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The government has promised to investigate an incident in which Kenyan marathoners at the 24th Deaflympics Games in Brazil were denied an opportunity to compete in a race, effectively compromising the country's chances of bagging more medals. 

Principal Secretary State Department for Culture and Heritage in the Ministry of Sports and Heritage, Josephta Mukobe, said they will investigate the mishap which she said was caused by miscommunication.

Kenya could have won more medals at the 15-day championships but the five marathoners were locked out for arriving late on the last day of the event.

 

Kenya’s marathoners arrived at the starting point a few minutes past the call room time and were barred despite informing the race director of their predicament which was caused by a communication barrier and traffic jam in the Southern City of Brazil.

“As the management, we are going to look at what happened. We were definitely going to add to our medal tally,” Mukobe said.

She added: “We should not let what happened today dampen our spirits. It is bad but it should not dampen our morale. We are number 10 in the world and number one in Africa,” she added.

Mukobe said Kenya should diversify into other sporting activities including basketball, swimming and javelin among others so that we do not just concentrate on athletics alone. If we were to perform well in those other sporting events, then we would win all the medals in the world,” she said.

Coach Simeon Kibet said they arrived just before the race started. “We never fail to win medals in marathon and we were keen to sweep the board. We failed to take part due to a technical hitch. We arrived at the venue just before the race started but we were told that we cannot take part,” said a disappointed Kibet.

One of the marathoners Grancy Kendagor said she felt disappointed, having prepared well for the race. “I was ready for the race despite taking part in 5, 000m and 10, 000m,” she said.

However, another marathoner Peter Toroitich who won a silver in 10, 000m said they arrived at the starting point, and changed but were told not to take part. “I will let it go and stay calm. There is always next time.”

Kenya was the top-ranked country in Africa with a total of 24 medals (5 gold, 7 silver, and 12 bronze) medals, surpassing the 16 medals won during the last competition in Samsun, Turkey. This was the most successful event for Kenya in the history of the Deaflympics.

Algeria was the second-ranked country in Africa with a paltry five medals. Ukraine topped the medal standings with 137 medals (61 gold  38 silver 38 gold) while the US was second with 55 medals (20 gold, 11 silver, and 24 bronze). 

Kenya won 23 gold medals in her stronghold of athletics and one in golf which was won by the country’s top golfer Isaac Makokha.

Team Kenya medallists

Gold

Men's Steeplechase-Lucas Wandia Wanjiru.

Men's 10000m-Simon Cherono Kibai.

Men's 5000m-Simon Cherono Kibai.

Men's 1500m- Ian Wambui Kahinga.

Men's 800m- Elikana Kiprop Rono

 

Silver

Mix 4X400 Relay (George Waweru Muthee, Linet Fwamba Nanjala, Beryl Atieno Wamira, and Isaac Atima Tongi).

Men's 10000m- Peter Toroitich.

Women's 10000m-Serah Wangari Kimani.

Women's 1500m- Sharon Jeptarus Bitok.

Men's 5000m- Ian Wambui Kahinga.

Women's 800- Sharon Jeptarus Bitok.

Women 4x400 Relay (Beryl Atieno Wamira, Linet Fwamba Nanjala, Pamela Atieno Atieno, Sharon Bitok Jeptarus)

Bronze

Men's 10000m- David Kipkogei.

Women's 10000m- Grancy Kendagor.

Men's Javelin- Kelvin Kipkogei.

Women's 400m - Linet Fwamba Nanjala.

Men's Golf- Isaac Ogolla Makokha.

Men's Steeplechase- Peter Omari Kokobi.

Women's Steeplechase- Ann Njoki Wangeci.

Women's 200m- Beryl Atieno Wamira.

Women's 4x100m Relay (Beryl Atieno Wamira, Rael Achieng Wamira, Anzazi Chaka Nyundo and Linet Fwamba Nanjala).

Women's 800m -Rebecca Matiko.

Women's 5000m -Grancy Kendagor.

Men's 4x400m Relay (Simon Menza Gona, Charles Muthama Mwema, George Waweru Muthee, Isaac Atima Tong’i).

[the-star.co.ke]
 
 

What you need to know:

  • NOC-K will Tuesday address a press conference concerning the athletics trials at 10.30am at their Gallant House offices, Westlands.
  • Athletics will have to share the 100 places with swimming, badminton, boxing, cycling, judo, lawn bowls, squash, triathlon and wrestling that are in the open allocation individual sports.

Early Commonwealth Games national trials will give Kenya ample time to strategise how to wrestle back the men’s 10,000m title, Athletics Kenya (AK) head coach Julius coach Julius Kirwa reckons.

 

The veteran coach said that Kenya has a good chance to recapture the title that has proved futile in the last four editions by virtue of the fresh blood that is coming through.

AK is set to conduct the invite-only national trials on Friday and Saturday at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani for the “Club” Games due July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, Great Britain.

Wilberforce Talel is the last Kenyan to win the men's 10,000m title at the Commonwealth during the 2002 Manchester Games after he led Paul Malakwen to a Kenyan 1-2 feat.

Ugandans have dominated the race, winning the titles in the past four editions- Boniface Kiprop (2006 Melbourne), Moses Ndiema  (2010 Delhi, 2014 Glasgow) and Joshua Cheptegei (2018 Gold Coast).

 “We shall need to get into the camp immediately so as to work on how we can reclaim the lost glory in the 25-lap race,” said Kirwa, adding that even though talented, the upcoming athletes will need guidance.

Some of the names line up in the men’s 10,000m trials are youngster and World 10,000m bronze medallist, Rhonex Kipruto, Kip Keino Classic 10,000m winner Julius Kipkwony,  Weldon Langat, Kenneth Kiprop, Evans Keitany, Fredrick Moranga, Charles Mneria, Alfred Barkach and Richard Kimunyan among others.

With an allocation of 50 slots for the athletics team, Athletics Kenya senior deputy president in charge of competitions, Paul Mutwii, said that they might be forced to send one or two athletes in some discipline to the "Club" Games.

Kenya managed to collect 17 medals; four gold, seven silver and six bronze from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

All the medals were from athletics, save for bronze in boxing by Christine Ongare in the women’s flyweight.

Only one field event, men’s javelin throw, will feature at the national trials for the Commonwealth Games.

Mutwii said they have lodged an appeal to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K), but hastened that things didn't look promising after the Olympic body insisted that they only have 100 spots in open allocation individual sports.

NOC-K will Tuesday address a press conference concerning the athletics trials at 10.30am at their Gallant House offices, Westlands in Nairobi.

Athletics will have to share the 100 places with swimming, badminton, boxing, cycling, judo, lawn bowls, squash, triathlon and wrestling that are in the open allocation individual sports.

[nation.africa]

The Bolton man hung up his gloves after a lengthy career following a stoppage loss to Kell Brook. Khan now says he had a severe injury for the loss.
“I tore my rotator cuff, my tendon split in half in my right arm, it’s still sore now, and I can’t lift it up much,’ Khan told The Daily Mail. “But I didn’t want to tell people because I didn’t want people to say, “Amir is making excuses.”

“My knees were hurting in training camp. I was still pushing myself hard, and then that’s when it hit me. “Do you know what? I don’t have it left in me.

“I’m not as good as I used to be. I had to be honest with myself and call it a day.”

On possibly pulling out of the Brook fight, Khan added: ‘“I’m going to go ahead with it. But deep down in my mind, I wasn’t mentally prepared. I’d trained hard, but I didn’t have it in me. I was already done.

“With these injuries, if I was asked to get in a ring, I would be like, “Hell no,”’ he said. ‘I don’t even want to train. I’ve got a beautiful family, kids, and enough money, so let’s sit back and relax.”

FLOYD MAYWEATHER
Khan also outlined an offer to fight Floyd Mayweather when the pair met up in Dubai.

“Floyd said to me, ‘Look, we should get it on.’ And I said ‘Brother, tomorrow I’m going to announce my retirement,” according to UK media reports.

“And he goes, ‘No, I don’t think you should.”

“Obviously, pro fighters say to you all your life, ‘we should fight each other, and they keep you on the side, on the bench. I’m like, forget that man. I want to be in control of myself.”

On missing out on facing Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the mid-2010s, Khan concluded: “When I call it a day, I call it a day. I don’t do it because someone else is taking control, like Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao saying now we’ll fight you.

“Waiting around and waiting around for them, so I thought no man, I’ll do what’s best for me.”

[worldboxingnews]

 

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn sat down with Ak and Barak for another interview on The DAZN Boxing Show, where he spoke more about what might come next for Canelo Alvarez, how soon we might know something, and his own thoughts on what he thinks Canelo should do.

On the reaction to Canelo’s loss to Dmitry Bivol

“I find the whole reaction remarkable, really. Before the fight, it was supposed to be an easy win for Canelo Alvarez. Everyone who knew boxing knew how difficult this fight was. But Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso are searching for greatness all the time. The problem with the sport of boxing is, when people come in after and say, ‘Oh, he shouldn’t have taken that risk.’ It’s, like, what? What are you saying? He should have had an easy fight or a fight he couldn’t lose?

“It’s gonna get boring if Canelo Alvarez at 160, 168 and just keeps on defeating everyone. He has to do something outrageous to get beaten. I listen to soundbytes from fight week, and mine was, ‘He has no business being at 175 lbs.’ He has to handicap himself to get beaten. And when I look at credible people like ESPN and Ring Magazine, and I look at their pound-for-pound ratings and they drop him to six or seven, it is unbelievable, the response. But it’s only going to make him hungrier.”

On what he expects Canelo to do next

“There’s two clear options now. One is to have the undisputed fight at 168, the trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin, and then rematch Dmitry Bivol, because let me tell you, there is no way he is not rematching Dmitry Bivol. Or you go straight into the Dmitry Bivol fight.

“You go back to the GGG fight, before the Bivol fight when we were talking about Canelo-GGG it was, like, ‘That’s an easy fight for Canelo now,’ and you feel like if Canelo Alvarez would’ve beaten Bivol, he would’ve been a huge favorite going into that fight. Now, remarkably, there are question marks over Canelo Alvarez. ‘Could GGG beat him in the trilogy?’ That fight becomes a bit more competitive.

“This week is moving week for us to sit down with Saul and Eddy Reynoso and say, ‘What do we want to do?’ Personally, I’m happy with either. The GGG fight is still probably the biggest fight in boxing. The Bivol fight is so dangerous, so tricky — Canelo would go into the Bivol fight an underdog for the first time in his career.”

On Oscar De La Hoya’s Tweet to Canelo

“We don’t have any say over who Canelo Alvarez — I’d love to pretend we have the power to decide what Canelo Alvarez does. Him and Eddy Reynoso will make all the decisions, and they wanted to chase greatness.

“I think it’s a bad look for boxing when Oscar basically says, ‘Look, I would’ve given you easier fights where you couldn’t get beat!’ He doesn’t want easier fights! He’d rather retire!”

On Canelo after the fight with Bivol

“After that fight, I went back to the hotel with him. He was absolutely heartbroken. ... The next morning, we went out and played golf. I walked probably eight or nine holes with him, and we just walked the whole way, talking. I saw a wounded lion, which is exactly what you want to see. He was very, very sad, very upset. That’s what you want to see. If it didn’t matter, if he didn’t care, if his heart wasn’t broken, that’s when it’s probably time to go. And he’s miles from going. I said to him, ‘What do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘I want to get back as soon as possible.’ But I think he also wants to map out the future as soon as possible. It’s Gennadiy Golovkin in September, or it’s Bivol in September, but if it’s Gennadiy Golovkin in September, it’s Bivol after, because he ain’t letting that go.

“And it doesn’t matter — you talk about Oscar’s comment, it doesn’t matter what I say or what anyone says. It just matters what Saul and Eddy Reynoso says. They feel they can beat (Bivol), and if they feel they can beat him, if he feels he can avenge that defeat, that fight is happening.”

On what he would do if it were his decision

“I’m a little bit biased, because I just love the Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy. And now I think it’s even more intriguing because he’s coming off a defeat. If he was to lose to Gennadiy Golovkin, where does he go? You’re talking about losing at 175, losing at 168, you’re not longer a world champion — of course, he’s Canelo Alvarez, but still, back-to-back defeats like that. So all the pressure right now is actually heaped on Canelo Alvarez.

“You don’t know what defeat is going to do to a man like that. We know he suffered one years ago to Floyd Mayweather, but he was a young, young, young man. Can he bounce back (now)? Is he affected by that? Is his confidence gone? All these different (things).

“But also, I would love to see the (Bivol) rematch. I think if I was advising him, or if he actually listened to what I thought — he’ll ask me my opinion, but we don’t make the decisions — I would probably go GGG and then Dmitry Bivol, and we’d give Dmitry Bivol a big fight in September or October. Whether that’s the Buatsi-Richards winner, Callum Smith, (Zurdo) Ramirez — but the rematch is a mega-fight.

“The two biggest fights in boxing right now, actually, are Canelo against GGG and Canelo against Bivol rematch. Of course AJ-Usyk as well, but these are really the biggest fights in boxing.”

On Bivol possibly fighting the Beterbiev-Smith winner

“I mean, that’s — now you’re talking too much sense. It’s very difficult because Canelo’s not gonna want to lose the opportunity. For Canelo now it’s not about becoming undisputed at 175, it’s about beating Dmitry Bivol, belt or no belt. It’s another dimension to the way this guy thinks. He’ll just be thinking, ‘I don’t want to lose that opportunity.’ He probably doesn’t want to see Beterbiev against Bivol because he doesn’t want to lose the chance to rematch Bivol, even though after that performance, I would say Bivol is a big favorite against Beterbiev, to be honest with you. But it’s a great fight, and we’ll see how (Beterbiev) gets on against Joe Smith.”

On the sense that he favored Canelo over Bivol

“You have to be real. The last thing I want to be — I love Dmitry Bivol, I think he’s a great guy, but I was ‘Team Canelo’ for that fight. I’m not into, like, pretending that I’m not. Like, he gets beat and then jumping up and down with Bivol. I was upset because I wanted Canelo Alvarez to win. And no disrespect to Dmitry Bivol, because I got him the opportunity I always promised I’d give him, but I have become very close to Saul, close than I am to Dmitry Bivol.

“I still respect (Bivol), still do a great job for him, and although we joke, (Matchroom’s) Frank Smith is with those guys on a day-to-day basis. It’s a bit awkward, and I hate doing fights where you’ve got two fighters in a fight. But at the same time, if I’m upset, you’re gonna see I’m upset. I think people like that. If I’m happy, you’re going to see me jumping around everywhere. If I’m upset, you’re gonna see it on my face.”

“I always said to (Bivol), ‘I promise you will get your shot and the rest is up to you.’ And by the way, I was delighted for Dmitry Bivol. As much as I was upset for Saul, I was delighted for Dmitry, because he’s a fine young man and deserved to show his greatness.”

On weights and rematch possibilities at 168

“(Bivol) can do (168), and the amazing thing is, Bivol would have agreed to fight at 171 (for the first fight). No problem. Bivol would have done the rehydration clause, no problem. Canelo didn’t want it. He said, ‘If I’m going to challenge myself at 175, it’s gotta be real.’ But no one gives him credit for that, either.”

“I don’t think Saul will want (the rematch) at 168. He lost at 175, he will want the same conditions in the rematch.”

On Usyk vs Joshua 2

“I’m hopeful this week we’ll get it done. July 23 in the Middle East is for sure the frontrunner right now. It’s not done, it’s not signed, but we are, what, nine, 10 weeks from that fight now? It’s ready. It’s time to get that fight announced and let these boys start bashing up sparring partners and getting ready for the unified world heavyweight championship. You can expect an announcement. ... Maybe around (our) weekend shows, if not very early next week.”

On possibly attending Kambosos vs Haney on June 4

“I won’t be attending Kambosos-Haney because we have (Ogawa-Cordina) the same night (in Cardiff). But I will be in Australia a couple of weeks after that, because we’re ready for our first show in September in Australia. We’ll have it announced soon, very excited about that. But I will be watching (Kambosos-Haney) and hoping Devin Haney can do the business.”

[badlefthook]

But not so boxing champ Tyson Fury, aka the freshly-retired Gypsy King. The British heavyweight and two-time champion earned an estimated $32.9 million on his last fight, and he’s choosing to spend some of it on a lavish family vacation.

Again, it’s not uncommon for celebrities to splurge on vacations. Some go big, charting superyachts to cruise around the world for weeks on end each year, while a few go really big. Think Beyonce-and-Jay-Z-kind-of-big, with expenses starting at $2 million a week for the megayacht alone. Tyson Fury makes a contrasting note here because he decided to change his lifestyle a while back and is no longer spending like crazy for stuff like cars, mansions, and designer clothes.

He makes the occasional exception, of course, but even then, he goes for a level-headed approach. Case in point, the yacht he and his Gypsy Queen (and their six children and other members of the family) are charting for an early summer holiday. The Furies are now in Cannes, and they booked the iRama yacht, a 2009 build by the Concept Marine shipyard in Turkey.

Built entirely in-house, iRama is small by comparison to the gigantic ships other celebrities favor. It’s 137 feet (37 meters) long but still luxurious, offering accommodation for 14 guests and seven crew. With a GRP hull and superstructure, iRama is a full-displacement, stable and fast yacht powered by twin MTU engines that take it to a top speed of 21 knots (24 mph / 39 kph). Its range is 2,500 nautical miles (2,877 miles / 4,630 km) at a cruising speed of 12 knots (13.8 mph / 22.2 kph), but it’s mostly offered for charter in the Mediterranean – France, Italy, and Monaco.

Amenities on board include a jacuzzi, several dining and entertaining areas, and a variety of water toys that make iRama the perfect family boat. The Furies have been making the most of those, as photos at the Daily Mail show: jetskis, waterskis, wakeboards, inflatable, and a full-size tender for land excursions.

Since nothing in life is free, such a perfect family boat comes with a price to match: Tyson Fury is paying €160,000 per week (approximately $167,000 at the current exchange rate, which means nearly $18,000 a night), plus expenses, to charter it. And he got a good deal on it because it’s still low season in May, so the rate is lower. 

[autoevolution]

 David Benavidez is eyeing fights against Caleb Plant and Jermall Charlo later on this year after he takes care of David Lemieux this Saturday night in their headliner on Showtime at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

 

Former IBF 168-lb champion Plant has reportedly expressed interest in fighting Benavidez after his next fight against Anthony Dirrell.

A match between Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) would have huge ramifications, as it will put the winner in a great spot to get a fight against Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed champion at 168 in 2023.

Benavidez, 25, has a dangerous fight on his hands against former IBF middleweight champion Lemieux (43-4, 36 KOs) on Saturday. Those two will be fighting for the interim WBC super-middleweight title.

 

Lemieux, 33, is still dangerous despite having suffered some key losses in the last seven years. He’s won his last five fights and is looking good. We’ll see if he can get to Benavidez’s chin before he has a chance to get warmed up.

“I have no problems fighting Jermall Charlo, Caleb Plant, David Morrell, all those guys. I feel like I got to fight them anyways to be the top guy I want to be, and the best in the world,” said David Benavidez to Brian Custer’s Podcast.

It might be a little too much to ask to think that Jermall Charlo will agree to fight Benavidez in 2022, but Plant seems highly ambitious.

He knows that if he can beat Benavidez, it’s going to open the door for another massive payday fight against Canelo Alvarez. Plant is more of a risk-taker than Jermall, which is why he earned a title shot against Canelo.

“I feel that’s really silly because we don’t like each other, but we need each other to get to the next step,” said Benavidez when told that Jermall Charlo said on the Mike Tyson podcast that he doesn’t see any value in fighting him because he doesn’t hold a world title.

“We want to be pay-per-view stars. He needs to fight me, and I need to fight him. I need to fight Caleb Plant. We need to fight each other.

 

“Nobody here is the A-side. We’re all basically worth the same. Why doesn’t he [Jermall] fight me and see if people give him the respect? I’m 25-0. I’m sure people will give him respect if he beats me.

“I want to point out is he said he was going to fight Munguia, and that didn’t happen. He said he was going to fight Canelo. That didn’t happen. He said he was going to fight me. That didn’t happen. Who is he fighting now? [Maciej Sulecki].

“I know his paycheck would be more than the guy he’s fighting now. If he wants to get paid, I want to get paid too. Let’s make that money.

[boxingnews24]

Boxing legend Mike Tyson has booked his next acting job in "Black Flies", a thriller drama based on Shannon Burke's novel of the same name. Tyson's previous film credits include "The Hangover" franchise, in which he most famously played a fictionalised version of himself, and "Ip Man 3".

He will play the men's superior officer in the movie, to be directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire.

Tyson, who will next be seen in the pan India film "Liger", joins previously announced cast members Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan in the project which revolves around lifesaving paramedics and the toll the job takes on them.

Sheridan will essay the role of an idealistic young man who is prepping for medical school and gets a street-side view of things when he drives an ambulance alongside a grizzled veteran (Penn) who is considered to be one of the city's best emergency medics.

Burke, Ben Mac Brown and Ryan King wrote the script for "Black Flies".

The film is being produced under the Sculptor Media banner alongside Force Majeure, James Masciello's 

[economictimes]

 

The dollar exchanged at N600 on Monday at the parallel market, heightening fears of a further devaluation of the nation’s currency.

The rate at the Importers and Exporters Window was, however, N415.75 on Monday, widening the exchange rate spread to N184.25.

At Zone 4 in Abuja, which is the hub of the parallel market in the Federal Capital Territory, two Bureau de Change Operators,  Mohammed Isa, and Abu Abdullahi, told The PUNCH that the rate was N599/$ at 10am and 11.14am respectively.

However, the rates for both BDCs changed to N600/$ when they were separately contacted at N3.13pm and N5pm respectively on Monday. 

“If I reduce this by N1, I will not be able to make any profit,” one of the two BDCs, Abu Abdullahi, said.

At the Lagos airport on Monday, a BDC operator, Adamu Haruna, told The PUNCH that the rate was “N600/$, no more, no less.”

A BDC operator at Amuwo-Odofin in Lagos, Bala Usman, gave an initial rate of N598/$ in the morning but changed to N599 at 2.53pm when contacted. 

“The demand is increasing and the dollar is very scarce now,” he said.

Naira has weakened in the parallel market due to increased speculations, falling external reserves, and low foreign exchange inflows into Africa’s biggest oil producer.

The country’s external reserves fell by $313m in March, according to figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Politics is also a key factor, as experts see politicians mopping up dollars for election primaries this month.

The President, Association of Bureaux de Change Operators of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, told The PUNCH that the situation was caused by several factors, including elections, loss of confidence, and demand/ supply.

“It is a market where demand and supply determine the price. Do not forget that election years are associated with foreign exchange volatility, coupled with supply squeeze. External reserves, inflation, cost of inputs, and the Russia-Ukraine war are also key issues,” he said, arguing that there was indeed a loss of confidence, saying that “once people see the exchange rate rising, the confidence will also fall.”

The Director of Research and Strategy, Chapel Hill Denham, Mr Tajudeen Ibrahim, told The PUNCH that the issue in the foreign exchange market could be attributed to falling external reserves and uncertainty in the economy.

 

“The parallel market is speculative. One of the causes is the foreign exchange reserves. Secondly, there is no indication that Nigeria is going to see an inflow of foreign exchange that can underpin the FX reserves any time soon,” he said.

“There is nothing like Eurobond. There are no indications for other borrowings, so there is no clear indication of inflows. This is also one of the reasons for what we see in the market,” he said.

He explained that it was possible that the market was seeing an election-related demand.

He urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to devalue the naira to match the parallel market rate, while also managing the market to ensure that unforeseen circumstances did not happen.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Centre for the Promotion of the Private Sector, Dr Muda Yusuf, urged the CBN to float the exchange rate market to provide clarity for investors and allow the market to be determined by the forces of demand and supply.

 Yusuf said the CBN’s current approach would continue to deepen distortions in the economy,  perpetuate round-tripping,  fuel speculation, and suppress forex supply.

On the other hand, Nigeria is a deeply import-dependent economy, relying on crude oil for over 80 per cent of the foreign exchange.

The non-oil sector inflows are still 10-20 per cent and most of the export products are raw materials and agricultural commodities.

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria said only a strong manufacturing sector could raise the productive capacity of the country, reduce importation and increase FX inflows from non-oil exports.

[PUNCH]

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has warned political parties against a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2023.

Fani-Kayode warned that Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2023 is reckless and dangerous.

In a series of tweets, the All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain also cautioned the Northwest, Southwest, and South-south against vying for the Presidency.

He said the Igbos should be allowed to produce Nigeria’s next President in 2023.

According to Fani-Kayode: “Is Nigeria made up of only the NW, SW & SS? Are the others not human beings too?

“The Southerner who has betrayed the South is the one that says the Igbo must not produce the next President and that it must come to the SW or SS and not the one that supports a Northern candidate.

“Worse is that one of those presidential aspirants from the South is toying with the idea of a Muslim/Muslim ticket! Can there be anything more reckless and dangerous than that?

“And neither should anyone from the SW, SS or NW be talking about being President or Vice President in 2023.

“The SE, NE and NC should have the right of first refusal for both.

“Anything outside of that would be unjust and as they say, there can be no peace where there is no justice.”

[DAILYPOST]

Lagos based lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari summoned and sacked ministers involved in politics but who failed to submit their letters of resignation.

Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment Media Office had dismissed the claims by Falana, that the Minister, Chris Ngige withdrew his resignation letter after the valedictory session with the President, Buhari last Friday.

In a statement in Abuja, the office said the minister neither wrote nor submitted a resignation letter, adding that “Falana is embarrassing the public with a bad harvest of his bumper imagination.”

The lawyer Falana had faulted Ngige and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami’s decision to drop their political aspirations in the 2023 general elections in order to remain members of the cabinet of Buhari. 

Falana made the revelation in a statement released Monday.

The statement read in part: “On Friday, May 13, 2022 President Muhammadu Buhari summoned the ministers who had submitted their resignation letters to a valedictory programme at the Villa. Equally invited to the programme were the other ministers involved in politics but who had failed to submit their letters of resignation. 

“At the brief ceremony the President thanked the outgoing Ministers for their invaluable services to the nation through their contributions as Cabinet members. While giving them a pat on the back the President said: “I wish you success in the upcoming elections and in your future endeavours.

“While responding on behalf of the outgoing Ministers, Mr. Godswill Akpabio thanked the President for giving them the opportunity to serve and contribute their quota to nation-building. He described working with the President as a fantastic and knowledgeable experience, adding that as they step aside they would continue to be great disciples of President Buhari.

“After the farewell ceremony the Presidency published the names of the 9 Ministers who had left the cabinet together with the farewell picture taken with the President. In the circumstances, the former ministers are stopped from denying their exit from the Cabinet. 

“In opposing my views, Professor N.O. Obiaraeri was reported to have said that “There is no evidence of a written acknowledgment of the letter and acceptance of the letter of resignation by the person to whom it was addressed.” With respect to the learned Professor, the Constitution does not provide for “a written acknowledgment of the letter and acceptance of the letter of resignation”. As far as the Constitution is concerned, the resignation of a Minister takes effect once the letter of resignation is received by the appointing authority. For the avoidance of doubt, section 306 (2) thereof provides that “The resignation of any person from any office established by this Constitution shall take effect when the writing signifying the resignation is received by the authority or person to whom it is addressed or by any person authorised by that authority or person to receive it.

“Apart from the direct and express provision of the Constitution, this is also the position as judicially proclaimed in several cases. In Benson v. Onitiri (1960) SCNLR 177 @189-190; Sunday v. Olugbenga & ors (2008) LPELR-4995 (CA); WAEC V. Oshienebo (2006) 12 NWLR (Pt. 994) 258 it was held that resignation or voluntary retirement takes immediate effect, once received by the employer or agent of the employer. In Yesufu v Governor of Edo State & Ors (2001) LPELR-3526 (SC) it was held that resignation needs not be formally “accepted”.

“From the foregoing, the implication of inviting the outgoing Ministers to the valedictory ceremony was that President Buhari had made up his mind to dispense with their services with effect from May 16, 2022. And the participation of the ministers in the valedictory ceremony without any protest whatsoever meant that they had accepted their exit from the cabinet. Having regards to the facts and circumstances of the exit of the Ministers.

“But two ministers have announced their plans to sit tight in office and thereby expose the country to undeserved ridicule. While wishing them well in their dream world it is hoped that the Federal Government will call them to order without any further delay.”

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