BREAKING: EFCC Claims It Has Recovered N250 Million In Balogun Market (PHOTO)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, appears to have established a pattern of “finding” a huge haul of cash every few days to bolster the image of the anti-graft agency. A few minutes ago (9pm), Monday, April 10, 2017, an e-mailed statement from the EFCC signed by Wilson Uwujaren said that the EFCC had “intercepted huge sums of money in various currencies at the popular Balogun market in Lagos”. According to the statement, the monies include €547,730 and £21,090 as well as N5,648,500 . “The total haul is about N250m at the prevailing exchange rate at the parallel market,” Uwujaren claimed. “The intercept followed information that about N250 million cash was being moved somewhere in the market for conversion into foreign currencies by unnamed persons. “Operatives responded timely, met the money in Bureau de Change office, but a large chunk of it had been converted into Euro and Pounds sterling. “The outfit’s operators found in possession of the monies claimed they were acting on behalf of their boss who sent the money  to them from one of the Northern states in Nigeria. “Two persons apprehended in the course of the raid are helping the commission in its investigation,” the statement ended. Two weeks ago, the EFCC, in dramatic fashion announced that it had intercepted N450 million in the Kaduna International Airport. No update was given to Nigerians as to who owned the money.

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Nobody Has Died Of Meningitis In Lagos – Commissioner

Jide Idris, Lagos State commissioner for health, says alleged death of two from cerebrospinal meningitis, CSM, in the metropolis was untrue. The Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control had on April 7, 2017 released statistics which claimed that CRM killed two people in the state. The statistics also indicated that three cases have been recorded in the state so far. A statement signed by the director, public affairs, Adeola Salako on Sunday, April 9, 2017 quoted the commissioner as saying that the report was false and capable of causing undue panic. “The report carried by some newspapers and online platforms is untrue and does not represent the reality of the situation in Lagos State as at today. “For the avoidance of doubt, there are two main types of meningitis. “The epidemic prone meningitis, which is referred to as Cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria Meningitides. “Its occurrence is seasonal or cyclical, depending on the level of herd immunity and climatic conditions. “The second type of meningitis is Non-Epidemic Meningitis, which is usually caused by a virus or other bacteria, but not by Neisseria Meningitides. “The Non-epidemic meningitis occurs without any seasonal pattern or periodicity,” Mr. Idris was quoted as saying. The commissioner said that a Disease Surveillance Notification Officer in the Lagos Island Local Government, had sometime in March reported nine suspected cases of meningitis from Massey Street Children Hospital with two deaths. He said, however, that none of these was confirmed as due to CSM. “Although, all the nine cases presented with clinical features of meningitis at that hospital, laboratory tests proved that they were either due to Haemophilus influenza or Streptococcus pneumoniae and not Neisseria meningitides. “The ministry was also notified last week of a three-year-old boy, presenting clinically as meningitis at a registered private facility in Lagos, but the laboratory investigations did not confirm CSM. “The blood culture yielded no growth but the urine culture yielded Klebsiella and not meningococcus; the patient is already responding to treatment. “None of these cases, presented with a history of recent travel to any area with an outbreak of meningitis and neither were visits from such areas recorded with the aforementioned cases.’’ Mr. Idris urged the public to observe a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene as a preventive measure against the outbreak of the disease. He said that such hygiene measures should include washing of hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly. “Also, avoid direct contact with the discharges from an infected person and covering of mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. “It is strongly advised that people should avoid overcrowding in living quarters, provide cross ventilation in sleeping and work-rooms and other places where many people come together. “People should get vaccinated with CSM vaccine when they travel to areas where meningitis outbreaks have been reported.” Mr. Idris said people should support the government efforts in its resolve to prevent the spread of the epidemic to the state. Such support, he said, should include by reporting suspected cases to the nearest public health facility. “There is no need to panic; we will continue with our surveillance activities, constantly review our records and brief the public from time to time.” In Borno, the state government said on Sunday that in spite of the extremely hot weather in the state, it had yet to record any case of cerebro-spinal meningitis Haruna Mishelia, Commissioner of Health, told the News Agency of Nigeria that such a development was heart-warming and an indication that proactive measures taken, had been effective. “We ensured that the state is prepared to respond to any outbreak, especially bearing in mind that we share borders with Niger Republic and the increased population movement, as well as the large concentration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). “I called an emergency meeting of all health partners on Monday, to discuss the issue and ensure that the state is adequately prepared. “Various technical groups were reactivated and responsible agencies identified. “The rapid response team will meet weekly to review the update situation in the state,” he said. The commissioner said that based on the outcome of the meeting, a number of actions were taken to prevent the disease from spreading to the state. Mr. Mishelia said surveillance teams had also been set up to monitor development in all parts of the state.

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‘Obasanjo Lacks Moral Right To Accuse Anyone Of Corruption’ – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State, has told former President Olusegun Obasanjo to desist from accusing people of corruption in Nigeria, saying; “Obasanjo that I know does not have morals rights to accuse anyone of corruption because he eats and sleeps with corruption.” Governor Fayose, who described the former President’s claim that some church leaders in the country were not only encouraging corruption but also celebrating people with questionable sources of wealth as hypocritical, said; “If anyone must accuse the church in Nigeria of promoting corruption, that person cannot be Obasanjo because he presided over the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.” Former President Obasanjo made the accusation in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday at the 2017 Convention Lecture of Victory Life Bible Church International while speaking on the theme, ‘The role of the church in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.’ In an e-mailed statement to The Trent on Sunday issued by Lere Olayinka,a media aide to Governor Fayose asked; “Where did Obasanjo get the stupendous wealth he is parading since he was a pauper before he became president? Where did he get the trillions of naira that he deployed to his failed third term bid? “How can Obasanjo, under whose tenure Nigeria witnessed Halliburton scandal be sermonising about corruption?” He said it was during Obasanjo’s reign as president that governors were made to donate N10 million each to the building of his library, adding; “Isn’t compelling State Governors to make donations to the personal project of a serving president part of corruption?” Maintaining that Obasanjo was the father of corruption in the present day Nigeria, Governor Fayose asked; “Who introduced politics of Ghana-must-go bags to the National Assembly? “Who was the president when sacks of money were displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives, as bribe money given to some Reps members to impeach the then Speaker, Ghali N’abba? “Under whose administration was the out-of-court settlement in the controversial $1.09 billion Malabu Oil Block initiated in 2006?”

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UBA Security Guard Who Returned $10,000 Receives Mind-blowing Reward

A security guard working with the United Bank for Africa, UBA, who returned $10,000 was given and unbelievable reward for honesty at the UBA CEO Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 8, 2017. In July, Tony Elumelu, the chairman of the bank, shared the story of Mohammed Ibrahim Ogbanago, on his Facebook page extolling him for his honesty in returning $10,000 a customer forgot at the Oba Akran branch of the bank in Lagos. The entrepreneur wrote, “When I heard about this story, I knew I had to meet the man who despite facing rising petrol & transportation prices and ‘Tomato Ebola’ returned such a huge sum of money without recourse to himself.” “It was a pleasant surprise to hear him tell this story and about how he came to be in the board room with us. even more surprising was hearing him speak about his passion for governance and integrity in leadership,” he added. Mr. Ogbanago, a native of Kogi State, was given a cash prize of $5,000 by the governor of Adamawa State; $10,000 by the governor of Bauchi State; a promise of N5,000,000 by the Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate president. Senator Ekeremadu also announced that Ogbanago will be announced during the Senate’s plenary session on Tuesday in recognition of his exemplary behaviour. He was also given an award of excellence by the bank .

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El Rufai Demolished Home Of APC Chieftain Over Feud For Shehu Sani – HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned Nasir El Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State for demolishing the house of the national vice chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, (North West), Inuwa Abdulkadir, because of political differences. Specifically, Abdulkadir’s house located at Yakubu Avenue, Kaduna, was pulled down by officials of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency, KASUPDA, on Thursday, April 6, 2017 while he was in Abuja for party meeting. However, an official of KASUPDA claimed that the house was demolished because it was illegally constructed. But the pro-democracy body said the Kaduna State Urban Planning Agency was economical with the truth given the antecedents of Governor Nasir El-Rufai who has in the past two years enforced draconian measures to get at perceived political opponents and even peace-makers like the national official of his political party whose only sin was for refusing to allow himself to be pocketed by the Kaduna State governor to be used to prosecute his self-inflicted political infighting with reputable activists like Shehu Sani. Besides, the rights group said governor El-Rufai has become notorious for inducing both the Kaduna state police command and the security forces to embark on choreographed arrests of perceived opponents including persons with independent voices such as Dr. John Danfulani and Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire ministry who condemned El-Rufai’s handling of Southern Kaduna genocide only for the Pentecostal pastor to be invited by the Department of State Services and soon after many blackmailers flooded the media with allegations of extra-marital sexual relationship. The rights group also carpeted the Kaduna State governor for ordering the demolition because the national officer of the ruling party which is the same with that of the Kaduna Governor had opted to employ unbiased conflicts resolution mechanisms to restore peace in the Kaduna State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, which is factionalised between supporters representing Kaduna Central Comrade Shehu Sani and the governor’s sycophants. “This demolition is evil, illegal and a blatant disrespect of the principle of rule of law and all known democratic tenets and ethos. President Muhammadu Buhari must call governor El-Rufai to order before he demolishes democracy because of his unbridled selfish political ambitions,” HURIWA said in a statement. In a statement in reaction to the demolition of the house of Alhaji Inuwa, a life member of the body of benchers and a former minister of youth development, the national coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko and national publicity director, Zainab Yusuf, also condemned the dictatorial tendencies of the Kaduna Governor who disrespected a pending matter before a court of competent jurisdiction to use bulldozers to destroy the housing asset which was the bone of contention in the court. “Why the hurry to destroy the ‘res’ or subject matter of a pending and subsisting suit other than to foist a predetermined conclusion to the presiding judge? This is a violation of the principle of separation of powers and is hereby absolutely condemned,” the rights group asked. “Aside constituting a gross violation of the constitution, the action of Mr. El-Rufai is a serious breach of the oath of office which he swore before he assumed office. The oath sworn by him affirmed that that as the Governor of Kaduna State, he will discharge his duties to the best of his ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law … that he will not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct or his official decisions; that he will to the to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” HURIWA warned the Kaduna State governor that he would be blacklisted by the global human rights community and enlisted in the black book of traitors who want modern democracy destroyed “in the same way late dictators like Idi Amin of Uganda and Mobutu Sese Sekou of Republic of Congo (Kinshasha) are rated.”

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DSS Clears Saraki, National Assembly Over Alleged N310 Million Cash Theft

Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Services, SSS, also called DSS, has cleared Senate President Bukola Saraki and members of the National Assembly over what it described as “malicious falsehood’’ on a purported “N310 million cash” story. According to findings, this story is being spread by a dismissed officer, Abdulrasheed Maigari, who recently claimed that he and other security personnel, including an army captain stole N310 million from the senate president while guarding his house in Maitama, Abuja. “The story making the rounds that the sum of N310 million belonging to the senate president was stolen in 2015 is a malicious falsehood,’’ a senior officer of DSS told ThisDay late on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Abuja. “From our investigation, the money in question did not belong to the senate president or any member of the National Assembly for that matter. ThisDay reports that the investigation conducted by the DSS and the confessional statement made by Abdulrasheed Maigari, a suspect in the case, did not support this claim at all,” he said, adding: “Maigari’s recent claim in the media is nothing but a made up story to achieve a hidden motive.” He said the fact that Maigari, who is currently standing trial for an armed robbery case, could make up such a false claim was a further indication of how criminally minded he was. Incidentally, the chief press secretary to Senator Saraki, Mr. Sanni Ologun, had on Sunday refuted reports linking his principal, Saraki, with the N310 million said to have been stolen from a Bureau de Change (BDC) operator, by suspected operatives of the DSS and some army personnel in November 2015. Ologun, had in a statement, said the reports were being rehashed by some online media to tarnish the image of Saraki. Corroborating Saraki’s aide on Sunday, the senior officer of the secret security agency said it was because of the criminal behaviour of Maigari that the DSS dismissed him from the service in 2015 and subsequently charged him to court. “Any attempt to link the Senate President or any member of the National Assembly with the stolen N310 million will be sheer blackmail and an outright mischief,” the senior DSS official who preferred anonymity insisted. Maigari was recently arrested by combined operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team IRT and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit from the Abuja Police Command deployed to rescue the Chairman of Gateway Insurance, Alhaji Isa Ozi Salami. The former DSS operative was arrested alongside the suspected gang leaders, Emeka Kelvin and Ndubuisi Prince Uzor, among others on March 26, 2017 in Suleja, an outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory. During their parade before newsmen by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood, at the Force Headquarters, Maigari revealed how he became a kidnapper and also told reporters how he stole N310 million from Saraki’s home in Abuja. According to the ex-DSS personnel, “I was enlisted into the DSS in 2011 with the rank of a Senior Intelligence Officer 1. “I served in the operations department at Gombe and Osun Commands of the DSS before my dismissal in 2015.” “Before I was dismissed, I was posted to the home of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in Maitama and in November 2015, I can’t recall the exact date, three vehicles brought in the N310 million into the compound and the Army Captain who was on ground that day ordered that we should take the money away because he suspected the money was government money which could have been wrongly appropriated and could, therefore, be taken. “We were four DSS operatives and four army officers involved and we drove the three cars to a house in Suleja where the money was shared. I got N30 million and I bought a car and took it to Kaduna State where I hid the rest of my share.’’ Maigari had said that he came back to Abuja, “but on November 28, 2015, I was asked to report at DSS headquarters and when I got there, I was interrogated over the theft and detained for five months, dismissed and charged to court”. The suspect added that he was remanded in Kuje Prison, where he eventually fell ill after seven months and was later granted bail by the court on health grounds. The senate president’s chief press secretary, Ologun, however, in a statement on Sunday, denied Maigari’s claims, recalling that the Senate President’s media office had refuted the report when it first broke that the Senate President had nothing to do with the money, nor did he have army personnel among his security detail. According to Ologun, “The content and intention of the fake report is nothing but baseless allegations emanating from the infantile minds of unreasonable interlopers, hell-bent on rubbing mud on the reputation of a distinguished Nigerian, who is today in his capacity as the Senate President, working assiduously with critical stakeholders to stabilize and grow our economy. Enough is enough.”

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‘Nigerian Troops Set To Arrest Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau’ – Defence Minister

Mansur Dan-Ali, Nigeria’s defence minister, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 said that the Nigerian armed forces had successfully suppressed Boko Haram terrorist group. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier-general, who had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, also reassured Nigerians that the army would soon apprehend the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. “If you have had the opportunity to go to Sambisa forest in Borno, you will know that Boko Haram has been defeated, go and see what is happening in Sambisa. “We have dominated the whole stronghold where they used to be, there is where we call `camp zero’ where their spiritual and their strong headquarters that they were using as communication base was destroyed and as at the same time occupied by our men of the armed forces. “So, I believe it’s just a matter of time, it took America about seven to 10 years to get Bin Laden so we will get Shekau as soon as possible. “I told you before now, the spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalised. He (Shekau) is on the run, so he may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa forest that we are dominating. ‘’We have opened up the place; we are using it as a training area whereby the army engineers will open roads. We shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau,’’ he said. On the outcome of the meeting with Buhari, he said the president was impressed with the operational successes of the armed force. “Generally, we spoke about the security situation across the nation and I believe we had a fruitful discussion and he was impressed with the performance of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Security situation is something that you cannot get 100 per cent and remember that Nigeria has been having these turbulences for a very long time. ‘’We are trying to manage it and we are trying to make it solvable whereby every Nigeria will have peace and tranquillity and do his normal business,’’ he said. The minister disclosed that Buhari also directed all military establishments to redouble their efforts in consolidating the relative peace and stability achieved in the northeastern part of the country. Buhari Defeats Boko Haram? Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world. The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony. Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.

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Body Of Medical Doctor Who Jumped From 3rd Mainland Bridge Recovered

A combine team of marine police and local divers have discovered the body of Allwell Orji, a medical doctor who jumped off the 3rd Mainland bridge into the Lagos lagoon on Sunday, March 19, 2017. There was a traffic slow-down on Sunday evening on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos when Dr. Orji ordered his driver to stop his SUV mid-way through the bridge, alighted from the vehicle, and jumped off the bridge. This sad event occurred at about 5pm.  When The Trent’s correspondent reached the scene by 5.30pm, there was a large traffic build-up and slow-down before the scene of the incident. First responders, police and LASTMA officials were at the scene with their vans. A statement issued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, and obtained by The Trent, identified the victim as a medical doctor by name Orji. Spokesman of LASEMA Kehinde Adebayo, said the agency was alerted by concerned Nigerians when the incident occurred. “The agency [LASEMA] received a distress call  of a man who  parked his  grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE  at about 4.50 pm today Sunday, 19th March 2017 around Adekunle, inward 3rd Mainland bridge and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon,” the statement said. “Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that  the man said to be medical doctor named Orji who was said to be driven by his driver and suddenly ordered the driver to pull over, dropped  from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge. “The vehicle and the driver has been taken to Adeniji Adele Police Station for further investigation, while effort is on going to recover his body from the Lagoon. “The general manager LASEMA Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said that proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities,” the statement ended. The mother of the medical doctor who works with Mount Sinai Hospital, Papa Ajao, Mushin, has reportedly refused to accept that her son is dead. She said she believed that her son would be rescued alive. His family has pleaded with Nigerians to respect their grief and declined comment on the incident.

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Tragic: Medical Doctor Commits Suicide On 3rd Mainland Bridge (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

There was a traffic slow-down on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos when a man ordered his driver to stop his SUV mid-way through the bridge, alighted from the vehicle, and jumped off the bridge. This sad event occurred at about 5pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  When The Trent’s correspondent reached the scene by 5.30pm, there was a large traffic build-up and slow-down before the scene of the incident. First responders, police and LASTMA officials were at the scene with their vans. A statement issued by the Lagos State Transport Management Agency, LASTMA, and obtained by The Trent, identified the victim as a medical doctor by name Orji. REPORT Of A Suicide On 3rd Mainland Bridge. A Man Just Leaped From The Bridge Into The Lagoon. #Lagos #Nigeria pic.twitter.com/7XkPrjhzje — GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) March 19, 2017 “The agency [LASTMA] received a distress call  of a man who  parked his  grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE  at about 4.50 pm today Sunday, 19th March 2017 around Adekunle, inward 3rd Mainland bridge and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon,” the statement said. “Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that  the man said to be medical doctor named Orji who was said to be driven by his driver and suddenly ordered the driver to pull over, dropped  from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge. “The vehicle and the driver has been taken to Adeniji Adele Poice Station for further investigation, while effort is on going to recover his body from the Lagoon. “The General Manager LASEMA Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said that proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities,” the statement ended. SUICIDE: The Driver Said He Was Asked To Pullover On The Bridge By The Victim, And Before He Knew It, The Man Open The Door And Jumped Over pic.twitter.com/GkNfaZBtVL — GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) March 19, 2017

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BREAKING: Samuel Ogbemudia, Legendary Soldier and Politician, Dies At 85

Former military governor of defunct Bendel State (now divided into Edo and Delta states), Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, has died at the age of 85. A family source informed News Express, an online newspaper, that the legendary soldier, politician and sports promoter passed away a few hours ago in Benin City, the capital of Edo State. For some few years up till his passing, he had been frail, and was said to be unable to stand on his feet. Dr. Ogbemudia was born on September 17, 1932 was a Nigerian former army officer and politician. He was Military Governor (1967–1975) of the Mid-West State, later renamed Bendel State. After the return to democracy in 1999, he became a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Concerned Nigerians Gives Ailing President Buhari 15-Day Ultimatum To Return Home

A political action group, Concerned Nigerians, has issued a 2-weeks ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari that either he returns to Nigeria and resume office as president or the group with stage nationwide protests tagged #OccupyNigeria. In an e-mailed statement on Saturday, March 4, 2017 signed by the group’s convener, Deji Adeyanju, Concerned Nigerians noted that the ailing President Buhari has been performing official duties even while on a medical leave and said that his continued meddling in the affairs of the country is creating “a constitutional dilemma”. The group noted that the president has been out of Nigeria for 45 days on an indefinite medical leave during which time he held phone conversations with US President Donald Trump, and recently, the Kind of Morocco and went on to promise bilateral agreements with the two world leaders. “Today – March 4th, 2017 – marks 45 days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from his office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and from the country as a whole on a medical vacation in the United Kingdom,” the statement said. “During this period, he has not made any public appearances and has only clandestinely “communicated” with very few people. “Furthermore, details of President Buhari’s health status have been kept away from the generality of Nigerians while his media team and other members of his cabinet/party make conflicting comments regarding his health. “We acknowledge that during this period President Buhari has satisfied constitutional requirements by transmitting letters to the National Assembly handing power over to his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on an acting capacity. “However, during this period President Buhari has created a constitutional dilemma by carrying out official functions. On February 13, 2018 in a capacity as President of Nigeria, he spoke to President Donald Trump of the United States with respect to bilateral relations between the two countries. “On Thursday March 2nd, 2017 again in a capacity as President of Nigeria President Buhari spoke to the King of Morocco with respect to bilateral relations between the two countries as well as Morocco’s application to become a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). “These actions, as well as President Buhari’s continued vacation, constitute a constitutional dilemma capable of destabilising the country. “President Buhari’s insistence on performing the functions of President after having transmitted power to Ag. President Osinbajo in effect creates de-facto and de-jure, which does not bode well for the country. “To this end, we urge President Buhari to return to the country on or before the 60th day after which he left the country (15 days from today) failing which we will begin a series of peaceful processions across the country aimed at sensitizing the public as to the legal and constitutional dilemma created by President Buhari’s continued absence from office and his insistence on performing official functions while away. “God bless Nigeria.”

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Sokoto: Hundreds Of Muslims Gather Praying For Buhari’s Healing (PHOTO)

Residents of Sokoto State have joined other groups in prayer for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in the United Kingdom on an indefinite medical vacation. The prayer on Saturday, February 25, 2017 comes after a group of primary school pupils in Daura, the hometown of the president offered prayers for the president’s safe return to the country, according to Herald. Buhari who has been in London since January over his health has continuously assured Nigerians that he is hale and hearty while he thanked the citizens for their continued prayers. See photos from the prayer session below: In a related incident, Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson took to Facebook, Saturday, to celebrate a purported phone call from the president. In a bizarre presentation, he sought to present a transcript of the phone call from the president who called him by a name that, by Adesina’s own admission, Buhari doesn’t use to address him. Buhari Health Rumours Rumours about the health status of the president continue to swirl on cyber-space after a fake news website reported that Buhari had passed on. The Nigerian presidency has debunked the rumour and said that the retired military general, 74, is “alive and well”. “He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” Garba Shehu, one of Buhari’s spokespersons, said in a short post on his Facebook page. The president left the country last week on a 10-day leave and is expected back home on February 2, 2017. While making the official announcement, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina had assured that there is nothing to worry about the president’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation. The president himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet. The rumours won’t go away. Wednesday morning, news began to circulate online that the present was on life-support at King’s College Hospital. According to the blogger who reported the story, his source is an inside source familiar with the situation. The president was expected to return to the country on February 6, 2017, the same day that the presidency issued a statement saying that he had extended his medical leave indefinitely due to health reasons.

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