Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has urged fans to stop attacking his colleague Alex Iwobi on social media.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday night, Musa said the team lost the final match against hosts Ivory Coast on Sunday, noting that it is unfair to single out Iwobi for attacks.
“Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi,” Musa wrote. “Cyber bullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime. It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behavior.
“Losing a game is undoubtedly tough, but targeting a single player for the team’s shortcomings is unfair and unjust. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. Alex gave his all on the field, just like every member of our squad.
“Instead of spreading negativity, let’s show genuine love and support to our players. They need our encouragement now more than ever. Let’s uplift each other and stand united, both in victory and defeat. Thanks.”
Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi. Cyber bullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime. It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behavior.
Iwobi had deleted photos from his Instagram page following Nigeria’s loss to Ivory Coast in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Nigerian side were defeated 2-1 by the hosts, ending the team’s dreams of a fourth continental crown.
Hours after the encounter, Iwobi who has been a subject of stiff criticism from fans, deleted photos from his Instagram handle for fear of cyber abuse.
He only left one video post. The Fulham man also locked the comment section of the post for fear of bullying.
Iwobi featured for 79 minutes in Nigeria’s defeat to Ivory Coast and was replaced by Alhassan Yusuf.
Before the recent development, a similar one took place in the aftermath of the Super Eagles ouster from the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon. Iwobi and teammate Maduka Okoye were also heavily criticised after the team lost to Tunisia in a round of 16 tie, prompting them to disable comments on their social media handles.
Hard time: Nigerians call for adoption of parliamentary system
Following President Bola Tinubu’s removal of fuel subsidy, Nigerians are facing economic hardships and are calling for a change from the presidential system of government to parliamentary system of government.
The Nigerian economy has been severely strained due to the removal of the fuel subsidy, resulting in increased prices of essential commodities and transportation fares.
Some political analysts who on what they feel about the development noted that the current economic downturn has underscored the inadequacies of the presidential system in addressing pressing issues facing our nation.
According to report, the House of Representatives has also introduced a bill seeking to return Nigeria to the parliamentary system of government at the federal, state and local government levels effective from 2031.
Oborevwori Bags Silverbird Governor Of The Year 2023
Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has won the Silverbird Group Governor of the Year 2023 in recognition of his sterling accomplishments in the state.
Presenting the award to Oborevwori, on Sunday night in Lagos, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, congratulated Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his administration’s achievements within nine months.
Receiving the award, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori thanked Silverbird Group for the honour and dedicated the award to all Deltans.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, said: “We are very grateful to Senator Ben Murray Bruce and the entire management of Silverbird Group for this great honour. Little did we know that our modest achievements within the nine months we have been in office have been noticed.
“We came to serve Delta, and we are doing just that. In line with our MORE agenda, faculties have been built and commissioned, road infrastructure and bridges have been commissioned, and a lot more are ongoing. We have ensured we have qualified teachers in our primary schools.
“In less than nine months, the government has hired over 3,000 teaching and non-teaching staff to ensure that our primary schools are running. We want to assure Deltans that all nooks and crannies in the state shall be provided with quality infrastructures.
“We want to thank Deltans for all the cooperation they give us and the peace they provide. Delta is becoming an investment destination for Nigerians and foreigners alike. We will not get tired, and we will continue to do MORE because that is the mandate.
“In the next three or four years, we are going to see that education becomes better, more effective and easily accessible. We want to see a Delta State where peace will reign supreme. Industrialisation will be the order of the day. That is the vision!
“Education is the bedrock of development in any society. The people need to be educated to live a good life and embrace modernity.”
Hunger: FG to begin nationwide distribution of grains soon
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Senator Abubakar Kyari disclosed this on Monday.
Recall that on Sunday many Nigerians stormed a government warehouse and emptied it of foodstuffs.
“Dear Fellow Nigerians,” he wrote on his official X handle. “In these trying times, I extend my sincere compassion to those affected by the hardships in the country. I understand the gravity of the situation, especially with the unfortunate event of foodstuff warehouse looting.
“Amidst these challenges, I want to assure you that our commitment to your well-being remains resolute. We shall commence the distribution of 42,000 metric tons of grains, as approved by Mr. President, across the 36 states of the federation as one of the programs to be rolled out this week.
“We are working hand in hand with NEMA and the DSS to ensure that the grains get to the right people in the right packages and quantities. Furthermore, 58,500 metric tons of milled rice from mega rice millers will also be released into the market for stabilization.”
The minister who hailed the resilience of the Nigerian people, urged them to back President Bola Tinubu’s government in its quest to address the challenges facing the country.
“I acknowledge the strength of the Nigerian people, and it is this resilience that will guide us through these difficult times. Let us stand together to support Mr. President in his strive for a better Nigeria,” Kyari said.
“Our government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to addressing these challenges and working towards a more secure and prosperous future for all.”
The development is part of moves by the government to curb the hardship in the country. Since the removal of fuel subsidy and the floating of the naira, the cost of living in Nigeria has reached new highs.
There have been protests in several parts of the country as Nigerians sought the government’s attention to address the economic hardship. Several warehouses and food trucks have also been looted in some places.
But the Federal Government is calling for patience, assuring that the reforms by the Tinubu-led administration are set to yield fruit.
News20 hours ago
Just in: Fresh Palaver As Akeredolu’s Wife Publicly Blasts Late Husband’s Niece, Calls Her Shameless
News14 hours ago
Financial Crimes: Reps To Issue Warrant Of Arrest On Binance Chief Executive For Refusal To appear
News16 hours ago
NCC explain why some SIM cards linked to NIN were barred
News16 hours ago
Looting of Abuja warehouse a message to Tinubu, Says Adegboruwa
Foreign12 hours ago
JUST IN: US Supreme Court restores Trump to ballot
News15 hours ago
Its national disgrace Nigeria is receiving food assistance from Ukraine – Obi
Opinion12 hours ago
INCIDENTS OF MASS LOOTINGS: WARNING SIGNALS OF THE COMING ARMAGEDDON
Metro24 hours ago
3 Arrested With N6.4m Ransom Share During ‘Stop And Search’ In Kwara