”GOD WILL NEVER FORGIVE ME IF I SUPPORT ATIKU FOR PRESIDENT’- OBASANJO
** Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has once again restated his position to never support Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential aspiration. Atiku has declared his interest to run for president in 2019. He is currently in the PDP and is working towards becoming the presidential flagbearer of the party.
Speaking to in an interview on Friday August 3rd, Obasanjo said God will never forgive him if he ever supports Atiku’s presidential bid. “How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?
“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support.
*. Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili an her hubby, Nedu, are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary today August 4th. Celebrating their union on her twitter handle, Ezekwesili wrote ”Praise OUR AWESOME GOD with us. My Guy [email protected]? and I are 30 YEARS TODAY! MY ENDLESS is one like no other. Our Lord has blessed us beyond our wildest imagination when we set out on this Journey. Today as always, I say YOU are the LOVE OF MY LIFE”
Nigerian prostitutes have threatened to starve policemen who patronise them over alleged harassment and arrest of their colleagues in major cities of the state. One of them simply identified as Kaamsi, who claimed to be a leader of the group in Umunze in the Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state, told newsmen on Friday that her members in the state had decided to starve policemen. Kamsi, a leader of the group of prostitutes, said they would commence the decision as from Monday next week.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Alia Ghanem, the mother of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 deadly attack on the United States, has spoken about her son, saying he was a shy boy who was radicalised in the university. Over 3,000 people died in the terror attack which has been described as the deadliest in human history. Osama was later killed by the US military in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, approximately 10 years after the attack. Ghanen said she always told her son, who was the founder of the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation, to stay away from bad gangs
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Turkey is to block the access of two top U.S. officials to Turkish assets in retaliation for U.S. sanctions placed on two Turkish ministers. The sanctions were placed on the two Turkish ministers over the continued detention of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday. “Today, I am also instructing my colleagues: we are going to freeze the assets of American justice and interior ministers in Turkey, if they have any,’’ Erdogan said
3. FOREIGN SCENE:
Eighteen people have died after a Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia. TASS reported that the helicopter crashed after colliding midair with the cargo being carried by another helicopter. “It crashed immediately after takeoff because of collision with the cargo carried by another helicopter that was also airborne at the moment. There were three crewmembers and 15 passenger abroad the Mi-8 that belonged to Utair airline,” a source at Russia’s emergency services said. “All of them died.”
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The romance between APC and Senator Godswill Akpabio has unsettled PDP. Akpabio might defect to the APC any moment from now once the “terms” are wrapped up, The Nation has reported. The APC is upbeat about the prospect, which analysts believe will be a major political mileage for President Buhari in the South-South. A PDP top notch said last night that the party has been appealing to the ex-governor not to defect “but we cannot please him and then displease the governor of the state, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, who is the PDP leader in the state.”
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Isa Misau and Rafiu Ibrahim, senators representing Bauchi central and Kwara south respectively, have warned against any move to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki. They said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the senate outnumber those of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki left the APC for PDP after the ruling party lost 15 of its members in the upper legislative chamber. The leadership of the ruling party subsequently asked him to resign, having joined a “minority” party.
6. TRADITIONAL INSTITUTION:
Flamboyant monarch, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi has declared himself the richest man saying,’I want to tell you that no one is richer than the king’. He then went on to say, ‘you are all part of my assets. If the richest one is my child. Whose asset is he carrying? Even, Dangote is my asset, I am richer than him’. Unlike the Yoruba adage “Erin ki fon, ki omo re tun fon”. (Asipa owe ni) As required of a responsible, passionate and compassionate father for his subjects, i pray that, they(subjects) should be greater than me. The strength of my asset is measured by the greatness of my children.
PDP has accused APC and FG of shopping for a fraudulent interim court order to declare vacant, the seat of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, following his defection from the APC to the PDP. The PDP in a statement released by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that credible information at its disposal showed that some cabals in the Presidency and APC had perfected a plan to institute a lawsuit to challenge the validity of Saraki’s seat with the sole aim of securing a fraudulent injunction to force him out of office pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Former PDP caretaker chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has cautioned the leadership of the party against giving undue advantage to those defecting from APC to their party. The former two-term governor of Kaduna State, said this when he addressed the leadership of the Kogi State chapter of the party and other stakeholders in Lokoja on Friday August 3rd. He was there to present his presidential ambition to the party members in the state. Ahmed stressed that if not for the steadfastness of committed members, PDP could have become history.
The Central Bank of Nigeria says it has begun the disbursement of lower denomination of naira notes directly to the traders. It expressed its determination to put an end to the scarcity of the lower denomination naira notes in circulation. The apex bank, which also restated its commitment to the economic well-being of all Nigerians, said the disbursement of the naira notes had begun in Abuja and would extend to other parts of the country. The Assistant Director, Currency Operations Department, CBN, Mr Benedict Maduagwu, stated this in Akure.
10. OIL AND GAS:
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd., says its ongoing plans to reach a Final Investment Decision (FID) on its Train-7 project by December will make Nigeria the third World largest gas exporter. The NLNG General Manager Production, Tayo Ogini, said this on Saturday while making a presentation on the facility located at Bonny Island on Saturday. The presentation was to acquaint the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who visited the plant to see the progress made on the project so far.