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Lazy Nigeria Youths: Buhari Finally Breaks Silence On Remark

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally explained what he meant by the remarks he recently made about Nigerian youths that led to widespread criticisms while he was away in London

recalls that while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster penultimate week, President Buhari remarked that a lot of Nigerian youths were lazy and waiting on just governmnet.

More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said.

Even though the comment was interpreted as a dismissal of the work ethic of most Nigerian youths and drew criticism from political opponents and the public, the president had never directly explained his remarks.

However, while speaking during an interview with Voice of America, Hausa service, in Washington, United States on Tuesday, the President said his words were misinterpreted by the media who love to do what they like.

He explained, “You know Nigeria’s population is now between 180 and 190 million and 60 per cent of this population is youth that is 30 years downward.

You know in the North most youths are uneducated or school dropouts. If not because we had good harvests in the last two farming seasons, the situation would have been deteriorated.

“These youths even if they travel out of the North for greener pasture ,they hardly make it economically because what they earn as income cannot afford them to meet their basic needs or return home.

“All these explanations I made, they refused to highlight them in their report and you know the media in Nigeria in most cases only do what they like

All these explanations I made, they refused to highlight them in their report and you know the media in Nigeria in most cases only do what they like.

“For instance the nation’s achievements in the agricultural sector where millions of Nigerians benefited financially were left unreported by the media.”

Buhari’s second term will destroy Nigeria, unsettle Africa – Senator Baba-Ahmed

Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, a presidential aspirant and Pro-chancellor of Baze Unversity, Abuja, has asked Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

According to him, the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari would destroy Nigeria.

Speaking with The Interview, Baba-Ahmed said Nigeria needed a man to tackle economic challenges confronting the country.

“Buhari’s second term will destroy Nigeria and unsettle the rest of Africa.

“My government will stabilise the naira by tackling the current high risk factors, reduce interest rates and flood the capital market with investible funds,” he said.

Baba-Ahmed, a former Senator had said it would be so easy for him to defeat and send Buhari back to Daura, Katsina State if the PDP grants him the party’s sole ticket.

“I am a Nigerian and I am contesting on the same Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, unless they are going to violate it, which we shall challenge.

“Muhammadu Buhari is welcome to contest for the Presidency in 2019 and I think it is a healthy practice to have a gentleman of his age, his mould and people who have been in power for the past 50 years contest,” he added.

Boko Haram: How Obama failed Nigeria – Presidency

The Presidency has accused former US President, Barrack Obama of failing Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

Obama had, in May 2015, supported Nigeria’s neighbouring countries with $35 million worth of military and defence support services

And, for the President personally, it is equally important that of all of the heads of state we have in the continent, he, of all of them, has come forward to meet president Trump.

“But, it is important to know that beyond the symbolism of the visit, there are important matters affecting both countries that will be placed on

It is important that cooperation between the two countries have manifestly increased under the Trump’s presidency. If you recall sometime back, the president had reason to openly complain that we were not receiving as much as we thought we deserved, in terms of support and cooperation, especially in our fight against terrorism back then, during the Obama period.

“And, it will seem that quite dramatically and interestingly, a lot of the obstacles are being removed under the Trump presidency and doors are being opened and we are receiving far more support than most people had expected,” he said

Dignitaries who received Buhari in Washington were governors of Ogun State, Ibikunke Amosun, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu and her counterpart from the House of Representatives Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje.Others were the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar,, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

 

Pro Buhari Protest Kicks Off in U.S (Photos)

A group of Buhari supporters held a small rally welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States for his meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington DC.

I might’ve been part of herders, farmers’ crisis –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he may have been one of those involved in the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes had he not gone to school.

 

He stated this in a speech he delivered during his two-day state visit to Bauchi State on Thursday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, where he inaugurated  the 261 Nigerian Air Force Referral Hospital, some roads and five tractors and some farm implements.

 

Buhari, while addressing the thousands of Bauchi residents in Hausa who thronged the stadium to welcome him on his first visit to the state since 2015, encouraged them to allow their children to go to school.

He said, “Make every effort to put your children in school, plead with them to be patient and read hard. In this generation, you cannot make it except you are educated.

 

Now, look at the farmers/herdsmen’s clashes in the northern part of this country. I have been telling people that if I had not gone to school, I would not have gone into the military and where I come from since my cows are finished; maybe, I would have been involved in this fight.

 

But because I went to school, I got a job to do and because of that, desertification is everywhere, there is no bush we will go to and cut down trees and destroy farms and the rainy season is not promising. Because of that, education is the guarantee.

 

“You should strive hard and be educated, get the education that will benefit you and the society, it is not compulsory that government will give you what to do.”

The President restated his resolve to seek re-election in the 2019 general elections, declaring that he would emerge victorious.

 

He said he would ensure that corrupt government officials and looters were brought to book and the looted funds returned to the country’s treasury.

MTN pays N165bn out of N330bn – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) said that MTN has paid N165 billion out of the N330 billion fine imposed on it due to its inability to disconnect improperly registered SIM cards.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC said this on Monday in Abuja when MTN Group, led by its Chairman in Nigeria, Dr Pascal Dozie visited the commission.

In October 2015, the telecom regulator imposed a fine of N1.04 trillion on MTN Nigeria for not complying with government’s rule on deactivation of unregistered SIM cards.

Also, the fine was imposed on MTN for not disconnecting about 5.1 million improperly registered lines in its network within the stipulated deadline.

After several appeals and negotiations including diplomatic intervention by the South African government, the fine was reduced to N330 billion.

MTN initially made a commitment payment of N50billion to the government while the remaining balance of N280 billion was to be paid in six tranches in accordance with the agreements between the regulator and MTN.

“I am happy to inform you that our agreement with MTN on how and when to pay the fine has been adhered to.

“Just last month, March, we received a cheque of N55 billion from MTN as part of the fine payment plan.

“This brought the total fine paid by MTN Nigeria to N165billion, that is about half of the fine.

“It is a whopping sum of money and they have not defaulted and these payments they are making is consistent with the terms of agreement we reached with them ‘’ he said.

He said that the installmental payment was in line with the terms of agreement reached between MTN and the regulatory body.

According to Danbatta, the fine is aimed at ensuring that it is not business as usual but to ensure that the rules of engagement are respected.

“It is also to ensure that the rules governing the telecom sector of the economy is adhered to.

The NCC boss said that the commission would continue to cooperate with the telecom company because of its major contributions to the economic and digital growth of the nation’s economy.

Earlier, Chairman of MTN Nigeria said Nigeria was one of the largest contributors to its market and the visit was to cement the relationship between MTN and NCC.

Dozie appealed to NCC to auction more spectrums to further open up the ICT space and improve the country’s economy

“Buhari Lied, Boko Haram Was Paid To Release Dapchi Girls” – Report

Buhari writes German Chancellor, Merkel on her re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on her re-election for another term.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Tuesday, said Buhari conveyed his congratulatory message to Merkel in a letter personally signed by him.

Buhari said he is “most delighted to learn of the successful conclusion of the inter-Party negotiations to form a new Government after the last election in Germany.”

He stated that Chancellor Merkel’s victory, “is a testimony of hard-work, competence and trust of the German people, qualities which are much admired in many parts of the world especially here in Africa.”

Adesina said Buhari ”on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, wished his German counterpart and her new Cabinet a successful new term of office”.

“We greatly value your humanity and concern for refugees.”

President Buhari also looked forward to greater cooperation between Germany and Nigeria.

“We look forward to greater cooperation between our two countries as we strive to confront shared challenges.”

Buhari in Benue: Tiv people not happy with you – Akume tells President

Former Governor of Benue State and serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, George Akume, has informed President Muhammadu Buhari that his people are not happy with him for his cold reaction over the killing of his kinsmen in the state.

Akume recalled that Benue people overwhelmingly voted for Buhari in 2015 despite the fact the then Senate President, David Mark, who is a member of the PDP hailed from the state.

He called on the president to help end the killings of citizens in the state.

He said, “Your Excellency, you could recall that Senator David Mark was Senate President while Suswam was the Chief Security of the State, yet the Tiv people voted for you in 2015.

“We have no federal project in Benue State, Ortom does not make law, Benue People made the law, JS Tarka fought for the unity of our country Nigeria, Mr. President the Tiv people are not happy about your reaction towards the killing of Tiv farmers by Fulani herdsman.”

Details later…

“Buhari Couldn’t Read 2 Pages Of A Book In A Year” – Junaid Mohammed Reveals

Corruption has taken over Buhari’s Social Intervention Programmes Presidency Cries Out

The Presidency has alerted of corrupt practices by some state officials in its Social Investment Programmes.

Maryam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President on Social Intervention Programmes disclosed this to State House correspondents after her presentation to the National Economic Council.

 

She said the Federal Government was weak in the monitoring of the implementation of the programmes.

She listed the corrupt practices as shortchanging, racketeering and harassment of beneficiaries as well as exploitation of the vulnerable.

Uwais said the Presidency had engaged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as traditional rulers for monitoring.

Uwais also disclosed that the actual spending on the programmes in 2016 and 2017 was 15.8 percent of the N1 trillion appropriated, explaining: “This is the amount that has been released out of the budget appropriated for Social Investment Programme.”

He stated, “We identified seven challenges relating to corrupt practices by some state officials, racketeering, taking advantage of the level of illiteracy of the women who are poor and illiterate.

“Their vulnerability are exploited. We pleaded with state governors to take more interest in what is going on so they can be protected. We are weak in motoring.

“So, we also asked the state governors to support us with logistics. In some communities, we can only access them through bush paths and see how they can support us with offices for their own staff and all that is required for us to operate seamlessly in the states.

“We mentioned that we are collaborating with certain organisations within the federal government which have presence in the states and are helping us with monitoring. We engaged traditional rulers. We engaged DSS.

“We engaged EFCC where fraud is involved because we really need to monitor and we also engaged the civil defence which has agreed to give us armed policemen and also armed civil defence to guard the women the day they are being paid. We ask for some assistance. For example where some of the state officials act as gate keepers. They charged the beneficiaries who apply for loans certain amount.

“So, we ask the states to take better interest and to stop those malpractices because they are actually cheating these people who are already poor.

“We ask states to facilitate the generation of BVN and opening of accounts for some of these people and also to form cooperative so that they can access our loans. For the school feeding, we ask them to fast track the commencement of the programmes in states where they haven’t started.

“We ask them to assist us in screening the cooks and also training them and also strengthening the monitoring and evaluation because we keep seeing or hearing stories of what is happening and we are trying to curtail those, but because of the remoteness of some of these communities, the information doesn’t come to us early enough.

“But we are encouraging everybody to give us feedback; to tell us what kind of food is being fed to the children because we have come to agreement to set menu of nutritional content required for children of that age.”

Buhari meets Abdulsalami Abubakar in Aso Rock [TRENDING VIDEO]

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday met with former military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The meeting between the two leaders was held behind closed-door

 

Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Ahmad Bashir made the disclosure via his Twitter handle while sharing a video of the former President leaving the Villa.

In a terse post, Bashir wrote: “President @MBuhari today received former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.”

The agenda of the meeting is, however, unknown at the time of filing this report.

Recall that Abubakar alongside his wife, rtd. Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Abubakar had last week visited the Rivers ‎State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

Abubakar, who doubles as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pamo University, was accompanied by the former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Dr Peter Odili and other members of the board of trustees of Pamo ‎University.

Watch video here…

Stop Raining curses,Insults To Promoters of Buhari’s 2019 Presidential Bid, Buhari’s P.A Cries Out

Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie, has supported a statement by the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, that President Muhammadu Buhari will emerge victorious in 2019.

The presidential aide while reiterating her support for Buhari warned those not in support of the president’s re-election bid to stop abusing and laying curses.

According to her, everyone should promote their alternative candidate and stop condemning Buhari’s supporters.

recalls that Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, had expressed optimism that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, will win 24 states of the federation and emerge victorious come 2019 presidential election.

But Onochie tweeted, “As @elrufai said, we are BUHARISTS. We are not confused as to who we want to continue to lead this nation.

“If you don’t agree with us, no need to curse, abuse & insult, Name & promote your alternative to our option

“You are witin your rights, so are we.”

Recall that Onochie had boasted that ordinary Nigerians will win the presidential election for the All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019.

BREAKING!! Buhari Finally Meets Donald Trump & This Happened (Photos)

President Buhari attends Lunch in honor of select African Heads of State hosted by President of United States Donald Trump at the

“Your Speech Was Pitiful And Uninspiring…Deceit” – FKK Blasts Buhari (Photos)

Yesterday, President Buhari addressed heads of government at the opening ceremony of the 72nd UN General Assembly.

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode described his speech as a cocktail of lies and contradiction and that the speech proved President Buhari to be the most ruthless dictator Nigeria has ever known. See his tweets below.

President Buhari Vs President Trump UN Speech Scene(Pics)

Spot the difference between PMB and PDT speech scene at the UN.

Take a look at the seats..

 

Full Transcript Of President Buhari’s Speech At The 72nd United Nations General Assembly

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY
HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
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BREAKING!! President Buhari Speaks At UN General Assembly & This Happened (Happening Now) Video

President @MBuhari has now taken the stage to deliver his Statement at the General Debate #UNGA #NGAinUNGA #NigeriaUNGA17

We Will Not Use Military Force Against Fulani Herdsmen – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government has ruled out the use of military might to subdue the attacking force of rampaging Fulani herdsmen.

Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, retd, while featuring on a Channels Television programme, “Question Times” on Sunday night said deployment of the military to combat the Fulani herdsmen menace was not an option because, the situation has not overwhelmed the police yet.

According to the Minister, “We must protect the country which is the main function of the police. The Civil Defence are there to complement them too.

“This is a non-military issue that borders on law and order. It is not every security issue that you call in the military. It is the responsibility of the police to maintain peace. I believe that if we put the police in proper position in terms of discharging its functions, then there would be no need for military option. The police are equal to the task. If you have to deploy the army, then you are going above board. In any case, I do not even have the power to deploy the military for anything. It is only when the situation gets out of hand that you invite the military.”

Recall that Fulani herdsmen have in recent past attacked several villages across the country, killing scores of people

Buhari Arrives New York For UN General Assembly & THIS Happened (Photos)

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has arrived New York, United States for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72).

ALEDEH recalls that Mr. Buhari departed Abuja, Nigeria’s capital for New York on Sunday morning, September 17.

The President arrived New York on Monday morning, September 18, the official Twitter handle of the Presidency disclosed the development on the micro-blogging site.

The handle tweeted: ” President @MBuhari has arrived New York for the 72nd Session of the @UN General Assembly #UNGA #UNGA72“, it added.

Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity Femi Adeshina, had issued a statement on Saturday, saying that the high point of the President’s visit will be his participation in the General Debate during which he will deliver the country’s National Statement.

 

Just In!! President Buhari Leaves For The USA(Photos)

After meeting with Governors of Kano, Borno and Sokoto states, President Muhammadu Buhari leaves State House for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on his way to the United States UN summit

BREAKING!! President Buhari Leaves For US For UN Assembly, Also To Visit London – Adesina

 

PRESIDENT BUHARI DEPARTS FOR NEW YORK TO ATTEND UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

EXPLOSIVE!!! Mamman Daura’s Leaked Audio Links Aisha Buhari to “Suicide Bomber”

SaharaReporters has received exclusive audio of a conversation between Mamman Daura, a cousin of President Muhammadu Buhari and one of his closest supporter, with Mamman Tukur a member of his cabal, during which Daura refers to the president’s wife as “suicide bomber from Yola.”

The conversation took place during the president’s medical vacation in London, and the two men are overheard discussing their worries about his health condition during his treatment. And shares their concerns about the wife of President Buhari, Aisha whom they referred to as “Suicide Bomber” from Yola.

The men also discussed the issue of the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Olusola Oke, who was alleged to have bribed people to speak up for him following the discovery last April that he was warehousing funds in a Lagos apartment. According to Mamman Daura, the suspended DG even bribed Senate President Bukola Saraki to speak on his behalf.

Mamman Daura
The explosive conversation exposes the inner workings of President Buhari’s feelings, during his treatment, towards a number people, including his wife as they jostle for power and worry about his health.

The following is the text of the conversation:

Mahmud Tukur : salaam alaikum.
Mamman Daura: alaikum salaam. Senior Mahmud
MT: You did not answer my calls. I have called severally.
MD: I am surprised COS I only saw one Missed call from you just now. I went to pray (Alwala) then I saw one call.O dear ! That’s why I am replying.
MT: that’s it. I am trying to …
MT Okay. Yayagaijia? Hope you are not too tired
MD: Alamdullahi.
MT : okay. How is that place/ person?
MD: There. That person. Well. It’s well. He is getting better.
MT: you said okay as if you are not sure …
Laugher interrupts

MD: laughs in a very funny albeit sarcastic manner
MT: You said okay as if the getting well is not strong enough or fast enough or what isit ?
MD : Yes. Not 100 per cent. Not as you or I would like but of course …
interruption
MT: hope he is meeting up with his treatment.
MD : it is encouraging
MT: okay. Very well. Thank God. please greet him for me very well.
MD : so I wish tomorrow I will arrive by Allahs grace. (Nufaa)
MT: okay that’s nice. (expresses surprise). Is the wedding dayclose ?
MD: yes it’s close. Slowly slowly the time is close. It’s like time is on a fast track. Our time is almost up. We are close to rounding up.
MT: (mumbles and concurs in the background). Every morning I say a prayer.
MD : Hmm. Hmm. Allah help us. ( Allah a ji kam mu). Wa lahi. Walahi.
MT: Hmm. This thing. Is there any improvement from suicide bomber from Yola?
MD: Succc? ( Hesitates. Not sure who is being referred to at first.)
MT : Sucide Bomber. you know that’s the way that person is being referred to … ( interruption)
MD: It’s worse. A hundred times worse than what you know.
MT: Allah.
MD: Walahi.
MT : or will Baba talk to the

Just In! Buhari Reveals Why He Almost “Ran Away From Nigeria”

President Muhammadu Buhari has joked that he was already considering what country “to run to”, but for the improved rainy seasons in the last two years.

Promising Results Buhari: NNPC Discovers 21 Wells Full Oil In The North

 

Moves by the Nigerian government to build up the nations proven oil reserve through exploration of new frontiers received a fresh thrust with the news that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as 21 oil wells out of the 23 drilled so far have potential of full prospects of oil.

The report from the NNPC showed that a total of 23 oil wells have already been drilled by mining oil companies that have been involved in oil exploration in the North in the past 30 years.

While only 2 of them were reportedly hit a dry run, 21 other wells were said to hold prospects of oil.

The statement from the NNPC also said that the exploration of the oil in the North has, so far, gulped a shocking sum of about N27 billion and $340 million correspondingly.

The corporation is reportedly expecting to receive more money into the quest – in compliance with the recent presidential directive to resume oil exploration in the North.

The statement reads in part: “Discoveries made in neighbouring countries in basins with similar structural settings are: Doba, Doseo and Bongor all in Chad amounts to over 2 Billion barrels (Bbbls); Logone Birni in Southern Chad and Northern Cameroon, over 100 Bbbls; and Termit-Agadem Basin in Niger totals over 1Bbbls.

“Already the NNPC New Frontier Exploration Services Division which is leading the charge for crude oil find in the entire Inland Basins is acquiring 3,550 sq km of 3- D seismic data for processing and interpretation in addition to the already acquired 6000km of 2-D data that is currently being reprocessed.”

“The search is not limited to the Chad Basin alone but covers extensive inquest in the entire Nigerian Frontier Sedimentary Basins which includes- The Anambra, Bida, Dahomey, Gongola/Yola and the Sokota Basins alongside the Middle/Lower Benue Trough.’’

The attacks of the Niger Delta militants in the south of Nigeria reduced oil production and partially caused the country’s recession.

Following this President Muhammadu Buhari two months ago directed the NNPC to escalate search for oil in the north-east.

The administration started the long-term planned exploration of crude oil in the north-eastern part of Nigeria which will reduce the pressure on the Niger Delta region.

In a related development the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said the Nigerian Navy had commenced deployment of its personnel to the Lake Chad Basin Naval post to protect Nigeria’s territorial interest on the Lake bordering Nigeria and countries in the Sahel region commenced last month.

 

Tension In Abuja As Buhari’s “Hired Prayer Warriors” Seize Organiser’s Car For Not Paying Them (See The Amount)

Nigerians mobilised to the Eagle Square, Abuja, to “pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and the peace of the country” have accused the

Buhari Vs Okorocha Watching Nig-Cameroon Match: Spot The Difference (Photos)

Any Difference?

 

Buhari’s Hate Action that shocked the world and Broke Guinness Book of Records

BUHARI VOTED AGAINST A NIGERIAN BECOMING OAU SECRETARY GENERAL IN 1985 BECAUSE OF TRIBAL CONSIDERATIONS,AND GAVE HIS VOTE INSTEAD TO SOMEBODY FROM NIGER A FULANI LIKE HIM

just in!! Another pro-Buhari rally ongoing in Umuahia

Hundreds of people under the aegis of Abia State for Buhari Group (ASBG) yesterday held another rally and prayer session over the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari.

They danced round the streets of Umuahia with placards carrying inscriptions such as ‘Killer of corruption is back’, and ‘Thank God our President PMB is Back in Good Health’.

In his sermon, Pastor Chigbo Agu said that there is every need for Nigerians to thank God for the safe return of Mr President.

Pastor Agu warned people against wishing other people dead, saying that it was against the tenets of Christianity for anyone to wish another person dead.

Speaking at the event, the leader of the group and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Ikechi Emenike, said the people of the state are happy that President Buhari is back to the country in good health.

Emenike, who was represented by Dr Emmanuel Aguzie Ndukwe, recalled that many people had falsely claimed that the President was on life support machine.

The state coordinator of the ASBG, Engr Chris Okpechi, voiced support for President’s Buhari’s war against corruption.

He lauded the administration’s free feeding programme for pupils and the diversification of the nation’s economy.

 

Buhari Said He Would Not Seek Re-election – Minister

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari told members of his party before he was first elected that he would only seek one term, implying he did not intend at that time to run in 2019, the minister of women’s affairs told Reuters on Wednesday.

The comments by Aisha Alhassan could heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the next election. Buhari took power in 2015 but has been absent for much of this year due to illness. He is yet to say if he will seek a second term.

“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan said.

Alhassan said in the interview she would resign if Buhari seeks re-election and would support former vice president Atiku Abubakar if he decides to run. Alhassan’s portfolio ranks relatively low down in Nigeria’s cabinet.

Abubakar was vice president from 1999 to 2007 as part of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), Buhari’s party, in 2014. She said Buhari made the comments in 2015 to APC members but gave no further details.

The president’s two spokesmen declined to comment on the minister’s remarks.

Buhari, 74, returned on Aug. 19 from three months of medical leave in Britain for an unspecified ailment. It was his second stint of sick leave this year following a break between January and March.

Many people say they doubt whether Buhari is well enough to serve another term in Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country and has the continent’s biggest economy.

“If today Mr. President says he is running in 2019 I will go to him respectfully and thank him for giving me an opportunity to serve and then tell him that I have to resign because my political father may be running,” said Alhassan.