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President Buhari Should Stop Exuding A False Confidence – Soyinka

Nigerian playwright and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has asked President Buhari to stop exuding false confidence and work on the issues facing the nation.

In an interview on Arise TV on Monday June 14, Soyinka stated that there should be an acceleration of actions to retrieve the country from the edge.

He Said;

“First of all, he should start talking to people like a leader — and a leader who is awake to the realities of the situation. Then, let us see actions being taken.

“I’m tired of hearing things like ‘you will see differences in a few weeks’ time’. We are tired of that. He’s got to put his cards on the table and take people into confidence.

“He’s got to stop exuding a false confidence, because that kind of confidence is totally false. It is not based on realities, and we’ve got to see an acceleration of actions to retrieve this nation from the very edge.

“It is no longer a problem of the people,; it is a problem of leadership, because the people have shown themselves ready to act, to save their own community.”

Soyinka accused Governors of being timid and also alleged that lawmakers are not doing enough, while pointing that there are some parts of the constitution that haven’t been explored.

He Said;

“Members of NASS are not doing enough. If you study the constitution very carefully, you will realise that they have certain powers which they haven’t touched.

“There are certain areas they can compel this government to act the way it should, and that applies especially to governors — the governors themselves are too timid.”

The nobel laureate also warned Nigerians against spreading fake news as it is going to make them lose the kind of support they have from people like him.

Soyinka added;

“I appeal to people to stop putting words in my mouth. If you think you can pressure me to speak by stealing my identity and putting words in my mouth on social media, you are wasting your time. Not only that, you are acting in a distorting way.

“At this sensitive time, I must warn Nigerians to stop playing around with such serious issues, otherwise they are going to lose the kind of support they have from people like me.”

From Schalke Reject To Man City & Germany Superstar – The Making Of Ilkay Gundogan

Goal speaks to the Germany ace’s family, former coaches and team-mates to explain how a shy kid from Gelsenkirchen became a world-class midfielder

It all started the way many other kids start off: a courtyard, a garage door and a football.

Every day after he had finished his school work, Ilkay Gundogan would spend the afternoon playing outside, but sometimes his practice was cut short by angry neighbours annoyed by the thud of the ball against the garage door.

“There was a man living in the neighbourhood who would occasionally shout down from his balcony: ‘F**k off, kid, I’ve got the night shift coming up.’ Then, of course, the afternoon was over,” says Rainer Konietzka in an interview with  Goal.

Konietzka was the first chairman of local club SV Hessler 06, where Gundogan had played since he was just four years old. As well as playing for the local club in Gelsenkirchen-Hessler, Gundogan took every opportunity he had to play football.

His grandfather had moved to the Ruhr area from Turkey in 1973 to work as a coal miner, but the family still had a strong love for Turkish football and used to watch their team every week.

“Our fathers were huge Galatasaray fans. We followed almost every game,” his cousin Ilkan Gundogan tells  Goal . “That was always the highlight of the week for us.”

Before and after those games on television, Ilkay and Ilkan would play outside, pretending to be their footballing heroes.

“Gheorghe Hagi was one of our favourite players in the beginning,” says Ilkan. “But later, Ilkay had another favourite: Kaka.

“Our family never forbade us to play football. Even if we came home with dirty clothes or grazes, we didn’t get in trouble. And when the weather was bad, we went in and made balls out of socks and played with them. Football was everything.

“There is always that one player you choose first when you get together with some boys to play football. For us, it was Ilkay.”

In training and on the pitch at SV Hessler 06, Gundogan’s quality was clear to anyone who watched.

“At first, some coaches said he was too small, but his technique was exceptional even at a young age,” Konietzka recalls.

Gundogan was determined to succeed and decided to join SSV Buer, having been overlooked by Bundesliga side Schalke despite spending a season at the Gelsenkirchen club.

“There were frequent Schalke scouts at our training ground to have a look at Ilkay,” Konietzka reveals. “To put it sarcastically, they did a terrific job, as they so often do, by first bringing the boy in on a trial basis and then sending him away again.”

When Gundogan recalled the experience for the Players Tribune earlier this year: “Schalke let me go. Or, to put it the way I felt: They grabbed me by the collar and threw me out the door.”

After impressing at Buer and Bochum, Schalke came knocking again but Gundogan had not forgotten how they had treated him when he was eight years old.

“I only heard about it in passing,” reports cousin Ilkan, “but I know that Ilkay was very disappointed with Schalke. It shows strength of character that he didn’t go there again.” 

At Bochum, he met Michael Oenning, who worked as the club’s Under-19 coach between 2007 and 2008 and later went on to coach both Nurnberg and Hamburg in the Bundesliga. Gundogan credits him as one of the most important people in his career.

“The first contact was actually on the football field,” Oenning tells Goal . “In the first training session with the new team, I had them play a kind of football-tennis over a longer distance.

“Ilkay played incredibly good volleys with both feet. I noticed that right away. I then grabbed him and asked him if he could also play these long passes from the ground. He also did a great job with this task.

“After training, I went up to him and asked him what his name was. When he told me his name, I said to him: ‘I think you’re going to be a professional footballer.’

“Ilkay looked at me with wide eyes and didn’t want to believe it at all. But he had inspired me so much in training that I just wanted to give him that feedback.”

Gundogan’s impact at Bochum saw him score 14 goals in 24 games for their youth side to earn a call up to Germany’s Under-18 squad.

Off the field, Gundogan’s family played a big role and wanted him to have an education to fall back on if his dream of being a professional footballer did not work out.

“Ilkay’s father was still a bit suspicious about the whole thing, that his son was on his way to becoming a professional footballer,” says Oenning. “At the beginning, he probably would have preferred him to become a businessman or something like that.”

As a result, earning his school-leaving certificate and graduating from high school was just as important as his footballing development.

Bochum were not able to properly balance football and school, though, so Gundogan contacted Oenning, who had moved to Nurnberg, and asked his former coach if he could follow the same path.

Not only was Nurnberg able to get Gundogan into the local Bertolt-Brecht-Schule (BBS), but the new club proved better from a sporting perspective as well.

At the BBS, he came to the attention of headmaster Harald Schmidt, who still has a good relationship with his former student.

“Ilkay was already a young man back then who was very disciplined and knew exactly what he wanted,” Schmidt tells Goal 

“He came from a home where education was very important, and a lot of emphasis was placed on Ilkay getting a good school-leaving certificate in addition to his football education.

“It was always a pleasure for me and his other teachers to work with him. Regardless of his positive character traits, Ilkay was a very bright student.

“A number of Bundesliga players and Olympians have passed through our hands – but Ilkay is one of them who will always be remembered. He is a very special person as a human being.”

Oenning initially used Gundogan sparingly at Nurnberg as the teenager got used to life in another new city, only playing him in the last game of the season as a substitute.

Nurnberg were promoted to the Bundesliga, but Gundogan made such an impression in pre-season training, it was impossible for Oenning to leave him out any longer, even with the club now preparing to fight for survival in Germany’s top flight.

The first game of the season saw the 18-year-old Gundogan score his first goal for Nurnberg in a 3-0 cup win over Dynamo Dresden and he was selected in the starting XI the following weekend as they kicked off their Bundesliga campaign against Schalke.

“There is a regular pub in Nurnberg for the really hardcore Nurnberg fans,” says headmaster Schmidt. “After Ilkay’s first appearance, a hardcore club fan came up to me and said: ‘This Ilkay Gundogan, he goes to school with you, right? He’s going to be a really, really big player.’”

He quickly became a regular in the starting XI, playing 90 minutes of four of the first seven league games in 2009-10, providing his first Bundesliga assist in the clash with Bayern Munich.

However, an injury ruled him out for a month and a half, and Nurnberg’s form declined. After just three wins by the winter break, Oenning was fired as head coach and replaced by Dieter Hecking.

Although Gundogan had been Oenning’s protege, the new manager quickly saw his talent and continued to pick him regularly.

Gundogan’s first Bundesliga goal followed, against Bayern, and Hecking was able to guide Nurnberg out of the automatic relegation spots and into the playoff, where the young midfielder scored in the second leg to help keep ‘Der Club’ in the top tier.

At the BBS, Gundogan’s performances for Nurnberg had made him a minor star, especially with his younger schoolmates.

“We once had a conversation in my office. I don’t even remember exactly what it was about,” Schmidt describes.

“When we had finished the conversation, he asked me if he could stay five minutes longer. I said: ‘Sure, can I offer you another coffee or something else? Why do you want to stay longer?’

“He said: ‘I would like to wait for the end of the break.’ He liked to sign autographs, but he was rather uncomfortable about it because of his quiet nature.

“This reticence was typical for him. He had no airs and graces then and still has none today.”

Gundogan’s down-to-earth personality was also seen at his football club, where he made new team-mates feel at home.

Julian Schieber had joined on loan from Stuttgart the season after they stayed up and quickly became friends with the Germany underage international.

“I met Mehmet Ekici at the car park, he was also a new player on loan and was waiting for Ilkay,” Schieber tells Goal. “Ilkay gave us both a warm welcome right away.

“His family’s hospitality helped me a lot to settle in Nurnberg. Ilkay’s front door was always open for family and friends. I was welcome from day one and felt at home.”

Nurnberg’s young trio catapulted them to an incredible sixth place in the Bundesliga, with Gundogan scoring five league goals along the way. It remains their best-ever finish in the league and they are now, unfortunately, back in Germany’s second tier.

During that 2010-11 season, Gundogan successfully passed his exams and left with his school-leaving certificate.

“When he had the certificate in his pocket, he invited all the former teachers out to eat Italian. That was a wonderful evening with great conversations,” says Schmidt.

“Afterwards, I asked him if we could do a symbolic jersey exchange. He got a jersey from our school, and the school got a jersey from him in return. It was a special moment and that jersey has a place of honour to this day.” 

His on-field exploits had not gone unnoticed either. Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg came calling, with the former signing him for around €5.5 million (£4.8m/$6.7m) in the summer of 2011.

“I actually wanted to get him to Hamburg, it was a pretty tough battle,” reveals mentor Oenning. “He had to make a decision. He chose Dortmund. Thank God…”

source:- goal

Four Bandits Arrested As Professional Hunters Raid Criminal Hideout In Kogi

Professional hunters raided a hideout of suspected bandits and kidnappers around Osara in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State and apprehended four suspects.

It was also gathered that the hunters destroyed an Indian hemp farm belonging to the criminals during the raid conducted on Saturday night, June 12.

Intelligence report revealed the criminals turned the forest into Indian hemp farm where they also train special breed of dogs to ward off anyone coming into their territory, thus making the area inaccessible for security personnel.

During the raid, four of the bandits were arrested while ten of their guard dogs were killed. The bandits, it was gathered, specialized in kidnapping especially along the Lokoja-Okene Road.

Speaking after the operation, the chairman of Okehi Local Government Area, Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare, who led the operation, warned that Kogi State is no go area for criminal elements, noting that they will continue to hunt down criminals found within the state.

He commended the state governor, Yahaya Bello for his unrelenting efforts in making Kogi State the safest state in Nigeria today.


The indian hemp farm


Hudson-Odoi: Ghana FA Boss Okraku Delivers Update On Chelsea Star Chase

The football association president has spoken on the Black Stars’ pursuit of the 20-year-old Premier League player

Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku reveals the national team is looking to have more engagements with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about his much-talked-about potential switch of international allegiance.

Born to Ghanaian parents in the United Kingdom, the 20-year-old plays for his country of birth England, for whom he currently has three appearances to his name. 

The winger is currently back in Ghana for holiday, having gone ahead to meet President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, minister for sports Mustapha Ussif and Football Association President Kurt Okraku, heightening speculation about an imminent switch.

“I mean I spoke with Callum before he got to Ghana, and we promised to speak again when we meet in Ghana,” Okraku told TV3.

“We have met, we’ve had discussions that centred beyond playing for Ghana, and he has a crazy ambition of helping kids in Ghana and this is what excites me the most.

“We are looking forward to working with Odoi and his family and many other players who are interested in representing their country.

“We have a lot of them like that, we are talking to the technical team and the political authorities in getting them to play for Ghana.”

By Fifa’s updated regulations on eligibility last September, the winger will be eligible to pledge the rest of his international future with Ghana in November next year, provided he does not add any more caps for The Three Lions. 

“I think obviously when you’re young, you have the opportunity to play for England throughout all the years, from under 15 to under 16 all the way up,” the Champions League winner recently said.

“When they obviously gave me the opportunity to come I was in the country already. It’s something that I already had in my mind, set on already playing for England.”

“So it was the thing obviously choosing Ghana or England, and at the end of the day I said I always had the right people around me who always advise me – what’s right, what’s wrong. England came and I said ‘Yeah, let me go and play for my country.

“But I said Ghana is my home as well, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know, so.”

The winger is one of four England-born players on Ghana’s radar, the others being Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal, Tariq Lamptey of Brighton & Hove Albion and Kwadwo Baah of Watford.

source:- goal

Eriksen Offers Update On His Condition Following Collapse With Denmark

The Inter star suffered heart failure during a European Championship outing, but he is now in hospital and on the road to recovery

Christian Eriksen has delivered a first public message since his collapse during Denmark’s Euro 2020 date with Finland, with the Inter playmaker offering an update on his condition.

The 29-year-old suffered cardiac arrest when representing his country in their opening game of this summer’s European Championship.

He had to be resuscitated on the field in Copenhagen, with messages of support for the former Tottenham star flooding in as he continues on a road to recovery in hospital.

What has been said?

Addressing his well-wishers and offering an insight into how he is feeling, Eriksen has posted on social media: “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. 

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

The bigger picture

It remains to be seen whether Eriksen will be freed to continue his professional career once out of medical care.

His international colleagues are determined to give him something to smile about as they look to make a positive impression at another major international tournament.

A 1-0 defeat was suffered to Finland, with that contest controversially played to a finish a matter of hours after Eriksen’s life was saved by the quick thinking of colleagues and doctors.

Peter Schmeichel has claimed that UEFA threatened the Danes with accepting a 3-0 forfeit defeat if they did not return to the field once a positive update on Eriksen had been delivered.

They will be back in action against Belgium on Thursday as they seek to secure progress out of Group B.

Eriksen will be among the interested observers of that contest, with the sporting world delighted to see him battling back from the most serious of health scares.

source:- goal

The Moment A Man Driving A Convertible Got Drenched In The Rain

A video has surfaced online showing the moment a man cruising in a convertible got drenched in the rain while driving in Lagos.

Apparently, he did not check the weather forecast before cruising out in his luxurious ride!

In the video, the man was humbled as he patiently waits in traffic while it rained heavily.

The lady who recovered the incident could be heard mocking the man in the convertible

Download Music Mp3:- Mhizta Pi Ft Jumabee – Nobody (Prod By Papichino)

Download Music Mp3:- Mhizta Pi Ft Jumabee – Nobody (Prod By Papichino)

One of the hottest artist to come out this year “Mhizta Pi” teams up with “Jumabee” to dish out this song titled “Nobody” produced by Papichino.

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Police Arrest Man For Defiling His 14-year old Daughter (Photo)

A 45-year-old man identified as Kayode Adeyanju of Redeemed Church, Tinubu Estate, Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State has been arrested by police officials attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu for having carnal knowledge of his 14-year-old daughter.

A statement released by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the survivor personally reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station, Ikorodu on the 7th June, 2021, after her horrible ordeal in the hands of her father and the Police operatives arrested the suspect.

He said the commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the act and ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation.

In a related development, police operatives attached to Morogbo Division of Lagos State on Sunday, June 13 at about 10am, on a tip off from the management of House 2 Hotel, Igbekele Morogbo, Lagos State, that some boys suspected to be cultists were holding a meeting in the hotel, arrested 7 (seven) suspected cultists.

The suspects include Hameed Salami, m, 35, Ogunlade Adewale, m, 30, Sunday Ogbemudia, m, 36, Okekunle Segun, m, 26, Imole Kingsley, m, 23, Rasak Lekan, m, 26, and Osuya Innocent, m, 23. Items recovers from them include one locally made pistol, two live cartridges, one axe, assorted charms.

Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has oredered that the case be transferred to the Command’s Special Squad, Ikeja, for discreet investigation.

‘Count Us Out Of Fulani Herdsmen 72-Hour Ultimatum To Delta State’ – Miyetti Allah

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association Of Nigeria has denied it gave a 72-hour ultimatum to Delta state to reverse its open grazing law.

Channels Television reported that the denial was issued by the Secretary-General of MACBAN, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma.

According to him, the ultimatum was issued by faceless individuals whose aim is to create mischief.

Baba-Ngelzerma said MACBAN is a responsible association with eminent personalities like the Sultan of Sokoto as its patron and as such will never do anything to jeopardise the peace of the country.

Reacting to the press conference earlier held by the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Chief Edwin Clark, MACBAN leader said the position of the association on open grazing still remains.

He urged the Northern Governors to ensure the recovery of all grazing routes in the country, adding that Fulani herders have equal rights with all Nigerians and cannot be treated as second-class citizens.

Emir Of Zazzau: Zaria Has Military Formations, Yet Under Siege — Ahmad Bamalli

Despite many military formations in Zaria, Kaduna State, the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli has decried the continued attacks on the emirate by bandits attack.

The Emir, who spoke in his palace when heads of security agencies visited him, lamented that residents had been under incessant attacks by bandits who killed and abducted people within and outside Zaria.

The situation is unacceptable. We are calling on the government to arrest the situation before it gets out of control. Despite the location of military formations and training schools in the emirate, my area is not safe,” he said.

While describing the situation as alarming, the Emir explained that for a long time, Zaria residents felt vulnerable and were constantly in fear.

According to him, “children can no longer go to school, bandits are moving about unchecked. We are calling on security personnel and agencies to rise up to the challenge and put an end to the sad situation.”

Speaking, Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who led the security chiefs on the visit, assured the emir that government was doing everything possible to make the emirate and Kaduna State safe.

He said the aim of the visit was to douse tension and build the confidence of Zaria residents.

Aruwan said they came to commiserate with the Emirate over the recent spate of attacks and kidnappings of residents and were working hard to put an end to all forms of criminality ravaging the emirate.

Recall that Zaria has been under incessant attacks by the bandits kidnapping innocent residents including student.

On June 11, one student of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic for Kaduna State, killed, another survived gun shots, while three others and a staff of the institution were kidnapped.

Two days later the bandits attacked Kofar Gayan and Kofar Kona area of Zaira and kidnapped no fewer than 12 residents.

Source:- Vanguard

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