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Monday, July 15, 2019

Super Eagles crash out of AFCON, lose 2-1 to Algeria

Super Eagles crash out of AFCON, lose 2-1 to Algeria

Nigeria has crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles were defeated by Algeria's Desert Foxes 2-1 at the semi-final match which held at the Cairo International stadium today Sunday July 14th.

The Super Eagles will now play for third place against Tunisia on Wednesday July 17th.

Buhari has failed and can’t solve our problems — Soyinka

Wole Soyinka on Sunday, July 14, 2019 lamented over the security challenges facing the country, and how President Buhari's alleged failed approach to the herders/farmers’ crisis.

The Nobel Laureate in his speech at the event where he played host to 85 pupils drawn from all the six geopolitical zones of the country to mark his 85th birthday, called for a national dialogue among all the people across party and ethnic lines as he alleged that President Buhari has failed.

“Governance is a very difficult occupation; Nigeria is a very complex nation for a lot of reasons; its history, the background, the formation of it, the complexity, the culture, balancing here and there and then, you have several complications like fuel, among others.

“Politicians that money has gone into their heads misdirect themselves in terms of priority, they neglect some sections, some of them are nepotistic and some of them alienate themselves from the public which is the people they are supposed to serve and govern and they think they are still colonial masters, especially when we went through the military period" he said.

On the Governor he likes most, Wole Soyinka said;

“The major problem that we have is successive governments; it is easier, on the state level, to say that this particular state is doing better than this state, but the central government, I am afraid, has failed and that is my view in the main to really serve the people intelligently, creatively and be even handed in their apportionment of facilities to various areas of the nation.

“Look at what is happening today, how is it possible for me to say for instance that I am pro this government, it is being negligent, look at what is happening with the cattle all over the place. That is a security issue which should never have reached this level.

“I am sure that carelessness and single act which has resulted in hundreds of people being massacred in their farms and their farms taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.

“It is an issue that is so serious and which concerns the welfare of you and me that any carelessness or any failure there is totally unforgivable and unpardonable. It is not that one likes to criticise for the sake of criticising; no! It is just that we believe that there is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be considered a true representative of the people. So, I am afraid I am waiting for you to grow up and become president.”

Rape allegations: Christian Association of Nigeria leaders visit COZA, pledge support for Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo (video)

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has pledged to stand and support the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, who has been accused of rape by wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, Busola, and another anonymous lady.

Recall that Busola granted an interview where she alleged that Fatoyinbo who was her Pastor when she was much younger, raped her in her father's apartment when she was 17 and went on to have sex with her a few other times. The news was greeted with widespread condemnation and even a protest was staged in front of COZA church in Abuja and Lagos. Fatoyinbo was forced to step aside as the Senor Pastor of the Church. He released a statement, denying the allegation and vowing to challenge his accusers in court.

During the church's service yesterday Sunday July 14th, the president of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji, came visiting where they spoke to the congregation, pledging their support and prayers for Fatoyinbo and COZA church as they face this hard times.

In his speech, Reverend Jonah said CAN is behind Fatoyinbo and COZA as they stand this trying period.

''I assure you that we are with you and we will continue to be with you. We are in support of the church. We are in support of your pastor. We stand by him. and this church will continue to match forward. The I declare that the gates of hell shall not prevail against this church in the mighty name of Jesus'' Reverend Jonah said

On his part, Reverend Akanji in his speech, said Jesus expects his followers to be like the good Samaritan who was there to give help to a wounded soldier and not turn his back on such a soldier. He also pledged his support to Fatoyinbo and COZA, adding that many Christians were praying for them.

Watch a video of the CAN leaders speaking during the visit below.

You are shameless and not worth having as a friend- Nigerians slam Tonto's ex-friend who received N3m birthday gift from Churchill

Nigerians have stormed the Instagram page of Blessing Osim, the former friend of actress Tonto Dikeh who on Sunday July 14th, celebrated Tonto's ex husband Olakunle Churchill for gifting her N3 million as a birthday gift. read here

Blessing and Tonto were reportedly good friends before they fell out after Tonto's marriage to Churchill packed up. Yesterday was Blessing's birthday and she shared a screenshot of a N3 million credit alert, claming it was from Churchill. Some Instagram users soon after, took to the comment section of the said post and accused Blessing of being a ''bad friend''.

Actress Rosy Meurer wasn't spared in the drama. She was also dragged after she celebrated Blessing in her comment section. See all the drama as it unfolded below.

Justice Bulkachuwa cancels annual vacation for Justices of the Appeal Court

This year’s Annual Justices vacation for the Court of appeal Justices, has been cancelled by Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, President of the Court of Appeal.

In the press statement the media officer for the Court of Appeal Mr Saadatu Musa sent out, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa cited the "enormous petitions the Court is faced with, 2019 being an election year" as reason for the cancellation.

The 2-page circular which communicated the directive to the judges of the court, revealed that 65 election petitions relating to the last governorship, state House of Assembly, National Assembly and presidential elections had so far been either dismissed or struck out, while 735 were pending before 77 tribunals sitting across the country.

Presiding justices of the various divisions of the court, were asked to draw up a roaster to enable “the justices with medical appointments or other pressing family issues to travel for not more than 15 days within the period.”

“In divisions with three justices, only one justice can travel at a time and the office of the President of the Court of appeal is to be immediately notified to form a panel in that justice’s absence should the need arise,” the circular further directed.

“According to Justice Bulkachuwa, appeals arising from the National and State Assemblies would be heard by a local panel of three members, except where it is controversial, then the president will constitute and send another panel to hear it.

“On the governorship appeals, the president of the Court of Appeal disclosed that it would be heard by a five-member panel to be set up by his lordship.

“Hon. Justice Bulkachuwa, therefore, instructed the presiding justices to notify her as soon as appeals from governorship elections were filed to ensure their speedy determination" it added.

Idris Elba attends Hobbs & Shaw premiere with wife Sabrina and daughter Isan Elba

Idris Elba and his family were a sight to behold as they attended the premiere of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in Los Angeles.

The actor walked the red carpet with wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba and Isan Elba, his daughter from his first marriage.

See photos below.

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