The Late 5: Mama Burna’s acceptance speech receives ovation at 2019 BET Awards; Aircraft passenger ”disrespects” Wole Soyinka for asking to take back his seat | Other stories

Here are the stories that drove conversation today:

Mama Burna’s acceptance speech receives ovation at 2019 BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in California, saw Afro-fusion artiste Burna Boy winning Best International Act, joining other artistes like Wizkid, Davido, and 2Face who have previously clinched the awards. Twitter is still buzzing from the acceptance speech rendered by Burna Boy’s mum, or Mama Burna, which was an opportunity to remind African Americans that they are Africans first. Well, good luck with that.

Aircraft passenger ”disrespects” Wole Soyinka for asking to take back his seat

Arguably the buzziest story on social media today was the incident that happened on an airplane, narrated by billionaire politician Tonye Cole, who saw with his own eye how a man ”disrespected” Wole Soyinka when he asked that he’d like to take his seat that was allotted to him. Soyinka was sitting on this seat, which was close to the window. What’s puzzling, and yet not surprising, is the profiling Cole gave the passenger.

Buratai denies saying Nigerian troops lack commitment to fight

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has denied saying that Boko Haram insurgency has continued to persist because soldiers under his command are no longer willing to fight. He refuted this during a joint press conference he granted together with the Borno State governor, Babagana Umara, after he visited the governor.

Tribunal rejects Atiku’s request for access to INEC server

The Presidential Election Tribunal on Monday rejected the request by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his party to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission to allow them access to the server used for this year’s presidential election.

In a ruling on the application, the five-member panel unanimously refused the request, saying the request could not be granted because issues had been joined by parties over the existence or otherwise of the server.

Buhari hasn’t sacked me – Ofili-Ajumogobia tells court

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, who was dismissed by the National Judicial Council (NJC), on Monday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that she is still a judge of the court.

According to her, she remains a judge until President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of her dismissal is gazetted.



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