The Nigerian Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has spoken out strongly against the cyberbullying targeted at footballer Alex Iwobi following the Super Eagles’ loss to Ivory Coast in the AFCON Final.
The defeat, with a final score of 2-1, dealt a blow to Nigeria’s aspirations for their fourth continental title. Iwobi, a Fulham midfielder was substituted after 79 minutes of play in the final match.
In the aftermath of the game, Iwobi faced severe criticism from fans, prompting him to take action by deleting photos of himself from his Instagram account and locking the comments section to shield himself from further abuse.
Responding to these developments, Minister Enoh used social media to condemn the cyberbullying directed at Iwobi and other athletes. He stressed the sacrifices made by sportsmen and women when representing their country and urged for support and kindness from fans.
Enoh’s message was unequivocal: cyberbullies do not represent the sentiments of the nation’s leadership or its people. He commended Iwobi for his contribution to the team, highlighting Nigeria’s silver medal achievement, the first since AFCON 2000.
The Minister called upon Nigerians to halt their attacks on Iwobi and to recognize the dedication and effort he displayed in service to the nation. In his view, Iwobi deserved respect and appreciation for his role in Nigeria’s AFCON journey.
Four Untold Gists From Fulham’s Defeat Of Manchester United – Lifestyle Nigeria
A 97th-minute winner by Super Eagles International Alex Iwobi capped a historic 2-1 for Fulham over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United had been in superb form in 2024, remaining unbeaten and winning their last five matches, while Rasmus Hojlund had scored seven goals in his last six games.
But the striker was ruled out through injury in midweek and United were toothless in his absence, with Omari Forson – handed a first senior start after being preferred to £86m signing Antony – struggling to fill the void.
Fulham wasted numerous openings and the only surprise was that it took them until the 65th minute to open the scoring, with Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey lashing the ball into the roof of the net after United failed to deal with a set-piece.
The hosts belatedly mustered a response and levelled when Harry Maguire tapped in from close range after Bernd Leno spilled a shot in his direction. That goal swung the momentum in United’s favour but Fulham hit their hosts with a sucker punch, Alex Iwobi fresh from his return from the Africa Cup of Nations finishing a 97th-minute counter-attack to leave Ten Hag’s team eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.
Here are four important stats from the game as Fulham beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford;
• Fulham have now won a game at Old Trafford for the first time in 21 years as they earned their first ever Premier League victory over Man United.
• Alex Iwobi’s winner for Fulham at 96:04 is the second latest winning goal ever scored against Manchester United in the Premier League, and the latest goal on record (since 2006-07) scored by the visiting team at Old Trafford in the competition.
Police Confirm, Speak On Assassination Of Anambra Community President General – Lifestyle Nigeria
The President General (PG) of Umuoji Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, Silas Onyima, was tragically shot dead by suspected assassins at his country home on Friday night. The confirmation of his killing came from DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
According to Ikenga, no arrests had been made at the time of the incident. However, he assured that investigations were underway, with the police collaborating with locals to unravel the circumstances surrounding Onyima’s death and identify the perpetrators.
Emphasizing the urgency of the situation, Ikenga stated that police personnel had been deployed to Umuoji to maintain order and ensure the safety of the community members. He urged the people to remain calm while reassuring them that the police were taking all necessary measures to address the situation effectively.
The body of the deceased was recovered and subsequently deposited in the morgue following the tragic incident.
Onyima’s untimely demise adds to the grim tally of Presidents General of Communities who have met violent ends in Anambra. The list includes Chief Ike Okolo of Obosi Community, who was murdered in January 2023, and Chief Paul Chinedu of Nanka Community, who was killed in the presence of his family in October 2021.
Similarly, Francis Onwuachi, the President General of Omor Community, suffered a similar fate in March 2021, while Chief Anthony Igboka of Nimo was gruesomely murdered in April 2019. These incidents underscore the concerning trend of violence targeting community leaders in the region, raising questions about the overall security situation and the safety of those serving their communities in leadership roles.
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