“JUNE 12 IS NOT A PUBLIC HOLIDAY’ — PRESIDENCY CLARIFIES

** The declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day does not make it a public holiday, presidency has clarified.

It a tweet on Friday through its official handle, @asorock, federal government said the clarification was in response to questions raised by the public.

President Buhari had declared June 12 as the new Democracy Day, calling it “a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a national public holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

“Future years” does not include 2018, presidency clarified.

TRENDING

*. President Buhari has invited key players of the June 12 struggle to the conferment of posthumous Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) on Chief Moshood Abiola on Tuesday June 12th. The ceremony will take place at the state house, Abuja. 
Among the top key players invited by President Buhari include human-activist Wole Soyinka and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana. Also, all governors elected under Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP) platform have also been invited to the investiture

*. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Buhari-led administration of planning to frame him for crimes he knows nothing about. In a statement released today June 8th through his media aide Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said since he released his State-of-the-Nation Special letter on January 23rd, 2018, the Federal Government had embarked on desperate efforts to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning what he termed “divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living”.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Barack Obama has taken to Twitter to mourn CNN host Anthony Bourdain who committed suicide today at 61. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series “Parts Unknown” when his close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning. Obama, who has met and dined, with the CNN host shared a photo of them together and wrote: “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together.

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Simba Chikore, the son-in-law of Robert Mugabe was on Thursday arrested by the police on allegations of kidnapping his lawyer following an argument involving a labour dispute. Chief police spokeswoman, SAC Charity Charamba, confirmed the developments to Bulawayo24 on Thursday.  “He was picked up today (Thursday) and a warned and caution statement was recorded following a report by his lawyer for kidnapping,” she said. According to her, as at last night Chikore was still assisting police with investigations at Highlands Police Station who were still gathering details of the case.

3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said they have recorded 62 Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during this latest outbreak, with 38 confirmations and 27 deaths. The Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response of WHO, Peter Salama, reported in Geneva that was “very strong progress” in response to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, one month after the start of the disease. He said that the first phase – protecting urban centres and towns – “has gone well, and we can be cautiously optimistic.”

4. PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari has signed into law a bill that prevents a vice-president who completes a president’s tenure from contesting twice.
The senior special assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja today June 8th.
The law also applies to a deputy governors who complete the tenure of a governor.
Ita explained that the law does not apply to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as it takes effect from the period it was signed.

5. PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari has approved the nomination of Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi as the Deputy Governor of CBN. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation as disclosed by Garba Shehu in a statement today.
Folashodun Shonubi is currently the Managing Director of the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) – the financial payments, facilitation and settlement platform. NIBSS is one of the platforms used by the Federal Government in electronic payments in the Nigerian financial industry.  

 6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Lai Mohammed, has said the Buhari Administration will not be distracted by frivolous allegations from any quarter, especially those cleverly choreographed to divert attention from a widely-acclaimed presidential proclamation and to shore up support for a waning and egotistical cause. In a statement issued in Lagos today, the Minister said the administration is too busy trying to clear the mess of 16 years and build on its unprecedented achievements over the past three years to waste its energy and time on framing up anyone or dwelling on issues that are not grounded in fact.

7. ABACHA REMEMBRANCE:
Yesterday marked 20 years since the death of Sani Abacha was announced. He served as the de facto President of Nigeria from November 17, 1993 till June 8, 1998. Mr Abacha’s government was marred by human rights abuses, especially the hanging of activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of several executions of Ogoni activists who opposed to the exploitation of resources in their enclaves.Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election and ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo were jailed for treason. Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka was charged in absentia with treason.

8. OIL AND GAS:
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), says the subsidy regime in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has compromised the corporation to the extent that only an angel may be able to run the corporation honestly. Sanusi said this during an interview with newsmen in commemoration of his 4th year on the throne. Sanusi was suspended as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by the then President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 after accusing the NNPC of failing to remit $20bn into the government’s coffers despite high oil prices.

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
A human rights activist and renowned lawyer, Femi Falana(SAN) has dared the Muslims Rights Concern, MURIC, to sue his rapper son,Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz to court if they are aggrieved by his trending “This is Nigeria” video. It would be recalled that the group during the week released a statement ordering Falz to take down “This is Nigeria” video which, according to them, ridicules their religion because some girls were seen in the footage wearing hijab and dancing shaku shaku.  They also threatened to take a legal action against the rapper after the expiration of the ultimatum given to him.

10. SPORTS:
Super Eagles assistant captain, Ogenyi Onazi has dismissed reports he and the national team captain, John Mikel Obiare having a rift in camp ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. It was claimed that both stars are no longer on talking terms due to a fight for leadership and it’s distracting other players in camp. A source in the camp says the friction is largely due to Onazi’s refusal to take orders from Mikel. The source who is also a footballer added that Ahmed Musa has joined Ogenyi Onazi in his fight with Mikel. Speaking with Complete Sports Nigeria in a chat, Onazi denied having any rift with Mikel. 

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