President of Nigeria
President of Nigeria
Tonight I leave for London, to see my doctors. When I came back in March, I hinted that there might be a need to return soon, for a follow-up medical consultation. I have sent the required letters regarding my trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in line with Section 145(1 ) of the 1999 Constitution. Vice President @profosinbajo will take charge in my absence. Government will continue to function smoothly and efficiently. I'd like to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. I appreciate your prayers and kind wishes. May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
With the Vice President at the start of today's Cabinet Meeting. At the Meeting we approved a number of Infrastructure projects, cutting across rail, roads and power. No part of Nigeria was left out—the projects approved at the Federal Executive Council (FEC ) Meeting today included access roads linking Asaba and Onitsha to the Second Niger Bridge (we recently awarded a new contract for the continuation of early works on the Bridge ); continuation of work on the Abuja Mass Transit Rail System (due for completion later this year ), continuation of work on the Kaduna Wind Farm (which was abandoned until recently ), and the framework of the Power Sector Recovery Implementation Programme (PSRIP ). You will hear more about these projects in the days and weeks ahead.
I took the opportunity of the National Economic Council (NEC ) Meeting today to meet with State Governors. I have directed the Finance Minister and CBN Governor to speedily release the 2nd tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the States, in order to ease their financial hardships. My promise to Nigerians is that I will not rest until I address all the issues that affect you. One of these basic things is salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, and pay rent and school fees. Extremely important. Then other things can follow. As I've said before, pursuing the interest of the Nigerian people is the only way to show my gratitude for all the love and support I've been shown. At NEC I also apologized to the Governors for barring visits while I was away—I didn’t want Government to move to London; I wanted it to remain in Abuja, and I am glad it did. Full Video on https://m.facebook.com/MuhammaduBuhari/
My message to you: I'm glad to be back home, and grateful for your prayers. The best way to repay you is to rededicate myself to serving you. Watch full video on https://m.facebook.com/MuhammaduBuhari/
Pleased to receive Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Reps Yakubu Dogara and Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan tonight. We had a good time discussing. 2017 is going to be a year of mutual collaboration and support between all arms of government, for the benefit of all Nigerians. Let me also say that I'm immensely grateful to Nigerians, Christians and Muslims alike, for their prayers and kind wishes for my health.
Today I presented the 2017 Budget to the National Assembly. For details, and for a progress report on the 2016 Budget, and our Economic priorities for 2017, visit the https://m.facebook.com/MuhammaduBuhari/
Today I am in The Gambia with other ECOWAS leaders to insist on the sanctity of the electoral process, and respect for the wishes of the people. We are meeting with President Yahya Jammeh, and also with President-elect Adama Barrow. We will be asking President Jammeh to respect his country's Constitution, and to maintain the inviolability of an already-concluded electoral process, and in which he had admitted defeat, and congratulated his main challenger.
I received with sadness the news of the death of Otunba Bola Kuforiji-Olubi. I recall our meeting on Oct 20, shortly after she turned 80. She was a distinguished economist and manager; a role model who broke the glass ceiling again and again. May Almighty God grant her eternal rest, and comfort those she left behind.
Today I welcomed His Majesty the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI, to Nigeria. I started by introducing him to cabinet members and senior government officials, after the welcome parade by our Brigade of Guards. Later today and tomorrow we will hold bilateral meetings and our two countries will sign a number of important economic agreements covering Trade and Investment, Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Taxation, and so on. Morocco is a very important economic and diplomatic partner for Nigeria, and we will do everything within our power to nurture that very important relationship, for the benefit of the governments and people of our two countries.
Governor-Elect of Ondo State Chief Rotimi Akeredolu visited today, accompanied by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Congratulations to the Governor-Elect on his well-deserved victory!
Meeting with Participants of the Senior Executive Course 38, 2016, of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS ) Karu, today. A year ago I met Course 37, and charged them to look into means of 'Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development.' I am delighted that Course 38 took up the challenge, and today presented the Report of their study to me.