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Buhari demands unconditional release of Malian President, others

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THE President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday faulted the development in Mali which led to the military toppling the government of President Ibrahim Keita.
Describing the development as a setback for regional diplomacy, the President called for unconditional release of Keita and others detained by the military.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke at a virtual Economic Community of West African States Extraordinary Session on the situation in Mali.

The statement was titled ‘President Buhari says Nigeria stands by ECOWAS decision on return to constitutional order in Mali’.

Adesina quoted the President as saying, “The action of the military in Mali has regrettably hoisted on us as a sub-region, the need to decide the options that will be consistent with the provisions of the Protocol on Good Governance and Democracy, which ECOWAS, AU, and the UN subscribe to.

“In this context, therefore, Nigeria subscribes to the under-listed recommendations for action by our organisation: President Keita and other detainees should be released unconditionally and with immediate effect.”

Buhari noted that the removal of the Malian leader could spiral into more crises in the country, with devastating consequences for the West African sub-region.

He added, “Indeed, it saddens me greatly as we meet today to discuss the turn of events in Mali, which commenced on Tuesday this week, where President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, his Prime Minister and senior members of his government were arrested, resulting in the forceful resignation of the President as well as the dissolution of the Parliament.

“ECOWAS interventions, through series of efforts by ministers, the special envoy and chief mediator and a group of Heads of State of our organisation as well as an Extraordinary Summit did not yield positive results.

“Today, Mali has not only descended into political chaos, but also socio-economic and security disaster with potential tragic consequences to Mali and the sub-region.”

Buhari commended the African Union, United Nations and other international bodies for condemning the military coup in Mali.

The President also said Nigeria would continue to support the decisions of ECOWAS.

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President Buhari speaks on building friendships with other african nations

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday spoke on the importance of joining hands as with other african countries to consistently secure each other’s advantages, saying their common endurance relies upon each other.

President Buhari expressed this while playing host to President Patrice Talon of Republic of Benin, who was on an authority visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President in an assertion gave by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, stated, “good neighbourliness is very important in our lives.

The survival of your neighbour is also your own, and we will continue to work with our neighbours in the light of this understanding.”

He reviewed that on suspicion of office for initial term in 2015, one of the absolute initial steps he took was to visit adjoining nations of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin – all towards manufacturing a typical comprehension on pivotal issues, including security, exchange and advancement.

According to him, “And those are issues we must continue to engage on, for the good of our countries and the people. Whatever irritations that come up must be removed.”

Talking prior, President Talon stated, he was in Nigeria to show appreciation to President Buhari for the vigorous authority he shows in Nigeria and Africa. Taking note of that the difficulties of 2020 were gigantic, he focused on that similar difficulties may stay in 2021, “and our relationship as neighbours must, therefore, remain cordial.”

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Kaduna State government postpones resumption date of schools

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State government makes U-Turn, orders conclusion of schools until further notice.

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the resumption date for schools in Kaduna state.

The Kaduna state government has declared that all schools inside the state should stay shut until additional notification.

The state’s permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Sukai Yayi, uncovered that schools in the state won’t continue on Monday, January 18, as affirmed by the national government.

As per Daily Trust, Yayi in an assertion on Sunday, January 17, expressed that the request commanding the conclusion of schools in the state additionally stretches out to government organizations.

She said a date for the resumption of schools will be declared after the public authority’s appraisal of the COVID-19 circumstance in the state.

The worker said:

“We want to make it categorically clear that Kaduna State is yet to fix a date for resumption to schools.

“In as much as the federal government has declared 18th January 2021 as the date for resumption Kaduna state is yet to declare a date for resumption.

“According to Vanguard, Yayi also noted that approvals were given to the National Open University and Kaduna Polytechnic to conduct exams for their students following a written request by both institutions.

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Parler sues Amazon for taking down its site

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Parler, a fair-minded free discourse network zeroed in on genuine client encounters and commitment was as of late suspended by Amazon web administrations (AWS), Google and Apple, sending the online media application disconnected.

This move came because of the lethal mob on US Capitol building, to a great extent on the grounds that the stage didn’t take measures to check vicious substance on its site from favorable to best allies which empowered and affected savagery.

The company  feels like it is being singled out since a ton of clients that were suspended from Twitter and different stages have moved to Parler, where their substance won’t be observed or surveilled – along these lines, it seems like the top organizations are attempting to take out the opposition, as per their Chief Policy Officer – Amy Peikoff.

Forbes announced that Parler has sued Amazon Web administrations after Amazon restricted the site from being facilitated on its workers. Parler asked the U.S. Region Court of the Western District of Washington to give a brief limiting request to prevent the webpage from going  disconnected, saying in their claim that Amazon’s choice will compel the site disconnected for “a monetarily crushing period” of time.

Parler asserted that Amazon abused antitrust laws and was “persuaded by political enmity” in its choice to suspend the organization over the activities of its clients.

The organization said in its claim that “without AWS, Parler is done as it has no real way to get web based,” asserting that deferring a controlling request “by even one day could likewise stable Parler’s passing ring as President Trump and others proceed onward to different stages.”

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