Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Presidency reacts to reports on Buhari avoiding Aso Rock office

The service chiefs and Mansur Dan-Ali minister of defence inside the preident’s office The service chiefs and Mansur Dan-Ali minister of defence inside the preident’s office
Patty Aguilar | 10 November, 2017, 12:32

In the publication, the news outfit also quoted sources in the presidency as blaming the development on spiritual reasons, adding that Buhari's absence from his office cannot be unconnected to his tortuous health challenges.

The source further added that Mr. Buhari's office and other parts of the villa are "undergoing spiritual cleansing to avert any recurrence in the future".

The President, however, resumed at the office on Thursday where he inaugurated the Armed Forces Council inside one of the halls located inside the main office.

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Col. Gusau explained that the ratifications were deemed necessary in view of contemporary security challenges and to enhance welfare, command, discipline and administration of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The council inaugurated has the responsibility to consider matters of great concern to the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"Since Mr. President is on his first term and I am on my first term, it is my wish to re -contest and I will as well wish the President the same thing: to re-contest".

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence, the last meeting of the Council was held on 17 July 2014 during the last administration "and there was therefore the need to convene the Armed Forces Council Meeting in order to consider matters of great concern to the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria".

He then proceeded to preside over a meeting of the council.

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has expressed his wish for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term, setting himself up for possible clash with members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The chairman said the national leadership of the APC should prevail on the President to go for second term.

Meanwhile, Buhari will on Monday pay a two-day working visit to Ebonyi State to commission a number of projects.

The governor said this on Thursday while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari.

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