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Breaking: President Buhari arrives Sochi for Russia-Africa Summit Breaking: President Buhari arrives Sochi for Russia-Africa Summit Muhammadu Buhari 1 300x200

President Muhamamdu Buhari on Monday arrived at the Sochi International Airport, Russia for a three-day inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, which will focus on peace, security and development.
The President’s plane touched the tarmac at 11.25pm (local time) and he was received by the Mayor of the City of Sochi, Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov, and state officials.
The Economic Forum and Summit will hold on October 23 and 24, 2019 with four plenaries that will be attended by more than 30 African Heads of State and Government that have confirmed participation, including the Chairman of the African Union and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The summit will be co-chaired by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who will present a keynote address at the opening on Wednesday, and the African Union Chairman.
President Buhari and the Russian President will meet at the Nigeria and Russian bilateral meeting on Wednesday.
The Nigerian leader will make a statement at the summit on Thursday.
Other participants at the summit that will showcase Russian interest and investment potential in Africa include businessmen, experts, investors, leaders of major sub-regional associations and organisations.
An African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa and promote African business interest in the host country.
About 250 Nigerian business interests will be participating in the forum.
“It is important that this meeting is taking place at this time,” says the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, addinf: “All the big nations are picking stronger interest in Africa. We now have US-Africa Summit, India-Africa Summit, China-Africa Summit and Japan-Africa Summit, so Russia has signified its interest on political, cultural and economic partnership.
“Nigeria has had an excellent relationship with Russia over the years. We will not forget how the country assisted us in keeping Nigeria as one during the civil war when some our traditional allies deserted us.
“They have also stood behind us in the fight against terrorism, Boko Haram and ISWA, and Russia has demonstrated its capacity in gas production, a resource which Nigeria has a huge potential of utilising.”
Shehu said the summit will look into issues of sustainable energy, mines and steel, infrastructure development in Africa, nuclear energy and trade and investment.
On security, the Senior Special Assistant said the meeting will come up with proposals for a new security architecture that will be heavily driven by new technology.
President Buhari is accompanied by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Others on the trip are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

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APC leaders, govs wants Oshiomhole out – PGF DG, Lukuman

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APC leaders, govs wants Oshiomhole out – PGF DG, Lukuman Adams Oshiomole

Director General, Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, on Thursday declared that his demand for the resignation of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has the backing of party leaders, including the governors.

The PGF, the body of governors of the APC, has Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, as chairman, while Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, is the vice chairman.

Lukuman, who stated that he had nothing personal against Oshiomhole, accused the former Edo governor of running the APC without recourse to the National Executive Committee (NEC).

“I have not received any call asking me why I issued the statement. Not one, including governors. There is no meeting of governors where decision was taken on this matter. That is why I am saying that first of all, I am talking as a Nigerian”, he told New Telegraph.

“I am talking as a loyal party member and thirdly, as somebody who knows the sentiments; everybody is worried. We are living with the danger of Zamfara being reincarnated and a court judgment may later come that we did not have a candidate in Bayelsa State. The truth is that, must we wait to lose election in Bayelsa before we act?

“Secondly, we are party members and thirdly, I can tell you that being the DG of the PGF, I am privileged to relate with not just governors but everyone in the party. And to that extent, one can have a feeling of the concerns, the worries and really, the frustration that exist in the party.

“I thought I needed to make this background clarification because I received calls from people asking me whether the statement was coming from governors or from me as a person. Those issues need not even come up. What is at stake is the substance and content. If anybody wants to dispute it, they should look into the content and I think that is the challenge before us. This is what this country requires.

“I owe a lot to his person (Oshiomhole), having been with him almost all my working life. He gave me the job that launched me into where I am today – and to this day, I believe we share basically the same convictions. And if I say that I am worried at the direction he is taking the party, I think he himself, should be worried more because this is not the Adams that really, everybody has confidence in.”

Lukman stressed that as long as the National Working Committee (NWC) under Oshiomhole continues to run the affairs of the party without convening NEC meetings, it is working illegally.

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Border closure: Buhari govt gets strong warning PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI 3

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, says the continued closure of land borders by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government would undermine the country’s economy.

The business mogul gave the warning on Wednesday in Lagos, while speaking with journalists.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 1 approved the extension of the operation code-named Exercise Swift Response.

But Gbadamosi said the closure was having adverse effects on the citizens both in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

”It is clear that the agenda behind it is completely not for economic growth, because it will affect the earning capacity of people. If that happens, many people will not be able to meet their needs”, NAN quoted him as saying.

“Consequently, many sectors of the nation’s economy will be affected within and in the neighbouring countries that have built large doses of subscriptions on us.

”The closure will more or less affect the economy, instead of improving it. Government needs to open the economy in such a way to attract more trade and industries.”

Gbadamosi said that there were so many ways borders could be closed to check arms smuggling and crimes like banditry without total closure.

He urged Nigeria to take a cue from the developed countries with tight border controls without total lock down.

“If the government is acting against smuggling with the closure, there are ways of doing it without affecting our people.

“During the era of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, borders were shut for a period of time because of cross border bandits who ran to Benin Republic.

”But between a few days, they were arrested and handed over to the authorities and the borders were reopened.

“Smuggling is still going on during that period, but it did not affect our economy, because it was well checked .

”In fact that was the period we experienced the greatest rate of sustainable growth, because the country allowed trade to continue and the custom officials were also doing their jobs effectively,” Gbadamosi said.

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