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Nigeria At 59: Donald Trump writes President Buhari 

President @realDonaldTrump of the United States of America has congratulated Nigeria on her 59th Independence Anniversary.

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Nigeria At 59: Donald Trump writes President Buhari 

President Donald Trump of the United States of America has congratulated Nigeria on her 59th Independence Anniversary. In his congratulatory message addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Trump addressed the areas of cooperation between Nigeria and the United States.

Trump’s letter, which was published by the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, read in part: “We are allies in the global battle against terrorism, and we want to see Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa driven out of the region and other insurgencies like them dismantled.” 

[READ MORE: President Buhari’s office to spend N46m to fuel generators this year]

Read the full text of the American President’s letter below:

Dear Mr. President: 

On behalf of the American people, I extend our warmest greetings and congratulate you on the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence. 

Nigeria is among our strongest partners in Africa. We share common goals of expanding trade and growing our economic relationship. We are allies in the global battle against terrorism, and we want to see Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa driven out of the region and other insurgencies like them dismantled. The United States welcomes efforts by your administration to diversify opportunities for your talented, creative, and hardworking people to the benefit of both our countries, Africa and the world. 

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I am pleased that following our meeting last year, our Vice Presidents are also building on our longstanding history of cooperation. I wish the people of Nigeria continued success as you mark another year of independence. 

Sincerely, 

Donald J. Trump. 

[READ ALSO: Illicit financial flows: Nigeria lost $157.5 billion in almost 10 years – Buhari]

Prior to now, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo travelled to the United States to meet his American counterpart, Mike Pence. In a statement made available to the public, Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the Nigerian and American governments affirmed the mutual benefit inherent in a deeper bilateral relationship.

Amongst the many issues highlighted during the meeting between Osinbajo and Pence were economy, military assistance, countering extremism and terrorism.

 

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Buhari suspends NPA MD, Hadiza Usman, approves investigative probe panel

President Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the MD of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman.

The suspension of Usman is to allow the panel of inquiry which is to be set up by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, to investigate the management of the agency to effectively carry out the task.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, through some tweet posts on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

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Shehu pointed out that the suspension follows the approval of the recommendation of the Federal Ministry of Transportation by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement from Garba Shehu reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

The President also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, step aside while the investigation is carried out. Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position.

READ: Lagos says transport operators, drivers, conductors, others must get accredited

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The panel is to be headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry while the Deputy Director, Legal of the same ministry will serve as Secretary. Other members of the panel will be appointed by the Minister.”

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NIN registration: 54 million Nigerians have now enrolled – Buhari

12 million Nigerians were enrolled into the National Identity Database in the past 6 months.

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President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that the FG has enrolled 54 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database, citing that 12 million were enrolled in the past 6 months alone and that the final aim of the scheme is to secure Nigeria’s security infrastructure.

President Buhari disclosed this in a statement on Thursday evening.

What the President said about NIN enrollment

“I am pleased with the success we are recording in the enrollment of persons into the National Identification Number (NIN) database. 54 million Nigerians have now enrolled; I am told over 12 million of these within the last six months. Our goal is total coverage.

The National Identification Number (NIN) is the foundational digital ID for the country. It will cover one of the weaknesses in our security structure. We will be able to easily identify all Nigerians, including the crooks in our midst.”

The President added that both legal residents and Nigerians are expected to obtain the NIN as it would be beneficial to government agencies to utilise resources efficiently.

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The Federal Government announced a further extension of the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) registration and linkage with Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) exercises to a new deadline of June 30, 2021.

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