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My Husband’s Long Battle With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – Buhari’s Wife.

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My Husband's Long Battle With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - Buhari's Wife.

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has disclosed how it took her several years to endure her husband President Muhammadu Buhar’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his civil war experience, detention and several electoral failures to become the country’s democratic ruler.

“One year after he came out from detention, we were married. I clocked 19 years in his house as his wife, legitimately. I suffered the consequences of PTSD because having gone through all these, and at the age of 19, to handle somebody who was a former head of state and commander-in-chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, to tell him that he is wrong is the first mistake you will make,” Mrs Buhari disclosed.

Mrs Buhari stated this on Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Armed Forces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Centre (AFPTSDC).

“This centre is timely, as PTSD is a problem that really deserves a solution of this nature, and providing facilities for treatment and rehabilitation of patients is key,” she noted.

“Therefore, fundraising is not the solution. The solution is for the federal government that sent them to the war front to take responsibility for taking care of the mental health of returnees from the war front. PTSD cuts across all ages.”

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PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

“My husband served the Nigerian Army for 27 years before he was overthrown in a coup d’état. He fought the civil war for 30 months without rehabilitation; he ruled Nigeria for 20 months and was detained for 40 months without disclosing the nature of his offence,” Mrs Buhari stressed.

“You can imagine myself at 19 years, handling somebody that went to war, suffered (a) coup d’état, then lost several elections, and, finally, getting to the Villa in 2015.”

Buhari had, on several occasions, recalled his role during the Nigerian civil war. In recent times, he narrated how he and his colleagues in the Nigerian Army killed hundreds of thousands of Nigerians on the Biafran side during the war.

The First Lady commended DEPOWA for “this foresighted vision” of establishing the PTSD centre “for our soldiers.”

Mrs Buhari further stated, “It is a reality that soldiers and military families have to live with, despite its negative consequences. Being a soldier’s wife or a retired soldier’s wife and a wellness expert, I understand the challenges associated with PTSD and its impact on military families and the nation.”

She revealed that Buhari was not rehabilitated after his exit from the military but was left alone to bear the mental and physical trauma.

“So, at the age of 19, I had to figure out how to tell somebody of his calibre that he was wrong or right, and that was the beginning of my offence in his house, and contesting elections in 2003 and failed, 2007, failed and 2011, the same thing – all without rehabilitation – I became a physiotherapist,” Mrs Buhari told the gathering.

She added, “The fallen heroes remain evergreen in our minds, and many with us are wounded physically and mentally. I want to appreciate their wives and families. I want to let them know that the whole nation is with them.”

 

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IGP, Three Police Officers Face Contempt Charges

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For their continued disobedience and disregard to the lawful order of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba and three of his officers are to face contempt charges.

A High Court of the FCT judiciary had on December 14, 2022, restrained the IGP and his officers from taking any action against a litigant, Abubakar Umar Shagari pending the resolution of issues brought before the court.

The order of the court is in respect of a suit marked FCT/HC/CV/3407/2022 instituted by Abubakar Umar Shagari against the Inspector General of Police and three others.

However, in flagrant disobedience and disregard to the order of the court, the respondents, especially, the staff of the DCP Ayuba Usman of the IGP Special Tactical Squad invaded the residence of the said Abubakar Umar Shagari in Sokoto on January 23, 2023.

During the unlawful invasion, the respondents ransacked the entire building and arrested the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff and had since hauled them into unlawful custody.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Blessing Anazodo who issued the threat to file contempt charges against the respondents asked them to conduct their statutory functions within the ambit of the law.

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The lawyer pleaded with the IGP and his officers to obey the court order and release the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff forthwith or be ready to face contempt proceedings.

She also indicated enforcement of monetary damages against the respondents jointly and severally unless they respect the order of the Court in the matter.

 

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign – Emefiele

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign - Emefiele

The need to stop Nigerians from keeping N2.7 trillion at home instead of banks was among the reasons the federal government redesigned the naira notes.

The Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Sunday.

He revealed that N2.7trillion was lying idle in people’s homes prior to 2015 when the Buhari administration came on board.

He said as at 2015 currency-in-circulation was only N1.4 trillion, while as at October 2022, currency in circulation had risen to N3.23 trillion, out of which only N500 billion was within the banking industry.

“N2.7 trillion was held permanently in people’s homes,” Emefiele stated after he paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, where both parties approved a ten-day extension for old currency swap.

Giving further explanations, the apex bank governor said ordinarily, when CBN releases currency into circulation, it is meant to be used and after effluxion of time, it returns to the CBN thereby keeping the volume of currency in circulation under the firm control of the CBN.

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He said since the commencement of the currency redesign and other monetary programmes, “about N1.9 trillion has been collected, leaving us with about N900 billion (N500 billion + N1.9 trillion).”

With the approval of the president, the deadline for the currency swap has been moved from January 31, 2023 to February 10, 2023.

Buhari had on Sunday, urged the CBN to allow more time, discretion and order to enable Nigerians to successfully change their currencies to the redesigned notes, and reduce the risk of loss, especially among the underserved in rural areas.

 

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WPO Launches Book, Inaugurates Peace Programme For Political Candidates

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigerian politicians have been charged to embrace peace and shun violence or acts that will endanger the lives of the masses.

This was part of the keynote messages delivered at the official inauguration of the Peace Development Program for all political candidates in Nigeria organized by the World Peace Organization, Nigeria Chapter in conjunction with the Albania Diplomatic Mission and suported by World Peace Programme .

The occasion was also used for the launch of a book titled “The Peaceful Man”.

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The Director General of the World Peace Organization (WPO), Ambassador (Prof). Olumuyiwa Babalola stressed that the continuous Peace Development Programme covered matters related to mediation and conflicts prevention to always support the activities of subsequent general elections in Nigeria and also, to substantiate the just-concluded Peace Accord the candidates have signed with the National Peace Committee.

He further stressed the importance of the programme, noting that it was meant to empower the political candidates, chairmen of political parties and prepare them to strengthen mechanisms and capacities for inclusive dialogue, mediation and national peace before, during and after elections and to effectively adapt and respond to complex political situations and identify areas for preventive actions.

These are some of the objectives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Department of Political and Peace Building. It is the signature cross-pillar initiative that aims to embrace support for national stakeholders on conflicts prevention, sustaining peace and tranquility.

 

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