The question has been asked for a few years now. Just who is going to be the partner for Laurent Koscielny? We’ve had so many false dawns; Djourou, Vermaelen, Mertesacker (although I think that he did fill the void adequetly for 2 seasons), Gabriel and now Shkodran Mustafi. Yes we’ve also brought in the likes of Chambers and Holding but they are far too young to be given the responsibility to play a mainstay role in the back line.
With Wenger stumbling upon the back 3/5 approach some 6 months or so ago it opened the door to someone who had begun to fall out of favour towards the end of last season. Not only this but it enabled the likes of Chambers and Holding to have some hope at breaking through sooner rather than later. When the final games of the season were coming thick and fast injury prevented…
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I believe in One Nigeria. I know, you’re going to start asking me why – with herdsman running rampage, and Oba saying ‘jump in lagoon’, and Arewa Youth giving till October 1, and Evans and co waiting for me at home; with corruption, dysfunction and discriminatory cut-off marks, bombings in the South and shootings in the North; with President promising to work according to vote, bad schools, no-light, poor hospitals, bad roads; with Dino waxing new hits every day, newspaper trials and no convictions; with billions stashed in Ikoyi apartment – what can I say? It’s home.
For one, I like the smell of suya… And that early morning drive out of Jos this time of the year, with the fog like lingerie faintly masking the topography of beauty. I tell you, I grew up here, you know, born in that maelstrom that is Mushin, drinking in the sights from…
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Aso Villa has assured Nigerians that there is no need for apprehension over the health of our President, Muhammadu Buhari, despite concerns being raised in the media.
In a statement today, senior special assistant on media, Malam Garba Shehu said President Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute decision.
“Otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance. As eager as he is to be up and about, the President’s doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.
“President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London. Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation, as the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.
“Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.
“He receives daily briefings on the activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
“His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.
“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful that He has seen our President through the worst period of his convalescence in London.
“We are thankful that the President has passed a number of benchmarks already. We pray that God continues to see him through this period of recuperation.
The Bank of Agriculture (BOA) says no fewer than 300,000 farmers in the North Central geopolitical zone of the country have benefited from its various loan schemes in the past years .
This was made known by the Zonal Manager (North Central) of the bank, Mr Ibrahim Alamba, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the farmers from Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau states benefited from the bank’s micro-credit loans, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) loans, and the BOA/Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).
Alamba said the loan schemes were initiated to boost agricultural production in the country and complement the Federal Government’s economic diversification efforts.
The zonal manager said that many beneficiaries of the bank’s loan schemes were currently employers of labour in their different agricultural fields.
Alamba said the bank sourced its funds via different collaborations with the African Development Bank (AfDB), donor agencies and international
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
“There are people who have become employers of labour through our loan schemes.
“For every loan we give, seven to 10 persons are being employed. This has aided efforts to reduce unemployment, while impacting positively on the national economy,’’ he said.
He commended the BOA/CBN’s ABP, saying that it had particularly assisted the bank in disbursing loans to farmers in 19 states across the country.
Alamba, who listed some challenges of the bank as inadequate funding and poor loan recovery, nonetheless said that the ongoing restructuring of the bank by the Federal Government’s would boost its funding and loan disbursement capacity. (NAN)
No Nigerian among TIME 100 most influential people of 2017
TIME magazine on Thursday unveiled its 100 most influential people of 2017 and the list did not include any Nigerian.
The 2017 list is TIME’s 14th annual issue of most influential people around the world.
The last time a Nigerian was featured on the list was in 2015 when President Muhammad Buhari, Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, and author Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie were recognised among the 100 influential people of that year.
The 2017 list include musicians, global leaders, movie stars, athletes and chief executives.
Some of the notable personalities who made the list are US President Donald Trump, Melinda Gates, a philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates; Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey and Pope Francis among others.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both advisers to the US president, also made the list.
Every individual who made the list had another notable person write a profile on them.
Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician, activist
David Adjaye, architect
Riz Ahmed, actor
Thelma Aldana, Attorney General of Guatemala
James Allison, immunologist
Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Natalie Batalha and Michaël Gillon, astronomers
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks
Margaret Atwood, novelist
Stephen Bannon, White House Chief Strategist
Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, activist
Samantha Bee, actor, comedian
Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon
Simone Biles, gymnast
Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour, organizers, Women’s March
Jason Blum, director
Tom Brady, football player, New England Patriots
Gretchen Carlson, advocate for workplace equality, former Fox News anchor
Chance the Rapper, rapper
George Church, geneticist
James Comey, director, FBI
James Corden, host, The Late Late Show with James Corden
Viola Davis, actor
Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines
Ava DuVernay, director
Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO, Spotify
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, Chicago Cubs
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey
Fan Bingbing, actor
Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington
Melinda Gates, philanthropist
Donald Glover, actor, writer, rapper
Ashley Graham, model
Glenda Gray, physician and researcher
Kirsten Green, founder, Forerunner Ventures
Gavin Grimm, activist
Demis Hassabis, artificial intelligence pioneer
LeBron James, basketball player, Cleveland Cavaliers
Barry Jenkins, director
Leslie Jones, comedian, actor
Colin Kaepernick, football player
Alicia Keys, singer
Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea
Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser
John Legend, singer, songwriter
John Lewis, U.S. Congressman, 5th District of Georgia
Leila de Lima, Philippine opposition senator
Jean Liu, president, Didi Chuxing
Demi Lovato, singer
Barbara Lynch, chef, restaurateur
Kerry James Marshall, artist
General James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, U.S.
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Conor McGregor, mixed martial artist
Rebekah Mercer, Republican donor
Alessandro Michele, designer, Gucci
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Neymar, soccer player
Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice, founder, iCivics
Sarah Paulson, actor
Jordan Peele, actor, comedian, filmmaker
Tom Perez, chairman, Democratic National Committee
Ben Platt, actor
Pope Francis, Pontifex
Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Ryan Reynolds, actor
Margot Robbie, actor
RuPaul, television personality
Raed Saleh, head of Syria’s White Helmets
Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator, New York
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, entrepreneur, founder, Paytm
Ed Sheeran, singer, songwriter
Cindy Sherman, photographer
Raf Simons, designer, chief creative officer, Calvin Klein
Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force
Evan Spiegel, CEO and co-founder, Snapchat
Emma Stone, actor
Donald Trump, President of the United States
Ivanka Trump, White House special assistant
Dr. Celina Turchi, infectious disease expert
Bernard J. Tyson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente
Hamdi Ulukaya, entrepreneur, CEO, Chobani
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand
Guus Velders, atmospheric chemist
Margrethe Vestager, antitrust czar, European Union
Jeanette Vizguerra, activist
Wang Qishan, senior leader, Communist Party, China
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
Colson Whitehead, novelist
Constance Wu, actor
Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, General Secretary, Communist Party, China
Janet Yellen, chair, Federal Reserve
Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo