Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said that he was commended yesterday afternoon during the telephone conversation he had with Buhari for holding out against mischief makers, while the President slammed makers of mischief regarding his health status.


Mr. Adesina who said the President’s personal assistant, Tunde Sabiu, called from London added that the President asked about the well-being of his (Adesina’s) family.The presidential spokesman said he was excited over the call and told Mr. President how much he missed him, adding that he did not need the call to know that the president was doing fine.


Adesina in a statement said, “At exactly 2.43 p.m today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Who was at the other end? Tunde Sabiu, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Hold on for Mr. President,” Tunde said.

And in a matter of seconds, the very familiar voice came:

“Femi, how are you?” (He calls me Adesina most times, but today, he opted for Femi)

I screamed: “Mr President, I have missed you. How are you sir?”

He first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said: “I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers.”

I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him.

“How is your family?”

I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them.

“I hope to call you again, “ Mr. President said, and I bade him farewell, adding: “Best wishes, sir.”


Adesina described the call as a defining moment for him.

“It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London. Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he was on vacation, he had a right to his privacy”.


“Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my president, my leader, and my man, any day,” he said.



The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), stated  when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to defend the ministry’s budget estimates for 2017, on Thursday evening   that Federal Government is set to repatriate more loots kept in foreign countries by corrupt Nigerians this year.


The minister said Nigeria’s government was expecting the recovery of €6.3m from Ireland, $600m from the United Kingdom and £321m from Switzerland in 2017 alone.


He lamented absence of provision for the capital expenditure of the ministry in the 2016 Appropriation Act which greatly limited the ministry’s ability to make extensive recoveries. In his words…“We have a lot of international recovery that are supposed to be captured in jurisdictions like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Panama, among others.


Former Commonwealth’s Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has said Nigeria will not reach its full potential except the governance system is restructured and true federalism is practiced in Nigeria.

He added that until the country was restructured many of the problems confronting it would persist.

The former diplomat said the continued under-performance of the country in various areas of endeavour validated his view.

He said this in Lagos during the 2017 edition of the Annual Sun Awards organised by The Sun Newspapers.


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Despite repeated xenophobic attacks, some Nigerians in South Africa have said they would not return home.

Giving unemployment, insecurity, kidnappings, poor infrastructure and epileptic power supply as reasons that will not let them return home, while they described returning home as going back to a “hardship zone.”

Despite the attacks, some others said it would be difficult to leave South Africa as they had nothing to fall back on in Nigeria.

There are over 800,000 Nigerians living in South Africa, according to the Nigerian Union South Africa, with many of them based in Johannesburg.

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