Shakira And Gerard Pique Hit By Split Rumours

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There are strong indications that Shakira and her footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique have been hit by split rumours, as new reports claim the two are longer living together, with Colombian superstar Shakira the one to instigate the split.

The couple, who have been together for six years and have two sons together, were last seen together in Argentina in June at the wedding of Gerard’s former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

A source told Spanish site Cotilleo that 40-year-old Shakira had initiated the split, saying she could ‘no longer cope with the situation’ with her footballer husband, and may have ‘moved out’ of the house they share.

‘It’s something serious and she has been the one who has finally made the decision,’ the source said.

While Pique and Shakira face all these rumours, the Barcelona star seemed to reveal his affection and love for Shakira.

This is not the first time the couple have had to defend themselves against split claims, after Pique poured cold water on rumours he and Shakira are on the verge of splitting by sharing a sweet family photo few weeks ago.

The Hips Don’t Lie singer Shakira had also previously praised her FC Barcelona star boyfriend on his parenting style, claiming he’s her ‘biggest support’ when it comes to raising their children.

 “He’s got his feet on the ground and is very practical about problem-solving. When I get stressed about how to organise things or juggle it all, he helps put it all in perspective.”

“And he is my biggest support. We’re both very hands-on parents, so it never feels like one is carrying the entire load on their own. He probably lets them have a little more chocolate than I’d like, though,” she had said.

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Shakira And Gerard Pique Hit By Split Rumours

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There are strong indications that Shakira and her footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique have been hit by split rumours, as new reports claim the two are longer living together, with Colombian superstar Shakira the one to instigate the split.

The couple, who have been together for six years and have two sons together, were last seen together in Argentina in June at the wedding of Gerard’s former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

A source told Spanish site Cotilleo that 40-year-old Shakira had initiated the split, saying she could ‘no longer cope with the situation’ with her footballer husband, and may have ‘moved out’ of the house they share.

‘It’s something serious and she has been the one who has finally made the decision,’ the source said.

While Pique and Shakira face all these rumours, the Barcelona star seemed to reveal his affection and love for Shakira.

This is not the first time the couple have had to defend themselves against split claims, after Pique poured cold water on rumours he and Shakira are on the verge of splitting by sharing a sweet family photo few weeks ago.

The Hips Don’t Lie singer Shakira had also previously praised her FC Barcelona star boyfriend on his parenting style, claiming he’s her ‘biggest support’ when it comes to raising their children.

 “He’s got his feet on the ground and is very practical about problem-solving. When I get stressed about how to organise things or juggle it all, he helps put it all in perspective.”

“And he is my biggest support. We’re both very hands-on parents, so it never feels like one is carrying the entire load on their own. He probably lets them have a little more chocolate than I’d like, though,” she had said.

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Catalans, Rohingyas and Other Minority Eruptions

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Catalans, Rohingyas and Other Minority Eruptions, By Owei Lakemfa

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Minorities, or those who feel they have become minorities, are erupting across the world; English-speaking Cameroonians in Africa, the Rohingya in Asia, the Kurds in the Arab world and the Catalans in Europe.

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

Today in Catalonia, one of the wealthiest of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, the right to self-determination is no longer a theoretical postulation; it is a practical political struggle being waged in the streets. The region which had held a non-binding referendum in 2014 with a 90 percent “Yes” vote for independence had decided to hold a binding referendum this Sunday October 1, 2017. However, the Spanish government secured a court order declaring the referendum illegal because it violates the country’s 1978 constitution, which guarantees the “indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation.”

On this basis, the central government sent in the police to seal off voting centres, seize the ballot papers and block websites and other communication sites that support the referendum. When these measures did not seem to be effective, the federal police was drafted into the region to physically stop the vote. The result was massive violence between the police, which used rubber bullets, truncheons and other crowd subjugation methods, and pro-referendum activists. This left 844 people, including 33 policemen, injured.

Spain faced the moral crisis of using violence against people who just wanted to vote. Perhaps realising the damage in using such force against people who, in any case, are Spanish citizens, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tried to rationalise it by saying: “We did what we had to do.” But this was good ammunition for the separatist group. The Catalan Regional president, Carles Puigdemont argued: “The unjustified, disproportionate and irresponsible violence of the Spanish state today has not only failed to stop Catalans’ desire to vote … but has helped to clarify all the doubts we had to resolve today…The image of the Spanish state has reached levels of shame that will stay with them forever. Today, the Spanish state has lost a lot more than it had already lost, and Catalan citizens have won a lot more than they had won until now.”

Despite the violent clampdown, an estimated 2.3 million persons or 42.58 percent of the voters managed to cast their ballots with 2,020,144 or 91.96 percent casting a “Yes” vote for independence, and 176,565 persons or 8.04 percent voting against it. To Puigdemont, with the vote, Catalans have earned the right to independence which may be declared in the coming days. Additionally, a general strike was called in the region with various groups, including footballers, turning out for mass protests against the use of state violence. They rallied under the slogan: “The Streets will always be ours”. It does not appear the Catalans are listening to King Felipe VI who warns that the declaration of independence is outside the law. It also appears that the decision of the Spanish government not to negotiate with the separatists would not be a wise one. If the Catalans take the unprecedented step of declaring independence, it is likely that the Spanish government’s reaction would be to declare a state of emergency and send in troops. If it does so, the soldiers would become an army of occupation and the crises can escalate.

When the 2017 United Nations General Assembly held from September 18-22, the Myanmar leader, and decorated Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi thought it better to stay away rather than be roasted for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.

Despite the ethnic cleansing, Kyi’s eyes are shut, so she sees no evil; her ears are blocked, so she hears no evil; and she is numb, so does not feel. With the world attention on her and the ethnic cleansing, she elected to stay at home allegedly to investigate if the Myanmar state is attacking the Rohingya, as she claims to be unaware. In anger, the city of Oxford had stripped her of the human rights award it had conferred on her because the city’s reputation is “tarnished by honouring those who turn a blind eye to violence.”

I had listened to her at the international Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva when she was the darling of the international community, was being feted across the world and decorated with the Nobel. She was soft spoken and made a warm speech, but I detected no principles in her presentation beyond bland talks about democracy. So I am not surprised she is playing the ostrich; burying her head in the sand while her fellow citizens are being massacred for being minorities.

Some 500,000 Rohingya refugees had fled to Bangladesh with tales of repression, mass rape and torching of their homes by security forces. This week, the Myanmar and Bangladeshi governments reached an agreement to return the refugees. There is no evidence that either the refugees or their representatives were consulted. Part of the agreement is that the refugees would provide identification that they came from Myanmar. The problems include the fact that Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya, who since 1992 had been excluded from citizenship, and so many of them might not have been registered. Also, when they fled, many did so only with the clothes on their backs or few possessions, so picking their Myanmar identity would have been one of the last things on their minds then. The third problem is that they will not be returning to their former homestead, but to a new settlement and there is no indication for how long they would stay in such a place. There is also the issue of guaranteeing their safety.

What is clear to me is that the Myanmar government is quick to enter this agreement because it is embarrassed by world’s reaction, and would want the spotlight shifted from it. On the other hand, Bangladesh is not a buoyant country, and may be groaning under the weight of catering for the refugees. In any case, it might not think it is a good idea for the Rohingya to resettle in the country. So it might want to get them off its territory as quickly as possible. With many challenges in the world, the focus on the Rohingya may soon shift, and the people will be left in the limbo; left in a situation of statelessness, and abandoned by the international community.

Minorities, no matter how small, should be heard, and majority nationalities, no matter how large or self-righteous they feel, must bend backwards to accommodate the minorities. They must address the fears of the latter, give them a sense of belonging and make them feel at home. A resort to violence may silence the minority for a while before another eruption takes place. This is the lesson Spain and all countries must learn.

Owei Lakemfa, former Secretary General of African Workers is a Human Rights activist, journalist and author.

This piece was written by Owei Lakemfa. 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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Catalans, Rohingyas and Other Minority Eruptions

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Catalans, Rohingyas and Other Minority Eruptions, By Owei Lakemfa

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Minorities, or those who feel they have become minorities, are erupting across the world; English-speaking Cameroonians in Africa, the Rohingya in Asia, the Kurds in the Arab world and the Catalans in Europe.

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

Today in Catalonia, one of the wealthiest of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, the right to self-determination is no longer a theoretical postulation; it is a practical political struggle being waged in the streets. The region which had held a non-binding referendum in 2014 with a 90 percent “Yes” vote for independence had decided to hold a binding referendum this Sunday October 1, 2017. However, the Spanish government secured a court order declaring the referendum illegal because it violates the country’s 1978 constitution, which guarantees the “indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation.”

On this basis, the central government sent in the police to seal off voting centres, seize the ballot papers and block websites and other communication sites that support the referendum. When these measures did not seem to be effective, the federal police was drafted into the region to physically stop the vote. The result was massive violence between the police, which used rubber bullets, truncheons and other crowd subjugation methods, and pro-referendum activists. This left 844 people, including 33 policemen, injured.

Spain faced the moral crisis of using violence against people who just wanted to vote. Perhaps realising the damage in using such force against people who, in any case, are Spanish citizens, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tried to rationalise it by saying: “We did what we had to do.” But this was good ammunition for the separatist group. The Catalan Regional president, Carles Puigdemont argued: “The unjustified, disproportionate and irresponsible violence of the Spanish state today has not only failed to stop Catalans’ desire to vote … but has helped to clarify all the doubts we had to resolve today…The image of the Spanish state has reached levels of shame that will stay with them forever. Today, the Spanish state has lost a lot more than it had already lost, and Catalan citizens have won a lot more than they had won until now.”

Despite the violent clampdown, an estimated 2.3 million persons or 42.58 percent of the voters managed to cast their ballots with 2,020,144 or 91.96 percent casting a “Yes” vote for independence, and 176,565 persons or 8.04 percent voting against it. To Puigdemont, with the vote, Catalans have earned the right to independence which may be declared in the coming days. Additionally, a general strike was called in the region with various groups, including footballers, turning out for mass protests against the use of state violence. They rallied under the slogan: “The Streets will always be ours”. It does not appear the Catalans are listening to King Felipe VI who warns that the declaration of independence is outside the law. It also appears that the decision of the Spanish government not to negotiate with the separatists would not be a wise one. If the Catalans take the unprecedented step of declaring independence, it is likely that the Spanish government’s reaction would be to declare a state of emergency and send in troops. If it does so, the soldiers would become an army of occupation and the crises can escalate.

When the 2017 United Nations General Assembly held from September 18-22, the Myanmar leader, and decorated Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi thought it better to stay away rather than be roasted for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.

Despite the ethnic cleansing, Kyi’s eyes are shut, so she sees no evil; her ears are blocked, so she hears no evil; and she is numb, so does not feel. With the world attention on her and the ethnic cleansing, she elected to stay at home allegedly to investigate if the Myanmar state is attacking the Rohingya, as she claims to be unaware. In anger, the city of Oxford had stripped her of the human rights award it had conferred on her because the city’s reputation is “tarnished by honouring those who turn a blind eye to violence.”

I had listened to her at the international Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva when she was the darling of the international community, was being feted across the world and decorated with the Nobel. She was soft spoken and made a warm speech, but I detected no principles in her presentation beyond bland talks about democracy. So I am not surprised she is playing the ostrich; burying her head in the sand while her fellow citizens are being massacred for being minorities.

Some 500,000 Rohingya refugees had fled to Bangladesh with tales of repression, mass rape and torching of their homes by security forces. This week, the Myanmar and Bangladeshi governments reached an agreement to return the refugees. There is no evidence that either the refugees or their representatives were consulted. Part of the agreement is that the refugees would provide identification that they came from Myanmar. The problems include the fact that Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya, who since 1992 had been excluded from citizenship, and so many of them might not have been registered. Also, when they fled, many did so only with the clothes on their backs or few possessions, so picking their Myanmar identity would have been one of the last things on their minds then. The third problem is that they will not be returning to their former homestead, but to a new settlement and there is no indication for how long they would stay in such a place. There is also the issue of guaranteeing their safety.

What is clear to me is that the Myanmar government is quick to enter this agreement because it is embarrassed by world’s reaction, and would want the spotlight shifted from it. On the other hand, Bangladesh is not a buoyant country, and may be groaning under the weight of catering for the refugees. In any case, it might not think it is a good idea for the Rohingya to resettle in the country. So it might want to get them off its territory as quickly as possible. With many challenges in the world, the focus on the Rohingya may soon shift, and the people will be left in the limbo; left in a situation of statelessness, and abandoned by the international community.

Minorities, no matter how small, should be heard, and majority nationalities, no matter how large or self-righteous they feel, must bend backwards to accommodate the minorities. They must address the fears of the latter, give them a sense of belonging and make them feel at home. A resort to violence may silence the minority for a while before another eruption takes place. This is the lesson Spain and all countries must learn.

Owei Lakemfa, former Secretary General of African Workers is a Human Rights activist, journalist and author.

This piece was written by Owei Lakemfa. 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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Iwobi’s Goal Sends Nigeria To World Cup

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The match between Nigeria and Zambia was a crucial one and it lived up to its expectations, as Iwobi scored the goal needed to send the Super Eagles to the World Cup.

Zambia stood toe to toe with the Super Eagles at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, threatening the goal on occasion.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was up to the task at hand, keeping the Chipolopolo forwards at bay, however, a goal by the Zambians was ruled out for offside.

Nigeria threatened on occasion, but lacked that final bite in attack. The introduction of Iwobi proved to be a tactical decision for Gernot Rohr.

Iwobi changed the game as he was introduced, producing brilliance and it finally paid off as he buried a shot in the 73rd minute.

The goal proved to be the only one of the match, as the Super Eagles qualified for the 2018 Russia World Cup top of the group.

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Iwobi’s Goal Sends Nigeria To World Cup

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The match between Nigeria and Zambia was a crucial one and it lived up to its expectations, as Iwobi scored the goal needed to send the Super Eagles to the World Cup.

Zambia stood toe to toe with the Super Eagles at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, threatening the goal on occasion.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was up to the task at hand, keeping the Chipolopolo forwards at bay, however, a goal by the Zambians was ruled out for offside.

Nigeria threatened on occasion, but lacked that final bite in attack. The introduction of Iwobi proved to be a tactical decision for Gernot Rohr.

Iwobi changed the game as he was introduced, producing brilliance and it finally paid off as he buried a shot in the 73rd minute.

The goal proved to be the only one of the match, as the Super Eagles qualified for the 2018 Russia World Cup top of the group.

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Nigeria 1-0 Zambia: Iwobi Scores As Super Eagles Qualify For 2018 FIFA World Cup In Russia

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A solitary goal from substitute Alex Iwobi was enough to see Nigeria beat Zambia, thus booking their spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The West African giant became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after they won Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi was introduced in the second half and he immediately made his impact felt as he finished off a fine move down the right, following a nice combination play between Victor Moses and Shehu Abdullahi.

The Arsenal striker came with the pace and brilliance the Eagles needed and he scored from close range.

The Super Eagles now have 13 points at the top of Group and an unassailable six-point lead ahead of Zambia, with one round of games left.

They join the likes of  Brazil, Spain, Mexico, England, Germany, Iran, South Korea, etc. who have also booked their places at next year’s tournament.

 

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Nigeria 1-0 Zambia: Iwobi Scores As Super Eagles Qualify For 2018 FIFA World Cup In Russia

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A solitary goal from substitute Alex Iwobi was enough to see Nigeria beat Zambia, thus booking their spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The West African giant became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after they won Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi was introduced in the second half and he immediately made his impact felt as he finished off a fine move down the right, following a nice combination play between Victor Moses and Shehu Abdullahi.

The Arsenal striker came with the pace and brilliance the Eagles needed and he scored from close range.

The Super Eagles now have 13 points at the top of Group and an unassailable six-point lead ahead of Zambia, with one round of games left.

They join the likes of  Brazil, Spain, Mexico, England, Germany, Iran, South Korea, etc. who have also booked their places at next year’s tournament.

 

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Lawal: Nigeria Cannot Afford Costly Mistakes Against Zambia

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Garba Lawal has warned the Super Eagles of Nigeria to play top notch football and avoid costly mistakes against Zambia.

Gernot Rohr’s men are in pole position to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, topping the group with three points.

However, Zambia have a shot at qualification, should they stage an upset against Nigeria in Uyo.

“We must get it right with our selection against Zambia,” Lawal told Goal.

“When I watched Argentina and Brazil, the Argentines dominated the game and did everything to score but luck was not on their side. They had about eight chances but couldn’t score from any of them.

“The players know the importance of being at the World Cup, so they have to give 200% and everything in the 90 minutes against the Zambians and we are there,” he continued.

“They need to concentrate more and all through the game to avoid mistakes. There should be no room for costly mistakes though there could be one error or the other but not costly ones.

“I hope with that mentality, the way they’ve to start is important and Zambia are talking rough ahead of the match. We have everything – the fans, everyone backing the team and the home advantage to win the game. It doesn’t matter how we win or about playing good football, what matters is the three points.”

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Lawal: Nigeria Cannot Afford Costly Mistakes Against Zambia

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Garba Lawal has warned the Super Eagles of Nigeria to play top notch football and avoid costly mistakes against Zambia.

Gernot Rohr’s men are in pole position to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, topping the group with three points.

However, Zambia have a shot at qualification, should they stage an upset against Nigeria in Uyo.

“We must get it right with our selection against Zambia,” Lawal told Goal.

“When I watched Argentina and Brazil, the Argentines dominated the game and did everything to score but luck was not on their side. They had about eight chances but couldn’t score from any of them.

“The players know the importance of being at the World Cup, so they have to give 200% and everything in the 90 minutes against the Zambians and we are there,” he continued.

“They need to concentrate more and all through the game to avoid mistakes. There should be no room for costly mistakes though there could be one error or the other but not costly ones.

“I hope with that mentality, the way they’ve to start is important and Zambia are talking rough ahead of the match. We have everything – the fans, everyone backing the team and the home advantage to win the game. It doesn’t matter how we win or about playing good football, what matters is the three points.”

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Ooni ‘Renames’ IPOB, Says “Biafra Agitators Not Terrorists”

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Friday, renamed the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria (IPOBN).

Refusing to categorize IPOB as terrorist organization, the Ooni said that the youths that constitute the membership of the group should not be discarded.

The traditional leader stated this when he visited Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to show solidarity with the people of the state and the entire people of Southeast over the recent security crisis that claimed many lives and property.

Apparently disappointment with the proscription and tagging of IPOB as a terrorist group, Ogunwusi said denouncing a people agitating over their right was not the hallmark of democracy.

According to him, “I am in Abia to continue the oneness we preach concerning the unity of this country and to continue to build bridges across the entire country.”

He faulted the manner youths were being discarded and branded terrorists for crying out against injustice in the land, noting that the youths who were involved in agitations were justified in asking for justice and equity in Nigeria.

“There is something that is bothering them that is making them to cry. We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer (because) the youths of this country are the future, the energy. They are the heart beat of this country,” he stated.”

According to him, the youths have inherent energies that could be tapped and positively channeled to build a batter Nigerian state; hence he called for proper re-orientation of the youths to make them drop negative tendencies, such as hate speeches and call for disintegration of the country.

Corroborating with the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo that Nigeria should be restructured to ensure equity, justice and fairness, the Ooni said the Yoruba race shared the same view on the way forward for a better and all-inclusive Nigeria.

“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this; we stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you that we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration,” he added.

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Ooni ‘Renames’ IPOB, Says “Biafra Agitators Not Terrorists”

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Friday, renamed the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria (IPOBN).

Refusing to categorize IPOB as terrorist organization, the Ooni said that the youths that constitute the membership of the group should not be discarded.

The traditional leader stated this when he visited Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to show solidarity with the people of the state and the entire people of Southeast over the recent security crisis that claimed many lives and property.

Apparently disappointment with the proscription and tagging of IPOB as a terrorist group, Ogunwusi said denouncing a people agitating over their right was not the hallmark of democracy.

According to him, “I am in Abia to continue the oneness we preach concerning the unity of this country and to continue to build bridges across the entire country.”

He faulted the manner youths were being discarded and branded terrorists for crying out against injustice in the land, noting that the youths who were involved in agitations were justified in asking for justice and equity in Nigeria.

“There is something that is bothering them that is making them to cry. We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer (because) the youths of this country are the future, the energy. They are the heart beat of this country,” he stated.”

According to him, the youths have inherent energies that could be tapped and positively channeled to build a batter Nigerian state; hence he called for proper re-orientation of the youths to make them drop negative tendencies, such as hate speeches and call for disintegration of the country.

Corroborating with the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo that Nigeria should be restructured to ensure equity, justice and fairness, the Ooni said the Yoruba race shared the same view on the way forward for a better and all-inclusive Nigeria.

“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this; we stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you that we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration,” he added.

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FG Pushes For Agricultural Quality Control Nationwide Amid EU Ban On Nigerian Beans

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In the wake of the ban on the importation of dry beans from Nigeria by European Union (EU), about 3 years ago, the Federal Government has been pushed to commence an advocacy on agricultural quality control and standardisation across the six geo-political zones of the country.

This disclosure was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Friday in Lagos at the commencement of the quality control and standardisation campaign for the South-West zone.

Ogbeh said that the nationwide advocacy had become necessary in order to stop further export sanctions and notifications on the country’s agro products from the EU.

The minister said: “Between 2016 and 2017, about 48 notifications were received from the EU on our export goods (nuts and seeds as well as fruits and vegetables) due to aflatoxin and many other contaminants, either biological or chemical.”

Speaking on his behalf, the Coordinating Director, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service, Vincent Isegbe, quoted the minister as lamenting that the ban was extended from one year to three years when the Federal Government and the relevant agencies were working to ensure that the June 2016 deadline to lift the ban was met.

Ogbeh, however, said, “The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has not had it this good in the past as regards agricultural quality control strategies, thus aggressively addressing the culture of quality in the agro sector. Previous efforts of the ministry were only geared towards increased cultivation and output per unit area with less emphasis on quality and standards of our produce.

“Nigerians also deserve good, safe and quality agro outputs for consumption, which should be globally accepted like their counterparts across the globe. I wish to commend our administration on this giant stride and far-sightedness by revolutionising agriculture in Nigeria with more effort on food safety and quality assurance if our agricultural commodities.”

“The quality control of our commodities starts from the field operations, including clearing, soil readying, seeds selection, varietal selection, chemical application, good agricultural practices as well as post-harvest operations.”

The EU had banned the importation of Nigeria’s dry beans in June 2015 on the ground that the produce contained high level of pesticide considered dangerous to human health.

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Cacic Sacked By Croatia And Replaced With Dalic

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Croatia have confirmed the sacking of Ante Cacic and replaced him with Zlatko Dalic after the 1-1 draw with Finland.

The draw means Croatia are two points behind Iceland, who are top of the group and are level on points with Ukraine, but have a better goal difference.

Modric did not support Cacic after the game , as Croatia are in danger of losing their playoff spot.

“We had four coaches to pick from and Dalic was unanimous decision,” Suker told the press on Saturday.

“Throughout history, Croatia always had domestic coaches and we were guided by that, we didn’t want foreign one. We have 17 points, still can reach the play-offs. We spoke to the players, they are professionals, they know coach depends on results.

“Twenty years ago (ahead of 1998 World Cup, where Croatia came third) we were in similar situation at the end of qualifiers.

“Josip Simunic and Ante Mise left the national team along with Cacic, so Dalic will only have goalkeeping coach Marijan Mrmic with him on the bench in Kiev.

“It was turbulent night, we figured out the team was missing something – we won four of a possible 12 points in last four matches.

“Ukraine are favourites on Monday because they play at home, we don’t score goals and that is the problem for the coach and players. This was shock-therapy and we hope we will have some good luck in Ukraine and win a play-off place.”

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Blanc: France Must Qualify For World Cup

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Laurent Blanc has challenged the France squad to aim for a place in the Russia World Cup and go ahead to win it.

Didier Deschamps men were expected to cruise through qualification due to their top class squad, but they have struggled in Group A.

France top the standings, but still have a long way to go, as the top four teams in the group have a shot at qualification.

Former coach Blanc remains confident Les Bleus will prevail, however.

“I trust the French team,” the 51-year-old told France 3.

“They have fantastic players, especially in the offensive third, but not just there. There will be pressure, but good pressure.

“I hope the French team will qualify for the World Cup – they must.

“If we can qualify, we will have a role to play. Will we win the World Cup? Well, you qualify to win it.”

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Ventura Slams Italy’s Performance Against Macedonia

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Italy’s head coach, Giampiero Ventura has slammed the display of his side in the 1-1 draw against Macedonia.

Spain secured qualification to Russia, meaning Italy will have to wait till the second round of qualifying to earn their ticket.

Chiellini scored the only goal for Italy, with a poor second half display , seeing the Azzurri’s concede an equaliser and Ventura believes if they play like that, they will struggle in the playoffs.

He told reporters: “If we play like we did in the second half then we will struggle to get through the play-offs. It doesn’t take a coach to realise that.

“If from here to the play-offs we can add a few more players who actually play [at club level], but evidently those are two different situations.

“I think the praise was exaggerated before and the criticism is exaggerated now. I had moments that were positive and negative, like all coaches.

“In the last six minutes, Leonardo Bonucci moved up to act as a centre-forward because the team wanted a victory. In the second half we weren’t as aggressive, but that doesn’t mean we lacked confidence.

“Macedonia lost only one game in 2017 and it was 2-1 to Spain, and in the 95th minute they could’ve equalised. We’re not talking about Spain or Germany, but they are still a good side.”

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Court Sentences Ekiti Man To Death By Hanging

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An Ado-Ekiti High Court, on Friday, sentenced one Kolawole Oluwasola to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.

Justice John Adeyeye, who found Kolawole guilty of armed robbery and murder, held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond any reasonable doubt.

The judge said that during investigation, the accused made a confessional statement and took the police to the scene of the crime, where the decomposing body of Ismaila was found.

He said that the State Counsel, Mrs Bunmi Ajumobi, called six witnesses to prove while the counsel for the defendant, Mrs Amina Baderinwa, also called the defendant, who gave evidence in his own case.

Adeyeye said that from the evidence before the court, Kolawole would face the supreme punishment prescribed for the offence of murder and armed robbery.

He held that the offence of armed robbery and murder were both punishable by death upon conviction.

“I, therefore, condemn the accused to death by hanging,” he said.

Kolawole committed the offence on April 13, 2016 at Sabo Area, Aramoko-Ekiti.

He was arraigned for stabbing one Yahaya Sumaila and also strangulated him to death.

Kolawole was also docked for snatching the victim’s motorcycle and thereafter ran to Ibadan.

Nemesis, however, caught up with the accused when the police arrested him for possession of a suspected stolen motorcycle.

NAN

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13 Persons Now Infected In Bayelsa As Monkeypox Disease Invades Rivers

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The number of persons said to be receiving treatment for the communicable Monkeypox – which broke out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital – has risen from 11 to 13, as the deadly viral epidemic has invaded Rivers State.

It is understood that the 13 patients – including a medical doctor and a 17-year-old boy – suspected to be infected with the monkeypox virus isolated at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) Okolobiri in Bayelsa are responding to treatment and are at various stages of recovery.

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The Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, who addressed a press conference on Friday along with his information counterpart, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who said that there was no cause for alarm as the state had taken steps to curtail further spread.

Mr. Etebu had on Thursday put the figure at 11.

He said that more than 50 others who had contact with the quarantined patients have been traced and placed under surveillance, adding that two of the infected patients earlier isolated have been treated and discharged.

10 Infected, 49 Under Surveillance As Monkeypox Virus Hits Bayelsa

In Rivers State, three persons have been confirmed to be infected with the disease in different parts of Port Harcourt.

Confirming the outbreak, the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Chike Princewill, said the three cases were discovered on Thursday night at Rumoulumeni, Eneka, and Psychiatric Road areas of Port Harcourt of Rivers State.

“We have activated our isolation centres and we have put all our Health centres on red alert.”

“The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, and all our Primary Health Centres have been reactivated.”

“We can assure you that there is no course for alarm because we are on top of the situation,” he said.

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13 Persons Now Infected In Bayelsa As Monkeypox Disease Invades Rivers

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The number of persons said to be receiving treatment for the communicable Monkeypox – which broke out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital – has risen from 11 to 13, as the deadly viral epidemic has invaded Rivers State.

It is understood that the 13 patients – including a medical doctor and a 17-year-old boy – suspected to be infected with the monkeypox virus isolated at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) Okolobiri in Bayelsa are responding to treatment and are at various stages of recovery.

Monkeypox Disease: FG Warns Nigerians To Avoid Eating Bushmeat, Dead Animals

The Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, who addressed a press conference on Friday along with his information counterpart, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who said that there was no cause for alarm as the state had taken steps to curtail further spread.

Mr. Etebu had on Thursday put the figure at 11.

He said that more than 50 others who had contact with the quarantined patients have been traced and placed under surveillance, adding that two of the infected patients earlier isolated have been treated and discharged.

10 Infected, 49 Under Surveillance As Monkeypox Virus Hits Bayelsa

In Rivers State, three persons have been confirmed to be infected with the disease in different parts of Port Harcourt.

Confirming the outbreak, the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Chike Princewill, said the three cases were discovered on Thursday night at Rumoulumeni, Eneka, and Psychiatric Road areas of Port Harcourt of Rivers State.

“We have activated our isolation centres and we have put all our Health centres on red alert.”

“The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, and all our Primary Health Centres have been reactivated.”

“We can assure you that there is no course for alarm because we are on top of the situation,” he said.

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Buhari Calls For Prisons Decongestion, Says It’s “A National Scandal”

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday called for urgent measures to be taken to decongest prisons across the country, even as he described the state of the nation’s prisons as a national scandal.

The president stated this when he hosted a delegation of the judicial arm of government led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa.

He said the call for decongestion is necessary not only in the interest of justice but to save the cost of prisons’ maintenance and boost the welfare of prisoners.

According to him, it was a national scandal that many prisons were overcrowded by 90 per cent.

His words: “We need a new approach to prison congestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 percent.”

“Urgent new measures should be put place to speedily decongest the prisons not only in the interest of justice but to save cost of prisons’ maintenance and welfare of prisoners.

“My attorney-general is advocating establishment of courts inside the prisons to speed up decongestion.”

On review of the conditions of service of the judicial staff, the president directed the office of the Attorney General of the federation to take up the issue with the Salary and Wages Commission with a view to advising him for prompt action.

He stated that his administration was not unmindful of the challenges facing the judiciary, saying that the increased budgetary allocation to the judiciary in the 2017 fiscal year would be sustained.

Buhari lamented that huge sums were being spent on security, especially in the North East and Niger Delta regions, instead of meaningful development, to better the lives of citizens.

He, however, expressed optimism that God would touch the minds of Nigerians to be patient with the government in its efforts to transform the nation’s economy.

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Buhari Calls For Prisons Decongestion, Says It’s “A National Scandal”

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday called for urgent measures to be taken to decongest prisons across the country, even as he described the state of the nation’s prisons as a national scandal.

The president stated this when he hosted a delegation of the judicial arm of government led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa.

He said the call for decongestion is necessary not only in the interest of justice but to save the cost of prisons’ maintenance and boost the welfare of prisoners.

According to him, it was a national scandal that many prisons were overcrowded by 90 per cent.

His words: “We need a new approach to prison congestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 percent.”

“Urgent new measures should be put place to speedily decongest the prisons not only in the interest of justice but to save cost of prisons’ maintenance and welfare of prisoners.

“My attorney-general is advocating establishment of courts inside the prisons to speed up decongestion.”

On review of the conditions of service of the judicial staff, the president directed the office of the Attorney General of the federation to take up the issue with the Salary and Wages Commission with a view to advising him for prompt action.

He stated that his administration was not unmindful of the challenges facing the judiciary, saying that the increased budgetary allocation to the judiciary in the 2017 fiscal year would be sustained.

Buhari lamented that huge sums were being spent on security, especially in the North East and Niger Delta regions, instead of meaningful development, to better the lives of citizens.

He, however, expressed optimism that God would touch the minds of Nigerians to be patient with the government in its efforts to transform the nation’s economy.

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Buhari Appoints New Board Members For FERMA, Ex-CBN Deputy Governor As Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the appointment of Tunde Lemo, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as chairman of the 13-member governing board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

The appointment was announced yesterday in a statement issued by Mr. Mohammed Nakorji, Assistant Director Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) in Abuja.

Nakorji said the president has also appointed new members of the board.

He added that the other members of the FERMA board are Mr Nurudeen Rafindadi​, Mr Buba Silas Abdullahi​​​, Mr Babagana Mohammad Aji​​​​ and Mr Shehu Udman Abdullahi​​​.

He said that others are Loretta Ngozichukwu Aniagolu, Mujaidu Stanley Dako​​​​, Vincent Oladapo Kolawole, Chukwunwike Uzo​​, Mrs Olubunmi Siyanbola and Alhaji Abdulrazak Ma’aji​​​​.

He also mentioned Alhaji Saidu Abdulkadir​​​ and Peter Osawe​​​​​ as members of the board.

The spokesman maintained that the appointment of the FERMA board was subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

He added that the President also approved the re-appointment of Mr Peter Ewesor as the Managing Director of NEMSA for a final term of four years in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(3) of Agency’s Act 2015.

He explained that the re-appointment of the NEMSA boss was with effect from Oct. 3.

Established by an act of the national assembly in 2002, FERMA is charged with the responsibility of road maintenance across the country.

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Buhari Appoints New Board Members For FERMA, Ex-CBN Deputy Governor As Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the appointment of Tunde Lemo, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as chairman of the 13-member governing board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

The appointment was announced yesterday in a statement issued by Mr. Mohammed Nakorji, Assistant Director Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) in Abuja.

Nakorji said the president has also appointed new members of the board.

He added that the other members of the FERMA board are Mr Nurudeen Rafindadi​, Mr Buba Silas Abdullahi​​​, Mr Babagana Mohammad Aji​​​​ and Mr Shehu Udman Abdullahi​​​.

He said that others are Loretta Ngozichukwu Aniagolu, Mujaidu Stanley Dako​​​​, Vincent Oladapo Kolawole, Chukwunwike Uzo​​, Mrs Olubunmi Siyanbola and Alhaji Abdulrazak Ma’aji​​​​.

He also mentioned Alhaji Saidu Abdulkadir​​​ and Peter Osawe​​​​​ as members of the board.

The spokesman maintained that the appointment of the FERMA board was subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

He added that the President also approved the re-appointment of Mr Peter Ewesor as the Managing Director of NEMSA for a final term of four years in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(3) of Agency’s Act 2015.

He explained that the re-appointment of the NEMSA boss was with effect from Oct. 3.

Established by an act of the national assembly in 2002, FERMA is charged with the responsibility of road maintenance across the country.

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Football Papers :All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Jack Wilshere is in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup if he can prove his form and fitness at Arsenal.
  • Jonjo Shelvey has fractured his hand after trying to break up a fight between Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Mo Diame.
  • Gareth Southgate could make sweeping changes to his England side in Lithuania after coming under pressure from clubs to rest star players.
  • England are being lined up to host the 2022 World Cup after a leaked report said it may be impossible for Qatar to do so.
  • Gareth Southgate says some fans still don’t like him because of his penalty miss against Germany at Euro ’96.
  • Rickie Lambert says he chose to retire after re-injuring his back playing golf with the Wigan chairman and manager, who were interested in signing him.
  • Gareth Southgate wants to prepare for the World Cup with a series of home friendlies in different stadiums across the country.
  • Harry Kane says he is in his best form since his childhood days, when he used to score six or seven goals a game.
  • Gareth Southgate has urged his players to repay the fans’ support with a convincing performance in Lithuania on Sunday.
  • Liverpool’s Andy Robertson will play for Scotland in Slovenia on Sunday despite fears that he has broken his wrist.
  • Gareth Southgate has urged patience from the England fans after their uninspiring performance against Slovenia.
  • Jack Butland and Jesse Lingard could be in the England team for the game in Lithuania on Sunday.
  • A police chief has warned that England fans may face ‘extreme violence’ if they travel to Russia for the World Cup.
  • Tottenham are confident that Dele Alli will sign a new contract with a big pay rise, despite him being in the process of changing agents.
  • Slovenia star Valter Birsa says Scotland deserve to qualify for the World Cup because they are better than England.
  • Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the red-hot favourite for the Kilmarnock job.

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Football Papers :All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Jack Wilshere is in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup if he can prove his form and fitness at Arsenal.
  • Jonjo Shelvey has fractured his hand after trying to break up a fight between Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Mo Diame.
  • Gareth Southgate could make sweeping changes to his England side in Lithuania after coming under pressure from clubs to rest star players.
  • England are being lined up to host the 2022 World Cup after a leaked report said it may be impossible for Qatar to do so.
  • Gareth Southgate says some fans still don’t like him because of his penalty miss against Germany at Euro ’96.
  • Rickie Lambert says he chose to retire after re-injuring his back playing golf with the Wigan chairman and manager, who were interested in signing him.
  • Gareth Southgate wants to prepare for the World Cup with a series of home friendlies in different stadiums across the country.
  • Harry Kane says he is in his best form since his childhood days, when he used to score six or seven goals a game.
  • Gareth Southgate has urged his players to repay the fans’ support with a convincing performance in Lithuania on Sunday.
  • Liverpool’s Andy Robertson will play for Scotland in Slovenia on Sunday despite fears that he has broken his wrist.
  • Gareth Southgate has urged patience from the England fans after their uninspiring performance against Slovenia.
  • Jack Butland and Jesse Lingard could be in the England team for the game in Lithuania on Sunday.
  • A police chief has warned that England fans may face ‘extreme violence’ if they travel to Russia for the World Cup.
  • Tottenham are confident that Dele Alli will sign a new contract with a big pay rise, despite him being in the process of changing agents.
  • Slovenia star Valter Birsa says Scotland deserve to qualify for the World Cup because they are better than England.
  • Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the red-hot favourite for the Kilmarnock job.

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