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Obama Endorses Nigerian Leader's Agenda For Defeating Boko Haram

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a "clear agenda" for defeating the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and was working to root out corruption.

Speaking as he greeted Buhari on his first visit to the White House since his election in March, Obama said the two leaders would discuss ways to cooperate against the group, which has wreaked havoc in parts of the West African country.

Obama told reporters in the Oval Office that Buhari has integrity and "a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram extremists of all sorts inside his country."

Read more: Obama Endorses Nigerian Leader's Agenda For Defeating Boko Haram

Boko Haram Can No Longer Confront Nigerian Soldiers – Major General

The Boko Haram insurgents can no longer confront Nigerian soldiers in a battle in any part of the country, a senior army official has said.

Nasir Muazu, a Major General, stated this in Akure on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Nigeria Army Inter Brigade Competition.

“I just came back from the North East and I can comfortably tell you that Boko Haram cannot and I repeat cannot take any offensive attack against Nigerian Forces, that one is for sure,” the General Officer Commanding 2 Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army said.

Read more: Boko Haram Can No Longer Confront Nigerian Soldiers – Major General

Nigeria's Chibok Abductions: Buhari 'Ready To Negotiate'

Nigeria's new president has said he is willing to negotiate with Boko Haram leaders for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year.

Muhammadu Buhari told CNN it would depend on the credibility of those saying they represented the Islamist militant group.

"Our main objective as a government is to secure these girls safe and safe," he said during a visit to the US.

A previous prisoner-swap attempt for the girls' release ended in failure.

Read more: Nigeria's Chibok Abductions: Buhari 'Ready To Negotiate'

US Trip: Buhari Rejects Gay Marriage, Says Presidency

The Presidency on Wednesday admitted that the issue of gay marriage came up during President Muhammadu Buhari’s four-day official visit to the United States.

It said the President, however, rejected the idea   “point-blank.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Adesina said the issue of gay marriage was raised in one of the meetings that the President attended in Washington DC on Tuesday.

He, however, refused to disclose the specific meeting attended by the President where the issue was raised.

The presidential spokesman said when the issue came up, Buhari made it clear that sodomy is against the law of Nigeria and abhorrent to the country’s culture.

“The issue of gay marriage came up here yesterday (Tuesday). PMB (President Buhari) was point-blank. Sodomy is against the law in Nigeria, and abhorrent to our culture,” Adesina posted on his Twitter handle.

Read more: US Trip: Buhari Rejects Gay Marriage, Says Presidency

Full Text of Joint Press Briefing by Presidents Buhari, Obama

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it’s a great pleasure to welcome President Buhari and his delegation here to the Oval Office for his first visit since the historic election that took place.

Nigeria is obviously one of the important countries in the world and one of the most important countries in the African continent. Recently, we saw an election in which a peaceful transition to a new government took place. And it was an affirmation of Nigeria’s commitment to democracy, a recognition that although Nigeria is a big country and a diverse country with many different parts, nevertheless the people of Nigeria understand that only through a peaceful political process can change take place.

President Buhari comes into office with a reputation for integrity and a very clear agenda, and that is to make sure that he is bringing safety and security and peace to his country.

Read more: Full Text of Joint Press Briefing by Presidents Buhari, Obama

Photos: Buhari Arrives United States

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the Joint Base Andrews International Airport, Washington DC, ahead of Monday’s meeting with US President, Barack Obama.

See the President’s arrival in pictures; from the airport reception in his honour, to his official residence, the Blair House.

President Buhari at the Joint Base Andrews Airport in Washington, DC.

President Buhari at the Joint Base Andrews Airport in Washington, DC.

Read more: Photos: Buhari Arrives United States

Four Brilliant Nigerian Girls Win 2015 Global Technovation Challenge

 

TEAM Nigeria has  emerged winner in  Technovation Challenge world pitch which held at San Francisco, USA. The winning team comprised of four brilliant girls: Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna, and Grace Akpoiroro as they developed a mobile app to tackle waste disposal challenge in Nigeria. They pitched their app called, ‘Discardious’

Mrs. Martha Alade, Founder of WITIN and Coordinator of the program in Nigeria enthused that this years’ team was exceptional and has done Nigeria proud.   Their solution solves a major problem in Nigeria. This is the first time a Nigerian team would come first globally in Technovation World Pitch.

Grace Ihejiamaizu, an International Exchange Alumni  and founder of iKapture Networks, who mentored the winning team said  they faced a lot of challenges on their way to success but overcame. 

 

Read more: Four Brilliant Nigerian Girls Win 2015 Global Technovation Challenge

Mastermind of Jos, Zaria Bombings Arrested –DHQ

 

THE military on Wednesday announced that troops at a checkpoint in Gombe State had arrested the mastermind of the bombing in the Sabon-Gari Local Government Area secretariat, Zaria, Kaduna State, in which 40 persons died.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers said 37 teachers perished in the Tuesday’s explosion while many others, who sustained grievous injuries in the bombing, were in critical conditions in various health centres in the state.

The Military said in a tweet on its official twitter handle on Wednesday that the mastermind of the Jos and Zaria attacks had been arrested by a combined team of troops and operatives of the DSS at a military checkpoint in Gombe State.

 
 

Read more: Mastermind of Jos, Zaria Bombings Arrested –DHQ

Bring Back Our Girls: Buhari Laments State of Nigeria’s Military

“How are the mighty fallen, for Nigerian military which recorded great achievements in Burma, Zaire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Sudan now to be helped by Niger, Chad and Cameroon”. These words sum up President Muhammadu Buhari’s lamentations, yesterday, on the state of the military he inherited as he hosted a delegation of Bring Back Our Girls led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and Mrs. Mariam Uwaise,

 

 The delegation paid him a visit at the presidential Villa in furtherance of their campaign for the release of over 200 abducted Chibok girls from Borno State.

Read more: Bring Back Our Girls: Buhari Laments State of Nigeria’s Military

U.S. Condemns Jos, Zaria Bomb Attacks

The United States on Thursday condemned the recent bomb attacks that have taken hundreds of lives in churches, mosques and a local government office.

Speaking at a press conference, the United States deputy secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, said defeating Boko Haram requires a comprehensive approach that involves the region and includes, not only a strong military response, but also sustainable security for liberated areas, good governance, development, and opportunity for the civilian population.

Read more: U.S. Condemns Jos, Zaria Bomb Attacks

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