RUSSSIA 2018: SUPER EAGLES JERSEY VOTED THE BEST
*. While the Super Eagles are rated as No.47 in the world, the Nike jersey they will be sporting in Russia was voted as the snazziest going to the FIFA World Cup.
The Nigerian jersey, in a Sky Sports poll, got 21,200 votes to come in first followed by Germany’s jersey while Australia’s yellow top came in third. Out of the 32 kits that will be sported in Russia, Adidas will be responsible for 12; Nike for 10; Puma for four; New Balance for two; Errea, Umbro, Uhlsport, and Hummel have one each.
This follows the modern kitting trend that is a straight fight between Adidas and Nike and the rest.
*. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says there is no basis to compare APC with PDP. Osinbajo said the Buhari-led FG must be doing well for it to be compared to the PDP which spent 16 years in power. The vice-president said this on Tuesday at the Democracy Day dinner at the presidential villa. Osinbajo also said he never knew he would get into politics because of the baggage that comes with it. SGF, Boss Mustapha said as the administration steps into its fourth year in office, Nigerians should expect good things to happen.
*. Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, on Tuesday solicited support from the youths for his second term bid. He asked them to re-elect him in next year’s poll, promising he would make them millionaires. He spoke during his third year anniversary and Democracy Day celebration held at the Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo. “I want you (the youth) to go out during the election and re-elect us. I will empower you to be millionaires; you will be exporting milk and meat; you will be driving Mercedes Benz, instead of Keke NAPEP,” he said.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has awarded a medal to a Nigerian peacekeeper, Olufunmilayo Amodu, serving with the UN Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for her outstanding service. The medal is an acknowledgement of the contribution of Nigeria to UN Peacekeeping Operations to ensure global peace and security. Mr Guterres also awarded a medal to appreciate the outstanding service of Mohammad Khan from Bangladesh, a military staff officer based at MINUSMA Force headquarters. The decoration was part of activities to honour the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world
2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Former president Robert Mugabe snubbed parliament for the second time Monday, leaving legislators warning that they may be forced to sub-poena him. MPs want the ousted veteran leader to testify in its probe into allegations that the country was robbed of $15 billion in diamond revenues. The allegation was made by the now-94-year-old leader in 2016, pointing an accusatory finger at diamond companies including joint ventures between Chinese companies and the army, police and intelligence services. He was first summoned to appear on the 9th of May but never turned up
The Russia 2018 World Cup-bound Super Eagles contingent will meet with President Buhari at the presidential villa on Wednesday morning. It would be an opportunity for the country’s leader to meet with and wish the three –time African champions well on their way to a sixth appearance at football’s biggest showpiece. NFF chieftains told thenff.com that Wednesday’s session will take place at the Federal Executive Council chambers at 10am, just before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
President Buhari has asked Nigerians to get their PVCs and vote the politicians they want in 2019. Buhari, who is seeking reelection, said this when he hosted judges at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday night. Attributing his victory in the 2015 poll to technology, he urged the governors not to relent in voters education. Earlier, Alfa Belgore, former chief justice of Nigeria, who spoke on behalf of members of the judiciary said before now votes did not count as results were written. He also said the current economic challenges was not peculiar to Nigeria, commending the effort of the Buhari administration.
5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the new national minimum wage may not materialise in September as earlier envisaged. Mr Ngige, who disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday at his residence in Abuja, said that the September date was just a date to conclude negotiation on the issue of minimum wage. “The committee on the new National Minimum wage is expected to conclude its work by the end of September and present its report to the government for deliberation and approval before an executive bill is sent to the National Assembly on the issue”.
6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Traders in Ebonyi who obverse the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra on Wednesday, May 30, will permanently forfeit their shops, Governor David Umahi said on Tuesday. Umahi, who made the declaration in Abakaliki while addressing the people at the 2018 democracy day celebration, noted that such order would not be observed in the state. He said that the state was terribly marginalised during its days in the old Anamabra, Enugu and Abia and was now making efforts to “find its feet.”
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has partnered with the management of Saudi German Hospital, Dubai to establish a referral centre and also a 100-bed hospital in Abuja. The partnership, it was learnt is in the final stages and would soon be commissioned. Speaking after a meeting with a delegation of the management of Saudi German Hospital, led by Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, the former Vice President said that the joint venture hospital project has the potential to reduce the spate of medical tourism among Nigerians and provide safe and quality healthcare for her citizens.
Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti, says Dayo Adeyeye was not a loyal member of the party. Adeyeye, who unsuccessfully contested the Ekiti PDP governorship primary election, defected to APC on Tuesday. Fayose reacted to Adeyeye’s defection in a statement issued by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communication and new media. “His move will not in anyway affect us,” he said. “This is because majority of those he thought were behind him did not defect with him.
According to her, Kizz Daniel, who is locked in a legal tussle with his record label, G-Worldwide has been shying away from taking responsibilities as her baby bump continues to grow.
In her own words: “Hi Chinny I’m Chinny, please help me share this post. I’m pregnant for a Nigerian singer Kiss Daniel but he has been avoiding me and ignoring his calls and emails” she revealed to the blogger through a private chat made public.” However, it has confirmed that the news was false and the Instagram account was reportedly hacked weeks ago. This was revealed by the sister of the alleged pregnant lady .
The highly anticipated Nigeria World Cup Jersey for the Super Eagles is set to be officially released this week and according to reports, it’ll be sold for $85 (#30,600). The new jersey was unveiled a few months back in London by the Nigerian Football Federation and Nike.
Nigerians react proposed price of the jersey. “Minimum Wage N18,000. Nigerian Jersey N41,000 so how are we going to support the Super Eagles when the price of the Jersey is higher than minimum wage.#ThisIsNigeria#DemocracyDay2018” “Considering the price of the new Super Eagles jersey, it seems smarter to cop the original 1994 one that’s been going around and claim nostalgia value.