MIKEL OBI A BAD NUMBER 10 FOR NIGERIA- MOURINHO
** Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is a bad number 10.
Mourinho stated this following Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening Group D 2018 World Cup clash on Saturday.
The Portuguese gaffer, who signed Mikel for Chelsea in 2006 and converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfield, said Nigeria has lost a good defensive midfielder in the person of Mikel.
Speaking as a World Cup pundit on the Russian TV station, RT, Mourinho said, referring to Mikel: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”
After 4-failed attempts, an African team finally won the first game in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Poland were widely expected to qualify for the knockout rounds but after suffering a seventh loss in their last nine World Cup matches, FIFA’s eighth-ranked team are in danger of making an early exit.
*. President Buhari has called the bluff of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) faction of APC). The bloc which pulled out of the PDP to team up with the APC for the 2015 elections had demanded to meet with the president to discuss some pressing issues. But a presidential source told reporters that the president has vowed never to sit down for a discussion with the aggrieved members. The source said the president made his stance known to governors elected on the platform of the APC when he met them recently.
*. Diego Maradona is unhappy with his country’s World Cup draw with Iceland, warning the national team manager that he would not be welcome back home unless he changes his tactics. He added that the road to qualification is difficult pointing Nigeria as a stubborn opponent that may stop them in their last qualification match. ‘’The Nigerians are young and very fast. Their counter-attacks and pace are a beauty to behold. I wonder how Sampaoli will do it. All I know is that he would not be welcomed back to Argentina if he does not guide Argentina to beat Croatia and Nigeria to qualify.”
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
President Trump on twitter today is charging US lawmakers to change the country’s law on immigration saying, ‘If you don’t have Borders, you don’t have a country’. According to the president, ‘we must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions’. We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a dangerous trip
2. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Less than four months after his controversial reinstatement, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, is again in trouble over a N25 billion investment scam. The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the agency has accused Mr Yusuf of misleading it to act against the policy directive of government, by fraudulently obtaining its approval to invest the sum in securities. The council also said the Executive Secretary concluded the arrangement for the investment before seeking its approval, contrary to the laws governing the scheme
Olusegun Obasanjo, has said God who helped Nigeria against the dreaded government of late Gen. Sani Abacha will come to the country’s aid in 2019. He said this yesterday at a town hall meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) members converged. The former President also called on youths and all Nigerians not to be tired because they have a lot of work to do to effect change of government through the ballot.
Obasanjo said, “Some people believe that those that are in position, whether they are doing well or not, they must continue to be there.
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned the Buhari Government against implementation of a directive on alleged recruitment of repentant Boko Haram members. CAN said it had information that a number of ex-terrorists were allegedly being considered for recruitment into the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army. Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on media CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, raised the alarm in a statement on Tuesday.
The Supreme Council of Bishops, also known as World Council of Bishops, has written President Buhari, pleading for pardon for five young men sentenced to death by a court in Adamawa for the killing of a herdsman. A Yola High Court had on June 11, 2018 sentenced the five men from Kodomun in Demsa council area of the state to death by hanging for murdering a herder in retaliation to the several killings in the area.In the letter, the bishops noted that Nigeria “has suffered untold bloodshed from killings, maiming, traumatisation of innocent citizens as a result of the frequent attacks by the militia herdsmen times without number.”
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has started printing ballot papers, with which a referendum would be conducted for the people of the South East to vote if to remain in Nigeria or secede. The group said it plans to hold the referendum latter this year, and that it was determined to ensure that the exercise took place without violence. A press release by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr Emma powerful called on the people of the area to ignore rumours by sponsored individuals who have equated referendum to call for war, saying that both were different.
A study conducted by Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania, has shown that late meals do not only have the risk of weight gain, it also affects cholesterol level which increases the risk of a heart attack. It also triggers the increase of insulin and glucose which causes type 2 diabetes. Late dinner also affects the memory
American researchers have shown in their study that late dinner can affect memory. Although this study was conducted on mice, it showed that mice fed late meals for two weeks had long-term memory problems. Dinner should be taken before 7 pm.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up security and surveillance at the major airports in the country following a recent report that insurgents are sneaking into Nigeria from Syria.
Henrietta Yakubu, general manager, corporate affairs, told NAN in Lagos on Tuesday that the move was aimed at forestalling anything untoward from occurring at the airports. Yakubu said special attention was being given to the Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt airports which services international passengers and were gateways into the country via air.
9. #RUSSIA 2018:
The plane carrying the Saudi Arabian National team has landed safely despite a terrifying incident when it caught fire during their flight to Rostov-on-Don for the World Cup game against Uruguay on Wednesday. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on Twitter saying it“would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely”.
Football legend, Eric Cantona had football fans in stitches when he mocked Brazil star Neymar’s new haircut – by dumping a plate of spaghetti on his head. The 26-year-old’s haircut, rather than his performance on the pitch got people talking and twitter went into meltdown after Neymar, who cost PSG a world record £220m, walked onto the pitch sporting a stringy blonde do ahead of Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Rostov on Sunday. Many said the whacky style made him look as though he had noodles or spaghetti on his head which inspired Eric Cantona’s troll.