Elected President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015, and re-elected for a second and final term in 2019.
Retired Major-General in the Nigerian Army, and former Military Head of State of Nigeria (1984–1985)...more
At #COP26, I had an unexpected opportunity to highlight the gallant sacrifices our troops are making on our behalf. The lady asked me about the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem pinned to my chest. It was with great pride that I explained that it is a symbol to remember and Honour our Armed Forces veterans, and especially all who have paid the supreme sacrifice for peace and security in Nigeria.
I am pleased to announce Nigeria’s new commitment to progressively increase the Federal Government’s annual domestic education expenditure by 50% over the next two years, and up to 100% by 2025, beyond the 20% global benchmark. We will build a more secure and prosperous future for our children.
On Friday I received General Nadeem Raza, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Pakistan has remained faithful & consistent in assisting Nigeria, particularly in the training of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces. We greatly appreciate their help in this regard—and I made this known to General Raza. We will continue to work together for mutual benefit.
Based on the mismanagement that had previously bedeviled the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a forensic audit was set up and the result is expected by the end of July, 2021.
I want to assure the people of the Niger Delta and all Nigerians that as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted, the NDDC Board will be inaugurated.
I am pleased to announce that I have approved the allocation of 3-bedroom houses to the 1994 African Cup of Nations-winning Super Eagles Team (Tunisia ‘94)! Another historical promise fulfilled by our administration. These heroes did our nation proud, and the least we can do is honour the Federal Government’s promise to them. They will be allocated the houses in their States of preference.
Yesterday I inaugurated the National Steering Committee (NSC) for our new National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS). The Committee will be chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Our goal is simple, to energize the implementation of our vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years. It is achievable, and we will accomplish it!
Our administration is implementing a number of policies and programmes to ensure that institutions like MTN have a conducive environment for doing business in Nigeria. Our massive jump in the Global Ease of Doing Business Ranking is proof that our efforts are yielding positive results.
Nigeria is MTN Group’s most lucrative market in Africa, Asia & the Middle East, as well as the source of a third of the entire Group’s income. In my meeting today with the members of the Board and Management, I highlighted efforts of our administration to support the telecoms industry, and the private sector in general, in Nigeria.
While I was happy to return home, I was not happy that this visit to Borno was not a normal, peacetime home-coming. The first priority of my trip was to appraise the security situation in Borno State and the North East region, in order to fast-track the work of restoring permanent peace to the region. The work of defeating terrorism and of restoring permanent peace to this region is not yet over!