THE MEETING OF THE “CENTURY” HOLDS TUESDAY
** President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea will hold the first-ever meeting between leaders of their two countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying with them hopes of ending seven decades of hostility and the threat of a nuclear confrontation.
The talks begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday — 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday — and could even open the way to an official end to the Korean War, which concluded in 1953 with a truce but never a peace treaty. South Korea will not be at the table, nor will China, the North’s most crucial backer.
The summit meeting is the most prominent moment yet in international diplomacy for both Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim.
*. Humphrey Nwosu, chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), which conducted the June 12, 1993 election, says he will be absent at MKO Abiola’s GCFR investiture because he is currently outside the country.
Nwosu is among the guest invited to the event scheduled for Tuesday. But in a letter to Boss Mustapaha, secretary to the government of the federation, Nwosu regretted his absence and commended the president for recognising June 12 as Democracy Day.
*. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says he is confident about his chances of winning the APC chairmanship seat.
Oshiomhole told newsmen at the weekend that heavyweights in the party were solidly behind him. Other aspirants include: Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, and former Cross River governor, Clement Ebri, and Chief Ibrahim Emokpaire.
Oshiomhole said, “In a boxing match, you do not ask a featherweight to go into the ring with a heavyweight. It is going to be a very interesting convention. I think for all of us who believe in democracy, this is to be expected.
The presidency has given an overview of President Buhari’s visit to His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco. A statement on Monday said the two leaders welcomed the significant progress made in various areas of cooperation, such as agriculture, fertilizer production, energy infrastructure and mining. It said King Mohammed and President Buhari noted with satisfaction the milestones achieved and underscored their commitment to the Regional Gas Pipeline, which will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of some West African countries and Morocco.
The Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo, on Monday revealed that it was the engine of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s helicopter that failed when he visited the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja last Thursday.
The helicopter, which conveyed Osinbajo to the graduation of 40 senior officers of Customs at the college, had made a forced landing about 30 seconds after take-off on his return journey. The situation forced him and members of his entourage to return to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, by road.
3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has thanked Nigerians all over the country for their support and encouragement towards the work of the 8th Senate since it was inaugurated three years ago. In a statement issued from Saudi Arabia where he is on lesser hajj, Saraki acknowledged that the achievements of the Senate would not have been possible without the backing of Nigerians, who have played a more active role in the activities of the legislature since June 9, 2015.
Saraki said: “In three short but eventful years, we have definitely come a long way in this 8th Senate.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The member representing Lere/Bula constituency in the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Muhammad Aminu Tukur, has reacted to the declaration by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. On Saturday, the APC endorsed the candidature of Mr Godfrey Mannaseh to replace Dogara as member representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro constituency ahead of the 2019 election. The party also disclosed that it had passed a vote of no confidence on the Speaker. They accused Dogara of being a part of a plot to impeach the nation’s leader.
5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the globally-acclaimed reggae star, Ras Kimono, saying his contribution to that genre of music can never be forgotten. In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister extended his condolences to the family, friends and fans of the late artiste, and indeed to the entire Nigerian music industry, for losing a foremost proponent of reggae, a prominent campaigner for a better life for the people and a patriot. He said Kimono will be remembered for his contribution to the elevation of reggae, his love of the masses, his life of discipline and his service to humanity.
The governorship candidate of APC for the July 14 election in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday announced the name of the ailing Hon Opeyemi Bamidele as the DGl of his campaign Council. Fayemi, described the event leading to the shooting of Bamidele last week during a stampede at the APC secretariat in Ado-Ekiti as very unfortunate, saying there was need to retain the party chieftain, having consented to serve in that capacity before the horrible twist at the rally.
Bamidele and five others were shot by a policeman who mishandled his rifle
INEC has reacted to the freezing of its account. A Federal High Court in Abuja, last week, ordered the freezing of its accounts over a N34bn contract. The Court also ordered the deduction of over N17 billion from the accounts of the electoral body in favour of one of its contractors, Beddings Holdings Ltd (BHL). But the electoral umpire has assured there is no cause for alarm. Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi told Thisday: “It will not affect the Ekiti governorship election”. “The INEC has already taken steps to address the issue. The case is a recycled one. It is not
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on African countries to look diversify their economies and look beyond oil-based revenue for future prosperity. Osinbajo stated this in Abuja on Monday while declaring open the Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of African Petroleum Producers Organisation. According to the vice president, while oil and gas have continued to remain the mainstay of African economies, there is the need for the re-investment of oil revenues through diversification to prevent economic crises resulting from over-dependence on the product
9. #June 12:
Some Nigerians have called for the introduction of June 12, 1993 general election into the nation’s history curriculum for both secondary schools and tertiary institutions. The Nigerians in separate interviews with Newsmen on Monday in Abuja unanimously agreed that June 12 remained a watershed in Nigeria’s politics. The call is coming on the heels of the 20th anniversary of June 12 presidential election slated for Tuesday, which was presumed to have been won by the late business mogul, Chief Moshood Abiola.
10. PUBLIC HOLIDAY:
FG has declared Friday June 15, and Monday June 18 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid- El Fitr. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Monday in Abuja on behalf of the federal government in a statement issued by M. Umar the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. He congratulated the Muslim faithful on a successful completion of the Ramadan fast and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.