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Fmr Nigerian VP Atiku Abubakar Appoints ex governor Gbenga Daniel as the DG of his election campaign organization

Former Nigerian VP-Atiku Abubakar 71years & Presidential Hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party,has appointed two time former governor of Ogun state Gbenga Daniel 62years as the Director General For his 2019 Election Campaign Organization..

The unveiling of Gbenga Daniel as DG is contained in a press release by the media office of the former Vice President on Monday.

According to the release, other appointments into Atiku 2019 Presidential Campaign will be announced when the leadership of the campaign resumes work.

Suspects smile in mugshot after been arrested for N7m Fraud(Photos)

Looking Unperturbed & Undisturbed the supected Fraudsters,smiled for the camera moments after they were arrested by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC)Lagos Zonal office, for offences bordering on obtaining money under false pretences to the tune of over N7,000,000.00( Seven Million Naira).

The suspects were arrested at Elomaz Hotel, Maryland, Lagos, following a petition received by the Commission from a complainant.

The complainant alleged that he was approached by one Dr. Lawal Ibrahim, who claimed to be the representative of an American company, Avis Beverages, in Africa for a purported agro-allied business.

He also alleged that he was subsequently introduced to one Dr. Ryan Wood, the purported company's President, and Alhaji Akeem Olagbaju Jamiu, who also posed as the producer of the commodity.

The complainant further alleged that he was asked to register with the commodity producer with N150,000.00 and also make a refundable deposit of N350,000.00

As part of the grand plan to validate their claim, the complainant alleged that he was asked to register a company and acquire necessary documentations, including certificate of ownership, tax certificate, BNI, NAFDAC, Narcotics Control Board and money laundering clearance certificates in furtherance of the business.

The fraudsters were alleged to have also instructed the complainant to register with Avis Beverages with $65,000.00USD once it was clear that he could obtain all the necessary documents.

However, the complainant, through a petition, sought the intervention of the Commission when he became suspicious of the transaction, a development that eventually led to the arrest of the suspected fraudsters.

The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations come to a conclusion..

Happy Democracy Day Nigeria

Democracy Day is a public holiday in Nigeria . It is held annually on May 29 . This public holiday commemorates the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria,when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in May 1999 ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.

Read the:-

ADDRESS BY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 2018 DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION , TUESDAY, 29TH MAY,2018
My Dear Nigerians!
Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration . I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far . This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed Change , the Change we promised and the Change we continue to deliver . We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely ; Security , Corruption and the Economy..

2 . The commemoration of this year ’s Democracy Day is a celebration of freedom , a salute to the resilience and determination of Nigerians and a recommitment by Government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity.

3 . Public safety and security remains the primary duty of this Government . Before this Administration came into being 3 years ago, Boko Haram held large areas of land spanning several Local Governments in the North East.

4 . Today, the capacity of the insurgents has been degraded leading to the re- establishment of authority of government and the release of captives including,happily,106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls , and over 16,000 other persons held by the Boko Haram .

5 . In order to minimize the impact of the insurgency on Internally Displaced Persons, Government has established secure IDP Camps and has improved the mechanism for the distribution of basic aid , foods and essential commodities using various strategies in collaboration with local and international Organizations.

6 . Efforts are in process for resettlement of IDPs in their home communities by providing schools , hospitals , clinics, water and sanitation to facilitate a quick return to economic activities . Government is similarly implementing de- radicalization and rehabilitation programmes to facilitate sustainable peace and development .

7 . The unfortunate incidences of kidnappings , herdsmen and farmers clashes in several communities which have led to high number of fatalities and loss of properties across the country is being addressed and the identified culprits and their sponsors shall be made to face the full wrath of the law . All the three tiers of Government are presently engaged with communities and religious organizations to restore peaceful co- existence among Nigerians.

8 . I want to commend members of the Multinational Joint Task Force drawn from Niger , Benin , Chad , Cameroon and our own country in collaboration with the International Community who are assisting in the fight against insurgency in the North East . I also commend the gallantry of members of our Armed Forces and other security agencies that have continued to provide security for lives and properties across the country . State and Local traditional authorities are helping with much needed intelligence in this fight against insurgency .

9 . This administration is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties occasioned by the carnage of insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country . I wish to assure Nigerians that we will not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors are brought to justice. Government is boosting the capacity of our security agencies through recruitment of more personnel , training and procurement of modern equipment , enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges .

10 . The Niger Delta Region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the Elders and the good people of the region . Government is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace , security and development plan for the region. The environmental clean - up of the region which commenced with the launch in Bodo,Ogoni in June , 2016 is progressing satisfactorily . Furthermore farming assets are being revived and investors in cocoa and palm oil plantations are showing serious interest.

11 . The second primary object of this Administration is to fight corruption headlong . Like I have always said , if we don ’ t kill corruption , corruption will destroy the country . Three years into this Administration , Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption . We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is . I therefore appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight.

12 . Various policy measures already put in place to stem the tide of corrupt practices are yielding remarkable results . Some of these key reform policies include :
a . The Treasury Single Account ( TSA) has realized Billions of Naira being saved from maintenance fee payable to banks . N 200 Billion has also been saved from elimination of ghost workers in public service .
b . The Whistle- Blowing Policy has helped to recover over N 500 Billion ;
c . The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit set up with a mandate to validate controls, assess risks , prune personnel costs, ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms has helped to identify and remove over 52 , 000 ghost workers from the Federal Government MDAs Payroll ;
d . The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS ) aimed at expanding tax education and awareness has offered the opportunity for tax defaulters to regularise their status in order to enjoy the amnesty of forgiveness on overdue interest , penalties and the assurance of non - prosecution or subject to tax investigations .
e . The Sovereign Wealth Fund project portfolio has been expanded with an injection of US $ 650 million so as to strengthen its investment in local infrastructure , power , health , re- construction of Abuja - Kano road , Lagos -Ibadan Expressway, East West Road ( Section V ) and the Mambilla Hydro - electric Power project as well as the construction of the 2 nd Niger Bridge .

13 . The fight against corruption through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has resulted in recoveries of Billions of Naira , as well as forfeiture of various forms of assets . This alongside other efforts has improved Nigeria ’s international image and regional cooperation .

14 . We have retained the services of one of the world’s leading assets tracing firms to investigate and trace assets globally . This is in addition to the exploitation of provisions of existing Treaties , Conventions as well as Bilateral Agreements with Multilateral bodies and Nations . Nigeria has also signed Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements to ensure that there is no hiding place for fugitives .

15 . This Administration has therefore focused on revamping the ailing economy it inherited in 2015. In 2016 , Government executed an expansionary budget and developed the Strategic Implementation Plan. For the first time , 30 % of the budget was earmarked for capital expenditure which represents an upward review when compared with the 2015 budget . The SIP was followed by the development of a comprehensive medium term plan – the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020 .

16. The broad strategic objectives of the ERGP were to ; Restore and sustain economic growth; Build a globally competitive economy ; and Invest in our people . The implementation of the ERGP has started yielding results . The National Bureau of Statistics reports that the economy grew by 1.95 % in 1st quarter 2018 , which is a good performance when viewed against - 0 .91 in 1st quarter 2017 and - 0 .67 % in 1 st quarter 2016 respectively .

17 . Our foreign reserve has improved significantly to 47 .5 billion USD as of May , 2018 as against 29 .6 billion USD in 2015 . The inflationary rate has consistently declined every month since January , 2017 .

18 . Recently , Government conducted Focus Labs in three key sectors of the Economy namely , Agriculture & Transport , Manufacturing and Processing as well as Power and Gas . These have yielded significant prospects for investments and Job creation to the tune of US $ 22 . 5 billion with a potential for creating more than 500, 000 jobs by 2020 . These investment generation initiatives are expected to increase capital inflows in the form of foreign direct investment . There is a high prospect that the cumulative investments from this first phase of the Labs will hit US $ 39 .2 billion by 2025.

19 . Under agriculture , Nigeria continues to pursue a strategic food security programme built around self -sufficiency and minimization of import dependency. As a result , rice importation from other countries has been cut down by 90 % which has a direct impact on foreign reserves .

20 . The Social Investment Programmes ( SIP ) has been created as a means to graduating our citizens from poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support . The major strategic objective is to restore livelihood , economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor across the country . The SIP programmes and projects include :
a . Home Grown School Feeding Programme – About 8. 2 million pupils are currently being fed from 24 States of the Federation with over 75 ,000 Catering Staff engaged under the programme .
b . The Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 297,000 caregivers and being trained by 2 ,495 Community Facilitators in 21 states . Less privileged Nigerians are now being paid N 5 ,000 monthly stipend in 9 pilot States of Bauchi , Borno , Cross River , Ekiti, Kwara , Kogi, Niger , Osun and Oyo . Eventually the scheme will cover all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
c . Under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme – About 264 ,269 loans had been disbursed to 4 ,822 societies in the 36 States and FCT, while another 370,635 are awaiting release of funds .
d . N - Power Job creation Scheme – is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates and has so far recruited 200,000 youths while the next batch of 300,000 have been selected, verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT. Furthermore , 20 ,000 non - graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N - Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria .

21 . In the area of power generation , Nigerians from all parts of the country continue to report better power supply and less use of generators . This underscores the effectiveness of the methodical plan to deliver incremental and uninterrupted power supply to our homes , markets , offices and factories .

22 . The country achieved 5,222.3 MW representing the highest peak of power generated onto the national grid and delivered to customers in December,2017 . With new facilities, repairs and rehabilitations by Government and private investors , generation capability now exceeds 7,500 MW .

23 . This Administration is committed to lawful interventions to ensure the operators of the distribution business live up to expectations especially in the areas of distribution capacity , service delivery , collection efficiency, and metering to eliminate contentious estimated billing.

24 . The Transportation Sector continues to undergo a series of reforms in order to sustain the international best practices and ensure safety and security . The nation’ s major airports have witnessed reconstruction of runways , installation of navigational equipment and new international terminals due for commissioning in Abuja , Lagos , Kano and Enugu. Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Nigeria and the Governments of other countries will significantly open up new flight routes .

25 . As a result of strict regulatory and compliance policies, Nigeria retained her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA ) Category 1 status , after a routine international audit . Recently , a new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility with capacity for aircraft C -checks and other comprehensive levels of maintenance was established in Lagos . This would save the country an estimated $ 90 m annually .

26. Giant strides have been recorded over the past three years to improve road transport infrastructure in all geopolitical zones of the country .

27 . The Railway Sector has also received tremendous attention as this Administration is committed to the goal of linking all State capitals in the Federation by rail network to ease the movement of goods and passengers .

28 . The Education Sector especially at tertiary level has continued to witness expansion in order to improve access to higher education by millions of youths in Nigeria . Over the last three years , Government has approved the establishment of 1 new Federal Polytechnic, granted licenses for the establishment of 4 State and 14 private - owned Universities as well as 12 private Polytechnics .

29 . Government has also continued to support the implementation of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education delivery . Thus , it has ensured proper funding at the Basic Education level with the disbursement of N 42 . 2 billion UBE Matching Grant to 26 States and the FCT, N 851 .5 million Special Education Grant disbursed to 23 States and private providers of Special Education and N 2. 2 billion Teachers Professional Development Fund to 33 States and the FCT.

30 . The Federal Government has continued to support fiscal sustainability at the sub - national governments through the implementation of the Budget Support Facility which was accompanied by the 22 - point Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Thus , bailouts funds were made available to States to ease their fiscal challenges and other obligations including payment of salaries .

31 . In addition , a total of 73 Ecological Fund projects for the control of gully erosion in different communities across all geopolitical zones have been completed in the last three years and are undergoing commissioning while 53 other projects are ongoing. The execution of these projects has generated 357 skilled jobs and 1,350 unskilled jobs during this period.

32 . It is pertinent to also make mention of the immeasurable contributions of the Nigerian woman to national development and advancement of democracy , over the last three years . The government and people appreciate you all as mothers of our great country .

33 . My dear country men and women , as we all celebrate our democratic experience , let us resolve to avoid hatred and intolerance; we can only achieve our objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.

34 . Finally, the up- coming months will usher us into another season of general elections . Let me use this opportunity to urge us all to conduct ourselves , our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co - existence such that we will have not only hitch free elections but also a credible and violence free process .

35 . In few days to come , I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “ Not Too Young to Run ” Bill

36. I thank you for your attention .

37 . God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria .

SPEECH EXCERPT:-Punchng.com

France Hails Immigrant Malian Man As Hero after saving Baby

A Malian man in France has been hailed a hero and granted French citizenship after he scaled an apartment building to rescue a child dangling off a balcony.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the malian hero:Mamoudou Gassama, an undocumented migrant, would become a “naturalised French" national and join the fire service, the AFP news agency reported on Monday.

Gassama was filmed by crowds on the ground as he quickly climbed up four balconies to reach the dangling toddler.

A couple in the neighbouring apartment, located in Paris' 18th Arrondissement, were trying to reach the child but were unable to lift the boy over to their side safely,when Gassama reached the child and pulled him to safety, the crowds gathered below broke out into a thunderous applause.

Gassama later told French media he loved children and "wouldn't have wanted something to happen to him:I managed to get up to the balcony above. I went up like that. And thank God, I saved him," Gassama said..

According to his brother, Gassama did not have the necessary papers to take up residency in France and had been living in temporary accommodations.

Before Macron's announcement, officials hinted that the situation could change.

A government spokesperson said the country should “open the doors of our national community", and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo added by tweeting that the city was eager to support efforts to settle him in France.

     “Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d'un enfant. J'ai eu plaisir à m'entretenir avec lui aujourd'hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement." https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 27, 2018

(English Translation):- “A big bravo to Mamoudou Gassama for his bravery that saved a child's life last night. I was pleased to have spoken to him today on the phone to thank him warmly"...

Gassama's efforts at saving the toddler in distress,have turned him into a phenomenon on social media, where he has been described as “the spiderman"

Sen.Shehu Sani announces plans to run against El-Rufai in 2019 Governorship elections

Shehu Sani representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressive Congress has announced his intentions to contest against Kaduna state Governor El-Rufai in the upcoming 2019 Governorship elections..

In a recent interview with Guardian, the lawmaker condemned the outcome of the local government election in Kaduna.

He said: “It was very clear that the results of the recently-conducted local council elections in Kaduna State did not reflect what happened. Even, there was no ward congress in the state; they just wrote list of names and submitted and this situation has worsened the internal crisis among those who used their money to buy forms. Let it be known to Governor El-Rufai that I am contesting against him in 2019 governorship election in the state. The election will not be conducted by the state electoral commission.”

Shehu Sani however, warned that the attacks and killings by Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani herdsmen would affect the political fortune of the APC during the presidential and governorship elections in many States of the Federation..

Italys PrimeMinister Designate gives up on efforts to form a government

Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte who is an Italian jurist and politician .A professor of private law , he was proposed, in May 2018, for the role of Prime Minister at the head of a government formed between the Five Star Movement and League,however after few days he renounced to his post due to contrast about the choice of ministers.

Guiseppe Conte has given up on efforts to form a government, a top official in President Sergio Mattarella’s office said on Sunday.

The comments were read out following a meeting between Conte and Mattarella to discuss the list of cabinet candidates the would-be coalition partners, the far-right League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, were proposing.

Earlier on Sunday a source said Mattarella had rejected the name of Paolo Savona, the eurosceptic candidate whom the League/5-Star coalition had put forward to head the Economy Ministry..
This recent development suggests that Italy might be primed for a long period of a caretaker government before fresh elections, as well as “more disillusionment by the Italian electorate and of course economic uncertainty"..

Donald Trump confirms Potential new summit with North-Korea in recent tweet

US president Donald Trump has just tweeted what seems to be a confirmation of Arrangements been made for a new summit with North-Koreas Leader Kim Jong Un. .

What do you think roomies!!? Is this new summit a Shot at reaching a peaceful resolution between the US & North-Korea??

COMING IN: Moses simon of Nigerias super eagles ruled out of Worldcup

Only 29 players are left in the race to represent Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia.

Moses Simon, one of the players in the 30-man shortlist, has been ruled out the World Cup.

Simon who plays for Belgian Jupiler League side, Gent, will not be making the trip to London for the friendly against England, let alone the World Cup in Russia.

Rohr confirned to PREMIUM TIMES in Port Harcourt that Simon’s World Cup dreams is over

“It is unfortunate Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team on Tuesday because he is down with an injury,” Rohr said on Sunday

“The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup,” he added.

The German tacticician is expected to drop four more players after Monday’s friendly game against DR Congo.  .

SOURCE:UC News

Irish Abortion Referendum: Ireland Overturn Abortion Ban

Reports coming in states that the Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%..

A vote held on Friday resulted in a landslide victory for the repeal side

Currently in Ireland Abortion is allowed only when a womans Life is at risk but not in cases of rape or fatal foetal abnormality

This is stated in the Eighth Amendment,which grants an equal right of life to both the mother & unborn child: which will now be replaced following the vote. .

The declaration of the vote was made at Dublin castle 18:13pm local time

And the only constituency to vote against repealing the eight amendment was Dongeal,with 51.9% against the change.

This Victory for the repeal side will pave way for the Irish Parliament to legislate change , & thus transitioning to a more liberal regime. .

British PM Theresa May also tweeted her support for the referendum tagging it: “an impressive show of democracy. . ."

Anger & Pain in the real madrid dressing room following Christiano Ronaldos Shock

Will Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid? Should he feel unhappy?

The earthquake that rumbled through Real Madrid's 13th triumph

What is this about, Cristiano?

Gareth Bale's moment of career defining individual brilliance came in Kiev on Saturday evening as Real Madrid won the Champions League, yet the Blancos dressing room were left unhappy with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese international didn't have any real impact on the match, and actually spurned several key chances in the second half with both Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold making key challenges just before he shot at goal.

Once the 3-1 win was confirmed, wild celebrations took hold of the Spanish team, yet the former Manchester United star cut a mixed figure as he made his way through several post-match interviews.

If ever there was a time to relish the moment and put individual agendas to one side, then this was it, however Ronaldo began to discuss his future with it obvious something is still bothering him.

“It has been very nice playing at Real Madrid," he explained to BeIN Sports.

“In the coming days I'll give an answer to my fans, they've always been at my side. The future of any one Real Madrid player isn't important."

The experienced figures around Los Blancos were quickly put out by the statement, with Sergio Ramos chastising the veteran forward both publicly and privately.

There was a feeling that immediately after winning the club's thirteenth European Cup, it was a time for celebration and not for pushing individual agendas.

Suggestions of wanting a pay rise and a new contract didn't go down too well amongst other players, it's understood, although after the adrenaline had worn off Rnaldo was more measured in his approach when walking through the mixed zone.

Florentino Perez and his cohorts were not at all surprised by Saturday's outburst, they were fully aware of Ronaldo's unhappiness since the winter, kickstarted by his desire for a new contract that would bring him in line with Lionel Messi and Neymar's new salaries.

Whilst they knew of the situation, never did they expect a development such as this, the high profile nature of it showed it to be premeditated and fans wouldn't imagine that it will be tolerated at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos' president made clear that the Champions League's top goalscorer will not be leaving the club at any price, he hopes the player will remain in the Spanish capital but there is perhaps a chance that was seen as a step too far.

Ronaldo's form in the second half of the season has been excellent, he's carried the team singlehandedly for much of their Champions League run, however his age will always count against him from this point.

At 33 years old, it makes little fiscal sense for Real Madrid to break the boundaries and offer him a new deal when Neymar is seemingly agitating for a change of scenery after just one year in Paris..

SOURCE:- Marca.com

Wizkid sells out 20000 Capacity O2 arena in London

Our very own Nigerian Music Superstar has joined the Elite List of Beyonce, Rihanna,Kanye West,Prince,Celine Dion,Alicia Keys,the rollingstone,Justin Timberlake,Adele and Britney spears on the List of artists who have sold out the worlds busiest music arena:20000 O2 capacity arena in London as Headliners. .

Congratulations StarBoy.
Keep on Shining & making Africa Proud!!!

Whithney Houstons Cousin says family is disgusted over pusha T's Album Art

Roomies it has only been a few days since Rapper Pusha T release his album “Daytona" but it is making headlines for reasons other than the music. .

To everyones shock & surprise the album cover art is a picture of the bathroom in which theLate Whitney Houston died some years ago.

According to People Magazine one of Whitney Houstons cousin has spoken on behalf of the family saying:

   -“It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky. I just want him to tell me why he did it? What is the creative side of this? What’s the point? It shows no creativity.”

To add:that Damon wants an apology from Kanye, as well as a promise to switch out the album’s artwork with a different image..

Well Lets see how this all plays out within the next few days. .

What do you think roomies!!??

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie receives honorary degree from Bowdoin College

Popular Nigerian Novelist & Feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie today May 26th received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College(which is a private liberal arts college located in Maine) alongside chemist and Nobel laureate Thomas R. Cech and former diplomat and government official Susan E. Rice..

Italian footballer Federico Zini found dead with his ex-girlfriend in suspected murder-suicide

Italian Footballer Federico Zini who played for Serie D side Tuttocuoio has been found dead alongside his ex-girlfriend.

The 25year old shot his 30year old former girlfriend Elisa Amato following a Heated Violent Dispute & then took his own Life - Police Said.

Zini would have turned 25 tomorrow May 27

Making a Statement: Police told Gazzetta Dello Sport:“it was a murder-suicide

Striker Zini had been considered a promising youth footballer in Italy when he started his career at Tuscany club Empoli.

He had spent four years of his career playing for teams in Malta, Bulgaria, the Philippines and Mongolia before returning to Italy last year.

Donald Trump: June talks with North Korea could be back on after ‘productive talk'(Details)

Reports: Donald Trump has said next month's highly anticipated summit with North Korea could be back on, tweeting that "very productive talks" were ongoing with Pyongyang.
The announcement comes just days after the US president cancelled the meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un that was scheduled for 12 June.

Donald Trump had blamed the Pyongyang regime's “tremendous anger and open hostility" as he pulled out of the talks, saying the world had "lost a great opportunity for lasting peace".
But late on Friday, Mr Trump tweeted:

      “We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date".
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26 2018

Asked earlier on Friday if the North Koreans were playing games with their communications, Mr Trump responded:

   “Everybody plays games. You know that better than anybody."

While the president did not detail the nature of the new US communication with the North, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said at the Pentagon:

“The diplomats are still at work on the summit, possibility of a summit, so that is very good news."

Meanwhile North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan seemed hopeful that the meeting could still go ahead one day.

He said:
    “His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we can not but feel great regret for it."

He also added that North Korea remained open to resolving issues with Washington “regardless of ways, at any time, any format".

“By bringing South Korea and China to the table a bit more, maybe they can even get that (economic) development from them instead of the US."

Kim Jong Un has met Chinese leader Xi Jinping twice this year

Meanwhile, South Koreans said they had not been informed about the US decision to pull out, with Seoul officials having said just days earlier there was a "99.9%" chance of the meeting going ahead as planned.

The presidential Blue House said it was trying to figure out Mr Trump's intentions in cancelling the summit.

China said the US and North Korea should show patience, encouraging them to “show goodwill and meet each other halfway".

Russian president Vladimir Putin, an ally of North Korea, said Mr Kim had in fact done “everything that he had promised in advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts" of his country's nuclear testing site.

Singapore said it regretted the cancellation of the summit and Japan said it only wanted a summit where North Korea would commit to denuclearisation.

Photo Order:
-Kim Jong Un inspects a railway bridge on North Korea's east coast
-Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in shake hands over the military demarcation line
-Kim Jong In meets with Xi-jinping

Photo Source: Sky News

Beef over yet!?Reno Omokri congratulates Femi Fani-Kayode on his new triplet two months after they dragged the heck out of each other on Twitter

We all vividly remember sometime in March 2018, two opposition figures Reno Omokri and Femi Fani-Kayode were at logger heads. They took to twitter to call themselves out using several unprintable names.

But it seems all is well now as Reno reached out to congratulate Femi Fani-Kayode on the birth of his triplets and he responded.

(See their exchange below):-

FGN declares May 29th Public Holiday

Coming in Now:-The Federal Government Of Nigeria has declared Tuesday, May 29, as public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Democracy Day.

Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Friday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued by Dr M. Umar the Permanent Secretary. 

Dambazau congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and pledged government’s continued dedication to entrenching democracy in the country. He also urged all Nigerians to trust and support the government in its commitment to building an indivisible, peaceful and greater nation based on the tenets of democracy.

The Minister wished all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration.

RCCG rejects beardgang-intending grooms planning to wed in the church

The Redeemed Christian Church of God has reportedly asked its church ministers to ensure that intending grooms and their groomsmen do not wear ”Taliban” beards during any wedding service conducted in any of its brances. The church gave the order to its letter to the Ministers dated May 15th.

-The Letter reads;

The Mission Authority has received reports to the effect that certain loose practices have been adapted during the conduct of weddings in the church, and hereby wish to direct that forthwith :

a. Every Worker or Department that will officiate during any wedding programmed or programmes of the Church, most especially the Officiating Ministers, the Choir and the Ushers.

b. Ministers who have the responsibility iof assessing the fown of the bride, must also ensure that the outfits of the Bride’s maids are checked to ensure that the standards of the Church are not compromised.

c. Prior to the wedding programme, the groom and his groom’s men must be assessed to ensure that they are not wearing Taliban beards, which is against the doctrines of the Church.

All ministers should be guided by these directives, especially in Parishes of the Mission that are licensed to conduct weddings

(See a copy of the letter below):

Mental Health: Let's Talk About It

Mental Health is a challenge in our society today and at large, it is very much obvious but still a lot of individuals find it difficult ...