MEETING WITH NORTH KOREAN LEADER BACK ON- DONALD TRUMP
** US President, Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on a week after it was scrapped.
Trump made the announcement after talks with a senior North Korean envoy at the White House. He also said that North Korea “wanted to do denuclearisation”,
The envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. Trump said it was “a very interesting letter and at some point it may be appropriate” to share it.
Spain’s Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, a day after ousting Mariano Rajoy in a historic no-confidence vote sparked by fury over corruption woes afflicting the conservative leader’s party. Sanchez, a 46-year-old economist with no government experience who has made a spectacular comeback to the frontline of politics, took the oath of office before King Felipe VI in the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid.
*. The residential building where Malian Mamoudou ‘spiderman’ Gassama, scaled to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in the French capital, Paris, has become a tourist site. A local resident identified as Chantal told AFP: “since Saturday, it hasn’t stopped, every day people have been coming to look at it themselves.” AFP reports that its team saw crowds gathering at the site, taking photos of themselves, and expressing won.The 22-year-old migrant’s life has changed dramatically since the video of his rescue was shared online. With his admirable skills,
*. The national chairman of the governing APC John Odigie-Oyegun, has stepped down from the race for re-election. Mr Oyegun made the announcement Friday evening at a press conference at his Abuja residence. The decision has now paved the way for immediate past governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, to emerge as the next APC national chairman. The party’s national convention where the election will hold is billed for June 23 in Abuja.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Nearly three months after Italians went to the polls, a new Prime Minister was sworn in on Friday afternoon. Giuseppe Conte, a law professor who has never before held political office was sworn in as Italy’s new Prime Minister on Friday afternoon, ending almost three months of political uncertainty and bringing to power a new populist government. On Thursday evening Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella had approved the government put forward by the right-wing League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which emerged as the two largest parties after an inconclusive election in March.
2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The United Nations says more than 12 African migrants were shot dead by human traffickers while attempting to escape a camp in Libya, where some were subjected to “torture” and “abuse and exploitation”. “Human traffickers in Libya reportedly killed more than a dozen people and wounded many others after a group of some 200 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, being held captive, attempted to escape,” the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a statement. “We are appalled by a deadly incident in Libya in which traffickers killed 12 people after a group of some 200 captive Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis attempted to escape”
President Buhari has expressed fears that APC may not be able to match the financial resources of the opposition in the 2019 elections. He was speaking on Friday when he received members of the Buhari Media Organisation who paid him a courtesy visit at the presidential villa. The president also said he sympathised with those trying to defend him and his administration because it is a “herculean task in the midst of opposition”. The organisation was the media wing of the APC campaign team in 2015, then named Buhari Media Support Organisation.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, says it is important that the age qualification for senator and president are the same. Responding to the demand of the Not Too Young To Run movement, Ekweremadu said a senator could be a president by chance. He cited section 146 of the constitution to explain why the age qualification for the senate and governor were left untouched. Furthermore, Ekweremadu said the age qualification for the office of governor was not reduced from 35 to 30 to enable the would-be governors acquire the requisite experience to govern a state.
5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
At least 34 ‘unapproved’ projects, costing N11, 507, 937, 773, has so far been funded by the Ministry of Finance this fiscal year, in breach of a presidential order that they should not be executed. The projects, spreading across ministries, are part of appropriated items the presidency requested the National Assembly to remove from the 2017 budget.
Documents reviewed show that the funding of these projects by the finance ministry is a direct flouting of an order by President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
6. THIRD TERM AGENDA:
The former President of Nigeria senate, Adolphonus Wabara has revealed the role he played to botch the third term bid of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Wabara said he was offered two hundred and fifty million naira bribe to support Obasanjo’s third term bid, which he rejected. He admitted that he had a cordial relationship with the former President, but did not do his (Obasanjo) bidding as being speculated then. Wabara made this known on Friday, in his Ohambele residence in Ukwa east local government area of Abia state.
The candidate of APC for the Ekiti State governorship election, Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, narrowly escaped being killed by an unknown gunman, his party has said. A spokesperson for the APC in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said that on getting to the party secretariat, a gunman raised his weapon, aimed at Mr Fayemi, and pulled the trigger, but missed him. A former member of the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant, Opeyemi Bamidele and another leader of the party were not so lucky, as they were hit by bullets.
PDP has distanced themselves from claims made by Orji Uzor Kalu, that while he was still a member of the party, politicians and electorates were killed during the party congress. PDP has now issued a statement denying the claim, stating its members have never asked or contracted anybody to kill on its behalf “The PDP remains a law-abiding political party… We therefore urge Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu to come out clear on his claims and define those he referred to as “we” and the circumstances of the killings he spoke about, so as to put speculations on the matter to an end” the report read
9. NIGERIAN MILITARY:
The defence headquarters says it does not condone rape and neither does it have rapists among its officers. John Agim, acting director of defence information, said this on Friday while addressing a news conference in Borno over allegations of sexual offences levelled against the military by Amnesty International (AI), AI’s report had revealed alleged atrocious acts of soldiers and civilian joint task force in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the north-east. Agim said the group used ineffective methodologies to address the matter.
10. NIGERIAN POLICE:
APC in Ekiti says the state government is responsible for the shooting of Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the house of representatives. The party said one of the assailants dressed in mobile police uniform was apprehended and he is now helping the police in their investigation. Meanwhile, Adeyemi Albert Asemola, the Ekiti police spokesman said that a politician masterminded the shooting. Asemola said the politician, who “has also been arrested,” conspired with the policeman to carry out the act.