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Lagos City Marathon 2018: LASTMA announces traffic diversion (SEE routes)

Lagos City Marathon 2018: LASTMA announces traffic diversion

As part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free Lagos City Marathon scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has announced traffic diversion on the affected routes during the race.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Authority, said that the event will kick-off at 6am from the National Stadium, Surulere and terminate at Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, thus necessitating traffic diversion.

Lagos City Marathon 2018: LASTMA announces traffic diversion

The statement advised motorists and commercial vehicles to use alternative routes as listed below:

From Eko Bridge, motorists shall be diverted through Costain to connect Ebute-Metta, Orile, Nigerian Breweries and Bode Thomas through Apapa Road (now Moshood Abiola Way)

From Alaka Estate, motorists shall be diverted through Iponri or Iponri Estate.

Motorists from Masha inward journey to Stadium shall be diverted to Shitta Roundabout for onward movement through Falolu and Adeniran Ogunsanya Roads to their various destinations.

Motorists from Apapa/Orile-Iganmu to Funsho Williams shall be diverted through Apapa Road to continue their journey.

On Ikorodu Road, traffic from Ojota inwards Fadeyi, Funsho Williams is allowed; there will be a restriction for motorists who want to link Gbagada through Town Planning Way, Ilupeju to Third Mainland Bridge (Marathon Route).

From Apapa – Oshodi Expressway (i.e from Mile 2) motorists shall be diverted through BOC Gases/Armed Forces Resettlement Center on the service lane through Agege Motor Road. Traffic will also be diverted through Town Planning Way before Anthony – Oke. (Note that Gbagada inward 3rd Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic from Anthony – Oke).

From Old Toll Gate to Alapere, Ogudu, motorists shall be diverted through Gbagada, Oworonshoki-Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and navigate their journey to destinations.

From Ajah to Ozumba Mbadiwe Road through Lekki, traffic shall be diverted through Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I.

Motorists shall be diverted through Alexandra Road from Cable Bridge while Bourdillon Road will be temporarily closed to traffic.

From Awolowo Road, motorists shall be diverted through Falomo Bridge to connect Ozumba Mbadiwe Road while Falomo Roundabout inwards Bourdillon will be temporarily closed and Akin Adesola Street inwards Bar Beach will also be temporarily closed to traffic.

From Bonny Camp to Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, traffic shall be diverted through Old Mr. Biggs Junction to Kofo Abayomi Street.

The statement added that all adjoining streets and feeder roads to the dedicated routes of the race would be temporarily closed to ensure the safety and security of participants.

It also implored Lagosians plying the affected routes to exercise patience and obey traffic management officials deployed to the identified routes for a successful exercise.


Pinnick charges Eagles to win CHAN trophy for Buhari

Pinnick charges Eagles to win CHAN trophy for Buhari

The firm exhortation by Nigeria FA boss Amaju Pinnick to win the African Nations Championship trophy for President Muhammadu Buhari will be ringing in the ears of the Super Eagles as they file out against host nation Morocco in the Final on Sunday.

CAF Executive Committee member and AFCON President Pinnick met with the players and commended them after the win over Sudan in Marrakech on Wednesday. But the big message was that they could not afford to go this far only to go down to the host country.

Pinnick charges Eagles to win CHAN trophy for Buhari

“On behalf of the NFF Executive Committee and the entire Nigerian Football family, I praise you for your tremendous efforts in getting this far in the face of numerous challenges. You are great ambassadors of our dear nation.

READ ALSO: Eagles make history, pip Sudan to reach CHAN Final

“However, the truth is that you have raised the expectations of the Government and people of Nigeria back home, and now you just have to do all that it will take to win the Cup. President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has been following with keen interest your campaign here, and the only way to compensate him for his support and encouragement is to go back home with the CHAN trophy.”

Nigeria drew with Rwanda in their opening match in Tangier on 15thJanuary, but has since achieved victories over 2014 champions Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Sudan to be eligible for the Championship Match inside the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Sunday evening.

Yet, they would start as underdogs against the Atlas Lions, who apart from playing on the too –familiar turf of their main temple, have logged an impressive 12 goals so far and are egged by the whole of Morocco.

Nigeria’s Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, reacts to that: “Every team is beatable. If we do the right things, we will beat Morocco.”

Yusuf has coped commendably with set –backs in this tournament, having to think up the right formula to come back from deficit levels against Equatorial Guinea and Angola.

Nkiyu says Flamingos set to soar over Lionesses

Nikyu says Flamingos set to soar over Lionesses

Coach Bala Nkiyu has assured that Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos, will be at their best to cage the Cameroon U17 girls when both teams clash in Benin City on Saturday in the first leg, final round of the African qualifiers for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals. 

The Flamingos reached the final round of the African series by overcoming Ethiopia’s U17 girls on the away goal rule, both teams battling to a scoreless draw in Benin City after a 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa.

Nikyu says Flamingos set to soar over Lionesses

On Saturday, Nkiyu and Flamingos must surpass their level best against a team that caned their Algerian counterparts 4-0 away in the earlier round of the series. But the experienced tactician assured that his team is fully prepared.

“We know for certain that it will be dangerous to take matters lightly with the Cameroonians. Apart from the rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon on the football field, the Cameroonian girls sent strong signals with their performance against the Algerians.

“However, we have prepared very well for them and victory is what we will go all out for on Saturday.” 

The Baby Lionesses arrived in Lagos on Wednesday, and were flown to Benin City on Thursday evening aboard an Air Peace flight. They are staying at the Best Western Hotel in the Edo State capital. 

The match officials from Benin Republic are also settled in Benin City. Christelle Ligan Aurore is the centre referee, with compatriots Nafissatou Yekini Shitou (Assistant Referee 1), Sonia Louis (Assistant Referee 2) and Beatrice Goughoedou Zongbossi (Fourth Official) also involved. Aisha Nalule from Uganda is the match commissioner.

The return leg will take place in Yaounde in a fortnight, with the winner on aggregate to pick one of Africa’s tickets to the 6th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Uruguay later this year.

Nigeria has participated in every edition of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup since it was launched in New Zealand in 2008, reaching the quarter –finals in Trinidad and Tobago (2010), Azerbaijan (2012) and Costa Rica (2014).

Eagles make history, pip Sudan to reach CHAN Final

Eagles make history, pip Sudan to reach CHAN Final

Nigeria overcame a number of adversities to reach the Final of the African Nations Championship for the first time after beating Sudan 1-0 in Marrakech on Wednesday.

Reward for the supercharged Super Eagles is a showdown against host nation Morocco (who defeated Libya 3-1 in the first semi final) in the Championship match inside Casablanca’s Stade Mohamed V on Sunday evening.

Eagles make history, pip Sudan to reach CHAN Final

Before kick –off, Coach Salisu Yusuf had to rue his inability to call upon first –team players Emeka Atuloma, Sunday Faleye and Emeka Ogbuh – all due to injury. And 10 minutes into the game inside the Grand Stade Marrakech, goalkeeper and skipper (and big inspiration) Ikechukwu Ezenwa was stretchered out injured.

Kalu Orji Okogbue, who himself had to pass a late fitness test to be eligible for the encounter, took over the captain’s band and controlled Nigeria’s resistance from behind, while also launching the salvo that Anthony Okpotu knocked down for Gabriel Okechukwu to score the only goal of the game in the 16th minute.

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Okechukwu, who scored the winner against Angola in the quarter final in Tangier on Sunday, was alive, fit and menacing throughout, and was worth his Man-of-the-Match award at the end.

Former junior international Oladele Ajiboye took over from Ezenwa and did his credentials a world of good. He pulled a number of spectacular saves, including pushing a close range header onto the upright just before the interval.

A good shot by Okechukwu from the re –start was saved by the utterly busy goalkeeper Akram, who also had to save from the energetic Dayo Ojo in the 50th minute. Eight minutes later, Nigeria was reduced to 10 men with a second yellow card to midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi.

Ajiboye came up big for another acrobatic save from Said in the 84th minute as the Sudanese sought to capitalize on their numerical advantage. But numerical parity was restored three minutes later as Bakri Bachir was red –carded for fouling goal –bound Dayo Ojo.

A minute into added time, Ajiboye pulled another acrobatic save that kept Nigeria in the game, eventually handing the Super Eagles the day and a trip to the Stade Mohamed V for Sunday’s showpiece encounter against the Atlas Lions.

Even before kick –off of Sunday’s battle, Salisu Yusuf and wards have made history, as this is the first –time ever that Nigeria would reach the final of the competition, having won bronze medals at the 2014 finals in South Africa.


Excitement in Badagry as 2nd Ile-Epo Araromi Soccer Challenge set to hold


The ancient city of Badagry is set to witness pure grass-root soccer entertainment as the second edition of the Ile-Epo Araromi Challenge is billed to hold in March 2018.

The football competition set up to engage youths around Oko-Afo, Araromi, Mowo, Aradagun and communities around the Lagos-Badagry Expressway will hold at the Catholic Football Ground, Esepe Road.

Excitement in Badagry as 2nd Ile-Epo Araromi Soccer Challenge set to hold
Players of HAMSYK FC, winners of the first edition held in December 2017

In an exclusive chat with Cyber Reporters, chairman of the Local Organizing Committee Oluwashina Ebenezer disclosed that the turnout during the first edition was massive, adding that the second edition will be a different ball game.

“We had the first edition in December 2017 and people loved what we did. In fact, we had to heed the call of the fans who want this to happen at least twice a year. The second edition is about to commence which will climax during the Easter celebrations.

“Several teams are already bracing-up for the forthcoming edition and I know it will be a very tough and highly entertaining tournament.

READ ALSO: Eagles coach talks tough ahead Sudan battle

Ebenezer, a graduate of Federal University of Technology Owerri, also urged the Lagos state government, stakeholders and lovers of football in the community to key into this initiative as a means to engage youths as well as put smile on their faces.

“We hope the Lagos state government will support us going forward. We have met with a couple of elders around the community for support and we are sure it will be a massive one.

Excitement in Badagry as 2nd Ile-Epo Araromi Soccer Challenge set to hold
Alhaji Azeez presenting the trophy to the team captain of HAMSYK FC, winners of the first edition held in December 2017

Second Ile-Epo Araromi Soccer Challenge will commence with 16 teams, with 4 teams in Group A to D in March. Interested teams are expected to call 08136761144 to request for their participation form.

Badagry is a coastal town and local government area in Lagos State, Nigeria. Recall that several football internationals including Olympic gold medalist Dosu Joseph is from the area.

DStv, GOtv subscribers to watch Nigeria live at 2018 Winter Olympics

DStv, GOtv  subscribers to watch Nigeria live at 2018 Winter Olympics

DStv and GOtv subscribers will have the opportunity of watching the 2018 Winter Olympics live when it kicks off on 9 February. The event will be broadcast live on DStv across four dedicated SuperSport channels: SS11, SS12 and the soon-to-be launched pop-up channels, SS13 and SS14.

GOtv MAX and GOtv Plus customers will also be treated to a piece of the action with Winter Olympics news and highlights on Select 3.DStv, GOtv  subscribers to watch Nigeria live at 2018 Winter Olympics The 2018 Winter Olympics, being hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea, will see Nigeria and Uganda make their debut.

DStv subscribers will witness history in the making when the Nigerian trio of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga twist their way round the PyeongChang ice track in a bobsled for the first time, while Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong will roll down the ice track head first in the skeleton.

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These events will air on SS11, SS12, and SS13 available to all active DStv Premium, Compact+, Compact and Family customers plus SS14, which will also be available on the DStv Access package. SuperSport 11 and 12 will air in high definition (HD) while SS13 and SS14, the designated as the 24-hour Olympics news channel, will be standard definition (SD).

SuperSport 11 will kick off its broadcast on 5 February with build-up content (archive footage from previous Winter Olympics games). The channel will also carry the opening ceremony on 9 February from 12pm. The Olympics news channel, SS14, goes live on Wednesday, February 7 from 4am. The launch for SS12 and SS13 is set for Thursday, February 8 from 1am.

All four channels will also be available on the digital platforms, the DStv Now Mobile App and website and the SuperSport website. Select events not carried on the four dedicated channels will be aired across various SuperSport channels, space permitting.

Eagles coach talks tough ahead Sudan battle

Eagles coach talks tough ahead Sudan battle
Salisu Yusuf

Head Coach Salisu Yusuf says his wards will come to the party with their iron gloves when Nigeria confront Sudan in the second semi final of the 5th African Nations Championship in Marrakech on Wednesday.

“We have not reached this stage by looking down on any team, and we will not start now. The Final of the African Nations Championship beckons and we will go out there with all that we have got.

Eagles coach talks tough ahead Sudan battle
Salisu Yusuf

“Sudan is a very good team. We have followed their progress and know what to take to the pitch on Wednesday. I have confidence that we will do Nigeria proud,” said the former Nigeria international.

Yusuf and assistants Imama Amapakabo and Alloy Agu have toiled day and night to take Nigeria to only her second CHAN semi final in history, but Yusuf gives immense credit to the leadership of the NFF for always living up to its words.

“We are ecstatic that we have an NFF administration that always fulfills its promises. Our target is the trophy, no less. But we have been taking it one match at a time and we will do the same with the Sudanese in Marrakech.”

NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who will chair a meeting of his AFCON Committee in Casablanca the same day before travelling to Marrakech in the evening, showered encomiums on the Federal Government and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung for enabling the NFF leadership to meet its words to the team, and indeed all the National Teams at all times.

“Whatever promises we fulfill are largely enabled by the Government, and I want to commend the Honourable Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, for always being there for the NFF. President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) is the number one supporter of the National Teams and he has been urging the Eagles on from their first day at this tournament.

“The only way the team and NFF can repay him is to win this trophy.”

READ ALSO: Just in: NFF appoints new foreign coach for the national team

Nigeria’s best –ever outing at the CHAN remains a third place finish in South Africa four years ago, where a squad coached by Stephen Keshi (of blessed memory) lost to Ghana on penalties in the last four but pipped Zimbabwe for the bronze medals.

Yusuf said: “Reaching the Final alone will mean history for this team. That is why we are focusing on the semi final match for now. The target is to reach Sunday’s Final in Casablanca, and slug it out with whichever opposition presents itself there.” Hosts Morocco and Libya battle it out in an all –North African first semi final in Casablanca on Wednesday afternoon.

Yusuf and the Super Eagles have to devise strategies to out –think and out –manoeuvre an austere Sudanese defence that has conceded only one goal in four previous matches, coming out unscathed against prolific host nation Morocco and Zambia.

On the other hand, the Eagles have netted six times in their previous four matches, coming from behind in their last two games, and an interesting encounter awaits at the Grande Stade Marrakech as from 8.30pm Nigeria time on Wednesday.

“We are highly motivated for this match. We have received our monies and the spirit is very high in the team. Let’s go there.” goalkeeper and skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa said at Tuesday’s pre –match press conference.

Just in: NFF appoints new foreign coach for the national team

Just in: NFF appoints new foreign coach for the national team
PHOTO 1: Dikko (third from left) shakes hands with Dennerby as NFF General Secretary Sanusi (third from right), Omidiran (second left), David (left), Oshoala, Ebi, Yusuf and Alizor look on.

The record –breaking feats of the Amaju Pinnick –led Nigeria Football Federation continued in sleek fashion on Tuesday with the unveiling in Abuja of Mr. Thomas Dennerby, a former Coach of the Women’s National Team of Sweden, as Head Coach of the Super Falcons.

Tuesday’s public presentation of the renowned tactician sits comfortably with the pledge by the Pinnick administration to put in place machinery for very robust and meaningful development of women football in Nigeria, and for the Falcons to challenge for laurels at global championships.

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PHOTO 1: Dikko (third from left) shakes hands with Dennerby as NFF General Secretary Sanusi (third from right), Omidiran (second left), David (left), Oshoala, Ebi, Yusuf and Alizor look on.

Dennerby won 34 caps for Swedish junior teams between 1975 and 1981 and coached the Swedish Women’s Senior Team between 2005 and 2012, during which the team played at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2007 and 2011 FIFA World Cup finals, winning bronze at the latter tournament. More recently, he did scouting and analyses for the Swedish FA at the 2013 and 2017 European Championships, the 2016 Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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In announcing Dennerby’s appointment last week, NFF 2nd Vice President/Chairman of Strategy, Shehu Dikko, said: “The NFF decided to go for a coach of the calibre of Thomas Dennerby for three reasons: to sustain and enhance the Super Falcons’ dominance on the African scene; to take the Falcons and the other women teams to the next level of challenging for laurels at global competitions like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and; to generally lay the foundation for the real development of women’s football in our country.”

On Tuesday, at a ceremony inside the Conference Centre of the National Stadium Complex, Abuja, the NFF confirmed that Dennerby’s contract wll last till after the 2020 Olympics in the initial, with the right for automatic renewal subject to meeting of performance milestones. Before then, the Swede will have the opportunity to prove himself at the 2018 and 2020 Women Africa Cup of Nations competitions, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals and the Women’s Football Tournament of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We believe we have the right man to take the Super Falcons and women’s football in Nigeria to the next level. Undoubtedly, we have been doing very well on the African continent, with eight titles out of 10 AFCON competitions so far. However, we went all out for a man of Dennerby’s pedigree and capacity because we want the Falcons and the other teams to win laurels at global championships.

“As a Federation, we will give Mr. Dennerby and his assistant Petersson, as well as his Nigerian assistants all they require to succeed,” Dikko said at the unveiling.

Dennerby said: “I am ready for the opportunity and the challenge of working with an amazing team like the Super Falcons. I believe we can all work together to close the gap between them and the big women football –playing nations of the world.

“I believe in hard work. I am happy to be here and we are going to work together for the success of the team. Every individual player of the team is important, but the cohesion of the team is paramount. I will be placing a serious demand on the players to give their best in training, physical fitness and in every competition. My philosophy is to develop the players and to work with the backroom staff.”

Dennerby and Petersson will be working with the following Nigerian assistants: Oni Olanrewaju Wemimo (Assistant Coach); Maureen Mmadu (Assistant Coach); Taiwo Omobolanle Tundun (Goalkeepers’ Trainer 1) and; Precious Dede (Goalkeepers’ Trainer 2).

Dennerby’s assistant, Petersson, has worked with several top Swedish clubs and was assistant coach of the Swedish U23 women team between 2006-2012.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said that Dennerby has already been assigned with a personal car and a driver.

On her part, Chairman of NFF Women’s Football Committee, Honourable Ayo Omidiran expressed belief that the appointment of Dennerby was well –thought –out and she expects a turn –around in the fortunes of the Super Falcons at major championships.

Work begins immediately for the new crew as the Falcons will compete in the 8 –Nation WAFU Women Cup of Nations taking place in Cote d’Ivoire 10th -24th February 2018.

Also present at the ceremony were NFF Assistant Director (Technical), Abdulrafiu Yusuf, NFF Head of Women’s Football Ruth David, Head of Marketing Alizor Chuks and Super Falcons’ stars Asisat Oshoala and Onome Ebi.

M-Net Movies celebrates Hollywood’s finest with special Oscars pop-up channel on DStv

M-Net Movies celebrates Hollywood’s finest with special Oscars pop-up channel on DStv

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEEN Academy Award winning films. 757 Oscars nomination. 306 golden statuettes.

That’s what movie buffs on the DStv Premium package will be treated to on ONE channel in the month of February. Get the popcorn ready for a dazzling M-Net Movies Oscars pop-up treat on DStv channel 109.

Leading up to 2018’s landmark 90th annual Academy Awards taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Monday 5 March, M-Net Movies will bring DStv Premium viewers a special month-long M-Net Movies Oscars pop-up channel in February.M-Net Movies celebrates Hollywood’s finest with special Oscars pop-up channel on DStv The M-Net Movies Oscars pop-up channel, hosted on channel 109 on DStv, will showcase a long list of magical movies that caught the eyes of critics and sparkled at Oscar ceremonies over the years.  This treasure trove of terrific films will be screened from Thursday, 1 February until Wednesday 28 February and each day there will be six films on the schedule from around noon until just after midnight.

While the spotlight will shine on all the Hollywood films from last year’s Oscars (the 89th Academy Awards), many of the cinematic gems that raked in the most awards since the inception of the awards will also make their way onto channel 109.  Viewers can look forward to an array of films – from classics like Gone With The Wind and the original 1959 Ben Hur to 2017’s Best Picture winner Moonlight along with last year’s Best Animated Feature Zootropolis.

This pop-up channel will also honour Oscar winners by screening the acclaimed movies they’ve appeared in.  Academy favourites like Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and South Africa’s own Charlize Theron will once again transport viewers into the heart of their characters’ stories, desires, fears and wonders.

For a golden binge-viewing experience, weekends movies will be scheduled into the following categories:

  • Saturday, 3 February –  Most Nominations and Most Wins
  • Sunday, 4 February –   Most nominations, Most Wins and Best Animation films
  • Saturday, 10 February – Best Director
  • Sunday, 11 February –  Best Supporting Actress
  • Saturday, 17 February – Best Supporting Actor
  • Sunday, 18 February – Best Actor
  • Saturday, 24 February – Best Actress
  • Sunday, 25 February –  Best Picture

The 90th edition of the Academy Awards will broadcast live on M-Net Movies Premiere at 2:30 am on Monday, 5 March) and M-Net 108/101 on the same day, at 8:30 pm, thereafter it will be available on DStv Catch Up via the DStv Explora.

You can find the schedule on mnet.tv/oscarspopup or on DStv.com under printable schedules as well as on the EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) on your decoder. The M-Net Movies Oscars pop-up channel is a special treat for our DStv Premium customers, customers can upgrade or join DStv Premium to enjoy this special channel.

Tinubu: When silence is betrayal – Stanley Ibeku

Tinubu: When silence is betrayal - Stanley Ibeku
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Editor’s Note: As the Nigerian political landscape prepare for another major battle ahead of the 2019 polls, there seem to be unjust silence by some major stakeholders who were master-minders and architects of the present dispensation.

In this opinion piece, one of Nigeria’s topmost political commentators Stanley Ibeku dubbed Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s silence as betrayal, but admitted the All Progressives Chieftain remains very influencial.

Regarded as one of the most influential politician of our time with his mastery of political machinations, Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains a friend-foe to many a politician. Ask Goodluck Jonathan, he will tell you about the contribution of ‘The Lion of Bourdillion’-as dubbed by the PDP to his political crumble.

Tinubu: When silence is betrayal - Stanley Ibeku
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President Muhammadu Buhari owes a great deal of his victory to Tinubu. When Tinubu talks, many especially those from the ‘monarchical’ South West of Nigeria flow along.

Tinubu reportedly is not getting a ‘fair’ dealing from the government he helped to power and in some cases he has been vocal.

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However at this time that President Buhari and his party has rendered governance to child’s play and promoted incompetency and ethnic/religious jingoism to ridiculous heights, Tinubu seems to be silent or rather may have lost his voice.

He has refused to speak on the killings in the land, unbridled nepotism and near-absence of leadership.

The perceived silence of Tinubu smacks that of betrayal especially to his political loyalists and those that directly or indirectly subscribed to the ‘Change’ agenda that has turned to a mere word. Nigerians are getting wiser and probably may not buy in to another round of ‘Change’ sing-song.

Silence is not golden in this case, it’s pure betrayal!

Stanley Ibeku can be reached on Facebook.