Bill Gates, T.Y. Danjuma And Street Life

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Bill Gates, T.Y. Danjuma And Street Life, By Azu Ishiekwene

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For a government that has swallowed more than it can digest, last week’s extra portion from Bill Gates and T.Y. Danjuma worsened its constipation.

If Aso Rock knew in advance what Gates was going to say, it’s doubtful if the government would have organised an extraordinary meeting of the National Economic Council to hear it, however delicately expressed.

Its almost one year today since the Economic Recovery and Growth Programme (ERGP) was launched, and a long line of economists and government officials, stretching all the way down to the Mambilla, have been telling us what a great success story the ERGP has been.

We’ve been told that finally all the elements are falling in place: incentives for more production, Thai rice factories closing down, better infrastructure and efficient regulation, lower inflation, an improved business climate and jobs.

After nearly two years of hounding the government to produce an economic plan that works, along came the ERGP. What more could we ask for?

Some honesty in admitting that the plan is still, well, what it is – a plan. The government is a long way from delivering on its promise of any meaningful change in the quality of life.

And worse, there’s no evidence – present or remote – that the government has the capacity to act differently sooner than later.
There was no point beating Gates over the head with sheaves of official statistics as the minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma tried to do. Or launching a bitter counter-attack against Gates as Governor Nasir El-Rufai did.

I’m aware that the only way sections of the political elite can keep their jobs is to continue to invest in and believe their own lies and delusions of grandeur.

Yet, one would think that, given the lingering shame of President Muhammadu Buhari staying abroad for nearly six months at different times in a UK hospital and his son following suit after a bike accident, that with the First Lady Aisha and her daughter tweeting about the disgraceful state of the State House Clinic, there would be no argument about the urgency of fixing the country’s broken healthcare system.

But it doesn’t work that way. Government officials don’t have to worry about paying attention to health and education beyond what they say in their speeches.

The $1 billion spent on medical tourism annually on items from tummy tuck to breast implants and face-lift and from routine medical checkups to the more serious health challenges, says everything about the elite’s sense of priority.

Why fix the broken system when they can charge the cost of their own healthcare to the state treasury?

Gates was not talking about their vanities when he advised the government to prioritise its investment in health. He was talking about the 7.2 million Nigerian children who are currently at risk of infection with polio because of insufficient vaccines.

He was saying that Nigeria, a country that exports more than two million barrels of crude oil daily, is still one of the only three countries in the world, apart from Pakistan and Afghanistan, whose children are dying of a completely preventable disease.

It doesn’t matter what the ERGP says. So long as Nigerian children are dying of polio and malnutrition, and hundreds are dying yearly from malaria, Lassa fever and other preventable diseases, the government can continue to enjoy its delusion of grandeur – and it may well be working for the few – but the recovery programme is not working for the people.

And when Gates speaks about education, he’s not talking about the political elite whose ERGP can accommodate annual expenses of $2 billion to send their children to schools abroad.

He’s talking about the 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria that at least 17 state governments are waging a war against by refusing to access the N16.2 billion Universal Basic Education fund that could have made a difference in their lives.
Gates has done his bit – investing over $1.6 billion of his own money in the last decade in polio vaccination, apart from paying off a $76 million loan from Japan for the same cause.

If the government has any shame left, Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, shouldn’t take the man’s money and yet despise his advice over a lunch invitation.

Apart from the versions of the ERGP that are working for Udoma and El-Rufai, the figures from the National Bureau of Statistics show that the programme is not working for the majority.

NBS figures show that out of a labour force of 76 million, 7.5 million Nigerians were unemployed at end Q3-2015, compared to 16 million unemployed in a labour force of 85 million in Q3-2017. That is an average of 2.8 million unemployed for every year since Buhari has been in office.

If the Gates bashers don’t believe their own statistics, they can borrow legs for a stroll outside their comfort zones, just to see things as they are, and perhaps hear what the streets are saying.

As for Danjuma, I still don’t understand why his call for self-defence last week in Taraba is a cause for official diarrhea. Self-defence is so common sense and so instinctively human only a fool needs to be taught this. Fight or flight is not taught; it’s inborn.

I get the point that those who have followed the Tiv-Jukun crisis and the extra-judicial killings in Zaki-Biam (2001) when Danjuma was defence minister might be eager to bury a hatchet in his back.

But they should save their anger for a government that has failed, calamitously, to provide safety and security, the first and most basic function of any government.

If the inspector general of police will defy presidential order and not stay at a crime scene beyond a flying visit and nothing happens to him, if troops can be withdrawn from a school without justifiable reason only for the community to be attacked three weeks later, 110 schoolgirls kidnapped and no one is called to question, why does anyone need to be told that they are on their own?

Danjuma is coming late. The government’s incapacity and the appearance of a failure of executive leadership are the most stringent calls to self-defence. The calls have been ringing out since bloodshed after bloodshed under Buhari went unpunished.

With elections around the corner, it’s highly tempting for those around Buhari to make him believe that anyone who disagrees with him – including even those who had stood by him when these interlopers didn’t have a life – does not want him to have a second term.

If they have added Gates and Danjuma to his list of enemies, Buhari can be sure that at his current performance level, he’s going to have a very, very long list!

Azu Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the Board of the Paris-based Global Editors Network.

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United are interested in Partizan Belgrade defender Svetozar Markovic.
Manchester United have appointed Rebecca Britain as their new club secretary following John Alexander’s retirement and are set to appoint a director of football operations.
Jorginho has revealed he is a big fan of the Premier League after being watched by Manchester United and a host of other English clubs.
Memphis Depay insists now is not the time to talk about a return to a ‘big club’ after an impressive display for the Netherlands in their 3-0 win against Portugal on Monday night.
A number of reports today are linking City with another approach for Real Madrid star Isco.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Ian Rush believes Roberto Firmino reminds him of himself after comparing the Brazilian’s pearly white teeth and confident fashion sense to his own.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal have added Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay to the list of players they may seek to sign this summer.
Marcos Alonso insists he remains fully focused on Chelsea and has not considered leaving the club amid speculation about his future.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Jamaal Lascelles has urged Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and the powers that be at St James’ Park to tie down Rafa Benitez and hand him a new contract.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
West Brom are tracking Bradford City defender Jeremie Milambo, according to reports.
Jack Butland’s future at Stoke City is in doubt, manager Paul Lambert has admitted – and Birmingham City are set to make millions if the goalkeeper makes a move

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County owner and chairman Mel Morris is excited by the challenge of the promotion run-in.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Aitor Karanka has made it abundantly clear he is the boss at the City Ground – and restored a degree of respect to the manager’s office.

IPSWICH STAR
Lincoln manager Danny Cowley and former England boss Steve McClaren are the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy as manager of Ipswich Town.
Ipswich Town are in the hunt for prolific Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor, according to reports.

THE PINK UN
Kenny McLean will leave Aberdeen with a glowing character reference when he links up with Norwich City.

WEST LONDON SPORT
QPR have taken Norwich City youngster Rui Da Costa on trial.
Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen face fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s derby against Tottenham, while David Luiz is expected to be unavailable for at least three more weeks.

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United are interested in Partizan Belgrade defender Svetozar Markovic.
Manchester United have appointed Rebecca Britain as their new club secretary following John Alexander’s retirement and are set to appoint a director of football operations.
Jorginho has revealed he is a big fan of the Premier League after being watched by Manchester United and a host of other English clubs.
Memphis Depay insists now is not the time to talk about a return to a ‘big club’ after an impressive display for the Netherlands in their 3-0 win against Portugal on Monday night.
A number of reports today are linking City with another approach for Real Madrid star Isco.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Ian Rush believes Roberto Firmino reminds him of himself after comparing the Brazilian’s pearly white teeth and confident fashion sense to his own.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal have added Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay to the list of players they may seek to sign this summer.
Marcos Alonso insists he remains fully focused on Chelsea and has not considered leaving the club amid speculation about his future.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Jamaal Lascelles has urged Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and the powers that be at St James’ Park to tie down Rafa Benitez and hand him a new contract.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
West Brom are tracking Bradford City defender Jeremie Milambo, according to reports.
Jack Butland’s future at Stoke City is in doubt, manager Paul Lambert has admitted – and Birmingham City are set to make millions if the goalkeeper makes a move

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County owner and chairman Mel Morris is excited by the challenge of the promotion run-in.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Aitor Karanka has made it abundantly clear he is the boss at the City Ground – and restored a degree of respect to the manager’s office.

IPSWICH STAR
Lincoln manager Danny Cowley and former England boss Steve McClaren are the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy as manager of Ipswich Town.
Ipswich Town are in the hunt for prolific Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor, according to reports.

THE PINK UN
Kenny McLean will leave Aberdeen with a glowing character reference when he links up with Norwich City.

WEST LONDON SPORT
QPR have taken Norwich City youngster Rui Da Costa on trial.
Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen face fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s derby against Tottenham, while David Luiz is expected to be unavailable for at least three more weeks.

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Sarkodie Challenges Davido To Jollof Cooking Competition

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Super star Nigerian singer, Davido has been challenged to a jollof cooking competition by notable Ghanaian artiste, Sarkodie.

Cassper Nyovest flagged off a poll on Ghana and Nigerian jollof on his Twitter handle.

See Cassper Nyovest’s poll below;

Sarkodie reacted to the poll as he told Cassper to end the poll which was already in favour of Nigerians by 53% to 15,036 votes by having him in the kitchen with Davido.

It is believed that Sarkodie’s intention was to stage a Ghana versus Nigeria cooking competition with him representing Ghana and the DMW boss for the Nigerian side.

See Sarkodie’s Post Below;

Davido however responded by saying;

“Nigerians have the sauce ooo”

Sarkodie who didn’t give up on the challenge following Cassper’s twitter poll in favour of Nigerian Jollof, wrote;

“Forget bro … you had no choice … You need options … hit me up I can even make you the best jollof cook Via voice note ”

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Sarkodie Challenges Davido To Jollof Cooking Competition

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Super star Nigerian singer, Davido has been challenged to a jollof cooking competition by notable Ghanaian artiste, Sarkodie.

Cassper Nyovest flagged off a poll on Ghana and Nigerian jollof on his Twitter handle.

See Cassper Nyovest’s poll below;

Sarkodie reacted to the poll as he told Cassper to end the poll which was already in favour of Nigerians by 53% to 15,036 votes by having him in the kitchen with Davido.

It is believed that Sarkodie’s intention was to stage a Ghana versus Nigeria cooking competition with him representing Ghana and the DMW boss for the Nigerian side.

See Sarkodie’s Post Below;

Davido however responded by saying;

“Nigerians have the sauce ooo”

Sarkodie who didn’t give up on the challenge following Cassper’s twitter poll in favour of Nigerian Jollof, wrote;

“Forget bro … you had no choice … You need options … hit me up I can even make you the best jollof cook Via voice note ”

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iManage Africa Expands It’s Roster (PHOTOS)

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Cutting-edge Talent and Events Management Company ‘iManage Africa’ has recently announced an expansion plan into other sectors across Africa. iManage Africa is expanding its scope by adding a chef to its roaster and over the next few years the company aims to service more sectors of the entertainment industry.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Godwin Tom explains, “For several months, we have been in the process of strategic expansions across several industries. The food and hospitality business is expanding and we intend to place our clients at the fore-front of this development. Our first client under this drive is the incredibly talented Ify’s Kitchen.” He said.

 “In the next few months, we will roll out even more developments,” he added.

The firm currently manages some of Africa’s biggest entertainment brands including; Wande Coal, Ice Prince, Beverly Naya, Bez, Yung6ix, Lola Rae, Show Dem Camp, Sizzlepro…

Meet our Clients below:

About iManage Africa

iManage Africa was set up in 2017 by renowned talent manager and creative entrepreneur, Godwin Tom.

Godwin Tom has worked with or managed artists like MI, Wizkid, Waje, Davido, Rooftop MCs, and many others.

He focuses on developing tailor-made strategies that suit the business needs and goals of his clients. With 10 years in the industry and practical experience at management level for Marketing, Public Relations, Image Consulting, Branding and Publishing; Godwin brings professionalism to the Entertainment industry with an understanding of the demands of a business environment.

 In addition to his roles within the entertainment industry Godwin is a strong supporter of the development of youth. As a result of this, he has developed key mentoring schemes that will enable young men and women keen to join the industry and gain first hand working experience with The Godwin Tom Company and iManage Africa Entertainment.

He is currently working on a book and a podcast series called “10 Years A Learner”.

See photos below:

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iManage Africa Expands It’s Roster (PHOTOS)

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Cutting-edge Talent and Events Management Company ‘iManage Africa’ has recently announced an expansion plan into other sectors across Africa. iManage Africa is expanding its scope by adding a chef to its roaster and over the next few years the company aims to service more sectors of the entertainment industry.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Godwin Tom explains, “For several months, we have been in the process of strategic expansions across several industries. The food and hospitality business is expanding and we intend to place our clients at the fore-front of this development. Our first client under this drive is the incredibly talented Ify’s Kitchen.” He said.

 “In the next few months, we will roll out even more developments,” he added.

The firm currently manages some of Africa’s biggest entertainment brands including; Wande Coal, Ice Prince, Beverly Naya, Bez, Yung6ix, Lola Rae, Show Dem Camp, Sizzlepro…

Meet our Clients below:

About iManage Africa

iManage Africa was set up in 2017 by renowned talent manager and creative entrepreneur, Godwin Tom.

Godwin Tom has worked with or managed artists like MI, Wizkid, Waje, Davido, Rooftop MCs, and many others.

He focuses on developing tailor-made strategies that suit the business needs and goals of his clients. With 10 years in the industry and practical experience at management level for Marketing, Public Relations, Image Consulting, Branding and Publishing; Godwin brings professionalism to the Entertainment industry with an understanding of the demands of a business environment.

 In addition to his roles within the entertainment industry Godwin is a strong supporter of the development of youth. As a result of this, he has developed key mentoring schemes that will enable young men and women keen to join the industry and gain first hand working experience with The Godwin Tom Company and iManage Africa Entertainment.

He is currently working on a book and a podcast series called “10 Years A Learner”.

See photos below:

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Antonio Conte Backs Alvaro Morata To Finish The Season On A High

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Antonio Conte has backed Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to play an important role in the final games of the Premier League season and boost his chances of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup this year.

Alvaro Morata made a brisk start after signing from Real Madrid in the close season but has gone off the boil in recent weeks. He scored the last of his 10 league goals in this campaign in December as Chelsea beat Brighton 2-0.

The 25-year-old was left out of Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for last week’s international friendlies against Germany and Argentina but Conte said Morata had used the time during his enforced break to raise the level of his game.

“He has been working very well, and he needed to work hard. Now he is really fit and is ready to have an important end to the season for Chelsea,” Conte told reporters on Thursday.

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Antonio Conte Backs Alvaro Morata To Finish The Season On A High

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Antonio Conte has backed Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to play an important role in the final games of the Premier League season and boost his chances of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup this year.

Alvaro Morata made a brisk start after signing from Real Madrid in the close season but has gone off the boil in recent weeks. He scored the last of his 10 league goals in this campaign in December as Chelsea beat Brighton 2-0.

The 25-year-old was left out of Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for last week’s international friendlies against Germany and Argentina but Conte said Morata had used the time during his enforced break to raise the level of his game.

“He has been working very well, and he needed to work hard. Now he is really fit and is ready to have an important end to the season for Chelsea,” Conte told reporters on Thursday.

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Chelsea Must Beat Tottenham Hotspur- Antonio Conte

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has acknowledged that they may struggle to finish inside the top four of the Premier League table if they do not defeat Tottenham this weekend.

With eight games remaining, Chelsea sit five points adrift of their London rivals as both clubs look to earn a place in the Champions League next season.

Conte admits that Chelsea are running out of matches to achieve their targets this season, saying that the result of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge could prove to be decisive.

At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: “For sure this is an important game for us. Our target is to try and take a place in the Champions League and reach the final of the FA Cup and to win if we are able.

“These are our targets. Sunday is an important game because if we win we go very close – otherwise we continue to stay not so close and with seven games to go it will be difficult to take a place in the Champions League.”

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Chelsea Must Beat Tottenham Hotspur- Antonio Conte

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has acknowledged that they may struggle to finish inside the top four of the Premier League table if they do not defeat Tottenham this weekend.

With eight games remaining, Chelsea sit five points adrift of their London rivals as both clubs look to earn a place in the Champions League next season.

Conte admits that Chelsea are running out of matches to achieve their targets this season, saying that the result of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge could prove to be decisive.

At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: “For sure this is an important game for us. Our target is to try and take a place in the Champions League and reach the final of the FA Cup and to win if we are able.

“These are our targets. Sunday is an important game because if we win we go very close – otherwise we continue to stay not so close and with seven games to go it will be difficult to take a place in the Champions League.”

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Chelsea Must Beat Tottenham Hotspur- Antonio Conte

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has acknowledged that they may struggle to finish inside the top four of the Premier League table if they do not defeat Tottenham this weekend.

With eight games remaining, Chelsea sit five points adrift of their London rivals as both clubs look to earn a place in the Champions League next season.

Conte admits that Chelsea are running out of matches to achieve their targets this season, saying that the result of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge could prove to be decisive.

At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: “For sure this is an important game for us. Our target is to try and take a place in the Champions League and reach the final of the FA Cup and to win if we are able.

“These are our targets. Sunday is an important game because if we win we go very close – otherwise we continue to stay not so close and with seven games to go it will be difficult to take a place in the Champions League.”

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Ajax Youngster Justin Kluivert Admits Barcelona Is His Dream Club

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Ajax striker Justin Kluivert has revealed that he would like to play for Barcelona at some stage in his career.

Justin Kluivert is currently regarded as one of the top prospects in European football, with the teenager having already scored nine goals from 44 appearances for Ajax

Manchester United have been heavily linked with an approach for Kluivert, but the youngster has indicated that his preferred choice would be a switch to Camp Nou, where father Patrick played 257 games between 1998 and 2004.

The 18-year-old told Goal: “My dream club? Barcelona. That is my dream club. To follow in my father’s footsteps? Yes. That is my dream club in the end.

“I would not mind going elsewhere, but Barcelona is the dream.”

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Ajax Youngster Justin Kluivert Admits Barcelona Is His Dream Club

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Ajax striker Justin Kluivert has revealed that he would like to play for Barcelona at some stage in his career.

Justin Kluivert is currently regarded as one of the top prospects in European football, with the teenager having already scored nine goals from 44 appearances for Ajax

Manchester United have been heavily linked with an approach for Kluivert, but the youngster has indicated that his preferred choice would be a switch to Camp Nou, where father Patrick played 257 games between 1998 and 2004.

The 18-year-old told Goal: “My dream club? Barcelona. That is my dream club. To follow in my father’s footsteps? Yes. That is my dream club in the end.

“I would not mind going elsewhere, but Barcelona is the dream.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Paris Saint-Germain have identified Jose Mourinho as a target for their next manager. The Manchester United boss could overtake Antonio Conte, who was believed to be the number one choice. (Corriere dello Sport)

Juventus are in pole position to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United. The French forward only has one year left on his contract at the Italian side want to take advantage of that to sign their long-term target. They’re hoping fellow Frenchman Blaise Matuidi will convince him to move to Turin. (Tuttosport)

Lazio director Igli Tare has said Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is worth well over €90m (£78m). The Serbian midfielder has been subject of Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Manchester United transfer talk.

Carlo Ancelotti is waiting for a Premier League job, meaning he’s not interested in the Italy job. The former Bayern Munich boss is keeping tabs on what’s happening at Arsenal, as well as former club Chelsea. (ItaSportPress)

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti will get a new contract if he manages to lead the Nerazzurri into a top-four finish. (Corriere dello Sport)

Spain

Despite publicly denying that Robert Lewandowski is for sale, Bayern Munich will let the Real Madrid transfer target leave at the end of the season. The German club want to paint him as the bad guy who forced a move. But before they let him depart the Allianz Arena, they need to find a replacement. Alvaro Morata, Timo Werner and Edinson Cavani are all being considered. (AS)

Atletico Madrid are trying to get Antoine Griezmann to sign a new contract. The French striker is on Barcelona’s radar, and Atleti are aware that his €100m (£87m) buyout clause can be easily met. They hope to double, or even treble that clause to either put off potential suitors with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain also interested, or to push his price up. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona have identified three defenders who could replace Samuel Umtiti should the defender, who’s been linked with Manchester United, decide to leave. Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet, Schalke’s Thilo Kehrer and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano are the men they’re looking at. (Sport)

Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler has impressed the Real Madrid hierarchy. The 21-year-old could form part of Zinedine Zidane’s overhaul of his squad this summer. (El Confidencial)

Real Madrid forward Raul de Tomas is a Valencia transfer target. Los Che have been impressed with the attacker, who’s currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano, where he has scored 18 goals this season. (Marca)

Germany

Bayern Munich have identified a list of candidates to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season – Julian Nagelsmann, Joachim Low, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Lucien Favre. (Kicker)

RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl could replace Peter Stoger at Borussia Dortmund in the summer. (Kicker)

Bayern’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has once again criticised Pep Guardiola. Muller-Wohlfahrt left a long-serving role with the German side during the Catalan coach’s time at the Allianz Arena. He has since returned to the club, but has hit out at the now-Manchester City boss. He said: “He overestimated himself and thinks he knows better than anybody, but I was too big for him. I had a wonderful status at the club. He couldn’t bear that I was the same as him, so I had to be trimmed and he used every opportunity to dupe me.” (ZDF)

Portugal

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes is a Tottenham Hotspur transfer target, but the Premier League club would have to pay €100m (£87m) to buy the Portugal international. (A Bola)

France

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri’s entourage say he hasn’t been approached by Paris Saint-Germain. (Le Parisien)

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Buhari Arrives Lagos, Inaugurates Ikeja Bus Terminal (WATCH VIDEO)

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday arrived the Murtala Mohammed Airport for a two-day working visit to Lagos State where he is expected to inaugurate and inspect some projects in the state.

The President was received by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, among other government officials.

Shortly after his arrival, President Buhari inaugurated the Ikeja Bus Terminal which is expected to commute more than 100,000 residents across 23 bus routes in the state.Buhari Arrives Lagos, Inaugurates Ikeja Bus Terminal

He later proceeded to the venue of the colloquium organised to mark the 66th Birthday of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in Victoria Island axis of the state.

During his two-day visit to Lagos, the President is expected to inspect the ongoing construction works at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island.

Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo represented his boss, President Buhari, at the official flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Lekki Deep Seaport project.

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Suspected Cattle Thieves Kill 15 Herders In Zamfara

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Gunmen believed to be cattle thieves killed 15 herders in the latest bout of violence in northern Nigeria’s herding communities, police and a local official said Thursday, March 29, 2018.

“Armed bandits attacked Bawon-Daji village yesterday and killed 15 people,” the police spokesman for Zamfara state, Muhammad Shehu, told AFP.

His account was corroborated by a senior local government official, Gado Anka.

Anka told AFP that some motorcycle-riding gunmen stormed the remote village in Anka district around 1:00 pm (1200GMT), shooting dead 12 residents before fleeing to a hideout in the bush.

“They returned two hours later and attacked mourners during the funeral of the victims in the cemetery, killing three more and injuring several others,” he said.

Rural communuties in the agrarian state are under siege from gangs who kill, loot and torching homes.

This has prompted villages to form vigilante groups — which in turn are often accused of extra-judicial killings of suspected cattle thieves, prompting deadly reprisals by the gangs.

It was not clear if the latest killings were as a result of reprisals.

In February, dozens of people were killed when gunmen opened fire on traders and villagers at Birane, in the Zurmi area of the state.

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#BBNaija: I Am Here For The N45 Million – Tobi

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Big Brother housemate, Tobi Bakre on Thursday restated his commitment to winning the 45 million naira Big Brother Naija prize money.

During a heart-to-heart session with Alex, he said: “I am here for the money.”

Although he admitted his love for Alex, Tobi, however, made it clear that his love for the money was stronger.

His words: “I like you a lot, Alex.  But I am here for the money and I will compete against you for the money. However, I will not kill you or do anything that will hurt you for the money.”

Tobi further encouraged Alex to be more competitive, not just for herself but for her family as well.

Tobi urged her to approach every task with a winning mentality, putting her best foot forward, using an example of his behavior in the house.

“I look forward to winning the Head of House challenge every time. I am here for the money and every other is extra and important as well.

“Always put your best foot forward. Now that you realise you are doing this not just for you but for yourself and your family, avoid letting negative people affect your vibe,” Tobi added.

Alex had during the conversation divulged that she came from a humble background where she had to source for various means in paying her younger siblings fees as her parents income were very little, compared to the expenses they incurred as a family.

She also explained that coming into the house was her last resort.

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#BBNaija: I Am Here For The N45 Million – Tobi

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Big Brother housemate, Tobi Bakre on Thursday restated his commitment to winning the 45 million naira Big Brother Naija prize money.

During a heart-to-heart session with Alex, he said: “I am here for the money.”

Although he admitted his love for Alex, Tobi, however, made it clear that his love for the money was stronger.

His words: “I like you a lot, Alex.  But I am here for the money and I will compete against you for the money. However, I will not kill you or do anything that will hurt you for the money.”

Tobi further encouraged Alex to be more competitive, not just for herself but for her family as well.

Tobi urged her to approach every task with a winning mentality, putting her best foot forward, using an example of his behavior in the house.

“I look forward to winning the Head of House challenge every time. I am here for the money and every other is extra and important as well.

“Always put your best foot forward. Now that you realise you are doing this not just for you but for yourself and your family, avoid letting negative people affect your vibe,” Tobi added.

Alex had during the conversation divulged that she came from a humble background where she had to source for various means in paying her younger siblings fees as her parents income were very little, compared to the expenses they incurred as a family.

She also explained that coming into the house was her last resort.

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Dutch 15-year-old wonderkid Jayden Braaf To Join Chelsea

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Jayden Braaf – a 15-year-old wonderkid – is on the verge of signing for Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven, with the Stamford Bridge side set to beat Manchester United, Manchester City, West Ham and Bayern Munich in the race to sign the striker, the Daily Mail reports.

Jayden Braaf can play as a striker or on either wing.

Chelsea this week also agreed a compensation fee for Crewe’s highly-rated 16-year-old striker George Nunn.

The Blues have one of the best youth sides in the world.

Chelsea’s Under 18s are in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, which they are looking to win for a fifth straight season.

The London club are also in the last four of the UEFA Youth League, having knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

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Dutch 15-year-old wonderkid Jayden Braaf To Join Chelsea

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Jayden Braaf – a 15-year-old wonderkid – is on the verge of signing for Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven, with the Stamford Bridge side set to beat Manchester United, Manchester City, West Ham and Bayern Munich in the race to sign the striker, the Daily Mail reports.

Jayden Braaf can play as a striker or on either wing.

Chelsea this week also agreed a compensation fee for Crewe’s highly-rated 16-year-old striker George Nunn.

The Blues have one of the best youth sides in the world.

Chelsea’s Under 18s are in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, which they are looking to win for a fifth straight season.

The London club are also in the last four of the UEFA Youth League, having knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

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West Ham Interested In Signing Russia Captain, Fyodor Smolov

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Russia striker Fyodor Smolov wants to join West Ham before the World Cup starts this summer, according to Sky Sports

A source close to Smolov says West Ham “can end the Cold War” by signing Smolov.

Fyodor Smolov is valued at between £10m and £13m by Krasnodar and he is expected to leave the Russian club this summer.

West Ham were in talks to sign Smolov last summer but manager David Moyes was not convinced that he was strong enough to play in the Premier League.

Marseille are also interested but Smolov would prefer to move to London.

Smolov has scored 50 goals in 67 games for Krasnodar and 12 times in 30 games for Russia.

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West Ham Interested In Signing Russia Captain, Fyodor Smolov

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Russia striker Fyodor Smolov wants to join West Ham before the World Cup starts this summer, according to Sky Sports

A source close to Smolov says West Ham “can end the Cold War” by signing Smolov.

Fyodor Smolov is valued at between £10m and £13m by Krasnodar and he is expected to leave the Russian club this summer.

West Ham were in talks to sign Smolov last summer but manager David Moyes was not convinced that he was strong enough to play in the Premier League.

Marseille are also interested but Smolov would prefer to move to London.

Smolov has scored 50 goals in 67 games for Krasnodar and 12 times in 30 games for Russia.

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Arsene Wenger Remains ‘Hungry And Determined’ – Steve Bould

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Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould says he has “never met anybody as hungry and determined” as Arsene Wenger, in a stern defence of the Arsenal manager.

Wenger was unavailable for Thursday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Super Sunday meeting with Stoke due to illness, his assistant confirmed.

When asked whether Wenger still has his hunger, Bould responded: “Absolutely, he is remarkable. Behind closed doors I’ve never met anybody who’s as hungry and determined to win football games.”

Arsene Wenger has a contract with Arsenal until the end of next season, but it has been suggested that the he could step down this summer following another difficult campaign.

The capital club are currently sixth in the Premier League table – 13 points off the top four – but could yet secure Champions League football for the 2018-19 campaign with a Europa League triumph.

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Arsene Wenger Remains ‘Hungry And Determined’ – Steve Bould

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Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould says he has “never met anybody as hungry and determined” as Arsene Wenger, in a stern defence of the Arsenal manager.

Wenger was unavailable for Thursday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Super Sunday meeting with Stoke due to illness, his assistant confirmed.

When asked whether Wenger still has his hunger, Bould responded: “Absolutely, he is remarkable. Behind closed doors I’ve never met anybody who’s as hungry and determined to win football games.”

Arsene Wenger has a contract with Arsenal until the end of next season, but it has been suggested that the he could step down this summer following another difficult campaign.

The capital club are currently sixth in the Premier League table – 13 points off the top four – but could yet secure Champions League football for the 2018-19 campaign with a Europa League triumph.

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