#EndSARS protest is ‘war’ fought with aid of social media – Lai Mohammed, Buhari reappoints INEC chairman | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

Lai Mohammed

Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, has described the #EndSARS protest as a “war” fought with the aid of social media.

On Tuesday, before the house committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values to defend the 2021 budget proposed by the ministry, Mohammed said it is highly important to regulate social media.

“The biggest challenge facing Nigeria today is fake news and misinformation,”

“…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,” he added.

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Buhari reappoints INEC chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Yakubu was appointed head of the commission in 2015 and was expected to end his tenure on November 9, 2020. With the reappointment, he has another five-year term.

In a statement, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said Buhari has informed the senate of his decision to reappoint the INEC chairman.

“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), ‘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,” the statement read.


#EndSARS: Lagos govt invited us to restore order, says army

The Nigerian Army says the Lagos state government invited it to intervene in the fallout of the #EndSARS protest.

Youth protesting against police brutality were still present on the roads despite a 24-hour curfew imposed by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos. Subsequently, men in military uniform invaded the protest ground at Lekki toll plaza and opened fire on the protesters.

In a statement on Tuesday, Osoba Olaniyi, acting director, army public relations, said soldiers stayed away from the #EndSARS protests until the Lagos government invited them to restore order.

“The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country,” the statement read.


Sanwo-Olu approves full reopening of Lagos markets

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full reopening of markets following COVID-19 lockdown.

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, in a statement, on Tuesday, noted that food markets and non-food markets can reopen every day of the week.

“Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast. Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols,” the statement read.


Oyo State government orders employment of 5,000 youths

The Oyo State government has ordered the employment of 5,000 youths in the state into various government agencies.

The state government has also budgeted the sum of N1billion as compensation for victims of police brutality and injustice and a Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) scheme, for youths. The package includes an initial deposit of N500 million for MSMEs and another N500 million as compensation to victims of police brutality and injustice.

Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde made this announcement on Monday during a stakeholder meeting with traditional rulers, security chiefs, religious leaders, and chairmen of the 68 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas.

“I have directed the employment of 5,000 young persons across all government agencies over the next few months. We have been talking to Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OSRMA), Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA), before now. We have been talking to AMOTEKUN. We have to, immediately, wrap some of those recruitments up and put these people off the street. The criteria for employment and the dates for assessment will be announced by the agency authorities,” Makinde said at the meeting.

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