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Independence Day: There Is Nothing For Nigerians To Celebrate At 61, Wike Spits Fire

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has expressed anger over the current state of the nation, saying there is nothing like Nigeria that needs to be celebrated.

Speaking during a sermon in a church as part of activities to mark the 2021 Independence Day.

Governor Wike, who referred to the country as an old man at 61, said Nigeria is characterized with hatred, division and enmity, stressing that some persons in authority are hating a whole state because of an individual.

The Governor lambasted the National Assembly for allegedly misrepresenting Nigerians, particularly on the constant approval for loan whenever it is requested by the executive.

Wike expressed sadness over the lawmaker’s failure to ask questions on how the monies were being used.

He also alleged that there is no court in the country, stating that they have been intimidated by those in power.

He stressed that the Nigerian judges have abandoned their responsibilities for the fear of unknown.

He said, “You have a child that is 61 years old. In the next few days, Nigeria will be 61 years old. So many people celebrate when they get to 60 years thanking God.

“Now Nigeria is 61 years but the only reason why we can thank God is because there still appears a name called ‘Nigeria’. That is the only reason we are thanking God. But indeed, is there anything called Nigeria?

“An old man at 61 years, full of enmity, division and hatred. At 61 years, you hate a state because of an individual, discriminating against some people because of their religion, because of where they come from. And we are here clapping hands for Nigeria.

“At 61 years old, where is legislature? A legislature that cannot think, a legislature that anything they bring is right. A legislature that cannot say that Nigeria has come to the age of conducting a free and fair election.

“A legislature that would close its eyes and say “anytime you want to borrow, borrow”. A legislature that will not ask questions “this money that you are borrowing, where is it”?

“61 year old, giant of Africa. The money they are borrowing, where are they applying it? We have no congress to ask questions.

“Indeed what are we celebrating at 61 years old? Where are the courts? The judges are been intimidated, they have abandoned their responsibilities out of fear of what would happen”.

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Israel Adesanya Beats Jared Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title

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Israel Adesanya defeated Jarred Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the UFC middleweight championship.

Adesanya fought against middleweight contender Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 at the T-mobile Arena, Las Vegas Sunday morning.

Since making his debut in 2018, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has looked better each time he’s stepped into the Octagon and is still undefeated in the middleweight. He first captured the interim title in the Fight of The Year winner against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019.

‘Izzy’ then defeated Robert Whittaker and unified the titles that same year.

He has successfully defended his title four times since then. On an otherwise perfect record for Adesanya (22-1), his only loss was during his unsuccessful step up to light heavyweight, losing to then-champion Jan Blachowicz.

On Sunday, the Nigerian-born New Zealander successfully defended his middleweight title for the fifth time.

While Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker in February for the second time to retain his middleweight strap, Cannonier knocked out Derek Brunson in the second round in February to become the weight’s No.1contender.

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Ekiti Election: INEC Calls For Speedy Prosecution Of Arrested ‘Vote-Buyers’

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday called for the quick prosecution of all those arrested for vote-buying during the Ekiti State governorship election.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the call during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja.

He said he was satisfied with the conduct of security agencies during the election, and that the speedy prosecution of culprits of vote-buying will serve as a deterrent for others.

“Vote busying remains a major area of concern. We appreciate the role played by anti-corruption and security agencies,” he said.

“We are working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prosecution of persons arrested in the Ekiti governorship election.”

The INEC Chairman also highlighted the commission’s activities lined up for the forthcoming Osun State scheduled for July 16.

According to him, INEC is committed to the conduct of pre-election activities to perfect the Osun polls.

“The Commission is deploying a readiness assessment team to Osun State next week to assess our preparations. We will visit some of our local government offices in the state, hold meetings with our staff, we will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some polling units across the three senatorial districts in the state,” the INEC Chairman added.

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Let Me Go, I Hate Playing In Europa League, Ronaldo Tells Man United

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Cristiano Ronaldo has asked Manchester United to let him leave should they receive a satisfactory offer this summer, the UK Times reports.

The 37-year-old’s decision is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career.

Ronaldo has featured in Europe’s top tier club competition for the last 19 consecutive seasons since he left Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

The Portugal captain has made 183 appearances in the Champions League, notching 140 goals and providing 42 assists.

Ronaldo has never played in the Europa League, in which the Red Devils will feature this season, after they could only finish sixth in the Premier League.

According to Ronaldo, he has “three or four years” left at the highest level.

The player has been linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich in recent weeks.

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