NIGERIAN FOOTBALL WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT KESHI – BUHARI
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said Nigerian football would no longer remain the same with the death of a former coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi. He said Nigerians would miss Keshi because he gave his all for the country.
He also stated that with Keshi’s death, Nigeria had lost a great sportsman football player, coach and citizen. He sympathizes with the family of the late Stephen Keshi and the entire country, on his untimely passing.
PIB SUFFERS ANOTHER SETBACK IN SENATE
Less than two months after debates on the Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIB) suffered a setback in Senate because copies of the document meant to be presented were not available, the controversial bill was again delayed in the legislative house.
At Wednesday’s plenary, the bill was withdrawn after it was introduced by the majority leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, despite the presence of the sponsor, Tayo Alasoadura. Although no official reason was given for the delay, it was gathered that it may be related with conflicting interests that want some aspects of the bill working in their favour.
JONATHAN’S COUSIN, WIFE GRANTED N1 BILLION BAIL
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday admitted former president Goodluck’s cousin, Mr. Azibaola Roberts and his wife, Stella, to bail in the sum of N500 million each.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba in his ruling held that there was no material evidence before the court to show that Roberts or his wife would jump bail or frustrate their trial. The judge also said the defendants would remain in prison custody until their bail conditions were met. The commencement of hearing in the case was adjourned till June 28, July 4 and July 5 respectively.
TRIBUNAL DISMISSES LABOUR PARTY’S PETITION AGAINST GOV. BELLO
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Kogi state sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by the Labour party for failing to substantiate its claims. Justice Halima Muhammed, the Tribunal Chairman in a two-hour judgment dismissed the petition, saying that it lacked merit.
It was reported that Bello did not participate in all the stages of the election and did not have a running mate before the conduct of the election. It was also noted that, the party would study the judgment and file a notice of Appeal.
LAY DOWN ARMS, EMBRACE DIALOGUE, EX-MILITANT TELL AVENGERS
Former Niger Delta militants, under the support of leadership, peace and cultural development initiative, have appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers to lay down their arms and consider the Federal Government’s call for dialogue. They made the appeal on Wednesday urging them to give peace a chance.
They advised that the attendant effect of the military presence in the local communities should be avoided since the Federal Government had shown commitment in proffering a lasting solution to the menace.
FG EXPLAINS PLEA TO BANKS NOT TO SACK WORKERS
The Federal Government on Wednesday said its recent appeal to banks not to sack workers was based on the economy pick-up, that the bank would need the workers again.
The minister of budget and national planning, Senator Udo Udoma, said this while answering questions after briefing State House Correspondents of the outcome of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. The minister faulted the impending sack of workers in para-military organizations, saying it is not the position of the present administration to retrench workers.
IF AREGBESOLA IMPLEMENTS HIJAB JUDGMENT, CHRISTIAN WILL WEAR CHURCH GARMENT TO SCHOOL – CAN
Osun State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has stated that Christians in the state public schools will start wearing church garments to school if governor Rauf Aregbesola goes ahead to implement recent state high judgment on wearing hijab by Muslim students.
The Christian Association of Nigeria in Osun State said that it finds itself unable to agree with the judgment as a whole. They stated that they have in unity decided to appeal the judgment. CAN called on all and sundry in the country, to look into the matter before it escalates beyond control.
BELLO’S TRIBUNAL VICTORY, HEAVENLY ORDAINED, EXONERATES AISHA BUHARI
The Kogi Good Governance Forum, KGGF, a non-partisan organization made up of patriotic citizens of Kogi state, on Wednesday, exonerated the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari from accusations of interference in the just concluded Kogi Electoral Tribunal, attributing Bello’s victory as an act of God.
In a statement by its president, Idako Ochimana Abayoi, the KGGF, described the accusation as selfish blackmail which seeks to discredit success and excellence, stating that those behind the allegations that the wife of the president caused justice to favour governor Bello, are non-Kogites and are out to severe Kogi people’s ties with the presidency.
MAKARFI MEETS PDP NASS CAUCUS, SAYS CARETAKER C’TTEE RECOGNIZED BY INEC
Caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Wednesday, held a meeting with PDP National Assembly Complex, saying that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has recognized his leadership of the party.
Markafi disclosed that the committee had already met with INEC, saying that for the electoral body to invite the committee to a meeting was an indication that it had gained the recognition of the commission.
FEC MEETING TURNS SPIRITUAL, AS 3 MINISTERS FALL ILL
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting yesterday, started on a sober note with a supplication to God to heal President Muhammadu Buhari and three other ministers of the cabinet. The FEC meeting started when acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo entered the filled Council chambers, which was the venue of the meeting.
After the opening ceremonies, Osinbajo asked the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal to pray. They prayed for the speedy recovery, guidance and protection upon president Buhari, Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan (Mama Taraba), Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Jubril.