Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Time of lamentation over – Jonathan

By Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan commenced a four-year term in office on Sunday with a promise to Nigerians: ‘Your days of lamentation are over.’

President Goodluck Jonathan in a motorcade at the Eagle Square, Abuja... on Sunday


“The time for lamentation is over; this is the era of transformation,” he said shortly after he took his oath of office and allegiance administered on him by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Alloysius Katsina -Alu, at the Eagle Sqaure Abuja.

Jonathan whose inaugural address centred around hope and transformation, said he appreciated the trust reposed in him by Nigerians who gave him their manddate.

He added that because of the mandate and the fact that he was one of them, he will certainly not let them down.

“We know your pains because I have been there; I look beyond the hardship that you have endured and see a new beginning, a new direction, a new spirit,” Jonathan said.

He spoke about transforming the economy, the health sector, the power sector, the agricultural sector, the eduction sector, transport sector, job creation and provision of infrastructure, in the message which resonated his electioneering promises.

Advising Nigerian to shun cynism, he said he was optimistic that he would not disappoint because they (Nigerians) had not only given him their mandate but because he was one of them.

He said, “Cynicism and skepticism would not help our journey to greatness, let us all believe in a new Nigeria, let us work together to build a great country we would all be proud of, this is our power.

“Fellow compatriots lift your gaze towards the horizon, look ahead and you will see a great future that you can secure with unity, hardwork and collective sacrifice.

“Join me now as we begin the journey of transforming Nigeria. I will continue to fight for your future because I am one of you.

“I will continue to fight for improved medical care for all our citizens, I will to fight for all citizens to have access to first class education, I will continue to fight for electricity to be available for all our citizens.

“I will continue to fight for an efficient and improved transport system for all our people, I will continue to fight for jobs to be created through productive enterprise and partnership.

“You have trusted me with your mandate, and I will never, never let you down.

“We know your pains because I have been there; I look beyond the hardship that you have endured and see a new beginning, a new direction, a new spirit.”

Reiterating that the days of lamentation were over in the country, the President called on Nigerians to look towards the horizon to see a brighter future.

He also called on them to partner his administration and to dream dreams of a greater future.

Jonathan said, “Nigeria is not just a land of promise; it shall be a nation where positive change would continue to take place for the good of our people. The time for lamentation is over; this is the era of transformation.

“This is the time for action, but Nigeria can only be transformed if we all play our parts with commitment and sincerity.

“Nigerians, I want you to start to dream again, what you see in your dreams we can achieve together. The Nigeria of our dreams must be built on hard work and not on short cuts.”

Continuing, Jonathan said the country had begun its journey to development had and reiterated his determination’s readiness to improve the standard of living of Nigerians.

“Our decade of development has begun. The march is on. The day of transformation begins today. Today, our unity is firm, and our purpose is strong, our determination unshakable. Together, we will unite our nation and improve the living standards of all our peoples whether in the North or in the South; in the East or in the West,” he said.

Vowing to resist divisive tendencies, he added, “We will not allow anyone exploit differences in creed or tongue, to set us one against another.”

He said, “We must grow the economy, create jobs, and generate enduring happiness for our people. I have great confidence in the ability of Nigerians to transform this country.

“The urgent task of my administration is to provide a suitable environment, for productive activities to flourish. I therefore call on the good people of Nigeria, to enlist as agents of this great transformation.”

Jonathan also called on the other candidates who contested the presidential election to partner him in the quest to transform the country.

In the same breath, he assured that the Nigerians dream was realistic.

The President said, “I am mindful that I represent the shared aspiration of all our people to forge a united Nigeria: a land of justice, opportunity and plenty.

“Confident that a people that are truly committed to a noble ideal, cannot be denied the realization of their vision, I assure you that this dream of Nigeria, that is so deeply felt by millions, will indeed come to reality.”

He noted that his victory in the presidential poll was an indication of the possibility of the Nigerians dream.

“A decade ago, it would have been a mere daydream to think that a citizen from a minority ethnic group could galvanize national support, on an unprecedented scale, to discard ancient prejudices, and win the people’s mandate as President of our beloved country.

“That result emanated from the toil and sacrifice of innumerable individuals and institutions, many of whom may never get to receive public appreciation for their effort.”

Congratulating other elected officials, the President urged them to match the hopes and aspirations of Nigerians with passion and patriotism.

He also appraised the country’s future, saying it was bright.

Jonathan said, “The moment is right. The signs are heart-warming. We are ready to take off on the path of sustained growth and economic development.

“I am confident that we have every reason to look to the future with hope.

“Over the next four years, attention will be focused on rebuilding our infrastructure. We will create greater access to quality education and improved health care delivery.

“We will pay special attention to the agricultural sector, to enable it play its role of ensuring food security and massive job creation for our people. “In our economic strategy, there will be appropriate policy support to the real sector of the economy, so that Small and Medium Enterprises may thrive.

“We live in an age where no country can survive on its own; countries depend on each other for economic well-being. Nigeria is no different.

“Returns on investment in Nigeria remain among the highest in the world. We will continue to welcome sustainable investment in our economy.

“We will push programs and policies that will benefit both local and foreign businesses, but we must emphasize mutual benefits and win-win relationships.

“The overall ongoing reforms in the banking and financial sectors are therefore designed to support the real sector of the economy. To drive our overall economic vision, the power sector reform is at the heart of our industrialisation strategy.”

Jonathan also restated his commitment to the resolution of the Niger Delta crises and the war against corruption as well as making Nigeria’s leading position in Africa a priority.

Jonathan also paid tribute to Nigeria’s founding fathers, saying it was their enduring sacrifice and abiding faith in its unity and greatness that laid its foundation.

“We take utmost pride in their contributions; the pivotal task of this generation is to lead our fatherland to the summit of greatness,’’ he said.

He was also not silent on the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua with whom he won the presidential election four years ago as his running mate.

Besides, he also appreciated the contributions of his parents to his success, saying,” I hold a debt of gratitude to my mother and late father; I cannot thank them enough.’’

Jonathan equally acknowledged the contributions of his Vice-President Namadi Sambo, “with whom we moved across this country encouraging Nigerians to see with us and vote for us.”

Twenty-six Heads of State and governments, including South African President, Jacob Zuma; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, attended the ceremony.

Nine foreign vice-presidents and six former Nigerian leaders were also in attendance


Crown scrape out a 4-4 draw

Build Bright United’s Nhim Sovannara kicks past Phoung Soksana of National Defence Ministry during their match yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

A destructive own goal ruined Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s day in the Metfone C-League as table toppers Phnom Penh Crown staged a breathtaking 10 minute rally to force a 4-4 draw after being two goals down at Olympic Stadium yesterday.

The reigning champions even had a shot at seizing all three points when they were awarded a penalty in injury time. However, a feeble spotkick by defender Anthony Obadin was blocked by Kirivong goalkeeper Kun Thnou to forced Bojan Hodak’s men to share the spoils.

In a rare show of courage and conviction, Kirivong dominated the first half with a performance as pure as the whites they were wearing. In Vicheka touched in off a fierce free kick from Song Dara to open Kirivong’s account.

An opportunistic Silva Sunday then found the net to leave Crown struggling for form. Midfielder Chan Chaya brought a modicum of relief for Crown when he expertly turned the ball in through a crowd, but Kirivong’s response was amazingly swift and decisive.

Both Vicheka and Sunday struck again as Kirivong stretched their lead to an assailing 4-1. Interestingly one of the Sunday goals had an air of controversy about it, as the ball brushed the inside of the cross bar before popping out of the goal mouth.

The first sign that Crown weren’t prepared to go down without a fight came when Kenneth Nwafor had the presence of mind to tap the ball in with half a dozen Kirivong shirts vying for it. It opened up the stage for his team as the frontline began to mount relentless pressure.

At this demanding phase, two things went wrong for Kirivong. The first was Sunday picking up his second yellow card to take an early shower. The second, more galling in comparison, was Bryan Edem’s instinctive push into his own net on 85 minutes.

The momentum had clearly shifted to Crown, and the 10-man Takeo side were forced to defend in big numbers. In one lofty push, Sun Sovanrithy found himself in the right place to slot home for a last minute equaliser.

The fast advancing Kouch Sokumpheak was brought down by Phan Vanda, resulting in a penalty for Crown well into injury time. In a flashback to Tieng Tiny’s miss in the AFC President’s Cup, Nwafor squandered his chance from 11 metres, this time with the game on the line.

One gratifying aspect of the draw was that Crown kept the lead at the top of the table with 14 points from 6 games, one ahead of Naga Corp. Kirivong tally goes up to 11 points to consolidate fourth place.

BBU edge Army late on
In yesterday’s late kick off, an injury time strike by Nhim Sovannara brought a whiff of fresh air to Build Bright United’s suffocating campaign as the University backed side edged past National Defence Ministry 2-1 in a rain-ravaged encounter.

A snap goal by Pich Sina as early as the eighth minute gave BBU a flying start which the side did well to safeguard, even as the skies opened up and a steady downpour played havoc with underfoot conditions.

The teams were more than happy to break for half time with BBU latching on to that early goal amid the players slipping and sliding on a waterlogged pitch.

After waiting for the weather to clear for nearly 30 minutes, the officials allowed the game to resume and the Army men hit right back to level the scores through Thong Odom’s neatly converted spotkick.

With the ball rolling heavy, quality moves were at a premium from both sides. Just when the game was heading to an inevitable draw, along came the surprise packet from Nhim Sovannara, who worked out a match clincher with barely a minute to go.

The win took BBU to 7th place with seven points, while National Defence dropped a spot to third on 12 points.


Oiboh hauls in third hat-trick

Naga Corp’s Julius Oiboh (right) elbows off Ek Sovannara of Chhlam Samuth during their Metfone C-League game at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

A shower of goals was a welcome change for spectators at Olympic Stadium on Saturday with the day’s two Metfone C-League fixtures producing a total of 17. 2009 league champions Naga Corp fired eight past a hapless Chhlam Samuth who managed three of their own in response, while rock bottom Rithy Sen mustered enough courage to hold National Police Commissary to a 3-3 draw to pick up their first point this season.

It is no secret that the Naga strike force has been transformed beyond recognition by the recruitment of Julius Oiboh, whose refreshingly bold and innovative approach has boosted the side’s offensive prowess.

The lanky Nigerian was again the spearhead as he claimed his third hat-trick in four starts for Naga on Saturday. Teab Vatanak also came into his own with a double, while Kop Isa, Om Thavarak and Omogba Esoh fired a goal each for Naga.

For the Sea Sharks, midfielder Paul Olabode and striker Sanny Dauda got a goal each before Pov Samnang, a former national team player, chipped in with the side’s third.

Rithy Sen grab first point
For the first time this season, Rithy Sen’s reputation as cannon fodder was challenged. The Kampong Chhnang team made a flying start against National Police Commissary with a blazing double by Keo Dara in the first quarter of an hour, and the underdogs consolidated their lead when Tam Yusos conjured the club’s third in the 69th minute.

For the Police, who were forced to back pedal for most of the first half and early part of the second, Moeung Phanith came to the rescue with a double and Tith Dina found the net to the team’s collective sigh of relief in injury time to deprive Rithy Sen of their top flight victory.

Ten minutes into the second half, Rithy Sen had lost the services of Raymond Esis to a second yellow card and the loss of manpower played its own cruel part when the Police set out for that late desperate fightback.


Anichebe Arrives As Eagles Camp Opens

Everton of England strike star, Victor Anichebe, has arrived for the June 1 international friendly against Argentina in Abuja and the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier away to Ethiopia in Adis Ababa.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic silver medalist breezed in to the country over the weekend after helping the Merseysiders to pick an Europa Cup slot for the next season as they finished in the 7th position on the English Premier League log. He is one of the forward men coach Samson Siasia will be banking on to deliver the goals when the team come up against Argentina in the high-profile friendly game inside the Abuja national stadium this Wednesday as well as the all-important qualifying match against the East Africans four days later.
Anichebe returned from a back injury recently and was regular for David Moyes’ team leading the attack albeit with no goal to show for it towards the end of the of the just concluded season.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles camp ahead of the upcoming  games was opened in Abuja over the weekend and all the 24 invited players are expected to resume at their Transcorp Hotel nest latest by the end of  today . Coach Siasia  has vowed that taking into cognizance the importance of the task ahead, any player that fail to report on or before the stipulated time should count himself out of the two encounters.
The Super Eagles are currently trailing Group leaders Guinea by three points and a win in Ethiopia in the coming weekend will boost the team’s chances of picking the sole group’s ticket.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Ahead of June 1 international friendly encounter against Argentina and June 5, 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia, The Transcorp Hilton Camp of the Super Eagles is expected to come alive today, with the expected arrivals of team captain Joseph Yobo and five senior members of the squad.

Collins Udoh, the media officer of the team confirmed that Yobo alongside the likes of Vincent Enyeama, Taye Taiwo, John Obi Mikel, Obinna Nsofor, among others are likely to be the early arrivals at the camp.
“I expect the lads to start arriving on the 29th (today) even though the dead line is Monday.
“However, even if the players all decide to arrive on Monday by the stipulated time, it’s all good,” Udoh said.

The squad is expected to have light training on Monday evening with the first full work out not expected to commence until Tuesday morning.
It would be recalled that the team’s gaffer Samson Yebowei Siasia had last week announced a list of 24 players including two home-based players to camp.
Two players, Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi were kept on standby with the hope that their requests for eligibility materialize before the matches.
Meanwhile, four officials and 10 players from Argentina are equally expected to arrive Abuja today ahead of the friendly duel.
The rest of the squad will join them on Monday.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Head coach of Nigeria’s U-19 Women’s basketball team, Adewunmi Aderemi is confident  the team will not disappoint the nation during the 2011 FIBA U-19 World Championship for Women.
The competition is billed for Puerto Voras and Puerto Montt in Chile between  July 21 and 31.
Aderemi who guided Nigeria to a second place finish at the U-18 FIBA African Championship held in Cairo, Egypt last year, gave this assurance while announcing his team for the Championship.

“It’s going to be tough but I want to assure that we are battle ready for the Championship with the support  of the Nigeria Basketball Federation,” he said.
Nigeria will play in Pool B against Australia, France and hosts, Chile.
The team is expected to report for a training camp in Washington DC from June 7 to 14 before flying to Fougerues and Reze, France to take part in two warm-up  tournaments holding between June 19 and 26 which include hosts France, China and Brazil

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Call For Unity

Our dear beloved country Nigeria: Great Naija
Unity as a driving force that join people together for particular purpose is the missing link that's causing havoc and  divisions amongst Nigerians recently. Another factor contributing heavily to the growing division is politics. There's no where politics is being played and world at large are aware of its effects either good or bad but politics at this level is being play with so much at stake to gain from it.  Some gain fame and wealth and these are obvious reasons why many join politics today. Politics literally supposed to have been a call to serve people and uplift standard of living for the masses.

The Nigerians community in Cambodia is not supposed to be seen as same level as world view of politics for greed, crave for power, nepotism, selfish interest, favoritism, fame or wealth. Its simply volunteering with no benefits attached or whatsoever. People serving as ex-cos are doing so at the expense of their tight schedules in order for our community to move forward and they should be commended for their commitment. Weather we believe or leave it, lots of people have benefited from the community and I'm a witness to this fact.

When I first got here and harden enough to find someone you know across streets of Phnom Penh. It's from the gathering of Nigerians that I found people who fed me with right information about daily livelihood of Cambodia. My visa was almost due and not knowing the right offices to get my extension done it's then president that helped me out. He showed me where to go and how much I might be charged. The list could go on and many who have gone and still here could attest to this facts.

The community has also helped many processed different kinds of document to enable them travel back home such as traveling certificate-TC. Marriage certificates to those who got married to foreign wives and husbands, Nigeria visa procurement, birth certificate, consular issues, burial arrangement and operation feed the nation. Monthly general meeting has been a huge avenue for many to obtain up to date changes and happenings within and around us.

To many who perceived serving officials incapacitated or inefficient of responsibilities assigned to them should please come out to address the officials' weaknesses and proffer way forward. Critics alone hasn't done enough. Leadership is a collective efforts and this is much needed now to move things forward.

Present situation of the seemly interesting community is very disheartening. Something has to be done to savage the dying community. We all can't fold our arms watching this ground for unity to fade away. Outside football gathering, this has been an only independent umbrella that conveys all Nigerians irrespective of their tribes or background. We discussed issues affecting us and collectively seek better solutions to them. I'm using this medium to call on all stakeholders, elders, ex-officials, past and serving ex-cos to please come together to convey special meeting on way forward.

Many thing would go wrong if we all remain silent. Our people would become prey to the devouring divisions and mind you, it's the innocent ones that suffer it most. I dare all Nigerians in Cambodia who believe in one Nigeria to please stand boldly to this call and together Nigerians will re-unite again.

Kanu, Amokachi, Yak Crash In Ghana

As World XI Beat Africa XI In Essien Charity Match
Nigeria trio of Nwankwo Kanu, Daniel Amokachi and Yakubu Aiyegbeni were on the losing side as a World XI select side beat a Michael Essien-captained Africa XI side 4-2 at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
The match organized by Chelsea ace Michael Essien to mark the African Union (AU) which fell today to create the awareness of Peace on the continent.
Zambia legend Kalusha Bwalya opened the scoring with a  header in the first half for the Africa select side before Scott Smith equalized and Ghana legend Yaw Preko gave them a 2-1 lead into the break.
Didier Drogba came off the bench to level for the Africa but it was a day for the World XI stars who got a pair of goals from Florent Malouda and captain Ashley Cole.
Ex-Ghana striker Tony Yeboah, Nigeria legend Daniel Amokachi all made second half appearances for the Africa select side.
The fans defied the rains and turned out massively to watch the match which was described a huge success

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shinkafi, Olurin, Ette, Dosumu, Waziri’s husband make PDP ministerial list

By Henry Umoru (Vanguard)
The outgoing governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Shinkafi, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State in the April 26 election, Adetunji Olurin and Adamu Ajuji Waziri, husband of the chairman of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Farida Waziri, are on the Ministerial lists submitted  to the National Secretariat of the PDP.

File Photo: From Left: Minister of state for interior, Humphery Abbah; Minister of labour, Chukwuemeka Wogu; Minister of transport, Yusuf Sulaiman and former Minister of interior, Emmanuel Iheanacho, at the federal executive council meeting in Abuja

Also on the lists the party submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan for consideration before the commencement of the expanded National Caucus meeting of the Party are the defeated  Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Ade
Dosumu and the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh.

A copy of the official list of nominees was obtained  by Vanguard yesterday, from the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, and on it were a few serving ministers. They are Godsday Orubebe (Delta), Caleb Olubolade (Ekiti), Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai (Jigawa), Murtala Shehu Yar€™Adua (Katsina), Labaran Maku (Nasarawa), John Odey (Cross River), Fidelia Njeze (Enugu), Taofeek Adedoja (Oyo), and Kaoje Abubakar (Kebbi).
Other names on the lists sent in by the 26 chapters of the PDP are the outgoing deputy leader of the House of Representatives, Baba Shehu Agaie (Niger), Chudi Offidile (Anambra), former Senator Ebenezer ikeyina (Anambra), wife of former  PDP national chairman, Marian Ali (Delta), former governorship candidate of  Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta), former Sports  Commissioner, Solomon Ogba (Delta), former aide to President Olusegun Obasanjo,  Julius Ihonvbere (Edo), former Ekiti deputy governor, Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti),  Senator Ayo Arise (Ekiti), PDP state chairman, Bola Olu-Ojo (Ekiti) and Dayo  Adeyeye (Ekiti).
The full ministerial list
Barr clems Ezika
Barr Ernest Nwoye
Chief Chuba Egolum
Sen Ebenezer Ikeyina
Chudi offodile
Hon Anayo Nebe
Mrs Obiamaka
Okolo Sunday Aghadi
Engr Ben Akah
Sir Emmanuel Mbamalu

Rev Obegha Julius Oworibo
His Highness sir Timiebi Roupa Okara
Amb Josef Egbuson
Austin Ogunwo Febo
Dr Thomas Coomander Nwoyemditon
Torpedo Amananaghan
Dr Ambilly Etekpe
Mr Isaiah Gabriel
Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo
Emmanuel Robert Okara

Echegile Godson Onyemaechi
Godwill Obielum
Marian Nneamaka Ali
Elder Godsday Orubebe
Faith Tuedor-Matthews
Chief Solomon Ogba
Young Igbrude
Williams Makinde
Barr Ovie Omo-Agege
Elizabeth titi Uvoh-Gardner

Chief Dan Orbih
Mike Onolememen
Matthew Urhogide
Julius ihonvbere
Giwa Abonmeirele
Lucky Imasuen
Clifford Odia
Felix Akhabue
Sarah Adetugbogtboh
Safawu ini Momoh

Bola Olu-Ojo
Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade
Sen Ayo Arise
Biodun Olujimi
Sakiru Lawal
Hope Ademiluyi
Femi Akinyemi
Dare Bajide
Princess Titilayo Owolabi
Prince Dayo Adeyeye

FCT, Abuja
Sen Usman Jibrin Wowo
Y.Y. Suleiman
Danladi etsu Zhin
Alhassan s. Gwagwa
Esther John Audu
Rakiya Yusuf
Fatima Suleiman
Fatima Suleiman
Hassan Sokodobo
Samson Baba Galuwi

Ahmad Hassan Alghazali
Bar ali Saadu
Ruqayyat Ahmed Rufai
Ahmed abdulhamid Madori
Ibrahim Ismail
Faruk Dalhatu
Nurudeen Muhammad
Hadiza abdulwahab
Habibah Isa-dutse
Abbas Anas Adamu
Abubakar Gumel

Farouk Iya Sambo
Ahmed Garba Bichi
Kabir Rabiu
Baraka Sani
Jamaila Salim
Abdullahi Mahmud
Yusuf Ado kibiya
Nasiru Aliko
Idris Dambazau
Ismaila Halilu

Musa Mohammed sada
Sirajo umar Damari
Ali Husseini Dutsima
Murtala shehu yar’Adua
Babajo Ibrahim Funtua
Sen umar Tsauri
Adamu Babangida Ibrahim
Talatu Nasir
Abubakar Mukhtar (buba)
Bilikisu Kaikai

Prof moh’d Kaoje Abukabar
Hon Zaiklani
Asabe Abubakar
Isah Aliyu  Moh’d
Sen Sani Kamba
Bala Buwa Kaoje
Garba Dandiga
Usman Maitamabari
Kabiru Usman
Salamatu Suleiman

Yunana iliya
Labaran Maku
Usman Bagudu
Sen Walid Jibrin
Anthony Akika
Timothy Anjide
Tanimu Adabson
Adamu Egye
Halima Jabiru
Ayitogo Sdaatu

Baba Shehu Agaie
Umar Musa Maali
Sani Ndanusa
Abdulrahman Mahmuid Eragi
Aliyu datti
Tanko Beji
Shem Zagbayi Nuhu
Jummal moh’d Agwai
Col. Aminu Isa kotagora (rtd)
Isah Ladan

Adetinji Olurin
Bashorun Dayo Soremi
Tahib Odunowo
Yemi Adefule
Doyin Okupe
Sen. Felix kola Bajomo
Babatunde Fadun
Olusegun Alawode
Kafilat Ogbara
Henrietta Luke Fuba

Sen iyiola Omisore
Olagunsoye oyinlola
Isiaka Adeleke
Yemi Farounbi
Olu Alabi
Fatai Aknibade
Patricia etteh
Olusola Obada
Francis Fadahunsi
Shuaibu oyedoku

Jalo Zaram
Lawan Latenwa
Abdu Bulama
 Adamu Talba
Umar Damagum
Zainab Boni Haruna
Sen Usma Albishir
Hasan Hussein
Jibrin Maigari
Mairop Amshi

Ade Dosumu
Setom Koshoedo
Olatunji Sheile
Moshood Salvadore
Alade Abani wonda
Atolagbe Animashaun
Bode oyelede
Rafiq Ogungbambi
Kadirat omotanwa
Sola Oladeinde

Omotayo  Dairo
Olusola Oke
Bode Olajumoke
Olusegun Agagu
Omolade oluwateru
Gbenga elegbeleye
Folake Akinjoko
Kingsley kuku
Febi Adeyemi
Jomoh Ibrahim

Rasak Kareem
Taofeek Adedoja
Olajumoke Akinjide
Olorunsogo Olukemi
Ayodele Adigun
Akande Adebayo
Tairat adeyemi
Adisa nureni
Ayoka Lawani
Gbola Adetunji

Mahmud shinkafi
Muktar Anka
Bature Sambo
Bala Mande
Tijani Yahaya Kaura
Bashir yuguda
Ibrahim Galadima
Mamman Bawa Gusau
Mrs Aisha Aliyu Laraz
Abubakar Bunu

Cross River
John Ogar Odey
Peter Abang Ojie
Martina Odom
Julius Okputu
Edem duke
Andem San
Catherinr Uyok okon
Amb Soni Abang
Prince Ebuta Ayuk
Mrs Margaret Ebokpo

Engr Vita Abba
Mrs Fidelia Njeze
Chukwuemeka Ujam
Goddy Agbo
Jide Matthew Chime
Festus Uzor
Samuel Ngwu
Ikechukwu ugwuegede
Sally Adukwu-Bogunjoko

Sen Adamu Ajuji Waziri
A. Abubakar
John Yoriyo
Jack Gumpy
Dahiru Buba Biri
Amina Al-Zubair
Sen Haruna Garba
Sulaiman Abubakar Kalshingi
Pharm. Moh’d Santana

Barr. Farouk Sambo
Ahmed Garba Bichi
Kabir Rabiu
Baraka Sani
Abdullhi Mahmud
Yusuf Ado Kabiya
Nasiru Aliko
Idris Dambazzau
Ismail Halilu

Musa Ahmadu
Joe Abrahams
Idris Wada
Lt. Gen. Salihu Ibrahim
Mohammed Kabir Usman
Aro Samuel Bamidele
Robert Audu
Salau Ogembe
Salime Dorcas Onuminya
Dr Hadiza Onotu

Yekini Alabi
M. Segun
Bode Ojomu
Olaitan Kadri
Ismail Sadiq
Bisi Balogun
Shola Jimoh
Tunde Paku
L. Haruna
Amb Emmanuel Njiwah
Simon inusa Dogari
Musa Wakil Dakka
Armaya Dauda Abubakar
S.D. Gani
Sen Anthony Manzo
Mary Paninga
Mamma Ibrahim Hassan Lau
Victor Bala kona
Jonah Agyo
Musa John Jin

2nd list of Yobe
Adamu Maina Waziri
Mai Adamu Mustapha
Abdu Bulama
Usman Albishir
Zainab Boni Haruna
Garba Umar
Yakubu Bello
Falmata buba Lawan
Gingiri Lawan
Baba Gishuwari

Crown march on in AFC Cup

Phnom Penh Crown's Chan Chaya (second left) celebrates scoring what turns out to be the game winning goal against Abhani Limited during their AFC President's Cup group match at Olympic Stadium yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Hard working midfielder Chan Chaya struck a vital blow in the 80th minute from a goal-mouth scramble to haul Phnom Penh Crown past Bangladesh champions Abhani Limited 1-0 before a motley crowd at Olympic Stadium yesterday, ensuring a place for the Cambodians in the next phase of the 2011 AFC President’s Cup.

Earlier in the afternoon, Neftchi Kochor Ata of Kyrgyzstan dictated their own pace and terms in downing Sri Lanka’s Don Bosco Sports Club 2-0 for their second victory in Pool A. Coach Dzhalilov Zakir’s men were unfazed by the dismissal of Rakhmanjonov for his second booking on the hour mark and fired a goal in each half to also secure their place in the next round. The side’s Uzbek recruit Pavlov Pavel got the first and midfielder Aleksander Beldinov doubled the lead midway through the second half.

Neftchi and Crown play tomorrow at 4pm to determine the final standings from Pool A, while Abhani and Don Bosco will figure earlier at 1:30pm in a match of honour.

It is not celebration time yet if you ask Crown’s Croatian-born Coach Bojan Hodak, who feels there is still the serious business of topping the group left. Neftchi’s young coach Zakir, whose theatrics and animated gestures during a game has become a hit with the crowd, also left no one in doubt at the post match press conference that his side is out to win all three games.

Yesterday’s game between Crown and Abhani was “fifty-fifty” according to Hodak, although Crown appeared decidedly dominant in the second half. Abhani coach Aliakbar Pourmoslemi simplified it even further. “Both sides had almost equal chances. We failed to convert them – they did,” he said.

Pourmoslemi held out no excuses but took pains to point out that the team had been hamstrung by injuries to some key players and was forced to use their third choice goalkeeper because the top two couldn't make the trip.

“I have two more good foreign players, but I couldn’t use them here because we are allowed only two foreign players here,” he said, adding that they would now “go back and try to do well in our league.”

After a barren first half of exciting twists and turns during which both sides enjoyed several set-piece chances, the contest came to a boil as the teams went at each others’ throats.

A couple of lively runs by Kouch Sokhumpeak had stirred the Abhani defence though the backline had remained vigilant enough to deprive the home side a goal.

In another thrustful counter, Mohammad Robin drove the ball straight at Crown keeper Peng Bunchhay who boasted a clean slate in five previous matches. That confidence showed in his collection and watch throughout the game.

Crown forced two corners with time ticking away and the second brought the result the crowd had been fervently cheering for. A good Sun Sophana delivery to the near post set off a chaotic scrap in which Kingsley Metu had the presence of mind to turn the ball to Chan Chaya, whose flick conveniently beat the frenzy.

In a flash, the contest had turned tantalisingly Crown’s way with the team ending their President’s Cup hoodoo by making it past the pool stage for the first time. Crown incidentally is only the second team from Cambodia to qualify for phase two of this prestigious regional club competition after Khemara Keila made it to the semifinals in 2006


Eagles star says Milan super stars don’t scare him

AC Milan-bound Super Eagles defender, Taye Taiwo said goodbye to the French Ligue 1 in fine style after he was named by the French professional footballers’ union (UNFP) in the best XI of the season.

The 26-year-old Taiwo has quit Olympique Marseille as a free agent for Italian champions AC Milan, who have handed him a three-year contract.

Taiwo is in good company in this best XI along with Ivory Coast international Gervinho and Moussa Sow, who helped Lille win their first league championship since 1954.

However, there was no place for Taiwo’s compatriot and Sochaux striker Brown Ideye, who fired 16 goals in the French top flight and ensured his club feature in the Europa League next season.

Meanwhile Taiwo maintains he has no fear about playing for Italian champions Milan next season.

The left-back has agreed to join the Rossoneri on a Bosman transfer after his contract in France expires.

“I’m not afraid of playing for Milan,” he stated. “I was already nobody when I first arrived at Marseille, but I was able to impose myself.

“The Rossoneri are one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, like Manchester United and Chelsea.

“I’m really enthusiastic about playing alongside people like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf.

“I’ll work hard every day. It’ll then be up to the Coach to decide how and when to use me in the team.”

Taiwo is one of two defenders signed by the club so far. The other is Roma’s Philippe Mexes who will also arrive on a free transfer.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Beats Asamoah Gyan To New Award In England
Peter Osaze Odemwingie’s agent has insisted the Albion striker remains committed to Nigeria despite being axed from the international squad in a row with the manager.
Agent David Omigie at the weekend attempted to end the dispute that exploded Thursday afternoon when coach Samson Siasia dropped Odemwingie and accused him of walking out of the last get-together without permission.
Omigie said: “The Nigerian Football Federation is the governing body and their decision must be respected.
“What happened in the past is not an issue we want to go back to because of the respect Peter has for the federation and the coach and the loyalty he has to Nigeria.
“He will be ready to play when he is called on again.”
Odemwingie has been left out by Samson Siasia for a friendly against Argentina and an African Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia next month, after the coach claimed other internationals had threatened to strike if action was not taken.
Siasia claims the forward left the previous Nigeria squad without permission, with the pair also clashing over comments by Odemwingie on Twitter.
Odemwingie left the training camp in Abuja in March citing an injury ahead of a friendly against Kenya, flying back to England and playing for Albion against Liverpool four days after the international.
Meanwhile, Odemwingie could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal have shown an interest in acquiring the services of the 15-goal West Bromwich Albion forward.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has contacted the agent who facilitated Andrey Arshavin's move to the London club from Zenit St Peters on the closing day of the 2009/2010 transfer window to ensure that the Nigerian international joins the Gunners this summer.
A close confidant of the former Lokomotiv Moscow forward, who was a major omission in coach Samson Siasia's 24-man squad for the high profile June 1 international friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina slated for Abuja, revealed that Wenger is desperate to strengthen the Arsenal squad with the Nigerian hitman.
"Being left out of the Super Eagles list for the match against Argentina and Ethiopia in the Nations Cup qualifier is the least of Osaze's problems for now," starts the our source.
"Osaze has bigger things to sort out, for instance his possible transfer this summer. I can tell you that Arsenal have renewed interest in him.Unlike in the past, they have shown a lot of seriousness and determination to have him.
"As I speak with you, Arsenal have contacted the agent who helped in the capture of Arshavin to help. But of course, Manchester City have also shown an interest in him. So also have Newcastle and even Fulham. But the Arsenal link is getting stronger and this is the much I can tell you for now."


Super Eagles Skipper Near Turkish Title With Fenerbahce
Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo will on Sunday take the first step towards winning a first ever league trophy in his career as his club Fenerbahce take on Sivasspor.
Yobo, who is on loan from Everton, has found renewed vigour since his move to Turkey last summer.
He has brought strength to the Fenerbahce defence as the club are now looking to win their first title in four years.
Fenerbahce are tied on 79 points with rivals Trabzonspor, and proceedings on the final day will determine who wins the league.
“It’s been a long battle and we have to do all we can to realise the title dream on the last day of the season,” Yobo told BBC Sport.
“We respect our final opponents, our rivals [Trabzonspor], and this is a good thing for the Turkish league.
“I’ve never won a league title before in my career.
“I made the sacrifice to be here and I am happy with the club, team mates, fans, the country and the league.”
The club also parades Senegalese players Issiar Dia and Mamadou Niang, who has scored 16 goals since his move from Marseille.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Odemwingie Is Biggest West Brom Challenge

Albion Star Hails Odemwingie Impact
Keeping hold of Peter Odemwingie will be one of West Brom’s biggest challenges this summer, according to Baggies team-mate Paul Scharner.
The Austrian has been impressed with the form of the 15-goal striker this season.
While Youssouf Mulumbu took the players’ player of the year award, Scharner admits that Odemwingie’s goal-scoring exploits will make him a much sought after player.
The Nigerian was last night leading a national newspaper poll to determine the African player of the season in the Premier League.
And Scharner feels that, as well as strengthening the squad this season, Albion will need to ensure that Odemwingie remains at the club, despite the likelihood that he will be coveted by bigger clubs.
“One of the biggest challenges this summer is keeping hold of Peter,” Scharner told the Birmingham Mail.
“Youssouf rightly won the club’s player of the year award but Peter scored 15 goals in the Premier League which is a very big thing to do.
“Clubs around Europe will notice that and be asking who he is.
“Every club wants a goalscorer and there aren’t many around.

Keshi Shocked Over Osaze’s Omission!

Former Super Eagles captain, Steven Keshi, has expressed shock over the decision of national team coach Samson Siasia to exclude in-form West Brom Albion of England forward Osaze Odemwingie from the squad that will prosecute the international friendly against Argentina on June 1 and the all-important Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Ethiopia on June 5.
Keshi admitted that Siasia is indeed in charge of the Super Eagles and has the absolute right and power to instil discipline in the team at any given time and at whatever level.
But he was not pleased with the idea of leaving out the 15-goal West Brom striker in a match as crucial as the Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia, insisting that there could have been other ways of handling the situation which could not rob the nation of the services of the striker at this crucial stage.
“Osaze not listed for the match? Oh my God,” screamed Keshi when Complete Sports sought for his views on the 24-man list released by Siasia for the two matches.
“Despite his current shape? What reason did he give to drop him? That he left camp after the Ethiopia game in Abuja the last time?
“Well. I’m an apostle of discipline, no doubt about that. But then Samson is in charge of the team and should put his foot down.
“But on matters like this, there could have been other ways around it. As national team coach, you are like the father in a family. You should know the characters and mentality of your children. When one of them errs, you should know how to get him around without hurting others too.
“In this Osaze case, I expected that he would call the player, sit him down and ask, why he did what he did. On the other hand, you can slash a bit of the player’s allowances while still having him in the team without depriving the nation of his services.
“No doubt money is not a problem to the (foreign-based) players. But they love every bit of the kobo they get. So when you cut his allowances as a result of his conduct, he will feel it and that will make him change. My concern is not the match against Argentina. The South American team are coming here for their money. So win or lose, it makes no difference at all.”

Thursday, May 19, 2011


-Gadaffi's return
-Mr. Austine as replacement
-Special Adviser to become President

Many of us are craving for executives to step down and an interim committee to take charge. Pointing out the inefficiencies, power craving, incompetent individuals, bad leadership, abuse of power, wrong people occupying offices, those trying to turn association into personal business and others who feel association can't survive without them. These I would say are very constructive critics. But who elected them into various offices? You did! Are you having no faith on people you elected? Ones you campaigned and cast your vote for. I am not quite sure my guesses are right and people should have a rethink on their actions.

Human management is most difficult management. No man's an island of knowledge when it comes to managing people especially Nigerians. Nigeria as a country have been very unlucky choosing leaders so I'm not surprised of the happenings amongst us now. People are very smart which makes it really difficult to weigh their intentions properly before assuming offices. All eggs are not bad. Few amongst the executives are very reliable and trust worthy. They have been very incapacitated due to reasons known to them and they can get very efficient if given the freelance to work.

Back to main issue. who does the cap fits to lead us? I wasn't surprised at all when I over heard certain group of people asking for the return of former president Mr. Ken Gadaffi. This is same Gadaffi everyone wanted out at all cost. He was accused of misleading the association. He faced different kinds of allegations and was marked wrong then talked out of office even though he never wanted to leave office. The common phenomena of Africa leaders. 

To join the race is Mr. Austine. Former presidential aspirant who withdrew his candidacy at the very last minutes. The seemly successor to incumbent president but forces after him (opposition party) caused the gentle man to sub core to pressure mounted on him and according to reliable sources, its for "peace to reign". However, he failed to address Nigerians before and after his withdrawal. Whoever advised Mr. Austine to stepped down has done a great damage on him. The move has bastardized his image and political career. As a matter of fact, this will make people to have second thoughts on him as to trust him. Leadership is living for the people. Fighting a just cause and convincing your followers to believe in your ambitions.

Amongst is Mrs. Fatima Joshua. The present vice president who has unlawfully stepped into president seat. No doubt to the fact she's no match for replacement. We are considering people with credibility not perpetrator or  chief master minder of the ungodly.

Then Mr Collins secretary general of the association. He's young man with integrity and honest in most of his dealings. Many believe in him until recent time. Can he be trusted to make a good president nobody knows. Looking at him, there are certain qualities in him that may hinder his candidacy. He's aggressive, powerful speaking habit (crane voice), sees himself as mister perfect, very fast to anger, not very diplomatic in handling issues. One thing sure is that Collins won't take side for any wrong doing. Maybe that's why he's call mister perfect.

Some said the special adviser could do much better. Yes I agreed! He's a man of insight and intellectual capability though being on the hot seat could spring up his deficiency to people so soon. During the table discussion lots of people okay him for the job. Least did they remember that this man is an elderly statesman and special adviser to the association. Someone asked has he truly satisfied Nigerians in his role in advising the executives. No one is without fault man.

This point to the fact that we don't know what we need now if we consider taking on such move. With all due respect, these gentlemen have been tested and its high time we try new hands.Someone who will take up responsibilities and be people's leader. Someone with charisma, someone with great zeal to lift association from its pit. Someone that will reflect good qualities of a leader. For those with inferiority complex and the fear of unknown please take a bold step out and try convince people you can do the job and they will all throw supports behind you. There are no under dogs in politics any more. Believe in yourself.

Essien: Why I’m Coming To Lagos For King Kanu

Chelsea’s Ghanaian midfield ace, Michael Essien has lauded the impressive contribution of former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo, to the development of African football and promised to give his full backing to whatever represents the Nigerian’s concerns.
The returning Black Stars skipper is one of the super stars expected to be in Lagos for the June 11 testimonial match for the ex-Arsenal striker who is unarguably one of the most decorated footballers to have come from Africa.
“Kanu has not only been a good ambassador for African footballers in Europe but has also been an inspiration to me and other players both on the continent and beyond,” the former Lyon star quipped.
“Apart from the fact that he (Kanu) had already made a name for himself while playing in Arsenal, he took pains to explain why playing in England would be beneficial to my career,” Essien explained.
To underscore his respect for the forme Ajax Amsterdam star, Essien about three-years ago, barely 24 hours after an FA Cup final match against Manchester United in Wembley, had to travel from London to the South-Coast of England to take part in a charity match organised by Kanu for his Heart Foundation at Portsmouth’s home ground, Fratton Park.
He also played for the entire duration of the game and people cannot but wonder how committed he was to the cause.
Other Black Stars of Ghana  players that are expected to feature in the testimonial match are Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan, while former Nigeria coach, Dutchman Jo Bonfere, has also sent in word regarding his readiness to participate.
Kanu retired from international football after the 2010 World Cup fiasco in South Africa, though he is still playing actively for his npower Championship side, Portsmouth in England.


resident Goodluck Jonathan recently promised to put national interest above everything else. He also vowed to give transparent leadership to Nigerians throughout his tenure. The two promises are unbelievably wonderful; they are the kind of shared values you expect of very committed and dedicated leaders, which often times are unknown in our shores. Leadership and its co-traveler, transparency, are central to good leadership and always allow gains to accrue to the people and the citizenry. Leadership has been a major reason why Nigeria has teetered on the edge of degeneration and hovered between failure and abyss, and the people pushed to poverty by greedy men who saw the national purse as their piggy banks. For a leader to succeed and make positive impacts on the larger society, the masses of the people and the nation as a whole, he has to be selfless and always put the people first. Nigeria has never been lucky to have a selfless leader at the national level. Nigeria had had gluttons, epicureans, grabbers, killers, looters, religious bigots and ethicists who have done very little for the majority of the people and plenty for themselves. A good leader feels the pains and hardships of his people and makes their situation his to improve. Shehu Shagari never felt the pains of our people while president. One of his ministers told the world that no Nigerian was eating from the dustbin at a time when millions were going without and the NPN government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and his ministers were junketing around the world and sipping the best wines. Muhammudu Buhari was actively committed various human rights abuses against Nigerians and running a police state where freedom of speech became a crime and was decreed as such.

Olusegun Obasanjo who presided over the nation in and out of military uniform spent most of his years as head of state and president settling himself and his family. Despite his promises in 1999 when he grabbed his first term as president Obasanjo never felt the pains and anguish of the people he led. He told off some citizens who wondered why he did not visit the site of a bomb blast in Lagos early enough. The citizens challenged him and demanded action, but Obansanjo's response was that he did not have any business visiting the bomb site and the bomb victims! Remember this was the same Obasanjo who saw hell in Abacha's gulag and promised to do everything in his powers to make the lives of Nigerians better having learnt a terrible lesson and gone through a tough time, which God delivered him from. Eight years after and with a failed attempt to snatch a third term by pressuring the National Assembly to change the law of the land Obasanjo left power very reluctantly. He had failed to make good on any of his promises to the people.

The contract he voluntarily signed with the Nigerian people was in tatters and while his fortunes and wealth had taken an unusual jump with the establishment of Bells University and many other businesses the misfortunes of Nigerians had gotten worse and hunger had overtaken most citizens. There was even an Obasanjo presidential library and its launching that garnered billions of naira in donations from several unwilling multinationals, reluctant banks, arm-twisted manufacturing concerns and fearful companies. Obasanjo and his then deputy Atiku Abubakar were not transparent and were surely unfair to our people in their management of the nation for those greed-driven eight years.
I will not waste time to discuss Ibrahim Babangida and Sanni Abacha. These two dictators and soldiers of fortune deserve no more than a mention in the footnotes of Nigerian history. Their catalogs of crimes against the Nigerian people are well documented by Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and many other human rights organizations. Neither of the two is seen beyond the opportunism and greed they stood for. A friend used to say that even if Babangida could afford to build the Minna Hilltop Estate from his legitimate income he could not afford to maintain it on his allowances as a retired general. The loot in the hands of Mariam Abacha and her insolent children clearly indicated that rogues are not far from sight in our land. The political plans of these two rogue families in the recently concluded elections and party politics ended in shame and defeats. They deserved no better.
Let us return to Goodluck Jonathan, a man whose fortunes have seen an amazing turnaround and whose life is probably way beyond what he could ever imagine. He is a man of opportunity and a man of the moment. He knew it and probably considers himself in dream land at the moment. But he has no time to dream now; he has to come to terms with the challenges before him and the work of nation building. Jonathan is seen by many as lacking the guts to take decisions that will hurt the powers that be but make live a lot better for the masses of our people. Some said he will not be as forceful and willing to step on toes to ensure things are done fairly and to the full advantage of the citizenry. At the moment President Jonathan is being followed around the nation by Mr. Femi Otedola. It is either Mr. Otedola is after something or something is after him. What is Otedola up to or looking for? His follow-follow looks no more than a desperate measure and a hover-around. Jonathan must distance himself from Mr. Otedola and not allow anyone to promise to front for him or offer him interests or stakes in some joint business.
Some people have even compared Jonathan with Buhari and wondered if Jonathan is "his own man," a man who can put his foot down, take decisions without bothering about the interests of some powerful few, but actually design people-oriented policies and initiate programs that will make live a lot better for the masses while denying the rich and powerful the opportunity to reap the poor off and to cash in where they have not put anything in. I do not know Jonathan well enough to assess him along those lines. Some have said he did very little to nothing after the death of his erstwhile boss, the late Umaru Yar'Ardua, the rest of whose term he spent to fight his way up to the exulted seat and to settle in, which was considered an indication of his lack of plans and ideas. I am of the view that that was a short period to use in assessing Jonathan and more time is needed to see what he can do and how far he is willing to go on behalf of our people.
Jonathan began his post-election presidency with a retreat at the Obudu Cattle Ranch. Going to the ranch was a wonderful advert for that resort and a good example for other leaders. He must go a step further by making sure that his medical examination is done annually and at any of Nigeria's University Teaching Hospitals. If every Nigerian is stuck with the local hospitals and the various state-owned General Hospitals so should the president, his family, ministers and lieutenants. No one go around with two heads, not even the president, and true honesty and transparency just demand that everyone of us rely, use, and accept what we have, rather than wasting foreign exchange on medical treatments and check-ups in foreign lands. If the president feel our Teaching Hospitals are not good enough then he should take appropriate action to bring them up to international standard and make them meet the health needs of the nation. I do not expect President Jonathan to behave as badly as Umaru Yar'Ardua who spent the nation's money and resources to seek medical miracles overseas and procured medical equipment for himself and himself alone - conveniently forgetting that the diseases he suffered are not peculiar to him alone; many Nigerians are going through worse medical problems. As a leader, your conscience should prick you and strong enough to make you realize that if you order a plate of salad at the NICON Hilton Hotel in Abuja you should wonder if the average Nigerian can do the same particularly when spending state funds, or that if you procure a dialysis equipment with state funds for your personal use at the presidential villa or Aso Rock Presidential Clinic you should be interested in knowing if that equipment is available at the Teaching Hospitals across the nation. If the equipment is not available then you must make them available in those hospitals as well. That is what is expected of good leaders.

I want to take President Jonathan up on his promise to put national interest above everything else. It is in national interest to see to it that very seasoned Nigerians, honest men and women, openly transparent people of integrity are appointed as ministers and given responsibilities that will ensure the success of this government and translate its actions into meaningful development for the nation and its people. Very few of the current ministers are worthy of their offices and some have shown that they are unsuitable and incompetent to hold office. The petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke is one of such ministers. It has been said that Mrs. Alison-Madueke and the president are very close and are actually family friends. I must acknowledged that there is nothing wrong in having family friends or being close to these family friends, but my concern is that the petroleum ministry deserve to be run very well in a nation with heavy dependence on a monolithic product like crude oil. You will also not be seen to be transparent if this lady remain the nation's petroleum minister or even hold any other ministerial position at that. We need to divorce family friendships and relationships from state matters from now on if we want to be seen to be transparent and putting the interest of the nation first. A far more pertinent reason is the fact that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) needs a huge reorganization. The state-owned oil corporation is poorly managed and is being run down for personal benefits by executives and general managers who are very corrupt and very averse to transparency.
Transparency International (TI) considered NNPC the most corrupt national oil company in the world. NNPC ranked lowest and failed in every area of assessment used by TI to assess state-owned oil corporations around the world. The financial situation of NNPC is worse than ever before and its books have not been audited in years. A full audit of the accounts of NNPC is very important to the Nigerian economy. The nation will be able to see the true position of the corporation's assets and liabilities, and a strategic review can then be done to reposition the failing company for better and sustained performance, and transparency. The audit report of NNPC should be available for everyone to see since every Nigerian is a stakeholder in NNPC. I feel strongly that this is the department to start from; show to Nigerians that you truly want to be transparent by accepting the report of Transparency International (TI) on NNPC and implementing their recommendations. The report is found at the link provided below: http://www.transparency.org/news_room/latest_news/press_releases/2011/2011_03_01_prt_report_2011_en
To truly put national interest above personal and all other interests, President Jonathan must appoint men and women of integrity and competence to run the various government ministries and agencies. If the president is transparent and his ministers are not they will set him back. While he goes in one direction they will go in the other, and while he is doing everything possible to make sure funds are properly and well utilized for the good of our people his ministers will be helping themselves to state funds. The Petroleum Technology Trust Fund became a piggy bank for former vice president Abubakar and many in government some years ago. A few years ago the minister of health and her top directors at the Federal Ministry of Health also shared millions of naira that was left in the ministry's account at the end of the fiscal year. This case has not been fully resolved as several cases relating to this scandal are still in court. There should be no room for defeated former governors in the national executive council. Not a single former governor is worthy of ministerial appointment going by their poor performance record in the various states they ran to the ground and left with huge debt. Debts can be considered good if there are projects to show for them, but that cannot be said of failed governors like Mr. Alao-Akala or Mr. Gbenga Daniel. The two men and nearly all the other former governors have cases to answer before the EFCC. Since President Jonathan's political party is not know for transparency and for putting the nation's interest first it is glaring that the president will have to look at the larger society for decent and capable men, not ex-convicts and their ilk.
None of the former governors have been transparent, people-orientated and committed to the development of their states and the plight of the down-trodden. They were very much Owambe governors and epicureans. We need men and women who will be servants of the Nigerian people; men and women who are ready to sacrifice and give of themselves and will be fully accountable to the Nigerian people; willing and ready to protect the resources of our nation and maximize these resources for the benefit of all. Dr. Jonathan must also ignore all the defeated governorship, senatorial and representative candidates who were rejected at the polls and who were, all along, in the game for the final benefit they expect to get from federal appointments. Who wants to reward losers? I do not think President Jonathan is a kind of leader who will promote losers.
What can Jonathan do about the jumbo wages and allowances at the National Assembly? Is it going to be business as usual at the National Assembly? Is it proper that the Assembly members set their own salaries? Should our senators and legislators be earning salaries or stipends/sitting allowances? How President Jonathan handles this issue of wages and allowances at the National Assembly will openly show his true determination to put the nation first. The National Assembly has been a roguish institution in the last twelve years and the governor of the Central Bank has been diligent and upright enough to point this out despite the Assembly's attempt to muzzle him. The Senate and House constitute major huddles in the wheel of national progress. There is an urgent need to cut their excessive and prohibitive expenses. The nation cannot afford the huge wages, expenses, purchases and other costs the National Assembly is putting the nation through. I will be wonderful if Dr. Jonathan can focus on initiating policies that will stand the test of time and put the nation on the right path to sustainability and growth, and NNPC and the National Assembly are central to ensuring the success of any transparent and open government in Nigeria, one the major source of the nation's earnings and the other the major looter of the nation's earnings. Nigeria will be a better place with a transparent and open regime which should be able to deliver the fruits of democracy so much talked about but never seen.

Milan Same Level As Man U & Chelsea

Nigeria international Taye Taiwo has expressed his delight at his imminent transfer to Serie A champions AC Milan, and added that the San Siro outfit are at the same level as Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea.
Taiwo will move to Italy from Marseille at the end of the season, and he was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I have decided to sign for Milan because they are an excellent team who play great football.”In my opinion, they are at the same level as clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea. I am not saying that the other teams that were after my signature are not good teams, though. It is just that ever since making my international debut for Nigeria, I have dreamt of playing for an absolute top club.
"Milan have superb players like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Clarence] Seedorf and [Alexandre] Pato." The 26-year-old will depart OM on a free transfer at the culmination of the 2010-11 campaign, after spending six seasons atthe Stade

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Dear valued readers,

Prone to the responses I got from previous articles on NIDO presence in Cambodia, I would like to clearly state here that there are yet, no leader appointed nor elected to pioneer NIDO's affairs. We have no rights or jurisdictions to do so. It's purely Federal Government affairs and they are in right position to appoint whoever they deem fits enough to pilot NIDO and Nigerians in Cambodia. I did say that serving ex-cos of then NCSA are presently taking care of things and ensuring proper documentation of newly registered members. There is no cause for alarm yet.

The issue of the President is no longer a question to ask. Apparently the present situation has dented his image and by provision of constitution he may not be allow to run for the office of the president again. Maybe with an amendment something is possible but that dream is far from reality today.

We are all here together. Nothing would change without any of you knowing. Let's keep our heads low in seeking a more constructive way of resolving issues. I want to say also to those doing under ground campaigning to exercise more patience till right moment. Hasty climber would always fall but slow and steady wins the race.

I have known Nigerians as peace loving people, enterprising, hard working, co-operative and very intelligent people. Do we have different kinds of Nigerians here? Most probably no! So let's focus on fostering our unity, sensitizing our people, provide information database system, feed them with truth and lead them through right paths. Many have become victims of circumstances as a results of ignorance.

Most annoying part it's fact that we are loosing value in face of the authority and host community at large. We have been embraced by these people, well treated and respected. Why the sudden changes? Would leave this to your conscience.

There is need for a complete turn around. "The wind of change is blowing". Those are words of late Mr. Andrew. I urge all Nigerians not to forget these words in hurry. If you need changes then stand  boldly to be part of it's developmental processes. 


Argentina have named a strong squad for the June 1 international friendly against Nigeria in Abuja, although, understandably, a number of super stars are missing from the squad.

The prestige friendly, holding at the Abuja National Stadium and organized by Guinness, brings together sides that met at the South Africa 2010 World Cup, a game which the South Americans won 1-0 after strong resistance from the Super Eagles.

Argentina made announced their squad yesterday, with such big names as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria all missing.

But the squad still contains star names that should give the Abuja crowd full value and the Super Eagles a tough game.

World Footballer of the Year Messi is left out as a result of his involvement in the Champions League final just three days before the game, the same reason Javier Mascherano is excluded. Tevez has not been in the good books of coach Sergio Batista following a clash, while Higuain only recently recovered from a long-term injury.

However, Manchester City defender, Pablo Zabaleta, who won the English FA Cup with the club on Saturday, leads the 20-man squad, which is mostly Europe-based.

The almost wholly Europe-based squad includes eight players from the Spanish Primera Liga, three from the English Premier League, four from the Portuguese top flight and one from Serie A.

Notably, several of the players were part of the World Cup and have featured regularly since coach Sergio Batista took over from Diego Maradona in the aftermath of South Africa 2010.

An excited Batista said after announcing the squad:  “I have named a world-class squad for Guinness The Match.  It befits our status as one of the world’s greatest and most successful football nations and combines the strength of our more experienced team members together with the best of our exciting young talent.  We intend to put the Super Eagles to the test in a way only Argentina can – and we will win for our fans and our nation.”

Leading football authority and former Bolton manager, Sam Allardyce, who managed Jay Jay Okocha at the Premier League side and was present at the announcement of Guinness The Match earlier this year, said: “I am impressed with the coach’s choice.  There is a genuine, dynamic mix of youth and experience that should ignite the Argentine side on the night.

It’ll be fascinating to see who is picked for the team on the day.  I would love to see
 the likes of Diego Perotti (of Sevilla) step up.  Pablo Zabaleta has just won the FA Cup with Manchester City and been a vital member of the team that has secured a place in the UEFA Champions League next year.

“Franco Jara and Nicolas Gaitan were a core part of the Benfica team that won the 2010/11 Portuguese League Cup Final in April, clinching their third consecutive league cup trophy.

In fact Franco Jara is a really exciting talent.  He was called up to the Argentine national team on 19 January 2010 for a match against Costa Rica.  The match finished 3–2 with Jara scoring the match-winning goal.

“Since his inclusion in the Argentine starting line-up at the FIFA World Cup, the highly exciting Nicolas Otamendi (also with four league goals in 11 appearances since his transfer to Porto this season) is a real name to watch out for.  He and Fernando Belluschi have just helped Porto to win the Portuguese Liga.  Porto are also playing in the Europa League final on 18 May in Dublin.

Ruben Marco and Mateo Musacchio were instrumental in steering Villarreal to the Europa League semifinal.

“Siasia will doubtless now be reading this with heightened interest and I am now intrigued to see who he will name.  He too has some exciting young talent in his armoury.  One thing’s for sure, it will certainly provide the fans with a spectacular high tension, action-packed 90 minutes.”

Responding to the squad announcement, Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, said:  “It is not about the individual players such as Messi and Tevez.  The strength and success of Argentina and the threat they pose, comes from the depth of their football talent. This is what makes Guinness The Match such an exciting challenge for me personally and all our players.

“The coach’s squad is impressive – with such an array of talent available to him he has put forward a clever combination of tried and tested players with solid international experience together with the exciting skill of the phenomenal rising stars of Argentina.
We knew full well that he could raise a world class team to maintain their unbeaten record against us and defend their ranking as 5th in the world.  With this squad he is definitely playing to win.  But we will be well prepared and fielding our very best team. Fans can expect a thrilling game. It will be a match for the history books and we will show what we are made of.  We will not let the fans down.  In return we ask them to play their part and show their support”
C.A. Independiente, Argentina
Manchester City. England
Sunderland AFC, England
GARAY, Ezequiel:
Real Madrid, Spain
OTAMENDI, Nicolas:
Porto FC, Portugal
FAZIO, Federico:
Sevilla, Spain
BELLUSCHI, Fernando:
Porto FC, Portugal
CABRAL, Alejandro:
Legia Varsovia, Poland
   Blackburn Rovers, England
INSUA, Emiliano    -    Galatasaray, Turkey
CRISTALDO, Jonathan-    Metalist Kharkiv, Ukraine    
GAITAN, Nicolas    -    Benfica, Portugal  
PIATTI, Pablo         -    Almeria, Spain   
RUBEN, Marco        -    Villarreal, Spain
JARA, Franco        -    Benfica, Portugal
PEROTTI, Diego    -    Sevilla, Spain
BOSELLI, Mauro    -    Genoa, Italy
BERTOLO, Nicolas    -    Real Zaragoza, Spain
COSTA, Tino        -    Valencia, Spain
MUSACCHIO, Mateo    -    Villarreal, Spain

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Ghana will lock horns with arch rivals Nigeria in an international friendly game in London in August subject to the finalization of an agreement.

The West African rivals who have built one of the fiercest rivalries in world football are due to meet in England on August 10 at a venue yet to be decided three days before the start of the Premiership season.

The Black Stars could play Turkey in London  if the deal to face the Super Eagles falls through.

The contract for the epic clash between the Super Eagles and the Black Stars has been tabled before the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The match has been tentatively fixed for 9 August, a date set aside by Fifa for international friendly matches.

The match is likely to be played at the Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road stadium or Selhurst Park, the stadium for Crystal Palace.

Nigeria are desperate for another opportunity to avenge the 4-1 thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Black Stars in London in 2007.

The Super Eagles will be hoping to appease their fans in the UK through the game but with the Black Stars on a high an interesting match will be on display if the two sides agree to play.

Ghana will use the match to prepare for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland in September.