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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday explained why it postponed the general elections.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, addressed reporters at the press centre of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s Capital.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were earlier scheduled to hold on February 16, while that of Governorship and State of Assembly were expected to hold on March 2.

Professor Yakubu, however, told reporters that the polls would not go on as planned due to some challenges encountered by the commission.

According to him, the decision to postpone the polls followed a careful review of the implementation of the logistics and operational plans put in place for the exercise.

The INEC boss reiterated the commitment of the electoral body to conducting a free, fair, and credible exercise.

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He explained that the postponement of the elections would afford them the opportunity to address the issues raised, although the decision was a tough one to make.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

Professor Yakubu revealed that the commission would inform critical stakeholders in the elections about the new development at a meeting which would hold later on Saturday.

Read the full speech by the INEC boss below;

Ladies and gentlemen, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met on Friday 15, February , and reviewed its preparations for the general elections scheduled for Saturday, 16 February , and Saturday 2 March .

Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan, and the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.

Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Saturday, 23 February 2019.

Furthermore, the Governorship, State House of Assembly, and Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections are rescheduled to Saturday, 9 March 2019.

This will afford the commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections.

This was a difficult decision for the commission to take but necessary for the successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy.

The commission will meet with key stakeholders to update them on this development at 2pm on Saturday, 16 February 2019, at the Abuja International Conference Centre.

Thank you very much.

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See the breakdown of cases by state below;

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 15,551 2,253 13,106 192
FCT 4,163 2,908 1,210 45
Oyo 2,807 1,375 1,402 30
Edo 2,328 188 2,047 93
Rivers 1,894 314 1,527 53
Kano 1,599 271 1,275 53
Delta 1,541 139 1,359 43
Kaduna 1,507 198 1,297 12
Ogun 1,416 195 1,197 24
Plateau 1,283 665 598 20
Ondo 1,243 565 651 27
Enugu 880 377 485 18
Ebonyi 819 793 26
Kwara 800 437 342 21
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Borno 628 24 569 35
Abia 625 103 517 5
Gombe 620 68 529 23
Osun 586 273 300 13
Bauchi 568 34 521 13
Imo 472 316 147 9
Benue 356 285 64 7
Nasarawa 343 112 223 8
Bayelsa 342 31 290 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Niger 226 81 133 12
Akwa Ibom 221 64 150 7
Adamawa 176 80 85 11
Sokoto 154 1 137 16
Ekiti 153 77 74 2
Anambra 142 41 83 18
Kebbi 90 82 8
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Taraba 72 13 55 4
Cross River 68 36 24 8
Yobe 67 5 54 8
Kogi 5 3 2
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Presidency reacts to reports of integrating repentant Boko Haram fighters into military

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The Presidency has faulted reports that the federal government was absolving repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the Nigerian military.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu insisted that none of the 601 repentant Boko Haram members who were recently deradicalized has been integrated into the military.

Shehu made the remark, in a statement while cautioning Nigerians leaders against not purveying fake news on the integration of these terrorists into the military.

He said the federal government followed laid down rules in the process of deradicalizing of the repentant Boko Haram members.

He said: “Now that groups with hitherto proven bonafide, some religious leaders and a few in the legislature have joined the supply chain of fake news, it important that we step in to clear the false reports that the administration is absorbing repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the military.

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“It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram and there is no such plan for their absorption.

“None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military. This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.”

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Recall that 601 repentant Boko Haram members were in July reintegrated into the society after they were successfully deradicalized.

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Those reintegrated into the society include some ex-Boko Haram fighters from 14 foreign nationals including Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa made the disclosure.

The action of the federal government had led to backlash on Buhari.

Buhari was accused of pampering terrorists in Nigeria, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had said.

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