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 CEN SAD Summit: President Buhari returns to Abuja; Hails late Justice Nasir  

President Muhammadu Buhari

N’Djamena (Chad), April 13, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from N’Djamena, Chad, where he participated in the one-day Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD).

Those at the Hassan Djamous International Airport N’Djamena airport to bid the President farewell included Chadian government officials, Nigerian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence, Mr Geoffrey  Onyeama, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau and retired Brig.- Gen. Mansur Dan Ali respectively.

Others were Maj-Gen. Mohammed Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede; the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Umar Farouq and the Nigerian Charge d’Affaire, Mr Nasiru Waje.

While in N’Djamena on Saturday, the Chadian capital, President Buhari raised alarm over the influx of small arms into Nigeria, saying such weapons “are flowing into the hands of militia forces, bandits and insurgents who are becoming a threat to human rights and internal security.’’

He, therefore, stressed the need for wider cooperation among countries of Sahel and Sahara regions to counter the infiltration of these small arms to Nigeria.

According to him, his administration has worked closely with immediate neighbours in the last few years to stem the widespread availability of small arms and light weapons making their way into Nigeria.

He, however, noted that the “very disturbing recent developments” had impelled the administration to seek support from a wider circle of countries if the illegal inflows are to be curtailed.

The President, alongside his host and current Chairperson of CEN-SAD, Idriss Deby and their counterparts from Niger and Togo, with high-level representations from other member-countries, deliberated on the problems of irregular migration.

The leaders also deliberated on the menace of trafficking in persons, especially of women and children among other security issues.

Reacting to the demise of former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, President Buhari described his death “as not only a loss to the judiciary, but also the country at large, because of his remarkable commitment to public service.”

President Buhari, in a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), recalled that the late Galadiman Katsina “belonged to a generation of Judges and Justices who perceived public office as an opportunity to offer selfless service to the country and its people.”

According to Buhari, “Nasir and Judges of their golden age were more interested in leaving untainted record of integrity than accumulation of wealth overnight.”

Buhari said “when you look at Nasir’s modest lifestyle and his incredibly humble possessions, you would be disarmed at once by his honesty and patriotism.

“While some Nigerians perceive public office as an opportunity to line their pockets, men of Nasir’s character put a higher premium on honest labour than on greedy accumulation of questionable wealth overnight”, Buhari added.

President Buhari explained that “gentlemen like Mamman Nasir succeeded in protecting their reputation because greed was far removed from their minds”, and that “contentment is the secret to a happy life of service to the people.”

According to the President, “lack of contentment is the devil behind greedy accumulation of wealth at the expense of others, but selfless public servants like Nasir were never motivated by the desire to live above their means.”

President Buhari said “Nasir’s family should be proud of their father because he built a solid and impeccable record of integrity, which is the greatest asset any individual should leave behind.”

The President directed that a government delegation be sent to condole the family, the government and people of Katsina State for the loss of this illustrious member of the Katsina Emirate Council.

April 13, 2019

 

 

 

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