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I WILL SIGN THE “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” BILL INTO LAW- BUHARI

President Buhari says he will sign the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ into law in a few days. The president said this in his Democracy Day speech on Tuesday.

“In a few days I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ Bill,” he said.

Speaking on the farmers-herders clashes in some parts of the country, Buhari vowed to bring killers and their sponsors to justice.

On corruption, he said initiatives such as the treasury single account (TSA), whistleblowing policy and voluntary asset and income declaration scheme (VAIDS) are some of the ways his administration is fighting corruption.

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*. Communities which own the land on which Ajaokuta Steel Company is built say the firm cannot take off unless their “angry” ancestors are appeased. The community leaders of Geregu and Ajaokuta, the host communities in Kogi state, said this during an interview with NAN. Idris Aliyu, chairman, Geregu Community Association, attributed the non-completion of the steel plant to “mystical forces arising from the neglect of the communities”. Aliyu said the ancestors were not happy over the alleged neglect of the communities by the federal government and the operators of the plant.

*. A group of Nigerians on Monday described as ‘ineffective’ the conduct of the country’s service chiefs in quelling increased mass violence. They called for their immediate removal. The group cuts across Nigerians of various divides and interests and they all rallied at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to observe a National Mourning Day for lives lost to violence in the wake of increased mass killings in the country. The event was organized by the Joint Nigeria Crisis Action Committee (JN-CAC).

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Emmanuel Macron, French President, has made a citizenship offer to Mamoudou Gassama, an undocumented immigrant from Mali. Gassama saved a four-year-old child dangling from a fourth-floor balcony of a Paris apartment. The rescue took place on Saturday in northern Paris. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find that the child had already been rescued. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media and many have likened him to spiderman, a fictional superhero.
Macron on Monday praised the Malian for his “exceptional act,”

2. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Attahiru Jega, former chairman of INEC says members of the national assembly are notorious for demanding bribes. Jega said this on Monday in Abuja while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Peace building and good governance for sustainable development in Nigeria’ as part of activities organised to mark the 2018 Democracy Day. He said lawmakers often take bribes under the pretext of committee work and oversight functions. The former INEC boss said the scope of the anti-corruption fight should be extended to cover bribe-taking and giving especially in government agencies.

3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The National Assembly yesterday responded to the allegation of corruption levelled against it by the former chairman of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.  Jega, while delivering a Democracy Day lecture in Abuja yesterday, had alleged that members of the National Assembly are notorious for seeking bribes to carry out their constitutional duties. Speaking to National Assembly correspondents yesterday, the Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said the ex-INEC chairman can go ahead and make whatever claim he wants.

4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
NAPTIP has said that some human trafficking syndicate are planning to use the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to traffic Nigerian youths out of the country. The DG of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed the development today during a press conference held in Abuja “It has come to the knowledge of the Agency that some dishonest persons and network of human traffickers have concluded plans to use the forthcoming World Cup tournament tagged “Russia 2018” to recruit and traffic of Nigerian youths out of the country”, she said

5.. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Concerned by the rising cases of kidnapping and violent crimes, the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has vowed to sign his ‘first death warrant’ once the kidnappers of a recently abducted but freed victim were convicted. A business mogul in the state, Monday Okeh, who was kidnapped two weeks ago escaped an assassination attempt by his abductors. Mr Okeh was kidnapped in front of Monablis Hotel, Mile 50 Abakaliki in the state capital and taken to a river where he was reportedly shot and thrown into the river. He, however, survived the incident.

6. GOVERNANCE:
Former Minister of Education, and now leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Oby Ezekwesili, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “murdering” the naira. She also accused the president of delayed decision making particulary in matters regarding the nation’s economy. She made this statement while speaking on a programme on Channels Television on Monday. Ms Ezekwesili, who is also leads the Red Card Movement, was analysing the economic achievements of the Buhari-led administration over the last three years.

7. DEMOCRACY DAY:
President Buhari has faulted the absence of Godsday Orubebe at the 2018 Democracy Day lecture. Speaking at the lecture which held in Abuja on Monday, Buhari said the ex-minister should have been invited to listen to Attahiru Jega who was the lecturer. During the announcement of the 2015 presidential election result, Orubebe had attempted to disrupt the process. He had confronted Jega, who was presiding over the announcement, saying: “Jega you have been compromised, we are no longer confident in you.”

8. POLITICS:
Former Vice President and presidential hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has appointed the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the Director General of his 2019 presidential campaign. The unveiling of Gbenga Daniel as DG is contained in a press release by the media office of the former Vice President on Monday. Daniel was a two-term governor of Ogun State.
According to the release, other appointments into Atiku 2019 Presidential Campaign will be announced when the leadership of the campaign resumes work.

9. POLITICS:
Members of the nPDP bloc in APC have said they will meet with President Buhari before deciding whether to leave or stay in the party. The group met with the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, behind closed doors on Monday inside his Akinola Aguda residence, at the presidential villa, Abuja. The nPDP had requested a meeting with President Buhari after cataloguing the group’s grievances against the APC administration. In a brief remarks with State House correspondents after the meeting, one of the leaders of the group, Kawu Baraje, said the meeting with Mr Osinbajo went well, but they expect to meet with Mr Buhari as well.

10. SPORTS:
Bassem Wahba, an Egyptian lawyer, has filed a €1 billion lawsuit against Sergio Ramos, claiming he “intentionally injured” Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final. Salah left the field in tears on Saturday when Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win a third straight Champions League title. Although there were fears that the 25-year-old may miss the World Cup, he assured fans on Sunday that he will be fit in time for the competition. Appearing on Egyptian TV station, Sada El-Balad, Wahba said he had filed a complaint to FIFA.

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