Arsene Wenger reportedly signs new two-year contract with Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has signed a two-year contract extension with Arsenal, according to reports.

Inside World Football columnist Matt Scott claims that the 67-year-old has already put pen to paper on a fresh deal which will keep him at the club for the next two seasons.

It’s understood that Arsenal are now waiting for a suitable time to announce the decision.

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom – their fourth loss in five Premier League games – has left Arsenal sixth in the table and six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Following the result, Wenger suggested that he has already decided whether he will call time on his 21-year stint at Arsenal.

‘I will announce my future soon,’ he said. ‘You will soon know and very soon – you will.’

Arsenal fans continue to protest against Wenger, while a group of supporters arranged for a plane to fly overhead at The Hawthorns carrying a message which called for the Frenchman to quit.

Amid the growing unrest among fans, Arsenal were forced to release a statement earlier this month claiming that they ‘understood’ concerns from supporters.

‘Arsene has a contract until the end of the season,’ said Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick.

‘Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.’

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DSS Attempt To Arrest Apostle Suleman In Ekiti, Fayose Rescues Him To Govt. House (Photo+Video)

Unconfirmed reports have it that last night, a team of DSS operatives stormed a hotel in Ekiti in an attempt to arrest the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

It took the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose and his security team to rescue the self styled apostle and bring him to the Ekiti State Government House.

It is believed that Apostle Suleman’s attempted arrest may not be unconnected with his recent “inflammatory” statement, asking Christians to pick up arms and kill Fulanis.

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How to Identify good music?

 

What is good music and how can we identify one? I think I should start off by explaining what good music is. Many people have their own definition of what good music Is meant to be, but not everyone really understand the true meaning of It and how to identify It.

First of all music is an international language which transcends beyond borders irrespective of language barriers. Having said that let me explain what Good Music is. Good Music is any music that stimulates your brain and helps you think clearer. It’s also a music you can listen to for years on end, without getting bored of it. Music that is made with a lot of love, care and time can also be attributed to good music. But the most important factor is the fact that music affects us in different ways. There is no real classification of a good music as long as the music touches us emotionally and makes us feel in a way that we weren’t before.

In my opinion, music is “good” when it touches its audience. If you hear something that catches and holds your interest, then it’s good music irrespective of its genre. But many music critics will argue that music can only be termed good if it’s emotional and carries a message that touches our soul no matter how old the song is. Good music generally is based on perception. In short, I think it’s impossible to define “good music” since it varies for every individual.

So what do we look for in a good composition? Rhythmic grooviness (does it move your ass and head with its rhythm?), melodic diversity (are the notes fluctuating in colorful waves), does it get stuck in your mind but still not annoying (is it catchy yet not cheesy), does it include originality (is it actually a new song or is it some version of an already existing song)? Does it have good chords (does the song have original yet good sounding chord combinations that initiate rich and sophisticated feelings inside)? And much more.

Have you sometimes listened to music that you don’t really understand the language but you still somehow find yourself falling in love with it? That’s what a good music is meant to do because sometimes music is spiritual, it can speak to your without really understanding a word of what is been said in the song. Our understanding of good music in this part of the world is old classics blues records or classical jazz but genre like Apala, Highlife, Fuji, Juju and other local music genre also have a lot of good music which are evergreen and touches it’s listeners one way or the other anytime the songs are played.

I hope with this short written piece of mine I have been able to educate you on what good music is all about and how you can identify it. I also hope it will change our perception to what good music is and appreciate every music as a piece of art. If you know any Nigerian music that can be classified as good music, you can list them in the comment section so we can know the few Nigerian songs that are good music.

FG not responsible for the arrest of Premium Times reporters

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed yesterday, stated that the Federal Government has nothing to do with the arrest of Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of online newspaper, Premium Times, and a reporter working for the paper, Ms. Evelyn Okakwu.

In a communiqué, the minister promised that Federal Government will not do anything to surpress press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is important to the success of any democracy.

He said the whole issue of the journalists’ arrest is purely a private affair involving a citizen and a privately-owned newspaper, and wondered how that could now be construed as an attempt by the government to intimidate the press.

He said, ”We have said it before and we want to re-state it: The Federal Government has no immediate or long-term plan to stifle press freedom.

“Even the social media, with its warts and all, will neither be regulated nor have its operations tampered with.”

HAPPY 59TH BIRTHDAY TO GOVERNOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN OF OGUN STATE.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun: https://twitter.com/Govsia

This is to celebrate a man with the heart of gold, an epitome of wisdom, a harbinger of peace and progress. We are indeed blessed to have you as a senator in Nigeria while the people of Ogun state are blessed to have you as their governor. Happy birthday sir, may your days be long, peaceful and fulfilling. May you never have a cause to be sorrowful but joyful all the days of your life. Happy birthday once again.

Just in: Fayose stops DSS attempt to arrest, Apostle Suleiman in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, early this morning, Wednesday, stopped an alleged attempt by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting General overseer of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman  who is in Ado Ekiti for a crusade.

The DSS officials were reported to have surrounded the preacher’s hotel, waiting for him to arrive there from the day’s programme, which was attended by Fayose.

Sulaiman was alleged to have preached against alleged plots to Islamise Nigeria and had told members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to fight back should they be attack by herdsmen, who he alleged of targeting Christians for decimation.

He allegedly told his followers to fight if they remain unprotected from the marauders and kill them should they enter their church.

The Pastor had been in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade and was allegedly trailed after paying a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House.

The state agents were said to have attempted to forcefully take the preacher from his hotel room in the Adebayo area of the state capital, but were resisted by the security men at the hotel, who insisted on knowing their mission.

The Pastor was alerted and he called on Governor Fayose who personally led a rescue mission to prevent the DSS operatives from taking the preacher away.

Fayose took the Pastor with him from the hotel for safety and was said to have engaged the security operatives in a verbal altercation on the propriety of their mission.

Narrating his ordeal after being rescued at 2:00 am on Wednesday, Apostle Sulaiman said: “I came to Ado Ekiti for a crusade. But I had a premonition that I was being trailed after I preached that Christians should retaliate any attack or killings by the Fulani herdsmen. These Fulani headmen have turned many Christians to orphans and widowers but the time has come to protect ourselves.

“I received several calls from hidden numbers trying to locate where I was and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to come near me. So when the men of DSS came in the middle of the night, I knew their mission and I had to call the Governor because if they arrest me, they will set this country on fire.”

Governor Fayose, who expressed surprise and dismay over the development, said he expected the security operatives to have invited him “if they have any issue with him instead of arresting him in the dead of the night after a powerful and spirit-filled crusade in my state.

The Governor said: “I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is armless and could be invited if they have any issue against him before arresting him. Are Christians and Muslims under different dispensation of the rule of law? That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled.

“But we have information that instructions came from DSS in Abuja that the Pastor should be arrested. We are not in a fascist state, Federal Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression.”

Governor Fayose noted that it was unbecoming of the Federal Government to be harassing the clergymen in the country noting that the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, was harassed and forced to resign shortly after he visited him in Ado Ekiti.

He said, “This is unacceptable, we are in a democracy and Nigerians should warn the Presidency against putting this country on fire because religion is an emotional thing.”

The governor also warned security operatives against intimidation and arrest of men of God in the interest of peace and religious harmony in the country. The constitution guarantees freedom of worship.”

Reps, Information Minister in dispute over N100m generators

Ministry of Information and Culture and House of Representatives are in quarrel over N100 million allocated for the purchasing of two 250 KVA generating sets in the 2016 budget.

The House Committee on Information and National Orientation, led by Hon Segun Odebunmi, during an supervision visit to the Ministry of Information and Culture on the 2016 budget, questioning the ministry for using the allocation to buy lower capacity generators rather than the precise items proposed in the budget.

But Information Minister, Mohammed, told the lawmakers that the price initially set for the procurement of the generators, verified by Tenders Board, was above the budgeted cost due to fluctuating exchange rates.

According to him the development prompted the ministry to procure two sets of 100 KVA generators and 13 smaller sets for the Federal Information Centres nationwide. The generators would provide back-up electricity supply to the Federal Secretariat and the National Press Centre under construction.

The minister said that an application for a No Objection was granted by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) when a request for 100 KVA generators be purchased.

One of the lawmakers, Hon Saheed Fijabi, contended that the minister’s action contravened the Appropriation Act, adding the ministry did not have the right to move from a sub-head to another without approval.

He said the ministry should have approached the National Assembly for virement since it was 250 KVA units that were approved in the 2016 budget. But Mohammed and the ministry’s permanent secretary Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba insisted that the spending complied with the procurement act as fell within the approved threshold in the budget.

“We had to go back to BPP for permission for selective tender for the other ones because of the variation in the price for the 250 KVA units because of the high exchange rates. Aside we spent within limit buying more sets to power the federal information centres,” Mohammed said.

The minister also said that the three 18- seater staff buses that were advertised for tenders at N52million were equally affected by the high exchange rates.

The controversial generators, staff buses, federal government printing press and establishment of cultural industrial centres in six states were the four capital projects approved for the ministry in 2016.

The printing press is to cost N513million while N210 million is earmarked for the industrial centre.

But the session became rowdy when Fijabi interrupted Hon Boma Goodhead for asking Mohammed about government handling of the Boko Haram insurgency and the Chibok girls, saying that they were on a budget defence visit.

The minister appealed to lawmakers to take interest in the North-east crises, saying that while Boko Haram is defeated , the problem of suicide bombing will not abate.

Dangote cement doles out N2.4bn bonus to distributors

The management of Dangote Cement Plc, at the weekend doled out N2.4 billion to its distributors across the country, as their sales bonus for 2017.

The management also promised that N5billion has been reserve to assist the distributors in increasing their sales in their different locality for the year 2017.

The excited distributors from all states of the federation including Abuja, received various sums ranging from N182.9 million to N30 million as the Chairman of Dangote Cement Plc, Aliko Dangote, who handed them the cheques, promised that the company would do everything possible to ensure that the brand retains its leadership position in the industry.

The distributors’ award ceremony was in recognition of the cement distributors’ long standing commitment, devotion, loyalty and valuable contribution to the distribution and sale of Dangote Cement in 2017.

Welcoming the distributors and other customers of the company to the award ceremony, Honorary Adviser to Aliko Dangote, Engineer Joe Makoju said the company would forever be thankful to the distributors and all its customers for their loyalty and for making the public see the uniqueness of the Dangote cement brand.

Makoju also said the distributors must have seen that they have not made a mistake for deciding to do business with the company. He promised that the cement company would continue to show appreciation to them and urged them to strive to sell more Dangote cement this year, with a promise that they would also be rewarded more saying; one good turn deserves another.

While also lauding the efforts of the customers and distributors for ensuring that Dangote Cement remains the most sought-for cement in the country, Aliko Dangote revealed that Dangote Cement is the undisputed leader in the Nigerian cement market because of the loyalty of distributors and customers despite the increasingly intense competition in the industry.

He said: “Our success story would not have been possible without you, our distributors, who work tirelessly to ensure that the product gets to our customers in every nooks and crannies of the country. We can never thank you enough! You have been an integral and vital part of our business over the years.”

He further said: “We are here to explore ways of further cementing our existing cordial relationship in order to create more value for all stakeholders. In fact, our ultimate desire is to create a win-win situation for our stakeholders at all levels down the value chain. This is in line with the triple bottom line principle: people, planet and profits, which we have embraced here at the Dangote Group.”

According to him, any organisation that aspires to be ahead of the competition these days, must explore ways of not only knowing the expectations of its customers, but also how to exceed them.

Dangote further revealed that the company has further set aside the sum of N5 billion to support the cement marketing activities and making sales easier for its distributors.

He said, “We will continue to create the right environment for our distributors to sell more in 2017. We will double our effort to serve our customers better with massive trade support for the distributors and other innovations that will ensure we maintain our leadership position in the industry.”

In his vote of thanks, Mr. Oare Ojeikere, Chief Marketing officer of the company also thanked the customers and promise that this year 2017 will surely be a better year for both the company and all its stakeholders.

2019: Obasanjo drums support for S’ East, Ogun West

Ogun born elder statesman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday threw his weight behind the Southeast region to produce the next president of the country.

Obasanjo stated that the problem of justice, relegation has been a main source of conflicts between ethnic and regional divisions in the country.

While speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State when the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ogun State visited him, Obasanjo said it was part of what he resolved to do as just and fair country that made him to work for the emergence of a South-south president in 2009.

He said: “But irrespective of the thinking of the people ahead of 2019, I personally think that South-east should have a go at the presidency too.”

He therefore, said in the interest of justice and fairness, Ogun west senatorial district in Ogun state should be given the slot to produce the next governor of the state.

According to him, the same is happening here. If Ijebu and Egba have produced the governor, it is only fair and just to allow the Yewa or Ogun West to also produce governor. Or else, one day, they will also stand up and take up arms against this injustice against them. That is my personally position on this.

Speaking on Southern Kaduna crisis, Obasanjo said Nigerians should not comment on what they do not really have detail reports of, saying “as this is largely responsible for the escalation of the situation.

He said: “My findings so far show that everyone is talking from the position of strength. People are not talking from knowledge of what they know and this is not helping. We must be able to dump all our sentiments to overcome the challenges.

“Just like other cases of injustice around us, we need peace; it is only peace with justice that can solve all these crises. Genuine peace is what everyone is craving for and this can only come when there is justice,” Obasanjo said.

However, the state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Tunde Akinsanya, described Obasanjo as a special gift to Nigeria and the entire world, considering his exploits and fatherly role so far.

While commending Obasanjo for facilitating the building of Ecumenical Centre in Abuja, he disclosed that his administration was also working on a similar project in the state.

He, however, appealed for the support of Obasanjo in actualising the project in the state, and congratulated him on his forthcoming 80th birthday celebration.

(Episode 8) Chronicle of a Royal Prince and the Devil Incarnate

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I opened the big oak door and came face to face, with Nora. She was decked in a black jumpsuit and Christian Louboutine shoes. My eyes were wide in shock when I saw her.

Nora: “You are that graphic designer Kunmi talks so much about aren’t you?” she asked with her brows arched.

Leke: “Yes ma’am” I stuttered.

Nora: “So what are you doing here?”

Leke: “I was worried that after the failed collection launch, you have not been coming to the office, I got the address from Kunmi” I said earnestly. I could see a faint trace of a smile on her lips.

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Nora: “You came to see me, so why are you leaving without seeing me, come on, perhaps we could talk about the fashion brand” she said and I saw a lonely woman, desperate for any link to a human being. I turned on my heels and we walked back in. Iya Biliki was giving me the stink eye, she obviously knew that Nora had not sent me, and wrote it off to an overzealous staff.

Iya Biliki: “Olofofo” I heard her mutter under her breath.

Nora did not entertain me in the living room as I had expected, she took me to her bedroom to my utter surprise. I was already calling her stink names in my head expecting that the woman was going to ask me for sex. I was also scared that I would be a disappointment since all I knew about sex were the things I read in books. But Nora did not have her mind on sex.

Nora: “It is a little inappropriate to bring you into my bedroom, but it is the only place I feel safe. It is ironic though that this room belonged to…” she stopped talking, even when I was hanging on her every word.

Leke: “Belonged to who?” I asked, desperate for her to continue, but she stared into space like she had not heard me.

Nora: “What will you have, I have exotic wines, old wines in the cellar”

Leke: “I will have Chardonnay if you don’t mind” I said. She stopped on her tracks, turned and looked at me. Chardonnay was my father’s favorite white wine; mother also took up on the taste while they were dating, so it was all they drank at home while they were alive.

Nora: “How old are you anyway?” she asked

Leke: “I am twenty five” I lied.

We talked about the fashion house, but anytime I tried to bring up the incident that happened on the day of the collection launch, she would brush it aside. Then she asked about my family, I told her I was an orphan and she had the effrontery to feel sorry. It took all my will power to keep smiling, when what I really wanted to do was bash her head. I asked to leave when it was getting dark, and she was beginning to slur her words. I told myself there would be other chances. Besides, Banke had been burning up my phone with calls. On my way out of my former house, I called Banke to meet me somewhere so I could take her to my place. I was angry and she was the closest victim, I was determined to exert my anger at the whole of humanity. Banke came, dressed in a super short dress, and her face was all made up. She obviously came with expectations, and I was not going to disappoint, at least in giving her what she wants.

Leke: “Why are you dressed up, are we going out?”I asked mockingly.

Banke: “You are so unromantic. Compliment me if you wish, stop beating around the bush” she replied and threw herself on the bed. The short while before she came, I had groomed myself, so when I went to the bed and pulled her up for a warm embrace, she was hit by a huge amount of male freshness. When I tried to pull away from the embrace, she leaned in closer, holding on to my Tommy Hilfiger vest. I pulled away nevertheless; I was not going to be that guy who rushed a girl like he had never had sex, even though I have never really had sex. I took out a bottle of red wine from the bedside refrigerator and poured two glasses.

Banke: “Wow, cool” she said as the rich taste of Cabernet sauvignon hit her taste buds. As we sipped the wine, she talked about herself, all the relationships she had been in and her expectations for our relationship. She had high expectations; it was too bad that I was not the one for them because, even though I had to pull on big boy pants quite early, I was just sixteen. Everything she knew about me was a lie.

Leke: “Relax, you are just twenty one, live” I said. If she had wisdom, she would have got the message. The fact that she did not though, was good for me. When I leaned towards her, she tilted her head and I brushed light kisses on her lips. I deepened the kiss when I felt her shudder, and saw her metamorphose into a wild sex beast. She pushed me to the bed and began to ravish me. I wanted to take back the controls, but she was not letting go of the reins. Before I knew it, she had flung her dress away.

Leke: “Have you done this before?” I asked, suddenly afraid I would mess up, Banke was not naïve after all.

Banke: “You haven’t?” she asked incredulously.

Leke: “I have never quite found the right girl, until now” I said gazing into her eyes. If I had to admit my virginity, I best present it in a romantic way. I was not about to tell her I was still a virgin because I was locked up in a house for loonies for ten years.

Banke: “I am honored. I feel so ashamed now, wish I waited for you” she replied with doe eyes, looking up to me like I held the keys to the kingdom.

Leke: “No need to be, all that matters is now” I said patronizing her. I began to trail kisses all over her naked body, I felt her turn jelly under my hot lips. The reins of control were back in my hands.

When I opened my eyes, the sun was up. My heart raced in fear, had I slept off my first chance with a girl? I panicked.

Banke: “Morning sunshine” she said with a wide satisfied smile. The memories of last night began to return to me. It was lit; I had done well, even at my first trial, all thanks to all the kamasutra I read.

Leke: “Morning bae” I replied and got out of bed.

Banke: “I am so in love with you” she exclaimed, I stopped in my tracks and went back to bed to lean in for a kiss. Even though I was not feeling her, I had to treat her well, so she would be malleable for me to use in my plot against Nora.

Leke: “When does your school resume?”

Banke: “In December, I have months to kill before then. I would have been so bored if I did not have you” she said, smiling sheepishly. She was beginning to irritate me, did she have sex and lose her brains after wards? I wondered.

Leke: “I have something that will keep you engaged. We are a team right?”

Banke: “Sure boo” she said excitedly.

Leke: “I want to do a documentary on Nora Aboderine. The incident at the collection launch has got me thinking. It seems Nora came out from nowhere and became the chairman of Fola fashion house. I want you to be my eyes and ears.” I said carefully, watching her facial expressions.

Banke: “You want me to spy on your boss, and my sister’s boss?” she asked, getting up suddenly from the bed, to go stand by the window.

Question: “Will Banke agree to this dangerous plan?”

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