LATE SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN BANS PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM ATTENDING HIS FUNERAL
**The New York Times reports that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been asked to give eulogies at Senator John McCain’s funeral, but President Donald Trump has been banned from attending the ceremony.
John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, will lie in state in the Capital Rotunda in Washington, D.C., and receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.
His death on Saturday triggered a flood of tributes and even from U.S. President Donald Trump that he greatly opposed.
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*. The Lagos state government has announced that the third mainland bridge which was temporarily closed for investigative maintenance test would be reopened by 5pm on Sunday. Taiwo Salaam, permanent secretary, ministry of transportation, said the decision to reopen the bridge earlier than announced followed the completion of the test by engineers. The government also thanked motorists and residents for their cooperation and patience while the closure
*. APC has dissociated itself from an online membership registration website,apcregistration.com. In a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, acting national publicity secretary of the ruling party, APC said its ongoing membership registration exercise has nothing to do with the website. “We alert our supporters, members and indeed the general public to a purported membership registration website of APC–apcregistration.com,” the statement read. “The website which is trending on social media is unauthorised and a scam.
- FOREIGN SCENE:
Pope Francis in Ireland on Sunday “begged for God’s forgiveness” for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church, but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy. Francis is due to speak in front of some 500,000 faithful in Dublin’s Phoenix Park as part of his two-day visit to the former Catholic stronghold of Ireland, as abuse victims and their supporters gathered in a “Stand for Truth” rally in the city centre to demand justice. During Sunday’s address to 45,000 supporters at the rain-soaked Knock shrine in the west of the country
- AFRICAN ISSUES:
Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken the oath as Zimbabwe’s president, after winning last month’s bitterly contested election that marked the country’s first vote since Robert Mugabe was removed from power. The Constitutional Courtconfirmed Mnangagwa’s election victory in a ruling released on Friday, dismissing a challenge by the man he defeated in the July 30 ballot, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. Thousands of people, some from outside the capital, and foreign leaders gathered on Sunday at Harare’s national stadium for the swearing-in of Mnangagwa
Suleiman Abba, former IG of police, says the police under him forced former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede the 2015 election to President Buhari. Jonathan had congratulated Buhari while INEC was still collating results of the election. This earned him accolades from far and wide. But in an interview with Daily Trust, Abba said the police should be given credit for making that happen. “Thank God that in our own case, we forced those who lost elections to accept the results. The Nigeria police forced those who lost elections to accept the outcome,” he said.
Before departing Katsina state where he spent his Sallah holiday, President Buhari this morning paid a surprise visit to special troops deployed to curb activities of bandits and other criminals in Zamfara and neighboring states under Operations Sharan Daji & Diran Mikiya at their Operational Base at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport, Katsina. During the meeting, the president charged them to be as ruthless on all the bandits troubling the region. He said Nigeria and Nigerians need peace and so they should double their efforts to rid the nation of all bandits
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President Bukola Saraki says he is not losing sleep over plots and calls for his impeachment. After his defection on August 1st, the APC has called for his immediate resignation. The party chairman, Adams Oshiomole, has said that it is either Saraki resigns honorably or he will be impeached. Speaking in Delta state today where he went to pay a courtesy visit to the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Saraki sai he is in no way losing sleep over the plots to impeach him. The purpose of the visit was not clear but Saraki who dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has declared interest in the presidency.
- STATE GOVERNMENT:
A top executive at one of Nigeria’s largest banks, Zenith Bank has been held by anti-graft investigators over a series of transactions allegedly carried out on behalf of one of Nigeria’s largest oil-producing states, Rivers. EFCC is alleging that the transactions, at least N117 billion in value, are suspicious in nature but that Zenith failed to report them as demanded by law. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers slammed the investigation as “political witch-hunt” Sunday night, saying he would continue to prevent state officials from appearing before the EFCC for questioning.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has not defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, his campaign office said today. An online report has it that Abubakar was planning to move out of the PDP in a matter of weeks or days to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), where he is sure to pick the party’s presidential ticket. The campaign office described the report as a malicious attempt to confuse the public about the aspiration of Abubakar, ahead of the forthcoming presidential primaries election of the PDP.
APC is set to hold its first NEC meeting since Senate President Bukola Saraki left the party. The meeting, according to a top source in the party, will hold at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja by 10 a.m. on Thursday. It is expected to deliberate on the party’s preparation for the 2019 elections especially its primaries. APC NEC comprises the president, vice president, governors elected under the platform of the party as well as chairpersons of the party in the 36 states. The Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, former presidents and vice presidents and some former governors are also members of the NEC.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar, has appealed to the manufacturers of the A-29 Super Tucano Attack Aircraft, to expedite action on its delivery to Nigeria. Mr Abubakar said this when Taco Gilbert, the Senior Vice – President of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), manufacturer of the aircraft, visited him in Abuja. The Air Force chief said a quick delivery of the aircraft would enhance Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF) operational capability for the swift conclusion of the counterinsurgency operations in the North- east. He commended the visiting delegation which included officials from the Office of Security Cooperation of the United States Embassy in Nigeria.
Multiple media reports confirm that Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has put the club up for sale with a price tag of more than £2billion following his dispute with the Government in recent months over his visa status. The figure demanded for Chelsea would smash the world record fee for the sale of a football club If a buyer summons up the cash it would nearly triple the most expensive takeover in history which is currently the Glazer family’s £790million purchase of Manchester United in 2006. According to The Sunday Times, The Raine Group has been hired to assist with the deal and will seek interest from China, the US and the Middle East.