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Olivier Giroud is not for sale, Wenger insists

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Arsene Wenger has  insisted that  Olivier Giroud will not leave Arsenal in January despite the France striker’s lack of starting opportunities.

Giroud has yet to start a Premier League game this season, but he showed his value coming off the bench when he headed a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday.

It was his fourth league goal in 13 substitute appearances and while Giroud may be growing frustrated at his lack of starts, Wenger is determined to hold on to the player when the transfer window opens.

“Why should we lose an important player?” said the Arsenal manager of a striker who was close to joining Everton at the end of the last transfer window.

“It’s up to us.”

Wenger added: “Yes he will start games. It’s always the same when you have many good players, some of them cannot play.

“The question you get is always why does a guy who is good not play? Because if you take him on, you have another guy who is good who will not play. It is as simple as that.

“He will start games because we play every three days. He is mentally very strong and we have to be grateful to a player who comes on when he is needed. It is a remarkable achievement.”

Giroud’s goal, which cancelled out Charlie Austin’s third-minute opener, was the 17th time the France international has scored from the bench, six behind Jermain Defoe in the Premier League all-time list and alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kanu.

“I always try to bring something for the team when I come on the pitch,” Giroud said.

“Today we missed players in the box so I tried to bring it. It was a good cross from Alexis.

“I tried to be at the right place at the right time. It is nice to come back.”

The point meant Wenger’s side remain outside the top four and the manager admitted his players were still feeling the effects of last weekend’s home defeat of Manchester United when they were caught cold by Austin’s early finish.

Source: ( AFP )

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Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Farmers In Borno

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Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Borno Farmers

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the reported slaughter of over 40 Borno farmers by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

He expressed grief over the killing of farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State, describing the terrorist killings as insane.

Buhari’s position on the killings was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari condemns as insane, Boko Haram killing of farmers in Borno State.’

Also Read: Presidency Clears Air On N150,000 Monthly Payment To Repentant Boko Haram Members

He said: “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls Rest In Peace.”

President Buhari said the government had given all the needed support to the armed forces “to take all necessary steps to protect the country’s population and its territory.”

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Boko Haram Slaughters 43 Farmers In Borno, Destroys Rice Farms

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Boko Haram Slaughters 43 Farmers In Borno, Destroys Rice Farms

Borno State

Boko Haram on Saturday reportedly beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari, less than 20 km from Maiduguri, Borno State.

The insurgents were also said to have destroyed the rice plantation after slaughtering all the farmers in yet another major attack in the state that has been badly hit by the insurgent group.

Also Read: Presidency Clears Air On N150,000 Monthly Payment To Repentant Boko Haram Members

According to reports, the bodies of the slain farmers whose throats were also slit is still been kept by residents of the area who are insisting they won’t be buried until the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum sees their bodies.

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has expressed that there is a serious security crisis in Ondo State.

He made this remark while lamenting the murder of a monarch in the state, Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, who was killed by suspected kidnappers.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu described the incident as a sad one for the State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The governor described the act as a heinous crime that is too heavy and unbearable.

He said he has directed security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

Akeredolu also vowed to do all he can to unravel those behind the act and make them face the full wrath of the law.

He advised that caution should be exercised from making public reference in statements or utterances in respect of the “great loss.”

 

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