I HAVE NEVER VOTED IN MY LIFE- OMOTOLA
** Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, 40, revealed today that she has never voted before in the country’s election and neither has she ever tried to.
She made this revelation after collecting her Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, today. Sharing a photo of herself with her PVC at the collection centre, she thanked Debola Williams for encouraging her to get her PVC and carry out her civic duty.
“Today I went to get my PVC. This is a Big deal for me. I’ve Never Voted or tried to. Phew…it’s taken a lot to get here for me”, she said
*. The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has announced that the new moon for the Islamic month of Shawwal has been sighted. The head of the NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, confirmed the sighting of the moon on Thursday night. He announced Friday for the celebration of the Islamic festival, Eid-el-Fitr. Nigeria will thus join other countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE for the celebration on Friday. FG had declared Friday and next Monday as public holidays to celebrate the Islamic festival.
*. Kingsley Moghalu, ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says his father never took a bribe in his 35 years of civil service. Moghalu’s father worked as a diplomat in Geneva, Switzerland, and also served in Washington DC. Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Moghalu, a presidential aspirant on the Young Progressives Party (YPP), said his father had a huge influence on him. He also recalled some fond memories of his childhood.
1. AFRICAN ISSUES:
A mosque attack in South Africa’s Western Cape province today left three people dead and more injured. The lone killer stabbed two people to death while they were praying in Malmesbury, about 43 miles from Cape Town, the South African Police Service said. The suspect was then shot by police. The attack followed an assault by three men on a mosque last month in Durban, South Africa’s third-biggest city, which left one man dead and two in a serious condition.
President Buhari has called on Nigerians to put the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season. This was contained in his Sallah message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period. While congratulating Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice”, the President urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
The President, in a statement by Garba Shehu, said “religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives.
3. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola has urged the family of late Isiaka Adeleke, a former lawmaker, not to interfere in justice in identifying the cause of his death. Aregbesola urged the family to give the Judiciary the chance to do justice as the government has already set a coroner inquest investigating the circumstances surrounding Adeleke’s death. This is in reaction to a statement released by Adeleke’s family accusing the state Government of trying to cover-up. The Media Aide to the Governor, Sola Fasure, who spoke on behalf of his principal urged the family to respect the rule of law and allow the judiciary to do their job .
A Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi, has said he has no sympathy for any political party in Nigeria. He also said he stands by his call on President Buhari to resign due to alleged failure of his government. Mr Gumi, a very influential Islamic cleric, particularly in Northern Nigeria, stated this at the closing of Ramadan Lecture for 2018 at Shaikh Sanusi Khalil Mosque at Rigachikun, Kaduna on Thursday. He was reacting to rumours in the state that he was critical of the government of APC because of his sympathy for the opposition PDP
PDP Thursday charged President Buhari to come clean on allegations of corruption and sharp practices that have pervaded the recovery of the N1.03tn fine imposed on MTN Nigeria. PDP said President Buhari and his administration have a lot of questions to answer on how the fine was reduced to N330 billion, particularly on the face of allegations that certain interests in the Presidential villa, said to be very close to President Buhari, allegedly took a bribe of N500 million before the reduction.
Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP) says it will construct a perimeter fence around Nigeria, change the name of the country and its currency, if elected into power in 2019.
Olusegun Ijagbemi, acting national chairman of the party, said this at a news conference in Abuja, on Thursday. He said the need to change the name of the country and its currency was divinely revealed to the leadership of the party, adding that the changes were important if Nigeria must make progress. “The 14th pillar of our party is to change the name of Nigeria to Pisonia and its currency from Naira to Pison,” he said.
7. BOKO HARAM:
Fatima, the mother of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, says she is not sure whether her son is dead or alive and that the last time she ever set eyes on him was 15 years ago. In an interview with the Voice of America Hausa, the old woman said since her son met with Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the sect, he has stayed away from her. “I don’t know whether he is dead or alive, only God knows. I have not seen him in the last 15 years. I did not set my eyes on him since he came into contact with Mohammed Yusuf.
Kanye West who recently turned 41-year-old took to Twitter this afternoon to reveal that he has killed his ‘Ego’. In a series of tweets posted to his Twitter page, the rapper who also just released his eight studio album, ‘Ye’ said: ‘this is new for me but it’s just how I feel now. I don’t know why. I thought my ego protected me from doubters so that I wouldn’t doubt myself but there has to be a better way to do this. He also added that: ‘Your pride can be and will be used against you.
9. RUSSIA 2018:
Hosts Russia got their World Cup off to a dream start with a thumping 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored twice, with Yuri Gazinsky, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin also on target at a delirious Luzhniki Stadium. Although the Saudis pressed in the opening moments, Russia created the first clear threat when Mario Fernandes crossed for Fyodor Smolov, whose shot was blocked. but the host eventually strucked after 12 minutes
Julen Lopetegui has been officially unveiled as the new manager of Real Madrid after he was sacked by Spain on eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Spanish Football Federation (SFF) sacked Lopetegui on Wednesday after he was announced as next Real Madrid coach on Tuesday despite having committed his future to Spain’s national team by signing a deal until 2020. Spanish FA president Luis Rubialesclaimed he was only aware Lopetegui had agreed on a deal five minutes before Real announced it. Speaking at his unveiling, the former Real goalkeeper, said: ‘We will try and win together