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very time we celebrate the departure of a loved one, it usually comes with a sizable budget. When someone of advanced age dies, we seize the opportunity to hold an elaborate programme to say good bye. Sometimes, burying our aged ones entail celebrations that are worth millions of Naira. Some burial programmes even come with billion Naira budgets, such as when the president of a nation is being buried, or someone who has played a very prominent role in the life of a nation, or an international religious leader such as the Pope. The question curious bystanders and observers often ask is: ‘Why waste so much money and resources on someone who is dead?’ The fact remains that the dead is not even available to see all the parties being held in his honour or partake in the ceremonies. There are lots of invitations to different groups of people in society. The undertaker is selected after proper consultation with the spouse, children and elders of the family. A common clothing material for use during the burial (Aso Ebi) is purchased and distributed to family and well wishers. A major renovation of the deceased’s house is done, arrangements are made for food and drinks, the church service, the internment, and finally the thanksgiving. But that is not the end, as the merriment thereafter begins. The scale of the merriment is determined by the nature of the reception, the choice of venue and musician, the dancing and the spraying of money. At the very end of it all comes calculation of the profit and loss. The basic question is: ‘Who instructed us to bury the dead this way?’ Is there any biblical account of such burials or any authorisation that directs us to go this way? Or is it by our imagination or conscience? Those questions become necessary as many churches and denominations are divided in their opinions on how to bury the dead. To some, the dead should not be celebrated. Churches that hold this view are even opposed to dancing at funerals. To some denominations, a burial is a celebration, an opportunity to recount how good the dearly departed soul was in his/her lifetime. Children are listed in the funeral service programme, along with grand and great grand children, to show how successful the deceased was in procreation. The pastor uses the opportunity of his sermon at the funeral service to remind the living that this is how everyone will end one day. While committing the dead to the Almighty God for judgement, the preacher reminds the living that the time will soon come for everyone to give account of themselves. He capitalises on the mood of the moment to ask for change of attitude and repentance. The Pastor usually concludes with the need to always be on the side of the Almighty God at all times as the end appears near. In most cases, a Holy Communion service is held to regain our consciousness of righteousness. I was privileged to witness a funeral ceremony recently in Odosimadegun, a

THE RICH MAN, ACCORDING TO THE POOR, IS THE ONLY PROBLEM OF THE SOCIETY, AND IF THE POOR CAN FIND A WAY TO TAKE THE RICH OUT OF THIS

WORLD, THERE WILL BE PEACE.

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GOOD THING THE POOR HAS NOT SAID IS THAT IT WAS A RICH MAN THAT BURIED

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village in Ijebu Ode. I had accompanied my old teacher, Mr Aderemi, to the funeral ceremony of his father in-law and incidentally the father of my former classmate, Soji Sigbeku. Everything was glorious. The deceased, Chief Jacob Sigbeku, had departed after well above 80 years of a good and worthwhile life. He was clearly of good standing in the Lord, as propounded by the pastor. His wife, children and grand children attended the well appointed church service, which was accompanied by Holy Communion. Trouble started when we accompanied the family to perform the dust to dust rites and say goodnight to Daddy. That was when Soji, who had earlier commended her father for a job well done in her tribute to him, suddenly burst into uncontrollable tears. Immediately, other members of the family joined. It took us a while to console her and counsel her to stop crying. Just then, my old school teacher started his own bout of rolling tears. We thought we had succeeded in ending the flow of tears and outpouring of emotions, not knowing we had only managed to set it off in another direction. It was effectively a simple message to Daddy: ‘Goodnight as we shall never see again’ or ‘bye, till we meet to part no more.’ This is the usual trend. I am in fact anxiously waiting for the billionaire’s tears of my friend who has just lost his highly esteemed father in Epe, a former governor who accomplished a lot in the course of service to his people. Every bad thing is said about the rich, mostly by the poor, who are in surplus majority; that the rich man is wicked, greedy, selfish, corrupt, deadly, incorporative, and self-centred. The rich man, according to the poor, is the only problem of the society, and if the

poor can find a way to take the rich out of this world, there will be peace. Regrettably, one good thing the poor has not said is that it was a rich man that buried Jesus and perhaps that it was the poor that nailed and killed our Lord Jesus Christ. In the book of Isaiah 53:9, it was predicted that Jesus will be buried amongst the rich: “And he made his grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death; because he has done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth” The fulfilment of the above was the coming to pass of the prophecy of Isaiah concerning the death of Jesus even before He was born. The confirmation of the prophecy was made in the book of Matthew 27:57-60: “When the even was come, there come a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: he went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean cloth, and laid it in his own tomb; he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” It was clear that the rich man that buried Jesus was Joseph and he was one of the disciples’ of Jesus. The Bible gives details of the account leading to the death of Jesus. And all the events were predicted before they happened. That our Lord Jesus Christ will be wounded by His enemy was predicted even before He was born, by David in the book of Psalm 22:16: “For dogs has compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet” This was the prediction of David one

thousand, five hundred years before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The exact fulfilment of the prophecy was the confirmation of His word in the New Testament book of Luke 23:25 - that the wicked will nail Jesus, in both his feet and hands. “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucify him and the malefactors. One on the right hand, and the other on the left.” The chances that any other king was killed like Jesus is calculated to be one in twenty four billion and that very one is Jesus. For in the past and during that time, kings were either murdered or killed with the sword. Only Jesus was crucified and died in this particular manner. Jesus, according to the Bible, was spit upon and beaten. For instance, before the occurrence of that event, it was first predicted by Prophet Isaiah. Specifically in Isaiah 50:6, he recalled: “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from the shame and spitting” The above prediction came to pass in the book of Matthew 26:67: “Then they did spit in his face, and buffeted him, and other smote him with their palm in their hand.” Jesus was tormented before He was killed. How sad! The Biblical account shows that our Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for us to enjoy the present life. The pain He went through is so much that His death needs to be celebrated and this accounts for the need for the rich to play that very prominent role in the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. Left for the poor and the wicked, they could even have set the body of our Lord on fire. If there is anything the rich have done, that no one can disapprove, from generation to generation and everlasting, it is providing for the celebration and the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. That laid the foundation for the celebration of the death of Jesus today. It is also the basis for celebration of the dead. This practice is so important that in the village, no one waits for the children of the deceased before they contribute money for celebration of the dead, even before the arrival of the deceased’s children. It is left to say that there is no biblical justification for non-celebration of aged people when they die and the idea that no one should dance or rejoice during the burial ceremony of an aged person is strange to Christianity. It is the imagination of preachers who do not know the reason for such rejoicing and it must be disregarded. PS: For the next six weeks, I will be writing from the University of Oxford where I am currently studying at the business school. I have been admitted into the 2014 Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme. Don’t ask me what I am looking for at the University of Oxford. Be assured that I will keep you posted with the best of materials and with current happenings around the world.


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The Direct Data Capture, DDC, machines brought in some years ago by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the magic wand to obliterate the blight of election rigging have in the last three years now been in the media for the wrong reasons. The machines, brought in to capture the electorate’s biometric data, were allegedly sold in the open market and have always been in short supply whenever needed for crucial elections. Does that thus suggest that free and fair elections in Nigeria will remain a mirage? Head of Special Investigations, Tayo Adelaja, reports.

he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, was visibly shocked when he appeared before the National Conference Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters on May 13. A member of the Committee, Mr. Sani Zoro, had confronted the INEC boss with the allegations that the Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines deployed by the Commission for the capture of the electorate’s biometric data were being sold in the open market, both in the country and neighbouring Niger Republic. To prove his allegations, Zoro, a former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, produced a battery of the DDC machine which he bought in the market. The battery had INEC’s logo emblazoned on it. He told them that he had bought it from a retailer who told him he was willing to sell over 10,000 extra copies of the batteries if he wanted. In response, Jega said that some states bought DDC machines from INEC and that he could not confirm if the machines found in the markets were obtained from the

state governments or INEC. He promised to investigate and reveal how the batteries got to the markets. According to reports, state governors had asked INEC in May 2013 to sell over 78,000 excess laptops and webcams to them for distribution to secondary schools for the promotion of computer literacy in their states. The report had it that the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, made the statement after the National Economic Council meeting which was presided over by the Vice-President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo. According to the governor, the meeting agreed that state governments are going to buy the machines and INEC should sell the computers to them at a discount of 25 per cent for the old machines and 10 per cent for the new ones.

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Before 2011 general elections, the electoral body reportedly spent N18 billion for the ICT-Voter Registration System which led to the purchase of these laptops and webcams as part of the Direct Data Capture machines. INEC recently announced that it would not be conducting a fresh voter exercise ahead of the 2015 general elections, hence its decision to sell 78,000 units of the laptop components of the DDC machines. A month after the allegation, the electoral body has said it is still conducting investigations into the matter. Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, according to reports, stated that investigations into the DDC machines issue were ongoing. He declined further comments on the progress report of the investigation, the number of culprits caught or why the investigation was taking so long. Idowu allayed fears about INEC’s preparation towards the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun states. He said: “INEC is very prepared for the Ekiti and Osun CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Obasanjo (middle) at a registration centre in Abeokuta

elections. The permanent voter cards have been distributed, and the continuous voter registration conducted to update the register of voters. “Intensive voter and civic education is ongoing and INEC is tying up all loose ends towards the scheduled dates. We are very optimistic that the elections will surpass all previous ones in fairness and credibility.” A public analyst, Barrister Francisca Omeni, in a chat with Sunday Mirror commented that, “In an environment where trust has always been a very scarce commodity, especially on account of the experiences of the citizens in the hands of the electoral commission, Nigerians are worried that all the assurances coming from INEC regarding a hitch-free voter registration exercise and a concomitant free and fair elections may be flying out of the window. The angle of election rigging in the country comes to the fore when it is understood clearly that it starts from the point of registering voters for elections. It works in a manner that allows politicians to pad the voter register. What they then do is gather as many voter registration cards as possible that would entitle them to voting cards on Election Day! Less than two weeks ago, the DDC machines and INEC were in the news again! Hundreds of prospective voters that came to register at Okpara Square, Enugu State and some other centres in parts of the state could not perform their civic responsibilities. The Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Emeka Ede, who monitored the exercise during the Democracy Day observed that there were very few functional DDC machines despite the large turnout of prospective voters. At Enugu North senatorial zone, he observed that only two DDC machines were available and were manned by three National Youth Service Corps members. They were attending to about a thousand people who were at the centre. He was accosted by the people and was told that INEC should provide more DDC machines to ensure the success of the continuous voter registration in the state. The Okpara Square is the venue of parades and other public ceremonies of the government, but in the absence of any formal celebration of the Democracy Day in the state, workers and other persons took advantage of the public holiday to register ahead of the 2015 elections. The state government had also declared three days as public holidays to enable workers participate in the exercise. The enthusiasm of the large number of people who turned out to register waned following the insufficient number of DDC machines, a development which slowed the pace of the exercise, leading to long queues at the various centres. The councillor representing Ward 2, which included Okpara Square, Mr. Ayogu Catherine, disclosed that more machines were needed to avoid disenfranchising a majority of voters in the state. She said, “We need up to six machines to be able to register people before the conclusion of the registration. About 1,000 people turned out to register yesterday but

OBASANJO WHO HAD ARRIVED HIS WARD 11 ITA-EKO, ABEOKUTA AT ABOUT 11.53 A.M. ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE; BOLA, HAD TO DECLARE AFTER THE LONG WAIT, THAT HE WOULD COME BACK FOR THE EXERCISE AS SOON AS HE RETURNED FROM AN OVERSEAS TRIP they captured only about 20. People are eager to register but there are a few machines; we need more machines.” Another challenge apart from insufficient number of machines that marred the exercise was lack of electricity to power the machines available. Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, who decried the worrisome situation as he was unable to register the second day after the commencement, urged INEC to cancel the exercise pending the time when it would be well prepared for it. He and other stakeholders from Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area in Enugu insisted that INEC should reschedule the exercise till when they have enough DDC machines to take care of the people. Odo noted that right from the start of the registration, it had been one complaint after the other. He said that the machines were not functional, adding that some of the ad hoc workers complained that their batteries were not charged while others said they had no cables or could not print the cards. He disclosed that he had made oral complaint to the electoral officer in the local government and the resident electoral commissioner in the state but that they were not forthcoming with solutions. “If you go to most of the 191 polling units in Igbo Etiti, people have assembled but INEC has not been able to print even a single card, even the seven machines presumed to be working are working sparingly,” he bemoaned. Odo wondered how INEC would be able to capture the eligible voters in the area as it had not been able to explain why the previous registration disappeared from the system. Also reacting, the Chairman of the area council, Mr Festus Ozoemena, called for the extension of the exercise, stressing that he had been going round to see how things were working but that there was no progress in the area. Ozoemena said that he did not need to be at the INEC office if he had registered; saying the crowd that gathered at the office was there to register their dissatisfaction. Stella Ngwu (National Assembly member in the House of Representatives, representing Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani), expressed her disappointment with INEC. She called for the cancellation of the exercise and asked the commission to return to the drawing board.

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Ngwu said she provided vehicles for indigenes living outside the state to come back home and get registered only to discover that nothing was working. “What will become of them after leaving their businesses to come home and experience this kind of problem?” She asked. The representative of Igbo-Etiti West in the state assembly, Mr Okechuku Nwoke, also called for cancellation of the exercise. He urged INEC to go back to the drawing board and repair the machines. Nwoke wondered why the INEC chairman had not addressed Nigerians and the people concerned in the total cancellation (of previous registration) on the measures to take so that such things do not repeat again. He said the state government closed its activities for three days because of the exercise, saying it would be disappointing if by June 1, the exercise ended without good results. The Commissioner for Local Government Matters in the state, Mr Okey Ani, on his part, said he had monitored events in the 17 council areas and that those who had similar problem with Igbo Etiti were encountering the same situation. He called for the cancellation of the exercise, adding that it did not come by emergency and that INEC should go back and get itself prepared to render the service. Some of the corps members acting as registration workers said the problem was that the chargers were not there while some said that the printers were bad. Reports from other areas were not different, as the situation was the same in various communities, including Aku, Ukehe, Umunko, Ekwegbe, Ohodo and Ogbede. IgboEtiti recorded zero in the INEC data base in the 2010 voter registration. It would be recalled that in January 2011 when the registration was conducted across the country, it was complaints galore from many eligible voters across the states of the federation who went home disappointed as they could not be registered days after the voter registration exercise began due to technical problems of the DDC machines. In Abeokuta, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, got a dose of the frustrations and disappointments of many Nigerians over the voter registration exercise as the DDC machines deployed by INEC, rejected his finger prints several times. The former president waited patiently as a member of the NYSC at the centre tried on several occasions to get his finger print registered while the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Deacon Martins Okunfolami, and other INEC officials present made frantic efforts to get him registered. When the first DDC machine failed, the INEC team changed its scanner and used two different ones which also eventually faltered and the former President was ushered to another registration point nearby, where the machines also experienced similar malfunctioning. When all hopes appeared dashed and the queue of eliCONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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‘Nigerians desire credible elections’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 gible voters was swelling, the former president got up and signalled his intention to leave. Obasanjo who had arrived his Ward 11 Ita-Eko, Abeokuta at about 11.53 a.m. accompanied by his wife; Bola, had to declare after the long wait, that he would come back for the exercise as soon as he returned from an overseas trip. President of the Senate, David Mark, suffered the same fate like ex-President Obasanjo. His effort to register for the general election in his ward I Otukpo, Benue State, was futile as equipment brought by the INEC did not function. He was also accompanied by his wife, Helen. He arrived at the registration centre at 10 .00 a.m. and waited till 1.00 p.m. when he was advised to go home and return later. At about 4.00 p.m., Mark and his wife returned to the venue and made spirited efforts to register but the DDC machine was just not working. Obviously embarrassed, Mark pointedly told INEC to put its house in order, stressing: “I have made spirited efforts to register to no avail. I went to the registration centre about 10.00 a.m. I waited for more than two hours and nobody could be registered. I returned at about 4.00 p.m. yet nothing could be done. When it’s time for local government elections in the 20 local governments of Ogun State on Saturday, July 21, 2012, the name of former President Obasanjo was missing from the voter register after he painstakingly registered despite the early hitch. Also, the paramount ruler of Remoland, the Akarigbo, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, was also among eminent citizens of Ogun State who could not vote in the local government elections due to nonavailability of voter registers. Jubilation greeted the appointment of Jega, an activist, to head INEC. He promised Nigerians a credible election in 2011and also introduced new innovations to the electoral system. He ordered the importation of DDC machines for use in the registration of voters. Expectations were that the use of DDC machines to capture the biometrics of voters would prevent malpractices like multiple voting and impersonation. The machines cost $1771.73 per set comprising a laptop, webcam, and printer and were supplied by three companies viz: Zinox Technologies Limited, Haier Electrical Appliances Corporation and Avante International Technology Inc to the commission. When INEC officials finally opened the metal cases containing their laptops, printers and extra batteries, they discovered the electronic equipment had not been charged, in a country where electricity supply is epileptic and a luxury. Once election officials sorted out the power issues and found the right passwords, they ran into technology problems with the thumbprint scanner, which is supposed to ensure there is one vote per person. Omeni speaking on DDC machines said, “This is a basic rule of any technology deployment: Test before you go live. Do practice runs of the technology itself (laptop, scanner, printer, etc), then test the process by running it with sample fake data, then test it on a real voter, on a group of voters,

Youth Corps member attending to people at registration centre

A registration centre

all long before you actually open the registration station.” After spending billions of naira on the conduct of different elections, analysts argued that Jega had yet to live up to his promise of conducting credible elections. In fact, some of the DDC machines then imported by INEC were stolen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. In reaction to the stolen DDC machines and the effects on elections, the Principal Partner of Oyewole and Co, Barrister Oyewole Olurin, pointed out the vicarious nature of the liability on the part of INEC and the importers of the machines. “I’m bothered that INEC knowing the sensitive nature of the equipment being imported, especially the pertinence of same to the success of voter registration and a successful election, why was 24-hour police protection not mounted at the wing of the tarmac where the equipment were offloaded? Why was it difficult for the importers and INEC as a body to organise adequate security because the machines are not for baking of cakes, those who stole them knew why they did. “All that those who stole the machines need is authorised access to INEC’s database servers. Should the thieves be working in concert with those in the Commission, then they would be able to load whatever information they procure with the machines onto the server at INEC. What the machines are meant to do is to capture data that would be transferred to

the server at INEC. “If the machines have not been configured yet, then it is useless. But even if the machines have not been configured and those who stole them are working in concert with some other people at INEC on behalf of some politicians outside, then whatever they capture with the machines can be loaded onto the server at INEC. Once they have the password, it is that straightforward. Olurin said that the biometrics can only confirm the names of individuals when registering to vote. He stressed that biometrics does not prevent voter fraud. “When individuals come to register, their citizenship status is not confirmed. As long as you have registered and completed the biometrics, citizenship doesn’t matter. As individuals are coming to register and vote, since it is not a National database, an individual can register at several Local Service Centres, LGA, States, and vote multiple times. The biometrics method may be one important piece of the puzzle it is not a standalone method of resolving voter fraud. As a standalone measure, it does not prevent voter fraud. This is a travesty that Nigerian government hard-earned foreign currencies are being spent on machines that don’t circumvent voter fraud. A better approach would be to have a national database that tracks the identity of all persons in the country. The voter database would be built off of this database. Individuals can vote and be tracked down through the national database. This

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will also prevent individuals from voting multiple times. Perhaps, Nigeria needs to study the voting processes and systems that are set up in developed countries,” he conselled. As the country prepares for general election in 2015, stakeholders are again searching for ways to make the election credible. As part of this, INEC sent a proposal for funds to acquire smart card readers for the election. The Federal Government approved the proposal by the electoral body to purchase 17,000 smart card readers worth N459 million, which would be used for the conduct of the forthcoming 2015 general election and subsequent ones. The 17,000 smart card readers were expected to stop the incidence of double voting and ensure that those who vote are Nigerians. According to the government, the proposal is to ensure that all those who have fake identity cards are identified in all future elections through a special provision that will enable the utilisation in every polling centre of smart card readers. Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who spoke after Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja where the approval for the smart card readers was made, said the smart card readers would enable INEC check electoral malpractices in 2015 and beyond. According to Maku, “In its desire to ensure free, fair and credible elections, the INEC is to procure, customise and configure 17,000 Smart Card Readers, SCR, that will be deployed during elections for voters’ authentication. The SCR will be used to verify the rightful owner of the voter card presented for identification during elections. In order to show the commitment of our administration to free, fair, and credible elections in the country, Council approved the procurement of 17,000 smart card readers in favour of Zinox Technologies Ltd at the rate of N27,000 in the sum of N459 million with a completion period of six months. “When you bring your own voter’s card and there are doubts, it will be passed through the SCR to identify the authenticity of the card and whether really the card belongs to you and if it is authentic since most voters’ cards now have bio-metrics, it will be easy for the SCR to verify the identity of those who come out to vote. This will completely stop the incidence of double voting which often occur during elections and to ensure that all those who vote are citizens that have been duly registered in the specific constituency that the election might be holding,” he said. Undoubtedly, Nigerians have long desired credible elections and a government that they could proudly say reflects their ballot. Nevertheless, analysts differ on the credibility of the 2015 general elections being based on approving funds for INEC to buy smart card readers. This is not the first time INEC would be demanding hitech equipment for elections and still could not deliver. Many analysts have argued that elections would become credible when INEC is truly independent. They call for the adoption of the recommendations of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Uwais-led panel on electoral reforms. They particularly call for the adoption of the recommendation that the President should not appoint the INEC chair.


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ormer Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, is dead. She died yesterday morning in an Indian Hospital where she has been receiving treatment for cancer.

Former Anambra State Governor, Mr Peter Obi, confirmed her death yesterday. Akunyili, also a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), aged 59 succumbed to the cold hands of death after two years battle with cancer. She was a delegate to the ongoing National Conference in Abuja and had been battling with cancer for over two years. Akuyili would be remembered for the war she waged against fake drugs while at the helms of affairs at NAFDAC. She was born in Makurdi, Benue on July 14, 1954 to Chief and Mrs. Paul Young Edemobi. Akunyili attended the University of Nigeria, Nsuskka, where made first class in Pharmacy in 1978 and PhD in 1985. The deceased was elevated to the rank of professor of Pharmacology in Octo-

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ntil her demise yesterday at a Specialist Cancer Hospital in India, former Minister of Information and erstwhile Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mrs. Dora Akunyili, remained passionate about Nigeria, and expressed this to those who visited her.

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ber 2000 by UNN, where she taught for many years. She was director-general of NAFDAC between April 2001 and 2008 and Minister of Information and Communication between December 2008 and December 2010. She anchored the Re-

branding Nigeria Project driven by the slogan, Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation. She served the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (P.S.N.) in various capacities, notably as the National Vice-President of Association of Lady Pharmacists

from 1992 to 1995. She was also President of the Enugu State Branch from 1992 to 1998 and was appointed Chairman of West African Drug Regulatory Agencies Network in March 2006. Akunyili was also the Vice Chairman of the In-

ternational Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force in November 2006. She left government in 2010 to contest election for Anambra Central Senatorial seat on the ticket of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock and sadness over the death of former Minister of Information and Communications and erstwhile Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora

Akunyili.

Jonathan who said the death of Akunyili was sudden and untimely believed that Akunyili would live long in the memories of those who were privileged to know her as a diligent professional, a public-spirited and forthright public officer, and as a person of great convictions.

In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said he considered her contributions to nationbuilding while she served as the Director-General of NAFDAC and as Minister of Information and Communications, particularly invaluable.

The President stated that it was sad that her death has come at a time she was making further efforts to help sustain and strengthen the unity and stability of the country in her capacity as a member of the on-going National Conference, stressing that without any doubt, she would be greatly missed. Jonathan commiserated

with the Akunyili’s family, the government and people of Anambra State, members of the National Conference and all her loved ones. He prayed that the Almighty God in His infinite mercies would grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of this truly distinguished citizen and patriot.

Akunyili had for the past two years battled cancer and but succumbed to the cold hands of death at 10 am, Nigerian time, yesterday. According to one of her visitors, former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, the former NAFDAC boss in spite of her illness, was unwavering in her belief in a better Nigeria, adding “that was why she defied her condition and was part of Anambra State Handover Committee and the National Conference”. “The last time I visited her in India, even when she needed all the prayers herself, she was full of concern for Chibok girls, security and other challenges facing the country and told me that she remained prayerful for the release of those girls and for God to help President Goodluck Jonathan to overcome all the challenges facing the nation. “She, therefore, urged all Nigerians to remain prayerful and committed to building a better society for our children,” Obi added.

Akunyili’s family bewildered, Obi mourns

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he Akunyili family of Agulu town in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State has been thrown in to mourning following the death of Prof. Mrs. Dora Akunyili in India yesterday.

Dora was former Information and Communication Minister and Director

General, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). She was also a member of ongoing National Conference. When Sunday Mirror visited the family compound in Agulu town yesterday, the whole compound bore the look of a family that lost a dear one as there was no activity there except the pres-

ence of a man who introduced himself as the junior brother of Dora’s husband and who disclosed that Dora died at about 10 am, Nigeria time. He stated that for now they are waiting for the return of Dora’s husband. Already, it was gathered that the Police have started making plans to beef up security in Agulu and around the Akunyili family com-

pound ahead of the preparation for the return of her remains and burial at a future date. Similarly, Val Obienyem, Media assistant to Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State in a statement, also confirmed the death of the former NAFDAC DG. Said Obi in the statement: The last time I visited her in

India, even when she needed all the prayers herself, she was full of concern for Chibok girls, security and other challenges facing the country and told me that she remained prayerful for the release of those girls and for God to help President Goodluck Jonathan to overcome all the challenges facing the Nation. She therefore urged all Nigerians to

remain prayerful and committed to building a better society for our children. We all prayed together and I promised to be visiting her every month.” The former Anambra Governor thanked all those who remained fervent in prayers for her recovery and urged them to remain prayerful for the peaceful repose of her soul.


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NAFDAC boss, dies at 59 Her death, a great loss to Nigeria, womenfolk –First Lady ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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irst Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has described the late former Minister of Information and erstwhile DirectorGeneral, National Agency for Food and Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, as a titan who left an indelible mark with the passion and conviction with which she served the

nation.

According to her, the death of Akunyili was a great loss to the nation and womenfolk. A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Director, Information in the Office of the First Lady, Ayo Adesugba, said Patience Jonathan received the news of Akunyili’s death with deep sadness. The First Lady was quoted to have said, “words cannot adequately express

the shock and deep sadness I feel on receiving this news.” According to the First Lady, the late Akunyili demonstrated that if given the opportunity, women can make a difference as evident from her glowing career as an internationally renowned pharmacist, respected academic and distinguished administrator. She described Akunyili as “a bright and shining

star,” saying that, “while we mourn her loss, we offer thanksgiving to God for her sojourn on this mortal earth and for her service to the nation and humanity.” The First Lady prayed God Almighty in his infinite mercy, to grant Akunyili gentle soul, peaceful repose in the bosom of her creator while also praying to God to console the immediate and extended family members.

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gun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday, described the late former Information Minister, Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili, as an amazon.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun, who expressed shock and disbelief at the news of the demise of the one-time Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and

Control (NAFDAC), at the age of 59, said she deserves special mention among nation builders in Nigeria. The governor said the death of the foremost Professor of Pharmacy, when her wealth of experience was mostly needed, especially at the ongoing National Conference, where she was a delegate, is lamentable. Amosun recalled her achievements at NAFDAC and said she waged a successful war against coun-

terfeit and fake drugs, thus becoming a terror to fake drugs cartels. “Also, as Minister of Information during the administration of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, she did her best in promoting and projecting Nigeria when she initiated the Rebrand Nigeria Project. I remember the slogan ‘Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation’. “Knowing her, she would have done her best, yet again to chart the way for-

ward for Nigeria at the National Conference. She has certainly left her footprints on the sands of time,” the governor said. Amosun commiserated with the family of the deceased, the nation in general and Anambra State in particular, where the late professor hailed from. He prayed to the almighty God to grant her soul eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Akunyili, a woman of great patriotism –Orhii MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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he Director- General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, has described his late predecessor at the agency, Prof. Dora Akunyili, who died at an Indian hospital yesterday as a “great patriot and woman of great virtue.”

In a statement signed by

Director of Special Duties and Public Relations Officer of the agency, a copy of which was made available to Sunday Mirror yesterday, Orhii said he received the news of the death of the former Director-General of the agency and Minister of Information “with great shock but with total submission to the will of God.” According to him, the late 2011Anambra Central

senatorial poll aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, was “a woman who loved Nigeria deeply and dedicated her entire life up till the very last minute to the service of this great nation.” Orhii spoke further of the late delegate to the ongoing national conference in Abuja: “Nigeria has lost a great patriot and woman of

great virtue. At NAFDAC, she left indelible footprint and rich legacy of meritorious and selfless service that must be sustained. “Even as we mourn her untimely demise, we celebrate her life and pray that Almighty God will grant her soul eternal rest in peace and also grant the family and her loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The late Prof. Akunyili

...Ex-Minister, a towering amazon –Chime DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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overnor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has expressed profound shock and sadness over the death of former Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, describing her death as a serious blow to the nation.

Chime in a reaction signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Chukwudi Achife, said her death has robbed the nation of one of her finest breed of patriots. He described the deceased as a towering amazon of excellence whose

public service record was as exemplary as it was inspiring in that she epitomized the rare values of integrity, diligence, dedication, courage and selflessness in the various capacities that she served the nation. Gov. Chime noted that even in her last days, Prof. Akunyili underscored her undying love for the nation by defying her pains to serve as a delegate to the national conference. He extended his condolences to the family and relations of the deceased, assuring them that the people of Enugu State shared their sorrows and grief over the sad development.

...Her demise, a big blow to Nigeria –Aliyu PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA.

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iger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday, described the death of Professor Dora Akunyili, former Director General, National Drug Enforcement Agency ( NAFDAC) and as a big

blow to Nigeria, especially in the area of intellectual competence and patriotic citizenship.

He also described her as a fountain of knowledge, professional expertise who exuded servant leadership during her national service. In a press statement

signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, Aliyu said Prof. Akunyili was a good example of a true Nigerian who despite her ill health was ready to offer her fountain of knowledge at the ongoing National Conference. According to the statement, “Professor Dora

Akunyili was a leading example of patriotic leader for change. She believed in the Nigerian project and continued to champion her belief even till death.” “We will continue to respect her courage which she expressed in good health and in sickness. She is indeed a symbol of hope

for women in government, a symbol of hope for a better Nigeria as hope is not completely lost as we still have Nigerians who can offer themselves to true service”. Heurged Nigerians to emulate late Prof. Akunyili, saying Nigeria will be repositioned socially, po-

litically and economically if people are more selfless and determined to change the systemic rot. While praying for the repose of the deceased, the governor prayed God to grant her husband, children and family members the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.


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Newspapers’ seizure: Military continues onslaught, pounces on more vendors UBONG UKPONG ABUJA

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he Defence Headquarters, DHQ, yesterday, battled to explain its reasons for a clampdown on newspaper distribution vans, even as the action got more intense. Unlike Friday, when about three Newspapers were restricted from circulating, all newspapers leaving Abuja were confined to the vendors’ village at Area 1. A Military personnel said the action would continue until Defence Headquarters was satisfied, but was not willing to explain what he meant. As early as 4 a.m. yesterday, heavily armed soldiers in five Toyota vehicles took position at the Area 1 circulation point where newspaper distributors, vendors, and representatives gather to offload, load, and coordinate the day’s sales and stopped all vehicles from moving out with newspapers. The bomb disposal unit of the military also joined the soldiers. All vehicles, including private cars were rounded up and thoroughly searched by the combined team of soldiers and the antibomb squad. Each was made to open its bonnet, booth, for scanning, while other parts of the interior of each vehicle was subjected to unusual search. Bundles of newspapers already loaded into such vehicles were made to be offloaded as part of the search. The team of vendors, dis-

tribution officials and representatives of the various newspaper and magazine houses were made to line up on a single file and thoroughly searched. As at 11 a.m., no newspaper carrying vehicle had been allowed out of the arena. Eventually, private cars were allowed to drive out only after the security officials had confirmed that no strand of newspaper was in such vehicles. None of the security personnel was willing to speak on the action. Heavy silence descended on the vendors’ village. Nobody could say what next. The soldiers and the military anti-bomb squad completed their search and remained in their positions as if daring any of the branded distribution vehicles to take a step. The vendors, distribution officials and representatives were on the other side, frantically making calls to their offices and superiors. The waiting game soon gave way to a brief reprieve. Around 9 a.m., a senior military personnel who did not introduce himself addressed the newspaper officials. He battled to explain the reason for the action. But he called for the understanding of the newspaper people, premising the action on the state of insecurity in the country. According to him, security officials on stop and search mission around Jos recently stopped a vehicle with the inscription of the church ‘EWCA’ and when it

Fayose issues ‘red card’ to Fayemi, at mega rally

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eoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday issued a symbolic ‘red card’ to his fellow contender, Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying the act signals the end of the Fayemi tenure, through the coming June 21 governorship election. Fayemi, who was offered the party’s flag at a tumultuous rally in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, on an occasion witnessed by President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the party national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu, said “the red card shows that the Fayemi government has come to an end as the Ekiti people are tired of suffering.” In his speech, Fayose also assured the people: “I am making an oath before you today that if you elect me, I shall look after you”.

The PDP candidate criticised the APC government for reversing the trend of education in Nigeria by charging outrageous fees in the stateowned higher institutions. He promised: “When I return, I promise to slash them so that the children of the common man can go to schools. The contracts of the state will no longer go to foreigners because I will consider the local contents. “When I left the State, I left a sum of N10.4 billion in the coffers. I also recapitalized the Wema Bank with N1.4 billion, but today, the APC government has sold all these in the name of being progressive. But it is so sad that rather than progressing, we are retrogressing”, Fayose said. In his remarks, Vice President Namadi Sambo, who urged Ekiti people to take shelter under the PDP umbrella, thanked the people for support to Fayose.

were searched, heavy arms and ammunition was found. He said another vehicle bearing another church name ‘COCIN’ was arrested in Plateau State and found to be laden with arms and ammunition when routinely searched. He explained to the very attentive crowd how Boko Haram insurgents allegedly use ambulances and innocent-looking vehicles to con-

vey arms and ammunition to their destinations. “We also intercepted a Pure Water delivery van around Orange Market Mararaba and when we searched it, we found arms. These people even go to the extent of using ambulances to convey arms,” he noted. He thereafter instructed the distributor and vendor associations to immediately commence the process

of issuing uniform identity cards to all their members, as those without such identity cards would be arrested. This, he said, would enable security personnel identify true newspaper men from insurgents using related vehicles for operations. The official later left and promised to release the vehicles to continue on their businesses if he got “insur-

rections from headquarters.” But he left a stern message, however, that the exercise would continue, until they are “ satisfied”. By 10.30 a.m., a one star general drove into the area with a team of escorts, looked around the environment, spoke to one or two soldiers, and rushed back into his vehicle and was driven off.

Vendors coming in late to pick up newspapers after being barred by soldiers of the Nigerian Army who sealed up the newspapers’ distribution centre PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA late in the afternoon at Area 1 in Abuja, yesterday.

Gwoza elders meet in Borno, rue Muslim, Christian clash INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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eligious leaders and politicians of Gwoza have come together to work collectively to resolve their differences, even as they called on the security operatives to make concerted efforts in securing the areas. This followed the taking over of four wards of Chikide, Agapalwa-Gava, Gwoshe and Ashigashiya communities of Gwoza council area in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists who have now hoisted their flags in the area. It would be recalled

that Muslims and Christians clashes claimed 119 lives and left hundreds others displaced recently. This is sequel to a marathon meeting which lasted for two days at the residence of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume in Maiduguri which ended Saturday evening. The meeting is coming on the heel of an attack on two villages of Amuda and Alawa villages of Gwoza east by suspected insurgents which led to setting ablaze of the entire villages, killing over 5 people with many displaced. The meeting which was attended by sons and daughters of Gwoza had in attendance Senator Ndume, Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir, Com-

missioner for Commerce, Borno State, member Representing Gwoza State Constituency, Hon. Mohammed Jaha Babawo among others. Addressing journalists at the end of their meeting, Senator Ndume, who also represents Southern Borno Senatorial District, said the purpose of the briefing is to inform the whole world that the ongoing crisis currently ravaging Gwoza east, particularly border communities of Amuda, Chikide, Ashigashiya, Agapalwa, Gwoshe, Duhude, Kughum, Chinene, Arbako, Attagara among others east of Gwoza has nothing to do with religion as insinuated in some quarters, but purely the activities of Boko Haram insurgents who have now taken over

many affected villages after killing over 100 people, leaving over hundred persons displaced with a total of over 800 now taking refuge in Maiduguri, while majority of the displaced who could not have access to Maiduguri due to the crisis have settled on top of mountains bordering Cameroon Republic. Giving the actual number of those killed, the Village Heads of the affected communities, Mr. John Wala and Lawan Abubakar Abba Kaka jointly said in the last two weeks about 119 people were killed and buried in the affected villages with a breakdown of 42 in Attagara, 24 in Aganjara, 4 in Angurba, Agpapalwa 20, Amuda 1, Alavwa 3, Chinene 13, Arbako 3 and Gwoshe 1.

Chibok schoolgirls: Group urges support for Jonathan, security agencies ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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group advocating good governance in the country, North Central Progressive Movement (NCPM), has called on all Nigerians to support President Goodluck Jonathan and security agencies in the efforts to rescue the over 200 schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, that were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on April 14.

National Coordinator of the group, Alfred Sunday Bello, who spoke in a chat

with newsmen in Abuja, explained that the fight against terrorism was beyond tribe, religion and political affiliation. While condemning the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram sect, Bello said, “Nigerians must unite and wipe out the evil that is threatening the peace and security of the nation”. The NCPM National Coordinator said the group shared the grief of the parents of the abducted schoolgirls while praying for the safe return of their children.

He said Nigerians must unite to ensure that the country crushed terror to maintain the peace, unity, progress and development of the nation. According to him, the group is advocating the enthronement of good governance, social justice and economic development. Bello said the group was also interested in the conduct of free and fair election in 2015, stressing that politicians must focus more on the development of the country and national inter-

est rather than personal interest. He said the group which has membership in the five North Central states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), would soon be inaugurated. Bello commended the transformation agenda of the Jonathan-led administration, saying that with the support of all Nigerians, the nation would witness remarkable achievements that would bring the best condition of living to the teeming population.


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Expect new Emir of Kano today, says Kwankwaso •3 Ado Bayero’s sons, Sanusi in contention ALEX MOMOH KANO

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he death of Emir of Kano, Dr. Ado Bayero, early Friday morning, has left a vacuum which king makers in the Emirate have to fill and this they must do within the next 18 hours with effect from yesterday. This is even as Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, yesterday, said that the state government would announce the name of a new Emir of Kano today. The governor said this yesterday after receiving the Emirate’s kingmakers at the Government House, Kano. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the king makers who visited the governor are the Madakin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Chigari

and the Sarkin Dawaki, Alhaji Bello Abubakar. Other kingmakers are the Makaman Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim and Sarkin Bai, Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan. It will be recalled that the late Emir Ado Bayero was named the successor a day after the death of his father, Alhaji Abdullahi Bayero. It was gathered that a list containing four names was submitted to Kwankwaso who is to give final approval according to tradition. Sunday Mirror investigations on who is likely going to be the next Emir of Kano shows that the contest will be among the children of the late Emir and probably a prominent person out of the Emir`s domain and the final decision will be taken latest on

Monday, June 9, 2014, counting from yesterday in accordance with the Emirate’s and kingmakers tradition which stipulates a period not more than three-days after the death of Emir. Dependable sources close to the Emirate council and within the late Emir`s palace in Kano told our correspondent that among the contestants whose names will be presented to Governor Kwankwaso on Monday are Alhaji Lamido Ado Bayero who is the District Head of Gwale, Chiroma Kano; Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, District Head of Dala-Sarkin Dawakin Tsakargida. Others are Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero- Turaki of Kano who is also the District Head of Nassarawa

Local Government Area of the state ( the three are the sons of the late Emir) and Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Danmajen Kano, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). According to sources, “if the choice of the government is not the interest of the people of Kano State, it might lead to insinuation, incitement, public disorder and protest”, saying that this was because Kano is considered as one of the respected kingdoms of the late Othman Dan Fodio. “Any appointment of such should be carefully selected and considered to suit the interest of the people of Kano State, hence the need for the kingmakers to be fair, without wrinkles”, the sources added.

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he Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed concern over the seizure of copies of the publications of four national dailies - the Nation, Guardian, Daily Trust and Leadership newspapers by security agents. President of NUJ, Malam Mohammed Garba, stated the union’s position at a news conference in Abuja yesterday. He said that the media was an important stakeholder in the ongoing campaign against insurgency in parts of the country and wondered why it would come under attack from security personnel. Garba condemned the seizure of the newspapers’ publications, saying that it was not the best way to handle it if there were any issues. ``We have gone through a presentation by the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, and we feel that the action of the military was unjustifiable. ``We feel that if there was anything that constituted a security threat and was going to pass through any media organisation, the management of such media organisation should have been notified for the necessary adjustment and correction, rather than total seizure of its publications.

``Unfortunately, this action continued till today and I feel that we must condemn this act,’’ he said. Garba stressed that the situation in the country required all segments of society to join forces against the insurgents rather than the stronger intimidating the weaker elements in the society. He said that the media should be allowed to discharge its responsibility to society without intimidation from any quarter, adding that the media remained committed to the unity, stability and progress of the country. ``I feel that at this point in time when the security operatives need the cooperation of the media to fight insurgency, an attack on the media from the same security operatives is unnecessary. ``Whatever the purported security report is, I don’t think that at this particular point in time there is any media organisation that will publish anything that will jeopardise the unity of Nigeria or bring about discontent in the society. ``Despite the criticism, I think the media has done creditably well to sustain Nigeria’s democracy and maintain societal harmony through its reportage, so I think this same media needs to be insulated from attacks that will undermine its efforts,’’ he said.

ECWA elects new vice president, trustee JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

L-R: Director, Naval Information, Commodore Kabir Aliyu; representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Adm. Duke Osuofa and Director, Veteran Affairs, Commodore Stephen Kor, during the Navy 2nd Quarter Route Match in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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he Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Umar Manko, has urged the media to be cautious in its reportage of national security issues to avoid more crises. Manko gave the advice at his investiture as Chief Patron of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday night. He said the media had the capacity and responsibility to make the country peaceful. Represented by Mr. Damilola Adegbuyi, Depu-

ty Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Manko said the media should always portray the nation in good light. Manko, however, commended the association for its support to the police, and called for more support to security agencies, particularly the police to fight crime and criminality, especially, terrorism. He said that without the media, criminal justice would not be complete, adding that the police and the

press always face similar risk in the course of their duties. ``The role play by the media in national development cannot be over emphasised. Let us maintain synergy in fighting crime and criminality. ``Where there is area of conflict, let us talk it over. ``When it is of national security, let us be conscious of our responsibilities to the nation. The press should write for the peace of the nation,’’ Manko said. The Chairman of the association, Mr Christopher

Oji, said the investiture was an evidence of good working relationship between the police and the press. Oji said members of the force had always put their lives on the line for the safety of others, and called on the government to take care of the police to get the best from them. The commissioner paid tribute to officers and men of the Lagos State command, particularly men from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who lost their lives while on duty.

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he Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has elected Rev.(Dr.) John Aina and Rev. (Professor) Musa Gaiya, as its new pice president and trustee member respectively. While Rev. Aina filled the vacuum created by Rev. Yakubu Hassan who retired from active service, Rev. Gaiya replaced Rev. M.Habbu who died last year. The two clergymen were formally installed to take over the functions of their new offices at a ceremony which held yesterday at the ECWA headquarters Church in Jos, the Plateau state capital. ECWA President, Jeremiah Gado, who performed the ceremony, charged the

two men of God to see their new positions as an act of God and a privilege to serve him and humanity. The ECWA president also thanked the outgoing Vice President for his contributions towards the growth of the church especially his sacrifice and commitment to duty throughout the period he served and wished him well in his future endeavours. The occasion attracted dignitaries from across the states including politicians, government officials, traditional rulers and several clergymen. Earlier in his message, Rev. (Dr.) Barje Maigadi, regretted that there is great efforts presently by men of God to preach the word without a corresponding efforts to be doers of the same word which they propagate.


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Interview ENCOUNTER WITH A NEWS MAKER JUNE 8, 2014

A deputy gov must not overstep his bounds –Longjan Mr. Ignatius Longjan is the Deputy Governor of Plateau State. In this interview with JAMES ABRAHAM, he speaks about his experience in the saddle in the past three years, relationship with Governor Jang, governance in the state and the Nigerian democracy. Excerpts: It is now over three years since you assumed office as Deputy Governor of Plateau State. How would you describe your experience so far? Honestly, it has been a very worthwhile experience since the past three years in the saddle as Deputy Governor and you know, as somebody who has been in diplomatic service for many years before becoming the Deputy Governor, the two experiences are quite not the same both in schedules and orientation. As a Deputy Governor, you are dealing with your people at home, you know their roots and they also know you and as such, what they want, problems and their pattern of thinking is a bit easier to understand .On the other hand, you are dealing with people who have high thinking even on little issues. So, as a Deputy Governor, I confine myself purely with my schedules as recognised by the constitution. Also, the relationship with my boss, the Governor, has been very cordial since the past three years. We never had any problem. You know, when you are a subordinate, you are a subordinate. I enjoy doing whatever I’m supposed to be doing. Sometimes, I offer advice just like I have learnt a lot of things from him, the Governor. As a former Military Administrator in Gongola and Benue states, he (the governor) did very well in those states and he is replicating them here in Plateau on a larger scale. And I’m happy that I have been part of this success story because people are appreciative of what the government is doing. I also appreciate the critics of government because if that is not done, you may not be aware when you make mistake to the detriment of the people and the entire system. And I want to say that our experience has been that of listening to the people

ON RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNOR

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE, YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE.

I ENJOY DOING WHATEVER I’M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. SOMETIMES,

I OFFER ADVICE JUST LIKE I HAVE LEARNT A LOT OF THINGS FROM HIM, THE

GOVERNOR. and improving on what we have for the overall development of the state.

Longjan

In Nigeria, Deputy Governors usually find it difficult to maintain a longlasting, cordial relationship with their bosses but that seems not the situation in your own case in the last three years. What is the secret? Well, I wouldn’t say that there is any special secret other than choosing to work within your spheres as Deputy Governor. Besides, when you are trained as a Diplomat and you

have taken an oath for an office, and if you are to go by the principle of that office and the principle of diplomacy, you can work with anybody for as long as you wish. The combination of these factors are expected to produce in you the discretion of tolerance, loyalty, hard work and other ingredients without which the realisation of set goals will be made dif-

ficult. As a Deputy Governor, you are not the Governor. In all your dealings with your principal, you must not forget this fact. You may have an idea or proposal in which you think could be better this way or that way, but if an objection is raised, then of course you are not the principal to insist it must be that way provided CONTINUED ON PAGE 55


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Politics PROVIDING FRESH PERSPECTIVES TO ISSUES JUNE 8, 2014

THE TRUTH IS THAT, THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY IS POVERTY AND M.K.O. ABIOLA WROTE ABOUT IT. HE SAID IN THE MIDST OF POVERTY, ALL WE WERE GROOMING WERE GUERRILLA SECTS ACROSS NIGERIA AND IT IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING TODAY. –Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Costello

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veteran journalist and former staff member of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Mr Ganiyu Bolaji Davies, has commended the United Kingdom on its plan to host ministerial meeting on security in the North this week. He said this was a good step in the right direction. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Davies said all well-meaning Nigerians should commend Britain for the initiative which he said will play a great role in bringing a solution to the lingering security problem in the North-East. United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, William Hague, will this week host the London Ministerial on Security in northern Nigeria in the margins of the World Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday. On the demonstrations to protest the continued incarceration of Chibok School girls, the veteran journalist said we should put a temporary stop to the demonstrations because according to him, the ‘suicide schemers’ might infiltrate the demonstrators and caused harm to the protesters especially students. “The terrorism going on in the country is like a war because Nigeria has lost more souls than it even lost during the last civil war. We should therefore take preventive measures so that we will not lose more souls as suicide schemers and bombers may penetrate the protesters and caused us more harm”, he said.

Ekiti poll: House leader tasks women on Fayose’s victory

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hen the National Assembly approved the extension of emergency rule in the three North-East states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe last month following a request from President Goodluck Jonathan, many people became apprehensive as to whether the three states would participate in the next year’s general election. Their anxiety is not unexpected because there had been calls from many individuals that the prevalence of bombing

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and other attacks, especially from the Boko Haram sect in those three states meant that election should be shelved there. However, it was the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which initially raised the same fear that has made a U-turn and said elections would hold in those troubled areas like any other states in the country. Speaking with Sunday Mirror, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said the position of INEC is that it is preparing to conduct elections in those three states.

Idowu was re-echoing the position of his boss, Professor Attahiru Jega, when he stated that election would take place in the states under emergency rule. Jega based his optimism on the success of a recent bye-election in Yobe State. He said the penultimate week’s byeelection in Yobe State was the best exercise in recent times in terms of turnout and commencement of polls in good time. According to him, the successful conCONTINUED ON PAGE 54

eader of the House of Representatives, Mrs Mulikat Akande-Adeola, has urged women in Ekiti to mobilise to ensure the success of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ayo Fayose, in the June 21 poll. Akande-Adeola made the call at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti at a meeting with the PDP South-West Women Forum. She advised them to collect their voter cards and exercise their civic responsibility by voting in the upcoming governorship election. The house leader urged women to make sure they voted to return PDP to power in the state. She gave the assurance that the Federal Government would provide adequate security to guarantee safety of lives and property during and after the poll. The house leader said she set up the forum a couple of years ago to champion the cause of women and fight for their welfare.


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Omisore has capacity to defeat Aregbe As the Osun State gubernatorial election slated for August this year draws near, our correspondent, Boladale Bamgbola had a chat with the state chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, and Elder Lowo Adebiyi, respectively. Excerpts: Your party is yet to launch its governorship campaign. How are you preparing for the poll? We are seriously preparing for the poll. Our campaign will commence soon. We are going to conduct governorship campaign that will enable the people of Osun to choose wisely. We have been meeting key stakeholders in the state and they have been talking to us about what they want us to do in government. We believe in Osun people and they trust us. They know us because we leave here with them. During our campaign, issues affecting Osun people will be treated and solutions will be proffered. I just want to encourage our supporters to troop out and welcome our leaders. With what you have seen so far, what is the chance of your party in the August 9 poll? Let me tell you, this state belongs to us and we are real Osun people. We lost power through the court and in contro-

versial manner. We were not defeated at the poll. This coming governorship poll will show the true test of parties contesting the election. You may not believe it, but officials of Aregbesola’s government have been coming to us, discussing how we can rescue this state. One of the major sponsors of APC in Iwo and Ilesa has formally defected to PDP and one of them branded several vehicles for our campaign. I am very certain that we are winning the election. I don’t have any doubt in my mind. PDP will win the poll with a landslide. What we have working for us is that the present administration has made more enemies than friends. Means of livelihood of Osogbo people have been destroyed and what we are likely to see is protest votes from increasingly displeased people of Osun State. They have seen enough of this government and are ready to give us their votes. I am very sure PDP’s candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, will win the governorship poll Insha Allah. He has capacity to

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defeat the incumbent governor. But are you not scared about the achievements of Aregbesola’s administration?

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APC picked Aregbesola for his achie How prepared is the APC for the governorship election? You know we are in government. As far as the party is concerned, we have gone round the state on working tour to sensitise our people. Throughout the wards, local governments and the units in the party, the people are ready. There are continuous meetings of the party in the wards, state, senatorial districts and zones where we re-examine issues. Second, we have made successful efforts in reconciling some aggrieved members of the party. You know in politics, conflict is inherent. We have been able to reconcile some of our party leaders and other aggrieved members who have issues. Similarly, the party’s committees, which are up to 11, are working 24 hours in all the local governments. We are absolutely ready for the August 9 election. We have also set up campaign committees at the Federal Constituencies, which are saddled with the programmes and preparations for the election. What informed the resolve of the APC in Osun to endorse Governor Aregbesola as its candidate for the poll? The party has been involved in the policy formulation, implementation and evaluation of the government. We have to ask ourselves what we have

been able to achieve so far in terms of programmes, projects and policies. In the assessment of Governor Aregbesola, he has performed excellently and creditably in all ramifications. So far, he has succeeded in ensuring that our people enjoy dividends of democracy through the full implementation of six-integral points. We hold the view that there is need for him to do more because he has the positive instinct in him, which has culminated in enviable feats we have recorded in the state. Some of his policies include the employment of 40,000 youths through the OYES scheme. First, we employed 20,000 youths within 100 days in office and they were disengaged after two years and some of them were even reabsorbed into different sectors of the economy of the state. We have some in the public service, health sector, security, teaching and others. Now, we have another 20,000 youths again that were employed under the OYES scheme and they were being paid N10, 000 per month. This is an input into the economy of the state. By this scheme, there is drastic reduction in unemployment rate, thuggery, violence and armed robbery in the state. So, we are enjoying peace because those that could have been hand tools for criminal activities have been gainfully employed. Apart from OYES, we have O’REAP, which

has contributed greatly to increase in food production in the state. We have two big farm settlements, namely Mokore and Iwo farm settlements. We are also into animal husbandry. These are just to mention but a few out of what this government has done. Are you optimistic that APC would win the August 9 election? By the grace of God, with the volume of our achievements, tremendous appreciation and support of the people, we are going to win. All these concrete achievements and projects are visible for the people to see and these are evidences that would serve as guarantee for our success in the election. These include ‘O Meal, OYES, O’School, Agba Osun, O Beef and so on. We have unshaken belief that we are going to win with a landslide in the governorship poll. With these achievements you mentioned, the opposition parties still believe that Aregbesola has not done enough to justify a second term bid; what is your take on this? It is a pity that the opposition perceived things in this manner. But, how many are they? When they were in government, what did they achieve? If you fail to appreciate good things, that shows the type of person you are. They were in government for seven and

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo declares support for Fayemi ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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he Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has declared support for the re-election of Ekiti State governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the June 21 election in the state. The Ekiti State chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo said the South-Easterners were aware of the various transformations that the Fayemi administration had put in place in the last three and a half years and would want the good works to continue. Its South-West President, Prince Nathaniel Uzoma, described Fayemi

as “a diamond which the state cannot afford to replace” and should be returned to the Oke Bareke Government House come June 21. Uzoma, who spoke in Ado Ekiti during a meeting of the Igbos with the governor, said that the state had experienced relative peace since 2010 when Fayemi assumed office, adding that the Igbos were aware that their businesses cannot thrive if there is no peace in the state. He praised the present administration in the state for not being sectional and bias in treatment of non indigenes in the State, saying Ndigbo were pleasantly surprised when Fayemi appointed

South Easterners as political aides. Uzoma said the Fayemi government also gave Ohaneze Ndigbo two 18-seater buses when other tribal groups were given buses last year and this recognition accorded the Igbo group shows that Fayemi is a friend of Ndigbo and should be well supported. He assured that the Igbo people in the State would vote enmasse for the governor and also campaign for him to ensure his victory in the forthcoming poll. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo is for JKF. Governor Fayemi walks the talk. Let me start by appreciating the governor for what he has done so far for our people.

Right from the inception of this government, he is a listening governor and has been attending to our requests”. “We appreciate the good roads that you have done in Ekiti. We appreciate what you have done in the education sector, agricultural sector and other sectors. You have done well but the most important thing which you have done is that you have brought peace to Ekiti State,” he said. Fayemi, who on the occasion, redeemed the pledge of N5 Million which he made last year towards the Igbo Indigent Students Education Fund, said the donation was not a favour but a duty to the group of people who had

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contributed immensely to the economy and development of the State. He said his administration was not discriminatory against any of the tribes resident in the state, saying this was evident in the appointment of some Igbo people as his political aides. The APC candidate, who said election period was usually characterized by lies, said the Igbo should be expecting a rumour that his government would repatriate them to the East on re-election since that was what the opposition knows best to do.” He said: “I have told you this several times that I don’t see you as foreigners in this land. I am glad the

president spoke about visiting you on village square meeting and I believe that’s the way it should be because what you are contributing to this economy and this society is unquantifiable. I like the fact that the President said we will not sacrifice the truth at the altar of politics. I think it is the most profound statement that I have heard in a long time, not just here but throughout the electioneering campaign because it is so easy to sacrifice the truth. “Ekiti is one of the places where we don’t have discriminatory fees in our schools. Whether you are Igbo, Hausa or Ekiti, you pay the same fee”, Fayemi said.

Bamidele to voters:

Govt promise of new councils deceitful

L L-R: Vice President, Namadi Sambo; President Goodluck Jonathan; PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, and Ekiti PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, during the formal presentation of PDP flag to Fayose at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday assured the electorate in Ekiti State of adequate security during the June 21 governorship election. The President spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, during the flagoff of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign and presentation of the party’s flag to its candidate, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. Jonathan said: “So, don’t be afraid of thuggery during the election. We shall provide adequate security to ensure one man, one vote, one woman, one vote and one youth, one vote.

Anyone who brings thugs does that at his own peril.” The President cautioned that whoever relied on thuggery during the poll would be disappointed. Apparently impressed by the crowd of supporters at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, the President said, “I am not in Ekiti today to convert you because by this crowd, you have shown that you are for the PDP. “You have really shown clearly that you want change in Ekiti. You have shown that you want leadership that will improve on your well-being, on the level of education in Ekiti

because education is key in this state. We will bring back the lost glory in the education sector.” He urged the people to vote for Fayose, promising that he would join hands with him to develop the state. PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, who presented the PDP flag officially to Fayose and the deputy governorship candidate, Dr Olusola Eleka, expressed confidence that the party would be returned by popular votes in the election. Muazu, who described the PDP as the only party

with capacity to liberate the people from the claws of poverty, said: “When Ekiti people vote for PDP, they will be better for it. We are going to embark on peopleoriented programmes that will touch positively on your lives”, he said. In his speech, Fayose assured the people: “I am making an oath before you today that if you elect me, I shall look after you”. In his remarks, Vice President Namadi Sambo, who urged Ekiti people to take shelter under the PDP umbrella, thanked the people for support to Fayose.

abour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has cautioned voters not to buy into the alleged dummy being sold to them by the Ekiti State Government and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over a recent promise to create new local councils in the state. Bamidele said government’s sudden promise to create new area councils was “a bunch of lies aimed at hoodwinking the Ekiti people and get their votes.” The LP spokesman spoke during his campaign rally at Aaye Oja Ekiti ahead of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti. Bamidele said it was suspicious for government to have used the council creation as a campaign promise, having failed to conduct elections in the existing ones

in the last three and half years. He urged Ekiti people to be wary of such promises, especially now that it remained just few days to the election. He said: “The people of Ekiti should not listen to the administration on local government creation. Ask him (the state’s governor) why he is just coming to offer you such campaign promises at this crucial time with few days to the election? “It is a decoy to get your votes and forget about you after the election as usual. I urge you to cross examine them anytime they make such empty promises” He queried: “How can a government which has failed to conduct local government election in the last three and half years in the 16 councils is now promising to create new ones?”


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ear has been expressed in certain local and international quarters that the political entity called Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015. The apprehension is premised on the perennial crisis of confidence, distrust and mutual suspicion between the ethnic and religious groups from independence that have led to intermittent outbursts of violence in the country. Such uncontrolled expression of sentiments had led to a 30-month civil war at a time, emergence of ethnic-based ‘national’ political parties all the time, federal political appointment along ethnic and religion lines, distribution of national wealth using the ethnicity inclined federal character formula, and even the staging of coups and counter-coups with the primary but undisclosed aim of regional or ethnic balancing. Nigeria is heavily structured in such a way that leaders, citizens and the entire populace are actively conscious of their ethnic, local government and state origins. From the era of the ‘founding fathers’ who built substructures and superstructures that promoted ethnic consciousness ahead of national consciousness and whose activities fell short of nationbuilding and thus kept the state deeply divided, the country has had to contend with petty but interminable and delicate issues of resource control, revenue allocation and other matters that should have melted out long ago if genuine national leadership and national cohesion had been engineered. The zoning formula of parties and agitation for rotational presidency between the six geo-political zones are fuelled by the same ethno-religious sentiments. The geo-political structure or conception itself is

Will Nigeria disintegrate in 2015? basically divisive; and yet, that is what underlines the development engineering of the Nigerian State. The present scheme of things is such that the Hausa-Fulani are hell-bent on regaining the lost national power. The Moslem elements in the political class too, are doing everything possible to ensure that the perceived Christian people in power since 1999 do not remain in national leadership in the next general elections that come up in 2015. The primary goal of our ethnic and regional leaders in the garb of a politician is to “regain”, “retain” or “wrest” power. The thinking and perceptions are war-like, while the mindset in the political circles is that politics is more of a battlefield for ethnic groups or regions to engage in a mortal combat for political power. This is what explains the fuelling of the religion-based terror in the Northern part of the country. The recent allusion by the presidency to politicians and government officials as sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency supports the insinuation in many quarters that centrifugal and centripetal forces are at the peak of their loggerheads since independence for the control of the soul of the state and have bled the country to a near death situation. This explains too why Nigeria has remained divided since 1960 and why it has been extremely difficult to evolve into a nation or overcome our very petty lines of differences. It is apparent that the centrifugal forces are magnifying the petty issues and perpetuating them for their selfish ends. Aside the numerous commentaries and observations publicly made in media debates, the fear of collapse of the nation has been captured and debated in scholarly writings too. Eghosa Osaghae’s edited book, Crippled Giant had xrayed the numerous issues of social, economic, and political factors that continue to undermine the growth and development of Nigeria and which have conspired to weaken the base of nationhood. This masterpiece was closely followed by an outsider’s submissions about the imminent collapse of Nigeria. Karl Meier, in the book, This House Has Fallen enumerat-

ed the plethora of problems of the state and the level of economic, social and infrastructural decay owing to government’s total abandonment of and unconcern for the people; corruption, religious bigotry, environmental degradation of the Niger Delta and general developmental crises that can precipitate anarchism or grow the raging sentiments towards disintegration. Another classic is Wale Adebanwi and Ebenezer Babatope’s Encountering the Nigerian State, in which my chapter, “Spatial Economy of Abjection”, like several other chapters in that book examined the unbelievable level of the abandonment or ignorance or misunderstanding of government’s responsibility to the people. The state has been non-responsive to the people’s plight and down-slide growth of livelihood thus pushing the people to the edges and ironically encouraging mushroom living and settlements. This has led to the sprouting out of slums or blighted settlements that have created more problems for the state than the headache of adequate provisions for its people. Deprivation has thus turned the people into a monster on the one hand, and the hard-line measures taken by the state to ‘resolve’ the crisis has, on the other hand, become a contradiction as it rather makes the state a terror to its own people, thus having the potential to precipitate an explosion that can further endanger the fragile Nigerian State. The ‘infamous’ publication by two conflict experts in the United States that the political class and the festering ethno-religious crisis will tear down Nigeria by 2015 is another concern. The writing examined the interplay of forces and factors and how all of the actors and actions are weakening the foundations of nationhood. It pinned down the colonial political structure on the eve of independence as the very albatross of national cohesion as that power arrangement by the colonialists was not in harmony with the internal traditional setting. The incongruence is what explicates the persistent divisions and scheming by the elite and members of the political class to acquire

Before we forget! YUSUPH OLANIYONU

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he pressure on governments in our country to document, dramatise, advertise and celebrate their achievements, no matter how modest or little, stems from the tendency of our people to easily and quickly forget the difference which such achievements have brought to their lives. Often, our people shake off the effects of what used to be and live what presently obtains as if the present condition has always been the norm. The difference between the old times and the present situation easily pales into insignificance.

The result is that governments at local, state or federal levels are tempted to spend significant time and resources to put on record what positive difference they have brought to the people. It is the era of what government information organs now call the ‘before and after’. Officials of these organs are constantly reminded, even by members of the public, of the need to ensure that they record what the old structure or situation is and place it side by side the new ones so that people can appreciate what the incumbent government has achieved. While seeking to satisfy this demand for ‘before and after’, some governments end up spending more money than the cost of a new project to advertise or commission it. Perhaps, this is one of the prices we need to pay as our democracy trudges on into maturity stage.

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However, let me also use this medium to demonstrate how easy it is for our people to forget what used to be and live today as if there was never a yesterday. At several fora, the present government in my state led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun is often commended for its achievements in rebuilding the infrastructure, democratizing access to education and returning quality to the sector, making the state an investors’ destination of choice, thereby creating employment opportunities, growing the internally generated revenue and aggressively creating new opportunities in the housing and urban development sector. However, it usually baffles me how such commentators take for granted the efforts of the government in creating a safe, secure and conducive environment for people to live, do business and recreate. For those who know what obtained in Ogun State, particularly between 2006 and 2011, one of the remarkable achievements of the Amosun administration should be that it returned sanity to the state and ended the era where violence enjoyed official endorsement. In the pre-Amosun Ogun State, violent crimes directed at people, their property and psyche was the order of the day. Top government officials undisguisedly promoted and sponsored cult groups in higher institutions. People were openly attacked and a culture of silence was imposed on the people. The official name of the head of government was ‘the Lion’ and many of his key aides claim to be ‘tigers’, making deliberate attempt to spread fear

among the people. During those dark days, hit men were constantly recruited among cult groups on campuses in the state tertiary institutions, security agencies, unofficial security groups and others. It was then easy to buy guns in Ogun state as it was easy to buy cans of coca-cola. Many government officials could produce different brands of guns from their vehicles and they use them to terrorise innocent people at the slightest provocation. Those who believe I am exaggerating should read the book by a senior official of that government and a close confidant of the then governor. The author detailed series of violent events staged with official support. The doubting thomases should also check out the views of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, an army General and war veteran while speaking at the State Christmas Carol service held in Abeokuta on December 22, 2013. The former president, while stating that ‘things are getting better in Ogun State’, narrated how he often watched with dismay from his hilltop residence, how dead bodies were daily evacuated from the premises of the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, before the present administration came into office. Though most of these violent activities were organised for political purposes - to silence the opposition and perpetuate the reigning tendency- they have serious economic implications for the state. The proliferation of guns and the official protection for criminals upped the rate of robbery across the state. It scared many indigenes away from home. The situation was so

power at the expense of national unity or development because power is a means to an endcontrol of enormous oil wealth and primitive accumulation of same. The trending issues in the polity, which include a direct face-off between a former president and the sitting president, degenerating relationship in the ruling party in the face of a desperate bid to ‘retain’ power in 2015, popular defections to a rival party which is a confluence of political heavyweights but who are ideologically divided, infraction between the president and a serving governor from the former’s political stronghold of Niger Delta, swearing by Niger Delta militants to create ‘hell’ for Nigeria if the serving president is not giving a chance to run for the 2015 presidential elections, and the protracted and insoluble Boko Haram terrorism in the North; all point to one thing- anarchy. Nigeria might however not become a theatre of war, let alone disintegrate if these issues are well managed. A potent factor to avert crisis is the moral compulsion for the president not to run for another term. He is free constitutionally to contest; but if his action will spell doom for the country, then he is morally bound as a statesman and president to put national interest ahead of personal rights and interest. He loses nothing not going for a second term, as he has diligently served the country from 2007 to date. If there is anything at all, he gains more by letting go of personal ego as his name will be printed in capital gold for statesmanship. The second thing to be done is for the president to make good his promise to “work harder in 2014” in fighting corruption and developing the country. These two variables often naturally douse tension in a polity and endear government to the people. Differences are immediately forgotten when development is visible and ongoing, and when corruption is openly and sincerely combated. • Dr. Folarin is the Head of Department of Political Science and Internatinal Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. bad then. So bad, that banks located in some sections of Ogun State, particularly the eastern and western parts, refused to open to customers. They closed their doors after suffering several robbery attacks. People were forced to come to the state capital for financial transactions. Many of such people ended up being robbed on their way back home. So, what exactly did the present government do to change the situation? It used a combination of strategic deployment of resources and official change of attitude. The first thing the Amosun government did was to make heavy investment in security apparatus after a comprehensive need assessment made in collaboration with security agencies in the state. This resulted in the purchase of 13 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), over 200 Hilux vans equipped with communication equipment and supply of other necessary security gadgets to the security agencies. The government secured the posting of more mobile policemen to the state and therefore formed a new anti-crime unit called Op-Mesa. A joint police-military patrol operations team was also created. The anticrime operation is being specially funded by the state government. The government also launched a Security Trust Fund to create regular source of funding. The fund is headed by Col. Kayode Areh, a former Director General of the State Security Service (SSS). Again, the government sent a clear signal that there will be no form of patronage for cultists or thugs in the state. CONTINUED ON PAGE 52


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Election tribunal verdict: Ngige weeps for judiciary DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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ollowing the outcome of the Election Petition Tribunal that sat in Awka, Anambra State capital, governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November 16, 2013 governorship election in Anambra state, Senator Chris Ngige, has said that he wept for the Nigerian judiciary. Ngige described the dismissal of his petition by the Anambra Election Tribunal as absurd and

shocking that deserves crying for the bleak state of the country’s judiciary. Ngige spoke at Agbani in Nkanu West Local Government area of Enugu State, when he led APC members on a condolence visit to the former Secretary to Enugu State Government, SSG, and chieftain of APC, Chief Onyemauche Nnamani, who lost his mother, Madam Alice Ocho Nnamani. Ngige said that he wept for the nation’s judiciary even as he announced that his lawyers had already

commenced processes to appeal the judgment. He said: “We have noted with consternation the judgment reeled out by the Justice Ishaku Bello tribunal, and we only have two messages: one is that I weep for the judiciary, if such a judgment should come from the bench where we have justices that have spent more than ten years on the bench, where arguments, evidence have been adduced to show that the election was not compliant with the Electoral Act and they are swept under the carpet.

“And we are now told that we couldn’t prove our case because we didn’t bring INEC… INEC is a respondent in the case, so we have no alternative than they have to defend themselves. But in this instance, all the evidence we adduced, INEC refused to counter them, they didn’t put up any witness, they refused to put a single witness,” he said. Ngige dismissed insinuations in some quarters that APC members from South East have been schemed out of things in the coming national con-

vention, noting he is the secretary of the convention committee and that most of the positions zoned so far are still open-ended as anybody from anywhere could vie for them if at the end of the day consensus could not be reached. In a remark, Enugu State Chairman of APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye, expressed heartfelt condolences to the Nnamani family, noting “Onyemauche is one of the brain-child of APC in Enugu State and indeed our great leader and a mover and shaker. So our saddest

moment is that the mother could not stay to see us and see Onyemauche once again, doing it again and moving someone again into the Enugu Lion building and that will happen 2015.” Nwoye said that APC in Enugu State is fully prepared and mobilized for the coming national convention of the party in Abuja, and expressed happiness that members of the party in the state are serving as chairmen, co-chairmen and members in the convention planning committees and sub-committees

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L-R: Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Chairman, E-Eleven Ambassadors, Mr. Femi Ajiniran and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, when he was hosted and presented an award by the ambassadors, ahead of the forthcoming election, in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday.

Oyo: Police seek peaceful Egungun festival in Ibadan KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN

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he Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, called for a peaceful and hitch-free annual Egungun (masquerade) celebrations in Ibadan, the state capital. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, in a statement issued in Ibadan by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, (a Superintendent of Police), urged organisers and followers of masquerades to go about the celebration without causing breakdown of law and order throughout the three weeks celebration. This year’s annual festival is expected to start today and will run through the end of the month. The statement read in part: “The command is using this medium to warn

organisers and supporters of Egungun festival which is expected to last for the next three weeks to go about the celebration without causing breakdown of laws and order. “In the same vein, the organisers and other members of the public should endeavour to report to the Police any hoodlum and other social miscreants who may want to use the avenue to cause violence and apprehension in the state during the festival period. “The Oloori Alagbaa of Ibadanland in person of Chief Ojetunde Akinleye and his Chiefs has been mandated to educate their members on the need to believe that a hitch-free festival will bring pride and honour to their person”. The statement also urged other members of other religions to steer clear and avoid interruption or interference with the Egungun

masquerade worshipers during the period to avoid any breakdown of laws and order, stating that any person or group of persons caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law. “The Egungun worshippers should note the following, that their activities must not go beyond 6.00 pm of each day; that there must not be infringement on the fun-

damental human rights of people; that the use of dangerous weapons and charms are forbidden during the celebration, as anyone found with broken bottles, guns, cutlasses, etc , would be arrested and prosecuted; that in case of any violation of the conditions stipulated above, violators will be liable for arrest and prosecution,” the statement added.

he Centre for Righteous Living, (CRIL), a non-political religious organisation is set to sensitize Nigerians on the need to vote for credible, honest and transparent leaders who will deliver dividends of democracy especially to the downtrodden in the nation. To this end, the organisation has lined up series of workshops and seminars to achieve the set objective. These include the 2015 Christian mobilization group, organising the Lagos Center Division, Inaugural Lecture with the theme: ‘‘Because we are involved’’, 2015 and the Church , holding on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 11am at the Hoares Memorial Methodist Cathedral, 321, Hubert Macaulay street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. Prominent clerics expected to minister at the event include Rev. Dr. Oridota J.O, the organisation Secretary, Reverend. (Dr.) Dele Asaju (J.P), CMG sec-

retary, Rev. (Dr.) Abolade, ( J.P), CRIL General Secretary, Host Bishop, Rev. Isaac Ayobami Olawuyi. The center Divisional Leader, the organisation National Leader, Rev. Solomon Adegbolagun and Pastor E.O Falodun, the Surulere, Lagos Coordinator, also officiating. Meanwhile, the official inauguration programme and prayer rally of the Center for Righteous Living, (CRIL) is expected to take place on Thursday, June 18, 2014 at 11am at the CCC Army Barracks Parish, (Ibudo Iyanu), No. 12 Oguntade Street, Cele Bus stop, off Ile Epo Bus/ Stop, Oke Odo, Agege, Lagos. The theme of the rally is ‘‘Kneeling before God is to stand before men, 2015 and the church’’. The guest speaker of the day is the National President, Center for Righteous Living, (CRIL) Rev. Solomon Adegbolagun, while other eminent clerics are lined up to minister and coordinate the occasion.

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ome community members and organisations in Ifo Local Government area of Ogun State, yesterday rejoiced, courtesy of Hon. Adijat Adeleye Oladapo, member representing Ifo constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly. They were presented with empowerment materials such as buses, motor-

cycles and sewing instruments at an empowerment programme. In an interview with Sunday Mirror, Adijat said three sets of buses were given out to some organisations during the event, adding that this was because such organisations had contributed so much to the development of the community and needed to be encouraged. Hon. Adijat further explained that the empower-

ment programme in the constituency was in two forms. The first is in distribution of materials or tools. “Unfortunately, it was discovered that most of the recipients sold off these empowerment materials. Owing to the challenge of selling off materials, the constituency decided to introduce intellectual empowerment,” she said. “We have two ICT centers running and people go there to learn and what-

ever they have learnt, they cannot sell, it is with them all through their life. Asides this, we also provide skills acquisition programs,” she added. Speaking on the road construction in her constituency and when the completion is to be expected, Hon. Adijat appealed to the state government to speed up work on the road to avoid further damages to was vehicles in the area.


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Kidnappers release Kogi Speaker’s children WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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he children of the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Momoh Jimoh Lawal, who were abducted by suspected kidnappers, have been released. The two sons of the speaker, Azeez and Oyiza, were kidnapped by sus-

pected gunmen numbering about 10 who carted away a car and household items over 45 days ago. Earlier, the suspected kidnappers were said to have demanded the sum of N200 million as ransom, but while negotiation was going on, the kidnappers cut off as they suspected that security agents were involved and may soon catch up with them.

Thus, it was gathered that the kidnappers had to render themselves incommunicado as to avoid the dragnet of security agents which however heightened the worries by the family as to what may happen to their sons. Sunday Mirror gathered that the children reappeared miraculously at the family house in Okengwe,

Okene Local Government Area of the state on Friday. It was learnt that the Speaker, Alhaji Momoh Jimoh Lawal, and their mother were happy to reunite with their kids who have been in the captivity of kidnappers for the past seven weeks. In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media, Mr.

Felix Udegbu, he said the Speaker has expressed gratitude to state government, the Government, members of Kogi State of Assembly and all well wishers for their support. Lawal , who was elated, stated that he was happy to see his two sons alive and commended their mother for her faith in God that the children would return home. Meanwhile, Kogi State

governor, Captain Idris Wada, has vowed that the state government will continue to partner with security agents in that state to ward off kidnappers in the state. Wada explained that Kogi State will not be allowed to be made a haven for criminals, assuring that security agents in the state would nip the issue of kidnapping in the bud before situation gets out of hands.

Gunmen kill Kwara LG treasurer as House of Assembly member dies WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

U Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno (6th right) with members of the state’s chapter of the Niger Delta Peoples Forum that paid him a solidarity visit in Maiduguri on Friday.

Clampdown on newspaper distributors shifts to Maiduguri •Vendors, drivers arrested INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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espite outright condemnations by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and other bodies over Friday’s seizure of newspapers by security agents, especially the military in some parts of the country which has caused huge economic losses, the action has now shifted to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as many vendors were not allowed to display their wares, while those who attempted to do

so on Saturday morning were arrested and are now in detention camps of security agencies. Only on Friday, Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, reacting, said the seizures were based on intelligence report indicating movement of materials with grave security implications. It would be recalled that Lagos, Edo and Plateau state and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, among others were not able to see any newspapers or magazines on newsstands on

Friday following what the military said, “was an order from above”. The action did not affect Maiduguri as at Friday, only for residents and customers to wake up on Saturday to discover that the newspapers, magazines and vendors/distributors were nowhere to be found. When our correspondent in the morning visited the General Post Office area located at the heart of the city where the office of Area Vendors is also situated, there were soldiers and mobile policemen

busy conducting operation stop-and-search on all vehicles, with no vendor seen to comment on the matter. Soldiers from the 7 Division the Nigerian Army Maiduguri stormed different areas of the city where vendors were sharing newspapers before distribution. “They alerted from their patrol vehicles, confiscated all our papers including unsold papers and arrested some of our colleagues,” a newspaper vendor told journalists yesterday.

nknown gunmen yesterday shot dead the treasurer of Kaiama Local Government area of Kwara State, Mr. Baba Seriki-Sanu. He was said to be on his way to Ilorin for a screening exercise. Seriki-Sanu, according to sources, was in a bus with other colleagues when they were attacked between Kaiama town and Gwaria, another village in the local council. While the deceased died on the spot, others were said to have been matcheted. The victims were said to be coming to Ilorin, the state capital, to attend the screening by the state Local Government Service Commission. Mr. Christopher Okun, the Divisonal Police Officer (DPO), Kaiama, confirmed the incident, saying however, that no arrest had been made. The chairman of the council, Alhaji Alhassan Bagudu, also confirmed the development and described it as shocking and pathetic. Meanwhile, the member representing the same Kai-

ama Local Government constituency at the Kwara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Muhammedd Idris Haliru, died in Ilorin, yesterday. He died at the early hours of Saturday at the age of 48 after a protracted illness. Haliru, who was an exchairman of the Council Area, was until his death, the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions and member of the House Services Committee. The late lawmaker was survived by his aged father, Senator Haliru Idris, wives and children. The two deceased persons have since been buried according to Islamic rites. But while the council treasurer was buried in Kaiama, the lawmaker was buried at the Muslim Cemetry in Ilorin. The burial rites were led by the Imam Sheu Sulaiman and attended by the Assembly Speaker, Barrister Rasak Atunwa, Deputy Speaker, Professor Muhammed Gana Yisa, former Speaker, Alhaji Bio Ibrahim and former Senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District, Senator Muhammed Hammed and other members of the House.

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he Police in Gwagwalada (FCT), Abuja, have confirmed that four people were killed and 19 others injured in a clash between Gwari farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Paiko, near Gwagwalada, on Thursday. The Divisional Police Officer in the area, Mr. Patrick Daaor, told the News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) yesterday that two persons died at the scene, while two others died at the hospital. Daaor said the quick intervention of the police helped in controlling the clash. The Chairman, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr.

Haruna Abubakar, also confirmed the casualties. NAN learnt that some Fulani herdsmen allegedly entered the farm of a Gwari man with their flock on Thursday and that the cattle destroyed the farmer’s crops. Some witnesses said that the farmer’s kinsmen mobilised and attacked the herdsman, insisting

that the ``herdsman took their cows into the farm of our townsman and the cows ate up his crops. The witnesses said: ``When he tried to complain, the herdsman challenged him. ``The news got to us in the town and some youths mobilised themselves and decided to take revenge on any Fulani man they saw.

``One of the Fulani ran into the mosque, he was followed and was killed there.’’ NAN learnt that no fewer than four houses were burnt. The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin-Giri, who visited the scene of the clash and the hospital, described the development as unfortunate. He said the council

would assist the displaced victims and those hospitalised, and urged the parties to live peacefully. Jibrin-Giri said that security personnel had been drafted to the area to ensure peace. He said that ``90 per cent of the Fulanis are farmers, and so, they should know the importance of farming’’.


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Probing oil minister’s alleged N10bn charter jets

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ne recent report says except the unforeseen strikes, the House of Representatives has scheduled June 17, 18 and 19 for the resumption of the probe of the lease and maintenance of a private jet (perhaps several private jets) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at the cost of N10 billion allegedly for the personal use of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The House’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said it had collated evidence from Excujet Hanger and Vistajet, two private companies connected to the controversial jet charter. Indeed, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep Zakari Mohammed, told newsmen late last month that a new batch of invitations had been prepared and would be sent out to affected invitees ahead of the period slated for the hearing. Mohammed assured Nigerians that there was no need to lose hope on the conduct of the probe; and that the report of the outcome of the investigation would be tabled to the House before it proceeds on recess about the end of July, this year. Speaker of the House, Rep Aminu Tambuwal, had ordered the PAC to resume its investigation into the alleged N10 billion expenditure amid public outrage that he stopped the probe because of ‘the mood of the nation’. “I have read in newspapers that I stopped the committee from performing its duties. I only said I received court processes, not court order. I directed you (Chairman of PAC, Mr. Solomon Olamilekan) to hold on until I consult legal opinions. I have done so. Good a thing that the presiding judge also said that there was no such orders (stopping the House from probing

the alleged scam). I, therefore, direct that you should continue with the matter before you and report to the House as quickly as possible”, Tambuwal was quoted as saying. Mrs. Alison-Madueke is yet to appear before the House to clear herself of culpability, but had headed for the court with the hope of stopping the probe. One new dimension to the drama, according to reports, is that the minister has also been credited as saying that only President Goodluck Jonathan can make her appear before the House. Incidentally, however, the

NO PUBLIC OFFICER HAS THE MORAL JUSTIFICATION TO RESIST AN OPEN ENQUIRY, NO MATTER HOW HIGHLY PLACED Presidency stated recently that it had no interest in probing the oil minister since the House of Representatives is already doing so. That is one of the strong reasons the House should not disappoint Nigerians in handling the job. For us, it is not about persecuting AllisonMadueke. But Nigerians would like to know the whole truth about the allegation that a whopping N3.21 billion was spent in two years on each of the three jets she allegedly chartered, because such reckless spending amid grinding poverty in the country should earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The prevailing economic situation in the country does not support such a profligate expenditure. It is really outrageous, if it is found to be so. Public office holders ought to weigh their actions. It would have been better if public office

holders go for options that would free resources for development instead of aggravating the existing parlous state of the economy. Besides, not quite long ago, it was alleged that the oil minister was involved in irregular allocation of oil blocks; and that she allocated 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day to her United States-based parley. The suspicious oil lifting contract was allegedly perfected through two companies whose directors were said to be fictitious. We suggest that the House probe should also look into the matter, as well as claims of massive looting of oil subsidy funds. Apart from the roughly N1.25 trillion oil subsidy scam that rocked the country two years ago, the oil sector has been in the news for too long and for the wrong reasons not unconnected with monumental frauds and corruption. Oil marketers’ claim, for example, that they were being forced to pay heavy bribes in exchange for import licence, is also being alleged. Even the $1.6 billion loan secured recently purportedly for the Turn-Around Maintenance (TAM) of the nation’s four refineries has achieved little result as the refineries are said to be producing at 22 per cent of installed capacity instead of the projected 90 per cent post-TAM capacity. Recently, the Senate also discovered that the NNPC had been spending N700 million daily on kerosene subsidy, when ordinary Nigerians are coughing up N150 to buy a litre of the product instead of between N50 and N55, the official subsidised price. Enough of corruption, frauds and scams in the oil sector! No public officer has the moral justification to resist an open enquiry, no matter how highly placed.

Reminiscences JUNE 8 IN HISTORY 2013: Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

Former South African president and leader of the fight against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, was admitted to a hospital in South Africa in serious condition. The 94-year-old had been suffering from a lung infection.

2012: Japan - Olympus to cut 2,700 jobs

The Japanese camera and medical supply maker, Olympus, stated that they planned on cutting 2,700 jobs as part of an effort to restore its financial health. The company was also planning on cutting its number of worldwide factories to 18 from 30.

1998: UK - Memorial service for Linda McCartney

The three surviving members of the Beatles are reunited for the memorial service of Paul’s wife Linda who died earlier this year from breast cancer. Many other stars turned out to pay tribute to Linda McCartney.

1999: UK - Mobile phone usage grows

The mobile phone which became more affordable for the masses in Britain has now reached 25 per cent of the UK population owning a mobile phone and many predict the growth will continue. As of 2007 the penetration is complete with close to 99 per cent of the population owning a mobile phone.

2001: Tony Blair elected for second term

Tony Blair and the British Labour Party are elected to a second term winning 413 seats against the Conservative Party with 166 seats and the Liberal Democrats winning 52 seats giving Labour a majority of 167 overall in the House of Commons.

1924: Japan - Cabinet resigns

The Japanese Cabinet has resigned as a result of the party being defeated in elections.

1932: Tax reforms start in U.S. Some of the widest range of tax reforms and increases are to start over the next four months and should bring in over $1 billion to the U.S. treasury each year to help balance the budget after major spending on welfare programs for those unemployed due to the depression. 1965: U.S. pledges support for South Vietnamese

America’s position on support for the South Vietnamese government changes when the State Department issues a statement that American forces would be available for combat support together with Vietnamese forces when and if necessary.

1967: Israeli aircraft launch attack

During the Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty in international waters off Egypt’s Gaza Strip.


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EDIFYING GOD Sunday June 8, 2014

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Is it Biblical? Approaching great things with shallow mind, by Pastor Muoka 24

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Briefly RCCG Covenant of Peace uninterrupted vigil begins

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nnual 30 days uninterrupted vigil has begun at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Covenant of Peace, tagged; “While Men Slept” and will end on Monday, June, 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm. The venue is No. 38/40 Lowa Street, Jumofak Bus-Stop, Ikorodu-Lagos.

In a statement by the chief host, Pastor Olaitan Aromolaran, he stated that during the marathon vigil prayer session, God will deliver everyone who attends from evil attacks and that every yoke of eating in the dream, spiritual (husband & wife attack) syndrome, reproach, marital failure and evil covenant among others will be broken and destroyed. He added that those who attend the programme will receive total freedom as it is set apart to wipe away tears from children of God and place Nigeria on a sound solid foundation among comity of nations.

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he Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim & Seraphim (Peter Omojo Tunolase Memorial General Headquarters) will hold a threeday revival programme starting from Wednesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 6pm and it is expected to continue on Friday, June 6, 2014, with an all-night prayer session from 12 mid night till dawn. It is billed for No. 2/4, Lake Street, Olowogbowo, Apongbon Area, Lagos. The programme has “Awon Wonyi Ni O Jade Lati Inu Iponju Na-Ifihan 7:18B”, as theme.

The host, Pastor Oladimeji Bello, popularly called Baba Blue, speaking on the programme said, God would liberate everyone who attends from all reproach, adding that they will return home free persons.

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ll is set for Mid Year Praise Concert and Thanksgiving Service 2014 themed “Divine Elevation”. It is billed for Church Auditorium, Agape Worship Centre, No. 6, Zion Close, off Kosoko Road, Ojodu Berger Bus-Stop, Lagos. The Praise concert held on Friday, June 6, at 10pm while the grand celebration comes up on today, Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 9am.

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t was a full house last Sunday when First Love Assembly (FLA) inaugurated its Lagos branch at Jevinik Place located at Isaac-John, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Perhaps for a long time, the congregation may not have been as encouraging as this. That picture expectedly gave Senior Pastor of the Church, Pastor Simeon Afolabi, all the kicks to declare his mission to the congregation and guests who were present at the inauguration. The Senior Pastor, who has had a flourishing ministry in Port Harcourt Rivers State, and some South-East states, at the inauguration, declared his mission to the people, saying, “I stand boldly to tell you that I have a message for the world, and that message is ‘restore’!” to According has him, God taken him through various phases of life in order to be the man in the of the midst message; one who had experienced restoration. H e

also told the congregation that his ministry had tried for a few years to commence work in Lagos, but that such moves had been hindered by Satan, even as the prompting kept coming to him. “For some years, we had tried to come to Lagos. We had paid for the place we were to use but we eventually lost the money when it wasn’t time. But it is time and God has made things more beautiful in His own time,” Afolabi said. At the inauguration, the cleric, who holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, read copiously from the book of Acts, where he took his message, titled: “the prison doors are opened.” He however identified three types of prisons listed in the book to of Acts which are applicable a the contemporary situation of man. Enumerating the types of prisons the th devil can place a man, A Afolabi said, “there is what is called the common prison, there is pris the medium prison and there is the maximum security prison in which pris Paul and Silas Sila were kept before the angel of the Lord came for their release while r they prayed and sang to the Lord.” He however H enjoined the enjo people to p stay on to

God’s word which can deliver man from any kind of satanic prison. The cleric, who had addressed the press few days before the inauguration at the International Press Centre, Lagos, said that the stage is set for a ministry work in Lagos. When asked why there should be more churches in a seemingly saturated Lagos, Afolabi, who is a popular face in seminars and conferences in Nigeria and beyond, said: “There are churches for different categories of people. Looking at the structure of the metropolis, the distance and the population, everyone must be able to fit into a local church.” He added that, “until the last man on the street belongs to a local church, where his spiritual needs are taken care of, I don’t think we have enough churches.” Afolabi, who also ministers on Kingdom Africa, a cable channel on DSTV, however warned Christians to beware of spiritual junk foods, which are detrimental to their spiritual lives. He said: “What we have as mainline Pentecostal teachings today was not what was popular in the 1970s. It was through consistent teachings that changed the taste bud of the people”. He added that “in those days, it used to be salvation, heaven, holiness, righteousness, rapture and the likes, but today, if the people must be set free from the spiritual junk foods of today, then, we must get back to how it used to be. We must start all over to crusade it and I assure you that it will take a while which after, I believe, we would start to see changes.”

The Chief host, Apostle (Dr.) David Odi, said the significance of this midyear praise concert is to bring down the presence of God, adding that the creator will definitely bless those who attend. Other anointed servants of God expected at the programme are Rev. (Mrs.) Veronica Odi among others.

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He who sings well, prays double –Obimgbo ODINAKA URUAKPA

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or Anthony Mary Obimgbo, a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry of the Holy Trinity Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer group, Saints Mulumba and David Catholic Church, Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos, it was his love for singing, that made him join the choir when he completed his Life in the Spirit Seminar in 1978. The group which, he said was not actually a choir group in the church, was from inception called a singing ministry since it was one of the various arms of the Charismatic Renewal and was vested with the responsibility of seeing to the praise and worship aspect of the group. Now, what was otherwise known as the singing ministry is called the Praise and Worship Ministry. According to the praise and worship singer, as he chose to call himself, he was a member of the Catholic Youth Organisation and having joined the choir to realise his dream of doing something worthwhile in the service of God

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his is your day. This is your moment of surplus showers of blessings. I bring you a super message titled “Connecting to Divine Agenda”. An agenda talks about a list of things to be done. It’s so exciting to note that the Most High has us in His agenda and indeed has an agenda for our lives. The Lord speaking in Jer. 29:11 declares “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Ps 8:4 also reports “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him”. It’s an interesting sight knowing how the Almighty stoops to take us up, treating us as special; as more than gold! There is human agenda, satanic agenda and Divine agenda. Human agenda could be good or bad but is not actually error free. That’s why a parent may be helping an offspring and inadvertently hurt the same child in the long run. Peter told Jesus not to ever dream of dying but was

which is using his God-given voice to win souls to the kingdom of God, thus making his early days as a chorister youthful as well as rewarding experience. He said: “During my early days as a chorister, I savoured the youthful experience of singing and enjoying the songs, but as I grew older, I found out that there is more to being a chorister; I realised that he, who sings well, prays double. When you are singing, you are delivering God’s message and through this you tend to win souls for Christ. This is why in the Charismatic, we are not called choristers, but praise and worship ministers. So I enjoy it the more because I know what it is to praise and worship God. The chorister who said he was fulfilled being a member of his chosen ministry, said that any time he is tensed or faced with challenges, he has no other way of tackling them, but to go to God with songs and worship and he never fails to answer as “he sets me from initial challenge I was facing or puts me back in a relaxed mood when I am tensed up. I believe I am favoured in this aspect just like David in the Bible”.

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He listed envy and jealousy among members as some of the vices that exist in the choir, but added that when these things rear their heads as is normal in every gathering be it religious or otherwise, the leaders and elders see to it that things are rectified by reading scripture passages and sharing the word of God to the affected parties.

While advising fellow choristers to see their singing talent as a gift from God, he admonished them to desist from feeling envious or jealous of anyone who they believe is more talented or sings better, but rather, they should focus on singing for God and winning souls to Him. Sharing some memorable moments, he said, he won’t forget

Connecting to Divine Agenda

unknowingly opposing the salvation of the whole world. My choice of obeying God’s apostolic call made many family friends scorn me. They feared that I would amount to nothing but few years later, many realized they were dead wrong. Some parents have ignorantly prevented great careers in their kids from springing forth. Many have aborted the most promising relationships on the altar of prejudice. According to legend, John Wesley was prevented from marrying his most compatible heartthrob and this caused him much marital stress. Satanic agenda is of course real and constantly cruel. Even the devil’s smile is worse than the worst scowl and his goodies are never less than putrid. Jesus speaking to Peter said “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat” – Luke 22:31. What a tragic agenda; just to have someone to sift! Satanic agenda shall not be fulfilled in your life and in your affairs in Jesus name! It’s time to connect more and more to God’s agenda for your life. It is the safety part in this dark world, where politicians, colleagues, socalled friends, allied nations and even those who seem to be helping you may have hidden interests that

may not be for your good. When a person is hooked up to God’s agenda, some marvelous signs start bedecking his or her life. Divine Backup in your life: Eph. 1:11 declares, “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works everything in conformity with the purpose of his will”. Stress free life: Prov. 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. The realm where all things bring good – Rom. 8:28. Sure Victory: Isa. 14:24 testifies, “The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely as I have planned, so it will be and as I have proposed, so it will stand”. Never stand aloof in life. Go beyond your personal plans, break beyond the plan of men, overcome satanic plan and plunge into God’s agenda. You are God’s project, deliberately created in God’s own image and likeness, crafted as a sign and a wonder. You are not a biological accident; you are created for a purpose. Hallelujah. That purpose will bring you greater fulfillment than any pleasure on earth can. Explore Rom. 8:28-31 with me and gain a sequence of God’s agenda in your life. Just as an engineer follows a se-

quence in a project, God’s agenda for your life as revealed in Rom. 8:28-31 has an interesting sequence: Foreknew Predestined Called Justified Glorified! 1. God foreknew you: That word foreknew, proginosko in the Greek shows that you existed in God’s consciousness long before your being became manifest before men. God knew you beforehand, knew what will be best for you, and knew your strengths, your make-up, situations e.g. David revealed this in Ps. 139:15-17. God knew you before anyone else including yourself. 2. Predestined: Yes, God gave you a destiny, a good one at that. Every destiny will ultimately reflect the awesome glory of Christ. He fixed something about your endpoint, your purpose, your destination. Destiny is like a radio channel. It’s beaming, but you have to tune in to enjoy it. David was destined for the throne, Peter was destined to fish men, and Paul was destined for Apostleship –Isaiah 41:1. 3. Called: God calls you because until there is synergy between you and God, things can’t work out. The word you hear is a sign of his call. He speaks to hearts (Isaiah 30:21). 4. Justifies: The Lord wipes

the first time his group went for a singing competition in the 80s which attracted many choir groups from parishes in the deanery and each group was asked to compose a song to tally with the biblical adage, obedience is better than sacrifice, which he said was the theme for the competition. “My group came third in the competition where I believe we were robbed of second position, maybe because they were wondering how a praise and worship group who were seen as chorus singers could come and do so well and even better than some of the acclaimed choir groups we had competed against. “What got to me most was days after the completion, people from other parishes actually came to specially congratulate us for an impressive and outstanding performance. This gesture of theirs, really thrilled me and gave me and I believe my other group members cause to be proud of being a part of the Praise and Worship group of the Holy Trinity Catholic Charismatic Renewal here in Lawanson,” Obimgbo said.

off your errors and everything that disqualifies you. To be justified is “just as if you never did it” (II Cor. 5:17-19, Rom. 4:7&8). 5. Glorified: This is the realm where shame is cleared off your path and God shows forth your dignified status. Joshua was glorified by victories and miracles. I see you glorified. Things will answer to your honour! Just connect to God’s agenda by getting intimate with him, pleasing God and discovering/obeying his word in your life. (I John 3:22, Luke 11:28). If you are not saved, you are not safe! Pray with me, “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, forgive me. I confess today, you are my Lord and Saviour, reign in me. Amen! Watch Heaven on Earth Live with Rev. Francis KpekeJohnson on these channels: Silverbird Television (Saturdays 7:30pm); ACBN (Satellite) Saturdays 10:00pm & Wednesdays10:00pm Contact Rev. Francis Kpeke-Johnson of The Living Water International Christian Centre, LICC on: 08033398515, 08164105999, www.facebook.com/kpekejohnson.francis


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n Pentecostal circles, it is believed that the reason many people fall down is because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, which the Bible calls the anointing. An example of this is in the life of Jesus Christ himself. The phenomenon occurred in the garden of Gethsemane. A detachment of soldiers and some religious officials came to arrest Jesus. Jesus came out to meet them and asked, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. And when Jesus said, “I am he,” the men fell down to the ground backwards. (John 18:6). In a chat with Reverend Father Francis Emene of the Saint Thomas Chapel, University of Lagos, he said: ‘‘There is an Igbo adage, which says that those who are mechanics have not allowed one to indentify the madmen among us. This is because the madmen and mechanics all wear dirty clothes. The Bible says that in the last days, I will pour out my spirit; it also says there will be many false prophets. There are many men of God who operate the anointing of the spirit of God and there are many false, occult pastors as well. Whether they are Pentecostal or Catholic, they can be found anywhere. The Bible says that the devil keep transforming himself into an angel of light in order to deceive even the very elect ‘’. Speaking further, Father Francis said ‘‘people like things that are magical and phenomenal. When a man of God acts like that, they say Oh! That man is powerful but the Bible says we should test all spirits.’’ On the origin of the concept of falling under the anointing, he said, ‘‘when Jesus appeared to the soldiers who came to arrest him, he said, I am he and they all fell down. That is a classic origin of what the power of falling under the anointing is especially when it is true.’’ According to American preacher, Tom Brown in a message, “the anointing” is a tangible element which can be felt. In the Bible, we see an example from the life of Jesus in the book of Luke chapter eight. There is the story of the woman with the issue of blood who suffered for twelve years. She went through the large crowds to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. She said in her heart, if I may touch the helm of his garment, I shall be made whole. “When she touched Jesus, He stopped and asked, “Who touched me?” When they all denied it, He exclaimed, “Someone touched me! I felt power has gone out from me” (Luke 8:46). Jesus knew that power had gone out from Him? He felt it”. According to Pastor Brown, this means that anointing can be felt. The anointing can felt like heat or electricity. ‘‘I have felt it on many occasions. Sometimes, I don’t feel it but others feel it when I pray for them. I remember several years ago, a young lady and I were discussing the Bible. The conversation was on divine healing. Later, she asked if I would pray for her sore knee. She lifted her knee in order to point out where the pain was. I quickly laid hands on her knee, prayed a short

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Signs of being fallen ‘by the anointing’

‘‘Falling under the anointing,’’ one of the most puzzling concepts in Christianity today has remained popular in some Pentecostal circles. The late American Evangelist, Kathryn Khuman, described it as being ‘slain in the spirit.’ Many have asked why people fall down when some pastors touch them, blow on them or even get close to them. Senior Correspondent, Yemi Olakitan, examines the concept in the light of Biblical texts and Christian views. prayer and walked off. A short time later she came to me privately and said, “When you touched my knee, something went inside of me and I became immovable for several seconds. What was that?” According to Pastor Brown, the girl was instantly healed. ‘‘I also believe that sometimes people fall down because they are preconditioned to fall down. They see others do it, so they do it also. I try to discourage this, because I want people to focus on receiving from the Lord, not on imitating others. I do have ushers that catch people, and they are necessary for those who fall down out of psychological need. I don’t want them hurt, but those who fall down under God’s power do not need anyone to catch them. When our church first started, we met in a school gym, and one time I had everyone stand up, and I prayed a group prayer for everyone without laying hands on anyone. When I did, a woman fell down hard on the solid, wooden floor. You could even hear her head plop hard on the ground. People rushed to help her thinking she was greatly hurt, but when she stood up, she said she felt

nothing—no pain. She described to us, “I felt like I slowly floated onto a soft cushion,” Pastor Brown said. In another chat with Pastor Emmanuel Onoja of the Hope of Life Evangelical Church, Ajah, Lagos, he said: ‘‘There is a kind of misconception in falling under the anointing, and people believe that it is until you fall before you are under the anointing. It happens when the Holy Spirit falls upon you. Falling down, according to the Holy Spirit is not a major sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles did not fall down at Pente-

cost at the Upper room when the Holy Spirit descended on them. Mary, the mother of Jesus did not fall down when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her. She only got pregnant with a divine child. The Bible recorded that they spoke in new tongues and those that were with them were amazed. I am not in support of Pastors laying hands on people and everybody will fall down; that looks like magic to me.’’ Speaking further, he said, during deliverance sessions, things like that can happen to the person being delivered.

THERE IS AN ADAGE IN IGBO, WHICH SAYS THAT THOSE WHO ARE MECHANICS DO NOT ALLOW ONE TO INDENTIFY THE MADMEN AMONG US.

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“We understand that it is deliverance session. However, the person that fall down today should not be the person that fall down tomorrow. If it is deliverance and the person keeps falling under the anointing, when will the person be finally delivered from the evil spirits? Falling down is not a sign that someone is under the power of the anointing. It can be a deception. It looks like deception to me. All the healings that Jesus did which one of them happened that way? Why is it that people did not fall when Jesus was healing them? We did not read that Jesus conducted a service and people were falling under the anointing as he laid hands on them.’’ ‘‘There is example in the Bible when soldiers came to arrest Jesus and he said, ‘I am he’ and they fell down. That was a demonstration of power. To me, that was not falling under the anointing. Jesus was simply demonstrating that although they came to arrest him, he had the power to stop them if he wanted. When one of his disciples cut off the ear of one of the soldiers, Jesus put the ear back and healed the man. He said if he wanted to fight, then, he could have asked his father to send him angles that would defend him. It showed that Jesus had the power to stop the arrest but he would not because he was destined to give his life in order to save humanity,’’ Pastor Onoja said. In another chat with Evangelist Ezekiel Keith of House on the Rock Church, Lekki, Lagos, he said falling under the anointing is biblical because no one could predict how the Holy Spirit works and we need to be careful about spiritual things. “The Holy Spirit works in diverse ways to different people and no one should criticize the work of the Holy Spirit of God since it is God in action. In the Bible book of Joel 2:28, the Bible says, “the LORD will pour out His Spirit. 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. God had already told us that in the last days, there would be diverse manifestations of the Holy Spirit of God so falling under the anointing is just one of them, said the Evangelist. In yet a chat with Mrs. Akpabio Eno of the Catholic Church, she said, ‘‘no one can question the Holy Spirit and no one can understand his ways. His ways are past finding out”. “When it comes to spiritual things, I tend to be very careful because they are the things of God. One may be condemning something because they cannot understand it which is wrong. You see, the Holy Spirit is the power of God. If a person is touched by electricity current, he will feel it how much more the Holy Spirit of God. People should be able to feel it when they are touched by it. This is why they fall under its power,’’ she added.

Fallen worshippers, as a result of “ the anointing”

Bishop T.D Jakes falling under the anointing

Pastor Benny Hinn blows on a believer

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HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. PEOPLE MUCH MORE THE

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Approaching great things with shallow mind, by Pastor Muoka General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, in this piece, teaches on the place of focus and determination in achieving great feats. Excerpts:

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he above subject-matter has become the order of the day among men and women of the present generation particularly in Christendom. Many people who would have been great have been eluded by greatness because they trivialised issues that could have advanced their greatness. Many have destroyed their future because of the way they belittled their opportunities for greatness. These people that approach great things with shallow mind have often lost out from the favour of God because they never approach the things of God with great mind, although they may be in the church but God considered them unqualified to benefit from what is meant for serious minded disciples.

We can notice these classes of people that indulge in this negative attitude everywhere in various field of life, even among church leaders, pastors, workers, members of the church and in the secular world. So as they don’t have what it takes to finish the work assigned to them by God Almighty, they therefore labour while others reap the fruit of their labour. No wonder Jesus counsels us to count the cost before engaging in any project. Luke 14 : 26-30 says, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple27. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish”. Common sense teaches men not to begin any costly work without first seeing that they have wherewithal to finish it. And he who does otherwise exposes himself to general ridicule. No sensible person could venture into a war with any hostile power without first calculating that, despite formidable odds, he will be able to stand his ground and if he has no assurance of this, wisdom demands he should abort his plan. So if that been the case in the material world, so it is in the things of the Lord. And that is why the Lord counsels us to examine our readiness to become His disciples before we embark upon the work of God. This will enable us know if we can continue to hold on our position despite any disadvantage. Anybody who intends

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to follow Him must seriously weigh these things first before becoming His disciple. The person should sit down and consider beforehand, what it is likely to cost him to go through with the profession. The question posed by the passage above represents the absurdity of those who undertake to be disciples of Christ without considering what difficulties they are to expect, and what conviction they have that will make them remain steadfast even when big challenges come. This is because he that will be a true disciple of Jesus Christ should know that both hell and earth will unite to fight him and if he is not thoroughly rooted in the grace of God, he will loss out. So many people have lost out in the things of the Lord because they approached the things of the Lord without absolute commitments which it requires. The Apostles had this knowledge of the implication of partial commitment, thus they put in all. They did the costing, weighed the advantages and disadvantages involved in following Christ and then decided to forsake all because they understood that they had infinite advantage in following Him. Mk 10: 28 -30 says, “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the

gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”. Here you can see what it cost the Apostles of old to set out to do the work of God. They left all things to follow Jesus. It cost them all they had. And that was the reason why Jesus clearly told them that if any will consider father, mother, business, children, etc, while following Him, he or she cannot make a good disciple, nor would anybody who could not bear cross to follow Him be qualified. And that was why the Apostles left everything and followed Him. You must leave father, mother, and children, etc, to be qualified to be His good follower. To neglect everything in comparison with Christ is a sure way unto eternal life, so that we do not fall away along the path. Though it may be very little that we suffer for Christ, and have to forsake upon His account, yet we will have hundredfold. Those that leave all to follow Him shall never be losers by Him. We may be losers for Christ, but we shall never be losers by Him, for whatever we part with in this world for the sake of Christ, either houses or lands, we shall have them doubled here on earth and the world to come eternal life. If you want to be a disciple, these things cannot distract you or become a hurdle in your relationship with Christ or the ministry God has given to you. If you are among those people that want to carry all their loads on their neck, that is their trouble,

worry, ego, etc, upon them, then, it will be impossible for you to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We should know that our task to revive heaven consciousness in the hearts of people requires everything about us including death if it becomes necessary. Queen Esther laid a good example of how not to reserve anything in the work of God. When Queen Esther heard that her peoples’ lives were at stake, as they were vulnerable to be killed or destroyed at any moment by the evil machination of Haman, she staked her life even though she was a queen with many maidens at her service taking care of her yet she never cared to consider the pleasure of the palace in expense to the life of her people. When she decided to go to the king, she was aware that the implication of going to the king at that particular hour would attract sentence of death, for it was enshrined in the law that if anybody would go to the king without prior permission, that person would be put to death. And yet Esther the queen knowing what was at stake decided to go and meet the king without appointment. She told the delegates sent her by Mordecai to go and gather the Jews for a three-day fast and prayer while she and her maidens will also give themselves to prayer and fast, and after 3 days, she would go to the king, and if such action would cause her to perish, so be it, she would accept to perish. Esther 4: 15- 16 says, “Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish”. Having understood the plight of her people and the need not only to put her life on the line but also to act quickly to save her people, Esther said, ‘If I lose my life in this attempt to save my people, I shall lose it cheerfully. I see it as my duty to make attempt to save my people; and, come what may be, I am resolved to do it”. She put her life in danger and referred the success to God, seeing it is for His glory and the deliverance of His people. That was the attitude of one who had known what was at stake and decided to give it what it took to get a win. This therefore should be the kind of attitude of people that can fulfil the commission of God to go into the world to preach to all creatures. If you are there and your own duty is to tell your spouse not to do the work of God or CONTINUED ON PAGE 41


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Certainly, you need your hubby’s push –Olanre-Alade Temitope Olanre-Alade is the chief wardrobe consultant of Ibile Vogue, an afrocosmopolitan fashion label that has consistently given the afro-cultural heritage a voice in the global fashion circles. She has been doing this for about two decades. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, she speaks about her dress sense, and where women are getting it wrong in fashion. Can you trace the start off of your passion for fashion? I will like to first say that I’m an artist. As a child, I sketched, painted and wrote poems a lot. Growing up, I found my artistic interest tilting towards fashion. I’m passionate about fashion but that does not mean that its business angle is easy. I face a lot of frustrating moments at times, which make me feel like quitting. But for the passion I have for it, I wouldn’t let go. I found that I can’t stop designing; I guess I have the inclination to design and teach. As a fashion pundit, where do you think most women in our society are not getting it right fashion-wise? Most women have failed to discover their personal style that works for their personality. I mean style that works for their social, work and religious lives. All these put together would help an individual dress right at all times. And that is my work as a wardrobe consultant. As a wardrobe doctor, I examine, treat and prescribe fashion items that function with your personality. I teach and guide my clients to build a functional wardrobe. Of what importance is it for someone’s wardrobe to be functional? Oh sure, it’s important for your wardrobe to be functional. A lot of us (ladies) wear coutures that are meant for special events to places where we ought to be simply dressed. My advice is that you don’t just buy because you like it, buy because it works for you. Our wardrobe is a great investment, so it needs to be budgeted for, every item needs to have a purpose to fulfil. They all must be working, not sitting there for years occupying the space. What is that fashion accessory you love to shop for? I love shoes and I’m always tempted to buy loads of shoes. Who is that Nigerian fashionista you admire? Mrs Funmi Ajila Ladipo, the current president of Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria FADAN. When I became the National Secretary of FADAN, I was privileged to work closely with her. That was when I knew that she is by all means a woman of style. She has got her personal signature style and she has been consistent with it. I learnt to invest in my wardrobe from her. When you are getting set for a red carpet event, what do you bear in mind? The red carpet is not meant for the everyday simple look, this is the thing I bear in mind. It is for the unusual. There must be a wow factor to every red carpet look. I personally love subtlety, even though I want to be noticed. But I don’t really like designs with too many details. I feel it’s kind of clumsy. I have got my signature style and everybody knows, I’m unapologetically a pan-African lady when it comes to fashion. I love to be classy in my afro style dresses.

as beautiful as being a woman. Some women got married to bear the title Mrs; why did you get married? If anyone got married for the title ‘Mrs’, then n the marriage would not stand the test of time. There is a purpose for which God designed marriage. It is basically sically for friendship, multiplication and support. I married d my best friend, so every other thing that comes with the e union is secondary. I’m not only my husband’s wife but his confidant and best friend. Whenever we have an issue,, we settle it amicably, because we are gist mates, paddies, es, there’s nothing we don’t talk about, even our temptations. ations. He isn’t afraid to tell me he goofed, and I’m free to o tell him how I stumbled. Marriage, to me, means friendship, hip, What qualities in him do you value? I appreciate a lot of qualities in Olanre Mi, he e is a consistent lover who loves me unconditionally. He is very romantic and has ensured that I have my tea in bed in the past 15years, except when his job takes him outt of town. He pampers me with all that he has, and he will discomfort iscomfort himself just to ensure I’m a happy woman. He iss the only guy who can accept my silly things. He is one off the best husbands God made. That doesn’t mean he is without ithout imperfections. We all know men sometimes can be...(laughs), ..(laughs), you know what I mean? But if I’m asked to choose ose again, it will always be my Olanrewaju Alade. Do you think husbands should support their wives es in what they do? Yes, I totally think so. Lately, Nigerian women men have been making a lot of difference in our society forr instance, but I believe we still have a lot more who are stilll a bit laid back. I would encourage our men to help by releasing their wives, and not just that, giving them the right ight push. Women are multipliers. We are wired to work in n our full potential when we are emotionally balanced. Any ny woman doing well without her lover’s encouragement would perform three times better if she has her man’s support. pport. What are some common fashion blunders in our society? The first is over-designed clothes. Another thing ing is that people just pick designs, without considering iff it would fit their body frame. The bad aspect is that some me people don’t even know their body type/shape at all. Our ur society needs to get more education in terms of dress sense. ense.

Can you define your style? My style is comfy, girlish, and afro-centric

Have you bagged any awards in fashion? Ibile Vogue brand has earned herself severall nominations, most of which I won. I cannot begin to make a list of all but I will say God has been good and thanks ks to those who saw our consistency with the African fabrics cs and decided to confer awards on us. A few that gave my brand a push are the ‘Nollywoods’ worldwide award ass the Best Indigenous Designer of 2009’, ‘Cepan Africa Awards’, ‘Fashion Icon 2010’ among others. Personally, I had been given awards of recognition gnition on the platform of the vocational and career coach h works I had done for a few NGOs.

Have you once regretted being a woman? No! Being a woman is beautiful, fun, and colourful. As a woman you can climb some mountains, and you have got a man who is 100 per cent supportive. There is nothing

What position do you occupy in FADAN, and what at other vocations do you do? I’m at present the National Secretary General eneral of FADAN, the only fashion body recognised by the he Federal

Government. If you are truly a Nigerian designer, you have to be a member. I’m also the presenter of ‘Obirin Asiko’, an indigenous TV programme on ‘Orisun TV’, a cable network on ‘Star Times’ designed to celebrate and showcase women of substance in our society.


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ny lady in the shoes of Alex Okoroji, the daughter of Chief Tony Okoroji, the President of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), would hate ever going into marriage. An actress, soap opera queen, single mother of one, Guess, Alex marriage with the father of her only son crashed. Indeed, it didn’t stand the test of time before it hit the rocks. Ironically, her opinion about marriage is interestingly positive. According to her, marriage as an institution made by God, is a beautiful thing. “I know that marriage can be beautiful, regardless of the fact that I had one that didn’t work out. All I can say is that relationships/marriages are complex than our fickle minds can fathom. So, I want that special person whose presence will add value to my life, who understands me, shares the same ideology plus dreams with me and is willing to stand by me and fight for me when it gets tough,” she emphasised. Having gone through a turbulent relationship, you may wonder why she wants to try marriage again. “Being a single parent is very challenging in so many ways because I’m playing double role and it gets tedious. I not only have to bear the financial responsibility of raising my child by myself, I also have to make unilateral decisions that should be made by both parents. Honestly, as

strong as I am, I’m starting to realise there are things I can’t teach my son; like how to play soccer, fight mortal combat on Play Station or just how to be a great young man. I can teach and guide him in that direction. But I can’t show him by example, because at the end of the day, I might be a strong woman, good mother but that’s what I am...a mother, not a father. I will have to someday give a good man a chance to be a great father to him,” she desired. Is she actually happy being a mother with all these challenges she mentioned? “Being a mother makes me happy because I find everything I need in that role. I get the love I deserve from my child. I can be a caretaker, leader, guardian, friend and everything to him,” she grimaced. But that is not all that makes her happy as a woman. Her acting career and writing skills thrill her. “Actually both of them give me joy. The only difference is that I have more control over what I share with my audience through my writing than I do with acting....because the roles are based upon someone else’s literary interpretation of a given scenario, which I simply internalise and breathe life into,” she said. But when did she discover she could actually write? “I actually discovered that in high school, JSS 3 to be exact. I started by writing soft romantic stories, poetry and songs for my girl band ‘The Alternate’. I was the lead singer and songwriter of a teenage band and I also used to have all my classmates read my written amateur novels. Which they really loved,” she laughed, loudly. Some of her erotic write-ups on her blog were motivated by both her personal experience and those of friends. “I will be honest. I’m not a hypocrite. Most of my blog articles (whether erotic or inspirational) come mostly from my personal experience (that’s why it’s ALEXANDRA N’ HER NAKED THOUGHTS!), also the experience of others that I’ve been privy to and a little creative imagination to garnish it up,” she explained. If she wasn’t an actress and writer she would have been a musician. “I would have been the lead singer of a girl band. Seriously, I would have been a musician,” she said. There are lots of beautiful things about this diva that most people don’t know. “Most people don’t know that I love

to cook; that I’m an awesome dancer and quite a good singer. Outside my chirpy exterior, there’s really a quiet person who loves her space and solitude. I also honestly think some people underestimate my talent, loyalty and beauty...by that, I mean my internal beauty. The beauty of character,” she enthused. You may be wondering how this mother of one combines motherhood with her acting career and writing. “Combining motherhood with my acting career is not a walk in the park. I’m honestly in awe of great women like Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Omoni Oboli, Stella Damasus, Monalisa Chinda, Shan George and other great women within and outside the industry who have been able to juggle them both effortlessly. I believe I’ve finally been able to settle into a comfortable arrangement that now works for me,”she said. Her daddy, Chief Okoroji, used to be a popular musician in the 80s. Why didn’t she opt for music in the first place? “Everyone expected me to toe that line....not just because my dad was a popular musician but because it is evident, I also took some of his musical genes. Still I would say that I like the direction my creative career is taking as an entertainer. We never know, this bird might sing someday soon. For now, I’m concentrating on lending my talents to the creative community at large. But I’m honoured to be born to a man as great as him… someone who is dogged in his beliefs and character, who’s not afraid to get things done the right way. In all honesty, this country lacks too many of his type,” she said. Recounting her educational background wasn’t difficult at all. “ I attended St Leo’s Catholic Primary School Ikeja, Lagos. From there, I left for Federal Government Girls’ College, Akure; back to Tender-Touch College, Festac, Lagos where I graduated in high school. From Lagos State University, I went to Madonna University to study Biochemistry. My father says knowledge is from birth to death. I have to agree. To be honest, everything I know right now, I learnt for free at the College of Life. Life experience has taught me a lot. I do have plans to go to film school though. I deferred my New York Film Academy admission for a year. Maybe, after achieving that, I might pursue another degree in Intellectual Property Law,” she said. With poetic ease, she spoke about her style. “My personal style is really a balance of my personality. Not overstated, not understated, just comfortable enough to fit in anywhere; sexy enough to get your attention and classy enough to retain my respect. I’m not into trend. I just create my own fashion attitude. I’m the ultimate classic chic,” she said smilingly.


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uper screen goddess, Oge Okoye Duru, launched her Crystal Glam Make-up and Hairline at The Club, Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos recently. The black and silver carpet kicked off at 2 p.m. Nollywood stars, Rukky Sandar, Angela Okorie, Doris Simeon, Chita Agwu, Ebube Nwagbo, Mimi Orjiekwe, to mention but a few, were present to support their colleague. The event attracted other celebrities and fashion aficionados such as Tese Onokala, Ricarto and Yomi.

Mimi Orjiekwe (left) and Chrales Billion

Oge Okoye Duru and family members cutting the lipstick-shaped cake

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Dude Style I opted for comedy ’cos it’s inborn –Jimboi Jimoh Olayinka Sunday, popularly known as Jimboi, is a rising comedian. In this interview with Victor Udoh, he unveils his dress sense and love for comedy. Can you tell us more about yourself? My name is Jimoh Olayinka Sunday, a Christian, from Ekiti State. I studied Agriculture and Bio Environmental Engineering (formerly Agricultural Engineering) at Lagos State Polytechnic. I’m a comedian, actor and also a musician. Having studied Agriculture and Bio Environment Engineering, why did you choose comedy as vocation? I opted for comedy because it is an inborn. I started comedy when I was very small because I have always loved to make people laugh. I only went to school to study Agriculture to fulfil all righteousness for my parents. But indeed, comedy is my first love. Why are you usually seen in corporate attire? Dressing corporate makes me feel confident and bold, considering my work as a comedian. It is very necessary to always look corporate as the saying goes, ‘the way you dress is the way you will be addressed’. I also wear other lovely attires, but I prefer to look corporate whenever I’m at work or going for events.

Do you wear perfumes? Yes, because perfumes give you a sense of class and also the opportunity for people to easily relate with you, especially when you are wearing a good one. I will use this medium to pass this message across that, please don’t wear local perfumes, they can damage your skin. What is that thing you can never be caught wearing? And do you like wearing tattoo? I can never be caught wearing leggings or feminine clothes. You can never see tattoo on my body; it is against my principle. Besides, I hate people who wear tattoos on their body, it irritates me. Who is your favourite fashion designer? Sexy Steal is a good fashion designer who knows how to design good styles. What do you call your kind of jokes? They are classics and reality jokes, because I talk what is happening in our environment, and of course bring back old-time memories. Also, my jokes are so universal that a Chinese man can understand them. Have you been embarrassed on stage before? Not really, the only time I felt embarrassed was when electricity went off while I was performing on the stage. I was trying to shout but the audience was unable to hear me, because the crowd was much in a large auditorium. Aside from that, I have never been embarrassed on any platform. What is your achievement so far in comedy? I have really achieved a lot in the comedy industry. I won the prestigious Ay’s Open Mic Comedy Challenge 2010’; I also won the ‘Best Comedian MTN Fun Link Campus Competition’. I have graced so many comedy platforms such as ‘Ay Live’ and ‘Rhythms Unplugged’. I also hosted both radio and TV programs. Presently, I do comedy segment on Star FM 101.5. I have received the ‘All Youth Awards’, and of course through comedy, I have been to countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Gambia to mention but a few. I dropped an audio comedy album, in March this year, entitled Enter Th Comedy With Jimboi. At present, I’m working on another project entitled Jim Kowest on TV. What is your philosophy of life? Try and be honest in whatsoever you are doing. But put God first. Make your vision the best; see yourself as the best in whatsoever you are doing in life and remain focused.


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What to wear …to Miss Hot Legs Beauty Pageant JUNE 8, 2014

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ack then in the university, there used to be ‘Miss Hot Legs pageant’ every year. In such an event, the ladies that are expected to compete usually wear skimpy dresses that would flaunt their hot legs, because it’s a leggy affair. At present, such pageants are still being observed on the campuses. If you are invited to such an event and it is specified that you wear something skimpy, you should opt for what fashionable actress, Mimi Orjiekwe, is sporting on this page.


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f you have been away and not aware of what style aficionados wear to events and glamorous outings of late, then take a look at what Nollywood stars and celebrities wore to a recent occasion in Lagos. You definitely will be impressed with the styles here, like bustier leather top which Ebube Nwagbo sports. Check out some other styles on this page and choose that which suits your body frame.

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African Look JUNE 8, 2014

Step out in Afro-centric style and stand out ADAEZE AMOS

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hether you call it Afro-centric or root glamour style, it does not matter. The important thing is that the style evokes the memories of yesteryear. It is worn here by Tese Onokala, a seasoned fashion designer. Check out her hairstyle. It spells Africa. As she stepped on the red carpet, she looked entirely different from her usual self. Thus, if you have a native carnival to attend,, opt p for this hairstyle, y , and look different.


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Nutritional values of eating apple when pregnant

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n apple a day keeps you away from doctor is a common cliché. This is also applicable to you even when you are pregnant. Because this juicy fruit has lots of nutritional values which you and your unborn baby would benefit from. Remember you are what you eat and your unborn baby would be healthier if you eat healthy. This week we are going to unveil those nutritional values embedded in an apple. You will need to know this so that you eat at least one a day. Before we proceed, it may impress you to know that delicious and crunchy apple is one of the popular fruits containing an impressive list of antioxidants and essential nutrients required for good health such as vitamin C and potassium. Below are some nutritional benefits that justify the “apple-a-day” adage. • Benefit: Nutrition, straight up. Packing in quite a bit of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (95) makes apples a filling, sweet snack. Plus, a medium apple counts as 1 cup of fruit, so after eating one you’re well on your way to meeting your daily fruit quota (around 2 cups for adults on a 2,000-calorie diet). They also are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C (providing 14% of the Daily Value) • Weight loss: Apples satisfy hunger for few calories so it’s not surprising that they can be part of a healthy diet that promotes weight loss. And in a recent study, dried apples also helped participants lose some weight. Women who ate a cup of dried apples daily for a year lost some weight and lowered their cholesterol and heart disease markers. Florida State University researchers think apples’ antioxidants and pectin (a type of fiber) are responsible for the benefits—and think that fresh apples would be even more effective.

• Heart health: The Florida State study is not the only one to link apple consumption to heart health. Last year, the Iowa Women’s Health Study reported that, among the 34,000plus women it’s been tracking for nearly 20 years, apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Some years earlier, Finnish researchers studying dietary data collected over 28 years from 9,208 men and women found that frequent apple eaters had the lowest risk of suffering strokes compared with nonapple eaters. Experts attribute the heart-healthy benefits to antioxidant compounds found in apples, which help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation. Plus, the soluble fiber in apples has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels. • Protect against metabolic syndrome People who eat apples may be less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Joyce Hendley reported in Eating Well Magazine that researchers who analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) data, a survey of eating and health habits, found that people who had eaten apples in any form over the past day were 27 percent less likely to have symptoms of metabolic syndrome than those who didn’t. The apple eaters also had lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation whose presence in the blood suggests an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. • Exercise extender: Eating an apple before your evening stroll or mild exercise may boost your exercise endurance. Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs. One study showed that quercetin—when taken in supplement form - helped people bike longer.

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‘I lied to my mother when sent on errand’

did a naughty thing almost every day. One day, I went to a club and when I got to my radio station, I slept throughout. I went to that show to work but I slept throughout. I would have actually gone home but I needed to be there in body for my fans. But the naughtiest thing happened when I was growing up. My mother used to make soap in Air Force Base, Lagos where we lived. She called it ‘Joy Soap’ because she liked the original Joy Soap then. After making the soap, she would send me to go and hawk them. But if I get to where my friends were then, I would just drop my soap tray and hide it. This was because they would laugh and probably call me a soap seller. I was ashamed of hawking soap in front of my friends. When I hide my tray, I would play with them as usual. I would spend the whole day playing with my friends and when they are gone, I would carry my soap tray home and lie to my mum that I combed the whole street but couldn’t sell. While lying, I would pretend as if I was very tired and ill. My poor mum would pity me and give me a huge food for toiling in vain. I was doing that on regular basis. That was honestly naughty. Nuagbe is a comedian, professional event compere/MC and TV presenter.


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lot of factors are responsible for the boredom many find in their relationships or sex life. Apart from the boredom brought by the poor economic situation of the country and the serious efforts by both partners to make ends meet, some other factors have proved to be very crucial. Insignificant as they may be, they determine how each partner looks forward to love-making. For instance, as far as many are concerned, lovemaking is reserved for the bedroom. This idea makes love-making almost a mere routine. This is because confining it to the bedroom can make it boring. It would be wrong to say that many don’t really know that sex is not confined to the bedroom. At one time or the other, especially, during the days of courting, many had had to be spurred to do the unthinkable. That is, they have had to have sex with their partners in places which they no longer thing about today any longer. In those days, may be because of the extent of the passion for the partner, creativity was cheap. However, years after, when the passion has been overwhelmed by some other challenges of life, spicing up your sex life, has, perhaps, become unlikely. All that many do is go home and do it in the dead of the night in the bedroom when all have slept. Making your sex life a routine or monotonous may deny you the value or fun embedded in it. It is like doing the missionary style all the time without varying it. Your partner is bound to be bored. You would also be bored, except if you refuse to acknowledge that. Therefore, to break away from the routine of making love only in the bedroom, there is the need to do something about it. What to do? Spice up the bedroom. And how to do that? Wait for this: “One way to spice things up in the bedroom is to leave the bedroom.” Does that make any sense to you? What that means is that you should break away from the monotony. Get out of your bed and the bedroom and enjoy you sex life elsewhere. Have you ever considered the bath tub? Have you ever considered the kitchen and other places? Not to worry, these places are as good as the bedroom, de-

pending on the way you look at it. Try these other places and you won’t regret that you did. Bath tub: Step into the bath tub with your partner and take turns to lather each other. Excite yourself in different ways as your remain in the tub and have fun. Not all positions can go in this instance. You can manage lying down on you back with your partner straddling you while facing away from you. The woman can also sit on the man’s lap and wrap her legs around his body. Kitchen: You will be amazed at the amount of fun you can get from a place many consider solely reserved for food and food only. The kitchen table isn’t for food alone, your partner could lie on it facing up while the man does his thing. For a fast one, the man could steady his partner against the wall of the kitchen. Library: Like the kitchen, the library could be a place of fun too. Forget about the pile of books or the stale smell of those books that are counting their years on the shelves; they are not restraints. It could be fun having walls of books around you while you are doing it as opposed to the four corners of your bedroom which you are too used to having fun in. Sitting room: For those who have big sitting rooms, having sex on the carpet in a wide area can be real fun. For that period, the centre table may have to go to one corner so that you could have the centre of the room to yourselves. There is almost no sex position that you cannot exploit. There, you are not confined to the size of your bed, but a whole lot of space and you are free to do as you like. The garage: The garage should no longer be reserved for your cars any longer. For once, invade it and be unrestrained in having sex with your partner. It is yours. Isn’t it? If that will take away the boredom of confining yourself to the bedroom all the time, why would you not try it? As in the other places mentioned, it is a way of adding spice to your bedroom. So, what are you waiting for? Try any of these places or others you can think of and enjoy your sex life away from the bedroom. Reactions to 08037801158. Text only, please.

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Cleric unfolds ‘360 Degree’ turnaround

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he General Overseer of Christ the King Rescue Global Mission, located at Fakile Layout, opposite Yewande Bus Stop, Giwa, Ogun State, Prophet Gabriel Olusola Onaolapo, has described the ongoing programme of the church tagged ‘360 Degree’ of Seven Wednesdays as the greatest experience to anyone that needs a turnaround in his life. Apart from testimonies from the previous programme, many will witness the wonders of these Wednesdays. According to him, to experience perfect change which he tags ‘360 Degree’ turnaround, one must be successful in life and this depends on seven factors which are, change in spiritual life, good health, successful marriage, good relationship with others, mental development, career fulfilment and financial Power Below are faces at the one of the event’s sessions:

Prophet Onaolapo delivering his message.

The Evangelists.

Members of the congregation during the 360 Degree of Seven Wednesdays programme of the Mission.

Another section of the congregation

Mrs. Atinuke Fajegbagbe during her testimony.

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At some point, you’ll be bigger than what you earn –Koffi Nuel Koffi Nuel is a versatile artiste, versed in comedy, drama and music. Having grown up in a moderately comfortable home, he says he enjoys producing more than he cherishes money. He also speaks about his rib-cracking jokes, lifestyle and growing up, among other things, in this interview with Victor Udoh. For some time now, you have not been actively participating in stand-up comedy, what is the problem? It is an irony because my landlady complained that anytime she puts on her television, it is me she always sees. It is just like, sometimes, you have to streamline your activities in certain areas. I have been more involved in the production of things you are yet to see, but very soon, it will come on stream. The thing that has been keeping me very busy is the Sitcom I’m working on, like the ‘Aboki Drama series’. I have also been working on my Boomerang album, which is from my company, Wakaman. I ‘m also into some other productions, which I ‘m yet to release. At one point, I really need to be careful about the places I go. When people invite me, I go to every event, but sometimes, you can’t just be everywhere; you need to choose where you go. There is a point you have to be bigger than what you earn. If your name is big, and you cannot financially manage it, it won’t make sense. What is the essence of being popular, but you are not financially buoyant? It is not worth it. I will rather concentrate on making money quietly than being a loud mouth and nothing to show for it. I like the way I’m structuring my business and life now. I can rest now and do more of constructive work, rather than just jump everywhere for popularity sake. You have been active in both Sitcom and Stand-up comedies, which do you prefer? First, I’m a comedian. My means of expression could be anywhere. It can be stand-up or sit-down comedy, drama or music. That shows that the brand is working. Some people say ‘Jack of all trade, master of none’, but for me, I’m

doing ‘master of the same trade’, because it is still entertaining; either comedy, drama or music. They fall into the same entertainment genre, since I have not gone to sell salt or oil. I’m still in the business of entertainment because after you have been given the opportunity of so many gifts from God, it would be unfair for me not to use them. How was your growing up like? My growing up was not so bad; I’m among the few comedians who don’t crack jokes about their background, because we were comfortable. I didn’t know if we were rich or poor; all I know is that my father was meeting our needs, and my parents really sacrificed a lot. I didn’t know, but we were just average. It was when I grew up that I realised what we had and so many people didn’t. Some people have it more, but we were brought up with so much responsibility and contentment. I didn’t know if we were poor or rich; all that I know is that I lived and grew up in the best environment/area. I didn’t know poverty during my growing up years. Everything I wanted was in place for me. You have been in comedy for long, so spontaneous when cracking jokes, what is your staying power? It is God that touches the heart of the followers and fans. It is not my doing. It is the abundant of His blessings that he gives us excess. It is just in the system. I’m just coming from an event now and people were just laughing at the jokes. I have to tell the audience that I didn’t prepare any joke from the house. I got all the materials from the spot. Some of them were surprised that it’s just the grace God that has been

keeping me in the show business. It is a natural thing; it keeps flowing from the system. What really inspires you? God inspires me a lot, as well as my environment. I read a lot and observe things around me, because I’m conscious of what I want to make impact on. I want to talk about things I see that affect me personally, and the way I see them affecting other people. That has continuously been enlarging my scope and my archives, because there is a lot to say. When you are just stuck on yourself; that is when you have limited materials. But when you see the larger picture; you want to discuss an issue because there are things to talk about other people that you’d discover more materials to yourself. That is what inspires me. What do you have to say about the young and up-andcoming comedians? People like me are still up-and-coming. I have not seen myself as having arrived, because if you think you are there, that means you are done. One of the greatest mistakes Michael Jackson made was that he was so big to collaborate with other artistes. That was what killed him; not that he’s not good individually. But a time came for him to make a change but he refused. That was where his downfall started from. I like carrying people along; that is one of my greatest joys in life. I tell a lot of young people coming up to do the same, carry yourself along; it will really help you in the comedy industry. Then, be very original in what you do; you don’t try to make me be yourself. Put God first in whatsoever you are doing.

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TV Base has revealed the nominees for Best International Act at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2014. The five nominees competing in the category include hip-hop star, Drake (Canada); R&B goddess, Beyoncé (USA); R&B stunner, Rihanna (Barbados); singer/songwriter, Pharrell (USA), and pop phenomenon, Miley, Cyrus (USA).

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Wizkid, Phyno, others join MAMA 2014 performers

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he sizzling hot performer line-up for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2014 just got even hotter with the addition of African artistes and nominees Diamond, Wizkid, Phyno and Yuri da Cunha. These artistes will join previously announced performers, French Montana, Miguel, Trey Songz, Davido, Uhuru, Mafikizolo, Oskido, Professor, Tiwa Savage and Flavour at the stunning pan-African celebration of mu-

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sic, youth culture and lifestyle. Legendary stand-up comic, film and television sensation, Marlon Wayans, is to host MAMA 2014, which went live from the ICC, Durban at 22:00 CAT, yesterday, broadcasting around the world on MTV, MTV Base, BET International and affiliate stations. With hundreds of thousands of votes already cast, public voting for 2014 MTV Africa Music is on.

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Beauty Aghedo now brand ambassador of HWF

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eauty Aghedo aka B’Dash, the winner of Star Quest 2011 (D’Beats Group), has become the Brand Ambassador/ Face of Healing Wings Foundation, HWF. However, HWF is a “public health and empowerment programme initiated to assist Nigerians suffering from cancer epidemic and other related diseases, rekindling the hope of the masses”, said Mr. Sam Oladunjoye, the project coordinator. Consequently, Miss Aghedo is expect-

ed to adopt these HWF as her pet project, initiate programmers that will showcase the HWF as an NGO that is committed to the welfare of the masses. She will also support community health and empowerment programmers with all available resources, encourage and gather friends, colleagues, and associates to support the outfit financially. –Victor Udoh

ongues of Unity Records’ artiste, Righteousman, makes a debut in the video of his single, ‘No!’ in partnership with Now Muzik. The video was shot in various locations within Lagos and features a host of cameo appearances from some of the biggest names within the music industry, both past and present. Some of the cameo appearances featured in the video include 2Face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Mode 9,Orits Wiliki, Ade Bantu, Dele Taiwo, African China, Daddy Showkey, Sunny Nneji, Ras Kimono, and Buchi. Other cameos include DJ Tee, Lord of Ajasa, Felix Duke, Frank De Nero, Black Face, Terry G, Elajoe, Obiwon, Osita Iheme, K Slim, Romeo and more. With the recent spate of violence caused by religious insurgency, political turmoil, and corruption in all facets of our existence, the release of the video for the single, ‘No!’ could not have been scheduled for a more appropriate time than this. The song is conscious as it echoes the frustration of the average Nigerian as we watch our country being edged towards anarchy

with no decisive intervention coming from our leaders. Righteousman is a music artiste whose genre of expression tends towards reggae. He is signed to Tongues of Unity Entertainment Company that has entered into a joint venture with Now Muzik to proffer label/management solution services on his project. Now Muzik is Nigeria’s premiere 360 degrees entertainment solutions company with primary focus on music. Subsidiaries of the company include Now Muzik Recordings, Now Muzik Management, Buckwyld Media, Scriptoria PR and NM Encore which is the events arm of the company. Now Muzik has represented some of the industry’s biggest names including Sunny Neji, Paul Play Dairo, Rugged man, Ill Bliss, Obiwon, Niyola, Tunde and Wunmi Obe, Faze, Timi Dakolo, Mr. Raw and many more. The company currently has in its management and/or label roaster top talents like J. Martins, Naeto C, EFA, Tony Oneweek, 2face Idibia, Rocksteady, K Slim, and Romey. –Adaeze Amos

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uvit Records, an emerging music label, abel, has unveiled her newest star, Frank Chinedu Okafor, popularly known as Rhymes as he hits the Nigerian music scene with his new single entitled ‘Beautiful’. ful’. The event which held recently at the Rhapsody Bar at the Ikeja Shopping mall, Lagos was media parley where the record label disclosed to journalists that Muvit Records was ready to take the business of music making g to the next level by the kind of music and stars they will be debuting ebuting to music lovers in the country. CEO of Muvit Records, John Elukame, e, said at the event that, “Muvit Records is a labell that depicts action. It was created in October 2013 and already set to make waves in the Nigerian rian music industry. “Today, we are unveiling a new star, Rhymes, mes, whose kind of music will be loved by both the young and the old. It’s a club song that will reign from Lagos down to the East and will ill be enjoyed by everyone who listens to it. “The audio and the video were shot by y professionals and this shows that we are e here strictly for business and to create a new w concept in the Nigerian music industry’’. Elukame reiterates that the music label el is here to feed the minds of music lovers with h lyrics that will be fun and at the same time pass good d messages to the listener. “Muvit Records is a virgin label that is here to stay and Rhymes is the official artiste. He is a young man who has talent for music and we are sure he will hit it big in the industry. “He is signed in to Muvit Records for a period of four years and after two years, we re-negotiate. tiate. We are entering the music industry to do things ings better and differently than what is obtainable le in the industry,” he said. Okafor Rhymes’ new single ‘Beautiful’ is a dance track, nce track light-hearted and with good instrumentation that is guaranteed to be a party starter with fun lyrics that is easy to sing along to. The audio was produced by hit-maker, Dtunes, while the music video was directed by Matt Max. Both the audio and video are already heard in TV and radio stations nationwide. –Adaeze Amos


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TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART JUNE 8, 2014

‘Help, my second husband is impotent!’ What is happening in Felicia’s life evokes what actually happened in her mother’s life. Her problem is her marriage. She married Godwin who nearly battered her to death. She fled at the right time for dear life. Edwin, the second man she married according to her, is impotent and she is contemplating leaving him. But she is worried because she wouldn’t want to toe her mother’s footsteps. “The man in whose house my mother is putting up is her fifth husband. I feel ashamed to say this before my friends,” says Felicia, sadly. Below is her story:

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elicia is the third girl in a family of five siblings. She has two younger brothers and two elder sisters whose marriages had hit the rock. “Before my elder sister, Dorothy, got married, she used to say before my mother that her marriage would stand the test of time. That she would never abscond from the marriage no matter what happened. She did say it as if she was mocking my mother who had never been lucky with the men. Mummy would only defend herself by saying that ‘the woman who had married up to five men never bargained for that. It was fate that caused it’. “When my elder sister eventually became married, all was well with her in her marriage at the beginning. Uncle Newman her husband was all she desired for - very caring, loving and was there for my sister. But when she was unable to have a child for him, the man took a drastic turn and changed. He started spending more time in beer parlours with friends no one believed he could hang out with. They ended up advising him wrongly. Hence, he started being hostile to his wife so much that he had to throw my sister out of his house after the seventh year of their fruitless marriage,” said Felicia. Dorothy had no choice than to come home to “our mother who was at that time living with her third husband. After living with them for a while, she had to leave when my mother’s husband was showing some signs of wanting to date her. She had to quickly pack her things and came home to stay with our aged grandmother who interestingly was looking for who would nurse her. My sister didn’t see that as a problem because granny was a good woman to be with. She had no dull moments. Though she was old and weak, all her strength was in her mouth. She could tell you juicy stories until you beg her to stop. She was the one that told my sister that what was happening in my mother’s life concerning her marriage didn’t start with her alone…that all the daughters of Ihediohanma, their late grandfather had such a problem. And that the same problem is now affecting their children. She encouraged my sister to try and endure what no human in their family line had ever tried to solve,” she revealed. Felicia vowed that such a thing would never affect her, “because I would never

make same mistakes they made. My mother told me that the first man who married her couldn’t come back immediately after the civil war. She thought the man was dead after waiting for him for six months. She had to become a second wife to another man who was already married. She had to leave him when the man’s first wife became fetish and threatened to kill her. She took the three girls she already had for him and left. I still blame her for remarrying and never waited for her first husband who came back almost a year after the war.” When Godwin came to ask for Felicia’s hand in marriage, she had no choice than to agree because she was already pregnant for him. “We dated for more than two years. When I was pregnant, he was happy to propose marriage to me as if he was waiting for that. He eventually said that he was scared that what happened to Dorothy my childless elder sister might happen to me. I accepted his marriage proposal and brought him to my mother. She referred my suitor to my father, the man whose first wife nearly killed her. Although she was the one that raised my elder sisters and I. she said that my father was supposed to receive my bride price according to the tradition,” Felicia added. The traditional marriage was done “and I could remember my father saying that if along the line I decided not to marry Godwin again, that I should count him out of that. That he would never be a party to a lady leaving her husband for any reason. When I heard that, my heart skipped. I knew he was referring to my mother who kept a straight face throughout the ceremony. My father prayed and blessed me and Godwin. But when it was time for my mother to pray for us, I whispered to her not to bother about that because I wondered the kind of marital blessings she would be giving to me. I pleaded for Mama Obiageli, her good friend who came with her and who

had remained in her first husband’s house for years, to lay hands on me and pray. My mum managed to smile as she allowed her friend to pray. It was later that I got to know that she felt bad because of that.” The marriage went well for two years before it was as if the devil dropped a spanner in it. “Before I came into Godwin’s house as his wife, he was paying for the house rent of his two elder sisters in Lagos. When I was married into his family, I told him to desist from that because the ladies were working and earning some money. Moreover, he now has more responsibilities. He called and told them what his wife said. That was how my problem started. They vowed that they would make my marriage unbearable for me. When I told my husband what his sisters said, he couldn’t confront them. He only told me to ignore them; that they were frustrated for not getting married at their age. But each time they visited, it was usually when my husband had gone out. They would rain curses and tell me to my face that I would still do what my mum did; changing husbands like wrapper. The worse was that when I ran to my mother for counselling and encouragement, she would rebuff me and reminded me how I refused to allow her pray for me on my traditional marriage day. So, I was on my own with my husband who became a brute overnight,” she said, in tears. What made Felicia run away from her matrimonial home was the day she picked her husband’s phone call. “The caller continued even when I had told her that he was in the bathroom. She felt I was lying and continued calling. When I told her to leave her message with me if it was urgent, she said I should go and learn telephone manners, that I was rude. She dropped and I held my peace. When my husband stepped out of the bathroom, I told him about the desperate caller and how she insulted me. Without responding, he went to where he kept his phone,

checked it and saw the name. He called back and while he was discussing with the lady, I left to prepare his breakfast because he had warned me never to listen to his telephone conversations. When I was coming back with the tea kettle that contained some hot water, he suddenly pounced on me, took the water and poured on me. He accused me of being rude to the caller. As if that wasn’t enough, he punched me, not caring where they landed on me. Had it not been for our neighbours’ intervention, I would have ended in the hospital,” Felicia said. But Godwin didn’t stop. He continued beating his wife so much that neighbours became used to Felicia’s cries waking them up almost every morning. “It got to the extent that they started pitying me. Those girls that I was older than, were even advising me on how to live with an irrational husband. When I realised that he had started takng counsel with his two elder sisters, I had to leave in peace. He never bothered to look for me. That was my mother’s first advice in my marriage that I hearkened to. She told me to leave Godwin’s house alive because his two sisters were bent on evacuating me even in death.” When she left, “I didn’t want to stay with my mum, neither did I want to leave Lagos for my granny’s residence in village. I decided to put up with a friend somewhere at Surulere, Lagos. Rosa was kind to have accommodated me and my only son, Ambrose. We lived there for a year and she never complained. I had no money to pay her back for her kindness. All I did happily was to keep her house clean and washed her car every morning. It wasn’t much of a problem because she allowed me drive her car once in a while. Edwin her neighbbour taught me how to drive, something that Godwin promised to do but he didn’t fulfill. Apart from teaching me how to drive, he offered his shoulders for me to lean on when I was in need of financial help. He continued to do this until we started dating. When Rosa got married and left, a cousin of hers who paid for the two-bedroom apartment couldn’t accommodate me and my son. We had to move in to live with Edwin. We started dating until he proposed marriage to me. The marriage ceremony wasn’t an elaborate one. He only paid back to Godwin the money he paid for my bride price; which he accepted happily. He said that he would be paying his son’s school fees and giving me feeding allowance for him until he clocked 10, then he would come for him.” While Edwin and Felicia were dating, he never made love to her. “And I admired his self control not knowing that it was a ploy to cover up his weakness,” Felicia revealed. •Readers, watch out next week for Felicia’s discovery.


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Understanding, key for progress in life, says Prophet Oloruntimilehin General Overseer of Omnipotence Mission of God, Prophet Joshua Daramola Oloruntimilehin, in this admonition, explains the role of ‘understanding’ in making progress. Excerpts:

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nderstanding is the key to which a person could live a meaningful and successful life in this world. Whosoever is endowed with understanding owns the key to all things. The Bible says in the book of Hosea 4:6 that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowldege...” What is knowledge or who is a knowledgible person? A knowledgible person is the one that understands the mysteries around him or her. A person that lacks knowledge will not understand how to handle his or her life because the Bible says in the book of Proverbs 16:21 that “Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it...”

Also Proverbs 21:16 says “A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead”. Some people never believe they are living an unpleasant life. Even when you try to enlighten and correct such people, they tend to be acting or behaving within the limit of their own personal understanding. Imagine a child that is being encouraged to acquire education at early stage of his life but he is so engrossed in playing around and catching fun while his peers are busy going to school while some engage in one apprenticeship or the other. Being playful is what the child understands at that particular time. The child does not have the grasp of the value of quality education at that time. What preoccupy his mind is that there are so many people not educated but are successful. However, after some years later, his peers have now gone their seperate ways, he is now left alone without education or any apprentice skill. He discovers his irrelevance in the society and inferiority complex sets in his life while his educated peers are successful in their chosen careers. He finds it difficult to join them in any meaningful discussion because he is not on the same level with his peers. Later, he realised how

far he had played with his time. What was missing in him was understanding of his playing days. Similarly, if everyone understands and have the knowledge about the job to choose in life, no one would not live above poverty level or average life. For instance, a person that is supposed to be an auto mechanic/ engineer by profession but works in a bank. A male member of my ministry was into clearing and forwarding business and always complained about his living in poverty. The spirit of God revealed to me that he had engaged in a wrong profession that he should go into selling of metal products preferable iron and steel materials. After six months, he came back to me in his own car, then I told him that he lacked understanding of what he was doing before. Furthermore, a lady seeking for the fruit of the womb came to me for prayers and prophetic consultation. Again, the spirit of God revealed to me that she had terminated several pregnancies when she was single. She lacked understanding because she believed she was enjoying her life but the reality of life dawned on her when she got no longer young. After my insistence that she aborted thirteen pregnancies, she bursted in tears and confessed she had done abortion. My candid advice for her was that no man of God can provide children for her except God Himself so all she needs is to continually pray to God for forgiveness of her sins because it takes the grace of God for her to conceive again. In the Christendom, there are many pastors but some are not destined to be pastors. Before a person becomes a pastor, nobody will tell the person. He will have the in-depth understanding right from his mind and will be called by God Almighty. His ministry will grow and flourish. It is imperative for all married women to know that any of them that engage in extra-mar-

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ital affairs lacks understanding. The spiritual truth is that it has repercussion on their children and the husband finds it difficult to progress in life. It is obvious that when such women attain old age and her children, that is when the children start experiencing difficulties and problem. Then the mother attributes these problems to principalities of the world instead of herself i.e. her past misdemeanor. Brethren, wisdom, knowledge and understanding are crucial to human existence in this life. These need to be applied in everything we do so that we live a meaningful and successful life. People encounter various difficulties and problems e.g. accidents, attacks and even untimely death. The Bible says in

the book of Ephesians 5:16: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”. If people know and have understanding of the impending dangers ahead, they would not go out that day. That is why the Bible says in the book of Proverbs 29:18 that “where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law”. This being the reason why we prophets of God prophecy to someone what is about to happen be it good or bad. Wherever the vision of God is not acknowledged by the people, there is every tendency for people to perished without solution.

‘Approaching great things with shallow mind’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 you are among those that complain of who will take care of your children if you accept to do the work of God, then you are not yet ready to be a follower. The fact remains that whether you do the will of God or not, you will still take care of your children. However, if God is not with you, you cannot afford to take care of your children. Without God, you can do nothing; so, why should you pursue project that has no grace? If I were you, I will do something that has grace so that when I cry to heaven, God will answer me, than doing something that will cut off the grace of God from me. It is better to do the will of God and prosper in it than for you to walk against it. Esther decided to go and die if her action would amount to that. But she didn’t die and yet saved her people. That is the quality of those who approach great things with great mind. It is a perfect example to ensure what we fear doesn’t come to us. If we do

the will of God, we will be flourished and exalted. So let us not approach this great mandate of evangelising the world with a shallow mind. Let it not be that we want to go and win the war and at same time we are afraid to go to war, or are thinking about our family, future, business and material things of the world. The great task and its requirement Our heavenly Father has given us a clear threefold vision to fulfil. The visions are as follow; 1. Grassroots revival all over the world. That is turning everyone from sin such as adultery, ignorant, fornication, robbery, wickedness of all manner, etc, and exposing them to the knowledge of the true God- the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 2. Revival of the apostolic Christian experiences among the body of Christthat is ensuring the experiences of the apostles such as genuine salvation, sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, zeal, love,

evangelism, humility, compassion, faith, fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit are instilled in the people, and above all, ensuring that those qualities of life that are missing in the body of Christ are restored. 3. Heaven at last. That is reviving the heaven consciousness in the heart of believers all over the world. It is a well known fact that before the emergency of our ministry, the focus of heaven mindedness has been missing in the lives of believers in their various categories ranging from General Overseers, Pastors, workers, evangelists, etc, in the church. Many of them have derailed in their commission; many have engaged themselves in the affairs of this world, while many have joined same rat race with the people of this world before but all these changed when God gave us the threefold vision and the ten billion souls’ mandate. In fact, church leaders hardly emphasise on heaven before the emergency of

this ministry and it requires one who has forsaken all, one who is pure, who possess all the virtues and one who has heaven in mind to emphasise on these things and even to make it at last. And if the case is so, I want to let you know that we have to give the commission what it requires. If we must bring back this consciousness of the apostles of old, we must forsake all, we must have heaven in mind. That is why God called us and gave us the vision for this ministry which was established by Him. So for us to be properly fitted into this project of causing revival all over the world, we must give it what it takes, and what it takes is forsaking all. What it takes is taking the position of Esther who said if she perished, she perished. What it takes is matching the vision and mandate with seriousness. So if we must achieve this, we must have heaven in mind.


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eaching and preaching of the Word of God demands thorough knowledge and skills which can only be acquired after working with an expert for some time. Paul was trained by Gamaliel, Elijah trained Elisha, Joshua was under the control of Moses for a long time before God told him to take over the leadership of Israel after the death of Moses. Jesus understood the need for training hence, he chose 12 men who were with him for training and he later sent them out before he finally handed over to them the great commission because he knew that they did not only understand his mission, they knew what and how to carry out their mission. I want to claim that over 80 per cent of men and women who profess to be church leaders have not spent some time in a training college, attended any seminary, and participated in any apprenticeship, internship or assistantship programme. The economic situation of the country and non- availability of a regulatory body for pastorate make it easy for anybody to pastor in Nigeria. Christianity is about the teaching of Jesus Christ. The message is simple and clear but unfortunately churches establish doctrines that hinder the message and divide the messengers. Today we hear of another gospel different to what Jesus gave us to preach and teach. Nigeria is blessed with over 60 per cent of the population of the nation serving Jesus but like many things in our counRapture Expectant Ministry

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hen the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4, 5.

The Saviour’s coming was foretold in Eden. When Adam and Eve first heard the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first born son, hoping that he might be the deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried. Those who first received died without the sight. From the days of Enoch, the promise was repeated through patriarchs and prophets, keeping alive the hope of His appearing, and yet He came not. The prophecy of Daniel revealed the time of His advent, but not all rightly interpreted the message. Century passed away: the voices of the prophets ceased. The hand of the oppressor was heavy upon Israel, and many were ready to exclaim,” the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth, ” Ezekiel 12:22. But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God’s purposes know no haste and no delay. Through the symbols of the great darkness and the smoking furnace, God had revealed to Abraham the bondage of Israel in Egypt, and had declared that the time of their sojourning should be four hundred years. “Afterward,” He said, “shall they come out with great substances”- Genesis 15:14. Against that word, all the

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The understanding of speaking in tongues try, the leadership is always the problem. How can you give what you do not have? Jesus instructed his believers to go and preach and teach, while Paul encouraged Timothy when he said, ‘’ And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.’’ 2 Tim 2:2. Are all the professed ministers today qualified to teach others? The Bible exhorts us, ‘’ Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings…’’ Heb 13 : 9a. My aim is to biblically and theologically explain what Bible the only authority on the Word of God says about spiritual gifts especially speaking in tongues. The use of tongues has brought a lot of argument among Pentecostals and other Christian denominations as well. Paul, a highly respected teacher, evangelist and theologian in his ministry around the world of his time met believers who did not either understand the word of God or who applied the word wrongly, then took his time to correct them. Today the Word of God is preached out of context, manipulated, simplified and sometime the message is completely replaced. To understand the Bible for application to human situation, it must be studied historically, biblically and exegetically. I want to believe that there was a confusion or misunderstanding concerning spiritual gifts in the church in Corinth just as there is in the present church especially in Nigeria. Paul said to the Corinthians, ‘’ And now brothers, I want to write about special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of you, for I don’t want any misunderstanding about them.’’ I Cor 12 : 1. The study of the

First Book of Corinthians from Chapter 12 through to 14 confirms that believers should allow the Word of God to guide all their thoughts and actions. Bible talks about ‘’various kinds of tongues ‘’as a gift from Holy Spirit. The beginning of speaking in tongues can be traced to the beginning of the church. Let us explore the Bible. ‘’Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave the utterance.’’ Acts 2 :3 – 4. On the day of Pentecost, 120 individuals, they must have included the 12 disciples of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, all the women who were with him at Golgotha and probably some blind, lepers and those that Jesus healed were together and Holy Spirit descended on them as he has promised. A tongue of flame that indicates the presence of Holy Spirit came and rested on each of them. The Bible said, ‘’…they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’’ and they all ‘’ began to speak with OTHER tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance’’. Note importantly that this gift of Holy Spirit is for everybody but the gift of speaking in tongues is not for everybody. Peter confirmed that the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit ‘’..is to you and your children and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.’’ Acts 2 : 38 – 39. What happened on the day of Pentecost was that God gave them a gift of speaking in OTHER tongues –HUMAN LANGUAGES (understandable languages) because people from many nations of the world understood what the Galileans who never learnt their languages said. Speaking in tongues is speaking HEAVENLY LAN-

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power of Pharaoh’s proud empire battled in vain. On “the self – same day “ appointed in the divine promise, “it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt“ -Exodus 12:41. So the Jews were scattered everywhere, and their expectation of the messiah’s coming was to some extent shared by the Gentile. Among those whom the Jews styled heathen were men who had a better understanding of the scripture prophecies concerning the Messiah than the teachers in Israel. There were some who hoped for His coming as deliverer from sin. Philosophers endeavored to study into the mystery of the Hebrew economy. But the bigotry of the Jews hindered the spread of the light. Intent on maintaining the separation between themselves and other nations, they were unwilling to impart the knowledge they still possessed concerning the symbolic service. The true interpreted must come. The one whom all these types prefigured must explain their significance. Through nature, through types and symbols, through patriarchs and prophets, God had spoken to the world. Lessons must be given to humanity in the language of humanity. The messenger of the covenant must speak. His voice must be heard in His own temple. Christ must come to utter words which should be clearly and definitely understood. He, the author of truth, must separate truth from chaff of man’s utterance, which had made it of no effect. The principles of God’s government and the plan of redemption must be clearly defined. The lessons of the Old Testament must be

fully set before men. Among the Jews there were yet steadfast souls, descendants of that holy line through whom knowledge of God had been preserved. These still looked for the hope of their promise made unto the fathers. They strengthened their faith by dwelling upon the assurance given through Moses, “A prophets shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you”- Acts 3: 22. Again, they read how the Lord would anoint one “to preach good tidings unto the meek,” to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,” and to declare the in heavens’ council the hour for the coming of Christ had been determined. When the great clock of the time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son; providence had directed the movements of nations, and the tide of human impulse and influence, until the world was ripe for the coming of the deliverer. The nations were united under one government. One language was widely spoken, and was everywhere recognized as the language of literature. From all hands, the Jews of the dispersion gathered to Jerusalem to the annual feats. As this returned to the places of their sojourn, they could spread through the world the tidings of the messiah’s coming. At this time, the systems of heathenism were losing their hold upon the people. Men were weary of paganism and fable. They longed for a religion that could satisfy the heart. While the light of the truth seemed to

GUAGES which nobody can understand except somebody has a gift to interpret. It is one of the nine spiritual gifts of God for the service of the Church. Acts 2 : 7 – 11, 28. Tongues cannot be considered as conventional human languages but heavenly languages, so, they require a gift of spirit to have them interpreted. Prophecy is more desirable than tongues because prophecy is speaking to men in the languages they understand that can bring spiritual progress but a person who speaks in tongues speaks to God. Speaking in tongues in the church without anybody interpreting is useless. Paul warns, ‘’ If someone is given the gift of speaking in uncommon tongues, he should pray also for the gift of knowing what he has said so that he can tell people afterwards plainly.’’ I Cor 14 : 13. Prophecy which is speaking the deep truths of God is what people need. The gift of speaking in tongues is not the most important gift and it is not needed for salvation of man. Many churches insist that all members must speak in tongues, this is a very wrong assumption or belief. It is wrong to enforce the speaking in tongues in the church of God. Speaking in tongues must not be condemned but when spoken, there must be an interpreter or as Paul said, ‘’ If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.’’ I Cor 14 : 26 – 28. Paul finally advised, ‘’ So my fellow believers, long to be prophets so that you can preach God’s message plainly and never say it is wrong to speak in tongues……….’’ I Cor 14 : 39 – 40. • Prof. Kunle Macaulay is the Director of Studies of United Bible University, Lagos. Phone : +447448533586; email: profkunlemacaulay@yahoo.com have departed from among men, there were souls who were looking for light, and who were filled with perplexity and sorrow, they were thirsting for knowledge of the living God, for some assurance of a life beyond the grave. As the Jews had departed from God, faith had grown dim, and hope had well-nigh ceased to illuminate the future. The words of the prophets were uncomprehended. To the masses of the people, death was dread mystery: beyond was uncertainty and gloom. It was not alone the wailing of the mothers of Bethlehem, but the cry from the great heart of humanity, that was borne to the prophet across the centuries – the voice heard in Ramah, “ lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not “- Mathew 2: 18. In the region and shadow of death, “Men sat unsolaced that darkness should be dispelled, and the mystery of the future should be made plain. Outside of the Jewish nation, there were men who foretold the appearance of a divine instructor. These men were seeking the truth, and to them the spirit of inspiration was imparted. One after another, like stars in the darkened heavens, such teachers had arisen. Their words of prophecy had kindled hope in the hearts of thousand s of the Gentile world. For hundreds of years the scriptures had been translated into the Greek language, and then widely spoken throughout the Roman Empire. •Your Steward: Pastor Jacob Ade-David can be reached at No. 54/56 Okesuna Street, Lagos Island Lagos. Tel: 08023535110, 08023539857,, 08034078158, Email:jacobpastordavid@yahoo.com Rapture Expectant Ministry


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was invited to a programme where the woman of God showed to us the mind of God concerning female dressing. It was really an eye opener for me, making me to understand that God takes great cognisance of how we dress not only our heart as we have been made to believe over the years. That the first and the highest level of disobedience is we not dressing the same way as our G. O’s wife who is our perfect example. With all these and many more, immediately l changed my dress mode. However, this doesn’t go down well with my husband who said if l don’t change back into dressing worldly, exposing part of my body, l should get out of his life so that he can get another lady that will be ready to do that. What should l do?

This is a tough question because there are lots of controversies with the issue of female dressing. However, l will answer it with the help of the Holy Spirit the Bible way. First, let me compliment what the woman of God told you, so that people will really understand what you are saying. “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). A Christian woman should want to dress modestly - to dress differently from the world.

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Dressing right as a woman

Unfortunately, since the 1950’s, mothers (even Christian ones) have often failed to guide their children in matters of modesty. We live in a fallen world. God sees everything. The fact is that Jesus can see you just fine right now, from all of the way up in Heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus knows how you dress, and He knows whether or not you are trying to dress in a manner which ultimately glorifies Him. Does dressing in a way that glorifies Jesus matter to you? I pray that it does. For the Bible says in 1 Peter 2:9, that “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him”. 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord”. Therefore, here is a basic rule to keep in mind: Never wear anything you would not want to wear in front of Jesus. Would you want Jesus to return while you were wearing “that outfit”? (You know - the “hot” one). Also, what image are you presenting to the world? As a Christian, do you not represent Christ to this lost and dying world?

1Timothy 4:12, “... but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” In this generation, we are the Bible the world is reading. However, sanctification in the matter of wardrobe selection can be a rather difficult matter to discuss. Nevertheless, how a Christian woman presents herself in the church and to the unsaved world is of extreme importance. Sadly, Nollywood, Hollywood and Bollywood dictate so much of the world’s concepts of a woman’s image. Therefore, it can seem difficult to go against worldly trends and seek beauty in purity and simplicity of dress. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (I Timothy 2:9-10). Why is modesty in women’s dress preached so rarely today? Sadly, most pastors are too afraid of losing members to enforce a dress code of any kind at their churches. It’s an uncomfortable topic for a pastor to discuss because it will not help him to win any popularity contests with his youthful members, (or their parents – who nowadays often rush to the defense of their children whether their children are right or wrong!). Not surprisingly, it will tend to make people angry when their sin of immodesty and vanity is exposed. Therefore, most preachers today, (most of whom care more about money than about pleasing God), just simply side-step this issue and do not deal with this matter of dressing modestly.”...that women adorn themselves in

Overcoming the forces of wickedness Prophet Lai Bamidele, General Overseer of Christ Glorious End-time Evangelical Ministry, Abule-Egba, Lagos, in this exhortation, teaches on how to overcome forces of wickedness. Excerpts:

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oday, I want to appreciate God for using me as a vessel to minister His words and also to thank Him for our lives. Today, I shall be sharing with you the message titled Overcoming the forces of wickedness. Listen! When you speak, Satan is weakened. This is why we shall rise and pray; for there is need to pray over what is happening in this nation. Things must not continue this way. Nigeria is a country that used to be known for its peacefulness, but now, it has become a nation where innocent blood is being shed. There is every need for us to as believers, especially we Christians to pray; to speak to the situation on ground. That is why I said when you speak, Satan is weakened. So today, we want to speak, we want to intercede on behalf of this country because, nobody knows who will be the next victim.

Listen! When your motive is pure, God’s backing is sure. This is why I want to encourage you today. Let your heart be pure, let your motive be sincere. Just like I said before, when your motive is pure, God’s backing is sure. There are many people today that Satan has chosen as his target, but because of the pureness of heart and motive, every device of Satan, every satanic manipulation this day shall be scattered. Listen! You can only prevail as a lion, and not as a sheep. You can only prevail when you act as a lion not as a sheep. One of the reasons why these people are killing Christians is because they act like sheep. But from now on, I urge you Christians to act as lions and confront the problem headlong. But I also tell you before the end of this month, all those who have been

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tormenting people in this country shall perish with their families. Listen, I urge you to pray very well, for it is only in fervent prayers done by those who are really hot in the spirit and it is these who can tell us how painful it is. These insurgents have killed lots of Christians; pastors, evangelists and other children of God who had committed no offence against them for any reason what so ever. If I be who I am, I say unto you this day that before the end of this month, everyone pursuing you, pursuing your success, pursuing your career shall be swallowed up. Listen to me! There is a clear difference between David and his siblings; when they were facing obstacles, the siblings had nothing to do, but David arose. Others may refuse to rise, but it is time for us to arise. If I be who I am, before the end of this month, all those tormenting this country Nigeria will cease to exist. How can we imagine our nation Nigeria which was known for its peacefulness to now become a place where people are been bombed and kidnapped at random? The other day, someone said they were selling human head for twelve thousand naira; the arms go for a certain price so also other parts of the body. Imagine what humans go through now; the human life has been reduced to that of lower animals. Everyone using the blood of humans for one fetish reason or the other, if I be the man of God, before the end of this month, they shall die with their children. Listen to me! The Bible laid emphasis on the issue of David’s family, stating that David’s brothers chose not to do anything about the obstacles before them, but David did a different thing. Listen to me! When you choose not to do anything over your situation, Satan is free to deal with you, Satan is free to torment you,

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and the enemy is free to do whatever he wishes with you. But listen to me, if you arise and confront the enemy, the Bible says Satan will flee. If there is a mate of yours who always confronts you and you are always afraid of confronting this person, tomorrow, he will have the guts to do more sorrowful things to you. But hear me, if you decide to rise, as if you are saying ‘I am ready to die, I will fight you with the last drop of my blood, you will see that person will retreat because he has discovered that you know your right, you know what you are supposed to do. Hear me today; there is someone reading this message today, if I be the prophet of God, whosoever is pursuing the journey of your life, that is fighting the journey of your life, after today’s message, they will end their journey in the grave. Amen. The brothers of David, they saw the obstacles ahead of them and they felt it was too great for them; they were afraid, but one young boy by the name David, stood his ground and

modest apparel...” (I Timothy 2:9). If we wish to please God, let us be frank here about dressing modestly. Whether you are 13 or 60, or anywhere in between, your private parts and knees should be kept covered. Don’t make ushers blush in church. A woman who has been “blessed by God” must not proclaim it to the world. God’s blessing is to be enjoyed by your husband and your infant children. Remember, it is not necessary to reveal and/or display “cleavage”. Should you show off the skin on your arms? Is this modest? The fact is sleeveless blouses (“tank tops”) and halter-tops or halter dresses are not necessary. Remember, God sees how you dress. Dress in a way that pleases Him. What about showing off the skin of your legs? Do you think that God wants you to show off your legs to strangers on the street? Is this modest dressing? Remember, your knees are best used for kneeling in prayer. There is no need to show them off to men. Therefore, keep your dresses and skirts below the knees. Longer is definitely more modest than shorter. Great care should be taken to ensure modesty in dress. This care will show that you respect the body that God has given you. It will also help to point people to your Savior, rather than pointing them toward you and your body.

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said to the Philistine, ‘today is today, I shall see to your downfall.’ Even Saul the king of Israel was afraid of the Philistines and their giant hit man Goliath, but the little boy David stood his ground and killed the giant thereby defeating the Philistines as he flew in fright. Today, you too can confront your obstacles and overcome them just like David did with the Philistines. For you to enjoy peace, you must confront your enemies headlong. For this nation, Nigeria, to get back to its former peaceful state, it must confront the insurgency and other challenges rearing their ugly heads headlong without fear. It is only when we confront our problems with all the courage needed that we can surmount them. Hallelujah. Overcoming the forces of wickedness! Wickedness is real. David looked at the obstacle before him and figured it as it was too big to miss. Listen to me! The journey of life is an opportunity. Every opportunity you have in life you must hold on to it very well. I came from an Islamic background and no one has ever succeeded in my family, no one has ever made it in my family, but when I had the opportunity to change, I did not miss it. Those that had the opportunity before me were afraid looking for whom to bell the cat knowing that there was nothing fruitful coming from where they found themselves. But one small boy in person of Lai (my humble self) did it. I took the step the older people in my family couldn’t take. Though I was disowned, and I had to singlehandedly fended for myself on account of this, but God did not disown me. I had chosen my own way, the right way and I told them to their faces to let me be, if I failed, let me fail, if I succeed, let me succeed and I went my own way. It was a dangerous move because I had no weapon to fight them, but Jesus was the only weapon I had and I stood my ground and before I knew it, all of them were fighting me. For you today, any one fighting you, fighting your destiny, fighting your career, fighting your position after today, they will be trailing right behind you in Jesus name, Amen. •For Counselling, contact: Pst_lai@yahoo. com. Phone: 0807448415, 08027502864 and 08161285586


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elcome to your regular column. We will be continuing in our teaching series, Walking in the Realm of the Miraculous, and today, we shall be dwelling on Engaging the Power of His Resurrection. The Resurrection Power of Jesus positions us to maximize the benefits of His sufferings and death. However, it is important for us to know that we are only empowered to become what we believe (John 1:12). In Ephesians 1:17-20, Paul said, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places.” The Power of Resurrection will only answer to the level of our understanding of what it entails. What, then, is the worth of His Resurrection? If you don’t know the worth of a thing, you cannot maximize what it offers. God’s Omnipotence dwells in His Resurrection: The exceeding greatness of His power is domiciled in His Resurrection; it is God’s ultimate power in display. The Bible calls it the “Exceeding Greatness of God’s Power,” which He deposited in Christ when He raised Him from the dead (Ephesians 1:19-23). How mighty is this Power? In Matthew

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Engaging the power of His resurrection! 27:50-53, the Bible says, “Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” I, therefore, decree the opening of every form of grave you may have found yourself in! Resurrection Transforms Believers from Corruptible to Incorruptible: So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:42). Jesus was sown in corruption but raised in “incorruption.” The sins of the world were laid upon Him, so He went to the grave with them, but He rose from the grave, free from every corruption of sin. So, in the power of His Resurrection lies our freedom from every filthiness and defilement. When Jesus rose from the dead, we resurrected with Him (Romans 6:3-8). Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead unleashes the Spirit of Holiness upon the saints (Romans 1:4), and that destroys, mortifies or sends to the mortuary, every deed of the flesh (Romans 8:13; Ephesians 2:1-3). Therefore, in the name of Jesus Christ, that Spirit of Holiness that is embedded in the Power of His Resurrection destroys every work of the flesh in your life! It confers dominion on the believer, over Satan and all the powers of darkness: … Hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). The Power of His Resurrection changes our position supernaturally, from earthly to heavenly, natural to the supernatural, and from the terrestrial realm to the celestial realm (1 Corinthians 15:39-40). We are now heavenly citizens and ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all principalities and power (Ephesians 1:20-21). We carry a seal of divine immunity on our lives, because

we are only in the world, but not of the world (John 17:16). Also, because whatever is from above is above all (John 3:31), we don’t live under circumstances anymore; we have been empowered to dominate all circumstances. However, let’s understand that we will be dominated by circumstances until we understand the Power of His resurrection. From today, it shall be exclaimed about us that the gods have come down in the likeness of men (Acts 14:11). Resurrection Unleashes the Exceeding Riches of His Grace on the Believer: That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7). From Ephesians 2:1, the Bible portrays the virtues of Redemption. So, inside this Resurrection, lie the exceeding riches of His grace (Acts 4:33). It Confers triumph on the Believer over all manner of sicknesses and diseases: This simply means that our organs and every other part of our body are ‘quickenable’ by the Power of His Resurrection. Therefore, every defilement of your body by the spirit of infirmity, I command them rooted out of your life today! Jesus gave the disciples power against all unclean spirits and to heal all manner of sickness and disease (Matthew 10: 1). As such, the last sickness you saw is the last you will ever see! Also, because you now carry a celestial body that is immune to sickness and disease (1 Corinthians 15:39-40), you are not permitted to be under the oppression of sicknesses and diseases anymore. Resurrection also Confers Victory over death for the Believers: Death is one thing people are always very careful to talk about. Some people respect death more than they respect God. The account of 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, gives us the insight that resurrection is the seal of our victory over death. We saw a clear demonstration of victory over death in the life of Paul in Philippians 1:21-25. The restoration of victory over death is back to

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uring the 7th century, Israel was overconfident in its religiosity. There was a great schism between the haves and have-nots. The religious leaders were religious bigots. Violence and hypocrisy had eclipsed the biblical holiness. The social landscape was littered with all kinds of vices. The political leaders were serving their selfish ends at the expense of the gullible masses. The people felt undefeatable in spite of their decadence. After all, they were the chosen race. Their temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world. They were insulated by their false security and belief that God was too loving to discipline or destroy their race. They rejected all warnings as they headed for a precipice. Jeremiah was one of the voices that God sent to His people. Jeremiah was a priest and a prophet called from his youth. The weeping prophet was a gentle man with a fiery message. He was very dramatic, using all kinds of illustrations and object lessons to pass across the message of impending doom to a recalcitrant generation. He retorted: Jeremiah 8:22:

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“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (Jer 8:22). Jeremiah was like an ancient physician checking the health of his people! He did the “vital signs” of his nation and screamed: ‘No healing for the wound of my people’. If Jeremiah were to check the vital signs of Nigeria today, what would he record? The menace of Boko Haram in the North East, Fulani herdsmen massacres in Central Nigeria, religious fanaticism in the North West, Niger Delta militants in the South South, kidnappings in the South East, and the armed robberies and ritualists in the South West. The incurable diseases of corruption, financial recklessness and poor leadership are ravaging our beloved country! False prophets abound here and there. We have embraced lying, backsliding, pride, evil, politics, fornication, stealing and all forms of abuse (Jer 10:21; 14:14-15; 23:9-12). Family relationships are false. Many people live together as if they were married, but without the sanction of marriage vows. Others are breaking their marriage covenant. TV advertisements, magazines, and billboards manipulate us with false promises, misleading conclusions, and vain hopes. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Gilead was a region on the eastern side of the Jordan River allotted to the tribes of Reuben, Manasseh, and Gad. The area was well

forested and fertile, producing grapes, olives, and fruit trees. It was perfect for grazing for domestic animals, especially flocks and herds. The area was also famous and well known for the balm of Gilead, a soothing, aromatic and medicinal preparation, probably derived from the resin of a small balsam tree (see Gen 37:25). This aromatic resin or gum was widely used in the ancient Near East for cosmetic and medical purposes. Egyptians used them for embalming. Many skilled and sagacious physicians moved to Gilead to practice their medicine with the use of the balm of Gilead. Israel was known for it. The balm was readily available. Hence the metaphorical and rhetorical outburst of the prophet Jeremiah: “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?” It became a sad commentary that a people so blessed should live in such penury! They forsook the fountain of living waters and hewed out cisterns, broken cisterns from rocks that could not hold water (Jer 2:11). They forsook the old paths (Jer 6:16). They abandoned Yahweh and miserably hoped for salvation in the hills and mountains (Jer 3:23). The Yorubas say: “it is someone that is sleeping that we wake up, not someone who is faking sleep!” The balm was obtained by piercing the sides of the balsam tree for the precious balm to flow forth. The “balm” is a beautiful symbol of Christ. The Mount Gilead, the tree, the pierced side, the issuing balm and its mighty healing

the Church of Christ. The keys of hell and death are no longer in the hands of the devil, so he has no legal right to determine the lifespan of any believer (Revelation 1:18; Hebrews 2:14-15). Don’t let the devil pose to you that he has the keys; that is a lie from the pit of hell. So every disease, malfunctioning organ, terminal disease, or any planting of the devil that represents a deterioration in your health, by Christ’s Resurrection Power, they are rooted out of your body! Everyone appointed to death, by the Power of His Resurrection, I decree your deliverance in the name of Jesus Christ! By the Power of His Resurrection, every arrow sent to you, returns back to the sender! The Power of His Resurrection is Ordained for our Supernatural Change of Position: The Word says, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here; He is risen” (Luke 24:5-6). Wherever they used to find you before, that does not portray the picture of a heavenly or a celestial citizen, by the Power of His Resurrection, you shall never be found there again! Please note that by the Power of His Resurrection, we are ordained for instant changes in all the above stated positions (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). Therefore, by the dramatic instantaneous change that this Resurrection Power brings, in the twinkling of an eye, be repositioned in the name of Jesus! Be blessed in the name of Jesus Christ! Friend, for you to manifest Signs and Wonders, the first step is to be born again. Do you want to be born again? Please say this prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! I will continue this teaching next week. May God bless you! •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

power are all reminiscence of Mount Calvary, the cross, the pierced side of the Saviour, the precious blood, and the unquestionable spiritual healing resultant. Sin as a mortal disease from which human beings need recovery. By our Saviour’s sacrificial death, that is, “by his stripes, we are healed.” Christ is the Balm that surely heals. The whole creation seemed to “groan and travail together in pain. For all our sorrows, Jesus was “the Man of sorrows” who became “acquainted with grief.” For the worst human enemy-death; “Christ has abolished death.” Nations need healing for political disorganization. The world is sick and in need of moral and social healing. Religion, philosophy, political innovations, social reforms, education, sanitary improvements all proffer a superabundance of most incongruous drugs that cannot yield a practical cure of society. No earthly remedy can heal the widespread evil of the world (Isa 1:6). Spiritual disease must be treated with spiritual medicine. Christ is absolutely the only divine supreme REMEDY that goes to the root of all evils and diseases deep into the soul. •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. Note: Quiz will resume shortly.


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eloved, I want you to catch the anointing in the power region which is the place where it happens. The Lord said He will show Himself as the burning fire. He told Abraham to be perfect because He is a perfect God. Nobody can work in dominion without the Holy Spirit. What is dominion? It is walking in victory, authority, power and possession. It is only the Holy Spirit that can perfect these things in your life. Holy Spirit does not come by fasting or praying but He comes by reception. He is the power sight of God. We should know the power we have to operate on because it is the Holy Spirit that will bring testimonies in your lives. In Gen. 1:26-27, God said; “Let us form man in our image and likeness”. In verse 27 Bible says: “And God created them male and female”. We observed that Bible did not tell us how the man and woman were made. But in Gen. 2:7 Bible told us that God formed them out of the dust of the earth. They were lifeless until God breathed life into them. This breathe of life was the Holy Spirit deposited in them. God took him to form them because before they were made, other creatures had been created with different images. These other images were yearning for man to take after them. God in his wisdom gave man a peculiar and unique image different from every other image that existed. Today, there are many inviting and distracting images in the world demanding the attention of man. But those who are truly born-again in Christ will resist them, adopting only the teachings of

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The power region (III) the Holy Scripture. In addition, in Gen. 1:28 it says “And God blessed them and 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 things that moveth upon the earth”. God gave mandate to the formed image of man with the breathe of life to have dominion over all that He created on earth, in the heavenlies and in the body of the waters. Today, it is those that operate from the side of power region that exploit the benefits of this mandate. Beloved, if you want the word of God to be effectual in your life, you must reverence the Holy Spirit which is the God of power and the third personality in the God head. When you have Him, you will struggle less with magnitude testimonies. How does Holy Spirit operate The Holy Spirit is in three express dimensions. In Acts 1:4 -8 it says “And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptize with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times of the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. We observed that the Holy Spirit operates within the premises of God’s promises. This means that it is the word of God

that quickens the Holy Spirit. For any promise of God to be effectual in your life, you must have a portion of the Holy Spirit. These dimensions are: 1. The receiving level: 2 Cor. 1:22 says: “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the spirit in our hearts”. Eph. 1:13 - 14 says: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”. 2. In indwelling level – Acts 19:1-2 says: “And it came to pass, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples. He said unto them, have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost”. Luke 11:9-13 says: “And I say unto you ask, and it shall given unto you, seek, and you shall find, knock it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seekth findeth and to him that knocketh shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give a stone? Or if he ask a fish will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, no how to give unto your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 3. The Baptismal level – Acts 2:1-4 it says: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were

sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”. Characters of those at the receiving level Unfortunately, many Christians today stop growing at the receiving level. It is the level of accepting Jesus into one’s life. At this level, the Holy Spirit comes into one’s life as a comforter, advocate, intercessor, helper, or strengthener after having convicted that person of sin. At this level, the Holy Spirit is not yet rooted in that person’s life. We discovered that at this level there are common characters among them that operate in this level. Testimonies God gave me double blessings 1. Brethren praise the Lord! Last week Sunday, the man of God told us raise our phones up and pray that we will receive contact and good news. So, that same day I was called that my wife has put to bed with a bouncing baby boy and also the contact that I have been expecting to get since few months ago entered from Turkey that same day. Somebody shout Halleluiah! Bro. Monday 2.God favoured me through a phone call To the glory of God, as the man of God prophesied last Sunday concerning receiving some positive phone calls, then within the week I received a call from London with a great favour that has turned my life around. Praise the Lord! Sis. Nkemdirim •Pastor K. I. Bona is General Overseer of Chapel of Holiness and Testimony Ministries, 6 David Egbetuyi Street, Fagbile Ijegun, Ikotun, Lagos. Tel:08038206508, 08023404926

Evangelist Hillary predicts: Chibok girls’ll be free June 15 Evangelist Hillary Esikalam is the founder, Beloved Global Outreach Ministries Int’l and Jubilation Widow and Orphanage Foundation, Iyana Ejigbo, Lagos. In this interview with EBERE NDUKWU, he prophesises the release of Chibok schoolgirls and bloody 2015, if the priests fail to pray hard. Excerpts: Can you share how your ministry came to be and its vision? I’m called as an evangelist with prophetic ministry. I received my calling as a young man but didn’t understand the calling until 2003 when I was able to understand the scope and level of what God wants to use me for and since then I have embraced everything. Before my calling, I was a contractor in Abuja. And like many other young men, I like worldly fun. I can remember the day I was converted very well. On that day, I drove my car inside a thick forest on a hilly side stone in Abuja, a place we call animal kingdom to smoke Indian hemp. I was a hemp smoker then who was frustrated with life. I knew there was a vacuum in my life that needed to be filled by God but I didn’t know how to go about it. But that day as I was in that place smoking, I heard

somebody singing in a church, so I traced the church to find out what exactly they are doing in the church, I then discovered it was a programme in a little church. I entered and sat at the back. On sighting me, Pastor Kenneth Nwakamma, the pastor that was preaching in the church said ‘God has been waiting for you’. That was how I received Christ. Do you think the church is doing what is expected of her in this period of security challenges in the country? There is a lot of division among churches here in Nigeria from my own little understanding and so much animosity. Maybe, that’s the reason the church has not been able to achieve something spiritually with respect to Boko Haram issue. Boko Haram is a spiritual thing and that may be the reason why God told me the abducted Chibok schoolgirls will be released in 21 days from May 25 and allowed me to do what he asked me to do on Sunday in order to deal with the spirit behind the abduction. The church should be like a watchtower over the nation, as every nation needs to have a spiritual head, father or spiritual men which I believe is lacking here in Nigeria. And some of my colleagues that have access to government are more like businessmen and contractors who look for personal gains from government. So, because of what they gain from them, they don’t understand any longer what their role as men of God should be; that they are supposed to influence the government in their decisions spiritually.

I therefore believe that Boko Haram can be disarmed spiritually because there is spiritual connotation with what they are doing. How can this be done? If you notice, the military have gone fully out against Boko Haram but yet they have not been able to make any headway, they are still finding g it difficult to rescue these girls. If that is so, o, it means it is no longer a war that will be won physically; it will take spiritual war to overcome them. I’m sure the Boko ko Haram leaders and sponsors make a lot of sacrifices and the church is more than equal to the task. There e should be sacrifice of fasting and d prayer, a spiritual diagnosis of what is happening in Nigeria. If the nation can allow the prophets to come me in, I believe they can find out solutions olutions to the abducted Chibok girls. They Lord told you ou in the next 21 days ys those abducted girls will be released? ? While we were ere in the church ch about closing the he service Sunday y May 25, the Lord said to me that the government is using Evangelist Hillary

military to rescue the Chibok girls but that I should pick number of stones that represent the number of the children that were abducted in Borno State and use spiritual power to return them. I was finding it a bit difficult to do that and while I was still finding it difficult, the Lord still said to me do as I have said,, ‘21 days y from now, there is going to be a positive news,’ and I did as I was instructed. I believe they will be released unharmed 21 days from that May 25 (which is June is 2014). I see them being released.


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ast week, we had an appointment to meet this week and God honoured it. It’s a great priviledge and worth shouting Halleluyah! By God’s special grace, this is the third out of seven in the series on “Maturity for Mandate Fulfillment.” Today, we would be examining the reality that maturity is not a function of age. Therefore, through the scriptures we would examine two categories of people. The first consist of few people who were young in age but matured in heart and spiritually. The second are some that exhibit immaturity despite their high age and exalted offices. Maturity is not a function of age but about responding positively to God’s call, to embrace reality rather than shadows. Let’s examine them. 1. David: We all know the story how David killed Goliath. David was just 17 years old but he had a lion heart. He had comforting words. Though he had never fought war with the army of Israel, yet his heart was that of a war general. See 1 Sam.17:32-36. Oh! David knew the real image. He was not running after shadows. He never saw the armies as that

Maturity for mandate fulfillment (3) of Israel; he saw them as the armies of the living God. He was so spiritually matured that he was so sure of victory despite not having any weaponry training. It was like an ant facing an elephant. 2. King Saul: On the contrary, despite King Saul’s physical maturity (both in age and physique), he was still a child (immature) in heart. The office of Kingship in Israel then which Saul occupied was tripartite combined together. The King then occupied the political leader, the traditional leader and the spiritual leader. It’s like merging the powers, authorities and offices of President Obama, Queen Elizabeth and Paul Yonggi Cho together in one single office. Oh! There was no barrier for him to achieve anything he wanted and embrace the real image of life (God’s will). But he was baby in heart. No wonder the kingdom was immediately collected from him and given to David who was matured in heart. 3. Eliab: 1Chro. 2:13-15 and 1Sam. 17:1314 shows that Eliab was Jesse’s first born while David was the seventh. So the difference in age was a wide gap. However, rather than taking advantage of the age on his side, he manifested the childishness and immaturity in him by tongue lashing David who was ready to do what he (Eliab) wasn’t ready to do. He wanted David to continue to chase the shadow of sheep keeping rather than win a battle for God. That could be found in 1Sam. 17:28. No wonder God

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The Heart of God: Holy Spirit is the greatest mentor and He speaks on daily basis yet you as a person or individual may not hear Him due to many activities, spiritual deafness, side attraction, lack of sensitivity, etc. Because of this, God has ordained men through whom Holy Spirit speaks to every individual that desires to listen and hear them. (A)

Definition Who is a mentor? 1. A wise, true and spiritual Counsel lor 2. A spiritual guidance 3. A spiritual Counsellor 4. A spiritual Instructor 5. A spiritual shepherd 6. A helper to a man with little or inex perienced person 7. A spiritual father 8. A spiritual confidant 9. A spiritual leader 10. A spiritual man who knows the way, goes the way and is willing to show the way to others that deserve to go the way. 11. Your spiritual head 12. A coach Note: A man can have more than one mentor. Why? The reason is because mentoring covers every aspect of life and destiny. (B) 1. 2. 3.

Biblical Foundation: Ex18:13 – 26 Nub 27:18 - 23 Jesus Christ mentored the disciples Moses mentored Joshua Eli mentored Samuel

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Reasons you must be mentored To avoid regular mistake made by our past leaders For proper understanding and dura bility of the work of ministry It makes someone to have proper and balanced foundation.

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Reasons why some mentors sudden ly become tormentors Insincerity from the men tor Insincerity from the mentee Suspicious Envy and jealousy Lack of self confidence in God and in our self Lack of proper training Fear of losing respect and honour Inability to adapt to a change honour When they suddenly lose their anointing Lack of godly character Lack of trust in God Inability to honour our followers as when due Absence of capacity and competen cy Offences of capacity and compe tence Unforgiving spirit What you must not always consider in a mentor Age Qualification: Fame and popularity Level of successfully Year in ministry Clolour Influence Gender What people are saying about the particular person in question wheth er positive or negative

rejected him in 1Sam. 16:6. 4. Jesus Christ: For Jesus to have completed his earthly ministry at the age of 33 and his impact is still being felt till today (more than 2000 years after) is traceable to his embrace of the real image of what God wanted for him. He did ministry for 3 and half years and is still the most influential man that ever lived. Phil. 2:5-8 shows how he embraced the real image of what God wanted him to do. Matt. 4:3-10 shows how he turned his back and refused to chase shadows on earth. 5. Peter and Others: Though Peter was far older than Jesus in age, he manifested high level of immaturity at some point. John 21:1-3 shows his immaturity by running after shadows (going back to fishing when he was supposed to be advancing God’s kingdom). He led other disciples with himself to doing that wrong. No wonder, Jesus saw their immaturity and addressed them as children in John 21:5 despite the age of Peter and the others. Let’s see it. “Then Jesus saith unto them, children, have ye any meat? They answered him No.” However, it was the same Peter that grew into maturity when he embraced the real image of what God wanted him to be (an amazement) in Acts 3:1-10). His shadow was also performing healing and deliverances. He took the gospel of Christ very far. 6. Moses: Let’s examine Heb. 11:24-27. 24: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, re-

fused to be called the son of pharaoh’s daughter 25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season 26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. It was when Moses grew into maturity notwithstanding physical age that he was able to recognize and identify with the God of mandate rather than running after the shadows of the enjoyments and position in Egypt. Thus far we’ve been made to know that spiritual maturity is not a function of age. It’s possible for a 17 year old to be matured while a 50 year old is still a babe. It’s therefore to be noted that spiritual maturity is the pre-requisite to mandate fulfillment. You’ve to possess a large and lion heart towards the image God wants you to be. Next week by God’s grace, we would examine how and why God wants to hand over amazement power and mandate fulfillment to the matured. Shalom!

• 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. Or08067142127 Or bunmichristy75@yahoo.com

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Things a leader should know about mentoring “The labour of a foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city”. When you know how you will get to your God’s given destination, there is no excuse in the school of law; likewise there is no excuse in the things of the kingdom. Once a person has genuinely given his/her life to Christ, the next step of action is to be seeking for the knowledge that pertains to the things of the spirit consistently. Hear the scripture “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are faimished, and their muititude dried up with thirst” - Isa 5: 13. Let us consider things a leader is expected to know about mentoring: 1. Your future can be predicted by looking at your mentor. If you look at our Master Jesus Christ, you could predict the future of John, Peter, James and Paul. So also you could predict the future of the following person looking at their leaders, Dr. Dag Heward – Mills, Dr. Tunde Bakare, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Dr. Olukoya Daniel, Dr. Tunde Joda, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafo, Bishop (Dr.) Lanre Obembe, Rev. Dare Olaoluwa, Rev. Bayo Ogundipe and myself, Moses Adetunji Omogbehin. 2. Not every successful person can be your mentor. 3. You can be mentored from afar through books, tapes, internet, etc.

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Almost every successful Bible char acter had a member. Your mentor is a human. Your mentor can be wrong some times especially when he is not in the spirit (can not always be right). You cannot mentor a person that is not sincere.

As a leader (G.O., Mentor, etc), you must learn the art of reproducing yourself in your followers. It is the perfect will of God to reproduce yourself in others. God created man in this image. That’s he have produced image of himself in us. Man is a product of the Almighty God. “And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he them” -Gen. 1: 26 – 27. Reasons you must reproduce yourself in your followers: 1. His a proof that you are a goodly leader. 2. Because it does not matter the level of your anointing, you will not always be with them. 3. It makes your followers to know their level and worth in Christ Jesus. 4. It creates room for your followers to also reproduce themselves. 5. The level of the grace and anointing upon you will be known through your followers especially in the life of the faithful and committed ones. •I know this teaching has blessed and imparted you. Please, write and share your testimony with me through: Covenant and Fulfillment Ministries 10, Onuwusasoigwe Close, Hostel Bus Stop, Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos. Email: omogbehin31@yahoo.com or Call: 08034980921, 08054120540


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am still looking at the topic of ‘The Faith that moves God’. When they make jest of you, just praise God. I know I am talking about somebody. Yes, that was why the sleep that was disturbing you suddenly vanished. And whether you like it or not, this is one of the principles of God. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Put yourself in the position of Paul and Silas. They were preaching the gospel; they were in the ministry, doing what they thought God should be pleased with and backing them up. But the religious Jews at the time caught them and put them in the dungeon, waiting for the next day to harm them. If it is you, a minister, a pastor, evangelist, you will say, ‘Maybe I am not in the will of God; maybe this work I am doing, God is not behind it, if not why would He allow them to take me to this level?’ In the case of some people, once they get to this level, they will start raining curses on the person; ‘I will show you that I am a servant of God. You will see. Leave me now or…’ While you are saying this, the person is busy handcuffing and pushing you into a cell. It will then dawn on you that it is no joke. It is this time you will start questioning God, ‘So you allowed me to come here?’ I hope I am not deceiving myself, if not, how can God allow me to go through this experience when I am serving Him?’

The story is recorded in Acts chapter 16. At midnight, Paul and Silas began to cry? At midnight, did the Bible record that Paul and Silas started shouting? What did the Bible say? They began to praise God. Hallelujah! They sang songs and worshipped God. What will make a man in that condition to begin to praise God? God looked down from heaven and would have said, ‘who are those

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et every soul be subjected unto the higher powers. For there is no power but God. The powers that be are ordained by God. Whoever resisted therefore resisted the ordinance of God: and they that receive to themselves damnation’’-Romans 13:1-2.

From what we read above, it is clear that whoever occupies position of power and authority does so through the knowledge of God and his blessing no matter the process that brings about the election and or appointment. After Saul, the first king in Israel had terribly disappointed God through defiance to God‘s commandment, the almighty God did not hesitate to put machinery in motion to look for somebody who is after God’s heart to replace him- 1 Samuel 13:14. The man of God commissioned for this herculean task was no other person than Samuel who without any waste of time headed for Jesse’s house to choose another king there. It must be emphasized here that of all Jesse‘s children, David being the seventh child was chosen to replace Saul. It was not on account of his wisdom, strength and integrity that he was chosen but he received grace and mercy from God. Exodus 33:19 says: ‘’And I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy’’.

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The Faith that moves God (5) in chains that are praising me?’ He sent His angels there. Blessed be the name of the Lord! That is the faith that moves God, and the angel went and broke those chains. And when the chains broke, Paul and Silas did not run away. They stayed there because it was an opportunity to preach the good news in the prison. And they had converts; from the jailer himself to other prisoners. Blessed be the name of the Lord! Faith that moves the Lord! We will look at it from another angle within the next few minutes left. We have a man in this age; William Marrion Branham, who in the early 1950s, it is recorded stood ruggedly for the faith. That was the period people like Oral Roberts, T.L. Osbourne and other ‘mighty men of God’ held sway. William Branham stood for the rugged faith. I remember he made a statement that he would rather eat soda cracker and serve God than compromise the faith. What he meant by soda cracker is our equivalent of soaking ‘garri’ with ‘quili quili’. When things get bad, this is what an average American eats. He said he would rather feed on this than bend the gospel so as to get money. Now, this man had all the needs like every human being. He needed a house of his own, needed money to meet other needs, etc. One day, a man; a very rich American, a multi millionaire sent his private jet to pick William Branham to pray for his daughter who was dying of cancer. Branham went and prayed, the Lord answered his prayers and the girl was healed. The man sent for Branham so as to share his testimony with him and to give thanks. As his own offering of thanksgiving, he wrote a cheque of one million dollars and gave to Branham. William Branham it was reported refused to collect the cheque. The

man was surprised and still insisted that the man of God take the cheque. Branham still refused. For the man to be offering this money shows that he was always giving out offerings to other pastors and ministers. The question is; why would Branham refuse this gift? The man told Branham that the one million dollars was like a drop in the ocean. He went further to tell the prophet all that he had acquired; ships, private jets, houses, estates, etc. The prophet mentioned all the material wealth the man said he had acquired, but asked a question: ‘Do you have any up there?’ What did Branham see? All that the wealthy man was seeing was the prophet’s gift, but Branham was out to show him that through the healing of his daughter, what he needs is the man’s soul and not his money. For a man that needed money to reject that kind of offering at that point of need is the kind of faith that moves God. That man, William Branham, died a very long time ago; 1965, and till today, none of his children has ever worked for a salary anywhere. The money he left behind in account was put in a trust; the profit from that investment alone is taking care of his children. The Psalmist said something, “I have been young and now I am old, I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging for bread.” The righteous forsaken that is while you are alive. The seed begging bread is when you are no more because when you were alive, you will provide for your family, but the Bible is saying, your seed will never beg for bread. Why? That is the inheritance of the righteous. From nowhere, Branham will go to his account and see millions of dollars de-

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posited by so many people he did not even know. The bank will just inform him that somebody paid money into his account. Why? He had a test of his faith and the faith that he had exercised moved God and God decided that money was never going to be his problem. Blessed be the name of the Lord! Hallelujah. The faith that moves God! I am going in another direction now. Let us look at Jacob. If we as human beings were to judge Jacob, we will say he was a cheat; that he cheated Esau. And he did. That is the judgment of man. Jacob capitalized on the weakness of Esau and cheated him of his birthright. But do you know that the fact that Jacob had revelations and respect to birthright to the extent that he did everything to collect Esau’s birthright, tells of his character and that was the kind of person God wanted to work with. The faith that moves God! A lot of people don’t know why David was chosen to be the king of Israel. Was it because he was more handsome than the other sons of Jesse? Why was he chosen? There was something he did that God looked at and said, ‘This is the man that should be king of Israel; this is the man that the saviour of the world has to come through his lineage.’ What did he do? The Bible records that when he was a little boy, watching over his father’ flock, a bear came and took one of the sheep. With no gun or cutlass, David risked his life and went after the bear and rescued an animal that belonged to his father. That type of faith and dedication moved God. •Pastor Moses Alu; The Bride Assembly, Odofin Park Estate, OshodiApapa Expressway, Ijesha Bus stop 08033524903 : Email: pastormosesalu@yahoo.com

Evil effect of independent spirit It is against this background that the life of Joab will be examined. Many countries of the world are independent of one another, but there are some international laws which these independent countries are subject to and which contravention may result in sanction against the offender. In essence, independence is not total but relative. What applies to a nation is applicable to an individual. The constitution of each country guaranteed some freedom such as freedom of movement, assembly, speech and marriage, but with obligations to this freedom. Who was Joab? He was a nephew of David-1 Chronicles 2:16. What was his ministry or vocation? A military commander in the kingdom of Israel under David’s reign- 2 Samuel 8:16. Joab’s Independent Spirit Joab’s independent spirit led him to commit heinous crimes not only against the state of Israel but also against David. First, he killed Abner, a former military commander of Saul. When his master died, Abner made overture to David for reconciliation as a result of which David held a feast in his honour - 2 Samuel 3:20, 21. On hearing the news, Joab was not happy. Thinking that he might be replaced by Abner, he did not waste time to terminate Abner’s life, his perceived enemy - Samuel 3:26, 27. This act of subversion happens on daily basis in our society. When a policy is formulated, if some people envisage that it is not to their own advantage, though they are part of the decision making body, they make sure it does not

work by subverting the implementation. It is a real life experience that some wives work against the interest of their husbands premising it on the belief that if they succeed, they may marry additional/another wife. Ditto for some husbands. A mother may at time work against the interest of her child. Some parents force their children to marry simply because of what they get out of the marriage forgetting the overall interest of the children in question which is peace and tranquility in the matrimonial home. Joab’s handling of Absalom’s case Absalom was one of David’s children who nursed the ambition to depose his father from the throne. It is a known fact nowadays to hear of children killing their parents in order to take over their property. Children born of the same parents wage war against one another to sit over the property at the expense of others. A case was reported recently where a wife organised with her boyfriend to kill her husband who had just retired from one of the multinational companies and got his gratuity. A wife indeed! Consider Joab’s reaction to David’s advice concerning Absalom. He did not waste time to kill Absalom. When he learnt that Absalom was hanging under an oak tree, he rushed down there to take Absalom’s life in spite of the fact that the man who reported Absalom’s fate to him reminded him (Joab) of King David’s appeal to him. ’’2 Samuel 18: 12. Why did Joab react like that? Initially,

Joab refused to support Absalom morbid ambition, so Absalom set Joab’s wheat field ablaze - 2 Samuel 14:20. Joab saw this as an opportunity to retaliate. Absalom’s morbid ambition cost him the life of his three children. This is a serious warning to those who want to occupy position not rightly and lawfully belonging to them or who want to do so before the appropriate time. ‘’And unto Absalom there were born three sons and one daughter’’-2 Samuel 14:37. It is a common occurrence nowadays for a lieutenant or subordinate to misdirect his superior so as to discredit him and ultimately succeed him. Such a subordinate should take to heart what happened in the book of Judges 1:7. Joab’s independent spirit also led him to send mandatory injunction to King David concerning the city of Rabbah. Mandatory injunction is issued by a court of competent jurisdiction compelling a party to a tussle to do something urgently. Therefore, for a subordinate to compel his master to do something as a matter of urgency means he is using extra- judicial power against his superior which may be regarded as a rebellion -2 Samuel 1223:18. The lesson to be learnt from this story is that you should remain focused to your vision and mission in the midst of un-constructive criticisms. •You can contact us at: The Word of Life Agbo Igbala Ti Kiish Aladura Church 70 Patey street Lagos State. Tel: 07040517413


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elow is the concluding part of our discussion on How to defeat Satanic prophets. God bless!

Principle Two God has not called you to go and perform incredible feats before men; he called you to walk before him in holiness and faith. Countless believers fall victim to the voice of Satan through these false prophets because they are looking for power for magical and heroic acts. Satan took Jesus to a high place and asked him to jump to prove that he is truly the Son of God. Christianity is not trying to proof yourself to the world; rather it is God revealing Jesus in you. To conquer satanic prophets and their voices, you must not be driven by achievement; rather you must recognize and acknowledge that you are a receiver not an achiever. We are in a generation that wants everything in a fast mode. A young man started a church and after six months, the congregation rose to about 18 people. After a year, he invited a professional preacher to preach in his church. After the programme, the preacher told him that if he continues this way, the church will not grow. He then advised him to move with elders so that they can show him how to do it. The young preacher did just that and in two years, the congregation rose to 400 people. I will not capture in details what many people are doing to prove what they call power. But I can say this for sure: if you make power your pursuit, you are going to take the devil’s jump and there are many prophets whose work is to ask you to jump into satanic power. The power of Christianity is hidden in the scripture, the Holy bible. The process to receiving it is the Bible and the revelations of the grace and truth found in Jesus Christ. To receive false power is a jump into the realm of satanic power. And we should not be deceived to thinking that satanic power is the fastest means to practice every earthly things; this is why satanic prophets are scattered all over the world. You want permanent deliverance from satanic prophets? Then, don’t make power for feats your pursuit. Principle Three God is not moved by your ambitions, but by your visions. Ambition is what you want to become, at all cost; vision is what God has programmed to do through you.

If you desire permanent deliverance from satanic prophets, you must be ruled by God’s vision for your life not to be your own ambition. If you are ruled by ambition, you will listen to satanic prophets. Jesus faced the same temptation. The only reason he defeated Satan was because he was not ruled by ambition but by God’s vision for his life. The Bible says “the devil taketh Jesus to a very high mountain and showeth him all the kingdom of the world and the glory of them: and saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me”. This is the bottom line of the whole matter. Satan will give everything in the world to take you away from God and receive worship from you for himself. Satan was simply telling Jesus to forget the cross, and the salvation of humanity. Satan has systems in the world targeted at every believer to destroy your process of redemption. Satan does these through all these satanic prophets with power for quick solutions. Many believers are in bondage to satanic prophets because of lust and ambitions. They are not interested in following any process. When a believer is not ready to carry his cross (follow his own destined process), he will embrace a curse without knowing it. If you want permanent deliverance from satanic prophets, don’t make quick, and process-less solution of your pursuits; be ready to take up your cross and follow Christ. Satanic prophets are real; it began in the Garden of Eden through the beast of the field. We know the result unto this day. The same “prophet’’ came to Jesus and spoke to him but Jesus defeated him. We are under that victory now. To permanently retain our deliverance, we must retain these three principles: -Don’t live for bread; don’t live by turning stone to bread. Don’t live a hard life -Don’t make power your pursuits, don’t let power rule your life. Don’t be ruled by ambition; don’t be ruled by quick solutions. If you keep these things, no satanic prophet can speak to your life and succeed. God is on your side and He alone will bless Witness Kiishi Adejuwon teaches at Wisdom Restoration Ministry at 31,Ijoko Road, Yomdok, Akute Ogun State. Tel: 08033181847

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ull Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, FGBMFI, South West 3 District, will hold its 2014 annual seminar on June 13 and 14. This year’s seminar according to the organisers will be a two segment event holding at different venues with the higher one at Sheraton Hotel and Towers Ikeja Lagos and the lower one at Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) House Conference Centre, Alausa Ikeja, Lagos, with the theme: Business and Careers Growth Essentials. District treasurer, Ayo Badejo, speaking during a press conference at the district office, Adebisi Ladejo-

bi Street, Ilupeju Lagos, said FGBMFI has over the years been assisting its members and members of the public in order to better their lives, saying that this year’s seminar is segmented in order to attract people from both ends of the ladder. He said the one holding at NECA House only cost a subsidised registration fee of N5,000, while the one at Sheraton N25,000. In his speech at the event, Charles Aladewolu, CEO, TECO Group, said the opportunity is open for FGBMFI members and the public at large. “If one does not attract more knowledge, one will likely not identify the opportunities that are knocking on his/her door and one of the key ways of generat-

ing business these days is to form partnership. So we want to educate our people and the public on the opportunity available in Nigeria especially in agriculture,” he said. Professor Pat Utomi, also speaking at the conference, said the only way one can remain relevant in the evolving society is by constant acquisition of knowledge and that living in the age of knowledge, one cannot be effective if one does not grow in knowledge. Adding that soon, Nigeria power sector will stabilise and will throw open a lot of opportunities and that the seminar will help participants know the opportunities in the sector and how they can be involved in them.

“Whatever kind of enterprise you are into, if you don’t improve yourself you will expire. One of the things the annual lecture does is to keep members embrace what is current around them,” Utomi said. Topics to be discussed as the NECA House segment of the seminar include: effective selling skills, opportunities in small scale agriculture enterprise, starting your business with what you have, while that of the Sheraton are: Evolving business opportunities in Nigeria, strategic partnership for business growth, power sector reform and evolving business opportunities, branding your business for optimum performance, etc.

L-R: Public relations expert, Aramide Tola Noibi; Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade, and the Lagos Archbishop, First African Church Mission Incorporated, Dr. Paul Onanuga, at the 70th birthday thanksgiving service for Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya (rtd) at his Odogbolu, Ogun State country-home recently

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ouths of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province, hosted a life-changing vigil last weekend at RCCG, Solid Rock Parish, 1, Akinsanya Street, beside FRSC, Taiwo bus-stop, Ojodu, Lagos, to show appreciation to God for all that He has done in the on-going year which has gradually rolled into its first half.

Speaking on the essence of the programme, Pastor in-charge of the Youth Church of the provincial headquarters also known as The Rock Centre (TRC), Pastor Femi Enigbokan said: “The best time or stage of a man’s life is in his youth, so for this reason, much investment must be put into the words, works and will of the Father in our youthful days. Today will signify a turning point and will remain memorable moment in the history of the lives of those who have made it a point of duty to have a date with their Creator”. Speaking on the vigil with theme ‘Night of Encounter’, the pastor maintained that it was a

time set aside for one on one engagement with God to refresh and meet individuals personally on their needs; a power packed programme meant to fill youths’ spiritual hunger and thirst as they make it a day with Him. He also expressed delight at the timeliness and essence of the vigil at such a time like this. “It will be an experience that will bring revival that

will result in life transformation, breaking of barriers and yokes, healing, deliverance, salvation, Divine visitation of foundations, resurrection and regaining of every lost and dead glory. The host of heaven will come down mightily under a tensed and Spirit led worship” he added. The vigil also had in

attendance Lagos based youth evangelist, Pastor Olaolu Abioye, known for his zeal and passion for the all-round development of the youth who ministered at the vigil. The night-out also featured drama and electrifying praise and worship led by Living Stone Minstrels and other anointed ministers of God.

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ope Francisat the weekend dismissed the Italian five-man board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority and named new members including a woman for the first time and a former security adviser to US President George W. Bush.

Juan Zarate from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, who was Bush’s deputy national security adviser for counter-terrorism,

will now have to enforce transparency rules for scandal-hit Vatican finances. The three others chosen are Italian manager Maria Farina, Swiss financial consultant Marc Odendall and Joseph Pillay, who helped build up Singapore’s economy as a top civil servant and businessman, the Vatican said in a statement. The five Italian members of the body, who were appointed by the

pope’s predecessor Benedict XVI, were dismissed in what a source told Vatican affairs news agency I.MEDIA was part of a bid by Francis to get rid of the “old guard”. Vatican finances have been hit by a series of scandals in recent years and two former directors of the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works, are facing trial in Italy for money laundering.


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he President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa, has said the Institute would collaborate with the various agencies of government to promote and propagate the ideals of good corporate governance across the country. Dr. Ndanusa, who stated this in an interview with newsmen recently in Lagos, also said a new Secretariat is to be built by ICSAN as part of the plans for the Institute within the next one year. Dr. Ndanusa, a former Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and presently its Chairman, said that the Institute would also go into collaboration with the various agencies of government to promote and propagate the ideals of good corporate governance across the country. According to him, legislations will not work to instill good corporate governance but rather persuasion and moral suasion will be the ideal method. The ICSAN boss said most companies failed in the past for lack of good corporate governance as they did not embrace international best practices.

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FRC says it has power to regulate private firms UDO ONYEKA

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he Financial Reporting Council, FRC, has said that it has power to regulate private firms, as it appealed against the judgement of a Federal High Court which faulted its powers to regulate private limited companies. A Federal High Court in Lagos had given judgement in favour of a private limited company- Eko Hotels Limited which sued the FRC over the powers of the Council to register with it under the Act. In a Notice of Appeal filed by the counsel to FRC, Bola Ajibola and Co

represented by Efemena Akpuduro, the council has faulted the judgment of the court saying that the Judge did not abreast himself with the provisions of the Financial Reporting Council Act in Section 77 which defines a public interest entity as “Governments, government organisations, quoted and unquoted companies and all other organisations which are required by law to file returns with regulatory authorities and this excludes private companies that routinely file returns only with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Federal Inland Rev-

enue Service”. FRC, therefore, urged the court to set aside the judgment as it was against the weight of evidence. Eko Hotels had also asked the court to rule on whether it was liable to pay statutory and renewable annual dues to the FRC for the years 2011 and 2012. Other issues which the company had asked the court to determine include: whether it was required to furnish the FRC with evidence of its statutory filing with the Corporate Affairs Commission ,CAC, and Federal Inland Revenue Service ,FIRS; whether the Council’s demand for its registration

with it was lawful on the basis that the organisation was not a public company or a public interest entity; and whether the Council could punish it for failure to submit its annual returns and statements. It further asked the court to rule that FRC lacked the statutory powers to demand for annual returns and financial statements of a private limited company. In his ruling, Justice O.E. Abang agreed with the plaintiff that the FRC did not have the powers to regulate private limited companies like Eko Hotel because it was not a Public Interest Entity.

L-R: Director, Quality Assurance and Development, Consumer Protection Council, Mr. Emmanuel Amlai; Acting Director, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu and Director, Vice Chancellors Office, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Joseph Odigure, during a one day roundtable with stakeholders and sensitisation on standards, grades and usage of cement in Nigeria, in Abuja at the wqeekend. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

Arik extends services to Middle East OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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rik Air is has expanded its reach to the Middle East by offering a commercial service between Abuja, Nigeria and Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, UAE. The airline has set aside Monday July 28 for the commencement of direct flights to the UAE. An online statement signed by the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Ola Adebanji on commencement of flight operations, the airline would operate to Dubai five times a week; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nigeria and return on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from Dubai. Adebanji stated that outbound flights would depart from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos at 1905 (local time), arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja at 2020 (local time). He added that the flight would then continue to Dubai, departing NAIA at 2150 (local time) and arrive at Dubai International Airport), Dubai Terminal 1 at 0720 (local time). The airline said it hoped to operate its Airbus A330200 aircraft to the route.

NAMA reassures passengers, operators of safety OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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he management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has assured that the agency will continue to ensure total safety of humans and equipment within the country’s airspace. Speaking on behalf of the other management staff, its Managing Director, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam said that all the com-

munication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management facilities used by the agency are working optimally in all the stations across the country. Abdulsalam made this known at the aviation family forum organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations in honour of the General Manger, Public Communications of the Skyways Aviation Handling Company of Nigeria, SAHCOL, Mr. Basil

Agboarumi at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos. Abdulsalam informed further that the agency has completed the installation of new Solar Runway Lighting systems at the Lagos and Port Harcourt International airports to further enhance safety of flight operations at all times and in all weather conditions. He added, “We uphold the highest standards in air traffic management as

the vision of the agency is to be one of the leading air navigation service providers in the world.” He also commended the NIPR for its professionalism, excellence and transparency saying “through various trainings, workshops and seminars, NIPR has moulded icons whose contributions to the Nigerian economy have been legendary producing the likes of Mr. Agboarumi who is a valuable product

of this reputable institute.” He enjoined all members of NIPR to imbibe and assimilate the code of ethics of the noble profession as the sustenance of the Nigerian project largely depends on them noting that PR is an integral aspect of the world economy as no business can survive without it. Speaking at the forum, the National President of NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele said that there was visible

indicator that the aviation industry was growing, but called for all and sundry to support the industry to grow through aggressive information management. He declared that the aviation of the future should be based on information management as business could only thrive on accurate information and “that is why Public Relations cannot be relegated -NIPR should be a role model,” he said.


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N200bn CACS Fund: NANTS, farmers decry difficulty in accessing fund TOLA AKINMUTIMI & JOEL AJAYI ABUJA

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espite the generally acknowledged Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) funding interventions in the agricultural sector to help the national agenda of sustainable and inclusive growth of the economy, one sore point of concern to stakeholders is that smallholder farmers’ access to funds under the schemes has been rather difficult, if not impossible. This is even more particularly true for women small-holder farmers who, over the past two years, have continued to bemoan their fate as their desire to get a fair share in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) inputs allocation under the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme and other benefits remains unfulfilled. These and many more concerns may therefore have informed last Wednesday’s appeal by the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) and other small-holder farmers in the country for a simplification of the processes for accessing CBN’s Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS) N200 billion Fund with a view to ensuring that its objectives are realised. The scenario that served to bolster the farmers’ appeal was created in Karshi, a suburb settlement in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) when the NANTS’ leadership visited the community for the second time in two years to offer micro credit support to the over 200 farmers, after their loan repayment credibility and trustworthiness had been ascertained. It was with fanfare and joy that the community’s market women, traders and small scale farmers trooped out in their scores to benefit from the N600, 000 loan provided as the second tranche of the association’s intervention credit for them since year 2012. So far, over 240 farmers had benefitted from the funding interventions by NANTS since the commencement of the loan four years back with not less than N2.4 million disbursed. Speaking during the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries, the President of the NANTS, Barrister Ken Ukaoha, reiterated his association’s commitment to reducing poverty in the community and others where its interventions are ongoing through financial empowerment of the farmers and other vulnerable groups in the rural communities in the affected states. Ukaoha enthused: “I am happy because most of our beneficiary of our micro credit in this particular community are women. In fact, this is one community where we have 75 per cent beneficiary women and we are proud of that we are been here for almost four years now and I know each year new farmers benefited from this loan. “Therefore, I want to be believed that there are people here that micro credit has helped because if you look at the fact

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that what government is doing which we are commended “We are also giving between five thousand and 10 thousand to our clients including some physically challenge people among our client her and they faithful in paying back is commendable. “This is signifying that poor or less privilege people pay back better, they are more reliable, they are faithful, we come here and we have paid homage to the Chief and Chief is also a custodian that will be a guide to pull beneficiaries at the ear to make sure you pay back what they have received” he said. In his response to the gesture, the leader of NANTS Karshi Farmers Network, Alhaji Baba Umar, thanked the association and assured that none of the beneficiaries would default in loan repayment in order to tell the government and other investors that small holder farmers are dependable in credit management. Umar recalled that was not the first time the farmers were getting the type of financial support from NANTS and they had been faithfully committed to the repayment terms. He promised: “This time around also, we are going to show to our benefactor, NANTS, and the government and general public that we are people of integrity who will always repay any loan given to us as and when due “We are overwhelmed with the support we receive from National Association of Nigeria traders NANTS and for the past three or four years now they are

been given us micro credit and we, also, in our own effort making effort to pay back all the incentives we have received “Most of our member are rural women 70 to 80 percent are women, so dealing with micro credit with women in our own community we don’t have much problem, we always give our payment up to 90%, I will not say 100. So we don’t have problem with repayment at all”, Umar added While urging the government to do more by making micro credit accessible to the farmers, the farmers’ leader lamented that generally, access to credit remained a major challenge to small holder farmers, especially from the commercial banks. He therefore called on the Federal, States and Local Governments to look at the way of improving access to loan without much stress that will help the farmers, market women and other traders to have access to loan. Umar expressed his belief if this was done it will increased the economy sector, it will also reduce the high rate of unemployment in our society. In his remarks at the loan disbursement event, a blind but mentally alert and productively resourceful livestock farmer, Mr Bature Umar, who could not hide his joy noted that NANTs had brought a lot of progress to this community. Bature said: “I feel very happy, I am a physically challenge and I rear goats and sheep but since I work into this micro credit, honestly, there is serious improve-

ment in it, because I count my ram and sheep now they are more than 28. “And let me tell you, when I started, I just have only two goats and two rams about five to four years back. Part of the credit of this should go to NANTS that has been supporting farmers in this community to become more productive and fulfilled”, he added Bature advised other physically challenged persons who are into begging to desist from it by taking advantage of any productive opportunity like the NANTS is offering to empower themselves socially and economically. “My advice to physically challenge person is that people call us disable or handicap but I did not believe in them no matter the big challenge you are facing, just have that zeal that you can make it and you will make it”, he counselled. In what appears like a timely response to the farmers’ agitation for a simplified process of accessing its intervention funds, the new Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had on Thursday assured farmers of plans by the apex banks to make the CACS and other intervention funds more accessible. Emefiele in his maiden World Press Conference after resumption of office two days earlier, disclosed new policies would be introduced to ensure funding support for key sectors with huge potentials for job creation and achieve inclusive growth in the economy. He explained further that under his leadership, the apex bank would revisit the goals and implementation of its intervention programmes in the agricultural sector, including the disbursement of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS), amongst others. This, he said, would ensure that high value addition was obtained from funds provided just as interventions would be driven towards improving productivity in areas with high domestic demand and where opportunities exist to improve domestic supply. For instance, he explained that as part of the Bank’s efforts to boost productivity in food commodities such as rice, wheat, fish and sugar on which the country is paying substantial part of its N1.3 trillion yearly food import bill, the CBN will take measures that will help in improving local production on the four commodities in view of the positive multiplier effects on the economy. To achieve this goal, Emefiele said that 60 per cent of the CACS will now be targeted at the identified commodities even as he announced the increase of the loan limit under the Scheme to N50 million to expand resources available to small agricultural projects Analysts believe that if CBN could muster the political will to remove all bottlenecks militating small holder farmers’ access to the CACS’ and other intervention funds in the agricultural sector, then the days when Nigeria would become a leading net exporter of foods may well have began.


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Jonas as Agwu u Email: j.agwu@frsc.gov.ng Tel: -8033026491, 8077690055

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ynamic speed bumps differ from conventional speed bumps as they are activated if a vehicle is traveling above a certain speed; Vehicles traveling below approved speed design will not experience the discomfort of a conventional speed bump. However, it allows the passage of emergency vehicles at higher speeds; in one design, rubber housing is fitted with a pressure relief valve which determines the speed of a vehicle. If the vehicle is traveling below the set speed, the valve opens allowing the bump to deflate as the vehicle drives over it, but it remains closed if the vehicle is traveling too fast. The valve can also be set to allow heavy vehicles, such as fire trucks, ambulances and buses to cross at higher speeds. Speed humps (a road hump, or undulation, and speed ramp) is a rounded traffic calming device which reduces vehicle speed and volume on residential streets. It is placed across the road to slow traffic and are often installed in a series of several humps in order to prevent cars from speeding before and after the hump; Their shapes are parabolic (rising and falling curve), circular, and sinusoidal (oval);12 to 14 feet (3.7 to 4.25 m) in length, and spans the width of the road with height ranges from 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm);shorter lengths and greater heights of installed speed humps slow cars greatly. However when placed in a series of

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Understanding speed bumps (2) 350–550 feet (100–170 m) apart, humps reduces speeds by 8–10 mph (13–15 km/h) with warning sign notifying motorists before humps; Pavement markings also enhance visibility and a taper edge near the curb to allow a gap for drainage. Speed humps are used in locations where very low speeds are desired and reasonable and are typically placed on residential roads and are not used on major roads, bus routes, or primary emergency response routes. Placement is generally mid-block between intersections. Speed humps slow cars to 16–32 km/h. The relatively long slopes of speed humps gradually accelerate the entire vehicle in vertical direction, causing the perturbation of the cab to become progressively more severe at higher speeds; typical speeds resulting from speed humps are 15–30 km/h. Studies show an average 18% reduction in traffic volume and an average 13% reduction in collisions when installed. Speed cushions is another type and are designed as several small speed humps installed across the width of the road with spaces between them; installed in a series across a roadway resembling a split speed hump. The cushions forces cars to slow down as they ride with one or both wheels on the humps. However, the wider axle of fire engines (and other large vehicles) allows them to straddle the cushions without slowing down. Unlike speed cushions, speed table (or flat top hump) is a long speed hump with a flat section in the middle; length enables the entire wheel base of a passenger car to rest on top. The long, flat design allows cars to pass without slowing as significantly as with speed humps or cushions. Because

they slow cars less than similar devices, speed tables are often used on roads with typical residential speed limits and can also be designed as pedestrian crossings. Often,a 40 - 45% decrease in accidents per year with the use of speed tables is achievable in many locations where the tables are installed. It is effective in calming traffic on streets where the speed limit needs to be maintained rather than slowing cars more significantly. Traffic speed, volumes, and accidents have been shown to decrease with the use of tables Speed bumps are necessary on our roads. However, speed limiting infrastructures are necessary and will only be implemented or sustained often after due road safety audits and necessary guidelines and not because of perceived indiscriminate needs or requests by the public; It complements other speed management measures since most of our motorized public has a driving culture of excess or inappropriate and unsafe speed limits on various segments of our roads, particularly for built up areas with 50km/h maximum limits. Speed bumps reduces road traffic crashes as passengers in a vehicle involved in a crash whose impact speed is about 80km/h are 20 times likely to be killed than if the impact speed was 32km/reduces road traffic crashes and severity as a vehicle that hits a pedestrian at as low a speed of 15km/h can result into fatality. Generally speed bump increases safety on residential streets, and single interstate carriageways that pass through villages and towns. It improves the environmental quality of residential neighbourhoods and improves traffic flow in residential

areas; reduce speed in industrial areas with heavy truck traffic where high speeds can lead to roll over; slows down traffic on public roads where there are schools, hospitals, markets and other places like railway level crossings and tollgate areas around expressways Yet, there have been criticisms on the management of speed bumps. While some are indeed genuine, others are based on lack of proper education. Despite these criticisms, the point must be made that wherever speed bumps are installed with all necessary standards and procedures followed, it is the responsibilities of the motoring public to comply. It is also instructive to note that specific types of bumps are used for different locations on roads that require them and must be done to specifications as approved and supervised by the appropriate authorities who must ensure that adequate signages such as warning signs are put in place ahead of the bumps. The cost benefit of crash reduction outweighs the negligible issues of increase in traffic noise from braking and acceleration of vehicles on streets with speed humps, particularly from buses and trucks, increased vehicle fuel consumption and emissions, discomfort for drivers and passengers, as well as increased wear and tear on brakes, engine and suspension components. Should motorists drive over these devices slowly it would not aggravate persons with spinal troubles or chronic backache. (Concluded) •Agwu, a Corps Commander, is Corps Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.

Porn TV channels: Need to watch out BITRUS KWABEH

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igerians tend to think certain things cannot happen in their country. Until two years ago, when suicide bombing was premiered in Abuja, precisely at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police, it was widely assumed that no Nigerian, given our fun-loving disposition, would consider killing himself in a bid to kill others. We are wiser now. We still need to be a lot more, as there are some other things, while not here yet, that may take root here. One of such is pornography- delivered to us at home via pay-television. For now, it seems far-fetched. Soon, it may creep in on us. Why do i think so? Well, I recently returned from South Africa, where the decision of the country’s broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), to licence pornographic channels is causing massive public resentment. On Digital Media (ODM) is on StarSat’s pay-television platform (backed by the Chinese-owned StarTimes) in South Africa. Last November, ODM started broadcasting two pornographic TV channels – Private Spice and Playboy TV – in a separate StarSat sex TV package. This was shortly after being granted a licence by the South African broadcasting regulator. It is widely believed in South Africa that pornography was added to the viewing menu in a desperate bid to shore up flagging subscriber figures. Subscriber figures for the four-year old South African pay-TV operator, currently in business rescue, have dipped to between 100 000 and 120 000 from 150 000 a few years ago.

The newest face of the opposition to the porn broadcast is the group, Doctors for Life, which represents 1, 400 doctors. The non-governmental body has filed an application at the High Court in Pretoria, the country’s capital, seeking a revocation of the broadcast licence. Its application has since been joined to the applications of the Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) and the Cause for Justice organisations, which submitted separate applications in the Western Cape High Court. JASA and Cause for Justice contend that South Africa’s broadcasting regulator, which initially rejected ODM’s porn channels application before approving it a year later, acted illegally in its failure to consider that the constitutional rights of children outweigh the rights of StarSat’s freedom of expression. In its application, Doctors for Life, contends among other things, that pornography is addictive and has the potential to be harmful to the human brain in ways similar to those of substances like heroin, cocaine and LSD. Doctors for Life appear to have based its position on a recent study by German psychiatrists, which suggest that watching pornography may result in reduction in the activity of certain areas of the brain. The study discovered that men who watch a lot of pornography tend to have less gray matter volume as well as less activity in the region of the brain linked to rewards. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, which analysed a relatively small sample, but offers the first evidence that could lead to the establishment of a link between exposure to pornography and brain size. Authors of the study questioned 64 healthy men aged 21 to 45 about their porn watching habits. They also examined how their brains

reacted to pornographic images and took images of their brains in order to measure volume. The results show that the brain region activated when people view sexual stimuli is less active in men who watch a lot of pornography. It also shows the part of the brain associated with processing rewards is smaller in men who view pornography more often. JASA’s application requests the court to review the broadcasting regulator’s decision in granting a licence for porn television channels to StarSat, formerly the TopTV brand, and for ICASA to ensure a correct application of the law and broadcasting regulations. The current wave of anger is a continuation of what began last year, when ODM (operating as TopTV) was licensed to broadcast three adult content channels--Playboy TV, Desire TV, and Private Spice in South Africa. Late last year, ODM’s shareholders voted to accept the business rescue plan offered by StarTimes, following a slump in fortunes. The rescue plan was, however, immediately hit by a gust of public disapproval, chiefly from South African religious organisations, which argued that the pornographic channels could expose youngsters to explicit materials and could breed a society of perverts and increase sexually related crimes. South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council, MJC, which described ICASA’s decision to grant licence for pornographic broadcast as as “inconsistent”. Nabeweya Mallick, spokesperson for the MJC, said the council was “disappointed,” at ICASA’s insensitivity to the rights of tastes of religious and race groups and cultures. “We feel they have really failed the stan-

dards set by ICASA. If one is sensitive to the rights of these groups... what about the rights of women?” she questioned. South Africa’s Family Policy Institute, FPI, also railed against the channels and supported calls for a boycott. Its spokesperson, Errol Naidoo, said the channels stand to increase the rate of gender abuse in a country that already has one of the highest rates of sexual violence against women and children. ICASA argued that there is no law of general application prohibiting the production and distribution of adult content in South Africa. “Only the production and distribution of child pornography is expressly prohibited by the law,” it argued. Offering largely unfettered access to pornography in a country with a high incidence of gender abuse is sure to be an invitation to chaos. Is there a chance that Nigeria may one day have to face this kind of problem? I guess most Nigerians would answer in the negative-as we did before bombings and kidnapping got woven into our social fabric. Rape of minors has already become a problem here. So is that of adults, including women in their 70s. StarTimes operate here. While the Chinese company has not suggested it may serve us pornography (in fact, it categorically told a newspaper last year that it has no such plans), we need to keep an eye on it and other pay-TV operators so that they don’t damage the minds of our children. The National Broadcasting Commission needs to follow what happens in other lands and ensure nothing is sneaked in. •Kwabeh, a statistician, lives in Abuja


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he Presidency has approved new members for the Governing Boards of the National Planning Commission’s (NPC’s) parastatals. The three parastatals are National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Centre for Management Development (CMD) and National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) A statement by the Secretary to the Commission, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo, on behalf of the Supervising Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission, Ambassador

Bashir Yuguda, indicate that the new board members would be inaugurated the on Thursday at the Commission’s office in Abuja. The new Board of the NBS comprised Amb. Greg Mbadiwe, Chairman; Capt. Jeo Agada (rtd.); Chief Franklin Edonkumoh; Alhaji Sulei Majidadi; Alhaji Ali Badala Gumel; and Chief Raimi Ayo Raji. Others members of the Board are Representatives of the Minister of National Planning Commission; Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria; Minister of Finance; Minister of Agri-

culture; Minister of Education; Group MD NNPC or his Representative; and Presidents of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); the Nigeria Statistical Association; and also the Statistician General and Chief Executive of the NBS as Secretary. The Centre for Management Development (CMD) Board membership composition has Prof. Tunde Adeniran as Chairman. Members are Engr. Adeyemi S. Obakin; Rt. Hon. Amanuna Afragana; Anochie Haffner; Obong Emmanuel J. Akpan; Barr. Joseph Ahile; Chief

L-R: A member of staff of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) who won a gold medal at the 2013 Federation of Public Service Games, Mr. Ayeni Adetunji; Director-General, NCMM, Mr. Abdallah Usman and Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, during a reception for PHOTO: NAN victorious athletes in Abuja at the weekend.

Funsho Owoyemi; Mr. Peter Aboyeji Onyiloye and Barrister Ebenezer Obeya. Others are Senator Hassan Nasiha; two representatives of the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association; two Representatives of Labour Organisation; four representatives of Professional Management Training Institute; Director of Administration, NPC; and the Director-General, CMD. For the Nigeria Institute of Social Economic Research (NISER), the new Chairman is Hon. Oladosu Oladipo. The members of the new Board are Barrister Chibuzo Azike; Alhaji Shitu Bamaiyi; Prof. Festus Egwaikhide; Prof. Funmi Soetan; and Prof. A.G. Garba. Others include Prof. Benard E. Aigbokhan; the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; the Statistician - General; Director of Administration, NPC; the Director of Research, CBN; four scholars to be appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Director - General; and the Director-General, NISER.

UNN VC, Bartho Okolo, bows out with fanfare •Says he’s leaving richer, stronger varsity

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utgoing Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Bartho Okolo, has stated that he was leaving the university “better, richer and stronger” than the one he inherited at inception of his tenure five years ago. It was fanfare and celebration of achievements during a farewell ceremony organised by the University of Nigeria for Okolo, the 13th vice chancellor of the

institution. Okolo said he was leaving office a happy man, knowing that all the choices his administration made were for the best interest of the university. Speaking during the ceremony in his honour, Friday, Okolo said that some of the decisions his administration took might have been despised by some people, but the results of his choices would impact positively on the university

in the years to come. “I have no doubt in my mind that I am handing over a university that is better, richer and stronger than the one I inherited five years ago. Even detractors and pessimists acknowledge the far reaching developments that have taken place in our university”, he said. Okolo said that although his administration was maligned by some disgruntled

individuals in the university, he bears no grudges against anyone. “It is my wish that no other Vice-Chancellor experiences the kind of distraction, disrespect and impudence that I had to endure in the course of my tenure. However, for the records, I do not bear grudges, largely because the dramatis personae are not deserving of my long term emotions”, he said.

he Sokoto State Government said yesterday that it had approved N331.63 million for the sponsorship of 164 medical and engineering students to Sudan. This is contained in a statement signed by the Information Officer of the State Scholarship Board, Mallam Isa Shuni, in Sokoto. It listed Khartoum College of Medical Sciences, Afhad University for Women, Nahda International College, International University of Africa and National University as the institutions where the students would be admitted. It said that the gesture was to offer training to selected students from the state in selective fields of medical sciences According to the statement, the gesture covers the cost of tuition, registration, transportation and other needs of the students.

The statement quoted the Chairman of the board, Alhaji Jelani Kalgo, as saying that Gov. Aliyu Wamakko had since approved the release of the funds. It said that the release of the funds would facilitate easy take-off of the programmes in accordance with the provisions and guidelines of the respective institutions’ academic calendars. “Kalgo was also quoted as saying that the state government has also given emphasis to the sponsorship of female students. ‘’This will tackle the shortage of female medical personnel bedevilling the state’s medical institutions. “The benefiting students should complement the government’s gesture by dedicating themselves to their studies and by being good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria,” the statement said.

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So, whoever runs foul of the law will face the consequence of his or her temerity. More importantly, the government deliberately re-orientated the people and created a relaxed atmosphere across the state. Apart from the governor, deputy governor, speaker and maybe two other people, no other government official has any form of security arrangement around them. Top government officials submit themselves to general security arrangement as is available to other residents and visitors to the state. Even the Governor drives himself around town and mingles with the ordinary folks as he daily inspects different on-going projects. Neither the Governor nor other officials is allowed to use siren. All these symbolic representations have

assured the people that it is a new dawn and the government is people-friendly. Now, the opposition and other critics can freely express their opinions. It is now a contest of ideas and healthy exchange of words, no exchange of gun-shots. The state-owned media is now open to all political tendencies. The culture of violence and silence is dead. There is now an open, free and orderly society in Ogun. Perhaps, before we forget, I should remind commentators on developments in Ogun State that it is not just about physical transformation. The sub-structure of the on-going Mission to Rebuild our state is the safe environment created by the present government. *Olaniyonu is Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ogun State.


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esola –Olaoluwa, Osun PDP chairman WE HAVE PROVED THAT OSUN IS IN BAD SHAPE FINANCIALLY RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE PROVED TO BACK OUR CLAIMS AND WE ARE ALREADY GIVING NECESSARY AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT RELEVANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION.

from them must be paid back. The projects that this government claimed to have spent this money on are yet to leave elementary stages and debt portfolio of the state is increasing. That is why I say those projects are curse on Osun people because with this kind of leadership we have now, these already pauperised people will be made to pay for these projects.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 out of good intention for the people. Putting all his projects together, are they commensurate with the debt portfolio of the state? The answer is no. Osun is hugely indebt-

ed and we have facts to support this claim. He usually says he only raised bond, is bond a gift? Will the state not pay back? Mind you, those behind these bonds are not Father Christmas. Every kobo taken

But most of your claims about debt portfolio of this administration are not proven. We have proved that Osun is in bad shape financially right now. We have proved to back our claims and we are already giving necessary agencies of government relevant information about the present administration. Even if you look at those projects that brought all these debts; work on them has stopped since because the contractors have no money again to continue to finance them. When the anti-graft agen-

cies begin their work, you will see revelations and Osun people will be amazed what has been done to their future. What is your take on concerns about threat of violence during the poll? PDP is not very comfortable with APC because of their antecedents. They will foment trouble if they fail in their do or die approach to the poll. But we are appealing to security agents in the state to be fair to us. We are law abiding citizens of this state. We don’t have any other place to run to. Those that will foment trouble have their homes outside Osun and that is why we are appealing to security agents not to compromise in the interest of peace. We have been subjected to all manner of victimisation but there is limit to human endurance. They should not allow APC to foment trouble and we assure them that PDP will cooperate with security agents to ensure free and fair poll.

evements –Adebiyi, Osun APC chair ON THE ISSUE OF FINANCIAL DEBT OF THE STATE, I MAY NOT HAVE THE ACTUAL FIGURE OF WHAT THE STATE OWES. BUT, IT IS NOT A DEBT THAT WE HAVE TO STRANGULATE THE STATE BEFORE Aregbesola

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 this government. But, the opposition is not to determine the fate of this government. It is the people or the electorate who have the sovereign power to determine who would rule or govern them. Even, despite the meager resources accruable from the Federation Account, we are still making up to pay salaries of

workers and shore up the state’s economy. I am sure that the opposition does not have tangible argument to advance. Let them criticise the government on policy matters and stop saying Aregbesola has borrowed so much. They should talk on issues that are relevant,

and then we can engage them head on in proving to them what we have done.

ternally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the government is on the increase.

There are fears that Osun has been plunged into heavy debt by the incumbent government, which may take the state decades to pay back. How do you react to this development? On the issue of financial debt of the state, I may not have the actual figure of what the state owes. But, it is not a debt that we have to strangulate the state before we can pay back. Aregbesola is a man who has deployed financial engineering in managing the funds of the state. There are ways of financing government projects in the state. Look at the issue of bond we raised in the capital market. It is not something that we have to pay back at short period or two years such that all the revenues or allocation of the state would be expended on paying debt. It is not like that. It is a gradual process. The projects on which these funds are expended are there for the people to see and they are having multiplier effects on the economy. More investors are now coming to Osun because there is remarkable improvement in the economy; visible change in infrastructure and conducive atmosphere for industries and other businesses to thrive. From these developments, In-

Still on the issue of debt, the opposition alleged that Aregbesola’s administration, with the permission of the House of Assembly in 2012, raised N60 billion bond in the stock market to finance some road projects, which include Odeyinka-Orile Owu, Araromi-Gbongan-Sekona-Akoda roads, among others. Their argument is that the same government in June, 2013 applied to a Cyprus based bank for N117 billion loan for the same set of road projects. How do you reconcile this? I may not have the facts. But, I read something from the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Wale Bolorunduro, of which he said that it was just a mere application and that the loan was not assessed or obtained. I think you can get more details from him. I think the bank approached the government to come and secure loans. The funds were not assessed at all. The opposition is just trying to fabricate lies and cook up unfounded information. They are just raising unnecessary issues that lack facts. The Odeyinka road is there and works are going on there, including Gbongan-Odeomu. People can see what we are using the money for.


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Hope rises for election in North-East states CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11

duct of the bye-election was an indication that the commission was prepared for election in the three states in 2015. He explained that the success of the bye-election despite the security situation illustrated the commission’s commitment to keep improving on its mandate. Jega said: “Most people never knew we conducted bye-election in Yobe State last week. That election is one of the best elections conducted so far. This illustrates how committed we are to keep on improving. If there is any doubt to our preparation in the three states, this is an indication that we are very much prepared for next year’s general election. Nobody should entertain any doubt about our preparedness to conduct elections in the three states currently under emergency rule.” The commission also expressed regret that politicians and their parties were not adhering to best practices in the dissemination of information to the public. Also speaking on the issue as to whether elections should hold in 2015 or not in those states, Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Bamidele Aturu, said elections should hold in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe where emergency rule is still in force. Speaking with Sun-

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day Mirror, he said: “Elections should hold in those states because they are part of Nigeria. If there is violence that can threaten elections, then elections can be postponed but as it is today, the elections should take place there. The states collect allocations from Abuja. All the local governments in the three states collect allocations from the Federal purse; why then should we deny the citizens of those states the choice of picking their leaders.” The All Progressives Congress, APC, said there’s no reason why elections should not hold

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in the three North-East states. Speaking through its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said: “We think there should be election in the three states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno. It is the responsibility of the Federal Government that all nook and cranny of the country is safe. Not conducting election in those states would be like disenfranchising a very significant portion of Nigerians who might not be given the chance to choose their leaders. “Only last week, INEC

successfully conducted a bye-election in Yobe State. Also, last December, local government elections were held in all the local government areas of Yobe State. If you remember too, the APC conducted its membership registration nationwide, and using polling booths and the registration went well. Unless the government has an agenda, there is no reason why elections should not hold in those three states. “What people are saying is that if election is not holding in the North-East states under emergency rule, it is a ploy by Presi-

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he Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, has unequivocally condemned the attack on free speech by soldiers, in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos, Maiduguri, Ibadan amongst other cities, claiming to be acting on “orders”. NPAN in a release after its emergency meeting in Abuja yesterday and signed by its President, Mr Nduka Obaigbena said “This assault

on freedom of expression through the stoppage of distribution of newspapers is inconsistent with the values of any democratic society and the Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria”. The association, therefore, said it called upon the military authorities to lift the siege immediately and call the soldiers to order. “The NPAN notes the statement issued on Thursday, June 6, by the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, that newspaper distribution channels

may have been infiltrated by some persons to transport ‘materials with grave security implications’. “As citizens and businesses, we take the security of our nation very seriously, and especially condemn the continuing daily destruction of human life by a mindless, cruel and criminal insurgency. We have, at our own instance, engaged various security agencies in the past to find ways of dealing with the security challenges we all face. We shall continue to do so. It is, however, deeply troubling that a siege has been

laid to the media for two straight days on a suspicion over which no one consulted the NPAN. We stand ready, able and willing to work with all relevant security agencies to ensure the integrity of the newspapers’ distribution process”, the association said. NPAN reassured its readers, partners and the public at large, that it will continue to work to promote peace and unity in The Federal Republic of Nigeria, while defending its constitutional role to hold governments at all levels accountable.

dent Jonathan because he knows that he is not popular in those states. “There are moves to ensure peace and the government should put all efforts to find lasting peace not only in those three states but throughout the country.” The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said the issue of whether elections should hold in certain areas or not is not the decision of the party which is ready to contest election wherever INEC plans to such in the country.

His words: “I don’t think the party should be involved in such a thing as to whether election would hold or not. Wherever INEC said there will be elections, PDP will participate.” He stressed that since INEC had made a statement that there would be elections in those states, there was no need to think otherwise. “I think the National Assembly has also made a statement like that, that there should be elections in those states, then why should we have a different opinion,” he wondered. It would be recalled that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, shortly after the extension of emergency rule in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa said elections would hold in the three states in spite of the ongoing state of emergency clamped in the areas. He noted that the right of citizens to vote was one of the fundamental human rights that were not suspended under the state of emergency. “We just extended the state of emergency and it will expire in November. We hope that by then, we would have contained the insurgency. “But if elections come and there is still insecurity, we will still hold elections because we have had local government elections in the North-East despite the state of emergency,” Ekweremadu emphasized.

Emergency: Yobe flays quest to dissolve political structures

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lhaji Maimala Buni, Yobe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday described as undemocratic, calls from certain quarters for the dissolution of political structures in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, Buni, said in Damaturu that the advocates of such measures were enemies of democracy and not seriousminded people. He described such calls as not only “inflammatory”, but also “detrimental to the sustenance of the country’s uninterrupted democratic experience.’’

“We have followed with grave concern the consistent vituperation by some politicians on the need to dismantle the political administration of the three states. “It is apparent that some of them are not well informed, displaying bare ignorance, mixed with political intent to discredit the administrations of the three states.” “It is most unfortunate that most of them who are beneficiary of democracy, who ought to be contributing to the building of democracy in Nigeria, are helping in destroying it.


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‘Insecurity problem not peculiar to Nigeria’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 it is in the interest of the people. Whatever you are doing, it must be for the benefit of the people and not for selfish interest. So, I think I have been applying a bit of what I know as a diplomat in my job as a deputy governor. Have you had cause to disagree with your boss, the Governor, on certain issues of governance?. I think I would be lying if I say no to your question. As human beings, we are not the same and as such we are bound to think and do things differently. When I realise that this is the way you are going, I also expect that you look at the direction I’m going so that we can harmonise our differences. This is important because you are not perfect just the same way I’m not perfect. As a person, I cannot disagree with you completely because there must be some areas where we should agree. I think it is the non realisation of some of these basic facts of life by state and non state actors and the need to harmonise these differences in relationships and forge ahead for the good of the people that have caused certain problems that we have both in governance and the society. So, I will say that sometimes I disagree to agree with my boss and the result has been the cordial relationship you have observed between us which invariably has translated to good governance and dividends of democracy to the people. Few days ago, Nigeria celebrated Democracy Day. Would you say that democracy is working in Plateau State? Sure! I believe that democracy can be measured by the quality of governance in place. Here in Plateau State, we are fortunate to have a visionary leader in Governor Jonah Jang who strives to leave a legacy for generations unborn. To achieve this, he has anchored his policy thrust on ten -point agenda and three pillar policy which has a holistic approach to governance and development of the state. Within the past seven years, there has been a deliberate emphasis on building and strengthening infrastructure to drive other levels of development. This is why there has been opening of the city and the rural areas through massive construction of roads, bridges and provision of sundry amenities. So, for us in Plateau State, democracy is working. How would you assess Nigerian democratic strides as a whole? I will tell you without any doubts in my mind that it has been so far, so good for the Nigerian democracy. I am always amazed when people try to compare Nigeria democracy with advanced democracies in other countries in terms progress and maturity forgetting the fact that our own is

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I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I AM IN SUPPORT OF IT. I WILL NOT PRETEND ABOUT IT AND EVEN IN THE USA THAT PEOPLE OFTEN REFER TO AS AN ADVANCED DEMOCRACY, THEY HAVE THE FEDERAL POLICE, THE STATE POLICE AS WELL AS COUNCIL POLICE.

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still very young. The truth is that democracy remains the best form of governance irrespective of the challenges that come with it. There is also every reason to be thankful to God especially when we cast our minds back to where we are coming from, because this country was once administered by the colonial masters and we were not happy. Then we moved and got our self independence which in itself was an element of democracy. When the euphoria was about to settle down, then the military came in and disrupted the process. And you will agree with me as the saying goes that the worst form of democracy is better than the best

military government. Somehow, we were able to pull out from the military again in 1999 and another democratic experiment began. Also, the learning started again. And I think we have learnt a lot of things as a country within the past 15 years. We might not be perfect yet but it is obvious we are moving towards perfection. Yes, I know that we have problems in our hands, ups and downs, challenges here and there. That should not be wished away because when you are doing something, you encounter some challenges. People easily forget that the USA went through their own learning ex-

periences for many years before being able to arrive somewhere. And ours is just 15 years. So people will do well to understand our democracy in this light and appreciate the shortcomings so that we can overcome them and move forward as a nation. What is your take on the belief by many that Nigerian democracy is not working because of insecurity, corruption, unemployment and other sundry problems that have combined to hold the country hostage. Let me tell you, even the United States of America which people consider to be the best democracy in the world is not free from all these problems you have mentioned including insecurity. The truth is that even with their advanced democracy, they still contend with insecurity challenge. I have stayed long in the USA and I know what I’m talking about. The only difference is that they are tackling their own quietly unlike where everything is being dramatized. Don’t forget the 9/11 incident and for the terrorists to beat USA security network to perpetrate such magnititude of terror on the people goes to tell you that there are not totally immune from insecurity challenge. But the only thing again is that they are organised; they have the equipment and the manpower to face those challenges. And I think this is where Nigeria is yet to learn from but I believe we will get there one day. And that is why we in Plateau State are in total support of state police. I want to tell you that I am in support of it. I will not pretend about it and even in the USA that people often refer to as an advanced democracy, they have the federal police, the state police as well as council police. Even some universities have their own police. It’s a matter of knowing where you belong and operating within its limitations and they are doing very well. But herein Nigeria, they say it will be abused. How? Is the present police system not being abused? Whichever way you look at it, state police is still the answer to our insecurity challenge and it will go a long way to strengthen our democracy. On the issue of unemployment, I think it is rather unfortunate because it wasn’t like that during our time. In fact, employers of labour had to come to the university to interview before graduation. Believe you me, Gover nment is aware of this problem and it is doing all it could to stem the tide. But again, everyone should be involved if we must win this war. The problem also exists in advanced democracies like the USA but they are controlling it by introducing some measures like welfare packages and other social security arrangements. I think some of these measures if they are introduced in the system can also help us tackle our own problem.


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Hello children, How are you? I believe that you have settled down at school. Today, we have articles and stories to help you in your studies. Don’t forget to send in your questions and comments. Also, be good children by assisting your parents at home.

ANIMAL FACTS

The Kangaroo

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angaroos are herbivores, and they eat a wide variety of plants, including grasses, shrubs, tree leaves and shoots. Ecologically, kangaroos are Australia’s equivalent of bison, deer and cattle in North America. Kangaroos get much of the moisture they need from their diet, which means they can go for long periods of time without drinking water. Like cows, kangaroos have chambered stomachs to help with digestion. They regurgitate grass and shrubs and chew them again before swallowing. They also have highly specialized teeth. Their molars fall out regularly from the wear and tear of their plant-based diet, and are replaced with new ones. A kangaroo can grow to between 3 and 8 feet (1 to 3 meters) tall, and they can weigh between 40 and 200 pounds (18 to 100 kilograms), depending on the species. The Eastern Gray Kangaroo is the heaviest marsupial in the world, and the

Red Kangaroo is the largest. Their hind legs and feet are much stronger and larger than their arms (or “forelimbs”). Kangaroo tails are muscular, long and thick at the base, which helps them balance and turn when they’re hopping. Speaking of hopping, kangaroos are the only large animals that hop as a primary means of locomotion. A male’s jump can be 10 feet (3m) high and 30 feet (9 m) long, and it can reach speeds of up to 40 mph (60 kph). Kangaroos are highly social. They often live in groups known as mobs, troops or courts, which can range in size from 10 to more than 100 kangaroos. Males box with each other to establish dominance. When a kangaroo senses danger, it alerts others by loudly thumping its feet on the ground. Kangaroos also make grunting, coughing, hissing and clicking noises

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here was a poor boy who made a living with selling various objects door-to-door, to pay for his school. He was very hungry and felt he couldn’t walk even a few steps. He decided to ask for food at a house. He knocked on the door and was stunned to see a beautiful young girl at the door step. With so much hesitation, in spite of his hunger, he asked the girl to offer him a glass of water. The young girl understood his hunger through his eyes and offered him milk in a huge glass. With astonished look, he drank the milk very slowly. And he then asked the lady, ‘How much I owe you for this milk?’ The girl replied, ‘I don’t accept anything for kindness.’ With big smile in his face, the boy thanked the girl from the bottom of his heart and left the place. Years passed by. The young girl fell ill and was diagnosed with a rarest kind of nervous condition, which was a complicated condition to treat. While many experienced doctors baffled at her condition, she was taken to a big hospital to study about her condition.

Dr. Kevin, a renowned specialist was called in by the hospital to examine her. He gave a visit to the hospital where she was admitted to learn about the rare condition. As he entered her room, Dr. Kevin immediately identified who was that woman! With all his efforts and knowledge, Dr. Kevin battled hard against the disease for weeks and months. At last, he won over the disease and the woman was completely cured. Everyone praised the doctor, while the woman was quite afraid about the hospital bill as she could not afford to pay. Dr. Kevin asked the hospital to send their bill to him as he would add his charges. After receiving the hospital bill, he wrote a note and sent it to her. With lots of fear, she opened the bill and had no idea how much she was charged. Her eyes filled with tears and happiness once she opened the bill. She found the bill cancelled and it was not the reason for her happiness. She saw the note written by Dr. Kevin - “Bill Paid years ago with a glass of milk!”

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DID YOU KNOW?

QOUTE OF THE WEEK

• Did you know that 11 per cent of people are left-handed? • Did you know August has the highest percentage of births? • Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it? • Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes? • Did you know a bear has 42 teeth? • Did you know an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?

They always talk who never

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think. -Matthew Prior

JOKE

Why did the boy bring a ladder to school? He wanted to go to high school. Why did the girl smear peanut butter on the road? To go with the traffic jam! Why do bananas have to put on sunscreen before they go to the beach? Because they might peel!

RIDDLES

There those thousand thinkers were thinking how the other three thieves went through.

POP

What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? A clock. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? Short. What word begins and ends with an ‘e’ but only has one letter? Envelope. What has a neck but no head? A bottle. What gets wetter as it dries? A towel. Why did the boy bury his flashlight? Because the batteries died. Which letter of the alphabet has the most water? The C.

FAIRY PUZZLE

WHO INVENTED WHAT?

Levi Strauss created blue jeans

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evi Strauss (1829-1902) was an entrepreneur who invented and marketed blue jeans. His business became extremely successful (and still is), revolutionising the apparel industry.

YOUNG FASHION

Understanding the crop jacket for Girls It’s the season of rain, what better time for young girls to rock the famous crop jacket. You can rock either the jeans, camo or even shredded jeans crop jackets. Enjoy the look book below.

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STORIES THAT TOUCH YOU Sunday June 8 2014

Behold, Pa Iyonmana, the Centenarian

‘At 100, I’m still very strong’ SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN CITY

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a Samuel Omoruyi Iyonmana is a member of a lucky group of few people on this earth that have lived to celebrate 100 years of age. For the young-looking, healthy, energetic and active man with a strong vision and voice, who took us into his sitting room in the rural outskirts of Umelu community of Benin City under Ikpoba Okha Local Government area of Edo State, there is so much more to celebrate in life, especially when the living counts his or her blessings and name them one by one. Born without a silver spoon in Ike village in present-day Uhunmwode Local Government area in 1914, the year of amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates of Nigeria by the British colonialists, Iyonmana has not just lived to clock 100 years old in 2014, the year of Nigeria Centenary celebration, he has also lived, in spite of the myriad of challenges and risks to his life, to defy the average lifespan of 49 years of the ordinary Nigerian, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Iyonmana, a husband, a father, grand-father, community leader and titled Odionwere (or oldest man) of his immediate community, is a traditional farmer and trader. A retired civil servant, he has also worked at one time or another as a water rate clerk with the Water Board; as a court messenger that earned promotion in 1962 to court clerk; and as a prison officer with the Nigerian Prisons in 1966. Iyonmana, who described himself as a “not too serious Christian” owing perhaps to his position as the custodian of tradition as the oldest man of his community, retired from the civil service in 1991 before returning to farming and trading to keep his body active and healthy. As a result, even at the age of 100, the centenarian still trades, selling in front of his house wooden recreational and kitchen materials that he personally carved. Recalling the past 100 years in his own words, Iyonmana said, “I am 100 years old. I was born in 1914. I was born in Ike village. I am now the oldest man around since 2010. I am the Odionwere. I am married and have eight children:

•Says ‘I have never been to any hospital’ •His close shaves with death

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three male and five female, but I cannot no longer give birth now. I was 20 years when I started school in my village. That was on January 2, 1934. I finished school in 1941. That was Standard Six.” “I have engaged in farm work. I have also been trading especially after my retirement. I have sold rubber. I am a pensioner. I was a water-rate clerk with the Water Board. I have worked in the court as a messenger before I was promoted to a court clerk. From there, I joined Nigerian Prisons.” Pa Iyonmana, who could not really recollect his memory with the accuracy of dates, further stated that he retired in 1999 when he left prisons service. Although he could not tell with a detailed accuracy how old his own father was when he died, he explained that the blood of longevity runs through the veins of members of the family. Asked why, he said, “I can’t say why. But when your conscience is clear, you are faithful to everybody, you will be at peace with your God.” As it regards his food and nutrition system, he said he does not select food nor has aversion for any food as long as it is good for his body and delicious. He added that he has never really gone to hospital for any sickness despite the fragile

Pa Iyonmana cutting his 100th birthday cake in January

health of most citizens. But life has not been a bed of roses for him. As young as a sevenday old child, he survived a potential deadly fall that could end the life of many a baby. An elderly family member had thrown him up as baby but could not catch him in a playful attempt. He crashed on the floor in a free fall as the fez cap of the elderly man mistakenly covered his face. He was treated by his parents and would later survive.

Pa Iyonmana survived death a second time when he fell into the River Niger at Onitsha while trying to cross the river to Asaba in a canoe on July 12, 1951. He was miraculously saved from a third experience that landed him in detention at the Agbor Prisons during the Nigerian Civil War when he was arrested because he could not speak Igbo Language. He was lucky, again, when he was attacked by a man that aimed to slit his throat but ended up breaking his forehead, leaving an everlasting mark of cut on the head. As a Prisons staff, he survived an accident by a hit-and-run driver that left him bloodied and mangled his bicycle beyond repair. He survived by a Good Samaritan policeman, who saw the victim in his pool of own blood, stopped and took him to the hospital for treatment. Lastly, he survived yet another hit-and-run driver’s onslaught a couple of years ago. Pa. Iyonmana, who says he has no special lifestyle, also disclosed that he still votes as a registered voter at the age of 100. He fervently called on the different levels of government: federal, state and local council to improve the standard of living of the people in ful-

filment of the dividends of democracy. According to him, the people of Umelu presently suffer from lack of potable water, absence of electricity despite electrification of the community, and lack of road. For example, members of the community that is directly located behind Ikpoba Hill in Benin City are unable to access Ramat Park owing to the absence of a good road. Again, the community school, Umelu Secondary School, is suffering from long years of neglect and dilapidation that predates the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration. The situation is so bad that people now veer off the bad road that links the school to pass through its open field, instead, for access. The good part of the only road that leads to the community terminates a little after Ugbekun Police Station. But it was learnt, however, that the state government has plans to include the school in the next phase of its rebuilding programme even as the Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area was also making plans to rebuild the roads to the community. Although Pa. Iyonmana is reputed to be a very strong and agile man in his community, he is nonetheless assailed by a rumour that he has a 25-year-old newly married wife in his home. Asked about the rumour, the man in question replied that he actually married a new wife of 26 years old, five years ago. But he has since sent her packing for lacking good moral after which he married another wife of about 60 years old, Mama Odion, his fifth and residential wife. While he laments that he can no longer dress corporately with shoes, tie and suit in his old age as he used to do when he was younger, he advised young people, who hope to live long enough or even longer than him in life to avoid being envious of others and refrain from fornication and adultery. “Don’t commit adultery because it is a canal evil that reduces the human life. Give honour to the elderly and obey other Commandments of God if you want to live long,” Pa Iyonmana urges.


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Breast cancer: This mother of three needs N7m to survive AYODELE WEKE

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eath now stares Mrs. Oluwabunmi Olabiyi, mother of three in the face, except she gets a lifeline of N7 million to undertake breast cancer surgery in India.

Wrenched by her plight, this mum is pleading with well-to-do Nigerians to come to her aid. Bunmi, as her family members and acquaintances love to call her, was born about 34 years ago in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State. She started her education at Agbeni Primary School from where she proceeded to IMG Grammar school, where she obtained her first school leaving certificate. The third girl in a family of six that has only two survivors having lost her mother at a very tender age, young Bunmi was sent to Lagos to learn a trade as her single father couldn’t pay for tertiary education and she learnt trading in assorted wines. However, as a result of her inability to raise the capital for the busi-

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ness line she chose, Bunmi decided against sitting idle and chose provisions marketing as a means of livelihood. As the years rolled by, she soared above the once de-

pressed and confused Bunmi into a successful business owner with high returns on her business which had grown so big that she was sought by many a number of individuals

and corporate entities for her honesty, dedication and dexterity. Like all that she touched before fate played a cruel one on her, she joined the league of married women and flourished delivering three lovely children; two boys-Kayode, 13 years, and Emmanuel, four years; and Adeola nine years, the girlchild. Unfortunately, it was at the birth of her third child and second boy that she noticed something unusual in the feeding habit of the boy, as Emmanuel refused to suck her right breast and will cry anytime she tried to force it on him. Eventually, she noticed a lump in the breast and sought medical advice. At the hospital, she was informed that she had developed a breast lump, which she immediately paid to get removed on the 22nd of April, 2010. After the operation, the family breathed a sigh of relief in the hope that travail had ended, but some months later this great hope of a new beginning was practically dashed when she was diagnosed of carrying a cancerous growth in the same

breast. From the point of her diagnoses, the downsliding of her fortunes began. The brave family weathered the storm of her second surgery which was carried out on the 10th of June, 2011 without assistance from anywhere. Oluwabunmi bristled with confidence that she will soon bounce back and would often pacify her family with the encouraging words that it was just a blip on the radar, nothing can stop God’s plan for our family. Staying in the hospital for several months whittled down the families savings, but she never gave up hope. Within months, she began to tap into her old goodwill and was able to raise a loan to facilitate her return to business. Presently, the cancer invested breast is threatening her life and if urgent help does not come her way, she might give up the ghost. She needs N7million to help her undergo treatments in India. As such, a dedicated account has been opened for her at Zenith Bank, titled Bunmi Olabiyi, account number 1004542305.

Lawal Adetunji

Corps member who refused N8, 000 bribe to rig election HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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aithfulness is not doing “ something right once but doing it right over and over again”. This is the belief of a Batch C’ youth corps member, Ismail Lawal Adetunji, serving in Ese-Odo Local Government area of Ondo state who was offered money to upturn the result of the election in his polling unit by one of the political parties during the last Ilaje Ese Odo bye election in the state on April, 5, 2014. Adetunji did not only act according to his conscience but also reported the case to the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, where he tendered the cash given to him as an evidence and was recently recognised and honoured for rejecting overtures to rig the by-election held in Ondo State

in favour of a political party. The Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akin Orebiyi, while recognising Adetunji during the inauguration of the State Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity in Akure last Monday said the young man had distinguished himself and displayed probity, honesty and integrity during the conduct of the election, saying Nigeria needed the like of the corps member for its progress and development. According to Orebiyi, Adetunji served as Presiding officer during the last by-election held in Ilaje/Ese Odo federal constituency and was offered N8, 000 by a member of a political party to doctor the results but he rejected the offer. He disclosed that the people offered the corps member N8,000 to rig the election and he brought the money to the

commission, rejecting the entreaties made to him by the party. Orebiyi commended the youth corps member for choosing to toe the line of honour and said he deserved to be honoured, stressing that the virtues displayed by the young man indicated that he came from a good background. He said, “ This young man has displayed he is from a good background and this is a good Nigerian of whom we are very proud and in whom we are well pleased. “He handed the 16 pieces of N500 notes which was given to him by a politician to doctor the result of the election to INEC officials and we have kept that as an evidence,” Orebiyi disclosed. The INEC boss, however, said the state’s commission would recommend Adetunji to the national office of the com-

mission and that he may be offered employment after his service year in Ondo State. Adetunji who is serving in Ese Odo local Government area of the state, while responding, appreciated the commission for recognising him but wondered why he must be paid or honoured for being upright. He noted, “We live in a corrupt environment but one may choose to be faithful and upright in dealing with people and the country as there are still few people who stand to represent honesty and faithfulness.” Speaking with Sunday Mirror, the 25-year-old Accounting graduate of Alhikmah University in Kwara State declined to give the name of the politician who tried to buy his conscience but maintained that he had done the right thing and felt good for it.

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uper Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has given a surprise invitation to petite winger Ejike Uzoenyi to replace injured Super Eagles left-back Elderson Echiejile yesterday in his final squad to the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Echiejile had been under close observation in the past days after cupping a harmstring injury and medics have stated that he is only 40% fit and would need between 10 days and three weeks to get back near full fitness. It was in this light that many had predicted the possible return of Turkeybased defender Taye Taiwo to the Eagles set-up but Keshi has opted otherwise, as he has gone for the CHAN 2014 Most Valuable Player (MVP), Uzoenyi whose initial drop from the final roster was in itself a surprise to many football fans. The Rangers hitman who wept in the team bus on the way back to the hotel in Philadelphia after being informed that he had been ruled out in the initial 23-man squad for the Mundial will now have a chance to show that he is good enough. Meanwhile, defender Kenneth Omeruo and forward Ahmed Musa are also nursing injuries. Omeruo was clattered into during training on Thursday, and has been unable to join the rest of the squad since. Forward Musa was kneed in the thigh in Tuesday’s friendly against Scotland, and has since been trying to shake off the injury.

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higozie Agbim is in the eye of an impending storm following an ownership tussle between Gombe United and Warri Wolves. Sunday Mirror gathered that Gombe signed the Super Eagles goalkeeper as a free agent after Enugu Rangers released him, where his appearance was hampered by his constant involvement with the national team. But Warri Wolves boss Davidson Owumi insists Agbim is still their player as Rangers are yet to pay the N8million transfer fee agreed upon in the settlement of their earlier dispute over the ownership rights of the goalkeeper and midfielder Sunday Mba. “It’s a fact which has been acknowledged in the past by Chigozie Agbim that he belonged to Warri Wolves and Rangers International came for him with an agreement that they would pay N8million.

“But as I am talking to you, no kobo has been paid and we have notified those that should know in football in the country,” Owumi blasts. “We kept quiet since because we did not want to jeopardize the chances of the player as regards going to the World Cup which has always been our principle not to stand on the way of any player’s progress. “However, nobody can reap where he did not sow! “We cleared Chigozie Agbim before coming to Warri Wolves and we expect anybody who wants him to clear him from us. There are rules and regulations governing this game and I am sure all of us know this.” The former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) chairman further declared that the Glo Premier League club holds 100 per cent ownership of the Nigerian international goalkeeper and that any financial gain to the Super

Eagles goalkeeper, either as a result of his participation in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil or any other similar assignments anywhere in the world will be rightly claimed by Warri Wolves as no other club has legal claim over him. Gombe United however is yet to react on this latest development. Meanwhile, Owumi has commended the players of Warri Wolves for their fighting spirit in garnering seven points in their last three matches and urged them to continue to do their best as management will always reward hard work. “I want to commend you for your performance in the last three matches and I will want you to continue this way. “We’ll on our part reward you as your welfare shall be paramount and quickly taken care of,” said Owumi who once managed the Flying Antelopes. The Seasiders have garnered 28 points from a possible 54 in the 18-week old Nigeria top flight.

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Glasgow 2014: Boxers preparation worries Obisia there is nothing on ground to ormer national boxing indicate that Nigerian boxers coach, Obisia Nwankpa F will be going to Scotland to has decried the poor preparation of the country’s boxers for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games billed for Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3. Obisia told our correspondent that few weeks to the commencement of the championship, serious efforts has not been made to ensure that the country’s pugilists put up a good performance at the Games. “It surprises me that with less than two months to the Commonwealth Games,

represent the country. “We fail to realise that Commonwealth Games is a big event that involves the best athletes from member nations of the organisation and for you to win a medal at the Games, you must have to prepare very well,” Obisia said. According to him, efforts must be made to avoid a repeat performance of the London 2012 Olympics flop where the country’s athletes came back with nothing.

Lawal Lukman of Nigeria (right), in action against Jordanian Almatbouli Ihab at the London 2012 Olympics.

YSFON to introduce boxing in Enugu prison he Youth Sports Federa- them but we want to first introduce boxing in to know tion of Nigeria (YSFON) T yesterday said it planned to how it will be received introduce a boxing competition in the Nigeria Prisons in Enugu. The Secretary of YSFON in Enugu State, John Eli, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the competition was part of the talent hunt by the federation. Eli said that it would also help the inmates of the prison to have a sense of belonging and rediscover their talent while in custody. “We will also introduce other indoor games for

before introducing others. “Introduction of these indoor sports will go a long way to encourage some talented inmates to be busy. “Sports in prison have been a routine activity outside the country where some of the great boxers were discovered,” he said. Eli, who is also the Director of Sports in Enugu, said YSFON was awaiting the final approval from the Nigeria Prison Service to kick start the event.

Klitschko inaugurated as mayor of Kiev ko rose to political promiormer WBC Heavynence during the Euroweight champion, Vitali F maidan protest movement Klitschko has assumed office as mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kiev. In a speech to the city assembly, Klitschko promised “zero tolerance for corruption” and the introduction of transparent and electronic governance in the Ukrainian capital. “Kiev was long robbed by dirty hands who stuffed their pockets at the citizens’ expense,” he said. The pro-Western Klitsch-

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that swept President Viktor Yanukovych out of office in February. However, he withdrew a bid to run for the Presidency and supported billionaire Petro Poroshenko instead. Klitschko, who unsuccessfully stood for the post in 2006 and 2008, won the city’s mayoral election; staged at the same time as the May 25 presidential vote with more than 56%.

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ormer Super Eagles Chief Coach, Paul Hamilton has advised Nigerians to have faith in the 23-man list released by Coach Stephen Keshi , even as he stressed that the team is capable of surpassing the expectations of Nigerians at the Mundial in Brazil. He told our correspondent that although; many Nigerians would have loved some of the dropped players to make the team, but was quick to add that it is only the coach who knows their recent form and those capable of giving him success at the World Cup. “I have listened to many comments by some Nigerians on the 23-man list released by Keshi; while some are of the opinion that the coach took the right decision, others were of the opinion that certain players were supposed to make the team. “However, my advice is that since Keshi has taken the decision, the only thing we can do is to give him all the necessary support by praying for the team to succeed in Brazil. “Nigerians should also not forget

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that during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Keshi took mainly home-based players to South Africa and beyond all expectations won the trophy which has eluded the country for 19 years. “So, I sincerely believe that the present crop of Super Eagles is capable of doing Nigerians proud in at the World Cup in Brazil,” Hamilton said. On the recent friendly matches played by the team which saw them play a 2-2 draw with the Tartan Armies of Scotland before settling for a goal less draw with Greece, the for-

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mzor Pharmaceutical Industries has signed an endorsement deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This definitive step between the company and Nigeria’s football ruling body, has, consequently, brought about the choice of Emzor’s flagship brand, Emzor Paracetamol as the “Official Paracetamol of the Super Eagles”. On why her company decided on partnering with the NFF, at this time, Dr. Stella Okoli, the GMD/CEO, Emzor said: “The game of football is loved by all Nigerians and it emphasises wellness. Just like Emzor Paracetamol, our household brand which is loved by the young and old. “The vision driving Emzor is to see a world where unlimited wellness is made available to all and is affordable by all. For this reason, the company has consistently provided high quality healthcare products made available at prices which create value for all stakeholders.” Speaking further, Okoli gave the rationale behind the concept of ‘Wellocracy’ which Emzor has espoused and a run-down of the company’s product profile: “We believe in a world where un-

limited wellness is available to all and affordable by all. We call it Emzor Wellocracy. At Emzor, we have about 100 brands including OTC Medicines, Prescription Only Medicines (POM) as well as hospital equipment and consumables. Our installed capacity is the largest in the country. All Emzor products are approved and licensed by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Emzor obtained the ISO certification in 2009 and upgraded to the higher quality standard of ISO 9001:2008 in 2010. Furthermore, we are expanding capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand of our people for Emzor brands of pharmaceutical products”.

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mer Super Falcons gaffer noted that the results are good which will propel the team to excel at the Mundial. According to him, people should not concern themselves with the results of the friendly matches played, but should think more about the effect of the friendlies on our World Cup preparations. Hamilton while refusing to make a categorical statement on how far the team will go at the World Cup, expressed optimism that the team will surprise Nigerians in Brazil.

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resident of Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), Chief Donatus AguEjidike says that the Federation will continue to encourage individuals and corporate organisations who want to sponsor karate championships as that will help in the development of the game. He told our correspondent at the just concluded Zainab Saleh International Female Open Karate Championship held at the Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos that his board since inception has been working assiduously to improve the game promising that the sport will soon take its rightful position in the country. “When you look at Karate in Nigeria, you will discover that the game has been in doldrums for many years but since we took over, we have organized a championship in Ilorin, Kwara State and followed it up with the Female Open championship which has led to the development of the athletes. “Our intension is to organise these championships on annual bases as that is the only way we can reposition the sport and improve on the three bronze medals we won at the just concluded All Africa Youth Championship in Botswana,” Ejidike who doubles as Pillar of Sports in Nigeria stated. Meanwhile, the sponsor of the tournament, Hajia Zainab Saleh said that the need to encourage more women to embrace Karate motivated her to sponsor the all female open championship.


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Serie A switch improved Al-Sadd denies my game –Higuain Xavi offer N apoli striker Gonzalo Higuain feels he has become a better player following his debut season in Serie A. The Argentina international scored 24 times in all competitions last term following a move from Real Madrid in July - helping Napoli to the Coppa Italia title and a third-placed finish in the Italian top flight. Having previously been at the Bernabeu for six years, Higuain claims the increased competition in Italy has helped improve him as a player. “When I went to Spain it was a risk because I was really young,” he said. “But I quickly learned the game and I grew as a result. Serie A has been the same for me - except it’s a more competitive league. “Maybe the quality of the games is slightly less (than Spain) but from a tactical point of view it’s a big step up. “The defenders in Italy are stronger and that makes me bet-

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ter. Serie A is played in a different way to other leagues. “I’ve become accustomed to playing against four defenders throughout my career but in Italy I have to play against five.” Higuain is set to feature at his second World Cup in Brazil, having scored four times in as many games during the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

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eal Madrid forward Karim Benzema thinks Liverpool’s Luis Suarez needs more than one good season before the Spanish giants move for him. Benzema netted 24 goals in all competitions last term as Real won the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey. La Liga glory frustratingly eluded them, though, as city rivals Atletico Madrid - who they beat in the final of Europe’s premier club competition - triumphed. Real are expected to bolster their squad in the close-season as they look for their first league title since 2012. And Liverpool star Suarez - who scored 31 goals in 33 Pre-

mier League appearances as his team finished second last season - is reportedly on their hit-list. However, Benzema, who said he was unconcerned at reports of the club’s interest in the Uruguayan, believes the 27-year-old needs to do more before earning a transfer to the Bernabeu. “I sleep well, wake up as well. Everyone can come and arriving in Madrid is the best,” Benzema said. “I work every day to play in Madrid. I have no special pressure, Suarez is a great player and has had a great season, but in football, you have to have several great seasons. “He’s a great player, and if he comes, he’ll help us.”

atari club, Al-Sadd has refuted reports suggesting they want to sign Barcelona midfielder Xavi. Media reports had claimed the Qatari club were planning on offering the 34-year-old a lucrative deal to leave the Spanish giants, but, Al-Sadd have called the story “inaccurate and unrealistic”. “The official website of Al Sadd denies all news transmitted through the media about the club’s offer for Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez, and that everything that was said is incorrect and unrealistic,” a statement on the club’s official website read. Xavi has played more than 700 games in 13 professional seasons for Barca, winning more trophies with the team (22) than any other player in the history of the club. The midfielder’s contract expires in the summer of 2016 and despite previously saying he wanted to finish his career at Camp Nou, Xavi has previously hinted that he may consider a move abroad. Should he do so, the Spain international will join fellow Barca veterans Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol in bringing an end to their time in Catalonia this summer.

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helsea are keen to complete the £32m signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa before the start of the World Cup on June 12. Chelsea have met the buyout clause in the 25-year-old’s contract but are understood to be frustrated at a lack of progress. A club source said: “Chelsea looks forward to entering into formal transfer documentation with Atletico Madrid as soon as possible so that the player can concentrate on the World Cup.” Chelsea wants to complete the deal very early next week, at the latest, to avoid the player facing distraction during the World Cup. The source added: “Chelsea have made an offer to Atletico Madrid in compliance with the buyout terms in Diego Costa’s contract. “We have been advised that the player has invoked a buyout clause and directed the club to

accept Chelsea’s offer.” Costa scored 36 goals in 52 games for Atletico last season as they won their first La Liga title since 1996 and reached the Champions League final. The Brazil-born forward is in Spain’s World Cup squad and could feature in their opening game against the Netherlands on June 13. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said in May that the addition of a “killer” striker would be a key priority during the summer. The London club scored 71 goals in the Premier League this season, 31 fewer than champions Manchester City, who finished four points ahead of them. Mourinho will hope that Costa will go some way towards addressing that problem having enjoyed a prolific campaign with Atletico.

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omelu Lukaku has admitted he may have to leave Chelsea this summer amid speculation the club are closing in on Diego Costa. The 21-year-old striker has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Brom and Everton as he has been repeatedly overlooked by his parent club. And the Belgian, who scored 16 goals for Everton last season, admits he does not expect the situation to change in the near future. “You know Chelsea: every year

they buy a new top striker,” he said. “I remember me coming into the dressing room last year and seeing Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba and going: ‘Whoah! What’s happening here?’ “But no problem. Many clubs are interested in me and at this stage I have to look to myself. “I have to play a good World Cup. That’s very interesting for all the players looking for a transfer, and I must be one of them. Chelsea knows my point of view.”

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arco Reus is out of the FIFA World Cup due to torn ankle ligaments, with Shkodran Mustafi taking his place in Germany’s squad. Reus was injured in the first half of his country’s 6-1 friendly win over Armenia on Friday, and left the field in visible distress. An initial statement from the German Football Association (DFB) yesterday revealed the Borussia Dortmund forward had suffered a “partial tear of the anterior syndesmosis ligaments above the left ankle”. However, it has now been confirmed that the 25-year-old will miss the tournament, much to the disappointment of national coach Joachim Low.

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“For him and us this is extremely regrettable,” Low said with a tinge of regret. “Marco was in great shape; he has left an excellent impression in training camp and in the two games against Cameroun and Armenia. “In our considerations for Brazil, he played a central role.” Germany have opted against calling up a like-for-like replacement for Reus, instead turning to Sampdoria defender Mustafi, who earned his only cap to date as part of a youthful side against Poland last month. Low explained the decision, adding: “Our quality on the position behind the strikers is very high.

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ani Alves has urged Brazil not to be affected d by the expectations of theirr fans at the e upuppcoming FIFA World ld Cup. The hosts begin their campaign on Thursday sday against Croatia after fter rounding off their eir preparations with a narrow 1-0 friendly victory over Serbia on Friday. Having dispatched Panama 4-0 in midweek, Fred’s second-half goal ensured Brazil head into the he tournament on the back of another nother win but with an unconvincing ing display. Their performance against Serbia attracted some discontent in the stands, and with expectation set to weigh heavily on Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men on home turf, Alves wants Brazil to keep their mental focus. “We must not rely only on the fans’ support. Fans think

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with their hearts and not with their heads,” he explained. “We must use our heads because we will have tough matches during the World Cup. “That’s why we must keep calm. Fans will think with their hearts and that’s very complicated.”

njured Costa Rica utility-man Bryan Oviedo has warned Uruguay, England and Italy not to take his team-mates lightly at the FIFA World Cup. Oviedo will play no part at the upcoming tournament in Brazil as his recovery from a broken leg continues. But the 24-year-old - who plays his club football for Everton in the Premier League will travel to South America with the squad and thinks Costa Rica are capable of springing an upset or two. “This is a very strong group,” Oviedo said. “These three games will be very hard and we need to play well, we have to be prepared for them and very focused. “We’ll need to stay concentrated because we will be playing against three of the best teams in the world. But nothing is impossible. “We have good players and a solid team which is very important. “We can cause the bigger teams a few problems, that is for sure.” Costa Rica starts their World Cup campaign with a clash against Uruguay on June 14.

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etherlands coach Louis van Gaal is wary of FIFA World Cup opponents Chile and has revealed he once tried to sign Arturo Vidal. In a tough Group B, 2010 finalists Netherlands will face reigning champions Spain, Chile and Australia. Van Gaal’s side meets Chile in their final group-stage match on June 23, a game that could prove crucial to both sides’ hopes of making the last 16. Chile will be familiar with the surroundings in Brazil and can present the Dutch with a real test according to Van Gaal, who said he has been a long-time admirer of Vidal. “Chile have very dangerous players,” Van Gaal said. “For example I wanted always to buy Arturo Vidal. He was also a player of Bayer Leverkusen, at that time I wanted to buy him for Bayern Munich but he went to Juventus. “So I like a lot of players and they are playing always an attacking, pressing style and I like that. “It shall be very difficult for the Netherlands but we have confidence in the three games we have to play.” Netherlands open their World Cup campaign with a rematch of the 2010 final when they face Spain on June 13.

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iego Costa has rejected claims from Luiz Felipe Scolari that he was offered the chance to play for Brazil at the FIFA World Cup. The 25-year-old’s decision to declare for his adopted homeland caused plenty of controversy, and Scolari appeared to stoke the fire earlier in the week by saying he had told Costa he would be included in Brazil’s World Cup squad before he pledged allegiance to Spain.

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ermany striker Miroslav Klose was pleased to become the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer, but happier to be back playing. The Lazio man netted his 69th international goal on Friday as Germany thrashed Armenia 6-1 in a friendly at the Coface Arena in Mainz and the goal took Klose one clear of Gerd Muller for most goals for Germany.

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olombia midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup due to a knee injury. Ramirez was not involved in Colombia’s 3-0 friendly win over Jordan in Buenos Aires on Friday, and coach Jose Pekerman confirmed the 33-year-old would not be fit for their Brazil campaign.


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t does not seem to follow that once we have successfully separated the concept of religious morality from that of social morality, as we have attempted to do last week, that we will automatically arrive at a fundamentally uniform ethics to re-engineer and reconstruct society. This is because there are many different kinds of yardsticks for determining the right social conduct. In academic ethics proper, from which the various ethical systems are enunciated, there are schools and sub-schools, with each one insisting that its prescription for the right moral behaviour is overarching and the best. Under the circumstances, it may be necessary, by way of digression, to strive to identify and characterise the different schools or sub-schools of ethics; to guide selection for inclusion in the school curriculum. Some ethical doctrines endorse, as morally right, those actions or set of actions that promote the wellbeing of the doer, regardless of whether or not they make others happy or sad. An action is moral-

ly right, the ethical egoist would say, if it advances the wellbeing and happiness of the agent; if it makes the doer of the act happy. The ethical egoist does not concern himself with the happiness of the other, in carrying out his actions. He considers largely or solely how his acts or conduct will promote his welfare. Is this the sort of ethics we want to teach our children? Certainly not, for it will merely breed a society of do or die people – a dog eat dog society. But isn’t that what we find around us in our society? Are the people in power – those in positions of authority – acting to advance the wellbeing of Nigerians? Why is it that the persons who rule our country are unable to provide regular, uninterrupted, electricity for the people? Why is it that they have not been able to deliver road and rail infrastructure to the people? Why is it that captains of industry set up banks and corporations to defraud the people? Why is it that government and its agencies in the electricity service industry have failed to provide prepayment meters for users of electricity? Why should the persons in government look the other way when the PHCN is extorting money from members of the public through crazy and estimated bills? The simple answer on the lips of everyone is likely to be the usual one word culprit – corruption! But corruption is the visible manifestation of a fundamen-

tal moral disorder in our character as a people – crude self-interest eternally blind to the wellbeing of the other; utter disregard for collective prosperity, nurtured and constantly re-implanted by leadership in every stratum of society. Ethical egoism is the moral theory that captures this pernicious way of life. Consequently, it should not be allowed to rear up its ugly head, unmodified, in our school curriculum. But is it possible for an ethics that truly works not to flow from the self ? Can we teach an ethics that de-centres the self and not turn our children into monks, weirdoes and recluses? How can we resolve the tension between the self and the other or the conflict between the self and community, in our choice of ethics to be taught in schools? Indeed, the extreme reaction in academic ethics has been to counter poise altruism to ethical egoism. Since the utter selfishness incidental to egoistic thinking in the realm of moral action has become harmful to society, to the Nigerian society, some people think that it might be worth the while to enjoin and inculcate the doctrine of selflessness. To be selfless means to consider others first in our actions. Altruism is the moral orientation that one ought to always consider others first in one’s actions; that the conduct of an agent is morally right if it is premised on the

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igeria’s Super Falcons eased their way to the African Women’s Championship (AWC) with a resounding 8-0 crushing of Rwanda in Kaduna yesterday to qualify on 12-1 aggregate. With a 4-1 advantage from the first leg, Falcons made a feast of the She-Amavubi with Desire Oparanozie scoring a hat-trick. It was 5-0 at interval with Blessing Edoho, Asisat Oshoala and Esther Sunday registering their names on the score sheet. Blessing Edoho opened the flood gate of goals as early as the 11th minute with Asisat Oshoala making it two in the 18th minute. Oparanozie took over the show with two goals in the 20th and 30th minute, while Esther

Sunday, who tormented the visitors all day from the left flank, made it five in the 40th minute with a beautiful goal off a pass from skipper Ev-

elyn Nwabuoku. The second half was just seven minutes old when Oparanozie bagged her hattrick by scoring the 6th goal

for Nigeria. Oshoala scored the best goal of the day when she dribbled almost the whole defence to make it seven.

desire to promote the wellbeing of others, the wellbeing of the collectivity. This is because it is only when others are happy that our own happiness can be guaranteed, as the person who would not allow his neighbour to have nine, could not even have one in peace. You need the happiness of others to enjoy your own happiness. But were children to go about seeking the happiness of others, how would they ever pursue and accomplish their own goals, their personal projects, which are also conducive to collective social prosperity? Luckily, the masters of ethics have not said that altruism and egoism are mutually exclusive. They have not said that self interest must be programmed to be in conflict with collective interest. A person can pursue a private act and achieve collective wellbeing for members of society. Altruism is not averse to private, personal, happiness, any more than personal projects are necessarily antagonistic to community wellbeing and happiness. The way out, therefore, is to teach a set of self-interest conducts that are in congruence with ethos of collective survival and happiness. That takes us to the doctrine of enlightened self interest, ethical egoism and utilitarianism; which in conjunction with situation ethics and the ethics of character shall constitute the outline for a programme of ethics in our schools.

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