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Killexams : Veritas Administration candidate - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/VCS-260 Search results Killexams : Veritas Administration candidate - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/VCS-260 https://killexams.com/exam_list/Veritas Killexams : Conservatives Rain Hellfire On The Rule Of Law After Mar-A-Lago Raid No result found, try new keyword!News of the FBI’s raid at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort has Republicans and conservative commentators’ heads exploding. Mon, 08 Aug 2022 23:53:16 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/conservatives-rain-hellfire-on-the-rule-of-law-after-mar-a-lago-raid/ar-AA10tzpL Killexams : State schools chief gets Trump endorsement

Former president Donald Trump on Friday endorsed Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder in his bid for election to the post.

Gov. Mark Gordon appointed Schroeder to the position in January after former superintendent Jillian Balow left to take a similar job in Virginia. Now he's running for election to the post against four other candidates — three Republicans and one Democrat.

Another former Republican candidate, Thomas Kelly, dropped out of the race on Monday to cast his vote for Schroeder. 

“Brian is the only other candidate who really seems to get the federal government attempts to influence Wyoming through monetary policy, and he’s more likely to win than I am,” Kelly told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday. “It didn’t make any sense for me to stay in for my own personal ego.”

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Republican candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Kelly has dropped out of the race to cast his vote for incumbent Brian Schroeder. 

Schroeder is the former head of Veritas Academy, a private Christian school in Cody, and has experience as a family and youth coordinator and as a teacher and administrator in private schools in California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming.

He's deeply conservative; he's called for Wyoming to enact a law similar to Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act, which, among other things, "prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels." He advocates for more parental control in public schools. He opposes the teaching of critical race theory (it isn't currently taught in Wyoming public schools). 

In addition to Trump, Schroeder has also received endorsements from Gun Owners of America and Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen. 

"Brian Schroeder asked for Superintendent Arntzen’s endorsement and in their discussion, he showed commitment to partnering on her priorities as she works to bring the focus in education back to the basics," a spokesperson for Arntzen said in a Wednesday email to the Star-Tribune. 

Community members got to hear from GOP candidates for the Wyoming superintendent of public instruction position during an election forum in Casper. Here are the candidates' take on some issues. 

Schroeder reached out to Arntzen and the state superintendents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida and Texas in regards to a May USDA Food and Nutrition Service nondiscrimination policy update to include protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.  

The update means any organization that gets money from the Food and Nutrition Service, which includes public schools in Wyoming, has to “investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation” and “update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” the USDA statement says.

The update is meant to supply LGBTQ+ individuals an avenue to file a complaint if they experience discrimination by or within a Food Nutrition Service program, a USDA spokesperson previously told the Star-Tribune.

Wyoming's schools leader suggested a federal nondiscrimination update on gender and sexual orientation would impact pronouns and locker rooms, when the guidance he received behind-the-scenes indicated otherwise.

Schroeder denounced the update in several statements and called for Wyoming to reject federal funds for nutrition programs.

“We categorically reject gender ideology and will not bow to the coercive will of a bully government," he said in one of his statements. 

Some teachers and organizations, including Wyoming Equality, the Wyoming Education Association and ACLU of Wyoming, pushed back on Schroeder's statements. 

“Schools have a moral and legal duty to follow the law and to provide a safe learning environment for all students, and the penalties for discriminating against a student because they are transgender are no different than the penalties for any other kind of sex discrimination,” ACLU of Wyoming Campaigns Director Libby Skarin said in a June statement.

The other Republican candidates in the superintendent race are Megan Degenfelder, formerly chief policy officer at the education department and currently the government and regulatory affairs manager for Morningstar Partners Oil & Gas, Casper-based substitute teacher and cosmetologist Jennifer Zerba and underground trona miner Robert White.

Degenfelder, a sixth generation Wyomingite, has been endorsed by former state superintendent Judy Catchpole, among other current and former state leaders. She wants to "empower parents as the number one voice in their children’s education," increase direct classroom spending, Boost K-3 literacy and "fight back against anti-American curriculum and policies."  

A former top official at the Wyoming Department of Education announced Thursday she will run for superintendent of public instruction.

Zerba said that parents and teachers should work together to find alternatives if a parent disagrees with what their child is being taught.  She's a proponent of upholding and bringing more attention to the educational opportunities that the state already has to offer and increasing financial transparency in schools. 

White is the only candidate without a background in education, an attribute he previously said gives him more ability to think outside of the box. He was formerly an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief and a corporal in the Marine Corps. His top priority is addressing school safety. 

In addition to Schroeder, Trump has also endorsed another Wyoming candidate, land attorney Harriet Hageman, who is running against Rep. Liz Cheney for Wyoming's lone House seat. 

The primary elections end on Aug. 16. After that, the winning Republican superintendent candidate will face off in the general elections against Democrat candidate Sergio Maldonado, a member of the Northern Arapaho tribe who has been a teacher, college administrator and school board trustee in Arizona and Wyoming. He has also served on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education under former President George H.W. Bush and as the liaison with the Northern Arapaho Tribe under former Gov. Matt Mead. Maldonado has received the endorsement of the Wyoming Education Association. 

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Killexams : Veritas University asks students to vacate, shifts exams over insecurity

THE Management of Veritas University, Abuja, has shut the institution over security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This followed a directive by the FCT Administration for the closure of all schools in the Capital Territory due to a threat of attacks by bandits.

The University has accordingly postponed the conduction of examinations for 100-level students who were yet to sit for their examination before the directive on the closure of schools.

The University in a statement on Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer, Enuwa Obekpa, however, explained that the University had successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

The statement read in part: “The Management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100-level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website to obtain an admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”

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Killexams : Donald Trump endorses candidates in three of Wyoming's state races

Former President Donald Trump made endorsements in three of Wyoming’s state races Friday evening.

He announced his support for incumbent Curt Meier in the state treasurer race, Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, in the secretary of state race and Brian Schroeder in the superintendent of public instruction race.

Both the superintendent of public instruction and the secretary of state races appear to be close, heated races, and Trump threw his support behind the two most hard-line Republicans in those races.

Gray is running as somewhat of a 2020 election denier, although he hasn’t said outright that it was stolen for President Joe Biden. Gray frequently hones in on banning ballot drop boxes, which have become a target after the movie “2000 Mules” was released, a film that unsuccessfully claims to demonstrate widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Gray has also sponsored numerous showings of the movie throughout Wyoming while on the campaign trail.

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According to a database maintained by the right-leaning Heritage Foundation, Wyoming has seen just three instances of voter fraud in 40 years, and none since 2014.

“I continue for the endorsement and the vote of the people of Wyoming,” said Gray’s opponent Sen. Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne.

Neither of the two are incumbents, as current Secretary of State Ed Buchanan plans to vacate his post to take a position as a judge.

Gov. Mark Gordon appointed Schroeder to the position of superintendent in January after former superintendent Jillian Balow left to take a similar job in Virginia. Now he’s running for election to the post against four other candidates — three Republicans and one Democrat.

Another former Republican candidate, Thomas Kelly, dropped out of the race on Monday to cast his vote for Schroeder.

“Brian is the only other candidate who really seems to get the federal government attempts to influence Wyoming through monetary policy, and he’s more likely to win that I am,” Kelly told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday. “It didn’t make any sense for me to stay in for my own personal ego.”

Schroeder is the former head of Veritas Academy, a private Christian school in Cody, and has experience as a family and youth coordinator and as a teacher and administrator in private schools in California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming.

He’s deeply conservative; he’s called for Wyoming to enact a law similar to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which, among other things, “prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.” He advocates for more parental control in public schools. He opposes the teaching of critical race theory (which is not currently taught in Wyoming public schools).

The other Republican candidates in the superintendent race are Megan Degenfelder, formerly chief policy officer at the education department and currently the government and regulatory affairs manager for Morningstar Partners Oil & Gas, Casper-based substitute teacher and cosmetologist Jennifer Zerba and underground trona miner Robert White.

Trump has risen to a new level of importance in Wyoming after Rep. Liz Cheney became one of his main political adversaries when she voted to impeach him over the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, continually criticized him and served as vice chairwoman of the Jan. 6 committee. He endorsed land attorney Harriet Hageman nearly a year ago to unseat Cheney.

There has so far been no endorsement in the Wyoming governor’s race, in which Gordon is being challenged by retired colonel Brent Bien and veterinarian Rex Rammell.

“We found it to be important to pursue the voters of Wyoming,” said Sam Rubino, Bien’s campaign manager. “It takes a lot to get that endorsement and we’re a late momentum campaign. We’re the most pro trump campaign there is.”

The primary elections end on Aug. 16. After that, the winning Republican candidates will face off in the general elections, where many of them are suspected to coast to victory in one of the reddest states in the nation.

Follow state politics reporter Victoria Eavis on Twitter @Victoria_Eavis

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Killexams : Veritas varsity vacates students, shifts exams over insecurity

THE Management of Veritas University, Abuja, has shut the institution over security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This followed a directive by the FCT Administration for the closure of all schools in the Capital Territory due to a threat of attacks by bandits.

The University has accordingly postponed the conduction of examinations for 100-level students who were yet to sit for their examination before the directive on the closure of schools.

The University in a statement on Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer, Enuwa Obekpa, however, explained that the University had successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

The statement read in part: “The Management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100-level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website to obtain an admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”

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Killexams : Insecurity: Veritas University shuts down academic activities

THE management of Veritas University, Abuja, has shut the institution over security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The development followed a directive by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for the closure of all schools in Abuja due to fears of attacks by bandits.


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The university has accordingly postponed examinations for 100-level students.

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In a statement released on Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer, Enuwa Obekpa, the university explained that it had successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

Parts of the statement read: “The Management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100-level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website to obtain an admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”

Veritas University is a private tertiary institution located in the Bwari Area Council of Abuja.

It was founded in March 2002 by the Catholic Church in Nigeria.

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Killexams : Tension grips Abuja, environs over rising insecurity

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Killexams : Fear spreads, Presidency, senators clash over impeachment threat

Senators on Wednesday threatened to impeach the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the worsening insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and the country at large.

The angry senator, who are in the opposition, gave the President a six-week ultimatum to address the security crisis or face impeachment proceedings.

Opposition senators issued the ultimatum on Wednesday as fears over insecurity in Abuja worsened with the government ordering schools to shut to prevent attacks by terrorists.

The Presidency in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the action of the opposition senators as babyish, advising them to put their time to a better use.

The nation’s capital had been gripped by fear following the attack by suspected terrorists on the elite Presidential Guards Brigade by gunmen along the Bwari-Kubwa road on Sunday in which a captain, lieutenant and six soldiers were killed. Three others were injured in The personnel were on their way to the Bwari campus of the Nigeria Law School which had received a threat when they were ambushed.

Following this development, the security forces Tuesday deployed troops and policemen in strategic locations in the FCT, including helicopters and drones.

Also on Tuesday night, there were reports of sporadic shootings at Dantata Bridge, Airport road and Ministers’ Hill, Maitama, sparking panic among residents.

Similarly, a leaked memo from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps indicating that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists were amassing dangerous weapons for massive attacks on Katsina, Lagos, FCT, Kaduna, and Zamfara States, created further fear in Abuja.

The criminals were reported to have acquired high-calibre weapons, including Anti-aircraft guns, General Purpose Machine Guns, among others.

Tension has, however, increased in the city as messages circulated on social media that the terrorists were planning to attack some estates in Gwarimpa, Lokogoma, Maitama, Apo and other high brow areas.

Security guards and residents of estates in the area expressed concern over the poor security in Abuja, saying the government must sit up.

Private security guards at some estates confided in The PUNCH that they were panic about the ominous signs, saying the residents were scared of possible terrorist attacks.

A resident of a popular private estate at Gwarimpa, Charles Kufre, said he was panic about the insecurity in the FCT.

 He said, ‘’The terrorists have occupied the streets of Abuja and we are still playing politics instead of us to shout out. They have issued a threat and those guys would carry out their threats; we have seen this in the past. If they can attack Kuje Medium Custodial Centre, it is only God that can prevent further attacks.”

A Kuje resident, Joshua Friday, said it was worrisome that the nation’s capital which used to be safe had been infiltrated by criminals.

“The entire security situation in the FCT calls for concern. What it means is that Abuja that we used to think is the safest place in the country has been breached. Take a look at these attacks that have happened of accurate for yourself,’’ he noted.

Residents worried

A panic resident of Lugbe , Balarabe Musa said, “Since Monday, I have hardly slept. You don’t know where the attack is coming from. Life has not been the same. We cannot move around the way we used to. The most painful thing is that our leaders will not admit it.”

Sunday Jackson, a furniture store Manager in the Karu area of Abuja, said that in spite of the security scare, he still closed his store “at the regular time of 8pm”.

An ice cream store owner in the area, who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity, said her safety was in God’s hands, adding that she closed her store at 10pm, and felt safe enough to walk home, regardless of the security situation.

Efforts to get the Media Aide to the FCT Minister, Mohammed Sani proved abortive as calls to his lines were not answered. He has yet to reply to a message sent to him on the  efforts being put in place by the administration to allay the fears of residents.

Also, the FCT police command spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, declined comment on the insecurity in the FCT.

Meanwhile, the FCT Administration has ordered all schools to shut down as apprehension spreads in the FCT.

Earlier, the Federal Ministry of Education ordered the immediate closure of one of its Unity Colleges, the Federal Government College  Kwali, located in Kwali Area Council of the Abuja, on Tuesday.

The decision was taken after a reported terrorist attack on the neighbouring Sheda community close to the college.

However, in a statement signed by  the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Nigeria, Abuja, on Wednesday,  The PUNCH gathered that the directive to shut down schools came from the FCT Education secretariat.

The message read, “Dear school educators, instruction reaching me now from the Ag. Director DQA is that the FCT Education secretariat has directed that schools are to make sure all examinations going on should be ended by Wednesday, July 27,2022 and all students including those in boarding should be allowed to go home for the holiday.

“Those writing external examinations and schools that have planned their end of the year speech and prize-giving day beyond Wednesday, 27th could go ahead as planned but must put adequate security in place to safeguard both students and staff of their schools, you are addressed strictly to the above instructions.”

Confirming the authenticity of the statement, the publicity secretary, NAPPS, AMAC, Peter Edoh said, “Yes. It is very true”.

The PUNCH reports that there have been reports of attacks in the capital city following the release of senior commanders of the Boko Haram during the invasion of the Kuje prison.

In compliance with the directive, some schools were hurriedly closed down on Wednesday as panic gripped  residents over fear of possible attack by terrorists.

Veritas University

A Catholic school, Veritas University, Bwari, announced the end of its 2021/2022 academic session.

A statement released by the Media and Public Relations Officer of the school, Evelyn Obekpa stated that the examination for first year students had been postponed due to the directive by the FCT minister.

It read, “The management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100 level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website – www.veritas.edu.ng to obtain admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”

Reacting to the increasing state of insecurity in FCT, the Financial Secretary of Karimo Market, Wilson Lawrence said, “The insecurity rounding the  market area is so high nobody has put the traders into consideration.

“If the terrorists or bandits attack the markets, it is going to be a very bad incident with many casualties. Flash back to the Nyanya bomb blast experience. We are also calling on the government to provide security to market traders. It is very important.”

Taking a cue from the FCTA, the Nasarawa State Government has also ordered the immediate closure of both public and private schools to safeguard the lives of students in the state.

The closure of schools across the state was part of the resolution arrived at during an expanded state executive council meeting at the Government House, Lafia on Wednesday.

Briefing journalists shortly after the council meeting, the state Commissioner for Education, Fatu Sabo, said “The decision became necessary considering the proximity of the state to the FCT as well as the resolve of the government to ensure that schools in Nasarawa state operate within a safe environment.’’

She, however, clarified that the directives excluded the exit classes that are already writing their final examinations, especially in secondary schools.

Meanwhile, the impeachment moves against Buhari began when the Senate Minority Leader and the senator representing the FCT,  Philip Aduda, Peoples Democratic Party, FCT, raised a point of order for the Senate to deliberate on issues raised at the closed-door session which lasted for two hours.

The Senate President, after the session, announced that issues relating to smooth running of the Senate and unity in Nigeria were deliberated upon but instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items listed on the order paper.

Miffed by the development, Aduda raised a point of order, calling for deliberation on issues discussed at the closed-door session.

He said, “ Mr President, I raised this point of order to bring to the front burner, issues deliberated upon at the closed-door session.

“Resolution made by all Senators at the closed door session which lasted for two hours was to further deliberate on it in plenary and arrive at a resolution to supply President Muhammadu Buhari ultimatum on an urgent basis to stop the worsening security situation or face impeachment.”

The Senate President quickly interrupted him by saying that his point of order fell flat on its face since he didn’t discuss it with him.

Lawan in his ruling said, “Minority leader, when you’re going to come under a point of order, first, you’re supposed to cite the order.

“Secondly, you’re supposed to discuss with me what you’re going to raise on the floor. You didn’t. Thirdly, we have already passed that stage. So, at this moment, I really don’t know what the point of order is, as such it falls flat on its face.”

He, thereafter, instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items on the order paper.

In response to the development,  all the Senators across the opposition parties led by Aduda stormed out of the chamber chanting, “All we are saying,  Buhari must go, Nigeria must survive, Ahmad Lawan should follow .”

APC senator

The protesting Senators, including Adamu Bulkachuwa (APC Bauchi North), later gathered at the Senate Press Centre to disclose what transpired during the closed-door session.

Speaking on behalf of the Senators, the minority leader said their anger was fueled by the refusal of the Senate President to follow the resolutions taken by senators across party lines at the closed-door session.

He said, “We are here to tell Nigerians that as Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are disappointed with the way the worsening security situation across the country is being handled.

“We held closed-door session for two hours, where it was resolved that the issue will be deliberated upon in plenary with an agreed resolution to supply President Muhamnadu Buhari  a -six week ultimatum to address the insecurity issue of the country or face impeachment by both Chambers of the National Assembly.”

He added, “We agreed that the primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and property of citizens.

“For us the minority caucus in the Senate, we also took into cognizance the fact that the Senate had at various times convened various security meetings, various security issues were discussed and we did recommend to government various steps and measures aimed at curbing these issues of insecurity. We realised that even Abuja that we are in is no safer and all of you will agree with us.

“So, at the close session we agreed that we will supply the President an ultimatum that if it does not comply with the resolutions, we will move immediately to supply an impeachment notice. This we agreed at the exclusive session.”

The minority leader added that they had expected the Senate President to brief the public on the issues that have happened but this, however, did not happen.

Aduda then said, “So we have come here in protest to brief you (press) and to let you know that we are with Nigerians in this struggle and that we are panic that nowhere is safe in Nigeria and as such we have walked out of the chambers in protest that the security situation in “Nigeria is deteriorating and urgent steps need to be completely taken to ensure that these issues are curbed immediately. These are the issues that were discussed and these are the reasons why we left the senate plenary in protest.”

On how soon the opposition lawmakers would formalise their impeachment threats against the President, Aduda said, “We have given six weeks’ notice within which the security issues should be resolved and all our resolutions should also be implemented.

“We have passed so many resolutions on what should be done about insecurity and we have given all the support to that effect.”

Aside the PDP Senators who participated in the walkout, other Senators like Enyinnaya Abaribe (APGA Abia South), Ibrahim Shekarau (NNPP Kano Central), Francis Onyewuchi (Imo East ) etc, also joined.

Former Senate Majority Leader, who recently defected to the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi also said what, happened was that the senate was unable to agree on the motion to impeach the president.

He said, “The Majority leader said that they wouldn’t support impeachment while the minority insisted that we should impeach him, so we were all on the issue before the plenary.

“That was why the senators then walked out on the Senate President. I am in support of the motion and we all both majority and minority are unhappy with the President on this security issues.”

Abdullahi said the president as the Commander In-Chief was expected to do the needful.

He stated,  “The Senate is giving him six weeks to visit those resolutions and implement them, else we would look into the constitution and address the issue from what the constitution states.”

Also commenting on the issue, the lawmaker representing Kogi-West, Senator Smart Adeyemi said that the motion was not only moved by the opposition party but it is a uniform agreement of the Senate.

When contacted, Senate Spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said he was not part of the closed session.

Basiru, however, said he was concerned about the insecurity situation in the country.

He said, “There should be an executive-legislative strategy to tackle the situation. It is becoming worrisome and we cannot continue like this.”

Also, the Senate President had told the security agencies to be alert and do more to stop the rising insecurity.

He said, “I am particularly concerned like all of us here, through our various interactions, including a very important closed session we had today.

“We (Federal Government) have to be alert and alive to our responsibility, particularly to secure and protect the lives of our citizen.

But reacting to threats by the lawmakers, the Federal Government said it is “working 24 hours” to bring the situation under control.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who addressed House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Buhari, commended the lawmakers for their patriotism but added that work is ongoing to restore order.

The minister said, “As to the resolution passed by the Senate, it was passed when we were deliberating (at the FEC meeting). We thank them for their patriotism and their concern. But we are working around the clock 24 hours to ensure that the situation is brought under control.

“I want to assure you that the President is aware of all these and as a matter of fact, I think tomorrow there’s going to be another Security Council meeting. So, it’s not a matter the President is taking lightly and like I’ll always say some of the measures we’re going to take are not measures that you can discuss openly here, but we’re as concerned as you are, we’re not going to abandon our responsibility.”

Lai dismissed as laughable the threats by some terrorists in a viral video to abduct the President.

The terrorists who flogged the 43 passengers of the Kaduna-Abuja train had threatened to abduct Buhari and the Kaduna Stated Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Presidency berate Senators

The Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity,  Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday night described their the opposition actions as “performative and babyish antics”.

He also commended  Lawan for turning down the motion, saying it was quite appropriate and correct.

The statement added, “In contrast, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to the emerging security threats, including those left behind by the PDP in the South-South, the Northeast and throughout the federation. In the last 24 hours, two more Chibok girls were freed, in addition to the three brought home last week.”

Amid the growing insecurity in the country, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, has warned Nigerians against scaring investors away from the country over their alarms.

According to him, the Federal Capital territory is still safe.

Wase issued the warning in a drama that played out at the close of plenary on Wednesday.

The Deputy Speaker, who presided over the day’s session, in his closing remark, said in part, “I believe most of us will be retiring to the constituencies but for the PDP (members) who have yet to get themselves organised, you are free to stay around.”

After the Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, moved a motion for adjournment till September 20 for the two-month annual recess of the National Assembly, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, while seconding the motion, replied Wase.

Elumelu said while the ruling All Progressives Congress had accepted its fate on losing the accurate governorship election in  Osun State to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, the minority party would win the 2023 general elections.

“However, I want to beg members, Abuja is no longer safe; please, if possible, go back to your constituencies. The place is insecure and I am very sure about this,” the Minority Leader added.

The Majority Leader interjected Elumelu, saying he was “derailing,” Wase stated that security is everybody’s business and “we should not play politics with security.”

The Deputy Speaker added, “Colleagues, I want to beg of us that we all need to come together, work together and think in a manner that we can work together to sort out our issues. I believe the Minority Leader, maybe he was putting some jokes, but I do not believe that it was a joke on the security in the lives and property “of the people.”

“By the grace of God Abuja is going to be secured. I do not think we should scare investors who are coming into the country. I do not believe that we should scare people who could come to add value to us. The parliament may be the one to raise this issue, maybe one or two issues, but it has not gotten to that level to say Abuja is not safe.’’

Commenting on the security situation, retired commodore Abimbola Ayuba, observed that the nation was bound to find itself in an embarrassing situation because the government allowed the criminals to have free rein.

He stated, ‘’What we are experiencing now is the fallout of the prison attack in Kuje and some of the escaped inmates have decided to join ranks with their brothers to take vengeance

Bandits were reported to have attacked Damari town of Kazaga Ward, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and killed three while no fewer than 13 villagers were abducted.

This was contained in a statement by the chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union, Ishaq Kasai, released to newsmen in Kaduna, late Wednesday evening.

It was learnt that the hoodlums  in large numbers and on motorcycles raided the village between Monday and Tuesday unchallenged.

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Killexams : The January 6 hearings brought politics into the TikTok age

Democrats are having a rough summer. Inflation, disease, a president people don’t want to see on the ballot again.

So you can see why they’ve gotten excited about a TV show that offers a glimmer of political hope: The January 6 hearings, which have held Donald Trump to account for the 2021 Capitol riot, and at the same time made a tacit argument that Democrats can succeed at something — in this case, breaking through America’s we’re-over-it mindset.

The eight hearings, which ran through last week before pausing until September, have been a real break from the congressional hearings you’ve seen — or likely ignored — in the past. Instead of ponderous pontificating by lawmakers, interspersed with hard-to-parse testimony, they have been expertly made — produced by a TV pro — to appeal to audiences on TV and on the internet.

They have been well-watched. Eighteen million people saw last week’s season finale, putting the primetime event on an even footing with the NFL, TV’s most popular programming. (That also puts them in line with Very Big Hearings like former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in 2017 and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s appearance in 2018, though I’d argue that those had more built-in drama because they were about real-time events, not a retrospective.)

And they seem to have been persuasive, both with voters and with elite opinion-makers, like Rupert Murdoch. Following last week’s episode, which focused on Trump’s refusal to call off the rioters who had breached the Capitol, both the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal and the Murdoch-owned New York Post castigated Trump in their opinion pages, which have tended to back Trump since 2016. (Note: Murdoch’s Fox News, his most potent outlet, remains full MAGA).

All of which makes it understandable to imagine we will see stylistic spin-offs of the hearings for years to come. “Those of us on the Dem digital comms side are like, ‘Okay, this fucking works. Can we just do this?’” says Jason Goldman, a former Twitter executive who worked in the Obama administration.

The answer, most likely, is no. Unlike a traditional congressional hearing, the January 6 programming is not a bipartisan production. It’s run by Democrats and Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, two anti-Trump Republicans, because the rest of the Republican Party boycotted the committee.

They won’t do that again, which means we’re not going to see another hearing with a single consistent message and point of view. This is a one-time-only deal.

But the January 6 hearings are still likely to echo for years in political media and messaging strategies because they’ve highlighted at least two important ideas and tactics.

Form matters: One of the big innovations of the hearings has been the use of prerecorded interviews and other video clips. They’re compelling in the moment if you watch them live on TV. But just as important is that they’re explicitly meme-ready, designed to spread beyond broadcast and straight into news reports and social media, where a much larger audience will eventually see them. See, for instance, Bill Barr, Trump’s longtime attorney general, describing Trump’s voter fraud claims as “bullshit”:

Or last week’s clip of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), running away from the J6 mob shortly after giving them his well-documented solidarity fist pump. Here’s a version showing the audience in the committee hearing room laughing at his sprint:

Which makes it tempting to suggest that if you’re trying to get a message out using social media to the American public, you don’t need to spend hours on live TV production. Why not just dump it straight onto Twitter and TikTok and cut out the middleman?

But that’s not right: The clips get their initial power because they’re on TV, and they’re on TV because they’re part of a Congressional Hearing, not a file folder of gifs. So the media treats them — initially, at least — as news, not agitprop.

“You need an event,” says Dan Pfeiffer, a former communications director for Obama and now a host on Pod Save America. “It’s the difference between the movie that just shows up on Netflix and the opening of the new Spider-man movie everyone knows about.”

Again, we’re unlikely to see a single political party given the opportunity to run a hearing, so you won’t see more of this launched from the Cannon House Office Building. But it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to create events that look a lot like congressional hearings, held in rooms with paneled walls, gavels, and microphones. (Just avoid landscaping businesses in northeast Philadelphia.)

The messenger matters: Some of the information the hearings have surfaced is genuinely new and important. But a lot of it has been out there for a while, often in news reports you didn’t see the first time. That Bill Barr “bullshit” line? You could have read that in the Atlantic a year ago.

But the January 6 committee has gone out of its way to make sure you could see and hear people saying this stuff, live or on tape. And not just any people: Republican Trump fans.

Almost everyone featured in the hearings, in live and taped testimony, is a former Trump supporter — from Barr to Cassidy Hutchinson, an assistant to Trump’s chief of staff; to Stephen Ayres, a rioter who pleaded guilty to disruptive conduct; to Matthew Pottinger, Trump’s deputy national security adviser who resigned after the riot.

That’s not a coincidence. It reflects a belief that political persuasion is most effective when you use “trusted voices” — people with your background and point of view. The January 6 committee won’t persuade Trump’s most hardcore fans, but it aims to supply less ardent ones a “permission structure” to break away and believe what they’re seeing and hearing.

“There are millions of Americans who might not be activists in the Trump base — they’re not true believers of the Big Lie,” says Tara McGowan, a former Democratic operative who helped organize digital campaigns during the 2020 election. “But they don’t trust Democrats. They’re going to pay more attention when it’s another Republican presenting this information.”

You could see an earlier version of this technique two years ago, when Democrats produced ads featuring former Trump voters who were breaking with their candidate.

You don’t need to persuade everyone with this stuff. Just moving people around the edges — like the admittedly progressive Navigator polling group says the hearings are doing with some Republicans and independents — can be meaningful.

And here’s where we can pause for a second and note that traditional congressional hearings aren’t going away, for better and for worse. And you can still use old-fashioned ones — the ones almost no one watches on TV — effectively in today’s media vectors.

In my timeline, for instance, a clip of Josh Hawley (yup, him again) tangling with UC Berkeley law professor Khiara Bridges over abortion access and gender in a Senate judiciary committee hearing was portrayed as a victory for Bridges, who told Hawley he was being transphobic. But this was obviously a fight Hawley wanted to have and was delighted to use as a launching pad:

Which is also a reminder for folks who are cheering the January 6 committee’s form and function: The stuff that works there will also work in settings that don’t make you comfortable. And you don’t have to imagine politicians using edited video interviews, computer visualizations, and other techniques we’ve seen in these hearings applied to bad faith messaging: That’s the whole point of outfits like Project Veritas, which specializes in misleading “investigative” reporting.

But now that the hearings have road-tested this stuff for a big, national audience, we’re only going to get more of it, like it or not.

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 18:30:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.vox.com/recode/23279601/january-6-hearings-capitol-riot-trump-media-tv-twitter-peter-kafka
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