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Buhari sworn into office for second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn-in to office for a second term as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Eagle Square signalled the full commencement of the swearing-in ceremony.

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed commenced the swearing-in ceremony, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo taking his oath of office first.

Muhammadu Buhari declared winner

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Wednesday declared winner of Saturday’s presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Returning Officer for the 2019 presidential elections, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the declaration at 4.37am.

Incumbent President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat the country’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had 11,262,978 votes.

George Weah on a ‘Thank You’ Visit to Buhari

Liberian President, George Weah, visited Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday to show appreciation for Nigeria’s support to his country.

Buhari and Weah met behind closed doors.

Weah, who is said to be on a “Thank You’’ visit to Nigeria, arrived the Presidential Villa at about 12.33 p.m.

Weah was received by President Buhari at the presidential forecourt before the duo went into closed door meeting.

The former football star and 1995 World Footballer of the Year, was sworn in as Liberia’s president on Jan. 22.

Buhari Felicitates with Ramaphosa, wishes Zuma Well

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the new leader of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa that he is looking forward to working with him to enhance the cooperation between Africa’s two biggest economies.

Buhari said this today in a letter of congratulation to Ramaphosa, who was endorsed today by the South African parliament as the successor of former President Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa had been the deputy president to Zuma since 2009, but was elected the ANC President last December, a position that created a power problem between him and his boss.

Polio: Bill Gates to pay Nigeria’s $76m Debt

Nigeria has authorised Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to start the repayment of $76 million polio eradication loan to Japan.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday when she received a delegation of Japanese House of Councillors Parliamentarians.

She said that the delegates were in Nigeria to assess the level of usage of Overseas Development Assistance (ODAs) extended to Nigeria since 2014.

Buhari Off to UK for Fresh Medical Check

President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria for London Sunday night for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.

He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.

“The President assured Nigerians that there is no cause for worry”, said Femi Adesina, the media and publicity adviser

“He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.

Corruption Allegation: Buhari Suspends FG Secretary, Intelligence Agency’s Head

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

The President has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations.

EFCC in manhunt for the owner of ₦448.85m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a manhunt for the owner of N448.85 million discovered in a shopping plaza in Lagos State, spokesman of the commission in Lagos, Mr. Sam Amadin said.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, Amadin said the agency was making efforts to reach the owner of the complex, with a view to knowing who rented the said shop 64.

“The shopping plaza, from preliminary investigation, was built by estate developers. From the developers, we will get the owner of the money.

Buhari deploys Ambassadors to UN, AU

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate deployment of four of the newly appointed Ambassadors-Designate.

The president announced the deployment in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja.

Adesina said Prof. Tijjani Bande, (Kebbi State) would now serve as Nigeria’s Ambassador/Representative to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Corruption: Fayose paid Ozekhome from tainted funds, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, made a payment of N75 million to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, from the N1.2 billion the governor received from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it froze Ozekhome’s account because the money was suspected to be proceeds of crime.