Saturday, December 17

Why I conceded defeat to Buhari in 2015 – Jonathan

Why I conceded defeat to Buhari in 2015 – Jonathan

Jonathan in Warri

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed that he was not forced by anybody, whether within the country or abroad, to concede defeat to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 elections.

Jonathan explained that his decision was purely because of personal principles and his belief that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigeria.

He said this at Bingham University in Nasarawa State, where he and another former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees.

He said: “It is my belief that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. And I am fulfilled knowing that my conceding while the votes were still being compiled, which was born out of my personal principles and convictions, is generating positive impact in other nations.

Let me make it clear, that I was not persuaded to do so by anyone within or outside the country. I know it was the right thing to do.

“My mantra ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’ is my vow. It was not just a political slogan. One of the reason I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tension and crisis.

A polity that will bring unity to this country. A polity that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic or religious lines.”

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Sultan of Sokoto visits Enugu to honour Rangers, inaugurate projects

Sultan of Sokoto visits Enugu to honour Rangers, inaugurate projects

The-Sultan-of-Sokoto-Muhammad-Sa-ad-Abubakar-III

His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji (Dr.) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar is among the dignitaries expected to attend tomorrow’s grand reception being organized by the Enugu State Government in honour of the 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League Champions, the Enugu Rangers International Football club.

The Sultan, who is a staunch fan of Enugu Rangers starting from his days in Nsukka (from 1977 to 1983) as an Army Officer has remained committed to the noble course of the club till date.

According to a statement by the Chairman of the Publicity Sub-Committee for the event, Louis Amoke, the Sultan is also expected to inaugurate some road projects executed across the state by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration and also visit the University town of Nsukka, where the people of the area will accord him a civic reception.

Some of the completed roads for inauguration, according to the statement, include the Nike Lake road and the Abakpa Nike road in Enugu East Local Government Area; the Post Office Roundabout- Odenigbo Roundabout- Ogurugu-Ikenga Hotel junction road and the Obechara road Junction-Umuakashi-Mechanic Village-Ikenga Hotels junction road in the University town of Nsukka.

Also speaking on the Sultan’s visit, the National Chairman of Enugu Rangers’ Supporters Club, Ibuchukwu Nwodo described it as historic and a clear indication that the club remains a unifying force in the promotion of peace and national unity.

Nwodo thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for honouring Rangers after all the support he gave the club, which saw it to victory.

“I sincerely thank God for what is happening in Enugu State since His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi took over the leadership of the state.

“Apart from regular payment of workers’ salaries and numerous massive development projects going on in the state, in spite of the severe economic challenges in the country, Gov. Ugwuanyi still supported Enugu Rangers to victory.

“Tomorrow, Gov. Ugwuanyi and the people of the state will honour the club to say thank you for the job well done and also inspire them to greater heights, and the Spiritual Leader of Nigerian Muslims, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto will be attending the event. This is an attestation that Enugu State is truly in the hands of God and that Rangers International is a club to reckon with,” he said.


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Mbaka rejoices over his transfer, says his members have multiplied by 20 times

Mbaka rejoices over his transfer, says his members have multiplied by 20 times

Mbaka

The Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has stated that his transfer from Christ the King Parish, GRA, for an obscure Our Lady Rosary Parish, Emene, was a blessing in disguise.

This was as he declared that the number of worshippers trooping to his new place of posting has multiplied by 20 times within few months of his transfer, adding that a new Adoration parsonage has since commenced and nearing completion.

The Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Reverend Father Ralph Madu had explained that the transfer of the fiery priest who prophesied the defeat of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was not politically motivated as claimed by some persons

He explained that the controversial priest was only relocated to where he would be more useful to the ministry.

But speaking with the Sun newspapers at the permanent site of the adoration ground in Emene, Mbaka thanked the Church for moving him out of his former station, where he was “just like a fish that was growing inside a bottle and now has been put inside the ocean”.

His words, “God is wonderful. You can see that I am smiling, filled with cheers and the joy of the Lord. I have the feeling that God’s hand is in my going out of GRA.

“I am seeing everything as the will of God. When I remember that my providing God is with me and for me, I am filled with joy and I’m comforted. The ways of God are divine and mysterious and at times when he wants to do a thing, we humans may not understand it. We may be seeing the external but God who sees the future planned and packaged everything for us.”

“The Journey to the adoration permanent site is a blessing in disguise and I welcomed it with joy even though I was misunderstood. Some people who thought I would disobey the church and the Bishop by saying I would not go out; but how can I disobey the bishop?

“Now we have packed in here and within few months, the number of people coming there has doubled more than 20 times and we have started a new parsonage, Adoration parsonage, and it’s nearing completion. God is 100 per cent on our side and the congregation is happy and I am exceedingly happy.

“I am grateful to the Bishop and the Church that moved me out of the GRA; I am just like a fish that was growing inside a bottle and now has been put inside the ocean. I thank the church for that move from the GRA for the Ministry is serving a larger role to the global universe; it is not just a parish per se, it is serving the whole Nigeria. It is inter cultural, it is inter denominational, it is also inter tribal.

“The adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria is the grand parent to all the new adoration ministries that are growing and God has given us a home and made Umuchigbo, Nike land where we are, a glorious empire of the Holy Spirit.

The priest, who had accommodation issues when he was transferred, noted that apart from the parsonage that is almost completed, other projects are in the works, expressing happiness with the worshippers, and the government of the day.

“The government of Enugu led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is adoration friendly and we are enjoying the highest peace we have never enjoyed in the annals of the history of the ministry. So things are moving very well; and since we came in here God has been shocking us with goose-pimple-arousing miracles; we have never experienced such miracles as we are experiencing now,” he stated.


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INTRIGUING!!! Ribadu, Customs boss tipped to replace Magu

 INTRIGUING!!! Ribadu, Customs boss tipped to replace Magu


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Mustafa Magu

AS the plot thickens to stop the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, from becoming the substantive chair of the Commission, three names have popped up as his possible replacements.


They are a former boss of the anti-graft agency, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd) and a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Amodu Ali, who is famous for investigating the $180million Halliburton bribery scandal.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the decision to prop up their names was part of the grand plot by the powerful forces opposed to Magu to stop his re-nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari. More names might also be propped up in the next few days. But the Transparency International- Nigeria and some civil society groups yesterday protested non-confirmation of Magu by the Senate.

The TI and others described the security report upon which the Senate based its decision as “curious.” A top source said: “These forces do not want Magu re-nominated by the President when the Senate returns from Christmas break. “This is why they have recommended some people (at least three for now) who have impeccable integrity like Magu as the next substantive chairman of EFCC.

“These are the Comptroller- General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd), a former Chairman of EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Amodu Ali who investigated the $180million Halliburton bribery scandal.

“But President Buhari is just listening to arguments for and against Magu. The ball is in the court of the President.” There were however fears last night that these forces might go to court if Buhari re-nominates Magu.

They are trying to hang on to the report of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to seek some ambiguous reliefs in court.” It was also learnt that pro- Magu sympathisers are also pressing buttons to have the ears of the President to stick to the Acting EFCC chairman. Another source added:

“Representations have been made in the last 24 hours to those close to the President to insist on Magu. “Those sympathetic to Magu actually approached an influential governor to intercede and let the President get a second opinion on the DSS report.

“This situation is dicey as I talk to you because both sides are embroiled in intense politics of survival. “Those against Magu were busy yesterday celebrating that they have boxed the Acting EFCC chairman to a corner.”

Apart from Transparency International, other civil society groups who protested against non-confirmation of Magu by the Senate yesterday include Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Zero-corruption Coalition (ZCC) They made their position known in a statement by the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani).

The statement said: “The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Transparency International-Nigeria (TI) and Zero-corruption Coalition (ZCC) express concern at the circumstances surrounding the nonconfirmation by the Nigerian Senate of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), upon his appointment by the President.

“We find it worrisome that the confirmation of the head of such a strategic anti-corruption agency is taking such a long time, having been first appointed in November 2015, and worse still at a time when the nation is reinvigorating the fight against corruption.

“CISLAC, TI- Nigeria and ZCC wonder if there is more to the unfolding events than meets the eye. “We are further alarmed at the circumstances preceding the last session in which the Upper Chamber failed to confirm the appointee.

“The fact that the session was preceded by a rowdy sitting and the Senators resorted to a closeddoor session further highlights the lack of transparency in the confirmation process. “We find the Senate’s reliance on a security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) as a reason for the rejection of the President’s appointee very curious.

“While we acknowledge that the Senators have the power of confirmation as well as the right of recourse to relevant institutions for vetting, this must be applied strictly for public good and in very transparent and accountable manner.

“CISLAC, TI and ZCC therefore call on the Senate to make public the security report it depended upon to reject the confirmation. “Merely reading it out in a closed session and applying it to arrive at such far reaching decisions fall short of the expectations of the electorate that they represent in the exercise of their powers.

“We call on the DSS to publicly confirm that they are the source of the report in question and authenticate the content for the Nigerian Public to know. “Considering that the DSS is also an agency in the executive arm, it should indicate if the report was also shared with the President who appoints the EFCC chairman. This is to ensure that it is discharging its functions as expected by law and procedure.

“We call on the Presidency to publicly state its position on the unfolding issues so that Nigerians can have a clear picture and draw their own conclusions as public support is crucial to a successful fight against corruption. “The position of the EFCC chair is a very sensitive one and its occupant must be held to the highest levels of integrity and credibility.

“A situation where individuals and groups hide under clandestine and unverified documents and reports to take decisions that could undermine the integrity of individuals and institutions at the forefront of the anti-corruption efforts will be a disservice to the nation and must not be allowed to stand.

“We notify the Senate that their inability to come clean on these would only fuel the perception that their failure to confirm the appointment of the EFCC chairman who has acted for one year is linked to their personal and selfish desire to protect themselves and scuttle the fight against corruption of which several of their members have been beneficiaries.

“We urge all well-meaning Nigerians and the media to kick against all manners of unjust decision or resolution by the Nigerian Senate to sabotage the on-going anti-corruption fight in the country.”

Source: nation
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PRESS BRIEFING :THE IGP SET UP PANEL TO INVESTIGATE SEVENTY (70) INCIDENTS CREDITED TO INEC CHAIRMAN PROF. YAKUBU MAHMUD ON 10TH DECEMBER, 2016 RIVERS STATE RE-RUN ELECTION

PRESS BRIEFING :THE IGP SET UP PANEL TO INVESTIGATE SEVENTY (70) INCIDENTS CREDITED TO INEC CHAIRMAN PROF. YAKUBU MAHMUD ON 10TH DECEMBER, 2016 RIVERS STATE RE-RUN ELECTION

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris

Nigeria Police Force

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni in response to the statement credited to the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud to the effect that there were seventy incidents that tended to derail the 10th December, 2016 re-run elections in Rivers State has set up a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by the INEC chairman with a view to unravelling those who directly or indirectly are responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.

2. The investigative team is also mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Wike (CON) pertaining to the concluded elections.

3. The Government of Rivers State and INEC are enjoined to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation. The election observers, civil society groups, Human Rights watchers and other stakeholders are equally called upon to assist the team with valuable information they may have.

4. The Nigeria Police Force is committed to enthroning the principles of democratic policing and ensures that the IGPs master plan on election security takes hold in Nigeria in accordance with international best practices and core value of Policing with integrity.

5. The investigative team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has vast experience in investigation. The team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit report. The findings will be made public.

DCP Don N. Awunah fsi,

Force Public Relations Officer

Force Headquarters
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Magu: I’m yet to receive Senate’s decision —Buhari

Magu: I’m yet to receive Senate’s decision —Buhari

President Buhari addressing the State House Press Corps yesterday

AS Nigerians await the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to either replace or re-present Mr Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Presidency has said it is yet to be formally informed of the decision by the Senate to reject Magu’s nomination for the position.

Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this, on Friday, while speaking with Tribune not Thenigerialawyer, adding that the president could not take any action until he was formally informed by the Senate.

“As we speak, the Senate is yet to officially inform the president of its decision on the matter.

“The president cannot do anything for now as he is yet to get the details of what transpired during the Senate’s sitting on Thursday. In that wise, we have to wait until the president is officially informed of the decision by the Senate”, he said.

It will be recalled that the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly had, on Thursday, rejected the nomination of Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC as the substantive chairman of the commission.

President Buhari had, in July, nominated Magu alongside others to the board of the commission and subsequently forwarded their names to the Senate for confirmation.

However, the screening and confirmation process had been dogged by controversy, a development that led to protests at the entrance of the National Assembly in October and November.

But after a closed session which lasted two and half hours on Thursday, the Senate resolved not to confirm Magu and, instead, forwarded the names of the other nominees to its committee on anti-corruption for legislative action.

The legislators, who hinged their decision on adverse security reports, said they could not proceed and confirm the nomination of Magu as the executive chairman of EFCC.

“Accordingly, the Senate hereby rejects the said nomination and has returned the said nomination to Mr President for further action”, the Senate spokesman, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, had said in a statement issued on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Friday said accountability, probity and transparency are crucial in the protection of investments.

He made this known when a management team of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) visited him in Abuja.

Magu, in a statement by EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, commended the collaborative efforts between the two agencies which he said had led to recovery of stolen monies.

“The work is so enormous but the collective efforts and collaboration are absolutely necessary so that a lot of ground will be covered, ” he said.

He assured the SEC team of EFCC’s commitment to its mandate and implementation of the MoU between the SEC and the anti-graft agency, adding that joint training would be organised in future to bridge the gap between both agencies.

Magu, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, advised the SEC to always tip off the EFCC before suspension of erring brokers to increase the chances of successful investigations and recovery of money.

Earlier, the Director-General of SEC, Mr Mounir Gwarzo, who led the delegation, decried the limitations to the commission’s enforcement authority.

Gwarzo said over the years, this had hampered the SEC’s effectiveness in recovering money lost by investors to fraudulent brokers and dealers.

He said that the close collaboration between the SEC and the EFCC had yielded numerous mutual benefits including “invaluable training of SEC staff by the EFCC as well as an MoU in the works’’.

Gwarzo also said that several criminal cases against defaulters of SEC policies that were not under the SEC’s jurisdiction had been sent to the EFCC, and feed backs received on their status.

The director general stressed that closer collaboration between both agencies would go a long way in restoring confidence of local and foreign investors.
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Buhari hosts ECOWAS leaders in Abuja, calls for review of Treaty

Buhari hosts ECOWAS leaders in Abuja, calls for review of Treaty

President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need to review the ECOWAS Treaty in order to make the regional organisation more responsive to new national, regional and global challenges.

The president made the call at the opening of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority and Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Abuja on Saturday.

He also called for the speedy conclusion of the reforms of all ECOWAS institutions to put ECOWAS on a much stronger footing and to prepare member nations for the challenges of such Institutional reforms.

President Buhari also stressed the need to make conscious efforts to improve on governance and accountability at all levels.

“We also need to make conscious efforts to improve on Governance and accountability at all levels.

“This calls for the speedy conclusion of the reforms of all ECOWAS institutions to put ECOWAS on a much stronger footing and prepare us for the challenges of such Institutional reforms.

“To this end, we should ensure that priority is given to the implementation of development programmes, while the ECOWAS Parliament should be entrusted with more functions.

“In addition, the cost of governance must be reduced across all ECOWAS Institutions while resources should be devoted to programmes and projects that will have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizenry and create jobs fast enough to absorb our teeming youth population.

“In this regard, it is necessary that measures be taken to review the ECOWAS Treaty in order to make ECOWAS responsive to new national, regional and global challenges.

On economic integration, Buhari observed that the modest achievements in regional integration were being challenged by globalisation.

According to him, most member countries continue to record low volume of trade, occasioned by declining level of economic activities, caused by the sharp fall in commodity prices.

He said: “While oil prices fell by an astounding 57 percent between June 2014 and January 2015, other commodity prices have also weakened sharply thereby putting pressure on the current account and fiscal balances of our countries.

“This ugly situation demands that we diversify our respective economies from commodities into other sectors such as banking, construction and telecommunications and most importantly agro–processing, manufacturing and services.

“As we adjust to a more challenging globalised environment, stronger efforts are required to increase domestic revenue mobilisation in our countries and Community Institutions.”

He said that Member States must diversify their economies away from trade in commodities towards developing robust infrastructure that would support manufacturing and industrialisation.

Buhari, therefore, urged the Community to invest more in infrastructure and human resources so as to unleash the potentials that exist in our respective economies and in our peoples.

The 15 member states of the ECOWAS are currently attending the summit with The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso being represented by their foreign ministers, while Cape Verde is being represented by Ambassador of Senegal to Nigeria.
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Buhari @ 74: I’m always wishing you the best – Goodluck Jonathan

Buhari @ 74: I’m always wishing you the best – Goodluck Jonathan

Erstwhile President, Goodluck Jonathan has sent birthday wishes to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he is always wishing him well.


Buhari turned 74 today (Saturday).

In a message via a statement by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan said, “On the occasion of your 74th birthday, I write to congratulate and felicitate with you. I pray that this day meets you well and that there shall be many happy returns.

“I also use this opportunity to congratulate you once more as your daughter, Zahra is given away in marriage to Ahmed Indimi.

“May God bless this union and may it bring joy to the couple and their families.

“Always wishing you the best, he added.”
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Godwin Emefiele chosen as IILM governing board chairman

Godwin Emefiele chosen as IILM governing board chairman

CBN governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele is the new head of IILM

- Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has bagged an international appointment

- Emefiele has been elected as the chairman of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM)

- This happened on Thursday, December 15, in Jakarta, Indonesia

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has been elected as the chairman of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM).

This was disclosed by the CBN’s acting director, corporate communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor on the apex bank's website.

With his elevation, Emefiele is automatically the head of the General Assembly of IILM comprising nine countries and the Islamic Development Bank.

IILM is an international institution established by central banks, monetary authorities and multilateral organisations to create and issue short-term Shari’ah-compliant financial instruments to facilitate effective cross-border Islamic liquidity management.

By creating more liquid Shari’ah-compliant financial markets for institutions offering Islamic financial services (IIFS), the IILM aims to enhance cross-border investment flows, international linkages and financial stability.

The body’s major mandates include:

1. Developing a robust Islamic liquidity management as a catalyst for cross-border financial linkages

2. Facilitating effective cross-border liquidity management instruments for institutions that offers Islamic financial series and

3. Enabling a future global finance industry with greater connectivity, stability and sophistication.

Established in 2010, IILM is opened to central banks, monetary authorities, financial regulatory authorities or government ministries or agencies that have regulatory oversight of finance or trade and commerce, and multilateral organisations.

The current shareholders comprise of central banks and monetary authorities of Indonesia, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Development Bank.

Emefiele's new position came a week after he got a Lifetime Award in Banking, Finance & National Development from the Institute for Service Excellence & Good Governance.

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BREAKING: Acting EFCC chairman Magu may be jailed for this reason

BREAKING: Acting EFCC chairman Magu may be jailed for this reason

Daily Trust is reporting that acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, risk being jailed for disobeying court orders.

This was according to a notice by a magistrate court in Mpapa, Abuja, stating a committal action against anti-graft agency boss.

The EFCC, Magistrate Okeagu Azubuike stated, had failed to comply with an order of court discharging an expired remand warrant for a defendant identified as Na'im Lawal on December and therefore endorsed form 48, 'Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court' against the EFCC acting chairman.

The accused was nabbed by the anti-corruption agency on October 14, 2016 after allegedly conspiring to steal government money and obtaining money under false pretence but the court has ruled in his favour.

"Take Notice that unless you obey the order of court contained in the ruling of the court discharging the expired remand warrant issued by the Honourable Court and ordering the release of the applicant to his freedom on the 1st of December, 2016, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to committal to prison," the notice read.

Recall that on Thursday, December 15, the Nigerian Senate refused to confirm the appointment of Magu as the chairman of the anti-graft body.

Reports indicated that the upper chamber of the National Assembly rejected President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination based on the security report sent by the Department of State Service (DSS).

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These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife

9 SUPER HOT throwback photos of Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari is celebrating his 74th birthday today, December 15. Despite his old age he is still as agile as any young person.

The president has always been a handsome man with a great fashion sense.

As Buhari celebrates today, NAIJ.com takes you down memory lane to see how much the president has changed over the years.

1. Buhari with his peers, Ibrahim Bako (late) and Umaru Salihu (late) at the Nigeria Military Training College (NMTC) 1962.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


Buhari with his peers

2. Buhari strikes a pose with two other military officers during the civil war which lasted from 1967 to 1970.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


Buhari during the civil war

3. Check out Buhari as Head of State reading the budget speech to Nigerians.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


4. The relationship between the president and ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo did not start today. They go way back.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


Buhari and Obasanjo go way back

5. Buhari has always been a family man.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


Buhari with late wife Safinatu and children

6. That time he was being decorated as a major general.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


7. Buhari as the federal commissioner for petroleum representing Nigeria at OPEC.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


8. Buhari and Aisha as a young couple.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


9. Buhari has always been a classy man.

These 9 captivating throwback PHOTOS of Buhari will make you wish you were his wife


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Tokubo ban: Business boom for herbalists as car smugglers seek fortification

Tokubo ban: Business boom for herbalists as car smugglers seek fortification

Tokunbo ban: Smugglers, Custom officers go spiritual

- The countdown to the controversial ban on vehicles from land borders has begun

- Smugglers are preparing for the ban by seeking spiritual protection

- Custom officers are not left out in the spiritual game too

A report by the Nigerian Tribune has detailed how tokunbo cars dealers and some Customs officers are seeking spiritual protection ahead of the enforcement of the controversial ban on vehicles from land borders by the federal government.

Tokunbo ban: Smugglers, Custom officers go spiritual
Customs officers say they are ready to battle the smugglers no matter what they use
According to the report, deadly confrontation is expected between both parties hence the fortification process from different sources.

“All parties in the coming crisis are already coming to us,” a herbalist is quoted as saying.

There are herbalists and clerics who are in the business of fortifying both criminals and law enforcers in the struggle.

“Nobody wants to be caught napping. Ali [Customs boss, Colonel Hammed Ali rtd] will make us do it (enforce the ban) and you know these people [smugglers] won’t just disappear from the land borders because of the ban. They are either going to increase bribe offers or get deadlier.

''They know they can’t beat us to gun fight, so it is these babas [herbalists], alagbas and alfas [Christian prophets and Muslim clerics] that they will want to move closer to.

''But our people [officers] are not sleeping too [officers are fortifying themselves]. That is all I can tell you”, an unnamed Customs officer said.

Business is suddenly booming the spiritualists as many of them are now said to be moving to border towns because of the patronage they enjoy from smugglers.

“You know, smugglers constitute a huge percentage of the clients some of us [herbalists] who reside around border towns enjoy. They come to us for fortification against bullets penetration and all sorts of charms.

“The kind of job they do, which involves confronting Customs officers in thick bushes along border towns, exposes them to exchange of gunfire sometimes. Some of them come to us for fortification to avoid being killed during this exchange of gunfire.

“Now that the federal government has banned vehicle importation through the land borders, we expect smuggling to increase, meaning more patronage for some of us.

“Although I am not relocating, I am not ruling out such because the lure of more patronage could force others to do so”, one herbalist said.

When queried on how much it costs for the fortification against bullets penetration, the herbalist said it depends on what the smuggler is interested in.

His words: “Some smugglers would want fortification against bullets penetration while some would insist that anytime they are approaching, the guns of the Customs officials should not work until they leave that area.

“Some other people come for charms that would make them invisible and others ask for charms that would make their [Customs personnel’s] pursuit unsuccessful. So, the cost ranges from N20,000 to N50,000”.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A Command, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Jerome Attah, said the NCS is not be bothered by any antics from smugglers.

According to him, the ban is a federal government policy, which the service would enforce firmly no matter whose ox is gored.

Attah further stated that the Customs was ready to confront the smuggler “irrespective of what they use”.

In a related development, the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) has said the ban on importation of vehicles through roads is a very good move.

The group believes that the development if properly managed, would reduce the rate of vehicle smuggling in the country.

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Mikel offered £170k per week deal to join AVB at Shanghai SIPG

Mikel offered £170k per week deal to join AVB at Shanghai SIPG

John Obi Mike

Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG, coached by former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas, are willing to pay Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel £170,000 a week (over N66milion) to end his stay at Chelsea, The Sun reports.

The 29-year-old midfielder who has been at Chelsea since 2016, is yet to make an appearance for the Blues this season under new manager Antonio Conte.

However, he is currently earning £70,000 a week at Stamford Bridge.

But should Mikel cash in and moves to Shanghai, he could be earning more than the likes of Barcelona pair Andres Iniesta who earns are reported £165,000 per week and Sergio Busquets who earns £140,000 per week.

Mikel has made 374 appearances for the West London side, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cup's, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Shanghai SIPG are also set to sign Oscar for £52million next month.

The deal is in place and Oscar is set to earn £400,000 a week from his switch to the Far East.

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JUST IN: Governor Wike lands in serious trouble as police move against him over leaked audio

JUST IN: Governor Wike lands in serious trouble as police move against him over leaked audio

Wike to be thoroughly investigated after leaked audio tape

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state may have courted trouble following a resolve by the Nigeria police to investigate allegations of election malpractice.

The governor was recently caught on tape in a discussion with an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on how payment for election rigging would be made.

According to Sahara Reporters who released the tape, Governor Wike made payment to INEC officials especially those sent from Plateau state to rig the election for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Etche, Khana, Ikwerre and other key local government areas in the state.

In a press briefing issued by DCP Don N. Awunah, the police public relations officer, obtained by NAIJ.com, the Inspector General (IG) of police, Ibrahim K. Idris has set up an investigation team to look into the matter.

The briefing stated that the police has "in response to the statement credited to the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud to the effect that there were seventy incidents that tended to derail the 10th December, 2016 re-run elections in Rivers State has set up a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by the INEC chairman with a view to unravelling those who directly or indirectly are responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.

"The investigative team is also mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Wike (CON) pertaining to the concluded elections.

"The Government of Rivers State and INEC are enjoined to avail the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation. The election observers, civil society groups, Human Rights watchers and other stakeholders are equally called upon to assist the team with valuable information they may have.

"The Nigeria Police Force is committed to enthroning the principles of democratic policing and ensures that the IGPs master plan on election security takes hold in Nigeria in accordance with international best practices and core value of Policing with integrity.

"The investigative team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has vast experience in investigation. The team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit report. The findings will be made public."

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Suspect who murdered 4-year-old for ritual dies controversially in police custody

Suspect who murdered 4-year-old for ritual dies controversially in police custody

Psalm Johnson

The anguish of the parents of a four-year-old victim of ritual killing has been compounded by the death in police custody of one of his suspected murderers.

The police claimed that the suspect, Fidelis Bossman, a Togolese, was taken ill and died during interrogation.

But the father of the victim, Johnson Habila Magaji, said he suspected the claim was a sinister attempt to pervert the course of justice.

The minor, Psalm Johnson, was reported missing on October 15 from his parents’ Kuruduma 2, Ugwan Hausawa residence in a rural suburb of the Asokoro Extension in Abuja.

A petty trader running a kiosk in the neighbourhood, however, provided a crucial clue when he recalled seeing little Psalm in the company of Boniface Sani, a young man who lived with his parents in the same compound as the Johnsons.

Suspect who murdered 4-year-old for ritual dies controversially in police custody


Boniface Sani

Boniface acknowledged that little Psalm had been with him.

“He claimed however that when he wanted to visit his friend in another part of the village, and because it was about to rain at the time, he instructed the boy to go inside our compound”, Mr. Johnson narrated to PREMIUM TIMES.

But the trader, Mahmud Magaji, insisted he had seen Boniface walking away from the compound with the little boy. Under interrogation the following day at the A.Y.A Police Station, Boniface later confessed he had sold off little Psalm to Mr. Bossman for N100,000.

Eight days after little Psalm had gone missing, the Police were able to apprehend Mr. Bossman, who confirmed the transaction. He however revealed that both of them had immediately strangled the little boy to death, in a money-making ritual.

The two suspects later led detectives to a riverside behind Asokoro village where the decomposed body of the boy was recovered.

Suspect who murdered 4-year-old for ritual dies controversially in police custody


Decomposed body of Psalm Johnson

But two days later on October 25, the case took a strange twist. According to Mr. Johnson, when he went to the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to which the case had been transferred, an officer informed him that Mr. Bossman had died.

“At first, an officer told me that the Togolese had died under interrogation”, Mr. Johnson told PREMIUM TIMES. “Shortly after, another policeman said he had fallen sick and died in a hospital”.

He said he was later shown a picture said to be of the body of the suspect. “But I could not be sure whether the person in the picture was actually dead or posing dead to the camera,” Mr. Johnson said.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the A.Y.A police Station where the case was first reported, the Divisional Police Officer, Aisha Yusuf, said she knew nothing about the Togolese. She said her officers only arrested Boniface before “I had to hand over the case to the CID, because we don’t handle cases like murder and abduction.”

At the FCT Police Command headquarters, an officer identified as Hassan Abdullahi also said he was not aware of the death of the Togolese. He claimed that the two suspects were still under custody and that investigation was still ongoing.

PREMIUM TIMES later spoke with the Abuja police command spokesman, AnjuGuri Mamza, on the conflicting claims about Mr. Bossman.

Mr. Mamza confirmed the suspect’s death.

“When we brought in the suspects, one of them, quite unfortunately the principal suspect, was complaining that he was sick. Our men, after discovering he was not feeling too fine, rushed him to the Police Hospital”, Mr Mamza said.

“We normally take suspects who fall ill to the Police Hospital. So, after proper examination by our medical doctor at the hospital, he gave recommendation that the suspect be taken to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital. We however lost him on the way. Autopsy has been taken on the suspect.”

Mr. Mamza said the body was in the morgue of the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, as nobody had yet come forward to claim it.

“Investigation is still ongoing. The remaining suspect will be charged to court at the completion of investigation”, he said.

Alledged lifeless body of Mr. Bossman given by Nigerian Police Force

Suspect who murdered 4-year-old for ritual dies controversially in police custody


Lifeless body of Mr. Bossman given by Nigerian Police Force

The Police spokesman also explained reasons why the suspect was yet to be arraigned despite his alleged confessional statement while being interrogated by SARS.

“There is nitty-gritty in confessions; you have to understand the rationale behind what was done before taking the accused to court”, he said.

“You have to be sure of your facts, figures and the evidence that will be used to prosecute so you don’t go and present what is shabby and fail to get the appropriate punishment for the offender”, Mr. Mamza stressed. “There are procedures to follow when such investigations are ongoing”.

At the Gwagwalada hospital, a mortuary attendant who refused to give out his identity confirmed that the police deposited a body at the mortuary on October 26.

But the deceased was registered as Fidelis Sirboss, not Fidelis Bossman. The attendant however would not allow the reporter to inspect the mortuary’s record or the body deposited by the police.

For the Johnsons, they continue to grieve over the murder of their son. They said they hope the surviving suspect has his day in court and that their suspicion of an attempt to obstruct justice is unfounded.

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FACT-CHECK: Senate Confirmation: How SSS lied against EFCC boss, Magu

FACT-CHECK: Senate Confirmation: How SSS lied against EFCC boss, Magu

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

On Thursday, the Nigerian Senate declined to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chair of the country’s premier anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The upper legislative chamber claimed it could not approve the presidency’s request to confirm Mr. Magu based on a security report forwarded to it by the State Security Service.

“The Senate wishes to inform the public that based on available security report, the Senate cannot proceed with the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” the spokesperson for the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, said in a statement read to journalists.

“The nomination of Ibrahim Magu is hereby rejected and has been returned to the President for further action,” Mr. Abdullahi said.

The Senate did not provide the EFCC chairman an opportunity to respond to the allegations against him.

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained details of the security report on which the lawmakers based their decision and has investigated the claims against Mr. Magu.

We fact-checked some of the claims made by the SSS, and below are our findings:

ALLEGATION ONE: That during the tenure of Farida Waziri as EFCC chairperson, sensitive documents were found in Mr. Magu’s home.

The facts do not support that claim. A reporter for this newspaper extensively reported that event in 2008 when it happened, and is familiar with what transpired at the time.

Based on pressure from political gladiators of the period (among which were former Governors James Ibori and Bukola Saraki), then President Musa Yar’Adua unceremoniously removed Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of the EFCC.

After Mr. Ribadu’s departure, his successor, Mrs. Waziri, frustrated some of his closest and most resourceful aides in the commission, and harassed them for prolonged period.

Mr. Magu, who was a chief superintendent of police at the time, was sent away from the EFCC and his Lagos and Abuja homes were raided by operatives even before he had the opportunity to hand over to Umar Sanda as head of the Economic Governance Unit of the commission. He was later detained for three weeks.

Following complaints by Mrs. Waziri, the then Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, queried Mr. Magu, accusing him of serious misconduct. One of the allegations against him was that he removed and withheld EFCC files.

On August 25, 2008, Mr. Magu replied the query, explaining to the IGP that no unauthorized EFCC official documents were found in his home.

“I wish to state that the nature of my assignment at the EFCC is such that I worked round the clock and it was impossible for me to do my work effectively without working on some documents at home,” he wrote to Mr. Okiro at the time.
“This is the reason I maintain an office bag where documents relating to investigations were kept. The documents listed were found in my office bag which I was in the process of handing over and were not found hidden anywhere in my house.

“It is therefore not the correct position to say that I bluntly refused to hand over EFCC’s property and documents. I had just concluded handing over the Abuja office and I was in Lagos to conclude handing over the Lagos office when the search was conducted. At the time of the search, I had not reported to my new command. It could therefore not be my intention to keep government documents in my house.

“I have suffered untold humiliation within the past one month. My home was ransacked, vandalized and my properties destroyed by men of the EFCC. I was detained in a cell meant for hardened criminals most of whom are armed robbers for three weeks.

My health condition deteriorated as a result of his inhuman treatment meted out to me for doing my job diligently and with the pride required of a senior police officer of my rank in the Nigerian Police Force.

“I humbly implore the Inspector General of Police to totally exonerate me from blame and the said acts of serious misconduct because I was not involved and I am not involved. I will never be discouraged in my unrelenting war against crime and its associated manifestations as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

After investigation, the police IG exonerated Mr. Magu, posted him to the police’s Special Fraud Unit and promoted him to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police shortly afterwards.

ALLEGATION TWO: That Mr. Magu currently occupies a residence rented for N40 million at N20 million per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s (EFCC) finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired.

This claim is also untrue.

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained evidence showing the property in question was paid for by the Federal Capital Development Administration, and not Mr. Umar.

The E-Payment schedule, dated March 31, was issued by to the branch controller of Central Bank, Abuja, in favour of M/S Valcour SA Nigeria Limited.

The company was paid N39.628 million as payment for two-year rent and furnishing of the property, located in upscale Maitama district of Abuja.

The payment schedule was signed by Isiyaku Ismaila and confirmed by Zanna A. Hamza.

Mr. Magu lived in Karu, a suburb of Abuja, before his appointment as acting EFCC chair. With his new position, Mr. Magu moved into an official residence provided by the FCDA.

ALLEGATION 3: That the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by embattled Air Commodore Mohammed Umar (Rtd).

PREMIUM TIMES checks show that this is not entirely correct. Our investigations indicate that Mr. Magu first met Mr. Umar when both of them worked as members of the Presidential Committee on the investigation of arms procurement. At the time, Mr. Umar was very close to President Muhammadu Buhari and had unlimited access to the presidential villa. Both men became close during the assignment.

Our investigations indicate that once this year, Mr. Magu travelled to Kano in company of EFCC’s director of finance and that in charge of organizational support. Those familiar with the trip said on their way back to Abuja, Mr. Umar, who at the time remained Mr. Magu’s colleague at the presidential committee, and who was at the time not in any trouble with the SSS, gave the two officials a lift.

We are unable to find any evidence that Mr. Magu flew in Mr. Umar’s private jet at any other time. Neither were we able to establish that the EFCC chairman flew to Maiduguri alongside Mr. Umar and a bank MD being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

While some insiders at the commission denied the allegation, we could not independently verify the claims.

ALLEGATION 4: On 24 June, 2016, he (Magu) flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class.

Insiders say while it was true that Mr. Magu indeed flew first class to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, he did not pay for the ticket with public funds. We could not however confirm this claim independently.

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EFCC Charges Shema with N11bn Embezzlement

EFCC Charges Shema with N11bn Embezzlement

Ibrahim Shema

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Katsina State Government have dragged former Governor of Katsina State, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema and three others to the Katsina High Court where they were accused of embezzling N11 billion.

A press statement made available to THISDAY in Katsina on Friday signed by Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Malam Abdu Labaran Malumfashi stated that they were accused of embezzlement of funds belonging to the 34 local government councils in the state.

The statement revealed that, Joined in the 22 count charge suit were the erstwhile chairman of Kaita Local Government Council and Chairman of the Katsina State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Alhaji Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba.

Others were the immediate past commissioner of the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Sani Hamisu Makana and the Permanent Secretary of the same ministry, Alhaji Lawal Rufa’i Safana.

In the charge, FRN vs Ibrahim Shehu Shema, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Rufa’i and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba, the four are facing 22 counts charge.

It said Count 1 conspiracy, counts 2 to 8, breach of trust and conversion of the sum of N11,255,043,920, counts 9 and 10 forgery of minutes of meetings, count 11 abatement of forgery and counts 12 to 22 using forged documents as genuine.
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Police Intimidated, Kept me under House Arrest, Laments Yuguda

Police Intimidated, Kept me under House Arrest, Laments Yuguda

Mallam Isa Yuguda

The immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda has alleged that Police violated his fundamental human rights by putting him under house arrest, intimidation and harassment of his Bauchi residence during his last visit to the state.

Yuguda who made the allegations through his spokesman and former Commissioner of information in the state, Alhaji Salisu Ahmed Barau while talking to journalists in Bauchi yesterday, said ‘‘the state police command in collaboration with the Bauchi State government, in a calculated plot to embarrass and humiliate me before a multitude of my supporters in the state who trooped out to welcome me home after more than a year’s absence from the country during which I went to take care of my health and treat an undisclosed ailment’’.

“The police have violated my fundamental human rights and intimidated me. I was put under 12-hour house arrest on November 24 in Bauchi by the Bauchi State Police Command when I visited home.

‘‘Since I was not going for any public procession or political rally so had nothing to do with the order given by state government and the police, so I left for Bauchi on November 24 accompanied by the 10 mobile policemen from the IGP. To my utter shock, neither the Bauchi CP nor his men were at the airport against the IGP’s directive

“The crowd of supporters at the airport surged and became uncontrollable. I feared for the safety of the surging crowd and while another tumultuous crowd we learnt was eagerly waiting at home, so we drove straight to my house near the Government House where, after many hours the CP suddenly called and asked me to remain in the house.

“Then I asked the CP if I was under house arrest to which he replied in the affirmative. I accused the CP for putting me under illegal forceful imprisonment.

“The next thing we saw was that the CP sent his men to cordon off and barricade my house for many hours until the authorities in Abuja later ordered him to dislodge the barricade and ensure that he escorts me to any part of Bauchi .

”As a former governor if I should be treated this way by the police what more of ordinary Nigerian citizens, is a pity the system is a mess, am not the only former governor who visits home, we have them many who always visit their home state, and why is my own exceptional.

“That is why I supported and adopted the motion by Representative Ahmed Yerima (Bauchi), which the House mandated its committee on police affairs to probe the matter and report back in four weeks for further action.

Rep Yerima on motion said the Bauchi State Police Command harasses citizens at will. He said the state police command recently harassed and intimidated a former governor of the state, Malam Isa Yuguda”.

Reacting over the issue the Bauchi State police c‎ommand spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed said the police only acted on the intelligence they received to do what they did.

“We have access to intelligence and we acted on it. It is our routine security measure to avert any breakdown of law and order because we have reports that some people are planning to disrupt the peace in the state ,”he said.
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President Buhari Celebrates 74th Birthday in Style

President Buhari Celebrates 74th Birthday in Style

Today, 17th of December, 2017 marks the birthday of President Muhammadu Buhari who has been championing the course of political change in Nigeria since May, 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday marked his 74th birthday anniversary with a special birthday parade and inspection of the Guard of Honour mounted by the Nigerian Army.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event, which took place at the fore-court of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, witnessed the Inspection of Guard by the president.

The Guard Brigade, headed by the Commander, Brigade of Guards, Musa Yusuf, also performed a Special Birthday Silent Drills, accompanied with special military birthday song in honour of the president.

President Buhari also cut a birthday cake and released 74 pigeons from a cage as part of the activities marking the anniversary.
NAN reported that President Buhari also signed birthday anniversary register where he wrote: “I am impressed with the special drills presented by the Guard Brigade.’’

NAN further reported that service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; some ministers, including Lai Mohammed and Muhammad Bello of the FCT; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Presidential spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu attended the event.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, who briefly spoke with State House correspondents, congratulated the president on his 74th anniversary.

He said: “We are celebrating the birthday of the president and we wish him well and good health.

“We wish him all the goodness of God as he pilots the affairs of our nation to greater heights.’’

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who also spoke to the correspondents, described President Buhari as “a great man and we are very pleased with his accomplishments over the years. He is a good leader”.
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