PRESIDENT BUHARI TO MOTIVATE SUPER EAGLES AHEAD OF FRIDAY GAME
** President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday speak with the Super Eagles players to motivate them for the crucial second group game against Iceland, in Volgograd, Russia.
Although the President had before the opening game against Croatia called the players to wish them well, arrangements had been concluded to call the players again to boost their morale ahead of the Iceland tie.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi disclosed this in St. Petersburg, noting that the team has enough motivation ahead of the game.
*. President Donald Trump has finally bowed to pressure and signed executive order to prevent undocumented immigrant families from being separated at the US-Mexico border. Trump reversed his own policy amid international condemnation over the separation of undocumented parents and children. According to BBC, he was moved by the images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing. However, the executive order does not address families already separated by the policy.
*. About a month ago, Nigerian pop star Davido showed off papers of his newly acquired private jet called ‘Air OBO’, but many of his fans didn’t buy it. A report later circulated online that the singer doesn’t have 100% ownership of the jet and that the story was only hyped to boost the value of singer’s brand. Davido has now reacted to the topic again when one of his Twitter followers asked him about Air OBO and he responded saying “e dey ground yakata… but as dem no wan gree say we get .. us sef gree say we no get’.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have welcomed their first child, a baby girl in a hospital in Auckland – a city in New Zealand’s North Island. Becoming the second world leader to welcome a baby while in office. Ardern annouced on Instagram, saying: “Welcome to our village wee one. Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.”
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
England’s Old Bailey central criminal court in London on Tuesday heard how an extremist plotted a suicide attack on British Prime Minister Theresa May. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, allegedly wanted to make “big news” by storming Downing Street as May spoke outside her office. Rahman, who said he was fully prepared to die in the attack, was arrested in November last year.
“Before his arrest prevented it, he was, he believed, just days away from his objective, which was no less than a suicide attack, by blade and explosion, on Downing Street and, if he could, upon the Prime Minister Theresa May
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The federal government says it will commence the voluntary repatriation of over 91,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon in July. Sadiya Farouk, federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), disclosed this on Wednesday at the occasion to commemorate the 2018 World Refugees Day in Abuja. She said Nigeria, Cameroon and UNHCR had signed a tripartite agreement which inaugurated the Tripartite Commission with an advanced technical working group to ensure the modality for their return.
President Buhari has approved the appointment of 28 Judicial Officers for the Court of Appeal, Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council. The Justices of the Court of Appeal will be sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council, Waalter Onnoghen, on June 22 by 10.00 am. Those appointed for the Federal High Court will be sworn-in on June 25 at 2.00 pm, and judges appointed for the High Court of the FCT are to be sworn-in on June 26 by 2.00 p.m.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
President Buhari has accused the National Assembly of tampering with the 2018 budget sent to them by cutting essential projects and inserting non-essential ones. Mr Buhari stated this while signing the 2018 budget into law. “I am concerned about some of the changes that the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals that I presented,” he said. “Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation. Some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly have not been properly conceptualized,
6. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The National Assembly leadership has spoken on the concerns raised by President Buhari on the manipulation of the 2018 budget estimates sent to the lawmakers. Mr Buhari on Wednesday signed the N9.1 trillion 2018 appropriation bill into law. In their reaction, Bala Na’ Allah, the deputy leader of the Senate who represented Senate President Bukola Saraki, and the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, who represented Speaker Yakubu Dogara, said the lawmakers had no option than to tinker with the budget estimates. Mr Na’ Allah said their job as parliamentarians is a difficult one.
A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a hero of democracy in Nigeria. The former vice president made the assertion on Wednesday during a courtesy call on President Jonathan at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Mr Abubakar, who recalled Mr Jonathan’s exemplary decision to hand over the reins of power without qualms, observed that that singular historic decision set him apart as a democrat of unimpeachable credentials
Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo governor, says he will ensure party supremacy if elected as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at its national convention on Saturday. He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja when he had an interactive session with APC young stakeholders.
Oshiomohole said it was the duty of political parties, particularly a governing party, to have policies that would determine how the society is organised and run. He said if elected, he would subject the president and other elective officers to the dictates of the party
The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle, has refuted the alleged report in some online media platforms: “CAN says no vacancy in Aso Rock, endorses Buhari, Oshiomhole”. The CAN president said this in a statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media & Communications to the CAN President, on Wednesday in Abuja Mr Oladeji quoted the leadership of CAN as saying that the report was issued by a political movement, ‘Change Advocates of Nigeria (CAN),’ with the same acronym, CAN.
At least 34 Nigerians were deported from the United States on Wednesday for allegedly committing offences in the country. The deportees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA), Lagos around 2:30pm. The deportees, comprising 32 males and two females, were brought back in a chartered Omni Air International aircraft with Registration Number W342AX. Joseph Alabi, spokesman of the Lagos airport police command, confirmed the development to NAN. “At about 14.30 hours (2.30 p.m.), we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from the United States.