pride and patriotism of Nigerians”, he said.

The Senate President further advised State and Federal Governments to encourage local manufacturers by providing them with necessary infrastructure, soft loans, patronage and helping them to improve on the quality of their goods as well as facilitating their ability to access the export market.

Saraki also implored organised groups like the National Economic Summit Group (NESG), associations in the field of marketing communications and others who can help in the areas of goods packaging, sales promotion and quality enhancement to engage the local manufacturers and see how they can help them broaden their reach and produce goods that can be sold across the world.

“We have an opportunity to turn our challenge to prosperity. We can create mass employment and make the private sector centre of our economy if we can make our small and medium enterprises to prosper. This is a task for all of us and this promotion of Made-in-Nigeria is a cardinal point in the Agenda of the present Senate”, he said.

Saraki Urges Nigerians To Collaborate With F.G To End Recession

Bukola-Saraki-President-National-Assembly-NigeriaThe Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians to collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure that the nation emerges from the current economic recession stronger, more united, developed and self reliant.

He made the call in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, marking the nation’s 56th Independence Anniversary.

Saraki commended all Nigerians, especially the nation’s founding fathers, for their contributions that have averted disaster from the nation at every point of her existence when it is threatened by social, political and economic problems.

While expressing regret that in 56 years of existence, Nigeria’s economy still depends on only oil, a situation which created the present economic problems being experienced by the citizenry, Dr. Saraki commended Nigerians for their perseverance, understanding and support in the face of the harsh economic condition.

He added that no single individual can solve the present economic predicament but with collective efforts and sheer political will, Nigerians can push back the high tide of recession confronting the nation.

Saraki Calls For Probe Of Alleged Boko Haram Recruitment In IDP Camps

sarakiSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for the probe of the purported recruitment of Boko Haram terrorists in some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in northeast Nigeria.

Dr. Saraki asked various security agencies not to treat the rumours with levity but to urgently investigate the issue and unravel those behind the menace.

He made the call on Wednesday in Abuja in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

Senator Saraki stressed that it has become necessary for Nigeria’s intelligence outfit to take such rumours seriously with the aim of curtailing the untoward development.

He cited the example of the Islamic State (IS) that has been recruiting members from European refugee camps and that of the Kenyan government that had to shut down the world’s largest refugee camp because the Al-Shaabab group was also using the place to train and recruit young people as extremists.

The Senate President re-emphasised that it is important Nigeria takes the rumours about Boko Haram recruiting from IDPs camps seriously.

He also restated his call for a more holistic investigation of the alleged diversion of materials meant for the IDPs in the previous week.

Dr. Saraki stressed the need for a better coordinated response by the Federal Government to the situation in the northeast, in order to secure aid and funding from international partners.

Full Text: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Eid-El-Fitr Message To Nigerians

Eid-El-Fitr Message To The Nation From President Muhammadu Buhari

Eid-El-Fitr, BuhariI felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast.

I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the Divine Command.

I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.

On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another.

As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.

Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.

On Monday this week, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined me to host Iftar reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), artisans and Physically-challenged persons.

Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.

I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise.

I commend the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North East part of the country.

I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.

I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our administration.

Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and may the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation.

Eid Mubarak!

Muhammadu Buhari

July 5, 2016

Saraki Urges Muslims to Sustain Virtues Learnt During Ramadan

CCT, Saraki, Senate President, CCTThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki has asked Muslim faithful to sustain the values and virtues which the holy month of Ramadan has taught them.

This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on  Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu in commemoration of the 2016 Eid-el-Fitri.

Senator Saraki also asked all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful in the face of daunting socio-economic challenges.

He stated that the country can only regain its lost glory when the citizenry uphold the virtues of good neighborliness and eschew intolerance of other people’s opinion, corruption, abuse of power, disregard for due process and disobedience to the laws of the land.

The Senate President also asked Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilization across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in the spirit of the Eid-el-fitri.

Senator Saraki further stated that Nigerians who nurse one grudge or the other against the state should seek for legitimate and peaceful means of expressing their grievances.

Democracy Remains Best Solution To Our National Problems – Saraki

Saraki, DemocracyNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has commended Nigerians for working to sustain democracy in the past 17 years despite the various challenges the country has encountered within the period.

In a statement to mark the 2016 Democracy Day, Saraki described democracy as not only the most globally accepted system of government but also the best solution to the problems confronting a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious society like Nigeria.

The Senate President said that in the last 17 years, the electorate have become more discerning and sophisticated as the nation has got to the point that people elected to the various offices have become conscious of the fact that they are under constant watch and when they fail to meet the expectation of the voters, they will be “given the red card”.

According to the statement, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, “It is the first time in our national history that we will have 17 unbroken years of democratically elected governments.

“Last year, our people demonstrated that our democracy is fast maturing as they voted out a party in power and elected another party. Since then, one can notice how people have become more and more interested in governance and the performance of those elected and appointed into public offices.

“In my own view, these are signs that our democracy has matured. Our people deserve commendation for that. This positive development is also already reflecting in the quality of governance and the level of development being witnessed across board in the country”, he stated.

The Senate President further called on elected and appointed officials at all levels of government to continue to justify the confidence people reposed in them as he said that he and his colleagues in the Senate are conscious of the fact that if they fail to live up to the expectation of the people, the next elections are just around the corner.

He added that at this point, the nation must improve on the conduct of elections in such a manner that the free will of the electorate will be reflected in the results, adding that for the country to become a matured democracy, elections must be peaceful, free and fair.

“The issue of free and fair elections is a joint responsibility for all of us. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must continue to improve on its process and machinery for conduct of elections while the people must learn to shun violence and all forms of unlawful conduct during electioneering. We cannot be celebrating many years of democracy if people still take elections as if it is war and refuse to accept the decision of the majority.

“We in the National Assembly will continue to strengthen the electoral laws and other legislations that can build institutional checks against the abuse of the laws by individuals and groups. We must get to the point where people who resort to violence to achieve political objectives are severely punished”, Saraki stated.

He added that Nigeria must become a model in Africa for the enthronement of rule of law and protection of fundamental human rights of all individuals and that the country must show good example to other countries on the continent and in the Commonwealth nations in that regard.

Saraki noted that in the area of the economy, the entire world is facing challenging times and that what the country needs to overcome the situation are discipline, prudent management of her resources and and exploration of hitherto neglected areas in creating national wealth.

“I can assure our people that the present economic problem is a temporary challenge. We will all be happy very soon. It is for this reason that, as I congratulate our people on this occasion of Democracy Day, I call on them to continue to pray for the government and support all efforts aimed at ensuring that we all reap the dividends of democracy.

“We should remember that tough times do not last but tough people do. God bless Nigeria. God bless Nigerians”, Saraki stated.

Saraki Reacts To CCT Trial

sarakiThe Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is confident that if his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged falsification of assets is conducted fairly he will be vindicated.

In a statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Dr Saraki said he was glad that his trial before the Tribunal on asset declaration in 2003 had finally commenced.

Saraki said the proceedings of Tuesday had given him confidence.

The Senate President also pointed out that “even though the prosecution tried to bring in some dramatic narratives, it was clear that they were merely thrashing around and hoping to titillate the public with salacious tales”.

He added that he was hopeful, however, that at the right time, his lawyers would have the opportunity to present his case.

The trial of the Senate President had earlier been adjourned by the Tribunal till Wednesday, after it heard testimony of the first prosecution witness, Micheal Wekpas, who is an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission.