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Buhari bids farewell to King Charles says this will be his last official engagement

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Buhari bids farewell to King Charles says this will be his last official engagement

President Muhammadu Buhari bid farewell to His Majesty, King Charles III, on Friday, saying his current trip to the UK would be his last official engagement with the monarch.

The President stated this while addressing his colleagues at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit as part of the major events leading to the coronation of  the monarch as King of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Commonwealth.

At the event with the theme: “The Commonwealth as a body and the role of the Youth”, Buhari thanked other world leaders, expressing joy at shared aspirations and values within the period he related with them.

“As I come before you today, I am also mindful that this would be my last official engagement with His Majesty The King and some of you as I leave office on 29 May 2023. I, therefore, feel both humble and grateful for this extraordinary and significantly important moment.”

“Over the years, I have worked cordially with the leaders of Commonwealth to achieve the values and principles of the Commonwealth which are shared by its members – the aspirations of the Commonwealth family which include positioning it to be a strong and respected voice in the world and improving the lives of all its citizens are being vigorously pursued,” he said.

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He said the country learnt lessons in the conduct of the 2023 general elections which would make subsequent polls even better.

Buhari expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria considering the turnout of voters and the generally peaceful atmosphere under which it took place.

According to the President, “these elections saw a remarkable turnout of voters and proof that Nigeria’s democracy is maturing. Despite some pockets of violence, we have demonstrated that a government can be elected peacefully and fairly.

“Lessons have been learnt and moving forward, we hope to perform even better. Based on this, I am delighted to note that we have taken another step towards deepening our democracy with peaceful, transparent and credible outcomes. Though we are aware that challenges still exist, we are committed to working towards a greater participation of all Nigerians in the democratic process, including those in the diaspora.”

While thanking the Commonwealth for sending a team to witness the conduct of the elections, he noted that the elections were generally free and fair, and the mood of the Nation after the announcement of the winners so far shows that democracy in Nigeria is maturing and can only get better.

President Buhari highlighted the key role Nigerian youths played during the elections as well as in support of national development, attributing a great part of this youth participation in the General Elections to the assent of ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill signed into law by his Administration in 2018.

He announced that Nigeria would also host the Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit for African Region, with the theme, ‘Making Change Happen’ in Abuja from May 9-11, this year.

Buhari bids farewell to King Charles says this will be his last official engagement

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We don’t envy Tinubu, says Sultan during monarchs visit to State House

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We don’t envy Tinubu, says Sultan during monarchs visit to State House

Traditional on Friday paid a visit to President Bola Tinubu at State House conference centre, Abuja.

They were led by Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad, who said the visit was customary by the monarchs whenever there is a change in leadership of the country.

According to the Sultan, the monarchs do not envy Tinubu at this time, with the numerous challenges facing the country.
He, however, expressed confidence that with the combination of himself and Vice-President Kashim Shettima, they would deliver.

“We thank God for the smooth way the elections took place. Many negative people thought this country will collapse but we are still here,” he said.

“We are here for you, for our people and our country. If you don’t reach out to us, we will reach out to you.
“We wish you the most successful tenure in good health.”

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who also spoke at the meeting, urged President Tinubu to make use of traditional rulers to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country.

The monarch said Tinubu should not underestimate what traditional rulers could do, given their closeness to the people.

“There are areas we will like to work with you, one of which is security. It is time to use us the more, we are not saying we are idle…but to make your work easier, use us,” he said.

“The foundation of this country today are the traditional rulers. We are here to pledge our loyalty and support. We want to work with you to ensure you leave a legacy.”

Vice President Kashim Shettima attended the meeting along with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume.

Other monarchs present are Emir of Kano, Obi of Onitsha, Tor Tiv, Etsu Nupe, Deji of Akure, Shehu of Borno, Elegushi of Ikate, Jaja of Opobo, Lamido of Adamawa, Emir of Zauzzau, Gbong Gwom Jos, Attah Igala, Alake of Egbaland, Shehu of Borno, a representative of the Oba of Benin.

 

 

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Sanwo-Olu appoints NPC commissioner Salu-Hundeyin as new SSG

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Sanwo-Olu appoints NPC commissioner Salu-Hundeyin as new SSG

 

Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the first appointment of aides as he named Tayo Ayinde as his Chief of Staff.

The govermor also reappointed Gboyega Soyanwo as Deputy Chief of Staff.

The governor announced this on Thursday on the state television.

He made Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin as Secretary to the State Government.

Salu-Hundeyin, who is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, replaces Mrs Folashade Jaji, a former Lagos Head of Service.

She was untill her latest appointment Lagos Commissioner of National Population Commission.

 

 

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FG declares June 12 public holiday for Democracy Day

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FG declares June 12 public holiday for Democracy Day

 

The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, 2023, public holiday in commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day.

In a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.

She congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion.

She said, “Nigeria’s democratic journey has, like in many other climes, encountered both stormy and smooth sails, but the ship of state, its institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.

“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy. The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration.

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