Unai Emery believes there is no coach better than his long-time rival, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola and Emery first clashed in the 2008-09 season, with the latter leading Valencia after guiding Almeria to success in the Spanish top-flight while the former was in his first season overseeing Barcelona.
Emery’s side could only manage a point in their two meetings against Guardiola’s eventual league champions, and the current Arsenal boss remains winless in his career against his old rival.
This Sunday will see Emery’s Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium in hopes of finally breaking that streak, and looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat in London in August that started Emery’s tenure.
And ahead of that match, Emery admitted he doesn’t think there’s a better coach out there than Guardiola.
“I have analysed a lot of teams and coaches and I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” Emery told reporters.
“His career is a very big career. We started together. He started with the Barcelona second team, I started with Lorca and Almeria [In Spain’s third and second tiers].
“I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.”
The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who addressed newsmen after the closed door meeting with the union on Friday in Abuja said the meeting was protracted.
He said, “The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.
“We met them half way and we have finished the gray areas and on the issue of N50 billion, we have offered what we have.
“We do not have N50 billion and we cannot do N50 billion, but we have offered them something reasonable.
“So they have to take it back, and go and present to their members.”
Ngige, however, expressed hope that students would return to school soon, saying “We will know when they will go back by Thursday”.
Earlier, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said the meeting had been adjourned to Feb. 7.
“So, far on the level of progress made so far, I cannot tell you that now until I tell my members.
“It is the feedback of the last meeting we came to present to government today.
“But right now, we have a new set of information that we have to go and present to our members until we tell our members, we cannot tell you,” he said.
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*As Pondi gets rowdy welcome, muster supports for Atiku, Okowa, Manager, Asupa*
*Says better days are coming*
*Let your blessings flow endlessly like the water in the sea, prophet Okibou prays for Pondi*
In what appears to be a new dimension to the politics of Nigeria, the ward 11 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP campaign train in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State has commenced its unit to unit campaign in a bid to reach out to everyone in the ward.
The campaign train which will continue today in Ogulagha Kingdom, had yesterday visited Ofougbene, Kandanghan, Agedizion, Okibou and Odimodi communities within the creeks of Burutu Local Government Area to spread the gospel of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Hon. Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu federal constituency, house of representatives, Abuja cum candidate of the party for same position had lauded the various communities leaderships for the rowdy welcome, stressing that he is amazed by the show of love shown to him by the PDP faithfuls.
Pondi, who led the team had particularly pleaded with the people of ward 11 to vote for only candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, adding that the party remains the only remedy in ending the allege many woes of Nigeria at the federal level.
For Okowa, the federal lawmaker had described the governor of Delta State and his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro as golden pair designed to change the face of Delta state for good.
While hammering on the gains and achievements of the Okowa led administration of Delta State, Pondi had hinted the people that the entire riverine communities in Delta State is wearing a new and better look with legacy projects that will stand the test of time.
He had also noted that the Okowa administration had brought about so many political appointments of Burutu Local Government sons and daughters into his government.
However, the visionary lawmaker had assured his people that better days are coming, insisting that a bill for the protection of shorelines across the entire Niger Delta region has been initiated by him is already on the floor of the house receiving positive attention.
According to him, the bill when passed into law will allay the fears of Niger Deltans as his immediate ward 11 will not be left out, noting that communities suffering from such menace will be adequately taken care of by the bill when passed into law.
Meanwhile, the founder of Okibou community, prophet Okibou had prayed for the national lawmaker to continue to succeed in his political outings, stressing that the blessings of Pondi shall flow endlessly like the water in the sea.
While at Okibou community, there was an intriguing cultural display by a highly talented cultural troupe of Labopere that entertained Pondi, his supporters and the ward 11 PDP family that were present.
On his part, Apst. (Dr) Godspower Tomone, ward 11 PDP campaign chairman had assured the people that a more robust representation marked with unprecedented development awaits the people after PDP must have won in all the elections.
He had presented the PDP candidates as follows: Atiku/Obi for presidency; Okowa/Otuaro for governor; Sen. James Manager for senate, Delta South; Rt. Hon. Julius Pondi for Burutu Federal Constituency, House of representatives, Abuja; Hon. Asupa Forteta, for Burutu North, Delta State House of Assembly.
Personalities present during the campaign include Chief MacDonald Anoruse; Amb. Shedrack Agediga, Special Assistant to the governor of Delta State on conflict resolution; Chief Combolous Ikisa, vice chairman Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State; Mr. Pascal Ekemieyefa, PDP chairman ward 11; Amb. (Chief) Francis Boumiebi, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on community development; Engr. Kingsley Forcados, Special Assistant to the governor of Delta State on project monitoring and community development; Hon. Joshua Evene, councillor representing Iduwini ward; Hon. Gbabojor Guwor, councillor representing Ogulagha ward; Hon. Benard Okoh; Engr. Felix Braboke; Comr. Akin Benikuruku; Comr. Solomon Gbegha, secretary ward 11, PDP campaign team; Comr. Matthew Ibori, vice chairman PDP ward 11; Comr. Teddy Benikuruku, youth leader PDP ward 11; Mr. Gabis Kpuke; Comr. John Bebeapere; Comr. Amu Itoto; Comr. Victor Isereke with the host of very many others too numerous to mention.
• President Buhari should call the military to order.
The attention of the Order of Egbesu Brotherhood has been drawn to the unwarranted harassment and unprovoked militarisation of the Ijaw Ancestral home, the Gbaranmatu kingdom and it’s King, in Delta state.
Despite earlier rebuttals by the military that there was no such action being carried out in the said kingdom, we have continued to receive distress calls, and cries, from our people, who are now in panic for fear of another military invasion in the said community, a situation that has heightened tension.
We have it on good authority that few days back, the Agadagba (King/High Priest) of Gbaranmatu kingdom, who was on a convoy, was greeted with the treatment of harassment, as men of the military in the area disregarded his Traditonal title and desecrated his stool, in the guise of searching for criminals, precisely, the number on one of the gunboats was seen as P376.
We wish to state clearly for the purpose of information, the King by his title of AGADAGBA, is both the Spiritual and Political leader of Ijaws, he is the representative of the Divine force, a manifestation of the Supreme divine presence, he represents every good virtues one can think of, he is peace and truth personified, even in the face of war, he advocates for harmony, love, unity, therefore such a man cannot be associated with criminality, as it negates every of the principles he stands for.
It is therefore appalling and disheartening to hear, that such a man with an outstanding peaceful disposition, would be subjected to ill treatment in a kingdom he presides over, ordinarily, if we were in the 2nd and 3rd century, this will be considered as a declaration of war, not minding whosoever authority might have perpetrated or ordered the action.
It is on this note, that we seek peaceful approach towards restoring peace especially as we head into the 2019 general elections, we advise the Military who we believe are now informed of the status of our dear King, to tender an unreserved apology, and work in paripasu with him, to finding a lasting solution to the agitations in the region.
We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, to once again demonstrate his quest for peace in our region, to wade in, ask the military to withdraw and engage critical stakeholders from this area, to a round table discourse, as certain actions at the moment maybe interpreted differently, and may lead to a possible break down of law and order.
We also call for the withdrawal of troops, as we think there is no need for the siege, Gbaranmatu kingdom is a peaceful place with laid down rules and regulations that regulates the conducts of indigenes and curb crimes.
We also advise other Ijaws, who are shadow parties of the rising tension to remember that “Inama Inama”, “there is no place like home”, therefore resolve all issues as a family, election is not do or die, political parties are only vehicles to desired destinations, we will continue to remain Ijaws.
We further advise those, who are in the habit of utilising such conflict to fuel tension, and cause acrimony amongst IJAW people, simply because of their pecuniary gains, to desist forthwith, this is a time to look at a common ground of unity irrespective of our varying opinions and interests.
Lastly, we encourage our King and our Father, to be steadfast in the Ijaw faith, as we appeal to all sister kingdoms to add their voices.
Woyein bless Ijaw Nation.
February, 2nd, 2019.
Apostle Bodmas kemepadei, Coordinator/Leader, Order of Egbesu Brotherhood and convener Ijaw unity and peace committee.