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USA July 20: Obama may want to discuss gay issues, but Buhari must table higher issues

President Muhammadu Buhari will visit the United States to meet with President Barack Obama on July 20, 2015 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed again at the weekend with a vie w to clarify the purpose of the meeting, especially because just last week the US Supreme Court legalised same sex marriage in all states of America.

Briefing the press in Abuja on Saturday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo, said Buhari’s visit to US would provide an avenue to discuss political, economic and security issues, contrary to speculations that the meeting may be used by Obama to put pressure on Buhari to reverse the anti-gay marriage law passed by the National Assembly and assented to by former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Lolo explained that a US invitation was extended and President Buhari accepted it. There are opportunities in the visit for Mr. President to once again state what his vision is for Nigeria. He will meet not only with the government but private sector operators too. Occasions such as this allow countries to mobilize support and market the product successfully.

“And so going out to Washington should be seen as an opportunity for Nigeria to enter the biggest market and get the best that one can wish to have. I see it beyond romance but a chrystalisation of a relationship that is strong and mutually beneficial to the people of Nigeria and America.”

On the outcome of the President’s visit to G7 meeting, Lolo said: “The G7 have promised to support the government. They requested our President to draw up his list of requirements and priorities and submit to them for consideration. We have every hope that with the momentum of opportunities we have, we will remain engaged with our partners, including the G7.”

HOW SUICIDE BOMBER KILLED RCCG PASTOR, OTHERS
A suicide bomber blew himself up, yesterday, inside a church in Potiskum, Yobe State killing five worshippers in the latest series of attacks, a police officer and witness told AFP. The bomber entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, at 9:55 am located on the outskirts of the city and detonated his explosives. “Four worshippers died instantly while the fifth victim gave up shortly after she was taken to hospital,” a police officer involved in the evacuation told AFP. Garba Manu, another eye witness said, “The bomber arrived on a motorised rickshaw and as soon as he entered, a loud explosion ripped through the church which is under construction. I saw him walking in and he didn’t raise any suspicion. The dismembered body of the bomber was also recovered.”

I DIDN’T BEAT MY WIFE IN LONDON – EX-GOV SUSWAM
Immediate past former governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, has denied reports that he battered his wife in London, over which he was briefly arrested and detained by the police. The former governor also denied that his wife, Yemisi, looted the state treasury while he was governor of the state. Suswam, in a statement personally signed by him, described the reports, which went viral weekend, as the handiwork of elements bent on tarnishing his image for political reasons. According to an online medium, the former governor was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Domestic Violence Officers, for battering his wife. He was allegedly booked into the London detention centre for several hours before a judge set a £5,000 bail bond, which he met, before he was released. But Suswam says he vacationed in Germany with his wife, not London, and that nothing in the viral reports was true.

IGP SUMMONS EKWEREMADU OVER ALLEGED FORGERY OF SENATE RULES
The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had summoned the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over alleged forgery of the Senate Rules on election of its principal officers. The PDP said Ekweremadu is expected to appear before a team of investigators at the Force Headquarters in Abuja today July 6. It said the letter inviting the deputy senate president was dated July 1, 2015 and was signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of criminal investigation at the FHQ. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday. The Force Headquarters has however said that he did not single out Ekweremadu for investigation. The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle, explained that the investigation was not about an individual. According to him, the police are investigating a petition by a senator alleging a forgery of the Senate rules and standing orders.

Sources: THISDAY|PUNCH|VANGUARD|GUARDIAN

Happy new month and welcome to Monday July 6, 2015. Enjoy our news and views of today – HAMILTONSTYLE.

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