Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday dismissed social media report that he gave Israel ultimatum over the reappearance of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in that country.
The IPOB leader, who was sighted in Israel last week, had pledged to return to Nigeria soon, after his unceremonious disappearance from the country for about 13 months.
The minister, who fielded questions from State House correspondents, said: “I was in London when I heard the story about Nnamdi Kanu surfacing in Israel. I was not in a position to make any statement.
“But before I knew it, within a few hours, I saw my picture with a story saying that I had actually given Israel ultimatum to return Nnamdi Kanu otherwise, we will send them missiles.
“I just laughed. It speaks to what we are talking about fake news because it is probably the biggest threat in the run-up to the elections.
“Having said that I have nothing more to add, to the issue of Nnamdi Kanu.’’
According to him, the appropriate authorities in the country will speak on the issue at the appropriate time.
“At the appropriate time, the various authorities will make a statement about the issue of Kanu,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that the Presidency had on Tuesday, October 23 dismissed the Kanu’s outburst and assured all Nigerians that there was no reason to worry about the hollow outburst by the IPOB leader.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja, restated that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari was strong enough to defend its territory against any threat.
He said: “Instead, we see the re-enactment of his bizarre, episodic threat as a mere distraction which will not be allowed to detract from the existing cordial relationships between Nigeria and other countries.’’
According to him, the Buhari administration is in constant touch with other friendly nations and has the best assurances that they would continue to reciprocate the respect Nigeria has for the sovereignty of their nations.
Breaking: Former Egyptian President Morsi dies in court during sitting
Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi collapsed and died in court on Monday during a court session, state TV said.
Morsi was the fifth president of Egypt from June 2012 until July 2013, when General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi removed him from office in the 2013 Egyptian coup d’état after the June 2013 Egyptian protests.
“Imam of Peace” criticizes people who go to the West and try to “impose their ideology on society”
Imam Tawhidi, an Iranian-Australian Muslim religious leader who refers to himself as the Imam of Peace, has addressed people from other countries who go to the West and expect their host country to change for them.
Tawhidi said diversity and “multiculturalism at all costs” is the fastest way to destroy a country, therefore, it is wrong for people from other countries with different cultures to come to the West and try to force “the host nation to accommodate your beliefs”.
He wrote on Facebook: “Diversity does not bring unity and it does not bring strength. Diversity brings and has already brought less tolerant people into a tolerant society, expecting them to tolerate their intolerance. Multiculturalism *at all costs* is the fastest way to destroy a country. If you move to the West then you are expected to behave like the rest of the West. You can eat and wear whatever you like, but you cannot impose your ideology on society, and expect the host nation to accomodate your beliefs. There is no room for diversity in a Conservative Government. I am a temporary migrant. Once it’s safe for me to return to Iran, I will. We are all guests in the West. Watching the West change for me, permanently, is ridiculous. What the hell is wrong with you?”
Nigerian man charged with the murder of a nurse in Malaysia
A Nigerian man was charged with the murder of a 40-year-old nurse, Siti Kharina Mohd Kamaruddin at the magistrate’s court in Sepang, Malaysia, on Monday May 27.
The accused, 36-year-old Alowonle Oluwajuwon, nodded his head after the charge was read to him in English before Magistrate A. Akhiruddin. Akhiruddin then set July 31 for remention of the case.
According to the charge sheet, the accused was charged with murdering Siti Kharina at a condominium unit at Third Avenue Condominium in Cyberjaya, Selangor, between 12.41am on May 9 and 2.30pm on May 15.
He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the death penalty upon conviction. Deputy public prosecutor Nasharina Nazlan prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented.
Meanwhile, two other suspects – a 35-year-old Nigerian woman and a 38-year-old Pakistani man – were released on court bond.
Akhiruddin ordered both suspects to surrender their passports until the conclusion of the case.
Siti Kharina, who was reported missing since May 8, was found dead at a condominium unit in Cyberjaya at 2.30pm on May 15. Investigators found slash wounds on her chest, neck and head.
The victim, who was believed to have died between four and five days before her body was discovered, was sent to Serdang Hospital for post-mortem.
Siti Kharina, who lives apart from her husband and three daughters, had served at the same hospital for five years.
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