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President Buhari proceeds on 10-day vacation

| STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

President Muhammadu Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London on Monday June 6th, to rest.

BuhariDuring the holiday, he will see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection.

The President was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated.

Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser
(Media and Publicity)

 

PHOTONEWS: President Buhari receives Rev. Fr. Mbaka in Statehouse

President Buhari receives Rev. Fr. Mbaka in Statehouse 18th December 2015 (2)

R-L: President Muhammadu Buhari , Vice President , Prof Yemi Osibanjo and Rev. Fr. Mbaka in Statehouse on 18th Dec 2015

President Buhari receives Rev. Fr. Mbaka in Statehouse 18th December 2015 (1)

President Buhari seeks increased bilateral cooperation between Nigeria, Hungary

president buhari received Hungary deputy prime minister 23 October 2015 (2)

President Muhammadu receives the Deputy Prime Minister /Deputy Head of Government of Hungary, Mr Zsolt Semjen accompanied by the Deputy State Secretary, Mr Szilveszter BUS during a courtesy visit to the State House in Abuja OCT 23 2015.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday in Abuja that he looks forward to increased bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Hungary, since both countries have a lot in common.
Receiving Mr Zsolt Semjen, the Vice Prime Minister of Hungary at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that his administration will welcome the strengthening and expansion of cooperation between both countries in the areas of security and agricultural development.

president buhari received Hungary deputy prime minister 23 October 2015 (3)
“Hungary faces some immigration challenges today, just like other parts of Europe. We also have our challenges in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
“Hungary is able to fully understand our problems, and we can work together,” President Buhari said.
Vice Prime Minister Semjen congratulated Nigeria on its last general elections, and added that Hungary looked forward to signing agreements with the country on more bilateral cooperation.
president buhari received Hungary deputy prime minister 23 October 2015 (1)

He said that terrorism was a global challenge and pledged that his country would support the Nigerian Armed Forces’ efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
“The extremism of Boko Haram is not Islamic. It runs contrary to all human philosophies,” the Vice Prime Minister said.
He also promised that Hungary would deploy its expertise in the area of agriculture to assist Nigeria.

 

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 23, 2015

President Buhari to address the nation on 55th independence anniversary

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari


 

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday, October 1, 2015, make a nationwide broadcast as part of the programme of activities to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary.
The broadcast will take place  at 7am.

All electronic media stations are kindly requested to join the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
September 30th, 2015

President Buhari welcomes Nigeria’s removal from list of polio-endemic countries

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the World Health Organisation that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria.

 

President Buhari is delighted by the announcement which follows the absence of any case of the wild polio virus in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.

 

The President applauds the concerted efforts of government officials, health workers, volunteer groups, civil society, religious leaders, traditional rulers and international partners which resulted in this historic achievement.

 

While he joins other Nigerians and the global community in celebrating Nigeria’s removal from the list of polio-endemic countries, President Buhari urges continued vigilance to ensure that Nigeria maintains this new status.

 

The President directs all government ministries, departments and agencies involved in the polio eradication effort to remain proactively engaged and on guard against the re-emergence of the polio virus in Nigeria.

 

He assures the World Health Organisation and the global community that the Federal Government will ensure that immunisation and surveillance activities continue across Nigeria to keep the country polio-free.

 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

September 26, 2015

 

President Buhari remains fully committed to improved national security and succour for IDPS

PRESS RELEASE

Contrary to the erroneous impression that may have been created by reports that the Nigerian delegation to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly missed a meeting on help for displaced persons, President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration remain fully committed to the rehabilitation and well-being of all persons who have been displaced or adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Pres Buhari at UN 25th September 2015

Indeed, the war against terrorism, improved security across Nigeria and additional measures to give succour to internally displaced persons have been central to discussions President Buhari has had with other world leaders since his arrival in New York on Thursday night.

The issues were dominant in the President’s conversations on Friday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the King of Spain, His Majesty Don Felipe VI and former Prime-minister Gordon Brown who came with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss the actualization of the safe schools initiative, which is of special interest in parts of Nigeria most vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

President Buhari is handling his duty as leader of the Nigerian delegation to this year’s General Assembly with the greatest possible diligence and will certainly not tolerate any tardiness on the part of the delegation in seizing every possible. opportunity to advance Nigeria’s interests.

This notwithstanding, it must be realized that it will be near impossible for any national delegation, no matter its size, to participate in all the meetings that are simultaneously happening in and around the General Assembly in New York. Read more

Eid-El-Kabir: President Buhari says security and well-being of Nigerians remain his highest priorities

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with all Nigerians of the Islamic faith as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
President Buhari also congratulates all Nigerian Muslims who are currently in the Saudi Arabia to participate in the rites of the Hajj.
As they join the global Islamic community in celebrating Eid-El-Kabir, President Buhari urges Muslims and other Nigerians to rededicate themselves to a greater acceptance and internalisation of its lessons of piety, faithfulness, dedication, fortitude, obedience, sacrifice and selfless service which are for the benefit of all mankind.
The President calls for more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all as his administration strives to lead the nation towards rapidly overcoming its current security, economic and developmental challenges.
President Buhari assures all Nigerians that their safety, well-being and progress remain uppermost in his thoughts and actions, and that he will continue to work with all his might to deliver the positive changes in national life which they expect after his election and inauguration as Head of the Government of the Federation.
The President seizes this opportunity to extend heartfelt commiserations to families in Maiduguri and North-Eastern Nigeria who have sadly lost beloved relatives in recent terrorist attacks.
President Buhari’s thoughts and prayers for Divine solace are with all those who have been callously plunged into mourning by mindless terrorists, when others are celebrating this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
The President has directed the Armed Forces and national security agencies to provide maximum security across the nation during Eid-El-Kabir prayers and celebrations, especially in areas most vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
President Buhari assures all Nigerians that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.
Boko Haram’s reign of terror in parts of the country will be finally over very soon as the ongoing military onslaught against the terrorist sect will continue relentlessly until total victory is achieved.

Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 23, 2015

 

President Buhari condemns chief Falae’s abduction, directs police to ensure his safe rescue

Following a briefing on the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of Chief Olu Falae who was abducted from his farm on Monday.

olu-falae
President Buhari condemns the callous and reprehensible kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.
The President assures Chief Falae’s family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government will do all within its powers to ensure his swift release.
President Buhari, who has requested constant updates from the police and security agencies on efforts to find and rescue Chief Falae, also denounces the recurring incidents of criminal abductions across the country.
He assures all Nigerians that ongoing efforts to significantly enhance the security of lives and property in the country will continue apace and that under his leadership, Nigerians, irrespective of their status, will no longer be left at the mercy of criminal elements.

 

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 23, 2015

 

President Buhari condemns coup d’état in Burkina Faso, calls for immediate restoration of civil transitional authority

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria unreservedly condemn Wednesday’s detention of the Interim President, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the transitional government of Burkina Faso in an apparent coup d’état.

President Buhari and Nigeria align with ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations in rejecting the brazen contravention of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendere.

President Buhari and Nigeria urge the Defense and Security Forces of Burkina Faso to keep faith with the agreed transitional programme for the return of the country to full democratic rule after elections, which were due to be held in the country on October 11, in support of which Nigeria has donated 20 pick-up vans to the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso.

While welcoming the news that the Interim President, Mr. Michel Kafando has now been freed, President Buhari and Nigeria also demand the immediate release of Prime Minister Isaac Zida and other detained ministers.

Nigeria will give the fullest possible support to ongoing efforts by the ECOWAS mediatory team of President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic to quickly restore Burkina Faso to the path of order, democracy and constitutionalism.

The President urges the people of Burkina Faso to remain calm and steadfast in support of the transitional order, elections and democratic governance with the full assurance that Nigeria, ECOWAS and the international community will uphold their right to peace, freedom, democracy and good governance.

 

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 18, 2015

 

Nigeria’s Paschal Dike nominated for Junior Chamber International World President

pascalSince JCI became an international organization in 1946, it has produced till date 70 World Presidents from about 36 countries. JCI started in Nigeria in 1957 making it a 58 year old organization in Nigeria. No Nigerian has ever been elected as President of this International Organization for these numbers of years.

 

A look at the JCI Website www.jci.cc indicates it is a truly international organization but with local and national impacts. JCI has partnerships with such reputable international organizations as; International Chamber of Commerce – World Chamber Federation (ICC-WCF), United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets Campaign, UN Millennium Campaign, United Nations and the UN Development Goals, United Nations Global Compact, Pan American Health Organization, UNESCO and runs joint projects with these and other partners. JCI in their member countries also have similar partnerships with a number of other organizations.

 

JCI is a one year to lead organization. That means for every office you hold, you hold for only one year. There is no such thing as second tenure and this is an example of what selfless service should be.

 

The JCI Presidency is one that every member country aspires to experience and exercise. The holder of such office works with a team to continue to advance the mission of JCI but very importantly, he is an Ambassador of his country to the world. He is a role model to the young people of his country and the world as he will travel around the world to motivate, inspire and challenge members and young people to take more actions to better themselves and better their communities. He will oversee JCI’s work for a better and peaceful world by making better leaders, better innovative entrepreneurs, better citizens, people who carry out various projects to address community challenges.  It is therefore a great pride to the country, its Government and its youths as the individual becomes a true example of a Nigerian Citizen in the eyes of the world.

It is true that no Nigerian has ever been elected JCI President, but the good news is that there is a golden opportunity to change that.

Junior Chamber International in Nigeria has nominated one of her own Paschal Dike as candidate for 2016 JCI World President during the JCI World Congress which will hold in the city of Kanazawa, Japan from November 3-8, 2015. Read more

We will trace, recover stolen oil money and prosecute culprits – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu  Buhari Tuesday in the United States vowed that his administration would trace the accounts of individuals who stashed away ill-gotten oil money, freeze and recover the loot and prosecute the culprits.

Reacting to questions from members of Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in the United States and Canada at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC on the third day of his visit, the President lamented that “Corruption in Nigeria has virtually developed into a culture where honest people are abused.”

According to him, “250,000 barrels per day of Nigerian crude are being stolen and people sell and put the money into individual accounts,” adding that the United States and other developed countries “are helping us to trace such accounts now. We will ask that such accounts be frozen and prosecute the persons. The amount involved is mind-boggling. Some former ministers were selling about one million barrels per day. I assure you that we will trace and repatriate such money and use the documents to prosecute them. A lot of damage has been done to the integrity of Nigeria with individuals and institutions already compromised.”

Citing the example of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), President Buhari said unlike what obtained during his tenure as Federal Commissioner for Petroleum under military regime when the NNPC had only two traceable accounts before paying oil proceeds into the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), “now everybody is doing anyhow.”

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My visit to Washington DC will strengthen relations between Nigeria and USA – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday, 8th July 2015 in Abuja expressed the hope that his forthcoming meeting with President Barack Obama will further strengthen bilateral ties between Nigeria and the USA.

At a meeting the United States Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony J. Blinken, President Buhari said that his talks with President Obama will also give a much needed impetus to his administration’s efforts to overcome the challenge of terrorism.

The President told Mr. Blinken that Nigeria also looks forward to greater support from the United States for the multinational Joint Task Force being mobilized against Boko Haram.

President Buhari said that Nigeria and other Gulf of Guinea nations will also welcome more cooperation from the United States to enhance maritime security in the Gulf and curb crude oil theft.

On behalf of President Obama, Mr. Blinken commiserated with President Buhari and all Nigerians over the recent loss of lives in terrorist attacks.

The Under Secretary of State said that he was convinced that  President Buhari’s election will  further expand the frontiers of the existing relationship between Nigeria and the United States.

He assured President Buhari that the United States government will be ready to discuss all matters put forward by the Nigerian government during the President’s visit to Washington DC.

 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

July 8, 2015

Fashola Congratulates President Elect -Muhammadu Buhari, Says Most Important Task Now Is Building Nigeria

Governor Fashola
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (left) discussing with former Head of State and All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (right)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (left) & General Muhammadu Buhari (right)

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Wednesday congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress on his declaration as the Presidential –elect, saying what is most important now is about building Nigeria.

The Governor who spoke in a chat with newsmen at the Ikoyi residence of the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said the two main parties ran a very fierce campaign in the build up to the March 28 elections.

 

Governor Fashola who also served at the Director of the Fund Raising Committee of the Buhari-Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Organisation, said with the state of things in the country, every hand should be on the pump to build the country.

 

“I think both sides ran a very fierce campaign. So you can imagine as they say: The fiercer the conflict, the sweeter the victory but what is important now is building Nigeria really and so it is every hand to the pump really”, he said.

 

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari was returned as the winner of the March 28, 2015 Presidential election in the early hours of Wednesday by the Chief Returning Officer, Professor Attahiru Jega.

 

General Muhammadu Buhari scored a total of 15, 424,921 votes to beat his opponent and incumbent President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored a total 12, 853,162 votes.

 

The President-elect fulfilled the constitutional provision of scoring the highest number of votes cast and achieving a spread of at least 25 percent of the votes cast in two-thirds of the States with his spread of at least 25 percent of the votes cast in 27 States of the federation.

 

President Jonathan’s acceptance speech at the PDP Presidential Convention 2014

Acceptance Speech by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR On His Victory at the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2014 National Convention Eagle Square, Abuja

 

 

Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th December  2014

pres Jonathan

  1. Mr Chairman, our dear delegates, today is another great day in the history of our great Party; The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and indeed in the history of our great Nation.

 

  1. Nothing gives me greater joy, as leader of our party, than such an opportunity as presented today, for direct interaction with so many enthusiastic and dedicated fellow party members, and may I add, all proudly dressed in our party colours and regalia.

 

  1. It is also my pleasure to be here as a delegate today and I welcome whole heartedly all our delegates, party members and all Nigerians, from across the country and beyond; including those joining us by television and online, as we gather here in the Eagle Square, to reaffirm the noble democratic traditions and foundations, that bind us together.

 

  1. I thank the Party and the Organizing Committee for a successful convention. I thank all the delegates for a smooth nomination process.

 

  1. Let me congratulate, the Chairman of our great Party, the game changer, Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Muazu. I have no doubt that the democratic process we have witnessed here today, and his confirmation as Party chairman, are both pointers to the consolidation of democracy in our country as a whole.

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FULL TEXT: Democracy Day 2014 broadcast by President Goodluck Jonathan

Fellow Nigerians,
1. I greet and felicitate with you all, today, as we mark 15 years of uninterrupted democratic governance in our beloved country.

2. Our dear nation, Nigeria, has certainly come a long way and made notable progress since our first Democracy Day on May 29, 1999 when the military finally relinquished power and handed over to a democratically-elected government, marking the true beginning of a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

3. Although I have ordered a low-key commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day in deference to the current mood of the nation, there can be no doubt that the past 15 years, the longest period of sustained democratic governance in our country, have been a blessing to us, as a people.

4. As we commemorate 15 years of our Fourth Republic today therefore, I believe that it is fitting that we pay tribute once again to all those who played a part in restoring our nation to the true path of democratic governance, built on the foundations of rule of law and freedom of expression.

5. As a result of our collective efforts since 1999, democratic governance is now entrenched in our nation and institutions. I wholeheartedly believe that our people are the better for it. The scope of fundamental rights and liberties enjoyed by our people over the past 15 years has been expanded beyond measure. Read more

#NationalConference2014: President Goodluck Jonathan’s remarks at the Inauguration of the National Conference

Remarks by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR

At the Inauguration of the National Conference » Monday, 17th March, 2014

PROTOCOLS

1.  I am delighted to welcome you all to the inauguration of this historic National Conference which promises to be another significant landmark in our efforts to strengthen national unity and consolidate democratic governance in our beloved country.

2.  I also believe that this National Conference is coming at a very appropriate time. Having just celebrated the first centenary of our country, the most compelling task before us, as we move ahead and contemplate what our nation will be at the end of its second century, is to lay a much stronger foundation for faster development.

3.  This we can achieve by building a more inclusive national consensus on the structure and guiding principles of state that will guarantee our emergence as a more united, progressive and prosperous nation.

4. In our history as a political entity, we have experienced highs and lows but have always forged ahead. To my mind, the fact that we have weathered   all storms and continued with the mission of evolving a truly national identity signifies that we are going in the right direction. Read more

APC Senate Caucus calls on the President to withdraw the suspension of Malam Sanusi as the CBN Governor

PRESS RELEASE BY THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) CAUCUS IN THE SENATE ON SUSPENSION OF GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, MALAM SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN

On February 20th 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan announced the suspension of Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati directed that the most senior Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr Sarah Alade will serve as Acting Governor “until the conclusion of on-going investigations into breaches of enabling laws, due process and mandate of the CBN”.

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in the Senate hereby unequivocally condemn the action of the President as absolutely illegal, and, therefore, reject it in its entirety. While we will not engage the President on his allegations against Malam Sanusi, we want to refer him to the relevant CBN Act of 2007 on the appointment and removal of the CBN Governor.

According to Section 11(2) of the Act, “THE CBN GOVERNOR, DEPUTY GOVERNOR OR DIRECTOR SHALL (ONLY) CEASE TO HOLD OFFICE IN THE BANK IF HE:
(f) IS REMOVED BY THE PRESIDENT, PROVIDED THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE GOVERNOR SHALL BE SUPPORTED BY TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THE SENATE PRAYING THAT HE BE SO REMOVED.”

By unilaterally removing the CBN Governor without recourse to two-thirds majority of the Senate as the CBN Act 2007 provides, the President has acted illegally. As we work hard at strengthening our Democracy and the Rule of Law, the APC Senate Caucus will not sit by and watch the President whimsically offend the relevant laws.

We wish to add that, as we said earlier that we don’t intend to engage the President on his allegations against Malam Sanusi, especially on alleged “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct” while investigations against the CBN Governor are ongoing, we will not shy away here from expressing amazement that the President never applied these words once while certain acts of financial recklessness raged against a former member of his administration, during various investigations against the member and even when reports of those investigations clearly indicted the member. This irreconciliation of standard by the President is condemnable and will not augur well for good governance and development. With Nigerians following developments on corrupt practices in our Democracy, the President would be sending wrong signals that his administration is intolerant of criticisms against it, especially on financial dealings, while pampering favouritism and sycophancy. Read more

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