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Buhari, Obi, Okonjo-Iweala hail Adesina’s re-election as AfDB President



images 2020 08 28T140526.051 Buhari, Obi, Okonjo-Iweala hail Adesina’s re-election as AfDB President

President Muhammadu Buhari has has congratulated the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on his re-election for a second term in office.

According to him, Adesina deserves his reappointment stressing that Nigeria and Africa are honoured by the victory which stands as a testimony to his hardwork and commitment to the development of the continent.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said the news of the AfDB boss’s victory came during the National Council of State meeting, which was attended by former Heads of State, Senate President, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Governors, Ministers, and senior government officials.

As Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, announced the good news, President Buhari led the round of applause.

He extended appreciation to the African Union for its endorsement of the AfDB President much earlier, and to shareholders of the bank and the international community as a whole who worked tirelessly to ensure the return of the visionary leader.

President Buhari believes Adesina’s versatility, experience at both national and international engagements, will be further deployed to energise the pan-African financial institution, urging him to remain focused and steadfast in pursuing the noble goals of making life better for Africans through various development plans, already captured as High 5s.

While pledging full support of his government to ensure a successful tenure for the AfDB leadership, President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen Adesina and his team for greater good to the continent.

Also reacting to Adesina’s reappointment, Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) in the 2019 election, Mr Peter Obi, congratulated Akinwunmi Adesina on his re-election as the President of African Development Bank, while expressing hopes that his second tenure in office will yield more blessing to Nigeria and Africa in general.

Obi who made this known through a press statement to the media, said he was elated by the news of Adesina’s re-election as the President of AfDB. He expressed optimism the AfDB helmsman would use his second term to serve Africa and create a better economic environment for the continent.

“Akinwunmi Adesina’s re-election as the President of African Development Bank is a huge blessing to Nigeria and Africa in general. This second tenure obviously gives him the opportunity and the platform to greatly change the economic environment of Africa for the better.

“I congratulate him on his re-election as AfDB’s President and wish him a fruitful and productive stay in office”, Obi said.

Adesina’s re-election took place electronically on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at virtual annual general meeting of the bank. After months of severe, multi-stakeholder battle, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday received a fresh mandate to lead the continental development finance institution for a second term of five years effective from September 1.

Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, congratulated him for the feat on her verified Twitter account.

“Wonderful to get the news of the re-election of @akin_adesina as President of @AfDB_Group. Hearty congratulations to you, my brother, and to Grace! Wishing you five more fruitful years!!

The election result, which gave him a hundred percent of votes of all regional and non-regional members of the bank, was announced by the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Mrs. Niale Kaba, Minister of National Planning of Côte d’Ivoire.

Kaba, said, “I am delighted that the Board of Governors has re-elected Dr. Adesina for a second term in office as President. As shareholders, we strongly support the 8bank and will give him all the necessary support to carry forward and implement his compelling vision for the bank over the next five years.”

Adesina is the first Nigerian to head the 56-year old bank, reputed to be one of the world’s top five multilateral lenders.

Also rejoicing over his re-appointment was the Chairman of Silver Bird Group, Ben Bruce.

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A Brief History of the Late Emir of Zazzau Alh Shehu Idris from 1936 to 2020



38c2d3371672415fb4cd6b6b60d0a5bd 1600609977891 A Brief History of the Late Emir of Zazzau Alh Shehu Idris from 1936 to 2020

The late Emir of Zazzau His Highness Shehu Idris was born on September 20, 1936 in Zaria.

His father’s name was Malam Idris Auta, better known as Autan Sambo, and his mother’s name was Malama Aminatu Idris.

Malam Idris’ father was Muhammad Sambo who ruled as Sarkin Zazzau from 1879 to 1888, and Sambon’s father was Sarkin Zazzau Abdulkarimi who ruled from 1834 to 1846.

The late Sarkin Zazzau Shehu Idris started his religious studies in Zaria before joining the Elementary School from 1947 to 1950, during which time he lost his father when he was only 12 years old.

In 1950 he joined the Middle School in Zaria where he graduated in 1955 and then transferred to the Katsina Training College.

In 1958, he started teaching at Hurakuyi Primary School, where he taught in several schools in the Zazzau region.

He also served as the King’s Secretary in 1960, during the reign of Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu Aminu.

In 1965. [9] to 1973 he was appointed Dan Madamin Zaria, and later he was appointed Head of Zaria.

The late Emir of Zazzau Shehu Idris became the Emir of Zazzau in 1975 after the death of the Emir of Zazzau Muhammadu Aminu.

On January 10, 2015, he organized a grand celebration to celebrate his 40th year on the throne, and on February 8, 2020, he celebrated another 45th anniversary on the throne of Zazzau.

In short he was the 18th King of Zazzau since the Jihad of Dan Fodiyo and came from the Katsina royal family, as it is known that there are three royal houses in Zazzau, the Katsina palace and the Mallawa palace and then the Barebari palace.

The emir died at the age of 84 on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at about 11am at the 44 Army Barack Hospital in Kaduna.

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Buhari, ministers in FEC meeting



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The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , ministers and some other top government officials are currently meeting.
They are meeting under the auspices of the Federal Executive Council .
Buhari is presiding over the virtual meeting from the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja .
While some members of the council are with him at the venue , some others are participating in their offices .
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Without effective response to COVID-19, UN would have failed —Buhari



images 74 2 Without effective response to COVID-19, UN would have failed —Buhari

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , says if the United Nations system cannot mobilise the world to marshal out an effective response to the COVID- 19 pandemic , then the organisation would have failed in its core mission .
Buhari said this late Tuesday while delivering Nigeria ’s National Statement via video -message , on the first day of the 75 th session of the UN General Assembly Debate .
The theme of this year ’ s General Assembly is ” The Future We Want , The United Nations We Need : Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism – Confronting Coronavirus Through Effective Multilateral Action . ”
Buhari promised that Nigeria will continue to partner with the World Health Organisation and some countries to ensure accelerated development and manufacturing, as well as the uninhibited supply of safe and effective Coronavirus vaccines to all .
He also pledged Nigeria ’ s commitment to working with member states in the spirit of global cooperation and solidarity to promote human health and general well – being.
He said , ” As we reflect on the future we want and the United Nations we need , we must realise that the people of the world not only look up to us : they count on us .
” If the United Nations system cannot mobilise the world to marshal out a truly effective and inclusive response to the coronavirus pandemic , then the United Nations would have failed in the core mission of giving expression, direction and solution to the yearnings of the international community.
” The future we want must guarantee human rights , human dignity , human prospects and prosperity. The principles of ‘Leaving No One Behind and Doing No Harm ’ must be expressed through accountability , strategic growth initiatives and elimination of threats of all kinds. ”
Buhari boasted that his regime had come up with different measures to provide a future of hope for Nigerians. He mentioned the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan and the Medium Term National Development for the period 2020- 2025 and 2026 – 2030 as parts of the measures put in place by his regime .
” We expect that these ambitious initiatives will deliver sustainable economic growth and development to Nigeria , ” he said .
Buhari expressed concern that the COVID- 19 pandemic has devastated the world economy , straining the capabilities of the health systems of many countries , including Nigeria .
He said , “ In the aftermath of the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria , we prioritised vulnerable groups , including women , children , older persons and the unemployed , in our efforts to provide medical and social assistance to cushion the socio- economic effects of the disease .
” Accordingly , we have expanded our National Social Register , to include an additional one million Nigerians. Our National Social Investment Programme has been the vehicle for reaching out to the poor and vulnerable members of the Nigerian population, as well as providing cover for over 12 million households . ”
The President lauded the efforts of the UN and the WHO in combating the pandemic . He applauded the $2 bn Global Response Plan launched by the UN Secretary- General to fund the coronavirus response in the poorest countries .
The President also commended the Secretary -General ’ s call for a cease – fire in conflict areas to enable humanitarian assistance reach groups vulnerable to Coronavirus.
He said his regime had commenced the disbursement of N 10. 9bn to households on Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises as palliatives as part of measures to reduce poverty.
He added that N 500bn fiscal stimulus package and sustained delivery of humanitarian and social interventions to poor and vulnerable households have been established , while the Central Bank of Nigeria launched a N 3. 5trn stimulus package to boost manufacturing and facilitate import substitution .
He urged the international community to cooperate in addressing the scourge of poverty, particularly in developing countries . The President said Nigeria remained concerned over the illicit trade, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons , particularly in Africa. He called on the international community to renew efforts to stem this traffic and promote the Arms Trade Treaty in order to codify accountability in the battle against trans – border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy.
He also urged world leaders to redouble efforts to ensure collective security. Buhari described terrorist attacks across the globe as a harsh reality of the challenges the world is facing today.
” In Nigeria , we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits .
” We continue to count on our strong cooperation with UN Counter – Terrorism bodies and neighbouring countries to overcome the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel region.
” We will vigorously sustain the rehabilitation , reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North East . The North – East Development Commission has been established for that purpose, ” he said .
On illicit financial flows , the President Buhari declared that the global aspiration to recover from the impact of COVID – 19 will not be fully met without addressing structures that make it more difficult for countries to generate and retain their financial resources .
In this regard , the President again thanked Prof . Muhammad – Bande as well as the immediate past President of the Economic and Social Council , Ambassador Mona Jul , for jointly launching the High – Level Panel on International Financial Accountability , Transparency and Integrity ( FACTI ) for Achieving the 2030 Agenda .
On climate change , the President reiterated Nigeria ’s commitment to the revitalisation of Lake Chad. He said , “ We are convinced that recharging the Lake will improve the living conditions of our people in the area , promote inter – state cooperation, strengthen community resilience and assist in addressing environmental and security challenges threatening the region and its resources .”
Buhari renewed his call for international support for the regional efforts to raise $50 bn required to actualise the initiative.
On education , Buhari announced that Nigeria will be hosting the 4 th International Conference on Safe Schools in 2021. ‘
‘ Quality education for all is the cornerstone of sustainable development .
” I invite you all to Nigeria to participate in the Conference which aims to advocate for the protection of education from attack as we work together towards the future we want , ” he said .

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