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December 18, 2017

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Low-key birthday celebration for President Buhari

The planned special birthday parade to be mounted by the Brigade of Guards as part of activities to mark President Muhammadu Buhari’s 75th birthday has been cancelled. A source close to the presidency, which confirmed this development to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, did not give reasons for the cancellation. The president’s family, led by

Jonathan prays for Buhari at 75

Former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday. In a statement issued by his media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze on Saturday, the ex-President described Buhari as a statesman whose rare experience of leading Nigeria at different times, has earned him a special place in history. The statement reads:

DPR warns against panic buying, stockpiling of fuel

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), in Anambra has warned members of the public against storing petroleum product in their homes to avoid possible fire outbreak. Mr Okechukwu Okoro, Controller of DPR in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states gave the warning in an interview with the Newsmen in Awka on Sunday. Okoro said

STRIKE: Ngige begs PENGASSAN

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has appealed to members the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ( P E N G A S S A N ) to shelve its planned strike scheduled to begin on Monday, December 18 in the spirit of the conciliation brokered between it

Buhari receives a birthday card from his granddaughter

Buhari receives a birthday card from his granddaughter, Zulaihi, during a surprise goodwill visit to him as he turns 75 Buhari receives a birthday card from his granddaughter, Zulaihi, during a surprise goodwill visit to him as he turns 75 A post shared by Instablog9ja (@instablog9ja) on Dec 17, 2017 at 5:00am PST

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Injury-hit Olanrewaju Kayode returns to La Liga action

Olanrewaju Kayode in action for Girona Nigeria international Olanrewaju Kayode has returned to action for his Spanish La Liga side Girona FC after he was sidelined for three weeks due to injury. Some media reports had earlier suggested he will only be fit in the New Year. The pacy forward was introduced into the game

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CHAN Eagles hero Faleye rewarded with second start

Sunday Faleye shoots for goal vs Enyimba. He will start again versus MFM FC in the NPFL Invitational Tournament final Sunday Faleye will start today’s NPFL Invitational Tournament final against in Kano after he scored the big winner against Enyimba. He will start in an attack that has NPFL hotshot Anthony Okpotu as well as

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Ndidi sent off for diving, ends superb ever-present run

Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi was sent off in a home game against Crystal Palace and that means his ever-present record with ‘The Foxes’ has come to an end after 18 games. Nigeria international was sent off in the 61st minute for stimulation as his club chased a game they

FIFA threaten to throw out Spain from World Cup

FIFA have threatened to throw 2010 world champions Spain out of next year’s World Cup in Russia as a result of direct government interference in the running of the game in that country. Spain are drawn in a first round group of Russia 2018 along with Portugal, Morocco and Iran. Spain FA boss Angel Maria

Nosa Igiebor released by MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps

Nosa Igiebor in action for Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer (MLS) club Vancouver Whitecaps have released Nigeria midfielder Nosa Igiebor. The former Hapoel Tel Aviv of Israel midfielder joined the Canada-based team in October 2017, but the club declined the option of given him a new deal. The 27-year-old midfielder, who joined Vancouver Whitecaps from

Nansel Selbol wins Goal of the Season in USA

Nansel Selbol celebrates a goal in USA Swope Park Rangers forward Nansel Selbol has won the 2017 USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year. The Jos-born forward’s brilliant curling goal against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on July 20 beat out Colorado Springs Switchbacks’ Masta Kacher’s long-range effort with 52 percent of the vote in the Final. The Sporting KC

Enyeama’s nemesis Marcelo Bielsa sacked by Lille

Vincent Enyeama – Goodbye Marcelo Bielsa… French Ligue 1 club Lille have terminated the contract of coach Marcelo Bielsa who declared Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama surplus to requirements. Bielsa was initially suspended by Lille after a run of poor results before his dismissal was announced by Lille late Friday. The maverick Argentine coach declared Enyeama

CHAN Eagles drop injured Olamilekan Adeleye

Olamilekan Adeleye heads clear for CHAN Eagles vs Plateau United Defender Olamilekan Adeleye has been dropped from Nigeria’s provisional squad to next month’s CHAN in Morocco after he fractured his foot in the NPFL Invitational Tournament in Kano. Adeleye was forced out of the CHAN Eagles opening game against NPFL champions Plateau United as a

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