THE UNENDING LOVE STORY OF THE OBAMAS
** Michelle Obama shared another loved up photo of her and Barack Obama, and as with all other photos she shares, this one also came with a message. She spoke of how she and Barack always tried to make a home for their daughters no matter where they are.
She wrote: “Home has always been where our family is…It hasn’t mattered whether we’re lounging on a couch in Chicago’s Hyde Park or, as we are here, in the White House. We did our best to make the White House a comfortable place where our girls could climb trees and host slumber parties, where we’d have dinner together as a family, and where we tried to live by the values our parents instilled in us.”
*. The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Nuhu Gidado, has resigned,
According to the report, Mr. Gidado submitted his resignation letter to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Wednesday, citing his waning enthusiasm for the job as reason for leaving. Mr. Gidado’s departure brings to three the number of high-ranking officials that have left Governor Abubakar’s cabinet. In December 2017, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Shehu Ningi, resigned from his position. Mr. Ningi stepped down a day after Governor Abubakar presented the 2017 budget estimates to the state’s House of Assembly.
*. The House of Representatives has ordered a review of all land allocations in the Federal Capital Territory from 2007 to 2015 to ascertain whether or not due process was followed in the allocations. The resolution was taken after the House adopted a motion by Bashir Baballe (APC, Kano). The House also mandated its committee on FCT to ensure the payment of the prescribed fees where it is established that due process was not followed in any allocation. It said the payments thereof should be used to develop slums within the FCT.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
On Wednesday, a federal judge in New York ruled that President Trump is in violation of the Constitution when he blocks users on Twitter. In her ruling, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote that “no government official including the President is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared. We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account the ‘interactive space’ where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets are properly analyzed under the “‘public forum’ doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court.
2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has set up an inquiry into tax administration and governance amid allegations of corruption against the suspended head of the revenue service, Tom Moyane. Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma as head of state in February and has promised to crack down on graft, said the terms of reference for the inquiry would be published in the coming days.
NAN reports that Ramaphosa served Moyane with disciplinary charges related to alleged misconduct during his tenure on Friday.
3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
President Buhari would soon take appropriate actions aimed at addressing the `not too cordial’ relationship between National Assembly and the Executive arm of government. Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan revealed this on Tuesday when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting between the president and the 10-man senate delegation. He said the president had pledged to address all issues concerning the two arms of government including the impasse between Senate President Bukola Saraki and Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Nigeria Police yesterday said they are yet to arrest the man who grabbed and made away with the Senate mace in April. A commissioner of police, Habu Sani, said this when he appeared before members of the National Assembly ad-hoc committee investigating the incident on Tuesday.
According to him, “there were two investigations which have yielded an interim report; one initiated at the police headquarters and a second at the FCT command of the force.” Although the police announced it had arrested six suspects in connection to the invasion, Sani said, “the arrow man, who grabbed the mace is still at large.”
Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court today summoned the General Manager of Channels Television, Abuja and one of the presenters of Sunrise Daily, Maupe Oguns Yusuf, over the broadcast of alleged prejudicial material yesterday Tuesday, May 22nd.
Both the GM and Yusuf are to appear before the court on Friday, May 25th to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them. Apparently, Metuh’s lawyer was a guest on Sunrise TV yesterday and he made a statement that was prejudicial to the ongoing trial of his client.
6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
One week after the 2018 budget was passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, it is yet to be transmitted to President Buhari for assent. This was revealed Wednesday by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, while responding to inquiries from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of FEC. Mr Udoma said a media report credited to him that Mr Buhari would not sign the budget was not true.
“The President is yet to receive the budget. It is, therefore, impossible to make a statement about the budget that has not been receive
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on Nigeria and other countries to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, made this call on Tuesday via a statement issued by Adebayo Oladeji, his spokesman. Ayokunle, while commending the Israeli government on the 70th anniversary of its country, said the relocation of the capital to Jerusalem was “special anniversary present from the God of the patriarchs”. He also said the declaration made by President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
The National Convention Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC) has picked June 23 for the party’s convention in place of June 2 earlier scheduled.
The chairman of the committee and governor of Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru, announced on Wednesday in Abuja while inaugurating 12 sub-committees comprising 240 members, for the national convention.
Mr Badaru, however, said that the party´s national leadership needed to approve the date. Mr Badaru added the money for the convention would be raised from donations from party members
Google has announced the launch of the Google Impact Challenge (GIC) Nigeria 2018 initiative aimed at empowering Nigerian citizens to execute projects that would impact the community. The initiative was launched at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday. According to Google Country Marketing Manager, Affiong Osuchukwu, the company would commit $2 million to the project in form of grants to non-profit organisations using technology for social impact in Nigeria. Across the African region, $20 million would be committed over the next three years. She said, “This is the first time
Business Mogul and newly engaged blogger, Linda Ikeji has decided to reply trolls such as controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo who have constantly “bad mouthed” her and others who doubt that she’s indeed pregnant. The soon-to-be mum opened up on how she was successfully able to hide her pregnancy from everyone and debunk rumours that she is wearing a prosthetic baby bump as alleged by Kemi Olunloyo. Responding to the allegations, Linda shared photos of her bump