Archive for August 11th, 2017

Wenger Expects Lacazette emulate Ibrahimovic  

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes new signing Alexandre Lacazette can replicate the kind of form Zlatan Ibrahimovic had at Manchester United last season.

The Swedish striker who was signed from Paris Saint Germain (PSG) scored 28 English Premier League goals for the Red Devils but was released after he copped an injury towards the end of last term.

As Arsenal get set to welcome Leicester City in the opening match of the 2017/2018 campaign on Friday night, the former Lyon striker has been on the spotlight after arriving north London for £52million, a record signing for the Gunners.

“With Lacazette, it’s simple. He is an intelligent player. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well,” Wenger is quoted by www.themirror.co.uk.

“After that, we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.

“Goal-scoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure.

“But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that’s the target Lacazette should set.”

“I know him for a long time. In France, you have Paris that produces maybe 60 or 70% of players. With the suburbs they go south and west.

“After Paris, you have Lyon, which is a special place in France as they have their own mentality. They don’t like to move away, usually.

“They produce their own players, the players who grew up around Lyon, like Fekir, Lacazette, Gonalons. They all stay in Lyon. They usually like to stay there. They are players with a special mentality and I did not know whether they wanted to move or not.

“Does he want to go abroad or not? It is a very specific French players at Lyon.

Wenger admitted he is open to bringing more players in the current window but stressed the difficulty in managing those at his disposal at the moment.

“We are still open [for more signings]. But of course at the moment I have 33 players [in the squad] and it’s very difficult to manage, on a daily basis, such a high number.

Wenger also talked about the situation with league champions Chelsea who they defeated via penalties on the FA Community Shield on Sunday.

“Maybe, yes, he has the opposite problem. But if you look at the number of players on loan, they can call a few back.

“I have sympathy for him [Conte]. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don’t have enough players? Then, no.”

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Rawlings warns Nigerians against ethnic hatred

 

Former President of Ghana, Mr Jerry John Rawlings has warned Nigerians to stop hate speech and threatening of each other on tribal grounds as this could lead to ethnic and tribal warfare, which will not be a good development for Nigeria.

The former President made the remark while speaking at 12th Annual Lecture organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UIAA, Ekiti State branch.

Rawlings, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, advised Nigerians to endeavour to get people of integrity into leadership position who will have the interest of the country at heart.

Speaking further, the Ghanaian leader said African challenges have to do with leadership that lacks character, stressing that “by character, I mean distinctive qualities that overcome the challenges we have as constituencies and organisations.

He said: “Let’s learn to be gracious. I am sad over the mean behaviour of my fellow black men. African countries are plagued with several challenges such as agriculture, deforestation, bad economy, governance, education amongst others.”

Rawlings who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event said that he is worried by the rating of Nigeria and Ghana in terms of high rate of corruption by Transparency International (TI) . According to him : “Transparency International shows that countries in the South South region of Africa failed to address corruption and that Ghana and Nigeria rate high in corruption indices. However, some leaders have the will but not the character to fight corruption. The fight against corruption in Nigeria calls for integrity and wise approach so that it will not conflict with the lives of the people”.

He added that when Nigeria fights corruption rightly, it will not only augur well    for Nigeria but Africa and the world generally,    as he maintained that Nigeria commands about 75 per cent of the African population.

“Nigeria has the pride and integrity. Most African countries cannot meddle with you people”, Rawlings said.

 

Quit Notice: Leave Niger Delta before October 1, agitators tell northerners

A coalition of Niger Delta agitators on Thursday handed down an ultimatum to Northerners and Yoruba from south west zone resident in the region to vacate before October 1. The coalition also said that it is set to resume the bombings of major oil and gas installation in the coastal region. Made of up 8 frontline groups, the agitators also dissociated itself from the leadership and membership of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, warning the Federal Government to stop dealing with the body on their behalf. Recall that PANDEF led by eminent leaders of Niger Delta including a former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clarke met twice with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was principally to articulate lasting solution to the challenges of the people in the region. But in a statement signed by the leaders of the groups, the agitators said that they had resolved to declare Republic of Niger Delta on October 1, also mandating the federal government to return all the oil wells given to non indigenes of the region to them. They also congratulated the Yoruba for their intention to declare Oduduwa Republic, saying that they would work in tandem with the South East and Middle Belt to achieve economic and diplomatic developments. The signatories to the statement included General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs and Convener Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators); General Ekpo Ekpo ( Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors) and Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters). Others were Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw for Bakassi Freedom Fighters; Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall for Niger Delta Movement for Justice; Major-Gen. Duke Emmanson for Niger Delta Fighters Network and Major-Gen. Inibeghe Adams for Niger Delta Freedom Mandate. The statement read in full: “At the general council meeting of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA) involving surveillance department, intelligence department and commanding officers held today to deliberate on the recent development in the Niger Delta and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) meeting with the Acting President, after hours of careful deliberations, we unanimously resolved as follows: “To commence Operation Zero Oil in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017 as a preparation for the actualization of Niger Delta Republic “We totally condemn the recent meeting between PANDEF and the Acting President; we see it as another plot to deceive the Niger Delta people. First and foremost, the meeting was marred with inordinate greed of the PANDEF as they did not involve the representatives of the Agitating groups and youths leaders. We wish to let the Acting President to know that those he met have no capacity and cannot solve the current crisis in the Niger Delta; therefore they cannot represent the militants or speak for the Niger Delta people. “The Coalition unanimously adopts to stand by the previous demands, which are: 100% percent control of our resources. “The Federal Government should hand over all oil blocks owned by the Northerners/Yoruba to Niger Delta indigenes. “All Oil companies operating in such oil blocks/wells should vacate October 1st, 2017. “Relocation of NNPC to any of the Niger Delta state and replacement of the Group Managing Director with an indigene of region. “All the Multinational Oil, Gas, Servicing and Marine Companies must relocate their operational base to the Niger Delta; sign a new Memorandum of Understanding with Niger Delta people which would include Niger Delta indigenes being paid same salaries with foreigners. “We demand independence and sovereign Republic of Niger Delta, all the companies and business owned by the Northerners / Yoruba in Niger Delta should be vacated before 1st October 2017, we accept and congratulate the Yoruba for demanding Oduduwa Republic and we wish them success. “We hereby call on all agitating groups to resume attacks/bombings on all oil/gas pipelines, especially the exporting lines across the Niger Delta region from September 10, 2017. This is to ensure zero oil/gas production before October 1, 2017. “We shall work to interface with more patriotic and zealous Niger Delta people to work out new collective approach that will ensure total freedom and complete control of our resources by any means necessary. “We shall from henceforth, fight to liberate ourselves from the shackles of neo-colonialism and rule ourselves under a Niger Delta Republic, with diplomatic and economic relations with the peoples of the South East and Middle Belt. “Finally, we want to inform the federal government of Nigeria and the general public that we no longer recognize PANDEF under the present leadership as they are working against the interest of the Niger Delta people.”

Another ritualists den discovered in Lagos, 5 arrested  

The wall of a warehouse close to Ile-Zik Bus Stop was brought down by the mob that alleged that ritualists used the place to perpetrate their atrocities. This compelled security agents to conduct a search on the building and also prevented the mob from setting it on fire.

The five suspects have been taken to State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department, Panti.

After the search that lasted hours, nothing suggestive of the allegation was found in the building, with a mammoth crowd taking over the expressway, hindering the free flow of traffic.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, described claims that the tunnel was a ritualists den as false.

He said rather that destitute resided there.

His words: “We have to stop this culture of jungle justice and allow the law take its course. This matter is a pure case of destitute and not ritualists.

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