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Goodbye Promise, The Former Nigeria Under 20 Captain Died At Age 31.

Ex- Flying Eagles captian, Isaac Promise is dead.

The Former Genclerbirligi and Trabzonspor striker passed away at the age of 31 on Wednesday (Oct.2) under unknown circumstances.

The striker’s American team, Austin Bold FC confirmed the shocking news in a statement.

“The greatest loss a team can suffer is not on the scoreboard, it’s the death of a fellow teammate,” said Austin Bold FC Chairman Bobby Epstein. “It’s with shock and grief that we acknowledge the sudden death of Promise Isaac. On behalf of the Bold organization; we wish his wife, children and family strength and peace as they struggle to cope with his death.”

Austin Bold FC is heartbroken by the death of Isaac Promise, who passed away on Wednesday night.

Isaac Promise: 1987-2019

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— Austin Bold FC (@AustinBoldFC) October 3, 2019

Isaac Promise represented the Super Eagles in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. He served as captain and scored once in six matches. He later earned a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the Nigerian U-23 team, again serving as captain in four matches, including the gold medal match.

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This is why sitting presidents find it difficult to leave office and power. – Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Made Comment.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says over-praising sitting presidents makes them feel like a little god and makes it unthinkable for them to leave office.

Jonathan said this on Thursday, October 3rd at the constitutional term limits summit in Niamey, Niger Republic. Jonathan who is one of the speakers at the summit organised by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), also said the fear of persecution after office makes it difficult for a sitting president to relinquish power.

“Let’s create an environment where people will believe there’s life after office. That if you leave office you should not be persecuted. The way we manage ourselves as sitting presidents and former presidents matter. The first line is to reduce what will make a sitting president afraid to leave office.

“Africans sometimes, we are our own problem because we always think our presidents are little gods. That somebody is president does not mean he is God. We have a tradition of praise-singing. We tend to give our presidents name they don’t deserve.

“We tend to over-praise sitting presidents and make them think they are little gods. When they begin to make a sitting president think he is God, and he is the only person that can run the affairs of the nation; then the person will be there; nobody removes God.

“When you make a president feel he is god, don’t expect him to leave. The media and civil society must continue to admonish characters that make presidents think they are the best thing to happen. That you are president does not mean you are better than others. We citizens of this continent create little gods, and God cannot leave (power).”

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Super Eagles: Gernot Rohr reveals offer from 4 teams, says there is lack of respect and promises are not kept.

Super Eagles Head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed he may turn his back on the AFCON 2019 Bronze winning Nigerian team when his contract expires in 2020.

According to the Franco-German born coach, he has faced multiple broken promises, he isn’t respected and the Nigerian Football Federation has a lot of organizational problems that make working in Nigeria very difficult.

Rohr, was promised by the Nigeria Football Federation, headed by former Delta FA boss Amaju Pinnick, that he will go for coaching courses with Bayern Munich in Germany once AFCON 2019 but that promise like many others according to the tactician has been swept away.

When asked Thursday by German magazine, on the possibility of Staying with Nigeria’s national team past 2020, Rohr replied;
”Yes and no. On the one hand, we have built a good team, the youngest on average in Africa.

”On the other hand, there are many things that make daily work difficult: lack of respect, organizational problems, promises are not kept. We will see how it goes on”.


When the magazine pressed him on offers, Rohr revealed he had received offers from four countries namely Morocco, Cameroon, Mali and Congo but that he loves Nigeria and will like to finish his contract.

: ”Yes. But I love this team and I really wanted to fulfill my contract”.


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Hijab makes University of Ibadan to suspend lady. (Reasons)

A female student of the University of Ibadan International School, Miss Ikhlass Olasubomi Badiru has been suspended by the school’s authorities for reportedly wearing a Hijab to school in July.

In a suspension letter signed by the Principal of the school Phebean Olowe on Monday, 30th September 2019, the student was told that the two weeks suspension takes effect from 7th till 18th October, 2019.

Badiru was reportedly given the punishment after the disciplinary committee found her guilty of act of impudence to the school authority.

The letter read “At the meeting of the Students Disciplinary Committee (SDC) looking into students’ misconduct held on Wednesday 28th August, 2019, you were found guilty of act of impudence to school authority.

“Your action contravenes the school’s rules and regulations. Therefore, you are to serve two weeks full suspension effective from 7th September 2019 to 18th September, 2019.

“Also, you and your parents shall be expected to report to the counsellor on Monday 21st October 2019 to present a written undertaking to the school to obey rules and regulations throughout your remaining days on the school.”

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9ja 59′ Google joins crowd, celebrates Nigeria @ 59.

Google, the world’s largest search engine, is celebrating Nigeria on its Search engine with a special doodle as the country marks its 59 years of independence.

The doodle features the Nigerian green-white-green flag, with a picture of Aso Rock displayed in the background. It’s Google’s way of wishing the country a happy Independence Day. A click on the doodle opens up another page where very important facts about Nigeria and its history are displayed.

The Google doodle is used to celebrate special occasions and individuals around the world. It has been used to celebrate many historic figures and events around the world.

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9ja 59′ Buhari, senate and Others celebrate Nigeria @ 59 in Aso rock.

The Federal Government on Tuesday celebrated the nation’s 59th independence anniversary at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

There was also Presidential change of guard from 177 guard battalion to 7th battalion of the guards brigade, marking the occasion at the forecourt of the State House.

It was the highpoint of the week-long activities marking the anniversary.

The celebration was the first under the second term tenure of the administration of President Buhari.

The ceremony, which lasted for about one hour forty-five minutes, started around 10 a.m.

President Buhari was ushered to the venue by 9.59am by first inspecting the quarter guards, and then walked to the Villa forecourt to receive national salute which was followed by rendition of the National Anthem

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was earlier ushered to the venue around 9.50am.

While the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, was ushered to the venue by 9.46am, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, got to the forecourt of the Presidential Villa by 9.44am.

At the ceremony were the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello.

Service chiefs and other top government functionaries and members of the diplomatic corps also attended the ceremony.

There was also 21 gun salute in the honour of President Buhari.

The event witnessed the inspection of new Guard/Quarter guard, silent drills, colour party, posting of sentries and weapons and uniforms inspections to ensure conformity with military standards.

Shortly after the no-speech making ceremony, President Buhari signed the anniversary register, released pigeons from cage and was assisted by some top dignitaries to cut the anniversary cake.

The celebration on Tuesday replaced the full military parade, drills and entertainments which used to hold at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

Since 1st of October, 2010 when the anniversary celebration witnessed bomb blasts at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had marked all subsequent anniversaries under his administration in Aso Rock.

But the Buhari’s administration broke the jinx by marking the 58th Independence Anniversary last year at the Eagles Square, Abuja.

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9ja 59′: This change can only be delivered if we are united – President Mo’ Buhari.

President Buhari today asked all Nigerians to change their bad habits so we can all experience the much desired change in Nigeria.

The President stated this in his Independence day broadcast this morning.

“This change can only be delivered if we are united in purpose, as individuals and as a nation. We must all remain committed to achieving this positive and enduring change. Change does not just happen. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust… simply put, to bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.” he said

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Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi announced that NIIT can make ‘Made in Nigeria’ Cars. (See below)

Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi has said the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) in Zaria, Kaduna State, has the capacity to design “made-in-Nigeria” vehicles.

A statement yesterday in Zaria by is Director of Public Affairs, Mr Paul Mshelizah, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the minister spoke this during a familiarisation and facility tour of the institute.

It was during the repositioning retreat organised by the institute.

Amaechi said: “NITT has all it takes to design a car. I am sure the institute could convince the Federal Government that it has what it takes to design a made-in-Nigeria car.

“From design, to engine to body, then funding will not be an issue. We can create patency for NITT.”

The minister expressed satisfaction with the facilities but advised its management to ensure proper use and adequate maintenance of the equipment.

Amaechi also advised the NTT to seek accreditation from National Universities Commission (NUC) to run certain diploma programmes toward metamorphosing into a full-fledged university of transport and logistics.

The minister pledged the ministry’s support to create more faculties in the institute.

He called for a holistic perusal of the institute’s enabling law to know the scope of its mandate.

At its biodiesel laboratory, Amaechi urged the institute to expand the project aimed at producing made-in-Nigeria vehicles by establishing a feedstock farm for renewable energy.

He told NITT to factor into the 2021 budget the acquisition of about “200 hectares of land” to start the project.

The minister suggested that in subsequent budgets, personnel and other logistics for effective operation of the feedstock farm might be captured.

This, he said, can attract private investors to cue into the project.

Interacting with NITT N-Power automobile participants, the minister admonished them to be disciplined in everything they do.

Amaechi assured them of Federal Government’s commitment towards the success of the N-Power scheme, adding: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is interested in lifting people out of poverty.

“As potential entrepreneurs, you can create jobs by training a number of people in your workshop.

“I, therefore, enjoin you to utilise optimally the skills acquired through the scheme for personal gain as well as for the country at large.”

Speaking on behalf of the NITT N-Power participants, Mr Abdulazeez Owoseni-Salihu hailed the social investment programme of the present administration, especially the N-Power scheme.

Owoseni-Salihu noted that the scheme had not only empowered the beneficiaries but also changed their mind-sets toward self-sufficiency.

He appealed to the Federal Government to “kindly” provide N-Power graduates with “contemporary machines to enable them go into the field to practice the skills acquired”.

Amaechi, who answered reporters’ questions at the end of the facility tour, said: “I am satisfied with the facilities. All they need is just governance.

“In terms of equipment, they are doing well. But as professionals, they must put the equipment to use.

“The Federal Government will ensure that areas where you have infrastructure are properly funded.

“But you need to show that you are not only able to transfer knowledge but also able to supervise the trainees so that we can create employment.”

NITT’s Acting Director-General, Dr Bayero Salih-Farah, explained that the institute was accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to run Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes.

He said NITT had entered into affiliation with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, to run postgraduate and Master’s degree programmes.

The acting director-general thanked the minister for not only attending the event personally but also visiting the institute’s headquarters in Zaria.

NAN reports that the facilities inspected included the new office of the director-general, main auditorium and the state-of-the-art facilities at the Transport Technology Centre (TTC) among others.

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Gen. Yakub Gowon, Osinbajo, TUC expresses hope, others lament woes as Nigeria is about to clock 59.

Olufemi Atoyebi, Sunday Aborisade, Adelani Adepegba, Samuel Awoyinfa, Tunji Bosun, Peter Dada, Akure, Sola Shittu, Tony Okafor, Olalekan Adetayo, Tunde Oyekola and Ademola Babalola

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday expressed optimism that despite the challenges facing the nation, a new Nigeria was about to be born.

Osinbajo spoke at the Independence Day interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.

At the event were the Chairman of the anniversary organising committee, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; security chiefs; President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Supo Ayokunle, and Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who represented the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

The Vice President said, “God has promised through the mouth of His trusted prophet that He is giving us a new Nigeria. May I announce to you today that God is ready to take us to the promised land. We must remember that the Almighty God is the builder of the nation. God controls the destiny of nations and its people.

“God has also promised us a new Nigeria, a peaceful Nigeria, a prosperous Nigeria, a Nigeria where justice, equity and fairness shall prevail, a united Nigeria, where the different tribes and tongues are not the reason for separation, but joyful textures of our togetherness. God is ready to fulfill his promise.

“Some are saying it is impossible, Nigeria cannot change, the ethnic and religious divisions are too deep, corruption cannot end, politicians are too selfish, too mischievous. Yet like Caleb and Joshua, if we declare that these problems are merely bread for us, a new Nigeria is here.”

Also at the event, a former head of state, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd), called on Nigerians to salvage the nation from woes.

He said, “In the midst of the various inflicted challenges in Nigeria today, we can come together in the unity of faith to salvage the nation from its woes. I believe Nigeria is specially favoured by God and I am confident that God who preserved it in the past will do it again if only we can continue to fervently pray and do what is right and good before Him and fellowmen and women.”

TUC scores Nigeria low

But in its comment, the Trade Union Congress on Sunday said the position of Nigeria among the comity of nations of the world was a testimony of its failure to develop at a steady pace after 59 years of attaining independence.

Its President, Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, TUC said military incursion into politics, corruption, ethnicity, religious crisis were major reasons inhibiting the nation’s growth.

The statement read, “The military incursion into politics, corruption, ethnicity, religious crisis, etc have worked against our national development. It is even more worrisome and unfortunate that at this time and age the crack is widening by the day.

“We must interrogate the reason why countries we were at par with have left us far behind. China, India, Indonesia, etc were our contemporaries but they are now in the first league while we are dragging economic space with some countries in Africa.

“Although revenue from tax has improved significantly but unfortunately, instead of widening the tax net, the impoverished public is overtaxed, leading to despondency and despair.”

TUC also berated the Federal Government for failing to pay the new Minimum Wage of N30,000 as earlier agreed.

“We find it disturbing that months after the National Minimum Wage committee set up by the Federal Government to work on the new wage had submitted their report, government is still not committed to paying the new wage.

“We are beginning to think that signing it in the first place was because of the 2019 General Elections. To talk about setting up another committee over the same issue makes us feel we have been swindled. We have learnt our lessons. The argument on the part of government has always been that there is no money to pay minimum wage whereas lawmakers have budgeted N5.6bn to purchase automobile that are not produced in Nigeria. Our belief is that government can actually pay if only the cost of governance will be reduced,” it said.

Economic imbalance worries LCCI

On the economic front, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it is paradoxical that 59 years after independence, the oil sector still accounts for over 50 per cent of the nation’s revenue and over 80 per cent of the foreign exchange earnings.

This was contained in the independence message signed by the Director-General of the LCCI, Mr Muda Yusuf, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent.

The statement read, “Over the last 59 years, the Nigerian economy has transformed from a basically agrarian economy to an economy driven largely by resources from the oil and gas sector.

“The 2019 first quarter Gross Domestic Product data shows that the non-oil sector accounts for 90.9 per cent of the GDP while the oil sector accounts for 9.1 per cent.

“The paradox is that the oil sector accounts for over 50 per cent of the nation’s revenue and over 80 per cent of the foreign exchange earnings. This reflects the mounting imbalance in the structure of the economy since independence. It also underscores the growing decline in the non-oil sector productivity over the past 59 years.”

Obaseki calls for investment in youths

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has asked political leaders to invest in the younger generation to enable them compete with their peers in a world driven by technology.

Obaseki said this during the Sunday Service at the Firm Foundation Church International in Benin City, Edo State capital on Sunday.

He said, “As Nigeria turns 59, we must invest in the younger generation. The country must ensure that youths are empowered and prepared for the future. We need to give them quality education, build the necessary infrastructure for them to operate and reposition them for the technology-driven world ahead.”

Earlier, Lead Pastor, Firm Foundation International, Pastor Kay Benson-Akhigbe in her sermon, titled ‘What time is it,’ said she had seen a better Edo State under Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Obiano seeks prayers for leaders

In Anambra, the state Governor, Willie Obiano, called on Nigerians to pray for their leaders and pay taxes for the development of the country.

Obiano stated this during a church service at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.

He said, “I urge all to pray for the leaders to succeed, as well as do your own bit, which include prompt payment of taxes for the betterment of the state and country.”

In his homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, said Christians by their faith had the calling of changing society for the better.

He added, “The Federal Government has not taken any drastic action to curb the menace of the Fulani Herdsmen attacks.

“It appears the Federal Government values cows more than human beings, and as such has failed in addressing the many attacks and killings of innocent persons by suspected Fulani Herdsmen.”

Nigeria groping, says pol science prof

Contrary to the claim in some quarters that Nigeria was making progress, a professor of Political Science at the Lagos State University, Sylvester Odion-Akhaine, has said the country is groping politically.

Odion-Akhaine said this in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday.

In his assessment, the university teacher said Nigeria was grappling with what he called foundational problem.

He said, “Politically, the country is groping. 59 years on, we have not been able to get right what scholars have called the rightfulness of the unit.

“The Nigerian state has a foundational problem. The people don’t see themselves as Nigerians, except in ethno identity forms.

“The state question as distinct from the form of government must be resolved if the country must progress. “

Kwara gov makes case for the poor

In his message to mark the anniversary, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State called on leaders to focus on the poor.

The governor made the call at a service to mark the anniversary of held at Saint John African Church, Maraba, Ilorin, Kwara State

Represented by the state Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, the governor said leadership was about helping and giving to the people.

The Bishop of the Kwara Diocese of African Church, Rt Reverend Felix Ogunmodede, challenged the Federal Government to address various rots in the country, particularly corruption and illegal acquisition of wealth by politicians and civil servants.

The Chairman of the state Christian Association of Nigeria, Prof. Timothy Opoola, prayed that the Lord would deliver the nation from its challenges.

Ex-Villa chaplain blames woes on ethnic, religious bigots

A former Presidential Villa Chaplain and General Overseer, All Christians Fellowship Mission, Abuja, Rev. William Okoye, has attributed the nation’s under-development to bad leadership, distorted values, ethnicity and religious bigotry and the absence of meritocracy in national affairs.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, Okoye said, “Our nation Nigeria, though very richly endowed by God, was crippled from the beginning by our deception, falsehood, selfishness and greed. We don’t have national leaders; Most of our leaders are ethnic champions and religious bigots.

“One of our greatest undoing as a people is our distorted sense of value and Nigeria’s worsening image around the world.”

Respect nation’s laws, Esele tells Buhari

Still on the heel of Nigeria’s 59 Independence anniversary, a former president of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Peter Esele, has urged President Muhammad Buhari to respect the nation’s law and keep to agreements.

Speaking with journalists in Benin on Sunday, Esele said Buhari must see himself as President of Nigeria and not a state.

“The President of this country must see himself as the president of Nigeria and not a state, and must be able to separate the state from the president as the state must be supreme at all times,” he said.

He also stressed the need for leaders of the country to tackle the challenges facing the Nigeria and lamented government’s inability to pay the national minimum wage.

Nnamani tells leaders to tackle poverty

In his message on Sunday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa/NEPAD, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, asked Nigerian leaders to tackle poverty, ignorance and disease.

He said the vices were impeding the development of the country.

Nnamani noted that almost six decades after Nigeria attained her independence, the country was still faced with the challenges of inequality, unemployment, ethnicity and illiteracy.

The former governor of Enugu State urged leaders at all levels to make deliberate efforts through policies and programmes to engender development.

He also appealed to leaders to rescue the people from ignorance, squalor, disease and poverty.

Nigeria can’t disintegrate –Akeredolu

In Ondo, the state Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, had declared that the country was still faring well in spite of its various challenges.

The governor said many countries had disintegrated with half of the challenges being faced by Nigeria but the country was still together, moving on.

Akeredolu stated this on Sunday, at a church service to mark Nigeria’s 59th anniversary held at The Redeemed Christian Church of God at Oke-Ijebu Akure, the state capital

Represented by his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, the governor said, “In spite of all the challenges we have faced as a people, it has pleased God to allow us to remain as one indivisible entity. As we all know, some countries whose challenges were not as daunting as ours have disintegrated.”

Be patriotic, Makinde tells Nigerians

Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has called on Nigerians to rise as compatriots and serve their fatherland conscientiously in any position they may find themselves.

Makinde made the call on Sunday during a thanksgiving service at St. Peters Anglican Cathedral, Aremo, Ibadan.

Speaking through the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, the governor noted that if Nigeria would move from poverty to prosperity, all hands must be on deck.

In his sermon titled, ‘Righteousness exalts a nation,” The Very Reverend Andrew Adebiyi of the Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, maintained that Nigeria could only be prosperous with righteous leaders and followers.

Abiodun seeks prayer for Buhari

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, in his message called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government with prayers and work with President Muhammadu Buhari to end insurgency and other insecurity challenges .

The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said Nigeria had all it would takes to be a great nation.

Abiodun said: “I call on Nigerians to support the present administration with prayers and work with President Buhari to end insurgency and other fault-lines that divide us as one indivisible and united country.

“I pray that the country would witness prosperity, peace and progress.

“It was a divine mandate that the President won this year’s presidential election and his efforts so far justifies the confidence reposed on him.”

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