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Buhari is leading Nigeria well, says Femi Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], has said that Nigerians were lucky to have a leader like his principal.

Adesina made the remark while dismissing attempts to pitch him against his principal.

The presidential spokesman maintained that Buhari was leading Nigeria well.

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In a post on his Facebook, Adesina wrote:

“A quote from mischief-makers is making the rounds, ascribed to me. I just dey laugh.

“I am a Buharist any day, no apologies, and I believe the president is leading the country well. In fact, we are lucky to him at a time like this.

“All attempts to demonize me will fail.”

Just a few days ago, a former Presidential Adviser, Tanko Yakassai had passed a vote of no confidence on Buhari.

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Yakassai had described Buhari as an incompetent leader who can’t fix the problems in the country.

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GanDollar: Videos of Gov Ganduje collecting bribe plays repeatedly on billboards in Edo

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The Governor of Kano state and Chairman, National Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Edo State Gubernatorial election, Abdullahi Ganduje has become a laughing stock on social media after videos of him allegedly collecting bribe played endlessly on billboards in Edo state.

Recall that in 2018, Ganduje was enmeshed in a bribery controversy after he was allegedly caught on tape collecting millions of dollars in bribes from contractors in the state.

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As a sitting governor who enjoys constitutional immunity, Ganduje has not been probed by any anti-corruption agency.

He claimed that the videos were doctored.

But as the race for the September 19 election heats up, the videos played endlessly on Edo’s biggest roundabout, Ring Road in Benin City, on Wednesday, drawing reactions online.

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Magu: Osinbajo didn’t accept N4bn, Laolu Akandesays

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PDP to Osinbajo: Explain alleged N6bn emergency fund scam

Spokesman of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande said his principal will not be distracted by “campaigns of lies and calumny”.

Akande was reacting to allegations that Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),

“embezzled over N39 billion and gave Osinabjo N4 billion after the VP gave instructions to him to release some of the recovered loots…

In a statement on Wednesday, Akande said the report is also being circulated in a video on Youtube with a female commentator “peddling the same lies”.

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He described the report as “baseless fabrications”, adding that such “reckless publications” have become tools used by unscrupulous elements to tarnish the image of honest public officials.

“With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are totally false and baseless fabrications purporting to reflect goings-on at the Probe Panel investigating Mr. Ibrahim Magu. They are indeed completely absurd in every respect,” the statement read.

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“Sadly, such mindless, vicious and reckless publications have now become the preferred tool of unscrupulous and reprobate elements in our society who are procured with monetary inducement to peddle blatant falsehood, tarnish the image of upright public officials and mislead unsuspecting Nigerians.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will of course not be distracted by these obvious campaigns of lies and calumny. The online publications, being criminally defamatory in nature, have been referred to the relevant law enforcement agencies for investigation and necessary action.”

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Magu is being probed by a presidential panel over allegations of gross misconduct against the EFCC under him.

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JUST IN: Ivory Coast Prime Minister is dead

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The Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, Gon Coulibaly, confirmed dead.

Mr Coulibaly, 61, died on Wednesday evening after falling ill at a ministerial meeting.

Furthermore, he recently returned from France where doctors treated him for two months for a heart ailment.

On Wednesday, he felt unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting.

He was taken to the hospital from there and died at the hospital; the BBC reported.

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They had chosen Mr Coulibaly as the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election after Alassane Ouattara said he would not seek a third term in office.

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