FAYOSE EXPOSES AISHA BUHARI’S ROLE IN JEFFERSON BRIBERY SCANDAL
Governor Ayodele Fayose has spoken out again regarding Aisha Buhari’s role in a bribery scandal. The governor distributed a link to the US department of justice, holding court documents where Aisha Buhari was alleged to have transferred suspicious funds to a convicted former American Congressman, Williams Jefferson.
The governor’s special assistant on new media, Lere Olayinka, later circulated copies of the court document detailing Mrs. Buhari in the scandal. The document showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, Mrs. Buhari was mentioned as transferring $170, 000 to the American politician using a firm as proxy.
NEW POLICE IGP MEETS BUHARI
The new acting Inspector-General of Police Mr. I. K. Idris met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock.
Idris replaced Solomon Arase who officially retired as the police boss on Tuesday, June 21. Arase who was hosted by the President on Monday, June 20th to a dinner where he was also presented with a gift and congratulated by the President on a job well done, confirmed the whole development.
PRESIDENCY REACTS TO FAYOSE’S COMMENT ON AISHA BUHARI
Governor Ayodele Fayose has gotten a response from the presidency over his corruption allegations against Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari. In a press statement on Tuesday, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, stated that the presidency would have ignored Fayose because of his ‘incurably boorish instincts’.
The presidency therefore challenged the governor to inform Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he proudly but ignorantly shared, was the same as the one married to the Nigerian president. Fayose was advised to stay away from any information that can mar somebody’s identity.
SENATE SLAMS FG OVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE SARAKI, EKWEREMADU
The Nigerian Senate has accused the executive arm of the Federal Government of trying to muzzle the legislature and criminalize legislative processes in order to cause leadership change in the national assembly.
The Senate said Nigerians are facing enough economic hardship at this time which requires the full attention and cooperation of the three arms of government, rather than attempts to distract and politicize government. The Senate therefore urge all Nigerians and the International community to rise up and condemn the attempt.
NIGERIANS ACCUSE BUHARI OF ‘STEALING’ GEJ’S ACHIEVEMENTS
President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire from some Nigerians for allegedly taking the glory for the proposed commissioning of the Abuja-Kaduna high speed railway which is to commence operations in July, 2016.
However, some Nigerians who are supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan have accused president Buhari of taking what does not belong to him, for a project that was commenced and almost completed by the previous administration in 2014. The GEJ supporters accused the All Progressives Congress-led administration of using lies and propaganda to attribute the completion of the project to President Buhari.
CCT ADJOURNS SARAKI’S CASE TILL JULY 13
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the case against senator Bukola Saraki till Wednesday, July 13. This decision was taken after the judge said he will be traveling today, Wednesday, June 22, so will not be available for sitting.
Although Saraki had earlier asked Umar to withdraw from the case due to his case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, but all fell on deaf ears. Saraki who has been undergoing trial since September 22, 2015 was charged with 16 counts of corruption, still the case was adjourned preventing him from doing what he ought to be doing.
CAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR RELIGIOUS BALANCE AND TOLERANCE
Dr. Samson Ayokunle who is the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned president Muhammadu Buhari not to treat Christians as fools by giving preference to one religion above the other.
The CAN president urged the president to maintain religious balance so as not to open the door for lawlessness. He advised Islamic religious leaders to call their followers to order as some of them were not given them honour with their actions.
FINANCE MINISTRY WORKERS’ PROTEST STOPS FAAC MEETING
The protest by the workers of the ministry of finance, which entered the second day on Tuesday, prevented the meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee, which had earlier been scheduled. The committee last had its meeting May 25 but adjourned to June 21 and 22 respectively.
Prior to the protest, all the offices in the ministry were shut. The workers vowed that their agitation would continue until the finance minister was either removed or their allowances paid.
WE WON’T BURY KESHI IN BENIN – FAMILY
Since the demise of Stephen Keshi, there have been allegations of disagreement and infighting between Keshi’s family and some of his in-laws (Aburime family) over his final resting place. Reports claim the Aburimes are insistent on Keshi being buried beside his wife Kate, who died of cancer last year in his Benin home, but Keshi’s family want him to be buried in his ancestral home in Illah, Delta state.
Keshi’s extended family Onyeogu Ukpologwu Illah in an open letter to their in laws said on Tuesday there would be no going back on plans to bury the dead in Illah as the delay is affecting planning for the deceased’s burial.
LAGOS SIGNS SMART CITY DEAL WITH DUBAI
The Lagos State government has signed an investment deal with the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The deal is expected to bring multi-billion dollar investments to Lagos, create thousands of jobs and transform the state, a statement by the commissioner for information and strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said on Tuesday.
The deputy prime minister, Bin Byat, said the Dubai authorities were impressed with the conduct and readiness of the Lagos State government and were eager to proceed with the smart city Lagos project. The Memorandum of Understanding for the Lagos smart city was signed at the Emirate Towers, Dubai, by members of both parties. Governor Ambode in a statement said that the collaboration was part of a larger vision to make Lagos safer, cleaner and more prosperous.