Golden Eaglets coach, Fatai Amoo, says he would submit programme for the African U-17 championship billed for Morocco in March to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) any moment from now. He stated that the team’s performance in Togo had given him an insight on how to prepare the boys ahead of the African championship. xThe coach hinted that quality preparation is needed to enable the Golden Eaglets conquer the rest of Africa when hostilities begin Morocco. The doctors have given them the basic routine on how to keep fit before we will regroup for the African championship. For now, I don’t think there is any need for me to invite new players in to the Golden Eaglets squad.
January 28, 2021 04:16 UTC
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has accepted the invitation to attend the launch of an epochal book on The Guardian. Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media to the Vice President, Pastor Laolu Akande, a former staff of The Guardian, told the authors of the book that Professor Osinbajo had scheduled the event as one of those to attend this year. Several governors, including Kayode Fayemi, Chairman Governors Forum, who also had a stint at The Guardian, have also been invited to attend the event. The Guardian Book is being touted by many as the book of the year, also because of the number of professors and top media men that have contributed to its making. Some of the professors that have contributed to the book are professors Sogolo, Biakolo, Jemie and Adeniyi.
January 28, 2021 04:16 UTC
President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide, Basil Onuorah, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently appoint an Igbo man as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to give the zone a sense of belonging in the Nigeria project. The lawyer made this known yesterday in a chat with The Guardian, while reacting to appointment of new service chiefs without the Igbo. The new service chiefs are Maj-Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff (COAS); RAdm. According to Onuorah, since the incumbent IGP is due for retirement, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government should consider an Igbo man as his successor. xHe said: “If there is no Igbo man or woman qualified for the job of IGP, the President should promote the Igbo next in line in the police force to fit into the position.”Faulting the insinuation that the new CDS is an Igbo man, he noted that “Irabor is not an Igbo name,” but from the South South.
The Sports Festival was called off three days to its commencement date in March 2020 due to outbreak of Coronavirus. xGovernor Obaseki said the state was not buoyant enough to host the festival, fuelling speculations in some quarters that Edo 2020 National Sports Festival may have been dealt a final blow. However, a member of the LOC, Ebomhina Musa told The Guardian yesterday that Edo State was still interested in hosting the festival fro February 14 to 28. “What our governor is saying is that Edo State is still willing to host the festival, but financially the state is not buoyant enough. The bottom line is that, we want Federal Government’s assistance for Edo State to host the festival.”In a statement made available to The Guardian, Edo State government said: “COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the finances of various states and countries across the globe and Edo State is not left out.
Ganduje has wielded into cases involving Muslims in places outside Kano State, including the reported demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt in 2019. In all these cases, Ganduje intervened to defend Islam as he understood it. Ganduje leaves no one in doubt that he is in charge in Kano State. Ganduje did not need a court order to intervene in cases concerning Muslims in Rivers and Anambra states. Even if the police refuse to obey the court order, is it not the duty of the attorney general to ensure compliance?
Others see how their interests are impacted by religious violence but don’t see any hope of addressing it. xBy accounting in detail all that is lost to religious violence, we hope to reveal how diverse and powerful these relevant stakeholders are. Sectors devastated by religious conflictIn writing about religious and ethnic violence in Nigeria, we always caution readers not to oversimplify the issue at hand. Take food security. Instead of pursuing a secular solution to religious violence and sidestepping Nigerians’ profound religious commitments, this approach capitalizes on them.
Former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee and 21 other stakeholders have moved to resolve the lingering crisis in the organisation. This followed concern over the leadership crisis that culminated in failure to host this year’s Ogoni Day, being the first that would happen since 1993 and its corresponding impact on the Ogoni cleanup. The statement disclosed that they would initiate a process that would lead to an election that would produce a credible MOSOP leadership. Also, former Assistant Secretary of the United States chapter of MOSOP, Moses Taaboo said the leadership tussle rocking the organisation could be resolved through conflict resolution. It noted that it was against this background that the MOSOP activists, supporters and concerned elders observed with dismay the leadership crisis that had threatened MOSOP’s survival if not checked.
Details of the debts stock, showed that the multilateral loans category consisted IMF $3.359 billion, while the World Bank Group and African Development Bank (AfDB) Group $16.36 billion. The three financial institutions accounted for about 52 per cent of the country’s total $31.477.14 billion debt stock. The breakdown of the debt to World Bank’s affiliate institutions showed International Development Association (IDA) $10.05 billion; and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) $409.51 million. xOn the bilateral level, Nigeria’s total debt to various institutions is about $3.949 billion, or 12.54 per cent of the total debt stock. Commercial debt instrument debts totaling $11.16.35 billion, which account for about 35.48 per cent of the total debt, include Eurobonds $10,868.35bilion; Diaspora Bond $300million.
And that is the crux of the matter in Ondo and Oyo states, South West, Nigeria, at the moment. This is what can be discerned by what the Fulani herdsmen and their godfathers are doing in the South West, Nigeria. But there is therefore a sense in which we can see the correlation between resistance to practice of federalism we lost in 1966 and the incursion of the Fulani herdsmen into the South West where they are now at loggerheads with the people of South West Nigeria. It amounts to sheer insincerity for the president to keep mounting alibi against true federalism and related initiatives in the face of overwhelming needs and collective existential demands of Nigerians. Nigeria once had a system that worked prior to the foisting of pseudo federalism in 1966.
Presidential candidate of Peoples Trust (PT) in the 2019 general elections, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has canvassed compromise and consensus as solution to the raging debate on restructuring the country. According to him, compromise and consensus driven by the federal executive leadership via constitutional amendment bill, particularly on sections dealing with the concurrent, exclusive and residual legislative list, are needed. I am optimistic that Nigeria will survive, and other issues can be looked into after 2023 elections, by the grace of God. “Let there be compromise where there exists clear national consensus. The only area where I see no compromise is the agitation by extremist forces to dismember Nigeria.”
Just as the baby acquires the capabilities to talk through learning, so s/he acquires every other capability through learning. The development of scientific skills and industrialization in the West reached a critical level with the dawn of the scientific age there. Rather, a nation can mobilize all its citizens for learning, accumulate the necessary KSCs and achieve industrialization, speedily. He mobilized the entire nation (over one billion people) for learning (education, training, employment and research) and industrialization. Nigeria will become industrialised in a few decades, if it mobilizes all Nigerians for learning after the COVID-19 pandemic.
xThe excuse for these constant provocations by the Fulani herdsmen is that the Fulani are indeed herdsmen and the entire Nigerian estate is their ranch. However, he did not reckon with the Fulani herdsmen. For many generations, Fulani herdsmen have pounded the soil of Yoruba, bringing cattle from the North. It is these criminal elements that Miyetti Allah has now put under its wings instead of concentrating on the normal Fulani herdsmen who are engaged in legitimate enterprise. Every person, whether Fulani, Yoruba or any other ethnic group involved in the cattle trade must be known and properly registered by the authorities.
Dele Ogunyemi, WarriA 50-year-old woman has committed suicide by drinking a pesticide in the Oghene Road area of Sapele, Delta State. The mother of four, identified simply as Florence, reportedly took her own life on Tuesday. A source said neighbours struggled to save her life, adding that she gave up the ghost due to the high dose of the pesticide she took. PUNCH Metro learnt that prior to the incident, the woman had battled an undisclosed sickness and was recently discharged from a private clinic. The victim was reportedly rushed to the Sapele Central Hospital, where she was confirmed dead.
January 28, 2021 00:56 UTC
When something similar happened in another part of the country, just a few weeks ago, a different kind of approach was taken. I mean cases have been taken to that level and suddenly, silence. On restructuring and devolution of powers, the laureate queried why the National Assembly refused to take responsibility since the executive had been hesitant on the issues. ‘Soyinka on point’In its reaction, PANDEF spokesman, Ken Robinson, in a telephone chat with one of our correspondents agreed that the country was polarised. The Buhari administration has created division and disaffection in the country.
January 28, 2021 00:22 UTC
“I formed the Nigeria Blind Sports Association, which is in more than 23 states in the federation. Blind football is played by the blind and visually-impaired people and became an official sport of the International Blind Sports Federation in 1996. Hosted by the Union Secondary School, the competition featured five clubs: Lions Blind FC, All Stars Blind FC, Stallions Blind FC, Golden Blind Boys FC and Tigers Blind FC. The women’s blind football camp and tournament followed thereafter, with Diamond Ladies FC and Sunshine Ladies FC playing each other in two matches, with the former ending in a draw and the latter resulting in a 1-0 win by Diamond Ladies to claim the women’s blind football trophy. The men’s national team was named the Star Eagles Blind Football Team of Nigeria and women’s team tagged the Star Falcons.
January 27, 2021 23:23 UTC