The Late 5: Buhari meets Tinubu in London, APC debuts new social media accounts, and other top stories

These are the top five stories that drove conversation today.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, made this known on his Twittter handle, @BashirAhmad on Sunday.

The presidential aide posted: “President Muhammadu Buhari receives National leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaba) today in London.’’


President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said that, considering the condition in which his administration met the country, allegedly without savings and the economy vandalised, “we have not done too badly.”

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving some members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Mr. Charles Sylvester.

“Failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalise on resources to improve the lot of the people,” the President said.


The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, has explained that her 2016 interview which was considered to be critical of her husband’s administration was based on her sense of justice.

She said the interview was not meant to be confrontational or a sign of disrespect.

Mrs. Buhari made the clarification in a message she sent to the 2017 Vanguard Awards where she was honoured as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2017.

Mrs. Buhari said she was brought up to stand by the truth and that was how she has been living her life.


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the debut of its new website and other official social media accounts.

The party announced the new website and Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts on Sunday via a statement issued by Bolaji Abdullahi, its spokesman.

This comes a day after a verified Twitter account bearing the name of the party was hacked.

Before it was hacked, the party dissociated itself from that account.

“The newly-designed website features a streamlined and uncluttered design, offering user-friendly functionality and rich content,” the party said.

“This website as well as the official social media accounts offer quick and easy access to essential information and features to keep party members, the media and indeed the general public abreast of party activities, the APC-led federal government and APC-governed states.”


Victor Koreyo, a lecturer at the department of ceramics and glass technology, Akanu Ibiam federal polytechnic, Afikpo, Ebonyi state, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari to approve his renunciation of Nigerian citizenship.

Koreyo said he arrived at the decision following what he described as eight years of frustration.

Koreyo said he was demoted for a period of eight years by the management of the institution.

He alleged that since 2010 till date, the institutions had refused to approve his application for staff development opportunity because of “ethnic politics” in the school.

“I love to continue as citizen of this great nation on earth. But since I do not have the financial power or connection to challenge the rector to obey the federal government’s directives in my favour, I decided to take this peaceful action,” he said.


And now, stories from around the world…

President Donald Trump has defended his use of the term “mission accomplished” amid criticism following US, UK and French air strikes on targets in Syria.

He accused the “fake news media” of seizing on the term to demean the strikes, carried out in response to an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack.

President George W Bush was ridiculed for appearing in front of a banner carrying the term during the Iraq war.

Russia and Syria insist no chemical attack took place on 7 April.


US President Donald Trump has attacked former FBI director James Comey over his “many lies”, suggesting he be jailed over his testimony to Congress.

“Why did he lie to Congress (jail),” Mr Trump said, adding: “How come he gave up classified information (jail).”

He also criticised Mr Comey’s forthcoming memoir, saying the “badly reviewed book” raises “big questions”.

His comments come ahead of an ABC News interview with Mr Comey to be aired on Sunday as part of his book tour.


Destiny’s Child have performed together at Coachella.

Beyonce brought band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on stage during her headline set at the festival in California last night.

The trio began their surprise performance with their 2004 hit Lose My Breath, followed by Say My Name and Soldier.

It’s the first time they have appeared together since the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in 2015.


Manchester City won the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat by West Brom confirmed their rivals as champions.

Second-place United are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with only five games left to play.

It is City’s third title in seven seasons and a first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge.

They have dominated this year’s title race, scoring 93 goals and losing just twice so far.


Israel’s military destroyed a tunnel originating from Gaza that penetrated tens of meters inside Israeli territory, the Israeli Defense Force announced Sunday.

This is the fifth tunnel destroyed in the past five months, the IDF said.

“This specific tunnel was a complicated and high-quality one, in the sense that it was a network of tunnels [penetrating Israel from] the northern part of the Gaza Strip,” IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

The destruction of the tunnel network comes amid a wave of Palestinian protests along the border fence between Gaza and Israel, which began at the end of March.

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