President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated businessman, publisher and sports enthusiast, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, ahead of his 80th birthday, on Sunday.
The President, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, noted the contributions of the political leader to the social, economic and political development of the country.
He noted that Iwuanyanwu started with a successful career in engineering that blossomed into conglomerates and daily cater for needs of Nigerians.
Buhari applauded Iwuanyanwu for his role in creating opportunities for the younger generation in entrepreneurship, sports and media, ”enabling many to discover their talents and pursue careers that have translated into recognitions and awards.
” According to the president, Iwuanyanwu’s wisdom, particularly in advocating for a private sector driven economy, continues to pay off, while appreciating his philanthropy in education and health.
Buhari prayed that God would grant Iwuanyanwu longer life and good health.
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Father Matthew Hassan Kukah, as he turns 70, Aug. 31. In a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday in Abuja, Buhari joined the Catholic Church, friends and associates in celebrating with the priest on the milestone.
The president noted the contributions of the priest, teacher, scholar and writer to national discourse.
He prayed that the almighty God would grant Kukah longer life, good health and strength.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, has again raised the alarm over the involvement of communities and religious groups in theft of petroleum products in the country.
Kyari stated this at the weekly Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team led by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, churches, mosques, security agencies as well as communities where pipelines pass through were involved in pipeline vandalism and theft of petroleum products.
He said so far, the NNPC, in conjunction with security agencies, had destroyed 959 metal tanks for storage purposes, 737 ovens, 452 dug-out pits, 355 cooking pots, and 179 wooden boats between April and August, this year.
He added that the security officials also recovered 207 pumping machines, 12 welding machines, two power generators, and two filling machines.
Kyari said 11 vessels, 30 speed boats, 37 trucks and cars were impounded, while 122 suspects were arrested in connection with various cases of theft of petroleum products.
He said: ”As you may also be aware, because of the very unfortunate acts of vandals along our major pipelines from Atlas Cove all the way to Ibadan, and all others connecting all the 37 depots that we have across the country.
”You know, none of them can take delivery of products today.
Kyari said: ”And the reason is very simple.
For some of the lines, for instance, from Warri to Benin, we haven’t operated that line for 15 years.
Every molecule of product that we put get lost.
”And of course you remember the tragic fire incident very close to Warri, close to Sapele that killed so many people.
“So, we had to shut it down and as we speak, the level of losses that we have on our product pipeline, and I’m sure you may have seen it and I’ll invite you at the right time so we can take a look at it jointly.
” He also recalled the fire outbreak happened in the Lagos area, adding, ”in one of our pipelines, we discovered that some of the pipelines were actually connected to individuals homes.
”And not only that, and with all sensitivity to our religious beliefs, you know, some of the pipelines and some of the products that we found, were actually in churches and in mosques.
”That means that everybody is involved.
There is no way you will take products, bring in trucks in populated neighborhoods, load it and leave without everybody else knowing about it.
”That everybody includes members of the community, members of the religious leadership and also and most likely government officials of all natures, including security agencies personnel.
”They are everywhere.
And I’ve seen this even in the Niger Delta.
There’s no way you would deliver a volume and lose up to 30 per cent and you will continue to put that products in this line.
” He, however, revealed, the NNPCL had recovered 35.8 million litres of the stolen crude oil, 22 million litres of diesel, 0.15 litres of petrol, and 0.76 million litres of kerosene.
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC), will bequeath strong political institutions that reflect their choices, through non-interference in elections.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement, said the president gave the assurance when he received members of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) led by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The president cited outcomes of polls in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun States as indicators of his administration’s non-interference in political processes in the country.
According to him, non-interference in elections gives credence to the political processes, ensures participation and inclusiveness, and shows that the governing party respects the electorate.
He said APC, under his leadership, would continue to respect Nigerians by ensuring that their votes count and the people’s voices matter in choosing political leaders at different levels.
“I want Nigerians to know that we respect them, and for us to show that, we will allow them to vote who they want.
“We all witnessed what happened in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.
What happened in those states gives me a lot of hope that we are succeeding,’’ he said.
On the forthcoming 2023 elections, Buhari said ”government will also ensure that Nigerians don’t get intimidated, or humiliated by those in positions, or the more privileged.
“We will not allow anyone to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians.
We will not allow intimidation materially, morally or physically.
”This is the kind of leadership that can emerge and consolidate our nation.
“In six months, Nigerians will appreciate the government of APC that we are sincere and we respect them.
” He urged the party’s political leaders to intensity efforts in “thinking, meeting and strategizing for the 2023 elections.
’’ In his remarks, the Chairman of the PGF thanked the president for his leadership, guided by wisdom and foresight, affirming that the Nigerian economy had been growing, in spite of the formidable challenges.
“We want to congratulate you on the positive trajectory of the economy, with the 3.5 per cent growth in the second quarter, up from 3.1 per cent of the first quarter of this year.
”Infrastructure projects are ongoing in parts of the country, and the social intervention programme is expanding,’’ he stated.
The governor said the growth trajectory had defied initial predictions of some multilateral institutions.
He affirmed that the World Bank and others had acknowledged the resilience of the economy, and reviewed their positions.
“Your Excellency, as we speak, there is drought in Europe and China.
The Ukraine-Russia war is taking a toll on economies.
”In the UK, there is rationing of electricity, and energy shortages in China.
“While other countries are banning food export, we are preparing for more production, in spite of floods in places like Jigawa State.
”We note your instruction for the release of 40,000 tonnes of grains.
“We also note efforts on improving security and measures to cut oil theft,’’ he said.
The PGF chairman told the president that some APC governors were contesting elections for the second term in 2023, with impressive records in their first terms.
“We note the pronouncement of ASUU.
We recall the appeal of the president to ASUU, while we were visiting Daura that they should consider the future of students.
”We will not dwell on that now.
We are ready to accept any negotiations for resolution,’’ Bagudu added.
The governor commended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, for their steadfastness and stewardship.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday felicitated with Nigeria’s iconic football star, sports administrator and broadcaster, Olusegun Odegbami, as he turns 70, on Sunday.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, the president congratulated the former national team player and his family for many years of service to the nation and humanity.
Buhari rejoiced with Odegbami for a distinguished career in sports, with eight years as a national team player, 1974-1982, earning the respect of team players and fans, at home and across Africa.
The president particularly noted Odegbami’s dazzling skills and accuracy in scoring for which he was nicknamed “Mathematical Odegbami’’.
He also noted the versatility of the former skipper of the Green Eagles, who also served as adviser to the technical crew of national teams.
The president lauded Odegbami for inspiring many athletes to stardom, and positioned himself for successes in writing, publishing, acting, broadcasting and farming.
Buhari believed that Odegbami’s experience, leadership skills and network of friends across many fields and places would remain relevant for growing the country.
He prayed for longer life, good health and prosperity for Odegbami and his family.
The president also congratulated former Governor of Adamawa, Murtala Nyako, on his 80th birthday.
He rejoiced with the ex-Chief of Naval Staff, who distinguished himself in leadership as a military officer, democrat, farmer, and entrepreneur.
The president noted the dedication and commitment of the political leader, who also served as military governor of Niger, willingly accepting responsibilities that call for nation building, especially in people and community development.
He also extolled Nyako’s courage, sacrifice and selflessness, preferring to put the people first in public policy, and working hard to ensure a better life for many.
Buhari commended Nyako’s visionary investment in agriculture, ”culminating in a conglomerate that exports products, and provides employment opportunities and mentorship for many.
” The president prayed that the almighty God would bless and keep the former Chief of Naval Staff and his family.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar 111, on his 66th birthday, Aug. 24. In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday in Abuja, the president joined family members, friends and Muslim Ummah in celebrating with the spiritual leader.
He noted with delight that the Sultan had continued to champion the cause of peace and unity in the country by regularly counselling institutions, professionals and public servants to abide by acceptable standards.
Buhari also extolled the Sultan for his patriotic role in always advocating for a better Nigeria by working with religious, traditional and political leaders to always guide followers in making right choices that safeguard and ensure a brighter future.
The Sultan is also the revered leader of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
The president acknowledged the maturity and selflessness of the Sultan of Sokoto since he ascended the throne in 2006. President Buhari prayed for the wellbeing of the spiritual leader and his family.
President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded Nigerian student, Noel Alumona, who won the 2022 AFS Award for Young Global Citizens, and became the first African to win the prize since its inception in 1914. The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja.
The award was presented to the Nigerian student during the International Youth Day organised by the United Nations Global Communications Department, the AFS Intercultural Programmes and The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Buhari noted the responsiveness, kindness and sacrificial spirit of the Nigerian student.
Alumona, who is currently studying Special Education in Vanderbilt University, United States, has already established foundations to cater for the needs of physically challenged, vulnerable and less privileged.
The student is also an Obama Foundation Fellow, United States Institute of Peace Fellow, and United Nations Youth Assembly Delegate.
The president extolled Alumona for his outstanding character and dedication to helping others.
He particularly lauded him for attracting global spotlight to Nigeria, in recognition of his vigorous campaign to end violence against women and girls through proper orientation of boys on responsible behaviour.
According to Buhari, the student is on the right side of history, channelling his energy to encouraging and supporting others, and creating a framework for charity.
The president prayed that the almighty God would continue to lead, guide and grant Alumona wisdom to serve his country and humanity.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Wale Omole, on his 80th birthday.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Sunday in Abuja, Buhari acknowledged Omole’s historic roles in providing visionary leadership for the university and improving of Nigeria’s educational system.
The president believed that Omole’s return to Nigeria, after years of extensive studies and research, culminating in a doctorate degree in Nutritional Biochemistry in 1973, demonstrated his love for the country and citizens.
He, therefore, appreciated the academic for years of personal sacrifices, tenacity and courage as Vice Chancellor.
The president noted the worthy contributions of the scholar to national discourse, especially in his position as Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Guardian newspapers for many years.
He saluted him for providing a worthy perspective based on exposure, network and relevance in the dynamic global world.
Buhari extolled the former Vice Chancellor for his diligence and consistency in advocating for stronger educational institutions in the country, with flexibility to meet the needs of students, while adjusting to global changes.
He lauded him for leaving a legacy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, where he started work as Assistant lecturer, and rose to lecturer and Professor of Animal Science in the early 80s.
The president joined family, friends and professional associates in celebrating with Omole, praying that the almighty God would grant him longer life and good health.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-2007) and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (2008-2017) as she turns 76 on Monday.
The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Sunday in Abuja, said he shared the joyous occasion with Ogwu and her family.
He noted with delight her years of meritorious service in the diplomatic community and academia, joining her friends and professional colleagues in celebrating the birthday.
He affirmed that Ogwu’s experience and knowledge had contributed generously in shaping the country’s foreign policies, particularly the economic diplomacy that she championed.
The president rejoiced with the scholar for her many achievements, starting from lecture halls, which included working at National War College and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
She had also served as the Director General of Nigeria Institute for International Affairs.
The president also acknowledged Ogwu’s cerebral support and advice to the multilateral institution and governments on issues of security across the globe, especially on disarmament.
She also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament.
President Buhari prayed for good health and strength for the celebrator.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and its agencies to address urgent threats posed by explosive remnants in the North East region.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, said Buhari issued the directive on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2022, in Maiduguri, Borno, on Thursday.
He affirmed government’s commitment to reducing the effect of disasters, climate change, insurgency and challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He also directed the Ministry and its agencies to pay particular attention to emerging issues amid the return and rehabilitation of Nigerians displaced in the 13-year conflict and insurgency in the region.
He said: ”The emerging issues include the increasing number of orphans and widows.
”From our experience in the unfortunate Civil War, I know the threat that unexploded ordnances can pose to returnees even after the conflict has ended as we saw in the latest IED incident in Bama just last week.
”I urge the Ministry and its agencies as well as State Governments and the Special Committee I have set up under the Chairmanship of the Vice President to come up with specific programmes and projects.
”These projects would respond to these emerging challenges of explosive ordnance as well as that of children orphaned by insurgency.
” On the fight against insurgency, Buhari reiterated his directive to security agencies to take the fight to the hideouts of the criminal elements and ensure ”they are completely eliminated.
” He said: ”The Men and Officers of Operation Lafiya Dole, security agencies and the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), are very much appreciated for their commitment to the fight against insurgency.
”I commend their professionalism and tactical penetration to the hideout of the criminal elements, leading to appreciable improvement of the security situation in this North East Region, without which the resettlement of the IDP’s would not be possible.
”I, therefore, implore you not to relent in your efforts, continue to take the fight to their hideouts and ensure they are completely eliminated.
”I also implore you to ensure adequate security for farmers in their farming activities.
agricultural activities are most needed for settlement and development of the rural areas and this can only be achieved if the farmers are sure of their safety.
” On World Humanitarian Day, commemorated annually on August 19, Buhari commended all humanitarian aid workers that provide the much-needed assistance to those afflicted by the conflict.
He praised humanitarian aid workers across the globe for distinguishing themselves through their courage, commitment and drive to help their fellow humans in need – often at extreme personal risk to themselves.
”This typifies the nature of humanitarian work and sacrifice, and it is a great testimony for the theme of this year’s World Humanitarian Day which is “It Takes a Village,” he said.
The president led other guests at the event in Maiduguri to observe a minute of silence in memory of all who lost their lives in disasters and humanitarian workers who died in the line of duty.
‘‘On this 2022 World Humanitarian Day and every other day, we stand and shall continue to stand in solidarity with humanitarian aid workers and recognize their tremendous service and sacrifice.
”We celebrate their tireless efforts to save lives, preserve human dignity, and alleviate suffering.
Their selfless commitment and actions stand as an example to us all.
”We will also make sure that they have our backing by ensuring that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Social Development facilitates their work,” he pledged,” he said.
Buhari also used the occasion to appreciate retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma for his support to Borno Government in rehabilitating many IDPs in the North East. He described Danjuma’s humanitarian assistance as significant and patriotic, urging other Nigerians and organisations with the means to support humanitarian work.
The president also thanked the UNDP, the European Union, the government of USA, United Kingdom and Germany, as well as other foreign establishments for their support in complementing the Administration’s effort to stabilize the North East Region.
He urged all relevant public, private and international agencies to support government’s drive to rehabilitate IDPs, care for victims of insurgency as well as commitment to ”on-going processes concerning Boko members willing to surrender.
” In his welcome address, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno said “the state is enjoying relative peace and stability, thanks to the sacrifices of gallant soldiers, security agencies, local vigilantes and the MNJTF.
’’ He commended the president for his leadership and the successes recorded so far in the war against terror in the region.
The governor also hailed the establishment of North East Development Commission (NEDC) and the ongoing installation of a 50MW power generation plant to provide electricity in the State.
He also thanked the president for the recent approval of N15billion for the repatriation of citizens from the North East living in Chad, Niger and Cameroon as a result of the displacement caused by the insurgency.
Citing figures from Aid Worker Security Database, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq disclosed that since 2016, 35 aid workers lost their lives, 22 wounded and 28 kidnapped.
She added that since the beginning of this year, six aid workers were kidnapped in the country.
On the choice of Borno for this year’s event, the minister explained that it was meant to highlight the humanitarian situation and plight of IDPs in the region and to inspire the much needed change.
While in Borno, Buhari inaugurated the Bulunkutu Teachers’ Quarters on Airport road and Molai 500 low-cost housing estate for IDPs constructed by the State Government with support of the Federal Government.