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BEING THE OPENING SPEECH PRESENTED BY DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE ON THE INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE ‘GROW NIGERIA CONVERSATION’ WITH THE THEME: ‘REVERSING THE FLOURISHING ECONOMY OF KIDNAPPING AND BANDITRY: IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS’ 1. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Let me welcome you to the maiden edition of this Grow Nigeria Conversation. This platform was conceived as a non-partisan, solution-driven, real time Dialogue series designed to bring pragmatic authenticity to the people’s concerns by engaging young people,

I have watched with concern the recent development in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders and there were subsequent burning of the property of the Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Oyo State. These happenings have increased tension and unduly raised the temperature in the country. The ugly development in these two states are symptomatic of the continued threat to the unity of our country that we have witnessed on a higher scale in recent times and in

* 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

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

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

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.

Former President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on all Nigerians to dedicate the International Day of Education, Monday, 24th January to victims of bullying. In a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja, Saraki denounced the recent trend of bullying, abduction, assault, and murder of school children by schoolmates, teachers, and kidnappers, and called for concerted efforts at the state and federal levels to curb such violence. The statement read: “As a father, over the past few months, I have struggled to

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condemned the carnage perpetrated by terrorists in Zamfara State. The former Senate President stated:  “My heart goes out to the families and communities that have experienced the tragic loss and injury of loved ones, the destruction of their property, and the interruption of their livelihoods. “Today, as we all mourn these terrible attacks in both Anka and Bukkuyum LGAs in Zamfara State, we owe the families and all other affected communities across the nation a brighter future.  “In January 2013,

As the nation commemorates this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, former President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that Nigeria’s next government must revisit all reports of the various security summits and other such recommendations and harmonize them to quickly end the security crisis across the country. In a Press Statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Head of the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office, Saraki, stated that the implementation of the recommendations requires strong political will and transparency to ensure immediate success. He also