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Goodluck Jonathan receives ultimate 63rd birthday surprise from family (photos)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to get over the beautiful surprise he got from his family for his 63rd birthday.

Disclosing how his family gathered at his home in Bayelsa to felicitate with him on his 63rd birthday, Goodluck Jonathan via twitter wrote:

“My family has been an integral part of my life’s journey; they have been my strength and a source of my success,”

“This morning they did something unusual, from all corners of the town they assembled in my home offering prayers and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life.”

Adulations have been pouring in continuously for the former president.

President Muhammadu Buhari wrote on Twitter about him: “Nigeria specially appreciates the dedication that has kept Dr. Jonathan working most recently as ECOWAS envoy to bring peace to the Republic of Mali. I pray that the Almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the nation and humanity.”

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa have also sent goodwill messages to Jonathan.

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Senate President, Lawan denies receiving N2bn bribe

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has denied collecting a N2billion bribe to hasten the re-appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Lawan’s reaction was contained in a statement issued yesterday evening by his spokesman, Mr. Ola Awoniyi, to a report by an on-line medium alleging that a group led by the Senate President collected N2billion from Yakubu to facilitate the confirmation of his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to a fresh five-year tenure.

He noted that the publication failed to provide the names of members of the fictitious group and where the group operated from.

Lawan, therefore, enjoined Nigerians to ignore the report “as yet another incident of hallucination by the comical characters operating the fabricated news platform as the online medium has...

Sport

Orji Kalu desperate to buy 35% stake in Arsenal

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared his intention to buy a huge 35 percent stake in Arsenal.

The Gunners have fallen behind Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool in financial terms since their Premier League heyday in the early 2000s.

The club have however enjoyed a vast following in Nigeria since Nwankwo Kanu joined them in 1999, with Alex Iwobi, Chuba Akpom, and Bukayo Saka going on to play at the Emirates.

Now Kalu, a senator, businessman and newspaper owner with an estimated fortune of £760 million, has now said he wants to make a major investment in the North London giants to help ‘bring back trophies’.

And it will not be his first foray into the beautiful game.

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Third Mainland Bridge to be closed this weekend

FG set to shut down Third Mainland bridge

The first phase rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge has been completed and the federal government has announced a planned 18-hour total closure of the bridge this weekend.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, explained the closure was necessary, so that debris would be cleared from the section completed and construction would move to the Island-bound carriageway.

The 18-hour closure would begin from midnight on Saturday through Sunday. By midnight of Sunday, the total closure would be removed and the partial closure would return.

“The diversions will still be at the same previous points.

"Work is to commence on the Island-bound lane of the bridge with the partial closure of Adekunle to Adeniji Adele Phase B.

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