EXCLUSIVE: Buhari To Visit Saudi Arabia, Europe On Tuesday To Attend Lesser Hajj, Undergo Medical Checkup

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday leave the country for Saudi Arabia and later proceed to France and Scotland where he is expected to begin a fresh round of medical checkup, SaharaReporters has learnt.

SaharaReporters gathered that Buhari will spend up to two weeks on his medical tour but his first point of call is Saudi Arabia for Umrah, otherwise known as the Lesser Hajj.

SaharaReporters learnt that the President after performing the Umrah will then go to Europe for his medical examinations.

In August this year, Saudi Arabia had announced plans to gradually begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims starting after about a year and a half of not receiving overseas worshippers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was announced that with a capacity that would rise to 2 million pilgrims from 60,000 pilgrims per month, Mecca and Medina will start welcoming visitors from abroad to their mosques while maintaining COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Last week, it was also reported that the Grand Mosque in Makkah was ready to receive pilgrims and worshippers at full capacity, just as the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah lifted the restrictions placed upon the performance of Umrah and Prayers in the Rawdah Al Shareefah.

Top sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that Buhari would leave Nigeria on Tuesday for his trip for pilgrimage and medical treatments.

“Baba (Buhari) is going to Saudi Arabia, France and Glasgow from Tuesday. The date is set and part of it is for his medicals. The trip will not exceed two weeks but the first stop is Saudi Arabia. He will go for the Umrah before heading for Paris and Glasgow,” one of the sources revealed.



Katsina Gov, Masari, wants Buhari to declare state of emergency in Nigeria to fight insecurity

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, declare a State of Emergency on security in the country in order to restore peace and order.

The Governor in a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the quarterly meeting of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria explained that the Katsina State Government with cooperation of the State Assembly has provided legal framework and restructured existing ones, among other measures, to curb insecurity in the State.

The Governor highlighted that through the new laws, security Committees are created to provide security agencies with useful information, collaborate with security agencies for the maintenance of law and order among other functions and reviewed the power and role of traditional rulers in the maintenance of law and order in their various domains

He then commended the Speakers for choosing Katsina State to hold the very important meeting.

Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Speakers, Abubakar Y Suleiman said that The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria is disturbed by the negative trend of the menace of insecurity in the country which has made life miserable for Nigerians.

Abubakar Suleiman who is the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly was speaking during the opening ceremony of the Conference’s general meeting with the theme; ‘The Menace of Insecurity in the Country and the Role of State Assemblies to Restore Peace and Order” which took place at Presidential Lodge, Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, on Saturday.

The Speakers Chairman lamented that insecurity in the country today has assumed a disturbing dimension and hence constituted a serious threat not only to economic growth and development but also to the peace and unity of the nation, therefore, all hands must be on deck to fight the menace for the good of the nation.

Abubakar Suleiman said that, “The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, is an umbrella body for the Rt Hon Speakers of the thirty-six state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria set up to, among other things, provide a forum for Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly to discuss and proffer solutions to issues and problems affecting the Conference and its members in particular and the nation in general”.

“We have therefore convened this meeting to discuss and proffer solutions to this problem within our constitutional mandate. And we hope legislative frameworks at the sub-national level adopted will go a long way to compliment the efforts of the Federal Government to check the menace of insecurity in the country.” The Chairman explained.

Abubakar Y Suleiman also acknowledged the efforts and deep commitment of Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari towards ridding the state of every form of criminality with the support and cooperation of the Katsina State House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Tasiu Musa Maigari.

He urged the Governor and his colleagues in the parliament to continue supporting and cooperating with each other in the fight against insecurity and good governance in the State.

The Chairman noted that the efficiency and effectiveness with which the legislative arm can carry out its constitutional mandate depends largely on how financial autonomous the arm is as provided by the 4th Alteration to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which stated that financial autonomy for both the state legislature and judiciary is very germane for good governance in our country.

While acknowledging and commending the efforts and passion of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in this regard in general and the individual governors that have assented to Fund Management Bills in their respective states in particular, he called on other state governors to give assents to the noble Bill for effective and efficient implementation of financial autonomy across the nation.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly and Vice Chairman North-West Zone of the Conference, Tasiu Maigari expressed the appreciation of the people of Katsina for the opportunity to host the third quarter general meeting of the Conference which he said will help the State greatly as one of the states being hit by insecurity.

According to him, the meeting will provide them an avenue to discuss the role states legislature will play in tackling insecurity and strengthening of democracy in the country.

He pointed out that exemplary leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari, cooperation mutual trust and respect between the legislative and executive arms in the the State which result in strong partnership to end security problems and excellent service delivery in the State as contained in a statement by Abdul Ahmad Burra, Spokesperson to the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly.
Source – Ripples Nigeria



Turkey’s Erdogan orders expulsion of 10 ambassadors

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told his foreign minister to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries including Germany and the United States who appealed for the release of a jailed civil society leader.

“I have ordered our foreign minister to declare these 10 ambassadors as persona non grata as soon as possible,” he said, referring to a term used in diplomacy which signifies the first step before expulsion.

He did not set a firm date.

“They must know and understand Turkey,” he added, accusing the envoys of “indecency”.

“They must leave here the day they no longer know Turkey,” he said of the ambassadors.

The envoys issued a highly unusual joint statement on Monday saying the continued detention of Parisian-born philanthropist and activist Osman Kavala “cast a shadow” over Turkey.

The US, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden called for a “just and speedy resolution to (Kavala’s) case”.

Kavala has been in jail without a conviction since 2017, and faces a string of alternating charges linked to 2013 anti-government protests and a failed military coup in 2016.

He has become a symbol of the sweeping crackdown Erdogan unleashed after surviving the coup attempt.

Speaking to AFP from his jail cell last week, Kavala said he felt like a tool in Erdogan’s attempts to blame a foreign plot for domestic opposition to his nearly two-decade rule.

The Council of Europe, the continent’s top human rights watchdog, has issued a final warning to Turkey to comply with a 2019 European Court of Human Rights order to release Kavala pending trial.

If Turkey fails to do so by its next meeting on November 30-December 2, the Strasbourg-based council could vote to launch its first disciplinary proceedings against Ankara.
Source – Guardian