President Muhammadu Buhari
The Federal Government, yesterday, dismissed an online report, that President Muhammad Buhari is headed to the United States of America, ostensibly on the invitation of President Donald Trump.
The report further claimed that the invitation was extended to Buhari, in February, shortly after Trump’s inauguration in January.
But, in a statement through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Federal Government debunked the report and branded it fake news.
Mohammed, said one of the numerous parody Twitter accounts in his name, @MohammedLai, was used to disseminate what he described as ‘fake and ludicrous’ news, which claimed that President Buhari is due to leave Nigeria for the USA, today, “to condole with President Trump over the floods in Houston, Texas.”
According to the report, the president was scheduled to leave his hometown, Daura, in Katsina State, by helicopter, at 9.15am, today, for the state’s airport.
It was also reported that Buhari was to combine the official visit to the US with his participation at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in New York, from September 21 to 25, 2017.
When the reports surfaced, many questioned the rationale behind the planned visit especially as Makurdi, in Benue State, was hit with flood and many properties destroyed.
But, Mohammed dismissed the report.
“News of the planned visit was circulated via a parody Twitter account and an old NTA news video that President Muhammadu Buhari is traveling or has travelled to the US.
‘’This is a 2015 NTA news video that was repackaged to look current, and to give the impression that the president left Daura, where he is celebrating Eid-el-Kabir, directly for New York.”
He said Nigerians should disregard any news credited to any account in his name, either on Twitter or Facebook, and added: ‘’Numerous parody accounts have been opened in my name on the two platforms, when, indeed, I have no Twitter or Facebook accounts.’’
The minister recalled how the same parody Twitter account disseminated a fake report that he sharply criticised Senator Dino Melaye for attending NottingHill Carnival in the United Kingdom.
He said these two instances highlight the dangers posed to the polity by purveyors of fake news and disinformation and vowed that the federal government would soon fish out those behind the shenanigan.
“Fake news, disinformation and hate speech are the antics of the naysayers, those who are pathologically opposed to this administration. That is why we are urging Nigerians to be more discerning and to doublecheck any information emanating from social media,’’Mohammed added.
Also, the president’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, through her Twitter handle, @Laurestar, said her boss had no plans to travel to the US.
“It’s not true that President Muhammadu Buhari is set for a US trip today.
“President Buhari always inform Nigerians of his trips, even within Nigeria. He respects Nigerians. He will not sneak out without informing those who elected him to do a job,”she added.
34 Nigerians Have Been Deported by the US
The Government of United States on Wednesday have deported 34 Nigerians for based on various offences they committed.
A source from the Nigeria Immigration Service said it was a special deportation, as all the deportees were sent back to the country because of the following: homicide, fraud, impersonation, and possession of illegal items, among other offences, NAN reports
The deportees are made up of 32 males and two females, they all arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 2.30pm aboard a chartered Omni Air International aircraft with Registration Number: W342AX.
The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development.
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“At about 14.30 hours (2.30pm), we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from the United States. They were made up of 32 males and two females. “
He made it clear that 25 of the deportees were alleged to have committed criminal offences; one was allegedly involved in narcotics while the others were alleged to have committed immigration-related offences.
He said the deportees were received by officers of the NIS, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Nigeria Police Force.
Officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency were also on the ground to receive them, he added.
President Buhari – “I want to make Nigeria the most beautiful place in Africa”
President Buhari has revealed that his administration’s policies are above ethnicity, religion and geographical lines; and reaffirmed his commitment to the rapid development of the country.
He made the assertion on Wednesday, June 20, while receiving the Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniya, Sheikh Ahmed Tijjani Ibrahim Inyass, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Vanguard reports.
The president said that his administration will bring out the best in Nigeria, and promised to make the country the most beautiful place to visit in Africa.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement released, quoted the president to have said: ‘‘We are very pleased with the prayers and support of the Tijjaniya to this administration, and I assure you our interest is for all Nigerians, across ethnicity and religion.
‘I know you are praying for the stability and prosperity of this country.”
Expressing thanks to the highly revered Senegalese religious leader, President Buhari also stressed the importance of the religious group in promoting good governance in the country.
He said: “I feel highly honoured, on behalf of my country, that the Sheikh has found time to come and see us while he is here to commiserate with the families of late Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu. “The Sheikh is in Nigeria where he has vast followers, and we have people across families who go to Senegal every year, as much as a lot of people go to Mecca to visit the tomb of your great father.”
On his part, the cleric lauded President Buhari for his good works, which he said were evident for all to see. He added:
‘‘More than 40 million Tijjanyia’s are praying for your success because we believe the Almighty Allah has chosen you to lead Nigeria at this time and to actualize the dream of a great country.” He offered prayers for strength and success for the president; and also for the progress and prosperity of Nigeria.
A Nigerian Lady Was electrocuted while She Was Charging her Phone (Photos)
A Nigerian lady known as Imaobong Ekanem on Facebook has died of electrocution by her mobile phone while deep asleep.
According to a Facebook user called Peter Prekings Chima, who shared the story online, the lady left the phone on her bare body while sleeping. It seemed like there was a power surge when the light was restored and she got electrocuted.
‘R.I.P Dear Imaobong Ekanem
According to Jeffrey Sidney Wehere, She was Charging her phone and dropped it on her body and Slept off, NEPA took the Light and brought it back while she was Sleeping and it shocked her to death..
It’s Very Unfortunate’
Friends of the man that shared the story took to the comment section to pay condolences to the supposedly late lady and some warned against the use of mobile phones on the bed.
One of the friends wrote:
May her soul rest in peace.
Can Nigerians ever learn? so many write-ups on charging phones
~ keep it away from us when charging.
~ don’t use while charging (calling or receiving)
~~ don’t charge power banks near our beds.
~~ Always unplug whenever you want to use it
One happened on the day of the election on Saturday. She had the power bank charging her phone and the time playing music with earphone on. As the rain started, she ran to take shelter and the next sound was an explosion, the power bank exploded and had one side of her body burnt but she is stable. The power bank came in touch with rain while charging the phone.
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