Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce has reacted to the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of State Department Service, DSS.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be generous in his appointments and remember other parts of Nigeria.
“Seiyefa was the ONLY Southerner heading an Intelligence agency. He was competent and loyal. In the interest of federal character and North South balance, President @MBuhari should have retained him. Bichi may be competent, but how can all Intelligence be headed by Northerners?
I urge President @MBuhari to remember when he said: “I belong to everybody and belong to nobody”. Do his appointments reflect that statement or do they mock it? How can the President belong to everybody when only Northern Muslim men, like him, head all our intelligence agencies?” He said on Twitter.
Seiyefa was the ONLY Southerner heading an Intelligence agency. He was competent and loyal. In the interest of federal character and North South balance, President @MBuhari should have retained him. Bichi may be competent, but how can all Intelligence be headed by Northerners?
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) September 13, 2018
I urge President @MBuhari to remember when he said: "I belong to everybody and belong to nobody". Do his appointments reflect that statement or do they mock it? How can the President belong to everybody when only Northern Muslim men, like him, head all our intelligence agencies?
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) September 14, 2018
Ex Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Congo, Saleh Pisagih is dead
A former Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Saleh Pisagih, is dead.
The Federal Government announced this on Thursday in a statement by the acting spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Friday Akpan.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets to announce the untimely demise of Ambassador Saleh Manu Pisagih, a retired career Ambassador, whose death occurred on Wednesday 16 April 2019, after a brief illness,” the statement said.
It added, “The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and members of Staff of the ministry received the sad news of his death with great shock and prayed that the Almighty God grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Ambassador Pisagih, who hailed from Gombe State, was born in Nyuwar in 1955 and joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1982.
During his career, the late Ambassador served in different capacities both at the headquarters and foreign missions such as Jakarta, The Hague, and New York (Permanent Mission).
He was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) in 2008.
Ambassador Pisagih retired in 2015.
The government described him as a seasoned diplomat, an exemplary gentleman, amiable, humble, jovial, and a very brilliant officer.
It also described his death as a big loss to the Nigerian Foreign Service and the nation.
Buhari Mourns Olowo of Owo
President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, the Olowo of Owo and the people of Owo in Ondo State on the death of the highly revered traditional ruler.
President Buhari also commiserates with the government and people of Ondo State on the demise of Oba Olateru-Olagbegi, SAN, former Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas.
The President affirms that the late royal father was recognized as an accomplished legal luminary and tutor who played an exemplary role in the training and development of lawyers in the country during his days as a teacher in Nigeria Law School.
President Buhari believes that the departed monarch will be fondly remembered and honoured for his numerous social, economic, educational, peacebuilding and community development initiatives which greatly endeared him to people in his domain and other admirers across the country.
As the people of Owo and Ondo State prepare for the burial rites of the Olowo, the President assures that his thoughts and prayers are with them during the mourning period.
He prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of Oba Olateru-Olagbegi and grant his people a worthy successor.
You’re Nigeria’s Biggest Trade Partner, Buhari Commends India
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said Nigeria enjoys a steadily growing and economically rewarding relationship with Republic of India, describing the country as “Nigeria’s biggest trade partner’’.
Receiving Letters of Credence from High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur, at the State House, President Buhari called for a closer and stronger partnership that will be mutually beneficial to the citizens.
“Our two countries are very close. India has helped Nigeria in many ways, and we are very grateful. In trade, you are, today, our biggest customer in crude oil purchase,’’ he said.
Recalling his experience at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973, the President noted that Nigeria’s relationship with India has been long and upwardly rewarding for individuals, institutions and the country.
“I want you to maintain the standard we have attained, and improve on it,’’ President Buhari told the High Commissioner, who listed some areas of bilateral interest that deserved more attention.
Thakur said India will continue to stand with Nigeria “shoulder to shoulder in all areas of mutual interest, including security’’, assuring the President that he will work hard on encouraging meetings that focused on reducing double taxation and attract more Foreign Direct Investments, actualize Nigerian airline, Air Peace’s dream of two weekly flights to Bombay and open up the visa regime more.
At the ceremony, President Buhari, who received Letters of Credence from Ambassador of Kuwait, Mr Abdulaziz Mohammad Al Bisher, said Nigeria’s continuous support of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) policies, sometimes, discourages assistance from developed countries, with wrong assumptions that the country is rich.
The President told Al Bisher that Nigeria had been pigeonholed as an influential and wealthy member of OPEC, adding that the country will appreciate support in education, technology, infrastructure and projects that directly impact on livelihood of people.
“Welcome to Nigeria. Thank you for supporting our country in some strategic areas. We look forward to greater understanding and cooperation,’’ he said.
The Ambassador said Kuwait Project had 560 developmental interventions spread over many African countries, assuring that Nigeria, which had been left out since the project started in 1961 will be captured.
He said Kuwait Chamber of Commerce had agreed to meet with Nigeria’s business community, noting that his country also runs a charity that can be explored.
Receiving Letters of Credence from High Commissioner of Republic of Namibia, Mr Humphrey Desmond Geiseb, President Buhari said the country had consistently and steadfastly supported Nigeria in all international meetings, “bringing respect and comfort’’.
The Namibian Ambassador said his country remains grateful to the Nigerian government and citizens for the support to achieve its independence, promising to improve relations in trade and exchange of people and ideas.
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