President Buhari Congratulates Asiwaju Bola Tinubu At 65

President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 65th birthday.

President Buhari joins all members of the APC, political and business associates of the Asiwaju of Lagos, his friends and family, in celebrating another milestone in the life of the great leader, whose foray into politics ushered in a better understanding of building consensus to achieve historical feats, like unseating an incumbent government.

As he turns 65 years, the President believes the Asiwaju raised the bar for many political leaders across the country as a two-term governor of Lagos State, and also bequeathed a style of leadership that completely altered the landscape of the commercial capital.

Recalling his pleasant and intellectually enriching encounters with the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom over the years, the President re-affirms that the nation has benefitted a lot from the personal sacrifices, political experience and intellectual foresight of the APC chieftain, and still stands to gain more.

President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant the Asiwaju good health, longer life and more wisdom to serve his country and humanity.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 28th, 2017

Buhari Sacks Permanent Secretary Over Fraud Allegations

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the sack of a Permanent Secretary, who has been using his office to allegedly defraud the Federal Government through the award of phantom contracts worth billions of Naira to himself.

The permanent secretary, who was appointed by Buhari in 2015, was fired on Tuesday on the orders of the President.

A source in the ministry confirmed that two police officers drove the sacked permanent secretary from the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, raising concerns as to what might have led to such an action.A Presidency source confirmed to Vanguard that the President ordered the immediate removal of the top civil servant, who presided over the affairs of one of the strategic ministries handling intervention programmes in the country following evidence that he awarded contracts to companies belonging to him.

Vanguard learned that the sacked permanent secretary had deployed several strategies to evade a sting operation, which had been planned by one of the anti-graft agencies, thereby making it impossible for the operatives to track him down.

It was learned that key officials of the ministry, who got hint of the permanent secretary’s activities, drew the attention of security agents to the scam and called for urgent investigation of the man.

One of the security agency officials, who handled the investigation of the permanent secretary, told Vanguard that the sting operation planned against the official was frustrated by him and his agents, forcing them to delay his arrest since January this year.“We have been monitoring the man and the various companies being used by him to siphon huge sums of money from the ministry, which handles intervention programmes in the Niger Delta region but he has been very smart and suspicious of our movement, thereby making it impossible for us to arrest him despite the ambush we laid for him and his cronies,” one of the operatives said.

He added: “But Mr. President did not waste time in asking the Head of Service of the Federation to sack the man with immediate effect as soon as he got to know that the man had used over 500 companies to award fake contracts to himself and move huge sums of money from the ministry in question.”

“In fact, the discovery of the large scale fraud in the ministry, which has suffered a lot of project failure and the subsequent sacking of the permanent secretary by Mr. President, followed painstaking investigation by the anti-corruption agencies, which will soon charge the man to court.”

Tanzania President Sacks Information Minister

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has sacked the country’s information minister, the first cabinet change since taking office in late 2015.

Magufuli, nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his strict leadership style, launched a reform drive soon after he was elected by dismissing dozens of senior public officials over allegations of corruption and inefficiency.

The president removed Nape Nnauye as the country’s Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports just days after the minister ordered a probe into an alleged raid on a private television station by a senior government official on March 17.

Harrison Mwakyembe was appointed information minister while Palamagamba Kabudi was named justice and constitutional affairs minister, the portfolio previously held by Mwakyembe.

No reason was given for the cabinet changes, but some analysts said there were reports of friction among some government officials over Magufuli’s strict leadership style.

On Thursday, police officers prevented Nnauye from holding a planned press conference at a Dar es Salaam hotel after his sacking.

“I don’t expect to see any major rift that could affect the performance of the government as a result of conflicts between some government officials,” Benson Bans, a Dar es Salaam-based political analyst told Reuters.

“Recent opinion polls give Magufuli an approval rating of over 80 per cent so he is still very popular among Tanzanians and has a mandate to push through his reforms.”

President Muhammadu Buhari to React Appropriately on Magu’s Rejection

The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari will act appropriately on the Senate rejection of the re-nomination of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was said that the President would take such an action after receiving the report of the Senate on what informed Magu’s rejection for the second time.

Speaking to our correspondent on the telephone yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari was still awaiting such a communication from the Senate.

“Mr President is awaiting the report of what transpired in the Senate and when he gets the report, he will react appropriately,” Shehu said.

He declined comment on whether the president was surprised at the latest’s indicting report which the Department of State Security (DSS) sent to the Senate on the acting chairman of the EFCC.

 

Governor El-Rufai Warned President Buhari In 30-Page, 2016 Memo

Nasir El-Rufai Governor of Kaduna State in September 2016 had sent a powerful memo to President Muhammadu Buhari arguing that their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has made the situation in Nigeria worse than it met it by failing to be proactive in taking key decisions in a timely manner.

“In very blunt terms, Mr. President, our APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption,” he said in the 30-page memo, which was a follow-up to an earlier one he sent to the president.

“Overall, the feeling even among our supporters today is that the APC government is not doing well,” he declared, before proceeding to an analysis of the key areas: Politics, National Economy and Governance, and then making suggestions for Mr. Buhari’s consideration and action.

Listing his reasons for the memo, he said, the final one was his opinion that President Buhari is Nigeria’s only hope now and in the medium term of saving the Nigerian nation from collapse, and enabling the north of Nigeria to regain its lost confidence, begin to be respected as a significant contributor, and not the parasite and problem of the Nigerian federation.

“Mr. President, it is also clear to many of us that have studied your political career, that so long as you remain in the political landscape, no Northerner will emerge successfully on the national scene,” Governor El-Rufai said.  “All those wasting time, money and other resources to run in 2019 either do not realize this divinely-ordained situation or are merely destined to keep others employed and rich from electoral project doomed to certain failure.”

He noted that President Buhari’s relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal and informal, as well as with former Governors of ANPP and PDP which joined, and the ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty, as many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider to be total absence of consultations with them on the part of the president and of those he has assigned such duties.

Observing that that many not be Mr. Buhari’s intention or outlook, the governor affirmed that that is how it appears to those that watch from afar.

“This situation is compounded by the fact that some officials around you seem to believe and may have persuaded you that current APC State Governors must have no say and must also be totally excluded from political consultations, key appointments and decision-making at the federal level,” he said.

“These politically-naive ‘advisers’ fail to realize that it is the current and former state governors that may, as members of NEC of the APC, serve as an alternative locus of power to check the excesses of the currently lopsided and perhaps ambivalent NWC,” he continued, adding that alienating the governors so clearly and deliberately ensures that you have near-zero support of the party structure at both national and state levels.

Advising the president that it is not too late to reverse the situation, El-Rufai told the president that he, however, appears to have neither a political adviser nor a minder of his politics.

“The two officials whose titles may enable them function as such generally alienate those that contributed to our success,” he declared, dismissing the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as not only inexperienced in public service but lacking in humility, in addition to being insensitive and rude to virtually most of the party leaders, ministers and governors.

“The Chief of Staff is totally clueless about the APC and its internal politics at best as he was neither part of its formation nor a participant in the primaries, campaign, and elections,” El-Rufai said.  “In summary, neither of them has the personality, experience, and the reach to manage your politics nationally or even regionally.

Among many others, the governor also noted that in this era of global interconnectedness, nations compete viciously in the economic arena – for a larger share of international trade, investments, maritime and aviation services, and a whole raft of knowledge-based services and industries. He noted that this competition is neither moral nor fair, even if the advanced nations pretend to present it as such to those that are gullible.

“No one cares about, or will ‘help’ us unless we get our act together and organize our political economy and national affairs to be regionally,” the governor said.  He added that these troubling perceptions, whether accurate or not, must be addressed frontally by the president, and no other person.

To that end, he asked Mr. Buhari to consider communicating actively and directly with the Nigerian public about his vision – the government’s plans, strategy, and roadmap to take the country out of the current, dire economic situation, suggesting a five-year national development strategy and plan urgently.

“The President should speak to the nation – something akin to a State of the Union address on December 1 or January 1,” El-Rufai also said in the memo, dated September 22,2016, “preferably in a joint session of the National Assembly during which he will explain away some of the perceptions and lay out the national plans, strategies, and roadmap [contained in this memo].

He noted that the memo might be misunderstood, misinterpreted and even perverted, but said he was willing to accept the usual accusations of arrogance and ambition, adding that the President knows that none of those arguments hold water.

“I ran for state Governor because you directed me to do so,” he said.  “From 2010 when we joined your team, I have no other interest other than your place in history as our President. I believe in your integrity, commitment and sense of duty to make our nation better. I am distressed that our government is seen not to be succeeding mostly due to the failures, lack of focus and selfishness of some you have entrusted to carry on and implement your vision. I am troubled that our own missteps have made the PDP and its apparatchiks so audacious and confident.”

Calling on the president to “act decisively,” and expressing the hope that his memo will “contribute in some way in regaining our governance momentum,” the governor told Mr. Buhari, “You have both a crisis and opportunity in your hands to turn around our country in the right direction. We pray that Allah gives you the strength and good fortune to succeed. This is an honest, frank and objective view of an admirer, a mentee, and a loyalist. I hope it helps, and I apologize if it displeases you. My duty to you is to tell you the truth as I see it. I have no interest other than the progress of our party, our president, our government, and our country.”

Credit : Sahara Reporters

Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits Muhammadu Buhari

The Archbishop Of Canterbury, Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby  today Thursday 9th March 2017 visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the Abuja House, London.

The President in a tweet showed appreciation for the visit.

 

Welby, it will be recalled, defended Buhari when UK Prime Minister David Cameron described Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt” in a private conversation with Queen Elizabeth in May ahead of an anti-corruption summit in 2016.

Trump Invites Buhari to Washington

The much awaited telephone conversation between President Muhammadu Buhari and US President Donald Trump has taken place, with Buhari now in London, congratulating Trump on his ascendancy as US President.

Trump in return invited Buhari to visit Washington at his earliest convenience.

It was the first time that the two leaders would discuss and the telephone conversation was at Trump’s request, according to presidential adviser, Femi Adesina.

The discussion took place Monday afternoon.

The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and the constitution of his cabinet.

The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.

United States President assured the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.

Nigeria has been fighting since 2009 against an insurgency by Boko Haram militants trying to set up an Islamic state in the remote northeast. The unrest has killed thousands and displaced more than two million people.

Abuja has been trying to persuade the U.S. to sell it military aircraft, a request being reviewed by Congress.

“President Trump assured the Nigerian president of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism,” the presidency said in a statement.

It gave no other details of the call, their first since Trump’s inauguration.

President Trump invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.

According to Voice of America, President trump also spoke with South African leader, Jacob Zuma.

Osinbajo Speaks with Buhari, Says President Will Soon Return

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday disclosed that he spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the day, on phone, to update him about developments regarding the 2017 Budget and the protests embarked upon by some Nigerians.

He said the president would soon return home.

Osinbajo, who spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed doors with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said he was not in any way under pressure to resign.

He pointed out that he ran on the same electoral ticket with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

The meeting, which took place at the Presidential Villa, was also attended by the President’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu and the Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Osinbajo said President Buhari would return to Nigeria as soon as he completes the necessary tests recommended by his doctors in London.

According to Osinbajo, “Let me first say the President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a fairly long conversation, he is in good shape and very chatty.’’

The acting President said his conversation with Buhari was focused on the economy and the goings on in the country.

He said President Buhari was “interested in knowing about the budget process and how far we had gone’’, especially with efforts aimed at taking the country out of recession.

“As you know we had a meeting today with the private sector on the economic recovery and growth plan and he was interested in knowing what was happening with that, with the economic recovery and growth plan and what we are doing with the private sector.

“And I of course informed him of what we are seeing, of the protest marches and some of what the feedback is, what people are saying about the economy and all of that,’’ Osinbajo added.

On when the President would return to Nigeria and his present health status, Osinbajo said “just as he has said in his letter to the National Assembly, he needs to go through a cycle of tests and once the test results are seen, he will receive medical advice, we should expect him very soon.’’

Osinbajo insisted that “the health status of Mr President is an issue that only Mr President himself will be able to discuss at the appropriate time. Again, he is running tests.

“Before you determine your health status, you must be able to run the necessary tests. I must have done the tests and do what my doctors have asked me to do and am sure I must await the outcome of that before I talk about any kind of status.’’

Osinbajo dismissed insinuations that he was under pressure to resign on account of the President’s health status.

“I was voted for by the people of this nation, myself and Mr President, and the people of this nation have never asked us to resign.

“So, I am absolutely under no pressure, and the truth is that there has been absolutely no pressure from any source.’’

The presidency had earlier released a statement on the request for an extension of President Buhari’s vacation to enable him complete his treatment in London.

NAN

Buhari Extends Vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly informing it of his desire to extend his vacation.

President Buhari who left Nigeria on 19 January was scheduled to return today and resume work tomorrow.

But in a statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser on the media, the president said he would be prolonging the leave to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors. Adesina did not indicate when the vacation will now end.

According to Adesina, the President had planned to return to Abuja Sunday evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.

“The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives”, Adesina said.

“Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes”, he added.

While away, the social media have been writing several fictitious stories about the President’s health. Some reports said the President was dead, others said he was in intensive care, while another even said he was stopped from committing suicide.

Government spokesmen have debunked all the fake news and warned Nigerians to desist from being purveyors of falsehood. The President, according to the spokesmen, is hale and hearty and is in UK for routine medical checks.

On Friday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, weighed in and called the Buhari’s death wishers, wicked, callous, treacherous and abnormal.

Obasanjo said the Nigerians behind the despicable acts ought to be praying for Buhari’s ”quick recovery” and return to Nigeria.

The ex-President made his position known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

”Instead of embarking on such worrisome declaration, all that the President needed “are our prayers and best wishes, which will ginger his morale to come back more stronger and better.

“No normal human being will wish an elderly person dead irrespective of their differences.

“If you don’t like him, wait for another election, not going about to say he is dead.

“No matter his health situation, we should pray for him to recover quick and come back more stronger and better. For anyone wishing him dead, such person or group of persons are callous, wicked and treacherous.

“I was also rumoured to have died almost 12 times. I don’t know what they derive from doing so, but they should seek for forgiveness.

NAN

15,000 Youths to Welcome Buhari

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has mobilised 15,000 youths to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari from London.

The youths would assemble at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, to welcome Buhari, who has been away on vacation.

The President proceeded on a 10-day vacation in London on Jan. 23 and is expected to return to Nigeria on Feb. 6, 2017.

Malam Gambo Jagindi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of NYCN, Murtala Gamji, unveiled the youths programme in Abuja on Friday.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that time had come for youths, who are the future leaders, to show love, solidarity and support for the President.

“ The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has concluded arrangements to mobilise not less than 15,000 of its members to be at Abuja airport on Feb. 6, to welcome President Buhari from vacation.

“It is on record that integrity, discipline and honesty are gradually returning to our public life unlike in the past when impunity was the order of the day,’’ the spokesman said.

He berated those spreading rumours of death about the President.

“We all know that they do not have the interest of our country at heart and are only wishing to carry on with the looting of our treasury in the absence of our president.’’

Jagindi said that Buhari’s assignment for Nigeria was not yet over, adding that only God could determine who lived or died.

He commended the president’s efforts to rid the country of what he termed, “undesirable elements’’ who did not mean well for Nigeria and Nigerians.

He urged Buhari to continue with the good work as the youths of Nigeria were solidly behind him.

He noted that in spite of the “corrupt mafias’’ working to undermine the anti-corruption war, Nigerian youths under NYCN would continue to support Buhari’s laudable programmes. (NAN)

President Buhari Speaks from London

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung on the death of his wife, Mrs Briskila Dalung.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Nneka Anibeze, the Special Assistant, Media to the minister, said the president commiserated with Dalung through the telephone from London.

The President prayed God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.

Buhari, who expressed shock at the death of Mrs Dalung which came at an unripe age, prayed that God would forgive her sins.

He also prayed to God to give the family she left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.

The President promised to support the Dalung family in their moment of grief.

Mrs Dalung is survived by her husband and five children.

She died after a brief illness on Jan. 29, in Jos.

The minister had announced the demise of his wife via his official Facebook page saying it is a huge loss that he could barely continue.

The funeral arrangements will be announced by the family soon.

NAN