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Obaseki Adopts 400m runner, Eraiyokan



Nigeria’s preparations for the Tokyo  2020 Olympics  Games have been given a major boost by the Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki following his adoption of  Quarter miler Orukpe Eraiyokan.

The Governor made a final financial commitment for the adoption of the  UK -based athlete after a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief  Sunday Dare in Benin last Friday.

Eraiyokan who specializes in the 400m and 4×400m relay is one of Nigeria’s current fastest quarter-miler and could be the anchor for  Nigeria’s  Medal hope at the Olympics.

The athlete expressed appreciation to the Minister and the Edo State Governor for the confidence re-imposed in him, assuring that he would not let the country down.

The Minister said while this would ginger the athletes to podium performance,  other Governors, Corporate bodies, and philanthropists should emulate the Governor by adopting more athletes ahead of the  Olympics.

The athlete is expected to compete for Edo State at the National Sports Festival which holds from April 2nd- 14th  to fine-tune preparations for the Olympics.

Several athletes were on the verge of being adopted last year before the covid-19 pandemic led to the shutdown of businesses and sporting activities.

The Adoption Program is an initiative of the Minister to secure funding for athletes to enable them to prepare for the Olympics.

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan



The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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