Tributes To Prince: Barack Obama, Mick Jagger & More Pay Respects

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Tributes To Prince – One of the world’s greatest musicians ever, Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead today at the age of 57.

Tributes To Prince

Tributes To Prince

Called in the same breath as the legendary Michael Jackson, Prince was known amazing vocal abilities and his eccentric nature, and tributes flooded the internet as his passing was announced.

Pop Legend, Prince Found Dead In His Home

“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” US president Barack Obama said in a statement. “Few artistes have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger also issued a statement on Prince’s death: “I am so saddened to hear the news. Prince was a revolutionary artist wonderful musician, and composer an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.”

NASA also paid tribute to Prince, posting a picture of purple nebula in homage to his iconic song, Purple Rain.

In a lengthy tribute, singer Frank Ocean spoke of how Prince helped him accept his sexuality. He wrote: “He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration – his denial of the prevailing model.”

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King: Pochettino To Stay At Tottenham Long-term

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One time Tottenham captain Ledley King believes Pochettino will opt for a long career with the club instead of leaving.

Pochettino has taken Tottenham to a new height, providing beautiful football along the way.

And he has been courted by Manchester United and Real Madrid, but King believes the Argentine will stay put.

He told Omnisport: “I hope he stays. We’ve lost our top players in the past which is always difficult to come back from. But I believe we have a manager who’ll be around for a long time to develop this group of players. He’s started something he wants to see out and hopefully the players feel the same way.

“The objective at the start of the season would have been to try to finish in the Champions League spots, but the team has exceeded that and it’s a great position to be in.

“You can see they enjoy playing together, they have a young, hungry manager. He’s had a huge impact – you can see how comfortable the players are playing with each other. He deserves a lot of credit.

“The team has a good age, but a lot of maturity, which belies some of the age group. For someone like Dele [Alli] to perform the way he has is unbelievable. The future is really bright. Hopefully we see Tottenham competing for titles for years to come.”

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Icardi Talks Possible Inter Exit

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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has suggested the possibility of him leaving the club.

The striker has been linked with a move away from the Serie A, with United, Chelsea and Arsenal looking to snap him up.

Icardi who looked bent on staying at Inter, has hinted at a possible move.

“Will I stay at Inter if we don’t qualify for the Champions League? I’m here to win with this club, but if any offers come in, then we have got to talk about them with the club or with whoever deals with it,” Icardi told Mediaset.

The striker, who joined Inter from Sampdoria in July 2013, has a contract until June 2019.

He has scored 15 goals in 30 Serie A appearances this campaign.

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Icardi Talks Possible Inter Exit

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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has suggested the possibility of him leaving the club.

The striker has been linked with a move away from the Serie A, with United, Chelsea and Arsenal looking to snap him up.

Icardi who looked bent on staying at Inter, has hinted at a possible move.

“Will I stay at Inter if we don’t qualify for the Champions League? I’m here to win with this club, but if any offers come in, then we have got to talk about them with the club or with whoever deals with it,” Icardi told Mediaset.

The striker, who joined Inter from Sampdoria in July 2013, has a contract until June 2019.

He has scored 15 goals in 30 Serie A appearances this campaign.

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Van Gaal: Manchester United Has Progressed This Season

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Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United has grown in every aspect of their game.

United face Everton in the semifinals of the FA cup and sit fifth in the EPL, after crashing out of the UCL and the UEL and also the league cup.

But Van Gaal believes his team’s FA Cup progress is a sign of how far they have come after losing to Arsenal in the final eight last time around.

“We are further than last year,” the Dutchman said.

“We were in the quarter-finals, now we are in the semi-finals. I believe that means we are better than last year.

“It is not for me to judge [how important this game is]. I have said this already.

“I do my utmost best. We are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are in the race for the fourth position and that was our aim.”

Van Gaal is relieved to have most of his squad available for selection against Everton and says it is tough to whittle his selection down to 18.

He continued: “We have a squad of fit players. I must select 18 players and I have 24 who are fit, so I have to disappoint six of them.

“The squad is nearly fit. Only Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and maybe Adnan Januzaj – because he has not yet played for the second team – are unable to play.”

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Van Gaal: Manchester United Has Progressed This Season

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Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United has grown in every aspect of their game.

United face Everton in the semifinals of the FA cup and sit fifth in the EPL, after crashing out of the UCL and the UEL and also the league cup.

But Van Gaal believes his team’s FA Cup progress is a sign of how far they have come after losing to Arsenal in the final eight last time around.

“We are further than last year,” the Dutchman said.

“We were in the quarter-finals, now we are in the semi-finals. I believe that means we are better than last year.

“It is not for me to judge [how important this game is]. I have said this already.

“I do my utmost best. We are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are in the race for the fourth position and that was our aim.”

Van Gaal is relieved to have most of his squad available for selection against Everton and says it is tough to whittle his selection down to 18.

He continued: “We have a squad of fit players. I must select 18 players and I have 24 who are fit, so I have to disappoint six of them.

“The squad is nearly fit. Only Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and maybe Adnan Januzaj – because he has not yet played for the second team – are unable to play.”

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A Pervasive Culture Of Insanity: Senate SUVs And Nigeria’s Smash-And-Grab Democracy -Tope Fasua

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My hope was that immediately after the new government came, they would ask for people who want to volunteer – work for free or next to nothing. The enthusiasm then was that high. I knew many people who supported the ‪#‎CHANGE who would have done that at the drop of a hat. Let us think back to the heady days when we all felt a sense of satisfaction and great achievement. Perhaps every man and woman on the streets who supported change felt they were partly responsible for the victory at the polls. We had great moments of anxiety and fear. Some – like me – waited in the darkness to vote at 12 midnight, and used whatever resource was available to us on social media to track the votes and broadcast everywhere so that PDP will not spring any surprise.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of Tope Fasua and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Remember the days. They seem so far away now. We could never imagine that so soon we would have cause to entertain any complaint. Not from any Nigerian, least of all from those who struggled and took risks within their capacity to ensure that a change in government came to reality. Sometimes I want to just play it all back and remain in those moments of great joy. Those incredible minutes, and hours, the drama of Orubebe and how he was subdued, the fear in the eyes of PDP backers and stalwarts, the anxiety over whether Goodluck Jonathan will concede or not, the rough figures as they tumbled out of states and local governments. I was glued to different TV channels, and newspaper live broadcast. We felt we had finally done the right thing and backed the right horse. We still feel so, in part. Well, one day the story will be told.

Many have forgotten. Sometimes, reality deals such a painful blow the best thing is to revel in fantasy. It helps. For in this instance, it must be said that reality has given birth to a monster. We the people cannot recognise that monster. In fact, we are scared by it.

Nothing indicates and underlines our predicament better than the saga at the Senate. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki is busy answering to his past misdemeanours at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (I wish he would answer to more serious charges of corruption with a proper court or EFCC not this thing that daily looks like a charade). And as if that is not enough, the Senate decides to go ahead with what was rumoured a few months back – the purchase of Sports Utility Vehicles for its members, in a time when government has been telling the people how bad things are, even as they owe workers across the length and breadth of Nigeria. The senators insist that they need their cars, else no work will be done.

Again, let us remember the heady days when we thought we owned this government. Let us remember the amount of sacrifice we were prepared to give for Nigeria. The Senate and House of Representatives, whom we hear has also concluded plans to purchase its own cars (N3.6 billion worth, as reported by Daily Trust of April 19th, 2016), have not wasted time in confirming to Nigerians that governance here is still largely transactional; it is all about what you can grab and run with. If any of us had any illusions of what it is all about, that illusion has now flown outside the window. As it was in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, so it is today. Maybe even worse. And we are meant to be under a #CHANGE government? What did we do to deserve this nightmare?

We should have known. When the rumour first filtered out, with the president even mentioning it in his first media chat, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing some constituency in Lagos State, among other senators, granted an interview where he stated categorically that they will not be able to work without these luxury cars. He asked if they were to trek in doing their ‘oversight’ work. Someone suggested they buy Coaster buses that can convey several of them, but they scoffed at the belittling idea. Now they have gone ahead, in the middle of this famine in the land, to buy luxury cars for their glory and splendour, each car worth N35 million – or $175,000. Ehmm. Mention this story anywhere in the world today, from the USA to Kathmandu, from Australia to Russia, and people will hit the roof. It is the height of outrage, a totally criminal, unfeeling, disgusting, and outrageous act.

But the Senators have put up their defence. As asinine as it sounds: “others are doing it”, it is worthy of note. Yes, even among presidential advisers, while we were being regaled of the ‘unprecedented’ malfeasance of the Jonathan era, these new people, whom we thought will go there and make sacrifices on behalf of Nigeria, have since settled themselves. Nigeria is kukuma the world’s biggest per capita and perhaps absolute purchaser of sports utility vehicles. In the height of the global recession of 2009/10, Toyota announced in Japan that they could have gone under if not Nigerians purchasing shitloads of their Landcruisers and Prados. Carlos Ghosn’s ears picked that up and pricked like an Alsatian dog, and he headed to Nigeria to start a plant… and produce Nissan Pajero, to take some of the market from Prado at source. We gathered, deceived ourselves and hailed our achievements in ‘industrialisation’. Some of us said it then but who listens?

Pervasive Mental Illness

Nigerians are not corrupt, I have always insisted. A friend recently made a statement that we were all born as thieves, to which I strongly objected. We weren’t born corrupt. But many of us have not attained a certain level of intelligence and altruism, the type you don’t learn in any university in the world, despite our claims to fame and knowledge. Nigerians are exactly as Lugard described them in 1912; many, if not most, of us have no inkling of the results that our actions will bring in the near future to our society. We have no sense of the collective. This translates into bad governance and everything else we see. And like Reuben Abati revealed last week, once you are in government, forget about acting differently, you are one of them, signed into a cult of secrecy and mass robbery of the commonweal.

Nigerians are not corrupt. A correct diagnosis of our situation with these guys in government may reveal other ailments; a mental problem perhaps. Megalomania. Yes, it is a mania. And like nymphomania or kleptomania, it is a disease that can be managed over time, if not cured. It is this hubris, this ego-tripping, that leads to this mad grab for Nigeria’s resources at that level. Describing it as ‘corruption’ befuddles the problem, belittles it, confuses it, and helps us to lose the opportunity of managing or curing it because we haven’t quite identified and isolated the symptoms and causes.

As an aside, other causes of corruption at a lower level include fear: fear of the unknown, of illnesses, of job loss, of being stranded in old age, of debilitating expensive diseases, of shame from not being able to meet obligations to family. There is also corruption that stems from expired cultural pressures. Nigerians easily spend N20 million on each wedding these days, and even more on burials. No one in developed countries spends like that and we are on this same planet! Add to these the fact that if we don’t put devices in place to block people from stealing money, many would because the money is just there for the taking.

But I digress. My concern is: it is only a mad man that acquires what he does not need, and we should really start examining our leaders’ mental capacities for correctness. There are senators that are there for their third or fourth term. Each four years, these guys buy themselves these luxury cars, and the not-so-luxury ones as pool cars. The Nigeria legislature – as well as the executive and even judiciary – looks like some gathering of vultures to despoil the cadaver called Nigeria. So, these people who have been buying these cars, what have they been doing with them? We know our senators and reps are exceedingly rich people – all of them. Why do they need more of these cars?

My former friend Mr., sorry Otunba, Dino Melaye alone has at least 20 luxury cars, ranging from this same Landcruiser to Rolls Royce, en route Bentleys and Ferraris. Please let us beg Jesus Christ to help us ask: what does Dino need another car – worth N35 million at the expense of dying Nigerian paupers – for? How many cars does a sane man need? Why are they doing this to us, and who did we offend?

My heart is broken because the onus to show direction and display that it is a new day, rests squarely on Baba. Without mincing words I don’t think he has done enough in showing example. All his ministers are reveling in the same open display of luxury. Baba has never even mentioned – unlike Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Jonathan – that they should not use sirens. So we find, in an era of #change, that we are still being pursued off the roads and into gutters, by people we elected or appointed to ‘serve’ us; by rows of cars and convoys bought with the people’s blood, sweat and tears!

 

One day the story will be told. Was it not possible for Baba, in the true spirit of #change to have called for volunteers who were ready to do work with him for free or for next to nothing as a way of forcing a change of paradigm? What would have happened if he had laid down the rule of frugality from Day One? Why has he left his flanks open and allowed his traducers to mock him for keeping 9 or is it 10 presidential planes? Why? Were we conned? Was it all a ruse; all that talk that the lives of the poor will change? Ok, if this was how it will be played, why keep asking the poor people for sacrifice and more sacrifice? Who should be doing the sacrificing really? Who did we offend?

My thinking is that no one should aspire near the seat of a senator if they don’t have a functional, serviceable car or two. Desperadoes seeking to get rich from political positions, and without a conscience on whether it cripples the nation or not, cannot be senators, or advisers, or ministers. Politics should not even be a full-time job. And let me say, as someone with a car and another as occasional backup, that these cars start to cough when you park them without use for a few weeks; especially the big SUVs. A friend told me some time back of resuming in this government parastatal to discover that there were cars they had bought for years and were not using. The engine oil had caked in the system and would need major surgery for the cars to resume work. There is no way Dino, my former friend – for he has now progressed to greater heights – can drive all the cars in his garage in a whole month. Now he adds another. Well, we hear some of them have started selling their cars in fire sales, though they deny these.

Let me conclude this by telling us about a place called London. Many of us visit London. Some of the senators have their breakfasts in London, lunch in New York, and dinner in Indonesia when they are on the roll. London has eight million people living within its territory. Its annual budget is over N6 trillion’s equivalent (GBP12 billion). With this budget, the Greater London Authority – being anything like a state government here – takes care of just a few things: it pays its staff, tidies up the environment, does policing and provides subsidised transportation for its people through trains, buses and ferry. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, earns 127,000 pounds sterling as salary and another 491,000 pounds from writing articles for newspapers. His taxes per year, is 247,000 pounds. He therefore pays twice his salary as taxes! He seems infinitely satisfied with the 340,000 pounds he is left with and the sacrifice he is making for his city, and country.

He is the governor of London, where our big men rush to for their medicals, tourism, and the education of their children.

Whereas we may not be able to muster the sense of humanity or refinement to fully emulate London – I mean that sense of higher responsibility to society that stems from an apparently higher level of Intelligence Quotient and Emotional Intelligence – it doesn’t seem like we are even trying. Are we learning from those who have progressed ahead of us and invented the wheel already? What new thing is expected of us apart from our willingness to adopt these examples that a freely available. The budget for the Greater London Authority I found online. I am presently on a PhD programme at Walden University USA and this semester we are studying Public Finance Management. I found out that in the US, every level of government prepares and publishes what is known as Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR), which is as detailed as any publicly quoted company should be about its financial affairs. The USA, as old a democracy as it is, does not take the people’s money and taxpayers sweat for granted.

But back to this SUV business and the manner in which we shout to the world that we are yet to fully evolve – not as a democracy, but as human beings. Recall Mayor Boris Johnson, and other London Mayors before him. There is a video on Youtube where a reporter accosted Boris on the streets of London and was asking him about #Panamagate. They wanted to know his views but he wasn’t going to give one. The next thing we saw was that he went inside a tube (train) station, tapped in his oyster card like every other passenger, and proceeded into the train to sit like every normal person. If he didn’t find a seat on that day, he would stand in the train and no one will stand up for him to sit because ‘he is doing a fantastic job, his Excellency’.

 

Nigerians! Nigerians!! Nigerians!!! Especially the politicians, and men of power and money; you people are not living right. You are not setting the right examples. You are not preparing a good country for your children unborn. You are living like Neanderthals, or at best, like the corrupt, dirty and decadent Byzantines, who ran Constantinople aground in the Dark Ages – gorging themselves on food, wine, sex and disease, and banishing the acquisition of knowledge. To understand mathematics and science was punishable by death. I laugh when people use the fall of Constantinople to justify some nonsense about Islamic aggressiveness. It was actually the decadence of the so-called Christians of that time that led to the fall of Constantinople. Nigerian politicians and big men are more interested in the Towers and monuments of self-condemnation and abomination they build for themselves. They ignore their environments and watch their people starve. They backslap and gallivant. They look at themselves in the mirror, turn left and right and nod their heads in approval of their prowess. You are merely being foolish, says the Lord.

And so Reuben Abati gave us an insight into how government runs in Nigeria in his recent article ‘Who Governs Nigeria’. Insightful article if ever there was one. He told of how once in you can’t get out; how governance in Nigeria is all about ceremony, fear of the powerful and all that. He asked why Nigerian leaders cannot be ordinary people. He mentioned how prime ministers in Europe still function as part-time lecturers in universities. Before Abati, Segun Adeniyi had documented his experience. Between the two of them, we can see the futility of trying to ‘serve’ in government, at least for now. It’s just not worth it.

So on balance, tell me, between people like the Londoners who prudently conserve and manage N6trillion annually, and assiduously provide public services for their eight million people, and another set of people who go ballistic with the same N6trillion, acquiring everything exotic that moves, at the expense of their 170 million fellow citizens who are falling dead in the street; of heat, hunger, disease, stress and despair, which one will make progress into a glorious tomorrow? Your guess is as good as mine. I know what you will say next, ‘God will do it’. If it was in the days of Moses, he will smite you where you stand!

Lest I forget, let me comment about the bill trying to amend the Code of Conduct Law. I have not joined the frenzy to crucify Saraki. I am not about to. Like I stated above, I want stronger stuff than the Code of Conduct and Asset Declaration. Imagine, in this country people stole N2.3 trillion by falsifying and forging documents to collect oil subsidy. Till date no one is convicted and the cases are growing cold. And then someone brings in the Code of Conduct? Who is fooling who? There are harder, straighter cases we have ignored. Anyway, I believe it is criminal of the Senate to want to bring the CCT/CCB under its purview and supervision. But I think it is equally repugnant for that Court (judiciary) to be under the Executive (Secretary to the Government). I think that is outrageous and must be redressed immediately. More importantly, I support the idea of having timelines. Why would the CCB collect asset declaration forms from people and then go to sleep? Why is it Saraki’s form that was whipped out 13 years after? This stuff stinks, to the extent I don’t care how criminal Saraki is. Where is the tact? The world is watching and laughing at our charade. Let us get serious please. Thanks.

‘Tope Fasua, an Economist, author, blogger and entrepreneur, can be reached at topsyfash@yahoo.com.

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2 Female Suicide Bombers Disguised As IDPs, Kill 8 At Refugee Camp In Borno State

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Two female suicide bombers have detonated explosives at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state, killing about eight people, a community security force member and a customs official said on Thursday.

Reuters gathered that the bombings occurred at about 8:00am (0700 GMT) on Wednesday in the town of Banki on the edge of Borno State, near the border with Cameroon.

Details of the attack were not brought to light in good time as Banki is remote and largely disconnected from mobile phone networks.

“Two female suicide bombers who were initially thought to be IDPs blew themselves up in the camp,” Khalid Aji, a member of a grassroots community security group based in Konduga, a Borno district nearly 100km from Banki, told Reuters.

“The first one occurred at about 8:00am and the second followed few minutes later. Eight people died and 12 were wounded.”

Aji said members of his organisation in Banki who helped to evacuate victims gave him details of the attack, adding that there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

READ ALSO: 58 Killed, 78 Injured As Suicide Bombers Attack IDP Camp In Borno

Corroborating with Aji, a senior Nigeria Customs Service official, who pleaded anonymity, also said eight people were killed while 15 others were injured.

In February 2016, a similar attack had killed 60 displaced persons at the refugee camp in Borno.

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Blackmagic Celebrates His Birthday In Style

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Today Blackmagic celebrates adding another year.

The Afro Centric rapper who goes by the name Efemena Mukoro is a year older today 21-04-2016. “Blackmagic” has carved a niche for himself as one of Nigeria’s most original acts, making his own music and not following the trend Blackmagic has gone on to create household hits like Tomorrow, Confam, Repete, Africa, Pass You By to name a few.The Nigerian rapper, singer and song writer draws his inspiration from Afro Beats, Hip Hop, Classic and Soul music.

READ: #ILoyal: Blackmagic And Fans Pay Tribute To National Heroes

Blackmagic who is also known as “EjayBlackmagic” broke into the music industry scene 2010, his first single Tomorrow was released in December 2010, a clinical cross of hip hop and afro beat talking about making the most of today. In the past years, he has dropped 2 albums called the Version 1.0 and 2.0. Blackmagic has enjoyed great success with his music from appearances in major shows, to topping charts & claiming major awards like the award for the best alternative song at the Headies in 2013.

Join us in wishing him a very big happy birthday, you can reach him on all his social media platforms to wish him well. One can only wonder what he has in store for  #iLoyal fans on this special day.

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The Idibia’s Each Score New Juicy Endorsement Deals

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Power couple, 2Face and Annie Idibia have scored different endorsement deals both within 24 hours.

2Face was unveiled yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria as the new ambassador for Campari, an Italian alcoholic liqueur.

According to Brian Munro, head of the company that manages the Campari Brand in Nigeria,

‘We believe that there’s a lot of things that 2baba has that resonate with Campari. 2baba is a hardworking guy. Campari is for the man that has worked very hard and wants to celebrate success.’

Annie Idibia in turn got an endorsement with SlimTea, makers of herbal slimming tea. She joins fellow Nollywood actress, Ini Edo as an ambassador.

“I am happy to be associated with the brand called Slimtea”, an enthusiastic Annie Idibia said, adding, “Through this partnership, I’m looking forward to helping many women on their weight loss journey.

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Solar Power: #MamaTobi @Oluwakaponeski Electrifys Ikpoba, Edo State with Bank of Industry

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The Bank of Industry (BOI) today 21st of April 2016 commissioned a 24KW rural electrification solar solution for the benefit of hundreds of rural households in Ogbekpen, Ikpoba in Okha LGA, Edo State.

According to the Bank, the Ogbekpen, Ikpoba electrification project is a 24KW capacity installation that covers a six-kilometre distribution network, and is also capable providing commercial ventures with electricity.

Just before this commission, a hilarious video was made by popular Instagram comedian, Mama Tobi. This video features Himself, A parody PHCN official talking about electricity and what BOI is doing. Watch the skit below as he turned the PHCN official into plantain.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Instagram: @bankofindustry | Twitter: @boinigeria

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Solar Power: #MamaTobi @Oluwakaponeski Electrifys Ikpoba, Edo State with Bank of Industry

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The Bank of Industry (BOI) today 21st of April 2016 commissioned a 24KW rural electrification solar solution for the benefit of hundreds of rural households in Ogbekpen, Ikpoba in Okha LGA, Edo State.

According to the Bank, the Ogbekpen, Ikpoba electrification project is a 24KW capacity installation that covers a six-kilometre distribution network, and is also capable providing commercial ventures with electricity.

Just before this commission, a hilarious video was made by popular Instagram comedian, Mama Tobi. This video features Himself, A parody PHCN official talking about electricity and what BOI is doing. Watch the skit below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Instagram: @bankofindustry | Twitter: @boinigeria

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TIME Magazine Releases It’s List Of ‘100 Most Influential People’ For 2016

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Every year Time magazine honors a group of celebrities, activists, and creative minds who in one way or the other way inspire others with their achievement.

READ:  TIME Magazine Names Cookie Lyon ‘The Most Influential Fictional Character Of 2015’

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This year’s list includes Actors, Artists, Leaders, Icons, Sports men and a host of others including Leonardo di Caprio, Caitlyn Jenner, Idris Elba, Nicki Minaj, Taraji .P. Henson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, actress Priyanka Chopra, Kendrick Lamar, Dwayne Johnson, Adele, Usain Bolt, Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis and a host of other incredible people.

READ: Buhari, Ezekwesili, Adichie Among TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People

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The 6 black and white covers features Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg (sharing a cover), Christine Lagarde, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Priyanka Chopra.

See the Full 2016 list below;

Adele

Singer, songwriter

Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese politician

Aziz Ansari

Comedian

Binny Bansal & Sachin Bansal

Flipkart co-founders

Lee Berger

Paleoanthropologist

Gael García Bernal

Actor, activist

Mohammed bin Nayef

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Usain Bolt

Champion sprinter

Eli Broad

Entrepreneur, philanthropist

Dan Carder

Engineer

Roy Choi

Chef, entrepreneur

Priyanka Chopra

Actor

Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State, presidential candidate

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Writer

James Comey

FBI director

Ryan Coogler

Flim director

Tim Cook

Apple CEO

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator, Texas, presidential candidate

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors basketball player

Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor, environmentalist

Jaha Dukureh

Safe Hands for Girls founder, advocate

Idris Elba

Actor

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President of Turkey

Dr. Laura Esserman & Dr. Shelley Hwang

Surgical oncologists

Elena Ferrante

Author

Christiana Figueres

Executive secretary, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

Pope Francis

Pontiff

Ariana Grande

Singer

Guo Pei

Designer

Nikki Haley

Governor, South Carolina

Lewis Hamilton

Formula One driver

Mona Hanna-Attisha & Marc Edwards

Pediatrician, researcher

Taraji P. Henson

Actor

François Hollande

President of France

Lester Holt

NBC Nightly News anchor

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Film director

Bjarke Ingels

Architect

Oscar Isaac

Actor

Hope Jahren

Geobiologist, author

Caitlyn Jenner

Activist, reality star

Jin Liqun

President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Actor, producer, professional wrestler

Kathleen Kennedy

Lucasfilm president

John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State

Kim Jong Un

Supreme Leader of North Korea

Felix Kjellberg

Entertainer, YouTube star

Karlie Kloss

Model, entrepreneur

Yayoi Kusama

Artist

Christine Lagarde

International Monetary Fund director

Kendrick Lamar

Rapper

Katie Ledecky

Swimmer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actor

Palmer Luckey

Inventor, founder, Oculus Rift

Sean MacFarland

United States Army General

Mauricio Macri

President of Argentina

Melissa McCarthy

Actor, designer

Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

Yuri Milner

Venture capitalist

Nicki Minaj

Singer, rapper

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Actor, creator, “Hamilton”

Sania Mirza

Tennis player

Sérgio Moro

Brazilian federal judge

Denis Mukwege

Gynecologist, Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Fencer

Nadia Murad

Advocate

Sunita Narain

Environmentalist

Diana Natalicio

University of Texas at El Paso president

Kathy Niakan

Developmental biologist

Barack Obama

President of the United States

Raj Panjabi

Last Mile Health co-founder and CEO

Sundar Pichai

Google CEO

Reince Priebus

Republican National Committee chairman

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Activist

Raghuram Rajan

Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Gina Rodriguez

Actor

Lori Robinson

United States Air Force General

Marilynne Robinson

Novelist

Ronda Rousey

Ultimate fighter

Paul Ryan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker

Mark Rylance

Actor

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator, Vermont, presidential candidate

Jordan Spieth

Golfer

Alan Stern

Astrophysicist

Charlize Theron

Actor, activist

Kip Thorne

Astrophysicist

Riccardo Tisci

Givenchy designer

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Donald Trump

The Trump Organization chairman and president, presidential candidate

Tsai Ing-wen

President-elect, Taiwan

Tu Youyou

Chemist

Darren Walker

Ford Foundation president, philanthropist

Wang Jianlin

Chinese businessman

Xi Jinping

President of the People’s Republic of China, General Secretary, Communist Party, China

Mussie Zerai

Activist, Roman Catholic priest

Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

Philanthropists, Facebook founder and CEO, pediatrician

 

 

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Peter Okoye Shares Adorable Pictures With His Kids

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Peter Okoye took out time from his busy schedules to pick his kids-Cameron and Aliona- from school and it didn’t end there as the proud dad also took them out for a fun day.

He shared the adorable pics with his over One million followers on Instagram and we haven’t stopped drooling since we set eyes on it.

They are so adorable, such a sight for sore eyes. check them out below;

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Images: Instagram/ @peterpsquare

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New NYSC DG Says ‘2016 Batch A Orientation Exercise Starts On April 27’

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The newly appointed Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, has on Wednesday, confirmed that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Orientation exercise will commence on April 27, 2016.

NYSC DG, Brig-Gen Kazaure pays the Police Chief, Arase a courtesy visit at the Force Headquarters, Abuja

NYSC DG, Brig-Gen Kazaure pays the Police Chief, Arase a courtesy visit at the Force Headquarters, Abuja

This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations Department, Abosede Aderigbibe.

READ ALSO: NYSC To Increase Corps Members’ Allowances Soon – Outgoing DG

The statement revealed that the scheme solicited the usual support of the police force in the protection of orientation camps.

Kazaure had paid a courtesy visit to the Inspector-General of Police Mr. Solomon Arase at the Force Headquarters, Abuja in recognition of the role of the Nigeria Police as a critical stakeholder in the scheme.

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He said the Police had always collaborated with INEC and the NYSC with a view to ensuring the safety of all Corps members during elections, but expressed regrets that the murder of the Okonta occurred despite the security strategies put in place.

The NYSC DG went on to call for the strengthening of the existing relationship between the two agencies, adding that “I came to identify with the IGP because of the collaboration between our organizations. As the saying goes, ‘two heads are better than one’ so, there is strength in collaboration.”

READ ALSO: NYSC Pays Corps Members’ April Allowance As DG Confirms Exit

Kazaure thanked the Inspector-General for the support the NYSC had always been enjoying from the police, especially through the provision of security in all camps during orientation courses.

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Rob Kardashian Gifts Blac Chyna A 2016 Hurcan Lamborghini

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If you have ever been in doubt about Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna being so in love, you need to get in here.

The reality star just showcased his undying love for the ex-stripper by gifting her a purple 2016 Hurcan Lamborghini which is said to be worth about  $237,250, that’s over 60 million Naira.

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Chyna made the announcement via Snap chat and also shared some pictures of the car on her Instagram page as well.

We really do hope this love makes it to the altar because it looks so true but who knows looks may be deceptive…

 

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#AMCM: Starboy Wizkid & L.A.X Live At African Music Concert Malaysia (14.05.2016)

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African Music Concert Malaysia (AMCM) is the first of its kind to reach Malaysia. The event is presented by 1805 Entertainment who have carried out events across Africa   mainly Nigeria and previously worked on the afrobeats festivals in Malaysia.  1805 Entertainment is also involved in artist management and event coordination managing artists like OLAMIDE from the year 2012-2014 and many more.

AMCM was a unique idea that was created by 1805 Entertainment CEO Opeyemi and his team. This event is unique compared to the rest of the international events held in Malaysia. It is aimed to promote afrobeats attracting  all kinds of individuals from Malaysia and all over South East Asia. The event will be a professionally-hosted concert with maximum security to ensure safety for all the people that will attend the event.

The first edition of African Music Concert Malaysia (AMCM) Starboy Live in Concert will be featuring WIZKID and L.A.X as the headlining acts. The event this year plans to deliver a spectacular showcase; Artist’s performances, Cultural dance groups, party atmosphere with extensive media coverage on mainstream platforms. There will be a rich mixture of entertainment including; Music, Dance, Comedy.

Tickets will be available locally and sold online on the TicketPro website who are one of  the sponsors of the 1st edition AMCM. ANGEL CHAMPAGNE (official sponsors) will be the official drink for the night at the first African Music Concert Malaysia (AMCM).

Date: Saturday 14th May, 2016
Venue: GRAND SEASONS HOTEL BALLROOM, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (3500 Capacity) Red Carpet by Sound City  | Time: 8pm Prompt

Official Organiser: 1805 ENTERTAINMENT | Officially supported by:  Mo Ent, Flava music, Roc Boys Malaysia | Sponsored by BJ WISE ENT & ANGEL CHAMPAGNE

Performing Acts: WIZKID (NIG), L.A.X (NIG), Tony 2 Dope (MALAYSIA), Deekid (MALAYSIA), Brizzo (ZAMBIA), Nero B.A.N.X (MALAYSIA), Black Gs, and Danny Dreams.

Event DJs & Hosts: Official DJs: DJ Adyl (MALAWI) & DJ Flava (MALAYSIA) | Official Host: VJADAMS (SOUNDCITY) & MC Tex(VOA)
Red Carpet by Soundcity and OG Sunky by 10pm prompt.

Media Partners: Sound City, Sunky OG, NotjustOk, BellaNaija, Linda Ikeji and Hitz FM(Malaysia)

Powered and Supported By Omoba Reliable Ventures, Play Ent, Native Events, Roc boys Malaysia, De Jurists Promotions, Top Notch Party, Posh Hills Ent, Africano Enterprises, Hit Factory Ent, Soul Ent, Otunba Ventures, Yemo cash dinning, D ConerStone, Xtrail Ent and Austin Ventures

For more information, Phone:  +60102562894 / +60176764013 / +60126795125 | Email:  amcment@gmail.com | Twitter:  @amcment, @oldest1805, @1805ent | Facebook: African Music Concert Malaysia (AMCM) | Instagram: amcm_asia,  oldest1805 and 1805ent | Website: www.amcment.com

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Chad Intercepts Weapons ISIS Sent To Boko Haram As US Warns Of Possible Link

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There are strong indications of a possible link between the Islamic State and Boko Haram as the Republic of Chad has intercepted a large cache of different types of weapons sent from the affiliate of the former in Libya to some members of Nigeria’s ferocious Islamic death cult in the Lake Chad region.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram May Have Lied About Allegiance To ISIS

The Associated Press reports that the weapons were seized two weeks ago, underscoring the increasing ties between Boko Haram and the Islamic State, which now has a foothold in Sirte, Libya and Chad.

Militants of Nigeria’s ruthless Islamic death cult, Boko Haram
Militants of Nigeria’s ruthless Islamic death cult, Boko Haram

This is even as the U.S. officials warned of deepening links between the Islamic State and Boko Haram and prodded Chad’s ruling strongman, Idriss Deby Itno to introduce reforms for the sake of long-term stability.

This revelation was brought to light in Ndjamena by the commander of US special operations in Africa, Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, on a day (Thursday) the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power came for a visit.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance To ISIS?

The visit to Chad by America’s U.N. envoy and top U.S. military officials highlighted the country’s precarious position dealing with a multitude of hostile militant groups and unstable neighboring governments.

Although Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State last year, the operational connection has been unclear.

Bolduc said the groups clearly share “tactics, techniques, and procedures,” from the way they conduct complex ambushes and set improvised explosive devices like roadside bombs, to how they undertake high-profile attacks on hotels.

The nexus between Boko Haram-IS may pose the greatest immediate threat.

Suggesting the relationship is expanding, he said Chad on April 7 intercepted a “large cache of different types of weapons” sent from Libya and intended for the Lake Chad region. These included small arms, machine guns and rifles.

“You can, I think, draw a conclusion,” Bolduc told reporters.

The implication was that the weapons were sent by the Islamic State, which has established a foothold along Libya’s Mediterranean coast, near the city of Sirte.

READ ALSO: 76 Starving Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Military

Given the range of threats here, he said the “Lake Chad Basin region is Ground Zero” is in the fight against extremism in Africa.

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Falcao Rules Out Rejecting MLS Move

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Radamel Falcao has stated he will not reject the chance to move yo America and join the MLS.

Falcao has struggled in the EPL, after enduring an uneventful loan spell with Manchester United, before joining Chelsea and is still yet to make any impact.

Falcao has scored just five goals during his spell in England, but he has previously claimed that he is merely “waiting for his chance” to shine at Stamford Bridge; though he has not ruled out a move to north America.

“I never say no [to MLS] but in this moment I am thinking about Europe and my performances here,” Falcao told NBC Sports. “I think I have more years to fight in these leagues.”

Falcao admits he has been following MLS, a league which boasts the talents of Falcao’s former club team-mates Federico Higuain and Diego Valeri, who currently play for Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers respectively.

“I follow the league. In England they are showing the games and I have some friends who play in there who I played with in River Plate or Porto like Higuain or Valeri,” Falcao said.

“Some other Colombian players are playing in Major League Soccer and obviously the big stars like Andrea Pirlo, Kaka or Giovani dos Santos. I think MLS could be bigger than now because they have everything they need to become an even stronger league and become even more competitive.”

Falcao is currently under contract with Monaco until 2018.

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Gov Ambode Rewards 2 Policemen For Returning N5m That Fell Off Bullion Van

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has rewarded two police officers with commendation letters and N250, 000 cash each, for the recovery of N5 million which fell-off a bullion van around Alausa, Ikeja.

READ ALSO: Ambode To Sign MoU To Construct 4th Mainland Bridge In Lagos

The state Taskforce Public Affairs Officer, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, confirmed the ‘noble act’ and ‘rewards’ in a statement on Wednesday as he also said that the two policemen were attached to the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce).

He said: ”These two police officers, Insp. Abiona Hezekiah and Sgt. Ogunbiyi Agbabu recently recovered N5 million that fell-off a bullion van around Alausa, Ikeja.

”The money was discovered, after due investigation, to belong to Skye Bank Plc.â€.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Fatai Owoseni, made the presentation of the commendation letters and cash to the duo.

The statement said that the CP commended the duo for their high sense of patriotism, honesty and integrity in the line of duty.

“This heroic act and professional conduct, is in line with the ‘Change Mantra’ of the present administration which will ensure a renewed confidence in the Nigerian Police Force by the populace.

”I want to appreciate these officers for their honesty and commitment while discharging their duties at the Lagos State Taskforce,” it quoted the governor as saying.

The statement said that the officers thanked the governor and promised to remain steadfast in the discharge of their duties at the Lagos State Taskforce.

(NAN)

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Soldiers Are Attacked And A Policeman Is Kidnapped As Fulani Herdsmen Raid Agatu Again

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Fulani Herdsmen have reportedly abducted a police man and a youth after engaging a joint team of the Nigerian Army and Mobile Police Force personnel in a gun battle in Agatu community, Benue state.

The attack, which is the second in the last 2 months left a police officer, Corporal Ebiakpo Akparakazi and a youth, Inalegwu Chele missing.

READ ALSO: Cattle Ranches Or Prisons For Fulani Herdsmen? – Sale Bayari

Confirming the incident, when contacted, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Moses Yamu, said that search teams have been sent out to comb every where for the missing officer.

It was gathered that trouble started as the fierce cattle rustlers opened fire on the security team who were on their way to investigate an alleged killing of two youths, after receiving a distress call.

It was also learnt that the two youths reported to have been shot by the herdsmen were rescued and treatment is currently being administered to them.

In a related development, hoodlums, including Fulani herdsmen have on Tuesday night, invaded a farm belonging to a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr. Ayodele Adigun and forced settlers in the place to flee their residence.

Eyewitnesses disclose that the invaders, who stormed the farm settlement at Lagun, in Lagelu Local Government area of the state around 9pm with dangerous weapons, were not only Fulani herdsmen as some of them reportedly spoke in pidgin English, Fulani and Yoruba.

Reacting to the attack, the owner of the farm, Mr. Adigun said residents of the settlement had run for dear life and had relocated to another place noting that “to me, the invasion of the farm was a ploy to permanently sack the farmers from the community so that they could take over and use the farm as grazing field.”

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WWE Superstar Popularly Known As Chyna Passes Away

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Former WWE wrestler known as Chyna has been found dead in an apartment in California, police have confirmed.

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Chyna died at the age of 45.

A friend discovered Chyna, (whose real name was Joan Laurer) and she immediately called police. The police stated that Laurer had died some time before that.

The sad news has been confirmed by her Twitter account.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”

According to police reports, there are no signs of foul play.

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“On April 20, 2016, Redondo Beach Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment unit in the 900 block of Esplanade. The Redondo Beach Police received a 9-1-1 call from a friend of the apartment unit resident that the female inside was not breathing. The friend told Redondo Beach Police that the female had not answered her phone in a few days, and went to the location to check on her welfare.

“Officers arrived on scene and discovered a deceased female inside the location. There are no indications or signs that the death was a result of foul play. From the preliminary investigation, it appears that the deceased passed away prior to being discovered by the friend.”

 

Laurer first rose to prominence in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1997, where she performed under the ring name Chyna and was billed as the “Ninth Wonder of the World” (André the Giant was already billed as theeighth). A founding member of the stable D-Generation X, she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship (the only female performer to do so) twice and the WWF Women’s Championship once. She was also the first woman to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events, as well as to become number one contender to the WWF Championship. With singles victories over several prominent male wrestlers – including multiple-time world champions Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Jeff Jarrett. Chyna has left “a lasting legacy as the most dominant female competitor of all time”. After leaving the WWF in 2001, Chyna wrestled sporadically, most notably with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2011.

Outside of wrestling, Laurer appeared in Playboy magazine twice, as well as numerous television shows and films. In 2005, Laurer was a cast member on VH1’s The Surreal Life, which led to several other celebrity reality appearances on the network, including The Surreal Life: Fame Games in 2007 and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008. She is also known for her tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman, with whom she made a sex tape released commercially in 2004 as 1 Night in China. She starred in a further five pornographic titles, and was a two-time AVN Award winner.

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May Chyna rest in peace.

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Zidane Bemoans Decision Not To Rest Ronaldo

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Zinedine Zidane regrets his decision to not rest star player, Cristiano Ronaldo more often.

The prolific goalscorer limped off in the closing stages of Madrid’s 3-0 thrashing of Villarreal.

And while Zidane is relaxed on the possibility of an injury, he knows it could have been avoided by resting him frequently.

“Sometimes I regret not taking off Cristiano earlier [in games] so he doesn’t go through this,” Zidane said. “A player like Cristiano, sometimes he should rest, not finish a game, or sit it out. But he always wants to be out on the pitch.

“Sometimes, for me, today when I see him coming off pitch, it’s difficult. There are important games to come, we’ll see when he’s back.”

The coach does not believe there is any gravity to Ronaldo’s injury problem, though.

“Cristiano felt something at the end. He went off because he wanted to know what it was. It looks like more of a scare than anything else,” he continued.

“We will have to see tomorrow, but I’m relaxed now. We are concerned, but after seeing him in the dressing room I am less worried.

“He is relaxed. It doesn’t look like anything serious. We will see tomorrow exactly what he has.

There was better news on Gareth Bale, who missed the Villarreal game with a back problem.

“I hope that tomorrow he is going to train with us, and that he will be there for Saturday’s game [at Rayo Vallecano],” Zidane said.

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Buhari Orders That Workers Be Paid By 25th Of Every Month

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Following a standing order from President Muhammadu Buhari, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, has announced that the Federal Government will commence the payment of staff salaries by the 25th of every month.

READ ALSO: Cattle Ranches Or Prisons For Fulani Herdsmen? – Sale Bayari

Idris made this announcement known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, even as he said “this is going to be given a test, I believe, by this month’’.

The AGF also said that the government was working on a new arrangement, which, if approved, would ensure payment of the salaries before the monthly meeting of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), as salaries are often paid after the FAAC meeting, where revenue accruing to the federation’s account are shared between the federal, state and local governments.

He said: “There is a standing instruction of Mr President to pay salary on or before 24 or 25 of every month and we will try as much as possible to comply and to abide by that.

“We are taking a step further to make a provision whereby we can accommodate salary payments even before FAAC.

“This is going to be given a test I believe by this month.

“We will go to seek for necessary approval of our political masters to make sure that at least salary and other statutory payments are made even before FAAC.

“Because we can project how much they are and therefore we can prepare and hit the ground running to make them realisable and actualised.

“Even where we delay FAAC, we can still pay salary.’’

“Nigeria is practically making about 30 to 40 per cent of what it used to make by way of revenue from oil and that has affected inflow generally.

“These inflows are what the federal, state and local governments receive to service the economy.

“It is when we receive these resources and sit at the end of the month for FAAC that the resources are shared among the three tiers of government.’’

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