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December 2020

REMARK BY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, DURING THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PDP NATIONAL RECONCILIATION AND STRATEGIC COMMITTEE AT THE PARTY HEADQUARTERS ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2020. 1. On behalf of all the members of the National Reconciliation and Strategic Committee of our great party which has just been inaugurated, I thank the National Working Committee (NWC) and other leaders of the party who have considered us worthy of this very important assignment aimed at uniting and strengthening our party, the Peoples Democratic

* Today, I join the Board of Editors and management of THISDAYNewspaper and Arise TV Group in celebrating our dear country on herDiamond anniversary as an independent nation. This type of multi-citycelebration being organised by a media conglomerate is symbolic of theimportance attached to the events of the past sixty years in the life ofNigeria and the future that awaits a country that has often been calledthe giant of Africa. * Writing about Nigeria for a different medium, I have stated that“Whatever anybody writes or

SPEECH DELIVERED BY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE AND CHAIRMAN, POLITIEA INSTITUTE ON THE THEME ‘ELECTORAL REFORMS AND DEMOCRACY’ TO MARK THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 ORGANISED BY THE CENTRE FOR ADVANCEMENT OF CIVIL LIBERTIES 1. It is a pleasure for me to join this great forum focused on how to strengthen democracy and reform the electoral process in our dear country. I believe the issue being examined here today is very apt not

It seems like it was just yesterday when as Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), I chaired an extraordinary session of the Forum which was also attended by Billgates, head of @gatesfoundation to lay out a new framework for the eradication of all strains of the Wild Polio Virus from Nigeria. At the time, Nigeria accounted for more than 50% of the global cases of polio. #ThowbackThursday That session led to what is known as the “Abuja Commitment” – which had the Governors

Commiserations with the Abdulrazaq Family Inalilahi Wa Ina Ilaehi Rajiun. I commiserate with Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq and all his siblings, the entire AbdulRazaq family, the Emir of Ilorin, the Ilorin Emirate and the people of Kwara State over the passing away of the Mutawalli of Ilorin, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho AbdulRazaq. The late AGF, as he was fondly called by people who knew him, was one of the statesmen produced by Kwara State. He will be sorely missed. I believe he did his best in the service

I am delighted to felicitate with the officers, ratings and civilian staff of the Nigerian Navy on this auspicious occasion of her 62nd anniversary. It is worth reminding ourselves that the Nigerian Navy, which was established in 1956, has grown over time into a reputable maritime force within the African Continent and beyond. I congratulate the leadership of the Nigerian Navy for attaining this remarkable milestone as well as her contribution to national security, economy and global peace and prosperity. Let me put on

1. Today, as always, I thank Almighty Allah as I welcome the judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos, by the Honorable Justice Rilwan M. Aikawa in which the court dismissed in its totality the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a forfeiture order on my home in Ilorin, Kwara State. I am particularly happy that the court specifically ruled that there was no evidence that the property was built with any illicit or stolen funds from the Kwara State

REMARKS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, AS GUEST OF HONOUR OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AT THE 2019 EUROPE DAY HELD IN ABUJA ON MAY 9, 2019. PROTOCOL. It is indeed a pleasure to join our great international partners the European Union in celebrating the 2019 Europe Day, which is held annually in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration, whose spirit of democracy and development through cooperation has brought us all together here tonight. My warm greetings and gratitude to Ambassador

VALEDICTORY SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON, TO THE SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA –JUNE 6, 2019. PROTOCOL. Distinguished colleagues, as we come to the final plenary and the last few days of the eighth Senate, it is a victory in itself that we are seeing the journey to its momentous end. That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do

By Abubakar Bukola Saraki When I tweeted last week about the tragic incident of the rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa in a church in Benin, I did so for several reasons. First, it was the right thing to do as these incidents of violence against our women are becoming all too frequent. Second, it was borne out of the conviction that we all need to stand up and fight this dangerous trend, which represents a new low to which our country has sunk.