BUHARI WILL SIGN BUDGET 2018 NEXT WEEK, SAYS FEMI ADESINA
** President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the 2018 budget into law next week, Femi Adesina, his spokesman, has said. Adesina disclosed this to state house correspondents on Wednesday after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
He, however, did not specify the date. “The budget will be signed next week,” he told journalists, adding: “We will give you the specific date when it is confirmed.”
Wednesday makes it one month the national assembly passed the N9.1 trillion appropriation bill.
*. National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu, has said that President Buhari deserves a second term in office as he has kept his 2015 campaign promises to Nigerians.
Tinubu said this while giving an address at the official conferment ceremony of the award of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the late MKO Abiola yesterday Tuesday June 12th. He said he will work towards ensuring President Buhari gets a second term in office.
*. Former Real Madrid player Fernando Hierro has been appointed as the new coach of the Spanish national team. Hierro was on Wednesday named as the replacement for sacked coach Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetegui was sensationally axed just 24 hours after it was announced that he would take over at Real Madrid following the World Cup. Hierro, a former Real Madrid and Bolton player, will be in the dugout on Friday when Spain open their Group B campaign against Portugal.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Trump has accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe” Tuesday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw both leaders shake hands as they stood as equals in front of their nations’ flags. In a characteristically bullish tweet, Trump said the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes meant “the World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!” “No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families.
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Camille Cosby, 74, is reportedly preparing to divorce Bill Cosby, 80, now that he’s been convicted of rape. According to Radar Online, Camille Cosby, 74, has left the couple’s Pennsylvania mansion, leaving her husband “pleading with her to return.” “He literally is home alone,” an insider told the publication before stressing that the two now live separate lives. “She even took the staff with her!” The site specified that she settled herself into the couple’s Massachusetts hideaway with their chef, multiple drivers, and a house manager.
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Egypt has been ranked the safest country in Africa and higher than both the UK and US, according to the annual Gallup Global Law and Order poll where it asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Egypt 16th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Singapore was ranked the safest while Venezuela was seen as the least. Egypt got 88 out of 100 in the survey, placing it on the same level as countries like Denmark, Slovenia and China.
President Buhari has asked all governors elected on the platform of the ruling APC to avoid going into the party’s forthcoming national convention with a divided house. He advised them to approach the convention in unity so that the party can come out stronger after the exercise. Buhari gave the advice at a meeting he had with the governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday evening. The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; and his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello, spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that ended at about 11pm.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate sack of a senator, Atai Aidoko, as the member representing Kogi East. The court presided over by judge, Gabriel Kolawole, ruled that Mr Aidoko was wrongly presented as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the December 2014 Primaries conducted by the PDP. Following the presentation of Mr Aidoko as the party’s flag bearer, Mr Aidoko’s challenger, Isaac Alfa, began a legal battle for the nullification of Mr Aidoko’s election
The federal high court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to pay Bolanle Babalakin, chairman of Bi-Courtney Group of Companies, N3 billion for publishing his name as a debtor in ThisDay Newspaper. In the case, FHC/L/CS/1296/2012, Ibrahim Buba, a justice of the court who presided over the case, said the payment would stand as compensation for damages. Steve Omolale, the spokesman of Bi-Courtney, confirmed the court judgement to TheCable on Wednesday
7. STATE GOVERNMENT:
The family of Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has said they are suspicious that the Osun State Government led by Governor Ruaf Aregbesola is planning to cover the truth behind the death of the late politician. A younger brother of the late senator, Dr. Deji Adeleke, said this in his address read by a member of the family, Mr. Dele Adeleke, at a press conference addressed at the residence of the late politician in Ede on Wednesday. Adeleke, who was the first governor of Osun State died on April 23, 2017, and there were rumours that he was poisoned at a social function
Olusegun Mimiko has resigned his membership of PDP.
The former governor, who defected to the PDP from Labour Party in 2014, reportedly left PDP as a result of a disagreement with some national leaders. In a letter on Wednesday, he said his decision to leave the party was personal. “I hereby with utmost humility inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the PDP with effect from today, June 13, 2018, for some well-thought-out personal reasons,” the letter read.
9. RUSSIA PREDICTION:
Mystic Marcus, the psychic pig that predicted President Donald Trump’s victory, has picked Nigeria, Argentina as semi-finalists for the 2018 World Cup. The 8-year-old psychic pig has a history of sniffing out winners. So far, it has had a 100 per cent track record of accurately predicting sports results according to his owner Juliette Stevens. The black micro pig had previously guessed the winner of the 2014 World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis finals by picking apples. It even predicted Brexit and that Donald Trump would win the US presidential election.
More details have emerged about how countries voted for the host of the 2026 football World Cup. Morocco on Wednesday at the Expocentre in Moscow lost out 65-134 to the joint bid of the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico.
In a bid process that lasted 15 seconds, FIFA revealed that Nigeria, through the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, voted for Morocco. There were insinuations that after Trump sort of threatened countries, there were fears that a lot of countries, including Nigeria, would be forced to vote for the United bid.