OBASANJO IS NIGERIA’S MOST HYPOCRITICAL LEADER- SOYINKA
** Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, has described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as the most hypocritical leader Nigeria has produced, vowing to expose him on July 3.
The renowned writer said he is not particular about one leader, adding that he might criticise Obasanjo in a day and embrace him the next day.
“Obasanjo is the most hypocritical leader this nation has ever produced,” Soyinka said.
“Obasanjo has crossed the red line… I will launch a publication to expose him at Freedom Park in Lagos on July 3.”
*. Ahmed Musa struck two stunning goals to sink Iceland 2-0 on Friday and has vowed to do the same to Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Tuesday’s Group D showdown. The Leicester City striker, currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, became the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups as the Super Eagles secured a crucial win over Iceland, who missed a penalty. He scored both goals in Nigeria’s group stage 3-2 defeat to Argentina in Porto Alegre, Brazil, four years ago and is relishing the chance to do it again.
*. DSS raided the Abuja residence of Eyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia south, on Friday evening. The secret police arrested him on Friday morning without disclosing the reasons, though it is believed to be in connection with the surtey he stood for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Alongside Tochukwu Uchendu and Emmanuel Shallom Ben, Abaribe signed a bond for the bail granted the IPOB leader in April 2017.
Kanu has not been seen in public since September when soldiers invaded his residence and Abaribe has been under pressure to produce him.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 64, is the first black woman to be listed in Bloomberg’s Top 500 richest people in the world list, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Oprah comes in at number 483 with a networth of $4.02 billion. Since January 1st 2018, her networth has grown by over $420million. Her latest boost in wealth comes thanks primarily to her investment in Weight Watchers. In 2015, Winfrey put $43 million in the company and got a 10 percent stake. It was the company’s recent stock rally on June 12, which sent share prices to record highs, that tipped Winfrey’s wealth over $4 billion.
President Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory on Friday over the national team of Iceland in their second match at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. The President in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Friday in Abuja, expressed delight at the confidence, discipline, team-work and indomitable spirit displayed by the young Nigerian players. He urged them not to limit themselves but to sustain the current winning momentum by going all out against their last group opponent, Argentina, next week
The accusations and counter-accusations over the 2018 budget continued on Friday with the presidency accusing the National Assembly of greed. The National Assembly had earlier on Friday defended its alteration of the budget after an earlier accusation by President Buhari. However, in a statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the presidency said the lawmakers apart form increasing the oil benchmark for lawmakers’ interest, still cut funding for essential projects.
Justice Dimgba of Federal high Court Abuja yesterday bared FG from seizing funds in accounts without BVN’ class, he said that the FG failed to fulfill certain condition precedents that would entitle it to secure final forfeiture order in respect of funds in such accounts. He added that the FG failed to comply with section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud. He maintained that for FG to succeed in obtaining final forfeiture order, it must be proved that funds in such accounts were abandoned or unclaimed, were products of unlawful activity, as well as an advert placed for anyone laying claim to such funds to come forward.
5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
President Buhari has ordered the reinstatement of three permanent secretaries, who had been under suspension since 2015. Lawrence Ojabo, Director Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federatio, said this on Friday in Abuja.
According to Mr Ojabo, the permanent secretaries are Ibukun Odusote, Nkechi Ejele and Fatima Bamidele. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Ms Bamidele, was in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs while Messrs Ejele and Odusote were in the Ministry of Culture and National Orientation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, respectively.
A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, on Friday said he will win the September 22 Osun State governorship election if he emerges as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for the election. Mr Omisore made the pledge when he obtained the nomination and expression of interest form for the election at the SDP National Secretariat in Abuja. He recalled that he was in detention when he won election in the state, saying “I won in every polling unit in 2002. “Osun State is the worst governed state in this country. The state is in intensive care now”, he said
7. ABARIBE’S ARREST:
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-political organisation, has demanded the immediate release of Eyinnaya Abaribe, a senator from Abia state. Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Abaribe in Abujaon Friday morning. Although the DSS did not disclose the reason for this, it is believed to be over the surety he stood for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who has not been seen in public since September. In April 2017, a federal high court in Abuja granted bail to Kanu after 18 months in detention
8. CENTRAL BANK:
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the tenure of three chief executive officers, four new non-executive directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and two new Chief Executive Officers for some federal agencies. The appointments were announced Friday evening via a statement by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The statement quoted the President as asking “the new appointees to regard their appointments as a call to national service
Peter Okoye of the former Psquare fame has said that he loves the fact that he has moved on with his career after the break-up controversy. Mr P, as he now prefers to be called, was a recent guest on Hot 93.3 FM. He spoke about his new single, ‘Ebeano‘, the possibility of a P-Square reunion and more. Peter said he was enjoying every bit of his career after breaking up with his brother, Paul. He said, “I left a Psquare who has almost a million subscribers on Youtube to start my own and I wasn’t afraid to start afresh. I know there’s something good out there, but I’ve moved on, and I love it, I love the energy.
Amaju Pinnick, President of NFF has reacted to Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Iceland in their Group D fixture at the 2018 World Cup.
Ahmed Musa scored both goals for the Super Eagles, as they claimed their first win at the tournament in Russia. They will now face Argentina on Tuesday, hoping to book a place in the knockout rounds. Pinnick addressing the players and delegates after the match said the presence of Senate President Bukola Saraki led to Super Eagles’ win. According to him “The Magical presence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki brought luck to the Super Eagles and Nigeria.