President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday rejoiced with Prof. Godini Darah on the conferment of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on him by Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbara-Otor, Delta.
The conferment holds on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in recognition of Darah’s contributions to advancement of knowledge within and outside Nigeria.
Darah also has the honour to deliver the keynote address at the 4th Convocation of the university and 6th Michael Ibru Memorial Lecture on Tuesday.
In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, the president joined family, friends and professional associates to felicitate with the respected scholar.
He joined the academia to celebrate with “the folklorist, journalist and administrator whose lectures, writings and publications of many years continue to enlighten and motivate’’, Adesina stated.
He added that Buhari noted Darah’s revolutionary approach to folklore and to oral literature, and his ingenious treatment of national and international issues.
He noted also that Darah simplified complex cultural, socio-economic and political issues, and puts them into relatable contexts making him a highly sought-after scholar.
President Buhari wished Darah the best in future endeavours.
Darah had taught variously at the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Northeastern University, Boston, U.
S.A., Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun, University of Africa, Toru-Orua and Delta State University, Abraka.
He was also at a time, Chairman, Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspapers.
President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted veteran broadcaster and former Director General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Danladi Bako, on his 65th birthday.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja, Buhari felicitated the journalist who contributed to ”the dynamism of media in Nigeria, especially on development.
” The president rejoiced with Bako for a rewarding and memorable time as broadcaster, scholar, administrator and public servant.
He lauded him for deploying his talent to create programmes that inspire and integrate, like the Morning Ride on NTA, which gave opportunity for many to advocate, counsel and ventilate.
Buhari also commended Bako for guiding many to see journalism as a career for continuous mind renewal, an adventure into unraveling the unknown, and telling the truth that encourages peace and harmony.
The president noted the discipline, diligence and focus of the broadcaster, and his penchant for research and rigorous study.
He equally commended Bako’s large- heartedness and ability to discover many talents as a scriptwriter, director and producer, with many of his prodigies playing leading roles in the movie industry, Nollywood.
Buhari prayed for good health, strength and more wisdom for Bako, who is also an expert in development communication, and his family to keep serving the country.
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.