1. British Prime Minister Theresa May touched down in Cape Town Tuesday as she kicked off a tour of the African continent where she hopes to lay the foundations for post-Brexit trade deals. May is facing pressure at home from so-called Remainers sceptical of her ability to forge trade deals once Britain severs ties with Brussels, as well as from Brexiteers fearful she will not deliver a clean break. Her tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya — May’s first to the continent since becoming premier in 2016 — will be seen as an effort to stamp her authority on her embattled premiership.
2. Presidency yesterday acknowledged that there was an audio recording purported to be the voice of Leah Sharibu, the lone Christian girl still in Boko Haram captivity after herself and her school mates were abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, in February. One hundred of them were later set free while five were reported to have died. Leah was however retained by the terrorist for failing to renounce her Christian faith. On Monday, an audio tape was published by an online medium in which she asked President Muhammadu Buhari to have pity on her while also calling for assistance for her family.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari has said an initiative on dairy farming being championed by the Kingdom of Denmark and the Kaduna State government would go a long way in curbing clashes between cattle herders and farmers in the country. Receiving His Excellency, Mr Torben Gettermann, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark in a farewell audience at State House, Abuja on Monday, the President noted that establishment of dairy farms, as being promoted by the Kingdom of Denmark, “will save the country from the almost perennial problem of clashes between herders and farmers, made worse by population explosion.” President Buhari observed that when the dairy farms are “economically viable, the cattle herders will see the need to stay in one place, as they will realize that productive considerations, rather than the number of heads of cattle, are more important.”
4. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the challenge posed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for a national debate on good governance as incredible and laughable. PDP had challenged the ruling party and President Muhammadu Buhari to a public debate on good governance ahead of the 2019 elections. However, in a statement issued by the acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabene, APC said a party that supervised several atrocities too numerous to mention, cannot be in a position to debate on good governance. “We view this request by the PDP as another laughable example of the PDP’s selective amnesia on the 16 years of locust it wrecked on Nigeria during its defunct rule,” APC said.
5. Following reports quoting United States President, Donald Trump describing President Buhari as “lifeless” opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his handlers have opened Nigeria for international ridicule arising. The party said through its Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, that such embarrassment is a backlash a nation gets when incompetent leaders, out of inferiority complex, resort to jumping around the world, desperately shopping for endorsement from world leaders. According to the party, President Buhari has been seeking international recognitions that are not predicated on any achievements from his three years in office.
6. Former Kano State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has given reasons why he is not declaring his presidential ambition in his home state of Kano. Kwankwaso, who is at loggerheads with his state governor and longtime political associate, Abdullahi Ganduje, had announced tomorrow as the day he will declare his 2019 presidential ambition. The declaration, according to the statement, would hold at the Eagle Square, Abuja, by 11a.m.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES yesterday, Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Binta Sipikin, said Abuja is the nation’s capital and many of Kwankwaso’s political associates and supporters from across the country would be attending the event, hence the choice of Abuja.
7. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday appealed to his estranged political godfather, who is also the senator representing the Benue North-West Senatorial District in the Senate, George Akume, to stop attacking him. He urged Akume to, rather than castigating him, start highlighting his (Akume’s) achievements to his constituents in order to convince them to support his re-election bid to the Senate in 2019.
8. Hope that the battle of wit between the National Assembly and the Executive would be resolved soon was dashed, yesterday, as lawmakers slashed the budget proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari for the conduct of the 2019 general election. At a session of joint committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which insiders said was feisty with lawmakers divided along partisan lines, NASS threw out the N189 billion requested by INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and instead approved N143 billion. President Buhari, in his letter to both chambers of the National Assembly, had requested for N143 billion in 2018 and a balance of N45 billion to be appropriated in the 2019 budget.
9. Former Minister for Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has written to the police force headquarters in Abuja for a change of date to enable him appear for questioning over his alleged offense, as the August 28 date given to him was not feasible. He said the change of date was as a result of his engagement at the ongoing national conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), holding in Abuja. Fani-Kayode, in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, signed by his counsel, Raphael Oyewale and Idunnu Ajina, specifically requested for either September 4 or 5, 2018, for the interview, even as he described the reason for the police invitation letter to him as vague and ambiguous.
10. An applicant seeking Nigerian international passport has died in Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Passport office, Ikoyi, Lagos. The applicant was said to have arrived the passport office at about 7.am in company of his wife and they were asked to wait till 9.am when they would be attended to. It was gathered that at about I0.am, the man became restless and started complaining of severe heat and discomfort. He, however, requested to use the rest room. After the man couldn’t return early enough this arouse suspicious and forceful entry by the Police, the man was found lying dead on the floor!