Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara Pay Farewell Visit To President Buhari

The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Bukola Saraki on Sunday night paid a farewell visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is scheduled to leave for London on medical trip. The President, who confirmed this development on his twitter handle on Sunday in Abuja, said he also received the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in the Presidential Villa on similar mission.

President Buhari posted: “I received Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara at home this evening ahead of my trip tonight.’’

President Buhari had earlier hosted the 82 rescued Chibok schoolgirls to a light reception shortly before the arrival of Osinbajo, Bukola and Dogara. The President had planned to leave Sunday afternoon for the London trip, but decided to tarry a bit due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.

The President, at the reception, described the rescue of 82 Chibok schoolgirls as a pleasant 2nd anniversary gift to Nigerians. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, announced in Abuja on Sunday that Buhari was travelling to London to see his doctors for a follow up.

President Buhari had travelled to London in January for a similar check up. He returned on March 10.

Nigerian Government Releases 82 Names Of Chibok Girls Freed

The Nigerian Government has released a full list of Chibok girls that met with the president Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Sunday before the President flied to UK for medical treatment.

1. Kwatah simon

 

2. Grace Dauda

3. Junmai Paul

4. Tabita Pogo

5. Yanke Shetima

6. Junmai Miutah

7. Juliana Yakubu

8. Mary Yakubu

9. Ruth Kolo

10. Mairawa Yahaya

11. Rachael Nkeke

12. Fibi Haruna

13. Asaba Manu

14. Esther Usman

15. Filo Dauda

16. Awa Abga

17. Lydia Joshua

18. Naomi Bitrus

19. Martha James

20. Falmata Musa

 

21. Aisha Ezekiel

22. Awa Yerima

23. Mwada Baba

24. Hannatu Ishaku

25. Mwa Daniel

26. Rifhatu Soloman 27. Maryanu Yakubu

28. Rebecca Joseph

29. Laid Audu

30. Amina Pogu

31. Sarah Nkeki

32. Esther Josiiuwa

33. Saraya Yanga

34. Ruth Amos

35. Hauwa Musa

36. Hauwa Ishaya

37. Glory Aji

38. Mary Ali

39. Rahilla Bitrus

40. Luggwa Mutah

41. Lataba Maman

42. Lydia Habila

43. Deborah Peter

44. Naomi Yaga

45. Kwazigu Haman

46. Lugguwa Samuel

47. Maryamu Lawan

48. Tobita Hellapa (Maryam Lawal)

49. Ruth Ishaku

50. Maryamu Musa

51. Margret Yama

52. Kawa Luka

53. Solomi Titus

54. Naomi Yahona

55. Maimuna Usman

56. Grace Paul

57. Hawa Ntakai

58. Yagana Joshua

59. Comfort Bulus

60. Ramatu Yaga

61. Rhoda Peter

62. Naomi Luka

63. Naomi Adamu

64. Liatu Habila

65. Victoria William

66. Ladi Ibrahim

67. Christiana Ali

68. Hanatu Stephen

69. Patina Tabji

70. Martha James

71. Tabita Sila

72. Yana Bukar

73. Abigie Bukar

74. Hadiza Yakubu

75. Naomi Zakariya

76. Maryamu Wari

77. Amina Bulama

78. Asabe Lawan

79. Mary Dauda

80. Maryamu Balama

81. Naomi Philemon

82. Saratu Ayuba

President Buhari Travels For Medical Treatment

President Muhammadu Buhari is has traveled to the United Kingdom last night for medical treatment. Buhari who met with the released 82 chibok girls at the Presidential Villa last night was reported to leave for the UK immediately after.

But the return time of the President is not stated.

According to a press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the length of the president stay in London would be determined by the doctor in UK.

 

Borno Elders Commend Buhari On 82 Chibok Girls Release

The Borno Elders Forum, on Sunday, has commended the efforts of President Buhari in bringing 82 more Chibok girls back home.  Dr. Mali Gubio, the Secretary of the forum said this in Maiduguri that credit must go to President Muhammad Buhari.

“We are extremely happy to hear the news on the release of the girls; we are grateful to God for showing us this day. “We believe that Buhari deserve great commendation on this. “The President has done so much and he is doing well in piloting the affairs of the nation. “We pray to Almighty Allah to grant him good health so that he can continue the good work he is doing.

 

“For the girls we are very happy, we hope they are not traumatized in any way. “We believe that it is time the abductors release all the people in their custody; I think they have no reason to keep holding them for no just cause. “These are helplessly vulnerable people who are supposed to be in their villages and hamlets waiting for the rainy season to return to farm.

 

“It has taken so long, I think that they should have a change of heart to make sure that they end the insurgency. “There is no reason for us to continue to destroy ourselves, what they are doing is an act of self-destruction, destroying themselves and the society at large,” Gubio, a former Head of Service said. He said that the insurgents had succeeded in showing their grievances to the world and “it is now time for the insurgency to end even without the military force. “The insurgents have expressed their grouses or whatever problem they have with the society,” he said.

Lai Mohammed Explains President Buhari’s Absence From FEC Meetings

Lai Mohammed has yet again explained the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari at Wednesday’s Federal Executive council (FEC) for the fourth week.

Lai revealed that the President was following doctors orders. The Minister of Information stated this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said:

‘I know you will want to know why the President was not at the meeting. You are also aware that the President was at his office on Tuesday and worked at the office.

I think about a few days before now we did come out to say he has been asked to take some rest by his doctors and he chose today to rest instead of attending the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. I want to use this opportunity to thank Nigerians who have expressed a lot of concern and sympathy and those who have been praying for him.

We always said Mr President will stick to his doctors’ advice so that he can recover much more quickly’

President Buhari Seen At Juma’at Service

President Muhammadu Buhari, observed Juma’at Prayer at the State House, Abuja. He was joined by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, and other officials at the state house.

The president who has been absent for a while now looked refreshed as he greeted people who gathered to see him after the prayers.

Buhari Absent at FEC Meeting Again

President Muhammadu Buhari was unable to attend the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Instead, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting which started at about 11am, making it the third time Osinbajo will be presiding over the meeting in recent time.

There have been reports and concerned calls about the state of health of the president who is unable to attend to some of his customary duties, including presiding over the FEC meeting.

President Buhari has been a rare sight in public functions recently, and this has been attributed to his failing health. However, his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari took to Twitter to dispel ill-health rumours, explaining that “The President is not as ill as he is perceived to be.” Madam Buhari also appreciated Nigerians for their support and prayers over the president’s health which has been a hot button topic since February 2017.

Meanwhile, there have been calls from civil society leaders for the President to take a medical leave and get adequate treatment.

Before Another Yar’Adua Happens By SOC Okenwa

i is the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He came to power in May 2015 after winning a landmark presidential poll of the same year. He was subsequently sworn into office on the 29th May. After three failed attempts to democratically capture power at the apex he finally made it to Aso Rock Villa through the opposition All Progressives Congress in a blaze of glory. Nigeria then needed desperately a change at the center and Nigerians wanted same given the rampaging uncontrollable corruption and the growing insurgency in the north-east spearheaded by Boko Haram. Millions of Nigerians felt that a Buhari presidency would stabilize the polity and win the war against both corruption and Boko Haram. Today, two years on, very few are disappointed with Buhari as he has done very well fighting the two monsters.

Buhari, from all indications, is a good man, a man of honor and high integrity. His credibility has never waned over the years. He is patriotic, determined and hard-working. And he genuinely wanted to reposition Nigeria for the greatness that has eluded her for decades. His quest for accountability in our public affairs and his drive for a better economic environment that attracts foreign investments are areas of note. While the nation could be said to be experiencing certain economic challenges leading to recession no one doubts his desire to make things better. He may not be an economist but assembling a good economic team could help in tackling the economic worries of the average Nigerians.

A strong man of strong vision and strong will, Buhari came into office at a terrible time in our national history when Boko Haram terrorists up north were busy seizing villages and towns and openly challenging Abuja for a fight! At a challenging moment in time when corruption had almost ‘killed’ the Nigerian dream under the defeated ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The war against the Islamist militia has paid dividends as Shekau and his drugged boys had beaten a hasty retreat. Besides, the war against corruption has netted in billions of Naira and millions of Dollars taking in rogues and leading to a better/safer economic atmosphere.

Buhari may be old but not too old to preside over our national affairs. After all, he is not the oldest Head of State in Africa where you have the likes of Obiang Mbasogo, Yoweri Museveni, Alassane Ouattara, Alpha Conde and Robert Mugabe still leading their respective countries. But there are real and imaginary anxieties over the state of health of the Nigerian leader. After staying in London for close to two months recently for health reasons Buhari seems to be embattled health-wise. And he is not communicating enough with Nigerians over this matter. His handlers are not doing better either!

When Buhari (ably assisted by the late Gen. Tunde Idiagbon) first came to power via a popular putsch in late December 1983 I was still in the primary school in the village somewhere in Ihiala town in Anambra state — barely ten years old! As one of the Buharists in the Diaspora, our rigid belief in the capacity of the Daura-born retired General to deliver has never wavered even when he was still in the opposition wilderness. We are not withdrawing this support for whatever reason — his martial antecedents notwithstanding. A former benevolent dictator could be a repentant democrat!

Like many Buharists everywhere I was seriously concerned when I recently read a report online that was as troubling as it was pitiful. A notable columnist and convener of Every Nigerian Do Something (ENDS), Dr Perry Brimah, has raised the alarm over President Buhari’s health status and described him as “no more than skin and bone” and “dying” inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Declaring that Buhari is “chronically ill” and in need of urgent rest and medication, Brimah decried what he termed “the wickedness of the selfish cabal that forces him (Buhari) to remain locked up, ‘dying’ in Aso Rock instead of receiving best therapy”.

In a statement, he had issued he contended that: “there can be no denying how chronically ill President Buhari looks when he seldom does appear in public. The last time was last week Friday when Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai came visiting….the videos of Buhari walking for Friday prayers bring tears to eyes. His asthenic figure now no more than skin-and-bones as he sat down for the Jummah service was heart-wrenching….how can a people be so cold they expose a grandfather to this type of extreme stress and deprive him of his needed rest and medical expert attention by tasking him to lead the world’s most complex nation?”

The Convener of ENDS continued: “Have we as a people lost our humanity that we continue to task Buhari like this and not campaign for him to be relieved of our burden and rest towards recovery?…It is insane to continue to deprive him and the nation by locking him up and burdening him with a challenge too heavy for even a strong young man to bear talk-less an old man who just returned from a 49-day leave in which he received blood transfusions and unknown cocktails of serious medications…For those of us in the medical profession, we recognize the President’s loss of hair on his head and facial hair as well as his reported blood transfusions as possible evidence of cancer chemotherapy.”

While condemning the cabal hiding Buhari from the people, the wickedness of the selfish cabal that forces him to remain locked up, ‘dying’ in Aso Rock instead of receiving best therapy he concluded that “It’s time for Nigerians to demand full disclosure of the true state of health of President Buhari and immediate best options for him to be allowed to rest and recover instead of being locked up to literally die under the weight of Nigeria”.

Of course, the declaration of Dr. Brimah is a true affirmation against the backdrop of the last rare image of the President attending the Friday prayers in the mosque in the Villa. The picture delivered an incontrovertible message of a dying leader whose fate is found more in the hands of Almighty Allah. President Buhari was looking gaunt, emaciated; very much like a Somalian victim of famine or war! A President of the richest nation in Africa, a nation of the richest black man in the world looking like that is shameful and disgraceful. Though he has never been on the fat side but we have seen a better slim radiant President, tall in his nature and gracious in his septuagenarian status. Today he looks beaten by the sickness that is ravaging his system.

And for reporting the generalized anxiety trailing Buhari’s indisposition in his widely-read national newspaper the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the President, Bashir Abubakar, had had The PUNCH State House correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, expelled from the Villa. Bashir Abubakar may be aspiring to be another Major Hamza Al-Mustapha during the late Gen. Abacha’s tyranny but he must be educated that what he did unilaterally amounted to a gross abuse of power and grievous attempt to stifle the freedom of speech and expression which the constitution guarantees. It is never the duty of the CSO to ‘arrest’, prosecute or judge journalists no matter their professional ‘offense’. Abubakar must be sanctioned or sacked outright to demonstrate that he had usurped power and over-reached himself. He cannot claim to love Buhari more than the rest of us do! He cannot play God by wishing the President’s condition away! Nigerians deserve to know why Mr President is incommunicado and confined to his bedroom for weeks running!

Nigeria has had a recent history of presidential infirmity and even mortality. During the years of the Locust of the late ‘Khalifa’ from Kano Nigerians were kept in the dark as to what kept Sani Abacha indoors — delegating power and authority to killers like Al-Mustapha and Sergent Rogers. We were ‘delivered’ when an Indian imported prostitute fed Abacha his last apple here on earth! The crude dictator was taken out and the liberated nation heaved a sigh of collective relief upon his committal to mother earth! The only difference one could cite here is that Abacha was never elected by anyone, so demanding for accountability or probity was almost a taboo!

And just less than a decade ago we lost another sitting President to a debilitating ailment. The late President Umaru Yar’Adua was nursing a terminal ailment which was carefully concealed. But when he succumbed to the grim reaper we discovered that the Katsina former Governor and university lecturer had been suffering from the incurable Churg-Stauss Syndrome! A cabal led by his wife, Turai, had done everything within its power to mask the President’s condition until the ultimate leveler brought the inconvenient truth to the public domain. When Yar’Adua died the nation was thrown into a political uncertainty which took the time to resolve constitutionally.

Before another Yar’Adua happens before our very eyes, therefore, necessitating another “doctrine of necessity” we hold that the President must be patriotic and democratic enough to know when the time is up. And the alleged cabal holding him hostage apparently and shielding him from the public view should do the needful by releasing their ‘executive captive’. Of course, the nation cannot afford yet another acrimonious divisive political consequences akin to the Yar’Adua scenario. While we sincerely wish the President prompt recuperation from whatever malaise ailing him we make bold to declare unequivocally that throwing in the towel appears to be the right thing to do under the present destabilizing circumstances.

There is, indeed, life after power! Ruling Nigeria by proxy and failing to attend weekly FEC meetings are signs of how things have degenerated. It cannot be considered a mark of statesmanship for a leader to want to die in office. Playing Museveni, Mbasogo or Mugabe (despite the ubiquitous politico-economic muddle) is a demonstration of insensitivity; of political weakness and not strength. Mr. President, resignation, in our reckoning, remains a better option faced with the current speculations arising from the grave illness afflicting you whose state or condition we know not. Declare yourself incapacitated, Buhari, and quietly retire. Tomorrow may be too late to contemplate this honorable exit.

SOC Okenwa

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President Absent From Friday Jumat Prayer

President Mohammadu Buhari did not attend today’s congregational Friday prayer at Aso Rock Mosque.

Mr. Buhari has been observing the weekly prayer at the mosque located behind his office since his return from medical vacation in the UK.

Staff of the Aso Villa also confirmed the president was indoors and did not go to any other mosque for the ‘Jumat’ prayer. He was also absent from the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday raising concerns over his state of health.

However, Mr. Buhari on Thursday assured Nigerians that despite insinuations about his alleged poor health, there is no need for apprehension.

The president’s stance was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explaining why he had been out of public glare for a while.“President Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last-minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance.

“As eager as he is to be up and about, the President’s doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.

“President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London. Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation, as the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the FEC meeting on Wednesday,” Mr. Shehu said.

Despite the statement, Mr. Buhari’s absence from the Friday Jumat prayer will only add more speculations to his health status. Although not an essential part of his work as president, Mr. Buhari has tried to ensure he prays the Friday prayer in congregation as expected of devout Muslims.

Earlier on Friday, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka asked Mr. Buhari to disclose his true health status to Nigerians.

“Why is the president hiding his state of health? He’s supposed to understand he’s public property,” Mr. Soyinka said.

Adeleke: Buhari Mourns With Osun, NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Government of the State of Osun and members of the National Assembly on the passing away of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke on Sunday.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, “President Buhari sends his condolences to the family and friends of the gentle and kind-hearted former Governor of Osun State who had passionately and relentlessly championed the cause of the less privileged and most vulnerable in Nigeria.

” The President believes the sudden loss of the legislator will create a gap in the hallowed red chamber as Adeleke had always epitomized unbridled patriotism, maturity and experience, especially with his recent interest in the protection of whistle blowers.

“President Buhari affirms that Adeleke’s contribution to his state, as first elected governor, and the country will always be remembered by posterity.

He prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, and comfort the family.

Senator Isiaka Adeleke died at Biket Hospital in Osogbo on Sunday after being admitted there on Saturday night.