Ancelotti Won’t Ask Muller To Play Like Robben Or Douglas Costa

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Carlo Ancelotti is not the least bit worried about Thomas Muller’s form and has defended his decision to play him on the wing.

Muller has scored only four goals all competitions for Bayern Munich and also failed to find the net at the Euro 2016.

Ancelotti has deployed the Germany international out wide instead of his central role, which has prompted criticism from Ancelotti’s critics.

“I know it’s a cliche, but he really can play anywhere,” Ancelotti told ESPN. “Muller will just do it in his own way and reinvent the position. It’s funny, they criticised me in Germany because I played him out wide. The media said, ‘Oh, but he’s not a winger!’

“Gee, really? I’m not stupid. I can see that he’s not going to play wide in the way that Arjen Robben or Douglas Costa play wide. And I’m not going to ask him to try to imitate Robben or Costa.

“What he can do is use his intelligence to find the right positions on the pitch at the right time, starting from out wide. And that creates mismatches and helps the team.”

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PSG Complete Signing Of Guedes

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Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Paris Saint-Germain from Benfica.

The 20-year-old forward came through the ranks at Benfica and made his senior debut in October 2014.

He went on to score five goals and won two domestic doubles in 39 appearances. And has now moved to Paris.

“I’m very happy to join such a big club as Paris Saint-Germain,” Guedes told the club’s official website. “Playing here with players of a very high standard will enable me to improve.

“Paris always play to win trophies, so my aim is to win as many trophies as possible, and that Paris keep on winning.

“I know my compatriot Pauleta was well loved by Paris Saint-Germain fans. I hope to do as well as he did, and one day be just as much loved as him.”

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “We’re happy to have brought in Goncalo Guedes and want to wish him a warm welcome to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Goncalo is a young European talent who fits perfectly with the aims of our project. He’s been followed by numerous European clubs for several years, and he has made the choice to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.”

Guedes has won two caps for the Portuguese senior national team.

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Joshua: I’ve Been Watching Wilder

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Speculation continues to build about a unification fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, with the Brit saying he has been watching the American.

The IBF champion is focused on another unification fight against Wladimir Klitschko which will be at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

Joshua has described his fight against Klitschko as defining in his career, and looks to build his reputation in the United States by looking to face WBC titlist Wilder.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, he said: “Fingers crossed that I beat Klitschko, then we can look down the line to competing in America against the likes of Wilder.

“He’s been bubbling nicely stateside. He’s on my radar and adds to an exciting mix. I’ve been watching him for a long time and he is very talented, an Olympian who came into the game late but managed to stamp his authority on the sport.

“The United States is the mecca of boxing and we are trying to build an American audience, a bit like [Ricky] Hatton, [Lennox] Lewis and [Naseem] Hamed managed to do.

“You’ve got the UK market and then the other territory is America. I am going there soon to promote and build the Klitschko fight and see the interest.

“I want it all, I want the attention and live for the glory nights. We are building stuff all the time so we won’t be denied when agreeing these big fights.”

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Sultan Seeks The Prosecution Of Preachers Who Promote Hate, Violence

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the Federal Government to ensure the arrest and prosecution of preachers who promote hate speeches in the country.

Those Who Shout ‘Allah Akabar’ To Kill Innocent People Will Go To Hell – Sultan Of Sokoto

Speaking at the opening of a two-day conference organised by International Dialogue Centre, KAICIID, an inter-governmental organisation that promotes dialogue to build peace in conflict areas, the Sultan lamented that people who preach and promote hate speeches have brought friction between Christians and Muslims in the country.

He stressed the need for both religions to report preachers of hate to the security agencies for proper investigation, adding that no external people could bring peace to the country.

The Sultan further blamed hate preaching as a major factor responsible for friction between Christians and Muslims, saying “while we pray for peace and dialogue, preachers of hate must be reported to the security agencies.

“Therefore, we must work hard for peace and live in peace and harmony.

“All of us believe in dialogue that is why we are here. Some of us are outside Abuja and we have to travel long distance to be here.

“This shows what we want peace because violence, killings is contrary to the teaching of our Holy books.

“We are not here to teach ourselves the holy books, but to use them appropriately.”

“We must tell ourselves the truth, we must collaborate with authorities to deal with those who don’t want peace.

“When you keep quiet, it means you are supporting what other individuals are doing and the masses will suffer.

“I have not lost hope in this country; I have never lost hope in my relationship with Christians.

“If you did something wrong, I will call you and advise you. We must continue to show love as our religion ordered us,” he said.

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Rooney Won’t Be Appreciated Until He Retires, Says Carrick

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Michael Carrick believes his captain, Wayne Rooney will not be fully appreciated until he hangs his boots.

The England captain has passed Sir Bobby Charlton in both country and club as the leading goalscorer.

Nevertheless, he has been consistently criticised for his deep in form for both club and country.

And Carrick understands that players undergo such scrutiny and believes Rooney will be appreciated when he retires.

“I think that is just football in general. Sometimes it can take until someone has finished their career to be fully appreciated,” Carrick told the club’s official website.

“The reaction to him is so extreme in the media and around the world, one week he can go from being one of the best players in the world to the next week, if he has a not-so-good game, where people say he should not be at the club. That is what he has had to deal with for so long and that is the nature of football.

“If you look at the bigger picture and look at him as a player, and what he has achieved and what he has brought to every team he has played in every year, then it has been incredible and maybe it will not be until after he is finished that people will sit down, look back and say ‘what a player he was’.

“It is just an incredible achievement. To play at this club for so long at the level he has done and to mean so much to the team year in, year out, is the reason why he has got the record.

“A record like that is not something that is easily achieved. When you think of all the great players, the great strikers and the attacking players this club has had, and the fact the record has been there for so long, it tells you how tough it is to break.

“I think Wayne fully deserves it for what he has given to this club and to go alongside his England record too, you have to say it is pretty sensational.”

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ICYMI: Zarate Returns To Premier League With Watford From Fiorentina

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Mauro Zarate has signed for Watford from Fiorentina on a two-and-a-half year deal, the EPL club has confirmed.

The 29-year-old attacker left West Ham for Fiorentina last year, but is now back in the Premier League after signing an undisclosed fee with Watford.

Zarate also played in England for Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers. Watford will be hoping he can mirror his form at West Ham, that saw him net seven times in 29 appearances.

The forward, who won the Coppa Italia at Lazio in 2009, will compete with the likes of Troy Deeney, Isaac Success and Roberto Pereyra for a place in the Watford attack. Striker Odion Ighalo has been heavily linked with a move to West Brom.

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Ronaldo Hails Zidane For Madrid’s Success

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Cristiano Ronaldo has lauded Zidane for the success Real Madrid has enjoyed after taking over in just 12 months.

The Real Madrid legend took over as coach from Rafael Benitez last January and won the UCL in his first season in charge.

Madrid went on a 40-game unbeaten run, before losing to Sevilla and Ronaldo believes Zidane deserves credit for the success enjoyed by the club.

“When Zidane came to the team, all the players respected him because of his time as a player. Now everybody respects him for what he has done as a coach as well. He is showing passion for the game,” Ronaldo told Dongqiudi.

“When Zidane took charge of the team, everything changed. He is a very professional and calm coach. He had exactly what we needed at the time, he changed everything.

“That is why we went 40 games without losing. Zidane is the main man responsible for that run. He changed the mentality of the team. We started to win as soon as he took over.”

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The Righteous Nigerian And The Rationality Of Corruption

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The Righteous Nigerian And The Rationality Of Corruption, By Pius Adesanmi

Can Nigeria overcome corruption? Will Nigeria survive corruption?

The optimistic, overconfident Nigerian who offered me a “no shaking, yes” to both questions was only able to do so because he successfully outed me as I tried to remain incognito and maintain a low profile at the hotel pool in Lagos. Retreating incognito to a hotel in Lagos to assess our warfront strategies in matters Nigeriana is something I often do with Omoyele Sowore.

This time in the summer of 2016, I was alone in a secluded corner of the poolside, trying not to look like me. I didn’t want the burden of public recognition which often ruins my attempts at privacy in Nigeria.

This piece was written by Pius Adesanmi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

It was evening and my niche on the poolside terrace was poorly-lit, increasing my chances of an uninterrupted time to unwind alone. On the table, in front of me, a half-finished big bottle of Orijin was trying unsuccessfully to help a bowl of nkwobi down my throat. I thought that the bottle was doing a poor job of accompaniment and blamed myself for believing that only one bottle could successfully accomplish the task of helping the nkwobi to its final resting place in my gut.

I decided that the unsuccessful bottle would need help from at least two more bottles to guarantee the nkwobi’s funeral. I was about to order the reinforcement when I heard shrieks of excitement at the other end of the pool.

“Abi my eyes dey deceive me? No be Prof Pius Adesanmi I dey see yonder so?” My cover was blown. He was yelling in excitement, talking to everybody and nobody in particular, pointing at me. “Ah, it’s Prof o. I can’t believe this! Waiter, waiter, oya, bring my things, I am going to join Prof.”

By now he had reached my table, grabbed my hands in a ferocious handshake. I stood up and gave him a bear hug and we sat down to a familiar story: of how he had been reading me for over a decade; of how he had always prayed that he would meet me; of Sahara Reporters; of Omoyele Sowore; of how much he admires the work we do; of the need for us to ignore naysayers and detractors; of Nigeria.

I listened with rapt attention, interjecting as appropriate to agree with him, keeping everything in a Pidgin laced with contemporary Nigerianisms and ijinle slangs.

“Ah, Prof, I can’t believe you still talk like this after so many years abroad. This is what I’ve been saying. You are not like some of our yeye people who will spend two months abroad and go begin dey yarn fone through the nose.”

Then he appeared to notice what was on the table for the first time.

“Ah, Prof, no be nkwobi you dey whack here so? And Orijin? Prof, you sef dey follow us quaff Orijin? Waiter!!! Waiter!!! Oya, bring more nkwobi for Prof and two bottles of Orijin.”

I protested vehemently and insisted I should be the one ordering him peppersoup and drinks. I was taking a dangerous gambit. Given Nigeria’s abysmal economic downturn, especially the economic doldrums supervised by President Buhari, the cultural schema of refusing hospitality and offering to pay for it, expecting the initiator of that social contract to insist on paying, no longer works.

Luckily for my pocket, he stood his ground and insisted on paying for the orders. At this point, I confessed that I was about adding two bottles of Orijin to the tally when he recognised and hailed me.

We returned to Nigeriana. Like every Nigerian I know, he’s had it with Nigeria. Like every Nigerian I know, he is fed up with the Nigerian tragedy. He gives the standard speech: the failures of Nigeria; the trauma that is Nigeria; the self-inflicted wounds; the avoidable tragedies; and, of course, corruption.

Like every Nigerian, he knows about or had heard stories of corruption that are much worse than the worst case scenario you know. Whatever you think you have heard about Nigeria’s corruption is always child’s play compared to what every other Nigerian has seen or heard.

If you go to town with the story of a governor who just stole 20 billion naira, the first Nigerian you encounter has only just read somewhere that a minister stole 20 trillion naira. Thus it was that my new friend dismissed every story I had to tell with, “shior, Prof, na dat one you dey call corruption? Dat one no be corruption now. Prof, you never hear say…” And he would regale me with the latest dizzying figures of heists by members of Nigeria’s political leadership.

And he moaned. And he lamented. Things took an interesting turn here. He said he had identified Nigeria’s problem: wickedness and greed. Corruption, he stated, is attributable to the unquenchable greed and wickedness of Nigerians. If only every Nigerian was like him, he continued, corruption would become a thing of the past. Nigeria, he concluded, will overcome corruption when those who are content with the deserved fruits of their labour outnumber the wicked and the greedy.

He returned again and again to the theme of his own righteousness. What Nigeria needs are more people like himself. That is why he admires my writing. That is why my Facebook Wall is a daily ritual for him. That is why he is in awe of Omoyele Sowore and Sahara Reporters. On and on he went.

I was intrigued by the thesis of his righteousness – the basis of his assurance that Nigeria can survive and overcome corruption. I realised that he still hadn’t even properly introduced himself. We had hugged and exchanged banter. He had ordered me nkwobi and two bottles of Orijin. He was by all accounts now part of my socius yet I still had no idea who he was. I love Africa! I deftly nudged the conversation in the direction of his identity.

As it turns out, he was with one of the numerous uniformed corps which litter Nigeria’s land borders. To enter Nigeria through any of her land borders – but most especially Seme – is to encounter a maze of uniforms processing you through an extremely long pipeline of corruption. Immigration passes you on to Customs who passes you on to NDLEA who passes you on to SON who passes you on to the Police who passes you on to the Army who passes you on to FRSC who passes you on to LASTMA. Repeat process several times till you get to Lagos.

It is absolutely possible for immigration to check you for drugs while NDLEA tries to see if your passport is stamped. It is possible for FRSC to check you for smuggling while Customs tries to determine whether you are speeding.

My interlocutor works for one of Nigeria’s uniformed border nightmares. What he sees there daily is the basis of his exceptional righteousness. With considerable pain in his eyes, he told me stories of wickedness and greed; of the terrible things allowed into Nigeria daily after bribery – expired drugs, expired tires, and all sorts of goods long past expiry date.

“Prof, people do this because they want to own ten jeeps and five mansions in Lekki and another five mansions in Maitama. You will allow somebody to smuggle tires that expired five years ago. You will allow somebody to smuggle drugs that expired five years ago. I don’t understand it. Prof, look at me, I have only two houses in this Lagos. We live in a duplex in Magodo. Then we have another house that we rent out. I have two jeeps and my wife drives a Venza. That is it. We are satisfied. Even God does not like ojukokoro.”

He continued: “Left to me, anything that is more than one year past expiry date will never enter, but how can you say that to all our rotten Ogas at the top? They are the greedy ones. They are the wicked ones. So many times, I have risked my neck and job trying to say that we should not allow certain categories of goods that are more than two years past expiry date to be smuggled into the country but nobody listens.”

By this time, my mind had overcome the effect of alcohol and was now quite alert. Before me was sitting the summation of Nigeria’s unsolvable dilemma of corruption. Such are the layers and the encrustations that it is no longer possible for a morality of zero corruption to be the basis of national self-imagining.

Thus, the righteous Nigerian is not the Nigerian who is not corrupt but one who still has a sufficient moral clarity to be alarmed by and resentful of any corruption superior to his. Given this dynamic, overcoming corruption, in the understanding of way too many of our citizens, means minimising and bringing it down to one’s level of rationalised individual corruption.
One major reason which accounts for the intractable nature of corruption in Nigeria is that we pay scant attention to its rationality in our national experience. Why is the sort of individual corruption described above rational?

I am talking about the rational, considerate, and compassionate corruption which allows drugs and tires only one or two years past expiration to be smuggled into Nigeria, unlike the wicked corruption which allows products up to five years past expiration to be smuggled. I am talking about the corruption which is content with accepting just enough bribes at the border to be able to afford a standard Western middle class life – one residential house, one rental property, two or three cars – as opposed to the wicked and unacceptable corruption which must have twenty mansions and twenty jeeps scattered between Lagos and Abuja.

What provides the rationality and legitimacy of the first kind of small-scale individual corruption in our national experience? It would be a simplistic mistake to attribute it singularly to Nigeria’s ontological unfairness. It is true that Nigeria is ontologically unfair by which I mean that there is no conceivable way to survive on an honest wage. In this case, corruption is the singular means of survival. Once your nose supplies your share of the oxygen required for life, only corruption can sustain it in your body to keep you alive.

Does this ontological unfairness account for the rationality of corruption? It explains but does not account for it. What accounts for it is the death of symbolism in Nigeria’s national life – starting with its centres of power.

The sort of corruption which is rational can only be made irrational in the life of a nation and people when it confronts symbolism. If Nigeria had any chance to effectively confront the rationality of corruption, it was with the potential symbolism of President Buhari when he was elected.

A few symbolic steps, never-before-seen in Nigeria’s orbit of power were required of him. No Nigerian in power has ever accounted for or retired campaign funds. Retirement of his funds – I am not even sure that many of our citizens understand what it means to retire campaign funds because it has never been part of their civic experience – would have been a first in our history.

It would have meant a thorough auditing of his campaign fund raising and expenses with the attendant transparency of Nigerians knowing who funded the campaign. It would have meant a return of whatever was left to the party treasury to fund future campaigns. It would have implied other things that we need not go into here. Beyond campaign funds, beyond the presidential fleet that he has immorally and amorally refused to reduce, we do not need to go into President Buhari’s extensive library of failed symbolism and failure to launch. His hostility to symbolism has had tragic consequences by not only undoing his anti-corruption war but also enhancing the rationality of corruption.

One such consequence is the way in which the work of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) is failing to eventuate in any drastic systemic changes. You cannot do better than Professors Itse Sagay and Bolaji Owasanoye. They are among Nigeria’s very best. And they and their colleagues are deploying unmatchable genius and innovation to provide a thoroughgoing national canvass for fighting corruption.

I was privileged to attend one of their brainstorming sessions in Abuja in the summer of 2016. It was a rich session, with so many brilliant ideas flying across the room.

However, I did warn the committee that the most brilliant idea, the most solid willpower on their part, still depends entirely on the willingness of the president to facilitate their work with symbolism. Without symbolic acts from the president, it will be impossible to reverse the rationality of corruption. For instance, a Director from the Federal Ministry of Information, who represented Lai Mohammed at the meeting, opined that to successfully combat corruption, the media must help the nation’s anti-corruption war with investigative journalism!

I couldn’t believe my ears. I reminded the Director that in our recent memory, Sahara Reporters, PREMIUM TIMES and the defunct NEXT newspapers – not to mention The Cable – all built their reputation almost exclusively on investigative journalism in the arena of corruption. Tolu Ogunlesi was in the room and I mentioned him as one of those rendered jobless when NEXT folded up due to a combination of factors ranging from poor management to hostility to its relentless investigative exposes into corruption under Goodluck Jonathan. President Jonathan even went on air to declare that newspaper an enemy.

What President Buhari lacks, I opined, is not help from investigative news media. Rather, it is the will to shift the paradigm with symbolic acts. President Jonathan greeted every investigative scoop into corruption around him with his trade mark, “I don’t give a damn”. President Buhari’s handling of the plethora of investigative scoops on the festering corruption of his lieutenants even makes the response of his predecessor sound like a responsible answer.

At least his predecessor said he didn’t give a damn. Sahara Reporters has been screaming about the fetid and mammoth corruption of Abba Kyari, Dambazzau, Buratai and a host of other Buhari lieutenants and the president’s answer has been something like silence is the best answer for a fool. Who is going to buy into PACAC’s splendid work when, at every turn, the president who empanelled them pulls the rug from under their feet and shreds it with his poverty of symbolism?

This lack of symbolism, this lack of change, has other consequences. When the incumbent fails to supply the symbolism needed to unravel the rational bases of the corruption of the moment, the corruption of the past begins to acquire its own logic of rationality in the hands of witting and unwitting revisionists.

You would have noticed by now that Dasuki has lost its capacity to shock – despite the daily revelations which have continued to drip. You would have noticed that despite the admissions of the key players in the Jonathan corruption industry – Diezani, Fayose, FFK, and the military officers facing trial – a space of rationality has been carved out to defend and make meaning of that plunder. I even recently read a “brilliant” expose saying that anybody who believes the Diezani heist figures must be sick.
Past corruption builds its rationality on the symbolic poverty of the incumbent. Those who betray the present do the most damage because they enable a rationality in which the past begins to appear to be not as bad as people had thought. And in the hands of brilliant revisionists and masters of discursive sleights of hand, the past can become really attractive.

This revisionist imperative is what is going on when you read essays stating, “Jonathan never did; or Jonathan never said; or Jonathan never promised…” Don’t worry. If you dig into the archives, you will discover that Jonathan did or said or promised precisely what the author is denying. Buhari’s failures and betrayals of the people’s trust are the enablers of the revisionist impulse through which past corruption acquires rationality.

This is not limited to the Buhari-Jonathan dynamic. Just as President Buhari’s tragic failure has opened a window of rationality for the behemoth corruption supervised by Jonathan, Jonathan’s own failures also provided the window through which former President Obasanjo’s empire of corruption acquired rationality.

Because Jonathan failed on the symbolism front during his own time, President Obasanjo who spent $16 billion on darkness, supervised Halliburton and Siemens, spent billions trying to buy NASS for his third term gamble, and exited Aso Rock as one of Africa’s richest men, is today strutting around the country chastising Jonathan and Buhari and giving lectures on corruption.
From the foregoing, it should be obvious that fighting corruption is but one small step of a huge journey. Addressing the modes of its acquisition of rationality is a more significant step. This acquisition of rationality is a function of the supply of symbolism – or lack thereof – by the incumbent.

President Buhari is again in London on a medical safari at public expense. His staff also jaunt to London for toothache at public expense. Given this reality, how am I supposed to deny a righteous Nigerian the rationality of his own individual corruption at a poolside in Lagos? I have no moral basis to do this because there is no symbolism from the top.

But I have a pragmatic basis to appeal to the righteous Nigerian to resist the temptation of using the symbolic failures of the buccaneers in the one percent as the rationalising alibi for his own individual corruption. President Buhari and members of the political class have no stake in Nigeria. Your Pastors and Imams have no stake in Nigeria. Their children are not in Nigeria. The bulk of their property is scattered from Dubai to New York via London.

When unbridled corruption sinks Nigeria, there will be no democracy of consequences. The tragedy will be borne exclusively by the 90 percent, not the one percent. The Yoruba say that when the sky falls, it is everybody’s burden. That does not apply to Nigeria’s liabilities. Those who stole billions and trillions will disappear overseas with their children.

You, stealing crumbs to survive and using the mega-corruption of the one percenters to rationalise your own individual corruption, have no place to go. The consequences of Nigeria’s unraveling will be borne by you and your children. It therefore behoves you to identify with any of the nascent values movements in the country.

The build-up towards 2019 is not singularly about politics. Beyond politics, there are energies being mobilised towards a renaissance of values by those who look at the bigger picture beyond 2019 and understand that the practice of democracy every four years will always be consumed by the rationality of corruption, until we fight and win other wars on other fronts – notably the values front.

Pius Adesanmi, a professor of English, is Director of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada.

This piece was written by Pius Adesanmi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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ASUP: Polytechnic Lecturers To Begin Nationwide Strike On Monday

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Polytechnic lecturers, under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), have declared that it will begin a nationwide one-week warning strike from Monday next week.

The union had already directed its members in all public polytechnics across the federation to ensure total compliance.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said all academic and administrative activities in Nigeria’s public polytechnics are terminated from 12 noon on January 30, to February 6, 2017.

He said: “The union therefore resolved at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC), held on the 25 January 2017 to embark on a one week warning strike effective 12 noon, January 30, 2017 to 6 February 2017 in the first instance.

“Members are therefore directed to ensure total compliance as no academic and administrative activity is expected in any public polytechnic across Nigeria within the period; and await further directives from the union’s organs.”

Mr Dutse also explained that the union had on two occasions in July and November last year communicated the decision of its NEC to withdraw the services of its members if a number of issues identified as undermining the sector are not addressed.

Specifically, on 14 November 2016, the correspondence to government conveyed a one month ultimatum to the government on the issues in contention.

Regrettably, the ASUP president stated that despite “the severity of the issues listed, government has not, within the intervening period demonstrated enough passion to address them , leaving the union with no choice especially as we have demonstrated enough patience in deferring the decision since August 2016.”

The issues in contention include the non-implementation of the report of the NEEDS Assessment report which as at July 2014 revealed that public polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria require injection of minimum of N652.6million to address the rot in infrastructure in the sector; sustained poor funding of public polytechnics as shown in the poor but yet unimplemented capital grant to polytechnics and deliberate attempts at frustrating the resolution of the meeting of the Council on Establishment held in July 2016 on the removal of entry level dichotomy against HND holders .

Other issues are victimization of union officials, non-release of union check off dues and interference in union activities; non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears; release of visitation panel report of Federal polytechnics and report of Ministerial panels to Federal polytechnics in Auchincloss, Oko’ Yaba and Ado-Ekiti; delay in the review of the Federal Polytechnic Act; non-commencement of renegotiation of the ASUP/government agreement of 2010 and government’s tardiness in the appointment of Rectors of Federal polytechnics.

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“My Wife Demands For N500 Before Sex“ | Man Begs Court For Divorce

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A certain man has approached a Customary Court, Igando, Lagos on Wednesday, seeking that the court ends his seven-year-old marriage to his wife, for allegedly demanding for money before sex.

The complainant, Mr Sunday Olaosebikan, who pleaded for dissolution, accused his wife, Mutiatu, of collecting money from him before accepting to have sex with him.

He told the court: “My wife always refuses me sex until she collects N 500.

“This, I am sure, is why she has not conceived after the birth of our only child, who is six- year old now.

“I am tired of paying N 500 per round before having sex with my wife , please dissolve the union .

Olaosebikan also told the court said that Mutiatu always threatens to kill him.

He said: “My wife is after my life, she stabs me with dangerous weapons whenever we have misunderstanding.

“She once stabbed me with a broken bottle on my head and I bled heavily which landed me in the hospital.

“Mutiatu used our kitchen knife as pillow , when I queried her; she said her pastor instructed her to use it against bad dreams.

“Many a times when I request for sex or during argument, she brings the knife out threatening to stab me.

“She is just aggressive and violent in nature ; she may kill me if I continue with the marriage.

“Because of her violent nature , I ran away from the house to avoid untimely death.”

He said that his family ejected his wife from his house for fear of unknown but that she came back begging, adding that he pitied her and accepted her back.

He said: “I accepted my wife back because I thought she had learnt her lesson , but she refused to change, instead she is getting worse day by day.”

The petitioner also said that his wife failed to respect him.

“My wife does not obey my orders; she always tells me that I cannot control her because we are age mate.”

He said that because of his wife’s bad behaviour, she could not get a steady job.

“Employers always sack her when she exhibited her character.’’

He further pleaded with the court to terminate the marriage.

The respondent was not in the court for her defence.

The President of the court , Mr Adegboyega Omilola , therefore , ordered bailiff to serve her another summon to appear in court and adjourned the case to Feb. 28 for further hearing.

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“My Wife Demands For N500 Before Sex“ | Man Begs Court For Divorce

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A certain man has approached a Customary Court, Igando, Lagos on Wednesday, seeking that the court ends his seven-year-old marriage to his wife, for allegedly demanding for money before sex.

The complainant, Mr Sunday Olaosebikan, who pleaded for dissolution, accused his wife, Mutiatu, of collecting money from him before accepting to have sex with him.

He told the court: “My wife always refuses me sex until she collects N 500.

“This, I am sure, is why she has not conceived after the birth of our only child, who is six- year old now.

“I am tired of paying N 500 per round before having sex with my wife , please dissolve the union .

Olaosebikan also told the court said that Mutiatu always threatens to kill him.

He said: “My wife is after my life, she stabs me with dangerous weapons whenever we have misunderstanding.

“She once stabbed me with a broken bottle on my head and I bled heavily which landed me in the hospital.

“Mutiatu used our kitchen knife as pillow , when I queried her; she said her pastor instructed her to use it against bad dreams.

“Many a times when I request for sex or during argument, she brings the knife out threatening to stab me.

“She is just aggressive and violent in nature ; she may kill me if I continue with the marriage.

“Because of her violent nature , I ran away from the house to avoid untimely death.”

He said that his family ejected his wife from his house for fear of unknown but that she came back begging, adding that he pitied her and accepted her back.

He said: “I accepted my wife back because I thought she had learnt her lesson , but she refused to change, instead she is getting worse day by day.”

The petitioner also said that his wife failed to respect him.

“My wife does not obey my orders; she always tells me that I cannot control her because we are age mate.”

He said that because of his wife’s bad behaviour, she could not get a steady job.

“Employers always sack her when she exhibited her character.’’

He further pleaded with the court to terminate the marriage.

The respondent was not in the court for her defence.

The President of the court , Mr Adegboyega Omilola , therefore , ordered bailiff to serve her another summon to appear in court and adjourned the case to Feb. 28 for further hearing.

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VIDEO: Morachi – Fire Down

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MOINC presents: Morachi @morachiofficial – Fire down directed by Patrick Elis

Exclusive Crisp video “Fire down” by Morachi.

Directed by Mr. Patrick Elis, the industries world best video director at some exclusive locations in Florida, Miami!!

Africa to the world movement.

Enjoy!

 

 

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VIDEO: Morachi – Fire Down

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MOINC presents: Morachi @morachiofficial – Fire down directed by Patrick Elis

Exclusive Crisp video “Fire down” by Morachi.

Directed by Mr. Patrick Elis, the industries world best video director at some exclusive locations in Florida, Miami!!

Africa to the world movement.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Dapo Tuburna, Bella Join Ycee at Tinny Entertainment

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Afrobeat musician, Dapo Tuburna and rapper Bella are the new additions to the Tinny Entertainment artist roll call.

The new acts were unveiled on the label’s website earlier today. This signing comes as a result of the label’s drive to discover and enhance young music talents to and produce top music brands.

The label, which has been home to rapper Ycee since 2012 was, founded by Timelehin ‘Tinny’ Arokodare who believes that great talent, deserves platforms to be experienced – “All we want to do is to harness youthful exuberance in a positive way. We are also in an expansion phase, and I am more than excited to share the music and projects from all our acts with the world”

Dapo Tuburna signs to Tinny Entertainment

Dapo Tuburna signs to Tinny Entertainment

Dapo Tuburna, real name Oladapo Olajide is best known for his vocal strength and prowess as a recording artist, his poise and charisma as a performing artist, and his knack for storytelling as a songwriter.

Bella signs to Tinny Entertainment

Bella signs to Tinny Entertainment

Bella, real name Mabel Alubo is known on the online community for her witty lyrics and bold aura on song covers and her two EPs, which she released independently.

It would, however, be recalled that Tinny Entertainment took a giant step in music business through the signing of it first artiste – Ycee in 2012. The relationship between Tinny Entertainment and Ycee has blossomed over the years, and the success enjoyed by the artiste is evident with the nominations and awards won over the years.

Furthermore, the signing of Dapo Tuburna and Bella comes right after the release of Ycee’s ‘Link Up’, the first single off his debut EP, ‘The First Wave.

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BREAKING: Usain Bolt Stripped Of His 2008 Olympics Relay Gold Medal

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The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, will have to return one of his nine Olympic gold medals after his Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

The International Olympic Committee, IOC, on Wednesday announced that it had withdrawn the 4x100m gold that Jamaica won at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Carter, who was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008, tested positive for methylhexaneamine

He was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the IOC in 2016, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Carter and all the members of the relay team including the world’s fastest man have therefore lost their gold medals for that particular event.

Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.

The team won in a then world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who will now have their medals upgraded. Brazil will receive bronze.

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BREAKING: Usain Bolt Stripped Of His 2008 Olympics Relay Gold Medal

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The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, will have to return one of his nine Olympic gold medals after his Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

The International Olympic Committee, IOC, on Wednesday announced that it had withdrawn the 4x100m gold that Jamaica won at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Carter, who was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008, tested positive for methylhexaneamine

He was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the IOC in 2016, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Carter and all the members of the relay team including the world’s fastest man have therefore lost their gold medals for that particular event.

Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.

The team won in a then world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who will now have their medals upgraded. Brazil will receive bronze.

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Cobhams Asuquo Unveils Plans For Debut Album

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Acclaimed Nigerian Music producer, Cobhams Asuquo has given lovers of good music something to look forward to this new year by announcing plans to release his first album as a performing artiste.

The album entitled ‘For You’ will be released at an exclusive album launch concert to hold in Lagos on March 12. For You is a 14 track album all of which was written and produced by Cobhams himself.

On Friday January 20, the talented songwriter and singer, shared a creative skit of him driving a Range Rover where he announced to fans across the world, the impending release of the album after five years of writing and recording. The video became a big viral sensation and the news of his debut album has been well received by fans and colleagues.

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His creative genius has been felt in the career of artistes within and outside Nigeria including Asa, TuFace, Diamond Platinum, Bez, Omawumi, Angelique Kidjo, Waje, Vanessa Mdee, Dare Art-Alade, Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Shola Allyson among others. Cobhams, who has worked with Bono on the One Campaign has also shared the stage with international acts such as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Common, Cold Play and Pearl Jam.

In a statement signed by the talented musician, he noted that the album marks the beginning of a new lease in his music career. “My musical journey as a recording and performing artiste begins with this album. There have been a few times that I wanted to release my own body of work, but I didn’t feel that the time was right.”

“In the last two years, I’ve put out more of my own singles, and I feel the time is right for the release of my debut album – to transition from a producer to a performing artiste – and share more of my heart and story.”

He explained further, “This will be the first release out of three different albums that I’ve been working on. Over the next couple of years, people can expect to hear more of my work and expressions as an artiste.”

 

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Four Dead As Suicide Bombers Attack Maiduguri

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The Borno Police Command on Wednesday morning confirmed the killing of four persons when three separate suspected suicide bomb attacks were halted by the military in Maiduguri, the state capital.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, the first attempted suicide attack took place in the midnight on Tuesday, while the other two took place early morning on Wednesday.

He said: “The first incident occurred around 24:45 hours on Tuesday, when a suspected suicide bomber tried to penetrate the metropolis through Usmanti village.

“As he tried to cross over near a military check point, he was sighted and gunned down by the soldiers on guard and the shooting triggered the explosive he was carrying, killing him alone.”

“The second incident happened this morning around 04:50 hours when a group of suspected suicide bombers also tried to penetrate the metropolis through Kaleri village.

“Unfortunately for them, there was a vigilant military check point in the place and one of them was sighted trying to cross the fence and was gunned down.’’

Chukwu further disclosed that the police bomb squad was invited after the explosive on the suspect refused to diffuse.

“But unknown to anybody, the remaining bomber had scaled through and moved about 200 meters away.

“She met some people and detonated her explosive killing herself and one other person,” he said.

The commissioner also said that the two persons around the vicinity were also injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

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Four Dead As Suicide Bombers Attack Maiduguri

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The Borno Police Command on Wednesday morning confirmed the killing of four persons when three separate suspected suicide bomb attacks were halted by the military in Maiduguri, the state capital.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, the first attempted suicide attack took place in the midnight on Tuesday, while the other two took place early morning on Wednesday.

He said: “The first incident occurred around 24:45 hours on Tuesday, when a suspected suicide bomber tried to penetrate the metropolis through Usmanti village.

“As he tried to cross over near a military check point, he was sighted and gunned down by the soldiers on guard and the shooting triggered the explosive he was carrying, killing him alone.”

“The second incident happened this morning around 04:50 hours when a group of suspected suicide bombers also tried to penetrate the metropolis through Kaleri village.

“Unfortunately for them, there was a vigilant military check point in the place and one of them was sighted trying to cross the fence and was gunned down.’’

Chukwu further disclosed that the police bomb squad was invited after the explosive on the suspect refused to diffuse.

“But unknown to anybody, the remaining bomber had scaled through and moved about 200 meters away.

“She met some people and detonated her explosive killing herself and one other person,” he said.

The commissioner also said that the two persons around the vicinity were also injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

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“Fulani Herdsmen Attacking Nigerians Are From Senegal, Mali”

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Most of the Fulani herdsmen involved in issues of insecurity in Nigeria are immigrants from Senegal and Mali, the Northern Governor’s Forum, NGF, asserted on Tuesday.

The group also added that it had resolved to work with relevant stakeholders to secure Nigeria’s borders and register Fulani immigrants entering into the country to rear cattle.

Speaking to pressmen at the end of the forum’s meeting in Kaduna, on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno, revealed that, at the meeting, the governors observed that most of the herdsmen involved in issues of insecurity are immigrants from Senegal and Mali.

“We also mapped out new strategies that would be used by the local Fulani herdsmen to rear their cattle without having to move across the country,” he said.

The Chairman emphasised the need for every Nigerian to see security as his or her business, pointing out that the nation would remain backward if there was no peace.

On the indigene/settler dichotomy, the governor said that there was a push by the forum towards national integration and cohesion so that every Nigerian could conveniently settle in any part of the country without suffering any form of discrimination.

“Some of the past governors of Kano State, like the late Sabo Bakin Zawo, from Niger, and Ibrahim Shekarau, from Borno, were not indigenes technically, but were assimilated and even attained the highest office in Kano,” he observed.

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7 Women Abducted, 3 Killed As Boko Haram Fighters Raid Borno Village

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About seven women were abducted with three other persons killed after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members on Monday attacked a village in the southern part of Borno State, witnesses and the police have said.

It was gathered that the incident took place in Ndagu Village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Speaking to Premium Times, Abbas Gava, leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, in Borno state, revealed that he got a report from one of his colleagues in Askira-Uba Local Government Area that Ndagu in Lassa district came under massive attack by Boko Haram.

He said: “At about 5.40 p.m. on Monday, Boko Haram group entered Ndagu Village near Lassa, and killed four persons, burnt houses and took away car.”

“We learnt that soldiers of the 115 Battalion and our vigilante operatives have gone on the trail of the terrorists”.

Also speaking, a resident of the affected village, Ibrahim Askira, said villages and communities in that area have witnessed several attacks by Boko Haram insurgents who would in most cases loot their food stores.

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Askira added that after the attack on Monday, many women were found missing and may have been abducted by the gunmen.

“As I speak with you now, many people who fled to the bush have not returned”, said Mr. Askira.

“We are not sure what has happened to the missing villagers but the gunmen also took away many women, whose number we cannot ascertain yet.

“The people in our village are completely traumatised due to this attack, we cannot be sure of our safety the next night.

“I call on the security agents to be more proactive in dealing with these Boko Haram boys. If the security leave us like this, they will finish us”, he said.

Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu, said:

“From the information we have, the attack took place three days ago and the intelligence gathered was that 7 women were abducted and three persons were also killed. Most of the villagers fled but their houses were completely razed down by fire which the attackers use to set them ablaze”.

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7 Women Abducted, 3 Killed As Boko Haram Fighters Raid Borno Village

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About seven women were abducted with three other persons killed after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members on Monday attacked a village in the southern part of Borno State, witnesses and the police have said.

It was gathered that the incident took place in Ndagu Village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

Top Boko Haram Fighter Arrested In Ikorodu, Lagos

Speaking to Premium Times, Abbas Gava, leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, in Borno state, revealed that he got a report from one of his colleagues in Askira-Uba Local Government Area that Ndagu in Lassa district came under massive attack by Boko Haram.

He said: “At about 5.40 p.m. on Monday, Boko Haram group entered Ndagu Village near Lassa, and killed four persons, burnt houses and took away car.”

“We learnt that soldiers of the 115 Battalion and our vigilante operatives have gone on the trail of the terrorists”.

Also speaking, a resident of the affected village, Ibrahim Askira, said villages and communities in that area have witnessed several attacks by Boko Haram insurgents who would in most cases loot their food stores.

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Askira added that after the attack on Monday, many women were found missing and may have been abducted by the gunmen.

“As I speak with you now, many people who fled to the bush have not returned”, said Mr. Askira.

“We are not sure what has happened to the missing villagers but the gunmen also took away many women, whose number we cannot ascertain yet.

“The people in our village are completely traumatised due to this attack, we cannot be sure of our safety the next night.

“I call on the security agents to be more proactive in dealing with these Boko Haram boys. If the security leave us like this, they will finish us”, he said.

Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu, said:

“From the information we have, the attack took place three days ago and the intelligence gathered was that 7 women were abducted and three persons were also killed. Most of the villagers fled but their houses were completely razed down by fire which the attackers use to set them ablaze”.

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How Fayose Foiled DSS Plan To Arrest Apostle Suleiman In Ekiti

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Wednesday morning foiled an attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in Ado Ekiti.

The popular pastor, it was learnt, was preaching against Islamizing Nigeria and asked members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to resist the killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who he alleged of targeting Christians for decimation.

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It was also gathered that Apostle Suleiman, who was in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade that was also attended by Fayose, was trailed after paying a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House to his hotel room by the operatives of the DSS.

He was trailed by the security operatives in the Adebayo area of the State capital, who almost forced their way to his room but were resisted by security men of the hotel that insisted to know their mission.

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Upon sensing the danger, the Pastor then called Governor Fayose who personally led a rescue mission to prevent the abduction of the Pastor and took him to safety.

While narrating his ordeal, the Pastor said, “I came to Ado Ekiti for a crusade. But I had a premonition that I was being trailed after I preached that Christians should retaliate any attack or killings by the Fulani herdsmen. These Fulani headmen had turned many Christians to orphans and widowers but the time has come to protect ourselves.

“I received several calls from hidden numbers trying to locate where I am and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to come nearer me. So when the men of DSS came in the middle of the night I knew their mission and I had to call the Governor because if they arrest me, they will put this country in fire”.

Reacting to the incident, Governor Fayose said:

“If they have any issue with him instead of arresting him in the dead of the night after a powerful and spirit-filled crusade in my State.”

“I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is armless that could be invited if they have any issue against him. Are Christians and Moslems under different dispensation of the rule of law? . That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled.

“But we have information that instructions came from DSS in Abuja that the Pastor should be arrested. We are not in a fascist state, Federal Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression”.

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Lewandowski Says Barcelona Or Real Madrid Are Not A Step Up From Bayern

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Bayern Munich talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski insists joining either Barcelona or Real Madrid will not be a step up from Bayern Munich .

The Poland international has been a subject of transfer to the La Liga , with Barcelona and Madrid contending for his signature. He signed a four-and-a-half year contract extension in December committing his future to the Allianz Arena.

Lewandowski believes there’s no reason for him to consider a move at the moment, saying the Bavaria outfit is at the same level as the top clubs in Spain.

“Bayern are one of the best teams in the world and on a par with Real Madrid and Barcelona,” he told Sport Bild. “A move for me would not mean a step up. We can win every trophy.

“Besides, I feel very comfortable in Munich.”

Team-mate Arjen Robben has expressed a concern at Bayern’s squad size, but Lewandowski believes the number is ideal for keeping the players motivated.

“It’s not as though we only have 14 players,” he said. “I think the squad size is perfect and can be our big asset in the fight for the title.

“The number of players is just right. It makes sure that all the players are motivated because everyone sees the chance to be in the first XI.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and face Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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Borussia Dortmund Want £68.5 Million For Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £68.5million price tag on reported Manchester City and Real Madrid target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Borussia Dortmund club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admits he will sit down club president Reinhard Rauball and sporting director Michael Zorc to assess the situation.

“We can never guarantee that a player will stay with Borussia Dortmund forever, but our strength is to always find new solutions,’ the Dortmund chief told Kicker TV.

“With an €80m offer, I would be thinking about Rauball and Zorc. If we had one (an offer), we would have to get together with Pierre-Emerick.

“We always have to differentiate between situations where there is such an offer, but we have no pressure… I would prefer it if no offer came.”

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