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Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari Tests Positive For Coronavirus; Buhari Negative

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Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday.

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Abba Kyari

A test administered by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Buhari reveals he is yet to contract the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus).

According to a report by SaharaReporters,  a top government source claimed Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.

Kyari visited Germany and Egypt and only returned on Saturday but did not show any symptoms.

Egypt has confirmed 327 cases of the disease with 14 deaths while Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths.

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The chief of staff to the president was said to have attended meeting with Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council and he was coughing severely.

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Social Media Will Destroy Us If We Don’t Regulate It: Lai Mohammed

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Social Media Will Destroy Us If We Don’t Regulate It: Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that there is a need to regulate social media usage in the country to avoid being led to destruction.

He made this known when he appeared before the House Committee on information, national orientation, ethics, and values to defend the 2021 budget proposed by his ministry, on Tuesday.

The Minister pointed out that it is highly important to regulate social media.

The minister said although the government is not seeking to shut down social media “because the social media has come to stay,” there is a need to check its excesses due to the rise in fake news and misinformation.

“The biggest challenge facing Nigeria today is fake news and misinformation,” he said.

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“Based on that, we dedicated an entire national council on information’s meeting to that issue, after which we launched a national campaign against fake news in July 2018.

“We said, then, that the next war will be fought without a shot being fired, but with the use of fake news.

“We didn’t stop there. We went on a tour of all media houses to solicit their support in the fight against fake news. We launched the campaign to regulate social media, which was bitterly contested by the stakeholders. We kept saying that if we don’t regulate social media, it will destroy us. Social media and fake news will not destroy Nigeria.

“The recent #EndSARS war was fought on social media. They mobilised using the social media. The war today revolves around two things; smartphone and data. And these young men don’t even watch television or listen to radio or read newspapers.

“You will be shocked that when you start arguing with your children, they will be quoting social media. So, we need a social media policy in Nigeria and we need to empower the various agencies and we need technology to be able to regulate social media.”

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2023: Buhari Reappoints Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

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Buhari Reappoints INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu For Another Term

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

President Buhari confirmed the renomination of Prof. Yakubu for a second and final term in a letter to Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

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Professor Yakubu’s reappointment is, however, subject to approval by the Nigerian Senate.

“I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in the letter.

 

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#EndSARS: Lagos Govt Invited Us To Restore Order – Army

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#EndSARS: Lagos Govt Invited Us To The Streets – Army

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The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army has debunked the multiple reports of soldiers shooting at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, 20th of October, 2020.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations of the 81 Division, Major Osoba Olaniyi,  made this known in a statement on Tuesday night.

Also Read: Lekki Shooting: Nigerian Lawyer drags Buhari, Buratai to court

He, however, confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealing that the army was invited to enforce the curfew by the state government.

He insisted that they acted within the confines of the Rules of Engagement for Internal Security operations.

He also maintained that soldiers did not shoot at the #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.

 

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