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Uncertainty As Buhari Returns From Turkey As Deadline On Electoral Bill Ends Today

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has returned from Turkey.

This is according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, saying that “President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Abuja after attending the three-day Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul.

“The official BBJ aircraft which he hadn’t used for several months as it underwent repairs and improvements landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at exactly 2:35.”

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The purpose of Buhari’s trip to Turkey, December 16 to 19 was to participate in the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, with an appealing theme: “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity.”

While in Turkey, the President said that as part of sustained efforts at keeping Nigerians safer, Nigeria will partner with the Republic of Turkey in dealing with the current security challenges facing the nation.

This was on Friday at a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Erdogan, shortly before the official kickoff of the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit.

He said Turkey has practical experience dealing with challenges over the years and Nigeria stands to gain from that.

On Saturday, the President called on the Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit to provide concrete support to defeat terrorism and insurgency in Africa.

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While speaking at the Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, Buhari said the Boko Haram terrorist group, though fragmented by internal strife and degraded by Nigeria’s defence forces, is still active and preying on soft targets.

He expressed delight that the Summit convened by President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has given due consideration to the issue of terrorism, while also focusing on development and infrastructure in Africa.

Buhari returns on the deadline of the 30-day period within which he is expected to assent or withhold his approval to the Electoral Bill. The bill was transmitted to the President on November 19, 2021, after both chambers of the National Assembly passed it.

Amid heightened anxiety over the decision of the President on the Electoral Act amendment bill, the Presidency said on Saturday evening that Buhari would make his decision known soon.

 

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