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Etebo Expects to be fit for Super Eagles Vs Benin, Lesotho

Etebo Expected To Defy Injury, Be Fit For Super  Eagles Vs Benin, LesothoOghenekaro Etebo is expected to be fit for Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Benin and Lesotho after picking up an injury in Stoke City’s 1-0 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, reports have it.

Etebo was replaced by Mark Duffy in the 21st minute at Hillsborough after he sustained an injury and

There are fears the 23-year-old who missed Nigeria’s friendly encounter against five-time world champions, Brazil this month due to personal reasons would not be available for the Super Eagles in the AFCON 2021 qualifiers.

 

Benin beat Morocco on penalties to reach AFCON quarter-finals

Image result for Benin stunned Africa Cup of NationsBenin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco on penalties to reach the quarter-finals for the first time after a 1-1 draw in Cairo on Friday.

Moise Adilehou put Benin ahead early in the second half before Youssef En-Nesyri equalised, but Hakim Ziyech blew the chance to seal victory for Morocco by striking the post with a 96th-minute penalty.

Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri both missed in the shootout as Benin, who reached the last 16 on the back of three draws, triumphed 4-1 on spot-kicks.

Nigerians protests against Buhari government policies in Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Ibadan and London

Inspite of last minute withdrawal by the convener of the #IstandwithNigeria protest march against the bad economic situation of Nigeria, 2face Innocent Idibia, the protest still went ahead across cities in the country and London as planned even without the presence initial front line celebrities promoting it.

Led by self-acclaimed ‘area father himself’, Charlie Boy Oputa, Nigerians across the country trooped out in their thousands to protest against the harsh economic conditions in the country, with marches in  Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Ijebu-Ode and London, saying ‘’enough is enough.”

While protesters in London and Lagos Lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari speaks to Nigerians to douse mounting fears over his health, other protesters in Nigeria issued a 12-point demand including the removal of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir David Lawal.

However, there was a counter march believed to be a pro-Buhari rally in Abuja where the proponents lauded the government on its achievements so far, saying what the government needs is support and not antagonism.

Responding to the protests, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, told the protesting Nigerians that their message has been well received by the Federal Government. Acknowledging that the protests fall within the purview of their fundamental human rights to demand a better economy, “We heard you loud and clear” “I for one have been across the states and even today, some people are out on the streets protesting. Many of our people are saying the same thing, that things are hard, things are difficult. But what I will like to say to every Nigerian is that ‘we hear you loud and clear’. “The government is one that is determined to give the ordinary man a fair deal. We are determined to recover the economy. You have a right to live well and decently, demand for a better economy and we are committed to making that happen.” The Acting President also sought understanding of Nigerians, saying that years of destruction cannot be corrected overnight. “Years of deterioration cannot be remedied overnight but  again, I must emphasize that it’s our business and duty to ensure that we put the Nigerian economy on the path of sustained growth and that is exactly what we are determined to do.” He gave highlights of government efforts at putting the economy on the path of sustainable growth, noting that the social intervention programme, which included payment of N5,000 to the poorest citizens on monthly basis was one of the ways to cushion the effects of the harsh realities of the times. “We have in the past 18 months intervened three times to states to enable them have enough resources to pay salaries and the last intervention was in December when we paid the Paris Club refund to the states. This is money that the Federal Government was owing states since 2005 and even oil was selling at 115 Dollars per barrel, this debt was not paid. “The President insisted when he was going to pay that money to the states that at least 50 per cent of it must be to pay salaries of workers. We tend to ensure, of course, that that is what is done. Many of the states were able to pay salaries and backlogs of pensions in December because of that particular fund that was made available to the states. “Those have been the concerns of the President and the Federal Government to ensure that as much as possible, the most vulnerable in our society, those who earn salaries, those who have no work, market women, the man on the street take as little of this pain as possible. “The home-grown feeding programme has started in several states; it will provide opportunity for farmers all across the country. We are also providing credit facility to 1.6 million traders and artisans. The economic recovery growth plan is engaging the private sector to seeking more practical ways of putting the economy back on the right track. The Federal Government on its own cannot do it alone. Your participation is your own commitment to the future of our country and to those coming behind us,” Osinbajo said. He further said that the government is also disturbed that many Nigerians are groaning and suffering from the pangs of hunger and poverty.

On his own part, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, begged protesters to be patient with the government, adding that things would get better with time.

 

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