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News recap: Dino Melaye’s victory song and Abacha’s ghost


Let me go straight to the point: if you have not seen the video of Senator Dino Melaye’s song and, perhaps, its many remixes courtesy ingenious Nigerians, you probably just returned from Pluto.

How about the retired General Ishaya Bamaiyi’s attempt at the vindication of his former boss, Sani Abacha? Or the outpour of praises and good wishes on a leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu?

Today’s news recap will give you snippets of those and more. If you are reading for the first time, News Recap is an aggregate of the top stories on during the week. Read on!


Being vindicated by vice-chancellor Ibrahim Garba that he indeed was a graduate o f Ahmadu Bello University was not a pyrrhic victory for Senator Dino Melaye. It was a victory to savour and gloat over. For him, there was no better way of celebrating than to do what rappers would call a diss track. Intended target? Sahara Reporters, the online newspaper that first alleged the senator did not finish his education at ABU.

APC national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari

When a very senior official of the federal government confesses that the economy is being run with a blueprint you masterminded, then you are an enigma. So it was for former governor of Lagos State and a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Speaking at the 9th annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium to mark his 65th birthday, the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, noted that the tax mobilisation formula and other policies the APC chieftain deployed as governor were what the Federal Government had adopted in its efforts to revamp the national economy. End of discussion.

Let’s take a quick journey back in time. Shall we?

Late Gen. Sani Abacha

Remember there was a military ruler in this country known as Sani Abacha? The man who was believed to have siphoned Nigeria’s funds into private accounts? Yes, that man who loved dark goggles.

Well, the man who served him as the chief of army staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, told us during the week that the late general was never corrupt. He merely put away some Nigeria’s monies for safe keeping, Bamaiyi told a gathering during the week. That’s settled? Well….

The suspect, Paul Nchui

This is settled? The police command in Cross River State on Monday confirmed the arrest of a 35-year-old man, Paul Nchui, for allegedly poisoning food at a restaurant in Ogoja. ASP Irene Ugbo, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the arrest to newsmen yesterday in Calabar. The incident occurred on Friday, March 24 at Oboso community in Ogoja Local Council, leaving two persons dead while 44 others were hospitalised at the Ogoja General Hospital.

Not settled yet is the wedding date of former Nigerian president’s son whose mother has gone to court seeking to halt the wedding scheduled for May 11. Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of Olusegun Obasanjo demanded the date of the wedding be slated for any time after June 1, 2017. Her grouse? She was excluded from the preparations for the ceremonies.

Though she has no grouse against anyone, still, she was at the receiving end of a severe punishment. Villagers in eastern India rescued a newborn baby girl who was found buried alive on Monday. Another case in the country highlighting the problem of female infanticide. Not her fault she was born a female. Right?

Shall we talk football?

Brazilian players celebrate at the end of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Paraguay in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 28, 2017. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.

Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo handed them a 3-0 win over the Paraguayans at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians.


Nigeria’s hard-currency shortage is dealing severe blows on Nigerian businesses. In spite of the hardship, businesses like Dangote Cement are surviving.

“We’re muddling through, but it’s painful and you can’t do half of what you want to do,” the company’s CEO Onne Van Der Weijde said in an interview. “To see that your plants aren’t getting the maintenance they should is painful. That’s because of foreign exchange.”

An inclement business environment can cause heartache. Definitely. But regardless of that, consider a healthy diet as one of the ways of taking care of your heart. You don’t even need foreign exchange to do that.

You also do not need forex to take note of that a Lagos court the other day ordered NAFDAC to compel the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc, to carry a mandatory warning on its Fanta and Sprite brands, stating that the contents should not be taken with Vitamin C in order to avoid poisoning.

That’s all I have for News Recap this week! Adios!

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