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Politics / Senate To Expand Subsidy Probe — Saraki by agwom(m): 8:46am On Nov 06, 2018
The Senate will expand its ongoing probe of an alleged subsidy fund retained by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to include dividend from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Senate President Bukola Saraki has said.

Saraki said ‎expanding the probe became necessary in view of the revelation made by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Maikanti Kachalla Baru, at an investigative hearing in Abuja on Thursday.

The GMD had told the Ahmad Lawan-led ad hoc panel probing the alleged $3.5bn subsidy fund by the NNPC ‎that the corporation did not have any amount set aside for subsidy.

He however said that NNPC augments the shortfall of petroleum landing cost through $1.05bn of its dividend from NLNG.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu yesterday in Abuja, said the corporation would have to provide explanation on how and why it was “diverting the dividend from NLNG to defray the cost of under-recovery in the importation of fuel.”

The statement said Saraki, while reacting to questions from newsmen at the Ilorin Airport, admitted that he had received series of telephone calls on the issue by many concerned Nigerians and others who wanted to know the position of the Senate on the issues raised by the NNPC’s GMD before the ad hoc panel.

He said the revelation called for further investigation and showed that as alleged in a motion moved earlier by Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, a lot of illegal and unapproved spendings are going on in the petroleum corporation.

“When in my ruling on the motion raised by Senator Olujimi, I insisted that we want a transparent, honest and non-partisan investigation on the fuel subsidy issue, it was clear to me and my colleagues that there are certain irregularities being perpetrated and we should let Nigerians know the truth,” he said.


Politics / Re: WAEC: Why Buhari's Current Passport Pix Appeared On The Attestation Certificate by agwom(m): 6:31am On Nov 03, 2018
Politics / Buhari To N/assembly: Your Budget Delays slowpoke Projects by agwom(m): 5:30am On Nov 03, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said tardiness in passage of budgets by the National Assembly sometimes lasting several months, delays completion of projects across the country.

Receiving a delegation from Niger State led by Lt. General Garba Duba (Rtd) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari urged the National Assembly to accelerate the budget passage process.

Buhari said the government’s achievements in ensuring better roads, rails, power and repositioning of the airports was in spite of the delays, praying for more understanding and commitment to infrastructure development.

“If the National Assembly takes seven months to pass a budget, then we should be commended for the much that we have achieved, and can still achieve.

“I personally feel very disappointed. I spoke with the leaders of the National Assembly on the issue that seven months is a long time to work on a budget,’’ he was quoted in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.

He said ongoing efforts to improve road and rail networks across the country would be increased as infrastructure development remained paramount for improving the livelihood of Nigerians.

Buhari said his administration would pay more attention to the stretch of 2,150km federal roads in the state.

On security, he said, “We cannot manage our communities and societies without security. A lot of resources are being diverted to provide security instead of going into infrastructural development.’’

The president re-assured the delegation that his administration would stay focused on securing lives and property, fighting corruption and stimulating the economy for more progress.

President Buhari said the Minister of Agriculture and governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria had been directed to increase monetary supports through loans to farmers in the next farming season and ensure that farmers are not overwhelmed with the traditional demand for collaterals.

The president commended the Chinese government for accepting to finance 85 per cent of Nigeria’s infrastructure development needs.

In his remarks, General Duba, a former military governor, commended the president for the significant stride in repositioning roads, rails and airports across the country.

He said Niger State still faced challenges of security along Jebba-Mokwa-Birnin Gwari-Kaduna roads, urging the president to reinforce surveillance on the routes and direct more attention on the construction of federal roads in the state.

On the delegation were Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, his predecessor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, who is also the chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, the three senators from the state, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, David Umaru and Mustapha Sani among others.

Politics / Re: 2019 Election: How Oshiomhole Has Worked Against Buhari, APC – Gov. Amosu by agwom(m): 9:56am On Nov 02, 2018
Politics / Re: 2019: Dr Hadiza Balarabe May Emerge El-rufai’s Running Mate by agwom(m): 9:52am On Nov 02, 2018
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Politics / Okorocha Meets Buhari, Says Tinubu Wrong On Oshiomhole by agwom(m): 6:37am On Nov 02, 2018
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday, faulted the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the conduct of the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Tinubu had after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, at the State House Villa, Abuja, said Oshiomhole was on the right path.

But Okorocha after meeting with President Buhari said Tinubu was wrong to have said that Oshiomhole was doing the right thing in the party.

“No, maybe he (Tinubu) is being misinformed; if he is properly informed he will not say what Oshiomhole is doing is the right thing,” Okorocha told State House reporters after the meeting.

Daily Trust reports that Okorocha and two other governors – Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun – are calling for the sack of Oshiomhole over their inability to force their anointed candidates on the party.

Okorocha, who is chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, said the presidency was not behind the conduct of Oshiomhole in states where crisis had taken over after the just concluded primaries.

“I am here to clear the air that the presidency is behind what Oshiomhole is doing in some of the states and which has affected our party negatively; and from my understanding from Mr President, there is no such directive for Oshiomhole to do anything illegal or create any sort of injustice.

“So, Oshiomhole is on his own in this whole thing. There is no presidency’s support for him to refuse candidates who won elections and give wrong candidates who didn’t win elections,” he said.

Politics / PDP Picks Reuben Abati As Deputy Governorship Candidate In Ogun by agwom(m): 5:53am On Nov 01, 2018
Former Presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, has been named as the running mate of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Leke Shittu, ahead of 2019 general elections.

Former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has been equally named as the candidate for Ogun East Senatorial district.

This followed acceptance of the candidates’ list of the PDP faction backed by the Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The INEC had in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, notified the party of the acceptance of the list submitted by Bayo Dayo’s faction following the Federal High court judgements, directing the umpire to accept the candidates as against that of Sikirullahi Ogundele-led faction which is recognised by the PDP national leadership.

Abati and Daniel’s choice was contained in a statement personally signed by Kashamu, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Abeokuta on Wednesday, by his media aide, Austin Oniyokor.

He asked the public to disregard the statement credited to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan that INEC acted against the rule that only the national leadership of a party can submit candidates list to INEC.

He vowed that “this resolve to act with unchecked impunity shall be fully resisted in a fight to finish battle to strengthen our party’s internal democracy.”

The statement read: “Ignorantly, the National Chairman is unaware that where there is dispute resulting into a judicial resolution as in Ogun state matter, the State Chairman and Secretary could sign in place of National Chairman and Secretary when backed by validly subsisting court judgements. Whatever makes our National Chairman to be this resolute at challenging the constituted electoral regulatory body, INEC and also dwelling in nauseating impunity against Nigerian court judgements out of unexplainable desperation to install Ladi Adebutu as PDP Ogun governorship candidate should as well have forced him to create his own INEC and conduct elections inside his office.

“The PDP as a Nigerian creation by law is for all Nigerians by established regulations and national statue; nobody can as such intimidate us in our democracy.”

When contacted last night, Abati emphatically said “Yes, I am aware. I can confirm. It’s true.”


Politics / You’re Going Nowhere, Tinubu Tells Atiku by agwom(m): 5:31am On Nov 01, 2018
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said yesterday that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is going nowhere in the 2019 election.

Speaking with State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, he said Atiku could meet with his supporters anywhere in the world to strategize, but that Nigerians would not vote for him.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, was reacting to the meeting Atiku held with some PDP leaders in Dubai (UAE) where they reportedly strategized on how to approach the 2019 elections.

Tinubu was with Buhari for about 90 minutes.

“We don’t fear, whether it is in the jungle, or is in Dubai or it is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategize in any way they want but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that,” he said.

“They say slow and steady wins the race; we inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people. We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategize from anywhere but a leopard cannot change its skin,” he said.

He said he discussed with the President issues relating to the country’s peace, stability and economic progress.

Oshiomhole on right path

Tinubu said the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was on the right path and faulted the calls by some governors for his sack.

“We all have to respect the party supremacy. You were all here when we had the congress. We elected the new executives, the convention we had it, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict; to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power. We surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomhole.

“That the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various states congresses and elections, we signed off for it. So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options, consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.

“The next level is the stakeholders delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, the national election committee of the party. That shows party supremacy or the freest option. The less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number, 1,2,3. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.

“Then appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals – internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn round against that, you cannot turn against all of that. No. Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it. It is party politics, somebody will win and somebody will lose, too bad,” he said.

In a separate interview at the Villa, Oshiomhole said he was absolutely committed to justice, fairness and that he is a stickler to enforcement of rules.

“I have no illusions; this job I am doing is not a pensionable job; but I did promise myself that if I am going to be on this job for one day, I will do according to the rules and according to my conscience; I will be fair and just to all and God will give me the courage and the wisdom to do his will. How far that can take me is exclusively in the hands of God,” he said.

There had been insinuations that some APC governors had perfected plans to remove Oshiomhole over the role he played in the recent primaries conducted by the party.


Politics / Re: 2019: Restructuring Is Nigeria’s Last Hope – Monarch by agwom(m): 6:28am On Oct 31, 2018
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Politics / Petrol Pump Price Hasn’t Been Reduced – IPMAN by agwom(m): 6:03am On Oct 31, 2018
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has said that the report that the Federal Government is planning to reduce fuel pump price to less than N100 is not true.

Speaking at a press briefing in Kano, yesterday, IPMAN state chairman Alhaji Bashir Ahmed Danmalam said the group was not aware of any plan by the Federal Government to reduce fuel price.

Alhaji Danmalam said IPMAN had contacted the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) on the said report and they had confirmed that there wasn’t any such plan in the offing.

The chairman further revealed that the purported report on reduction in fuel price was just a rumour politically motivated towards the fast approaching ember months with the sole aimed of causing artificial scarcity in the country.

“This news has made many of our members to be so sceptical in conducting their normal business and this has started to have a negative impact on them because noone wants to be operating at a loss.

“We are not oblivious of the fact that the Federal Government has been doing a lot of efforts to see that the sector regains its lost glory but sadly, some people are busy trying to sabotage the efforts,” the IPMAN state chairman said.

Politics / Nigeria Provides Vehicles, $.5m To Support Guinea Bissau Election by agwom(m): 5:21am On Oct 31, 2018
The federal government has approved US$500,000 electoral kits and number of vehicles to support the conduct of legislative election in Guinea Bissau.

Foreign Affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this on Tuesday when Jose Filho, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Guinea Bissau, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

“Mr President as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS recently sent a delegation to Guinea Bissau together with the president of ECOWAS Commission.

“Mr President has approved substantial number of election kits to enable them to carry out this election. Without those kits that are over 250, it is going to be difficult to carry out the election.

“In addition, Mr President has approved the supply of vehicles with about 500,000 dollars,” he said.

The minister said the substantial amount of money and other logistics are to help Guinea Bissau get out of what has been a very difficult situation for a number of years.

“Guinea Bissau is very important for the ECOWAS sub region. As you know that President Muhammadu Buhari is the chairperson of the ECOWAS and interested in political situation of Guinea Bissau.

“And of course he is happy with a lot of progress that has been made in that country. Nigeria has helped supply electoral kits to facilitate the election in that country. In fact, it seems that this was really a pre-condition for them to move to electoral front,” he said.

Nigeria together with UN and ECOWAS have determined to ensure complete political stability in Guinea Bissau to permit economic development that the country needs, he said

The UN envoy thanked Nigeria for the support toward the conduct of peaceful election in that country.

“We came here to exchange view and express appreciation not in the name of Guinea Bissau but in the name of the international community because I represent the UN in Guinea Bissau,” Filho said.

Politics / Patience Jonathan Asks Court To Unfreeze Her Accounts by agwom(m): 5:22am On Oct 30, 2018
Former First lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan yesterday asked a Federal High Court, Lagos, to unfreeze her accounts of $8.4m and N7.4 billion.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on April 20, through an exparte application, obtained an interim forfeiture of the said monies.

After taking argument from the Jonathan’s lawyer, the matter was adjourned to November 13 to take video evidence in a suit.

In the suit, the EFCC joined as respondents: Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited., Am-Pm Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited and Magel Resort Limited and Esther Oba.

When the case was called on Monday, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo annoumced appearance for the EFCC.

On the other side, MrIfedayoAdedipe appeared for the first respondent, MrGboyegaOyewole appeared for the second respondent, Chief Mike Ozekhome appeared for the third to sixth respondents, and MrIgeAsemudara appeared for the seventh respondent.

After respondent counsel had moved their various motions for regularisation of processes, the court asked the applicant to move his motion for final forfeiture.

Moving his application, Oyedepo informed the court that the application for final forfeiture was dated May 8, seeking an order of the court for a final forfeiture of the sums of money listed in the application.

He supported his application with an affidavit deposed to on May 20, by Mr Orji Chukwuma, an operative with the commission, and told the court that he relies on the written averments, as well as exhibits EFCC 12 and 13, in support of his application.

Oydepo told the court that he also relies on the written address attached to the application, and urged the court to grant the application for final forfeiture.

Meanwhile, arguing his processes in opposition dated July 24, MrAdedipe, counsel to first respondent, urged the court to refuse the application for final forfeiture on the grounds that sufficient facts had not been placed before the court to warrant a final order.


Religion / People Need To Turn Away From Sin — Pastor Kumuyi by agwom(m): 5:10am On Oct 30, 2018
The General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor William Kumuyi has called on Nigerians to turn away from sin.

Kumuyi spoke at a crusade tagged ‘God of All Wonders’ organised by the Deeper Life Bible Church at the National Stadium in Abuja on Sunday.

“He (Jesus Christ) will set you free. The question is what steps do I take, what move do I make and what is the thing I suppose to do so that the wonder of salvation , healing and deliverance will take place in my life that is why the message is ‘The ABC of Receiving and Retaining God’s Wonders’. To realize your salvation, healing and deliverance is to act, believe and retain,” Kumuyi said.

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was represented by Rev Isaac Peter who both received loud applause by the participants.


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Politics / Fayose Set To Regain Freedom From EFCC Custody by agwom(m): 10:31am On Oct 29, 2018
Immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Peter Ayodele Fayose is set to regain his freedom from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as he has met his bail conditions.

According to his aide, Lere Olayinka, the former governor filed all the necessary documents before the court for verification on Friday and should be out of EFCC custody today (Monday).



Politics / 57 Chibok Girls Seen In Cameroon – Parents by agwom(m): 10:07am On Oct 29, 2018
Fifty-seven Chibok school girls being held by Boko Haram have been sighted in two villages in Cameroon, parents of the abducted girls told Daily Trust on Sunday yesterday.

The girls were seen by other female captives who at different times were kept by the insurgents in the two villages in northern part of Cameroon, the Chairman of Chibok Girls Parents Association, Yakubu Nkenke, told our correspondent yesterday.

Nkenke said the girls who escaped and returned to their village near Chibok, disclosed that the 57 girls were broken into two groups and held in Garin Magaji and Garin Mallam villages located in Marwa in northern Cameroon.

According to him, all the girls were married off to Boko Haram fighters across the border and many of them had children.

“Some of the captives escaped from the villages and spent months in military facility in Bama, where they were screened before they were finally released. One of them told us she met many of our abducted girls in two Cameroonian villages”, he disclosed.

“Seven of the abducted Chibok girls are living in Garin Magaji, while 50 others are held in Garin Mallam where they live with their husbands and children,” he added.

Nkenke said testimonies from parents as well as records in the association’s register matched the names of the girls mentioned by the escapees.

Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to collaborate with his Cameroonian counterpart to rescue the girls, Nkenke said he believed the military had got the information when they screened the escapees in Bama five months ago.

The Chibok leader noted that the information had thrown Chibok community into confusion and grief as parents expected the authorities to swing into action.

Daily Trust had reported on Friday that 25 parents of the abducted girls have died.

However, Nkenke reiterated that the parents remained grateful to the federal government under Buhari, for negotiating the release of 112 girls and rescuing four others.

“Following the visit to Dapchi town by a federal government delegation to meet the parents of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining Dapchi school girl in Boko Haram captivity, the parents of more than 100 Chibok girls still with the insurgents called on President Buhari to extend a similar gesture to Chibok.

“The parents trust the Buhari administration because they fulfilled their promises on the freed 103 girls. Even the four who escaped on their own were able to make it because of the pressure mounted on the insurgents. But as human beings they feel it is taking too long to bring back their children after they were told it would happen soon”, he said.

Meanwhile, a former Boko Haram female captive, Zainab, who escaped three months ago told our correspondent that she lived with three Chibok girls in a mountain community, Dutsen Ibrahim, around Gwoza in Borno State, near the Cameroon border.

“I met some of the Chibok girls in Sambisa, when I lived with my first Boko Haram husband in Sambisa. After my husband died in a battle, I was married to another man, Nuru and we moved to Dutsen Ibrahim, near Ngoshe. There I met three Chibok girls. One of them now bears the Muslim name, Zainab but I don’t know her Christian name. The other one is Yagana,” she said.

When contacted, Col. Clement Nwachukwu, the Media Coordinator, Operation Lafiya Dole, said he could not comment on the matter as he had been outside Maiduguri, his operational base and he was therefore not aware of such development.

“I am in a noisy environment, I am currently in Biu for an assignment, so I don’t have update on what is going on there”, Col. Nwachukwu said.

Politics / Osinbajo Economical With Truth About My Position On Restructuring — Atiku by agwom(m): 9:48am On Oct 29, 2018
The APC-led government is worse than all the previous PDP governments, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC, Yobe East), has said.

Bukar Abba, a former governor of Yobe State who had been in the Senate since 2007, said the APC was no better than the PDP.

Bukar, an ardent critic of the PDP for many years had few weeks to the last senatorial primaries shelved his plans to slug it out with Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who has since picked the APC ticket ahead of the 2019 elections.

Bukar’s wife and minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija has also secured the APC ticket to vie for a seat in the House of Representatives from Yobe.

Speaking during the presentation of a book on his biography ‘Poorlitics’ at the weekend in Abuja, ‎Bukar Abba said the APC should not assume that it could win the 2019 elections “even with massive rigging.”

He warned that the North East zone should not be taken for granted in the coming elections as the zone could vote against the APC.

He said the APC government was blaming the past governments too much rather than concentrating on how to solve current economic problems in the country.

Our correspondent observed that this was the first time Sen. Bukar Abba would openly lampoon his political party since he lost his bid to return to the Senate.

Though the book presentation coincided with his 70th birthday celebration, it was observed that no senator or government official ‎from his state of Yobe was present at the event.

Similarly, none of his wives showed up but some of his children and grandchildren attended the event.

“When I began this process, I had in mind that progressives will be in power and will show Nigeria how to run a progressive nation. Without mincing words, as an elder statesman, I must say that my dreams and hopes have been dashed. We have certainly not done what I dreamed we will do; and in many ways are no better than the PDP that we sought to displace.

“As we move towards the elections, I have to give a dire warning to the APC; things are no longer the way they were in 2015 when we rode to power on a cloud of euphoria, believing that things will change. Simply put, things have not changed, and many things are worse and the people are bitter. We should not assume that we can win even with massive rigging,” he said.

“Our interest in the North East has always been progressive, and I will personally be watching for improvements in the APC, improvements that will guarantee us victory; such as respecting the rule of law and releasing political prisoners.

“If we are fighting corruption, let us fight every corrupt person and not select people in what may be seen as a one-sided witch-hunt,” he said.


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Politics / Violence Mars Zamfara APC Governorship Primaries by agwom(m): 6:22am On Oct 04, 2018
* exercise suspended in many places

The governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in some wards and local government areas in Zamfara state have been suspended largely due to violence and delay in kicking off.

The party’s primary was completely suspended in Anka local government and largely in Kaura Namoda and Birnin Magaji local government areas of the state

There are pockets of violence and protest in Bungudu local government area and Gusau, the state capital as dozens of party faithfuls protest the delay in the commencement of the exercise.

Incomplete and late arrival of election material had forced the national headquarters of the party to adopt Option A4 for the exercise which commenced around 4pm on Wednesday.

However, Governor Abdulaziz Yari said the process would continue on Thursday adding that the security operatives in the state are doing well to protect lives and property.

Earlier, he said only 10% of the total ballot papers needed for the conduct of the APC governorship primaries were made available in the state.

Politics / Buhari Phones Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Says I’ll Do My Best by agwom(m): 5:32am On Oct 04, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday spoke with Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, mother of the schoolgirl, Leah, who was abducted by Boko Haram on February 19, this year along with other students of GGSTC in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Sharibu was held back by the sect reportedly on account of her faith when her colleagues were released following negotiation with the insurgents.

In August, a short audio clip of Sharibu went viral where she spoke in Hausa appealing that efforts should be intensified towards her release.

The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu assured her that his administration will do everything it would take to bring her daughter back home.

Buhari consoled the Sharibu family and assured the parents that the Federal Government would do its utmost for the safety and security of their daughter.

“I convey my emotion, the strong commitment of my administration and the solidarity of all Nigerians to you and your family as we will do our best to bring your daughter home in peace and safety,” President Buhari told her.

He assured the mother that his heart was with her family, as that of the entire nation which continues to pray for the safe return of “our daughter, Leah.”

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