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COVID-19: Lockdown By Buhari Is Legal, Says Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari on the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun is legal.

This comes after Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, human rights lawyer, said the president’s order was illegal.

As part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country, Buhari had ordered the lockdown of the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.

Speaking at a Google Hangout, a programme organised HACK COVID-19 Call Centre, in Abuja on Monday, Osinbajo said the order is a backed by an act of the national assembly.

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In a statement issued by Laolu Akande, his media aide, on Tuesday, Osinbajo was quoted as saying;

“Regarding the legality of the shutdowns announced by the President yesterday, -Sunday-I think it is entirely legal. These steps are proactive, very relevant, important and backed by law.”

“I am not so sure some of the people who have commented on the issue have come across the Quarantine Act. There is a Quarantine Act of 1926, it’s been published in all of the Laws of Nigeria, every edition of the Laws of Nigeria, it is there.

“What the Act does is that it allows the President to designate any local area, any part of the country, as a place that may be infected or under the threat of a communicable disease, and he can then make regulations of any kind.

“For instance, he can say, people should not go out; no public gatherings etc. So, it is a regulation that gives the President powers and these powers come from the National Assembly because, of course, it is an act of the National Assembly.”

The vice-president said the 1926 quarantine act is deemed an act of the national assembly going “by the virtue of the constitutional rules”.

“So, the President has extensive powers under the Quarantine Act of 1926. Also, Governors have extensive powers under the same Quarantine Act,” Osinbajo said.

“It is barely a one page legislation, so it is not particularly difficult to find the relevant provisions and it is not particularly difficult to read, very straightforward. So, the President has all the powers.

“Many of us are not familiar with the Influenza pandemic that killed several millions around the world in 1918. At that time regulations were made here, very similar to what we have today, although that was under the colonial authorities.

“They also banned public gatherings, banned gatherings in places of worship then. So, there is even good historical precedence for some of what we are doing today.”

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Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram

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Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram

Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has claimed that the Boko Haram terrorist group gets most of its weapons from security operatives.

Speaking on Channels Television, the former governor called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government to investigate the nation’s security forces and flush out the bag eggs.

He said: “Boko Haram insurgents who have been responsible for most heinous crimes, get their weapons from the security operatives.

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“Most of the weapons used by Boko Haram come from our armoury, we will need to look into that. Why are we selling weapons to the enemy?”

Speaking further, Donald Duke pointed out that the Nigerian military and police in the northeast must be adequately motivated to achieve results.

He also called for the use of intelligence to combat insecurity such as kidnapping across the country.

 

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Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi

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Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is more concerned with getting rid of hunger and poverty than restructuring.

Amaechi a former Rivers State governor stated this on Sunday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The minister, however, admitted that there is nothing wrong with calls for the restructuring of the country.

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Amaechi said: “If to you what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring. But I’m saying it is not the most critical problem we have.

“The most critical problem we have is hunger and poverty, which is breeding insecurity.”

 

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Insecurity: Buhari Can’t Protect Nigeria – Moghalu

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Insecurity: Buhari Can't Protect Nigeria - Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari is not capable of protecting Nigerians or confronting the security challenges facing the nation.

The former presidential candidate made this remark in his reaction to the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday.

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He described the incident as a national tragedy which is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria is becoming a failed state under the leadership of President Buhari.

He also lambasted the government and security agencies, accusing them of intimidating and arresting peaceful #EndSARS protesters demanding better governance but unable to do anything to insurgents terrorizing the entire country.

He wrote:

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