President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday went down memory lane, recalling roles played by Nigeria in engendering majority rule in South Africa, and ending the apartheid segregationist policy.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, in a statement, said President Buhari was speaking when he received in audience Mr Jeff Radebe, Special Envoy of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa at State House, Abuja.
The President recounted that he was a junior military officer to Generals Murtala Mohammed and Olusegun Obasanjo, who were military heads of state at different times in the mid to late 1970s.
“Going back to historical antecedents, we made great sacrifices for South Africa to become a free state.
“I was a junior officer to Gen. Murtala Muhammad, and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. They were not operating in a democracy, but they got Nigerians to support them in the bid to see a free South Africa.
“Our leadership was quite committed to the cause. We made sacrifices, which younger people of today may not know.
“During my last visit to South Africa with the late President Robert Mugabe, it was very emotional, as Mugabe spoke about Nigeria’s contribution to free South Africa,” he noted.
The President extended appreciation to President Ramaphosa, through the Special Envoy, “for coming to explain to us what happened in South Africa recently, leading to killings and displacement of foreigners.”
President Buhari responded to profuse apologies from the South African President, pledging that relationship between the two countries “will be solidified,” while describing the xenophobic attacks as “very unfortunate.”
Radebe had apologised on behalf of his President for what he called “acts of criminality and violence” that recently occurred, adding that “such do not represent our value system, nor those of the larger number of South Africans.”
He said South Africa was an integral part of Africa, and is fully committed to peace and integration of the continent.
The Special Envoy disclosed that 10 people died during the attacks – two Zimbabweans and eight South Africans, saying there was no Nigerian casualty.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
Rep lauds Buhari over appointment of Obioma as NECO Registrar
Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Godswill Obioma as Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Kalu, who represents Bende Federal Constituency in Abia said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He said the appointment came at a time, the examination body was confronted with several challenges, which had undermined its operations.
The lawmaker, however, expressed confidence that Obioma’s breadth of experience and wealth of academic achievements would be used to address the challenges.
Kalu disclosed that he had been privileged to preview the registrar’s proposed 11-point roadmap for NECO, which showed a determination to reignite hope in inclusive and quality education for Nigerian children.
“Following the fourth UNESCO COVID-19 Education Webinar, organised on April 9, 2020 to examine the coping strategies currently considered by various countries to manage high-stake exams, it has become clear to me that unique home grown solutions are required for the peculiarities of our own challenges.
“NECO’s leadership must figure out exam delivery modes that are complaint with new public health standards and technological realities while remaining inclusive and accessible to the millions of Nigerian children in rural areas.
“This responsibility is an intricate dance which will require the innovativeness and insight of a leader, possessing extensive local and international experience.
“Obioma’s breadth of experience, academic achievements, as well as his far reaching contributions to education policy reforms in national and global contexts, distinguishes him as the right fit for the job; the square peg in a square hole,” he said.
Edo APC: Former Speaker seeks Buhari intervention
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to step into the party’s crisis in the state.
Adjoto, who was a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, made the appeal on Monday in Benin while receiving the party leaders from Edo north.
The APC chieftain said that the president’s intervention would ensure the victory of the party in the September governorship election in the state.
Adjoto, noted that the crisis rocking the party in the state was becoming increasingly embarrassing.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the primaries for the Edo governorship election for June 22, while the gubernatorial election will hold on Sept. 19.
The development has stoked the battle of supremacy between the two factions of the APC in the state.
Adjoto, however, said that “the resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party empowers state chapters to choose a mode of primaries based on peculiarities.
“Edo state APC stakeholders have met and agreed on an indirect mode of primaries as the most suitable in the face of COVID-19 and for the fact that the state chapter lacks a comprehensive register of members,’’ he said.
He urged the president and other stakeholders to dialogue with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to avert the party being defeated in the September election.
“Obaseki’s victory is certain and he is constant as the Northern star. All those opposing him within and outside the party will eventually bow and vote for him.
“My advice to the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC is to play by the rules to avoid plunging Edo into crisis,’’ Adjoto said.
President Buhari receives 4th Interim Report on COVID-19 from PTF
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received the fourth reports of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, applauding the team for a job well done.
According to him, the team also offered suggestions on ways forward in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, quoted the President as applauding the achievements of the PTF and other frontline workers and stakeholders.
“What we basically did was to submit the fourth interim report to him and to appraise him of the progress that has been achieved in the course of the last two weeks of the extension of the eased phase one of the lockdown.
“We also discussed some of the challenges that we’ve had and suggested what we need to put in place, going forward.
“As far as the work of the PTF is concerned, he was upfront with commendations.
“He (Buhari) assured us that the nation is fully behind us in the work that he has charged us to do and that he’s also appreciative of the work of the frontline workers, particularly the medical personnel, the security personnel and the people who come in contact with the patients in the time of collection of samples, the testing and the care that they are giving,’’ Mustapha said.
According to him, PTF also discussed the issue of compliance and the President said “we should continue to appeal to Nigerians and drive home the point that it’s a personal responsibility for each and every Nigerian to undertake to ensure that he keeps himself safe and by extension keeping his family, loved ones and community safe’’.
He assured that the PTF would continue to drive the message.
“It’s a message of persuasion; it’s a message that should make people take personal responsibility for their own protection and health and we will not relent on that’’.
On the deliberate refusal of Kogi and Cross River states to be in tune with the present reality in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Mustapha said that the issue was discussed during the PTF meeting with the president.
“We discussed challenges generally and I believe that in the context of those discussions, certain steps will be taken.
“We are doing everything to ensure that the entire nation is on the same page with one response.
“It is very important that we realise that no state is an island unto itself, when you deal with public health matters.
“Whatever happens in a particular locality has the consequences of spilling off to other constituencies.
“That is the message that we’ll continue to drive in our pursuit of getting everybody to be on board.
“I can assure you that there’s no island that exists as far as COVID-19 is concerned in this country.
“We must integrate all the responses from the different segments of the community and the state and have everybody to be on the same page.
“We will continue to pursue that and we must also ensure that it happens.’’
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Tinubu commiserates with Buhari over death of nephew
Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday, commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his nephew, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda.
Tinubu, in a condolence message by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, extended his condolences to the family of Dauda, Gov. Aminu Masari, the Daura community and people of Katsina over the tragic loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dauda died in Daura, Katsina State, following a prolonged illness.
APC leader said: “Mr President, please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences over the passing of your nephew, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda.
“My condolences also to the family left behind by Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda, to Governor Aminu Masari and the people of Daura Community.
“Coming after the recent demise of another family member, this may be further dampening but we cannot question God,” he said.
Tinubu urged Buhari and his family to take solace in the good and deeply religious life Dauda lived and the memories of the time they shared together.
He prayed Allah to give all the family members, particularly the wife and children the fortitude and everlasting succour to live without their patriarch.
“I beseech Allah SWT to support and strengthen you at this time even as you confront the nation’s current existential challenges.
“To the deceased, may Allah reward his good deeds, forgive his sins and grant him Aljannah,” he said.
NAN recalls that on May 7, the President lost one of his nephew, Alhaji Mutari Dauda, after a brief illness.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
BMO lauds Buhari on Executive Order 10
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has lauded the Executive Order 10, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it would engender better governance and guarantee true independence for states judiciary and legislature.
BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, described the order as the long needed game-changer that would bring to effect, the desire for truly independent and accountable judiciary and legislature at the state levels.
“The Executive Order 10 signed by Buhari is a masterstroke that will engender better governance, especially at the state levels, guaranteeing true independence of state judiciary and legislature.
“With this order, Nigerians will see a renewed improvement in the delivery of good governance at the state level,” the BMO chairman said.
He said that the states play a critical role in the delivery of governance to the Nigerian people.
“They are closer to the people and expectedly should have a better understanding of their problems and needs.
“This is why it is critical that the institutions closest to the people receive the best support for them to carry out their duties and independence to ensure that the delivery of their duties is not tainted by selfish interests.
“Through the Implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary Order 2020, Buhari has put in place, the legal instrument to enforce that funds belonging to state legislatures and judiciaries get to them.
“We can now be assured that state judiciary will not be afraid of any threats to its fundings by state executive who may want them to pander to itscbiddings,” Akinsiju said.
According to him, this applies as well to the state legislature.
“The outcome we can expect from this is strong institutions delivering good governance and justice at the middle tier of government without fear or favour.
“The order will ensure that the needed funds for these institutions will be available and accessible for their democratic business and not end up being treated as personal monies of state executives or as second-line items.
“It ensures that the payment of monies due to state legislature and judiciary are matters of priority, they are first-line items and must be immediately paid to the legislature and judiciary,” he said.
He added that the institutions would be the first choice for payments.
“A state that fails to release these funds will have the funds deducted from source by Federal Accounts Allocations Committee, from the money to be allocated to the state.
“The executive order also ensures that there is targeted and strategic budgeting for state judiciary and state legislature.
“A significant item in the Executive Order is the Special Extraordinary Capital Allocations for the judiciary which is an allocation dedicated to the undertaking of capital development projects by the stare judiciary.
“With this fund, more complexes for state judiciary will be built and those that are dilapidated will be renovated.
“Nigeria’s judiciary has for many years suffered an infrastructure problem, especially at the state level – that is about to become history, thanks to Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
President Buhari loses nephew Ibrahim Dauda
President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda is dead.
Dauda died in Daura, Katsina State, following a prolonged illness.
In a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari said the death has robbed the family and the Daura community of one of its finest gentlemen.
“I am deeply touched and devastated by the passing of yet another family member, a man who had demonstrated amazing kindness and honesty in all his dealings,” he said.
Buhari prayed God to forgive the soul of the deceased and reward his great and noble deeds with paradise.
The deceased is survived by a number of children, including Dauda Ibrahim, a Chief Administrative Officer in State House, Abuja,
Buhari felicitates with UNILAG VC, Prof. Ogundipe at 60
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on his 60th birthday.
Ogindipe will be clocking 60 yeats on May 31, 2020.
In a congratulatory message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, the president joined family members and friends of the vice chancellor to celebrate the milestone, laced with great and memorable achievements.
Buhari rejoiced with the academia and professional colleagues of Ogundipe, who, ”through diligence and resilience, rose to become a Professor of Botany at 42, taking up responsibilities as Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies; Director, Academic Planning Unit; and Deputy Vice Chancellor.”
The president extolled Ogundipe’s commitment to upgrading and expanding of the departments, faculties and institutes in the university.
He particularly lauded him for paying attention to the dynamic global market, evolving trends in research, and most importantly, the need for character, competence and competitiveness.
The president commended the ongoing efforts to improve the quality of learning by attracting grants for infrastructure development and research, promoting scholarship and management of resources, with the larger picture of supporting governments to meet growing demands, especially in research funding and employment.
He prayed that the almighty God would continue to strengthen the highly respected academic and author, and grant him wisdom to achieve his dreams for the institution and the country.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Buhari greets veteran journalist, Tola Adeniyi, at 75
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with the family, friends and colleagues of renowned writer, journalist, columnist, actor, dancer, and dramatist, Akogun Tola Adeniyi, as he turns 75.
Buhari conveyed his congratulatory message in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday.
The president congratulated the entire pen fraternity on the landmark birthday of the man whom he said made writing look so fluid and easy through his column, ”Aba Saheed” which was a compelling read.
He noted that Adeniyi plied his trade for decades in Sketch Newspapers, Nigerian Tribune, Daily Times of Nigeria, and many others, where he held top editorial positions as Editor-in-Chief/CEO.
The president equally saluted the business savvy of Adeniyi, which led him to found the Canada Africa Chamber of Commerce in 1996.
“I wish this irrepressible writer and columnist good health, longer life, and greater contributions to our dear country,” the president added.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Buhari mourns ex-NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with family, friends and professional colleagues of former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.
The President, in a condolence message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, also commiserated with government and people of Bauchi State, management and staff of NNPC over the passing of the former GMD.
Buhari noted that the deceased worked ”very hard to initiate reforms in virtually all departments of the of the corporation, bringing it up to speed with global trends and best practices.”
He also acknowledged Baru’s contributions to ensuring stability in the oil sector in Nigeria, with a more guaranteed supply and predictable price regime that weakened unscrupulous parallel marketers, especially during festive seasons.
The President prayed that the Almighty God would receive the soul of the departed, grant eternal rest, and comfort all who mourned him.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
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