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PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS LAWMAKER, YUGUDA HASSAN – KILA

PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS LAWMAKER, YUGUDA HASSAN – KILA

President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with leadership of the National Assembly, particularly members of the House of Representatives over the passing of a lawmaker, Hon. Yuguda Hassan-Kila.

The President commiserates with Hon. Hassan-Kila’s family, friends, associates, people and government of Jigawa State on the sad incident, urging more trust in God who determines the fate of everyone on earth.

President Buhari prays that Almighty God will accept the soul of the departed, grant him Aljannah firdaus.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 4, 2021

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Minister Charges Task Force on Content, Publicity For DSO

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Minister Charges Task Force on Content, Publicity For DSO

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has charged the Ministerial Task Force on the Digital Switch Over (DSO) to ensure that the project offers very rich content for Nigerian television viewers, saying the success of the project depends on the content it offers.

In his opening comments at the inaugural meeting of the Task Force in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister also charged it to ensure adequate publicity for the DSO project in order to keep Nigerians well informed about it.

”Let me say, straight away, that the success of this project is hinged on content. If the content is right, the 24 million TV households in the country will embrace it. If the content is wrong, they will not.

”Even the purchase of the Set Top Boxes (STBs) by Nigerians will depend on the richness of the content offered. Before now, we either gave out the boxes free or at subsidized rates. But now that the project is being commercially-driven, the sale of STBs will depend on the content,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said rich content in sports, entertainment, children’s programmes as well as local and international news were necessary to attract subscribers, with the added advantage of non-payment for subscription.

The Minister also charged the Task Force to tap into the great opportunity offered by the project to help popularise the local professional football league.

”We can work with the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) to have all their weekly matches shown live. I have no doubt that they will be willing to work with us in this regard,” he said.

The Minister announced the establishment of the 14-member Task Force, which he is personally chairing, in Abuja on Feb. 23rd 2021 to take charge of the DSO rollout across the country.

Segun Adeyemi
Special Assistant To The President (Media)
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja
March 2nd, 2021

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PRESIDENT BUHARI CELEBRATES RELEASE OF ABDUCTED ZAMFARA FEMALE STUDENTS, CALLS FOR GREATER VIGILANCE

PRESIDENT BUHARI CELEBRATES RELEASE OF ABDUCTED ZAMFARA FEMALE STUDENTS, CALLS FOR GREATER VIGILANCE

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “overwhelming joy” over release of abducted female students in Zamfara State.

Reacting to the development, the President said “I join the families and people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the release of these traumatized female students.”

President Buhari said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident, adding that “being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us.”

However, while celebrating the release of the students, the President called for greater vigilance by the people so that human intelligence could be collected early enough to nip the bandits’ plans in the bud.

He warned that the time has come to reverse, completely, the grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping. “Ransom payments will continue to prosper kidnapping,” he warned, while urging the Police and the Military to go after these kidnappers and bring them to justice.

 

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

March 02, 2021

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PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDOLES WITH GOV ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU OVER PASSING OF YOUNGER BROTHER

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDOLES WITH GOV ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU OVER PASSING OF YOUNGER BROTHER

President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State over the loss of his brother, Shehu Bagudu, praying that the family will find solace in the teachings of the Holy Book of Islam on fate.

The President sends condolences to the immediate family of Shehu, his friends and associates, noting that the sad incident had created a gap that will be difficult to fill, but faith in God will continue to assuage the pain.

President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant the deceased Aljannat Firdaus, and comfort his family.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 3, 2021

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PDP Condemns Murder of Senator Suswam’s Brother …Charges Security Forces to Go After the Killers

March 3, 2021

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PDP Condemns Murder of Senator Suswam’s Brother
…Charges Security Forces to Go After the Killers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns the murder of the elder bother of Senator Gabriel Suswam, Dr. Terkula Suswam, by suspected gunmen and called on security agencies to go after and apprehend the killers.

The party charges the Inspector General of Police to swing into action, unearth all those connected to the dastardly act and ensure that none of those involved escaped the long arm of the law.

The PDP described Dr. Suswam as a brilliant academician, who was contributing to the development of his state adding that his killers cannot justify their act under any guise.

Our party condoles with Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, Senator Gabriel Suswam and the entire Suswam family and prayed God to grant the Suswan family the grace to bear the loss.

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Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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PDP Salutes Ayade at 53, Applauds Him on Development

March 3, 2021

Press Statement

PDP Salutes Ayade at 53, Applauds Him on Development

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, as he attains the age of 53 years.

The party also applauds Governor Ayade for his exceptional performance especially in the massive industrialization and empowerment of the people in all sectors of life.

Governor Ayade has distinguished himself as an excellent administrator, a down to earth technocrat and very brilliant leader, whose commitment to the unity, stability and development of our nation has been exceptional both as a senator of the Federal Republic and now as a state governor.

Our party urges Governor Ayade to continue in providing good governance in his state, in line with the manifesto and ideals of our party.

The PDP congratulates Governor Ayade at this auspicious occasion and prays to God to grant him many more years in good health to continue to be a blessing to his state, our dear nation and humanity at large.

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Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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PDP Exposes APC’s Plot To Forcefully Take Over Zamfara State…Reject Plans of State of Emergency in Zamfara

March 3, 2021

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PDP Exposes APC’s Plot To Forcefully Take Over Zamfara State…Reject Plans of State of Emergency in Zamfara

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerts of a sinister plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Federal Government to forcefully take over the governance of Zamfara state through an imposition of an orchestrated state of emergency in the state.

Our party rejects this attempt by power-mongers in the APC administration to undermine and subvert the democratic order in Zamfara state by creating the impression that the state government, under Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, is to blame for the failures of the APC-led federal government to contain insecurity in the state.

It is instructive to recall that the plot by the APC to derail the Matawalle administration and forcefully take over the control of the state started immediately after the Supreme Court handed him victory in the Zamfara state governorship election; a plot which heightened after Governor Matawalle refused the pressure to decamp to the APC.

Nigerians can recall that our party had on December 19, 2020 issued a statement to alert of plots by the National Caretaker Committee of the APC, using an impostor, as spokesperson, to heighten insecurity in the Northwest part of our country.

The PDP had in that statement, further alerted of conspiracies by the APC to use the said impostor to destabilize Northwest states, particularly Zamfara, by creating the space for acts of violence and blame it on Governor Matawalle.

Our party had also expressed concerns on series of devious statements against Governor Matawalle by the APC, a party that has been exposed to be encouraging acts of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in our country.

We invite Nigerians to further note how the APC has been quiet over disturbing videos, which had gone viral, showing self-confessed bandits admitting their fury of being abandoned by the APC after the party use them to muscle the 2015 and 2019 elections.

Equally disturbing is the attempt by some APC leaders, who are masquerading under extraneous organizations, to seek political capital out of the situation in Zamfara state, which escalated due to the failures and compromises of the APC-led administration.

We demand that the APC should leave Governor Matawalle alone and take up their responsibility of confronting bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and vandals, particularly those they brought from other countries.

Our party insists that the statutory onus, under our democracy, is on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to secure life and property in all parts of Nigeria, including Zamfara state.

It is further instructive to state that the Matawalle administration adopted an intervention approach as a distressed measure following the manifest failures of the Buhari Presidency to guarantee the security of lives and property in the state.

It is on record that Governor Matawalle is not the first Governor, particularly in the North West, to adopt such approach in the face of the huge incapacity of the Buhari administration to save lives.

More so, there is escalated banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of violent acts in APC controlled states of the North West, like Kaduna and Katsina; in the North East of Borno and Yobe as well as the North Central states of Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi, yet no attempt has been made by the Buhari Presidency to intimidate the governors of the various states, seek to impose a state of emergency or declare such states as “no fly zone”.

It is even more worrisome that the Buhari Presidency will gloss over Kaduna, Niger and Mr. President’s home state of Katsina, where killings, kidnapping and abduction have become a daily routine, only to be contemplating an emergency situation in Zamfara.

The PDP counsels that rather than this selective approach to fighting banditry, terrorism and kidnapping, the Buhari Presidency should go back to the drawing board and adopt a holistic approach to quell the prevailing insecurity in our nation.

Our party will therefore not allow the Buhari Presidency to tag and intimidate Governor Matawalle for seeking to find solutions to a very depressing situation.

Consequently, the PDP hereby directs Governor Matawalle to stop his intervention approach as our party charges Nigerians to hold President Buhari and his administration directly responsible for any further assault or killing of innocent citizens in Zamfara state.

In doing this, the PDP charges President Buhari to be mindful of the type of advice he receives from his officials in the security circle on this Zamfara security concerns, especially as there are allegations of hidden interest among his officials.

President Buhari may wish to recall the allegations in the public space of alleged complicity by his National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno, in the unfortunate situation in Zamfara state, upon which our party had called for investigation.

Already, Governor Matawalle had declared that Mr. President was misinformed on the decision of imposing a “no fly zone’ on Zamfara, as recommended to him by Gen. Monguno.

The PDP therefore vehemently rejects any attempt to impose a state of emergency and derail democratic order in Zamfara state by the APC as a means to forcefully take over the state.

It must be noted that such obnoxious move is capable of triggering a national crisis, worsening the already tensed situation, derailing our democracy and threaten our corporate existence as a nation.

Our Party calls on Governor Matawalle to remain strong and focused at this critical time. The party also urges the people of Zamfara state to remain calm and continue to cooperate with our security forces, under the democratic order, as they intensify efforts to rid the state and our nation of these vicious outlaws.

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Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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PRESIDENT BUHARI CELEBRATES RELEASE OF ABDUCTED ZAMFARA FEMALE STUDENTS, CALLS FOR GREATER VIGILANCE

PRESIDENT BUHARI CELEBRATES RELEASE OF ABDUCTED ZAMFARA FEMALE STUDENTS, CALLS FOR GREATER VIGILANCE

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “overwhelming joy” over release of abducted female students in Zamfara State.

Reacting to the development, the President said “I join the families and people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the release of these traumatized female students.”

President Buhari said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident, adding that “being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us.”

However, while celebrating the release of the students, the President called for greater vigilance by the people so that human intelligence could be collected early enough to nip the bandits’ plans in the bud.

He warned that the time has come to reverse, completely, the grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping. “Ransom payments will continue to prosper kidnapping,” he warned, while urging the Police and the Military to go after these kidnappers and bring them to justice.

 

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

March 02, 2021

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PDP Salutes Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader At 66.

March 1, 2021

Press Statement

PDP Salutes Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader At 66.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) salutes our Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, as he attains the age of 66 years.

Over the years, Senator Abaribe has distinguished himself as a courageous leader, an exceptional technocrat, excellent lawmaker and fearless democrat, who stands for truth, justice, equity, fairness, entrenchment of rule of law and democratic tenets in our country.

Senator Abaribe remains unshaking in fighting for the cause of the common man, particularly the oppressed and the downtrodden. He stands out as a voice for the voiceless and remains a source of hope for many in the quest for a just, equitable and democratic country.

Our party particularly salutes Senator Abaribe for his fearless stand for the entrenchment of good governance in our country in line with the ideals of our party and the visions of her founding fathers.

The PDP congratulates Senator Abaribe and prays to God to grant him many more fruitful years in the service of our nation and humanity at large.

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Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS JUSTICE ABDUL KAFARATI

PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS JUSTICE ABDUL KAFARATI

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Bauchi State on the passing of former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati at the age of 67.

The President described the late former Attorney General of Bauchi State as a judge who fully understood the weight of the trust placed upon him in the discharge of his responsibilities.

According to him, “The late Justice Kafarati would be sorely missed by the Judiciary for landmark judgments and contributions to the development and improvements in the country’s judicial system.

“He became the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court at a time the nation’s judiciary was facing tremendous challenges but made lasting changes notably in the welfare of judges and staff.”

The President also commiserated with the bench and the bar as they mourn the late Chief Judge, urging them to take solace in the fact that he rose to the pinnacle of his career.

As the late Kafarati is laid to rest, President Buhari prayed that Allah will comfort family and friends and grant his soul eternal rest.

 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

February 27, 2021