Veteran actress, Idowu Philips aka Iya Rainbow celebrates her 76th birthday with beautiful photos

Actress, Idowu Phillips, popularly known as Iya Rainbow is celebrating her 76th birthday today, October 16th.
She shared these lovely new photos on her IG page. Happy birthday to her! 
''HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME ???????????????????????????????? DO I LOOK 76YRS ???? MY FANS FRIENDS FOLLOWERS TELL ME'' she wrote 

Agonies of Rivers flood victims

SNAKE and other reptiles have invaded Akioniso, Akinima, Mbiama,  Joinkrama 1, 2 and 3  communities overrun by flood in Rivers State, while government has not deployed medial team to attend to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, suffering from rash and other skin diseases caused by their bathing, cooking and drinking of polluted water.

“People are sick. There is no water to drink. Some people drink this water because there is no option. Many people are purging. Now I have my own first aid which I carry sometimes, so any one that is purging we give them that one before we rush to the hospital.
No health intervention

“There is no health assistance from any quarters at the moment. Till now we have not seen anything. We need good health care system and we need food items because we have lost all we have to the flood.”
“One woman left here due to the rush of the water, she went to the farm and she drowned. Her name is Victoria Akari. The incident caused panic in the community and people stopped going to the farm to harvest their crops,” he added.

Food shortage alert
Another traditional ruler, Chief Denis Warman, who spoke to NDV, said: “The hunger we envisage that our people will face after the flood is already setting panic in the community. Again the government negligence as regards this flood and the people who are suffering here is worrisome. It is only God and we that are here that know what we are going through.”
“Unfortunately, the government we thought will come to our aid is just there behaving strangely. All they are doing is just mere sham. The government has not made any effort over this flood,” he complained.
His words: “There is outbreak of diseases everywhere and reptiles are coming into the communities at will. The kids cannot go to school anymore because everywhere is flooded.”
Displaced persons bemoan
When NDV visited Akinima community, 10-year-old girl, Beauty Morrison with rashes, stated: “Flood water is what caused the rash because I bathe with it every day. I have not started taking medicine. Its over two weeks this rash came out in my body. It scratches me very bad and I do not sleep well in the night.”
Also, 18-year- old resident, Chisom Joseph, said: “We are suffering here because of this water, it is affecting me. As you see me, I have the skin problem, my private part is affected.  It is the water that is causing it because we bathe with it. The water is polluted and poisonous.”
“I am not taking drugs now because there is nowhere to get it. Even the chemists we go to mix drugs have all closed and packed out. Water has covered everywhere. We are calling on NEMA to come and help us. We are calling on doctors to come and save us from this problem,” he said.
Residents relocate to roadside
Joseph revealed: “From Mbiama, almost every family stays on the road where the flood has not covered. We sleep by the road side, cook and eat there. I have bought three canopies that we mount by the road side to serve as shelter for our people.”
“NEMA and government should know what to do. There is no provision for mosquito nets, no drug and no shelter. We have not received any health intervention. I am surprised at the attitude of the government,” he retorted.
SOS from IDPs camp
Chairman of one of the IDP camps in Akinima, Mr. Anthony Vincent, told our reporter: “The level of mosquito here is much. We are dying of mosquitoes here. Please I want the press to help us and beg the government to forgive us if we have sinned against them and help  us.
“Most people here are sick. I am here with them. There is skin disease here. If you see some people skin, you will shock. In the night, you cannot stay here at all. So we need mosquito nets. We have over 30 families living in this town hall.
Activist blasts NEMA
A Non-Governmental Organization, Social Action, which visited the area, corroborated the claim of villagers that flood was causing sickness to the residents bathing and drinking the dirty water.
The group’s Research and Project Officer, Social Action, Fyneface Dumanamene, said: “We visited Mbiama, Akioniso, Akinima, Joinkrama 1, 2 and 3 and we saw everywhere was taken over by flood. There is no dry land, government does not need to wait anymore to declare emergency in these areas.
“Some of these communities do not have any place to stay at all. The same suffering people faced in 2012 is repeating itself this year again. They should not just declare these places disaster zone; they should come to the aid of the people,” he added.
He regretted that NEMA could only provide canopies to the area after collecting over N3 billion from the FG, adding that residents of the areas still depend on the polluted water.
“NEMA has only provided five canopies for the people to stay in and that is all, I do not know why that should be all they could do when about N3 billion was given to them to handle this case. People here need water, food, drugs and shelter to be comfortable at least in the face of these challenges,” he said.
His words: “We saw a lot of children and families who depend on this water. I saw them bathing in the water. They use the water to soak the cassava they eat. You see a lot of children with rashes on their body.”

Ekiti debt profile hits N120bn as Fayose exits

ADO-EKITI—THE debt profile of Ekiti State which was N117 billion at the beginning of the year has risen to N120 billion.
According to a document forwarded to the Debt Management Office, dmo, by the outgoing state government, the state incurred additional debt of N3 billion between March and June this year.

In September, Kayode Fayemi, governor-elect of Ekiti State, had raised an alarm over N99 billion debt incurred by the administration of Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The DMO had said the debt profile of the state, going by available records then, had increased from N18 billion during Fayemi’s era to N117 billion, under Fayose’s watch.
But Fayose had denied the claim, saying the debt of Ekiti is pegged at N59.5 billion and that it was incurred by Fayemi’s government.

However, in the document forwarded to the DMO Office, which was seen by TheCable, the state’s debt profile rose from N117 billion to N120 billion within three months.
The components of the debt, according to the document, shows commercial bank loans pegged at N2 billion, federal government and state bond of N18.2 billion and N3.5 billion respectively as well as budget support facility of N16.9 billion.
There are also a salary bail out of N9 billion, excess crude account of N9.5 billion, commercial agriculture loan of N163.4 million, contractors’ arrears of N2 billion pension and gratuity arrears of N22.2 billion.
Others are salary arrears of N8.3 billion and judgement debt of N95 million.

C-River Rep aspirants seek cancellation of primary

Two House of Representatives aspirants in  Boki/Ikom Federal Constituency of Cross River State, Destiny Takon and Ento Edako, have called for the cancellation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  primary election which produced Chris Ngoro as the candidate of the party.

In a joint petition to the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus, through the law firm of Destiny Obun Takon & Co, the  aspirants claimed that what transpired on October 4, 2018, during the exercise was a charade.
Copies of the petition were also forwarded to Cross River State,  PDP Chairman,  Independent National Electoral Commission,  INEC, and the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state.

Takon and Edako stated that they decided to boycott the election after a particular aspirant and his friend, who they claimed acted as returning officer were sighted with materials for the election.
They alleged that aside not being duly informed about the date of the election, they were also not informed about the venue of the election.
Demanding a rescheduling of the election,  they said: “We most humbly urge the party to cancel and reschedule the primary in the interest of the party.

“We may, however, be constrained to consider other legal remedies available should the party fail to do the needful within three weeks of receipt of this notice.
“We hope that good counsel and conscience would prevail over the party leadership at this trying time.’’

Breaking: Red Cross Worker Allegedly Killed By Boko Haram

A faction of the Boko haram terrorist group, the Islamic State West Africa Province has reportedly killed Hauwa Leman.
Leman was an aide worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
TheCable reports that this occoured on Monday, October 15.
The group also reportedly threatened to keep Leah Sharibu as a slave for life.

Snake pastor feeds his congregation dog meat and frogs to heal HIV and cancer

Penuel Mnguni, who is infamously known as the snake pastor, is at it again- this time he gave his congregation dog meat and blood which he claimed would heal them from HIV/ Aids and cancer.

According to TimesLIVE, a disturbing video from the scene was shared on the Facebook profile of End Times Disciples Ministries. The video showed the pastor giving dog meat to his church members to cure them from HIV. It was also gathered that the two hours footage showed frogs being sla*ghtered.

In the footage, which was titled Sunday Live Holy Communion Service, the snake pastor is heard saying: "So this is the bones of a dog. So if you want to take one home, you can take it. It's the flesh of Jesus Christ. It's no more a dog. I prayed for this bones." On Saturday, another post was shared, which showed the pastor serving frogs and rats to his church members. 

it beginning of the lengthy post reads: "It is that time again, where we partake from our Father's table without asking no question. Apostle Paul said it clearly; eat without asking no question." The post sparked outrage on social media with Facebook users slamming the pastor. 

Daniel Kunda wrote, "Indeed its the End time Disciples but believe me my brother, you have misinterpret the Scripture, even the people who commenting and supporting you they need serious Deliverance, who as bewitched you Foolish Galatians." 

Mother Breaks Son's Head For Refusing To Eat FUFU In Lagos

Mother breaks son’s head over N50 meal in Lagos (graphic photos)

A mother identified as Mrs. Celestine, reportedly assaulted and broke her son’s head all because he refused eating ‘fufu’ (a cassava meal).
The mother assaulted and broke her son’s head at their home in Ijeshatedo area in Surulere, Lagos, and according to eyewitnesses, she was stopped from further beating up the boy by her neighbours.
It was further gathered that the the woman always laid out her frustration on her children, and her son who confirmed that he and his siblings usually suffered physical abuses from their mother, however, pleaded that she should not be arrested.

Facebook user Remilekun Atanda who shared the story wrote;
To good mother and father pls kindly look at this picture very well one mother did this to her son bcs of fufu of 50naira in my street
The neighbours who alleged that there was a night the lady brutalized one of her children until he bled from ears, reported the incident to the police and Mrs. Celestine was arrested, cautioned and released.

Why Nigerians must support Atiku/Obi presidential ticket - Senator Abaribe

The Senator representing Abia south senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has described the emergence of former governor Peter Obi as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar as the finest choice.
Abaribe said the choice of Obi to run with the former vice president as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 presidency had boosted the chances of the PDP winning the 2019 presidential election.
Punch reports that Abaribe in a statement released on Sunday, October 14, said Obi as an embodiment of discipline and positive attributes.

Ababribe said: "Mr Obi’s widely acknowledged good track record in infrastructural development and economic reforms as governor of Anambra State remains an eloquent testimony of what service delivery and good governance is all about.
“The ticket of the duo of former vice president Atiku Abubakar and Mr Obi represents the finest choice available and one that reflects the high-pitch push by Nigerians for total economic and political reforms.

“The present hopeless situation of fear, despondency and hunger in the land, which is occasioned by a seemingly rudderless and clueless government, requires experienced and steady hands in the saddle. Of course, the Atiku/Obi ticket presents that radical choice capable of pulling the country out of her present horrendous predicament," the Senator added.

Ekweremadu’s call to the southeast leaders followed a complaint by the group that they were not properly consulted before Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, was chosen for the position.
The deputy senate president at a meeting with southeast political leaders, comprising the zone’s PDP governors, national assembly caucus, board of trustee members and other party leaders convinced the group not to reject Obi’s nomination.

Uk-based Nigerian mom reveals how she dealt with her son, yesterday

Uk-based Nigerian mom reveals how she dealt with her son, yesterday

She wrote:
My son went out last night and he broke my curfew.
I tracked his car, got a taxi and drove his car home with the spare key.
3 hours later he called me.
Son: Mum!  I can't find my car! OMG! ๐Ÿ˜ข
Moi: Your car came home earlier observing my curfew!
Son: Mom!!!
Moi: Son jog home!!! 

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Sosan commends Glo for supporting the Girl Child Day

Sosan commends Glo for supporting the Girl Child Day

 Globacom’s representatives at the International Day of the Girl Child, Mrs. Justina Abdulateef (3rd left), and Mrs Temitope Oke, (3rd right) with some of the secondary school students who participated at an event sponsored by the company to mark the Day at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday.

Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and an Educationist, Princess Adebisi Sosan, has paid tribute to national telecommunications operator, Globacom, for supporting the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Speaking at the event held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos on Thursday, Princess Sosan said that it was a mark of good corporate citizenship for Globacom to sponsor a programme designed to help promote the welfare of the girl child.

“I give kudos to Glo for supporting this noble objective. Girls are the molders of society, the homemakers, the ones that make the world great, the ones that promote peace and stability in the world. I am delighted the United Nations set aside October 11 every year as the International Day of the Girl Child to help draw attention to the plight of girls. I am happy that through the support of organizations like Globacom we are able to join the rest of the world to mark this day”, Princess Sosan said.

She urged the girls drawn from several secondary schools in Lagos who attended the forum to embrace information and communications technology (ICT) to conquer today’s world. The schools included Grace High School, Gbagada; Chrisland School, Lekki; Lagoon School, Lekki; Baptist Girls Academy, Palmgrove, and Peace Lane College, Iju.

Sosan commends Glo for supporting the Girl Child Day

Mrs Temitope Oke of Globacom; Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adebisi Sosan, Mrs. Justina Abdulateef also of Globacom, and Publisher of e-Business Life magazine, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, at the 2018 International Day of the Girl Child sponsored by the Globacom in Lagos on Thursday.


Globacom’s representative at the event and Manager, Public Sector, Lagos, Mrs Justina Abdulateef, explained that the company partnered with the organizers to help realize the objectives of the Girl Child Day and to encourage young girls to strive to realize their potentials.

She encouraged participants to rise above stereotypes and discriminations that had deterred many girls from pursuing their dreams, adding that, with determination, they would excel in hitherto male-dominated areas such as Engineering and ICT. “You must, therefore, never let anyone limit your possibilities. If you set your mind to it, there is nothing you cannot achieve as a girl”, Mrs Abdulateef stated.

Also speaking at the event, the Convener of the forum and Publisher of e-Business Life magazine, Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro, said the objectives of the International Girl Child Day were “to spread awareness about issues faced by girls and to promote girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face”. The challenges include lack of access to education, gender bias, early marriage and sexual abuse.

Nigerian lady says looting of the treasury should be brought back, see her reason

It's a pity, Israelites cry to Moses to take them back to Egypt to continue in their slavely because there face with a mere hunger that cannot kill them. With those some of comment am seeing here, am not sure if there is future in this our country.

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Obasanjo lobbying US authorities to withdraw Atikuรข€™s US entry ban- APC

The ruling party, APC, has accused former presidnet Olusegun Obasanjo, of lobbying the US government to withdraw the ban on the former Vice president.

 In a statement released by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, the party said Obasanjo is working to ensure that the US government withdraw the ban placed on Atiku from entering the United States following a 2005 $500,000 bribery scandal that involved Atiku, his fourth wife, Jennifer and former United States Congressman, William Jefferson. Read the statement below.

We have come across credible reports that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made moves to secure United States entry visa for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar, whose candidacy he endorsed on Thursday.

It is learnt that that the former President who during and after leaving office insisted on Atiku’s unsuitability to govern Nigeria based on his knowledge of the latter’s extensive corrupt practices while he served as Vice President, is lobbying US authorities to withdraw the ban reportedly placed on Atiku from entering the United States following a 2005 $500,000 bribery scandal that involved Atiku, his fourth wife, Jennifer and former United States Congressman, William Jefferson.

Recall that the former president while in office had deployed enormous resources of the country on a global dragnet coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in getting Atiku prosecuted for corrupt enrichment and money laundering.

A report by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin reported that Atiku used offshore companies to siphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States, Jennifer while still the vice president of Nigeria between 2000 and 2008.

The report further stated that then President Bush had on the strength of his report, barred Atiku and other corrupt politically exposed persons from being issued visa to the United States, a reason for which he has been unable to travel to the United States till date.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s intervention in Alh. Abubakar Atiku’s ban from the United States of America is evidence of Obasanjo’s legendary hypocrisy and self-serving interest in national affairs.

Photo: See the wedding dress a Nigerian designer reportedly collected N1.8m to make

Photo: See the wedding dress a Nigerian designer reportedly collected N1.8m to make

A Nigerian bride is currently crying foul after a Nigerian designer colleced N1.8 million to make the dress above. According to the bride, the designer told her the fabric and all the accessories would be shipped in from Canada. However, on getting the dress, the bride saw how ''cheap'' it looked.

The bride says she suspects that all the items used for the dress were purchased here in Nigeria. IG user, distinctive, who shared the story online, wrote

''This is the $6,473.68CAD / 1,845,000 Naira wedding dress that we were talking about the other day .
The bride said she felt the material wasn’t what was promised to be shipped from a Nigerian fashion designer who said the fabric and accessories will be shipped from Canada , the vendor also worked on the dress last minute and wanted to make another one but she refused.
1.8 million Naira, alright o, I’m waiting for someone to come and tell me the fabric was shipped from the moon and it costs 1.4 Million Naira and the sewing machine was shipped in from Turkey and it costs another 445,000 Naira , I’m waiting 

Photo: See the wedding dress a Nigerian designer reportedly collected N1.8m to make 

Atiku Abubakar gives reason for picking Peter Obi as his running mate

Atiku Abubakar gives reason for picking Peter Obi as his running mate

Yesterday, PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, announced his decision to pick former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, as his running mate.

In a statement released by the director of his campaign organization, Gbenga Daniels, Atiku said he picked Peter Obi because of his vast knowledge of the economy and also his youthfulness.

“The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has chosen former Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc and former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election. Mr. Obi’s choice was largely influenced by his youthfulness, vast knowledge of global and local economics as well as being a financial expert, all experience which Nigeria is in great need at this point in time. This ticket will be able to steer our nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity.” he wrote

Born July 19 July, 1961, Obi attended the Christ the King College, Onitsha, and later proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in philosophy.

He is also a graduate of several international and national institutions such as the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Columbia Business School, Institute of Management, Switzerland, Kellogg Graduate School, Oxford University and Cambridge University.

This photo of Stormi Webster, True Thompson, Chicago West, Saint West and Dream Kardashian is melting hearts

This photo of Stormi Webster, True Thompson, Chicago West, Saint West and Dream Kardashian is melting hearts

Reality star, Khloe Kardashian shared this adorable photo of her daughter, True Thompson partying with her cousins Stormi Webster, Chicago West, Saint West and Dream Kardashian at a Cousin Cupcake Party organized by their parents.

She captioned the cute snap: 'Cousin Cupcake Party!!! Keeping Up With The Kousins "

The adorable photo is melting hearts online.

Photos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko Haram

Photos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko Haram

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured the families of kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu and two abducted aid workers, that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned to secure their release.

The Minister gave the assurance on Friday when he led a three-member Federal Government delegation to Maiduguri in Borno State and Dapchi in Yobe State. In Dapchi, the delegation, which also includes Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, who also oversees Women Affairs, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim, met with Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, Mother of Leah, as well as other members of their family at an emotion-laden ceremony.

Lai Mohammed said President Buhari sent the delegation as a follow-up to his phone call to Leah's mother a few days ago, adding that the government will not rest until Leah has been reunited with her family.

Earlier, the delegation also met with the families of the three aid workers who were abducted in March 2018. At the meeting, which was held in the Borno State Government House, Alhaji Mohammed reassured them of the Government's efforts to secure the release of the two that remained in captivity, Alice Loksha and Amina Liman.

He also condoled with the parents of the third aid worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed, who was killed by her abductors last month.

The Minister said this is a trying time for the government and people of Borno State, but praised the government's resilience in tackling the challenges arising from the Boko Haram insurgency.

Visibly excited students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, from where Leah and about 109 of her colleagues were abducted on 19 Feb. 2018, trooped out to welcome the delegation when the chopper that ferried them to Dapchi landed in the school premises.

Photos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko HaramPhotos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko HaramPhotos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko HaramPhotos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko HaramPhotos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko HaramPhotos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko HaramPhotos: FG delegation visits Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah abducted by Boko Haram

Drake officially ends his beef with Chris Brown, brings the singer on stage at his concert in LA (Photos)

Drake officially ends his beef with Chris Brown, brings the singer on stage at his concert in LA (Photos)

Drake and Chris Brown have officially squashed off their long-running feud.

The Canadian rapper brought out the American singer during his Aubrey & The 3 Migos Tour in Staples Center, Los Angeles last night.

The pair who had a bloody clash in 2012 over their now ex-girlfriend Rihanna, took to their respective Instagram accounts to share photos of themselves performing together on stage as they ended their long-running feud.

Sharing a photo with Chris Brown on stage, Drake wrote: 'This is not a fan edit Last time I was on stage with Breezy was 2009 at Virginia Commonwealth University...tonight I got to reconnect with him for the first night at Staples! I love a good full circle moment. Thank you.'

Chris Brown also captioned of his photos with Drake: 'DOUBLE DRAGONS @champagnepapi.'

In September, Drake also squashed his beef with rapper Meek Mill by also bringing out the Philly rapper during a show at the TD Garden in Boston.

See more photos below.

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Lol! Tekno shatters a very 'big table' with his Instagram post

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Dino Melaye says a Mopol officer, SARS and policemen were sent to allegedly assassinate him

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Check out the result of Reno Omokri's online poll for the 2019 Nigerian Presidential elections

This online poll is not reliable. The real diehard voters are from the north and they are illiterate youths being used by the Northern elites for the selfish interests. This category of voters are also used to poverty and can do anything just to see that their Brother as they say wins whether he is qualified or not. We still have a lot of work to do in this country.

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Thierryร‚ Henry signs three-year deal to become the next manager of FC Monaco

Thierry?Henry signs three-year deal to become the next manager of FC Monaco

Having started his playing days with Monaco, Thierry Henry will now begin his managerial career with the Ligue 1 club as he has signed a three-year deal to become Monaco's head coach.

Making the announcement this morning, Henry wrote, 'It is with great pride that I am delighted to announce that I have accepted the position to become the manager of AS Monaco FC. I was fortunate to receive some very attractive offers over the last few months but Monaco will always be close to my heart.

Having started my footballing career with this great Club, its seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too. Im incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin. Can’t wait'.

Before now, the 41-year-old Frenchman was Belgium's assistant manager. He started his career at Monaco in 1994 under former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, before joining Juventus in 1999.  After just one year in Italy, he signed for the Gunners and went on to win two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in eight years in north London.  

Then came a move to Barcelona, where he won the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in 2008-09. In 2010 he signed for Major League Soccer side Red Bulls, where he spent five seasons and also had a two-month loan spell back at Arsenal in early 2012.  

Henry was a World Cup winner with France in 1998 and won the European Championship two years later, scoring 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus. He retired as a player in December 2014 to work as a television pundit, before joining Belgium's coaching staff in 2016.

Can Atiku Abubakar defeat Muhammadu Buhari in 2019? - Dele Momodu

Read the piece by Dele Momodu below.

For the most part, its national convention in Port Harcourt went smoothly. Even its worst critics attest to the fact that it was effectively well organised and set the right tone for the regeneration of the democratic credentials of the Party. What was more remarkable, a candidate emerged without rancour or the usual bickering that attends such highly contentious contests. Virtually all the other aspirants immediately aligned with their chosen candidate, former Vice President of Nigeria, the Wazirin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Since then, both traditional and social media have ignited with blazing fire with both positive and negative comments about the outcome. Atiku himself wasted no time in seeking the support of everyone, whether members of his Party or not. He’s smart and knowledgeable to know that he will need more than votes of the Party faithful alone to win the stiff electoral battle ahead.

As he emphasised in my two previous interviews with him in the last couple of months, he has redeemed his pledge to pick a Vice Presidential candidate from the South East of Nigeria, a move many Nigerians have applauded, and embraced, as a masterstroke. The choice of former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State is seen by some analysts as the first step towards the restructuring Atiku and company have been mouthing from the rooftops in recent times.

Apart from this, Peter Obi is seen by many as a seasoned technocrat and astute businessman with credible and capable government experience and service. The Igbos have rightly complained that they have had neither the Presidential or Vice-Presidential slot since 1983, some 35 years ago, when Dr Alex Ekwueme, of blessed memory, was President Shehu Shagari’s deputy. Buhari has an equally formidable person, who also boasts intimidating credentials and capabilities, as his Vice-President in Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Obi comes with an array of impressive academic, business and political credentials and achievements. He is a Philosophy graduate from the University of Nsukka. He has improved and enhanced himself with academic and practical studies at Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Kellogg School of Management, University of Columbia, Said Business School, Oxford University, George Business School, Cambridge University and Lagos Business School. These have sharpened his entrepreneurial, management and leadership skills which he clearly utilised in the 8 years that he was Governor of Anambra State between 2006 and 2014.

Peter Obi is a recipient of many national and international awards notably the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation Award for which his State won US$1 million for its immunisation programme. He created an enabling environment for industrial development in Anambra State which saw the likes of SABMiller, the 2nd largest brewery in the world establishing their first Greenfield facility in Anambra State.

Similarly, Innoson Motors established their internationally acclaimed plant where they manufacture their made in Nigeria vehicles. Obi adds unquantifiable value to the Atiku candidacy in much the same way as Vice President Osinbajo has done for President Buhari. The battle of the Vice-Presidential candidates may well be the tipping point of these forthcoming elections. We will revisit the contest between this highly esteemed and acclaimed gentlemen soon.

The battle for the control of Nigeria’s jugular in 2019 is all set and looks like a straight fight between Buhari/Osinbajo and Abubakar/Obi, except a miracle, or some magic, erupts and one of the fringe candidates pulls a monumental surprise by defeating both teams in what must be close to a volcanic eruption in Nigeria. I personally do not see that happening.

The battle will be tough because old rivalries will also come into play. Buhari needs to prove and revalidate his seeming invincibility which seems to be waning if my reading of the pulse of public opinion is accurate. As the incumbent, Buhari controls the appurtenances of power. His ego is at stake. Like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Buhari came back to power as a retired army General and former military Head of State. Obasanjo was able to complete two terms and Buhari would definitely wish to equal that feat even if he can’t surpass it because of constitutional limitations.

Buhari is not known to be a self-acclaimed democrat. The aspect of his brand that has brought him this far is his no-nonsense posturing. A man who would destroy and obliterate all looters and oppressors, by any means possible, if allowed to have his way. This has endeared him to a multitude of totally loyal die-hard supporters. His disciples swear by his name and they are willing to fly to heaven and back to prove their ardent fervour and love for him.

Buhari comes into the boxing ring with a daunting personality and attributes. He is tall and gangling, even if seemingly frail, but his punches are capable of deadly effect. Unlike Obasanjo or Atiku, many have said this President is not going to bow to any public opinion and go away without a whimper. Fingers are being pointed at the recent over-militarisation of the democratic process and suspected manipulation of the electoral body, INEC.

Whether imaginary or not, or imagination just running riot, no one can easily dismiss certain unseemly electoral practices and possibilities in next year’s elections. We hope that the desperation to remain in power will not go as far as besmirching the view of how far our democracy has been deepened by the fact of President Goodluck Jonathan, accepting the will of the people, and handing over power to President Buhari without any fuss.

TheBuhari government won’t accept the tag of incompetence many have affixed to it. They have already compiled a long list of their projects and accomplishments. They have argued that government is a continuum and they are fixing incomplete projects abandoned by its predecessors. Good point. They are correcting the rot of nearly two decades. While they may appear slow, and sluggish, to those of us on the outside, they are insisting they have had to be methodical and painstaking in their work. Perhaps, they are right, we are not sure.

FromAtiku’s side, he comes with an effervescent, ever smiling easy going demeanour and personality. He is renowned for his great flexibility and negotiation skills, a shrewd manager of men and women and resources. However, when required he is known to possess a steely resolve necessary to head a country like Nigeria. Atiku comes with a controversial and colourful past though, not least because of the unrelenting assault and pummelling about his character that he had been subjected to by his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo. This is veritable easy meat and fodder for APC to deploy in rubbishing his candidacy and demonstrating his unfitness to be President of this great nation.

We should expect Atiku and his campaign team to go all out on the offensive and try to debunk all the criticisms, arguments and jibes that APC will propel at him. The harsh disparaging and denigrating diatribe as well as the strident blame game the Buhari government has perfected will have to be met head on by Atiku and his forces. It will not be easy as so much damage has been done to Atiku in the past by the perception of him as an unreliable corrupt politician.

On his part Atiku can point to the fact that notwithstanding all the many allegations made against him, nobody has yet been made to make any stick. He has consistently maintained his innocence and dared anyone to prove otherwise. Nobody has called his bluff, if bluff it is! Indeed, he has pointedly referred to the claimed American albatross hanging over his head like a sword of Damocles, that it is but a mere figment of imagination of his inept traducers.

As Atiku says, he has never been charged or indicted for any offence either in Nigeria or elsewhere. the American Government has never declared him wanted. He has applied for an American visa on a few occasions, but this has not been granted. If indeed he was wanted in America, surely his visa would have been granted to enable him visit and be arrested. The American Government has never denied either of these claims. On the contrary, that Government has also stated that Atiku is not wanted. In my view, that should put an end to the matter.

The Buhari Presidency is not without its shortcomings and negatives. I expect the Atiku campaign to focus heavily on those areas where the Nigerian public have been most critical of the Buhari administration. They will undoubtedly point at the precarious economic condition of Nigerians and Nigeria and blame Buhari for creating panic in the system. On this aspect, Buhari obviously relies on the fact that oil prices dipped violently when he assumed power, but nonetheless his Government has grown foreign reserves to US$44 million and maintained the Naira at a steady level in the past year.

Critics of this position point to the fact that oil prices have now increased to a level not contemplated by the Government, which has increased borrowing to an unprecedented level and appears to have heavily mortgaged Nigeria to the Chinese through the exceptionally and dangerously ominous high level of borrowing from that country. The Government has also revived and revitalised transportation through its resuscitation of the road and rail networks. The opposition PDP has always claimed that Government is a continuum, and it was PDP that conceived, started and almost completed these projects, none of which this administration could claim to have commenced itself.

Atiku and his team will also enjoy castigating the Buhari government as being overly dependent on taxing business and ordinary Nigerians to death. Atiku will also naturally present, and sell, himself as a successful businessman and try to portray Buhari as a novice who lacks business acumen and therefore is not business friendly. Atiku will contend that Buhari has never had a head, or acumen, for business which accounts for why Nigeria is on the verge of an economic precipice even as the dark shadows that loomed globally at the beginning of his tenure have lifted considerably and there should have been prosperity in the land. Atiku says he has a well-structured economic blueprint, whilst the government is presently adopting and applying a slapdash and inimical approach to the economy.

Furthermore, the Atiku camp will exploit the heightened insecurity in the country especially by the infamous herdsmen which the government appears to be treating glibly. They will also point to the apparent resurgence of the Boko Haram insurgency despite what the Buhari administration will claim are the valiant efforts of our security forces. The agitation by IPOB and its followers continues relentlessly. The manner in which the Government has handled the situation is something that the opposition Party is expected to capitalise upon.

WhileBuhari would tout his anti-corruption pedigree, Atiku would lampoon it as nothing but grandstanding and at the very best a witch-hunt of the opposition Party. Atiku will contend that most of those who have defected to the ruling Party have had grave allegations of corruption levelled against them in the past, but these have mysteriously disappeared as soon as they jumped shipped and landed with the ruling Party. In addition, I can foresee the opposition claiming that almost all of the so-called achievements of the Buhari Government in relation to corruption originated from the Jonathan administration and that within the highest level of government corruption is rife and thriving and being studiously overlooked by the President because they concern his friends and cronies. The ding-dong claims and counter-claims will dovetail into other areas and continue unabated until well after the general elections.

The most critical area would be how to get the numbers together to win. Buhari will come in with anything between 10 million to 12 million guaranteed votes, as always. Most of those votes would come from North West and North East. For whatever reason, I believe that more people will be stated to have voted in this election than in 2015. In my estimation the victor will need to garner at least 18 million votes for success. What is not certain is if North East would abandon its own son now that it has the brightest chance since Tafawa Balewa from Bauchi became Prime Minister in the First republic.

PDP will play its traditional joker from the South East and South South axis. Buhari and Atiku require humongous votes from about four out of six regions. Buhari would target North East, North West, North Central and South West while Atiku will target North East (as his home base), North Central (as an endangered zone supposedly mismanaged by the APC Government), South East, South South and enough of a chunk from South West. Let no one rule Atiku out of those five zones, in the present mood across the country. If Atiku gallops away, continuously, as it seems at the moment, he might obliterate Buhari in a devastating defeat.

As tough as it may seem, after running for a record 25 years, perhaps this may be Atiku’s date with destiny and his final battle.