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Father Kukah Must Be Allowed To Practise His Faith And Politics – Garba Shehu
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Father Kukah Must Be Allowed To Practise His Faith And Politics – Garba Shehu

The reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, is wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions. Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity. The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country's Constitution. The duty of the government, more so, this democrat...
Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, says President Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to calls for the sack of the service chiefs because he sees what Nigerians do not see. Shehu said this when he featured on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday. In 2020, Nigeria witnessed a spike in killings by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers. To address the situation, the national assembly on at least four occasions asked the president to sack the service chiefs for poor performance. Other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) also said the military is overwhelmed and needs fresh ideas to stop the killings. But the presidency has instead insisted that the service chiefs will remain in office for as long as Buhari is satisfied with their pe...
Amosun Didn’t Transfer N12.5m Ogun Money To Buhari – Garba Shehu
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Amosun Didn’t Transfer N12.5m Ogun Money To Buhari – Garba Shehu

The statement read; ''Fake news industry at work. A certain document showing the transfer of N12,500,000 from the Coffers of the Ogun State to a “PMB Estate” is being circulated to tarnish the image of President Muhammadu Buhari. The President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Estate is a large housing scheme in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. It was commissioned by President Buhari in the course of a State visit. PMB Estate is owned by the Ogun State government, which honoured the President by naming it after him of cause that does not confer the ownership of the Estate to President Buhari. The gossipy online newspaper, peddling the falsehood that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the tried and tested anti-corruption fighter is the beneficiary of this cash transfer should be ignored. ...
Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator
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Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator

Senator representing Katsina north, Ahmed Baba Kaita has lashed out at President Buhari over the level of insecurity being witnessed in the country.   Speaking at a plenary session on Tuesday December 1, Kaita pointed out the need for reassessment of the effort of the military in combating the insurgency in the north-east.   He said;   “It (insecurity) is now facing us eyeball to eyeball, we have to sit down with this military and reassess their performance in the north-east. “Day in day out, same scenarios keep repeating themselves, then something is fundamentally wrong. If we allow this go, let’s be ready for another mourning. “Despite the efforts of the federal government on the security issues of Nigeria – I totally believe the president is doing hi...
Service Chiefs Will Remain As Far As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu
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Service Chiefs Will Remain As Far As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, says the nation’s service chiefs will remain in office as far as President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with their performance. Shehu, who featured during an Arise TV programme on Monday night, said the calls for the sack of the service chiefs are “out of place”. Parts of the country have seen a rise in attacks in recent months, communities in the north-west and north-central regions have been victims of bandits attacks while kidnappers are on rampage across some states. Over the weekend, Boko Haram insurgents struck in Borno state, killing more than 40 farmers in a community about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. As the growing security challenges renewed calls for the sack of the service chiefs, Buhari said he has gi...
Dead Farmers: Garba Shehu Reacts To Backlash Over Comment
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Dead Farmers: Garba Shehu Reacts To Backlash Over Comment

Senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity Garba Shehu on Monday took to social media to clarify his statement earlier in the day that 43 farmers who were gruesomely murdered by Boko Haram fighters on Saturday in Borno had no military clearance to resume farming. Mr Shehu came under backlash after his statement in an interview on BBC. He tweeted later, saying he gave an honest answer to the question of whether the security agents certified the area terrorist-free. “Today, I found myself leading the trends in the social media for the wrong reasons,” he wrote. “The State of Borno is essentially a military zone up till now that we are talking and much of what people do; much of where they go are governed by the exigencies of security. “Routinely, traders, ...
43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm – Garba Shehu
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43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm – Garba Shehu

The Presidency, today on Monday stated that the 43 farmers that were killed by Boko Haram on Saturday did not have military clearance to be on the rice farms when the attack happened. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with the BBC on Monday. He said while not blaming the victims for the incident, the truth must be said. Shehu said, “The government is sad that this tragic incident has happened. 43 or thereabout of innocent farm workers, most of them had their throats slit by a heartless band of terrorists. People need to know what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area. “Much of those areas have been liberated from Boko Haram terrorists but there are a number of spaces that have not been cleared for t...
Mamman Daura is needlessly misunderstood by many – Buhari
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Mamman Daura is needlessly misunderstood by many – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that his nephew, Mamman Daura is needlessly misunderstood by many.   In a statement released by Presidential aide Garba Shehu in celebration of Daura's 81st birthday, Buhari described Daura as one of Nigeria’s worthiest gentleman, dedicated public servant and a consummate administrator.   Buhari further averred that “it is impossible to sit down with Daura without gaining from his vast experience, knowledge, and wisdom,” noting that his “unappreciated virtues are his humility, compassion, and zeal to provide mentoring to many who are privileged to be with him or close to him.”   The statement reads in full;   STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE PRESIDENT BUHARI SALUTES MAMMAN DAURA AT 81, SAYS HE’S AMONG OUR WORTHIEST...
Buhari Avoiding The Lekki Incident Until The Facts Are Established – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Avoiding The Lekki Incident Until The Facts Are Established – Garba Shehu

As the Judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government, one of the more dozen states to do so, starts sitting on Monday, President @MBuhari has expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were murdered and property owners whose assets were vandalized and looted. The President, who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property. Th...
Using Tax From Herdsmen, Farmers To Subsidies Petrol Unfair – Garba Shehu
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Using Tax From Herdsmen, Farmers To Subsidies Petrol Unfair – Garba Shehu

The Presidency says it will be unfair to use taxes collected from herdsmen and farmers to subsidise petrol which is only used by urban city dwellers and the elite. The Senior Special Assistant to the Media on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Friday. Shehu was reacting to criticisms targeted at the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who had in his Independence Day speech, said it made no sense for petrol to cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia. Many had lambasted Buhari for the comparison, insisting that the President ought to have compared the minimum wage in Nigeria with that of Saudi Arabia. Responding, however, Shehu said, “Is it fair that the taxpayers’ money…how many Nigerians have c...
FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu
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FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu

+- An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called. Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi. Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states. The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation ba...
Successive Governments Lacked Courage To Remove Fuel Subsidy – Garba Shehu
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Successive Governments Lacked Courage To Remove Fuel Subsidy – Garba Shehu

The Presidency on Sunday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), demonstrated “right courage” to take recent decisions that led to hike in fuel price and electricity tariff among others. It said such decisions were long overdue but successive governments before Buhari’s lacked courage to take bold decisions. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated these in a statement titled “History will be kinder to President Buhari than his critics are prepared to be.” Shehu was reacting to criticisms that trailed recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff. He described the reforms that led to the hike in prices as “necessary and overdue.” The presidential aide claimed that the Buhari regime has worked hard to mee...
Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him, we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari – Falana
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Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him, we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari – Falana

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, has fired back at presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu for saying his client lied about the mission of a delegation led by the late Ismaila Isa Funtua, an ally of the president who visited him while in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).   Falana who accused Shehu of attempting to distort the proceedings of the meetings, recalled how he and other patriots teamed up in 2006 to campaign for the release of Shehu, who was the spokesperson of former Vice-President Atiku Abukakar at that time.   According to him, the presidential spokesperson was detained by the DSS State and charged with the offence of  “obtaining, reproducing and keeping classified material” in contravention of ...
Usman vs Masvidal: Buhari Reacts as Nigerian Retains UFC Title
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Usman vs Masvidal: Buhari Reacts as Nigerian Retains UFC Title

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday reacted to the victory Nigerian-born Kamarudeen Usman who defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, Welterweight title. Usman had defeated Jorge Masvidal to retain his title. Consequently, Buhari commended Usman for fighting strong and flying Nigeria’s flag. A statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Usman’s victory was an indication that great people can come out of Nigeria. The statement sent to DAILY POST reads: “As the first African-born and Nigerian UFC Champion, President Buhari commends the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon, proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands, and reminding the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria. “While th...
‘Traditional Rulers In Katsina Are Aiding Bandits’ – Garba Shehu
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‘Traditional Rulers In Katsina Are Aiding Bandits’ – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says some traditional rulers are aiding bandits in Katsina, the state President Muhammadu Buhari hails from. Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Monday, Shehu said these traditional rulers help gunmen escape when security agencies are planning attacks. Katsina has come under attacks by gunmen in recent times. A number of people have lost their lives and property in the incidents. Shehu said there are people who are benefiting from the attacks. “It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the president’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people,” he said. “In neighbouring...
Appointment Of Dongban-Mensem Has Not Been Confirmed Due To Security Screening – Garba Shehu
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Appointment Of Dongban-Mensem Has Not Been Confirmed Due To Security Screening – Garba Shehu

The Presidency has given reasons for the delay in confirming the appointment of Monica Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday said Dongban-Mensem is being screened by security agencies. TMCI reports there were complaints after the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), directed that Dongban-Mensem should be in an acting capacity for another three months. But Shehu said the president has a duty to ensure that such appointment meets the requirements of the constitution in protecting the supreme law of the land. The statement read in part, “Don’t forget our recent experience with ministers who were signed off upon and turned out as having not...
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IPOB is Using Christianity to Wage War against Nigerian State – Presidency

The Presidency has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which was described as "self-proclaimed Jews", of using Christianity to wage war against the Nigerian state. In the statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity Garba Shehu, IPOB was accused of attempting to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.   The Presidency also alleged that there is available evidence to show that the proscribed group is being funded with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since October 2019, with no records of the source of the largesse. The statement read;   IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NIGERIAN STATE The Presidency wishes to draw the attention...
Fire Guts Presidential Villa’s Store
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Fire Guts Presidential Villa’s Store

A fire incident occurred at the presidential villa on Thursday June 4 as confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Shehu said the fire occurred at a store near the State House Chapel in the Presidential Villa on Thursday afternoon. He described it as a minor incident and also linked it to an electrical spark. The Presidential spokesperson said;   “The incident, linked to an electrical spark, was immediately brought under control by alert staff using available fire extinguishers well ahead of the arrival of the Federal Fire Service trucks stationed just outside the premises. Luckily, no injury or serious damage was recorded."
Buhari Trusts Women More Than Men – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Trusts Women More Than Men – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that his principal trusts women more than men. The Presidential Spokesperson disclosed this while making an appearance in an NTA programme on Friday May 29. When asked if President Buhari would appoint more women in his government, Shehu said; “This is a prayer you are making and I join you in prayer, I support you. I think he should get more women.” “In any case, do you know that all his ministers of finance have been women. “Let me say this, I hope I don’t get myself into trouble. He is more trusted of women than men, because he has given this country… all these years, all the country’s money is in the hands of women and they kept it safely. And they are doing wel...
President Buhari to hold Private Eid Prayers with Family as Nigeria Continues to Battle COVID-19
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President Buhari to hold Private Eid Prayers with Family as Nigeria Continues to Battle COVID-19

As Muslims all over the world mark the Eid Fitri celebration this weekend, President Buhari has said he will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home and not at any of the prayer grounds where he has over the years joined other Muslims for the Eid congregational prayers. A statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says the decision of the President is in line with the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, that was put in place “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.” He added that the President is also obeying the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III suspending Eid congregational prayers across the c...
Mambilla Project Won’t Benefit From Abacha Loot ― Presidency
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Mambilla Project Won’t Benefit From Abacha Loot ― Presidency

The Presidency says it acted in error by adding the Mambilla project among those to benefit from the $311 million loot by late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, which was recently returned to the country from the US and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, had earlier announced that the project along with second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway, and Lagos-Ibadan expressway would be the beneficiaries. In a statement released this evening, Shehu said he regretted the erroneous addition of the project for the list as it was not part of the projects to the financed under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Read ...
Presidency clarifies projects to be funded with $311m Abacha loot
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Presidency clarifies projects to be funded with $311m Abacha loot

The Presidency on Wednesday made clarification on the projects to be funded by the repatriated Sani Abacha loot. In a statement to DAILY POST on Wednesday by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he said the recently repatriated loot will go towards only three of the Federal Government’s five priority projects. He said the Mambilla power and East-West road projects were not included as he stated in an earlier statement. “In an earlier statement, I had mistakenly noted that the Mambilla was one of five priority projects to benefit from the $311 million Abacha loot under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). That error is regretted ” Shehu said. “Although the Mamb...
Garba Shehu Reacts To Ibrahim Gambari’s Appointment As Chief Of Staff
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Garba Shehu Reacts To Ibrahim Gambari’s Appointment As Chief Of Staff

The Presidency on Tuesday reacted to reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new Chief of Staff, CoS. Reports on social media had it that Buhari appointed Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as his new CoS, following the demise of Abba Kyari. When DAILY POST reached out to Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson said he was not aware of such development. In a text sent, Garba wrote: “I have not been briefed.”
We Can’t Flog Those Who Came To Abba Kyari’s Burial – Garba Shehu
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We Can’t Flog Those Who Came To Abba Kyari’s Burial – Garba Shehu

The Presidency on Saturday said there was nothing it could do to bar the crowd who thronged the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja to pay their last respects to the late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari. Speaking exclusively to Daily Independent, Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity said they never invited the public to the funeral and couldn’t have invited soldiers to flog those who have come to pay their last respect to deceased. He added that in their bid to ensure crowd control and social distancing, the burial was delayed and they had to proceed as more people kept trooping to the cemetery. “Was there any invitation for the public to come for the burial? Go back to my Twitter handle and read what I posted. From 10a...
Buhari Accepts Abba Kyari’s Death As Will Of God – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Accepts Abba Kyari’s Death As Will Of God – Garba Shehu

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the death of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, as an inevitable will of God. The President’s thoughts on the demise of his right-hand-man was disclosed in a media chat by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Mallam Shehu, who spoke at the graveside of Kyari, said President Buhari, being a religious person, had accepted the development as the will of God. “These are not things that we have a choice in, it’s providence, it’s God who says who goes and who stays. The President, obviously a deeply religious person, takes it that it cannot be helped, at the end of the day, all of us will also go that way,” he said. Speaking about the relationship between the President and his late Ch...
Garba Shehu Is A Paid Propagandist Hired To Distract Nigerians – Wole Soyinka
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Garba Shehu Is A Paid Propagandist Hired To Distract Nigerians – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has responded to an attack on him by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu. Shehu, speaking on behalf of the Presidency, had urged Nigerians to ignore Soyinka's comments on the lockdown order declared by Buhari on Sunday during a broadcast. The lockdown to take place in Lagos, Ogun and FCT, was part of wider measures adopted by government to halt the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Shehu therefore said that Nigerians should ignore Soyinka for kicking against the move because he lacked knowledge on issues of health and science in general. But responding on Thursday morning, Soyinka described Shehu as a paid propagandist doing the bidding of a clueless administration. He said, "Mr...
Garba Shehu Reacts To Uproar Over Plan To Give $100 Abacha Loot To Bagudu
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Garba Shehu Reacts To Uproar Over Plan To Give $100 Abacha Loot To Bagudu

The Presidency, in a reaction to the report on an alleged attempt by the federal government to hand over about $100 million United States authorities say was stolen by a former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, to Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu, advised against any action that would complicate ongoing efforts to recover more money from abroad. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, when contacted yesterday, said the Embassy of the United States might be approached for any clarification on the agreement already reached by the three parties. Shehu, in a text message to our correspondent, said: “We have a lot more money to recover oversees and no one has the right to complicate things for the government of our country. “The U.S. and t...
Resignation: Your Statement On Buhari Is Foolish; Presidency Tells Abaribe
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Resignation: Your Statement On Buhari Is Foolish; Presidency Tells Abaribe

The Presidency has reacted to a statement credited to a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Abaribe calling on President Buhari to resign over rampant insecurity situation in Nigeria. He made the call during plenary on Wednesday, while the Senate discussed a motion on national security challenges and the need to restructure the current security architecture. Mr Abaribe, who was the first to contribute to the motion, faulted the president for failing to tackle the security challenges in the country. He wondered why the president would claim to be surprised at the rising insecurity in the country. In a swift reaction, Official Spokesperson to the President Buhari, Garba Shehu fires back at Senator Alaribe though a statement released on his official twitt...
Buhari’s Wife, Children Have Right To Use Presidential Jet: Presidency
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Buhari’s Wife, Children Have Right To Use Presidential Jet: Presidency

Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior special assistant on media and publicity says the president’s wife and children can use the presidential jet. The presidential spokesperson was reacting to backlash from various quarters over the use of the presidential jet by Buhari’s daughter to a private event in Bauchi state. Hanan Buhari had gone to Bauchi on the invitation of Rilwanu Adamu, emir of Bauchi, to Durban on Thursday. The daughter of the president who recently graduated with a first-class degree in  photography from a UK university, was expected to document the event and other tourist attractions in the state. Buhari’s aide in statement on Saturday said the presidency authorised the visit and informed the office of the national security adviser (NSA) to release the ...
Buhari Silent As Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Is Named In $550,000 Fund Diversion
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Buhari Silent As Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Is Named In $550,000 Fund Diversion

President Muhammadu Buhari came under heavy criticism yesterday for his failure to act in the alleged indictment of his Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, for a $550,000 security fund diversion. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu deflected response on the allegation to the office of the Minister of Defence when The Guardian sought the presidency’s reaction on the matter. Against a groundswell of allegations of cherry-picking on whom to prosecute in his anti-corruption offensive, Buhari is now directly fingered for shielding Magashi, who is accused of stealing and shipping $550,000 from the nation’s treasury to an offshore account. Magashi has been called out to explain his role in the slush amount he received from the infamous ‘Abacha loot’ estimated by Transparency International t...
Killing Of Christians By ISWAP: “Don’t Let Terrorists Divide Us” – PMB Begs Nigerians
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Killing Of Christians By ISWAP: “Don’t Let Terrorists Divide Us” – PMB Begs Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to allow insurgents divide them along religious lines. The president said this in reaction to the alleged killing of 10 Christians by the Islamic State (IS) in Borno state. In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, Buhari described the execution as evil. He added that his administration will not lower its guards in the war against terrorism. “I am profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers that have given Islam a bad name through their atrocities,” the president said. “We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims because these barbaric killers don’t represent...
Buhari’s Cabal Aren’t Hungry People, They Are Respectable Nigerians – Garba Shehu
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Buhari’s Cabal Aren’t Hungry People, They Are Respectable Nigerians – Garba Shehu

Members of the ‘cabal’ in the presidency are not hungry individuals and do not deserve the public criticism they get, a presidential aide has said. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also said it was improper to refer to the president’s advisers as a ‘cabal’ and it is not true that they influence critical decisions of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Mr Shehu made this known while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Christmas day. Many Nigerians including the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, have said that there is a cabal of people who influence decisions taken by Mr Buhari and the presidency. The men said to be members of the cabal include a relative of the president, Mamman Daura; an associate of the presiden...
Sowore, Dasuki: Garba Shehu Angry Over Media Reports, May Appeal Case
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Sowore, Dasuki: Garba Shehu Angry Over Media Reports, May Appeal Case

The Presidency has condemned some international news outlets ascribing the detention and release of the Convener of Revolution Now, Omoyele Sowore, to journalism. Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said Sowore was detained and later released on bail today by the Department of State Service (DSS) not due to his work as a journalist but because he called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria. Shehu made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. The presidential aide, therefore, frowned at those ascribing his detention and release to his job as a journalist. The statement read in part: “The Presidency wishes to clarify the release on bail of the presidential candidate of the ...
FIRS: Garba Shehu Reveals Why Fowler Was Not Reappointed
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FIRS: Garba Shehu Reveals Why Fowler Was Not Reappointed

The Presidency has said that Babatunde Fowler’s tenure as chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), was not renewed because of his inability to generate enough revenue for the country. Fowler, whose term of office expired on December 9, 2019, was replaced by Muhammad Nami. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, while speaking with journalists at the weekend in Abuja, also said that it was not wrong for the federal government to borrow more money to finance infrastructure in the country. “It is not a scandal to borrow, the bad thing about borrowing is when you deployed it to your pocket. This has happened in the past in this country, President Buhari is borrowing to do railway, to do East-West expressway, to do second Niger bri...
We Don’t Have Cabal, It’s Called “Kitchen Cabinet” – Garba Shehu
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We Don’t Have Cabal, It’s Called “Kitchen Cabinet” – Garba Shehu

The Presidency has again reacted to claims that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been hijacked and now at the mercy of a power-hungry cabal. Presidential Spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu said no president can operate alone without having a team of close confidants. Shehu disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja during a dinner organized by the Press Corps of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC. According to him, in other climes, every president usually has a “Kitchen Cabinet”, but that in Nigeria, government antagonists would prefer to refer to such collection of self-sacrificing individuals as cabals. Shehu said: “What is the meaning of cabal? I just googled Thesaurus and among many other definitions, what they are saying is that cabal means ‘conspire, intr...
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PUNCH Has Started Addressing Buhari As ‘Major General’

There is a new storm brewing at the home of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as his wife, Aisha, has alleged that his spokesman, Garba Shehu, takes orders from Mamman Daura. Aisha says Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, now takes orders from her husband’s powerful nephew, Daura. In a statement she signed on Wednesday, Mrs. Buhari said it was Daura that ordered Shehu to issue a statement to say that the office of the First Lady had been scrapped.
Garba Shehu Reacts To Punch Newspaper’s Editorial
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Garba Shehu Reacts To Punch Newspaper’s Editorial

The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible. The paper claimed that it is changing President Buhari's official title to General because of his government's alleged disregard for the rule of law. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for that is his title, and he was indeed a Major General, but today retired from that position and now twice democratically elected president of Nigeria – is not the choice of Punch Newspaper’s editors and owners, that is clear. He is, however, the two-time electoral choice of the voters of Nigeria, those very people who Punch Newspapers desc...
Garba Shehu And Mamman Daura Undermining Office Of The First Lady – Aisha Buhari
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Garba Shehu And Mamman Daura Undermining Office Of The First Lady – Aisha Buhari

First Lady, Aisha Buhari has alleged that Alhaji Mamman Daura gave a presidential directive without her husband’s knowledge. Until recently, Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari lives in Glass House inside the presidential villa. The feud between the first lady and Daura’s family worsened in October when she returned from a two-month foreign trip. It became public knowledge when a video of the president’s wife asking questions and making comments about being locked out of a room and demanding that some people should pack their belongings went viral. She engaged Daura’s daughter, Fatima. Daily Trust had exclusively reported in September that the first lady angered by the development in the villa, left for abroad in August. The feud festered when she returned. Th...
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Mamman Daura gave presidential orders without my husband’s knowledge — Aisha Buhari

First Lady, Aisha Buhari who called out Presdential spokesperson Garba Shehu for allegedly making himself a willing tool to those working against her husband's administration, has also accused her husband's nephew Alhaji Mamman Daura of giving presidential directive without her husband’s knowledge. Aisha Buhari, whose relationship with the Daura family worsened in October after she returned from a two-month foreign trip, alleged that Mamman Daura gave the directive scrapping the office of the first lady through presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu. In a statement made available to Daily Trust, Aisha Buhari stated that the "blatant meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions" of those Garba Shehu allegedly serves. President Buha...
Garba Shehu Presents Kwararafa Reporters’ Man Of The Year Award To Dino Melaye
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Garba Shehu Presents Kwararafa Reporters’ Man Of The Year Award To Dino Melaye

Nigerian popular politician and two time member of the National Assembly, Dino Melaye on Sunday night was presented with the Man of the year award by a leading online newspaper, Kwararafa Reporters. According to the statement released by the online news platform, the recognition is aimed at further spurring other Nigerians to engender good governance and ultimately a better society, through diligence, hardwork, personal integrity and leadership as exemplified by Melaye and fellow Awardees. Present at the event was an aide to President Muhammdu Buhari, Garba Shehu, who presented the award to Melaye. Below are photos from the event;
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Presidency Justifies Sowore’s Rearrest, Says He’s Person Of Interest To DSS

The Presidency has justified the re arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, by the operatives of Department of State Services (DSS), by stating that the latter was planning a revolution to overthrow a democratically elected government of Nigeria. Global outrage has continued to trail Friday morning rearrest of Sowore in the premises of the Federal High Court of Abuja, by DSS officers, few hours after he was released on bail by Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday that the DSS was only exercising its power by rearresting Sowore. The presidential spokesman accused Sowore of calling for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria, adding...
Why We Met Sowore — Garba Shehu
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Why We Met Sowore — Garba Shehu

Presidential spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, on Saturday night gave an account of what led to a meeting with detained activist, Omoyele Sowore, and some personalities allegedly to discuss his freedom. An online medium, Premium Times, had named Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; Isa Funtua; ThisDay Publisher, Nduka Ogbaibena; and Shehu among a team that went to meet with Sowore at the Department of State Services headquarters in Abuja allegedly on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate his release. The publication said it found out Buhari sent teams to Sowore to pressure him to give up his struggles in defiance to court orders asking the DSS to release him on bail. Speaking on what led to the meeting, Shehu said the idea came from...
‘Corruption Is Fighting Back’, Buhari Reacts To Failed Coup Attempt In Ghana
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‘Corruption Is Fighting Back’, Buhari Reacts To Failed Coup Attempt In Ghana

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the failed coup attempt on the Government of Ghana, early Wednesday morning. We had reported the interception of an attempted plot against the authorities in Ghana, particularly the president. President Buhari’s reactions were contained in a statement by his Senior Spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a tweet sighted by us. Read below.... Following the announcement of the interception of an attempted plot against the authorities in Ghana, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has issued the following statement: “Nigeria and Ghana are leading partners in ECOWAS, and Transparency International, and Afrobarometer’s Africa Index 2019 attested that both countries have recorded exceptional advances in fighting corruption....
UN Report On Violent Conflicts In Nigeria Disappointing – Presidency
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UN Report On Violent Conflicts In Nigeria Disappointing – Presidency

The presidency yesterday challenged the United Nations (UN) rapporteur on violent conflicts in Ngeria to adhere to truth in the presentation of reports. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement on yesterday, expressed disappointment that the rapporteur was silent on intra-group violence in the organisation’s report. “The UN representative needs to be truthful and evenhanded in her assignment, ” he noted. Garba was reaching to a press reports of the UN rapporteur on violence in Nigeria. He said: “While we agree that the violence in Nigeria, or in any country, is a major concern and that there is a rippling effect, we are disappointed that the rapporteur was silent on intra-group violence. “In Benue, Taraba, Cross River States and m...
Leah Sharibu Still Alive, FG Negotiating Release — Presidency
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Leah Sharibu Still Alive, FG Negotiating Release — Presidency

The Presidency has dismissed speculation that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram, is dead. It said Miss Sharibu was alive, while the Federal Government continue to negotiate her release from the captivity of the terrorist group. The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave an update on Sharibu in a statement he issued on Saturday in Abuja. Shehu assured Nigerians that the government would not give up Sharibu, a Christian, who was denied freedom by the terrorist group because of her faith. He stated, ‘‘Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.” Stressing that she was alive, Shehu added, “Lines of communications ...
Under Buhari, Number Of Tax Paying Adults Has Moved From 10 Million To 20 Million – Garba Shehu
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Under Buhari, Number Of Tax Paying Adults Has Moved From 10 Million To 20 Million – Garba Shehu

The Federal Government Of Nigeria has disclosed that the number of tax paying adults has doubled under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. This information is contained in a statement (which you can read below) Published by Senior Assistant to the president on media, Garba Shehu. Mallam Shehu was reacting to the purported query of the Chairman of the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler. While stating that the FIRS boss was not under investigation, the presidency praised the service, under the watchful guide of Mr. Fowler for recording notable and commendable improvement – which culmunated to the increase of tax payers from 10 million to 20million adults. “It is noteworthy and highly commendable that under this administration, t...
President Alpha Conde of Guinea visits President Buhari in Daura to celebrate Sallah
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President Alpha Conde of Guinea visits President Buhari in Daura to celebrate Sallah

President of Guinea, Prof. Alpha Conde was on Saturday, August 10th treated to a warm welcome by President Buhari and his Daura community in Katsina State.   According to a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, President Conde is in Daura for Eid El-Kabir celebrations. He said the visiting Conde would attend the Eid prayers with Buhari on Sunday and be treated to the traditional Durbar display at the palace of the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk. Shehu added that the Guinean president would also be conferred with a traditional title by the Daura Emirate. Conde, who was earlier received by the Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, was greeted by "excited young members of Daura community and colourful horse ride...
President Buhari to visit South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in October
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President Buhari to visit South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in October

Worried by the increasing rate of Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians residing in South Africa, President Buhari will in October pay his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa,  a visit to discuss issues relating to wellbeing of citizens and ways to further strengthen trade relations between the two largest African economies.   A statement released by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Garba Shehu today August 10th, says President Buhari had a telephone conversation with Ramaphosa today where he accepted an invitation to visit the country. According to the state, the visit is to further “consider recurrent issues concerning wellbeing of the Nigerian community in South Africa, and the need to promote trade and investment.’’   In...
Presidency hails Nigerians for Ignoring Sowore’s #RevolutionNow Protests
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Presidency hails Nigerians for Ignoring Sowore’s #RevolutionNow Protests

The Nigerian Presidency has praised Nigerians for ‘Ignoring’ the #RevolutionNow protests Organized by Sahara Reporters Founder, Omoyele Sowore, who is currently being detained by the Department of State Security Services, DSS. Below is a statement signed by Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, sent to POLITICS NIGERIA; “Today, millions of Nigerians went about their businesses: work, seeking employment, attending schools/colleges and caring for their families. By doing so, the millions defended our country’s hard-won democratic rights – by ignoring calls on social media to join a phantom ‘revolution’.” “There were a few hundred persons today who, for their own reasons, decided to act upon the demands of a group calling itself Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nige...