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Presidential visit: Jonathan urges Eagles to make Nigeria proud

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

World Cup.

“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).

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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stressing that soldiers operating in the area must be withdrawn.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 area.

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

some benefits.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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