The Presidency has denied reports circulating on social media that President Muhammadu Buhari is dead.

According to presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, nothing unpleasant has happened to the president.

On his twitter handle, he described the speculations as “baseless rumour”, urging Nigerians to disregard them.
“Baseless rumors are trending again that an unpleasant thing has happened to our beloved President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“If you have received this information on WhatsApp or Facebook, disregard it because it is plain lies spread by vested interests to create panic.
“Nothing unpleasant has happened to the President. No cause for apprehension. Thanks for the many calls.”
Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, also reacted to the rumors on his Twitter handle saying “only God’s counsel shall stand” regarding the president’s health.”

President  Buhari traveled to London last Sunday night for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.
Eugene Anenih, son of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees Chairman, Anthony Anenih, slumped and died at a Lagos club on Sunday.

Reports say he suddenly slumped and died while playing table tennis game.

Late Eugene was until his death the chief executive officer of Nova Finance and Securities Ltd.
Just three weeks ago, Mr. Anenih’s mother died and she is yet to be buried.
Dame Patricia Anenih died at 74 after a brief illness.
Eugene held a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Benin. He also attended the Program for Management Development (PMD) at Harvard.
The Oyo State Government on Sunday said it would commence series of free medical services on Monday.

Mr Toye Arulogun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

He stated that “the Gov. Abiola Ajimobi Free Health Mission would hold across the six geo-political zones of the state, namely Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Oyo, Ibarapa and the two zones in Oke-Ogun.”
Arulogun noted that the services were — free surgeries, screening and treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, family planning, HIV screening, immunisation and vitamin A for children under one year.
The commissioner said services would start at the Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Yemetu in Ibadan on May 15, as part of events to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Abiola Ajimobi Administration in Oyo State.
He explained that “the programme was borne out of the present administration’s concern for the well-being of the people and to provide quality healthcare delivery.”
He added that the free health mission for Ibadan zone would hold in Ibadan on May 15 and May 16 at Adeoyo Maternity Teaching hospital, Yemetu, while that of Ibarapa zone would hold on May 18 and May 19 at General Hospital, Eruwa.
Arulogun said Saki zone would hold at State Hospital Saki on May 22 and May 23, and move to General Hospital in Iseyin.
The commissioner stated that the free health services would hold at State Hospital, Oyo on May 30 and May 31, while the one for Ogbomoso zone would take place at State Hospital, Ogbomoso on June 1 and June 2.
He reiterated the state government’s resolve to take medical services to every nook and cranny of the state to improve the health conditions of the people.
He announced that Gov. Ajimobi would soon unveil the recent two million dollars worth of medical equipment at the Cardiovascular Centre of the State Hospital, Adeoyo in Ibadan.

He added that the state government received the equipment from the U.S.
Archbishop Filibus. Photo credit: Lwfassembly
A Nigerian archbishop has become president of the Lutheran World Federation.

Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus was elected as head of the Lutheran World Federation on Saturday at an assembly held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

Filibus, 57, is the second church leader from Africa to lead the Lutheran federation since it was founded in 1947.
He comes from the northeast region of Nigeria, which has endured attacks by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
The Lutheran federation says many churches in the area had to suspend activities two years ago to avoid militant assaults during worship services.
Filibus replaces Bishop Munib Younan, who had served as president since 2010.
Osama bin Laden’s son reportedly seeks to avenge his father’s death and is poised to become the new leader of Al Qaeda.

Personal letters seized in the raid that killed bin Laden show that his son, Hamza, is set on avenging his father’s death, Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, told CBS News in an interview that will air Sunday.

“He tells him that…he remembers ‘every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me,” Soufan said about bin Laden’s son. Soufan also told CBS News that Hamza wrote that he considers himself “to be forged in steel.”
Soufan said that Hamza’s path to become the leader of the terrorist organisation was created years ago when he was used as a propaganda tool in bin Laden’s videos.
He was seen sometimes holding a gun.
The agent added that he has even started to sound like his father.
“His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father, using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden,” Soufan said.
Hamza is believed to be about 28 years old and has been named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the U.S., as he has recorded four audio messages in the last two years, aimed at the U.S.
“He’s basically saying, ‘American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it,” Soufan said.

“And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father. Iraq, Afghanistan’. The whole thing was about vengeance.”
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North Korea fired on Sunday an unidentified projectile from a region near its west coast, South Korea’s military said.

The nature of the projectile is not immediately clear, a South Korean military official said, though local media reports that it appears to be a ballistic missile.

The launch took place at a region named Kusong located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched an intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.
If confirmed the launch would be the first in two weeks since the last attempt ended in a failure just minutes into flight.
The North attempted but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles four consecutive times in the past two months but has conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of last year at an unprecedented pace.
Weapons experts and government officials believe the North has accomplished some technical progress with those tests.
U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a ‘major, major conflict’ with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programmes.
The launch is the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday saying dialogue as well as pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North’s weapons pursuit.


This week on Keeping It Real, Boko Haram releases 82 Chibok girls in exchange for their arrested members.

President Muhammadu Buhari travels to London for medical follow-up, names Vice President Osinbajo the “Coordinator of National Affairs” instead of Acting President.


A Nigerian female lawmaker breaks the internet with her dance moves

Adeola features Kakenya Ntaiya, a Maasai woman from Kenya who returns to her village from the U.S. to impact lives of young girls by giving them free education.

Adeola also features Anthony Joshua, the heavy weight boxing champion who is both British and Nigerian.

The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured Nigerians of adequate surveillance at the nation’s airports following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, saying that at least one person had been confirmed dead due to the virus in the country’s north-east.

Mr Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, saying that there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria.
Yakubu also assured that all the preventive measures being put in place at the airports were still in place.
She said that the Port Health officials were at alert at all airports, adding that the authority had also informed them of the need to increase surveillance.
“We don’t have direct flights from Congo, we only have from Rwanda but I want to assure members of the public that we still have all preventive measures in place at our airports.
“There are sanitisers at our arrivals with the scanning apparatus called Thermal scanners being installed by the Port Health Services.
“The scanners have camera monitors that display pictures aside the capturing of temperature.
“Passengers still fill that form to ensure that everybody arriving the country through our airports are not potential carriers of deadly diseases.
“The port health officials are always at alert and we will also inform them of the need to increase their surveillance.
“So, there is no cause for alarm,” she said.
Nigeria experienced the Ebola virus in July, 2014 when a Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, who had the disease flew from Liberia to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and died five days later.
In response, the Federal Government observed all of Sawyer’s contacts for signs of infection and increased surveillance at all entry points to the country.

Nigeria was able to curtail the disease and was subsequently declared Ebola free by WHO.
Some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls have been released from Boko Haram captivity, but the ordeal is not yet over for the freed girls and their families.

82 of the girls were released last weekend, thanks to a prisoner swap between the Nigerian government and the terror group.

The release is the biggest since the armed group swarmed a school in northern Nigeria in April 2014, kidnapping 276 girls.

According to Peter Joseph, the uncle of one of the 21 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram in October 2016, it’s like the girls are not yet free.   
More than six months later, his niece, Sarah, is still in a government rehabilitation camp where the girls rarely see their families.
“We were very happy to learn of the news that she was released,” he told The Stream. “But we are not very much impressed with the way the government is handling the whole rehabilitation process.”
Since her release, he’s only seen his niece once, when he travelled to Chibok last December. Even then, he says there were set time limits on visits, and many topics – like her experience as a prisoner – were off limits.
He calls her often, but says she is only allowed to talk for two-three minutes before being cut off. He says his niece has told him that “only females can sneak in to see them sometimes but males are not allowed into the compound.”
“Nobody is allowed to see them,” he says. “So it’s like another imprisonment, but this one has to do with the government.”

Peter’s sister Elizabeth is still being held by Boko Haram. 

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About 100 countries have reported a cyberattack that  has infected tens of thousands of computers and especially disrupted Britain’s health system and global shipper FedEx.

The European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol says the attacks is “at an unprecedented level”

Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.
The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access. Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what percent had given in to the extortionists.
Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets.
Some experts said the threat had receded for now, in part because a British-based researcher, who declined to give his name, registered a domain that he noticed the malware was trying to connect to, limiting the worm’s spread.
The malware developers were said to have leveraged hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.
“We are on a downward slope, the infections are extremely few, because the malware is not able to connect to the registered domain,” said Vikram Thakur, principal research manager at Symantec.
“The numbers are extremely low and coming down fast.”
But the attackers may yet tweak the code and restart the cycle. The British-based researcher who may have foiled the ransomware’s spread told Reuters he had not seen any such tweaks yet, “but they will.”
Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich countries will commit on Saturday to join forces to fight the growing threat of international cyber attacks, according to a draft statement of a meeting they are holding in Italy.
“Appropriate economy-wide policy responses are needed,” the ministers said in their draft statement, seen by Reuters.
In Asia, some hospitals, schools, universities and other institutions were affected, although the full extent of the damage is not yet known because it is the weekend.
“I believe many companies have not yet noticed,” said William Saito, a cyber security adviser to Japan’s government.
“Things could likely emerge on Monday.”
China’s official Xinhua news agency said some secondary schools and universities had been affected, without specifying how many or identifying them.
In Vietnam, Vu Ngoc Son, a director of Bkav Anti Malware, said dozens of cases of infection had been reported there, but he declined to identify any of the victims.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported a university hospital had been affected, while a communications official in Indonesia said two hospitals there had been affected.
The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers on Friday.
International shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected. “We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible,” it said in a statement.
Telecommunications company Telefonica was among many targets in Spain. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted.
Only a small number of U.S.-headquartered organizations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by targeting organisations in Europe, said Thakur.
By the time they turned their attention to the United States, spam filters had identified the new threat and flagged the ransomware-laden emails as malicious, Thakur added.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was sharing information with domestic and foreign partners and was ready to lend technical support.
Private security firms identified the ransomware as a new variant of “WannaCry” that had the ability to automatically spread across large networks by exploiting a known bug in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
The hackers, who have not come forward to claim responsibility or otherwise been identified, likely made it a “worm”, or self spreading malware, by exploiting a piece of NSA code known as “Eternal Blue” that was released last month by a group known as the Shadow Brokers, researchers with several private cyber security firms said.
“This is one of the largest global ransomware attacks the cyber community has ever seen,” said Rich Barger, director of threat research with Splunk, one of the firms that linked WannaCry to the NSA.
The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the U.S. spy agency.
Microsoft said it was pushing out automatic Windows updates to defend clients from WannaCry. It issued a patch on March 14 to protect them from Eternal Blue.
“Today our engineers added detection and protection against new malicious software known as Ransom:Win32.WannaCrypt,” Microsoft said in a statement on Friday, adding it was working with customers to provide additional assistance.

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Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies.

It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded.

The malicious software behind the onslaught appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was supposedly identified by the National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and was later leaked to the internet.
Britain’s national health service fell victim, its hospitals forced to close wards and emergency rooms and turn away patients. Russia appeared to be the hardest hit, according to security experts, with the country’s Interior Ministry confirming it was struck.
All told, several cybersecurity firms said they had identified the malicious software responsible for tens of thousands of attacks in more than 60 countries, including the United States, though its effects in the U.S. did not appear to be widespread, at least in the initial hours.
Computers were infected with what is known as “ransomware” – software that freezes up a machine and flashes a message demanding payment to release the user’s data. In the U.S., FedEx reported that its Windows computers were “experiencing interference” from malware, but wouldn’t say if it had been hit by ransomware.
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called the attack “the biggest ransomware outbreak in history.”
Security experts said the attack appeared to be caused by a self-replicating piece of software that enters companies and organizations when employees click on email attachments, then spreads quickly internally from computer to computer when employees share documents and other files.
Its ransom demands start at $300 and increase after two hours to $400, $500 and then $600, said Kurt Baumgartner, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. Affected users can restore their files from backups, if they have them, or pay the ransom; otherwise they risk losing their data entirely.
Chris Wysopal of the software security firm Veracode said criminal organizations were probably behind the attack, given how quickly the malware spread.
“For so many organizations in the same day to be hit, this is unprecedented,” he said.
The security holes it exploits were disclosed several weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that has published what it says are hacking tools used by the NSA as part of its intelligence-gathering.
Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced that it had already issued software “patches” for those holes. But many companies and individuals haven’t installed the fixes yet or are using older versions of Windows that Microsoft no longer supports and didn’t fix.
By Kaspersky Lab’s count, the malware struck at least 74 countries. In addition to Russia, the biggest targets appeared to be Ukraine and India, nations where it is common to find older, unpatched versions of Windows in use, according to the security firm.
Hospitals across Britain found themselves without access to their computers or phone systems. Many canceled all routine procedures and asked patients not to come to the hospital unless it was an emergency. Doctors’ practices and pharmacies reported similar problems.
Patrick Ward, a 47-year-old sales director, said his heart operation, scheduled for Friday, was canceled at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.
Tom Griffiths, who was at the hospital for chemotherapy, said several cancer patients had to be sent home because their records or bloodwork couldn’t be accessed.
“Both staff and patients were frankly pretty appalled that somebody, whoever they are, for commercial gain or otherwise, would attack a health care organization,” he said. “It’s stressful enough for someone going through recovery or treatment for cancer.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was no evidence patient data had been compromised and added that the attack had not specifically targeted the National Health Service.
“It’s an international attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected,” she said.
Spain, meanwhile, took steps to protect critical infrastructure in response to the attack. Authorities said they were communicating with more than 100 energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services providers about the attack.
Spain’s Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company, was among the companies hit.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise around the world. In 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California said it had paid a $17,000 ransom to regain control of its computers from hackers.
Krishna Chinthapalli, a doctor at Britain’s National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery who wrote a paper on cybersecurity for the British Medical Journal, warned that British hospitals’ old operating systems and confidential patient information made them an ideal target for blackmailers.
He said many NHS hospitals in Britain use Windows XP software, introduced in 2001, and as government funding for the health service has been squeezed, “IT budgets are often one of the first ones to be reduced.”
“Looking at the trends, it was going to happen,” he said. “I did not expect an attack on this scale. That was a shock.

4 females claiming to be among the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram three years ago have appeared in a new video released by the terror group today explaining their decision not to join other abducted girls released last weekend.

About 82 girls were freed last Saturday in exchange for Boko Haram commanders. They were among around 270 kidnapped by the jihadist group from the town of Chibok in April 2014.

Responding to questions posed by a male voice in the background, the abducted schoolgirls gave their names and exact class level at Chibok Girls High School where they were kidnapped.
In the video obtained by Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida, one of a group of four females covered in full-length Muslim veils claiming to be among the abducted girls said she did not want to return home because her parent’s “are not worshipping Allah”.
“We don’t want to reunite with our parents because they are not worshipping Allah, and I urge you to join us,” she said, holding a rifle and speaking in the Hausa language spoken widely in northern Nigeria. 
She added: “We have not been forcefully married to anybody. Marriage is based on your wish.”
The authenticity of the video could not be immediately verified.

Reuters reported that mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls refused to be released, fuelling fears that they have been radicalised by the jihadists, and may feel afraid or ashamed to return to their old lives.
Chelsea clinched the English Premier League at the first opportunity on Friday, beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 through Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute goal to take an unassailable 10-point lead.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte jumped into the arms of his fellow coaches near the dugout after Batshuayi – just on as a substitute – poked home a close-range finish from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cut-back.

It is a second top-flight league title in three seasons and sixth in total for Chelsea, which has led the standings since early November.


Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on Friday evening released a new video on the 82 Chibok schoolgirls that were recently swapped with his fighters.

According to Ahmad Salkida, a Nigerian journalist who has access to Boko Haram, the video which is yet to be uploaded on YouTube was made available to

“I will tweet the highlights in a moment…  The video has Shuaibu Moni, one of the swapped Boko Haram commanders issuing threats to Nigerian authorities and it’s president,” Mr. Salkida posted on Twitter.

“The commander, in the video, declared that it is not true that only 5 commanders were released, warning of imminent bombing of Abuja.”

“He further said that there’s been no ‘sulhu’ dialogue with government and there won’t be. Only war is between us, he declared.”

Twenty six private jets and four police and air force aircrafts landed in Minna on Friday for the wedding of former President Ibrahim Babangida’s daughter.

The aircraft brought the various dignitaries that attended the event. The police also provided air surveillance and security.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience, Senate President Bukola Saraki and former vice president Namadi Sambo were at the wedding.
Others included Governors Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.
APC National Leader Ahmed Tinubu, Sen Aliyu Wamakko, Gov of Kaduna state, Mrs Aikhomu, Mrs Josephine Anenih, ex-governor Babangida Aliyu, were among the many personalities who witnessed the short ceremony at the Hilltop home of the retired military General in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Halima and her husband Auwal Abdullahi during their wedding in Minna on Friday (11/5/17). Photo by Callistus Ewelike/BJO/NAN
Others in attendance were Sen. Pius Anyim Pius, former Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Justice Idris Kutigi, former Chief Justice of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Yayale, also a former SGF, Gen. Magoro, Senator Ben Obi, Senator Ben Bruce, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Haruna, Chairman IBB Golf Club, Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura.
Gen. Aliyu Gusau, who served several times as National Security Adviser, Dr Okwezili Nwodo, former PDP National Secretary, Alhaji Modibo, former FCT Minister, Oba Hamid Adekunle, Oluwo Kuta, also came.
Business moguls Aliko Dangote and Tony Elemulu, as well as members of the Federal Executive Councils including Ministers of Interior Abdulrahman Danbazzau and Defence Mansur Dan-Ali as well as Minister of state for Solid Mineral Development Abubakar Bwari.
The daughter of IBB, Halima is the last child of the family and she is marrying a Gombe businessman, Alhaji Auwal Abdullahi.
Abdullahi gave 10 cows and N500,000 as dowry for his bride.
The groom is the Sarkin Sudan of Gombe, in Gombe state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gen. Garba Wushishi performed the symbolic ceremony of handing over Halimat at 2.45 pm in marriage to Abdullahi.
Gov. Ibrahim Dankwanbo of Gombe state received the bride on behalf of the groom, who hails from the state.
NAN reports that a special prayer by Sheik Kabiru Gombe was offered for the couple, who stressed the significance of marriage in Islam and called on the bride to submissive and loyal to her husband.
Also prominent among the guests at the ceremony were businessman, Aliko Dangote and Mr Mark Snoxell, Managing Director, Dornier Aircraft.
Others were Air Marshall Hamza Abdullahi, Gen Garba Duba, Sen Aliyu Wamakko ,Sen Yarima Abdullahi, Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sen Nuhu Aliyu, who was also a former police DIG.

The wedding ceremony scheduled for 11.30 a.m was held after 2.45pm. (NAN)
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says out of the 1.7 million candidates that will sit for UTME examinations on Saturday, 357 are prison inmates.

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the board, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.
Oloyede also said that the UTME examination scheduled for May 13 has not been postponed.
He, therefore, advised candidates to ignore rumors that the examination has been postponed, saying candidates writing the examination tomorrow should not fail to attend.
He enjoined the candidates to go to their respective centres for the examination.
The registrar said that the examinations would still hold as scheduled except for those that have Seven Days Adventist service.
He also advised UTME candidates to always check their e-mails for further updates, noting that some candidates are fond of giving out their passwords and e-mail addresses to strangers in spite of several warnings from the board.
“Candidates should be aware of fraudsters who hide under cyber cafe operators to defraud innocent children.
“We have caught some of them while mischievously collecting money from candidates with the help of some security officers,’’ he said.

Grounded boxing star Anthony Joshua has moved back into his mother’s two-bed ex-council flat despite earning an estimated £15million from defeating Wladimir Klitschko.

The 27-year-old boxer was living in a grand palladian villa in affluent St John’s Wood, rented as a haven so he could focus on the biggest fight of his life.
After defeating Ukrainian Klitschko on an extraordinary night at Wembley last month experts said that Mr Joshua could soon be the world’s first billionaire boxer.
But despite the riches on offer the star is back living his mother Yeta Odusanya, 51, and his baby son after several gruelling months away from home.
The father-of-one bought her the a former council flat in North London for £174,000 after turning professional in 2013, and was pictured moving back in yesterday.

During a round of press interviews after beating Klitschko, Joshua smiled fondly as he spoke of the moment his care worker mother – who he banned from watching the fight ringside – told him she was proud of his incredible triumph in front of 90,000 spectators at Wembley. 
He said: ‘We spoke on Facetime and she said she was proud of me.’ 
For the past decade, he has been in an on/off relationship with the mother of his child, former school friend Nicole Osbourne, who he bought a £500,000 flat not far from his home.
Though the 6ft 6in and 17 stone star is currently single, there is however one woman that will come before any others – his mother.
He has previously credited the close-relationship with Mrs Odusanya as being key to his rapid rise from amateur to becoming a boxing superstar – having now claimed the WBA, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles.
But he is so fiercely protective that since winning Olympic gold at London 2012 he has not let her watch his fights, be it live or even on TV. 
Mrs Odusanya was asked if she was proud of him last month and she simply gave a double thumbs up and a big grin before climbing into the £80,000 white Range Rover he had bought her.
Despite earning roughly £15million for the fight, Joshua told a press conference that all he wanted to do following the fight was to go back to ‘normal living’ by having a lie-in and catching up with family members.
Asked what his plans were he told reporters: ‘I’m a good man, I’m a family man, and I love life.
‘How do I plan to celebrate? Wake up midday for once. Wake up midday and then catch up with my family.
‘Normally I take a holiday, but I think this time what I’m going to do is just pop round to some of my family’s house and catch up.
‘Because we spend quarter of the year training, and then normally you go on holiday and then straight back into training camp. I don’t want to do that, I want to catch up with family. And that’s it. Go back to normal living.’
One of four children, Joshua grew up on the Meridean Estate in Watford and left school aged 16 after falling in with the wrong crowd.
Two years later he was a jobbing bricklayer devoting weekends to drinking and going out clubbing.
But it was aged 18 that he became ‘hooked’ on boxing at Finchley Boxing Club which later led him to clearing up his act and winning Olympic gold at London 2012.
In October 2015, his then girlfriend Nicole Osbourne, who works as a dance teacher and appears in pole-dancing videos on YouTube, gave birth to their son Joseph.
Living just two miles away, he visits regularly when he is living at home with his devoted mother.
Last month, Mrs Odusanya said: ‘We’re very close, we always have been from day one, he’s my only son.
‘We live together and he’s always looking out for me. I still can’t watch his fights, I get really nervous and I do worry about him.’
Joshua, who has two sisters and a brother, has previously told how he did not want his fame and success to jeopardise his relationship with his mother.
Following a fight last year, he said: ‘I’ll take the belt home and she’s proud, but I want to keep our mother-son relationship on a level and not be like she favours me as her son because I’m world champion.’
The grounded boxer has told previously how he still helps her with chores around the house. In an interview, he said: ‘I’ll still do that, buying the milk, eggs, anything like that.’
He added: ‘The only thing I ask mum to help me with is my food, so she does most of the shopping, gets the fish, meat and chickens and stuff. But I do more than my fair share when I’m at home.’
In another interview with the London Evening Standard last year, he said: ‘I still live at home. Mum’s cooking is amazing and it is great to have my family so close.
‘Mum is used to the way I have to train now so she makes amazing food to help me recharge and prepare for fights.’

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A member of the House of Representatives, Nicholas Ossai (Delta-PDP), has said that the N125 billion appropriated to the National Assembly is not adequate to carry out its functions effectively and efficiently.

Ossai made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, insisting that the legislators need more funds to discharge their duties.

The National Assembly on Thursday published its 2017 budget of N125 billion, which was higher than the N115 billion approved in 2016.
Ossai, however, said that the additional N10 billion inserted in the budget would strengthen oversight functions by members of the National Assembly.
“This is necessary so that Nigerians will have the impact and value creation of what has been budgeted.
“Nigerians are not looking at that, we are looking at the National Assembly as 360 members of House of Representatives and 109 Senators; calculate it with the money that has been budgeted without looking at other aspects.
“We are not looking at other agencies under the National Assembly like the Public Complaints Commission, National Institute for Legislative Studies, the National Assembly Service Commission and supporting staff.
“The committees are carrying out national functions in line with Section 88 of the Constitution to expose corruption.
“That committees not only expose corruption, but block leakages; definitely, we need a lot of money to address these issues.
“To the best of my knowledge, that money is not enough to address the issues of carrying out the national functions of the national assembly,” Ossai claimed.
Meanwhile, a legislative aide told NAN on ground of anonymity that they were being owed Duty Travel Allowance (DTA) amounting to N1.3 billion.
“We have been owed since 2015 and the management informed us that the allowance was not captured in the 2016 budget.
“With this development, we are aware of what is appropriated for legislative aides in the 2017 budget, we are now sure the money is there and there will be no room for excuses anymore.
“The DTA for an individual is N75, 000 and about 3, 000 aides are being owed,” the aide said.
A breakdown of the 2017 estimates shows that N23.7 billion would go to personnel cost, N85.8 billion for overhead and N14. 9 billion to finance capital projects.
The National Assembly Management has N14.9 billion with the Senate taking N31.3 billion and the House of Representatives N49 billion, while the National Assembly Service Commission gets N2.4 billion.
The budget provides N9.6 billion for legislative aides, while the Senate Public Accounts Committee takes N118.9 million and that of Reps N142.7 million.
N12.5 billion has been earmarked for general services, N4.3 billion for the National Assembly Legislative Institute and N391.3 million was earmarked for service wide vote.
President Donald Trump warned sacked FBI chief James Comey Friday not to “leak” details of their conversations to the media, suggesting they may have been taped.

In a series of early morning tweets, Trump assailed critics and the media over their response to Comey’s ouster, and threatened to cancel daily news briefings at the White House.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” fumed the president, whose dismissal of the FBI director on Tuesday has triggered days of turmoil in Washington.
Trump has revealed he asked Comey on three occasions whether he was a target in a probe into alleged Russian election meddling, stoking allegations of presidential interference.
In an interview Thursday, he insisted he always intended to fire the FBI director, undercutting the initial explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top officials who criticized Comey’s handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Apparently stung by media scrutiny over shifting accounts of how and why Comey was fired, Trump suggested he may call off daily media briefings at the White House.
“As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” he tweeted.
“Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”

Opponents have claimed that Comey’s shock sacking was a bid to stall an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump’s team.