President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday, January 16, 2023, for Nouakchott, where he will receive the “African Award for Strengthening Peace” on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued on Sunday, Janaury 15, 2023, by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the award is for the President’s leadership role in promoting peace on the continent.
Adesina said the award will be presented to President Buhari by the Abu Dhabi Peace Forum, which is an assembly of leaders established in 2014 to pursue new ways to embrace inclusive citizenship, promote lasting peace, and work towards a safer and more sustainable world for everyone.
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He also said Buhari will participate in the programme of the Third Forum of the African Conference for Peace, where he will deliver a speech on milestones and gains in the African peace process.
The statement partly reads; “Before the international recognition for serving Nigeria, and the larger interest of peace in Africa, the President will participate in the Programme of the Third Forum of the African Conference for Peace, where he will deliver a speech on milestones and gains in the African peace process.
“President Buhari will depart for Nouakchott on Monday and return Wednesday, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed B. Monguno and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”
This is the first time the president will be leaving the country in 2023.
The president’s last trip out of the country was to Niamey, the Nigerien capital to attend the African Union Summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification, as well as the Extraordinary Session on African Continental Free Trade Area.
On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Nigerian megastar Burna Boy received the honorary title of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.
In a ceremony conducted at the Government House Villa in Aso Rock on October 11, 2022, President Buhari gave honors to the 437 nominees for National Awards.
One of the 75 recipients of the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic honor was Afrobeats superstar Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy.
Burna Boy’s father accepted the honor on his son’s behalf. It was given to him in honor of his ground-breaking achievements, which include being the first contemporary Nigerian artist to win a Grammy.
Popular Nigerian musician Teni Apata recently sparked a debate.
Teni received a variety of responses for not shaking or introducing himself to President Buhari while accepting a national honor.
447 people received the National Honors Award from President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
The overall number of Nigeria’s national honors awardees since 1963 is 5,341 according to the National Honours Award Investiture 2022 Programme, which states that 450 individuals received awards.
Six of the 450 recipients were given the title of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), 55 were given the title of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), 74 were given the title of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), and 77 were given the title of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). There are also 65 Commanders of the Order of the Niger, 55 Members of the Order of the Niger, 110 Officers of the Order of the Niger (OON), and four recipients of the First Class Federal Republic Medal (FRM I) and Second Class Federal Republic Medal (FRM II).
Teni was the only honoree who was observed without shaking the President’s hand or extending a greeting at the award presentation.
President Muhammed Buhari in his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE), a hospital project that aims to transform the healthcare sector in the West African sub-region, Buhari said the “flight of doctors and nurses to other continents” and inadequate medical infrastructure have created poor access to quality healthcare and increased death rates from diseases such as diabetes and cancer in Africa.
“Cardiovascular ailments, cancers and hematological disorders have increasingly become matters of concern to public healthcare. These ailments are now the highest contributors to non-communicable disease (NCD) mortalities, representing more than 81 percent of all NCD deaths in West Africa.
“The World Health Organisation projects that deaths on the African continent attributable to cancer and diabetes are expected to rise over the next 10 years. The rising NCD burden coupled with inadequate medical infrastructure on the continent threatens the future of our people.
“This problem is further exacerbated by the significant brain drain experienced by the continent. The flight of doctors and nurses to other continents has resulted in a significant gap between the required treatments for NCDs and the available treatments and care.
“The above challenges combine to create a regional health market with poor access to critical services and low perception of quality of care available.’’
“The success of the AMCE will pave the way for future investments and partnerships in the sector while raising the local standard of healthcare and providing a blueprint for quality of services required to address Nigeria’s and Africa’s healthcare and economic challenges.
“The AMCE represents a return to fundamentals, and the understanding that there is no African development agenda without able-bodied Africans to execute our vision of transformation.”
The President was represented by his VP, Yemi Osinbanjo during the 2021 All Nigeria Judges conference in Abuja on Monday.
“We are part of the global marketplace for investment and legal services.
“The extent to which we can attract business to our country depends in part upon investor perception of the quality of our justice delivery system.
“If we are seen as inefficient and ineffective, we would lose out to more efficient systems.”
As my lords are aware, delay in the dispensation of justice, coupled with the increase in the number of cases in our courts, have remained subject of grave concern.
“As someone said, our problem is not access to justice, it is exiting the justice system. And I know that the delays are not necessarily the fault of the judges. Lawyers are often also responsible.
“Should we not then, as has been suggested by some, evolve a court award system that recognizes the court as the final and extensive public resort, and as such, delays and other dielectric tactics are visited with deterrent costs?”
I am not unaware of the number of challenges slowing the pace of transformation in our administration of the justice system. More needs to be done to strike a sound balance between a high level of productivity, the quality of judicial decisions, and careful consideration of cases.
My administration, through the federal ministry of justice in collaboration with the National Judicial Council, has been working towards the resolution of these challenges.”
President Buhari was spotted with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace Paris, where they were reportedly meeting for a business lunch.
here are pictures from the the President’s visit
The Nigerian President joined a lot of other world leaders like Boris Johnson of UK, Uhurru Kenyatta of Kenya, Emmanuel Macron of France and Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres at the ongoing 26th Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
President Buhari was seen with the Salman of Saudi Arabia on his journey to Saudi where he went to pray for everlasting peace in Nigeria.