Nigerian State, AFCON Qualifier, Anthony Obaseki . . .

By Daily sports on November 9, 2020

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Without doubt, the curtain is gradually drawing on year 2020 with its attendant hitches. Needless itemizing them here, however Nigeria as one country that plans against earthquake on the eve of the deadly natural disaster, was never spared and the resultant effects were not only outpouring but dripping. Yet, her leaders have as usual pretended that nothing unusual happened, which takes us back again to that ugly scenario of learning nothing and forgetting nothing.

What the polity has regrettably witnessed is unsightly politicians exhibiting overzealousness in all ramifications. Northern Nigerian leaders in their usual arrogance said nothing at the end of the day after the much hyped meeting of the region. As if that was not enough, massive massacre of Ndigbo in Obigbo Rivers State, by security agents from Northern Nigeria was nerve racking but in a show of wickedness, the picture painted by the Rivers State government was quite different. The Governor told whoever that cared to listen that the freedom fighters, IPOB were the ones causing havoc but the truth was let out of the bag by international press that alerted the global community of yet another act of genocide perpetrated on Ndigbo, a supposed part of Nigeria.  

It has become the norm since Buhari, the jihadist came to power with ulterior motive to exterminate Ndigbo, by drafting his kith and kin army to engage in such operations and yet God, that is an Igbo man has never forsaken that Israeli race. The people have grown in all facets to the disgrace and envy of their detractors. The people of Eastern Nigeria, otherwise known as South East with only five states in the 36 structured states in Nigeria have done marvelously great.

The people were fenced off in the scheme of affairs since Buhari the extremist returned to power as a civilian after his 1985 coup that was also truncated.  Since he assumed power in 2015, he bluntly kept Ndigbo off security of the country and surrounded himself with his dreaded Fulani brothers yet security under his watch has proved the worst in the overall history of the sharply divided Nigeria. Nevertheless, there is no killing of the resilient spirit of Ndigbo, rather and concretely, the race would outlive him and his cohorts including those pretenders in the corridors of power that have denied Ndigbo. The blood of those young Umu Igbo that were spilled in Obigbo, Rivers State via conspiracy would never go in vain. Mark this word.

I would have signed off this page after the last line but for the great and deep affection between Daily Sports, this page and our numerous readers I did not. So come November 13, the AFCON qualifier game between the Leone Star of Sierra Leone and the Super Eagles of Nigeria would be hosted inside the main bowl of the beautifully maintained Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Edo State.

It is obvious too that both nations have made known the names of their players invited for the game and preparations towards the first leg of the double header that would determine a lot in the group.

Gernot Rohr, Nigeria’s head of technical crew is not relenting in his bid to ensure he gets the upper hand in the first leg and even the second on November 17, in Freetown. You would agree with me that Rohr has started talking like a Nigerian. One hopes that his lineup that would gracefully feature deadly hit man, Victor Osimhen would get good result against minnow opponent in Benin City.

On paper, the pair looks walk over but football can not only be funny but also unpredictable, which therefore calls for vigilance on the part of host, Nigeria. The boys that would be on parade for Nigeria are doing great in their respective club sides and would do nothing less than to give their teeming supporters outright victory. Their success would give impetus for the return leg in Freetown where the Nigerians would further go for the kill in order to wrap up the ticket for a space in Cameroun where the continental premier football summit would hold next year. We wish the Eagles all the best.

As it were, if all things would ever be equal, the remains of late hardworking sports Journalist and one of the editors in Daily Sports, Anthony Obaseki, will be laid to rest on November 26 or 27 in his home in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

As sad as it has been here since the very sad news hit us like a thunder bolt, we would continue to pray for the gentle repose of his soul and for the only wise God to continue to console his young family. Stay with us for authentic update on the burial of the late patriotic sports Journalist extra ordinaries’.

Our social media handles are open 247; let’s keep the dial as usual. Keep shooting hard till next week as the Struggle Continues!!

Source Daily sports

Posted November 9, 2020


 

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