Mourinho: Fans Will Do Anything To Make Ibrahimovic Stay One More Season

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Jose Mourinho believes the fans at Manchester United will do anything, including camp outside of Ibrahimovic’s house to keep at the club for one more year.

The Swede has not signed a contract extension, with his one year contract due to expire at the end of the season.

But Mourinho, believes the Old Trafford faithfuls will do anything to ensure he stays for an extra year after his double helped them claim the EFL Cup.

“If needed, United fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night,” Mourinho told reporters after Ibrahimovic’s 87th-minute winner.

“I never beg – but if needed I think they will go for sure. We all want him to stay with us for one more season and we all believe he is going to.”

Mourinho praised Ibrahimovic’s bold decision to come to England so late in his distinguished career and hailed the impact he has made at United.

“I was his manager – I know the potential,” said the manager.

“Only a silly player comes to England at 35 years old, with the successful career that Zlatan has, only a silly player comes here if he doesn’t feel he can do it.

“Who better to know, him or me or you? To take the challenge to come to a country like England, a club like Manchester United.

“When he takes that decision he feels he is ready. It is his credit, not my credit. It is his merit, everything for him.”

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Albrighton: Ranieri Reports Are Lies

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Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton has denied talks that he was involved in the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri and he says the speculation makes him very angry.

Less than a year after winning the EPL trophy with Leicester, Ranieri was sacked after losing the first leg of the UCL last-16 to Sevilla.

Reports claim Albrighton, Morgan, Vardy and Schmeichel met with the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following their 2-1 Champions League defeat against Sevilla on Wednesday, which led to Ranieri’s exit.

In a statement, Albrighton said: “I rarely comment on press stories, however I am very angry and upset with The Times’ article and other speculation suggesting I was involved in any discussions or meetings regards the manager’s departure.

“This is totally incorrect. I had a good relationship with the manager and total respect for what he achieved for the club. I spoke with him after he left and thanked him personally for everything he did for me.

“At the worst time of my family’s life, the manager helped me achieve something I didn’t think in my wildest dreams would be possible. It helped us to be positive about something when everything was negative.

“The first day I met the manager he told me he believed in me; before the last game of his LCFC reign, he told me the same.

“I will never be truly able to thank him for everything he has helped me achieve and the faith he has shown in me and he knows that I always did my best for him.”

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Ibrahimovic: It Is Everything I Predicted

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has lifted his first trophy with United and he is not at all surprised, saying this was what he predicted.

Ibrahimovic, who joined on free transfer from PSG in the summer, scored a brace to beat Southampton 3-2. He has 26 goals in all competitions.

And the 35-year-old was asked after his match-winning display in the final if he was surprised by how well his debut season has gone.

“No, no. This is what I predicted. Everything I thought would happen,” he told Sky Sports. “The only thing is the others didn’t see it. And I came here to show them what I saw and what I would do.

“Apparently to many I could not do it, but I keep going and doing what I am doing every year.”

“This is what I came for, I came to win and I am winning,” he said. “I have to keep going because the more I win the more satisfied I get.

“You appreciate winning more the older you get, it’s all about winning and collecting trophies. This is my 32nd trophy, wherever I have been I have won.”

“It was nice. It was very nice,” he said. “They came back to 2-2 and we looked a bit tired, but then I got the chance and I scored.

“It was a fantastic cross from [Ander] Herrera. This is a team effort, it’s not individual.”

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Pochettino Hails Kane As One Of The Best Strikers In The World

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Harry Kane scored a hattrick in the 4-0 win over Stoke City and has received praise from manager Mauricio Pochettino, who believes he is one of the best strikers in the world.

Kane scored all three of his goals in the first half and created the fourth for Dele Alli, to seal the win in the first half.

Tottenham are now second on the table and the EngEngland striker already has 22 goals in all competitions.

“[Kane] is playing at a very good level,” the Tottenham boss told BBC Sport. “He’s a fantastic player and one of the top strikers in the world.

“He deserves it, because he’s a great professional and a top man. I am happy for him.”

Pochettino was equally pleased with the way his side bounced back from the disappointment of their Europa League exit to Gent on Thursday.

“I think it was fantastic in a week that was difficult for us,” he said. “After Thursday – with less than 72 hours to recover – we need to feel proud.

“It was a very, very good game for us. The target is to keep going and try to be there if something happens. The objective is to catch up [to league leaders Chelsea] and you need to be there and be very close to take the possibility.”

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Ibrahimovic Wins EFL Cup For United

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Manchester United have won their first major title of the season, with Ibrahimovic scoring a brace to secure the EFL Cup for Mourinho’s men.

Manolo Gabbiadini had his opener incorrectly disallowed as offside, before Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a free kick.

Lingard scored the second goal to put United two goals up, only for Gabbiadini to score either side of the break to give the saints hope of getting back into the match.

However, United must have been destined to lift the trophy, as Ibrahimovic headed in the winning goal with three minutes left to play.

United emerged victorious in the final of the EFL Cup, winning the encounter 3-1.

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Fabregas Feels Humbled After 300 PL Games

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Cesc Fabregas made his 300th Premier League appearance in the 3-1 win over Swansea with Chelsea and he feels humbled and very proud.

Chelsea stretched their lead at the summit to 11 points, with Fabregas scoring a goal and getting an assist.

The Spain international is happy with his achievements and reflected on the roles of his past managers.

“To be honest, I feel humbled and very proud,” Fabregas told Chelsea’s official website. “I’ve worked very hard to make it to 300 [games] and all I can say is thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this mark – to Arsenal, to Chelsea, to Arsene Wenger, Mourinho, Hiddink and Antonio.

“Obviously thanks goes to all the fans who support me, my family and friends as well. It has been many years, although it doesn’t feel like it, it feels like it was yesterday, but it’s been a long journey and hopefully it will be an even longer one.”

Fabregas believes he could have improved his return against the Swans, revealing his disappointment at scoring only once.

“I could have had a hat-trick,” he added. “I had a few chances, but the most important thing was that the team won.

“I felt it was a very difficult game and we knew it would be. Swansea have changed since the new manager [Paul Clement] has come in, they play very compact, so it was difficult for us.

“Like every Premier League game, you have to work hard, you have to dig in, and in the second half we had to show our character and come back into the game. It wasn’t easy at all so I’m very happy for the win.”

“At the end of the day you play 38 games like everybody else,” he said. “Some teams have a good period at the beginning, other teams finish stronger. Ultimately you will play against everyone and you just have to be regular and try to be solid every time you play.

“At the moment we feel good but I agree completely with the manager: there is still a long way to go.”

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Patrick van Aanholt Hails Sam Allardyce Effect

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It’s taken a little while, but Patrick van Aanholt believes Crystal Palace are starting to feel the impact of Sam Allardyce.

Two months after Allardyce’s appointment Palace finally showed some of the organisation and resilience which his teams usually demonstrate as they beat Middlesbrough on Saturday.

And Van Aanholt – whose first-half goal secured a 1-0 victory – insists that was largely because of the effects of the hosts’ recent work.

“We trained very hard because we didn’t have a game last week and after that we got a couple of days off, because rest is also important,” he told the club website.

“We came back together, worked hard in the week and that’s paid off. We showed everyone we were up for winning the game and we did.

“We were very good (defensively). In the first half we came out and were dominant, like, ‘We’re here to win this game’. It was an unbelievable moment for me (to score).”

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Republic of Ireland Coach Martin O’Neill Rules Himself Out Of Leicester City Job

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Martin O’Neill has ruled out a return to Leicester.

The Republic of Ireland manager, who led the Foxes between 1995-2000, has told BBC Five Live: “I am really enjoying being an international manager and we have a job to do. 

“We have got a big World Cup qualifying game coming up in a couple of weeks time against Wales and I couldn’t be distracted [by the thought of returning to the Premier League as Leicester City manager]. 

“I want to see if we can try and get through, whether we don’t, whether we fall flat on our faces, I don’t know but the Euros last year were great and I am getting so much enjoyment out of this. 

“I wouldn’t be going [to Leicester]. I am enjoying this at the moment.”

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Ajax Goalkeeper Andre Onana Would Love To Return To Barcelona

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Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana admits he would love to rejoin former club Barcelona at some point in the future.

The Cameroon international spent five years at Barca’s youth academy before moving to Ajax in 2015.

He impressed for the Dutch giants but admits he would not pass up the chance to return to the Camp Nou.

“We’ll see if I return to Barcelona,” he told Marca. “If I leave Ajax, it’ll be to join an even bigger club. You have to do everything right here before going back, but I’d like to return.

“I have a lot of beautiful memories of my time at La Masia (Barca’s academy), but I had to leave to grow as a footballer. It was a decision I had to make. They had just signed Claudio Bravo and it wasn’t clear whether I’d get a chance so I left – had I stayed everything would have been more difficult.”  

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Mignolet: Liverpool Are Better Without Suarez

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Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool are a stronger side than when Luis Suarez played for them.

Mignolet’s first season at Merseyside saw Liverpool finish two points behind Manchester City in second. With Suarez championing that season for them with 31 goals and 21 assists in 33 appearances.

However, the Belgian says Liverpool don’t rely on individual brilliance to perform since the arrival of Klopp.

“We’ve got 25 players in the dressing room but in the end there are only 11 who can play, so there are always going to be a few guys disappointed each weekend,” he said.

“We are fighting for the same objective, though, and I think that is our strength this season: we perform as a team.

“When I first came here it was more about certain individuals, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were scoring all the goals and Steven Gerrard was still playing. Now the danger comes from the strength and unity of the squad.

“We are all pressing together and relying on each other to defend, rather than hoping someone will score us a goal at the other end of the pitch.

“Back in the day, if you could stop Luis, you had a chance against Liverpool but now you have to face a whole team playing for each other and I guess that’s a lot harder.”

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Arsenal And Chelsea Send Scouts To Watch Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam

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Both Arsenal and Chelsea have sent scouts to follow Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam, according to reports in Italy.

The Premier League duo are rumoured to be following the player with a view of possibly signing the left-back in the summer.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Arsenal scouts will be present at the match between Napoli and Atalanta this week in order to scout Faouzi Ghoulam, along with Lorenzo Insigne who the Gunners are reportedly set to open talks with.

Ghoulam, an Algerian international with 23 caps to his name, joined the Italian side from AS Saint-Etienne back in the winter transfer window of 2014 for a fee reportedly worth €5 million, and immediately became first choice under then-manager Rafael Benitez.

Faouzi Ghoulam was a success in his first six months in Italy and helped Napoli to a third-placed finish under the manager. He has since become one of the key members of the Partenopei and has been one of their most consistent performers this season.

Ghoulam has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and it was reported earlier this month that Antonio Conte’s side would test the waters with a bid for Ghoulam in the summer after reports emerged that he was stalling on a new contract in Naples.

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“Tottenham Are 10 Years Behind Arsenal”

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown does not think Tottenham have any thing over Gunners, as he believes they’re 10 years behind.

Spurs have not been able to finish top of Arsenal since the 1994-95 season, they could have managed to last season, but lost to Newcastle at the end of the season.

And even though they’re leading Arsenal with goals in the ongoing season, Keown still thinks they’re way behind Arsenal.

“They’re 10 years behind Arsenal,” he told BT Sport. “The Wembley effect, we did that, and it was never going to be successful for them.

“I don’t think Spurs fans should get too far ahead of themselves. They have a smaller squad, and that’s due to financial constraints.

“They’re building a brand-new stadium. We’ve already heard about that from Arsenal and how restrictive that was, so they already have that to contend with.”

Meanwhile he had praise for manager Mauricio Pochettino, in particular the way he has succeeded in getting a crop of English players to excel.

“Look at the way he’s nurtured the players, we’re looking at Kyle Walker playing out of his skin, Danny Rose,” he added.

“The performances of some of these players, Dier, we’ve a lot to be grateful for.”

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Can’t Fight Xenophobia With Xenophobia

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Can’t Fight Xenophobia With Xenophobia – Simon Kolawole

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Something unNigerian happened in Abuja on Thursday: protesters vandalised an MTN office in an apparent reprisal mission over the perennial xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. MTN, being the biggest South African company in the country, is by far the easiest for reprisal. This, I suppose, was meant to send a message to South Africans that their interests in Nigeria are also at risk if they do not relent in their shameful targeting of Nigerians. It would seem Nigerians in the former apartheid enclave have committed an offence by doing well economically. When you flourish in a foreign land more than many of your hosts, envy and resentment are to be expected.

This piece was written by Simon Kolawole. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

I said the Abuja reprisal is unNigerian because, to the best of my memory, Nigerians do not assault foreigners unprovoked. We even tend to treat foreigners better than fellow Nigerians. We must rank among the most accommodating societies in the world. Like a Nigerian who suffered xenophobic attacks in South Africa two years ago told the BBC: “If I should take you to my place, my mother would make your food first every morning before making my own food. That is how welcoming we are. That is how we show appreciation to foreigners.” He was described as “Ibo” but I can assure you that my mum would do the same thing. It is very Nigerian!

SERAP Wants SADC To Sanction South Africa Over Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians, Others

In a funny way, the attack on MTN in Abuja did not hurt South Africans — it hurt the Nigerian employees instead. Their phones and laptops were stolen. They were assaulted. So Nigerians are being robbed and molested in faraway South Africa — and, to retaliate, Nigerians are robbing and molesting fellow Nigerians in Abuja! You may say this is the dumbest thing to do, but I could see that many Nigerians — including those who should know better — were delighted. They even asked for more South African companies, such as Multichoice and Shoprite, to be targeted. Indeed, Nigerian students have asked a couple of South African companies to leave the country.

Why are South African thugs always attacking Nigerians? I think there are political and economic roots to the malady. Politically, Nigeria and South Africa have become fierce rivals since the end of apartheid. There is a struggle between the two to lead Africa. Nigeria, having contributed so much — more than any other country, I dare say — to the liberation of South Africa from apartheid, believes it deserves some deference from the southern African country. South Africa, having been built into a mini-Europe by the apartheid government, believes it should be the pre-eminent country in Africa. They feel superior to the rest of Africa, Nigeria inclusive.

When the question is asked, for instance, on the African country that should get a permanent seat in the Security Council of the UN — in the event that the Big Five are in a generous mood to admit more members — the battle is directly between Nigeria and South Africa, with Egypt putting up a slight fight. Nigeria displays as its credential the role it plays in peace-keeping across the continent and its financial and material support to poorer African countries, not forgetting its enormous population. South Africa flaunts its economic might and level of physical development, which is clearly ahead in sub-Sahara Africa. Pride is thus at play between the two countries.

However, the ascension of Mr. Jacob Zuma to power in South Africa seems to have magnified the rivalry between the two countries, who are working very hard to outplay each other in the politics of African Union. We should remember that South Africa and Nigeria took different positions in the crisis that rocked Cote d’Ivoire after the defeat of the recalcitrant President Laurent Gbagbo in the 2011 elections. In the crisis that engulfed Libya, eventually leading to the death of Muammar Ghaddafi, Nigeria and South Africa did not see eye to eye. We can safely conclude that there is no love lost between the two countries.

The political rivalry, I suspect, has spilled into other areas of human endeavour. The South African white economic elite, empowered by massive accumulation of capital under apartheid, had invaded the rest of Africa at the end of white minority rule. They had the biggest telecom companies, the biggest supermarket chains, the biggest banks and the biggest media companies. They were always going to dominate Africa. In no time, South African Airways, MTN, Vodacom, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Spar, Steers, Debonairs, Hungry Lion, Mr. Price, Woolworths and DStv were all over the continent, prospering spectacularly in the huge Nigerian market.

But there are two South Africas in this game. There is the White South Africa and the Black South Africa. White South Africa is prosperous and adventurous while the Black South Africa is poor and desperate. The poor and desperate South Africa was created by the white supremacists who treated blacks as foot mat under apartheid, denying them good education and oppressing them mindlessly for decades. It will take several generations to undo this damage. White South Africa owns the big corporations, although the black middle class is gradually being initiated into the inner circle. Nevertheless, the majority of blacks are still struggling to breathe.

Now, the narrative of “Superior South Africa” is no longer limited to White South Africa; the black “nouveau riche” are also in on it. The poor and desperate blacks have also apparently been indoctrinated into seeing other Africans, particularly Nigerians, as different from themselves. They possibly see themselves as “black Europeans”. The success of immigrant businesses in South Africa is thus viewed by them as a threat and a nuisance. They cannot understand how Nigerians will come into their country and be making it big while they are struggling. The result is that Black South Africa now “beefs” us. We are easy targets when their economic frustrations boil over.

It gets complicated that some Nigerians are into crime — drug, fraud and prostitution. This provides an excellent excuse for South Africans to lump everybody together and conclude that Nigerians are “destroying” their country. Although Nigerians may not be able to run big corporations very well (most of our so-called big companies are one-man businesses that can hardly survive in a competitive economy), we are not bad in small business. Nigerian SMEs are doing very well in South Africa. Therefore, the poor and desperate South Africans cannot but envy and despise the prospering Nigerians. Their frustration and resentment are conjoined. Hence the attacks.

I have two conclusions. One, it is time for the Nigerian government to stand up strongly for Nigerians. Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the foreign affairs minister, should summon the South African high commissioner and deliver a firm message to him. Also, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should call up Zuma and let it be known that we too have the capacity to hurt them without throwing a single stone. It appears the South African government is deliberately not doing enough to protect Nigerians, maybe for political reasons. In fact, Nigerians complain that the authorities look the other way when they are being attacked. What a shame.

Two, the federal government should continue to protect South Africans and their assets in Nigeria. Nigerians are not known for xenophobia. We must not allow some misguided and deranged hate-mongers down below to distort our culture. We should, I propose, not repay evil with evil. We should not allow the conduct of the thugs to shape our own reaction. Hospitality to foreigners is a cultural thing for Nigerians. We cannot afford to lose it. An eye for an eye, it is said, will only make the whole world blind. We cannot fight xenophobia with xenophobia. When they go low, Michelle Obama said, we go high. Word.

“It appears the South African government is deliberately not doing enough to protect Nigerians, maybe for political reasons. In fact, Nigerians complain that the South African authorities look the other way when they are being attacked”


You will never understand how overjoyed I was when I heard that the acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, paid an unscheduled visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday. Not just that, he even inspected the God-damned toilets, conveyor belt, travelator, escalator and carousel. Osinbajo expressed dissatisfaction with most of what he saw. I love that. We have been complaining about this intercontinental embarrassment for years but we were ignored. It appears the airport has been deliberately left to rot in order to market Nigeria as an unserious country. Yet we keep saying we want to promote tourism, trade and investment. Jokers.


Mr. Kola Awodein, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has admitted giving Justice Adeniyi Ademola, a judge now facing corruption trial, a “gift” of N500,000 for his daughter’s wedding. Judges are normally not expected to accept gifts from lawyers — neither are lawyers expected to give gifts to judges. But this case is particularly interesting because Ademola was handling a case involving Awodein’s client, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the time. The bigger problem, though, is that since many judges are on trial for receiving “gifts”, Nigerians will be watching how this particular case goes. One gift can certainly not be more equal than others. Intriguing.


The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) appears to be the first Nigerian public university to introduce student assessment of their teachers. UNN students will now grade their lecturers on the quality of instruction. The days of the “almighty lecturer” may be over — assuming the authorities will do something about teachers consistently rated poorly. It’s a common practice abroad. There is another practice I would want Nigerian universities to adopt: appointing two markers for every paper (preferably one male and one female). If both cannot agree on a grade, an external marker will make the final decision. The issue of sex-for-marks will be tackled forever. Innovative.


On a visit to Canada last year, I could not believe the pervasiveness of free WiFi in the country. Virtually every shopping mall, eatery and gas station made WiFi available at no cost. Someone once joked that WiFi should be a fundamental human right, and I’m beginning to toe that line too. It was gladdening to hear that Mavin Records founder Don Jazzy and technology company, Tsaboin, have launched Flobyt, a free WiFi service, in Nigeria. Mr. Dele Odufuye, Tsaboin MD/CEO, said the service has been installed across several locations in Lagos. The locations include eateries, parks, taxis, buses, restaurants, and cafés. This is really good news. Connecting!

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Bola Tinubu Speaks On The Possibility Of Contesting For President [Watch Video]

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An erstwhile governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that he cannot rule out the possibility of contesting for the office of the President of Nigeria.

Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, maintained that, that could only happen if there is a vacancy at Aso Rock.

The former Lagos governor made this known on Friday during the inauguration of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the newly elected governor of Ondo state.


If not for the consideration of a Muslim-Muslim ticket, Tinubu would have been the running mate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election.

As a result of this, he had to cede the slot to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

In a video obtained by Sahara Reporters, Tinubu said contesting for any office in Nigeria is an opportunity to serve his country, but added that such ambition is dependent on other political factors.

 “You see there is nothing wrong with such ambition. It depends on the timing and the environment and what political leadership dictates. I will not brush aside such an aspiration,” Tinubu said.

Tinubu further alluded to President Buhari’s several attempts at the presidency before finally winning in 2015.

”It has been historical even that Buhari tried first, second, third, and forth before he got it. Resilience, determination, and clarity of purpose. Maybe as a senator, maybe as a president, you cannot rule it out. How can I rule such a thing out, the opportunity to service my country but you only do that when there is a vacancy” he said.

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Khan To Face Pacquiao In April

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WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will face Amir Khan in April, after the pair took to Twitter to confirm they’ll be facing in the ring.

Khan stepped up to middleweight for his last fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2016, which he lost.

And now Khan and Pacquiao have both taken to Twitter today to announce they’ll be fighting on the 23rd of April. However, a location is yet to be decided, with Bolton or Manchester or the UAE a possible location.

“Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted,” Pacquiao tweeted.

“My team an I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight #pacquiaokhan #April23rd,” tweeted Khan.

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Just In: Two Germans Regain Freedom In Nigeria After Abduction

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Two Germans who were kidnapped in Kaduna State have been released unharmed, according to police.

The German archaeologists, Peter Breunig, a professor, and Johannes Behringer were released by their captors on Saturday evening near the city of Kaduna, a police source told Premium Times.

 “Yes, they were released last night (Saturday) by their kidnappers. No ransom was paid,” a senior police officer said in Kaduna.

“We are expecting an official statement from Force Headquarters , Abuja with details of their release.”

Also confirming their release, senior officials at the police headquarters in Abuja revealed that investigations are ongoing to arrest the kidnappers.

“Investigations are very much on, and we believe we will get them (the kidnappers),” a senior officer knowledgeable about the investigations said in Abuja.

On Wednesday, the Germans were kidnapped in Jenjela village, Kagarko emirate of Kagargo Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The two archaeologists were working about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Kaduna, studying the ancient Nok culture, when they were attacked, police said.

While attempting to foil the abduction, two local hunters were killed in the process.

The kidnappers later demanded N60 million as ransom, while the police deployed special forces and aerial surveillance to secure their release.

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Wilder Stops Washington With TKO In Fifth Round

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Deontay Wilder was cautious, but emerged victorious after his vicious right hand stopped his challenger, Gerald Washington in the fifth round.

Wilder still appeared to be suffering from his hand and bicep injuries in his right hand. And there is still a possibility of a unification fight against IBF title-holder Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker later in the year.

The Alabama native did not expect his athleticism to be matched by his last minute replacement for Andrzej Wawrzyk, Gerald Washington, who caused him problems earlier by evading his punches.

Wilder was better in the fourth round, as he landed a left to the body abandoning his quest to hit the head.

He put an end to it all in the fufth roundround, when his right hand connected with his head and followed it with his right as Washington’s guard faltered.

Washington beat the count , but before he could stand , Wilder unleashed a flurry of hooks that forced the referee to call a halt.

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SERAP Wants SADC To Sanction South Africa Over Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians, Others

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written an open letter to King Mswati III of Swaziland, and Chairperson, Southern African Development Community, (SADC).

In the letter dated February 24, 2017, the group urged the King to “convene an emergency summit of the SADC heads of state and government to discuss the persistent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in South Africa.”

The group further sought that SADC “Use the Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation within SADC to immediately set up an independent and impartial body to investigate all acts of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals. The investigation’s findings and recommendations should be made public, suspected perpetrators brought to justice and victims must enjoy the right to an effective remedy and reparation.”

In the letter signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation said that, “persistent and longstanding xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals, the complete impunity of perpetrators and the failure of the authorities to provide an effective remedy and reparation to victims directly undermine SADC mandates on regional integration and human rights.”

The letter reads in part: “The immigration status of Nigerians and other foreign nationals who are victims of the attacks in South Africa can never justify any xenophobic attacks on them.”

“SERAP is seriously concerned about the apparent complicity of the South African authorities and officials in persistent and serious human rights violations and abuses against thousands of Nigerians living in the country, and/or the failure of the authorities to exercise due diligence to prevent those violations and abuses.”

“We are also concerned about the failure of the South African authorities to provide an effective remedy and reparation to victims, including restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.”

“SERAP urges you to use the opportunity of your term as chair of SADC to put pressure on the South African government to resolve the persistent occurrence of xenophobia in the country and ensure there is no impunity for the perpetrators.”

“The SADC must remind the government of its obligations and commitments including under the SADC treaties and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to protect everyone including Nigerians living in its territory from violent attacks, regardless of their status.”

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Toke Makinwa In Trouble As Her Estranged Hubby, Maje Reportedly Files N100million Lawsuit Over “On Becoming”

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There are strong indications that Maje Ayida, Toke Makinwa’s estranged husband, has filed a N100 million lawsuit against her for defamation of character.

The report is coming on the back of threats by fitness expert, Maje, that he was going to do so if she did not cease the publicity for her tell-all memoir “On Becoming” which he claimed was defamatory.

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Toke, a TV host, had written a tell-it-all book “On Becoming” and released it on 28th November, 2016, documenting her sour marriage to Ayida, a celebrity gym expert.

In a letter sent earlier, Ayida’s lawyers had written to Toke to stop the sale of the book.

She was also asked to remove parts of the book that were considered defamatory to their clients (Ayida’s) , but she ignored the complaint.

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Toke is known for co-hosting `Moments’ on EL Television on DSTV Cable Channel 165, the Morning Drive on Rhythm 93.7 FM and her YouTube blog series.

“On becoming’ is my journey through pain to victory,’’ said Toke, who suffered a public marriage crash with Ayida in June 2015, said.

“Today I become….I hereby introduce you to #OnBecoming.,’’ she wrote on her Instagram.

She explained that each time someone tells her to write a book, she felt the idea was good but deep there was always the uncertainty.

“I felt the idea was great but deep down I was still unsure (fear maybe)…Then came June 2015 and my world fell apart. My world crushed completely and in all of the pain, I heard it again.’’

“This time, I knew what happened to me happened for a reason…I am a city set on a hill.

“My life reflects God’s glory. I have been given a platform to share and God was going to use my pain. In the pain, there was a message and On Becoming was conceived,’’ she said.

Toke is currently on a book tour of the U.K, to sell and launch the book.

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The Killing Fields of Kaduna State And The Maikori Affair

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The Killing Fields of Kaduna State and the Maikori Affair, By Jibrin Ibrahim

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Kaduna State is characterized by a marked identity pattern in which there is a polarisation between two groups. On the one hand, the Hausa-Fulani community, mainly from the Zaria Emirate to the North, which has over the past five hundred years had “implantations” in the area now known as Southern Kaduna, previously known as Southern Zaria and once under the authority of the Zaria Emirate. In Zangon Kataf, Jere, Kachia, Kasuwan Magani, Saminaka, Gwantu and Godogodo, there are significant Hausa-Fulani minorities, some of which have been there for hundreds of years. The other community is referred to by historians as the Confederation of Kankuma or Kwangoma, which historically had similar cultures of ancestral worship, carrying the legacy of the famous Nok Culture that is dated at about 3,000 years B.C. It is composed of numerous ethnic and linguistic groups and is today characterised by a strong Christian identity.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

The historical relationship between the two groups has been conflictual and go back a long way. During the pre-colonial period, the area was subjected to slave raids emanating from the Zaria Emirate. With colonialism, the zone was placed under the administrative control of Zaria Emirate, which sent district heads from Zaria to administer the area. Over the period, conflict-generating mechanisms developed as the people of Southern Kaduna developed resistance to what they considered to be domination and subordination by a Muslim authority over them.

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As in other parts of Nigeria, Kaduna State has a high level of transhumance pastoralism practiced by the nomadic Fulani, who move seasonally with their animals in search of fodder and water. There are also many settled Fulani communities with cattle in the zone. Conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in Southern Kaduna have grown as a result of several factors. First, the destruction of farmlands and crops by Fulani cattle. Second, the blockage of traditional cattle routes and water points due to the development of large farms and encroachment by farming communities on grazing areas. Third, the rapid decrease in land availability for livestock rearing with population growth, as more land is being brought under cultivation. Given the growing rise of cattle rustling and rural banditry in the country, Southern Kaduna finds itself in the vortex of the violence.

While the cyclical violence is very real, the point must also be made that the situation is being exacerbated by the spread of widespread rumours and fake news that have played an incendiary role in stoking the flames of crisis. As in all violent conflicts, truth is one of the first victims. This can be illustrated with the example of the Audu Maikori story. On January 23, 2017, one Audu Maikori went to town with tweets claiming that his driver’s younger brother and five other students of the College of Education, Gidan Waya were ambushed and killed by herdsmen. The tweets appeared to be a factual account of what had happened to someone who is known. The tweets and Facebook accounts explained that the story broke because the driver carrying the students was Fulani, and since he was kith and kin to the killers, his life was spared. The same day the story broke, the school issued an immediate denial saying none of their students had been killed and that the school had no department of Mass Communication as claimed by the storytellers. The rebuttal by the school received very little coverage.

What happened next was an escalation of the story by Vanguard newspaper. Their reporter, Luka Binniyat, acting on the story posted by Audu Maikori on Twitter and Facebook, produced a report entitled, “5 College of Education students killed in Southern Kaduna”. In the report, which was published a day after the denial of such occurrence by the school, an elaborate story was told and names were mentioned of one of the victims, James Joseph, his age, department in the school, his native town, as well as a detailed description of the fatal journey. The writer went further to claim to have spoken to a management staff of the College on condition of anonymity. This lent the story credibility and caused the outcry on “murderous Fulani herdsmen” to gain more traction. The story became concrete “evidence” of mass killings.

On February 4, 2017 however, Audu Maikori retracted his story on Twitter and Facebook with an apology. He explained that his driver had confessed to making up the story so that he, Maikori, would develop sympathy and give him money to travel home for the alleged funeral of his brother. It is interesting that while the main tweet with the fake news was retweeted over 1500 times, the tweet with the link to the Facebook retraction was retweeted less than 500 times. On Monday February 6, 2017, the Vanguard reporter who fabricated the detailed fake report, Luka Binniyat was invited by the SSS in Kaduna and was charged to court by the police. Audu Maikori himself was arrested on February 17 in Lagos and transported to Abuja but was subsequently released. Those who were happy with the fake news spread by Audu Maikori have been complaining bitterly about his arrest and are alleging that his constitutional right to free speech is being violated. Does free speech mean one has a right to spread fabricated fake and dangerous news that was leading to more violence and killing?

There is a strong dimension of partisan politics in the Southern Kaduna crisis. Traditionally, since the emergence of the Northern Nigerian Non-Christian League and subsequently the United Middle Belt Congress in the 1950s, Southern Kaduna has frequently found itself in a party in opposition to the party supported by the northern zone. Currently, the Southern Kaduna zone has a strong presence in the PDP, while the North is in the control of APC. In the 2011 post-election violence, Southern Kaduna witnessed the highest level of atrocities as revealed by the Sheikh Lemu Commission of Inquiry, which said that over 800 people were killed. Governor El-Rufai has argued that the current violence is in part a carryover of reprisal killings linked to the 2011 events.

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The governor of Kaduna State has also expressed his determination to end the impunity enjoyed by people who engage in atrocities in the State. It is indeed important to impose State authority and return the zone to law and order. Law and order in itself cannot, however, be the only pathway to peace. Conflict resolution mechanisms leading to dialogue and peace making are essential. It is interesting that unknown persons have already destroyed the foundation for an army barrack in Unguwar Yashi in Zangon Kataf laid by the Chief of Army Staff and the Kaduna State governor in early February. Many people are apparently against the return of peace.

The Southern Kaduna crisis is being transformed into a national one and it is important that all necessary efforts be made to bring peace back to the State. All stakeholders need to work together and create synergy for peace building. It would not be easy because the conflict has been on going for the past thirty-five years. It is very complex and emotional and multiple narratives have emerged on its drivers and actors. The best strategy is to go beyond the political actors that might be enflaming the narratives and get the communities themselves to talk and work out an enduring settlement.

Kaduna State is a microcosm that tells the narrative of the larger Nigerian State. Nigeria is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, which accepts differences among its peoples and has a fairly large consensus of agreeing to live together. Often however, political and violence entrepreneurs intervene to promote what divides rather than what unites the people. Conditions in the country including the rise of religiosity in society, economic crisis and competition for power allow such actors to promote discord and violence. Nigeria is however resilient and conflict resolution and peace building efforts tend to succeed in bringing an end to the politics of discord. Out of this flows what we can call the Nigerian project. There is an authentic overriding Nigerian project; that it is possible for us to live peacefully together in spite of our differences. This requires the deepening of the two political values we all accept as Nigerians – federalism and democracy. These values must be translated into lived practices. Kaduna State is an important litmus test of our ability to succeed as a federal democratic society. We all have a responsibility to work towards this positive outcome.

A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Don Jazzy Launches Free WiFi Service In Lagos

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Mavin Records CEO, Don Jazzy, launched his latest business initiative, a free WiFi service called Flobyt in Lagos on Friday.

The unveiling of the initiative was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Lagos. Don Jazzy partnered with founder of Tsaboin, Dele Odufuye, to make the dream a reality.

Flobyt is a free WiFi service installed across partner locations in Lagos like eateries, parks, taxis, buses, restaurants and many other businesses. The service is free for patrons of a business who wish to access the internet while in the premises of the patron locations. The internet router itself is a plug-and-play device that, according to the founders, does not require much technical know-how to operate.

Flobyt Wifi is designed to replicate your ‘at home’ wifi experience, when you’re out and about. Checking emails, uploading photos to Facebook, funny instagram videos – whatever you’re into, surf it for free on your smartphone or tablet.

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According to co-founder, Dele Odufuye,

“Flobyt is 100% free for the users and our partner locations, all you have to do is walk in and log in. In fact, our working slogan is ‘Don’t use your data, use ours’”

Speaking at the occasion, Don Jazzy said investing in Flobyt has been a life-long dream of his.

“I have always wanted to play big in the technology space and I looked for people who were sound and had a beautiful track record in the technology space. This is my first business investment in the technology space that is public while I remain a silent partner in others.

“I am really interested in driving Flobyts reach beyond Lagos. Our Wi-Fi is the fastest in town and those who stream our music and content as entertainers are from the US and the UK. We believe that if we improve our services the numbers can improve.” 

Flobyt WiFi is currently installed in various locations across Lagos and can accommodate 10 – 30 users at a time. For locations with higher traffic, Flobyt Max can take up to 80 users. Businesses and users can nominate their location to be Flobyt WiFi hosts free of charge by filling out a form on the website.

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The company plans to take its services to other parts of Nigeria, through West Africa and ultimately throughout Africa giving the public access to free internet while providing value for the business owners.

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