Archive for March 22nd, 2015

(Sports News) Chelsea Too Comfortable At The Top —Wenger @Richard

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea have too much security at the top of the Premier League for his side to be in the race for title.

Wenger, who watched his Gunners secured a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park over Newcastle United on Saturday, has, however, insisted that his side will continue to fight as they aim to gain as many points as possible between now and the end of the season.

As it stands, Arsenal are seven points behind Chelsea, but the Blues have one game in hand on their rivals.

But, despite Chelsea’s big lead, Wenger’s side are ready to fight, as he told reporters: “Look, Chelsea have good security and at the moment, I feel they have enough cushion to be quite serene.

“We have Manchester City in front of us and behind us it is tight as well – the only thing we can do is to win our games.

I think Chelsea have too much security. I just think at the moment we are not concluding, we are in a fight. You have seen the game today – in every game, we need to turn up and fight until the last minute to get the points.”

(Politics) Main Reason Ikuru Dumped APC For PDP @Richard

The deputy to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Mr Tele Ikuru has dumped his All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing the APC as “A party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretence and deceit.”

Tele-Ikuru1dpGovernor Amaehi, has, meanwhile, expressed shock at the resignation, even as he regretted what he described as the ‘dishonourable lies’ given by the deputy for making his exit from the party.

However, the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation welcomed the development and called on other leaders of the APC in Rivers State to emulate Ikuru, and totally agreeing with Ikuru’s description of APC as a party of deceit.

Ikuru, in a statement, said: “My dear people of Rivers State, I bring you honest and sincere greetings. Today (Sunday), I address you out of the fullness of my heart. Recall that in December 2013, out of extreme loyalty to my boss and friend, I joined the APC, along with other then disillusioned Rivers people.

“Ever since, as the true nature and motives of APC are unveiled, I have continued to twist and turn in extreme mental and emotional agony. The more I struggled to belong, the more the Rivers man in me rejects the APC.

“After carefully studying, interacting and analyzing the leadership of the party, I have come to the sad conclusion that the APC is a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretence and deceit. APC is a party founded on deception and it thrives on unholy propaganda and falsehood.

“I, therefore, on behalf of my teaming supporters, and my humble self denounce the APC and we all jointly and severally resign our membership of the APC.

“My dear people of Rivers State, we of this generation will not in good conscience expect forgiveness and compassion from our forebears, posterity, and the spirit of our unborn generations if it is recorded in the annals of history that after 48 years of Rivers people supporting leaders from all other parts of this country with our votes and resources, we were the same that witch hunted and hounded down the very first ever president from this region, granted us by providence. I wash my hands off the treachery.

“In the light of the above, I wish to urge all my supporters, the good people of Rivers State to join hands with others to vote for President Jonathan and the transformation agenda that has brought so much relief and succor to the greatest number of Nigerians. I also urge all Rivers people to vote for Chief Nyesom Wike (PDP governorship candidate in the state), who has shown by his antecedents, track records and boundless capabilities that he will deliver good governance to the people of Rivers State.”

Governor Amaechi in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari said the action of his deputy had confirmed speculations in several quarters that he was a mole in the APC, adding that like every Nigerian, Ikuru was free to belong to any political party.

“Whilst the news remains unofficial at this time as the Deputy Governor is yet to notify the governor of this move, Governor Amaechi, however, wishes Engr Ikuru all the best in his future political endeavours.

“He, however, wishes to note that the reasons adduced by Engr Ikuru are shocking as Deputy Governor lkuru has consistently been the one driving political activities in his local government area of Andoni and has been the second in command driving politics and governance in Rivers state,” he said.

President Jonathan, speaking through his campaign spokesman, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said in a statement, in Abuja that the PDP was happy to receive Ikuru back into its family.

He said: “We are glad to hear about the return of the deputy governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru, to the PDP family. This was a deeply courageous step and we welcome him with open arms.”

Rivers State Chairman of the APC, Dr Davies Ikanya, said that Ikuru’s exit from the party was inconsequential, dismissing allegations of power tussle between him and the deputy governor.

“His exist does not mean anything to our party. Everybody has one vote. He has only one vote. Watch out, now that he has left more PDP members will join the party from the area.”

– Vanguard

(Sports News) Nigerian League: Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 Enugu Rangers @Richard

Okonkwo snatch the victory for Ifeanyi Ubah in Nnewi

The former Nigeria U23 defender helped the Anambra Warriors to secure a hard fought victory over the Flying Antelopes in Nnewi on Sunday

Ifeanyi Ubah defeated Enugu Rangers 1-0 in the Nigeria Professional Football League Week Three match at the Gabros International Stadium on Sunday.

Chibuzor Okonkwo’s solitary effort handed his team their second home victory a week their narrow 2-1 defeat at Sunshine Stars last weekend.

Enugu Rangers started on a bright note against their hosts thanks but missed several scoring opportunities.

The hosts gradually fought their way back into contention with Okonkwo’s free kick was left untouched to roll in for goal to hand the hosts a vital lead in the 17th minute.

The visitors made several efforts for a quick response but it yielded no result as Razaq Adegbite missed a seater firing wastefully over the bar inside the goal area.

The Nnewi outfit piled up pressure against their frustrated visitors who could not break the defence line marshalled by Okonkwo as the first period ended 1-0.

In the second half, both sides hustled for scoring opportunities, but it was the home side that showed better ambition and composure as Uche Onouha had one of his efforts denied by the cross bar in the 75th minute.

Samuel Agba also came close with for an equaliser but his chance was perfectly stopped by new Super Eagles invitee Chidiebere Eze as he aided the host to earn the maximum points.

The victory means Ifeanyi Ubah have accured six points from three games while visitors Enugu Rangers have three points in similar matches.

(Sports News) Nigerian Flying Eagles Wins African U.20 Championship @Richard

Flying Eagles celebrate seventh African title

The Flying Eagles, inspired by a noisy atmosphere inside Stade Léopold Sédar, brought the hosts down to their knees with a great display to win the African Youth Championship

Nigeria defeated Senegal 1-0 to win the 20th edition of the African U20 Championship played on Sunday night at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar.

A first half wonder strike from Bernard Bulbwa was all the highly-talented Nigerians needed to seal a seventh title on African soil.

(Breaking News) Former President Shehu Shagari Is Dead @Richard

shagari Information reaching us has it that Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, Second Republic president is dead. He was 90. Shagari, who celebrated his birthday on February 25, with all the former heads of states in Sokoto barely a month ago, died this afternoon. details soon

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(Polls) If Elected, Buhari Will Be A Disaster— Ex-US envoy @Richard

Richard Grenell, a former envoy of the United States of America, has warned Nigerians not to elect former military dictator, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), of The All Progressives Congress in the March 28 Presidential election.

The former spokesman for four United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, noted that Buhari if elected will be a diaster for Nigeria and Africa, stressing that  he will signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East.

He urges Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He made this known in an article titled, Nigeria on the brink and published on Washington Times, of Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Read Full article below:

With the polls closed in Israel, international election observers now turn their attention to the Nigerian elections on March 28. The choice for the leader of Africa’s most populous country pits Goodluck Jonathan from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against Mohammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The decision by the roughly 73 million registered Nigerian voters could have a profound impact on the future of Africa.

But Western foreign policy observers pre-occupied with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East should wake up to the reality unfolding in Nigeria. Opposition candidate General Buhari wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria. In fact, he wants it everywhere.

“I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria,” Mr. Buhari said. “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”

Buhari and Jonathan

Agitation? Is this an indication that Mr. Buhari supports violence because the end goal of the terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria and Africa is an Islamic state? It is a legitimate question that should be asked by leaders of the Obama administration.

Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance and support to ISIS. The northern Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria and beyond. They are also actively terrorizing Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state.

Mr. Buhari has also spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, has cautioned against a rush to judgement on its members and has personally been selected by the terrorist group to lead its negotiations with the Government of Nigeria.

Mr. Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state would be a disaster for Africa. It would also signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East.

Islamic radicals have Africa on their target list and young Nigerians are reported to be interested in ISIS’ messages. Nigeria is at a tipping point. Tunisia, where the Arab Spring uprisings began, saw a deadly Islamic terrorist attack at a popular museum killing 23 people this week.

ISIS attacked a hospital in Libya within the last few days and Boko Haram killed 54 people with 4 suicide bombers in Nigeria last week. The West, and specifically the Obama Administration, needs to wake up to the growing problem.

The French government has been fighting ISIS in Africa for the past two years, starting in Mali but with little help from the Obama Administration. As terrorism grows in yet another region of the globe, American and Western officials should realize they are not stopping the advancements of Islamic radicals. Al-Qaida is not dead and ISIS is not a JV team.

The recent moves by the White House against Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu signal a willingness by President Obama and his team to intervene in foreign elections. The sitting President Goodluck Jonathan has committed to defeating Boko Haram and overseeing a free and fair election.

The Nigerian economy has been growing faster than South Africa’s. Imagine what Nigeria could do for Africa if it was also free of Boko Haram’s violence. The Obama Administration should be doing more to ensure Africa’s most populous country doesn’t slip away.

(News) Sultan Warns Jonathan, Buhari: ‘Presidency Not Do Or Die’ @Richard

Buhari and Jonathan

Ahead of the general elections, scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ ad Abubakar, yesterday, warned the gladiators, especially President Goodluck Jonathan and Major General Muhammadu Buhari against taking the election as do-or-die affair.

Jonathan, the incumbent president, is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Buhari is the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress. The Sultan spoke on a day Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State urged politicians to defend the nation’s democracy.The elections, initially slated to hold on February 14 and 28, generated heat in the polity before they were rescheduled for March 28 and April 11.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State also urged elder statesmen and national leaders to speak out against issues that could provoke violence during the general elections.

Abubakar told Jonathan, Buhari and other contestants in the general elections that winners of polls had been pre-destined by God, wondering why some of them view elections as a do-or-die affair.

“While they struggle for electoral success, they should also consider the well-being of the country after elections,” the leader of the Muslim community in Nigeria and also the President, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), stated.

The Sultan spoke when the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, paid pre-election advocacy visit to his palace in Sokoto.

He called on security agencies to protect corps members and other personnel that will be involved in the conduct of the general elections.

Speaking, yesterday, while delivering the keynote address at a National Integration Roundtable Summit organised by the International Summit Group Nigeria, Uduaghan stressed the need to protect democracy in the country.

The Delta governor enjoined politicians, regardless of their party affiliation to avoid action that could negatively affect the nation’s democratic process.

His words: “Let me also admonish political gladiators on the need to safeguard the nation’s nascent democracy we are currently enjoying and ensure that Nigeria does not disintegrate as predicted by some prophets of doom.

“Let us continue work together to promote the welfare of our people. Posterity will judge us if we fail in our duties to meet the needs of our people.

“I must point out that the challenges of incessant disagreement between ethnic and religious groups has become quite discouraging.”

Meanwhile, Fashola has asked leaders to speak up against issues that could provoke violence during the coming elections, saying, by keeping quiet, they were inadvertently assisting those bent on perpetrating electoral fraud in disrupting the process altogether.

Speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja, when he hosted members of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development Council of the Wise, led by former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the governor said the time had come when all lovers of the country, but particularly elder statesmen, whose voices could be heard globally, should speak out and condemn statements capable of disrupting the electoral process.

Citing the international community to buttress his point, he explained that the community will not necessarily become conciliators only but would also apportion responsibility where it was fitting and apportion blame where it was fitting.

– Vanguard

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