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Jonathan, Maigari, endorse ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Aminu Maigari on Monday joined President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo and other prominent Nigerians in endorsing the new HIV awareness initiative tagged ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign. The event, which took place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, underscored [...]

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    Strachan names uncapped duo for Nigeria friendly

Strachan names uncapped duo for Nigeria friendly

Scotland coach, Gordon Strachan has added uncapped Derby County duo of Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth to his squad for the upcoming friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage.  Dundee United left, back Andrew Robertson, is named among the defenders, while Craig Bryson joins his Pride Park teammates who have helped guide the Rams to the Championship play-off final. Gary Caldwell returns in defence [...]

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IBB, my toughest opponent – Jerry Okorodudu

Former African boxing champion, Jeremiah Okorodudu, tells Victor Akhidenor about his controversial fight with Joe Lasisi, how the annulled June 12 election affected him and lots more in this interview Since retiring what has been your involvement in the sport? I have a boxing academy in Ojo for youths between the ages 10 and 15. Every year I do a boxing championship [...]

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    Boko Haram exploits Nigeria’s ‘military decline’

Boko Haram exploits Nigeria’s ‘military decline’

By Tim Cocks/Reuters Two decades ago Nigeria's military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands. A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces has damaged Nigeria's armed services, while in Boko Haram [...]

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Nigeria, US seek UN designation of Boko Haram as terrorists

Nigeria and the US are working on a UN Security Council  resolution to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organisation, diplomats at the foreign ministry in Abuja have confirmed. The two countries, sources said, have agreed that the UN should take a quick action to designate Boko Haram a terror organisation. A strong indication that the 15-member council would consider the resolution emerged [...]

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    Omeruo demands ‘double money’ from Chelsea

Omeruo demands ‘double money’ from Chelsea

Chelsea run the risk of losing their Nigerian international centre-half, Kenneth Omeruo, on the cheap, after the youngster rejected their latest contract offer. Omeruo, who has impressed under the tutelage of Aitor Karanka on loan at Middlesbrough, is out of contract in the summer of 2015. His agent, Chika Akujobi, wants a better deal from Chelsea before he leaves for the World [...]

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    What exactly can the US do in Chibok?

What exactly can the US do in Chibok?

US President Barack Obama's offer of help to Nigeria to rescue the abducted girls has generated considerable excitement in the land - but what are the chances of success? Nigerians believe a lot in the American might, and President Goodluck Jonathan has been seeking help from the super power to help combat the Boko Haram carnage. The US has already sent a [...]

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    Blaming Jonathan over Chibok ‘is unhelpful’

Blaming Jonathan over Chibok ‘is unhelpful’

Presidential aide, Mr. Oronto Douglas, says it is "not helpful" to heap blame upon the Nigerian government over the kidnap of hundreds of girls by Boko Haram. Speaking with The Washington Post in the US, he said what the government needed was "co-operation". Several Nigerian activists have blamed the government for its late response to the Chibok abductions which took place in [...]

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    FIFA World Cup: Nigeria lowest-ranked in Group F

FIFA World Cup: Nigeria lowest-ranked in Group F

The latest FIFA ranking has placed Nigeria on 44th in the world. The ranking, which was released on Thursday, indicates that Nigeria moved only one spot up from 45th in last month’s ranking. Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran, Super Eagles Group F opponents in the World Cup are placed 7th, 25th and 37th, respectively. However, the Super Eagles remain sixth in Africa, with Cote [...]

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    African journalists ‘not good to the continent’

African journalists ‘not good to the continent’

Nigeria's Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged African journalists to develop a positive mindset towards the continent. Speaking at an interactive session during the ongoing World Economic Forum in Abuja, the minister criticised African media for projecting the negative side of the continent. "Sometime ago, I was attending a conference in New York and a [...]

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    Jonathan approves $1bn to fight terrorism

Jonathan approves $1bn to fight terrorism

President Goodluck Jonathan says he has given approval of about $1 billion for Nigeria to improve its security capability. He was speaking at the opening session of the World Economic Forum Africa holding in Abuja. He highlighted terrorism and kidnap-for-ransom as new and "strange" security challenges Nigeria is facing and said it would take a while for any country to contain these [...]

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    Shell to construct N1.9tr storage facility in Nigeria

Shell to construct N1.9tr storage facility in Nigeria

Royal Dutch Oil-giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, has revealed its intention to construct a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility in Nigeria. Estimated at N1.9 trillion, the facility is to be situated in a water depth of over 1,000 metres, at Bonga South-West in the Niger Delta. At an Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Shell's General Manager, Deepwater, Mr. Jerry Jackson, [...]

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    Odemwingie ‘looking forward’ to World Cup

Odemwingie ‘looking forward’ to World Cup

Surprise inclusion in Stephen Keshi’s provisional list for 2014 World Cup, Osaze Odemwingie, has expressed delight that his international football exile is finally over. The 32 year-old striker has had a topsy-turvy relationship with Nigeria's football management, but he has mended broken bridges with them and can now look forward to facing Stoke City colleague Asmir Begovic when they play Bosnia in [...]

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    Boko Haram abducts 8 more girls

Boko Haram abducts 8 more girls

Amid ongoing massive campaigns for the release of the school girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram, the sect has kidnapped eight girls in Warabe, a village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The armed men stormed the village in the middle of the night, shooting sporadically, before escaping with the captives. According to Lazarus Musa, a resident of the [...]

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    Fayose dumps 80-year-old governorship running mate

Fayose dumps 80-year-old governorship running mate

Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State and flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next month's governorship election in the state, has named a new running mate. Fayose, who was governor between 2003 and 2007, has picked a new running mate for the election slated for June 21, replacing Pa Joshua Ojo, an 80-year-old retired teacher, with Dr. Olubunmi [...]

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    Subsidy trial: Court chides EFCC over Ali’s son

Subsidy trial: Court chides EFCC over Ali’s son

An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday closed the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against an oil marketer, Mamman Ali, charged with N4.4 billion fuel subsidy fraud. Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo ordered the closure of the case for what he called "lack of diligent prosecution" by the EFCC. Mamman, the son of former PDP chairman, Dr Ahmadu Ali, was charged [...]

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