The Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, says he has no plan to rename the Imo State University (IMSU) after late Abba Kyari, late Chief of Staff to President Buhari.
Reports, especially on social media, on Monday suggested that the governor was planning to rename the school after the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari who died early on Saturday after contracting the coronavirus.
The governor described the report as fake, saying that it was circulated by people in opposition parties in Imo to create mischief, disaffection and distract his administration.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Oguike Nwachukwu, in a statement on Monday said it was sad that some politicians could descend into gutter politics by dragging Kyari’s name into disrepute.
He also faulted another report last week claiming that Uzodimma planned to immortalise Kyari for making him governor.
Uzodimma said both reports were the handiwork of disgruntled politicians in the state out to discredit his administration.
He said the reports were totally false as neither him nor his media aide had anything to do with them.
Meanwhile, following the confirmation of one Covid-19 index case in Borno, the state is to observe a two-week total lockdown as from Wednesday.
The Babagana Zulum in a broadcast on Monday night said the restriction would not apply to the providers of essential services.
“In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an Executive Order, declaring COVID-19 a dangerous disease.
“For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days, with effect from 10.30 p.m on Wednesday, April 22.
“All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes.
“This means all public gatherings are restricted, while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period.
“Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement.
“Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case,” Zulum said.
The governor promised to set up a panel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the outbreak and handling of the index case in state.