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Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari hold meeting with Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Nigeria-British relations at 10, Downing Street, London.
The Personal Assistant to the President on new media, Bashir Ahmad disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Monday, April 16.
He further disclosed that at the end of his bilateral meeting with the British prime minister, President Buhari thanked her for Britain’s efforts at the training of the Nigerian Armed forces in fighting Boko Haram.
President Buhari’s meeting with the prime minister was scheduled to discuss Nigeria-British relations ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled to hold between April 18 to 20.
President Buhari, who is on an official leave in London, had met with the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday, April 15.
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Former FBI Director James Comey has accused US President Donald Trump of being “m0rally unfit” for the presidency and treating women like “pieces of meat” in his first television interview since being fired last year.
Speaking to ABC’s 20/20, Comey said “the challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him”.
The television interview on Sunday comes ahead of the release of Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty, on Tuesday.
According to the transcript of the four-hour interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Comey said he does not think Trump is “medically unfit to be president”, but rather “m0rally unfit to be president”.
“A person who sees m0ral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on m0ral grounds,” Comey said.
The former FBI director was referring to last August’s “Unite the Right” rally that turned deadly when a white supremacist allegedly rammed his car into a group of anti-racist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence.
‘Some evidence of obstruction of justice’
Comey has been embroiled in controversy since reopening an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email serve while US secretary of state during Barack Obama’s first term as president compromised national security.
Clinton said the release of a letter stating the FBI had uncovered new emails just days before the elections helped hand the election to Trump.
Once Trump took office, the president and Comey feuded over the FBI’s investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Comey said there is “certainly some evidence” when asked whether the US president committed obstruction of justice when Trump allegedly asked top aides to leave the Oval Office to privately ask Comey to drop his investigation into then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn was fired from his post last year.
Comey added that the prosecutor would need to evaluate if “other things reflected on [Trump’s] intent”.
‘Impeachment would let Americans off the hook’
Comey said he does not hope for Trump’s impeachment because “impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they’re duty bound to do directly”.
He added: “People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.”
‘Trump doesn’t value the truth’
Comey repeatedly pointed to how he feels like the president does not value the truth and how he has lied to the American people.
“There’s something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country,” Comey said.
“The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is m0rally unfit to be president.”
Prior to Sunday’s interview, Trump took to Twitter, calling the former FBI director “not smart” and saying he “will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history”.
The White House has not commented on the interview, but the Republican National Committee did respond on Twitter saying Comey “isn’t credible”.
What else did Comey say?
On Clinton’s assertion the letter about the investigation into her use of a private email server help cost her the election:
“I hope not…I honestly don’t know. I sure hope not. But – the honest answer is, it wouldn’t change the way I think about it.”
On whether he would send the letter on Clinton’s emails again knowing Trump would win the election:
“I would…In fact, that was a question asked by one of my best people – a deputy general counsel in the FBI who is a very thoughtful and quiet person, who didn’t speak a lot. And that – that morning we were making that decision, she asked, ‘Should you consider that what you’re about do to may help elect Donald Trump president?’
“And I paused, and then I said, ‘Thank you for asking that question. That’s a great question.’ But the answer is not for a moment because down that path lies the death of the FBI as an independent force in American life. If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we’re done.”
On finding out about his firing from television:
“One of the many great things about the FBI is we have some hilarious pranksters in that organisation, and so I thought it was a scam by someone on my staff. So I turn to them and I said, ‘Someone put a lotta work into that.’ And then I continued talking.
“And then that changed on the screens, which showed the different networks, changed to, ‘Comey fired.’”
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“We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused,”President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians.
The President spoke in London Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester.
“I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” President Buhari said.
He noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that, “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.”
Saying wicked people plundered the country, “and kept Nigerians poor,” the President added that looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.”
President Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, but noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all.
“If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses.
“You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.” the President said.
He commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.”
The Coordinator of the organization, Mr Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting:
“You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections.
“You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.”
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
April 15, 2018.
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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will meet Donald Trump in Washington on April 30 to discuss issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth, the White House announced Sunday.
“President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region,” the White House said in a statement.
“The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity.”
Nigeria, West Africa’s largest economy, is among the countries combatting Islamist extremism with help from the United States.
The nation is battling an array of security threats across its territory, from Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast to oil militants in the south.
The announcement of the visit comes one day after the fourth anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls abduction, which saw Boko Haram kidnap 276 girls.
Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and four years on, 112 are still being held — a global symbol of the Islamist insurgency that has devastated the region.
The Nigerian president’s White House visit also follows a scandal that erupted in January when Trump allegedly branded African nations “Sh!thole countries.”
The reported remark triggered global outrage and forced the US president to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to the continent.
Nigeria was among the countries included on Trump’s ex-secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s Africa tour last month — though the former Texas oilman truncated the trip just before the US president brutally sacked him.
Before returning to Washington, Tillerson had notably promised Nigeria’s support ranging from equipment to intelligence to helping secure the swift release of kidnapped schoolgirls.
– ‘Baba Go Slow’ –
Buhari, a 75-year-old former general and one-time military head of state, announced earlier this month he would seek re-election next year — a move that laid to rest months of speculation over his health.
Nicknamed “Baba Go Slow” for his lethargic pace in office, Buhari spent months in London last year seeking medical treatment for an undisclosed illness.
If nominated, he faces the Herculean task of convincing Nigerians he is the best candidate to steer the country out of its worst recession in 25 years, after implementing a series of unorthodox policies blamed for worsening the economic crisis.
He was voted into power in 2015 on a platform vowing to crack down on endemic graft and stamp out Boko Haram.
Boko Haram still stages deadly attacks on military and civilian targets despite Buhari’s insistence that the group is “technically” defeated.
In February, the Islamists embarrassed the government by driving unopposed into the northeastern town of Dapchi and kidnapping over 100 schoolgirls.
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