APC Leader Cautions Fayose Over Attacks On Buhari

0 Comments January 12, 2018

A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, has cautioned Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, over his relentless attacks on President Muhammadu… APC Leader Cautions Fayose Over Attacks On Buhari
Faparusi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, urged the governor to face governance and stop dragging the name of Ekiti in the mud.

According to him, the governor’s attacks on the President had become a recurring decimal.

He said that it was glaring that governance under him had suffered a colossal damage in Ekiti State.

Fayose had, in a statement on Sunday, said nobody could intimidate him because of his strong and truthful stance on national issues.

But Faparusi, in a statement on Monday, expressed dismay that Fayose, who had allegedly taken intimidation, coercion and harassment of the opposition as a strategy to win elections could turn around and accuse Buhari of planning to destabilise his government.

The APC chief said, “In the build up to the 2015 general election, Fayose chased all the 26 House of Assembly members away while also running after the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Jide Awe, and over 300 influential members of our party over trumped-up charges, using the police.

“Even in his own party, those seen not loyal to him were being intimidated or expelled from the party. Does Fayose’s allegation have any strand of believability?”

Faparusi said that Fayose, who was talking about intimidation, should know he was the least of Buhari’s problems, adding that, “Sinners run when no one pursues. Nigerians should know by now that Fayose’s barbaric nature does not represent the value Ekiti people stand for and, therefore, should not take any of his utterances serious as his illogical criticism of Mr. President is just aimed at striving to be in the news all the time and unfortunately for the wrong reasons.

“We will no longer tolerate his continual dragging of Ekiti’s towering image in the mud. We should ensure that Ekiti keeps its record as the most educated and sophisticated state in Nigeria and we won’t fold our arms and allow an opportunist to derogate the image that took years to build.”

King Sunny Ade’s US show cancelled, fans demand refund

0 Comments January 11, 2018

IN Africa, he is known as pioneer of world music-as his native, electrifying juju music mixes with modern eclectic rhythm, danceable and enjoyable. He… King Sunny Ade’s US show cancelled, fans demand refund
IN Africa, he is known as pioneer of world music-as his native, electrifying juju music mixes with modern eclectic rhythm, danceable and enjoyable. He is godfather of juju music in Africa. King Sunday Adeniyi, whose sobriquet goes by KSA on stage is a phenomenon in Nigerian arts/culture being classed all around the world as one of the most influential musicians of all time.

This Nigerian music-legend, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist disappointed his United States fan when words reached his music-lovers in Dallas, Texas less than 48 hours to his live performance at Annette Strauss Square of AT &T Performing Arts Center earlier slated for June 18, 2015 that KSA and his African Beats would no longer be able to honor their show. Tickets for the show was pegged at $25 per person.

Everyone with passion for African music in Dallas were surprised, but wondered what could have kept this Nigerian music icon away from the much-publicized show? Investigation by CNN iReport revealed that the African Beats band members did not yield their international traveling passports over to the juju maestro early against his repeated warnings to them, as they felt since KSA is a global name, at their own time they could always hand-over their passports and be sure of having Visa emblazoned on their passport pages. This time around, they were disappointed, since United States Embassy follow its policies and bureaucracies to the letters in issuance of Visa to people. By the time the Visa procurement finally began at the US Embassy due to KSA’s band boys delay; it was crystal clear to them they would not be able to obtain their Visa at that point in other to play at the AT &T Dallas show.

When it dawned on KSA that the lackadaisical attitude of his band boys made him to miss the AT &T Dallas Show, CNN iReport gathered this Nigerian music impresario had to quickly ensure he had a word with the Consul-General in a face-saving move to cover the obvious delay-blunder orchestrated by his band boys. He was counseled that as an African music Ambassador , widely traveled and respected, he should always try to ensure traveling documents by his band members are always submitted on time, with earliest interview date fixed; to avert similar occurrences. He agreed.

Thereafter, it was clear that KSA was already angry with his band boys, as he held straight-face, without smiling when he departed the Consul-General office immediately after a group picture of KSA with US Embassy staff were taken. Even when his band boys were asking him the outcome of their Visa as they drove out of the premises, he refused to acknowledge their requests. It is unclear if KSA would ‘wield a big-stick’ against his band members or step-up more discipline among them to avoid same blunder in the future.

Besiktas To Make New €5m Bid For Mikel

0 Comments October 13, 2017

Besiktas are set to offer Chelsea €5m for the services of midfielder Mikel Obi, reports in the Turkish media have stated.

The Turkish giants had failed in an earlier bid to sign Mikel but have now returned to make another offer for the Nigerian, and are hopeful of sealing a deal, before the end of the transfer window.

Mikel has played fringe roles in Chelsea in recent seasons, and it doesn’t look like changing this term. The UEFA Champions League winner is yet to play a match for the Blues this season, sitting on the bench for the opening two league games and the Community Shield clash against Arsenal.

The arrival of Serbian Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona has seen Mikel drop lower in the pecking order, with the Nigerian now playing behind Ramires and Kurt Zouma. He is in danger of falling further down the pecking order, if youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek breaks into the first team.

Besiktas are offering Mikel first team football but a substantial pay cut if he decides to make the move.

Former international Edema Fuludu, who also played professionally in Turkey, said the deal would be good for Mikel, adding that the player should consider regular football ahead of financial benefit.

He said, “His (Mikel’s) pay may not be as good as what he is earning in Chelsea if he joins Besiktas, but it will help his career. Mikel has spent considerable years in Chelsea but he’s not been consistently playing first team football.

“Besiktas play in the Champions League, so they are a big side too. It will help Mikel’s career if he joins them. Several good players have left big clubs to play for smaller clubs and then revive their careers.”

Mikel was earlier offered a lucrative deal to join United Arab Emirates side Al Ain this summer and was also targeted by Besiktas rivals, Fenerbahce, but the Turkish club were scared off by Chelsea’s £10.5m asking price.

The player has also confirmed he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and see out the remaining two years left on his contract. Blues manager Jose Mourinhosaid he wants him to remain at the club.

Mikel said, “I have two years left on my contract here and want to see them out. I am happy here and we will see what happens. I do want to stay, the manager wants me to stay so I don’t have any issues.”