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2023: Power must shift to younger generation – Group advocates

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A pressure group, ‘Powershift2023’, on Thursday launched a campaign for the transfer of political power to the younger generation of Nigerians come 2023.

At a maiden press conference in Enugu, the group said it was time to look towards young and capable candidates.

The press briefing was addressed by the Convener of Powershift2023, Comrade Nonso Nnamani, flanked by Comrade Onyinye Eziallor, Comrade JohnPaul Anih and a host of other youths.

He observed that the country was presently in a difficult state, with multiple challenges hitting it on different levels at the same time.

Nnamani added that, “the political situation in Nigeria has lingered for years, every four years we look forward to the emergence of new political leaders who will help solve all the socio-economic woes crippling the potentials of this great country since independence.

“Time after time we have been met with not just disappointment, but the situation in Nigeria seems to be moving from bad to worse.”

He said the birth of the pressure group became necessary as time had come for the people “to think and act differently. Poverty and chaos are man-made, but through human action and ingenuity we can surmount all our problems.

“Our nation’s demography is predominantly young, ages below 35 making nearly 70% of the population. It cannot be overly stated that young people need substantial representation across all levels in the country’s political system.

“Nigerian youths are vibrant, capable and competent to take over leadership positions and help create a more viable, prosperous and secure socio-economic environment for the state and nation at large. This has been proven in other sectors outside politics.

“As 2023 election draws closer, we call on our leaders, different institutions, political parties and all stakeholders to look towards young, competent and credible candidates that will pilot our affairs as a nation. We believe young people could be engaged not just by listening and giving them a voice, but also giving them a chance to do things differently.”

Nnamani said the group would rally round young people about the age of 45 years and younger to participate in the political space as president, governors, senators, Reps members, house of assembly members and other various political positions.

“EndSARS movement has come and gone, we have our gains and we’ve learnt our lessons. Change requires more than just protests and anger. It must be organized around sustainable ideas and ideals.

“The EndSARS protest proved the ingenuity of young Nigerians to organize, it showed a potential for comprehensive Democratic change.

“We call on all young people to get involved, get ready, get their PVCs and prepare to run and support those who run. We have the platforms, the numbers and the influence to move any political position to any desired direction. We should no longer sit back and be spectators but rather, become actors to birthing the new Nigeria of our dreams.

“This is a call, an urgent call to get involved. The 2023 election will carry historic consequences and there is no better time to act than now.

“Powershift movement is here to nominate, prepare and empower young and capable leaders for political positions in Nigeria.

“In the coming days, we shall be activating our networks in the 36 states of the Federation, the FCT and Nigerians in the diaspora. We shall be engaging with the relevant stakeholders to make sure power shifts in 2023.”

When asked whether the group would not be soon hijacked by the same career politicians, he explained that “it would not be possible as we are not seeking to be funded by any of such people.”

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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed

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The best player in the world will be unveiled today.

The Ballon d’Or event makes a return following an enforced COVID-19 break last year.

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski would have easily walked away with the prize last year after a sensational season.

The Poland international is expected to be on the podium when the winners are announced on Monday.

But we all know who walks away with the prize, don’t we?

Lionel Messi.

The 34-year-old who now plays his football with Paris Saint-Germain is the hot favourite to clinch it. If he is indeed confirmed as winner, the Argentina captain would have won it for a record-extending seventh time.

Who could be the surprise winner?

Lewandowski.

A ‘leaked’ image of the apparent final standings went viral on social media late in October, with Messi in second place.

If this is the case, there might not be much outrage as it will be just a reward for him missing out in 2020.

Lewandowski is having another fine season anyway.

Hold your breath. Cross your fingers. Show time in a bit!

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EPL: He’s not good enough – Roy Keane, Hasselbaink slam Chelsea star after 1-1 with Man Utd

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Ex-Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Man United legend, Roy Keane have said Timo Werner is not good enough to be in the Blues’ team.

They both slammed the German attacker after Chelsea’s frustrating draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho’s mistake gave the Red Devils their first goal from the boots of Jadon Sancho but the Italy international made amends 20 minutes later with an equaliser from the penalty spot.

Despite their dominance, Chelsea lacked a cutting edge with Werner missing two big chances much to the frustration of Hasselbaink and Keane.

When asked to rate Werner’s performance after the 1-1 draw in west London, Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: ‘Poor, poor.’

“With the ball, without the ball, he was poor today. Normally he is really sharp with his runs but it was poor.

“At the end of the day, you’re a No. 9 so you’re going to be judged on the opportunities you get and what you do with it. It wasn’t good enough.

“He needs to score those chances. He keeps missing big chances, big opportunities. He needs to put them away.”

Keane added, “He’s not even hitting the target with some of these chances.

“At least, make the goalkeeper make a save. For a striker, hit the target, make the keeper work.”

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EPL: Michael Carrick reacts to Rangnick helping Man United in 1-1 draw with Chelsea

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Manchester United interim boss, Michael Carrick has denied claims that incoming interim boss, Ralf Rangnick had a hand in Manchester United’s team selection for their Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

Former United captain, Gary Neville had said he was sure Rangnick had a hand in the game against Chelsea.

United picked up a point against Chelsea with Jadon Sancho putting the visitors ahead before Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot.

Neville had suggested that the incoming interim manager made the United team selection rather than Carrick, who is in caretaker charge at the moment.

And Gary Lineker chimed in and was in complete disagreement with Neville, writing: ‘No chance of this being true. Zero.’

And after the match Carrick was asked about the situation and he told Sky Sports, “No.”

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