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Attack on Sen. Goje’s convoy: APC denies mass resignation of executives in Gombe

The Gombe State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, dismissed a report alleging mass resignation of its ward executives in Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area (LGA) of the State.

The APC State publicity secretary, Mr Moses Kyari disclosed this when he addressed newsmen in the State.

Kyari was reacting to a social media report indicating that over 80 percent of APC ward executives in Yamaltu/Deba LGA have resigned their positions in solidarity with Senator Danjuma Goje, whose convoy was allegedly blocked by political thugs and miscreants while on his way from the airport to the wedding venue of his granddaughter earlier this month.

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According to him, the report was very dangerous and malicious.

Kyari said that the report alleging that all the executives in the eleven wards of Yamaltu/Deba LGA have resigned their positions in solidarity with Sen. Goje was not true.

He said, “This is not true, it’s a lie from the pit of hell and as you can see the people concerned have addressed a news conference.

“The people that were allegedly said to have resigned have come to debunk that and to tell the true story of what really transpired.

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“Some of the people whose names appear on the list aren’t even in town; some of them are even sick and couldn’t go out, how did their names appear on the list.”

Kyari also described the report as the handiwork of enemies of APC in the State, adding that a committee would be set up to investigate the source of the story.

He added, “We shall take punitive actions by going to court to ensure that the people involved are brought to book.”

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NWFL bans Osogbo stadium from hosting matches over deplorable condition

The Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) has declared that the Osogbo Township Stadium is no longer suitable to host any of its league matches in the state.

This was made known in a letter dated December 6, 2021, with reference number NWFL/COO/ADM/NWPC/Vol.1/189 and signed by Modupe Shabi, its Chief Operating Officer.

According to the letter, the decision to declare the stadium unfit for league matches was arrived at after an inspection of the structure.

The letter, which declared that the current state of the stadium is not good enough to host any of the NWFL matches until it is fixed, also stated that the body hoped that the necessary facelift will be carried out on the stadium facility.

As a result of the directive, all home matches of the Osun Babes Football Club in the 2021/2022 NWFL Premiership Season will be played at the Lanre Leke Stadium, Ile-Ogbo, Osun State.

Reacting, a former Osun United Football Club press officer and Secretary, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun Chapter, Tajudeen Ahmad, stated that there are certain standard requirements for approval of home venues for clubs.

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Ahmad added that if this were not met, appropriate sanctions was expected from the league management as in the case of Osun Babes.

In his words, “I could remember the last time NFF President, Amaju Pinnick came to Osogbo. He wasn’t satisfied with the condition of the pitch and promised to inform the Governor about it but nothing has been done up till now.”

While lamenting that it is unfortunate that Osun cannot have a standard stadium in spite of the high level of the state’s involvement in sports and the number of budding talents it has produced, Ahmad stressed that good performance of players and clubs is a function of a good pitch.

Expressing optimism that that state government will find a solution to the current problem, the Osun SWAN scribe noted that it is a challenge on those at the helms of affairs to do something on the pitch, dressing room and other areas identified by the NWFL.

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“I hope there won’t be a double standard by NWFL cos there are many stadiums not up to the standard of Osogbo Township Stadium in Nigeria and league matches are approved to be played there. They should maintain fairness and justice in their decision to all teams,” he said.

The impact of the change in match venue he highlighted will be that Osun Babes will miss the support of many Osogbo fans, unfamiliar pitch in Ile-Ogbo, business opportunities near the Osogbo stadium will be negatively impacted.

Others he stated include; the stress of travelling between Osogbo and Ile-Ogbo for the players and loss of revenue for the FA and Sports Council due to free entrance to the match arena.

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Champions League: Pat Nevin tells Tuchel players to start Zenit vs Chelsea game

Former Chelsea star, Pat Nevin, has handed manager, Thomas Tuchel, the names of players to start the Blues’ Champions League tie with Zenit.

Chelsea will tackle Zenit away in Russia on Wednesday.

Tuchel’s men head to the game following a 3-2 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend.

But Nevin wants Tuchel to feature defender Reece James in midfield against Zenit.

He also wants the German to play Ross Barkley against the host.

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Writing in his column for Chelsea’s official website, Nevin said: “Could Chelsea consider a few tweaks here and there in Russia? I reckon a number of options might be worth looking at. Reece James in midfield? Yes, I know we would miss his crosses from the right, but then we might get even more of his hammer shots from 30 yards as a bonus, and anyway, it could be worth seeing how he manages.”

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Nevin added: “Even a little tweak of the system itself as a one-off, just to have a look, might be worth a try, considering others are getting used to our current methods. There are also a few players such as Ross Barkley who need some more minutes, who will come into the manager’s mind.”

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EPL: Man United finally pick manager to succeed Rangnick

Manchester United only appointed Ralf Rangnick for a period of six months because they have set their sights on replacing him with Ajax boss, Erik Ten Hag at the end of the season.
The 63-year-old Rangnick was awarded a six-month deal last week and his contract includes a two-year consultancy role that starts next season.

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The Telegraph reports that the German, who started his Old Trafford career with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, was only given a short-term deal because United’s hierarchy has concluded plans to appoint Ten Hag this summer

Ten Hag had, a few days ago, made his desire to take up a new challenge in Europe very clear.

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Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City and Zinedine Zidane are the other names linked to the Old Trafford permanent job.

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NCC Board Chairman, Akande tasks telecom operators on licensing obligations

The Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, has urged telecoms licensees across different segments of the Nigerian telecommunications sector on the need to adhere strictly to their licensing obligations in order to ensure the robust provision of services to the consumers.

Akande made the call in his remark at the third edition of NCC’s 2021 “Talk to The Regulator” (TTTR) Forum, which took place at Visa Karena Hotels, Port Harcourt, over the weekend.

At the forum held with a focus on “Improving Stakeholder Satisfaction”, Akande stated that the essence of conducting the stakeholder engagement forum across the country’s geo-political zones was to demonstrate to the Commission’s licensees that responsibility does not end in issuing of licenses alone but rather in working with the licensing authority to address issues affecting their operations.

Beyond the issuance of licences to operators, Akande declared that the Commission is legitimately concerned with providing the necessary regulatory frameworks and initiatives capable of ushering in an environment that encourages seamless implementation of the licence conditions.

“In return, we expect the licensees to deliver on their licensing conditions and I want to use this opportunity to challenge our licensees to always comply with their licensing obligations and conditions in order to provide the much-needed services to the generality of Nigerians,” he said.

Speaking earlier on the centrality of the stakeholder engagement to the regulatory activities of the Commission, NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta said the Commission considers feedback from stakeholder’s engagement initiatives imperative for building a robust licensing regime in the Nigerian telecom sector.

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The EVC, who was represented at the forum by NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, reiterated the Commission’s commitment to stakeholder engagement as a means of deepening collaboration with NCC’s licensees, identifying areas of concern, and jointly developing and implementing practical solutions.

The NCC boss noted that the focus of deliberations for the series of stakeholder engagement had been on licensing processes, policies, and procedures, all geared towards improving Stakeholder Satisfaction, a central factor to all NCC’s regulatory activities. He emphasised the need to curate insights from each geo-political zone to encourage mutually-beneficial relationships and enhance understanding between the Commission and its key stakeholders.

According to Danbatta, measurable success has been recorded essentially because of Commission’s focus on prioritising stakeholders. “Achievements such as contributions to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew to 14.42 per cent in Q2’2021; active internet subscriptions have reached over 140 million; teledensity which now stands at 99.98 per cent; and 40.01% per cent broadband penetration, all as at the end of September 2021,” he said.

Speaking further, Danbatta said to achieve national policy targets and maintain progressive growth in the telecoms industry, “efforts must be jointly made to harness the full cooperation of licensees to highlight areas hampering the progress of the Commission’s stakeholders.

“We have started making necessary adjustments to reflect the views of our licensees in Kano and Lagos. Port Harcourt will not be an exception,” Danbatta assured.

He reiterated that the meeting is organised in keeping with the Commission’s strategic objectives, which seek to guarantee continuous interface with the critical stakeholder in the industry, for collaboration in seeking solutions to challenges of licensing in Nigeria.

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Further underscoring the significance of stakeholder engagement and sensitisation in the Commission, Danbatta said the forum affords stakeholders a platform to raise questions about the challenges of licensing and their operations. He said such a forum also avails the Commission ample opportunity to adequately respond to the concerns that may be raised.

At the Focus Group Discussions (FGD), participants reviewed and discussed licensing trends, regulatory process, implementation of Annual Operating Levy (AOL) regulations, assigning of shortcodes, type-approval obligations, and Commission’s expectations.

Commission’s propositions for the survival of smaller licensees were also discussed in a session termed “Listen to the licensee,” as they were not only given ample time to air their grievances but also made to proffer solutions for Management’s consideration. Also, mutually-beneficial positions on multiple taxations, surrendered licences, Right-of-way (RoW) for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) boosters, amongst others, were part of the issues discussed.

The Port Harcourt edition of the TTTR was a sequel to previous editions of the stakeholder engagement forum which took place in Kano on October 16, 2021 and Lagos on November 25, 2021.

The event had in attendance members of NCC Board: Prof. Millionaire Abowei; Clement Baiye; Chief Uche Onwude; as well as Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Bako Wakil; and his counterpart in Licensing and Authorisation, Muhammed Babajika, whose department facilitated the organisation of the forum.

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EPL: Rio Ferdinand names player that’ll play every game for Man United under Rangnick

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has named midfielder Fred as one of the players that will become a ‘mainstay’ under Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.

Fred, who was one of the players heavily criticised under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, seems to have found his boots under Ralf Rangnick.

The Brazilian did not just net the winner for Manchester United on Sunday but delivered an impressive display in the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

It was Rangnick’s first game in charge and club legend, Ferdinand believes the 28-year-old will be ‘galvanised’ in United’s new system.

“When a new manager comes in there’s always a player or two who jumps out from the pack and you go, ‘I didn’t expect that from him, I didn’t expect him to be that player’,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five.

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“Galvanised, a new lease of life, you see something different in them. Fred could be that guy under this manager.

“Because the way he plays in terms of intensity, he gives you everything, he’s sharp, he gets about people.

“If he’s doing that with somebody giving him that tactical nous now, from a structure, Fred could become a mainstay in this team, trust me.

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“I think with Fred he’s been hammered by everyone, what he has got is a mentality you’d love to put in any young kid. He doesn’t hear the noise, he just gets on with what he’s doing, he goes out there and plays.”

Manchester United will hope to continue their return to form on Wednesday when they tackle Young Boys in the Champions League group stage and many supporters of the club will hope to see Fred continue his impressive display.

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Omicron: Senate condemns UK for placing Nigeria on COVID-19 red list

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday condemned in strong terms the United Kingdom Government for placing Nigeria on COVID-19 red list.

The condemnation came through a motion sponsored by the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Ekweremadu lamented that the UK’s action did not reflect Nigeria’s effort at curtailing COVID-19 and expressed shock that as a country with the least record of COVID-19 in the world, the UK government came up with the harshest policy against Nigerians.

He said: “Very distinguished colleagues, the motion is on the need for the British government to remove Nigeria for COVID-19 red list.

“We note with satisfaction Nigeria’s effort in the containment and treatment of COVID-19 cases.

“Further notes that Nigeria is the only country with the lowest record of COVID-19 cases and placing Nigeria on COVID-19 red list with its concomitant implication is that it will affect many Nigerians who plan to travel for Christmas and new year holidays with their families to or out of United Kingdom.”

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The lawmaker said those with valid visas would not be allowed into the UK, saying Nigeria should be unbanned with immediate effect.

“It means Nigerians who planned to visit the UK will be denied visa and those with visa will not be allowed to enter the UK. We note that Nigeria has consistently complied with COVID-19 protocols.

“We are worried that targeting African countries for COVID-19 travel ban amounts to profiling and discrimination as well as an attack on our long time diplomatic relations with the UK.

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“We are aware of the global concern over vaccines burden and the resultant consequences on low-income nations in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.

In his remark, the Senate President called on the United Kingdom to remove Nigeria from the red list, stating that such action should be taken with caution given that the country has long time diplomatic relations with the UK.

Recall that the UK has placed Nigeria on the red list for the existence of Omicron, a COVID-19 variant.

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Champions League: Chelsea get major boast ahead of Zenit clash

Chelsea have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Zenit on Wednesday night, The Times reports.

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, is said to be in line to face Zenit at the Krestovsky Stadium as he returns from injury.

The 27-year-old has recovered from his injury and began full training on Monday.

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Kovacic has missed Chelsea’s last eight games with a hamstring injury.

The Croatia international sustained the injury in the last minute of a training session back in October.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will have to beat Zenit in Russia on Wednesday to guarantee a top spot in their Champions League group.

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, may not want to risk playing Kovacic against Zenith but will be hoping to have his star fit and back in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Leeds United.

The kick-off time for Zenit vs Chelsea is 6:45 pm.

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EPL: Odegaard reveals Arsenal’s major problem under Arteta after defeat to Everton

Arsenal midfielder, Martin Odegaard, has revealed the club’s major problem under Mikel Arteta, following their Premier League 2-1 loss to Everton on Monday night.

Arsenal were defeated by Everton following goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray.

Odegaard did score a goal for the Gunners at Goodison Park.

But Odegaard believes Arsenal’s major problem was that they ‘stopped playing’ and surrendered the initiative to Everton during the encounter.

“It’s a hard one to take. I think in general we were not at the level we needed to be at today,” Odegaard told Sky Sports after the defeat.

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“We had some good moments, but we have to do much better. We should have been better.

“It’s hard to say. That’s just how it is sometimes. It’s hard to say exactly what happened. We have to do better when we have that lead. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play.”

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When asked whether he felt a mindset problem was to blame for Arsenal surrendering their lead, Odegaard added, “I think it is.

“When you’re leading 1-0, you get afraid to lose the win and in my opinion, that’s what we did wrong today.

“You go for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn’t manage to do that on the pitch.”

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EPL: I’m not happy with what I see – Leboeuf on why Chelsea won’t win title

Chelsea hero, Frank Leboeuf has named N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic as big elements missing in Thomas Tuchel’s team.

He said he is ‘not convinced’ by the club’s performance of late and feels the two midfielders are ‘big elements’ missing from the team.

The Blues suffered a 3-2 defeat at West Ham on Saturday which saw them drop from the top of the table into third.

Before Saturday, Thomas Tuchel’s side had draws with Burnley and Manchester United.

The west London side have suffered an extensive number of injuries this season with the likes of Kante, Kovacic, Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell all sidelined.

And Leboeuf feels the Blues are not as strong as they were earlier in the season to doubts if they can still claim the title.

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“Lately, I’m not convinced about what I see,” Leboeuf told ESPN FC.

“You can say you have players injured because that’s the truth – [Ben] Chilwell.

“[Romelu] Lukaku just came back, we’re just seeing [Hakim] Ziyech coming back to his best but that wasn’t the case. Some others are missing – N’Golo Kante, [Mateo] Kovacic are big elements in the middle of the park.

“I guess [Edouard] Mendy is maybe in a doubt, Tuchel said he has kind of a lack of confidence right now.

“The football they play is interesting but it’s not convincing to me in the way that I don’t feel the strength that I used to see months ago

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“Last year before Frank Lampard was sacked, in November, they were first or second and people were saying, ‘Chelsea may be a contender.’

“And then something happened in December time and they lost against Arsenal on December 26, and they were nowhere near it before Tuchel came in.

‘So, I don’t know if it’s going to be repeated, but let’s see.

“But I’m not happy with what I see. It’s interesting, but how can you lose after you lead 2-1, concede two stupid goals like that?”

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EPL: Tuchel to sign Federico Chiesa for Chelsea

Juventus forward, Federico Chiesa, is being linked with a move to Chelsea at the end of the season.

According to football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, would love Chelsea to sign Chiesa from Juventus at the end of the season.

Romano, however, insisted that Juventus won’t entertain selling the Italy international.

“We had rumours about Chiesa, and there are 100 million Chelsea fans asking me about Chiesa,” Romano told the Here We Go podcast.

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“The rumours started because Thomas Tuchel loves this player. He thinks Chiesa is one of the best wingers in the game. He is a modern player, so Tuchel would love to have Chiesa at Chelsea. This is something true.

“Juventus are not planning to sell Chiesa. Juventus are not speaking to Chelsea. Chiesa’s people are not speaking to Chelsea. As of today, there is nothing.”

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Recall that Chelsea are willing to make a ‘monster’ £84million bid to sign Chiesa at the end of the season.

Chiesa scored the only goal of the game when Chelsea lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Champions League a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old has scored three times and has made one assist in 17 games in all competitions in the 2021-2022 season.

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Police warn Osun residents against attacking operatives

The Osun State Police Command on Tuesday cautioned residents to stop the continuous attacks and inhuman treatments on its operatives.

Residents were also urged to toe the path of justice by reporting erring police officers to the appropriate authority, rather than taking laws into their hands or embarking on jungle justice.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Olokode, said this in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola in Osogbo.

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Olokode noted that the era of EndSARS is gone and on no account will the command tolerate or condone any form of unwarranted attacks on its officers.

The police boss urged members of the public to stop making false accusations, allegations and judgments against police officers, noting that the unruly behaviour portend some consequences.

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While emphasising that the command has never covered up any erring police officer, he said the command is committed to disciplining any officer who exhibits any unprofessional conduct.

He advised the public to jettison unethical behaviours being exhibited by some members of the public and continue to be law-abiding citizens.

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Olamide, Tope Alabi, Omah Lay, Mercy Chinwo make Boomplay’s 2021 most streamed artistes

Boomplay, a music streaming service, has released the most streamed artiste and songs from November 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021, in Nigeria.

Nigerian Afropop star, Olamide was announced as the most-streamed male artiste with Omah Lay at the second position followed by Burna Boy.

The top female artiste was Teni, followed by Tope Alabi while Mercy Chinwo was third.

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In the most searched artistes category, Bella Shmurda emerged first with Davido and Naira Marley coming second and third respectively.

Joeboy’s Sip (Alcohol) which had one of the most viral challenges in 2021 came third on fast-rising songs to hit one million streams.

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Here are other categories;

Most Liked Songs;

Feeling – Ladipoe ft Buju

Lie – Kizz Daniel

Understand – Omah Lay

Fastest rising songs to hit one million streams;

Coming – Naira Marley ft Busiswa

Understand – Omah Lay

Sip (Alcohol) – Joeboy

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Cholera outbreak: Jigawa LG warns residents against open defecation

The Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State has warned residents against open defecation to avoid the spread of cholera.

The Local Government Primary Health Care manager represented by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coordinator, Mahmuda Hamza, issued the warning at the official distribution of preventive materials to the victims of cholera by the Save the Children International (SCl) at Kwandiko Ward primary health care facility.

He said the outbreak has resulted in the death of over 30 people, mainly children, and recorded over 100 cases within one month as a result of open defecation at Kwandiko communities alone.

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Mahmuda explained that the outbreak is a result of some people’s habit of defecting in the bushes which is harmful to human health.

“When people defecate in an open environment, during a raining season most of the water sources become contaminated”

“As a result, the water people use for drinking and other day-to-day activities became contaminated which subsequently resulted in cholera outbreak and other diseases,” he said.

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Muhammad Waziri Abubakar, Save the Children International, SCl, a representative said the intervention include the supply of medical consumables and community-based interventions to the affected families.

DAILY POST reported that Jigawa State has recorded over 20,000 cases of cholera, leading to the death of over 500 people in 15 local governments.

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Primate Ayodele releases fresh prophecies for Ruto, Odinga ahead of Kenya presidential election

The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, on Tuesday, released fresh prophecies for the Vice President of Kenya, William Ruto ahead of the country’s presidential election in 2022.

Primate Ayodele warned that Ruto has to be very strategic and tactical in his approach because he foresees a new candidate coming up before the election and sponsored by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said Ruto has all it takes to rule the country in 2022 but the opposition against him will be too much to frustrate his plans to become the next president of the country.

In a statement by his media aide, Oluwatosin Osho, the clergyman made it known that some people will start leaving his camp while some of his loyalists will be attacked in a way to cause confusion for his ambition but if he listens to instructions, he will overcome all of them.

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Furthermore, Ayodele said Odinga, the former prime minister of the country who is the candidate of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), if he isn’t careful, will lose his ambition by chance and overconfidence.

He noted that the president will approach Odinga to join forces but he will only be used as a plan B presidential candidate.

‘’Some people want to decamp from DP William Ruto’s camp, he must be very strategic and tactical because the president wants to bring on another candidate of his choice which he will want to win. They will approach Raila Odinga to join forces together to fight Ruto.

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‘’They will attack Ruto’s members, they want to create confusion in his government, he has all it takes to be president if he follows instruction. He can rule Kenya but there will be great opposition. The government wants to create a new electoral law that will affect him.

‘’They should expect another candidate while Odinga will be used as a presidential candidate Plan B,” he said.

‘’Odinga must be careful so he won’t miss it by chance, overconfidence and taking wrong advice which will affect his political strategy.

‘’Let them pray not to lose a parliament member before the election.’’

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Youths should be voted as President, governors in 2023 – Group

The Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youths under the auspices of the Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly (COSMBYLA) have said only youthful persons should be elected President and governors in 2023.

In a statement jointly signed by Goodluck Ibem, leader of the group and President, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL); Terrence Kuanum, Coordinator Forum of Middle Belt Youth Presidents; Shittu Waheed, Coordinator, South West Youth Leaders’ Forum (SWYLF); and Tito Zokumor, President, South-South Youth Forum (SSYF), they said the youths can transform the bad economy of the country if elected into power in 2023.

The statement explained, “Electing youths who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours remains the panacea that will bring our dear country out of the woods.”

It stated that it is on record that when Nigeria was on the path of progress and development, youths were in charge of the helm of affairs, saying that General Yakubu Gowon was military head of state at the age of 27 and Dim Odimaegwu Ojukwu was 33 when he was in charge of the Eastern Region.

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It said these leaders contributed positively to the growth of their regions and the nation at large.

It added that the nation fares well when young, energetic and vibrant young men and women were in-charge of governance and leadership positions, pointing out that the nation’s independence that Nigerians are enjoying today was made possible by Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Eni Njoku and others who were youths at that time.

“They worked assiduously and fought gallantly to actualise our independence as a nation in 1960,” the statement said.

It said that the positive contributions and impacts of the youths to nation-building cannot be overemphasised, saying that the youths are key to national development and growth, agents of change, progress and sustainable peace.

The statement opined that vibrant, visionary and energetic youths elected as governors and president would birth a new Nigeria and lead the country to the promised land, assuring that the youths have the capacity to bridge the gap of leadership deficit, divisions, and ethnic hate that is a fly in the ointment and damper to the progress and development of the nation.

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It noted that “when youths were at the helm of affairs, $524 was exchanged at N1, stressing that now that the youths have been relegated to the background and completely excluded from governance and leadership positions, one dollar is now exchanged for N524. The situation is really pathetic.”

COSMBYLA called on youths to rise and take the bull by the horn by coming out to take up leadership positions, saying that the time to complain and murmur is over.

“Enough is Enough. We must take what is rightfully ours. The time is now,” the statement explained.

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