President Muhammadu Buhari says the spread of fake news poses a threat to journalism. Speaking when he hosted the board of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) at Aso Rock on Friday, he expressed concern that technology is being used as a tool for instigating violence. He charged journalists to save their profession by tackling the growing trend of fake news. “Journalism as a profession is primarily based on being truthful. With the growing increase in fake news, the future of your profession is under threat and therefore you must be ready to correct this and safeguard your professionalism and reputation,” he said. “Generally, technology has been enabler for good however in recent times, we are seeing this platform more and more being used to instigate
he Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) says it will hold President Muhammadu Buhari responsible if any northerner is attacked in the south. PIC 13. FROM LEFT: LEGAL ADVISER, AREWA CONSULTATIVE FORUM, MR BITRUS GWADAH; FORMER MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, ALHAJI SANI DAURA AND CHAIRMAN, NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM, PROF. ANGO ABDULLAHI, ADDRESSING A NEWS CONFERENCE IN KADUNA ON TUESDAY (16/7/13). Abdul-Azeez Sulieman, spokesman of the group, said this in a statement on Thursday. The statement was released after Buhari told herdsmen to disregard a call to vacate the southern part of the country. The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had asked herdsmen to leave the southern part of the country if their safety is no longer guaranteed. However, Suleiman accused southern ...
Two men of the Nigerian Army have been killed and an expatriate kidnapped at the road construction site in Ukanafun Local Government area of Akwa Ibom state. Our correspondent gathered that the abducted expatriate engineer, working with Al madal construction company was inspecting the construction of Ikot Ibritam, Inen Ekeffe and Odoro Ikot to Ukanafun road construction project awarded by Akwa Ibom state when the attack occured. Mr. Friday Idiok, an eyewitness who spoke with our correspondent said the two soldiers were killed while escorting the expatriate on routine inspection of the road project along Idim Okpok mini bridge in Inen Ekeffe the boundary village between OrukAnam and Ukanafun local government area. The gunmen, according to Idi...
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, said it is not interested in either the gains or the losses associated with RUGA settlement being planned by the Federal Government, but only in achieving the sovereign state of Biafra. IPOB also dared Islamists extremists and Arewa youths over the 30-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement RUGA settlement policy, saying it is ready for any action they would take. In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said it had long rejected Nigeria as a country and whatever looks good or bad in it. According to IPOB, “we have rejected Nigeria forever and whatever looks good and bad in her. Fulani people should keep their Ruga till eternity in the North, we don’t care about the gai
Abia State government has begun closing land sale gaps that may let in the suspended rural grazing area (Ruga) policy through the backdoor. Specifically, the state government restricted the size of land that may be sold “over the counter” to five hectares. It said lots of land above five hectares must now be approved by relevant government agencies. Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Uche Ihediwa, told reporters in Umuahia yesterday that the measure seeks to prevent landowners from selling large swathes of land that may be used for “unauthorized projects, including cattle settlements by herdsmen.” Ihediwa, who is the immediate past commissioner for land, also debunked insinuations that a Federal Government request for a proposed trailer park at Osisioma wa
The leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), have called for the collaboration of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in uniting the different religious groups in the country for peaceful resolution of the farmers-herders’ conflicts. MACBAN’s National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma, made the call in his remarks, during the delegation of the association’s courtesy visit to the national leadership of CAN on Wednesday in Abuja. “MACBAN wishes to request the partnership of CAN in uniting the different religious groups in the country for peaceful resolution of the farmers-herders conflicts. “We should unite against hatred and support all government initiatives toward solving the conflict. “We believe the 10 years plan will guarantee ef
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has said former president Olusegun Obasanjo spoke the mind of Nigerians in his open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the current security situation in the country. Apostle Suleman, who cautioned that Nigeria was sitting on a keg of gunpowder, said urgent steps must be taken to avert looming crisis in the country. The cleric spoke yesterday when he visited Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. According to him, all was not well with the country and there was urgent need to have the challenges tackled headlong. He said, “In Obasanjo’s letter, I did not see what he wrote there that has not been happening. People must draw a line between politics and reality
former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode, has blamed Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for the influx of cows in the country. Fani-Kayode noted that since the pro-Biafra leader called Nigeria a zoo, cows had taken over and killings and destruction of properties were now beyond control. He begged Kanu to lift the curse. He tweeted, “I blame @MaziNnamdiKanu for what has happened to us. He called Nigeria a zoo and ever since then we have been overwhelmed by cows. “There are cows everywhere! Cows on our streets, our farms, our cities, our homes, our passports and in the bedrooms of our leaders! Lift this curse!”
Three sociocultural organisations in Benue State have given the Federal Government 14 days within which to completely cancel any initiative that has the semblance of ‘Ruga settlements’ across the country. They noted that failure to do so, they would mobilise the people of the state and the nation at large to commence an act of civil disobedience. The groups also stated they have enjoined the people of the state to embark on civil disobedience over any project that is sited in their locality in the name of ‘Ruga settlements.’ The tribal groups that made the demands in a communiqué issued after their meeting that was held in Makurdi on Monday are the Mdzough U Tiv (MUT), Ochitoha K’ Idoma and Omni Ny’ Igede. The communiqué was signed by leaders of the three socio
AREWA The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to the open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, had expressed worry over high level of insecurity in the country. He called on the President to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis. According to the letter: “I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. “Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope