President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday paid the Super Eagles a visit
during their training for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against
Ethiopia and wished the Eagles beat their hosts to put themselves in a
good steed to qualify for Brazil 2014.
President Jonathan who was in Ethiopia for the African Union head of
government extraordinary meeting in Addis Ababa stated that he was
optimistic that the Eagles will make the World Cup, because the team
have shown character.
“Surely you will make it; the spirit is there. I wish you success. It is
a determining match. Definitely we have been going to the World Cup, but
this year we are not just going to the World Cup, we will make an
impact. The world will begin to know that we have arrived as a nation.
We will give you all the encouragement required. Thank you for what you
are doing for us,” Jonathan said.
Nigeria Football Federation president, Aminu Maigari assured the
President that the Eagles will make good their qualification for the
“I assure you that we will be able to deliver and we will deliver. We
will do our best. We have a good team. Goodluck Jonathan is the only
President who has created time amidst his tight schedule to be with the
Super Eagles twice. This is the biggest motivation and we will make you
proud. We will be in Brazil,” he said.
The Eagles arrived in the early hours of Saturday aboard a chartered
Ethiopian Airlines flight and were received by Nigerian delegation, who
have been on ground in Addis Ababa as well as top officials of the
Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF).
Kokori women protest the arrest of Kelvin, most wanted kidnapper
Kokori women in Delta State have protested military operations to weed
out kidnappers in the area. The women protested nude last weekend,
stressing that soldiers operating in the area must be withdrawn.
On September 25, soldiers in company of state security operatives
arrested the king of kidnappers, popularly known as Kelvin in the area.
Since then, the soldiers have stepped up the search of homes to track
down kidnappers in the area.
But in a shocking move, women and youths of the area are against the
operation, claiming that the soldiers are violating their rights.
Kokori is the country home of Delta suspected kidnap kingpin, Kelvin
Oniarah, arrested September 25, by a combined team of Department of
State Service, DSS, and the army, while staying in an hotel in
Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to the protesting women, the search being conducted by
soldiers have led to the closure of their markets and schools. They
further claimed that they have been seriously molested by soldiers who
beat up people since the kidnap leader was arrested.
The protest also witnessed attacks on the traditional ruler and elite of
The protesters reportedly attacked a hotel belonging to Emeyese and
other elite in the town, saying they were the ones that gave Kelvin out
to security agents in Port-Harcourt, where he was reportedly arrested
after he was tricked there.
Though Kelvin was the most wanted criminal in Nigeria, he had a
wonderful relationship with the poor in the area as they relied on for