Following the passing away of the Argentine football legend, Diego Armando Maradona on Wednesday, tributes have continued to pour in from fans and fellow football legends. Notably are Pele of Brazil, Ballon D’or title holder and Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi of Argentina, French legend, Mitchell Platini and soccer manager, Jose Mourinho.
LIONEL MESSI: “A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP”
CRISTIANO RONALDO: The Juventus forward wrote on his Instagram page to react to the sad news, calling Maradona “an unparalleled magician” who leaves “a void that will never be filled”.
PELE: The Brazilian football legend, expressed grief on his Instagram page as he mourned his fellow legend Diego Maradona saying he hoped they would “play together in the sky” one day. “Sad news today. I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend,”
PLATINI: The French football legend Michel Platini who had played on the same pitch with Maradona both at international and club assignments expressed his sadness at the news of the death of his old rival, saying that “it’s our past that goes away.””I am very sad. I am nostalgic for what was a wonderful era,” said Platini. Maradona and Platini were big rivals in the 1980s as the Frenchman played for Juventus against Maradona’s Napoli. “Diego has left a mark on my life,” Platini told French radio station RTL.
Jose Mourinho, the great award winning football manager wrote on his Instagram page: “Don Diego…. damn dude I miss you” with two heart emojis and a crying emoji.
Oche Onu writes with agency reports.
BREAKING: CBN Bows To Pressure, Increases Withdrawal Limit to 500k
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revised its cash withdrawal limit policy, stating that individuals and corporate organisations can now withdraw N500,000 and N5 million respectively within a week.
Platforms Africa reports that the apex bank announced this in a letter dated December 21 and signed by the CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa. The letter, which was made available to PlatformsAfrica, was addressed to all deposit money banks and other financial institutions.
“The maximum weekly limit for cash withdrawal across all channels by individuals and corporate organizations shall be N500,000.00 and N5,000,000.00 respectively,” the letter read.
Cash withdrawal above the limits shall be subject to a processing fee of 3 per cent and 5 per cent for individuals and corporate organisations respectively.
According to the CBN, the decision to revise the policy was based on feedback received from stakeholders.
Previously, individuals were constrained to N100,000 cash withdrawals weekly and N20,000 daily while corporate organisations were limited to weekly withdrawals of N500,000.
“Third-party cheques above N100,000 shall not be eligible for payment over-the-counter, while the extant limit of N10 million on clearing cheques still subsist,” the letter added.
The CBN said monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the banking supervision department, other financial institutions’ supervision and payments system management departments.
Breaking: Ronaldo To Join Al-Nassr For €200m euros per year
Cristiano Ronaldo is close to agreeing on a mega transfer to Saudi Arabian outfit All-Nassr.
In a report published by Spanish publication Marca, Ronaldo has been offered a two-year contract by Al-Nassr, who are able to sign the 37-year-old on a free transfer following his departure from Manchester United.
CR7 left United by mutual consent this month
Available on a free transfer.
Marca reports that Ronaldo has also attracted interest from MLS, but he is very conscious of picking up the most lucrative wage possible if calling time on his illustrious career in Europe.
Al-Nassr are willing to pay the Portugal forward a grand total of €400 million if he agrees on a deal to play for the Saudi Arabian club until 2025.
Ronaldo’s second spell at Old Trafford came to an acrimonious end earlier this month as United announced the termination of his contract by mutual consent. The decision was made following the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s controversial interview with Piers Morgan, during which he accused the club of betraying him and admitted to having no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag
Should Ronaldo indeed end up joining Al-Nassr, he will link up with another former Premier League star in David Ospina, who played in goal for Arsenal between 2014 and 2019.
The striker is currently starring for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup, and will hope for another start when Fernando Santos’ side wrap up their group stage campaign against South Korea on Friday.
2023: Why I Will Vote For Peter Obi – Sheikh Gumi
Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has revealed what would make him vote for the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi in 2023.Gumi assured Obi of his vote if he can restructure Nigeria if elected president in 2023.
He spoke in Kaduna yesterday while playing host to the former Anambra State governor and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.Obi and his running mate were in Kaduna to attend an interactive session for presidential candidates organised by a joint committee of Arewa groups in the build up to the 2023 general elections. However, Gumi commended Obi for visiting and briefing him about his plan for Nigeria.
According to Gumi: “As you come here (Kaduna) people will like to hear your views about restructuring Nigeria; Nigeria has been restructuring itself from independence to date. It was never static, but I want to know about views on restructuring so that I can write on my Facebook page `this is the presidential candidate who can do this for me; I will assure him of my vote’”. Gumi also asked the LP presidential candidate how he intends to address the issues of agitations and poverty in the country.
“How are you going to deal with the issue of polarity and agitations across Nigeria? Every region is agitating because people are not happy, how are you going to make these people (agitators) happy under one table?“You talked more about the economy; the economy sometimes is more than the figures,” he added.