Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-Nigeria, yesterday, celebrated its 60th anniversary with a military parade, colourful celebration, acrobatic display, cultural dances, among others at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The celebration was not low-key as initially announced by the government.
2-.A former Deputy Director of the Department of State Service (DSS), Dennis Amakiri has reacted to the recent attack on Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum. Speaking during a special programme on Channels Television to mark Nigeria’s independence anniversary on Thursday, Amakiri said Governor Zulum was warned earlier against moving out.
3-.Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged Nigerians to sustain faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome it challenges. The Governor, who gave this charge in his Independence Day address on Thursday said what the nation needs at this time are men and women of honour and integrity who can stand for the rule of law and promote the values, the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.
4- A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has hit out at President Muhammadu Buhari, for blaming past leaders for Nigeria’s present woes. Buhari, during his 60th Independence Anniversary Speech, said that “those in the previous Governments from 1999 to 2015, who presided over the near destruction of the country, have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts.”
5-.The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on the Federal Government to provide a resilient base for sustainable development for the wellbeing of all Nigerians regardless of ethnic and religious orientation in the country. Mr. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, made the call in a message to workers and Nigerians at the country’s 60th Independence Anniversary with the theme, “Together” on Thursday in Abuja, NAN reports.
6-.A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega wants President Muhammadu Buhari’s 60th Independence speech to go beyond talk to implementation. The former INEC boss said this on Thursday as the country marked it’s 60th Independence anniversary.
7-.A man was shot dead Wednesday in a central Guinean city shaken by clashes since the prime minister visited it the day before to campaign for President Alpha Conde’s re-election. Security forces on Wednesday shot and killed Habib Petel Diallo, 20, during a protest in the city of Dalaba against the premier’s visit, the man’s brother Lamine Diallo said.
8-.Canada announced billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure projects Thursday that will support a transition to a low-carbon economy during pandemic recovery and create 60,000 jobs over three years. The government’s nascent Canada Infrastructure Bank will oversee the spending, which totals Can$10 billion (US$7.5 billion) and is meant to fund electric buses, renewable power generation and building retrofits.
9-.UEFA will allow spectators back into matches in the Champions League and its other club and international competitions “at a maximum of 30 percent” of capacity, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday. Up until now, all matches in the Champions League, Europa League and Nations League have been played behind closed doors because of Covid-19, but the decision follows a successful experiment at the Super Cup in Budapest last week, when around 15,500 spectators watched Bayern Munich beat Sevilla.
10-.World number one Novak Djokovic stormed to his 70th win at Roland Garros on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis. The top seed went level with Roger Federer for career victories at the tournament, still 25 behind Rafael Nadal’s all-time best.