EID-IL-FITRI: FG declares Friday, Monday, public holidays

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that the federal government has declared Friday June 15, and Monday June 18 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid- El Fitr. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Monday in Abuja on behalf of the federal government in a statement issued by M. Umar the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. He congratulated the Muslim faithful on a successful completion of the Ramadan fast and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation. Mr Dambazau said it was government’s desire [Read]

JUNE 12: Ogun declares Tuesday public holiday

The Ogun State government has declared Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 work free to enable residents and other stakeholders to mark the Democracy Day. A statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa on Saturday said the day would also be used to celebrate the recent conferment of a posthumous national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola. According to the statement, Ogun had been marking democracy day on June 12 in he last seven years, saying that this year would be no exception as befitting events, including a Democracy [Read]

BREAKING: Legendary reggae artiste, Ras Kimono is dead

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that Legendary musician, Ukeleke Onwubuya, better known as Ras Kimono, is dead. He passed away Sunday morning in Lagos. Ras Kimono was known for the hit singles ‘Under pressure’ and ‘We no want’.   Metro News reports that he was scheduled to travel to the United States Saturday night, but complained of not feeling too well. He was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, Lagos, then later taken to Lagoon Hospital in the Island. He was aged 60. Meanwhile, Music veterans, Tony Okoroji and Sir Shina Peters have confirmed the incident. Daily post More trending global news and [Read]

2019: As mass defection looms in APC: 5 Governors, 28 Senators, 70 reps join forces with nPDP

Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who constitute the new People’s Democratic Party, nPDP bloc in the ruling party appear set to re-enact their pre-2015 election feat that led to the destabilization and eventual defeat of the then ruling party, PDP. This time however, the APC may be the loser as leaders of the nPDP bloc will soon lead hundreds of their followers and supporters out of the ruling party back to the PDP at the “injury time.” Beside Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Saturday Sun gathered authoritatively that five serving APC governors, 28 Senators and 70 members of the green [Read]

EKITI 2018: Ondo State Governor, Akeredolu allegedly donates $6.5m (N2.27bn) to Fayemi for Ekiti Election

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that despite denial that he did not promise to fund the governorship aspiration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi with two months allocation of his State, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has donated a sum of N2.27 billion into Fayemi’s campaign fund, source in the known revealed to our source. Dr. Fayemi is the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State. The $6.5 million (about N2.27bn), which was termed “First Commitment” was allegedly paid into Fayemi’s bank account in Accra, Ghana last week Friday. The source disclosed that the cash was moved from the Ghana bank account of a friend [Read]

PHOTOS: President Buhari breaks Ramadan fast with Tobi Bakre, Sound Sultan, Tania Omotayo, Kunle Afolayan, others SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE >>>

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that this evening, Friday June 8, President Buhari broke his Ramadan fast with some entertainers and Youth Ambassadors at the state house, Abuja. Amongst those invited were BBNaija’s Tobi Bakre, Sound Sultan, Kunle Afolayan, Tania Omotayo and others. See more photos below: STAY tuned to this space for more 247 Fresh global updates and many more hot Gists. [Read]

BREAKING: Buhari’s Govt planning to Frame me up, Obasanjo Cries out, says ‘my life’s in danger’ READ FULL PRESS STATEMENT HERE >>>

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that former Nigeria’s President and a one-time military head of state, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has cried out that his life is in great danger alleging strong plans from the Buhari – led administration to frame him up with alleged frivolous allegations. The former president and head of state alleges that the supposed planned action by the current President Buhari – led government is a desperate attempt to shut him out of the polity and silence him completely especially as the 2019 general polls draw nearer. Obasanjo’s media office has soon released an official press statement to this [Read]

ENTERTAINMENT: MURIC Leaders battles Falz over ‘This is Nigeria’ music video

Controversies have continued to greet Falz’s new music video, ‘This is Nigeria ’, as the Muslim Rights Concern Director , Prof . Is – Haq Akintola , has given the artiste with the full name , Folarin Falana, a seven -day ultimatum to apologise , bring down the video or face legal action. Akintola made the demand on the account of some girls featured in the video , dressed in hijab and dancing new -rave “shaku shaku ”. The MURIC leader said the musician ’s representatives did not need to speak to the group , but should go to the press and offer an apology or issue a statement . [Read]

BUSINESS: CBN set to begin Chinese currency sale

  NEWS FLAKES NG Business Desk gathers that Following the currency swap deal signed last month with the People ’s Bank of China last month, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it may conduct bi-weekly bidding sessions for the sale of Chinese currency to authorised dealers . The CBN, in May, signed the agreement with the PBoC to facilitate trade between the two countries and enhance foreign reserve management , making Nigeria the third country in Africa ( after South Africa and Egypt) to sign such a deal with China . The PBoC-CBN Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement will allow the two countries to swap a total of 15 billion [Read]

MKO Abiola: Buhari’s June 12 declaration exposes his deceitful antics – Junaid Mohammed

  Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, on Thursday lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day and posthumously awarding Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR). Mohammed maintained that Buhari’s recognition of Abiola at a time elections were close was “deceitful”. However, the former lawmaker stressed that Buhari’s “sinister antics” was aimed at amassing votes from the South West in 2019. The fierce critic of the current administration said Buhari should be, “ashamed of himself” for waiting till 2018 before correcting a past “injustice.” According to Mohammed, “This is deceitful politics, Buhari is doing that in anticipation of the forth coming [Read]

FOREIGN SCENE: Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza will not seek re-election

President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2020, Radio France International reported on Thursday. Nkurunziza made the announcement in Bugendana district in the province of Gitega, central Burundi, after promulgating the newly voted constitution at a presidential palace in Gitega, which allows him to stay in office until 2034 if he is elected in future presidential elections. On July 24, 2015, Nkurunziza, won a predictable landslide victory in dispirited election marred by violence and opposition boycott. He is serving a third five-year term after taking 69.41 per cent of the vote, 50 percentage points ahead of his leading opponent, Agathon Rwasa. Britain, the [Read]

BREAKING: Super Eagles drop in FIFA ranking ahead of World Cup

The Super Eagles will be going to the World Cup as underdogs indeed as they slipped further in the last FIFA ranking before the World Cup commences in Russia. The Super Eagles dropped one place from 47th position to 48th in the latest rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday. In Africa, the Super Eagles slipped from sixth place to seventh as they are now behind Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco, Egypt and Ghana. The trio of Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mali complete the list of Africa’s top 10 teams. The slip by the Super Eagles will not be surprising to many as the three-time African champions [Read]

OSUN 2018: House of Reps’ Deputy Speaker declares intention to contest

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Lasun Yusuf has declared his intention to contest in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Addressing a mammoth crowd of his supporters at the secretariat of the party in Osogbo on Thursday, Yusuf said the people of Osun State are ready to vote for him as the next governor of Osun State. He reiterated the call for a free, fair and transparent primary election and appealed to the party leadership not to impose any aspirant as the [Read]

Ex-CJN Belgore says Buhari’s award of GCFR to Abiola ‘illegal’; other lawyers react READ MORE HERE >>>

The award of Nigeria’s highest national honour to late Moshood Abiola is illegal, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Alfa Belgore, has told our source. But other lawyers hold divergent views about the take of the retired top jurist in separate interviews. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday evening named Mr Abiola, winner of 1993 presidential election that was annulled by former dictator Ibrahim Babangida, a holder of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, 20 years after his death in 1998. Gani Fawehinmi, a rights advocate and icon of the June 12 struggle, was also posthumously honoured with the Grand Commander of Nigeria (GCON) by Mr Buhari. Mr Fahinmi [Read]

June 12: Senate Directs INEC To Announce Presidential Election Results

Senate has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to announce the results of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Elections widely believed to have been won by Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. This was part of the resolutions reached in plenary on Thursday, following a debate on a motion by Senator representing Ekiti South, Biodun Olujimi. In her presentation, Senator Olujimi hoped that President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day as against May 29 was done in good fate and not political. In his contribution, Lanre Tejuosho, urged the executive and the legislature to use this opportunity to strengthen their relationship. The Senate also resolved that May 29 remains [Read]