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Presidency Blasts Those Against Buhari’s Ministerial Position

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Yesterday, The Presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari had not broken any law by his decision to serve as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Buhari had while granting interview last week during his visit to New York said he would head the ministry, saying he would only appoint a Minister of State to assist him.
The decision has however attracted criticisms from some people who have argued that the nation’s constitution forbids a sitting President from holding another public office.
Some industry experts also claim that the position of a minister will divert Buhari’s attention from his presidential duties and make him wield too much power.
But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, accused those he described as “briefcase-carrying crooks” as being behind the President’s criticism on the matter.
Shehu said because the said crooks were aware that Buhari would not “do deals” with them, they would not want to go down without putting up a fight, hence the criticism.
He said those in that category were not comfortable because the President was bringing integrity into the oil sector which he described as the most rotten in the nation’s economy.
He added that Buhari would also be bringing knowledge to the sector because beside the military, “the oil industry is one other area where the President is very knowledgeable.”
The presidential spokesman said,
“The President has a lot of experience to bring to the oil industry. Besides the military, the oil industry is another area where he is knowledgeable.
“Mr. President also has tremendous integrity which he is bringing to the sector which is the most rotten in the nation’s economy.
“The criticisms are coming from deal makers and briefcase-carrying cooks because they know that Buhari is not a deal maker.
“The deal makers are not ready to go down without shouting because they know that their days are over.”
On the claim that it is unconstitutional for a sitting President to hold another public office, Shehu said all the powers of the executive arm of government reside in the President.
He said Buhari could only be queried if he decided to venture into the legislative or judiciary arms of government.
“The President personifies the Executive. The power of the Executive arm resides in him. He can only be queried if he goes beyond the Executive arm and ventures into the Legislature or Judiciary,” Shehu concluded.
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Diddy finally reaches out to Niniola after four years of sending him DMs without response

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Top Nigerian Afrobeats songstress, Niniola, and American music star cum businessman, Diddy are set to collaborate.

The duo linked up for the very first time via video call after Diddy was informed about her music and he showed interest in working with her.

It is a story of divine providence and destiny as Niniola sent DM to the rapper as far as 2018, but she never got a response until four years later.

Fast-forward to 2022, and faith had beautiful plans for the singer who was eventually connected with the music executive.

Niniola did not only did get a response from Diddy, but also a spoke with him via FaceTime and he explained the whole situation.

According to the Bad Boy Records CEO, he just never saw her messages because of flooded DMs, however, when he started scouting for an artiste to hop on his Afrobeats remix, someone suggested Niniola.

It was when he tried to send her a message via Instagram that he saw tht had previoulsy DM’s him but he never knew.

Niniola who shared a video of her speaking with the award-winning musician, noted that dreams do come through.

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Ed Sheeran faces trial for plagiarism on ‘Thinking Out Loud’

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Ed Sheeran, a British megastar, will testify in court to defend himself against claims that he plagiarized Marvin Gaye for his international hit song “Thinking Out Loud.”

Ed Sheeran, a top-charting artist and internationally successful pop star, has been informed by a federal judge that he must go to trial in response to claims that he plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s 1973 smash song “Let’s Get It On” on his 2014 track “Thinking Out Loud.”

In his application to the court, Ed Sheeran argued that the copyright claims should be rejected because they were “baseless” and “far too frequent.”

The plaintiffs claim that Ed Sheeran and his writing partner Amy Wadge copied and exploited, without authorization or credit the Marvin Gaye song, “including but not limited to the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation, and looping.” They are seeking $100 million (£90 million) in damages.

A lawsuit was recently filed against Ed Sheeran and his songwriting partners John McDaid and Steven McCutcheon over claims that a chorus from their song “Shape of You” was lifted verbatim from Ross O’Donoghue and Sami Chokri 2015 single “Oh Why.”

The High Court Judge ruled that the imitation was “not purposefully nor unconsciously” made during the trial that took place in March 2022. Ed and his co-defendants were given £900,000 in costs.

Ed wrote on his Instagram page following the court decision that he hoped it would put an end to more unfounded claims. Ed Sheeran is not yet getting his desire, though, as he must deal with another lawsuit.

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Mr Ibu joins ‘Obidient’ rally in Jos despite endorsing Tinubu (Video)

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Mr. Ibu, the comic actor, has joined a rally being held in the name of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

A large crowd trooped out on Wednesday evening to receive Obi and Yusuf Datti, his running mate, in Jos.

The visit came as the campaign season for the 2023 election officially kicked off in accordance with the timetable.

The crowd and Obi’s team assembled at Rwang Pam township stadium for the rally amid cheers from supporters.

In the crowd was Mr Ibu who would later take to the podium to deliver a short solidarity speech for Obi.

“He is ready to rule us. He is ready to take up the seat of the president. I want you to be obidient,” he said.

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