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  1. OSINBAJO SWEARS IN 2 MINISTERS TODAY

The Presidency confirmed on Tuesday night that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, will swear in the two new ministers already confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday (today). This was tweeted at about 10 pm by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, after the presidency dismissed same report earlier.

Akande said the swearing-in will be done at the start of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Ministers are Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan. Both were confirmed by the Senate in April.

Ocheni is to replace the late former Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, while Hassan is to replace Amina Mohammed who resigned as Minister of Environment to become the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.

 

  1. I SAW OSINBAJO BEING SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT – PROPHET CHUKWUDI RELEASES PROPHESIES

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi of the King of Kings Deliverance ministry, Agbons, Ulepa Ntezi, Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state has revealed that God showed him Acting President Yemi Osibanjo being sworn in as president of Nigeria. Addressing newsmen in Ebonyi, the Prophet said, “I saw Buhari saying that he is no more in charge. Then I saw Osinbajo being sworn in. But the opposition is just too much. He can only last till 2019.

He should battle very well not to be removed from office before then. This is not the first time I am saying that Buhari will not pilot Nigeria into 2019, and this is not the first time I am being shown Atiku as the next president. It’s over three years now that Atiku was first revealed to me.”

 

 

  1. WHY FAYOSE WAS EXCLUDED FROM GOVERNORS TO VISIT BUHARI – PRESIDENCY

The presidential media team, comprising Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina and Laolu Akande has revealed why Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose was excluded from a team of governors to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London. Although there are speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon return home from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, a selected number of governors left the shores of Nigeria on Tuesday night to pay the recuperating President a solidarity visit.

Zamfara State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari is leading the delegation of governors which also includes Ebonyi (Dave Umahi), Kano (Umar Gandoje), Borno (Kassim Shettima), Benue (Samuel Ortom), Akwa Ibom (Udom Emmanuel) and Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi).

When asked why Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose who had been quite vocal on the state of health of the President was not among the delegation, Shehu explained that the visiting team was at the discretion of the Governors Forum.

 

  1. NAIRA APPRECIATES TO N363 PER DOLLAR AFTER MPC MEETING

Few hours after the Central Bank of Nigeria announced the outcome of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, the exchange rate gained at the parallel market as the naira further appreciated against the dollar.

The Nigerian currency gained two points to trade at N363 to the dollar on Tuesday at the parallel market in Lagos, stronger than N365 posted on Monday.

The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N475 and N420 respectively at the parallel market.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro exchanged at N477 and N419, respectively.

Trading at the investors’ window saw the Naira closing at N369.50, while it also closed at N305.75 at the interbank market.

Traders at the market attributed the further appreciation of the naira to the outcome of the MPC meeting of the CBN.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), said that the mop up of liquidity by the CBN was already impacting the exchange rate positively.

 

  1. I WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2019 IF 10 MILLION NIGERIANS ENDORSE ME – OKOROCHA

Governor Rochas Okorocha has indicated interest to run for president in Nigeria’s 2019 general elections.

However, he listed two conditions that will make his mind up for him. He said he would run if President Muhammdu Buhari doesn’t indicate interest to run and if ten million Nigerians endorse him for the position.

He spoke on Tuesday in Imo state while addressing a group of youths.

“I will not run in 2019 if President Muhammadu Buhari will be running. Even at that, I will not also run at any given time unless 10 million Nigerians endorse me”, he said.

He then narrated how close he is to all regions of the country.

“I am an Igbo man with Igbo parentage. I was born and raised in the north. The north gave me education, guaranteed my childhood, even when I was not worthy to be called anybody in this world.

“I did all my schooling— primary, secondary and tertiary— in the northern part of this country. I finished and needed to be successful and wealthy. My encounter with someone from the South-West gave me the financial empowerment.

“So you can see that in my person, I have no choice whatsoever but to be a detribalized Nigerian, having been born of Igbo parentage, raised up by the North and empowered by the West. Nigeria remains my constituency.

 

  1. NIGERIAN SENATE PASSES PEACE CORPS BILL

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday finally passed the peace corps bill to make the Peace Corps a para-military agency. The parliament adopted the conference report on the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, after it was so advised by its committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had separately passed the bill last year.

However, after the harmonisation of the two separate bills, the Senate had rejected the harmonised version, which has now been approved.

The bill will be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent after the House also approves the harmonised version.

It is not clear if the Presidency will approve the bill as several departments in the executive including the police and the military are opposed to the legalisation of the Peace Corps which is currently a private NGO.

 

  1. WHY BUHARI IS RECEIVING VISITORS IN LONDON – SHEHU GARBA

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu on Tuesday explained why ailing President Muhammadu Buhari was receiving visitors in London.

Shehu said, “The visit is a goodwill visit and there is nothing more than that.

“I believe Nigerians in various positions have yearned to go and meet the President and at some point, this obviously has not been permitted.

“But given the change in circumstances, you can see that it is coming from London itself and the President is welcoming it.

“It is a goodwill visit. As a cultural people, we visit people leaving hospital and I am sure the President himself will be delighted to see people coming from the six geopolitical zones to convey the goodwill of Nigerians.”

 

  1. COURT CLEARS MAN WHO NAMED HIS DOG ‘BUHARI’

A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Sango-Otta, Ogun state on Tuesday dismissed charges filed against Joachim Iroko for naming his dog ‘Buhari.’

Magistrate O. O. Adebo said the prosecutor failed to substantiate his case against Iroko and consequently struck out all charges preferred against him. The magistrate said the prosecution failed to provide witnesses since December 2016, and, at some point, stopped appearing for hearing.

It was recalled that, Iroko, 41, was arrested in August 2016 for causing a breach of peace after he was reported by his neighbour, for alleged insensitivity in Mr. Iroko’s action of naming his dog after the President.

 

  1. NIGERIAN ARMY PROMOTES MORE THAN 6,000 SOLDIERS

The Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has approved the special promotion of more than six thousand soldiers in operation Lafiya Dole to various ranks. The soldiers were believed to have been fighting the terrorist groups.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. – Gen. Sani Usman who made the announcement said Buratai gave the approval on Tuesday. The Army Chief however, congratulated the newly promoted soldiers and urged them to keep up the ongoing fight against the terror group in the North-East.

 

  1. LAGOS ISSUES 48-HOUR QUIT NOTICE TO ILLEGAL SHOP OWNERS IN OBALENDE

Officers of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation Enforcement has issued a 48-hour notice to those doing business under the Obalende bridge to vacate as the Lagos state government is set to modernize the area. This comes as a result of the flooding being experienced across all parts of the state since the rains began.

The Head Public Affairs Unit, Lagos state Taskforce, Adebayo Taofiq, said in a statement on Tuesday that the illegal structures were blocking the drainage and partly responsible for the flooding in Lagos. He urged all to comply with the directives or face the wrath of the law.

 

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