Politics

Wenger tells Sanchez to deliver, silence jeering Arsenal fans

Arsene Wenger has called on Alexis Sanchez to deliver on the pitch and silence those Arsenal fans who jeered him during the 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth. Alexis Sanchez and Arsene Wenger Sanchez came close to a deadline day move to Manchester City, only to see Arsenal pull out of the deal after they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his replacement. The Chile forward is out of contract at the end of the season and can walk away from the Emirates Stadium for free. Wenger had insisted all summer that he would rather allow that scenario than sell the former Barcelona man, although that stance appears to have softened towards the end of the window. Sanchez was named on the bench against Bournemouth as Danny Welbeck hit a brace and Alexandre Lacazette also ...

Boko Haram, please release my husband, our kids cry every day to see their father — Wife of abducted UNIMAID worker

Mrs. Margaret Haruna Dashe is wife of one of the workers of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, kidnapped by Boko Haram. She shares her grief with UMAR MUHAMMED Can we meet you? I am an indigene of Jos, Plateau State but I live in Nasarawa State. My husband, Dashe Haruna, was a driver with the University of Maiduguri, before he was kidnapped by Boko Haram in Maiduguri, Borno State, on July 26, 2017. What was your last conversation with him? In the morning of July 26, which was my birthday, he woke me up with a call from Maiduguri before he left for work and sang a birthday song to me. He told me he would be back by 2pm. That was the last thing he told me. How did you receive the news of his abduction? It was serious. That day, when he left for work, I called his mobile phone at 2pm s...

Is Your Child Fit For The Future?

Is Your Child Fit For The Future? Sunday September 10, 2017 – Is Your Child Fit For The Future? By Gbenga Adebambo “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” -Hellen Keller Rick Joyner said, “If our life is always easy, it’s because we are called to a lesser purpose”. So many times, I listen to parents boasting pompously that the reason why they struggle so hard to get to where they are today is simply because their children wouldn’t have to pass through what they themselves went through. Such parent quickly forget that the main reason why they are comfortable, rich and stable today is simply because of what they went through! I am not disputing the fact that there are some unnecessary ‘sufferings’ that must be avoided in life but we must all come to reali...

2018 FIFA WCQ: Zambia shall not be free — Mikel

Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel said  it is important Nigeria beat Zambia in Uyo and cement their qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Mikel Obi After beating Algeria back-to-back, Zambia are burning with the desire to clinch the group B ticket and make their debut appearance at the World Cup. The Super Eagles are currently leading the table with 10 points. Zambia have seven points and they visit Uyo on October 7 to keep a date with Super Eagles. Mikel said in an interview that the Super Eagles will redouble their efforts to ensure that the young Zambians are kept in check. “We have to play with one mindset, irrespective of the opponents. The Zambian match will not be an exception. We are going to give it our all and make sure we collect all maximum points a...

America will confront Hurricane Irma, others – Trump

New York – U.S. President Donald Trump has assured that America would confront the Hurricane disasters and other challenges currently facing the country. This handout picture released on September 6, 2017, on the twitter accound of RCI.fm shows a flooded street on the French overseas island of Saint-Martin, after high winds from Hurricane Irma hit the island.Monster Hurricane Irma slammed into Caribbean islands today after making landfall in Barbuda, packing ferocious winds and causing major flooding in low-lying areas. As the rare Category Five storm barreled its way across the Caribbean, it brought gusting winds of up to 185 miles per hour (294 kilometers per hour), weather experts said. / AFP PHOTO Trump, who gave the assurance in a tweet and his weekly address to the country on Saturda...

The people’s constitution Nigeria needs, by Afe Babalola, other Yoruba leaders

BY OLA  AJAYI, IBADAN The large crowd that attended last Thursday’s Yoruba Summit on restructuring was large. Those in attendance cut across religious, political and ethnic boundaries. From left: Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Afe Babalola; Chairman of the Planning committee, Dr Kunle Olajide and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at the Yoruba Summit. Photo: Dare Fasube. The venue of the programme, Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Ibadan, was filled to the brim. In fact, at some point, security agencies had to start screening people at the entrance to ensure the summit was not disrupted by hoodlums. Traditional rulers, religious and political leaders thronged the capital city of Oyo State to be part of the history. People came from part...

Mourinho says not disappointed with players despite Stoke road bump

Jose Mourinho claimed his confidence in his Manchester United side remains intact despite seeing Stoke City end their perfect start to the Premier League season with a 2-2 draw. Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice for the Potters, becoming the first player to score against United in four games this season and making Stoke the first side to deny them maximum points. Mourinho saw poor defending for both of the Cameroon international’s goals cost his side a fourth successive victory at the start of the season, but he declared himself pleased with United’s position on top of the table, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference. “It’s easy to feel it that some of the players were not with the sharpness and intensity a...

NBS in statistical deception on recession

BY DELE SOBOWALE “If a man stands with one foot in a bucket of boiling water, the other in a bucket of ice, statistically he is comfortable.” Anonymous. To that, the old iconoclast Mark Twain, 1835-1910, had added: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.” Throw away your dancing shoes if you are still dancing in the street on account of the report by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, that the Nigerian economy grew “higher by 1.46 per cent points from the rate recorded in the preceding quarter” and by 0.55 per cent in the second quarter of 2017. Instead, sit down and put on your thinking cap. You might discover that you should be praying for deliverance instead. “Every government is [still] run by professional liars; nothing they say should...

Put Nigeria, athletes first, Onome Nathaniel cries out

By Ben Efe Hurdler Glory Onome Nathaniel has called on Nigerian sports officials, to put the country and her athletes first, rather than pursue their own interests. •HIGH HURDLES…Nigeria athlete Glory Onome Nathaniel wants progress in Nigerian athletics development. Nathaniel, who made her debut at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships, observed that one of the reasons Nigeria found it hard to win medals was because coaches and sports officials, are not often mindful of athletes’ welfare.  The athlete who ran a personal best of 55.30 seconds in the 400m hurdles, and helped the Nigerian 4x400m relay team to a place in the final stated that Nigerian athletes have had to cope with difficult conditions whenever they represented the country at international meets. “We co...

The illness, the recovery, the future: Why Buhari is alive

•The President in the eyes of his people •The Emir’s 2019 prayer By Bashir Bello EVERY year, President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates the Muslim big Sallah, known as Eid-el-Kabir, in his Daura hometown, Katsina State with his kinsmen and well-wishers. President Buhari, the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruq, among others, observing the two rakat Eid-el-Kabir prayers at the Kofar Arewa Eid praying ground This year the tradition didn’t change. The only difference is that it was the first time the natives would be seeing the President in flesh and blood since he returned from London where he stayed for more than 100 days receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. So controversial was the medical vacation that it was not only rumoured at some point that he was on life supp...

AHEAD OF ANAMBRA ELECTION: How Obiano scored ‘suma cum laudo’

By Ibeneme Chika Since inception, the current administration in Anambra State has been the target of conspiracies and  attacks orchestrated by political contractors, accidental media practitioners and their patrons, all geared at diminishing the giant strides of Governor Willie Obiano in various sectors of the state. Fortunately it appears that the more the traducers try, the more recognition and plaudits Akpokuodike and his government garner for his good works. Chief Willie Obiano In all fairness, the immediate past administration laid the foundation for new Anambra while the Obiano administration in keeping with his promise is consolidating the foundation to a super-structure. This is why the Continuity Project was adopted and is being accelerated amid dwindling reso...

N15m for three breasts : How we killed three Ondo college female students for ritual —Suspects

By Dayo Johnson, Akure Three men are being held by the police in Akure, Ondo State capital for the murder of three female students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo town for money ritual. *Cross section of suspects John Adenitire, aka Emir, Fasayo Fasanu, aka Abore and Alfa Abdulrafiu Tijani, a herbalist, claimed they killed the students and removed their left breasts and hands after they were promised N5million for each of the breasts and hands by suspected ritualists. They confessed to have subsequently buried the remains of their victims in the thick forest. Meanwhile, the suspects said they had delivered the breasts and hands to the man who linked them to the ritualists but were yet to be paid for the job when they were arrested by the police. The middleman, id...