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Ekiti guber race TALKING POINTS OF THE PAST WEEK and season of At last, Senate passes N4.69trn violence Bride, 14, kills husband, 3 others 2014 budget APRIL 13, 2014

Being a beauty queen is no hindrance to getting good husband –Beecee Obiajulu Olabisi Ugbo whose stage name is Beecee, is a model, ex-beauty queen and wife. She dismisses the opinion of some mothers who believe that participating in beauty pageants gives the girl unnecessary exposure that could hinder her from getting married, or at the right time. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, this gospel artiste unfolds what she does right to retain her shape.

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Danger and consequence of abortion In spite of religious teachings and the dangers surrounding abortion, induced abortion has persisted, as perpetrators use different methods. These include herbal abortifacients, the use of sharpened tools, physical trauma, and other traditional methods.

Smokers now risk six months jail term or a fine of N50,000 as the Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved a draft bill on tobacco control. The bill will be forwarded to the National Assembly for passage to law. The bill specifically prescribed punishment for those who smoke in public places and no-smoking designated areas. Similarly, companies that

flout the provisions of the bill will be liable to a fine of N5m, while jail term for the chief executives of such companies vary from one to two years. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the bill was to protect Nigerians against the harmful effects of tobacco.

LCCI warns FG against borrowing The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and industry, LCCI, has urged the Federal Government to resist the temptation under any excuse to increase borrowing. The chamber also protested the inadequate number of slots allotted the Organised Private Sector, OPS, at the national conference. The warning was contained in a statement by the LCCI at

its quarterly press briefing on the economy in Lagos yesterday. According to the LCCI President, Mr. Remi Bello, there is an urgent need to moderate the growth of domestic debts and free resources for investment in the economy in line with the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, FRA, and with regard to debt management.

Police rescue jobless graduate from committing suicide Sunday Omotayo, an unemployed engineering graduate of old Ekiti State University was rescued yesterday by men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command from committing suicide in Uyo. Omotayo caused a stir along Wellington Bassey

Way when he deliberately jumped out of a speeding Toyota Hiace bus, expecting to be crushed to death by oncoming vehicles. Omotayo said he was frustrated as he had toiled day and night in search for a job for over 10 years after graduation but to no avail.

Airport land tussle: Harry Akande’s son arrested The Nigerian Police, Airport Command, yesterday detained the General Manager, AIC Limited, Chief Niyi Akande, over the airport land controversy between the company and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN. Also, the company’s president, Chief Harry Akande,

was also invited for interrogation by the command, but the business mogul declined the invitation when he got wind of the earlier invitation and detention of his son. The police, however, debunked the claim of Niyi’s detention, but confirmed his invitation.

lance as Shinkafa Bera, at a village market for N8. The unsuspecting husband and three of his friends were said to have eaten the poisonous food and gave up the ghost in the process. Two of the friends, Nasiru Mohammed and Alhassan Alhassan of Yansoro Kademi, died on the spot, while the other female victim, Indo Ibrahim, lost her life at the hospital. The ten others who ate the food alongside the deceased were treated and discharged at the hospital.

Libel: Adoke withdraws N10bn suit against Melaye The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, yesterday withdrew the much publicised N10.2bn libel suit he instituted against former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye. He gave no reason for his decision. Abuja high court judge, Olasimbo Goodluck, did not waste time to strike out the suit, fol-

lowing the decision by Melaye not to oppose Adoke’s request. Melaye, who had joined issues with Adoke on the matter, was caught by surprise yesterday over the development. His counsel insinuated that the AGF withdrew the case after seeing the defence of Melaye. But National Mirror gathered that both the aggrieved plaintiff and the defendant in the matter had amicably resolved the issue.

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A teenage bride, Wasila Umaru, has allegedly killed her 35-year-old husband, Umaru Sani, and three others in Ungwar Maisoro, Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State, with a rat poison which she administered on the food she served the victim and 14 of his friends. Spokesman of the Kano State Police Command, ASP Musa Magaji Majiya, who revealed this at a press conference yesterday, said 14-year-old Wasila reportedly bought the rodent pesticide known in local par-

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After months of delays, the Senate yesterday passed the 2014 Appropriation Bill, which authorises the Federal Government to implement the N4.695trn budget. The House of Representatives is also expected to pass the bill today and end several months of arguments over details of the appropriations with the executive. Out of the amount,

N408.6bn is for statutory transfers, N2.45trn is for recurrent expenditure while N1.12trn is for contribution to the development fund for capital expenditure. The budget also set a benchmark oil price of $77.5 per barrel, up from the $74pb recommended by the executive and crude oil production assumption of 2,388 million barrels per day as recommended by the executive.

On Monday, first, I do review of what I had done the previous week and make sure everything is in place before another week. When I’m through with that, I will know what next to do, how to go about it and the jobs that I’m done with. That would enable me go in for another one. I’m set for the week already. So, I visit whoever I want to; go for locations, studio sections and do every other thing I have to do outside my office premises. I check all my details for the week and make sure they’re going according to the way I planned them. I will make sure everything is done today. If it is not, I tidy them up for the weekend. My week is done and I work light. I make sure it is a short working day for me. I go to club to dance away the night. I relax for church. I get prepared and take my time to iron my clothes. Then if there is any event or show to be attended later in the day, I do so. I go to church after which I come home to relax and get prepared for the new week. *By Adaeze Amos (0802 301 2293)


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remains neglected The parlous state of Nigeria’s agriculture, despite publicity stunts, can no longer be hidden as the sector, which should have generated employment for teeming Nigerian youths, has been left in the doldrums. This report by Tayo Adelaja, Head Special Investigations, brings to grim reality, the various factors militating against efforts at achieving great yields from the farms to bolster Nigeria’s export rating, and above all, why Nigerian youths are largely uninterested in taking to agriculture WHY AGRICULTURE REMAINS UNATTRACTIVE TO YOUTHS –EXPERTS

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ccording to Benjamin Franklin, a scientist, philosopher and one of the founding fathers of the United States, “There seem to be three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbours. This is robbery. The second is by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favour, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.” Samuel Johnson, an English poet, was of the opinion that, “Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation but the only riches she can call her own. Agriculture for an honourable and high-minded man is the best of all occupations or arts by which men procure the means of liv-

ing”. Since life on the farm requires patience, crops cannot be hurried nor can an ox be made in two days, farming in Nigeria over the years has continued to decline. Femi Omobomi, a graduate of Agricultural Science from the Federal School of Agriculture, Akure Ondo State told our correspondent that he dumped agriculture upon his graduation because of lack of motivation. His words: “I dumped agriculture because I was not encouraged. The government failed to provide the necessary equipment needed to work on the farm. I had the mind to practise what I studied and when I delved into it, it was just too stressful. I tried to apply for loan from the government but loans are only given to those who are not ready to work on farm because of their influence within the government. Those who received the loans diverted them to other things. More so, the process of farming is tedious, time consuming and you know youths love instant profit and government is not helping at all in this area”. In another dialogue, Femi Akinlosotu, a 400-level Agricultural Science student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, dismissed the idea of going into farming after graduation from school. Like most Nigerian youths, he said, “The CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 era of practising what you studied has gone. I cannot imagine myself taking to farming when my mates are working in the banks, oil companies, telecommunication firms, or the Civil Service Commission. Farmers are not being encouraged and if you see the way they are being treated, you will not pray for your enemy to go into farming”. Mr. Kayode Babatope Olabisi, a lecturer at Federal School of Agriculture, Akure in an interview with Sunday Mirror spoke about why agriculture remained unattractive to youths and why the sector is neglected. “The number one thing is that agriculture requires hard work and on the average, youths don’t like hardwork, and you discover that the support that agriculture is supposed to have from the government to make it attractive to youths is no longer there. For instance, if a man buys an Okada today, he can earn some income on the Okada today but there’s no crop you can establish on the field, there’s no animal you can start to raise today and you get returns almost immediately. As I said earlier, agriculture requires hard work and the majority of these youths are not prepared to work. Though it has its reward because it is obtainable, it may not be the same with somebody riding an Okada. The major reason is because the enabling environment is not really there to attract the youth. Apart from that, the traditional way of farming is another reason a lot of youths are running away from farming or agriculture. Tilling the ground the traditional way, planting of crops, removal of weeds before they earn an income the way our fathers had been doing it, they found it stressful and therefore run away from what they see as stress. Then money in agriculture is not a thing that is easy to come by; there is a time frame, gestation period through which whatever you plant or whatever you have to raise will mature and start earning some income,” Olabisi emphasised. In the past, agriculture employed nearly three-quarters of the country’s workforce, as it is the case in most of subSaharan Africa. It was the principal source of food and livelihood in the country, making it a critical component of the programmes that sought to reduce poverty and attain food security. The agricultural history of Nigeria is intertwined with its political history. Before the British conquest, the pre-colonial society strived on farming as the mainstay of the traditional economy. The period of the colonial administration, 1861-1960, was punctuated by rather ad hoc attention to agricultural development. During the era, considerable emphasis was placed on research and extension services.

The 1962-1968 development plans was Nigeria’s first national arrangement. Among several objectives, it emphasised the introduction of more modern agricultural methods through farm settlements, cooperatives (nucleus) plantations, supply of improved farm implements (e.g. hydraulic hand presses for oil palm processing) and a greatly expanded agricultural extension service. Some of the specialised development schemes initiated or implemented during this period included: Farm Settlement Schemes; and National Accelerated Food Production Programme (NAFPP), launched in 1972. There were also a number of agricultural development intervention experiments, notably Operation Feed the Nation, launched in 1976; River Basin and Rural Development Authorities, established in 1976; Green Revolution Programme, inaugurated in 1980; and The World Bank-funded Agricultural Development Projects (ADP). In spite of the growing importance of oil, Nigeria has remained essentially an agrarian economy, with agriculture still accounting for significant shares in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and total exports as well as employing the bulk of the labour force. Available data shows that at independence in 1960 the contribution of agriculture to the GDP was about 60 per cent, which is typical of developing agrarian nations. However, this share declined over time to only about 25 per cent between 1975 and 1979; this was due partly to the phenomenal growth of the mining and manufacturing sectors during the period and as a result of the disincentives created by the macroeconomic environment. Similarly, the growth rate of agricultural production exhibited a downward trend during the period. Thus, between 1970 and 1982, agricultural production stagnated at less than one per cent annual growth rate, at a time when the population growth was between 2.5 to 3.0 per cent per annum. There was a sharp decline in export crop production, while food production increased only marginally. Thus, domestic food supply had to be augmented through large imports. The food import bill rose from a mere N112.88 million annually during 1970-74 and to N1, 964.8 million in 1991. The early years have also witnessed the establishment of several agricultural research institutes and their extension research liaison services. Some of the major institutions are: Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Service (AERLS) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria established in 1963; The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), at Ibadan and; International Livestock

Centre for Africa (ILCA). Nigeria’s total land area is 92.4 million hectares. Of this area, 91 million hectares is adjudged to be suitable for cultivation. Approximately half of this cultivable land is effectively under permanent and arable crops, while the rest is covered by forest wood land, permanent pasture and built up areas. Among the states which have the most abundant land areas are Niger (7.6 million hectares) and Borno (2.8 million hectares). In 1996, a total of 33 million hectares were cultivated to crops generally; out of which 17.7 million hectares were for staples and 4.9 million hectares were for industrial crops. Babatunde Bakare, an Economist and the Managing Partner of Bakare and Co in an interview with Sunday Mirror said, “To the casual observer, it would appear that Nigerian agriculture has done well in spite of the problems. After all, it is said that over 70 million Nigerians (about 70 per cent of the population) derive their livelihood from agriculture. “The first danger signal is that the productivity of agriculture has not grown but has declined in some sectors; consequently Nigeria has been unable to feed its population. The second danger signal is that the population is growing rapidly at the rate of about three per cent which surpasses the rate of growth of food production. The third is that our foreign exchange earnings are declining such that we cannot afford to supplement local food production with imports. The three factors have combined to cause acute food scarcity which is currently felt more in spiralling food prices than in non-availability of food. This is why currently, the average salary earner spends an unduly large proportion of the monthly take-home pay on food alone. “If agricultural productivity does not increase considerably in the next decade, and our foreign exchange earning capacity continues to decline, while the population continues to grow at the current rate, then Nigeria will face a situation of absolute food scarcity. The giant of Africa may be forced to go cap-in-hand begging for food aid. The prospect of this occurring necessitates that action should be taken to transform our agriculture fast as we make efforts to reduce our population growth rate. Agricultural professional organisations and institutions must rise to the occasion to ensure the sustained and efficient production of food, a resource of critical importance to the security and integrity of Nigeria.” Lateef Adesona, an agronomist, pointed out that, “The CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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Agriculture: ‘No enabling environment to attract youths’ Mr. Kayode Babatope Olabisi, a lecturer at theFederal School of Agriculture in Akure speaks with Hakeem Gbadamosi on why youths failed to embrace agriculture. He suggests what should be done to make agriculture and farming attractive to youths across the country. Excerpts: What do you think accounts for the decline in the Agriculture sector in the country? The main thing I will say is responsible for the decline in the sector is the shift of attention to the oil sector. This shift of attention greatly contributed to the decline in agricultural productivity. As an agriculture lecturer in a tertiary institution where future agriculturists are being bred, why do most of the students prefer white collar jobs to what they studied in school as they find agriculture to be unattractive? You are right, the number one thing is that agriculture is hard work and on the average, youths don’t like hard work. You’d discover that the support that agriculture is supposed to have from the government to make it attractive to youths is no longer there. For instance, if a man buys an Okada today, he can earn some income on the it today, but there’s no crop you can establish on the field, there’s no animal you can start to raise today and you get returns tomorrow. As I said earlier, agriculture requires hard work and the majority of these youths are not prepared to work, though it has its reward because it is obtainable, it may not be the same with somebody riding an Okada. The major reason is because the enabling environment is not really there to attract the youths. Apart from that, the traditional way of farming is another reason a lot of youths are running away from farming or agriculture, tilling the ground the traditional way, plant crop, to remove weeds, before they earn an income the way our fathers had been doing it. They find it stressful and therefore run away from it. Then money in agriculture is not a thing easy to come by, there’s is a time frame, gestation period through which whatever you plant or whatever you have to raise will mature and start earning some income. Then when it comes to earning income in agriculture, there should be an enabling environment that will be on ground before this can be made possible. Shouldn’t the introduction of mechanised farming make it attractive to the youths? Agreed that mechanised farming is a way out, but in achieving this, there’s a role the government is expected to play in enhancing mechanisation. How many farm-

ers can afford to buy a tractor? Then if the government comes in, maybe to put tractors in place and they must monitor this to know how many people that have access to them. For instance, if you have time to visit the ADP and ask them how many farmers they service in a year, let’s start from there. Then it is not all sector of agriculture that we can mechanise as there are still some things that individuals need to put in place; if the enabling environment is not there, it will affect a lot of things. When we talk about the enabling environment, infrastructure like electricity has a great effect on agriculture. If a fish farmer harvests and is unable to sell everything, and if he does not have the means to process it, store or preserve it, there will be problem. If the amount of money you realise from the sales cannot justify the investment, you will think twice before investing in such venture again. Therefore, the government needs to assist in putting some necessary facilities in place. Do you see agriculture as alternative means of reducing unemployment? Yes, it is. But there are lots of things that we need to put on ground. For instance, when we talk about the value change, like if you produce and you didn’t have the means of processing and storage, it will surely affect your productivity. If the processing and storage aspect are taken care of and the market is there, you can be rest assured that whatever you produce will be sold, even at a later date. When we talk about agriculture, it’s all encompassing. There’s is what we understand as cobweb theory, when you produce this year, assuming there’s scarcity, because agriculture is a seasonal business, assuming you have this certain item during the wet season and the whole of the market is flooded with that product, what happens after? If you cannot make enough money that period but the time the dry season comes when production is out minimal because people are not producing, then the price goes up. But if there’s no guaranteed reachable price, to make up for whatever you have invested and give you some degree of profit, you will always think twice before investing your money. What can we do as private individuals, government, and organisations to promote agriculture and make it attractive to youths? As I said, the business is out of the government, but the people too. Though there are certain things the government must do when we are talking about mechanisation. There are some tractors that private individuals cannot afford but if they have an idea where machines are available for rentage, they can approach them, get the machines and make use of them. There’s something we refer to as buy back; I think Ondo State introduced something like that before. When you produce and there’s more

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goods in the market, definitely the price is going to reduce. But if the government is buying from you at a guaranteed reasonable price for what you have done, maybe to encourage the youth, to continue to produce, this is an area government must look into. Then the issue of power sector must be handled by the government. Electricity must be effective. For instance, someone who is into poultry production or animal husbandry, if there’s no market for what they are producing and you have slaughtered the animals, it would affect them. With an enabling environment, creating means where these products can be preserved, they’d be encouraged. This will encourage the youths to embrace agriculture. So it is important for the government to create an enabling environment. Then we compare agriculture to other area of economy, for instance if you buy a hundred Naira worth of recharge card, if you are not selling today the value will not change even if you sell next year, the value will remains but you will discover that there are some agriculture materials that if you produce them and within the time frame which you are expected to sell them and there’s no market for it, some other things will happen. Take for instance if someone rears broiler chicken for Easter and he’s unable to sell around that time, it will be his responsibility to continue to feed the birds and you will discovered that the profit margin will be going down because of the extra expenditure he’s going to incur but if the relevant infrastructure is on ground, they decide to kill these birds, freeze them and later sell them to hotels and restaurant that are in need of chicken or turkey. So we need a holistic approach to this, government have her role, individuals also have their roles to play, as well as the community and all the stakeholders in the sector. A group of youth decided to go into plantain production and they established a farm, and at maturity time, ahead of their harvesting,

thieves went there to harvest what these groups of youths are planning to harvest and sell. So security is another serious factor though it may be the responsibility of every individual but the government must be ready to safeguard lives and properties of its citizens. So the government too must show seriousness and must come up with what will be of advantage to anybody that is interested in agriculture so this is what I will suggest that will be of help. The Ondo state agriculture village model, will this aid food production if this model is replicate in all state across the nation? This will encourage the youths and enhance food production. Like I said earlier, there are certain measures that need to be put in place, as far as agriculture village is concern, it is a good idea but it must not stop there because when they produce what will happen. They must make it attractive enough, when these youths compare their income with others that are employed in the other sector of the economy, because everybody wants good things of life, so if I practice a trade for a period of time and my contemporary hat are employed in other sector of the economy are more comfortable than me, if here are certain things they can boast of achieving within that period and I don’t have, it might bring setback. The concept of agriculture village is good but it must go beyond that stage. Here, we have a partnership with Wealth creation agency and there was a time they were here and they said that after taking training on the farm there is a specific period you are expected to graduate from the place, but what happened to those who have graduated, I doubt if they were able to put all they learn into practice. How are they faring? It is not enough to train somebody, but you must try to do a follow up so that when he establishes a farm, you must know how he’s doing. This will encourage other people to embrace agriculture

‘Government does not encourage youths to embrace agriculture’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 decline in agricultural sector can be traced to lack of interest in that field by young school leavers while those who are in are ageing with no one to hand down the sector to. The effect is telling on the nation’s economy which has precariously placed Nigeria on the brink of a looming food security crisis.”

Pa Ojo Ademola, a farmer in Idanre disclosed that, the problem of youths shunning farms for white collar jobs is basically due to lack of encouragement from the government. “Government does not encourage our teeming youths to embrace agriculture. The youth are not ready to be involved in the sector while the few that delved into it find

their sojourn into farming as not profitable; this is evident in the recent stampede of some agile youths during the Nigerian Immigration Service entrance exercises across the country where no fewer than 16 youths lost their lives during the exercise. “While agriculture sector is begging for attention, CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 youths are looking other way to make a living whereas no nation can survive without food, though very little percentage of these youths now engage in one form of agriculture like poultry, fish farming, livestock and cropping, they lack encouragement from the appropriate quarters. Some of these youths perceive agriculture as ‘dirty’, ‘low-paying’, ‘demeaning’ and ‘time consuming’,” Pa Ademola said. A peasant farmer in Ijare in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, Akinfolayan Ifeolu who spoke to Sunday Mirror, pointed a finger at the governments, that they are deliberately and gradually killing agriculture. He lamented that most youths are no longer interested in agriculture; rather they have taken to politics which was as a result of money politics played by successive governments in the country. “Young men who could have engaged in farming have been lured into politics where they are only used as errand boys and political thugs,” he decried. Ifeolu recalled that most children of the poor in the early 1960s were educated from the proceeds from cocoa, timber, kola nut, palm oil and other farm proceeds. He said “government used to encourage farmers then with loans and special incentives to make farming attractive to the young and old alike. Loans are given today on manknows-man. And since we don’t have access to government like before, our scope is limited to peasant farming alone.” In order to revive agriculture and make it more attractive in the country, while encouraging youths to embrace it as a means of fighting poverty, one of the nation’s top artistes, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, started a crusade on bringing the youth back to farming. Speaking during a public function recently, D’banj said he realised during his South Africa trip, that agriculture was the only way forward for Nigeria and other African countries to combat poverty. “They told me about how much poten-

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tial that we’re missing out on. They told me that if we focus on agriculture in the next five, six, seven, 10 years, Africa can actually be feeding the rest of the world. “They told me about how much the small scale farmers don’t even have any support and they are the larger percentage of people that are giving us what to eat. Agriculture is actually everything that we live; food is life; agriculture is life. They urged me to champion this crusade wherever I go across Africa. I was urged to tell our youths, create that awareness for them, and let them know the importance of agriculture. “So, for me, I will be doing everything in my power to make sure that the youth, my generation, they see what I have seen and they get informed as I have. If we focus on agriculture, not only would we be able to feed the rest of the world, but we would be a power house and we would not need anybody to give us anything. We would create our wealth ourselves, so you can call me a farmer now. “My role is to get involved and like joke I’m getting involved fully. I’m going to have my own farm so that when I’m talking to youths and I can tell them that, listen I am a farmer as well. So, everything we would be doing to just let them know that “oh boy’’ you can wear a Rolex and still be a farmer,” the musician stated.

Oladimeji Temowo, a farmer at Atan-Ijebu, Ogun State told Sunday Mirror that for Agriculture to be attractive and contribute to GDP like in time past, while performing the primary role of feeding the nation and employing the vast unemployed citizen, there is need for direct participation of the government in the provision of farm inputs and services, production and marketing of farm commodities. He said, “There are a lot of factors affecting our productivity as farmers which also make agriculture unattractive. The policy reversals and inconsistencies of government affect agriculture a lot. Procuring new equipment to replace the ageing and inefficient machines used in farming is a big task due to high offshore costs. Here are high on-farm costs of agrochemicals for small scale farmers. Thus, small scale farmers rarely apply fertilisers and insecticides at recommended levels. This led to constant threats to seed multiplication due to fertiliser shortage and lack of protection for the out growers. Fertiliser subsidies and benefits of the subsidies go to more privileged farmers. There is collapse of breeding and multiplication programs for livestock. Public expenditure on agricultural research is very low. Private sector involvement in agricultural research is also negligible among others.”

To take Agriculture out of the doldrums, Mr. Kayode Babatope Olabisi, a lecturer at the Federal School of Agriculture, Akure Ondo State suggested that, “There are some tractors that private individuals cannot afford, but if they have an idea where machines are available for rentage, they can approach them, get the machines and make use of them. There’s something we refer to as buy back, I think Ondo State introduced something like that before. “When you produce and there’s more goods in the market, definitely the price is going to reduce but if the government is buying from you with a guaranteed reasonable price for what you have done, maybe to encourage the youths to continue to produce, this is an area government must look into. Then the issue of power sector must be handled by the government. Electricity must be effective. For instance, people who are engaged in poultry production or animal husbandry need a market for what they are producing. If they have slaughtered the animals, they require enabling environment by creating means where these products can be preserved. This will encourage the youth to embrace agriculture. It is important for the government to create an enabling environment.” Adesona advised that, “Agricultural policies must endure and outlive the government that formulated them in order to ensure sustained and increased inflow of investments in agriculture. The practice of changing macroeconomic policies with successive federal governments is inimical to long term investments in agriculture. Therefore, the various tiers of government should act in concert with the economic reform agenda to promote a greater role for the private sector in agricultural production, the processing and marketing of farm commodities, and the provision of farm inputs. “There is the need for the government to release approved budgets in an adequate and timely manner so that projects are implemented. In addition, the government should promote private-sector participation by attracting foreign investors in local provision and production of needed machinery, equipment and farm inputs. In the long run, expanded local production of these inputs will likely lead to reduced unit costs through scaled economies. Out growers and private companies should strengthen their contract arrangements as it may be difficult to promote and enforce such contract details with any tier of government. He suggested that private agro processing SMEs, NARIs and financial institutions, especially commercial banks, should cooperate to develop these prototypes into commercial products. “Government should also promote private ownership and operation of silos. This will help to expand storage capacity nationally and relax the financial burden on the government. Since most of the communitylevel agro processing occurs through cooperative organisations, these agro-processing cooperatives must be strengthened to ensure their ability and capacity to attract credit,” Adesona counseled. Additional reports by Hakeem Gbadamosi, Akure, Ondo State.


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Matriculation Examination, UTME, in Borno State, were reportedly killed by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, in various attacks believed to have claimed over 200 lives in

the past two days. The UTME, conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was held nationwide yesterday. The students, according to sourc-

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yrian government media and rebel forces said yesterday that poison gas had been used in a central village, blaming each other for an attack that reportedly injured scores of people. Details of the attack Friday in Kfar Zeita, a village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus, remained sketchy Saturday night. But online videos posted by rebel activists showed pale-faced men, women and children gasping for breath at a field hospital, suggesting an affliction by some kind of poison in a conflict that’s seen hundreds killed by chemical weapons. The main Westernbacked opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack hurt dozens of people, though it did not identify the gas used. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group that relies on a network of on-the-ground volunteers, said the gas attack happened during air raids that left heavy smoke over the area. It reported that people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems after the attack, but gave no further details. State-run Syrian television blamed members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebel group for using what it described as chlorine gas in an attack it said killed two people and injuring more than 100. The TV report claimed the Nusra Front is preparing for another chemical attack against the Wadi Deif area in the northern province of Idlib, as well

as another area in Hama. The government station did not explain how it knew the Nusra Front’s plans. Activists in the village could not be reached yesterday. An activist from Hama who is currently in Turkey and is in contact with residents told The Associated Press that the attack occurred around sunset Friday. The man, who goes with the name Amir al-Basha, said the air raids on the rebelheld village came as nearby areas including Morek and Khan Sheikhoun have witnessed intense clashes between troops and opposition fighters. An amateur video posted online by opposition activists showed a hospital room in Kfar Zeita that was packed with men and children, some of whom breathing through oxygen masks. On one bed, the video showed six children, some appearing to have difficulty breathing while others cried. The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the attack. Chemical weapons have been used before in Syria’s 3-year-old conflict, a war which activists say has killed more than 150,000 people. In August, a chemical attack near the capital, Damascus, killed hundreds of people. The U.S. and its allies blamed the Syrian government for that attack, which nearly sparked Western airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces. Damascus denied the charges and blamed rebels of staging the incident. Before the August at-

tack, there have been several incidents of toxic gases being used. Britain, France and the U.S. have spoken about chemical weapons use in the central city of Homs, Damascus and elsewhere. A United Nations weapons inspectors’ report released in December identified four locations where chemical weapons likely had been used in 2013: Khan al Assal outside Aleppo, Jobar in Damascus’ eastern suburbs, Saraqueb near Idlib in the northwest and Ashrafiah Sahnaya in the Damascus countryside. In two cases, inspectors reportedly found “signatures of sarin,” a nerve agent. The Syrian National Coalition called on the U.N. to conduct a “quick investigation into the developments related to the use of poisonous gas against civilians in Syria.” The coalition also claimed that another chemical weapons attack Friday struck the Damascus suburb of Harasta, though state media did not report on it. The chemical weapons attack in August caused an international outcry. A coalition formed to eliminate the weapons and now aims to remove and destroy 1,300 metric tons of chemicals held by the Assad government by June 30. Syria’s government missed a December 31 deadline to remove the most dangerous chemicals in its stockpile and a Feb. 5 deadline to give up its entire stockpile of chemical weapons. Assad’s government cited security concerns and the lack of some equipment but has repeated that it remains fully committed to the process.

es, lost their lives as the sect embarked on multiple attacks that affected no fewer than four communities in the state. Sources disclosed that the insurgents laid in ambush for the students, who were in eight vehicles and who were on their way to Biu from Maiduguri, to write the exams. It could not be ascertained if all the students in the eight vehicles were killed during the attacks. Reacting to the incident, the Senator representing Borno Central, Zannah Ahmed, told journalists on Friday that at least 210 people have been killed so far in the attacks that lasted between Thursday night and Friday morning. Ahmed said he smelt a rat as some of the attackers mostly wore military uniforms and spoke English language, contrary to the traditional Hausa and Kanuri languages usually

spoken by the insurgents. . The two-day attacks, he said, were unleashed on communities such as Dikwa, Kala Balge, Gambulga and Gwoza. The senator complained, lamenting that the military authorities in Gamboru did not respond to the distress call from the locals of Kala Balge when the insurgents besieged their community. Ahmed said he had to speak up because the rate at which his people were being massacred on daily basis had become worrisome, saying “what happened in Borno is beyond understanding. “It is a must for me to speak since the people’s lives are involved and they are my people. All these are happening in my constituency and it will be wrong to keep quiet. I feel so much pained and would not have spoken but definitely my conscience will

not let me do that,” he lamented. Senator Ahmed further disclosed those who massacred about 210 persons in his area stormed the communities in two armored personnel cars and seven double cabin pickups. He said they descended on a Teachers College in Dikwa, killing seven people, before burning down the school library and administrative block. According to him, Kala Balge was the most hit community as 60 people were killed there by the insurgents. From Kala Balge, he said the attackers proceeded to three other towns where no fewer than 150 persons were slaughtered. Efforts to contact the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, on the latest attacks proved abortive as he could not be reached on phone.


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APC Congress: 1 killed, others injured in Edo •Amosun, Osoba factions elect officers in Ogun •Oyo, Kwara polls peaceful

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ne person allegedly died during the rescheduled ward congress election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, held in Edo South Senatorial District yesterday. Sunday Mirror reliably gathered from sources at the Edo State Police Command that the death occurred at Isiuwa Primary School in Ward 8 of Ovia North East Local Government Area, where an unnamed politician reportedly brought five soldiers in a van marked “Operation Thunderstorm” to ensure his security at the congress venue. The soldiers allegedly shot at the victim whose name was given as Mr. Matthew Adams and who reportedly died on the spot, during the violent confrontations that marked the election there. The shocking incident affected the exercise, making the election to be declared as inconclusive. At another venue of the congress in Okpoko in Ward 9 of the same local council, the ward congress election reportedly took place even amidst the violent confrontation that marked the exercise with

the votes counted after the election and the winner duly declared. However, at Ugbokoniro Primary School in Ward 5 of Orhionmwom Local Government Area in Edo South Senatorial District, the hotbed of crisis that led to the cancellation of last Tuesday’s election, there was no election at all after disagreement arose between two contending pressure groups in the area, resulting to violence that escalated at other voting centres. Sunday Mirror learnt that a clash of the contending groups, Edo Solidarity Movement and Unuedohia, promoting the governorship ambitions of Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu and former Secretary to Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, over the necessity of a proper accreditation or not resulted to violence that prevented the congress election from holding. At Emokpae Primary School in Ward 4 of Oredo Local Government Area and its vicinity, four persons including a policeman were critically injured even as about 25 vehicles were severely damaged. The violence resulted in the arrest of only three persons by the police. The fully armed three suspects along with many others equally armed hoodlums at large were

said to have stormed the venue of the congress and immediately began a shooting spree intended to scare away voters from the venue. While most of the voters and party members were mainly market men and women drawn from the sprawling Mission Road Market and shops, shops and their owners who shunned the exercise for an initial fear of violence were not spared in the violent attacks, which no sooner than expected spread down to some streets in the vicinity including Navy Street, where the three persons were critically injured apart from five houses that were damaged there. A senior police officer that led the crackdown against the thugs told Sunday Mirror that those arrested were taken to the Edo State Police Command while those that suffered various degrees of injuries were taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. Two of the victims, Mr. Emmanuel Ani and Mrs. Queen Iboi, who had their vehicles smashed, narrated their experience to our correspondent. “We were in our various shops and houses here when the thugs with guns emerged from the primary school. They shot at us sporadically and attacked

Fayemi emerges APC candidate in Ekiti ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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kiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday emerged the standard-bearer of All Progressives Party (APC) for the June 21 governorship election in the state following the ratification of his candidacy by party members across the 16 council areas of the state. Fayemi, who was the sole aspirant, obtained the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the office, polled 192,767 votes at the State Governorship Primaries held across the 177 wards in the state, collated in the 16 council areas and announced at the Trade

Fair complex, Ado Ekiti. Presenting the Certificate of Return to Fayemi, APC National Organising Secretary and chairman of the six-member panel that conducted the primaries, Senator Osita Izunaso, described APC as a movement that would cleanse the country of corruption and liberate the people from the pangs of misrule in the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party. Izunaso, who said the primaries began on Friday with congress in all the wards as stipulated in the party’s constitution, disclosed that only Governor Fayemi procured the form at the APC headquarters in Abuja. He said the primarily elec-

tion was conducted in view of the respect APC had for its constitution and internal democracy. He urged the people of the state to cast their votes for Fayemi, who he described as a performer and reliable leader. In his acceptance speech, Gov. Fayemi said his emergence as the flag bearer had shown the overwhelming support he enjoyed in APC and among Ekiti populace. The governor and APC candidate said the party was founded on the platform of internal democracy, saying what it had done remained a worthy model and part of the ways to consolidate the democratic culture in the country.

our houses while many of us ran for safety. Thereafter, they damaged our vehicles and houses with guns and other weapons,” the victims, who lamented that they had no timely response from the police force when they sent an SOS, said. The situation was not different at Payne Primary School in Ward 7 of Oredo Local Government Area, where a Commissioner in the state government cabinet was physically molested while cars of delegates in his entourage were damaged by thugs. In Ikpoba Okha Local

Government Area, the base of another governorship candidate, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, the Commissioner of Works and former Chief of Staff, who co-founded Edo In Safe Hands, there was no major violent incident where our correspondent visited. Reviewing the peaceful conduct of the congress election in the council, Chair of Ikpoba Okha LGA, Mrs. Itohan OsahonOgbeide thanked Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole for, according to her, providing a platform upon which the election was peacefully conducted. It would be recalled that Governor Oshiomhole and the leadership of the APC in Edo State cancelled the ward congress election of

Tuesday last week after a review meeting for what they described as undemocratic and unsatisfactory process. In Ogun State, the Local Government Congress of the APC was yesterday marred by violence and logistics problems just as delegates held parallel congresses across the state. In most of the congress venues visited by our correspondent across the three Senatorial districts of the state yesterday, loyalists of both the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun and that of his god-father, Aremo ‘Segun Osoba held parallel congresses to elect the party’s local government officials.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN); former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi; Ekiti State Governor/awardee, Dr Kayode Fayemi; his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, during Fayemi’s investiture as Champion Newspaper’s Governor of the Year (2013), in Lagos …on Friday.

Niger Deltans see Northerners as beggars –Lamido of Adamawa A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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n elder statesman and a prominent traditional ruler, the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu Mustapha, yesterday, declared that people from the Niger Delta region want to make it appear that Northerners are beggars or Almajiris. Lamido also explained that his reason for advocating that oil producing states should control their oil wealth was because the oil states see the North as beggars. Lamido who spoke in an interview with the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Service (BBC), monitored in Kaduna added that the oil producing states were threatening other parts of the

country as if they cannot survive without oil money. He maintained that the North has agriculture as a big business, arguing that all the advanced countries of the world, like Japan and Germany have no oil but they have made tremendous progressed and nothing should stop Nigeria from making progress without oil if the agricultural sector is properly harnessed. Hear him: “These people who come from oil producing states are looking at us as if we are beggars, gold diggers who have nothing to do. “That is why I said the non oil producing states are not cowards, they don’t fear anybody. Everybody is contributing his quota to make Nigeria great, but these people from oil producing states think that

if what they want is not given to them, they would even prefer to stay out of Nigeria. “That is why I said we too...even the expanse of land is a natural endowment. I said if that is the case, we have agreed they should go with their oil money, 100 per cent and the other parts of the country, all the non oil producing states in Nigeria not only the Northern states, there are non oil producing states in the South West and in the South East who are blessed with land should keep their land,” he said. The monarch said some delegates at the conference were so arrogant and speak authoritatively as if they were more Nigerian than others, insisting that he will continue to speak his mind and the truth.


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JAMB candidates differ on change from ‘paper and pencil’ exams TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE AND SADIAT ALAUSA

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Again, police arrest 5 with human heads, parts in Ogun FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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en of the Ogun State Police Command yesterday again arrested five persons for being in possession of human heads and flesh already sliced into pieces. The suspects, which included two woman and three men, were picked up at Ota axis of the Ado - Odo/ Ota Local Government Area of the state at the early hours of yesterday. Sunday Mirror gathered that neighbours in the ever busy commercial hub of Joju junction in Sango Ota area had suspected a man carrying

human flesh and heads where he was negotiating with one of the women who sells herbs and dry animal parts (Elewe omo ati Leku-leja) in the area and consequently alerted the police. Acting on the tip off however, men of the Ogun State Police Command in conjunction with operatives of the Special Anti - Robbery Squad (SARS) from Lagos State Command consequently arrested the five suspects. Confirming the arrest, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO)

in charge Ota Division, Gabriel Idibie, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) led a team of policemen which assisted the SARS operatives to Joju area where the five suspects were arrested and exhibits recovered for further investigation. Adejobi gave names of the five suspects arrested to include Kubura Salami, Tantolorun Abimbola, Kafaya Popoola, Wahid Ibrahim as well as Adamu Rafiu. The PPRO also said that the exhibits recovered from the suspects included a complete human head, human flesh already sliced into pieces as well as a container stained

with liquid substance suspected to be human blood. Adejobi also said that the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Ikemefuna Okoye, has ordered that the case be handed over to SARS operatives from Lagos for discrete investigation since it is a follow-up to an ongoing investigation with the Lagos State Police Command, stressing that his command would complement the Lagos State Command in the course of its investigations. CP Okoye also commended the people of the state for their support and assured that the police would not disappoint them in carrying out its

ixed reactions have greeted the proposed final transition of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from the conventional paper and pencil to computerbased test from next year. The body in-charge of the examination, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), had proposed and insisted that beginning from next year, all candidates sitting for the exam would have to compulsorily write computer-based test otherwise known as online exam across the federation. But yesterday, while some candidates were against the total phase out of the paper and pencil model for now and therefore pressed for more time to enable them and those that will sit for the exam in near future be more familiar with computer system of writing examinations, some said it was better to transit now so as to move along with the rest of the world. Yesterday was the

Tofa lambasts agitators of secession ALEX MOMOH KANO

Obasanjo, Gowon, Shonekan grace F Jonathan daughter’s wedding •Amaechi too ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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he wedding of the daughter of President Goodluck Jonathan, Faith Sakwe and Godswill Edward, in Abuja yesterday was witnessed by the three former leaders including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and Chief Ernest Shonekan. Also in attendance was Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who had been at loggerheads with Jonathan. The ceremony started at exactly 10.56am when Jonathan and his wife, Patience,

wearing blue traditional attire led Faith into the National Christian Centre, venue of the wedding, accompanied by family members. The marriage ceremony was officiated by the Prelate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Primate Nicholas Okoh assisted by Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Timothy Akamisoko. The couple later exchanged their vows after which they were pronounced husband and wife. The groom, Godswill, took the first Bible lesson from Genesis Chapter 2, verse 9, while the bride

took the second lesson from Ephesians Chapter 5: 21-33. In his sermon on the occasion, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, admonished the couple to live in peace and harmony. While specifically speaking to the husband, Adeboye advised him that as the head of the house, he should not criticise his wife but to correct her with love. Adeboye, who said he has 47 years experience in marriage, said the most important part of the head is the tongue, stressing that the success or failure of marriage depends on the

use of the tongue. Adeboye told Edward: “You are the head of the family; being the head means that you are extremely important. Success or failure of the marriage rests on you. The head contain the eyes. It is the light of the body, so you decide where the marriage will go. The head also has two ears and one mouth. Be swift to hear but slow to speak. “When your wife cooks for you, don’t think it will be like that of your mother. Your mother has been on it for long. If there is too much salt in the food or the meat is tough, don’t blame her but try and use wisdom to tell her”.

commencement of this year’s edition of the examination nationwide. And the exercise was conducted in two models, namely: the conventional paper and pencil, and the dual-based where candidates read their questions online and shaded their answers with pencil on customised papers. It was an objective questions and answers format with each candidate sitting for four subjects’ combination based on their proposed course of study. The third option which is computer based is scheduled for May 17. However, it was obvious yesterday that many candidates have shifted from paper and pencil to dual and computer based tests. Sunday Mirror’s reporters monitored the exercise in Lagos. It was observed that the examination did not take place in many traditional centres such as Agidingbi Grammar School Ikeja; Vetland Secondary School, IfakoIjaiye; Sango Secondary School, Agage; Tomia Secondary school , Agbado; Logic High School also in Agbado; and Ogba Grammar School, among others.

ormer presidential candidate on the platform of defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the 1993 general election, Alhaji Othman Bashir Tofa, has tongue-lashed some Nigerians who are propagating secession in the country, saying that any part of the country that wishes to secede should do it through peaceful approach to avoid blood shedding. Tofa said “some sections of Nigeria want to create war before they secede”, pointing out that the country did not need any war for any part of the country to secede. The APC chieftain, who was reacting to a question from journalists in Kano yesterday over his earlier call for secession in a national daily, warned that no single soul should be killed or loss of blood recorded in

the name of secession in the country anymore, as another war would be quite different from the past civil war where millions of souls were lost during Nigeria/Biafra war. “ If anybody or group of persons want to leave Nigeria, their motives must be discussed on a round table conference and agreement should be reached, while those who wish to remain as one Nigeria should be allowed to do so and no one should lose sleep because one section of the country wants to secede”, he opined. The elder statesman further stressed that any war would not bring about what any region wanted, adding that as far as he was concerned, “the North, whether one, agreed or not does not want to leave Nigeria”, but however added that any section of the country was free to leave Nigeria as long as it’s terms were negotiated by all.


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Man in the News Femi Fani-Kayode

An unusual visit to the President WHILE WRITING ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE, FANI-KAYODE

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ormer Aviation Minister and fiery critic of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, surprised many last Tuesday when he went to the Presidential Villa and had a closed doors meeting with the President. Fani-Kayode was said to have attended the meeting which was held inside the President’s office with an unidentified man. While speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the parley that lasted about an hour, Fani- Kayode said that there was nothing unusual in his visiting the President, saying he was delighted he did so. On the visit he said: “This is a Presidential Villa, the President is a President of Nigeria and every single person in this country that is a Nigerian is entitled to come here from time to time, when the doors are open to come and pay their respect to the wonderful people that are here. As a Nigerian, I have done that today and I am delighted to be here.” The visit also came on the heels of the commencement of his trial instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at a Federal High Court, Lagos. Fani-Kayode is standing trial on an amended 40 counts bordering on money laundering. At his re-arraignment last month, the prosecutor, Mr. Festus Keyamo, called his first witness, Mr. Okechukwu Okeke, to give his testimony. Fani-Kayode while speaking on his previous criticism of President Jonathan and his government, said the most important thing was for people with different positions on issues to resolve their differences and come together to move the country forward. He said every right-thinking and responsible Nigerian should be able to visit the President from time to time and help to move the nation forward. He was however silent on the details of what he discussed with the President during the meeting. As to whether he would leave the All Progressives Congress, APC, he said he would make his decision known to Nigerians at the appropriate time. “The step that I will take will be made known to Nigerians at the right time. “The most important thing and I think you are fully aware of this is that I cannot and I will not be associated with a situation whereby any group of people is promoting a religion above

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another. “I think all of us have gone past the stage of religious politics in this country. We must treat the Muslim community with utmost respect and we must treat the Christian community in the same way and even the non-religious,” he emphasized. Fani-Kayode however said his closed doors meeting with Jonathan at the Villa had earned him insults. He lamented last Wednesday that what transpired between him and the President at the meeting had been the subject of so much “online speculation”. While writing on his Facebook page, Fani-Kayode insisted that he had the right to pay a courtesy visit to Jonathan, just as governors who belonged to the opposition All Progressives Congress do. He noted that he would not declare if he was dumping APC or not over an alleged plan by the party to field a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket. “What I have said is very simple and clear. I will say nothing until I am ready. Let those that are insulting me and making assumptions continue to do so. That, in itself, tells me a lot,” he stated in a reply to an enquiry by one of his Face book fans.

David Oluwafemi Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian Politician, essayist, poet and lawyer. He was a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He is now with the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC. He was born in Lagos on October 16, 1960 to Chief Victor Babaremilekun Fani-Kayode and Chief (Mrs.) Adia Adunni Fani-Kayode. He hails from IleIfe, Osun State Fani-Kayode was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was appointed the Minister of Culture and Tourism from June 22, 2006 to November 7, 2006 and later became the Minister of Aviation from November 7, 2006 to May 29, 2007. He comes from a prominent political and legal family. His grandfather, Victor Adedapo Kayode, studied law at Cambridge University, United Kingdom and later became a lawyer and a judge. His father, Remi Fani-Kayode, who was also at Cambridge was a prominent lawyer and political figure in the 1950s and 1960s: he was Leader of the National Council of Nigerians and the Camerouns, NCNC, Opposition in the Western House of Assembly from 1960 to 1963; the Hon. Minister of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and

Deputy Premier of the Western Region from 1963 until 1966. He successfully moved the motion for Nigeria’s Independence in 1958 in the Nigerian Parliament. After finishing from Cambridge, Femi Fani-Kayode went to the Nigerian Law School and in 1985 was called to the Nigerian Bar. He was a member of the Nigerian National Congress (NNC) in 1989 and was elected the national youth leader of NNC that same year. In 1990, he was appointed as chief press secretary to Chief Tom Ikimi, the first national chairman of the National Republican Convention, NRC, and in 1991 as special assistant to Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, former head of the Nigerian Security Organisation, NSO. In 1996, disturbed by the actions of Gen. Sani Abacha’s military junta, Fani-Kayode left Nigeria and joined the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, abroad where, together with the likes of the Oxford University-trained lawyer, Chief Tunde Edu and others, he played an active role in the fight against the Abacha. At the beginning of 2003, Fani-Kayode was appointed by Chief Obasanjo as a member of his presidential campaign team for the 2003 presidential election. After President Obasanjo won that election he was appointed a Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President. In 2006, he was appointed as the Minister of Culture and Tourism. That same year, after a cabinet reshuffle, he was redeployed to the Aviation Ministry as Minister of Aviation.


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Ekiti guber race and season of violence

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he telltales of violence in the build up to the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State have been around in parts of the state for over two years with the various intra and inter party clashes. Specifically, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) cum the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it transformed to, had their own share of violent intra-party squabbles. At the same time, the violent attacks and allegations of attacks on supporters of one of the three major political parties in the race - the PDP, APC and Labour Party (LP) - or the other have been the order of the day long before campaigns for the 2014 governorship poll officially took off. Instances of attacks included the Erijiyan killing in which gun attacks on aggrieved ACN members on the eve of their defection to PDP led to the death of Mr Sunday Jeje and later in hospital of Mrs Julianah Adewumi, the Emure killing

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where gun attack on members of Hon Opeyemi Bamidele’s Bibiire Coalition at the venue of their meeting led to the death of Mr Foluso Ogundare and the anti-consensus gun attack on the PDP secretariat among others. To prevent an orgy of violence as election campaign takes off was the reason it became incumbent on groups and individuals in the state and beyond including the United States of America to make moves aimed at making the candidates/ aspirants of the political parties, party members and supporters realize the disastrous effect of violence during, before and after the poll and the need for peace to reign at all times. Such groups including the Igbimo Ure Ekiti, the Ado Ekiti Branch of Nigerian Bar Association NBA), the Ekiti State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, religious bodies and NGOs are working round the clock to achieve the desire to ensure the state moves forward in an atmosphere of peace and love. Even, the police are not relaxing as the state police commissioner, Mr Felix Uyanna, daily comes out with pro-active measures to prevent violence and break-

down of law of order at campaign rallies and political programmes including party offices with deployment of personnel, armoured tanks and anti-bomb experts. The police also impressed it on the political parties to ensure that they conclude their campaign rallies before 6pm for the safety of their members, advising that extending rallies to night could expose them to attacks under the cover of darkness. This was as the law enforcement agencies daily do not shy away from arresting and investigating culprits found contravening the electioneering campaign procedure in some parts of the state with a view to charging those found culpable to court. But despite these and appeals from several quarters that the electioneering campaign should dwell on issues rather than verbal attacks on personalities and physical assaults, violence sneaked into the campaigns and has actually taken centre-stage. Signs that violence would be the order of the day in the governorship campaigns started during the continuous voter CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 & 53

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s political climate gathers momentum across the country, a grassroots politician and chairman of Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State , Aremo Adeyemi Ali, is set to be eyeing the House of Representatives come 2015. The two- term boss of the council is among the top politicians being penciled down by the All Progressive Congress, APC in Lagos State to occupy higher political office come 2015. Towards this, Ali said is making a wide consultation as to pick the ticket under APC for exalted post. Alli said he is confident of picking the House of Representative slot for Mushin Federal Constituency of Lagos State saying his track record are already speaking for him. He however said that the final decision rest with the leadership of the party in the state especially the former Governor of Lagos State , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Speaking on the Ali’s ambition, Prince Adewale Saubana and Alhaji Moshood Lawal, two APC strong men in Mushin had assured him of their backing because according to them ,” Ali has put smile to the faces of various groups in the constituency and has done a remarkable well in the council area.

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r. Adewale Ogunniran, a media practitioner and publisher of Integrity Reporter, an online news portal, has expressed his intention to contest for the Federal House of Representatives in Ona Ara/ Egbeda Federal Constituency under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC in 2015. He called on the elders to give him their support in his quest to give the constituency quality representation in the next dispensation. One of the elders who were present at the meeting, where he made his declaration, Pastor Matthew Bogunmbe, told Ogunniran that the elders are happy with him because he deemed it fit to visit them and declare his intention in their meeting. He then offered prayers in support of the aspirant’s ambition. Another respected elder in the constituency, Pa Jaiyeola Bankole, praised God for giving them a young, dynamic and respectful young man in Ogunniran, whom, he said will not let both the elders and the young down if he eventually clinched the party ticket and win in the general election.


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ll is now set for business of the day as the delegates at the ongoing National Conference concluded debate on the presidential speech under a convivial atmosphere whereby delegates cracked jokes as if they were in a ceremony. Initially atmosphere was tensed as if they would never work together and find solution to the problem of this country as proposed by the President in his inaugural speech. What seemed to be insurmountable crisis in the eyes of Nigerians especially those who were skeptical about the fruition of the whole exercise that it would be a charade found it difficult to believe that things could happened suddenly and changed positively. Delegates began to speak and sing in one direction, the direction of change, throwing premodial and ethic sentiments away and charting a new course that would put the country called Nigeria on a path of development and integration. The delegates round up debate on presidential speech and thereafter dissolve to twenty committees. They commenced work on various memoranda from the public and from all the ethnic nationalities across the country with a view to dissecting problems confronting the country as a nation since 100 years when the Northern and Southern protectorates were amalgamated. Political pundits were surprised at the turn of events because the three weeks of sitting was seriously turbulent. The

conference looked dimmed from the onset and heading for failure but for the timely intervention of the leadership that set up a committee of 50 elders who consulted widely and came up with a wise counsel that eventually paid off. The like of Prof Jubril Aminu, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Hassan Adamu, Edwin Clark, Ghali NaAbba, Chief Falae, Udese Essien, Achike Udenwa, Ahmodu Ali, Kunle Olajide, Peter Odili, Bayo Ojo, Alero Dokpesi and the rest of others believed that the present system the nation is operating is obsolete and there was the need for a change, change that would accommodate all the segments of the society, that is the devolution of power. A system that would allow the federating units to develop on their own while the centre should be weak and unattractive. Delegates choice was devolution of powers, strong zones as the federating units, as they reiterated that too much power have been concentrated in the center, while emphasizing that the country needed a weak centre. The federating units should be the zones as presently constituted, arguing that two more zones should be added to make it eight. They proposed that states should be abolished and the local governments left intact. The proponent of the devolution of power argued that the present system has failed us because the development is haphazard. Therefore, what can bring rapid development is the devolution of power and the resource control. They proposed that zones should operate their own constitution with a court of appeal while final appeal should lie

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with the Supreme Court as operated in the parliamentary constitution of 1963 maintaining that would ensure that the cost of running government is reduced. The Lamido Adamawa, Bakindo Aliyu Mustapha further doused the tension

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about the agitation of the South-South about resource control which they thought would be a tall dream. As if that was not enough, the unity among the delegates was further cemented when a delegate introduced another dimension to the agitation when he brought

Ekiti guber race and the retu CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 registration exercise organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable those who had not registered in the 2011 registration exercise to be able to vote in the 2014 and 2015 election with accusations, counter accusations and arrests of party members. However, frayed nerves were calmed when the major gladiators including Governor Kayode Fayemi of the APC and Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, the flagbearer of LP as part of activities to begin the campaign period, took their teeming supporters to church and as well harped on issue-based campaigns and the need to ensure free and fair polls devoid of violence. But all these were soon to break down and give way to violence among supporters of the three major political parties in the race few days into the campaign proper. The allegation on Monday of attack by the supporters of the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on the governor’s convoy and the

counter allegation that it was APC thugs that attacked Fayose Campaign Office at the Adebayo Area showed the reality of violence in the governorship contest. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, had claimed that the convoy of Governor Fayemi was attacked in Ado-Ekiti, around 6pm by suspected thugs working for Fayose. According to the statement, Fayose’s thugs hurled stones and bottles at the governor’s vehicle and other vehicles belonging to APC members on the entourage while returning to Ado-Ekiti after a campaign rally in Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state. Oyebode said that but for the governor who restrained his security aides and party supporters from retaliating, there would have been some casualties in the attack in which he said some APC loyalists sustained minor injuries, while some vehicles had their wind screens smashed. But the spokesperson of Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said that Fayemi’s

campaign train was returning to Ado-Ekiti from Omuo-Ekiti when an aide of the governor started shooting at the Fayose Campaign Office and subsequently led some armed youths in and wreaked havoc. However, the office windows of the campaign office are shattered with bullets and three vehicles: A Honda car marked Lagos EE 908 APP, another Honda Legend car and a campaign vehicle of Fayose damaged with bullets. The PDP in the state, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, said the gun attack from the governor’s supporters in the convoy on the campaign office of the PDP candidate was without provocation. Oluwawole, who said the PDP had appealed to its members and supporters to remain calm, called on the security agencies to call the governor and his supporters to order. The Monday violence at the Fayose campaign office had many precursors. One was the attack on a bus conveying APC members in the convoy of Governor Fayemi at the Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti allegedly by some hoodlums at the Fayose Campaign Office penul-

timate Wednesday leaving one of the occupants injured and vehicles vandalized. The Director-General of Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Hon Bimbo Daramola, who alleged that the bus conveying some APC members including the victim, Mr Babatunde Fatoye, was shot at the Adebayo Area of the state capital at about 7.28pm, said the victim narrowly escaped being killed by the hoodlums’ bullet. Daramola also alleged that the suspected PDP thugs had earlier attacked and vandalized an APC branded bus parked within the premises of Fayemi’s Campaign Office in Ajilosun Area of the state capital, by supporters of Fayose, on the PDP candidate’s return to the state via Ikere Ekiti. The House of Representatives member said: “I want to believe that a script has been mapped out to introduce an orgy of violence. And we want to emphasize that if there is any script at all being acted for anybody either in this Ekiti election or 2015, we want to make it abundantly clear that Ekiti people will bungle it”. Although police confirmed the violence, they said the victim sustained injury to his left arm from shattered glasses and not gunshot. The police commissioner, said in a state-


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LG chairman, developer in alleged shop sale racket PAUL EREWUBA

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shop sale racket involving millions of Naira is currently causing disaffection in the Alimosho Local Government Council of Lagos State. The Local Government Chairman, the shops developer, (now on the run), some employees of the council allegedly breached sale agreements on more than 50 lock-up shops in Rauf Aregbesola Market in Iyana-Ipaja. Sunday Mirror learnt that trouble began when the developer, represented by Mr. Adegboroye Oluporoku, got the consent of the Local Government Chairman, Mr. Olusola Israel Adekunle, to increase the purchase price of the shops to N1.2m from the initial N600, 000. The letter was served in March 2013 by the LG Market Master, Mr. Olusegun Odumokun, although majority of the owners already had allocation letters as proof of full payment. Some shop owners told Sunday Mirror that they are being asked to pay more money for the shops allegedly allotted free of charge to some LG officials and market leaders. Others said it was a desperate move to repay persons who could not get allocations of shops they paid for. They alleged that 70 people paid for 51 shops.

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One Mr Yisa Yusuf, an LG leader, was accused of allegedly collecting money from some buyers and said the shop owners either pay more or vacate the shops for higher bidders. One of the shop owners, Mr. David Okpekpe, alleged that the developer and the Local Government Chairman including some of the local government officials swindled him to the tune of N1.2m being money paid for shop 3 at Rauf Aregbesola Market, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. Recalling his ordeal, David said, “Last two years in March to be specific, I paid for a shop to the developer, who gave me key to shop 3. The shop was sold to us at the rate of N600, 000. After some days, the developer and some local government officials came at different times asking us to pay N100, 000 more saying the initial deposit was not enough. Later, they locked the shops of those of us who were unable to pay the new increment. “The Local Government Chairman came and intervened but instructed that we pay N1.2m to the developer. And we said we did not have such money. But at that time, I had already paid up to N1.1m. I therefore completed mine to make up the N1.2m that they are asking for. But unknown to me, the local government has already given another person the allocation paper for my shop. I was in the shop one day when someone came and told me to vacate the shop that it belongs to him.

He introduced himself as Mr. Ipaye (a Colonel). He brought out the allocation paper allegedly given to him by the local government and showed it to me. “I went to the developer to give me another shop since he has given allocation paper of the one I am occupying to the Colonel. He promised to do so, but up till now, he has not given me allocation paper to move into the shop 9 that he promised to allocate me to. The Colonel and I went to the local government supervisor, one Mrs. Ogunwande. She and others resolved there that they would give me another shop, (shop 9) so that the Colonel can take over shop 3, the one I am occupying. I agreed. They asked me to come back the following week that the allocation paper would have been ready. But they asked me to pay N50, 000 for the allocation paper, I paid but Mrs Ogunwande did not give me receipt, despite the fact that I had already paid allocation money to the developer. Since then it is come today, come tomorrow and as I am talking to you, the Colonel has locked up my shop with my wares inside. I cannot do business. The developer is now on the run. My lawyer, Barrister Austin Egharevba Esq. of Ferriswheel Chambers has written severally to the local government chairman, but he has refused to reply him.’’ Speaking to Sunday Mirror in his office after conducting this reporter round the market, the Chairman, Honourable

Sola Adekunle denied ever receiving money from anybody or group of persons for the sale of shops. He also denied ever seeing any letter from Ferriswheel Chambers, David Okpekpe’s Lawyer. “I have not seen or received any letter from Ferriswheel Chambers. Why should I not reply him? Let him come to my council with the said developer so that we can talk face to face’’, Adekunle said.

accountancy, auditing and stenography. He completed his training course and was posted to assume duty at the Audit department on special scale of third class clerk in 1952. The nonagenarian who carried out successful audit inspections of various federal government departments and overseas said in his days, things were far better in the country than they are now especially in the area of power generation in the country which he said was constant, life generally was better because you could afford cars and other things that make life easy for one and his family. He said that the colonial masters were more organized than indigenous leaders whom he said need to

adjust themselves and utilize what they inherited from their colonial masters who put up a good foundation saying Nigeria has enough money and can afford to get all that is needed to facilitate things in the country like beefing up security adding that the solution lies in the younger generation should they know how to go about solving the problems would redeem the country of its ills including the Boko Haram menace. He said in the next five to 10 years, the country would be better if the people/ generation in charge then can detect the problems and adjust rightly Regarding his looks and longevity, he said it is not hereditary but a gift from God and self discipline. He explained that the five fingers of the hand were created for the purpose of reminding us of instructions/assignments which if one adheres to, they will live long. He said the thumb is for physical exercise; work and walk evening and morning, the index finger for sanitation and hygiene, the middle finger for self discipline, ring finger for food; meaning we should eat right always morning, afternoon and night, the little finger for drink and this means that we if you are the type that takes alcohol then you need to drink moderately if possible don’t drink at all. Fruit drinks and the like too should also be taken moderately because consuming too much of these things is harmful to the health. As one sees the hand everyday so are they reminded to keep this instructions/assignment.

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Pa Awopeju recalls life in public service, as he clocks 90 P a Samuel Oye Awopeju was born on Wednesday, 16th April, 1924 at Iperu-Remo, Ogun State to the late Prince Amos Somule Awopeju, a renowed traditional healer from Amororo Ruling House and one of the founders of the African Church Bethel, Iperu-Remo in 1902. His late mother, Madam Efuboye Awopeju, was a trader from Agbonmagbe ruling house who kept the Ijebu Native administration Tribute Tax receipt which she got that year (1924) to mark the birth of her son. Due to the early demise of his parents, his father in 1926 and mother 1933, young Samuel spent 13 years at home, the better part of which he went through domestic training under the tutelage of his maternal grandmother, Madam Orenubi Ogunoiki. That same year (1937), Samuel was opportuned to start his educational pursuit when his elder brother, Joshua Olufunmiwa Awopeju was called up for teaching appointment at Ebenezer Baptist School, Ijoko otta where Joshua went with him and began his elementary education at age 13 and later proceeded to Eko Boys, High School for his secondary education. Thirteen years after, precisely in 1950, young Samuel had completed both his primary and secondary education and was ready to forge ahead in life. This led him to seek employment with the United Africa Company (UAC) in 1951 where he worked briefly and was the favourite of the expatri-

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ate Transport Manager, Mr. Dalton who fondly called him ‘Sam’ for his hardwork, attention to detail and neatness. That same year, the Nigerian Civil Service directed that employment to the civil service would be subject to the passing of junior Civil Service entrance examination to be conducted by the government. He sat for the examination and was one of the 535 successful candidates that were employed and also was among the 45 that the civil service decided to train for nine months at Oshogbo Government Clerical Training School for intensive training in all aspects of government functions which included rules and regulations, organization and method, book-keeping and


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National Confab can reform Nigeria –Okei-Odumakin Eastern part of the country gets better in order to allow the participation of all eligible Nigerians.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin is the President of Campaign for Democracy, CD, and Women Arise. A renowned human rights activist, she is also a delegate to the ongoing National Conference. In this interview with Ayo Esan, she speaks about the country’s democratic rule and the National Conference, among other issues. Excerpts:

How true is it that the human rights community has gone to sleep, especially with its silence on the corruption cases against former and present political office holders? I want to disagree with that notion. It is important to say it here that the few successes so far recorded in the fight against corruption have been a product of the agitation of the Nigerian civil society or human rights groups as you may call it. You must agree with me that until we have a government with the required political will to fight corruption, the battle cannot be won, no matter how far the civil society goes in pursuing it. I will say it is not true. How do you feel being a human rights activist married to an activist? Let me state it here that I had once vowed not to ever get married until there was democracy in Nigeria, but this was not the case when I met Comrade Yinka Odumakin in prison. One thing led to the other and we got married. Shortly after our marriage, there was nothing like honeymoon; we returned to the trenches, where we shared teargas and detention.

How would you assess the country’s democracy in the last 15 years? Our country’s democratic experience has not been so much pleasurable since 1999. I must say that what we have had as democracy does not genuinely reflect the collective aspiration of our people and the ideal democracy that we fought the military junta for. What is your preferred system of government for this country? It is my view that we must return to the parliamentary system of government. This is not just because it will devolve power but also it will make governance cost effective as opposed to the over-bloated presidential system that has till now not been able to move the nation forward. Can the National Conference achieve the desired result? We are very optimistic that the National Conference will produce the desired result. Even though some Nigerians are not confident of this possibility, we have in the last few weeks seen the commitment of some members of the conference. I believe strongly in the ability of these individuals to come out with a collective resolution that will reform Nigeria. Some people are saying that the decision of the National Conference should be subjected to a referendum, while others say it should be sent to the National Assembly for ratification. What is your stand on these? I have actually been part of those who came up with the recommendation that whatever the resolution of the confab is, it must be subject to the ratification or amendment by a referendum of the

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ON MARRIAGE TO ODUMAKIN

I HAD ONCE VOWED NOT TO EVER GET MARRIED UNTIL THERE WAS DEMOCRACY

IN NIGERIA, BUT THIS WAS NOT THE CASE

WHEN I MET COMRADE YINKA ODUMAKIN IN PRISON. ONE THING LED TO THE OTHER AND WE GOT MARRIED Nigerian people. This position has also been reechoed by several delegates at the National Conference. I want to believe that President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly, that is the Senate and the House of Representatives, will toe this line by agreeing with our position as the representatives of the people and allow a referendum of the people on the outcome of the confab. The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has said that elec-

tion might not hold in some states in the North where Boko Haram insurgency has led to the imposition of emergency rule; what is your view on this? It is my opinion that there can be no credible election in an atmosphere of hostility, where security cannot be guaranteed. The majority of our people will be disenfranchised and if people in those states are not allowed to be part of the process of electing their leaders, that’s no democracy. But we should just hope that the security situation in the North-

Which is your memorable day? I would say this was one incidence that happened in 1998. I was scheduled to be part of a press conference to be addressed by Pa Abraham Adesanya in his Apapa, Lagos office. That morning, I was feeling somehow and had to quickly go and see my doctor. While at my doctor’s place, he confirmed to me that it was a sign of labour and I said to him, “doctor, you have to stop this labour because I have a press conference to address”. The doctor said the sign is of an advanced labour and at around 9:00 a.m., the baby came; the baby sneezed and cried. While they were cleaning up the baby with my mother around, I left the hospital for Apapa to address the press conference. Nobody knew I had just been delivered of a baby much less being pregnant except Comrade (my husband) who was also at the press conference. Immediately after the press conference, I returned to the hospital and told the doctor to discharge me immediately as I was fit. What are your highest and lowest points in life so far? My highest point in life was the day Secretary John Kerry joined by First Lady Michelle Obama read my citation as an International Woman of Courage award recipient at the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. My lowest point in life so far was the day 60 school children were murdered in their sleep in Yobe.


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PDP ready to upstage APC in Lagos –Doherty, guber aspirant Adedeji Doherty an engineer, is the acting National Vice Chairman, South-West, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview with Ayo Esan, he gives reasons the South-West PDP endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term, and speaks about other national issues and on his governorship ambition. Excerpts: As one of the leaders of PDP in the SouthWest, what does your party have in store for the people of Lagos State come 2015? To be quite candid, we have seen a lot of things that have happened within the past 13, 14 years in Lagos State. Starting from Bola Tinubu’s era down to the Fashola’s era; the Bola Tinubu’s era was more or less a political era rather than being an administrative era. The Fashola’s era, from what I have seen so far has just been a slight change for Lagos State, but not good enough. I can tell you straightaway that the change that will occur in Lagos with a PDP governor will be more explicit, more visible and will be one that will touch the lives of average Lagos resident. The reason why I am saying this is that there has been a yardstick that has already been put in place by the past governments. However, there are also some constraints that will definitely happen with an opposition party in Lagos State. Let us go back a little bit; Lagos State was once the capital of Federal Republic of Nigeria. But today, we have seen slight changes, but with the kind of internal revenue generated, the kind of money from the federal allocations that have been coming to Lagos State vis a vis the development that you can show in Lagos State, there is a serious negative disparity. However, it is not based on party line because there is nothing good for the people that the party will not say it will give. But it is the credibility of the person that is driving the vision, mission and the manifestoes of the party that matters. In Fashola’s case, very good candidate but in wrong party. In Lagos State in 2015, where we are going to start from is right candidate, right party. As such you will see development in terms of youth employment, housing, transport on rail, road and water, health and education. You will see the general change within the second and third year of the incoming PDP government. The opposition appears not to see anything good in PDP owing to the crisis that engulfed the party recently; what is your view on this? If we say we should look at that angle, I will tell you let us divide it, let’s differentiate. There is party angle and the administration of the party. There is also the political angle; I will tell you today that PDP is the reality of Nigeria. If APC had been there, it would have been worse than this. The reason is this; we are a country of 245 ethnic groups. We have different motives, different interests, different ideologies and we come from different background. What has brought us together

is the unity that was formed over 100 years ago. The interests in PDP are so diverse. In APC, it was ACN before, it has transformed to APC now. Without being in national government, you can see that Ogun State APC is in crisis, Kwara APC is already in chaos, Kaduna, and Sokoto are already in chaos because they are not together in mind. In PDP, you cannot point to somebody as the owner of the party; as such the ethnic diversity reared its head. If you look at President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration as of today, you will see that the administration has been micro-economically focused. If anybody understands economy, you will know that micro economy focus is the bedrock; they are the ones that set foundation to build a strong house. However, we are not where we are supposed to be. I can tell you why. The orientation of we politicians have to change as the evolution of democracy is changing in Nigeria. As a party, we have been able to keep Nigerians together for now. At the end of the day, we have been able to manage our ethnic differences and misunderstanding. This in itself is a big task in Nigeria. A lot of us will not take what President Goodluck Jonathan is accommodating in the past two years. Within the past years, we have made some mistakes; we have been able to correct our mistakes. At the end of the day, the political class is growing, the electorate is also growing and they know what is due to them. As a governorship aspirant in Lagos State on the platform of PDP, if you find yourself in the shoes of Governor Babatunde Fashola, what are those things you might do differently in the interest of the people? At the end of the day, the party already has its manifesto. APC government in Lagos has been focusing on the urban aspect of Lagos. They have been focusing on visuals; they have been focusing on what people can see, not things that will make impact. With my developmental agenda, I will change the face of Lagos if elected. If I go through express roads, I might see traffic lights but how will those traffic lights have impact on my pockets? How does it have an impact on my children? How does it make an impact if I am sick? It only creates ambience, partly security and beautification. What we are supposed to focus on is long-term plan. We should move into the decongestion Project One for Lagos State. In the decongestion Project One, it goes into rural development. That means that we should move from Eti-

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Osa down to Epe, heavy development, low cost housing in order to drive people out of urban Lagos into the rural Lagos. If people have to move into rural Lagos, there should be something that has to take them there. My housing policy should take them there; transport policy should take them there. The civil servants that decide to live in the rural areas should have the 25 percent increase in salary. That will carry a lot of people into the rural areas. All I need to do is to have trains moving from Epe to, may be, Lekki Phase One; train from Badagry to Mile 2 and train running from Ikorodu central to Ketu or Ojota. Straight away, you are going to see people moving away from the urban Lagos because it’s now become viable and economical. When I am able to move the people to the rural Lagos, then I will focus on education. In some riverine areas, they go to schools with boats. I visited all 245 wards in Lagos State during my campaign for 2007 governorship elections. Apart from the free trade zone that has happened to Lagos State, another thing that has happened to the state is the building of estates that are not affordable by the people. From there, we will move into health, which is going to be affordable. Right now in Lagos State, everything is privatized. Education is the same thing; in LASU, you know how much they are paying. What of the protest against high school fees? Definitely, I have to reduce the school fees. People might say where I am going to get money from? That is why I say Lagos State has to be a PDP state. Immediately the PDP government comes in, within the next six months, we should be able to slash taxes for good business concerns like factories, industries, small and medium scale enterprises and private schools. Where are we going to get fund from? We have to turn to the federal government. We have that in the South-South

and South-East. That is asset derivation. What is the asset of Lagos? Our asset is that Lagos is the commercial hub of the country. We must have our own share of what the federal government is getting from there. As such, that can turn to 30 or 40 billion naira monthly as an income for Lagos State. This we will translate and transfer back to our people in terms of bursary awards, scholarships and helping the middle class. How prepared is Lagos PDP to win 2015 elections? Right now, Lagos State PDP is united. We can’t say we are divided at this particular point in time. There is no party that does not have a kind of communication gap among one another. But when you have 70 to 80 percent of your members united, then you are force to be reckoned with. In PDP, the main thing is structures; right now, we are putting the structures in place to win the 2015 election. You are going to see PDP this time around different from the one you have been seen in the past. When are you making formal declaration of your ambition? In the next two to three months, we should be able to take a decision on that. Why is it that the South-West PDP endorsed President Jonathan for second term several months before the 2015 election? The zone has endorsed President Jonathan for second term for different reasons. One is to keep the unity of the party going. Another thing is to make sure that the minority zone in Nigeria has their way this time around in order to create a level playing ground for all Nigerians. One thing we need to understand here is that Goodluck Jonathan is a symbol of maturity of Nigeria. We cannot say he is perfect.


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Sunday April 13, 2014

Uncensored U nc

Sheriff S Folarin

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conference is the convergence of a group of people with a particular theme and subthemes to deliberate upon with an expected positive end. The dictionary.com defines it as a meeting for consultation, exchange of information, or discussion, especially one one with a formal agenda. For scholars, the academic conference is a gathering of experts at a certain place, mostly an academic institution for the discussion and report of research results and sharing of experience. The essence is of every conference is to, among other things, inquire, explore, unlearn, relearn, comprehend, troubleshoot or proffer solutions to human issues at stake. In view of this understanding, there is therefore nothing wrong in conferences, whether local, national or international. Conferences are healthy for the mind, social group and development. A National Conference is particularly good as it affords all ethnic nationalities in a multinational state, or all stakeholders and leaders of thought in a nation to meet and appraise, reappraise, take stock and reflect on their national life with a view to charting new or groundbreaking ways to overcome their common challenges and/or strengthen their bond and develop their strong points. In the case of Nigeria, the ongoing National Conference is a product of years of agita-

Merits of the National Conference tions and demand for the convocation of a meeting point and probably “melting pot” of all opinion leaders and representatives of the core components of the nation-state. The National Conference is particularly overdue in view of the many troubles of the former British colony. These range from turbulent and tortuous ethnic and religious relations, to social, political, leadership, economic, educational, and environmental crises. The more critical issues of corruption; resource control hoopla and Niger Delta unrest; security lapses and insurgencies, coupled with the menace of terrorism; call for the urgent convocation of National Conference. A state that had gone through a 30-month war, several ethnic and religion motivated military coups and political instability, but which had yet not learnt from it as it nears another burble-burst requires a change of tactic- calling all parties to a roundtable is desirable and goes without argument. There had been demand for “sovereign” National Conference, which of course, no sovereign leader would want to convoke. The term “sovereign” conveys political independence for the national leaders to discuss any issues without bounds as well as be free from any influences or control of the political leadership. While this may imply the presence of another “sovereign” contending with the sovereign power of the “sovereign” leader; it may also mean the invitation to anarchy because there cannot be two “sovereigns” in an independent state and the sovereign nature of such a conference might lead to the overwhelming drive towards disintegration and unavoidably, anarchy. A Sovereign National Conference (SNC),

as beautiful as it sounds, may therefore not be what any leader would want to convoke. I will not do that either if I am President. Agitating for it is cheap and sweet; giving it approval if one calls the shots might never happen after critical reflections on the implications. Are we, then, on course with our National Conference in Abuja? Yes! But are there grey areas in the current dispensation? Very well, yes! The National Conference as far as I have seen, so far, has structural flaws. The composition is not exactly what the people ever envisioned. The Chairman and the ViceChairman are the President’s nominees. The entire executive arm of the Conference ismade up of government appointees; they were not elected by the conferees, which should have been the case. Most of the Conference delegates are the President’s nominees. They are gratified by this and find it worthy, therefore, to be wasting precious two or three weeks, of the twelve weeks in total that they have, to be discussing and saluting the President’s inauguration speech. Also the conferees and their leadership have adopted the style of each delegate making inaugural speech. This is taking too long as every member, expected to spend three minutes, drags their speeches for 10 or 15 minutes each and tries to dribble or cajole the House to accept the importance of such speech and allow the time-lag. The Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi, like several other delegates, make the “show” unexciting. No life is giving to the conference; it is like a ritual session where everyone must look gloomy and sad. Kutigi calls the name of each “speaker” in turns and makes dry jokes in croaky voice when trying to stop long

No, to return of the Prodigal Son! BAYO OLUWASANMI

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or as long as we can remember, power, money, and greed have corrupted our elected government officials at every level. What’s alarming and frustrating is that the blatant corruption running rampant in Abuja and the state capitals is being tolerated by Nigerian people. The victory of Ayo Fayose, the disgraced ex-governor of Ekiti State in the recently concluded PDP gubernatorial primaries, is an astounding extended conceit and ignorance on display but expected in the pre-political drama for 2015 gubernatorial elections. Fayose contested the primaries with other three aspirants. With a substantial vote of 462 out of 477 votes cast, Fayose rout the other three candidates –the immediate past Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, 7 votes; Dayo Adeyeye 3 votes, and Modupe Ogundipe, one vote. Fayose, whom EFCC, the anti-graft agency alleged that stole at least N416 million public funds that belong to Ekiti people, all things being equal, is expected to be the main challenger to the incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the June 21 gubernatorial election. Since Fayose won the primaries, I have been trying to use mindfulness as a means of living with an emotional narrative, as opposed to thought-based narrative. Fayose’s longing stubbornness to regain his old job is like revisiting his childhood obsessions made more grandiose, beatified, and made into overwrought history. A conspiracy which has now ensnared him in the centre by playing the fool. And

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the fool has interest in follies, and follies themselves represent the apotheosis of the absurd. Election and political corruption go together. It is natural to think of elections when we think of political corruption. It is no secret in Nigeria that people or organisations with their own agenda can skew voting. Big donations are given to parties. Parties and candidates buy votes instead of winning them But political corruption isn’t just about election rigging. It can lead politicians in office to steer away from good government. This was proved beyond reasonable doubt during the Fayose administration in Ekiti. As governor, Fayose’s decisions benefited those who fund him and other political appendages. The interest of Ekiti people came second. He diverted scarce resources from poor and disadvantaged people. His private rather than public policy interests dictated policy. Fayose is on trial on 27 counts of misappropriation of state money. Some of the petitions received by the EFCC against Fayose include the N1.4 billion poultry scam. The poultry project was meant for the 16 local government councils in the state. Till today, no poultry was ever built in the four designated centres in the state. His tenure as governor was aptly captured and characterised by The News magazine as a “reign of terror.”The 2004 local government elections in the state were a shamble. Members of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) were handpicked by Fayose himself. The News, in its April 5, 2004 edition reported extensively on Fayose’s reign of terror and how his men went on the rampage and killing frenzy.

The magazine also reported that Tunde Omojola who vied for the Ifaki Ward II councillorship by-election was killed by Fayose’s thugs and mobile policemen. Dr. Ayo Daramola, and nine students of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti were snuffed in the political hara-kiri initiated and supervised during the era. Others like Aseweje, Ben Ogundana, Dapo Osunniyi, Kamoru Folorunso, Ojo Sunday, and several others did not escape Fayose’s reign of terror. Fayose literarily prevented worshippers at Emmanuel Anglican Cathedral, Okesa, Ado-Ekiti from worshipping when he blocked the church���s two main gates with sand, gravel, and a gutter was deliberately dug in front of the church because of Chief Ojo Falegan, his perceived opponent who attends the church. By thinking about often buried painful memories of his three-year rule as governor in my home state of Ekiti, the Fayose factor in the June gubernatorial elections in Ekiti creates a huge involuntary spasms in my stomach, accompanied by a deep groan. Fayose’s pretentious aura contrasted sharply with the mayhem he provoked and promoted in Ekiti. The atrocities under his administration can never be fully accounted for. The peace-loving people of Ekiti became a ping-pong ball being battered from one end to another. Political opponents were maimed, hacked, killed, beheaded, kidnapped, dismembered and disposed with gloat and glee. Vicious and cruel ruffians roamed the state looking for people to kill. It was our own holocaust. Fayose and his PDP admirers and supporters believe he’s something. As soon

speeches. No wonder if the delegates are not sleeping, they become bored to hunger and ask for regular lunchtime and good food. Some fly out of Abuja to attend political rallies and congresses and leave their seats virtually empty. The past two weeks or so have been more of speech-making than “conferring”, which is the reason we are made to part with 12 million naira of our taxes and oil money for each of the multitudes in that House. The speeches, most of which are uninspiring, lull even the viewers at home to sleep. This should in no way however, take the credit away from few that have made the conference have the bite that it should have. The proactive and controversial stance of the Lamido of Adamawa on the real issues and jabbing at colleagues give life to the conference. Speeches by Pastor Tunde Bakare and Chief Mike Ozekhome on the multi-million naira allowance, as well as that of Chief Ayo Adebanjo on nationhood live up to the billing of a national conference. But the people of Nigeria and the world are waiting to see the real conference. So far, the proceedings are not comprehensible. We really do not know what the delegates are doing. There is even more life in the House of Reps and Senate proceedings. When will the National Conference begin? Justice Kutigi and his compatriots should wake up from their slumber and realize that we have for so long wanted and waited for this opportunity, and that our future as ”One Nigeria” hangs on this confab. • Dr. Folarin is the Head of Department of Political Science and Internatinal Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

as they start believing he’s something, it becomes precarious. They ceased to be mindful and mistake fantasy for reality. In this process, they have lost all their imaginative faculty. They’re unable to rationalise or ratiocinate the true homebred feelings that Governor Fayemi’s administration ignited in Ekiti people. Fayose’s candidacy is the ultimate joke of being mistaking “the fool” as the future of Ekiti State. Human behaviour is regulated by many factors – moral standards, the sense of shame, of conscience, of duty, and so on. The basic manifestations of ethical life are the sense of social and personal responsibility and the awareness himself is the real relation between society and the individual. Responsibility expresses society’s specific demand on the individual in the form of duty. And in all societies, a certain responsibility is laid down for such violations. People are responsible for those they elected to represent them. Ekiti people will be held accountable for the person they elect as their next governor. If we Ekiti people elected an ignorant, a thug, a reckless and corrupt person, it is because we tolerate ignorance, recklessness, thuggery, and corruption. If we elected a governor who is intelligent, brave, a prudent manager of people and resources, and pure, it is because we demand these high qualities from our governor who is going to direct affairs of the state for the next four years. It is, therefore, insulting the sensibilities of Ekiti people for Fayose to stage a comeback. •Oluwasanmi is an Ekiti-born social analyst based in the US.


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The May Egyptian presidential election

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gyptians will be going to the polls on May 26-27, 2014 to elect a new president, the sixth in 62 years. The former Army Chief of Staff, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is the major contender for the vacant post and the only other candidate so far, is leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in the 2012 election that was contested by more than a dozen politicians from across the political spectrum. The election is coming 10 months after the military overthrew the former president, Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 following mass street protests against some of his economic policies and bid to expand his powers. Incidentally, the intervention received wide public support. The former defence minister is expected to win easily, the reason being that majority of Egyptians today see the army as a patriotic institution that can be trusted to act in the interests of the nation. The army has this reputation despite the fact that it has actually on many occasions, acted to secure its own particular institutional interests and not that of the country. This will be the second time Egyptians will be going to the polls in less than two years. In all intent and purposes, the military has decided to be an active participant rather a neutral observer. But in contrast to the 2012 vote won by Morsi, this election follows a fierce government crackdown on dissent that has included Islamists and secular-minded democracy activists. But amid a climate of expectations that he will win the contest, there are also fears the election won’t help the country’s reputation, damaged by tensions and socio-economic problems. Egypt’s economy is in shambles, and the country is highly dependent on foreign aid, which is always a precarious source of support.

Sadly, the country has found itself strapped to the boot strings of an overbearing military that sees its role as that of guardians of the nation rather than a professional institution for its defence against external aggression. That is why the officers have always intervened in the country’s politics and ironically sees itself as the only ones capable of ensuring constitutional rule and governance. The military has dominated Egyptian politics for decades until the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak,

But amid a climate of expectations that he will win the contest, there are also fears the election won’t help the country’s reputation, damaged by tensions and socio-economic problems himself an ex-military commander. The institution has a long history of animosity towards the Muslim Brotherhood, which is Egypt’s most organised political party until 2012. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood has said there could be no stability under Sisi as president, accusing him of staging a coup against the country’s first freely elected and civilian president. This is because the government has not only outlawed the organisation, almost all of its leaders, including Mr. Morsi, have been jailed

with more than 1,000 supporters killed and all media sympathetic to its cause silenced. Unfortunately, Sisi risks his popularity plummeting once he becomes president, since Egypt’s economic and political challenges are so intractable that they cannot be easily solved. The key to his political skill has been his secrecy coupled with expert role-playing that duped his opponents into thinking he was an unambitious professional officer while simultaneously appealing to the Egyptian public as the man to lead them out of the post-Mubarak political morass. No one should forget that el-Sisi is foremost the product of the military high command under former President Hosni Mubarak, as his career trajectory and personal alliances suggest. The political track in the Egyptian military is the army and within it, the infantry, the corps which produced both the late presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat. It would be remembered that Mubarak was chosen by Sadat as his vicepresident precisely because as an air force officer he did not command the loyalty of forces required for a coup. After succeeding Sadat following his assassination in 1981, Mubarak ultimately settled on the lacklustre infantry general, Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, to preside over the officer corps - more or less as a CEO - rewarding loyalists with promotions and patronage generated in the military’s sprawling economy. Field Marshal Sisi was one of Tantawi’s favourites, who doled out plum assignments to this rising infantry officer. A Sisi victory will mark a return of the praetorian guards that have dominated Egyptian life with the exception of the Morsi interregnum. This portends a retrogression of that country’s politics and continued debasement of its civic culture.

Reminiscences APRIL 13, IN HISTORY 1992: Princess Anne files for divorce Princess Anne filed for uncontested divorce from Mark Phillips after two and half years of separation.

1992: UK - Kinnock resigns as Labour leader Following the defeat of the Labour Party by the Conservatives in the general election three days earlier, Neil Kinnock resigns as Labour leader.

2012: North Korea’s rocket launch fails North Korea’s much anticipated rocket launch to test a long-range missile rocket was only in the air for a short time before it broke apart and crashed into the water.

1923: Japan - Storm claims 100 lives One of the worst storms in many years hit the Japanese and Korean coastline and is believed to have claimed over 100 lives.

2013: Bird flu hits China China’s capital city Beijing reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu that had been spreading throughout the country. The case was reported with a seven-year-old girl who had been infected with the flu.

1989: Israeli soldiers raid West Bank village Israeli soldiers carry out a raid on a West Bank village leaving at least six Palestinians dead, this is part of the continuing attempts to quell the Palestinian uprising.

1949: 19 Hitler’s aides jailed 25 years each The Nuremberg Trials ended with 19 top aides to Adolf Hitler receiving up to 25 years for their part in war crimes against humanity.

1964 :U.S. - Poitier wins ‘best actor’ awards Sidney Poitier becomes the first black actor to win the coveted “best actor” Oscar for his role in ‘Lilies of the Field’..

1987: Gorbachev declines Reagan’s invitation President Reagan once again invited the Soviet Leader, Mikael Gorbachev, to talks in Washington but once again the Soviet leader has declined the invitation.

1997: Tiger Woods wins Masters Tiger Woods at 21 years old became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters Tournament. Woods finished at 18-under-par 270, which was the lowest score ever shot during the Masters.

2005: Rudolph pleads guilty of bombing Eric Rudolph (also known as the Olympic Park Bomber), pleads guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. Rudolph pleaded guilty to numerous federal and state homicide charges and accepted five consecutive life sentences in exchange for avoiding a trial and the death penalty.


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EDIFYING GOD Sunday April 13, 2014

QUOTE No matter who or what they are that are after you, your family, business, career, employment, health, marriage, etc, ... one thing is certain and that is that God has decided to confront them. – Muoka

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Churches may soon lose their flock –Soludo 20

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Briefly Dayspring marks special programme

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ayspring Heritage Christian Center, also known as, ‘The Palace of Healing, has announced a special programme tagged “7 Prophetic Sundays”. According to Pastor Olalekan Olafare, host of the programme, the services will hold at the church auditorium located at Folorunso Bakunle Street, Heritage Estate, Akute, Ogun State. The programme will also take place at the church’s branch in Lagos, located at No. 19, Sobo Sifire Road, Arowojobe Estate, Mende, Maryland, Lagos. The service will also hold at the Maryland Lagos branch every Thursday. The special services comes with various titles such as, total deliverance and healing service, Business breakthrough service, All round success service, Prosperity Service, Marriage service and Fruitfulness services. Each of the services also has different themes such as breaking curses, local and international connection, favour for business opportunities, academic and professional success, grace for financial success, grace for Marital fulfillment. The services will kick off by 6.30am every Sunday while the second service will hold at 9a.m.

Church holds ‘No Limits 2014’

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isdom Restoration Ministry, also known as The Beautiful Gate Church, has announced a special programme tagged ‘No Limits 2014’. The theme is “Commanding Supernatural Restoration”. Pastor Witness Kiishi Adejuwon is the host of the special programme. It will hold at the church auditorium which is located at No. 31, Ijoko Road, besides Diamond Pearls Filing station, Akute, Ogun State.

Apostolic Faith organises Easter retreat

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ll is set for this year’s Easter retreat by the Apostolic Faith Church, Nigeria. The programme, scheduled for four days beginning from next Thursday, April 17, is designed to commemorate the easter celebration. It will hold simultaneously at the church Camp Ground at Anthony Village, Lagos and its five zonal headquarters at Oke Aro- Agbado, Sango Ota and Igbesa, all in Ogun State, as well as Abesan- Ipaja and Ikorodu in Lagos State. It has as theme: “The victory and blessing of calvary,” and the event will feature music concert, bible study, drama,film shows and prayers, among others. The Information Officer of the church, Mr. Kayode Adeleye, in a release, stated that the highpoint of the programme is on Sunday with music concert at 5:00pm and that many high profile individuals in both private and public sectors as well as foreign diplomats will be in attendance.

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Vineyard Celebration Sunday April 13, 2014

Prof. Soludo (2nd left) with other dignitaries at the event

Churches may soon lose their flock, says Soludo ... as Catholic Priests mark Silver Jubilee

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wka, the Anambra State Capital was agog with activities last Sunday when Catholic priests who were ordained in the mid 80s in the Diocese, marked their Silver Jubilee anniversary in grand style. The epoch-making event which held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, had in attendance a large number of dignitaries from all walks of life including the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor, Professor Charles Soludo; Vice Chancellor of Anambra State University, Ulu, Prof. Fidelis Okafor and representative of Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) P. Okpalaeke; Most Rev. (Dr.) John Okoye of Awgu Diocese; Bishop Hilary Odili Okeke, Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, among others. Also in attendance were the celebrants marking their 25 years in the priesthood in the diocese which included Rev. Fr. Polycarp Obikwelu, Charles Umeoji, Rev. Fr. Jude Uzoezie, Rev. Fr. Cletus Umezinwa, Rev. Fr. Charles Onubogu, Rev. Fr. Cyriascus Okpalike, Rev. Fr. Paul Nwobi, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Ichoku, Rev. Fr. Martin Joe Ibeh, Rev. Fr. Donatius Esiegbue, Rev. Fr. Wilfred Eze, Rev. Fr. Blaise Emebo and Rev. Fr. Fabian Mmagu. A brief silence was observed for the repose of the soul of one of their members, Rev. Fr. Peter Onyeso, who died few months ago. Speaking on the topic ‘Re-inventing the Catholic Church for the 22nd Century’, Prof. Charles Soludo enjoined Christians to take the gospel of Christ to a nook and cranny of the world through humanitarian services and also appealed that reduced and reasonable fees be charged in missionary schools and hospitals so they could be made affordable and accessible to the populace. Soludo who posited that church buildings may become empty by the 22nd century as a result of internet, social networking services, the media and satellite evangelism which make it possible for people to receive God’s word at homes, urged Christians to shun materialism and cease in their search for miracles which they go looking for at all costs from one corner

to the other and at the end may have nothing to show for their sojourn. In his lecture entitled ‘The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Challenges to faith in the diversity of cultures in Nigeria-Lessons from Catholic social teaching’, Monsignor (Prof.) Obiora Ike averred that mutual dialogue of faith is paramount to eradicating crises in the society especially in the Nigerian situation which he said needs further entrenching of peace to solidify the unity of all regions in the country. While assessing the pastoral ministry in the South eastern part of the country under indigenous clergies, Bishop Hilary Odili Okeke of Nnewi Diocese through his representative, Very Rev. (Prof.) Ignatius Obinwa, disclosed that Catholic clergies were never indigenized even as he called on lay faithful to work unanimously with non-indigenous clergies sent to pilot Christian religious affairs in the country. Bishop Okeke further charged Christians be hardworking and prayerful as well as to shun mushroom churches and ministries who peddle false testimonies to woo new converts. Similarly, Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most

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Rev. (Dr.) Paulinus Ezeokafor; Most Rev. Dr. John Okoye, Bishop of Awgu Diocese represented by Very Rev. (Prof.) Jonathan Nweke and Rev. Mother Ifechukwu Udorah (former Mother General, DDL) advised parents and schools to inculcate moral values and love of Christ into their children, noting that family is the basic foundation for spreading the good news. While speaking on the occasion, chairperson at the event, Professor Fidelis Okafor, who had earlier called on Christians to embark on rural evangelism so as to win more souls for Christ, said that the celebration/symposium was organized to thank God for the lives of the priests as well as to encourage them to continue in their efforts of championing the course of Christ and expanding His kingdom as they lead more souls to God. He said: “We thank God for all the priests who are celebrating their anniversary today. I pray that the good Lord give them the grace and strength to continue to work in the vineyard and course which they have been called to for over 20 years now. I urge them not to relent but continue in their good work of leading the flock which has been handed to them in the right way and to champion the course of Christ and expanding His kingdom as they lead more souls to God.”


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Chorister’s World Sunday April 13, 2014

Being a chorister has helped me musically –Femi G YEMI OLAKITAN

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emi G is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music producer. He recently spoke with Sunday Mirror on how the Choir ministry has contributed positively to the advancement of his music career. The eclectic musician whose genre of m u sic cuts

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across, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Hip Pop and Jazz revealed that being a chorister of Saint Andrews, Anglican Church Ipaja, Lagos, helped his creativity and performance in music. Femi said he first joined the choir at the age of 13 when his father was a lay preacher at the United African Methodist Church in Lagos. ‘‘I have always been a choir boy. I can remember when my father made my sister and I join our church choir in the 80s. Since then, there has been no going back. There is nowhere I went that I did not belong to a church choir. Presently, I am with St Andrew, Anglican Church Choir, Akinyele Ipaja, Lagos. I play the alto-saxophone with the church band,’’ he said. Speaking further, he said his involvement in the choir at an early age helped him appreciate Gospel music deeply. It also helped him develop diverse creative interest in song composition. A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Femi holds a Bachelor of

Arts degree in Music. He enjoys teaching young people, working in the studio or playing music with the choir as well as performing on stage. On the meaning of his name, he said, ‘‘I am Femi G.G stands for Gbolahan my middle name; G also stands for my first instrument, the guitar and vocal key G major. Now, I have gone further. I sing on A major,’’ he said. ‘‘I was inspired initially by pure creativity and imagination to start writing my own songs right from when I was in the primary school. My first major mentors were Eddy Grant and Chris Okotie in the early days. Then many others; some of them are J.T.Taylor of Cool and the Gang, Michael Jackson and R Kelly.’’ On Nigerian music, Femi said: ‘‘I listen to a lot of Ebenezer Obey and Sunny Ade and I’m thinking of working on a couple of their songs in the future. My vision for my music is such that I should be able to produce big and inspirational songs like R Kelly and Michael Jackson. Being a chorister has helped my musicianship a great deal in terms of exposure and skills development. I am not only a Gospel artiste; I am into all kinds of music that sound good, beautiful and worthwhile and edifying.’’ ‘‘Two out of my Gospel songs are ‘Call on Jesus’ and ‘Oh Lord, have your way’. I will say I am more like R Kelly in that aspect and approach. I have just recorded a song that I am very proud of and I want the public to hear it soonest. It is a great song. It makes me feel like the first time I heard Michael Jackson’s Rock with You,’’ he said.

Choristers gather for a memorial in UK

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tanley Roocroft from Blackburn Cathedral, Graham Neal from All Saints Parish Church in Eastleigh, Eddie Officer from Belfast’s St Anne’s Cathedral and James Wilkinson from Westminster Abbey - these and a string of other one-time boy choristers remember the thrill of singing at the Coronation of Elizabeth II. With the help of the Royal School of Church Music, the country was scoured for the very best choristers to supplement singers from the elite choirs of London. All told, over 180 boys sang at the famous event within a

choir of around 400. Sixty years on, some of the boys recall their selection and training. They gathered for a month’s rehearsal at Addington Palace near Croydon. For some it was their first time away from home. Undaunted, one boy sneaked out to caddie on the local golf course at a fiver a time. There are recollections of the huge job of converting Westminster Abbey to accommodate 8,000, aided by the installation of a railway. On the big day, the choristers were given packed lunches which could even

be eaten during the coronation service itself. Alan Ledger, then of the choir of St George’s Chapel in Windsor, says he was told to hang on to his milk bottle after drinking the contents - in case it came in useful! The ex-choristers have their favourite moments from the service - whether the musical glories of Parry’s ‘I Was Glad’ or Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ or simply the sight of the new Queen processing to her enthronement. With the service over, it was a rush for the buffet. Then back to everyday life, but with memories to last a lifetime.

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ccording to the Bible, tithe is generally defined as the tenth part of one’s income, profits, land or stock given to God and used to support the clergy or charitable cause. The custom of giving tithes can be found in Genesis 14 where Abraham offered tithes of the spoils of the enemy to the royal priest, Melchizedech. So in Genesis 28, Jacob is recorded as giving a tithe of all his possessions to the Lord. In the time of Moses, payment of tithes was one of the laws of the Jewish people and made obligatory. The Hebrews were commanded to offer to God the tenth part of the produce of the fields, of the fruits of the trees, and the firstborn of oxen and of sheep (Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22). In Deuteronomy, there is a mention not only of an annual tithe, but also of a full tithe to be paid once every three years. While it was to God himself that the tithes had to be paid, yet we read (Numbers 18:21) that he transfers them to the priesthood. In the book of Proverbs 3:10, the Bible encourages believers to honour the Lord with the first fruits of their wealth. It also says it is better to give than to receive. However, the verse most often cited in support of the tithe is from the Old Testament, Malachi 3:8-10. 8. “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, `How do we rob you? “In tithes and offerings. 9. You are under a curse - the whole nation of you - because you are robbing me. 10. Bring

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There have been many controversies on the issue of tithing in both denominational and individual point of views. While some say that tithing is a divine instruction of the New Testament aimed at blessing the givers, others have claimed that it is a relic of the Old Testament designed to bless the clergy. It has also been said by many that tithing is the pathway to prosperity. YEMI OLAKITAN, Senior Correspondent examines the issues sorounding tithing. the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it”. In a chat with Edmund Ike, a member of the Catholic Church, he said tithes in today’s Christian Church is meant to support the preaching of the Gospel since the Bible says those who serve in the altar should live by the altar. (1 Corinthians 9:13). Speaking further, he said provision of some kind had to be made for the ministers of God. In the beginning, this was supplied by freewill offerings. However, as the Church expanded and it became necessary to make laws which would insure the proper and permanent support of the clergy, the payment of tithes was adopted. According to Ike, tithing is an obligatory act of giving which supports the institution of the church and it not just a relic of the Old Testament scriptures. ‘‘Don’t forget that the Bible says we

should give and it shall be given to us. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give unto us. Giving is a cardinal commandment of scripture and the Christian faith.’’ In another chat with Reverend Father Steven Akinsowo of Saint Peters Catholic Church, Langbasa, Lagos, he said tithing is biblically correct. ‘‘It is an offering made in gratitude to God. It is like giving back to God from the abundance of all the things he has given to us. Giving a tenth of your income to God is a very small sacrifice

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IT IS AN OFFERING MADE IN GRATITUDE GOD. IT IS LIKE GIVING BACK TO GOD FROM THE ABUNDANCE OF ALL THE THINGS HE HAS GIVEN TO US. GIVING A TENTH OF YOUR INCOME TO GOD IS A VERY SMALL SACRIFICE COMPARED TO ALL THE WONDERFUL BLESSINGS HE HAS GIVEN TO US.


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compared to all the wonderful blessings he has given to us. In the Catholic Church, we recognise tithing but we do not emphasise it like other churches do. In other denominations, people are persuaded. Tithe is to be given in absolute freedom. You cannot force people to know or accept God. You cannot coerce them. People are to give tithe if it comes from their hearts. If you obey the instruction to give, God will bless you.’’ he said. In another chat with Senior Superintendent, Apostle C.A Bayode of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ago Igbale, Ebute Metta, Lagos, he said tithing is a commandment of the Scripture. “In the book of Malachi, God said the people should bring all the tithes into the storehouse of God. Tithes are not meant for the clerics alone; they are meant for the expansion of the Gospel and also for the poor. It should also be used for the orphans, the widows and the less-privileged in the body of Christ. Tithing is like medicine for having money, if the believers diligently do it. There is a promise alongside the commandment. It says, ‘I will open up the floodgates of heaven’. You will become blessed. Anything you lay your hands on will prosper exceedingly,” he said. On the argument that tithing is a relic of the Old Testament, Apostle Bayode said that “Christ did not come to abolish the law but he came to fulfill it.’’ He, however, warned that when people give tithes, they should not give tithes to show off; they should give it to the Lord alone. However, Roseline Ademola, a member of the Anglican Church in Lagos, said that Christ has already paid all the tithes and redeemed us from the law. Speaking further, she said that tithe is like placing Christians under the law and saying the death of Christ is not enough which is some kind of heresy. ‘‘There is nothing wrong if a Christian gives tithe willingly, cheerfully, without the burden of guilt being placed on him because the Scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver. The problem is that so many pastors preach tithes as law, quoting Malachi. They are in error because Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. We are not operating under that Law; we are under grace. In Malachi, God was referring to the Jews and not to us. We are operating under a better covenant than they. When you preach that people are cursed with a curse and that they are robbing God unless they tithe, you are preaching a guilt-based act of giving which is contrary to 2 Corinthians 9:7 which says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’’ I do not believe in tithing. I believe in voluntary giving without the burden of guilt. Jesus paid all the tithes with his precious blood. I give as I have decided in my heart. It could

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be 10 percent, it could be 20, it could be 50 or 100 percent but it is subject to my personal decision, not imposed,’’ she said. A member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, name withheld, who spoke to Sunday Mirror on the subject, said that tithing is being used to coarse Christians to give to the church authorities. He said, ‘‘it is the clergy that benefits the most because they sit on the seats of the priesthood and collect the tithes. The apostle, Peter, writes in 1 Peter 2:5 and 9 that every believer is a priest! Hebrews 5-8 also teach us that Jesus is the only priest that we need. However, the institutional church has borrowed from the Old Testament model of the Levitical Priesthood, thereby establishing a new priesthood that is separate from the rest of the body of Christ. This makes them collect the tithes. Jesus did not collect tithes, neither did the apostles,’’ he said. Another believer, a member of the Global Church of the Living God, Deaconess Shola Abimbola, said ‘‘many tes-

timonies abound in Christendom on the concept of giving, particularly tithing. Many tithers have testified that God has blessed them financially through tithing, therefore, tithing works. It is practical. Furthermore, giving is a basic commandment of the scriptures and tithing helps the believer to cultivate a regular habit of giving to God for the support of his work. Jesus said ‘when you give, you will receive’. Tithing cannot be wrong. You see, without the commandment to tithe, many people will not give, though you are free to give or not to give. Tithing helps maintain the habit of giving as directed by the scriptures, so the issue of coercion is not there at all. The principle of choice is in place. I have been paying my tithes for years because tithing fulfills the law of giving and I can say God has blessed me financially. In my church, the money is being judiciously utilised for the propagation of the Gospel. I don’t know where the Gospel will be today without the principle of tithing,’’ she said.

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Let God confront them, says Muoka General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, in this exhortation, teaches on why God will fight for the righteous. Excerpts:

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rethren, everything has its time and season. God by His providence governs the world, and determines when particular things and operations should happen. As the Creator, He determines and purposes when the sun shall shine and when the rain shall fall. God has given to man that portion of duration called time - the space in which all the operations of nature, of animals, and intellectual beings, are carried on, but while nature is steady in its course, and animals faithful to their instincts, men devote it to a great variety of purposes which God never made time for and consequently expose themselves to confrontation. Nevertheless, as they are exposed to various degrees of danger as a result of their action and reaction to life challenges, God identifies and defends His own people. Gen. 31: 24, 29 says, “And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.” When Jacob left Laban’s house, Laban pursued him and accused him of stealing things he knew not of so that he would harm him, God confronted Laban in the dream and warned him not to lay his hand upon Jacob for any reason and say nothing against his going on with his journey, for the journey was directed by Him. As Laban and his brethren continued pursuing Jacob, they eventually caught up with him on the mount of Gilead, and he told Jacob that he had vowed to punish him for the flight, and the stealing of his teraphim, but the God of heaven had confronted and prevented him from doing it and thus he would not be harmed. Exodus 6:1-2 says, “Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:” The above was another example in which God confronted the enemies of His people. In this case, as soon as it was dawned on Pharaoh that Moses had taken the Children of Israel out of Egypt, out of his reach and leaving the nation barren of slaves, he summoned his soldiers

and pursued Moses to attack Israel. But God who purposes and dictates the time for everything had determined the time has come to save His people from the hand of Pharaoh and his soldiers. Moses had been expecting what God would do, but now he shall see it. God would now be known by His name Jehovah, that is, the God performing what He had promised, and finishing His own work. God told Moses to watch and see how He will confront Pharaoh with a strong hand. Pharaoh and the Egyptians may be having upper hand in their dealings with the children of Israel before this time but the time of confrontation had come and they would be confronted by Him who is mightier than all. Beloved, you may have all the while been boxed into a hard corner by circumstances beyond your control. It may be circumstances of birth, finance, physical inability or academic and you may have abandoned hope, but now your time to be delivered has come, for God has determined to confront all your enemies that have created such hardship to you. No matter who or what they are that are after you, your family, business, career, employment, health, marriage, etc, whether they be human beings, Satan or evil spirits, one thing is certain and that is that God has decided to confront them. Maybe these enemies are after your life, your career, etc, and they do not want you to prosper or be blessed; they may even want you dead and this has prompted you to be running from one place to another in search of solution that have been elusive till date. Nevermind, the Lord shall confront them all regardless of what they may have been doing in your life materially, spiritually, physically, academically and otherwise. It may even at this moment seem to you that these evil entities are having the upper hand and as you reflect over their activities, you tend to be sorrowful and asking rhetorically, when will the solution manifest or where is God? Well, certainly, there is an appointed time for everything and every purpose in this life and that appointed time for your enemies to be confronted is at hand. You may have suffered for many years before now; many things may be happening in and around you of which it appears there are no answers to them and no man appears to be able to help or provide the needed succour, or who will withstand your enemies and you are pon-

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dering who will deliver you from all these evil spirits and satanic operations. Rest assured, God shall confront them and victory shall be yours in Jesus name. Remember how God confronted Laban and his brethren on one hand and Pharaoh and all his armies who pursued after Jacob on the other hand, the Lord will surely do same for you for it is your time of victory. The possible enemies and examples Beloved, our enemies are no other entities but the devil, his demons and even human agents. They could be witches and wizards, occult men and women, marine spirit agents, unbelievers, wicked men and women and all those who do not want to recognize the personality of God, constitute your enemies. The devil and his angry demons are our enemies and they go from place to place looking for victims. 1Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Your enemies are the devil and his agents. They oppose man in his best interests. They resist man’s efforts to do good, his intention to return to God, his attempts to secure his own salvation. Sometimes, Satan is represented as transforming himself into an angel of light, and sometimes, as here, as a roaring lion indicating the efforts which he makes to intimidate and overpower us. The lion here is not the crouching lion-the lion stealthfully creeping towards his foe- but it is the raging monarch, who by his terrible roar would intimidate all so that they might become an easy prey.

Rev. 12:7-10 says, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” The Bible establishes that Satan and his angels are our adversaries and they enter into human beings who are not Christians to torment and fight humans. The Lord knows them. No matter in what form they operate or how powerful they are, God knows all about them and I give you the assurance that the Lord will confront them and grant you total deliverance cum freedom in Jesus name. These evil personalities are enemies to man’s progress. When they enter into any human being, they turn them against other human beings. They kill, steal and destroy them, also oppress the people and keep them in bondage. John 10:10 says: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. When you allow these enemies gateCONTINUED ON PAGE 41


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Being a beauty queen is no hindrance to getting good husband –Beecee Why did you choose Beecee as your stage name? Because I have a name that is Olabisi, so I just coined Beecee out of it. You are a gospel artiste, why gospel and not inspirational or secular music? For me, gospel is inspirational because the word of God actually inspires. I don’t see gospel different from inspirational songs. It’s just that at times, most gospel artistes just focus on praises to God but I can also sing songs that relate to the society and those that can heal one who just had heartbreak. What really inspires your songs? Sometimes, the society inspires my songs, or what happens around me. Sometimes, I just get a leading to write a song based on past experience of people around me or myself. Most often, when I’m down, I could decide to write a song. In fact, most of my songs were written when I was actually down or felt bad. I love singing so much that even while I was in the labour room about to deliver my first baby, I was singing and my doctor and nurses were amazed. Maybe because music has a way of lifting my soul. In music, who are your role models? I love Christine Wynyard. She is an American gospel artiste; back home, I love the likes of Frank Edward; he is another good gospel artiste. There are lots of them because I love different kinds of music. I just listen to them one after the other. When did you discover the fervour for singing? I could say from my mother’s womb. This is because back then, my parents’ friends used to bring their kids to our house for me to entertain them with songs. When visitors came to their houses, my parents would take me there just to entertain them. I used to sing and dance for them. I remember being in a church choir at age four. But when I grew up, I decided to go into other things before coming back to music. What other things did you go into before returning to music? Other things such as modelling and beauty pageants. I was a beauty queen and runway model. Could you tell a us a little about your tenure as beauty queen? I did a lot of beauty pageants, starting from ‘Face Of DELSU,, which I won in 2002 at Delta State University. I went for ‘Miss Malaika’, where I made it to the top 10. In 2005, I participated in the ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’; I was among the top 10 as well. I did ‘Miss Tourism in Delta State’ and was the first runner-up. In 2006, I did ‘Miss Revolution Delta State’ and won the diamond-studded crown. I was given a Honda Civic car. Are you now aspiring to participate in international beauty pageants? I’m married right now. So, it is out of the way. I can’t do beauty pageants anymore but I could do runway modelling and my husband would not frown at it.

Obiajulu Olabisi Ugbo whose stage name is Beecee, is a model, ex-beauty queen and wife. She dismisses the opinion of some mothers who believe that participating in beauty pageants gives the girl unnecessary exposure that could hinder her from getting married, or at the right time. In this interview with ADAEZE AMOS, this gospel artiste unfolds what she does right to retain her shape. Can you reach out to mothers who think their daughters’ participation in beauty pageants would hinder them from getting married? I don’t think allowing your child to go after her heart’s desire would hinder her from getting married; after all it never hindered me. I think the basic thing as a mother is to train your child in the way she should go, and just as the Bible says, when she grows up, she won’t depart from it. I participated in so many beauty pageants but it never hindered me from getting married at the right time and to the right man. Home-training is the thing you shouldn’t withhold from your child and not her heart’s desire. That could be her talent. I’m happily married right now and it has not taken anything away from me. It hasn’t hindered me from pursuing my goals. The only thing it stopped me from doing is my participation in beauty pageants. But I can still do my modelling jobs and my husband doesn’t frown at that. Participating in beauty pageants wouldn’t hinder your daughter from getting a good husband. It never hindered me. What thrills you as a woman? What thrills me is the fact that I love to entertain and attract attention. During my debut on stage, before a large crowd, I was excited and felt at home. I had no stage fright. I was able to flow with ease. As a mother of two, you are still able to retain a good shape, what’s the secret? The secret first and foremost is my nature. I have always been slender even before I got married and started having children. Then, of course, I had a good body-massaging immediately after each birth. My mother in-law gave me thorough body massaging with hot water and she pressed my tummy well. I never also relented on my exercises because I was conscious of not going out of shape. That is one thing women should bear in mind. If your husband met you as a slender lady and he loved you that way, try and maintain that shape. If you are chubby or plump and your man wants you that way, strive and remain like that. I think that is the way it should be. What is your

beauty routine? I don’t have any beauty routine or ritual. I don’t exfoliate or cleanse but I make sure I eat good food, enough fruits and vegetables. I believe beauty comes from the inside. If you want to be beautiful, start from what you eat

and try to have a good heart. Be happy with yourself and with others. With this, you would radiate. Who are the women that inspire you? One woman who inspires me a lot is Mrs Josephine Effah Chukwuma of Project Alert, a non-governmental organisation that fights women abuse/maltreatment/domestic violence of all types. That woman is a mother, wife and she is very dogged. She is one hardworking woman that inspires me. When you are worried, what do you do to derive inspiration? Apart from singing, I read the word of God. I try to read my Bible at that moment, maybe try to locate the verse that would tackle whatever problem that is confronting me. The word of God has always inspired me.


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hioma Ifemeludike, affectionately known as Chicky by her friends and fans, is an actress that has featured in so many movies. Yet, she is fervent because she finds pleasure in what she does for a living. “I have featured in over 30 movies. I actually started acting when I left Jos, Plateau where I was born and bred for Lagos,” she disclosed. It was in Lagos, having attended primary and secondary education in Jos that her passion for acting blossomed. “It was as if God was waiting for me to come to Lagos before my passion for acting would rekindle. I’m not studying Theatre Arts but Political Science, yet I chose to have a career in what I found pleasure doing and amazingly it has given me fame,” she said. Was it something she saw in Lagos that revived her passion for acting? “Well, I have always wanted to be an actress right from when I was growing up. That was my biggest dream. When I moved over to Lagos, I had to start acting. I started from interpreting minor roles and gradually I got to the level where I am now. To the glory of God, I now interpret more challenging roles. I have featured in over 30 movies and I’m still continuing. I would never relent because that is my talent,” she said smilingly. “I featured in Seven Books Of Moses’, ‘Aso Ebi Girls’, ‘Street Angels’, ‘Sexy Vampires’, ‘Chisom the Rice Seller’, ‘Silent War’, ‘Blood Of The Innocent’, ‘Who Is The Chosen’ and many others. Of all these, ‘Aso Ebi Girls’, ‘Chisom The Rice Seller’ and ‘Street Angels’ brought me into the limelight. ‘Street Angels’ was very challenging because I played alongside A-list actors such as Mercy Johnson, Cha-cha Eke Faani, Angela Okorie to mention but a few,” she recalled. In Nollywood, there are some stars this diva admires. And there are reasons for this. “I admire Omotola because she has been able to keep up with her work and family. I also admire Genevieve Nnaji because she is a talented actress and she has been able to distinguish herself from mediocrity in the industry, she said. What thrills this talented actress so much is when she is being paired up “with very talented actors, to interpret romance roles. “That would bring out the best in me because I’m honestly daring when it comes to romance roles. But that notwithstanding, there is a limit I can go. I can’t act nude, for instance,” she affirmed. But what if the pay is enormous possibly in foreign currency? “No matter how big the money is, I know the limit I can go. I can’t act nude no matter the price because of my culture, personality and family. But I can wear just bikini and act if there is need for that,” she explained. Of the many cute guys in Nollywood, there are a few that this super screen diva would want to pair up with in a film. “I love to act with Ramsay Noah, Mike Ezuronye, Majid the Ghanaian actor, to mention but a few. The reason for choosing them is that they are talented actors,” she said. Chicky unveiled parts of her body she wouldn’t mind flaunting. “I’m known as a fashionista because one thing I know how best to do is to look good. I have my eyes centred on good things. There are two parts of my body I would love to flaunt because I’m well endowed. My backside and the front are breathtaking. God has indeed blessed me with a good figure,” she emphasised. Chicky whose hobbies are travelling and hanging out with friends also is an ardent lover of children. “I hope to get married and start having plenty of them. When I talk about getting married, I mean getting married to a man with a good heart, who should love and respect me. Someone who doesn’t think I should be restricted by my sex as a woman. I wouldn’t want a man who sees me as a weaker sex or a lesser human being,” she wished. Isn’t she scared of settling down given the manner marriages are crashing in Nollywood of late? “Honestly, it is heartbreaking when I hear that the marriage of any of my colleague has crashed. But To be sure, it is not just us in Nollywood that the thing is happening to. My prayer has always been not to find myself in such a bitter situation because I’m too emotional,” she said.

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carpet as fans and paparazzi clicked continually on their cameras. Also in attendance were the movie author, Chimamanda Adichie, the director, Biyi Bandele, alongside the stars of the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and John Boyega.

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Dude Style My best colours are blue and purple –Lekan Balogun, CEO McCoy Clothing Lekan B Balogun worked at Guaranty Trust Bank for seve seven years as a marketer before opted out in purs pursuit of his dream: fashion. He bagged a degree in Business Administration from Lagos State U University (LASU). In this interview with Adaeze Amos, he unfolds his dress sense and where guys commit fashion blunders Was it wh when you left the bank that your dream for fashion began? started fashion even before that. I started as early as 1996. No, I st That was why my fans and clients call me a veteran up till date. name came up because I had got so much skill in the fashThis nam industry. I came up with a company named McCoy Clothing in ion indus August, 22000. But that notwithstanding, I have been into fashion before gaining admission into the university. When I was an even befo infant, I lliked doing sketching and drawing. My dad noticed that decided to take me to a fashion shop in 1996 while I was in and decid secondary school. secondar your style signature? What is y I like iit very simple and unique. I don’t like colour riot or what fashion devotees call colour-blocking, especially for guys. today’s fa that style you won’t be seen wearing as well as that fashWhat is th ion item tthat is commonly seen in your wardrobe? won’t see me in outdated designs. My wardrobe has simple You wo unique designs. but uniqu the fashion blunder you had committed? What is th was wearing a lousy and big design cloth to attract unnecThat w attention. But that was a long time ago. essary at your best colour? What is y best colours are any shade of blue and purple. My bes irritates you in male’s fashion? What irrit That of o course is the imitation of opposite sex fashion sense, guys in colour-blocking attires and lack of style professionseeing gu alism. To me, colour-blocking is feminine and should be left for ladies. like to wear skinny jeans? Do you lik I don’t have a problem with this but it must look fitted on the and colours should be well blended. person an your role model in fashion? Who is yo role models are D&G, Givenchi, Mudi Africa and so many My rol may not remember now. others I m Where do you think ladies are not getting it right in fashion? I don’t like when ladies try to convert foreign designs to African. If you are going for a glamorous event; what do you bear in mind dressing? when dre consider the people that I’m going to meet at the event. And I consi normally bear in mind the kind of fashion statement I want to I normal make. What your favourite perfume? Wh W hat a is y like I lli ike ke every good fragrance/perfume, for example Poko and D&G. D& D &G. &G G. Are you a designer label freak? never a label freak; I like every design that is very simple I’m ne unique. and uniq


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t was celebration galore for the lady of gospel songs, United Peace Ambassador and a multiple award winner, Princess Anne Inyang, who got married in the traditional way recently to her heart-throb of 15 years, Justice Chudi Nwokerie. The colourful ceremony took place in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom

State. The bride and groom who stepped out in their native attires of white and orange stole the show. The groom said about his bride: “Since the first day I met her, I knew that she was packaged from heaven.” He added that the day of his traditional marriage was his happiest moment on earth. The bride unfurled her feelings too. She described her hus-

band as ‘the man God has positioned for me; he is the only man who understands my kind of person...a man with the fear of God’. The event saw the likes of top government functionaries as Commissioner for Women Affairs, former SSG of Akwa ibom State, Umana Umana, some other celebrities who graced the event and renowned Nollywood actors Bruno Iwuoha and Emem Isong.

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t was joy when the families of Mr Matthew Utomodu and Mr Ajibade Kalejaye as well as friends and well-wishers came together to celebrate the joining together of their children, Patience Utomodu and Segun Kalejaye, recently.

The wedding which was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness at Festac, Lagos saw an array of guests dressed in colourful AsoEbi attires of blue and baby pink. The groom, Segun Kalejaye, told Sunday Mirror that they were both introduced to each other by a mutual friend of theirs. However, they were not serious about it, so they never bothered to take the relation-

ship forward. He explained that aside from this, they still occasionally met at eateries, but there was still no real feelings between them. Not until February 2 and 3, 2013 when they now met at a Christian gathering called Circuit Assembly. According did they find their rhythm. Said the groom, “During that programme, I couldn’t get my eyes off her and I noticed the way she looked at me. Our love grew from there and our feelings for each other became mutual’’. On the day of the wedding, the joy of the couple was quite contagious, as they couldn’t hide their love for each other. The groom wore a blue-fitted suit with a pink blazer and bow tie to match, as well as white-coloured shirt inside with a black shoe. The bride on her part wore a white French lace dress with embroidery and a lovely Asian veil and princess crown to complement it. Segun is a civil servant, while Patience is a businesswoman.

yotunde Akeem Sulaimon was born at Oluwanishola Private Hospital, Ekiti State to Ayoade and Balqeez Sulaimon. He was delivered on March 1st at 12:29 a.m. and weighed 3.2 kg. Balqeez told Sunday Mirror that during the pregnancy, she desired fruits. “I craved for oranges and banana during the pregnancy,” she said. Talking about the physical body changes, “Aside from my growing stomach, I gained a little weight and my face

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he family of Mr. and Mrs. Osutuyi was blessed with a baby girl whom they christened Patience Oghenero Osutuyi. Patience was born at 3.42 p.m. at God’s Glory maternity home at Jakande in Lekki, Lagos. She weighed 2.6kg at birth. According to her mother, Mrs. Osutuyi, her baby had to be kept under close watch for a week as a result of skin coloration she had all over her body. She however explained that there was eventually no cause for alarm.

and nose became fat,” she revealed. They named him Ayotunde which in Yoruba land means ‘’Another Joy is here’’ the reason for this according to his parents, is because they see him as another joy added to their family, just like his elder sisters. Asked what she loves about Ayotunde? I love my son very much. He is the first male child to be born into the family,” his mother said. “I just want him to become what God wants him to be,” Balqeez said.

Mrs Osutuyi told Sunday Mirror that her pregnancy period was complication free. She said she enjoyed eating virtually every food but had serious morning sickness at the initial stage of her pregnancy, the only serious issue during the period. They named their baby Patience because her husband decided that was the appropriate name given the love of God for the family. She described her baby as ‘always playful and full of life’.


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What to wear ‌ to a fashion show APRIL 13, 2014

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aster Sunday comes up next week - seven days away. Do you have an Easter Fashion Show you are preparing for and you are still contemplating on what to wear? Think no more! Here is the solution to that problem. Take a close look at what the stylish Bose Anoba, a super model and graduate of Modelling Academy, Nigeria, wore to such a show of late. If you have a sexy body frame and poise to carry this body-hugging bustier style, why not opt for it? If you wear long chandelier earrings like the model on this page, you don’t need to belabour yourself with necklace. Leave your neck bare and step out in style. Ensure your colours are well blended; after all you are going for a fashion show. But, you need to abide by the rules of fashion. If you have a big tummy or folds here and there, this style may not be good for you. Ensure you have the right shape and curves before you slip into it. You can now shrug your shoulders.


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s your tummy getting bulkier and you have just noticed that you are having some stretch marks on it? That is natural. Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your h skin sk can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibres under the surface of the skin to break, fi resulting in stretch marks. re You gain about 30 pounds during the nine months you are pregnant, says Heidi Waldorf, asm sociate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount so Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, United Si States, U.S. St She said: “Growing that fast can leave you with w stretch marks, especially on your belly and breasts, two areas that grow the most. Stretch br marks can also show up on the thighs, buttocks, m and an upper arms. The marks often start out reddish or purple, but after pregnancy they gradually fade to white or gray.” Medics also confirm that pregnancy stretch marks are a natural result of the skin around the m abdomen stretching out to accommodate a growab ing in belly. So you shouldn’t lose sleep over this. However, medics assert that there is no way to prevent stretch marks. pr “There is not a cream, lotion, or “mommy” balm ba that can do that - and if that is the claim on the th bottle or on any cup of body cream, don’t be fooled,” a medic says. fo “But it is always a good idea to keep your skin moisturised with a rich lotion or cream, especially m if it makes your skin feel better, look smoother and an more toned, and helps the itchiness that can

come with your growing belly. It also helps to keep your body hydrated with water,” says Anne Chapas, clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, U.S. Interestingly, there are things that can be done to reduce the appearance of stretch marks if you act early in the pregnancy apart from applying original olive oil on your tummy and areas where you are likely going to have them. The steps to take according to experts, are simple. Tips to reduce stretch marks: Eat a skin-nourishing diet. You’re probably already eating healthy, balanced meals to make sure your baby is getting enough vitamins and nutrients. Incorporating foods that are especially beneficial for the health of your skin can improve your skin’s elasticity, which helps prevent stretch marks from forming. Add the following foods to your daily diet: • Foods rich in antioxidants, which help nourish and protect skin. Eat plenty of spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. • Foods containing vitamin E, which protect skin cell membranes. Eat nuts, seeds, avocados broccoli, and collard greens. • Foods containing vitamin A, which repair skin tissues. Eat carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, squash, and red bell peppers. • Foods containing omega 3s, which keep cell membranes healthy and make your skin glow. Eat fish, fish oil, walnuts, eggs and oyster.

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he naughtiest thing I ever did happened when I was a teenager. At the time, the vogue among my peer group was that the dirtier your jeans, the better. When I remember this now, I begin to laugh how foolish I was. That is why today when I see young boys who sag, I only try to give advice to them to desist. Although, the sagging can get you off balance at times and some of them do it in a crazy way. But having been a young person and been of their age at one time, I don’t force them to change overnight as I had my own share of naughty life when I was a teenager. I remember that there was a time I wore a particular blue jean for almost six months, not washing it. Not even for once. But I was just changing my tops. This was because the vogue then was that when your jean was very dirty, it became better and you are more fashionable. Anyone who told you anything contrary then was either ignored or treated with disdain. So, I allowed my own became so dirty that my auntie was just uncomfortable about it. Poor woman, she counselled me to have it washed, but I refused. The reason was that I never understood what she saw. I was looking from a different perspective. While she was looking from the eye of her age and I was functioning from the eye of my own age. Here, there is always a conflict. When I cast my imagination back then, I would just laugh. You needed to have seen how confident I was when I wore my dirty jeans. That is why when I see boys sagging, adolescents (boys and girls) putting tattoos on their body, I try to see them see things my own way. But I don’t do it by force. I want to also tell older people that they should try and understand the way of the young, their perception and then use wisdom to appeal to them to see things own their way. That way, they would be able to invest themselves into it. Apostle Bolaji Akinyemi, born 47 years ago, has been in the ministry for over 20 years. –ADAEZE AMOS


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nly last week, we did talk about how sweet romance can be with money. With a load of it, you can transport your sweetheart to some high heavens where joy knows no end; you can express your love in an inexplicable way displaying abundance where he or she will savour the richness of opulence. But do you know that that cannot be an everyday affair? Such a situation is not an everyday thing. It can come once in a while to spoil your lover and in a way stoke the fire of love. However, there are some other ways of making your romance better without having to spend a fortune. There are some everyday little things that work even better than the expensive way, in making your relationship more exciting than you can imagine. These are things that we over look most of the time, but that have the power of making your lover love you more than he or she had ever done. On some occasions, these little efforts or little things, as the case may be, may require some little money and on some occasions, just your will alone will help achieve them. Be concerned about his or her day. Have you ever imagined how interesting it could be asking your lover what his day was like at work when he returns home? Sitting down and listening to him has a way of showing your affection and care for him or her. It shows that even when you were not with him or her, you were interested in how he spent his or her day. Practicalise your love. Giving your lover a hug when, for example, you can’t even give any reason for your action has a telling effect. It creates some sort of excitement, and gets your lover to feel the passion you have for him or her. Even when he or she knows how special he or she is to you, atimes, you need to do a reminder. You try it and you will be amazed at the wonderful reply you will get from your lover. He or she may not say a word immediately, but the countenance you will get is bound to speak volume. Pick a gift; just any gift for him or her on your way home. You know what he wants or what he desires. It could be a bouquet of flowers, it could be his or her choice fruit. It could even be a shirt, negligee, belt or some other

little things. The fact that you consider it fit to get him or her a gift when he or she least expects works on the romantic atmosphere. With that, you are bound to get a thank you peck, a kiss or something more… You know what I mean? Finding time to do some massaging for your partner can do the magic you least expect. Don’t worry that you are not doing the message the professional way, but that you care enough to do it your own way passes a message. So, go ahead and massage his or her back and feet after a hard day at work. Call him while at work. Some couples don’t usually realise how sweet it sounds to call their partner at work and tell him or her: “Baby, you are on my mind and I just thought I should call you to let you know.” Do it. It is one of those little things that has a good effect on your romance life. Send a romantic text. It is not bad too to send a romantic text message to your partner when he or she is not with you. If he was engrossed in some issues threatening to snap life out of him, he is likely to feel relaxed and think about you too. Carry him or her along. Leaving your sweetheart waiting endlessly when you know you are going to be late to get home does no good to your relationship. Give him or her a call and let him or her know that you are going to stay late and why. Holding hands in public does no harm to your love life. Rather, it shows the affection between the two of you and promotes unity. It is a display of the bond. Pay compliments. It is good to compliment him or her. Talk about his or her smile, the haircut or hairdo, talk about the sense of humour; talk about her level of intelligence and how proud you are of him or her. Kiss him or her when that is least expected. It shows how burning the fire of your love for him or her is. The list of those little things is endless and you can use your own initiatives. But, you should know that nothing appears better than letting your partner know that you love him or her, and there is no sin in saying that countless times, even in one day. So, say “I love you”. It is one of those little things that increases the strength of your romance. You must try one or two of these in this Easter season.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan’s daughter, Faith and her heartthrob, Godswill Osim Edward had their traditional wedding ceremony recently. Venue was the expansive country home of the President in his hometown Otuoke, Bayelsa State. The lovebirds met while in school and became best of friends thereafter. They started a relationship which culminated in marriage. The traditional marriage start-

ed at about 7 p.m. with the payment of bride price and exchange of gifts between the two families according to Otuoke tradition. In attendance were the family members on both sides and friends. Dignitaries such as Hajia Bola Shagaya; Senator Ben Obi, Ifeanyi Uba; Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State; Governor Liyel Imoke, some First Ladies and many others attended. Godswill hails from Cross River State.

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I want to shatter pop stereotypes, make it more exciting –Temmi Dollface Temitope Phil-Ebosie whose stage name is Temmi Dollface is a singer and songwriter. She says she’s a creative multi-tasker because she does a lot of things at the same time. In this interview with Victor Udoh, she speaks about her music career and changes she wants to introduce into the pop world. How and when did your journey into music start? I started music at the age of seven. I was always singing and gravitating towards music. At that age, I wrote my first song with the keyboard given to me by my pastor at a time. I think it was just my natural inclination to know what to do. I found my way round the keyboard without any piano lessons. I just instinctively knew what I wanted to hear and composed songs. When I listened to such songs now, they thrill me that I could do such then. How did your parents react to your decision to take a career in music? Obviously, back then, it wasn’t exalted to do anything artistic. Parents and the society would suggest that you get a degree on something professional first so you have something to fall back on. I left Nigeria for a school in England and thought I should do something in the sciences. I got my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I had no business doing that but I did. I went and got a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. A lot of people thought it had to do with the hospitality and catering business but it’s not. We were always in the lab testing foods, looking at them under microscopes, doing lipid and protein extractions and many more of such boring stuffs. From the first week in the university, I knew that wasn’t my line but I stuck with it knowing I had something to fall back on. But while I was in the university, I was exercising every musical muscle in me even to the point that I trained as a fitness instructor. I love fitness but that was really to get over my fear which is stage fright. The best way to overcome it is to throw myself into the situation, then jump and the nerves would appear. I did that, taught in class and it’s just the same thing because all the people’s attention would be on you while you are in front of the class commanding your audience. That really helped me on my way to becoming the artiste that I am today. Before I was done with university, I was performing at every given opportunity. After that, I decided I would go for a performance school.

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On the international scene, how far have you gone in carving a niche for your brand? I supported Mary J Blige at the “Sisters with Soul’’ concert at the Expo Centre, Lagos in September 2013. I was part of the line-up for Felabration Concert where I gave an electric performance along with my 10-piece band. I also opened for the likes of American R&B crooner, Chris Brown, Neo-Soul artiste, Rahsaan Patterson at Shepherds Bush Empire, Keziah Jones, D’ Banj, Somi, Bez, among other notable artistes. Are there artistes you would like to collaborate with both internationally and locally? I would love nothing more than to work with Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Janelle Monae, Frank Ocean, Just A Band. Local artistes would be Cobhams Asuquo, Femi Kuti, Jesse Jagz, Dammy Krane, Tuface and Boj. What would you say is the major difference between doing music abroad and here in Nigeria? The music industry over here is quite young in comparison with the western world because a lot of things aren’t in place. Such things as a royalty collecting system; we don’t have a very broad musical palette at the moment, which isn’t a bad thing any way. It just means there is room to introduce more diversity. What’s your ultimate goal as an artiste? To change the way music is experienced, to shatter pop stereotypes by proving that pop music can be alternative, experimental and exciting.

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Half A Yellow Sun to be released in cinemas soon

Wande Coal drops new single in Makurdi

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he star-studded $10 million movie ‘Half A Yellow Sun’, which was premiered recently is a must watch. In attendance were Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor. He is a member of the Box Office Billionaire Club and played the character ‘Odenigbo’ in the movie. Box Office queen, Genevieve Nnaji, who had turned out cool millions in a number of movies was also in attendance. Other casts of the movie and Nollywood stars dazzled at the red carpet. One peculiar thing about this movie is that it is Nigeria’s first film collaboration with Hollywood. It has also been a huge success in different parts of the world. Hence, it’s time to take hold of our own as it comes home. At this point, the movie has proved that we can have good picture, sound, originality and professionalism in Nollywood. The film has taken Nollywood to the international scene as people all over the world trooped to the premiere. Movies and Music learnt that the most recent premiere which took place in the UK was sold out and likewise in other parts of the country. Another good thing about it is that it is the first Nigerian movie to get an official screening list at the Toronto Film Festival. Its theme is love, a time of war that is historical in Nigeria and love sets in to bind them all. It is a suspense-filled film of love, betrayal and a must watch for all. It features Oscar nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, British actress, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Nollywood stars like Genevieve Nnaji, Zack Orji, Wale Ojo, OC Ukeje, veteran singer, Onyeka Onwenu, Gloria Young and Tina Mba. The film which was shot in Tinapa Studios and various locations in Calabar, was directed by Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele. However, if you didn’t make it to the premiere, the movie would be released in the cinemas on April 25 and updates would be readily available. –Adaeze Amos

Wande Coal drops a new single entilted Baby Hello. It is an exciting reminder that the singer still has everything it takes to thrill his fans. The single was released in Makurdi, Benue State. His fans were thrilled at his new song.

Eminem, Rihanna to perform at ‘MTV Movie Awards’ • Kanye West, Robert De Niro, Joan Rivers, others get nominations

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TV has announced that global superstars Eminem and Rihanna are set to take the stage for their first live performance of their first smash hit ‘The Monster’ at the awards which would hold at the Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE on April 14. With one of the hottest collaborations released last year, both Eminem and Rihanna are making triumphant returns to the Movie Awards stage. Back in 2009, Eminem performed a medley of ‘We Made You/Crack a Bottle’ and then created one of the most talked about moments in Movie Awards history with Sasha Baron Cohen, while Rihanna performed one of her signature hits, ‘Umbrella’ with Jay Z in 2007. This year, the ‘MTV Movie Awards’ has the distinction of being the only show to nomi-

nate cinematic legend, Robert De Niro, Kanye West and Joan Rivers in the same category (Best Cameo). It would see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto take on Ice Cube and Kevin Hart (Best On-Screen Duo), and pit Jennifer Aniston against some of the hottest men on the planet (Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sam Claflin) for the coveted Best Shirtless Performance category.

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Nigerian Idol gears up for sensational Top 12 Unveil

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ome of Nigeria’s hottest MCs have been announced as hosts for the new Beat FM and Hennessy Hip-Hop show, “The VS Class”. Nigeria’s iconic lyricist, Mode9, number one female MC, Sasha P, talented rap duo, Show Dem Camp and fast-rising female rapper, Eva Alordiah, would be hosting the first edition of the show. “The VS Class” is put together by premium cognac brand, Hennessy, in partnership with leading urbane radio station. “I can’t wait to hear these up-andcoming rappers spit on the microphone. The VS Class show is a good step to promoting rap culture in Africa. This is the first rap show to ever hold in Nigeria and I am really excited to be a part of it,” Mode9 said. “I’m eager to hear what these guys have to offer. Hennessy and Beat FM are really doing a great job, promoting rising rappers with this platform,” Eva said.

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iwa Savage wowed the audience during the STAR Music Trek performance in Makurdi last Sunday. She stunned fans with a black chiffon top, matching pair of leather shorts and nude high heeled pumps. Her dancers too were hot. They stole the show immediately she took over the stage. The audience, fans and friends shouted in appreciation as the young diva did what she knows how best to do. –Adaeze Amos

ith six spots filled in the Top 12 and six more to go, Africa’s music talent show is gearing towards a sensational Top 12 Unveil. Lisa, Elvis Jay, Jesse Ray, Nex2, Ms Oge and Xolani are the six contestants in the Top 12 so far and six spots are left to be occupied. With the last group of 10 contestants performing over the weekend, only three of these acts will make it to the Top 12. Performing love songs as well as old school melodies, the 10 contestants gave their all for an opportunity to win the heart of the judges as well as votes of fans. “This has been the most prepared group so far,” said an impressed Dede. “Though we had some who didn’t meet our expectation, a good number of them deserve a pat on the back,” he added. Hosted by On-Air Personality, Ill Rymz; judges for this season remain Afrobeat performer, Dede Mabiaku, multitalented entertainer and king of R&B, Darey Art Alade and international conscious-singer, Nneka Egbuna. Sponsored by Etisalat, Pepsi and in partnership with Tantalizers, Nigerian Idol is aired on Saturdays and Sundays on NTA, STV, HIP TV, CRBC Calabar, DRTV Warri and Various Startimes channels.


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TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART APRIL 13, 2014

‘My husband’s first wife doesn’t want me’

This story of Chinelo and Emeka is an emotional one. They were lovers even before they gained admission into different universities. They made a strong promise to each other that when they’re through with their studies, they would get married, have three children and live happily after. Somewhere along the line, something happened “that shattered my joy and my confidence”, Chinelo said, in an emotion-laden voice.

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hey both grew up in Aba, Abia State and all their friends knew that they were madly in love. Though they attended different secondary schools, they were almost always seen together during the holidays. “I met Emeka when I was in a senior class. But he was two years ahead of me and he was very brilliant. He was known for his good performance in school. I was also bright. I never took beyond the third position in my class. That made the two of us friends,” she said. Chinelo and Emeka met during schools’ debate. They came to represent their schools “and because of the boldness with which two of us spoke, our teachers became fond of us. After the debate, we usually had a party before we left. So, during the party, Emeka became my friend. He decided not to dance with any other girl but me. That made me happy. I sat beside him as if we had known each other for a long time. Before the end of the party, we exchanged addresses. He promised to pay me a visit when we vacated.” That marked the beginning of a relationship between the two. Emeka was the one frequenting her house in pretence of coming to teach her mathematics which she was weak at. “My mother who never suspected that something was going on between us welcomed the idea. We were always in the living room studying together, especially when my mother was around. But when she wasn’t in, we would sit, watch movies, crack jokes, read comic and tell stories. My dad was abroad then, and my two younger sisters were happy each time he visited because he would always come with snacks, chewing gum and some candies which he gave my sisters. He used those things to curry favour with them and they all liked him.” When he noticed he was coming very frequently, Chinelo would return his visits. “Emeka’s house was better and conducive. His parents liked me so much, especially his mother who would always hug me each time I came and would ask me if I would marry his son in future. I would keep silent and smile, but in my heart, that question thrilled me a lot. His parents knew my parents too. They didn’t frown at my coming to see their son and never bothered if we would sit all day, chat and watch cartoons. That was how we continued until Emeka gained admission into the University of Nigeria Nsukka to study Business Ad-

ministration. We were still communicating and each time the school vacated, we were always together,” she recalled. When Chinelo gained admission into the University of Calabar to study English, her relationship with Emeka sizzled the more. “That was when we started talking about how we would be married when we are through with our education, have three children, live happily after in his father’s duplex in Port Harcourt city. I confided in my mother and told her Emeka’s plans towards me.” Emeka graduated and completed his oneyear compulsory national service before Chinelo graduated. When she was posted to Sapele, Delta State for her national service, Emeka slipped an engagement ring into her third finger and they had an engagement bash that night. “Oh, I was very happy. When my mother and siblings heard about it, they were excited. We were looking forward to the day Emeka would bring his people to see my family in Umuojima village. But he told me to hold on until I was through with my service. That he first needed to be seriously involved in his father’s business being his only heir.” That was what he started doing and I didn’t want to appear pushy. “It got to the extent that he was traveling to Thailand to import leather materials of all sorts, which was his father’s main business. His dad was the major leather importer in Aba, Abia State then and he needed to know the business because the man was getting old. That was what kept him busy and away from me. At times, he would travel and stay for three or six months but he would always keep in touch. Whenever he was coming home, he would come with all manner of gifts for me, my mum and siblings. Emeka’s mother and mine became the best of friends. My mum was always visiting regularly until I advised her to desist so that it wouldn’t appear as if we were begging her son to marry me. She pretended as if she heard for a while and continued,” she said. When Chinelo got a job with an advertising firm, “Emeka’s mother teased me that nobody in that company should wink at me

because I belonged to her son. I would laugh it off but as at that time, her son no longer called me on the phone very often the way he used to. That got me worried but I kept it to myself. The last time he visited, I saw a lady’s passport photograph in his wallet and when I asked him he said that was Anne, the lady that worked in a leather company in Thailand. I wasn’t satisfied with that answer but I didn’t need to bug him much because he could be temperamental when I begin to be suspicious of him. Deep down in my mind, I was scared that something was going on between him and that Anne. The lady would even call him in the early hours of the morning when he came home.” When he started staying more in Thailand than in Aba, Chinelo began to be worried, especially when her would-be mother-in-law started telling her friend that whoever that could be living with her son in Thailand was just wasting her time. “When I overheard her discussion with her friend, my heart skipped though I didn’t ask anything. I pretended as if I didn’t hear her. I didn’t want to appear disrespectful or begin to intrude when two mothers were discussing. I also heard when she said that Emeka must marry Chinelo anytime he returned from his trip, that it was long overdue. That gladdened my heart.” When Emeka came back, he took his parents to Chinelo’s village for the traditional marriage. It was indeed splendid. “But when I asked when the church wedding would be coming up, he would tell me he wasn’t ready for that and that we shouldn’t rush into it. I never knew there was something my fiance was hiding from me. I suspected he was having a relationship with someone in Thailand. I even confided in my mother in-law and she waved it off and told me not to be disturbed. My two sisters and I were living in my husband’s duplex in Port Harcourt. When I became pregnant, they were of great help to me because my husband was always in Thailand managing his father’s business. He was now coming home three times in a year. After I had complained many times, I had no

option but to stop and took things the way they were,” Chinelo said. It was during their fourth marriage anniversary that Emeka spilled the beans through his mother. “My mother-in-law visited and I was happy because my three daughters were fond of her. She opened up to me about the fact that my husband had a wife in Thailand. When I heard it, my heart sank and my mind flashed back to the passport photograph I saw in his wallet.” Chinelo asked her mother-in-law myriads of questions. The old woman was just nodding. “Mama, is the lady’s name Anne?” “Yes,” she nodded. “How did you know her name? Has your husband told you about her?” “Well, I only saw her picture but he lied to me that she was a lady that worked in a leather company in Thailand.” At that, the old woman paused, looked into her daughter-in-law’s eyes and told her everything: “My son wedded her before you, my daughter. Yes, they wedded while you were at Sapele for your youth service. He said the lady was pregnant for him and that the only legal way he could have his baby was to wed her. That was what he told me,” she shrugged. Chinelo who couldn’t control herself started crying. She however managed to ask: “Mama, is the child male? You know I have three daughters and have not been able to give him a son yet. “No, dear that shouldn’t bother you. Anne gave him three daughters just like you. But her children are older than yours. She had them at a stretch, just a space of one year after each birth. I never knew Thailand women can breed babies like that. There is no male child yet. But what I would advise you is not to be worried or shocked. You have heard the truth. He said I should tell you first because he didn’t have the courage to face you. He said Anne and her three daughters would be coming home soon with him for the first time because the kids long to see their place and want to live here for a while. I don’t know how long they would be staying. So, my dear, you would vacate this place and come home and stay with me in Aba, in the family home. Emeka said he wants to keep his first wife and children here in Port Harcourt while you and your daughters would occupy half wing of the duplex in Aba. The way things are my daughter, you are his second wife and the first wife should have an upper hand in everything according to the tradition.” Since Chinelo heard she is the second wife she hasn’t been sleeping well. “Me, second wife? What I never thought of in my life? Emeka, I never knew you would hit me this hard. What would I do now? Give him a divorce or what? Where would I go from here with these girls if I decide to divorce him? How would I stand the sight of another woman with my husband, appearing like a strange woman? What do I do?” Readers, reach out to her. Your advice is needed.


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‘Satan’s mission in the world’ General Overseer of Omnipotence Mission of God, Prophet Joshua Daramola Oloruntimilehin, in this piece, explains the mission of Satan in the world. Excerpts:

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t is evident that the occupation of Satan is to hunt for people he would bewitch and destroy. What and who is Satan? Anything and being that disturbs or obstructs a person’s life is a Satan/Devil. Therefore, he always roars for people to destroy them. Devil does not want people to succeed or breakthrough in life. There is a particular Bible portion I always read repeatedly which is credited to Jesus Christ, my master, teacher, mentor, saviour, leader, son of God and the person that will judge heaven and earth. That Bible portion is Luke 22:53. It says: “Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour when darkness reigns”. The above Bible verse was Jesus Christ’s response when the chief priests, the officers of the temple guards and the elders came to arrest him. It became imperative for me to ponder, think and examine thoroughly, wisely and spiritually to understand what He meant in the statement. Similarly, He made another statement when he cried out in the book of Matthew 27:46 “…Eloi, Eloi, LamaSabachtani” which means “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me”. These statements became comprehensive to me when I think about and look at them spiritually. Many people do read the Bible without understanding what they read. The Bible is a spiritual book that requires spiritual understanding. It was discovered from my understanding of the Bible portions that there are two things, the heaven and earth, the Holy Spirit and Satanic Spirit. These two things govern the world and no one wants to keep away from the other, they are working together. Imagine a male person cannot run away from a female person; the two must live and own in this world. Likewise, darkness and lighting exist and operate together.

Without darkness, there can be no lighting, vice versa. What is sin? Sin is devil. Without sin, God cannot judge. The coming of Jesus Christ witnessed the fall and rise of some people. Judas Iscariot fell because he was a devil (Matthew 27:1-10) while people like Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2) and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-20) were persons with the spirit of God. Jesus’ response to the priests and elders pointed to them that they were devils because he was with them in the temple every day. They did not show any devilish sign. Now they came for Him with the power of darkness to arrest him. Therefore, people that think there is not power of darkness are in trouble. At the time they came for Jesus, it was the power of darkness that was in operation. Imagine Jesus Christ who had done miraculous things, for example, raised the dead and was helpless in the hands of His persecutors and cried out why God had forsaken Him. These two statements by Jesus imply that both the power of God and Satan are reigning at the same time. I therefore pray fervently that the power of darkness will not overcome us in Jesus name. So waging war to overcome devil is not an easy task. People need to be strong and bold confronting the principalities of this world. Imagine the way and manner Jesus was arrested and taking to the Chief Priest and was mocked. Similarly, Samson’s power was reduced by cutting off his hair by a very strong – devilish woman (Judges 13 – 16). Brethren, the emphasis is that there exist the power of God and Devil. Therefore, when people want to do good things or make progress in life, then the power of darkness and principalities will be suppressing the people. But if God still needs them, they will overcome the power. These powers of darkness are in your homes and around you. People should be wary of these powers.

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It is pertinent to let the people of the world know what really happened to the missing Malaysian plane. The spirit of God revealed to me that the plane was suspended spiritually in the air by principalities. Similar to the power that held Angle Gabriel and prevented him from delivering the answer to Daniel’s petition and request. These principalities between the earth and heaven noticed a young boy God had sent to amend this world. They decided to suspend the plane and eventually crashed it. Many people will find it difficult to believe but the only person that can believe is the one that revealed the mystery to me. In fact, the indications have shown that the crashed plane is not in sight at all. In same vein, the whole world

‘God is ready to fight for you’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 way into your life, business, family, career and whatever, they waste very little time in destroying everything but I give God the glory on your behalf for as many who are reading this message, the Lord shall arise to confront all their enemies in Jesus name. Pharaoh was an example of those whom God confronted. He rose up against God’s people telling them they would never be allowed to go and worship the Almighty God. He cared not about the Almighty God, but in the end, he was confronted by God and his soldiers were drowned in the Red Sea. The Lord will confront all your enemies too in Jesus name. Nebuchadnezzar was another example. He rose up against God’s children and the Lord confronted him and granted them victory. The case of Meshack, Shedrach and Abednego who refused to worship the image of Nebuchadnezzar and were thrown into a huge fire but God delivered

them as the fire respected the creator of fire and they were not hurt, instead their accusers were confronted by God. Herod was another example. He respected not the personality of God and was against Peter, Paul and other apostles and a certain day came he began to make an oration and all the people likened him to God Almighty and in that same event as he was still speaking, worms ate him up alive. We have the case of Laban who rose up and pursued after Jacob in order to terminate his life and recover everything but received confrontation in a dream. If all those pursuing after you fail to make peace with you, they shall receive confrontation today in Jesus name. Remember that Nebuchadnezzar, Pharaoh, Herod all died but he (Laban) who made peace escaped death and so your enemies have the option of either making peace and live or refuse to and perish. Exodus 12:29-33 says, “And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all

the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.” I do not know who is troubling you, but assuredly all those troubling you shall receive confrontation from God Almighty in Jesus name and you will testify to the glory of God. Even as you are reading this message, believe me, your enemies are already being confronted in Jesus name.

was informed during my ministry’s programme in January 2014 that the year will witness exposure of ritualists, kidnappers and their dens. But recently the Lord revealed that not all the kidnappings are used for rituals. It is only 5 percent and the rest 95 percent are killed to get their kidneys for export to overseas countries. There are syndicates responsible for these ungodly acts as the kidneys are well preserved for export. Brethren, it is advisable for people to be vigilant and know who your friends are. A lot of people are into this business of kidnapping. I pray that we shall not be victims of power of darkness in the name of Jesus, Amen.

What you need to do now in order to qualify for this deliverance is to ensure you have a good relationship with the God Almighty and He will take over your battle and deliver you. Psalms 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” The righteous are God’s children and He owed them safety. No matter what the devil and his human agents do to the righteous, when the time of their deliverance comes, God will confront their adversaries and deliver them. God has designed this time to confront your enemies and grant you victory. So, if you can become a child of God today, I assure you that all those that are challenging you shall be confronted in Jesus name. It does not matter how strong that enemy may be or how long he has held you captive, what matters is that God has decided to confront him and set you free, and you shall be free in Jesus name.


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Individuals who trained followers in Bible days and in present day (The Coach) P Pastor Moses A Omogbehin M

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welcome my esteemed readers one more time to the month of April and the 2nd quarter in the year 2014. My God that sustained you through the past months shall perfect all that concerns you in Jesus name, Amen. 1. DAVID “David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt and everyone that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” I Sam. 22:1-2. Reading the above Scripture, let us itemize those groups of individuals that came to David while himself was not even in total safety as it may appear to us as a total man. i. Everyone that was in distress ii. Everyone that was in debt iii. Everyone that was discontented Now, let us hear the testimony of the same set of people who were in distress, debt and discontented after they acquired training from David. “There also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves (having been trained by David) with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. And this is the number of mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, and Hachmonite, the Chief of Captains; he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dod, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties. He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistine were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and

the Lord saved them by a great deliverance.” I Sam. 11: 10-14. These people were able to achieve all these simply because David trained them to the full capacity. Training will reveal the full capacity of a man. These same became David’s mighty men. As a responsible leader, never look at the present situation of your follower. Just continue training them in your own capacity. Sometimes, employ or invite a likeminded individual that you believe in and that also believe in you to assist build the future of your people (followers). Never relent in training people; winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win. WARNING Don’t be afraid of training your followers because of your personal experience or as a result of your friend’s personal experience; that after you must have taken your time, energy, wisdom, strength and all your Godgiven resources that they might leave your God-given leadership. Your followers will never leave you; that is the truth of the matter except otherwise. That except otherwise include the following reasons: i. If you are operating in ignorance. ii. If God wants them to leave in order to fulfill their higher calling in Christ Jesus. iii. When you are not training the right set of people. iv. When you are not sensitive to the leading of Holy Spirit. 2. ABRAM Abraham also trained his own followers during his earthly ministry. “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen and pursed them unto Dan.” Gen. 14:14. 3. Moses trained Joshua 4. Elijah trained Elisha 5. Eli the priest trained Samuel 6. Paul trained Timothy and all the other apostles were also involved in training. Acts 15:1, 35, Acts 17:1-4, Acts 14:21-22. • Pastor Akindayomi of RCCG trained Pastor E. A. Adeboye. • Archbishop Benson Idahosa trained men. • I, by the special grace of God, was trained by a man of God; and am still under

training of some anointed men of God within and without, praise the Lord! 2. The need for sensitivity as a leader: As a leader, we need to be very sensitive to the needs of our followers on regular basis. 3. The need to allow your followers to practicalize those things you have taught them: This will enable us to know how far we have gone and at the same time it will help us to know when to correct, encourage, motivate or to praise them. Example of rebuking and motivating was done by Jesus Christ in the Book of Mark 9:14-23. “And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the Scribe, what question ye with them? One of the multitudes answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit. And whosoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, o faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer for you? Bring him unto me”. This talked about rebuke. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tore him: and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he ask his father, how long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, of a child. And oftentimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came

dowments, scientific and technological discoveries, physically and spiritually for Nigeria and above all, has restored peace to the country”, Leader Obu stated. Obu lauded Jonathan while speaking to journalists on the BCS mega event, “Salt of the Earth”, billed to commence on April 14 to April 19, 2014 at the BCS World Headquarters in Calabar. He stressed that the resistance put up

by Mr. President against the western world showed that Jonathan still recognised the fact that God exists, adding that he still held God in a high esteem. Obu who was represented on the occasion by Bishop Bassey Imowo, the BCS Dean, College of Bishops and Co-Chairman, Central Planning Committee for the “Salt of the Earth” also lauded the government and

out of him; and he was as one dead; in so much that many said, he is dead. Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayers and fasting.” This talks about motivating and encouraging them for a glorious future and performance. 4. The need for correcting our followers: As a leader, there is a great need for continual correction of our followers on regular basis and as and when due. Occasional correction achieves little: this is what brought great judgment upon Eli’s family. He lacked the ability to correct his sons (followers) continually. The essence of correction is not to cause shame, disgrace and molestation; but to cause a lifting and unending blessing to your followers. Most uncompromising leaders who may be perceived as harsh for the moment are often applauded by the followers in no distant future. They will not share from evil declaration that will come upon those leaders that do not correct their followers. Did you remember that it wasn’t Eli the priest that committed an error but his children, but nevertheless, he suffered for the sin he never committed as a leader of the house then. I prophesy, may you never suffer as a leader for the sin(s) you never committed in Jesus mighty name, Amen. 5. The need for carrying our followers along (Feedback). 6. The need for giving instructions to our followers. As leaders, we need to give clear instructions to our members (followers) at all times. 7. The need to always pray and intercede for our follower(s). *Write and share your testimony with me through: Covenant and Fulfillment Ministries at our corporate office 10, Onwuasoigwe close, off Oguntoyinbo Crescent , Hostel Bus/Stop, Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria. Tel: 08034980921, 08054120540 or Email: feeback, omogbehin31@yahoo.com

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he Sole Spiritual Head of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), Leader Olumba Obu has extolled the virtues of President Goodluck Jonathan over his endorsement of the Anti-Gay Law against pressure mounted on him by leaders of the western nations. He said that the decision taken by Jonathan was a wise one that promotes Christendom and uplift the name of God. Olumba chastised the western nations for spearheading the promotion of samesex marriage, describing such as as evil, satanic, anti-procreation and anti-Christ, urging the nations’ leaders to continue to resist it. “It would have been very shameful and disappointing for Nigeria, the abode of God, whether they know it or not, to have supported an evil practice as same sex marriage and for this singular act, God, the Father has declared forgiveness for Nigeria for all the iniquities of the past and the present generations and will remember them no more. “He has also opened the floodgate of en-

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people of Uganda for not being hoodwinked or pressured to embrace the same sex marriage, noting that for taking this astute position, God has blessed Uganda lavishly. The spiritual leader enjoined delegates to the on-going National Conference to deliberate on issues that would advance the course of nationhood, unity and progress, and equity of all the ethnic-nationalities.

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his article may not give the complete x-ray of Church in Africa but it helps to show a picture of what the Church is and what it is expected to be. The Bible confirmed that Israelites were slaves in Africa, Egypt to be precise and God decided to set them free; so, he moved them from Egypt to Canaan, a promise which he fulfilled when he used Moses and Joshua as their leaders. Africa is important in the plan of God. It became an instrument of God to protect the new baby Jesus when Herod, the then Head of State, decided to exterminate the lives of children from two years old and under. The Bible confirmed that God spoke to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘’Get up, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill.’’ Matt 2 : 13. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus had disciples that he trained and ordered to move from Jerusalem to Judea, Samaria and to the end of the world. The Bible confirmed that the Gospel of the kingdom of God must be preached to the end of the world before the arrival of Jesus Christ. Matt 24: 14. On his last day on earth, he commanded them on Mount Olive to go and evangelize the world. There and then, he blessed them and before them he ascended. On the tenth day of his disappearance, the Church of

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The marching Church in Africa

Jesus Christ was founded when the Holy Spirit descended on his disciples as he has promised them, ‘’ But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and you shall be witnesses unto me …’’ Acts 1 : 8. God has formed an army composed of one hundred and twenty men and women who were prayerful, filled with power of the Holy Spirit and fully prepared to conquer the world for Christ. They did not waste time; they marched out with the sword of God – THE WORD in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. By the evening of that very day they went out, 3,000 people had joined them and enlisted to move on and preach under Christ’s banner. These men and women moved on to build the ecclesiastical foundation. The first Church started. Every person converted became a member preaching the gospel and God went with them confirming the words through signs and wonders. They were threatened, persecuted, arrested, imprisoned, scourged and some were even killed. They sang hymns of praises to God while afflicted and they prayed with power. They went on through Asia Minor, Greece, Europe and all over the Roman Empire. They went from one nation to another and eventually got to Africa. Nothing could stop them from moving on because they loved Jesus Christ more than their lives. One would wonder what was the secret possessed by these ordinary men and women, giving them triumphant victory over nature of sin, death and enemies of their newly found religion. The secret is faith in Christ. It is the

faith in Jesus and his work that produces miracles and makes impossibilities possible. The church becomes a community of those who accept by word and deed the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. It is clear that the church is basically a community - people related to one another simply because they have a meeting point in Christ locally, nationally and internationally .The church of Christ is in the world with a mission to the world. People are converted to become Christians, instruments of God to achieve a particular purpose. A living church in Africa must therefore be conscious of both its extensive and intensive missions. The task of the church must be passed on from one generation to another until the arrival of Jesus Christ. The church is expected to transform the moral of the society since majority of the members of the society belong to the church. The evangelization of the world today is possible only when we believe in the doing of the impossible by God through us. Is anything too hard for God to do? Christ declared: ‘’If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.’’ Luke 14:26. A gloomy and impotent religiosity is the product of disobedience. The failure of any believer to move on for Christ is his or her refusal of discipleship of Jesus and the denial of Lordship and headship of Jesus. Many untrained and unqualified pastors and Christian leaders do not encourage

evangelism, rather they have man-made programmes that make church stagnant. Church needs more trained and qualified personnel, equipped to deal with the dangerous, contaminated and confused world. The church in Africa must address the fears and hopes of Africans. It needs African theologians to interpret the Bible to every human situation in Africa. We know that church in Africa has been involved in shaping the political, moral, social and economic situations of many nations and it is still contributing to the moral advancement of some. Great church leaders like James Johnson of Nigeria (1836 – 1917), Rt. Rev. Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Rev. Gudna Tumsa of Ethiopia and late Bishop Samuel of Egypt have nurtured the church in Africa to maturity and dynamic leadership has helped the church to grow numerically and spiritually. Many Christian leaders have risked their lives to correct the ills of some civilian and military governments of their time. I hereby charge everyone reading this article to be of great courage to start in his or her bedroom or sitting room to win the members of his or her family to Christ; then move to the neighbourhood and keep moving on until the world is won for Christ. Some people can use their knowledge and talents to write inspiring books, music and tracts.

•Prof. Kunle Macaulay is the Director of Studies of United Bible University, Lagos.Phone: 0802 – 303 – 2698; email: profkunlemacaulay@yahoo.com

‘ I don’t compare myself with others’ Prophet Lai Bamidele, General Oversser of Christ Glorious End-time Evangelical Ministry, Abule-Egba, Lagos, in this exhortation teaches on dangers of comparison. Excerpts:

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hen you see a man or woman that compares him/her self with another person, the person is out of the home. I have seen carpenters and motor mechanics that have built their own houses. I don’t compare myself to people. God has made everyone unique. You go to your friend’s husband’s house, and you see they have cooker and all manner of gadgets. You now start to abuse your husband. I value the assignment God has placed in my hands. That is why anywhere I am privileged to minister, my heart is always full of joy. I value and honour people but I don’t compare myself with others. Before, whenever I travelled, people will say ‘don’t mind Lai, he has gone to the mountain again. When it is God’s time for me, I will be travelling. I am not under pressure for anything. I want to wait for God’s time. God never comes late. God’s time is the best. Wait for God’s appointed time. Don’t say because your mates have married you now say you won’t wait for God and go and marry the wrong person. The reason why you are experiencing delay is because God is bringing something good for you. You are a professional, but because of little challenges, you now back out and go into another thing. Your career will not pack up. At one time in the journey of my life when I had no car and people started mocking me, I only looked up to God. Some people were not greeting me before, but when they saw a jeep which was given to me as gift, and discovered that I didn’t borrow it, their countenance changed and they started greeting me. Because your friend is wearing a particular shoe, and you have even more expensive

one, instead of you to appreciate it on your friend, you too went to buy it on credit. Because somebody buries his relative, you too decide to bury your relative that died several years ago because you too want to kill a cow. Somebody had two children in school and had not paid for their school fees, but he wanted to bury his grandfather at Oyo. Gen 3: 5: Envy set in. Envy can bring all sorts of things. If you envy, you can kill because if you try all means and you cannot get, you can kill. Many of you are comparing yourself with the person you are not supposed to compare yourself with. You have gone to the level you are not supposed to be. I appreciate the small car that God gave me. And I cannot go to any place and they will say because my car is small that I should go back. I once knew a man who changes his car every three months. But the man is now riding okada. He is no longer in the ministry. He has not got to the level of riding car. Do you know that it is the ministry work you are doing that will feed you? There are some of you because of comparison, because your friends are riding aircraft, you too decide to buy ticket not even economy, but business, you went to buy first class. Comparison can destroy one’s colourful glory. When some people are given revelation that they will travel, but they can’t wait, whereas, every vision has appointed time. When they now get outside the country, they will be suffering. Somebody said he has been suffering there for nine years, sleeping anywhere they see. It is not everybody that is abroad that is enjoying. When it is not God’s time, don’t be too anxious. Anywhere I travel to, I don’t spend more than ten days. I will be eager to come back home. Few years ago, my family members will

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call me and say who have you ever seen in this generation that has gone to join clappers? My younger brother called me and said “denounce that Jesus and within 24 hours, I will give a new car and open a shop for you”. I refused to join them and be on God’s side. Many of you have missed it because you fear your relatives. If I had listened to them, without being proud, they cannot stand where I am today. I told them what I will be in future, and God established it. Then they used to call me Kasali, later they started calling me clapper, then they graduated to pastor. Today, it is man of God that they call me. You shall be honoured. Those that look down on you, very soon, they will look for you. Those that look down on you will honour you. 2 Corth 10:12. Comparison leads to inferiority. You will look down on yourself. The fact that you finished school the same year with your colleagues does not mean you will succeed the same year or marry the same year. They caught some people in Ogun State

using human parts for rituals. Don’t compare yourself with others. If you see a tailor, admire him/her. There are tailors that use cars. Tailors build houses. You know how you married your wife and what you go through, but when you see another lady, you start to shout at your wife. Comparison paralyses one’s initiative. It makes one to go backward. When you are speaking evil against your fellow human being, you are only destroying your tomorrow. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME COMPARISON? • You must be matured. Rejoice with those that rejoice. Congratulate people that are celebrating good things. Don’t say what has he done? • Any time anybody succeeds, go to the person and appreciate them. • Any small thing that God does for you, always appreciate them. •For Counselling Contact: Pst_lai@yahoo. com. Phone: 0807448415, 08027502864 and 08161285586


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rayer and fasting are veritable platforms for provoking the release of turnaround encounters with favour. Last week, we saw that in quite a number of examples in scriptures like Esther, Mordecai, Nehemiah, Jesus, etc. Also, I taught on love as the platform of access to favour. This week, I will be showing you the demands of turnaround favour and the blessedness of divine favour. Demands of Turnaround Favour: To encounter divine favour that engenders turnaround, take note of the following demands: • The love of God must be at work in our hearts: (1 Corinthians 2:9): You don’t know favour until you know the love of God. The knowledge and the operation of the love of God in a man, brings him into realms of strange favour. • We must love the Word of God: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2). Grace means divine favour. Divine

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Encounter with turnaround favour! (2) favour and divine peace multiply by knowledge (Proverbs 13:15). • We must Love His Kingdom: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). Seek ye first the advancement, enlargement, establishment, growth and wellbeing of His Kingdom, and all that others are dying to get shall be added to us. We can’t love God and lack gold. Today must mark the end of every form of lack and want in our lives! • We must Love His people: Jesus was telling a parable, that when He was hungry they did not give Him food. He was naked, they did not clothe Him; He was sick, and they did not visit Him. They asked, “When did we see you and we did not take care of you?” Jesus replied, “As long as you did it for any of the least of My brethren, you have done it for Me” (Mathew 25: 3140). So, every seed you sow into the life of a believer endears you to God. • You must Love humanity: Every seed of Abraham is ordained a global citizen (Genesis 28:14). God won’t bless us beyond our capacity to bless the world in which we live. We have the priority of helping God’s people, and then we have the covenant responsibility of helping the world (Mark 12:30-31). That is what

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With reference to your last write up. (The story), l want to ask a question. Of recent, l too got to know that the big gun I’m going out with has also taken my glory. At first, l didn’t believe because l am not into religion that much, though l noticed that whenever he wants to sleep with me, he will first eat from a small calabash and after the intercourse use tissue paper to clean me up. When l asked about the tissue aspect, he said he likes me getting off the bed clean. But now l’ve come to the realisation that it’s true because physically, I’m depreciating; mentally, I’m not balanced and academically, I’m going down. l just know I’m not ok. My question is what can l do? l think l need an urgent HELP!

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f a truth you need help. The same God that helped and delivered others will intervene in your case

too. There so many things you have to do, but accordingly. 1. You must give your life to Christ. Why? He is the only one that has the power to deliver and save you. Colossians 1:16-18 - “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by him, and for him; and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Since He is above all powers, He is the only one that can take you out of the hand of that power that is stronger than you. If you want someone to help, you must get to know the person, get close to him and even relate to him so as to be encouraged to help. Meaning that for Jesus to help you, you must not only know Him, you must really get into Him. He says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He is the only one that can do it, give Him the chance to do it by giving your life to him. 2. Go for deliverance. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit get a man of God to conduct a sound deliverance for you. Deliverance can be simply explained as the process where through the power of God all that are not supposed to be in your life are commanded to leave and without any option leaves immediately. Psalms 18:44-45 - “As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit

opens a man to a world of turnaround favour. If God knows that we will be a blessing to the world, He will bless us on a global scale. If God knows that we are going to be a blessing to His Kingdom, He will bless us on a Kingdom scale. Until we think it, we can’t have it. So, start thinking the blessings. Start thinking you sending people to school, helping the orphans and the homeless. Start thinking it first; it all starts with a thought. Understand that favour is our portion, but the love of God is a demand on our lives to access it. The Blessedness Of Divine Favour: • Favour is the highway to fortune (Exodus 3:21): Favour is the platform for supernatural breakthroughs. We do not beg for things to happen; things open up on their own accord (Psalm 44:1-3). • Favour secures our future generation and posterity: Every time God remembers Abraham, He shows favour to Israel (Psalm 105:42-44, Psalm 22:30). We can pray to remind God to give us the favour that He reserves for His people (Psalm 106:4) • Miracle Marriage: (Proverbs 18:22) Isaac did not go about looking for a wife; the servant prayed that whosoever comes first to that water, that is the wife (Genesis 42- 47).

themselves unto me. The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.”However, you must be careful of who to go to, for there are so many people outside using demonic powers who instead of getting you out, get you deeper into darkness. 2. Get a praying and faith based church, a church or fellowship where you will be prayed for and trained how to pray. Not only how to pray but also how to study the word. The first stage of deliverance is a phase to get you clean so as to be able to be before the Lord in order to get back all that has been taken away from you. The mistake so many people get into is that whenever they are being prayed for and they have some sort of relief from their problem, they believe that’s the end and they can go on with their life. However, it’s just the beginning. Yes they have been saved and delivered, but you still need to maintain these because the devil, as a roaring lion is always going around seeking whom to devour. For a case of ritual imprisonment, it’s not a one-time prayer but series of prayers, mainly because many of the things taken from you are no more with the man, they would have been distributed out to different kingdoms where they are needed for specific use. Therefore, there will be the need to visit all concerned kingdoms before you can claim total deliverance. Therefore after the first deliverance, it’s now time for you to get deeper with God so that He can put you on the battlefield to fight yourself. When someone is fighting for you, he can’t accomplish as more as you will, if you do it yourself. And the main weapon you need to fight is the Word, therefore get yourself into the Word. Ephesians 6:10-15 says “Finally, my

• Supernatural Conception and Child Birth: Favour visited Mary. A child was born without a man (Luke 1: 27-30). We must be on the platform of unchequered love for God, unreserved love for God and His affairs, and then we qualify for turnaround favour. Friend, the power to access turnaround favour is for those saved. You are saved by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” Every exploit in life is a product of knowledge. For further reading, please get my books — Born To Win and Walking In The Miraculous. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m. and 10.45 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 7747546-8; or E-mail: feedback@lfcww.org

brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel”. Lastly, whatever happens to a man becomes a story for him to tell in future. You’ve learnt your lesson; don’t allow anyone or even the things of the world to lure you back. Hebrews 10:38-39 says “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Luke 9:62 says “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” You can send in your QUESTIONS and the Holy Spirit will be set to give you the ANSWERS. Barr. (Mrs.) Favour Tioluwani Tel: 08050272259 or 07062738213. Email: letsgobible@gmail.com


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Nigeria is falling but has not totally failed –Bishop Ogunlere As many Christians are still afraid of moving forward to accomplish the will of God for them this year, the Bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, MCN, Diocese of Lagos West, the Rt. Revd. S. OLUYEMISI OGUNLERE who spoke at the just concluded synod of the Diocese called on members of the Church, and indeed all Christians to move forward in order to see the glory of God in 2014. Excerpts:

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e are facing another new year with its challenges and opportunities. What will we do? We can maintain the status quo or we can “GO “FORWARD”. When Israel was leaving Egypt under the leadership of Moses, the people looked back to see Pharaoh coming with his army to destroy them. Moses knew what the lord was going to do, but he called out the lord anyway. “And the Lord said unto Moses, wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward:”Exodus 14:15 which brings us to the theme of this year’s synod. The theme of this year synod is very timely and appropriate for us in this Diocese, the entire conference Area and our Nation at large especially as all eyes are focused on 2015. Looking at the theme closely, one would see that the children of Israel have just been delivered from the strong, oppressive hand of Pharaoh. God with a mighty deliverance has brought them out of Egypt the land of slave and oppression. They had started their journey with high hope and expectations toward the land of promise. But they have marched only a few days and suddenly they seem to be stopped in their journey. They have encamped by the sea. Pharaoh and his army closing in fast. On the surface, it seemed they are hopelessly trapped. For all practical purposes there was no way out. But in the midst of chaos and confusion the people come to mosses and begin to cry out to him, and as they cry to him, Moses goes to God and he says, “God, what do you want me to do? They are getting ready to stone me, what in the world do you want me to do?”

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hanksgiving, Praise and Worship have become religious practices to many Christians. Some don’t even understand the differences between the three and which one should be used to express what to God. Which of the three comes first, how do we apply our hearts when we thank Him, praise Him and worship Him? These are some of the questions God will unveil to us today in Jesus name. Amen Let me start by saying the bible makes it explicitly clear that “my people perish from a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Sir, it gets to a point in your destiny when the devil is not against your being a Christian but he wants to make you a frustrated, battered and beaten Christian without proof of the faithfulness, glory or power of God and this he does by ensuring that you don’t have the right knowledge on matters concerning the Kingdom of God. Pray this Prayer with all seriousness now; Father, through redemption I am connected to an ever flowing source of revelation in Jesus name. Reveal the mysteries of your

God tells Moses, there is not but one thing you must do. Get up and Move Forward. Let my people move forward because I didn’t bring you out to take you back neither did I bring you out to live you now. I didn’t bring you out to camp here because this is not the land I promised you. There is no much more. There is nothing to go back to. All that is left for you is to move forward. To the Diocese of Lagos West, the Lord is saying, I want you to rise up and go on to do the things I have called you to do and the things I have asked you to do. Forget the past, forget the Egypt of your lives, forget the pain and agony of the past, bury it and move forward. He is saying to us whatever misgiving, grievance or bitterness, you may have against the Diocese, church or individual, bury it and move forward. He wants us to get up, stop sleeping and quit being lazy! He is asking you to stop wallowing in your pity, stop wallowing in your agony and pain of the past and Go Forward! However, before the church can go forward, we must, as an individual go forward because it is individual that make up the church. State of the Church All praise, honour, dominion and majesty be unto Almighty God who saw Methodist Church Nigeria through her transitional year, 2013. Our Prelate Emeritus, His Eminence Dr. Sunday Olatunji Makinde, in his address to all Synods last year called for the prayers of all Methodist in Nigeria and overseas for a successful, peace and purposeful transition and called for prayers, most especially to God Almighty for Him to choose a new prelate who will be God’s

choice for Methodist Church Nigeria. Today, brethren, God has done it for us in person of His Eminence Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche. I therefore thank all of you who rally answered the call for prayers in August 2013 through which a good successor was appointed for the Church. May God Almighty move this church forward under the leadership of our New Prelate, His Eminence Dr. S.C.K. Uche. Above all, I use this time to solicit for your unending prayers and unwavering support for the new Prelate so as to jointly move the Church forward. On behalf of all of you in the Diocese of Lagos West, I use this medium to congratulate our new Prelate, His Eminence Dr. S.C.K. Uche and family on his election as the Prelate. I wish him well in Office and pray God Almighty to grant him the wisdom, understanding, good health and all the needful grace required to move this Church forward. Amen. Let us take a took at the State of God’s work in our midst. State of the nation Dear people of God, you all will agree with me, that the State of our Nation and our Union looks fragile and frightening especially in the face of the recent serial Boko Haram attacks in the Northeastern part of our country which has left many in deep sorrow, inconsolable tears and blood. The terror attacks reached a crescendo when innocent school children in a Federal Government school in Yobe State where gruesomely cut down in their prime. The girls that were whisked away in that invasion are yet to be found. It becomes more worrisome, when this spate of attacks in now spreading to Katsina and Kaduna and the vibe from the Military and security agencies is not encouraging. Recent terror in Benue and Plateau States by Fulani herdsmen which has left hundreds of people dead and properties destroyed adds a new dimension to the palpable fear and growing concerns that already exists in the land. Away from the terror attacks and one is confronted with mirage of other problems which include the humongous problem of

corruption, failed schools, failed hospitals, failed roads, failed security, failed power supply, Niger Delta militancy, kidnapping, the vanishing opportunities for ourt youths, the widening gulf between the rich and the poor and worst of all, the receding faith in Nigeria by Nigerians, even as we gleefully marked the centenary of its creation the past few days. The question on everyone’s lips is; Is Nigeria truly working? In the face of these mounting challenges confronting us as a people, my own verdict is that Nigeria is not working the way it should be. It is falling but has not totally failed. I will liken the fate of Nigeria to a failed road. When we say a road has failed, we do not mean that the entire stretch has collapsed. Such is the fate of Nigeria: truly we experience a lot of disappointment from Nigeria, but the country shows some bright areas. The fact that we celebrated our 100 years of existence as one and an undivided entity inspite of our past experience and all that threatens and tends to divide us, is worthy of celebration . it is an act of God and His divine mercy love and grace. As a Nation, we can forward if we resolve so to do. This is why it is imperative that we support President Goodluck Ebele Jonthan’s National dialogue which I believe can serve as a platform, not just for National Discourse, but for a National Rebirth and Moving Forward, for those arguing the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s is not sincere in proposing a national dialogue, are they saying that all is well with Nigeria as it is presently constituted or that talking is harmful? Or how long should we go on with our endless quarreling and gossiping while Nigeria is on its way to a state of coma? Rather than attacking Mr. President, we freely and frankly discuss how to solve these problems. This National dialogue should be another opportunity for us to say enough is enough with the celebration of ethnicity, religion, mediocrity, corruption and indiscipline in Nigeria

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Kingdom to me O Lord in Jesus name. Every covering over my eyes, hears, mind stopping me from getting a full knowledge of your kingdom is destroyed this moment in Jesus name. The things of God are mysteries; the bible says “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of Kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2) the bible says that Jesus has made us priests and kings unto God meaning we have the responsibility of understanding the mysteries of the kingdom of God. And one of such mysteries is that of Thanksgiving, praise and worship. We have come to think that singing is only way to thank, praise and worship God. Singing is not worship, singing is a form of expression, and it is expressing words or heart desires in a melodious manner. When we sing we can offer supplication, thanksgiving, praise or worship. Thanksgiving is done to express gratitude for what God has done for us, praise is acknowledging what is His able to do, His power, His ability and His majesty while worship is just expressing who He is and will forever be. Thanksgiving When you thank God, you start by recollecting the things He has done in your life, the psalmist had the habit of doing this often. Understand that so many things would have gone wrong in our lives, homes, careers without God’s divine intervention. Therefore, thanksgiving is the acknowledgement of his intervention. When you thank God for what He has done, then you are applying for more. Thanking God has a way of bringing to our

remembrance that we would have been consumed if not for God. We need to set apart a day to thank God, you can start by recounting how His love and action by sending Jesus has redeemed mankind from sin and eventual death. You can go on to thank Him for saving you and opening your eyes to see the light of the gospel, thank Him for the life you now live in Him, thank Him for daily provisions of your needs; the strength to go to work, to wake up in the morning (the psalmist said I slept and awake because the Lord kept me). Thank Him for the peace of mind you have enjoyed. Thank Him for other things He has specifically done for your family, your colleagues, and your lineage and so on. A Yoruba adage is interpreted thus “he who is able to think, will be able to thank God” Despite what you are going through, the reason why all is not lost is because God is on your case; if you’ve lost things; the reason why you have not lost all is because God’s hand is upon your life. Let us take the story of Job, despite all the ordeals he went through, God was the reason why he did not lose his life because God categorically commanded the devil not to touch his life. Whenever you thank God, you come into His gates, you get closer to Him. Thanking God is the first step anytime you intend to enter the presence of God. “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving” Psalm 100:4. Thanksgiving not just from the mouth but from within the heart; your heart, your spirit man, your soul must be thankful to God. You can now go and express it in words, in singing,

with dance. But whatever you display must be an expression of your heart. We will conclude on thanksgiving by next week by the grace of God but until then why not begin to give God quality thanks from your heart and you’ll begin to see Him move miraculously in your life in Jesus name. It is well with you. If you’ve not given your life to Christ, you will not have anything to thank God for and even if you do, it will be a wasted effort, so why not say yes to Jesus today. If you have not surrendered your life to Jesus, the process is simple: • Believe in your heart that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. • Believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary paying the price for your sins and rose from the dead the third day to establish your victory • Confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and saviour. • Repent of all sins before the Lord and forsake them. • Welcome into God’s family. Please locate a bible believing church and share you new birth experience with the church leaders. •For further prayer & counseling, pleases contact: Pastor Femi Lanre-Oke Jesus Praise Evangelical Ministries International, Ibadan, Oyo state 2348030752799, 2348053695097. Email: femi_lanre01@yahoo.co.uk


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othering Sunday is a Christian holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians on the 4th Sunday in Lent. It is like Mothers’ Day that has become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents. The most recent one occurred on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Kudos to all the mothers and would-be mothers in the land! You shall not weep over your children in Jesus’ name. Amen! One of the greatest persons that ever lived was the man Moses. He was responsible for the deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptian slavery. His destiny would have been cut short at birth, but for the ingenuity of his mother, Jochebed and other women in Egypt. Mothers came to his rescue. This intriguing saga is found in Exodus 2. The midwives’ fear of God, the resourcefulness of Jochebed, the quick-thinking of his sister, Mariam, and the compassion of an Egyptian princess all work together to overcome the evil designs of Pharaoh. Strikingly, “without the initiative of these women, there would be no Moses!” Mothers came to the rescue! God uses the seemingly weak and lowly to overcome the strong. It is the courage, resourcefulness, wisdom and character of these women that marked the beginning of liberation of a new nation, without whom the Exodus would never have happened (Exod 1:15–2:10).” God acted through women

to free the chosen people, preserving both of the nation and of its greatest leader. These women were strong and pro-active according to dictates of conscience and compassion (Exod 1:15–22; Exod 1:22–2:10). These women chose life rather than death, damning the dire consequences of their choices upon themselves. Your destiny and those of your children shall not be cut short in Jesus’ name. God shall rebuke all human and non-human devourers in your lives! Amen. Irony pervades the story in Exodus 1-2. Pharaoh believed that the male gender was the real concern. He underestimated the female gender in the development of the Israeli nation that constituted a potential threat to Egypt. Pharaoh promulgated the law: “every daughter you shall let live” (Exod 1:16). Pharaoh’s command to expose male Israeli infants upon the Nile (Exod 1:22) is ostensibly being obeyed by Moses’ mother while in reality defying it. She places him there (Exod 2:3), with tender loving care and concern for her child. “The irony reaches its zenith in the action of Pharaoh’s daughter, who does precisely the opposite of Pharaoh’s command: she takes the baby out of the Nile.” All those who are set up against your children shall turn around to your favor in Jesus’ name! Midwife “Shiphrah” means “beauty” while her colleague, “Puah” means “girl”. The heroic duo saved the lives of countless Hebrew babies, including probably that of Moses: “the people multiplied and grew very mighty” (Exod 1:20). The midwives appear as givers of life. Moses delivers the Israelites in one way; the midwives, in another. These midwives were guided by their fear of God into taking the considerable risk of sparing the Hebrew sons. According to W. Somerset Maugham in The Circle, “a woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favorite form of self-indulgence.” Nancy Reagan proclaimed: “a woman

is like a teabag—only in hot water do you realize how strong she is.” According to the accounts in the books of Exodus and Numbers, Miriam played an active role in salvaging Moses’ destiny. She was a prophetess (Exod 15:20), spokesperson of God (Num 12:2), worship musician, and national heroine with superb gifts of leadership (Micah 6:4). She first appears like “an angel” watching over his little baby brother, Moses, as he floated helplessly on the Nile River. She “tempers the harshness of the exposure by keeping watch at a distance.” She stations herself nearby “to learn what would happen to him” (Exod 2:4). Because Miriam’s fetched Moses’ mother as well as kept watch, Moses’ future was facilitated (Exod 2:4, 8). The unusual kindness of the Egyptian princess is laced with irony. Observing his tears, she has compassion; knowing full well that he was “one of the Hebrew’s children” (Exod 2:6). She knowingly ignores her father’s command by keeping the child as her own. Her father was bent on exterminating the person that she adopts as her own. She had compassion for a Hebrew child and rescued him in open defiance to her father’s decree. Moses’ Israelite biological mother is now being paid from Egyptian wealth to nurse her own son. The Egyptian princess claims the child as her own, taking upon herself the responsibility for Moses’ welfare. This secures Moses from any harm or danger that his people were subjected to by Pharaoh. Ironically, “the future liberator grows up in the house of the oppressor.” I can see everything turning around for your good and your family’s. Another irony can be found in the naming of the child by the princess; after his weaning and placement in the palace. The new mother named the child. The name “Moses” seems Egyptian, like Thutmoses, Ahmoses, and Ramoses. However, the narrator of the text offers an explanation for the name from the Egyptian princess with

a Hebrew etymology: “I drew him out of the water” (Exod 2:10). This name seems to allude to Moses’ role in the Exodus. One’s name and personality could be intimately connected. To give a name is, in a sense, to chart a destiny. Hence, the princess contributes to the Exodus not only by saving Moses’ life, but also by designating him “the drawer out.” God shall give you a new name and change your story as He did for Abraham, Jacob, and Peter (Gen 17:5; 32:28; John 1:42; Rev 2:17)! Zipporah’s most important role in the development of Israel as a nation was the saving of the lives of Moses and their firstborn (Exod 4:24-26). Resourceful and quick-thinking Zipporah knew what to do to save their lives. She came to the rescue, acting courageously and decisively; and God accepted her decisive intervention and pious actions. Zipporah teaches us that when fathers fail as the head of the household, “mothers in Israel” should come to the rescue. Your labor shall not be in vain. Do not be discouraged as you labor to build the next generation. Great shall be your rewards oh “mothers in Israel!” Tunde Ojewole, PhD, is the Babcock University Pastor in charge: Division of Spiritual Life. Get your copy of the newly released book: GOD’S FOOTPRINTS. For enquiries, contact: ojewolea@babcock.edu.ng or call/ SMS 08058299434/08060376577 Answers to 30/03/14 quiz 1. Vashti- Esther 1:12 2. Faith- Hab 2:4 3. Jeroboam- 1 kings 11:40 Quiz for the week 1. God commanded humanity to remember which of the Ten Commandments? Supply the scriptures. 2. Where did Abraham’s servant sent to fetch a wife for Isaac first sight her? What is her name and locate the passage? 3. The leader adjudged the “most humble and yet greatest” by God is...? Support answer with scripture.

Examples are Deut. 6:3. Lev. 20:24, Ezekiel 20:6, 15. The one that however attracts my interest mostly of all those verses is Ez. 20:6 where God called it the glory of all lands. It reads thus: “In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands”. Despite its physical unattractiveness, God still called it blessed and said it’s the glory of all lands. And true to God’s word, Israel is like a damsel (bride to be) that everyone wants to marry. People from all walks of life are visiting the land and boosting their economy. Israel is a pivot of technological innovation in the world. For your life as well, physically, there might be nothing attractive or interesting about you. The moment God’s blessing is on you, you become sought-after. You become the glory of human race. I therefore pronounce the blessings of God upon everything in your life. I stand as a prince of the Most High God to declare that your land (life) shall flow with milk and honey. Israel is so small in landscape but they are mighty. I therefore decree that though your beginning may be small, your latter end shall be great. Another thing that caught my interest was that they couldn’t practice agriculture without irrigation due to the land’s physi-

cal nature. It rains there once in a while but whenever it rains, they maximize the rain and store the water that drops. Despite all these things, Israelites are still proud of their land because God called it blessed. They are ready to go to any extent to continue to possess that land. I now ask you these questions: Are you proud of your wife, husband, children, parents, family, home town, business, church, country, job, etc? Whatever you possess, though it may be unattractive, look for God’s blessings on it and make the best out of it. Be proud of the family members. Many are ashamed of identifying with their local churches. Many are not proud of their countries (especially Nigerians). Even if a man of God should pronounce blessing on the country, the response of some people would be like “for where?” or “Nigeria ke?”. We must be proud and maximize what we have. I now see why many foreigners said Nigeria is so blessed that you can be picking money on the streets. Despite Israel’s unfavourable land and weather for agriculture, yet, they practice mechanized farming and get’s power from advanced solar technology. Their streets are so clean by nature that you don’t see things growing on the streets. But we have that in Nigeria and we don’t maximize it. Plants grow naturally on streets in Nigeria when nobody planted them. If Israel could maximize that their

land to the extent of exporting food, then Nigeria has the potentials of feeding the whole world. Every Nigerian or citizen of which ever country you may be must recognize that there is a mandate for wherever you were created to be or whatever God gives you as possession. You must be willing and ready to sacrifice to make it work. Israelites are putting in their best to make the nation work. This could be evident in what we were told that Israel had been destroyed thirty five (35) times and rebuilt seventeen times in history. This shows a people with the resolve that there’s no other place for them to go. I therefore prophesy that Nigeria would work out; Nigeria is blessed in Jesus name. I pray that the Nigerian dream would workout in Jesus name. If you are reading this piece and you believe, Nigeria would yield her increase for you bountifully in the mighty name of Jesus. The nations of the earth shall call you blessed. You can’t afford to miss next week, please make it another day. Shalom.

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hat a great priviledge it is to be here with you once again. Halleluyah! I had a great priviledge to visit the land of the Bible (Israel) with my wife on a holy pilgrimage and retreat between 22nd of March and 1st of April 2014. The encounter I had over there was awesome and challenging. It was a mandate experience. I had decided to share with mandate people who are reading this column in series. In Israel, I saw the practical power of God in action. Physically, the land is unattractive. It’s a land full of stones. The nature and location of the land is very unfavourable to even farm to get farm produce out of it. Yet the Lord had said the land is a blessed one, God said the land flows with milk and honey. In reference to the land, the statement “that flows with milk and honey” could be found not less than twenty (20) places in the scriptures.

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Questions you need to ask yourself daily in life and destiny with Pastor Olalekan

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1] Am I investing in my (life) Self? (Personal Growth) 2] Am I doing what I love and loving what I do? (Passion) 3] Am I investing my time with the right people? (Relationship) 4] Am I staying in my strength zone? (Effectiveness) 5] Am I taking others to higher level? (Mission) 6] Am I taking care of today? (Success) 7] Am I taking time to think? (Strategy) 8] Am I pleasing God? (Faith) Secret place of the most high Psalm 91; genesis 26 Your place of location is your place of allocation. There are allocations meant for you in life but they will not come to you until you are at the right location. Birds in the air, fishes in the sea, (Matt 6:26) Three Major Questions: WHO AM I? A person’s problem multiplies where there is lack of personal identity. Know and discover yourself. Where do i beling? You do not belong everywhere; you do not

belong to every place or every group. You are not the wife of every husband and you are not the husband of every wife. You belong to someone somewhere.

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he rebirth of the world began with the advent of Jesus Christ, the messiah and the saviour. The world was powerfully moved from a point of alienation and unfriendliness position with God to new point of fellowship and comradeship. What the Lord Jesus Christ brought to the world was a dawn of new world order, where the earth would align with heaven to foster a common frontier against Satan to finally dislodge him from inflicting man with sin and death. At the final count of Jesus earthly ministry, He fervently beseeched the Father in prayers to keep the disciples from the system of the world which portends capacity to corrupt the ideal of His vision and the kingdom force on the earth who will take up the challenge of what Jesus birthed on earth. Heaven truly colonized the world when the Lord was around. There was a major shift of doing the will of God rather than the will of flesh as it was taught by the Messiah. Those who will continually to effect this change of worldly systems were committed to God to be kept, preserved and separated from the world. John 17:8-11. The emphasis was verse 11; “………….And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name

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Commission statement: “Labour not for the meat that perisheth” - John 6:27 OUR CORE VALUES 1] INTEGRITY 2] SERVICE 3] HUMILITY 4] DEDICATION 5] EXCELLENCE 6] HOLINESS 7] CHARITY 8] JOY 9] HELPFULNESS 10] FAITH 11] CLEANLINESS 12] LEADERSHIP 13] HOPE MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT: Luke 1: 68-79 1] IT IS OUR GOAL TO MAKE HEAVEN 2] IT IS OUR GOAL TO TAKE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITH US 3] IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH No1,

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those whom thou hast given me that they may be one as we are”. Presenting a common frontier is what the Church would require to confront and conquer the devils; hence unity of purpose, common doctrines, same lifestyles and unity of faith would be the cutting edge for the task ahead. In His prayers, the template for the Church is the sameness of Godhead, Unity and oneness in operations, in works and in administrations. This is the mindset in which the Church was birthed and it was the same mindset the Apostolic Church was working and powerfully affecting the whole word till they ”turn earth upside down” with the doctrine of Messiah, the Christ. Indeed, the whole world was powerfully colonized with the doctrine of Christ and massive shift from the old ways to the new ways of living was witnessed in the era of Apostles starting from the teaching of John the Baptist. “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”. People were turning massively to partake in the new wine brew for the earth. “Thine will be done as it is done in heaven”. What the Messiah came to primarily unveil to the world is the knowledge of God and to bring God to the earth where the kingdom of God is birthed on earth as witnessed in heaven. For that to continue, the Church must not be seen as fragment and divisible in teachings, in believe, in doctrines and whatever diversities of operations amongst the people of the Church must not align to the world in the slightest form but must be unique and separate from the system of the world. The finished work of the Messiah the Christ is reconciliation through propitiation – the atonement for the sins of the

HOLINESS WILL BE OUR LIFESTYLE 4] IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH No2 ABOVE, WE WILL PLANT CHURCHES/ CHRISTIAN TEACHING CENTRES IN EVERY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA IN EVERY CITY, TOWN, STATES OR COUNTRIES OF NATIONS OF THE WORLD. 5] WE WILL POSESS NATIONS OF THE WORLD FOR JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD The birth of the VISION …The story behind the glory; I have always been a disciple of the Word since the day I accepted the Lordship of Jesus over my life in September 1986. I had my foundation at the Deeper Life Bible Church from 1986 to 1990 when I joined the Ministry of my father in the Lord: Rev. Abraham Akinola of Victory Life Mission International till date. During the course of my dedicated stewardship in my school fellowship (Royal Priesthood Foundation) in the Polytechnic Ibadan in 1999, I heard the voice of God in August 1999 saying to me, “LABOUR NOT FOR THE MEAT THAT PERISHETH” - John 6:27. This

world. John 17:4, Rom 5:11. The existing hostility between man and God needed to be stopped if man will overcome sin and death. Atonement reconciled man back to God; reconciliation fosters our relationship into friendship and bonding. The essence of these spiritual exercises is to allow for ruler ship of the Father over the earth. In other words, the major thrust of the Church is to feed the world with the truth so as to witness the glorious estate of the earth. The more the knowledge of God is increased the more the earth is transformed into a more glorious state than the Adam’s day. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image of God from glory to glory”. 11 Corth 3:18. What Daniel did in Babylon was a good queue for the Church to emulate. Daniel refused to feed from the worldly tables but from the table of the LORD. Daniel 1:8. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself”. The character of Daniel should be the resolve of the Church to abstain from defilement as her prophetic mandate requires a separate life, a separate attitude completely different from the worldly styles. A small part of the viands, a little taste of wine from their tables is what Satan needs to corrupt our mandate to the world and a caricature of our assignment. This bit is enough to discredit our messages and standpoint end of God government in the world. The separateness of Daniel was made as an instrument in overruling the idolatry and standpoint of satanic forces

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Oh Lord, locate me rightly in life Cause my allocation to come to me on time, Oh Lord! Lord, help me to discover who I am Grant me grace to know where I be long, Oh Lord! Father, bless my assignment in life and destiny.

Word gave birth to DAYSPRING HERITAGE CHRISTIAN CENTRE. (A.K.A. PALACE OF HEALING). Drawing from my strong discipleship background, I didn’t jump out and start with the prophetic word; I stayed in my former Pastorate until now that we are pioneering this work. Under divine direction, I was commissioned by my father in the Lord Rev. Abraham Akinola in May 2007 and have since been waiting on the Lord for proper takeoff which was 1st of February 2009. God has mandated us to share a message of LOVE, FAITH AND HOPE, to impact the CHURCH, Community, and the unbelievers alike to move from where they are to where they ought to be in Christ. That is; …ENRICHING LIVES AND FULFILLING DESTINIES. It is my prayer that for those people that are ordained by God to fly with us in this Covenant flight, 2014 shall be our year of EMPOWERMENT BY GRACE FOR OVERFLOWING BLESSING. Stay connected and you will testify.

in Babylon. Babylon was overthrown through non compromise stand. He who will interpret the life of God to man must not live the ordinary life of man but God’s. The glory of the kingdom is not the same thing with the glory of the earthly kingdom. The earthly glory is measured in gold and silver, in power and in corruptible elements. The glory of God’s kingdom is translated in the measure of life a mortal man can obtain. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father but of the world and the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of the God abides forever” I John 2:16-17. Sensual and impure desires, which seek their gratifications in power, sex, is the glory of the world and the transient boast of the world, yet the world cannot adequately supply them to the satisfaction of men. The same glory of the world which Satan showed to the Messiah Christ (Lk 4:4) is being presented again to the Church but in the same pretence to demand worship from the Church. If the Church seeks what the world seeks, the Church will shift her focus from her mandate and would be worse off than the world. The business of salvation is the thrust of the Church, not how the world or the people of the world would get rich. The kingdom of God on earth is the business of the Church not how the government of the world would run effectively. If the Church focuses on her mandate, all these would come to us so easily. Matthew 6:33. The Church is equipped to look so different from the world not to look exactly like the world. A new paradigm shift is required from the present Church on earth.


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From the Pulpit Hour of Change with Most Senior Apostle

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oyalty is the expression of somebody’s faithfulness to something or somebody and giving support to same. Other names for Loyalty are patriotism, allegiance, dedication and trustworthiness. In this discuss, our search light is beamed on the life of Ruth, a pagan woman and an indigene of Moab who got married to one Elimelech’s sons. Ruth1:1618 read thus: “And Ruth said, intreat me not to leave thee or to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge. Thy people, and thy god, my god; where thou diest; I will die, and there will I be buried ; the Lord do so to me and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking with her”. But contrary is the case with Elimelech whose name means’ The Lord is my king’, an indigene of Bethlehem which also means’’ The city of Bread’’. When there was a famine in Bethlehem, Elimelech did not seek the face of God in prayers for direction before embarking on a suicide journey to Moab where he died along with his two sons. The city of Moab it would be recalled was founded by a son born to Lot by his first daughter. The second daughter also bore a son to her father who was named Benammi, who was the father of the children of Ammion- Gen 19; 30-38. These two children came to the world

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hat we are about to hear now is a Christian word. We are conversant with it; it is something we hear every day. It is the key word foundation. If I should ask anyone to define the word ‘Faith’, such person will give different definition. Faith is a principle or a doctrine you need to know. WHAT IS FAITH? Faith is a legal tender with which believers transact business in the heavenly market. Faith can also mean a vehicle that transports believers from this world to the presence of God. In other words, faith can also be said to be the road map that directs us to the kingdom of Grace. The Greek word for Faith is Pistis which means credence, conviction of a religious truth, assurance and fidelity of God. Jesus is the substance of the faith hoped for, while the testimonies of saints are the evidences of things not seen. If you turn your Bible to Matt. 17:20, it says “And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief; for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, Ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Remove here to yonder place’; and it will move and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” This is what Jesus said, and why did He say so? He said this because His disciples were not able to cast out demons due to their unbelief. He said they can say to this mountain ‘be removed and it will be removed’. What is unbelief? The disciples could cast out the demons but they were following Jesus yet they could not do this miracle, bring change in the life of people or in their own lives. We claim we

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What Loyalty means through incest which is abominable sin which penalty is death. As result of the calamity that struck the family of Elimelech in a foreign country, Noami decided to go back to Bethlehem, her country home and she appealed to her two daughters in-law to go back to their respective homes, but Ruth decided to go with her to Bethlehem. Ruth’s Loyalty to her mother in-law yielded fruitful result to her as she became great grandmother of David. ‘’And Salmin begat Boaz, and Boaz, and begat Obed, and begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David’’ -Ruth 4; 21-22. It was through the lineage of David, an indigene of Bethlehem Ephratah and from the tribe of Judah that Jesus Christ came to the world- Micah 5:2 Major areas of loyalty 1. Loyalty of God to mankind. The almighty God demonstrated his faithfulness to the mankind by providing man everything he might need in coming into being. All what God created from day one to five and part of day six were made for his pleasure - Gen 1:31. God further demonstrated his faithfulness to us by giving his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to the world as ransom. John 3:16. See also 1 John 4:8-19. 2. Loyalty of leader to his followers. Whatever a leader wants his followers to do him must be practiced by him first. David in spite of facing his life challenges with Saul the first king in Israel still had time for four hundred people to cater for- 1 Samuel 22:1-2. His loyalty was reciprocated by his followers. When he was thirsty, they risked their life to get water from the well of Bethlehem- 1 Chronicles 11:17 3. Loyalty to God. Joshua advised the nation of Israel to choose whom they should serve

but as for him, he would serve God till the end of his life. Joshua 24:15. On the other hand, Solomon backslide toward the end of his life from serving God. He flouted the standard set by God for whoever was to be chosen as a king in Israel - Deut 17:4-9, 14:23, 26, 29, 37. 4. Loyalty to friends. Jonathan was fully aware that his father Saul wanted to kill David because he perceived he (David) would become a king in Israel – 1 Samuel 23:17, yet he did not withdraw his loyalty to David, for the Bible says he loved David as he remembered the covenant made with his bosom friend Jonathan and invited Mephiboshet to the palace to dine with him at the king’s table. 1 Samuel 18:2,9,1 5. Loyalty to one’s spouse. This is one of the areas loyalty should be expressed because it is in the matrimonial home that children are raised for future challenges and to serve as future leaders. Any mistake made is reflected in the society - Hebrew 13:4 says ‘’Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled; but whore mongers and adulteress God will judge’’. Malachi 2:13-16. 6. One can breed Loyalty in his followers by being loyal to one’s superior. David had opportunity to kill Saul his master, yet he refused to touch the anointed of God. 1 Samuel 26:8-11. But when he became king, he had immoral dealing with Bathsheba and killed her husband, Uriah. However, his life was saved by his lieutenants because he had earlier demonstrated his loyalty to his master, Saul. 7. Loyalty to one’s vision. Vision is known by different names such as hope, expectation, and dream - Jeremiah 29:11. Many believers kill their dream/vision through bad association and dishonesty - 1 Corth 15:33. Galatians 6:7-

Understanding Faith are Christians, we do not demonstrate faith; instead we start looking for things that do not glorify God. Many Christians do not manifest faith. Mustard seed is a very small seed. In fact, it is the smallest when compared with any other seed of plant worldwide. Jesus was comparing their faith with this little seed. Pray this prayer point: Say ‘Oh Lord, give me faith to make things happen in my life and around me.’ A child of God that does not demonstrate faith is dead; your confession is dead, and you don’t have a portfolio. Faith is authority and power we have over Satan. Satan’s work is to manipulate us, nothing else. Pray this prayer point: Say ‘In the name of Jesus, every satanic manipulation in my life or realm to change my destiny disappear by fire.’ Prophecy Someone always see in his dream where witches are cooking for him with a pot. That pot is broken this day in Jesus name. If faith is such important, how then do we see it? It goes by confession and an action that makes things happen. It works like a magic. If you work on a principle of faith, you will know that Christianity is Joy. Faith confessed is good but faith applied is workable. Let us look at this story of David and Goliath - 1 Samuel 17:41-51. Goliath disdained and made a caricature of David. As he was talking, David stood and confessed faith, he did not turn back. He said you come to me with sword and spear but I come to you in the name of the God of Israel, whom you are defiling. That God who gave me power to kill the bear and deliver my sheep from the mouth of the bear today will give you into my hands that all of Philistine and the whole world may know that there is a God in Israel. No flesh can see a bear and stand, but David went after it when it carried the sheep. He was able to kill the bear because God was on his side. He told

Goliath that the same God will give him power to fight him. The testimony of David was the evidence not seen, while his faith in the God of the armies of Israel is the substance of things hoped for. Open your Bible to Heb. 11:1. It says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Everything you need to know about faith is here. The book of Genesis and Revelation started and ended in up in this Hebrew 11:1. Gen. 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” and Rev. 22:21 says, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. You can see that God began with God and ended with God. John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God.” John the beloved was writing about the substance which was in the beginning with. This word was our Lord Jesus Christ. When the Bible says that faith is a substance, it is talking about something we do not look from afar but something you are certain about. You can see that the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is a fact that cannot be disputed. Close your eyes and pray like this: Say ‘Oh Lord, you have taught us about faith, help us to understand faith and work on it. Prophecies Someone’s gift that was taken away from that person because it was abused today is restored back, in the name of Jesus. Somebody had a dream where he was caged; today, that cage is broken by fire in the name of Jesus. Testimonies Divinely saved from ritualists after 2 weeks All glory and adoration be unto the Lord for what he has done for me and my family! Two weeks ago, I was looking for my daughter. I went to many places but to no avail. Somebody directed me to the man of God, Pastor Bona,

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9 says ‘’Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he also reaps. For he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap everlasting life. Let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not’’. 8. Loyalty to one’s country. As said earlier in this write up, loyalty is always from the top. Paul the apostle advised his followers to emulate him- 1Corth. 11:1. WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE LOYAL a. It is necessary for expansion. In any organization, if loyalty is not reflected in the life of both the leader and followers, expansion will be a mirage. Rather it is contraction that will manifest itself. 1 Cor.4:2 b. It is necessary for peace to reign. What makes the difference between developed and developing countries? The former is accountable to us citizenry while the later regards it as alien. Matthew 22:39. c. Disloyalty breeds disloyalty. The ugly drama that it is playing itself out in Nigeria should be of serious concern to everybody. Two weeks ago, the horrible killing of innocent people at Soka area of lbadan, Oyo State was widely reported by both electronic and print media. This ugly and dastardly act is being perpetrated by the soulless and wicked set of people in the full glare of the authority. The report went further by saying that pictures of some politicians were seen at the enclave. The case of Clifford Orji is still fresh on our memory. Psalm11:3 d. Loyalty is a single eye-Matthew 6:22-24. No one can serve God and at the same time mammon. You either love one and hate the other. Senior Apostle Oyelowo is of AGBO IGBALA TI KRISTI (ALADURA) Church who prayed for me and told me that my daughter will call me in the next 42 hours. She called me and said she was in the hands of kidnappers, that they were many there and were killing their captives one after the other and asked me to pray for her. I went back to the man of God and told him what happened. He prayed and prophesied that in two days time that the Lord will bring her home. To my greatest shock, my daughter called me two days after that she was on her way home. Today she is back and here with me. Praise the Lord! Mummy Ann Five years delay in conception after two girls, but alas, baby boy in the house I am overwhelmed about what the Lord did for me and my family. For the past five years after our last female child, my wife has been unable to conceive. We had gone to many places for prayer and done so much to see that she takes in our heart desire was to get a male child. When we came to the man of God, he prayed for my wife, gave her prayer points. He also prophesied that she will conceive and give birth to a male child. To the glory of God, today we have a male child. Thanks be to God! Bro. Ikechukwu 3 Year- old child was not walking but presently walks To the glory of God, my son from birth had being going through an attack which made it impossible for him to walk. For the past two years, there is nothing we have not done to see that he can walk. The doctors tried to no avail. There was no fee we were asked to pay that we didn’t meet to see he walks. As we came to the man of God, he prophesied that before the end of 40 days from that day that the boy will walk. Brethren to the glory of God, my son started walking according to the words of the man of God, before the end of the 40 days. Praise God! Bro. chuks Pastor K. I. Bona is General Overseer of Chapel of Holiness and Testimony Ministries, 6 David Egbetuyi Street, Fagbile Ijegun, Ikotun, Lagos. Tel:08038206508, 08023404926


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Tut, Mimiko, Fani-Kayode, tut Kayode K Fasua

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erspicacity could in the long run become a difficult virtue to possess in the ranks of Nigeria’s political analysts, especially with giddy moves by our politicians, ahead of the 2015 general elections. Specifically, the seeming bat approach being deployed by the Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in executing own political agenda these days has been as intriguing as it is dramatically bewitching. A seemingly innocuous story was published in the dailies recently in which the Ondo governor, while commissioning the new secretariat of his Labour Party in Oyo State, urged the people of that state to support President Goodluck Jonathan. Elsewhere, Mimiko has never hidden the fact that he is fully working to impress the President in any way fathomable. Though for obvious reasons, the Presidency has deemed it wise to court governors and other chieftains of some little political parties such as the Labour Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance and Accord Party, the possibilities that the former could collide with the latter over political interests were apparently not factored in. In courting Mimiko, Jonathan might have reserved Ondo State as a buffer zone while the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is embarking on moves to

wrest the Southwest from rival All Progressives Congress, APC. The now prosaic failure of Mimiko’s Labour Party to dissolve into the Bola Tinubu-led APC after having been tremendously assisted into power by Tinubu and his men, naturally reminds of Judas. But while thinking in terms of political calculations, the Judas factor is also a good weapon for achieving desired goals. Hence, the possible reason for the ensuing chummy relationship between the Alagbaka Government House in Akure, and Aso Rock. But as earlier stated, the two friends of Abuja and Akure hardly anticipated that some local factors thrown up by circumstances could result in embarrassing disaffection, the sort that comes as of involuntary action. On Saturday, April 5, a by-election into the House of Representatives was held for the Ilaje riverine locality of Ondo State. After the breathtaking poll that was keenly contested by the PDP and the Labour Party, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the exercise as inconclusive. In that poll, however, the APC was nowhere near keen competition. And so began the war of words between Mimiko’s Labour Party and Jonathan’s PDP as each side accused the other of attempting to perpetrate election fraud. While Mimiko’s men accused the PDP of wanting to use federal might to influence the result of the election, the PDP too said it smelt a rat that Mimiko was trying to use power of the incumbent to win the area for his Labour Party. Yet it was in the week that these accusations and counter-accusations were going on between the LP and the PDP that Mimiko went to Ibadan, Oyo State to

drum support for Jonathan on an occasion reserved for the glory of the Labour Party. A maverick Governor Mimiko, you would say. Elsewhere too, Osun-born former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode caused a stir as he was seen last week in Aso Rock, where he held a closed-door meeting with the President. Ever acidic and implacable in his attacks on Jonathan and the ruling PDP, Fani-Kayode who long defected to the APC is currently undergoing trial as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, slammed some corruption charges against him. But in leaving the State House after his talks with Jonathan, Fani-Kayode instantly became a born-again. The man, who came short of blaming his initially sustained opposition to Jonathan on the devil, was now filled with the new anointing, as he praised the President to high heavens. His words: “This is a Presidential Villa, the President is a President of Nigeria and every single person in this country that is a Nigerian is entitled to come here from time to time, when the doors are open to come and pay their respect to the wonderful people that are here. As a Nigerian, I have done that today and I am delighted to be here.” Already, opposition APC is no kid and will not be bemused for too long. It would have since then counted Fani-Kayode’s party membership in the deficit. While tongues have wagged so far though, that the ex-minister’s action was borne out of the need for survival in the face of depleting resources and advancing trouble, only Fani-Kayode himself can explain off the import of his memorable visit to Mr. President. Or who else can?

Michael Jackson comes alive, May 13! The nerves creaked for horror and fear when the news whiffed past ears that Michael Jackson would release a new album on May 13 this year. As the report was broadcast in the wee hour, recently, a friend related how he hurriedly reached for the electric turn-on, as his room was unlit, lest certain gnomes or what can be religiously described as evil spirits were at work. How can Wacko Jacko who died five years ago release an album? Yes, it is true, the departed pop icon and unfathomable music iconoclast will release a new posthumous album entitled ‘Xscape’ on May 13. Can the dead shake, much less sing? The riddle is easily resolved. Epic Records is releasing the album from Michael, featuring his eight unreleased recordings that have been retooled by Timbaland and other top producers. “Taken from the 2001 sessions that resulted in Invincible, the funky, future-pop number was co-written by Rodney Jerkins, the only producer on the album who was there for the original recording. “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with,” the late Jackson’s advocates explained. It was also gathered that Timbaland and Jerkins, along with Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain, have added a “fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity,” in the much-awaited album. Welcoming Jackson, back to life!

Is there a conspiracy against Nigeria? SONALA OLUMHENSE

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magine a world in which, one morning, the United States and the United Kingdom announced a visa and travel ban on…let’s say 1000 members of Nigeria’s political class and their families. Imagine if they were defined as people who have enjoyed political power at any point in…let’s say the past 30 years, in connection with stolen public funds. Imagine also, if the ban included the freezing of the assets of those individuals and their families. Now, if you have followed the crisis in Ukraine, you probably heard the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, say the following of his country on March 5: “We have already taken some important steps in terms of the Ukrainian corrupt oligarchs and making sure their assets are properly dealt with here in the UK if that’s the case…and I’ll be speaking to President Obama this afternoon and meeting with Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande before the European Council tomorrow – agree with them what further steps should be taken as well…” Making a similar announcement on the other side of the Atlantic the following day, US President Barack Obama said: “This morning I signed an execu-

tive order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine or for stealing the assets of Ukrainian people. According to my guidance, the State Department has also put in place restrictions on the travels of certain individuals and officials… We took these steps in cooperation with our European allies…” In the weeks that followed, the entire world has seen how seriously the US and the UK have taken the situation in Crimea, including inflicting direct sanctions on several Russian officials. Do sanctions work? Sanctions always do, the real issue is: who do they hurt? The answer concealed in the unfolding policy of the US and the UK in Ukraine is that the sanctions must be targeted at specific people and sectors. In this particular conflict, the US, the UK and other members of the international community are upholding the principles of international law, and that is how it should be. Those principles seek to regulate the relations between nations, and to guarantee peace and security. My concern is that for a country such as Nigeria, the definition of what constitutes peace and security and what can guarantee it has been lost in the rhetoric. The principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of States are of great importance, but the time has come when

the principles of good and responsible governance of States must receive the same attention, which is what the Millennium Declaration (2000) sought to accomplish. If this re-focussing does not happen, there may not be much oxygen left for peace and security to flourish. This is what is at stake in some increasingly volatile spots of the world. Think about it: in the era of globalization and the Internet, large populations in poverty, and large populations of the unemployed, are an incongruous and dangerous picture. It is no longer possible to hide the ugly image of wealth and poverty side by side, nor the hypocrisy that sustains, rather than respond to it. This is where the US and the UK, as leaders of the theory of a better world, come in. These powerful countries are forever talking about what it would take for Nigeria to move forward and emerge as a powerful economy. The question is not whether they know the answer, but whether they really mean it when they advocate Nigeria’s advancement. In their response to the situation in Ukraine, these countries struck early and decisive blows at the heart of specific persons in the Ukrainian and Russian political and economic machines, aiming to paralyze. The US specifically cited persons “stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.”

More than anyone else, these countries know exactly what is behind the atrocious governance in Nigeria, and why we find it difficult to develop. Mr. Obama has for this reason refused to visit Nigeria. To be clear, these powerful countries routinely provide aid to Nigeria. Put in a little research and it is amazing how much they have done in this regard in the past 15 years alone. But it is curious that none of them has advocated, let alone implemented a policy of identifying, let alone grounding, the legion of thieves who make Nigeria impossible to govern. Worse still, they “aid” Nigeria knowing full well that the country’s powerful kleptocrats, present and voting, are certain to gobble it up mercilessly. That is not democracy working for the people. The key problem is that much of the funds being fleeced from Nigeria’s public purse are warmly welcomed, or perhaps even encouraged, in the US and the UK. For instance, Nigerian governors are known for their love of property in the UK, which is where a few of them have run into trouble in recent times. Beyond those officials, all three of them, it is simply untrue that the UK is unaware of the legion of former officials who have bought choice properties with stolen funds in the past 15 years alone. CONTINUED ON PAGE 58


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Wellness YOUR HEALTH AND HEALTH RELATED ISSUES APRIL 13, 2014

Danger and consequence of abortion ODINAKA URUAKPA

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n spite of religious teachings and the dangers surrounding abortion, induced abortion has persisted, as perpetrators use different methods. These include herbal abortifacients, the use of sharpened tools, physical trauma, and other traditional methods. This is rampant among women who over time do not seem to mind the implications of their actions as they always are eager to get rid of pregnancies which they usually tag ‘unwanted’, damning the consequences or damage that come after the act. Contemporary medicine utilises medications and surgical procedures. The legality, prevalence, cultural and religious status of abortion vary substantially around the world. Its legality can depend on specific conditions, such as incest, rape, fetal defects, high risk of disability, socioeconomic factors or the mother’s health being at risk. In many parts of the world, there is prominent and divisive public controversy over the moral, ethical and legal issues of abortion. Those who are against abortion generally posit that an embryo or fetus is a human with the right to life and may equate abortion with homicide. But proponents of abortion rights emphasise a woman’s right to decide about matters concerning her own body. Unfortunately, countries like America legalised the act thereby making it the right of a woman to choose not to have an unwanted baby after she discovers she is with a child. This is because they do not want to go through the traumas of carrying the pregnancy to full circle and can decide to terminate it whenever they deem fit. According to the gynaecologist with Healing Faith Hospitals Lagos, Dr. Augustine Ayeke, who defined abortion as the premature termination or expulsion of a fetus either naturally or by medical induction from the womb before it is able to survive independently, the adverse effect of abortion on women is in some cases life threatening. His words: “It is important to be clear by what is meant by abortion in today’s context. It is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, at any time from conception to birth. People do not understand that there are thousands of serious physical complications from abortion every year in the world ranging from infection, excessive bleeding, perforation of the uterus which results in infertility in women, cervical injury (cervical stenosis, incompetent cervix), higher chance of ectopic pregnancy (about 5-8% higher) and death. “Cervical damage is a leading cause of long term complications following abortion. Normally, the cervix is rigid and tightly closed. In order to perform an abortion, it must be stretched open with a great deal of force. During this forced dilation, it almost always causes microscopic tearing of the cervix muscles and occasionally severe ripping of the uterine wall, as well.” The medic while giving insight into the damage done to the cervix during abortion surmised that 12.5 per cent of first trimester abortion cases usually require stitching for cervical lacerations. He disclosed that some abortion clinics even in countries where it is legal do not take the needed precaution that could prevent lacerations which occurs in at least 22 per cent of abortions. Dr Ayeke added that women under 17 have been found to face twice the normal risk of suffering cervical damage owing to the fact that their cervixes are still “green” and developing.

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“Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure; it entails procedures and risks. For many women, it is a life changing event with significant physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions say that they wish they had been told all of the facts about it, its risks and the impact it may have had on their lives before they made their decision. Surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until seven weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period where a thin tube is inserted into the uterus and a large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out. Here the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods and this process is usually painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, connects it to a suction machine which pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. The medic explained that, for pregnancies that are still in the early stages, especially not more than 49th day after the last menstrual period, some drugs are usually prescribed. The procedure usually requires three office visits. “On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo. The last visit is to determine if the procedure has been completed. RU486 will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. This is a potentially life-threatening condition which the embryo lodges outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If an ectopic pregnancy is not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman. Side effects may occur with induced abortion, whether surgical or by pill. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Abortion also carries the risk of significant complications such as damage to internal organs when the uterus is punctured or torn. There is also a risk that damage will

occur to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder,” he emphasised. According to medical reports, abortion, when induced in the developed world in accordance with local law, is among the safest procedures in medicine. However, unsafe abortions result in approximately 47,000 maternal deaths and five million hospital admissions per year globally. An estimated 44 million abortions are performed globally each year, with slightly under half of those performed unsafely. The incidence of abortion has stabilised in recent years having previously spent decades declining as access to family planning education and contraceptive services increased. Forty per cent of the world’s women have access to legal induced abortions (within gestational limits). Women who have had an abortion are now “silent no more”. More women in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland and other countries where abortion is legalised are speaking out and taking legal action against abortion clinics and referral agencies, putting down a marker that the days of these agencies are numbered. A female group in Ireland, Women Hurt by Abortion, Cork, 1988, who are finding healing after abortion, in one of their handbooks said, ‘we are setting forth what we have learnt from our experience, in order to help other women who have suffered as we have’. “We have seen the unfortunate side of “safe” abortions every week, we see at least two patients with post abortion complications all done at “safe, clean,” clinics. According to the organisation, “hurt by abortion” refers to all the damaging consequences of abortion in their lives. The group realised that the longer it was since an individual had an abortion the more extensively and deeply their lives had been affected by it. One of the purposes of their organisation was that everyone understood ‘the full price women pay for abortion’. “We see more and more coming to the forefront as a particularly important human rights issue. Issues such as the abortion-breast cancer link, the abortion-depression link, and the abortion-suicide links are now receiving widespread coverage,” the group added.


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The Skin

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ody organs aren’t all internal like the brain or the heart. There is one we wear on the outside. Skin is our largest organ; adults carry some eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it. This fleshy covering does a lot more than make us look presentable. In fact, without it, we would literally evaporate. The skin as earlier mentioned is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 22 square feet. Aside from making us presentable, the skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. The skin keeps all our insides in, from the heart and lungs to the blood and muscles. And unless it is cut or damaged, it keeps stuff out, including germs and water. We also feel things through the nerves in our skin. The skin also acts as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also exudes antibacterial substances that prevent infection and manufactures vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones. Skin additionally is a huge sensor for keeping the brain in touch with the outside world. At the same time, skin allows

us free movement, proving it an amazingly versatile organ. Skin is made up of three layers namely the epidermis which is the outermost part and consists mainly of cells called keratinocytes, made from the tough protein keratin (also the material in hair and nails). Keratinocytes form several layers that constantly grow outwards as the exterior cells die and flake off. It takes roughly five weeks for newly created cells to work their way to the surface. This covering of dead skin is known as the stratum corneum, or horny layer, and its thickness varies considerably, being more than ten times thicker on the soles of the feet than around the eyes. The epidermis harbors defensive Langerhans cells, which alert the body’s immune system to viruses and other infectious agents. The epidermis is bonded to a deeper skin layer below known as the dermis,

which gives the organ its strength and elasticity thanks to fibers of collagen and elastin. Blood vessels here help regulate body temperature by increasing blood flow to the skin to allow heat to escape, or by restricting the flow when it’s cold. A network of nerve fibers and receptors pick up feelings such as touch, temperature, and pain, relaying them to the brain. The dermis houses hair follicles and glands with ducts that pass up through the skin. Sweat glands bring down internal temperature through perspiration while ridding the body of the waste fluids urea and lactate. Apocrine glands, which develop during puberty, produce a scented sweat linked to sexual attraction that can also cause body odor, especially around the armpits. Sebaceous glands secrete oil-like sebum for lubricating the hair and skin. The skin’s base layer is the subcutis or

Universal coverage: Health workers advocate redistribution of workforce MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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ealth workers have called for redistribution of the nation’s health workforce to help boost attainment of universal health coverage for all citizens in the country. The effort, they said, would help drive the rejuvenated National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, which is being driven by the recently convened Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage in Abuja. The workers, who pledged their commitment to the success of the scheme, stated these at the 3rd Annual Guest Lecture organised under the auspices of their union, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, in Abuja, recently. President of the union, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the theme of the lecture: “Developing human resource for health for the attainment of universal health coverage: Issues and perspective”, was apt, given the need by the workers to help citizens of the country minimise high cost of medical services by delivering quality and improved selfless services to the nation’s population; toward attaining the universal health coverage. He said the health workers would key into the Presidential Summit to further enable Nigerians have access to better and cheaper health care delivery. Wabba, however, lamented uneven distribution of health workers in the country, which, according to him, could hamper the realisation of the objective. He also informed that the workers were at the heart of the project which he said they were ready to drive. “We are aware of the fact that universal health coverage is at the heart of the attainment of health coverage because of the fact that we need to have health workers distributed evenly across the region within the country and I think that is very key. Without even distribution of health workers, we cannot attain universal health care. “Let me give us a scenario. I remember one of the areas I have done my research on when I was in NIPSS, on the issue implementation of the MDGs, especially the distribution of more resource for health. I study area of my state. I realized in the course of that study that certainly 70 percent of the health workforce was only concentrated in Maiduguri, the city capital. That means the remaining 26 local Governments

shared the 30 percent. “Out of the three gynaecologists we had then, only the state capital had the privilege of having this expertise; and then, it is not surprising when I was able to draw the conclusion that for us not to have implemented the MDGs then, the issue of distribution of human resource for health was very critical. In fact, out of the 27 local governments, we realized that in about four local governments, we didn’t even have human resources for health. And, therefore, the human resource was really limited,” he added. In a lecture, a Guest Lecturer at the event, Mallam Abubakar Sokoto said in order to provide universal health coverage, there were basic requirements that were necessary. “The first is that there must be a strong, effective health care system. Secondly, there must be a system of financing health service; there must be access to essential medicines and technologies; there must be a sufficient capacity of well-trained and motivated health workers; and primary health care. “Human resource development provides the framework for helping employees to develop their personal skills, to also develop an organization skill to gain knowledge and also to be able to acquire capabilities which help in the improvement of the individuals,” he added. He also highlighted some of the challenges facing the health workforce of WHO member country to include: the problem of education of workforce; and the problem of migration. He also urged government to resolve the problem of workforce retention, noting that it is shameful that some health workers refuse to work in the rural areas. Sokoto recommended that the Federal Government should reverse the brain drain of health workers; state and local governments should provide special incentives to health workers. He urged that there should be special allocation for the training of health workers and that such training should be made mandatory for them annually. All primary health care in the country, he advised, should be well-equipped and staffed with skilled workers; and that all tiers of government must contribute towards the attainment of the universal health coverage. He added that health workers should wage campaign against unprofessional conducts, while industrial democracy should be given a place in government’s policies.

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hypodermis, which includes a seam of fat laid down as a fuel reserve in case of food shortage. It also works as insulation and cushions us from knocks and falls. The skin’s colour is created by special cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin. Melanocytes are located in the epidermis and they protect us from the sun’s potentially cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays. Dark-skinned people produce more numerous and deeper-colored melanin particles. People with the darkest complexions are native to tropical regions, particularly those with few densely forested areas. Fair skin is an adaptation found in people from northern latitudes where solar rays are relatively weak. Here the benefits of dark skin are outweighed by the need for bone-strengthening vitamin D, produced through exposure to UV rays. But hotter, sunnier environments bring the risk of serious skin damage. Australia, where the majority of the population is of northern European descent, has the world’s highest rates of skin cancer, accounting for more than 80 percent of all cancers diagnosed there each year. Doctors who are experts in caring for skin are called dermatologists. Derma is the Greek word for skin. Dermatologists treat just about everything that can happen to skin, including rashes, dry skin, acne, and skin cancer.

Grey and Strong raises life expectancy –New nation Elderly care in Nigeria has been said to be one of the worst in the world and this should not be the case in a culture that claims to reverence elders yet do not match any of that with real actions towards care and protection for the elderly. This was made known by Charles Dukwe, promoter of Grey and Strong, one of the empowerment programmes of New Nation, which aims at reducing the rate of death of elderly people in the country who die from lack of adequate care which according to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is an alarming 3million death every year. According to Dukwe, Grey and strong is a social security protection for the elderly which aims at providing unprecedented services to support their life and well being. He listed the benefits available to include free medical coverage, free prescription drugs, free access to elderly club house, free admission to elderly care homes , free quarterly financial support/aid, free recreation/holiday retreat and in the case of death, burial and funeral expenses coverage among other benefits. To bridge the gap between Nigeria and developed countries like the UK, America, Canada and other countries where the elderly are adequately cared and provided for, the promoter said there is need for private sector led innovative solutions that can help raise the life expectancy of Nigerians and Africans as a whole from 52years that it stands right now to 75 years as is obtainable in most developed nations. He further added that New Nation intends to constantly work to increase the benefit in these services beginning with age 40 for now due to the life expectancy in the country, until life for the elderly in Nigeria can be comparable with that of their counterparts in the developed world.


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Excitement as Ibadan monarch turns 100 tomorrow •The Olubadan’s challenges, triumph and 42-yr journey to throne KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN

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hen on Friday, August 17, 2007, the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, presented staff of office to Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, as the 40th Olubadan of Ibadanland, at the basement of the ancient Mapo Hall, it was a dream come true for the 93 year-old monarch who started his journey to the throne in 1972 with his appointment as the Mogaji of his family compound at Oja-Igbo. Indeed the carnival-like ceremony was witnessed by prominent indigenes, residents and important dignitaries from within and outside the country. As the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Samuel Osundiran Lana was unanimously elected by the 11 kingmakers that made up the Olubadan-In- Council on 11 July, 2007 to succeed Oba Yunisa Bankole Oladoja Ogundipe, who died on July 6, 2007. And looking resplendent in traditional aso oke and crown on his head, the first sign that the monarch would not be a push over was his coronation speech in which he called on all indigenes of the city to come together to enhance its economic development with the assurance that he would spend the rest of his life to reclaim the lost glory of the city. While maintaining that the time of lawlessness in the city was over, the royal father assured that he would see that the traditional institution cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to rid the city of all forms of vices. His words: “I hereby pledge to spend the rest of my life pursuing the mission of restoring Ibadan’s glory, for this purpose we need the cooperation of all the sons and daughters of Ibadanland at home and abroad and the goodwill and help of all other residents and friends of the city. First of all, let us all constantly pray and work for the peace and progress of Ibadanland so that we may continue to be blessed.

“ I, therefore, use this opportunity to call upon all Ibadan sons and daughters and their socio cultural organisations located in Ibadan ,Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt , Kano, Enugu and overseas to come back home to invest in the rural areas belonging to your families. In the area of security, Ibadan must move with the tide of modernity, nobody should think he can take the law into his hands with impunity and thereby scare away peace loving people. I appeal to all community leaders to take legal steps to make their communities crime free. “We want to assure all law enforcement agencies of government that all traditional institutions in Ibadanland led by me will cooperate with them to rid Ibadan and its environs of all acts of brigandage, thuggery, vandalism and other anti-social behaviours.” However, it is pertinent to know precisely who Oba Odulana is. Widely acclaimed to be an educationist, soldier, administrator and statesman, he hails from the Ladunni Compound in the Oja Igbo area of Ibadan metropolis and was born at Igbo-Elerin in the Lagelu Local Government area of Ibadanland on Thursday, April 14, 1914 to Pa. Odulana Ayinla. He began the seemingly long journey to the throne with his appointment as the Mogaji (head) of his family compound at Oja-Igbo in the city in 1972. He succeeded in taking the first traditional chieftaincy title of Jagun Olubadan in 1976. And with 22 steps already taken on the ladder of traditional chieftaincy he keeps a date with destiny as one of the longest living Olubadan of Ibadanland. And it is apt to note that one of the qualities of Ibadan Obas is that of age, longevity and with it, wisdom. Oba Odulana earlier in life began his elementary education at Saint Andrew’s School, Bamigbola, in the present Lagelu Local Government area in January 1922 and obtained a transfer to Saint Peter’s School, Aremo in 1929. He completed his middle school education at

Mapo Central tral School in December 1936. He equally strengthened his education via correspondence college. The monarch had a brief stint with United ted African Company (UAC) as a Produce Clerk before taking up teaching appointment at the Church ch Missionary Society (CMS) Elementary School, Jago in the pressent OnaA r a Local G o v e r n ment in 1938. He also taught Oba Odulana in several schools from 1939 to 1942. He however willingly relinquished the chalk to pick the more challenging duty as an army officer during the 1939 Second World War. The lessons learnt at his duty post was well utilised such that upon the end of the war in 1945, he was put in charge of the demobilisation of retuning soldiers in Lagos which earned him an exemplary character award of the Army Fourth Brigade and this climaxed in an immediate appointment with the Colonial Office Education Department in 1946. The monarch while in the civil service, where he was until 1959, actively assisted in the establishment of both primary and secondary schools in various parts of the old Western Region of Nigeria. He voluntarily retired and embraced politics to represent his people in the 1959 pre-Independence federal elections as a member of the House of Representatives. This led to a string of political achievements such that he was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in the country’s first independent cabinet. In 1963, he attended the epoch-making Commonwealth Conference in London. He also became the country’s Minister of State for Labour. In 1964, he led the Nigerian Parlia-

mentary delegation to the London Constitutional Conference to restructure the then British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasalandnow known as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The royal father’s political career was truncated by the 1966 Nigeria’s first military coup, but he evolved to become a philanthropist, progressive and community icon. He graced the Ibadan sociocultural landscape with so much fanfare that gave rise to him being the co-founder of prime organizations, mobilising Ibadan people for grassroots developments, such that The Ibadan Economic Foundation and the Ibadan Progressive Union which were created to ensure that the high standards of patriotism and self-sacrifice of the Ibadan founding fathers are maintained by the present generation of indigenes. These laudable achievements, no doubt, contributed to his conferment of a honourary degree of Doctor of Management Technology by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State in December 2005. Oba Odulana has also bagged the national awards of CFR. As a royal father who believed in the sacredness of the royal institution, one of the challenges he faced immediately he assumed

the throne was cutting the wings of one of his High Chiefs, the late Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was not only a member of the Olubadan-In-Council but also called the shots not only in Ibadanland and his political activities were getting controversial on daily basis. To prevent the traditional institution from what he termed as ridicule , he issued a statement to the effect that High Chiefs who are members of the Olubadan-inCouncil must not participate in partisan politics since the palace is expected to be neutral. This was, however, to put the monarch in a rift with Alhaji Adedibu who maintained that Oba Odulana cannot cage him by stopping him from playing politics. Though prominent indigenes intervened to settle the rift between the monarch and Adedibu, it was still an open secret that the relationship between them was not the best before the death of the late strongman of Ibadan politics in 2008 with many of his supporters believing that the monarch gave the order because of the latter’s sympathy for the then Action Congress of Nigeria ( ACN ), while Adedibu was in PDP. CONTINUED ON PAGE 58


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religion into it and condemned serial killings in the north. For the first time, the entire delegates gave Nurudeen Lemu, a delegate on the platform of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, a standing ovation, which was a breach of the Conference Standing Rules.

He combined sound logic and eloquence to deliver a message that touched the need for religious harmony in Nigeria. He informed the delegates that God Almighty is neither a religious nor ethnic bigot and that the problem with Nige-

rians is that both Muslims and Christians always over-estimate their virtues while down-playing the goodness in others. He almost drew tears in the hall when he condemned both the murdering and the murderers of Christians and Muslims in the country under the disguise of religion. He said, “as a delegate and as a people representing people of faith in God from Islamic perspective, one thing we believe is that God will protect the community that stands for justice even if they are not Muslims and God will not protect the community that goes contrary to justice even if they call themselves Muslims”. In an emotion ladden voice, he said that, “God is not a religious bigot. He is not a male chauvinist. He is not an ethnocentric tribalist. God is not the oppressor of anyone. God is with those who care, those who want for others those things they want for themselves. One tendency for people who claim to follow a religion is to slide into the position of believing that they are better than the others. We over-estimate our virtues and under-estimate the goodness in others. The tendency is for us to be spiritually arrogant and forget that others are people like us. And if you are in other person’s position, you probably will be like someone else. “As delegates from the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, we condemn the murder and the murderers of all Christians; we condemn the murder and the murderers of all Muslims; not because they are Christians or Muslims but because they are all human beings—creatures of God. “There is no compulsion in religion. We

all own Nigeria. We all belong here. And we all have rights to self determination. We should respect that right and do onto others what we will do onto ourselves. Every ethnic group is an oppressed minority somewhere. Every majority or settlers is an indigene somewhere. In one way or the other, we are all settlers. “We just don’t remember where we came from and why we came. But ultimately, we are all visitors to this planet; from God we came and to Him we will return. As Muslim delegates, we come against the exploitation of religion and religious sentiments; we come against stereotyping, stigmatizing and dehumanization of each other. We come against the use of religion as a political decoy and distraction from the critical things that bedevil our nation. I pray that at the end of this conference, we will all grow in our humanity and respect for each other.” From the foregoing, events during the past week in the conference brought hope, gave Nigerians the confidence that at the end of the National Conference, the report would be favourable and that issues would be resolved through consensus. The fear is that what becomes of the report even if delegates speak with a voice? Will the report not turned out like the previous conferences, which reports were thrown out based on flimsy excuses. But most of the delegates believed that there was nothing to be afraid of about the implementation of the outcome of the conference. The delegates responded that they will cross the bridge when they get there.

awe Ekiti. A statement from LP Media and Publicity Secretary, Bolanle Olatunde-Bruce, said live ammunitions, machetes, axes and stones were freely used in attacking faithful party members who were peacefully campaigning for Hon Bamidele of the LP. Olatunde-Bruce said: “In Isan Ekiti, the home town of the outgoing governor, our campaign bus was shattered and battered, same at Ilawe Ekiti, the hometown of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Yemi Adaramodu. In Iye Ekiti in the Ilejemeje Local Government, one of our youth leader was macheted and had to be hospitalized. “We wish to draw the attention of the Federal Government, the Inspector General of Police, INEC and the security agencies as well as the good and peace-loving people of Ekiti to call the APC to order before they start another orgy of violence and bloodletting,” she said. The LP spokesperson, who implored the security agencies to call the APC to order, saying no one has the monopoly of violence, said: “We will not fold our arms and watch our

members and supporters being frightened, injured and maimed. We will remain law abiding but will protect our members in the face of provocation”. Commenting on outcries over attacks by politicians across party divides, the state police commissioner said “some of these attacks were unfounded. They were non-existent. They were mere propaganda being employed to gain cheap popularity. “Though, there had been some isolated cases where attacks were witnessed. In Ilawe Ekiti on Friday, some buses belonging to LP were damaged. We have seen the buses, but I still want to warn that nobody should heat up the polity. We won’t tolerate that. “The problem had been that some politicians were trying to cut corners. They don’t want to play by the rules. But it will be in the interest of everybody, including politicians if we obey the normal rules and put the interest of the people above personal interest in this game”, the police boss said.

urn of violence ment by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Victor Babayemi, that “contrary to the news making round, the victim, Mr Babatunde Fatoye, was injured on the left shoulder by a broken glass”. The police, while reassuring Ekiti people that “the Command is doing its best at providing security for lives and property during these electioneering campaigns,” said detectives were working hard to unravel those behind the criminal act. While the dust raised by the attack was yet to settle, the Irepodun/Ifelodun Council branch of Marketwomen Association alleged that thugs at the venue of LP campaign activity at Igede Ekiti, the council headquarters, attacked the 18-seater bus donated to it by the state government with stones and smashed the windscreen. The marketwomen’s chairperson in the area, Mrs Aduke Seriki, said she and other members of the association were returning from Ado Ekiti when LP thugs hurled stones at the bus and smashed the rare and side screens. Seriki, who called for the immediate arrest of the perpetrator of the crime, appealed to the police to beef up security at campaign rallies to save the citizens from embarrassment.

She said: “What happened has shown that our security is still very porous. The police authorities would have to order their men to ensure that the lives of motorists are safe at all campaign rallies. We are not politicians and I see no reason why we should be subjects of attacks by politicians”. It was on the strength of this that the council chairman, Hon Tajudeen Awe, cautioned politicians against destroying public property as the electioneering campaign for the June 21 Governorship election gathers momentum. Awe, an APC chieftain, reminded that public utilities belong to all the indigenes of the state, regardless of political leanings, saying vandalizing them under the guise of politics could spell doom for the development of the state, adding: “The public utilities are put in place with our money and it is not going to be in the interest of anybody to start destroying them because you are playing politics”. That weekend, it was the turn of the LP to raise alarm over attacks on its campaign train at Isan, Iye and Il-


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Universal coverage: Health workers advocate redistribution of workforce MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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ealth workers in Nigeria have called for redistribution of the nation’s health workforce to help boost attainment of universal health coverage for all citizens in the country. The effort, they said, would help drive the rejuvenated National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, which is being driven by the recently convened Presidential Summit on

Universal Health Coverage in Abuja. The workers, who pledged their commitment to the success of the scheme, stated these at the 3rd Annual Guest Lecture organized under the auspices of their union, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, in Abuja, recently. President of the union, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the theme of the lecture: “Developing human resource for health for the attainment of universal

health coverage: issues and perspective,” was apt, given the need by the workers to help citizens of the country minimize high cost of medical services by delivering quality and improved selfless services to the nation’s population toward attaining the universal health coverage. He said health workers would key into the Presidential Summit to further enable Nigerians have access to better and cheaper health care delivery. Wabba however lament-

L-R: Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke; Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri and Etsu of Karu, Luka Baba, at media roundtable on reporting the National Conference in Abuja recently.

LG boss provides free drugs to schools INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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hairman of Hawul local council in Borno State, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwi, has distributed first aid drugs to all the post primary schools in the area. This is in addition to the drilling of 3 boreholes in Pelachiroma, Marama and Shaffa communities in the council area. The council also repaired about 7 broken down boreholes in Durkwa, Tangarayi, Yimirshika, Humusu, Hema and other villages in the council.

Dr. Malgwi stated this yesterday an interview with journalists in Maiduguri while enumerating the achievements recorded under his 100 days in office. He said the cardinal objectives of his administration is to provide basic amenities to his people at the grassroots through prudent and judicious utilization of the scarce resources at the council’s disposal, stressing that “Democratically elected Government is all about meeting the needs and aspiration of its people”. Malgwi explained that apart from the provision of free drugs to schools

and the drilling of new boreholes in addition to renovating existing ones, the council has constructed 3 classroom block in Pakilama Primary School among others, as well as the connection of Government Secondary School Marama with National Grid. The council, according to him, has also renovated the dilapidated structures at Pizimbir and Bwala Primary Schools, and ready to undertake renovation work in Pirkusu, Shindiffu, Kurbutu, Shitikam, Sakwa and Kidang primary schools respectively.

ed uneven distribution of health workers in the country, which according to him, could hamper the realization of the objective. He also informed that the workers were at the heart of the project which he said they were ready to drive. “We are aware of the fact that universal health coverage is at the heart of the attainment of health coverage because of the fact that we need to have health workers distributed evenly across the region within the country and I think that is very key. Without even distribution of health workers, we cannot attain universal health care. “Let me give us a scenario. I remember one of the areas I have done my research on when I was in NIPSS, on the issue implementation of the MDGs, especially the distribution of more resource for health. I studied area of my state. I realized in the course of that study that certainly 70 percent of the health workforce was only concentrated in Maiduguri, the city capital. That means the remaining 26 local govern-

ments shared the 30 percent. “Out of the three gynaecologists we had then, only the state capital had the privilege of having this expertise; and then, it was not surprising when I was able to draw the conclusion that for us not to have implemented the MDGs then, the issue of distribution of human resource for health was very critical. In fact, out of the 27 local governments, we realized that in about four local governments, we didn’t even have human resources for health. And, therefore, the human resource was really limited,” he added. In a lecture, a Guest Lecturer at the event, Mallam Abubakar Sokoto, said in order to provide universal health coverage, there were basic requirements that were necessary. “The first is that there must be a strong, effective health care system. Secondly, there must be a system of financing health service; there must be access to essential medicines and technologies; there must be a sufficient capacity of well-trained and motivated health workers; and primary health

care. “Human resource development provides the framework for helping employees to develop their personal skills, to also develop an organization skill to gain knowledge and also to be able to acquire capabilities which help in the improvement of the individuals,” he added. He also highlighted some of the challenges facing the health workforce of World Health Organisation (WHO) member countries to include the problem of education of workforce and the problem of migration. He also urged government to resolve the problem of workforce retention, noting that it is shameful that some health workers refuse to work in the rural areas. Sokoto recommended that the Federal Government should reverse the brain drain of health workers; state and local governments should provide special incentives to health workers. He urged that there should be special allocation for the training of health workers and that such training should be made mandatory for them annually.

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onstant religious clashes being experienced in most parts of the country have been blamed on the activities of members of the elite who are using religion to set commoners against each other. This view was expressed by a university don, Prof. Wale Adediran, while addressing a press conference to herald a colloquium with the theme: Fundamental Imperatives of Cohabitation: Faith and Secularism, organ-

ised by Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, CBIU, Osogbo, yesterday. Adediran, who once served as Commissioner for Education in the state, said religious crises were being played-up by the elite to achieve selfish interest, warning that the probability of Nigeria fighting a religious war was close to a reality presently. “Commoners in Nigeria irrespective of their religious beliefs live in harmony with one and another. Most

of these religious crises the country has experienced in recent times are caused by members of elite group who are engaging in these acts to achieve some selfish goals. “Members of elite group are successful manipulating the commoners because people at the lower rung lack basic understanding of what this group of privileged people wants to achieve. This and some other relevant issues will be discussed to get people educated and save Nigeria from disintegration”, he contended.


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Missing Malaysian Airlines: Foundation urges enforcement on aircraft monitoring equipment Olusegun Koiki

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light Safety Foundation, FSF, has called on airline operators and Civil Aviation Authorities, CAAs, around the world to incorporate practical in-flight aircraft monitoring and communications systems to enhance location tracking. FSF says that the installation of the installation of the tracking equipment on airplanes will ensure easy location of aircraft in the event of an incident or accident, arguing that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 would have been located by searchers if it had the system on board.

It would be recalled that the erstwhile Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren, had advocated the installation of the equipment on all Nigerian registered airplanes. The aircraft tracker, which was commissioned in April 2011, was reportedly acquired at N50 million by the agency. Demuren had said that the system was a state-ofthe-art, high technology software-driven system, which was at present used by the United States of America Federal Aviation Administration, USFAA, for flight safety reporting and monitoring. Demuren noted that if the new equipment had

been in place before the unfortunate accident of Wings Aviation Airline aircraft Beechcraft 1900D of March 15, 2008, the aircraft together with the crew would had been located and possibly rescued alive by the technical personnel in the sector. He said: “With the aircraft tracking system, we can know that a particular aircraft is flying in our airspace, it is taxing on the runway; we know it is on the ground; even if you switch off everything, we will still see the aircraft as it is packed in the apron. It is a leading-edge technical solution to enhance NCAA’s safety oversight in Nigerian controlled airspace.” The Chairman, FSF

Board of Governors, David McMillan, hoped that the global aviation industry would hopefully know soon what happened on missing plane, but noted that emerging technology exists to provide much more real-time data about aircraft operations and engine performance. He insisted that the aircraft tracking system could help unlock mysteries, leading to timely safety improvements and more focused search and rescue missions, while avoiding some of the pain and anguish felt by victims’ loved ones in the wake of a tragedy. He added: “Satellite communications, navigation, and surveillance systems also represent efficient

ways of tracking aircraft, especially over water. Given existing technology, we simply should not be losing contact with aircraft for unknown reasons. Out of respect for the families, it’s also time for the media speculation to stop, and for a knowledgeable, responsible, professional dialogue to begin to examine technological options for practical tracking of aircraft.” The foundation, which has long been a leader in calling for greater use of data for risk mitigation, further emphasised that the combination of data gathering, analytics, and sharing would improve safety and operational efficiency. The migration to-

wards exploiting “smart machines” that supply real-time, actionable information not only helps in determining what went wrong in the wake of an accident, but assists operators in determining the status of aircraft, engines and sub-systems in order to predict and prevent failures, ultimately further advancing the industry’s already outstanding safety record. Noting that it took 23 months to recover the flight data recorders in Air France 447 over the Atlantic, stressing that given today’s sensor and satellite technologies, the world should not have to wait so long to find out where, what, and why things went wrong.

Market capitalisation increases by N37bn on NSE

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L-R; Chairman, Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, National Sickle Cell Centre, Prof. Olu Akinyanju; Director, Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Lagos State, Dr. Jemilade Longe and Director, MTN Foundation, Mr. Dennis Okoro, during the certificate award ceremony of the 16thGenetic Counsellors on Sickle Cell Disorder in Lagos on Friday.

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he naira appreciated against the dollar at the three segments of the foreign market over the weekend, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. At the official market, the naira was N155.68 to the dollar on Friday against the N155.74 rate on Monday, indicating a gain of 6 kobo. At the Bureau De

Naira appreciates against dollar Change, the naira was traded at N168 against the dollar compared to N168.50 on Monday, up by 50 kobo. At the black market, it was N168.50 against the N169 that it traded against the dollar on Monday, a gain of 50 kobo.

Also, the Naira appreciated against the pound sterling and the euro. At the official market, the pounds sterling was exchanged at N243 compared to N261 at the beginning of the week. The pound sterling was

traded at N250 at the black market where it remained stable throughout the week. Traders attributed the appreciation to efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria in tightening liquidity in the financial system. (NAN)

Nigeria compensates Ghana for shortfall in gas supply Ghana has received a compensation of $10 million from Nigeria over the failure of the latter to meet supply of gas agreement between the two countries, a Ghanaian news portal, Ghanaweb, reported yesterday.

The agreement required Nigeria to supply Ghana with 123 Million Metric British Thermal Units (MMBtu) per day. However, Nigeria has failed to meet that target, supplying 30 MMBtu/d and

less sometimes. The Director of Planning and Business Development of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Kofi Ellis, told TV3’s Sandra Amarquaye at the weekend that Ghana had been paid some

damages by Nigeria over the shortfall as stipulated in the contract. “The contract already stipulates some liquidated damages for reduction in supply,” Ellis told our reporter.

quities’ transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed on Friday in an upward trend as the the market capitalisation improved by N37 billion. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation closed higher at N12.554 trillion from the N12.517 trillion posted on Thursday. The increase in the market capitalisation is due to price gains. The All-Share Index also increased by 114.4 basis points to close higher at 39,083.66 as against the 38,969.26 achieved on Thursday. An analysis of the price movement chart indicated that Forte Oil led on the gainers’ table by N12.57 to close at N135.27 per share. Mobil Oil came second with N3.94 to close at N123.99, while Cadbury gained N2 to close at N79 per share. Julius Berger and Zenith Bank gained N1.40 and 45k to close at N69.90 and N21.70 per share respectively. On the other hand, Total topped the losers’ chart by

N2.38 to close at N170 per share. Lafarge Wapco trailed by N2 to close at N106, while Nigerian Breweries lost N1.85 to close at N149 per share. UBN depreciated by 35k to close at N10, while Cement Company of Northern Nigeria declined by 27k to close at N9.21 per share. The volume of shares traded increased by 6.66 per cent due to an exchange of 274.05 million shares worth N3.99 billion transacted in 4,407 deals. This was in contrast to the 256.93 million shares valued at N3.72 billion traded in 4,181 deals on Thursday. Access Bank emerged the most traded stock, accounting for 58.39 million shares worth N446.15 million. It was followed by Transcorp, which exchanged 40.89 million shares valued at N149.27 while FBN Holdings traded 21.83 million shares worth N269.11 million. Fidelity Bank sold 19.78 million shares valued at N42.77 million and Sterling Bank transacted 16.23 million shares worth N42.62 million.


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Once upon a time The Gecko

The 30 Gold Coins Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor. One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house and told him how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man. As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty gold coins, when she arrived home, she told her father what she had found. The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed then to him. After counting the gold coins the man said that ten of them was missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him. But the girl’s father refused. The man left the gold coins and went

to the court and informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl’s father. The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived asked the girl how many gold coins she found. She replied thirty gold coins. The Judge asked the selfish man how many gold coins did he lose and he answered forty gold coins. The judge then told the man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl. The judge told the man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send for him. It was then that the man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him. MORAL OF THE STORY: Never be greedy, honesty pays.

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The gecko is a species of lizard that is found in the more temperate and tropical regions of the world. Out of the 5,600 species of lizard on the planet, over 1,500 belong to the gecko called Gekkota. Geckos can vary greatly in length. The smallest (Jaragua sphaero) is tiny, just less than two centimeters in length. However, some species can grow up to 60 centimeters. The largest ever discovered, the Kawekaweau from New Zealand, is sadly now extinct. Most species of geckos are nocturnal. They have a lens in each iris that enlarges in darkness, making their eyes over 350 times more sensitive to light than that of humans. The name ‘gecko’ comes from the Indonesian Malay language – gekoq. Even in this language it is not a real word, but an imitation of the chirrups that the gecko makes when interacting with others of its species. You will not find a gecko in possession of eyelids. They have a transparent membrane instead. So that they can keep it clean you will see geckos lick their eyes. If they are defending themselves, most gecko species can lose their tails. The scientific name for this is autotomy, which is from the Greek for self amputation. Many people think the gecko loses its tail as that is the part most likely to be grabbed by a predator. While it may be the obvious target, the reality is that when the gecko sheds its tail, it continues to wriggle about. The tail can in many cases grow back. However, this replacement is made of cartilage and does not have any of the bone structure of the original. Most species of gecko have to have their tail pulled in order to shed it. However, a num-

ber of species, especially those who may be attacked by ants, are able to get rid of their tail at will. When a gecko sheds its tail, many will return later to see if it is still there. If it is then they will eat it. This is because the gecko uses part of its tail to store nutrients so that it can get through lean times when food is scarce. Unlike many species, the gecko thrives around humans. In warm regions of the world the arrival of gecko in to the home is greeted as a sign of good luck as they can help rid the house of unwelcome insects – they love a bit of mosquito for supper. Geckos have highly specialized toe pads. This enables them, much to the amazement of human onlookers, to climb vertical surfaces. They can even cross ceilings. Geckos also secrete a liquid from a special gland. The gland enables them to excrete and absorb liquid according to the surface that they are on at any given time. In this way the liquid allows for maximum adherence to that surface. Geckos come in a huge variety of patterns and colors. Some of them can change their color and others become lighter at night. Geckos are parthenogenic. So, say for example, a female gecko washes up on a gecko-free island she can reproduce without mating with a male. However, when this happens these geckos will have a lack of genetic diversity which could mean shorter life spans and greater threat from diseases. Geckos like to shed their skins – a lot. Most species will do it at regular intervals, especially when they are around good water supplies. The leopard gecko will shed every two to four weeks. However, the gecko will eat the skin it sheds for the nutrients it contains.


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A duck’s quack doesn’t echo anywhere, no one knows why A broken clock is right two times a day. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump! Just like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue is different. The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present in all the important meetings of the University of London. A colony of 500 bats can eat approximately 250,000 insects in an hour. One in Five adults believes that aliens are hiding in our planet disguised as humans. Scientists have tracked butterflies travelling over 3,000 miles. The silkworm consumes 86,000 times its own weight in 56 days. A Ten Gallon Hat will only hold 3/4 of a Gallon. Of all the words in the English language, the word “SET” has the most definitions.

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“The big bug bit the little beetle, but the little beetle bit the big bug back.” “Red lorry, yellow lorry.” If you want to buy, buy, if you don’t want to buy, bye bye!” “Zebras zig and zebras zag.”

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WHO INVENTED WHAT? Alberto Santos-Dumont produced Wristwatch It was in the nineteenth century that Patek Philippe invented the wrist watch. However, since men carried pocket watches at that time, it was considered something only a woman would wear, in general. At the time, it was considered a woman’s accessory. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that the Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont, who had difficulty checking the time while in his first aircraft (Dumont was working on the invention of the aeroplane), asked his friend Louis Cartier for a watch he could use more easily. Cartier gave him a leather-band wristwatch from which Dumont never separated. Being a popular figure in Paris, Cartier was soon able to sell these watches to other men. During the First World War, officers in all armies soon discovered that in battlefield a situation, quickly glancing at a watch on their wrist was far more convenient than fumbling in their jacket pockets for an old-fashioned pocket watch. As the scale of battles increased, artillery and infantry officers were required to synchronize watches in order to conduct attacks at precise moments, whilst artillery officers were in need of a large number of accurate timekeepers for range finding and gunnery. Army contrac-

tors began to issue reliable, cheap, mass-produced wristwatches which were ideal for these purposes. When the war ended, demobilized European and American officers were allowed to keep their wristwatches, helping to popularize the items amongst middleclass Western civilian culture.

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I have all the knowledge you have. But I am small as your fist that your hands can hold me. Who am I? Answer: I’m your brain! I am the biggest alphabet, as I contain the most water in the

world. Who am I? Answer: Alphabet ‘C’ I have 28 days in a month. Which month I am? Answer: All months in a year have 28 days and many have more than 28 days.

YOUNG FASHION Holiday Fashion

Hi kids, the holiday sea- of muftis than you school wear casually over the holson is almost here, so you uniforms. Here are ideas iday period. would be wearing more of some cloths you can

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2 killed in renewed Fulani attack in Benue •1 seriously injured HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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wo persons were yesterday killed and one other seriously macheted by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Tse-Orngu, Kula Gwer West local council of Benue State. This is despite peace initiatives by both the federal and Benue State governments to find a lasting solution to the prolonged Fulani versus Tiv crisis. It would be recalled that an agreement was signed recently by parties to the crisis which was anchored by a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) incharge of Operations, Sunday Mirror source disclosed that the deceased whose names were given as Aondoakaa Udikpev and Jonah Apete Iordye while

the survivor, Mr. Aondovihi Orba, whose survival still remains uncertain as he was at the time of filing this report in coma at an undisclosed hospital in the state. Speaking on the renewed attack, National President of Tyoshin Development Association, Dr. Sylvester Ugbegili, who is also a senior lecturer in the Department of History, Benue State University, BSU, said the hostility is pervading as Fulani’s are still killing natives indiscriminately even after peace initiative. “The incident which took place yesterday is one among other silent killings taking place at Gwer west area of the state and we are calling on appropriate authorities to send Fulani herdsmen in their midst. “This episode took place under the nostril of Federal

troop’s camp which is meant to keep surveillance and ensure peace yet the killings were not prevented by the detachment of the security men who were camped within and nothing was done to rescue the situation,” he said. Also corroborating Ugbegili’s views, secretary of the association, Engr. Joseph Mom, stated that for peace to reign, Fulani herdsmen should better be chased out from their locality since their presence now only constitutes nuisance value and consequently instils fear, adding “the herdsmen should better stay away from our farm lands”. He reiterated that for peace to reign in the disputed area, the herdsmen should permanently be relocated to an area restricted for them and also the government should look

into their land issuance. “If they think they have so much money, let them buy land and build ranches where their cows will be kept as the idea of grazing reserves is uncalled for in this contemporary era of uprisings wherever herdsmen visit,” he said. Meanwhile, Benue State Police Command Public Relation officer, Superintendent Daniel Ezeala, acknowledged that two people were killed by unknown persons, pledging that the command will do everything humanly possible to bring the perpetrators to justice. “Already the command has swung into investigation and we shall stop at nothing until those who committed this heinous act are fished out and subsequently face prosecution and eventual conviction,” he said.

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Is there a conspiracy against Nigeria? CONTINUED FROM 49 hen the US recently announced the freezing of $458 million new funds looted by Sani Abacha and his accomplices, I argued that the interests of the Nigerian people are best served through new policies that would ensure that resources actually go into the development process. “The place to begin is to help identify, while they live, those who have looted blind the poor people of Nigeria, and to freeze their assets, and deny them travel visas and opportunities,” I said in a published comment. The US claims to be interested in whether Africa lives or dies, but it is yet lift a finger to expose African thieves who are openly hiding their fortunes and families in the country, notably in the Washington DC and Maryland areas. Let me go back to the Millennium Declaration which the US and the UK championed in 2000, and in which heads of State and Government focused on the demands of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. “We recognize…we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity

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at the global level,” they said. “As leaders we have a duty therefore to all the world’s people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to whom the future belongs.” They identified certain fundamental values to be essential to international relations in the 21stcentury, including freedom: “Men and women have the right to live their lives and raise their children in dignity, free from hunger and from the fear of violence, oppression or injustice.” Specifically, the world leaders pledged “to support the consolidation of democracy in Africa and assist Africans in their struggle for lasting peace, poverty eradication and sustainable development, thereby bringing Africa into the mainstream of the world economy.” Fifteen years on, these appear to be simply politically-correct words. Now, imagine if millions of hungry, unemployed, and disillusioned citizens were to empty into the streets of states where a couple of looters are richer than the entire commonwealth, and across borders into States of fragile territorial integrity… *Olumhense is a journalist and social analyst.

Excitement as Ibadan monarch turns 100 tomorrow

Osita Chidoka, Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria (left) and Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, at the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone, over the weekend.

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overnor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has pledged not to personally be involved in the selection process of the new Emir of Agaie, saying he would stand by the decision of the Kingmakers. It would be recalled that the immediate past Emir, Mohammadu Kudu Abubakar III, aged 57, died late last month in an Abuja Hospital, after battling with a Kidney related disease for almost two years.

Hence, after his passage, the search for a credible candidate from among those seeking to occupy the seat that is currently vacant is very high. Aliyu, who stated this in Kontagora at a turbaning ceremony, used the opportunity to advise the people of the emirate to choose wisely a credible successor to be their next Emir that would continue with the good work the late royal father started. “While we await the decision of the kingmakers, I will like to call on the people to choose wisely because

what the people need is a leader that will encourage development”, he insisted. The governor also argued that peaceful co-existence through the provision of security would advance the collective aspirations of the people, while calling on the people of the senatorial district, where the governorship seat had been zoned to work collective for the success of the election by shunning ethno-religious politics and present a credible candidate. He then urged the celebrants to be good ambassadors of the people, adding

that security issue must be given top priority in their agenda at all times. Speaking, the Sarkin Sudan Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, called on those turbaned as well as elites of the Kontagora emirate to work together towards peaceful election devoid of ethno-tribal sentiments. Those turbaned are Alhaji Mu,’Azu Mohammed Bawa (Sarkin Yakin Kontagora), Alhaji Ibrahim Wali (Garkuwan Kontagora), Dr. Joshua Nuhu Bawa (Kauran Kontagora) as well as Hon. Sa,’adatu Kolo (Sagin Nupe Kontagora).

CONTINUED FROM 52 ne other challenge that Oba Odulana has fought till today is his opposition to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, assuming the position of Permanent Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs. Indeed with the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade, the Olubadan has continued to insist on the rotation of the Chairmanship position such that any government in the state that does not agree with this position is certain not to get the support of the monarch. For instance, it was only towards the end of his tenure when he signed into law a bill that made the position rotational that Oba Odulana could be said to have supported the administration of Otunba Alao-Akala.

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And to play safe, the present administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has stopped the meeting of the Council of Obas on the stand that there is a case concerning the issue in court. For a monarch who has served and continued to serve his people, it will be an understatement that the largest city South of the Sahara will roll out the drum to celebrate his centenary anniversary. Indeed right now, the ‘Ibadan House’, is wearing a new look in anticipation of the anniversary while the epoch-making event is expected to be graced by the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan; the Senate President, Senator David Mark; the Nobel Laurette, Prof. Wole Soyinka, and other distinguished personalities from all walks of life.


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2015: Tension as Obanikoro leads Jonathan’s onslaught in South-West OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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arely ten months from the February 2015 general election, tension is gradually building up in the South West as the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have commenced plots to recover the zone from the All Progressives Congress, APC. Part of the plots according to sources available to Sunday Mirror is through coercive approach using the services of the military and the police to intimidate the opposition into submission. Few weeks ago, President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed the appointment of Senator Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro and Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan as Minister of State for Defense and Minister of Police Affairs respectively. These ministers according to the source have been

charged to lead Mr. President’s campaign in the South West deploying the instrument of state at their disposal with clear instruction to deliver the zone for President Jonathan. “The instruction was for the demystification of the powers that be in the South West and particularly in Lagos State, which is the stronghold of the APC. The ministers were also asked to use the Ondo bye election as the take off point and to ensure that the PDP makes a strong in road in the zone,” says the source who is a former minister from the South West. In a bid to kick-start the presidential assignment, Senator Obanikoro, who until recently, Nigerian High Commissioner in Ghana, a few days ago, surfaced in Ondo State at the Ilaje/Ese-Odo federal constituency bye-election that took place last on Saturday in Ondo State. The election

was seen as a crucial one for Jonathan’s 2015 project. The House of Representatives seat became vacant after Hon. Raphael Nomiye, a member of the Labour Party, died in November last year. Obanikoro had arrived the state in company of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman Amnesty Committee, Kingsley Kuku, who is from the federal constituency. Upon arrival, he told journalists that they laid ambush for him that he was in town to ensure that the PDP wins the election. “This election is not just a bye election, a representative at the national level is a serious position and don’t forget that the general election is less than a year away, so any election that comes now we have to take it serious because there is need to ensure that the President comes back

for the continuation of the transformation agenda of Mr. President,” he said. Not only did Obanikoro campaign for the PDP outside his state, he was said to have stationed some of his soldiers at the collation center at Igbokoda, the headquarters of the federal constituency to scare away opponents of the PDP. This is more so that tension is brewing in the riverine area of Ondo State ahead of the supplementary election on a date yet to be announced. The scenario is not different in both Ekiti and Osun states. The rift between the minister and Lagos state Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola ahead of the general election has only intensified with the recent outburst by the governor who said the soldiers have been drafted to a parcel of land on Lagos Island “on the pretext that the land belongs to the federal government”.

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World Bank to fight ecological threats in Imo CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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erious ecological problems threatening some parts of Imo State has attracted the attention of World Bank as efforts are now being intensified to fight against the menace in the state. The areas which had over the years experienced ecological threats include Nekede in Owerri West Local Government Area, Urualla, Iheoma and Eziala Obizi in Ezinihitte Mbaise, Amakohia, Owerri West LGA. Many lives including properties worth millions of naira had been lost to flood in these communities. In some instances, the victims had also abandoned their houses to relocate to other safety environment. Only last week, a torrential rain sent many residents in the state packing as residents of the Amakohia Uratta autonomous Community in the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State were thrown into wailing and lamentation following a heavy down pour that destroyed both commercial and residential buildings and properties estimated at several millions of Naira. The urbanized settlement which plays host

to thousands of civil and public servants in the state, had been neglected over the years with most of the channels blocked. Angered by the incident following government’s insensitivity to their lingering predicament, the aggrieved residents trooped out enmasse and blocked the major roads leading to the Owerri capital city. However, Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration in its bid to prove to the people of the state that it was not going to rest on its oars unless it gets a panacea to environmental degradation troubling the state and its environs has gone ahead to seek for the collaboration of the World Bank, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to tackle the problem. Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere while receiving the delegation from Nigerian Erosion Water Shade Management Project in his office last Monday, disclosed that the state government has concluded arrangement for the release of N300 million as counterpart fund as its own obligation to enable the body tackle erosion problems in the state especially in the present season.

Obi deserves more than ethnic award –Fayemi

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Delta community protests govt marginalisation, neglect AMOUR UDEMUDE ASABA

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ndigenes of Igbodo community, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State weekend staged a peaceful protest against the state government over what they described as wickedness and marginalization of the community. According to the placard carrying protesters, it’s so annoying and disappointing that some few government projects managed to be sited in the community were recklessly abandonment

despite the fact that Igbodo remained the food basket of the nation as it has the capacity to feed the entire Nigeria and lamented that the community has become a dumping ground for uncompleted and/or abandoned government projects. Speaking on behalf of the community, Chief Gilbert Nwajei, Ozo/Ojifulueze, listed the abandoned projects to include the Obi palace road, the old LagosAsaba expressway, flood channelization project, community hospital project, town hall project and

several borehole projects. “There are numerous projects in this town where politicians would deceive us during elections and after then it is never done. When it is done, it is done haphazardly and abandoned; the most pressing need of the community is the rehabilitation of the Igbodo market that has become dilapidated after over 40 years that it was constructed. “All the dilapidated buildings that you see here were built by us and handed-over to the local

government to administer, they could not maintain it, hence the buildings are falling down and covered with bushes yet they come here every market day to collect revenue. Maybe for political reasons because there are places where they build stalls and nobody is occupying them but here where you have people occupying them, they neglected us. That is why we are crying out again. We are appealing that they should come and build this market.” Nwajei stated.

overnor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disagreed with Champion newspapers over the award of the “Outstanding Igbo Personality of the Decade” on former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, at a colorful ceremony at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos. Champion newspapers had earlier justified the award based and what they called Governor Peter Obi’s outstanding performance in office, his commitment to the progress and development of Nigeria and the possession, by him, of the core qualities of humility, handwork and honesty that make for good and egalitarian society. They also pointed at his resilience in following the paths of honour that made him to become the first Governor to come in through the courts and

came back from impeachment, among other notables deeds of his. However, Fayemi, who was also honoured as the “2013 Governor of the Year”, disagreed with the newspaper and insisted that the totality of what Obi did in Nigeria and his transformation of his state, qualifies him to be named an outstanding Nigerian and not be cocooned among the Igbos alone. He pointed out that Obi should actually be counted among the fathers of democracy in Nigeria. Chief host of the event and Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who agreed with the Governor of Ekiti State said Gov. Obi was ripe for any honour and award given his giant strides and landmark achievements while he was the Governor of Anambra State.


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Arsenal’s Mertesacker (on ground) scoring the equaliser against Wigan yesterday with a close-range header, thereby forcing their FA Cup semi-final tie to extra time.

Arsenal dethrones Wigan, romp into English FA Cup final ANDREW EKEJIUBA WITH AGENCY REPORT

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rsenal beat FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties to win their FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium yesterday after they fought to a 1-1 draw after extra time. Santi Cazorla scored the de-

cisive spot kick to put Arsenal into the FA Cup final for the first time since 2005, while Wigan’s dream of retaining the trophy ended after Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison had their penalties saved by Lukasz Fabianski. Wigan took the lead after 63 minutes when Jordi Gomez scored from the spot, needing

nerves of steel to score his penalty as he had to wait for three minutes while Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal received treatment. When he finally did step up Gomez planted his left-foot shot wide of Fabianski who dived the right way but could not reach it. Per Mertesacker had conceded the penalty with a lunging foul

on Callum McMananam to leave Arsenal staring at another season without any silverware. Arsenal equalised after a period of sustained pressure in the 82nd minute which saw Bacary Sagna hit the post, Scott Carson save brilliantly from a Kieran Gibbs header and then Stephen Crainey clearing off the line.

Mertesacker made up for conceding the penalty by beating the offside trap to power header home a glancing header from close range to bring the scores to 1-1 apiece. With the victory, Arsenal will now face the winners of today’s semifinal cracker between Hull City and Sheffield United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 17.

Pillar of Sports vows to revive Karate ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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purred by the large turn-out and enthusiasm showed at the just concluded National Karate Championship in Ilorin, which was tagged “President’s Cup”, the President of Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike has reiterated his determination to revive the sport in the country. Ejidike who also doubles as the Pillar of Sports in Nigeria, told Sunday Mirror that his entry into the country’s sporting

industry has afforded him the opportunity to discover some of the problems militating against sports development in Nigeria and proffer necessary solutions. He however applauded Delta State, Lagos State and Cross Rivers State on their brilliant performances at the Ilorin championship and called on more states to emulate them. Ejidike who commended officials and participants declared that no fewer than three of such national championships will be held this year, as he revealed that Nnewi, his home town, will

host the next championship scheduled for July this year. The Nigeria Pillar of Sports who solely sponsored the national championship urged other philanthropists in the country to stage similar championship as a way of meaningfully engaging the youths. “As a father of sports in Nigeria, I will continue to lead in the campaign and encourage other philanthropists in the business sector to come forward and sponsor sports. My message is that corporate organisations and government should not restrict sponsorship to

the game of football alone, but to other sports. By that, other sports will become more popular like football,” Ejidike affirmed. He stressed that Nigeria has a large percentage of youths who must be meaningfully engaged as a way of bringing out the best in them and incorporate the spirit of patriotism. “Sport is a veritable tool to make the youths shun crime which is inimical to the growth and development of our dear nation, Nigeria. Both the government and the private sector should come together in this perspective if we must build

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a virile nation,” Ejidike noted. He finally called on government to encourage those who commit their resources on sports promotion and development.


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he national executive of Bash Ali Fan Club of Nigeria (BAFCON) is planning to pay a courtesy visit to President Goodluck Jonathan in appreciation of his support for the Guinness Book of World Records (GWR) fight between champion, Bash Ali (OON) and American Rick Camlin coming up in Nigeria later in the year. The fight between Ali, the World Boxing Federation’s cruiserweight champion and Camlin, the International Boxing Union (IBU) champion, would be a unification fight, tagged “The African Pride”. President of the fan club, Mr. Dickson Ayorinde Oshin told our correspondent that members of the club spread across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are glad with the support Mr. President gave the fight through the setting up of a

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Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the epic fight with former Sports Minister, Bala Ka’Oje, as chairman. “BAFCON with over 100,000 members spread across the country are very happy that we have a sports loving President who has shown great interest in boxing. We believe that staging this fight in Nigeria will be an avenue to boost the country’s economy; at least Nigeria will be expecting a minimum of $500m on the Pay per View (PPV),” Dickson said. Dickson while commending Mr. President for recognizing sports as an important tool for empowering Nigerian youths congratulated the new Sports Minister, Tamuno Danagogo over his appointment, adding that the Minister’s support for Bash Ali will go a long way in the actualisation of the dream.

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usa Amadu has identified Nigeria’s World Cup opener against Iran as a crucial game that will go a long way to deciding how well the Super Eagles will fare at the tournament. In a chat with journalists earlier in the week, the NFF general-secretary stated that winning the opening game against Iran, who many see as the weakest team in Group F, will put Nigeria in pole position to advance to the next round. He further identified Stephen Keshi’s tactical capability as an advantage that will count in favour of the African champions in the competition. “If we go there and beat Iran, we will qualify and go as far as we can go. Let us work together and I believe we

have a very competent technical crew. I don’t have any doubt about it,” Amadu said. “Keshi has played at the highest level and has seen it all. I am quite confident that we have sufficient materials both from the technical crew and the players to do the nation proud.” Meanwhile, Amadu has revealed that the NFF are doing their homework on the Super Eagles’ group opponents at this summer’s World Cup. He said they are already monitoring the progress of players belonging to their Group F rivals. “A lot of work is going on with regards to doing espionage on BosniaHerzegovina, Iran and Argentina,” Amadu said. “It is not like anybody is sleeping, whether from the technical crew or from the Nigeria Football Federation. Everything is being done to monitor players of Nigeria, players of Bosnia, Iran and Argentina. “We are watching and monitoring the players of all the other countries whether they are playing, those that are injured, those that are hot like Edin Dzeko and those that are not doing very well.”

Danagogo tasks private sector on sports development Bash Ali (3rd left) with members of BAFCON at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

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s her April 25 world title fight approaches, Ghanaian-based Nigerian boxer, Helen Joseph (122-1,7 Kos) has assured Nigerians that she has what it takes to defeat her opponent and be crowned the new IBF women featherweight champion. Joseph will on April 25 at the Accra Sports Centre face United States of America-based Puerto Rican Melissa Hernandez (19-

5-3,6 Kos) who was a last minute replacement for the former champion, Dahianna Santana of the Dominican Republic who vacated the title last month. She told our correspondent from her base in Ghana that she is fully prepared and only waiting for the fight date to be crowned the women champion with a warning to her opponent that she will be retired on the fight day.

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BF light heavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins says he will not consider retirement until he has unified the lightweight division. Hopkins, 49 who will face WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 with the winner taking on the WBC title holder, Adonis Stevenson in a title unification bout stated that what he only think now is unifying the

titles and not retirement. “I want to make history by not only competing but winning at the age of 49 and one of my plans is to unify the titles before considering retirement. “Anybody talking about my retirement is making a mistake because I believe boxers should unify titles in all weight categories for the good of the game,” he said.

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inister of Sports/Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Tamuna Danagogo has called on well meaning Nigerians, multi-national organisations and private companies to collaborate with NSC in the development of sports through the window of sports sponsorship. The Minister made the call in Abuja when a delegation from Globacom led by the Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Jameel paid him a courtesy visit. While lauding the giant steps Globacom has taken in the sponsorship of football in the country, he canvassed for support from other corporate bodies noting that the current trend worldwide was for private sector to collaborate with government to develop sports, as government cannot do it alone. According to him, sport offers a ready-made and flexible platform that can be adapted to a wide variety of objectives by companies seeking to develop successful corporate social responsibility. The Minister further urged multinational companies to continue in its

stride to take sports to the next level, pledging that the NSC will be evolving strategies that will promote a greater collaboration with the company. Earlier in his remarks, Jameel stated that Globacom had made football sponsorship their second business in Nigeria hence it will continue to be in the forefront in its sponsorship.

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Lagos SWAN Cup to unveil sponsor April 14 ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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he build up for the 2014 annual Lagos State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Cup competition will gather momentum, on Monday, April 14 as the organisers are set to unveil the new sponsor for the event scheduled to kick off on April 24 at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Lagos. Lagos SWAN Chairman, Fred Edoreh, told Sunday Mirror that they have concluded negotiations with the new sponsor who shall be unveiled at the ceremony which shall also feature the preliminary draws for the event. “We have concluded negotiations with a new sponsor whom we shall unveil on Monday in a ceremony at our secretariat. “Our new sponsor is a reputable sports business organisation which has shown tremendous capacity and commitment to sports development and provision of added value for sports fans and enthusiasts. So, we are extremely grateful for their disposition to associate with Lagos SWAN and support the event,” he said. The SWAN Cup is designed to promote healthy living and friendship among journalists in the sports desks of the various media houses and it is a major feature of the Lagos SWAN Week. The week shall also feature a seminar on “Sports journalism and nation building”, a topic which the SWAN chairman says “is most imperative at this point in the development of our nation.”

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igeria Deaf Football Federation (NDFF) has congratulated the Minister of Sports/ Chairman National Sports Commission, Tamuno Danagogo on his recent appointment and called on him to support the development of deaf sports in the country. According to the Federation’s chief coach, Kamiludeen Banjo, he noted that NDFF is looking forward to having a cordial working relationship with the new Sports Minister as a way of developing deaf sports in the country. He further noted that there is need for the minister to put modalities on ground for the full recognition of deaf sports, even as it lamented that after winning the West African Deaf

Football Championship for three consecutive times the team has not been given any official reception. He however appealed to the NSC to recognize the team’s exploits. While expressing confidence that special sports will have a new lease of life under the present minister, NDFF reminded the NSC that it will be defending the West African trophy this year in Togo from August 1-15 and solicited for the support of the commission to enable them participate in the championship. “All we are asking from the new minister is to encourage deaf athletes by compensating us for winning the West African Deaf Football tournament for three consecutive years and also provide financial assistance for the team as we prepare to defend the trophy this year,” Banjo said.


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NFF are unfair to me, Erico fumes Joe Erico is not a strange name in Nigerian football. Apart from playing the round leather game to the highest level, he also coached several club sides including the national team and winning many honours. In the era when many clubs adopted the kick-and-follow style of play, he chose to introduce the tip-tap Brazilian pattern known as Jogo Bonito. As a result he handled many clubs, such as Nigeria Airways, Julius Berger, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Plateau United and his former club NEPA FC with which he won the Challenge Cup in 1970 as a goalkeeper. Despite his exploits, the dark complexioned coach in this interview with ADEOLU JOHNSON lamented that the country has not been fair to him during his stint with the Super Eagles. Excerpts:

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an you tell us how you started playing football? I started playing football in Lagos Island where I grew up. I stayed at the Police Barracks near the Polo Ground in Ikoyi. After my primary school days I went to Birch Freeman High School where I completed my secondary school education. On leaving Birch Freeman, I played street football for some boys club before I eventually joined ECN which later transformed to NEPA in the late sixties. In those days our salaries were not fantastic, but we were satisfied playing for a big club like ECN. I started as a striker before becoming a goalkeeper under the tutelage of former Nigerian goalkeeper, Sam Ibiam. Casting your mind back to your playing days; can you tell us some of your team mates then in ECN? ECN Football Club as at that time was one of the biggest club sides in the country and it was the dream of many players to play for the team. Apart from the great players who laced their boots for the team, the club received great support from fans in those days. Having said this, when I joined the club, I was opportuned to play alongside so many great players like Tony Igwe, Peter Anieke, Sani Mohammed and others who were all invited to the Green Eagles almost the same time, particularly after winning the FA Cup in 1970 against Mighty Jets of Jos. This feat actually goes to show the dominance of the team in the 60’s and 70’s. You started as a striker before switching to goal keeping; what made you retire so early from playing active football? My joining ECN helped me a lot in improving my game, which contributed to my being invited to the national team which was known then as the Green Eagles. It was while playing for the national team that I sustained a fracture which subsequently affected my performance and led to my retirement from active football to become one of the youngest coaches then in the country. I believe that if not for the injury, I

would have played for many years, but I am happy that during my active years as a footballer, I contributed my quota to the upliftment of not only my club, ECN, but the national team. How would you describe your experience as a young coach, dishing out instructions to players who were older than you? The experience was marvelous because the players were respectful and eager to learn from their mistakes. When I became a coach, I handled such great clubs like NEPA, Julius Berger, Plateau United, Nigeria Airways, and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. I discovered many players that made the Flying Eagles squad and Green Eagles team then. I want to tell you that the present Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, was my player at ACB. Ladi Babalola who later captained the Flying Eagles was my player at Airways and Julius Berger and even Godwin Odiye’s younger brother who I cannot remember his name now and a host of others, all passed through me. It will also interest you to know that I won many laurels with Julius Berger and NEPA where I produced players like James Terna, Henry Onwuzulike, Ifeanyi Ekwueme and others who later played for the Super Eagles. When you were with the Super Eagles as assistant coach, you had a running battle with the then Technical Adviser, Joe Bonfrere. Can you tell us what led to the face off ? My problem with him was because he was always afraid of me knowing full well that I know my onions. Right from the first time I was appointed as one of his assistants, he did not want to see me. He will keep on saying that I am an half cast because of my K-leg, but unfortunately for him, he did not know I sustained the injury while playing for my country. But Shuaibu Amodu knowing my worth stood by me and we eventually went on to qualify Nigeria for the 2002 FIFA Japan/ Korea World Cup which we were denied of attending. I feel it was a very big injustice to us. We achieved that feat after the same

Erico

MY GREATEST REGRET IS THAT UP TILL THIS TIME, I AM STILL BEING OWED SEVERAL MILLIONS OF NAIRA IN

I LEFT THE TEAM AFTER THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS IN 2002 IN MALI. I HAVE MADE SEVERAL EFFORTS AND MET OFFICIALS OF THE NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION OVER MATCH ALLOWANCES AND SALARIES SINCE

THE ISSUE WITHOUT SUCCESS AND IT GOT TO A STAGE

I BECAME FRUSTRATED AND STOPPED GOING TO THEM. TO BE SINCERE WITH YOU, I HAVE MADE UP MY MIND NOT TO TALK ABOUT NIGERIAN FOOTBALL BECAUSE IT MAKES ME SICK.

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Bonfrere failed to get it right, but unfortunately for reasons best known to NFF, they brought in Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and he failed to deliver at the World Cup. Do you have any regrets handling the Super Eagles as an assistant coach? My greatest regret is that up till this time, I am still being owed several millions of naira in match allowances and salaries since I left the team after the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002 in Mali. I have made several efforts and met offi-

cials of the Nigeria Football Federation over the issue without success and it got to a stage where I became frustrated and stopped going to them. To be sincere with you, I have made up my mind not to talk about Nigerian football because it makes me sick. I do not want to remember the way we were treated prior to the 2002 World Cup. They failed to realise that myself, Amodu and Keshi started handling the national team since 1995 when we went for the Confederations Cup in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and yet they treated us the way they did.


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PREMIERSHIP TABLE Team

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1 Liverpool

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50

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2 Chelsea

33

41

72

3 Man City

31

55

70

4 Everton

33

22

66

5 Arsenal

33

16

64

6 Tottenham

34

0

60

7 Man Utd

33

18

57

8 Southampton

34

5

48

9 Newcastle

34

-14

46

10 StokeCity

34

-10

43

11 West Ham

33

-7

37

12 Crystal Palace

33

-15

37

13 Hull City

33

-6

36

14 Aston Villa

33

-14

34

15 Swansea

33

-4

33

16 West Brom

33

-11

33

17 Norwich

34

-27

32

18 Fulham

34

-40

30

19 Cardiff City

34

-34

29

20 Sunderland

32

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Suarez, Sturridge must be stopped, says Pellegrini

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anchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says the whole team will be responsible for stopping Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in today’s Premier League showdown. The two teams have scored an incredible 174 goals between them in the league this season; Liverpool 90 and City 84. Asked if he was worried about the Reds strikers, Pellegrini said that Liverpool will be just as concerned about his potential pairing of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. “It’s exactly the concern Liverpool will have against our team, if they want to be an attacking team,” he said. “But I think we’ve done very well; defensively, Southampton didn’t have many chances to score. There is a team with 11 players and the 11 players must know how to defend and the 11 players must know how to attack. “Of course if you defend with 10 players near your box, you are not going to have space for the other team. But the most important thing about these two teams is they play attractive, offensive football. Both teams are very close for this. “Both teams have scored a lot of goals during the season but if we are with Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the table, it is because we also know how to defend.” In attack, City could be boosted by the return of top scorer Aguero after five games out with a hamstring injury. Aguero has scored 26 goals this term but none since January and Pellegrini accepts he may not be as sharp as he usually is.

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arseille interim coach Jose Anigo claimed his team rediscovered the fun in football during their 3-2 victory at Montpellier on Friday. Anigo’s side were reeled in twice by their hosts at the Stade de la Mosson but eventually secured three points in the 89th minute when Dimitri Payet’s shot was deflected over Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren and into the net. Marseille have been jeered by their fans over the past month due to poor results but Friday’s win was their second in a row in Ligue 1 and kept Anigo’s team in the hunt for European football next season. “Lately, it has been quite bumpy, I am happy to have won, not against my friend (Montpellier coach) Rolland Courbis but for the players,” Anigo said. Marseille stayed sixth after the win but moved level on points and goal difference with fifth-placed Lyon, while Anigo’s men reduced their gap to fourthplaced Saint-Etienne to just four points. Last week, Marseille supporters broke into the club’s training centre and defaced buildings with demands that Anigo and President Vincent Labrune quit.

ordan Henderson is confident Liverpool’s youth will match the experience of Manchester City when the teams clash at Anfield today. The match is being dubbed as ‘the title decider’ and Henderson feels the Reds are ready to take three points on their own turf. The midfielder said: “They have some very good players. Yaya Toure is one of them, but they have other great players in other areas so everyone needs to make sure they are ready and I am sure we will be and right up for it. “We have some good players ourselves and if everyone performs to the best of their ability we will have a good chance. “We have a lot of young lads in the team with a lot of energy and great work-rate, so I think that has really showed, pressing high up the pitch. “Steven Gerrard has been fantastic in the deeper role, expressing his passing, and that has been a major point for us. “We are full of confidence at the minute and we are playing some great stuff and working really well for each other. “We have to keep doing what we have done all season. We have been really high on confidence and flying all season, so hopefully we will keep that going and give everything for the game. “It is a big game but at the same time we have five big games left. “It is a very important game, it is a massive one, but we have to treat it as another game. “The fans have always been brilliant but I am sure it will be bouncing again today and they give us a little advantage.”

iego Simeone has urged Atletico Madrid to re-focus on La Liga after the euphoria of their UEFA Champions League win over Barcelona. Atletico reached their first semi-final of the continent’s premier club competition since 1973-74 with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Barcelona at a raucous Vicente Calderon on Wednesday, with Koke’s early volley proving enough to earn a 2-1 aggregate success. Simeone’s side, who will face Chelsea in the Champions League last four later this month, remain on course for a remarkable double, as they sit a point clear of Barca and three ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with six games left. Their next domestic assignment comes in the form of a trip to relegation-threatened neighbours Getafe today.

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Ramires dreams of Euro magic

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helsea midfielder Ramires is anticipating two fiercely-contested encounters when they take on Atletico Madrid for a place in the Champions League final. Friday’s draw saw Jose Mourinho’s side handed a semi-final showdown with the current La Liga leaders, who caused a Champions League upset by knocking out

compatriots Barcelona. Chelsea started the week as outsiders having lost their first leg 3-1 to Paris SaintGermain, but the Blues overturned that deficit at Stamford Bridge to clinch a place in the last four of Europe’s elite competition. Ramires believes there is little to choose between the teams ahead of the semi-finals

EURO BRIEFS

City is not afraid of Anfield –Kompany anchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has declared his team does not fear AnM field ahead of their crucial clash with Liverpool Kompany

today. The match between Liverpool and City could go a long way to deciding the 2013-14 Premier League title, with Kompany’s men currently trailing the leaders by four points with two games in hand.

Coutinho dreams of EPL title hilippe Coutinho is confident P Liverpool will move a step closer to Premier League glory

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and acknowledged both will enter the final four buoyed by their recent success. “It’s impossible to forget the goal I scored against Barcelona, it really marked my life, but now it’s the moment to try to build a beautiful new story. “This is the time when everyone respects each other and nobody wants to choose an opponent,” he said.

with victory over Manchester City today. League-leading Liverpool and City go head-to-head at Anfield with four points separating the two teams, though Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played two games less.

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Diouf set for summer switch

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annover chairman Martin Kind admits that striker Mame Biram Diouf will be a wanted man after turning down a new deal with the club. The former Manchester United man has excelled since moving to the Bundesliga, and has notched eight goals in what has been injury-hampered campaign.


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t the disclosure, early last week, by the Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy on account of some geometric upping of the country’s Gross Domestic Product—GDP—arising from a rebased computation of sectors not factored in since 1990, many unemployed, under-employed, employed but poorly paid, and totally dislocated citizens went livid with anger, describing the rebasing exercise as the most outrageous, scandalous, patronizing statement ever pronounced on a prostrate economy. My concern here is not that the rebasing exercise is a fraudulent manipulation of figures to put the country where it does not belong or that those crying foul in the disclosure that Nigeria now occupies a lofty position in the world ranking of economies are entirely misguided. My concern is that state actors like the Finance Minister should not be the ones to make such a disclosure in an economy virtually prostrate in terms of human development index, per capita income, quality and standard of living, a country rated recently by UNDP as hosting a population of about 98 per cent living below 1 US dollar per day.

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mt (metric tons) Total 19,416,043 amount of refined petroleum shipment handled by the Nigeria ports Authority for the year 2013.

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A disclosure of this sort, in an economic society where people are jobless and displaced, hungry and angry, is tantamount to announcing publicly, openly, in a funeral gathering, that “people must die, anyway”. Pronouncements like that do not help people. They make people sad and bitter. While it speaks the truth, it annoys people who are disempowered and disenfranchised from the election to live comfortably, happily. As the country is positioning as a global powerhouse and as it is being thus recognized by the world, state actors should be busy rapidly developing road, rail and power infrastructure as well as creating jobs to absorb the teeming active population; growing the real sector such as agriculture and agro-allied industries to connect the abstract growth statistics with real living; not basking in the euphoria of figures that celebrate potentialities over actualities—figures completely at variance with concrete human experience. In the telecoms industry—one of the sectors factored in for the rebasing exercise—, for instance, how much have the regulators done to take effective control of that sector of the nation’s economy? I challenge the Finance Minister who doubles as the Coordinating Minister of the Economy to investigate the activities of the Indians and the Lebanese in Airtel, MTN, Globacom, Etisalat, et cetera to determine first, the employment policy and working conditions of Nigerians in the last five years; second, the ripping off of telecoms subscribers, and how the complicit National Communications Commission—NCC—regulators impose and collect fines from the op-

erators without compensating the exploited and defrauded GSM end users. As the telecoms service providers declare huge profits annually, the labour base is viciously debased, as young Nigerians who got employed in the last five years or thereabouts work in conditions that are best described as slave labour—poor, exploitative pay, long working hours, absence of job security, et cetera. On good authority, graduates are paid about N50, 000 monthly salaries as casual employees and are subjected to inhuman conditions without compensation. The four telecoms companies mentioned above are not the only ones debasing their Nigerian employees. Chineseowned firms and even some organizations owned by Nigerians are also involved in the rapacious exploitation of young Nigerians. What are the state actors doing to arrest the trend and make Nigerians working in those organizations feel like human beings in their own country? One way to rebase the economy properly is to frontally address this question and resolve it permanently. Another way to reinvigorate a putatively rebased economy is to pay attention to the issue of job creation. Millions of people in the active population between age 15 and 30 are unemployed. Job creation by public and private sector corporations and small scale entrepreneurs are severely hamstrung by humongous infrastructure challenges, especially in the area of electric power, road and rail infrastructure and urban housing. A paying of attention to these areas in concrete ways will connect the economy to real living. An urgent way to recapture the essence

EPL: Everton down Sunderland, moves into fourth spot

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verton moved into the Premier League’s top four after Wes Brown’s own goal gifted them a seventh straight win and left Sunderland bottom of the table. A spirited Black Cats display was undone with 15 minutes to go when Brown diverted Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net while trying to clear. Sunderland’s best chance came when Fabio Borini’s shot was cleared by John Stones with Tim Howard beaten. Gus Poyet’s side remain seven points adrift of safety, with six games to go. The Black Cats boss said this week that his side needs a “miracle” to stay up and this defeat, along

with wins for the two teams immediately above them - Fulham and Cardiff - will only make that harder to achieve. Brown’s own goal was a cruel way for Sunderland to

be denied a point but that will not matter to in-form Everton, who occupy a Champions League place for the first time since the start of January. If last week’s win over

their nearest rivals Arsenal was an example of Everton at their free-flowing attacking best, this was a reminder that Roberto Martinez’s men can scrap for points, too.

of a rebased economy is the introduction of social legislation to award unemployment benefit to able-bodied citizens who are not gainfully employed or who are displaced through no fault of their own. With all the posturing of the political parties in Nigeria, none has come up with a proposal for social legislation on unemployment benefit to task state actors to work for public welfare and thus reduce despondency, despair, and the ever-present tendency of idle hands to resort to criminality. As we speak, unemployment benefits bill has headed for the United States House early last week to re-introduce the expired law that supports unemployed people in that country, prompting the Speaker of the American legislative House, Mr. John Boehner, to zoom into action. Why is it that the Finance Minister cannot sponsor executive bill, after due consultation with President Goodluck Jonathan, proposing unemployment benefits for jobless Nigerians, until such a time that they are provided with gainful employment? Alternatively, why couldn’t members of the National Assembly, especially the opposition members of the legislature push a bill through for welfare package for unemployed and displaced Nigerians? Those are the ways to begin to properly align a promising economy with human development index, with per capita income, with real human living; not just disclosing and celebrating statistics that mean practically nothing to both working people who cannot afford decent living or the hungry unemployed and displaced Nigerians sadly in the overwhelming majority.

PREMIERSHIP RESULTS

Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Aston Villa Fulham 1 – 0 Norwich City Southampton 0 – 1 Cardiff City Stoke City 1 - 0 Newcastle Sunderland 0 – 1 Everton

West Brom 3 – 3 Tottenham Today’s Matches Liverpool v Manchester City 13:37 Swansea City v Chelsea 16:07 ENGLISH FA CUP SEMI-FINAL RESULT

Wigan 2-4 Arsenal Today’s FA Cup Semi-Finalw Match Hull City v Sheffield Utd 16:07

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