OUR WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION WILL BE FOUGHT WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE LAW – BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed
Monday in Abuja that his administration will
give full regard to due process and the rule of
law in the prosecution of its war against
corruption.
Speaking at an audience with a delegation
from the Foursquare Gospel Church, President
Buhari restated his commitment to recovering
stolen funds, but stressed that the present
administration’s efforts in this regard will be
fully within the ambit of the law.
“Under military rule, people could be arrested
and held on the basis of suspicion, but in a
true democracy, anyone accused of an offense
must be presumed innocent till pronounced
guilty by a court of law,” the President noted.
President Buhari said that his administration
was therefore diligently building up its case
against those accused of stealing government
funds, getting necessary evidence and facts,
before formal charges are brought against
them.
He congratulated the Foursquare Church in
Nigeria on its 60th anniversary convention
which was concluded on Sunday.
In his remarks, the General Overseer of the
Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Felix Meduoye
lauded the Buhari administration for its
positive strides in the war against corruption
and insurgency.
He said that the church will continue to pray
for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACK ON PARIS

President Muhammadu Buhari has received
with great shock and profound sadness, news
of the dastardly and heinous terrorist attacks
on innocent civilians in Paris.
On behalf of the government and people of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari
conveys his heartfelt sympathy to President
Francois Hollande and the people of France.
The President also extends sincere
condolences to the families, relatives and
friends of the unfortunate victims of the
callous attacks.
President Buhari totally condemns the
barbaric attacks which constitute an
unacceptable affront to all human values and
civilized norms.
As a country, which has borne the terrible
human cost of terrorist attacks, Nigeria stands
in full solidarity with the government and
people of France as they mourn those who
have sadly lost their lives in the attack on
Paris.
President Buhari calls on all peace-loving
nations of the world to intensify ongoing
multilateral cooperation and collaborative
actions aimed at bringing the scourge of
international terrorism to a speedy end for the
benefit of all nations.

PRESIDENT BUHARI VISITS TROOPS IN YOLA, HONOURS SOLDIERS WITH MEDALS FOR GALLANTRY

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Yola,
honoured three soldiers who sustained serious
injuries in ongoing operations against Boko
Haram with the Purple Heart medal for
gallantry, during a morale-boosting visit to
the Nigerian military in Adamawa State.
At the conferment ceremony, President Buhari
said that the honour to the three wounded
soldiers was in appreciation of their heroic
contributions to the ongoing effort by the
Nigerian Armed Forces to end the Boko
Haram insurgency.
“These very deserved medals are in recognition
of your sacrifices. I hope it will inspire you to
give more to the nation and I urge you to
maintain your determination to bring peace to
our fatherland.
“With what I have seen today, I believe that
the Boko Haram are very close to defeat and I
urge you to quickly clear the remnants of
these criminals from wherever they may still
be hiding.
“I also urge you to remain vigilant, alert and
focused to prevent Boko Haram from sneaking
into our communities to attack soft targets,’’
the President said.
Those decorated with the Purple Heart medal
are Lance Corporal Kenneth Kulugh who was
wounded in a battle with Boko Haram at
Magar Bridge, near Madagali.
Others are Private Anthony Sunday was
wounded in a battle with Boko Haram at
Gubla in Adamawa State and Private Danga
Umar who sustained multiple gunshot injuries
to both thighs at Magar Bridge, near
Madagali.
Accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Gen Tukur Buratai, the President also
presented Operation Lafiya Dole medals to
other four soldiers.
The Operation Lafiya Dole medal is presented
to men and officers of the Nigerian Armed
Forces who have served gallantly in theatre of
operations in the North east beyond six
months.
Commending the armed forces for successes
so far recorded in the ongoing fight against
the insurgents, President Buhari urged them to
remain focused on the objective of completely
defeating Boko Haram before the end of the
year.
The President assured them that the welfare of
troops in the frontline states will continue to
be improved by his administration.
President Buhari urged the army to continue
to operate within its rules of engagement and
with due regard for human rights and its
responsibility to protect civilians in areas of
conflict.
The President also visited the Internally
Displaced Persons camp in Malkohio, Jimieta,
Yola, where he assured the IDPs that the
Federal Government was doing everything
possible to ensure the safe return of all
displaced Nigerians to their native
communities.
President Buhari paid a courtesy visit to
Lamido Adamawa, Dr Muhamamdu Barkindo
Aliyu Mustapha and rounded-off his visit to
Adamawa by attending the Wedding Fatiha of
three daughters of Former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar, after attending the Jumat Prayer at
the Airforce Mosque in Jibson Jalo Army
Barracks, Jimeta, Yola.
He was accompanied on the trip to Adamawa
State by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi
Akande, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Senator
Kabir Garba Marafa.
Garba Shehu

PRESIDENT’S SPEECH AT THE SWEARING- INCEREMONY OF MINISTERS-DESIGNATE WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2015 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, STATE HOUSE

Your Excellency, The Vice President;
Professor Yemi Osinbajo;
The Senate President, and the Hon. Speaker,
House of Representatives;
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Justice
Mahmoud Mohammed;
The National Chairman, All Progressive
Congress, Chief John Oyegun;
National Leader of APC, Chief Bisi Akande;
Other APC Executive Committee Members here
present;
The Secretary to the Government of the
Federation;
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation;
Honourable Ministers;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Members of the Press and Invited Guests.
Today we have reached another milestone in
the evolution of our new government which
Nigerians overwhelmingly voted into office in
the March 28th, 2015 general elections. Today
we witness the swearing-in of new ministers of
the government of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria.
2. Since our inauguration on May 29, 2015,
the Vice President and I have been mindful of
the need to constitute a cabinet that will best
deliver our expectations of a better country
than we inherited. We want to work towards a
prosperous nation respected for the right
reasons, and whose citizens can hold up their
heads anywhere in the world. And we are
optimistic that bringing this set of ministers
into the service of our country today is a step
in the right direction, a timely move towards
realising our positive goals for our country.
3. Since we assumed office in May, I have
been mindful of the need to ensure that the
appointment of new ministers translates into
putting round pegs in round holes while
showing sensitivity to our diversity as a
people and our various positions as groups of
stakeholders in our country.
4. I have also been conscious of the need not
to repeat such mistakes of the past
where the right people were allocated the
wrong portfolios, which translated into their
performing poorly to our collective detriment
despite their obvious capabilities. Also, I have
responded to the counsel to consult as widely
as possible, given the need to build a stable
and all-inclusive government by reaching
across our various ethnic and political
divides.
5. With the inauguration of ministers, our
government shall continue more decisively to
implement its policies in respect of the
economy and in other areas. While working
hard to maximise revenue from oil in the face
of a sharp decline in the price for the
commodity, we are determined to diversify the
economy in agriculture to enhance
employment and explore solid minerals as a
major revenue earner.
6. The primary aim is to achieve self-sufficienc
y in the production of such staples as rice and
wheat and to become a major consumer and
exporter of both items as well as solid
minerals. We intend to pursue policies that
will generate massive employment for millions
of our youth.
7. We shall also continue with greater
determination and focus to pursue our goal of
ensuring improved security for our country and
its citizens, and without letting up on our fight
against corruption. Our commitment to defeat
Boko Haram and all the threats it constitutes
remains as strong as ever. So is our resolve to
root out vices such as kidnapping and
neutralise the various forms of criminalities
that threaten the social peace of Nigerians.
8. While recognising the challenges we face
and the need to surmount them, let us not fail
to note the progress we have made in the
short life of this government, as an indication
of how much better we can do as a people
driven by patriotism and a common resolve to
do things right.
9. On the moral sphere, trust is slowly but
steadily being re-established between the
government and the people. Now, when the
government speaks, the people listen; and
when the people’s expectations are not met,
they appreciate that it is not for lack of
commitment or trying on the part of
government. In effect, government business is
now being conducted with transparency and
cynicism is waning as a result.
10. Our adoption of the Treasury Single
Account has resulted in the blocking of
financial leakages in the public sector, making
more funds available for the business of
governance and ensuring the welfare of our
citizens. The Central Bank of Nigeria has also
assisted more than 30 States of the federation
with concessionary loans to offset salary
arrears for their workers. On the monetary
side, the CBN has also implemented country-
specific and innovative policies that have
helped to stabilize the exchange rate and
conserve our reserves.
11. Finally, our new ministers must proceed to
work speedily and do their utmost to justify
the confidence we have placed in them not
only by their conduct but also by their
performance in their various positions.
12. Over all our economy is poised for
sustained job creation, poverty reduction and
inclusive growth. Regardless of the present
challenges we are confronting, I believe all
Nigerians will keep hope alive and sustain
their optimism about the future of our
economic well being.
13. The Ministries have been rationalised and
reduced to twenty-four. These are the
Ministries and their Ministers.
These are the Ministries and their Ministers
S/N NAME MINISTRY
1 ABUBAKAR MALAMI (SAN) JUSTICE
2 GEOFFREY ONYEAMA FOREIGN AFFAIRS
3 KHADIJA BUKAR ABBA IBRAHIM STATE
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
4 BRIG. GEN. MM DAN ALI DEFENCE
5 ADAMU ADAMU EDUCATION
6 PROF. ANTHONY ANWUKAH STATE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION
7 MRS KEMI ADEOSUN FINANCE
8 OKECHUKWU ENELAMAH INDUSTRY, TRADE
AND INVESTMENT
9 MS. A’ISHA ABUBAKAR STATE MINISTER OF
INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT
10 DR. (SEN) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
11 BARRISTER JAMES E. OCHOLI STATE
MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
12 MUHAMMADU BELLO FEDERAL CAPITAL
TERRITORY
13 ABDULRAHMAN BELLO DANBAZAU
INTERIOR
14 UDOMA UDO UDOMA BUDGET AND
NATIONAL PLANNING
15 ZAINAB SHAMSUNA AHMED STATE
MINISTER OF BUDGET AND NATIONAL
PLANNING
16 EMMANUEL IBE KACHIKWU STATE
MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES
17 BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA (SAN) POWER,
WORKS AND HOUSING
18 MUSTAPHA BABA SHEHURI STATE
MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING
19 CHIEF AUDU INNOCENT OGBEH
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
20 HEINEKEN LOKPOBIRI STATE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
21 CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI
TRANSPORTATION
22 SENATOR HADI SIRIKA STATE MINISTER
OF AVIATION
23 ISAAC FOLORUNSHO ADEWOLE HEALTH
24 DR. OSAGIE EHANIRE
STATE MINISTER OF HEALTH
25 SENATOR A’ISHA JUMMAI AL-HASSAN
WOMEN AFFAIRS
26 PASTOR USANI USANI UGURU NIGER
DELTA
27 CLAUDIUS OMOLEYE DARAMOLA STATE
MINISTER OF NIGER DELTA
28 BARRISTER ADEBAYO SHITTU
COMMUNICATIONS
29 LAI MOHAMMED INFORMATION
30 AMINA MUHAMMED ENVIRONMENT
31 IBRAHIM USMAN JIBRIL STATE MINISTER
OF ENVIRONMENT
32 ENG. SULEIMAN ADAMU WATER
RESOURCES
33 BARRISTER SOLOMON DALONG YOUTH
AND SPORTS
34 KAYODE FAYEMI SOLID MINERALS
35 ABUBAKAR BAWA BWARI STATE MINISTER
OF SOLID MINERALS
36 DR OGBONNAYA ONU
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Best of Luck
MUHAMMADU BUHARI

PRESIDENT BUHARI APPROVES APPOINTMENT OF NEW FEDERAL PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND DEPLOYMENT OF PERMANENT SECRETARIES

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved
the appointment of the following as
Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil
Service:
1. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba
2. Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse
3. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun
4. Dr. Bukar Hassan
5. Mrs. Wakama Belema Asifieka
6. Mr. Jalal Ahmad Arabi
7. Mr. Sabiu Zakari
8. Mrs. Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi
9. Mr. Aminu Nabegu
10. Mr. Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele
11. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo
12. Dr. Shehu Ahmed
13. Mr. Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu
14. Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa
15. Mr. Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa
16. Mr. Bassey Apkanyung
17. Mr. Louis Edozien
18. Dr. Ugo Roy
President Buhari has also approved the
deployment of Federal Permanent Secretaries
as follows:
1. Dr. Shehu Ahmad – Fed. Min. of Agric &
Rural Development
2. Arch Sunday Echono – Fed. Min. of
Communications
3. Alh. Sabiu Zakari – Fed. Min. of
Transportation
4. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba – Fed. Min. of
Information & Culture
5. Amb. Danjuma Sheni – Fed. Min. of Defence
6. Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan – Fed. Min. of
Education
7. Mrs. Fatima Mede – Budget & National
Planning
8. Alh. Mahmoud Isa Dutse – Fed. Min. of
Finance
9. Amb. Bulus Lolo – Fed. Min of Foreign
Affairs
10. Dr. Amina Shamaki – Fed. Min. of Health
11. Mr. Aliyu Bisalla -Fed. Min. of Industry,
Trade & Investment
12. Mr. Bassey Akpanyung – Fed. Min. of
Internal Affairs
13. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun – Fed. Ministry of
Justice
14. Dr. Habiba Lawal – Fed. Min. of Science &
Tech.
15. Dr. Clement Illoh – Fed. Min. of Labour &
Productivity
16. Dr. Jamila Shu’ara – Fed. Min of
Petroleum Resources
17. Mrs. Binta Bello – Fed. Min of Women
Affairs
18. Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye – Federal Capital
Territory
19. Mrs. Rabi Jimeta – Fed. Min. of Water
Resources
20. Dr. Bukar Hassan – Fed. Min of
Environment
21. Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka – Fed. Min. of
Niger Delta Affairs
22. Mr. Istifanus Fuktur – Fed. Min. of Solid
Minerals
23. Mr. Christian Ohaa – Fed. Min of Youth &
Sports
24. Engr. A.G. Magaji – Fed. Min. of Works &
Housing
25. Mr. Louis Edozien – Fed. Min. of Power
26. Mr. Jalal Arabi – State House
27. Mr. Mohammed Bukar – General Services
Office, OSGF
28. Mr. Abbas Mohammed – Ecological Fund
Office, OSGF
29. Dr. Ugo Roy – Council Secretariat
30. Mr. Aminu Nabegu – Special Services
Office, OSGF
31. Amb. Bamgbose Akindele – Political
Affairs Office, OSGF
32. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo – Economic
Affairs Office, OSGF
33. Mrs. Obiageli Nwokedi – Special Duties
Office, OSGF
34. Mr. Innocent Ogbonnaya -Career
Management Office, OHCSF
35. Mr. S.K.Y. Adelakun – Common Services
Office, OHCSF
36. Mrs. N. Batagarawa – Service Policy &
Strategies Office, OHCSF
The new appointments and deployments are
with effect from today, November 10, 2015.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 10, 2015