Aisha Visits President Buhari In London

The first lady of Nigeria has gone on a trip to London to visit her husband President Buhari three weeks after he left Nigeria for the United Kingdom to undergo medical treatment.

Mrs. Buhari’s trip was announced by one of her acquaintances, Zaynab Ikaz-kassim on her Twitter handle, @zaykassim Tuesday.
According to the tweet, Mrs. Buhari will spend some time with her husband in London.
“Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, today (yesterday) left for London. She will spend time with her husband, President Buhari who is presently on medical leave,” the tweet said.

 

 

Health Minister: Why Buhari Could Not Be Treated in Nigeria

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, has assured Nigerians over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health. Saying that health was a complex issue which was one of the reaasons why the president travelled for medical treatment.

His current trip is the third in the past year solely for medical reasons. He said,
“One thing we must realise is that health is a complex issue. There’s what we call patient-doctor relationship; there is also a bond between the patient and the doctor and these are things we can’t play with,” the minister said in an interview with newsmen.

Adewole, who is a professor of surgery, added: “I used to have patients in Ibadan and they still call me, and say ‘we will like to see you’. Then I have to say no to them because I’m no longer available and ask, ‘why can’t you see somebody else?’ But many of them are reluctant to do so. That’s the complex thing about health.

“We should give him (Buhari) that choice. What we really wish is for Mr. President to be well and hearty.
“However, this is also a complex country, so I am not too happy about some of the insinuations, because we should pray for our leaders. We should continue to pray for him,” he canvassed.
According to Adewole, “He (Buhari) came back and told us that he was ill and that he was treated. When we have that type of leader, I think we can go to sleep.”

 

Buhari’s Personal Photographer Shares His Story

This is an inspiring story of the young man Bayo Omoboriowo who went from hawking to becoming President Muhammadu Buhari’s official photographer. Almost everyone has a grass-to-grace story to tell especially when they have struggled against all odds to succeed. Such is the case of Omoboriowo who has gone on to become the official photographer to the number one citizen of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bayo’s story tells of him going from being a pure water hawker to that coveted position of the official photographer of the president, which means he’ll get to follow the president to most of his official assignments (isn’t that awesome?)

In video shared by celebrity photographer, T.Y Bello, President Buhari’s personal photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, shared stories of how he hawked sachet water otherwise known as pure water at a market in Mushin, just to make some money for his family. The throwback photo on the left is him holding his first professional camera in 2011.

“Yes I hawked pure water in Mushin, Ojuwoye market. They were calling me Bayo pure water because i shout Buy your pure water and so they called me Bayo pure water. This was when I was still in primary school. At a point I was ashamed because I would see my schoolmates and their parents driving them home after school”he said

Watch the video and be inspired…

BAYO OMOBORIOWO: Awesome day sharing stories over food with @bayoomoboriowo official photographer to @muhammadubuhari . I wish there was a way to document all the amazing conversations that happen on our roof . And all these awesome people that come up there so often Bayo's presence was a blessing and his love for Nigeria is contagious.I was looking at him thinking .. hmm .. could it be possible that this young man is being groomed by God to lead this nation someday . BAYO- PURE WATER!😂It's amazing to look back and be able to laugh at our journey . As we go along we get a clearer picture of where God is taking us and we are no longer ashamed to share the challenges that were difficult .. painful or even embarrassing . Those stories don't define us but we proudly own them. They're all important in building our identity… so we're thankful for them. It was a more inspiring day for my assistant @shutterjenius on the left . ( killing that bone 😂😂😂🙈)Earlier in the year she was in a near fatal accident on her way to one of Bayo's #unabashed photography events . I know that Adelodun absolutely adores him so it was fun to have her get a personal unabashed session . Bayo !!! Thank you for being so fun and inspiring .. we have waaaay too much in common … I love you and I'm so proud of you.

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‘Buhari Treats Me Like His Son’- Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said President Muhammadu Buhari treats him like his son.

According to his media aide, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said this at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, His Royal Highness Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman, on Thursday.

 “I feel very much at home in Katsina. Moreso because this is the State of the President who has taken me as a brother; in fact the President has taken me as a son in the way he treats me,” Osinbajo said.

“The amount of responsibilities President Buhari has given me shows he seriously believes we can live together as brothers”

“I pray the Lord will preserve our President to continue to lead as the nation has voted him to do. He seriously believes in Nigeria unity”

Jonathan: Controversy Over Buhari’s Letter Calling Osinbajo Coordinator Unnecessary

Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Minna Chapter, Taidi Jonathan, has said the controversy surrounding the letter transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly is “unnecessary.”

Recall that there has been outrage over the letter Buhari transmitted to the National Assembly that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo should coordinate the affairs of the country on his behalf.

Jonathan noted that the phrase asking the Vice-President to coordinate the affairs of the country, should not attract any controversy.

Addressing newsmen in Minna, Niger State he stressed that what mattered was that the letter was transmitted as required by the law.

Jonathan said, “The law is very clear about this. When the president is not in, the Vice President steps in. Buhari is not in and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is the acting President. That is all.
“The controversy over the content of the letter or the choice of words is needless.”
“Efforts should be geared towards supporting Osibanjo and wishing the President quick recovery; Nigerians want good leadership and there is no vacuum.”

Controversy Over Buhari’s Handover Letter Needless Distraction

The federal government on Wednesday dismissed the controversy over President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the National Assembly, in which he stated that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would “co-ordinate government activities” in his absence.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which was presided over by Osinbajo, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, described the reaction as a needless distraction, adding that the operative phrase in the letter was “in compliance with Section 145 (1)” of the 1999 Constitution.

He pointed out that once the phrase was in the letter, any other words that were included were not of paramount importance.

“I think it is a needless controversy and just a distraction. The operative sentence is ‘in compliance with Section 145 sub-section (1)’ so any other words are irrelevant,” Mohammed said.

After the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, read the letter on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday announcing Buhari’s follow-up medical trip to the United Kingdom, Senator Mao Ohuanbuwa (Abia North) had raised a point of order, questioning the use of the words “co-ordinate activities of government” as against “discharge the functions of my office” which the president had used in his January 18 letter when he embarked on a similar trip.

Ohuanbuwa was of the view that the language in the letter had implied that the full reins of power were not handed over to Osinbajo.

However, Osinbajo in response to a tweet on Tuesday seeking to know if Buhari had officially handed over to him, on his Twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo, confirmed that power was handed over to him by the president.

Irrespective, the wording of the president’s letter has generated heated debate among Nigerians, especially on the social media, with many concluding that the rewording of the letter was deliberate and politically motivated.

During the briefing on Wednesday, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, also told State House correspondents that FEC approved a memorandum seeking to establish the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations.

The minister, who said the memo was approved because trade is “pervasive” and involves a lot of negotiations, added that the government had found that trade activities are initiated by various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government with insufficient co-ordination.

This, he explained, has unintended consequences and costs for Nigeria.
He said the office would be “headed by a chief negotiator of ambassadorial rank who will then work with both the economic management team and the cabinet”.

Enelamah listed the objectives of the office to include co-ordinating various trade discussions and negotiations that will hold, and to achieve coherence in the country’s policies so that policies will pull trade together.

In his briefing, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said council also approved a memorandum authorising the introduction of a new yellow card with advanced security features.

The minister said the new card had become necessary in view of challenges surrounding the current yellow card, noting that “it could be issued by anybody and those who did not even receive the vaccination could also get a card signed for them”.

However, he said the new card, unlike the current one, cannot be counterfeited.
“Using a card reader, we can also document your vaccination status. So we know whether you have been genuinely vaccinated or not and as soon as we start the roll out, we will let the Nigerian community know about the date of commencement.

“We will also let them know that with the card they are holding, they are assured that it will be recognised abroad. We will also let Nigerians know when we will phase out the old one,” Adewole said.

Also, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said two memoranda were approved by FEC for his ministry to commence negotiations on an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the concession and construction of the rail lines that was submitted by General Electric (GE).

“The transaction advisors will now commence negotiations with GE to conclude the concessions for the narrow gauge line which starts from Lagos-Kano-Funtua-Kaura-Namoda, and then from Port Harcourt-Maiduguri which includes Aba-Umuahia,-Enugu-Markudi-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe-Maiduguri.

“The next memo that was approved has to do with the consultant that will supervise the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line and when we award the Kano-Kaduna rail line the same consultant has also been approved,” Amaechi stated.

Source: This Day

Buhari Expresses Confidence His Absence won’t Affect Governance

It has been speculated that Nigerian Governance is in big trouble as the president of the Federal Republic is in a very ill state and as such will result to destabilization in the country forgetting that the president has a very dependable cabinet and even the president is convinced that Nigeria is in good hands.

Twenty-four hours after he proceeded to London on account of his health, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed confidence that his absence would not affect the smooth running of government.

Buhari, who relayed this last night in a tweet on his Twitter handle @MBuhari, said his confidence in effective government apparatus while he’s away was absolute.

“As I noted earlier, I have absolute confidence that government will continue to run smoothly while I’m away. God bless the Federal Republic,” he said.
Buhari had handed the reins of power to his deputy, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday before departing for London.

His media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the duration of the president’s trip, which he described as a follow-up medical consultation with his doctors, would be as determined by the doctors.
Adesina said whereas the president had initially planned to embark on the trip Sunday afternoon, he had to delay his flight as a result of the 82 freed Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.

President Buhari Refers To Osinbajo As ‘Coordinator’ In His Letter

In a letter sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate, notifying lawmakers of his trip, has stated the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will “coordinate” the nation’s affairs while he is abroad for medical treatment.

This has raised questions about the place of VP Osinabajo either as a cordinator or as the acting president.

Mr. Buhari left Nigeria Sunday night, shortly after receiving 82 Chibok girls who regained freedom after three years in Boko Haram captivity.

Since coming to power in May 2015, it is the fourth time Mr. Osinbajo would be acting on behalf of the president.

Mr. Buhari has won praises for promptly handing over power before embarking on each trip.

This time, the president said his stay in the United Kingdom would be determined by his doctors.

But his latest correspondence to the Senate, read by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, was questioned by a Senator who argued that Mr. Osinbajo should have been designated “acting president”.

Mao Ohabunwa, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, representing Abia North, said it was not proper to name the vice president “coordinator” of the nation’s affairs.

He was however ruled out of order by Mr. Saraki, after the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, defended Mr. Buhari, citing Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.

That section says, “Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting President.”

 

 

Buhari Had Kept Eyes On True Objective —Tinubu

The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians over the release of more of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

This was as he said their release showed that the president had kept his eyes on the true objective.

In a statement by Tinubu Media Office, on Monday, the former Lagos governor said “the release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls demonstrates President Buhari’s commitment to freeing these and other innocent children from the cruel hands of Boko Haram and returning them to their families and community.

“Freeing of the girls shows that President Buhari has kept his eye on the true objective. That is to reunite families and communities under the reign of peace and rule of justice so that the Northern Nigeria and all Nigeria may begin to rebuild in a way that brings a decent life and a taste of enduring prosperity to all Nigerians.

“This is the ultimate goal and the release of these girls is an important step on this pathway.

I congratulate the president. I congratulate our gallant armed forces. After waiting so long for the return of their children, the parents of these girls must feel a great sense of relief and elation,” he said.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

“Northern Governors Have Abandoned Buhari Because Of VP Slot” – Arewa Youths

The Northern Youth Leaders’ Forum have slammed the 19 northern governors for not doing enough to protect President Muhammadu Buhari in his moment of trial.

The group, in a statement by their national president Alhaji Adamu Mahmuda on Sunday, said they observed that Buhari had been left on his own since the controversy on the issues surrounding his health and well being began.

According to them, instead of informing their citizens about the true situation surrounding the President, the governors had engaged themselves in schemes and underhand deals meant to favour them to emerge as vice president in the event that Buhari does not complete his tenure.

The group said apart from Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano who organised a prayer session for the president some months back, the rest were busy either inviting party leaders to their states so as to intensity lobby for their vice presidential bids or busy holding clandestine meetings to serve their interest.

It said though it was within the governors given rights to aspire for whatever positions, they should remember ‎that most of them would not have won their elections if not for the strategy of identifying with the overwhelming influence of Buhari.
The group said for some of the governors to try to pretend the occasion does not call for their open support and ‎ agitation was an act of deception that had not gone down well with the populace.

“The northern governors who won their elections for merely identifying with Buhari have all of a sudden gone asleep not wanting to be drawn into any issue surrounding the health of the president.

“After benefiting from his campaign and support through the provision of bail outs and other handouts for them to run their states, we find it extremely uncharitable for the governors to have gone so cold when the occasion demands they should rise up and reassure citizens in their states that there is no cause for alarm and that the president is only taking a rest.
“Nobody is fooled by their ‘see no evil, hear no evil posture’ which is deliberate so as not to make them appear too supportive of the president for fear that that might make them lose out in case the president decides not to continue. But this is wicked, selfish and insensitive,” the group stated..

Acting President Yemi Osinbaja Set To Preside Over Presidential Forum

Following the sudden deteriorating state of the President, The vice president,  Yemi Osinbajo now the acting President will preside over the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum on Monday, May 8. The forum will take place at the State House by 10 am is set to focus on the creative digital economy and will be attended by Members of the Economic Management Team (EMT), and other senior government officials.

The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, May 8, will preside over the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum, the Presidency has said. The presidency on its official twitter account said the meeting will take place at the State House today, May 8. Presiding over quarterly business forum will be Osinbajo’s first role as the acting president since Buhari departed for United Kingdom from Nigerian on Sunday, May 7. The Presidency said today, PQBF is the third in the series and the first sector focused business forum.

The Presidency also said forum will focus on the creative digital economy and will be attended by Members of the Economic Management Team (EMT), and other senior government officials. The forum will take place from 10 am to 1 pm today.

See the Presidency’s tweet below:

The president’s trip comes two months after President Buhari returned from an earlier treatment. Upon his return on March 10, the president had announced that he will be returning to the United Kingdom for a continuation of his treatment.