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WHY I’M VISITING AFRIKA SHRINE- MACRON

** President Emmanuel Macron of France has given the reason behind his decision to visit the Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

The French leader disclosed this during a joint press conference at the presidential villa in Abuja. Recalling his days in Nigeria, Macron said he never imagined he would return to Nigeria as president of France.

Fifteen years ago, the president of France worked as a diplomat in Abuja. He told reporters that the Afrika Shrine stands as a symbol on the importance of African culture.

TRENDING

*. England are through to the quarterfinals of the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
The Three Lions secured a berth in the last eight after they beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties in their Round of 16 tie in Moscow on Tuesday. Colombia and England drew 1-1 after extra time.
After a goalless first half, England captain Harry Kane broke the deadlock; scoring in the 57th minute from the penalty spot. Gareth Southgate’s men held on to the slim lead till the 90th minute when Colombia defender Yerri Mina scored an equaliser

*. Yusufu Idegu, a correspondent of The Nation Newspaper, has dismissed reports that he circulated a false story about Danladi Ciroma, north-central chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
Idegu’s report on Ciroma describing the killings in Plateau as retaliation for 300 rustled cows and loss of some herders’ lives had generated controversy. Although Ciroma admitted that he spoke with the reporter, he alleged that he was quoted out of context.

NEWS FLASH

1. EXCLUSIVE:
About a year after commissioning its largest Nigerian plant, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is set to shut the plant. The leading FMCG (Fast-moving Consumer goods) is set to shut the production plant situated in Agbara Industrial Estate, Ogun State, The plant is for its ‘Always’ and Pampers brand of sanitary pads and diapers. Sources at the firm said about 120 workers are being laid off as part of the shut down with some of them already receiving their disengagement letters

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Mexican President-elect Andres Obrador left the country’s national palace in the front passenger seat of a white Volkswagen Jetta, swarmed by hundreds of jubilant supporters including one waving a live rooster. There was not a bodyguard in sight. Since claiming victory on Sunday, the leftist politician has promised transformative change for Mexico.
That includes ambitious plans to stem the corruption and violence that have become the status quo.

3. FOREIGN SCENE:
President Emmanuel Macron of France says his country can not help Nigeria  and Africa solve the problem of insecurity but would intervene, especially, in the fight against terrorism. Speaking after bilateral talks with President Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday, Macron said the bigger responsibility is that of African countries who should come together and find a way to fighting terrorism. “First of all I think the main plan is an African plan and France is not the one to solve or fix African situations,” he said.

4. PRESIDENCY:
Nigeria and France yesterday signed a number of agreement s on projects worth $475 million. The agreements were signed in Abuja after a meeting between President Buhari and Fremch President Emmanuel Macron at the Presidential Villa. The meeting also took far-reaching decisions on security and the economy. The agreements centre on French assistance to the tune of $475 million for some projects in Lagos, Kano and Ogun states. The Lagos deal is a letter of intent for the financing of urban mobility improvement project via a loan of $200 million.

5. FORMER PRESIDENT:
A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, is now a bona fide staff of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), as he inspected his office space at the institution’s Abeokuta Study Centre in Ogun State on Tuesday, in his capacity as a facilitator. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Abdalla Adamu, had soon after the former president’s graduation with PhD in January, appointed him as a facilitator. A facilitator is a part-time academic coordinator for students in the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system which open universities operate.

6. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President Bukola Saraki says he knows the ministers, governors who sponsored the protest against the national assembly.
Saraki said this on the floor of the senate on Tuesday after Barnabas Gamade, senator representing Benue north-east, drew the attention of the lawmakers to a protest. Protesters had stormed the national assembly, demanding the resignation of Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, over the alterations to 2018 budget.

7. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senate on Tuesday resolved to direct its constitutional review committee to put in place a machinery to amend the constitution to allow for the creation of state police. It also resolved to call on security agencies to stop involving themselves in the politics of the nation. These resolutions, were, however, preceded by heated arguments among the lawmakers as most of them contributed to a point of order raised by Jonah Jang (PDP, Plateau North).

8. SOYINKA VS OBASANJO:
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has advised Olusegun Obasanjo to desist from struggling to restore Nigeria to the path of sanity and moderate rectitude, describing him as ‘objectively unfitted’ for the role. He urged him to instead head for a monastery. Soyinka said, “…I know that deep inside, there is a soakaway pond of personal insecurity struggling to be drained. Beneath every bully, there is a scared product of insecurity and troubled conscience. Now, fight your own demons as best as you can”

9. POLITICS:
President Buhari has said that the political future of Igbos in Nigeria depends on his re-election in 2019. The president stated this at the Southeast mega rally at Dan Anyiam Stadium in Imo State, organized by Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday July 3rd. Represented by the Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, President Buhari said “The people of the South East are part of Nigeria and they have the right to make claim where the need arises and we will all support them. 

10. SPORTS:
Crashing out of the World Cup earlier than anticipated was bad for John Mikel Obi, but it could have been worse for the Super Eagles captain, latest revelations have shown. Mikel in an interview published on KweséESPN said he got a call from Nigeria barely four hours to the crucial game against Argentina that his father had been kidnapped. The abductors threatening to kill the aged man “instantly” if authorities were informed. “I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down,” Mikel said

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