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–Queen Ure Ure Okezie was in banking for about a decade before delving into the Lord’s vineyard. She is fondly known as Queen Ure. She’s involved in a controversial affair with Soul-E, a reggae artiste now turned gospel musician. She speaks about her lifestyle, club and many others.

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Chelsie Edogun is a fashionista extraordinaire. She is one of the hottest babes in the Nigerian movie industry. If you’ve seen the movie, entitled ‘Before Christmas’ she featured in recently, you would agree that Chelsie is an actress who doesn’t give a damn so long as she interprets her roles well. This diva tells more about herself, including her growing up, not concealing any.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar yesterday dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC. He stressed that he would ensure that the opposition party won the 2015 general election. Atiku, who was the vicepresident in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration between 1999 and 2007, said that he left PDP because the leadership of the party had failed to deliver on its promises of inclusiveness, internal

democracy, end to impunity, adherence to the rule of law and respect for the dignity of members and Nigerians. He said that it was for the above reasons, he along with other leaders of the party, including the G7 governors staged a walk-out during the party’s special convention last year in Abuja. “Most of the issues that led to that walk-out are yet to be addressed. Many founding members of the PDP, I included, continue to be marginalised and excluded from the affairs of the party

2015: We will make Nigeria ungovernable –Militants The leader of the outlawed Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Mujaheeden AsariDokubo, has reiterated that his kinsmen in the oil-rich belt would foment trouble if President Goodluck Jonathan failed to secure a second term ticket in the 2015 presidential election AsariDokubo, in an interview with National Mirror, insisted that the people of the Niger Delta would make the country ungovernable if President Jonathan was not re-elected. He also advised northerners not to seek election into the presidency on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the main opposition

political group, the All Progressives Congress, APC. The militants’ leader, however, asked the APC to field a presidential candidate from the South-South to challenge Jonathan in the election. Asari-Dokubo said the people of the Niger Delta would not accept defeat of Jonathan in a free and fair contest, adding that the President must be allowed to rule for eight years. He said: “If it is war the North wants, we are ready for them because Jonathan must complete the mandatory constitutionally allowable two terms of eight years. “At home, we have regrouped and we have put our people at alert.

IG redeploys Rivers CP, Mbu, 22 others The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday transferred the controversial Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, to the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the force. Abubakar, has however described Mbu’s redeployment as a normal routine in the force

and was not based on any partisan consideration. Twelve other commissioners of police were also redeployed in various commands based on the recommendations of the IG. Mbu has now been replaced by the former Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit SFU, Johnson Ogunsakin.

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had last year written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing NNPC of failure to account for $49.8bn accruing from unremitted amount from the sale of crude oil. This prompted the President to direct all the stakeholders to have a joint meeting to reconcile the amount in question. At the end of the exercise, it was agreed by the parties, which included the Finance Ministry, CBN, NNPC, the Budget Office, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Directorate of Petroleum Resources DPR, and Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, that the outstanding amount was $10.8bn.

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Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, has alleged that the outstanding unremitted amount due to the federation account from the sale of crude oil by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is $20bn and not $10.8bn. Sanusi stated this at the resumed public investigation on the alleged unremitted $49.8bn crude oil revenue yesterday by the Senate Committee on Finance at the National Assembly. Sanusi alleged that out of the $67bn crude oil sold by the NNPC, only $47bn had been receipted by the CBN, leaving a balance of $20bn. Sanusi

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He also noted the dangers of increased extra-budgetary spending and the impunity with which agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, spent public funds and serial breaches of budget implementation rules by civil servants. Saraki, in a critical appraisal of the budget posted on his website, expressed regret that the budget process had become a mere procedural ritual designed to fulfil a legal condition rather than a scrutiny on efficient resource allocation and use for the welfare of the people.

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bukola Saraki, has faulted several aspects of the 2014 Appropriation Bill, saying that the document failed to give priority to critical sectors and a blueprint for fiscal recklessness and leakages in government expenditure. Of particular concern is the misplacement of prorities demonstrated in the allocation of N54bn to Niger Delta Militants under the Presidential Amnesty Programme while the Military and Police got just N46bn in capital allocations.

$20bn oil revenue still missing –Sanusi

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Obadina: Still a befuddling murder The gruesome murder, last week of Toyin Obadina, Deputy Editor of Saturday Newswatch newspaper has again brought to the fore, the heart-rending reality of a long list of unresolved murder cases for which journalists are the victims. Obadina, father of three children, none of whom is yet an adult, was shot while returning from work, for reasons best known to his killers. In this appraisal, Tayo Adeleja observes that the Nigerian journalist is an endangered species

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igeria is not a safe place for journalists to work and ranks only 145th out of the 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index,” Jean-Francois Julliard, the Secretary-General of the Reporters Without Borders for Press Freedom, a worldwide media freedom organization, declared. How true can this statement be! When the news of the death of Toyin Obadina, the Deputy Editor, Newswatch newspapers filtered in, the words that came into mouths was- “Oh my God, not again”. Minds flashed back to the various unresolved deaths of other journalists. Or could this be another case of hired assassination turned to murder? Obadina has thus lengthened the list of journalists

and other Nigerians killed in cold blood and the causes of whose have respectively remained intractable. The journalists particularly, that that had gone same way readily came to mind. Apart from the death of ace journalist, Dele Giwa who wqas murdered during breakfast at the noon of October 17, 1986 via letter bomb, so many journalists have lost their lives under weird and bizarre circumstances. Baguda Kaltho of The News’ death on March 1, 1996 was a rude shock and despite the lamentations about his death, Chinedu Offoaro of The Guardian was also killed on May 1, 1996, all during the testy days of the General Sani Abacha junta. Afterwards came other unresolved deaths of so many

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journalists as the number increased by the day. Tunde Oladepo of The Guardian was killed in Abeokuta on February 26, 1998. Same year, precisely September 2, 1998 in Enugu, Okezie Amaruben of Newswatch was murdered. Less than a year, Bolade Fasasi of the National Association of Women Journalists was killed under a mysterious circumstance at Ibadan on March 31, 1999 while in Anambra, Fidelis Ikwuebe, a freelancer was murdered on April 18, 1999. It was the turn of Sam Nimfa-Jan of Details newpaper in May 27, 1999 in Kafanchan. Adamawa was not left out of the theatre of gory death same year as Samson Bovi of The Scope newspaper went same way as that of his colleagues on November 5, 1999. There was a lull and when everyone was preparing for the yuletide of 2006, the death of Godwin Agbroko of ThisDay newspaper shocked the entire media, as he was murdered on December 22 of that year. While the police are still battling to resolve all the cases of assassinated journalists, Paul Abayomi Ogundeji of ThisDay, while returning from office on August 16, 2008, was murdered at Dopemu, a Lagos community. On September 20, 2009, it was the turn of Bayo Ohu of The Guardian. Less than a year after, on April 24, 2010, three journalists lost their lives; they are Edo Sule Ugbagwu of The Nation, Sunday Gyang Bwede and Nathan Dabak of The Light Bearer newpaper, Jos. October 22, 2011 witnessed the death of Zakariya Isa of Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Maiduguri. On January 18 and January 20, 2012 Nansok Sallah of Highland FM Jos and Enenche Akogwu of Channels TV in Kano bid the world bye as their lives were cut short by unknown assailants. About a year ago, Ikechukwu Udendu of Anambra News suffered same fate as Toyin Obadina. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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I FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO

SPEAK ABOUT HIM IN THE PAST TENSE.

THAT FRIDAY, HE WORKED TILL ABOUT 11PM. I WAS IN A HURRY TO GO AND I LEFT HIM BEHIND TO TIDY UP OUR STORIES.

I THEN WENT HOME AND AROUND 4 A.M, I GOT A PHONE CALL BUT BEFORE I COULD PICK, THE CALL WENT OFF. I DID NOT KNOW WHO WAS CALLING. MUCH LATER, THE PHONE

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 According to Busari Tunde, an Assistant Editor with Newswatch newspapers, “I bid him (the late Obadina) bye on Friday after production sometime before 11pm, because his car was parked beside mine. We threw banters at each other and I didn’t know it was the last time to see him. It is quite shocking!” In a telephone chat the widow, Biola Obadina who was weeping while talking, recalled the event that led to the death of Toyin Obadina. “My husband went to the office on Friday and after the close of work, he was on his way home around 11.30pm, just a few metres to our house; two SUV cars we learnt double-crossed him and they shot him. They killed my husband.” The deceased’s wife, speaking further, lamented, “He was shot and they collected some money from him. He was planning to travel the next day, so, he went to the bank to collect some money and it was stolen from him. I don’t know the exact amount that was stolen from him. I feel so bad over his sudden death. He went to work and was shot on his way back home. Our first son is

just 12 years, second one is nine while the last is five years old. How do I tell our children who are in boarding houses that they won’t see their father again? Who will take care of this family? Who will be the father to my children? Why God, why?” A source said that the hoodlums stole N20, 000 from the victim and shot him on his stomach before fleeing from the scene. After the incident, he was immediately taken to Ikorodu Hospital from where he was transferred to Gbagada General Hospital and later to LASUTH, Ikeja, all in Lagos. He was shot at the abdomen and the lower part was shattered. He was kept at the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, where he was being attended to but by 2am the next day, his condition changed and by 3am, he gave up the ghost. The Editor of Saturday Newswatch, Mr. Pat Asonye reacting, lamented that they have lost a perfect gentleman, a competent, committed and professional journalist to the core, “who cannot hurt a fly.” He said: “I find it very difficult to speak about him in the past tense. That Friday, he worked till about 11pm.

I was in a hurry to go and I left him behind to tidy up our stories. I then went home and around 4 a.m, I got a phone call but before I could pick, the call went off. I did not know who was calling. Much later, the phone rang again and it was now our Managing Director who called to say that Toyin was shot. “Immediately, I got information that he was taken to the General Hospital and I went there and by the time I got there, I met some of the other friends and colleagues. By then, he had been wheeled into the theatre for surgery. We were hopeful that he would make it, only to hear that he gave up the ghost this morning.” Ngozi Braide, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer said that the Police at Sagamu Road Division received information about the incident early Saturday morning around 5.30 am, and the Divisional Police Officer mobilised his men to the scene. She said the police team later visited the victim at LASUTH where he was receiving treatment. She said the police had recovered the victim’s car, and that detectives are combing all nooks and crannies of Ikorodu and its environs for possible arrest of the fleeing armed robbers in order to bring them to justice. Femi Shodunke, a former staff of Nigerian Compass newspapers who had also worked in National Concord, The Comet and The Nation and who was lucky to escape from attacks on his life, recounted his experience. He recalled that, “The miraculous escape then was made possible by God. I never knew how the guys could not get hold of me as they attempted to grab my neck and how I was eventually not hit by the bullets fired at me by the gang members”. He recalled, “I can’t forget in a hurry how three of my close colleagues that we both worked together were killed and till date, their killers have not yet been found. Bayo Ohu of The Guardian was my school and course mate at Ogun State Polytechnic. We studied Mass Communication, although he’s a year my senior. Edo Ugbagwu and Abayomi Ogundeji were also my colleagues at The Comet and The Nation Newspapers where we worked together before their gruesome murder. I was so sad to hear about the death of Toyin Obadina. Unfortunately, all the murders and assassination cases up till today, the Nigeria Police, despite the promises made by the Inspector General of Police and CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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Obadina’s, sad reminder that we’re vulnerable –NUJ

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 the Nigerian authorities, are yet to be unravelled. It is their families that were left alone to grieve over their loved ones, murdered by unknown assailants. As at today, has there been anybody brought to justice over the dastardly killing of my fellow journalists? So sad!” National Secretary of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Shuaib Usman Leman said the shooting of Obadina by robbers, leading to his death, “was another sad reminder of the vulnerability of media professionals and this further heightens our concern for the safety of journalists. “While the NUJ condemns the continued killing of journalists in the country, it is no doubt that Obadina and many other journalists died because the Nigerian system over the years had failed to protect its citizens. “The death has, yet again, deprived the media of one of its illustrious journalists and it is very important to call on the Federal Government to take measures for effective protection of journalists because journalists, as the conscience of the nation, cannot be subjected to constant fear and intimidation by such impunity. “While we condole with the media family, we pray to God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.” Deji Elumoye, the Lagos NUJ Chairman tasked the state government to live up to expectations, wondering what is happening to the billions of naira that have been saved into the state Security Trust Fund. While appreciating the Babatunde Fashola’s administration for his steadfastness against crime, Elumoye said there was need to do more in terms of security of lives and property. He said: “It seems they have gone to sleep, criminals have gradually found their way back into the state. And I wonder what they are doing with billions of naira put in the Security Trust Fund.” The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), while reacting to the incident urged the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State to track down the killers without delay. In a statement signed by its President, Femi Adesina, the NGE described Obadina’s death as “sickening,” stating that “all men of the fraternity of the pen are revolted that a man returning home from his legitimate duty is waylaid, robbed and then shot twice in the stomach, leading to his death.” It further condemned the proliferation of small arms almost throughout the length and breadth of the country and called on the relevant authorities to rise to the

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GBAGADA GENERAL HOSPITAL AND LATER TO LASUTH, IKEJA occasion. In the same vein, the Lagos State Government described the death of Obadina as “painful.” The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba lamented over the state of insecurity in the country, saying “the central government isn’t providing adequate security for the citizens of the country.” According to him, “it is unfortunate that Toyin died in his fatherland where he is expected to get adequate security. It is painful that a young man whom the country has a lot to gain from died untimely. It speaks the fact that the there is need for the Federal Government to increase the funds allocated to the security apparatus in the country.” The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova condemned the murder of Toyin Obadina and called on the Federal Government to find the killer without delay. Irina said, “I condemn the murder of Toyin Obadina and call on the authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” the Director-General said. “Free and independent media play an essential part in informing the open debate that is the cornerstone of democracy and good governance. Journalists cannot fulfil their role if they themselves are not properly secured and protected.” The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Africa Programme Coordinator, Tom Rhodes said that, “Reporting in Nigeria has become an increasingly hazard-

ous profession as the list of unsolved journalist murders in the country continues to grow.” He implored the government and other authorities to strive harder in bringing the perpetrators of Toyin Obadina to justice as well as others. He was of the opinion that, that way the security of journalists in the nation will be guaranteed. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) with its African regional organization, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) also condemn the murder of Toyin Obadina through their Africa Director, Gabriel Baglo when they commented, “We mourn our colleague and send our sincere condolences to his family, co-workers and to all the media fraternity in Nigeria. Authorities in Nigeria must quickly investigate this murder and bring the perpetrators to book”. Barrister Fransica Omeni who sympathised with the journalists said, “The loss of any life is cause for concern. And anyone who has ever experienced such loss (whether it was expected or not), know how heartwrenching it can be. There are times when one cannot tell whether such a horrendous and reprehensible act is a homicide or an assassination. While homicide and murder rate in Nigeria (five per 100,000) cannot be compared to homicide rate in countries such as South Africa (37 per 100,000); Angola (39 per 100,000); Zimbabwe (34 per 100,000) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (35 per 100,000), we still have to worry. We have to! One of the unfortunate parts of the Nigerian murder-assassination narrative is that the Nigeria Police have been found wanting at almost every instance. Their failure to properly investigate is legendary. And the reasons for these are simple: poor financial compensation and poor training; low morals and mediocre leadership; and the archaic and non-functioning equipment they have to work with. Do the police even have an up-to-date forensic laboratory? I doubt it!” “The aforementioned, and many other factors, account for why the police in Nigeria solve less than 30 per cent of all homicides and assassinations that occur in any given year. And then there is the Judiciary — an arm of government that is thoroughly inefficient and monumentally corrupt. It is not uncommon to see high profile murderers, certified treasury looters, scam artists, rapists and all sorts of nefarious characters set free for “lack of evidence.” It is as if judges at all levels have a price. Criminality, therefore, is gradually becoming a national pastime in Nigeria. This should worry every one of us, especially the minders of our security architecture”, Barrister Fransica added.


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as the killing of Aminasoari Dikibo, National Vice-Chairman of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in charge of the South-South a case of political assassination? Or was it an incident of armed robbery attack often witnessed whenever the targets of robbers are trying to escape? These are questions that remained unanswered years after the murder of the politician. On Friday, February 6, 2004, Dikibo while heading for Asaba, the Delta State capital to attend a South-South meeting of the PDP, suddenly ran into some gunmen at Ughelli, so said an account. He was in company with his driver and police orderly. The account stated that while at that portion of the road at about 7pm, the gunmen pulled up in another vehicle trying to catch up with Dikibo and his team. But the politician’s driver reportedly gathered speed, suspicious of those coming behind them. But the attackers, realising that their target might escape, began to shoot at the vehicle in front. But at a certain intersection, the driver reportedly detoured as he reversed to escape the hounds. While doing the maneuovering, a ring of shot hit Dikibo at the rear seat, directly on the head. The bullet was said to have ripped off his brain but the driver and orderly were possibly oblivious to the fact that their principal had been hit. They kept running at break-neck speed only to realise through a peep at the central mirror that their assailants had disembarked from the vehicle. Again, that peep revealed that Dikibo had fallen. They then beheld the unthinkable. The PDP ViceChairman, whom all politicians who had converged on Asaba were waiting for, was in a pool of his own blood, stone dead. However, a disconnect in the story of the murder of Dikibo then raised fears in some circles that his death could have political undertones, more so that he was a controversial figure in the affairs of South-South politics. Then Deputy Governor of Edo State who is now the Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mike Oghiadomhe, had made a helpful comment which should have led investigators into asking questions. He said he last spoke to Dikibo at 5pm on the fateful day, on phone, and that the latter said he was at Ughelli and hoped to arrive in Asaba at 7pm. Yet, reports said to have been obtained from his driver and orderly put the time of the attack at 7pm, a time he ought to have arrived in Asaba. But what might have lent credence to Oghiadomhe’s account was a report that Dikibo was actually killed along Kwale-Ogwashi-Uku road, a few kilometres to Asaba. Following the assassination, a first police report put a pin on armed robbery attack, even though nothing was taken from Dikibo and his team, and no effort was made by the attackers to kill particularly, his police orderly who should be the first target. Dikibo’s political activities The Okrika, Rivers State-born Dikibo became controversial for what those who knew him described as “his forthrightness and outspokenness.” For instance, then Commissioner of Information in Rivers, Mr. Magnus Abe, who described the slain politician as a father-figure, had this to say of him: “If he (Dikibo) didn’t like what you are doing, he told you to your face. And if he had told you, he has told you and forgotten about it. If you call him to your house to eat, he will come. So I don’t really see him as having vicious enmity with anybody.”

Dikibo

HOWEVER, A DISCONNECT IN THE STORY OF THE MURDER OF

DIKIBO THEN RAISED FEARS IN SOME CIRCLES THAT HIS

DEATH COULD HAVE POLITICAL UNDERTONES, MORE SO THAT HE WAS A CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE IN THE AFFAIRS OF

SOUTH-SOUTH POLITICS.

Yet this politician was noted to have taken positions on controversial issues of the era, which include many national issues, the South-South, the Niger Delta struggle, the Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra political saga, 2007 general election permutations, and indeed, the crisis rocking Okrika, his native home. Sources at the period revealed that Dikibo nursed the aspiration of becoming the national chairman of the PDP in 2007, once power shifts to the North. Another top politician from the South-South region was also said to be eyeing the same office but that Dikibo’s cutting edge was that he enjoyed the support of all the South-South governors. Also, at a time some political forces in the country were making unrelenting efforts to get Governor Ngige out of office for allegedly playing Judas against a fraternity of Anambra cabal, Dikibo was always in defence of the governor, as he often referred to Ngige as “my good friend.” In Delta State too, Dikibo also gave full support to Governor James Ibori, against the backdrop of seething accusations from the governor’s critics in the state, who accused Ibori of massive corruption and of perpetrating the rigging of the 2003 governorship election in

his favour. Again, in Rivers, Dikibo’s home-state, there was intra-party crisis within the PDP over the ambition of then Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. The Speaker wanted to be governor in 2007. Amaechi is from Ikwerre ethnic stock which then laid claim to long years of political marginalisation. The late PDP V-C’s stance, it was reported, was that it was too early to take a position. Although there was nothing to link Amaechi’s ambition with the murder of Dikibo, observers said the slain politician’s stance against the popular wish within the party could have hurt certain interests. Also, the state governor, Sir Peter Odili, was said to have had cordial relationship with the late Dikibo, making the PDP V-C to wield so much power in his Rivers home-state. Efforts to track killers Though President Olusegun Obasanjo, following the murder, first echoed the police’s initial information that Dikibo was killed by armed robbers, he nonetheless constituted a six-man panel of enquiry to look into the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder. Heading the panel was Justice F.E Ukata, a retired Chief Judge of Abia State. The panel was mandated to among other things, examine the circumstances surrounding Dikibo’ death, with a view to fishing out those behind it and making recommendations aimed at preventing a recurrence. As for the Police, the inspector General, Tafa Balogun, tasked Yakubu Mohammed, Assistant InspectorGeneral of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Five, Benin, to go after the killers. After a while, Mohammed announced that seven suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing. Besides, he said the police were interrogating Dikibo’s driver and orderly. Till date, however, Dikibo’s murder remains unresolved as no one has been convicted for the crime.


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any years after he exited the scene, the foremost political icon in the South-West, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, came alive in the current political discourse as one of his notable disciples and former Aviation minister, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said the late sage would never have belonged to the camp of the All Progressives Congress, APC, were he to be alive. Babatope also has a word of advice for the present day politicians who are in the habit of defecting from one party to the other. On Senator Ahmed Tinubu, he said was an expert in rendering people politically ‘useless’. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain also disclosed that though he recognised the huge influence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he still took former Deputy National Chairman (South) of PDP, Chief Olabode Goerge, as the leader of the party in the SouthWest and one who possessed the key to the unity of the party in the zone. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror over the weekend in Abuja, the former Aviation minister when asked if Awolowo would prefer APC to PDP if he were to be alive, said that, “Papa would never be part of the APC and as a matter of fact Papa told us clearly that 1983 would be his last participation in any electoral contest. So Papa

definitely, if he were to be alive, would not go to any party.” When reminded that APC was mainly dominated by the leading South-West politicians who were formerly of the Action Congress of Nigeria (APC), he asked rather rhetorically, “Is APC an Awolowo party? Even when they were ACN, was it an Awolowo party? We are only seeing the thesis and the antithesis theory of Pa Awolowo, where the best politicians will merge together and the opposition will merge together. “ACN as at that time cannot chest out to say that it is an offshoot of Awolowo. If ACN brands itself as offshoot of Awolowo, one of its newspapers (names withheld) started attacking Mama Awolowo, the matriarch of Awolowo familiy. If that paper is a pro-Awolowo paper, would that happen.” Chief Babatope said that Atiku had made the greatest mistake of his life by leaving PDP for APC, saying that he fell for the trap of Senator Tinubu. “He is a young man. At 64, he still has many good years ahead of him but now he has fallen into wrong hands. If he had patience, maybe in 2019, most Nigerians would have supported him to achieve his ambition. “So Atiku has fallen into a booby trap. I heard Tinubu call Atiku my friend and that he had come back home. It is a terrible statement. “Bola Tinubu is a political thunderbolt, I can tell you that. He is a highly

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu (middle) and President, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Bobboi Kalgama. during the launch of TUC Housing Development Scheme for civil servants in Abuja at the weekend.

calculating person and anywhere you see him, you better run for your dear life; not that he is going to kill you but he will neutralise you politically that you will become useless.” Also commenting on the South-West politics, the pro-President Jonathan campaigner said he respected former President Obasanjo for his local intelligence but thought that Bode George had the enviable role to play a mediatory role in galvanising the zone for political success in the future. His words: “I am not in Obasanjo’s camp; I am an Awoist in the PDP, so he can do whatever he wants. Whatever happens in Ogun State is his problem. Obasanjo is one of the few African leaders who possesses a rare

control of native intelligence. So, you cannot just dismiss him. “Kashamu is a human being, good luck to him, but he cannot say that he is leading me in the PDP. He can’t say that. “Thirdly, don’t forget Olabode Goerge is back and anybody who wants to talk in terms of SouthWest politics and does not take into reckoning the issue of George is wasting time. “Whether you like it or not, Bode’s leadership will provide the missing nexus in the South-West and he is going to galvanise us into greater results. That is why some people wanted to get him out.” A good number of Nigerians are worried about the modalities put in place for the conduct of the National Conference, what is your take on that?

ous. ``This calls for specialised and focused training for young officers in the art of counter terrorism,’’ he said. According to him, the training would also enable the officers to be more focused and motivated in the discharge of their responsibilities. Also speaking, the Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Infantry (NASI), Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai , said 51 cadets went through 11 weeks of training on counter terror-

ism. ``The training packages included raid on enemy camps, escort of VIPs, guarding of VPs and KPs, search techniques at road blocks and check points, among others,’’ he said. Buratai said that Quick Response Group (QRG) and Basic Counter Terrorism Course (BCTC) had also been included to the regular courses at NASI. These, he said, was to further equip the army and other security agencies with skills on counter terrorism and insurgency.

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he Nigerian Army yesterday said that it was committed to curbing terrorism and insurgency in the country. The Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj. Gen. Mohammed Idris, said this in Jaji, Kaduna, at the graduation ceremony of the Counter Terrorism Course 4/13 at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry. Idris decried the spate of attacks carried out by terrorists in the country, adding that the army would fight the insurgents

to restore peace and order in the country. He said the persistent security challenges witnessed in the country necessitated the army to expose its cadets to training in counter terrorism and counter insurgency. ``We are resolved to provide the foundational training needed by the cadets to build up when they graduate as young officers. ``The nature of the national security environment we find ourselves in today is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambigu-

I am not talking because I am a PDP man but I think that the President has done very well by bringing out those modalities. Those modalities, if you go through it step by step, you will discover hat care has been taken not to offend the sensibilities of Nigerians. It is a very important conference which will decide so many things for Nigeria. We are not going to break up. Nigeria is a multi-religious country and we have many traditions and, apparently, we must have a conference that in the end will bring out fundamental facts of these relationships that guide us. We are having Boko Haram today and by the time we are through with this conference, I hope and pray that Boko Haram will be a thing of the past. Most of the things that created Boko Haram will be discussed by the conference. So it is good, we are not going to have contest for power for those who are going to go there, because that would destroy the conference. The nationalities have been taking care of and at the end, those who are going to come to the conference, I’m very sure those the President will nominate, will form the core of those who will be there. If anybody has no business at the conference, then there is no need for such to go there. They will sit down there and talk about Nigeria, Nigeria

is very important and it is coming at a particular time in our history when we are celebrating our 100 years in existence. The conference should be supported because it is going to guarantee a good future for Nigeria. On whether it is right for government to be nominating the majority of the participants to the conference, Babatope said, “that is why we have said that, though, I have not read the mind of the President, I am sure and history will justify what I have said that the President will also ensure that many of the people who will represent sensitive interests of the country would be nominated for the conference. There is no point to do it on senatorial basis or to go and contest election. There are many people who will be crucial to that conference who will not have money to go to the elections for that conference. You must take note of that, because to vie for anything in Nigeria today, if you are not supported by money-power, you are wasting your time. I have no doubt in my mind, given the examples President Jonathan has shown over the years and his kind of feelings for the ordinary man, many people who will never ever be able to get themselves in the conference through elections will be there.


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Two feared dead as ex-militant invades community with gunboat EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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here was pandemonium in Peremabiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa, in the early hours of yesterday as youths from the area resisted a gunboat attack launched by ex-militant leader Monday Paul aka “Ogun Boss”. Casualty figures remained unknown, but sources in the community said two persons were missing. Another source also claimed that two persons died. It was learnt that the exmilitant leader got the Bayelsa Police Commissioner to release three police gunboats as well as police escorts for the operation. The police command recently lost 11 policemen who were part of 50 policemen deployed to provide cover to an ex-militant. A source in the commu-

nity said that the police gunboat approached the coastal community about midnight and commenced shooting to scare residents. The source stated that the youths of the community quickly mobilized and resisted the three gunboats which fired at the community from the creeks for more than 30 minutes. The shooting lasted for over an hour thereby waking up residents of the community as the youths prevented the cops from disembarking from their boats. Identity of the missing youths and casualty figure could not be confirmed as at press time. Investigation by Sunday Mirror revealed that the leadership of the Community Development Commitee and ‘Ogun Boss’ were engaged in crisis. It was learnt that youths from the area reportedly resisted a Police

gunboat attack allegedly led by the ex-militant leader. A security source who maintained anonymity claimed that Ogun Boss had lodged a report with the state Police command which prompted the deployment of the gunboats and escorts to the community. Another source and indigene of the community claimed the gunboat invaded the area and started shooting to scare inhabitants who were gripped

with fear. The source said the community reportedly resisted the attack by mobilizing its youths for a war against the Policemen. But, the timely intervention of a Nigerian Navy Unit security an oil installation within the community saved the tensed situation as it quelling the shoot-out between the Policemen and armed youths. It was gathered that the Police gunboats and the naval team returned to-

gether to Yenagoa . But, in a swift reaction,the State Police Commissioner, Hilary Opara, denied its patrol boats were engaged in a shoot-out with Peremabiri youths,as he insisted that his men were in the area to ensure peace reigned in the community. He said:“It is untrue that Police attacked the community.How can we be attacking the people we are paid to protect? We were notified that there was a fight in the commu-

nity and we deployed men to the area.The people may have misunderstood our mission when the team arrived there, we saw them at the water front there and we asked our men to come back to avoid confrontation.” “We went there to maintain the peace and not to fight anyone, and I have asked my DPO in the area to bring all the factions to my office on Monday so that we can further explore the opportunity of brokering peace.”

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he Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr Garuba Abari Membership Registration Committee in Lagos State, yesterday said the party might not extend the ongoing membership registration scheduled to end on Monday. Abari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the party’s secretariat in Ogba, Ikeja, that extension of the exercise was not being contemplated for now. NAN reports that the membership registration which started nationwide on Feb. 5 is scheduled to end on Feb.10. Abari said:``It is the national leadership of APC that can decide whether or not to extend the exercise. ``What we are doing here is to distribute additional registration materials to the units as most of them had ran out of materials due to mass turnout of people for the exercise. ``So far our records are beyond expectations as the rush necessitated demand for more registration materials.” Also speaking, the APC interim Deputy Publicity Secretary for Lagos State, Chief Funso Ologunde, said additional registration

forms were being distributed across the registration centres because of the turnout. He told NAN:``We have gone round and what we witnessed was overwhelming. ``We saw people who are hitherto non members of any of the political parties on queues willing to register. ``The registration of APC is open to all Nigerians willing to join the party and all members are equal.” Ologunde, however, said that the membership drive was a continuous one. ``After the ongoing registration at the units, the registration will be sustained at all APC secretariats for anyone who wished to join the party at any time.” NAN reports that in some of the registration units visited there was a large turnout of people queuing up to register. Some of the centres visited include Eti-Osa Ward 022/023, Ikeja-Adigun Junction unit and Ogba Sunday market junction. A registration official, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that officials would submit their records at the party’s state secretariat for final collation.

Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Osun State, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, acknowledging cheers from supporters, during his declaration PHOTO: YINKA ADEPARUSI in Osogbo, yesterday.

Shot Senator Abe returns, threatens to sue Police SAM OLUWALANA

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he Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (down stream) has condemned politicians who he said are causing confusion in the country because of their selfish ambition. Abe who spoke with journalists at the Port Harcourt International yesterday, expressed gratitude to God over his escape from death, after he was shot last month by the police in a rally in Port Harcourt. The Senator representing the South East senatorial constituency of Rivers State, was making his first visit to the state after the shooting incident, and was on his way to partake in the registration exercise of his new party, the APC. On the denial by the Rivers State Police that he was not shot, Abe flayed the

security outfit for the misinformation, threatening to take the state police command to court. “I was not alone there (shooting site); there were more than 200 people who saw what happened. This young man was there with his camera. He was beaten up and his camera destroyed. So, if nothing happened, why were they so eager to make sure that there was no picture of what happened. They opened fire on us in their midst, we were not in any crowd. They opened fire on us. To say that I was not shot is the biggest understatement and lie of the century. These people opened fire, there were teargas, everything was fired everywhere. People saw what happened”. “That I wasn’t killed? Yes. But to say they opened fire on you and you didn’t die; therefore nothing happened. It is the height of

irresponsibility. However, for me, I am going to court. I have asked my lawyer to file my case in court and it is against all those who had a hand in what happened to me. I will meet them in court,” he said. “I thank God for being able for being alive today and the second thing is also to thank God for the victory in the Supreme Court. Like I have said, we’ve had enough of these crises; I believe that any right-thinking person will agree that it is time for us to put some of these things behind us. “Since last year, there have been concerted attempts to remove the governor from office and overthrow the government of Rivers State by force; and there is no provision in our constitution for that kind of behaviour. Having tried by all earthly means, they have failed; I will appeal to them to now sheathe

the sword, and let us work together to try to help the people of Rivers State, the reason for which we say we are playing politics. What we are doing now is not helping them; it is clear that the governor cannot be removed without law. “So, since that is clear and that is what we agree as citizens of Nigeria, let us work together with the governor, let him do his job, and all of us who also have jobs to do should be allowed to do our jobs. I think that if we do that, it will help the state; it will help us too. “For us to turn Rivers State into a theatre of war because of the ambition of any single individual is morally, politically, and spiritually wrong. We cannot kill ourselves because of anybody. If people say that they want to join a political party, they should be allowed to join a party of their choice,” he stressed.


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Osun INEC boss is APC member, says Omisore

•Provide evidence, INEC replies KEMI OLAITAN OSOGBO

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governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Rufus Akeju, is a card-carrying member of All Progressives Congress, APC.

Omisore who flagged off his campaigns for the governorship poll at Freedom Park, Osogbo, the state capital, said he could not vouch for the fairness of the INEC boss as he alleged that his loyalty is already to the APC. The aspirant, a former deputy governor of the state and until recently a senator representing Osun East, spoke to a tumultuous crowd of supporters in Yoruba, stressing that with Akeju as head of the INEC in the state, there is no way the PDP can get fair treatment.

He then implored Nigerians to prevail on the INEC boss, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to immediately remove Akeju, “if the state is to witness peace and harmony during the coming election.” But in a swift reaction, the INEC yesterday challenged Omisore to prove that Akeju is an APC member. Reacting, Chief Press Secretary to Prof. Jega, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said Omisore “has always been saying that; but he has not for once provided evidence to back up his allegation. “I think that allegation often made without being substanciated is unfair to people who work hard to contribute their quota to national development,” Idowu countered. Yesterday however, Omisore formally declared his intention to govern the state, with words of assurance to the people of Osun that he was prepared to rescue them from “the autocratic rule of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.” He said he was fully ready

to dismantle Aregbesola’s political structure in the state to pave way for PDP to rule the state, stating, “I am on rescue mission to restore Osun back to its lost glory.” While highlighting his eight-point agenda, he decried the ‘pauperisation’ of the people of Osun State through inhuman taxes, demolition of markets without alternatives, destruction of the state education heritage and creation of religious crisis in an otherwise harmonious state. The former Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation assured of restoring the dignity of education, focus on agriculture and rural development, among others, saying, “ I am here offering myself for service. I am here to right the wrongs and set our state on sustainable paths”. According to him, come August 9, the PDP will surely come back to harness the technological growth of the state and develop viable human capital so

L-R: Former Acting Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, Otunba Jide Adebayo; Managing Director, Mr Ima Niboro; Director, Metro and States, Mr Lawan Ado and Director, Administration and Human Resources, Mr Danjuma Bitiyong, during the MD’s assumption of duty in Abuja at the weekend.

as to dislodge the APC administration from the state. He said since he had served the state as Senator from Osun East for two consecutive terms, he he had also gained widespread political recognition to win the state back for the PDP. He alleged that Governor Aregbesola had caused disintegration among the people of the state particularly between the Christians and Muslim, noting that in his own time, religion will be

2015: Gbemi Saraki backs Jonathan, lambasts Bukola Saraki WOLE ADEDEJI, ILORIN

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enator Gbemisola Saraki, younger sister of Senator Bukola Saraki yesterday led her siblings and other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Ilorin, Kwara State capital to counter her brother’s opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan and his 2015 ambition.

Gbemisola who was accompanied by Laolu and Tope Saraki; her siblings, was received by a mammoth crowd at the newly

constructed multi-million naira Matchco Events Place. Addressing the crowd, ‘Gbemi’ as she’s fondly called, revisited the quarrel between her and her elder brother which she said was occasioned by his (Bukola’s) disregard and disobedience to their late father, Dr Olusola Saraki. According to her, her brother had approached their father to dump PDP long ago on the ground that he had problem with President Jonathan and the leadership of PDP at

the time but which the late Kwara political icon turned down She said she had come on a reawakening mission saying, “the Kwara that my father brought me up to know is not this one. The one he knew and brought me up to know is a state of diverse people who are very courageous and hardworking.” She lamented that the values had been bastardised while “the few who are not better than us can become local champions, riding the

cars they did not work for and living in houses they do not deserve, while the majority who are equal stakeholders in Kwara are expected to scavenge to survive.” Gbemi called on the people of the state to rescue it particularly the political, traditional and religious leaders. She also expressed appreciations to PDP members who stayed back in the party and urged people of the state to support and vote for President Jonathan come 2015.

given utmost respect such that there will be harmony among the people. He disclosed that the PDP administration under him would revisit all Aregbesola’s policies, saying that the state had been subjected to a huge debt as a result of over N413billion “being stolen from government purse and over N8.5billion lost on Opon-Imo (an education programme of the governor).” Dignitaries present at the ceremony include former

Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin; Chief Abiola Ogundokun; Senator Olu Alabi; Chief Shuaib Oyedokun; Alhaja Abosede Adedibu; Senator Hosea Agboola and Chief Dosu Ladapo. Others are Chairman, PDP Mobilisation for South-West, Prince Buruji Kasamu; former Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose; Prof. Dupe Olatubosun; Senator Folasade Bent ; Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipupo and a host of other party bigwigs.

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hree lecturers of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, Kaduna State, yesterday died in an auto crash while three others were seriously injured. The incident occurred along Kaduna -Abuja Expressway.

A source said the victims were of the Theatre Arts and Performing Department of the university. Sunday Mirror learnt that the three injured lecturers who were unconscious, were rushed to an undisclosed hospital for prompt medical attention.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, ABU Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ismaila Shehu, confirmed the death of the three lecturers, saying those who sustained injuries were still receiving medical attention. His words: “Six of our lecturers went to Abuja on an official assignment. They are from Theatre and Performing Department ABU, Zaria. Three died, while three were wounded. They were on their way from Abuja to Zaria. The three injured lecturers were taken to hospital for treatment.”

NIGERIA IN BRIEF

Police kill 3 suspected robbers in Gombe The police command in Gombe State says its officers killed three armed robbers during a patrol on the Gombe-Dukku road on Friday. DSP Fwaje Atajiri, the Police Public Relations Officer in the command, disclosed this

to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe yesterday. He said the police also recovered four guns, 307 live ammunition and two vehicles from the robbers during a joint operation with police men from Bauchi State.

Atajiri said that the vehicles recovered were one Honda Accord and a Toyota Avalon which were suspected to be stolen from LagosIbadan axis. “Upon seeing a police vehicle, they opened fire and the police returned

fire and the ground battle lasted about 45 minutes on the GombeDukku road on Friday. “Three of them were killed; we recovered four arms, 307 live ammunition and two vehicles, one Honda Accord and one Toyota Avalon,.

Otunba Osuntoye passes on Otunba Alfred Adetayo Osuntoye is dead. The late Osuntoye passed on at the aged of 82 years. He is survived by children, grandchildren, sister and brothers. A statement by the eldest son, Mr. Adegbenga Adekunle

Osuntoye, stated that Christian wake-keep will be held for the deceased on Feb 13, 2014 at No. 3, Osuntoye Street, Awa-Ijebu, Ogun State and while interment will hold the following day at Methodist Church, AwaIjebu.


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Man in the News FEBRUARY 9, 2014

CP Johnson Ogunsakin:

The super-cop comes to Rivers SAM OLUWALANA

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he announcement on Thursday by the Inspector General of Police that Rivers State former Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, will be replaced by a certain Johnson Tunde Ogunsakin was greeted with a mixture of a short-lived relief and apprehension. The reason for this is not far-fetched. Mbu has continually been in the news for the wrong reasons in the past few months. However, residents of the state and indeed Nigerians from other parts of the country are still concerned about the manner of man coming in to replace controversial CP Mbu. The piece is solely to uncover the make –up of the personality coming in to head the police formations in the volatile state as from next week. Ogunsakin, who until recently was the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit, Lagos was born on August 1, 1957. The ebullient super-cop hails from Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti State. He attended L.A Primary School, Ikere-Ekiti and later proceeded to Annunciation College, Ikere-Ekiti. He attended the then University of Ife, Ile-Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University and graduated in 1980 with B.A (Hons) in Political Science/History. He did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in Ogun State in 1981and followed up with an Advanced Diploma in Law Diplomacy/Conflict Management from University of Jos. Ogunsakin’s career in law enforcement began in 1982, when he enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP. He cut his ‘professional teeth’ in 1984 in Ibadan as the Divisional Crime Officer, in charge of the upper class residential area of Bodija, at the Police Station. In 1985, he received his anti-riot Mobile Police Training at Gwoza, Borno State. He was the Unit Commander No. 4 Squadron, Ibadan before he joined the Interpol Lagos as a detective Superintendent in 1989. At Interpol, he became head and he was a shade ahead of his pack. This got him noticed and he was rapidly moved through the ranks, as the officer in-charge of Organized Crime Division, Officer in-charge of Europe/North America Economic and Financial Crime Division and ACP in-charge of Interpol within a short period Ogunsakin, a vastly experienced police officer, who is versed in law enforcement issues , led the team of the officers that trained the team that put an end to the notorious armed robbery gang of Lawrence Anini’s reign of terror in the country. Speaking on his work experience in an interview with journalists, Ogunsakin gave an insight into the kind of man he is: “I was in the mobile Police in Lagos when Anini was operating. Lagos was grouped into commands. CPs were in charge of Area commands, and I was posted to Apapa (in Lagos) and my unit was a very strong one and we always got accolades and I really enjoyed myself in the mobile unit because it was a situation that ‘If you are good in the mobile, you are good’ because they are very professional. I remember especially that I was nicknamed ‘Tunde OC Court’ or ‘Tunde Idiagbon’ in Ibadan because they know I will never want to hear about anybody col-

OGUNSAKIN IS A MODERN DAY POLICE OFFICER WHO BELIEVES IN EMPLOYING TECHNOLOGY TO

ASSIST IN THE TASK OF POLICING.

HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN THIS

REGARDS IN HIS SHORT STINT AT THE SPECIAL FRAUD UNIT HAS BEEN APPLAUDED BY ALL AND

SUNDRY, WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH HIS WORK lecting money at the road blocks. My experience at the road traffic in Ibadan helped me a lot. Back then in Ibadan, anybody that was caught was taken to court. hence the nickname given to me. The former Director of Opeartions in the EFCC, worked alongside his former Chairman in the anti-graft agency, at the Interpol Headquarters in Lagos and has zero tolerance for crimes, especially fraud and grafts-related vices. He spoke about his working place experience recently and had this to say: ‘’I worked with a lot of Commissioners of Police in the Interpol, I worked with CP Daura, who retired as AIG, he was the administrator of Yobe State and later with Mrs. Ojomo for about five years. I was her P.A and became her S.A, she retired as D IG. She was a woman totally incorruptible and I was glad I worked under her’’. ‘’I was AC CID to the incumbent Inspector General of

Police as Commissioner of Police in Jos. I worked very closely with him and he is another incorruptible police officer. He is the IG now and Nigeria is lucky to have him because he is a very efficient officer. When it comes to operations, he is fantastic, he is very good and maybe I should not be praising my IG but then, I can tell you I worked with him and I know him very well that we are lucky to have him in Nigeria as IG’’. ‘’’I handled the INEC case which we recovered about N23 Million. I handled the case of FIRS where we recovered about N650 Million and the suspects were charged to court and other cases like that. Subsequently, I worked in the Provost office briefly and I was taken to the Police Staff College as Director of Studies for few months. I was taken back to Abuja, I worked in the Force Secretary’s office. From there, I was moved to IG monitoring unit where I worked under Mr. Sunday Ehindero. From there, I was moved to ICPC as Head of Investigation and the records are there to see. ‘’I must mention that Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, a retired justice of the Supreme Court is somebody I see myself very lucky to have worked with because I learnt a lot from him. When I got to ICPC, there were lots of things we want to do but he was like, he slowed us down saying we have to be very thorough’’. ‘’In most of the cases I handled, I had to first send them to his office and he will call me to his office saying ‘Tunde, o ya, sit down, you want to charge this man to the court?’ I said ‘yes sir’. He is now like ‘ok, I am the Judge in this court, you are the prosecutor, convince me why this man should go to the court’ and all that. If you are not prepared, then you messed yourself up. So before taking a case to him, you know what he is going to ask you and you must be well prepared’’ Ogunsakin is a modern day police officer who believes in employing technology to assist in the task of policing. His achievements in this regards in his short stint at the Special Fraud Unit has been applauded by all and sundry, who are familiar with his work. ‘’ We already have a forensic investigation building under construction. The paramount reason we are putting this in place is because of the globalization of fraud and crime and the issue of the internet fraud, identity fraud. The whole world is going IT, fraud is going IT. The world is dynamic. We have to move with the time. When we came in we knew we had a situation where our officers have to be trained and that was why we started the issue of forensic training. A whole floor will be on cyber crime, internet fraud and all that. We are already partnering with our friends, City of London Police to train our officers abroad. Recently, we are handling some cases by some people from abroad where these people were defrauded by some Nigerians who asked them to send some goods and they were nowhere to be found. We have recovered a lot of things which we have returned to the victims,’’ he enthused.


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Politics PROVIDING FRESH PERSPECTIVES TO ISSUES FEBRUARY 9, 2014

ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY IS NOT THE ISSUE. WHAT WE SHOULD BE

PDP is wellpositioned to win in Ekiti –Bejide P 12

TALKING ABOUT IS BALANCING SO THAT WE CAN CARRY THE PEOPLE

Battle royale as Osun guber poll beckons P 12

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ALONG. TODAY, IF I AM A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FROM KANO AND

I TELL YOU THAT MY RUNNING MATE IS FROM KATSINA; WON’T YOU SAY THAT I AM CRAZY –MALLAM IBRAHIM SHEKARAU

Buhari gets APC membership card Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday obtained the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership card. He was registered at Sarkin-yara in Daura, Daura local council of Katsina State. The former presidential candidate of defunct CPC in the 2011 polls, was registered by the Chairman of APC Registration Committee in Katsina State, Alhaji Bello Suleiman. His registration card’s number is 01000001KAT/ DAU. Speaking shortly after his registration, Buhari urged all APC supporters to come out en masse and register. Those who accompanied Buhari included the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Katsina State Chairman of APC Interim Management Committee, Alhaji Ahmad Musa Dangiwa, Sen. Sadiq Yar’Adua, among others. The APC membership registration in Katsina State commenced yesterday, four days after it started nationwide. Meanwhile, Hon. Pally Iraise, representing Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State has called for the extension of the ongoing nationwide membership registration of the party.

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Return to APC: How far can Atiku go? AYO ESAN

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efore the announcement of the defection of the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, last Sunday and his formal declaration Monday, watchers of political events in the country were certain that the Turakin Adamawa could no longer remain in PDP. Atiku, who had once defected from PDP in 2006 to contest the 2007 presidential election on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN, had a few weeks ago embarked on what he called consultation with his loyalists across the country. The response of most of them was that he should leave PDP. It would be recalled that the former VP, who is also linked with the formation of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, walked out alongside other PDP leaders and seven PDP governors during the party’s mini-convention in August last year. He had been visited by the leadership of APC who beckoned on him to join

their fold. He responded by joining APC last week. Though, he said his joining the party was not to run for president, that he was coming to nurture it and ensure good governance returns to the country in 2015, political analysts take this with a pinch of salt as they believe that the former VP is a serial presidential aspirant. Atiku made a formal declaration on his defection at the rally organised by the Adamawa State chapter of APC to formally welcome him into the fold. His defection to APC has brought mixed reactions from different parties and their leadership. While the national leader of APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said Atiku was back at home, the interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, while welcoming the ‘Turakin’ to APC, described him as a “big fish”, adding that the party was lucky to have him back. However, PDP has described the defection of the former VP to APC as “a voyage”. Deputy National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, said that PDP

would be willing to receive Atiku back after the voyage. “The good thing is that PDP is so consistent and constant that when they leave, they go on a voyage and they come back and we receive them. “I can tell you that they will go and come back and we are waiting for Atiku to go on this voyage and to come back. “He has done it before; this is not the first time and we will welcome him when he comes because APC cannot win elections; they are not firmly rooted,’’ he said In his short address, Atiku, however, vowed that he would never return to PDP since, from all indications, the party would no longer be what it used to be. He charged the people to see their registration as members of APC as a matter of necessity in rebuilding Nigeria. Atiku said that PDP had lost its independence to the government, noting that it used to be in a position to question government and governors. He said the situation had degenerated, with the party failing to live up to CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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Amaechi, Abe, others hail court verdict Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers has described the Supreme Court verdict as an opportunity for people to support his administration in the development of the state and advancement of the people. The Supreme Court struck out the suit filed by Mr Celestine Omehia, which urged the court to join him in a suit brought by Amaechi over the expiration of his tenure. Amaechi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr David Iyofor, at the weekend in Port Harcourt, said the judgement showed that God was with his administration. He said that although the ruling vindicated that Omehia had no case against him, “I believe that there is no victor, no vanquished in this matter”. The governor appealed to Omehia, his supporters and others to join hands with his administration in building the new Rivers. “And as God has put us to oversee the affairs of Rivers State, we will continue to do it diligently and tirelessly to better the lives of our people and develop the state. “We will rededicate and focus more on administering good governance to the people of the state and ensure that our people continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.’’ Amaechi, however, thanked God for the judgement and the apex court for handling the matter judiciously as well as the people of the state for their support.


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s the race to Ekiti State Government House in the June 21 governorship election hots up, only five among the about 20 political parties present in the state are visible as far as preparation to participate in the election is concerned. They are Accord, All Progressives Congress (APC, Labour Party (LP) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party SDP. While APC has announced the adoption of the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as its candidate for the election, Accord has picked Barrister Kole Ajayi as its flag bearer. House of Representatives member, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, is the sole governorship aspirant of Labour Party. For SDP, its yet to be unveiled aspirants would be released to begin to share their aspirations with the populace at the end of this month. 33 aspirants made up of former governors, deputy governors, senators, high commissioner, businessmen and technocrats are struggling to emerge as the party’s flag bearer expected to be announced this week. While the jostling in the opposition PDP continues, the contentious issues including whether a primary or consensus mode of selection of the candidate and the agitation for zoning of the governorship to the South Senatorial District continue to take centre stage and apparently threatening the unity of the party. President Goodluck Jonathan had early in the year, at a meeting with the aspirants, opted for consensus as a first step towards ensuring unity in the party. They believe

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he release of the Osun State gubernatorial election time table by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has spurred the preparation of various political parties participating in the exercise. The election has been scheduled for August 9. Four political parties, All Progressives Congress, APC, Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Labour Party, LP, are in the forefront for the election. The race towards the occupation of the Abere Governor’s office is keen and the incumbent governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, will carry APC banner. As at now, there seems to be no other known aspirant in the party. PDP has announced that it has three aspirants in its fold and this was arrived at after the deadline given by the party for any member who has interest in the election to indicate his intention. The three gubernatorial aspirants announced by the state’s party chairman, Alhaji Gani Ola-Oluwa, to have fulfilled the conditions set by the party for those aspiring for nomination are Hon Oluwole Oke who hails from Obokun Local Government Area; Sen. Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, Ayedaade Local Government Area, and Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Ife East local council. The party while announcing their names promised that they would be given

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PDP is well-positioned this to be crucial to the party’s victory in the June 21 election. One of the leading PDP aspirants, Ambassador Dare Bejide, has restated confidence in the ability of the party to dislodge the ruling APC and form the government in the state come October 16. He said the President’s prescription of consensus was a good step in that direction. The former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada said: “The President mentioned the issue of how he believed we could get a candidate. He suggested that he would prefer a consensus arrangement where we would not spend so much money for primaries. That would minimise crisis and rancour so that we could have enough time to campaign for the election”. According to him, the President’s advice is appropriate and will go a long way to help arrive at a credible and transparent candidate, capable of facing and defeating APC and LP, “the two opponents that are standing in our way”. He added: “I believe that the President has done the right thing. Recent namedropping by some aspirants that they had been endorsed by the President and so on has been laid to rest. It was quite appropriate for the President to call us together and clarify the issue. One of the issues raised by Mr President is for us to be united since our election is the next one and we can only win if we are together because we are the major stakeholders at the moment.” According to Bejide,the fact that APC and LP already have their candidates,

which puts them in a vantage position for campaign was part of the reason President Jonathan felt that the PDP in Ekiti State should put its house in order to get a candidate as soon as possible. The PDP chieftain disclosed that he was ever persuaded that his party’s victory in the election was a foregone issue, adding: “I know it is possible because we all believe in the party and the party has to win. We believe that we can have only one candidate and if that is the case, we should have it at the back of our minds that whoever that is contesting could win or lose. It shouldn’t be a do or die thing.” Bejide, who expressed optimism that he would emerge the PDP candidate, going by his lofty programmes for the state; the Southern Senatorial District that he hails from and his experience cum exposure, added: “I am a home boy and I have always been around. I have also contributed enormously to the development of our party. I believe that the party knows all of us and they know who should fly the flag of the party and the party members know I am the best for the party”. The PDP chieftain said his being a grassroots person would make it easy for him to defeat APC and LP candidates (Fayemi and Bamidele respectively, who he described as “strangers in Ekiti political setting”. His words: “As far as I am concerned, I do not see any difference between APC and LP candidates in Ekiti State. They are from the same stock. There is a disagree-

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ment within APC. That is why they are now in different parties. However, we see them as strangers in the Ekiti political setting. I’ve been around in Ekiti politics for a while and we struggled for the creation of more local governments in the state. “People of the state are waiting for change and we are here for the change. Everything shows that the people want change. They want somebody they know; someone who will not promote capital flight and who will reduce poverty in the state.” The PDP governorship hopeful hinged his conviction of Ekiti people being desir-

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a “level play ing ground”. The three incidentally are former parliament members. Oke was in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2011; Akinlabi was a former senator and one-time minister while Omisore was a former deputy governor as well former senator. In LP, there are two aspirants, Barrister Niyi Owolade and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade. UPN’s sole aspirant is Chief Segun Akinwumi. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said the Ekiti and Osun states governorship polls will be test cases. Speaking during a meeting with 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) in Abuja, Jega assured Nigerians that the lessons learnt from the recent Anambra State governorship election would be factored into the preparation for subsequent polls. He has since acknowledged that there were flaws in the Anambra ballot, but was of the opinion that the exercise met the minimum standard. “As we are all aware, we are moving towards the last lap of our work and preparation in the next one month or so as we prepare for the 2015 general election. May I use this opportunity, therefore, to ask all of us to contribute our best as we prepare for that election? Of course, there will be two other governorship elections,

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Ekiti and Osun states, before we go into the polls,” Jega told the RECs. The Nigeria Police have also stepped up preparations for the Osun gubernatorial poll as they said they were currently training 160, 000 of their personnel for the coming general elections in Ekiti and Osun states this year. Abubakar assured that the force was conducting training for 160,000 police personnel on election duties in different police training institutions across the country in preparation for the elections. He expressed the readiness of his men

to ensure hitch-free guber elections taking place in the two states as well as the 2015 general elections. He hinted that the policemen are receiving specialised training on electoral laws, election security, crowd control skills, anti-riot operations, covert intelligence operations and general principles of democratic policing. The major aspirants:

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to win in Ekiti –Bejide vided and that is a sign that he lacks the capacity to lead the state,” he said. According to the former envoy, apart from the failure of the present government to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, “my agenda, which addresses all sectors of the economy and targeted at poverty reduction through creation of jobs and the enabling environment that would give every Ekiti man the wherewithal to maximise his potential, are part of the reasons people of the state had been queuing behind his aspiration”. Bejide said they would work hard in the area of skill acquisition by collaborating with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) so that their youths would be employment creators ‘because nowhere in the world do we have government providing more than 10 per cent of employment to the people. It is a private sector-driven thing and we are going to encourage the private sector to come into Ekiti State to provide employment’. “If elected governor, we will take agriculture seriously by re-launching Ekiti to reckoning as the food basket of the nation through bringing to the fore several agricultural

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ous of change on what he called the ‘lacklustre performance of the Kayode Fayemiled APC government in the state’, said: “I am not an emergency politician in the state and I believe that the people want one of their own and they consider me as one of their own, particularly when the incumbent has not done well. “Governor Fayemi has not performed well in the state. This is because, apart from inaugurating some of the projects that we (PDP) started when we were in government in the state, he has not initiated any concrete project that would earn him a second term. Again, his house is already di-

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schemes that will ensure food security and as well serve as employment generator,” he said. Although, the belief in many quarters is that PDP will collapse like a pack of cards when one of its aspirants is eventually picked as the candidate owing to the apparent disunity in the party over the unresolved issues which began from its March 2012 state congress to the zoning formula and the disquiet over the consensus mode, Bejide holds a contrary view. To him, all the agitations in the party at present will subside when the candidate emerges, especially as long as the process is transparent, free and fair, saying: “What we are witnessing today in PDP is just a process that will lead to the emergence of a candidate. In the process, you can’t but have disagreements and we are talking among ourselves. We discuss matters of mutual interest and believe that we can take the state from the APC invaders,” he said. Recalling the experiences of the party in the past, the former envoy said: “We had a more serious problem in 2003 in PDP. That was when the time of the Ifaki and Ureje factions of PDP and even with that, we were able to win the governorship election. As a matter of fact, we won an incumbent, former Governor Niyi Adebayo, and yet, the problem was more pronounced then than what we have at the moment. “In 2007, we didn’t know our candidate our position. “Barring political shenanigans, we will win comprehensively. There is a saying that the taste of the pudding is in the eating. We have served our pudding to the Osun people. No other government has ever done what we have done for the people. The world recognises it. The PDPcontrolled Federal Government knows it. The people of the State of Osun are rejoicing about it. So, what other potential for victory do you need?” he further said on his party’s chance in the forthcoming election.

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years. The Ilesha-born politician has transformed the state in terms of infrastructure. He is also not having any opposition within his party. Political analysts believe he is going to enjoy the incumbency advantage, which is a major boost to election success in Africa. Osun State’s APC Director of Media, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, is sure Aregbesola will be re-elected by the people as he said that APC in Osun had been working for the progress of the state. “That is a political assignment, on which the people of the state will make

judgement as to whether or not we kept faith with their mandate. The mandate given us by the Osun people was to execute the six-point integral action plan which we presented to them before they voted us into office. The question now is: did we fulfil their mandate or not? Yes, we believe we did and that gives us absolute confidence that the people are happy with us. We have nothing to fear about the August election because what we have done is evident all over the state. If you wrote an examination very well, you would be sure of success, and that is

Oke was in the lower chamber of the National Assembly for eight years during which he was chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence. The aspirant, who last Tuesday made his declaration for the gubernatorial race, hails from Esa-Oke in Obokun local council of the state. He is also from the same senatorial district, Osun East, where Governor Aregbesola comes from. He is confident of picking the PDP ticket. Although he believes that dislodging an incumbent governor would not be an easy task, he boasted that he would defeat Aregbesola at the poll if given the ticket by his party. One thing that is going for Oke is that he is a technocrat and one that has age on his side.

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until the last minute. It was that bad. We had a primary that had problems until a candidate was eventually picked to fly our flag. It was more terrible than what we have at the moment. The party is in a better position now than what we were in 2003 and 2007. If anybody is thinking that we are in a very bad shape, he or she is deceiving him or herself. “As soon as we get a candidate and such person is not controversial and is credible and acceptable to the people, all PDP members will rally round him, the civil servants; the youth of the state, artisans will all give him their support and ensure he becomes the governor of the state. Anybody thinking that the crisis in the party will remain the same after the emergence of a candidate is deceiving himself. We will wax stronger. The people are encouraging us because they know the PDP is well-positioned to win,” Bejide said. According to him, when PDP candidate eventually emerges, “we will begin to campaign. We expect it to be issue-based campaign, that is why we need somebody that is very transparent, somebody who is not controversial so that we can begin to canvass issues. Bejide added, “If we pick somebody with issues, we would be bogged with the problems of the candidate’s personality rather than issues. We must be able to say that the present government in the state has not done well and prove it in the areas of infrastructure, education and so many other issues. “We should save ourselves the problem of the personality of our candidate. That is why we need somebody who is not controversial, whose personality will not become an issue of campaign.” rial District. He had served as a minister of Youth Development and as a senator. He has been clamouring for a level playing field from his party’s leadership. “All what I am asking for is a level playing field for all aspirants. Our chairman has promised that the party leadership would be fair to all. I have no reason to doubt him. I believe him and I am holding him by his word. If there is fairness and we all unite, we will surely chase away the present government from office. The PDP is now at a historic crossroads and it is left with a choice of presenting a good and presentable candidate without any baggage. Akinlabi is also known to have close relationship with the President Jonathan; this may work for him in getting the party ticket.

Senator Iyiola Omisore, PDP Iyiola Omisore is a former deputy governor of the state. He was in the Senate between 2003 and 2011, where he served as the Chairman, Budget and Appropriation Committee. He hails from Ile-Ife in Osun East senatorial district. Political pundits see him as one with deep root in Osun politics and a good political strategist. Ile-Ife where he hails from is also known for delivering heavy votes at elections. He had shown interest in the gubernatorial race in the past. Omisore, who started his campaign programme yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital, has vowed to give AregbeCONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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How xxxx far can Atiku go in APC? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 expectations. According to him, “PDP was built and nurtured to grow, but unfortunately, some people had turned it to something else, with no remedy in sight. “My defection was a normal process because our democracy is an evolving process and it is normal to move from party to party until the whole system is well developed,” he said, countering notions that he was inconsistent. He was also asked to share his plans for the APC, if things did not go according to his plans. The former presidential candidate said, assuredly, “This will not happen”. He noted that APC was another good experiment like the PDP had been in the beginning. “The large merger of parties that made up APC has never been seen before in the country and that makes it a viable party as the Nigerian political system is coming into a two-party system,” he said. He assured Nigerians that APC was different from PDP and that they should “wait and see what the party would offer”. He referred to PDP as an establishment that did not want change, while APC was seeking change. “Nigeria needs a leader who is committed to the philosophy and ideology of the party and who is acceptable by all ethnic and religious classes. We need people who can unite the country and move it forward”, the former PDP chieftain said. Speaking on Atiku’s defection, Governor Nyako described the former VP as his senior political brother who had just led the prayer for the burial of the PDP, adding that “we are all behind him to say amen. With the brooms in our hands, we shall sweep away all the problems of Nigeria.” Atiku, during his visit to the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, last Monday, said APC leadership was committed to building a strong and united party.

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“All of us are now willing to set aside our individual ambitions so as to build a formidable APC. “So, for now, we are not talking about how to pursue our selfish political aspirations. We are collectively working to ensure the growth of APC,” he said. He commended the people of Sokoto for rallying behind him always, recalling that he got the highest number of votes from the state delegates during the 2011 PDP presidential primaries. But Atiku needed to tread softly as the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that a former vicepresident could not be the godfather to APC. Oshiomhole made this known when he spoke with newsmen after paying a solidarity visit to APC secretariat in Asaba, Delta State. He said it was not possible for Atiku to become godfather to a party he did not form, adding that, “Atiku came to join what already existed, so he cannot be a father to APC.

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Battle royale as Osun guber poll beckons CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 sola a serious fight for the Oke-Fia Government House. Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, LP Akinbade, was a former commissioner, secretary to the state government and first PDP chairman in Osun State. He is no doubt a grassroots politician. The Ogbagba-born politician has been involved in the state politics for a long time. He is one with deep knowledge of the political terrain in the state. Why he dumped PDP and moved to LP has not been fully explained, but political observers believe that if he is picked by his party and gets financial support, he is definitely going to be among the front runners in the August gubernatorial election. His assets also include his humility,

kind-heartedness, religiousness, qualities that have drawn a lot of grassroots politicians to his fold. Barrister Niyi Owolade, LP Niyi Owolade had served in the administration of Chief Bisi Akande and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as commissioner. He has been very critical of the APC-led state government but may have to work hard if he is going to get LP ticket. Segun Akinwusi, UPN Akinwusi was head of service, State of Osun under former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola. He also served the incumbent, Aregbesola, before he retired in 2012. He started his career in the civil service as an Administrative Officer in the Old Oyo State in 1977, and acted as per-

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feel and what that amounts to,” Oshiomhole said. The governor also said that the worries were that of the political party he left to join APC. Atiku Abubakar, born on November 25 1946 served as the second elected VicePresident of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of PDP. His first foray into politics was in the early 80s when he worked behind-thescene on the governorship campaign of Bamanga Tukur. On Sept 1, 1990, he announced his Gongola State gubernatorial bid. A year later, before the elections could hold, Gongola State was split into two – Adamawa and Taraba – by the Federal Government. Atiku fell into the new Adamawa State. After an acrimonious contest, he won the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries in November 1991. He was subsequently disqualified by government from contesting the elections. In 1998, he launched his bid for governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the PDP. He won the December 1998 elections, but before he could be sworn in, he was taken by PDP’s presidential candidate, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as his running mate. The Obasanjo-Atiku ticket won the February 27, 1999 Presidential election with 62.78 per cent of the votes. He was sworn in as VP on May 29, 1999. On November 25, 2006, he announced that he would run for president. On December 20, 2006, he was chosen as presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC). In October, 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the presidency. On November 22, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the northern consensus candidate, over former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau, and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State. Atiku contested for the presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary. tary in May 2003, before he was elevated to the position of head of service. Though, relatively new in politics, Akinwusi has emphasised that he wants to serve his people at a higher capacity and was of the opinion that as a former civil servant, the best he could do while in service was to offer quality advice that will benefit the state but he cannot force the political leadership to act in accordance with his wishes. “As a civil servant, when you advise your political head and he thinks otherwise, there is little you can do. Having put in many years into the service of Osun State, I believe I am a greater stakeholder than anyone that came on a sojourn. I did my best by giving my pieces of advice, but there is nothing you can do to help somebody who does not respect your views’’ he said. The UPN aspirant is very sure of ousting Aregbesola. However, his party, the resuscitated UPN, is not only new but is yet to be officially registered by INEC.


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Nigeria’s unity is negotiable – Ozekhome Chief Mike Ozekhome is a lawyer and human rights activist. In this interview with a group of journalists, he insists that Nigeria’s unity is negotiable and argues that no Constitution has had the inputs of the people of Nigeria. He adds that a National Assembly of mostly selected members has no constitutional authority to tamper with the decisions of the people at the proposed National Conference. Our Chief Correspondent, Sebastine Ebhuomhan, presents the issues. Excerpts:

As a foremost lawyer and participant of the National Political Reform Conference in 2005, what do you make of the National Conference being proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan? Whatever the shortcomings of the National Conference as we have it today are, we must give kudos to President Goodluck Jonathan for being able to brave the odds and decide that Nigerians must talk. I am ashamed that, suddenly, some campaigners of the National Conference, even those that were campaigning for Sovereign National Conference, are beginning to turn their back at it for short term political advantages. In congratulating President Goodluck on having the temerity or audacity to organise the conference, however, there are problems that he would need to look at in order to have a successful and remarkable conference. If these areas are not looked into, we may be treating a serious ailment like leprosy with medicines meant for eczema or headache. What are the problems ahead of the National Conference? One major hurdle the Constitutional Conference will have to cross as at today is that there is no legislative law backing the convocation. The more rational thing would have been to lay a bill that will give the framework and modalities for holding the conference before the National Assembly by Mr President. As at today, there is none and everything he has done was from him alone as the President. It could be argued though that Section 5 of the Constitution gives the executive powers to Mr President and that the occupant of the office should be in charge of ensuring peace, orderliness and good governance of the country. We can, however, argue that having a National Conference is part of the ingredients that can lead to peace, stability and security in Nigeria. That is hurdle number one. Where will the N7 billion earmarked for the conference come from? As at now, the budget is still before the National Assembly. With the tug of war filibustering and leader-

ship tussle in the National Assembly between the PDP and the APC, nobody knows when the national budget will be passed. That is challenge number two. However, I want to believe that the N7 billion is a small amount for us to talk about bringing peace to Nigeria. After all, it is less than the amount some permanent secretaries and deputy directors have been found to have pocketed. I do not have any problem with that amount at all. It is from it that a secretariat would be set up and sitting allowances would be paid to the participants, who would have to leave the comforts of their homes for Abuja. The third challenge is the duration of the conference that has been put at three months. From my own experience as a member of the Political Reform Conference in 2005, where I was later made spokesman of the South-South delegates, the three-month duration that was equally earmarked for that conference, was not enough. We had to extend it and write to President Obasanjo. At the end, it took us nothing less than five months to organise the conference. The Conference would be convened at a plenary session. The first two to three weeks would be at that session debating its modalities. What areas should be touched? What committees will be set up? What will be the objects of each committee? How long the committees will sit and so on? Then, the plenary session will now break up into committee stages, where the committees will be sitting. You will need nothing less than a month for the committees to sit down to do a good job. By that time, two months are already gone. The various works of the committees would be brought back to the plenary session of the whole committee. Each committee will bring out items and each item will be debated one after the other. In a conference of 496 members, everyone would want to speak. Anyone who is not allowed to speak would conclude that he has been marginalised and that there is a hidden agenda. There could also be up to 30 committees. We will need about two months for that. After the debates and agreements are

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reached by this committee, they will again go back to the plenary session for voting on the findings of the committee, item by item. How do you use three months to do all these things? What are the other challenges? Challenge number four is the method of voting. Mr President said there must be consensus on each subject matter. Can we ever have consensus on the issues of fiscal federalism, resource control and devolution of power from the centre to the units? If we are not going to have such consensus, how do you vote? Mr. President and his spin doctors said there must be 75 per cent of the participants who must vote for each item to be agreed upon. That is a tall order. There are two problems here. For minorities like those in the South-South, who have been clamouring for resource control, it will look like climbing Mount Everest to get 75 per cent of the National Conference members to vote for it. I’m saying this because their brothers from the North are already saying that they should show gratitude for the 13 per cent they already have. I can’t see that happen. Another problem is that head or tail, we are going to have a lot of injustice. At the end of the conference, we may end up having a tyrannical minority against a helpless majority. Let us assume that 74 per cent votes want an issue resolved in a particular way but 26

per cent does not want it that way. It simply means that that point will be defeated even though it was only one per cent short of going through. It means a minority of 26 per cent will carry the day against the majority of 74 per cent. Why would the majority not be able to push their way through the barrier if their demand is popular? The truth is that the chain is as strong as the link. We are all equal stakeholders in the project or contraption called Nigeria. The 380 ethnic groups in the country must be able to feel like stakeholders. Some ethnic groups should not be made to look like clappers and members of the audience. If we are only concerned about Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, the three ethnic groups in the country, what happens to the remaining 377 ethnic groups? Are you saying God was wrong in making Mike Ozekhome to come from Ivuoke, a village near a minority community of Agenebode, which is also a minority community within Etsako East that is also a minority within Edo North? It doesn’t end there. Edo North is a minority within Edo State and Edo State is a minority within Nigeria. If all of us must be given a sense of belonging, we must treat ourselves as equal partners. Not doing so is to treat equal unequally and unequal equally. For too long, we have been having what the CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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late MKO Abiola referred to as peace of the cemetery or graveyard. It is not peace because it is devoid of transparency, justice and equity.

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President Jonathan has maintained that Nigeria’s unity is a ‘no go area’. What is your take on that? Mr President, like Abacha during the 1994 National Constitutional Conference and Obasanjo during the 2005 National Political Reform Conference, said there were some “no go areas”. I disagree. We have passed the stage where we will say we cannot discuss Nigeria in all its ramifications. We discussed God and how he created the world in Genesis. Why are we afraid of discussing ourselves? Why do we fear discussing where we are coming from, where we are and where we are going? Why do we fear? One of the reasons given by Nigerians who are not in support of the conference is that ethnic groups in the country had agreed to live together as one long ago and that there was no reason now to discuss what has been agreed upon; what’s your opinion on this? We have never agreed. When did we ever agree to live together as one? The late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, once described Nigeria as a piece of historical mistake. The late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, once described Nigeria as a piece of geographical expression. We were coupled together by the British. Before 1914, we had different nationalities within Nigeria and we were never united. We had never negotiated to stay together. That is why till tomorrow Nigerians maintain strong belief in their ethnic groupings. On Sundays, they go to village and community meetings and discuss their real problems. They don’t say: ‘I’m a Nigerian’. They say: ‘I’m Yoruba, I’m Edo, I’m Igbo; I’m Isoko, etc’. The truth is that they are not wrong to say that because before the 1914 forced amalgamation, there were already recognised ethnic nationalities. How can you now give 90 slots to ethnic nationalities out of 380? Why is Mr. President alone having 90 slots? During the visitations of the conference to states and zones, it appeared there was this unanimity that the conference should be about ethnic nationality; why was that not adopted? That is also part of the challenge and I will soon come to that. Nigeria’s unity is negotiable. The so-called indissolubility and indivisibility are mere red herrings that cannot stand the test of time. Not to negotiate Nigeria’s unity amounts to postponing the evil day. Are you not aware that India, Pakistan and Burma used to be one country? Already, there are some separatist movements in Nigeria. The Boko Haram people have already planted their flags in about two or three states in the North. The MASSOB are craving for Biafra and the Arewa people want northern hegemonic domination while the Middle Belt people feel they are different. Was Ethiopia and Eritrea not one country before? What about the behemoth USSR? The truth is that not to negotiate the unity of Nigeria, which has undermined and underpinned our development, is the reason we do not have confidence in one another and suspicious in one another. We believe more in our ethnic

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nationality than the nation called Nigeria. Not to have it is to continue to postpone the evil day. We must discuss all issues. From how Nigeria came to be here, how we are now and where we want to go to from here; the issue of fiscal federalism; resource control; devolution of powers; ethnic nationalities’ autonomy; corruption; to the type of government that we need; whether, in fact, we are satisfied with the presidential system of government, which has been shown to be very expensive and money guzzling; that we are using about 75 per cent of our national budget to service recurrent expenditure while we leave only 25 per cent for capital expenditure etc. No nation, I dare say, can ever develop with that kind of meagre allocation. We need to discuss it. To who do we submit the National Conference report and recommendations? That is going to bring me to the other issue as to who do we submit this report to? Mr President says we are going to submit the report to the National Assembly so that they will engrave it into the Constitution. Which Constitution? The 1999 Constitution that we have already shown is fundamentally flawed being a militarily imposed Constitution? It was imposed on the people of Nigeria by 48 members of the Provisional Ruling Council headed by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, which made the Constitution to lie about itself when it says in its preamble: that we the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have decided to give a new Constitution? We never gave ourselves that Constitution. Now, the National Assembly under Section 9 of the Constitution is solely empowered to amend the Constitution and promulgate ordinary laws. Nowhere in Section 9 were they given powers to promulgate a new Constitution. In fact, it is the Constitution that gave birth to the National Assembly. The National Assembly does not give birth to the Constitution in the same way that it is the dog that wags its tail. The tail cannot wag the dog. See the problem areas. What are the problems that may arise from

submitting the National Conference Report to the National Assembly? If you say decisions of Nigeria should be subjected to the National Assembly; what if the people decide in their wisdom to abolish a bi-cameral National Assembly being too expensive; that we do not want 360 members in the House of Representatives or 109 members of the Senate; that we want just 3 per cent: meaning that only the Senate will stay and the entire House of Representatives will go; will they agree to self-immolation, self-annihilation and self-destruction? They will reject it. That means a small clique of people that are not really representatives of the people would have rejected the entire decisions of the people of Nigeria. Problem No. 2: assuming the people of Nigeria say we don’t even need a presidential system of government; it is too expensive; we want to revert back to the Westminster parliamentary system of government, which, of course, will abolish the entire National Assembly immediately and bring about a new form of government, will members of the National Assembly agree to engrave that into a new Constitution? The answer, again, is no. So, for us to have an autochthonous Constitution, which means a home-grown one, the people of Nigeria must have the final say in a plebiscite or a referendum. After the National Conference must have debated, the decisions will be subjected to a National Referendum or Plebiscite of the people whether they agree with the decisions or not. Since the 1922 Clifford Constitution up to the 1946 Arthur Richards Constitution, to the 1951 Macpherson Constitution up to the 1954 Littleton Constitution and to the 1960 Independence Constitution up to the 1963 Republican Constitution, to the 1979 Federal Constitution, up to the 1989 unused IBB Constitution, to the 1999 Constitution that we have now, which has already been altered four times, apart from the Constitution of the Midwest Region of Nigeria, which was subjected to a plebiscite of the people on August 9, 1963, to make the Midwest to break away from the old Western

Region, no Constitution of Nigeria has ever had that advantage. That situation is unacceptable. The process by which a constitution comes into being is even more important than the context of a constitution. That is what gives it legitimacy, credibility, acceptability and believability of the people of Nigeria. To run away from that is to merely postpone the evil day and make the National Conference a merely cosmetic jamboree for people to go and rest for three months. What I am saying is that the National Assembly is manipulable, not competent and is not constitutionally and legally authorised to tamper with the decisions of the people of Nigeria. Not after the people have decided to discuss issues cutting across a large spectrum of Nigeria. In any case, I must add even by way of side remark that, many of them did not even go to the National Assembly through fair and free elections. Many went there by selection. Many were imposed. So, we cannot therefore run away from the fact that for us to have the home-grown, autochtonous Constitution, which is the grundnorm of the land, it is the people alone that must decide it through a plebiscite of the people. That is only when the Constitution can enjoy eternal credibility, respectability, acceptability and also legitimacy. How do you factor the allegation that President Jonathan has an underlining hidden agenda behind the discourse? I do not agree with critics that the President has a hidden agenda in inaugurating the National Conference. But to me, as it is now, it is more or less sub-optimal. It is not optimal. It is not fully ingrained; and we may find ourselves looking for another Constitutional Conference in future to still discuss the issues that are outstanding. What is your view on the issue of representation on the basis of ethnic nationality? Let me tell you that in 1994, the Abacha Conference had 396 delegates. Abacha alone singlehandedly nominated 96. The rest were elected across the country; which was a better form. When you elect people, they become truly representative rather than when you nominate people. But let us concede to the President that because of the time framework, the fact that elections are near, to talk about electing people to go to the Conference, a lot of people will go to court and stop the entire process and it will never see the long light of day. Probably, that was what informed this nomination. It is also good that we allow each segment of the society to be the people to nominate or elect their members like the civil society have 24 slots, they can now decide among themselves who to go and represent them. The women have 24 slots; the youth have 18 slots; elders have about 24 slots; armed forces about 14 or 18 slots; they can vote among themselves and know who to go and represent them. In other words, the President has not chosen the representatives of these people for them. In 2005, the Obasanjo National Political Reform Conference had about 400 delegates. Obasanjo nominated 50 CONTINUED ON PAGE 50


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ecently, while receiving a delegation of Anambra State business community led by Governor Peter Obi in Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government to the industrialisation of the country. The President said that it remained the best option for solving the country’s youth unemployment; and the right path to national greatness. We agree with Mr. President’s prognosis. It resonates well with the aspiration of virtually every Nigerian. Indeed, industrialization remains the key that will free Nigeria from further retrogression. But it is a challenge that has dogged the nation since post-independence. An industrialisation policy-framework was even established, but never allowed to endure. Unfortunately, too, this trend appears not just a Nigerian peculiarity, but a regional or subSaharan African plague. It is not debatable that the Nigerian development framework has not substantially departed from being dependent on externally generated ideas and approaches that do not realistically address the fundamental problems of unemployment and sub-optimal exploration of national potentials and resources. Rather, the various economic and industrial policies, especially since the mid1980s, tend to serve the interests of foreign players in the national economy, players who have no real interest in the development of the country, other than massive capital transfer to their home countries. While consumerism is encouraged in a nation with a very high foreign taste at the expense of real production, as manifested in distressing petro-dollar dependence and vulnerable local industries, sincere efforts and investments of patriotic local wealth creators

are easily crushed. Lamentably too, the lack of will or lethargy of successive governments in capital projects and social infrastructure readily serves as a disincentive for local industries to continue operation. Electricity supply is still very epileptic, even though it is acknowledged that the government is driving hard the privatisation of the power sector by unbundling the behemoth, lame duck National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and its successor Power Holding Company of Nigeria (of sad memory) into smaller generation and distribution companies to make them more manageable. Gas distribution to power industries is yet to achieve an encouraging penetration; road infrastructure is

Nigeria as a nation is currently too far from doing the needful to get her industrialisation dream realised parlous, especially with the collapse of the rail system; while the political climate is still uncertain and cannot guarantee policy stability or consistency to encourage serious investors in the Nigerian economy. What Nigeria loses in terms of industrial investment, especially in the past one decade, is the gain of her neighbours with more robust economic policies and political stability that guarantee clement investment climate. Ghana is a ready example. Economic surveys published by that country’s central bank found Nigeria to be one of the top ten sources of Foreign Direct Equity Investment

in Ghana. The country placed 9th with a contribution of 2.1 per cent of the GH¢1.5 billion invested in Ghana in 2007; and this has been the trend. Yet it must be recognised that industrialisation remains a major objective of development strategy and government policy. Through it, developing nations can unlock themselves from their chain of backwardness; achieve higher economic growth and launch themselves into a higher pedestal of development. Unfortunately, Nigeria is still crawling at snail speed in this regard, with mere lip service being paid to the diversification of the national economy, in a very contradictory industrial and economic policy environment. We dare say, however, that industrialisation is not an aspiration or hollow dream to be wished by a country’s leader. For us, it is a development imperative. Nigeria’s industrial policy should be innovation-driven to foster skills upgrade, enhance industrial growth and produce world class exports. One cannot but agree with the advocacy of a development expert, that the country’s policy should include the establishment of many-side economic structure, the build-up of its own independent and solid bases for raw materials, modernization of all sectors of the national economy and the training of its own technical cadre. Therefore, urgent steps should be taken to get the right domestic responses and attract genuine foreign investors into the country. The government should provide the necessary protection and incentives to support and advance the visible efforts of local investors. Nigeria as a nation is currently too far from doing the needful to get her industrialisation dream realised. It is high time words are matched with action.

Reminiscences FEBRUARY 9 IN HISTORY 1975 - Nobel laureate, Robinson, dies

Robert Robinson was an English chemist who was awarded the 1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on plant alkaloids. He investigated the chemical reactions that produced alkaloids and discovered the structures of morphine and strychnine. His work and theories on the nature and structures of organic compounds helped in the synthesis of penicillin and other anti-malarial drugs.

1974 - Last astronaut crew leaves U.S. space station

The final astronaut crew leaves the American space station Skylab. The station was abandoned because there were no more launch vehicles to take astronauts to the station. The Space Shuttle was originally supposed to return to the station in 1979 and move it to a higher orbit, but the Shuttle was not available until 1981.

1957 - Walther Bothe passes on

Walther Bothe was a German physicist who shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics with Max Born for his work on coincidence or how a particle can act as a wave. He detected electrons passing through two adjacent Geiger tubes at almost the same time to show momentum and energy are conserved at the atomic level. He later used this ‘coincident method’ to determine cosmic rays where really massive particles rather than photons.

1906 – Physicist, Carlson, is born

Chester Floyd Carlson was an American physicist who invented the electrophotography technique that produces dry copies of documents. We know this today by the name xerography. He found that when light and shadow strike a charged surface, the light areas will repel charged particles where the shadows attract. This process is the heart of modern copiers and laser printers.

1693 – Second U.S. higher institution emerges

College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., United States, received its charter, becoming the second institution of higher learning in the United States.

National Weather Service set up

1870 - The National Weather Service was established under the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

1904 - Japan attacks Russia The Russo-Japanese war began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China. 1915 - Griffith’s controversial epic makes debut

D. W. Griffith’s controversial epic, The Birth of a Nation premiered in Los Angeles.


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found as empty, but insidious and treasonable, the recent threat by Asari Dokubo that he would lead the SouthSouth in arms against the Nigerian State and make it ungovernable if President Jonathan was not re-elected by May 2015. The rotund, fat-cheeked and heavily-bearded Asari Dokubo, who founded and led the defunct Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), is now a self-styled “Mujahidin”. Dokubo’s “born-again” posture before the end of Obasanjo’s reign as president, had made the former militant a prime beneficiary of the amnesty largesse of successive administrations. The Niger Delta militancy or insurgency enterprise has therefore done the retired South-South “freedom fighter” a world of good.

Dokubo had been a vocal voice in the early years of the Fourth Republic; his era had caricatured the “good” old days of Isaac Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa, which had unpretentiously asked questions about the tragic state of development and environmental pollution of their oil-rich homeland by the oil transnational companies. Like the fallen and true greats of the Niger Delta struggles, Dokubo’s acts had been classed as part of the true heroics of the region. Having gotten the desired (and probably deserved) attention, which lasted for a while, pressure was mounted on him to disarm his ragtag army causing trouble in the creeks. Rumours had it at a time that the Obasanjo administration bought him out of the turbulent creeks at a huge ransom. Years later, Dokubo seems to be one of the richest south-

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Ranting of an ant? erners alive, who, by virtue of the new status, can afford fleet of cars, change of looks, and of course, pleasant rides in presidential jets. Mr. Dokubo can also afford the boasts and threats that he has been making. He had repeatedly said Jonathan’s re-election was not negotiable. But the latest assertions on national television were daring, inflammatory and capable of further heating up the fragile polity. Mujahidin has promised hell for Nigerians if his fellow Ijaw man is not re-elected. He had even boasted that the victory was “settled”, meaning Jonathan could emerge president yet again in 2015 even if the Nigerian people do not vote. These are the Mujahidin’s own words: “The way things are going, there is no sitting on the fence in the battle before us...When some people say they have a right to rule and others don’t have, then there is no sitting on the fence. All of us will have to be in the ring and fight. We cannot leave Goodluck alone. My support for Jonathan will be biased, because charity begins at home. Monkey no fine, but im mama like am. Goodluck, na my person. 2015 is already a settled matter. Goodluck Jonathan would be President in 2015, whether they contest or they don’t. If they say the blood of the dogs and the baboons will be soaked in the streets, or salt water in the streets, we will help them in blood in the streets.” Hmmm. Typical of an Islamist. And obviously reminiscent of Sheikh Shekau’s murderous rage on YouTube. Dokubo did not spare Obasanjo and Babangida, who he berated for plotting against Jonathan’s political ambition, and lampooned the moves to present Sule Lamido ahead of the incumbent president as the presidential flag-bearer of the ruling party. He also “dissed”

Rotimi Amaechi and other politicians who have been feuding with the president, saying, “I will declare for the PDP. We will fight, because in this battle, there is no retreat, no surrender. We will not take any prisoner of war. It will be total battle”. Paraphrase: “We will kill anyone who stands on Jonathan’s way”. When prisoners of war are not taken, the captives are “wasted”. “Total battle” in military strategy is “annihilation” of the enemy without recourse to laws of armed conflict or rules of engagement. Considering therefore, the enormity of the treason in these careless statements, Dokubo should have been locked behind bars before the cock crowed the next morning. But alas, the jihadist is still walking a free man. This is even against the backdrop that his inflammatory comments were coming on the heels of a recent arrest in neighbouring Benin Republic, where he was alleged to be acquiring and stockpiling weapons for shipment to Nigeria, probably in preparation for the mayhem he plans to unleash on the country if his Ijaw brother was not re-elected. The arrest, sudden release and heroic conveyance home have been described as preposterous and suspect. There are speculations that Dokubo is acting on the orders and under the protection of a very powerful political force. His suspicious moves in Benin, outbursts and vows to destabilize Nigeria were reprehensible and prosecutable. But that the Supreme Security Officer (President) of the nation keeps mum- just as his service chiefs and State Security Service have lamely reacted- is suggestive. If there are no political forces behind Asari Dokubo, then the retired militant is on a self-serving mission to seek relevance. He has obviously been out of circulation for a while, until recently

when he reinvented himself as Mujahidin (fighter for Allah) and started a chapter of loquacious emissions and unguarded comments. Dokubo could also be genuinely meaning to proverbially say that Nigeria does not belong to the Northerners alone and that any attempt to short-change a Southerner (particularly from Ijaw extraction) would lead to a fitful redefinition of the ownership and control of Nigeria- a case of what is good for the goose, is good for the sauce kind of thing. If this is what Dokubo meant, he has obviously said it wrongly. The language, content and approach are wrong. Nigeria has suffered too much of insecurity, high mortality rate owing to ethnic and religious crises, to now have persons making open calls to war. Come to think of it- it practically makes no sense to say Nigeria would be made ungovernable if Jonathan does not win an election. Will Jonathan win an election if people do not vote for him? If he is allowed to contest, must he win? Is it automatic? What if majority do not consider him fit or qualified to govern them again, if they perceive him inept? Must mediocrity be allowed to reign for eight years simply because some clannish sentiments are being considered? I am not saying Jonathan is not performing; we are only weighing the degree of vacuousness and stupidity of that threat from the South. The disposition to 2015 by those who hold that view is undemocratic and antidemocratic. It is an irony that hitherto celebrated “freedom fighters” would now want to hold others in bondage because of their selfish and tribal interests. That assertion, like the rest, has just explained to me the true meaning of 2face Idibia’s philosophical note in one of his soulful songs: “To be civilized, you don’t have to be educated”.

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rotocol was broken for a few minutes at the recently concluded Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA) that took place at the redeveloped Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ikogosi-Ekiti when the organisers announced a special presentation to Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi. To the curious crowd of journalists, media executives, businessmen and government officials at the resort’s main auditorium, venue of the award ceremony, the question was what could be the special presentation other than the traditional award usually reserved for the host governor.

The special presentation turned out to be an enlarged version of a cartoon published earlier in the week by a leading national daily where the cartoonist had brilliantly captured the frustration of the opposition who are at loss over which of Fayemi’s numerous achievements could be faulted. The unveiling of the drawing drew a thunderous applause from the audience. Subsequently the issue of development in

Ekiti State became the recurrent topic by various groups and personalities in the hall that evening. The award-winning cartoonist who was a nominee at the NMMA, when asked to comment on the drawing simply said: “the cartoon speaks for itself.” According to him, Governor Fayemi has done so much to develop the state and its citizens that he had in the process, inadvertently, raised the bar of governance as well as qualification for political office in the state. A vast majority of the participants at the event who are mostly first time visitors to the Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort- where nature and modernity have a perfect blend- could not but agree with him. The new life that has been injected into the Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort is an eloquent testimony to the transformative leadership style of the Governor who masterminded the redevelopment of the once moribund spring to a world class standard tourist centre. But in actual fact, Ikogosi Warm Springs, like the Ekiti Project itself, remains a work in progress, as the government has concluded plans for the second phase of development with a foreign technical partner.

The successful transformation of Ikogosi Warm Springs, many believe, is a product of courage, vision and penchant for excellence which the Fayemi administration is noted for. In just about three and a half years, the JKF administration has impacted positively on the lives of the citizens and the various communities with its well structured developmental strategies anchored on the 8-point agenda. Just as the JKF’s Midas touch has brought life back to Ikogosi, two moribund industries- Ire Bricks Factory and Odua Enterprise Centre (formerly Oodua Textile) have also been resuscitated. This has helped to expand the State’s resources, provide job opportunities for the youths, encourage new skills acquisition by workers and enlarge the middle class in the State. By ensuring peace and tranquillity and putting relevant laws in place to protect investments and investors, the state has been able to attract scores of billion naira private sector investment. Fayemi’s quiet revolution in the agriculture sector has energised the sector, leading to more youths embracing commercial agriculture under its Youth in Commer-

cial Agriculture Development (YCAD) scheme. This pragmatic approach to agric business and the attendant empowerment programmes for the young farmers is gradually making Ekiti the food basket of the nation, while raising a crop of young entrepreneurs in that sector. A passionate and compassionate leader, Fayemi in the bid to take good care of the indigent elderly citizens of the state, established the Social Security Benefit Scheme that gives every qualified elderly citizens N5,000 stipends monthly. The number of beneficiaries has since been increased to 25,000 elderly citizens drawn from the 16 local government areas of the state. Other components of the social security scheme include the food bank (where indigent old people could go and get a meal and or food items). According to available statistics from the State Bureau of Statistics [SBS] , within three and a half years, the JKF administration has generated jobs of different categories to the tune of 3,327 in 2011 and progressively increased the figure to 10,465 and 30,187 in 2012 and 2013 respectively. CONTINUED ON PAGE 58


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ssociation of Christian Theologians (ACT), a Christian regulatory body in the country, at the weekend lent its voice to the raging debate over the 14-year jail term punishment recently endorsed by President Goodluck Jonathan for offenders of gay practice or same-sex marriage.

Giving a reaction to the new law, the National President of the ACT, Prof Kunle Macaulay said it was a law that seeks to kill an ant with a sledge hammer. Reacting for the ACT, Macaulay said rather than impose a 14-year jail term on those engaged in gay practice, government should seek for ways of assisting the offenders, as the act is more of psychic problem than crime indulgence. “As far as I’m concerned, it is not the law that matters. We’ve seen laws being broken in this country. If you make a law that says

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offenders of gay practice should be jailed 14 years, these people can always retreat to their indoors and do it secretly. And once the practice festers in secrecy, it makes mockery of the law itself. “My main concern really is the need for rehabilitation, reformation and transformation. The homosexuals need help; they should be fished out, counselled and transformed into responsible citizens. It is not fair to make a law that will lock up our youths, children in prison when in actual fact, they are suffering from some social and psychic drift, of which they require urgent help.” Macaulay, nonetheless, condemned gay practice, describing it as an ungodly act. He noted that its acceptance in some Christian communities in Europe and the Americas was because they have allowed civilization to affect religious norms. He said that was why he had insisted that Christian education should be left in

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the hands of theologians who are well informed about biblical matters. Macaulay, however, commended the churches in Africa for taking a firm stand of not permitting same-sex marriage of any form of homosexuality in their circles. Speaking on the national conference coming up soon, the theology teacher insisted that the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, is not competent to represent the Christian interest at the confab. He averred that CAN, as currently constituted, has lost the confidence of Christians, “as some of its leaders have soiled their hands”. Rather, he advised that Bible scholars who have no partisan inclinations be called upon to speak for the Christians. Besides, Macaulay stressed that what Nigeria requires now is good leadership, describing its absence as the bane to the country’s growth and as the reason the country is wallowing under a state of insecurity.

With Lent just a few weeks away, chocolate may be among the treats Pope Francis plans to give up for the religious fasting. So he may want to start tucking into this chocolate gift now - a life-sized version of himself moulded out of 1.5tons of Cocoa from Atitlan, in Guatemala, Central America. The Pope was presented with the unique chocolate statue of himself in the Vatican by a group of 20 amateurs chocolatiers at the weekend. Students on a course at the Accademia of Maestri Cioccolatieri, near Venice, Italy, spent four weeks creating the chocolate statue in the Pope’s image. The students picked the Pope as the person they wanted to make out of chocolate because of his popularity since he was elected the Bishop of Rome in March last year. The head of the Catholic Church decided to auction off the Dyna Super Glide bike and donate the funds to Caritas Roma, a charity which supports those in need around the world.

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How to pursue your enemy –Pastor Muoka B eloved, we should know that we are special people. Though we are in the world but we are not of the world. We are not sinners or backsliders and do not belong to the world. We are the people of God, people of heaven. We are people that belong to the kingdom of God here on earth. So, we belong to God Almighty. If you can believe in Him today, you shall have the privilege of son-ship, for all that receive Christ by faith, becomes automatically the sons of God by adoption. This is a precious and free privilege. Do not be left out because there are much to gain and a lot to lose if you don’t heed this counseling. This is because in the Kingdom of God are provision for all good things. You cannot pursue and overcome your enemies if you are not under the banner of the Almighty God or belong to His Kingdom.

Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” If you desire every good thing in this world and want to be in heaven at last, you must seek the Kingdom of God first. The Scripture says, you should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all good things shall be added unto you. How many things do you have now as a Christian? If you have all good things, fine. But if you don’t have all, then you must go for them now. You must take what belong to you. Whatever the devil has taken away from you must be retrieved so that you have all round blessing. Abraham was blessed by God in all things. If God blessed him in all things and he is the Father of faith and we are his children, then we shall be blessed and our blessing shall provoke unbelievers. Our prosperity will provoke unbelievers to worship God because when you have all things; people around you that are unbelievers will come and plead with you to take them to your church. Honestly your prosperity will provoke sinners to worship God because if they are better than you, they will not listen to you. If you preach to them, they may accuse you of trying to make them be like you: imagine a situation where you preached a wonderful sermon and at the end, you begin to solicit for transport fare to go home. Such practice makes unbelievers mock Christians. Such thing can even cause them to hide from you whenever you go to preach to them. They easily conclude you are disturbing them, or that your presence constitutes nuisance. I pray the Almighty God, who owns heaven and earth will never make that your portion today in Jesus name. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is of the Lord and the fullness thereof.” God owns everything. He has nothing to do with car, building, husband and wife, school certificate, admission into university, PHD, employment or whatever. We are the ones that have something to do with the things of this world. You are supposed to enjoy them as a child of God but sinners are having them much more than you. That is why God asks us to go after what belong to us so that our joy shall be full. We must therefore pursue those people holding our blessing and recover whatever that belongs to us. Psalm 115:16 says, “The heaven even the heaven are the Lord but the earth are been giving to the children of me.” God gave the earth to the children of men and if God has given the earth to me and to you where then is our portion. Where is your own portion, you who go about begging? But never mind, your story must change today

As the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry concludes its annual two-day international crusade tagged: “From Sorrow To Joy”, at The Chosen Revival Ground, Along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Ijesha, today, General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, in this sermon highlights the abundant benefits in bringing the enemies in your life to submission. Excerpts:

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because God has given you the world to exploit for your inheritance. Joshua 1:3 says: “Every place the sole of your foot shall tread upon thou have I given to you as I said unto Moses” God has given unto us everything. Any promise in the Bible which you can imagine is for your inheritance. That promise is not for the devil. That promise is not for unbelievers. That promise is not for demons. It belongs to the people of God and today, any promise your eyes covers will be yours. Healing will be yours; deliverance, including prosperity will be yours. 1Cor. 3:21 says: “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;” How many things all from a-z. Why the earth is of the Lord and the fullness thereof and we are the children of God and if that be the case, if you will see them and claim them it shall be yours, if you will see those things and act in line with that scripture it shall be yours. Genesis 13:15 and 17 says, “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed forever. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee” All the land you see shall be given to you, which means you have to see something before you go after them. God said I have shown you the land, that you must walk through it in the length of it and in the breadth of it which means since God has promised you that all these things belong to you, you should therefore know what belong to you and lay claim to it and God will bring it to pass in Jesus name. This is the word of God that must come to fulfillment. It is not the word of mortal man that dies at the end of the man. Whatever you are looking for belongs to you. God has given them to you, and as you claim it today it shall be yours in Jesus name. So, you must pursue after those things that God has bequeathed to you just like David pursued after them and recovered all. So we must pursue like David, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, and deal with all the enemies on our way and all the enemies that are standing

against us. All those that are occupying our blessing whether spiritually or physically must be dealt with like David. We must not fold our hands and be at the defense, we must pursue in prayers, in season and out of season. Pray without season and go after what God has given to you. We must go for evangelism, preach at all times and pray to ensure whatever the devil had taken or captured are recovered. As we continue in the spiritual exercise, am assuring you we must overtake them and without fear recover all in Jesus name. Joshua 2:9-10 “9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.” Rahab told the men that came to spy the land to posses it, ‘I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. She said they have known what God has done for His people in all the places, how He divided the Red sea, divided river Jordan, fought for them and she confirmed that their God is the God of heaven and earth. This declaration of hers caused their heart to melt. Whenever the enemy will hear about you, he will know that God is with you. I don’t know the ground the enemy has taken from you, what I know is that it is time to pursue and recover what the enemy has stolen. You must recover your marriage, health, business and every other thing that the devil has stolen.

Joshua 13:1 “Now Joshua was old and stricken in years and the Lord said unto him, thou art old and stricken in years and there remaineth. Yet very much land to be possessed.” There is nothing like old age in this matter, even if you are getting old God want you to know that there are still very much land to possess and you must possess your possession. Joshua 18:3 says, “And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, how long are you slack to go, to possess the land which the Lord God of your father has given you. How long will you be there? Same question as above is directed to you, how long will you be there to possess your possession. When will you possess it. How long will you delay, you must go at once, because Joshua and Caleb says let us go at once. As you mention anything in prayer today; you shall have it. Just ask God by simple prayer, ‘where is your child’ if you need a child. Or ‘where is the blessing He promised for your business’ if want business boom. If you don’t have faith just believe that God is real and cannot disappoint you, you will get what you are looking for. Do you know how you are going to pray today? May be I will teach you how to pray today, just say, ‘I stand upon the word of God, all that I have lost I am going after them by faith and in the name of Jesus I will recover my business, health, family, husband, wife, land, etc in the name of Jesus. And if it appears that there is one enemy running away, running too fast and just say now let the angel of God overtake him and arrest him, I recover what you have stolen in Jesus name, and they can never run faster than the angel. But for those who are sinners and backsliders, they should repent of their sins, they should confess their sins to the Lord and promise God no more. They should accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour and the reason be that in 1John 3:8 says, “He that commiteth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning for this purpose the son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God, does not commit sin for his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God.” That’s a clear sign a Christian is not a sinner and a sinner is not a Christian. You need to search your life. May be you are wondering what is sin? If you look at 1st John 5:17(a), it is written, “All unrighteousness is sin”. Anything that is not righteousness is sin. I want to let you know that unforgiveness is sin, unbelief is sin, selfishness, lying, pride, anger, malice, murmuring, contention, strife, bitterness, anger, lusts, covetousness, immoral thought are sins, also backbiting, hatred, envy, cursing people, swearing with heaven and earth, idolatry, adultery, fornication, stealing and etc are all sin. You need to examine yourself today and confess your sin so that you can have the grace to pursue and recover what the enemy has stolen from you. And as you repent today and renounce your sinful life God will show you mercy in Jesus name.


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When love is absent, by Rev Izuchukwu Y

ou do not need to engage religious ordinances to be born again; you can pause now while reading this article and give your life to Jesus Christ. The truth is that if you receive an emergency call, that fire has engulfed your child’s school, on your arrival, in spite of the number of children who are at the entrance crying for rescue, you will ignore all and head towards the rear where your child could be located. That is exactly what happens when many voices are bombarding heaven, God singles out those who are His and attends to them. Hear this:

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul … And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them … and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. Acts 19:11-17. Apostle Paul used the name of Jesus to generate uncommon signs and wonders in Ephesus which literally brought fear on the Jews and Greeks, and greatly magnified the name of the Lord Jesus. Having observed that, seven sons of Sceva that were not born again though had great muscles and baritone voices tried to do the same thing Paul did to a demon possessed. The man single-handed, descended on seven of them, overpowered all and even went ahead to undress all. Their rescue was taking to their heels. Beloved, before you are openly disgraced by demon infested individuals around, go and get born again. Nowadays, sinners behind the pulpit are involved in destruction of shrines and dubious community deliverance and the like; we are waiting because the scriptures cannot be broken. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Acts 3:16. It is not enough to be born again; you have to move to another level of exercising faith in the name of Jesus. It is your belief in the name that paves way for your relief. According to Apostle Peter, it was not a mere chanting of the name of Jesus as our sister religion does but a practical expression of faith on that name that can deliver in the area of your need. In my book, ‘Faith for Favour Fertilisation’ I defined faith as ‘Behaving as if it is so even when you know that it is not so that it might be so just because the Bible said so.’ In September 1992, at New Life International Church Abakaliki, I saw the synchronization of faith and name of Jesus delivered beyond my doubt. My colleague had announced that the last night people should bring all who had physical deficiencies such as paralysis, blind, deaf, dumb and so on. Whereas it was his turn to pray that day, I had no problem with the announcement in the sense that our level had not reached ministering to such physical challenges. We were only used to healing minor sicknesses and diseases, casting out devils and conducting Holy Ghost baptism. On that last day, after I had preached and handed over to him to pray as our team manner was, he shocked me. He took over the microphone and told the congregation that God has

Your depth in love will determine your height in the Lord. And when love is absent in your prayers, it becomes struggle galore. So turn to the frequency of love as Job did and watch the dimension of blessing you will command, says Rev. Izuchukwu Chukwudebelu, Presiding Pastor of Assemblies of God, FESTAC, Lagos. Excerpts:

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prepared His servant whom he would use tonight to perform unusual miracles. He went ahead and introduced me as the vessel God prepared to serve the purpose. When he did that, I was caught between two opinions, either to walk out of the hall or take the microphone from him and tell the church that our level had not reached that. However, I summed up courage to face the new challenge. Immediately, an idea flashed in my mind of how an American evangelist, Ernest Angley, who had a crusade at Tafawa Balewa square in Lagos in 1989 used the name of Jesus relaxingly to heal all manner of physically challenged people. Then I went to a little child of about 1`2 years that was deaf and dumb, inserted my fingers into the ears, touched the mouth and commanded the spirit of ‘deaf and dumb’ to come out in the name of Jesus, and that was it. Instantly, as she responded positively to the test, proving beyond reasonable doubt of ability to both hear and speak, the church rowed in jubilation. Subsequently, I ministered to a blind woman that was about 70 years of age and she saw. As the joy increased, my faith was in high heavens; so I did not bother ministering one-on-one to the rest. I declared them healed and commanded the lame to rise and walk, and all were instantly healed. Friend, it is not the loud voice that puts the name of Jesus at work. It is not your physical gesticulations, as it were, that do it. It is the faith expressed in the name of Jesus that brings signs and wonders to bear. Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Ex. 15:11. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Ps. 22:3. Praise compels God to do wonders. Anywhere you see genuine praise God is present there. Some miracles of Jesus

happened in the atmosphere of praise. When you pray, God sends an Angel but when you praise He attends to you directly. You have a choice. Praise can kill witches and wizards for you than your seventy nights prayer put together. Jehoshaphat raised a team of ‘God’s praisers’ against three stronger nations than his, and they became history in less than twenty four hours. How I wish the number of prayer warriors we have will become praise warriors and the church will have enough time to do kingdom business as our problems will be few. God’s natural habitat is an atmosphere of excitement, joy, happiness and so on, while that of Satan is the opposite. Whenever I am in a deliverance room, and demons want to perform, I usually ask the power house to move from prayer to praises. The demons often go crazy and with violence they do vacate the vessel they occupied without further wasting our time. Praise moves the hand of God faster than other spiritual weapons. The reason is not far, it is just that God can do everything for Himself but cannot praise Himself. So when you give God what He cannot give to Himself, He will give you what you cannot get for yourself. Praise is a principal weapon for putting the name of Jesus to work, only the wise makes quality use of it. Thanksgiving and Praise could be used interchangeably in this context. Jesus had few loaves of bread and fish that could not feed five men but when He gave thanks, they multiplied and He used them to feed five thousand men yet had remaining. When you give thanks in spite of how small what you have in your hand is, it automatically comes under the force of supernatural mathematical progression. Receive grace to both praise and thank God in season and out of season!

And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Jer. 30:19 Your depth in love will determine your height in the Lord. When Job prayed for his friends God turned his captivity. It is the depth of your love that provokes the supernatural to attend to your voice. When you pray over an issue due to the love you have, God does not look away. It is so painful that in our time many prayer warriors have relegated love to the background. I wonder where the place of love is when they pray for the instant death of their foes. This ministry of engaging God to kill whoever opposes or disagrees with us is neo hocus-pocus theology that has no scriptural basis. I was informed about a minister who led the church to pray that their enemies should not escape bicycle if they manage to avoid motorcycle or car accident. In the 90s, while relaxing in the field at youth camp Ogun State, I listened with rapt attention to young ministers seated close to me. One of them said, ‘I told my members to bring cutlass while coming to service and that they should not trust any fellow worshipper because he could be the witch that is responsible for their predicament.’ The question is, ‘where did these ministers learn this as the first church never did any of these junks?’ When love is absent in your prayers it becomes struggle galore. Jesus prayed with love and before He pronounced the last letter in His prayer statement, the answer was already there. Love has no substitute in the school of signs and wonders. If signs and wonders are your desire, your delight should be love. And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10. The name of Jesus provokes signs and wonders and dams break loose when it is mentioned because of the unction it carries. There is what is called ‘unctionized declaration’ that delivers in an atmosphere of love. The presence of God which is provoked by love is as terrible as that of a lion which only the lion’s offspring withstands. Only believers withstand and enjoy God’s presence but anything evil trembles at His presence. How deep your love life is determines your height in life. Stop this modern day witchcraft prayer that has no scriptural backing. Tune to the frequency of love as Job did and watch the dimension of blessing you will command. Know this also that God does not need to kill anybody for you to rise. If there is anyone that needs to die, it is purely the exclusive reserve of God. You do not need to tell the government who to kill for your organization or institution to succeed. It is incumbent on her to know who has committed a crime worthy of death. The stars in the sky are innumerable yet none complains or desires for another to fall off. All shine according to the assignment they have. You can shine as a star in your field but accommodating others on the platform of love is vital. May your star produce commensurate light this 2014 on all rounds in Jesus Mighty Name!


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Unveiling the breakthrough power of vision! T The Voice o of wisdom

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ou are a child of destiny. What will happen in your life has been pre-determined in your favour (Romans 8:29-30). So, predestination brought you into salvation and salvation is a proof of your justification, which has been pre-determined to culminate in your glorification. Every child of God is a child of predestination; you are not a child of circumstance.

You are ¡a child of destiny and it’s a glorious destiny (2 Peter 1:3). You are not called to shame and reproach; you are called unto glory and virtue. You are to show forth God’s praise; so the issues of your life should erupt the praises of God (1Peter 2:9). You are not born again to suffer again; you are born again to reign again. Man in his first estate was the king of God’s creation. Adam was in charge of God’s creation, the elements, water, air, the beasts, etc. He was a creature of dominion before the fall. What Is Vision? In our context, vision is simply the

unfolding of God’s plan as it relates to you. Where there is no vision, the people perish… (Proverbs 29:18). Another translation puts it this way: “Without a vision is a people made naked.” So, the word ‘perish’ in the Kings James version, simply means ‘to be stripped of honour and dignity.’ Why Do I Need Vision? •To recover my honour and dignity. •To enjoy the reality of joy unspeakable, full of glory. Every visionary is naturally joyful. •Divine presence -- When you are on course with God’s plan, He guarantees you His companionship (Psalm 16:11). •Vision confers dominion over people, by reason of divine backing (Isaiah 45:1-3; Deut. 28:1). •Every divine vision enjoys divine provisions (Isaiah 45:3). •To escape being robbed, spoilt, or snared in holes and kept in prison houses (Isaiah 42:22). •To escape devastations (Jeremiah 2:13-17). Avenues Through Which God’s Plans Are Unveiled: Through His Word: God’s Word represents God’s prophetic agenda for His children. The Bible is the more sure Word of prophecy (2 Peter 1:19-21). Through the ministry of His Prophet: A

prophetic environment like ours is a visionimparting environment (Hosea 12:10). A prophetic environment engenders access to God’s plan. What are the breakthrough forces that characterize every true vision? God’s leading: Locating yourself in the centre of God’s plan, entitles you to God going before you. As He goes before you, He messes up all barriers on the way (John 10:4-5). God goes with you: God going with you dignifies your journey on earth (John 8:29; Matthew 28:20). It makes you untouchable. God works with you: God works with you to make it possible to accomplish the task. The Lord working with them, confirming the words with signs following (Mark 16:20). That means, He backs you up in the pursuit of that assignment. God works through you: When you are in pursuit of a heavenly vision, God is committed to work with you to deliver supernatural results. He delivers your path of the duty (John 14:10). Divine covering: Walking in divine plan protects you. You enjoy divine covering. Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared (Exodus 23:20). Walking in God’s plan renders your enemies helpless (Psalm 23). Going outside

God’s plan makes you vulnerable to the wickedness of the enemy. Friend, the power to access the above forces, is for those born again. You are born again by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. You can be born again now, by saying this prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan, to serve the Living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again! The Exceeding Grace of God shall be your portion this year! Every exploit in life is a product of knowledge. For further reading, please get my books — Understanding Divine Direction and Understanding Vision. 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

Pastor Adewunmi to believers: Take control of your environment

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tagnation is the word derived from the collection of water that has no fresh water flowing into it and its water does not flow out. Stagnated water is usually dirty and harbours many dangerous reptiles. Same way anyone suffering from stagnation is usually a desperate, dangerous and violent person.

Such a one could be wicked and ungodly. People in this category seem to believe that, since God and man have nothing good for them they need to ‘reciprocate’ same manner. Stagnation comes in many dimensions of life. These can be listed as economic, health, marital, social and geographical. This message is for deliverance to anyone suffering from any form of stagnation. We shall recall biblical instances of stagnation and how the children of God succeeded in moving out of them. In Deuteronomy 1:6, God told the children of God, “Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount.” They were in the same spot for forty years but our God set them free and they went straight into their destiny. Similarly Hannah experienced a delay in child bearing but by the time she had her child, the child was number one citizen in Israel. We can also cite the example of David and Joseph, both of whom suffered thirteen years delay waiting for their destiny to materialize. But sometimes when we are waiting for God, God is actually waiting for us as in the case of Moses. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will

General Overseer of House of Prayer Ministries, Segun Adewunmi, in this exhortation, shows how one can get out of stagnation. Excerpts:

the barriers to success using John 8:36 and the prayer point. Social stagnation This is about hatred, a situation where people are hostile to you. They suspect you for any bad thing. It is a situation when one is isolated, excluded, ignored, underrated and despised. The prayer point is Isaiah 49 that will be read daily after which a prayer of faith will follow. Marital stagnation This is more common with ladies than men. Some ladies are out there without good suitors that will marry them. Some of these ladies have actually had a child or two and are now left to cater for the child or children. Where to read daily is Genesis 1, Esther 2 and Psalm 24 three times daily and the situation will change.

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get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.” (Exodus 14:15-18) We shall now list out different dimensions of stagnation and the prayer points that will move you out of them. Economic stagnation This is a situation of lack. It could be caused by lack of patronage in business

or hatred of the individual concerned. It could as well be the result of generational or any other curses. This is a situation of hardship, when access to money becomes impossible or inadequate. All that is required is a declaration that breaks barriers. These could consist of Psalm 2 especially from verse 7. Other biblical incantations are in Exodus 14:15-18, Isaiah 41:17-20, 1st Samuel 5:3, Genesis 41:14, Zach. 4:6-18, Psalm 17, 21, 57, 77 and 114. Seven of the above Bible passages can be read out day and night for nineteen days to break

Geographical stagnation Indeed a lot of people that desire to migrate from one place to the other are unable to do so due to lack of the needed finance and most times because they are denied visa by the embassies of their countries of choice. The story of Abraham and that of his grandson Jacob both of who migrated without visa are good reference points. Fasting for seven days with the reading of Psalm 18, 72 and 114 will definitely clear the way for a successful migration. Conclusion A believer is God’s representative on earth which is to say the entire creation must respond to His command. It is your privilege therefore to take control of your environment and situation. Nothing should stand in your way. I therefore welcome you into a life with limitless opportunities.


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A man of vision is unstoppable –Pastor Chidi Anthony Dare to have a vision. Hold tenaciously onto that vision; because “God is a respecter of vision,” says Pastor Chidi Anthony, presiding minister of Kings in Christ Church, Lagos. Excerpts:

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oday we are going to look at vision as one of the panacea that destroys poverty. Let us see what the book of proverbs 29: 18 say concerning your vision: “Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

When a man can see what others cannot see, or behold his dream that is a man of vision. Except a man vision makes his dreams known to you, his vision remains his exclusive reserve. When a man wakes up in the morning and tells you about his dream; you don’t need to argue with him because a man with vision acts like a mad person. In the book of Genesis talks about a young man named Joseph. One day, this young man had a dream, vision; so he gathered his family members and decided to share his dream with them. He had insisted that he would not share his dream until his father and mother were present. He said to them, “I was in a dream and I saw a vision; and all of you were bowing for me.” Among all the sons of his father, Jacob, Joseph was the least. Now, let’s look at the scenario as human beings. Let’s forget the spiritual aspects for a while. As a person, what will you do if your smallest brother wakes up one day and say one day you bow down before me one day? Of course, you will be annoyed and say something like, “Don’t you have respect for your elders?” I am sure that you will even add; “You don’t have sense, you are an idiot and you do not have respect for elders.” But the truth is that Joseph knew what he was talking about because he was operating under the powerful influence and conviction of his dream. Hear me. That the seed in you has not yet sprung forth does not mean that you are not endowed with some unique potential. That you village is not yet hearing about your manifestation does not mean that you will not be heard some day. Now Joseph had a dream a vision about his glorious potentials and shared it with his brethren; because us that his brothers conspired against him to abort his vision. Hear me; if you are a man of vision be ready deal with problems. Any child of God that wakes up and begins to tell God that he or she does not want to have any problem or enemies; the same is deceiving himself or herself. God cannot answer such prayers. The more you have bigger enemies to contend with, the more successes you record. When his brothers gathered against Joseph, they saw themselves as enemy to Joseph; they gathered to destroy his glorious destiny. But they didn’t know that God wanted to use them to catapult Joseph to the land of his destiny. Every man born on planet earth has a land of his destiny. I want to encour-

age you to be a man of vision. God is a respecter of vision. No vision is small. But the problem is that up till this very moment some people do not yet have an agenda for year 2014. What is your vision for the year? Joseph had a vision, he held unto it not minding. When his brothers conspired against him, he still held unto his vision not minding their antagonism. Even when they sold him into slavery and he was thrown into the prison in a strange land, Joseph still held unto his dream. What is your vision? I know a man in South Africa that has a vision. He woke up, one morning and said that he has a dream. That one day, in the city of Cape Town, blacks and white will walk hand in hand on the streets of the South African city. Mockers called stupid black monkey. The man said to them, you might not understand but that is the vision I have. I have a vision that in this country, a black and white will sit in the same cab. They said his is mad, very stupid. The man Mandela said, “Whether you like it or not, this is my vision and you cannot stop it. They wanted to stop him. They offered bribe, he refused. The offered to give him ministerial position, he said No, No No. The said what do you need so that you can drop this useless vision of yours; he said no I won’t drop it. They now gathered themselves together, conspired. Before the man could know it, he found himself. Even inside the prison, he held unto his dream. And one day, the God of the prisoners, left His heaven abode, landed on the earth and moved direct to South Africa. He saw the man with vision inside the prison; he broke the prison gate and released, washed him up, clothed him and made president over South Africa. Do you know the man that I am talking of ? Any man with vision. God told Habakuk concerning the potency of vision: “Write this vision boldly and clearly. The vision might tarry, but one day it must surely speak. Brother, sister what is your vision. When I had the vision of this ministry God said to me, “Son; leave Aba, Abia State, and move down to Lagos. I had nobody I could go to his house. I called my wife and told her that we are moving down to Lagos, we are relocating. It sounded like a joke. I said are you going or are you not? Thank God we did not have any child by that time. So she took her bags and clothes and off we left. We lodged in a hotel. We lived in a hotel for more than one year. We were struggling. There was no food but we tenaciously to our vision. Sometimes we will come to the church, people will gather. Sometimes they will not come. I remember when I had an accident, my mouth was bent on

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JOSEPH KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE HE WAS OPERATING UNDER THE POWERFUL INFLUENCE AND CONVICTION OF HIS DREAM one side; when I got to the church there were about 14 people present. I said to God, “What is happening?” A voice to me; “Common this is your land. Hold unto it.” Hear me now. That business might not have flourished in 2013; but 14 and 14 are definitely not the same thing. I prophesy to 418 people. If I am a man of God, receive every of your vision this year in the name of Jesus. They have been able to stop your visions from manifesting in the past year, but there will be no way for their evil devices to hinder you in year 2014, in the mighty name of Jesus. I release the anointing that breaks every hindrance in your life in the mighty name of Jesus.

Any man that will stand against your vision, I command such man to die; any man, woman in your village, office, business environment neighbourhood that decides to be a stumbling blocking a rock of hindrance, such evil personality or power will go to a journey of no return in the might name of Jesus. You are unstoppable. The word of the Lord came Zerubabel saying: “Who is that great mountain before Zerubabel? It is not by might; it is not by power but by the spirit of the Lord says the Lord.” If I am a man of God, I prophesy to you this year will mark the end of your enemy’s victory over you, in the name of Jesus. Hold onto your vision. They can’t stop you this time.


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When a friend is grieving Christian Relationship with Taiwo

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he loss of a loved one is a very painful experience and can be very traumatic e.g., the death of a father, mother, spouse, or a child.

In one of my novels ‘Shadows from the Past’, Mary lost her only sister, Rita, an undergraduate. The whole family was crushed. Nothing prepared them for the loss. Few days after, she began to have dreams about Rita that greatly increased her sorrow. She didn’t know what to do or how to handle the pangs of yearning for her sister. In one of the dreams, she was at a place talking with Rita when a train pulled up. Rita turned and as she walked toward it, Mary shouted after her to come back. Rita simply looked back at Mary, smiled and entered the train, not caring. Mary looked around for help. Then she looked back at the train and saw Rita already seated inside by a window, waving at her. “No Rita, come down!” Mary shouted. “Don’t go!” Rita did not get down as the train started and began to move away slowly. “Rita, come down!” Mary screamed. Rita made no move to do so but kept smiling and waving at Mary as the train moved away, gathering speed. Mary began to weep. “Rita, Rita!” ... “Mary, wake up, wake up! It’s only a dream.” Mary heard her name and woke up to find Misan standing by her bed. “What’s the matter?” she asked with concern. “You were calling Rita, and -” Misan

pointed at her. “Tears are on your face.” Mary touched her face with her hand and saw it was wet. Then she remembered the dream and burst into fresh tears.… For some time, the grieving person might be numb with shock or feel overwhelmed by emotions or even responsibilities. The person has trouble sleeping. He or she lies awake in the night, thinking about the person who has died. Nothing seems real. Such a grieving person needs the love, comfort, support, and prayers of friends and relatives to be able to cope and get through the tough time. Jacob was one of the people in the Bible who experienced the loss of a loved one, his son Joseph. 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him. (Genesis 37:34-35) King David also went through the painful experience. 33 Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: “O my son Absalom—my son, my son Absalom—if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!” And in Luke chapter 7 in the Bible, the widow of Nain lost her only son. Fortunately for her, she met Jesus. When Jesus saw her, His heart overflowed with compassion and He did something to comfort her. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as He approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the

village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, His heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” He said. 14 Then He walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” He said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7:12-15) Our God is a good God and the Bible reveals that Jesus came to give us life. I pray for everyone reading this article that you will not know the death of a child in Jesus name. And for those who might have experienced it, it will not happen again in Jesus name. For God is our hiding place, He will protect us from trouble and surround us with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7) Quite a number of people don’t know how to give the much needed comfort to the grieving person though. Some others are not sure of what to say and so they say nothing, and there are those who want to stay away from a grieving person because they feel helpless or uncomfortable around the grieving person. One might not be able to do much to ease the pain but there are quite a number of ways to bring comfort or reach out to the grieving person. One of the ways I’d like to mention is the use of Bible verses. The following are ten Bible verses that a grieving person can read and meditate on. They could also be used by a friend to comfort and give hope to the heart of a grieving person. • And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died. We

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tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1Thessalonians 4:13-18) • “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 66:13) •I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:13) • For the LORD comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13) • In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. (Psalm 18:6, 16) • The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2) • Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27) • Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (I Peter 5:7) • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. (Isaiah 43:2) • My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28)

Attributes of a good Christian, by Pastor Oloruntimilehin Founding Minister of Omnipotence Mission of God, in this episode, teaches on the characteristics of a genuine Christian. Excerpts:

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t is evident that joint prayers by two or more people can only be answered when the people are in oneness or unity. A couple that prays together would not get answer to their prayer if there is insincerity or betrayal in their relationship. A wife or husband that keeps a concubine would hinder the prayer of the two and make the prayers meaningless. Imagine a man and the wife has been praying for their child’s problem to end so that his or her life could be change. They came to me when the problem persisted and I queried if they were praying together. The spirit of God revealed that they should not pray together again because the wife’s insincerity with the husband. Then I advised them that the man should be praying with the child alone,

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and the wife could also pray with the child because they were not pure to one another. Also if the husband and wife are angry at each other than their prayers would be meaningful and answered. So where there is joy and happiness then the prayer

would be answered. Therefore, for the prayer of the church to be answered,

all the members present should have one mind. There should be no disparity in the minds of the member. Peter was imprisoned about to be executed but the church went into prayer session for him. The angel of God came to the prison to rescue him from the hands of his persecutors miraculously (Act 12:1 – 19). Brethren, it is pertinent for all members of church no matter where they worship to always be in one accord in their prayers. Similarly, the work of God should be done collectively. Different persons are charged with different roles and duties in the church. What is required of all and sundry is to be supportive so that progress can be made. Let everybody have one mind so that we can be victorious. In same vein, people should have the mind to worship and serve God. In serving God, people should fear Him and anything pertaining to God. Also fear and respect the servant of God leading the church. Then these people would be enjoying the mercy and favour of God. The bible says in the book of Proverbs 24:24 “Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious”. Many people do not fear the servant of God deeply in their minds

such people would not receive anything as they come to the church. Nothing would enter their minds because they are in love with lust of flesh. Let the children and believers of God do what is good and proper in the sight of God. The concern of these people is to see that their prayers are answered. It is my desire and wish to children of God to witness and experience good things in this year. The year is full of joy and happiness, sadness and calamities. But those that would enjoy and be happy are those that fear God, move closer to him, do His will and obedient. Therefore enumerate the guiding principles required for you to experience the mercy and favour of God in the year. The guiding principles are in the book of I Peter 3:8 – 9 “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you inherit a blessing”. The above scripture is the watchword for those that genuinely know that they are the children of God and followers of Jesus Christ.


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Ure Okezie was in banking for about a decade before delving into the Lord’s vineyard. She is fondly known as Queen Ure. She’s involved in a controversial affair with Soul-E, a reggae artiste now turned gospel musician. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, she speaks about her lifestyle, club and many others. What are your aspirations this year? This year, I intend to do a lot more of charity works through Queen URE Fan Club. I will equally shoot more musical videos and improve on every area of my life. How is the Porpori music you released last year doing in the market? The Popori album is doing pretty well. I have shot videos of four songs from the song. Why do you think most of your fans prefer Popori track? People have their preferences. Some fans prefer my other songs to Porpori. Different strokes for different folks. When you left the banking world, why did you opt for music? I recorded a number of songs even as a banker. Music has always been part of me. Are there things you don’t like about the Nigerian music industry? And what thrills you about music? The music industry in Nigeria is evolving just like many other industries in Nigeria. With time, God willing, the desired structure will be in place. Music is a universal language of the soul. It is an avenue for one to express oneself and in the process uplift people, entertain people and inspire them. Music is awesome.

Who do you aspire to be like? I admire a lot of artistes but I just want to be me -Queen Ure. What is Queen Ure Fan Club all about? The Queen Ure Fan Club is a platform for charity and empowerment. Our first outing was last December 21. We visited the Medium Security Prison, Kirikiri where we motivated and inspired the inmates and equally donated toiletries, educational materials, provisions and foodstuff. Every month, we have activities that must include charity. What drives and inspires you? My ‘inner man’ drives me. Love and passion are my greatest motivators. I’m inspired by life. Have you ever experienced stage fright when performing? No, I’m most comfortable on stage whether I’m to speak or to sing. Do you have dull moments at times? No, there is never a dull moment with me. What then thrills you about life so much that you never have a dull moment? Life is full of infinite possibilities and opportunities and

every present moment can be enjoyed. Why live a boring life? I have no regrets whatsoever in life. The bad only makes me to appreciate the good a lot more. Where do you sing? I sing everywhere; at corporate, social events, clubs even churches. I’m versatile. What’s your fashion sense? My outfit is usually dependent on the occasion. You were a banker, pastor and now musician; where do you get your fulfilment from? I enjoyed each vocation thoroughly. Fulfilment is a function of happiness and happiness is a choice. I have always chosen to be happy. You were once a pastor but you left the vineyard; any regrets? I’m in a constant state of service to God, whether as a banker, pastor or church artiste. Service to God is all about reaching out, being a blessing and I always avail myself. Do you plan to settle down again in the nearest future? Sure, there is hope of remarrying in future. Where there is life, there is hope. What are the qualities of your ideal man? A sincere and honest man that loves me for real. How did you handle heartbreak when you had it? The best treatment for heartbreak is to distract yourself with a fabulous treat. Pamper yourself, forgive and allow life to take its course.


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‘With huge money, I can act nude’ ADAEZE AMOS

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helsie Edogun is a fashionista extraordinaire. She is one of the hottest babes in the Nigerian movie industry. If you’ve seen the movie, entitled ‘Before Christmas’ she featured in recently, you would agree that Chelsie is an actress who doesn’t give a damn so long as she interprets her roles well. Elsie, as she is fondly called, is not all about glamour. She is both brains and elegance. She graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from the Delta State University, Abraka. She is also known as Cheledon, Chel for Chelsea and edon for Edogun, a pet name picked up in her university days. She started acting in 2006 while she was in the university but came into professional acting in the 2012. Some of her movies include ‘Body Odour’, ‘Before Christmas’, ‘After Christmas’, among others. This diva tells more about herself, including her growing up, not concealing any. “My growing up wasn’t so easy because I grew up with my mum alone until I was 14. My dad travelled abroad when I was five years old and came back to Nigeria after nine years. I love my mum so much because she never gave up on me throughout those nine years. She gave me the best. She is the best mum in the world. I hail from Edo State, Benin City to be precise. I am from a family of six, all girls. I’m the first born. My dad and mum are from Benin, Oredo Local Government, Urhonigbe. My dad works with Exxon Mobil, while my mum is a teacher,” she said calmly. Elsie doesn’t solely depend on her acting career for a living. She also owns and runs a beauty spa in high profile Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. She is not a greenhorn in the industry. Although, she has featured in over 20 movies, her name rings a bell. She was born on April 14, 1989 in Benin City. She graduated from Delta State University, Abraka. She enjoys acting with a passion and she has no reason not to because she has not had any ugly experience in Nollywood. No one has ever sexually harassed her in the industry and she can beat her chest about this. “I haven’t been harassed sexually,” she said clearly. You might say she is lucky; she however adds: “But that doesn’t mean no man in Nollywood has ever approached me or wooed me. Why not? I feel it is a normal thing. In fact, I like when men approach me. It makes me feel that I’m still a woman.” Every woman has one or two parts of her body that can be shown off. Elsie is not left out. She is quick to tell you that her beauty can sell any movie any day and that her boobs are hot, hence her selling point. “I love every part of my body because I believe and know my beauty can sell a movie,” she said, looking at her chest. “But my selling point is my boobs,” she enthused. This Nollywood diva has some things in Nollywood she feels ought to be changed or improved, long overdue to give a new touch. “I think Nollywood movies have almost the same concept and storyline. This I wish should be changed. The reason is that 99 per cent of Nollywood movies have the same concept, and this makes it boring because no one would like to watch all over again movies with same storyline but with different actors. I know it could be challenging bringing out movies that are completely different with totally different storylines. But if we should sit down and think, we would overcome this challenge. I think we should put this into consideration. Let us target bringing out new concepts different from the usual Nollywood concept. By so doing, the sky would not even be our limit,” she said. There are things this Nollywood amazon can do and damn the consequence, hence showing how daring she can be. If you try her with a large chunk of money in hard currency and give her roles where she would have to act nude, be prepared to watch her bare it all in a mov-

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ie! If it is other screen divas, their answer would have been the other way round, opposite of what she said. But she is as real as the blue sky and hates pretences and lies. “I think I can act nude for one billion pounds, Of course, anyone would go crazy for that amount,” she said. Apart from acting and her beauty salon business, she is also neck-deep in another business. Little wonder she is not too desperate for roles or ready to do something absurd for a movie role. “I am into buying and selling business. I import shoes and clothes, strictly for ladies,” she said amid smiles. For those hoping to join Nollywood or wishing to make a career in acting, Elsie has some words: “Well, I will like to say a word to the upcoming artistes. They should believe in themselves and always bring out the best in anything they do. We all know nothing good comes easy, so they should never give up.” Her passion for acting is inborn. “I have always had passion for acting since I was a little girl. But my parents were against it. They wanted me to be a laboratory scientist. I had no choice but to do what they expected of me. But

while in the university, I started acting, though it was a top secret. They never knew I was acting. I did this secretly for some years. After my education, I came back professionally in 2012. No one introduced me into acting. I just knew I had the talent and decided to show it to the world. What followed was audition, which I started attending. It helped me a lot. I learnt so much from those auditions. The things I learnt are what keep me going till date. This brings me to my first role, which was in 2006. It was my five scenes movie directed by Murphy Stephens. Though it was five scenes role, it meant so much to me at that time,” she disclosed. What is she up to lately? “I’m working on a glamour movie right now. It is entilted ‘Bloomsberry Hotel’, and is being produced by Lawrence Lurrenz Onuzulike. I am playing the role of ‘Bella’ in the movie. Bella is a girl that is envious of her friend. She is actually ‘two-faced’; she pretended to be a friend but she is indeed the enemy. I like the role because it is unique. I’m sure this movie that is full of glamour is going to be one of the biggest in 2014 because it is so different from the rest. I feel great to be part of it,” she said.


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ce African disc jockey, Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt, had his Industry Nite Performance recently. The event which held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos was starstudded as lots of grade A celebrities were present. They included Sound Sultan, D’banj, Olamide, Tee Billz, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, to mention but a few. Performances from Emma Nyra, Jaywon, Patoranking, Teckno added colour to the show. Tiwa and Tee Billz L-R D’banj and Olamide

Iyanya and Uby Franklin Jimmie Akinsola and Emma Nyra

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Yung Grey and Sound Sultan

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Naughtiest Thing The naughtiest thing I’ve ever done

‘I lost a modelling job ’cos I refused to be a gay’ Kelvin Ifili is a model and style icon who has been involved in runway modelling for about a decade. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, he reveals some challenges in modelling. When did you start modelling? I started modelling 10 years ago but professionally I started two years back, and it has been thrilling and fulfilling.

walking, the audience didn’t know I was a greenhorn. They clapped and cheered me up. When I saw them clapping, all the fears I had fizzled out. I became bold and daring.

What was your first experience on the fashion runway like; did you encounter any stage fright? I was really scared. I had a stage fright that I wouldn’t be able to explain. When I saw that all eyes were on me, I felt like disappearing. Somehow, I started encouraging myself. I told myself that since this is what I love to do, that there was nothing to do. That it’s no big deal facing the crowd since it was what I loved to do. When I remembered that I shouldn’t waste my good looks and body frame, I had to walk the walk, carrying my shoulders high. Also, the encouragement I have received from my friends who have been in modelling before me helped a lot, coupled with the fact that I’m always watching Fashion TV on DSTV. I have watched and admired some male models. When I started

What happened subsequently? They were easy. I felt at home. Till date, I usually feel at home each time I’m on the runway. Right now, I have started encouraging and advising some greenhorns just as I was advised initially. What would be your advice for a newcomer in modelling? My advice would be to always rehearse your catwalks well so that you don’t make a fool of yourself on stage. Know how to carry yourself on the runway like a dude, bearing in mind the product you ought to exhibit on stage. Your poise shouldn’t be ignored and then, of course, your boldness. Don’t be intimidated by the crowd or people looking at you. Don’t look at their faces. Just walk the walk and strike hot macho poses. Stand tall; believe in what you are doing. What is your opinion on modelling in CONTINUED ON PAGE 35

I slept in Benin Republic market in search of my mum –Lamboginny

The naughtiest thing I did happened when I was much younger. Before I say this, I would like to say first and foremost that I love my mum so much. One day, she travelled, and I didn’t like that at all. Mobile phone wasn’t common as it is now. It was difficult for me to call her on the phone to find out where she was. She travelled to Benin Republic and wasn’t coming back soon. That was what I honestly hated. I was about 13 years old at the time. My dad gave me some pocket money but I wasn’t satisfied with just any amount of money without my mum. So, I left home in my school uniform, pretending that I was going to school. But I was going to look for my mum. I wanted to see her no matter what it would take or cost me. I knew I overheard my mum describing her shop in Dantoupe Market, then in Benin Republic to a friend of hers. So, I left home wearing my uniform and headed off to Benin Republic. I went straight to Cele Express in Lagos. When I alighted, I got a bus to Mile 2. At Mile 2, I heard the bus conductors shouting Seme Border. I headed towards that place gleeful that just in the next couple of hours, I would see my mum. I hopped into a bus going to Seme Border. When I got there, I paid my way through because I had no passport. It was my age that made it easier for me and they saw how desperate I was looking for my mum. They accepted a token from me and I crossed over into Benin Republic, desperately searching for her. Of course, I didn’t see her there. I searched everywhere, combed through the whole market where I expected to see her, but to no avail. I didn’t even find the place she was describing to her friend. For two days, I slept in the market, tired. It was when I was just going about asking questions, looking worried, that someone saw me and said that I looked like one woman she used to know. Finally, they took me to my mum. She travelled to Jos, not to Benin Republic. But before God could bring a woman who was able to recognise me owing to the fact that she knew my mum, I had stayed in Benin Republic for 14 days. By then, my face was on the NTA and everywhere. My father was desperately looking for me. Our neighbours, church members, family friends and relatives were also searching for me. My absence really kept them on their toes. When I found my way back home, it was not a good experience. I think that was the naughtiest thing I had ever done because I love my mum. Lamboginny, whose real name is Yinka Lawanson, is a musician. He is at present NDLEA National Ambassador. –ADAEZE AMOS


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alentine’s Day is just ju five days from now. Love is in you perceive it? This is the time the air! Or don’t y lovers really need to dine or go out and unwind in cozy restaurants. Don’t be left out as this season of love year. comes but once in a yea If you are looking for what to wear to that Valentine’s this mullet dress beautiful Waje Night Out, check out th wore to Ovation Magazine Red CarIIruobe, Ir u be, a musician, wor uo pet Event p pe et Ev E ent in December 2012, and give the style a try. Enssure su urre e iitt is i red or opt for another colour but accessorise with for w wi ith th rred, ed, ffo ed or that is the colour of love.


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alentine’s Day is just five days away. What would you wear to that Valentine’s party? Check out what the fashionistas on this page are wearing. Aren’t they cute? If there is any style that tickles you, go and shop for a similar fashion or consult your designer to give you the replica of the style. Don’t forget that your hairdo should not be ignored. Start to thinking of how to get the look you desire. Your nails too shouldn’t be taken care of. Pay adequate attention to those things you may consider mundane. Your fragrance should be feminine and your poise, excellent.

Make love statement with red accessories Fashion accessories are so important that you can’t ignore them. They are there to pep up any dull dress. If you prefer to slip into a black dress or dark brown dress, opt for red shoes and red bags. And you are good to go for that Valentine’s ball. Try this in this season of love.


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African Look FEBRUARY 9, 2014

Enliven your African look with red head wrap ADAEZE AMOS If you got obsessed this season of love with the colour red, you are not out of place or unbefitting. Because this is the season of love. Therefore, for that traditional party or marriage that falls between Friday and Saturday this week, it is not a inappropriate if the bride chooses to step out in a red head wrap on to jazz up her attire. If you are preparing to attend such event, check out the different styles of head wraps on this page.


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‘I lost modelling job ’cos I refused to be a gay’

What expectant mums should avoid at Valentine Night Out

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or the fact that you are pregnant doesn’t stop you from having fun with your spouse on this period and season of love. Pregnancy should not be an obstruction to enjoyment and self bliss. Pregnancy is not a sickness. Always have this in your mind. Nothing stops you from attending a Night Out with your husband/sweet heart on Friday or this weekend. Below are things to avoid at Valentine’s Night Out Safety: First, your safety is paramount because when you are taking precaution for yourself, you are also doing so for your unborn baby. Ensure that the place your man is taking you to unwind is cosy, strictly for some class of reasonable people, where bottles of beer are not broken and thrown here and there. You know such a place is not ideal for any lady much more someone with a huge tummy. You’d better home with your man and have a special dinner with him. Your dress sense: Ensure you are well dressed in the right colour (red). Pregnancy gives room for good maternity dresses. Opt for the right colour or slip into a dull colour - black, cream, brown, metallic grey - and accessorise with red. Or don’t you know love is in the air? Still confused? Jazz up your dress with red accessories - bag, kitten heel, scarf, costume jewellery, and you are good to go. Do it with moderation: When you get to the dinner

party, you are free to really unwind with your spouse but do whatever you want to do with moderation and caution. Don’t do anything that would jeopardise your health and that of your unborn baby. If you are a jealous type, watch your emotions so that you won’t be hurt unnecessarily owing to the harmless glances your spouse cast on other sexy ladies who perhaps are not pregnant. Ladies you feel are more beautiful because you have a big tummy. Also, you should know that some of them that you are envying because of their curvy shapes may have wished to be like you who would carry her bundle of your joy soon. Don’t be like a pregnant friend of mine who went to a dinner party with her hubby at last year’s Valentine’s Day only to get angry at her spouse for just stealing glances at some other ladies she considered prettier than her. For that, she stood up and walked into their car and insisted to be taken home. They got home and my friend walked into her room and jammed her door. The hubby who got angry and snappy for being accused of admiring other ladies too slammed his door and slept. That was how unnecessary suspicion ruined a Valentine’s dinner party. Watch what you take: Ensure you won’t become a passive smoker by being around your spouse when he is smoking. You can respectfully remind him to do it outside. Avoid alcohol too!

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 Nigeria? The major challenge we have is that we are paid peanuts. I think they should improve on what they pay us. Models receive good payment if you receive a big job from big companies or international companies. Else, payment is poor. For instance, I was not paid for my first job. I accepted to do it because of the passion I have for modelling. What are some challenges you face in modelling? The first time I came into modelling, I was approached by a man who wanted to sleep with me before he could give me a job. I refused, and he too refused to have me employed in his modelling outfit. I lost the huge modelling job because I refused to sleep with a gay. When he approached me for it, I was shocked. I got home and started thinking of how it would look like having a man (gay) to sleep with me. I slept over the idea but the more I thought about it, the more the thing pissed me off. But I’m not a woman, how would I do such a thing because of some modelling jobs? When I noticed that he wasn’t ready to change his mind unless I was ready to play ball, I took a walk. In fact, challenges in modelling are numerous. Those other ones that don’t ask for sex, would want you to pay huge sums of money just to register in their modelling agency. That also is not helping matters. Let them bring the money down a bit. Can you appraise our fashion designers? They are doing well, I mean, they are creative. I say this because it only takes a creative mind to be able to churn out the kind of styles they are churning out. They are the ones that make the modelling world ever hot and colourful. The reason is that without some mind-blowing styles, they would be nothing for runway models to exhibit on stage. So, I give them kudos.


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Don’t make promises you can’t fulfil I jeoma couldn’t believe what she was seeing! She blinked twice just to be sure her eyes were not deceiving her. Oh No! She was definitely seeing clearly; right in her hands was a wedding invitation between the love of her life, Chima and another womA model an. This is unbelievable! How could Chima even conceive doing this great injustice to her after all they’ve been through together? She sat down in a deflated heap on the floor of her bedroom and cried her eyes out. Somehow, she still wanted to believe that this must be a sick joke played on her by some crank but deep down inside her heart she knew that what she was holding was proof that Chima was going to marry another woman roughly in three weeks time. She and Chima met during their youth service years six years ago. They became lovers and virtually inseparable. They rented an apartment where they lived together all through their service year. She got pregnant twice but had to abort it since they were not ready to start a family yet. Chima promised to marry her once they finished serving and get a good job. After their NYSC, she got a job before him and supported him for over a year from her salary as an account officer in a bank. Finally, he was able to secure a job as a computer analyst in an oil firm. She was ecstatic about the news and believed that very soon, she and Chima will get married. Unfortunately, that dream was short lived as Chima’s father was diagnosed as being hypertensive and diabetic. He suffered a stroke and had to be constantly monitored and hospitalised to stabilise him. This of course took a heavy toll on Chima’s finances as the first son. He was also saddled with the responsibility of seeing his two younger brothers through the University since their father was no longer in any condition to cater for the family. That was how Ijeoma waited endlessly and patiently for six years for Chima to settle all his numerous family problems so that they could settle down as husband and wife. Eventually, his two brothers graduated from the University and his father’s condition stabilised to the extent that the sickness could be managed at home with the necessary apparatus needed to monitor his blood sugar and pressure. So, it was only ideal for her to ask Chima to set the date for their wedding; but he kept giving her lame excuses of work pressure and the need to save good money before finally settling down. Recently, she also discovered that he has been somewhat distant from her. He hardly comes to visit her since he moved out from her little room and rented a bigger apartment where he claimed they will soon start their family together. You can then imagine the rude shock she received when she opened the anonymous letter that

was left on her door step last night. Someone apparently wanted her to know about the cruel injustice meted on her by the man she has wasted the years of her youth waiting for. Now, she’s very angry, desperate and terribly confused. She feels as if someone has practically ripped her heart from the rib cage. She’s torn in shreds and wants to take out her revenge against Chima in whatever way she can. No one will make a fool out of her for this long and think to get away with it. She must get her own pound of flesh from Chima, Ijeoma vowed to herself. A very sad story of love and betrayal isn’t it? But then, it is typically what a lot of people-both men and woman have suffered severally in the hands of the one that professed undying love to them. My question is: if you know you are no longer interested in the current relationship you are in, why do you continue to give false hope to your partner? It’s best you just break the relationship than to keep that person hanging to a threadbare promise you no longer intend to keep. Promises are not meant to be broken. They are vows of commitment we make to people we love in the hit of the passion. If at any time you no longer have feelings for that person; it’s best you tell the person and quietly quit the relationship. It’s worse if they find out suddenly that you never intended to keep your word. The danger behind promise and fail in relationships is the bitterness it brews. Nobody likes to be played for a fool. That is why we keep hearing horror stories of how a woman killed her former boyfriend because she broke the relationship or a man pours acid on his former girlfriend just to make sure no other man looks at her. I am not saying these people are justified in their actions but the truth is that this could be avoided if truth serves as the bedrock of the relationship. Its best you don’t make a promise you are not 100% sure you will fulfil in a relatively short time. This is one of the reasons why I don’t advocate for you to go into long time courtship. Anything can happen within the years that will give room for promises to be broken. The person may not have done it on purpose sincerely, but life circumstances usually try to play a trick on us and bring situations around us that may warrant those promises to be broken. That is why I’ll insist that if you made a promise to your loved one for something as serious as marriage make sure you fulfil it as soon as possible. But, if you are not yet ready to see that promise come to fruition, please don’t give your word. Don’t make promises you are not yet ready to fulfil if you do not want the law of karma to make an unscheduled visit to your destiny.

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Faces at Comedy Redefined VICTOR UDOH

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ast Sunday, two seasoned comedians, Ojo Daniels and Ogunsina Samuel, organised ‘Comedy Redefined’. The occasion featured the launch of a comedy CD. The event which took place at Ethal Hall, Oregun, Lagos, was geared towards revolutionising comedy in Nigeria. Fashionistas, fans and lovers of Nigerian comedy were present to add glamour to the show.

Comedians of the show

Still Ringing, Markafy Gift, Monturayo

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Ojemba, right, and friend

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My growing up wasn’t the best –Joy Bucknor Joy Bucknor is an easy-going and hard-working lady. She received a degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State and bagged a master’s in Computer Engineering from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, but she has passion for music. In this interview with Adaeze Amos and Victor Udoh, she reveals how difficult it was to grow up without her mother. How did you delve into music? Funny enough, there is no relationship between music and Computer Engineering. It’s just more of what I went to school to study to fulfil all righteousness. Let it not be that you didn’t go to any school. What is your own definition of music? Music is food to the soul however way you want to look at it. When a man is down or you are going through stuffs, you know, if you listen to some good music, there is something it does to your soul. It lifts you up, makes you feel like you are on top of the world. It gives you the courage that you are going to face whatever challenge confronting you, come what may. Music just as food nourishes the body and the soul. When did you start singing? By 12 years old, I was already singing. The easiest platform that came for me was the church. I could say I started in the church choir. Are you still doing the church music or you have jettisoned it for the secular? I have not deviated from singing in the church. I’m still a church girl, I go to church every now and then and I’m also in the choir in the church. I have been very consistent in church. What do you call your kind of music? The kind of songs I do are just a fusion of different genres of music. But my songs are inspirational songs...songs that actually make sense. I listen to all kinds of music. This reflects in the kind of music I do. I listen to classical music, I love pop music, soft rock; I love RnB, even afro beat. It just depends on the kind of mood I’m in. So, the kind of music I love influences the kind of song I do. Some gospel artistes say there is nothing like inspirational songs; how true is this? Any song that is positive and drives home a positive message is an inspirational song. You know something that inspires. How do you get your songs? Or what really inspires your songs? Everyday life activities inspire me. There are a lot of things I have gone through in life that in-

spire me to write songs. It’s just my everyday life that inspires me really to write good songs. Who is your mentor? My number one mentor is my dad. Although, he doesn’t sing, he is my mentor. But my mentor in music is Kimberley, a gospel artiste. What I love about her, apart from the fact that she sings gospel songs, she also plays different genre of music. She can be jazzy today, the next minute she is singing RnB. She mixes up her songs with different genre of music. That is what I love about Kimberley, and her songs are always fantastic. What is that thing that has happened to you that you wish should not happen again? The one that comes to mind, because it is fresh, is losing a friend during childbirth. She was a very dear friend. That is something that I wouldn’t want to happen again. She was my best friend. Having her go like that through childbirth was so painful. Honestly, it is something I would never ever want to happen again. Where do you see Joy Bucknor in the next five years? In the next five years, I’m going to be a household name. I see my music going all over the place, I mean going worldwide. Because I just signed a worldwide distribution deal with Orchard whose parent company is Sony. In the next five years, Joy Bucknor is going to be a household name. What is your stage name? Joy Bucknor. I chose this name because it is also my real name. That is who I am, that is me. There is no aka, just Joy Bucknor. Don’t you think in future you would want to change your stage name to something different from your real name? You would never say never; life is full of changes. That is what makes it what it is. Anything can happen and I might decide to change my name but until then, let’s wait and see. What is your dress sense that would make you stand out? Let me start by saying what I love to wear. I love to slip into every day outing attires because they are easy wears. I wear all kinds of designer labels. I don’t have a particular one but anyone that designs something that suits my taste, I’m in for it. Where do you see the Nigerian music industry in future? Funny enough, the industry has grown, fully grown but we still have a long way to go. I think if we continue bringing out good music, I see Nigerian music actually competing with the international world in terms of record sales and our songs being on the billboards and all that, sure, I see us going far. We might not get there in the next five years but I foresee lots of progress by then. How was growing up? Growing up wasn’t the best for me. It wasn’t easy, you know. My mum and my dad weren’t together. I grew up with my dad. My mum CONTINUED ON PAGE 39


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Uche Jombo releases After The Proposal in DVD Actress Uche Jumbo released her 13th movie as an executive producer, ‘After The Proposal’, last week. The movie which stirred herself, Mama Gee, Patience Ozokwor, Bellinda Effah, Keira Haywatch, Theresa Edem, Anthony Monjaro and Shan Faqua was released last week and the DVD has been heavily patronised. Desmond Elliot was the director of the movie, while Uduak Oguamanam and Uche Jombo are the executive producers. The film tells the story of a widow (Patience Ozokwor) blessed with three daughters and no son, who couldn’t wait for one of her daughters to bring home a man. When Kenneth (Anthony Monjaro) finally proposed to Mary (Uche Jombo) after eight years of courtship, his excitement of getting married was shortlived when the demands from the elders of the village threatened to prevent the marriage as he set out to purchase the endless items on the marriage list. The many twists and turns of the comic film has earned it nomination in the AFRIFF 2014. The movie, which was shot with the latest digital camera and has a fantastic crew is certainly one to look out for. –ADAEZE AMOS.

African Fashion Week make debut

For the first time in history, Nigeria will be hit with the biggest platform dedicated to Africans who love fashion. African Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) is a two-day spectacular show which will be held between Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. It will showcase everything that defines fashion, from the African perspective. AFWN will give equal opportunity and priority to top fashion designers alongside new and emerging designers to celebrate culture, style and increase their passion for fashion. This is an opportunity for all aspiring or emerging designers to use as a platform to showcase their talent to the right people. The event which would feature designers from all parts of Africa would offer those in the fashion industry a free platform to showcase their brands, national fabrics through their designers, make African textiles visible to the rest of the world, and lots more. It is also an avenue where designers can network and integrate into the international fashion world; highlight the African textile Industry to a global audience. Those expected at the event include fashion designers, fabric manufacturers and printers, jewellers, photographers, make-up artistes, models, fashion editors, buyers, and indeed anyone that has passion for fashion. There are strong personalities behind this concept. First and foremost, it was created in London in 2011 by Ronke Ademiluyi. Also, the first lady of Ekiti State, Chief Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi, was once the patron of the fashion show. A Nigeria-based architect and businesswoman, Princess Fifi Ejindu, was an ambassador; Nigeria’s number one online music platform, iROKING, OH TV, FAB magazine went into partnership with them, while Globacom Limited and others were sponsors. –ADAEZE AMOS

Funmi Fiberesima’s Onikola gets February release date Onikola, the debut production effort of entertainment entrepreneur and actress, Funmi Fiberesima, will hit the DVD market this month at last. “We had planned to release Onikola earlier but had to shelve the idea so that we can have enough time to work on it and make it a better movie. What we have now is a final product we are proud to put our name on,” says Funmi. The movie which revolves around the harmful side effect of female circumcision has top industry superstars, including the delectable Funmi, the late Fatai Rolling Dollar, Dejumo Lewis, Ara, Sunday Afolabi, Ronke Oshodi Oke, Ibrahim Chatta and a host of other emerging acts. Shedding more light on the movie, Funmi, who aspires to be the Nigerian Tyler Perry said “Onikola is a movie that will intrigue the minds of movie bluffs. Releasing it this February coincides with The World Circumcision Day, which is on February 6, and as we know, the movie portrays the ill effect of female genital mutilation and its eradication. This movie will be another plus for Nollywood, especially now that the nation is preaching the gospel of “Child not Bride”. Onikola will be marking International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation February 6 with special screening to further create awareness on the evil of genital mutilation. The DVD of ‘Onikola’ will be released later to reach wider audience. Onikola, shot in Iseyin, Oyo State, weaves a blend of iconic and traditional scenes with compelling story of love without losing sight of the issue. It was directed by Dotun Taylor and written by Gbenga Adesanya, Steve Anu Adesemoye and Abosede Oshin. The movie which was shot with the best technical equipment “will provoke the minds of Africans to think about the evil of female circumcision,” she further explained. Fans and movie bluffs should be ready for the thrill of their lives as the Nigerian movie industry would be agog with the coming of ‘Onikola’ this Valentine season. –ADAEZE AMOS

Akanam Nkwe crooner set to quit spinsterhood The beautiful, elegant and delectable songstress, Princess Anne Inyang, fondly known as Akanam Nkwe, who came into the limelight with the release of her popular song ‘Akanam Nkwe’ more than a decade ago, is set to try marriage for the second time. The grapevine has it that she would soon march down the aisle with her heart-throb, a legal luminary, in April. Efforts to get her to comment on this proved abortive as her manager confirmed that she travelled to Dubai. –VICTOR UDOH.

Why Anita Joseph is in mournful mood

‘My growing up was tough’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 left us when I was five years old. I never really got to have that motherly love. That was very alien to me. Right now, she is not alive anymore. My dad is still alive and I’m still in very close contact with my dad. Growing up wasn’t the best at all. Now that you are a mother, are you hoping to be there for your children? Most definitely I would be there for them so that they would not experience what I encountered. I would be there for my children. Those were the factors that played in my deciding to come out with my music now because I want to be part of their lives, especially the growing up stage. Joseph

Nollywood super screen diva, Anita Joseph, is not in her good mood as you read this piece. You may want to know why. The actress lost a dear friend, Chioma, recently through childbirth. “My friend passed away Sunday morning, just last week, with a dead baby in her womb. She only got married last year. Before then, all she wanted was to get married. Finally, she did; became pregnant and her unborn baby died in her womb. She went into coma and didn’t wake up. Chioma is one of the best designers I know; pretty and jovial. Oh my God, now everything she strove to achieve is gone with the wind. Her death has left me thinking and wondering what we are really killing ourselves over. My goodness, let’s pause and think. Take it easy, it all ends to nothing,” she lamented, in a calm voice. –ADAEZE AMOS.


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Lessons of Life

VICTOR UDOH victorudoh804@yahoo.com 08131946431 (sms only)

TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART FEBRUARY 9, 2014

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ony is a very hardworking man who believes very much in himself. He tries to make things happen in any slight opportunity given to him. He works with a leading telecommunications company in Nigeria. My name is Mercy and this is my story. I am the last of four kids. Both parents of mine are late. While my older siblings studied and lived abroad, I was the only one that studied in Nigeria owing to the sudden death of my parents but that didn’t make me miserable. Things turned out well for me. I was always communicating with my siblings. They have even arranged for me to come and meet them overseas but my life in Nigeria was wonderful. I was in my third month with Adeoye and Sons’ Company when I met Tony.At that time I was dating John, but he wasn’t really paying much attention to me as a woman. That made me doubt the love he professed for me. One day while working in my office the assistant secretary entered and announced that I had a visitor. I was surprised because I knew Tony didn’t visit me during office hours. I stood up, stared at my office glass to make sure I was looking good and beautiful as usual. Satisfied with my appearance, I went out to see my so-called visitor. On getting to the reception, I didn’t see anyone I knew but the handsome guy I saw walked up to me and introduced himself as Tony Davids. I was amazed, but he was actually looking for Mercy Ibe, whereas I am Mercy Ige. With an embarrassed look on my face, I directed him to Mercy Ibe’s office. After that day I couldn’t stop imagining Tony and I together. He was everywhere in my heart. Deep inside me, I desired to see him again. One day as I was coming back from a supermarket, my car broke down, so I had to take a cab home. But while waiting for the cab, a Toyota Camry parked right in front of me and out came the guy that had been giving me sleepless nights. Hi! Mercy right? He asked and I nodded. What are you doing in this part of Lagos, he enquired. I explained my mission to him. That was how our conversation started. He offered me a ride, which I accepted gladly. Indeed, I saw him as God-sent that moment with sentiment attached in between me. Ever since then, Tony has been a constant force in my life. John, my former boyfriend, no longer existed

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in my calculations because I broke up every tie with him. It was hard separating with him because we had been dating for five years. Tony is now the man I want because we do things together. We had introduced our families to each other. Tony popped the one million dollar question on a Friday night and all I could say was a very big yes. Just after two months, the wedding plans commenced. I travelled to his village. It was the best thing that happened to me. His parents were wonderful people; very accommodating. The father sent massage to the whole villagers to come and see his son’s wife-to-be. It was a great deal because I had never experienced such hospitality since I was born. I was very happy working side by side with Tony, asking myself, “is this for real or am I dreaming?” However, something kept telling me ‘are you sure you are in the right place’; behold I ignored the strange voice and got carried away by his family’s positive attitude towards me. That night, they brought their village cultural troupe to entertain both of us. It was all fun and a wonderful experience. The mother called me and was talking to me like my mother. She said me ‘my

daughter, you are in the best family in the world’. I was very happy because that had been my prayer to marry from a good family. It was like a dream come true. In a space of two months, we had already set the ball rolling in preparation for our wedding. My siblings flew in from abroad to support me. The wedding was successful. Our marriage was made in heaven. We went to Erope for our honeymoon unaware of the danger lurking ahead of me. My problem started after two years of our wedding. After giving birth to my first son. Jimi, Tony started coming home late for just no reason. I tried to ask him why he was coming home late because it was unusual, and did as much as possible to stop him. It got worse every day. I reported him to his family members and yet there was no solution to the problem. He got involved in heavy drinking, smoking and womanising and no longer brought money for the family upkeep. One day, I called to convince him that he was doing the wrong thing. He started beating me while carrying my son. After the beating, he went out and came back the next day. His clothes were dirty; he was saying unprintable things. I endured

and remained persistent praying because I knew this wasn’t the man I married. Someone was manipulating him, so I believed. To my shock one night, he brought a lady home. When I asked who this lady was; he gave me a terrible slap. It then dawned on me that I was not in the right place! I went out to meet a few friends to tell them what I was going through. While some advised that I should let bygone be bygone, others said I should quit the marriage for the sake of my life. I did not heed the advice of anyone until the day I asked him about our food money. He told me he wanted to go and bring the money. as I was in the siiting room waiting for him, he came out with a bottle of Acid and almost poured it on me. I sighted him on time and ran out of the house with my son. He ran after me but I was faster than him. He then sent a text message that he would either kill or pour Acid on me if he saw me. I quickly called the parents and informed them about my predicament. I travelled to see them in the village. The father called and talked to him. I told the father to ask him what I had done wrong to make him punish me. He told the father in my presence that he caught me in love with another man; that was why he was behaving strange. Immediately, I felt as if the ground should open. I felt really unhappy and told the father that had never done such in my life and since I married Tony. That he was just fabricating stories to get me punished. The father started lecturing me on infidelity, that it was an abomination in their culture. I did everything to keep the marriage, but it was to no avail. My life has been a mystery ever since. I don’t know what to do and who to tell. It is painful when the person you admire so much takes advantage of the love you have for him to humiliate you. Please advise me; I don’t know what to do! Please send your advice to the phone number or e-mail address above. No calls, please.

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Re: ‘My fiance lied to my family that I was dating other men’ Hi Baby, I have read true life story on Sunday Mirror of February 2, 2014, please. Young lady, I advise you not to accept this guy back to your life again. Because he is a harlot going about to see what is under the skirt of every woman. When you are finally ready to settle down, take your case to God and God will make available your best life partner for you. •Your story is quite touching; since you have all the facts about Andrew Peters at your finger tip, what other evidence do you

want? This is my candid advice, run for your dear life, else the day he would kill you, he will equally tell the police it was the devil. You would have been six feet under the ground. God forbid that. This is my humble advice. -Oredu, from Benue State.

This is my candid advice; listen to that voice that is saying ‘don’t go back to him’. He wants to ruin your life finally. I believe that the voice is of God and He will provide and show you your life partner. I wish you good luck. - BD Akuki, Abuja

•Shola, I am a father; I went through the story and felt bad. Please, my daughter, stay away from that demon and God will give you your own man; get close to Him.

Shola, you must pull out from that crazy relationship before something tragic happens to you. If you must marry Andrew, he needs deliverance from spiritual curses for him to

regain himself. Avoid being disappointed eventually. The choice is yours; be wise. -Eneyeme Pat Apeji, Lagos Andrew is apparently under a curse. Many nice and God-fearing men are still outside praying to marry good women like you. You will pray to God to link you up to some of these guys out there. Leave Andrew for Uduak or whoever. Avoid them before it is too late. -Apeji Onesi, Lagos


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I reject go slow ‘He had made everything beautiful in His time: also He has set the world in their heart’ (Eccl 3:11) Everything God created carries a time lag for its manifestation. The fulfillment of His purpose and counsel in the life of a man is what the Bible describes as beautiful; that is, ‘fitting into His original plan, purpose and counsel’. There are two kinds of time, namely the ‘kronos’ and the ‘kairos’; the former is the conventional time we all know. It is man’s standard time of measurement of quantities such as age, pace of accomplishment and the seasons of life, while the latter is God’s standard time for the fulfillment of His purpose and counsel in the life of man. Just as God has timing for His plans and purpose, so does the devil his own agenda and timing which he unfolds systematically. This is what is called satanic counsel. Satanic counsels are designed to slow down the pace of man’s accomplishment. This often manifests by way of satanic go-slow or traffic jam. Basically, ‘go-slow’ or ‘traffic jam’ impedes movement of vehicles on the road such that one can spend long fruitless hours on a spot if care is not taken. It can be said to be a sabotage of a gainful venture. Likewise,

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elcome in the name of Jesus, I believe you had a week full of heavenly visitations. Since the year began, we have been looking at divine healing but this week we will veer off the topic into something quintessential for every life in the year 2014. We shall be examining how to make our prayer life more effective by understanding certain seasons. There is a time and a season for everything under the heavens…. a time to plant and a time for harvest (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). The men of Issachar had the testimony of knowing the signs of times meaning they understood seasons and the opportunities and privileges that came with every season. Due to this remarkable ability, they were the leaders of the house of Israel (1 Corinthians 12:32). There are certain times, seasons and occasions that define a man’s life and understanding and keying into them by planting the right seed will make you a leader.

The man who will succeed in life is not necessarily the brightest, the most educated or the most privileged man but the one who knows how to make the best use of opportunities. There are certain spiritual opportunities made available in certain seasons of life and if you will succeed you must have an understanding of same. Specifically I am talking of opportunities made available in the morning and night seasons of every

satanic go-slow is a demonic programme fashioned to stagnate, frustrate, waste and pollute your purpose in destiny. Let me reiterate here that everything about you is time-bound. I mean your birth, growth processes, education in school, and all other human endeavours. Hence, when you spend an unnecessarily prolonged time on the same spot, then careful attention must be given to such; else, you might unknowingly be held under satanic go-slow. God makes life and all other things beautiful in His time; God wants you to achieve your purpose in life and at the right time too while the devil is working tirelessly, day and night, to frustrate this. This he attempts to achieve by introducing and devising various means of delaying you. The program of God runs with a calendar and let me state emphatically that He has a time (season) He has earmarked for you to manifest and show forth His greatness, but the devil introduces go-slow into that beautiful plan of God for your life. Every satanic traffic warden in your family that has vowed not to let you go shall give way by force in Jesus name. Satanic go-slow is his subtle scheme which he adopts when he realizes that all attempts to eliminate you has failed. Every go-slow of any kind in any facet of your life, be it in your career, marriage, health, finance, business or aspirations, I hereby remove them in the name of Jesus. In Gen 15:13-14; “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they

shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.” God unveiled the events that was ahead of Abraham’s children; that they will be exiled for four hundred years. However, an additional 30 years was spent in the land of captivity, “Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was 430 years. And it came to pass at the end of the 430 years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.” Ex 12:40-41, This is simply the satanic go-slow in action. The devil is all out to see that the counsel of God for your life is frustrated or at best, delayed. Do you see yourself in your former school, house, village or do you often see snail, tortoise? These are pointers to satanic go-slow. Perhaps, you see yourself being arrested by unknown person or a dead relative speaking negative words to you in your dream; these point to retardation. Your dream life is a reflection of reality, hence, you need to pay due attention to it. Why does the devil introduce go-slow? There are various reasons the devil introduces go-slow in the life of a man. He knows he has but a short time, hence, accesses all possible avenues in achieving this end. -He does this to frustrate you, when he does this, he would have succeeded in making you lose your confidence and trust in God. -He wants you to be tired of living. -To collect your weapon of prayer, anything that has power to collect your prayer life has the power to take your life because a prayer-less

Christian is a powerless Christian. -To make people around you to ask you questions about your God. -To make you seek for satanic mediums in order to ameliorate your condition. -To make you believe that God is a liar concerning His promises for your life. How can you reject the Go-slow syndrome? -Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. -Serve God; when you do not serve Him Him, He also will not reckon with you in His agenda. -Carry His Kingdom on your head. How? Seek His Kingdom first, with your life, your time, your resources, everything you have. When you carry the kingdom, He also will carry you. Matt 6:33 -Engage the enemy in warfare prayers against satanic go-slow. Pray this prayer aggressively: -Any wicked personality holding the passport of my life, loose your hold and die -Every covenant and anointing of tortoise in my life, expire by the blood of Jesus -My Father, gather my life with speed. …In Jesus name. •I know you have been blessed. Write and share your testimonies, comments, etc., with me through; info@ thehebrewsng.com. Hotlines – 01-7903163, 08085845864. You can also listen to my messages on our podcast at www.thehebrewsng.com/ podcast. •Rev’d Femi Akinola – The Hebrews International, Lekki, Lagos.

Effective prayer principles (1) blessed day. In these seasons there are secrets to be tapped into. I pray God will give you an understanding heart in Jesus name. Amen. The life we live and all we do are seeds and as long as seedtime and harvest time remains then we must have harvest for whatever seed we sow knowingly or unknowing(Genesis 8:22). The bible made us to understand that not just planting but planting the right seed on the right kind of ground and at the right season is what guarantees bountiful harvest (Mark 4:1-20- the parable of the sower). The seed which is a point of discuss here is the prayer seed. When should we pray? The general answer is at all times which is correct but I am happy to announce to you that there are certain seasons that turn certain kinds of prayers to atomic bombs (meaning several times more effective than when prayed at other times). And the specific seasons I am talking about are the night and morning seasons. The early Morning Season, the fourth watch of the day, or the early morning watch How far a man will go in a day’s journey depends on how well he maximizes his morning, the morning period of life is the time of strength and energy, and it is the time of earnest planting. A hard working farmer wakes up long before dawn to do his work and would have gone a long way before the sun is up. So also, a hardworking and vigilant child of God takes the early morning period to prepare spiritually for the day. Why are these early hours important? Right from the Old Testament, we have seen what God does in the early hours of the morning. First, the bible said God came to Adam in the cool of the day( Genesis 3:8), Jacob slept

and saw a vision of heaven and he woke up early the next morning made a vow to God to keep him on his journey which I believe God used in sustaining him throughout his journey (Genesis 28:18-22). God looked upon the camp of Pharaoh from the cloud at the red sea in the morning watch and gave instructions to Moses on how to part the sea (Exodus 14:2326) , the Priests were commanded to change the oil in the lamps in the tabernacle early in the morning (Exodus 30:7). In the New Testament, Jesus had the testimony of waking up long before dawn to go and pray (Mark 1:35), Jesus came to His disciples walking upon the sea at the fourth watch of the night (Matthew 14:25). Therefore, the cool of the day, the early hours of the day and the fourth watch of the day signifies the hours when God visits mankind and sets his life right. It is also the time to receive instructions for success in life. The Mystery of the Fourth watch The Jewish day began at 6:00 a.m. and finished at 6:00 p.m. The night watch began at 6:00 p.m. and ended at 6:00 a.m. The night watch was broken up into four time periods of three hours each. Mark 13:35 names the watches: First Watch -- the evening (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) Second Watch -- at midnight (9:00 - midnight) Third Watch -- at the crowing of the rooster (midnight - 3:00 a.m.) Fourth Watch -- the morning watch (3:00 - 6:00 a.m.) (Bill burns – watchmen of the morning). The cool of the day, early hours of the day and a great while before dawn therefore falls within the fourth watch ant this is the hour

God visits His people. Jewish rabbis believe according to Perry Stone that God literarily walks the earth during the fourth watch of every day. We shall continue next week by the grace of God but till then live an overcomer in Jesus name. Don’t forget that you are blessed and not cursed and cannot be cursed because you have given your life to Christ and if you have not, 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. Recommended Books include: The Labour that Counts and Knowing the God of Increase by Femi Lanre – Oke. You can get them online at www.amazon.com, www.authorhouse.co.uk, www.barnesandnoble.com and at www.femilanreoke.com. You could also call or send an SMS to any of the numbers below. For further prayer & counseling Pls contact: Pastor Femi Lanre-Oke Jesus Praise Evangelical Ministries International, Ibadan, Oyo state +2348030752799, +2348053695097


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e are number one; the greatest, strongest, prettiest champions! Daily such proclamations boldly assert claims of supremacy. Everyone wants to be associated with a winner. Losers are those who finish less than first. In direct contrast are the words of Jesus. “And whosoever of you will be the chiefesh, shall be servant of all. For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom me for many (Mark 10:44&45)

Jesus is the greatest – God incarnate, our messiah – but He entered History as a servant. If the kingdom is the essential reality, the truths or truths, and if all human beings are- as Jesus great awakening made Him aware they are – innately gifted with direct access to all the transforming power of the spirit, then the entire incanning of human life lies in living and enacting the Laws of the kingdom so that its birth into reality, into the structures of human society and politics and religion, into every area or human life, in fact, Can be ever clearer, and more complete for that birth to occur, and go on occurring, all the forces, inner and outer that Block it or could block it have to be exposed and faced as unshrinking as possible, and with as mordant and illusioned and as possible. THE PARABLE OF MUSTARD SEED Jesus used this parable to explain that although Christianity had very small beginnings, it would grow into a worldwide community of believers when you feel alone in your stand for Christ, realize that God is building a worldwide kingdom. He has faithful followers in every part of the world, and your faith, no matter how small, can join with that of others to accomplish great things.

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My dear Pastor, I am one of the beneficiaries of the anointing upon your life because I am always blessed any time I read your column. I pray God to continue to empower you the more in Jesus’ name, Amen. However, there is this matter that bothers me a lot. Pastor, I want to ask if men can forgive sin on earth, since the scripture says it is only God that can forgive sin? Please enlighten me with some verses from the scriptures. Njideka, Delta State. Dear reader, Thank you for your commendation and prayers to God for me. At the same, I give the glory to God. I also seize this opportunity to thank every one of you out there that devotes their time to follow and read my column, weekly. May God grant you all

What Jesus is trying to wake us up to is depth of our own individual responsibility to be a flame of the fire or the kingdom if we do not choose to transform ourselves, then we will not simply live in misery and anxiety we will ‘be’ misery and anxiety spreading their toxic destruction through all out thoughts and actions and so actively preventing the wealth of the kingdom from flaming out everywhere and healing the “poverty of being. For Jesus, however the “poverty” of the world and of the consciousness of most of the people in it-t he “godless ones who have no hope” –is not a fixed absolute, not an irremediable consequence of some original disaster. Jesus in fact, never speaks, either in the Gospels or in the Gnostic fragments that have come down to us, of originals, his teaching, contrary to the teachings that have been derived from Him and used to manipulate frightened followers, has – for all its realism and sober awareness – nothing whatever to do with a denigration of human nature. For Jesus, every human being, however lost destructive, is still innately divine, innately capable, through grace, of being divinized; the kingdom is the final reality, not sin, or inevitable evil and failure. Everything depends on the choice of the individual soul as to whether the kingdom shall become manifest in it and in the whole being or not. This relentless emphasis in Jesus” authentic teaching on individual choice is what makes it demanding; the doctrine of “original sin,” after all, can offer a kind of depressive comfort to those too passive of too despairing or too lazy to invite and pursue awakening. Jesus, by telling us that the kingdom is everywhere and that all human beings are given the chance to enter it if they work hard enough to transform themselves and are prepared to undergo all the necessary ordeals of initiation, implicitly derides every human comfort in defeat, every neurotic embrace of limitation, every philosophy, secular or religious, that in any way diminishes

the potential glory of the fully awakened divine human life. Jesus is always aware of how improbable his vision must sound to those who have no idea of the reality and power of the spirit, and again and again he tries, in teachings and parables, to help his listeners understand how what seems impossible to the human mind if will on its own is possible, even easy, when God’s grace is invoked. To an all – loving God, whose one desire for humanity is to see ir realize its divine identity and origin and transform itself and the world it lives in into a garden of divine live and justice, nothing is impossible; God’s kingdom had an astonishing hidden strength of self propagation, once its existence has been embraced and its power accepted and unleashed. This Jesus tells us explicitly in the parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4:3032): “And Jesus said, with what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of seeds on earth: yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs and puts forth large branches. So that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” As in all the authentic parables of Jesus, his language works in several, sometimes contradictory, dimensions at once. On the most obvious level, Jesus is speaking in this parable about the vast hidden power of the spirit, of the tiny “seed” of God =head within each of us, which, once “sown” (really claimed and begun to be made conscious through the prayer and meditation and service), grows rapidly and becomes a large “tree” capable of sheltering and nurturing others. THE REALITY OF THE WORLD AND OF THE WORLDY MIND DENIES THE REALITY OF THE SPIRIT, BECAUSE IT CANNOT BE SSEN: BUT, INVISIBLY, ITS EFFECTS GROWS VERY FSAT, UNTIL THE WHOLE OF EXTERNAL REALITY ALSO IS

TRANSFORMED, AND WHAT SEEMED TINY “SEED” HAS BECOME A LARGE, VIBRANT, POWERFEUL “TREE”. What makes the parable startling, however, is its subtext – one that would have been recognizable immediately to Jesus listeners in first – century Palestine. In his Natural History, the roman author Pliny the Elder wrote: “Mustard with its pungent taste and fiery effect is extremely beneficent for the health. It grows entirely wild. Though it is improved by being transplanted; but on the other hand, when it has once been sown, it is scarcely possible to get the place free of it, as the seed when it falls germinates at once.” So, when Jesus uses the Mustard seed as the symbol of the Kingdom, he is pointing also to the way in which opening to the realities and powers of the kingdom can dissolve the structures and orders of “ordinary “reality. As Dominic Crossan tells us in Jesus: A revolutionary Biography: “the mustard plant is dangerous even when domesticated in the garden and is deadly when growing wild in the grain fields. And those nesting birds, which might strike us as charming, represented to ancient farmers a permanent danger to the seed and grain, the point, in other words, is not just that the Mustard plant is dangerous even when domesticated in the garden and is deadly when growing wild in the grain fields. And those nesting birds, which might strike us as charming, represented to ancient farmers a permanent danger to the seed and grain. The point, in other words, is not just that the mustard plants starts as a proverbially seed and grows into a shrub of three, four, or even more feet in height. IT IS THAT IT TENDS TO TAKE OVER WHERE IT IS NOT WANTED. *Your Steward PASTOR JACOB ADE-DAVID 54/56 Okesuna Street, Lagos Island Lagos. TEL: 08023535110, 08023539857, 08034078158 Email:jacobpastordavid@yahoo.com.

Is it only God that can forgive sin? your heart desires in Jesus name, Amen. Coming to your question; let me first of all give you a very simple and direct answer before any explanation. “Yes” and “no”. It is God that forgives sin. But most times, he uses men or people to achieve this purpose or aim. That is why I said yes and no: “no” because it is only God that can forgive sin, and “yes” because he sometime uses people to forgive sins. Now, let me consult the scripture for better explanations and understanding to prove beyond every reasonable doubt. Let’s study and meditate deeply on John 20: 21 - 23 which reads; “Then said Jesus to them again, peace be unto you: as my father hath sent me, even so send I you, 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, receive ye the Holy Ghost, 23 Whose so ever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose so ever sins ye retain, they are retained.” After examining carefully and meditatively on the above scriptures, who do you think that Jesus is referring to in verse 23? I think you will agree with me that Jesus

was referring to the disciples? If yes, who are the disciples? Are they not ordinary men like you and me? I want us to carefully study all verses above from verse 21; in this verse, Jesus said, as my father sent me so send I you. The question now is; was forgiveness of sins not one of the things that the father sent him for, into the world? Of course yes. In verse 22, Jesus said, receive ye the Holy Ghost: that also means receive ye power or authority. If this be true, there are means the power he gave to them is the power to forgive sins. Thus in verse 23 he said, whosesoever sins ye remit is remitted. He said ‘whosesoever’, that means no matter who. Let me also show you another scripture that proves that one of Jesus missions on earth is to forgive sins. Luke 5 : 20 – 24 reads: And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, man, thy sins are forgiven thee, 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts,

he answering said unto them, what reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins. According to all the scriptures above, it is very evident and obvious that Jesus [God] has given us the power and authority upon earth to forgive sins or what do you think? If God has given man power and authority to heal the sick, wake up the dead in fact to be in charge of the earth, he has equally given us the power and authority to forgive sins on earth. Let also point out one truth that it is not appointed to all men to forgive sins on earth but only the ones that are genuinely born again, or can a sinner forgive sins? So don’t say because men has power and authority on earth to forgive sins, therefore anybody no matter who can forgive sins, no it does not work that way. Well, as time will not permit me to explain further, I will continue from here next week, stay blessed till then.


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It’s my choice. I don’t know why so many people are bothering me. It’s my life, l want to believe l can live my life as l desire to. My girl, Laide, is the one l want to spend my entire life with. Why can’t people just mind their own business? I believe you know better. Can you just advise me on how to stop these people from disturbing me? Ojo, Lokoja My brother, I think the best thing to look at is CHOICE. When God created man He gave us what is called free-will, i.e. the ability to choose between good and bad, right from wrong, truth from evil. “Genesis 1:27-29, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” One with dominion is able to do whatsoever he wants because he has been given the power to do so. Every other person is under him and are subject to him.

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Can’t I alone decide on who to marry? So he is in charge, having no one really to control him. We were not created like angels or robots that have no other option than to follow the dictates and instructions issued out to them. The only choice made by God for man was the bringing of Eve to Adam, of which He was later blamed of doing so, “Genesis 3:11-12, And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” Adam’s answer was indirectly telling God that the mistake he made was as a result of the woman He gave to him without him asking for her. Now the stand of God concerning such a matter is in Proverbs 18:22, Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” Now you have to do the finding yourself. The amazing thing about God is that He even honours the choices we make. Even if they are not the best for our lives, He still honours them. And that is why we have to face the consequences of our own choice. You will want to ask why does God allow some situations and incidences to happen to you, the answer is because of your choice. Whatsoever you are facing today is actually as a result of the choice you took so years back or that which was made by your parents or by your friend. For example, someone who is having fibroid, miscarriage, delayed marriage, etc, could have made a wrong choice of fornication, body misuse, abortion, etc. Someone having problems in marriage could have made a wrong choice concerning the person he/she married. Also if a person is having problems now as to finance, it could be he had made a wrong choice concerning money or his line of business.

One thing stands clear we are in the flesh (thou not of the flesh, if you are a born again Christian) we will always be influenced by the flesh, that is why we must accept Jesus, for without Him we can do nothing, thereby giving the Holy Spirit the chance to help put our flesh under subjection, for us not to choose wrongly. Any choice made under the flesh is not according to the will of God. Even if you don’t hear from God, there is something that every child of God has, and that is, SPIRITUAL CHECKING, it has to do with your conscience, whereby something inside of you will be cautioning you, directing you or even checking you, except your conscience is seard. (1Tim.4:2). As a child of God, two things do happen when you choose wrongly; the first is that, you will have to face the consequences of your wrong decision and also to endure the judgement of your poorly made choices. The second point is that, some will make it to heaven but will enter with absolutely no reward because they choose to do their own things in life. I will just want to share two experiences with you. A man after having four issues with his wife, came in after work one day and started shouting at the wife that what was she doing in her house, that he didn’t know her. People in the neighbourhood tried to calm him down that, maybe something is wrong with him. But he kept on shouting, ‘l don’t know her, get her out of my house.’ It was later the wife confessed that, when the man’s parents and siblings were against the man marrying her, she was given a charm to use on the man, that against all odds, the man will marry her which happened. But she was instructed to be sacrificing a fowl every six months, of which she forgot to do last month, thereby making the charm to wear off from the man’s life. If he had

listened then, he wouldn’t have made the wrong choice. Also, two men came together and made a bet on a lady they went to the same university with. Claiming that throughout their academic year at the university, none of their mates were able to get through to the lady, it was as if she has a wall around her. They now gave an ultimatum of two years, that the person who is able to break those walls will get N50, 000. They started by working on their strategies. Not long the 1st guy was able to break the wall, went ahead and collected the N50,000. They now went further to bet, that if he is able to marry her N100,000. The lady not been aware of all that is going on fell headlong in love with this first guy, when he proposed, her family said no, that they’ve gone to pray about it and something seems not to be okay with the whole arrangement, but this lady refused to listen. It was the night of the wedding that the two friends called the lady and told her, it was all a bet, that it was not that he really loved her, that the whole marriage thing was arranged even with those at the registry, so there is no legal wedding. It was just all arranged. That night the lady developed high blood pressure, which she is still nursing up till today. Am not saying on your own you can’t make a good decision, you are an adult and also knowledgeable, so l want to believe you know what you are doing. But l will want to advice, seek Godly counsel, so that you will not later regret your choice. The Bible says in Matthew 10:26, “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” 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

It is divine curse to announce your dad is naked (3) (The Coach) P Pastor Moses A Omogbehin M

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o God alone be all the glory, honour, adoration for the great and marvelous things He has done. Since three Sundays ago, I have been examining on the above topic. Last week, we dwelt extensively on David, as another example of covenant leader (Remember we are looking or seeing those leaders in this context as a man of God, General Overseer, father, and founding father of faith in this dispensation) I said, it was as a result of the covenant of God in action that made it not to be possible for everyone that arose against King David not to succeed including his own biological son.

This week, we shall continuing from where we stop now let us see those who saw their fathers (leaders) nakedness (mistakes, errors, evil, wrong etc.) and never announce it or misbehave to them based on what they saw, heard or experienced from them. I.Read Gen. 9:20-23 (Ham) Noah had three children namely: Ham, who saw his father’s nakedness. Although

he saw his father’s nakedness unprepared for or indirectly, there was no evil in it but the Bible says, “And he told his two brethren” to come and see what he saw. That simply means he made mockery of what he saw. The other children of Noah: Shem and Japheth; covered the nakedness and never talked about it. II.I Sam. 3:11-18 - Samuel was another person that both heard and saw his father Priest Eli’s nakedness and never announced it nor misbehaved. “And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of everyone that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: When I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering forever. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.” III. Isa. 38:1-5 - Hezekiah was another person who saw the nakedness of the Prophet of

God Isaiah (one of the Major Prophets in his day). What nakedness of Isaiah did Hezekiah see? Prophet Isaiah, being one of the major prophets in the day of King Hezekiah prophesied according to the word of the Lord and it never came to pass as early prophesied- because God was entreated. God commuted the death sentence, and asked Isaiah to go back and reverse the earlier prophecy. He obeyed. “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, and said, remember now; O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go and say to Hezekiah, thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” IV. I Sam. 26:2-23. David was another person that heard, saw, witnessed and experienced all the evil, betrayal, wickedness, error, mistakes etc. of his father in the Lord, called king Saul yet ye never announced it nor misbehaved directly and indirectly. Few times,

he had an opportunity to kill his father in the Lord (Saul) he did not, he rather protected him. The question is this, having seen your father (your Pastor or leader’s) nakedness, what are you doing about it? Are you acting or reacting? Shem and Japheth the sons of Noah never reacted but they acted well and wisely. The young Samuel never reacted but he acted well and wisely. King Hezekiah never reacted but he acted well and wisely and finally David one of our covenant fathers (leaders) never reacted but acted well and wisely. Brethren you have no point and you have no excuse in this issue. You know sometime, someone may have reason(s) excuse(s) or cogent point(s) but in this very issue at hand (I mean seeing your father’s or leader’s nakedness and taking advantage of it) you have no reasons, points, and excuses to expose them publicly. • I know this teaching has blessed and impacted you. ‘Please sir, write and share your testimony with me through: Covenant and Fulfilment Ministries. Lagos Office: 10, Onwusasoigwe Close, Hostel BusStop, Egbe Ikotun.


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elcome to another atmosphere of mandate. I pray that you would be met at the point of your needs to-

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Power is very pivotal for reigning in life. The power of a snake is in its tongue, that of the scorpion is in its tail, that of a prophet is the mouth of the prophet. God gave Moses instrument of mandate (power), that is, the rod. He used it to reign. Matt. 16:18-19 tells every child of God that power gas been handed over to us. He has given us the keys to kingdom of heaven. You may not see the key physically but its there. The fact that you cannot see air physically doesn’t connote that air is not in existence. In the same way, you may not see God’s power physically but its there. The power is available with God and He can give it to whoever desires and long for it.

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Instructions to reign in the Mandate As you receive power, the following instructions would help you to retain, maintain and increase the grace of your mandate. In other words, the points would enable you to reign in your mandate: 1.God wants us to be an authentic sacrifice (In truth and in spirit). Heb. 12:28. Serve God in an acceptable manner. There are customs for every society. So also in the kingdom of God, there are customs you most adhere to if you are going to last. God doesn’t want a despiseful worshipper or someone that competes with Him for His glory. Whatever position you are presently, you are to use it to bring crowd and profit to the kingdom of God. That way, your sacrifice in sincerity and truth would be acceptable to God. You must offer yourself for God’s service. Let the world know where you belong. Don’t stay on the fence, identify with God. The key that makes you to reign in mandate is spiritual power. You cannot buy that kind of power. You have to sacrifice in order to get it. 2. Serve God with a thoughtful

mind. To serve Him thoughtfully is to have a heavy consciousness of Him in everything you do, even when you face battles. David was thoughtful of things God had done through his hands before. God therefore perform the same feat again. David referred to how God helped him to overcome the bear and lion. God stepped in and help him defeat the giant called Goliath. We therefore need to call God thoughtfully of those things He has done in the past so that He can repeat such feat again. For example, call Him Jehovah Jireh when you want Him to provide. Call Him Jehovah Rapha when you want Him to heal. King Saul didn’t serve God thoughtfully, therefore he couldn’t continue on the mandate journey. A teenager (David) who understand this secret took over mandate from him. Oh! David was so thoughtful. He knew covenant stirs God more than anything, he therefore called Goliath uncircumcised philistine because he knew that circumcision was a sign of God’s covenant for Abraham and his descendants. He stirred God to work

that anti-covenant people. You can also remind God of the miracles He has done in the past and He would repeat the same feat for you. 3. Serve Him With All Your Strength (Mark 12:30) Every of your strength must be involved in service to God. Your zeal and passion must be glaring. No matter your level or position in the society or life generally, you must be physically involved. Therefore, it’s not enough that only your money should be involved in the service of god. You must be physically involved. I am quite sure if you follow the above points, you would be able to effectively reign in your mandate. It would bring about definite turn-around in your mandate journey. • For testimonies, comments, enquires, counseling or prayer, don’t hesitate to contact me at: Peace Tabernacle Int’l (Power Palace) Between FRSC and Atiba Police Barracks Oke-Ebo, Oyo, Oyo State or 08067142127 or bunmichristy75@yahoo.com

Overcoming the temptations of life (2) General Overseer of Christ Glorious Evangelical Ministries with headquarters in Abule Egba, Lagos, Pastor Lai Bamidele, gives a series of tips on how to overcome the temptations of life. There are three points to know on how you can overcome temptation: 1) 2 Tim 2: 21. But the truth of the matter is, many believers don’t want to purge themselves. If you can purge yourself of sin, you will live an honourable life. If you know something is not good and you are doing it because everybody is doing it, it is not good. When l was small in those days, my mother went to the market and bought kulikuli which we use to drink garri in Yorubaland and l didn’t know she counted it. We were still Moslems then. And it was fasting period. When l passed where the kulikuli was, l was salivating and said I don’t know whether my mother counted it. But something told me Mama didn’t count it. I quickly took four and put them inside my pocket. I now went to look for garri and soaked it and took two of the kulikuli leaving two remaining in my pocket and cleaned my mouth. Every day is for the sinner, but one day is for the owner. I now left it in my pocket and went to sleep. When my mother wanted to wash the cloth, she saw the kulikuli in my pocket. My mother saw it and l said I didn’t know how it got to my pocket. Temptation. My mother beat me that day and l said I will not steal again. She removed my clothes, beat me and used pepper to rub my body. In the journey of Christianity you must accept responsibility. Don’t do your things the way others do it. You don’t have to be corrupt in a corrupt environment. Two years ago, one of my spiritual daughters that is in US her mother was sick and the moment l entered Benin City, l stopped an Okada

man who said he will collect N200. The Okada man wanted to take short cut and l was just following him and all of a sudden l just saw about 10 LASTMA officials of Benin and a towing van wanted to tow my car. And l know asked the Okada man why he took that side. And they said they will collected N50,000. I told them I am a pastor and I don’t know anywhere in Benin. I chartered this okada in order not to enter into any trouble. After much time, they said we should go and pay N30,000. Later they said I should pay N5,000. I said I am not paying 5 kobo. I now said that the only thing l can do is to release a word into his life and the man hissed and left in anger. He now told his colleagues that this man is a delicate man. That his silence is a delicate one. They now released me. And I said God bless you. Once again, I was travelling out. As the Customs opened my bag they saw pepper and ogbonno and my clothes in a bag and customs said l was contravening the law. They said why am I keeping food items where I kept clothes? I said they are all mine, what was his business? They said they will arrest me and said there is a paper I need to collect before keeping food items with clothes. I said I won’t give them anything. I told them I travel all the time. I’m not a first time traveller. They said I should go and talk to the man and I said I can’t talk to him. The man they arrested after me gave them N8,000. They now vented their anger on him. I was once going on a journey and sat by the window. A man was greeting me incessantly and keeps saying journey mercies that l was tired of his greetings. He

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kept saying journey mercies, and later he now said sir, you’re not dropping? I said drop what? Temptation. 2)The power of fasting. One of the instruments you can use to overcome temptation is fasting. Fasting is an escape route from temptation. Fasting empowers you. So each you fast, you can’t see a man that is fasting and such see a woman. Every time you fast it’s the time you separate yourself. Fasting helps you. Fasting brings you to God’s frequency. You can’t see somebody that is fasting and still be looking at a woman, unless the person is not serious. It empowers you to put off resistance over temptation. Temptation leads to the work of the flesh. Fasting brings you to God’s frequency. Fasting makes you to put up resistance against temptation. Every time you don’t fast, your immunity is weak. The immunity is the thing that resists sickness. Every time you fast, it empowers your immunity. The devil wants you to fall. He wants you to disobey God. 3) Another one is if you are not faithful in your tithing. Many of you

have been tempted because of your condition you won’t pay tithe. The devil will say you paid last month and you want to pay again t his month. And that you have challenges, you should settle the challenges first. Is it not God Who will bring you out of your challenges? If you are not faithful in small you can’t be faithful in big. No believer can be exempted from temptation. Are you tempted in your marriage, or ministry, education, job, hold on to your God. The other day I travelled to Port Harcourt and when I landed I saw a blind man begging for alms. I wanted to give him money but a spirit said I should not give him. The devil said he might be my angel but I still gave him money. Temptation is real. Temptation. Bishop Bolu Martins in Kano shared something with us in church that in 1979 he desired a university admission. But he could not get admission. Others that he even put through gained admission to University of Ilorin but they refused him admission. He wept and wept and went back to the school but the Head of Department insisted he won’t the man admission that year. Every problem you are going through will lead you to your glory. The same 1980. It was when he graduated that they started Winners’ Chapel. He said if he had gained admission that particular year, he would have been one year out of that Ministry. He would have lost the privilege for encounter with God. He said 99% of his mates have all come under his anointing. That your promotion, admission, marriage is delayed is not denial. A plane that crashed, I was made to believe that somebody was supposed to board it and he didn’t and that was how he escaped death. •For Counselling Contact: Pst_ lai@yahoo.com. Phone: 0807448415, 08027502864 and 08161285586


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ev. Teddy Parker, 42, of Macon, Georgia, USA, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of his home while his 800-member church and his family waited for him to show up to preach on Sunday morning. Parker was the pastor at Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon and a father of two. Before this incidence, he had remarked: “sometimes I don’t feel like God is hearing me.” He suffered from some emotional issues and even manic depression and was on medication. When Parker didn’t show up to preach, the family went looking for him and discovered his body. He must have had problem forgiving himself for who knows what! Have you ever struggled with forgiving yourself for something you did or something someone else did? What made it hard for you to forgive yourself ?

Irrespective of your ugly past, previous lifestyle practices, activities or habits and your pain, hurt, guilt, and anger, God wants you to accept the gift of complete forgiveness over your fallings and failings. Forgive yourself and enjoy unlimited release and health. God has not finished with you yet! All hope is not lost. God can fix your broken world: broken hearts, broken hopes, broken homes, broken health, and broken lives. He can exchange your ashes for beauty. Forgive yourself. Do not give up on yourself. Charles Stanley stated: “forgiveness is never complete until, first, we have experi-

enced the forgiveness of God, second, we can forgive others who have wronged us, and third, we are able to forgive ourselves.” Bill Cosby agrees: “people can be more forgiving than you can imagine, but you have to forgive yourself, let go of what’s bitter and move on.” Les Brown warns: “forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” Mackenzie Phillips admonishes: “forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity.” Self-Forgiveness:Peter and Paul Jesus forewarned Apostle Peter of his imminent denial of his Lord: “before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny me three times” (Luke 22:61). After the fact, “Peter left the courtyard, crying bitterly” (Luke 22:62); bearing the shame and pain of his sinfulness. His action technically cut him off from Christ and apostleship. He must have beaten himself up countless times, seeking personal forgiveness and reassurance (Mark 14:54; 16:7; Luke 24:12, 34; John 20: 2-10; 21:7-8; 1 Cor 15:5). Jesus eventually resolved this selfforgiveness for Peter (John 21:15-19). Judas also denied Jesus like Peter. Contrariwise, Judas could not forgive himself, so he committed suicide (Matt 27:3-5). Prior to Saul’s conversion to Paul, he greatly persecuted the church and was responsible for the death of many believers. It is expected that Paul struggled with self-forgiveness during the silent years that followed his conversion because of the horrible things he did previously. No wonder Paul wrote much about forgiveness! Like Peter and Paul, you need to forgive your-

self ! Why you should forgive yourself ? 1. In God’s perception, you are a “new creature” and the “apple” of God’s eyes. Your past no longer defines you. You are what God says you are in His word! (2 Cor 5:17). 2. You will experience God’s freedom and peace that surpasses human understanding; and banish the deep and dark cloud of uncertainty that now hangs over you. 3. Not forgiving yourself of past mistakes is a denial of the essence of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and the efficacy of His shed Blood to take care of your past/sins: thereby, calling God a liar and Jesus a deceiver (1 Pet 2:24; Heb 1:3). It is unbelief ! 4. Not forgiving yourself will negatively alter the lenses of your spiritual eyesight; causing guilt, shame, and condemnation that ruin your faith (Isa 43:18 & 19). 5.Self-punishment: replaying your sins continually will put you in a tortured state that God never intended. Do not incarcerate yourself spiritually. Jesus paid it all with no exceptions! 6. Sense of unworthiness and low morale: Satan gives guilt-trips, self-condemnation and paralyzes our usefulness to God. You ask: “why should God answer my prayer?” 7. Excessive and compulsive Behavior: drug abuse, alcohol, sexual affairs, and materialism. 8.Self-Deprivation: we deprive ourselves of things God wants us to enjoy. This is the opposite of excessive behavior. Do not put yourself through hell on earth.

9. Façade of false humility: feeling permanently guilty and sentenced by God. 10. Not forgiving yourself can lead to suicide. God forbid, in Jesus’ name! There is nothing you can do to make God stop loving you. “You are the apple of His eyes” (Zech 2:8). He shed His blood for the remission of your sins, guilt, fault, and shame. You have an Advocate with the Father, Christ the Son; for all your failings (2 John 2:1-2). Forgive yourself today. Release yourself from the cage you have locked yourself. Cancel that “pity-party.” Rejoice in the Lord! All shall be well. Answers to last week’s quiz 2/02/2014 1.Jacob. Overcomer- Genesis 32:28 (King James Version). 2. John, Zechariah- Luke 1:19-21, 62-64. 3.Four-footed animals, reptiles and birds of the air- Acts 10:12. 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. •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

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ewly retired Deputy Governor (Operations), at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Rev. Tunde Lemo, has been reinforced with fresh mantle for spiritual guidance and leadership by the Foursquare Gospel Church, Nigeria. He was presented the mantle, a brand new Holy Bible, during a special thanksgiving service in his honour last Sunday for excellent and meritorious service to the nation and humanity, at the Foursquare Gospel Church, Zonal Headquarters, on Emmanuel street, Ojota.

Speaking during the colourful ceremony, presiding Pastor and host, Rev. Dr. Adekunle Muraina, extol the good virtue of the former apex bank Deputy-Governor, stressing that he is such a jolly good friend. “Today, we are not here praying over his corpse, we are not here praying God for him to be released from prison, but rejoicing that the good Lord has kept him for us in the midst of the enemies and the challenges of his office. We are also celebrating the grace of God upon him that kept his garment clean and unblemished and lifted him up to the next level. He indeed, deserves a fresh mantle for God’s divine guidance and wisdom for leadership” he stressed. In appreciation of the award, Rev. Lemo, revealed that there are indeed lots of hurdles and banana pearls in the civil service to behold. He observed that in his 10 years in office, he embarked on countless num-

‘He did not soil his hands throughout his days in CBN’ ber of foreign tours, and in the midst of the numerous number of plane crashes during the period, God saw him through. “In the civil service, everybody wants the expressway, but no one wants it to cross his compound,” he said. The former apex banker and former Managing Director and CEO of WEMA bank, observed that in the midst of the daunting challenges in the service, like people being implicated and thrown into prison, sometimes for offence they knew nothing about, or may be when you discovered someone cheating and you say no… ”We got a second term instead of termination. So, the mere fact that they didn’t put chains in our hands while in service does not mean that we are perfect but by the grace of God and for the many that gone down, it does not mean they were guilty. So, we thank God who stood by us throughout our tenure, he said. Prior to Lemo’s appointment as a deputy governor in 2003, Lemo was the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Nigeria Plc between 2000 and 2003 and a leading light of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Ojota. He runs a programme “Success Academy, in partnership with the church, every last Sunday of the month. Born in 1959, Lemo attended Lisabi Grammar School, Ogun State and emerged

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as the overall best graduating student in the Faculty of Social Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy (First Class Division) in 1984 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, The retired deputy governor also played a key role in the consolidation of the banking sector that resulted in 24 stronger and well capaitalised banks with combined equity of over N1.6 trillion from the 89 deposit money banks that were in operation then, as well as the formulation and implementation of the Microfinance Policy and Supervisory Framework both under the supervision

of the governor. He also championed the restructuring of Abuja Security and Commodities Exchange and Nigeria Export Import Bank (NEXIM), as the Chairman of both institutions. As Vice Chairman Technical Committee for the establishment of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Lemo participated actively in the establishment of the Pan-African investment institution. He was responsible for the transformation of the National Payments System for widespread use of electronic payments and the transformation of the Nigeria InterBank and Settlement Systems (NIBSS) Plc.


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Remembering Maitatsine religious war Kayode K Fasua

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he streets of Kano in North-Western Nigeria were often tempestuous in early and mid-1980, owing to the activities of one Mohammed Marwa, a heterodox religious crusader. He reportedly hailed from Marwa in Cameroun but was based in Kano. His nickname, Maitatsine, came about because he was always speaking in halting Hausa, usually saying, ‘Wanda bata yarda ba Allah ta Tchine’, which translates as ‘May Allah curse the one who disagrees with His version.’ A fiery preacher, Maitatsine who controlled a great followership in Kano, Maiduguri and other communities across northern Nigeria would rain curses on the government and all its policies, as he would urge his followers to unseat all organs of government in the country. Initially, he was ignored by both the Federal and Kano State governments but when the seething rage and many other open atrocities being perpetrated by Maitatsine and his disciples were becoming a clear case of insurgency, the military then waded in.

In December 1980, Maitatsine’s armed group, the Yan Yatsine undertook a mass slaughter in the streets of Kano, against which the military promptly launched

counter-attacks. An author, Elizabeth Isichei, writing on the incident, says “the city (of Kano) was convulsed by what was virtually civil war, and 4,177 died, among them Maitatsine himself.” In October 1982 also, almost two years after the death of the Maitatsine group leader, another crisis broke out in Bulumkutu, 15 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State between the Maitasine attackers and the military. About 3, 350 persons were killed in the battle. In early 1984, more violent uprisings occurred in parts of northern Nigeria. In this round of rioting, Musa Makaniki, a close disciple of Maitatsine, emerged as a leader and the original Maitatsine’s successor. From the new leader’s activities, more than 1,000 people reportedly died in Yola, the capital of Gongola State in March 1984 and roughly half of the city’s 60,000 inhabitants were left homeless. Makaniki fled to his hometown of Gombe, where more Yan Tatsine riots occurred in April 1985. After the deaths of several hundred people, however, Makaniki retreated to Cameroon, where he remained until 2004 when he was arrested in Nigeria. Around this time too, serious fracas involving the Maitasine group also broke out in Rigasa village near Kaduna, where some deaths were recorded. Also in 1985, around when the Maitatsine group was already waning in influence, a battle occurred in Gombe, in then Bauchi State, where about a hundred souls were lost. The man Maitatsine was originally from Marwa, north eastern Nigeria, which was at one time part of Cameroun. After his

early education, he reportedly relocated to Kano, around 1945. This Kano dissident preacher had a long history of being incarcerated as his series of activities virtually turned him to a jail bird. The British colonial authorities sent him into exile at a time, but he returned to Kano shortly after independence. He was thereafter jailed in 1962 over his violent acts. While going about with his ‘foot soldiers’, Maitatsine became famous for his controversial interpretations of the Holy Qur’an. He boasted that he was a great prophet, branding himself a mujaddid in the mould of Sheikh Usman dan Fodio. Although a Koranic scholar, he seemingly rejected the hadith and the Sunnah and regarded the reading of any other book apart from the Qur’an as paganism. Maitatsine and his men kicked against the use of radios, watches, bicycles, cars and the possession of more money than necessary. By 1972, he had had notable followers who also led other armed religious warriors known all over northern Nigeria as Yan Tatsine. His followers were also involved in a serious clash at a mosque in Kano’s Sabongari in 1972 that resulted in the loss of many lives. In 1975, Maitatsine was arrested by the Nigerian police for slander and public disparaging of political authorities. But that arrest rather than whittled down his influence, made it soar as he began to enjoy public sympathy. As from that moment, he began to receive acceptance from religious authorities, especially after he made hajj, the Mus-

lim’s holy pilgrimage to Mecca. As his following increased in the 1970s, so did the number of confrontations between his adherents and the police. His preaching attracted largely a following of youths, unemployed migrants, and those who felt that mainstream Muslim teachers were not doing enough both for the religion and the communities. Maitatsine’s activities took a fresh dimension in 1979, when he reportedly equated himself with Prophet Mohammed (SAW), saying he himself was an Anabi (prophet). By December 1980, he incited his Yan Tatsine troops of armed loyalists to attack other religious figures and any police man or officer sighted in the street. This then forced the Nigerian Army to become involved. A summary of armed clashes between 1980 and ’85 arising from Maitatsine’s teachings and group activities, according to accounts, claimed no fewer than 5, 000 lives. But Maitatsine, the enfant terrible, died in December 1980 shortly after sustaining injuries in one of the clashes but this did not stop his foot-soldiers that carried on with the crusade until they were eventually crushed in 1984. According to media reports, the military cremated Maitatsine’s remains, which rest in a bottle kept at a police laboratory in Kano, till date. • This is this writer’s contribution to the Dateline section of Sunday Mirror of March 3, 2013. It is reproduced based on popular demand.

The shape of things to come? OKEY NDIBE

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have had several sad conversations in the past two weeks with friends who, like me, are from Anambra State. The conversations have focused on the local government election held in the state on January 11.

One friend, who lives in Onitsha, rang me last week. He pointed to an aspect of my recent column on the possible electoral implications of political realignments in Nigeria. I had speculated that the 2015 elections “are bound to be another Nigerian-made mess, a fraud fest, a classic of rigging.” “You’re living in the past,” this friend said in a mordant tone. “How so?” I asked. I wondered whether he wanted to chide me for offering a dim prognosis of the 2015 elections. I have had encounters with Nigerians who imagine that elections in their country are of acceptable quality if not irreproachable. “The fact that you’re still writing about rigging,” the friend explained, “tells me you don’t know where things stand. Nigeria has now moved past the stage of rigging. Rigging can only happen when there’s a pretense of an election. But we have found another formula that spares the ruling party the headache of having to rig. The recent local government election in Anambra introduced a new formula. Results were written everywhere before the election, and just announced. That’s the new formula.” Another friend, from Nnewi, expressed a

similar outlook. The state electoral commission had invalidated the polls in Nnewi North, the commission’s chairman, Sylvester Okonkwo, citing “a security report” made to him. But my friend insisted that a grim political purpose was at play. She accused the state electoral commission of cancelling the election because the voters of Nnewi would not abide the kind of impunity that marked, and marred, the local government election elsewhere in the state. “The [Nnewi North] community decided not to allow any person or party to hijack their votes. That’s why the election was cancelled,” she asserted. The results of the election as announced by the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission were nothing short of astonishing. Of the 20 local government chairmanships where the results were announced, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) swept all. The only spot not claimed by APGA was that of Nnewi North, which was cancelled. I’m willing to bet that the results represented a grave manipulation. The people of Anambra State are far from the monolithic APGA-ists that the so-called results suggest. There isn’t anything near the level of political homogeneity mirrored by the results in Anambra. In a credible election, there would have been a far more heterogeneous outcome, with the candidates of a variety of political parties winning in different places. So how did APGA manage its sweep? By—I hazard—crooked means, period. The state electoral commission, like its national counterpart, appeared to have be-

come willing or innocent tools for electoral manipulators. The headline and content of one Nigerian newspaper told a sordid part of the story. “Anambra LG poll: Electoral officers, voters fight over result sheets,” was a headline in January 11, 2014 edition of the Punch newspaper. According to the report, “Violence broke out in some parts of Anambra State on Saturday during the election held to elect local government chairmen and councilors. At Nkwelle, Awka South Local Government Area, ballot materials were burnt when a fight broke out because polling officers failed to produce result sheets. It was a similar story at Igwebeze Primary School, Ifite-Awka where some party agents insisted that voting would not commence unless the result sheets were made available. The Presiding Officer for the Igwebeze polling unit 2, Mr. Jude Onwubiko, however pleaded with the agents and voters to let the voting process continue, explaining that the results sheets were being brought by the supervisory presiding officer. There was also violence at Igboukwu Town Hall, Fegge, Onitsha, where some youths protested against alleged thumb-printing by members of a particular political party. All the polling units visited by our correspondent did not have results sheets.” Therein—in the last line of the quoted report—was the crux. What was the electoral commission thinking? How could you presume to conduct an election when the sheets for recording the results were missing? Where were those sheets? It all lends credence to what several of my contacts as well as most of the politi-

cal parties have alleged: that the results were written ahead of the election, and announced after hapless voters had spent hours in a hollow, meaningless ritual. Mr. Okonkwo, the state’s electoral commissioner who presided over this apparent sham, was quick to issue a standard, cynical response. He asked disaffected parties and candidates to take their case to court. He knows, this electoral officer, that Nigerian courts have on the whole given a poor account of themselves in adjudicating electoral cases. The odds are stacked in favor of the rigger, who all too often gets away with his/her stolen electoral goods. That explains part of the reason ruling parties act with particular impunity in elections. They figure that, given a judiciary packed with unethical judges willing to peddle influence, their electoral heists would be hard to reverse. The deplorable “electoral” experiment in Anambra should disturb all enlightened Nigerians, not just those from Anambra. Each election cycle, Nigerian politicians, with the help of electoral officials, seem to come up with novel ways of thwarting voters’ will. Each new anti-people idea becomes contagious in Nigeria, widely copied. We ought to worry that what happened in Anambra State, an election in which the result sheet was missing in action, could become the norm for future elections elsewhere—and nationally. • Ndibe, a renowned columnist and social critic, teaches Africana Literature at Brown University, United States.


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Interview

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‘Failed politicians behind Rivers crisis’ The political crisis in Rivers State has been a source of concern to a lot of stakeholders in the oil-rich state. Hon. Alex Wele, the President of Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation, RIVLEAF, a group loyal to Governor Rotimi Amaechi, spoke with our SouthSouth Bureau Chief, Sam Oluwalana on the crisis and the role of the various stakeholders in the conflicts. Excerpts: What is the view of your association about the violence in Rivers State? Well, violence in Rivers State? I don’t know whether to say violence or rascality because violence involves maybe more than a group in the fight over an issue. But in this case, you see that it is a one-way traffic. So if we are talking of violence, I think it is to go straight from this angle, otherwise, I will say rascality, from some political leaders in Rivers State. For me, it is really unfortunate because in this democracy, there is actually no need for any form of rascality as the case may be. The constitution guarantees the right to association, the right to worship; so you cannot talk against someone on the basis of his religion. You cannot discriminate against someone on the basis of the friends he has or the language that he speaks. So if you say that you are a group and I have my own group, what is important is that you have your group and tell the people of Rivers State what your group is all about and can contribute meaningfully to the people of Rivers State, then I will also do mine, it is not that when I want to do mine you will now come and stop me perhaps you are afraid by the attendance and everything that will show that you are actually not on ground or it will to expose you. I think when talking about violence you cannot talk about violence without putting the blames on the police because if the police is up and doing and they are alert to their responsibility, there is no way people can take laws in their hands but what we see here is that people pay those who will dis-

turb activities in the state to disorganize programmes. I am sure when you talk about violence you are referring to the incident that happened in Obio /Akpor where the police fired rubber bullets and there was a lot of stampede and also the Bori incident where thugs came to disrupt APC rally. For me, it was uncalled for and it was not necessary. It showed that people who are afraid are people who have nothing to offer and that is why they want to resort to violence. RIVLEAF used to be vibrant; all of a sudden, you have now taken the backstage in the scheme of things in the state. What is going on? RIVLEAF is not taking a back stage, if there are equals, RIVLEAF is certainly the first among equals, we have done what we ought to do in the first phase. We have transversed the twenty three LGAs of this state those who followed our activities, know that we successfully held rallies and inaugurations in this twenty three LGAs, it was smooth we did not have any problem. RIVLEAF is a body of leaders. In RIVLEAF, you have at least about eighty-five percent educated people, mostly graduates, so when we do things well, we know how to go about it and achieve the desired result. So being able to go round the 23 local government areas and passing our messages to people at the ward level and the unit, I think we deserve some rest, so it is not that RIVLEAF has taken the backstage. What our younger brothers in the Save Rivers Movement is a

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child of circumstance, it is not in any way taking the place of RIVLEAF that is deeply -rooted, it is incorporated, it did not just start yesterday, it started since 2007 so it not a new body. We have even changed our name from PANLEAF to RIVLEAF, that is all that has happened but RIVLEAF has been there, any other group just coming now is only to consolidate on what RIVLEAF has done. There is nothing new that is on the table different from what RIVLEAF has done or what RIVLEAF is doing, we just felt that we deserve rest and the time to restragise. I am sure in the next one week there is something you will hear that you will actually know that we are number one in terms of the support base for the governor. APC has started its registration drive, what is the objective of RIVLEAF and what would it be doing to help the party? Well, you see,we have structures across the 23 LGAs, the wards and the units; we have already issued the structure to our

Nigeria’s unity is negotiable – Ozekhome CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 while the others came from other groups. But I want to say that it is wrong to say that all the political parties in Nigeria, out of the 25 registered, recognised parties today you are choosing only five slots for the five political parties whose members are in the National Assembly, to wit: PDP, APC, Accord Party, APGA and Labour Party. What happens to the other 20 parties? You are going to, again, make it do or die battles to win elections at least to have one person in the National Assembly in the next election or they will now know that the be-all and the end-all is that you must have your face at the National Assembly. I think for fairness, equity and justice, if we want to believe that every political party registered in Nigeria should not be taken for granted and can do better in the next election, we should keep them more serious so that each of them should have at least one slot. Are they not members of the society? They are representing a certain interest group just as Nigerian lawyers are representing the peculiar Nigerian lawyer’s situation. That is why it is ludicrous; not just ri-

diculous but laughable to say you are giving one slot to Nigerian lawyers who are more apprise of the legal framework that this Constitutional Conference should take. You are just giving them one slot; it is laughable. You cannot do that. That means you not giving due regard to the monumental issues of law that have come to arise during this conference. In fact, you are going to see the plenary session debates. I can see the first one week being devoted to whether even the Constitutional Conference itself is legitimate or not legitimate. Go and quote me: you are going to see that the first one week is going to be or not to be. That is the question: the egg or the chicken, which comes first? Law establishing us or we establishing a law, which comes first? So, the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria are the real stakeholders in Nigeria. There is no Nigeria if we remove the ethnic nationalities. In other words, Nigeria is a country made up of ethnic nationalities. To give them only 90 slots, which represents 18.29 per cent, is not enough. Now, the rhythm is that who are these ethnic groups that you are going to give it to? For example, I am Edo person. But within Edo, we have the Bini, Esan and Afemai. Are you going to give, for

example, one slot to the whole of Edo? Within Edo, who are you going to give the slot to? Among the Yoruba, even though they are pure homogenous and uniform linguistically and culturally, we know that the Ife man is different from the Ekiti man; that the Oshogbo man is different from the Ibadan man; that even within the former Ondo State that is now Ondo and Ekiti states, that the Ondo man is very different from Owo man and from the Ekiti man. Who are you going to give the Yoruba slot to? Or, may be, the Lagosians? If you say the Hausa people, how do you define the ethnic nationalities of the Hausa? Do they include the minorities such as the Fulfudes, the Gwars, the Nupes, etc. Do you even know that the North have ethnic nationalities more than the South? In Adamawa alone, you have more than 20 ethnic groups; the same in Birnin Kebbi; Sokoto; and Niger. Who are you going to give the slots to? I think, therefore, that the 90 slots should, again, be looked into. All in all, I want to say that the President has taken the bull by the horns and has done what Napoleon Bonaparte could not do.

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people through the leadership of the various wards and LGAs to ensure that they will come out in mass to register. RIVLEAF is also part of the registration exercise itself, because registration requires people who are learned or educated or able to read and write. It is not just that I am a politician, you have to know what they are talking about. I would have said that RIVLEAF is 100 percent graduate but because we had to bend a bit to accommodate some other sectors of people, especially at the leadership level, that s why I can say it is 90 percent graduates and in a group that has ninety – percent graduate, you know that it will certainly be involved in the registration because this association is about people who can read and understand what is already involved. We are already mobilizing our people because for you to say I am a party man, it clearly shows that you are registered and not only that you are registered but to also be able to convince those who are still undecided to join the APC, knowing that APC is the party that will take Rivers State to the next level, the party that will wipe away all these indices of impunity that we are seeing. The issue of insecurity shows a sign of an decayed system. When a system is decaying, you see people struggling. It is likes somebody drowning, you see him struggling with all the strength he has at that time to really see how he can save himself and if you go and help him you might even drown with him. so we are already on ground mobilizing people for registration. Some of the youths in politics in Rivers State are thugs. What are your plans for the youths? Well I will talk about RIVLEAF, which is more or less a youth body and I don’t think you can see any RIVLEAF member who is involved in the act of rascality, thuggery and any kind of criminality, because the key to the future is education and that is what we place a lot of premium on.

Going by the way you have articulated its benefits, why is there still a pronounced opposition to a national dialogue? As for pessimists - we are now having revisionists and turncoats - those people who have hitherto clamoured not just for a National Conference but a Sovereign National Conference are suddenly turning their backs to say, “Oh no, we no longer need to talk because there must be a hidden agenda”. I do not agree with them. Those are my thoughts on the National Conference. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having disagreed with the three months duration, what is your alternative? I will suggest five months. I will also like to tell the National Conference conferees that having been put there, they should not expand their horizon and see the larger picture as against the smaller picture. But having seen that three months cannot be enough, they can write to Mr. President and say, Sir, there is no way three will be enough for us. We can’t do less than five months. I can see that happening as time goes on. On the issue of political parties, I do not see parties sending their leaders to represent them, for example.


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Massacre of 30 villagers in Plateau community ‘It was a terrible experience. How I escaped with my son, only God knows’

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t a time when many were beginning to think that the people of Ganawuri community in Riyom Local Government area of Plateau State are showing the way for genuine reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in the troubled state, gunmen last Tuesday invaded Atakar and Dajak villages in the community, killing and maiming innocent people . Although last Tuesday was not the first time the gunmen were carrying such attacks in the community, this time, it was alarming both in the use of sophisticated weapons and the extent of destruction of lives and property. By the time the gunmen were through in the attack which lasted for more than three hours, over 30 people, including two soldiers attached to the Special Task Force, STF, lay dead and scores of others were injured. Many of those killed were mostly women, children and the aged and were given

mass burial the next day. As if that was not enough, several houses were also burned down, leaving those who escaped the gruesome murder without shelter. As it is, the affected areas have been deserted since the attack while security agents now patrol the villages. One of the victims who gave her name as Ruth Daniel, clutching her two-year-old son in her arms said, “We have not seen a thing like this before; it was a terrible experience. How I escaped with my son, only God knows.” Member representing Riyom constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Dem, who visited the victims where some of them were receiving treatment at the Vom Christain Hospital urged them not to see their situation as hopeless. He pledged to assist them with medical bills and relief materials so as to alleviate their suffering. The lawmaker, while condemning the incident, lamented that his people have suffered several attacks without protection from the security operatives, noting that in all the attacks, no one has been arrested and prosecuted to serve as deter-

rent to others. He said: “The attackers will come, stay in the rocky area and hide in the cave, cook their food and eat before carrying out their evil plot and as soon as they are done, they will go back to hide again. He, however, called on the Federal Government to send military helicopter to patrol the villages because of its rocky terrain as a way out of the situation. The emerging violence in Ganawuri presents a unique situation as the community had been spared in the violence that has been part of the state since 2001, until sometime last year. This was not by accident as the Ganawuri people have certain values and traditions that discourage violence. Of the people, a community leader said: “We don’t allow the shedding of innocent blood on our land; we don’t take booty during war, we don’t kill women or children or even the aged. Working with a body known as Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), our royal father, the Atar Aten, organised a series of peace activities five years ago to consolidate the peace, using road shows, rallies and dialogue.

We also established peace committees to report any tension, rumour or threats to the peace. We are blessed with a traditional leader who believes in peace and dialogue and who has responded to every threat of violence by actively supporting dialogue. However, this was sustained until recently when violence was imported into the community by two settler communities of Atakar and fulani herdsmen. Ganawuri is home to Aten-speaking people of Plateau state but the eastward of the community which shares a common boundary with Kaduna State is occupied by the Fulani and Atakar said to have migrated from the neighbouring Kaduna State. President of Aten Development Association ( ADA) Mr Chom Bagu who absolved the natives of any complicity gave an insight into the violence which mainly involved the two settler communities. He said: “in the first place, the Atakar and Fulani lived as neighbours in the eastward hills of Ganawuri.This violence started among them in Fadan Ata some years back in nearby Kaduna and was imported into Ganawuri. As host community, we have maintained neutrality and our chiefs support a peaceful resolution of their differences It is very unfortunate that the violence resumed again this time, leading to largescale destruction of lives and property. He added, there seems to be an assumption that the Aten should have abandoned their resolve to keep the peace and take sides with the Atakar in their fight against the Fulani. This assumption is very strange to us because the peace we have been enjoying in Ganawuri is founded on active participation for peaceful coexistence in which peace meetings are usually conducted using dialogue and consultation to settle disputes. What we want is for those settler communities in our midst to imbibe this principle and stop the violence” But rather than heed his advice, the antagonism between them appears to be worsening. Although various reasons have been advanced from different quarters, including the mutual suspicion and hatred generated by previous conflict. Also, there is a feeling that many individuals and communities are believed to have acquired weapons which they deploy at the slightest opportunity and as such the need to disarm them. As it is, stakeholders who are wondering when the cycle of violence will end believe that this is the only way through which several peace advocacy programmes by government, traditional rulers, non governmental organisations, religious bodies and even the Special Task Force deployed to maintain peace in the state will achieve their aim.


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Man abandons home as wife is delivered of triplets ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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he news of the arrival of new babies is naturally a thing of joy, but it was otherwise for a father of two, Mr Adewale Omole, as he did not even wait for the bundle of joy. It was the confirmation during scan session that his wife, Abosede, was carrying multiple children in her womb that chased the bricklayer away of their matrimonial home, thus abandoning the pregnant wife and their two children. Omole, was, however, nowhere to be found since January 31 when the wife was delivered of a set of triplets in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. The woman, whose number of children suddenly rose to five, told journalists that she began to notice some strange behaviour in her husband, soon after they went for scan in Lagos where they previously resided. Abosede said her husband refused to continue with their love life and as well his normal responsibilities to the family while also staying away from home without reason. According to her, following the hus-

band’s strange behaviour, particularly abandoning home, she had to relocate alongside the two children to an AdoEkiti spiritual home, at a spiritual home, Sabbath Mission Church, where she felt she could have spiritual succour and financial assistance to guarantee safe delivery. But following complications during child-birth, she was rushed from the spiritual home to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital,(EKSUTH), where she eventually had safe delivery. The troubled mother said life had not been the same since the sudden disappearance of her husband, as she and her five children now find it difficult to survive. She, is, appealing to the state government, traditional rulers, politicians and other well meaning members of the public to urgently come to her aid so that she and the children would not die prematurely. Also speaking, the Matron in-charge of maternity at EKSUTH, Mrs Adenike Oluyide, said whoever wants to assist her in any form should endeavour to do so urgently, as one of the triplets is currently battling with life at the Special Baby Care Unit of the hospital.

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Emotions as CPPA celebrates 10th anniversary in style

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he Community Policing Partnership Association (CPPA) in Lagos recently held its 10th year Meritorious Service Anniversary Celebration amid pomp. It was a life-time practical experience and it was also fun-filled from beginning to the end. The fanfare that greeted the weeklong celebration, is not for nothing, according to an enthralled member of the association, but a function of the significance of the historic event. “The journey to develop community policing is a marathon one and we look forward to many years of mutual suc-

Members of the association during their anniversary

cess because we are together. It was a scintillating experience full of excitement as the Association celebrated its 10th Anniversary held on the 2nd - 6th of January, 2014 at Nigeria Police Area “D” Command, Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria,” Deacon Sunday Solanke JP, Coordinator of the association, had remarked. Solanke congratulated all stakeholders for a successful painstaking plans put in place for celebration of CPPA 10th Anniversary. According to him, the anniversary provides CPPA yet another milestone opportunity to thank God for our self-

less service to humanity and extol our proven sterling qualities of decency discipline, integrity and transparency. “At this moment in time, with a heart filled with gratitude, admiration, pride and joy. CPPA would like to acknowledge and reward some special stakeholders who have served this Association for 5 years and above. CPPA thank them for their years of sacrifice, loyalty and dedication”; adding that CPPA’s desire and aspiration was to have a crime free community. The Community Policing Partnership Association (CPPA) policing history

in ten years is a cause for celebration. This celebration is very important to CPPA because we are still the most celebrated in every respect and this is not to pull down any Voluntary Policing Sector (VPS). But the fact still remains that there’s no VPS that has the kind of dept that we have, non can boast of the integrity or the professionalism with which we do our policing not to talk about the amount of commitment we put into our policing. “Our warmest wishes as we celebrate a remarkable 10 years of pioneering the community policing to the Nigerian public. Being a Voluntary Policing Sector (VPS), we have every reason to be proudly associated with our association which has an outstanding reputation for integrity and commitment to the interests of its country. “We must constantly imagine a better community, where peace and tranquility will reign; where social benefits will be sufficient; where food will be in abundance; where our people will live happily and be the best they can be.” “History was made in 2004; it is impressive because we are always together with Nigeria Police Officers policing our community proactively. CPPA promotes safety and security of lives and properties in our Communities as Safety is a fundamental human right. It is our duty and it is our civic responsibility. For ten years past and to date, CPPA have consistently and selflessly committed and dedicated policing life and limited resources to serving the community even at the risk of CPPA members’ life. “CPPA challenge today and demand for a better tomorrow. Let us identify what it will take to make this community policing the pride of all.”


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DISCOs blame TCN for poor power delivery

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ome top management staff of the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) at the weekend blamed the ongoing nationwide epileptic power supply on the inability of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to meet energy demands. The officials, who pleaded anonymity, gave the blame in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to them, most DISCOs have been trapped in poor service delivery by the TCN which has significantly reduced power supply to consumers. They alleged that the situation had drastically reduced the revenue base of the DISCOs as well as sabotaging their supply capacities to end users. They blamed the development on “poor fault clearance by the trans-

mission company, owing to poor financing and bureaucracy in maintaining some of the equipment. “The epileptic power situation has denied most distribution companies huge revenue because it ‘could not claim money for services not delivered to the consumers,’’ they alleged. They said that poor energy supply had made it extremely difficult for the DISCOs to distribute bills

and collect money from customers. “This situation is very unpleasant for the good image of the DISCOs because most consumers do not know the supply value chain. “So, they believe we are not efficient, which is a wrong perception,” they said. An official of the TCN who declined to comment, however, said that there were serious faults on the company’s plants.

L-R: Founder/CEO, Performing Arts School, Nigeria, Ms. Olamidun Majekudunmi; Head, Cultural Department, American Embassy, Abuja, Mr. Bill Straussberger and Manager, High Value Prepaid, Etisalat Nigeria, Ms. Chinelo Mbanefo at the maiden edition of the Abuja Inter-school Performing Arts Competition in Abuja at the weekend.

NDDC commissions modern hostel at FUTO

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or the second time in five months, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has commissioned and handed over a 174-room modern prototype hostel to the authorities of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), in Imo State. The commission had on July 18, 2013, handed over a similar hostel to the Imo State University, IMSU also in Owerri. Cutting the tape to officially declare open the

FUTO hostel for the use of students, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Bassey EwaHenshaw, said that it was meant to provide a conducive learning environment for the academic community “to help the students perform well in their studies.” Senator Ewa-Henshaw, who was performing his first official function along with other members of the NDDC governing board, said that the commission

would step up its partnership with institutions of higher learning in the Niger Delta region for the advancement of teaching and learning, noting that the training of students in science and technology “falls directly in line with the philosophy of the NDDC.” Speaking on the occasion, the NDDC Managing Director, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, added to the joy of the students and the university authorities by announcing the

approval of the request by the university for a 500KVA transformer and generator for the hostel. He said: “After consultation with other members of the board, approval has also been given for the installation of burglary proofs for the hostel.” The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that human capital development takes pride of place in the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

CFL courier company gets SkyNet franchise

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FL Global Express Ltd has taken a major leap in its quest to position itself as a major player in the express delivery and logistic industry West Africa. According to a statement issued by its Manag-

ing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tayo Ogundare, at the weekend, the company has acquired the franchise of SkyNet Worldwide Express, the largest independently owned courier and ex-

press delivery network in the world. “After a competitive exercise spanning some years involving many other competitors, we were awarded the Franchise for Nigeria,” an excited Ogundare said

He added: Skynet Worldwide Express has been a major player in the global express delivery industry since 1972, but curiously, the brand has been absent in Nigeria while it waxed stronger in Southern and

CBN releases fresh guidelines for forex dealers

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he Central Bank of Nigeria has released a new directive, asking authorised dealers in foreign exchange to fund a newly opened special account in the central bank two days before the weekly auctions on Monday and Wednesday. The latest directive came one week after the CBN directed the authorised dealers to fund their current accounts with it two working days before the Retail Dutch Auction System, where banks buy foreign exchange on behalf of their customers. The CBN had, two weeks ago, removed the $250,000 weekly sales limit that the banks and other authorised dealers could sell to a Bureau de Change operator. It said the move was meant to curb the widening gap between the naira-todollar exchange rate in the official, BDC and parallel markets. The latest directive dated February 5, 2014, and entitled, ‘Guidelines for the operation of the foreign exchange market -RDAS’, stated that the new requirements would become effective for the RDAS auction holding on February 10. The circular was posted on the CBN website at the weekend and signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange, Department, CBN, Mr. N. T. Igba. The circular reads, “Further to the circular dated January 31, 2014 on the above subject matter, authorised dealers are hereby notified that a designated account named: ‘Authorised Dealers RDAS Account No: 1000011194’ has been opened in the CBN. “Accordingly, authorised dealers are required to fund

the account (inclusive of the one per cent commission) using the RTGS by the close of submission on every Thursday for Monday RDAS auction session, while funding for Wednesday auction session shall be done on Mondays.” The CBN further stated that funds in respect of disqualified or cancelled bids and any balance would be credited to the current accounts of the authorised dealers by the end of the auction session. Determined to curb artificial pressure on the nation’s currency, the naira, the CBN had recently further tightened the noose on the banks by directing that their current accounts with it be funded two working days before the RDAS. The directive came a day after the commencement of the implementation of the new 75 per cent hike of the Cash Reserve Requirement on public sector funds. Analysts had said some banks would find it difficult to meet their customers’ demand for foreign exchange at the RDAS due to the CRR hike. Concerned by the disparity in the value of the naira, among other things, the CBN had at its first Monetary Policy Committee meeting this year, assured Nigerians that it would address the foreign exchange supply imbalance to the BDCs. The central bank had expressed concern that while the official rate of the naira opened with N157 to the dollar in 2013, it closed at N157.6, but the rate at the BDC was different as it closed at N170 to the dollar from an opening position of N159.5, a depreciation of over seven per cent.

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Nigeria is shying away from addressing corruption –Comrade Dauda Garuba Comrade Dauda Garuba is the Nigeria Programme Coordinator for Revenue Watch Institute, an international, nongovernmental policy institute dedicated to oil, gas and mining revenues. He has remained, among other civil society advocates, at the vanguard of the drive for prudent management of revenues and budget process transparency. He speaks about the raging controversies on the proposed sale of the nation’s refineries and the implications for the economy with our Asst Editor, Tola Akinmutimi. Excerpts: What do you think informed the planned measure by the government? The intention of the government to sell its refineries is largely informed by the failure of the refineries to perform up to their capacity utilisation, in spite of the huge amount of money that has been invested on them. Nigeria’s four refineries have a combined refining capacity of 445,000 barrels per day. But due to a long history of poor management and perverse corruption, they are currently performing at 20 per cent capacity utilisation. This means they are merely on routine maintenance, while the country imports its needed refined products from outside. In the context of the above, the sing-song has become that government has no business in doing business. This claim is sheer neo-liberal policies that are not necessarily founded on empirical or universal premise. Based on your experience on privatisation of public enterprises in the country over the past years, do you think selling the refineries would add value to the Nigerian economy? As much as I am not opposed to private refineries’ operation in Nigeria, I however find it difficult to accept that the only way forward for dealing with the challenges of Nigeria’s refineries is to sell them. I believe that we are yet to ask ourselves fundamental questions about the problem with the poor capacity utilisation of the Nigerian refineries. Nigeria is not the only country that has invested in the refinery business. Cote d’Ivoire has a refinery - Societe Nationale d’Operations Petroliere de la Cote d’Ivoirei. (Ivorian National Petroleum Company) that is of the same age with Nigeria’s first refinery at Eleme, Port Harcourt, that is 1965, although the government does not control all of its shares. From its initial refining capacity of 700,000 metric tonnes of crude oil, the Ivorian refinery currently produces at 94 per cent capacity utilisation, which is about the equivalent of four million metric tonnes of refined products per day. Nigeria is simply shying away from admitting responsibility of addressing corruption, which is the root cause of the moribund refineries. To think that privatisation is the solution is to misread the issue. In fact, privatisation as we have had it in Nigeria since the 1980s has not yielded its desired impact. Of the countless public enterprises that have been privatised, Eleme Petrochemical is the only one doing very well. Others have been cannibalised and their equipment carted away by their buyers. Some others, which have been reclaimed by the government, such as Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), are now simply ‘unsellable’, while even those that have been sold such as the recently unbundled Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) still have unresolved industrial relations issues to resolve with workers. A few weeks ago, the Presidency and Ministry of Petroleum resources sent confusing messages to the public

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Nigeria is simply shying away from admitting responsibility of addressing corruption, which is the root cause of the moribund refineries. To think that privatisation is the solution is to misread the issue. In fact, privatisation as we have had it in Nigeria since the 1980s has not yielded its desired impact. about the sale plan, with the former refuting the minister’s earlier position on the issue. What do you think is responsible for this and does this have any implications for public policy integrity of the government? I want to believe that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, simply flew a kite to enable the government assess what the public reaction was going to be. Sensing that it was not going to be easy, the Presidency retracted its step by coming out to deny the statement by the minister, that the government had no plan to sell its refineries. What in your opinion could have made labour to threaten industrial action over the proposed agenda? This is not difficult to see. Organised labour, particularly the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have seen the fate of NITEL workers and the most recent development with PHCN workers. Only a fool refuses to learn

from history. They too have families to provide for and as such cannot afford to submit themselves to the same plight of their counterparts in other privatised or comatose sectors. It’s a case of what Nigerians would call ‘shine your eye’ How do you think Nigeria could optimise the use of the refineries for national economic development, particularly ending fuel importation, which is considered by analysts as one of the biggest drain-pipes for oil revenue owing to the opaque nature of the fuel import regime? Nigeria has the opportunity to effectively optimise the use of its refineries for national economic development. The very act of exporting crude oil and importing refined products for domestic consumption is share wickedness on the part of the political class. Indeed, it is the most callous and wicked act successive leaders in Nigeria have ever visited on the citizens. For any government that has mouthed job creation, it is not difficult to see how Nigeria has outsourced jobs through the practice of exporting crude and importing refined products. Nigeria needs to go to the drawing board. First, is to return Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the refineries to the foreign companies that built them and then place local engineers to understudy the process closely with the ultimate plan to acquiring a mastering of the work. Second, is to liberalise the refinery business instead of privatising existing refineries. By liberalising the refinery business, private individuals should be encouraged and given the incentives to establish refineries that could possibly compete with government’s own and make the latter live up to expectations. In doing that, the government must guide against the experience of the past where the 39 private refineries licensed by the Obasanjo administration became the conduit through which free crude oil was allocated for export in anticipation of raising required capital for building of the refineries - a wish that never came to pass.


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Again, Ekweremadu makes case for Land Use Act GEORGE OJI ABUJA

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espite the fact that the Senate voted against the removal of the land use act from the constitution for ease of amendment in the on-going constitution amendment process, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has made a fresh case for the act, also for the ease of changes in the land

administration system in Nigeria. A statement from his media office disclosed that Senator Ekweremadu spoke in Enugu at the weekend during the presentation of the book “ABC of Contemporary Land Law in Nigeria” written by the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike. He said effective land administration was central to national development, not-

ing that although the Act was due for review, it had been difficult to do so since such would require going through the complex processes and huddles of constitution amendment. The Senator who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution regretted that efforts by the Committee to remove the Act from the 1999 Constitution to subject it to ordinary processes of amending acts of

parliament could not scale through the Third Reading in the Senate. Senator Ekweremadu said: “The book reviewer, Prof. I.O. Smith had alluded to the fact that the Land Use Act should be repealed. But for us at the National Assembly, what is necessary at this stage is to take the Land Use Act out of the constitution so that it can be refreshed. “I believe that the Act is overdue for review, but you cannot do that the way it is

now because you will have to go through all the processes of a constitutional amendment. So, what we need to do at this moment is to take it out of the constitution so that it can be re-examined in tune with the times”, he said. Senator Ekweremadu who described Hon. Justice Emezulike as a complete lawyer, commended him for coming out with a unique book that would expand the frontiers of Land Law and legal education in the Nigeria. He added: “This book is quite unique in the sense that it is coming from a complete lawyer. Complete in the sense that Justice Umezulike was in private legal practice, became a law teacher, and now, the Chief Judge of Enugu State. So, the book is written from the perspective of

a man who has seen it all. “Thus, when his book is named “ABC of Contemporary Land Law in Nigeria”, for me, the A there is the apex, the B is the best and the C there means it is a complete”. The book presentation was chaired by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama, and had in attendance the Governor of Enugu State who was represented by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Anthony Anih. Others were the former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani; President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Okey Wali, SAN; and the Chief Judges of Anambra, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Imo, Benue, and Delta Sates as well as businessman, Chief Arthur Eze.

‘Nationwide remodelling of airports commendable’ HENRY IYORKASE

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L-R: Mr Chuks Chilaka, Coordinator Centenary Lapel Committee; Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Osita Chidoka and Miss Florence Abhulimen during the decoration of Chidoka with the centenary lapel in Abuja.

Education is totally free in Kano –SUBEB Chair ALEX MOMOH KANO

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he Chairman of Kano state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Wada Zakari Donguwa has said that going by the recent declaration by Governor Rabi`u Musa Kwankwaso on free education in the state, education is absolutely free as from the primary school level to the University level.

Alhaji Wada disclosed to newsmen while debunking allegations that students were still being asked to pay fees in their schools, pointing out that the governor`s declaration has gone beyond mere verbal political pronouncements, as all provisions covering the needs and premeditated expenses of all the primary schools had been made available so as to ensure successful kake-off of the programme.

He disclosed that provision of free feeding and uniforms to all the primary school pupils had since been in effect and this had testified the declaration, adding that over three billion naira has been so far expended in feeding the primary school pupils in the state. The chairman further disclosed that about N330 million naira was recently spent in procuring teaching materials that could

adequately last throughout this year, saying that the materials consisted books, instruction materials as well as building of additional classes in some of the schools. Doguwa stated that government had also taken responsibility of settling registration fees for students of tertiary institutions as well schools and registration fees of University students of Kano state indigenes..

he Assistant General Manager in charge of Operations at the Makurdi Airport Mrs. Comfort Ugbuagu has commended the ongoing modernization of the nations airports across the country saying it will boost national productivity. Mrs. Ogbuagu who disclosed this at the weekend in Makurdi, stated that the ongoing work was aimed at making the airports models in the country and also to enhance productivity with a view to attain self reliance. She disclosed that the introduction of cargo for perishable farm produce when fully operational, the airports which would have new terminal buildings, would accommodate more airlines and boost air travel including the provision of jobs for the

youths. She said the safety of both travelers and airport equipment would be guaranteed with the introduction of water hydrants at the airports to tackle fire disasters and commended the contractors handling ongoing construction of a new terminal building and the cargo terminal for expediting the work and was hopeful that it would be completed within schedule The AGM said the cargo terminal for both perishable and non perishable goods, would enable middlemen deliver commodities “as fresh as they are from the farmers”. She said a state like Benue which was predominantly an agrarian one, would benefit from export of processed food items to other parts of the world through the cargo transport and the state would generate more revenue from commercial activities at the airport.


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GENCOs/DISCOs: Nigerians protest exorbitant bills

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cross-section of Nigerians at the weekend appealed to the nation’s electricity generation and distribution companies to make energy consumption peoplefriendly. They said that their expectations after the unbundling of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have been dashed following the subsisting “crazy bills and the fixed rate billing

of electricity.” They made their appeals in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the National Conscience Party (NCP’s) rally/protest against the management of electricity providers in Lagos. Mr Friday Arinze, who resides at Iyana-Ipaja, decried what he termed the exorbitant bills of the new energy providers. According to him, poor

Nigerians who are in their millions, could not afford such electricity bills. “The bills that they are giving us now is too exorbitant; they should allow the power to be regular. “With the way they are going, the poor will not be able to live in this country, as the standard of living is becoming unbearable for the ordinary man,” he said. Mr Jeremiah Olaoye, a businessman, who lives

in Ikeja, also bemoaned the absence electricity supply in his area since November, 2013. Olaoye described bills for electricity consumers as outrageous, adding that the categorisation of consumers was wrong. “We have not had light in my area since November and at my shop, they bring us bills of about three thousand, five hundred Naira? “I am appealing to them

L-R: Head, Information Unit, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Enugu State, Mr. Gerald Ndubisi; Head, Small Scale Enterprise, Mrs. Nneka Onyeji; State Coordinator, Mr. Eke Iroegbu and Head, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Sylvester Okpe, at the NDE Micro Credit review meeting in Enugu recently. PHOTO: NAN

Oshiomhole pledges to rid Edo of quack teachers

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overnor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo at the weekend said that his administration was determined to get rid of quack teachers in the state. Oshiomhole gave the pledge at Sabongida-Ora, when he inaugurated the local government information office of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) in the Owan-West Local Government Council of Edo. The DSS is domiciled under the office of the governor and is responsible for collating security information which it shares with other security agencies. He said the teaching profession in the state had been infiltrated by quacks who do not have what it takes to be teachers. ``The teaching profession has been infiltrated by quacks that have no

business being in the classrooms. ``This is why the government is determined to ensure that only those with the right qualification will be allowed to do the job,” he said. Oshiomhole said the office being inaugurated would help in reducing crime in the area. He called on traditional rulers and stakeholders to support the state government in its efforts to reform the education sector in the state. ``The only way to eradicate crime is to ensure good and functional education for the children, especially at the primary level,’’ he said. The Director of DSS in Edo, Mr Bandul Bakore, said the inauguration of the office in the area was to complete the efforts of the state government in ensuring adequate security in the area.

to provide constant electricity and they also need to reduce the charges; it is unfair,” he said. Mrs Falilat Adeyemi, a businesswoman, urged the new investors in the nation’s energy sector to overhaul their billing system. “We want stable power supply because we burn fuel everyday, thereby wasting money unnecessarily,” she said. Mrs Helen Ogbonnaya, another resident of Mowe-Ibafo in Ogun State, said that electricity supply had gone from bad to worse since the new investors took over. “Sincerely, I will tell you that the electricity situation has gone from bad to worse. We have not had electricity since late last year. “Power was a little bit stable before the new investors took over, but now, the situation has become very bad again,” she said. Ogbonnaya also urged the new investors to end “crazy bills and fixed charges” for those who are not using prepaid meters. “We want stable light because it is not easy to

buy fuel; do you know how much my family spends on fuel? “It is not fair to us in the middle class, if the rich can afford it, we cannot afford such. They should have a re-think,” she said. NAN reports that the peaceful protest organised by the NCP started from the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s house in Ikeja to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Office in Ikeja. Dr Yunusa Tanko, NCP National Chairman, presented a protest letter itemising their grievances to the management of the NERC. Tanko said that the bills given to consumers, the payments they are compelled to make, without light, was unfair to the masses, saying that the protest was to awaken the consciousness of the ordinary Nigerian. “This will also serve as a wake-up call to every Nigerian because this oppression has to stop,” he said. Mr Austin Okeke, the Assistant Secretary to the Ikeja NERC, received the letter on behalf of the management.

‘Appointment of Niboro as NAN MD is deserving’

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hief Ugochukwu Emezie, former Chief Press Secretary to Governor T.A. Orji of Abia, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing Mr Ima Niboro, as the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Emezie spoke on Saturday in Umuahia, while reacting to recent appointments of media managers

for Federal Government owned media establishments. The former chief press secretary described the choice of Niboro as a round peg in a round hole. ``The ingenuity of Mr President in the appointment of the media managers for NAN, NTA and FRCN is giving the right people the opportunity to head Federal Government

owned media establishments. “If you look at the pedigree of the appointees, you will know that they not only deserve the positions, but they all merited it,” he said. He noted that as a seasoned journalist, Niboro had shown ``commitment and passion for journalism,’’ recalling that he once served as spokesman

NUT urges LG to employ more teachers

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he Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos State Chapter, has urged Local Government Councils in the state to assist the State Universal Basic Education Board ( SUBEB) to recruit more teachers in the primary schools. Mr Segun Raheem, the chairman of the state chapter of the union, said this in Lagos at the weekend, in an interview with the News

Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that the recruitment of more teachers would help to address the problem of inadequate teachers in primary schools in the state. Raheem said that the local governments are responsible for financing teachers in the primary schools, while SUBEB was established to implement policies initiated by the councils.

``SUBEB does not have the right to employ teachers because local government councils are in charge of paying teachers’ salaries. ``SUBEB must obtain approval from the local government councils before it can employ teachers. ``The last time there was a major recruitment of teachers in primary schools in the state was in 2006. ``One does not need to

to Mr President. “Niboro would help reengineer NAN to further enhance the role of the agency in consolidating on the integration and unity of Nigeria. “Niboro is a goal getter, with his coming, NAN will witness a lot of transformation, which the management, staff and the entire nation would bear testimony to,’’ he said.(NAN)

think too far before realising that there is a need for massive recruitment of teachers in the state. ``Every year, teachers are retiring and moving out of the system and there is a need for their replacement,`` he said. Raheem declared that the problem of shortage of teachers in primary schools had degenerated to the extent that non- teaching staff were being compelled to fill the vacuum and teach the pupils.


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Probe Plateau, Yobe, Kaduna killings now, US tells FG GEORGE OJI ABUJA

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he United States government has called on the Nigerian government to investigate last week’s attacks in Kaduna, Plateau and Yobe States, which claimed dozens of lives. The investigations, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Abuja at the weekend, should not stop at that,

but must establish those who perpetrated the dastardly act, with a view to meTting out appropriate punishment to them. Besides, the statement also urged the Nigerian government to work towards providing increased security for the citizens of Nigeria in order to prevent future acts. It enjoined the people of the affected places to work towards a peaceful resolution of the conflicts

that gave rise to such crises. It said, “The United States is deeply concerned by separate violent clashes in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region which claimed the lives of scores of innocent civilians on February 4-6. “The attacks by gunmen against innocent villagers -- including women and children -- perpetuate a cycle of inter-communal violence that must be in-

terrupted and eventually halted. “We urge the citizens of Kaduna, Plateau and Yobe states to work toward a peaceful resolution of conflicts and grievances, and we urge the Government of Nigeria to investigate this attack, hold the responsible parties accountable, and work to provide increased security for civilians to prevent future acts like this from taking place.

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Sokoto CP urges political party leaders to preach peace

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he Commissioner of Police (CP) in Sokoto State, Mr Shuaibu Gambo, has urged political party leaders in the state to continue to preach peace and tolerance to their followers. He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Sokoto. The commissioner said it was only by doing so that politicians could bring about development in the country. He commended the people of the state for demonstrating political maturity during President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the state

on Saturday. He expressed delight that during the visit, there was no incidence that threatened the peace and stability of the state. Gambo commended politicians in particular, ``for demonstrating political tolerance and understanding.’’ He solicited the support of the people in offering intelligence reports to the police, to enable them to check the activities of criminals in the state. He said the police command would intensify efforts in community policing and in sustaining the peace in Sokoto State.

3,000 benefit from lawmaker’s free health scheme

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Niger spends N1bn on Muslim, Christian pilgrimage PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA

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iger State Government has disclosed that it expended the sum of N1 billion in subsidizing pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Israel respectively, for adherents of Islam and Christianity,

in 2013. Making the disclosure to journalists in Minna, the state Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Shehu Haruna, explained that, though, government has stopped sponsoring Muslims and Christians on pilgrimage, subsidizing the cost really assisted

in reducing the challenges encountered by interested pilgrims. He explained that committing such amount in the religious sector was solely to help promote the religious understanding already existing between adherents of the two religions in the state.

According to him, “because of the intervention of government, Niger state Christian pilgrims were adjudged as one of the best in behaviour and conduct during the exercise. And there was no reported case of defection by any pilgrim from the state either in Saudi Arabia or Israel.”

o fewer than 3,000 people suffering from various ailments received treatment under the free medical programme organised by Senator Bello Gwarzo. Gwarzo, representing Kano North Senatorial District, organised the free medical programme for people in the three districts of Gwarzo Local Government areas of Kano State covering 10 wards. This was contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Garba, the Media Assistant to Gwarzo, and made available to newsmen in Kano on Saturday in Kano. According to the state-

ment, the exercise was conducted in collaboration with the Kano State Medical Students Association led by Malam Rufa’i Datti. It said that during the exercise, drugs and other medical materials were distributed free to the beneficiaries in Gwarzo, Getso and Kutama. ``The lawmaker has promised to sustain the programme as part of efforts to provide quality and free healthcare services to the people of his constituency,’’ the statement said. In his remarks, Datti commended Gwarzo for sponsoring the programme aimed at assisting the less privileged in the society.

Fayemi: 49 garlands for the people’s governor CONTINUED FROM 18 A total of 736.715km of roads have been constructed since 2010 when he made known his plan to make all parts of Ekiti accessible by major roads before the end of 2014. Water dams in the state have become functional in the bid to increase water supply and coverage by eighty per cent. The huge investment in education including the computer per child initiative, massive renovation of all public schools and the introduction of various capacity building pro-

grammes for the teachers has also started to yield positive results with the remarkable performance of students in external examinations as well as state and national competitions. The comprehensive renovation and equipment of all the general hospitals and health centres across the state as well as the Free Medical Mission programme which has covered nearly 400,000 people has also helped to create more healthy citizens. Indeed the JKF vision of banishing poverty and sickness in the state is becoming a reality. Fayemi has demon-

strated that an activist in government can make a difference. In three and a half years he has shown through his works that he is a builder of a new dawn, working with imagination, insight and boldness. He presents the challenge that calls for the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose. His eyes are on the horizon, not just on the near at hand. He is a social innovator and change agents who is able to motivate the citizens with better ideas for optimal productivity. As an inspiring leader, Fayemi has been able to re-

place transactional politics of yester years with transformational leadership. His emphasis has always been on how institutional framework can be strengthened to ensure effective service delivery; How leaders and the led can work together to achieve common goals. What mechanism and processes should be put in place for genuine and effective empowerment of the citizens towards the attainment of the good life for all. JKF continues to espouse this concept of good governance, participatory democracy and strengthening of institutions in practi-

cal terms especially in the running of the affairs of Ekiti State by laying emphasis on key elements of good governance including accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness, responsiveness, the rule of law and forward vision. He believes that trust is a public good without which no great thing can be achieved collectively. Hence, he believes trust has to be earned. Fayemi’s unique approach to governance and style of doing development with the people has inspired hope of a better tomorrow for Ekiti people.

Curiously this has remained a big headache for the opposition, many of whom find it extremely difficult to deny the pace of development that is evident in all the nooks and crannies of the state. Thus, from the rolling hills of Ekiti comes forty and nine gbosas for John Kayode Fayemi, this innovator, social justice crusader, democrat and change agent - Oni Uyi, Oni Eye!- as he clocks 49 today. • Oyebode is Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekiti State.


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Nweke, NESG boss, declares for Senate DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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he Director-General of Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG, and former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr, has declared his intention to contest for the Enugu East senatorial district seat in 2015. The seat is currently

occupied by Senator Gil Nnaji who is also the chairman, Senate Committee on Communications. Announcing his ambition to newsmen in Enugu, the erstwhile minister, said he decided to join the race because of his desire to provide quality representation to people of the zone. His words: “I believe I am eminently qualified and has what it takes to represent the good people of Enugu east senatorial

zone at the senate come 2015” “I also strongly believed that I have what it takes to become the most effective and vibrant Senator Enugu east senatorial district will produce, if given the opportunity to serve in 2015.” Nweke, however, did not say under which political party platform he hopes to actualize his desire. Asked how he intends to slug it out with his former boss and ally, and former

governor of Enugu state, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, who is being speculated to be interested in the office, Nweke said “it is the electorate of the area that will decide who will represent them.” Investigation revealed that other key contenders for the seat so far, include Nnaji, Chief of staff to Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo; former governor Chimaroke Nnamani, as well as

L-R; Vice Chancellor University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Joseph Ajienka and Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs during the Founder’s Day of University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State at the weekend.

‘Jonathan is under oath to protect all Nigerians’ SAM OLUWALANA

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he member of House of Representatives representing Andoni/Opobo/ Nkoro federal constituency of Rivers State, Hon Dakoku Peterside, has called on the Police to be impartial in the discharge of its responsibilities in the state. Dakoku who spoke yesterday in Opobo, headquarters of Opobo/ Nkoro Local Government area shortly after registering as a member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said the alleged lawlessness associated with the Police during the era of Mr Joseph Mbu as Commissioner of Police in the state should stop with his removal on Thursday. He said; “Mbu was a

symptom of an ailment. He was not the fundamental problem. All we want is for Rivers people to gather freely. Whether you change Mbu or not is not the issue. The President is under oath to protect lives and properties in Rivers State. This is not being done. We must stop the lawlessness in the state,” he said. Giving reasons for his defection to APC, Dakoku said he had to dump the PDP because of lack of internal democracy in the party, adding that rights of members of the party were not guaranteed in the party. “The beauty of democracy is freedom of expression. Under the PDP, our people cannot enjoy those guaranteed rights of freedom of rights. This is why we opted for a platform that will guarantee our common wealth and

restore the hope of our people”, he said. While lauding the Supreme Court verdict yesterday which dismissed the application of former Governor Celestine Omehia against Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Dakoku condemned the incessant attack on members of the APC conducting their membership registration exercise in several parts of the state. “It is most unfortunate that our members could be attacked while doing their membership registration exercise. Why is the PDP scared of change? He asked rhetorically. Former Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic, Dr Sam Jaja who also dumped the PDP, participated in the APC registration exercise at Ward 7 in Opobo , headquarters of Opobo/Nkoro local government area.

Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in the state, Chief Everest Nnaji, also known as Odengene. Nweke, who hails from Ozalla, in Nkanu West Local Government area of

the state, served as Information minister between june 2005, to January 2007 under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, after heading other portfolios.

Delta lawmaker presents stewardship AMOUR UDEMUDE ASABA

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he member representing Isoko South One Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Benjamin Essien-Okiemute, has assured his constituents of providing more dividends of democracy.. Addressing a mammoth crowd of the people yesterday at Irri Primary School, Irri, Isoko South Local Government area of the state during the presentation of his stewardship to his people, Essien-Okiemute said he was very passionate about the education, security of lives and properties as well as improving the standard of living of the people and overall socio-economic development of Isoko nation and the state in general. Essien-Okiemute who is the Chairman, House com-

mittee on Peace and Security stated that all his 2012 and 2013 constituency projects, including school infrastructure at Ivrogbo, Irri, Ada, Ivory, Ikpide-Irri and Emede have been completed as well as provision of 54 cars, 492 motorcycles to constituents; facilitation of employment for his constituents into state and federal civil service. “Recruitment of 26 youths into the armed forces and police; floating of Micro Credit Scheme; provision of starter packs to nine hundred and one constituents to boost their saloon and sewing trades as well as provision of farming implements to two thousand farmers in the locality. I have been able t o carry out the renovation of a dilapidated block of classrooms at Ivrogbo Grammar School; provision of portable drinking water at Urusewe in Oleh,’’ he says.

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chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC , Mr Dipo Okeyomi has said that some pupils who allegedly wore Christian religious gowns to school in Osun State last week should be expelled by the State government because according to him, that amounted to fighting the authorities. He said the action of these pupils showed that some sections of the Chris-

tian Association in the state were being pushed by the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to cause confusion. According to him, the Christian Association in Osun State is divided and some of them are being teleguided by the PDP and are playing politics with the children education . He called on the government to watch out and ensure that such occurrence is not allowed in future. He said what the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said was that

the muslim girls who wished to wear hijab to school should be allowed, saying there is nothing wrong in Christian girls putting veils or beret on their heads as it was the practice when going to church. According to him, if we put religion into our education, it will make it better saying when the missionaries established schools beforeindependence they introduced morals and this made students to have good behaviour .

Another upward review CONTINUED FROM BP and instruction to the power investors to meet the supply component of the pricing regime of increasing electricity supply up to 7500 megawatts in the shortest possible time, it should progressively con-

tinue to do so up till the end of MYTO 11 in 2016. Until that is achieved, government should abandon the idea of de-subsidizing electricity consumption. The social cost and consequences of totally de-subsidizing electricity service to consumers, investors and gov-

ernment would be so severe that it won’t be worth the trouble in the last analysis. Let the forces of demand and supply take over, even as government strengthens regulation to ensure efficiency in the delivery of electricity service to the nation.


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Raheem Sterling (right) scores the third goal for Liverpool against Arsenal yesterday at Anfield.

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iverpool produced one of the stunning performances of the English Premier League (EPL) season with an emphatic 5-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield yesterday. A blistering four-goal blitz inside the opening 20 minutes from Liverpool effectively put the game beyond Arsene Wenger’s side. Martin Skrtel scored twice in the opening 10 minutes to put Liverpool in firm control and further strikes from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge gave the home side an unassailable 4-0 lead before half-time. Sterling netted the fifth goal early in the second half with Mikel Arteta’s penalty the only blot on Liverpool’s copybook in what was a perfect day for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they enhanced their top four aspirations and dented Arsenal’s title bid. Liverpool came racing out of the blocks and hit the front in the very first minute when Steven Gerrard whipped in a free-kick and Skrtel, unmarked inside the six-yard box, bundled the ball home past Wojciech Szczesny with his knee. The home side continued to pour forward in the opening exchanges and Szczesny did well to block Jon Flanagan’s shot after Sturridge picked out the full-

back’s run into the penalty area. Liverpool had rattled Arsenal and they doubled their lead on 10 minutes when Gerrard floated over a corner and Skrtel produced a superb header into the top corner over the jumping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the line. Liverpool looked dangerous every time they went forward and Sturridge should have made it 3-0 on 12 minutes when Luis Suarez sent him clear on goal with a brilliant pass, but the striker chipped his effort wide of the target. A minute later Liverpool were inches away from netting a third as a corner fell to Suarez fully 30 yards from goal and he drilled in a shot which smashed off the post and from the rebound Kolo Toure stabbed wide with the goal at his mercy. Arsenal created their first chance of the game on the quarter hour mark when Per Mertesacker got on the end of Santi Cazorla’s corner only to flash his header across the face of goal. Liverpool got the third goal their dominance deserved on 17 minutes when Jordan Henderson robbed Mesut Ozil on the halfway line and he fed Suarez out wide. The Uruguayan picked out Sterling with a perfect pass to give the winger a simple finish at the far post. Things got even better for Liverpool three minutes later Philippe Coutinho found Sturridge’s run with a perfectly-

weighted ball in behind Laurent Koscielny and the striker coolly slotted home past a stranded Szczesny. Liverpool picked up where they left off at the start of the second half and made it 5-0 on 52 minutes when Sterling broke the Arsenal offside trap to race clear on goal from Toure’s pass and, after seeing his initial effort saved by Szczesny, the winger was able to slot home at the second attempt. Sterling almost grabbed his hattrick three minutes later when the ball dropped to him in the box from Gerrard’s free-kick, but the winger stabbed his effort from close-range wide of the target. Suarez tried to get in on the goalscoring act on 63 minutes with a brilliant free-kick as, with everyone waiting for a cross into his box, he arrowed his shot towards the top corner and his effort was kept out by Szczesny at full stretch. The impressive Coutinho almost created a sixth goal for Liverpool on 67 minutes when he wriggled past a couple of Arsenal challenges and picked out Henderson’s run with a sublime pass, only for the midfielder to chip his effort wide of the target. Arsenal won a penalty on 68 minutes when Gerrard brought down OxladeChamberlain inside the box and Arteta stepped up to covert with the ease to bring the final score at 5-1 in favour of Liverpool.

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hakhtar Donetsk striker Maicon has been killed in a car crash, the Ukrainian club have announced yesterday. The 25-year-old Brazilian was involved in an accident in the city of Donetsk yesterday morning. No further details of the crash have been revealed. “FC Shakhtar regretfully informs that on February 8, the life of a footballer Maicon Pereira de Oliveira tragically ended. He died in a car crash in Donetsk,” a club statement read. “He was a talented footballer, an open and friendly guy. Maicon loved life and knew how to make it positive and bright.’’ After playing in the youth ranks at both Fluminense and Flamengo in his homeland, Maicon came to prominence after moving to Ukraine in 2009 to join Volyn Lutsk, for whom he scored 37 goals in 65 appearances. He also scored three goals in eight games on loan at Romanian side Steaua Bucharest, before sealing a move to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar in 2012.

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coach with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Yusuf Ali, has said the nation’s athletics contingent to 2014 Commonwealth Games needs more preparation to excel in the games. Ali said this yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

73 athletes have been in camp, ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Games scheduled to hold from July 23 to Aug. 3 The former quarter miller said the second phase of camping had just ended, adding that there would be a competition at Ijebu Ode to further prepare the athletes.

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tationery Stores Football Club of Lagos which was incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 1990 as a limited liability company has officially acquired Union Bank Football Club of Lagos in a transaction led by Mr. Tilewa Adebajo. Sunday Mirror gathered that with this recent development, the ‘Flaming Flamingoes’ as they are fondly called will be featuring in the Nigeria Nationwide League (NNL) commencing soon. The club has successfully played and won some tune-up matches against Glo Premier League sides and will also be playing all its league matches at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.

Their league opening fixture will be played at the aforementioned venue and there will be no gate fee to welcome Lagosians who had been starved of topflight league football action in the state. Subsequent matches involving Stationery Stores at the Onikan Stadium will attract gate fees. Meanwhile, the NNL Board has fixed Feb.20 for the commencement of its 2013/2014 football season. This is contained in a communique issued at the end of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the board held on February 6 in Abuja. The board fixed dates for the three tiers of the league. Division One would commence on February20; Division Two on March 8, while Division Three would kickoff on May 5.

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he University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State who are incidentally the host of the 2014 edition of the Nigerian University Games are to appear in a new kit courtesy of former Nigerian basketball international, Felix Akiga who last week made a donation of same to the university management and principal staff at a colorful ceremony held at the Conference Hall of the Vice Chancellor of the university. Making the donation of the kits, Akiga who is the Group Managing Director of Choice Leisure Limited, said it was to encourage the school in realising their set objectives in

sports development. The worth of the kits which would serve management and principal staff of the university at the Games are put at N1.5m. During the donation, Akiga used the opportunity to introduce his company which he said is ready to partner the university in redeveloping their sporting facilities. Receiving the kits on behalf of the university, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha, the Vice Chancellor said he is glad that Choice Leisure Limited known for construction of facilities in many Nigerian universities is identifying with the university especially when they are the next host of the NUGA Games.

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ticipation in the World Cup Division 5 League. He said the tour, which was billed to run from Feb. 21 to March 3, would be bankrolled by the Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Nigeria, Prince Solomon Liyanage. He said the team would depart Colombo in Sri Lanka on March 3 for

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Open camping excites boxers Boxers who are sweating it out in the open camp currently going on at the Boxing Gym of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos has expressed confidence that the exercise will enable them be in top shape ahead of the final selection of boxers that will represent the country at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Some of the boxers who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity noted that the camp which began about two weeks ago has exposed them to some of the new techniques in boxing, even as they promised to live up to expectation when the final trials begins.

They stated that although no feeding or transport allowance was approved for them, they are still eager to continue with the training in order to perfect their skills and be in top shape ahead major competitions. “We are very happy to be part of the open camp because it has enabled us to work closely with the coaches and learn new things that will help us in the game. “Although we were not being paid any form of allowance, but as patriotic citizens of the country, we are trying on our own to ensure we attend all the trainings because it will help us in future,” they affirmed.

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he Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Anambra State, Dr. Edozie Aroh, yesterday, urged contractors handling the Awka Township Stadium to execute the project according to specifications. He made the call in Awka when he went on inspection tour of the project. Aroh said the intention of the state government was to build a stadium that could attract international competitions. He added that the essence of the project would be defeated if it did not meet international standards. The commissioner said “it is good that we are doing this but a few things are wrong. For instance, the dimensions of the football pitch they gave me do not conform to FIFA standards. “Also, the dressing rooms are too small and players from both sides are supposed to file out from one corridor but it is not the case here. “There is enough space here to do all that is needed to get a befitting sports stadium that we can be proud of. It is not late to effect these corrections but the pace is barely satisfactory.” Reacting to the issues raised, Mr Kemi Odukoya, the site manager of Paul B Construction Company, one of the firms handling the project, said the firm would make necessary corrections and incorporate suggested changes.

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he Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) on Tuesday in Abuja said it had concluded plans for the national male cricket team to embark on a tour of Sri Lanka. The NCF president, Emeka Onyeama, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the tour was part of the team’s preparations for their par-

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the World Cup Division 5 League in Malaysia, scheduled for March 4 to March 14. The NCF president said the Sri Lanka Cricket Board had arranged for the Nigerian team to play against three top cricket clubsides while on the tour.

Nigeria was to contribute his quota in ensuring that the country’s pugilists win many gold medals at the forthcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Olalehin who recently arrived the country to join other coaches in preparing Nigerian boxers for the Glasgow Games told our correspondent that Nigerian boxers are capable of winning medals at the Games. He further stated that his coming back to the country was to help in nurturing the pugilists to achieve success at the Games.

with the national coaches in order to lead the team to success. “My coming back to Nigeria was to help our coaches prepare the country’s pugilists for the forthcoming qualifier for the Youth Games in Botswana and the competition proper in China. “I also want to assist to prepare our boxers for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and with the level of cooperation among the coaches, we will definitely win many gold medals in Glasgow,” he said.

Manny Pacquiao against Bradley

Pacquiao vows to be aggressive against Bradley Former eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao has revealed that he will be more aggressive against Tim Bradley when they meet on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas Nevada. Reacting to his opponent’s assertion that he has lost his killer instinct the Filipino resorted that after the fight Bradley will confess that his killer punches are still intact. “I’m sometimes just too

kind and too nice to my opponents in the ring and that’s why you can’t see the aggressiveness and killer instinct. This time around I have to get it back and show I still have it,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao who lost to Bradley in a controversial spilt point decision in 2011 noted that he is ready to beat his opponent and announce to the world that he is not yet finished as a champion.


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Brazil 2014: We want to make Iran proud —Queiroz Carlos Queiroz’s place in the pantheon of Portuguese football is already assured, having guided an exceptional crop of young talent – which would go on to be dubbed the ‘golden generation’ – to victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1989 and 1991. And come this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, he will become the first Portuguese to coach at two editions of the global showpiece. At the Portugal helm at South Africa 2010, when A Equipa das Quinas’ hopes were ended in the Round of 16 by neighbours Spain, Queiroz’s challenge on Brazilian soil will be to take Iran to the World Cup knockout stages for the first time in their history. In conversation with FIFA.com, he looked back over photos of some of the most memorable moments of his coaching career, providing insights and recollections.

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efore these tournaments at the U-20 World Cup in 1989 and 1991 began, did you realise just how gifted this generation of young Portuguese footballers was? I had an idea that the situation was promising for us. By 1990 we already had an established pedigree in European youth football and we had proof that Portuguese players were blessed with great footballing ability. But that golden generation had everything in technical, tactical and physical terms, allied to mental strength and intelligence, all of which forged a team spirit and a national-squad mentality that endures even today. The work put in by the Portuguese FA during that period created a whole culture of what it meant to be a part of the Portuguese national squad. That identity has survived to this day at the heart of the senior team and at all other age levels too. Working alongside Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, what was it like? That was another chapter in my life. I’ve spent half my time working with clubs and the other half with national teams, but that was the most significant period of my career, for a number of reasons. First of all because, with all due respect to the rest, United are the best club in the world, with the best atmosphere and fantastic fans. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work in English football and at Manchester United. I’ll forever be proud to have had the chance to play my part, bring my knowledge and commitment to the table and be at Alex Ferguson’s side. It’s a fantastic club and there are no words to describe Sir Alex. I learned so much and I know that, over six years of dedication to the club, I made some great friends – one of whom is Alex Ferguson.

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football and, with a bit more luck, it could have been us.

Which is the most important lesson you learned from him? I learned a lot of significant things. One of them was about the influence that leadership has at a certain level. The first lesson is the faith that the leader puts in the people he has chosen, whatever the situation. We all worked beneath an aura of complete trust. The second important lesson learned from the success of United is that nobody can be bigger than the club and everybody has an important role in working for the collective good of the club and its fans. The combination of these two formulas has had a huge hand in United’s success.

Were you satisfied with how A Equipa das Quinas performed? This is what football draws its drama and excitement from. We felt convinced that we’d done our best and Portugal exited the tournament with its head held high, despite us not going as far as we’d hoped. When you come up against the likes of Spain, Brazil or Germany, somebody has to go home. It is the Round of 16 game against La Roja that could have been the Final. Vicente del Bosque told me later that it was then that his team genuinely started to believe they could be world champions. It could have gone the other way. It wasn’t a happy time for Portugal or me personally, but it hasn’t overshadowed how proud I feel at having coached the Portuguese national team. Spain were just a tiny bit better than us and our individuals didn’t quite shine as brightly as theirs. That’s how you separate two very evenly-matched teams: you look to players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to tip the balance. On that day, however, it was Xavi and David Villa who proved more decisive than our players, even though we gave it absolutely everything we had.

Take a look at Portugal’s South Africa 2010 campaign. What were your experiences? Where the senior side went, drama followed. Unfortunately for us, we ended up meeting Spain, the eventual world champions. They were at the peak of their powers and extremely high in confidence, while in that match we lacked a touch of individual inspiration and a dash of luck. We were at a bit of a low point as several injuries had limited our options, while we’d had a very tough clash with Brazil in the teams’ final game of Group G. We gave it everything we had against Spain and then came the only goal. It could have gone our way, but it went to Spain. Even though I feel that Spain’s triumph was fair and deserved, football is

How do you feel clinching qualification for Brazil 2014 with Iran? This moment was the one where Reza Ghoochannejhad scored in a 1-0 away win against Korea Republic, which took Iran to the top of the group and clinched qualification for the World Cup. It was a very difficult campaign: Asian Zone qualifying is very tough because there’s so much travelling, the temperature and humidity vary massively and decisionmaking is made very difficult. This goal by Reza was one of those moments: that was when we felt that qualification wasn’t going to slip away from us. The qualification campaign was a journey through hell for Iran, but now begins the journey through heaven.

We’re going to go out there to enjoy it and do our utmost to make the Iranian fans both proud and happy. You’ve always said that, in addition to reaching the World Cup, you wanted to play a part in unearthing new talent in the Iranian game. Have you achieved that too? We couldn’t see ourselves playing at a World Cup without quality and international experience. Over the course of two years’ work it’s been possible to find Iranian players who were spread out all over Europe and bring them into the fold. When I first arrived we only had one foreign-based player but now we’ve got six or seven. Is that enough? I don’t think so but it’s better than when we started. Reza is an example of the standard of performer that we didn’t have back at the beginning. So, what are your goals for Iran from this point on? For two-and-a-half years we were burdened with the expectation and the responsibility that goes with trying to qualify for the World Cup, carrying the hopes of 78 million Iranians. When the players are shouldering the hopes and dreams of an entire nation, that’s an enormous weight to bear. The national-team shirt starts to weigh heavy. But that moment captures the dream becoming reality, a visual image showing we’ve actually made it. A new phase begins now: we need to understand that we’re not going to Brazil to be whipping-boys or for a holiday. With pride, dignity and respect, we want to take on the best national teams in the world, be as competitive as we possibly can and achieve one main objective. Iran have never reached the second phase of a World Cup, so it’s our mission to do everything in our power to make it happen. We’re not among the favourites and I know that before the Final Draw there were 31 teams all wanting to get Iran in their group. But it’s our goal now to see if we can make someone wish they’d hadn’t.


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ayne Rooney admits Manchester United must do better if they are to rescue their season and qualify for the UEFA Champions League. United’s defeat to Stoke City last weekend was their eighth of the Premier League campaign under David Moyes. The defending champions only lost five league games in the whole of last season and Rooney confessed that it has been tough to get to grips with the new campaign. The 28-year-old even went as far as to suggest that the title could be beyond United this term, but the quest for the Champions League remains a priority. “We need to do better as a team,” Rooney said. “We’re not in the best posi-

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livier Giroud has revealed his gratitude for the faith shown in him by manager Arsene Wenger even though he is not at the “level” of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Wenger attempted to sign Suarez last summer but failed with two bids; the second of which was 40,000,001 million pounds as Liverpool were reluctant to lose their star striker.

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im Sherwood has demanded an improvement in Tottenham Hotspur’s home form as they strive to keep their UEFA Champions League qualification hopes alive. Tottenham’s home record of just 18 points from 12 matches is in contrast to a return of 26 points from the same number of away games.

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ontpellier midfielder Remy Cabella admits he is set to leave the Ligue 1 side this summer. The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window, with Manchester United also showing an interest in him.

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Adebayor reveals Villas-Boas row T ottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed how he criticised former Spurs manager Andre VillasBoas in front of team-mates. The Togolese forward was exiled from Villas-Boas’s side during a poor run of form which eventually led to the Portuguese’s sacking in December. Adebayor disagreed with VillasBoas’s tactics and says he made his point during a training session. “I told him: ‘Your ideas will not help the team’,” the 29-year-old said. “I have had a chance to play for a lot of top clubs in my career and I know how it’s supposed to be. “I told him one on one and he didn’t want to listen, and then I told him in front of the group. “Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was a good one, maybe it was a bad one. I don’t know, but I spoke

my mind.” The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid striker has since returned to the starting under new Totham

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saze Odemwingie scored his debut goal for Stoke City as they held Southampton to a 2-2 draw at the St. Mary’s Stadium yesterday evening. The 32-year-old scored with a cool finish in the 38th minute of the game to equalise for Stoke after receiving a defence splitting pass from Charlie Adam, to cancel a sixth minute opener by Ricky Lambert. Steven scored in the 41st minute to restore the lead for Southampton, but Peter Crouch equalised three minutes later to ensure both teams had a share of the spoils as neither side scored in the second half. Odemwingie has become a regular fixture tur in Mark Hughes team since joining the Potters in a swap deal in late January. Meanwhile, Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo Yob was at the heart of defence for Norwich wi City as they held Manchester City to a goalless draw yesterday. g Yobo partnered Sebastian Bassong in his first game for the Canaries after joining them on loan from Fenerbahce on transfer deadline day. tra The 33-year-old who featured only twice for f Fenerbahce prior to his loan move played throughout the entire duration of the game.

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illiam Kvist is confident Malaga stay that Fulham can become the latest side to take alaga goalkeeper Willy points off Manchester United when Caballero has reiterated his desire to stay in Andalusia, they meet today at Old Trafford. despite being linked with a The Cottagers prop up the Premove. The charismatic shotmier League table after a run of four stopper was tipped to follow Manuel Pellegrini to Manches- straight defeats, but new midfielder Kvist believes his team-mates should ter City, especially after Joe Hart’s early season problems, be encouraged by United’s poor home but nothing materialised. record this season.

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tion but will keep fighting and keep going to get ourselves in as good a position as we can. “We know it’s going to be extremely difficult to win the title, realistically top four has got to be our aim. Although we always want to win the league title, maybe it’s a bit too far. “David Moyes is a fantastic manager; I worked with him at Everton and for a number of months at United. He’s done everything he can but it’s the players that have to do better and hopefully we can do that.” There has been speculation about Rooney’s future at Old Trafford, with his contract due to expire at the end of next season, but he is not letting the reports affect his focus.

The reigning champions have already lost four games at Old Trafford, and Denmark international Kvist insists Fulham has nothing to fear despite their perilous position. “Teams have shown this season that it is possible to get points at Old Trafford,” said Kvist, who made his Fulham debut in last week’s 3-0 defeat to Southampton.

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2 Arsenal

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3 Man City

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4 Liverpool

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5 Everton

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6 Tottenham

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7 Man Utd

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8 Newcastle

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9 Southampton

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10 Swansea

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11 Hull

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12 Aston Villa

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13 Stoke

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14 Crystal Palace

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15 West Ham

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16 Norwich

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18 West Brom

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t is difficult to determine whether it is the Power Minister, Professor Chinedu Nebo, or the cabal in the electricity service industry that have forsworn to make life a living hell for Nigerians for opting for democratic rule or for voting for a Goodluck Jonathan or both. Is endless upward review, never downward review, of utility tariffs the net result of democratic governance? It was when Nebo mounted the saddle, last year, at the Power Ministry that a lame excuse— inability of government to bear the cost-for discontinuing the distribution of free prepayment meters to electricity consumers made newspaper headlines; even after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission—NERC—had assured the public that 50 percent of prepayment meters would have been distributed nationwide by the end of June 2013, before the final unbundling of the erstwhile Power Holding Company of Nigeria—PHCN. In addition to endless upward reviews of electricity tariff since assumption of office, Nebo had managed to transfer several inexplicable and extortionate costs and charges to electricity consumers. Apart

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N150 million, cost of facilities commissioned by Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, at King’s College Lagos recently.

Another upward review of electricity tariff? from the prepayment meter procurement cost, other charges such as meter maintenance and a standing fixed charge for just being a subscriber as well as VAT have all been built into the new meterage tariff regime. This is not to play the ostrich or enter into a pretense that a periodic progressive tariff increases was not structured into the defunct PHCN tariff regime. Far from it. Nigerians are not oblivious of the mischief and extortionate pranks played by the operators of electricity service sector prior to the Nebo era. Industry watch has not forgotten about the Multi Year Tariff Order—MYTO 1&11 which authorized the NERC to review electricity tariff upward periodically even when electricity supply plummeted from a little more than 4000 megawatts to almost 3000 megawatts. So, Nebo inherited the extortionate electricity tariff regime. People’s grudge is that he has made it worse by transferring more costs and charges to the public without an iota of improvement in electricity service to consumers. Worse still, Nigerians had been made to believe, by Professor Nebo and his lieutenants in the Power Ministry, that the final handing over of the unbundled PHCN successor distribution and generation companies—the discos and gencos— which he accomplished late last year, would bring respite to electricity consumers in the country in terms of improved and regular power supply. Painfully, however, none of this has happened. Instead, what we hear now is that the Nebo regime wants to play true

to type by total removal of subsidy in electricity consumption; which would mean astronomical rise in the tariff charged for electricity consumption, even as cost of living, rising inflation and depreciation of the value of the naira have all conspired to make a misery of life for the average man. There is growing regret by public spirited Nigerians who lent their voices to the call for and insistence on the privatization of the power sector because of a history of failure to deliver electric power service to the nation. With all the efforts and huge injection and expenditure of fund by successive governments on the electric power sector, nothing near commensurate result has been attained by any government. In short, the dispensation is: the more money government pumps into the power sector, the less the megawatts of electricity supplied and the less efficient and more irregular the delivery of electricity service to consumers become. Needless to say, it is perhaps in the power sector that the greatest fraud has been perpetrated by the Nigerian State against its citizens—from the notorious estimated billing method promoted by government and the outright collection of tariffs for services not rendered to open extortion of money and fleecing of consumers by electricity workers. Present and past governments have demonstrated in no uncertain terms that the welfare of the public is not and has never been in the agenda of those in control of state power. In truth, the Multi Year Tariff Order as

CAF Champions League: Enyimba, Pillars set for preliminaries IFEANYI EDUZOR

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wo Nigerian club sides Enyimba of Aba and Kano Pillars will today begin their campaign in the lucrative CAF Champions League preliminary matches.

While the Aba millionaires will play host to tournament debutants, Anges de Notse of Togo at the Aba Township stadium, Pillars will be the guest of 1973 winners, AS Vita Club of DR Congo in Kinshasa. It is expected that Enyimba who won the tournament in 2003 and 2004

respectively will have an easy ride over their Togolese counterparts while Pillars who were semi- finalists in 2009 will be aiming for a good result to be in a position to qualify for the next round after the return leg in Kano in a fortnight. Meanwhile, Raja Casablanca of Morocco kicked off their Champions League campaign in a good note with a resounding 6-0 win over Diamond Stars of Sierra Leone. Also in far away Tunis, Libyan side Al Ahly Benghazi started the preliminary round with a 4-0 win over Foullah Edifice of Chad. Despite playing away from home due to security concerns in Libya, Ahly dominated through Zimbabwe import Edward Sadomba, who scored a brace in the match.

electricity pricing mechanism developed from the desire of the regulatory authority to arrive at a cost effective tariff regime that would attract and sustain investor interest and confidence in the power sector with the ultimate goal of improving electricity supply progressively to consumers. The MYTO target was not just to generate income for government and the operators of electricity service, but to ensure progressive increase of megawatts from between 3500 and 4000 megawatts that the supply oscillates to 7500 megawatts. While the regulatory authority and the Power Ministry have ensured that fixed charges and tariff for the kilowatt-hour of electricity continue to increase, electricity supply has become worse and more erratic overtime. This is why many Nigerians are complaining and threatening to battle the government if it carries out its plan to desubsidize electricity consumption in the country. If the 100 percent of removal of subsidy is allowed instead of the MYTO marginal increases, a situation would be created by the Nigerian State in which the private power investors would continue to smile to the banks with billions of stolen money from consumers with over 80 percent of the country in utter darkness! Industry and technology would not thrive, and crime would flourish like bush fire. Is that the country that Nebo wishes to bequeath to Nigerians as Power Minister? Even if he succeeds in doing so, would that CONTINUED ON PAGE 59

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS Al Ahly Benghazi 4 - 0 Foullah Edifice Raja Casablanca 6 - 0 Diamond Stars

Today’s Matches AS Vita Club v Kano Pillars 12:00 Enyimba v Anges de Notse16:00 PREMIERSHIP RESULTS Liverpool 5 - 1 Arsenal Aston Villa 0 - 2 West Ham Chelsea 3 - 0 Newcastle Crystal Palace 3 -1 West Brom Norwich City 0 - 0 Man City Today’s Matches Tottenham v Everton 14:30 Man United v Fulham 17:00

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