Victor Moses: FA Cup final red card flaws brilliant season for Chelsea player

Victor Moses

Moses has put a huge dent on the fine season he has had already with that dive and red card against Arsenal.

Only adulating words can be used to describe what Victor Moses has done this season for Chelsea.

With an Antonio Conte’s tactical switch to 3-4-3 in September 2016, Moses was converted to the right wing-back position where he was solid for Chelsea.

Critics and pundits have waxed lyrical about him for his immense contributions to Chelsea’s 2017 Premier League winning feat.

But a single moment in a game that would have sealed a memorable domestic double for Chelsea has put a huge scar to Victor Moses' season.

Moses was sent off in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday after receiving a second yellow card for diving.

He received the first yellow card in the 57th minute and just about 10 minutes later, he fell in Arsenal’s penalty area without being touched or fouled.

A second yellow card and a red he got for simulation, putting a huge dent in the brilliant season he has already had.

It was a shameful act by the Nigeria. Seeing the clips, all I asked myself was “What was Victor Moses doing there?

For Chelsea, his red card should not be blamed for their FA Cup final defeat. Arsenal totally dominated and outplayed them on the day and deserved to win.

Moses, however, was also poor in the game, he could not cope with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck all through his stay on the pitch.

It should also be of note that Moses got the red card at a point when Chelsea were starting to get in the game. He forced a save from David Ospina with a low drive from the right in the 50th minute and played in Pedro who disappointingly dragged his shot from a good position so minutes later. Moses got the marching order shortly after that.

Again, he shouldn't be blamed for Chelsea’s loss, as they seemed to have had a hangover from the Premier League title celebrations. They could not contain Arsenal who were unlucky not have had a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Diving is a horrible and very dishonest act in football and getting caught in a huge game like an FA Cup final could have a long time effect on Moses’ career at Chelsea.

After everything Moses has done in this Chelsea's Premier League winning season, this dive and red card will be what most will remember Victor Moses' season for and after his good works this year, that's a big shame.

Alex Iwobi: Arsenal star is an FA Cup winner

Alex Iwobi

Iwobi might not have played in the final but he contributed immensely in Arsenal’s FA Cup run, playing three games.

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi rounded up his debut full season in the Gunners senior team with an FA Cup title.

Iwobi won his first trophy of his professional football career when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the 2017 FA Cup title.

Although the 21-year-old didn’t play in the final, he gets an FA Cup medal as an Arsenal player.

Iwobi might not have played in the final but he contributed immensely in Arsenal’s FA Cup run, playing three games on their way to the final.

It’s indeed a great end to a season which has been mixed for the Nigeria International.

He started this season brilliantly before suffering a slump in the middle of the season which made him lost his spot in Arsenal’s XI.

Feels Great To End The Season On A High Our Fans Were Unbelievable Today Back To North London With The FA Cup,” he wrote on Twitter after Arsenal’s huge win against Chelsea.

Iwobi who was an unused substitute in the game joined in the on-pitch celebration after the FA Cup trophy presentation.

He joins the like of Kanu Nwankwo and John Mikel Obi as the only Nigerians who have won the FA Cup trophy.

Buhari: FG releases N54bn for settlement of pension liabilities – Presidency spokesman

President Muhammadu Buhari

Shehu added that the Buhari administration has brought to an end the series of fraud and scandals around the issue of pensions in Nigeria.

The Federal Government has directed the release of N54 billion towards the settlement of inherited and current liabilities to Federal Government retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme.

The presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this when he featured on an interactive radio programme, “Hannu Da Yawa” on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN Kaduna.

The programme was part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Buhari administration.

He also revealed that the Buhari administration had further directed that regular monthly remittances be made into the Retirement Benefits Bond Redemption Fund (RBBRF) with the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure the continuity of timely payment of benefits to retirees.

According to him, under the Buhari administration, the PTAD has saved N5.7 billion through the efficient administration of the pensions of parastatals and universities.

“In addition, pension assets increased from N4.96 trillion in June 2015 to N6.42 trillion as at March, 2017, indicating a growth of over 29 percent.

“The government of President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to ensure the strengthening and accountability of PTAD,’’ the presidential spokesman assured.

Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the Buhari administration had brought to an end the series of fraud and scandals around the issue of pensions in Nigeria.

He said that this feat was achieved by strengthening the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), which had introduced a number of innovative measures over the past two years.

According to him, one of the measures is the automation of pension payment processes.

Shehu noted that the Bank Verification Number (BVN) policy had also been implemented in the pension scheme, with over 103,000 civil service pensioners verified.

“Pensioner records have also been digitalised for secure archiving, with thousands of thousands of old, physical pension folders converted to e-files.

“In addition, the government of President Buhari has enforced a new level of commitment to the welfare of pensioners and retirees, with the PTAD creating an automated and centrally administered complaints management process with a dedicated call centre that receives and treats over 200 calls on a daily basis,’’ he said.

He stated that in contrast to the past when a record number of pensioners died on queues trying to get their rights, “the new arrangement ensure that the pensioners are attended to with utmost care’’.

He added that the arrangement had also provided conducive atmosphere for verification, food and water as well as wheelchairs for those that have mobility challenges, adding that infirmed pensioners were verified at their home or hospital.

The Senior Special Assistant also claimed in the programme that the reform carried out by the administration in the National Drug Law Environment Agency (NDLEA), had brought “respect to Nigerian international travelers who now face less harassment at airports in other lands’’.

He revealed that under the present administration, the NDLEA had seized more than one million kilogrammes of various drugs, destroyed about 110,000 hectares of drug farms and arrested 17,000 suspected drugs dealers.

He announced that so far, about 5,000 persons had been convicted in the last two years.

Ugwuanyi: IPAC hails Enugu Governor on peace and infrastructural development

Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

The body has expressed delight at the achievements of Ugwuanyi’s administration “in just two years in office”.

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has scored Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi high on good governance, peace and infrastructural development.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that IPAC is the umbrella organisation of all political parties in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by the Enugu State Chairman of IPAC, Chief John Nwobodo, on Saturday, the body expressed delight at the achievements of Ugwuanyi’s administration “in just two years in office”.

Nwobodo said that the governor’s “many positive actions, projects and programmes have elevated governance to a higher pedestal in the state’’.

The IPAC chairman also lauded the governor’s exhibition of vision, candor, humility, simplicity, all inclusiveness and other uncommon leadership styles.

According to him, these exemplary qualities have endeared him to the people of the state.

Your Excellency, following our objective and dispassionate assessment, we are pleased to say that we appreciate your achievement, especially in the areas of road construction and rehabilitation, including intervention on Federal roads, rural access roads and rural interconnectivity through bridges.

“You have also ensured peace and security, regular and prompt payment of salaries of civil servants and release of subventions to government parastatals and institutions," he said.

He commended Ugwuanyi for his empowerment programmes aimed at economic growth and alleviation of the sufferings of the people such as the Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme.

“We are pledging our support to your administration while urging you to continue with the good works,’’ Nwobodo added.

Paris Saint-Germain: Last-gasp own goal hands PSG French Cup

Paris Saint-Germain's Maxwell (C) holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the French Cup final football match against Angers (SCO) on May 27, 2017, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis

The unfortunate Issa Cissokho headed agonisingly into his own net in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The unfortunate Issa Cissokho headed agonisingly into his own net in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Extra time loomed at France's national stadium — where French President Emmanuel Macron was among the spectators — when Cissokho turned an Angel Di Maria corner past his own goalkeeper while under pressure from Blaise Matuidi at the near post.

It was a desperately harsh way for Angers to lose, as PSG ended a frustrating season by winning a third consecutive French Cup and a record 11th overall in the centenary edition of the tournament.

It joins the League Cup in the PSG trophy cabinet and provides some more consolation for the capital side after a season that will be best remembered for their failures elsewhere.

Unai Emery's side missed out on the league title to Monaco after winning Ligue 1 in each of the previous four campaigns and exited the Champions League in humiliating fashion to Barcelona in the last 16.

That 6-1 defeat at the Camp Nou — after they had won the first leg 4-0 at home — will be a lasting stain on PSG's reputation and that of Emery.

However, their status as domestic Cup specialists remains very much intact after this victory against a hard-working Angers side who were appearing in their first French Cup final in 60 years.

Defeat means they have still never won a major trophy, while PSG have now lifted the French Cup six times just since 2004 and have won their last 32 domestic Cup ties.

It also means Bordeaux, who came sixth in the league, go into next season's Europa League, with Paris already assured a Champions League berth after coming second.

Given the gulf in resources between the two teams, it would have been an almighty shock had Paris not come out on top, although they were pushed all the way by a side who finished 12th in Ligue 1.

Macron just made it back from the G7 summit in Sicily in time to take to the pitch before kick-off, shaking the hands of the players from both sides.

His entry onto the pitch was greeted with loud jeers from the Paris fans at the south end of the ground — the newly-elected leader does not hide his affinity for PSG's bitter rivals Marseille.

When the action began, PSG created most of the chances, while Angers rarely looked like scoring apart from when exciting Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe crashed a volley against the post from 22 yards out in the first half.

Before that Angers goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier saved from Matuidi and Edinson Cavani, while there was a fright for Stephane Moulin's team when Serge Aurier's low, driven cross flashed across goal with no takers just before the interval.

Many PSG fans thought a Di Maria free-kick just before the hour mark had gone in rather than strike the side-netting, but the holders looked the more likely side to find the breakthrough as time wore on.

They should have scored with six minutes left but Cavani, after holding off the muscular attentions of Angers defender Ismael Traore, prodded wide of the target.

The Uruguayan fell one short of reaching 50 goals for the season in all competitions — the figure reached last season by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a PSG shirt — as Cissokho's moment of misfortune decided the contest.

Dogara: Speaker bags`Ome Udo’ title in Aba

House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

He was recognised for his integrity and leadership qualities which have reportedly kept the House from recording any serious crisis in the past two years.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara on Saturday bagged the title Ome Udo 1 (Peace Maker) of Aba at the palace of the traditional ruler of Aba Ancient Kingdom, Eze Isaac Ikonne.

Ikonne said during the installation ceremony that he awarded Dogara the title in recognition of his integrity and leadership qualities which, he noted, had kept the House from recording any serious crisis in the past two years.

He said that the speaker’s efforts at engendering peace, unity and development in the lower chamber of the National Assembly was a commendable achievement.

The traditional ruler applauded the speaker for supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.

He also appealed to him to ensure that the people of Aba enjoyed the dividends of democracy through the efforts and initiatives of Mr Ossy Prestige, representing Aba North and South at the House of Representatives.

While appealing to the speaker to ensure the rehabilitation of roads in the South-East Zone, Ikonne also stressed the need to assist traditional institutions across the country to serve the people better.

Responding, Dogara thanked the royal father for his kind gesture, saying that respect to traditional institutions was imperative as their blessings were needed to ensure progress in the society.

He said that traditional institutions had a lot to offer in building peace and unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the country.

The speaker said that members of the lower chamber were in Aba to celebrate with Prestige on his second year in the House, and to commission federal projects that he had attracted to the area.

Dogara described Prestige as a representative with integrity and urged the royal father and Aba people in general to support him in order to give them quality service.

Politics: Trump is reportedly considering a ‘war room’ to hit back at the escalating Russia controversy

Donald Trump.

"They’re in full-scale war, and they're thinly staffed."

President Trump and his top advisers are reportedly considering creating a White House "war room" and a staff shake-up to combat current and future revelations related to the Russia controversy, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The primary goal of the "war room" will be to more aggressively fire back at fallout in the wake of Trump's abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey on May 9.

Following Comey's firing, the White House was besieged by a slew of negative news stories that raised further questions about the president's and his associates' ties to Russia.

That included Trump's statement that "this Russia thing" had been a factor in his decision to fire Comey, who was spearheading the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign; reports that Trump shared highly-classified intelligence with Russian officials; and reports that Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn back in Feburary.

Recently, it emerged that Trump reportedly asked top intelligence officials to publicly push back against the Russia probe, and that senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to discuss the creation of a secret "backchannel" between the US and Russia through Russian facilities in an attempt to bypass US surveillance.

The proposed war room, Axios reported, will be filled with "experienced veterans from the campaign trail who recognize the gravity of the situation."

In an apparent acknowledgment of the seriousness of the situation, Trump staffers have reportedly begun using the phrase, "Go to the mattresses," a line from "The Godfather," meaning to go to or prepare for war.

The White House could turn to figures like former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, for help in the "war room," the Post noted. Lewandowski was fired last year after a series of campaign trail blunders, and Bossie is known for his 20-year-long investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton.

White House chief strategist and former Breitbart leader Steve Bannon is reportedly spearheading the "war room" effort.

The White House also may be considering a shake-up of its communications strategy and staff, the Post reported.

That includes introducing more rallies across the country so that Trump can speak directly with voters.

"The conventional ways of communicating are not working for them," one adviser told the Post. "They have to get the campaign brand back" and be able to communicate with an audience instead of having the report on it, the adviser added.

Aides have also floated possible changes to the daily press briefing and a downsized role for press secretary Sean Spicer. Some have discussed the option of having Spicer take on a more discreet and behind-the-scenes role following a series of press briefings that were widely-panned.

If Spicer is demoted, he will likely be replaced by deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who took over Spicer's role in a number of press briefings as revelations continued to emerge in the Trump-Russia story.

Kushner, the Post noted, has advocated a proposal to have more Trump surrogates speak out on his behalf and to create a group within the White House whose goal is to push back against continuing Trump-Russia revelations.

"The bottom line is they need fresh legs; they need more legs," Barry Bennett, a Trump campaign political adviser, told the Post. "They’re in full-scale war, and they’re thinly staffed."

Read the full Washington Post story here.

In Daura: NGO trains 195 women on vocational skills

NGO trains 195 women on vocational skills

The Secretary said the training was aimed at empowering the women to enable them become self-reliant.

A Daura-based Non Governmental Organization, Compare and Contrast Youth Association has trained 195 women on eight different vocational skills.

Its Secretary, Alhaji Sabiu Mohammed disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of the second batch of the trainees in Daura on Saturday.

The Secretary, who, called for community participation in the activities of the organisation, said the training was aimed at empowering the women to enable them become self-reliant.

He said the association which was established in 2014, started with 30 trainees ,”adding we have 304 women undergoing training on various skills out of which 195 are graduating today."

He said the participants received training on various skills including weaving, Knitting,tailoring, pomade making (Jelly) perfume,candle as well as in computer literacy.

He called on Katsina state government and well-to-do individuals to support the programmes of the association to reduce poverty especially among women who are the most vulnerable in the society.

A renowned philanthropist, Alhaji Musa Haro, commended the organisation for the initiative and called on similar organisations to emulate it.

Haro warned youths against engaging in drug abuse and other social vices stressing that such acts are inimical to their progress and future aspirations.

He donated N1 million to the graduands and 30 sewing machines to the organization.

The state commissioner of youth and sports,Alhaji Abu Dan-Kumbo , lauded the efforts of the association and expressed the readiness of the state government to support such initiatives

He promised to provide a permanent office accommodation for the organization to enhance its activities.

In her remarks, the commissioner for women Affairs Dr Badariyya Mashi urged the graduands to make judicious use of the money donated to them.

A cross section of the graduands commended the organization for the five month training they received and urged the state government to support it

NAN reports that the association was formed in 2014 by eight indigenes of Daura local government with a view to creating jobs for self-reliance.

Boko Haram: Outgoing GOC tasks troops to ensure that terrorists have no safe haven

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader

Nani gave the charge during his farewell speech in the Division’s conference room and 242 Battalion parade ground.

Major Gen. Ali Nani, the outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, has urged officers and soldiers to maintain the momentum achieved against unrepentant Boko Haram terrorists around the Lake Chad Basin.

Nani gave the charge during his farewell speech in the Division’s conference room and 242 Battalion parade ground in Kinnasara Military Cantonment, Monguno, on Saturday.

In a statement issued in Maiduguri and signed by Col. Timothy Antigha, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations Department, Nani attributed the successes troops’ doggedness, comradeship, bravery and resilience.

He charged them to remain vigilant and most importantly, accord his successor the same support and solidarity that he had enjoyed.

He thanked the troops for their immeasurable sacrifices in ensuring that terrorists had no safe haven in the division’s area of responsibility.

“I am handing over this command to my successor a fulfilled commander due to the successes recorded during my tour of duty.

“And I attribute this to the irrepressible courage and zeal of the troops," he stated.

Antigha said in the statement that one minute silence was observed in honour of fallen compatriots who paid the supreme sacrifice in the fight, to ensure that normalcy was fully restored in the division’s area of responsibility.

In his remarks, the incoming GOC thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for giving him the opportunity to serve.

He commended the outgoing GOC for his achievements and pledged to uphold the ideals of the division and make its jurisdiction untenable for terrorists.

The climax of the evening, according to Antigha, was the signing of the handing and taking over notes.

Others were the presentation of command flag by the outgoing GOC to the incoming Acting GOC Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji in the division’s conference room.

The event also witnessed the lowering of the old flag and hoisting of a new one to symbolise the end and beginning of a new era in the division.

“MTV Shuga: Down South”: Watch episode 11 – “Name and Shame”

MTV Shuga: Downtown episode 11

In emotional episode of "MTV Shuga: Down South," Ipeleng's campaign against blessers takes full flight, and in the meantime, Zamo seems to have lost her baby boy.

The 11th and penultimate episode of MTV Shuga: Downtown is out and it's titled "Name and Shame."

In emotional episode of "MTV Shuga: Down South," Ipeleng's campaign against blessers takes full flight, and in the meantime, Zamo seems to have lost her baby boy.

"MTV Shuga: Down South" directed by Mmabatho Montsho, Thabang Moleya and Rea Rangaka, focuses on the issues faced by young South Africans, with young girls and women in particular occupying the focus, due to their vulnerability to pregnancy and HIV infection.

Titled "Down South," the season returns with Emmanuel Ikubese, Adesua Etomi, Vanessa Mdee, Thuso Mbedu, Mohau Mokoatle Cele, Jezriel Skei, Nick Mutuma and more.