**Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, yesterday urged Nigerians to give up unrealistic expectations of the President Buhari administration’s change agenda. Kukah said it was not the President’s responsibility to change people’s ethics or attitude, rather Nigerians would have to do that by themselves.

“This tendency of outsourcing our responsibilities, either to God or to other external agents, what it does to us is that it saves us from the difficulty of thinking about our own complicity.

“I am saying to my Christian audience tomorrow, I should be ashamed of myself if it is to a politician that I am looking for change.”


*. The first heavyweight cracker of Russia 2018 was truly a cracker. First and second blood was Portugal’s but Spain, the 2010 world champions, were up for the fight and replied with a brace from Diego Costa and a stunning volley from Nacho. But Ronaldo kept the best for the last as he won a free kick off Pique and then delivered an exquisitely perfect kick that was up and down before De Gea could blink. A truly absorbing and enthralling group game that set the marker for the rest of the tournament.

*. Olukoya Ogungbeje, lead counsel to Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, has withdrawn from his client’s trial. In a statement he signed on Friday, Ogungbeje said he was withdrawing due to “personal reasons”. Evans is being tried by the Lagos state government for alleged offences ranging from conspiracy to kidnapping and attempted murder.
Ogungbeje said his life had been under threat since he took up the case.


Notorious Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan airstrike in Afghanistan. The militant leader was Pakistan’s “most-wanted” militant leader known for ordering the hit in 2012 on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He also carried out a school massacre that killed 132 school children. The US military said it had carried out a strike aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar. An official said the target was Fazlullah.

President Buhari says after the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, he is “healthier to attend to national issues”. He said though he was advised not to fast due to ill-health, he rejected the advice because of the benefits attached to fasting. Buhari said having missed that of last year because of his health condition, he did not want the situation to repeat itself. Buhari spoke at the presidential villa in Abuja when he received a delegation of federal capital territory (FCT) led by Mohammed Bello, the minister of FCT

Bala Na’Allah, deputy senate leader, has President Buhari to tolerate senators and members of the house of representatives as as his children. He said this on Friday when he led a delegation to pay Buhari sallah homage at Aso Rock. The lawmaker said he stood in for Senate President Bukola Saraki during the visit. Na’Allah said since the return of democracy in 1999, no president has received support from the national assembly like Buhari. He said the national assembly would continue to support the president.

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Works, Power and Steel, Babatunde Fashola and the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, are in the Federal Government delegation that will arrive in Russia on Friday to lead the support for the Super Eagles in Saturday’s clash against Croatia. Officials confirmed to on Thursday that the dignitaries would depart Nigeria on Friday morning. Also in the delegation are President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and IOC member, Habu Gumel, as well as a number of other top officials and directors in the sports ministry.

5. #JUNE 12:
Kola Abiola, the eldest son of Chief MKO Abiola, has claimed that he made three attempts to make former President Goodluck Jonathan bestow the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, GCFR, title on his late father. He said this during a programme titled, ‘Question Time’, which aired on Channels Television on Thursday. According to MKO’s son, he first approached the then Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), to honour his father during the Centenary celebration in January 2014 but a gold award was given to the deceased, which was rejected by the family.

Gumsu, one of the daughters of late military president, Sani Abacha, has slammed Wole Soyinka over his statement about her father. Recall that Soyinka while speaking on Tuesday during the Special National Honours Investiture was quoted as saying to Buhari, “I will like to appeal to you to stop confusing Nigerians. It is not possible to honor MKO Abiola in one breadth and praise his tormentor in another breadth.”
However, this did not go down well with Gumsu as she slammed the Nobel Laureate over the comments. She said Soyinka’s hatred for her father will kill him.

Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Edo state, says he is not capable of being a dictator. Oshiomhole said this while fielding questions from reporters in Benin, capital of Edo, on Friday. He said he was never a dictator as being alleged by his critics, adding that “certain things” he learnt in the labour union were not dictatorial.
Oshiomhole was a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). “Even though I was the president of NLC, I cannot even control my deputy because he was voted the same manner I was elected,” he said.

8. EFCC:
A former SGF Babachir Lawal, has said he is happy with EFCC’s investigations into allegations of corruption against him. Lawal stated this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Hard Copy. “I like it (the investigation). “In fact, I had always wanted the EFCC to be involved because the EFCC has the capacity both in terms of equipment and personnel to get to the truth,” he said.
President Buhari fired Lawal on October 30, 2017, but he insists that nothing will affect his relationship with the president.

9. RUSSIA 2018:
Uruguay narrowly defeated a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt 1-0 thanks to a late goal by defender Luis Gimenez to give the South Americans a hard-fought three points in their opening game. Egypt coach, Hector Cuper, left talismanic striker Salah, who recently made a quick recovery from a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final last month, on the bench for the duration of the encounter and although his team tried valiantly to hold off the Uruguayans, the late goal broke the heart of over 90 million Egyptian population back home.

Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has agreed to pay the Spanish taxman 18.8 million euro ($20 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, a legal source said Friday. The deal between the fiscal authorities and the advisors of the star comes hours before Ronaldo’s Portugal face Spain in the World Cup in Russia.
The agreement still has to be ratified and will likely come with a two-year jail term — although sentences of up to two years are not generally served in Spain. Ronaldo appeared in court last July at Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy Madrid suburb, to answer four counts of tax evasion.

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