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Buhari appoints aides for wife on admin, women affairs, health
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has appointed Rukayyatu Gurin as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, in the Office of the First Lady.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement, titled ‘President Buhari appoints new aides for First Lady,’ in Abuja, on Monday. According to the statement, Gurin holds a Doctorate degree in Curriculum Instruction from the University of Maiduguri and had served as a Lecturer at the University of Maiduguri; a Deputy Director at the National Universities Commission; a Director at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru; and a Senior Lecturer at Baze University, Abuja.
She replaces Dr Hajo Sani, who was recently appointed as Nigeria’s delegate to the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation, in France. In a similar vein, Buhari also approved the appointment of Dr Mohammed Abdurrahman, as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Health and Development Partners in the Office of the First Lady.
FG laments attacks on public facilities, says it’s terrorism
The Federal Government on Monday expressed worry over the incessant attacks on critical public facilities such as police stations and the Independent National Electoral Commission, describing it as not just vandalism but terrorism.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this in Abuja during a town hall meeting on protecting public infrastructure, organised in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency.
The event was attended by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN; his Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, and his Aviation counterpart, Hadi Sirika.
Twitter ban: We’ll meet in court, DAAR Communications tells NBC
DAAR Communications PLC, owners and operators of Africa Independent Television, Raypower FM and Faaji Radio, has said that they will go to court to challenge the National Broadcasting Commission’s stance on the suspension of Twitter announced by the Federal Government once the strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria is over.
They made this known in a statement issued on Monday, signed by the management of the media conglomerate. The statement said the ban by the FG does not represent any law as contemplated by the National Broadcasting Code.
AIT, Raypower and Faaji Radio have suspended the use of their Twitter handles but will challenge the NBC directives in court as soon as judiciary workers suspend their ongoing strike.
Mbaka flays DSS summons, says I can’t be ‘dumfounded’
There are indications that the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, may have been summoned to Abuja for interrogation by the Operatives of the Department of State Services.
Our correspondent gathered on Monday that DSS operatives had visited the Adoration ground to deliver a letter of the invitation on Friday. But they were said not to have met the fiery cleric at the church premises.
Although details of why the intelligence unit summoned the priest were not stated, it might not be unconnected with Fr. Mbaka’s criticism of the Buhari government in recent times.
Police confused on mass trial order, Adeboye, Kumuyi defy Twitter ban
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, have defied the Federal Government’s order directing Nigerians to stop using Twitter.
While Adeboye said his tweets were covered by Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Kumuyi said his tweets were targeted at a global audience. He wrote, “The Redeemed Christian Church of God is domiciled in more than 170 nations and territories. The tweets here are in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
The clerics said these as the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Republic of Ireland, after a meeting with the Federal Government on Monday insisted on their position that the suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government was a violation of the freedom of expression.
Also, there were indications on Monday that the police were confused on how to handle Nigerians who were still using Twitter despite the Federal Government’s suspension of its operations in Nigeria.
Ayade’s aides refuse to defect, resign, Presidency hails gov
Two aides of the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Monday resigned their appointments.
The two aides are the Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Obi and the Director General, Urban Renewal Commission (South), Cecil Ita.
In two separate letters made public on Monday, the duo made reference to recent political happenings in the state for their decision. Ayade recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress.
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