Kenya Cry Foul Over Africa Women Nations Cup ‘Injustice’


Kenya’s football federation (FKF) on Thursday lashed out after their women’s football team lost out on competing at the Africa Women Cup of Nations after suspended Equatorial Guinea was reinstated.

Kenya did not qualify for the competition but were included after the Confederation of African Football last month suspended Equatorial Guinea for fielding an ineligible player during qualifying matches in June.

The decision was overturned on appeal Wednesday.

“We are profoundly astonished by the Appeal Board of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea women’s football team to the 2018 Africa women Cup of Nations, only ten days before the start of the tournament,” said Barry Otieno, a spokesman for the FKF on Thursday.

“We feel the decision is not only a great injustice to the Kenyan women’s football team, the Harambee Starlets, but to millions of Kenyans, the Kenyan government and the national federation, which has since dedicated enormous resources in preparation for the 2018 AWCON.”

The competition will be played in Ghana from November 17 to December 1.


Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says ‘I Have Not Gained Anything’

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'
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The Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of injustice.

The allegation comes few hours after he was suspended by the National Working Committee of the party over what they described as “disparaging and unfounded” claims against some party members and elders.

The business mogul, however, said he was laughing when he heard about his suspension by the PDP leadership, saying he had not gained anything from the party.

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“I am not doing this because of myself, I have not for once gained one single thing from PDP in my entire life and I stand to be challenged if PDP can tell anybody anything that they gave to me,” he said.

“I want Nigerians to know that also, even before I presented this case to the public, I personally presented it to the former president (Goodluck Jonathan).”

Ubah, who spoke on Thursday through a telephone call on Channels Television’s Politics Today, noted that his claims were not to criticise anyone but to get justice.

He said he had informed some party leaders about what he described as “injustice”, following the election of Honourable Oseloka Obaze as the PDP flagbearer for the Anambra State governorship election.

“When you are presenting a clean, clear case before the panel, and after that they still uphold injustice. So, they are still digging their graves. I am not in this business to castigate anybody but I am here to seek justice,” he said.

“Impunity must stop, our electoral processes must strictly be adhered to with laydown rules according to the constitution of the party.

“Let nobody blame me today and I complained, I sent texts to every PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) member about the impunity and nobody did anything,” he alleged.

Ubah also denied to have received any query from the party and asked the PDP to identify who acknowledged the query that was sent to him.

He said, “Please I have not received any query and I can as well prove a point that as at yesterday (Wednesday) morning, I am still exchanging text messages with the chairman (Senator Ahmed Makarfi).

“So if I have any query, he would have even sent me to go and respond to my query,” he added.

Earlier, the PDP said the Capital Oil boss made several allegations against the party over which he was queried while expressing his dissatisfaction with the decisions of the PDP leadership on the report of the Anambra Governorship Appeal Panel.

The party said it had referred the matter to its National Disciplinary Committee for further action.

Poverty, Injustice, Unemployment Responsible For Conflicts – Buhari

BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, believes that poverty, injustice and lack of job opportunities are largely responsible for the various conflicts in the nation.

The President made this revelation during an interaction with a delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an organisation active in the promotion of peace in Nigeria.

President Buhari said that the conflicts and youth restiveness being witnessed in different parts of Nigeria are only symptoms of deeper socio-economic challenges facing Nigeria.

The President maintained that to achieve enduring peace in the country, greater effort must be made to eradicate poverty and injustice.

Speaking on the constant conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in parts of the nation, President Buhari said, “A plan to map out grazing areas will soon be presented to the Nigerian Governors Forum as a temporary solution to the frequent conflicts until cattle owners are persuaded to adopt other means of rearing their cattle.”

He commended the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue for the relative peace that had returned to Plateau State, as well as their ongoing efforts to bring about peace in Southern Kaduna.

Seventeen Arrested At California Trayvon Martin Rally – Report

Seventeen people were arrested in California late on Wednesday after a protest against the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin turned rowdy, according to news reports.

Officers arrested the protesters at a rally in Victorville, 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Eight of those arrested were juveniles, and most of the arrests were made on charges of unlawful assembly, the newspaper reported.

Calls and emails to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Victorville Police Department seeking confirmation of the reports were not immediately returned.

California has seen several nights of mostly peaceful protests over the case, which has divided U.S. opinion on race, gun and self-defense laws.

Protesters see a miscarriage of justice in the verdict reached on Saturday by Florida jurors who found George Zimmerman, the white-Hispanic man who shot Martin, not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

On Monday, police in Los Angeles and Oakland arrested nearly two dozen people after disturbances at protests.

‘Boko Haram, MEND Is A Blessing’ – Security Expert

Mr. Dare Ogunlana, a security expert has said that the various insurgencies in northern Nigeria and Niger Delta have awakened the government to see the error of their ways; describing the Boko Haram and MEND groups as a ‘blessing.’

Speaking on Sunrise, he said that President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to handle the situation of the Boko Haram insurgents differently because the country is now in the democratic dispensation.

However, he also blamed politicians who “wanted to seize power” for the making illegal weapons available to thugs; a problem for which Nigerians are now paying the price.

He described terrorism as a generational struggle stating that it will continue to exist as long as there is injustice, corruption and bad governance.

“I made a statement recently that even Boko Haram, MEND is a blessing. If not for the fact that we have Boko Haram and MEND, our government will not know that what they are doing (the stealing and everything underdevelopment), they will not know” they have to do it right. Mr. Ogunlana said.

He also said that “because of Boko Haram, you can see a lot of almajiri schools… a lot of things are going on” in the North.

He added that “because of MEND and Boko Haram, we have been able to identify that we don’t even have Police.”