Headline for today: Tinubu’s inauguration as president must take place May 29 – US accuses Nigeria of violating religious freedom in Agbakoba

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A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Olisa Agbakoba, has said the swearing-in of Bola Tinubu as the next president of the country is bound to happen on May 29.Continue Reading>>>

Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared as the winner of the February 25 presidential poll with 8,794,726 votes.

However, his victory has attracted criticism, with many calling for the inauguration which is scheduled for May 29 to be put on hold, until presidential election petitions are determined.Continue Reading>>>

In a statement on Monday, Agbakoba urged Nigerians to obey the rule of law.

“It is important to state that the inauguration of Mr Bola Tinubu on 29 May 2023 is bound to happen under our constitutional process.

While the election tribunal deals with the petitions, there is no constitutional process to delay the inauguration on 29 May.

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The United States of America has accused Nigeria of severe violations of religious freedom.

This was contained in the Annual Report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom published in April 2023 and obtained by our correspondent on Monday.

The commission stated that criminal activity and violent armed group incidents impacting religious freedom worsened.

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The commission cited instances, such as “A Shari’a court sentencing Sheikh Kabara to death for blasphemy. Judicial authorities sentenced humanist leader Mubarak Bala to 24 years in prison for blasphemy and other charges,” among others.

According to America “in 2022, religious freedom conditions in Nigeria remained poor, with both state and non-state actors committing particularly severe violations of religious freedom.

While some officials worked to address drivers of religious freedom violations, others actively infringed on the religious freedom rights of Nigerians, including by enforcing blasphemy laws. Criminal activity and violent armed group incidents impacting religious freedom worsened.”

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as an indispensable pillar to Nigeria’s unity.

Osinbajo spoke yesterday at the opening ceremony/50th anniversary lecture of the NYSC in Abuja.

He said the NYSC had evolved since its establishment and had become indispensable in the development of the country.

On the theme of the anniversary, “NYSC Five Decades of Fostering National Unity and Development,” the vice president who was represented by the minister of power, Engr Abubakar Aliyu, congratulated the management, staff and corps members for sustaining the purpose for the establishment of the scheme.

How To Curb Fake News – Keyamo

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Minister of labour and employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has said for Nigeria to “kill fake news”, all fake accounts in social media must be shut down.

Keyamo declared that to “kill fake news, it is important to kill fake accounts.”

The minister spoke at the commencement of a training for journalists, titled, “Balancing Ethics and Patriotism: Obligations of Journalists to their Country”, organised by the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa.

Keyamo, who was represented by Niyi Fatongun, said even though social media has come to stay, the platforms were operating without gatekeepers.

“Social media has come to stay and it is a good thing. However, today people can get their views out to the public without restrictions, but It comes with responsibility. Social media has sidelined the gatekeepers.

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