My fellow Citizens;
I stand before you honored to assume the sacred mandate you have given me. My love for this nation is abiding, my confidence in its people is unwavering, and my faith in God Almighty is absolute. I know that His hand shall provide the needed moral strength and clarity of purpose in those instances when we seem to have reached the limits of our human capacity. This day is bold and majestic yet bright and full of spirit, as is our precious nation.
Former president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is billed to retire to his country home, Daura, Katsina state today after completing his two terms as the president of Nigeria. Buhari departed Eagle Square, Abuja for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport en route to his home state, Katsina with his friends and family members where he is expected to be welcomed in a grand style by his village men who are already waiting for him in Daura.
A chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, James Faleke who is believed to be an interim Tinibu spokesperson has disclosed that President Tinibu will unveil his cabinet members within eight (8) weeks after his inauguration. Faleke stated this today during the swearing-in of his boss, Asiwaju at Eagle Square while entertaining questions from media men. He was asked whether Nigerians should expect cabinet members from Tinibu anytime soon. Faleke said, “Of course, within 60 days, that’s what the law says. He can announce anytime, but I know he must do it within 60 days.”
The Joint Health Sector Unions and the Assembly of Health Care Professional Association have directed their members to commence an indefinite industrial action starting from midnight today. The National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna declared the strike action during a press briefing in Abuja today. JOHESU is the umbrella body of health workers’ unions and associations, including the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, and Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
The World Health organization (WHO) said that a scientific review of existing evidence found that consumption of such sweeteners was also linked to an increased risk of Type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality in the long run. Artificial sweeteners provide sweetness to food and beverages like tea and coffee, without adding significant calories. They are also widely used ingredients in pre-packed food. Hence, they have become a popular choice, especially among those who are trying to burn extra calories or loose weight. WHO made the caution on Monday recommending against the use of ‘non sugar sweeteners’ (NSS) to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs. “Because weight loss and maintenance of healthy weight must be sustained over the long term to have a meaningful impact on health, evidence of minor weight loss or reduced BMI over several months or less, as observed in the … trials, without additional evidence of long term impact, does not represent a health benefit,” WHO said in its report.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) after a virtually held National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on 15th May 2023, declared a five-day warning strike following the failure of the Federal Government to meet her demand. The five-day strike commences on Wednesday, May 17, and ends on Monday, May 22. Recall, On April 29, 2023, the association issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement the agreements or face industrial action of which the ultimatum elapsed on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
President Asiwaju Bola Tinibu has reaffirmed that fuel subsidy is gone under his administration. Tinubu made this clear while delivering his first inaugural speech as the Nigerian leader at Eagle Square while addressing Nigerians. In his statement, “Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources. We shall instead re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, health care, and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions,”
Special Assistant on Digital Communication to President Muhammadu, Bashir Ahmad, has said it is not a secret that Ethiopian Airlines is a major partner in the Nigerian Air project. Ahmad disclosed that Nigeria should expect more of it as Ethiopian Airlines will frequent Nigeria henceforth being a partner in business. There have been both negative and positive reactions following the unveiling of Nigerian Air by the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, that Nigerian Air was a leased Airline from the fleet of Ethiopian Airlines.
The International Monetary Fund has drawn the attention of the incoming President, Bola Ahmad Tinubu on the need to increase the country’s revenue base. This was revealed by the Resident Representative of, IMF Nigerian Office, Ari Aisen during the Virtual forum on the Nigerian debt situation. He also advised the incoming administration to do whatever they can to reduce dependence on debt to fund expenditures, hence, the fastest way to resolve the country’s debt issues is to give more attention to how to improve revenue and expenditure.
Google has now expanded FloodHub to 80 countries worldwide, adding 60 new countries across Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and South and Central America. The newly included regions include areas with the highest percentages of people exposed to flood risk, such as the Netherlands, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. This comes as flooding, due to climate change, continues to affect over 250 million people per year, resulting to economic damage of at least R200 billion ($10 billion) across the world. Another important upgrade is that FloodHub will be able to provide forecasting up to seven days in advance, which is a big increase from 48 hours last year. The platform will be able to provide forecasting to 460 million people around the globe, according to Google.
One of the most used social media applications, WhatsApp has revealed that its users will be able to edit messages sent not more than 15 minutes after. This new feature enables corrections, whether it is misspelling or desire to provide additional context and improvements effortlessly. Although, when a sent message has been altered it will display as "edited" alongside them, to inform the receiver that the message had been corrected or modified, without the need to search through the edit history.
WhatsApp wrote; "For the moments when you make a mistake, or simply change your mind, you can now edit your sent messages," To edit a sent message, it's as easy as a long-press on the message you want to modify. A menu will appear, and you simply select 'Edit.' You will have up to fifteen minutes after sending a message to make any necessary changes or enhancements.
Mobility and ride-hailing service provider, Bolt has committed N1.25 billion to empower female drivers in Nigeria. The commitment is part of a new campaign launched by the mobility service provider called ‘Women at the Wheel’ which seeks to address the under-representation of women in the mobility sector. The campaign seeks to help women access the additional earning opportunities provided by working as a driver on a ride-hailing platform.
Manchester City Striker Erling Halaand has bagged the Premier League Player of the Year award after a wonderful season this year. He was also named Premier League Hublot Young Player Of the Season to complete a magnificent double for the City forward. He has already won the 2023 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award and has also been shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Season and PFA Young Player of the Season prizes.
Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has finally committed his future to the club after signing a new 4-year contract. The club and Saka have reached an agreement on principle since Feb, and now the club has secured the signature of the young talisman. Saka has taken to the club’s Twitter handle to express his relationship with the club.
Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry insisted that Paris Saint Germain forward, Lionel Messi is not their problem. Henry disclosed this while expressing his disappointment at PSG fans for booing Messi as his situation in the club becomes noxious. Recall, Messi was recently booed by PSG faithful during his first game after his suspension by the club, when they defeated Ajaccio 5-0 last Saturday.
Nine years after their last album together, the Nigerian identical twins, Peter and Paul Okoye, known as Psquare are working on a new album. This was disclosed by the due during an interview with CNN recently, they also hinted at releasing an album within the year. Despite the fact that the Okoye brothers have been performing music individually, this is the first time they will be previewing a new song or album release on social media following their reunification after nine years of disputes.
Afro-beat singer, Seun Kuti has been released from the detention facility of the State Criminal Investigation and intelligence Department (SCIID), located in Panti, Lagos State. Seun was released on Tuesday night after meeting all necessary requirements for his bail.
Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known by his stage name Davido said coming from a wealthy family does not guarantee success. I struggled to become a star, contrary to the thoughts of many people who assumed that my wealthy background is the reason I became famous. He said this during an interview with Real 92.3 FM, Atlanta.
Ukrainians had seized high ground overlooking Bakhmut and opened the main highway leading into the city from the West said Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russia’s Wagner mercenary group. Prigozhin claims Russian troops which were deployed to hold territory his troops had seized in the city are “fleeing'” the area and not regrouping like the ministry says. He said: ”The situation on the flanks is shaping up according to the worst predicted scenario.
President Muhammad Buhari will spend another week in London before returning to Nigeria, the presidency said. The Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday which stated that the delay in Buhari's return is at the "behest" of his dentist.
President Muhammadu Buhari joined other world leaders for the coronation ceremony of King Charles III which was held on Saturday in the United Kingdom. King Charles ascended the throne on September 8, 2022, after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II who reigned for 70 years, the longest-serving British monarch.