Buhari to return to work on Monday; Shiite member faints on hearing news of Buhari’s return; Buhari may go back to UK for more treatment in few weeks; $9.7m cash: EFCC files charges against ex-NNPC GMD; Pro-Buhari youth rally shuts down Anambra capital; Obasanjo wants PDP Dead – Bode George . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari will write a letter to the National Assembly on Monday to make his return to work constitutional after a medical trip to the UK, his SA on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said yesterday via his Twitter handle, @FemAdesina. Dismissing media reports that Buhari had asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to continue as acting president, Adesina said Buhari would Monday transmit a letter to the National Assembly to inform the lawmakers of his return. The presidential spokesman said that would make Buhari’s return to work formal and constitutional.
A 58-year-old member of the radical Shiites an Islamic Movement in Nigeria collapsed on Friday morning on learning that President Muhammadu Buhari had returned to Nigeria safe and sound. Malam Ibrahim a potato seller fainted at the popular Mararraban Jos, a few kilometers to Kawo, Kaduna state. The Shiites have been embroiled in conflict with the Buhari administration since the December 2015 killing of hundreds of their members by soldiers. Their leader, Ibraheem El Zakzaky has been in detention since then and is reportedly going blind and senile.
President Muhammadu Buhari hinted that he may go back to the UK for more treatment in a few weeks time. “I am feeling much better now. There may, however, be need for further follow up within some weeks,’’ he stated. Buhari arrived back to Nigeria after many weeks on medical vacation. He was there for about 51 days. Buhari announced this at his first meeting with his Cabinet and Service Chiefs at the First Lady’s Conference Room at the Presidential Villa Abuja. In his long absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was the Acting President of Nigeria.
The EFCC has filed charges against the former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, at the Federal High Court, Abuja. A six-count charge of Advance Fee Fraud, money laundering, failure to declare over $9.7million gifts in Assets Form was laid out against Mr. Yakubu. Mr. Yakubu has remained in detention and is likely to be arraigned next week before the Federal High Court, Abuja. In the March 9,2017 charge sheet the EFCC accused Mr. Yakubu of receiving the huge cash gifts without going through a financial institution.
About 25,000 youths stormed Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Friday in solidarity with the Buhari administration. The rally with the hashtag #we stand for Buhari# drew youths from all the LGAs of the state. The rally led to traffic gridlock on Zik Avenue and Arthur Eze Avenue. Addressing the youths, the Co-ordinator of the rally, Comrade Chijioke Onyekaonwu said that anything that would hinder Igbo Presidency in 2023 after Buhari’s tenure would be resisted by Ndi Igbo. “History always repeats itself but the Igbo proverb, a tree does not prick a man’s eyes twice, says it all as regards the Igbo political interest as it stands now,” he said.
In reply to a The Sun interview published on Saturday , Bode George a PDP chieftain said: “Obasanjo is entitled to his own views but I think his expression is a reflection of his wish for PDP . . . other eminent elder statesmen in the country . . . praying for PDP to come out of the crisis stronger . . . to ensure that the party bounces back in a big way. We thank God for the roles being played by elders like Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Dr Alex Ekwueme and others. No individual should play God or gloat over others’ challenges. PDP will survive the present tribulations no matter the evil some people wished the party. Their evil wish will not come to fruition . . .”