Adesina Debunks Wike’s Alleged Assassination Plan By FG

A photo collage of Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike and the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi

A photo collage of Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike and the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has responded to the claims by the Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike, of the plan to assassinate him.

Adesina who spoke on Channels Television Programme, Sunday Politics said such allegations by Governor Wike should not be attributed to the government as it is not a characteristic of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

READ ALSO: PDP Keeps Crying Wolf Where There’s None – Adesina

“We live in this country and we know things that have been happening in Rivers State since 2015. The level of violence in that state has been incomparable to any other.

“Yes, there are security challenges all over the country, but you know that some things are peculiar about Rivers State.

So, if a Governor continues to talks about an assassination, perhaps he is using his own standard to judge other people, but if he is accusing the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, he should forget it,” Adesina said.

READ ALSO: Wike Raises Alarm On Assassination Plans, Says “I’m Not Intimidated”

Governor Wike had earlier raised an alarm of alleged plans to assassinate him in a crowded environment.

The governor alleges that, according to security reports available to him, the said killing is to be blamed on an accidental discharge.

He first raised the alarm during a church service in rivers state on Sunday and repeated the same claim on Monday on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily.

“I want to repeat what I said that the Federal Government is plotting to assassinate me, and that assassination will be carried out in a crowd and then it will be seen as if its an accidental discharge,” Wike said on Monday.

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PDP Keeps Crying Wolf Where There’s None – Adesina

  Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina has faulted some claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

 

Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina has faulted some claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the APC- led government over the way it has handled matters of national importance.

In a statement on Sunday the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had accused President Buhari of corruption over the fuel subsidy regime of his government.

The party also asked the President to submit himself for an independent inquest into his handling of the N1.4 trillion oil subsidy regime as well as his alleged complicity in other exposed financial impropriety by cronies of his government, particularly in revenue collecting agencies.

In response to the comments, Mr Adesina said after 16 years of ruling, the PDP is only starting to play opposition, however, “it is playing it all wrong and it is crying wolf where there is none”.

Speaking further, the President’s spokesperson noted that he may have questioned the sanity of the Mr Ologbondiyan if he hadn’t known him well enough.

He described the comments as laughable and ridiculous, adding that the allegations were alien to the government.

He said: “When you introduced this topic, you needed to have seen the laughter, the uproar that came from me. I laughed so much I almost tumbled from my chair because it is very ridiculous and laughable.

“I looked at my friend and colleague Kola Ologboniyan speaking, if not that I know him well because we are tribesmen, by tribesmen I mean from the media constituency. If not that I have known him for some time, I would have said: “is codeine of tramadol at work? Because those allegations are simply ridiculous and laughable.

According to him, “there are certain things that are characteristic of a government and by now, “three years into this government, people know what is characteristic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and all those things that came from the PDP spokesman are alien to this government, completely,” he stressed.

Responding to questions about the failure of the government to adhere to some court rulings on cases involving the likes of the leader of the Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the President’s spokesman said he would not comment on them as they were outside his purview.

He said: “I will not want to belabour the issues you have raised because they are outside my purview. They reside in the purview of the Attorney General of the Federation.

“He has responded to these matters before, you may recall what he has said or if you want a fresh explanation, you may get in touch with him.”

Furthermore, Mr Adesina said he believes that the PDP only comes up with various tactics to destabilize the government.

“The idea I have is that the PDP just wakes up and says what can we do today to make the government uncomfortable, so they play one wild card or the other – that is the impression I get about that party.

“So, all these things are not worthy of responses”.

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BREAKING: Buhari To Arrive Today After London Stopover

File photo   President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country on Thursday evening, said his Special Adviser

 Buhari To Arrive Today After London Stopover
File photo

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country on Thursday evening, said his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Mr Adesina made the announcement earlier in today via his Twitter handle.

Meanwhile, President Buhari is said to have had “a technical stop” over in London, on his way back to the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, who confirmed this to Channels Television in Abuja, revealed that the President is travelling in a smaller aircraft.

Shehu also explained that the flight crew travelling with President Buhari decided to break the long journey to refuel and do the routine checks.

He noted that the procedure was normal and that the President was already on his way back to Nigeria.

More to follow…

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PDP Queries President Buhari’s London ‘Technical Stopover’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Presidency to end their official secrecy and come clear on the reasons

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Presidency to end their official secrecy and come clear on the reasons for President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged ‘technical stopover’ in London.

The PDP noted that President Buhari left the United States 48 hours ago and embarked on an unofficial visit to the United Kingdom for undisclosed reasons without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly, stressing that it amounts to impunity and another constitutional breach.

The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbodinyan said President Buhari had on Tuesday left the United States, where he had an embarrassing and fruitless outing and instead of returning to the country, detoured to the UK for another private visit without regard to full disclosure requirements of our constitution and laws.

“Indeed, Nigerians are worried about the signal being sent out by this penchant for secret itinerary, particularly, given the poor reputation and governance transparency issues confronting our nation under the Buhari administration.

“The Presidency must understand that President Buhari is not a private citizen and as long as his upkeep and itinerary is sourced from our hard-earned resources, there must be full disclosure, as citizens deserve to know the purpose of the visit and the cost to our nation.

“This is especially as President Buhari’s foreign trips, which come at great costs, have not brought any gains to our country. Instead, the President has continued to de-market our nation in the international arena. The just concluded the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, where he cast aspersion at our enterprising youths and failed to return with any dividend readily comes to mind.

“Furthermore, President Buhari’s admission at the Voice of America (VOA) that he was unable to reach any agreement with President Donald Trump on any matter of interest to Nigeria, during his US visit and that he has no future development agenda to validate his 2019 re-election bid, confirm our position that the Buhari administration has nothing to offer Nigerians.

“The PDP therefore urges President Buhari’s handlers to adequately prepare him before international outings as well as ensure full disclosure on all his visits outside the country, since he embodies the image and integrity of our nation, until May 29, 2019.”

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Expectations, opportunities as Buhari meets Trump at White House

President Muhammadu Buhari would be hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House to discuss issues,

President Muhammadu Buhari would be hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House to discuss issues, including fighting terrorism and economic growth.

Mr Buhari, during the one-day official working visit to the U.S. at the invitation of Mr Trump, would have bilateral meeting with the U.S. president and a working lunch.

“President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.

“The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity,” the White House said.

International affairs experts say Mr Buhari’s U.S. visit is strategic in many fronts, especially in view of the fact that the Nigeria-U.S. relationship was not too good prior to the inauguration of Buhari as president.

They say Mr Buhari, being the first democratically-elected African President that would be hosted by Mr Trump since his inauguration and also being the first African leader Mr Trump spoke to on phone following his inauguration as the U.S. president, speak volume.

They also note that former U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visited Nigeria in March in a first five-country African tour embarked upon by any official of the Trump administration

These historic events, the experts say, apart from reaffirming Nigeria’s strategic position in Africa, raised a lot of expectations and opportunities during the visit.

The Special Adviser to Mr Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, highlighted some of the expectations and opportunities.

“The meeting is to discuss ways to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries and to advance shared priorities, such as promoting economic growth, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security.

President Muhammadu Buhari talking

“The meeting will further deepen the U.S.-Nigeria relationship as the United States considers Nigeria’s economic growth, security and leadership in Africa to be critical aspects of their strategic partnership.

“Later in the day, President Buhari will meet with a group of business persons in agriculture and agro-processing, dairy and animal husbandry,” Adesina said.

Ahead of the visit, meetings were scheduled between senior Nigerian government officials and executives of major U.S. companies in the areas of agriculture, aviation and transportation.

The presidency said the Nigerian officials would be meeting with Boeing, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, on the National Carrier Project.

On agriculture, the Nigerian delegation will also meet with large equipment manufacturers with focus on harvesting and post harvesting equipment.

In the area of transportation, the officials will meet with the GE-led consortium for the implementation of the interim phase of the narrow gauge rail concession.

A substantive concession agreement will be negotiated and finalised, to provide the consortium the opportunity to invest an estimated two billion dollars, to modernise the rail line from Lagos to Kano and from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.

In addition, the concession framework and the interim phase framework agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

The Nigerian officials will also meet with U.S.-EXIM Bank and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation to explore competitive financing arrangements.

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, said the Buhari-Trump meeting “will be a very high level meeting; it will help the U.S. to also understand Nigeria’s projection.”

“There will be independent conversation on security, governance, the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region,’’ Mr Symington said.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also described the visit as a sign of the growing cooperation between the U.S. and Nigeria.

Mr Mohammed said: “There will be independent conversation on security, governance, the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.”

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

“The meeting between President Trump and President Buhari will centre majorly on security and the economy and I think it’s not by co-incidence and I think it’s quite important.

“He (Buhari) is the President of the most populous country in Africa, the president of the country with the largest economy in Africa.

“And this is quite important because it is going to offer the opportunity for the two countries to reset their ties.

“And I think it’s probably the fact that the world is now understanding that Nigeria is very strategic not just to the sub-region but the entire Africa,” Mr Mohammed said.

Hakeem Balogun, Nigeria’s ambassador to Indonesia, sees a very positive outing, saying the Nigeria-U.S. relation has improved greatly since Buhari became president and described the relationship as “very warm”.

“The Nigeria-U.S. relationship is quite good. It’s been very warm and lovely ever since the coming of this administration.

“Prior to President Buhari’s ascendancy, the relationship was sort of lukewarm following the American’s complaints over Nigeria’s handling of security issues, human rights allegations, issues of corruption, issues of governance.

“These are issues which the present government has come in to make the focal point of its administration. And no doubt, even since then, our relationship has been very robust.

“Our relationship has entered the fulcrum of the Bi-National Commission and based on that, it has formed the bedrock of our relationship; the bi-national commission is the foundation, the basis of the relationship between both countries.

“Well within the bedrock of that bi-national commission, are issues of good governance, corruption, security and others, which formed the basis of our relationship with the United States.”

On Corruption, Mr Balogun, who was Nigeria’s former Charge d’ Affaires in U.S., said the U.S. was quite impressed with how far Nigeria had gone in the fight against corruption under Buhari.

“They (U.S.) really have this belief that the person of Mr President was okay to handle the issue of corruption in Nigeria and that he’s been doing well.

“So I can definitely tell you that the United States is pleased with what we’ve been doing at that level, ditto the efforts to revive the economy,” Mr Balogun said.

To corroborate Mr Balogun’s assertion, Trump, during his phone conversation with Buhari in February 2017, discussed the strong cooperation between the U.S. and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.

Mr Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with Buhari to expand the strong partnership.

U.S. President, Donald Trump (Photo Credit: Financial Tribune)

The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide.

The U.S. president, particularly expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the U.S. to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.

Mr Trump thanked Mr Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in Africa and emphasised the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.

Mr Balogun also said Mr Buhari’s visit would be a win-win for both countries considering Nigeria’s ability to rally Africa on any issue at the international stage, a diplomatic advantage, which U.S. desperately needs.

“The U.S. recognises Nigeria as the leader on the continent. It shows that if they (U.S.) have to have a foothold in Africa or to do something in Africa, anything positive, they need the support of Nigeria.

“All our activities in the troubled spots in Africa – the championed peace on the continent and even beyond the continent; we’ve always been there on peaceful missions around the world,” Mr Balogun said.

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Not One Nigerian Town Is Under Boko Haram Control – Adesina

File photo: Femi Adesina   The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says there

Not One Nigerian Town Is Under Boko Haram Control – Adesina
File photo: Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says there is no single town in the country that is under the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Mr Adesina stated this on Monday during his appearance on a special programme on Channels Television.

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He also believes President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has won the war against the insurgency to a notable extent, except for the ‘strike and vanish’ activities of the insurgents.

“In 2015, by the time this administration came, not less than 17 local governments were under Boko Haram occupation,” said the presidential aide.

“By occupation, they (the terrorists) were running the local governments; they were actually sitting in emirs’ palaces and administering those domains but today, not one local government, not one town is under full control (of the group).”

He argued further that if not for the recent security challenges in different parts of the country, President Buhari’s administration has done very well to secure the nation and its people.

Adesina spoke during a special programme which also featured the British High-Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, and two others, aimed at reviewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which held recently in London.

On the gains of the Commonwealth to Nigeria, he noted that it serves the country better to be in the organisation than to be out of it.

The President’s spokesman recalled that the nation had been suspended during the administration of late General Sani Abacha, saying the effect was bad enough for the country.

“The very fact that 53 countries were meeting and Nigeria was there is good enough for the country, and the issues that were on the table, in a way, were even Nigerian issues,” he said.

Adesina added that almost every point of the communique issued after the meeting was relevant to the country.

He noted further that the present administration came in with a focus on three areas which include securing the country, fighting corruption, and reviving the economy.

The presidential aide said these issues formed the major discussion of President Buhari’s bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, during his trip to the UK.

According to him, the President echoes them as the priorities of his administration wherever he goes and they are work in progress, although the success recorded may vary from one another.

Adesina, however, said the Federal Government cannot rid Nigeria of corruption alone, saying it needs the support of other countries to get the desired result, even to revive the economy.

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Reps’ Summon: President Buhari Will Respond Accordingly, Says Adesina

Hours after the House of Representatives resolved to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings in Benue State, the Presidency

Hours after the House of Representatives resolved to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings in Benue State, the Presidency said he would react appropriately when officially summoned.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said this on Wednesday in a Skype interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Members of the House of Representatives had decided to summon the President in reaction to the continued killings in Benue, particularly Tuesday’s attack on a Catholic church and the murder of worshippers and two priests.

Several of the lawmakers argued that with the killings continuing months after the deployment of security personnel and the launch of a military exercise, it had become necessary for the President to fire the service chiefs and appear before the House of Representatives to explain what he was doing to end the violence.

READ ALSO: Suspected Herdsmen Attack Benue Villages, Kill 16 More People

Asked if the President would appear before the lawmakers, Mr Adesina said the House had not communicated the summon to President Buhari.

He said, “It is a development that just happened and almost throughout the day we have been in the Federal Executive Council meeting. That meeting did not rise until after 5:00 p.m.

“So, it was after 5:00 p.m. when I got back to my office that I saw that news scrolling on the television. That means that the President himself hadn’t heard of it at that time. So, when the lawmakers – the Houses of Representatives – communicate their decision to the President, it would be handled appropriately.”

Although Mr Adesina acknowledged “the right” of the lawmakers to summon “anybody to appear” before them, he did not say whether the President would honour their summon if it is communicated to him.

“It is democracy in action. The House has the right to ask anybody to appear and the President is holding the position as a trust for Nigerians. It is the mandate of Nigerians that he is holding. But when they communicate that decision to him, he will respond accordingly. I can’t be talking of what he will do until that decision is communicated to him,” he said.

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President Buhari couldn’t have derided all Nigerian Youths – Presidency

The presidency has responded to Nigerians’ reactions to the comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum. President

The presidency has responded to Nigerians’ reactions to the comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum.

President Buhari, speaking at the forum, said a lot youths in Nigeria want to sit around and do nothing, expecting free education and housing.

Nigerians have since condemned the comment, even trending #LazyNigerianYouths on Twitter, highlighting their achievements.

Writing on his Facebook, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said the president only said, “a lot of” not “all” of the youths want to sit and do nothing.

Manipulators and twisters of statements interpreted the comment to mean the president deride all of the Nigerian Youth, Adesina said.

Read the statement below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI COULDN’T HAVE DERIDED ALL NIGERIAN YOUTHS

At the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari gave a keynote address on Making Business Easier Between Commonwealth Countries. The presentation was followed by a discussion, and question and answer session.
Responding to a question, President Buhari had cause to talk about some Nigerian youths, and he said: ” We have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. More than 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not 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 and education free.”
Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners. But elementary English recognizes a wide gulf between “a lot of” and the word “all.” How can “a lot of them,” suddenly transmogrify to mean “all of them?” Mischievous and unconscionable!
There is no way President Buhari, father of the Nigerian nation in every sense of the word, who equally has biological children of his own in the youths age bracket, pass a vote of no confidence on all youths. It can only exist in the imagination of those who play what the President has described as “irresponsible politics” with everything.
President Buhari has always applauded and celebrated Nigerian youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, from sports, to academia, and other realms. And he will continue to do so, because he values the youths, and knows that they are the fulcrum on which the future of the country rests.
Indeed, every country has its share of idle population, and it is the bounden duty of government at all levels, to create an enabling environment for them to actualize their potentials. That is what President Buhari is committed to doing.
The focal areas of the administration; securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, are actually intended to give youths a future and a hope. This much was emphasized in an April 5, 2018 comment by President Buhari, while receiving Letter of Credence from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, when he said: ” Our insistence on probity is to encourage people to be accountable, and accept honesty as a lifestyle so as to secure the future of our youths.’’ The President also said more than 60 percent of Nigerians fall into the age category of youths and deserve to inherit a stable and prosperous country that they can be proud of, adding that the government will work assiduously to prevent waste and the depletion of resources by corrupt Nigerians.

It is futile for mischief makers to lie in wait, and take a minor part of the words of the President, and turn it into negative commentary, peradventure they could diminish the profile of the President. Nigerians across all walks of life know who is serving them faithfully and truly, and they will always reciprocate such fidelity as occasions demand.

Femi Adesina

Buhari criticises Nigerian youth as lazy, uneducated

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were “only hustling to get on

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were “only hustling to get on the gravy train.”

“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying by The Cable during a panel appearance with world leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.

The president’s comment adds to an earlier one he made criticising Nigerian youth.

During a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Mr Buhari said some Nigerians in the UK, mostly youth, are disposed to criminality and should not be granted asylum there. He was fiercely criticised for the comment, with many saying it failed to convey the reality of Nigerian youth’s exploits.

Early this year, an analysis by Rice University in the U.S. showed that Nigerian youth are the most educated of all migrants in the country. The institution credited the finding to a culture of relentless drive for education amongst Nigerians.

Only on Tuesday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in Lagos to meet young innovators at Andela and the larger tech community in Yaba. The hub is driven by young innovators and entrepreneurs and is widely seen as a manifestation of their entrepreneur zeal.

Mr Osinbajo had also witnessed Nigerian youth’s quest for gainful employment in the way they embraced the administration’s N-power programme which paid as low as N30,000 a month for teaching jobs.

Presidential spokespersons Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for their comments about whether the president was aware of Mr Osinbajo’s efforts and the statistics by foreign institutions on young Nigerians.

Several commentators online slammed the president for his latest remarks while others defended him.

President Muhammadu Buhari talking

“Buhari has lived off Nigeria his entire life. His son was treated for an accident thousands of Nigeria die from yearly at Nigeria’s expense. Yet, he sits and insults millions of Nigerians who have had the misfortune of not being born into the “right” families. It is sad,” said Biola Kazeem, a sports marketer and political commentator, in a Twitter update Wednesday.

“Serious question – has Buhari, in his adult life, ever been able to live without government income?” Another Twitter user, Feyi Fawehinmi, said Wednesday night, adding that there is little evidence to show that the president’s earns money from his livestock farm in his hometown of Daura.

Some of the president’s supporters, however, pushed back against the criticism, with many saying the president’s observations reflected his well-known personality as a blunt leader.

The supporters said the president only reechoed Nigeria’s abysmal education and employment situation, which had long been in public domain.

“In the affirmative, I think he’s giving a graphic picture of what’s going on and asking the right audience to come in,” said Ayo Akanji, one of the vocal supporters of the president online.