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BREAKING: Buhari Heads Off To London For Medicals, Says Presidency |RN

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Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday, undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom. Buhari off to London for medicals.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the trip will be for four days and that he is expected back on Saturday, May 12th.

The Presidential Media Aide explained that “In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.

“The Doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.
“On his return, the President’s two-day State Visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Ward Congresses, will now take place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May.”

He had spent over 100 days in London for medical reasons and only returned to the country on August 17th, 2017.

President Buhari had left the country on Sunday, September 17th to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, had returned to the country on September 25th after a stop over in London. (The Sun)

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Alex Ekwueme Alive, Stable, Says Hospital Official |The Republican News

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                          Former Vice President, Dr  Alex Ekwueme

Former Vice- President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, is alive, stable and responding to treatment, an official of Memfys Neuro-surgical Hospital, Enugu, has said.

The official said in Enugu on Tuesday that “Ekwueme is still in Memfys Hospital,” even though President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered he should be flown abroad for better care.

The former vice-president was admitted into the hospital for chest infection.

Contrary to reports in some quarters that the former Number 2 Man had died, the former vice-president is stable and doing well.

The official said that Ekwueme was receiving the best attention from the hospital.

The official maintained that though the hospital would not give out information about its patients, “the rumour that he is dead is false.”

“He is recovering and doing well. People should not spread false information. The family members are always here,” the official said.

The Federal Government had undertaken to fly Ekwueme abroad for special attention once he is more stable.

Also, the traditional ruler of Oko community in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, corroborated the hospital official’s statement.

According to him, Ekwueme is alive and recovering from illness.

Laz, the musicologist, who is also the younger brother to the former VP,  saidin a telephone interview in Awka on Tuesday that people had called the family to ask about the state of the elder statesman.

“You people should stop disturbing me with all these calls. Ekwueme is alive and recovering, please,” he said.   (Punch)

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Concerns Mount Over Alex Ekwueme’s Health |The Republican News

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There are distressing signs and news emanating from Okoh, Anambra State, country home of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme that his health is failing.

Efforts we made to confirm were partially successful as a source that pleaded not to be mentioned said he is ill, and may be flown abroad for medical attention any moment from now.

But the source dismissed the news that its a critical situation and rather said that: ‘We know Ekwueme is old and old age has to do with some health challenges. He is not in a terrible situation though.”

Ex-VP Ekwueme, architect, lawyer, sociologist and politician marked 85 years at the third week of last October. (The Sun)

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Nigeria’s Corruption Caused Buhari’s Ill Health – APC Chieftain |The Republican News

 

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MIFFED by high-level corruption in Nigeria in previous administrations, chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos and Anambra, Chief Modestus Umenzekwe has said President Muhammadu Buhari would not have been sick if Nigeria was corruption-free.

    Umenzekwe, in a statement, said the visit of the Presidential Media Team to the President in London exposed the lies fed to Nigerians by critics about his health and the economy.

The statement reads: “The visit exposed the opposition and their cohorts of the kind of thoughts that ruled Nigerians for 16 years. President Buhari’s ill health was caused the monumental heap of corruption that he met when he assumed duty.

    “In the power sector alone over N11 trillion was spent and yet nothing to show for it. What the APC government met under power is enough to give Buhari ill health. Look at the findings in the Ministry of Petroleum where someone accumulated a wealth of over three nations put together. What about the bad road. Today the entire Apapa, in Lagos is being closed down for one year for full road reconstruction. The road network is in shamble up to Tincan Island Ports. That is why the pressure from those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria is on the rise.

    When people are talking about change, I laugh because the true meaning of change is nothing but creating a very congenial atmosphere in the state administration. What has Buhari inherited from his predecessors, nothing? Where is Nigerian Airways, Nigerian National Shipping Line, National Electric Power Authority?  Most of these were fraudulently privatized. What are the benefits the nation derived from such privatization? What has happened to the old National Assembly Complex at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, the National Stadium, Tafawa Balewa Square, The National Arts Theatre, The Nigerian Telecommunication (NITEL)? They have all gone into oblivion. They are either sold away or completely abandoned to decay. They are now gathering to take over governance in 2019 when we are yet to clean the mess they made. They are all dreamers.”   (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Ex-Nigerian Senator Kanti Bello Is Dead |The Republican News

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A two-time senator from Katsina State, Kanti Bello, has reportedly died.

Kanti Bello died in the early hours of Tuesday, in Abuja, associates said. Bello was 72.

Bello, who represented Daura Senatorial Zone between 2003-2007 and 2007-2011, was the pioneer Managing Director of Katsina Steel Rolling Mill.

Kabir Faskari, a younger brother to former Katsina State Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Faskari, confirmed the death in a statement.

“I am directed to inform everybody that we lost Senator Kanti Bello early hours of this mourning (Tuesday) at Abuja. Burial arrangement will be announced later,” he said.

A former Chairman of Ingawa Local Government, Sabi’u Tukur, also confirmed the death an online medium.

Bello had reportedly been battling with an ailment before his death. (The Sun)

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Aisha Joins Buhari In London

Fayose urges president to resign

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja and Olajiire Ishola

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, left Nigeria, yesterday, for the United Kingdom, 23 days after her husband left for further medical consultations.

In a one paragraph statement, accompanied by photographs of Aisha, arriving Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, her Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,  Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, said the First lady is off to spend sometime with her husband.

“Her Excellency will spend some time with her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is presently on medical vacation.

“She expressed her appreciation to the millions of Nigerians who have been praying for his quick recovery and safe return.”

Buhari travelled for further medical consultations on May 7, 2017 while his wife has been busy with her pet project, Future Assured in the North East, with the focus on empowering women, the girl-child education and providing care for internally displaced persons in the North East.

The president left Nigeria on January 19, 2017, on medical vacation to London and returned after 49 days.

On his return, the president disclosed he had never been that sick to the point where he needed blood transfusion. Buhari also said he would go back abroad for further medical treatment, which he did 23 days ago.

This time around, the president said he would not entertain visitors as he recuperates.

Regardless, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged Buhari to resign if he truly loves the country, as ill-heath is not allowing him to effectively discharge his constitutional duties

Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Lagos, yesterday,  said being an avowed corruption fighter, Buhari has a moral burden to save Nigeria from needless stagnation arising from his heath challenges that have impacted negatively on his performance. The governor said fighting corruption is not limited to discovering large sums of money but doing the right thing at the right time and opined that taking a bow when necessary is an indication of being morally upright.

Fayose appraised Buhari’s administration in two years and said the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has failed to deliver on its promises.

“So far, the APC-led federal government has been a government of misadventure and Nigerians are worse for it. They say they are fighting corruption but are shielding corrupt elements within their fold.

“Members of the opposition defect to the APC for protection. He can do us the great help by resigning. Not resigning bothers on his integrity. His absence allows others to suppress and oppress others and that means he is allowing others to suppress their fellow human beings. There are many governments in one and they are clueless. We need an active president going by our numerous challenges. How long will Nigerians wait for an incapacitated president?

“We cannot wait again for somebody to hold us to ransom. I don’t have any bad blood against Buhari. Osinbajo has no powers without the president. He owes us the duty to tell us the state of his health,” the governor said.

On the performance of the economy, Fayose said it had gone from bad to worse and noted that the middle class has been wiped off.

“There is no middle class any more. Economic indicators are not cheery. They borrow money on daily basis and commit funds that ought to accrue to all tiers of government to servicing the loans,” he added.

On the much-touted rescue of Chibok girls from Boko Haram, Fayose reiterated that the whole set-up was blackmail against former President Goodluck Jonathan, and added that, one day, the true story will be revealed.

On insecurity, the governor said more people have been killed by insurgents and herdsmen than in any other period in Nigeria’s history of Nigeria.

He wondered why no Fulani herdsmen had been arrested and prosecuted despite their atrocities across the country.               (The Sun)

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Buhari Won’t Resign, Arewa Consultative Forum Replies Aisha (BBOG Convener)

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Northern socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Conservative Forum (ACF), has said that no pressure from any quarters would make President Muhammadu Buhari resign on account of his ill-health.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, the forum stressed that those calling for the president’s resignation were not conversant with the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.
It stated that the president had met the constitutional requirement by transmitting a letter to the National Assembly seeking transfer of power to the Vice President as Acting President.  “President Buhari has done what is constitutionally required of him to do by his letter to the leadership of the National Assembly. The Vice President is now Acting President, performing the duties of Mr. President. In other countries, when their presidents fall sick or become incapacitated while in office, the citizens encourage him through prayers and good wishes, rather than intimidation or calling for his resignation,” the statement added.
“The call by Aisha Yusuf, Co-convener of BBOG, for President Buhari to resign is therefore unnecessary, misplaced and not in tune with the provisions of the 1999 constitution,” ACF declared.   (The Sun)

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Buhari Should Seek Re-election In 2019, He Has Done Excellently Well – Yusuf Bala

From  Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

Ahead of the 2019 general election, a member of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Bala has said he would advise President Muhammadu Buhari to seek reelection.

The lawmaker,  who represents Ikara/ Kubua federal constituency of Kaduna State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  said that Buhari’s second term would enable him consolidate on the achievements so far recorded by his administration.

How would you assess the two years administration of President Muhammadu Buhari?

I can say the President has done excellently well.  We inherited an obsolete government. The system was not working. We have to start from the beginning. Assuming Buhari is not the President now, if PDP had continued, Nigeria would have been nowhere to be found by now.  Not that the country is going to split, but the situation we met on ground was very critical.  If you are not a capable person you cannot fix the country, the way it is.  As far as I am concerned, the President has done excellently well.

Presidential liason officer, House of Representatives, Hon. Kawu recently said President Buhari will run for a second term in 2019, but many Nigerians think the President should resign now, due to his health challenges, and not to seek a second term. Where do you stand on the matter?

As long as the President is alive and healthy, let him contest and continue with the good work he started, otherwise, we will have a problem in the country. It is sustainability that matters. He has a lot of initiatives, but  people might not feel the impact immediately.  If he has the opportunity to continue, the impact will be felt by Nigerians.

So, I am in support of his reelection if he decides to continue. And I will give him the maximum support I can muster.  I am in support of him seeking a second term.

The well being of a nation is said to be tied with the well being of its leader, and in the last couple of months the President has not enjoyed the best of health probably due to his age. In the light of the above, do you think it is right for anyone to ask him to continue in office?

I don’t know what you mean by the right thing.  I have told you that I am going to support his reelection as long as he wants to re-contest. We are all humans.  We are mortals.  You can fall sick. I can fall sick. My child of one and half years was admitted in the hospital recently.  We are human beings.  Sickness is something that we can’t avoid. It can happen to anybody. That angle as far as I am concerned, doesn’t matter.

The President is doing well.  What we are after is his performances. Even you, you can attest to the fact that Mr. President is doing well. We are used to money politics, throwing money all over. This one will steal one hundred million naira, they give you contract of one million; they jack it up to one hundred million. This is what people are used to.  That is why people are complaining. At least the President has tried to bring that to the barest minimum. This is what people are against. But we must save the face of the country, this is why I am in support of the President’s second term bid, should he show interest. 

In the event that Buhari decides not to seek a reelection, will you support power shift to the South?

No!

(Cuts in) Even when the Vice president is said to have done very well when he held brief for the President?

I don’t see the Vice President doing anything well. There is this Hausa proverb ‘he who speaks more, people will listen to him more. ‘There is a lot of hatred. The President has a lot of enemies, particularly from the southern region of the country.  So, when Mr. Osinbajo took over as acting president, you people in the press were projecting him, saying he had done this. What had he done? What? He has not done anything, as far as I am concerned. And all those initiatives were done by Buhari. Osinbajo has not done anything as far as I am concerned. People are trying to create division between Mr. President and Osinbajo. As far as I am concerned, Osinbajo has not achieved anything.

There is a lot of sabotage here and there.  When Buhari was around, militants were striking.  But when Osinbajo took over (as acting president), they stopped it. It is all there, saboteurs trying to see that Buhari government is brought to its knees. We should look at things objectively. But if the party says he won the primary, after the primary election I will support him.  But for me, I will not cast my vote for him during the (presidential) primary.

You said you won’t support power shift to the South if Buhari does not run.  What are your reasons?

I don’t support zoning. And I will never support it.  Let’s get the best. I don’t support power shift.  This is what is creating division in the country. If you are qualified to be president,  be you professor,  be you school leaver,  so long as you are a good  person ,and you can pilot the affairs of the country,  just take over whether you are from the north, south, or east,  that is what it should be. I don’t mind who emerges the candidates, I will support him.

If the President decides to run again, how do you think the election will be financed, this is against the backdrop of complaints by some of those who supported him financially in the last election that they have not gotten the anticipated political patronage?

I was in Saudi recently, one of the Islamic scholars was preaching, saying the problem of Nigeria was those who see politics as a business. That is the problem of Nigeria. When you invest in politics, what you should be after is good governance: adequate security of lives and property and to provide you basic amenities.  Not to get something in return.  This is what it should be.

You choose people to govern the affairs of your government because you want them to provide good services for you. If you say you invested money and you are expecting something back in return, then it means nothing has changed. We are still going the same old way,’ PDP, share the money ‘ that was the slogan by the masses. Do they want us to come and do what PDP was doing?  The answer is no. What we are after is to give you good roads, and regular power supply.  This is what APC is after.

When you invested your money, you sponsored me to be a lawmaker, he the President or a governor, and you are expecting me to give you something in return, it means you made an investment and you are expecting profit. APC does not consider that and will not consider it.

Anybody who thought that he has spent his money, funded our campaigns and he is expecting something, I am sorry for him. I am sorry. I am sorry.

How do you think the President’s reelection will be funded if he decides to seek a second term?

What does it take? With the little money we have we can sponsor the President’s election. We have good citizens who are seeing the good work the President is doing; they are there ready to support the President and not anticipating anything in return from him, just calm down. Nigeria will move forward. If the President decides to run, we are going to sponsor him. And we are going to take all the necessary measures to ensure that Mr. President secures a second term successfully.

Do you think Nigerians will be willing to entrust their mandate to Buhari and the APC in the next election, given the current hardship in the country?

The elite are the ones complaining. The Talakawa, the masses are used to these things, their lives are normal.  It is the elites that are complaining. We say let everybody endure. We cannot see change immediately. Nigerians will vote for Buhari if he decides to re contest. And I will support him.

What is your take on the clamour for restructuring of the country, so that we can have a true Federalism?

(laughs)I don’t know what they mean by restructuring. My brother, you see people are just doing things the way they like. When a Hausa is governing, they say restructure.  When Jonathan was there, nobody called for restructuring. Why?  You see this is problem we are facing.

We should see ourselves as Nigerians.  Not Southerners, Northerners or Easterners. No. Nigeria first, that is my take on it.

And for restructuring if they say they want the country to be divided I don’t see anything bad there. Anybody who wants to go, if I am the President, I will say okay go. What is special there? Me, I don’t bloody care.  I am telling you from the bottom of my heart. Anybody who wants to leave this country let him go. Biafrans are agitating for Biafra.  If they want to go let them go.  If Niger Delta wants to go, let them go.  We are going to survive it. All the regions will survive. No region is a liability on the other region. We used our groundnut money for oil exploration. Go and read history. It is the groundnut money from the north that was used to even pay salaries in the East and in the South in the early 60s. Go and find out.

It is the groundnut money they use to discover oil. It is the groundnut money they used to do exploration and production. People do forget history. Now, you are in position people respect you, when you are no longer in position, nobody respects you, that is the problem we have. When the North is funding the economy of the country, we were not called liabilities.

That is why when the emir of Kano said if the country is split, the north will he poor, Professor Ango Abdullahi told him to go and read history. We have all it takes in the North to survive if the country is divided.    (The Sun)

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Unfounded Speculations About Buhari’s Health Should Cease, Says Tinubu

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A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying Nigerians should give him a chance to finish what he started.

Tinubu, while recounting the achievements of the Buhari administration, urged Nigerians to stop unfounded speculations about the President’s health.

He also urged Nigerians to continue to believe in Buhari’s ability to deliver on his electoral promises.

The APC leader, whose position was contained in a statement he personally signed on Sunday, said he trusted the President to make the right decision as regards his health, adding that there was no need for panic.

He said, “President Buhari has moved us from the path of failure to a path where we have a fighting chance to realise a better nation. Had we stuck to the ways of the former administration, our present situation would be worse than untenable. Those who publicly speculate about the issue of the President’s health must keep all of this in mind. Much is at stake. We owe a responsibility to be wise and circumspect in what is spoken into the public ear.

“We voted for President Buhari because we trusted his ability to make decisions regarding complex issues of state. If we can trust him to handle difficult matters of governance, we can also trust him to make correct decisions regarding his personal health. The President Buhari I have come to know is an honest and responsible man and a leader.”

The former Lagos State governor noted that when the President returned to the country from his medical trip on March 10, he disclosed his health condition without holding anything back.

He added that those who speculated about the President’s health out of concern should, however, not be condemned.

“They should be advised not to allow fear to ambush their better judgment and their courage. They should not give themselves to idle speculation. We should not buy into the myth of some cabal at work. Dwelling in empty speculation on the existence of some mythic cabal is not what the country needs at present. From what I can see, the President remains at the helm and his policies are being implemented.

“Those who truly care about the President and the important work he still must do should not allow themselves to become the unwitting tools of the regressive forces.  We must stand with and beside our President. The unfounded speculation around his health should stop. We must not covet fear and rumour but should engage our creativity and enterprise to help the President accomplish his historic mission.  Our greatest energies should be focused on righting this economy so that it provides a decent livelihood for all people. This critical path towards economic recovery must be followed for the sake of our children,” he said.   (Punchng.com)

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BREAKING: Buhari meets Osinbajo, Dogara ahead of medical trip to London

 By Ike A. Offor

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night, May 7, prior to his medical trip to London, received Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate president Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Mr President shared some photos of his meeting on his Twitter handle and wrote: “This evening at home I received Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, ahead of my Trip to London tonight.”

He also said: “I have absolute confidence that Government will continue to function smoothly while I’m away. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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