1. Controversy Rocks APC as its National Chairman Allegedly resigns: On Sunday, there were debates surrounding the purported resignation of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress. Certain sources affirmed that the troubled chairman had indeed stepped down from his role, while others dismissed it as mere speculation.
2. Lawyers, activists demand Emefiele’s immediate release: Several lawyers and civil society groups have expressed their disapproval of the continues imprisonment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The DSS had pressed charges against Emefiele for illegal possession of firearms shortly after a Federal High Court in Abuja declared his arrest and detention a violation of his fundamental rights ordered his release within a two-day timeframe.
More lawyers have now denounced the continued detention of Emefiele and have demanded his immediate release.
3. Pastor Adeboye speaks following accusations of sourcing his powers from demons in Redemption Camp: Pastor E.A Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has addressed the malicious accusation made against him. During his sermon on Sunday, July 16th, Pastor Adeboye acknowledged the circulating rumors that suggested his powers were derived from demonic sources in Redemption Camp.
In response to these allegations, the clergyman chose not to engage in a direct confrontation. Instead, he decided to pray for the individual responsible, as he believed they had committed an unforgivable sin.
Pastor Adeboye explained that when someone attributes the divine power and glory that rightfully belongs to God to demons, it becomes an unpardonable offense. To support his point, he referenced examples from the Bible and reiterated his intention to pray for the person spreading such rumors.
4. Call for women inclusion in Tinubu’s ministerial list grows louder: As Nigerians eagerly anticipate President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s list of ministers, a new aspect of the discussion has emerged: the call for equal representation of genders in ministerial appointments.
The delay in the release of the ministerial list has led to widespread speculation, anxiety, and intense lobbying throughout the country’s power corridors. This list holds great significance as it will determine the direction and policies of the federal government.
Nevertheless, the prolonged period of anticipation has also allowed different interest groups to express their concerns about the absence of gender equality in past administrations.
5. Tinubu Sends Strong Message to US, UK, Europe, Other Western Countries at AU Meeting: President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has delivered a powerful message to the United States, Europe, and other Western countries. During the 5th mid-year meeting of the African Union (AU) on Sunday, July 16, President Tinubu expressed his strong opposition to the exploitation by Western nations. He urged African leaders to remain united and resolute in resisting Western exploitation in order to compete effectively on the global stage.
6. House of Representatives ad-hoc committee to screen the newly appointed Service Chiefs Today: The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee, which was established to assess the newly appointed Service Chiefs, will interact with the appointees. Rep. Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos), the chairman of the Committee on Defence in the 9th House, leads the panel that was formed last Tuesday.
7. Labour Party Closes Case Challenging Governor Mbah’s Victory in Enugu State: The Labour Party has closed its case against Governor Peter Mbah, the candidate of the PDP, in the Enugu governorship election. Chijioke Edeoga, representing the Labour Party, provided testimony from 30 witnesses and submitted multiple pieces of evidence to the tribunal. The Chairman of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, Justice M. K Akano, postponed the proceedings until July 18.
8. Vice President Kashim Shettima stated on Sunday that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government will soon reveal its plans to tackle issues of insecurity and poverty, particularly in the northern regions. Shettima made this announcement during a press conference in Kano State.
9. I went back to school because of attacks from opposition – Adeleke: Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state disclosed that he decided to pursue a degree due to the opposition’s constant attacks. He made this announcement during the Adeleke University’s joint convocation ceremonies for undergraduate and postgraduate students. A total of 75 postgraduate and 537 undergraduate students received their degrees at the event, which took place in Ede, Osun state, on Sunday.
10. Naira hits new low at N820/$, as forex supply gap persists: The Naira reached a fresh record low over the weekend. It was traded at N803.9 to a dollar in the official forex market known as the Investors & Exporters (I&E) window, and at N822/$ in the parallel market.