The Late 5: Nigerians are not buying Buahri’s ‘timeout with the kids,’ Lagos tests negative to Monkeypox, and other top stories

Good evening.

Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today:

President Muhammadu Buhari hosted Aisha Aliyu Gebi, the young girl whose letter to the president went viral on Twitter, Nicole, who donated her “lunch money” to his campaign team 3 years ago, and another little girl who prayed for him while he was sick, at the Aso Villa earlier today as promised. Watch the videos from their arguably awkward meet-and-greet with the president.

Nigerians on social media were certainly not having this, calling it out as a pre-campaign stunt. Here’s what YNaija Editor also had to say.


Moments before Buhari’s his ‘timeout with the kids’ insurgency certainly took no break.

Gunmen reportedly killed twenty persons in a fresh attack in Bassa local government area of Plateau state. According to witnesses, the gunmen also “razed down a lot of houses and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.”

Here’s everything we know about the attacks.


Also, in another shocking report, the private residence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, caught fire on Sunday evening.

Kachickwu has been in the centre of fraud allegations surrounding the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ever since his tell-all petition to the president leaked online.

According to the reports, Kachikwu was not at home during the incident. This was what caused the fire.


In Lagos state, the Monkeypox virus has tested negative, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said four out of seventeen suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa have been confirmed.

Here are all the new developments regarding the Monkeypox virus you should know.


While Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha is busy erecting statues of, and endowing honourary titles on South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, a president whose country has killed not less than 9 Nigerians this year alone, Zuma’s own country seems to be doing the opposite.

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal Friday, upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate no fewer than 800 corruption charges filed against Jacob Zuma before he became president.

Zuma, who has faced and denied numerous other corruption allegations since taking office, said he was disappointed by the Court’s decision and asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to “consider representations” before deciding whether to proceed against him.

Here’s everything you need to know about the charges.

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