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people showing their feelings to the whole world and saying, “This is what is happening here.” So far so good. On behalf of Orin community, I thank the governor and Ekiti State Government for their prompt responses to the issue.
What step has the government taken?
I really appreciate the government. The following day after the December 18 protest, the chairman of the Grazing Management Programme came with security men; he saw the place. He also went to meet with the herdsmen at their camp very close to Ido Ekiti, which is part of the settlement. They called me and I had a discussion with the chairman of the Grazing Management Programme that day. I thanked him for the prompt action. He was at Orin Ekiti after that with security men. Even, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, said on a television programme recently that the government meant well for the community, only that he felt we should have channelled our grievances appropriately. The commissioner spoke about a committee to be set up that would comprise the representatives of the community, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the government, to investigate the matter and solve the problem. We appreciate that. The commissioner also said the government would look into the issue of compensating youths whose farms were destroyed. I want to suggest that compensations should not only be monetary; those who have genuine certificates among them, like graduates, could be considered for employment by the government if possible.
What advice do you have for the committee?
The committee has to interview both sides. Everybody has to express themselves on the issue to say what they have been losing and what they have been gaining; with that, we will be able to settle this matter amicably. I look at such a tripartite committee as a reconciliatory one. If everybody is ready to say the truth, there could be peaceful co-existence there. The herdsmen must be made to realise that they should not go to where people cultivate crops. Most of the time, they do these things in the night or very early in the morning when people have not got to the farms yet. They should pity those who cultivate the crops they destroy. We had been co-existing peacefully; it was only recently that went out of control, going beyond where they should.
Eg y p t i a n President Abdel Fattah al-sisi and United States President Donald Trump have agreed to reject “foreign exploitation” in Libya during a phone call, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.
During the phone call, al-sisi asserted Egypt’s support for the Libyan people in achieving security and stability, according to the statement.
The Egyptian president also underlined the importance of limiting illegal foreign interventions in Libyan affairs, the
News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Both leaders urged relevant parties in the conflict to take urgent steps to resolve the fighting.
Since the ouster and killing of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been locked in a civil war that escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments: the Unbacked Government of National Accord based in the capital Tripoli and a government in the northeastern city of Tobruk which is allied with the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar.
Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia support Haftar’s LNA, while the GNA is backed by Italy and Egypt’s regional rivals Turkey and Qatar.
Haftar has been leading a military campaign since early April in and around Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the Un-backed government.
Egyptian footballer and Liverpool FC star, Mohammed Salah, or simply Mo Salah, gave a rare glimpse of his family life when he shared photos of himself enjoying Christmas Day with his wife Maggi and daughter Makka. Salah shared the photo of his family in front of their Christmas tree with his 35 million followers on Instagram. In the photo, which reportedly clocked up 1.5 million likes in just one hour, Salah beamed at the camera while placing an arm around his wife and daughter as he posed barefoot in front of their huge blue and white Christmas tree.
Captioning the photo with two Christmas tree emojis, Salah wore an understated black outfit, pairing dark jeans with a hoodie.
His daughter, who was born in 2014, wore an adorable tartan skirt and black jumper as she clung on to her father’s leg in the photo.
His wife Maggi, who rarely appears in photos and generally stays off her husband’s social media channels, wore a navy top and jeans, with a white patterned headscarf.
However, while the cute family photo went down well with some fans, including from the star’s teammates who saw Salah’s action as promoting religious tolerance, some criticised him on religious grounds for celebrating Christmas.
“They hypnotised you in Liverpool; you know it is ‘haram’ (forbidden) to celebrate Christmas,” one Instagram user said.
Another commenter called the Liverpool star an “infidel” for “endorsing Christian theology.”
But despite the array of criticisms, Salah got more love from fans who described as an embrace of the values of tolerance and respect.
“The world is a better place when we celebrate each other’s holidays and traditions,” one Twitter user said.
“Warms the heart that he is not fanatical about the celebration of other religions,” another Twitter user said.
Meanwhile, this would not be the first time Salah was knocked for his actions on religious grounds.
In October when the Liverpool forward graced the cover of the GQ magazine as the British magazine’s Man of the Year alongside Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrossio, some of his fans were outraged.
Though it wasn’t the first time that GQ paired up famous athletes and supermodels to grace its cover, the photo of the Brazilian model hugging Salah from behind sparked controversy among the conservative faction of the Muslim society in Egypt.
Most of the comments criticising the Liverpool striker pointed to the fact that he is a married Muslim man and therefore should not be seen embracing or being hugged by other women.
“You embarrass me as a Muslim,” stated one angry social media user reacting to images of the GQ photoshoot uploaded to the player’s Instagram account.
Another Twitter user posting a picture of the Koran in the comments section asked if the holy book recognised Salah’s action.
Another Twitter commenter wrote, “Any Arab woman in the public spotlight wouldn’t be able to get away with 1/1,000 of what Mo Salah is celebrated for and it’s for that reason I stopped ‘stanning’ this man and won’t celebrate any Arab man until Arab women are afforded the same unconditional support.”
But despite the barrage of criticisms, especially religionassociated attacks, that have sometimes accompanied his actions, Salah seemed to as he had not been seen responding to such attacks.
Salah, award-winning footballer
Born 27 years ago, Salah is considered one of the best players in the world. He is known for his finishing, dribbling and speed.
He started his professional career with Egyptian club El Mokawloon, departing shortly thereafter to join Swiss side Basel for an undisclosed fee.
In Switzerland, his performances attracted Premier League side Chelsea, who signed him in 2014. However, he was used sparingly in his debut season and was allowed to leave on loan to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Roma, with the latter eventually signing him permanently for €15m.
Following his role in helping Roma to a second-place finish and a record points-tally in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League to sign for Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £36.9m.
Salah has been highly successful at Anfield and has been nominated for and won several awards.
Recently, the Confederation of African Football released its list of nominees for the 2019 African Footballer of the Year and unsurprisingly, Salah was named among the top three contenders, including fellow Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-emerick Aubameyang.
The 28th CAF awards, which celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019, will hold on January 7, 2020 at Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.
Salah, who won the title in 2017 and 2018 seasons, also has a chance to win the title for the third time in a row.
Inside stunning luxury mansions where Liverpool players stay Just like some Liverpool stars, Salah reportedly lives at the “Red Barns,” a five-bedroomed mega-mansion nestled on Victoria Road in Formby, Merseyside, London.
The Red Barns is also nicknamed the “Millionaire’s Row” because of the palatial properties lining the road.
Just down the road on Timms Lane, there’s a six-bedroomed plush pad with electric gated access and secluded private gardens on the market for a whopping £5,250 (N2.5m) a month.
While the estate agents are staying tight-lipped about who used to call these luxury properties “home”, they did confirm that players and management staff have rented them previously.
The Timms Lane property is a modern mega-mansion, boasting indulgent interiors with Wag-worthy velvet sofas and pristine white porcelain floors.
The high-end property comes with a c i n e m a r o o m , sun lounge and a smart kitchen.
The property is described as a perfect plush pad for a footballer, with electric gates and sprawling manicured lawns split into three sections, including a children’s play garden.
Luxury leisure features also offer the opportunity for extra training after-hours, with a secure open heated pool area.
When it comes to jetting off for international games, the properties are a 40-minute drive away from Liverpool John Lennon Liverpool Airport.
Salah’s luxury cars
Although Salah has a reputation of being down-to-earth and quiet, his car collection is contrary to his personality.
Looking at the the cars in his garage, it could be said that the Liverpool forward loves a car with a loud and powerful engine.
Salah’s car collection boasts a new £160,000 (N75m) Bentley Continental GT, two fancy Mercedes-benz cars, a Lamborghini, an Audi Q7 and a Toyota Camry
The latest addition to Salah’s car collection is the stunning Continental GT that’s a firm footballers’ favourite. In fact, the car is said to be the second most leased car by Premier League stars this year, behind the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Worth around £160,000, the Continental boasts luxury interiors, including comfortable leather seats. Performance-wise, it has a top speed of 210 mph, and is Uk-built with an efficient V12 engine.
Just like his rival for the African Footballer of the Year award, Aubameyang, Salah reportedly has a fancy Lamborghini Aventador which costs £271,000 (N127m).
Capable of hitting a top speed of 218 mph, the Italian supercar is certainly the fastest motor in his collection.
The Aventador can reach 0-60 mph in an astonishing 2.9 seconds, which is what a fast player like Salah needs off the pitch.
When they drive to training, footballers love to have a motor that’s roomy inside, which is why they plump for SUVS like Range Rover and the Bentley Bentayga.
But Salah liked the look of the Mercedes AMG GLE Coupe that boasts a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that churns out 367 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque. The car reportedly costs £65,000 (N35m).
The star also has a Mercedes-benz SLS AMG Roadster. At a whopping £176,000 (N83m), it is one of the most expensive cars Mercedes has ever sold.
Salah also reportedly has an Audi Q7, which costs £54,000 (N25m) and Toyota Camry that costs around £29,000 (N14m).
Sources: cafonline.com, goal.com, thesun.co.uk, liverpoolecho.co.uk, mirror.co.uk, en.as.com, egyptianstreets.com
When the Big Brother Naija reality TV show ended in October, it left a slew of celebrities in its wake. Former housemates of the show have been seen basking in stardom after the show ended. One of them is Natacha Akide, popularly known as Tacha. Arguably the most controversial housemate at this year’s edition of the show, Tacha exited the BBN house barely 10 days to the end of the show.
She was disqualified for being physically violent towards fellow housemate, Mercy Eke, who emerged the winner of the show and carted away a N60m grand prize among others.
Although Tacha was sent out of the BBN house unceremoniously, she seemed to find a pillar of support in her fans, who have dubbed themselves “Titans.”
Since the end of the show, the fans have not stopped celebrating Tacha, a Rivers State indigene who doesn’t hesitate to describe herself as “Port Harcourt’s first daughter.”
When the EX-BBN housemate clocked 24 during the week, her fans trended on social media again as they reportedly donated a Mercedes-benz car to the birthday girl.
Taking to her verified Instagram page, @simply_tacha, Tacha posted pictures of the car gift which was wrapped in flowers and colourful ribbons.
“T BENZ,” the EX-BBN housemate simply wrote while adding a crown emoji to the text.
From the comparison of the car picture she posted on social media with those on car review sites like Edmunds, Tacha was reportedly gifted a 2016 Mercedes-benz C300
Car price and options
Starting at around $39,000 (N14m), the 2016 Mercedes-benz C300, which is a member of the C-class, is a small luxury sedan. Apart from the C300, the sedan is also offered in C300d, C350e (plug-in hybrid), C450 AMG, AMG C 63 and AMG C 63 S trim levels.
The C300d and C350e are broadly similar to the C300 in terms of equipment.
Depending on the trim level, the C-class sedan is available in Luxury and Sport sub-trims, which differ in wheel design, suspension tuning and interior/exterior styling details (such as different grille and steering wheel designs).
The C300 comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, power-folding side mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar), driver memory settings, synthetic leather upholstery (“MB-TEX”), 40/20/40-split folding rear seat-backs, the COMAND infotainment system (with a 7-inch central display screen and a console-mounted dial controller that’s paired with an overlapping touchpad interface), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an audio system with a CD player, dual USB ports, an SD card reader and HD radio.
The C300’s optional Premium 1 package bundles keyless entry and ignition with satellite radio, while the Premium 2 package tacks on LED headlights, LED taillights and a premium
Powertrains and performance
A seven-speed automatic transmission comes standard on all 2016 C-class trim levels. The C 450 AMG has a sport-tuned version of the seven-speed with quicker shift capability, while the C 63 trims have a specialised sevenspeed automatic that’s even more performance-oriented.
The 2016 Mercedes-benz C300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Either rearwheel drive or all-wheel drive (“4Matic”) can be specified. According to the EPA, the C300 should return 28 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway) with RWD and 27 mpg combined (24/31) with AWD.
Every 2016 Mercedes-benz C-class comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, front pelvic airbags (which deploy lower than the side airbags), a driver knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver drowsiness monitor. Also standard are a pre-crash preparation system and the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system, which warns of an imminent collision and can autonomously apply partial braking force to mitigate it. A rearview camera is optional.
Additional safety features are bundled in the Driver Assistance package and include enhanced collision mitigation (with pedestrian detection and both front and rear sensors), blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure intervention, semi-autonomous steering and rear crosstraffic alert. An available mbrace telematics system offers emergency services such as automatic collision notification, SOS call and assist, remote door
unlock and stolen vehicle recovery.
All C-class sedans have a sporty, athletic character and come with multiple drive modes that adjust gas pedal, transmission and steering response.
The optional Airmatic air suspension offers a further degree of ride quality refinement that doesn’t diminish handling prowess.
The exceptionally capable Amg-tuned models are noticeably tauter over broken pavement, but regardless of trim, the C-class is built for long-haul comfort.
Sources: en.wikipedia.org, simply_tacha, edmunds.com
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