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The United States President, Barack Obama, will host President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on July 20 to discuss how to fight the Boko Haram militant group, among other issues, the White House said on Thursday. “The visit will underscore the United States’ commitment to strengthening and expanding our partnership with Nigeria’s new government,” the White House said in a statement. During the visit, Obama will discuss “a holistic, regional approach to combating Boko Haram” with President Buhari, who has led Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country since being elected in March. During the visit, advancing economic and political reforms in Nigeria will also be discussed between senior government advisers from both countries, the White House said. This is a display of international confidence in Buhari’s administration. Everyone wants him to succeed in turning Nigeria around. How about corrupt Nigerian leaders who don’t?

THE International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has confirmed that a common insecticide causes cancer. The agency came to the conclusion after evaluating the carcinogenicity of the insecticides gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (lindane) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). In a statement yesterday, the WHO said after thoroughly reviewing the latest available scientific literature, a working group of 26 experts from 13 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the insecticide lindane as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). Now this is very serious. Those who flit their rooms with insecticide and still sleep in it while its odour chokes, must be careful. This discovery promotes the use of mosquito nets.

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday engaged in a free-for-all over the sharing of principal offices by the majority All Progressives Congress. Reacting to the development, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, saying “the disgraceful act” in the House was a direct consequence of President Buhari’s lack of democratic credentials and lack of respect for the independence and sanctity of the legislative arm of government. But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, insisted on Thursday that Buhari would not intervene in the leadership crisis currently rocking the National Assembly until the APC state governors asked him to do so. Shehu said this while featuring on Sunrise, a programme on a Lagos-based private television station, Channels TV. PDP ought to mellow down on its childish opposition statements. As the ruling party, the PDP-dominated National Assembly recorded worse fisticuffs many times over.

Three out of the four principal officers of the Senate assumed office on Thursday after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read their nomination letters from their respective zonal caucuses in the red chamber. Saraki at the resumed sitting of the federal lawmakers, read out the letters addressed to him by the APC senate caucuses from the North-East, North-West and South-South. He said the North-East Senate caucus had endorsed and nominated Senator Ali Ndume as the Majority Leader, while the North-West caucus adopted Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah as the Deputy Majority Leader. He added that the South-South caucus members according to their own letter, adopted Senator France Alimikhena as the deputy whip. Saraki is stubbornly sitting pretty and extremely diffident against his party. He was, however, silent on the Chief Whip because members of the South-West caucus which should produce a representative, did not write any letter although they maintained that the APC Chairman’s letter listing the party’s preferred candidates sufficed for them. Hmmm…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday reiterated the present administration’s commitment to fighting corruption. Osinbajo said this in Lagos at the 3rd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture On Business Integrity. Speaking on the topic “Beyond Compliance: Imbibing A Culture of Business Integrity”, it was not possible for anyone without integrity to still have integrity in his business. “Integrity must reflect in behaviour, it is an accepted standard,” he said. Osinbajo said that the vision and mission of the present administration was to give meaning to the life of every Nigerian. The vice-president said that the decision to fight corruption was in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. In his remark, Dr Christopher Kolade lamented that Nigerians had almost resigned their fate to dominance of corruption in all sections of the nation’s life.

Super Eagles’ captain, Vincent Enyeama, yesterday did not attend the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee’s summons to explain his comments on the choice of Kaduna as venue for the country’s Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier against Chad on June 13. Enyeama had on the eve of the game expressed his dissatisfaction with the choice of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna as venue for the game, citing security challenges in the northern part of the country. But the NFF did not take kindly to his comments. If Enyeama apologised on the spot as radio sports presenters have reported, NFF need not flex official muscles by summoning him over comments that ought to have been ignored in the first place. Let’s play football, not talk-talk. Enyeama isn’t known for flippant remarks, so whoever hates his guts should drink cold water.

Following a petition by a serving judge in Osun state,Justice Oloyede Folahanmi urging the state House of Assembly to investigate alleged financial mismanagement against governor Rauf Aregbesola, the House has written a letter to the governor asking him to respond to the petition. Speaker of the Assembly, Najeem Salam confirmed yesterday that the assembly had received copy of the petition and had acted on it appropriately through a letter to enable governor Aregbesola defend the allegations levelled against him. Justice Folahanmi had in the petition accused governor Aregbesola and his Deputy,Titi Laoye Tomori of alleged mismanagement of Osun State resources leading to inability to pay workers’ salaries in contravention of sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution adding that the duo had no reason to stay in office. Although Ogbeni Aregbesola isn’t the only governor owing workers salaries, if he doesn’t handle things with tact, he might be the first to go down and others be forced to learn from his disaster. Braggado and bravado won’t pay salaries.

Following the expiration of his five-year tenure, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, is set to vacate office Tuesday. A statement issued by the Public Affairs Department of INEC said that Jega, who hails from Kebbi State, is to bow out of office with six National Commissioners who were appointed the same day with him by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010. They are: Col. M.K. Hammanga (rtd), Adamawa State (North East); Dr Ishmael Jikiri Igbani, Rivers State (South South); Prof. Lai Olurode Osun State (South West); Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Abia State (South East); Mrs Thelma Amata Iremiren, Delta State (South South); and Engr. Dr. Nuru Yakubu, Yobe State (North East). Similarly, four other National Commissioners will equally leave the commission in July and August this year. They include: Dr. Abdulkadir Oniyangi, Kwara State (North Central) and Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa State (North West). Their tenure will expire on July 21 while Dr. Chris Iyimoga, Nasarawa State (North Central) and Dr. Mohammed Wali, Sokoto State (North West) will complete their tenure on August 11. Jega will be bowing out with his head high and his legacy as an electoral umpire endure. He is the one the nation should celebrate, not those who stole us blind as rulers, and who still want to keep us in the dark. Mtshweee!

The Lagos State Government has given okada (motorcycle) riders in the state 21-day ultimatum to leave restricted routes. The government met with okada unions on Thursday at the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, where the ultimatum was given. The Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Tunji Bello, who chaired the meeting, said the government decided to give the riders 21-day ultimatum for the unions to sensitise their members to vacate the restricted routes before enforcement would begin. He said. “We have held a meeting with the okada unions on what should be done. We had a meeting with security agencies before now on the resurgence of okada riders on the highways.


Welcome to Friday June 26, 2015 and enjoy our other news and views of today – HAMILTONSTYLE.


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