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July 20, 2018

Better alive than a dead land owner – Adesina

  Asked about the ancestral attachment by the people of those states to their lands, he said: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are talking about ancestral attachment, if you are dead, how does the attachment matter? “The National Economic Council that recommended ranching didn’t just legislate it, there were recommendations. “So, if your state genuinely does not have land for ranching, it is understandable; not every state will have land for ranches. But where you have land and you can do something, please do for peace. What will the land be…

Giving land for ranching better than death – Presidency

…Adds being alive is better than ancestral attachment to land The Presidency, yesterday, charged those against the administration’s ranching and colony programmes for herdsmen to rethink, noting that they are better off living with the ranches and colonies than dying through the persisting conflicts. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, speaking on an AIT morning programme in response to a question on ancestral attachments to land said: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are talking about ancestral attachment, if you are dead, how does the attachment…

The unspiritual side of Aso Villa – Femi Adesina replies Reuben Abati

Let me begin with two clarifications. Aso Villa is not my home, I am just passing through. Even this world is nobody’s home, we are just birds of passage. So, let nobody turn up his nose in derision, and say; “he’s writing like the landlord of Aso Villa, defending a place where’s he’s just a tenant.” Yes, nobody is landlord in the Villa, not even rational presidents. They can only live there for maximum of eight years, if Nigerians so decide. And for me, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels only need to beckon me…

Nigerians not used to seeing successful people jog, sweat on our street – Buhari tells Facebook founder, Zukerberg

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, for sharing his wealth of knowledge with Nigerian youths, and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs. The commendation is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Adesina said Buhari made the commendation he received the Internet entrepreneur at the State House. He said that President Buhari told Zuckerberg that the various meetings he held with Nigerian youths since his arrival were timely, as the country was already exploring…

FG not importing “poisonous” rice – Presidency

Presidency has frowned at the speculations making the rounds especially on the social media that the federal government was importing unwholesome rice into the country. In a strong-worded warning to peddlers of such rumors, the Special Adviser to president Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina stated that Buhari’s administration has outlined steps of achieving self sufficiency especially in rice production and as such would not compromise. Adesina regretted that while the government was “working assiduously with well-meaning Nigerians to bring the country out of the current economic situation it has found itself, a few self-serving individuals are…

Buhari removes Kachikwu as NNPC boss …Appoints Baru

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointment of  Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The appointment was contained in a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. With the latest appointment, Baru replaced Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who has been doubling as the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and GMD, NNPC. Buhari also approved the composition of the Board of the NNPC as provided for under Section 1(2) of the corporation Act of 1997, as amended. The new board has Kachikwu as its chairman,…

Buhari Appoints Idris as Acting IG

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIGP), Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP). Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina said the new IGP hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State (North-West). Idriswas born on January 15, 1959. He was enlisted into the police force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture. He also holds a degree in Lawfrom the University of Maiduguri. Adesina said the new IGP has served in various commands and formations in the force, working in the Police…

Ndigbo lose out again …as Buhari appoints new SGF, others

  The speculation that President Muhammadu Buhari will appoint Igboman Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) did not hold after-all as the President has named, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, from Adamawa State as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Before this appointment, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Senator Chris Ngige, top APC members, were widely tipped for the plum job. The speculation became even more rife as the post of SGF was said to have been zoned to the South-East. A Press Release issued on Thursday, August 27 by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President…

Buhari accuses U.S. of aiding Boko Haram …Rejects same-sex marriage

  Nigeria’s President, Muhhamadu Buhari, has accused the United States of indirectly aiding and abetting the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists by refusing to let Nigeria have access to much needed military arsenal to fight to quell the six-year insurgency. Speaking on Wednesday in Washington DC where he addressed a section of people at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of his four-day trip to America, Buhari frowned at the use of the ‘Leahy Law’ by the US government  to deny Nigeria weapons based on unsubstantiated human rights abuses by the Nigerian military. Expressing his belief that…