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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise
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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise

Manchester City dominated from start to finish as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away at Marseille in Group C. Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side eased to a 3-0 win over Marseille. Playing in a central role in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Torres – who had netted in the 3-1 win over Porto in City's opening Group C outing – broke the deadlock when he was teed up by Kevin De Bruyne in the 18th minute. City were well worthy of their lead, though Guardiola may be concerned that his team failed to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut opportunities until Ilkay Gundogan settled the contest.  
Champions League: Sarri Speaks on Juventus vs Lyon Being his Last Game
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Champions League: Sarri Speaks on Juventus vs Lyon Being his Last Game

Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted his job is safe at the club, even if they don’t overtun a 1-0 deficit to Lyon in the Champions League on Friday. Earlier this month, Sarri led the Turin club to a ninth successive Serie A title. However, the Bianconeri lost four of their 12 matches after the restart. Sarri is aware that despite the domestic dominance, the true test for any Juve coach comes in the Champions League, which they have not won since 1996. “I don’t think it will be my last match,” Sarri told reporters on Thursday, when asked if he thought he would be axed if the team is eliminated. “I think I’m dealing with top-level managers – they’re not amateurs. They’ve already made their evaluations, independently of the result tomorrow. “This qu...
Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan
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Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan

The Turkish midfielder says the reigning Premier League champions have failed to match the standards of previous years under Pep Guardiola Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that Manchester City "were left behind" by Liverpool in the title race this season. Pep Guardiola guided City to a third Premier League crown in 2017-18, as his side blew away the competition to set a new all-time points record of 100. The Blues retained their crown the following season after edging a tense race ahead of Liverpool, who ultimately missed out on English football's top prize by a single point. City were tipped by many to continue their dominance, but the Reds are on the verge of knocking them off their perch after winning 27 of their 29 fixtures so far this season.
‘Man Utd can never play without academy graduates’ – Neville wants tradition to be preserved
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‘Man Utd can never play without academy graduates’ – Neville wants tradition to be preserved

The former Red Devils defender, who is a member of the fabled Class of ‘92, is pleased to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer providing a pathway for youngsters Manchester United “can never play without academy players in its first team squad”, says Gary Neville, with a club legend welcoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s efforts to preserve that tradition. The former Red Devils defender emerged through a famed academy system himself to form part of the fabled Class of ‘92. That group, which included the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, helped to establish an era of domestic dominance for United.
Klopp Speaks on Weak’ Premier League With Liverpool 22 Points Clear
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Klopp Speaks on Weak’ Premier League With Liverpool 22 Points Clear

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has dismissed talk that a ‘weak’ Premier League, is the reason they will finally win the title this season. The Reds have a massive 22-point lead at the top of the table and are looking very likely to win the league for the first time in 30 years. Klopp’s men need 12 more points to be confirmed champions. Liverpool have won all their fixtures so far, only dropping points at Manchester United and their dominance has seen some critics question the strength of England’s top flight. “I couldn’t care less. I don’t think that any Liverpool supporter should have any concern for things like this. “We have no influence on the points they have, apart from the games when we played them. And these games are always proper games whether it is Tottenham...
Barca Women’s Dominance May Be Bad For The Game – Sociedad Coach
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Barca Women’s Dominance May Be Bad For The Game – Sociedad Coach

The coach of Real Sociedad's women team has warned that no one can compete with Barcelona after the "humiliation" of a 10-1 Spanish Super Cup final defeat. Gonzalo Arconada has questioned whether Barca's superiority is good for the Spanish women's game. Marta Torrejon scored four, Alexia Putellas and Asisat Oshoala two each and Caroline Hansen one as Sociedad were thrashed in Salamanca. "Every team feels we cannot compete with this Barca side," Arconada said. "The federation must decide if this is what they wanted. Barca were always going to win the game and we had to suffer this humiliation." Manuela Lareo scored the consolation goal for Sociedad, last season's Spanish Cup winners. Barcelona, last season's runners-up in the Champions League, are nine points ahead of Atl...
Amotekun is a Subtle Plot by Christians to Dominate Southwest – Sharia Council
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Amotekun is a Subtle Plot by Christians to Dominate Southwest – Sharia Council

The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has lashed out at the establishment of Amotekun, a security outfit it claimed was a subtle plot by Christians to dominate the South-West region of the country. Speaking to newsmen in Osogbo, Osun State's capital, the Muslim group's Vice President Sheikh Abdurrasheed Hadiyatullah alleged that the affairs of the Christian-dominated State Police Force was designed and determined from the Church at the expense of the Muslim majority in the region. He added that the Amotekun program is viewed as a subtle method of further Christianization of the Southwest by its promoters. Hadiyatullah said; “The Amotekun program is viewed as a subtle method of further Christianization of the Southwest by its promoters in their usual manner of having pol...
Only Bomb Differentiates FG From Boko Haram – Bishop Kukah
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Only Bomb Differentiates FG From Boko Haram – Bishop Kukah

The Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah likened the Nigerian government to Boko Haram while speaking at the Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need event in the UK. Recalling how 10 Nigerian Christians were killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province on Christmas eve, Kukah alleged that the Nigerian government is using a different approach in achieveing “Islamic dominance like Boko Haram.” The Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese also stated that the inability of the Federal Government to tackle Boko Haram led to its increased operation. Kukah said; “The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is (that) Boko Haram is holding a bomb. “They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the id...
‘Rangers – not Celtic – are the best team in Scotland’ – Ojo backing Gerrard to deliver silverware at Ibrox
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‘Rangers – not Celtic – are the best team in Scotland’ – Ojo backing Gerrard to deliver silverware at Ibrox

The Parkhead outfit are hopeful of winning their ninth straight league title this season, but their Old Firm rivals are in confident mood Rangers winger Sheyi Ojo has laid down a marker in the battle for the Scottish Premiership title this season, claiming Steven Gerrard's side are the best team in the country despite Celtic's recent dominance. The Bhoys have won eight successive league titles, with the 2018-19 campaign seeing them finish nine points ahead of Rangers in Gerrard's first season in charge at Ibrox. Inconsistency plagued Gerrard and his side despite some encouraging performances, including two Old Firm derby victories.
Mane deserves to win Ballon d’Or – Senegal boss Cisse
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Mane deserves to win Ballon d’Or – Senegal boss Cisse

The Liverpool winger's international manager thinks that winning the AFCON would help him claim the Golden Ball for a stellar 2019 Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse believes that Sadio Mane's performances in 2018-19 warrant him being awarded the Ballon d'Or. The Liverpool winger played a pivotal role in the Reds claiming Champions League glory while he also ended the season as the joint-highest goalscorer in the Premier League with 22 goals. And Cisse thinks that he is well placed the be the next Ballon d'Or recipient after Luka Modric finally broke the 10-year dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by claiming the award in 2018.
BBM is Shutting down for Consumers on May 31
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BBM is Shutting down for Consumers on May 31

The consumer-facing version of the BBM will be shutting down on May 31, 2019, as the end of the once esteemed messenger seems near. Emtek, the Indonesia-based company that partnered with BlackBerry in 2016, just announced the closure. Invented in 2005, BBM — an acronym for BlackBerry Messenger — grew quickly to become the world’s most popular phone-to-phone messaging service, in the early days of smartphones. It was popular as a safer alternative to text messages because of its robust encryption. But it was quickly eclipsed by services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and many others, as BlackBerry’s lost dominance in smartphones trickled down to BBM. As part of the deal, Emtek took over the running of the free consumer-oriented version of the service, while BlackBerry ...
Arsenal Go  to Fourth Position After 1-0 win over Watford
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Arsenal Go to Fourth Position After 1-0 win over Watford

Arsenal defeated Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road on Monday night, to move back into the Premier League’s top four. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the match, latching on to Ben Foster’s indecisiveness in the 10th minute. The Gabon striker has now scored 18 goals, one less than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Liverpool winger, Mohammed Salah. Unai Emery’s failed to convert their dominance into more goals in the second half, as the game petered out. Arsenal now have 66 points, one less than third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and are ahead of Chelsea on goals difference.
Nigeria Dethrones Egypt In Boys’ Singles
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Nigeria Dethrones Egypt In Boys’ Singles

The dominance of Egypt in the boys singles of the ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championship was thwarted by Nigeria as Azeez Solanke won both the junior boys’ singles title and partnering Jamiu Ayanwale to claim the junior boys doubles gold. Nigeria dethrones Egypt in boys’ singles In both disciplines, on the concluding day of play, Azeez Solanke ended Egyptian hopes. In the junior boys’ singles event, after having accounted for Abdelraham Dendan at the quarter-final stage, a contest in which the Egyptian had to eventually withdraw owing to injury (11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, ret), he beat Ahmed El-Borhamy (11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8) and Marwan Abdelwahab (13-11, 4-11, 10-12, 11-5, 13-11, 11-6) to secure the title. Defeat for Marwan Abdelwahab who, in the later rounds, had ousted N...
FY 2018: Dangote Cement Records N901bn Revenue
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FY 2018: Dangote Cement Records N901bn Revenue

Dangote Cement Plc continued to maintain its dominance of the cement market in Nigeria and Africa, as it recorded revenues amounting to N901.21 billion. According to its audited results for the year ended December 31, 2018, its Nigerian operations accounted for N618.30 billion, representing an increase of 11.9 percent over N552.36 billion in 2017, while African operations recorded revenues of N263.26 billion, an increase of 9.6 percent over N258.44 billion posted in the corresponding period in 2017. The company’s Profit after tax (PAT) stood at N390.32 billion, up from N204.25 billion, while earnings per share rose from N11.65 to N22.83. The company directors are proposing a dividend of N16 per share. Commenting on the results, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement, Jo...
Chukwu Rates F’Eagles as Future Super Eagles
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Chukwu Rates F’Eagles as Future Super Eagles

Christian Chukwu Former Super Head Coach, Christian Chukwu, has said that the current squad of Flying Eagles possessed the right qualities to replace the Super Eagles in the future. Chukwu, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, described the performance of the Flying Eagles as “exceptional” in their match against South Africa in the ongoing AFCON U-20 tournament. He, however, pointed out that the team’s finishing should be worked on ahead of their next encounter, saying the improvement in their scoring abilities would make them the team hard to beat during the tournament. “The Flying Eagles I see playing in Niger Republic are good as future Super Eagles. “What the coach needs to work on now very seriously is finishing,” Chuk...
APC Targets North-west, South-west for Bulk Votes
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APC Targets North-west, South-west for Bulk Votes

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has said the party and President Muhammadu Buhari are targeting bulk votes from states in the North-west and South-west zones of the country due to their strength and dominance in the areas, which have the largest number of voters in the country. The campaign council has also insisted that contrary to fears being expressed by the opposition parties, the ruling party has no plan to manipulate the elections starting on February 16 as it strongly believes that votes of Nigerians must count. Addressing journalists at the weekend, the Deputy Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Waziri Bulama, said the confidence of the party is buoyed by the dominance of its governors in the two zones, which ha...
AUSTRALIAN OPEN Djokovic Beats Nadal to Win Record Seventh Title
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN Djokovic Beats Nadal to Win Record Seventh Title

Novak-Djokovic Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam yesterday as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. The Serb, rarely troubled on his serve, won 6-3 6-2 6-3 for his biggest victory in a major final over his great rival. Spanish second seed Nadal, 32, looked rattled by the world number one’s intensity and made 28 unforced errors. Djokovic, 31, won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men’s winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer. A forehand winner down the line brought up two championship points, Djokovic taking the second when Nadal clubbed a backhand long. Djokovic, who was the top seed, fell to his knees after sealing another triumph on Rod Laver Arena, smacking the court with both hands and...
Tackling the Burgeoning Drug Addiction in Katsina
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Tackling the Burgeoning Drug Addiction in Katsina

Francis Sardauna writes that the alarming rate of drug abuse in Katsina State, especially among married women, young girls and students, has burgeoned into a critical economic, social and physiological crisis, which if unchecked, portends grave danger to the society at large The recent wave of drug addiction that has pervaded Nigeria, with dominance mostly in the North and some parts of the West has tipped the nation into a boiling conundrum. The reason is not far-fetched. Recent discreet investigation by THISDAY has revealed that married women and youths in Katsina State often abuse cough syrups, Indian hemp and off-the-counter drugs like rophynol, tramadol, diazepam and lexotan, which are controlled drugs that should only be sold after a doctor’s prescription. It was gathered tha...
Chelsea Return To Winning Ways After Fulham Victory
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Chelsea Return To Winning Ways After Fulham Victory

Chelsea’s English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge in London on December 2, 2018. Ben STANSALL / AFP Chelsea bounced back from their first Premier League defeat of the season to see off local rivals Fulham 2-0 on Sunday, with goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek putting the gloss on a mixed performance. The home side dominated possession at Stamford Bridge and scored early through Spanish forward Pedro but struggled to find their rhythm and looked shaky until substitute Loftus-Cheek settled their nerves with a late second. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a dream start to his tenure in Engla...
Cavani Strike Enough As PSG Strengthen Grip On Ligue 1
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Cavani Strike Enough As PSG Strengthen Grip On Ligue 1

Edinson Cavani’s fine early finish made sure that Paris Saint-Germain dealt with the absence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and scrape past Toulouse to tighten their hold on Ligue 1. Cavani ensured that their domestic dominance was consolidated when he expertly controlled a knockdown after a period of scrappy play, then spun Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian with a neat flick before firing home the winner. His goal put PSG a full 15 points ahead of second placed Lyon, who prevailed in a tight derby with Saint-Etienne thanks to Jason Denayer’s second half header on Friday. PSG dominated possession against 15th-placed Toulouse but shorn of their other two attacking stars the champions lacked the attacking spark they will be hoping for against Jurgen Klopp’s side midweek. Neymar and Mbapp...
Buhari to Wade into Challenges in Sport Sector
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Buhari to Wade into Challenges in Sport Sector

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently looking into some of the major challenges confronting the Nigerian sport sector, particularly as regards the N1.2bn needed to host the National Sports Festival. Buhari has also intervened toensure that Nigeria is not de-listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung told State House correspondents in Abuja yesterday assured that President Buhari has given him assurances to step in to address issues confronting the sport sector. Dalung said there is a challenge of funding facing the NSF scheduled to hold between December 6th and 16th after over six years of postponement. Nigeria has been given 21-day notice by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to be de-listed for non-compliance with the nee...
Man United Defender Victor Lindelof Wins Swedish Player Of The Year
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Man United Defender Victor Lindelof Wins Swedish Player Of The Year

Manchester United defender, Victor Lindelof has been named Sweden's player of the year. The 24-year-old received the award at a ceremony on Monday night, and became just the second player to win it after 10-years of dominance by his former club team-mate and LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who won it in every year from 2007 to 2016. 'Thank you very much. It means very much for me to stand here today and receive this prize,' he said. 'I am very proud and extremely grateful. I want to thank all my team-mates, in the club team and national team. 'Then I would like to thank my family as they always been there for me in good and bad. 'You really mean everything to me.' He also thanked his wife, Maja: 'To my beautiful wife: Thank you very much for being there and taking ca...
Shun Reckless Speeches, Obi Tells el-Rufai
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Shun Reckless Speeches, Obi Tells el-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, Former Anambra State Governor and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has asked Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai to refrain from making reckless speeches. Likewise, the main opposition party has also cautioned Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over his unguarded comment, wherein he referred to its Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, as a tribal bigot Obi, who stated this while answering questions from journalists during a youth programme at Nnewi, expressed surprise at the statement credited to el-Rufai, who, in his twitter account referred to Obi as “a tribal bigot” Likewise, the Kaduna governor had alleged that Obi stopped him from moving around Anambra State during the gubernatorial election...
What I Will Do to El-Rufai For Calling Me ‘Tribal Bigot’- Peter Obi
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What I Will Do to El-Rufai For Calling Me ‘Tribal Bigot’- Peter Obi

PDP‘s Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi who was labelled a ‘bigot’ by Governor Nasir El-Rufai over a 2014 incident, has finally reacted to the statement Peter Obi who answered questions from journalists over the tweet at a youth programme in Nnewi, Anambra State on Saturday, expressed shock and further stated that he would only pray for El-Rufai and encourage him to concentrate on doing those things that will better lots of Nigerians rather than engaging in hate speeches. He said, “This is suggesting that it was what he sat down to think of rather than thinking about how to solve the many problems plaguing the country. “What His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmad El Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more res...
UniPort Bubbling For WAUG
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UniPort Bubbling For WAUG

University of Port Harcourt is set to host the 14th West Africa Universities Games(WAUG) billed for October 31 to November 12 at the University Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, River State. Sixteen West African Universities and 5000 athletes will compete in 16 events with UniPort Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ndowa E.S. Lale promising an experiential and memorable sports fiesta for competitors and the millions of spectators and revelers who being expected to grace the occasion. Already, UniPort sports officials are eagerly waiting for the Games to begin, so that once more their athletes who have dominated three consecutive editions of the Games can begin to showcase their prowess. “We are the undisputed champions of the WAUG. University of Port Harcourt is a sports destination and our at...
2018 FIFA Best Awards: Who Voted Who? Revealed!
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2018 FIFA Best Awards: Who Voted Who? Revealed!

Luka Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be named FIFA's Best Player - but who voted who? The Real Madrid midfielder ended the 10 years dominance of Lionel Messi winning the award after a stunning 12 months for club and country. The 33-year-old won the Champions League with Real Madrid and led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final. Voting for last night's award was broken down into four sections: 25% public fans, 25% to members of the world's media, 25% to national team coaches, and 25% national team captains. After winning the award, Modric said: "It is a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy. First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano. "I am sure in the future you will have another opportun...
FIFA Best Awards 2018: Luka Modric Wins Men’s Player Of The Year, Ends Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi’s Cristiano Decade Of Dominance
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FIFA Best Awards 2018: Luka Modric Wins Men’s Player Of The Year, Ends Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi’s Cristiano Decade Of Dominance

Real Madrid and Croatian star, Luka Modric has been crowned world player of the year, bringing an end to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade of dominance to an end.   At the FIFA Best awards at London's Royal Festival Hall, Modric beat fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah following his impressive performance for Real Madrid and Croatia in 2018.   Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and also led his county to the final of the World Cup in Russia, where they lost to France.   It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,' said Modric, 33. 'I'm very proud of everything I achieved this year. It will be remembered, for sure, forever.'
IPOB Condemns Fresh Invasion Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Home
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IPOB Condemns Fresh Invasion Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Home

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has condemned the Federal Government for allegedly invading the country home of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu again through security agencies that have been parading Afaraukwu Village Square, Umuahia, Abia State. According to a statement signed by IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, “the second invasion of Afaraukwu is tantamount to a siege on the entire South East.” Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The group pointed out that the siege at Afaraukwu showed that Nnamdi Kanu is the only person the Sokoto Caliphate fears and detests more especially now that IPOB has called for a sit-at-home on September 14, 2018 in commemoration of the first invasion of the village last year. “It also points out that the...
Presidency Urges Nigerians To Ignore Crocodile Tears of Selfish Leaders
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Presidency Urges Nigerians To Ignore Crocodile Tears of Selfish Leaders

The Presidency says it considers a communiqué issued by some ethnic and sectional groups assembled in Abuja recently as the shedding of crocodile tears by selfish leaders. Shehu Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday. He noted that the affected leaders felt alienated after a transparent and accountable system halted their disproportionate survival on resources of the state. The communiqué issued by the leaders of some socio-cultural organizations led by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and some ethnic and sectional groups had accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of incompetence in handling the security situation in the country. However, the Presidency urged Nigerians to ignore ”...