{Preview} Osun Utd Vs Crown FC: Odds Favour Omoluabi Giants

Osun United Football Club will on Saturday face Crown Football Club, in one of the Week 7 fixtures of the 2018 Bet9ja Nigeria National League at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.

According to a release by the team’s media officer, Tunde Shamsudeen, Osun United with a game at hand against Ikorodu United currently sit last on the log having taken four (4) points from five (5) games, while Crown are second (2nd) on the ladder with 13 points from possible eighteen (18) points.

Both Osun United and Crown have had a mixed season having lost and drawn at home respectively.

The Omoluabi Giants are familiar with their opponent, and will look to take three points from Ajilete Warriors, so as to sit comfortably on the league table.

Osun United will be up against credible opponent that would most probably ask their defence the most questions and they must be wary of red hot Daniel Benson, Bode Daniel, Adewale Adigun, and Adeyemi Adeyemi, who have been putting up some good performances for Crown.

Osun United coach Adebayo Adesina, will take charge of his sixth game on Saturday in the Bet9ja NNL South West derby and will have a full squad to choose from with all his charges fully fit for the contest.

Osun United are bent on recording a win against Crown and records favour the Omoluabi Giants to beat Crown, having won all their matches against Crown in Oshogbo, but they must work hard to stop the deadly Crown attack.

The Ajilete Warriors coach Oladunni Oyekale, may choose to unleash the same line-up that defeated Rovers Football Club 1-0 on Wednesday at the Soun Township Stadium.

The contest is expected to be fiercely-fought and Adesina said he expects a convincing win over Crown.

“We are going for all three points on Saturday. In as much as we respect Crown, we do not fear them and that is why we will go all out to get the maximum points at stake.”

Oyekale sees Osun United as a tough, more physical side that will struggle for every ball come Saturday. He urged his charges to show great character and be tactically disciplined against the Omoluabi Giants,

“This will be a big game, we will do our best to win the game but the truth is that Osun Utd will give us the fight of their lives, but we will do our best to get something meaningful from the match,” Oyekale told OSUN UNITED MEDIA.

Any Govt Disobeying Court Orders Is Inviting Anarchy — CJN Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has again warned about the possible effects of disobeying court orders.

Mr Onnoghen gave the warning at a public lecture he delivered at the faculty of law, University of Lagos, on May, 31. The theme of the lecture was: “The Rule of Law as Panacea for Peace, Security and Good Governance.”

According to a report by the Daily Trust newspapers, the CJN also attributed the increased rate of killings across the country to the anarchy that results from the failure of the government to obey legitimate orders of court.

“Any government that is against the enthronement of the rule of law is by implication inviting anarchy into the system. A democratic government must not only obey the law but also courts’ orders,” Mr Onnoghen said.

“I have said it before and I am saying it again that if given four years of adherence to the rule of law, Nigeria can change. The problem of insecurity, killings, among others will become a thing of the past.

“But rather than confronting our fears which is how to satisfy the minority groups, we keep creating states and local governments yet the fear remains. But if the rule of law is to be put in place, the minority groups will know that even if they are to be violated, they can go to court and get justice,” Mr Onnoghen added.

The Buhari administration has disobeyed several court orders, especially those favouring its detainees such as former NSA Sambo Dasuki, Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and pro-Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

After detaining Mr El-Zakzaky for over two years without charges, the Federal government took Mr El-Zakzaky to court following wide spread protests by Shiite members.

Several Court orders for the release of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki have also been neglected by the government.

The administration has also experienced a wide range of killings by terrorist and suspected herdsmen.

The killings which have been more persistent in the North-east and North-central parts of the country have claimed thousands of lives since the commencement of this administration.

Osun Prosperous, Developed Under Aregbesola, Needs Better Successor – Baderinwa

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State of Osun, Mr Adelani Baderinwa has averred that the state is prosperous, developed and transformed under Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, saying that Osun needs a person that is better than him as a successor.

According to Baderinwa, Aregbesola is the most successful, popular and acceptable Governor in the history of the state, describing a statement credited to former president Goodluck Jonathan’s aide on the governor as fallacious, uninformed and extremely sentimental.

Baderinwa who spoke while receiving the executive members of a social media group, the ‘Progressive E-Group’ recently, said it is out of place, uncalled for and unbecoming of a former president to make statement out of context and misconstrue a clear and direct statement.

The commissioner noted that governance in Osun has been taken beyond pedestrian level and thus, the state needs a purposeful, focus and development driven person to succeed Aregbesola.

He said: “There is need for us to have a person with purpose, focus, development personified person to take over from Aregbesola, who has clearly raised the bar of governance beyond the pedestrian level. We need a person with vision, intelligence and administrative skill to succeed the governor. In fact, we need a person that is better than Aregbesola to succeed him.

“Aregbesola has been most successful in meeting the needs of the people in terms of what is the essence of governments which ultimately is the wellbeing of the people.”

Baderinwa stated that Aregbesola’s performance and efforts have been well appreciated and acknowledged by rationale and reasonable people from across the world, as many accolades and honours had been poured on his administration in recent times.

“Only supervisor of an administration that milked Nigeria dried and bastardized the economy can afford to say the kind of balderdash published recently concerning the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“It takes a former president who governed Nigerian in prosperity with nothing to show for it to assume that all public office holders are like him, and it is a sad commentary on the manner of personalities governing Nigeria.

“With the many credible organizations using scientific basis to acknowledge many programmes and projects carried out by the Aregbesola government as either the best or second best in the country, one wonders the state of mind and rationality of some people to have described Aregbesola government as a failure”, he stressed.

The commissioner, however, submitted that he is confident that none of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would discontinue the developmental projects and social protection programmes of the Aregbesola’s administration.

Ndidi, Vardy, Okazaki Model Leicester’s New Adidas Jersey

Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, was one of the five players that modelled Leicester City’s home kit for the 2018/ 2019 season on Friday.

Pictures of Ndidi along with the quatert of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, Harry Maguire and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichelposing with the new kit were posted on Leicester City’s official website.

And on the kit launch, a statement on lcfc.com reads: “Leicester City can today (Friday) reveal the Club’s 2018/19 home kit – the first produced by global sportswear giant adidas.

“The new kit is the first produced with global sportswear giant adidas

“The new adidas home kit stays true to the Club’s roots with a classic blue and white design and a subtle gold trim.”

Earlier this year, the Foxes announced a new multi-year partnership with global sportswear giant adidas – one of the world’s most famous sporting brands. The club previously wore Puma jerseys.

Nigeria’s Future Lies With Youth, Not Oil, Says Ambassador Adeyemi

By Solomon Odeniyi

The President General of World Youth United Nations Organisation, Ambassador Adeniyi Adeyemi has said  Nigeria should place priority on youth as its greatest asset rather than oil for the sake of its future.

He said the country must learn to give its youth a place in the leadership of the nation as it is fundamental to the nation’s growth and development.

He added that if the 68 million estimated populations of the youth were to be a nation they would have been the fourth largest country in Africa, and 19th in the world, noting that by sheer numerical strength it would have been a major country.

Adeyemi spoke at the Living Faith church, Osogbo’s Mega Leadership and capacity building Conference.

He stressed that democracy is expected to mirror the demographic composition of the Nigeria population and the youth which constitute the majority as well as a distinct social class ought to be given its rightful representation in the leadership of the nation just as gender has attained recognition as a distinct social category.

Adeyemi emphasized on the need for youth activism  and engagement which he said, could bring about important social changes that are sometimes left behind, highlighting that knowing their rights, learning about local issues, networking with inspiring youth around the world , being a trendsetter, and hosting a youth summit among others are some of the ways the youth could get involved, locally or globally.


250,000 Osun Pupils Eat 427.5m Plates Of Free Meals Worth N21bn

By Ismaeel Uthman

No fewer than 250, 000 pupils in all the public schools in the state of Osun have consumed a total of 427,500,000 plates of nutritious meals being served to them by the state government under the free school feeding programme called O’ MEAL.

The consumed 427,500,000 meal plates gulped a sum of N21bilion expended by the state government between 2012 and 2018, according to Honourable Ajibola Famurewa, who is representing Ijesa-South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

The free lunch programme which was repackaged by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in 2012, has been ensuring that the public elementary school pupils eat lunch with eggs, chicken, fruits and beverages every school day.

Famurewa who spoke at the 3rd edition of a colloquium tags ‘RAUFNOMICS’ to celebrate Aregbesola’s 61st birthday on Sunday, said over 3,000 local caterers have been employed to prepare the food for the school children.

He said: “Since the commencement of the O – Meal School Feeding Programme in the last quarter of 2012, we have served 427,500,000 plates of nutritious meals to 250,000 pupils daily in our public schools, amounting to a whopping sum of N21billion till date.

“This huge amount was injected into the Osun economy, as I am proud to inform you that all the ingredients used are all sourced locally, talk of the eggs, chicken, fruits with over 3,000 local caterers preparing the food.

“This is part of the employment generating mechanism that culminated in our recent rating where our state was adjudged the second lowest in terms of unemployed Nigerians. This is what we call RAUFNOMICS.”

Famurewa stated that the Aregbesola’s administration has built over 70 new model state-of-the-art schools, provided free school uniforms for pupils, disclosing that Osun has one of the highest numbers of admissible students into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The lawmaker maintained that the steady development in the education sector in the state reflected in the performance of the students in external extermination where Osun recorded 46 per cent in West Africa Examination Council against the 15 per cent it used to be before the advent of Aregbesola.

“Aregbesola has redefined good governance, even our lazy opposition testified to this open truth.

“ In the face of orchestrated propaganda by our detractors in the public domain, we are happy to tell you that the best SSCE WAEC O – Level result before Aregbesola was 15per cent, but today, we have achieved 46 per cent in WAEC/NECO results, those with credit marks in English language and mathematics subjects inclusive”, he stressed.


Steer Clear Campaign Of Calumny, Don Charges Politicians

By Sola Jacobs

As the September 22nd governorship election is gathering momentum in Osun State, the immediate past Executive Member of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Prof. Olu Aina, (OFR) has called on politicians in the state to shun campaigns of calumny in a bid to score cheap political points.

Prof Aina who made the call last Saturday during the Funeral Mass for his late Sister, Madam Elizabeth Omopenu Dada at St Nicholas Catholic Pro-Cathedral, Otan Ayegbaju, in the state, urged politicians to play the game according to the rule, adding that “leadership comes from God.”

Prof Aina, who also enjoined the officials of the INEC to ensure that all votes must be counted and ensure free,  fair and credible election, advised politicians to shun campaign of bitterness ahead of the governorship elections in the state.

“As politicians, determined to serve the people of the state, it is pertinent for them to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in order to gain the confidence and trust of the electorate.

“In politics, there are winners and losers, so, I urge the political class to always focus on issues and programmes that will benefit the electorate,” Prof Aina added.

While speaking on his late Sister, Prof Aina described her as a mother of mothers who cares for all and sundry.

According him, ”My Sister while on earth contributed a lot to the development of humanity; she was a committed and faithful woman, we will all miss her.”

In his sermon, the Priest, Rev. Fr. Felix Olaniyan, described Mrs Elizabeth Omopenu Dada as a committed Christian while alive, saying everyone should emulate her way of worshipping God.

The Rev. Father who based his sermon on the book of John 14 : 3, said the late woman served the Lord to the point of death.

He also enjoined politicians in the Country to be courageous in doing things, as the country needs courageous leaders at this trying time.

According to him, “We need courage to bring sanity to the nation by faithfully delivering our obligation in order to receive salvation. If Nigeria will be well, our leaders must be serious.”

Among the dignitaries at the ceremony are former governor of Osun state, Alhaji Adebisi Akande, General Alani Akinrinade, top government functionaries as well as traditional rulers and others.

Ramadan Lecture: Osun Speaker Urges Muslims To Discharge Basic Obligations

By Israel Afolabi

The issue of taxation cannot be over-emphasized in any society that is yearning for progress and development as well as other indices affecting the welfare of the people.

The Speaker State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam made this remark while speaking at the first in the series of this year’s edition of the annual Ramadan lecture organized by the Muslim community of the State Assembly at the premises of House of Assembly complex Osogbo.

Dr. Salaam urged all Muslims to dedicate themselves to the tenet of Ramadan throughout the holy month and pray for the growth of the state in their prayers.

According to him, “We should be modest in our dealings and refrain from excessiveness so that Allah would accept our fasting as an act of worship”.

He used the medium to alert all Muslims to pray for continued peace and prosperity in Nigeria as they observe the month of Ramadan.

He said “this period of Ramadan teaches us self control, self restraint, tolerance for one another irrespective of religion or tribe”.

He noted that the topic of the lecture which borders on taxation has come at a right time and acknowledged the importance of taxation as the basics of development in countries all over the world.

Dr Salaam who was chief host also appreciated the guest lecturer as he enjoined the people to tap from his knowledge and wisdom.

Meanwhile, in his lecture titled “Taxation as an obligation, Islamic perspective” a renowned Islamic scholar Sheik Babatunde Yusuf Ayeniromo emphasised on the importance of taxation.

He described taxation as a divine obligation expected to be performed by Muslims with the means and are truly committed to the cause of the faith.

Sheik Yusuf popularly called Oko Iya eleko cited the government of Umar Ibn Kattab and the role played by taxation in the success of his administration.

While stressing the need for taxable adults to fulfill their obligation to the government, he also charged the authorities on judicious expenditure of resources gathered from the people.

Earlier Chief Imam of the Assembly Mosque Alhaji Abdul Fatai Adebisi had on behalf of the Muslim community appreciated the guest lecturer as well as the gathering from within and outside.

The lecture was attended by faithful Muslims not only from within but across neighboring establishments.

I’ve Capacity, Network To Sustain Ogbeni’s Legacies – Oyebanji

By Solomon Odeniyi

An aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2018 gubernatorial election, Mr Dayo Oyebanji has said with the enduring legacies built in all facets of life by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration, he remained the appropriate aspirant who possesses the experience, competence and the required network needed to sustain the legacies.

Oyebanji, a former Chairman, Osun Internal Revenue Service said, “when it comes to competency, and experience which leadership entails, I am more than competent and with the network I have in my custody, it puts me in a better stead than others contesting the position.

He said he has been politically entrenched to identify problems of the people and find solutions to them.

Oyebanji noted that if elected, he would align himself with the people to ensure an accelerated economic growth, as well as a movement from a manual form to an automated form of economy which he described as a major problem in public finance.

Oyebanji who noted that premium should not be placed on zoning, but competence, suggesting that  if the call persists and other parties are tilting towards the direction of zoning, the ruling party should see it as the voice of the people and as such embrace it.

He said part of his priority is to work on tax administration, create more awareness and prepare the platform for effective tax system in the state to help the state generate a lot of revenue which will make it self-sustaining and assist his administration to bring the desired development.

Argentina Land In Barcelona For Final World Cup Preparation

Argentina’s World Cup-bound squad arrived in Barcelona Friday morning for their final training camping.

Argentina are in Group D at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

Jorge Sampaoli’s jetted off to Barcelona after their 4-0 thumping of Haiti in Tuesday’s international friendly in Buenos Aires.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi who scored three goals and assisted on Sergio Aguero’s fourth in the friendly also shared a picture on his Instagram with the caption: “We are already home.”

Argentina will remain in Barcelona until June 8 as they put the finishing touches to their World Cup preparations.

Eagles’ Likely 1st, 2nd Eleven Tussle In First Training Ahead England Clash

The Super Eagles had their first training session on Thursday after arriving London ahead of Saturday’s high profile international friendly game against the Three Lions of England at Wembley Stadium.

The team had their first training at The Hive Stadium, home ground of Barnet FC, who play in the English National League (fifth-tier).

Chelsea star, Victor Moses, who joined the team’s camp on Thursday morning was part of the training which started at 4:30pm.

Complete Sports’ Semiu Osho who witnessed the team’s training reports that the team was split into two groups comprising the possibles and the probables.

The possibles had Francis Uzoho in goal, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu in defence, skipper John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi in midfield and in the attack, Odion Ighalo, Moses and Alex Iwobi.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in goal for the probables with the defence comprising Tyronne Ebuehi who seems to have recovered from the cramps he suffered against DR Congo on Monday in Port Harcourt, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Elderson Echiejile, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Crotone of Italy star Simeone Nwankwo.

Mikel,Abdulahi and Iwobi dazzled for the probables with the Arsenal player showing flashes of brilliance while for the probables new boy Nwankwo’s hold up play was impressive as he showed great strength on the ball.

Today (Friday), the team will hold their first official training inside the famous Wembley Stadium by 5pm.

The training will be preceded by a press conference also at Wembley Stadium at 4:15pm.

Eagles POSSIBLES In Thursday’s Training Session

Francis Uzoho
Leon Balogun
William Troost-Ekong
Sheu Abdulahi
Bryan Idowu
Ogenyi Onazi
Mikel Obi
Joel Obi
Victor Moses
Odion Ighalo
Alex Iwobi

Eagles’ PROBABLES In Thursday’s Training Session

Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Tyronne Ebuehi
Elderson Echiejile
Kenneth Omeruo
Chidozie Awaziem
John Ogu
Mikel Agu
Oghenekaro Etebo
Ahmed Musa
Kelechi Iheanacho
Simy Nwankwo