Mourinho: Mikel is a genius

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made it abundantly clear that he holds John Obi Mikel in high regard after labelling the Nigerian player a genius.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made it abundantly clear that he holds John Obi Mikel in high regard after labelling the Nigerian player a genius.

“Mikel is a genius in his position. It is a miracle if he loses the ball,” Mourinho Chelseafc.com.

Mikel, now a seasoned campaigner at Chelsea has seen his game evolve over the past year, and credits Mourinho with helping him to make the transition. He also shrugged off criticism about his lack of goals during the season.

“Of course I want to score but at the same time not all 11 players can score, you have people there to keep the shape of the team,” said Mikel, who was content with the role that he played in the team.

“If I’m playing with Frank he is always going forward. If both of us go it’s a disaster, likewise with Rami (Ramires), he’s a box-to-box player. I have to make sure I sit, and if we keep a clean sheet and we win then I’m very happy,” he said.

Mikel has made 16 league appearances for Chelsea this season.

Jonathan nominates 12 ministerial candidates

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President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday in Abuja forwarded the names of 12 ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

Jonathan also sent for confirmation the names of the newly-appointed Chief of Defence Staff and other service chiefs to the upper legislative chamber, which was just resuming after the Christmas holidays.

 

The Senate President, David Mark, read out to the Senate the letters sent by the President for the confirmation of the ministers and the service chiefs.

The letter concerning the ministers reads in part: “In accordance with Section 147(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, I have the honour to forward ministerial nominees for consideration by the Senate.”

The nominees include Hon. Mohammed Wakil (Borno), Hajia Jamila Salik and Amb. Aminu Wali (both Kano State) and Mrs Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom).

Others are Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos State), Dr T.W. Danagogo (Rivers), Asabe Ahmed (Niger) and Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun).

The rest are Lawrencia Mallam (Kaduna State), Gen. Aliu Gusau (Zamfara), Mr Boni Haruna (Adamawa) and Dr Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto State).

For the service chiefs, the President’s letter said he was forwarding the names to the Senate in compliance with the provisions of Section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act.

The service chiefs include Air Marshal Alex Badeh (Chief of Defence Staff), Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah (Chief of Army Staff) and Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin (Chief of Naval Staff).

The name of Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu was also forwarded for confirmation as Chief of Air Staff.

It will be recalled that the new service chiefs were appointed on 16 January by the President.

Jonathan also expressed the hope that the Senate would treat the requests expeditiously.

This is the first time the President was forwarding the names of appointed service chiefs to the Senate for confirmation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Federal High Court had ruled that the appointment of service chiefs must be confirmed by the Senate.

This was as a result of a case initiated by Mr Festus Keyamo, a Lagos based lawyer.

Wizkid’s manager apologises to fans

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Wizkid’s manager Godwin Tom has apologised to the artist’s fans after he shared private messages sent by a female fan.

Nigerian Entertainment Today reports that the fan was labouring under the misapprehension that she was exchanging messages with Wizkid.

Tom posted the following apology on Twitter:

“Regarding my recent post… I have apologized to the young lady and explained that she has been interacting with a fake Wizkid on Facebook.

“I respect and appreciate those that contacted me regarding this matter and those that were quick to judge…

“And to those that have felt disappointed in my posts and responses, I sincerely apologize. Have a great weekend guys!”

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