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Ahead of their next encounter in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare Tuesday met the male national basketball team, D’Tigers to encourage and thank them for doing Nigeria proud and starting a silent revolution in Nigeria’s basketball development.

Speaking during a virtual meeting with the team and its officials on Tuesday, the Minister assured the players of continued government, corporate and citizens’ support.

In his words, “Coach Mike Brown, I can’t thank you enough. I am glad I watched the games, including the last one. This is a winning team. I know you will take care of business. I can only wish you the very best as you prepare for the next two games and I’m confident that you will do this country proud. You got the skills, the commitment and the experience. I just want to wish you well.”

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The Minister revealed that the team’s performance had started a silent revolution in the development of basketball in Nigeria.

Dare enthused, “I want to say that you have also ignited a revolution for basketball in Nigeria. You don’t know what you have started.

“As a Ministry, we are committed to Project 109. Project 109, which is yet to start, because we are going to need the Kida-led team and you particularly. We have 109 senatorial districts in Nigeria represented by one senator.

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“Project 109 is aimed at building one basketball court in every senatorial district and manning each court with coaches so that we can discover young talents to play basketball from the grassroots and graduate them through the amateur to the professional league.

“We believe if we start early enough, we can discover and nurture young basketballers. That is our own contribution to basketball development, but of course we know that the federation will do more. We will work with you,” he stressed.

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Controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson says he helped Ronaldo overcome mental health crisis

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Controversial right-wing psychologist Jordan Peterson has claimed that he helped Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo through a mental health breakdown.

Ronaldo came under heavy criticisms earlier this month when the Portuguese forward posted an Instagram picture of him and Peterson, who has been accused for his racist and misogynist view, alongside a caption that says “Nice to see you my friend”.

Peterson, 60, appeared as a guest on British TV host show ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’ – where the two discussed the Canadian professor meeting the former Real Madrid player.

Morgan is also a close friend of Ronaldo and has always jumped in the defence of the 37-year-old football icon.

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Morgan told Peterson that “It seemed to me, talking to him (Ronaldo) in the last couple of days after he saw you, he’s in a much better place.”

Peterson responded by boasting about himself and gave details on him meeting Ronaldo. “That’s what happens when you hang out with a reprobate like me.”

“He invited me to come and see him,” Peterson continued. “He’d had some trouble in his life a few months ago and a friend of his sent him some of my videos and he said he’d watched those.

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“Then he read one of my books and found it helpful. He wanted to talk.

“I went out to his house and we talked for about two hours. He showed me all his equipment for staying in tip-top condition, and we talked about his companies. Mostly we talked about what he wanted in the future and some of the obstacles that he’s facing.”

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner and partner Georgina Rodriguez lost one of their newborn twins earlier this year.

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I want more, Benzema says after picking hattrick awards in one day

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Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema said he wants more after receiving his first-ever Pichichi Trophy for finishing as the top scorer in the 2021/22 La Liga campaign.

Benzema was impressive in the Los Blancos’ campaign last season. He scored 27 goals as Real Madrid won their record 35th La Liga title.

The presentation ceremony was held at the Goya Theatre, and the 34-year-old picked La Liga Santander Pichichi Trophy straight out of training.

He also won the Di Stefano Trophy for being the best player for the 2021/22 season and the Hyundai Supporters’ MVP Trophy.

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The Frenchman said he is very proud of work and admitted this year is going to be difficult but he will always want more.

“I feel very proud of my work.

“I think this year is going to be a difficult year. I always want to do more.

“I’m going to try and do more, that includes winning LaLiga, scoring a lot of goals and most importantly, enjoying myself on the pitch.

“It’s a very important trophy for me, thanks to my teammates.

“Without them I wouldn’t be here today. Thanks to the fans, the club and the president.

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“Every year is different, every year our rivals want to win LaLiga and let’s see what happens this year.

“But we are strong and let’s see what happens,” he commented.

Benzema had admitted last month that Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid has given him a chance to take his game to the next level.

He said Ronaldo’s departure gave him the opportunity to step forward and score goals.

“With him I had another role and when he left, I knew I could take a step forward in scoring goals, but still playing football.

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“What has changed since then is my goal tally, but I’m still playing the way I think you have to play this game. The figures mean I’m not far behind the Real Madrid legends, and that gives me confidence, even though I know that reaching Cristiano’s goal [figures] is impossible.”

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No going back on acquiring AK47 for Amotekun, Akeredolu replies Garba Shehu

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Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu says he would not be dissuaded by criticisms on his plans to acquire sophisticated weapons for the Amotekun Corps to defend his domain against marauders.

Mr Akeredolu, who stated this on Wednesday, was responding to a statement credited to the spokesperson for the presidency, Garba Shehu, over the alleged use of assorted weapons by the local security outfit in Katsina.

“The report by the TVC News that went viral showed the Katsina State Vigilante training with AK47. This is the same weapon which approval has vehemently been refused  for the use of Amotekun Corps and other State Security Outfits.

“Where did the guns come from; who approved their use, were the guns returned to the armoury after use, the AK47, as seen from the TVC news report, was about usage. If not, what purpose does training with the guns serve?” The governor queried in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Akintunde.

He added that, “It is rather suspicious that Garba Shehu elected himself as the spokesperson for the Katsina State government. Whereas, the Katsina State has not come out openly to deny the statement of Governor Akeredolu on the use of AK47 by Vigilantes of Katsina State during training.”

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Mr Shehu, on Tuesday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime has not licensed any state of the federation to procure automatic rifles such as AK47 for any local security outfit to defend the people.

He explained that only the Office of the National Security Adviser can issue such authorisation, upon proper clearance by president Buhari, stressing that the issue of security should not be politicised.

“In the specific Katsina often cited, the governor, Aminu Bello Masari, wrote to explain that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their Vigilantes for a five-day period in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles, emphasizing that the Vigilantes were not trained to take over the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government but to assist them,” Mr Shehu said in an earlier response to the governor.

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But Akeredolu noted that Mr Shehu’s assertion on the use of automatic weapons by state security outfits betrayed the current realities across the country.

He added that the attempt to justify the use of AK47 by the Vigilantes of Katsina State for training “stands logic on its head”.

“It is illogical to continue to fight hardened marauders who bear sophisticated weaponry to kidnap and maim our people with bare hands. We cannot fight armed enemies of the people with our bare hands,” Mr Akeredolu said.

“It is our firm belief that the government has a fundamental duty to protect the people. It is a task that must be accomplished without excuse.”

MrAkeredolu, however, vowed to continue speaking up in defence of the people, stressing that he was more committed to the realisation of a constitutional amendment to reflect the current realities.

“Every Governor was sworn to an oath to protect the state and the people. The sub-national must be allowed to put in place security forces as a counter-balancing force to face these marauders who have unchecked access to sophisticated weapons.

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“It is high time we tackled these conflict entrepreneurs and restore the confidence of the people. We can not do the same thing time and again and expect a different result,” the Ondo governor added.

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