UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS TO START TEACHING A NEW COURSE CALLED ‘TRUMPAGANDA’

** American students can now get a certificate in ‘Trumpaganda, as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign begins a course on the subject.

According to a report by TheHill.com, students will examine Trump’s “war on facts, press and democracy,” during the eight-week course. The class will be offered through the university’s journalism program.

“As a candidate, Trump employed the most common propaganda device, name-calling, to define, degrade, discredit and destroy his primary opponents as well as the “fake” news media,” the course description reads.

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“. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retired) has said that twitter handles bearing his names and photographs were fake. Babangida, in a statement signed by his media aide, Zubairu Abdulrauf, said that he had no social media account, and advised members of the public to ignore claims to that effect. The statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Minna, said that the social media accounts were targeted at misleading unsuspecting members of the
Public

*. The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has met with the 2019 presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar. The meeting, which held at the party’s presidential campaign office, otherwise known as Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja, on Sunday night, was the first interface the party would have with Atiku since he won the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday morning.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Nikki Haley resigned Tuesday as the US ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest departure from President Donald Trump’s national security team. Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump said that Haley had done a “fantastic job” and would leave at the end of the year. “She told me probably six months ago,” Trump told reporters, ‘”I want to take a little time off.’” Haley stayed coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was “important to understand when it’s time to stand aside.”

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was going to name a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations within two or three weeks following Nikki Haley’s resignation. “We’ll name a successor… within the next two or three weeks, maybe sooner,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office while announcing Haley’s resignation with her presence. “We have a number of people that would very much like to do it,” Trump added. Haley will remain in the post until the end of the year

3. PRESIDENCY:
Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has congratulated two female politicians who emerged as the senatorial candidates of APC in Adamawa State. Mrs. Buhari, in a statement by her spokesperson, Suleiman Haruna, said the emergence of the two politicians would encourage other women to venture into politics..She said the successes of the two female flag-bearers, Binta Masi Garba who is the senator representing Adamawa North and Aisha Dahiru, Adamawa Central Senatorial zones would encourage other women to join politics.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki has responded to the taunt by APC over his (Saraki’s) performance at the just concluded Presidential Primary of PDP. The APC spokesman, Yekini Nabena, had in a statement issued on Tuesday, mocked Saraki’s performace saying that his “Presidential bid had crashed”. However in a statement Issues by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the President of the Senate, Saraki said that the APC is always disturbed by the sound of his name.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Although the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its members in the senate to oust Senate President Bukola Saraki, TheCable understands that the senators are more interested in restoring peace to the upper legislative chamber than doing this. Saraki has been under pressure to step down since he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the APC. Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had asked senators of the ruling party to remove the senate president.

6. RELIGION:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to visit the country, South Korea’s presidential office has announced. The invitation to visit the capital city, Pyongyang, will be delivered by South Korean president Moon Jae-in who will be in the Vatican next week as part of a trip to Europe. This is not the first time a pope has been invited to North Korea. North Korea and the Vatican have no formal diplomatic relations. The invitation is the latest reconciliatory gesture from North Korea.

7. POLITICS:
There are strong indications that the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, will soon publicly endorse the presidential aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. To this end, Afenifere leaders yesterday met behind closed doors with a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and mapped out strategies ahead of the next year’s elections. The meeting took place at the ex-president’s residence within the expansive Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

8. ECONOMY:
Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has taken another bold step towards service efficiency and enhanced customer experience with the deployment of robots to drive various dimensions of its operations. Deployed about three months ago, the Stanbic IBTC BlueBots, as the robots are called, manage middle and back office activities. At the operational center at Ilupeju, Lagos, the robots facilitate Account Origination and Servicing for Anti-Money Laundering transactions and Processing and Clearing for inward cheque confirmation.

9. EFCC:
The political atmosphere in the country promises to be hot and interesting in the coming weeks as reports have emerged that EFCC has set up a special team to interrogate the outgoing Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose. According to Punch Newspapers, the EFCC are lying in wait for 11:59pm on October 15 when Fayose’s immunity as Governor would elapse and the anti-graft commission will have legal and constitutional access to him as a private citizen. It is said the Commission plans to arrest, interrogate and prosecute Fayose

10. ENTERTAINMENT:
Beyonce and Jay-Z are not happy with their friends Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The power couple no longer want anything to do with the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and her Paranoid rapper husband, according to a Tuesday report from RadarOnline.com. The reason has to do with West’s public support of President Donald Trump and Kardashian’s visit to the Oval Office earlier this year. Beyonce, 37, and Jay, 48, are ‘sick’ of all the positive things West has said about Trump. They think Kanye’s political views are ‘bulls***..’

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