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MEDICAL TRIP: BUHARI RETURNS TO ABUJA AFTER THREE DAYS IN LONDON

** President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Abuja, a day before he was scheduled to return from his medical trip to the United Kingdom.

He was expected back on Saturday but the plane which brought him back into the country touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 6:47pm on Friday.

On hand to receive him were Abba Kyari, his chief of staff; Mohammed Bello, minister of the federal capital territory, and other top government functionaries.

In a statement he released on Monday, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said on his return, the president would embark on a two-day visit to Jigawa state.

TRENDING

*. History has it that “Money can’t buy life” were the last words late music legend, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley uttered to his son, Ziggy as the 36 year-old Jamaican passed away on May 11, 1981 at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, USA surrounded by members of his family including his weeping mother, Cedelar Booker after his long battle with cancer and brain tumor. yesterday marked 37 years after his death and it’s safe to say that his legend, music and impactful message still lives on!

*. There are fears and controversies over the rescheduled governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State holding on Saturday (today). The security agencies have uncovered a plot to disrupt the primary once again as done last Saturday when thugs smashed ballot boxes to the ground. There were insinuations that some aspirants had resolved to ensure the primary failed to hold at all cost. The plot was hatched to frustrate the perceived domineering influence of an aspirant on the conduct of the primary.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
The United States has been forced to apologise to Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, after security checks at Detroit Metro Airport  was not enough and he was asked to remove his turban. Bains described the episode, which took place in April 2017, in an interview published on Thursday in the online newspaper La Presse saying “I went through all the security checks without revealing my identity as a minister. I did it knowingly, as is my habit, to understand better what ordinary people are going through when they sometimes have trouble getting along with people in a position of authority.”

 2. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senator representing Delta Central District in the National Assembly, Movie Omo-Agege, has vowed to resume plenary next week despite the red chamber’s appeal to a High Court’s nullification of his suspension. Omo-Agege, who stated this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, said his planned resumption was not based on court nullifying his suspension, because he never believed that a legislature could suspend a member. He said: “Absolutely. I have already told you that I reserve the right to come to sitting anytime.

3. JUDICIARY:
The crisis rocking the River state chapter of APC took a new turn on Friday as lawyers, judges and litigants were chased out of a high court in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The group headed by Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south east, had gone to the court to seek an injunction restraining the faction under Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, from holding local government congress of the party on Saturday. Abe had alleged that there was no congress across the 319 wards in the state but Amaechi said the exercise held peacefully.

4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Issac Adewole, minister of health, says Yusuf, President Muhammadu Buhari’s only son, did not go to Germany for treatment but rehabilitation. In December, Yusuf sustained injuries after he was involved in bike accident around Gwarimpa in Abuja.
He was admitted at an Abuja hospital before he was later taken abroad. Speaking on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme on Friday, the minister said Buhari directed that his son should be treated in Nigeria even when people were clamouring that he should be flown abroad.

5. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Senator Shehu Sani has asked that Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, be made to go through psychiatric examination to ascertain his mental state. Sani who is at loggerheads with El-Rifai, made the request in a letter he sent to the Chief Medical Director,Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna. Shehu Sani called for the mental evaluation after governor El-Rufai asked members of the state to visit violence on the three senators representing them in the senate. Recall that last Friday while addressing a meeting of APC stakeholders in Kaduna, the governor asked the people of the state to “shave the heads and beards of Messrs. Sani, Suleiiman Hunkuyi and Danjuma Laah when they come to Kaduna.

6. RELIGION:
Pastor T.B. Joshua has rebuked churchgoers who rely on their “dirty money” to pave way for them to receive God’s blessings. The cleric, in a sermon, decried the level of ‘pride’ shown by church members nowadays. “We are too proud – that is why we believe so much in money,” he told congregants at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN). “‘Money answereth everything’ – that is the voice of pride”, he continued in the sermon titled ‘Read The Bible With Forgiveness’. “When you speak, one can hear the voice of money. When you walk, one can see the traces of money… But money is dirty; the journey of money is too far”.

7 POLITICS:
As the 2019 general election draws near, Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari says only someone from the moon can beat presidnet Buhari in the election. He said this in an interview with Leadership. He says all the possible presidential aspirants in the opposition party, PDP, are known characters that would need a miracle to win the 2019 election. ”Well, unless someone is going to come out from the ground, of all the people we are seeing lining up in the PDP, they are characters known to Mr President and all of us. We know their weight, capability and the resourcesfulness of all of them. 

8. INEC:
The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) says Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for citizens who registered in the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) between April and December 2017 will be ready for collection on May 21. The commission disclosed this in a statement by its Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi in Abuja on Friday. Osaze-Uzzi said the decision was reached on May 10 when the commission met in Abuja. This, according to Osaze-Uzzi, includes registered citizens who applied for transfers and replacement of their lost PVCs within the said period.

9, FAMILY:
Nigerians have been reacting to the tweet encouraging men to pay their stay-at-home-wives on a monthly basis, for their domestic chores. The tweet was from a Twitter user, Ozzy Etomi, who, on Wednesday, revealed her predicament at having to work from home while looking after her 10 month-old baby. She went on to add that stay-at-home mothers don’t get enough credit for the work that they do. She urged men to pay their wives. To buttress her point, Etomi tweeted more reasons men should pay women who man the home front.

10. ENTERTAINMENT:
Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo is set to wed this Saturday in Accra, Ghana. The good news was shared by Ghanaian media personality Kofi on his Facebook page.  Actress, Yvonne Okoro also wished them a happy married life while reacting to Mr Kofi’s Facebook post about Male celebrities getting married to unknown women. She wrote;  Kofi, @nineteen57bykod you could have congratulated the couple without needlessly denigrating other women. Who a man chooses to be with is a matter of personal preference and vice versa for women too..

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