I’m Back To My Position As Vice-President – Osinbajo

Osinbajo made this known after a closed door meeting with the president in Abuja, said “I’m back to my regular position as Vice-President .’’ He said that the president, who was updated on national and international issues as they concerned the country, gave specific directives on the next steps to be taken.

“We just had a very long meeting. As you can see we were basically trying to bring the President up to speed on some of the things we have done while he was away.

“He has given a few directives on what we should be doing on so many areas, the Northeast, budget, the economy, a wide range of issues.’’

On the readiness of the president to resume work, the vice-president said he had already handed over the governance of the nation to the president.

“He’s held a meeting with me for well over an hour now where we discussed a wide range of issues.

“So, his readiness for work isn’t in doubt at all. As a matter of fact I think he is over ready.

“Oh yes! I’m back to my regular position as vice president.’’

On whether the president was impressed with his performance as acting president, Osinbajo said President Buhari “was reasonable satisfied’’.

Osinbajo dismissed the assertion that there might be a lot of delegation of duties to him, due to the health of the president.

According to him, nothing will be done without the president’s clearance.

He said: “I think the president, as you know, has always given me several responsibilities.

“I think what we must recognize is that the way this administration work is that it has always been team work.

“Very little is done without the president’s clearance.

“Generally speaking, even with responsibilities that are my constitutional responsibilities, we have full discussions on them, we have full agreements on all of those issues.’’

Credit: PM News

Dogara Receives President Buhari’s Resumption Letter

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Monday received communication from President Muhammadu Buhari on his resumption to duty.

Speaking shortly after the letter was handed over to him by the Senior Special Assistant to the Prsident on National Assembly matters (House of  Reps) Hon. Suleiman Abdurhaman Kawu Sumaila, Dogara said he will read the letter to his colleagues in plenary on Tuesday since the communication was meant for them.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will read this to my colleagues on the floor of the House and thereafter make comments from there,” he said.

“However, permit me to thank you for working hard to ensure that there is harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly.”

“In your own case I can say it was an appointment that we can truly say amounted to putting a round peg in a round hole or a square peg in a square hole, so no wonder we have seen to some extent, some form of understanding between the National Assembly   and the presidency.”

“We promise that we will cooperate more than we fight; like I said, before we will always fight and that has been the practice in all climes and ours cannot be an exception, but we will cooperate more in the interest of our people rather than fight.”

 While presenting the letter to the Speaker, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (House of  Reps) Hon. Suleiman Abdurhaman Kawu Sumaila commended him for supporting the president and the Executive arm of government.

President Buhari Resumes Duties After a Long Break

Buhari’s spokesmen, Mr Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu, were sighted heading for the president’s office at 10.40am apparently to brief their boss.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, went to the president’s office at 10.55am.

President Buhari had Friday returned to the country from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

The last time he was in the office was January 16 before he departed for London on January 19.

The president is expected to transmit a letter to the National Assembly today in order to make his return to work formal and constitutional.

Earlier this morning, there was a change of the Presidential Guards Brigade at the Presidential Villa.

It was done with a parade mounted at the forecourt of the President’s Office, by officers and men of the Presidential Guards Brigade.

The parade, which was ongoing when our correspondent arrived the Presidential Villa at about 7.45am, was rounded off at exactly 8.20am.

A change of the presidential guards brigade holds every Monday.

Buhari Still On Leave In Nigeria, Says He Needs More Rest

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived at the Presidential Villa around 8:37 am, at Presidential Villa and emerged from  the Presidential Chopper 8:42 am.

He was received by the members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), all heads of security agencies and the Governors of Kogi, Yahaya Bell and Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari‎.
Addressing those at the meeting, He expressed his gratitude to Nigerians who prayed and called for more support as he rededicated himself to service. He said he was conscious of the cost his treatment abroad, but added that he received the best of treatment.
President  Muhammadu Buhari has said he will continue to rest while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo continues to act.

Buhari Gives Adesina Surprise Phone Call

President Muhammadu Buhari has made Saturday 25 February a day media adviser, Femi Adesina will for long cherish.

President Buhari who is taking an extended vacation in London, 5000 Kms away, called Adesina, on phone, further reducing anxieties about him.

Adesina in both Facebook and Twitter posts today confirmed the president’s call:

“At exactly 2.43 p.m today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Who was at the other end? Tunde Sabiu, personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Hold on for Mr President,” Tunde said.

And in a matter of seconds, the very familiar voice came:

“Femi, how are you?” (He calls me Adesina most times, but today, he opted for Femi)

I screamed :”Mr President, I have missed you. How are you sir?”

He first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said: “I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers.”

I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him.

“How is your family?”

I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them.

“I hope to call you again, ” Mr President said, and I bade him farewell, adding: “Best wishes, sir.”

It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London. Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he was on vacation, he had a right to his privacy.

Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my President, my leader, and my man. Any day.”

President Buhari has been away from Nigeria since 19 January.


Buhari: Governors’ Forum Plans Sending Delegation to UK

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum may send some governors to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom, except the President returns home between now and next week.

This plan was one of the conclusions reached at the last governors’ meeting in Abuja.

According to a report published by the Punch, “An impeccable source at the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the governors also decided to send a goodwill message to the President’s family in Nigeria.

“The source, however, hinted that the President might return home very soon based on the information available to the governors.

“He explained that representatives of the Governors’ Forum would have embarked on the UK trip immediately but for the information pointing towards the President’s return anytime from now.

“A governor, who was at the meeting, who also spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said that the decision was taken at the governors meeting in Abuja on Thursday night.

He said the governors supported the idea after they were informed about the visit of the leadership of the National Assembly to the President during the week.

He said, “We will visit the President if he doesn’t come back in the next one week. We decided to do this after the leaders of the National Assembly led by the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki visited the President.

“It was a decision supported by all of us, including members of the Peoples Democratic Party, which is the main opposition party in the country.”

“However, the Director General of the NGF, Mr. Bayo Okauru, said he was not aware of the alleged proposed visit.

“Okauru said, “I’m not aware that such an issue was raised or discussed by the governors. If they plan to visit, it is their right but I’m not aware.”

Buhari Condoles Adamu Fika

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled Dr. Adamu Fika, Wazirin Fika, over the death of his wife, Hajiya Tasallah Fika.

Fika was a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

According to a press statement by the president’s media team, President Buhari in a telephone call from London to the bereaved Wazirin, noted that the loss of such a devoted wife of many years was particularly a painful and challenging moment in the life of any husband.

President Buhari explained that as a family man himself, he understood the depth of pain Dr. Fika was going through at this time “having lost a great and invaluable companion of many years and that the deceased was one of the most devoted wives who was the pride of the nuclear family.”

While praying to Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest in peace, the President also wished Dr. Fika the fortitude to bear this enormous loss.

Meanwhile, an aide of Preseident Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the President will soon retunr an he is “home-sick” and “no longer enjoying his stay” away from Nigeria.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, in an interview with the Channels Television in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the president would be returning to Nigeria soonest as he was no longer `comfortable’ with the extended vacation in London.