Buhari Assures Of Nigeria’s Support For Breakaway Western Sahara

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria would stand with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in line with several resolutions of the African Union (AU) on the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and independence.

A statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said Buhari spoke while ‎receiving Mohammed Salem Ould Salek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of SADR at the State House, Abuja on Friday.

Buhari assured him that outstanding issues on self-determination for the country would be scrupulously attended to.

“The issue first came up when I was in office as military head of state. After I left government, Nigeria remained steadfast on it.

“In my maiden outing at the UN General Assembly last September, the issue of Sahrawi was in my speech. You have no cause to doubt our commitment. We stand with our African Union colleagues on this issue.

“Nigeria will maintain focus till everything is finally resolved positively,” Buhari told Salek, who visited Abuja as Special Envoy of President Mohammed Abdelaziz of SADR.

Salek said his country would never forget the role Nigeria and its then military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari played in recognising his country in 1984, when it sought self-determination from Morocco.

“It paved the way for the UN to adopt several key resolutions on Western Sahara, elaborating a peace plan. History is now repeating itself, as you are the President of Nigeria at a time the Sahrawi issue is being put on the front burner again’’, he pointed out.

The Special Envoy told Buhari that his country needed a special push from Nigeria again, as it received in 1984, “to accelerate matters”.

He said that Nigeria helped a lot of African countries achieve independence, noting that SADR was the only pending matter on the continent.

Since its inception, the SADR has been recognised by over 80 countries around the world, and in 1984 it became a full member of the OAU and is a founding member of the AU.

Pensioner Donates Earnings To Buhari For Anti-Corruption War

A pensioner, Mrs. Rose Arabameh Julius, has donated her monthly pension of Ten thousand naira (N10,000) to support the Buhari administration’s war against corruption.

Mrs. Julius, who retired as a cleaner from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, also promised to contribute N1,000 every month out of her pension towards the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons.

She said that she was making the donation because she was convinced that President Muhammadu Buhari is a tested man of integrity who can be trusted to restore the lost glory of Nigeria and drastically curb corruption in the country.

According to a statement signed by Abiodun Oladunjoye on behalf of the Special Adviser to the President Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, the pensioner also commended the President’s efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency and rehabilitate internally displaced persons.

Receiving the donation on behalf of President Buhari, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina thanked Mrs. Julius for her faith in the Buhari administration.

“We have a pact with Nigerians to change things for the better and we are on the right track. President Buhari and his team are working tirelessly to revamp the economy, combat terrorism and curb corruption,” Adesina said.

Qatari Investors Look Towards Nigeria

Signs that President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Qatar may started yielding positivity result manifested yesterday as Qatari businessmen have indicated interest to invest in financial, oil and gas and telecommunication sectors in Nigeria’s economy.

Other areas the business community showed concerned were telecommunications, tourism, agriculture, food processing sectors, among others. This came as President Buhari has assured them of security and protection, adding that all visa impediments, multiple taxation would be removed.

Speaking on behalf of the Qatari senior executive of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and some private businessmen at a meeting with president Buhari in Doha on Sunday, Muhammed Bin Ahmed Bin Towar Al Kuwari, Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Africa was a new destination for the next decade. “All eyes are on Africa in the next decade. Africa is the next place for growth, the rest of the world is looking towards the continent, and Nigeria is an important part of that continent,” he said.

President Buhari had assured the people of adequate security in Nigeria. He said “Nobody invests without first knowing how secure a country is. That is why we have placed high premium on securing the country, because you cannot effectively manage a country you have not secured. “My party campaigned on three main planks: security, employment generation and anti-corruption. “We campaigned on zero corruption, promising that we would run an accountable government and we are keeping our promises.”

A statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, the presidential media aide stated that president Buhari while speaking on the crash crude oil prices in the international market and its effect on the Nigerian economy, informed his hosts that Nigeria was blessed with vast arable land for agriculture, and rich deposit of solid minerals, which the businessmen can invest in, and reap rich returns in a short while.

“Agriculture and solid minerals will mobilize youths for gainful employment. We have the capacity not to need to import food at all. “But we need to also tackle infrastructure deficit in power, transportation, rail, road, and in other areas. We will put together an articulated plan, which would be discussed with you shortly, so that you can make investment decisions. “All impediments like delayed processing of permits, multiple taxation, and corrupt practices, would be removed,’’ the President said.

Boko Haram No Longer A Threat To Our Development- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday boasted that Boko Haram insurgents no longer poses a threat to his government’s development programmes despite the groups renewed attacks in some parts of the country.

Buhari made the assertion while speaking at a bilateral meeting he had with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani, and contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President said since his inception as President in May 2015, the Boko Haram sect has been systematically decimated though admitting that the group’s activities had led to loss of many lives and displacement of innocent people in the country.

“Nigeria is a victim of terrorism. It is with heavy heart that I stand before you and say activities of Boko Haram have led to loss of many lives and displacement of innocent people in our dear nation.

“We, however, take pride to inform you that since our coming to power, Boko Haram has been systematically decimated and are in no position to cause serious threat to our development programmes.

“The conflicts in Yemen and Syria with their attendant humanitarian crisis need genuine international effort to solve.

“Nigeria as a peace-loving country identifies with the State of Qatar in all her peace efforts in the world to end terrorist activities.

Talks Begin On New National Carrier

President Muhammadu Buhari has begun talks on the establishment of a national airline for Nigeria, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said on Sunday.

According to him, Nigeria and Qatar also signed Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) in Doha to pave the way for direct flights between major cities of both countries.

The statement did not go into detail on the proposed Nigerian national carrier but simply said “Nigeria has also commenced discussions on partnerships towards establishing a national airline for Nigeria”.

Indications are that discussions are ongoing with the Qataris, whose airline, Qatar Airways, is highly rated. Qatar Airways flies to 140 destinations globally and employs 31,000 people.

“Both countries also signed an agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion on the sideline of President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to Qatar,” he Adesina said in a statement.

“The minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, representing President Muhammadu Buhari, signed the air services agreement on behalf of the country while Qatar’s minister of transportation and communications, Jassim Bin Saif Alsulaiti, signed on behalf the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani.

“The agreement which was signed in the presence of both leaders is expected to operate on the principle of reciprocity by the designated airlines on behalf of the countries.

“The minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, also signed the agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes income with her Qatari counterpart, Ali Shareef Al Emadi.

“It is also expected that the agreement on bilateral air service will promote trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries just as Nigeria has also commenced discussions on partnerships towards establishing a national airline for Nigeria.

“The agreement on the avoidance of double taxation which had been negotiated since February 2015 will no doubt bring in more investments and businesses between Qatar and Nigeria.”