Wizkid Makes History, Becomes First African Artist To Headline Sold-Out Show At London’s Iconic Hall

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Prominent Nigerian singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has made history, as he becomes the first African artist to headline a sold-out show at London’s most iconic venue, Royal Albert Hall, on Friday, September 29, 2017.

It is understood that Starboy took the legendary lane – joining Beatles, Adele, Elton – by being the first African artiste to achieve the feat after he sold out the venue in less the 72 hours and gave a very thrilling performance.

The show which was broadcast live on his Facebook page featured British act Yxng Bane and Wande Coal.

His one-hour stand-alone performance highlighted hit tracks from his early days in the industry to his recent days as Africa’s biggest artiste.

Wizkid’s collaborative track with Drake ‘One Dance’, up until September 22, was the most streamed song on Spotify, a feat that earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The track was actually what opened the door for his success outside Africa and made him a Sony Records priority – although, it is likely he would still have gotten there even without the patronage.

Admit it or dispute it, Wizkid has beyond doubt proven to the world once again that he is the biggest art in Africa and one of the most brightest of the modern era – a master of his unique brand of proficient creativity in Afrobeats.

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VIDEO: Adventures Of Mazi Fecko

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In this hilarious animated comic webisode, Mazi Fecko gets interrogated by the Nigerian Army in Abia state for allegedly wearing a fake “Guchi” cloth – misinterpreted be associated with the IPOB movement.

It’s a conscious comedy skit that paints a vivid picture of what’s going on in South Eastern Nigeria as regards the rekindled Biafran struggle. Overall, the important message here is that peace and unity pays off.

 

 

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360Fresh: D’Funmy – Oyinbo (prod. H.O.D)

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“Oyinbo” by D’funmy is her first debut single off her forthcoming EP titled “The Definition” which is scheduled to be released in 2018. Oyinbo is a piece of art which talks about Africa; the greatness, the beauty, our spirituality as Africans, our Owanbe and also “we love palm wine”. D’funmy expresses her love for Africa amidst western influences in Africa of Today. “Oyinbo” was composed and produced by D’funmy and H.O.D.

D’funmy is currently being managed by 360Incubation.



 
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Zookeeper Killed By Lion In Ibadan

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A zookeeper at the Agodi Zoo Gardens in Ibadan identified as Hamzat Oyekunle has been killed by one of the Zoo’s lions.

According to reports, the lion had accidentally attacked one of the attendants, Mr Oyekunle popularly known as Baba Olorunwa, who later died from injuries sustained from the incident. Following the unfortunate incident, the Oyo State Governement has announced the immediate closure of the Gardens.

The decision by the Government was contained in a statement at the weekend by the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), Mr. Yinka Fatoki who expressed shock at the unfortunate incident. He said that the incident was particularly surprising and sad as the deceased had worked in the zoo and fed the lions for over five years and was known to have had a very good relationship with all the animals in the zoo.

 

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Pique Says He Could Resign From Spain Squad, After Violent Catalan Referendum

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Today Catalunya referendum voters were involved in a violent spat with Spain police, prompting an emotional Pique to say he could resign from the Spain squad.

Footage was released today of Spanish national police striking out at protesters in Catalan, with majority of the violence occurring in Barcelona, the capital of Catalan.

Almost 400 people who supported the referendum have been reported injured , prompting the match between Barcelona and Las Palmas to be played behind closed doors.

And Pique, who was close to tears and voted before the 3-0 win over Las Palmas has challenged the pro-catalan critics in the RFEF and La Roja squad.

“If the coach or any director of the Federation thinks that I am a problem for the national, I will step aside before the World Cup,” the defender, visibly moved by the day’s events, told reporters at the final whistle.

“It has been a very hard game to play, the worst experience of my professional career.

“I am and I feel like a Catalan and today I am proud of the people of Catalunya.

“We are not a minority, there were millions of us. We are not the bad guys, we just want to vote.”

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Valverde Hails Messi’s Ability To Break Records

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Ernesto Valverde has lauded Messi’s ability for “pulverising records “, as the talismanic forward broke Puyol’s appearance record.

Messi who was joint-third with Puyol on Barcelona’s all-time appearance record with 593, broke that record against Las Palmas with his 594th appearance.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference, Valverde said of the Argentina international: “His capacity for pulverising records – it’s one record after the other, beating record after record after record.

“Puyol was here for lots of years, and Messi is just 30 and he is already past Puyol.”

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Balotelli Reveals How He Will Manage A Player Like Him

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Mario Balotelli has revealed he needs to be made angry by his manager before his best form can be on display.

The talismanic forward has played for top clubs like Manchester City, Inter, Milan and Liverpool and has posed a problem for his past managers.

But he is back in top form at Nice, as he seems to be a fan of Lucien Favre’s tactics. Balotelli said managers must break his balls to bring out the best in him.

Balotelli told Nice’s official matchday programme ahead of a meeting with Marseille when asked how he would look to handle a player such as himself: “I would try to limit my compliments. Instead, try to break his balls, because I know when all seems calm, it’s a problem.

“When someone treads on my toes, then I get angry and I do more. It’s important to learn from your mistakes.”

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Nagelsmann Receives Backing From Matthaus On Bayern Job

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Julian Nagelsmann has received the backing of Lothar Matthaus, ahead of Thomas Tuchel to replace sacked Ancelotti.

Bayern Munich sacked Ancelotti midweek, following their 3-0 UCL loss to PSG and installed Willy Sagnol as caretaker manager.

Former Dortmund boss Tuchel has been linked with managing the Bavarians, with Hoffenheim manager, Nagelsmann leading the race to take over from Ancelotti.

“I believe that Nagelsmann is at the top,” Matthaus told Sky.

“He is the top candidate and the long-term solution. There will be contact between Bayern and Hoffenheim, and Bayern will want their number one target.

“Until this happens though, you have to find a transitional solution.

“That’s why I do not think Thomas Tuchel will be coach at Bayern. That would be a long-term solution again.”

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Neymar Sr: I Asked Him To Stay At Barcelona

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Neymar’s father has revealed , he urged his son not to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international forward shocked the world when he decided to leave Spain for France for the world record fee of €222 million.

He has continued to make headlines with the capital club, scoring six goals and assisting another five in six matches.

“I was the one who hesitated until the last moment,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’. “I told him that the best choice was to stay but he wanted to take a risk.

“It was difficult, but Neymar wanted this challenge and we supported him.

“We were all proud when he was presented at PSG. To see Neymar projected onto the Eiffel Tower was incredible. He loves everything here.”

“To help Paris win the Champions League motivated him. If Neymar should win the Ballon d’Or, he will, but I don’t think that he really wants it. If he wanted that he could have remained at Barcelona.

“We signed a five-year contract, so we have five years to win the Champions League with PSG.”

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Small Doctor Looks Dapper In Newly Released Street Inspired Photos

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Obviously Nigeria’s foremost street serial hit maker and the street ambassador Michael Owusu Addo popularly known as “Small Doctor” Aka (Omo Iya Teacher) is one of the biggest artistes in Nigeria presently, it’s been hits after hits with a record of having the most popular song on the street this year 2017.

As we are about to hit the last quarter of the year 2017 Small Doctor has no plans to starve his fans with new song on the way, after the release of his chat topping single “Penalty” which is still making waves both locally and internationally that also saw him travelling around the world to graze performances.

Small Doctor who has been on some top collaborative efforts, having seen the most recent one with another Rave of the moment Ghanaian/Nigerian sensation Mr Eazi on banging joint titled “2 People Remix” which led to a Mind blowing performance on stage at the #Lifeiseaziculturefest concert in London.

However while fans anticipates a follow up single before the year ends, OIT Dynasty camp decides to drop some stunning photos from a recent street inspired photo shoot by prolific photographer Emily Nkanga, styled by Angelic Touch to whet the appetite of his loving fans.

In his words “My life revolves around the street which is my major source of inspiration besides God almighty, my sweet mom Iya Teacher and the ever loving fans.

Doing a photo shoots and not reflects the street may not give me and my fans that desired satisfaction, so I decided to do this in my hood Agege for the Love of the street and my people #IyanuMashele”

Check out these lovely photos and short BTS Video below:-

 

 

 

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The NGO Bill And Its Ramifications

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The NGO Bill And Its Ramifications, By Umar Yakubu

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We will fight for what’s right because one understands that more regulations are not the way to solve our country’s problems – Jeffrey Duncan

A lot of furore has been generated in the public space ever since it became known that the House of Representatives had passed through the second reading, a bill sponsored by Honourable Umar Jubril, seeking the establishment of a Non-Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission. As a result, the House of Reps will be proceeding to the committee stage of the lawmaking process where they will be holding public hearings on the bill.

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

First of all, there is a significant difference between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs), arising form a general misconception about the principles of, and the differences between the two types of organisation. Understanding the difference is important in explaining some details of the bill and what it intends to regulate, supervise or strangulate.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are created by legal persons who are not part of the government. However, though they maintain a non-governmental position, their funds are mainly raised by the government or governments as well as other bodies. There are various types of NGOs which include ‘International NGO, Technical Assistance NGO, Humanitarian NGOs, Environmental NGOs, Donor Organized NGO and several others. For example, international NGOs such as the Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), receive substantial funding from governments to carry out humanitarian activities all over the world. Some NGOs are founded through private philanthropy such as the Gates and Ford Foundations. They also go through established governments and bureaucratic systems to reach areas and communities that they intend to deliver assistance.

The drafters and sponsors of the bill need to understand various categories of NGOs before putting pen to paper. The organizational structure, intensive bureaucracy, painstaking processes and due diligence encountered to access grants and funds from such bodies is wider and possibly more effective than what the bill intends to achieve. In fact, most are supervised by the United Nations. Also note that these NGOs, due to their substantial funding, are coming to either directly execute their projects in identified areas in collaboration with Local, State or Federal Government.

For Nigeria, the point of entry is the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning. Though most NGOs accurately document their objectives with the Ministry, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) comes in with CAMA stick and demands for annual returns. Knowing fully well that they are exempted from tax, they must register their ‘exclusion’ with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Then they hop to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) to register with the same CAC and FIRS documents to ensure they are not used for money laundering or terrorist financing activities. From there, they would register at the State or Local government of concern even though they came through Abuja through a line Ministry. Then you have the Financial Reporting Council, whose mandate seems to be an amalgamation of ICAN and ANAN. The same set of documents, issued by government agencies, are used to register with other government agencies. So much for cooperation.

So the current situation is a complicated and bureaucratic process which is entirely unnecessary for NGOs. These bodies, of which more than 95% are international, always go through such hassles because they want to render humanitarian assistance.

On the other hand, the non-profit organizations (NPOs) are service organizations or charities that are established for co-operative, trust or purely informal reasons. They offer services and programs by raising funds from individuals and endowments. So our associations, clubs, advocacy groups and religious bodies, the super-hypersensitive area, fall into this category.

Because of their informal nature, divergent objectives and complicated structures, it is presumed that this is the area that the bill wants to tackle. The fact is that in most responsible democracies, NPOs have legal responsibilities similar to other companies that are registered within a country. The significant difference is with regard to tax exemption.

Proponents of the bill have argued that there is the need for government to establish a mechanism which regulates the establishment, funding and activities of “NGOs” operating in the country. They further argued that NGOs are conduits for the laundering of funds in and out of the country. They express sentiments on how NGOs (pardon the continuous use) business is most ‘lucrative ‘ venture especially in the North East of Nigeria. There are reports of them being used to soliciting and obtaining funds from International and National donors under the guise of providing relief materials and succour for internally displaced persons, but they end up diverting these funds for other purposes. The main argument of the proponents is for stopping misappropriation of funds by NGOs.

The opponents of the bill are enraged. Professor Odinkalu, a well respected and patriotic Nigerian is all over twitter. He opines that it will be used constrain the civic space and destroy dissent and hence, a danger to Nigeria’s democratic setting. The Catholic Church has said it is a selfish and disingenuous bill that would lead to persecution. The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria says that the government its “poking its nose into the affairs of the church”, and should focus more on other more important issues. The Chief Imam of Issa-Elele Central Mosque is requesting the government not to interfere in affairs of mosques because it’s poking its nose in the affairs of God. A similar stand was taken by the Chief Imam of Ansarudeen referring that financial affairs of the mosque should not be regulated. I think since there is no umbrella body for NGOs, so there is no harmonised response on the matter.

Apart from the drafting defects and other inconsistencies, the bill aims to promote and ensure accountability. But in trying to ensure transparency, there are elements of duplication of duties because there will need to register (after CAC, FIRS, SCUML, State government and whatnot) their activities with the new agency. It seems like registration exercises give government agencies some feeling of control and authority. Usually, after registration, no regulatory or supervisory activity ensues afterwards unless for revenue generation. There are also duplications of penalties that are already existing in other laws. So there is a logical argument by the opponents that a new law is not necessary because the existing ones have not been adequately implemented. As usual, we like to quote US and UK when we what to justify an argument, such as citing the Charity Commission of the UK. What we fail to consider is that there is deep mistrust between the government and its citizens and hence the trepidation that it would turn out to be like other ineffective government agencies.

Curiously, none of the opponents have addressed the question about the level of misappropriation within NGOs. Several NGOs around the world have been used for drug trafficking, arms trade, human trafficking, financing of terrorism, terrorism, tax evasion, money laundering and so many other vices that affect the security of the nation.If our houses are clean, why is there so much apprehension over regulation especially within our churches and mosques? Professor Odinkalu stated that “our churches will be out of business and the mosques will be endangered”. How? Religious bodies could be run like a business but should not be businesses. I would have expected the ‘houses of God’ to be the first in calling for accountability.

Our Governors wives also float NGOs, and billions have been syphoned through such means. Some use their position of power to ‘channel’ local and international NGOs to fund their programmes. Other coerce private organization to contribute to ‘Madams pet project’ before signing off on contracts. Evidence of terrorists being supported, transportation of hard drugs, movement of arms and cash, smuggling of illicit goods using NGOs have been well documented in Nigeria and other regions.It’s possibly the lack of regulation that leads to lack of corporate governance in NGOs because most Trustees are members of the same family or friends. That’s probably the main crux of the resistance to targeted regulation. The culpable don’t want scrutiny and hence tend to exaggerate the potential for abuse by public officers and politicians.

In the interim, what may be done is to enforce existing legislation. Each registered entity submits its constitution to the CAC for approval and allows them to govern themselves through the constitution. If there are evidence of infractions through non-compliance, I want to assume that the CAC has an Enforcement Department with remunerated staff. The same goes for the other regulators and supervisors such that are meant to ensure conformity with statutory laws.Enforcement by FIRS, SCUML, FRC and plethora of others is essential. The new agency may just come and join the fray of inadequate implementation of regulations. The agencies are supposed to report evidence of criminal activity on fraud, money laundering, financing of terrorism and other crimes to existing law enforcement agencies. If the current system is not working, I doubt if another law, with our current culture, would be the solution.

Umar Yakubu is executive director of Centre for Counter Fraud Awareness.

This piece was written by Umar Yakubu. 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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Orji Kalu Claims IPOB Leader Kanu Is In London, “He Went Through Malaysia”

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Orji Uzor Kalu, a businessman and former governor of Abia state, has divulged that the embattled leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is currently in London, adding that he went through Malaysia.

The prominent politician made this known while speaking with The Punch on Kanu’s whereabouts and why the Federal Government outlawed the activities of the pro-Biafra group.

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IPOB members are saying that the soldiers took Nnamdi Kanu and his parents away while the military authorities are denying it. As an Igbo leader, what is the position of things?

Kanu was not taken away by the military. Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Nnamdi Kanu is in London right now as we speak. He was not arrested by anybody. He left the country on his own. One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some Federal Government officials on his issue. I also wanted to see ways of talking to the President about him, and find common ground but his family told me that he has left the country, unless they are lying to me. I believe, whether he had left the country or not, he is not with the military because I asked the Commander of the 14 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. A.K Ibrahim, who is a very fine and good soldier, well educated and dedicated, and he told me that they don’t know his whereabouts and I am sure, the Department of State Services have the same information. I also visited the commissioner of police and he said he didn’t know his whereabouts and that they are also looking for him.

What of his parents, where are they?

I don’t know. I visited them in December last year and I was not impressed with the discussion I had with the father and the mother because I expected them to have acted better. Since then, I have not visited them. I feel that they have not impressed me because they ignored my advice to them to talk to their son on the need to stay at home and avoid public outings. I said his people can continue to carry their flags around but that they should not disturb anybody again. They have a right to express themselves but that such rights should be within the limits of our constitution. They have the right to carry Biafran flags but they should do so within the limits of the constitution. Once your activities are within the limits of the law, you are in order. You cannot carry Biafra flags and be stopping vehicles and smashing their windscreens. You cannot carry Biafra (flags) and be raping young girls, you also cannot carry Biafra (flags) and be assembling young men every day. These are people who have no job and after doing that, they will go and engage in kidnapping or they will go and do armed robbery while some will go and do other things to make money. Hunger is a very terrible thing. The traders in the market have warned them to stop the nonsense they are doing. Why should you be extorting money from people in the name of Biafra agitation? They are extorting money from people in the market against their will. If the federal and state governments continue to watch and allow all these things to continue, there will be chaos in the state. If Kanu had not proved stubborn but listened to advice and kept to the rules of the court, we won’t be where we are now.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) had on Friday insisted that the embattled IPOB leader is not presently under its custody amid growing concerns about his whereabouts.

This is just after the pro-Biafra group had declared its leader missing even as it called on the International Community to prevail on the Federal Government to produce him.

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Daily Roundup :Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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SPAIN

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been the subject of Manchester City transfer talk in recent months, but he could return to Italy in January. AC Milan want to fight off interest from England and Paris Saint-Germain to land the Chilean and are prepared to table a bid of £75m to secure his signature. (Don Balon)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane enjoyed scintillating form throughout September, earning recognition from Real Madrid as a result. The England international is seen as a potential boost to the Spanish side, who are in need of a No 9 with Alvaro Morata gone and Karim Benzema struggling. (Don Balon)

Real Madrid are also interested in AC Milan winger Suso. The Spaniard has been sensational in Serie A over the last 18 months and, despite signing a new deal with his current club, remains on the European champions’ radar. (Marca)

Marco Asensio’s contract renewal was great news for Real Madrid, though it reportedly left Toni Kroos annoyed. The German, who is an essential component in Zinedine Zidane’s line-up, wants a new contract of his own with wages to match his Spanish team-mate. (Don Balon)

ITALY

Reported Manchester United target Edinson Cavani wants a move back to Napoli. The Uruguayan striker’s relationship with new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate has been scrutinised, and he could opt to return to his old club according to former director Pierpaolo Marino. “I think Cavani really wants to return to Naples”, he said. “The biggest obstacle, however, is PSG. They don’t want to sell him but Cavani would take a pay cut for Napoli.” (Il Bianco Nero)

Juventus are worried about reports suggesting that Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to disagree over terms regarding a contract extension for the Portuguese. The Italian side’s star forward, Paulo Dybala – a Barcelona target – could be the European giants’ long-term CR7 successor of choice. (Il Bianco Nero)

Andres Iniesta remains on Juventus’ shortlist, though it appears that he is set to sign a contract extension with Barcelona. The midfielder’s current deal is up at the end of this season, but he could now stay at the Nou Camp. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has attracted the attention of former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti, but his agent refuted any speculation that the Brazilian was a serious option for the Italian club. “He is only focused on Manchester City,” Cristiano Simoes said. “Could he join Inter one day? I don’t know, maybe but now he only thinks about his club and his national team.” (Calciomercato)

Crystal Palace could turn to Italian striker Alberto Gilardino in a bid to solve their goalscoring crisis. The Eagles are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and are yet to score in seven matches so far, and the 35-year-old could be brought in until the end of the season to add options and experience up front. (Gazzamercato)

AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella is under pressure after an unconvincing start to the campaign after a summer of intense spending. His contract includes a clause that releases him should he fail to steer the club back into the Champions League this term. (Corriere della Sera)

FRANCE

Arsenal target Julian Draxler has confirmed he is content with life at PSG. After scoring and assisting one goal apiece in the 6-2 win over Bordeaux on Saturday, the German stated: “I’m sure it’s my best game…It’s a pleasure to play with this team for me in this position.” (Canal+, via Le10Sport)

GERMANY

Wolfsburg are planning to snare Turkey U19 international Muhammed Kiprit from Hertha Berlin. The 18-year-old forward has yet to sign a professional contract and could join The Wolves. (SID, via Sport Bild)

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How Can A Christianised Nigeria Be Islamised?

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How Can A Christianised Nigeria Be Islamised? – Fredrick Nwabufo

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I have been cogitating on the persistent kvetching of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that the Buhari government is Islamising the country.

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

I have laboured to find a remote or even an obtrusive reason for CAN’s shrieks, which by the way,  have become deafening. I must say, honestly, I have not seen any reason to align myself with the association in this regard.

Although, as a Christian there is a sentimental part of me that wants to jump on the alarmist parade, and shout “Buhari is Islamising Nigeria”, I have a duty to my conscience to resist this provincial urge.

When the government announced the sale of N100 billion worth of Sukuk (Islamic bonds) a few days ago, CAN hurriedly issued a statement, saying that the government wanted to pawn the country to Arab nations. According to the association, the current administration is accelerating the process of Islamising the country.

I will not dwell on the merits or de-merits of Sukuk because that has been sufficiently treated by some writers like Ebuka Nwankwo. Before I divagate, I must add, Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, spoke for me on the subject when he said: “I am challenging CAN to Christianise Nigerians. Christianise us by setting up interest-free banks”.

Now to the meat and potatoes. The response of the Supreme Islamic Council to CAN hit me without gloves on. It was a riposte pickled in truth.

Here is an abridged version of the statement. “It would certainly be embarrassing for CAN to be told that the first and foremost state in Nigeria to submit application for loan to the Islamic Development Bank is a Christian-dominated state in the south-east.

“This has been the factor that made Muslims to tolerate several practices or things that are essentially Christian in nature and outlook, in substance and form and indeed in principle and practice, but imposed on us.

“We have not been talking of Christianisation because Sunday has been forced on us as a work-free day, or the Cross as our hospital sign and symbol, our membership of the International Red Cross, and many other things including almost all the titles of the heads of academic institutions (chancellor, provost, dean, rector, etc.).

“Despite this remarkable tolerance from Muslims over the years, CAN appears to be increasingly becoming Islamophobic and paranoid about its hate and intolerance of Islam, casting aspersions, unnecessarily overheating the polity and unjustifiably creating fear and distrust in the minds of peace-loving citizens of our great country.”

We Christians must be sincere, Nigeria is a Christianised country. This is largely due to British colonialism. Islam had made in-road into northern Nigeria by the 11th century – before Uthman Dan Fodio’s Jihad of 1804, which was the “climactic denouement”. Borno was among the first disciples of Islam in the 11th century. There was a literate population, a well defined system of government and codified laws. But the British yanked off a prodigious part of this heritage, imposing its own systems which were fore-grounded in Christian values and practices.

Please note, that by the 11th century when Islam reached the north, the peoples of southern Nigeria, who are mostly Christians today, were animists.

Nigeria has carried on where the British left off with little adjustments to the Christianity-denominated praxis.

For example, Friday is a holy day for Muslims while Sunday is the same for most Christians in Nigeria. But while a Muslim will go to work on a Friday, a Christian will not go to work on a Sunday; just as it is in the UK and in most parts of Europe. Conversely, Friday is a no-work day in most Arab countries dominated by Muslims.

When Arabic was introduced into secondary school curriculum, many Christian leaders objected to it because “the language is Islam”. They forgot that English itself is the language of our colonial masters who are mostly Christians.

We have become so used to our Christian ways that any blip of the obverse sends us, top gear, into panic and revulsion. This is unfair.

In Conclusion, I believe, one of the fundamental problems with Nigeria is the unconsented coitus between formulaic Christian ways and Muslim practices. But we must stop this Islamisation twaddle, and seek the path of tolerance, temperance and understanding.

MEANWHILE…

Dasuki’s unending trial

Is the Buhari government serious about prosecuting Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, for alleged $2.1 billion arms fraud? I doubt it. It is becoming clear by the day that there is more to the Dasuki issue than meets the eye. Since 2015, Dasuki has been on trial, but his case has not made any progress. On Wednesday, the case did not take place as scheduled. And on Thursday, the trial was adjourned to October 14.  What is happening? I am puzzled.

Will probe report on SGF, NIA DG ever be released?

The Yemi Osinbajo committee set up to investigate cases of corruption involving Babachir Lawal, suspended secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), and Ayo Oke, suspended director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), concluded its task in May. Five months after, the report of the committee has not been released. What is happening? Or Have rodents which invaded the president’s office feasted on it – according to Shehu Sani?

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Carlton Cole Still Waiting To Hear From Crystal Palace

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Carlton Cole, who was recently dumped by an Indonesian club after being blamed by the manager for their “bad” performances, says he’s heard nothing about a rumoured move to Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace.

Speaking to Sunday Supplement, the 33-year-old admitted he is keen to get back into football with an English club.

“I’ve not heard anything. You never know what happens in football,” he said. “Clubs need strikers to take the pressure off. Obviously I’m here and ready to go.

“I don’t know what’s going on to be honest. I’m just waiting for a phone call to see if a team is ready for me to go there and see where that takes me.

“Playing up front in the Premier League is hard but I obviously think I’ve got what it takes and I know what it takes. It’s all rumours at the moment so we’ll keep it like that.

“I want to stay in England. I don’t want to go abroad anymore, I’ve done that. Anything close to home would be good for me.”

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Toni Kroos Annoyed By New Marco Asensio Real Madrid Contract

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Marco Asensio’s contract renewal has left Toni Kroos annoyed, according to Don Balon.

Toni Kroos , who is an essential component in manager Zinedine Zidane’s line-up, reportedly wants a new contract of his own with wages to match his Spanish team-mate.

Marco Asensio who has taken La Liga by storm this term, put pen to paper on a new six-year deal on Thursday, meaning he will be a part of the Spanish capital side’s set up until at least 2023.

According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, the 27-year-old has made it clear to club president Florentino Perez that he believes his deal should be readdressed to fall in line with that of the highly-talented youngster.

The only logical way to resolve this issue will be to hand Kroos a new contract. If Zidane, Perez and company aren’t willing to do that, they should seriously consider moving him in one of the next two transfer windows. He can’t be allowed to remain in the squad if he’s continually unhappy.

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Fabian Delph Delighted By Huge Win Against Chelsea

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Fabian Delph has branded his team’s 1-0 victory away to Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday “huge”.

Fabian Delph was handed a left-back role for the Citizens at Stamford Bridge, and impressed during his team’s one-goal success, which was earned courtesy of a 67th-minute strike from Kevin De Bruyne.

The three points means that Man City have regained first position in the Premier League table from Manchester United, and Delph has claimed that the victory has sent out “a massive message”.

“The win is huge. We knew coming into the game it was our toughest of the season but we had a game plan and we stuck to it. The plan was to stick with them on the counter. I lost Willian a few times but I think we did the job to a tee,” Delph told BT Sport.

“It sends out a massive message. We needed to come out on top today. There’s a togetherness in the team and you could see that on the pitch today.”

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#NigeriaAt57: Presidency Releases List Of Buhari’s 57 Achievements

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The Presidency has released a list it called the 57 achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as the nation marks 57 years of Independence.

The list was released on Saturday from the office of the Vice President, while the achievements were listed under different categories that included security and related matters, economy, anti-graft war and others.

57th Independence Day: President Buhari’s Full Address To Nigerians

SECURITY & RELATED MATTERS

  1. Release of 106 Chibok girls, as well as over 16,000 persons in Boko Haram captivity.
  2. Tackling insurgency, decimation of Boko Haram in the North East.
  3. Recovering 14 local governments and territories previously under Boko Haram control in the North East, rebuilding lives of citizens there; about one million displaced persons in the NE have returned to their communities in two years of this administration.
  4. Curbing the incidence of kidnap across the country. (Arrest of kidnap kingpins and dismantling of kidnap cells across the country)
  5. Restoring morale of the Nigerian military; re-organizing and better equipping the Nigerian Armed Forces.
  6. Purchase of 12 Super-Tucano aircrafts worth $600 million to aid the Nigerian military’s current operations in the North East.
  7. Ensuring continued peace in the Niger Delta through consistent funding of the FG amnesty programme for ex-militants.
  8. Introduction of an improved mechanism for distribution of aid to IDPs in the North East through the establishment of the Special Intervention Programme of the Federal Government. (Door-to-door strategy)

ECONOMY

  1. Implementing the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to aid economic recovery, taking the country out of her worst recession in 29 years, despite fall in oil prices.
  2. N1.2 trillion expended on capital/infrastructure projects nationwide, a milestone in the nation’s history.
  3. Effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account, and increasing government revenue by over N3 trillion as well as entrenching transparency and accountability.
  4. Implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN), thus tackling corruption by plugging loopholes for siphoning of public fund and tracking of illicit funds through multiple accounts
  5. Ease of doing business: the Federal Government signed into law two bills from the National Assembly (Acts are the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017) which has facilitated access to more affordable credit for Nigerians, fast tracked budget submissions and promotes Made-in-Nigeria products.
  6. Establishment of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum to enhance interaction and private sector participation in the development of the economy.
  7. Institutionalizing E-governance setting the foundation for the creation of a truly digital economy.
  8. Creation of opportunities for youths to leverage innovation in technology through the introduction of the Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD) through which over N700 million has been disbursed to young entrepreneurs.
  9. The revitalization of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign. (Emphasis on consumption of local products gain grounds)
  10. Implementing reforms in the civil service which has led to the elimination of over 30,000 ghost workers, thereby saving the country billions of naira monthly.
  11. Massive investments in agriculture, e.g, Anchors Borrowers Programme to improve local produce, improving fertiliser distribution and access across states through the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative.
  12. Reduction in rice imports as a result of government’s policies that has encouraged massive rice production across Nigeria.
  13. Improving transport infrastructure (rail and road); construction work ongoing on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, renovation of Abuja International Airport runway, completion of Abuja – Kaduna Railway among others.
  14. Social Investment Programmes (SIP): N-Power Volunteer Scheme creating jobs for over 200,000 (and still counting) unemployed graduates in all the 36 states and the FCT.
  15. SIP: Ongoing Government Enterprise and Empowerment (GEEP) Scheme; commenced in November 2016 in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, where soft loans ranging from N10, 000 to N100, 000 have been given to over 189,000 market women and traders across different states.
  16. SIP: Home Grown School Feeding Programme, where almost three million schoolchildren have been fed, while tens of thousands of cooks have been engaged in their respective states.
  17. SIP: Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, under which about 25,000 less privileged Nigerians so far are now being funded with the monthly N5,000 stipend in 9 pilot States (Bauchi, Borno, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo). More beneficiaries are expected to be added in more states.
  18. The establishment of MSMEs Clinics, a small Business support programme to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in different states.
  19. Establishment of One-Stop-Shops to support policies on Ease of Doing Business.
  20. The take-off of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
  21. Phasing out subsidy for petroleum products, elimination of fuel scarcity and queues in petrol stations.
  22. Implementation of the FG Niger Delta new vision, a comprehensive road map to improve livelihood and social infrastructure.
  23. Improved power generation nationwide adding $500million to Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund and about $87million to its excess crude account.
  24. The creation of the N30billion Solid Minerals Development Fund.
  25. Encouraging the patronage of local contents and increasing export in agriculture.
  26. Signing of Executive Order 001 which is the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment – to ensure that public servants offer prompt service in a predictable and transparent manner, and sanction undue delays.
  27. Signing of Executive Order 002 which is on prompt submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies of the Federal Government including incorporated companies wholly owned by FG.
  28. Bailout of cash crunch states; about N689 billion to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries in 2015.
  29. Complete refund of Paris loan deductions to states (unprecedented).
  30. Implementing the 2011 UNEP report for the ongoing Ogoni clean-up process after decades of oil spills and pollution.
  31. Modification of the tax system so that it is more efficient.
  32. Reforms in the airports (reconstruction of the Abuja airport runway and ongoing work at the Lagos airport).
  33. Reforms at the nation’s seaports (Issues with cargo clearance at the ports addressed)
  34. Improved duration (under 48 hours) for visa approval especially for investors.
  35. Resuscitation of the nation’s refineries which are now working at 50 percent capacity for the first time in over a decade.
  36. Eleven of the dead 33 fertilizer plants have been resuscitated while four others are to be revived shortly and this has profound impact on the ongoing revolution in the agricultural sector.
  37. For the first time in more than 45 years, the Mambila Power Plant is set to take off with the allocation of $5.6billion for its realization and an expected 3,050 MW output upon completion.
  38. Increasing external reserves to a 13 month high of $33 billion from $29.13 billion which has surpassed the ERGPs target of $30.56 billion despite global low oil prices and production challenges.
  39. Cancellation of the Joint Venture cash calls with oil multinational companies operating in Nigeria (For the first time in the history of the industry) which has led to savings of billions of dollars lost to fictitious contract payments.
  40. Release of N2 billion take off grant for the Maritime University as part of measures to address agitations in the Niger Delta region.
  41. The new development bank of Nigeria (DBN) is finally taking off with initial funding of $1.3billion (provided by the World Bank, German Development Bank, African Development Bank, Agence Francaise De Development) to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs.

ANTI – GRAFT WAR

  1. Improving Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation with neighbouring countries in fighting insurgency.
  2. Anti-corruption war: Prosecuting alleged corrupt public officers and recovering billions of naira of stolen public funds; the successful establishment of the whistle-blower policy.
  3. Signing of Executive Order 004 – Voluntary Income Asset Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). This aims to increase tax awareness and compliance, and reduce incidence of tax evasion.
  4. Signing of agreements with a number of nations to provide Automatic Exchange of Information.
  5. Signing of the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) toward strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign.
  6. Establishment of PACAC – a think-tank that has provided leadership, direction and also built capacity of personnel in the fight against corruption.

OTHERS

  1. Eradication of polio disease in the country.
  2. The introduction of the One Primary Health Centre per ward programme of the Federal Government.

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#NigeriaAt57: Presidency Releases List Of Buhari’s 57 Achievements

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The Presidency has released a list it called the 57 achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as the nation marks 57 years of Independence.

The list was released on Saturday from the office of the Vice President, while the achievements were listed under different categories that included security and related matters, economy, anti-graft war and others.

57th Independence Day: President Buhari’s Full Address To Nigerians

SECURITY & RELATED MATTERS

  1. Release of 106 Chibok girls, as well as over 16,000 persons in Boko Haram captivity.
  2. Tackling insurgency, decimation of Boko Haram in the North East.
  3. Recovering 14 local governments and territories previously under Boko Haram control in the North East, rebuilding lives of citizens there; about one million displaced persons in the NE have returned to their communities in two years of this administration.
  4. Curbing the incidence of kidnap across the country. (Arrest of kidnap kingpins and dismantling of kidnap cells across the country)
  5. Restoring morale of the Nigerian military; re-organizing and better equipping the Nigerian Armed Forces.
  6. Purchase of 12 Super-Tucano aircrafts worth $600 million to aid the Nigerian military’s current operations in the North East.
  7. Ensuring continued peace in the Niger Delta through consistent funding of the FG amnesty programme for ex-militants.
  8. Introduction of an improved mechanism for distribution of aid to IDPs in the North East through the establishment of the Special Intervention Programme of the Federal Government. (Door-to-door strategy)

ECONOMY

  1. Implementing the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to aid economic recovery, taking the country out of her worst recession in 29 years, despite fall in oil prices.
  2. N1.2 trillion expended on capital/infrastructure projects nationwide, a milestone in the nation’s history.
  3. Effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account, and increasing government revenue by over N3 trillion as well as entrenching transparency and accountability.
  4. Implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN), thus tackling corruption by plugging loopholes for siphoning of public fund and tracking of illicit funds through multiple accounts
  5. Ease of doing business: the Federal Government signed into law two bills from the National Assembly (Acts are the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017) which has facilitated access to more affordable credit for Nigerians, fast tracked budget submissions and promotes Made-in-Nigeria products.
  6. Establishment of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum to enhance interaction and private sector participation in the development of the economy.
  7. Institutionalizing E-governance setting the foundation for the creation of a truly digital economy.
  8. Creation of opportunities for youths to leverage innovation in technology through the introduction of the Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD) through which over N700 million has been disbursed to young entrepreneurs.
  9. The revitalization of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign. (Emphasis on consumption of local products gain grounds)
  10. Implementing reforms in the civil service which has led to the elimination of over 30,000 ghost workers, thereby saving the country billions of naira monthly.
  11. Massive investments in agriculture, e.g, Anchors Borrowers Programme to improve local produce, improving fertiliser distribution and access across states through the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative.
  12. Reduction in rice imports as a result of government’s policies that has encouraged massive rice production across Nigeria.
  13. Improving transport infrastructure (rail and road); construction work ongoing on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, renovation of Abuja International Airport runway, completion of Abuja – Kaduna Railway among others.
  14. Social Investment Programmes (SIP): N-Power Volunteer Scheme creating jobs for over 200,000 (and still counting) unemployed graduates in all the 36 states and the FCT.
  15. SIP: Ongoing Government Enterprise and Empowerment (GEEP) Scheme; commenced in November 2016 in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, where soft loans ranging from N10, 000 to N100, 000 have been given to over 189,000 market women and traders across different states.
  16. SIP: Home Grown School Feeding Programme, where almost three million schoolchildren have been fed, while tens of thousands of cooks have been engaged in their respective states.
  17. SIP: Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, under which about 25,000 less privileged Nigerians so far are now being funded with the monthly N5,000 stipend in 9 pilot States (Bauchi, Borno, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo). More beneficiaries are expected to be added in more states.
  18. The establishment of MSMEs Clinics, a small Business support programme to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in different states.
  19. Establishment of One-Stop-Shops to support policies on Ease of Doing Business.
  20. The take-off of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
  21. Phasing out subsidy for petroleum products, elimination of fuel scarcity and queues in petrol stations.
  22. Implementation of the FG Niger Delta new vision, a comprehensive road map to improve livelihood and social infrastructure.
  23. Improved power generation nationwide adding $500million to Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund and about $87million to its excess crude account.
  24. The creation of the N30billion Solid Minerals Development Fund.
  25. Encouraging the patronage of local contents and increasing export in agriculture.
  26. Signing of Executive Order 001 which is the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment – to ensure that public servants offer prompt service in a predictable and transparent manner, and sanction undue delays.
  27. Signing of Executive Order 002 which is on prompt submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies of the Federal Government including incorporated companies wholly owned by FG.
  28. Bailout of cash crunch states; about N689 billion to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries in 2015.
  29. Complete refund of Paris loan deductions to states (unprecedented).
  30. Implementing the 2011 UNEP report for the ongoing Ogoni clean-up process after decades of oil spills and pollution.
  31. Modification of the tax system so that it is more efficient.
  32. Reforms in the airports (reconstruction of the Abuja airport runway and ongoing work at the Lagos airport).
  33. Reforms at the nation’s seaports (Issues with cargo clearance at the ports addressed)
  34. Improved duration (under 48 hours) for visa approval especially for investors.
  35. Resuscitation of the nation’s refineries which are now working at 50 percent capacity for the first time in over a decade.
  36. Eleven of the dead 33 fertilizer plants have been resuscitated while four others are to be revived shortly and this has profound impact on the ongoing revolution in the agricultural sector.
  37. For the first time in more than 45 years, the Mambila Power Plant is set to take off with the allocation of $5.6billion for its realization and an expected 3,050 MW output upon completion.
  38. Increasing external reserves to a 13 month high of $33 billion from $29.13 billion which has surpassed the ERGPs target of $30.56 billion despite global low oil prices and production challenges.
  39. Cancellation of the Joint Venture cash calls with oil multinational companies operating in Nigeria (For the first time in the history of the industry) which has led to savings of billions of dollars lost to fictitious contract payments.
  40. Release of N2 billion take off grant for the Maritime University as part of measures to address agitations in the Niger Delta region.
  41. The new development bank of Nigeria (DBN) is finally taking off with initial funding of $1.3billion (provided by the World Bank, German Development Bank, African Development Bank, Agence Francaise De Development) to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs.

ANTI – GRAFT WAR

  1. Improving Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation with neighbouring countries in fighting insurgency.
  2. Anti-corruption war: Prosecuting alleged corrupt public officers and recovering billions of naira of stolen public funds; the successful establishment of the whistle-blower policy.
  3. Signing of Executive Order 004 – Voluntary Income Asset Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). This aims to increase tax awareness and compliance, and reduce incidence of tax evasion.
  4. Signing of agreements with a number of nations to provide Automatic Exchange of Information.
  5. Signing of the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) toward strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign.
  6. Establishment of PACAC – a think-tank that has provided leadership, direction and also built capacity of personnel in the fight against corruption.

OTHERS

  1. Eradication of polio disease in the country.
  2. The introduction of the One Primary Health Centre per ward programme of the Federal Government.

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Liverpool Were Always Behind Financially – Rafa Benitez

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has claimed that the amount of cash-rich clubs in England and across Europe will make it increasingly difficult for Liverpool to challenge for trophies.

Rafa Benitez came as close as anyone to returning Liverpool to the game’s pinnacle, winning four trophies including the Champions League during his six-year tenure at Anfield in the 2000s.

Liverpool’s last trophy was the EFL Cup in 2012.

Benitez, whose Newcastle United side host the Merseysiders on Sunday, told Sky Sports News: “When I arrived at Liverpool, the budget was £20m gross. When I left, it was £17m, but still people said I must win the title, I must compete. (Manchester) United had around £50m more every year, but people said I had to compete against them every year.

“After, there was Chelsea. At that time, it was Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. Now you have Manchester City and Tottenham, as well as PSG and the others. But it’s always been similar. There are massive clubs with massive amounts of money and Liverpool were always a little bit behind.

“How can you win trophies? You have to create a good team with a great atmosphere and work hard and then you can get there. The reality is, the teams that have won the title, probably 90 per cent of the time, are the teams with the most money.”

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Liverpool Were Always Behind Financially – Rafa Benitez

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has claimed that the amount of cash-rich clubs in England and across Europe will make it increasingly difficult for Liverpool to challenge for trophies.

Rafa Benitez came as close as anyone to returning Liverpool to the game’s pinnacle, winning four trophies including the Champions League during his six-year tenure at Anfield in the 2000s.

Liverpool’s last trophy was the EFL Cup in 2012.

Benitez, whose Newcastle United side host the Merseysiders on Sunday, told Sky Sports News: “When I arrived at Liverpool, the budget was £20m gross. When I left, it was £17m, but still people said I must win the title, I must compete. (Manchester) United had around £50m more every year, but people said I had to compete against them every year.

“After, there was Chelsea. At that time, it was Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. Now you have Manchester City and Tottenham, as well as PSG and the others. But it’s always been similar. There are massive clubs with massive amounts of money and Liverpool were always a little bit behind.

“How can you win trophies? You have to create a good team with a great atmosphere and work hard and then you can get there. The reality is, the teams that have won the title, probably 90 per cent of the time, are the teams with the most money.”

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Pep Guardiola Confirms He Wants To Coach Spain In The Future

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has aspirations of coaching Spain in the future.

The 46-year-old, a former Spain international, enjoyed trophy-laden spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich before arriving in England.

Asked whether he would like to take charge of a national team, Guardiola told the BBC: “Yes, Spain I think. I would like to be a manager in a World Cup, and the European Cup (European Championships), I would like to feel that.”

Guardiola has no plans to leave City yet, though.

“I am so happy to be here,” he added. “It really depends on the success we have. Big clubs like Manchester City, if you don’t win, you don’t stay.”

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Pep Guardiola Confirms He Wants To Coach Spain In The Future

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has aspirations of coaching Spain in the future.

The 46-year-old, a former Spain international, enjoyed trophy-laden spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich before arriving in England.

Asked whether he would like to take charge of a national team, Guardiola told the BBC: “Yes, Spain I think. I would like to be a manager in a World Cup, and the European Cup (European Championships), I would like to feel that.”

Guardiola has no plans to leave City yet, though.

“I am so happy to be here,” he added. “It really depends on the success we have. Big clubs like Manchester City, if you don’t win, you don’t stay.”

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Craig Shakespeare Hails Riyad Mahrez’s Professionalism

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Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has praised Riyad Mahrez’s “professionalism” after the Algeria was dropped to the bench in his side’s goalless draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.

“There are players behind him who have been chomping at the bit, I always say the team is bigger than any one individual, and Riyad’s professionalism I have spoken about on many occasions,” he said after the game.

“I thought him coming off the bench, you could see his quality and it is one where we need that type of response from players that get left out from time to time.”

Riyad Mahrez was strongly linked with a move away from Leicester during the summer, with Roma showing the strongest interest in the latter stages of August.

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Craig Shakespeare Hails Riyad Mahrez’s Professionalism

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Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has praised Riyad Mahrez’s “professionalism” after the Algeria was dropped to the bench in his side’s goalless draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.

“There are players behind him who have been chomping at the bit, I always say the team is bigger than any one individual, and Riyad’s professionalism I have spoken about on many occasions,” he said after the game.

“I thought him coming off the bench, you could see his quality and it is one where we need that type of response from players that get left out from time to time.”

Riyad Mahrez was strongly linked with a move away from Leicester during the summer, with Roma showing the strongest interest in the latter stages of August.

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