* I won’t write another open letter soon, says Obasanjo …urges women to take active part in politics (Punch) * Bill Gates picks holes in FG’s economic plan …urges more investment in education, health (Punch)

* I won’t write another open letter soon, says Obasanjo …urges women to take active part in politics (Punch)               * Bill Gates picks holes in FG’s economic plan …urges more investment in education, health (Punch)



I won’t write another open letter soon, says Obasanjo …urges women to take active part in politics (Punch)

A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday said he would write another open letter but it would take a while before he would do so. He also advised women to come out of their self-exclusion from governance and begin to take active part in politics. Obasanjo, who said this at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos,  while fielding questions from women at the 14th annual lecture of the Women in Management, Business and Public Service, added that the membership of  his Coalition for Nigeria Movement had hit three million. Read more

Bill Gates picks holes in FG’s economic plan …urges more investment in education, health (Punch)

The Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, on Thursday said the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan was not reflective of the people’s needs. He also said the country would do better with strong investments in health and education, rather than concentrating on physical infrastructure to the detriment of human capital development. Gates spoke alongside the Chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, at a special session of the National Economic Council held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Dapchi Girls’ Release: Biggest relief of the moment — MSSN (Vanguard)

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has expressed delight over the release of schoolgirls earlier abducted at a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, describing it as the biggest relief of the moment. The students’ body in a press statement by the president of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, congratulated the parents of the released girls and sympathised with those whose daughters still in captivity. Read more

DSS did not brief us on abducted port worker –Presidency (Punch)

The Presidency on Thursday said the Department of State Services had yet to brief it on a port worker, Moruf Ajao, who was allegedly abducted by operatives of the agency in the Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos State. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, told Punch Metro that he could not comment on the incident because he did not know the victim’s whereabouts. However, a senior official in the DSS told our correspondent that the only chance of the family was to file for the enforcement of the victim’s fundamental human rights. Read more

How Jonathan loyalist tried to Sway 2015 polls with Buhari’s hacked Emails (ThisDay)

New information on the operations of embattled data analysis firm, Cambridge Analytica, has suggested that it played a controversial role in Nigeria’s presidential election in 2015. A report by the London-based Guardian newspaper has revealed that Cambridge Analytica was hired by an unnamed Nigerian oil billionaire to work on the re-election campaign of then president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and was paid an estimated £2 million ($2.8 million) to orchestrate a “ferocious campaign” against Muhammadu Buhari, then leading opposition candidate at the time. Buhari went on to secure a historic election win in 2015. Before that, however, Cambridge Analytica reportedly attempted to furtively use hacked personal emails of Buhari, which were provided by Israeli hackers. Read more

Reps oppose special presidential probe panels …say panel usurps CCB, EFCC, ICPC duties (Punch)

The House of Representatives on Thursday opposed the setting up of special presidential investigative panels by the Federal Government to investigate various matters, saying that the development usurped the powers of existing anti-corruption agencies and the Code of Conduct Bureau/Tribunal. The House resolved to probe the operations of such panels, particularly the seeming duplication of the functions of anti-graft agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission. Read more

APC, Fayose’s aide trade words over alleged dispute with monarch (SUN)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Ayo Fayose, Idowu Adelusi, yesterday, exchanged verbal invectives over alleged disagreement between the governor and the Ewi of Ado, Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi. The monarch and Fayose allegedly had heated argument, recently, over demolition of some dilapidated buildings in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. While Fayose explained that the old buildings were being pulled down to rebuild and give the city a cosmopolitan look, some displeased residents cried to the monarch to appeal to the governor to stop the demolition. Read more

YCE replies ACF, says North is Nigeria’s problem (Punch)

The Secretary General of  the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr. Kunle Olajide, has said the North is a big problem and a great obstacle to the development of Nigeria. Olajide said this in reaction to the statement credited to the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum and a former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, who said that Nigeria could not survive without the North. Olajide spoke in Osogbo on Thursday at the first memorial lecture of Nathaniel Abimbola organised by the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. Read more

Nnenne Iwuji-Eme is first black female UK diplomat appointed high commissioner (Guardian)

The Foreign Office has appointed its first black female career diplomat as a high commissioner as it steps up efforts to change the overwhelmingly white, male face of the diplomatic service. NneNne Iwuji-Eme, who has spent 16 years in the Foreign Office, will take up her role as British high commissioner to Mozambique in July, taking over from Joanna Kuenssberg. Iwuji-Eme said it was “an honour and a privilege” to be appointed to the role and that she hoped she would inspire others to pursue their ambitions. Read more

How Land Use Charge’ll affect tenants (SUN)

Although the Lagos State Government has allayed fears that the Land Use Charge (LUC) will have negative effect on tenants, there are strong indications that property owners may not escape its crippling consequences. This is because, the introduction of LUC, will definitely increase the cost of property and that will have a ripple effect on the cost of hiring property. Tenants will therefore be made to pay the difference. This will start immediately for those who are about to pay for accommodation while those who have already paid will have to wait till  next year when their rents will  expire. Because of the way the LUC was introduced, residents are calling reversal of the increase slammed on land/building owners in Lagos by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Read more

Stella Obasanjo’s father, Abebe, dies at 99 (Punch)

Father of the late wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Christopher Abebe (OFR), has died at the age of 99. A statement by the deceased’s son and President of St. Gregory’s College Old Boys’ Association, Dr. John Abebe, said the nonagenarian died on Thursday. The statement said, “In his lifetime, he joined the United African Company Nigeria Limited as a young clerk and rose through the ranks to become the first Nigerian Chairman/Managing Director of the company. He was also the first Nigerian Personnel Director of UAC in 1959. Read more

Black Panther is highest grossing Film ever in sub-Saharan Africa (ThisDay)

Black Panther director and scriptwriter Ryan Coogler was determined to make the film’s fictional setting of Wakanda a positive image of Africa, and audiences on the continent have rewarded this vision by making it the highest grossing film in southern, East and West Africa ever. The hype surrounding the film was palpable in Africa and that has translated into real profits for Marvel Studios’ first black superhero. Five weeks after its release, it became the highest grossing film of all time in three regions, according to a statement from Disney on Tuesday. Read more

With Ajagun Nla, Duro Ladipo returns to stage (Punch)

The old glory of the theatre was enacted on Friday when Ajagun Nla (Great warrior), a play written by the late Duro Ladipo, was staged in Lagos. The large crowd that saw the play, the inspiring delivery of it and the excitement the audience exuded showed that the place of the Thespian art is still secure in the country’s entertainment arena. Interestingly, the personalities and institutions involved in the staging of the socio-political play are also symbolic. It was organised by the family of the legendary dramatist, Duro Ladipo, famed for his Sango recreation exploits, to mark the 40 thanniversary of his (Ladipo’s) death. Read more

Poland vs Nigeria: Olisadebe predicts tough duel for Eagles (Vanguard)

Nigerian-born former Poland striker Emmanuel Olisadebe said today’s friendly game between Poland and Nigeria will be a test for both countries. Poland and Nigeria are using the game in Wroclaw, 300 kilometres from the capital city of Warsaw, to prepare for the World Cup in Russia in June. Olisadebe was born in Nigeria, but will go on to score 11 goals in 25 appearances for adopted country Poland and also featured at the 2002 World Cup. Read more

Ighalo: Eagles can upset Poland (Vanguard)

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo is optimistic of a good outing for the national team, when they clash in a pre-World Cup friendly against Poland today. The Eagles are 3-1 odds to beat the Poles at home, but Ighalo stated that with the calibre of players and the winning mindset of the team, they can shock the Poles. “I am fully ready for the game and I’m sure other guys here are also in top shape for the match,” Ighalo told AOIFootball.com Read more

Buffon: Messi more complete than ‘killer’ Ronaldo (Goal)

The Italian star praised the two La Liga greats, though the veteran singled out the Barcelona attacker’s technical quality. Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon described Barcelona star Lionel Messi as a more complete player than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who he called a “killer” in his own right. There is not much to separate five-time Ballon d’Or winners Messi and Ronaldo, who are regarded as two of the greatest players of all time. Both are all-time leading goalscorers for Barca and Madrid respectively, having guided their teams to Spanish and European honours. Read more

‘I’m not angry with Taylor’ (Independent)

Seamus Coleman says he does not hold a grudge against Neil Taylor, the Welsh player responsible for the leg break that ended his World Cup ambitions. The Ireland captain makes his international comeback against Turkey this evening, a day before the anniversary of the painful night at the Aviva Stadium that condemned him to 10 months on the sidelines. Martin O’Neill feels that Ireland might have qualified for the World Cup if Coleman had stayed fit. Read more

Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she ‘was in love’ with Trump (Reuters)

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump. Asked if Trump ever said he loved her, McDougal said, “ All the time. He always told me he loved me.” When asked if she thought this would lead to a marriage, McDougal said, “Maybe.” The White House has said that Trump denies having an affair with McDougal. Read more

Kuwait donates $2 million to support UNRWA (Memo)

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Hamad Al-Duaij on Thursday handed $2 million in financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as part of Kuwait’s annual  financial contribution to the agency. The official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted Al-Duaij as saying that the Kuwaiti leadership is keen to support the Palestinians through various official and popular bodies. “This Kuwaiti voluntary contribution continues for years to support UNRWA activities and programs in human development and providing relief services for the Palestinian refugees in the region and to alleviate their humanitarian suffering” he said. Read more

Israel, US concludes army joint exercises (Memo)

The Israeli army announced Thursday that the joint ballistic missile defence exercise dubbed  Juniper Cobra 2018 with the US military has ended. The Israeli army said the exercises, which took place over the past few weeks were conducted in different scenarios, using live ammunition. The Israeli military said earlier that the joint military exercise simulates war scenarios on any of the hot fronts in the northern region on the border with Syria and Lebanon and the southern region with Gaza Strip. Read more

Whitsundays helicopter crash: US couple who died were on honeymoon (Guardian)

A couple from Hawaii were on their honeymoon in Australia when the  into waters near Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on Wednesday, killing them both. Peter Hensel, 79, and Sue Hensel, 65, got married last December and chose the Whitsundays as their honeymoon destination. A younger couple from Colorado, one of whom is believed to be Sue Hensel’s daughter, escaped with minor injuries. The 35-year-old pilot also escaped serious injury. On Friday, friends described the Hawaiian pair as “a really sweet couple”. Read more

Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27 (Reuters)

A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said. The blaze at Carina Plaza on Vo Van Kiet Street in the city also left 27 others injured, said the fire department official, who did not want to be identified. “Most of the victims died from smoke inhalation, but we also found people who had died jumping from high windows,” the official said. “The injured are in stable condition now and we are still searching the block to make sure no one is still trapped in there.” Read more


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