Wenger: Sanchez And Ozil Won’t Be Sold

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Arsene Wenger has once again insisted that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be sold by Arsenal.

Both players are in the final year of their contract, but are not keen on signing an extension anytime soon. Sanchez has been linked with United, with Chelsea also eyeing the forward.

However, Wenger believes Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad and selling one or both of their top players will defeat that purpose.

“This summer, first of all they will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contract,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

When pressed further on whether either might be sold, Wenger replied “No. You cannot weaken the club and weaken the team. You want to strengthen the team. Unless you find a player of the same calibre and if they absolutely want to leave…

“I believe, at the moment, we’re not on that front. We’re focused on keeping the team together and to see how we can strengthen the team.

“When you sign a contract somewhere, you commit to give your best until the end of the last day of that contract. I would say ‘why should they not give their best?’

“The interest of any player is always to play football and well, even more so at the end of your contact. If you’re a winner, you want to win the game you’re playing.”

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Real Madrid Retains UCL With 4-1 Win Over Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo was in top form in the Champions League final, scoring two goals, as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 to retain the trophy.

Real Madrid took the lead in the 20th minute, via a goal from Ronaldo, before Mandzukic equalised with a spectacular overhead kick seven minutes later.

Casemiro restored the lead for Los Blancos in the 61st minute, with a stunning strike, before Ronaldo added his second three minutes after.

Marco Asensio came on late in the second half to wrap up a convincing victory, as Madrid won a historic 12 Champions League trophy, becoming the first team to retain the European showpiece.

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Jose Luis Oltra Apppionted New Manager Of Granada

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Jose Luis Oltra has been named as the new manager of Granada for the 2017/18 season, taking over from Tony Adams following the club’s relegation from La Liga last term.
Jose Luis Oltra has signed on for the coming season with the Andalusian club, with an option to extend the deal a further year beyond that.Having previously been in charge at the likes Mallorca, Recreativo Huelva, Cordoba and Deportivo La Coruna, Oltra faces the challenge of galvanising the club following their relegation and leading them back to LaLiga at the first attempt.

He will be joined by assistant Emilio Jose Isierte and physical trainer Marcos Chena Sinovas.

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Arsenal Captain Per Mertesacker Considering Retirement

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Per Mertesacker looks set to retire from football  after revealing he is negotiating a non-playing role to stay at Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker endured a frustrating season on the sidelines with a troublesome knee injury, which saw him make just one start – the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The 32-year-old centre-back concedes he can no longer cope with the demands of top-flight football and feels he will be better served by hanging up his boots, although manager Arsene Wenger wants him to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

“I was extremely lucky with my career and I want to finish on a high,” the German told Sport1. “I am motivated, but I cannot play every three days any more. I don’t want to stretch my luck.

“I recently told him [Arsene Wenger] that I am tired, mentally wasted. The first time in my career I thought it makes no sense anymore, that I’ll retire. No matter how hard I practiced I didn’t get a chance.

“At Arsenal you are replaceable so quickly as a player, I don’t want to stand in someone’s way. Winning the FA Cup was an extreme close which I could not expect.

“Arsenal want to keep hold of me and there are already talks. It will be in the business operations. I will stand on the other side.”

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Henry Onyekuru Confirms Arsenal’s Bid

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Henry Onyekuru has been making waves in Belgium with Belgian Side Eupen,.

The Nigerian International  bagged 22 goals in 38 appearances to finish joint-top scorer in the First Division A this past season.

Henry Onyekuru’s form drew admiring glances from elsewhere and he was linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, where he would join up with compatriot Alex Iwobi.

It appears that the FA Cup champions have made their move for the Nigeria international, who made his debut in the 3-0 win over Togo in Paris on Thursday.

“It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal to make a bid for me, this is due to my hard work in training and games,” he told the Nigerian Football Federation.

“Thierry Henry has always been my idol since I was a kid. I was watching him play, watching Arsenal and going to YouTube to watch most of his games.

“I remember saying if I had to move to the Premier League I want to be like Thierry Henry, so it’s likely to come true and I’m looking towards it at the moment.”

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“My Ghost Did Double Registration, Not Me” – Kogi Governor Tells INEC

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has denied allegations that he registered for the second time in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration [CVR) exercise being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country.

Speaking on the matter, Bello said he was not in the country on May 19, adding that he travelled out to Dubai on a short break.

Voter Card Scandal: Gov. Bello In Trouble As Kogi APC Disowns Him, Demands Resignation

The governor further said he was shocked when he saw the press release accusing him of double registration for voters card, while he was still abroad, saying it could be his ghost that did the double registration.

Specifically, INEC recently alleged that Governor Bello had registered twice as a voter.

The umpire said the governor first registered in Abuja in January, 2011 and subsequently on May 19 in Lokoja.

It is understood that Bello, after registering in Abuja, was pictured in his office in the state registering as a voter the second time.

The commission vowed to deal decisively with any of its staff that may have collaborated in the illegal double registration.

However, the governor who was in the State House, Abuja to observe Friday’s Ju’maat prayer yesterday, ‎advised the electoral umpire not to allow elements within its fold to drag the name of commission in the mud.

“I travelled on May 19 to Dubai for a brief break and I saw the press release and I was taken aback that I did double registration on the 23rd. Probably it is my ghost that has done the double registration.

“I think INEC has earned itself a very high reputation and I think and I am very confident that the leadership of INEC will not allow some elements in INEC to drag the name of the Commission into the mud.

“Surely that’s a falsehood. I did not do double registration of permanent voters card.”

It would be recalled, Senator Dino Melaye had asked Bello to step down over alleged electoral fraud.

Reacting to Melaye’s call, the governor said:

“Honestly speaking, when a human being is talking, then I will respond. Surely I don’t see anything coming out of that and I don’t think I have to waste my time in responding to whatever side distractions. Honestly speaking, I’m too focused to be distracted.

“Kogi State has suffered for over 25 years before I came on board and the good people of Kogi state are really appreciative of the efforts we are putting forward to make sure that the state is well developed, so any side distraction is not something I should pay attention to because the people are with me.”

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JUST IN: NJC Recalls Justice Ademola, 5 Others Accused Of Corruption

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recalled a Federal High Court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, alongside five other judges, who were suspended over allegations of corruption brought against them by the federal government.

 DSS Arrested Me For Granting Bail To Dasuki, Kanu – Justice Ademola

Premium Times quoted a statement issued on Saturday as saying that Justice Ademola, who was suspended alongside seven other judges following allegations of corruption brought against them by the federal government, was recalled alongside five other judges.

The other recalled judges are:  John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court, Uwani Aji of the Court of Appeal; Hydiazira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court; Musa H. Kurya of the Federal High Court; and Agbadu James Fishim of National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

SSS Releases All Detained Judges On Self Recognition

Mr. Ademola and seven other judges were suspended in November 2016.

Three of the affected judges were charged to court, but it is only Mr. Ademola’s case that has so far been concluded.

Justice Ademola was acquitted of the charge of corruption.

Buhari Finally Breaks Silence On The Arrest Of 7 Judges

Details later…

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Juventus have agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign Wojciech Szczesny for €16m (£14m). He is seen as the long-term heir to Gianluigi Buffon. (Sky in Italy)

Inter will sell Manchester United target Ivan Perisic if there is an offer of €50m (£43.7m). But Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the Croatian. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Gianluigi Donnarumma is resisting a new contract at AC Milan because he wants to have an exit route should the new project under Chinese ownership not pay off. That has alerted Manchester United, who are wary of a possible David de Gea departure. (Corriere della Sera)

Torino are close to agreeing a four-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. The 30-year-old will replace Joe Hart, whose loan spell in Italy will not be made permanent. (Tuttosport

Germany

Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Virgil van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and Kasper Dolberg are all Manchester City transfer targets. If they pull off the deals they want, Pep Guardiola’s side are likely to outspend all of the Bundesliga teams put together this summer. (Bild)

Ajax coach Peter Bosz is set to be the new Borussia Dortmund coach, replacing Thomas Tuchel. (Bild)

France

Paris Saint-Germain have cooled their interest in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. They are not willing to pay the €320,000 (£280,000) weekly salary he asked for. (Le Parisien)

Mario Balotelli will be a Marseille transfer target if they fail to sign Bafetimbi Gomis permanently from Swansea. (L’Equipe)

Spain

Hector Bellerin is Barcelona’s main transfer target to strengthen at right-back. But a deal is complicated by Arsenal wanting to involve Arda Turan in any negotiations. The Catalan club would rather sell him to the lucrative Chinese market. (Marca)

Representatives from Cruz Azul will fly to Spain on Wednesday to try and convince Fernando Torres to make the move to Mexico. (Marca)

With Jorge Sampaoli leaving for Argentina, all the signs pointed to former Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Berizzo taking charge. Despite his presence at the training ground and giving the okay to re-signing Jesus Navas, he is thought to be disappointed with the offer the club has made him and may look elsewhere. (Estadio Deportivo)

Nolito is a Sevilla transfer target. But Manchester City want to sell him permanently, while the Spanish club want a loan deal. (AS)

Portugal

Miguel Layun is on his way out of Porto and is a Roma, Espanyol andNewcastle transfer target. The 28-year-old former Watford full-back wants to play in Europe and has ruled out playing for another Portuguese club. (Record

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Victor Lindelof Speaks About Reports Linking Him To Manchester United

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Long-time Man Utd target Victor Lindelof has said his ‘focus is onBenfica‘ as the Premier League club once again come calling for the defender’s services. 

“There are rumours as there is always, at all times,’ Lindelof told Swedish outlet VLT. “I will say the same thing I always do, I have a contract with Benfica. I’m still young and I’m developing all the time. My answer will always be that my focus is on Benfica.”

Lindelof made 47 appearances in all competitions for Benfica last season.

Mourinho has Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo as main centre-backs at the club – but Rojo is injured until 2018.

Should Lindelof arrive after all it may mean the departure of one of his existing crop, with United allegedly ready to offload Smalling this summer, with West Ham and West Brom the early front-runners.

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Arsene Wenger Confirms He Is Considering Making Bid For Riyad Mahrez

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Arsene Wenger says he is considering a bid for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez this summer, who asked to leave the club earlier this week.

“We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “I think he made a huge impact when they won the championship.

“Like at everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn’t take away from his qualities. Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. No, we have not. When I say ‘not yet’ it means it could happen. It might not happen.”

Wenger also suggested failure to qualify for the Champions League would not negatively impact Arsenal’s chances of keeping Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

“I don’t think it will have a big impact because firstly they were part of not getting in there,” he said. “Secondly, they love the club, they integrate well the values of the club and live the football we play

“Anyway, they are under contract for another season. This summer, first of all, they will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contracts. We cannot weaken the club or the team unless we can find someone of the same calibre.”

Wenger has said his priorities this summer are to keep the bulk of his squad and add “top, top quality” signings

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TVC Explains Why It Sacked 145 Workers

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The Board of Continental Broadcasting Services Ltd. (CBS), owners of Television Continental (TVC) and Radio Continental has explained why it sacked 145 of its workers on Friday, June 2, 2017.

A statement issued by the management of the media outfit said the decision was part of its effort to restructure the enterprises.

In the statement, the company said the restructuring was geared towards repositioning the business for better and greater delivery of its services to audiences and advertisers alike.

The organisation also explained that in line with the changes, it would reconfigure its workforce, as part of the rationale to achieve its objectives.

“A total of 145 people are affected by Friday’s announcement,’’ the statement said.

“We wish to make clear that our core channels consisting of TVC News Nigeria, TVC Entertainment and Radio Continental, will now become the main focus of our business going forward, where we will deliver high quality news and entertainment programmes to our audiences and advertisers across Nigeria and beyond.

“The winding down of TVC News Africa will allow us to concentrate on these key areas of our business,” it added.

The statement explained that the CBS Board of Directors has also approved a substantial new investment in its staff across the group of companies which would enable it to substantially enhance its news and current affairs output on TVC News, entertainment programming on the market, TVC general entertainment channel and its key radio asset, Radio Continental.

“For those staff members affected by today’s announcement, the Board of CBS Ltd has approved a generous severance package, in addition to a programme of assistance to enable them seek new employment,’’ the statement said.

The media outfit is reportedly owned by Chief Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State.

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TVC Explains Why It Sacked 145 Workers

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The Board of Continental Broadcasting Services Ltd. (CBS), owners of Television Continental (TVC) and Radio Continental has explained why it sacked 145 of its workers on Friday, June 2, 2017.

A statement issued by the management of the media outfit said the decision was part of its effort to restructure the enterprises.

In the statement, the company said the restructuring was geared towards repositioning the business for better and greater delivery of its services to audiences and advertisers alike.

The organisation also explained that in line with the changes, it would reconfigure its workforce, as part of the rationale to achieve its objectives.

“A total of 145 people are affected by Friday’s announcement,’’ the statement said.

“We wish to make clear that our core channels consisting of TVC News Nigeria, TVC Entertainment and Radio Continental, will now become the main focus of our business going forward, where we will deliver high quality news and entertainment programmes to our audiences and advertisers across Nigeria and beyond.

“The winding down of TVC News Africa will allow us to concentrate on these key areas of our business,” it added.

The statement explained that the CBS Board of Directors has also approved a substantial new investment in its staff across the group of companies which would enable it to substantially enhance its news and current affairs output on TVC News, entertainment programming on the market, TVC general entertainment channel and its key radio asset, Radio Continental.

“For those staff members affected by today’s announcement, the Board of CBS Ltd has approved a generous severance package, in addition to a programme of assistance to enable them seek new employment,’’ the statement said.

The media outfit is reportedly owned by Chief Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State.

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Nigerian Governors Resolve To Spend Paris Club Refund On Workers’ Salary, Pension Arrears

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The 36 governors of Nigeria have resolved to offset workers’ outstanding salaries and pensions in their states as soon as the next tranche of payment from the Paris-London Club loan refunds are made.

The agreement was made known in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who doubles as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), after their meeting.

“We all agreed that a substantial amount from the next tranche of the Paris-London refunds be used in the settlement of workers salary and pension arrears,” Yari said, in a statement issued by Mr Abulrazque Barkindo, Head of Media and Public Affairs, NGF Secretariat.

It is understood that the governors met in anticipation of the release of the money, which had been approved for payment by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Out of the N522.74 billion owed, N388.304 was paid to states in December, 2016.

Yari said that the governors were not oblivious of the hue and cry over non-payment of backlog of salaries and pensions, and the precarious predicament of the Nigerian workers.

He said that the governors deliberated on the matter and concluded that something immediate must be done to ameliorate workers’ plight by offsetting the outstanding pay and emoluments.

This, according to him, made the governors to resolve as a matter of urgency, to pay workers their due as soon as the half of the Paris Club refunds is made.

He added that the governors were also committed to the verification of the input of all the consultants, who claimed to have worked towards the harmonization of the refunds.

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Nigerian Governors Resolve To Spend Paris Club Refund On Workers’ Salary, Pension Arrears

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The 36 governors of Nigeria have resolved to offset workers’ outstanding salaries and pensions in their states as soon as the next tranche of payment from the Paris-London Club loan refunds are made.

The agreement was made known in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who doubles as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), after their meeting.

“We all agreed that a substantial amount from the next tranche of the Paris-London refunds be used in the settlement of workers salary and pension arrears,” Yari said, in a statement issued by Mr Abulrazque Barkindo, Head of Media and Public Affairs, NGF Secretariat.

It is understood that the governors met in anticipation of the release of the money, which had been approved for payment by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Out of the N522.74 billion owed, N388.304 was paid to states in December, 2016.

Yari said that the governors were not oblivious of the hue and cry over non-payment of backlog of salaries and pensions, and the precarious predicament of the Nigerian workers.

He said that the governors deliberated on the matter and concluded that something immediate must be done to ameliorate workers’ plight by offsetting the outstanding pay and emoluments.

This, according to him, made the governors to resolve as a matter of urgency, to pay workers their due as soon as the half of the Paris Club refunds is made.

He added that the governors were also committed to the verification of the input of all the consultants, who claimed to have worked towards the harmonization of the refunds.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Bayern Munich are growing increasingly confident of signing Alexis Sanchez this summer.
  • West Brom boss Tony Pulis has joined Premier League rivals in a battle for Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.
  • Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are interested in signing Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.
  • Burnley eye Reading defender Liam Moore as a potential replacement for £25m Michael Keane.
  • West Ham’s highly-rated teenage prospect Reece Oxford is joining German top-flight club Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan.
  • West Ham have joined Watford and newly-promoted Newcastle in the £7.7m chase for relegated Hull’s Poland international winger Kamil Grosicki.
  • Victor Lindelof insists his ‘focus is on Benfica’ amid renewed Manchester United interest.
  • Antoine Griezmann snubbed a ‘now or never’ ultimatum from Manchester United and will stay at Atletico Madrid.
  • Wojciech Szczesny will sign a pre-contract with Juventus in a stunning move to succeed Gianluigi Buffon.
  • Atletico Madrid are “very close” to sealing a January 2018 deal for Chelsea star Diego Costa, according to reports in Spain.
  • Arsenal are set to make a move for Arda Turan after the new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he can leave the Nou Camp.
  • Borussia Dortmund are eyeing Ajax manager Peter Bosz to replace Thomas Tuchel as their next head coach.
  • Frustrated Chelsea are ready to abandon their pursuit of Tiemoue Bakayoko to focus on Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso.
  • AC Milan have completed the signing of Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, who was on the radar of several Premier League clubs, on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy the player permanently.
  • Carlton Cole has denied reports his spell in Indonesia is over after playing just 105 minutes for Persib Bandung.
  • Arsenal will reportedly rival neighbours Tottenham for Monaco forward Thomas Lemar this summer.
  • Newcastle are plotting a £10.4m swoop for Metz winger Ismaila Sarr as boss Rafa Benitez looks to strengthen his squad.
  • Brighton are ready to make a £2m move for Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald.
  • Liverpool, Roma and Juventus have all made approaches for Barcelona’s Rafinha, according to reports.
  • Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has played down a summer move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.
  • Chelsea are weighing up a shock swoop for Dani Alves after being offered the Juventus defender.
  • Liverpool will nearly double Mohamed Salah’s wages as they look to close a deal for one of their prime summer transfer targets. Liverpool had a £28m rejected on Thursday.
  • Swansea City are set to offer midfielder Leon Britton a one-year contract extension after his pivotal role in keeping the club in the Premier League last season.
  • Alexis Sanchez is set to push for a move to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals with Chelsea and Manchester City heading interest.
  • Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with £45m for Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic, according to reports in Italy.
  • Arsenal are quoting La Liga clubs just £13m to sign Lucas Perez this summer – after spending £17m on him nine months ago.
  • Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez, an Everton target, has claimed he is in no rush to sign for a big club.
  • Liverpool remain confident that they will sign Mohamed Salah. Talks are continuing with Roma understand to be holding out for £35m.
  • Arsenal have had a £87m bid for Kylian Mbappe rejected by Monaco.
  • Chelsea’s teenage goalscorer Tammy Abraham will hear from Brighton and Newcastle before the striker makes a decision on where he is going on loan next season.
  • Sean Dyche has emerged as a strong candidate to become the next Crystal Palace manager.
  • Adnan Januzaj will be told by Manchester United next week that he has no future at the club.
  • Rangers starlet Serge Atakayi has maintained he is determined to knuckle down and work his way into Pedro Caixinha’s first-team plans.
  • New Clyde boss Jim Chapman has done enough to persuade former Scotland striker David Goodwillie to remain at the club

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Bayern Munich are growing increasingly confident of signing Alexis Sanchez this summer.
  • West Brom boss Tony Pulis has joined Premier League rivals in a battle for Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.
  • Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are interested in signing Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.
  • Burnley eye Reading defender Liam Moore as a potential replacement for £25m Michael Keane.
  • West Ham’s highly-rated teenage prospect Reece Oxford is joining German top-flight club Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan.
  • West Ham have joined Watford and newly-promoted Newcastle in the £7.7m chase for relegated Hull’s Poland international winger Kamil Grosicki.
  • Victor Lindelof insists his ‘focus is on Benfica’ amid renewed Manchester United interest.
  • Antoine Griezmann snubbed a ‘now or never’ ultimatum from Manchester United and will stay at Atletico Madrid.
  • Wojciech Szczesny will sign a pre-contract with Juventus in a stunning move to succeed Gianluigi Buffon.
  • Atletico Madrid are “very close” to sealing a January 2018 deal for Chelsea star Diego Costa, according to reports in Spain.
  • Arsenal are set to make a move for Arda Turan after the new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he can leave the Nou Camp.
  • Borussia Dortmund are eyeing Ajax manager Peter Bosz to replace Thomas Tuchel as their next head coach.
  • Frustrated Chelsea are ready to abandon their pursuit of Tiemoue Bakayoko to focus on Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso.
  • AC Milan have completed the signing of Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, who was on the radar of several Premier League clubs, on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy the player permanently.
  • Carlton Cole has denied reports his spell in Indonesia is over after playing just 105 minutes for Persib Bandung.
  • Arsenal will reportedly rival neighbours Tottenham for Monaco forward Thomas Lemar this summer.
  • Newcastle are plotting a £10.4m swoop for Metz winger Ismaila Sarr as boss Rafa Benitez looks to strengthen his squad.
  • Brighton are ready to make a £2m move for Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald.
  • Liverpool, Roma and Juventus have all made approaches for Barcelona’s Rafinha, according to reports.
  • Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has played down a summer move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.
  • Chelsea are weighing up a shock swoop for Dani Alves after being offered the Juventus defender.
  • Liverpool will nearly double Mohamed Salah’s wages as they look to close a deal for one of their prime summer transfer targets. Liverpool had a £28m rejected on Thursday.
  • Swansea City are set to offer midfielder Leon Britton a one-year contract extension after his pivotal role in keeping the club in the Premier League last season.
  • Alexis Sanchez is set to push for a move to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals with Chelsea and Manchester City heading interest.
  • Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with £45m for Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic, according to reports in Italy.
  • Arsenal are quoting La Liga clubs just £13m to sign Lucas Perez this summer – after spending £17m on him nine months ago.
  • Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez, an Everton target, has claimed he is in no rush to sign for a big club.
  • Liverpool remain confident that they will sign Mohamed Salah. Talks are continuing with Roma understand to be holding out for £35m.
  • Arsenal have had a £87m bid for Kylian Mbappe rejected by Monaco.
  • Chelsea’s teenage goalscorer Tammy Abraham will hear from Brighton and Newcastle before the striker makes a decision on where he is going on loan next season.
  • Sean Dyche has emerged as a strong candidate to become the next Crystal Palace manager.
  • Adnan Januzaj will be told by Manchester United next week that he has no future at the club.
  • Rangers starlet Serge Atakayi has maintained he is determined to knuckle down and work his way into Pedro Caixinha’s first-team plans.
  • New Clyde boss Jim Chapman has done enough to persuade former Scotland striker David Goodwillie to remain at the club

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Two Years Of The Buhari Administration: The Past Is Still The Present

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Two Years Of The Buhari Administration: The Past Is Still The Present, By Ademola Adesola

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“To be educated is, after all, to develop the questioning habit, to be skeptical of easy promises and to use past experience creatively.” – Chinua Achebe

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

In my assessment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration after one year of its gaining office published May last year in some national newspapers, I argued, besides other points, that “Nigeria under the watch of President Buhari has not progressed in the ways and manners which affirm that its manager has sought that position three different times. If the president has learnt anything about how to effectively manage people and resources in line with modern practices in his over 30 years of being out of power, the country has not seen any evidence of that in the last one year! And there stands the proof of the claim that many Nigerian politicians are only good at gaining political power but are unable to suss out how to deploy it for the socioeconomic wellbeing of the greatest number of the people. President Buhari might not have created the oceanic problems he met on assuming office, but the bald fact is that many of his (in)actions in the last one year reveal a mind which insufficiently grasps that governance is a task of continual problem solving”.

I concluded thus: “As President Buhari’s Administration matures, Nigerians are waiting to see real governance informed by structured thinking. Their lives, and not the coached mouths of official pipers, must bear evidence of the transformation of the transition that ushered in this administration of change!”

One year later and two years into the four-year mandate of the administration, the human condition in Nigeria is still very much the same. The government has made a good show of scratching the surface of things. Its snail speed has not yielded the fruits of change that it proclaims with deafening clangour. Let us not pretend about it, two years of the Buhari administration have only secured train tickets for Nigerians for a journey to a land called change. The train has refused to show up, hence the passengers in their numbers have remained stranded at the train station of increased unemployment, insufferable economic hardships, and avoidable and mind-numbing killings.

The rains of wanton disregard for the rule of law, deliberate lack of accountability, proud disinterest in speaking to the people, unhelpful rebuttals, and arrogant demonstration of paternalism have all wetted the Nigerian passengers at that humiliating station in the two past spectacularly uneasy years. Even when there exists some achievements here and there in those two giddy years, the dominant narrative is still that the Nigeria of today is not markedly different from what it was in the times preceding the second coming of President Buhari.

This is the very matter I wish to address in this piece. In claiming, as the title of this piece announces, that for Nigeria the past is still the present, I do not wish to be understood as looking in the direction of that disappointing behemoth called government. It will not be a Nigerian government if its actions and policies significantly improved the quality of life of the people. The past remains the present in Nigeria because a considerable number of Nigerians are comfortably docile, joyously uncritical, and are outlandishly satisfied with easy, simple answers. Democracy in Nigeria is weak and malnourished because many Nigerians do not tend to it. Governance in Nigeria is distressing and killing because oodles of the people do not contribute to it. Elected and appointed public officials in the country live above the dictates of the grundnorm because a large number of Nigerians either kick feebly in response, are totally indifferent, or too often work the accordions of approbation. The past history of poor, enslaving, punishing governance in Nigeria remains the reality of the present because speaking up and asking the hard questions are an anathema to multitudes of Nigerians.

To be more specific, the Buhari administration was swept into office by a huge wave of uncritical and saccharine approval. A few Nigerians lobbed the stones of germane and uneasy questions, but a disproportionate majority fenced these off, frenetically declaiming that a Daniel had come to hand down the condign judgement to the knaves diluting the broth of justice and good governance in Nigeria. They stubbornly refused that the Daniel be asked a few questions on how he intended to achieve his lofty vision of change.

My take is that had candidate Buhari been subjected thoroughly to a blaze of the right questions, had he been taken through the fiery furnace of scrutiny, we would have known the depth of his vision, the practicability of his ideas, his readiness for the job and, more importantly, the core weaknesses of his thoughts and capability. That knowledge, I insist, would have empowered Nigerians to help his administration in its undertakings. No, it does not mean that if we had done that a vastly better Nigeria would have emerged by now. The fact is that we would likely not have travelled some of the disconcerting roads of the last two years. Candidate Buhari became President Buhari without his feet sustained in the fire of critical engagement in all relevant ramifications. The fault, therefore, is not entirely in the punishing myopia and alarming contradictions of the Buhari administration. It is in many Nigerians who have erroneously understood their duty as “citizens” to be that of praise singing, fawning, and genuflection, rather than an engaging in questioning, keeping watchful eyes on the government, and doing much more than taking its words and promises at their face value.

The administration has been so indulged, cossetted, and lovingly over accommodated that it has become abysmally emboldened to insult decent minds with a scorecard seeking to portray the administration’s Lilliputian achievements in an exaggerated tone, in wanton denial of what reality has actually served. Whether it is the repudiation of the logic of pluralism, as evident in the nature of the president’s kitchen cabinet, the uncoordinated anti-corruption waltz, the flagrant disobedience of court injunctions, the unworkable economic policies (when it manages to put up something resembling that), or, among many more, the kindergarten handling of the president’s unfortunate duel with whatever ails him, a number of Nigerians are still convinced the Buhari administration is infallible and is changing the country as promised. They do not see that their blind, uncritical support for the government hurts it more than it helps it. They do not understand that the great and mighty works they wish to really happen in the lifetime of this administration are not happening because, like the administration, they spare no moments to reflect and examine the methods and manner of the government.

It is these mawkish, unreflective, and surface thinkers that the unsparing public intellectual, Pius Adesanmi, referred to as “Citizen Abobaku”. Indeed, Adesanmi’s piece, “R for Respect, R for Resignation”, affirms the crux of my claim in this present article, that the past is the present in Nigeria. According to him, “The first thing to note is that throughout our recent experience with democracy, whenever Citizen Abobaku has been at his loudest, condemning his compatriots for not respecting the office of the president, it means he has run out of excuses, rationalisations, and justification of the incumbent president who disrespects that very office by: (1) continuously disrespecting the citizens, his employers; (2) reneging on campaign promises or failing to fulfill them. Calls for respect also means that Citizen Abobaku has never really learnt to separate Nigeria from the person and body of the incumbent president he supports.”

Democracy and good governance continue to elude Nigeria, not only because those who call the shots are phoney, struggling democrats and are not (wo)men of ideas and visions, but it is also because a great number of Nigerians lack basic knowledge of civics and do not understand that the roles of citizens in a democracy are not to praise government, go to sleep and expect that while they sleep the government will not sow tares among the wheat, etc. Every Democracy Day since 1999 has become to Nigerians the paradox of the past being the present. Things change in far little ways and worsen in much bigger ways because too many Nigerians do not understand their roles. In other words, you cannot correctly blame blind leadership as the bane of good governance in Nigeria without identifying blind, worshipful following as strongly instrumental to this.

If democracy in Nigeria is to mean more than having elections and peaceful transitions of power from one underachieving civilian head to another with a truckload of promises, if good governance is truly to endure and be enjoyed, Nigerians in their substantial numbers must begin to speak up, ask the hard questions, demand accountability, pamper no government, and be alive to their other duties as citizens. Uncritical citizens do not make a good country. Citizens without the questioning habit ruin a country quicker than they are able to contribute to its progress.

But for their mass of critical citizens, countries who are today reference points in the practice of democracy and the increasing realisation of good governance would have treated the world to different discomforting narratives. Nigeria’s story cannot be different; if this country is to change to a land of prosperity, rule of law, good governance, justice, and equality, many Nigerians must put off their slavish caps and don the one that allows them to think, question, and reject tokenism and ensnaring propaganda. More than ever before, this is needed now if the Buhari administration is to be remembered for good.

Ademola Adesola, a public affairs analyst, writes from Ibadan.

This article was written by Ademola Adesola. 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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Biafra: Nigeria Could Seek Revocation Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail

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There are very strong indications that the federal government may ask the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for allegedly flouting his bail conditions granted to him in April.

Nnamdi Kanu Defiles Court Order, Addresses Pro-Biafra Crowd (Watch Video)

Saturday Punch quoted unnamed sources at the Federal Ministry of Justice (the body prosecuting the IPOB leader) as saying that the Nigerian government is already taking notes of the alleged breaches of bail conditions by Kanu.

The sources further said the prosecuting authorities were taking records of the alleged breaches, reviewing them and would take “the necessary step at the appropriate time.”

While attending to an application seeking for his bail in April, Justice Nyako listed 12 conditions, including an order for Mr. Kanu to avoid being seen in a crowd of more than ten people.

The court also instructed that Mr. Kanu desist from granting interviews or engaging in any form of rallies as part of his conditions for bail.

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Meets Bail Conditions

However, one of the sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja, said although without going into details, “Kanu had been found to have flouted some of the conditions (he was given).”

“We are taking note of his conducts which were in breach of the conditions of the bail granted him.

“We are reviewing them and we will take the necessary action at the appropriate time.”

When asked if the government intends to ask for the revocation of his bail, the source reportedly said “of course, the consequence of any breach of bail conditions is the revocation of the bail.”

When pressed to give details of the noticed breaches, one of the sources said, “It will not be appropriate to reveal the details now.

“But anybody who has been following the events would clearly see the breaches.”

The trial resumes on July 11.

Although, his co-accused had also filed separate bail applications, Kanu was the only one granted bail, among the four defendants standing trial on charges bordering on Biafra agitation.

The other accused persons charged along with Kanu were the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu, and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.

Recall, the South East Peoples Assembly (SEPA) had called on the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to revoke the bail granted Kanu by Justice Nayako in the next seven days.

SEPA, in a letter dated May 31, signed by its President, Prince Chukwuemeka Okorie, appealed to the Chief Judge of the high court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, to revoke Kanu’s bail because he was struggling for relevance and had continued to flout the conditions attached to his bail.

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6060 Music Group & Spotlight Management Presents: Afrobeats Goes Global at Midem 2017

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Get ready as Afrobeat goes Global at Midem (Where International Music BUSINESS happens) in Cannes France. There will be an Afrobeats Panel of Industry Experts with top line seasoned speakers on 8 June 2017
Banky W – @bankywellington
Godwin Tom – @godwintom
Michael Ugwu – @iam_magicmike
Ropo Akin – @CokobarLondon
Moderated by Adeshope Olajide – @shopsydoo

Afrobeats Goes Global at Midem 2017

Afrobeats Goes Global at Midem 2017

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#MidemCannes is from 6 – 9 June 2017 also get a chance to meet the Team at the Afrobeat Pavilion Palais 4, Stand P4.C35
@NosaDag @stevespotlight @obasijuade @365management
Email for enquiries: Midem@afrobeatnetwork.com
Let’s discuss, engage, partner, learn and build our genre into the global music ecosystem
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ARE YOU AN ARTIST, LABEL, PUBLISHER, MUSIC CURATORS This event is for you.
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Connect with brands and music supervisors to discuss music placements in TV shows, advertisements and video games.
Meet worldwide digital distributors to expand and showcase your catalogues internationally.
Identify and implement innovative marketing and monetization solutions.

Meet international publishers to source and produce content.
Sign sync deals and negotiate music placements in TV, advertising and video games.
Develop publishing partnerships and extend the reach of your repertoire.

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Shade Ladipo Is The Host Of The First Ever Lagos Leather Fair

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Shade Ladipo is the Country Director for WEConnect International in Nigeria, a Global NGO that connects Women Businesses to Qualified Buyers worldwide.

The Lagos Leather Fair will bring together leather designers from across Nigeria. Speaking at the event is Roberto Gussoni from Milan, Zainab Ashadu, Uche Nnaji, Reni Folawiyo, Bukky Karibi-Whyte, Adeola Azeez and more

This event is more than just a Fair, it is a private initiative organized by FemiHandbags and will be the first of its kind in the country to cater to this niche sector on this scale. Themed ‘Changing the Narrative‘, it will bring together some of Nigeria’s best leather designers of footwear, handbags, apparel, and much more!

Beyond the amazing retail experience, the Fair will also provide a platform for tanners, manufacturers of leather goods, machinery suppliers and a training institute to engage, collaborate, and collectively work towards developing an industry with such enormous potential.

The Fair will consist of Masterclasses, Workshops and Presentations which are all FREE to attend. Please follow @lagosleatherfair for updates!

Shade Ladipo

This is a private initiative organised by FemiHandbags, a brand of My World of Bags, a design and manufacturing company based in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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