Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has today distant himself from the rumor that he approached a court with a suit seeking to disqualify Atiku Abubakar, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. It was alleged that Wike supporters have approached court challenging, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over the conduct of the primary election that produced the presidential flag bearer of the party held in Abuja in May 2022.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has disclosed he was yet to receive a directive from Pope to reject the appointment as Director General, DG for a Muslim-Muslim ticket after he was conferred with the responsibility to lead the All Progressive Congress, APC campaign ahead of 2023 general election. The Governor said, “As a Catholic, everything we do, we send the advice to the Pope. The Pope has not told me that what I’m doing is bad to accept the Director-General. As a Catholic, we take that direction,”.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has bragged that being an effective leader is not a function of a political party, following the rift that has continued unabated in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the last few weeks. The Governor stated this today while inaugurating a dualized Ogbunuabali-Eastern bypass road that was unveiled by a Sokoto APC chieftain, Senator Aliyu Wamako. Wike revealed that contrary to most people's opinion to think that good leadership is a function of a political party, but forgetting that it is from the mindset of an individual.
The Federal Government Of Nigeria has begun negotiations with the Nigerian Association of Resident doctors over the demands of the doctors. This was disclosed by the publicity secretary of NARD, Dr. Yusuf Alfa.
The Director General of the National Health Insurance Authority, NHIA, Mohammed Nasir Sambo says about 83 million Nigerians are estimated to benefit from the newly introduced compulsory health insurance law that was recently assented into law as National Health Insurance Authority Act, NHIA Act, by President Buhari. The statement was disclosed by the Director General of the National Health Insurance Authority, Mohammed Nasir Sambo during a one-day news conference/workshop for health reporters on NHIA Act in Abuja yesterday.
The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, have issued the Federal Government a two weeks ultimatum to implement a minimum wage and hazard allowance or meet their wrath in form of indefinite industrial action. The threat was issued through a communiqué jointly signed by the NARD President Dr. Dare Ishaya; Secretary General, Suleiman Abiodun, and Publicity Secretary, Alfa Yusuf and was made available to pressmen yesterday at the end of the National Executive Council Meeting and Scientific conference of the Association.
A new animal virus that can infect people has been identified in eastern China. But scientists say they are not overly concerned because the virus doesn't seem to spread easily between people, nor is it fatal. The newly discovered virus identified as Langya henipavirus or LayV can cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, and is closely related to Nipah and Hendra viruses, but cannot spread easily in people. These also cause respiratory infections and can be fatal. Researchers think LayV is carried by shrews, which might have infected people directly or through an intermediate animal. The pathogen did not cause any reported deaths, but was detected in 35 unrelated fever patients in hospitals in Shandong and Henan provinces between 2018 and 2021, the scientists said,
Oil prices edged lower on Wednesday after industry data showed US crude inventories suddenly rose last week, signaling a potential hitch in demand. U.S. Crude stocks rose by about 2.2 million barrels for the week ended August 5, according to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures. Analysts had predicted a small 400,000 barrel drop in crude inventories. Brent crude futures fell 73 cents, or 0.76%, to $95.58 a barrel by 0928 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were down 64 cents, or 0.71%, at $89.86.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed to halt plans on the deduction of $418 million from the federation account to settle consultants over Paris Club debt. This was discussed during the August 3rd Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting. The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) last week had resisted attempts to begin the deduction plan. The governors, in a letter to the federal government, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, argued that an attempt to restart the deduction process, which is being challenged in the courts and for which the Supreme Court has made a pronouncement, would be unconstitutional.
Billionaire founder of Tesla Inc., Elon Musk has sold $6.9 billion shares of Tesla stock ahead of Twitter’s court case, taking advantage of a recent rise in the electric vehicle maker’s stock price. He now owns 155.04 million shares in Tesla. Last year the billionaire sold more than 15 million Tesla shares. As speculation mounted over the reason for the disposal, Musk responded in a series of late-night tweets, saying he wanted to avert an emergency sale of stock. When followers asked him if he had finished selling Tesla shares and would buy the stock again if the deal does not close, Musk responded: “Yes.” Musk and Twitter are locked in a legal battle over the former's effort to walk away from the April agreement to buy the company.
Meta's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg, has announced exciting new privacy features for Whatsapp users this month. According to the CEO users will now be able to exit groups without everyone in the group knowing. This is part of new privacy features introduced by the social media platform. With the "Leave Groups Silently" feature, instead of notifying the full group when leaving, only the admins will be notified. Zuckerberg, who made this known in a Facebook post said WhatsApp users can also prevent people from doing a screenshot of messages tagged as 'view once'.
Nigerian Government through her Ministery of Information and Culture has tasked tech giant Google to help in her battle against disinformation, the spread of fake news and hate, from users on its platforms. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the request when he hosted a team from Google in his office in Abuja on Thursday, stated that the platform is becoming popular among those who are waging information warfare against the country and has implored the tech giant to deny them, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) the use of its platform for its acts of violence and destabilization.
Heading back to his former club, RB Leipzig after completing his deal, Timo Werner is already missing Stamford Bridge where he experienced a tough period of his football career. Werner has today sealed a deal of going back to Leipzig for a deal of £25million after completing a medical. Some commentators opined that the departure of the German international has brought an end to his boring two years at the London Club where he was signed in for a whooping £47.5million during the year 2020.
Nigerian long jumper Ese Brume broke the Commonwealth Games record twice on Sunday to win Team Nigeria’s 12th gold medal at the ongoing event in Birmingham. Australia’s Bronwyn Thompson in 2006 set the record at 6.97m in Melbourne before Brume's fourth attempt on Sunday set the record at 6.99m.
Nigerian World champion, Tobi Amusan has defended her title by winning the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Amusan retained her win by running a Games record of 12.30 secs setting another record as well, and becoming the first world champion to win gold and the first Nigerian athlete to do the same at the Alexender Stadium on 7th August 2022.
Walt Disney’s streaming services—Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+—have overtaken Netflix in the number of viewers, pushing its total number of paying streaming customers to 221mn, slightly ahead of Netflix. Commenting on the results for the streaming services, Bob Chapek, CEO, The Walt Disney Company, said: “with 14.4 million Disney+ subscribers added in the fiscal third quarter, we now have 221 million total subscriptions across our streaming offerings”. The firm reported 221.1 million subscribers across its three streaming platforms beating the 220.7 million subscribers Netflix announced in July. Walt Disney Company ended June with a total of 221.1 million streaming subscribers, edging past the 220.6 million posted by Netflix for the same period.
Nigeria artiste, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel has been arrested in Tanzania, following his inability to perform at a concert after allegedly being paid about $5,000. It was said that fans of the singer who had to assemble at the venue of the said show in Tanzania were left devastated after he failed to show up. As part of Daniel's Afro Classic World tour, he was scheduled to perform at the Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena in Tanzania, on the night of 7th August 2022. following his absence at the said concert, video of angry fans trashing the show's venue had trended earlier.
American reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her lover, Pete Davidson have gone their separate ways after dating for nine months, after the duos' schedules and distance took a toll on the relationship. It is said that the estranged lovers who split as a couple this week chose to remain friends not minding the present crack in their love life.
Vice President of Sierra Leone Mohamed Jalloh, imposed a curfew on Wednesday from 3 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) in a bid to quell anti-government protests that resulted in the deaths of several persons and about eight police officers. According to officials and local media reports, hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday in a public display of frustration over inflation, rising cost of living, and general economic conditions in the country. It was gathered that the police officers, including six men and two women, were “brutalised” and killed in the area where the protests were held on Wednesday, youth minister Mohamed Bangura said. Bangura said he could not immediately confirm the number of civilians killed or injured in the violent demonstrations. “We are yet to know how many people were injured, but I can confirm that eight police officers were killed,” he said. Bangura also described the protests as an "act of terrorism."
A former member of Colombia’s M-19 guerrilla group, Gustavo Petro has been sworn into office on Sunday after winning the presidential election in June. Gustavo Petro who is now Colombia’s first leftist president promised to unite the polarised country in the fight against inequality and climate change, and achieve peace with rebel groups and criminal gangs.
An early-morning drone strike has killed Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden’s death, at an urban safe house in Afghanistan ending a 21-year manhunt for the Egyptian radical. According to a confirmation made by the United States of America (USA) President, Joe Biden on Monday, “I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all.”