Lawmakers who lost to Saraki, Dogara make Buhari’s team to Germany

Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The two lawmakers favoured by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in last year’s National Assembly elections, Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, are to join President Muhammadu Buhari on his visit to Germany.

Mr. Buhari’s team will leave for Germany on Thursday. Apart from Messrs Lawan and Gbajabiamila, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and his Borno counterpart, Kashim Shettima are also traveling with the President.

A statement by the presidency earlier Wednesday mentioned Messrs Okorocha and Shettima but not Messrs Lawan and Gbajabiamila. It only said “representatives of the National Assembly” would be on the visit with Mr. Buhari.

But PREMIUM TIMES obtained a correspondence showing Messrs Gbajabiamila and Lawan are the said representatives of the National Assembly.

Mr. Lawan is in the Senate, and Mr. Gbajabiamila in the House of Representatives as the House Leader.

Both were supported to emerge Senate President and Speaker by the APC but, respectively, lost to Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, who aligned with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers.

Senator Ahmed Lawan
Senator Ahmed Lawan

“Should there be any matter requiring attention of my office, please direct it to the deputy leader, Hon. Buba Jibrin,” Mr. Gbabiamila wrote in a letter to his colleagues, apprising them of the official visit.

The visit will focus on issues of humanitarian crisis and rehabilitation of the insurgency-ravaged Nigeria’s North East and bilateral relations between Africa’s most populous nation and Germany.

“In Berlin, President Buhari, will confer with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries,” said Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson.

Mr. Buhari will also meet with Federal President Joachim Gauck.

Femi Gbajabiamila
Femi Gbajabiamila

“In furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in the country, President Buhari will participate in a Business Forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors.

“Before returning to Abuja, the President is expected to meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany,” Mr. Adesina added.

It is Mr. Buhari’s second trip to Germany since he became president last year. The first was shortly after his inauguration on May 29, 2015, on the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, when he attended the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany – his first visit as president to a non-African country.


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  • Think2Wice

    1. Buhari is a blessing and not a CALAMITY to the destiny of this country.
    Part of Buhari’s blunders include taking him six months after contesting four times to appoint his ministers when in Nigeria without ministers, the ministries are literally comatose. That was where d recession started from.The PM of Canada was elected the other day and he named his cabinet six hours later .

    2. Also Buhari used taxpayers money to d tune of ten billion naira to subsidized Muslims pilgrims to mecca at N167 to a dollar when d market rate is 420 naira to a dollar. Dollars manufacturers cannot access is been frittered away on useless pilgrimage that ought to be a personal affair.

    3. Buhari also caused this recession by dilly dallying about devaluation of d naira and when he finally agreed to do it, the naira had tuned into a currency more useless than toilet paper. By slashing the amnesty budget and threatening to stop d program as well as going after former militants unjustly, Buhari quite INTELLIGENTLY resurrected militancy in d Niger-Delta which is also affecting crude oil production.

    4. Buhari doesn’t understand d saying that let d sleeping dogs reamain asleep. Buhari went to China to negotiate direct Yuan -Naira swap deal to make trade between Nigeria and China more easy without going through d dollar and this in effect killed d remaining companies in Nigeria as China has turned d country to a huge dumping ground.

    5. He went around d world to be de-marketing Nigeria that Nigeria is broke and all Nigerians are corrupt and d investors ran away because they cant do business with a broke country that is endemically corrupt.

    6. His nepotism that is legendary whereby he has surrounded himself with relatives and cronies who are incompetent with regards to governance is also part of what led d country into recession. His list of blunders is endless. D path that Buhari has taken is leading Nigeria to cataclysmic doom. Buhari is a blessing not a CALAMITY of unimaginable and gargantuan proportion

    • Sarcastic praise

      NOTE: APC was a national party when GEJ took over however he managed to turn it into a regional party talk of nepotism, this was all complement of our greedy by nature SE neighbors from hell.

  • Lanre

    Why did Angela Merkel come to Africa and visit Niger (late last week) and not visit Nigeria? Why are the Germans agreeing to establish a military base in Niger but not Nigeria to fight Boko Haram? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Fidelis Okunobi

      People in
      my area are not excited about President Buhari. They are cursing him. They say
      he is a failure as an elected president. He’s not done anything good since he
      took power. The masses are angry with him. He says he is fighting corruption
      but there is no single corrupt person in jail after two years of taking office.
      Is that how to fight corruption? He will make noise and rush to court. Few
      months later he himself will withdraw the corruption case. Is that a serious
      somebody or a comedian president? Look at Bukola Saraki. Should he be
      there making laws for people he robbed? How can accused criminal be
      the Chief Law Officer of Parliament at the same time?

  • Manmbombano123

    Same here

  • Manmbombano123

    Sensational headline. PT, you guys are part of the problems we have in this country. What do you wish to achieve with this kind of headline

  • Sir Demo

    To think Dapo Olorunyomi is on the team.