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Dangote came to Lagos with nothing 45 years ago — Sanwo-Olu The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Refinery, Aliko Dangote, came to Lagos 45 years ago with nothing. Sanwo-Olu said this while addressing the audience at the Dangote refinery inauguration ceremony on Monday, at the Lekki Free Zone, in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos. According to him, Dangote came to Lagos with nothing 45 years ago but has now built the biggest empire in the world for Africa. He said, "A neighbor, a Lagosian, a Nigerian of no mean feet, Alhaji Aliko Dangote. "Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, today is May 22nd, 2023, Mr. President, exactly seven days from today, you will graciously, by the grace of Almighty Allah, be bowing out as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. "Mr President, if you don't know, you have spent 2,915 days, out of 2,922 days that you have. Mr President, you have spent 99.98 per cent of your time. "Mr President, history will certainly judge you well. We, in Lagos are very happy with this your third trip to the free trade zone in less than a year. "But today, it's not only about you, it's about three short stories that I will just quickly talk on. The first story, is about a younger Nigerian, about 45 years ago, and you will see the coincidence in the story... 45 years ago, who came to Lagos all the way from another mega city in our country, Kano, who saw the prosperity, the diversity of our country, who came with nothing but has built the biggest empire in the world for Africa."

Real Madrid filed a criminal complaint Monday with Spanish prosecutors over the racist abuse its Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior received during a weekend La Liga match, calling it a “hate crime”.

The 22-year-old Brazilian international forward was targeted by a home supporter during the 1-0 defeat at Valencia on Sunday and was later sent off.

“Real Madrid strongly condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinícius Junior,” the Spanish giants said in a statement.

The club said it believes the abuse “constitutes a hate crime” and had filed a complaint with the prosecutors’ office “in order for the facts to be investigated and for those responsible to be held accountable.”

Vinicius has frequently been singled out for racial abuse in La Liga and the latest incident came at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium.

He stood in front of fans behind the goal and pointed to the apparent culprit. Play was delayed for several minutes in the second half.

Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea spoke to stadium officials, who made an announcement calling for racist insults to stop before play resumed 10 minutes later.

The referee wrote in his post-match report that a fan shouted “monkey, monkey” at the player.

Vinicius was sent off in added time at the end of the game for hitting Valencia player Hugo Duro during a brawl.