Man Utd will not sell David De Gea – Louis van Gaal

Manchester United are “not selling” goalkeeper David
De Gea before the transfer window closes on 1
September, says manager Louis van Gaal.
The Spain international, 24, has been strongly linked
with a move to Real Madrid throughout the summer,
but Van Gaal insists he will stay at United.
“I think when Manchester United wants a player he
shall come, besides when a club isn’t selling,” said the
“It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.”
De Gea has a year left on his contract. However, he
has not been selected for either of United’s first two
Premier League matches, against Tottenham and
Aston Villa, because Van Gaal believes his keeper
cannot focus with the speculation surrounding Real
Madrid’s interest.
He will once again be in the stands when United take
on Newcastle United on Saturday, with Argentina
international Sergio Romero, who has kept two clean
sheets, again poised to start.



President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply concerned by
the unfolding political situation in Guinea Bissau
following the dismissal of the Prime Minister, Mr.
Domingos Simoes Pereira and his cabinet by President
Jose Mario Vaz.
In demonstration of true African solidarity and
brotherhood, President Buhari had sent former
President Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to
mediate and help find a solution to the crisis brewing
in Guinea Bissau.
Chief Obasanjo embarked on the first leg of his
mission by consulting with the current Chairman of the
ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government,
President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar yesterday.
It is regrettable that while Chief Obasanjo was still
consulting with President Sall, President Jose Mario
Vaz of Guinea Bissau proceeded to appoint and swear-
in a new Prime Minister in the person of Mr. Baciro Dja,
a development that has worsened the political
situation in his country.
President Buhari appeals for calm and calls on the
leadership in Guinea Bissau to exercise utmost restraint
and ensure the maintenance of law and order as
efforts continue to resolve the current crisis.
The President particularly urges the leadership in
Guinea Bissau, including the military, to ensure respect
for constitutional order, sanctity of life and safety of
citizens, and avoid taking any further action that can
threaten the fragile democratic institutions recently
established in the country.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President


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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr.
William Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman
of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Dr. Fowler was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive
Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue
from 2005 to 2014.
He had his higher education in the United States where
he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the
University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business
Administration degree from the California State
Before joining the service of the Lagos State
Government, Dr. Fowler worked in the banking sector
for about 20 years with long stints at Credit Lyonnais
Nigeria Limited and Chartered Bank.
Under his leadership, the Lagos State Board of Internal
Revenue reportedly achieved a sharp increase in
internally generated revenue from an average of N3.6.
billion per month in January 2006, to an average of
about N20.5 billion per month in 2013.
Fowler, who holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree of
the Irish International University, is a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the
Business Management Association of the United
He will serve as Acting Executive Chairman of FIRS until
his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.
President Buhari has also appointed Mr. Aliyu Yahaya
Gusau as Director-General , Budget Office of the
Mr. Gusau’s appointment is with effect from August 18,
2015 and is for a term of four years, renewable for
another four years, unless he attains the retirement
age of 60 years or completes 35 years of pensionable
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


President Muhammadu Buhari warned Thursday in
Abuja that he will not tolerate any irregularities or
extortion of money from unemployed Nigerians in the
coming recruitment into the police.
At a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police
Affairs and the Police Service Commission in the
Presidential Villa, President Buhari sad that applicants
having to pay bribes before being accepted into the
police in the past was totally unacceptable.
The President told the officials that those in charge of
recruitment and training in the Police must be above
board and eschew every form of extortion and
underhand dealing.
“You must ensure that the recruitment process is
transparent. Those who will conduct the recruitment
must be above board. It should not be heard that they
receive gratification or extort money from those who
want to enlist in the police,” President Buhari
The President also directed the Inspector-General of
Police to prune down the number of policemen
attached to dignitaries, and redeploy all policemen
withdrawn from that role to regular police duties.
On the stagnation of policemen on a rank for many
years, the President counselled the Police Service
Commission to review the current structure of the
police, and make recommendations on how the
problem can be solved to boost the morale of serving
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police
Affairs, Dr James Obiegbu had, in his briefing of the
President, listed inadequate police personnel,
dwindling finances and non-rehabilitation of police
training schools as some of the challenges facing the
The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Sir
Mike Okiro said that the country needed to have more
than the 305,579 policemen and women which it has
at present for effective policing.
He thanked President Buhari for approving the
recruitment of 10,000 additional policemen and women
earlier this week.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)