President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, says she has
acquired a property in Abuja on which she will construct a regional
secretariat for the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).
She did not state whether it was a personal fund or government’s fund
that was used to acquire the property.
The AFLPM, established after the Beijing Conference of 1995, has been
in the custody of Nigeria, with leadership rotating among African
“I have successfully secured 2.7 hectares of land in Abuja for this
purpose and the foundation laying (laying the sod) will soon be
conducted in the presence of African first ladies,” said Mrs. Buhari.
She stated this at the Presidential Villa during a solidarity visit by
state first ladies on Wednesday.
Speaking on the advocacy project for the improvement of maternal and
child health, which is supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
and implemented by Future Assured Programme in partnership with the
state first ladies, Mrs. Buhari said it would come to an end in December.
The event was attended by the wife of the vice president, Mrs. Dolapo
Osinbajo, wife of the senate president, Mrs. Maryam Ahmed Lawan and
wife of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Salamatu
Gbajabiamila, as well as wives of governors and legislators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker accident in Onitsha, in Anambra State.
Reacting to the incident on Wednesday, President Buhari said: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.”
According to the President, “I also extend my sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.”
The President explained that, “while I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.”
According to him, “safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”
“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies”, the President added.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & Publicity)
October 17, 2019
Source: Punch News NG