Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?, By SKC Ogbonnia

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of interest to vie for president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is that power must remain in the North past 2019.

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

So, why specifically the North at this critical stage of national development, when the nation is facing serious crises in all fronts? Have the leaders from any particular zone shown any magic wand in solving national problems? If zoning is suddenly the sole panacea for our problems, what are the criteria?

The cursory history below is a cue.

By May 2019, the North might have occupied the seat of power for about 42 out of 59 years of national independence. Of the three Northern political zones, the North-West would have been in power for roughly 18 years; 11 democratic, and seven years under military rule. The North-East already had about sixyears of democratic governance in the First Republic; while the North-Central accounted for solid 18 years, all by military administrations. Yet, despite unfettered allocation of federal funds to the Northern region, its huge natural and human resources remain grossly untapped. It is not surprising, therefore, that the image of the poor human condition in the North is the convex lens through which the history of bad leadership in Nigeria is seen worldwide.

Similarly, Southern Nigeria has held power for about 17 years. The South-West zone was at the helm for 12 years; eight years of democratic power, and years years of military and quasi-military dictatorships. The South-South has followed with five years, all under democratic leadership; while the South-East accounted for six months through military authority. Unfortunately, however, the condition of vital federal projects in the South, including roads and airports, remain an eyesore. Needless to mention that the region is well known for high crime rates, at home and abroad.

Ultimately, politicians from both the North and South are guilty of bad leadership in Nigeria. We must admit, therefore, that the distrust in the polity is deeply rooted in the past, where each ethnic group or region patently shares part of the blame. But if zoning must prevail at this critical time, common sense dictates that the law of equity would equally demand that the position of the president be allocated to the region or the zones thus far marginalised in the presidential equation.

Critics are expected to roar here. As if Nigeria just attained independence in 1999, they will attempt to argue that the rotation began in 1999. Others have also made the case that the rotation rationale does not consider military rule. Fine. But there is the need for consistency. Nigeria has moved onto political zones, instead of the regional concept. Thus, the presidential calculators ought to zoom their searchlight into the North-Central and the South-East, being the political zones that are yet to produce democratic presidents. In other words, any presidential aspirant from the North-West, South-West, South-South, and North-East might as well step aside.

More progressively, let there be a open contest from all zones without preordained anointment. Nigeria needs a leader who is best equipped to lead at this stage of national development. For things are not going well in our country. The ordinary man and woman is finding it difficult to survive. Many of the youth are fleeing the country, most of who have no other choice than to embrace the harsh conditions in immigration jails in foreign lands, as more hopeful than the free life in our native land. Some are even accepting to be sold as slaves, insofar they escape the Nigerian dilemma.

Make no mistake about it, the main problem is not the fault of the current national government. Instead, it is a culmination of acute leadership failures inherited from the past PDP regimes that squandered the nation’s golden opportunities. For example, despite unprecedented revenue generated from crude oil from 1999 to 2014, abject corruption, rather than the dividend of the hard-earned democracy, was the order of the day.

As can be recalled, that very situation prompted many patriots, including me—to sacrifice our individual political and business interests—to promote any candidate who could stem the tide of bad governance bedeviling the country at the time. We did not care about ethnicity, religion or creed. We did not care that the South-South, the very life zone of the nation, which at the time had a sitting president in Goodluck Jonathan, had not exhausted its eight years in Aso Villa. All we sought was a Nigerian, simply a Nigerian, with a history of fighting corruption. Muhammadu Buhari was that man.

Buhari came back to power with good intentions and has performed to the best of his ability. At least, corruption is once again being viewed as stealing. But, if the truth is told, his best can no longer cope with the demands of the 21st century Nigeria. In short, President Muhammadu Buhari has two glaring styles to consider moving forward: The Mandela manner or the Mugabe muggle. The world is watching.

The world is definitely watching, believing that Nigeria can do much better. It is not a secret that her citizens, including the youth, are leading lights worldwide in all-important areas of human civilisation, from medicine, education, engineering, law enforcement, and what have you. Yet, the same Nigerian professionals cannot replicate similar standards at home because of all manners of discrimination, including uneven zoning and quota. That trend must change. Posterity beckons on us to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of tribal or regional rivalries.

SKC Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. 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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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?, By SKC Ogbonnia

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of interest to vie for president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is that power must remain in the North past 2019.

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

So, why specifically the North at this critical stage of national development, when the nation is facing serious crises in all fronts? Have the leaders from any particular zone shown any magic wand in solving national problems? If zoning is suddenly the sole panacea for our problems, what are the criteria?

The cursory history below is a cue.

By May 2019, the North might have occupied the seat of power for about 42 out of 59 years of national independence. Of the three Northern political zones, the North-West would have been in power for roughly 18 years; 11 democratic, and seven years under military rule. The North-East already had about sixyears of democratic governance in the First Republic; while the North-Central accounted for solid 18 years, all by military administrations. Yet, despite unfettered allocation of federal funds to the Northern region, its huge natural and human resources remain grossly untapped. It is not surprising, therefore, that the image of the poor human condition in the North is the convex lens through which the history of bad leadership in Nigeria is seen worldwide.

Similarly, Southern Nigeria has held power for about 17 years. The South-West zone was at the helm for 12 years; eight years of democratic power, and years years of military and quasi-military dictatorships. The South-South has followed with five years, all under democratic leadership; while the South-East accounted for six months through military authority. Unfortunately, however, the condition of vital federal projects in the South, including roads and airports, remain an eyesore. Needless to mention that the region is well known for high crime rates, at home and abroad.

Ultimately, politicians from both the North and South are guilty of bad leadership in Nigeria. We must admit, therefore, that the distrust in the polity is deeply rooted in the past, where each ethnic group or region patently shares part of the blame. But if zoning must prevail at this critical time, common sense dictates that the law of equity would equally demand that the position of the president be allocated to the region or the zones thus far marginalised in the presidential equation.

Critics are expected to roar here. As if Nigeria just attained independence in 1999, they will attempt to argue that the rotation began in 1999. Others have also made the case that the rotation rationale does not consider military rule. Fine. But there is the need for consistency. Nigeria has moved onto political zones, instead of the regional concept. Thus, the presidential calculators ought to zoom their searchlight into the North-Central and the South-East, being the political zones that are yet to produce democratic presidents. In other words, any presidential aspirant from the North-West, South-West, South-South, and North-East might as well step aside.

More progressively, let there be a open contest from all zones without preordained anointment. Nigeria needs a leader who is best equipped to lead at this stage of national development. For things are not going well in our country. The ordinary man and woman is finding it difficult to survive. Many of the youth are fleeing the country, most of who have no other choice than to embrace the harsh conditions in immigration jails in foreign lands, as more hopeful than the free life in our native land. Some are even accepting to be sold as slaves, insofar they escape the Nigerian dilemma.

Make no mistake about it, the main problem is not the fault of the current national government. Instead, it is a culmination of acute leadership failures inherited from the past PDP regimes that squandered the nation’s golden opportunities. For example, despite unprecedented revenue generated from crude oil from 1999 to 2014, abject corruption, rather than the dividend of the hard-earned democracy, was the order of the day.

As can be recalled, that very situation prompted many patriots, including me—to sacrifice our individual political and business interests—to promote any candidate who could stem the tide of bad governance bedeviling the country at the time. We did not care about ethnicity, religion or creed. We did not care that the South-South, the very life zone of the nation, which at the time had a sitting president in Goodluck Jonathan, had not exhausted its eight years in Aso Villa. All we sought was a Nigerian, simply a Nigerian, with a history of fighting corruption. Muhammadu Buhari was that man.

Buhari came back to power with good intentions and has performed to the best of his ability. At least, corruption is once again being viewed as stealing. But, if the truth is told, his best can no longer cope with the demands of the 21st century Nigeria. In short, President Muhammadu Buhari has two glaring styles to consider moving forward: The Mandela manner or the Mugabe muggle. The world is watching.

The world is definitely watching, believing that Nigeria can do much better. It is not a secret that her citizens, including the youth, are leading lights worldwide in all-important areas of human civilisation, from medicine, education, engineering, law enforcement, and what have you. Yet, the same Nigerian professionals cannot replicate similar standards at home because of all manners of discrimination, including uneven zoning and quota. That trend must change. Posterity beckons on us to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of tribal or regional rivalries.

SKC Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. 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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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?, By SKC Ogbonnia

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of interest to vie for president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is that power must remain in the North past 2019.

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

So, why specifically the North at this critical stage of national development, when the nation is facing serious crises in all fronts? Have the leaders from any particular zone shown any magic wand in solving national problems? If zoning is suddenly the sole panacea for our problems, what are the criteria?

The cursory history below is a cue.

By May 2019, the North might have occupied the seat of power for about 42 out of 59 years of national independence. Of the three Northern political zones, the North-West would have been in power for roughly 18 years; 11 democratic, and seven years under military rule. The North-East already had about sixyears of democratic governance in the First Republic; while the North-Central accounted for solid 18 years, all by military administrations. Yet, despite unfettered allocation of federal funds to the Northern region, its huge natural and human resources remain grossly untapped. It is not surprising, therefore, that the image of the poor human condition in the North is the convex lens through which the history of bad leadership in Nigeria is seen worldwide.

Similarly, Southern Nigeria has held power for about 17 years. The South-West zone was at the helm for 12 years; eight years of democratic power, and years years of military and quasi-military dictatorships. The South-South has followed with five years, all under democratic leadership; while the South-East accounted for six months through military authority. Unfortunately, however, the condition of vital federal projects in the South, including roads and airports, remain an eyesore. Needless to mention that the region is well known for high crime rates, at home and abroad.

Ultimately, politicians from both the North and South are guilty of bad leadership in Nigeria. We must admit, therefore, that the distrust in the polity is deeply rooted in the past, where each ethnic group or region patently shares part of the blame. But if zoning must prevail at this critical time, common sense dictates that the law of equity would equally demand that the position of the president be allocated to the region or the zones thus far marginalised in the presidential equation.

Critics are expected to roar here. As if Nigeria just attained independence in 1999, they will attempt to argue that the rotation began in 1999. Others have also made the case that the rotation rationale does not consider military rule. Fine. But there is the need for consistency. Nigeria has moved onto political zones, instead of the regional concept. Thus, the presidential calculators ought to zoom their searchlight into the North-Central and the South-East, being the political zones that are yet to produce democratic presidents. In other words, any presidential aspirant from the North-West, South-West, South-South, and North-East might as well step aside.

More progressively, let there be a open contest from all zones without preordained anointment. Nigeria needs a leader who is best equipped to lead at this stage of national development. For things are not going well in our country. The ordinary man and woman is finding it difficult to survive. Many of the youth are fleeing the country, most of who have no other choice than to embrace the harsh conditions in immigration jails in foreign lands, as more hopeful than the free life in our native land. Some are even accepting to be sold as slaves, insofar they escape the Nigerian dilemma.

Make no mistake about it, the main problem is not the fault of the current national government. Instead, it is a culmination of acute leadership failures inherited from the past PDP regimes that squandered the nation’s golden opportunities. For example, despite unprecedented revenue generated from crude oil from 1999 to 2014, abject corruption, rather than the dividend of the hard-earned democracy, was the order of the day.

As can be recalled, that very situation prompted many patriots, including me—to sacrifice our individual political and business interests—to promote any candidate who could stem the tide of bad governance bedeviling the country at the time. We did not care about ethnicity, religion or creed. We did not care that the South-South, the very life zone of the nation, which at the time had a sitting president in Goodluck Jonathan, had not exhausted its eight years in Aso Villa. All we sought was a Nigerian, simply a Nigerian, with a history of fighting corruption. Muhammadu Buhari was that man.

Buhari came back to power with good intentions and has performed to the best of his ability. At least, corruption is once again being viewed as stealing. But, if the truth is told, his best can no longer cope with the demands of the 21st century Nigeria. In short, President Muhammadu Buhari has two glaring styles to consider moving forward: The Mandela manner or the Mugabe muggle. The world is watching.

The world is definitely watching, believing that Nigeria can do much better. It is not a secret that her citizens, including the youth, are leading lights worldwide in all-important areas of human civilisation, from medicine, education, engineering, law enforcement, and what have you. Yet, the same Nigerian professionals cannot replicate similar standards at home because of all manners of discrimination, including uneven zoning and quota. That trend must change. Posterity beckons on us to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of tribal or regional rivalries.

SKC Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. 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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Davido Slams A Fan Over Forecast Of His 2018 Music Journey

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Award-winning Nigerian artiste, Davido has blasted a fan over what seems to be a hateful visualization of the singer’s music journey in 2018.

No doubt, this year 2017 has been successful one for the “FIA” crooner after dropping back-to-back hit tracks, clinching the top spots on music charts locally and internationally and above all claiming a win at major local and international awards.

Meanwhile, a twitter user identified as @ichiboyofficial replied to a tweet of what he visualizes every morning by anticipating hit track drought for Davido come 2018.

However, the singer who seemed to be offended by the derogatory tweet responded by simply telling the fan to keep quiet.

Here is their exchange below;

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“Glory Be To God” – Yinka Ayefele Declares As He Marks 20 Years Of The Accident That Left Him On A Wheelchair

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Today marks the 20th Year in which Popular Veteran Singer, Yinka Ayefele had an accident that confined him to wheelchair. The singer who had a breakthrough in his music career after the incident took to social media to thank God for the gift of life.

Yinka Ayefele described the December 12 1997 accident which damaged his Volks Wagen Beetle and his spinal cord as a turning point for him.

Recounting memories of December 12, 1997, Yinka wrote;

‘Exactly 20years Today, 12th of December 1997 my turning point. Glory be to God almighty for his love and kindness over my life from the past 20 years since I had that accident. It was indeed my turning point. I am grateful to you lord for making me a living testimony and I sincerely say a big thank you to all my fans all over the world for your unflinching support for the past 20 years. Whereever you are, please acknowledge God on my behalf’.

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“Glory Be To God” – Yinka Ayefele Declares As He Marks 20 Years Of The Accident That Left Him On A Wheelchair

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Today marks the 20th Year in which Popular Veteran Singer, Yinka Ayefele had an accident that confined him to wheelchair. The singer who had a breakthrough in his music career after the incident took to social media to thank God for the gift of life.

Yinka Ayefele described the December 12 1997 accident which damaged his Volks Wagen Beetle and his spinal cord as a turning point for him.

Recounting memories of December 12, 1997, Yinka wrote;

‘Exactly 20years Today, 12th of December 1997 my turning point. Glory be to God almighty for his love and kindness over my life from the past 20 years since I had that accident. It was indeed my turning point. I am grateful to you lord for making me a living testimony and I sincerely say a big thank you to all my fans all over the world for your unflinching support for the past 20 years. Whereever you are, please acknowledge God on my behalf’.

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I Just Made the Toughest Decision in My Music Career – Sista Afia

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Ghanaian songstress Sista Afia has exclusively stated on Black Legendary Tv the reason why she hasn’t given to the world more of her works in recent times.

The “Jeje” hitmaker believes she has been quiet and occupied lately because of her current school project in London which is taking almost all of her time and attention.

I know people miss Sista Afia. Like I get DM’s from fans asking when I’m bringing something new to them. I must say I miss them too and sooner they will get more of me and a whole new Sista Afia.

When I started music I had a vision and a goal and I’m yet to achieve that. I haven’t been silent like the way most of them see it because I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone. ie, Finishing my course here in London and getting songs and features done too. Sista Afia stated

According to the niece of Archbishop Duncan Williams, her management had to take a very serious and tough decision to reject and cancel all her event bookings that came through this December, so she could fly outside to finish the course once and for all.

My management and I saw this to be a very tough decision especially when we had to cancel all our bookings that came through. I remember my manager, Bossu Kule telling me to take some of the bookings but had to explain a whole lot of things to the team before I was permitted to leave the country. They however refused to cancel all tho, I have bookings on 24th, 26th and 30th. And now that I’m almost through with this course, I will have enough time to concentrate on what I am best at, which is music. This to me is the toughest decision so far in my music career because i didn’t plan for it and i wouldnt have missed my bookings for no other reason. Sista Afia added

Sista Afia before leaving Ghana released the music video to her “Pass You” single which was directed by Yaw Skyface

Watch video below…

 

 

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Davido Remembers Late Friend, DJ Olu

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Nigerian star singer, Davido who lost his official DJ and friend, DJ Olu announced through his official Instagram account that he woke up missing his him.

DJ Olu was found in the cold hands of death in a parked BMW car on Block B, Banana Island, Lagos, alongside a friend Chime Amaechi in october this year.

Davido who also lost his friend Tagbo, via twitter made a remembrance on Instagram in honour of Late DJ Olu with caption;

“Woke up today missing you ❤ till we see again!!”

 

Woke up today missing you ❤ till we see again!!

A post shared by Davido Adeleke (@davidoofficial) on Dec 12, 2017 at 4:08am PST

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Get Familiar: Mvxino Ft. Erigga – Holiness (prod. Dj Toxiq)

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In light of the recent #EndSARS campaign circulating across Social Media, Warri’s finest, Mvxino and Erigga give word on a DJ Toxiq instrumentation in a bid to reform the Special Anti-Robbery Squad rather than give in to the total annihilation of the group; spitting witty bars in their finest forms, both artistes deliver a conscious piece – even though they pour out bitter lines, they still seemingly wish to have the SARS reformed rather than taken down – varying opinions but “Holiness” takes a totally different twist to the campaign.

Mvxino is also set to let out his forthcoming single across digital stores in a bid to gear on into the 2018 musical campaign as we expect a busy year to come; listen up and share your thoughts.


 
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World Bank Says It Will Stop Financing Upstream Oil And Gas Projects After 2019

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The World Bank on Tuesday announced that it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.

The Bretton Wood institution made this known in the early hours of today at One Planet Summit intended to boost global shift to cleaner energy.

“As a global multilateral development institution, the World Bank Group is continuing to transform its own operations in recognition of a rapidly changing world,” the bank said in a statement.

“The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019,” it added.

The prominent bank also said that the exception to this decision will be certain projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

“In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries’ Paris Agreement commitments.”

According to the statement, this decision will help countries meet their greenhouse gas-curbing pledges, which they had made in support of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

The World Bank is like a cooperative, made up of 189 member countries. These member countries, or shareholders, are represented by a Board of Governors, who are the ultimate policymakers at the World Bank.

World leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, are attending the One Planet summit in Paris.

The summit is jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government in partnership with non-governmental organisations.

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World Bank Says It Will Stop Financing Upstream Oil And Gas Projects After 2019

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The World Bank on Tuesday announced that it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.

The Bretton Wood institution made this known in the early hours of today at One Planet Summit intended to boost global shift to cleaner energy.

“As a global multilateral development institution, the World Bank Group is continuing to transform its own operations in recognition of a rapidly changing world,” the bank said in a statement.

“The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019,” it added.

The prominent bank also said that the exception to this decision will be certain projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

“In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries’ Paris Agreement commitments.”

According to the statement, this decision will help countries meet their greenhouse gas-curbing pledges, which they had made in support of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

The World Bank is like a cooperative, made up of 189 member countries. These member countries, or shareholders, are represented by a Board of Governors, who are the ultimate policymakers at the World Bank.

World leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, are attending the One Planet summit in Paris.

The summit is jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government in partnership with non-governmental organisations.

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2018 CAF Champions League Draw Entries – 58 Clubs Listed For Qualifying Rounds Draw

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2018 CAF Champions League Draw Entries – 58 Clubs Listed For Qualifying Rounds Draw

List of 58 clubs who will be included in the 2018 CAF Champions League qualifying rounds draw in Cairo on Wednesday:

Algeria: Entente Setif, Mouloudia Alger, Angola: Primeiro Agosto, Benin: to be named, Botswana: Township Rollers, Burkina Faso: Kadiogo, Burundi: LLB Academic, Cameroon: Eding Sport, Central African Republic: Olympic Real Bangui, Congo Brazzaville: AC Leopards, Otoho, Democratic Republic of Congo: V Club, TP Mazembe, Egypt: Al Ahly, Misr Lel-Makkasa, Equatorial Guinea: Leones Vegetarianos, Ethiopia: Saint George, Gabon: Mounana, Gambia: Armed Forces, Ghana: Aduana Stars, Guinea: Horoya, Guinea-Bissau: Benfica, Ivory Coast: ASEC Mimosas, Williamsville, Kenya: Gor Mahia, Lesotho: Bantu, Liberia LISCR, Libya Al Tahaddy, Madagascar: CNaPS Sport, Malawi: Be Forward Mighty Wanderers, Mali: Stade Malien, Real Bamako, Mauritania: Concorde, Mauritius: Pamplemousse, Morocco: Difaa el Jadidi, Wydad Casablanca (holders), Mozambique: Songo, Niger: AS FAN, Nigeria: Plateau Utd, MFM, Rwanda: Rayon Sports, Senegal: Generation Foot, Seychelles: Saint Louis, South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns, Wits, South Sudan: Wau Salaam, Sudan: Al Hilal, Al Merrikh, Swaziland: Mbabane Swallows, Tanzania: Young Africans, Togo: Port, Tunisia: Esperance, Etoile Sahel, Uganda: KCCA, Zambia: Zesco Utd, Zanaco, Zanzibar: JKU, Zimbabwe: Platinum

Did not enter: Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Namibia, Reunion, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia

Dates: preliminary round – Feb 9/11 and 16/18; first round: Mar 9/11 and 16/18

Note: sixteen first round winners qualify for group stage

AFP

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Arsenal Haven’t Offered Mesut Ozil Final Contract – Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refuted reports that Mesut Ozil has been given a final ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ contract offer.

Reports in the national press claim the Gunners have made their last attempt to tie down the German star, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.

But, asked today if negotiations were at a ‘take it or leave it’ stage, Wenger replied: “No. Negotiations are always going on with everybody.

“I said that many times [that I want Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to stay] and that’s all we can say. Is it two years to go? One year to go? Three months to go? The door is always open and for the rest I cannot tell you much more.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Steven N’Zonzi, a former Tottenham transfer target, looks set to be heading to Arsenal after the Gunners agreed to pay £35.3million to secure his services. (El Gol)

Real Madrid are preparing a player-plus-cash deal to take Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the Bernabeu. The La Liga champions and are willing to send Lucas Vazquez in the other direction as they prepare to freshen up their attacking options. (Don Balon)

Zinedine Zidane also expects to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January with an offer of €25million (£22.07m) being made as soon as the transfer window opens. It would mean long-term transfer target David de Gea would remain at Manchester United. (Marca)

Everton and Valencia are haggling over a fee for striker Sandro Ramirez. The Spaniard looks set to leave Goodison Park in January after struggling to settle following his move from Malaga in the summer. The 22-year-old wants to return to Spain and Valencia want to bolster their attacking ranks as they push for a Champions League place next season. (Cadena Cope)

Barcelona could be set to enter the chase for young Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a replacement for veteran Javier Mascherano. The Argentine is free to negotiate a move away from the Nou Camp in January. (Sport)

Barcelona are wanting to take up the option they have with Palmeiras to sign centre-back Yerry Mina for €9million (£7.9m) during the winter window. Manager Ernesto Valverde wants to bring in defensive reinforcements. (AS)

Italy

Juventus, the masters of the free transfer market, had hoped to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa in the summer when his contract expired. The Turin giants viewed him as a long-term successor to Gianluigi Buffon. However, with Real Madrid prepared to go all out and pay as much as €30million (£26.4m) to sign him in January, the Serie A champions have ruled themselves out of the running. (Calciomercato)

AC Milan are keeping a close eye on a player dubbed ‘the next Christian Eriksen’. Ajax midfielder Donny Van De Beek has caught the eye over recent weeks having scored five goals in his last four matches, including one in the 3-0 win over PSV. The 20-year-old versatile midfielder is seen as the ideal player to inject some creativity into the middle third for Gennaro Gattuso’s team. (Calciomercato)

Germany

Touted as a future Bayern Munich manager, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann is a possible candidate to takeover at Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Having just sacked Peter Bosz, the club appointed Peter Stoeger on an interim basis as they look to identify a new long-term manager, and Nagelsmann is one of the names being mentioned. (SportBild)

France

Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa is currently suspended after a poor start to the Ligue 1 season. The reason they are yet to sack ‘El Loco’ was recently revealed by the manager’s agent who claims there is a clause in his contract which prevents him from being sacked for serious misconduct: “The pure and simple execution of his contract that runs until June 2019 (note: about €400,000 gross monthly). Which excludes besides, it is written black on white, any possibility of dismissal for serious misconduct. For now, we are in a legal battle with the LOSC. But an arrangement is always possible.” (Le10Sport)

Jurgen Klopp has already identified a replacement for Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho. The Liverpool manager wants to bring Monaco’s Thomas Lemar to Anfield having failed to do so during the summer transfer window. The former Borussia Dortmund manager feels the Frenchman has the ideal profile to replace his midfield maestro. (L’Equipe)

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Wenger: Talks Still Ongoing With Sanchez And Ozil

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that contract ultimatums are yet to be issued to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Both attacking talents have contracts with Arsenal that will expire at the end of the season, and talk of renewals has dominated the Emirates.

Following a rumour of Ozil being offered a bumper contract, Wenger could only say conversations were ongoing.

“The conversations are, as always, going on with everybody. Our door is always open. I cannot tell you much more,” said the Arsenal boss.

“I have said many times we want to keep them and, at the moment, that’s all we can say. The best way to deal with these kind of things is to keep it as discreet as possible.”

Asked whether a “take-it-or-leave-it” offer had been made, Wenger replied: “No.”

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Hearn: Joshua-Parker Drawing Near

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Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn says a deal is set to be agreed with Joseph Parker for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

Parker’s team has refuted claims that a deal is close to fruition, with the WBO champion offering a 35-65 deal in favour of Joshua.

However, Hearn insists he has held more favourable talks in regards to the unification fight, with a possible date in March.

“We’re close,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports. “We’re at a stage now where we’re having to compromise on certain points that we don’t really want to, but ultimately we’re going to have to because if you want to fight Anthony Joshua, these guys – they want to be overpaid.

“He is the golden ticket fight, the ‘Willy Wonka’ golden ticket fight that everybody wants and unfortunately for him, it’s going to mean sometimes taking a deal that isn’t right.

“My job is to represent Anthony Joshua and to deliver the deals that are right. We’re not just going to roll over and let them tickle our belly and give everything away, but we ultimately understand that we’re going to have to overpay Joseph Parker to get that unification fight.

“We need these belts, there is no secret, and they know that as well. Anthony Joshua’s pure aim is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. To do that he has to beat Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.

“The Wilder fight is in dreamland at the moment, with his demands. The Parker fight is very close. Hopefully, we can get that over the line before Christmas, pick up the WBO title in March, and then move on for the big one against Wilder for all the belts on the line.”

“Parker’s demands are unrealistic, but we’re going to try and make it happen,” said Hearn.

“But Deontay Wilder is on cloud nine. I mean he’s never fought anybody. You’ve got to understand, Anthony Joshua is making 10 times per fight what Wilder is making, and he wants to make the same money that Anthony Joshua is making in that fight.

“I understand. Wilder is on relatively low money, he’s not a draw in the US right now. They all want the Joshua fight. It’s everybody’s cash-out fight.

“Our plan is to go and pick up another belt, have three belts going into that fight against Wilder’s one, clean him out, and then have it all, be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”

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Federal Government To Pay Ikoyi Whistle-Blower N421m This Week

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The Federal Government has announced that the Ikoyi whistle-blower who provided information that led to the recovery of the N13bn  loot will receive his commission this week.

Two weeks ago, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said that the Government would pay the sum of N421,330,595 to only one individual identified for providing information that led to the recovery of the alleged stolen funds hidden in a flat at the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. Adeosun had said N421,330,595 would be paid to the legitimate informant.

According to reports, a senior government official explained that a directive for the release of the fund had been issued by Mrs Adeosun. The source said all the administrative procedures needed for the release of the fund had been concluded, noting that before the end of the week, the money would be released.

“The money for the payment of the Ikoyi whistle-blower is ready and that money is ready for release this week. A directive has already been issued that the money should be released to the whistle-blower and that will be done before the end of the week.”  The source explained.

According to the Federal Government’s whistle-blower policy, informants in such cases are eligible to receive between 2.5% and 5% of any recovered loot. Several persons have so far laid claims to providing information that led to the recovery of the huge Ikoyi sum.

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Di’ja Set To Release New EP “APHRODIJA” Featuring Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage (PHOTO)

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Mavin act, Di’ja has released information about her forthcoming EP titled “APRHODIJA”. The singer who made the announcement through her official Instagram page stated that she would be releasing a 7 track EP soon.

While appreciating contributions of some individuals on the project and her entire career, Dija revealed her label mates, Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks as featured artistes on the EP.

She posted the artwork with caption;

“#7brandnewsongs I can’t stop thanking everyone that has been patient with me, given me moral support during this time, helped me get through and making sure my head is on straight while magic was being created all the way to creating a COVER art inclusive of my drawings. We all go through many creative processes and I thank my Mavin family, my manager @i_rabbi for allowing me to be MYSELF!! Quirky, emotional, weird and most of all creative regardless of what is out there @donjazzy @babyfreshmavin@altimsmavin @tiwasavage@theafricannerd @mavinrecords@johnnydrille @seanstanzound@cupastonce @reekadobanks @ @djbign@clintisdna @blairisdna @egar_boi@koredebello @soloh_bee @iamdrsid@dprincemavin @jmsignature @i_amxela@director_lekan @ladipoe @femileye1@kingebuka @thelma_dg To my amazing husband and family that have been patient with me through this time and to my most precious gift or should I now say GIFTS with an S from Allah (SWT) ???.. thank you for taking care of MUMMY/MAMABEAR I AM GRATEFUL

#DIJANATION thank you. Can’t wait!!! Sai godiya Alhamdullilah”

 

DROPPPPING SOONEST!!!! ! #7brandnewsongs I can’t stop thanking everyone that has been patient with me, given me moral support during this time, helped me get through and making sure my head is on straight while magic was being created all the way to creating a COVER art inclusive of my drawings. We all go through many creative processes and I thank my Mavin family, my manager @i_rabbi for allowing me to be MYSELF!! Quirky, emotional, weird and most of all creative regardless of what is out there @donjazzy @babyfreshmavin @altimsmavin @tiwasavage @theafricannerd @mavinrecords @johnnydrille @seanstanzound @cupastonce @reekadobanks @ @djbign @clintisdna @blairisdna @egar_boi @koredebello @soloh_bee @iamdrsid @dprincemavin @jmsignature @i_amxela @director_lekan @ladipoe @femileye1 @kingebuka @thelma_dg To my amazing husband and family that have been patient with me through this time and to my most precious gift or should I now say GIFTS with an S from Allah (SWT) 😍😍😍.. thank you for taking care of MUMMY/MAMABEAR I AM GRATEFUL #DIJANATION thank you. Can’t wait!!! Sai godiya Alhamdullilah

A post shared by Di’Ja 🇳🇬🇸🇱🇳🇬🇸🇱 (@aphrodija) on Dec 12, 2017 at 2:26am PST

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21 New Ibadan Kings Threaten To Dethrone ‎Olubadan, Issue 21-Day Deadline

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The 21 new Ibadan kings, installed by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on August 27, 2017, have issued a dethronement notice to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

Olubadan Of Ibadan Distances Self From Mass Coronation Of 21 New Obas

Trouble had started in the state after their installation was rejected by the Olubadan, who threatened to pursue the matter in court.

The new kings and some Baales were, however, crowned by the Oyo government following the recommendation made by a panel set up to review the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration.

You Are Wearing “Fake And Carton” Crowns – Olubadan Tells 21 Elevated Kings

At a press conference addressed by the 21 kings at Mapo Hall, Ibadan on Monday, leader of the group, Oba Lekan Balogun, who is also the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, accused the monarch of taking unilateral decisions on behalf of the ‘Olubadan-Kings-in-Council’ and inciting the people against the state government.

They also accused the Olubadan’s wives of embarrassing the palace through their excesses and alleged misleading the monarch on many issues.

Olubadan Sues Oyo Governor Ajimobi, 23 Others For Installing 21 Kings

The council members also accused the Olubadan of inciting people against Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who undertook the review, which made him an Imperial Majesty.

They said: “We are, by this conference, giving His Imperial Majesty a 21-day ultimatum to change his stand and work for the improvement of Ibadan, rather than promoting disorderliness. Failure to do so, the entire Ibadan Council of Obas will pass a vote of no confidence in the Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and declare him persona non-grata, and the government will have no other choice than to move for appropriate action.

“You need to know that we the then Olubadan-In-Council nominated and appointed him and presented the said Kabiyesi Adetunji to the government of Oyo State for inauguration and approval or confirmation as the Olubadan of Ibadan, knowing well that under the law, anybody from the position of Ekerin is qualified for the position of the Olubadan.

“The obaship of the Olubadan did not start from Oba Saliu and it will not end in his palace…”

The Olubadan Palace has, however, not reacted to the dethronement threat.

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Reports: Real Madrid Preparing Lucas Vazquez+ Cash Bid For Mohamed Salah

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Real Madrid are preparing a player-plus-cash offer for Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, according to reports

Mohamed Salah only joined Liverpool during the summer, but his performances so far this season have piqued the interest of a number of Europe’s top clubs, with Madrid understood to lead the way

Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals from just 16 games, while in all competitions he has 19 to his name already.

Spanish media outlet Don Balon claims that Madrid are serious about their pursuit of Salah and will try to coax him away from Anfield in January as they look to salvage their season.

Madrid are reportedly ready to offer Lucas Vazquez as part of any deal to bring Salah to the Bernabeu, although Liverpool are unwilling to consider any bids for the winger.

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Oil Prices Jump Above $65 – First Since 2015

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Brent crude oil prices jumped – by one percent – above $65 per barrel on Tuesday to their highest since mid-2015, after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $65.32 a barrel at 07:48 GMT, up 63 cents, or one percent, from their last close. The contract hit a high of $65.70 a barrel earlier in the day.

That marks the first time Brent has risen above $65 since June 2015.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $58.38 a barrel, up 39 cents, or 0.7 percent, from their last settlement.

“Brent crude raced higher … as news broke that the North Sea’s Forties Pipeline system would have to be shut down for a ‘number of weeks’ after a hairline crack was found in it,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA in Singapore. “The pipeline … is a significant component underpinning the Brent benchmark.”

Britain’s Forties oil pipeline, the country’s largest at a capacity of 450,000 barrels per day (bpd), shut down on Monday after cracks were revealed.

“The market reaction shows that in a tight market, any supply issue will quickly be reflected in higher prices,” said ANZ bank.

 

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Oil Prices Jump Above $65 – First Since 2015

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Brent crude oil prices jumped – by one percent – above $65 per barrel on Tuesday to their highest since mid-2015, after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $65.32 a barrel at 07:48 GMT, up 63 cents, or one percent, from their last close. The contract hit a high of $65.70 a barrel earlier in the day.

That marks the first time Brent has risen above $65 since June 2015.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $58.38 a barrel, up 39 cents, or 0.7 percent, from their last settlement.

“Brent crude raced higher … as news broke that the North Sea’s Forties Pipeline system would have to be shut down for a ‘number of weeks’ after a hairline crack was found in it,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA in Singapore. “The pipeline … is a significant component underpinning the Brent benchmark.”

Britain’s Forties oil pipeline, the country’s largest at a capacity of 450,000 barrels per day (bpd), shut down on Monday after cracks were revealed.

“The market reaction shows that in a tight market, any supply issue will quickly be reflected in higher prices,” said ANZ bank.

 

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Pavel Nedved Urges Paulo Dybala To Sort Out His Personal Life

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Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has told Paulo Dybala to sort out his private life and focus on his football after the forward’s form dipped.

Paulo Dybala was dropped for Juve’s 0-0 draw with Inter Milan on Saturday night as coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted to his recent run of just one goal in eight games

Nedved says Dybala, who scored 10 goals in the first six games of the season, is getting too distracted by off-field matters.

“He’s 24 and it’s normal that he has ups and downs, and obviously he’s a player who could get to the very top,” Nedved told Sky Sport Italia. “I’d advise him to focus on his football and make lots of sacrifices in his private life and train to the maximum.

“Allegri treats everybody equally and he’s always done that at Juve, so he’s not been particularly hard on Paulo. He treated Higuain and Mandzukic the same way because he always wants the best from all of his players, and he does right.”

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Shanghai SIPG Appoint Vitor Pereira As Andre Villas-Boas Replacement

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Shanghai SIPG have confirmed the appointment of Vitor Pereira to replace Andre Villas-Boas as head coach after the 49-year-old Portuguese was unveiled at a ceremony in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Vito Pereira, who also succeeded Villas-Boas when he left Porto to take over at Chelsea in the summer of 2011, will be the latest coach to attempt to lead SIPG to the Chinese Super League (CSL) title.

SIPG finished second last season and also reached the final of the Chinese FA Cup and the semifinals of the AFC Champions League.

Villas-Boas quit at the end of a frustrating campaign during which he picked up several lengthy touchline bans.

SIPG have invested heavily in foreign playing talent in an attempt to claim the title.

They have spent in excess of £132million over the last two years to lure the likes of Brazilian duo Oscar and Hulk to China.

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14-Year-Old Girl, Joy Ezechikamnayo, Emerges Abia State’s One Day Governor

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Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Monday sworn in Miss Joy Ezechikamnayo as the first one day Governor of Abia State.

The SS3 student and senior prefect of Intellectual Giants Christian Academy in Umuahia was yesterday joined by members of her executive council drawn from all the LGAs of Abia State.

14-Year-Old Girl, Joy Ezechikamnayo, Emerges Abia State’s One Day Governor

14-Year-Old Girl, Joy Ezechikamnayo, Emerges Abia State’s One Day Governor

It is understood that the 14-year-old girl emerged as the top performer after a rigorous essay competition that lasted over a week.

The 20 top performers in the essay competition were designated as follows:

1st position-Governor

2nd position – Deputy Governor

3rd position – SSG

17 others are Commissioners

It will be recalled that Abia State maintained top position in West Africa School Certificate Examinations for a consecutive 3 years leading to the emergence of the state as the number one state in Education in Nigeria.

While performing her first official assignment, Ezechikamnayo declared December 12th teenager day in the state.

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