Thursday, July 18, 2019

Breaking: Ighalo Retires From Super Eagles

Breaking: Ighalo Retires From Super Eagles

Breaking: Ighalo Retires From Super Eagles
Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, has announced his retirement following the Super Eagle’s third placed victory over Tunisia on night at Egypt 2019.

Odion, who is the highest goal scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, informed coach Gernot Rohr of his decision before leaving to join his club in China immediately after the game.

He had discussed his decision with the coach before the third-place match, saying that the constant abuse was taking a toll on his young family but he was advised to keep it under wraps for the moment. After the game, he gave his jersey as a souvenir to the coach, said his goodbyes and left,” a source stated.

Prior to the game, the 30-year-old posted a message on his WhatsApp status update that simply said “Final Game”.

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“He has been very strong for us,” Rohr said, “And it is sad that he wants not to continue.

“But the door always is open for him any time.”

Ighalo, something of a late bloomer, made his senior debut for Nigeria in 2015 as the Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Uganda in a friendly.

He made 35 appearances for Nigeria, scoring 16 goals.

He was also top scorer through the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with four goals and he could also finish the tournament as top scorer having scored five in Egypt.
(Thenationonlineng)
Adeleke Finally  Replies Oyetola, Says Dancing Is Better Than Looting Treasury

Adeleke Finally Replies Oyetola, Says Dancing Is Better Than Looting Treasury

Senator Ademola Adeleke has reacted to a comment made by Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state

Adeleke replies Oyetola, says dancing is better than looting treasury

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the September 22, 2018, governorship election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has replied Governor Gboyega Oyetola over his recent comment on him. Governor Oyetola had on Wednesday, July 17, said he felt ridiculed to have contested against Adeleke during the election.

Report had it that Senator Adeleke in a statement issued on Thursday, July 18, said dancing to exude happiness and joy is by far better than imposing sorrows and untold hardship by looting public treasury.

He said there was nothing wrong in dancing especially when praising God but added that everything is wrong with the exploitation of the weak and underprivileged.

"Osun people know that I am not the facilitator and prime partaker in the looting of the state treasury.

 For more than eight years, Gboyega Oyetola was the chief enabler of the most corrupt, inept and anti-people administration in the history of Osun state.

"What is more shameful in Yoruba land than theft? I dare Oyetola to walk the streets of Osun alongside me and see who will get mobbed and stoned by the embittered citizens of our dear state.

The people had voted the honest dancer and rejected the false progressives who had ruined the fortunes of Osun state and sentenced generations unborn to excruciating debt burden," he said.

 Adeleke stressed that it is shameful for the governor to be gloating over daylight electoral robbery which was said to have been roundly condemned as injustice across all sectors of Nigerian society and the international community.

He said the people of the state were denied the supremacy of their will but foisted on them a governor they did not elect.
 "Osun people will remember that immediately after the apex court ruling, I issued a press statement congratulating Oyetola and restraining our members and supporters from violence and anti-peace actions.

 "I claim credit for restoring normalcy, peace and stability to Osun state after the protracted governorship battle. At a time Oyetola and his band of usurpers were at a loss on how to manage the usurpation and its resultant tension in the land, I deployed diplomacy, putting the safety of our people above all considerations despite the blatant robbery you now call electoral loss," he added.

 He alleged that Oyetola's record as the chief of staff to former governor Rauf Aregbesola confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but showed his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition. "Let me remind Oyetola that his records as chief of staff to Rauf Aregbesola clearly confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but shows his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition.

 "Workers are still being owed with the wicked half salary designed by Oyetola still in operation. Pensioners are still being owed their gratuities and benefits. The many abandoned projects which had been fully or mostly paid for still litter the state, the MKO Abiola Aiport remains a jungle with no single structure standing despite N26bn purportedly wasted on the project is of many examples," Adeleke noted.

It had been previously reported that Oyetola described Adeleke as a person who is only good at dancing but lacks all the prerequisites needed to govern a state like Osun.
(Legit.ng)
John Obi Mikel Announces Retirement From Super Eagles After Winning Bronze Medall

John Obi Mikel Announces Retirement From Super Eagles After Winning Bronze Medall

John Obi Mikel Announces Retirement From Super Eagles After Winning Bronze Medall
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from national team football after helping Nigeria win bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The 32-year-old took to his social media page to confirm the news saying he ended his senior career exactly where he started in 2006. Having excelled at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup in Netherlands, Mikel was included in the Super Eagles squad for the 2006 AFCON championship and scored his maiden goal at the tourney.
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In 2013, the former Chelsea midfielder was part of late Stephen Keshi team that won the championship in South Africa. "Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my National career. In 2006 I played my first official championship for my Country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for National Team with Super Eagles.

Mikel said on Instagram:
 "My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful for the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible National and International career.
 "At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the National team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019." he concluded.

During his 14 year reign at the senior national team level, Mikel scored six goals in over 85 matches.

Mikel played in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations, where he won the title in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2019. Meanwhile, despite featuring in less games at this year's AFCON, Mikel secured a deal with Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor, where he will compatriots Ogenyi Onazi and Anthony Nwakaeme.

It was earlier reported that Nigeria's technical adviser Gernot Rohr seems to have stylishly announced the retirement of captain John Obi Mikel from the national team. The 32-year-old was an unused substitute in Nigeria's 1-0 win over Tunisia as they claimed bronze medal at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt.

Mikel only made two appearances at the 32nd edition of the championship owing to the injury he suffered at the group stage. 
Ighalo On Course For Golden Boot As Nigeria Becomes Africa’s Bronze King

Ighalo On Course For Golden Boot As Nigeria Becomes Africa’s Bronze King

Ighalo on course for golden boot as Nigeria becomes Africa’s bronze king
The Super Eagles defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia to clinch the third-place trophy on Wednesday night in Cairo.

Odion Ighalo’s third-minute goal was enough for the Eagles to fly home victoriously from the Al-Salam stadium.

The Eagles have played the third-place AFCON matches on two occasions more than any other nation — Egypt (6), Cote D’Ivoire (6), Ghana (5), Tunisia (4), Algeria (4).

Odion Ighalo tapped home from close range for Nigeria’s lead in the 3rd minute. It’s goal number five for Ighalo, who now tops the goal chart, and is on course for the tournament’s golden boot.

Ighalo is credited to have score 79% of Nigeria’s goals at the 2019 AFCON.

The Shenhua Shanghai striker walked off the pitch of play with a likely hamstring injury, and Victor Osimhen came on in the second half for injured Ighalo.

The second half saw some flurry of chances which were missed by the Super Eagles.

Fifty-four percent ball possession to Tunisia as against Nigeria forty-six in the 70th minute of play.

Nigeria first won the third-place match in 1976 when the then Green Eagles beat Egypt 3-2 in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Nigerian side won it in 1978, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 — and now 2019.

William Troost-Ekong, who scored an own goal in the match against Algeria redeemed himself in the third-place match by pulling a show that won him the Total Man-of-the-Match award.
(TheCable)
Medical Outreach: NGO, African Doctors Offer Free Treatment To 700 Patients

Medical Outreach: NGO, African Doctors Offer Free Treatment To 700 Patients

No fewer than 700 patients with various illnesses in Dobi, a community in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT, have benefited from a free medical treatment offered by Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), an NGO, in collaboration with African Doctors for Africa.
Medical Outreach: NGO, African doctors offer free treatment to 700 patients

The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr Ver-or Ngutor, said on Thursday in Abuja that the medical outreach which took place on Wednesday was for women and children with focus on malaria control, oral health, Hepatitis B and C, nutrition, eyes screening and provision of lenses, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids.

Ngutor in a statement expressed excitement over the huge turnout of the people and commended the traditional institution in the area for mobilising its people to take advantage of the programme.

He pledged the commitment of OHAI and African Doctors for Africa to continue to work closely to ensure that that healthcare was available for as many as possible.

Aside the testing and treatment, the organisers donated 80 wrappers to women during the outreach.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu represented by Mr Joseph Dzungwe at the event, explained that the outreach had given credence to Nigeria’s signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

She also said it was a sign of elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) as well as other statutes, conventions and treaties which enjoin states, parties to ensure the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health facilities for the prevention and treatment of illnesses.

Anagbogu noted that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs placed premium on well-being and rights to quality health of women and girls and other vulnerable groups in the society, hence, the collaboration with non-governmental organisation and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and other initiatives to this end.

“Government alone cannot meet the health needs of our teaming population, hence, the need for the contribution of NGOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and partners who provide a variety of services and programmes for the health benefits of the populace,” the statement quoted Anagbogu as saying.

It also quoted Mrs Nma Ogbonna, Assistant Director/Head NGOs, who represented the Director of Health Planning and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Health, as saying that the activities championed by OHAI and African Doctors for Africa would in no small measure contribute to government’s efforts to improve health of the people.

Earlier, the traditional ruler of the community, Alhaji Ismaila Nda-Etsu Dobi, lauded the organisers for their commitment in providing medical care to his subjects.

He urged governments at all level to support NGOs such as OHAI that had shown capacity over the time in providing healthcare services particularly for the local communities.
I Never Faced N25bn Corruption Charge, Sen. Goje Declares

I Never Faced N25bn Corruption Charge, Sen. Goje Declares

I Never Faced N25bn Corruption Charge, Sen. Goje Declares
Senator Danjuma Goje, the senator representing Gombe Central at the National Assembly has said that at no time did he faced corruption charge totaling N25 billion.

Goje disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The statement signed by Mr Paul Erokoro, lawyer to the senator said the claim was “inaccurate and untrue.”

Erokoro was reacting to recent reports in the media that corruption charge being faced by the senator were withdrawn following his decision to step down from the Senate president race in June.

He insisted that the actual amount mentioned in the charge was N9 billion.

“The so-called “N25b fraud” that has been bandied about in the media, never featured in the case.

“The sum total of all the monies mentioned in the charge was about N8b.

“Of that total, N5billion was a loan taken from Access Bank for completion of infrastructural projects such as the Gombe airport, waterworks, numerous roads, Gombe Jewel Hotels, schools, hospitals and rural electrification.

“The bank testified in Court that the money was properly utilised for the projects. The EFCC investigators also confirmed to the Court that the projects were all completed.”

On the N1 billion agricultural loan, he said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had testified in court that the loan was utilised in full compliance with the bank’s loan conditions.

“Other witnesses told the court that the governor never awarded any contract for the supply of food to Government House and Government Guest Houses during his tenure for the N1 billion alleged in the charge or for any other sum.

“On the N1.6 billion for the supply of English Dictionaries for primary and secondary schools, the Court was told that Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) gave its approval and that the contract was advertised in two newspapers and that reputable book publishers and suppliers tendered and that State Universal Basic Education Board awarded the contract to the lowest bidder.”

He said all the 19 counts of the charge around the above monetary issues collapsed during the trial.

He said because the prosecution witnesses completely exonerated the defendants was why the 19 counts were all dismissed by the court, on the the ground of No Case submission.

He added that the star witness of the Prosecution, a senior EFCC operative who headed the investigation, told the court that throughout their investigation, no money belonging to the Gombe State Government was traced to the Governor, his family members or associates.

He because of their embarrassing nature, the two counts of the charge were withdrawn by the Attorney-General of the Federation and not on political negotiation as being speculated.
(NAN)
Gospel Artist Dr Tumi says he rejected R14 Million (N360m) monthly offer to join Illuminati

Gospel Artist Dr Tumi says he rejected R14 Million (N360m) monthly offer to join Illuminati


Gospel Artist Dr Tumi says he rejected R14 Million (N360m) monthly offer to join Illuminati

Dr Tumi, a South African gospel singer said he was requested to join the illuminati society with an offer of $1million(N360m) but he rejected them. 

This revelation was made known through his facebook profile.
The ward winning South African singer and surgeon with a break-out album of 'Heart of a King', said that the handlers that contacted him claimed to have been noticed him and also admitted that he would be of value to the society.

Dr Tumi also allegedly rejected the promise of great fame and influence across the globe, if he joins the society. 

 Exactly what he shared:

"So early today they tried to recruit me to join an Illuminati society. Got told I have been noticed and would be of value. Got promised $1mil a month and great fame and influence across the globe. But we are not the type you can buy with money. wont leave Jesus for fame or fortunes. I am Already bought with the highest price when Christ gave his life for me. And it is God who will cause my name to be great. Not a society. Interesting days,".

Gospel Artist Dr Tumi says he rejected R14 Million (N360m) monthly offer to join Illuminati