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I CAN DO ANYTHING TO HAVE WIZKID: BOBRISKY

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In the past three month, Idris Okuneye a.k.a Bobrisky has become one of the most talked about Nigerian on Snapchat.

23 years old cross -dresser and skin lightening aficionado, Bobrisky rose to prominence as a result of his male barbie traits and weird mode of dressing.

Bobrisky became popular as a result of his hilarious stories on Snapchat.

In a recent interview, he opens up on how he became famous on Snapchat.

According to him:

”Social media is a very good platform whereby it makes you popular. I wasn’t thinking of being the famous Bobrisky and this famous bae.

I posted a short video of me dancing on Snapchat and I got to see many people tagging others and saying ‘OMG you need to go and check Bobrisky’s Snapchat. He is fabulous, the way he dances, his makeup, his outfit and before I knew it, people were sending me messages and request and i felt it was a very good thing since i was getting popular.

So, I moved to Instagram and I was seeing so many likes like OMG, this guy is so awesome. So to me I believe that Social media is a very good platform where you can actually put up what you, for people to get awareness, for people to know you, so I like it.”

Bobrisky who has been criticized severely on social media, said he loves to listen to Wizkid and he has a crush on him.

Hear him:

“After the snap chatting, the whole posting, if I get home after the whole stress, I love listening to Wizkid. Like that guy is my crush, I love his voice, I listen to his music.

When I listen to his music, I just sleep off” he concludes.

 

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President Jonathan has replied to Gen. Buhari’s Coment on Probing the Missing $20 that he has nothing to hide as regards the alleged missing $20 billion oil fund.

This comes after President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari stated that his administration would still probe the allegations of missing money despite an audit ordered by Jonathan.

Jonathan declared his innocence in the matter via a statement released by his media aide, Reuben Abati on Monday, April 27, 2015.

The statement reads in part:

“President Jonathan is also deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20 Billion is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure.”

“To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.”

Jonathan had ordered an audit into the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi claimed that the company had failed to remit $20 in oil funds into the Federation Account.

The audit, conducted by PriceWaterHouseCooper, however found that the missing sum was actually $1.48 billion.

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The FG of Nigeria have on 28th of April in a brief meeting declared May 1 as a general Holiday to celebrate its workers and their efforts towards National Building.

Abba Moro, Minister of Interior was quoted by his Permanet secretary Abubakar Magaji on the FG’s Decision at a Brief meeting with some of Nigerian Flag Flyers in a Meeting to resolve some issues of National importance.

Mr Abba Moro further Urged Nigerians to embrace peace and equity in our daily dealings, and to continue to support Jonathan’s efforts to curb Insurgency in the Nation

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XenoPhobia- South Africa Receive worldwide condemnation

South Africa is facing a backlash from the rest of the continent over the targeting of immigrants in a wave of xenophobic violence.

South African vehicles were pelted with stones in Mozambique on Friday and South African companies are reportedly being threatened with closure in Nigeria. Protests have been held at various South African embassies across the continent, and several South African musicians have been forced to cancel concerts abroad.

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The tit-for-tat measures follow a surge of attacks on foreigners in Durban, Johannesburg and other parts of South Africa, in which at least six people have been killed, more than 5,000 displaced, and shops looted and razed. Most of those affected “are refugees and asylum seekers who were forced to leave their countries due to war and persecution”, the UN high commissioner for refugees said.

President Jacob Zuma on Saturday cancelled a state visit to Indonesia to deal with the crisis and visit one of the camps in the Durban suburb of Chatsworth, where more than a thousand foreign nationals are sleeping in tents and relying on volunteers for food. Many were boarding buses to return to Malawi, Zimbabwe, and other home countries.

Zuma told a crowd that those who wanted to go home would be helped but his message to those remaining was: “We are firstly going to stop violence and then allow them to stay here in peace.

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“It is not every South African who says go away, not at all. It is a very small number who say so. We don’t want the countries in the region where the citizens are going to look at each other in a hostile manner. We want to live as sisters and brothers.”

The rest of Africa is increasingly questioning this assertion, however. There are some who already regard South Africa, which has a unique history and the continent’s most developed economy, with envy or suspicion.

The xenophobic mayhem has sharpened a sense of “us and them”, causing bitterness among nations that hosted thousands of South African exiles during the struggle against apartheid.

In Mozambique last week, a group of about 200 protesters blockaded the southern Lebombo border and stoned South African vehicles. Moamba district police commander Alfonso Rocco told the Agence France-Presse news agency: “Demonstrators blocked the road for half an hour, refusing to allow cars with South African registration plates to pass.”

Sasol, an energy and chemical giant, evacuated 340 South Africans from Mozambique over fears for their safety. In Zambia, a privately owned radio station has stopped playing South African music in protest.

Businesses from South Africa could face closure in Nigeria unless it takes swift action to stop the violence, according to the eNews Channel Africa. An official with Nigeria’s newly elected All Progressives Congress party handed a memorandum to the South African embassy threatening to shut down leading companies, it said.

In the Zimbabwean capital Harare, there were clashes with police as more than a hundred people marched outside the South African embassy with a petition that said: “We, the people of Zimbabwe standing in solidarity with our brethren in Africa, strongly condemn and denounce the cruel, senseless and gruesome xenophobic slaughter of foreign nationals and the looting of their properties in South Africa.” Gilbert Mutubuki, president of the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union, was quoted as saying: “Right now we have South African businesses such as Pick n Pay operating freely here, but our brothers are being butchered in South Africa … It’s high time we should do the same to all South African businesses here until they stop all this nonsense.”

The Economic Community of West African States has also condemned the “barbaric, criminal and xenophobic murder of innocent foreigners”.

The South African government hastily convened a meeting of Africa ambassadors and high commissioners last week in an attempt to provide reassurance that it was taking their concerns seriously. But Jeff Radebe, minister in the presidency in South Africa, conceded that the country’s companies that operate in the rest of Africa could be at risk of reprisals. “The impact of these attacks has far-reaching implications for our economic and social relations with the continent and the world,” he said.

“South African companies who are running successful businesses on the continent who help to contribute to our revenue and sustaining our economy may suffer the same fate.

“Recently, South African artists who were to showcase their craft outside the borders of our country, such as BigNuz in Zimbabwe, Kelly Khumalo and Cassper Nyovest in London, have had their concerts cancelled as a result of these attacks.”

Parts of Johannesburg remained tense on Saturday after police detained more than 30 people following overnight violence in which small groups attacked shops in several areas around the commercial capital. Police also used rubber bullets to disperse the looters in Alexandra township.

The latest outbreak of anti-immigrant violence has been widely blamed on a speech last month by King Goodwill Zwelithini, traditional leader of the Zulu ethnic group, in which he linked foreigners to crime and said they must “take their bags and go”. The king has since claimed his words were misconstrued.

Estimates of the number of foreign nationals in South Africa vary from two to five million, among a population of more than 51 million.

Scapegoating amid a climate of high unemployment and inequality is nothing new. In 2008, 62 people were killed in xenophobic violence across Johannesburg’s townships. In January this year, six people died as looters rampaged through Soweto township.

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BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY NEVER EXISTED- Buhari

Boko Haram is a fraud – Buhari

The president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has described Boko Haram as a fraudulent organisation which should not be allowed to recruit members in any part of the country.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari said it was time people knew that Boko Haram’s claim to being a religious group was nothing but a fraud.

“The fraud called Boko Haram can. be defeated by denying it a recruitment base,” the president-elect told visiting leaders of Nasarawa State who came to congratulate him on his emergence as president-elect.

“No religion allows for the killing of children in school dormitory, in markets and places of worship. They have nothing to do with religion. They are terrorists and we are going to deal with them as they deal with terrorists anywhere,” he announced.
Buhari said he is greatly pained by the destruction of schools in the North-eastern part of the country, an action he said could deny thousands of youngsters access to education and a better future unless something was done urgently to avert this tragedy.
“The worst thing anybody can do is to deny children access to education. That will be destructive to their lives and we are not going to allow that to happen,” he assured.
He announce that his government would help the states to get more money to improve infrastructure by ensuring that all federally collectible revenues are paid directly into the Federation Account and each tier of government given its due share.
Buhari while describing Nasarawa State as his own “political laboratory,” meaning the only Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)-controlled state of the 36 others, adjudged the experiment as having been a success.
“From one state, I now have 22 political laboratories.”
He commended Governor Tanko Al-Makura for surviving his many impeachment plots, saying “without Nasarawa, there would not have been All Progressives Congress (APC).”

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Why i left The mother of my children: Oritse Femi

He is best known for his remake of Fela Kuti’s “Double Wahala” song. Before he came out with that hit song, Ekele Majemite Oritsefemi was unknown.

Oritsefemi

Today, he is a hot brand . The Ajegunle-bred singer, who started his career as a member of a two-man band, The Junglist, recounts the touching story of his rise from grass to grace, recalling how he had to hawk and engage in other menial jobs in order to make ends meet. He also narrates how his poor background made him not to fend for the mothers of his children.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ORITSE FEMI

Your song, ‘Double Wahala’ was a hit.
What actually inspired it?

I got the inspiration from God. Everything you want to do, you definitely put God first. Before I came out with ‘Double Wahala’, I was receiving low responses from my fans. I tried my best, but my fans did not identify with my songs. I had to go back to the drawing board to review my style of music.

So you knew that “Double Wahala”was going to be a hit song?

I wouldn’t say I knew. But I tried to do something close to it. Eventually, God crowned my efforts with success.
At a point, you took a break from music.

In fact, it was rumored that you went into dubious business. Were you into ‘419’ business?

Definitely, people must say what they like, especially when they see you as a versatile artiste who should be on top of his game. May be, my fans felt disappointed, watching me go down the drain. But honestly, I tried my best to sustain my music then. I did not give up.
I continued working hard to prove my mettle. Until last year, I was not okay financially. But look at me today, my hard work has paid off.
Frankly speaking, I have never ventured into ‘419’ business before. I don’t defraud people nor deceive them. I am contented with what I have achieved. Back in Ajegunle, I had some street boys as friends who were into dubious businesses. But I was bent on creating my own business.

Are you saying that “Double Wahala” brought you good fortune?

It brought me more than a fortune; it opened doors – signing of contracts, endorsements, and hitting international stages.

 What was life like before “Double Wahala?”

I was comfortable but things got better when I released it.

You seemed to share the same ideology with Fela. How much did he influence your music?

Naturally, I used to listen to Fela’s songs as well as King Sunny Ade’s as a child. My father happened to be one of the fans of these legends. I tried to pick some of Fela’s lyrics and blend it with the lovely African melodies of King Sunny Ade to create my own brand of music. Interesting, I was the only young artiste in Nigeria that met Fela face to face.

Then, I was under the tutelage of Maverick John Nabella, the founder of Raga Dub Chapel, where likes of Daddy Showkey, Baba Fyro sprang up back in Ajegunle. They used to invite some top American stars such as Shabba Ranks, Tupa and many others to come and perform in Nigeria. We would visit the African Shrine with these foreign musicians, where we usually met with Fela. But importantly, I was conscious of Fela’s message and the lyrics of his music.

A lot of your fans are confused about your marital status. For the record, are you married officially?

Honestly, for now, I am not married. But definitely, I am going to get married very soon. I have a fiancé and we have been together for close to two years now.

But you have children?

Yes, I have two beautiful daughters who are between ten and nine years. I have a family and I’m from a polygamous home. I have a responsibility as a father.

Isn’t your fiance the mother of your two daughters?

No. My two daughters are from different mothers and I am not marrying any of them.

What happened?

It’s a long story. Back in time, as a street boy, growing up in the ghetto city of Ajegunle, I had some childhood girlfriends who got pregnant.

Then, I had no means of livelihood to sustain them. But I ensured that I took care of my kids right from when they were born. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take care of their mothers because of my financial status then. But now, that God has elevated me, I am planning to take my children abroad.

Before this success, what were you doing?

I was struggling. I was on the streets, hustling to make ends meet. I actually stayed away from my family. I couldn’t depend on my dad, because he had his own challenges as a polygamist.

That was why at 14 years, I went into the street to hustle. I hawked in the street. My dad was an engineer, and he taught me how to dismantle and repair boat engines. I learnt all that.

Then, I had my own boat that I was using to transport passengers from Ajegunle to Lagos Island. I also worked as a bus conductor. Growing in Ajegunle, you have to hustle, otherwise your contemporaries would snatch your girlfriend from you.

Ajegunle residents believe in hustling. That time, nobody knew me, so, why would I go into hiding. But honestly, I didn’t engage in any dirty or illegal business. I believe in my music and that’s what is seeing me through today.
 
How did growing up in Ajegunle influence your lifestyle and music?

I actually grew up in Tolu which is one of the worse areas to live in Ajegunle. I experienced all types of miserable lifestyles, but I survived them all. Today, I am a role model to a lot of the Ajegunle youths. I used to counsel them that if I could make it, they too, can make it.
 

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EDITORIAL: Why Did God Create a Difference in Wealth, POOR & RICH?

This is a true story. A close friend was driving on a fairly busy road on Lagos Island when he was stopped by a traffic light. He looked right and his eyes caught a nine or ten year old child crying uncontrollably by the side. The sight so moved him that he parked his car and got down to see what was making the child so distraught. It turned out that the figures didn’t add up for the poor child.

The money she had on her from the day’s sales did not correspond to what was left of her wares and she knew all hell would break loose at home. My friend solved the problem the only way he could – by making up the difference. But it was a disturbed man that walked into his air-conditioned SUV. Emotions welled up inside him as he narrated the story to his wife. At a point he started sobbing and had to park the car for the second time. The wife who had hardly seen her husband of thirty years cry had to take over the steering that evening. It was a sober couple that went to bed at night.

I am sure it was not the first time my friend was seeing children dash in and out of traffic with goods that amounted to very little as it is a common sight on many, if not all Nigerian major roads. But something tweaked inside him that evening. His brief conversation with the hapless child brought home the importance of ten, twenty Naira to a family that is really struggling to exist.
In a normal setting, a ten-year old should have finished her home work by six, had one or two hours of play time with her peers and be looking forward to an evening meal. She should not at ten, be balancing books with dire consequences if they didn’t add up. She should not have to miss out on the joy of childhood so easily or lose the innocence of childhood so quickly. A child on the road at six in the evening is at a considerable risk. What the danfo drivers might not do the okada drivers will accomplish. Then there are the child molesters, child abductors and child rapists. In all probability, her walk home at dusk, would take her through short cuts that would further expose her to untold risks. Would she tell if she was raped or molested? In any case who would listen? Her death would be as insignificant and invisible as her life has been. And how far would she go to get an extra Naira into her pocket?

I don’t know what actually made my friend to cry that evening. But the story of the very poor in Nigeria will well up emotions in you if you have a compassionate mind. I know I have had to look away sometimes when a particular scene disturbs me. It is true that Nigeria has no business having over 60% of her population in extreme poverty when we pump two million barrels of oil per day. It is true, and studies have proved it, that just 10% of the money our leaders and their cronies fritter away will reduce the poverty ratio by as much as 30%. But what about you and I and the life styles we lead? How many of us spend considerable sum on consumables and goods we don’t need against Warren Buffet’s injunction to spend only on what we need? An average ‘middle class’ Nigerian should plead guilty and I will explain why. Once a month, he attends his old school meeting. After an hour or so of a directionless meeting, the food comes out along with expensive liquor. He and his mates gorge themselves on these until they are satiated. The rest is put in the freezer or thrown away. The next Sunday is the church society meeting.

Again we permit ourselves an hour of a directionless meeting before the food and drinks come out. The following Sunday is a town meeting and so on. The Saturdays are filled with weddings and birthdays. The success of these functions is measured by the quantum of food served and wasted. A very successful wedding is the one that has bottles of champagne on every table and is able to serve three, four course meals.

Now, before you attend your next function lets crunch some figures. More than half of the world’s population lives on less than 500 Naira per day. Over one billion children live in poverty with over 20,000 dying every day due to poverty. Almost 30% of children in developing countries are underweight or stunted.

Nigeria has not in any way helped global statistics because we are actually above the global average in almost every index. So a 12-year old on the streets in Nigeria might actually be 15 or more. It gets disconcerting when we read that the wealthiest 10% use 60% of the world’s consumption while the poorest 10% use just 0.5% and even more so in Nigeria where the richest 10% corner almost a whopping 90% of what all of us consume. So each time you want to indulge yourself, think of the fact that one billion out of 2.2 billion children are in poverty.

So why did God create the poor?

A man of God told a story of a wealthy man who found himself in a poor neighbourhood. He saw congestion, he saw leaked roofs that could only promote diseases and he realised that his domestic animals had a better living condition. He went home a sad man and for once, the ambience of his home only depressed him more. A rich array of food was waiting for him but he couldn’t eat.

So he went to his room and stared unseeing at his panelled ceiling. In frustration he cried out; ‘God if you are so compassionate then why did you create the poor and allow so much suffering?’ A soft voice replied him; ‘son that’s why I created you’.

All Christian youths know the story of the three servants who were given talents. Two invested and one buried his. The moral was that we should never bury our talents otherwise it would be taken away from us. But have we ever stopped to think of the master who gave out the talents and in so doing shared his possession, his estate?

That the moral might actually be that we should also share? The GDP of 41 indebted countries is less that the wealth of seven of the richest combined. It’s a no brainer therefore that poverty would reduce if they could just shed a bit. After all just one percent of the money spent on arms would put all children, 72million of them, in school.

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APGA Adopts Jonathan as their Presidential Candidate

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has fixed December 17, 2014 for a Special National Convention to formally ratify the appointment of the Anambra State Governor Chief Wiliie Obiano as its leader and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BOT.

The party will also use the Special National Convention to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate, approve and adopt the APGA amended Constitution.
The National Working Committee (NWC) also suspended the Abia State Chairman of the party, Prince Nnanna Ukaegbu from APGA with immediate effect for what it termed palpable anti-party activities and directed its National Vice Chairman South-East, Uchenna Okogbuo who is also from the state to oversee, coordinate and manage the affairs of the party in conjunction with the Abia state Executive Committee of the party.

The party while rising from a meeting of its NWC in Abuja, also considered and approved the outcome of the Screening Exercise for the National Assembly aspirants in Anambra State.

The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh and National Secretary Dr. Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi said In a statement that the NWC resolved that the purported clearance of Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu by the 5-man National Assembly Screening Appeal Panel be reversed and his non clearance be restored for the following reasons.
According to them, “The 5-man National Assembly Screening Appeal Panel became truncated and therefore improperly constituted when it did not sit as a full panel in accordance with Article 23(2) of the APGA Electoral Guidelines for primary elections 2014.

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Nigeria And Independence- Are we Really Independent?

Those days, you could buy something with equivalent of 20kobo and still have change. The monthly earnings were less than equivalent of N100 and it was enough to cater for one’s financial needs.
These days, salaries that are even in 6-digit figures are hardly sufficient. The nation has changed a lot from the way it used to be before the independence. That’s why I personally will not queue up to vote for any politician because they are not straightforward and sincere.
We no longer have a working system —Stephen Ulelu

Steven-Ulelu
We don’t have a working system now compared to those days. We lived with the assurance of being secured, but now you can’t determine what will happen to you the next minute.
The rate of insecurity in the country today is very high. We don’t have a government or even a country.
This is not a country, it’s a ghost world. The masses are not regarded, human rights are being violated. Nothing works. We just live for each day.
There is a lot of development now —Emmanuel Anyaehe
There is a lot of development now than before we gained independence. Nigerians have become more exposed and enlightened. However, violence and insecurity have been the order of the day in recent times.
It wasn’t like this in the pre-independence era. I think the country has come a long way in terms of development and infrastructure.
I would love to go back to the old days — Peter Onyegbula

Peter-Onyegbula
A lot has changed. Things have taken a bad turn. Our currency has lost its value. The times are very tough and people are suffering.
If it would be possible to rewind the time, I would love to go back to the pre-independence era. Today, people struggle everyday, yet their income is barely enough to cater for their needs.
Things have gone wrong — Stanley Kalu
In those days, the country functioned well. The attitude of citizens determines how healthy a nation will be. Immediately after independence, particularly after the war, things began to go wrong. Today, the country is nowhere.

Kalu Stanley
People have lost hope in the country. Everyone is suffering in one way or the other. Nigeria is like a child without hands and legs. When the military first took over power, things began to go wrong, because they lacked the knowledge of governance.
Our country has taken a bad turn —Emeka Humphrey
Things were going smoothly in those days compared to now. We didn’t even know who was at the helm of affairs because things were running smoothly.
Even children blame the bad shape the nation is in now on the government or ruling party. There is a high level of hunger and insecurity now than then. Those days, you could move around at any time without fear of kidnappers, ritual killers or robbers.
This isn’t the country our past leaders fought for.

Ayodele Ojo
The country was very peaceful in those days than now. We were united and stable. These days, there is ethnic war and religious violence. This is not the Nigeria our past leaders fought for.
Everyday, it’s one news of death and bloodshed or the other. People dying in hundreds everyday. It wasn’t this way in the past.
Brotherly love is lost – Kazeem Adeyemi
Years after independence, Nigerians are still suffering.
When we were under the British rule, our fathers fought against slavery and marginalization which we suffered from our colonial masters.

Kazeem-Adeyemi
Today, it seems we are our own worst enemies. There’s no brotherly love, our hands are soiled with the blood of our brothers and there is so much violence in the land.
There is increase in crime and violence — Comfort Okoh
Though Nigeria has experienced a high level of development in recent times, there has been an upsurge in crime, terrorism, kidnapping and so on.
People are suffering and dying. We don’t have a government who can fight for the people.

Esther Olufemi
Cost of living is now very high —Esther Olufemi
Things were much better in the past, Cost of living was low and with little amount of money, people lived well. Now greed and selfishness have taken over the hearts of people.
Our leaders are just there for selfish reasons. Those days, we used to be our brothers’ keeper irrespective of tribe and religious affiliations.

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Nigeria Finally FREE of EBOLA- WHO

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NIGERIA FREE OF EBOLA, FINAL SURVEILLANCE CONTACTS RELEASED

By http://www.totalfamilylife.com

As the WHO Ebola Response Team published dire predictions of the west African outbreak in the  New England Journal of Medicine , overnight – including an updated 70.8% fatality rate – the Health Minister of Nigeria reports that his country is completely free of active Ebola cases and have today released the final victim contacts from surveillance.

In a telephone interview last night where he was preparing for a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu, MD, said, “Presently, there is no single case of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria – none.”

Dr. Chukwu provided further details, saying, “No cases are under treatment, no suspected cases. There are no contacts in Lagos that are still under surveillance, having completed a minimum of 21 days of observation.”

In the process of tracing contacts of individuals infected with Ebola, anyone showing no symptoms after three weeks of last known contact with a victim is considered free of any potential for the disease.

Rivers State, whose capital city is Port Harcourt, had been home to over 400 contacts under medical surveillance. As of last night, only 25 contacts remained.

“None of them are showing any symptoms. Tonight [Mon 22 Sept] will mark the end of their 21 days of observation and the plan is to get them discharged from surveillance tomorrow [Tues 23 Sept].”

“Nigeria will be as clean as any other country as far as Ebola virus disease is concerned.”

Achievement in perspective
PBS TV reporter Fred de Sam Lazaro wrote yesterdayfrom Port Harcourt, “The story of Ebola in Nigeria is an unusual and frankly rare one about things going right somewhere in Africa.”

“Nigeria’s achievement truly hits home for a television crew working “in the trenches” of a country the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency describes as “hobbled by … insecurity and pervasive corruption,” added Lazaro, who can be found on Twitter @newshourfred.

His team’s outstanding 8-minute report aired last night on  PBS Newshour .

Indeed, the disease has now been contained in Lagos, a city of 21 million people, and Port Harcourt, population 1.4 million.

Nigeria is the most populous country on the African, with 177 million people, yet only suffered 21 Ebola cases and eight deaths. In contrast, Liberia has just 4.3 million people yet has experienced 2,710 reported cases, with 1,459 deaths (as of 18 September).

Ebola virus was brought to Nigeria when naturalized American and Liberian Ministry of Finance official, Patrick Sawyer, traveled to Lagos for a meeting of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) in Calabar on July 23.

Sawyer had symptoms of the disease before leaving Liberia and became very ill on the flight, infecting others from ECOWAS who greeted him and at the hospital where he was treated and died two days later.

A contact under quarantine in Lagos for some reason took flight to Port Harcourt, about a seven-hour drive. There, he was treated in secret by Dr. Ikechukwu Enemuo. Both later died.

Enemuo infected others, including his wife and sister. Both were successfully treated and recovered. But authorities had to track 477 contacts in the Port Harcourt area.

The need for cautious communication
Dr. Chukwu told me, and has said publicly elsewhere, that one challenge in Nigeria has been preventing stigmatization of anyone under surveillance as well as Ebola survivors.

“Three terms became part of our lexicon: surveillance, quarantine, and isolation.” But these need to be clearly explained, said Dr. Chukwu.

“Surveillance is sort of like house arrest. You don’t criminalize them. The person is actually a victim, not a criminal. We monitor their movements, the rest of the family are counseled about what contact can and can’t be done. We have contact with them everyday. You can imagine what this effort must’ve been like when we had 300 in Lagos and over 400 in Port Harcourt.”

Only when those under surveillance show symptoms – a fever, whether it ends up being Ebola, yellow fever, or malaria – they are put under quarantine.

“That is the first time we are denying that individual the comfort of his own bed. We put him in separately from the isolation ward from those who are confirmed. If malaria, we discharge them to their doctor to be treated for malaria.”

Credit to WHO-assigned physicians
The Ebola survivors in Nigeria were not treated with any experimental drugs. Contract tracing and early identification of cases were managed by isolating the patients and replacing fluids and electrolytes. In some cases, blood transfusions were necessary.

Dr. Chukwu had high praise for WHO Director General, Margaret Chan, for sending physicians to Nigeria. “We only knew about Ebola virus through our medical books. We’ve never seen a single case of Ebola virus until this year. So we needed someone with practical experience who had seen the virus to come and train our doctors what to do and the rest, and then we took over.”

“It is important that we let the world know that WHO did well in sending us doctors with practical experience, said Dr. Chukwu. “But we also worked with the CDC, UNICEF, and MSF in managing the disease.”

Controlling the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

Dr. Chukwu said that a major challenge is that the three countries are contiguous and in need of independent, coordinated oversight. The case in Nigeria was different because once President Goodluck Jonathan declared a health emergency, he had the authority and resources to direct the entire national effort.

In an attempt to centralize the west African reponse, the current chairman of ECOWAS is the president of Ghana and convening a meeting of west African health ministers together with the director of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.

In the rest of Africa, Dr. Chukwu suggested that Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone (as well as Senegal) could benefit from the expertise of doctors in Uganda and the DRC who have successfully treated Ebola patients. The rest of the world can certainly provide the aid that is starting to grow: emergency mobile hospitals, supplies such as IV fluids and personal protective equipment.

But people in these countries are also voicing a loss of confidence in their own governments as their economies fail and food and clean water are in short supply.

And, particularly with the killing of aid workers in Guinea last week, the international effort must bolster security to encourage volunteers that they can work safely in what are already extremely demanding conditions.

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Apple in Trouble Over Bending of I phones- Plays Defensive Role On Market Issues

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) broke its silence on complaints about bending iPhones, hours after withdrawing a glitch-ridden software update as the company struggles to restore momentum to the rollout of its latest phones.

“With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an email.

Apple shares closed down nearly 4 percent at $97.87 on Thursday, wiping out nearly $23 billion in market value.

The new phones face criticism over their bendability, dubbed “bendgate”. Social media and online forums have been abuzz with comments about how the new phones can bend when placed in back pockets or while wearing skinny jeans.

Apple said its iPhones feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high-stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry.

The only way an iPhone may have bent is if someone put it in their back pocket and sat on the phone for a very long time, said Laban Roomes, chief executive of Goldgenie, which customizes and gold plates iPhones.

Apple was also forced to withdraw a faulty update to its latest operating system after some users of its new phones complained of call service disruptions.

“We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users,” Muller said.

Apple said on its website it was working on an iOS update to fix the issue, and will release it in the next few days. (bit.ly/1qxHWGR)

“I do believe this speaks to execution issues at Apple,” said JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. “At the end of the day I believe this too shall pass, but we are noting with concern that the miscues pile up.”

Apple said on Monday it had shipped 10 million units of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Users of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also complained about the inability to use the fingerprint-reading Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1.

Some users had complained of “sluggish Wi-Fi and dwindling battery life” after moving to iOS 8, Time magazine reported earlier this week. (ti.me/1pqlCPt)

On Thursday, Apple issued a step-by-step guide for users to reinstall iOS 8, launched last week, through the latest version of iTunes. The health app will not work for now and will be fixed in the next software update, the company said.

Customers might, however, hope for replacements for their bent iPhones, depending on whether their devices passed an inspection, tech news website The Next Web reported, quoting an Apple support executive. (tnw.co/1rlv7mW)

“It’s not game over for Apple, but nor should we give them a pass on this,” Gauna said.

Cases of bent iPhones 5 and 5s had been reported in 2013 by Cult of Mac, a website that exclusively covers Apple. (bit.ly/1sjZbOT)

Rival smartphone makers took digs at Apple’s problems.

A Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) advertisement showcased a bending phone against its own product, while BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) CEO John Chen said: “I would challenge you guys to bend our Passport.”

Nestle SA’s (NESN.VX) Kit-Kat chocolate wafer brand tweeted “We don’t bend, we break”.

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Pandemonium Let Loose As FAYOSE Supporter Killed in ADO-EKITI

The Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has raised the alarm over what he described as the desperation of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to scuttle his inauguration at all costs by causing mayhem in the state, saying this could lead to a declaration of a State of Emergency in the state.

In a statement issued Thursday night by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose alleged that APC’s act of desperation started manifesting with the alleged assassination of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member and staunch supporter of Fayose, Chief Omolafe Aderiye, allegedly by political thugs in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday night.

Aderiye, a former Ekiti State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) was killed at the front of his office opposite Ijigbo Roundabout, Ado Ekiti at about 8.30pm on Thursday by three gunmen wearing police uniform and bullet proof vest.

Aderiye, according to the statement, had followed Fayose to the Tribunal sitting on Thursday.

“When we raised the alarm few days ago about the desperation of APC leaders and members to cause trouble in the state and that they are threatening our leaders and members, some people thought we were only making noise.

“Only on Monday, they tried to use the judiciary to steal the mandate freely given His Excellency, Dr Ayodele Fayose, by conniving with some heartless and conscienceless judicial officers. It was God who exposed their evil deeds.

“Now, they have assassinated Omolafe Aderiye, who was not only a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but was the one who coordinated our security during the campaign for the June 21 governorship election which we won convincingly.

“We call on the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Department of State Security Service and all security agencies to fish out the killers of Aderiye.

“The APC and their evil collaborators must know that there is no hiding place for them. Their evil deeds will always be exposed. The good people of Ekiti State who freely gave Fayose the mandate to lead them by God’s grace for the next four years are ready to stand and ensure the actualisation of the mandate,” the statement said.

It added that no amount of intimidation and harassment by the APC would deter the incoming PDP government from providing quality leadership for the people of the state.

Meanwhile, violence has erupted in Ado-Ekiti as several buildings have been lighted by persons believed to be supporters of the slain former union leader. The campaign office of incumbent governor Fayemi has also been torched.

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EBOLA SCARE- P’sQuare Denied Entry Visa To Namibia For Health Reasons

Music artiste Peter Okoye of PSquare has shut down reports that they were refused entry visas to Namibia due to Ebola scourge in West Africa. He had confirmed their trip to Namibia in three days time ahead of their planned concert which kicks off their ‘Double Trouble’ tour.

Yesterday there were rumours stating that the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration denied the music group visas due to the Ebola scare. Earlier today, Peter said;

“Hello world we’re bringing Double Trouble to you! Kicking off in Namibia 3days from now, Congo got next (oct 4th), then we’re off to dubai (October 9th)…. Double trouble, world tour live concert”

BBA 2013, Dillish Mathews also confirmed the news and urged fans not to listen to rumours, confirming that the music duo will be in Namibia and she is very sure about it

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2015 Elections Will be Of International Standard – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the international community that next year’s general elections in Nigeria will be conducted in accordance with global best practices to further strengthen the country’s democratic institutions.

At separate meetings with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon and the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, before leaving New York late Wednesday, President Jonathan reaffirmed his personal commitment to making elections in Nigeria progressively better, freer and more credible.

The President said that in keeping with his administration’s dedication to openness and transparency in the conduct of public affairs, international observers will be allowed to freely monitor the 2015 elections and affirm that the elections are as free, fair and credible as his administration has promised. He expressed gratitude to Ban Ki Moon and Cameron for their continuing support for Nigeria’s effort to curb terrorism, insurgency and violent extremism within its borders, saying the Federal Government will welcome even more assistance from Britain especially in the areas of intelligence sharing, anti- terrorism training and defence logistics.

At a later meeting with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, President Jonathan expressed Nigeria’s appreciation of the support it received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the successful containment of the Ebola Virus Disease.

Affirming that Nigeria was now Ebola-free, President Jonathan called for greater international support to ensure that the virus is also eradicated in other West African countries that it continues to ravage.

“Nigeria is free of the virus now but we know that to be permanently free from it, we must remain vigilant and work with WHO and the international community to eradicate it completely from our sub-region and forestall the possibility of its re-emergence on our shores through migration,” he told Chan.

President Jonathan also assured her that in spite of hindrances by insurgents, terrorists and violent extremists, the Federal Government remained fully committed to eradicating polio from Nigeria in the shortest possible time.

Chan and Ban Ki Moon seized the opportunity of their meeting with President Jonathan to commend his exemplary leadership on Nigeria’s successful effort to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus.

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Boko Haram Free’s One Chibok Girl

The terrorist group Boko Haram has released one of the over 200 schoolgirls it seized in April from a government secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

Police Force spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu told journalists during a routine press briefing at the National Information Centre, Abuja, that the girl was dropped off on Wednesday evening along Mubi Road, Borno State by members of the sect.

Representatives of federal government and Boko Haram have held talks that could see the government release some Boko Haram fighters in its custody in exchange for the girls.

The Coordinator of the National Information Center, Mr. Mike Omeri during the briefing said the over 135 Boko Haram fighters that surrendered to federal troops following the killing of the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, would be reintegrated back into the society after their rehabilitation and reorientation.

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Fuel Subsidy Removal and the Latter Effect on the Country’s Economy

Does fuel subsidy exist? What are the pains, gains? Who does it affect most? These and others were what they sought answers to at the maiden National Stakeholders and Youth Forum on Energy Access, with the theme: Fuel Subsidy: The Environmental and Socio-Economic Pains and Gains. OLUWAFEMI OGUNJOBI and ALEX OJEKUNLE reports.

Does fuel subsidy exist? Taiwo Omotosho, a market woman was quick to cut in. ‘Fuel subsidy does not exist because the same amount removed is still being embezzled by some set of political loyalists and government agents.’

Although it certainly cannot be seen nor be described as the best New Year gift to citizens, on January 1, 2012, Nigerians ceased to enjoy all forms of subsidies on Premium Motor Spirit (popularly called Petrol) courtesy of the new policy announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). This has generated heats and debates in the public scene.

Last Thursday at the National Open University of Nigeria, Osogbo, over 100 youths gathered at the complex hall of the University for the a programme aimed at promoting access to clean energy and curbing energy poverty organized by Young Volunteers for the Environment, Nigeria.

Panelists at the event include; Mr. Samson Adejola, YVE President, Taiwo Adewole, an Environmentalist, Kunle Oladimeji, among others. Kemi Komolafe and Prince Seyi Olawuyi were the moderators.

Discussing on the pains of fuel subsidy, Omotosho explained that the market people are mostly affected. According to her, ‘if it increases the profits of civil servants, it doesn’t for us, market women.’

Taiwo Adewole, traced the policy of fuel subsidy into Nigeria during the Ibrahim Babangida’s administration when our refineries failed due to no-maintenance. It was introduced to temporarily stabilize the price of petroleum product while the refineries underwent rehabilitation. It was meant to last for only six (6) months.

He explained that its removal which was a ‘satanic policy’ was a great shock, which many Nigerians are yet to recover from. ‘The Nigerian economy over the years has been programmed to revolve around the supply of ‘cheap’ petroleum products. An average household in Nigeria depends on subsidized by-products of crude oil such as petrol and kerosene for domestic and commercial use. This dependence is not helped either as public electricity supply from PHCN is epileptic. Almost every home and business is powered by generators fired by subsidized petrol. The few small scale businesses such as Hotels, Barbers, Welders, Hair dressers, Pepper sellers, Cool-room owners, Food sellers, Private and Government hospitals etc all rely on subsidized fuel.’

Other members of the panel described the idea of fuel subsidy as a good one intended to give the average Nigerians access to cheap petroleum products, reduced transport and production costs. The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) headed by the Executive Secretary Mr. Reginand Stanley and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources headed by the Minister Mrs. Deziani Allison-Madueke were responsible for the regulation, enforcement and management of fuel subsidy. But due to the weak regulation by the PPPRA, some economic saboteurs/cabal were able to misappropriate the fuel subsidy money and channel it to their own personal pockets instead of using it for what it was intended for.

Discussing on the gains of fuel subsidy, the panel said the removal will allow government access to more funds to develop infrastructure, reduce the pressures on foreign reserves and provide employment for the teeming jobless citizenry as well as improve education, health, power, water resources and agriculture.

The body, YVE hereby charged the participants to fight for environmental and social justice at all levels of the society, to mark sustainable development and a habitable clime for all.

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2015: Jonathan’s endorsement, mockery of democracy, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate of the PDP for next year’s presidential election, to the exclusion of all other candidates, calling the endorsement nothing but a mockery of democracy.
In a statement, Wednesday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also said the endorsement has come at a great price to Nigerians, considering the obvious deals that were struck to make President Jonathan the sole PDP candidate.
It said the parody of democracy that the endorsement represents has exposed the shameless hypocrisy of the PDP, which is ever so eager to accuse other parties of lacking in internal democracy.
It said the parody of democracy that the endorsement represents has exposed the shameless hypocrisy of the PDP, which is ever so eager to accuse other parties of lacking in internal democracy.
”Obviously, those fellows in the PDP have never heard of the saying that those who must come to equity must come with clean hands. PDP, where is your own internal democracy now that you have turned your party into a fiefdom controlled by one and only one person only?

”While endorsements are part and parcel of democracy, they are never done to the exclusion of other candidates. This is simply not democratic. When then candidate Barrack Obama was endorsed by his party’s bigwigs to contest the US Presidency, the party never excluded Hillary Clinton from its primaries. That’s how it is done,” APC said.
The party said the price being paid for Jonathan’s endorsement by Nigeria is simply too heavy, considering that the PDP Governors who spearheaded the endorsement have now secured perpetual immunity from prosecution by anti-graft bodies, including the EFCC and the ICPC; the automatic tickets for all first-term PDP Governors, whether or not they have performed, the automatic tickets for all PDP Governors running for the Senate, as well as the free ride back to the Upper Chamber for Senate President David Mark.
”It is now an Open Sesame for the PDP Governors, who have no prying anti-corruption agencies watching over their shoulders. They can now simply see the commonwealth as an extension of their deep pockets. The endorsement is also a vote of approval for the proceeds of corruption that have been powering the noisy and outrageous Transformation
Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN),” it said.
APC accused President Jonathan of desecrating the country’s democracy because of his desperation for re-election, adding: ”It is a cruel irony that a man who has benefited, more than anyone else, from this democracy has been the one who has been doing everything possible to undermine it.”
The party said President Jonathan has also abandoned domestic issues while seeking international relevance, in a clear negation of the aphorism that charity begins at home.
”This President has basically abandoned governance. Unprecedented corruption is mounting, insecurity stalks the land and Nigerians grope in darkness as power generation has plummeted. This President has yet to tell Nigerians the full involvement of his government in the 9.3 million dollars that was illegally ferried to South Africa on a private jet. This President has yet to tell Nigerians why he has continued to hobnob with an alleged sponsor of Boko Haram, who is supposed to be under a probe by his Administration. Yet, he is eager to attend meetings with serious-minded leaders who have done well for their own people.”

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Atiku Signals His Presidency for 2015 Election Seat

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will today formally declare his presidential ambition on the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former Vice President’s declaration is, however, coming against the backdrop of his being endorsed by a South-west caucus of the APC.
A press statement by his media office in Abuja, said the former Vice President would make his formal declaration at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja at 10 O’clock in the morning.
According to the statement, the activities marking the declaration would be a largely youth-focused event to emphasize Atiku’s passion for the challenges facing young men and women in the country.
Youth economic empowerment is one of Atiku’s cardinal objectives because he regards them as the fulcrum around which the development and future of Nigeria revolves, the statement noted.
“In particular, the former Vice President is concerned about the alarming youth unemployment and he focuses on his policy objectives on the development of entrepreneurial skills for our youth so that they don’t have to depend entirely on the limited, if not elusive government jobs,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, a caucus of the APC in the South-west zone has endorsed Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.
The caucus, known as the Atiku Abubakar Collectives, made the announcement of its endorsement of the former Vice-President at an interactive session with Atiku yesterday.
The group, which members were drawn from the six states of the South-west and Kogi State, and led by Chief Bode Ajewole, said its endorsement of Atiku was predicated on the former Vice President being the most experienced among all the likely contenders for the ticket of the party.
According to Ajewole, “Atiku has shown that he has the capacity to restore the unity, peace and prosperity of our great country.
“At such a time like this when our country is at the threshold of disharmony fuelled by mutual suspicion along ethnic and religious line, we need a strong leadership. A strong leadership by a bridge-builder; someone who understands the intricate nature of our geo-politics and strengthens the bonds of our unity as a people who share a common hope in a Nigeria for all Nigerians.”
Responding to the endorsement of Atiku, Director General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign, Professor Babalola Borishade, said that it was important for supporters of Atiku to engage everyone within the APC and mobilize support for Atiku to emerge as the flag-bearer of the party.
According to him, “Our focus now is how we win the primaries of the party. In doing so, we have to dread very carefully. The strategies for each state are different. I understand that some of you are national delegates of the party.
But what is important is to build the momentum in the party that will make our candidate emerge victorious and avoid being confrontational with other contestants. We should make sure that the party stands united during and after the contest for the presidential ticket.”

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BIZZARE!!!-Boy Rapes Hen to Death

A-19-year-old apprentice welder (names withheld) was caught today making love to a hen. The fowl reportedly died during the act.

The taboo was said to have been committed by the apprentice at about 11.20 p.m. at Continental area of Akure metropolis.
The suspect, had committed same taboo with a goat in his home town, Afo in Ose council area of the state.

He was said to have been ex-communicated from his home town because of the offence which made him to move in with his brother in Akure.
Speaking with newsmen, the owner of fowl, Mrs Stella Akintola, who resides in the same building confirmed that the man actually made love to her chicken.

According to her, she went to bed early but was woken up by the noise coming from the chickens at the back of her room, an indication that someone was disturbing their peace.

The discovery

Akintola said she went outside only to find that the back door was still opened.

According to her, she became curious and “I shouted to know who was still at the backyard only for him to appear from the corner of the house, saying he went to the toilet because he had a running stomach.”

Akintola said she was not convinced especially as she noticed that the noise from the chickens’ pen stopped abruptly.

She said she went to where the chickens were but nothing was found. “It was when I visited the toilet that I found one of the them stone dead with its feathers littering the floor,” she said.

Still unaware that the suspect was the cause of the death of the bird, Akintola said she raised an alarm only for him to confess that he was responsible for the death of the fowl.

Akintola said the suspect confessed and begged her for forgiveness, saying he would pay any amount for the dead fowl.
She said she decided not to report the matter to the police because she could not stand the rigour she would be subjected to by the police over a “minor offence.”

Report had it that there were evidence that the man actually had sex with the hen when it was examined by the owner and others living in the building.

A spirit directed me to do it —Suspect
In an interview with newsmen, the suspect, who declined to speak initially, however, said a spirit directed him to do what he did.

He said: “I was already sleeping when a spirit just came upon me and directed me to go to the back of the building. I did not know what I was doing again until when I discovered that I had slept with the hen.”

Contacted, the police image maker, Wole Ogodo, said since the matter was not reported to the police, he could not comment on it.

Ogodo noted that “it is what members of the public bring to our notice that we investigate. This is a strange occurrence if what you are telling me is the truth.”

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Politicians Buy Human Body Parts From me- Ritualist

The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, Mr Ambrose Aisabor, yesterday, paraded two suspects, among others, for dealing in human parts.

The third person paraded was said to be an accomplice.
Speaking at the Police Headquarters along Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin, the commissioner told newsmen that the two suspects were arrested with human head, leg and hand in Tabira village, Okuta in Baruten Local Government Area of the state.
Aisabor said the suspects, Amos Kareem and Abubakar Ladan, were arrested following a tip-off, stressing that during investigation they confessed to the crime.
One of the suspects, Abubakar Ladan, told Vanguard that Amos Kareem promised to give him a motorcycle if he could find him human head, hand and leg.
He said his desire to own a motorcycle prompted him to go to a burial ground and cut off the human head, leg and hand that were displayed.
Amos Kareem, when asked what he was doing with human parts, said some politicians used to buy the parts from him.
The suspects, however, refused to disclose the identity of politicians who patronise them.
The police also paraded a man said to be an accomplice, having accommodated the suspects in Tabira village, claiming that he never knew that the suspects were involved in such atrocity.

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BRIDE & GROOM murderd on their Wedding Day

A man and woman set to be joined in holy matrimony in Enugu were, yesterday, shot dead by gunmen suspected to be cult members.
Three other persons including the manager of a filling station were shot dead during the sporadic shooting by the unknown assailants who had laid siege on Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu area of Enugu.
The incident occurred Friday night at a filling station close to Dhamija Bridge opposite Our Lord’s Chosen Church, Trans-Ekulu on the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway.
Sources said  the gunmen trailed the couple, who were finalizing arrangements for their wedding yesterday, to the filling station where they were said to be buying fuel.
The gunmen were said to have, on arrival at the station, shot sporadically at the bride and groom who were in their car buying fuel and they reportedly died on the spot.
The manager of the filling station, a pump attendant and another person buying fuel at the time were also shot dead by the gunmen who immediately thereafter fled in their waiting vehicle.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident when contacted yesterday.
“There was an incident that led to the death of some people following sporadic shooting by suspected hoodlums before the arrival of security   operatives and we have put measures on ground to unmask them,” he said.

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BRIDE & GROOM murderd on their Wedding Day

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African Cup Of Nations Qualifier Vs Sudan- Keshi Plans on Releasing List next Week

Coach Stephen Keshi has disclosed his list of call-ups for the AFCON qualifiers against Sudan next month will be released next week.
Keshi, who is still without a contract said “It’s still too early to come out with a list, but I am working on it, it should be out by next week.”

Stephen Keshi
However, the coach will not say whether he would be ringing changes to the squad that fell in Calabar to Congo and drew to South Africa in Cape Town.  “Changes? I am not sure, but we will see how it goes. I think what is most important now is to get our qualifier back on track and we are working towards that,” he said.
Keshi noted that his contract talks have stalled because of the protracted leadership tussle in Nigerian football.
“There are no talks now because there is no board in place at the federation, but hopefully we would get over this because we are supposed to be taking advantage of the gains from the AFCON and World Cup,” he said.
Nigeria battle Sudan away and home next month in continuation of the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
The African champions are in danger of not qualifying for next year’s tournament in Morocco as they are in third place with a solitary point after two matches.

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Exposè on How the New Emir of Kano and Former CBN Governor Rules

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s name can simply be substituted with controversy. His many controversies during his days as the Governor of  the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) made him a popular name in Nigeria and abroad. A thorough bred intellectual, he never hid his ambition to become the Emir of Kano. Those close to him attested to the fact that becoming the emir was the last thing left for him to achieve.

Of course, Sanusi is a prince of high pedigree.  His grandfather was Sir Muhammadu Sanusi. The immediate past Emir of Kano, the late Ado Bayero, who brought him up, was his uncle, and he married Ado Bayero’s daughter as his first wife.

From whatever prism one chooses to look at Sanusi, he stood out ahead of other contenders to inherit the throne of his forefathers.  So when the opportunity came on June 6, following the death of Bayero, he knew the moment had come and did everything within his power to grab the exalted seat the Sanusi lineage lost 51 years ago.

For those who moved against him, they appeared to have started late; by the time it dawned on them,  their loose and confused strategies were too weak to stop the choice of God.

In the beginning, Sanusi sought from the late emir a traditional title that brought him close to the throne.  Bayero installed him as the Dan’Majen Kano. Until he was appointed Dan’Maje by Bayero, the city dwellers had negative perception about his personality and what he represented because of the way he looked at things.
The perception, however, changed during his investiture as Dan ‘Majen Kano by Bayero who referred to him as a “worthy ambassador of the emirate”.

Sanusi surrounded by Royal Guards as he entered the palace
It was therefore not surprising that Sanusi became the man to beat when the stool of the Emir of Kano became vacant. He was calm and quiet all through leaving others to fight for him while he pulled the strings from behind.
Game changer

And when it became clear he was coasting home to victory, those opposed to his candidacy allegedly hatched a plot to use state power to kidnap him. But Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso was said to have got wind of the alleged plot and hurriedly relocated Sanusi to a secured place penultimate Saturday night making it practically impossible for anyone to play games.

Interestingly, the mood prior to the announcement of the new emir by government favored the eldest son of Bayero, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero. Opinion leaders, the business class, top flight politicians, the downtrodden favored him to succeed his father. But the calculation reportedly changed when a former governor and leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) stormed the city with a powerful lobby team and the Bayero Junior’s dream fell like a pack of cards.

The politicians were said to have exerted pressure on Kwankwaso whose word on the coveted throne was final and left Kano as soon as their candidate was announced as the new emir.
Of course, the noise generated by the selection was of less significance to the team since the end justifies the means.

Sanusi and Kwankwaso were left to contend with the chaos that trailed the selection as the new emir was forced by circumstance to begin  life as a monarch outside his palace that was not only made unsafe for him by hoodlums but was also sealed by the police for five days.

Kwankwaso, in an attempt to cushion the post-appointment headache, donated a wing of Kano palatial State House as the temporary palace for Sanusi. Inside the house, he held court, received guests and performed his traditional functions.  But his  immediate family remained in his expansive house located about 700meters away from the Government House. Each day began with early morning prayers with his retinue of aides in his parlour, The emir would then retire to his room to surf the internet before getting set for the day’s job. At about 9.00am, some traditionalists would appear to dress him in royal attire while ranking members of the palace took their seat before he arrived for the day’s job.

Each morning session started by 9.00am and terminated by the call for early afternoon prayers by 2.00pm. As at Friday, day five after his enthronement, that the new emir operated from the Government House, his family  prepared his food, while the one offered by Government House was used to entertain guests.

A roll call of those who paid Sanusi courtesy visit were politicians from the APC fold. From Governor Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Geidam (Yobe), no politician of note from the ruling PDP came to pay homage. The new emir spoke to his guests through an interpreter in compliance with tradition that forbids him to speak English Language or any foreign language other than his father’s own.

No recognition yet

Sanusi’s emirship is also yet to receive recognition of first class emirs or chiefs as none, either from the North or South had shown up in Kano on solidarity visit, and the story is basically the same on the home front.

The man who basically holds the key to the stability of Sanusi’s reign as Emir of Kano, the eldest son of the late emir, and the hottest contender for the throne, Sanusi Ado Bayero, the Chiroman Kano, and his powerful younger brothers are yet to pay homage. The Ciroman Kano’s refusal to pay homage to Sanusi is indeed holding the city from the victory dance of the new emir.

On Friday, the new emir led the prayers at the Government House where special prayers were offered for the repose of the late emir, Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero. His majestically steps at the outing was a pointer that the new emir is learning fast.

Whether Ado Bayero’s children would demonstrate the spirit of good sportsmanship in weeks to come remains a subject of speculation.  But it is only then the acceptability problem bedeviling the Sanusi reign would disappear and the new emir would walk the streets free in the city divided by succession war.

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Nigerian Military deny the Release of Chibok Girls

The Defence Headquarter has denied the alleged release of the Chibok girls.
In a tweet on Tuesday evening on its Twitter  handle @DefenceInfoNG, it wrote, “The Story circulating in respect of release of the #Chibok girls is untrue. Buses drove into the barracks but conveyed other individuals. RT”

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Controversies Surrounding the Alleged Killing of Nigerian No. 1 Enemy (Shekau)

The reported killing of a top Boko Haram leader said to be Abubakar Shekau has again ignited a fresh controversy between Nigerian and Cameroonian troops.

The Cameroon Concord had on Monday quoted a military source as having said that Shekau was killed on Saturday by the Cameroonian Army during a cross border aerial bombardment of his hideout in Nigeria.

To prove the killing, the newspaper also published photographs of the bearded man it said was Shekau who usually appears in videos as the leader of Boko Haram.

It made reference to a statement by the Cameroonian military authorities on the killing but was silent on its content.

The paper added in the report that the Cameroon army had   been in serious combat against thousands of Boko Haram fighters trying to enter Cameroon through Fotokol from Gamboru Ngala in Borno State.

But Nigeria’s Defence authorities dismissed the claim that the said Shekau was killed by Cameroonian security forces within Nigeria.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, stated that there was no raid on any terrorists’ hideout by Cameroon or any other foreign country within Nigerian soil.

Olukolade explained that the ongoing operations against   insurgents in Kodunga and its neighbouring communities were being undertaken solely by Nigerian forces.

He said, “There was no raid whatsoever by Cameroon or any foreign forces in any part of Nigeria’s territory in pursuit of terrorists as claimed in some reports allegedly quoting Cameroon authorities.

“All operations   in the environs of Kodunga and all associated border locations within the country are completely undertaken by Nigeria troops.”

The Defence authorities had said in a tweet last Wednesday that troops who repelled an attack by insurgents at Konduga, Borno State, captured a high ranking terrorist leader who was being treated in military medical facility.

The Nigerian troops   had engaged the insurgents in Kodunga, killing 150 of them and capturing a large cache of arms, ammunition and vehicles   on Thursday.

An intelligence source said that the military was still involved in moves to ascertain the identity of ‘the very prominent commander.”

“A seriously wounded high ranking terrorist leader is being treated in a military medical facility after he was captured in operation,” the tweet read.

The intelligence source, who also faulted the Cameroonian soldiers’ claim, added that the pictures by   the Cameroonian newspaper could have been taken last year when Shekau was said to have been injured at the Sambisa Forest but later died at Amitchide in Cameroon.

The source added that the military leadership looked for the grave of Shekau without success in Cameroon.

He said that the Cameroonian authorities would have issued a statement on the killing of the top commander if it was true.

The last statement Cameroon released on the issue of the insurgency was an encounter with the insurgents at a border town called Kirawa where four civilians were reportedly killed.

The then Spokesman for the Joint Task Force, Sagir Musa, had said in a statement that Shekau might have died of gunshot wound during a shootout with insurgents at the Sambisa Forest on June 30, 2014

The announcement of his death was faulted by the leadership of the sect which released video clips of Shekau.

A New York, United States-based Nigerian online news portal, SaharaReporters, however, quoted another military source as claiming that the killed commander was one Bashir Mohammed.

It said that Mohammed whose body was in Kodunga, was the leader of Boko Haram’s Uye camp.

Cameroonian authorities yesterday released a photo of a dead man they identified as Abubakar Shekau.

According to the report, Nigerian soldiers, not Cameroonian troops, killed Mohammed last Friday in a fierce battle against Boko Haram insurgents in Kodunga.

It said that Mohammed, who   bore a striking resemblance to   Shekau and had appeared in a recent video, was killed when he led insurgents who were attempting to capture Kodunga and then seize Maiduguri.

The Defence Headquarters has however said that another set of insurgents numbering 10 surrendered to troops at Kawuri.

The Military authorities said in a tweet on Monday   that insurgents had been taken into custody for security debriefing.

“Another set of 10 terrorists, Sunday, surrendered to troops at Kawuri. In custody for necessary security debriefing, victory for Nigeria,” the tweet read.

Five insurgents had on Saturday surrendered to the military.

300 killed in Kaduna village, says CAN

Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigerian in the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State claimed on Monday that over 300 villagers were killed a forthnight ago by gunmen who   raided the LGA.

This was contained in a letter   by the Chairman of CAN, Rev. Fadan Amana, which was handed over to Governor Mukhtar Yero,   who visited   to commiserate with the people   over the   attack.

But Yero was greeted   by protesting   women who claimed that the visit   was belated.

In the letter which was obtained by journalists in Kaduna, the CAN leader insisted that the killing was carried out by terrorists .

The letter read in part, “We have suffered gruesome massacre as members of the Christian community in Sanga LGA   as a body. We, the members of CAN, Sanga LGA chapter, wish to passionately appeal that, as a matter of urgency, you kindly use your good offices to arrest   these terrible attacks on our peace-loving and defenceless people.

“Over 300 lives of Christians have been wasted through these attacks. Our children, women, including pregnant women, and the aged, our clergymen, churches, pastors’ homes and our properties have been the   main targets of these attacks.”

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Muslims and Their Beleifs, Are they Fanatics or Simply Obedient of the Scriptures?

Happenings of the last few days concerning the South African incident regarding purchase of security equipments by Nigeria was indeed very unfortunate to say the least. Here is a nation that could afford it’s contractors to bypass laid procedures of international cash movement in order to maximize their profit. In fact, this has been happening in several commercial activities of Nigerian’s entrepreneurs to covertly or overtly avoid taxation. The case of the Oduah’s BMW waiver that was concealed in the importation of vehicles meant for sports’ festival in Lagos state is still afresh in the minds of Nigerians.

Another mind boggling issue in that South African incidence was the attempt to make Nigerians forget about its international dimension through localizing the issue to internal politics. This is the greatest danger of it, because, in the American politics we claim to practice, their national interest is always put first before every other thing. We could remember how every American stood by their government in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 2011. At that time, the concern of each American was how to manage the shock, the international disrepute against the American war-might and how to curtail future occurrences. At that time, the American flag was flying over every home, district, county and region; in solidarity for their motherland.

The case in Nigeria was different. As always, when the recent news broke that a passenger plane from Nigeria was impounded in South Africa on the alleged grounds of customs violation in which a huge amount of money ($9.3 Million) was carried into South Africa to purchase weapons for Nigeria without the necessary Customs checks and permission, the whole nation was trapped into deliberations; trying to figure out the Nigerians behind it and the possible complacency of government in the issue. This was aided and abated by desperate Nigerian politicians that are always eager to make issues even where none exist.

In the first instance, deliberate effort was made to expose the immaturity of Nigerian handlers on the way they left a group to leave it’s shores with such amount of money without informing the inbound nation. This kite was flown hoping that the usual denials from the Nigerian bureaucracy will surface, so that it could be attacked from the usual angles. However, when the government owned up and gave a convincing explanation on the circumstance and submitted that it was a procedural error, a dead end was reached and therefore another angle was taken; to focus on the personalities associated with the vessel in question. So many negative comments were made in an attempt to tarnish the hard earned reputation of His Eminence Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; the current president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to an extent that the likes of Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai were insinuating that the weapons to be purchased were to be used by the “CAN foot solders” among the Boko Haram Insurgents.

Needless to join issues with cheap blackmailers, Nigerians should however know that the highly revered cleric in question, like any other Nigerian has the right to hold residual interest in any legitimate business such as that of the aviation industry. This highly diverse preacher was eminently successful in establishing ventures that not only support his ministry and congregation (one of the largest in the world) but also extends his acumen to benefit numerous communities in Nigeria, Africa and globally. The most recent addition to Pastor Oritsejafor’s positive societal innovations was the founding of the Eagle Height University in the remote Obadina village. We are sure that his spelt vision at the ground breaking ceremony of providing a window for the Nigerian masses to university education was the motivation behind it.

The CAN President was supposed to be celebrated the more by allowing the jet donated to him by his ever increasing sea of followers across the world to venture into income generation for the service of God and the common good of those that contributed to it’s purchase. Many are aware of his huge financial commitment to his ministry and followers worldwide. His eagerly awaited multi million Naira annual empowerment of the downtrodden at Christmas speaks volume about his kind heartedness and godly approach to wealth redistribution as epitomized by Jesus Christ. The Cleric’s concept of poverty alleviation was accentuated through Eagle Height Community Bank that he founded and is using to touching the hearts of indigent Nigerians that would have never enjoyed bank facilities.The resources used were all from his wisdom of maximizing prosperity to serve God. His Eminence’s resolve to run away from the luxury of having a private jet for his exclusive use is therefore part of his personal conviction in self denial for the benefit of all!

There are however some treats being exhibited by Pastor Ayo that are not popular among some Nigerians. His “undiplomatic” criticism of evil; unmindful of whose goose is ored makes him highly detestful to certain elements in the Nigerian society. His unapologetic believe in the Nigeria project had made skeptics to see him as an aberration. The Pastor’s believe in governance as a collective responsibility on all citizens, made him seen as a staunch Gejite by the opposition; hence the need to smear his reputation and pull him down from the coveted God’s elevation.

These and many similar reasons made a little few self serving element to over-blow the South African incidence and frantically made the futile effort to link the religious luminary to a scandal that never exist. Still, when the Nigerian government came out with genuine documents proving that it was one of it’s security agencies that ordered for the operational hardware, a deliberate attempt is being made now to question the route of the purchase. We are sure that if that line of argument is also blocked and frustrated by genuine reasons and concrete evidence, the next angle could be to start insinuations about the cost of the equipment or it’s budgetary approval and the rest of such menial issues in the wake of the gigantic security challenge facing Nigeria amid several international conspiracies to pull down our cherished sovereignty.

It is important to remind Nigerians that, of recent there were complaints from the Nigerian armed personnel fighting the insurgents in the north-east of lack of sophisticated weapons to match the firepower of the insurgents. In order to meet this desperate need, Nigeria has made several unsuccessful attempts to procure military hardware from its usual source and using the normal routes, however, these attempts were repeatedly sabotaged by the world superpowers on some contemptible excuses of global policing against human rights abuses wrongly associated with our troops in the fight against the insurgence.

Due to war exigencies, it has been the global practice to engage refutable companies to fast-tract the procurement of military/security hardware for countries at war. That was what Nigeria evoked in engaging the services Messrs. Tier One Services Group to handle the financial transaction to procure the military/security hardware from Messrs. EID international Group ltd. All these were made in order to raise Nigeria’s arms’ stoke and give our military comparable advantage in fighting insurgence. Unfortunately, Messr. Tier One Services Group Ltd. attempted to sideline the required South African currency declaration in perhaps the usual characteristics of commercial ventures to evade taxation; which consequently caused the uproar. In fact, if not of that snag, Nigerians would never have heard of the issue; as it always happen in countries at war. The only difference that would have been noticed is the increased efficiency of our troops in fighting the insurgents.

Instead of Nigerians to be mobilized to note with admiration the extent of their federal government in ensuring their safety, as well as the security of our sovereign nation, some politicians have resorted to cheap blackmail, and also allowed themselves knowingly to be used in the hands of those countries that have been predicting doom for Nigeria. Nigerians must begin to cross check actions of the USA and even the South African government. We are aware of how the former was uncooperative with Nigeria in the Okar’s legal case; the way and manner they allowed interested parties to interfere in the case was unfortunate to say the least. As for the USA, their doom prediction on the future of Nigeria shall never be true. Nigerians are resilient and shall overcome the current difficulty. Similarly, the double standard with which the USA relate to Nigeria’s leadership in the fight against terrorism is indeed repugnant. The USA should respect our country and government. We need them to appreciate the uncommon/unusual circumstances we found ourselves.

In these trying moments of Nigeria, what is expected of every citizen is to double our patriotism and rally round our leadership devoid of political affiliations and other sentiments being promoted by politicians and other unscrupulous elements.

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Issues Surroiunding Nigerian Security and Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) President

Happenings of the last few days concerning the South African incident regarding purchase of security equipments by Nigeria was indeed very unfortunate to say the least. Here is a nation that could afford it’s contractors to bypass laid procedures of international cash movement in order to maximize their profit. In fact, this has been happening in several commercial activities of Nigerian’s entrepreneurs to covertly or overtly avoid taxation. The case of the Oduah’s BMW waiver that was concealed in the importation of vehicles meant for sports’ festival in Lagos state is still afresh in the minds of Nigerians.

Another mind boggling issue in that South African incidence was the attempt to make Nigerians forget about its international dimension through localizing the issue to internal politics. This is the greatest danger of it, because, in the American politics we claim to practice, their national interest is always put first before every other thing. We could remember how every American stood by their government in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 2011. At that time, the concern of each American was how to manage the shock, the international disrepute against the American war-might and how to curtail future occurrences. At that time, the American flag was flying over every home, district, county and region; in solidarity for their motherland.

The case in Nigeria was different. As always, when the recent news broke that a passenger plane from Nigeria was impounded in South Africa on the alleged grounds of customs violation in which a huge amount of money ($9.3 Million) was carried into South Africa to purchase weapons for Nigeria without the necessary Customs checks and permission, the whole nation was trapped into deliberations; trying to figure out the Nigerians behind it and the possible complacency of government in the issue. This was aided and abated by desperate Nigerian politicians that are always eager to make issues even where none exist.

In the first instance, deliberate effort was made to expose the immaturity of Nigerian handlers on the way they left a group to leave it’s shores with such amount of money without informing the inbound nation. This kite was flown hoping that the usual denials from the Nigerian bureaucracy will surface, so that it could be attacked from the usual angles. However, when the government owned up and gave a convincing explanation on the circumstance and submitted that it was a procedural error, a dead end was reached and therefore another angle was taken; to focus on the personalities associated with the vessel in question. So many negative comments were made in an attempt to tarnish the hard earned reputation of His Eminence Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; the current president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to an extent that the likes of Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai were insinuating that the weapons to be purchased were to be used by the “CAN foot solders” among the Boko Haram Insurgents.

Needless to join issues with cheap blackmailers, Nigerians should however know that the highly revered cleric in question, like any other Nigerian has the right to hold residual interest in any legitimate business such as that of the aviation industry. This highly diverse preacher was eminently successful in establishing ventures that not only support his ministry and congregation (one of the largest in the world) but also extends his acumen to benefit numerous communities in Nigeria, Africa and globally. The most recent addition to Pastor Oritsejafor’s positive societal innovations was the founding of the Eagle Height University in the remote Obadina village. We are sure that his spelt vision at the ground breaking ceremony of providing a window for the Nigerian masses to university education was the motivation behind it.

The CAN President was supposed to be celebrated the more by allowing the jet donated to him by his ever increasing sea of followers across the world to venture into income generation for the service of God and the common good of those that contributed to it’s purchase. Many are aware of his huge financial commitment to his ministry and followers worldwide. His eagerly awaited multi million Naira annual empowerment of the downtrodden at Christmas speaks volume about his kind heartedness and godly approach to wealth redistribution as epitomized by Jesus Christ. The Cleric’s concept of poverty alleviation was accentuated through Eagle Height Community Bank that he founded and is using to touching the hearts of indigent Nigerians that would have never enjoyed bank facilities.The resources used were all from his wisdom of maximizing prosperity to serve God. His Eminence’s resolve to run away from the luxury of having a private jet for his exclusive use is therefore part of his personal conviction in self denial for the benefit of all!

There are however some treats being exhibited by Pastor Ayo that are not popular among some Nigerians. His “undiplomatic” criticism of evil; unmindful of whose goose is ored makes him highly detestful to certain elements in the Nigerian society. His unapologetic believe in the Nigeria project had made skeptics to see him as an aberration. The Pastor’s believe in governance as a collective responsibility on all citizens, made him seen as a staunch Gejite by the opposition; hence the need to smear his reputation and pull him down from the coveted God’s elevation.

These and many similar reasons made a little few self serving element to over-blow the South African incidence and frantically made the futile effort to link the religious luminary to a scandal that never exist. Still, when the Nigerian government came out with genuine documents proving that it was one of it’s security agencies that ordered for the operational hardware, a deliberate attempt is being made now to question the route of the purchase. We are sure that if that line of argument is also blocked and frustrated by genuine reasons and concrete evidence, the next angle could be to start insinuations about the cost of the equipment or it’s budgetary approval and the rest of such menial issues in the wake of the gigantic security challenge facing Nigeria amid several international conspiracies to pull down our cherished sovereignty.

It is important to remind Nigerians that, of recent there were complaints from the Nigerian armed personnel fighting the insurgents in the north-east of lack of sophisticated weapons to match the firepower of the insurgents. In order to meet this desperate need, Nigeria has made several unsuccessful attempts to procure military hardware from its usual source and using the normal routes, however, these attempts were repeatedly sabotaged by the world superpowers on some contemptible excuses of global policing against human rights abuses wrongly associated with our troops in the fight against the insurgence.

Due to war exigencies, it has been the global practice to engage refutable companies to fast-tract the procurement of military/security hardware for countries at war. That was what Nigeria evoked in engaging the services Messrs. Tier One Services Group to handle the financial transaction to procure the military/security hardware from Messrs. EID international Group ltd. All these were made in order to raise Nigeria’s arms’ stoke and give our military comparable advantage in fighting insurgence. Unfortunately, Messr. Tier One Services Group Ltd. attempted to sideline the required South African currency declaration in perhaps the usual characteristics of commercial ventures to evade taxation; which consequently caused the uproar. In fact, if not of that snag, Nigerians would never have heard of the issue; as it always happen in countries at war. The only difference that would have been noticed is the increased efficiency of our troops in fighting the insurgents.

Instead of Nigerians to be mobilized to note with admiration the extent of their federal government in ensuring their safety, as well as the security of our sovereign nation, some politicians have resorted to cheap blackmail, and also allowed themselves knowingly to be used in the hands of those countries that have been predicting doom for Nigeria. Nigerians must begin to cross check actions of the USA and even the South African government. We are aware of how the former was uncooperative with Nigeria in the Okar’s legal case; the way and manner they allowed interested parties to interfere in the case was unfortunate to say the least. As for the USA, their doom prediction on the future of Nigeria shall never be true. Nigerians are resilient and shall overcome the current difficulty. Similarly, the double standard with which the USA relate to Nigeria’s leadership in the fight against terrorism is indeed repugnant. The USA should respect our country and government. We need them to appreciate the uncommon/unusual circumstances we found ourselves.

In these trying moments of Nigeria, what is expected of every citizen is to double our patriotism and rally round our leadership devoid of political affiliations and other sentiments being promoted by politicians and other unscrupulous elements.

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Simple Four Ways the Enemy Drains Your spiritual Life!

What will it take to awaken the church from its slumber? ( Flickr/Chris Marchant )

Where was the church when prayer was taken out of schools in 1962? Or when abortion was legalized in 1973? Or when same-sex marriage started to gain momentum to the point that Christian businesses are persecuted for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple?

Put another way, when did the church fall asleep? What caused the church to fall asleep? And how can we wake up the so-called sleeping giant? I don’t have all the answers, but what I do know is the church didn’t fall asleep overnight. I recently penned a column called “When the Enemy Lulls You to Sleep” that recounts how evil Delilah lulled mighty Samson into slumber. Of course, Samson was living in compromise, which opened the door to Delilah’s seduction.

Paul clearly warned us not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11), which implies the Lord will reveal the enemy’s devices, schemes, plots and plans if we walk in connection with His heart—and that’s where many of us miss it. If we are living in compromise, we’re likely to become spiritually drowsy—but we won’t fall right to sleep any more than we enter deep sleep the second our head hits the pillow.

Even if the enemy does lull us to sleep through weariness, apathy, compromise or blatant sin that threatens to sear our conscience like a hot iron, the Holy Spirit is simultaneously working to convict our hearts so we’ll wake up. Of course, it’s easier to wake up when you are just drifting off than when you are in a dream state where reality is skewed.

4 Stages of Sleep
There are four stages of sleep, and each one is telling when paralleled to the spiritual realm. During Stage 1, your eyes are closed and, according to WebMD, there’s a reduction of activity.

From a spiritual sense, this activity reduction could be caused by weariness, apathy, compromise or sin. Our eyes are closed. We don’t want to see it—we may even justify it. The good news is it’s easy to wake up without much difficulty during stage 1. The bad news is this stage doesn’t last long, so the opportunity to shake yourself loose from weariness, apathy, compromise or sin is short.

Stage 2 is a light sleep. WebMD reports there are peaks and valleys, or positive and negative waves, as the heart rate slows and body temperature decreases. At this point, experts say, the body prepares to enter deep sleep. Catch that! Your heart rate slows and your body temperature decreases. Can you see the spiritual parallel? In Stage 2, your heart is not on fire for Jesus as it once was. Your love is growing cold. You are in a dangerous place.

Stages 3 and 4 are what WebMD calls the “deep-sleep stages.” This is when you dream; this is when you are disconnected from reality. You don’t see things as they really are—or you don’t see anything at all. During stage 3 you may sleepwalk. It looks like you’re going along with the church crowd, but you are actually sound asleep. In stage 4, voluntary muscles become paralyzed. You may not hear sounds in the waking world or respond to activity in the environment around you. If you are awakened, you may be disoriented.

Sleeping at Critical Times
The church needs to wake up, open its eyes wide, pray and take acts of courage to ignite revival, awakening, reformation and transformation for the glory of God in our nation. We cannot be like the disciples who fell asleep at critical times—even while the Son of Man was being betrayed into the hands of sinners (see Matt. 26:45).

Antichrist spirits are rising, persecuting Christ and His church while we snooze. Some may be sleeping from sorrow (see Luke 22:45). Others may be slumbering after devlish Delilahs found a way to lull them to sleep through a compromised life. Still others may be sleeping because the devil has brought weariness to their soul and they failed to respond to Christ’s invitation to come to Him for rest (see Matt. 11:28).

No matter whether you are in a deep sleep or just dozing off, I offer you this admonishment: “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11). And for those of you—the remnant within the remnant—who are wide awake, sounding the alarm, and interceding for the slumbering masses, take heart in these words from revivalist Leonard Ravenhill:

“Some Christians have already hung their harps on the willows, and yet others seem to delight in speaking of the Church’s present lapse as a proof of divine inspiration. But I myself believe that if the Church will only obey the conditions, she can have a revival any time she wants it. The problem of the Church is the problem in the garden of Gethsemane—sleep! For while men sleep, the enemy sows his seed through his cults. Lest men sleep the sleep of eternal death, Oh arm of the Lord, Oh Church of the living God, awake!”

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15 years of Adultreous Endurance, Anita finally Voices out through Divorce

Anita Oyakhilome, the frustrated wife of Nigeria’s most flamboyant preacher, Chris Oyakhilome has obviously passed through 15 years of adulterous endurance and what she needs is our prayers and protective respect and defense of her choices to forget all the anti-rhapsody of heartbreak she endured all these years.

Fifteen (15) years of being abandoned by a preacher husband is not an easy way of life for a preacher’s wife. Fifteen (15) years of hearing that some mini skirted daughters of Jezebel have taken over your possession is not a joke. Fifteen years of a husband not staying with the wife for up to a week on a stretch, while spending time with some double breasted figure eight(ed) daughters of eve is not an easy thing to swallow. 15 years of being used as a showcase to make church members believe in Rhapsodies of Blissful Union, while dying in silence, is not a palatable experience for any woman.

Fifteen years of being called Mama, Mummy, and other glorified names of Senior Pastor’s wife while some domestic harems sneer at the same Mummy behind is not a sweet experience. For goodness sake, this woman never probably had a good kiss in fifteen years and yet she is being accused of carnality for crying out loud.

She was continually being led into temptation of seeking for sexual satisfaction from outside for fifteen years and she managed to escape the traps of sin.

Fifteen years when their two lovely daughters would wake up and ask their mother why Dad had not cared to visit, and she would have to release a lie to stave off the frequent probing questions. Above all, fifteen years when Anita had to fake that all is well with their marriage, while she is actually dying emotionally. Every person she complained to among the pastoral cadre sided with the man, and she was left alone to bear her cross.

I warned some pastor friends with Christ Embassy early 2013 that they had better settle this marriage rift between Oga and his wife before it destroys the church. The same pastors have called me to express regret that a national embarrassment has ensued.

This woman has been called Jezebel by some pastors and members of the church. Some claimed she was disrespectful while others claimed she was always bitter of recent.

They have tried to castigate her before members of the church who came in private to ask for the way out. She was described as unreasonable and insubordinate.

Her husband, according to news reports has even followed to cast her in bad light. According to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, “Bitterness is prolonged and accumulated anger. My wife is always angry and bitter,” Going further he told his members to “Be careful of the friends you keep. My wife keeps friends who bring out the worst in her and help her see the worst inpeople, instead of keeping friends that will help her vision, especially as the wife of a global pastor like me.”

Please, which preacher woman who has been abandoned for fifteen years will not be bitter and angry? Was Anita expected to clap and dance while some hot legs are parading around the White House?

This pastor’s wife was also disclaimed by her husband who told his congregants in reaction to the divorce saga that Anita is not necessarily a Woman of God. According to Pastor Oyakhilome“Don’t act like those people. If you are married to a man of God, it doesn’t make you automatically mature. You can make mistakes; you can do something that is wrong. But some people expect the wife of a minister to definitely be at the level of that minister and so they may be looked upon and the expectation may be like that, but it’s a positional thing”. He clarified his theory by saying that“If a man of God is married, it doesn’t automatically mean that the wife of a man of God is therefore a woman of God. That’s not the way it is in the Bible.” Pastor Chris also added that “That’s why you don’t really find the wives of men of God mentioned in the Bible. How many of them? Who was Peter’s wife, did you ever know her name? You never find that out. Who was John’s wife? Did you ever read the name? What about all the other Apostles? How many of their names are written in the Bible. You never find their names.”

Anita Oyakhilome actually proved that she has fear of God in the manner she worded her divorce plea. She opted to use the word “inappropriate relationship with female staff members” instead of out rightly accusing her husband of adultery. According to the statement, “the wife has discussed with the husband his appropriate relationship with some of his female staff members. She has explained that this has given her cause for concern. The husband has minimised her worries and taken no step to alleviate her grievances.”

Anita Oyakhilome could have said that her husband abandoned her and ran into the arms of sister A or B, or gospel singer C or D and left her roasting and murmuring in the house. Anita could have said that her husband is a hypocrite who says a thing and means another, but she veiled her grievances of years of abandonment by saying in the divorce file that “The wife feels that she has been used to portray and enhance the husband’s image as a family man when the reality is that there is no existing relationship between them. She feels that she has been present for official functions simply for his convenience. On occasions she has been copied into his travel itinerary which has been given to him by his staff on a need to know basis”. “The wife has tried to discuss her concerns with the husband. He claims that she is carnal and he is insensitive to her feelings and her needs.”

Thus Anita had acted with much restraint in order to preserve the integrity of Christ Embassy and the work of evangelism, and all she got for her discretion was hate messages all many sections of church members who wanted her to sacrifice her marriage to keep them in a rhapsody of deceit.

This woman, according to the testimony of many British residents who attend their church, is one person who is always willing to give gifts to the needy. She is ever ready to counsel people and does not breed class. She is a patient listener who laboriously introduced many things in the church for which the glory goes to her husband. Londoners believe that she is not that demon they want to portray her as. Those who know her closely have attested to an affectionate good naturedness and stickler for details.

Whatsoever thing some misguided church members want to think, Anita had lived a lie for many years. Anita was said to have became born again at believers Loveworld campus fellowship at Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, while Chris was the pastor. She had probably paid her dues as a Christian and knows what it is to deceive the congregation. She cannot deceive herself and the church anymore thus she opted for divorce. Divorce, according to scripture is unbiblical, but between deceiving a congregation that already knows the truth but pretends otherwise and staying in unfulfilled marriage, which is better. It is a matter between her and her conscience.

Last year, a Nigerian personality blogger by name Ese Walter was lured by her Senior Pastor in Abuja into a cozy hotel bed space in London and after two weeks of adultery, the man cleaned up, returned to Nigeria and told his congregation to shout some Hallelujah. The sin partner was arrested by the Holy Spirit and she sought a meeting with the COZA Chief to resolve the burden of guilt. She was continually shunned and described as agent of satan even by other senior pastors in the church until she turned the internet into the confessional. Ese Walter freed her conscience and probably escaped eternal damnation but the entire Christendom took the brunt of the exposure.

Pope Benedict made several attempts to stop the incidences of homosexual pedophiles among priest and leaders in the Vatican.

His attempts were rebuffed by a cabal of officials who resisted probe and pious change. In exasperation, the Pontiff abandoned the Papacy and triggered the change that is being forced down on the resisting cabal. Pope Benedict freed his conscience and left with clean records before his God.

Anita has chosen to free herself from a life of deceit and lies. The truth had set her free. However, I still counsel her that if the misbehaving preacher husband demonstrates a verifiable change of heart, she should consider him back and so that somebody can shout some more Hallelujah.

Fifteen years of adulterous endurance in the midst of charismatic rhapsody is not easy and Anita Oyakhilome sure needs all the defense and understanding she can get.

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“Give us Money, and We will BRING BACK THOSE GIRLS”

I have written before about the abduction of the Chibok girls. However, I felt compelled to comment again on this issue despite the fact that the level of importance given to it has since diminished, overtaken as it were, by the perhaps more urgent issue of the Ebola virus outbreak and more recently, by the USD9.3million Oritsejafor arms deal. Suddenly, the voices of the abducted girls have become a distant echo and the government can finally heave a sigh of relief as attention has moved to other issues.

I saw this coming a long time ago as all the government was doing was to ‘mark time’ and hope for other issues to consign the abduction to the dustbins of our usual ‘political distractions’. That is the way of life here. Our government does not solve problems, it only whiles away time until something else comes up, takes over the news and diverts attention. It is a standard practice that has worked for several administrations. For the Goodluck Jonathan administration, it is the only practice.

But there has been an exception; the Ebola Virus Disease issue. The type of attention given to it shows that when the problem can easily affect the high and mighty, we suddenly spring into the type of action that amazes even ourselves. So menacing is EVD that nobody ever heard about it being a political ploy. No. The APC and PDP difference was suddenly forgotten. The high and mighty cannot bear to be denied the little pleasures of having girls brought in from all over the world to satisfy their sexual needs as the girls could be potential risks. But when it involves only the poor and lowly, copious amount of time is spent ‘deliberating’ on it, several committees are formed, in fact, generally, time is wasted until another issue comes up to obscure the one that was at hand.

There is another thing that also motivates our government and its security agencies to produce results: Money. I believe that money is really the biggest motivation to action in this country. It is not a secret that in this country, people seek for elective offices to fill their pockets. In fact, saying ‘to fill their pockets’ is a gross understatement of facts. They run for office to load their barns and that of their children’s children with more than enough. That being the case then, one can authoritatively say that if one wants results from our leaders, there has to be something in it for them. So the question is, how does the rescue of the girls enrich our leaders? Obviously, it does not in any way. At least not yet.

Then I started thinking about something. What if the abduction of the girls affected the high and mighty? Or probably there was an offer of a huge cash prize for their safe return? Well, we have to accept that the abduction does not affect our leaders in any way seeing as in the face of it, they are still campaigning for re-election. Neither can it be said that any of their relative was abducted with the other girls. It is best then that we consider the money option. I mean seriously, money motivates us a lot in this country. Even our government works faster if the people in power are certain of making some money from carrying out any action or implementing any policy. So if you want action, just flash the money.

I saw recently, one of those internet memes where it was depicted that President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria was carrying a placard bearing #BringBackOurGirls. Funny as that was, it got me really thinking; who are the placards addressed to? Certainly not the Nigerian government, I would say. Because the Nigerian government is not in any way interested in bringing back the girls(the only thing/person they are interested in bringing back is Goodluck Jonathan). The placards (and the movement) seem to be addressed to some big brother bodies whose duty it is to really help us bring back the girls. So naturally, those big brother agencies should have donor bodies aligned to them who should have made available funds for the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. So then, here is the easiest way to bring back the girls:

Donor agencies should have made available a certain amount of money(say for instance USD200million)as prize money to ensure that the girls are brought back. If this was done, Nigerian security agencies would have roared into full action and within a week, the girls would have been back. It is really that simple. Offer them money, and the government will do everything possible to produce results. This may sound so fantastic, but one begins to understand how realistic this is, when one asks the simple question; ‘why do Nigerian politicians seek power’? Truthfully, 90% of them do so, in order to enrich themselves. So for them to work hard on any issue, there has to be something in it for them.

So quite simply, if we really need the girls back, some foreign agency or government(since they are the only ones who would genuinely and selflessly want the girls back) would have to make sure that there is something in it for our government. If that is done, the girls will be back in a week. I understand that possibly, some people still feel that the girls were not really abducted. Well, if that is the case, still offer the money and if the girls were really not abducted, our security agencies will manufacture those girls and provide them within a week. Really, it is that simple!

What is happening in this country is sickening. Many people never believed that after over 150days, the Chibok girls would still be in captivity. But that is the reality today and in my anguish, I have wondered how best to get this senile government to spring into action. This essay is just my way of saying that we should perhaps look for a way to pay them to do their jobs.

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Over Reaction- Soldier cuts Pastor’s Hair, say he looked Like a gangster.

Another case of human right abuse by officers and men of the Nigerian Army came to the fore on Monday in Warri, the commercial hub of Delta State as an overzealous soldier attached to the 3 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Effurun, allegedly shaved a pastor’s hair at a checkpoint, alleging that the man looked like a ‘gangster’.

We learnt that the soldier whose identity was not immediately known reportedly used a pair of scissors to design a cross, a symbol of the Christian faith on the clergyman’s hair ostensibly to mock him.

The cleric, who is the General Overseer and Founder of Tower of Faith Ministries, Rev.Felix Omas, we learnt was riding in a tricycle along the Alegbor area of Effurun, near Warri after he parked his SUV car following a traffic gridlock in a bid to catch up with an appointment when he was accosted by the soldiers who reportedly ‘ordered’ him to alight from the tricycle, popularly known as ‘Keke’.

Sources said that on getting to the checkpoint, one of the soldiers on the duty post, asked the man to come down from the ‘Keke’ which he obliged but surprisingly the soldier brought out a scissor and started trimming the man’s hair to the bewilderment of others passengers in the ‘keke’.

We couldn’t immediately verify the rationale behind the action of the soldier but a source said that the community people in Alegbor had asked soldiers on guard duty in the area to tame their youths of rascality particularly the ones who are fond of sagging their jeans trouser and cutting gangster’s styles of haircut.

Sources said that a top army officer who didn’t want to be named had laughed off the incident, saying how can a clergyman cut ‘punk’ style of hair, adding that the man of over 60 years of age was ironically looking like one of the youths in the area who ‘sag’ their jeans and were into gangsterism in the area which the community had asked the soldiers at the checkpoint to help check.

Narrating his experience to newsmen, the cleric said; ‘I was driving in my SUV but due to traffic situation, I boarded a tricycle. The soldiers stopped our tricycle as we were coming from Alegbor and sat me down before cutting my hair, saying that my hair style violates their rules.’

The cleric said he was heading to Warri with one of his colleagues when the soldier forced him out and use scissors to mutilate his new haircut.

He said that an attempt to resist the humiliation by the soldier was met with a threat from the other soldiers who threatened to shoot him.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Nigerian Army, 3 Battalion Effurun, have arrested the power drunk soldier attached to the Alegbor check point for allegedly assaulting the cleric.

THEWILL learnt that the incident which had embarrassed the authority of the Nigerian Army in Effurun had prompted the arrest and detention of the soldiers after the cleric protested the assault on him before newsmen at the NUJ Warri Secretariat where he narrated his ordeal in the hands of the soldiers .

But a Warri-based human rights lawyer and Executive Director of the Centre for the Vulnerable and the Under Privileged, (CENTREP), Barr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, who reacted to the incident, described the action of the soldiers as inhuman and a degrading treatment under Section 34 sub section 1 of the I999 constitution as amended.

He said the soldiers deserved to be charged and prosecuted for the offence to serve as a deterrent to other overzealous officers.

‘I will take the Army to court to enforce the Pastor’s human rights. This will serve as a deterrent to other gun-totting uniform personnel who see civilians as non-human.

Ikimi however promised to offer free legal aid to Omas and other victims of military brutality.

When contacted, a top officer of the 3 Battalion who craved anonymity however confirmed that the soldier who committed the offence has been arrested and will be charged after preliminary investigation.

“What he did was wrong, he said that the community asked them to cut hair of youths with various styles, so that was why he did it.

“We never sent soldiers to cut people’s hair, we sent them for security of lives. What he did is bad because the Pastor is an elderly

person, he will face military disciplinary action,’ the officer said.

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OMG!!! Tonto Dikeh Does kKnow how to Cook??

It is a must that every woman should know how to cook because it is the gateway to a man’s stomach.

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, does not want to be left out especially now that her house help is seeking admission into the tertiary institution.

She took to her social media page to disclose that she wants to learn how to prepare local dishes especially soup.

Tonto explained that of the local soups, she prefers Okoro soup more with fufu.

The actress noted that for her to learn the cooking, she wants to clear the stock of salads she had prepared to eat just to look good.

Displaying her Salad dish on her page, Tonto urged fans that they could eat whatever they wished just please themselves and necessarily her own way.

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Man Rapes His 10 year old Daughter in Maiduguri

The Borno State Police Command, Monday in Maiduguri, the state capital, paraded a man, Idris Alli, who was arrested for allegedly raping his ten-year-old daughter.

The man, according to the State Police Commissioner, Adoda Clement, confessed to committing the crime at the Moduganari area of Maiduguri.

Three other suspects were paraded along with the man at the state Police Command Headquarters in Maiduguri. They included a 22-year-old man, Ahmadu Bajoga Bello, who allegedly killed one Abdullahi Saidu over a N200 debt he owed the deceased. Bello, who hails from Wuyaku village in Biu Local Government Area of the state, was said to have committed the offence in 2010 and thereafter fled to unknown destination.

The Police Commissioner said: ‘The suspect, who was arrested on 31st of August, 2014 has since made confessional statement admitting to the offence. He divulged that his sordid act was over a debt of N200 he was owing the deceased.’

Also paraded was one Bana Kyari of Bolori Layout of Maiduguri for allegedly raping a three- year-old girl.

Meanwhile, one 24-year-old man, Abdulraman Iliyasu , has been arrested for allegedly killing an Immigration Officer, Stephen Musa Bassi, at the Pompomari area of Maiduguri.

The Police Commissioner said the man with another suspect still at large were hired as a POP decorator by their victim before he was killed.

‘The duo buried him within the compound premises before escaping to an unknown destination. After an extensive and painstaking investigation and intelligence gathering by a team of detectives of the homicide section of the department of criminal investigation, led by ACP Tajudeen Aderinko, the principal suspect , one Abdulraman Iliyasu, aged 24, was eventually arrested in Kano, ‘ Police Commissioner said.

He disclosed that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Ways to Convince Stubborn People

 
            One of the worst ÒsinsÓ that is not talked about often is that of sloth or a stubborn quality of the personality.  The essence of this quality is that when asked to do something, you procrastinate or worse, you do the opposite.  This is often a problem for parents and children, and this article will discuss some simple remedies that any parent, teacher, doctor, or anyone can apply when someone you love is acting stubborn.
           
Why are people stubborn?  Before suggesting solutions, it is helpful to realize that what appears as stubbornness can be different things in different cases.  It could be: 1) a secret or something one is embarrassed about, 2) fear of carrying out the request, 3) ignorance of why go along with the request, 4) a desire to be free of authorities and ÒexperimentÓ, 5) brain damage so the person does not understand the request properly, 5) fatigue, brain fog or some other inability to follow through properly, 6) a little mind game to upset you, 7) a desire for attention, also called acting out, 8) a lack of trust and rapport for some reason, or possibly 9) a form of brainwashing or hypnotic trance state that requires breaking the pattern so the person will function normally and rationally.  In other words, the person is not picking up on your request properly.  There are other possibilities as well, but these are the main ones in most cases.
These reasons can be examined as a kind of checklist to think about when you find a person acting stubbornly.
The reason will influence which techniques and methods below to use.
 
HOW TO HANDLE STUBBORN PEOPLE
 
            I will not mention the solution of just asking nicely and repeatedly for what you want.  If this method worked, you would not call the person stubborn.  Here are other methods.  You may need to combine them, at times, for best results:
 
1. Make life so unpleasant for the person that he or she goes along with your requests or wishes as the lesser of two difficult choices.  This is a common solution.  It is not the easiest to do.  In fact, it is often somewhat painful for parents, teachers and others.  However, it is one that works on some people, depending on their conditioning. 
This solution may be called pain avoidance.  You get your way because you make the other way very painful.  For example, parents quickly often figure out what puts their child in pain, and they hold it over their heads.  You will lose your toys, or you will not be able to play with your friends. 
Teachers use this method all the time by threatening to fail the student, or kick the student out of school, or embarrass the student in front of his or her friends.  Employers use it by threatening to fire the employee who does not go along.  The extreme of this is to threaten physical harm, rape, or even death if the person does not go along with your wishes. 
This method works, but is a form of conditioning or brainwashing, really.  It is therefore not the best method.
 
2. Explain things more or better.  This is an ideal solution, if it works.  Many people do not go along simply because they want to understand what is asked of them and why.  They do not want to blindly follow orders like a hireling.  They are intelligent and resent being treated like a mere slave.
            The so-called Òindigo childrenÓ are of this type in many cases.  They do not want to go along with a diet, vitamin supplements, schooling or anything else just because ÒMom said soÓ.  So they may appear very stubborn, at times.  Explaining the reasons for your requests becomes very important with this group of children, and with more and more adults today.
            This solution works well if the person you wish to follow your requests can think clearly, is not too brainwashed, and is not Òplaying mind gamesÓ with you.  It may not work if the person is seriously mentally deficient, too conditioned or hypnotized or brainwashed, too emotional, or involved with some kind of mind play or mind games with you, whether or not the person or you knows this.
            This solution is not the easiest because it takes time, some patience and an ability to explain things clearly and simply, often to someone young who does not understand the dangers of running into the street, going out at night alone, or something else.  So it can be challenging, to say the least.  It is the best, however, when one can do it.
            To carry out this solution, one must often ask the person why he or she does not want to go along.  This can open a discussion that is very important.  Sometimes some real probing is needed to get to the real reason for the denial of the request and the person might be embarrassed, for example, to talk about the real reason so time and listening and compassion may be needed.
A second technique in connection with this method is to ask the person, ÒWhat would it take for you to go along with my request to É..?Ó  This may yield valuable information that could help you to explain things better, come to a compromise, change your request, understand the personÕs feelings more, and therefore assist your effort.  Beware, however, that this can open the door to mind games.  For example, a child might say ÒI will clean up my room when you give me ice cream for dessert every night.Ó  A woman might say ÒI will go out with you if you take me to a fancy restaurant and buy me lobsterÓ.  However, at least it gives the person making the request some information to work with, perhaps.
 
            3. Accept and love the person, though in a practical manner. This is a form or explaining things better or more.  It means that you accept and love the person fully.  If the person will not clean up his room, for example, and it is hazardous, then Mom or Dad or older brother will clean it up.  Of course, this means that the cleaning person will not have time to do other things that the child wants to do, and this is explained absolutely fully.
In other words, you do not fight with the person.  You, the more mature one, does what needs to be done that the other person should do, and explains all the consequences.  This can work well, but only if the mature person is not resentful at all and simply does what is needed. 
This solution has to do with calling the other person on their game.  The stubborn person realizes that you will not play their game and they are just wasting their own and othersÕ time, and the game is over.
This solution is never easy.  If, for example, an alcoholic or drug addict will simply not give up their alcohol or drugs, just going along is very difficult, but it can be done.  You might have to move the person out of the house by force, for example, by calling the police because you donÕt want your other children to be around an alcoholic father.  You might have to send your wife, your husband or friend to jail because the person is a danger to himself and others.  So it can be a difficult solution, but it is one of the best.  It can take a lot of love and patience, to be sure!
It is somehow about just going around the problem person until he or she realizes that he or she will not win, and the game is not going any further.  It must be done without anger, or the game is still going on, since the game is often about upsetting other people in some way with your stubbornness.
 
Stubbornness can be a game.  This solution brings up a good point about stubbornness.  It can be a little game that children and immature adults play with others to get attention, to express their anger and rebellion, and perhaps for other reasons. 
The key to this solution is to realize this and not to play along with their game.  Games require two or more to play.  Once the other player(s) of the game recognize the game and decide not play, the game becomes much less fun for the stubborn one and often they give it up. 
This also has to do with the fact that stubbornness often covers up other personality problems such as fears, phobias, immaturity and many others.  So rather than focus on the stubborn quality, this solution offers the possibility of going deeper into the real problem areas.  It can be slower, but it is a good solution for this reason.
 
4. Pray for the person.  This is an interesting solution offered by the Christians, Jews, Islamists and others who believe in God, the angels and the power of prayer.  In fact, this is another excellent solution.  It takes some time, and sometimes it takes years. 
It involves taking five or ten minutes at least once daily and maybe more to ask God or the angels or the high self committee or Allah to work with this person to end the personÕs stubbornness.  That is all there is to it.  Some people go further and ask their family members, friends and even their entire church to pray for the person, as well.  This seems to work better.
This is a type of energetic solution that sets in motion an energy of healing and change that seems to permeate space and finally can overcome the opposing energy of stubbornness, in this case, and suddenly one day the person changes.  It is quite remarkable how it can work.  Blind scientific studies by Larry Dossey, MD and others have proven that this system of healing or changing others can work, and work well.
In fact, this may be the only solution if the problem is very severe and other avenues to help the person are blocked.  For example, if a person is so violent and addicted he or she must be in jail, it is hard to work with the person at all, in any way.  Yet prayer is always available, inexpensive, and a relatively easy method.
 
5. Send a healing intent.  This is very similar to prayer and to the solution above of patience and loving the person in a practical way.  In both cases, one does not punish the person for his or her stubbornness, but rather broadcasts a powerful healing intent that is often though not always picked up by the person, at least to some degree.
 
6. Send the person to counseling.  This is a traditional Western medical solution.  One visits a counselor and talks about oneÕs problems.  If the counselor is skilled and loving, counseling can work well.  The problems with counseling are:
a) The person must be willing to go for counseling, and continue it even if it gets a little unpleasant, at times.
b) It is usually somewhat costly, as it involves a professional.
c) Many, or some counselors are not that good and it does not work.  In fact, some people are made worse by liberal-minded counselors today, sadly.  For example, an incompetent counselor might allow the client to sway him or her.  The client convinces the counselor that the requests of a parent or teacher are unreasonable when it is not true.  However, the counselor was weak-willed, poorly informed, or something else.
 
 7. Fix the biochemistry, structure and balance of the mind and body with an energetic balancing program such as nutritional balancing science.  This program can increase the personÕs energy level, improve clarity of thinking and memory, help undo traumas and brainwashing, improve processing ability and processing speed.  All of this can help undo stubborn qualities in some people.
Parents and teachers, for example, often report that a child becomes much more cooperative, happy and willing to go along with parental and teachers requests as their body chemistry becomes more balanced and healthy.  Work performance and relationships also improve dramatically in some cases as oneÕs energy level increases.  It is hard to go along with some requests when what you really want to do is just sleep or rest because your energy level is low and your mind does not work well. 
This is a much overlooked solution, in fact.  It is a relatively new solution, and not well-proven scientifically, yet.  It also takes some discipline, time, and some cost to buy the food and nutritional supplements.  Also, the medical and psychological professions do not support this approach at this time.  As a result, it can seem very far-fetched or strange.  However, it works amazingly well for those willing to do it.
 
8. Hypnosis or manipulation.  This is a method of conditioning the mind, often subtly or subliminally, to get someone to do what you want.  It is used all the time by sales people, parents, teachers, men wanting women to go on a date with them, women wanting to control their men, and so on.
Hypnosis or manipulation usually involves a type of seduction.  While there are many ways to do it, a simple one is to find out what a person wants at a deep emotional level, and then appear to give it to them, often by lying to the person to some degree.  In return, the person will often give you what you want. 
For example, some parents have developed this to a high art when dealing with their children.  Men use it to get their way with women, often easily.  Women use it to get what they want, often easily.  Sadly, human beings, especially those who are somewhat hypnotized or conditioned already, are often rather easy to manipulate.
Manipulation of this type is a form of bribery or negotiation (discussed below), but one that is done secretly and insidiously.  Hypnosis can be used for good, of course, such as to lose weight by getting rid of a stubborn bread habit, for example.  However, it carries some danger in all cases as it can be used to harm another badly, and this is done commonly, in fact.  So I do not recommend it in most cases.
It is also related to the method below of shaming or humiliating another person into doing what you want.  As with hypnosis, this is a dangerous method, though society often uses it well.  People are social animals, as they say.  Most do not want to be singled out and made to feel embarrassed or ashamed, so it works, but is not ideal.
 
9. Cajoling or joking around until the person sees how silly the game is.  This works now and then if one is glib and playful enough, and if the person is not too set in his or her ways.  This method works best with children, who are really just ÒtestingÓ Mom and Dad by being stubborn.  It can work with others, too, if they are basically happy and playful. 
The stubborn person really just wants attention and to see what they can Òcook upÓ.  So giving them the attention they need, and playing with them a little takes care of the problem.
Cajoling or joking around with the person is actually a wonderful method when it works.  Teenagers love it, in fact, as it is a form of loving them that most crave.  Wives and husbands use it, too.  It works any time that you can really love the person in a fun way and help the person see that your request is out of love, and little else.  In this way, it is one of the best methods if you can use it.
 
10. Bribe or negotiate with the person.  This method is used constantly in society and is necessary when the stubbornness is due to lack of understanding, honest differences of opinion, brain damage, or other things that cannot be easily fixed, yet you donÕt want to have to use brute force.
For example, if people want to drink alcohol but alcohol is not helpful for them, one might negotiate and allow the person one drink a week, for example.  This can take care of the problem, where perhaps allowing no alcohol at all would cause a rebellion.
Negotiating, also called compromising, is used in many spheres of life such as politics.  It is necessary, but requires very sound judgment.  It easily becomes a kind of poker game in which you try to outsmart your opposition.  Unfortunately, the person making the request can often easily be outsmarted by a clever opponent.  Nations have been lost many times in this way. 
In other words, be careful.  The bible warns us of Òbargaining with the devilÓ.  Anytime you compromise you must beware of this possibility.  However, compromise can also be one of the best ways to get some people to go along with your requests, so it is a double-edged sword, to be sure. 
For example, a child may learn that if Mom or Dad says NO to something, it no longer means NO.  It means Mom or Dad will negotiate or pay the child off to go along.   The child becomes hopelessly spoiled.  Also, the child will be unable to function well as an adult because in the adult world often there is no negotiating.
Bribing or negotiating is often helpful with teenagers.  They can be quite stubborn, at times, because they are curious to test their abilities and skills.  They can also resent parents or other adults who just seek to Òcontrol them and treat them like babiesÓ.  Here you may be dealing with honest differences of opinion, although you may be dealing with budding manipulators.  Compromise has its place, but you must use your good judgment.
 
11. Use brute force with an intent to overpower the person.  This solution sounds drastic, and it is.  It is not usually not the best, but is necessary in some serious situations.  For example, if a small child refuses to stay off the roadway, a parent may need to simply grab hold of the child and hold him tightly.
Another interesting need for this solution, oddly, is if the ÒstubbornÓ person is not really stubborn, but has been conditioned to respond only to force.  This is more common than one may think.  In this case, reasoning and kind words may not work.  The reason is the person has been taught or conditioned to respond to requests only if they are accompanied by force.
In these cases, harsh words or very harsh punishments may be needed.  This is how some prison systems work, for example, and they can work well in some cases.  Other forceful methods to overpower another include grabbing hold and shaking the person, yelling at the person, humiliating the person, shocking the person somehow.  Sadly, in some cases, this may be the only solution until the person can be deprogrammed and reprogrammed to respond to love and reason.
The obvious danger with this method is that it is a form of brainwashing or conditioning.  It is not good at all for this reason.  Societies that use violent means to get people to go along, for example, usually end quickly in violence.
 
12. Shame the person into agreeing with your request. Shaming is an ancient method of punishment or persuasion that works well in many societies.  It works because most people have pride and do not want to be seen as deficient, different, or less than others in some way.
The danger of shaming is that it can have serious consequences on the brain and the personality.  For example, rapists use shaming as a way to control their victims, who are usually afraid to talk about their experience because it is so humiliating.  Children who are ashamed of themselves often grow up weak, sad and depressed.  They may commit suicide, take drugs, get pregnant or become promiscuous in a misguided effort to regain some pride or popularity in some way.  So shaming people into anything must be done very carefully and cautiously.
 
13. Make the person believe that the thing you want them to do is their idea, not yours.  This is an old trick that sometimes work, but takes some skill to actually do.  It requires setting up the person with the right knowledge and then allowing them or helping them to come to the conclusion you desire for them.
This method can be excellent and is used by advertisers all of the time.  It can be wonderful, or it can be a total lie and manipulation, and form of brainwashing. 
 
PERSUASION IS THEREFORE AN ART
 
The conclusion to this article is that getting people to go along with your requests is not a simple matter, but it is one that we all must deal with, at times.  We require it as parents, as employers, as teachers, as doctors or nurses, as spouses, and even as friends.
The best persuaders are usually the Most stubborn of the accomplices.

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Daily Blogg-Ways To Manage Stress and Work

For many of us, relaxation means simply zoning out in front of the TV. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga.

Breathing meditation for stress relief
Deep breathing is a simple, yet powerful, relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.

Practicing deep breathing meditation
The key is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel.

Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.
If you find it difficult breathing from your abdomen while sitting up, try lying on the floor. Put a small book on your stomach, and try to breathe so that the book rises as you inhale and falls as you exhale.

Progressive muscle relaxation for stress relief
Progressive muscle relaxation involves a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body.

With regular practice, progressive muscle relaxation gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension—as well as complete relaxation—feels like in different parts of your body. This awareness helps you spot and counteract the first signs of the muscular tension that accompanies stress. And as your body relaxes, so will your mind. You can combine deep breathing with progressive muscle relaxation for an additional level of stress relief.

Practicing progressive muscle relaxation
Before practicing progressive muscle relaxation, consult with your doctor if you have a history of muscle spasms, back problems, or other injuries that may be aggravated by tensing muscles.

Most progressive muscle relaxation practitioners start at the feet and work their way up to the face.

Loosen your clothing, take off your shoes, and get comfortable.
Take a few minutes to relax, breathing in and out in slow, deep breaths.
When you’re relaxed and ready to start, shift your attention to your right foot. Take a moment to focus on the way it feels.
Slowly tense the muscles in your right foot, squeezing as tightly as you can. Hold for a count of 10.
Relax your right foot. Focus on the tension flowing away and the way your foot feels as it becomes limp and loose.
Stay in this relaxed state for a moment, breathing deeply and slowly.
When you’re ready, shift your attention to your left foot. Follow the same sequence of muscle tension and release.
Move slowly up through your body, contracting and relaxing the muscle groups as you go.
It may take some practice at first, but try not to tense muscles other than those intended.

Yoga involves a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. As well as reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Practiced regularly, it can also strengthen the relaxation response in your daily life. Since injuries can happen when yoga is practiced incorrectly, it’s best to learn by attending group classes, hiring a private teacher, or at least following video instructions.

What type of yoga is best for stress?
Although almost all yoga classes end in a relaxation pose, classes that emphasize slow, steady movement, deep breathing, and gentle stretching are best for stress relief.

Satyananda is a traditional form of yoga. It features gentle poses, deep relaxation, and meditation, making it suitable for beginners as well as anyone primarily looking for stress reduction.
Hatha yoga is also reasonably gentle way to relieve stress and is suitable for beginners. Alternately, look for labels like gentle, for stress relief, or for beginners when selecting a yoga class.
Power yoga, with its intense poses and focus on fitness, is better suited to those looking for stimulation as well as relaxation.
If you’re unsure whether a specific yoga class is appropriate for stress relief, call the studio or ask the teacher.

Tai chi
If you’ve ever seen a group of people in the park slowly moving in synch, you’ve probably witnessed tai chi. Tai chi is a self-paced, non-competitive series of slow, flowing body movements. These movements emphasize concentration, relaxation, and the conscious circulation of vital energy throughout the body. Though tai chi has its roots in martial arts, today it is primarily practiced as a way of calming the mind, conditioning the body, and reducing stress. As in meditation, tai chi practitioners focus on their breathing and keeping their attention in the present moment.

Tai chi is a safe, low-impact option for people of all ages and levels of fitness, including older adults and those recovering from injuries. Like yoga, once you’ve learned the basics of tai chi or qi gong, you can practice alone or with others, tailoring your sessions as you see fit.

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7 Steps in Fighting Pimples and Spots

There are many ways to fight acne naturally that work so well that you will wonder why you bother using numerous store bought treatments, which are actually not effective. You can get rid of acne at home by using some natural remedies and good habits. Many teenagers usually face acne and fall in panic, having no idea how to get rid of it. If you are invited to a Prom and your face is terribly pimpled, then try out the following remedies.

1. Honey and lemon

The most effective and natural remedy is honey and lemon. It is the best way to moisturize your skin and to dry acne. This remedy is very popular and all you need to do is to take a slice of lemon, smear it with honey and apply it to the face. Now, you have got a wondrous recipe how to make an effective remedy for acne.

2. Steam

Steam is one of the best ways to fight even the most annoying acne. Every time you go to spa saloons, you are getting an opportunity to draw the toxins out your vulnerable and delicate skin. The great news, it is possible to make this healing procedure at home. To intensify the action you can add essential oils and teas to your steaming water. You may find it difficult to absorb the steam at first, but the results will worth it in the end.

3. Ice

Frozen water is a magical way of healing acne. It is easy to use ice just put it in plastic and keep it on certain part of your face for a few minutes. Ice makes open pores diminish and prevents the skin from bacteria invasion. Applying ice also helps in reducing both the redness and swelling of the skin.

4. Clay masks

Natural clay masks purify the skin and remove toxins. Clay masks have something in common with the steam. I enjoy making a clay mask and it’s extremely pleasant when clay contacts with your skin, making it pure. Such masks have many benefits and one of them is fighting acne.

5. Tomatoes

Such inflammatory disease as acne can be successfully treated with help of tomatoes which are rich in vitamins C, K, A. Just put the slices of tomatoes on your face and forget about your pimples. Tomatoes are acidic by nature and they help dry out your pimples. Plus, tomatoes are rich in antioxidants that fight off free radicals.

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BOKO HARAM BOSS Shekau Shot and Killed!!!…Can this be True??

Indications emerged last night that Nigerian troops may have scored a strategic victory in the current battle against terrorists operating in the North East on September 17.

Military sources said yesterday that during a desperate attempt to capture Konduga in their delusion to eventually marching on and capturing Maiduguri, the man who had been mimicking Late Abubakar Shekau in recent videos might have been finally killed.

According to senior military and intelligence sources, “it is getting more certain that the terrorists’ Commander who has been mimicking Shekau in those videos is the one killed in Konduga on September 17, 2014.”

Affirming the development, PRNigeria sources said the suspected demise of the Boko Haram leader is responsible for the scattering of the sect members in different independent locations in the neighbouring countries, especially in Cameroon noticed in recent days.

The security sources noted further that “the process of confirming that the dead body we have is the same as that character who has been posing as Shekau is ongoing” adding “He is definitely a prominent terrorist commander. I don’t want to say anything about this yet please.”

Another high ranking military source insisted that the resemblance is too striking to be a coincidence.

“They cited his facial marks, beards and teeth apart from the recovery by the Nigerian troops of some of the Armoured Vehicles and Hilux jeeps that had featured in previous videos of the prime suspect.

“The officers assured that the Defence Headquarters will soon address the nation after full investigation of their latest discovery.

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Onazi to earn €700,000 per week

Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is set to earn up to €700,000 per season when he eventually extends his contract with Lazio, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The 21-year-old has another two years left on his current deal, but his agent Jonathan Barnet has agreed a contract until June 2018 with the Biancocelesti on behalf of his client. It is reported that the club is taking these measures so as not to lose him on a free transfer.

In the new deal, Lazio is expected to insert a release clause of €10m.

The central midfielder has spent his entire professional career at Stadio Olimpico having joined the club in 2011 and has so far featured in 45 Serie A matches.

After starting all four games for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup, Onazi needed some time to reach full fitness and he has yet to make his first appearance of the season.

The player has been linked with Liverpool and Everton with reports both sides were showing an interest in signing him in the New Year.

Reports in Italy said Onazi’s agent spent the weekend discussing the future of the players with Lazio directors. The new deal is expected to be signed next week.

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Ebola-No School Resume in Lagos as at Today

upils in at least 15 states in the country will not return to their classrooms today as directed by the Federal Government.

This is because in most of the states, teachers are insisting that safety measures must be put in place to protect them and their pupils from contracting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.

In some of the states like Lagos and Ogun, the governments opted not to comply with the September 22 date until necessary Ebola safety kits were put in place in their schools.

Also, the gates of the 104 Unity Schools in the country will be shut from today as their teachers commence an industrial action.

The other states where normal academic activities will not resume   are Rivers, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Benue, Niger, Zamfara, Adamawa, Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.

Teachers in Lagos will be on duty today but pupils will remain at home until October 8.

There had been controversy over the directive by the Federal Government that schools should resume on September 22 since the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease had been contained in the country.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers however ordered its members to shun academic activities until the government provided gadgets in schools to ensure not only their safety but that of their pupils.

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, after meeting on Sunday with public school headteachers, said the decision was to ensure that   schools in the state were safe for both the teachers and their pupils.

He said, “On this issue of resumption, we are on the same side. We are all concerned about safety in the schools.

“Some states that would be commencing their academic session tomorrow(today) did not have Ebola outbreak. The index case (Mr. Patrick Sawyer) landed in Lagos and not in these states. And I know that the teachers are afraid just like myself. My biggest fear is that nothing must happen to any resident of Lagos. I am not shy to say I am afraid.

“I understand the fear of the teachers. We are on the same side. We are all concerned about safety in the schools. Whether there is Ebola or not, we have to make the schools safe for the teachers and the pupils.

“My proposal is that the teachers, headmasters and principals should go to their various school tomorrow (today) and sort out whatever is missing in the prescribed Ebola preventive facilities. So, we have to use from tomorrow (today) and the rest of the week to get the schools ready for the students.

“And because of the Eid-il-Kabir festival that also falls within this time, rather than open and close the schools again for the festival. Immediately after the festival, the schools will commence academic session on October 8.”

He said that   the state government had   “awarded the contract to connect water to at least 800 schools in the state.”

The state NUT Chairman, Mr. Segun Raheem, confirmed the development to one of our correspondents.

Raheem, who argued that teachers in the state had always been in schools even during holidays, however, urged the government to ensure that it provided the necessary   facilities before the return of pupils on October 8.

The   Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, had last Friday announced October 8, as the new resumption date for both public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.

Adeoluwa said stakeholders in the state arrived at the new date after a series of meetings.

The state chapters of the NUT, the Academic Staff of Secondary Schools, the Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools and the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, he added participated in the meetings.

In Akwa Ibom State, the NUT Secretary, Mr. Mike Ike-Ene, said that schools would resume on Monday but that teachers would not be there to teach the pupils.

According to him, the state government had yet to provide the needed EVD safety kits ,like infrared thermometers, sanitisers and hand gloves in schools for the use of pupils and their teachers.

Ike-Ene said, “There will be no school on Monday. They will open their schools but teachers will not be there.

“We are asking them to provide thermometers; water; hand sanitisers and hand gloves. The Akwa Ibom State Government has not met any of these conditions rather they are calling for the resumption of schools tomorrow(today).”

The Kwara State NUT Chairman, Mr. Musa Abubakar, also confirmed that teachers in the state would not resume today.

He told one of our correspondents on Sunday that the state government had not made enough provisions to prevent teachers and pupils from contracting the EVD on resumption of schools.

The state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Saka Onimago, had directed all schools in the state to resume today.

He had also ordered schools in the state to provide basic hygiene materials, including washing bowls, soap and towels.

The Osun State Government, in a statement by Deputy Governor Titi Laoye-Tomori, said it deferred resumption of schools   to October 6 to enable teachers to undergo training on how to prevent the spread of Ebola.

It explained that the new resumption date would allow schools to prepare very well to prevent the disease.

The statement read, “Governor Rauf Aregbesola has directed all public and private schools to reopen for the 2014/2015 academic session on October 6.

“This will enable principals and teachers to receive adequate training to prevent Ebola epidemic in schools and in the state in general.

“Bearing in mind that children will be coming from different homes, it becomes important that teachers are given the basic knowledge on how to prevent the outbreak of the disease.”

The Benue State NUT Chairman, Mr. Godwin Anya, also confirmed that members of the union would not return for the new academic session until the   government provided the necessary EVD safety kits in schools.

According to him, the   government has not shown enough commitment to guaranteeing the safety of pupils and their teachers.

Anya said, “The unpreparedness of the state government in providing training for us (teachers) coupled with the lack of the necessary preventive and proactive gadgets to combat the EVD in any eventuality has continued to stall reopening of schools on Monday(today).

The NUT in Edo State said it had   issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to provide the necessary EVD materials in schools or risk a sit-at-home action by its members.

Its Chairman, Mr. Mike Uhunmwangho, who made this known in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents,   said teachers and pupils in the state would not want to risk their lives returning to schools without adequate safety nets.

He said, “The state government has agreed to provide sanitisers and the equipment for checking body temperature in schools within one week. Most of the teachers are going to be involved class by class.

“We are giving them between Monday(today) and Friday   to put everything in place. If they are not in place after seven days, we will make sure that nobody goes back to school.”

Teachers in the nation’s Federal Government colleges, under the aegis of Federal Government College Teachers Association, have already commenced an industrial action over the non-implementation of promotion arrears and other allowances.

The teachers have therefore advised parents and guardians not to bring their children and wards to any of the 104 schools on Monday (today) for the commencement of the new academic session.

They alleged that the government had failed to pay them their promotion arrears from 2007 to 2010 as well as provide their training allowance amounting to N1.8bn.

A statement by the President, FGCTA, Mr. Tahir Mahmood, and the General Secretary, Mr. Deedar Baloch, obtained by one of our correspondents in Jos, Plateau State on Sunday,   specifically accused the Ministry of Education of misappropriating funds for the payment of the promotion arrears from 2007 to 2011 released by the Ministry of Finance.

The teachers also accused the Education ministry of misappropriating N1.8bn, which was released for the payment their outstanding liabilities.

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KOGI STATE POLY Ban Okada Commercial operators On Campus

The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has banned the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly called ‘Okada’ on its campus for security reasons.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Luke Tijani, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Monday.

Tijani said the directive was part of the measures put in place by the Rector, Mr Isah Muhammed, to beef up security on the campus.

He said one of the rector’s priorities was security, adding that the measure was not meant to obstruct the students’ movement on campus but to protect the institution.

“Students must show understanding. The measure is of benefit for the students because of the security challenges in some parts of the country,” he said.

Joseph Musa, a physically challenged student, appealed to the rector to rescind the ban because students in his category had no alternative means of transportation.

Musa said the distance between the institution’s gate and his faculty was far and there was no way he could meet up with his lectures without boarding Okada.

He pleaded with the rector to reconsider his decision as a way of helping the students residing off campus.

Also, Ms Esther Alabi, another student, said the beefing up of security on campus was for the good of the students.

Alabi pleaded with the school authorities to provide the students with an alternative means of transportation with the ban on Okada operations on campus.

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Police Capture “Baby Factory” Hospital Perpertrators in Abia State

The Abia State Police Command has paraded two nurses and four pregnant inmates , one of them with a two year old baby, rescued during a raid at a hospital allegedly used as baby factory.

Parading the suspects in Umuahia, the Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna , said police were still on the trail of the Medical Director of the private  hospital  located at Ihie Umudem Isuochi in Umunneochi council of the state who  fled during the raid.

According to him, the fleeing doctor ( names withheld ) and the nurses were using the hospital as shelter for young women with unwanted pregnancy only to buy off the babies upon delivery and in turn sell them to willing buyers .

He gave the name of one of the inmates with a little baby as Sopuruchi from Eneka in Port Harcourt , Rivers State, explaining that efforts were on to re- unite the inmates who he added were all non Abians with their family members.

Police warned dubious medical practitioners and charity homes in the state who use their facilities as baby factories to desist from the wicked act or face the wrath of the law.

The police also paraded some suspected kidnappers and robbers arrested at different parts of the state, disclosing that constant weekly raid of suspected criminal hide- outs in the state had led to the arrest of over 150 suspects since August.

According to the PPRO, about 50 had been arraigned in court  while those arrested with drug- related offenses were referred to the Enugu zonal office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The Police Spokesman said that the officers and men of the command had adopted several proactive measures and strategies to curb criminal activities in the state as the Christmas and New Year festivities approach.

He said that police had rescued unhurt, one kidnap victim, Ugo Charles Ajieke of Power Line in Obingwa council of the state who was abducted last week in front of the gate to his compound.

Police restated their preparedness to rid Abia of criminal elements and provide maximum security for all residents , while soliciting useful information on  the whereabouts of hoodlums in the state.

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Fashola to Jonathan: ‘You will hand over whether you like it or not’

In this session with Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, he explains the style of administration that has been put in place in the state such that successive governments can build and improve on what has been achieved so far.  He also takes a swipe at President Goodluck
Jonathan and his aides who say no administration in the history of Nigeria has done as much as theirs.
You will find him as interesting as ever, with views that are unique both in thought and presentation.
Excerpts:
Lagos has been experiencing some urban renewal. Is this renewal an attempt at taking Lagos back to some forgotten development plan, or a haphazard work in progress?
If you follow our communication on policy statement closely, you will notice that I said from the beginning of my tenure that this was going to be a government of method; that we are going to be methodical in things that we will embark upon. Everything that we have done so far had been based on very rigorous examination of what the problems are, what the choices of solutions are and how to prioritise in order to make them sustainable. One of the first things we did after assumption of office was to conduct a trip round the state; I commissioned a team based on this to go and ask the citizens and residents around the state to specifically tell the governor, ‘what do you want him to do for you?’
That was the beginning of our local government tour. The results that came showed us that there were six main items: roads, drainages, schools, health, jobs and power. But we wanted to validate that and we went for town hall meetings in every local government. And while those things resonated across, they resonated differently. In some local governments, they wanted  roads first. In others, they preferred schools. In some places, their drainages were their main concern. This formed the basis of our first full year budget in office (2008 budget).  And we have kept faith with this approach.
Indeed, from each tour after we came back, it was to give instructions to each ministry or department. When we came back from those tours, we went straight into an executive meeting everyday giving out assignments as required; and we have kept track.
 
Regional plan
The second point was that of regional plan. I think the last regional plan for the state was done around 1991 or so. So, we decided to plan the state into eight towns. We developed a new regional plan. These towns are Badagry, Ikorodu, Epe, Lagos Mainland (which covers part of Oshodi, all through to Orile, to National Theater and Iddo), Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki and Ikeja; and to link them up by transport infrastructures.
Again, we did an audit of the available water supply. And we saw that we had about roughly 45 or 48 percent water supply and we developed a plan; a short, medium and long term plan to provide water for the growing population that we were anticipating. The short-term plan was to do two million gallons per day, with facilities in 15 locations. I have commissioned about nine of them.  And along with that short term plan was to get the Iju water works to run at  full  capacity because it was running at  about 35 percent  capacity because of power outages. This led to the first IGP for Iju water works; the Akute IGP now runs at about 90 percent. But it doesn’t solve the problem. Some of these facilities have aged; Iju was built around 1900. That’s why you will see we are laying new pipes through Eko Bridge.
Essentially, we have almost completed the short-term plan. The medium term plan is to build bigger water works. Oto-Ikosi is completed now and being tested. That is four million gallons to feed part of Epe and support Ikorodu. We have Odo-mola, which is 25 million gallons.
There is also the Adiyan phase II, which is 70 million gallons a day. We have already started constructing this from the budget. We will finish that in 2016.
That will help us supply Alimosho and Agege, who are actually close to the water source (Iju) but who don’t benefit from it because the Europeans, who built it, didn’t  include them among beneficiaries.
In Badagry, we want it to stand alone. Ishashi is four million gallons. And we are also upgrading Ishashi  to 12 million gallons a day.
The same thing with water treatment and sewage! The capacity was barely 10 percent. We drew up a 10-year plan. And that is why we now have a Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, which will regulate the use of clean water and recycling of used water.
We went into Yaba for massive rehabilitation of what was once a prime middle class community. Three roads were commissioned for construction and we finished substantially 80 percent of the works there. We are regenerating Apapa as well. Some of old roads in Victoria Island are being constructed. The same type of construction is going on in Alimosho. We have finished LASU-Iba Road. It is about 20 kilometers and four-lane, as well as Governor’s Road and a couple  of other roads. This time last year, we handed over 11 new roads in Alimosho.
In all this, we have consciously kept one contractor; almost like a resident contractor. Once you finished, we move you to the next phase. In Ikorodu, for example, the resident
contractors are two; the Chinese and Arab Contractors. The Chinese are doing the main road and the Arab Contractors are doing the inner ones.
In Mile 12 and Agiliti, there is a new bridge and about seven new roads that will finish in about June. In Ijegun-Isheri, you have Hi-Tec there, constructing the bridge to link the two communities.
So, there is a conscious effort to be methodical so that, instead of demobilizing one contractor and bringing another one, we have a network of roads and we tackle them one after the other.

*Fashola
As you wind down on your tenure, are there any other development plans in the offing you have not talked about? And how do you react to the allegation that some of these projects are elitist?
If it is the elite who live in Mile 12, in Agiliti, then I am happy to serve them. If it is the elite who live in Ajegunle, where we handed over a new road last week, I am happy to serve to them. Also,
if it is the elite who live in Mushin, where we handed over 16 roads, then I am happy to serve them. If it is the elite who live in Ikeja, where we just finished Kodeso and Medical Roads, it is my pleasure to serve them; they are taxpayers too.
The biggest project that we are undertaking, the transport project…  from Mile 12 through Ikorodu Road, if it is the elite who live in this 17 kilometer road expansion, I am happy to serve them. If you go from Orile right through to Alaba, Mile 2 we are doing the train station and if that also is for the elite who live there, I should be so delighted to serve them.  These are places where no activity of any sustainable attention had been paid. Over the years, we have not really had this long period of government to really sit down, develop a plan and run with it. Yes, we haven’t served everybody and we can pretend we will be able to serve everybody. But the fact that an asset is built in a community where you live doesn’t mean that it belongs to you. And the choices that we have always made, given our limited resources, is ‘where is the most impactful area of need?’
People have now forgotten what the areas around Stadium, Barracks and Alaka used to look like. There is a seven kilometer of drainage submerged under that road today, because when we started the BRT system, that was where the buses used to get trapped. It occurred to us then that instead of going to do residential roads, ‘why don’t we fix roads that take people to places of their daily bread?’
Roughly about six million commuters move around there daily. That’s one of the busiest roads. Then we went to open up Agege Motor Road and Oshodi to free traffic that used to be a daily nightmare to people. I remember that people at the Airport  toll gate were not happy with us because our effort impacted negatively on their revenue. Then, people were paying to avoid that gridlock at Oshodi only to come back to Agege Motor Road. We succeeded in putting that money back in their pockets. This debate (on elitism or otherwise) will never go away. In any case, I am proud to be serving somebody. The pain on the other side is that, today, we don’t have electricity, but does it really matter who first got it? If some people start to get it, the rest of us can hope it will soon get to us.
When you started out, not much of a politician was seen in you. But for sustainability of some of your projects, how concerned are you about your successor? Have you now transmuted to a political godfather enough to say, for sustainability, you prefer Mr. A or Mrs. B as successor?
The answer to that is to continue to insist that a government that is run around institutions is the most sustainable form of government.
Lagos State has been very lucky so far to have a lot of action governors. But how much we can continue to build on luck is another thing. Up to my immediate predecessor in office, they have all been very wonderful people in office. I think what we need is to move to action government, where whatever happens, the system will run. That is why we are doing a lot of human capacity development, training public servants; part of the reasons behind our last retreat that had become very frequent. We have also yielded a lot of independence to parastatals so that we can hold people responsible for implementation.
When ministries focus on policy formulation and articulation and allow parastatals to implement, you have a more efficient public service.  Examples are already there. For example, the Ministry of
Environment is our policy formulator in waste management, whether it is solid or liquid or polluted airwaves while an agency  like LASEMA is dealing with air and liquid waste and LAWMA  dealing with solid waste. So, if there is particular problem, the commissioner knows who to call. We are also seeing the same thing in the transportation sector; LAMATA is dealing with the public through the BRT system and coordinating the rail.
The Lagos State Water Authority is running the water system, building the jetties and developing the regulations for the ferries.  The same thing is in the Ministry of Works. The ministry now takes over the segmented maintenance of roads, through Public Works Corporation. Last year alone they did more than 900 roads – construction and rehabilitations. There is now a separate department in charge of traffic lights. So, if a traffic light fails, the commissioner knows who the head of that department is. We are creating specialization in an organic way that cascades to the pyramid of the organogram.
So, whoever becomes the next governor, all he needs to do is to take those people’s budget, give them the money they need; because they already know what to do.
There are some new FERMA-trainees seen around the state. How much do you know about this development? And is FERMA going to replace the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC?
Honestly, I really don’t know a thing about it. But when contacted, the Minister of  Works said it did not have his approval. The parastatal is under the Ministry of Works, but the question to ask is
what is going on? Where is the money for this particular exercise coming from? If they are recruiting, what is the purpose? If they want to police federal highways, what is now the role of the FRSC? Is it a task force such as  contemplated within the law? Have they appropriated funding for it because you can’t have an agency in a constitutional democracy without having appropriation for it in the budget! Or are you funding them with slush fund?  Is it SURE-P money, meant for the development of Lagos State that is being used to do this?
And, again, you ask yourself, ‘what is the need for such a task force?’
There are about 10,000 roads in the state, out of which 6,000 belong to the state government. A little over 3,000 belong to the local government. Less than 120 belong to the Federal Government. So what do you need such a large army for, unless there are some ulterior motives? I hope we are not going back to the days of machetes.
If the resort is violence, they have served Lagosians notice. For me, if that is the way to repay Lagosians for the votes they receive here, we will review our strategies.
With the gale of defections into the All Progressives Congress, there is hardly any difference between that party and the Peoples Democratic Party. If this were so, why would one want to cast his or her vote for the APC instead of the PDP?
Even our worst critics cannot sustain any argument about the fact that in the state that we have  added value; visible and demonstrable value.
Fortunately, in most of those states: Edo, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun and Oyo, the electorate have had the misfortune to have been governed by the PDP-led governments. The choice is now clearer to them. If you take Ogun State, for example, in less than two years, bridges have been built. If you take Oyo as another example, the bad stories about the eyesores have disappeared. They now even have a bridge, which is the first in about 34 years. So, the electorate  have seen both sides of the coin now and they are wiser. This can only suggest to you that it is a model that is working, by peer review, by peer influence and by healthy competition among the governors to succeed; that can only be good for the states.
Now, if you look at the other side that decided to join us, you cannot dismiss their achievement by a wave of the hand; even under PDP. But they have seen clearly that development cannot continue with sudden disappearance of revenues while they are expected to keep a conspiratorial silence and continue benefitting. In terms of public accountability, we bring that to the table.
Secondly, and perhaps, more importantly, like-minds are calling unto each other about the need for the development of the country. In any political arena, people are complaining that things are not moving in the country, where the national government has 52 percent of the resources. Even with the very best effort of the 36 states and over 700 local governments, if they perform at a 100 percent, in terms of risk analysis and risk allotment, if they keep less than 50 percent of resources, their 100 percent is still not a pass mark. But in spite of these complaints, people still feel that nobody can defeat this behemoth. ‘So, we will either not vote or we will vote for them because we know  they will not lose.’  And that is what APC also brings to the table for Nigerians — to give them a real choice.    Ultimately, it is people of Nigeria who will get the opportunity to be in absolute control of their destiny and then whip governments into line.
Because in the cases where you have  thin margins between parliamentary representation, state representations, one bad choice and you are out because the other party stands a fair chance to win
the election. Of course, there will be smaller parties. Parties can be more definitive when coalitions are necessary as we saw in Britain, where Liberal Democrats and the Conservative partnered to kick Labour out; and even they have started fighting. None of the disagreements that you have also seen here is peculiar to us.
There are appointments Obama cannot make today. You may quarrel with the morality of it, but the legitimacy of it is unquestionable. That is what lies at the heart of the doctrine of separation of powers and checks and balances. And the position our party has taken is a contingent position. You cannot hide behind a finger and say you don’t know what is going on in Rivers State. If you don’t, it must be in your enlightened best interest to know. Security of life and property is the primary reason  government exists. And even if there is no legal duty, I think there is moral duty.
As things continue to unfold, you will see clearly that we are a party of method and of process and in the fullest of time we will unveil to you in a very clear detail what we are about. But again, you
cannot have a party without people, and we are following our plan. Our plan was to register the party, against all the odds, against history that no merger has ever been concluded. It is a defining event in the political history of Nigeria. Having finished that, we went into contact and mobilization, we are now going into membership registration which entails producing the management of the party and, when that is done, we will tell you Nigerians why we want to be members of the APC.
Your party’s directive to its members in the National Assembly to block executive bill, I read about you defending it and you have also done so here; in my word, I think it is pre mature because your party doesn’t have that majority in both houses and another  thing is, what is the case of constructive engagement?
You have rushed to judgment. I don’t think that we should be repulsed by the idea, it hasn’t happened, but we are saying, if  certain things do not happen as they relate to law and order, we will come to a conclusion that this is a pre-meditated design to use executive power and, if there is no communication, we will bring you to the table and one of the ways to do so is by exercising our own powers; I have always said that the virtue of power is the restraint in exercising it, but it is sometimes important to remind people that that power exists. When the party was meeting and setting up its members to withdraw operations from the executive; they were withdrawing cooperation from the executive.
If you know the way legislative business goes, you cannot have clear lines in parliament. It is also for our leadership to say, ‘Let  us come together and deliberate on issues’. I think that because our democracy is just about 14 years, it is going to throw up many learning curves, it needs a lot of maturity for one to realise how much power one has and to know that you can’t act on your own. Therefore, we must see the glass as half full all the time, we don’t want the nation to collapse because we want to win and we expect that we will win.
We are beginning to witness  discontent on defection from APC, how is the party handling disagreements?
The more the Nigerian public gets involved in politics and understand politics for what it is, the better; it is about interests and human beings and everybody wants something. There are conflicts defined by interests that would be resolved. That is high-wire politics going on. Let’s just decompose these things and understand them, it is happening on the macro to the micro, it is local, international and global.
The taxes in Lagos, following down to the principle of federalism, which you have always preached, will it be okay if the money you get from Alimosho with the highest population and all that is spent almost exclusively in Alimosho?
I think the first thing to do is to explain that there are different sources of revenues. Taking advertising for instance, it is income that comes to the local government under the management of LASA, which is a company statutorily created, owned by the state and local government; because the local government has responsibility for advertising which takes place on  the land managed by the state, so there is a joint business.
When the income is distributed at the end of the year, there is a derivation principle that goes to the local government. In terms of how resources are allocated, the needs across the state are not the same; in some places, all you need to do is patch a road while in others you have to start from the beginning. Every time you construct a road, people take positions, capital appreciation follows road construction and the way to go is to ask where the taxes for roads like the LASU- Iba and Ijegun come from. There was a time when the kind of development and construction in Alimosho didn’t go on and so at the end of the day, it’s not easy to isolate and say this is what came from here, the only way we do that kind of isolation is if we collect capital development levies for land sold in any estate, we use the money from that estate to build its roads, drainages and infrastructure; it doesn’t go a lot but it helps.

*Fashola
That is why we have scheme accounts; Lekki phase one has a scheme account. When the residents pay, the money goes back to them; after UACPDC bought 1004 Estate and paid their capital development levy, we used it to start phase two of Adetokunbo Ademola Road.But that did not fund the road to completion of the Lekki -Epe Expressway.
The point is that all the revenues go to the consolidated revenues of the state and what we do is a budget based on input and on development plan.
Many of us are worried about the place of the local government in your development plans. Where I live there is absolutely no impact of that level of government at all…
No, they may not have served your personal needs at the moment and that will not be good to generalise; because you don’t feel the impact, those who could see appreciate it. Local governments are driving primary healthcare and primary education, which are the foundation of development of the most important resources, the human resources-making him or her health and giving him or her skills.
You can see that we are yet to develop certain parts of Lagos. People are building at a  pace higher than we are able to respond and that is not our fault or yours.
Now, it’s the understanding that we seek because how fast can we get across to you is a  function of time.
We are not planning 100 rooms now but we are planning 400 rooms at once across all the local governments. So, at incremental level, the work is progressing.
For instance, in 2007, how many streets did you see with streetlight at night? But we started with  Awolowo Road. There were streetlights but they were not  working. What happened? It was one vulcanizer at TBS, who was heating tyre and melted the cable in one of the poles and that affected light. We fixed it and switched on. We started putting diesel and we drove on that road and it looked like our small London.
We continued like that; last year alone, we had over 50 roads with streetlights because there is an incremental capacity. We are making poles in Lagos and this year we are looking at doing another 100 roads.
Alimosho had about 11 roads lit up last year. And around Agege Motor Road, we lit up the road and traders can now sell till night and that means  doubling their income. These are the elite that I’m serving.
In Shomolu, they used to stop selling their akara and dodo by 6pm because of fear of insecurity. We gave them light and, today, they sell into the night. Obalende is back.
Your Commissioner for Budget and Planning gave the debt profile at N120 billion, but I’m aware that Lagos is the only state that pays salary from IGR. How sustainable is this system?
Simple, there are few things to understand. There are upper limits of debt profiles by global standards, in relation to a certain percentage of the GDP. We are not near that threshold anywhere.
Secondly, what types of debt profile is it, is it for recurrent expenditure or capital? It is for capital.
If in less than two years to go, I went to the stock market to raise N85billion and it was fully subscribed and you know bankers do not want to lose money; they know what is coming from that and they keyed in; with these projects people earn income and because they earn income, they pay taxes. We are simply moving the money round.
In 1999, when my predecessor took over, we were working with N14 billion IGR and we are now having a budget of almost half a trillion naira and how do you want us to finance that? Is it the money under the pillow? You can’t build a city like that. We want rail and all that, you don’t do it waiting for people to bring kobo kobo.
For instance, the track Europeans built are still there. It is a 100-year asset. You have to finance it by debt and it will pay off.
During Tinubu’s time, when he drew N15 billion out of N25 billion bond, they said he had mortgaged Lagos.
I paid that debt in my first year in the office. The first bond that we took is maturing this year.
It is a N50 billion bond. We have N90 billion in trustees account to pay off N50billion.
If we keep waiting until the money gathers together, you can’t begin to tell me that there is no road to your house. Where am I supposed to build them? The road that Asiwaju built with N15 billion, I can’t touch again with the same amount of money. The dollar was trading at less than one to a naira, but it is almost doubled.
When I assumed office, the dollar was at $1 to N112 and we were borrowing at 10 per cent. Now you are lucky to get at 17 per cent.
Dollar is now $1 to over N170. Those are the realities and we must salute our economic team for the investment they have been able to achieve.
If not for that, would you have LASU-Iba Road, that rail, or make Ikorodu  Road motorable today; Badagry expressway and others? The money we are spending on Ikorodu Road is a loan. It’s a long-term loan. Take the money now and pay back later as long as the people continue to pay their taxes and financial capacity continues.
Was your visit to Edo State solely to endorse the presidential ambition of Governor Adams Oshiomhole?
Really, our country needs development and knowing Edo well, with the things I saw there, I think it’s a development that should come on board every state if that experience is brought to a larger theater of expression.
I’m in support of everybody, who has worked so that we will not come up to say we will not have electricity because we do not have gas.
That gas is not gotten from one alien country, it’s seated underneath us.
It baffles me each time thing I hear we have money, but we are looking for the whereabouts of 12billion dollars. Let us even say for the sake of argument, why couldn’t that money be spent on pipelines to pump fuel over the country or even repair the pipelines?
The issue is, after many years that the country has been extracting crude oil, are the pipes not due for change? I’m changing water pipes on the bridge. So we spent huge sums on power project yet there is no solution.
And I begin to wonder what the United Arab Emirate spent in their total power energy? They powered the desert. How much more can it cost? So it was in that context that I said that I will support any one who is doing well and who has done well, so that such development will come across on board.
In this moment of power shift, will the northerners in your party support him?
I can’t speak for a group. That is your fear. I have a stake. At the end, you can’t speak for a group. They decide on what to be done. For now we are still early in our party programme to discuss the issue of candidates. Until we put in place  the organs of party and officers, that question will not  be addressed.
The Information Minister, Labaran Maku recently said that, at all levels, no government has done what the Jonathan administration had done. But here you are reeling out achievements. How does that make you feel, compared to the assertion that they have done the best?
All I can say is that I hope the best of Nigeria is really further ahead. I don’t want to be the best governor of Lagos. I want better governors to come after me. I think that it’s a leadership problem.
When this sort of statement is  made, you must contextualize it into whether or not we really have prepared ourselves for the kind of responsibilities that we have. Would there have been a Nigeria if those who fought the war didn’t sacrifice? So, for somebody to come after that to say, ‘we are the best…’ That was governance. Keeping the peace and unity of this country, people lost their lives. They served.
How do you dishonour their memory and service by saying nobody has done what you have done? I have never heard any government that wants to progress say those kinds of things. There must be a place for your predecessors. Its a  ladder and a house built on so many blocks of blood, sweat and tears. And whether you like it or not, you will hand over the baton. How would you feel after that, when somebody says you haven’t done anything? Let’s look at power. Did they pass the legislation? They are concluding the process.
There is pension reform today. Did they pass the legislation? It’s a process of thinking and doing sometimes. As
I told people, Thabo Mbeki hosted the World Cup, was he the one who did the bidding for it? What is the value they have added to the GSM today? There are more drop calls now than when the system started. Were they the ones who did it? It was a government that licensed private TV otherwise all of us would be locked on to NTA today and you won’t be here because there would only have been Daily Times. That’s the incremental contributions of your predecessors. So, how are they supposed to feel? And you want to build a nation? You’re provoking everybody? I think there can be better tactics to underscore your development. We can’t show that we are good by showing that everybody is bad. Unfortunately, it’s a strategy that has also worked in some states, but I have always said, look, you must acknowledge what your predecessors have done. They may not have done as much as you have done. They may have operated at a more difficult time than you are operating, but they added value. I don’t believe that anybody is absolutely useless. Everything operates in a time and space. It’s a leadership problem. Democracy is growing. We are building a nation undoubtedly, but we must recognize everybody’s contributions.

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‘Jonathan’s adoption, best thing to happen to Nigeria’

Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Makanjuola Ajadi, weekend said the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 presidential election, was the best thing to happen to Nigeria as a country.
He spoke in an interview with journalists in Ilorin and claimed no party could defeat the PDP in the state, saying Kwarans would vote massively for President Jonathan.
According to him, “There is nobody who can defeat PDP in 2015 election. If it happens, do not call me Senator again, remove Senator from my name because it would not happen. Tell me who are the people remaining in Kwara APC in Kwara State?”
Explaining the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan by PDP as its sole candidate, Senator Ajadi said,” the norms all over the world is that a sitting President has the first option of refusal, in fact other political parties should emulate PDP in the future. Anywhere, a serving president is always given the first option of refusal. It is only when that President refuses that alternative would now be looked into. It is one of the best things that has ever happened in the political development of Nigeria.
Everybody knows all over the world that sitting Presidents are always given the first option of refusal to re-contest. Are we saying, we are still blind and we cannot see what is going on all over the world? This is a lesson for all other political parties in Nigeria to emulate in future. If anybody is on seat and he is performing well and he is willing to go for second term, it should be automatic ticket as it happened to President Jonathan.”

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Granny and 2 others nabbed for Using boy For Pepper Soup

Three people including the paternal grandmother have been arrested by the Niger State police command for slaughtering a 9-year-old boy and using the body to prepare peper soup delicacy.
The incidence happened in Koso village in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, Mr. Olusola Amore, told newsmen that the family of the late boy had reported Liman Doo Mohammed’s mysterious disappearance to the police on the 9th of last month.
However, another report hinted the police that they should beam their search light on the paternal grandmother of the deceased, because he was last seen in her company.
He said based on this vital information, detectives were put on red alert to closely monitor the grandmother called Fatima Sarki’s movement.
Also arrested with her were other relations suspected to be her collaborators.
Amore said on interrogation, the grandmother confessed to have been involved in the dastardly act and mentioned one Zhitsu Aliyu whom she said actually slaughtered the boy.
Another accomplice mentioned was one Amina Musa, who was accused of helping to cook the boy’s remains.
All the suspects have been charged to court on a three count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and cannibalism.
According to the Commissioner, ”The pots and plates the suspects used in cooking and serving themselves with the said cooked human flesh were recovered and are now exhibits.”
The Commissioner revealed that between the months of August and September this year, a total of 65 raids were carried out within the state and a total of 182 suspects were arrested.
According to him, 39 of them were released after interrogation while 143 have already been charged to court for various offences.
He called on people of the state to join hands with him in waging total war against crime and criminals in the state.

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Story of My Life -Part 3

Chapter Three

Three full days passed after that fateful encounter, and the little note Matthew had left for me remained tucked away inside my wallet. I certainly wasn’t following any rule on how many days to wait before calling a guy; rather, I was feeling pretty terrible about calling him at ALL, given my still VERY freshly single status. My ex-boyfriend hadn’t even moved out of our house yet, and although I remained fully aware of that note and secretly wanted to call the number on it, I refrained. It just seemed so wrong to be having thoughts about another guy so soon.

Then, on the afternoon of the fourth day, I went to work and, as I clocked in on the register, I noticed a bright blue, folded sticky note with my name on it taped to the window beside me. I pulled it off and opened it, and there was Matthew’s name and number again, but this time in the handwriting of one the hostesses who answers the phone.

I turned to my manager and asked what it was all about. “This guy already gave me his number!” I said, confused. “What is it doing here again?”

My manager gravely told me that Matthew had called the restaurant and asked for me the day before, but since I wasn’t there, he simply left his name and number with the hostess. “Is this guy stalking you? Do you want me to call him?” he asked with concern.

I laughed and said I didn’t think so. But secretly, I was impressed with Matthew’s tenacity. He was interested, and he wasn’t beating around the bush about it. I liked that.

I texted him that afternoon and apologized for not calling. I told him that I’d wanted to, but it had only been several days since my ex and I had broken up and it felt a little irreverent to be calling another guy so soon. I said that I’d call him when I got off work that night.

The reply I received went something like this: Ok, little miss four days later! Good thing I remain optimistic, ‘cause it was beginning to look like I wasn’t going to hear from you!

Matthew later told me that those were the most torturous four days of his life. He kept his phone within an arm’s reach and pondered whether or not I was playing hard to get or something. When he didn’t hear from me right away, he had called the restaurant (from California!) in case I had “lost his number.” Patience is not this man’s greatest virtue; I can definitely attest to that now!

I don’t want to skim over anything, but I also don’t want to drag this out for weeks. So let’s just say that I called Matthew that evening, and by the end of about a one hour conversation, I knew I had just met the man who would one day be my husband. I called my best friend the next day and told her so, which, naturally, was met with a somewhat apprehensive “umm… ok?”

Truth be told, the relationship encountered quite a bit of trepidation from my friends and family, and understandably so. Everything happened so fast and so furious and so SOON after the end of my previous relationship.

Matthew was almost seven years older than me, had a successful career in insurance and financial services, lived states away, and still seemed dead set on ME. People didn’t trust him, and even I had my moments of doubt as things moved along at lightning speed.

During the week after our first phone call, we talked for hours every night. I learned that he was a huge fan of the book The Secret, just like I was, and he told me that he, too, tried to live his life by the principles of the law of attraction. Coincidence? I think not.

He also told me he had moved his trip back to Texas up a few days so he could spend more time with me, and our first date was scheduled for less than two weeks after our initial meeting. I remember getting a text from him just a couple days before he flew back down to Texas, and it said that he “couldn’t wait to have me in his arms.” I was a little alarmed by this, given that we hadn’t even had our first date yet, but I sort of loved it all at once. It was nice to feel wanted without that veil of pretense and cautious, “acceptable” behavior. Matthew is one of the few people in this world who throws themselves shamelessly and without hesitation at whatever they desire.

So we had our first date. I wore a little black dress with heels and a bright green sweater, and he wore jeans and a black button up shirt. We met at Starbucks, we hugged like old friends, he led me to the car he’d borrowed from his dad, and he opened my door for me like a true gentleman. He started the car and a CD began to play – all my favorite songs, one after another. I demanded that he admit he’d stalked my Facebook and made a CD from all my listed favorite artists, but he denies it to this day. Either he’s lying, or we just have identical taste in music. Either way, it was perfect.

And that evening began a week of “first dates.” We had dinner together several times, went to the movies, visited the nearby Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio, spent his birthday with his parents and grandparents, and then said a very bittersweet goodbye before he headed back to California.

I think it was on the third date that week that I really fell in love. We were deep under the ground in the chilly caverns and listening to the tour guide as she lectured on stalactites and stalagmites, when Matthew wrapped his arms around me from behind and just held me there as we stood. I can’t explain it, but it just felt… RIGHT.

A few days after he went home to California, on Valentine’s Day 2009, I received a very special delivery while I was at work – a gift that would turn out to be one of the most amazing and romantic things I’ve ever been given.

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Four Feared Dead as Thugs Clash in Lagos Island

Three persons might have been killed in a riot that broke out in Lagos Island on Sunday.

It was learnt that one Otun Azeez Asake, regarded as the “most powerful Area Boy” on the Island, was killed by some unidentified suspected political thugs after the PDP rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday.

Trouble was said to have escalated on Sunday afternoon when rival Area Boys, suspected to be from the camp of the late Asake, stormed the camp of one Abija and allegedly killed three persons.

The casualty figure has not been confirmed.

Details later…

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Man-U slump to Leicester Defeat

The Red Devils led at the interval but imploded in the second half against Nigel Pearson’s men, who came back from two goals down to claim a famous win
21 Sep 2014 15:23:00
Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa were the heroes as Leicester City roared back from two goals down to claim a famous win over Manchester United in a eight-goal thriller at King Power Stadium.

Two goals in three minutes from Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria put United in a commanding position early on but Ulloa’s header ensured Leicester were still alive at the interval.

Ander Herrera appeared to have settled matters when his flick wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel to put United 3-1 up, but David Nugent struck from the penalty spot on 62 minutes before summer signing Esteban Cambiasso brought the hosts level moments later with a low drive.

United poured forward in search of a winner but it was Leicester who showed the greater ruthlessness, with Vardy applying a clinical finish to a counter-attack and Ulloa converting a penalty which saw youngster Tyler Blackett sent off.
Radamel Falcao made his expected United debut, replacing the in-form Juan Mata, with captain Wayne Rooney eased back into a slightly deeper role.

Vardy was one of four changes for Leicester alongside former United trainee Danny Drinkwater, Cambiasso and son of Old Trafford legend Peter Schmeichel, goalkeeper Kasper.

Schmeichel was called into early work after Van Persie was fed by Di Maria, but he could do nothing about the Dutchman’s deflected header from a superb Falcao cross which put the visitors ahead on 13 minutes.

The lead was doubled in sublime fashion three minutes later when Di Maria linked up with Rooney before the Argentina star lifted a delightful effort over the helpless keeper.

However, United were almost immediately caught cold at the other end when Vardy got to the byline and crossed for Ulloa to head home powerfully to David de Gea’s left.

The visitors suffered another setback when Jonny Evans limped off and was replaced by Chris Smalling with less than half an hour gone, but both defences just about managed to hold firm for the rest of a fast and furious first period.

Falcao went close to restoring United’s two-goal cusion at the start of the second half when controlling a Rooney pass and firing a half-volley against the crossbar, but it proved a temporary respite for Leicester.

It was Herrera who did claim the third when flicking a Di Maria strike from the edge of the area past a stranded Schmeichel on 57 minutes.

However, Leicester again showed great heart to rally through a Nugent spot kick after Rafael da Silva shoved Vardy in the box and Cambiasso connected sweetly with a shot from just inside the area to level the scores just after the hour.

As United poured forward in search of a winner, they were caught woefully short in defence.

Mata, on as a substitute, was robbed by Ritchie De Laet, whose throughball released Vardy – the former Fleetwood Town man keeping his nerve to slot past De Gea one-on-one.

A mesmerising comeback was complete just four minutes later, more defensive dithering allowed Vardy in on goal again and Blackett could only chop him down in the penalty area, earning the youngster a straight red card and providing Ulloa the chance to cap a stunning outing for Leicester and a first home win in the top flight since May 2004.

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160 Days After Chibok Abduction: Girls tell how they were raped every day – Negotiator Stephen Davis

From a person who seems to have an insight into the operations of Boko Haram came chilling accounts of girls taken captive by the terror group.
“Girls tell how they were raped every day, week after week. One girl was raped every day, sometimes several times a day by groups of men. Some did not survive the ordeal,” Stephen Davis, an Australian negotiator, who visited Nigeria to mediate the release of the Chibok girls captured by the Islamist group, recounted in an article contributed to Sunday Vanguard, titled, ‘When I met Asari and agreed a peace deal.’
The negotiator spoke on a day it emerged that Boko Haram and government representatives held talks on swapping the group’s members in prison with the kidnapped schoolgirls. At the talks, government reportedly rejected Boko Haram’s demand to exchange 30 of its commanders in prison with 30 of the Chibok girls.
Davis was responding to a newspaper interview by a former Niger-Delta militant leader, Alhaji Asari-Dokubo, in which he claimed the almost 300 girls, reportedly captured in Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram, may not have been seized after all.

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist
 
By this weekend, the girls, some of whom apparently escaped from their captors, have spent over 160 days in captivity.
The schoolgirls were seized on April 14.
“The escaped girls tell harrowing stories of rape and abuse. They are traumatised and require medical treatment and counselling. These girls are testament to the horrifying truth about the kidnapping,” the negotiator stated.
Davis made a strong case for action against Boko Haram sponsors to end insurgency in the North-east.
He also recounted his encounter with Dokubo at the peak of the Niger-Delta militancy during the Obasanjo administration, leading to a truce between  the militants and security forces. Read Stephen Davis’ piece here.
Chibok: FG, Boko Haram in swap deal
Meanwhile, a report, yesterday, said  government officials and the International Committee of the Red Cross  had talks with Boko Haram about swapping prisoners of the Islamist terror group for the  Chibok school girls kidnapped in April.
CNN, quoting a source involved in the negotiations, said  officials met four times in mid-August with two senior members of Boko Haram in  Abuja.
The swap would involve the release of 30 Boko Haram commanders in the custody of  government, according to the source, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Boko Haram reportedly submitted a list with the names of 30 members who were either convicted or awaiting trial on terror offenses.
“The two Boko Haram negotiators assured the ICRC and government negotiators that the girls were never raped, were never used as sex slaves and were never sexually assaulted,” said the source.
But this claim is disputed by Davis.
The terror group was said to have expressed a willingness for a swap with the ICRC at an undisclosed location, according to the source. But there was disagreement on some terms, including the number of girls involved in the swap.
Boko Haram, it was learnt, insisted on an even swap — 30 girls for 30 commanders — but the government refused.
“They were only ready to release one to one, which the government was not going to accept,” the source said.
Another hurdle in the talks was Boko Haram’s insistence on meeting the imprisoned 30 members involved in the swap, but they only had contact with six at a prison outside Abuja, the source said.
 

Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, and Boko Haram commanders in 2013 after BH reportedly agreed to dialogue
The six prisoners included Kabiru Sokoto, a senior Boko Haram commander convicted in December 2013 of terror charges related to the deadly Christmas Day bombing of a church in  Madallah in 2011.
“ICRC couldn’t find where the remaining 24 were being detained,” the source said.
The Boko Haram negotiators said they would get back to government after consulting with their superiors.
ICRC sources declined to comment.

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Pope in Trouble!!!- Marries Couple who lived in Sin

Pope breaks taboo, marries couples who lived ‘in sin’
on september 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm in news
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A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.
In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.
Popes very rarely perform marriages — the last one was in 2000.
Marriage “is not an easy road, it’s sometimes a contentious trip, but that’s life”, the pope told the couples, both young and old, as their families gathered for the solemn two-hour ceremony.
“It’s normal that couples fight. That always happens, but don’t end the day without making peace, even a small gesture is enough,” said the pontiff, who donned a red robe for the occasion rather than his usual white.
One of the couples he married was single mother Gabriella and her partner Guido, whose previous marriage was annulled by an ecclesiastical tribunal.
The last time a pope performed a marriage was under the leadership of John Paul II in 2000, and before that in 1994.
It comes three weeks before a major synod of the Catholc Church will discuss the divisive issues of marriage, divorce and conception.
The church ban on allowing divorcees who have remarried to receive communion is one of the key topics up for debate, and resolving deep divisions over the issue inside the church is seen as a key test of Francis’ leadership.
Francis has shown himself more open than his predecessors on the subject of marriage, and has spoken of more realistic attitude to social problems, raising the issue of broken marriages and abandoned women.
Last January he baptised the child of a single mother in the Sistine Chapel along with the daughter of a couple who had not been married in a church.

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TOP BUSINESS IDEAS IN 20I8

Are you interested in starting a business in Nigeria? But you cant think of a profitable one to invest your money in, well think no more, I have drafted a list of profitable businesses you can start  with as low as 2000 naira, to about 100,000.

This article contains authentic business ideas, not just some junk ideas that wastes or gulp up your hard earned money.

TOP 20 IDEAS

They say the future is here. We are currently going through a learning phase where anything and everything is being done using technology. Days aren’t far when you see the things that you currently think impossible, happening in front of your eyes in near future. When everything is being drive by technology, businesses aren’t any exception to anything. Most of the traditional businesses have taken up the online model successfully, and the remaining ones are in process of. It won’t surprise you at all when we tell you that you’ll have everything on your fingertips in future, literally.

20 Best New Business Ideas and people these days are finding and giving opportunities to work with ease, using technology. There are hundreds of online businesses and jobs that can be done while sitting at home; all you need is a working computer and an internet connection. Yes, people are more actively participating in online money-making methods than before. There are hundreds of jobs and businesses that can be done from home while investing very minimal amount. Here are some of the top, in fact 20 best new business ideas that you can switch to during the present and coming year. Go through all the 20 ideas, see which suits you the best, and start!

 

1. Be a Web Designer
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Web designing is an interesting field where you need a combination of art, skills, and technology. You got to have great imagination that can be put to practicality. We are talking about website designing as one of the top new business ideas because it is currently one of the hottest things you can do to earn good. If you have a good hand in coding with knowledge of HTML, have decent designing skills, you can design your own stunning-looking website that is practical for different businesses. Big companies are often looking for web designers to get their websites designed. If you can do the task with some difference, you can score high anytime in the field of web designing. Once you create a perfect work profile for yourself, there is no stopping, both in terms of growth and money!

2. Start Affiliate Marketing
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Affiliate marketing is both simple and complex; in fact, simple to understand and a little complex to improvise. In simple words, in the field of affiliate marketing, you earn commission by selling other companies’ products. Generally, the higher the cost of the product, the higher the commission you earn. Thousands of people around the world have made their fortune via affiliate marketing. It is one of the best methods to earn quick money, in fact. Start slow and grow as you learn.

3. Become a Nutrition Coach
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They say health is wealth; and this can also be proven true from the perspective we are talking about. A lot of people are actually unaware about the kinds of foods they must eat or the kinds of exercises they must do to keep healthy. In addition, a lot of people have to eat and exercise according to their present health. Such people are always looking for advice from professionals. Now, you can be an online nutrition coach who gives coaching, advice, and guidance in relation to food intake, exercise, and every else to people who are looking for it. Health is a great niche to work in to earn good money. You can also do this part-time if you are working as a gym instructor/trainer or dietitian somewhere.

4. Become an Author; Write an E-Book
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People around the world are adapting to e-books instead of the physical ones. They are now reading e-books on their smart devices. They do not need to carry multiple books anymore, for they can store thousands of e-books in their small smart device. Now, let’s look at the other side of the coin. You can be an author to these e-books. Give wings to your creativity and write an e-book that you can get published online paying minimal fees. It is, in fact, one of the best platforms for people who have been rejected by different publishing houses for one or the other reason. Writing an e-book and publishing it online can not only give you a lot of money, but also great recognition in the industry. A lot of people around the world have made a fortune writing e-books; you, too, can.

5. Set Up an Online Consignment Store
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There a lot of money in selling vintage articles these days. Whether you have vintage items in store or some other kind, you can sell them online using the online platforms of different other companies. Vintage items, in particular, can be auctioned and can earn you good money in almost no time. Selling items online would save you on rent or investment you were to make in purchasing a physical store otherwise. Irrespective of the item you have with you, you can find an online platform to sell it off. In addition, you can even sell pre-owned or used items online.

6. Teach Online
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There is a whole world out there willing to learn more. Can you teach them something special? Be it a particular subject, language, skill, art, or anything else, you can teach them online. Online courses have been helping students around the world learn at their own disposal; and these online courses are developed by professionals. You can either develop an online course and sell it online or teach students at their convenient timings online. Both these options not only help you gain experience in your field, but also make some extra money. Online teachers are quite well paid when it comes to special skills, art, or language. Also you can list your online course on different portals where people can buy it.

7. Become Instagram Consultant

Yes, you read it right. You can be an Instagram consultant. If you have a background in social media marketing and have a passion for photography, this is one of the best money-making ideas for you. A lot of big brands are promoting themselves using social media, especially Instagram, but do not know how to go about it in a right way. Companies spend huge amounts to improve their online presence, and Instagram is one of the best social media platforms you can grow your business with. With your knowledge of social media marketing and good eye in photography, you can help the big houses improve their content altogether. If you do it successfully, they won’t mind paying you what you ask for.

8. Be Part of Women’s Health Platforms

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There have been online platforms introduced by women that help other women grow and become self-sufficient. These women-focused online platforms inspire women entrepreneurs to make a difference in society and help other women grow. These online platforms focus on women’s health and product/service related needs to it. You can be part of this aspiring idea and make significant difference in society and earning big.

9. Start Agricultural production

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Poultry Farming: This is a very lucrative business idea, which has been able to make millions for the owners who are interested and willing to take the risks of rearing and nurturing the hatchlings or birds to maturity and final sales. Poultry products like Hen or Chicken rearing, Turkey, pigeon, Guinea fowl, and kiwi.

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Crop Farming: Planting and tendering of crops has never been better with the Nigerian climate, as this has been able to contain and feed the ever increasing populace of the nation. Growing of rice, yam, pepper, tomatoes and the likes, especially cassava can yield up to hundreds of millions especially in large scale due to its importance in the secondary and tertiary markets for production as raw materials.

10. Open a Health Club
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People are focusing more on their health and fitness more than ever these days, and this has given the health industry a rushing boost altogether. We aren’t talking about a regular, just-like-others health club here, but something with difference. It could be something that focuses on every customer’s needs, while making them feel more comfortable and giving them great environment. Going with the current trends and engaging with customers on social media can make a strong social profile for your business, thereby helping it spread both online and word of mouth. In addition to giving you great returns, this business will also help you build a strong network of contacts.

11. Design Kids-Friendly Applications

A research revealed that nearly 75 percent of kids have access to mobile devices, be it of their parents. Kids, if they do not have their personal mobile devices, use their parents’ mobile devices to either learn or play games. Thinking that kids aren’t your potential customers is completely wrong. This is again an opportunity you can tap. Creating educational applications and apps that help kids learn while playing can be great idea to start with. The best thing about is that you do not need to be a great professional designer for that; just start small & basic, and track your growth.

12. Fix E-Waste

There still aren’t enough facilities that can collect and fix your e-waste. Old televisions, laptops, computers, cellphones, batteries, and many such items generally lie unattended in people’s garages. You can start/offer a service that fixes or recycles electronic items for them. Collect the item from their home and device a mechanism to get paid according to the item and location.

13. Impart Software Training

If you have thorough knowledge of a particular software tool, it can help you earn some extra buck. There’s a whole bunch of people looking for trainings in special software tools, but most of the resources available are either too expensive or complex to understand. You can start a small group of trainees or impart training in private sessions, per your or students’ convenience. You can charge them for the full program or per hour, the choice is yours.

14. Become a Healthcare Consultant

Job of a healthcare consultant is to offer data analysis and management to organizations like laboratories, therapists, hospitals, etc. Healthcare consultants generally help healthcare providers to implement different solutions to improve efficiency, thereby saving on a lot of money. As healthcare industry is always going to grow and expand, you stand a fair chance of becoming a health consultant. All you need is a degree in marketing or economics. Start small and grow with opportunities.

15. Start a Food Truck

If you are really good in kitchen and recipes, here’s a great opportunity for you. A recent survey concluded that food truck industry will reach $2.7 billion by the end of 2016. In addition, another survey found the failure rate for food trucks to be only between 10-20% as compared to 60-90% for restaurants. Furthermore, a truck is quite an inexpensive investment as compared to a restaurant; you can always buy an old truck and customize it. With some great recipes and right equipment by your side, you will be set to run your own food truck business within no time.

16. Be a Freelancer

A freelancer is a person who is not into any long-term contract with any company; and companies these days are looking for freelancers for smaller projects (even bigger projects where they cannot have the skilled person on site) and filling skill gaps in their staff. Depending upon your skill-sets, you can always find some part-time, or even full-time, work on different freelance-jobs-offering platforms. You can either get paid by hour or on basis of project. Find the right project for you and grow your profile (and income). As you gain experience, you value will increase.

17. Become a Mobile-Platform Consultant

Technology is going mobile, and it is a must-have for all businesses now. Just because the customers are going mobile, the businesses will have to. All the businesses are trying to go mobile, but some are having hard time and facing different challenges. If you can help them with affordable mobile solutions, you have a great opportunity at hand. Companies always have an ongoing need for mobile assistance.

18. Start Your Translation Services

They have started to call the world a global village, and it is true in fact. With businesses growing and reaching across different borders and cultures, the need for translators has shot up. According to a recent survey, the demand for translators and interpreters is going to grow by nearly 46 percent by 2022. So, if you can help meet businesses with different foreign-language speakers at one place, you are good to start your own translation services.

19. Start with Employee-Monitoring Services

With more and more employees working mobile, the need to monitor them is also growing. In fact, the population of mobile workers is expected to grow to nearly 105 million by 2020. Therefore, the need of employers to monitor their employees is also going to grow with time. Most of all, payroll and billing departments sometimes find it hard to manage the data because of high number of mobile employees. Generally, employers do not have staff to manage all the data relating to mobile workers; the data that can actually be analyzed rightly and prepared for payroll and billing departments. Therefore, a company providing employee-monitoring services can score really high in future. Providing some additional human resources function would be an added advantage.

20. Fix Smartphones

Smartphone market is one of the biggest and is set to grow enormously in future. In fact, smartphones have become a necessity for individuals and businesses. Being a machine, smartphones are prone to damage and problems, and getting one fixed can cost quite a lot of money. You can a solution provider by opening an affordable smartphone repair shop/service. All you need to do is learn fixing broken screens and solving technical problems. Take a crash course and you are set to launch your own business.

There is a long list of businesses that can perform well in coming years, but this list of 20 best business ideas is handpicked and based on various surveys and facts. If you wish to be in control of the things, you got to have a business of your own, and these 20 best new business ideas are definitely going to help.

 

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GEJ Reacts to Hausa threats on Quit Notice

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the ultimatum issued to the Igbos in the north to leave the region.

DAILY POST reports that a coalition of Northern Youth Groups in what they tagged “The Kaduna Declaration” had given all Igbos residing in any part of Northern Nigeria three months to relocate to their places of origin.

Reacting, however Jonathan in a post on his social media page affirmed that every Nigerian has the right to live in any part of the country.

He wrote, “Every Nigerian citizen has an inalienable right to reside in any part of Nigeria. As Nigerians, we should all tailor our thoughts, actions and utterances to promote this and other rights. We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of mother Nigeria.

“There are no still births or unwanted births from our mother. We are all one and equal and it is the responsibility of all men of goodwill to appeal for calm and unity in our beloved country Nigerians. GEJ.”

Poor Health Of Buhari Capable Of Throwing Nigeria Into Confusion As Political Manipulators Are Cashing In – Bisi Akande

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In an emotional statement issued today, the founding National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Chief Bisi Akande, urged Nigerians to pray fervently for President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, warning of the “ugly consequences” of letting the president’s poor health throw Nigeria into confusion.

He also warned those persons who wish to harvest political gains out of Buhari’s condition that they are mistaken.

“This is not Nigeria of 1993,” he stressed.  “We are in a new national and global era of constitutionalism and order. We hope Nigerians have enough patience to learn from history.  My greatest fear, however, is that the country should not be allowed to slide into anarchy and disorder of a “monumental proportion.”

A text of the statement:

AKANDE URGED NIGERIANS TO PRAY FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI’s HEALTH

May 1, 2017 

The founding National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Chief Bisi Akande has urged Nigerians to pray fervently for President Muhammadu Buhari’s health. The health of the leader is intricately intertwine with the health of the Nation. It is more so in a delicately fragile Union of Nations called Nigeria. I did not see President Buhari at the wedding of his grandson in Kaduna last Saturday. I was sad, and I wept. 

When last we met at the wedding of his daughter in Abuja last December, I complained to him that I was not happy about his stressful looks. His reply connoted some allusions to circumstances where an honest man fighting corruption is surrounded mostly by unpatriotic, greedy ruling class. He felt painfully frustrated. He assured me he would soon be going on vacation. I then knew that corruption has effectively been fighting back. And I prayed for Nigeria. That was why Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu and I rushed to meet him in London in February this year when he was sick and could not return as scheduled from his vacation. The rest is history, but we must appreciate that his poor health is already taking a toll on the health of Nigeria as a polity

There are two challenges facing the country today. The first and most critical is the health of the President which, unfortunately, is a development beyond his control and for which we did not prepare. The second is the disorder and lack of cohesion between the National Assembly and the Presidency. These are two great red flag dangers that have the potential of plunging the country into unprecedented chaos and of destabilizing the gains of democracy since 1999,” The greatest danger, however is for political interests at the corridor of power attempting to feast on the health of Mr. President in a dangerous manner that may aggravate the problems between the Executive and the National Assembly without realizing if, in the end, it could drag the entire country into avoidable doom. 

As delicately fragile the Union of Nations making up Nigeria, so delicately fragile the democracy and the rule of laws governing the polity of the Union called Nigerian Federation. Certain Nigerian leaders, having been blindfolded by corruption, assume the possibility of using money in manipulating the national security agencies to intimidate, suppress and hold down certain ethnic nationalities or playing one ethnic nationality against the other with a view to undermining the constitution and perversely upturning the rule of law. To avoid the ugly consequences of letting President Buhari’s ailments throw Nigeria into confusion, I am urging all Nigerians to begin to pray for his divine healing and perfect recovery. 

Let me warn today that those who wish to harvest political gains out of the health of the President are mistaken. This is not Nigeria of 1993. We are in a new national and global era of constitutionalism and order. We hope Nigerians have enough patience to learn from history. 

My greatest fear, however, is that the country should not be allowed to slide into anarchy and disorder of a “monumental proportion.” 

Chief Bisi Akande

P-SQUARE : NOBODY UGLY

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Shortly after dropping their most recent banger titled “Nobody Ugly“, Square Records sensational duo, P-square share the official video to the potential banger.

The visual to this banger gives a vivid explanation to the lyrics and sheds more light on the social media craze that has heightened the level of insecurity especially among girls.

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SHOCKING : Man Rises after 3 days of Death

 70 year old man might have cheated death when he bounced back to life after spending over 30 hours in a mortuary in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.  Doctors at a private hospital in the town had on Saturday, August 26, 2015, certified Amos Otene dead at 4. 30 am and   promptly covered him up and wheeled him into the mortuary, awaiting instructions from members

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of the family for embarment.

As further proof that Otene was dead, the doctors extracted the requisite body fluid and other substances from the corpse, for post mortem examination which was to ultimately reveal the cause of death.
According to the family, the hospital admitted Otene on Friday August 25 after he complained of severe toothache which had persisted for several days. As the news of Otene’s death spread, family members and other sympathisers continued to throng the hospital.
On Sunday, when one of his children, Eche, who lives in Lafia visited, he was taken to the mortuary to confirm that his father had indeed passed on.  According to Eche, at about 1.39 pm, “the morticians at the hospital wheeled out the trolley containing my father and unveiled the face for me to see.
It was in this process that the supposedly he started raising his right hand and all of us fled towards the reception area of the mortuary. From a safe distance we watched as my father lifted himself and sat on the bed and that was about seven minutes later. One of the attendants eventually summoned enough courage and approached my father who fell back on the trolley.”
Eche said that the doctors ordered that the resurrected man be readmitted in the ward where some medication was administered and he was placed on fresh round of drips. He remained in the ward till Tuesday when the doctors carried out series of tests and certified Otene fit for discharge.
Encounter with death
As at Wednesday at the Otene’s Old GRA residence in Makurdi, well-wishers   continued to troupe there to catch a glimpse of the resurrected man. Until   his retirement in 2012, Otene   worked at the Department of Forestry of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Makurdi. In what may well be an apparent case of near-death experience, Otene said that, “what I remember is that I was in a vehicle and traveled a long distance.

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When I got there, there were many people and there was a lot of celebration and merriment and the people were happy. But they did not allow me to stay with them. They said I should go back and repeat my work.
I am much better now and I thank God for everything and I also owe many thanks to the hospital for taking care of me and my family members who have been worried. I hope they will continue to be with me until I am completely free from this stress.”
It’s a miracle
Otene’s wife, Elizabeth, was not aware that her husband had ‘passed’. Her children did not inform her because, according to them, she is hypertensive and they feared that informing her would have caused additional damage.
According to Elizabeth, “they did not tell me that my husband died, they only told me after the resurrection and I think it is a miracle. I ask God to forgive me for doubting when they told me that he died and resurrected.
After his resurrection he developed high appetite for food and he has been demanding for food. Eche, the son said,”this is God’s miracle. We glorify God’s name. God is merciful and we can’t thank Him enough for keeping my father alive. What if they had embarmed him? They did not because they were waiting for us. And when I visited the man came alive. It’s God’s work.”
Faulty death certification
But medical experts say Otene could not have died in the first place and that the question of resurrection was out of the question. The only explanation, according to a Makurdi-based medical practitioner, Dr. Ameh Edace, is that, “he was in a long coma. He was in a long coma if he came back to life before embarment.”
Also reacting, the Medical Director of Rekiya Memorial Hospital, Kaduna, Dr. Bello Mohammed, said that, “in the history of medicine, there has not been any case of anybody coming back to life after being certified dead.
It is not possible but when you talk of miracle, that is a different thing altogether because with miracle, anything can happen.
But if a person is pronounced clinically dead, he remains dead and there is no way he can come back to life, certainly, not after 24 hours. For this case in question, the only medical explanation is that the patient was in a long coma.
If a doctor had certified the patient dead, then the competence of that doctor should be questioned. For sure, there is something wrong with the death certification.

EUTHANASIA: IS IT A SIN?


Religions and death

Death is one of the most important things that religions deal with.
All faiths offer meaning and explanations for death and dying; all faiths try to find a place for death and dying within human experience.
For those left behind when someone dies religions provide rituals to mark death, and ceremonies to remember those who have died.
Religions provide understanding and comfort for those who are facing death.
Religions regard understanding death and dying as vital to finding meaning in human life. Dying is often seen as an occasion for getting powerful spiritual insights as well as for preparing for whatever afterlife may be to come.
So it’s not surprising that all faiths have strong views on euthanasia.
Religious views on euthanasia:
Buddhism
Christian
Roman Catholic
Hindu
Islam
Judaism
Sikhism
Religions and euthanasia
Most religions disapprove of euthanasia. Some of them absolutely forbid it. The Roman Catholic church, for example, is one of the most active organisations in opposing euthanasia.
Virtually all religions state that those who become vulnerable through illness or disability deserve special care and protection, and that proper end of life care is a much better thing than euthanasia.
Religions are opposed to euthanasia for a number of reasons.
God has forbidden it
virtually all religions with a supreme God have a command from God in their scriptures that says ‘you must not kill’
this is usually interpreted as meaning ‘you must not kill innocent human beings’
this rules out euthanasia (and suicide) as well as murder, as carrying out any of these would be against God’s orders, and would be an attack on the sovereignity of God
Human life is sacred
human lives are special because God created them
therefore human life should be protected and preserved, whatever happens
therefore we shouldn’t interfere with God’s plans by shortening human lives
Human life is special
human beings are made in God’s image
therefore they have a special value and dignity
this value doesn’t depend on the quality of a particular life
taking a life violates that special value and dignity
even if it’s one’s own life
even if that life is full of pain and suffering
Eastern religions
Some Eastern religions take a different approach. The key ideas in their attitudes to death are achieving freedom from mortal life, and not-harming living beings. Euthanasia clearly conflicts with the second of these, and it interferes with the first.
Freedom from mortal life
Hinduism and Buddhism see mortal life as part of a continuing cycle in which we are born, live, die, and are reborn over and over again
the ultimate aim of each being is to get free of this cycle, and so be completely liberated from the material world
during each cycle of life and death human beings make progress towards their ultimate liberation
how they live and how they die play a vital part in deciding what their next life will be, and so in shaping their journey to liberation
shortening life interferes with the working out of the laws that govern this process (the laws of karma), and so interferes with a human being’s journey to liberation
Warning: this ‘explanation’ is very over-simplified; there’s much more to these religious ideas than is written here.
Non-harm – the principle of ahimsa
Hinduism and Buddhism regard all life (not just human life) as involved in the process above
therefore they say that we should try to avoid harming living things
this rules out killing people, even if they want to die
The sanctity of life
Religious people often refer to the sanctity of life, or say that human life is sacred. They usually mean something like this:
God gives people life, so only God has the right to take it away.
You can look at that sentence in several ways. Here are three:
God gave us our lives
we owe our lives to God
God is the final authority over our lives
we must not interfere in the ending of our lives
God is intimately involved in our lives
God was intimately involved in our births
God will be intimately involved in our deaths
it would be wrong to try and shut God out of our dying
we should not interfere in the way God has chosen for our lives to end
God gave us our lives
we are only stewards of our bodies, and are responsible to God for them
we must use our bodies as God intended us to
we must allow our lives (our stewardship) to end at the time and in the way God wantsEuthanasia is the termination of a very sick person’s life in order to relieve them of their suffering.

A person who undergoes euthanasia usually has an incurable condition. But there are other instances where some people want their life to be ended.
In many cases, it is carried out at the person’s request but there are times when they may be too ill and the decision is made by relatives, medics or, in some instances, the courts.
The term is derived from the Greek word euthanatos which means easy death.
Euthanasia is against the law in the UK where it is illegal to help anyone kill themselves. Voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide can lead to imprisonment of up to 14 years.
The issue has been at the centre of very heated debates for many years and is surrounded by religious, ethical and practical considerations.
The ethics of euthanasia
Euthanasia raises a number of agonising moral dilemmas:
is it ever right to end the life of a terminally ill patient who is undergoing severe pain and suffering?
under what circumstances can euthanasia be justifiable, if at all?
is there a moral difference between killing someone and letting them die?
At the heart of these arguments are the different ideas that people have about the meaning and value of human existence.
Should human beings have the right to decide on issues of life and death?
There are also a number of arguments based on practical issues.
Some people think that euthanasia shouldn’t be allowed, even if it was morally right, because it could be abused and used as a cover for murder.
Killing or letting die
Euthanasia can be carried out either by taking actions, including giving a lethal injection, or by not doing what is necessary to keep a person alive (such as failing to keep their feeding tube going).
‘Extraordinary’ medical care
It is not euthanasia if a patient dies as a result of refusing extraordinary or burdensome medical treatment.
Euthanasia and pain relief
It’s not euthanasia to give a drug in order to reduce pain, even though the drug causes the patient to die sooner. This is because the doctor’s intention was to relieve the pain, not to kill the patient. This argument is sometimes known as the Doctrine of Double Effect.
Mercy killing
Very often people call euthanasia ‘mercy killing’, perhaps thinking of it for someone who is terminally ill and suffering prolonged, unbearable pain.
Why people want euthanasia
Most people think unbearable pain is the main reason people seek euthanasia, but some surveys in the USA and the Netherlands showed that less than a third of requests for euthanasia were because of severe pain.
Terminally ill people can have their quality of life severely damaged by physical conditions such as incontinence, nausea and vomiting, breathlessness, paralysis and difficulty in swallowing.
Psychological factors that cause people to think of euthanasia include depression, fearing loss of control or dignity, feeling a burden, or dislike of being dependent.

Tyrany Of Courage By Wole Soyinka

Courage is manifested in various forms, in a vast array of situations that may even appear to be studies in contrast, yet the common element is always uniformly recognisable. Courage in governance may be seized in action – going against popular opinion to effect a measure that a leader believes is salutary and necessary – be it in the short or long term – or else withholding a vociferously canvassed measure, but one that is contrary to one’s absolute conviction, even at the risk of slipping several digits down the index of opinion polls. Such positions, I believe, would be universally considered as normal expectations from a courageous leader. Skill in preventing, or managing the resulting public discontent belongs in another department and is outside the scope of what I am moved to remark in the turbulent career of Rotimi Cibuike Amaechi, the subject of this collection of essays.

In any case, the peculiar enclave known as Nigeria calls for very special extensions of those characteristics that much of the world count as demonstrations of leadership courage – a refusal to wilt even under withering power – a nation whose political life has fluctuated between military and civilian rule under such similarities in the exercise of power that both citizens and outside observers often cannot distinguish where one ended and the other began. Within such a political culture, it should not be surprising that what some applaud as acts of courage would be read as acts of recklessness, arrogance, naiveté or obstructionism – “spoiling the game” or not being a “team player” etc.etc.

Thus arises the touting of new insights such as “stomach infrastructure,” a concision for the more familiar, dismissive expression – “na dat one we go chop?” … The language of cheap populism, reductionism, opportunistic and insincere, is substituted for the painstaking pursuit of inclusivity and purpose, with palpable evidence of development. The implicitly mockery of “stomach infrastructure” is elevated to a defending theology, the summative aspiration of a populace of proven intelligence and political discrimination.

These are all attitudes one encounters as response among integrationist players on the political field. It is a response that complements the development of trivialising pronouncements such as “stomach infrastructure”, the latest coinage to attempt to couch the politics of instant gratification in the garb of political realism. What it does however is open the gates of governance wide to the entry of performing clowns, the sanitisation of those who, in other climes, would be deemed not only political lepers but social pariahs.

In a nation where the meaning of courage is the very act of daily survival, this is perhaps understandable, but it is necessary also to remind the thinking part of any electorate that there exist others in the ranks of leadership who refuse to pander to the lowest common denominator of public expectations. They lay the foundation for a viable future, even at the risk of earning the hostility, even of the violent nature of others on their, or other rungs of the shared ladder of power. Those proponents of the live-and-lets-share attitude to governance, cynically promote a culture of hand-out dependency among vulnerable sectors of the public. They advertise the opposing school of governance as enemies of the people, and forge in them bonds of loyalty to whatever passes for power. Around their orbit is woven a network of corruption that is self-proliferating, since it draws more and more of the same tendency into itself, swelling its rank, while the resisters are isolated, sometimes pilloried, hunted and even, wherever possible, eliminated as deviants from the norm.

Thus arises the touting of new insights such as “stomach infrastructure,” a concision for the more familiar, dismissive expression – “na dat one we go chop?” Alas, “dat” stands for the far-sighted bequests of governance that alone guarantee a sustainable enhancement of the quality of life through common services, material infrastructural development that minister to productive existence, and the laying of a foundation for future generations through the provision of access to education, health and creative opportunities. The language of cheap populism, reductionism, opportunistic and insincere, is substituted for the painstaking pursuit of inclusivity and purpose, with palpable evidence of development. The implicitly mockery of “stomach infrastructure” is elevated to a defending theology, the summative aspiration of a populace of proven intelligence and political discrimination.

No matter the political system, there are always tiers of powers in any society. In the interaction between those tiers – based on laid down protocols of co-existence – rulers free to expose themselves as either upholders or betrayers of the trust placed in their hands by the electorate for smooth governance, a prerequisite for daily social stability. They can opt for mutual respect or condescension; foster complementary spheres of operation or master–slave relationships; dictatorship or peer collaboration, etc. etc. The right choice is crucial for ensuring that society remains on an even keel, not dragged into whirlpools of power conflict. All tiers however are understood to be dedicated to a mission of ameliorating the conditions of the humanity under their charge.

When the signs clearly indicate betrayal of that mission in caucuses where power is exercised away from the electorate, only the courage of a principled minority rescues society from waking up from a four-year sleep to find that they have been disenfranchised, materially deprived even of the pillows that prop up their heads while they went into the four, five or six-year sleep between elections. Participants in governance then have a choice – to collaborate with such predatory power tiers or alert the somnolent constituency. They have a choice to kowtow to occupants of the higher tiers in the acknowledged hierarchy of power, always bearing in mind that they are equal custodians of the people’s trust and thus, equally accountable. They may however opt for the more hazardous path of a principled defense of a people conferred mandate! Theirs is the choice of drifting with the tide or exerting leadership pressure from their sphere of shared authority and responsibility, exercising legitimate powers on behalf of their electorate, or else acquiesces in the orgy of treachery.

To stand up to a bully, no one will deny that this takes courage – be it as a class pupil against an aggressive classmate or overbearing school prefect, a driver’s apprentice against an over-muscled garage tout, a battered wife – or husband – against an abusive and violent spouse. Even a factory floor worker tied to slave wages has it in him to refuse to act slavishly in relating to the foreman or factory owner. It requires only that attribute that is common to all humanity – courage. Few draw upon that inner resource, however.

They have a choice of surrendering, even their own powers “for the sake of peace” and/or lure of favour, while others fend off encroachments that can only work against the interests of the people whom they are elected to serve. The have the choice of preserving their own integrity, or abandoning both political and personal self-respect. To make the right choice, and to make it consistently, despite incurring penalties such as the deprivation of legitimate resources and political isolation, persecution and unrelenting harassment, including threat to life – now that clearly offers us a template of governance courage to which one feels an obligation to call attention.

Such exercise of courage should not be necessary. It should never be required in a normal society, that is, a society that respects and is guided by the rule of law. It has to be abnormal circumstances that call on the rest of us, observers on the side lines, to point to very real and exceptional acts that define such courage – but then, how do you define a nation that appears to exist in exceptional circumstances, a nation that is permanently defined by serial abnormalities! Where, for example, in the whole wide world, do we encounter the travesty of numbers where five members of a corporation of twenty seven gather to annual the membership of the other twenty two, all equal under company laws and public mandate? Or the Chairman of the company governing board who accepts, endorses, and acts upon the basis of a “majority” of fifteen over seventeen?

The cautionary tale of David and goliath has turned a nation into addicts of political soap opera – “do not miss the next episode!” scream the last, and it never fails to disappoint. The multiple incarnations of Goliath consistently proves incapable of learning from their predecessor. They forget that David is also a creature of multiple guises but, additionally, a waif of tremendous courage.

To stand up to a bully, no one will deny that this takes courage – be it as a class pupil against an aggressive classmate or overbearing school prefect, a driver’s apprentice against an over-muscled garage tout, a battered wife – or husband – against an abusive and violent spouse. Even a factory floor worker tied to slave wages has it in him to refuse to act slavishly in relating to the foreman or factory owner. It requires only that attribute that is common to all humanity – courage. Few draw upon that inner resource, however. In any non-dictatorial form of governance, where all are equal before the vote, and earn legitimacy within clearly demarcated zones of authority no matter the tier of governance, conduct that requires exceptional courage in interaction should be totally incongruous.

Yet the choice of resistance and surrender constantly looms as a factor of survival, and many succumb to force majeure. A mere handful then find themselves obliged to compensate for such dereliction by the redoubled exertion of their own reserves of courage in defense of the integrity of office. This is a travesty of responsibility in any democracy, since even disputed overlaps of boundaries, resulting in zonal trespassing are easily arbitrated by the structures of law and constitution, thus leaving all branches of governance free to concentrate on the duties for which they are elected. All these form the basis, not only of civilsed governance, but of society itself. Anything to the contrary and the public is cheated, shortchanged, since time, mind, and resources must be deployed again and again – sometimes, on a continuous basis – to anticipate and secure the very springboard from which rulership responsibility can be discharged. This is where courage itself becomes, ironically, a tyrant, demanding more of every situation, ever insatiable, nearly turning into the enemy of its own most faithful protagonists.

The cautionary tale of David and goliath has turned a nation into addicts of political soap opera – “do not miss the next episode!” scream the last, and it never fails to disappoint. The multiple incarnations of Goliath consistently proves incapable of learning from their predecessor. They forget that David is also a creature of multiple guises but, additionally, a waif of tremendous courage. Easy victories from the past has lulled Mr. Goliath into a condition of complacement stupor, his bag full of antiquated tricks from past successes. Sometimes brazenly, clobbering opposition to submission with secret files of past malfeasances to silence dissent within the ranks. Sometimes in defiance of, and for the inglorious agenda of undermining a people’s last recourse – the judiciary. Sometimes sneakily, such as altering resolutions of the legislature in the corridor of power after midnight – scandalous instances which fade into the sump of a nation’s short memory, making one wonder – did I dream this, or did it really happen? Sometimes in guise of a gentle giant of mild mien, but with a mailed fist within velvet gloves. Yes indeed, there is also the Goliath versed in co-option of what should be a people’ common services for collective security – the Army – in order to threaten and intimidate all opposition in a simple, routine, regulated contest for places on the ladder of governance.

Why, we are moved to ask, are some other Goliath variations patently at home in company of the unsavory, over whom a broad net of protection is cast, so that they become untouchable, and the culture of impunity becomes rampant from one end of the nation to the other. Over such an enclave is sometimes spread a banner that reads: “Stealing is Not Corruption.”

We are endeavouring to call to mind the scenario where a soldier ‘arrests’ a sitting governor, menaces him with a gun, for daring to tread a common political earth in pursuit of his personal but legitimate political interest. And sometimes we encounter Goliath of organised lawlessness, no better than a gangland mobster but paid from public funds and decked in uniformed authority, a Goliath who routinely disrupts assemblages of the elected, proscribes meetings of a people’s chosen representatives, lays siege to, and tear gases homes of the elected.

When thoroughly drunk with ill-digested power, Goliath even forgets that he is only a paid functionaire and moves to occupy the territory of sheer bombast. He is now a lion, he declares, oblivious to the reality – as pronounced by his designated victim – that only a drunk mistakes a woman’s lapper for a lion’s mane. Such clowns need to be sent on refresher courses to places where children go to view lions for a few pennies, and circuses where the lion tamer cracks his whip to make them jump through hoops, rise on their hind legs, strut and simper like lapdogs to the delectation of audiences. There are indeed, lions and lions. We know of vegetarian lions even as there are the authentic carnivores and lords of the grassland.

Why, we are moved to ask, are some other Goliath variations patently at home in company of the unsavory, over whom a broad net of protection is cast, so that they become untouchable, and the culture of impunity becomes rampant from one end of the nation to the other. Over such an enclave is sometimes spread a banner that reads: “Stealing is Not corruption.” And so David continues his crusade, unfazed, right into the lion’s den in order to band the mangy creature in his den, contesting the descent of governance into an uncontested diarchy where citizens cannot even swear who is the senior partner, such is the right and power of interventionism exercised by the unelected paramour.

It is sad that we should have to single out individuals who have accepted this burden and who made a choice – which is not to be a “good boy” in the good books of ‘oga on top’, but to remind us that it is not civil society that should necessarily speak truth to power, but that power must also speak to power. Mostly, power only whispers to power…

How does one determine whose mandate it was to elevate the lapa-lion, the unctuous, boastful, uncouth agent and facilitator of gross illegitimacies to the topmost level of the mafia hierarchy? But should it have been unexpected? Having faithfully served the unelected partner in the subversion of one occupant of a rung of the ladder of governance for the entrenchment of illicit power-sharing, what other position befits the unctuous servitor but a place at the top echelon of the nation’s structure of law enforcement, of peace and security, within the very pyramidal cone of the pylon raised to law and order? Performance over and above the call of duty in the service of illegitimacy deserves recognition at the top of the heap of institutionalised mob rule, and so it proved.

We owe it to ourselves and our progeny to ensure that these obscenities are placed permanently on record. More importantly however, society needs knowledge of mavericks within the ruling class, those who sometimes evince resistant courage within governance, responsible for a line of fire drawn on the found of democracy that reads: So far and no further. From the civic polity, no less is expected. Within governance, however, we know that the challenge is often more complex and thus deserves special notation. There are political issues that constitute permanent concerns and go beyond the internal affairs of any one state – this should be apparent to any but the irredeemably compromised, and the struggle for democracy is prime animator within such issues. It certainly woke up the legislatures to the extent that a non-partisan group was set up to go and check on what special diet Lapa Lion was feeding on, when he acted in presumption of authority to control and/or dictate to the elected assembly of a people when they might meet or not, whether they could meet or not. Example set by our exceptional governing individuals remind us of the dangers to our hard-won liberties for which so many lives have been sacrificed, some of them simply from the forces of attrition that wear out body and soul silently, without fanfare.

It is sad that we should have to single out individuals who have accepted this burden and who made a choice – which is not to be a “good boy” in the good books of ‘oga on top’, but to remind us that it is not civil society that should necessarily speak truth to power, but that power must also speak to power. Mostly, power only whispers to power – which is only a matter of political decorum – for a start! However, since power belongs ultimately to the people, such power only returns to the people what has always remained theirs even when conferred, largely through the electoral process, to any surrogate. Thus, it becomes mandatory, when power remains deaf to whispered truths, that power must not merely speak, but scream truth to Power, and in an accent that alerts us to the moments of betrayal.

…governance courage is most openly displayed and most easily betrayed – in the ability to say, “yes, I am a part of this, but that is not what I was elected to be a part of”. Then leadership courage, within or outside governance, transfers back to and animates follower, so that when a familiar voice is heard saying, “Let us march,” it finds the followers not merely ready, but miles ahead. Those whose memories are short should take a revision exercise by re-visiting the crucial month of the year 2009 and be instructed by the means by which the current occupant of Aso Rock came to power, despite the wiles and machinations of a desperate cabal of corrupt usurpers that had laid internal siege to the seat of power.

Yes, everyone can see the giant primary healthcare programme. I have also visited the model schools. I have seen the extensive infrastructural development by way of roads, bridges, and other habitable structures. In general, I have observed the transformation in Rivers State, and it is not difficult to assess the dramatic reduction of the degree of insecurity and violence in a state I have often visited, since it even aspires to be a centre of culture, and effort that earned the people the distinct honour of being declared Book Capital of the World for the Year 2014 – a remarkable, most enviable achievement.

Rivers is not the only state to which I have been quietly and openly challenged to visit and assess for myself evidence of “uncommon transformation” in one form or the other. We need not be inhibited over plaudits, criticisms or suggestions for the common effort at enhancing the lives of people, indifferent to whichever side of the divide in the political spectrum they occupy. We know that oil wells provide a start-off advantage for some, and one has learnt to separate rhetoric from attainment – it is what you do with what you have that counts. Ekiti or Zamfara cannot be judged on the same scale of material transformation as Bayelsa or Lagos. In this contribution therefore, it is not the quantification of attained targets or indeed the existence of a transformative vision that constitutes my major preoccupation. Of far greater interest is the very foundation of a democratic continuity, which alone guarantees a conducive environment for the holistic well being of a people, the ultimate purpose of governance, and the courage that the managers of society bring to bear on the process. We must laud those whose governance conduct is marked by a consistency in the promotion of the seeming intangibles that manifest themselves as the pillars of productive self-confidence within society, at the head of which we count Freedom. Volition. Choice.

This is where governance courage is most openly displayed and most easily betrayed – in the ability to say, “yes, I am a part of this, but that is not what I was elected to be a part of”. Then leadership courage, within or outside governance, transfers back to and animates follower, so that when a familiar voice is heard saying, “Let us march,” it finds the followers not merely ready, but miles ahead. Those whose memories are short should take a revision exercise by re-visiting the crucial month of the year 2009 and be instructed by the means by which the current occupant of Aso Rock came to power, despite the wiles and machinations of a desperate cabal of corrupt usurpers that had laid internal siege to the seat of power.

How times change! The prime beneficiaries may forget. The people do not.

This piece, “The Tyranny of Courage” by Wole Soyinka is the Foreword to theDynamics of Change: The Amaechi Yebooja.

ONDO STATE PLACES BAN ON LOVAL GIN MANUFACTURING AND CONSUMPTION ION LOCAL BARS

Ogpgoro being sold in various bottles

The Ondo state Government, west of Nigeria has banned the production and consumption of locally-made gin, commonly called `ogogoro` in the state.

The ban was reminiscent of the colonial and post colonial time when the gin was declared illegal. Dr. Tai Solarin, the educationist and founder of Mayflower School in IKenne in Ogun state, led a campaign for the lifting of the ban in the 70s.

This time around, the Ondo state government is slamming a ban as a result of the recent health hazards associated with its consumption.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, announced the ban at a news conference in Akure on Saturday.

The commissioner attributed the ban to the outbreak of an unknown disease two weeks ago in Irele Local Government Area of the state.

“Our clinical analysis reveals the fact that there were no known viruses, while toxicology reports have confirmed our prime suspicion of methanol poisoning.

“We have reviewed our strategies and embarked on sensitisation to let people know that locally-made gin is prohibited.

“We will also embark on searches because this batch of methanol-containing gin must have gone round because 4 cases: 2 alive and 2 dead have been found in Odigbo Local Government Area,“ he said.

Adeyanju said that stakeholders such as religious leaders, transporters, youths, market women, and the relevant association would be informed of the development.

He said, “We will start with the entire South Senatorial District, then move to the Central Senatorial District.

According to the commissioner, the unknown disease has so far claimed 23 lives with ten other people receiving treatment.

“Two of them have regained their sights and are back home.

“We appeal to the general public to desist from drinking the gin until we are able to identify the source of contamination or find out how the methanol got into the drinks,“ he said.

The commissioner said that the state government was working closely with the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control and the National Orientation Agency to sensitise members of the public to the dangers of consuming such drinks.