[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Board of Directors of foremost African financial institution; Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has announced the appointment of Mobolaji Lawal as an Executive Director of the Bank. Prior to his appointment, he was the Divisional Head, Digital Banking Division.
Mr. Lawal who joined the Bank in 1992 as an Executive Trainee and rose through the ranks to become a General Manager, a position he held until his appointment as Executive Director. He has over twenty-four (24) years’ of banking experience which covers various aspects of banking including Credit Risk Management; Corporate Banking Group; Commercial Banking Group; Investment Banking and Corporate Finance where he served as Group Head. Under his leadership, the Group worked on several landmark debt syndications, capital market and project finance transactions both in Nigeria and abroad.
He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University (1990); B.L from the Nigerian Law School (1991) and a Master of Business Administration from the Oxford University, United Kingdom (2002). He has also attended several executive management and banking specific developmental programs in leading educational institutions such as Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).
Announcing the new appointment, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, Mr. Segun Agbaje stated that: “As a Bank, we maintain high corporate governance standards and ensure our Board appointments are in line with global best practices”. He further stated, “Bolaji has been an integral part of the Bank’s success and has seen the bank evolve and develop through the years. I am confident that his appointment to the Board will further strengthen and position the bank for improved performance“.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc was established in 1990 and is regarded by Industry watchers as the best run and most ethical financial institution within the Nigerian Financial Services space, due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions to have a well-articulated succession plan and this has enabled it seamlessly undertake two management and several board changes since inception.
The Bank operates from over 238 branches within the country and has banking subsidiaries in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Austin Oyibode reports ] - Leaders of pro-Biafran organizations across the world met over the weekend to adopt the United Progressive Party (UPP) as Biafra's national party in Nigeria. The groups in a meeting in Enugu, where they were hosted by the UPP, led by its national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, vowed to take over the leadership of the old Biafran region, starting with Anambra.
It also announced the formation of its political movement in Nigeria, the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN).
"Since Nigeria has resolved to deny us the right to self-determination, we have also resolved that they can no more continue to decide who runs our ancestral nation of Biafra.
“Today, we resolve to take over our territory through political means. We are calling on pro-Biafrans today to join us and run for political positions.
“It's our home and we shall win. Never again shall security forces kill our children in our homes because a stooge of the Nigerian state is the governor.
“Never again shall our people be subject to underdevelopment and lack of jobs and remain helpless. We shall vote in our own politicians and hold them responsible for quality governance in our land,” said Rita Anigboogu, the Coordinator-General of MOBIN.
Chekwas Okorie, chairman of the UPP also said the relationship between his party and MOBIN, which is the mobilization group of pro-Biafran activists has been fully cemented.
"This is the only political party, of all the parties registered under the Nigerian law that has a manifesto, a political ideology expressed in its document registered with INEC that is a social contract with the Nigerian people.
“The party has made as its cardinal programme self-determination of the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria through federalism, resource control and devolution of power.
“That also includes state police, community policing, referendum at any given time, that any section may wish to express its willingness to remain or exit from Nigeria.
“The government of UPP will build into the Nigerian constitution the provision for referendum, that is an exit clause as it is today in the constitution of Ethiopia.
“That has made Ethiopia more stable today than it was years ago when they were fighting each other. UPP is the only political party that has taken a decision to appropriate all the 660 recommendations of the 2014 national conference, all reached by national consensus, not by anyone side neglecting the other.
“UPP has a programme, it is like an expo that cannot be copied by any other party. It's a UPP brand, and that brand is self-determination of any nationality inclusive of the fact of all those who may have been arrested, detained or even sentenced to prison terms.
“Only on account of their political beliefs will be granted freedom with compensation, if UPP takes the government of Nigeria in 2019,” Okorie said.
London-based Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, solicitor for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), told journalists that "today is actually the day we came to cement the relationship between the UPP and MOBIN, in which case MOBIN has become the mobilization agency for UPP, so the programme is that MOBIN will mobilize the entire old Eastern region and parts of the North Central and make them to vote Biafran candidates into power.
“Our mission is clear-we want Biafrans to take charge of the whole political space of Biafra land. MOBIN is now officially the mobilization agency for UPP.
“We have adopted UPP as the national party for all Biafrans. We will mobilize our pro Biafran groups across the world to move into the UPP, and begin to prepare to take over the whole Biafra nation.”
Engineer Anthony Aniebue, Administrator of the customary government of the IPOB revealed: "We cemented our relationship of working together with the UPP, in making sure that we enthrone Biafranism in all Biafra land, that we take over Biafran political environment through political process, that from the Biafran angle we have what we call the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria.
“We are Biafrans by indigenous identity, but we are still Nigerians struggling for our freedom. Between now and the shortest possible time when we hope to restore Biafran nation and country, we are still Nigerians.
“Within that time, we want to make sure that we have Biafran people representing Biafra, Biafrans in thoughts, Biafrans in action, Biafrans in deed.
“What we have come here to do is to have a working relationship with United Progressive Party, a party that has identified itself with the Biafran project-of self-determination, of emancipation and the freedom of Biafran people living in Nigeria.
“That political platform which we have endorsed today, with which we have a working relationship is the UPP.
“From henceforth, what we want to project are all Biafrans that want to pursue their political ambitions. We want to offer them MOBIN, we want to offer them UPP, and upon UPP we will take over Biafra land politically".
He continued: "We know that as people agitate for freedom, in whichever way you try to actualize it, that even if you are in the forest fighting a war, or leading a violent campaign, that at certain points in time, there must be a round table discussion.
“That roundtable is what we call political solution. That political solution is what we are embarking on today, and we want to use it to stop the slaughtering of our fellow Biafrans on the streets.
“From the time of cessation of hostilities in 1970 till date, Biafra has lost not less than 3 to 4 million Biafrans that the Nigerian people have killed. It cannot happen if the Biafrans are in charge of our governance.
"What we are doing today is to take over our governance, take over the political administration of Biafra land so that our children can no longer be killed.
“Where a governor comes out and says he is the Chief Security Officer, yet he is in the office while his citizens are killed and he will say nothing.
“Is he really a CSO of that state? So what we are doing is to ensure that henceforth, no one is killed on the streets of Biafra anymore,” he stated.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Abdullateef Salau reports ] - Professor Ibrahim Gambari is the former Nigeria’s Minister for External Affairs and Founder/Chairman of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development. In this interview, he explained the reasons the state parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should be worried when Africa, the largest group of parties, decided to back massive pull-out from the Court.
African Union, during the 28th summit in Addis Ababa, backed mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). What is your view on this?
Fortunately, I was in Addis Ababa during the last AU summit and many decisions were taken. However, people tend to focus only on some of the contentious ones. Let me say, for example, that one of the key achievements of the last summit was that they managed to elect new set of commissioners. Unlike what happened at the previous summit in Kigali, where the AU tried and failed to elect a new set of commissioners, chair and deputy chair. That was an achievement because if they had failed again to reach agreement, it would have portrayed Africa in a very bad light, considering the fact that the international environment is very challenging for Africa, in particular in view of the election of President Trump. Secondly, we have the massive African migrants seeking asylum and new life in Europe, while the nationalistic movements in Europe are gaining ground. In fact the West is becoming more nationalistic and, frankly speaking, anti-immigrants.
However, there is another opportunity which is that, we have a new Secretary General of United Nations who speaks for all member states, including and especially Africa, the largest regional bloc in the world body with about 53 countries out of a total of 193 member states.
The new Secretary General, Antonio Guetteres, attended the Summit and pledged to relate with Africa in a different manner. How? He said he would treat Africa with respect and as partners, not like in the past where the UN took the posture of knowing what was best for Africans. Also, the summit re-affirmed an important programme called “Silencing the Guns”, which puts emphasis on ending conflicts and building the foundation for sustainable development while synchronizing the AU’s agenda 2063 with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. These are some of the achievements of the Summit. Unfortunately, the media has not put a lot of emphasis on them. What the emphasis has been on is the issue of ICC. It should be recalled that the largest state parties to ICC are African states and therefore the ICC state parties should be worried when the largest group of parties, which voluntarily signed on to the treaty is beginning to question the effectiveness, integrity and impartiality of the court. The Africans believe that if there is one continent that cannot tolerate impunity, it is Africa because Africans have been victims of impunity.
The Constitutive Act establishing the African Union provides inter alia that if a country massively violates the human rights of its people, they can no longer hide under “non-interference in internal affairs of member states” principle. Rather, the Union would intervene to redress the situation. The act even states that any country that changes its government other than through constitutional means would no longer be regarded as part of the African family. The union had acted on this by suspending some countries like Madagascar, Guinea, Mauritania and Egypt. Therefore, Africans have demonstrated their commitment to fighting impunity and massive violation of human rights. The African Peer Review Mechanism is another way of promoting good governance on the continent. So, I think for those reasons, the ICC should be concerned about what the Africans are saying which is that they are regarded as soft target, whose sitting presidents are indicted for genocide and violations of human rights. May I recall, in this regard that when I was the head of Political Affairs at the United Nations, I spoke with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor of ICC, and I asked how come the only leaders indicted are sitting African presidents? I told him that I was dealing with many conflicts in the world where there were massive violations of human rights, in Asia, Middle East, in Latin America, and even Europe. How come the ICC was not targeting them? That is not to say that you must not go after any leader unless you go after every leader who may be indictable.
Here are my own recommendations for ICC. First, be fair and do not target only Africans. Second, enhance the capacity of the Africans themselves in terms of national capacity to deal with human rights violations and become a real partner in strengthening regional capacities for dealing with violations of human rights. Third, that Africans should then see ICC as court of last resort.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council (UNSC) referring cases to ICC without any consultations with Africans, is also a problem. In the case of Sudan for example, the UNSC was considering the issue of referring Omar Bashir, a sitting President of Sudan, to ICC on the issue of Darfur. The African Union wrote a letter to the Security Council to argue that President Bashir was part of the plans to bringing peace to Darfur. They asked to be given a chance to see how the African Union could sequence the search for peace and surrendering him for prosecution. The UNSC didn’t even honour the AU with a response.
So, by constantly ignoring the views of Africans and not making it a priority to partnering with them is becoming something that is of concern to African state parties to the ICC. May be it is out frustration, in my view, that led them to table a resolution which was adopted to ask for mass withdrawal from ICC. The way I see it is that they are telling the ICC that something is wrong. The AU’s decision is a basis for negotiation and corrective measures.
For the countries that entered reservation, including Nigeria, their argument was that since Africa did not collectively decide to enter into the treaty, they could not ask them to collectively withdraw from it. Therefore, the decision to withdraw should be left to individual countries.
Do you think mass pull out from the ICC is the best option for African?
My personal view is that the Africans are passing across a message, saying something is wrong with how the ICC is operating. If you want to keep Africans as ICC members you have to address their concerns. If I were ICC, I would now enter into a serious discussion with Africans to hear their complaints and address them and thereby discourage mass withdrawal from the Court.
Nigeria was among the countries that entered “reservation”. Do you think it was a good decision?
I’m not in government and cannot speak for the government. My personal opinion is that they were right to express reservation about the process but there are three things they have to consider. One, there are consequences for undermining a collective decision by the African Union. Two, they need to explain clearly that entering reservation, on the AU decision does not mean that Nigeria is totally happy with the way ICC is going about prosecuting only sitting African presidents, and third, that entering reservation does not mean supporting any effort to weaken the instrument of checking impunity on the continent. I think these explanations need to be made clearly and in a well-articulated manner so that people can see where Nigeria is coming from.
Nigeria contested for Peace and Security Commissioner of the AU and lost. Do you think this affected the country’s influence on the continent?
Well, I don’t think so, though it was quite unfortunate. And this is not the time to cry over spilled milk. Right now, let’s see where we are. The President of the African Development Bank is a Nigerian. Outside our continent, the Secretary General of OPEC is also a Nigerian. The new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations is a Nigerian. If we had no influence, I don’t think we would have been able to mobilize the African countries to support us in these critical positions. It is always a win or lose situation. Having said that, it is a fact that Nigeria lost that particular election though we believe we had a good candidate. But then other countries had better and formidable candidates. As I said earlier, I am not in government and don’t speak for any government. But I do not know how these appointments and selections are made. I believe that if we look beyond whatever consideration and search through all the nooks and crannies of our diplomatic circle with the interest of the nation at heart, we have many qualified candidates that can fly and compete favourably with any other candidate from other African countries. It is regrettable that right now, there is no single Nigerian in the entire AU Commission. Nigeria, as you know, is among the major contributors not only to the budget of the AU but also a leading nation in peace and security maintenance in our region. Hence, there are important lessons to be learnt from the failure of the country’s effort to secure a single commissionership in the AU Commission.
What is your advice to the new leadership of African Union?
They should do more on preventing violent conflicts and wars. The conventional wisdom is that prevention is better and cheaper than cure. For example, they talk about silencing the guns. The guns should not even start at all. It is more difficult and costlier to silence the guns than to prevent them from starting.
Two, the new leadership should put a lot of emphasis on addressing the challenges facing African youths and women - their education, health and employment. Women and youths are the human capital and the future of our continent depends on their enterprise and contributions. Third, they must insist on true partnership with the United Nations and other international organizations. Africa should be regarded as partners in addressing challenges based on mutual respect, understanding and commitment.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Muideen Olaniyi reports ] - The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, says Nigeria has achieved the status of second largest producer of rice in the world. Malam Garba said this in Abuja at the weekend at a special interactive session with the youths organized by Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (SGGN).
The presidential media aide, who spoke on the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the economy, called for more patience.
He said the government met a situation in which the economy had been ravaged, while the people had been used to lifestyles that could no longer be sustained.
He said, “No country will develop when you have to import virtually everything, including tooth pick and tissue paper. All the food we eat in this country was being imported. So, all of the money earned was just going to buy food.
“But as I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world. The rice revolution just started a year ago. Some of you from Nasarawa know the kind of things going on there. A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and they found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi state alone last year for growing rice.
“This over reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this. So, the diversification of the economy means more money will be in the hands of ordinary Nigerians. And there will be widespread prosperity all over the country.”
He said the government intended to reach the target of 500,000 jobs this year, having stopped at over 300,000 last year because the economy could not support it.
He expressed happiness that “the economy is getting better, oil price is going up and the policies of government in the Niger Delta are beginning to calm things down”.
Malam Garba added that “exploration and exportation of oil is growing, gas is coming back and power is getting better”.
“So, all we require of you is to be patient, President Muhammadu Buhari is a long distance runner. He is not looking for short-term gain that people will just clap at him and those advantages just disappear. He wants to build a future of prosperity, a future that will be everlasting -something that will stay for generation upon generation.
“And I assure that this is a beginning of the good things to come. We assure you that you support for President Buhari is not misplaced. It is well situated. We encourage you to continue to invest your future in the hands of the government PMB. Change will come to you.”
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Nigerian Army has accused some of its ex-personnel of sponsoring a campaign of calumny against it on the social media and warned them to desist forthwith or be dealt with accordingly.
Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman gave the warning on Saturday in Abuja in a statement.
Usman said that the attention of the army had been drawn to the campaign by those “faceless persons.’’
He said that they had been making “spurious and unfounded allegations bordering on payment of troops operations allowances, rotation in the North East and comparing troops’ pay to what obtains in neighbouring countries.’’
“The fabricators are most probably being sponsored by the categories of people that frustrated themselves out of the army and political self-defeatists.
“They are clearly sentimental and lack knowledge of the Nigerian Army of today,’’ he said.
Usman, however, said investigation was ongoing to determine the full identity and source of the mischief and all those found connected with it.
He vowed that they would be dealt with in accordance with the “extant provisions of the military justice system.’’
“We wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is a voluntary Service.
“We are not running a conscript Army, all those not satisfied are at liberty to apply for voluntary retirement or discharge as the case may be.
“We cannot afford to have disloyal or disgruntled elements in the system.
“Anybody caught to be involved in this ignominious campaign would have himself or herself to blame.
According to him, the Nigerian army of today cannot be compared with that of any other period.
“So much has been done in the areas of operations, training, general administration, logistics and general welfare of troops and their families,’’ he said.
The army spokesman also said that the families of fallen colleagues were being given adequate attention commensurate with the established terms and conditions of service.
He said that in addition, concern on troops’ welfare had been extended to their families through the creation of the Barracks Investment Initiative Programme (BIIP).
Usman said that under the programme, officers and soldiers families and dependents actively participate.
“The Nigerian Army has an elaborate exit plan for all officers and soldiers involved in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East this year, subject to operational exigencies.
“That is why all efforts must be geared towards mopping up the remnants of the desperate terrorists still bent on causing mayhem wherever they can.
“Any soldier who is not satisfied with the professional drive of the Nigerian Army and that of the government can do himself a world of good by voluntarily discharging from the Nigerian Army.
“Otherwise all must desist from rumour mongering and outright falsehood which are unprofessional and have no place in today’s Nigerian Army.
“Fifth columnists will not succeed in their mischief as they will be fished out and dealt with,’’ he said.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The United Nations (UN) has directed its agencies to operate an open door policy with the media in Nigeria for the success of the body’s operations in the country. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, made this known to newsmen at a round table in Abuja.
“I am the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator as well as UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria. I represent the UN Secretary General in the country.
“Since my arrival to Nigeria, I have come to appreciate the vibrancy and diversity of the local media.
“In my meetings with partners, I have emphasised that I will be leading a very transparent and accountable UN System that proactively shares information with its partners and the public we owe it to them,” he said.
Kallon, who said media was key to the success of UN operations in Nigeria, stated that he would not be able to achieve his purpose without a strong partnership with the media.
“I have asked all agencies to keep their doors open and respond to your queries as quickly as possible.
“I will also ensure continuous engagement with you on a regular basis so that together, we can share information and ideas as we work towards the good of this great country.
“I count on your support,” he said.
The official, who arrived Nigeria in January, said he had engaged with stakeholders including the Senate President, ministers, governors, senior government officials, representatives of development partners and international NGOs.
Kallon said he had also visited a number of states including Kaduna, Kano, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa during which he came to appreciate the challenges facing Nigeria.
He said that as a strong believer in “being on the ground to know what is on the ground’’, he would continue engaging with various stakeholders in the country.
Kallon said he would continue in his pursuit for stronger partnerships aimed at designing evidence-based solutions to the challenges the people continue to face.
“The challenges Nigeria faces are numerous – from security to governance and the economy.
“During my visit to the three most affected States in North East, I have seen widespread suffering among the survivors of the insurgency.
“I saw children with no food, widows with no source of livelihood, idling youths and hopeless communities,” he lamented.
According to him, the challenges being faced are enormous, but solvable.
“As a UN family, we are providing support to the Federal and State Governments to help in responding to these challenges,” he said. (NAN)
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities. President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with President Buhari to expand the strong partnership.
The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide. President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram. President Trump thanked President Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in the region and emphasized the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Senate President Bukola Saraki, who on Wednesday led a team of National Assembly leaders to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London, said at the end of the visit: “there is no cause for alarm”.
His statement was meant to douse apprehensions and speculations in Nigeria about President Buhari’s health. And after meeting the President today, Saraki declared:
“The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself…he is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits”.
With Saraki on the trip were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the majority leader in the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
Here is Saraki’s statement:
“Myself, Rt Honourable Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and leader of Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan paid a visit to President Buhari in Abuja House in London.
We were delighted to see that President Buhari is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits.
The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself.
The president’s absence and imminent return shows that there is no vacuum in government and our system of democracy is working with all organs of government fulfilling their mandate.
And let me use the time tested cliché, there is no cause for alarm!”(NAN)
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Presidency has alerted Nigerians on the possible return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London any moment from today (Feb. 14) as he is no longer “enjoying his stay’’ outside the country.
Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, made this known in an interview with the Channels Television in Abuja on Tuesday.
President Buhari, who proceeded on vacation to UK on Jan. 19 for a routine medical check as indicated in a letter to the Senate, transmitted another letter to the Senate, on Feb. 5, requesting extension of time to complete the medical check-up.
However, the presidential aide revealed that the president would be returning to Nigeria soonest as he was no longer `comfortable’ with the extended vacation in London.
“As a matter of fact, we should be getting ready to see the president in fresh and that will be soon as possible.
“The President (himself) is looking to being home to be with his people.
“I don’t think he is enjoying any longer with an extended vacation outside the country.’’
On the president’s telephone conversation with President Trump, Shehu described as “undiplomatic’’ the request being made in some quarters for the release of the audio containing the conversation.
According to him, releasing an audio containing telephone conversation between two presidents is highly unethical and against modern day civilization.
“No, I don’t think so; I don’t think it is permitted in international diplomacy. I think if we had recorded Mr Trump in this conversation it would have offended our diplomatic relations.
“I think the Americans themselves would not have recorded this conversation of president to president,’’ he said.
On the president’s test results being expected from his doctors, the presidential aide said he had no information on whether the president had collected the results or not.
He said: “No, we have no information on that (test results). If he had received them, he would have been on the plane back home.’’
Shehu, who noted that there was no enough time for the two presidents to discuss other continental and international, however, expressed optimism that the conversation would boost the bilateral relations between Nigeria and the U.S.
“Well, there wasn’t enough time to talk about everything. I think the point at what will follow is in the invitation that President Trump has extended to our president (Buhari) to come over.
“That is the kind of opportunity that was presented to Nigeria put all the issues on the desk.
“As for their immigration policy, I think our president has been clear about one thing- the choices made by the Americans as to who to lead them in this case, Mr Trump, is entirely their own choice.
“We have no business interfering with their domestic affairs.
“As to the countries that have barred, it has been clearly specified and Nigeria did not feature in the list,’’ he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari had on Monday in London spoke with Trump by telephone at the request of the American President.
According to the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the conversation was cordial and Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States and on his cabinet.
Adesina said the two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.
According to him, Trump encourages Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commends him for the efforts he has made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.
“Trump assured the Nigerian president of the U.S readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.
“Trump also invited Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date,’’ the statement concluded.
The American President has since been putting calls to other world leaders to inform them of his action plans towards the eradication of terrorism in America.
NAN, however, observed that cross sections of Nigerians have been reacting to the statement with diverse views.(NAN)
Masterweb reliably gathered presidential aides, Protocol Unit officials, SSS and other security operatives are on alert awaiting Buhari possible arrival. On February 8, Masterweb wrote that "President Buhari Would Be Back To Nigeria Within Two Weeks". We still maintain our positions in that article.
False news peddlers started by misinforming the public of Buhari's demise in UK, but changed to prolonged stay for chemotherapy when it was obvious he was alive. These fake news traders reverted to brainwashing people that Buhari was scheduled for surgery and chemotherapy that would keep him in UK for six months. In some cases they put his expected length of stay in the hospital at four months. No, we are not talking of months but less than two weeks that Buhari would resume duties. These guerilla news outfits seek cheap popularity through hot false news and misinformation. In order to make themselves credible they have “.....reporters” or “.....reports” attached to their names.
Masterweb is one of the few news media that carry verified and authentic news that no one can successfully refute or challenge. President Buhari will be back to Nigeria soon – mark our words.
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari