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Nairaland / General / Napoli Can Win Champions League Next Season – Osimhen by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 6:50pm On Jun 05, 2023
Napoli striker,Victor Osimhen has declared that Napoli can win the UEFA Champions League title next season.


The Partenopei fell short in the competition this season, losing out in the quarterfinals to Serie A rivals AC Milan.

Napoli won their first Scudetto in 33 years this season, with Osimhen playing a key role.


Napoli will enter next season’s competition as one of the favourites, at least going by their impressive performance this season.

“Everything is possible. Just like when we started the season, lots of people didn’t believe in Napoli. If the President says we can win it, I believe it; everything is possible,” Osimhen told DAZN.

Osimhen scored five goals for Napoli in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Nairaland / General / Napoli Can Win Champions League Next Season – Osimhen by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 6:40pm On Jun 05, 2023
Napoli striker,Victor Osimhen has declared that Napoli can win the UEFA Champions League title next season.

The Partenopei fell short in the competition this season, losing out in the quarterfinals to Serie A rivals AC Milan.

Napoli won their first Scudetto in 33 years this season, with Osimhen playing a key role.


Napoli will enter next season’s competition as one of the favourites, at least going by their impressive performance this season.

“Everything is possible. Just like when we started the season, lots of people didn’t believe in Napoli. If the President says we can win it, I believe it; everything is possible,” Osimhen told DAZN.

Osimhen scored five goals for Napoli in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Nairaland / General / Fuel Subsidy: Taraba Residents Lament Over High Cost Of Living by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 10:15am On Jun 02, 2023
The removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government has begun to cause untold hardships on the people of Taraba State. Reports have it that the development has led to an increase in transportation, as well as the prices of food stuff.


At the time of filing this report, prices of food items in Jalingo main market and in the state at large, was observed to have skyrocketed, the action which most of the sellers attributed to the increase in the price of petrol pump prices.

Civil servants, students and traders now trek long distances to their places of work.

Some commercial drivers who spoke with our reporter, admitted that the increase in the price of the product has forced them to jerk up the price of transportation.

Salisu Adamu, a commercial driver, who claimed to have been plying Jalingo Wukari road for the past five years, said “we have decided to increase transport fares from here (Jalingo) to Wukari to N4000.


“We only increased it from N3000 to N4000. The possibility of further increment is very high.”


Corroborating Adamu’s statement, another driver who gave his name as Ndanusa, said “as I am talking to you now, I have begun to seek for alternative means of surviving because, as a family man, I can’t continue like this.”

Ndanusa, who told our reporter that he has begun to source for “another legitimate business”, said if urgent measures were not put in place to address the situation, “the development may take us back to EndSARS again.”

The lamentations of market women and men were not different from those of the commercial drivers and Civil servants, who expressed sadness over the present condition of living in the state.


Apart from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, mega stations where a litre of fuel is now being sold for N550.00 per litre, the situation in the privately-owned fuel station is nothing to write about as most of them sell above that of the NNPC.

Nairaland / General / Today, May 29, 2023, President, Muhammadu Buhari Passes The Baton Of Leader Shi by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 7:09am On May 29, 2023
Nigeria finds itself amid a mixture of anticipation and unease.

With Tinubu assuming the Nigerian presidency, a sense of anticipation, intrigue and anxiety permeates the nation.


The journey to Tinubu’s presidency was not without its challenges and controversies, making his February 25, 2023, victory a significant milestone in the country’s political landscape.

Reports have it that prior to the June 7, 2022, presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu faced numerous odds against his candidacy.

Nicknamed the “Jagaban of Borgu,” Tinubu’s victory in the party’s primary election defied all odds and automatically set the stage for the transfer of power from President Buhari.

This unexpected turn of events ignited both anxiety and excitement across the nation.


Critics argued that he was too old and might not possess the necessary health and vigour to effectively govern Nigeria.

Also, one of the primary contenders for the APC ticket was Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who enjoyed substantial popularity among party members and the youth.

Some within the party advocated for Osinbajo’s candidacy, seeing him as a worthy successor to President Buhari. However, Tinubu’s widespread influence and adept politicking enabled him to outmanoeuvre his opponents and emerge as the party’s candidate, surpassing prominent contenders such as Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Tunde Bakare, among others.


Pathway To Victory – Factors And Strategies

– Emilokan

Bola Tinubu’s path to victory in the presidential election was marked by various campaign strategies and rallying cries that resonated with the Nigerian electorate.

Among these tactics, the utilisation of the term “Emilokan” played a significant role in mobilising support for Tinubu’s candidacy.

During one of his public appearances leading up to the APC presidential primary election, Tinubu emphasised the reasons he should be the next president of Nigeria.


He highlighted his instrumental role in securing the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election, despite Buhari’s three previous failed attempts.

Tinubu’s claim of having worked tirelessly to support Buhari’s successful campaign formed the basis for his outburst, Emilokan, which translates to “it’s my turn” in Yoruba, asserting that he deserved a chance to lead the nation.

This simple yet potent phrase encapsulated the yearning for Tinubu to assume the presidency, symbolising the belief that his time had come.

The term Emilokan swiftly gained traction as a campaign chant among the Yoruba population and supporters of Tinubu.

Yoruba-speaking Nigerians identified with the sentiment behind Emilokan, as it encapsulated the desire for a fair opportunity for Tinubu to lead the nation.

The Muslim-Muslim Ticket

Several factors no doubt worked in Tinubu’s favour throughout his electioneering campaign. Notably, the strategic choice of Kashim Shettima, a northerner and a fellow Muslim, as his running mate.

This decision, however, stirred controversy among Christians who opposed the idea of a ticket comprising individuals of the same faith.

In the run-up to the February 25 presidential election in Nigeria, political analysts and observers widely predicted the impossibility of Tinubu’s victory.

However, the dynamics of the political landscape took an unexpected turn with the involvement of Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

These influential figures evidently played pivotal roles that ultimately contributed to Tinubu’s successful bid for the presidency.

The Obidients Movement

Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, created a significant impact on the political scene when he joined the Labour Party from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

His decision resonated with the youth population, igniting a revolutionary movement known as “Obidients.” This movement swiftly gained popularity across the nation, bolstering Obi’s influence and capturing the attention of political observers.

However, Obi, who is now in court, came third in the election.

The Southern Influence

During the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious in the entire southeast region of Nigeria. However, the presidential election held in February 2023 saw a significant shift in voting patterns.

Peter Obi, with his newfound appeal and extensive grassroots support, successfully rallied voters in the southeast, south-south, and parts of the north-central away from the PDP.

This wave of support played a crucial role in diverting votes that were traditionally destined for the PDP, ultimately benefiting Tinubu’s All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign.

Kwankwaso’s impact in Kano

Another influential figure in the electoral landscape was Rabiu Kwankwaso, who founded the New Nigeria’s Peoples Party (NNPP).

Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, commanded significant support in the region. During the presidential election, the NNPP emerged victorious in Kano, securing an impressive 997,279 votes.

Tinubu of the APC came second with 517,341 votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the PDP polled 131,716 votes. Kwankwaso’s popularity and the success of his party in Kano had a direct impact on the overall outcome of the election, contributing to Tinubu’s victory.

Atiku’s PDP Divided Support

The decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to nominate Atiku, another northerner, as their candidate, played an inadvertent role in Tinubu’s triumph.

Despite being a prominent contender, Atiku’s campaign faced challenges, resulting in a divided support base.

This was due to a political agreement among various factions to shift power to the southern region of Nigeria.

As a result, some of his potential supporters gravitated towards alternative candidates, including Tinubu. This fragmentation of support inadvertently worked in Tinubu’s favour, allowing him to secure a significant number of votes that might have otherwise gone to Atiku.

The emergence of the G5 coalition also impacted the political landscape.

Atiku’s selection of Ifeanyi Okowa as his deputy irked certain governors within the PDP, leading them to break away and form the G5.

Samuel Ortom of Benue, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu were among these governors.

Expectedly, their states experienced defeat in the presidential election held on February 25, weakening their influence.

The Northern Alliance

Tinubu’s alliance with the northern region played a significant role in securing votes. While he lost in Buhari’s home state of Katsina to the PDP, he managed to secure a substantial number of votes, securing the second position. This support from the far north proved crucial in his campaign.

Tinubu garnered a total of 8,794,726 votes, surpassing his closest rivals, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 6,984,520 votes to secure the second position and the youth-favourite, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, who came third with 6,101,533 votes.

The three top candidates won 12 states each, leaving Kwankwaso with Kano State.

This outcome marks a significant turning point in Nigeria’s political landscape and underscores the resilience and determination exhibited by Tinubu’s campaign.

Not Yet Uhuru

As Bola Tinubu prepares to assume the presidency of Nigeria, he faces a series of formidable challenges that demand his attention and strategic decision-making.

While his victory in the 2023 presidential election was a remarkable achievement, it is crucial to acknowledge the obstacles that lie ahead.

One of the immediate challenges facing Tinubu is the legal battles initiated by his opponents. Both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, have filed court cases challenging the outcome of the election.

Tinubu must navigate these legal proceedings and ensure that his victory withstands the scrutiny of the judicial system.

While history shows that no Nigerian president has been removed from office by the court, the litigation process can still create political tensions and divert attention from pressing national matters.

Nigeria faces significant economic challenges, including high unemployment rates, inflation, and an overreliance on oil revenues. Tinubu must formulate robust economic policies and strategies to drive sustainable growth, diversify the economy, and create employment opportunities.

Tinubu will inherit the ongoing security challenges plaguing Nigeria, including the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, herdsmen/farmers crisis in north central, particularly Benue State, agitation in the southeast and communal clashes in various regions.

Tinubu, a portrait

Born on March 29, 1952, in Lagos State, Nigeria, he hails from the Tinubu family, renowned for its historical significance in Lagos politics.

He completed his primary and secondary education in Lagos before pursuing higher studies abroad. Tinubu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Chicago State University, Illinois, United States, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution.

Tinubu’s political journey began in the early 1990s when he became actively involved in the pro-democracy movement that fought against military rule in Nigeria.

As the first elected executive governor of Lagos State under Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, Tinubu served two consecutive terms from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy.

Tinubu’s political influence extends beyond Lagos State. He played a pivotal role in the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a merger of several opposition parties, which eventually led to the historic defeat of the incumbent government in the 2015 presidential election.

The citizens hope for effective governance, economic stability, improved security and progress in addressing pressing issues such as corruption and infrastructure development.

They eagerly await the implementation of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda and his ability to steer Nigeria toward a brighter future.

With both excitement and concerns lingering in the air, the nation awaits the actions and policies of its new leader, hoping for a positive and transformative era for Nigeria.

Dear Nigerians, it’s Jagaban o’clock.

Nairaland / General / Oyetola As CON: National Honour For His Candour By Jimoh Olorede, Ph.d by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 2:51pm On May 28, 2023
Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) is one of the highest and most reputable National Honours that can be awarded any highly-deserving Nigerian and friends of Nigeria. Today, the immediate past governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola will be one of the recipients of this award of National Honours by the outgoing President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

Obviously, this highly covetous Honour did not just come on a platter of gold; it's definitely an honour for Oyetola's candour, especially as exemplified in his sincere administration and stewardship of public utility and welfare as governor of Osun State between 2018 and 2022.

The President should be commended for not allowing prejudice, politicking and sychophancy becloud his judgement and selection, for priotizing substance in lieu of nuisance, and for listening to the voice of reason and not to the noise and cacophony of critics, as overtly expressed in his preference of a person of virtues like Oyetola over political vultures who only take advantage of others.

The new Commander of the Order of the Niger only served a single four-year term as governor of Osun State. However, his records of achievements, especially as reflected in his valour and candour which earned him the National Honour, are unprecedentedly unbeatable; posterity remains Oyetola's lawyer against his naysayers. As he was building roads and bridges in Osun, his intra-party critics continued to keep grudges against him.

Unfortunately, one of the problems retarding our progress in Nigeria in the area of party politics and leadership is that predecessors don't always want their successors' achievements surpass theirs. No gainsaying, this was one of Oyetola's offences. For instance, some elements within the All Progressives Congress (APC) party in the state would not forgive Oyetola for disparaging his predecessor, Aregbesola, by paying full salaries of workers, when his predecessor, with whom he served as Chief of Staff for eight years, did not, or better put, could not.

To ensure they become handicapped and unable to beat their records coupled with their greed and lust for wealth, some governors would mortgage their states with throat-cancerous loans thereby thwarting fiscal strengths of their successors. This was exactly the scenario in Osun which Oyetola grappled with throughout his four-year term, as he met over #154 billion debt on assumption of office on November 27, 2018.

But for Oyetola's prudence, expertise, financial acumen and administrative technocracy, every sector of the state's economy would have stagnated, and Osun would have further been mortgaged for obvious reasons of inability to pay workers' salaries and the necessity of the fulfilment of other monthly statutory expenditure obligations of government.

Surprisingly, however, Oyetola drastically reduced the humongous debt strangling the fiscal throat of the state, and by November 27, 2022, he left over fourteen billion naira in the treasury of Osun. More than a couple of times when Osun received zero allocations from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) because of the huge debt incurred by Aregbesola led administration which Oyetola inherited and continued to repay, he (Oyetola) still didn't resort to borrowing.

Congratulations to Osun State on having Oyetola's four-year term as an interventionist salvage which prevented the state from a wreck that could have consumed it. Yes, Oyetola's successor, governor Ademola Adeleke, can dance, being his hobby, as his predecessor has enhanced the fiscal strengths of the state. But I urge Adeleke to dance while working for the progress of the state and striving to beat Oyetola's records, and not playing or gyrating to the tunes of music.

As I commend the outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari over his sound judgement of Oyetola's qualifications for the National Honour, and congratulate him on the successful completion of his eight-year tenure, I also congratulate the incoming President, Bola Tinubu, not only because of his swearing-in and assumption of Presidency, but also because of the availability of this Machinery, the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), Adegboyega Oyetola, who, by all standards and his rich credentials, remains a resourcefully dependable and reliable arsenal for appointment in his front team of government.

*Dr. Jimoh Olorede* _(Dip. Journ., ND, HND, B.Sc., MNIPR, M.Sc., Ph.D)_ is Communication Scholar, Researcher and college Don; he can be reached via oloredejimoh@gmail.com.

Nairaland / General / Nurudeen Kareem Rejoices With Children, Ask Them To Shun Social Vices by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 5:30pm On May 27, 2023
A PDP stalwart and legal practitioner from Orolu local government, Barr. Nurudeen Kareem, has felicitated with children on the occasion of the 2023 Children’s day.

Barr. Kareem, in a congratulatory message, prayed for God’s protection on all the children in Orolu local government, Osun State and Nigeria at large.

The legal practitioner also urged them to shun evil vices and be of good behaviour so that they can have a brighter future.

Part of his statement reads, “I felicitate with the children of Orolu local government, Osun State and children all over the world on this auspicious occasion of Children’s Day celebration.

"As we pray for God’s protection, may we all live to witness and celebrate 2024 Children’s day and beyond, in good health, peace and progress in every area of our lives”.

"As we celebrate Children’s Day, i advised that children should avoid bad influence and shun social vices that could cause a setback in their future aspirations.

"As we all aware that children are the Heritage of God and a priceless gift that anyone can receive from God, we must, as a matter of duty, prioritize things that concern them, they are leaders that will succeed us."

He further said that the task of training up a child should not be left to government alone, as parents have their roles to play in raising these children in Goldy way.

Nairaland / General / Nurudeen Kareem Rejoices With Children, Ask Them To Shun Social Vices by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 5:25pm On May 27, 2023
A PDP stalwart and legal practitioner from Orolu local government, Barr. Nurudeen Kareem, has felicitated with children on the occasion of the 2023 Children’s day.

Barr. Kareem, in a congratulatory message, prayed for God’s protection on all the children in Orolu local government, Osun State and Nigeria at large.

The legal practitioner also urged them to shun evil vices and be of good behaviour so that they can have a brighter future.

Part of his statement reads, “I felicitate with the children of Orolu local government, Osun State and children all over the world on this auspicious occasion of Children’s Day celebration.

"As we pray for God’s protection, may we all live to witness and celebrate 2024 Children’s day and beyond, in good health, peace and progress in every area of our lives”.

"As we celebrate Children’s Day, i advised that children should avoid bad influence and shun social vices that could cause a setback in their future aspirations.

"As we all aware that children are the Heritage of God and a priceless gift that anyone can receive from God, we must, as a matter of duty, prioritize things that concern them, they are leaders that will succeed us."

He further said that the task of training up a child should not be left to government alone, as parents have their roles to play in raising these children in Goldy way.
Nairaland / General / Osun Lawmaker Adeyemi Irekandu Celebrates Children Day by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 11:19am On May 27, 2023
Lawmaker representing Obokun State Constituency, Hon. Adewumi Adeyemi Irekandu urged parents and all levels of government to do more to preserve children's rights and improve their quality of life.

This request was made in a statement that the lawmaker signed and released to the newsmen.

The ranking member of the soon-to-be-inaugurated 8th assembly highlighted concerns about out-of-school children and those who are living in penury and extreme poverty while referring to children as God's gifts who deserve care, love, and attention always.

The 39-year-old legislator contends that in addition to making sure that kids are well-cared for and receiving a good education, parents and all levels of government need to buckle up.

The young architect also voiced concerns regarding the geometrical rate of mortality and the arithmetical rate of resources needed to mitigate adverse consequences on society.

According to him, parents should try to have as many children as they can support, and governments at all levels should also offer essential social amenities to make life an enjoyable experience for kids.

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Nairaland / General / Communities Applaud As Harvard Polytechnic Grades Roads Ilorin by OwolabiSamuel15(m): 7:18pm On May 26, 2023
The Agbabiaka and Onireke communities in Ilorin metropolis have express their appreciation for the grading of the roads by Harvard Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The communities, represented by the Chairman of Agbabiaka Decendant Union (ADU), Alhaji Aribidesi. A.J. and some leaders from Onireke community, paid a thank-you visit to the institution management.

In his short but emotional speech, Alhaji Aribidesi A.J. stated that the communities had lived a life of complete neglect for more than ten years, as a result of the deplorable nature of the road.

He said members of the community are now happy that the road was fixed by the school management.

He stated that by constructing the road, Harvard Polytechnic has the Agbabiaka community feel happy it plays hosts to the institution.

Alhaji Aribidesi who prayed for the continuous and harmonious relationship with Harvard Polytechnic, also said the communities are always ready to support continuous growth and development of the institution.

The communities' leaders appreciated the institution for construction of the road. They added that the infrastructure will improve the socio-economic, well being of the people and reduction of traffic in the areas.

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