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Russian President, Vladimir Putin Goes Fishing

V​ladimir Putin went fishing at Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia and warned that the world’s deepest freshwater lake, has extremely high pollution levels.

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Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the world’s deepest lake at 1,700 metres (5,580 feet) and also the oldest at 25 million years. Tourists flock there to enjoy the unique wildlife and clear waters.

Mr Putin, while meeting officials in a room looking onto the shimmering waters of the lake, complained that “significant areas around Baikal have suffered extremely high pollution.”

Saying that Baikal “belongs to the entire planet,” Mr Putin insisted that preserving it for future generations is “undoubtedly a government priority.”

The Russian president has declared that environmental issues are a personal passion and has spent time tracking whales and tigers and even flown with migrating cranes. In 2009 he went down to the bottom of Lake Baikal in a mini-submarine.

But he was also instrumental in keeping a polluting factory open beside the lake and has presided over a crackdown on environmental activists and non-governmental organisations, including those specifically trying to protect Baikal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hunts fish underwater in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia

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On Friday, Mr Putin called for officials to pay “special attention” to clean up the aftermath of “irrational and often irresponsible economic activity” around the lake, and to prevent such damage happening again.

A giant Soviet-built paper mill right beside the lake sullied its waters for decades but it was finally closed in 2013. Mr Putin had reopened the plant in 2010 after it initially shut in 2008, citing concerns over employment for local residents.

Mr Putin said the lake’s waters were now being polluted by household sewage and chemicals from farming, citing the need to “drastically cut down the volume of untreated water being discharged into the lake.”

He called for the Prosecutor-General’s Office to carry out a check into illegal and environmentally damaging activity around the lake and “take the necessary measures.”

In 2013, a group campaigning to protect the lake called Baikal Wave, was dubbed a “foreign agent” under tough new legislation targeting NGOs with foreign funding.

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The group, founded in 1990, closed down in 2016, saying it had become impossible for it to function.

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U.S. Gives Approval To Sell 12 A29 Super Tucano Aircraft To Nigeria Despite Concerns

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria, despite concerns from the previous administration over the Nigerian government’s bombing of civilians.

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The department notified the US Congress, which has 30 days to approve the deal, of the $593 million foreign military sale on 2 August. The package includes the aircraft, weapons, training, spare parts and facilities to support the program, according to a 3 August announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

In January 2017, a Nigerian Air Force fighter bombed a northeast refugee camp near the border with Cameroon, which reportedly killed at least 100 civilians. The attack prompted the Obama administration to put the Super Tucano sale on hold. The Trump Administration restarted the approval process a few months later, pushing for the sale to support Nigeria’s fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.

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Super Tucano operators will be trained not only in targeting, but in human rights and the law of armed conflict, a government official tells FlightGlobal. The training is part of an effort to assuage earlier concerns over the Nigerian Air Force’s actions.

The sale marks another victory for Embraer, which is flying the A-29 in the US Air Force’s light attack OA-X experiment this week at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
While the recent deal marks a foreign military sale for Embraer’s aircraft, the USAF has also acquired a total of 26 A-29s since 2014 to transfer to the air forces of Lebanon and Afghanistan. 
This is the second FMS deal for the Super Tucano following the sale to Lebanon. Embraer is also selling the Super Tucano independently of FMS and the USAF’s Building Partnership for Capacity program.

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Buhari’s Presidential Jet Departs UK

The Presidential Jet assigned to President Muhammad Buhari has taken off from the Stansted airport where it has been parked for the past three months.

Several reliable sources with knowledge of the development say the Presidential jet is confirmed to have taken off from Stansted on Tuesday evening. 
However it is not known if the pilots are simply engaging in activity in order to cloak the return date of the President or if indeed the President is on his way back to Nigeria after over 80 days in London for medical treatment.

Presidential spokesmen contacted by reporters denied the President had actually been airlifted from London, however The Herald reported yesterday that staff of Aso Villa had been put on standby for the President’s imminent return.

It was also revealed by an aide to the First Lady that Mrs. Buhari would return on Wednesday, however it is unlikely that the Presidential Jet was scrambled to ferry her back to the nation’s capital.

The idle presence of the Presidential jet in London for close to three months had caused quite a stir in the country over the last two months, as many Nigerians queried why the Presidency would expend such exorbitant funds in housing the Jet in a London airport where it would undoubtedly incur substantial charges.

The Presidency reacted to the outrage then, releasing a statement assuring Nigerians that the Jet was attracting discounted charges and that the prestige of the President warranted its presence in London.

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Lagos will become Africa’s 3rd largest economy before I die – Former Nigerian President

Former Nigerian President,

Olusegun Obasanjo, said

yesterday that Lagos will

become Africa’s third largest

economy in a very short time.

Mr. Obasanjo made this

known at the launch of a book

titled, “Making Africa Work”,

co-authored by the former

president and three others.

The other authors are Greg

Mills, Director of Brenthurst

Foundation; Jeffrey Herbst,

President of NEWSEUM, and

Dickie Davis, a retired Major-

General.

The former president said

the Lagos State Government is

working towards making the

state an economic hub, which

he jocularly said would come to

fruition before he passes on.

Obasanjo, who is the

Chairman of Brenthurst

Foundation, disclosed that

plans are underway for the

foundation and the state

government to make Lagos the

third largest economy on the

continent.

“Even though people say I

look like someone who is in

the departure lounge, Lagos

will become the third largest

economy before I take my

boarding pass.”

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Nigeria’s Ailing President, Muhammadu Buhari, Writes Open Letter From UK, Makes One Shocking Request

Ailing President, Muhammadu Buhari, has written an open letter to the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, over the sudden death of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Garba Gadi.

The President, in a condolence message issued in Abuja, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, also condoled with members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State.

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He noted that: “despite the negative perception of Politicians, there are still honourable men, such as Alhaji Garba Gadi.”

Buhari maintained that loyalty was one of Gadi’s greatest quality, adding that, the deceased was impeached, because he rejected opportunism, for the sake of principle, a quality he said, was “uncommon among our Politicians.

Buhari requested Allah to forgive the sins of the late Deputy Governor.

Post-Nigeria recalls, that Gadi contested the 2007 Governorship election with Alhaji Isa Yuguda (former Governor of Bauchi State), on the platform of All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He was however, impeached from office by the Bauchi State House of Assembly, on August 13, 2009, based on the recommendation of the report of the seven-man panel, constituted by the Assembly.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Announces 2020 Presidential Run With Tom Hanks on SNL

Dwayne Johnson hosted SNL for the fifth time Saturday and announced a presidential run with none other than Tom Hanks . Were they kidding? Maybe. Maybe not.

During his monologue, he was joined onstage by Alec Baldwin , who has been parodying President Donald Trump this season, The actor, who has hosted SNL many times himself, welcomed The Rock into the five-timers club.

“A lot of people have been telling me lately that I should run for President of the United States,” Johnson said. “And I gotta tell you, it’s very flattering but tonight, I wanna put this for rest and just say once and for all—I’m in.”

“Starting tonight, I am running for the President of the United States,” he said. “Yeah.”

In a recent GQ interview and appearance on The Tonight Show , the actor did not rule out the idea of a presidential run .

The “Baywatch” star opens up in “GQ” magazine and says “I think that it’s a real possibility.”

“And I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve already chosen my running mate,” Johnson said on SNL . “He’s also in the five-timers club. And like me, he is very well-liked. He’s charming, universally adored by pretty much every human alive.”

“Dwayne, I would be honored to-” Baldwin began, before the actor cut him off and said, “Mr. Tom Hanks, ladies and gentlemen!”

The Oscar winner then appeared onstage.

“Dwayne, I could not possibly turn this down! I’ll do it! I’m in! Let’s go!” he said, as he and Johnson held and raised hands.

“I will be in the cabinet because all three of us are equally beloved, not a single black mark on any of our public personas,” Baldwin joked.

Johnson said that in the past, he “never would have considered running for president” because he did not think he was qualified.

“But now, I’m actually worried that I’m too qualified,” he said.

“The truth is, America needs us,” Hanks said. “No one can seem to agree on anything anymore except for two things.”

“Pizza and us!” Johnson said.

Tom Hanks

Hanks then summed up how most of America feels about him.

“I mean, I have been in two movies where a plane crashes and people are still excited to see me on their flight,” Hanks said.

The actor told Johnson they would get “100 percent of the vote,” and that he would get the senior vote because he “fought in World War II in like 10 different movies.”

“And I, of course would get the minority vote because everyone just assumes that I’m, well, whatever they are,” said Johnson, whose father is of Black Nova Scotian descent and mother is of Samoan heritage.

Hanks said the two would be able to handle any crisis, even war, then gave a pretend inspirational speech.

“When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise,” Johnson said, echoing comments he made on The Tonight Show . “Americans deserve strong, capable leaders, leaders who care about this country and care about its people.”

“Uh, Dwayne, that kind sounds like you and me,” Hanks said. “I guess we gotta do it!”

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Vice President Osinbajo In The Dark, As Buhari Can No Longer Be Reached On Phone

President Muhamamdu Buhari’s emergency medical vacation to the United Kingdom, UK, on penultimate Sunday, has been turned into a suspense-packed story, Post-Nigeria gathered.

The suspense got to a feverish pitch on Monday night, as there was not yet an official report, or communication on how far Buhari is recuperating, since he left the shores of Nigeria, through a hurriedly arranged night flight to London, a source authoritatively told Post-Nigeria.

This heightened calls by Nigerians on the Presidency, to declare the health status of Buhari, in order to dowse the tension created by his absence, has been dismissed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, by the wave of the hand.

Recall, that penultimate Sunday, Buhari had jetted out of the country behind cameras, to attend to his health, that has made him to repeatedly fail to attend Jumat prayers in the Aso Rock Mosque, and several Federal Executive Council, FEC, meetings.

Sources exclusively revealed to Post-Nigeria, that Buhari’s Presidential Spokesmen, Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, and the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, have not been able to get in contact with Mr. President through the phone, since he left Nigera to the UK.

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