President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned pupils, who unfortunately died at the school building collapse, which occurred at Itafaji, Lagos Island on Wednesday.
In a statement posted on his personal Twitter handle, Buhari said he is extremely saddened by the news of the collapsed building, and it touches him to lose lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender.
“I’m extremely saddened by the news of the collapsed building in Itafaaji area of Lagos. It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour.
I charge the Lagos State Government to do all that is needful, so that such tragic developments do not recur.”
Offensive against Drug Traffickers will be Intensified — Buhari
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.
FG closes four Missions abroad over lack of funds
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.
Buhari & wife, Aisha return from Saudi Arabia
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.
After performing Umrah (Lesser Hajj) in Makkah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President @MBuhari left Royal Terminal of the King Abdul’aziz International Airport, Jeddah for Abuja. pic.twitter.com/vlkw62HR76
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 21, 2019
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