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AFCON 2019: Dalung sends strong message to Super Eagles after 1-0 win over Burundi

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Immediate past Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung has felicitated with the Super Eagles following their winning start to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt on Saturday.

He noted that opening matches are usually difficult to win and very dangerous to play.

This is even as he encouraged the Super Falcons to go back to the drawing board and review their performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

This follows their 3-0 loss to Germany in the knockout stage of the biggest female soccer Mundial.

Reacting after the two games on Saturday, Dalung said in a statement by his media aide, Nneka Anibeze, that it was imperative that the Super Eagles started the competition on a winning note.

“The opening matches are usually difficult to win and also dangerous to lose which puts teams on the edge but getting three points is all that matters and now they can look ahead to the next game,” he said.

The former Minister also said that the 1-0 victory was a bold statement of intention by the team to stake a claim for the AFCON title.

“This victory is very important for the team spirit and confidence going into their second game. The team enjoys a massive followership across Nigeria with many Nigerians always desperate for a win whenever the Super Eagles step out onto the pitch.”

In a similar vein, Dalung also urged the Super Falcons to go back to the drawing board after their 3-0 knockout from the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The Plateau State-born Sports administrator noted that the team did their best which was not enough to gain a quarter-final ticket in the tournament.

“The team’s performance gave us a glimpse of the abundant talents that abound in Nigeria if well harnessed. There is need for machinery to be put in motion to discover, develop and nurture more young players through grassroots development programmes and a viable women’s professional league,” Dalung concluded.

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How PDP reacted to attack on Ekweremadu by IPOB members

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday condemned the attack on former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, by

some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu, who was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival as speaker and special guest of honour at the event organised by the Ndi-igbo Germany community, was assaulted and publicly humiliated by IPOB members.

Reacting, the PDP described the attack on Ekweremadu as unacceptable and portrays the image of Nigeria in bad light.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party charged the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany as well as the German government to ensure that perpetrators of the act are dealt with.

The statement reads: “We amply note that the former Deputy Senate President was attending the 2nd Igbo Annual Festival in Germany where he was duly scheduled as a speaker and special guest of honour when he was attacked.

“We insist that the attack on Senator Ekweremadu was uncalled for, unprovoked and cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever, such assault on a leader is completely unacceptable and does not portray our nation in proper light.

“We therefore charge the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany as well as the German government to take appropriate decisive action on the matter.”

PDP also urged the Federal Government, particularly, the National Assembly, “to take urgent comprehensive step to address issues leading to acts of resentment and agitations by Nigerians within and outside the country in the last four years, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule”.

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Ekweremadu: FG reacts to IPOB’s disgrace of ex-Senate President in Germany

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The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu, who was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival as a speaker and special guest of honour at the event organised by the Ndi-Igbo Germany community, was beaten up and publicly humiliated.

Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Saturday described the incident as an embarrassment to the country.

She stated that some of the culprits who perpetrated the act had been apprehended and called on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure they faced the consequences of their actions.

The statement reads, “It is also shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and to facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner.”

She appealed to Nigerians to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves “because such incidents tarnish the image of the country.”

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FG reveals date for indefinite closure of Enugu airport, gives reason

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu would be closed indefinitely on August 24.

A statement on Saturday in Lagos by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said the closure is to enable the Authority carry out major repairs on the runway.

“The closure would address existing safety and security concerns at the airport,” the statement said.

It added that the closure of the runway would take effect by 12:00 a.m. on August 24.

She said a date to reopen the runway would be communicated in due course.

Yakubu further said, “FAAN remains committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of airport users in the country.”

It would be recalled that the immediate past Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had said during his recent ministerial screening that the airport would be closed down because of the state of the runway.

He also said the airport might be downgraded, sparking controversy as different personalities and groups urged the government against the move, citing the importance of the airport in the region.

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