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Buhari Approves 2019 Presidential Inauguration Committee

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the Constitution of the 2019 Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Mr Olusegun Adekunle, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) disclosed this in statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Adekunle said that the SGF would serve as the chairman while the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office in the office of the SGF would serve as the secretary of the committee.

He said that members of the committee are, the Ministers of Information and Culture, Interior, Foreign Affairs and FCT. Others are Ministers of Defence, Health, Education, the Minister of State for Aviation, the APC National Chairman and the Inspector General of Police. Adekunle said that the Director General, Department State Service, the Commander, Brigade of Guards, the Permanent Secretary,  State House and the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office are also members of the committee.

He said that the committee’s terms of reference would be to plan, organize and execute all approved activities for the 2019 Presidential Inauguration.

The permanent secretary said that the committee would co-opt organisations or persons relevant to the successful execution of the programme.

The committee, he said, will document for posterity, all planned activities for the Inauguration and carry out any other assignment as may be required towards the successful implementation of the programme. He said that the committee would be inaugurated on Thursday at the Office of the SGF.

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Offensive against Drug Traffickers will be Intensified — Buhari 

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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Saudi Arabia said the sweeping offensive against drug trafficking will be sustained, urging Nigerians in diaspora to always provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.

President Buhari, who received leaders of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia at the end of his Umrah trip, said efforts should be intensified to expose those involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in the country, assuring that appropriate actions would be taken.

The President said the recent exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of innocent passengers, called for expansion of searchlights.

He urged citizens to refrain from breaching the laws of Nigeria and other countries.

“Every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet,” President Buhari said.

The President said he was grateful for the support and prayers of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia for wellbeing of the country, assuring them that his administration will do its best to secure the country, improve economy and fight corruption.

“We have tried in the war against terrorism and citizens in the Northeast are our best witnesses. Agriculture is doing well, to the point that we are food self-sufficient, as a result helping the nation to save money on imports,” he added.

On the renewal of his mandate for a second term, President Buhari said he owed Nigerians a debt of gratitude.

According to him, “we are doing our best. I will continue to keep the trust of citizens. I am happy Nigerians have confidence in us. The crowds I witnessed in my campaign across the 36 states were not staged. No amount of money could have generated that enthusiasm. I assure everyone that I will continue to do my best. I will keep the trust of Nigerians.’’

The leader of Nigerian diaspora community delegation, Alhaji Umar Abubakar Dan Hadejia, congratulated the President on his second term re-election and promised their continued support.

The delegation listed a number of challenges they were facing in Saudi Arabia, including activities of drug traffickers, highlighting the recent incident of Miss Zainab Habibu Aliyu, whose name tag was attached to a drug-filled bag at the airport in Kano, leading to her arrest and prolonged detention in Saudi Arabia.

Miss Aliyu was released after President Buhari’s intervention and had been reunited with her family.

President Buhari, who arrived Nigeria on Tuesday evening, was seen to the airport in Jeddah by the Governor, Prince Mashel Bin Majed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

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FG closes four Missions abroad over lack of funds

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The Federal Government has ordered the closure of four Nigeria’s missions abroad due to lack of funds.

Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that the missions are Sri-lanka, Serbia, Ukraine and Czech Republic.

The minister, who may exit President Muhmmadu Buhari’s administration at the end of the month said the closure was because the government could not fund the missions anymore.

 

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Buhari & wife, Aisha return from Saudi Arabia

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President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Hajiya Aisha Buhari have  returned to Abuja on Tuesday after performing Umrah (Lesser Hajj) in Makkah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The video below shows Buhari and wife leaving Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah.

 

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