Speech By President Buhari During The Working Lunch On His Visit To The United States Of America



30TH APRIL, 2018


Mr. President,

Senior Government officials,


I have just had excellent discussions with President Trump and I would like to reiterate my immense gratitude to you, Mr. President for your kind invitation and the very warm and generous hospitality extended to me and my delegation since our arrival in the United States;


  1. We greatly appreciate the importance your administration attaches to a strong relationship with Nigeria. The United States remains for us a valued friend and strategic partner, whose support and solidarity over the years has meant a great deal to us. Our government’s three main priority areas are:

a) Security

b) Anti-corruption and good governance

c) Economic growth and job creation


  1. We congratulate you, Mr. President on the statesmanly role you have played in so dramatically transforming the course of events in the Korean Peninsula to make the denuclearization of the region a real possibility.


  1. On security, please accept our sincere congratulations on the important role played by the US in the defeat of ISIS, although some of the remnants have found their way to the Sahel region.  We are very grateful for the strong US support in our fight against terrorism. We also appreciate very much your agreement to sell twelve Super Tucano A-29 war planes and weapons to Nigeria to effectively fight terrorism.


  1.  To contain the spate of insurgency in Nigeria, the Federal government has adopted a multi-sectoral approach, involving relevant government agencies to address the socio-economic and political dimensions while the Armed Forces of Nigeria assist the civil authorities to provide security and maintain law and order.


  1. As part of efforts to address emerging cases of insurgency in the country, the Nigerian Military adopted a non-kinetic counter terrorism/counter insurgency approach code-named “Operation safe corridor”, to de-radicalize, re-habilitate, and re-integrate willingly surrendered Boko-Haram members into the larger society.


  1. This programme is currently embarking on a number of projects including: skill acquisition centers and integrated farms; comprising poultry, fishpond and greenhouse farming, among others.


  1. A number of international partners, including the International Organization for Migration have contributed to the success of Operation Safe Corridor.  We will also appreciate whatever support we could also get from the US.


  1. We are extremely grateful for your government’s support in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in the North East of Nigeria, as well as humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons, through agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development and other international partners.


  1. The USA has been to date the biggest contributor to the humanitarian response and last year gave approximately 500 million US Dollars in cash and in-kind contributions through the United Nations and other inter-governmental organizations. These have mainly supported protection activities, namely health, food assistance and shelter.


  1.   We are doing all we can to secure the release of the remaining abducted schoolgirls from Dapchi and Chibok.  In this context, we will continue to welcome US collaboration in intelligence gathering, hostage negotiations and information-sharing.


  1.   The government is taking necessary steps to promote the peaceful co-existence of herdsmen and farmers, by focusing on boosting security and enforcing legislation that will guarantee herders and farmers’ access to land, reducing strife and promoting harmonizing economic activities.


  1.   I wish to extend sincere congratulations to you and your government on the impressive performance of the US economy under your watch.


  1.   Our aim is to diversify our economy by focusing on agriculture and food security; power and infrastructure.  We have cut the importation of rice by about 90% thereby saving a significant amount of money.   We very much welcome increased US investment in the Nigerian economy, especially in the non-oil sector.


  1.   Economic relations between Nigeria and the United States are anchored on three major instruments, namely: the Bi-National Commission, Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.


  1.   The Bi-National Commission in particular, comprising bilateral political, economic, developmental and humanitarian partnership, is a basic economic framework for engagement between our two countries.


  1.   Nigeria’s trade volume with the United States stood at six point zero-seven billion United States Dollars according to 2016 statistics and comprised four point one-seven-six billion united States dollars worth of Nigerian exports to the US and one point eight-nine-four billion United States Dollars US exports to Nigeria.  We should work to increase these figures substantially and to make balance of trade more even.


  1.   We thank your government very much for the cooperation we have received in our effort to recover stolen funds.  Our two governments have put the machinery in place for their respective Attorneys-General to collaborate in ensuring the return to Nigeria of over five hundred million United States Dollars ($500) of looted funds siphoned away in banks around the world.


  1.  In this connection, we congratulate the US government on launching a Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which was spearheaded by the US Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering.  We hope that we can continue to count on your support in our efforts to recover our money.


  1.   The Government of Nigeria remains deeply committed to the principles of human rights as well as the promotion and protection of people’s freedom, even in the process of fighting terror.   We will ensure that all documented cases of human rights abuses are investigated and those responsible for violations held accountable for their actions.


  1.   In addition, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria inaugurated the Nigerian Military Human Rights Dialogue in August 2015 to provide the Nigerian Military and Para-Military with necessary tools to integrate human rights practices into their code, education systems, field training and disciplinary systems.


  1.   To this end, the victims of a criminal law enforcement operation that occurred in 2013 (otherwise known as Apo-six) were compensated in April this year based on the findings of the National Human Rights Commission. Two of the police officers responsible were convicted for culpable homicide arising from the extra-judicial killings.


  1.    Mr. President, this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the Federal Government compensated the victims of extra-judicial killings. It also provides a sustainable platform for local and international human rights organizations to constructively engage the Nigerian security forces on human rights concerns.  We also look to share best practices in this area with the United States.


  1.  I thank you, Mr. President, again for hosting us and for your constructive response to our shaped problems. I hope you make Nigeria the first port of call whenever you visit African continent.

Saraki Visits Kwara State NYSC Camp Over Corps Member’s Death.

Saraki visits Kwara NYSC camp over corps member’s death


The President of the Senate on Sunday, paid a condolence visit to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Kwara state over the death of a corps member, Miss Hilda Amadi.


Amadi, a graduate of Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was participating in the ongoing orientation exercise for new members of the National Youth Service in Kwara State, when she reportedly slumped and died.


Another account said that she had fractured one of her legs and died from complication resulting from not getting good medical attention.


Miss Hilda Amadi, the Corps Member who dies in Kwara NYSC Camp


Saraki who visited the NYSC Camp commiserated with other members of the corps over the demise of their colleague.

Although the President of the Senate was on a condolence visit, the corps members were very elated to receive him as his visit turned to a fanfare of cheers from the youths.


The death of the corps member was confirmed by the Kwara State Coordinator, NYSC, Mr. Remigius Amaefule.


He, however, denied insinuations that there was no experienced resident doctor in the camp at the time of the incident.

“At this stage, what we need is to condole with the parents of the girl and let them know that we are very sorry for what happened.


“NYSC, being a responsible organisation, does not take the safety and wellbeing of corps members lightly. Insinuations of an experienced doctor not being at the camp’s clinic when she was taken there are not true.


“A day before the commencement of camp, which is our normal practice, a consultant from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital moves into camp with us. So a consultant had been there.


“The same consultant saw her, handled her case on that fateful day. It was the same consultant that took her to the General Hospital in Share and later to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

Sen Dino Melaye Survives Recall Process…………………………. See Details Inside

Dino Melaye survives recall from Senate


The attempt to recall the Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West flopped on Saturday following a low turn-out for the signature the verification.


Results announced by INEC at the end of the exercise showed that only 18,742 signatories to the recall petition were verified out of the 189,870 signatories on the petition.


The verified signatories fell well below the requirement of the law that 50 per cent and one of the signatories must be verified before the recall process can continue.


Consequently, the embattled Senator Melaye who is in the hospital owing to the drama that followed his arrest has survived the recall attempt.


Here is how the verification exercise turned out in the seven local government areas in the senatorial district, which has 351,146 registered voters.
































There was violence in Mopa Amuro towards the end of the exercise. Six polling units were reportedly affected. As a result, the exercise in six out of the 10 wards in the LGA were cancelled.














Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier assured the people that it was only concerned with transparency in the exercise and could not be held responsible for the poor turnout of petitioners.


The INEC Federal Commissioner in-charge of Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, made the statement in Lokoja shortly after the end of the exercise.


Haruna said that the main concern of INEC was to ensure transparency in the process, insisting that the organisation was neutral in the bid to recall Melaye from the Senate.


“Turnout is not our problem; turnout is the problem of parties concerned, ours is to ensure transparency,” Haruna said.


Commenting on insinuations that INEC might tamper with the wish of the people, the commissioner said that nothing like that would happen, stressing that the agency had no interest in who won or lost in the matter.


“Nothing untoward will happen, I assure you . Whatever happened at the polling units is what INEC will announce,” he stated.


Commenting on the mix up in the list of petitioners, Haruna said that mistakes in such exercise was normal but gave an assurance that the mistakes would be corrected.


He lauded the peaceful conduct of the people before and during the exercise.


In Koton Karfe and Lokoja, the people conducted themselves well, although the turnout was poor.


During the exercise, there was no case of malfunctioning of card reader machines while security personnel adequately manned the polling centres.

Delta State APC Held Unity Meeting As Political Heavy Weights Stormed Evwreni


In a bid to bring lasting peace to Delta APC, the foremost leader of Delta APC and UITH Board Chairman Olorogun Otega Emerho hosted the party in Evwreni his Country home.

The meeting had major stakeholders of the party and Aspirants for various positions in attendance.


The meeting which commenced with introduction of dignitaries that followed a brief opening prayer, provided the Gubernatorial Aspirants under the platform of the party, an opportunity to make simple manifestoes in regard of their aspirations.


A renown leader of the party Chief Enuha while addressing the crowd, asserted that there is need for integration of various groups. He formally pronounced various pressure groups within the party such as the MDA and CDA dissolved in order the promote peace and unity ahead of 2019.


Olorogun Otega Emerho while speaking, admonished leaders and members to see the unity of the party as top priority, stressing that “together we are better and stronger”


Those in attendance include but not limited to; Chief Hyacinth Enuha, Chief Adolor Okotie-Eboh, Air Vice Marshall Frank Ajobena(Rtd), Barr. Fred Okpohworo Olokor, NDDC EDP; Engr. Dr. (Chief) Samuel Adjogbe PhD, Chief Simeon Ohwofa, Some members of the State Executives and LGA Chairmen, led by the State Deputy Chairman Chief Cyril Abeye Ogodo were also in attendance. Other attendees included Chief Joe Arausi, Chief Martins Ohwoevwo, Chief Mal Orode, Mr John Onojeharho, Hon. Austin Ogbaburhun, Chief Ogheneaga Andrew Orugbo, Chief Mike Odeli, Sir Ohwoekevwo, Chief Terry Otuya, Barr. Awele Van Nwoko, Dr Evelyn Omawumi Urhobo, Barr. Omasan Duro-Emanuel Agbajor, Dr Eniforo Mallam-obi, Dr David Ejenobo, Hon. Sonni Efurhievwe, Chief Dr. Emaye Ominimini Obiuwevbi, Hon. Akpodiete Edoja Rufus, Barr.  Omonade Matthew, Olorogun Jaro Egbo Ksc, Barr. Omonade, Barr. Spencer Ohwofa, Amb C. Gabriel Oyibode, Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene, Chief Porbeni, Chief Yemi Emiko, Prince Stanley Emiko Jnr, Gen. Nick Agbogun, Engr. Eric Egere, Chief Josiah Ntekume, Chief Charles Olisa Charles, Chief Jiminyevwe Digbame Ubu, Barr. Cyprian Ashibougwu, Hon. Emmanuel Oki, Rev. Unutame, Nelson Otunuya Enumah


Others are Barr. Dennis Nwanokwai, Barr. Alex Ikpeazu, Chief Philip Eyagomare, Chief Okiemute Agagaraga, Mr. Giddys Nwaomu, Hon. Fred Mordi, Bldr. Izu Agafiena, Mr. Chuk Nwabuonwu, Hon. Fred Nwaojei, Mr. Sam Biose, Barr. Evi Odhomo, Hon. Emma Adigwe, Chief Peter Abanum JP, Engr. Cletus Orji, Chief Paul Onwuadiamu, Barr. Michael Ogosi, Barr. Ambrose Egwunatum, Mr. Play well, Mr. Victor Sorokwuchukwu, Mrs. Felicia Iyase, Mrs Rita Eze, Mrs Edith Hassan, Barr. Joe Asem, Chief Gbagi, Mr. Dumero Omovie, Mr. Norberth Norbert Sochukwudinma, Chief Okoruwe,  Hon Nnamdi Okwufulueze Ofonye, Engr. Sir Voke Jay Emekpe Ksji, Chief Sunny Ogwu, Comrade Monday Oyeghe, Okorefe Mudi, Hon. Moses Kamaya, Dr Chris Ugoh, Hon. Akpovoka Julius amongst many others


Governorship aspirants in attendance were, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Prof. Pat Utomi, Chief Osiobe Okotie, Dr Iyke Odikpo, Dr. Leroy Edozien and Dr. O’Diakpor Obire.

President Donald Trump Must Call On President Buhari To Give Account On The Herdsmen Killings

When he meets with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari On Monday, President Trump needs to seize this opportunity to call Buhari to account for allowing unchecked atrocities against Christians in his country.

While Boko Haram has made headlines for murdering and terrorizing people in Nigeria, in this case  President Buhari is allowing members of his own ancestral group — the Fulani — to attack innocent communities.

The unimpeded actions of this group of extremists, loosely known as “militant Fulani herdsmen,” are creating a humanitarian crisis of shocking proportions in Nigeria.

Indeed, most people have never even heard about this brutal group, which earlier this month executed an attack that killed 19 Christians.


President Trump must not pass up a prime opportunity to fight this injustice by facing down its chief enabler. Buhari intends to speak with Trump about the promotion of economic growth, fighting terrorism, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.

But the conversation must not stop there.

Buhari’s Fulani kin are responsible for hundreds of deaths already in 2018, attacking villages and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and land. The scale of the Fulani aggression threatens to surpass Boko Haram’s reign of terror, based on the sheer number of deaths.

Since 2001, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies estimates as many as 60,000 Nigerian lives have been lost to violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

In the past year alone, Open Doors received reports from its in-country sources of at least 611 deaths in the latest spike of militant Fulani unrest. These attacks played out in more than 50 incidents, where churches and homes were burned and residents were violently murdered, raped and kidnapped.

The situation is now growing even worse, with 497 more deaths already reported to Open Doors in the first four months of 2018.


Yet, unlike Boko Haram, the ongoing and wide-sweeping violence of the militant Fulani herdsmen has gone relatively unnoticed.

There are several reasons why.

There are complex economic factors, difficulty in gleaning exhaustive data due to the rural locations, and it can be challenging to understand whether Fulani extremists are working in a coordinated fashion typical of other terrorist organizations.


Religious dynamics also make reporting on the violence complicated. There is solid reason to believe the Fulani are targeting the Christian minority.


88% of Fulani attack victims in Nigeria’s Benue State were Christians.

70% of victims in Taraba State were Christians.

75% of victims in Nasarawa State were Christians.


This systematic targeting of Christians likely stems from waves of Islamic radicalization in this region in recent decades, with the aim of creating a fully Islamic Nigeria.


The Campaigner Online conducted local interviews, which revealed that, in addition to winning the land war, the militant Fulani’s ultimate goal is to undermine Christianity and the homeland rights of indigenous Christians.


“[Fulani militants] believe it is right for them to take those resources by force from infidels and apostates,” explains one former Open Doors’ West Africa researcher, Arne Mulders.


The Catholic bishops of Kaduna also believe militant Fulani herdsmen are trying to subjugate Christians, weaken Christian practices, and destroy the social and economic life of Christians they see as traitors to Islam. “There is a hidden agenda targeted at the Christian majority of southern Kaduna,” they said. “This jihad is well-funded, well-planned, and executed by agents of destabilization.”


Victims said they believe the Fulani are being helped by other forces — and that the Nigerian government is turning a blind eye to the violence. Some victims of the attacks contend weaponry used in the violence suggests external assistance, and the growing consensus is that Buhari’s government is doing little to nothing to stop the violence.


The clergy from Kafanchan in Southern Kaduna also cited instances where militants have been seemingly protected by the government.


“In most of these attacks, the military stands aloof and watches while our people are being massacred. … In the Godogodo and Pasakori attacks, for example, the military merely watched and supervised the burning of our homes,” they said. “When the youth mobilized to repel the attackers, the soldiers deliberately blocked them from entering the town.”

These claims were confirmed by eyewitness reports Open Doors gathered following the attacks.

While it might be difficult to parse all the religious and political factors in play, we cannot ignore the unmistakable maliciousness of the militant Fulani herdsmen, just as we have come to recognize Boko Haram’s signature cruelty. Governments around the world must ask why these attacks are happening, and what the Nigerian government is doing to stop it.

This is why, as an organization that has been actively supporting Christians facing persecution for more than 60 years, The Campaigner Online calls upon President Trump to insist that President Buhari:

Ensure all Nigerians are protected equally, regardless of ethno-religious affiliation, with timely security assistance against impending attacks, and sensible land-dispute solutions that take into account everyone’s needs.

Take tangible steps to ensure the rule of law is applied uniformly, including through credible, transparent and impartial investigations to bring perpetrators of violence to justice.

Expand U.S.-Nigeria coordinated efforts for law enforcement and legal training, monitoring and prevention of violence, and distribution of humanitarian assistance to forestall mass migration and help rebuild victims’ lives.


Just as with Boko Haram, the Fulani’s violence must be acknowledged in White House hallways, covered by media with depth and nuance, and confronted by the leaders of the free world, beginning with President Trump when he meets on Monday with President Buhari.

Chief Nnia John Nwodo’s Enugu House Bombed.

The country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia John Nwodo at Ukehe in Enugu State has been bombed.

A source who confirmed this, said that an Improvised Explosive Device was thrown into his house by unknown persons from outside his compound.

The explosion was said to have destroyed part of his building, shattering windows and ceiling of his house.

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Monday, 30th April, 2018.


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Anybody Who Wants This Present Government To Continue In 2019 Should Be Medically Examined – Chief Obasanjo

Anybody who wants present govt to continue in 2019 should be medically examined – Chief Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, took the Federal Government to the cleaners.

He insisted that anybody who wants the present administration to continue beyond 2019 should be medically examined.

“If anybody wants Nigeria’s current situation to continue the way it is today, then his head has to be examined. And some people are still saying that this situation should continue. God, the Almighty, will not allow them to have their way; we will neither suffer and nor shall we be put to shame.”

Obasanjo, who spoke in Ibadan, Oyo State

at the official launch of the Coalition of Nigerian Movement (CNM), tasked Nigerians to brace up for the 2019 general elections and get their Permanent Voter Cards (PCVs) “to effect a positive and desired change for the betterment of the country”.

At the rally were CNM National Coordinator, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Chief Ahmed Raji, a former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja; two former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo and Mr. Dele Adigun respectively; a former Council Chairman, Gbenga Adewusi and the CNM coordinators across the 33 local governments of the state and 351 wards.

Speaking intermittently in English and Yoruba, Obasanjo changed the slogan of the group to “CNM for the youths, CNM for the Women and CNM for Nigeria”.

Obasanjo told the crowd: “It is obvious what we will get if our situation continues the way it is at the moment.

“You all recall my statement of January 23, this year, the statement was just not made, it was made out of reality of Nigeria’s situation. It came after deep thought and reasonable consultations. It came after some forms of consultations and robbing of minds together with men and women and that gave birth to what is today known as CNM with Oyinlola taking up the challenge for its eventual launch even while I was away in U.S.

“I belief at my age, I should not continue to complain without finding solutions to the situation in which we have found ourselves. But we can’t do it alone. We will work with all those who are not with those who are not performing. When that time comes, we will tell you the platform.

“However, don’t ever think it will be easy. Tough times never last only the tough people do and men and women born of noble birth don’t fear any war. It won’t be easy to salvage Nigeria from those profiting from its poor state and current situation but God, who did it yesterday, will do it again for us. The terrain is much familiar and the game is not new to us. We are well experienced in it. Remember a particular leader who had a desire to transmit from military uniform to elected president. And the five political parties at that time nominated this just single individual in a way that if his nuclear family alone had come together, he would still have won but God was laughing at them. God, the omnipresent and omniscient, who can do all things, will do it for us. God is the supreme being who can make all things possible. And when we are looking unto God, we should also work ceaselessly to achieve”.

He didn’t end his speech without making recourse to President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s statement at the recently concluded Commonwealth meeting in London and remarked that “Nigerian youths are a set of resilience and hardworking folks who had seen hell along the Mediterranean and could be the best they can if they have half of the opportunities I, Obasanjo and a number of elders had in our growing years.

“Give them a small opportunity to excel, they will perform miracle, especially if we are able to give them 50% of what we enjoyed while growing up. Education is the best legacy to youths, are we funding it the way it should be? I am happy to be here to tell our people that works have started in earnest. They will harass, intimidate and make jest of you but remain undaunted for the task ahead. Get your PVC, it is the instrument and key to chase them away and open the door ahead of us. PVC is the key to open the door. Don’t be intimidated. For me, I don’t think there is anybody in this Nigeria who can intimidate me. I have seen a lot; sent to prison and weathered the storm altogether. So, registration is important for all of us,” he added.

Oyinlola had, in his welcome address, disclosed that the CNM was in talks with a number of political parties ahead of the general elections, just as he revealed that over three million Nigerians have registered with the group.