Buhari Resumes, Transmits Letter to National Assembly; Buhari & Osinbajo meet in closed-door meeting; Fayose Congratulates Buhari, Says Nigerians Are Hungry; IPOB threat in Anambra: Brace up against trouble makers – Gov. Obiano; FG Orders Use Of ID Card For Abuja-Kaduna Train Ticket; Aisha Buhari thanks Nigerians for husband’s return . . .
Two days after returning to Nigeria from a 103-day medical vacation in London, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying it of his resumption of duty as the Nigeria’s president.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president in a letter dated August 21, 2017, told both the Senate and the House of Representatives that he was resuming office.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, held a closed-door meeting with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President, who has now transformed back to the Vice President, (after Buhari transmitted a letter to the National Assembly assuming his powers) in his official home at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President who resumed work after his 104-day medical vacation in London, operated from his official residence. The Personal Assistant to the president on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed in his twitter handle that Julius Berger Construction Company was carrying out renovation work in the Presidential office which had made it imperative for him to operate from his residence pending completion of renovation.
The Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his return from his medical leave but reminded him that Nigerians are hungry not only for food but for development.
Fayose urged the Buhari-led APC federal government to face governance squarely and deliver the gains of democracy to the people. Fayose, a fierce critic of the President said inter alia, below:
“We are happy that President Buhari is back. It is a welcome development but Nigerians are hungry, they need food, they need development. We in PDP know what is right for Nigerians, democracy is strengthened by opposition. APC should face governance squarely and give Nigerians democratic dividends, . . . ’
Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has called on the citizens of the state to brace up against any troublemakers with intention of disrupting peace or causing chaos ahead of the governorship election in Anambra state. The call is coming against the repeated threats by Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB, to disrupt the November 18 gubernatorial elections in the state.
Addressing a gathering at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, Obiano disclosed that security reports available to him indicated that the architects of the threats were from outside the state and not even people of the State. He said: ”We cannot allow somebody from another state to invade our peaceful state and issue unwelcome directives to us. We will not fold our hands and watch such an individual motor in people from Abia, Enugu and other outside places to disrupt order in our State . . .”
The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has directed that every prospective train passenger must present identity cards before obtaining tickets at ticket sales points. He said that the each passenger on presentation of ID card will be issued a ticket with his or her name boldly written to forestall the possibility of transferring tickets to the highest bidders which was the practice in recent times.
He said this was as a result of complaints of passengers on hoarding of first class tickets by some officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and transfer of tickets from one passenger to another by passengers at Idu and Rigassa Railway Stations along the Abuja to Kaduna Railway Line.
Director of operations and acting managing director of the Corporation, Mr. Niyi Alli who dropped this hint recently in Lagos appealed to passengers wishing to enter the Kaduna to Abuja passenger train to obtain ID cards as passengers who don’t have it would not be allowed to board the train.
The Wife of President, Aisha Buhari, has thanked Nigerians for their prayers and support as her husband after her husband returned back to the country after 104 days on medical trip to London. Aisha Buhari made this announcement on her official twitter handle this morning.
She wrote, “As we welcome our dear President back home, I am grateful to Nigerians and well-wishers all over the world for their continuous prayers and support. May God continue to guide, protect and bless us all and our dear country Nigeria.”
In Buhari’s nationwide 7 am broadcast on Monday, the President had also opened his speech with gratitude to his fellow citizens, acknowledging their prayers for him while he was away on medical vacation.