Of Aristocratic Rebels And The Tyranny Of Tradition

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Of Aristocratic Rebels and the Tyranny of Tradition, By Chris Ngwodo

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Whenever the sole or main argument in favour of an institution, a practice, or a position is “tradition”, it is at that point that we find power at its most disconnected from reason, authority at its most alienated from justice, and the status quo at its most degenerate. This axiom is relevant now in the light of the debate sparked off by the recent interventions of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Recently, the Emir has drawn attention to the abysmal socioeconomic indices of Northern Nigeria, attributing them to failed social policy and has called for an intellectual revolution and urged Northern Muslims to reclaim their faith from those that use it as a cultural alibi for the sustenance of retrogressive practices that have kept the region mired in a crisis of development for decades.

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

Among the reactions to the Emir’s critiques have been vociferous condemnations of what some have termed his activist posturing and hypocritical grandstanding. The crux of the criticisms leveled against him seems to be that his serial interventions in the public space are in breach of some code of aristocratic decorum and protocol long established by tradition. His traducers claim that the Emir is dabbling in politics and is being far more vocal than the constraints of his exalted office permit. In so doing, he is violating tradition and culture, and bringing the throne into disrepute.

This particular strain of attack on the Emir – let us call it “the tradition argument” – should be closely interrogated. Culture and tradition are perhaps the most powerful enablers of sociopolitical evil on our shores. They are marshaled as unimpeachable license for impunity and sustained injustices. In Northern Nigeria, the cultural alibi has been used to justify and rationalise a host of social plagues ranging from the rejection of western education and the preponderance of child marriage to the sentencing of children to a life of destitution as almajiris, the subjugation of women and the denial of girl child education.

The Cultural Alibi

To be sure, the cultural alibi operates all over Nigeria. In the South-East, it was used to disinherit females and bar women from rightfully inheriting their late fathers’ estate until 2014 when the Supreme Court ruled that such practices as enshrined in Igbo law and custom were discriminatory and in conflict with the constitution. A cursory examination of the cultural alibi whenever and wherever it is invoked indicates that it is no more than a shield for securing feudal privileges and protecting predatory patriarchy.

It is precisely for this reason that the attempt to muzzle the Emir on account of some misbegotten sense of propriety must be challenged. Culture, like society, is not static but dynamic and constantly in flux. Tradition refers to the behavioural constraints that elites at any point in history impose on themselves and on their society. Culture and its components, including religion, customs and conventions, are existential subroutines that are devised and revised over time. People may be products of their culture but culture itself is also produced by people. Consequently, culture and tradition are not eternal bequests and are neither sacrosanct nor unquestionable. They can be rationally evaluated, refined and discarded where necessary in favour of higher behavioural codes. Wherever culture is projected as anything other than a man-made construct, then that is a sign of the guardians of the status quo reaffirming their aversion to any possibility of progress that threatens their outsized privileges.

Those who warn that the Emir risks being deposed by the Kano State governor for his recent “politically incorrect” statements are ironically affirming the inexorably dynamic and ever-changing nature of the society and her institutions. Emirs were once very powerful overlords of the Native Authority system. Yet in the space of decades, the Emirs were stripped of their corrupt Yandoka police, their courts and prisons, and now serve at the pleasure of state governors. Kano itself existed for hundreds of years before it became an emirate. It has evolved from a city-state to an emirate to the capital city of a state in the Nigerian federation. All these historical transitions have altered her social and political institutions and will continue do so. Whatever their powers, the guardians of the status quo cannot stop the march of time.

Women in Northern Nigeria could not vote until 1979. Before then, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba, the irrepressible activist whose life-long vocation was the political mobilisation of women, endured several brutal physical assaults by thugs for the criminal effrontery of being a woman and a political activist. Times have changed and they must continue to change for the better. The argument that “this is how we have always done it” as a basis for perpetuating retrogressive ideas and curbing divergent thinking, is untenable. If mere longevity of practice was sufficient to confer legitimacy, then we would still be confronting emirates steeped in warfare and slavery.

It is also telling that apparently more people have been angered by the Emir’s comments than the evils to which he has drawn attention. For instance, there has been no comparable backlash against the governor of Zamfara State who attributed the outbreak of meningitis to divine punishment for fornication – a pungent example of how politicians deploy bankrupt theologies to deflect attention from their dereliction of duty.

Some say that the Sarkin Kano’s commentaries amount to washing the North’s dirty linen in public. This is the “rufe asiri” argument (figuratively in Hausa, the avoidance of candour). However, this argument is akin to locking the stables long after the horse has bolted. Before our very eyes, the contradictions within Northern society sired one of the world’s most sadistic terrorist groups which has murdered tens of thousands people, laid waste to vast swathes of the North-East and left legions of orphans as a lost generation that could prolong what is already a multigenerational insurgency. Boko Haram’s use of children as bombers and warriors is an obvious metaphor for how the cultural alibi has despoiled Nigerian posterity. Boko Haram is the monstrous manifestation of the rabid anti-intellectualism, misogyny and religious intolerance to which the Emir and likeminded voices have been drawing attention. The time for “rufe asiri” is long gone. The putrid underbelly of the cultural alibi is staring us in the face.

A Lineage of Radical Dissent

In many respects, Sarkin Kano’s interventions (which predate his ascension to the throne) situate him firmly within a very historical tradition of radical dissent and inquisition by introspective aristocratic insiders. A thread can be traced from Sanusi’s engagements all the way back to Abdullahi Dan Fodio’s scathing condemnation of the newly installed rulers after the Jihad, for abandoning the revolution’s commitment to social justice and education and their remorseless self-aggrandisement.

More contemporarily, Mallam Aminu Kano and the Northern Elements Progressive Union and its Second Republic successor, the Peoples’ Redemption Party, essayed similar polemical attacks on the aristocratic classes and the tyrannical native authorities. In a statement on August 1, 1950, NEPU lamented that “for a population of some 15,000,000 people…there is only one missionary-trained doctor who is a Northerner, while there is no single engineer, economist, lawyer, educationist.” The party demanded “mass and compulsory education for all Northern youths of school age” and called for the establishment of “many more elementary schools, secondary schools, technical institutions and teacher training colleges to be opened in the North.”

It is permissible to read the Emir of Kano’s recent critiques of Northern socioeconomic conditions as a reboot of NEPU’s analysis from over fifty years ago. Obviously, the North is not as bereft of professionals as it was in 1950 but there is no doubt that relative to the growth of the general population, it still records alarmingly high human capital deficits that suggest that too little has changed since then.

Another prefiguration of Muhammadu Sanusi II was the radical historian Yusufu Bala Usman whose trenchant thesis on the political manipulation of religion in Nigeria by the ruling class remains depressingly current and is probably the single most acute explanation for the crisis of development in Northern Nigeria. Many Northern political elites sell a vision to the underclass of their need to adopt a formulaic plebeian piety that supposedly simulates the pristine virtue of a thoroughly mythical version of Seventh century Arabia. In contrast, the aspiration the ruling classes have for themselves is rarefied access to the marvels of 21st century Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is an instantly recognisable old-fashioned swindle in which the powerful prescribe holiness for the poor and hedonism for themselves.

Long before he ascended the throne of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as he was then known, had condemned the opportunistic adoption of a brand of Sharia law that targeted the poor and the weak such as teen mothers and cattle thieves and left the edifice of decadent power and social inequity unscathed. In calling for Islam to be reclaimed, the Emir was drawing attention to something Usman had diagnosed in the late 1970s – the cynical manipulation of religious symbols for self-serving populist mobilisation.

This then is the intellectual tradition of which the Sarkin Kano is presently the most vocal torchbearer. (Senator Shehu Sani also grew up in this tradition). In ideological terms, Mallam Aminu and Dr. Usman were leftists, while the Emir is evidently to the right of these two iconic agitators. But at the beginning of his career as a public intellectual, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was a Marxist and only within the last fifteen years did his ideological conversion to neo-liberalism occur. Even so, his emphasis on social justice, women’s rights, mass education and his critiques of fraudulent religious populism in the North have been consistent.

It has been said that the controversy over the Emir’s engagements reflects the longstanding dichotomy between the worldly Yan boko (western-educated Northerners) and their more insular conservative traditionalist counterparts and their struggle for the soul of Northern Nigeria. From the perspective of the radical progressive tradition of which Mallam Aminu Kano and Bala Usman were luminaries, this controversy represents a different sort of ideological polarity. As their fellow ideologue, Balarabe Musa, the Second Republic Governor of Kaduna, declared in June 1981, “We do not belong to the retrograde North of feudalists, slaveholders, crooks, parasites and foreign agents. We are of the cultured North of democracy, liberation and social progress for all the people of Nigeria.” The intellectual lineage to which the Emir of Kano belongs would perceive his travails in the light of the multigenerational struggle between “the retrograde north” and “the cultured north.”

A man as self-possessed and opinionated as Sanusi was never going to be gagged and blindfolded by the alleged protocols of his office. The tension between free spirited intellection and conservative decorum was inevitable. Both the throne and its occupant are testing each other. Mallam Aminu and Usman were resisters who renounced their aristocratic pedigree in order to more effectively resist the status quo. The Sarkin Kano may well similarly walk the path of class suicide.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Some of the Emir’s critics argue that given his access to people in high office, he should be availing himself of those private channels to deliver his counsel to reigning politicians. The simple response to this is that governance is neither a secret society nor a covert operation. The public deserves to be aware of all alternatives to extant policy. The fact that a figure of the Emir’s stature is highlighting these issues can galvanise both civil society and the government. It also has not escaped attention that some of those now accusing the Emir of being a prima donna had no such complaints when the previous administration was the subject of his barbs.

While the accusations of financial recklessness leveled against the Emir merit a response, different matters must not be conflated. The Emir has raised issues of grave existential consequence for Nigeria from which we must not be distracted. It is only fair to ask if these allegations of impropriety would have surfaced if Sarkin Kano had held his peace. Would his stewardship of the Kano Emirate Council treasury have become an issue if he had not ruffled conservative feathers and offended fragile political and “socio-cultural” sensibilities? How many cases of feudal overindulgence are out there obscured by a veil of conspiratorial silence all because the perpetrators have refused to break ranks and rock the boat of the conservative status quo?

Rarely, if ever, have the financial dealings of an emirate council been dragged into the public domain even though such treasuries have long been unobtrusively opaque. It would be naïve in the extreme to assume that any malfeasance in this secretive administrative sphere is limited to Kano. Even so, if this leads to greater openness and transparency, it would aid the cause of institutional reform. The Emir will answer his accusers but the issues he has highlighted are of a far grander scale and urgently demand attention. This is one instance in which, despite our penchant for personalising issues, the messenger must pale into irrelevance and the message must take centre stage.

This rather needless controversy raises a secondary question. If traditional rulers are not expected to draw attention to inconvenient facts, as the Emir of Kano has done, and are meant to simply carry on in cloistered indifference to pervasive social dysfunction, then why do they exist at all? If traditional rulers cannot speak truth, and are meant to be complicit in the ruination of the society, why do we need them? What is their purpose? Despite their hoary veneer, traditional institutions are man-made institutions and whatever is formulated by man can be deconstructed by man. In a republic with aspirations to democratic egalitarianism, traditional rulers are a contradiction in terms and a dubious anachronism. Perhaps, Sarkin Kano’s attempt to question the status quo and reinvent the emiral institution will go down as either the alternative or the prelude to its ultimate extinction.

Chris Ngwodo is a writer, consultant and analyst.

This article was written by Chris Ngwodo. 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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Kano Plans Compulsory HIV Test For Intending Couples

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The Kano State government has said that plans are underway to come up with a law that would compel couples to undergo HIV screening before marriage.

The state government, through the Hisbah Board, and in collaboration with the Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (KSACA), also said that when the drafting of the bill is completed, the two organisations would submit it to the state House of Assembly, through the Ministry of Health for enactment as a law.

Speaking on the development, the Director General of KSACA, Dr. Bashir Usman, also explained that the proposal would include screening for sickle cell and hepatitis, adding that the gesture would save many lives, as well as, make the state epidemic-free.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed a Pre-marital Medical Examination Enforcement Law for intending couples, giving a window of three months and two weeks as a deadline for medical checkup before marriage.

The House also sets aside a fine of N200, 000 or one year imprisonment, or both, for any health facility, health worker or any person that issues a false result, adding that whoever assists in the issuance of such result would be liable for conviction.

The new law states that “HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and genotype tests, which will be conducted simultaneously for both parties in an approved health facility, and the result explained to them by a qualified doctor, is to be kept confidential, and to be handed by the parties over to the person who is to conduct the marriage contract in the presence of witnesses.

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Customs Plans To Officially Deploy E-Auction Platform For Nigerians

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has said that it would in the coming days officially deploy electronic auction platform for Nigerians.

Mr Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer, NCS, made this known on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that interested Nigerians who wanted to be part of the system should approach the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to acquire the Tax Identification Number (TIN).

He said: “I told you earlier that the electronic auction platform is ready and undergoing a User Acceptability Test (UAT).

“In a matter of days, it is going to be officially deployed for Nigerians.

“Those who want to be part of this system should approach the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to acquire the tax Identification Number (TIN). That is what it takes, they should get that ready.”

Speaking on the bonded terminal licence, Attah said that the Service was ready to license operators who secured a N50 million bank bond to operate a vehicle terminal.

He said that the Service was ready to begin issuance of licence, adding that there were already positive responses from the public.

“A lot of people have indicated interest and the process is ongoing.

“ NCS is ready for the issuance of licences to people who are interested.

“What it takes is for interested persons to acquire a big land, fence it and have Customs section within; a workstation with connectivity and computer system that can easily connect to the Customs server.

“Such person will also be required to enter into a bank bond of N50 million.

“He or she will now apply through the Customs Area Comptroller of the command that he wants to site the terminal to the Comptroller General,” he said.

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Nigerian Troops Recover Large Cache Of Arms In Southern Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in Southern Kaduna have recovered large cache of arms, an official said on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Boko Haram: 2 Nigerian Army Generals Escape Death In Borno

The recovery, it was learnt, occurred three days after the army launched a special operation, `Harbin Kunama II,’ to flush out armed bandits from the area.

The special operation, Harbin Kunama – `Scorpion Sting,’ was launched in Kaura Local Government Area of the state on April 19.

Speaking earlier today, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, who said the recovery was made on Saturday, added that the arms and ammunition were discovered when troops embarked on cordon and search of Gwaska, Dangoma, Angwan Far and Bakin Kogi general area of Southern Kaduna State.

He listed them as 73 dane guns, four locally made rifles, one locally made machine gun and one locally made pistol.

Others were 260 cartridges, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 63 rounds of 9mm ammunition, one locally made small machine gun magazine and a pair of worn out military boot.

Usman also said that some quantities of assorted improvised ammunition and pyrotechnics hidden in dug out pits were recovered.

“While efforts are ongoing to track down the owners of the arms and ammunition, it is imperative to state that the good people of the area have been very supportive and cooperating with the military which led to these unprecedented findings.

“Similarly, in Sector 1 of the operation which covers Kano State, troops in conjunction with other security agencies are carrying out operations in suspected armed bandits camps in Falgore forest,’’ he said.

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Senator Isiaka Adeleke Dies At 62 | Body Returns To Hospital For Autopsy

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Isiaka Adeleke, a senator in the current 8th Assembly, and a three term senator representing Osun West senatorial district, has been confirmed dead.

He died at the age of 62 at Bikets Hospital in Osogbo, the Osun state capital after suffering a heart attack according to family sources.

It is understood that he was preparing to run for the Osun governorship election in 2018 before his death on Sunday morning.

The All Progressives Congress (APC through its twitter handle: @APCNigeria) also confirmed his death.

Meanwhile, confusion ensued in Ede, the home town of Isiaka Adeleke, as his lifeless body was returned to the Ladoke Akontola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for an autopsy.

This is against the expectation of sympathisers who waited as the body was earlier being prepared for burial, according to Islamic rites.

Sources close to the incident said that the autopsy option will be being taken following rumours that he was poisoned at a political meeting on Saturday.

He was born as Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke  in Enugu on 15 January 1955 to the family of Senator Ayoola Adeleke and Esther Adeleke.

He started his primary education at Christ Church School, Enugu before moving to Ibadan. He had his secondary  education at Ogbomoso Grammar School and later went to the United States for his university education.

He was Chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Pro-Chancellor And Chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

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Boko Haram: 2 Nigerian Army Generals Escape Death In Borno

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Two Generals of the Nigerian Army escaped death on Saturday after their convoy encountered and cleared four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists along their way from Bama to Gwoza.

Army Chief Buratai Opens Up On War Tactics Used Against Boko Haram Jihadists

This disclosure was made by Brig.- Gen. Sani Usman, the Director Army Public Relations, in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Sunday.

The statement read: “The Chief of Administration, Nigerian Army headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Alkali and the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu were returning from an operational visit to troops involved in clearing of insurgents when they encountered the devices.”

“They encountered the four clustered IEDs buried at a crossing point along Banki Junction and Pulka road, about six kilometres to Firgi in Borno State.

“The Explosive Ordinance Device team, however, were able to quickly detect the deadly IEDs and safely extracted and detonated the device.

“The two senior officers were on operational visit to troops of 26 Task Force Brigade deployed for Operation Lafiya Dole currently engaged in Operation Deep Punch.

“The team among other places visited 112 Task Force Battalion Pulka”.

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Ebonyi Elections: PDP Wins All Chairmanship, Councillorship Seats

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the chairmanship seats of the 13 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi in the Saturday local council polls.

The Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Mr Jossy Eze, who announced this on Sunday at the commission’s headquarters in Abakaliki, also said that the opposition party won all the councillorship seats in the 171 wards of the state.

PDP Harvests Over 800 APC Members In Akwa Ibom

Eze added that seven political parties participated in the elections out of the 40 registered parties in the state including the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC)

“The other parties that contested in the elections include: African Democratic Party (ADC), African Peoples Party (APA) Merger Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP) Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP).

“The PDP’s candidate in Abakaliki LGA, Emmanuel Nwangele won with 65, 036 votes, Ogbonnaya Oko-Enyim won in Afikpo LGA with 55, 808, Eni Uduma-Chima-Afikpo South 50, 894, Juliet Nwaogbaga—Ebonyi, 54, 527 and Nora Aloh—Ezza North, 58, 423 votes.

“The PDP candidate in Ezza South LGA, Sunday Ogodo won with 50, 576 votes, John Nnabo—Ikwo, 77, 132, Henry Eze—Ishiellu, 68, 263, Ude Ogbonnaya—Ivo, 28, 787 Paul Nwogha—Izzi, 84, 088, Clement Odaa—Ohaukwu,84, 088, Nkechi Iyioku—Ohaozara, 55, 698 and Felix Igboke—Onicha,59, 698 votes,” he said.

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Kane: We Want To Win EPL For Ehiogu

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Harry Kane has stated Tottenham will try to win the EPL title after losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Tribute was paid to the Tottenham U23 manager who passed away on Friday, with applause from both ends of the pitch.

Tottenham lost 4-2 to Chelsea, with Hazard and Matic scoring the goals that won it for the blues.

Kane admitted Tottenham’s players had hoped to win in Ehiogu’s honour and said their ambitions would now switch to the Premier League.

“Of course the last couple of days have been tough,” Kane said.

“Ugo was a great character around the training ground, it was just shocking news to be honest.

“Of course we’ll do everything we can to win the league for him – we wanted to win today for him and for ourselves as well.

“There are still six tough games left in the Premier League. We can’t control what Chelsea do now.

“We just have to win as many as we can and it starts Wednesday with a tough game away at Crystal Palace.”

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Hughie Fury Pulls Out Of Parker Fight

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An injury has forced Hughie Fury to pull out of his world heavyweight title fight against Joseph Parker.

The undefeated Brit was scheduled to box the WBO champion in Auckland, New Zealand come May 6.

Duco events, who promote Joseph Parker already released a statement stating the search for a replacement is on.

“Duco Events was today notified by the World Boxing Organisation that mandatory No 1 challenger Hughie Fury has an injury, and will be unable to challenge champion Joseph Parker for the Heavyweight Title on May 6 in Auckland,” the statement read.

“The World Boxing Organisation has, therefore, advised Duco Events to investigate the possibility of Joseph Parker making a voluntary defence of his heavyweight title against an opponent ranked in the top 15 of the world rankings.

“Duco Events is currently investigating all options and will make no further comment today.”

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Plenty Clubs Interested In Signing Alexis Sanchez – Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says a number of clubs will be monitoring Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation at Arsenal this summer.

The 28-year-old, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, has just over a year left on his deal at the Emirates, with continued speculation over whether he will sign a new contract.

Manchester City have reportedly grown interest in signing the Chilean, who has been linked with a number of sides, and Guardiola thinks plenty of clubs will be watching developments closely.

“Put it that Kevin De Bruyne had one year left on his contract, see how many teams would have him. Normally the big players have two, three years [on a] contract,” he said.

“All the clubs in the summertime are going to try to improve. How do you improve the teams? Better players. Of course [people will watch] all the players around the world. Alexis is one of them. They are going to know his situation.”

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Plenty Clubs Interested In Signing Alexis Sanchez – Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says a number of clubs will be monitoring Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation at Arsenal this summer.

The 28-year-old, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, has just over a year left on his deal at the Emirates, with continued speculation over whether he will sign a new contract.

Manchester City have reportedly grown interest in signing the Chilean, who has been linked with a number of sides, and Guardiola thinks plenty of clubs will be watching developments closely.

“Put it that Kevin De Bruyne had one year left on his contract, see how many teams would have him. Normally the big players have two, three years [on a] contract,” he said.

“All the clubs in the summertime are going to try to improve. How do you improve the teams? Better players. Of course [people will watch] all the players around the world. Alexis is one of them. They are going to know his situation.”

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

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  • Barcelona want to take Christian Eriksen from Spurs as part of their summer rebuild.
  • Pep Guardiola admits he’d love to sign Alexis Sanchez – and Manchester United are also keen.
  • Sead Kolasinac will join Arsenal this summer – but either Nacho Monreal or Kieran Gibbs is set to leave
  • Manchester United are closing in on Torino striker Andrea Belotti but they will have to meet the £84m release clause inserted in the 23-year-old’s contract last December.
  • Arsenal are stepping up their bid to sign Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto after scouting him for almost a year.
  • Everton are keen on young Burnley striker Daniel Agyei.
  • Chelsea have been swamped with requests for their loan stars as Middlesbrough lead the chase for Tammy Abraham.
  • West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is a target for Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao as they eye a £3m move at the end of the season.
  • Everton are in advanced talks with a wealthy Chinese consortium for a multi-million pound investment.
  • Arsenal are preparing a £20m bid for Swedish star Emil Forsberg. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has attracted rave reviews with his performances for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
  • Paris Saint-Germain have joined the hunt to sign Manchester United and Chelsea target Kylian Mbappe, but are only winning to pay Monaco £33m.
  • Manchester United target Serge Aurier has met with Barcelona representatives over a possible £17m move away from PSG this summer.
  • Marko Arnautovic has revealed he rejected a move to Everton – despite personal pleas from Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and striker Romelu Lukaku.
  • Everton face competition from Chelsea and Monaco to sign £21m-rated Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht.
  • Liverpool are plotting a shock £8m summer move for Hull’s Scotland international defender Andrew Robertson.
  • West Brom have expressed an interest in Tottenham misfit Kevin Wimmer as Tony Pulis looks to bolster his defence.
  • Southampton striker Sam Gallagher is a target for Aston Villa, Sunderland, Wolves and Cardiff.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic will visit the world’s top knee specialist as he faces career-saving surgery.
  • David de Gea has put his £3.85m house up for sale, with Real Madrid ready to step up their interest in the Manchester United star, according to reports.
  • Chelsea will offer Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi a £4.2m contract to quit Italian football for the Premier League.
  • Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger has said he is happy to stay in Serie A with Roma.
  • Manchester United are cautiously optimistic about their chances of prising Eric Dier away from Tottenham Hotspur as they prepare a formal move for the £40m rated England international.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career is over following his injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League, it has been claimed.
  • Rangers are eyeing up a move for Norwich’s Scotland international Graham Dorrans this summer.
  • Scottish Championship outfit Dundee United are set for a cash windfall – 10 per cent of any fee – if Hull left-back Andy Robertson joins Liverpool this summer.

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

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  • Barcelona want to take Christian Eriksen from Spurs as part of their summer rebuild.
  • Pep Guardiola admits he’d love to sign Alexis Sanchez – and Manchester United are also keen.
  • Sead Kolasinac will join Arsenal this summer – but either Nacho Monreal or Kieran Gibbs is set to leave
  • Manchester United are closing in on Torino striker Andrea Belotti but they will have to meet the £84m release clause inserted in the 23-year-old’s contract last December.
  • Arsenal are stepping up their bid to sign Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto after scouting him for almost a year.
  • Everton are keen on young Burnley striker Daniel Agyei.
  • Chelsea have been swamped with requests for their loan stars as Middlesbrough lead the chase for Tammy Abraham.
  • West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is a target for Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao as they eye a £3m move at the end of the season.
  • Everton are in advanced talks with a wealthy Chinese consortium for a multi-million pound investment.
  • Arsenal are preparing a £20m bid for Swedish star Emil Forsberg. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has attracted rave reviews with his performances for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
  • Paris Saint-Germain have joined the hunt to sign Manchester United and Chelsea target Kylian Mbappe, but are only winning to pay Monaco £33m.
  • Manchester United target Serge Aurier has met with Barcelona representatives over a possible £17m move away from PSG this summer.
  • Marko Arnautovic has revealed he rejected a move to Everton – despite personal pleas from Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and striker Romelu Lukaku.
  • Everton face competition from Chelsea and Monaco to sign £21m-rated Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht.
  • Liverpool are plotting a shock £8m summer move for Hull’s Scotland international defender Andrew Robertson.
  • West Brom have expressed an interest in Tottenham misfit Kevin Wimmer as Tony Pulis looks to bolster his defence.
  • Southampton striker Sam Gallagher is a target for Aston Villa, Sunderland, Wolves and Cardiff.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic will visit the world’s top knee specialist as he faces career-saving surgery.
  • David de Gea has put his £3.85m house up for sale, with Real Madrid ready to step up their interest in the Manchester United star, according to reports.
  • Chelsea will offer Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi a £4.2m contract to quit Italian football for the Premier League.
  • Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger has said he is happy to stay in Serie A with Roma.
  • Manchester United are cautiously optimistic about their chances of prising Eric Dier away from Tottenham Hotspur as they prepare a formal move for the £40m rated England international.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career is over following his injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League, it has been claimed.
  • Rangers are eyeing up a move for Norwich’s Scotland international Graham Dorrans this summer.
  • Scottish Championship outfit Dundee United are set for a cash windfall – 10 per cent of any fee – if Hull left-back Andy Robertson joins Liverpool this summer.

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Sane: Guardiola Asks Me To Imitate Messi And Neymar

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Manchester City attacker, Leroy Sane says he is being encouraged by Pep Guardiola to play like Messi and Neymar.

The Germany international has developed into a key player for Manchester City, scoring nine goals so far.

Sane is grateful to the help and encouragement from Pep Guardiola who tells him to mirror the Argentine.

“He is able to help me with things because he knows how Messi plays, how he trains because he saw him every day,” Sane said, via The Telegraph.

“And that’s why he tries to help me – to give me the confidence to say, ‘Yes, try this – try maybe to do it like this, like Messi does or Neymar does’.”

“I was young and maybe when I played against bigger clubs at the beginning here I was thinking, ‘OK, they are better than me,’” Sane said.

“Maybe I was a bit scared also, because I was with a new team in a new country and you don’t know anything about the league.

“But then at the end Pep told me, ‘Play how you played at Schalke because you were free there.’

“The other players are all normal human beings so just play your best and play free.”

City face Arsenal in an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, with the winners to play Chelsea in the decider.

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Sane: Guardiola Asks Me To Imitate Messi And Neymar

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Manchester City attacker, Leroy Sane says he is being encouraged by Pep Guardiola to play like Messi and Neymar.

The Germany international has developed into a key player for Manchester City, scoring nine goals so far.

Sane is grateful to the help and encouragement from Pep Guardiola who tells him to mirror the Argentine.

“He is able to help me with things because he knows how Messi plays, how he trains because he saw him every day,” Sane said, via The Telegraph.

“And that’s why he tries to help me – to give me the confidence to say, ‘Yes, try this – try maybe to do it like this, like Messi does or Neymar does’.”

“I was young and maybe when I played against bigger clubs at the beginning here I was thinking, ‘OK, they are better than me,’” Sane said.

“Maybe I was a bit scared also, because I was with a new team in a new country and you don’t know anything about the league.

“But then at the end Pep told me, ‘Play how you played at Schalke because you were free there.’

“The other players are all normal human beings so just play your best and play free.”

City face Arsenal in an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, with the winners to play Chelsea in the decider.

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Allardyce: Crystal Palace Needs Three More Points To Avoid Relegation

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Sam Allardyce believes Crystal Palace needs three more points to keep playing in the EPL and wants to secure that in their next three matches.

Crystal Palace play Tottenham on Sunday, before playing Liverpool and Burnley within four days.

Allardyce has turned around Crystal Palace’s bid to avoid relegation since his appointment and believes taking their points tally from 35 to 38 will help matters.

“Thirty-eight points has been enough for (survival for) 10 years or more and we have got an opportunity to get there and get beyond it,” said the 62-year-old.

“It is a big week for us to see how many points we can get. We want to take pressure off ourselves and get as many points as we can this week.

“At the end of this week there will only be three games left and, instead of one win out of six you might need one win out of three, which heaps the pressure back on again, so let’s get as many points as we can.

“We are capable of getting points out of these games this week, as we have proved in the last six or seven games.

“I hope the players believe, as I believe, that they are capable of getting points out of them.

“Taking five wins out of six – and six wins out of nine – and we are still not safe, so it shows just how difficult a task it was to get us out of the bottom three.”

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Matic: Wembley Strike Is My Second Best Goal

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Nemanja Matic scored a stunner in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinal, with his goal giving Chelsea absolute control of the game.

The Serbian fired in the shot from 30 yards out with 10 minutes left, but insists it us not his best goal yet.

The goal is Matic’s first in over 300 days, but it doesn’t take the position of his best goal.

“It was a nice goal,” he told BBC Sport. “But first of all I want to say I am very happy for the team, that we’re going to play in the final.

“It was hard against a very good team. Congratulations to Spurs, who didn’t give up.

“I am happy for my goal, it was a great goal, but it’s not the best I’ve ever scored. I scored a harder one in a Benfica versus Porto derby. This is perhaps my second best ever.”

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Conte Lauds Squad Depth, Says He Trusts Every Player

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Antonio Conte believes his decision to shake up the squad for the FA Cup semifinal win over Tottenham shows his trust in his squad.

Batshuayi and Willian started in place of Costa and Hazard, with the Brazilian putting Chelsea in front with a free kick, which was cancelled by a Kane header. The forward completed his brace from the penalty spot in the first half.

Ake, who also started the match, had to tussle with the best of Tottenham. Alli equalised for Spurs in the second half.

Conte introduced Costa, Hazard and Fabregas and it proved to be the right tactical decision, as Hazard scored a goal and supplied Matic’s bullet of a goal.

“I’m pleased that Michy Batshuayi started a really important game,” he said of the Belgium striker, who is yet to start a Premier League match since joining from Marseille last year.

“It’s important for his confidence, the same for Ake who is a young player from our academy. We must be proud to see his commitment and to see the level that he played at in this type of game.

“It’s not easy, honestly, for Ake to go and play his part. I trust every single player and I think today I showed this.

“I’m pleased for Willian because he showed himself to be in good form. For him, this season wasn’t easy for many reasons (Willian’s mother died last October following a battle with cancer) that you know and I don’t want to repeat.

“I must be pleased because I think that in this game I involved all my players in our idea and in our football. This is very important in this part of the season that every single player feels they are part of this project.

“When you work very hard, went you work only with your players every day… don’t forget that for me every single player, I work with him in the same way whether he is in in the starting XI or stays on the bench

“They didn’t play a simple game, you played a semi-final against a team as strong as Tottenham, at Wembley with 80,00 people. I think it’s great for them but also I must be proud for this.”

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Fabregas: Southampton Game More Important Than FA Cup Semifinals

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Antonio Conte tinkered with the line up for Chelsea’s FA cup semifinal against Tottenham and Fabregas feels he made the right decision.

Conte rested Hazard and Costa, with Chelsea playing Southampton on Tuesday , but both players were brought on in the second half.

The change was decisive for Chelsea, as Hazard scored a goal and assisted one in the 4-2 win. And Fabregas feels Conte was right to give priority to the EPL.

“I don’t believe so [win gives Chelsea a title boost], I am sorry,” Fabregas said at Wembley Stadium. “It is a different competition and one day you can go to the final and the most important game for us, is still Tuesday.

“Getting to the final, is a big game, a big stadium and fantastic for the fans and everyone but the most important game is Tuesday and we have to keep it up. To get to another final, it is not easy to do nowadays, it is very competitive.

“Especially this Spurs side. They are very very strong and we have to be happy today. It is a happy day. I think during the season, this is a different season, a special season.”

“This is the first time Chelsea is not in Europe for a long time and maybe it has been a little bit of an advantage in this case because we didn’t have to rotate as much and he played a lot with the same team this season but you see today, you know, Ake came in and played very very well.”

“The last time he played was, I don’t know [a long time ago]. Maybe two months ago, Batshuayi the same. Willian didn’t start for the last five games and scores two goals so to have these kinds of players and then when we were struggling in the second half – we brought on these kind of big players and it worked very well today.”

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Conte: Tottenham Have An Advantage In Race For The Title

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Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea to use their win in the FA Cup for their upcoming premier league matches, but says Tottenham have an advantage of an extra day’s rest.

Chelsea made it to the final of the FA Cup, after beating Tottenham 4-2 at Wembley. Spurs are four points behind Chelsea on the table.

Conte’s men will welcome Southampton on Tuesday as they look to claim the trophy, but Tottenham have an extra day of rest, as they play Crystal Palace on Wednesday, a situation that doesn’t go down well with the Italian.

Conte said: “We have to try to exploit the momentum. I think this week is crucial for us.

“They have the advantage. We have to play after two days and a half and Tottenham have one day more to rest.

“Sometimes it is difficult to understand this planning of the fixtures but we have to try to answer on the pitch.

“For sure this win is a really important win. They are fighting us for the title. We have to know that, on Tuesday, we play a tough game against a tough team. I want our fans to be the 12th player.”

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LG Elections: INEC To Distribute Voter Cards In Lagos On April 29

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will begin distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State on April 29, for the local government elections.

The spokesman of the electoral body in the state, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, said on Saturday that the distribution of the cards was in preparation for the July 22 local government elections.

He said: “INEC will as from Saturday, April 29 begin distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in all the 245 Registration Areas in the state.

“This is purely for the purpose of the Local Government elections coming up soonest in the state.

“The exercise is for those that have registered before but had not collected their PVCs. It will last for five Saturdays starting from Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 27.”

He added that any eligible resident who is in doubt of the Registration Area of the Polling Unit he or she registered can contact the Electoral Officer for the local government.

The spokesman, also said: “The nationwide Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise will commence throughout the state as from April 27 and remains continuous all the year round.

“The CVR will be in all the 20 INEC local government offices in the state between the hours of 9am and 3pm, excluding public holidays.

“All residents that have reached the age of 18 years after the last registration exercise are to come out and register.

“Also, all registered voters who have their Temporary Voters Cards but whose names are not on register of voters and those that are above 18 years but could not register in the last registration exercise are eligible to register.”

He said that registered voters who were seeking transfer of the PVC could also come for registration.

The INEC had on Wednesday announced plans to begin a nationwide continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local government areas of the federation.

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Presidential Committee Releases Details For Probe Of SGF Lawal, NIA DG, Ayo Oke

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has released details of how the committee raised by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, plans on carrying out its mandate.

Speaking on behalf of the VP, his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, in a statement, on Saturday, said that the committee would “invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases.”

READ MORE: Buhari Bows To Pressure, Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal, DG NIA, Ayodele Oke

Akande added that the panel would “obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.”

Mr. Osinbajo said the panel “will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour” and submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline given to it.

The statement read in full.

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WORK OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIVE PANEL

The Presidential Committee ordered earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke has commenced its work in earnest.

President Buhari on Wednesday established the three-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with Attorney-General & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Munguno as members, to investigate allegations of legal and due process violations made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases. All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings.

The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

April 22, 2017

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Presidential Committee Releases Details For Probe Of SGF Lawal, NIA DG, Ayo Oke

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has released details of how the committee raised by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, plans on carrying out its mandate.

Speaking on behalf of the VP, his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, in a statement, on Saturday, said that the committee would “invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases.”

READ MORE: Buhari Bows To Pressure, Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal, DG NIA, Ayodele Oke

Akande added that the panel would “obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.”

Mr. Osinbajo said the panel “will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour” and submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline given to it.

The statement read in full.

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WORK OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIVE PANEL

The Presidential Committee ordered earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke has commenced its work in earnest.

President Buhari on Wednesday established the three-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with Attorney-General & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Munguno as members, to investigate allegations of legal and due process violations made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases. All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings.

The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

April 22, 2017

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Emery Happy With Win That Sends PSG Top

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Unai Emery has registered his happiness after Paris Saint Germain’s 2-0 win over Montpellier sent them top of the table.

Goals from Cavani and Di Maria helped the Parc des Princes side go top and lead Monaco by three points.

Emery lauded the performance of the visiting Montpellier and is glad for the win that keeps them in the title race.

“We were happy for the three points, the spectators saw a good game,” Emery told Canal+.

“Montpellier came to play the attack and make the draw and we deserved to win the game.

“Many things happened in 90 minutes, both for us and for Montpellier, but I think the victory is correct.”

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Emery Happy With Win That Sends PSG Top

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Unai Emery has registered his happiness after Paris Saint Germain’s 2-0 win over Montpellier sent them top of the table.

Goals from Cavani and Di Maria helped the Parc des Princes side go top and lead Monaco by three points.

Emery lauded the performance of the visiting Montpellier and is glad for the win that keeps them in the title race.

“We were happy for the three points, the spectators saw a good game,” Emery told Canal+.

“Montpellier came to play the attack and make the draw and we deserved to win the game.

“Many things happened in 90 minutes, both for us and for Montpellier, but I think the victory is correct.”

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