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Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today: 2nd March 2020

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Good Morning, welcome to Information Nigeria’s Newspaper headlines for today, 2nd March 2020.

Here are the major headlines.

I Will Keep Fighting For Nigeria’s Unity Until My Last – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that he would keep fighting for Nigeria’s unity until his last day on earth. Speaking on Saturday at the memorial lecture of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun in Lagos, he further lamented over the spate of insecurity in the country.

Coronavirus: Driver Of Italian Man, 11 Others Quarantines In Ogun State

Segun Soyoye, industrial director of Larfarge Africa Plc, says they have quarantined 39 persons who had contact with the Italian who tested positive to coronavirus in the country. The driver who brought him to Ewekoro from Lagos is also among those quarantined.

Lagos State Government Says Italian Man Didn’t Attempt Escape

The Lagos state government has reacted to viral reports that the Italian patient with Coronavirus attempted to escape from the isolation center in Yaba.

NYSC Debunk Speculations Of Postponing Batch B Orientation Over Coronavirus

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has released an official statement addressing the news that the 2020 batch A orientation exercise has been postponed over the scare of coronavirus.

CAN Finally React To Reports Of Coronavirus In Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says the “God who answered our prayers when Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which is deadlier, came calling is still on the throne.”

Buhari’s Aide Tackles Media Over Massive Coverage Of Coronavirus Update

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu has mocked Nigerian media houses for focusing solely on Coronavirus.

Reno Omkri Slams Buhari For Failing To Address Nigerians Over Coronavirus

Reno Omokri, a staunch critic of President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the President for failing to address the nation since the record of the first Coronavirus case in the country.

Don’t Politicise Coronavirus – APC Warns Opposition Party

The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has issued a warning to the opposition not to politicise the first case of coronavirus in the country. According to the ruling party, President Muhammadu Buhari led administration should be commended for acting swiftly to contain the disease.

No One Can Do Anything If I Appoint My Son As Chief Of Staff – Gov Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, says he could very well make his son, Babajide, who worked hard during his campaign, chief of staff and there is nothing anyone can do.

PDP Chieftains In Ondo Dump Party To APC

The Ondo state chapter of the Zenith Labour Party was hit by major defection as the former deputy governor of the state, Lasisi Oluboyo alongside a former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Col Samuel Awodeyi led a host of others to defect to the ruling All Progressive Congress.

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Lekki Shooting: ‘Sanwo-Olu Has Been Thrown Under The Bus By Military’ – Fani-Kayode

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Lekki Shooting: 'Sanwo-Olu Has Been Thrown Under The Bus By Military' - Fani-Kayode
'Sanwo-Olu Has Been Thrown Under The Bus By Military' - Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the Nigerian Army’s statement that the Lagos State Government invited the army to enforce a curfew on Tuesday the 20th of October in the State.

Recall that on Tuesday, the 81 Divison of the Nigerian army stated that it was invited to enforce the curfew in Lagos by the state government, although it denied shooting at #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos.

Also Read: Hoodlums steal Obafemi Awolowo’s glasses from his statue in Lagos (Photos)

This came a day after Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that the army shot at protesters in Lagos.

Reacting to the statement from the army, the former minister wrote:

“The @HQNigerianArmy claim it was the LASG that asked for soldiers to be deployed at Lekki. The implications of this for
@jidesanwoolu are grave. He has been thrown under the bus by the military.”

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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
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

Mahmood Yakubu

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.

Also Read: Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai

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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