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The duo of goalkeeper David De Gea and winger Juan Mata who both play for Manchester United on Wednesday afternoon, January 16, spent some good time together at a restaurant.These two players have been impressive this season for the Premier League side with David de Gea given the man of the match in Manchester United's win against Tottenham.And after training in the morning on Wednesday, these two Spain internationals headed for the Piccolino restaurant in Manchester where they had lunch.Mata and De Gea looked to have had fun as they were photographed laughing and joking with each other outside the restaurant in the evening after their lunch before sharing a hug and heading their separate ways.Juan Mata was in his £140,000 DB9, while goalkeeper David De Gea in his new £120,000 V8 Vantage.PAY ATTENTION: Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'Naija Football Fan Zone'READ ALSO: Angel Di Maria says he never had the best time at Manchester UnitedManchester United are currently occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 41 points after 22 games as they have won their last six games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Earlier, had reported how Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea reportedly told the club the only condition that will make him sign a new contract.The 28-year-old's current contract will expire at the end of this season, but the Spaniard is willing to extend his stay at Old Trafford only if he gets at least £300k-a-week deal.De Gea was highly impressive for the Red Devils in their 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's Premier League tough clash at Wembley ( -> We have updated to serve you betterFerdinand reveals admiration for Okocha, why he quit boxing and Man U problems | Legit TVSource:

Juventus news: ‘That’s why we signed him!’ – Cristiano Ronaldo’s trophy-winning qualities hailed by...

'That's why we signed him!' - Ronaldo's trophy-winning qualities hailed by AllegriThe Portuguese superstar rose to the occasion again in a Supercoppa Italiana final date with AC Milan, much to the delight of his coach at JuventusMassimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo was signed exactly for the kind of match-winning impact he made for against in the Supercoppa Italiana.In a contest that lacked fast tempo for large parts, Ronaldo headed home the decisive goal in the 61st minute to seal a 1-0 triumph in Jeddah.Franck Kessie was later sent off for Milan, as Ronaldo was able to celebrate a first trophy since joining from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal from Real Madrid.Juve boss Allegri hailed Ronaldo's impact and performance of the team on the whole, even though he felt his side could have been a bit more clinical."We signed Cristiano Ronaldo because he is decisive and scores big goals," he told Rai Sport."He scored a great goal and moved very well, but the whole team put in a good performance."There were a few too many counter-attacks - we should've had more moves like the [Paulo] Dybala disallowed goal."Instead, we kept trying to move it around too quickly and allowed Milan some counters, forcing us to sprint back."Douglas Costa left the pitch in a gingerly fashion late in the game, but Allegri moved to allay any injury fears.Article continues below"It was just cramp, he played a good game," Allegri added. "These players know what it means to sacrifice."I admire above all the spirit and professionalism of this team, as those who came off the bench even if only for a few minutes had the right attitude and determination to make a difference."That's what we need going forward this season."

JUST-IN: INEC Excludes APC From List Of Rivers Senatorial Candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the names of candidates for the senatorial election in Rivers State.The names of the candidates were revealed on Thursday in a list signed by INEC secretary, Rose Orianran-Anthony.However, the names of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were excluded from the list.More details shortly…

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Boko Haram: What will happen to soldiers protesting

President Muhammadu Buhari has criticized demonstrations organized by soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents.Buhari, speaking during a live programme aired on NTA tagged ‘The Candidates run’, said soldiers. no matter the condition should not protest.The president noted that those soldiers caught protesting will be court-martialled.He said: ” I get situation report from the military. The military should investigate the demonstrations because they are not supposed to demonstrate.“It is wrong for soldiers to hold protests, as they will be court Martialed because the system is working.“The angry soldiers will be court-martialed and punished if found guilty.”The president, however, accepted that the soldiers have resource limitations, unlike Boko Haram insurgents who receive help from external forces.

SKC Ogbonnia: Corruption: How Buhari is becoming a liability to APC

President Muhammadu Buhari’s style on the war against corruption is doing more harm than good to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The beginning of this new year has already seen the APC being dazed with an outrage, and understandably so, because its Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 General Elections features high-profile politicians facing a myriad of serious corruption charges. Following the folly was a worldwide fury at Buhari’s blatant attempt to prosecute, without due process, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, on lesser allegations bordering on corruption. So, what does the president think he is doing with this litany of unforced errors or, rather, an unbecoming pattern of partiality? In case Buhari does not know it, which appears to be the case; he is ‘going to the well too often’—steadily exposing his storied integrity to the dustbin of history.Recall that the worldwide goodwill that greeted Buhari’s victory in 2015 was uniquely quaint. The goodwill, remember, was not because of his intellectual capacity. It was neither because of his economic vision nor democratic credentials. Instead, it was due to his no-nonsense track record against corruption. Upon assumption of office, Buhari did not relent, never ending any brief without vowing to eradicate corruption. He followed by creating awareness, blocking streams of leakages, probing individuals alleged to have looted public funds, and flashing fearsome signals that suggest a true determination to cleanse the Augean stables in the world’s largest black nation.Buhari’s first major strike was to detain, without bail, a former security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for allegedly looting over $2bn meant for arms during the previous administration. The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, would later captivate the nation by declaring that the regime has secured over 703 convictions. In fact, the agency made history in 2018 by convicting and jailing two high-profile politicians, Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba; and Joshua Dariye, a serving Senator and a former governor of Plateau to long prison terms. This is very significant. Besides the lone case of Olabode George, no prominent politician has served a jail sentence in the Nigerian soil from 2007 until Muhammadu Buhari returned to power.The EFCC further claimed to have recovered over “N794 billion; $261 million; £1,115, 930.47; € 8,168,871.13; CFA 86,500”, hundreds of properties and other assets with specific mention of St. Solomon Health Care Centre, located at No. 24, Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja, Lagos. Any deep inquiry on the figures above ought to reveal a case in the EFCC website where it asserted that “N47.2 Billion and $487.5 Million in cash and properties have so far been traced to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources in the Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke” The website noted in particular “a $37.5m (N11.75bn) (Eleven Billion, Seven Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) property on Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos” and much more allegedly belonging to the same Diezani Alison-Madueke.Not done, President Buhari appeared to demonstrate that no one is above the law by going after the leadership of the Legislature, Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for sundry corruption allegations, particularly forgery and failure to declare their assets. The snapshot of the President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, being docked at the Code of Conduct Tribunal shortly after Buhari took office was a welcome news and made headlines around the globe.This impressive evidence on the war against corruption, which I am known to have roundly extolled, would have been enough to vault the APC to an easy victory in the 2019 elections. But Buhari’s modus operandi, which is widely believed to thrive only in injustice and stark opacity, has become a poisoned chalice. In other words, President Muhammadu Buhari is inadvertently becoming a liability to the APC on the war against corruption. The context, of course, is clear as crystal.First, President Buhari has inexcusably refused to reveal the true identities of all the prominent Nigerians who returned corrupt proceeds and the specific amount of money or properties so recovered or seized besides the quotidian instance of Diezani Madueke. Second, the fight against corruption has been selective as evidenced by the repugnant opacity with the case of former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, accused of looting public projects being executed by the same administration or that of Kemi Adeosun, his former Minister of Finance busted for fake credentials ; Buhari’s glowing praise, instead of condemnation, of his close ally and Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje, who was caught on multiple video tapes receiving bribes from a contractor, among many others. Fourth, the president has remained indifferent to many cases of underhand practices during the APC primaries, including his shameless acceptance of a N45 million nomination form purchased by a sham support group which only goes to negate the section of the electoral law designed to checkmate tainted money in Nigerian elections; and a string of graft allegations hanging around the neck of the National Chairman of the party, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. Fifth, the pace and content of Buhari’s second term bid is being shaped by a team featuring a bevy of notorious politicians facing serious corruption charges. The most dumbfounding is the sheer affrontery with Godswill Akpabio who was indicted for looting over N100 billions of public money while in the opposition camp but upon switching to the ruling party emerged an affectionate poster boy for Buhari’s presidential campaign.The picture Muhammadu Buhari is painting is nothing but that of a man aiding, abetting, and celebrating corruption. Of course, his handlers argue otherwise, but witlessly so. For instance, their common pushback is that presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in the Nigerian criminal law, which is true. But that is errant nonsense in this regard. Common sense dictates that any serious charge preferred by the state against the citizen ought to have basis in fact. Moreover, Nigerians are appalled that the principle of presumption of innocence is commonly applied to the allies of the Buhari administration while similar reprieve is never considered for his political foes, for example, the developing case of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, among many others. Very instructively, if the principle of presumption of innocence is to be generalized, some of us in the ruling party might as well apologize to the presidential nominee of the major opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who has continued to suffer emblematic stereotype as a virally corrupt figure based on mere allegations. Even worse, it is preposterous that the EFCC continues to inundate the name of Diezani Alison Madueke as a corrupt dame based on mere allegations while at the same time stoking a defiant audacity to shield the identities of other prominent politicians who are already found guilty of corruption or have returned their loot. One also wonders the rationale behind the specific reference to St. Solomon Health Care Centre without disclosing similar properties confiscated by the agency.The objective fact is that Buhari’s pattern of partiality, which is said to be a handiwork of a prostrate cabal, has become grotesque and thus indefensible. This explains why, despite what his harshest critics would agree is a measurable success on the war against corruption, the latest Transparency International report within the same period rated Buhari’s antigraft record as worse than the inglorious effort during the regime of Goodluck Jonathan. Today, even with 2019 general elections on the line, it is becoming increasingly impolitic for the All Progressive Congress (APC) to flaunt Buhari’s integrity as a trump card.An old saying goes that it is better late than never. Nigerians elected Muhammadu Buhari to be transparent and courageous to demonstrate serious consequences for corrupt activities without minding whose ox is gored. He can still rekindle the hope by correcting the apparent flaws in his war against corruption—no matter how close to the 2019 elections. After all, if Muhammadu Buhari can jump at any opportunity of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, for instance, the bizarre plot to remove the Chief Justice of the Federal Republic without due process or an unabashed rash of one-sided appointments at this critical point in the history, nothing stops him therefore from making the needful amends on the war against corruption, regardless.SKC Ogbonnia, a former 2019 APC presidential aspirant, is the author of the Effective Leadership Formula*

2019: Retired civil servants mobilise to vote El-Rufai out of office

About 36,000 workers from the 23 local government of Kaduna State who were compulsorily retired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai in November, 2017, have urged the people of the state to comply with President Mohammadu Buhari’s directive to vote out any governor that refuses to pay workers and retirees their entitlements in the coming general elections.Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, secretary of the retirees, Comrade Umar Jafar said they were forced by circumstances to notify the general public of the evil the present government has meted on them and to mobilise the public against the All Progressive Congress, APC and Governor Nasir El-Rufai.Comrade Jafar said they came to the NLC to protest the non-compliance of Kaduna State to pay their entitlements after 15 months of compulsory retirement.He said, “Under normal circumstance as it applies with civil service rule, if a staff is retired whether voluntary or compulsorily, he should be paid his gratuity and there and then enrol for his pension.“We are not against the retirement but what we are protesting now is the state government non-compliance with the rules of disengagement, even though there were series of complaints from here and there. However, President Mohammadu Buhari recently told the whole world that any governor that did not comply in paying staff and pension entitlement shall be voted out of government in this election.“We are here today to tell the good of people of Kaduna State to come out en mass to vote anything that is associated with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai out of office come 16th February and 2nd March, 2019 haven refused to obey President Mohammadu Buhari’s orders.“Buhari directed all the governors to pay workers and retirees their entitlement with the huge amount of money from the Paris Club funds that has been giving to state governments.”According to Comrade Jafar, Kaduna state is one of the states that has collected the highest amount of money from the Paris Club funds and not a penny has been paid to them.He said the governor’s action has put the 36,000 retirees from the 23 Local Government Areas in the state since November 2017 without a kobo in a very terrible situation.“The Governor has been going online telling the general public that he has settled us. If he has paid us, why should we come out to protest? I was a staff of the Local Government with Staff No: PSN/KDN0250 and I am telling you people that none of us has been paid and that is why we are here.“Yes, we have made several efforts to meet with the people concerned in the government including the governor himself but he has been telling lies that he has paid us, and that anybody that did not receive his payment is having BVN problems but that is all lies, nobody has been paid.“We have taken our case to NLC, NULGE, TUC and we even went to Industrial Court. We have complied with all the aspect of unionism laws, we rallied to the state assembly to protest against governor El-Rufai’s actions but because of his level of inhumanity and disrespect to rule of law, he sacked people and denied them their rights.“The National Union of Local Government Employee, NULGE and all the other trade union in the state have been intimidated by the governor’s threat. You know he mistakenly retired about 80% workforce of the local government but this time around, we heard that he has warned all the civil servants that he will summarily terminate their appointment if he has any reason to do that and you know that, that will deny them pension, so NULGE, NLC, TUC are all scared of his threat.“We know that it will be very difficult for him to pay us within this few days to the elections since he was unable after 15 months, so our best option is to come out to let the public know the situation this government has put us in. We are in very bad situation now, suffering from abject poverty, we cannot feed our families, pay school fees of our children, house rents, hospital bills. Some of the women you see here are widows as a result of this retirement without pay. Their husbands died out of frustrations. Some of us had to divorce our wives because they could not tolerate the hardship.“It is very unfortunate that the person we voted in 2015 thinking that he was coming to relief us from hardship incidentally became more dangerous than we expected and he has so much endangered our lives and that is why we came to cry out to the remaining of our colleagues in the service and the general public to shine their eyes and vote wisely by voting El-Rufai out.“We have lost so many of our colleagues, as a matter of fact, last week alone we lost Yusuf Abdullahi, Abubakar Kawu, Umar Shehu, Imam Abubakar and Monica Dokaji due to hardship“What we want now is for Kaduna people to comply with President Buhari directives and that is to vote Nasir El-Rufai out of office. Presently, he has started going from door to door to persuade and deceive the people to vote him so he can finish them. El-Rufai is the most deceitful governor in Nigeria, he is about to deceive the people again and he must be stopped,” he explained

Jigawa Assembly recommends sack of School of Health Technology’s principal over alleged irregularities

Related NewsThe Jigawa State House of Assembly has recommended the sack of principal of its school of health technology, Sani Adamu, over alleged irregularities in the management of the school.The house ad-hoc committee, chaired by Bala Hamza, and five other members recommended the sack and it was unanimously agreed to by the state house of assembly on Tuesday’s sitting.A director, information and publication for the state’s House of Assembly, Babangida Usman, stated this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday.He said the lawmakers acted based on a petition brought to the house from the permanent and indigenous academic staff of the School of Health Technology, Jahun.The report stated that the government shall immediately commence the search for a qualified, competent and independent-minded person to appoint as the substantive principal of the school.The lawmakers ordered that the government shall ensure Mr Adamu is relieved of his position as the sole administrator of the school of health technology, with immediate effect.According to the statement “the government shall ensure the full implementation of its Treasury Single Account(TSA) policy to ensure prudence and follow up non-compliance with severe sanctions and all charges made on students by the institutions of higher learning in the state are regular and affordable.”Mr Adamu, was the principal of the school until the 1st day of December 2018, when he statutorily retired from service, but was later re-appointed by the state government as sole administrator of the school.The school, located at Jahun Local Government Area of the state, is the main school that produces health workers for most of the health facilities in the state.“The government shall immediately commence the process of transmitting a draft bill to House of Assembly for consideration and possible passage, so as to provide a clear governance and succession procedure for the school.The embattled Mr Adamu, who appeared before the house committee, denied all allegations levelled against him by the petitioners, claiming that the petition was driven by spite while he was putting his best for the institution most cherished by him.How the trouble beganPREMIUM TIMES went through the findings of the committee which revealed that the state’s Head of Service violated public service rules in the appointment of Mr Adamu as Sole Administrator after he reached a mandatory time of retirement.The House Committee found that the approval letter of appointment as the Sole Administrator of the school was issued by the Head of Service via letter No. ESM/POL/S/7/S.2/V.I/62 dated November 19, 2018, in which the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) was requested to issue the appointee an appointment letter.The appointment letter was issued by the office of the SSG via letter No. SSG/POL/S/E/S.I/V.VIII/1327 dated November 28, 2018 for an unspecified term in office.The House ad-hoc committee, chaired by the member representing Kazaure, Bala Hamza and five others members, invited the secretary to the State Government, the state Head of Service and commissioner Ministry of Health, in a bid to address the development.The committee also invited the petitioners who came in large numbers, to put their case before the committee. They detailed their grudges, with emphasis on how Mr Adamu dubiously run the affairs of the school.The House committee pointed out that the appointment of Mr Adamu is null and void because it violates rules 020401 and 020601 of the Public Service Rules, 2006 which only recognises Contract and Acting Appointments respectively but no provision was made for Sole Administrator throughout the rules.Also, in the Community and Health Practitioners Act, CAP, C. 19 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 which established the Community and Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria which is the regulatory body of the school and in all correspondences from the Board to the school stated that :the only officers recognised to lead a school or college of Health Technology under the supervision of the Board are Principal for a school of Health Technology and Provost for a college of Health Technology.They explained that the term, Sole Administrator, is not popular in a democracy as it is historically employed during the military era to manage a crisis situation.The house committee observed that there was undue interference in the running of the affairs of the school from some unauthorised quarters, hence, their decision, on the matter.

JUST IN: Reps suspend debate on 2019 budget

Related NewsThe House of Representatives has suspended the debate on the general principles of the 2019 appropriation bill.The bill was listed as the first order of the day on the order paper but the debate was suspended due to the late arrival of the copies to members.It will, however, be listed on the order paper on the next legislative day.President Muhammadu Buhari had in December 2018 proposed a budget of N8.83 trillion for 2019.The president presented the proposals at a joint session of the National Assembly.The proposed budget shows that about a quarter of the sum (N2.14 trillion) will be used for debt servicing while capital expenditure is expected to gulp N2.031 trillion.Further breakdown presented by the president shows that proposed recurrent expenditure is N4.04 trillion, statutory transfer is N492.36 billion, there is a sinking fund of N120 billion, while capital expenditure is N2.031 trillion.

Alleged bribery scandal: Why I have not spoken on Ganduje – Buhari ▷ Nigeria...

- President Buhari has revealed why he has not spoken on the bribery scandal involving Governor Ganduje- Buhari said he decided not to comment on the scandal since Kano state lawmakers have waded into the matter- The president added that he hoped to get more information on the bribery scandal when he visits Kano for his re-election campaignPresident Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has refused to speak on the allegations of bribery levelled against Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state because the Kano state House of Assembly has waded into the matter.The president said this on Wednesday, January 16, while fielding questions from journalist Kadaria Ahmed on a Town Hall meeting aired live on NTA.The event tagged The Candidates, is part of a series journalist Kadaria Ahmed is organising for presidential candidates and their running mates for the 2019 elections. It was organised by the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media.President Buhari, VP Yemi Osinbajo and Ms Kadaria Ahmed at the Town Hall Meeting. Credit: Femi AdesinaSource: FacebookREAD ALSO: Breaking: APC missing as INEC publishes names of Rivers senatorial candidatesThe president also noted that he has not been to Kano state since the video alleging Ganduje as taking bribes from contractors was leaked.President Buhari said: “Hopefully, by the time I go to Kano for my campaign, I will have the information.”Meanwhile, President Buhari has also urged persons or organisations with any evidence of corrupt practices against members of his administration to come forward with such shreds of evidence to him for prompt action.He was specifically fielding questions on the allegations that the government’s anti-corruption crusade was skewed against a section of Nigerians, and that members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) with questionable credentials were being protected by the government.PAY ATTENTION: Access your favourite news site instantly in 3 simple stepsThe moderator specifically cited the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, who was relieved of his appointment over allegations of corrupt practices, but was not prosecuted, instead he had been seen campaigning for the president.The president said the criticism was unfair, insisting that there is nobody being pointed out as corrupt in his government which he looked the other direction. He explained that he has to be careful and let the matters go through law courts as he cannot handle them in a military style.The president reiterated that his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, saying those making allegations should be able to provide evidence why the accused should be ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.Top 5 the Richest People of Nigeria: The Luxury of Corruption | Legit TVSource: