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Super Falcons Will Overcome Ghana -Pinnick Assures
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Super Falcons Will Overcome Ghana -Pinnick Assures

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick is confident that the Super Falcons would emerge victorious in the Qualifier match against Ghana. Super Falcons of Nigeria have been drawn to face Ghana in the first round of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers. Falcons, known to be the most successful team with nine titles in eleven editions, will once again compete for the first round of the coveted women’s AFCON title. Pinnick who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sports admitted that although the Ghanaian side is tough to beat; the Super Falcons would, however, scale through going by their level of preparedness. “We are not going to joke with the Qualifiers because we are playing Ghana. We are going to take it ve...
Juventus Faces Threat of Expulsion from Serie A
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Juventus Faces Threat of Expulsion from Serie A

  President of the Italian football federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, has said Juventus face being kicked out of Serie A if they don’t withdraw from the European Super League. AC Milan and Inter Milan have backed out of the breakaway competition, leaving Juventus as the only Italian club persisting with the plans. “The rules are clear. If Juventus is still part of the Super League when it enters next season, it can’t participate in Serie A. “I would be sorry for the fans but rules are rules and they apply to everyone. I hope this holdout ends soon,” Gravina told Naples radio station Kiss Kiss. Juventus won Serie A for the ninth straight year last season, but have since relinquished the title to Inter.
2023: You Cannot Get the Presidency of Nigeria by Threats or by Shouting Victim Hood- Gov El-Rufai tells Southeast
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2023: You Cannot Get the Presidency of Nigeria by Threats or by Shouting Victim Hood- Gov El-Rufai tells Southeast

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has advised the Southeast to actively engage people from other parts of Nigeria if it has a serious desire to produce the next president of the country. The governor said this when he spoke during a webinar organized by the Africa Leadership Group with the theme ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’. According to El Rufai, the presidency would not come to the Southeast region through threats to pull out of Nigeria or playing the victim card. “I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victim hood. This is a political process and you have to engage other parts of Nigeria to convince them to support you. That is what everyone does....
Labour rejects FG’s plans to slash salaries of workers
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Labour rejects FG’s plans to slash salaries of workers

The Organised Labour has condemned and rejected the plan by the Federal Government to slash the salaries of workers in the country.   Ayuba Waba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. He noted that the plan was tantamount to a “mass suicide” wish, for Nigerian workers. According to him, NLC was shocked at a statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on the plan to reduce the high cost of governance by cutting down on the workers’ salaries.   ”The minister also allegedly directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), to immediately review the salaries of civil servants as well as the number of federal agencies in the country. ”It is almost unthinkabl...
NASS promises to ensure return of Nigerian students trapped in Volcanic Caribbean Island
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NASS promises to ensure return of Nigerian students trapped in Volcanic Caribbean Island

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has promised to ensure the return of Nigerian students trapped in Volcanic Caribbean Island. A number of Nigerian students are currently trapped in the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines due to a volcanic eruption.   Dr Levi Odoe, the Consul-General of Nigeria on the Island, paid Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, a courtesy call at the National Assembly, Abuja on Wednesday, May 5, to appeal for support from the Nigerian government and other public-spirited entities around the world.   Responding, Ahmad Lawan assured that the Nigerian National Assembly will intervene to ensure that they are safely brought back home.   Read the tweets shared on the official Twitter account of the Senate President below.  ...
El-Rufai claims Ex-President Jonathan tried to jail him, ignored their friendship
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El-Rufai claims Ex-President Jonathan tried to jail him, ignored their friendship

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said former President Goodluck Jonathan almost put him in prison because he thought he was a threat to his second term ambition.   El-Rufai, in an interview published in The Point, said although Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, he persecuted him because he believed those who told him that he was a threat. The governor said his persecution started in 2006 when he was in charge at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He said, “Jonathan was convinced by his own circle too that I was a threat and that if he was going for a second term of office, he had to take me out of the race. And so, Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’adua started. “I have been associate...
Senate gives Customs ultimatum to return seized rice in Ibadan market
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Senate gives Customs ultimatum to return seized rice in Ibadan market

The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges has ordered the Nigeria Customs Service to return bags of rice seized from shops in the Oja Oba Market in Ibadan, within 15 days. The Senate gave the ultimatum after Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Kola Balogun petitioned the upper chamber on behalf of traders whose shops were raided. Recall that officers of the NCS on Saturday invaded Oja Oba market and carted away eight truckloads of rice and money found in the shops of the affected traders. This is barely one month after they raided the Bodija International Market forcing Senator Kola Balogun to petition the upper chamber. The Senate Committee at its sitting on Tuesday described the act as unacceptable as Ahmad Lawan, the senate president referred the petition...
Minister of Transportation, Amaechi denies saying Buhari’s Government has been printing money
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Minister of Transportation, Amaechi denies saying Buhari’s Government has been printing money

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has denied saying that President Muhammadu Buhari had always ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to print money since 2015. Reports had emerged on Monday that the Minister who was interviewed in 2019 admitted that President Muhammadu Buhari had always ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to print money since 2015. Reacting, Amaechi in a statement by his Media Assistant, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, said the news should be disregarded as it was false. He urged Nigerians to disregard the publications on social media alleging he said the administration had been printing money since 2015. Amechi said he has never held any financial position in the country and did not qualify as an authority on issues that concern the printing of m...
Things will be cheaper for Nigeria to remain one country – Bishop Kukah
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Things will be cheaper for Nigeria to remain one country – Bishop Kukah

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has advised secession agitators that it would be cheaper to stay together as one country. The cleric gave the advice on Saturday while speaking virtually on this year’s ‘The Platform’, organized by Pastor Poju Oyemade of The Covenant Nation in Lagos. Kukah, however, blamed President Muhammadu Buhari, for making people feel alienated from governance through inequality in power distribution at the highest levels. He said, “The challenge now is how do we connect back because all the things we are hearing now, nobody would have expected to hear them and now everybody wants to go home.
Mbaka asked Buhari for contracts, Garba Shehu alleges
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Mbaka asked Buhari for contracts, Garba Shehu alleges

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has alleged that Ejike Mbaka, Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry (AMEN), asked President Muhammadu Buhari for contracts but was rebuffed. Reacting to the priest call for Buhari to resign or be impeached, Shehu said Mbaka once brought three contractors to the president but Buhari insisted that due process must be followed. “Father Mbaka is everything apart form what he claims to be… an outsider distilling the avalanche of verbiage will be surprised that after supporting the President two times to win the Presidency, Father Mbaka has made a complete U-Turn, preposterously asking President Buhari to resign or be impeached,” Shehu said. “Here is the point of departure: Father Mbaka asked for a meeti...
LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves
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LaLiga: Iniesta Explains What will Happen to Barcelona if Messi Leaves

  Barcelona great, Andres Iniesta, has said “Barca without Leo is no longer Barca”, as he expressed his eagerness for Lionel Messi to stay at the club. Messi is out of contract at the Nou Camp in June and his future remains in doubt. However, there is cause for optimism, as the 33-year-old has a good relationship with new president Joan Laporta. Iniesta, who left Barcelona for Vissel Kobe, has admitted he wants to see Messi stay. He said, “My desire and I believe that of all Barca fans is that Leo can stay at Barcelona until he retires. “Barça without Leo is no longer Barça.”
Women Football Deserves More Attention in Nigeria – Amaju Pinnick
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Women Football Deserves More Attention in Nigeria – Amaju Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has promised to do everything to ensure women football grows in the country. Rivers Angels defeated Sunshine Queens of Akure 4-0 in Ijebu Ode to win the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Super Six Championship, crowning them as champions of the Nigerian Women’s Professional League. The win also gave the Rivers State team a ticket to represent the country in the WAFU B zone of the maiden CAF Women Champions League. While addressing journalists after the conclusion of the Super 6 tournament, Pinnick said that women’s football deserved more attention in the country. “Admittedly, we need to do even more for women football in this country because as I always insist, the women deserve more attention having ...
The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says
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The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says

Worried by the alarming spate of insecurity in the country, the Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, has called for the impeachment of President Buhari. Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu recently, the clergyman wondered how the President will maintain grave silence despite the wanton killings across the country. “Let me tell you; if it is in a civilized country, by now, President Buhari would have resigned with what is happening. Nigerians are crying because there’s no security in the country, the House of Representatives should impeach the president if he doesn’t want to resign. A good coach cannot watch his players be defeated when he has players sitting down on the bench. It is either Buhari resigns by himself or he wi...
Billionaire Businessman John Henry Rejects £3billion offer From Middle East to Sell Liverpool Football Club
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Billionaire Businessman John Henry Rejects £3billion offer From Middle East to Sell Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool’s billionaire owner and president of Fenway Sports Group, John Henry has reportedly rejected an astonishing offer of £3billion to sell the club. According to a new report, a bid from the Middle East was submitted to owner, John Henry, before news broke early this week of the club’s involvement in the failed European Super League. According to the Mirror, John Henry rejected the bid. Liverpool's US owner John W. Henry and his company Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are under pressure to sell the club after supporters protested against the owners this week following the clubs involvement in the highly criticized European super league. The report adds that other potential buyers are ready to buy the club if the owners decide to sell but it would cost more than £3bn to ...
Buhari Meets Northern Governors
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Buhari Meets Northern Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly in a meeting with some Northern Governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Governors were led by chairman of Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong and it was also learnt that Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari is also present. Others in the delegation are Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); Mai Mala Buni(Yobe); Abubakar Bello(Niger) and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa).
Real Madrid President, Perez Blames One English club for Collapse of Super League
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Real Madrid President, Perez Blames One English club for Collapse of Super League

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has pointed fingers at an unnamed Premier League club, for the collapse of the European Super League idea. As at Wednesday, eight of the 12 clubs that signed up for the breakaway competition, announced they were pulling out. The Premier League’s Big Six – Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea – were all involved. And Perez has said one of them initiated the pull out. “Someone in the English group didn’t have a lot of interest, and that became contagious. “One of them was never convinced… [The English clubs] left because of the atmosphere. UEFA put on a show. It was like we let off an atomic bomb. “Perhaps we haven’t presented and explained it well, but they haven’t given us the op...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Return Does not Make Sense – Real Madrid President, Perez
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Return Does not Make Sense – Real Madrid President, Perez

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has said Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club “does not make sense”, as he has a contract with Juventus. Perez stated this while making an appearance on El Chiringuito TV on Monday night. “Cristiano Ronaldo will not come back to Real Madrid. “It does not make sense, he has a contract with Juventus,” Perez said. Ronaldo has been continuously linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu. The Portugal captain has a contract with Juventus until 2022, but the Serie A champions are believed to be considering cashing out on him. Reports have claimed Juve will offload the 36-year-old, in order to accelerate the progression of the likes of Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.
Super League: Format of new European Competition Revealed
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Super League: Format of new European Competition Revealed

  The format for the new European Super League has emerged. 12 football biggest clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid from Spain; Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal from England; and Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan, had on Sunday night announced a new competition which will abolish the Champions League. The clubs, headed by Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez, defiled several threats from UEFA and their leagues governing bodies to announce the new competition last night. The format include: 1. 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. 2. Midweek fixtures with all participating...
Nigerian Leaders Need Prayers From Followers – Ahmad Lawan
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Nigerian Leaders Need Prayers From Followers – Ahmad Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians to continue praying for the leaders in government as they tackle the various challenges facing the nation. Lawan, according to a statement released on Saturday by his media office, made the appeal at the launching of Pataskum Emirate Central Mosque Appeal Fund, at Potiskum, Yobe State. The Senate President, the statement added, announced a donation of N20 million to support the project. He said, “Every time, leaders need prayers, particularly from the followers. “Our leaders, particularly our President, Muhammadu Buhari, may God grant him good health, God has given him the leadership of this country through you. “He is trying his possible best for you and we too that are part of his leadership, we are trying our best ...
Real Madrid President Puts Gareth Bale on ‘Blacklist’
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Real Madrid President Puts Gareth Bale on ‘Blacklist’

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has put Gareth Bale on a ‘blacklist’ after deciding he doesn’t want the player at the club next season, according to Sport. Bale has spoken about his desire to return to Spain after his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur ends. The Welshman has endured a torrid return to the Premier League club under Jose Mourinho. Bale struggled to recover from an injury and despite working his way back into the side and getting among the goals, he was dropped after a poor showing against Arsenal and hasn’t started a league game since. But he could end up in limbo at the end of the season, with Madrid eager to offload him in the summer. It is understood Perez has placed Bale on a ‘blacklist of players he doesn’t want at the club. Los Bla...
President Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before September 11
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President Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before September 11

President Joe Biden will remove all US troops from Afghanistan before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America's longest war despite mounting fears of a Taliban victory, officials said on Tuesday. The drawdown delays only by around five months an agreement with the Taliban by former president Donald Trump to withdraw all troops, amid a growing consensus in Washington that little more can be achieved. Biden, who will make an announcement on Wednesday, has "reached the conclusion that the United States will complete its drawdown -- will remove its forces from Afghanistan -- before September 11," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity. Biden had earlier mused about keeping a residual force in Afghanistan to strike Al-Qaeda or an ...
Legislature, Judiciary Autonomy: Governors Oppose Buhari Executive Order 10
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Legislature, Judiciary Autonomy: Governors Oppose Buhari Executive Order 10

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Tuesday said state governors were not opposed to financial autonomy for the judiciary and the legislature. Lalong, who stated this in an interview with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum press corps in Abuja, however, faulted the Executive Order 10, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) signed into law last year. The Plateau State governor, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, said the Federal Government could not force states to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislature. Lalong said that there were measures that must be taken before the autonomy could be implemented. He added that state governors would meet with the leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria on Wednesday (today) w...
Perez Re-elected Real Madrid President Without Opponents
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Perez Re-elected Real Madrid President Without Opponents

  Florentino Perez has been re-elected Real Madrid president for another four years, after no other candidates challenged him for the position. The 74-year-old has been president of the Spanish giants for a total of 18 years over two spells. First from 2000 until 2006 and then since 2009. Perez called for the presidential elections on April 1, and gave potential candidates until April 12 to step forward to be approved by the club’s electoral board. A candidate must have been a Real Madrid member or socio for at least 20 years and must have sufficient personal wealth to be able to obtain a bank guarantee worth at least 15% of the club’s budget. It’s the third time in a row that Perez has been re-elected without a vote. He also didn’t face any opposition in 2013 an...
Bad Belle Stopped Abiola From Becoming President – Obasanjo
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Bad Belle Stopped Abiola From Becoming President – Obasanjo

Barely 28 years after, former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday lamented the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election, presumably won by the late philanthropist, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. He blamed the cancellation on “bad belle”. The election, adjudged to be most peaceful, credible and fair, was annulled by the military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. Obasanjo said the annulment robbed Egbaland and Ogun State the rare privilege of having three of its prominent sons occupying the number one leadership position in the country at different times. The elder statesman, who was referring to former Head of Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, himself, who governed the country first as a military Head of State and a civilian president, app...
The Idea That Governor Yahaya Bello Should not Run for the Presidency is Absurd – FFK
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The Idea That Governor Yahaya Bello Should not Run for the Presidency is Absurd – FFK

Former Aviation Minister, Yahaya Bello, has described as ''absurd'' the idea that Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, should not run for the presidency. Bello who is a member of the APC has since signified interest to run for Presidency in 2023. In a tweet posted this morning, FFK said it is also absurd for some Nigerians to kick against the North Central producing the next democratically-elected president. His tweet reads ''The idea that Gov. Yahaya Bello should not run for the Presidency & that the NC zone, which has never produced a democratically-elected President,ought to settle for another position is absurd. Nigeria needs strong & decisive leadership, a generational change & a bridge-builder.''
You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari
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You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari

THE Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday berated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), describing him as incompetent. The CAN also described the current administration as being religiously biased. The President of the association, Samson Ayokunle, said this in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital while speaking at the Holy Convocation organised by the Victory Life Bible Church. Ayokunle, who spoke on the theme of the convocation, ‘The state of the nation: The way forward’, argued that the insecurity and other vices being witnessed in the country were as a result of negligence on the part of the Buhari administration. Ayokunle, who also worried about the spate of insecurity and criminality in the country, lamented that criminals were being more professional t...
Atiku Not Fit To Contest For President, His Parents Are Cameroonians – Malami
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Atiku Not Fit To Contest For President, His Parents Are Cameroonians – Malami

Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is not eligible under the constitution to contest for President. Malami said this in an affidavit in support of a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 and filed before the court by the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA). EMA is challenging Atiku’s eligibility to contest for President and praying the court to hold among others, that considering the provisions of sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding his birth, the former Vice President cannot contest for the top office. Although the suit was filed before the 2019 presidential election, ...
Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract
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Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has given newly-elected president, Joan Laporta, a list of demands he expects to be met before signing a new contract, according to Eurosport. Messi tried to force a move away from Spain last summer but ended up staying at Camp Nou. However, the 33-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Barca has grown increasingly confident of keeping Messi beyond this summer, following an upturn in results and Laporta’s return last month. However, Messi will not put pen to paper until he can see clear progress is still being made on and off the field. He also expects Barca to make astute signings, such as Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City, plus one marquee signing – possibly Borussia Dortmund star E...
AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by CAFS’s recently elected president Patrice Motsepe, also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on June 25. A total of 23 teams have confirmed their places at the continental showpiece. They are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The one spot left will be contested between Benin Republic and Sierra Leone. The match between the two countries in F...
Guardiola Takes Decision on Signing Messi as Aguero Departs
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Guardiola Takes Decision on Signing Messi as Aguero Departs

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has abandoned his pursuit of Lionel Messi and the whole episode is now seen as “case closed”, according to Sport. ManCity has been seen as favourites to be Messi’s next club, should he make an emotional exit from the Nou Camp this summer. Messi tried to force his way out last summer, but under new manager Ronald Koeman and the returning president Joan Laporta, he appeared to be enjoying his football once more and looked set to stay. City was keen on signing Messi last summer but “they are throwing in the towel, convinced that the Argentine will renew with Barca”. Instead, Guardiola will now look to either Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane to replace the departing Sergio Aguero. The Etihad club confirmed on Monday that all...
Real Madrid President, Perez angry as Man United Approach Ramos’s Replacement
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Real Madrid President, Perez angry as Man United Approach Ramos’s Replacement

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has been left ‘very angry’ as Manchester United approached Villarreal centre-back, Pau Torres, according to Spanish outlet El Desmarque. Perez sees Torres as the perfect long-term heir to Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, who is out of contract with Zinedine Zidane’s side at the end of the season. Torres has a relatively affordable release clause of €60million (£51million). The 24-year-old has a growing list of admirers following a string of brilliant displays in LaLiga and the Europa League this season. Man United are also keen to sign Torres at the end of the season with the Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a huge admirer of the Spain international. Solskjaer is determined to add a new centre-back in his squa...
‘Without the support of Buhari, we wouldn’t have raised our heads up as governors’ – Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar
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‘Without the support of Buhari, we wouldn’t have raised our heads up as governors’ – Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar

Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state has described President Buhari as the best thing to happen to Nigeria. Abubakar said this while featuring on a Channels Television program. Listing some of the achievements of President Buhari, the Jigawa state Governor averred they won't be able to lift their heads up as Governors without the support of the President. When asked if he agrees with his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts who said Buhari is the best thing to happen to Nigeria, he said; “I agree with the given circumstances we have now. I believe 100 percent. I know what I inherited. I know the trouble I got through. I know at one time, I even wanted to leave. Really, without the support of Buhari, we wouldn’t have raised our heads up as governors. “If y...
Power Should go to South in 2023 – Gov Zulum
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Power Should go to South in 2023 – Gov Zulum

The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has lent his voice to the call for power to shift to the South in 2023. Governor Zulum stated this when he spoke at the presentation of a book by Dakuku Perterside, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), on Thursday, March 25. “The issue of power rotation is a covenant between us hence the need to shift the power to the south.”he said According to him, it doesn't matter what part of the South the next president comes from. He urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to heed his advice and keep to previous agreements made to shift power to the southern part of the country in the next administration. Governor Zulum will not be the first governor to say that the South should t...
Florentino Perez Gives one Condition for Ramos to Leave Real Madrid
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Florentino Perez Gives one Condition for Ramos to Leave Real Madrid

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, is willing to let captain, Sergio Ramos, leave Santiago Bernabeu in the summer transfer window if the club can sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as his replacement, according to Marca. Perez is weighing up his options when it comes to Ramos and could be more willing to let the veteran centre-back go if he manages to sign Alaba. Alaba has since confirmed he will leave Bayern on a free transfer this summer, although his reported wage demands of £400,000 a week could be a problem. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the Austrian international. Meanwhile, Ramos appears increasingly likely to end his 16-year spell at the club and leave on a free transfer at the end of the seas...
Buhari Won’t Hand Over To Tinubu In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo
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Buhari Won’t Hand Over To Tinubu In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo

The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu. He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves. Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country. He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of (the President, Major General Muhammadu) Buhari. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) sinc...
Gowon Pushes For Rotational President
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Gowon Pushes For Rotational President

The clamour for power shift got a push on Sunday from former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who called for zoning and rotational presidency among the six geo-political zones. Gen.Gowon said rotating the office is key to peace, tranquility and development. Besides, the elder statesman, who spoke in Abuja at 100th anniversary of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA), canvassed the rotation of the presidency among the 19 Norther states, adding that, no ethnic group is better outside the nation than inside as one united Nigeria. He suggested that Nigeria should henceforth, have two vice presidents, saying that one of them should come from the zone producing the President and the other elected into power during the presidential election. Gowon who spoke on the topic: “Barewa College...
Elderly Man allegedly Caught Raping 8-year-old girl in Abia Community
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Elderly Man allegedly Caught Raping 8-year-old girl in Abia Community

An elderly man has been arrested after he was caught raping an 8-year-old girl in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State. The suspect was caught by Amaekpu youths led by their president, Stormy Stainless. According a short statement posted by the organization on Sunday, March 21, the suspect lives opposite a guest house in Ohafia.
Buhari Allowed Sheikh Gumi Incite Bandits For More Attacks – Pan-Yoruba Elders
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Buhari Allowed Sheikh Gumi Incite Bandits For More Attacks – Pan-Yoruba Elders

The Pan-Yoruba elders stated this in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting on Wednesday in Mapo Hall, Ibadan, Oyo State. Pan-Yoruba elders have again lambasted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led regime saying the President watched Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, incite bandits with various unfounded statements which have led to more crisis in the country ever since. SaharaReporters learnt that the Yoruba elders warned Gumi not to sow the seeds of terrorism nationwide and to stop making inciting statements, which could be described as felony. The communiqué, which was signed by Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, blamed President Buhari for allowing Gumi to fan the embers of crisis in the country while hiding under the guise of mediation. The elders said, “The Yorùbá hereby...
TFF, Yanga SC and Simba SC mourn late Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli
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TFF, Yanga SC and Simba SC mourn late Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli

The news of the death of the head of state and government was confirmed by the Vice-President on March 17 Following the death of Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, Mainland Premier League and Football Kenya Federation Premier League clubs have sent their messages of condolences. Magufuli's death was confirmed on March 17 by Vice President Samia Suluhu. The Tanzanian announced the president succumbed to heart conditions in a Dar es Salaam hospital. The President, who was re-elected in October 2020 for a final five-year term, had been missing from the public limelight from February 27.
LaLiga President Claims they are Ready for Messieaving Barcelona
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LaLiga President Claims they are Ready for Messieaving Barcelona

The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, has assured that he has “prepared well” for the possibility of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona. The Covid-19 pandemic has already damaged the league’s bottom line, with the Blaugranes alone responsible for €1.2 billion (£1.1b/$1.5b) in debt, and the exit of a main attraction like Messi would appear a worrisome moment. But Tebas believes LaLiga is financially secure enough to withstand any harm. “[Messi] couldn’t leave Barcelona because of an agreement in his contract, but as I said about Cristiano [Ronaldo], we also are prepared financially for this moment. “Cristiano leaving Real Madrid was a decision made by the club. I don’t have the right to say anything, but I always prefer to have the best players in La Liga, the same happened with Ne...
Laporta Elected Barcelona president for Second time, Speaks on Messi’s Future
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Laporta Elected Barcelona president for Second time, Speaks on Messi’s Future

Joan Laporta was on Sunday elected the new president of Barcelona. He returns to the position he previously held from 2003 to 2010. Laporta won ahead of rival candidates Victor Font and Toni Freixa. The Spanish club called the election on Sunday night, with Laporta winning with 30,184 votes and Font coming in second and Freixa third with 16,679 and 4,769 votes, respectively. Barca said 51,765 out of 109,531 eligible members had voted in the election. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, as well as the club’s former coach and current Spain boss Luis Enrique, all participated in the voting exercise. “I want to thank all the members for coming out to vote what has been the most important election in the club’s history due to [the effects of] the coronavirus pandem...
Former Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatad Ahmed and Wife Welcome Baby Boy
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Former Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatad Ahmed and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

Former Kwara state governor, Abdulfatad Ahmed and his wife, Omolewa, have welcomed a baby boy. Toyin Saraki, the wife of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, shared the good news on social media. She wrote ''Heartiest congratulations to my Dear Sister, former Kwara First Lady @AhmedOmolewa and HE @AbdulfataAhmed  on the birth of their baby boy! Sending you lots of love''
Pep Guardiola Predicts Barcelona’s Future as Bartomeu is Arrested
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Pep Guardiola Predicts Barcelona’s Future as Bartomeu is Arrested

  The Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has that said that his former club, Barcelona will get back to the top soon. Guardiola stated this while reacting to arrest of former president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, a development he described as “an uncomfortable.” Bartomeu slept in jail on Monday as part of an investigation into ‘Barcagate’ at Camp Nou. “It’s an uncomfortable situation but I hope it will finish well,” Guardiola said at his press conference. “He’s already innocent until the court proves he is guilty. “Only I’m concerned is that in one week we’ll have a new president. “It’s a difficult situation at Barcelona but the new man needs to have the courage to lead in the next years. As many people as possible can vote and lead the best club in th...
‘Ndigbo Republic, Not Biafra May Emerge If South-East Fail To Produce President’
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‘Ndigbo Republic, Not Biafra May Emerge If South-East Fail To Produce President’

A Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019, Chief Charles Udeogaranya, has said that the way things are going in Nigeria, Ndigbo Republic may emerge instead of Biafra. According to him, “if after 50 years of Nigeria/Biafra civil war and political power brokers do not find it expediently urgent to close this monumental gap of inequality by giving a sense of belonging to the South-East region of Nigeria, then Ndigbo Republic (NR) is inevitable and I will lead the struggle of its actualisation.” Udeogaranya said that Ndigbo remains more Nigerian than any other Nigerian ethnic group and will always play their big brother role of pan-Africanism. Ndigbo, he said wants the best for the Yoruba nation, Hausa nation, Fulani nation, Ijaw nation and every other...
‘An uncomfortable situation’ – Guardiola weighs in on Bartomeu arrest while revealing hope for Barcelona’s future
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‘An uncomfortable situation’ – Guardiola weighs in on Bartomeu arrest while revealing hope for Barcelona’s future

The Manchester City boss says he believes that his former club will get back to the top soon as presidential elections loom Pep Guardiola has called Josep Maria Bartomeu's recent arrest "an uncomfortable" situation after the former Barcelona president was detained on Monday as part of an investigation into ‘Barcagate’ at Camp Nou. Bartomeu was provisionally released on Tuesday after spending Monday in jail as the 58-year-old ex-Barca boss invoked his right not to testify. Alongside Bartomeu, it is understood that three other arrests were made, including Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti.
Zimbabwe Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigns amid s3x scandal
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Zimbabwe Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigns amid s3x scandal

Zimbabwe's Vice President Kembo Mohadi on Monday March 1, resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct.   This came after audio recordings of phone conversations in which Mohadi was allegedly soliciting sex from married women, including a subordinate in his office was leaked online in February. The lurid clips included one where a man can be heard scheduling to meet for sex at his office.   In a rare move by a public official in Zimbabwe, Mohadi said he had taken the decision to step down “not as a matter of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President”.   In a statement released by the Ministry of Information, the Vice President said;   “I have been going through a soul-searching pilgrimage and realise...
Apostle Suleman Begs Boko Haram not to Kill Abducted Borno Pastor
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Apostle Suleman Begs Boko Haram not to Kill Abducted Borno Pastor

President of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Apostle Johnson Suleman has appealed to Boko Haram insurgents not to kill Borno pastor Bulus Yikura they abducted. The cleric was abducted by the insurgents on Christmas eve last year during an attack on Pemi village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State. Taking to Twitter, Suleman pleaded with the insurgents to spare Yikura’s life, adding that Christians are not the insurgents’ enemies and wrote on how some certain Muslims were saved by Christians many years back. He said: “I appeal to Boko haram not to kill Pastor Bulus Yikura..have mercy on him like the Abyssinian Christians had mercy on the first Muslims and saved them from the Quraysh. “Christians are not your enemies. Plssss,let Pastor Yikura go..”
If Trump could order the military to rescue one kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria, Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru – CAN
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If Trump could order the military to rescue one kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria, Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the military to rescue Pastor Bulud Yakuru from the Boko Haram terrorists who had given him a one week ultimatum before it is too late. LIB reported earlier that the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram which kidnapped Pastor Yakuru on December 24, 2020 after an attack at Pemi Village in Borno State, gave the federal government a one week ultimatum to negotiate his release, and this one week ultimatum will end on Wednesday March 3. The Christian group in a statement issued by its President, Samson Ayokunle on Saturday February 27, said Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru if Trump could order the military to secure the release of one kidna...
We Are Used To A President Whose Words Mean Nothing – Aisha Yesufu
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We Are Used To A President Whose Words Mean Nothing – Aisha Yesufu

The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Aisha Yesufu, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the increasing spate of abductions in the country. When asked on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, what she thinks of the President’s assurance to Nigerians about efforts being made to rescue all those who have been abducted, Mrs Yesufu said: “what I make of the statement is absolutely nothing”. “We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens,” she added. Since one of the major abductions in the country happened in 2014 – (the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State), Yesufu has been at the forefront of the calls made to the Federal Government to ensure the release of al...

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