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L-R: President @fhollande, fmr Pres Olusegun Obasanjo, and PMB at the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja today

L-R: President Francois Hollande, fmr Pres Olusegun Obasanjo, and President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja today

The second Regional Security Summit which held in Transcorp Hilton Abuja had in attendance Heads of States of France (Francois Hollande), Benin, (Patrice Talon), Cameroon (Paul Biya), Chad (Idriss Deby), Niger (Mahamadou Issoufou), Togo (Faure Gnassingbé), among others.

US Deputy of Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond were also in attendance. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was also present at the summit.

The Summit was aimed at enhancing the operations of troops against the Boko Haram Terrorists, developing and implementing an action plan for the infrastructural development of those affected by the terrorists, and rededicating efforts towards the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.

See Photos Below:

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (R) WELCOMING PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE OF FRANCE AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3557/14/5/2016/ICE/JAU/NAN

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (R) WELCOMING PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE OF FRANCE AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16). 3557/14/5/2016/ICE/JAU/NAN

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PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (2ND R), INTRODUCING MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET TO THE VISITING FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE (R) AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3558/14/5/2016/ICE/JAU/NAN

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (2ND R), INTRODUCING MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET TO THE VISITING FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE (R) AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3558/14/5/2016/ICE/JAU/NAN

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President Buhari receives in State Visit French President Francois Hollande in Statehouse on May 14th 2016

FROM LEFT: PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI; PRESIDENT PATRICE TALON OF BENIN REPUBLIC; PRESIDENT IDRISS DEBY OF CHAD; PRESIDENT MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU OF NIGER AND PRESIDENT FAURE GNASSINGBÉ OF TOGO, AT THE 2ND REGIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3559/14/5/2016/JAU/NAN

FROM LEFT: PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI; PRESIDENT PATRICE TALON OF BENIN REPUBLIC; PRESIDENT IDRISS DEBY OF CHAD; PRESIDENT MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU OF NIGER AND PRESIDENT FAURE GNASSINGBÉ OF TOGO, AT THE 2ND REGIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16). 3559/14/5/2016/JAU/NAN

FROM LEFT: PRESIDENT PAUL BIYA OF CAMEROON; PRESIDENT HOLLANDE OF FRANCE AND PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, AT THE 2ND REGIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3560/14/5/2016/JAU/NAN

FROM LEFT: PRESIDENT PAUL BIYA OF CAMEROON; PRESIDENT HOLLANDE OF FRANCE AND PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, AT THE 2ND REGIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16). 3560/14/5/2016/JAU/NAN

PIC.5. GOV. NASIR EL-RUFAI OF KADUNA; FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND PRESIDENT OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, DR AKINWUMI ADESINA, AT THE 2ND REGIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3561/14/5/2016/JAU/NAN

PIC.5. GOV. NASIR EL-RUFAI OF KADUNA; FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND PRESIDENT OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, DR AKINWUMI ADESINA, AT THE 2ND REGIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/5/16) 3561/14/5/2016/JAU/NAN


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President Muhammadu Buhari and UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,Philip Hammond

Photo Credit: twitter.com/NGRPresident | instagram.com/bayoomoboriowo | facebook.com/theasovilla | NAN-PHOTO

16 Comments

  1. Tunde

    May 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Hopefully things will get better with time,with more foreign investors coming in and building refineries, that will drive the price of fuel down,Afterall OBJ issued permits to about twenty five different companies with only two going on to build the refinery,if our fantastically corrupt politicians allow things to work again.

  2. Busarni

    May 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Obj in the mood of receiving kisses from fellow men these days.

  3. GEJ left us fantastically corrupt

    May 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Baba OBJ please help guide Buari well,Dodgy Dave chameleon said you are all fantastically corrupt,we need you all to bring our country back.

  4. Missy J

    May 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    The pic of El-rufai kneeling though. The struggle is real.

  5. Call Your Brain. It Misses You.

    May 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Those who want to be blind will always remain blind. I don’t even understand your comment. GEJ left us fantastically corrupt? Really? Why not just blame the sins of the whole world on the man? Corruption was not already believed far and wide to be synonymous with Nigeria before Goodluck Jonathan? There had not been allegations of massive corruption against practically all Nigerian rulers before GEJ? How much does the army pay generals? Where did Babangida get his stupendous wealth? How dd Maryam, his wife, a housewife fund her famed, stupendous, mind-boggling jewelry collection? Where id your Obj get his riches, schools, biiiig farm, etc? What about the allegations against Buhari at PTF and as Petroleum minister which he has never satisfactorily answered? Then, of course, Abacha. Which Obj? Obj should “”please help guide Buhari well” in what? How to stay for a third term>? You seem to like to be fantastically daft and prejudiced.

    • ElessarisElendil

      May 16, 2016 at 1:49 am

      You’re right, GEJ didn’t introduce corruption, some pin that one on Murtala’s abrupt civil service pogrom with Babangida escalating the game.

      That said, GEJ had historic Crude prices and his administration was fantastically corrupt, its pretty much acknowledged by all observers. All those people you mentioned apart from IBB most had low (by our current standards) crude prices so they had less meat in the pot {figurative}.

      P.S OBJ left us what $50bn in reserves, man might be corrupt but at least he saved. If only GEJ had learned that.

    • Call Your Brain. It Misses You.

      May 16, 2016 at 4:01 am

      This is what wearies a person. “”if only GEJ had learned that.”” i.e. to save. The way so many Nigerians just deliberately make themselves blind to facts of history to which we were all witness and which are matters of completely public record. Did GEJ and Okonjo-Iweala not attempt to save? Did the very people whom Buhari has in his government now, Amaechi and co not go all the way to court to stop them from saving? I was never a GEJ fan (except for the way he conceded victory quickly to Buhari and saved this country from what is better left un-imagined) but what is going on against him, this lazy, outright wicked, unintelligent, in many cases bigoted and extremely ethnically-prejudiced, distortion and ignorance of facts, blind, unreasoning hatred, mass scapegoating for everything under the Nigerian sun before and after his time, and just plain cowardly bullying just goes against every iota of fairness, decency, fear of God and just plain intelligence in me.

      Thanks for your comment. I’m done. (Never thought I would actually one day be defending GEJ but really? it’s not even so much about him per se.)

    • Call Your Brain. It Misses You.

      May 16, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Talking about fairness, I did some more research and found a little-known interview given by Buhari. These are his responses to two contentious issues:

      Q: You achieved so much success and all that. But there was an issue that became quite contentious: N2.8billion. They said N2.8billion oil money was missing.

      Buhari: It couldn’t have been missing. The governor of the Central Bank then, the late Clement Isong, said it was ridiculous, that N2.8billion couldn’t be missing because he said even the king of Saudi Arabia, couldn’t issue a cheque of N2.8billion. When you have paid your money for petroleum, they are normally put in the country’s external account and no bank will release that amount of money at a go because it was deposited. And then, at that time, Nigeria was exporting about 1.82 million barrels a day. And the cost of barrel a day was about $18. You work out N2.8billion. How could N2.8billion be missing and we still have money to run the country? So, it was just a political…

      Q: How did that issue come about? What happened and how did you feel during that period?

      Buhari: No, no. Shagari did the only honourable thing. He ordered a judicial enquiry and put a serving Justice of the Supreme Court, the late Justice Irikefe, to carry out investigation. And their terms of reference were put there. They said anybody who had an idea of missing N2.8billion, let him come and tell Justice Irikefe. Nobody had any evidence. It was just rubbish. Well, later, Tai Solarin and Professor Awojobi were confronted and Fela, the late Fela, to go and prove their case. They had no evidence, most of them took the newspaper cuttings of their allegations to the tribunal.

      Q: As evidence?

      Buhari: As their evidence…Cuttings of newspapers publications where they said N2.8billion was missing. That was their evidence. That was what they took to the Irikefe panel.

      Q: During your tenure, one case kept coming up: the 53 suitcases. You had ordered the border shut and your Aide de Camp (ADC), Major Jokolo, was alleged to have escorted 53 suitcases into the country. What happened? Why were you selective?

      Buhari: There was nothing like 53 suitcases. What happened was that there was my chief of protocol; he is now late. He had three wives, and I think about 12 children. He was in Saudi Arabia as Nigeria Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He was in Libya before, as ambassador and later, he was posted to Saudi Arabia. And then, I appointed him as my chief of protocol and he was coming back. Three wives, about 12 children. And then, by some coincidence, the late Emir of Gwandu, the father of Jokolo, who was my ADC then, was coming back with the same flight. And somehow, some mischievous fellows, everything, including the handbag of maybe, their small daughters, were counted as suitcases.

      Atiku then was the Commandant of Murtala Muhammed Airport as customs officer. And that day, we were playing squash. Jokolo my ADC and I. At some point, I said to him, ‘Mustapha, is your father not coming back today again?’ He said, ‘yes, sir, he is coming.’ I said, ‘what are you doing here? Why can’t you go and meet your father?’ He said yes, sir. He went to wash and meet his father. I am telling you there was no 53 bags of suitcases. It was a bloody lie. It was a bloody mischief.

      Q: So, not that he was detailed?

      Buhari: No, he was not detailed. He was not even about to go. I was the one who made him to go and meet his father. He was a respected emir, in fact, if not the most respected emir in the North then. He was learned, he had fantastic credibility and personal integrity. And this man was just coming on posting with his wives and children and they counted every imaginable thing, they said 53 suitcases.

      Q: Was that why Atiku was retired?

      Buhari: I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t think I retired Atiku. I can’t recall because I had nothing against anybody.

      Q: But the argument was that the border was ordered shut. So, how did those people then come in?

      Buhari: They came by air. We didn’t stop aircraft coming in. They came by air, from Jedda to Lagos. They didn’t drive through Chad to Maiduguri and… People just say 53 suitcases when all borders had been ordered shut because that is how you can sell your papers.

    • ennybabe

      May 16, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Fine,gej did not start corruptn but what effort did he made to cub it?He was too loose to be a president i know!

  6. Lou

    May 15, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    @ Missy J, no be small hustle oh!Lol

  7. GEJ left us fantastically corrupt to Ignoramus.

    May 16, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Don’t mind that funny idiot…sorry ignoramus.He will defend lucifer for a little something,OBj left a better economy.$67 billion in reserves,transformation of the communications industry,improved banking system,that allows traders to withdraw cash in any part of the country,better regulatory agency for drugs Nafdac,standard of due process,gave out twenty five permits for the building of refineries .Millions of direct and indirect Jobs in the banking industry,with the mandate of expansion,Efcc,Icpc and office of due process.Paid off our foreign debt,pls let us know what GEJ did without third term#Ewu

  8. Jon

    May 16, 2016 at 7:30 am

    God we put our country in your hand,GEJ was a clueless and an ineffective buffoon,He was a disgrace paying over three trillion Naira for subsidies without thinking of building refinery.

  9. Call your brain,you are have been fantastically misinformed..

    May 16, 2016 at 8:20 am

    GEJ was a good man,but he lacks the ability,knowledge,capacity and discipline and firmness to govern Nigeria,if Am to choose With benefits of hindsight I will prefare OBJ for third term than the wasted years of the ineffective buffoon and fantastically corrupt,drunkard from Otuoke.

    • VileMuch

      May 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

      why are you so vile???

  10. ennybabe

    May 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Fine gej did not start corrutn but what effort did he made to cub it.He was too loose to be a president

    • Smh

      May 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Help me ask them o, under his watch millions and millions were siphoned like there was no tomorrow and yet some people are defending this?!

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