Kwankwaso Vows To Restore Nigeria’s Glory If Elected President

 

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso has pledged to restore the country’s glory if elected next year. 

Kwankwaso said this on Sunday shortly after holding a closed-door meeting with NNPP stalwarts in Jalingo, Taraba State where he also commissioned the party’s offices.

He says he has the capacity to reposition Nigeria economically and restore security and infrastructure in the country. This, he said, pushed him to join the presidential race.

“Well, you see, our strategy normally is to allow people to continue to underrate us. Our politics is underground, not in the air. People could see and touch our supporters and these are committed supporters,” the former Kano State governor added.

“People who very much believe in our ideology; believe if we are given the opportunity, we are in a position to change many things for the better, and therefore, they also believe that if we get the position, the country will be a better place. That is why you see so many people everywhere in the country showing solidarity for our candidature.”

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According to him, some months back, many persons doubted the party’s chances going into next year’s general elections. He, however, said the situation is now different.

“Seven months ago when we decided to join this party, many people thought we were not going anywhere,” Kwankwaso noted. “But by the grace of God, today in this country, everybody knows us.”

The NNPP flagbearer admitted that while he campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari, he is unhappy with the level of joblessness among youths some of whom have now taken to drug abuse and banditry.

For Kwankwaso, if these issues are not addressed, it could lead to anarchy in the country.

He also promised to run an all-inclusive government if he wins next year’s presidential election.

 

‘It Would Be An Obi’: Ezekwesili Picks LP Candidate Over Atiku, Tinubu

A former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili has rated Labour Party (LP)’s Peter Obi higher than other leading presidential candidates for the 2023 election.

While featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics,  Ezekwesili said the former Anambra governor possesses what others do not have even though the country suffers from poor leadership.

“Somebody says to you between a cast of possible presidents that include the three frontrunners that we currently have – a possible President Tinubu, Atiku, and Obi – do you need anybody to tell you where you would be going? It would be an Obi.”

While lamenting about the current political order to which she said the Labour Party flagbearer belongs, Ezekwesili rates Obi higher than other top candidates.

“Regardless of the fact that he comes from that particular political class that we are talking about, he still at least represents many more shapes than the other two top candidates (in reference to Atiku and Tinubu),” she added.

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Obi’s support base is made up of largely young people, a development the former minister said shows the dynamics of Nigerian politics have changed.

She also pinned Nigeria’s major problem on leadership, saying the country has recorded stunted growth due to this. But she believes the current political awakening in the country, especially among youths, will alter the landscape.

“Sometimes, I just imagine what leadership will be in the country if they just listened (to youths),” she noted.

According to her, the zeal shown by young people during the #EndSARS protest is a poster of what youths can achieve.

Her comment came barely a day after Obi’s supporters marched in several parts of the country to mob up support for the Labour Party man.

The rally took place in Lagos, Edo State, Delta, Kaduna, other states across Nigeria, and in London, the United Kingdom.

Nigeria Will Be Safer Before Buhari Leaves Office – Chief Of Staff

 

Nigeria will be a safer and more secure country before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office on May 29, 2023.

This is according to the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who spoke on Sunday at the 20th convocation lecture of the graduating cadets of regular course 69 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at the State House while receiving members of the Nigeria Medical Association On August 9, 2022.
President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at the State House on August 9, 2022. Sunday Aghaeze/State House

 

Gambari reiterated his principal’s commitment to tackling the menace of banditry, terrorism, and other violent crimes ravaging different parts of the country. According to him, the President is consistently supporting the nation’s armed forces with the necessary and most sophisticated equipment to enable them to perform their constitutional duties effectively.

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“It is on record that he has provided the military with sophisticated equipment with which to perform their duty,” he said.

“By the end of his tenure around May next year, Nigeria will (be) a safer, more secured country than when he assumed office as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic.”

While saluting the military for displaying professionalism in defending the nation’s territorial integrity, Gambari said the Federal Government has taken the welfare of personnel a priority.

He equally said the Commander-in-Chief is more concerned about the security of Nigerians, adding that the deployment of ICT has helped the military in confronting some security challenges.

National security, the President’s aide, said is a collective responsibility and as such, Nigerians should not just leave the matter to security agencies.

Gambari’s remarks come a day after President Buhari said his administration has taken steps to address the security challenges across the country.

In his last Independence Day Anniversary address on Saturday, Buhari said he has made “appreciable progress” in core areas of economy and security since he assumed office in May 2015.

He also identified with the pains of millions of Nigerians, assuring them that their resilience and patience would not be in vain.

“As we continue to de-escalate the security challenges that confronted us at the inception of this administration, newer forms alien to our country began to manifest especially in the areas of kidnappings, molestations/killings of innocent citizens, banditry, all of which are being addressed by our security forces.

“I share the pains Nigerians are going through and I assure you that your resilience and patience would not be in vain as this administration continues to reposition as well as strengthen the security agencies to enable them to deal with all forms of security challenges,” the President said.

US Hails Nigeria On 62nd Independence Anniversary, Pledges Support Against Terrorism

A photo collage of President Buhari and Blinken.

 

The United States of America pledged to support Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, insecurity, and as well as free and fair elections.

US Secretary, Antony Blinken, made the pledge in  a statement on Saturday where he joined Nigerians to celebrate the country’s 62nd Independence Day.

According to him, the partnership between both countries was built on shared values of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

“On behalf of the USA, I extend best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence,” the statement read.

“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

“The US is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the US and Nigeria.

“We stand with Nigeria as a democratic partner in supporting free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests. The US joins in your celebration and extends our sincerest congratulations.”

 

2023: Next ‘Eze Wazobia’ Must Crush Banditry, Insurgency, Says Joe Abah

 

As Nigerians go to the poll in 2023, a former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah, says the next President of the country in 2023 must crush banditry and insurgency.

Many Nigerians have been killed by bandits and terrorists in the North-West, North-Central and North-East parts of the country with thousands displaced in the last 10 years. Scores have persons have also been killed in Southern Nigeria by “unknown gunmen”.

Despite repeated efforts by the Federal Government and security agencies, the marauders have continued to launch deadly attacks on worship centres, and military formations thereby killing innocent citizens, kidnapping for ransom and looting foodstuffs.

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Speaking during The Platform: A Better Nigeria Is Possible organised by Covenant Christian Centre to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary on Saturday, Abah decried the killings in the country.

“The first thing the new Eze Wazobia (Nigeria’s President) must do is to stop the bloodshed. He must ruthlessly crush the insurgents, the bandits and the unknown gunmen,” he said.

“He has the technology and the secret service know-how to do so. If he doesn’t, he must urgently get them. He should seek the help of other kingdoms where necessary. He must have the courage to grind them into dust without thinking about any second term.

“The current Eze finally has started to motivate our young warriors, they are willing and patriotic. Let us also pause briefly to appreciate the sacrifice they make on a daily basis on behalf of everyone.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, 79, will complete his constitutional two-term limit by May 29, 2023, and is expected to transfer power to his successor.

Currently, there are key presidential candidates jostling to succeed Buhari, with many Nigerians already getting their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of next February’s elections.

Notable among them is Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), his counterpart in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP)

New Leaders Set To Emerge As NFF Congress Begins In Benin

Giwa Takes Control Of NFF As Dalung Asks Pinnick To Obey Court Order
A logo of the NFF.

 

The 78th Annual General Assembly and elective congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are ongoing in Benin city, the Edo State capital.

The event was nearly stopped by a court ruling but an Appeal Court on Thursday paved the way for the elections to go ahead as earlier scheduled.

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Ten candidates including NFF’s first vice president, Seyi Akinwunmi; former international, Peterside Idah, are in the race to succeed incumbent, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

Also in attendance for the event are FIFA’s Head of Development Programmes for Africa and former Swiss international, Gelson Fernandes.

Nigeria Presidential Hopefuls In Tight Race As 2023 Campaign Opens

 

With Nigeria’s economy struggling and insecurity rife, four top presidential candidates start campaigning this week for next February’s election in an open race to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.

Less than five months before the ballot, no clear frontrunner has emerged with major candidates all confronting challenges on their path to the top political seat in Africa’s most populous country.

After two terms, Buhari steps down with Nigeria battling high inflation, oil production at record lows and security forces battling jihadists, separatist gunmen and criminal gangs across the country.


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Top candidates lining up are Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos governor and stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress or APC and opposition Peoples Democratic Party or PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president on his sixth bid.

Two other candidates are challenging the dominance of the APC and PDP: Peter Obi, a former state governor generating a following among young Nigerians and another ex-state governor and former minister Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Campaigning starts officially on Wednesday, but five months is an unusually long time for Nigeria, analysts say, increasing risks that party infighting and the north-south ethnic and religious divides will complicate the election buildup.

Since returning to democracy after military rule in 1999, Nigerian elections have been marked by violence, delays, fraud claims and court challenges.

Voter turnout has also been generally low in Nigeria — 33 percent in 2019 — and the two main parties have fielded older candidates seen by many younger Nigerians as offering little change.

That has left room for third party candidates to tap into growing anti-establishment feeling in what analysts see as a highly competitive electoral race.

There are 18 presidential candidates, including one woman. Voters will also elect Senate and Congress lawmakers in the February 25 ballot.

“Unlike the previous six election cycles, the 2023 vote is not likely to be the usual two-horse race,” said Dapo Thomas, history and political science teacher at Lagos university.

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 Divisions, Splits 

Nigeria’s constitution requires candidates to win a simple majority and 25 percent of the vote in two-thirds of the country, a nod to the ethnic and religious makeup.

North Nigeria is predominantly Muslim, the south is mostly Christain and there are more than 200 ethnicities, the largest being Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani and Igbo.

In an unwritten, power-sharing agreement known as “zoning”, the presidency has also traditionally rotated between north and south.

After two terms under Buhari, a Muslim from the northwest, it was widely expected major parties would select a presidential candidate from the south.

But the PDP broke with zoning by naming Abubakar, a northern Muslim. APC also broke with practice by going with a Muslim-Muslim ticket. Tinubu is a southern Muslim and his vice president candidate Kashim Shettima is also a Muslim.

The APC says Tinubu’s time as Lagos governor shows his political experience. But the ruling party must contend with discontent over management of the economy and tensions over its Muslim-only candidates.

“Strong anti-establishment sentiment will lend opposition candidates Atiku and Obi strong momentum at the start,” Eurasia Group said in a research note.

“But divisions among the opposition, incumbency advantages for the ruling party and strong campaign messaging by Tinubu will likely give the ruling party a boost.”

PDP’s team says Abubakar has the public office experience and the business acumen to tackle Nigeria’s economy.

But the PDP is struggling with a major split. Abubakar’s victory has upset a core part of southern supporters, including Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike, an influential PDP stakeholder who has broken ranks.

PDP and APC “are dealing with quasi existential issues of their own, and important political and vote mobilisation blocks which are disaffected,” SBM Intelligence analyst Ikemesit Effiong said.

Obi’s campaign hopes their candidate can keep up his early momentum as an alternative. But his Labour Party does not have the political structure to match the APC and PDP nationwide.

“The 2023 general election will be a really difficult but seminal point in Nigeria’s evolving experiment with democracy,” SBM’s Effiong said.

“It has the hallmarks of ending well or ending really badly.”

AFP

Algeria Beat Depleted Super Eagles Side

Super Eagles. [email protected]

 

Algeria defeated a depleted Super Eagles side 2-1 in a friendly game on Tuesday in Oran. 

Nigeria were without key players including Napoli forward Victor Osimhen; defender William Troost-Ekong among others for the clash in the North African nation.

But Jose Peseiro’s men took the lead just eight minutes into the game when Terem Moffi struck for Nigeria. That was his first goal for the country in five games.

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez levelled things for the Fennecs in the 40th minute when he converted from the spot.

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A Youcef Atal cracker, 21 minutes later, condemned the Peseiro to his first defeat to an African side since taking over the team earlier in the year.

While Tuesday’s game is just the second friendly between the nations, Nigeria and Algeria have played 21 times.

They were nine wins for each of the teams while three ended in draws.

Just last week, Nigeria had battled to a 2-2 draw with the Algerian home-based side. Both sides did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but the games were expected to get the Nigerian gaffer better acquainted with the players.

Heavy Floods Ravage West Africa Farmlands

This aerial view shows local residents crossing the Numan bridge while driving to a safer grounds on September 25, 2022 away from the rising waters in Numan Community of Adamawa State – North East Nigeria. – Across West and central Africa devastating floods are ravaging farmland, destroying crops and forcing tens of thousands of people to abandon their homes. (Photo by Radeno Haniel / AFP)

 

Nigerian rice farmer Adamu Garba squelched barefoot through his paddy fields, surveying damage from devastating floods that have destroyed farmland across the north of the country.

Parts of West and central Africa have been battered by floods ravaging farms like Garba’s rice plots, wiping out crops and risking worsening food insecurity in a region already struggling with economic fallout from the Ukraine war.

Just in Nigeria, constant heavy rains caused the worst flooding in a decade, killing more than 300 people since the start of the rainy season and displacing at least 100,000, according to emergency officials.

“It is devastating but there is nothing we can do, we just have to be strong,” Garba told AFP at his farm near the city of Kano, where he normally harvests 200 bags of rice.

“Now in the condition we find ourselves we are not sure we will harvest half a bag here.”

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman Manzo Ezekiel said flooding has been unprecedented due to continuous rainfall with 29 of the country’s 36 states affected.

“Thousands of farmlands have also been destroyed. The figures will rise further because we are still experiencing torrential rains and flooding,” he said.

Flood waters were made worse partly by neighbouring Cameroon’s release of excess waters from a dam and by Nigeria releasing waters to ease pressure on its Kainji and Jebba dams, Ezekiel said.

However, an official with Eneo, operator of Cameroon’s Lagdo hydro-electricity plant, said excess waters released from the dam contributed only a small amount to flooding.

Parts of Nigeria, from northern farmlands to the coastal economic capital Lagos, are prone to flooding in the rainy season, though NEMA says this year is the worst since 2012, when 363 people died and more than 2.1 million were displaced.

 

This aerial view shows the nearly submerged community of Imburu on September 25, 2022 in Adamawa State – North East Nigeria. – Across West and central Africa devastating floods are ravaging farmland, destroying crops and forcing tens of thousands of people to abandon their homes. (Photo by Radeno Haniel / AFP)

 

– Climate change –
The Niger river — West Africa’s main river — flows through northern Niger past Benin’s northern border into Nigeria before reaching in the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic through southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

Heavy rains falling in Niger since June and the severe floods have claimed 159 lives and affected more than 225,000 people, making this rainy season one of the deadliest in history, emergency officials said earlier this month.

“According to our studies, we can link these rains to climate change in general,” said Katiellou Gaptia Lawan, Director General of National Meteorology of Niger.

“The rains are becoming more and more intense and the extreme precipitation is increasing.”

Rains in Niger this year have also totally destroyed or damaged more than 25,900 homes, and impacted farmland and cattle, authorities said.

The June to September rainy season regularly kills people in Niger, including in the northern desert areas, but the toll is particularly heavy this year.

In 2021, 70 people died and 200,000 were affected.

In Chad, the UN said more than 622,500 people had been affected “at different levels” by flooding in more than half of the country, including the capital N’Djamena, with most impacted areas bordering the north of Cameroon.

According to the United Nations, in 2021, 5.5 million Chadians, more than a third of the population of the landlocked country were already in need of emergency humanitarian aid, even before the floods.

In northern Nigeria, Kabiru Alassan, a 19-year old farmer, said flood waters washed sand from the roads and covered his rice fields. But he was trying to salvage what he could.

“This is the little we have left by Allah’s grace which we are going to harvest,” he said.

“The rains have never been this destructive. We pray never to experience such a nightmare.”

PHOTOS: Again, Peter Obi Meets With Obasanjo

Peter Obi enjoys massive support from young people in Nigeria. [email protected] Obi.

 

The presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi on Monday held a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. 

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, shared photos of the meeting on his official Twitter handle. He, however, did not indicate where it took place.

‘Extensive Discussions’

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“I deeply appreciate the opportunity to hold extensive discussions with President Olusegun Obasanjo earlier today on arising national interest matters,” he wrote, alongside the photos. “As usual, the exchanges were forthright and animated.”

Monday’s meeting followed a similar one Obi had with him weeks back. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was around for that meeting which was held in London, UK.

See more photos from the most recent meeting below:

Nigeria’s Future Will Be Great, Osinbajo Prays At Independence Anniversary Service

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Despite its challenges, the future of Nigeria will be far more glorious and peaceful than its past, and the nation’s lights will shine bright, with opportunities, equity, justice, and righteousness, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Professor Osinbajo stated this on Sunday at the 62nd Independence Day anniversary service, which held at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.

The Vice President, who brought warm greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari to the congregation, declared that “every year will be happier for you, more glorious, more prosperous and more peaceful, in Jesus’ name.”

“We stand at the gates of a new nation. And we see its lights shining bright,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande. “The nation of God’s promises.

“A nation of opportunities, of equity and justice, a secure and prosperous nation, a nation of laws and righteousness. Even if what we see today seems bleak and dark, we are confident that God who owns the heavens and the earth will fulfil His promises concerning this nation.”

Read the full remarks of the Vice President at the anniversary service below:

I bring you all the warm felicitations of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, on this occasion of the interdenominational service to mark the 62nd Independence Anniversary of our Republic.

Let me also congratulate His Eminence, Dr Daniel C. Okoh, the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, and all the new members of the Executive of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). I pray that your tenure will bring blessings, light and encouragement to our nation in Jesus’ name.

In a few days, we will celebrate the 62nd birthday of Nigeria. But Nigeria is not a natural person, it is made up of people, of men, women and children who are Nigerians.

So, when we say that celebrate the birthday of Nigeria, we are in fact celebrating the birthday of the Nigerian people wherever they may be in this great and vast nation.

So, every prayer and every blessing that we pronounce today on Nigeria, we also pronounce on every Nigerian and all our friends.

So, this evening I will pray for Nigeria and the Nigerian people. My favourite prayer for people on their birthday is found in Deuteronomy 33.25(b): “as your days, so shall your strength be.”

What does this prayer mean: as your days so shall your strength be? It means the older you become, the stronger you will be in various ways.

The first is that you will become physically stronger and healthier as you grow older, in Jesus’ name.  The Bible says in Deuteronomy 34:7, it says that Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died. And his eyes were not dim, nor his natural vigour diminished.

For the average person, as you grow older you become slower and less fruitful and even barren. But the Word of God to Nigeria today is that it shall not be so with you.

Even as you grow in age, you will be more fruitful. You will not be weaker with age. And for every Nigerian, you will be more fruitful as you grow in age, and you will be stronger day by day in Jesus’ name.

The Word of God says in Psalms 92:13-14: it says: “those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” That shall be so for you and all you hold dear in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus.

Another implication of the blessing: ‘as your days so shall your strength be,’ is that every day, God’s promises will be renewed in your life. God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you; And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. And I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Let me repeat these blessings for Nigeria, and for you who are here, and every Nigerian because God added in that promise that in Abraham, all the nations of the earth will be blessed.

So, you will be a great nation, and God will bless you, and anyone who blesses you will be blessed, those who curse you will be cursed; and through you, this nation and the world will be blessed, in the mighty name of Jesus.

Yet another implication of this blessing: as your days so shall your strength be, is that every day, every month, every year, you will be greater, better, happier, more prosperous, and more joyful than the previous one.

And concerning this nation, the Word of God says in Haggai 2:9: “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place, I will give peace’ (in this nation, I will give peace), says the Lord of hosts.”

The future of Nigeria will be far more glorious, more peaceful than her past, and so it shall be for you too. Every year will be happier for you, more glorious, more prosperous and more peaceful, in Jesus’ name,

“As your days so shall your strength be.”

Another implication of this blessing is that your strength physically, mentally and spiritually and even financially will be sufficient and adequate for every new season, every new situation and every new challenge. You will have more than you need for every new season in your life in Jesus’ name.

Brethren, we stand at the gates of a new nation, and we see its lights shining bright. The nation of God’s promises; a nation of opportunities, of equity and justice, a secure and prosperous nation, a nation of laws and righteousness.

Even if what we see today seems bleak, and dark, we are confident that God who owns the heavens and the earth will fulfil His promises concerning this nation.  Indeed, He says in Joshua 21:45: “not a word failed, of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

And we pronounce concerning this nation, that not a word will fail regarding any good thing which the Lord had spoken to Nigeria. All will come to pass in Jesus’ name.

Finally, to every citizen of this nation, and every family that is represented here, we declare that in the name of Jesus, your best days are yet to come. Every promise that God has made to you will come to pass in Jesus’ mighty name.

Happy 62nd anniversary!

Super Eagles’ Goal Is To Win Next AFCON, Says Peseiro

Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro. [email protected]

 

Super Eagles Head Coach Jose Peseiro has set his sights on winning next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). 

Nigeria last won the competition in 2013 and were one of the favourites heading into the 2021 tournament but surprisingly capitulated to Tunisia in the round of 16. The three-time continental champions also lost the 2022 World Cup ticket to rivals Ghana.

But Peseiro, who took over after the twin disappointments, is optimistic about Nigeria clinching the next edition of the championship.

“Algeria is a good team. Of course, our goal is to win the next AFCON, but for that, we need to create the habit to win, it’s the main point,” the coach said ahead of the friendly tie with the 2019 champions.

“You introduce some younger players, introduce the tactical works, introduce the situation and dynamics, but at the same time, you want to win; you must create the habit to win. Every time, we want to win, to become the best national team in Africa, we must create that habit, and we want to win.”

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Precautionary Move

The Portuguese also spoke about the injury to Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi who left the team’s camp on Thursday.

He said: “I think I have a better relationship with our older players and Ndidi, when he came, the fitness coach from Leicester City sent for our fitness coach because we have that connection with them saying that he (Ndid) complained in the last match.

“He (Ndidi) did training, small training because of the condition of the hamstring. I was around yesterday and I said I think it’s better we don’t use them because I don’t want to use an injured player in a friendly match because he can get more injured.”

Ndidi last featured for Nigeria in the AFCON tie against Tunisia. He missed out on the double-legged World Cup playoff with the Black Stars of Ghana.

Nigeria’s game against Algeria will hold on Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 in Oran, Algeria. The time for the match is 8:00 pm (WAT).