President Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari is to drop the title General from his name after he is sworn in on May 29.
This was disclosed by his Media team in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.m
The statement signed by the Director, Directorate of Media and Publicity of the President Elect, Mallam Garba Shehu also released the official portrait of the President elect and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The one paragraph statement reads: “From May 29, 2015, the President-elect and Vice-President-elect are to be respectively known and addressed as Muhammadu Buhari, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
With just 13 days left of his tenure and the May 29 handover date beckoning, President Goodluck Jonathan and his family have practically packed out all their belongings from Aso Rock, the seat of government in Abuja.
A Presidency source told THISDAY that what Jonathan and his family still have in Aso Rock are few hand luggage that could be moved out in the morning of May 29.
THISDAY checks revealed that the out-going President has since moved on from his defeat in the Presidential election and has mapped out his post-presidency plans which includes playing the role of a global statesman by taking advantage of the huge boost in his ratings as a result of his conceding defeat by calling his opponent, Muhammadu Buhari before the final tally of the election results.
His post-presidency plan, the source said, would commence immediately after he hands over on May 29 to Muhammadu Buhari.
“The President has not been a free man in the last 16 years. He is savouring his freedom. He has been working in the last 16 years from Deputy Governor, to Governor, to Vice-president and eventually the President of Nigeria with all the complexities. He is enjoying his freedom again. His itinerary as revealed include a tour of some African countries, earthquake devasted Nepal, a trip he is said to have planned before the earthquake and a medical check-up in Germany.
“After the handover, he would rest for a week or two in his village, Otuoke after which he would return to Abuja to spend another week or two.
“Thereafter, he would embark on some international trips to Mozambique, Nepal and South Africa. He is also expected to travel to Germany for medical checkup,” said the source.
It was also gathered that Jonathan plans to document his experience in government, challenges and triumph. The source said the President would commence work on the book when he returns from the trip abroad.
It was also gathered that when Jonathan returns from abroad, the rebuilding of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party will be top on his agenda.
The President is also expected to devote some of his time to global peace initiatives using his experience as a model. “You should expect to see him in some conflict areas around the world trying to find solutions to the problems there,” said the source.
He will follow the example of other world leaders delivering lectures around the world.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Mu’azu, has appealed to all members of the party across the country to put behind them the disappointment of defeat, rest all misunderstandings and put the survival and stability of the party ahead of all other considerations.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was among former Nigeria leaders that attended Tuesday’s Council of State meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.However, the former president entered the Council Chamber venue of the meeting at 12.10pm, about 40 minutes behind schedule. The meeting started at 11.30am after the arrival of President Goodluck Jonathan. Other former Nigeria leaders that attended the meeting are – the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Chief Ernest Shonekan.Tuesday’s meeting will be the last under the outgoing President Jonathan.
The state governors at the meeting are – Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Ramalan Yero (Kanuda), Sarieke Dickson (Bayelsa), James Ngilari (Adamawa), Tanko Almakura(Nasarawa) and Gabriel Suswam(Benue). Others are – Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Jonah Jang (Plateau) Liyel Imoke(Cross River), and Acting governor of Taraba State. Kano, Kogi, Oyo and Yobe States were represented by their deputy governors. The Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and former Chief Justices of Nigeria including Muhammadu Uwais, Alfa Belgore and Idris Kutigi were also the meeting. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and the Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa also attended the meeting.
Opening Christian and Muslim prayers were said by the governors of Cross Rivers and Kaduna respectively.
its interesting to see that some Nigerians are not even waiting for change of government before turning the leaves over as portrait of President Goodluck Jonathan is gradually disappearing in federal institutions, business centres and other public offices in Kano State.
As Politicians in Bayelsa State prepare for the Governorship election in later this year there has been some intense alignment and re-alignment among political big-wigs in the State ahead of the election. The choice of Timi Alaibe seems to be enveloping the State but platform at which he will fly the ticket remain undecided.
British prime minister David Cameron has been returned to 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the prime minister, after Conservative Party won the 323 seats needed to command a parliamentary majority. The BBC had earlier predicted that the party would secure 331 seats in the house of commons.
Of cause many could say the election has come and gone , but many underground activities that shaped or adversely affect the outcome of the election ket surfacing
. This excatly was the situation of Folajimi son of Publicity Secretary of All Progressive Congress Alhaji Lai Muhammed who got all the neccessary support from his very influential father to contest the House of Assembly seat.
According to information at our disposal, Folajimi Lai Muhammed who is still basking in the euphoria of his truimph at the Polls to represent Ikeja Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly got a handsome Sand-Filling Contract from the official Ikorodu Road Contractor , cHINESE fIRM CCECC TO SUPPLY SAND.
wE squealed the contract which gulp about 250million naira was given to a firm own by the Father but was sub-let to Folajimi in a bid executed to enrich the son for electioneering purpose Folajimi supplied the sand used for the sand-filling and was payed his money fully
This we learnt was made possible through the Governor of Lagos State who gave clearance to the deal been strucked