Buhari Celebrates Birthday Without Military Parade

Serving President, Muhammadu Buhari clocks 75 today, Sunday.

It was learnt that the President cancelled the usual military parade by the Presidential Guards Brigade on Saturday to spend quality time with his close family members only.

A government official however said that notwithstanding the President’s wish, some of his close aides and top government officials would still find a way of “honouring and appreciating him on his birthday.”

“It is true that the President wants to mark his birthday as quietly as possible but he still has to accommodate us. He is our leader and it is just appropriate that we should be allowed to show him a token of our love on that day,” he said.

When contacted on the telephone on Saturday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that the celebration would be strictly, a family affair.

Shehu said, “I think the President does not want anybody bothered on the matter. That is why he waved the usual parade that we have witnessed in the past.

“He prefers to spend his time with family members and close relatives. The ceremonies you have seen in the past, especially the parade aspect has been cancelled.

“This is his idea; he doesn’t want to bother people.

“You also know that the day is a Sunday, a day to worship God in churches. So people can go and worship their God.”

When asked what Buhari’s birthday wish is and the kind of birthday gift he wants from Nigerians, Shehu said he had no such information.

“I have no such information. As I speak with you now, he (Buhari) is in a closed session with his co-ECOWAS leaders.” Shehu said.

Buhari Sends Condolence To Egypt

President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences to the government and people of Egypt following the attacks on a mosque in North Sinai yesterday that left over 235 dead after prayers.

Buhari condemned the irrational act on the innocent worshipers, which supports the motion that terrorism has no relationship or respect for any religion and should be visited with the full wrath of the law in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu,

The President reiterated that the workable panacea to such mindless and irresponsible attacks on citizens would be a global joint action that continually shares intelligence, simulates scenarios and regularly updates on both local and international threats. Buhari prayed that the almighty God would receive the souls of the departed and comfort the families of those directly affected.

Ebonyi Governor Encourages Buhari for Second Term

Dave Umahi, the current Gorvernor of Ebonyi has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the presidential election in 2019 just as he has indicated interest for Ebonyi governorship election.

The governor told State House correspondents in Abuja on Thursday, that Buhari was very qualified to seek a second term in office.

Umahi, a first term governor, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was at the Presidential Villa ahead of Buhari’s planned visit to Ebonyi, Anambra and Imo states.

“Well, any first term governor would want to go for second term and if what you wish yourself, you should be honest enough to wish another person the same.

“Since, Mr President is doing his first term and I am doing my first term, it’s my wish to re-contest and I will as well wish the president the same to re-contest,’’ he said.

On the President’s planned visit to Ebonyi, Umahi said the state was fully prepared for the visit.

He said: “We pleaded with Mr President for the visit and before then we have been preparing, we are fully prepared.’’

The governor revealed that several projects had been lined up for inauguration by the President during the visit.

According to the governor, the twin flyovers that is built across the African trans-atlantic road running from Enugu to Cameroun passing through Ebonyi State will be among the projects to be inaugurated by the president.

“We have quite a lot of projects that we have executed within the past two and the half years.
“We have three twin flyovers that are built across the African trans-atlantic road running from Enugu to Cameroun passing through Ebonyi State.

“So we have to build three twin flyover to decongest traffic on that road, each of the twin flyover is 700 metre length.

“We have completed two and the third one is 80 per cent done, Mr President will commission the two.

“We also have a mall what we call Ebonyi mall that is modelled after the famous Dubai mall.’’

He stated that the president would lay a foundation stone for the mall during the visit.

Umahi expressed the hope that Buhari would inaugurate the Mall project when he returned to the state for re-election campaign in the next 12 months.

“Also we are building a tunnel that dovetails into a flyover that is parallel to the existing flyover, that particular junction that is called Akanu Ibiam junction.

“We want Mr President to lay the foundation stone and that flyover bridge will be named after Mr President and we are sure to finish that project in the next 12 months.

“Mr President will also come back, he will be commissioning it when he comes back for his campaigns.”