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Eid-ul-Mawlid: Gov. Ugwuanyi felicitates with Muslims, calls for renewed faith in God, prayers
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Eid-ul-Mawlid: Gov. Ugwuanyi felicitates with Muslims, calls for renewed faith in God, prayers

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has felicitated with the Muslim faithful on this year’s commemoration of Eid-ul-Mawlid, calling on all Nigerians to renew their faith in God and intensify prayers for the country to surmount its challenges. In his goodwill message, Gov. Ugwuanyi urged Muslims and indeed all Nigerians to remain committed to the core values of the nation’s founding fathers so that the concerted efforts at sustaining the peace, unity and progress of the country will be fully actualized. The governor pointed out that the significance of Eid-ul-Mawlid anchored on love, sacrifice, obedience, tolerance and charity, as exemplified by the deeds and teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad, is germane to the peaceful co-existence, unity and prosperity of Nigeria. Gov. Ugwu...
Conte’s condition to replace Solskjaer as Man Utd manager revealed
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Conte’s condition to replace Solskjaer as Man Utd manager revealed

Antonio Conte has said he is “ready to stay at home” if he is not convinced by his next club’s project. The former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss is out of job but is being linked with the Manchester United role, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure. Solskjaer watched on as his side lost 4-2 to Leicester City on Saturday and faces a run of tough fixtures. It remains to be seen if Conte would be United’s preferred choice to replace Solskjaer, but the Italian would be keen on the job. Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me. “It has to do with vision, honesty and principles. Generally, I like challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career. “Even the top clubs I coached...
Tuchel singles out Chelsea player after 1-0 win at Brentford
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Tuchel singles out Chelsea player after 1-0 win at Brentford

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has hailed Edouard Mendy’s heroics after their 1-0 victory at Brentford on Saturday. Mendy made a couple of fantastic saves as the Blues took all three points in the West London Derby, thanks to Ben Chilwell’s superb volley in the first half. “We were very strong for 70 minutes and very lucky for 20 minutes, to sum it up. “We escaped with the three points thanks to Edouard (Mendy). “It was like a cup game at the end; they took risks and the atmosphere gave them a lot of courage,” Tuchel told the media after the game. On what he expected from Brentford, he added: “They play like this from the start, it was a lot of effort to not allow them to create this energy, and we put lots of effort into collecting second balls in midfield; we put a lot ...
Man City labour past spirited Burnley
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Man City labour past spirited Burnley

Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne scored in each half as Manchester City laboured to a 2-0 victory over a spirited Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. Premier League champions City had beaten Burnley 5-0 in each of their last four home matches against the Clarets but made hard work of this latest encounter. Silva converted a close-range rebound to give City the lead on 12 minutes, but the floodgates did not open as they have done previously, and they needed De Bruyne's third goal of the season 20 minutes from time to seal the three points which lifts them up to second in the table. Things may have been different for Burnley had Maxwel Cornet and Josh Brownhill converted chances to equalise before De Bruyne's strike, but despite failing to claim a first victory of the season, Sean Dy...
I caused former Chelsea star, Michael Essien’s downfall because he failed to honour his promise – Spiritualist claims
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I caused former Chelsea star, Michael Essien’s downfall because he failed to honour his promise – Spiritualist claims

A self-acclaimed spiritualist has claimed to have caused former Ghanaian international Micahel Essien’s "fall from grace." Speaking in an interview with Arnold Mensah Elavanyo on Vibes in 5, the spiritualist who claimed the football star promised him a house, said he is responsible for all the challenges the former Chelsea midfielder faced during his career as "he did not fulfill his promise' He said; “I manage about 50 Ghanaian footballers, some of whom are currently working abroad. “However, I was responsible for the demise of the players who did not value my services. “Essien promised to buy me a house in Accra if I helped him advance in his football career. "He didn’t keep his promise, so I brought him down.” Michael Essien is regarded as one of the top African footb...
Yorubas, Igbos and the North are not better off on their own – VP Osinbajo
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Yorubas, Igbos and the North are not better off on their own – VP Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Yorubas, Igbos and Hausas are not better off on their own and that Nigerians would fare better living together as one in spite of ethnic differences. A statement released by Laolu Akande, spokesperson of the Vice President, said Osinbajo said this when he spoke at an interactive session with top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission, UK, at the Abuja House residence of the High Commissioner in London on Sunday, October 10. Osinbajo who spoke against the calls for the disintegration of Nigeria, said “If you look at all of us sitting here, we represent all the geo-political zones. This is the Nigeria that will succeed, anything else doesn’t make sense. Yorubas are not better off on their own, Igbos are not better off on their own, the ...
National unrest: Obasanjo tells Nigerians to be hopeful
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National unrest: Obasanjo tells Nigerians to be hopeful

In the face of the many challenges facing the nation, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to be hopeful, saying the country would not be destroyed by the myriads of challenges confronting her. Obasanjo, who expressed fear that Nigerian youths may show resistance if they were pushed to the wall, declared that his faith in a better Nigeria remains unshakable. The former President declared this during the opening of Abeokuta Window on America at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Abeokuta Window on America is a type of American Space located in over 150 countries worldwide, set up to engage Nigerian youths in learning about American culture, history and politics. The Space is set up at the youth centre of the OOP...
Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic
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Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic

Public interest in women's sport has risen during the pandemic, with 21 per cent of UK adults following it more than they did 18 months ago, according to a new report published by Sky Sports and Leaders in Sport. The new research shows that eyeballs are increasingly focused on women's competitions, with a significant rise in the number of men watching and engaging during the pandemic; nearly a quarter of men (24 per cent) say they now follow more women's sport than they did 18 months ago. The report 'Women's Sport: Bouncing Back from the Pandemic?' also reveals some of the causes, with over two-thirds (68 per cent) of those who follow more women's sport stating that their enjoyment of broadcast coverage fuelled their interest. Tracey Crouch MP, chair of the fan-led review into...
Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw
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Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw

Norwich earned their first Premier League point of the season at the seventh attempt as they battled to a goalless draw at Burnley - but it could have been different had the hosts not seen all four of their first-half penalty appeals waved away. Matej Vydra saw three shouts for a spot-kick go against him before he was subbed off injured on 35 minutes, with the first, from a collision with Tim Krul, perhaps the harshest decision against him. Soccer Saturday pundit Kris Boyd described it as a "stonewall penalty" on Sky Sports. There were also two challenges from Grant Hanley on the Czech cleared by referee Kevin Friend and then VAR, while the officials rightly turned down a handball call against Norwich's Dimitrios Giannoulis just before the break and correctly ignored Charlie Taylor...
‘Sorry for annoying Pep!’ – Klopp opens up on Guardiola rivalry as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to battle
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‘Sorry for annoying Pep!’ – Klopp opens up on Guardiola rivalry as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to battle

The Reds boss was in jovial mood as he discussed his relationship with his City counterpart ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League clash at Anfield Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his rivalry with Pep Guardiola, apologising for sometimes “annoying” his Manchester City counterpart with comments made in press conferences. The Liverpool boss smiled when asked about his relationship with Guardiola ahead of the sides’ crunch Premier League meeting at Anfield on Sunday. Klopp spoke glowingly about his rival, describing facing Guardiola’s City side as one of the biggest challenges in football, but insisted that Liverpool will go into the weekend determined to emerge victorious against the reigning champions.
Nigeria at 61: NSCDC boss calls for renewed mindset, actionable intelligence to boost security
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Nigeria at 61: NSCDC boss calls for renewed mindset, actionable intelligence to boost security

The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, on Friday, emphasized the need for continued tolerance of each other’s differences and mutual co-existence. This will clearly showed as a people who are united in diversity and resilient in the face of daunting challenges to our continued survival as one unified entity. In a statement by DCC Olushola Odumosu, Director Public Relations NSCDC National Headquarters, said CG Audi also, advocated for a renewed mindset and provision of actionable intelligence to keep Nigeria safe. This according to him, would help us to live peaceful and thrive, adding that security operatives relies on the supply of credible information to nip security challenges in the bud. He enjoined all Nigerians to desist from any form of ethnic discrimination, politic...
President Muhammadu Buhari’s full 61st Independence Day speech
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President Muhammadu Buhari’s full 61st Independence Day speech

Read the press statement below... INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY FIRST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2021. Citizens of Nigeria. 1. It is with full gratitude to God that today, we celebrate Nigeria’s sixty first Independence Anniversary. 2.?For 1st of October 1960 to happen, all hands were on deck. East, West, North all came together to celebrate freedom. Today should not only serve as a reminder of the day the British handed over the reins of power to Nigerians, but also unified Nigerians from all ethnic groups, religions and regions. 3.?Today, despite the challenges we face, most Nigerians still maintain the spirit of 1st October. That positive ou...
2023: Serial political leaders unwilling to relinquish power to younger Nigerians – Youth group complains
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2023: Serial political leaders unwilling to relinquish power to younger Nigerians – Youth group complains

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Indigenous Ethnic Youth Leaders of Nigeria’ (IEYLN), has lamented that political leaders in Nigeria are recycling themselves and are not ready to relinquish power to the younger ones. The group said they have observed mounting challenges faced by the nation caused by leaders who insist on perpetuating themselves in political offices while leaving a very dangerous vacuum of not integrating youth into governance. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, the National Chairman of the group, Gonet Nensok, condemned in strong terms a situation where political parties wouldn’t focus on ideologies that move the nation forward and those that create a conducive atmosphere for citizens to live in safety but indulges in castigation. He said...
Former Arsenal boss Wenger feels ‘responsible’ for Wilshere & Ramsey injury struggles
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Former Arsenal boss Wenger feels ‘responsible’ for Wilshere & Ramsey injury struggles

The Frenchman was in charge of the Gunners when two promising midfielders first saw fitness problems start to stunt their progress Arsene Wenger claims to feel "responsible" for the injury struggles that have blighted the careers of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, with two promising midfielders first experiencing fitness problems during their time at Arsenal. The legendary French coach was calling the shots back then, but there was no VAR to rein in the physicality of English football that inevitably led to the odd bad tackle and untimely knock. Gunners academy graduate Wilshere, who is now a free agent, and current Juventus star Ramsey, who was snapped up as a teenager from Cardiff, were among those to find themselves on the receiving end of challenges that set an unfortunate ton...
God did not make a Mistake by Bringing us together as Nigerians – Sultan of Sokoto
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God did not make a Mistake by Bringing us together as Nigerians – Sultan of Sokoto

Amid agitations in different regions of the country for secession, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that God did not make a mistake by bringing us together as Nigerians. Speaking at the 2020 Leadership Newspaper award and conference in Abuja on Thursday September 9, the Monarch said Nigerians must rise up to take the issue of insecurity as their own personal problem and contribute their quota to solve the crisis. He also wondered how every region will survive if we all go our seperate ways. The Sultan said; “If we are to go our 1 million ways, how do we survive? God Almighty will and can never make a mistake, that is his will and must be obeyed. “Bringing us together as Nigerians is not a mistake and that is what God wanted. If he wants anything else...
National Feeding Programme: Niger Assembly sets up committee to ascertain challenges
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National Feeding Programme: Niger Assembly sets up committee to ascertain challenges

The Niger State House of Assembly has set up a seven-man ad-hoc committee to ascertain the challenges confronting the running of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme in the state. This was following claims by the state Focal Person of the School Feeding Programme, Barrister Amina Gua’ar, that school pupils were being shortchanged by cooks and vendors in the feeding programme, when she appeared before the House to explain why school pupils in the state were poorly fed. It would be recalled that the Focal Person was accused by the lawmakers of feeding the pupils with expired rice and giving them half instead of a full egg. She stated that her office was doing everything to improve the quality of food served to the pupils, but most of the cooks and vendors shortchanged th...
How Trent Alexander-Arnold found his Right-back Position at Liverpool
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How Trent Alexander-Arnold found his Right-back Position at Liverpool

'Get at Trent! Get at Trent!' Neil Critchley bellowed from the side of the pitch as Bobby Adekanye was fed the ball. Seventeen-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold was new to the role of right-back, a fish out of water. Until now, he'd mostly played in midfield, either wide-right or centrally; he'd even spent some time at centre-back. Right-back brought a whole new gamut of challenges - one-v-one defending, learning how and when to get forward to support the attack, and what exactly to do when faced with wingers faster, stronger and trickier than himself. His head would spin and frustration would build, often to the point he would angrily send balls flying across to the far reaches of the training pitches of Liverpool's academy. Alexander-Arnold's coaches knew these growing pains were a ...
Comedian, Okey Bakassi and wife celebrate 20th wedding anniversary
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Comedian, Okey Bakassi and wife celebrate 20th wedding anniversary

Comedian, Okey Bakassi and his wife are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary today September 1. The couple got married in 2001 and have three children. Okey while celebrating their anniversary on his social media, wrote ''Wow it's 20yrs already.... I still remember the many love letters....our humble beginning in that Festac BQ...many people doubted, but we believed....the wedding in PH. The kids came....Dera, Fechi and Cheta. The challenges...lonely nights apart. It has not been easy but God has been with us. Together we started.....Together we have grown.....we'll age Together my darling wife. I love you Zizi....even the world knows HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY TO US!'' Watch the video he shared of them below..
Xhaka: I was brutally surprised by red card against Man City
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Xhaka: I was brutally surprised by red card against Man City

The 28-year-old midfielder was sent off for a dangerous foul on Joao Cancelo but he says he has made worse challenges in the Premier League Granit Xhaka says he was "brutally surprised" when he was sent off in the first half of Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City. Xhaka was shown red for a two-footed challenge on Joao Cancelo 10 minutes before half-time while his side were trailing 2-0. The midfielder was heavily criticised for the challenge, which saw a bad period for his team get even worse as City went on to score again minutes later and struck twice in the second half to win 5-0.
Enugu govt delegation meets with visually impaired Commonwealth Boxing Gold Medalist
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Enugu govt delegation meets with visually impaired Commonwealth Boxing Gold Medalist

A delegation of the Enugu State government on Tuesday met with the visually challenged Commonwealth Boxing Gold Medalist from Nomeh in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, Mr. Steve Ogboh, in Enugu. The meeting, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, was sequel to “the directive of the ever-caring and compassionate Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”. The statement added that the Information Commissioner and the Chairman of Nkanu East LGA, Engr. Abel Uchenna Nwobodo, led the government’s discussions with the visually impaired boxer, who is also a National Sports Festival Gold Medalist, with a view to finding the best ways to assist him overcome his challenges. Mr. Ogboh, who is currently blind, in a video tha...
Nigeria, Turkey meet on counterterrorism
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Nigeria, Turkey meet on counterterrorism

The Nigerian Army and its Turkish counterpart have pledged to strengthen military bilateral relations to tackle terrorism. Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidaye Bayraktar visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, at the Army Headquarters in Abuja on Monday. Bayraktar said Turkey was prepared to further assist Nigeria to fight insurgency using experiences from similar challenges. The envoy noted that the Defence units of both countries needed to reach a mutual agreement on the partnership. Speaking, Yayaha told his guest that the visit would further enhance the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Turkey. The COAS disclosed that he was at the Turkish Defence Corporation during a recent tour. He said the renewed relationship will shore up fighting c...
Gov. Ugwuanyi approves 60 percent CONHESS for health workers
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Gov. Ugwuanyi approves 60 percent CONHESS for health workers

Health professionals and workers in Enugu State under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), on Tuesday went wild with jubilation as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi announced an upward increase of their Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) from 41 percent to 60 percent, effective from September 2021, in spite of the nation’s economic, security and public health challenges. Gov. Ugwuanyi made the announcement when he addressed a delegation from JOHESU comprising members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Medical and Health Workers Sector Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), at the Government House, Enugu. Members of JOHESU were at the Government House, Enugu, on a Thank-you visit to Gov. U...
Plateau Killings: Ogun evacuates stranded students
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Plateau Killings: Ogun evacuates stranded students

At least, 80 indigenes of Ogun State schooling at the University of Jos were said to have been rescued by the State Government following the killings in Plateau State. Recall that the management of the university had recently shut the academic institution as a result of security challenges facing the State. It was learnt that four students of UNIJOS had been killed in the incident. The Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Students’ Matters, Azeez Adeyemi confirmed to newsmen in Abeokuta that the governor had ordered the evacuation of Ogun students in jos. Speaking on Sunday, Adeyemi revealed that five buses were provided with security escorts to ensure the said students were safely returned home. It was said that the evacuation was carried out in collaboration with ...
Rotational presidency cannot solve Nigeria’s challenges – Jega
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Rotational presidency cannot solve Nigeria’s challenges – Jega

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has said that a rotational presidency cannot solve the country's problems. In an interview on Arise TV programme on Monday August 16, the former INEC Chairman stated that what the country needs is a "the best person with competence, capacity, experience." Jega said; “The way Nigeria is now, we need the best person with competence, capacity, experience to be the president to get this country out of the challenges we have presently. “That person can come from the north, south, east or the west, but the important thing is that even if political parties decide that a candidate should come from a particular area, what we need to do is that Nigerians must interrogate the capacity of that person to ...
FG spent N2trn on debt servicing in six monthsb- Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed
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FG spent N2trn on debt servicing in six monthsb- Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

The Minister of Finance, Zaina Ahmed, says the federal government has spent N2.02 trillion on debt servicing within the first six months of 2021 (January-June). The Cable reports that the Minister disclosed this when she spoke at the 2022- 2024 2022-2024 medium-term expenditure framework/ fiscal strategy paper (MTEF/FSP) committee interactive session in Abuja on Monday, August 16. Ahmed said the federal government’s retained revenue amounted to 67.3 percent of the target. Last year, out of total revenue of N3.42 trillion, the federal government spent N3.34 trillion on debt servicing – implying that for every N100 earned as revenue, N97 was spent on debt servicing. Given the breakdown, the minister said oil revenue was N492.44 billion, representing 49 percent performance, wh...
Court declines Okorocha’s application to stop confiscation of his properties
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Court declines Okorocha’s application to stop confiscation of his properties

  Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha's application for an order to stop the State Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from confiscating his properties, has been declined by a Federal High Court in Abuja. Counsel to Senator Okorocha, Mr Oba Maduabuchi (SAN) who told the court presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed that properties of his client were being marked for confiscation and demolition, had asked the court on Wednesday August 11 to grant an interim order to stop the EFCC and the Imo State Government from carrying on with their action. The motion could however not go through as counsels to Imo government and the EFCC challenged jurisdiction of the court to sit on the matter during the vacation period. ...
Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman
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Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu has said that the Ethiopian and Malawian electoral bodies are considering deploying some aspects of the tool in the INEC’s Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) in their local elections. Declaring open a retreat to review the operationalisation structure of the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC), in Keffi, Nasarawa State on Friday August 6, Yakubu said the EMSC had become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities. He part of EMSC's plan after it was first inaugurated in November 2015, was to build on gains of the last commission (2010-2015) in creating systems for the continuous and effective managem...
Crystal Palace new boss Vieira desperate to keep Arsenal-linked Zaha
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Crystal Palace new boss Vieira desperate to keep Arsenal-linked Zaha

The 28-year-old winger has reportedly told the club he wants to leave this summer for greater challenges New Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has declared he's determined to hold onto star winger Wilfried Zaha heading into his first season in charge of the squad, despite the Arsenal-linked player reportedly informing management earlier this summer that he wants out. Vieira said he's "looking forward to working with him" after holding a "good conversation" with the attacker about his future. The Gunners are just one of several Premier League sides who could register interest in Zaha in the next month, as the 28-year-old set a career-best with 11 goals in the Premier League last campaign and provides a level of creativity with the ball few others potentially on the market po...
Igbo Youths beg IPOB to Suspend Planned Lockdown
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Igbo Youths beg IPOB to Suspend Planned Lockdown

A socio-political Igbo youth group in the South East, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), has appealed to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to cease its planned lockdown billed for next week Monday, August 9, in the region in the interest of Ndigbo and the country. IPOB announced last week it planned a shutdown in protest over the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu by the Department of State Services (DSS). However, COSEYL has stated that youths in the region face economic challenges so an economic shutdown doesn't favour anyone . A statement by COSEYL President General Goodluck Ibem on Tuesday, August 3, said ; ‘COSEYL urges the group to, in the interest of the Southeast region, review its latest policy directive given the current...
Buhari has Promised to end insecurity – Governor Matawalle
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Buhari has Promised to end insecurity – Governor Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to end insecurity in the north. In a statement the Governor personally signed, he said Buhari made the promise after Governors from northern states took turns to table their experiences, expectations from the government, and efforts at finding lasting solutions at a recent meeting. Matawalle appealed to elites and other politicians especially from northern Nigeria, to be united and face the challenges bedevilling the region’s growth and progress. He said; “The president assured that he will put an end to the menace and return the region and the country at large to its lost glories. “It is time for us to end destructions and killings, lets nurture the habits of forgiveness of o...
Power Generation falls below 4,000MW following gas and transmission problems
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Power Generation falls below 4,000MW following gas and transmission problems

Power generation in Nigeria on Tuesday July 20, fell below 4,000 megawatts. Data obtained from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator showed that total power generation in the country stood at 3,958.7MW as of 6am on Tuesday, down from 4,270.7MW on Monday July 19. NESO's data also showed that the peak generation stood at 4,611MW on Monday, while the lowest generation was 3,732.1MW. The total energy generated on Monday was 100,974.45MW, out of which 99,272.98MW was sent out. Punch reported that though NESO's data did not state the cause of the decline in generation on Tuesday, gas and transmission constraints are the major challenges facing power stations in the country.
I Wonder why Nigerians accept me despite not being Rich – President Buhari
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I Wonder why Nigerians accept me despite not being Rich – President Buhari

The president stated this on Tuesday July 13, when he received the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26 by the house of representatives. The report was submitted by a team of lawmakers led by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the lower chamber. “The number of people that turned out to see me, some waiting for 10 hours in the sun, was more than anyone could buy or force. They just wanted to see who this Buhari was. People wonder why Nigerians accept me, despite not being rich. I wonder, too. I felt I just have to serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability'' he said The president further said that Nigerians are lucky and should congratulate themselves despite the prevailing challenges.
Lagos ICT Business Park in Katangowa Kicks off with Alternative Financing
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Lagos ICT Business Park in Katangowa Kicks off with Alternative Financing

The administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is determined to successfully accomplish the Computer Village relocation to a more conducive and business-friendly environment. This would help to address the environmental challenges created by the market in Ikeja.”   These are the words of the Honorable Commissioner of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, when he was speaking on the partnership between the state government and Bridgeways Global Projects Limited on the development of the Lagos ICT Business Park in Katangowa, with the Coalition of Associations in Computer Village (CACOVI) as the major beneficiaries funded by Sterling Alternative Finance.   The Lagos ICT Business Park, Katangowa is the first of its kind in Africa and wil...
Electronic Voting Without Transmission of result is Counterproductive – Jega
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Electronic Voting Without Transmission of result is Counterproductive – Jega

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has faulted the exclusion of electronic transfer of results in the Electoral Amendment Act (2010). Jega who commended the National Assembly for taking steps to review the Electoral Amendment Act (2010) in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, however stated that the decision of the 9th Assembly to allow INEC use electronic voting without the electronic transmission of results is counterproductive. He said; “You can’t permit INEC on one hand to use electronic voting and not use electronic transmission of results because usually, they go as a package. “Once there is a robust software and hardware for doing so, it now brings efficiency, transparency and real time ability to se...
Insecurity: Instead of Confronting President Buhari, we should be praying for him – Gowon tells Nigerians
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Insecurity: Instead of Confronting President Buhari, we should be praying for him – Gowon tells Nigerians

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has advised Nigerians to pray for President Buhari instead of confronting him over the high level of insecurity in the country. The former Head of State gave the charge at the 23rd anniversary and founder’s day celebration of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), with the theme: Rejigging the security architecture: imperatives for a second line of public safety; the Nigerian Peace Corps perspectives, at the Obasanjo Space Centre, Abuja on Saturday, July 10. Represented at the event by a former military governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Garuba (rtd), Gowon said the problems in the country are also weighing the President down. “There is no nation in Africa that does not have challenges. Be it economy or security. Countries have ch...
Respond to bandits in the language they understand – President Buhari tells Military
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Respond to bandits in the language they understand – President Buhari tells Military

President Buhari on Saturday, July 10, condemned the repeated bandit killings in Zamfara and Kaduna States, urging the military to respond to the worrying situation in a language that the bandits understand. According to a statement released by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the President notes that the military, and other security agencies are now working on new methods and policies that are yielding good results in many of the troubled parts of the country and calls for a crushing response to the killing of innocent citizens in the rural communities. ''He also averts that the nation, its military and the entire population needs to summon the courage required to defeat the bandits and terrorists. President Buhari condemns some politicians...
I inherited Substandard govt hospitals, Fake doctors in 2015 – Gov Bello
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I inherited Substandard govt hospitals, Fake doctors in 2015 – Gov Bello

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, says he inherited many challenges from the state government hospitals ion assumption of office. Bello who described the state hospitals as mere consulting clinics on Saturday during a memorial lecture in honour of a late former Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services in the state, Dr. Ibrahim Babamini Sule said the decay in the sector required urgent attention. He also lamented the activities of quack Doctors in both government and private hospitals, especially those operating in rural areas of the state. “We have a lot of fake doctors carrying out operations on people, especially in the rural areas. How do we address this situation in case of an emergency? ” The governor explained that the ethics of the medical profession wa...
England vs Italy: Euro 2020 final is boys vs men – Bonucci
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England vs Italy: Euro 2020 final is boys vs men – Bonucci

Veteran Italy defender, Leonardo Bonucci, has admitted he is worried about the pace in England’s attack, ahead of the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The Juventus man claimed it will be for him and defensive teammate, Giorgio Chiellini a “youngsters against old men” test. Bonucci, 34, and Chiellini, 36, will be handed the task of keeping England strikers Harry Kane, 27, and Raheem Sterling, 26, quiet for 90 minutes and beyond. “Youngsters against old men. We’re not discovering Kane now, it’s been years that he’s been doing good things with Tottenham, England. “In the last three games, we’ve been lucky to come up against the three best strikers in the world [Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, Spain’s Alvaro Morata and now Kane]. It’s just an added motivation not to concede anything. “Th...
Cleric urge stakeholders to match words with action to end insecurity
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Cleric urge stakeholders to match words with action to end insecurity

The need for stakeholders to match words with action to end the insecurity in Taraba State and the country at large has been raised by the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. Charles Hammawa. Hammawa while delivering a homily at the graduation of Catechists at the Catholic Catechetical training institute in Jimlari, said “the world has never been without challenges, but the challenges facing Nigeria now are enormous. ” Citing Taraba State, he said the crisis was quite disturbing and that the Catholic church is always the worst hit anytime it erupts He said the growing insecurity in Nigeria is worrisome and need to be urgently addressed. While expressing sadness that many parishes in the diocese are closed, many lives lost in the crises and valuable property destroyed ...
My Greatest Challenge As A Pastors’ Daughter – Actress, Precious Ogunleye Opens Up
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My Greatest Challenge As A Pastors’ Daughter – Actress, Precious Ogunleye Opens Up

Precious Ayomide Ogunleye, the fast rising actress cum model, is determined to make her family proud. To achieve this, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) student decided to stay on her own in order to concentrate on her studies and acting career as well. She opens up on the challenges of being an actress and pastors’ daughter. How did you come into entertainment? My father was the one that brought me into the entertainment world. He was always asking me to hawk clothes that he bought from Dubai. I was always the one to sell the clothes and also model them for him. That made me develop interest in modeling. My father wanted me to go into modelling but with another mindset of doing strictly clothes and makeover. He didn’t want modeling with body exposure but I went...
Bishop reveals how Nigerians can defeat insecurity
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Bishop reveals how Nigerians can defeat insecurity

The Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev Charles Hammawa, on Saturday charged all Nigerians to match words with actions to end insecurity in the country. The Bishop said that Nigerians need to tell themselves the truth to be able to defeat the forces of evil that are working against the peace and security of Nigeria. Hammawa gave the charge while delivering a homily at the graduation of Catechists at the Catholic Catechetical Training Institute in Jimlari, near Jalingo. “The world has never been without challenges, but the challenges facing Nigeria now are enormous. “The growing insecurity in Nigeria is worrisome and need to be urgently addressed. “In Taraba, the crisis is quite disturbing and the Catholic church is always the worst hit anytime it erupts. “Present...
Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row
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Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohammed Salah is set to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics after Liverpool won the club vs country row. Egypt wanted their star forward, 29, to take part in the Games and play in the opening group match against Spain on July 22 in Sapporo but new reports indicate Salah will remain with his club for pre-season rather than travel to Japan for the three-week event. Egyptian FA chiefs are unhappy with the decision by Liverpool but understand they will need him again at the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next January and February in Cameroon. Jurgen Klopp will want Salah available at the beginning of the season as the team look to mount a title challenge and would not mind missing him next year January as long as he plays at the beginning of this season for...
Nigeria is bleeding in many parts – Afenifere
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Nigeria is bleeding in many parts – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenfere, has declared that Nigeria is bleeding in many parts as a result of the many challenges facing it. In a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting at Ogbo-Ijebu, the home of its leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere said it was ready to meet with stakeholders to discuss restructuring, devolution of power and true federalism. The communiqué reads: “Afenifere observes that going by the rate at which terrorism and related vices are spreading, the Nigeria nation is bleeding in many parts. There is the need by the federal government to urgently put a halt to various acts of terrorism, kidnapping, the herders/farmers clashes and the like. "This, the Federal Government can do, by immediately allowing states to have their police. Security apparat...
Euro 2020: Mbappe Breaks silence as penalty miss sees France dumped out
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Euro 2020: Mbappe Breaks silence as penalty miss sees France dumped out

  France forward, Kylian Mbappe, has apologized for his penalty miss that saw his country eliminated from the European Championship. Les Bleus looked set to progress into the quarter-final of the tournament, after coming from behind to lead 3-1. However, Switzerland made it 3-3 in the last 10 minutes of the thrilling encounter, to force the game into extra time and eventually penalties. Mbappe was the only player to miss, as France lost 5-4. “[It’s] very difficult to turn the page,” the forward wrote on Twitter. “The sadness is immense after this elimination, we weren’t able to get to our objective. “I am sorry for the penalty. I wanted to help the team but I missed. To relax will be difficult but it’s unfortunately a pitfall in the sport that I love so much. ...
Avoid destructive juicy gifts – CJN warns new Appeal Court justices
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Avoid destructive juicy gifts – CJN warns new Appeal Court justices

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has warned the new Court of Appeal justices to do everything humanly possible to avoid accepting juicy but destructive gifts that may land them in trouble and end their careers in the discharge of their judicial functions. The CJN said that their reputation matters much and counts enormously in their rise to honor and fame in life and must be well protected. Justice Muhammad, who issued the warning on Monday while inaugurating the 18 appellate court justices at the Supreme Court, informed them that several high profile cases would come their way and in company of some juicy, and irresistible temptations and warned them to avoid the temptations in their own interest. “Let me point out unambiguously that in life gif...
Sign the Divorce Papers – Mercy Aigbe tells estranged husband, Lanre Gentry
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Sign the Divorce Papers – Mercy Aigbe tells estranged husband, Lanre Gentry

Actress Mercy Aigbe who had a face-off with her estranged husband, Lanre Gentry on father's day, has begged him to sign their divorce paper. The actress in an interview with Punch, recounted some of the challenges she has been facing before and after their marriage turned sour. On claim of her ex-husband paying their kids' school fees, Aigbe said;   I read my ex’s interview in The PUNCH. I have been getting a lot of calls to grant interviews but I know that if I have to react, it has to be on The PUNCH. I want to react to some of the things that he said. Some of the things he said in the interview was that when I was with him, he was paying my daughter’s school fees; that is a big lie. I am going to use this medium to challenge him to show proof. I have proof; I paid my ...
No Single Person Booed the Minister – Nile University Counters claim of Keyamo being booed for saying ‘Nigerians will beg for return of disbanded SARS’
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No Single Person Booed the Minister – Nile University Counters claim of Keyamo being booed for saying ‘Nigerians will beg for return of disbanded SARS’

The management of Nile University has countered claim of Minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo being booed for saying 'Nigerians will beg for return of disbanded SARS' during a recent lecture at the institution. Providing a context for the comment, the management said the Minister who was invited to deliver a paper on “Challenges of Global Security and the Implications for International Human Rights Law: An African Perspective", stated that the recent upsurge of crimes recorded in some parts Nigeria is not unconnected with the disbandment of SARS without a ready replacement and the release of hardened criminals in Correctional Centres in some parts of the country. According to Nile University, Keyamo who noted that people who protest over police brutality in the US never ca...
Sanwo-Olu, El-Rufai, Others Get Fresh FG Appointments
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Sanwo-Olu, El-Rufai, Others Get Fresh FG Appointments

The National Road Safety Advisory Council has been inaugurated by the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The 29-member Advisory Council is a major aspect of the updated National Road Safety Strategy adopted by NEC and approved by the Federal Executive Council late last year. Naija News understands the Road Safety Advisory Council is chaired by Osinbajo, while the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi will serve as Secretary. The Vice President noted that the setting up of the council is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to addressing the challenges of road safety in the country. Six governors, representing the six geo-political zones in the council are: Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, representing ...
Guns Can’t End Boko Haram, Other Security Challenges – Army
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Guns Can’t End Boko Haram, Other Security Challenges – Army

The new spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, had said that guns alone can’t stop the prevailing security threats across the country. Naija News reports that Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu stated this on Wednesday while taking over as Director, Army Public Relations at the Army Headquarters. According to the Army spokesperson, the myriads of security challenges in Nigeria required a multifaceted approach to surmount. He said: “Permit me to note here that it’s an indisputable and very well established fact, that the sword or gun, cannot alone provide a panacea to the complex and multifaceted security challenges that characterize today’s world. “I must, therefore, make haste to say that the complex nature of these security challenges requires a multi-discip...
Man Utd & Chelsea-linked Haaland won’t stay in ‘comfort zone’
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Man Utd & Chelsea-linked Haaland won’t stay in ‘comfort zone’

The Norwegian striker will not be rushing into any move, as he waits on the right opportunity, but he has big targets to chase down Erling Haaland is being closely monitored by leading sides across Europe, with Chelsea and Manchester United among his many suitors, and the Norwegian striker admits that he will always look to leave any "comfort zone". There is no indication that a spell at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund has become that for the talented 20-year-old, with there still plenty for him to achive there after hitting 57 goals through 59 appearances. He is prepared to wait for the right opportunity to come along, having carefully managed his career path to this point, but hope has been offered to those pursuing his signature in an admission that new challenges will always...

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