FI­NAL WORD

The Punch - - GIRLS CLUB -

Chastity does not be­long to the past. It saves you a lot of trou­ble, pre­serves your beau­ti­ful destiny and stands you out from the crowd. You are bet­ter off not en­gag­ing in pre-mar­i­tal and ex­tra-mar­i­tal sex. Stay chaste!

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

be un­moved

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

4MATIC.

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).

Fea­tures

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

13-speaker Burmester

sound sys­tem.

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.

Safety

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.

Driv­ing im­pres­sions

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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• Chil­dren hav­ing fun at Mil­len­nium Park in Abuja...on Fri­day. Photo:nan

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