Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Opinion: Time For Nigeria Football Federation Board To Resign

By Nelson Ekujumi
Just yesterday night(29/11/11), I watched the Under 23 National team 5 that was formerly called dream team lose its second match to Senegal in the ongoing qualifiers to determine Africa’s representatives for the football event at next year’s Olympics game. I just couldn’t believe my eyes that this bunch of players could be paraded by the NFF as the representatives of the Nigerian people.
I was even angrier when I heard in the news report this morning that the coach on secondment to the team, Stephen Keshi complained that the team lost the match because they didn’t play to instruction. Oh, what a shame that the newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles watched a different match from the one we all saw yesterday because there was no footballer in the that team. The team from the head coach to players are all misfits. You couldn’t figure out a footballer in that team. They lacked fitness, couldn’t mark, hold the ball or even distribute it. We could have saved ourselves this national embarrassment if we had gone to any of our maternity centers to pick eleven pregnant women who would have performed better than these boys.
The price we are paying now is what befalls any people and system that rewards cheats and failures at the expense of hard work. The NFF is the only football body in the world where people who have repeatedly failed at one level or the other are recycled just like in our political life, hence our pitiable condition in the comity of civilized people. Look at the roll call of the membership of the NFF and let any one of them point to his /her individual achievement in their personal capacity before being saddled with the task of managing the destiny of a country of over 160 million people which they have toyed with.
To think that this miserable team could have salvaged whatever glory was left of our football after all the national and local clubsides teams crashed out of every major international competition that we entered for at the female and male levels under the leadership of Alhaji Maigari NFF this year was like a like pipe dream. The Under 23 team is a disappointment and an embarrassment to the psyche of the Nigerian people, the board of the NFF must take full responsibility for this show of shame by resigning now.
The only road to success in life is through diligent planning and hard work rather than luck. Until we get men and women who are knowledgeable, focused and sincere on board the management of our football just like in our political life, the only way to go for our football is down, with these undertakers in charge.
As we approach the year 2012, one fervently hopes and prays that the members of the board of the NFF who still have any atom of shame left in them will be sober enough to realize the extent of damage they have done to our collective destiny by the failures of 2011 in football at all levels by resigning now. To the Alhaji Maigari led NFF, the time to go is now because enough is enough!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

News Report: Michael Jackson's Doctor Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Dr. Conrad Murray
Credit: Associated Press
The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars.
Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust" in caring for Jackson.
Prosecutors had urged the judge to sentence the doctor to the maximum, arguing his treatment of Jackson with a powerful anesthetic ended the life of the King of Pop and left his three children without a father.
Attorneys for the 58-year-old Murray argued that probation was a more appropriate sentence, given his lack of a criminal history and the fact he will lose his medical license.
Murray could serve half of the four years because of overcrowding in California jails.

Photonews: Protesters In Tehran Storm United Kingdom Embassy

Photo Credits: BBC News

Saturday, 26 November 2011

News Release: Ojukwu’s Place In Nigerian History Is Assured

President Jonathan
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with much sadness and a deep feeling of great national loss news of the passing away of Chief Chukwemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in the United Kingdom.
President Jonathan joins Chief Ojukwu’s family, the government and people of his home state, Anambra, the entire Igbo people of Nigeria and his friends, associates and followers across the country in mourning him.
The President urges them to be comforted by the knowledge that Chief Ojukwu lived a most fulfilled life, and has in passing on, left behind a record of very notable contributions to the evolution of modern Nigeria which will assure his place in the history of the country.
President Jonathan believes that late Chief Ojukwu’s immense love for his people, justice, equity and fairness which forced him into the leading role he played in the Nigerian civil war, as well as his commitment to reconciliation and the full reintegration of his people into a united and progressive Nigeria in the aftermath of the war, will ensure that he is remembered forever as one of the great personalities of his time who stood out easily as a brave, courageous, fearless, erudite and charismatic leader. The President calls on Chief Ojukwu’s family, his associates and followers to make his rites of passage a celebration of his most worthy and memorable life spent in the service of his people and the nation. He prays that God Almighty will grant Chief Ojukwu’s soul eternal rest from his earthly labours. 
Reuben Abati, Ph.D. Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

News Report: Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu Is Dead

Late Ojukwu
chidi opara reports can now report that ex-Biafran Leader, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is dead. A statement issued today by one of his children, Mr. Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu Jnr. said that the holder of the traditional title of Ikemba Nnewi and Dike Di Ora Mma of Igboland died in London where he was recovering from a severe stroke.

Ojukwu, who was a national leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), seriously took ill last year and was taken to London for medical attention.

The statement reads:

After a protracted and brave fight against stroke, the People’s General, Ikemba Nnewi, Dikedioranma Ndigbo, Odenigbo Ngw, Ezeigbo Gburugburu, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu died in the early hours of today in London.
We thank all those that showed concern in our period of difficulties, starting from the President of Country, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR. We thank in a special way the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi who went above and beyond the call to duty to look after him. Besides paying the hospital bills, he visited London on monthly basis to see him. He was there yesterday and only came back this morning to receive the news, whereupon he entered the next available flight back to London. He even had to fly Economy since other classes were fully booked. We thank him for the sacrifices.
We thank all Nigerians for their solidarity, especially those that continued to pray for him. May you continue to pray for the repose of his soul.

Further details shall be made available.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu
For the family"

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

News Release: President Jonathan Approves Appointment Of New EFCC Chairman

Farida Waziri: Removed
Ibrahim Lamorde: Acting Chairman

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde  as the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The appointment takes immediate effect, and effectively relieves  Mrs. Farida Waziri of her position as EFCC Chairman.  Mrs. Waziri was appointed EFCC Chairman by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 18, 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 2008.
Mr.  Lamorde, an officer of the Nigeria Police, was, until this appointment the Director of Operations of the EFCC. He was also Ag. Chairman of the EFCC before Mrs. Waziri assumed duty at the Commission.
Reuben Abati, Ph.d
Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity)

News Report: Devaluation Stabilizes Naira

The Nigerian Central Bank's announcement on Monday devaluing the Naira helped the Nigerian Currency to stabilize, chidi opara reports learned. The Naira traded at #159.2 to $1 Dollar at noon on Tuesday.
The Central Bank's announcement also said that the 12 percent monetary policy rate would remain unchanged for now. The rate was last raised in October.
Investors in Nigeria’s three-year bond, who had anticipated a raise that never came, slacked investments in the country’s high yield investment paper preferring to wait for the next monetary policy announcement to be made in January 2012.
The devaluation pegged the Naira between #150-#160 to $1 Dollar, a move that also merged the official rate with the interbank rate. The Naira hitherto exchanged between #145-#155 to $1 Dollar.
The restiveness in Nigeria’s Oil bearing region which results in low output in the country’s oil production reduced economic growth to 7.72 percent earlier this year and to 7.4 percent in the last two quarters, necessitating the devaluation. Nigeria is an Oil dependent mono-economy.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Central Bank's governor however advised against over reliance on statistics.