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Commonwealth Wrestling Champion, Adekuoroye blasts Akeredolu, dumps Ondo for MFM

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Commonwealth Wrestling Champion, Adekuoroye blasts Akeredolu, dumps Ondo for MFM

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Nigerian female wrestling sensation, Odunayo Adekuroye, has revealed that she has dumped Ondo State and has opted to represent Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, MFM at the forthcoming 3rd Governor Dickson Wrestling Championships in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

The world number four wrestler, who disclosed this to DAILY POST on Saturday, emphasized that her decision to quit Ondo State was borne out of her desire to give back to those who have given her the necessary support to excel as a wrestler.

According to the two-time Commonwealth Games Champion, Adekuoroye berated the Ondo State Governor, Olawarotimi Akeredolu for allegedly turning a blind eye to the plight of athletes and wrestlers in the state, particularly as it concerns training, equipment and incentives.

The Ondo-born Adekuoroye, who is also a four-time African Champion, accused the state government under the leadership of Gov. Akeredolu of not being supportive to her career and other wrestlers in the state, who she said against all odds are still doing the state proud in competitions without commensurate correspondence from the state government.

Her words, “Today, where I am, it is by the help of God, my coach, Purity Akuh, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Honourable Daniel Igali, and the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Dr. Daniel Olukoya.

“All the international competitions that I have been attending, it is the MFM General Overseer that has been helping me. Even the recent competition I went for, the German Grand Prix and Bulgarian Open, he paid for it.

“So, there is nothing Ondo State has offered me that will make me stay with them.

“I have made up my mind not to represent Ondo State at the 3rd Governor Dickson Wrestling Championships next month.

“The Governor (Olawarotimi Akeredolu) promised to see us so many times, even when we came back from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he promised to appreciate us, but he never did.

“Look at the governor of Bayelsa State; he appreciated the national team wrestlers when they arrived from the Commonwealth Games.

“It is when the governor (Akeredolu) sees cameras, particularly the ones from the state-owned media that he will be promising heaven and earth. The Commonwealth Games is now over a year now since we went and he has not done anything for us up till this moment.

“As athletes with the state, we don’t have any equipment to train with, no mats to train. Nothing whatsoever. But we still manage to emerge champions across the world. Let them provide the necessary facilities and incentives and see if we won’t rule the world.”

The World Silver medalist added that sporting activities in the state is gradually heading to the grave as the younger ones whose passion lies in sport are not encouraged.

She frowned at the manner at which the state government beams focus on football at the detriment of other sport which has consistently being winning international laurels for the state as well as attracting world recognition.

“Even the kids, he is not paying them. It’s our coach the paying for the needs of some of the kids including their school fees just to encourage them to stay.

“Always, what we’re being told was that the governor will still see us. I have always wanted to speak out, but their claim has always been that they are on top of the situation. Right now I’m fed up.

“Most of the competitions we do go for, we have been the one sponsoring ourselves. We’re not gaining anything from Ondo State, nothing at all.

“I have not gained from them and I don’t care for them anymore. I’m waiting for their query for speaking out my mind. If they want to take their job, they should take their job.

“I’m a true daughter of Ondo State from Ilutuntun. Lots of my mates right from time went to compete for different states but I decided to stay back, to use my sweat and blood to compete for them but at the end nothing to show for it. But now I have decided to go.

“The reason why some of us are excelling is because of our passion for the sports. The governor is only concentrating on Sunshine Stars which is not good for the development of sport.”

She further stated that, “I’m rated number four in the world and you won’t believe that my salary is not up to N50,000 in a month. I know how much I pay every month to train myself.

“The last National Sport Festival that took place in Abuja, I was paid N22,000.

“No promotion either all the while. When other states are begging us to come compete for them with the incentives of placing us on level 12 with good pay with respect.

“Frankly speaking, Gov. Akeredolu is not a sport-loving governor at all. Let the truth be told. He does not value what he has until he needs it. And come 2020, he will come boasting of doing this and that for athletes, but we will be waiting for him.

“The other time his wife (Betty Akeredolu) said she is in love with tennis. She bought two rackets for them and stated shouting on radio that she has done so much for sport in the state,” Adekuoroye stated.

However, the United World Wrestling, UWW athletes representative stressed that she is focused to returning to number one spot in the world, a position which she held at a point in 2017.

Reacting to the allegations of Adekuoroye, the Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye described them as false.

The commissioner said Odunayo Adekuoroye was discovered by the state and subsequently gave her all the necessary support and as well developed her for the international stage where she rose to stardom.

“I was in Lagos with Odunayo Adekuoroye and his coach, Purity Akuh, about three days ago, I didn’t know this is coming. We wish her well; we won’t be a stumbling block in anybody’s ambition.

“We discovered Odunayo, employed Odunayo, we have been doing everything humanly possible to ensure we support her.

“But we will move forward, there will be more ‘Odunayos’ to be discovered. We wish her good luck in all her future endeavours,” Saka said.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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