NFF Begs Super Falcons, Says They Will Get Their Entitlements Soon

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has pledged to pay players and officials of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons all their entitlements for winning the Women Africa Cup of Nations for the eighth time.

The federation craved the understanding of the team, noting that the money was not readily available at the moment.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who met with the players and officials at the Agura Hotel on Tuesday, said the Federation was not happy owing players and coaches.

“There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic challenges and all organizations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. It is not Government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing,” he said. “We know we have financial commitment to you [players and officials of Super Falcons] and we have not at anytime stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available at the moment.”

Sanusi said: “I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation of the Federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present and exercise patience. We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as we receive same from the Government, just as we paid the U17 boys who won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the Olympics.”

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Suicide Bombings Will End Soon– Army

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday assured that the recent spate of suicide bombings in Maiduguri would soon be a thing of the past.

Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theater Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole stated this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

Irabor stated that the army had put in place mechanism to end the bombings.

“I am delighted to be with you again this afternoon to acquaint you with developments within the theater of operation. The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued with the ongoing operations to clear the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists.

“Since our last interaction, our troops have conducted many operations with immense successes,’’ he said.

Irabor said that the army had been able to minimise  impact of the bombings on the public.

“The impact of recent bombings in Maiduguri, though sad and unfortunate, was minimal due to the alertness of troops and other security agencies.

“Apart from the one wherein two Civilian JTF personnel were killed and some others wounded, only the terrorists died, while one was captured alive.

“The captured suicide bomber is assisting in the investigation into cases of suicide bombings.’’

He said that the continued bombings by the terrorists were a sign of weakness.

According to him, the incidents are only indicative of a weakened and defeated Boko Haram terrorists, their ignoble adventure is destined to fail totally,’’ Irabor said.

He advised members of the public to be more conscious and alert to their environment.

“I wish to remind the general public to be more alert and security conscious with their environment, especially when a strange face comes around.

“I also commiserate with all the victims of the recent suicide bombings by terrorists within the theatre. We shall continue to work to ensure the safety of lives of every citizen, ” Irabor said.

He urged Boko Haram remnants to take advantage of a window of opportunity by surrendering their arms.

“Let me once again use this medium to remind the remnants of Boko Haram that their miserable days are numbered because their future is going to be disastrous if they fail to surrender and lay down their arms.

“Let me therefore, encourage them to take advantage of this window of opportunity now to surrender as failure to do so would be hugely regretted,” Irabor said.


Suicide bombings will end soon – Army

Oil Era Will Soon Be Over- Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo warns that the nation’s reliance on oil as a means of sustenance will soon be over with the development of technology. Osinbajo spoke today at the E-Nigeria summit, organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with the theme “leveraging i.T. Innovation for economic diversification”.

His speech reads:

 It is my pleasure to be with you today at this 9th edition of the e-Nigeria summit. I don’t think there is any subject of greater importance in Nigeria today than the theme of this summit which is Leveraging IT Innovation for Economic Diversification. The Director General of NITDA, Mr Musa Ali Ibrahim and his team truly deserved to be commended for this excellent and innovative idea. Their choice of subject and task that they’ve set for themselves are entirely spot on.

Every once in several centuries comes an innovation that completely redefines every aspect of human life and experience. The printing press for example is described as the turning point at which knowledge began freely replicating, and quickly assumed a life of its own. The invention of the telegraph was so revolutionary that a notable commentator said that before it “information was moving only as quickly as a man on a horseback.”

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New National Airline To Begin Operation Soon

The Federal Government will appoint a transaction adviser next week as part of efforts to establish a new national carrier, an official has said.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the new national carrier will ensure competition, cut in ticket costs and give Nigerians options to choose from.

Mr. Sirika, who briefed journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting, said “….between now and Wednesday we will appoint transaction adviser for national carrier, once that is in place Nigerians will have options, they will be competition, good aircraft and this will bring the price down”.

The new national carrier, the minister explained, will be jointly run by the government and the private sector as an incentive for airlines flying the route.

Mr. Sirika also said the Federal Executive Council, FEC, approved about N3 billion for the completion of the rehabilitation work on terminal building phase II and international wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport.

He said that N1.6 billion would be expended on rehabilitation of the international wing of the airport while completion of work on the terminal building phase II of the airport would cost N1.4 billion.

According to him, the council approved the project as it is captured in the 2016 and 2017 budget.

“So, very soon we will complete that very important airport, especially the arrival, Port Harcourt airport has been tagged the worst airport in the world.

 “But, by the grace of God and the wisdom of the council, it has been approved and will be completed.

“The upgrade and the rehabilitation of the terminal building, international wing of the Port Harcourt from N777, 726,669. 30 to N1,684,520,310.58.

“Second one, is the refurbishment of Port Harcourt airport terminal building phase II domestic wing from N746,830,782.12 to N1,411,662,855.67.’’

He stated that government had intensified efforts towards addressing the challenges of security and safety across the nation’s airports.

Mr. Sirika said his ministry would organise a stakeholders forum where issues concerning the aviation industry would be deliberated upon with a view to finding solutions facing the sector.

“By the end of November we are going to have stakeholders meeting and some of these things will be shown there.”

He stated that the parking space at the Port Harcourt and Abuja airports were being expanded to accommodate more vehicles.

“By the time it is completed, we would have a proper parking space which you will go and park for a fee.

“Once the airport is concessioned, all these will take shape and form that you will love to see.

“Just be patient, in the next 24 to 36 months most of these things will be in place,” he added.

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Nigeria Will Be Out Of Recession Soon- British Envoy

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas Arkwright has assured that the country will be out of the recession soon.

The High Commissioner said the United Kingdom would sent its expertise to Nigeria to fast-track the nation’s rebound.

Speaking during the Closing Gong Ceremony, at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos yesterday, Thomas Arkwright said part of his duty in the country was to ensure that more British companies are encouraged to list on the stock market as well as help build a stable economy.

Thomas Arkwrite who described the Nigeria Stock Market as a vibrant one, notwithstanding the economic downturn, explained that the market mirrors the entire economy, adding the stock market remains the only channel through which both local and international companies can raise capital to finance huge projects.

“There is a strong partnership between the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Part of my duty here is to encourage British companies to come and list their shares.

“I know we are looking at the time of economic difficulty in Nigeria. I know the market reflect the economic situation here. But I am confident that in the immediate to medium term, perhaps in the short-term, Nigeria will turn the corner, and the economy will pick-up, employment will pick-up and inflation will come down.

“The United Kingdom is a willing partner to Nigeria. We have a strong and healthy Stock Exchange in London, and there is the expertise that can be shared here with the Nigerian Stock Exchange. That is part of the job to find how we can corporate economically”, he added.

Speaking on how soon British companies would approach the nation’s market for listing, he said; “Nigeria has a way to go, you know Nigeria is still low on the index in doing business.

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UAE To Introduce New Laws Soon To Regulate Drones

The United Arab Emirates will finalize laws to more heavily regulate the sale of drones and their operations soon, aiming to minimize risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, an official at the aviation regulator said on Monday.

Dubai International Airport was closed for more than an hour on June 12 due to unauthorized drone activity in the surrounding airspace that resulted in millions of dollars of losses for the economy.

“Several incidents have happened and to integrate them (drones) safely into the commercial airspace is a challenge,” Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari, director, air navigation & aerodromes department, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said.

Current regulations on drones in the UAE, introduced in April 2015, relate mainly to commercial licensing and approving how companies use drones and are under constant development, al Dossari told reporters at a regional conference on drones in the UAE capital.

“The Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (Esma) is working on laws that will have a framework for the UAE for imports, sales and performance of drones,” he said.

Abu Dhabi has banned the sale of recreational drones since March last year until new laws are issued, saying they posed a risk to aviation.

The new laws will also address air-worthiness for heavier drones, standards for pilotless aircraft and pilot training among other issues, al Dossari said.

At least 400 drones, mostly commercial, are registered with the GCAA. Drones are used for commercial operations such as mapping, security surveillance, wildlife surveys as well as for environment, transport, agricultural and maritime purposes, among others in the UAE.

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Niger Delta Crisis Will Be Over Soon, Buhari Tells Obama

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday assured Barack Obama, the American President, that Nigeria was making steady progress towards resolving the Niger Delta region problem, which had led to economic sabotage on a grand scale.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Adesina said the president gave the assurance at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 71st edition of the UN General Assembly, holding in New York.“We are making definite progress on how many factions of the militant groups exist, their leadership and operational basis, and we have equally sought the cooperation of the oil majors.

“In a short while, I believe the issues would be resolved,’’ Buhari said.

He thanked America for assisting Nigeria in provision of armaments, training for Nigerian troops, and sharing of intelligence, which had led to the degradation of Boko Haram in the North East.

Buhari said the country was open to support in combating the humanitarian crisis currently ravaging the region.

He said the farming season was good in 2016, with the prospect of good harvest, and “Nigeria is on the road to food self-sufficiency soon.

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Result Of EFCC Probe Of Panama Papers Ready Soon– Magu

The result of investigations carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the involvement of Nigerians in documents leaked by the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, otherwise known as the Panama Papers, will soon be made public, the Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu,  has said.
Magu spoke at the closing session of a workshop organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in collaboration with the Association of professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) at the weekend in Abuja.

Some prominent Nigerians were named in the Panama leaks, including former governors.
He said it sometimes takes between six and nine months after gathering intelligence before EFCC invites suspects.
“We do our work and we do not discriminate. There are no sacred cows. I work and finish my work as if there is no tomorrow because corruption is fighting back,” he said.
He said certain professionals frustrated the EFCC in the fight against corruption, adding that there are professionals who celebrate corruption.
He also said the EFCC would soon beam its search light on corruption in hospitals.
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Chibok Girls Will Be Found Soon- Shettima

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima disclosed Tuesday that the 276 Chibok girls who were abducted on April 14th 2014 will soon be united with their families.

Shettima disclosed this during a visit to the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA in Abuja, stating that  based on the information at his disposal the Chibok girls are still alive.

He said, “I am an optimist, and based on the information at our disposal the Chibok girls are still alive and will be united with their families soon, we are hopeful that the girls will be recovered.

He said, “Though security falls within the area of responsibility of the federal government, the government is doing all it can not only to rescue the girls but to care for the well-being of the generality of the people. We have started rebuilding most of the communities; we are determined to rebuild all.

“The military has been doing so much in the past week, which led to the influx of IDPs to our camps, presently because of the successes by the military we have over 75000 IDPs in Zifar, 28,000 in Bama, 38000 in Banki town, 27000 in Polka, right now there is an inflow of 2,300 people to Gusa today which necessitated the visit to NEMA to solicit for the usual assistance.

“As a state government we are doing our best, but NEMA has been our partner in taking care of the IDPs for the past one to two years. Within the Maiduguri metropolis alone, apart from the IDPs in the camps we have 1.7million people within the host communities. Even in the best of times our people were the poorest of the poor, and Boko Haram has further compounded the problem.

“Our visit is to solicit NEMA support towards the current government; we need the support of NEMA in whatever way they can assist. Though we have reached out to so many organizations, but this is where the real support lies. Borno is free now, though there are hiccups here and there, but not like before again. I am not saying they are completely liberated. Peace is gradually returning to the state. By the end of the year the people will return to their homes.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammed Sani Sidi assured the governor of NEMA assistance at all times and promise to immediately move to assist in the influx of IDPs in the state.

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Buhari To Get Details Of 2016 Budget Soon

Indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may soon get the details of the 2016 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly emerged on Wednesday as Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, (Abia North Senatorial District), said the National Assembly would soon forward the detailed copy of the 2016 budget to the President.

“What we send normally is the sectoral allocations, it has been like that, it takes about two, three weeks thereafter to put down the details,” Ohuabunwa said in Abuja. “The details actually go to the ministries and the agencies for their own implementation. But like I said every system has its own way, maybe this is the way the President wants to go, he wants to see the detail.

President Buhari had insisted that he would need to scrutinise the details of the approved budget before signing it into law.

He said that in view of the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the appropriation bill to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly.

His words, “Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted. I have to look at the bill that has been passed by the National Assembly, ministry by ministry, to be sure that what has been brought back for me to sign is in line with our original submission.”

Senator Ohuabunwa noted that the lawmakers did not err by not sending the details of the bill to the president.

He said, “It is not a law, it is just a convention kind of, but if this is his own line; definitely we will go along with him. We are not fouling or going against any law.

Ohuabunwa said that the legislature would do everything possible to send details of the budget as soon as possible in view of the sufferings of Nigerians.

“The only unfortunate thing is that as we are here waiting for the detail, Nigerians are suffering.

“Knowing that Nigerians are really waiting for this budget and because it has been laid they will not understand what we are going through.

“All they are after is that the budget is with the National Assembly and if you don’t get it passed, people will say, National Assembly, where is our budget.

“Against all odds we tried everything within our reach and our powers to ensure we have passed the budget.

“I believe in the next two weeks, maximum, we will send the details to the President; it is left for him to do the needful.’’

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NCC To Unveil New Tariff For Fixed Transmission Services Soon

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Monday, said arrangement had been concluded to unveil new pricing cost for wholesale fix transmission service providers in the telecommunication industry.

The Commission expressed optimism that the new pricing will accelerate the broadband penetration through making transmission links competitive and affordable to end users across the country.

With the new pricing model, NCC said consumers will be able to afford data in the long run, adding that there is need for a level playing field for all operators in the segment.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said, research carried out by KPMG in conjunction with telecommunication operators revealed that the old wholesale fixed pricing has been excessively discriminatory and arbitrary among industry operators and users.

Danbatta also explained that investigation carried out by a project team constituted by NCC, which included MTN, Glo, Airtel, MainOne, Phase3Telecom and market operators, revealed that there was excessive pricing of fixed transmission link which has raised a lot of concern in the sector.

He said: “The study revealed that wholesale and retail customers in the transmission market capacity in the country were excessively high and not reflective of cost.

“Specific examples were situation in which bandwidth prices for route between Lagos and London was lower that between Lagos and Kano or Port Harcourt. Another issue that was identified was the issue of discriminatory prices of transmission links. It was observed that pricing was not based on cost, distance or any particular formula.”

According to him, statistical report by the International telecommunications Union (ITU), indicated that broadband penetration between 2014 and 2015 is still low, adding that modalities had been put in place to increase the penetration rate by 30 percent before 2018.

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PPMC Says Fuel Will Soon Be Available

The Pipelines and Products Marketing Company has asked the Nigerian populace to calm down as petroleum products will be available in the fuel stations soon.

The MD of PPMC, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue said that about four vessels containing 30,000 tonnes of PMS arrived in the country on Sunday and the agency is doing all it can to ensure that the product is distributed efficiently.

Queues returned to the fuel stations in the last week and many motorists have been complaining about the seeming worsening situation in fuel supply.

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$2.1bn Deal: I Will Speak Soon- Labaran Maku

Former minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said he would soon air his “views about everything that is going on” on the $2.1bn arms deal scandal involving ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Labaran Maku in the same vein faulted the planned N17 billion airport project by Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, describing it as an avenue to steal and warned commercial banks not to give N26billion loan to the governor.


Boko Haram Will Soon Become History?- Minister Of Defence

The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Dan’Ali, on Tuesday, assured Nigerians that the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents will soon become a thing of the past.

Delivering his address at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna, during the commissioning of projects for Training Command, Dan’Ali said he is fully convinced that the military is the viable tool in tackling the problem of national security.

He said, “I am convinced that the activities of these insurgents will soon be a thing of the past and all areas under occupation will be liberated for people to go about their normal lives.

“I am particularly impressed with the new approach of winning the heart and minds of the populace through advocacy and outreach programmes of the armed forces as emplaced by the current leadership of Mr. President.

“I sincerely commend the Nigerian Air Force for the successes recorded in the renewed vigour of routing out the insurgents and effectively degrading their capabilities.

“I am confident that this fight will bring more people into the fight against the insurgents thereby making the task of our armed forces much easier through the cooperation of the locals.”

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Buhari To Name 14 Special Advisers Soon

President Muhammadu Buhari would soon announce the names of fourteen special advisers for his administration.

A source in the Presidency disclosed yesterday that the president already had the list of those that would be his special advisers.

President Buhari had last Wednesday concluded the process of the formation of his cabinet with the swearing-in of 36 ministers and the inauguration of the new Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The source, who pleaded not to be mentioned because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said yesterday that any time soon, the president would make known to the public, names of his special advisers.

“You know the ministers have just been inaugurated. The key appointments which Mr. President is set to announce any moment from now are those of his special advisers. Mr President is no longer in the process of searching for those advisers. That has been done. He will announce their names any time soon,” the source stated.

It was reported that the Senate had on June 3 approved President Buhari‘s request to appoint 15 special advisers for his administration.

But since then, the only special adviser whose appointment Buhari had so far announced was Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Asked to specifically confirm when the president would announce the appointments of the remaining 14 special advisers, Adesina declined yesterday.

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Engagement Rings Soon To Be Worn As Nose Ring (PHOTOS)

As showcased in her spring/summer 2016 collection,? jewelry designer ?Delfina Delettrez has a new idea for those looking to pop the question: Engagement septum rings. Seeing as though septum piercings (jewelry worn on the bit of cartilage that divides your nostrils) are such a popular piercing trend right now among both bloggers and celebrities, the idea of a diamond septum ring isn’t too out there.

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NNPC Looters To Face Trial Soon- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sent a notice to corrupt Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) officials  – get set for trial.

Buhari, who spoke in the United States; stressed the need to sanitise the oil industry and free it from shady deals.

He said those responsible for the corruption in the oil giant firm will soon be prosecuted.

The President spoke in New York during a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).

He said the first step in this direction had already been taken, with the appointment of a new management for the NNPC and its subsequent reorganization.

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Long Queues At Abuja Petrol Stations Will Soon Disappear- DPR

The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that fuel queues in Abuja will soon disappear as 3.2 million litres of petrol were released to the city from Suleja Depot on Thursday.

Mohammed Saidu, Zonal spokesperson DPR Abuja, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.

Saidu said the volume supplied on Thursday would bring fuel supply to the city within two days to 9.3 million litres.

He said that 6.1 million litres of fuel was lifted by marketers from Suleja Depot on Wednesday to meet the demand of motorists in Abuja.

He, however, expressed optimism that the situation would improve before next week.

Saidu warned marketers against hoarding or selling above the official pump price, adding that whosoever was caught defrauding or cheating motorists would face the full wrath of the law.

He said that the DPR would take decisive action against such marketers or filling station owners.

Meanwhile, queues at filling stations have reduced, especially at the NNPC Mega Filling Station on Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Central Area, as well as Conoil and Total filling stations opposite NNPC headquarters.

NAN reports that the major marketing stations mentioned sold products at the official pump price of N87 per litre, while black market operators sold between N120 and N150 per litre.

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President Buhari Set To Release Ministerial List Soon- APC

All Progressives Congress(APC) has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance over the delay in the appointments of ministers,saying that the list would be released soon.

National publicity secretary of the party, Alh Lai Mohammed speaking with journalists at Oro, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Thursday at the 9th annual Ramadan lecture also admitted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would have fared better had the ministerial appointments been made before now.

Lai Mohammed however explained that the delay was basically caused by the transference ?of government from one political party to the other.

He recalled that? when transition in government took place within the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), ministerial appointments were usually made two weeks after inauguration.

?According to him, “The concern of Nigerians over the delay in the release of ministerial appointments is genuine. But the fact is that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the opposition party will take over government from the ruling party.”

“Our plan was to interface and interact with the outgoing government, but it didn’t just work out so  the party set up transition committee which later presented 800 pages handover documents to  Mr. President”

“So, in this kind of situation we found ourselves, we have to be thorough in making appointments ?because Nigerians expectations are very high and it’s understandable. So, in a couple of days the ministerial cabinet list would be made available and it would be a thing of the past”

Continuing, he said “We might be slow, but in reality when we make the right appointments, we will make up for all the shortcoming Nigerians have been complaining about”.

He also decried the comment of the opposition PDP on the performance of President Buhari’s 30 days in office, saying, “the PDP is just revelling in its new found role of opposition, they are entertaining themselves and Nigerians”


Arsenal FC Will Be Mine Soon- Dangote

Nigerian business magnet, Aliko Dangote, has said that he will soon acquire London based Premiership club, Arsenal FC.

He made this known in an interview with BBC Hausa service on Tuesday.He said he will have enough time and resources to buy the club after he finishes building his refinery in Nigeria. Mr. Dangote first hinted that he would be buying the club last month.

Mr. Dangote is one of the few persons that secured the license to build new private refineries by the Nigerian government. “After we finish building the refinery, I will have ample time and resources to pay what they are asking for,” he told BBC Hausa.