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Jonathan storms Imo, commissions health facility

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Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has said former President Goodluck Jonathan is a man of peace and that posterity will be kind to him.

Governor Uzodimma spoke on Monday when he received Dr. Jonathan and his team at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers shortly before they went to commission a private health facility – Aihwa Hope Centre – built by an indigene of the state, Rev. Kenny Udunka in Owerri.

Governor Uzodimma appreciated the gesture of calling on him and described Dr. Jonathan as a peaceful man and a beacon of good governance.

He added that the former President’s visit to Imo State though not on a working visit shows his love for the people, the state and a partner in progress.

He further assured him of the readiness of the state to accord him warm reception anytime and appealed that from time to time the former President should visit the state and access the level of development going on by his administration.

In his reaction, Dr. Jonathan expressed happiness over the sudden warm reception and eulogized the Governor for his commitment towards changing the face of Imo state for the better.

He charged the governor to remain unwavering in his determination towards the development of the state and encouraged politicians in the state to eschew politics of hate.

He also urged the governor’s appointees to help him in making the state a better place for all.

At the commissioning ceremony of Aihwa Integrated Clinic along Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, both Governor Uzodimma and Dr Jonathan harped on the need for a health facility in the state in particular and the country in general that will put a stop to incessant medical tourism embarked upon by Nigerians.

 They lauded Rev. Fr Udumka for the foresight in attracting the facility to Imo State and urged the citizens to patronize the centre. Governor Uzodimma specifically pledged government support by way of creating an enabling environment that will enable the centre function optimally. Earlier in his welcoming address, Rev. Fr Udumka thanked the governor as Chief Host and Dr Jonathan as Special Guest of Honour, as well as other special dignitaries, including some first class traditional rulers from different parts of the country who graced the occasion.

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Ronaldo to miss Juventus, Atalanta clash due to injury

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Sunday’s Serie A game against Champions League rivals Atalanta with a flexor muscle issue.

Coach Andrea Pirlo said the 36-year-old Portuguese striker, the top scorer in Serie A this season with 25 goals, would rest to avoid risking a more serious injury.

“We have an important absentee. Unfortunately, Cristiano will not be taking part in the match due to a problem with his flexor,” Pirlo told a pre-match press conference.

“Over these past few days, he has not been able to recover from the problem sustained after last Sunday’s match against Genoa.

“He hasn’t been able to push himself this week. It would be too risky for us to bring him to Bergamo tomorrow.

“We have decided to leave him in Turin to rest and we will try to have him back for Wednesday’s match against Parma.”

Champions Juventus are third, 12 points off leaders Inter Milan, with their nine-year reign looking set to end.

They play fourth-placed Atalanta who are just a point behind, with next week’s game at relegation-threatened Parma.

Pirlo blamed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s problem on fatigue.

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“Cristiano has always been in excellent condition,” said the Juventus coach.

“Unfortunately, the three matches in the national team have led to an accumulation of fatigue which is a problem for everyone.

“Cristiano also told me that in the national team he should only have played two games, but then that goal not given against Serbia led him to play the third as well, otherwise he would have been back at Juve’s disposal before the third game.

“An accumulation of everything, travel and games, can lead to fatigue. (Manchester City manager Pep) Guardiola also said it, there have been too many matches and the squads are too tight and these are the consequences.

“We also saw it in the Champions League, with (Bayern Munich’s Robert) Lewandowski who was unable to play the Champions League quarter-finals League due to an injury picked up in the national team.”

Juventus can however count on Argentina striker Paulo Dybala who will start for the first time in over three months, after a long knee injury layoff, partnering Alvaro Morata upfront.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has recovered from Covid-19 contracted while with the national team but will start on the bench.

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Adeboye, Fayemi meet in Ekiti

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Saturday morning, met with Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, at the Government House, Oke Ayoba, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Speaking after the meeting, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, said the 79-year-old cleric paid a courtesy call on the governor.

Read Also: Yoruba self-determination rally begins in Ibadan

He added that Adeboye and Fayemi also discussed issues of nationhood.

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Yoruba self-determination rally begins in Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

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One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

Adesojan said, “We are no longer part of Nigeria. Yoruba people are determined to stand alone. We are starting the rally here in Ibadan because this is the capital of the Yoruba nation.

” Our brothers in Kwara, Lagos, Kogi, Edo, Delta and other states are here. We are not going to use violence, we want the Yoruba nation. No retreat no surrender. Let Hausa go their way, let Fulani go their own way and Igbo people should also go.

“The rally has taken off, we won’t stop until we achieve our aim.”

One of the leaders of Itsekiri youths present at the rally, Isaac Ajatitan, said Itsekiri people were part of Yoruba and would support them to achieve this aim.

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