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3. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as an indivisible entity despite its diversity, saying that way, it will be a better and stronger nation.

President Buhari parts ways with influential cleric over contract

President Muhammadu Buhari has parted ways with an influential Catholic cleric, who previously described Buhari as “messiah’’ because the president refused to give him a juicy contract.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has expressed concerns over the attack on monarchs in Ekiti State.

Pastor Adeboye: God will heal Nigeria

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Wednesday, urged Nigerians of all tribes and tongues to pray for the country and the rest of the world.
A constitutional rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome, has condemned Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi’s attack on journalists, saying the governor has no legal, constitutional or moral powers to pronounce “fatwa” against the correspondents of the Sun and Vanguard Newspapers in the ordinary course of their duties.

Mike Ozekhome: President Buhari missing in action

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), says President Muhammadu Buhari is missing in action amid the worsening security situation in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for the support of the United States in the move by Nigeria and West African sub region to tackle security challenges in order to avoid spillovers.

President Buhari urges US to relocate AFRICOM HQ to Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the U.S. to reconsider relocating U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, nearer the Theatre of Operation.
President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for the support of the United States in the move by Nigeria and West African sub region to tackle security challenges in order to avoid spillovers.

President Buhari seeks US help to tackle security challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for the support of the United States in the move by Nigeria and West African sub region to tackle security challenges in order to avoid spillovers.
Bayern Munich blew the chance to clinch the Bundesliga title on Saturday as the club world champions crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to Mainz.

Bayern miss chance to secure Bundesliga title after Mainz defeat

Bayern Munich blew the chance to clinch the Bundesliga title on Saturday as the club world champions crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to Mainz.
Bayern Munich aim to put their European heartbreak behind them when they host Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena on Saturday for a Bundesliga clash.

Union Berlin brace for Bayern backlash after PSG defeat

Union Berlin are steeling themselves for a challenging trip to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday as the European champions look to shake off their midweek defeat by Paris Saint-Germain.
Kevin Akpoguma will be making his 60th overall Bundesliga appearance today should he get to feature for Hoffenheim which play host to VfB Stuttgart at the PreZero Arena.

Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma ruled out of Stuttgart clash

Nigeria defender Kevin Akpoguma has been ruled out TSG Hoffenheim’s away trip to Stuttgart on Sunday.
RB Leipzig climbed top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-0 romp at Freiburg to replace previous leaders Bayern Munich, who later host Dortmund in Germany’s ‘Klassiker’.

Bundesliga: RB Leipzig knock Bayern Munich from top after romp at Freiburg

RB Leipzig climbed top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-0 romp at Freiburg to replace previous leaders Bayern Munich, who later host Dortmund in Germany’s ‘Klassiker’.
Bundesliga crisis club Schalke sacked almost their entire sporting leadership Sunday, including coach Christian Gross, after an alleged player revolt and a 16th league defeat plunged their nightmare season deeper into crisis.

Crisis-hit Schalke sack manager in major clear out

Bundesliga crisis club Schalke sacked almost their entire sporting leadership Sunday, including coach Christian Gross, after an alleged player revolt and a 16th league defeat plunged their nightmare season deeper into crisis.
Bayern Munich crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in the Bundesliga as the world champions showed chinks in their armour before they return to Champions League action next week.

Bayern Munich crash 2-1 at Frankfurt in Bundesliga

Bayern Munich crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in the Bundesliga as the world champions showed chinks in their armour before they return to Champions League action next week.
Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that he is “following” his Norwegian compatriot and prolific goalscorer Erling Haaland.

UCL: Erling Haaland urges Borussia Dortmund to shake off Bundesliga poor run

Borussia Dortmund go into Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg tie at Sevilla with star striker Erling Braut Haaland urging his teammates to shake off their Bundesliga blues or risk a heavy defeat in Spain.
Ralf Rangnick has claimed that Chelsea wanted to bring him in as their new interim coach before turning to Thomas Tuchel.

Ralf Rangnick: Chelsea wanted me as interim coach before turning to Thomas Tuchel

Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge on January 25, with Tuchel drafted in as his replacement having been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain the previous month.
Folarin Balogun celebrates after guiding in his second Arsenal goal to set the seal on a sixth win out of six in the Europa League this season. Ryan Byrne-INPHO-REX-Shutterstock

Foreign clubs chase Folarin Balogun

Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Rennes are the three foreign clubs interested in signing Folarin Balogun on a free transfer.
Liverpool have completed the deadline-day signing of Ozan Kabak from Schalke, subject to international clearance.

Liverpool complete loan deal for Schalke defender

The 20-year-old defender will move to Anfield on loan until the end of the season, with the Reds having the option to make the move permanent in the summer for a fee of £18 million ($25m).
Sami Khedira has returned to the Juventus squad for their Serie A game at home to AC Milan on Saturday.

Hertha Berlin confirm talks with Juventus star Sami Khedira

"We are talking to him, there are a few things to clear up and a few questions to answer before Monday at 1800 (1700GMT)," when the transfer window closes, Hertha CEO Carsten Schmidt told Sky Sunday.
New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told his new squad that everyone now has a clean slate.

Thomas Tuchel arrival could be ‘turning point’ for Kai Havertz at Chelsea – ex-coach

Thomas Tuchel could be a “turning point” for Kai Havertz at Chelsea, says Tayfun Korkut, with a German coach being backed to bring the best out of a fellow countryman who has struggled to find any kind of spark in English football.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB appoints directors-general, deputy directors-general in regional offices

The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of directors-general for the East, Central and Southern Africa regions and deputy general for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.
Struggling Schalke unveiled veteran Swiss coach Christian Gross as their new manager on Sunday as the Bundesliga's bottom side try to end a miserable run of league games without a win.

Troubled Schalke turn to Christian Gross as new coach

Struggling Schalke unveiled veteran Swiss coach Christian Gross as their new manager on Sunday as the Bundesliga's bottom side try to end a miserable run of league games without a win.
After former coach Lucien Favre was sacked on Sunday, Dortmund are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart which saw them drop out of the top four and cost the Swiss coach his job.

Borussia Dortmund out to reverse slump after Lucien Favre dismissal

New Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic will make his debut in the dugout when his team travel to Werder Bremen on Tuesday, with the crisis-hit Bundesliga giants looking to pick up their first win in four league games.
Borussia Dortmund and Lucien Favre have parted ways on Sunday.

Lucien Favre leaves BVB after humiliating 5-1 home defeat

The decision comes after Dortmund lost 5-1 at home to newly-promoted Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon to make it three successive home defeats in a row in the league.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

Gernot Rohr contributed to Nigeria’s downward trend on FIFA ranking – ex-international

Former Nigeria international, Jonathan Akpoborie, has attributed Nigeria’s downward trend on FIFA ranking to coach Gernot Rohr’s inefficiency to make the star-studded Super Eagles a winning side.

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World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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“The future of relations between Iran and the United States is not simple,” Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged at a press conference in Tehran, as President Hassan Rouhani’s government makes signs of apparent overtures to US president-elect Biden.

Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia, promises best efforts

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.
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Bird flu: Bauchi government kills 27,000 birds to curtail spread

Samaila Burga, Chairman, Technical Committee on the Control of Avian Influenza, said the Bauchi government has killed about 27,000 birds to curtail the spread of Bird flu in the State.
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Study finds around 15% of Ivory Coast’s cocoa farms are in protected forest

Around 15% of cocoa farms in the world's top grower Ivory Coast are in protected forest areas, potentially breaching standards expected in upcoming European Union law, a study commissioned by the country's sector regulator found.
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Scottish pro-independence party heads for election win

The Scottish National Party (SNP), which has vowed to hold an independence referendum that could tear the United Kingdom apart should it be returned to power, will find out on Saturday if it has won a majority in Scotland's parliament.
Villarreal coach, Unai Emery, envisaged a very difficult match against Manchester United in the final of the Europa League after his wards ended Arsenal’s journey in the event on Thursday.

Villarreal boss: It’s going to be difficult vs Manchester United

Villarreal coach, Unai Emery, envisaged a very difficult match against Manchester United in the final of the Europa League after his wards ended Arsenal’s journey in the event on Thursday.