Buhari breaks tradition, opts to observe Eid at home, shuns homage

President Muhammadu Buhari will this year break the agelong tradition by conducting his Eid prayers with his family members at home. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, the President, who hitherto would have performed the Eid with fellow Muslims at the National Mosque, resolved to a solemn worship in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.” He added: “This is also in line with the…

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Buhari signs Executive Order on Financial Autonomy for State Legislature, Judiciary

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary Order, 2020. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), through his media aide, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja. The statement noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee was constituted to fashion out strategies and modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislature and State Judiciary in compliance with section 121(3)…

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UNDEDSS tasks Buhari on NDDC, N/Delta devt, others

The United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) has urged the Federal Government to step up its activities in the Niger Delta and live up to its responsibilities in the region. In a communique issued yesterday on the eve of its proposed first virtual Quarterly General Meeting, UNDEDSS, the premier coalition of civil society organisation in the Niger Delta region, said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was yet to show sincerity in remediation of the region. While commending the Presidency for its resolve to clean the Augean stable of…

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Buhari vows to address security challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to use every resource available at his disposal to reduce the spate of violence and insecurity in the country. He gave the assurance at the end of the National Security Council meeting, which he chaired at council chambers of the State House, Abuja. The National Security Council is the highest security body in the country chaired by the president and sits once every quarter to discuss the most critical issues affecting national security. Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, National Security…

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President plans enhanced health infrastructure, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has outlined measures being taken to mitigate the consequences of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly in respect of the economy, healthcare, job security, and general wellbeing. In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President said amongst several measures put in place was enhanced health infrastructure and sustainable intensive cares in all states. “Naturally, Nigerians are not immune from the disquietude, as they belong to the global community,” he noted. Buhari outlined measures meant to assuage apprehensions by the President to…

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Group hails Buhari over lockdown relief packages

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A group, Nigeria Peace Advocacy Group (NPAG), Campaign for Dignity, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives, which are aimed at cushioning the effect of the lockdown. The group, in a statement signed by its President, Omolola Olukayode, said the various government palliatives are welcome to relieve the populace of the hardship, poverty and hunger which impact negatively on Nigerians due to the stayat- home directive. Olukayode praised the president for his thoughtfulness over the relief, which he described as a move from a sensitive and responsive leader who…

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B/Haram: Buhari warns military against complacency

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, warned the Nigerian Armed Forces against complacency in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. Buhari gave this warning at a meeting with the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, at the Presidential Villa. The President directed the nation’s Armed Forces to sustain ongoing counter insurgency operations on the fringes of Lake Chad and the entire North East so that the Boko Haram menace can be totally eliminated. The President, who noted with satisfaction the giant strides being recorded by the…

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Again, Buhari gives another dead Ebonyi man board appointment

Three months after his death, Tobias Chukwemeka Okwuru, was yesterday appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as one of the newly appointed members of Federal Character Commission (FCC). Chukwuemeka died in February this year. The Senate had on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Okwuru, a former House of Reps member and other members of the commission. Muheeda Dankaka was appointed the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission by the President. He also appointed 36 other members of the commission who included Henry Ogbulogo, Salihu Bello, Obonganwan Ebong, Ibeabuchi Uche, Mohammed Tijjani,…

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Buhari to leaders: Tap opportunities provided by COVID-19

ECOWAS appoints President Champion of pandemic response     President Muhammadu Buhari has charged his fellow West African leaders under the aegis of ECOWAS to tap opportunities accompanying the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Buhari, who was appointed the Champion of the COVID-19 response yesterday during the Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on COVID-19 which was held via teleconferencing under the Chairmanship of Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, called on fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and tap into various opportunities…

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Kyari: Prince Charles, Kagame, Sambo others condole Buhari

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The heir to British throne, Prince Charles, has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff (CoS), Abba Kyari. The Prince said that the news was “a des-perately sad news,” for which he sent his “deepest possible sympathy” to the President. Prince Charles regretted that the death of Mallam Kyari had occurred through this “pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr. Kyari’s family.”…

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