FG Reappoints UCH CMD For Another Four Years

President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for the reappointment of Jesse Otegbayo to serve another four-year term as the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Buhari had approved the appointment of Otegbayo as the CMD in January 2019.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, announced this on Monday in Ibadan, the state capital.
Ehanire had also handed over his letter of reappointment to him at the board room of the teaching hospital in Ibadan.
It will be recalled that Otegbayo took over from Temitope Alonge, who completed his tenure as the CMD.
He hails from Otan-Ile in Obokun Local Government in Ijesaland, Osun State. He graduated from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in 1989.

Presidential Transition Council Prepares For Buhari’s Handover To Successor

The Presidential Transition Council has begun its work, reports have shown.

The council has commenced preparations ahead of the transfer of power by President Muhammadu Buhari to his successor.

The President-elect is Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, whose victory is being challenged by Labour Party’s Peter Obi and Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar.

On Friday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Kana said the council would make governance comfortable for the incoming president.

Kana gave the assurance at a joint briefing between the officials of the ministry and members of the Transition Technical Task Team, TTTT.

The official confirmed the roadmap had already been drawn for the next leader for a quick start of his administration.

“The council is to look at the nine priority areas of the current administration in drafting the template. Security is among the areas,” he disclosed.

Kana added that his ministry has the responsibility of the mandate and has already set up a ministerial transition task team.

The transition council was inaugurated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha on February 14.

The council is in charge of security of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect and will coordinate briefings on the security matters post- elections.

It will organise facilities including fully furnished office and personnel for the President-elect and his/her transition team.

The body will coordinate the briefings of the President-elect by relevant public officers, and facilitate communication between the outgoing President and the President-elect.

The council is also in charge of organising the swearing-in ceremony, usually done at the Eagle Square in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Coordination, Dr. Habiba Lawal is Secretary of the Presidential Transition Council.

In line with Executive Order No. 14 of 2023, the senior official, appointed in August 2022, will be known as Federal Transition Coordinator.


Naira Redesign: Tell Nigerians How You’re Obeying Supreme Court Ruling – SERAP Urges Buhari

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on  President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians what his government is doing to implement the decision of the Supreme Court, extending the validity of the old N200, N500, and N1,000 notes to Dec 31, 2023.

SERAP also urged Buhari “to disclose the measures that his government is taking to direct the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately re-circulate the Naira notes, as ordered by the apex court.

In the letter dated on Saturday and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said, “There is an overriding public interest in disclosing the details of the measures your government and the CBN are taking to effectively and satisfactorily obey the Supreme Court decision.

“The public should not be kept in the dark on what your government and the CBN are doing to implement the decision. Widely publishing the implementation measures would also improve accountability of state officials and public confidence in the rule of law and Nigeria’s democracy.”

Recall that the Supreme Court had last week extended the validity of the old Naira notes until 31 December.

The apex court stated that the CBN must continue to receive the old Naira notes from Nigerians.

The Court held that Buhari’s instruction on the redesign of the new Naira notes without due consultation was illegal.


He Is The Best Person For The Job – President Buhari Says As He Congratulates Tinubu On His Electoral Victory

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated his successor and President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, after he was declared the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential polls by INEC in the early hours of today, March 1.

In a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said Tinubu has been elected by the people and that he will now work with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power.

Garba quoted the president as saying that results from the elections reveal the ripening of democracy in Nigeria. The President acknowledged that the election was flawed but pointed out that the issues registered do not take away the fact that the election was free and fair.

The statement quotes the President as saying those who are aggrieved and have proof that the election was flawed should come up with evidence and that if they cannot ‘’we must conclude that the election was the people’s will.”

He asked anyone with a grievance about the election to take it to the courts and not the streets.

Read The Statement Below;

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BREAKING: President Buhari Displays Ballot Paper After Voting In Daura (Video)

President Muhammadu Buhari has exercised his franchise in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

Today is the Presidential and National Assembly elections in the country.

After the President voted, he showed off his ballot papers to the voters around his polling unit.

Watch video below;


FG Orders Total Closure Of Land Borders For Elections

The federal government has ordered the closure of land borders ahead of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
The announcement was made by the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Jere in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
In the statement signed by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr Tony Akuneme Jere said that all land borders were to be effectively closed from 12 midnight on Saturday to 12 midnight on Sunday Feb. 26.
“Accordingly, all command comptrollers especially those in the border states are to ensure strict enforcement of this directive,” he said.
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BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Katsina For Saturday’s Presidential Polls

Ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 25, President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Katsina State from where he will proceed to his home town in Daura, to exercise his franchise.

Buhari’s aircraft landed at the Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua Airport, Katsina at exactly 4:40 pm.

He is expected to cast his vote for his preferred candidates in Daura later on Saturday.

Prior to leaving Abuja for Katsina, on Thursday, Buhari had summoned a Security Council Meeting, where he met with heads of security agencies to intimate them on the need to protect electorates and ensure the elections are hitch-free.

Buhari had also met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja, where he had admonished him to ensure the elections are free, fair and credible.

He was also present at the International Conference Centre Abuja, on Wednesday, where he witnessed candidates participating in the 2023 presidential election signing a peace accord.

At the event, Buhari had charged all the candidates contesting in the elections to accept the outcome of the elections as the choice of the electorates.

In the build up to the elections, Buhari, who is serving out his last term as President, had repeatedly said he would bequeath an electoral process that would be adjudged credible and transparent.

The President had in February 2022 signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law.

Buhari became President in 2015 after defeating his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan in a keenly contested election.

He rode to power on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), a party that got its formation in February 2013, from a merger involving the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) along with a breakaway faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Buhari is expected to hand over the baton of leadership to his successor on May 29, 2023.


I Am The Envy of Many Presidents In The World – Buhari Boasts

President Buhari has boasted that many presidents in the world envy his position.
According to him, this is because of the support his government has received from the private sector in addressing societal issues.
The President said this while speaking at the commissioning and handover of security equipment valued at over N12 billion to the military and Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday, February 22.
“Today is indeed a very happy day for all Nigerians, and I can happily say that I’m the envy of many presidents in the world. I’m exceedingly honoured to be the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, at this time. I’m gratified to have the honour of leading a country whose private sector willingly galvanises itself to raise funds to enthusiastically support the government in resolving social ills.
I’m proud to say that there is nowhere in the entire world, except in Nigeria, where the private sector has voluntarily come together to assist government efforts. These 350 vehicles and thousands of vests and helmets you are handing over today will go a long way in boosting the capacity of our forces,” he said.

President Buhari Holds National Security Council Meeting

Ahead of the February 25th polls, President Muhammadu Buhari has convened a National security council meeting at the State House.

The meeting which has all security chiefs in attendance is expected to review the current security situation in Nigeria.

Before the meeting, the President presided over the launch of security equipment donated by the Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID) at the Council Chambers.

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Buhari Arrives Lagos For APC Campaign Rally

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Lagos to attend the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign rally.
Punch reported that the Leonardo AW139 helicopter conveying Buhari from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport touched down at the National Stadium at 2:35 pm, after which he was conveyed to the 25,000-seater Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; venue of the rally.
Buhari is in Lagos to support the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
A former Governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007, Tinubu emerged as the APC presidential candidate after scoring the highest number of votes among 23 aspirants in the Party’s primary elections in June 2022.
A month later, he revealed his running mate, Kashim Shettima, a former Governor of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The Lagos rally becomes Buhari’s 10th appearance since the APC campaign flagged off in Plateau State on November 15, 2022.
So far, he has visited Sokoto, Katsina, Imo, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Plateau and Lagos states.
Tuesday’s rally comes one day to the deadline approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission for all candidates to conclude their campaigns.
It also comes four days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections holding on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
18 presidential candidates will appear on the ballot for Saturday’s election.
However, the majority of Nigerians recognise only four of those candidates.
They include the APC’s Bola Tinubu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar, the Labour Party’s Peter Obi and a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who is contesting on the New Nigeria Peoples Party ticket.
In the past 96 days of campaign, all four candidates have expressed their belief to clinch the Presidency and lead Africa’s most populous state.
Mindful of the issues that have dominated the Nigerian psyche, Tinubu, Atiku, Obi and Kwankwaso have all promised to revive the struggling economy, fight widespread insecurity and uproot endemic corruption.