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Buhari writes Scientific Magazine, says planting trees solution to conflicts

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President Muhammadu Buhari says planting tree is part of the solution to conflicts in Nigeria and across the Sahel region.

The President, in an opinion article published in Scientific American Magazine, in which more than 150 Nobel laureates have been published, opined that desertification – driven by climate change was exacerbating conflict in Nigeria.

A statement by the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday, said ”the article comes ahead of the project launch later this month by the National Youth Climate Innovation Hub – the organisation mobilising youth in the tree planting exercise.

President Buhari believed that, in tackling these challenges, the government had resolved to involve young people in the decision-making processes on climate action because, ”ultimately, it is their future that shall be affected.”

According to the Nigerian leader, his administration is taking action against the ecological breakdown that drives conflicts.

“Ecological restoration reduces the threat of land disputes.

”Planting trees is part of the solution, and the reason Nigeria is planting another 25 million, on top of the 1 million hectares already reforested.

”The tree planting is part of a larger project: a Great Green Wall that shall stretch across the Sahel to hold back desertification,” Buhari said.

The president argued that to achieve this goal, the project must be driven by communities, innovative climate financing solutions, and a methodical planting based in ecological research.

On the need to plant trees, President Buhari said: “Trees lend a base to build on. They aid water retention in the ground; they shield the land from erosion; and they enrich biodiversity, key for recycling the nutrients in the soil required to grow crops.

”In the process, they underwrite food security.”

On previous issuances of green bonds, he stated: “Fortunately, these initial forays show a clear appetite for this sort of investment, and we are currently working on further issuances.”

The President said that the government would mobilize the youth in the planting, breeding a sense of ownership of their region’s future and strengthening community bonds.

He added: “Those who manage the systems should be the community on the frontline: the same people who will benefit from reforestation.

“We intend to mobilize the youth in the planting, breeding a sense of ownership of their region’s future and strengthening community bonds.”

Buhari, who touched on herder-farmers clashes in the article, said: “Critically, ecological restoration reduces the threat of land disputes.

”In the dry season, barren—often drought-stricken—pastureland in the Sahel forces nomadic herders to drive their cattle further south to graze.”

Edited by Felix Ajide

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Buhari won’t fail Nigerians on anti-graft war, says Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari will not be deterred by baseless criticisms by the opposition in his determination to eradicate chronic corruption in Nigeria in his capacity as the African Union continental anti-corruption champion.

The president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made the statement on Tuesday when he fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja.

The presidential aide was speaking with reporters on some issues raised by the opposition PDP since the beginning of the interrogation of suspended Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

Shehu said the volume and reach of the anti-corruption crusade had so far, reflected what the PDP left behind.

“Corruption became so normalized by the PDP that they had difficulty defining what is corruption and theft,” he stated.

The spokesman lauded Buhari’s determination to end corruption in Nigeria.

“The large number of cases, new and old, may appear to be daunting but PDP, which is now heckling the president has forgotten that the party bequeathed this to the current administration.

”They had large number of cases they did not investigate and prosecute.”

Shehu also warned the PDP to allow the process of investigation and prosecution to work, instead of being preemptive about ongoing cases and unduly agitating the public.

He expressed his optimism that the judiciary would deal with the cases swiftly and satisfactorily in a manner that would deter other would-be offenders.

“The current administration is handling many of the cases that the PDP should have dealt with and the new ones as they arise,” Shehu said.

Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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Buhari approves new boards for NLNG, BGT

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the newly reconstituted board of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG)and Bonny Gas Transport Limited ( BGT).

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja  on Monday.

He said that the current board members had been in office since 2005, hence the need for new people to bring new ideas in the system.

According to him, the new board members for the NLNG include Dr Edmund Daukoru as Chaiman, Mr Henry lkem-Obih as a Member and Dr Rabiu Sulaiman as a Member.

Other Members include the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Bitrus Nabasu.

He also said that Daukoru was also approved as the President of the Board of BST while Doyin Akinyanju and Abdul Abba are members.

The minister noted that Kyari and Nabasu were also members of the board.

“I will like to use this opportunity to thank the chairman and other outgoing board  members of NLNG for steering the companies to record successes, particularly the Train 7 FID.

“l wish the exiting members good health and more successes in their future endeavors.

“To the incoming members of the board, I congratulate you on this appointment; your selection is based on your experience, integrity and expertise.

“I, therefore,urge you to bring all these to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities in line with the progressive agenda of Mr President,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports  that some of the new board members had worked in the industry in the past.

Daukoru was a former Minister of State for Energy and also Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in 2006.

He became the Amayanabo, or traditional ruler, of Nembe Kingdom in 2008.

Also, Ikem-Obih was a former Chief Operating Officer, Downstream of the NNPC and Rabiu a former Group Executive Director at the corporation.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Buhari greets veteran Journalist, Eddie Aderinokun at 80

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The president, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday saluted the more than 60 years of vibrant journalism tucked under Aderinokun’s belt.

He said this has seen him rise to editorship of the then reputable Daily Express Newspaper, and his contribution to literature through many books, particularly on poetry.

“Also indelible are his footprints in sports development, particularly volleyball, where he made his mark as a very successful Chairman of the Nigerian Volleyball Federation,” he added.

The president urged Aderinokun, as President of Nigeria League of Veteran Journalists, to continue sharing his wealth of experience.

He also enjoined him to continue to guide younger professionals on the path of ethics and good conduct.

Buhari wished Aderinokun, family, friends, the media, and sporting fraternity a joyful occasion as the milestone birthday is celebrated, and prayed for sound mind, good health, and continued service to God and mankind.

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Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kamarudeen Usman on the successful defence of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title with an emphatic win over Jorge Masvidal.

 

The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.

 

Buhari commended the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon, proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands.

 

According to the president, as the first African-born and Nigerian UFC Champion, Usman has reminded the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria. 

 

While the global COVID-19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations, the President expressed delight and appreciation that Usman has lifted the nation spirits with another professional performance.

 

He said this had also proven that things would surely get better at the fullness of time “when we remain committed to our vision’’.

 

The president wished Usman the very best and more victories in his career and prayed that like fine wine, he improves with age.

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Buhari salutes former governor of Rivers, Ada-George at 80

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former governor of Rivers, Chief Rufus Ada-George, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

In a congratulatory message released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari described the octogenarian as a great mentor to many quality leaders in Nigeria’s political landscape.

The president prayed Almighty God to grant “the Peripelebo 1 of Okrika more years of good health and longevity to see change and transformation in his immediate community and the country he loves so dearly’’.

He commended Ada-George’s dedication to the promotion of peace and conflict resolution in the Niger Delta.

President Buhari also noted that “there is no greater joy for a senior citizen order than he who bequeaths a future filled with hope, peace and prosperity for the children.’’

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Buhari condoles with Emir of Gujba over mother’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Emir of Gujba, Alhaji Tijjani Saleh, the government and people of Yobe over the death of the Emir’s mother, Hajiya Fanna Ibn Ali Gangarang.

 

The president’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Saturday. 

 

Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and comfort for all who mourned.

 

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Anti-Corruption Day: Buhari calls for operationalisation of common position on assets recovery

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African leaders to ensure the immediate actualisation of the Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR).

Buhari made the call as the continent celebrates this year’s Anti-Corruption Day on July 11.

According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari made the appeal in a letter addressed to South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa is the current Chairman of African Union (AU).

In the letter, the Nigerian leader asked for a re-commitment to the anti-corruption war by leaders on the continent to engender an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena”.

The president lamented that “the massive corruption being perpetrated across our national governments has created a huge governance deficit’’.

He said this in turn had created negative consequences that have worsened the socioeconomic and political situation in Africa.

The letter by President Buhari read in part:

“As Your Excellency is aware, the continental fight against corruption has been premised on an irreducible minimum that can pave the way for Africa’s transformation.  

“In this effort, the emphasis has been on the continent’s collective determination to forge resilient partnerships among our national governments, civil society organisations and other interest groups, such as women, youth and the physically challenged, to ensure improved socio-economic, political and security development and ultimately, the improvement of our continent.

“The concern of the African Union is that the massive corruption being perpetuated across our national governments, has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that have worsened the socio-economic and political situation in Africa.

“Your Excellency may recall that these continental concerns led our colleagues at the African Union, to appoint my humble self as the African Union Anti-Corruption Champion.

“I believe that the efforts and focus of the Nigerian Government at home, partly informed this decision as well as the need for Africa, as a continent, to recommit herself to the fight against corruption and the imperative to free resources for meaningful development.

“I am, therefore, in full support of the call for the issuance of a continental message to commemorate this day, on July 11, 2020, to re-commit the African Union to the continental fight against corruption, including through a robust approach to assets recovery, hence the need for a strategic framework on a Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR).

“Happily, in February 2020, at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, CAPAR was adopted.

“In my view, the African Union must go beyond the mere annual celebration of the Africa Anti-Corruption Day by moving swiftly to operationalise the African Common Position on Assets Recovery by all member states.

“This is an excellent way to drive Africa’s Agenda 2063, for an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.’

“As current Chair of our Union, I sincerely commend to you, this suggestion that seeks to call our leaders in Africa to recommit ourselves to this very important task of reclaiming our continent from the vice of systemic corruption.

“Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration.’’

 

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Buhari condoles with Bishop Kukah over mother’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to the Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, on the passing of his mother Janet Hauwa Kukah.

The president’s condolence message was conveyed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday.

Buhari also commiserated with members of the family of Kukah, praying almighty God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Combating security threats: African countries have to work together at all levels – President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said that in order for African countries to combat security threats effectively, they must continue to work together at all levels, be it tactical, operational and strategic.

President Buhari said this during the graduation of 181 students of the senior course 42 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) reports that the President was represented by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (Rtd).

Out of the 181 senior course participants,  84 were from the Army, 40 from Navy, 34 Air Force, 13 international students and 10 from the paramilitary.

President Buhari explained that most security challenges facing the world today are both asymmetric and trans-border in nature, and involved mainly non-state actors in different sub-regions and regions.

“The West Africa sub-region and indeed our beloved continent are not immune to these threats.

“As such, the specifics of your training which centre mostly on countering these threats is most timely.

“Combating these prevalent security threats effectively demands that African countries continue to work together at all level, be it tactical, operational and strategic.”

Buhari lauded the collaboration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Cameroun, Niger Republic and Chad in a multinational operation to combat the Boko Haram Insurgency in the Lake Chad region.

According to him, the synergy achieved in operating together was enhanced by an understanding of doctrines of the cooperating forces.

“This would have been made possible through joint training and exercises similar to the curriculum of your course.

 “I therefore advise that you nurture the friendship and comradeship you have built within the one year duration of the course.”

He noted that the occasion provided another opportunity to reflect on the state of the Nigerian nation, particularly as regards National Security .

“The last 11 years have been particularly challenging for our nation, considering the plethora of security threats that have besieged the country, which threaten our fledgling democracy and collective existence as a sovereign nation.

“Our government is poised to promote national security and development, as well as remain committed to promoting a vision of secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous and strong nation .

“We shall be employing all elements of our national power in ensuring security, a just society, peaceful coexistence, national unity and sustainable development while promoting our good standing abroad.

” The response of the Nigerian Armed Forces to the Boko Haram Insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as activities of separatist and armed militias amongst others have been commendable.

“My administration will continue to give priority to the training and welfare of officers and men of the armed forces.

” This is exemplified in the implementation of the payment of the enhanced allowances contained in the latest manual of financial administration of the Armed Forces  of Nigeria earlier this year,” the president said.

Earlier, the Commandant of the AFCSC, AVM Abubakar Liman, had admitted the graduands into the league of officers entitled to adorn the prestigious emblem of Pass Staff Course (Psc) after 48 weeks of drilling to attain the professional level of competence.

He said the graduands, who are majors and its equivalent in other services, are good to take up higher responsibility in the National Defence architecture.

They are proficiently equipped and qualified to carry out any assigned task to accomplish National Security Aspirations of promoting peace and ending insurgency, banditry and other criminalities facing the nation, he added.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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