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We lost because ghost, witches, wizard, human beings voted during the election – Zuma

By Nwafor Sunday The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Saturday said that his party, African National Congress (ANC) lost the Western Cape polls because of witches and wizard in union with ghost who took part during the voting process. Jacob Zuma According to Huffington Post, Zuma was quoted to have said that ghosts voted to keep the Democratic Alliance (DA) in power. In his word, “I don’t know where they get the luck to win here because people in the majority are not living comfortable. I don’t know‚ [maybe] it’s because of witchcraft‚ witches practice their craft in different ways. “In the last elections I was satisfied that we are taking the Western Cape‚ I even said so. What went wrong? I too can’t tell you. It’s witchcraft‚ you never know. Maybe even ghosts a...

Nigerians both young, old ‘should ask, what can we do to make this country truly great? – Osinbajo

Vice President Prof. Yemi osinbajo, SAN, GCON has said that Nigerians both young and old ‘should ask, what can they do to make this country truly great? What is their contribution? In what way by word, deed, action, can they really bring about a country that is great? A country that we can be proud of? A country that people all over the world will come to and be truly proud. Yemi Osinbajo Osinbajo speaking at the presentation and the inauguration of HIYA Nigeria on Nigeria Television Authority, NTA headquarters in Abuja on Thursday said: ‘…whether here or in the diaspora, some of the smartest people in the world are Nigerians. But our greatest assets are our young people; bright, creative and irrepressible. In technology, music and entertainment, we have proved that we are the future.’ He ...

We need steady supply of electric power to be competitive – Rikki

Among the cultural spectacles is Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, Director, Arts,Culture & Tourism, National Youth Council of Nigeria.  Adorned in his rich Igbo attire, Nwajiofor told Vanguard’s Arts & Reviews that he is grateful to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the National Council for Arts & Culture, and the indefatigable Otunba Segun Runsewe, for organizing such a grand event as AFAC Expo 2017 in order to showcase the wonderful skills and crafts of our people. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, Director, Arts, Culture & Tourism, National Youth Council of Nigeria. Photo by OSA AMADI. Nwajiofor, however, has some word of advice for the government: “There are some young men I know who are so skillful and creative with their hands. I have spotted them here today at this event. There is a...

We need to help children battling cancer— Matilda, mother of three–year–old cancer survivor

September is the International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year, the Daivyan Children Cancer Foundation, a non-governmental organization with the core interest of creating awareness on the scourge and supporting children battling cancer, ushered in the month in grand style by lighting up Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos in an event tagged ‘Light Lagos Gold’. •Matilda(left), with a participant The founder of the Foundation and mother of Daivyan, a three -year -old kidney cancer survivor, Mrs. Matilda Williams-Obiajunwa, felt there was a need to reach out to other kids battling the scourge her innocent child fought for over a year after he was diagnosed at the tender age of one year 11months. According to Williams-Obiajunwa, the event was also to honour the kids l...

NPFL: Plateau Utd wear the crown

Plateau United are the 19th champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League after beating Rangers International 2-0 in the final match at the Rwan Pam Stadium in Jos. They also pocketed the N50 million prize money at stake. CHAMPIONS…NFF President, Amaju Pinnick (third from left) hands the league trophy to Plateau Utd captain, Golbe Elisha  , as others watch yesterday in Jos It is the first time they are winning the league diadem. It is the year of the underdog, where a team, which were battling for survival last season, have turned the corner to become the beautiful bride of the Nigerian league. Plateau United finished top of the 20-team table with 66 points from 38 matches, runners-up MFM lost to El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri and ended up with 62 points, whil...

Klopp laments Mane’s red card

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Sadio Mane was “unlucky” to be sent off during the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City. CRUSHING… Liverpool’s Sadio Mane collides with City’s keeper Ederson in their EPL match yesterday. Mane was given the marching order and Liverpool collapsed to a 5-0 defeat. City goalkeeper Ederson was involved in a nasty collision with the Liverpool forward during the first half of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium. The former Benfica stopper was caught in the face by a high foot from Mane, who was subsequently given a straight red card by referee Jonathan Moss. Ederson was removed from the pitch on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment and was taken to the nearby Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to be assessed for...

Man. United stabbed in the back —Van Gaal

Lois van Gaal says Manchester United went “behind my back” in replacing him as manager with Jose Mourinho in 2016. Van Gaal The Dutchman, 66, was sacked 48 hours after winning the FA Cup and Mourinho was appointed less than a week later. “They told me only after it was leaked out, it was the biggest disappointment of my life,” Van Gaal, who was two years into a three-year contract, told Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad. “United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows.” United paid out £8.4m to Van Gaal following the departure of the Dutchman and his coaches. “United did not discuss this with me. If they had come to me with the Mourinho plan then I could have said ‘OK, let’s give it everything for the last six months, complete commitment to each othe...

Ekiti 2018: I won a primary election in 2006, I will win again – Yinka Akerele, APC aspirant

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Otunba Oluyinka Akerele, is optimistic about his chances of winning the ticket of the party to contest the 2018 election in the state. •Otunba Oluyinka Akerele Akerele spoke while reacting to a newspaper interview by Engineer Segun Oni, a former governor of Ekiti, in which he claimed that he was not imposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer in the 2007 governorship election in the state. Oni, also running for the ticket of the APC for the 2018 election, had said in the interview that although Akerele took the first position in the PDP primary ahead of the 2007 election, he (Oni) eventually became the party’s candidate and later went ahead...

Benzema injury exposes Real striking options

Real Madrid’s lack of striking options is set to come under the spotlight with Karim Benzema expected to be sidelined for at least a month due to a hamstring injury. Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (2L) vies with Levante’s Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma (R) during the Spanish Liga football match Real Madrid vs Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO The Frenchman hobbled off midway through the first-half as Real were held to a shock 1-1 draw at home to Levante on Saturday. “Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with an injury in the semimembranosus muscle of the right leg,” Madrid said in a statement without specifying Benzema’s estimated recovery time. However, Madrid sports dailies Marca and AS reported Benzema...

United held as Choupo-Moting fires Stoke

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting ended Manchester United’s perfect start to the Premier League season as his first two goals for Stoke secured a 2-2 draw against Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday. Stoke City’s German midfielder Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Manchester United at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on September 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Choupo-Moting gave Stoke the lead before grabbing the crucial equaliser after Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku had put United ahead. The Cameroon forward’s goals were the first United had conceded in four league fixtures this season and Stoke became the first opponents to deny them victory. A draw was enough to...

We’re working on Buhari’s 2019 return – Lauretta Onochie

By Nwafor Sunday The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, Saturday said that ‘We’re working on Buhari’s return to power in 2019’. Lauretta Onochie Newsmen report that the support drum beaten for Buhari’s return has become publicly known even though he has not declared interest to contest for 2019 presidential election. Recall that Gov. Elrufai of Kaduna state has stated in an interview with the State House correspondents after he visited President Buhari that he will support Buhari for second tenure if he (Buhari) decides to contest the 2019 presidential election. He made the remark while reacting to the statement credited to Senator Aisha Alhassan, minister for women affairs. According to her, “If am to chose between Atiku a...

City rout Reds, Arsenal ease pressure on Wenger

Manchester City capitalised on Sadio Mane’s controversial red card to thrash title rivals Liverpool 5-0, while Arsenal eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a vital 3-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday. Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on September 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO City goalkeeper Ederson was stretchered off in a neck brace after being caught in the face by Mane’s boot as he raced out to head the ball away, with the Liverpool winger dismissed for the clash late in the first half at Eastlands. City already led 1-0 through Sergio Aguero’s opener at that point and...