YOU ARE IGNORANT– OBASANJO FIRES BACK AT BUHARI
**Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has responded to the suggestion by President Muhammadu Buhari that the administration he (Obasanjo) led between 1999 and 2007 wasted $16billion on power projects without anything to show for it.
Mr. Buhari had while receiving a delegation of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) at the Presidential Villa Tuesday criticised previous Nigerian administrations for “lack of imagination.”
The former President, who backed Mr. Buhari’s election in 2015, but who has since turned one of the fiercest critics of the administration, has now shot back through a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi. In the statement, Mr. Obasanjo described Mr. Buhari’s claim as ignorant, and unsubstantiated.
*. Yemi Osinbajo yesterday assured Benue people that the killers of two Catholic priests – Rev Fr. Felix Tyolaha and Rev. Fr Joseph Gor – and 17 parishioners will be brought to book. The priests and parishioners were gunned down on April 24 during a dawn mass at Saint Ignatius Parish, Mbalom community of Gwer East Local Government Council of Benue State. Osinbajo spoke at Ayati, a small hilltop village on the outskirts of Ikpayongo, in Gwer East Local Government Council, during the funeral service for the victims of the church attack.
*. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that he will not APC for gold-diggers and that no Landlord leaves his house for unfaithful tenants.
Okorocha also said the story of his joining APGA is the creation of the 10-man coalition saying ‘the same people who called him names have begun to market falsehood against him including the fake story of his leaving APC for APGA. All these could show the level of frustration on the side of the ten-man Coalition. They are been hunted by their inglorious actions.’
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Bishop Michael Curry became an internet sensation after he gave a very moving sermon at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. He has now told of his surprise at being invited to speak at the royal wedding and said he thought it was an “April Fool’s joke”. Curry’s sermon focused on “the power of love”. It was an instant hit on social media and became the most-tweeted about moment of the royal wedding. The sermon amassed 40,000 tweets per minute on the wedding day, with many praising the American preacher for his passionate and unconventional speech,
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
RUSSIAN billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been told he will need to prove his wealth is legitimate if he wants to get back into the UK, Daily Star reports.
Following the Sergei Skripal poisoning case in Salisbury, the Government has launched a war on Russian oligarchs entering the UK. And one of the first casualties of this is believed to be Abramovich, who was forced to watch his club’s FA cup final at Wembley on Saturday from Russia. The Financial Times reported Abramovich’s investor visa allowing him access to the UK had expired.
President Buhari yesterday met with a delegation from the senate over the allegations Senate President Bukola Saraki levelled against Ibrahim Idris, IG of police. The meeting held inside the president’s office at Aso Rock. Last week, Saraki told his colleagues that he had been informed of the plot of Idris to set him up. The nation’s number three citizen said Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara, briefed him that the IGP had ordered the transfer of some murder suspects in Kwara to Abuja. Saraki alleged that the plot was to make the suspects implicate him in their statement.
4. .NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The house of representatives has proposed a fine of N2 million and a two-year jail term for organisations that will go against the ban on Tramadol and Codeine in the country. Individual offenders, according to the proposal, will be liable to N500,000 fine and two years imprisonment or both on conviction. A bill on it also stipulates that in the case of a corporate body, all the directors, managers, partners and trustees would be guilty of an offence and would be punished as if they had committed the offence themselves. The bill, sponsored by Betty Apiafi from Rivers state seeks to amend the Food, Drugs and Related Products (Registration) Act, 2004.
5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
The Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), one of the centres under the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA), has directed its staff to personally fund the production of their identity cards. In a circular issued on Monday and pasted on the notice board of the centre, the agency attributed the development to “paucity of funds”. The letter with ref number: CSTD/ADM/41, dated May 21, 2018, was signed by one Shuaibu, deputy director of administration and finance on behalf of Spencer Onuh, director of the centre.
IMF on Monday expressed concern over Nigeria’s capacity to repay its debts and stressed the need for the FG to mobilise more revenues domestically. The Washington-based fund, at the public presentation of the Spring 2018 Issue of the Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, said the public debt in the region was on the rise. IMF Senior Resident Representative and Mission Chief for Nigeria, Amine Mati, said, “The number of countries in debt distress has increased. From six countries in 2014 to 15 countries today
Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body, only to reemerge years later with lethal force, according to a study published on Tuesday. In experiments with human cells and live mice, researchers showed that disabling the mechanism — with drugs or gene manipulation — crippled the cancer cells and inhibited their capacity to spread. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Communications, provides a promising target for the development of breast cancer therapies, the study said.
Two former governors who last year decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are among a host of suspects to be tried by EFCC. A former governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Shinkafi, and that of Kebbi State, Sa’idu Dakingari, will be docked by the anti-corruption agency for breaching the country’s anti money laundering law. Already, charges have been prepared and filed at federal high courts in the respective states, against the two former governors and their alleged accomplices.
Nigerian musician, Daniel Anidugbe, popularly known as Kiss Daniel, has changed his stage name. The artiste on Tuesday afternoon changed his stage name to Kizz Daniel from Kiss Daniel. This was as he reflected the change in his social media accounts. The singer’s Twitter handle still remains @iamkissdaniel but his Twitter name has also been edited to read ‘Kizz Daniel’.
Speculation is rife that the slight variation in the name is a loophole to escape legal implications from his former label, G-Worldwide. The singer recently left his former label, G-Worldwide.
Fernando Torres scored one of the goals as Atletico Madrid beat the Super Eagles B team 3-2 to win the inaugural Gotv Max Cup on Tuesday at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.
Despite parading some of their best legs, Atletico Madrid started on the back foot after falling behind to a stunning goal from Kelechi Nwakali in the 32nd minute. The former Flying Eagles captain fired in a stunner from over 20 yards with Atletico first choice and La Liga best shot-stopper Joan Oblak having no answer. Though the Super Eagles B’ team lost on Tuesday many would be impressed with their display.