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President Muhammadu Buhari’s praise singer, Dauda Kahutu popularly known as Rarara, has received not less than N57m to release a new song in favour of the President.

Kahutu got the funds less than 48 hours after asking for money to release a song in favour of the President.

The singer, who was in 2019 appointed as National Director of Music for the Buhari 2019 Presidential Support Committee, on Friday in a video on social media solicited funds, asking each person to donate N1,000 before he releases the song.

He also said financing the new song will show that there was no suffering and that Buhari’s government was doing well.

In the video, the praise singer said, “I will sing a new song in praise of Buhari until Northerners paid for it.”

He went on to read out an account number into which donations will be sent

Less than 48 hours after releasing the video, SaharaReporters gathered that the praise singer had raised a huge sum running into millions of naira.

Some ardent supporters of the President made donations and shared evidence of payment on social media.

Some wealthy Northerners and Buhari’s supporters also donated huge sums for the release of the song, sources disclosed.

“The praise singer had earlier said the claim of suffering in Nigeria is a lie spread by what he referred to as useless people.

“He got N57m in two days with 48 Northerners donating N13.7m.

“The singer, in recent days, has been giving out cars as gifts, a part of what he described as a sign that Nigerians are doing well under Buhari,” a source aware of the song project told SaharaReporters.

Rarara had released songs for some governors in the All Progressives Congress including Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.

Recall that angry youth in Katsina State attacked the musician while he was shooting a video for the President.

According to Katsina Post, the youth attacked the musician at the Central Market in Katsina, the state capital, as he was shooting a video of his latest song “Jahata Ce”.

The aggrieved youth upon seeing the singer, started shouting and condemning him in Hausa language.

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, 7th Septemeber, depart Abuja, Nigeria for Niamey, Niger Republic for an ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government meeting.

This was disclosed on Sunday in a statement by Mallam Garba Shehu, the official spokesperson of the President.

Buhari will be accompanied to the summit by some Ministers and other top government officials and the president and his delegation are expected back in the country after the summit.

Issues expected to be discussed at the summit include the special report on COVID-19, special report on the ECOWAS single currency programme, the 2020 interim report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050, as well as issues surrounding the rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, and armed banditry in the region.

Below is the full statement on the President’s trip:

“President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic to participate in the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.”

“The one-day summit will deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23, 2020.”

“As a Champion, the Nigerian leader was expected to coordinate the sub-regional response against the pandemic.”

“In furtherance of that objective, under the supervision of the Champion, Nigerian Ministers of Health, Aviation and Finance were appointed Chairpersons of the Ministerial Coordination Committees on Health; Transport, Logistics and Trade; and Finance respectively.”

“The Summit will also receive a Special Report on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme to be presented by President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)and President Alassane Ouattara, who is Chair of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA).”

“The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou will present to the West African leaders, the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050.”

“The alarming rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy will also come under focus, while the disruption of the democratic process by the military in Mali, will receive further attention.”

“Similarly, in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger where parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for this year the imperative to strengthen democracy in the sub-region by respecting constitutional provisions, rule of law and outcomes of free and fair polls, will be emphasized.”

“President Buhari, who will be accompanied to the Summit by ministers and other top government officials, will return to Abuja after the meeting.”

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said he had approved the disbursement of 30,000 tons of maize from the national reserves.

Buhari said this would help in easing the current high cost of poultry production amongst animal feed producers.

He stated this in a statement via his official Twitter handle.

The statement reads, “We are very mindful of the challenge of high food prices, at a time when the economy is already in a slowdown caused by the global Coronavirus situation, and are doing everything in our power to bring down the prices of food items across the country.”

Police have arrested Lawal Abdullahi Izala, ‘m’, aged 70yrs, Bahajaje Abu, ‘m’, aged 30yrs and Hamza Abubakar, ‘m’, aged 27yrs all of Gafai Quarters, Katsina, Katsina state for insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and the executive governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, CFR.”

The trio were said to have insulted Buhari in a viral video on the social media.

Disclosing this in a statement, Gambo Isah, spokesman of the Katsina police command said:

“The attention of the Katsina state police command has been drawn to a viral video on social media showing one Lawal Abdullahi, alias “IZALA”, ‘m’, aged 70yrs of Gafai quarters, Katsina, Katsina state, who was contemptuously insulting the President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and his excellency, the executive governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, CFR.

“Consequently, the commissioner of police, Katsina state command, CP Sanusi Buba, ordered for investigation, which led to the arrest of the trio of Lawal Abdullahi Izala, ‘m’, aged 70yrs, Bahajaje Abu, ‘m’, aged 30yrs and Hamza Abubakar, ‘m’, aged 27yrs all of Gafai Quarters, Katsina, Katsina state.

“In the course of investigation suspects confessed to the committing the offences. “To this end, the command wishes to warn members of the general public that the police will not fold its arms and watch while disgruntled elements violate the sacred laws of the land,” Isah added.
“Any person found taking undue advantage of the social media to insult others, contrary to the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act, will face the wrath of the law.”

US President, Donald Trump, has confirmed his government will be gifting Nigeria 200 ventilators as the nation battles the Coronavirus pandemic.

Recall President Buhari had a telephone chat with the US President who promised to give Nigeria ventilators.

President Trump had a press conference where he confirmed his government will be giving Nigeria 200 or more ventilators. According to him, we will do anything for ventilators.

”I spoke today to Nigeria. They will do anything for ventillators. We are going to send at least two hundren ventillators to Nigeria, probably more than that” he said

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, allegedly appointed a dead person into the board of one the federal government agencies.

NAIJAPARRY News reported that Chief Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru is one of the member-nominees (Ebonyi State) in Buhari’s letter to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

The president in the letter to Lawan, requested for Okwuru’s confirmation by the Senate as a board member of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).

However, according to the Daily Sun, the appointee died on February 27, 2020.

Also known as Aliezza, Okwuuru was a former member of the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015.

In December 2017, Buhari included no fewer than eight deceased persons in a list of new appointments into the governing boards of agencies and parastatals.

Some of the names then included Late Reverend Christopher Utova, Late Senator Francis Okpozo and Late Chief Donald Ugbaja.

United States president, Donald Trump, has promised to send ventilators to Nigeria to help in the fight against the Coronavirus disease.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced during a media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, that President Trump made the promise during a phone call with President Muhammadu Buhari earlier on Tuesday.

“President Muhammadu Buhari today had a phone conversation with President Donald Trump, at the request of the American President. The conversation centred on Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Buhari used the opportunity to brief the American President on the steps that Nigeria is taking to contain the spread of the disease.

For his part, President Trump assured that the United States stand in solidarity with Nigeria in this difficult time and promised to send ventilators to support the country in its fight against the pandemic.” Lai Mohammed said

President Buhari has asked the Senate to approve his request to secure a fresh loan of N850 billion to fund some projects in the 2020 budget.

The request was made in a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on the floor of the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja today April 28.

According to the letter, President Buhari seeks to raise the loan from the domestic capital market to ensure adequate funds to finance projects in the budget.

The lawmakers unanimously approved the loan after the letter was read by the Senate President. They also mandated members of the Senate Finance and Appropriation Committees to liaise with the Finance Minister to obtain more details of the loan request.

As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, President Buhari this evening, imposed a 8pm to 6am nationwide curfew. The curfew is to begin on Monday, May 4th.

The President announced this during his nationwide broadcast this evening, April 27. In his words

Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID nineteen, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased andgradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.

However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.

Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as

follows,

a. There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for

b. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel

c. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services essential services; until further notice will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers, and

d. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing.

Furthermore, we also discussed how to safely transport food items from rural production areas to industrial processing zones and ultimately, to the key consumption centers. earlier, these steps were necessary and personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.

For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020.

The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector specific details to allow for preparations by Governments, businesses and institutions.

In respect to the above are guidelines, State Governors may choose to adapt and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the guidelines issued above”

President Buhari will address the nation at 8pm today, April 27.

This was confirmed in a statement issued in Abuja by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, on Monday.

This would be the third time the President would be doing a live broadcast since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The statement enjoined broadcast stations to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.

The president will be expected to speak on the current lockdown he had earlier imposed on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states as some state governors have called for an interstate restriction of movements to contain the virus.

After four weeks of two instalments, the lockdown expires today.