#UCLFinal: Ronaldo Scores In Final, As Madrid Claim 11th Trophy

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Man of the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo as he helped Real Madrid to their 11th UCL trophy after scoring the deciding penalty.

It was a feisty encounter between the bitter rivals from Spain, that saw some physical challenges in every half.

It might have been a repeat of the 2014 encounter, but Atletico matched, eventual winners, Real Madrid.

Ramos opened the scoring in the first half, after Bale headed Kroos’ delivery into the six-yard box.

Antoine Griezmann was unbelievably sub par, and that was evident as he missed a chance to put his team back into the game with a penalty goal. Only for the crossbar to deny his attempts.

The second half saw Diego Simeone inject Carrasco into the mix, with the Portuguese midfielder notching in the equaliser that saw the match go into extra time.

Ronaldo played through injury and did not have any major effect for the whole 120 minutes of regular play. Missing out on the shot at being the first player to score in three finals.

The penalty shoot out, was fun to watch, with Jan Oblak staying rooted to the ground for most of the shots played, he will be kicking himself.

Juanfran was the only play who failed to score, with the upright coming to Ospina’s rescue.

It was down to Ronaldo to deliver the UCL for the Los Blancos, and he made no mistake from the spot.

Zidane has now joined a league of elite managers, who have won the UCL trophy both as a player and a coach.

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Jonathan’s Administration Is The Most Corrupt In World History, Says Gbajabiamila

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Majority Leader of the House Of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has on Friday described the height of corruption under the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan as unprecedented in the history of the world.

Gbajabiamila made this disclosure known while speaking at the Town Hall Meeting he organised to give account of his stewardship to his constituents in Surulere, Lagos.

READ ALSO: Why Goodluck Jonathan Should Be Arrested – Charles Anyiam

He explained that although President Muhammadu Buhari had an idea of how bad things were, he never expected to meet that “kind of rot”, as the previous administration did so

The lawmaker said: “Things are very difficult in Nigeria today; we must acknowledge that. The question we need to ask ourselves is why? And the answer is very simple. When this government came into power, we knew the situation was bad, we knew the previous government did so much damage to the economy, but, we did not know how bad,” NAN quoted him as saying.

“It was when this government got there that they saw the books and they found that everything was empty. Apart from the falling oil revenue, we have read in the papers how people are being tried for looting the country`s treasury; how people were putting billions meant for terror war in their pockets.

“The kind of rot, the kind of corruption Buhari met is unprecedented anywhere in the world. Had the president not taken some of the measures he is taking now, the system would have collapsed completely.”

The lawmaker also justified the recent hike in the price of petrol, saying it was the best for the country at this critical point in time.

 

 

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#UCLFinal: Ronaldo Starts Against Atletico

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It is a complete Real Madrid squad that is named to face their city rivals, Atletico, in what is a repeat of the 2014 final, with Ronaldo starting.

The Portuguese was a doubt due to injury, but will play up front alongside Benzema and Bale.

With Casemiro and Luka Modric playing with Toni Kroos in midfield.

However, Atletico have dropped Diego Godin, opting for Stefan Savic in the heart of defence, with Torres leading the attack.

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Subs: Casilla, Danilo, Nacho, Isco, James, Jese, Vazquez.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis; Saul, Gabi, Augusto, Koke; Griezmann, Torres.

Subs: Moya, Hernandez, Gimenez, Tiago, Thomas, Correa, Carrasco.

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In Kano: Governor Ganduje Sacks SSG, Reshuffles Cabinet

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the removal of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Engineer Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, and replaced him with Usman Alhaji Usman.

Mr. Usman’s appointment followed the dismissal of Bichi, who was appointed by the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwoso, but was retained by Mr. Ganduje.

Ganduje also approved the appointment of Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Kankarofi as the new principal private Secretary to the governor in the cabinet reshuffle.

The appointments are contained in a statement signed by the Kano State Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Na’iya and made available to newsmen in Kano on Saturday morning.

The statement also said that Saluhu Yakassai, son of renowned politician, Tanko Yakassai, replaced Alhaji Halilu Dantiye as the Director-General Media of Media and Communications.

Others affected in the cabinet reshuffle include, Alhaji Usman Bala; Hajiya Bilkisu Waziri; Dr Saadatu Bala; Danladi Garba; Aminu Mohammed, and Aliyu Sani.

Similarly, the governor approved the immediate redeployment of six permanent secretaries to other ministries.

According to the statement, the appointment and redeployment are with immediate effect.

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Who Is Afraid Of Femi Fani-Kayode? – Jude Ndukwe

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The current travails of Femi Fani-Kayode in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had long been expected. In fact, with the developments leading to his arrest, Fani-Kayode thinks the EFCC came too late. This is because owing to the current administration’s aversion for criticism, even of the slightest and lightest type, Femi Fani-Kayode knew, with his relentless criticism of the Buhari administration for its gross inadequacies and obvious crass incompetence leading to a near-total absence of the security of lives and property, and the irredeemable erosion of our socio-political and economic life, he had put himself in the line of fire.

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

Since the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2015 presidential polls, Fani-Kayode has carved a niche for himself as one who is among the very few who are looking Buhari in the eyeball and telling him to shape up – a thing the president obviously detests.

From the vengeful incarceration of Sambo Dasuki to the vindictive detention of Nnamdi Kanu, Fani-Kayode has made himself a voice for the voiceless and victims of executive over-reach. His essays and commentary on the incessant and unchecked invasion of communities in the North-Central, the South-Eastern, the South-Southern and South-Western states respectively by the marauding Fulani herdsmen was a nightmare to Aso Rock and all the sympathisers of the Fulani herdsmen militia, which is rated the fourth most dangerous terrorist group in the world. That rating was not for nothing, yet our federal government is still to take any decisive action against them!

Despite the open support shown by some powerful and well connected Northern leaders to the killer Fulani herdsmen, Femi Fani-Kayode was not cowed and continued criticising the mishandling of the crisis loudly.

He rose stoutly against the controversial religious bill introduced in Kaduna and which Northern governors plan to adopt across board. He spoke out against President Buhari’s continued lopsided appointments in favour of the North against the South. He expressed genuine fears and called the attention of the world to the deliberate policy of Islamisation going on in Nigeria.

He condemned the use of security agencies to intimidate, harass, incarcerate, torture and kill citizens wantonly just for political reasons. He stood above others in his condemnation of the Shiite massacre, the needless killings of innocent, harmless and armless members of IPOB/MASSOB at Aba and Onitsha, among others.

The social media was one of his most effective tools. He was always on Twitter and Facebook, making his opinions known without fear or favour. His positions on matters generate a lot of interests among Nigerians and have the immense capacity to shape perceptions, enlighten the ill-informed, illuminate the darkened mind, lighten a burdened conscience, free the mentally enslaved and singularly redirect a national discourse.

That is how powerful the former minister of Aviation’s writings are that his traducers in Aso Rock started seeing him as one that must be taken out of circulation.

In the days leading to his being invited by the EFCC, some top government officials and sympathisers of the current administration had approached Femi Fani-Kayode telling him he had become a target of government because of his writings which the authorities view as being caustic and too critical. His phones would ring endlessly from officials who would advise him to desist from writing or speaking against the policies and actions of government in his “own interest”. Series of meetings with him were called by these government agents, mostly at odd hours where they pushed their agenda to have him keep quiet or face retribution from government. They would remind him of how unpleasant the consequences of his arrest would be to his family and the stress it would bring to them, especially his four-month old baby, all in a bid to have him back down on the struggle.

Fani-Kayode would return home at times with heavy burdens, thinking of what to do next. He would ask, “Do I abandon the struggle and watch people suffer, women raped, children killed, communities devastated by Fulani herdsmen, and say or do nothing about it? Do I stand and watch as security agents murder innocent Nigerians in cold blood in their hundreds with reckless abandon and not say anything? Do I stand and just watch as the federal government works assiduously to promote one religion over the other in a multi-religious and multi cultural society like ours? Do I sit and watch as Nigerians are indiscriminately locked away and humiliated by state agents just because they belong to another political divide or because they criticise government policies? Do I sit and watch how the judiciary is being intimidated, harassed and lampooned just because they choose to be on the side of law and not politics in the discharge of their duties? Do I abandon the struggle simply because of the threat of harassment, humiliation and torture?”

“Who stands for the people if everyone is cowed? Who speaks truth to power if everyone recoils into their shells?”

After these questions, Fani-Kayode usually decides that the way to go is not to be intimidated or betray the trust of the people but to keep looking tyranny in the face and speak fearlessly to power in order to save our people and country from the stranglehold of one man.

So, when the EFCC finally invited him, it was not a surprise to many who are abreast of happenings around the former minister of Aviation. In fact, it was considered an invitation that came too late, considering the barrage of pressure mounted on him to soft pedal on his criticism of government. One was therefore not surprised at the over-zealousness and flagrant display of naked power by the EFCC operatives when they came for FFK, as he is fondly called.

First, on Friday, May 6, operatives came to his residence to leave a letter from the anti-graft agency inviting him to their office the following Monday being May 9th. However, to prove that they were on a mission of vindictiveness and vendetta, they returned about two hours later that same Friday with a detachment of heavily armed policemen, a coaster bus and a Toyota Hilux vehicle, brandishing weapons in commando style and laid siege to his house for about six hours before leaving empty-handed, saying they had instructions to whisk him away.

He eventually honoured the invitation as scheduled and after holding him beyond the constitutional time of 48 hours allowed to detain anyone, the EFCC told Fani-Kayode’s family members and lawyers that they had obtained a remand warrant from an Abuja court to hold him for another two weeks, even though they did not show anyone a copy of such warrant. Shortly after then, nearing the expiration of the purported remand warrant, they whisked him to Lagos where they also applied to keep him in detention for another thirty days, even though the magistrate eventually granted them a remand warrant for three weeks.

This was after the EFCC had been served a court notice for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights in Federal High Court, Abuja; and then for the EFCC to have taken the same matter to a magistrate court amounts to the abuse of court processes. But in the current administration, it seems our constitution has been suspended and the rule of force elevated above the rule of law. All these show that it is not about corruption but all about silencing the opposition.

As Femi Fani-Kayode remains detained even after meeting his bail conditions, it is obvious that its going to be a long walk to freedom. Freedom, not necessarily for him as a person, for he has always told those close to him that enslavement is a thing of the mind: there are many who are walking free but are slaves, while there are many more who are in chains but are actually free in conscience. But the freedom he yearns for is freedom for Nigerians; freedom for that man who was allegedly shot six times and humiliatingly wheeled in a barrow while his members were killed in their hundreds, simply because he belongs to a different sect of Islam. Freedom for that woman who was callously raped right before her helpless husband by Fulani herdsmen who seem to enjoy the protection of their political kith and kin in high places. Freedom for that innocent child who was wickedly snatched away from his mother while he suckled and had his throat slashed by the bloody swords of the Fulani militias. Freedom for those whose farmlands are destroyed and whose lands are forcefully occupied while the murdered owners are forced to bury themselves in the sands watered by the blood of kinsmen mowed down by mindless cattle rearers. Freedom for those who have been incarcerated for so long despite court orders granting them bails and are in chains for expressing themselves and associating with fellow Nigerians etc.

Fani-Kayode believes that he is a free man once these ones are free, even if he is in chains. He believes he is a free man once those murdered can find their voices in his, even if he is incarcerated. To this extent, he is unruffled.

This is just to let the world know that the war against the Ife-born Chief is not about corruption but about the deliberate and calculated agenda to silence members of the opposition, while the sinister motives and the incompetence of this administration that are fast plunging our dear nation into a state of anarchy and anomie go applauded by sycophants and unchallenged by critics. It is an ignoble fight against the voice of good conscience wrapped in the smokescreen of a fight against corruption.

Nigerians must speak out louder than they are doing now. Things must not be allowed to get worse than they currently are. All of us have the responsibility to defend the oppressed and help entrench democratic principles in our country. If these executive acts of despotism are allowed to fester, everyone would be in the danger of being silenced, sometimes through the use of “extreme measures” as Fani-Kayode was once told. The time to act is now. It is Femi Fani-Kayode today, whose turn will it be tomorrow? Nigerians arise!

Jrndukwe@yahoo.co.uk; Twitter: @stjudendukwe

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Low Uncertain About Schweinsteiger Return For Euro 2016

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Joachim Low has revealed there is no timetable on Schweinsteiger’s return to fitness.

The United midfielder made the provisional squad for the euro 2016, despite making just 6 appearances in 2016 for United.

And Low is hoping the veteran midfielder will be back to full fitness and make the 23-man-squad needed.

But while centre-back Mats Hummels is progressing well following a calf problem, Low concedes that Schweinsteiger’s return is more difficult to predict.

“With Hummels, it’s clear when he comes back. Certainly he will need a few more days,” he said ahead of the friendly with Slovakia in Augsburg on Sunday. “With Bastian Schweinsteiger, we don’t know when he will be back in training with the team.”

Low confirmed that a number of first-team stars will be rested for Sunday’s game, with some – including Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil – left out of the travelling party altogether.

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Pandemonium As Soldiers In Search Of Avengers Shoot Randomly In Delta State

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There were indications of a palpable pandemonium and consternation in the community of Oporoza, traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, following the indiscriminate shooting by soldiers deployed to crush the Niger Delta Avengers.

READ ALSO: ‘We Don’t Need Pipeline Contracts, But Sovereign State’ – Niger Delta Avengers

It was gathered that soldiers sent by the Nigerian Defense Headquarters to rein in the activities of the militants within that area, arrived the community in at least 4 warships and at about 2:00am and then laid siege till 8:00am on Saturday morning.

It is said that the soldiers in battalions shot sporadically and randomly, causing more confusion in the riverine town.

READ ALSO: ‘We Warned Chevron, They Didn’t Listen’ – Avengers Bomb Oil Firm’s Escravos Tank

A source said, villagers, who ran into the forest on sighting them with gunboats were yet to return, as soldiers, who came in search of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, and members of the Niger Delta Avengers, have taken over the community.

READ ALSO: Militants Give Oil Firms 2-Week Ultimatum To Vacate Niger Delta

Speaking to Vanguard Newspaper on Saturday morning, an Ijaw leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, said:

“Soldiers have started shooting in Oporoza as I speak to you now, I do not know the casualty, but they are shooting right now, the whole town is in turmoil.”

His words: “I am crying on behalf of my people, we have been saying before now that we do not know what the military is looking for in Oporoza, they have come two times before now in the last few weeks. We said then that they were looking for excuse to start shooting, now they are shooting, we do not know what will happen after the shooting.”

Another source added: “The military is currently shooting randomly in Oporoza but we do not know whether it was aimed at anybody because we are still in the forest. We ran into the forest this morning.”

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Court Grants Amber Heard Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp After Physical Assault Allegation

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After being married for merely fifteen months, Amber Heard filed for a divorce from Johnny Depp on Monday,  (May,  23) barely three days after the Pirates of the Caribbean actor lost his mother Betty Sue Palmer.

Ptesently, Amber has filed for and has been granted a temporary restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband, Friday.

The 30 year-old actress accused Depp, 52, of being physically abusive and a judge issued the actor a warning to stay a hundred yards away from Heard.

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Heard also got the right to remain in their home but was rejected the amount of fifty-thousand dollars ($50,000) which she sought for spousal support, attorney fees and possession of their Range Rover.

According to BBC, Amber Heard claimed Johnny Depp had physically assaulted her on Saturday when he was “high and drunk”.

A representative for Johnny Depp issued a statement on the couples split:

“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother,  Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories,  gossip,  misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly. ”

Depp is presently promoting his new movie Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Amber and Depp dated for two years before getting married in February 2015.

They signed no prenuptial and had no children together.

 

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Troops Kill Fleeing Boko Haram Fighters, Recover Arms In Sambisa Forest

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Following tip off, troops of the Nigerian Army on Thursday night ambushed and killed some fleeing Boko Haram militants from the Sambisa forest, in Borno State.

READ ALSO: Hunter Now Hunted! Boko Haram Chief Bomb Maker Killed By Shekau’s Body Guard

A statement issued on Friday by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said the terrorists were ambushed at their crossing point along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Fighters Slaughter 30 Fulani Herdsmen In Borno State

The statement quoted Usman as saying the troops recovered several items, including sex enhancing drugs (Viagra), arms and ammunition from the terrorists who were fleeing to Alagarno general area.

The statement read:

“Following information of suspected Boko Haram elements crossing point across Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road, troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, both of 25 Task Force Brigade, staged a deliberate ambush against the terrorists logistics elements on motorcycles and bicycles crossing from Sambisa forest to Alagarno general area around Nyaleri yesterday night.”

“During the operation, the troops killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists, wounded several others and recovered some arms, ammunitions and other items.”

“Specifically, they recovered 1 AK-47 Assault rifle, with registration number 27875, 1 hand grenade, 4 AK-47 magazines loaded with ammunition, assorted food items, sex enhancing drugs, such Viagra, foot wears and bathroom slippers. Others include 3 motorcycles, 10 bicycles, tool kits and assorted clothing, 5 rechargeable lamps and 5 litres of Kerosene. As well as military uniforms, amongst other things.”

“From all indications, the terrorists attempted to resupply and sell the items to other terrorists hibernating elsewhere after being displaced from parts of Sambisa forest.”

“The troops have continued with the clearance and rescue operations while others are maintaining blocking positions.”

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Ese Oruru: Yinusa Names Child ‘Fatima’ From Prison

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Yinusa Dahiru, the teenager, who allegedly abducted, raped and impregnated a 14-year-old, has bestowed a name on the baby girl delivered by Ese Oruru.

Ese Oruru’s baby

Ese Oruru’s baby

Ese had given birth to a baby girl on Thursday morning at the Government House Clinic after she went into labour at her Police Officers Mess temporary residence.

READ ALSO: Ese Oruru Gives Birth To A Bouncing Baby Girl [Photos]

It is said that Yinusa, who is currently cooling off at the Okaka Medium Security Prisons, due to his inability to meet the conditions attached to his bail, broke into smiles, when he was told that Ese had given birth to a baby girl.

Sources, who broke the news, confirmed that the 18-year-old was elated over the news, and he immediately said he was going to name her Fatima, a name borne by the daughter of Prophet Muahammed, The Sun reports.

“Yinusa has been told about the birth of a baby girl by Ese Oruru. He was called from Kano and told that he has a daughter after the Internet pictures were confirmed to be true. He was very elated over the news and he immediately gave her the name Fatima after the daughter of Prophet Mohammed and because of the circumstances surrounding the birth of the girl, which he believes is divine. The name Fatima is the personification of high virtues and purity. As I talk to you, I can tell you that he is eagerly waiting to see the daughter,” a source said.

However, when contacted, the father of Ese, Mr. Charles Oruru, said he is yet to give a name to his granddaughter.

Mr Oruru explained that the family is financially helpless to run any naming ceremony in line with the tradition.

He also stated that he is not interested if Yinusa was aware of the birth of the baby, adding that the family is willing to forgive Yinusa if he shows remorse for his mistakes in abducting Ese to Kano.

His words: “I don’t want to know if he has been told about the birth of the girl and has given her a name. All I know is that I am yet to give her a name. We don’t have money, so we are not thinking of a naming ceremony. As I said before, we are grateful to God that she delivered  safely. As for Yinusa he has not realized his mistakes for him to show remorse. He has to apologise for the whole world to hear before we would now talk of forgiveness because the case is beyond us now, the whole world is aware”

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Presidency Lists Buhari’s ‘75 Achievements’ After 365-Day In Office

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As President Muhammadu Buhari clocks a year in office on Sunday, May 29, 2016, the presidency decided to list ‘75 achievements’ he made as the supreme ruler of Nigeria in the last 365 days.

READ ALSO: FG Declares May 30 As Public Holiday

The list as issued by the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday night read:

SECURITY:

  • The relocation of the Nigerian Military Command Centre to Maiduguri, since May 2015, contributed to the success in the fight against insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
  • As at February 2016, the total number of persons rescued by the Nigerian troops during the ongoing operations in the North East came to 11,595
  • Since December 2015, the well-motivated and rejuvenated Nigerian Military have regained all Nigerian territories previously under Boko Haram control.
  • Prioritized regional cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and violent extremism, through the operations of the 8,500 strong Multi-National Joint Task Force in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, currently headed by a Nigeria military general.
  • Nigeria has provided $21million USD to the Task Force since June 2015 and is committed to an additional $79 million USD, bringing the total of Nigeria’s commitment to the Task Force to 100 million USD.
  • Cohesive international support in the fight against terrorism and assistance to victims and communities affected by terrorism, following President Buhari’s meeting with G7 leaders and other world powers.
  • In May 2016, Nigeria hosted a Regional Security Summit to boost military operations against Boko Haram and forge a global support for the rehabilitation of the IDPs and rebuilding of the North East.
  • In June 2015, the United States announced a 5-million-dollar support for the fight against the terrorists in the sub-region.
  • In April 2016, during the visit to Ms Samantha Power, the U.S Ambassador to the UN to Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, the U.S Government further announced an additional $40 million USD for humanitarian assistance in the sub-region
  • Recruitment of additional 10,000 persons into the Nigeria Police Force is ongoing. The recruitment will address the manpower gap which currently exists in the Nigeria Police
  • Overhaul of the dysfunctional topmost hierarchy of the Nigerian military which resulted in optimal result and degradation of the Boko Haram elements.
  • Was able to bring back our hitherto military allies; which saw the United States and UK governments commit their resources to the fight against the insurgents after previously backing out of negotiations with the previous administration. The Israeli government has also indicated interest in the fight against insurgency.
  • Introduction of the motor cycle battalion (This is so that the Nigerian Army can travel to remote areas that were not accessible to cars/trucks)
  • Realigned our partnership with regional allies by embarking on foreign visits which resulted in bilateral and multilateral agreements to tackle insecurity back home.
  • No more roadblocks and curfews, which normally impeded free flow of movement.
  • Continuous monitoring of activities in the region of war through the use of satellite images and geographical information system is helping in fighting insurgency and strategizing against the enemy.
  • The trips to our neighbouring countries showed the resolve of the President to push Boko Haram elements out of existence by going for the jugular of the group, cutting their arms, food supply routes. Support has thus been mobilized through the Multinational Joint Task Force.
  • Another major stride is the Trans National Organized Crime (TNOC) where the president got partnership with regional allies in the fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
  • As part of the reconfigured military partnership, the United States donated 24 mine-resistant armoured vehicles (MRAP) which had protected the Nigerian troops from the menace of Improvised Explosive Devices. Today we have less causalities.
  • Reached out to the G7 countries and achieved the following: intelligence sharing; technical military training; arms deals/donations
  • Overhauling of NIMASA. A reversed policy of the past administration where national infrastructural assets were given to militia leaders to protect as against established bodies like the Nigerian Navy was stopped.
  • The President Buhari government has drafted the army to partner with other security agencies in ensuring the security of our national infrastructure and this is already yielding the desired results.
  • A major ring of pipeline vandals in Lagos state were captured recently in a joint operation by security forces led by the army.
  • The government has renewed its fight against oil bunkering
  • The Nigerian Navy has recorded tremendous success lately in apprehending vessels used by oil thieves. This operation has improved security on our water ways and it has also helped improve the revenue of government.
  • Deployment of sophisticated weapons to ensure vandalism is contained by setting up a pipeline security force in stamping out the menace.
  • Effective Management of the Separatist Biafran Movement
  • Improving the technical capacity of Nigerian Police Force. We now have a forensic lab and GSM tracking device. We now have a more IT integrated Police force.
  • Restructuring of Nigerian Immigration to stop cross border crimes.
  • NSCDC has become more proactive in the prevention of pipeline vandalization, with arrest of several pipeline vandals.
  • Joint operations involving various security outfits in curbing the menace of the herdsmen in the country has been set up.
  • The use of surveys and updated mappings across the country as strategies for preventing threats among ethnic groups in Nigeria.

CORRUPTION

  • Right from the moment he won the Presidential Election in 2015, the impression of the President as a ‘‘no nonsense and incorruptible leader’’ sent a signal to looters of public funds, with many of them returning funds that had been stolen under the previous administration.
  • To create a frame work for prosecuting the war against corruption and institutionalize probity, President Buhari set up an Advisory Committee on War Against Corruption.
  • The anti-corruption battle is gaining ground with several high profile cases already in the courts. The administration is being guided by the rule of law in the prosecution of corruption cases.
  • President Buhari enlisted the support of multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF, security agencies, Western countries and other friendly nations to locate and repatriate stolen assets.
  • At a London summit on anti-corruption, President Buhari announced that Nigeria will begin the full implementation of the principles of the OPEN contracting data standards.
  • In the first quarter of 2016, President Buhari embarked on trips to the Middle East to sensitize the governments on the need to repatriate stolen assets and hand over the looters for trial in Nigeria. In January, Nigeria and UAE signed Judicial Agreements on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters.
  • In March 2016, the Federal Government and the Swiss Government signed a Letter of Intent On the Restitution of Illegally-Acquired Assets forfeited in Switzerland. Under the agreement, Switzerland will repatriate $ 321 million USD illicitly acquired by the Gen. Sani Abacha family.
  • In March 2016, the Presidential Committee set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from 2011 to 2015 announced the recovery of over N7 billion from indicted companies and individuals.

ECONOMY

  • Implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has provided greater visibility of government revenues and cash flows. Between June 2015 and April 2016, the Federal Government TSA collection clocked N3trillion.
  • To further instill fiscal discipline, President Buhari directed the closure of all multiple accounts in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, thereby plugging loopholes for leakages with new technology.
  • The opaque accounting structure of the NNPC has been reconstructed to be more transparent with the closure of more than 40 accounts. As a corporate entity, NNPC is now accountable and more transparent in operations, publishing its monthly financial reports.
  • The President also resolved the lingering shadowy oil swap deals that had cost the country billions of dollars and left it at the mercy of a few rich Nigerians.
  • To alleviate the suffering of Nigerians in September 2015, President Buhari directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to disburse N689.5 billion as bailout to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries.
  • To stimulate the economy and reduce poverty, in April, 2016, President Buhari approved deferment in the payment of the bailout as states were still reeling under the burden of the fall in commodity prices.
  • Records of more than 34,000 ghost workers draining the nation’s resources were expunged from the Federal Civil Service, saving N2.29 billion monthly.
  • In 2015, President Buhari ruled out the appointment of a government delegation for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. By this decision, the government saved about one million U.S dollars and N30m of local expenses
  • Enforcement of the Bank Verification Number: Also the BVN has ensured that the menace of “ghost workers” are being identified and dealt with, while looters with multiple accounts can no longer hide their loot undetected.
  • Social Protection: Groundwork for social intervention/palliatives for the poor is being put in place as data is being collated by the economic planning office of the VP in conjunction with the World Bank.
  • Reorganization/restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into a focused, accountable and transparent institution with autonomous Units (Upstream; Downstream, Gas & Power; Refineries; Ventures and lean Group Headquarters)
  • Reduction of operational deficits in NNPC by over 50% as at March 2016 as a result of Increased Transparency and Commercial focus
  • Conduct of NNPC outstanding Annual Audits from 2011 to 2014, and the publication of Monthly Financial and Operations Reports to ensure transparency
  • Introduction of third party financing in order to eliminate direct funding of cash calls by the Federal Government
  • Renegotiation of existing service contracts under Joint Venture and Production sharing contracts (PSC) Operations by about 30% leading to operational efficiency improvements and cost reductions
  • Elimination of the Offshore Processing Agreement (OPA) through the introduction of the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme with reputable off-shore refineries thereby yielding annual savings of US$1 billion
  • Resuscitation of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries presently producing about 7 million litres of products per/day
  • Repair of products pipe lines and the resuscitation of supply of products from Atlas Cove-Mosimi- Ibadan- Ilorin after a six year lull
  • Repairs of Escravos/ Warri and Bonny/Port Harcourt crude oil pipe lines
  • Introduction of a Price Modulation framework for downstream petroleum product pricing to encourage responsiveness to market dynamics
  • Guided deregulation of the downstream sector to allow market forces determine product price and eliminate subsidy payments
  • Introduction of the initiative on refinery co-location to increase domestic refining capacity and minimize the drain on scarce foreign exchange for product importation
  • Commenced policy reforms for gas monetization, flare out and infrastructure development, to fast track power supply and economic diversification.

POWER

  • Under President Buhari, the Federal Government agreed to a 50 million Euro (about N11.15 billion) loan agreement with French government for capacity-building and upgrade of power training facilities in Nigeria.
  • Nigeria signed a $237 million agreement with World Bank to improve power.
  • Chinese solar power manufacturers agreed with the Federal Government to set up solar panel manufacturing business in Nigeria.
  • President Buhari has signed an agreement with the Chinese government to improve Nigeria’s power infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT

  • Presidential approval for the Implementation of United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report 2010 for the clean-up of Ogoniland with regards to oil pollution and inclusion of stakeholders in the process of implementation.
  • Continuation of the implementation of the Great Green Wall project to fight and contain desertification in Northern Nigeria initiated by past administration.

JUDICIARY

  • Since assumption of office, President Buhari has maintained a clear stance on the rule of law and respect for separation of
    powers.
  • The President has focused on the strengthening of institutions with key appointment of professionals.
  • Appointment of 30 new Federal High Court Justices

NATIONAL IMAGE

  • On assumption of office, the President undertook some foreign trips both within and outside Africa to re-establish Nigeria’s position in the global arena and solicit support for Nigeria and Africa.
  • President Buhari has continually pushed the agenda for enhancing Nigeria’s global image by always demonstrating Nigeria’s credentials in the 2015 general elections, which saw the country scoring high on peaceful transition.
  • President Buhari strongly supported the emergence of a Nigerian, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, as President of the Africa Development Bank. (NAN)

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Rummenigge Rules Out Real Madrid Move For Lewandowski

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Bayern Munich chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied talk of Robert Lewandowski leaving the club for Real Madrid.

The former Dortmund man has been continually linked with a move to Spain since joining Bayern Munich, but nothing concrete has surfaced.

Bayern chairman Rummenigge has moved swiftly to state Bayern’s prized asset is not for sale under any circumstances.

“One thing I know for sure. Lewandowski will play at Bayern Munich in the next season. No one must make thoughts about that,” he told Kicker.

“The decision is like: We will not give Robert Lewandowski to another club, no matter what they will offer to us. We have no breaking point at Robert.”

Lewandowski has come off the back of a season in which he netted 30 goals in 32 league outings, firing Bayern to a fourth-straight Bundesliga title and claiming the top scorer crown in the process.

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Bale: We Must Utilise Every Opportunity We Get Against Atletico

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Gareth Bale has stated Real Madrid will take their chances, when they face rivals Atletico in the UCL final.

This is the second time in three years, the club will face each other, the Wales international was on the scoreesheet in the 4-1 thumping of Atletico two seasons ago after extra time.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said Madrid may play on the counter-attack, but the Wales international said that all depended on their rivals.

“That depends how they set up,” Bale told The Guardian.

“Games against Atletico are always very physical. They’re very defensive and make it very difficult to break them down.

“It is about taking our opportunities because they’re not going to give us a lot. If they attack us, we can defend and hit on the counter; if they don’t attack, we can’t counter.

“But we have a few game plans. We can keep the ball, counter-attack, defend. When the game comes, plans sometimes go out of the window, though.”

Bale said the experience in Lisbon had made him far more settled heading into the 2016 decider.

“I feel more relaxed. I suppose you’ve had the experience so you know what to expect,” he said.

“Last time I was nervous but now I feel like I know how to deal with it. Hopefully that can improve my performance.”

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Marcelo: The Little Things Will Decide UCL Final

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Real Madrid defender, Marcelo believes the small details will be the defining in the final of the UCL later today.

In a repeat of the 2014 UCL final, Real Madrid will be hoping to repeat the 4-1 scoreline and see off city rivals.

And Marcelo is sure his side will leave no stone unturned as he knows the finer points could prove decisive.

“We’re feeling as good as we could,” he said. “We’re ready, prepared and I think we’ll fair quite well.

“I think in a final what decides the game is the small details and we’re thinking of all those. Everyone wants to win, you need to work and run a lot and I think the small details are what’s going to make a difference.”

Marcelo came on as a substitute and scored Madrid’s third goal in the final victory two years ago and he still revels in the memory of that occasion.

“It’s impossible not to think of that game. It was very special,” the 28-year-old added. “I personally believe that it’s in the past, it’s over now and it’s another final.

“[On Saturday] we have a chance to live a great day for us, but in order to do that we need to fight because it’s the Champions League final and it’s always very difficult to win.”

Zidane declared Ronaldo, who needs two more goals to break his own record of 17 in one Champions League campaign, to be “100 per cent fit” for the match in Milan.

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#Lemonade : Did Beyonce Just Shade Jay Z With Her Lemon Outfit?

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You know what they say about when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade? Oh well, Beyonce made Lemonade that didn’t go down so well and she doesn’t seem to be tired of making more.

The Queen of subtlety hit the streets of New York yesterday, clad in an eye-catching straw hat, a white jacket, white camisole, bright canary yellow pants and matching bags as she made her way alongside Jay Z to his Niece’s graduation party.

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We guess she was paying tribute to her latest controversial masterpiece, Lemonade with her style which will definitely fuel more rumors.

But that wasn’t the only thing shady as Beyonce also had a plump whole lemon on the case of her phone.  That’s too much shade for one night!

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Adekunle Gold Reveals Why He Left Islam For Christianity

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Adekunle Gold Reveals Why He Left Islam For Christianity – Not many people know that YBNL’s star singer Adekunle Gold was once a Muslim before he converted to Christianity.

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Adekunle Gold Reveals Why He Left Islam For Christianity

The Sade star is quoted as saying in a recent interview that he became a Christian after he followed a girl to church. “I followed a girl to church and found that I became a Christian instead,” he said. “That was in 2004 and I have remained a Christian ever since.”

READ: Adekunle Gold Releases Artwork For Debut Album

He revealed his father initially wasn’t too pleased with the decision, but that he accepted it later on. “My father didn’t like the idea initially but later everyone accepted me for who I am. I am cool being a Christian.”

He added that his parents had always supported his career, calling them his number one fans. “I was a lover of music and I grew up listening to a lot of sounds. While at the Lagos Polytechnic, I would always run to record songs even when I started working, I was like that too and my parents didn’t understand what I was doing. I continued this until I dropped ‘Shade’ which became a big break. They support my vocation and are my number one fans.”

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Angela Simmons Is Pregnant, Puts Baby Bump On Full Display

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Reality TV star Angela Simmons who got engaged to her mystery man in April 2016 is pregnant.

The 28-year-old star took to her Instagram page to announce that her and her soon to be husband are expecting a baby. She also shared a baby bump picture to further confirm the news.

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She captioned the photo “We are overjoyed and super excited to receive a blessing this big. Starting a family was something I could have only dreamed of”.

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#Tsquared2016 : Toolz & Tunde Demuren’s Big Day Is HERE!

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The D-day has finally arrived as two lovebirds Tunde Demuren and Tolu Oniru are on their way to a blissful forever.

The couple who tied the knot traditionally in January will be walking down the aisle today in Dubai in the presence of family and friends.

While we are yet to see first photos of the bride in her gorgeous wedding dress, the groom and his groomsmen are all set for the big day.

Catch up with some preparatory photos below while we wait for official photos from one of the biggest wedding of the year.

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Peep that gorgeous nails on Toolz aka Olori Demuren
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The groom getting a fresh haircut
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Groomsmen pack
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Toolz and her ladies
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Bridesmaids rocking their onesie
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Banky W on Best man duty
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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
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Olamide Adedeji
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Groom and his men (Mai Atafo, Banky W, Olamide Adedeji, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu)
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Images: Instagram/ @okija, @msyou, #tsquared2016

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#Tsquared2016: Photos From Toolz & Tunde Demuren’s Pre-wedding Dinner

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Tolu Oniru aka Toolz and her Captain Tunde Demuren are having their white wedding today in Dubai.

So many stars and industry colleagues including Noble and Chioma Igwe, Ebuka and Cynthia Obi-Uchendu, Olamide and Segilola Adedeji and many more have arrived Dubai for what might be the biggest celebrity wedding of the year.

The couple hosted their friends to a pre-wedding dinner last night, check out the photos below;

Tunde and Tolu Demuren with Paul Okoye

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Noble and Chioma Igwe
Ebuka and Cynthia Obi-Uchendu

Ebuka and Cynthia Obi-Uchendu

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MUSIC: Nasty C – Switched Up (Prod. Gemini Major)

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360Hawt: Nasty C – Switched Up

When ever it comes to making real hip-hop music, age is no excuse to not make the kind of tune them hip-hop heads can vibe to. 19 year old South African rap sensation, Nasty_C comes through with a two [2] minutes forty [40] seconds freestyle on a Gemini Major produced beat, and he dubs it – Switched Up.

Quotable Lyrics:

I never changed, I never Switched Up // always been this thirsty // Look, I always had the hiccups

Download mp3 of Switched Up by Nasty C below



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MUSIC: DJ Nani ft. Praiz – Shabba (Prod. Magik)

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DJ Nani has refused to go-off the charts as he collaborates with one of the Industry’s vocal maestro Praiz on a new single titled ‘Shabba‘ which was produced by Abuja based producer Magik.

The promising Ray Flex Entertainment Disc Jockey, vows to stay relevant in the Nigerian Music scene as more materials will be released in the forth coming months.

Not to forget that his previous collaboration with L.A.X and Ceeza is still sizzling –Download it here-.

Download/Listen to Shabba by DJ Nani alongside Praiz below


 
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Football Papers : All The Football News And Transfer Gossips You Might Have Missed

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City will face competition from Bayern Munich in their pursuit of Schalke’s Leroy Sane.

Pep Guardiola is poised to make his first signing as Manchester City manager, with Ilkay Gundogan nearing a £17.8m move.

Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric says Pep Guardiola wants him to join his Manchester City revolution.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he is making plans for next season without Arsenal target Alvaro Morata in mind..

Chelsea will block any attempts by Jose Mourinho to sign Willian.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brad Smith admits he may need to leave Liverpool on loan next season

Gareth Barry believes he is nowhere near ready for retirement, as the Everton man eyes up Ryan Giggs’ all-time Premier League appearance record.

Everton would have to make Ronald Koeman one of the highest paid bosses in the Premier League to have any chance of persuading him to become their next manager.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Sunderland look set to miss out on the highly-touted Martin Braithwaite this summer, with the striker likely to now remain at Toulouse.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

West Brom could face competition from Sunderland if they want to sign Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark.

EXPRESS AND STAR

Aton Villa are closing in on a new manager and could appoint Roberto Di Matteo in the coming days.

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THE SENTINEL

Midfielder Michael O’Connor has revealed he is to leave Port Vale.

Meanwhile, Louis Dodds says it has been ‘an honour and a privilege’ to play for Port Vale for the last eight years after calling time on his career at the club.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City look to be closing in on a £23million deal for sought-after CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa.

Chelsea are being linked with a move for Leicester City’s promising winger Demarai Gray.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Brad Inman says he will make a decision over his future at Crewe Alexandra after the international break – with Nottingham Forest believed to be pursuing the midfielder.

Oldham Athletic have failed in a last-ditch bid to persuade manager John Sheridan to reject a move to Notts County.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby star Will Hughes could be a summer transfer target for Newcastle United, according to reports.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Danny Graham is keeping an open mind about his future as he waits for Blackburn Rovers to appoint their new manager.

Sam Vokes has expressed surprise that Joey Barton gave up another shot at the Premier League to join Rangers.

YORKSHIRE POST

Darrell Clarke has pledged his future to Bristol Rovers – thwarting Leeds’ hopes of bringing him in as Steve Evans’s successor.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough have signed Viktor Fischer but the club cannot unveil him until next month.
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SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea City target Joe Allen insists talks over his club future are on hold until after Euro 2016.

The Swans could be interested in Peruvian international Alejandro Hohberg.

THE ARGUS

Brighton are in talks with Niki Maenpaa to extend his stay as back-up keeper.

EVENING TIMES
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Efe Ambrose is wanted by Fenerbahce – but the Celtic defender will wait to see what happens at this summer’s Olympics before making a decision on his future.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon could be poised to make a surprise return to management with Anderlecht.

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Dwight Yorke Hopeful About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United Transfer

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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke hopes one of Jose Mourinho’s first acts as manager will be to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford.

“I have to say I am a fan of Zlatan as well I think he has been tremendous [throughout his career] and certainly in his time at PSG he has been terrific,” Yorke told Sky Sports News

“He seems to get better with age and he is relishing the opportunity of playing in the Premier League. He’s been everywhere else and I am sure he would love to finish his career at Manchester United if given the chance.

“If Zlatan joins Manchester United under Mourinho I think it will be a huge step in the right direction to make Manchester United the No 1 club in the country once again.”

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Sergio Busquets Signs New 5 Year Contract At Barcelona

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Barcelona have announced a new five-year deal for, Sergio Busquets.

Sergio Busquets, 27,has made 384 appearances for the Catalan club, will now be at the Nou Camp through to 2021.

Depending on how many games he plays between now and then, the deal could be extended to 2023.

The contract, which will be signed in the coming days, has a €200 million buyout clause.

Busquets appeared in 53 games in the 2015/16 season, helping Luis Enrique’s side win their 24th La LIga title.

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West Ham Looking To Sign A “World Class” Striker

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West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan says signing a “top striker” is the main priority this summer.

The Hammers saw a bid rejected for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and have also been linked with Liverpool’s Christian Benteke.

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“We know that we need a top striker which is the hardest thing to sign,” Sullivan told the club website. “We need a 20-goal-a-season striker and that will cost us £25m or £30million. That is where the bulk of the money goes.

“We also need the occasional long shot which is the cheaper player that may come good. We want to sign more players.”

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