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EPL: Pogba states difference between Solskjaer, Mourinho’s styles of coaching at Man United

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EPL: Pogba states difference between Solskjaer, Mourinho’s styles of coaching at Man United

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has disclosed the difference between the club’s caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and former Red Devils boss, Jose Mourinho’s style of coaching at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer replaced Mourinho at United some weeks ago after the Portuguese gaffer was sacked by the club.
Pogba said Solskjaer has brought an attacking and offensive mentality to United and highlighted the different style of playing as the biggest difference to life under Mourinho.
The France international stated this following Man United’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday in the Premier League encounter.
Asked what had changed under Solskjaer, Pogba told Sky Sports: “We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves.
“It is different, we still won games with the old manager [Mourinho] but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play.”
“I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple.”

2019 presidency: APC chieftain, Adighije warns Ndigbo against toeing wrong path

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2019 presidency: APC chieftain, Adighije warns Ndigbo against toeing wrong path

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus, in Abia state and former Abia representative at the Federal Revenue, Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Senator Chris Adighije, has pleaded with the people of South-East zone to vote massively for the APC to enable the zone get fully involved in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
Adighije regretted the voting pattern of the people of the zone in the 2015 presidential election, warning that such step if toed again, would doom the Igbo nation.
The APC chieftain made the appeal while reacting to the statement credited to the Vice President Yemi Osibanjo where he called on the people of South West to vote massively for Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election so as to enable the region take over the nation’s mantle of leadership in 2023.
He harped on the need for the people of the South-East to support the APC in the coming presidential election to enable the zone take its shot at the Aso Villa in 2023.
Recall that Osibanjo had, while speaking in Ibadan, Oyo state last week, said a vote for Buhari may lead to the South-West producing president in 2023.
Adighije reacted thus, “He (Osibanjo) is the vice President. He is also from South West zone. And I’m also preaching, asking on our people to vote massively for APC, so that we can have a chance to take over the mantle of leadership in 2023.
“Is politics, but in actual sense, the south west has had the opportunity under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the South-South has had the opportunity under Goodluck Jonathan. Morally, south east ought to, but, is politics.
“So, all I’m asking the south east zone is to wake up, live up to responsibility, vote massively for APC, so that nobody would have any reason to ask South West to vie for President, when they have already done so.
“Definitely, if we (ndigbo) do our homework very well, I’m sure, South West must at the appropriate time, see reasons that the South East should be allowed to produce Nigerian President in 2023.”
The APC chieftain however sued for peace as the 2019 general election approaches, urging the electorates to go for credible candidates in the upcoming election.

Ogun guber: APC candidate, Abiodun speaks on his certificate saga, rift with Amosun, Oshiomhole’s alleged bias

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Ogun guber: APC candidate, Abiodun speaks on his certificate saga, rift with Amosun, Oshiomhole’s alleged bias

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, has addressed the certificate scandal hanging over his campaign.
He insisted that the whole matter is down to mudslinging.
Speaking yesterday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Abiodun said he was not worried about the scandal.
“There are no issues about my certificate. I never claimed to have finished from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University),” he said.
The APC candidate has faced allegations that he submitted conflicting educational qualifications to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2015 when he ran for Senate and this year in his quest to become governor of his state.
Of contention is the allegation that he claimed to have obtained a degree from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, an allegation he denies.
“I never claimed to have gotten a degree from the University of Ife,” he insisted when asked about the matter.
He, however, said he studied at the university, but he didn’t graduate from there.
When asked about some profiles of him that indicate he had a B.A in Accounting, the candidate replied, “But that is not from Ife”.
When his attention was subsequently drawn to the argument of those who faulted claims that he bagged B.A in accounting on the grounds that the institution did not issue B.A. certificates in accounting, he blamed the controversy on political attacks.
“This has all been an attempt at mudslinging and to confuse the electorate and it is bundled with a lot of half-truths,” he said.
“I never claimed to have studied accounting at the University of Ife. I never claimed to get it (the degree) from the University of Ife. So, this issue has been presented as the presenter wanted it presented.”
Asked to clarify what degrees he had, Abiodon said, “I do have a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and I will like to stop at that because this matter will be sub judice if I go any further.”
Stressing that the matter was in court, he declined to comment further on it when questioned about where he got his degree and the veracity of the certificate he indicated he had in his form for senatorial election in 2015.
Abiodun’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun had created a rift in the party in the state with Governor Ibikunle Amosun refusing to back him, and preferring to support Adekunle Akinlade who has dumped the APC after it backed Abiodun to fly its flag in the race.
The rift also pitted Governor Amosun against the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole with both men trading accusations.
Concerning the crisis in the state chapter of the party, Abiodun said, “Governor Amosun is my governor. I am positively disposed to reconciling with everyone and anyone, particularly my governor; he is a governor in my party.
“I believe these issues are issues that are internal to our party. It is unfortunate that it has come to the public fore. But I am sure that at the right time, these issues will be reconciled.”
Oshiomhole has been accused of working for Abiodun’s emergence as the party’s candidate against the wishes of the major stakeholders of the party in the state.
But Abiodun insists he won the primary election fairly.
He said, “I don’t know about favoured candidates. I don’t think that primary elections are won by favoured candidates. Adams Oshiomhole did not come to conduct my elections in Ogun. I don’t see how anyone will begin to accuse Adams Oshiomhole as favouring me in place of some other persons.
“It is not unusual that we have these kinds of issues arise when we have primary elections within a party. It is not unusual and it is not the first time. It is just that this has been a bit more contentious than ordinarily, we have seen in the past.
“A body was set up to conduct my elections, that body conducted the elections, I emerged from that process and I have been declared the winner of that election and I remain the validly elected winner of that election.”

What will happen to Buhari for ‘persecuting’ Melaye, Deji Adeyanju, others – Fani-Kayode

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What will happen to Buhari for ‘persecuting’ Melaye, Deji Adeyanju, others – Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of Aviation, has condemned the “persecution” of Senator Dino Melaye and members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
DAILY POST reports that the men of the Nigeria Police Force stormed Senator Melaye’s Abuja residence on Friday to arrest him, but Melaye posted on Twitter that he was not at home.
The Senator said he will report to the police this week.
The police, however, on Sunday said Melaye is around and vowed to remain at his residence until he surrenders.
But reacting, Fani-Kayode took to his Twitter page to condemn President Buhari for what he termed ‘vicious persecution’ of Senator Melaye, Dasuki and other Nigerians.
According to him, Buhari will pay a price for the alleged persecution.
Fani-Kayode wrote: “Buhari will suffer for the vicious persecution that he has meted out to the opposition over the last 3 years.
“He will also pay a heavy price for the evil he has subjected Adeyanju Deji, Dino Melaye,Sambo Dasuki,Ibrahim El Zak Zaky and others to.
“We will never forgive or forget.”
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the release of social critic, Mr. Deji Adeyanju and ensure that his fundamental human rights are not continuously abused by the Police.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Adeyanju’s case was portraying the present administration in bad light as a government that was intolerant of criticism and suppressing views of the opposition.
He stated that a situation where Adeyanju was re-arrested after being given bail by a court indicated a deliberate attempt to put him out of circulation.

2019 presidency: Atiku attacks Buhari in New Year message

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2019 presidency: Atiku attacks Buhari in New Year message

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has hinted on what 2019 holds for Nigerians.
The former Vice President, in a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters on Monday, called on Nigerians to work together to see to the end of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
In the statement he entitled: ‘My New Year message to Nigerians’, Atiku said, “As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 beckons, on behalf of my family and I, let me wish you and your family a very happy New Year in advance.
“In 2018, we became the world headquarters for extreme poverty, however, I am convinced that in 2019, if we chart a new course, we can become the world headquarters for hope and extreme devotion to the cause of lifting our people out of poverty.
“2019 is as yet a blank page. As a nation, we must not settle for whatever it brings. Rather, we must take collective action, through our choices, in making it a year where we revive national hope, with visionary leadership that sees our economy and institutions working again as they did in our golden era.
“We can chart a new course and open a new chapter that sees every Nigerian living in peace and prosperity with their neighbour. It can be the year when our youths finally get a job instead of being unfairly tagged as lazy. With purposeful leadership, it can also be the year when we put an end to terrorism and usher in a golden age of peace.
“But it will not just happen by itself. We have to make changes from the top all the way to the bottom. We already have the vision, the vision of a nation that is a beacon of hope for the Black Race and the world at large, what we lack and what 2019 can provide, is the leadership that has the capacity to translate that vision into reality.
“In 2019, Nigerians need a leadership that is 100% for 100% of Nigerians, 100% of the time. We have seen where division and sectionalism has led us to. Now let us try unity and patriotism.
“Don’t lose heart and hope. Nigeria is no stranger to overcoming difficulties. In fact, we have an uncanny ability to perform our best when the worst is upon us. I urge my fellow countrymen and women to remember how we became the first nation in the world to defeat and overcome the Wild Ebola Virus, when even First World nations were struggling with the scourge.
“That resilience is domiciled in our national psyche and together we shall win forever. We shall win over forces of disunity. We shall win over forces of poverty and backwardness.
“But more importantly, in 2019, I want Nigerians to know that it is possible to have a leadership that is compassionate and that this does not equate to weakness. A leadership that is bold but not domineering. A leadership that is intelligent, but not arrogant.
“Indeed, that is the only type of leadership that can navigate the difficulties currently facing our dear nation and lead us to Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress, which are our national motto and which are the hope of all Nigerians.
“Once again, I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2019 be the year of Nigeria.”

2019: What Buhari mustn’t forget now – Senator Ben Bruce

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2019: What Buhari mustn’t forget now – Senator Ben Bruce

The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Ben Murray Bruce has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to pay more attention to the incessant killings going on in Zamfara State.
According to the lawmaker, the President must not focus on his campaign for a second term, while the people die in the hands of bandits.
The Bayelsa-born politicians also called on other well-meaning Nigerians to forget political differences and help save the people of the state.
Ben Bruce stated this in a tweet on Monday morning.
He wrote, “I appeal to President @MBuhari not to focus on campaigns and forget Zamfara.
“Life there is now hell on earth due to bandits, who steal and kill at will. I strongly urge Nigerians to forget their political differences and unite to save Zamfara or we may all go the way of Zamfara.”

2019: Muslim group recounts what lawmakers, politicians did to Nigerians in 2018

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2019: Muslim group recounts what lawmakers, politicians did to Nigerians in 2018

The Central Think-Tank, CTT, of the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has recounted how Nigerian lawmakers and politicians failed and inflicted pains on the people in 2018.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday, signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Muslim group said it met yesterday to take a cursory look at events which dominated the Nigerian atmosphere during the year, 2018.
The Islamic human rights organization scored Nigerian politicians low, adding that politicians across the spectrum have disappointed Nigerians.
The statement read, “There are only a few exceptions. Nigerian politicians displayed astounding unpredictability. They were consistently inconsistent. Political prostitution rented the air in an uncontrollable manner.
“They were bereft of standards. There was no modicum of principles. All the political parties without exception became infected with political chameleonism.
“The Nigerian political landscape experienced one of its worst moments in history as politicians swarped parties on flimsy excuses. Personal ego and parochial interest became the parameters for jumping from one party to another.”
MURIC berated politicians for failing to evolve a meaningful political culture.
It added, “Instead of pursuing a meaningful, robust and forward-looking political culture, Nigerian politicians fell head over heels in love with ‘bolekaja’ mentality where Machiaveli instinct rivals Herbert Spencer’s theory of survival of the fittest.
“Instead of identifying with the masses and meeting their aspirations, majority of our politicians pitched camp with the capitalist bourgeois class. Politics is pursued purely for economic gains.
“Service is not the objective. No wonder therefore that politics in Nigeria has become an all-comer game and political charlatanism is the order of the day.
“Our lawmakers perfected the art of law-breaking in law-making. In their sober moments, they were either competing with Nollywood actors or turning the hallowed chamber into the most notorious motor-park in the country.
“They made 2018 their year of sabotage when every project designed by the Federal Government (FG) was targeted for retardation. Meanwhile it was poor Nigerians who suffered just as it happens to the grasses when two elephants fight.
“It was the year lawmakers decided to inflict undue punishment on the Nigerian masses by ensuring that they are denied the dividends of democracy. This they did by ensuring that the budget was delayed for seven months and key projects could not be completed on schedule.
“The 8th National Assembly is the most anti-people in the history of Nigeria while its leadership has proved to be numero uno in parliamentary demagoguery in recent time.
“It is paradoxical that the Nigerian electorate has failed to recognize its friends. Voters readily sell their votes to the same corrupt politicians who robbed them of the dividends of democracy.
“Whereas good roads, qualitative education, high standard health institutions, etc are unavailable today due to the corrupt practices of our politicians, many citizens still idolize the same corrupt elements. They fail to see them as the direct causes of their predicament.
“As a result, political shenanigans were able to mislead poor voters into having preference for ephemeral toys which they labeled ‘stomach infrastructure’ but which lasted only one day over concrete, palpable and enduring infrastructure which are capable of lasting for generations.
“Yet in the midst of our political woes, a few politicians have managed to stay far from the maddening crowd. MURIC salutes these ladies and gentlemen of honour. They are the silver lining behind the dark clouds and they made the several achievements of the present administration possible.
“For the first time in a very long stretch, a democratic regime has come up with several social intervention programmes which impact on the lives of the ordinary citizen, the market woman, the student and the unemployed graduate.
“Gargantuan amounts of money which used to end up in the private pockets of corrupt politicians now go directly to the masses. It is an unprecedented socio-economic revolution powered by the highest office in the land.
“It is quite reassuring that in spite of the fact that a recession greeted the Buhari administration on take-off, the revival of the Nigerian economy through diversification has gained considerable momentum.
“Forbes in September 2018 rated Nigeria as the best economy in Africa and one of the top ten most improved economies in the world.
“Although the price of crude oil fell to $51.60 three days ago (Friday 28thDecember, 2018), the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate standing at 9.5%, the naira exchanging at N306.9 to $1 and foreign reserve at $43.08 billion as at 18th December 2018, we are confident that the effect of the fall in the price of oil will be minimal on the economy considering the prudent management of the present administration.
“MURIC commends government’s war against corruption and we are delighted that as much as N871 billion, 407 mansions and 259 vehicles have been recovered from Nigeria’s serial looters by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The seizures also include nine petrol filling stations and 98 plots of land.
“In summary, Nigerian politicians are a big disappointment. Just as there is little choice in rotten apples, only a few political leaders have added real value to the Nigerian political landscape. The Buhari administration deserves medals for the prudent management of the economy while EFCC should be lauded for its aggressive pursuit of the war against graft.”

Police kill robbery suspect in gun battle as two die in Delta cult war

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Police kill robbery suspect in gun battle as two die in Delta cult war

The police anti-robbery/kidnapping team at the Ogwashi Uku police division in Delta State in the early hours of Monday killed a robbery suspect identified as Nonso Akubueze during a gun battle with his gang members in the community.
The police commissioner in the state, Anthony Agbizi, who confirmed this to newsmen in Asaba, disclosed that the police team acted on intelligence gathering as they moved into the scene where the armed gang were robbing residents including motorists somewhere around the village square leading to Ubulu Uku community.
CP Anthony Agbizi said two of the gang members during the exchange of gun fire with the police, escaped with bullets wounds, adding that the police will do everything possible to bring them to book.
The divisional police officer (DPO) of the station, Mr Tobi Debakeme, who also confirmed the killing of the robbery suspect during a gun battle with the police, disclosed that the police anti-robbery/kidnapping attached to the station had few weeks ago arrested six members of Arubaggar cult group who had been responsible for serial cult clashes in the community in the last few months.
Debakeme said, “Though two of his members narrowly escaped with bullets wounds, we are sure that in due course, they too will be apprehended. The gang members have been hiding in Abah Unor in a bid to escape justice. The police team confronted the gang around the village square as they came into Ogwashi Uku community.
“We will continue to do our best to protect the lives of the people and their property. The police also recovered two cut-to-size guns from the killed suspect, obviously it was the guns the robbery suspects have been using to unleash terrors in the community.”
Meanwhile, the police commissioner, Anthony Agbizi also confirmed the death of two persons in Ekuku Agbor during a cult clash on Sunday in the area, adding that many others sustained injuries.
CP Anthony Agbizi said two frontline cult groups engaged in a supremacy fight; a situation that resulted in the loss of two persons already deposited at the Central Hospital mortuary in Agbor.
He added that the police will not fold its hands and watch people take laws into their hands, stressing that they will be brought to book.

Boko Haram: Ezekwesili reacts to reported killing of 70 soldiers in Baga

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Boko Haram: Ezekwesili reacts to reported killing of 70 soldiers in Baga

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has expressed concern over reports that 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in Baga by Boko Haram terrorists.
Ezekwesili bemoaned the reported killings of military personnel while calling for an independent verification.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday, the former Education minister pointed out that ‘Nigeria desperately needs effective leadership’.
The news reports also alleged that over 2,000 of the country’s soldiers are missing.
Ezekwesili’s statement reads, “Although the military and the Presidency have denied the reports, but the serial credibility challenges of the Buhari administration and the security team he leads as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces have created public distrust of any rebuttal by government. And that is gravely worrisome.
“The only way to ensure accuracy of the casualty that Nigeria is suffering as a result of counter-terrorism at this stage is to inaugurate a citizens-led independent investigation panel.
“Such an initiative would go a long way to eliminate the opaqueness of the counter-terrorism war and restore public confidence, as the case may be, in how the Buhari administration is prosecuting it.”
The ACPN presidential candidate also frowned at the consistent killings in Zamfara State recently, saying that the once most peaceful state of the North West region has been turned into a theatre of terrorism.
According to her, the security situation in the country shows a lack of effective leadership by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She added, “This is demonstrated in the very troubling inertia to decisively confront and end the frequent killings of our citizens; especially our soldiers on the frontline of battle.
“The killings have tragically earned Nigeria the designation of the 16th most dangerous country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. Nigeria is also the 15th most fragile country in the 2018 Fragile States Index by the United States Fund for Peace.”
Ezekwesili stated that the constitutional mandate of the government to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians had been poorly handled, especially within the last decade.
She continued, “Tackling this will require commencing a security discourse and planning away from a narrow focus on military responses, to a more collective and participative conversation of the structure of the Nigerian state and our security architecture. Our ACPN administration would without fail
prioritise this.
“We would be responsive to current and immediate challenges by revising the current containment measures to ensure efficiency, include effective public communication on security issues without compromising genuine national security concerns.
“We would also bring citizens in as participants in their own security, through the establishment of local peace committees as part of the national security architecture.
“Within days of being inaugurated into office, our ACPN administration would move swiftly to launch a coordinated response to all acts of violence in regions that are vulnerable to attacks from armed groups and concurrently commence a strong security sector reform for professionalism, accountability and results-focus.”