Buhari Welcomes $5bn Investment From India

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday welcomed the proposed five billion dollars investment in Nigeria by visiting Indian business delegation, led by Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

According to a statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the President made the remark when he received Ansari at the State House, Abuja.

Shehu quoted Buhari as saying “India has already invested 10 billion dollars in the Nigerian economy.

“Nigeria will continue to deepen its relationship with India in the areas of health, education, agriculture, technology and trade.”

The President also said Nigeria had over the years benefited from the cooperation of the Asian country in trade and investment, agriculture, technology and the fight against terrorism.

According to him, Nigeria will emulate India’s agricultural model and capacity to feed its one billion population, and also export to other countries, describing the country as “sustainable and prosperous’’.

President Buhari noted that Nigeria would continue to support the reform of the UN Security Council, pointing out that it was unfair on the rest of the world for five countries to exercise power of ‘‘yes or no’’ in the UN.

In his remarks, the Indian Vice-President said that his country, which was the leading buyer of Nigeria’s crude oil, would increase its purchase of the commodity in addition to natural gas.

He said the relationship between Nigeria and India was near perfect as both countries ‘‘have nothing to quarrel about.”



BBOG Group Welcomes FG’s Feedback On Chibok Girls’ Rescue Operation

It seems the series of activities the #BringBringBackOurGirls group has embarked on in order to re-engage the government on the issue of the abducted Chibok girls have yielded fruit as government finally broke it’s silence.

The Buhari administration has announced a fresh bid to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls from Boko Haram.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday has addressed Journalists on the issue.

Lai had said that previous efforts to bring back the girls were frustrated by in-fighting among the insurgents and middle men, who exploited the process for pecuniary gains.

Reacting to the minister’s  briefing, the spokesperson of the group , Abubakar Abdullahi stated that it was a welcome development adding that it hoped the feedback on the rescue operation of the girls will be a continuous process.

“It’s a start. We have been asking for feedback on the rescue efforts. We welcome factual communication and hope this signals a period of continuous feedback. We will monitor progress and act accordingly, “ he said.

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Atiku Abubakar Welcomes Yet Another Grand Child (PHOTOS)

Look who’s the latest granddad in town. Former vice president to Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, shares his bundle of joy on Twitter as he heartily welcomes yet another grand child.

The businessman/ politician shared photos of himself holding the baby and gushing over the bundle of cuteness. Congratulations to him and more grand kids to come.

Church Of England Welcomes First Openly Gay Bishop

A British bishop has become the first in the Church of England — the mother church of the worldwide Anglican faith — to announce he is homosexual, in an interview published Saturday.

Nicholas Chamberlain, the Bishop of Grantham in central England, told the Guardian newspaper he was in a long-term relationship with his male partner, after a Sunday paper reportedly said it was about to publish a story on his private life.

“It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out,” he said, adding that he adhered to church guidelines which stipulate that gay clergy must be celibate.

“People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.” The church knew he was gay when he became a bishop last year, he revealed.

“I was myself. Those making the appointment knew about my sexual identity.” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, leader of the world’s Anglican faith, said Chamberlain’s sexuality was “completely irrelevant”.

“His appointment as Bishop of Grantham was made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the church in the diocese of Lincoln,” he said.

“He lives within the bishops’ guidelines and his sexuality is completely irrelevant to his office.” Chamberlain said of his relationship:

“It is faithful, loving, we are like-minded, we enjoy each other’s company and we share each other’s life.”

A Church of England spokesman said it would have been “unjust” not to appoint him based due to his sexuality.

The Church of England dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops in 2013, although many of the Anglican faith worldwide — who number 80 million — were opposed.

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Obanikoro Addresses $2.1bn Arms Deal Allegation, Welcomes Extradition Process

Following the raid by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the Ikoyi, Lagos, residence of former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, last Tuesday, the former minister has dismissed the allegations of his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal, adding that they were based solely on rumours.

Obanikoro who had earlier responded to the raid by the commission, during which his cars and valuables were carted away by the agency, through his media aide Jonathan Eze, however decided to address the incident himself.

In a series of posts on his Facebook page yesterday, he said the raid by the EFCC was based purely on rumours of his supposed involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal and the National Security Adviser’s imprest account.
He said: “Suggestions of an EFCC investigation have dwelt solely in the realm of rumour, over which I have sued several media organisations.

“The rumour before was that of the $2.7 billion (sic) arms issue, now they say it is NSA imprest account. Let them make the documents public.

“EFCC has never officially made public any investigation of my record in government at any time before this illegal invasion of my house.”

While stressing that the rumours of a plan to extradite him from the United States were lies, he however said he would welcome an extradition process, as it would expose government’s shenanigans.

“Rumours of extradition are also lies. False allegations cannot stand up to any decent legal inquiry in a civilised system such as in the US.

“The allegations are lies, not backed by fact or evidence but a burning desire to obliterate the opposition and keep Nigerians distracted.

“The illegal invasion of my house and @realFFK (Femi Fani Kayode) and several others in detention, gives me no confidence in government’s willingness to do justice,” Obanikoro stated.

He added: “I welcome an extradition process as it will expose the shenanigans going on with their fraudulently fictitious fight against ‘corruption’.

“Since EFCC opted to make this a media trial/circus, let them make public any document linking me or any of my children to any financial scam.”
“I cannot submit myself to such a glaring witch hunt, injustice and charade; but I will fight it legally with God and a clear conscience on my side.”

Condemning the raid on his home during the Ramadam fast, he said: “To put one’s family and dependents through such trauma of illegal invasion, in this holy month of Ramadan is an unfair reward for service.

“I put close to two decades into public service, in opposition and in government, all with an unblemished record and a clear conscience.

“The aim of government is to distract the people from their woes. Such tactics have been tried before, in Nigeria and elsewhere, they failed.

“If hounding Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members will solve Nigeria’s economic woes then we welcome it. This is a rather woeful attempt to distract from those woes.

“If the harassment of PDP members will help government to deliver good governance, many of us would submit ourselves willingly to martyrdom.

“But unfortunately, harassing PDP leaders is not in any way equal to the delivery of good governance, no matter who applauds such illegality.

“The illegal invasion without EFCC invitation, notice of investigation or a court order is also a mockery of the intelligence of Nigerians.

“The illegal invasion and raid is a mockery of justice, an expression of disdain towards the judicial system and a terribly bad precedence
“Such invasion and raid of my house without prior invitation from EFCC to me or any court order towards this, signals a return to despotism.

“Furthermore, no court ordered a raid on my house or seizure of my belongings. Any such move is illegal and will be fought against legally.

“Let me reiterate clearly; I have never received any invitation from EFCC over any issue up till date. This invasion therefore is premature.

“In 16 years of democracy, we thought we had conquered despotism for good in Nigeria but in one year, this government has brought it back.

“The invasion and raid of my residence yesterday (Tuesday) by agents of the state is a sad throwback to a tyrannical past that is better forgotten.”

While addressing Nigerians, he said: “Nigerians must remain steadfast in condemning the nepotism like ethnic divisions and economic illiteracy that have characterised this government.
“Pursuing Obanikoro, hounding (Alison) Madueke, detaining FFK and (Sambo) Dasuki will not distract the people from the failure of government to deliver on its own promises.

“This is a government determined to outdo the abysmal and ignominious economic records of December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985 that ended in shame.

“This is a government that promotes ethnic divisions, distracts from issues, political persecution and official gangsterism from high places.

“I also remain unshaken in my belief that truth will prevail over falsehood, as ever before, no matter how exciting the falsehood may sound.

“I remain confident in my ultimate vindication and urge EFCC to make public any investigation so far conducted without any invitation to me.

“I commit myself, my family, my allies, and my friends into the hands of the Almighty God to whom all of us will give account one day.”

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Donald Trump Welcomes Grandson (PHOTO)

Ivanka Trump has given birth to a boy. Theodore James Kushner was born at  5:43 p.m. EST on Sunday. Trump, who has been helping her father Donald Trump on the campaign trail and serves as the Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, announced the news on social media:

 He is Trump’s third child with husband Jared Kushner, an investor and real estate mogul.

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Buhari Welcomes Jacob Zuma At State House

President Buhari received visiting South African President, Jacob Zuma, at the state house today. Zuma is on a two day state visit to Nigeria.
The Federal Government says South African President Jacob Zuma is visiting President Buhari today with a view to deepening the trade relations between both nations.

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Buhari Welcomes Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, In Statehouse (PHOTOS)

President Mohammadu Buhari, today also received the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Statehouse, Abuja. The president had earlier received H.R.H. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife and Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

See pics below as shared by Bayo Omoboriowo.

President Buhari receives in audience, H.R.H. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife in Statehouse on 16th Feb 2016
President Buhari receives in audience The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Statehouse on 16th Feb 2016

Buhari Welcomes Greater U.S. Support For Nigeria’s Security, Development

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday in Abuja that his administration would continue to welcome the support and understanding of the United States, as it strives to achieve greater internal security and socio-economic progress in Nigeria.

Receiving a delegation led by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker, at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, President Buhari applauded ongoing American collaboration with his administration on security and developmental issues.

“I remain grateful for the reception accorded me and my team when we visited the United States at the invitation of President Obama.

“We discussed security, corruption, infrastructure, and many other issues.

“We thank America for sending experts to train our troops and providing hardware for our military because we must first stabilise the country before we can move it forward,” the President told the delegation which included the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, and three others.

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UNAIDS Welcomes Nigeria’s New Commitment To Ending AIDS By 2030

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the commitment expressed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria towards efforts to end AIDS by 2030.

We welcome His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s call to action to end AIDS by 2030. We are looking forward to supporting government efforts at Federal and State levels to free Nigeria from the AIDS epidemic,” said the UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Bilali Camara.

Addressing a side-event of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25th September 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari called for “working together to make Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) history by 2030.”

Although Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of the AIDS epidemic, President Buhari said: “The good news is that the effort of the global community has resulted in greater control, less spread and better management.”

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Wike Welcomes Appointment Of Amaechi As Minister

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State said he is not opposed to the appointment of his predecessor in office, Rotimi Amaechi as minister.

Wike was reacting to claims that he was attacking Amaechi in order to deprive the former governor of a ministerial appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Wike noted that he is not worried about the possible appointment of Amaechi into President Buhari’s cabinet.

He noted that  has never discussed the issue of whether Amaechi should be appointed by the President or not with anybody.

Wike, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Taria, said he was angry with Amaechi with the way the former governor managed the state’s treasury.

He said it was annoying that when he took over, he met an empty treasury.

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