News recap: Of Buhari’s ‘fake’ death and Atiku’s ambition
The outgoing week was dominated by unsubstantiated news of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s death. Expectedly, the presidency was forced to denounce and deny such reports which were propagated by fake news sites, and, of course, were well received by some.
While that was happening, campaign posters of former Nigeria’s vice president Abubakar Atiku became ubiquitous in Kebbi. Is Turaki Adamawa already gearing up for 2019?
These and more are in our News Recap for the week. Read on!
Troubles don’t come singly. And so was the case for the presidency during the week. Having to fight off deathly rumours about President Muhammadu Buhari was definitely not part of the plans the trio of Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina and Lai Mohammed had for the week, but they had to devote part of their time to discrediting rumours of either Buhari’s death or his terminal infirmity. On one occasion, the president had to remind us, stylishly, he’s still alive.
Wherever I am, I keep up with news from home. Channels TV is one of my favorites. I’m proud of what the Nigerian media are achieving. pic.twitter.com/LciLrzyaxT
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 22, 2017
But the nagging questions are: Is the president terminally ill? If not, who wants him dead?
Being linked to death is not strange to some Fulani herdsmen. They are suspected to be behind the Southern Kaduna killings. And when travellers were robbed in two coordinated attacks on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the beginning of the week, fingers were also pointed at them.
He could have died after fracturing his skull playing for his club Hull City against Chelsea in an EPL fixture, but Ryan Mason lived to see another day. The 25-year-old midfielder was in a stable condition after a successful surgery.
But this week isn’t all about ominous events. We caught glimpse of what could happen come 2019.
With the 2019 general elections about two years away, the campaign posters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is already being circulated across Kebbi State. The ex-VP who visited the state at the weekend during the Abdullahi Fodio 1805 book launch at the Emir of Gwandu’s palace, was surrounded by political supporters chanting “Sai Atiku Turaki Adamawa for President 2019.”
Not sure if he will pitch his tent with Atiku but it is quite obvious that the artist once known as Tuface is not a fan of the ruling APC. At least, for now. On Wednesday, the artist now known as 2Baba announced plans to lead a “massive nationwide protest” against the government on his Instagram page, stating that protest would hold on February 5.
“A call for good governance,” 2Baba said of his planned protest. “A call for [an] urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide. A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary…. You have all failed us.”
While many would heed 2Baba’s call, it is doubtful that as many would listen to Senator Yele Omogunwa’s recent call for corruption to be legalised. His reason: the vice is so pervasive that it has deprived the Nigerian people of certain benefits.
Senator Omogunwa notes that Budgets doesn’t have maximal impact due to corruption. He says corruption shld be legalized/liberalized then.
— Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) January 25, 2017
Dangote’s tomato processing company is not about to suffer a sudden death. According to the managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Kano State, Abdulkarim Kaita, the firm would resume full operations in the first week of February.
Now, you can keep all those foreign tomato paste brands off your kitchen. Buy Nigerian!
To some techy stuff! German automaker BMW AG will dispatch a fleet of autonomous vehicles to U.S. and European cities in this year’s second half, the next step in its partnership with Mobileye NV and Intel Corp. to introduce fully self-driving vehicles by 2021.
And finally! To Cannabis.
With the legalisation of marijuana on the rise across the world especially in the United States (U.S.), it is more important than ever to get a clear understanding of the drug’s health benefits and risks. The Guardian’s Chukwuma Muanya reported on the risks and benefits of the use of cannabis.
And that’s all on News Recap for this week. Adios!