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The ABC of gonorrhoea Gonorrhoea is one of such sexually transmitted diseases that is quite deadly if early treatment does not commence. Medical experts describe it as an infection caused by a kind of bacteria that is passed during sexual contact. It can also be passed from a woman to her fetus during birth. It is not passed through casual contact. It is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Fresh crisis in PDP as court reinstates Oyinlola

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reinstated former National Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola into office. The former Osun State governor is the current National Secretary of the new PDP led by Abubakar Baraje and seven aggrieved PDP governors. Oyinlola was sacked from office by the verdict of Justice Abdul Kafarati of a Fed-

eral High Court sitting in Abuja. The trial court removed Oyinlola on the ground that the South-West congress of the party which produced him as nominee was in violation of two separate orders of a Lagos Federal High Court which nullified the congress. The appellate court which voided Oyinlola’s sack held that the trial high court which sacked the scribe from office erred in law.

Face-off with Oshiomhole: Jonathan sacks Nyiam For reportedly shouting down Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State during his welcome remarks at the South-South stakeholders’ meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, a member of the committee, Col. Tony Nyiam, has been sacked. His sack was announced in a statement signed by the Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim in Abuja on Tuesday. Nyiam has now been replaced by Chief Solomon Asemota, a lawyer. Asemota was recommended by Prof. Ben Nwabueze as his replacement on the committee but the recommendation was earlier ignored by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Honourable comrade Hajiya Amina Dangaji is the current president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN. She is an artiste, promoter and sponsor of Nollywood movies. She prefers to work behind the scene to boost the Nigerian entertainment industry. She spoke to Vanessa Okwara on her emergence as the PMAN president and how she helped Majek Fashek clean up his drug habit that almost killed him.

bly for ratification. The group, also in a statement by the Coordinating Chairman (South-West), Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi; Co-Chair (SouthEast), Dr. Alex Ekwueme and Co-Chair (SouthSouth), Chief Edwin Clark, drew a proposed timetable for the national conference, stating that it should be concluded by June.

2012 to September this year. A member of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central), who disclosed this at the National Assembly, pointed at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the Ministry of Finance as collaborators in the plot to short-change the country.

The first thing that I do, on daily basis, is prayer. We have one hour prayer time to our maker, thanking and appreciating him for what he has done for us. After that, I distribute work to my staff and tell them what to do. Most times, I don’t go out on Monday because it is a very crucial day. At least, I would have to organise and put myself together.

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Former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, and co-chairman of Southern Nigeria Peoples’ Assembly, SNPA, have listed a 31-point agenda for the proposed national conference. The Southern leaders also opposed President Goodluck Jonathan’s plan to send the outcome of the proposed national conference to the National Assem-

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has expressed concern over the whereabouts of alleged unremitted N500bn adding that it would not hesitate in scrapping the programme. The money, according to the lawmakers, is supposed to have accrued to the SURE-P funds from January

I have a lot of meetings on Tuesdays, but I first go to my work place and do one or two things, especially the prayer as usual. I would then set out for the workers what they ought to be doing while I step out for a while and come back and face the work. In the evening, I face my exercises.

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I go to the market to buy hat materials we would use. I go once or twice in a month. When I come back, I will work till evening before I go to the gym for my exercises.

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Kabiru Tanimu Turaki. The committee, which was inaugurated on April 24, this year, recommended the setting up of a Victims Support Fund for those affected and to be administered by a new agency established specifically to assist the victims. It also recommended the setting up of an advisory committee on continuous dialogue that would have powers to advise the President on matters related to dialogue and resolution of crisis.

President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out compensation for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. Rather, the President stated that government would find ways to assist those who had been affected for them to cope with the challenges of life. Jonathan spoke while receiving the report of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, headed by the Minister of Special Duties,

Thursday is sanitation day. We clean up both the showroom and where we are working. After that, we pray and then set to do what we have started from Monday.

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National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and others illegally occupying posts in the National Working Committee, NWC, would soon lose their positions. Oyinlola had told the court that his removal was unjust and that the Appeal Court’s judgement reinstatement had vindicated him. He called on the leadership of the party to comply with the judgement by reinstating him immediately.

Apart from our prayer time, we take out time to commune with our God through holy communion. We take the life and the flesh of God to strengthen us. That is why most people see me and say ‘oh you look good at your age’. These are some of the secrets. Then I would have to meet some clients in their office. I have my exercise in the evening. In the night, I’ll have vigil.

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The splinter new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, has threatened to storm the Wadata House headquarters of the party in Abuja on Monday to ensure the swearingin of the former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as the National Secretary of the PDP. This followed the Court of Appeal verdict reversing his removal. The Abubakar Baraje led PDP also said that the judgement was a sign that the party’s

I take my shower, do exercises, then come to meet with my clients. We usually don’t work much on Saturdays. It’s a time I relate with my customers. I go to church and come back at 12 p.m. I don’t go to any other place than to stay at home and rest. *By Adaeze Amos (0802 301 2293)


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Piracy: The challenge facing Nollywood Nollywood has proved to be one of the strong platforms for artistes, and a veritable vehicle for social change which has provided jobs for many. The industry is battling with numerous challenges one of which is piracy of works of artistes leaving them improverished. Woman Editor, Adaeze Amos, reports that poor funding, absence of health insurance scheme, poor distribution policy are other problems facing the industry.

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ollywood after 20 years of existence, has positioned itself as the most viable information dissemination and a veritable vehicle for social change, providing jobs for over 250,000 Nigerians, in all spheres of the production and distribution process. Some of

its stakeholders are proud to say that since Nollywood was born, it has been their source of livelihood. Some are proud to say that they have known no other job or career apart from acting. For instance, Sunny Macdon, a veteran Nollywood actor said, “I enjoy being part of

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Nollywood. To me what i’m doing is the best job on the planet earth. I have never done any other job to be frank for the past 20 years when I joined Nollywood. As an actor, you are just like a profit dot com. You don’t invest, all you do is to work and make profit. This is the work you do and they pay and feed you. They give you transport money to go back home. At the end of the day, you still take your full package. What job can be better than that? It’s a fantastic one, a job I love doing and a job I will always want to do. But I’m not ruling out the fact that those of us who joined Nollywood at its formative stage never had problems there. We had our difficulties because nobody gave us a chance or believed that the industry would develop up to the level it is today. People looked down on us as those who have failed in some other places and they are looking for what to do and decided to CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 go into Nollywood. But we were never deterred because we know that acting is a profession. It is not just a recreation, and every profession should be taken seriously as no profession is better than the other. As important as a doctor is, so also is a lawyer, an engineer, an actor. Nollywood gave me a fantastic job,” he said. Benita Nzeribe, one of the the few top actresses in Nollywood said, “I’ve paid my due. It was not easy when I started. I used to travel all the way from the East to Lagos for auditions. Nollywood gave me a platform to express myself. It gave me a job I enjoy till date. I have always said that acting is like paying me for enjoying myself.” Same goes for Kenneth Okonkwo, fondly known as Andy Okeke because of the role he interpreted in Living in Bondage, a movie believed to be the first in Nollywood. He was a young University of Nigeria, Nsukka graduate when he joined Nollywood. “I was called to interpret a character Andy Okeke in a movie entitled Living in Bondage. From there, I developed passion for acting and interestingly till date, that passion has not waned,” he said.

So many actors do also hum same tune. To them, Nollywood has immensely reduced the high rate of unemployment since it came to be. In fact, the industry has really exploded more than the stakeholders ever imagined. And the Nigerian Film Policy of 1992, did not take into consideration or anticipate this “explosion”. Sunday Mirror learnt the success so far recorded by the movy industry has been unprecedented. Unfortunately for Nollywood the success has made too little impact on the lives of the artistes given the activities pirates who have confined to deny the actors the actual reward due to them. And this has resulted in the Motion Picture Industry in Nigeria today, facing unprecedented challenges which have brought a once thriving industry to its knees. Piracy of course is one of the challenges. Over the years, the existing traditional distribution system has been stretched to its limit, unable to satisfy the ever-growing audience Nollywood has generated, all over the world. The absence of a structured and widespread distribution network has accelerated the incidence of piracy and encouraged bootleggers, whose activities magnified, as the distribution problem worsened. Filmmakers’ return on investment has dwindled so

drastically, it has become impossible to sell 20,000 copies of any released title, with almost all returns going to the pirates. Piracy has become so rampant that what was previously done in secret, under the counter, is now done openly on street corners and markets, in the full glare of law enforcement officials, with people openly selling DVDs of pirated titles. The first logical step in this direction is to frontally tackle piracy. Toyin Alausa, an actress suggested how: “I believe we should widen our scope of distributorship and marketing. When we do that I think we can curb piracy even though we cannot totally eradicate it. I also think the government should do something. This is not what Nollywood alone can do. We need the governments to step into this issue and assist us. They should look into Nollywood, and tourism; we are doing very well for ourselves without the government being involved. When they are involved and t set some right penalties for pirates, a lot would be achieved. Let anyone pirating be forced to pay a huge fine. I won’t say their heads should be cut off but let there be a price to pay. Let piracy also be made a criminal offence in Nigeria that once you are caught, you know you are going down,” she said. Bhaira Mcwizu, an actress and onetime Amstel Malta Box Office winner is of the opinion that if stakeholders and government team up to confront the challenges of piracy, it would reduce drastically even though it won’t be eradicated. “I don’t think piracy can be completely put to an end because it is everywhere in the world. But our purpose is that even while they are pirating, at least those people who made the films should be able to make their own money satisfactorily. If the government can come to our aid, piracy would be reduced drastically,” she said. Apart from piracy, some other challenges Nollywood is battling with are distribution and funding. In fact, funding has always been a bane to the development of the film industry. Hitherto, financing films was ad hoc, based on bottom line profit margin, with a very limited access to institutional finance, due to a dearth of statistics and figures, to generate projections or structured growth potentials, that could lead to multi-lateral, but diversified revenue streams, training is another huge challenge. Training and re-training of practitioners is necessary to meet the demands of a very perceptive and exposed audience even in the face of the digital revolution.


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But it is obvious that this is not yielding much gain in curtailing the menace. In spite of the occasional clampdown, films are constantly being given out to people to watch for so little, and the fact that the business has close-knit members who are familiar with the operators make it difficult for law enforcement officers to have a crackdown on offenders. In most instances, film works will not be rented to any unknown person, and this aspect of exploitation is higher in the films made in Nigeria’s local languages, especially Yoruba and Hausa.

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iracy has been identified as one of the greatest challenges facing Nollywood, Nigeria’s blossoming movie industry, resulting in revenue losses that run into billions of naira annually. The pirates have internationalised their nefarious activities because of absence of bilateral and multilateral agreements to fight them. Anyone who has visited some of the notorious markets, flourishing on account of piracy of intellectual works in Nigeria, will never meet someone who will agree counterfeiting of works exists there. Yet, on daily basis, loads of cloned works are exchanged in underthe- table deals that most often bruise the principal partners. For the movie industry called Nollywood, its relationship with piracy is ironic: the same piracy that led to the revolution called Nollywood is threatening to destroy it today, barely 20 years after. A host of film practitioners will attest to the fact that the initial movies made in Nollywood at the onset like Living in Bondage, Cycle of Doom, Nneka the Pretty Serpent and Violated among others probably made more third and fourth party sales, creating the awareness and stimulating the impression that profits abound in the industry. This inadvertently won a lot of converts who brought money to make more movies, while a parallel business of importing blank VHS tapes (and later CDs) thrived actively on the side. The meaning of this is that Nollywood has been thriving side by side with piracy but as the emergence of new media gets more hold of the cultural world, the need to tame it has become most urgent. Figures are unavailable to quantify the volume of revenues that are lost as a result of piracy, but estimates put it at over 300,000 copies for every very successful film that is released in the Nigerian market. A former national president of the Association of Movie Producers, Paul Obazele, in an interview estimated that about 300,000 copies seem to be lost in this process. This is a whole lot considering that most blockbusters in the Nollywood do less than a third of the number. Undoubtedly, Nollywood susceptibility to piracy has obviously been fuelled by the fact that the market is somewhat unconventional. In similar industries like Hollywood and Bollywood, bulk of the income earned from movie making comes through theatrical releases, which are mostly done simultaneously around the world, after which the film finds its way to the open movie market. But in Nollywood, film distribution goes straight to the open market from the editing studios, further helping the activities of the pirates. How it operates So far the open markets popular for film works in Nigeria are the Idumota Market and Alaba Market in Lagos, the Upper Iweka Market in Onitsha, Anambra State and the rows of shops making up the Pound Road Market located in Aba, Abia State. Investigations indicated that a great deal of piracy thrives in all these markets but bulk of the works being pirated happens at the Alaba Market. While on a visit to the market to monitor its readiness for the release of Obi Emelonye’s Last Flight to Abuja in May, 2013, our reporter discovered that the higher the publicity a film gets, the more likely it is to get pirated on release. Inquiries by the reporter from shops there elicited remarks such as: ‘Hope they are prepared for the pirates?’ But when the reporter pretended he needed to meet anyone who could avail him the CDs at a cheaper rate when it is released, he was rebuffed. But information available points to the fact that the investors who engage in the trade own the duplicating machines in their homes and only use the shops at Alaba for distribution. Another discovery is that they do not sell to everyone. It is an organised market for the major dealers and only the people engaged and recognised in the trade get the supplies which are ultimately made available to the end users on the streets. One of the earliest forms of piracy which afflicted Nollywood as an industry obviously started with betrayal of

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trust. According to Alex Eyengho, whose first film Beyond Obligation, lost so much revenue due to piracy, the culprit in his case was actually the marketer, whom he signed a distribution agreement with. Most times in doing this, some of the dubious marketers usually issue threefold the number of the VHS tapes or CDs agreed upon. At the end of the sales, the remaining are returned to the filmmaker as unsold copies, while the marketer who probably invested nothing in the chain of business will reap bountiful profits. According to Eyengho, in his own case, nothing got to him at all. “The marketer as we call them in Nollywood is dead now. He is Azubuike Udensi. In my case he frittered away both the ones he sold and also mine. All the money I sank into the project came to zero in terms of returns. I kept going to him to recoup my money but at a point, he vanished and by the time he resurfaced, he was not able to pay the debt”. East African connection Over time, the dubious activities of these so-called marketers have become worrisome as they moved into the international market with their nefarious activities. With the dwindling sales in home videos in the Nigerian market, the major people engaged in piracy have divested their trade to East Africa and Asia where Nigerian home videos are in hot demand. On the streets of cities like Nairobi in Kenya, Kampala in Uganda, Dares Salaam in Tanzania as well as Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, copies of Nigerian home videos are packaged and sold in the fivein- one (five home videos in one CD) format commonplace in the Nigerian scene of films from Hollywood and Bollywood. The success of this illicit trade is however being blamed on absence of bilateral and multilateral cultural agreements with some of the countries in that part of the continent. According to film producer and director, Chico Ejiro, the implication of this is that Nigerian producers whose works are being violated by this process cannot file charges. But the Federal Ministry of Information notes that “Regional African cooperation is mostly based on the common developmental experience and some similar characteristics of African cultures. It is motivated by the need to work on the emancipation of African cultures. The Black African arts and civilisations try to establish mutual links and exchange.” Of course film is to a large extent alien to African culture and perhaps this need has been alien to us until now. Video clubs The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has made efforts to regulate the activities of video clubs through its initiative called ‘Video Rental Scheme’, which tries to establish a framework through which people engaged in such business concerns can avail film works on rentals.

Cable TV experience Infringements on the part of cable television providers are not rampant because their activities are closely monitored. However, it is interesting to note that a number of cases of exploitation and sometimes copyright violations also happen. Although Africa Magic is seen as a great influence on Nollywood having packaged the works and showcasing them to the world, but there are still complaints in some quarters that the amount being paid to producers of such works for the use of their works is quite meager. At the onset of the mad rush to sell rights of Nollywood films to Africa Magic, producers were getting a paltry $600 for their works. Over time, other cable networks specialising in showing Nollywood films have taken cue giving rise to the African Movie Channel (AMC) and the E-Stars aside from the numerous Nigerian television stations who often enter into barter with the producers.. Usually, the barter plan sees the TV stations playing commercials of the producers’ new films while the station exploits the right. For most of the stations in dire need of creative content, this has become a rewarding substitute. However the case between MyTv and a Nollywood producer, Charles Uche Ayika, presents an interesting spectacle. On September 23, 2009 and October 11, 2009, rights of his film, Arrows of Love was exploited allegedly without authorisation when MyTv aired the film to its subscribers, even before the film was released into the mass video market. New media threat As the world however, shifts to online interactions, Nollywood appears more vulnerable to exploitation now more than before. Checks on online still showed that some websites are offering easy downloads of Nigerian films to audiences in Europe and America, and in some cases online streaming of the works are actively going on. Websites such as www.watchnigeriamovies .com and www. download-nigeriamovies. com have portrayed themselves as having the ability to avail such services. But like Jide Rotilu, a technology strategist, noted ‘Nollywood content on the internet for public distribution without permission or a license makes money off the content without payment of due royalties to the movie producers. This trend is on the rise. They do not charge viewers for watching the hosted movies; rather they make money off Google Ads that result from traffic generated on their website. “These guys are internet entrepreneurs, so there is a general sense of intelligence I presume. Most of them might not know the act is piracy . No one pays online for a pirated movie, all online pirated movies are free; the uploaders make money mostly from Ads. Since you get money from User generated traffic, why don’t you sign revenue sharing agreements with the content owners and make Nollywood sustainable. Follow the path of Jason Njoku (Iroko Partners).” The Internet Entrepreneurs would tell you they have no idea how to contact these Production houses which might be true and I would advise the film board to provide a database of all production houses online for such fellows.” Factors fuelling piracy – (NCC, MyTv angle) Aside lack of framework and cinemas that will aid theatrical releases to help producers recoup their money, two major factors are responsible for the thriving incidence of piracy in Nigerian films. In spite of how big the Nigerian film industry has grown over the years, there is acute absence of a collecting society for audiovisual works in Nigeria. Although several meet ings and workshops have been convened jointly by the industry’s stakeholders like the CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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‘Collectively, we can fight piracy’ ADAEZE AMOS

Is piracy not a problem confronting Nollywood? First and foremost, I would like to say here that the industry has grown so large no doubt and we are all proud of the industry for doing so well and putting Nigeria on the map. But the problem of Nollywood is not piracy but lack of co-ordination and unified focus. Piracy? Yes! But one would expect that when we get fund from the government or support from anywhere we would use the money to tackle issues affecting us such as piracy and lack of good marketing structure. But from what I see and from how some of us, I wouldn’t want to mention names are handling grant given to us shows that our problems lie more on the internal dispute than external. What I’m saying is that if we are actually united and organized, we can fight piracy. We can suppress it or even reduce to the barest minimum. My stand is still on the fact that Nollywood should first handle the enemies inside and together we can fight enemies outside.

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Do you believe that piracy is a major challenge in Nollywood? Yes it is. This very question reminds me of what my Alaba marketer friend often tells me. He usually say that the way to stop piracy is for producers to stop selling their movies to marketers. In that way if anyone is caught selling movies at Alaba the seller would be made to explain the source of the movie. But sincerely to me that won’t work because marketers are now the biggest producers. To me, it boils down to our country having a working law. I believe there are laws against piracy in Nigeria but they are not being enforced properly. Are you not thrilled about the health insurance scheme that is being put in place? Well, let’s watch and see but I’m sorry to say that Nigeria is not ripe insurance scheme. Are there really credible insurance companies in Nigeria that actually pay out when the need arises? And if a solid health insurance scheme is instituted in Nollywood, who or which union should overseer it? Is it DGN, or AGN or even AMP? When the leaders are busy using their positions to line their pockets. For anything to work in Nollywood, corruption has to be stamped out.

What other challenge is common in Nollywood? Another problem I’m worried about is that we tend to copy movies a lot. We recycle stories very often and we are living in a continent where we have stories, good stories that are ever green but we resort to keep copying each other and these are the things that make piracy to thrive with ease because the work one took time to do, before you say Jack, you see many others producing same stories and changing few things here and there. Sometimes, they give close to the same title or use almost same casts. This is bad for business. If we can stick to originality it would be easier to counter counterfeits. A few producers are smiling now because of movie premiering these days but not all can afford cinema movies so the problem persists. Yes lack of funds or good marketing strategy are huge challenges in Nollywood. When a producer for instance relies sorely on marketers to sell his movies he faces a

big problem. The marketer might decide t make more money or rip you off by duplicating hundreds of your movies, sell them and make more money while you are waiting to receive whatever he offers you. This is a big challenge and until good marketing strategy is put in place, it will always be same story all the time. How about health insurance scheme, of what benefit is this to Nollywood? Oh I give kudos to Ibinabo Feberesima Actors Guild of Nigeria National president for this. She has done so well for bringing up this scheme. It is the best thing that could happen to every actor. Being always on the move has its problems. If it is not the effect that is telling on your health, it will be risk of accidents . So, acting without any form of insurance scheme is a huge problem. In the western world, as an actor, you are mandated to have one form of insurance scheme or the other before you can take up any good job how much more that of acting. If this scheme

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succeeds, it would remove a whole lot of burden on actors so that when one is sick he or she goes straight for treatment using his insurance before calling on the public for assistance. By so doing, the sickness would not eat deep into the person before help comes. We are grateful to ibinabo and because of this awareness are being created on health hazards of actors. For example in a few weeks to come Saving Life For Africa Diabetes (SLAD) is organising Nollywood convention to discuss hazards of diabetes. So, you see the scheme is a right step towards many good things.

‘We put in so much we don’t get anything back in return’ Would you say artistes have really benefited from their works? Anyway, from my own point of view, I don’t think people dying recently is peculiar or something that is out of the ordinary or a thing that is not happening in other profession or in other walks/areas of life. You know, people are born and people die. It is a natural thing. But probably it is just because of people in Nollywood are in the limelight, so people tend to say that a lot of people are dying. If you go to hospitals you would see that people are dying and people are being born. So, to me, life and death are all in the hands of God. It is what we cannot control. Nobody can actually control it. It is a debt that everybody would have to pay. We all just pray, whether an actor, a doctor, an engineer, a trader, a business person or whatever that God should give us long life and good health. That is the prayer everybody should be saying. This is not supposed to scare us because ordinarily in one’s family you hear of it, in the area you live, you hear of it. Although it is always very sad when you lose someone close to you or someone you know, it is sad. What are those challenges in Nollywood that you think ought to have received adequate attention? I think some of the problems or challenges we have in Nollywood is mostly that of health issues. This could be termed as poverty and this is not just peculiar to this industry alone. Everything that happens to this industry, I just want you to understand that it is not just peculiar to us alone. But in the case of Nollywood if one really sits down, a few things can actually be avoided, you know, maybe death or serious illness. And that is if you take away poverty. People in the industry, they have committed so much. Including those in front of the cameras and those behind the cameras. We all make people happy but what do we get back in return? People see an actor as oh it is all glitter but no it is not. People in the industry, they have sacrifice so much for making people happy. A billionaire can

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just go his normal way on the street but anybody in Nollywood cannot do so without getting harassed. Yes we get harassed honestly, we get molested, people ask you for money you don’t have and sometimes if you are unlucky it is a do or die thing. You must part with some money. Your car can be vandalised, mirror broken, windscreen broken, injured because they think because they buy your movies you must give them money. Yes, that is what they usually say ‘we are the people buying your cassettes, there you must give us money.’ So, you must drop something and they tell you how much you have to drop. There are some places you get to they tell you to drop N20,000 and if you don’t drop it it’s trouble. And you an actor leaving your home and you are going to a quick business or a quick visit and something like that comes up, how do you go about it. So, we are usually harassed and people you expect would bail you out of such a situation you hear them say ehn pay him now, give them some money now, after all you are a Nollywood star. And poor you, you become confused the more. So, for making people happy, you get harassed. A lot of us have experienced this many a times. If you ask me, I will say all of us have experienced this in one way or the other. Some lucky ones are not that serious. For women in Nollywood, such people are a bit mild on us but for the men they really experience terrible thing.

CONTD. FROM PAGE 5 Nigerian Film Corporation, NCC and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, efforts to realise this goal only started yielding fruit a few weeks ago, when an interim body on rights was put together with Mahmud Ali-Balogun as the interim leader of the group, while efforts to file papers for its proper documentation continues. This will in no small measure help producers overcome the scourge, however the slow dispensation of justice as regards cases of copyright cases ranks high. At the courts, cases tend to drag so long. The case of Anthony Onwujekwe and Charles Uche Ayika are typical examples. For Ayika, whose work, Arrows of Love (1 and 2) was allegedly exploited by MyTv since 2009, justice is yet to be gotten in spite of a statement and evaluation to the NCC written by Peter Edokobi, a Senior Copyright Officer with NCC, dated May 14, 2010 in connection with the exploitation of his work by MyTv. Part of the statement read: ‘The latest responses from MyTv indicate that the company is not willing to engage in the Commission’s CLAMP (Copyright Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Programmes) in settling the matter. Rather than address the claims of the complainant (Ayika)it went and bring (sic) another spurious letter purporting that the film in question was not censored’. The statement is proof that the Commission is convinced that Ayika has a case. In spite of this fact, the matter has been lingering in court as suit FCT/HC/M/5222/2011. More worrisome is the new charge being pursued by NCC against Ayika with suit number FHC/ABJ/ CR/37/2011 where he is being accused of obstructing a copyright officer from carrying out his duties. This matter has been followed by threats of protests as well as petitions by his colleagues in Nollywood. This was first published in National Mirror


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PDP Crisis: Jonathan orders immediate reinstatement of Oyinlola .... We’ll commit Tukur to Prison if he refuses, says new PDP

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o avert a likely breakdown of order at the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan may have ordered the National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki to ensure that the reinstated National Secretary of the party, Prince Olugunsoye Oyinlola is not prevented

from assuming his office this week. The Baraje led new PDP also has vowed to storm the party headquarters by tomorrow to enforce the Appeal Court, Abuja judgment delivered by Justice Joseph Tor which recognised Prince Oyinlola as the validly elected National Secretary of the PDP. Against the expectation that Oyinlola would be sworn in on Monday, Sunday Mirror gathered

from a highly placed PDP source that a directive from the presidency has asked that the embattled former Governor of Osun state may not need to be sworn in rather, “he will walk back to his office, report to Tukur and assume his responsibilities as the chief administrative officer of the party. “Since he has taken oath of office in March last year for the four year tenure, he will not be re-

quired to take fresh oath. But should any other competent court dismiss the judgment of the Appeal Court, he will vacate the seat,” President Jonathan according to the villa source says that the party must be seen to be respecting the wishes of the courts and has therefore directed the NSA to ensure that adequate security is provided at the party headquarters to prevent a breakdown of

law and order. Sunday Mirror also gathered that several meetings were held all through the weekend on the implication of Oyinlola’s return to Wadata House both by the leadership of the PDP as well as the new PDP. An emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the Party may be convened next week to discuss the state of affairs in the party as well as the next weekend governorship election in Anambra state. However, the meeting has not been ratified by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who only returned to Nigeria on Saturday morning, early enough to make the governorship declaration in Anambra state. However, a meeting of

the top hierarchy of the party was held in Abuja late on Friday to discuss the import of the development. The South West caucus of the party who were present at the meeting also agreed to approach the court to vacate the Appeal Court decision, The South West caucus it was gathered was also asked to write a petition letter to President Jonathan over the outcome of the court order. A South West caucus member who spoke to Sunday Mirror on the outcome of the meeting said that the return of Oyinlola to the party spells doom and can only mean that the PDP will never make any appreciable impact in the coming governorship elections in the South west particularly, in Ekiti and Osun states,

Jonathan, Jammeh Reaffirm Africa’s Demand For Democratisation Of Un Security Council ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

L-R: Father of the groom and Publisher, Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Sam Amuka; Chairman, Honeywell Group, Chief Oba Otudeko and Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, during the wedding of Oladipe Funmi Adeshina and Eyitayo Amuka in Lagos, yesterday.

Amaechi extols late Rivers Speaker UDUAKABASI PATRICK PORT HARCOURT

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he Governor of Rivers State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has named the Rivers State House of Assembly after the former speaker of the State House of Assembly, late Rt. Hon. Tonye Ezekiel Willie Harry. Harry was the Deputy Speaker of the House for eight years, Speaker for four years and was made a governor for one day when former Governor Celestine Omehia was relieved of his office by court pronouncement in 2007. Amaechi, who spoke yesterday during the funeral service of the late Speaker at St. Alban’s Church in Obuama, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, added that the late lawmaker deserved to be honoured. Amaechi also said the state House of Assembly complex would be named

… names Assembly after lawmaker after the late Harry. According to him, the aim was to immortalise the late Harry, adding, that Harry was a fine gentleman and good person until his death. ``The late Tonye deserves to be remembered because he served Degema local government for four terms and the state very well also. ``The assembly complex will be named after him to immortalise his name,’’ the governor said. Amaechi also said government would assist the late Tonye’s community in completing a new section of the St. Alban’s Anglican Church at Obuama. The governor described late Harry’s death as a great loss to the nation, the state, his local government area and his community, adding, that the late former speaker was a good fellow and his confidant until his (Harry) death. He said, “I always ran to

him whenever I had challenges; he was a friend, a brother and a colleague. When I was the speaker, I always went to his house. When I was hungry, I ate and most times slept there.” Also speaking at the funeral, the current Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan Amachree, said, “Indeed an Iroko tree has fallen in the state.” He recalled that the late lawmaker nominated him as the current speaker, stating that he (Harry) was not just a friend, but a brother. Amachree maintained that, the one-time deputy speaker of the House was devoted in his service to God and humanity and said, “That is why he took a step to commence the building of a church in the community.” He, however, promised that the State House of Assembly would provide the sum of N10 million to com-

plete the church project. Also, former Sports Minister and Chairman, Nigerian Tennis Federation, Mr. Sanni Ndanusa, described Harry as a good man, who added value to people’s live. Ndanusa explained that the Nigerian Tennis Federation was yet to come to terms with how it would move forward with the death of Harry, who was the federation’s vice chairman. In his sermon at the service, Rt. Rev. Ralph Ebirien, Bishop of the Niger Delta Diocese, Anglican Communion, urged the people to repent and have the fear of God. ``Repentance brings forgiveness and peace. It gives inner peace and joy. Repentance brings success and takes one to a higher level,’’ he said. Ebirien extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Harry to his community and the state in general.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan and his Gambian counterpart, President Yahya Jammeh yesterday in Banjul, the Gambian capital, reiterated Africa’s demand for the urgent reformation of the United Nations. The two leaders stressed the need for the reformation of the Security Council and the United Nations System in its entirety so as to reflect current realities. They also expressed their conviction that the African continent should be equitably represented in world governance through a better presence on the Security Council and in other agencies of the United Nations,” a joint communiqué issued after talks between both leaders stated. Jonathan had earlier thanked Jammeh and Gambia for conceding West-Africa’s non-permanent seat in the United Nations’ Security Council for 2014-2015 to Nigeria. He assured the Gambian leader that Nigeria would diligently and effectively represent and promote the interests of West Africa and Africa during its tenure on the Security Council.

They also agreed on the need for African leaders to take more concerted action to accelerate the pace of regional and continental economic integration while calling for faster action towards the removal of obstacles and impediments to greater intra-regional and intra-continental trade and economic activities in Africa. The two leaders advocated for the urgent re-invigoration, rationalisation and harmonisation of regional economic communities in Africa as a necessary step towards full continental economic integration. At the bilateral level, they resolved to strengthen and re-energize the Nigeria-Gambia Joint Commission with a view to diversifying and strengthening cooperation between the two countries in all the sectors. The two leaders also analysed other prevailing regional, continental and international problems such as the state of affairs in Guinea-Bissau, Syria and the Middle-East and called for a speedy return to constitutional order in GuineaBissau in accordance with the pertinent decisions adopted by ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations.


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Delta 2015: Odds mount against Orubebe’s ambition AYO ESAN

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hough the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe has not openly declared his intention to contest the Delta State gubernatorial election in 2015, political watchers in the state know that he is internally lobbying his way and mobilising for the race. He has, however, been evasive and has not been categorical. When asked by journalists on several occasions about his ambition, he said that his immediate concern was to work for Mr. President, support him to deliver his Transformation Agenda and that 2015 was still very far and it was in God’s hands. “When we get to 2015, that is when other things will come up. When we get to 2015, I have the right to contest like any other Deltan but that is not in the agenda for now”, he told journalists recently. Many political analysts and watchers of political events in Delta State however believe that Orubebe will be a hard sell as a can-

didate for the PDP in 2015 Delta State gubernatorial election because he has remained the most troubled minister under this present regime. He was at various times accused of corruption and there have been many petitions written against him by different groups and individuals on allegation of corruption and nepotism. A coalition of groups loyal to Edwin Clark, a prominent Ijaw figure and one-time Minister of Information, has demanded that the Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency investigate Mr. Orubebe. The group known as “Delta State PDP Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders Forum”, dragged Orubebe before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The group petitioned the EFCC on June, 3 2013. Titled “A Petition On Persistent Corrupt Practices, Flagrant And Continued Disobedience of Laws of The Land By Godsday Peter Orubebe, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,” the document was signed by Godwin Ogbetuo, Brown Adasen, Cairo Ojougboh, Hope Erute and more than twenty others,

including several retired military officers. The petitioners accused the Minister of various acts of corruption, including inflation of contracts. Addressed to the EFCC chairman, the petition was also copied to President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Ekpo Nta. The document alleged that Orubebe had used his ministerial position to corruptly amass wealth for himself. “First, we wish to express our gratitude to you and all members of your commission for granting us audience and [to] discuss, protest the over protection of Elder Godsday Orubebe of the serious and wanton corrupt practices under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs,” the petition stated. It added: “We understand several other bodies [and] groups had petitioned your commission but till date

your silence had not helped coupled with the boasting of Elder Godsday Orubebe that ‘with his closeness to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’ he has effectively pocketed your commission and no amount of petitions no matter how serious can see the light of the day.” The petitioners alleged that Orubebe spent N1.2 billion “on a worthless canalization project which connects to nowhere.” He reportedly also spent “more than N3 billion on building a concrete foreshore wall in his village, using contractors who are fronting for him, with a view of appropriating the money to himself.” The petition to the EFCC stated that the minister hails from a small community, but has concentrated several over-inflated projects in his area. According to the petition, “The Skill Acquisition Centre meant for Delta State is also being built in Orubebe’s ward of which his small village is part of it. Apart from the main contractor, all other contractors are his blood relatives who are fronting for him to collect billions.”

L-R: Gombe State Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Hassan Ahmadu; Chairman, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr Tulfukut Kardi and member, State House of Assembly, Mr. Sunday Danlele, during the farewell ceremony for intending Christian pilgrims at Gombe Airport, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

The petitioners accused the minister of acting against the recommendation of public procurement office when he terminated the contract for the Edo State Acquisition Skill Center that was awarded to Halgold Nigeria Limited. They stated that Orubebe re-awarded the contract to Messrs. TDCI-Sew Consortium for personal reasons of greed and self-aggrandizement rather than the good of the people.” The signatories to the petition implored the EFCC to live up to its billing by proving to all Nigerians that there are no sacred cows in the fight to eradicate corruption. They added that further investigation of the minister would unearth more shocking revelations of how a pauper like Mr. Orubebe became super rich a few years after his appointment as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. The petitioners disclosed that the initial contract for the Edo State Skill Acquisition Centre was awarded in March, 2010 at the cost of N2.7 billion. But after the contract was voided by Mr. Orubebe, he re-awarded it to Halgold for more than N3 billion in March, 2012. “However, in 2012, the Minister cancelled the contract and awarded it to TDCI-Sew Consortium on June 15, 2012” for more than N4.6 billion. “Why the frequent cancellation and re-awarding?” the petitioners demanded. “Why the inflation of cost each time these contracts are re-awarded? These are issues to be resolved if EFCC must win the war against corruption.” Also many individuals and groups from the Niger Delta have also accused him of embezzling funds that should have gone to infrastructural development in

the Niger Delta. Anti-Corruption Network group through its Executive Secretary, Hon. Dino Melaye had also petitioned the EFCC, to investigate Orubebe over what it called his alleged excesses, disregard for due process and abuse of office. In the petition, which was dated 17th May, 2013, the group called on the EFCC to investigate alleged acts of corruption, impunity, conflict of interest and disregard of the guidelines of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, by Orubebe and his staff. The group wanted to know how Orubebe became owner of a massive residence on a land allocated to him at Minister’s Hill, Mabuchi, Abuja. The group alleged that the mansion was built for the minister by a contractor working for the Niger Delta Ministry contrary as a form of gratification. The group also alleged that contracts awarded by the Niger Delta ministry under Orubebe’s watch are marked by corruption and irregularities, and has led to altercations between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP). The Anti-Corruption Network is not the first group to raise issues against Godsday Orubebe. Another anti-corruption group, Transparency Initiative, had also written a petition to the Bureau of Public Procurement to protest alleged shoddy handling of the Skill Acquisition Centre projects by the Niger Delta Ministry, alleging that under Orubebe, the contracts for the eight Skill Acquisition Centres were inflated by N4.9 billion.

Thugs attack opposition party members in Katsina JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA

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ome members of the opposition party were yesterday attacked by thugs at a meeting that held at a private hotel in Katsina State. The meeting which is a lecture on Dialogue for Change, was organised by an NGO, Sustainable

Development Initiative, with theme, ‘The future of opposition politics in Katsina State; what went wrong and what needs to be done right’. The thugs, who stormed venue of the meeting in their dozens, began by disrupting speech being delivered by one of the invited guests with antiopposition as well as proPeoples Democratic Party,

PDP, slogans. They then went ahead to attack some of the guests, including House of Representatives member, Hon Baba Kaita (APC, Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa), and former National Assembly member, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Other guests that were slightly affected in the attack include state House of Assembly member,

Hon Abdullahi Mahuta, and Mallam El-mazuri, who represented former Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Masari. Hon Kaita and some of his close associates managed to escape venue of the event in a black Honda, but the rare window of the vehicle was smashed by the thugs. Bugaje’s clothes was torn in several places, as

he was held by the neck by two thugs; he managed to loosen himself from their grip with the help of a State Security agent. He was then taken upstairs and kept away for close to an hour, before he was allowed to come out and leave after the thugs had dispersed. A source who spoke with Sunday Mirror alleged that the attack was

due to anti-PDP comments made by the invites guests; another source said the thugs were sponsored to ensure the meeting did not see light of day. Observations however showed that apart from few plain-clothes security men, there was no presence of a single police officer who were said to have been invited to ensure a peaceful meeting.


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Jonathan assures of credible election in Anambra Charles Okeke, AWKA

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resident Good Luck Jonatnan yesterday assured that the Anambra gubernatorial election scheduled to hold on next Saturday would be free, fair and credible. Jonathan said the election shall be an exercise characterised by one man, one vote, as tenable in modern democracy. Jonathan’s assurance of a credible election on November 16 was conveyed to the huge crowd of PDP supporters by the Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo, during the formal flagging-off of its governorship campaign at

...as Sambo, Tukur, Ekwerenmadu storm Awka for Nwoye

the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, yesterday. Already, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has said it is relocating to Awka to ensure victory for Nwoye, even as the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Turkur; Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweranmadu and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha have urged the people to vote for PDP and ensure the victory of Nwoye. During the flag-off campaign which attracted top PDP officers and thousands of party members, Sambo and Tukur made a formal presentation of PDP flag to

Nwoye and his running mate, Dr Ezike Amanchukwu. Speaking during the ceremony, Tukur, who said PDP was poised to reclaim Anambra State, called on the people to get their act right and vote for PDP, which he described as the right party. He said that PDP is an umbrella of victory. He described Nwoye as a young man who has paid his dues, having served PDP very well when he served as the State Chairman of PDP. Sambo who heads the PDP governorship campaign, had in his speech, said that judging from the success re-

corded at the rally, he had no doubt that PDP members were ready to take Nwoye to victory. Sambo conveyed the greetings and assurances of President Jonathan to the entire Anambra people,saying, “I want to assure you that there will be a free and fair election characterised by one man, one vote. By the grace of God, we are going to be in the Government House; Nwoye will have the cooperation of the PDP government led by Jonathan and Anambra State will be transformed to be one of the most industrialised states in Nigeria.”

The Deputy Senate President in his speech said they were in Anambra to commence “operation recovery.”

According to Ekwerenmadu, “this struggle to recover Anambra State will be a long battle; we have come to give our support and we have chosen a leader who will lead Anambra State in to the transformation agenda, we are going to campaign and we will deliver; we have a date with November 16 and we must ensure we win that day”.

Earlier, the President of NANS, Comrade Yinka Gbadegbo, said the national secretariat of NANS will be shifted to Awka from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as part of the strategic support for Nwoye throughout the duration of the election. Another key aspect of the ceremony was when an Accord Party member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Engr Emeka Idu, led hundreds of his supporters drawn from different political parties and declared for the PDP. Dignitaries at the event include Dr Ahmadu Ali, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo and Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Dankwabo.

I suffered nervous breakdown, not hallucination -Clara Chime

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lara Chime, the estranged wife of Enugu State’s Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, has expressed disappointment about the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about its investigation of her complaint, and asked for it to be withdrawn. She expressed the disappointment even as she clarified that she only suffered nervous breakdown and not hallucinatios as being insinuated. “Apart from the fact that the information was largely false, it showed lack of sensitivity in publishing sensitive medical detail,” she said today in a letter to her lawyer, Femi Falana. “This has the effect of tarnishing and damaging my reputation. It is as though the Commission set out to ridicule me.” On Friday, the commission, led by its executive secretary, Bem Angwe, travelled to the Enugu State Government House to investigate the alleged forcible detention of Mrs. Chime. Following the visit, the NHRC published an interim report on its website in which it described the issue as a disagreement between the governor and his wife “over the procedure for the treatment of her health challenges,

which border on occasional hallucinations and depression.” In the letter to Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, she said, “I made it clear to them that I had a nervous breakdown and found it inexplicable as to how hallucinations featured as part of my symptoms. It is important to make this clear so that the public should be made aware of this and that the Commission should recognise part of her ethos in protecting human dignity.” Noting suggestions that that the Commission appears biased already because of the profile of the person whose reputation is at stake, she said, “I want to believe that the Commission would approach my case with open mind and in particular recognise me as a victim of crime. I hope that common sense would prevail and that the Commission should now retract the damaging publication and stop stigmatising me.” In her first response yesterday, Mrs. Chime accused members of the commission of accepting a bribe from Governor Chime to write the misleading report about her illegal detention in Government House, Enugu.

L-R: Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat; Alhaja Ayo Omidiran and others at the 13th edition of Walk to Live for Healthy Living exercise at Apomu, yesterday.

Ghana sacks minister over $1m ambition ...as Reps committee refutes Oduah’s claims

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there was pressure on her to steal public money because people believed that, being a Minister, she was rich. According to the Ghanaweb news site, she further said, “Corrupt politicians are the reflection of [a] corrupt society!” Ms. Hannah was fired just one day after the tape which contains her $1m-making ambition went viral on social media. It was also played on a local radio station.

ing business should not be handled with levity, rather, it should be handled with utmost interest for the desired abundant profit and the benefits embedded in the business to be achieved. ``I, therefore, want to advise farmers to brace up toward the progress of pig farming business in Osun State as Gov. Rauf Aregbesola is ready to support them for the benefit of the citizenry.’’

He announced that the state government had started Artificial Insemination (AI) of female pigs in the three senatorial districts of the state, which he said the government spent huge amount of money on. Ogundipe advised pig farmers not to see the business as a way of boosting food production only, but as a job and wealth creation venture.

hana’s Deputy C o m m u n i c at i o n s Minister, Victoria Hammah, was yesterday sacked for allegedly saying on audio tape she would not quit politics until she has made $1m. On the tape, which is suspected to have been made by her driver, she is quoted as saying, “If you have money then you can control people.” Ms. Hannah had been in controversy before, after saying last August

Meanwhile, as reported by SaharaReporters on Thursday night, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Aviation which probed the allegations of fraud against Ms. Oduah refuted every single one of her claim, describing them as false or unsupported by the evidence. Still, the Minister, a personal friend and major 2011 campaign supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan, remains in office.

Before his departure for Israel on October 23, President Jonathan set up a three-man panel to probe the allegations against Ms. Oduah, giving it two weeks to report. But for the first week he then travelled with a member of the panel, as well as the Minister whom he was supposed to have been investigating. The panel is now several days behind its deadline without an extension, and Mrs. Oduah remains in office.

NIGERIA IN BRIEF Osun reiterates support to farmers The Osun State Government said it would do everything possible to support farmers to ensure abundant food production in the state. The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QIIP), Mr Dele Ogundipe, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Osogbo.

He said the government would continue to support the Piggery Farmers’ Association for abundant meat production and urged pig farmers to support the state government’s vision toward improved food production to reap more gains. The support, he noted, would enable the farmers to enjoy QIIP loans through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. He added that ``pig farm-

Senator suggests debate be made compulsory in schools Senator Chris Nwankwo (PDP Ebonyi North) has called on stakeholders in the education sector to make debate as one of the compulsory subjects in schools in the country. He made the call at the Grand Finale of Gov. Martin Elechi InterSchool Debate Championship in Abakaliki yesterday. He said if debate was made compulsory in schools, it would harness the interpretative and

argumentative talents in students and contribute to the general upliftment of the education sector in the country. Nwankwo said ``this can be achieved with the inauguration of debate clubs in schools with well-trained teachers to groom the students. ``It will also give the students the required courage to interact with the outside world and harness their grammatical disposition.’’


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Manu Garba

A coach with Midas touch ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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fter leading the Golden Eaglets to the 2013 World Cup in the United Arab FIFA U-17 Worl Friday, Coach Manu Garba has Emirates on Frid proud of his boys as the victory every reason to feel prou him to the fore of world foothas once again brought h ball as a coach with wi Midas touch. The Golden Eaglets beat defending champions Mexico 3-0 in Abu Dhabi to win Me a fourth U-17 World title for Nigeria. An own goal fr from Erick Aguirre and two strikes from Kelechi Iheanacho infr cluding a fine free kick from captain Musa Mohammed sealed victory for Manu’s boys. Ma After Aft this win Nigeria is now the m most successful team in the history histor of the U-17 World Cup with four titles (in 1985, 1993, 2007 f and 2013) and Garba was quick to 2 tell the th world about the motivating for force behind the victory. affirmed that the disappointHe a not winning the African title ment of n earlier in the th year (after losing to Ivory final) weighed on the team but Coast in the fin they were capable of winning they believed th the World title. “We put the even events of the silver medals from Morocco into perspective and decided to learn perspe from that experience. We came into this competition in UAE determined to succeed and l think we deserved to win. We wer were the most consistent team, most entertaining side and we scored the highest number of goals in the tournament,” Garba said. t Garba was part of tthe coaching staff that won the 2007 African U-17 Championship in Togo and FIFA World Cup of the same year in Korea and he says he believes that this team is stronger than the 2007 team that won w the World Cup in Korea. Also on his philosophy about the round ph leather game, th the highly travelled coach believes he is an ap apostle of “Total Football’. “Football is meant to be enjoyed and that m is my philosophy. I like the way football was played by Brazil Braz in the olden days and most recently, the way Spain and to a larger extent, Barcelona play. Football is about Barc keeping ball b possession and it is only when you y have ball possession that you can ca attack. So, if you are not technically good to control the techn ball and keep possession of the ball, ba you cannot play in this team. That is my philosophy te right from the time we startr ed,” e he said. From the onset of his assignment to tune up the U-17 s national team two years ago, n Garba has shown that he is G not no a naïve man. He is a serious man and understands the freedom, the fitness and intelfree ligence, the 90-minute comli mitment, needed to make

it work. He also knows the dangers and challenges of using a highly intellectualised system, where the comfort of set positions is totally thrown out the window, are doubled with such young players. “It’s not been an easy philosophy to pass on to these young boys,” admitted Garba, who played in the first Nigerian team to reach a FIFA final when he won the African U-20 championship of 1983. “They have no league experience. They are amateurs,” he insists of his side who spent two weeks in Dubai prior to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE which they won. “They play for local teams, or at their secondary schools, but it is this youth that can make them very adaptable to new ideas,” he adds, a tone of warning building in his voice. “I give my players a special freedom, a freedom to express themselves,” he continued, conjuring the spirit of the Rinus Michels, the late coach of Ajax and Holland, who is credited with founding, or at least refining, Total Football. “When we have the ball, we all attack. When we don’t, we all defend. Take a chance; go forward, another man will cover you. All my players have the freedom to go anywhere, and it’s a responsibility they understand. Think Barcelona, think Spain, think entertaining, think passion and possibility.” No wonder many soccer pundits refer to the soft spoken soccer tactician as a coach with the Midas touch and also have the lethal capability of bringing out the best from his team. Today, Garba and his lads have etched their names in the sands of history as he successfully guided the team to another victorious outing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup by winning the trophy a record 4th time. The Eaglets, from the blast of the first whistle in the UAE, confirmed that they are capable of ruling the world and they did achieve their mission with an 3-0 whitewash of defending champions, Mexico. Prior to Friday’s final against the South Americans, the Golden Eaglets, under their current handlers, played a total of 48 matches; won 43, drew 4 and only lost once. They scored a total of 218 goals and conceded just 53. However, while the statistics looks very encouraging, Garba admitted that the final match would not be a one-way traffic for Nigeria since the Mexicans would be looking to revenge their 6-1 defeat in their Group F cracker. And really the Mexicans did fight back. “Mexico would be looking for revenge but we are going to win this match because we want to set the record as the best team in the world at this level,” Garba explained. “We respect Mexico for what they have been able to do at this World Cup but our prayer is that God will crown our efforts at the final.” For Garba, winning the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup will go down in history as the greatest achievement he has attained as a coach. And as much as his players have shone on the pitch during the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup, he has forever established a fearless ideology into the lives of these young promising soccer stars. That much has been proven in an already remarkable coaching career. Underpinned by a Bachelor of Arts degree, gleaned some years ago at the University of Maiduguri, Garba has always been meticulous in his planning, provoking continued success at agegroup level which is worthy of emulation.


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Briefly Conduct council poll, Ondo govt told The Ondo State Government has been told to conduct local Council election without further delay. A social critic and coordinator of a nongovernmental organisation, NGO, Bamiduro Life Care Initiative, Pastor Folorunsho Bamiduro, said this in Lagos. He told newsmen that the state government would do the wishes of people of Ondo State if the council election was conducted as quickly as possible, adding that the people were eager to see that true democracy was practised in the interest of various community groups in the state. Bamiduro added that the people wanted to elect their own leaders through elections rather than running the councils through caretaker committees. He stressed that the caretaker committees cannot embark on meaningful projects because they are not democratically elected. He however appealed to Governor Mimiko to listen to the voice of people and act fast by conducting the election.

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eaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after underground moves penultimate week came out in the open to lure the aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors to their fold. The seven governors, otherwise referred to as the G7, are part of the PDP leaders that pulled out of the party’s mini-convention in August to form the new PDP. The open approach of the APC leadership to invite serving governors of the ruling party to the opposition party came as a surprise to many political watchers who perceived that it was a confirmation that the opposition had been actually fuelling the crisis in the PDP. In a visit to the states of the seven aggrieved governors, the leaders of the APC did not pretend in tabling their request that they were needed in their fold. The first visit was to Kano, Jigawa and Adamawa where the party high-power delegation met with Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Admiral Murtala Nyako. From there they proceeded to Sokoto, Niger, Rivers and Kwara. In these states, the APC leaders were received by tumultuous crowds and the governors were on ground to receive them with fanfare at the various airports, an indication that the governors approved of their visit. The APC leaders said they were ready to provide soft-landing to the distressed governors who they alleged had been vilified. When they visited Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the APC helmsmen threw an open invitation to the Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and the people of Rivers to join and support the party. At a political rally which was held at the Rivers State Government House, the APC delegation included former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande, National Secretary, Lai Mohammed as well as the National ViceChairman South-South (APC) and former Foreign Affairs minister, Chief Tom Ikimi. Thousands of Amaechi supporters, members of the National Assembly and chairmen of all local government areas in the state also thronged the rally, singing his praise and reaffirming their support

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for the embattled governor. The leader of the state’s chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Chimbiko Akarolo, in his speech, declared the councils’ support for Amaechi, saying “Wherever he goes, that is where we are going to go”. Taking turns to address the crowd, the APC leaders showered encomiums on the Rivers governor. Akande commended his courage and brilliance while Tinubu refered to him as a visionary who has performed extremely well in fighting for the rights of his people. He said “a man who stands to be cheated is not a man but a pig”. Speaking further on the validity of his party’s proposition, he encouraged Amaechi to consider APC’s offer saying, “this is a mission to rescue Nigeria from polarisation, division, intimidation and oppression.” Ikimi on his part eulogised the values of the APC as the better option for Amaechi. He claimed that the party provided ‘balance of power’ and an alternative platform for Nigerians. Amaechi promised that he would embark on consultations with his fellow G7 Governors, the APC leaders and the Nigerian President before responding to APC’s request to join the party. Last Wednesday, the APC leaders moved

to Niger State and at a reception held for them in Minna, Buhari told the crowd that the party was on a rescue mission and would need the involvement of all progressives in its bid to move the country forward. Governor Aliyu told the APC leaders that he remained a member of the ruling PDP but pointed out that the G7 governors were still meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan. “The outcome of the negotiations will determine where we will pitch our tent,” he said. At a visit to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in Ilorin, the APC leaders renewed their call on the G7 Governors and members of the new PDP) to join them. The delegation made up of Akande, Buhari and Tinubu met Kwara State Governor, members of the House of Assembly, PDP leaders and others. Other APC chieftains on the entourage included former governors of Edo and Benue states, Chiefs John Odigie-Oyegun and George Akume; former House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Bello Masari; APC’s Interim National Publicity Secretary Mohammed’; former Works minister, Hassan Lawal and another ex-minister, Alhaji Musa Gwadabe. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

The founder of the Global Peace Foundation (GPF), Dr Hyun Moon, says Africa needs to establish a new paradigm for peace and prosperity based on equity and justice. Moon said this yesterday in Abuja at the GPF Conference which was organised by the foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference was organised in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). ``Africa, which is the birthplace of humanity, can set a new model for peace for mankind through the principle of equity,’’ the GPF founder said. The Director-General, IPCR, Dr Joseph Golwa, said the organisers of the conference were determined to pool their resources for the promotion of peace across the continent. He stated that this informed the Abuja Peace Declaration which was part of the outcome of the conference.

2015: Ithihikpebe campaign organisation inaugurates new members Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Ithihikpebe Campaign Organisation under the umbrella of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, weekend inaugurated new members at Emede, Isoko South local government area of Delta State, across the thirteen political units in the Emede ward. Inaugurating the new members which he said was to renew the strength of the group ahead of the 2015, former President General of Emede kingdom and political leader, Chief Andy Ejeje JP+, however noted that the Ithihikpebe Campaign Organization is a brain child of the Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Hon. Joel Onowakpor Thomas “to win souls for the PDP” and to contribute to the human capital development agenda of the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan. According to Ejeje, “Hon. Joel Onowakpor through the Ithihikpebe Campaign Organization has empowered numerous Youths and women in the community and outside in skills acquisition and others through provision and offers of employment.”


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APC, G7 romance: New twist in political recruitment, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 The APC leaders did not mince words on their mission: to woo Ahmed into the progressives’ camp. Speaking on the occasion, Akande said : “I am at home and I don’t think I should have to perambulate too much, except to say that we’ve come to Kwara State through the governor to invite first, all of you to our party, the All Progressives Congress and secondly, we are not limiting our visits to the members of the new PDP, which they call the G-7; we are extending the visit to all the other governors and all the other members of the PDP because we are starting a revolution that will make us a country of the progressives.” Buhari said since the PDP government had been in the saddle, nothing had improved in the lives of Nigerians. Ahmed, in his response, described Nigeria as “basking in residual superstition”, adding that, “we are at the turning point in the history of this country, not forgetting the fact that Nigeria has come of age”. Ahmed added that “today, as it is, the APC has formed itself into a strong, formidable platform. They are in Kwara on a marketing activity. What makes Kwara unique is simply because we have established structure, formed over a period of four decades of hard work and dedication to the people of Kwara State; selflessly delivered by our late political leader, Dr Olusola Saraki. This has led us into inheriting what we call an election-winning machinery. This machinery has been directing every election in the state over the years. “I want to commend the leadership of the APC. You have come here to share with us your aspirations for Nigeria. You are aware we are still under the leadership of the PDP, which is undergoing serious challenges today and reconciliation is still ongoing. Clear areas of differences are being critically reviewed. We hope that the interest of this country will take precedent over and above any self interest. Be assured that we will always have a common platform for growth and development. In Kwara, we are one party, one family and that is what has kept us together. That will continue to sustain us. In Kano, the APC chieftains met with Kwankwaso at the Governor’s Office, before departing for Dutse. Speaking in Kano, Akande, who lamented the persecution of the seven governors, said they were being intimidated for their commitment to a worthy cause. He said: “We decided to come to you to ‘solidarise’ with you because we know you are of great minds; and that is why some of you are being persecuted in your political party. Wherever small minds are in power, great minds are persecuted. So in recognition of this, in this wisdom, the leaders of the APC decided to come and lure you to join the progressive party.” The APC chairman added: “We are proud to showcase our own party, the APC, as a platform and a soft ground for great minds like you; and for that reason, we decided to come and let you know that

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we have plenty rooms in APC for great minds. Our coming to Kano has shown us the tremendous transformation that has taken place in Kano metropolis. “These are the type of things we want governors of APC to be able to do just like the ones in Lagos, Edo, Osun, Ekiti and everywhere and when we see this development in Kano, we are always proud of you. On behalf of my party, the APC, Mr. Governor, we are here as campaigners in politics, which is not about individuals. It is about the unity and progress of Nigeria. We invite you to look favourably to our party.” Buhari said the APC leaders were in Kano to woo Kwankwaso, saying that the mission is justifiable. He said: “We are in Kano to lure you into APC and I am also here with my colleagues, and the governors from other states, to convince you firstly, that we feel very uncomfortable about Kano not coming along with us. “We are here on a tough and ruthless recruitment drive; we are a people-oriented party and our concern is about our people and Nigeria. What APC is fundamentally going to do is to secure and effectively manage this country when we secure power.”

Buhari hailed Kwankwaso for his courage, alertness and determination to succeed, noting that he bounced back to power after he was ousted in a general election. “I want to assure you that you are coming to a place you rightfully belong,” he added. Kwankwaso said he was surprised that the APC leadership could send such a powerful delegation to invite him into the party. His words:: “We have listened to you very attentively; we have heard what you said and I feel elated that people of these calibre sat down and decided to visit us for this purpose; this shows that we are important. “Immediately you leave this place, I will sit down with the stakeholders because this party belongs to all of us. The Kwankwasiyya Movement is not a one-man show. No member of the Kwankwasiyya Movement does it alone. We are working as a team and this team is strong and capable enough to win elections in 2015. By the grace of God, our group will continue to grow from strength to strength. “If you are expecting me to say yes or

no to your offer now, you will not get it because we have to sit down as one family and weigh the challenges; and at the end of the day, we will communicate you through General Buhari.” In Dutse, Akande told Lamido to “please come and join the race because you are not where you belong to”. He added: “Leave the PDP and join the APC where you will have better opportunity to achieve your aims.” The APC leaders’ visit, Akande said, “is not for you as Lamido or for our personal benefit, rather for the rescue of the people and the country.” Lamido described the visit as a family reunion because they were together years back in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and committed to working for the general public. The governor said, “PDP is sick; this journey is a difficult one and will generate lots of issues”. He added: “This is the beginning of the process and I’m ready to move with anyone concerned with the progress and betterment of the common man and country. He added: “I believe in Nigeria and I’m


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enthusiastic about the fact that Gen. Buhari, of all people, came personally to woo me to APC.” Lamido said what is worrisome to him is that Nigerians don’t have that trust and confidence in their leaders any longer. He added that it would not “be out of place if someone will join hands with like minds to restore the lost glory of the nation.” Many PDP leaders have described the move by the APC as not in good faith. The PDP, through a statement from its National Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said it was not perturbed by the development. The PDP accused APC of ‘poaching’ the G7 governors by ‘desperately coaxing’ them. The PDP, in the statement, lampooned the APC, describing the group as a “hypocritical party, lacking in genuine ideology and principles.” Speaking with Sunday Mirror on the development, the Lagos State PDP Chairman, Chief Tunji Shelle said:, “The G7; some of them have made up their minds to bring the party down, maybe one or two but the others are just playing games…just playing along, they know it cannot work; they cannot leave the PDP and join another party. It can be suicidal and it may mean the end of their political career.”

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APC must embrace culture of internal democracy –Iloh Pastor Moses Iloh, fiery social critic ex-President Nigeria Cycling Federation, ex-National Executive member of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Elder Statesman and General Overseer of Soul Winners Chapel, comments on various issues of national interest, in a chat with Kola Johnson. How do you appraise the formation of All Progressive Congress do you see the party springing any surprise in 2015? APC could be the answer to the plague of poor governance, and crucial political issues confronting the nation. But if they want to be the answer, they have to purge themselves of the wrong politics endemic in the Nigerian system. They owe Nigeria a total repentance and reformational initiatives that hold out fresh hopes for the nation and its populace, particularly the struggling poor masses. They must develop a culture of internal democracy, so that they could bequeath to the nation, real democracy. This is very necessary because you cannot give to somebody, what you don’t have. They must understand that Nigerians are not looking for political parties as an end in itself, but solutions to poverty, hunger, hardship, unemployment, destitution and homelessness, among several others that bedevil them. It must be a party that believes in the rule of law. They must not interfere with the judiciary. They must come out with clear statements on health matters. APC must create a visibly disciplined police force, and they must be sufficiently transparent to place Nigeria first, before their own private interest; and they must not be hypocritical in the battle against fraud and corruption. But do you see the party defeating the ruling PDP in 2015? If APC removes religion, gender, tribe, egoistic sentiment and personal self aggrandizement from their politics, and place the overall interest of the party and nation above self, they will win, and there will be hope for Nigeria. I also wish to propose that they endorse Buhari as their presidential candidate. This is because the greatest ailment which bedevils this nation is corruption, and Buhari has a track record of having dealt ruthlessly with corruption. Moreover, he has held important positions as Minister of Petroleum; he had been a state governor, and Military Head of State. He had the opportunity to amass wealth by reason of the offices he had held in the past, including his stewardship as Chairman Petroleum Trust Fund, yet he refused to be corrupted by the perquisites of office. It is my humble belief that such a person must be given a chance. Let him just tell the people that he wants to spend just one term. What’s wrong if he spends two terms?

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He could just tell them that, out of modesty, and by the time Nigerians see his marvelous works, I’m sure they will ask him to go more for a second tenure. What do you see about the present development in the PDP. Do you see the party getting out of it? I think what is happening to the PDP is a manifestation that the cry of the poor has eventually risen to God in heaven. Even the Bible has rightly expressed it, when it says that the Lord is not mocked; that whatever a man soweth he reapeth. Fact is that PDP is reaping what it has sown. What is happening is not by mere chance or coincidence, it is retributive justice in action. How do you see the 2015 elections? My fear is that if PDP under Jonathan attempts to rig the election in order to foist themselves perpetually on the people, against all rules of democracy, Nigeria will break. The party has created so much problem for this nation. Although I have no physical proof of this, but I have a strong premonition that any attempt by the PDP to perpetuate their hold on power, against the will of the people, will only facilitate the disintegration of the nation’s corporate existence. I have a strong burden of that feeling in my spirit. What is your assessment of CAN in the midst of politics? My stand on this is that when it gets to politics Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is inexperienced and not sufficiently knowledgeable of the intrigues and devilment of Nigerian politics, which borders on the compulsion to kill, destroy, corrupt, steal and grab. A Christian shouldn’t stick his neck into that scenario. What CAN has done through Oritsejafor, is to join them because it could not beat them. My humble opinion this in regard, is that CAN under Oritsejafor is gradually loosing its credibility, by condescending so low to the petty whims and manipulations of the powers that be. How would you describe the case with the

embattled Minister of Aviation ? A dangerous coincidence indeed Fallacious to say the least. Looking at the lady’s issue, one would agree that though a crime is a crime, but if you situate it in the Nigerian context, the Lady’s issue sounds like a pickpocket, compared with the magnitude of corruption in high places. Imagine for instance, a country in which you spend a whopping 500 million naira for mere birthday party; where billions are corruptly carted into private coffers, to the knowledge of the public, yet there wasn’t much hues and crys. Personally, I don’t like what she did, because what is bad is bad. But in actual fact, its like some people don’t like her. Unfortunately, she played into their hands and they gave her a terrible bashing of her life. Sir, please tell us about the Eclectic movement. Does it still exist? Yes, the eclectic network still exist, but in the mean time, we are still observing and analyzing the socio-political trend, before deciding what to do. We are taking it easy; because the kind of politics in Nigeria today, is if you can’t beat them, join them. In this respect, we differ. We are therefore proposing a new approach. That approach is to suggest to organizations like us, to put together a rescue team and send that team into the 2015 election. Fact is that the terrain as it is now, is so dirty. We cannot change them, and we cannot join them. What is your view about the proposed National Conference? For me personally, I believe in the conference, but the motive of the presidency remains questionable. I have the suspicion that the PDP are out to use the conference for ulterior motive. I have the strong feeling within me, that if the PDP, analyse the trend of things, and sense that they will no longer be able to hold onto power, they will use the conference as a fertile ground to call for succession. The conference if not well handled, could snowball into terrible consequences for future corporate existence of the nation.


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ven up till this moment, the actual cause of the stampede that claimed no fewer than 28 lives and left scores of others worshippers injured last Saturday at the Holy Ghost Adoration ground, Uke in Idemili North Local government Area of Anambra State, is yet to be ascertained. For all who cared to know, they are being furnished with one gory tales or the other. While some said that the sight of a snake inside a nearby gutter cause the stampede, others had it that a flame of fire in a firewood raised up by a woman frying Akara was responsible for the mayhem. Some equally attributed the incident to Governor Peter Obi’s attendance to the adoration ground with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) campaign train for purposes of campaign, while others said Obi’s visit had nothing to do with the stampede. On the other hand, both Governor Obi and the Governor candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Chris Ngige had traded blames against each other over the incident but no matter how defensive each of them was, the dead can no longer come back to life. Already, the incident has elicited many reactions from far and near, including some human rights group, the bereaved victims and ordinary individuals, among whom are Mr. Izundu Ajah, the bereaved husband to one of the dead victims, Mrs. Adaobi Ajah. The body of all the deceased victims were scattered in various hospitals, including the Immaculate Heart Hospital, NkporAgu, St. Vharles Borromeo Hospital, Onitsha and Crown Hospital, Nkpor-Uno and as at the time of filing this report, the medical Director in-charge of Crown Hospital, Dr. Edwin Emegoakor, told newsmen that out of the 21 injured persons brought to his hospital, 20 of them had been discharged after recovery, while only one was still responding to the treatments. The bereaved Mr. Ajah, a Lagos based businessman from Uburu community in Ohaozara Local overnment Area of Ebonyi State, told newsmen in Onitsha on arrival that his late wife, Adaobi who was until her death, was doing her youth service at Onitsha High School, Onitsha, called him on phone at about 5 p.m. the previous day being Friday to inform him that she would attend the night vigil at the adoration center. Ajah noted that at about 10 p.m., she called him against to inform him that she was already there at the adoration ground, bu that little did he know that the 10 p.m. call would be the last to hear from her again. He said he started calling her in the morning hours without any response until one Achebe, a coordinator at the adoration center who picked up her phone, responded and said that he did not know her whereabout, but after a while, another caller informed him that she was dead in a stampede that occured early in the morning. He said he sent his brother-in-law and elder brother who were with her in Onitsha to go to the adoration ground to find out what was happening and they went and confirmed her dead, adding that she had been deposited at the Immaculate Heart Hospital, Nkpor.

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Ajah who recalled that his marriage with the late Adaobi was less than two years old, noted that he would like to bury her as soon as possible and forget the death, adding that the most painful aspect of her death was that she was six month old pregnant. He said the coordinators of the adoration center had just intimated him that the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke would conduct a solemn mass for all the deceased worshippers on October 21, after which he would like to bury her at once. He said he was looking forward for the compensation which Governor Peter Obi promised in his broadcast to the people of the state, last Sunday. Meanwhile, the Campaign for Democracy (CD) has urged Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, South-East Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to constitute a 7-man investigative committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding Uke tragedy. CD said the essence of such committee was to ensure equity and also to check any possible manipulation, adding that Anambra government should hands-off the panel of inquiry and investigation into the mysterious tragedy. The statement, which was issued to newsmen in Onitsha, was jointly signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor and Dr. Jerry Chukwuokolo, who are the Chairman and Secretary of CD South-East Region respectively. The statement noted that the state government sponsoring an inquiry and investigation would bias the outcome of the remote and immediate causes of the incident which would further infuriate the minds of the public especially the Christian community. “A tragedy that led to a loss of more than 25 lives in a holy and safe place, which included a six-month pregnant woman, Adaobi who is a corper currently serving at Onitsha High School, Onitsha, should not be swept under the carpet”. CD warned politicians to henceforth, stop using churches and prayer grounds for their political campaigns and rallies in Anambra in the interest of God and hu-

manity. CD, however, urged Anambra government to ensure a free treatment for injured survivors of the tragedy, while due compensation should be paid to the families of the victims who lost their lives. ``Anambra government should as a matter of necessity pay a minimum of N20 million to the families of each of the dead victims of the tragedy and at the same time, erect a long lasting monument at the entrance of the Uke adoration ground to serve as a memorial for the souls lost so far. The statement also urged Anambra government to construct more than two leading roads to the adoration ground. Authorities of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra State had disclosed that they have launched a full blown investigation into the stampede that claimed 28 lives and left scores of other worshippers critically injured at the Holy Ghost Adoration Center, Uke in Idemili North local Government Area of Anambra State , early Saturday morning. The Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke who disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, said the Archdiocese had just inaugurated a team of investigators to unravel the circumstances surrounding the matter, adding that more efforts are being intensified to protect the lives of all worshippers at the center. Archbishop Okeke who spoke through the Archdiocesan Director of social Communications, Rev Fr. Pius Ukor, noted that he was deeply saddened by this ugly incident, after visiting the dead in the morgue and the injured in the hospitals, expressed his sincere condolence to the families and relations of those who lost their lives in the incident. He explained that save for the unprecedented crowd, the vigil started and ended normally, adding that the stampede was reportedly caused by a false alarm raised by somebody in the crowd along one of the narrow roads out of the town. According to him, “The crowd was so much that all the people wanting to leave

at the same time made it very difficult for people to find enough space to move, adding, this happened in just one of the roads out of the town”. In the same vein, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY) has called on the authoorities of the Adoration Ministry led by Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma to ban the official attendance and recognition of politicians and their political parties during adoration prayers. In a press statement issued yesterday, the Chairman of INTERSOCIETY, Emeka Umeagbalasi said such politicians may be allowed to attend in their private capacities, adding that the ban should also be placed on their retinue of supporters, who at times turn mischievous. Umeagbalasi also called for an outright ban on donation of vehicles by politicians to convey devotees to the Adoration Ground should, adding that politicians, including those in charge of affairs in the Government of Anambra State may be invited officially in the day time to participate in the official activities of the Ministry including fund-raising. He noted that it is shocking and sad to note that some politicians have formed habits of sending and stationing their hatchet men on the Adoration Ground to disrupt their opponents’ successful participation in the Prayers’ session either by voice or physical disruptions. He however recommended that the authorities of the Adoration Ground should reorganize the entire security and exit and entry procedures in the premises of the Ministry. The mammoth crowd that graced the stampeded prayer session is dotted with suspicion of “menacing rented crowd” possibly imported by some politicians to create such homicidal atmosphere. He said that although the fatal stampede has been linked to “frying oil flames”, but other intervening forces such as political sabotage may not be ruled out, stressing that the desperation of some politicians to capture and loot Anambra State premised on the allimportant November 16, 2013 governorship poll is evidently pronounced. “The governorship candidates of APC, Labour and APGA have visited the scene recently and made several promises including tarring the entrance road, tackling the gully menace near the Holy Ground and provision of vehicles to convey devotees from far distances during Adoration days and hours”. “While Dr. Chris Ngige and his APC reportedly fulfilled their recent promise of grading the entrance road to the Adoration Ground, the camp of Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah and his Labour reportedly took charge of providing some vehicles to convey devotees from far distances to the Holy Ministry. The camp of Governor Peter Obi and his Party have reportedly promised to tar the entrance road and tackle the gully menace threatening the Adoration Ground before the end of the Governor’s tenure by first quarter of 2014”.


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APC govt is anti-people, focuses on elite –Lagos PDP What is the present situation of PDP in Lagos State? Since the inception of this present administration in Lagos State, we have been able to manage our crises so well that our leaders have been able to come together. The stakeholders have taken it upon themselves to see that the party works. The exco is made up of competent hands who are ready to give their best to ensure that every party member is working towards a common goal - that of winning election in 2015. We want to leave the past behind us and forge ahead to see a better PDP in Lagos State that has the machinery and the capability to win elections. All the major stakeholders and leaders who have good political pedigree and antecedents are ready to give support to this executive and the sky is the limit. But it is too early to say what the situation will look like in 2015. We are working gradually towards ensuring that everything possible is done for PDP to emerge as winner come 2015. The problem in the past had been the inability of the party to manage crisis. How prepared is this exco to have a rancour-free primary election in the state before 2015 general election? That one will be easy now because there are no groupings in the party as of today. If there are groupings at, there are not pronounced. You can have like minds who have common interests. They are free to relate, exchange ideas, sponsor candidates, but what we are trying to do in this exco is to ensure that the best candidates emerge at the governorship, senatorial, House of Reps and State Assembly levels. This is because they complement one another. If you have good candidates as House of Assembly members and all of them are ready to work together, ensure that they win their various constituencies and you go up to House of Reps, those people too are ready to add value. The senatorial candidates also could bridge the gap and ensure that the governorship candidate eventually wins in the election. It is a very long process but at the same time, we shall not leave any stone unturned. We shall ensure that the candidate we eventually pick is not controversial and is acceptable to all members of our party, not only the leaders but the followers. How would you assess the performance of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government in the state? I have not seen any magic the government of APC in the state has done that is worth celebrating. They have succeeded in doing some good roads, cleaning up Lagos, especially the major highways but in all, they have failed the people. The government is anti-people; it is making the poor poorer and the rich richer. The government has not done enough to alleviate the sufferings of the people. I want to say that APC government in Lagos State has not been able to achieve the expectation of the people by providing affordable houses, healthcare and schools for the underprivileged. All the projects the state government has done in the state are grandiose, white elephant projects. Take for instance, the Atlantic City Project: it is not acceptable to the PDP as a party. What will a state gain in calling on investors

Chief Tunji Shelle is the Lagos State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview with AYO ESAN, he speaks about the state of affairs in Lagos PDP, assesses the Babatunde Fashola government, the future of PDP in the SouthWest and the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan, among others. Excerpts:

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APC GOVERNMENT IN LAGOS STATE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE EXPECTATION OF THE PEOPLE BY PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSES,

HEALTHCARE AND SCHOOLS FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

to come and build a city that is not an integral part of the state called Lagos. Atlantic City cannot bring special fortunes to the ordinary Lagosian. What the Atlantic City can do at best is to help the rich to tie down

capital in that area called VI and a lot of money is being pumped into this project which could be diverted into promoting mass housing for the people. If there is any project of interest to a government that is sensitive, Atlantic City can be taken to a place like Badagry. This would help to redistribute the population of Lagos. VI, Ikoyi and Lekki are already congested and you want to add to the problems on ground. Where is the traffic or the road network to distribute the traffic that will be generated by this so-called Atlantic City? What I believe the Atlantic City will eventually do is to destroy the ecosystem, coastline in Lagos from Alfa Beach to Eleko Beach, to Lekki Beach and all the beaches are being rubbished. These are the areas that could be developed for tourism. Rather, they believe building housing estate costing billions would enhance the value of Lagos, but I say no. It is only going to enhance the ego CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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‘It’s suicidal for G7 govs to leave PDP’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 of those people who are able to steal, tie down money and to do money laundering. Can you imagine an average Lagosian buying a plot of land for N1billion. Where will he get the money? It means that the state government is encouraging stealing and corruption. If yougo to Alimosho, Ipaja, Shomolu, Ajegunle and Mushin, you would see squalors, evidence of poor sanitary condition and poverty. I believe having to tie down money to Atlantic City is a very bad investment. The Lagos government has not declared the proper cost of most of the projects you find in the state. We are asking for the cost of the projects. Let them compile it for the people to see because posterity will continue to judge them. The hospitals are in a shambles. If any hospital is working, it means it has been privatised, under the control of an individual close to the government. There is no government school that is functional; you find students sitting on the floor. Most public schools are not equipped. I also want to re-emphasise the issue of sand-filling in Lagos. They did it in Ilubinrin and they are now sand-filling the Atlantic. Any time rain falls, there is flooding. Between now and 15 years, you will find parts of Lagos sinking because of this reckless sand-filling which is bringing sorrow and pains to the majority of the people in the state. If markets are demolished with the hope of renovating or rebuilding them for the poor people to reacquire, you find out that these shops are given to people who have nothing to do with the market when they were being demolished. They are given out to new hands at exorbitant prices than what an average person can afford. The okada riders have been humiliated, and when they bring the tricycles, they are not giving them enough rooms to make profits. The KAI people are always harassing and intimidating them. The way we are going, it is only the rich that would survive in Lagos. The poor would become poorer and ultimately a lot of lives would be lost in the process of lack of regular means of livelihood. With these perceived shortcomings of the present government in Lagos, what is the PDP promising Lagosians? We are promising Lagosians that we will do things differently. We want to ensure that the public schools are functional and they will be comparable to the private schools. That will be number one priority. The roads will be developed so that the hinterlands can benefit from the dividends of democracy. It is not only the people in Ikoyi, VI and the major highways that will benefit. The growth will be built in places the present government has not touched at all. We will ensure that we redistribute the population of Lagos by providing facilities and infrastructure in the areas which are now abandoned. Less emphasis will be placed on the major areas in Lagos, which outsiders see as shining but when you go to the interior, people see a different Lagos. The hospitals will be our priority too. We will ensure that drugs are available and people can pay affordable prices to

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G7 CANNOT LEAVE THE PDP AND JOIN ANOTHER PARTY. IT CAN BE SUICIDAL AND IT MAY MEAN THE END OF THEIR

POLITICAL CAREER.

THE CRISIS IN PDP IS TEMPORARY access healthcare delivery. We will ensure that sanitary condition is improved upon and security will be taken seriously. The police will do their bit but local vigilante too will be encouraged without going to excesses. People will be able to do their daily activities without fear of molestation. Also, with the Federal Government programme of privatisation of the power sector, this will have a multiplier effect as a lot of industries will come up. A lot of people who embarked on small scale enterprises as well as cottage industries are going to be encouraged. This will be to the advantage of people living in Lagos. The transport system will be reviewed holistically. The BRT as of today should be reviewed. Buses should be renewed from time to time; they should have a lifespan. Not that rickety buses will be moving up and down and people would wait for long hours before they can get them. Everybody knows the lifespan of a bus, especially if you are in government you can see that the bus need to be renewed or refurbished totally. This means that government has to subsidise this sector, PDP government will not shy away from subsidising this sector. Likewise, the water transportation is

very special to the business of the people of Lagos State. Enough emphasis will be placed on water transportation and this will be subsidized. It will also make sense for a very sensitive government to develop the rail system because it can carry a lot of people at a go. Do you think the crisis rocking the PDP can be resolved before the next election? Yes. I can see the handwriting on the wall. I can envision that the crisis is being resolved. That is politics for you; there will be disagreement, and people will agree to disagree and the aggrieved will at one time or the other see reason to go back to their party and ensure there is peace. The G7 may be that is where many people are focusing on. Some of them have made up their minds to bring the party down, maybe one or two but the others are just playing games. They are just playing along and know it cannot work; they cannot leave the PDP and join another party. It can be suicidal and it may mean the end of their political career. The crisis in PDP is temporary. I never knew it will last this long but everybody’s eye is on 2015. Some people are only looking for relevance. By the time they sit down together and sort things out, definitely PDP will come back stronger and be able to even win more states to the admiration of her supporters. What is the future of PDP in the SouthWest? There was a lot of hope and big expectations when we won in Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti states. It was only Lagos that was left out but little did the leadership of the party know that Bola Tinubu was taking money from the Lagos State government to prosecute elections in other states in the South-West: Osun, Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti. Where they didn’t win election in polling booths, they de-

cided to go through the court. That is the situation which we found ourselves and to a reasonable extent destabilised us in the South-West, but efforts are being made to come back strongly to be able to win at least three or four states in 2015. The differences between the stakeholders would have been resolved and I am sure a lot is being expected from the PDP in South-West because the ruling party in Ogun, Osun and Oyo are very extravagant. They go to the bond market, banks and take loans that they cannot pay back. This is unfortunate. What is your assessment of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration? President Jonathan is a very cautious, conscientious, focused leader. Many people take him for granted and it is good to take somebody for granted because he will surprise you. His transformation agenda has been a very good and wellpackaged programme. If you see the power sector privatisation programme, you would find that there is something to be hopeful of. The power plants are being increased and with the privatisation policy, the private companies will not want their companies to run aground. They will be able to produce constant electricity than the one we are witnessing now. I know that electricity supply has improved tremendously under President Jonathan and it is going to continue to improve between now and 2015. This will give Jonathan a good chance to come back to power. His legacies and the programmes he has embarked upon will speak for him. The people will have cause to believe and trust him to come back. He has also shown courage through his achievements in agriculture, rail and road transport system, among others. New roads are being constructed and old ones being rehabilitated


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ECOWAS and single customs regime

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eaders of the 15 nations that constitute the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), some days ago at a special summit in Dakar, capital of Senegal, opted to implement a single customs tariff regime beginning from 2015. In what was described as an effort to accelerate the economic integration of the sub-region, the common external tariff is designed to harmonise customs charges on imported goods. The President of ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Quedraogo, disclosed that the sub-regional organisation had crossed an important stage in the integration of its peoples. The economic community was actually created in 1975 to foster free trade and, ultimately, the economic integration of the sub-region. It is envisaged that the introduction of a single tariff regime would kick-start stalled negotiations with the European Union (EU) on an economic partnership agreement. The sub-regional body also plans to introduce a common currency by 2020, a tall ambition that has been in the works for close to four decades with no positive result as yet. Eight ECOWAS countries (mostly francophone) – Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, GuineaBissau, Senegal, Niger and Togo – which are members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), use the CFA franc which is pegged to the Euro, while the remaining — Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — operate their individual currencies. The task of adopting a common currency seems a major challenge that would truly define the degree of their economic integration. The forces of globalisation have been partly characterised by trade and economic blocs. There has been increasing shifts to political and economic integration worldwide to harness the benefits of a larger economic and political space. The EU is the major reference point in this direction. It has remained an enviable model of economic integration for other regions. The EU has for long adopted a single currency, the Euro. Only Britain, a major economy in Europe, is retaining its Pound Sterling. The group has also pulled through a unified defence and military policy. The EU par-

liament in Brussels, Belgium typifies the political integration component of the region. However, the Union has been vulnerable to economic crises as can be attested to by the current economic travails of Greece, Spain and Italy. The pursuit by ECOWAS of a single customs structure is a necessary component of the economic integration process. It is preceded by the harmonisation of trade and economic policies, free trade area and common market. There are doubts, however, on the synchronisation of trade and economic policies in the sub-region. Frequent regime change, political instability as well as the Franco (French-speaking) and Anglophone (English-speaking) divides account for this anomaly. Besides, the concept of free trade is hindered by the non-competitive nature

ECONOMIC INTEGRATION WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING IN THE CONTEXT OF PARALLEL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY AMONG COUNTRIES THAT DECIDE TO COME TOGETHER

of national economies in the sub-region. These economies produce similar commodities; a situation that draws back the basis of exchange. At best, some economically week integrating nations might seek to outsmart their colleagues by dumping products they imported from more advanced countries in the sub-region under a free trade and single customs structure. This will in turn worsen the local economies and job creation capacities of ECOWAS-member countries to the benefit of more developed exporting nations. The plan for a single customs tariff has therefore engendered cynicism

in non-state actors in the sub-region. ECOWAS has barely transcended its status in 1975. It has been a victim of the economic crisis and underdevelopment that pervade the national economies of its members. To this extent, it has been problematic to integrate the structurally distorted and underdeveloped economies. Economic integration would be more meaningful and rewarding in the context of parallel economic growth and prosperity among countries that decide to come together. The other constraints of ECOWAS are frequent wars and crises which constitute blights on political stability in the sub-region. The body seems more preoccupied with security concerns in member-countries than their economic advancement. Most postconflict states have also been contending with the challenges of reconstructing their economies, with less emphasis on cross-national trade and integration. Liberia and Sierra Leone, for example, have been tied down by national rehabilitation and reconstruction. These countries were devastated by internal wars to the extent that their national priorities centre on internal recuperation and development challenges. Similarly, there is the proliferation of small and light weapons amidst increasing poverty, failing states and collapsing social infrastructure in West Africa. The proposed plan for a single currency has raised questions on the commitment of ECOWAS to encourage its members to pointedly confront these setbacks. The region also lacks a single convertible currency that could be relied upon to evolve a single-currency economy. Indeed, there are scant indications that ECOWAS-member nations are sincerely prepared to surrender aspects of their sovereignties for a common currency. The legal sovereigns in virtually all ECOWAS-member nations are hardly pretentious of their obsession for political power. Therefore, mustering the desired political will to subordinate national interest to a common subregional interest might prove difficult to achieve. But the pursuit of collective interests is critical to the economic integration process in the West African sub-region. This ought to be the first and foremost goal of ECOWAS.

Reminiscences NOVEMBER 10 IN HISTORY 1954: Kenya - 35 Mau Mau ‘rebels’ killed

At least, 35 so-called “anti-white Mau Mau rebels” were killed by British security forces within 24 hours. About 25 of these said rebels were shot down along the banks of the Tana River. It was one of the most successful attacks against anti-white rebels for some time. The British won over the Mau Mau people. However, the country of Kenya still received almost everything they had demanded from the British, as a military incentive. Eventually, Kenya was turned into a democracy.

1963: Riots erupt in Venezuela

Riots started by high school students broke out all over Coro and Valencia, Venezuela. These acts of violence started in order to disrupt campaigns for upcoming December elections. The youth were allegedly being exploited by the local Communist party, which many of their teachers were a part of.

1969: U.S.A. - Sesame Street makes debut

Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, created by the late Jim Henson, made its debut on PBS. It is one of the longestrunning U.S. television shows in history, and was syndicated worldwide because of its mix of education and entertainment.

1973: Israel declines Middle East peace document

Israel declared not ready to sign Middle East peace document. This treaty, which included a six-point plan, required further discussion on the part of the Israelis before a decision was made. The six-point plan of this Middle East peace treaty included the following aspects: Suez Canal ceasefire, UNinitiated separations of forces and Israeli withdrawal, food and other supplies sent to Suez daily/wound citizens evacuated, no obstacle shall stop movement of non-military supplies to the Egyptian 3rd Army, Israel checkpoints replaced by UN checkpoints, and complete exchange of all prisoners.

1982: Leonid Brezhnev dies of heart attack

Leonid Brezhnev, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, died of a heart attack while in office.

1995: Saro-Wiwa, 8 others executed

The writer and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, was executed in Nigeria despite worldwide pleas for clemency. Nigeria’s military rulers ordered the execution of Mr SaroWiwa and eight other dissidents after being found guilty of involvement in four murders. Mr Saro-Wiwa and the others had insisted they were framed because of their opposition to the oil industry in the Niger-Delta region of southern Nigeria.

1997: U.S.A. - MCI, Worldcom merge suspends cons WorldCom and MCI Communications announced the largest merger in history at that point in time with a merger worth $37 billion.


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hat I can deduce from all this media hype and image promotion of England-based Ivorian Yaya Toure is a subtle way of presenting him once again as African Player of the Year. Yaya Toure currently holds that most glamorous African award and is expected to relinquish the title in January 2014 when the 2013 soccer awards in the continent will be announced. Toure plays for Manchester United. He is a fantastic player, a midfielder who has the vision for scoring crucial goals for club and country. Toure has helped his national team to cross a leg into the Brazil World Cup finals for 2014.

Lanky, good-looking and calm, Yaya Toure is a role model of a footballer and like Didier Drogba, he is a humble, friendly and teachable player. Coaches like him and that is because of his sterling qualities. And that is why he will always play a part in major and minor games for his Man City club in England and native Ivory Coast. No wonder, he has a place in the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) list for players considered to win the most prestigious Ballon d’Or.

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Why Mikel must be next African Player of the Year Toure has however not won any championship or silverware this year. While he is not suffering goals drought, he is extremely short of any major tournaments or trophies or medals to be considered for any award this year. Man City lost out to lowly rated Swansea in last season’s FA Cup in England. Toure was part of the Man City team that was edged out by Manchester United to earn the number one slot in the FA Premiership log. Toure was also part of the Ivorian national team that was axed by the Nigerian “moving machine” in the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations in February this year. Yaya Toure could not have any medal around his neck at that tournament. Technically therefore, both home and abroad, Toure and my favourite, Drogba suffered gold drought. This technically means all the hype about Toure is uncalled for. He is far from fitting into the African Player of the Year for 2013. That is why I question the rationale for the FIFA listing for Ballon d’Or and make bold to say the motive is to shortchange Africa with a weak contender in the midst of Europe’s best also listed. This brings me to John Obi Mikel. He is a fine gentleman with a clean record in his soccer career after the earlier mess of the club to play for after the 2005 Under-20 World Cup. A great attacking midfielder, Mikel made his mark to become the second best player in that age tournament.

His stint with Chelsea saw him changing roles to being a defensive midfielder and this new position was adequately held as he emerged as one of Europe’s best “holding” midfielders. Statistics in his favour showed that as at 2012, he had been one of the best midfielders in the world that would accurately distribute the ball to dangerous strikers and attacking midfielders. He holds the record of having the highest number of accurate ball passes in England. Mikel’s “holding” roles made him a silent playmaker and undermined his importance in all games for a long time. The fact that he was not able to score premiership goals further compounded his problem of getting generous mention in the media like Yaya Toure and teammate, Lampard. Yet, Chelsea, knowing his value, never disposed of him or dispensed of his services when it mattered most. And from two seasons ago, it has become clearer how crucial Mikel’s touches and passes have been in earning the most prestigious trophies in Europe, Africa and England. Experts in the soccer game now reckon with his finesses and ingenuity; strength and purposive football. His dimmed star now begun to find space to shine brightly. Mikel won the UEFA Champions League with the Blues last year. Mikel won the UEFA Europa League with the same Chelsea only last season. And just last February, Mikel helped Nigeria to

have their hands on the African gold again after nineteen years of inability to accomplish that task. Three gold crucial trophies and medals in the kitty is enough to be a contender for Ballon d’Or and African Player of the awards. Mikel also led the African Champions to the FIFA Confederations Cup not too long ago, where the Eagles shone brightly and Mikel capped it up with a superb goal in the match against Uruguay. Few weeks back, Mikel ended his goal drought in the premiership with a fantastic goal. At the moment when he is currently in the campaign with the Blues yet again in the Champions League, the young man is also working hard to quality his national team for the World Cup in 2014. Already, the Super Eagles are one leg in the mundial having roasted Ethiopian Walya Antelopes in their own sun. It is clear who the African Player of the Year for 2013 fits. It is John Obi Mikel. Anything short of it will be another robbery of Nigeria, by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), like it was on two occasions when Jay-Jay Okocha was clearly the African Footballer of the Year, but was robbed to pay Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, home country of CAF President. •Dr. Folarin is the Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

Afe Babalola and two presidents in 33 hours Olu Olofintila

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he Founder and Chancellor of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, is a man who means different things to different people, be it in Law, education, agriculture, arbitration, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, hard work, determination, writing and publication of law books as well as turning hopeless impossibilities into enviable possibilities among many of his other pastimes.

His primary constituency is humanity. His manifesto is service to mankind. He is not political but nationalistic, not of royal blood but noble in deeds and character, not arrogant but dignifiedly proud of his nation and profession, not violent but fearsome because of his towering, intimidating and impeccable professional profile which he has painstakingly built for 50 years. It is therefore not surprising that his ovation reverberates from Ewi’s palace in his root in Ado Ekiti to the Alaafin’s palace in the ancient city of Oyo where he has been awarded frontline chieftaincy titles. His personality equally rings bells in Aso Rock where his name echoes as Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and “Mr. Legal Fix It”. On the international scene, the name Afe Babalola resonates far away in England on the Roll of Honour of the European Business Assembly in Oxford as the 2007 Winner of the prestigious Queen Victoria’s Commemorative Award. It is indeed a man imbued with all these qualities that could attract two Nigerian Presidents, former President Olusegun

Obasanjo and the incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to some of the activities marking the maiden convocation of his three and half years old university within a spate of 33 hours. Even though I cannot be on oath to say no Nigerian, dead or alive, has been able to achieve this feat, it is has become part of history that Babalola succeeded in bringing Obasanjo and Jonathan to Ado-Ekiti, one after the other, to celebrate the monumental success of the nascent university that graduated its first set of 103 students on October 21. First to visit was President Jonathan, who was accompanied by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Governor…of Kaduna State, and Governor…as well as the Minister for Education, Dr. W. Wike, for the commissioning of the university’s gigantic College of Engineering Building built on three and half acres of land and reputed to be the biggest is Africa, which was named after the President. Jonathan, who was treated to a tumultuous welcome by the capacity filled 7,000-seater ultra modern Alfa Belgore Multi-Purpose Hall was full of accolades for the Babalola and his wave-making university which has made monumental and indelible impression about what it stands for and what it is capable of doing in its short history of existence. Commissioning the Engineering Complex on Saturday, October 19, Jonathan who had earlier described Babalola’s yeo-man’s efforts in establishing the university as “Notably one of the most outstanding individual contributions to-

wards government educational project”, commended Babalola for building for such a magnificent citadel of learning for which an appreciative parent, captivated by the rare combination of miracle and magic going on at ABUAD, called him a missionary and not a mere Founder, in the mould of great and selfless Christian Missionaries of old like Henry Venn, who founded CMS Grammar School, Lagos, the first secondary school in Nigeria, on June 6, 1859 and Archdeacon Henry Dallimore who established Christ School, Ado-Ekiti in 1933 to shape destinies and light the lamp on the country’s educational path. According to Jonathan, Babalola, a man who is undeniably passionate about quality education, has made a name for himself by establishing a world class university like ABUAD which has become the toast of man. His words: “It is often said that great minds leave great history behind them and this history is built on a great vision. The vision of Aare Afe Babalola, founder of this promising institution is a noble one”. The President recalled that some of the greatest institutions in the world were shaped by the vision, foresight and personal experience of their founders, with ABUAD sharing same through Babalola who he described as a man of unassailable character, profound vision, an epitome of the of the highest ideals and a quintessential Nigerian patriot. Jonathan would like well-meaning Nigerian like Babalola to take a cue from him by investing in quality education be-

cause it has become obvious that government cannot fund education alone. The next day, Sunday, October 20, Obasanjo came calling. He did not only attend the convocation dinner, he danced to the mesmerizing music of King Sunny Ade and even went further to do some vocals for the juju maestro. He was equally on hand at the convocation proper on Monday, October 21 where he, together with Dr. Lalla Aicha Ben Barka, the Assistant Director General of UNESCO, who gave the convocation lecture, Comrade Abba Patrick Francis Moro, the Minister f Interior and Engr. Tunde Yusuf, former Group Managing Director, JKK Nigeria Limited, was awarded an Honourary Doctorate Degree. The former President and promoter of Bells University, Otta, who once described ABUAD as a model to emulate, was unsparing in his out-pouring of kindly words for Babalola and the nascent university. First, he thanked the university for naming the thoroughly and smoothly macadam-med dual carriage way leading to the university after him, before relapsing into his now well known biting witticism about the Honourary Degree awarded him when he said “the degree wey I no get, he dash me”. Riding on Babalola’s back who had earlier described education as a most potent weapon to fight disease, poverty and lack, Obasanjo added a caveat that education is indeed the most potent and important instrument to sustain democracy and good governance. •Olofintila wrote in from Ado-Ekiti


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How to prosper through the Bible –Ibrahim

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he Group Managing Director of Energy Group of Companies, Dr Jimoh Ibrahim, has said that the word of God is far more profitable than the riches of this world. The business tycoon with investments in the energy, media, banking, insurance, education and real estate sectors of the economy said this at the Adult Harvest anniversary of the Omnipotence Mission of God, held in Lagos last Sunday. Speaking on the topic, ‘How to become a millionaire’, the tycoon emphasised that keeping of the precepts of the Bible is indeed the shortest cut to becoming a millionaire, billionaire or trillionaire. Ascribing the powers to make and un-

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make anything unto the Almighty God, Dr. Ibrahim said that anyone who observes the word of God would not have to struggle to possess the goodies of the world. His words: “The Bible, the written word of God, is the greatest key to resounding success. If you follow it well, you will enjoy huge success.” Taking his text from the book of Isaiah 46: 9-10; he pointed out that God is God; and that there is no one else who could do all things. “God will always remain God. He is God yesterday; he is God today and he will remain forever more. Whether you are rich or poor, God will remain God no matter your situation. Whether you are in pain, suffering, making it, whatever your situation, God is God and will remain because he is the owner of the universe. “He can do anything. He can bless you. He can curse you. He can pros-

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per you and he can suffer you,” Ibrahim said. He also noted that pride makes people to forsake God. According to him, the sins of pride made God to wipe the country of Tyre out of the surface of the earth. He stressed that whoever allowed pride to lead him or her into disobeying the Lord was asking for the dangerous side of God. “I want to prove to you that God is an organiser. God is a planner; that God has planned everything on earth from the beginning and he has revealed all things by the word of prophesy. He further noted that God alone knows the future; so let Him reveal it to you; adding that it is wise for everyone to embrace the teaching of the Bible to avoid the wrath of God. “Jesus is coming very soon,” he said.

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A wise person would know how to handle his or her parents, children, wife and husband so that there would not be rancour, misunderstanding in the family. – Pastor Oloruntimilehin

Briefly Cleric charges children on obedience to parents Dr Ebenezer Oyeyemi, General Overseer (G.O.) of Oasis Christian Church, Egbeda, Lagos has stressed the need for children to obey their parents at all times. Rev Oyeyemi said this while delivering a sermon at the church’s annual family month held recently. According to him, it is the sacred duty of children to always obey their parents and desist from doing anything that may incur their wrath. Parents go through much suffering for the children and for a child to disobey the parents could heart-breaking and uncomplimentary. Dr Oyeyemi advised children to always confide in their parents, adding that a parent should be the closest person to a child, not husband or wife. He also charged parents and guardians to pray always for their children, wards and desist from raining curses on them. He also advised them not to provoke their children to a point that may generate unhealthy crisis. “As parents, you are carrying God’s anointing and power, your pronouncements on your children carry a lot of anointing, always prophesy positively to the lives of your children”, Rev Oyeyemi said. He advised parents to open their eyes wide and should not close their months when it comes to the issue of their children. “It is your duty as parents to open your eyes wide and don’t close your months, you should not over pamper your child, use stern word to train your child”, the Cleric admonished parents. “A child you refused to train today, will step on your eyes tomorrow and may even pluck them out of their sockets”, he said. Dr Oyeyemi advised parents to also keep eyes friends their children follow because peer influence can make or mar a child’s future. He admonished children to be wary of taking advises from friends as such advises can lead them into destruction. Dr Oyeyemi made reference to the case of Armon in the Old Testament that met his untimely death because he took wrong advice from friends.

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‘What to know about demonic dreams’ General Overseer of House of Prayer Ministries, Pastor Segun Adewunmi, commences rare exposition on your dream world and how the Devil exploits it to afflict your life. Excerpts:

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have earlier told you of three types of dreams, namely, natural dreams, inspired dreams and demonic dreams. Natural dreams are the reflection of our mind at sleep. It has no consequence in the future life of the dreamer. For example, if one is hungry at the point of sleep, such a one may see himself eating during sleep. It is the influence of the mind over the spirit that usually causes the fantasy. Another example is, if a man desires a woman but has no physical access to the woman, the man could have a dream of intimacy with the woman. Natural dream therefore, is just a reflection of what we desire or the reflection of what happened to us in the real life being staged at sleep. The eye-lid blinks continually when we are in natural dream. The dreamer also moves around because Natural dream occurs when we are half asleep. It is common when we have malaria, a sickness that disturbs deep sleep.

Inspired dream is a Revelation dream that tells of what is happening or about to happen to the dreamer. Bible personalities, starting from Abraham, Pharaoh, Joseph to Nebuchadnezzar and even Apostle Paul; they all had inspired dreams that came to pass in their lives. The wife of Pontius Pilate was specifically warned about what her husband was about to do to the Lord Jesus. We often find ourselves in a situation that we seem to have been before. Yes, we were in such a situation in our previous dream. A spirit-filled believer will quickly know what to do in line with the revelation dream he had. For example, I often got angry and would have done a particular thing from my anger but a flash of remembrance would suddenly come into my thought to warn me of my intended action which is actually a reflection of one of my previous dreams where such anger led into a chaotic situation. I immediately refrained from the anger and let the situations to remain as they were. Our focus today is about Demonic Dream. It is a dream that tells us how demonic forces destroy lives of people through the sowing of tears. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” (Mathew 13:25) They sow problems into the lives of their victims at sleep and this reflects in the victims’ real lives. God gives us specific destiny but Satan is allowed to test us to determine whether we actually merit our God-given destiny by the reason of our personality, dedication and loyalty. A believer, who is steadfast and committed, casting all his burden on the Lord, is helped out of the Satanic test, his justification is in the manner of Isaiah 54:17b and Romans 8:28-30. “This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17b) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his

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purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30). Most demonic attacks happen in demonic dreams. Demonic dream itself is based on the word of God in Matt 18:18. “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt 18:18) Dream is the most common spiritual experience. Our Biblical role models

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Dear man of God, Let me first say thank you; and God bless you for the good work. I like the way you give answers to peoples’ questions. I want to know why false prophets perform miracles like true prophets of God and how a true prophet of God can be identify. Anna Bridjet, Delta State Dear reader, Thank you also for your question and for always reading my column, I encourage you to continue and God will richly bless you. Coming to your question, I want to inform you that truly there are so many false prophets. In fact, there are more false prophets than true prophets of God [men of God, if am not mistaking). But false prophets cannot perform miracles; what they can perform is magic. Be warned also that magic can never be miracle. Though it may look or

started their spiritual experience from their dreams. Our first example is Abraham who met the Lord God in his dream. Similarly, attacks on children of God through Satan also started from dream. We shall now commence the analysis of demonic attacks through dreams. Early attack There are three ways by which demonic people including Witches and Wizards, and those in Occult commence attack of their victims. What the victims experience are Police arrest, attack by Robbers or attack by Masquerades. Police Arrest: Police in our dreams are Witches. Every human kind had some measure of spiritual immunity. Spiritual

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attack is not possible until the immunity is removed. Witches cannot remove immunity of people unless they can identify a legitimate cause upon which such a one is accused and judged and therefore becomes vulnerable to attack. We have watched films of how witches take cases to their congregation which is called a coven. A coven is the assembly of witches usually with a membership of between five to thirteen members. These assemblies are also in various categories but usually the two most senior members of an assembly belong as ordinary members in the senior assembly. After a member has reported a case, usually of a person or persons to be attacked, to the assembly, some witches are assigned to arrest the personalities reported and bring them to the assembly. Witches on this assignment reflect in our dreams as police. This means, most times when one is arrested by Police personnel in his dream; it is indeed the attempt of witches to reduce such a one to become a spiritual slave. Spiritual slaves are people in bondages of witches, wizards and occult people. Such people can no longer live their real lives but live at the pleasure of others. They have lost their destiny so that what works normally for people will not work for them. They are burdened with ill-luck and spirit of dishonour. Life is difficult for spiritual slaves. They are neglected, abhorred, excluded, sidelined, underrated and are always opposed. Usually, God’s people with special earthly assignment to change the world are targets of the evil people and must experience spiritual attack. Expect a real Exposition of Demonic Dreams from next week Edition *Pastor Segun Adewumi is the presiding Pastor of House of Prayer Ministries, Lagos. For counselling, contact him via phone 08039425631

Why do false prophets perfo appear like miracle, magic and miracle are never the same. So, false prophets perform what I called magic, while prophets or real men of God perform miracles. Let us see the scriptures below, for clarity sake. Matthew 24: 24 – 25 reads; “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.” You could see according to the scriptures above, that there are false prophets, you can now understand that the scripture says that many of them shall arise. That is why I said earlier that the false prophets are even more than the real men or prophets of God. So don’t be surprise about it. Moreover, let’s also examine the scripture below also to see and understand the difference between miracle and magic, then you can understand why I said that false prophets can only but perform magic, not miracle. Exodus 7 : 8 – 12 reads: “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, take thy rod, and cast it down

before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent, And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent, Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments, For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” Acts 8 : 5 – 13: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them, And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did, For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them; and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed, And there was great joy in that city, But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one, To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, this man is the great


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Science and signs, by Rev Izuchukwu And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice... And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs... And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped .Exo. 4: 9, 17, 21, 28, 30-31.

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rom the beginning the all wise God who was, is and will ever be the only panacea to all issues and challenges of life ordained signs as the principal means of proffering lasting solutions to all problems, the magnitude and duration notwithstanding. Israel was overdue to gain their independence having been in and under Egypt for four hundred and thirty years. God went to the wilderness and recruited an exiled man, Moses, then armed him with dangerous signs and wonders ministry for their emancipation. Likewise whenever God is out to liberate a nation, generation, community or an individual, He equips someone with a unique signs ministry for their all round deliverance. As Israel overstayed in the land of slavery, even so have many been overdue for liberation but nothing seems to be happening. The days, weeks and years are prolonging. God is out in this age to raise men that shall be armed with awesome signs ministry to release and rescue destinies from the bondage of the wicked. He has raised many already but more are still coming. May you be among them! Though Moses was a fugitive but when he returned with signs, his people and the entire Egyptian nation could no longer remember his ugly past. There is nothing that decorates a nation, ministry, purpose, destiny or community like signs. Whenever they saw signs they had no choice than to believe him. With this national gazette in your hand, I see God giving you the dimension of signs that all your doubters put together shall have no choice but to believe you! Egypt as at then was the power of the world

rm miracle? power of God, And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries, But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women, Then Simon himself believed also; and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. With the scriptures above, it is very evident that miracle and magic are not the same, while Moses and Aaron performed miracle, Pharaoh’s magicians performed magic. You can also observe in Acts above that while Philip was performing miracles, Simon used and have been using sorcery to bewitch them and they thought himself was a man of God. Remember, the bible says that Satan manifests himself as an angel of light so don’t be afraid of what Satan can do and will be doing. Satan use to be second in command until iniquity was found in him, and he was cast down, but God did not take any power from him, so with that power, he can perform magic with his prophets.

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being the first empire; however with signs Moses destabilized the entire nation and freed his people. The Egyptian nation had well trained soldiers and first class ammunition. Moses had none but the signs with which he silenced them yet not making noise and made inter- generational news. Egypt had a good and great population but Moses had only his rod of signs yet he fought them to halt. That means signs could tame all satanic weapons and pave an expressway for your release. No reasonable person argues with signs. I am very much aware of Atheists-Scientists; they magnify Science and rationalise Signs. Something happened in 2000 that humbled the Scientists who damn Signs and glorify Science. The Scientists in US gathered to carry out a research on how and where the earth will be in the next millennium. In their quest for the discovery, they observed that a day was missing in the next thousand years. They insisted on finding out what happened so as to recover it. All their struggle and experiments were to no avail. In their frustration, a believer in their midst said, `Though we do not believe in the biblical events and history, I think there is solution inside it. My Sunday school teacher taught me that, God suspended a day when Israel was engulfed in a battle while in the wilderness’. As they did not know what next to do, they concurred. He cited Joshua 10: 12-14. It read thus: Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. The Scientists read with utter dismay but later disbelieved after experimenting that it was not up to twenty four hours but twenty three hours and twenty minutes. They said, ‘It is not true because the remaining forty minutes made it incomplete, therefore we discard it’. Yet there was no other discovered they had to unravel the forty minutes. Their Christian Colleague went back to his bible and came up with another scripture, Isa. 38: 4-8. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will

add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. They quickly went into research for further experimentation to find out what number of minutes the ten degrees which the sun went backwards stood for. To their amazement they found out that it was exactly forty minutes. They ate their pride and relied on the signs done by God to build their scientific discovery and prediction. This is where I drew conclusion that signs are superior to science. Science is a product of human mind while signs are that of divine mind. As humanity is limited while divinity is unlimited even so are their products. With signs in your hand anything could be suspended in your favour. May I let you know that God is in the business of suspending factors, laws, limitations, natural phenomena, rules, protocols, bureaucracy and the like, to deliver your long awaited testimony in your hand. I see it happening right now as you are perusing this column of signs enclosed in this print. Commotion of signs shall begin in your areas of need for when science gets to its destination and stops, signs shall take over and bring you to your desired haven. I have personally been used of God to convince some scientific minded and enslaved people who came my way that signs are the ultimate in solution provision. In 2000 while pasturing Iba Estate I Assemblies of God Lagos, a woman came to our Thursday Signs and Wonders Clinic in tears; her case being that two out of her three children were deaf and dumb. I held her hand and screamed, ‘Weep no more for mouth is meant for speaking and ear for hearing. Go, your children shall speak and hear.’ She left and on Monday, four days after, both of them spoke and heard at the same time. The testimony went all over the town. When her medical doctor heard it, he said, it is another pastors’ game. As the woman brought the children for him to test, he changed his language to, ‘Wonders shall never end. This is nothing but the work of God that none could dispute’. I see a divine hand releasing signs into your situation that even celebrated doubters like Thomas cannot dispute in Jesus most wonderful name! And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of

the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. Dan. 1:3-4, 17-20. Signs and science are related in the pursuit and provision of solution to humanity. The king, Nebuchadnezzar requested that children who had understanding in all matters including science were to be searched for and brought before him. In as much as we are signs carriers there are aspects we need the understanding of science to access. If these four Hebrew youths had hindered themselves from being invited how would they have contested with the ‘sons of the soil?’ A friend of mine who is a veteran in the movie industry with clean hands, that is scandal free over the years until something not too funny happened never appreciated science cum education. He was invited to serve as a compeer in a function that was to really boost his career and make him smile to the bank. To his chagrin, the organizers demanded for his qualification and the proof of it. He presented his diploma but they rejected it for the minimum qualification they needed was a degree. Yes, he was a celebrity of global repute and longstanding, equally a seasoned believer but none worked this time around. We met in the classroom and as at the time of this writing we are through with our masters degree, heading for doctorate.

Nonetheless, the beauty of signs was clearly evidenced when the competition was finally come and the result arrived. These Hebrew boys were said to be ten times better than others that were merely science inclined. It was supernatural mental intelligence at work that distinguished them and gave them the front and first place before the king.I equally heard about a young female graduate who went for interview and observed that most of her fellows were from Premier universities and fair to look upon. Whereas the job was for ladies who are sound in brain and body, she quickly switched over to signs connection. She demanded from the receptionist to be shown the convenience and she entered and prayed in this wise: ‘Father, I have got the brain and the body but my advantage over my equals is that I am carrying the mind of Christ which is signs and wonders. Let these people see Christ and employ me even if it is only an individual that shall be taken.’ That was it. When the result of the interview was out she beat others hands down. The management later told her that they were surprised how she clinched the job. •Revd Chukwudebelu Izuchukwu is deliverance cum Presiding Minister, Assemblies of God FESTAC 2, Plot 268A&B, 4th Avenue, FESTAC Town, Lagos. izuchukwudebelu@yahoo.com+2348028390885,+23 48056027044, +234704414424.


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Take advantage of mercy before it expires, says Pastor Muoka General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, in this series, harps on the need to obtain mercy and grace while the opportunity lasts. Excerpts:

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eloved, having known God’s mercy is limited only while we are alive, it is therefore prudent we take advantage of its availability now that we are alive and amend our ways before it expires. We must ensure we have genuine salvation, sanctification and mercy now which is the acceptable time. For God has averred that now is the acceptable time, not the next hour, not tomorrow or next week. (2Cor 6:2). Please it is now, this moment as you are reading this message. Do not procrastinate for tomorrow or next hour may be too late. You are not the owner of your soul, the rightful owner may require it without any giving notice. Therefore take advantage of mercy while it is available, while you are alive before it expires.

Ecc. 9: 10 says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest” Whatsoever you could do to obtain mercy while you are alive in order to escape the wrath of God, should be done now with all your might before you get to the grave. And the only thing you are expected to do is to repent, turn away from sin, ask for mercy and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and then maintain holiness until death calls. This is the only assured way to heaven at last. The pursuit for mercy must be done with all your might because the consequence of failure is not what can be imagined. You must be fully convinced of the necessity of these things and be determined to act according to this conviction by putting forth all your power in avoiding evil. Why are you required to do diligent to this? It is because you are a dying man and man is appointed to die once, after which he will be judged. (Heb. 11:29). You are approaching the grave every second of your life. And when you leave this life, your next abode is eternally ended. If you die in sin, your eternal abode after death is hell fire. There is no work either by you or another that could rescue you and no device by which you can escape the punishment. Therefore, work to obtain mercy while it is called to-day before it expires. Job 7: 9- 10 says, “As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more”. As the cloud is dissipated, so is the breath of those that go down to the grave. As that cloud shall never return, so shall it be with the dead. They shall return no more to sojourn with the living. They shall no more be seen and known in their former habitation. Thus, it concerns us to secure a better place where we are going before we die. Lk 16: 22- 28, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and

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Whatsoever you could do to obtain mercy while you are alive in order to escape the wrath of God, should be done now with all your might before you get to the grave send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment”. The rich man tearfully sourced for mercy at the time mercy had expired for him and the door of grace closed against him. He died without repentance and when he opened his eyes in hell, he realised his mistake and cried but it was too late to obtain mercy, though he repented, though he pleaded for mercy but it was denied him and up till today his condition never changed. Lazarus, though wretchedly poor but had knowledge of the fact that this world is temporal, sourced and obtained mercy while alive which would help him live happily in the eternal world. And as soon as he closed his eyes, he was carried by the angels into the bosom of Abraham. Since the story was told more than 2000 years ago till date he is still in Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man is still in torment till date and none of

them can cross over to the other side. So everyone should understand that repentance and mercy is now or never, no- one should waste time to repent and amend his or her ways so as to obtain mercy and grace to make it at the end. The word of God says that now is the accepted time. So do it now for after death or rapture it shall be too late. Hebrew 9:27 says, “It is appointed unto a man once to die and after death comes judgment.” Don’t wait for judgment before you amend your ways, for that will be too late, or after rapture because after rapture the door of mercy will be shut. Matthew 25:10-13, “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut. 11.Afterward came also the other virgins, saying lord, lord, open to us.12 But he answered and said, verily I say unto you, I know you not, 13 Watch therefore for ye know not neither the day nor the hour where in the Son of man cometh.” Beloved, I implore you to be watchful, ensure you maintain holiness in all manner of your conversation so that when the trumpet shall sound, you will not be saying, ‘had I know, I would have repented’. The Bible says that as soon as the rapture takes place the door will be shut, that is, the door of mercy, door of help, and that will be from eternity to eternity. So, I plead with you to amend now before it is too late. The rich man missed it and missed it forever and he can never come out of there. Understand that there is no more time, whatever you want to do, do it now, it is now or never. Whatever you want to do should be done now while you are alive. You want to repent, now is the acceptable time. Once one dies in sin, he is condemned forever into the dust bin of trouble and nobody knows his own time, when he will be called to render accounts of his deeds in this life. Rev. 22:7 and 12, “Behold I come quickly; blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book? 12. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” It will not be long before our Lord Jesus Christ comes to judge the world, to

give unto those who are good everlasting happiness, and to them that are evil everlasting punishment. Soon every man will receive, either life or death, heaven or hell, the crown or the curse. Then the unjust and the holy shall each be rewarded according to their works. This message is just to remind us that the time is at hand for judgment to be delivered to everyone. 1Cor. 7:29 “But this I say, brethren, the time is short, it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none,” My beloved, the time is short, all the crises and rumours of war in our midst today are all signs of His coming. So do something now, before it is too late, amend your ways and live a life that pleases God and it shall be well with you. Anything can happen at any time, so be warned lest the devil will say to you, ‘so you later came here’. My prayer is that it will never be your portion in Jesus name. Matthew 25:46 “The wicked shall be cast into everlasting punishment why the righteous will enter into life everlasting. Men’s states and conditions in the next world will be different, as their ways and doings have been in this world. Surely everlasting life shall be the portion of the godly and everlasting punishment the portion of the wicked. How I wish that the horrors of eternal darkness, and the dismal thoughts of a miserable eternity, may effectually discourage every one of us from a wicked and impenitent course of life. If you are among those that are praying that God should show mercy to the dead or that their soul should be allowed to rest in peace, you are just wasting your time. Their soul can never rest in peace. If they died in sin their soul will rest in torment from everlasting to everlasting. So, don’t say you are celebrating service for the dead for that is a fruitless exercise or you are into sin believing your association will pray for God’s mercy after your death, for that will be in vain. If your father did not repent and died in sin never you say or think you will meet him in heaven or deceive yourself to think that if your mother died in sin you will meet him/ her in heaven. If you are not yet born again or you are a backslider, you should repent now not tomorrow, you should repent of your sins, you should confess them to the Lord and give your life to Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Personal Saviour. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The world was in a ruinous, condemned state, about to perish everlastingly and without power to rescue itself from destruction until God, through the impulse of His eternal love, provided for its rescue and salvation, by giving His Son to die for it. So, Christ came and paid the prize of our sin. The sacrifice of Jesus was the only means by which the redemption of man could be affected. If anybody refuses to believe and accept Jesus as his personal Saviour while alive, there will be no mercy for the person. If he dies there will be no more forgiveness, nor mercy. It is in this world you can obtain mercy and forgiveness, so, amend your ways and do restitution so that it shall be well with you. Take advantage of the availability of mercy now before it expires.


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‘Desire and apply wisdom always’ Pastor Joshua Oloruntimilehin of Omnipotence of God church teaches on the benefits of doing all things with wisdom. Excerpts:

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isdom is the most desirable thing for a person who wants to succeed in life. If a person is not wise, all the things in this world would run away from him or her. A person must be wise and out of the wisdom he or she would learn a work, or get education or riches use it in fraudulent manner. Wisdom is applied in several ways.

A wise woman stays long in her matrimonial home. It is the unwise woman that is sent packing from her home. Similarly an unwise man does not experience long life with his wife and children. A wise person would know how to handle his or her parent, children, and wife and husband so that there would not be rancour, misunderstanding among the family. A pastor complained to me about his wife. His complaint was that his wife was giving him problem. I decided to counsel him based on my experiences. Prior to my change in perception and motion about my relationship with woman was not all that cordial. I advised him to desist from finding faults and rebuking his wife for every mistake she makes. This would bring about fear, more respect and mutual understanding between two of them. In fact , my experience enabled me to counsel him what a wife is and how the husband should be relating with

her that would bring peace into the home. Seek for wisdom for everything one does because the bible says in the book of James 1:5 – 6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to you. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind”. A would – be trader or business person need to think about the kind of trade or business he or she wants to embark on. What are the risks involved in the trade or business that could collapse the business? What are the necessary things to do in depression situation? All these require application of wisdom by the person to handle the situation that might confront the trade or business. But what is in the mind of the prospective trader or business person is to get money and invest without consideration for all mentioned above. He or she would never if think this business or trade would bring fortune to him or her and in turn change his or her life. Even if a wise trader or business person that keeps his or her proceeds in manner that give room for people to steal the proceeds that person is

not wise. It is imperative for people to apply wisdom in any situation they find themselves. Jesus Christ applied wisdom when the Pharisees asked him if it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. He asked them to give him a coin (Demarius). They brought it to him and asked whose image is on the coin. They told him Caesar. Then Jesus said in the book of Mark 12:17 “…And Jesus answered and said to them render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s and they marveled at him”. Some people see and get money but they spend it lavishly without having reserve. A person that spends money lavishly is spending his or her life wastefully. Those that spend lavishly are those that have plenty money and reserve. Some people whenever they get money, they spend the money for women who are not their wife. These people should know that these women are obstacles to the men’s success. These women would desert the men after finishing the money lavishly, the men later became poor. There are some men I warned to stop having affair with women other than their wives but they failed to heed my warning. Now they are facing the consequence. Imagine a man had about three million naira to embark on a business venture. He started to put the required things in place

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here is an enemy you must vanquish today for the coming generation to experience serenity because if you fail to subdue and conquer these enemies in your days, their cruelty will continue in the days of your children. This caption brings into reality the wicked spirit from the coven of darkness geared to fight men and his seed, terrorizing and employing diverse evil ploys to stop their manifestation.

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” 1 Sam 15:2-3 This is an account of the acts of the Amalekites against the Israelites when they came out of Egypt heading to their Promised Land. This enemy organizes a fierce opposition, instigating the Amalekites to waylay the children of Israel. That same spirit exists till today trying to ambush, amputate, ensnare and destroy destinies, lives, careers, marriages and businesses. This act excludes no class or category of people. In that same story, God vowed to fight and in fact wipe

out the entire generation of the Amalekites. “The Lord is a Man of War; the Lord is His name.” Ex 15:3 (AMP) Our God is a man of war and He has never lost any battle and concerning that battle in your life, God will crush them and you will testify to His glory in Jesus name. Who are the Amalekites Biblically, the only clue about this race is that they were introduced as the concubines of the first son of Esau but an evil personality from the coven of darkness championing the course of wickedness transformed them into an instrument of cruelty to strengthen the devil’s reign of affliction and oppression. Today, this spirit is called the spirit of the Amalekites. The following truth unveils the nature of these wicked personalities and they are planted in every home and family. The spirits of the Amalekites are the spirits of the ancestors. They are the polygamous enemies and powers maiming the destinies of men. If you are from a polygamous family then you have more work and prayers to do. They are enemies that waylay or set ambush. It was in this same manner they went to set ambush against the children of Israel when they were on their way up. They are the powers that intercept miracles and breakthroughs of men.

They are the powers that oppose your advancement in all facets of your destiny. They are the powers that ensure that you will remain and die on the same level. They do not fight when you don’t make any effort with your life but immediately you attempt to make an effort, they will organize all sorts of satanic impediments to stop you from getting to your next level. They are the enemies that fight tooth and nail to destroy you. Beloved, there are wicked people recruiting wicked assassins including their children to fight you and your unborn generations. Their aim is to pull you down or hinder you from attaining your goals and fulfilling your Godordained destiny, therefore, you must learn to fight back because your heavenly Father is a Man of war. “He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” Ps 18:34 (AMP) Until you revolt against the reign of oppression that is battling with you, there might be a threat in the manifestation of your expected end. You must engage the enemy of your soul in warfare prayer in order to break away from his evil lordship over your life and destiny. The spirit of the Amalekites will stop at nothing to destroy you and even your generations to come; the only antidote to this is by warring against them. How can you war against them? You can war against the

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for the take – off. But the purported wife advised and influenced him to sponsor her birthday and he obliged her. Now the money is finished, the business could not take – off. He is lamenting and trying to borrow money from his friends. Be a wise person because the bible says in the book of Proverbs 29:11 “A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man must hold back”. Brethren, do not be a fool who had money but due to lack of wisdom, he or she mismanage the money and become poor. It does not mean that some people would not be poor but when God in His infinite mercy grant you divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Also I implore you to pray for wisdom and I know God would grant your request because the bible says in the book of Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever thing you ask when you pray believe that you receive them and you will have them” enemy of your soul by aggressive prayers. Pray these prayers like a champion: • I receive the sword of power and with the heavenly host on my side, I enter into the camp of my strong enemies and I slaughter them. • I take back what belongs to me from family assassin. • Spirit of ancestors that is troubling (mention your family name), receive the sword of fire and die. • Every power that is always waiting to attack me at the border of my breakthrough, receive the judgment of God and expire. • Powers that intercept miracles and good things in my life, I am no longer your candidate, scatter. • Powers opposing my advancement to the next level, time up, go on exile never to return. • Powers that have vowed to die with me, you are a liar, die alone. • O Lord my Father, before people will begin to ask where is my God send help now. • I buy the freedom of my generation and children by the blood of Jesus. … in the name of Jesus. ss, die. …in Jesus’ name. •I know this message has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through; info@thehebrewsng.com. Hotlines – 01-7903163, 08085845864. You can also listen to my messages on our podcast at www.thehebre wsng.com/podcast. Rev’d Femi Akinola – The Hebrews International, Lekki, Lagos.


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nmarried people keep asking me questions about their relationships, “Can we kiss?” “Is petting allowed?” “Can we romance?” People are thinking about sex and how far they can go. These are not the questions Christians should be asking though but the questions keep coming anyway. People who ask these questions are obviously focusing on the wrong things. Jesus told some people in the Bible, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)

I have been writing novels and books, and teaching at programmes to make people know the right way to go, and to realise that sin has consequences. In one of my novels, ‘Tears On My Pillow’, Moni met Fred at a party.

“An editor with Classics? Wow! This is my first encounter with a journalist.” She had told him, giggling. “And this is my first encounter with a beautiful lady.” He had said, giving her that easy smile … He had visited her the following day at her parents’ house and went to her office twice during the week. When she retur ned the visit the following Saturday, he had tried to take her to bed. She resisted, claiming to be a Christian. That was fine but could they kiss and hug? He asked. She agreed to that. They continued to see each other and also continued with the kissing and hugging. She kept him at an ar m’s length but saying no to sex became more difficult every time they were together. She knew as well as Fred that having sex was only a matter of time. By the third week, her decision about no sex had changed. She became pregnant, and that was the beginning of her problems. The following are four of the mistakes Moni made, which people need to be aware of and avoid so they could make the right choices and decisions even when they are alone: 1) Moni did not know about the law of progression in relationships which reveal that couples will want to move toward a higher level of intimacy. There is an inbor n and inbuilt feeling to take the relationship a step further, from holding hands to hugging, hugging to pecking, pecking to kissing, kissing to romance and eventually sex. It gets to the point where one of them can no longer hold back. Some people did not plan to go

all the way but ended up going all the way. They obviously did not know about the law of progression in relationships. Just a little holding of the hands could lead to hugging, then petting, and eventually sex, which in tur n may lead to pregnancy, then to abortion and disgrace. You can hold back and avoid murder and destruction. 2)Moni also failed to keep the word of God in her heart and before her eyes. When people know the truth, the truth shall set them free. God has revealed His will and mind concer ning purity, and very clearly condemns premarital sex and all other for ms of sexual immorality. Hebrews 13:4 commands everyone to honour the institution of marriage. Ephesians 5:3 admonishes, ‘But for nication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;’ (NKJV) 1Thessalonians 4:3-5,7-8 also state, ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; … For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. In the Bible, King David also became careless, lost sight of the word of God and committed adultery and murder. He saw a woman while she was bathing; he inquired of her and eventually ended up sleeping with her. All this might have taken just four verses in the Bible but it was with a progression: David saw, inquired, sent for her and eventually had sex with her even when she was Uriah’s wife. I wrote in the novel ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’: Burning with passion, David, the second king of Israel left the rooftop of his palatial palace and walked briskly, descending the steps that led inside. It was late in the afternoon and the weather was cool, which was why he went for a walk on the rooftop in the first place. He had been in his bedchamber, resting. When he eventually got up, he considered either walking in the large garden or on the rooftop, as the weather was too nice for him to remain indoors; he chose the latter, where he had just sighted a beautiful woman bathing … Standing in the middle of the room, David told his servants, “I

saw a woman just now.” And pointing in the direction he was coming from, he added, “I want her. Go and bring her.” 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her. (2Samuel 11: 2-4) 3)Moni had not discovered her purpose in life or God’s purpose for her. People need to know that God created them and chose them for a purpose. 6 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 7:6-8) If you don’t know who you are, there are things you will allow,

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It looks as if am the one not really understanding this new generation. Many of my friends that are believers and are attending good and big churches are always going to Parties but they call it Christian social party, where they dance to all these Christian Hip Hops, reggae, etc., drink non-alcoholic wine, in all enjoy themselves. They go with their partners (they don’t call them boy/girlfriend) and during the so call Christian party they caressed and smooch themselves but they don’t go to the extent of sex. However, l don’t feel good about all these but it looks as if am the only one. Am confused. Am l right or they are right? I need understanding.

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riendship with the world is enmity with God. Why do we that are called to be different always want to do things the way of the world.

In Acts 11:25, believers were first called Christians in Antioch, because when they observed them they could see everything about Christ in them. 2Cor.6:14-18; “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

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and things you will do. When a purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable. The value people place on you is deter mined by the value you place on yourself. Your dignity in life is tied to the understanding of your individuality. If you don’t respect yourself, people will not respect you. There are girls who present themselves cheap to men on the streets, and the men touch their bodies, they molest and abuse them sexually. Sisters, don’t lower your standard. Brothers, don’t sell your birthright for a pot of porridge. 4)Moni also failed to think and ask herself certain questions: If Jesus were to be in the room with us, would I do these things? And what would Jesus do in this same situation? How far is too far? Because you are not married, don’t do things that will arouse sexual feelings, don’t lie on top of your partner; don’t touch the other person’s private part; So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2Timothy 2:22) Learn to hold back and control yourself. Allow the Spirit of God direct your steps and actions.

Is it right? 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, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” Ephesian 5:1; “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children” From all the verses above, it’s clear that if you claim to be a born again Christian, you are different. Many are on the Path of destruction, it is only few that walk on the path of righteousness. What they are doing is to stand in the middle, they are neither hot nor cold and the Lord has said He will spit them out of His mouth. (Rev.3:15-16). They want to be on God side, staying hot but at the same time they also want to do things like the unbelievers. They are carnal Christians, still allowing the desire of the flesh to take over them. They still want to enjoy what they were enjoying in the world but now want to coat it with Christianity. You can never put a


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berechukwu Nwizu, popularly called Bayray McNwizu, came into the limelight when she won the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality TV show in 2007. Winning that reality show marked a turning point in her acting career. It brought a lot of opportunities for her in the world of make believe. “Winning the reality show opened me up to a lot of good acting roles. The popular one that really brought me out was ‘Cindy’s Note’; I also featured in ‘Super Story’ drama tiled ‘Evil Genius’, ‘Rebound’ and so many other sitcoms. There is one on TV now called ‘Emerald’, and a Galaxy TV drama series called ‘Echoes’. Winning Amstel Malta Box Office reality show officially launched my acting career.” According to her, she has always dreamed of being an actress right from when she was young, so the talent show helped to make that dream a reality. “Being an actress has been my lifelong dream. I’ve always wanted to act since I was a little girl. Right from when I was young, the zeal to be an actress has been growing in me. My mother had a hotel where actors and actresses always come to lodge and hang out and I always admired them and wished that one day I will be like them and come out on television. With the encouragement of my parents, I had to finish school first before pursuing my acting career,” she recalled. Bayray studied Philosophy at the Lagos State University (LASU) and joined her mother as her assistant in the family business, which included a hotel. But that didn’t deter her from pursuing her acting dream. “Before winning the reality show, I was into the family business. I was working as my mum’s assistant. She was a barrister and a hotelier. I was kept busy with the business. I had been doing business with my mum as far back as when I was a teenager. While pursuing my acting career, I will help out in the family business,” she disclosed. Unfortunately, the Imo State-born actress has lost her parents. Her father passed away years back and she just lost her mother three months ago, making her an orphan. The beautiful actress confided that she has been devastated with the sudden death of her mother and trying her best to cope with the grief. “My parents are late. My mother actually died three months ago. It’s been a heartbreaking experience but I have learnt to still give God glory. It’s been the grace of God that has seen me and my siblings through these past months. I am the first in the family and you could say that I need to be strong for everybody. It has not been easy I must be frank with you but God has been our help,’’ she lamented. Bayray is truly a lady that is multifaceted. Behind the soft fragile look she poses for the camera in movies lies a determined person who sets out to be successful in whatever she puts her mind to do. Aside from being an actress, Bayray is also a talented jeweller, a fashion designer and a good businesswoman who manages her family business since her parents passed away. “I make handmade jewellery. I love jewellery a lot and I was tired of spending big money on them. So I decided to learn it and make my own kind of jewellery. I went to study fashion at a fashion school as part of my other passion aside from acting and also learnt jewellery making. My kind of jewellery is mostly wire works. I’m training people as well with my skill and concept. The truth is God made everyone of us to be multi dimensional. We can actually set our hearts to do what we want to do and succeed in it,” she assured. When asked if she was married, Bayray stylishly dodged the question, claiming it was a private matter she would not like to divulge publicly but she was quick to say what her ideal man should look like. “My being married or not is a private matter I would rather not go into right now. My ideal man would be a man who is confident of himself. Any man who is not arrogant but is confident and believes in what he’s doing is good enough for me. Any other accolades will be an added bonus,” she added With the rate half naked pictures of Nollywood stars surfacing on the internet and social media, she was asked if she would pose nude if fifty million naira was offered to her. Bayray quickly retorted, “I cannot just

pose nude because of money. What am I posing nude for? If I want to pose nude, I will do so in my bathroom, where nobody will see me except myself. It’s about integrity. I don’t think you have to do it just for the heck of it. A woman’s integrity should come first in her priority,” she said. All the same, she does not mind playing romantic roles in movies. To her, playing such roles well proves her prowess as an actress. “Of course, I can act romantic roles in movies. That is what being an actress is about. You are not faking it. You are actually trying to depict what happens in real life. If I’m acting a married couple’s role, of course, that will be some romance in it. But the thing is not to overdo it so that it will not look like pornography. I can actually do that; I don’t have a problem acting romantic

roles in movies.” The AMBO reality winner also gave her thoughts to the reason why a lot of Nollywood marriages crash. “I don’t think marriage crashing is exclusive to the actresses or actors. The fact that they are in the limelight makes it look like it’s only their marriages that crash. But then, again, there could be other factors like fame, intolerance, too much distance and not being able to spend quality time with each other. Of course, any marriage with all these things put together, can crash. For me, when I get married, I will secure my marriage from crash by always putting God first. In whatever happens, He will see us through. My formula one in everything that I do in life is to put God first,” Bayray said with unambiguous certainty.


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How I rescued Majek Fashek from death –Hajiya Amina Dangaji Honourable comrade Hajiya Amina Dangaji is the current president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN. She is an artiste, promoter and sponsor of Nollywood movies. She prefers to work behind the scene to boost the Nigerian entertainment industry. She spoke to Vanessa Okwara on her emergence as the PMAN president and how she helped Majek Fashek clean up his drug habit that almost killed him. How long have you been in the music industry? I came into the industry in 2003. I have not been acting or singing publicly

- music, Yoruba movies and in Igbo movies. That is why they gave me the title, Nneoma of Nollywood. Why did you join the entertainment industry? I used to be a model in my days. I modelled with Dakova and other big names in those days. My parents never liked it but I would sneak out to go and model. I loved the entertainment industry since my childhood. These days, being a Muslim, I only sit in the background and sponsor movies. You are currently managing the reggae superstar, Majek Fashek; when did you pick up this position? I have been with Majek Fashek for two years now. I am like a God-sent to him because I came in to his life when everybody else had given up on him. I have repackaged and bought him a three bedroom flat fully equipped and dressed up. Right now, we just put together a new album for him entitled ‘Rasta Gansta’ to be released very soon. Why did you decide to be his manager when everyone seems to have deserted him? I picked him up out of pity. MC Morris and Co came and dumped him in my house when they could no longer control him. When they brought him to me, he was almost gone. He was barely breathing once in five minutes, and I was even afraid he was going to die. No hospital wanted to take him. They placed his condition on probability that he was not going to make it. So I had to take him back to my house and resort to seeking help from God through prayers. I just felt an overwhelming pity for him. What did the doctors say was wrong with Majek when you took him to the hospital? As I said earlier, no hospital agreed to take him in when they saw his condition. They didn’t believe he was going to recover and nobody wanted him to die in their hospital. So I had to call in a popular prayer group from Katsina area that came in and prayed for him and he got stabilised. I then took him back to the hospital for further treatment. He was hospitalised for a month and I was the one paying all the bills. I paid millions in hospital bills to see that Majek got cured of his drug addiction. When he finally recovered, I took him back home and since then I don’t allow anybody to take him away without my express permission. He has stabilised since then.

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Apart from managing him, do you have other businesses you are involved in? I have a record label called A Plus Global Entertainment. I run a modelling agency and a football academy called the Dangaji FC which is affiliated with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). I also have an NGO that caters for people with health challenges called Dangaji Aids Multipurpose Effort (DAME). When I go to hospitals, and see a patient with complicated issues, I try to raise funds to help that person come out of that situation.

Can you tell us more about your football academy? We train boys for international football career and they get signed off outside the country. Most of my boys are currently on tour. I have some players in South Africa, Canada, Russia and Switzerland. It is my own way of contributing to youth development. How do you balance your several businesses with being a mother and wife? I manage my time well. I know when to cook for my family and make sure I have enough food in the house. My husband is a wonderful man. I am married to an Air Force officer. As a soldier’s wife, my husband is not always at home and I like to keep myself busy because an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. But when my husband is around, he loves to be given attention, so I drop everything I’m doing at that period he’s at home to attend to him. I don’t allow the housemaid to cook for my husband; I do everything for him. Are you the only wife of your husband, being a Muslim? Yes, I’m the only wife and we are blessed with children. ...as the PMAN president? Yes, I am the PMAN president. We have opened our official office in Ikeja, Lagos but the headquarters is in Abuja. How did you become the PMAN president being a woman and not even an artiste? Even though I don’t perform, I have a lot of people in the entertainment industry that I sponsor. I also have a recording label. Before I came up as the PMAN president, I started from the state chapter. I was the first vice of a state chapter for two years. When I didn’t see any woman coming out to contest for the presidency, I decided to get the form and begged the women to be active. If you go to PMAN, you will hardly see women in the helm of affairs. So I made up my mind it was time for a woman to be the president. But T-Mac has been known as the president of PMAN? T-Mac has been parading himself as PMAN president for the past eight years. He was not elected and this is not done anywhere. He came in as an interim president and was not elected. I am the duly elected PMAN president because I paid my dues from state to state and won the election. The PMAN constitution says when you want to come out for an election, you pay your dues in the state chapter that you belong. Your state chapter chairman will submit your form. I did all these and was successfully elected. What T-Mac was supposed to do was to call for an election and have the opportunity to come in legally but he refused to call for an election, so he is not the PMAN president. Are you saying there are crises on ground in PMAN leadership? Yes there is. When I emerged as president, I noticed that most of them like to do bloody elections but I didn’t want to go bloody like them, especially being a wife and a mother. I went to the Trade Union to lay my complaints. Has this crisis in PMAN been resolved? Yes, it was resolved by the Trade Union. I was called by the Union to attend a workshop as the authentic PMAN president early this year, where I addressed the meeting of over 300 people. If I was not the duly elected president, I don’t think I would be asked to give that speech before the honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity.


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Crème de la creme at Dayo Amusa’s movie premiere ADAEZE AMOS AND VANESSA OKWARA

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opular actress and producer, Dayo Amusa, pulled her weight penultimate Sunday as her colleagues, friends, media icons, top entertainment personalities and highly placed individuals turned up to witness the official premiere of her movie, Unforgivable. The event held at Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, Lagos.

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Naughtiest Thing The naughtiest thing I’ve ever done

My style is unique –Prince Ifeanyi Dike Princ Ifeanyi Dike is an actor and the Prince Cha Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria. He is a style enthusiast who loves suits and good shirt shirts which he says must be designer labe labels because he loves to stand out. He tells Adaeze Amos in this interview that his sstyle is unique. Why a are you are most often clad in suits? It iis because I love to dress well. Somehow, I find it difficult to talk about my fashion sense or my style. I would rather prefer people to see for themselves. rathe you define your style? Can y will say that my style is unique. I don’t wear things Iw simply because others are going for them. I go for what I simpl think is good for me. My fashion sense is unique. must what you wear be designer label? But m Yes; I’m a designer label freak. For instance, the suit Yes wearing is Moss from Pixco Clothing. I bought my I’m w shirt when I travelled to India. My tailor who makes designer labels designed this for me. So, I’m always my de concerned with the way I look because one is addressed conce way he is dressed. The first impression people have the w about you starts first from your dressing or your appearance.

I stealthily drove my father’s car to a party –Mimi

As my parents’ first daughter and child, I started doing a lot of things early in our house. I grew up went to secondary school in Benin City. I started and w driving when I was in class three. My siblings and I drivin used tto roll our dad’s car out of his garage and drive party. We knew if we had asked to use his car it to p party, he wouldn’t have agreed. We, therefore, for a p decided to ‘steal’ it out of his garage. We waited until decid had slept and we sneaked into his garage and he ha rolled it out. When we rolled it out, we hopped into it. I started Wh car with his key which he was fond of leaving in the ca ignition because he was always misplacing the the ig key to the car. But we made sure we came back early enough. We knew that if we had stayed long at the enoug party and he woke before we were back, that it would big trouble for us. So, we timed him very well by be a b coming back before he woke up. When we came back, comin I had to put off the ignition and we started pushing car back into his garage. While we were pushing the ca car back we saw my mother who stood and was the ca watching us. We didn’t expect her to be up at that watch time. She took pity and told us that we should have time confided in her rather than suffer ourselves that much. Whenever I sit down and remember that, I always laugh because that was naughty. • Mitchell Ozakpolor, aka Mimi, is a Nollywood actress who claims her boobs are the biggest in the industry. –ADAEZE AMOS


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Kome Mofe-Damijo weds sweetheart, Eniola in December

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he families of Mofe-Damijo and Abiodun are preparing in earnest for the union of their son and daughter, Kome Mofe-Damijo and his sweetheart, Eniola Abiodun, as they will be joined in holy matrimony in December. The traditional wedding is billed to take place on Thursday, December 12 while the wedding will follow on Saturday, December 14 at the spectacular church auditorium of the Household of God Church, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos. Richard Mofe-Damijo, fondly called RMD, who is the groom’s father made this known via text message to his close allies that December 12 and 14, have been picked for the wedding of his son. The message read: “Please save 12th & 14th December in your diary for the union of our son, Kome and his love, Eniola; please keep them in your prayer and more updates to come later. Warm regards…JMD & RMD.” Kome Mofe-Damijo, is second son of veteran and awardwinning actor and Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Delta State, Richard Mofe-Damijo. It was learnt that Kome and Eniola met at the Household Church several years back where they were both students at Sunday school at the same time. From there, their friendship developed, which blossomed into love years later. Kome’s secondary education was at the prestigious King’s College Lagos, before he proceeded to the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for his first and master’s degrees. Eniola, on her own part, left for the University of Surrey, Guildford, England, United Kingdom after her university degree at the Covenant University, Ota where she studied Accountancy. Kome and Eniola were in Nigeria to celebrate with RMD when he clocked 50, two years ago. It was at the celebration that they met again and evidently rekindled the flames of affection and love for each other, which is now leading to the altar.

Simeon Mololuwa Arowolo was born at CAC Maternity Home, Iju Ishaga, Lagos State to Adeose Ezekiel and Olubunmi Grace Arowolo. He was delivered at 7:30 a.m. and weighed 2.7kg. “During the pregnancy, I longed for pounded yam and egusi soup a lot. In fact, if I have not eaten pounded yam in a day, the day was not complete. My appetite for it was so high that it formed a greater part of my daily food, even though I ate other types of foods as well,” Olubunmi revealed. What irritated Olubunmi during the pregnancy? “Nothing irritated me during pregnancy but I tried as much as possible to take my drugs so as to guard against complication and for my safety and that of the baby’s healthy growth,” she said. She added that, “I also engaged in minor physical exercise like trekking around the house and washing. With these I believe my delivery would be normal, which at the end of the day was more than normal.” Was there any physical change? “None, but I was a bit lean during pregnancy,” she disclosed. What do they love about Adeola? “He is adorable, light-complexioned, smiles, gentle and cries less but sucks a lot and sleeps well once I sing for him,” Olubunmi revealed. What do they want her to become in future? “Our prayer is that he becomes great and successful in his endeavour in life but I will love him to be a journalist because journalists are powerful with their pen,” emphasised Olubunmi. What is the meaning of her names? “Mololuwa simply means ‘I have the Lord with me,’ she added.

Adeola, Olaoluwa united in holy matrimony

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he families of Adediran and Amusan were united as one big family, recently following the exchange of marital vows between their children, Adeola Adediran and Olaoluwa Amusan. Adeola and her hubby, Olaoluwa, who first met about 10 years ago, took their relationship to the next level when they exchanged marital vows at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Animasaun Street, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The wedding reception later held at the Nucleus Event Centre IBB Boulevard, beside Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, with the centre filled to capacity. Adeola, a graduate of Mass Communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, who currently works with First Bank in Lagos, first met Olaoluwa at Olabisi Onabanjo University in 2002, when he was studying Biochemistry before he left for the University of Lagos where he studied Medicine. According to her, “we didn’t start dating then, but we just discovered our path kept crossing at different parties, meetings, conventions and finally in December 2006, we started

dating. dating We broke up along the way but the rest is history,” the bride said. The couple attributed the success of the relationship culminating in their marriage to the faithfulness, calmness and understating on the path of both parties. Adeola disclosed that although she is an extrovert, her hubby an introvert, they are still very much compatible. “My husband is a little bit on the quiet side while I am an extrovert and very outgoing. We have learnt to strike a balance. I have been able to draw him out of his shell and he helped me “slow down” too. Adeola describes Olaoluwa, who works as a resident doctor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), as “spiritual, fears Jehovah, caring, very honest, without fear of contradiction, a handsome young man too.” Olaoluwa described Adeola as “chaste, caring, hardworking, friendly and a goal-getter. And most importantly, I sincerely love her.” What will they do to make their love wax stronger? They answered with a biblical verse in 1 John 4:12 which emphasises the essence of love in marriage: “If we continue loving each other, God remains in us and His love is made perfect in us.”

Miracle Temitope Olukayode was delivered at Adeyemi Hospital, Muri Abiola Street, Agbado Station, Ogun State to Olusegun and Oluwaseun Olukayode. She weighed 3.1kg According to Oluwaseun, “I craved for fruits during pregnancy. I also loved eating bread and tea.” Was Oluwaseun irritated by anything during the pregnancy? “I was not irritated by anything before and during the pregnancy.” Speaking about her obvious physical body changes during the period, Oluwaseun revealed that, “No part of my body changed except my protruding stomach and I thank God for this.” What do they love about Miracle? “We love everything about our little angel. She sleeps well, especially immediately after eating and hardly cries as well. She is pretty too,” Oluwaseun said. What do they want Miracle to become in future? “We want her to become successful in whatever endeavour she finds herself in,” Oluwaseun added. What is the meaning of her name? “Miracle as she calls means that she is a miracle baby,” Olusegun said.


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What to wear ‌to Adire show NOVEMBER 10, 2013

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going to be lined up. So, ladies if you are getting ready to attend an Adire exhibition, and you are wondering the cosmopolitan style of dress to use your Adire fabric to make, why not consider this style that stunning Anoba Abosede Busola wears on this page and stands out. If it is indigo blue, you can accessorise with red shoes, red clutch bag and chunky neckpiece. You would definitely look chic as the neckpiece goes down well on a bustier dress.


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Elegant, slimming black outfits ANGELA DAVIES Black is elegant. The truth is that black looks as good on men as it does on women and it can be accessorised with just any colour of accessories. Black, however, can also be unsophisticated and boring. While it may seem easy to dress in all black, there are a few rules to keep in mind. • Vary the fabrics and textures, especially

when it is a skirt and blouse. • When putting together a black-on-black, fit is extremely important. Take advantage of the fact that black is slimming and have the cloth more fitted and flattering, rather than shapeless and drab. • To attract attention, bold and colourful accessories should become the statement piece of your outfit. • When it comes to shoes, you could choose coloured high heels or the black as you wish. • Make your outfit more dressy with deep red lipstick or casual with light-pink lipstick.

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African Look NOVEMBER 10, 2013

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Hair loss in pregnancy When Nkechi became pregnant, her mother told her all she needed to know about bodily changes in pregnancy - big tummy, darker complexion, rashes on the body, stretch marks on her tummy, weight gain, and others. She didn’t know her hair would also be affected as no one told her until she started experiencing it. “When I started noticing my hair was becoming full and thick, I was indeed happy,” she commenced. I was shocked when it gradually started receding. I called my mother on the phone and told her what I was observing. I was shocked when she laughed and dismissed me. She actually asked me if that was why I called her. She said she thought I wanted to tell her that I noticed something on my panties or that my water had broken so that she would start getting ready to come over to the hospital where I registered for my delivery. She jokingly told me that maybe my next phone call would be complaints that I was bitten by mosquitoes. But I tried to let her know how disturbed I was about the fact that my hair which I placed much value on now looked dry. She quickly dropped the receiver after reminding me to always take my prescriptions,” she said. Nkechi had to tell her doctor on her next antenatal visit because “I can condone any other bodily, hormonal reaction in this pregnancy but not my precious hair receding and falling off gradually as if I’m a cancer patient. I’m ready doctor to do anything to ensure my hair is intact,” she added, looking worried before her doctor who is also a lady. The doctor took time to explain to her why her hair was falling off...that it was not her fault. “Madam, you don’t need to blame yourself. Your hair is dry because of your pregnancy. In some other pregnant women, the reverse may be the case that they would notice a lot of bodily changes. Pregnancy also changes one’s skin and joints and may grow or break your hair. “The hormones associated with pregnancy may cause strange things to happen to your once normal body. This will begin before that second line or positive sign appear on the pregnancy test. Many women experience increased hair and nail growth as well as thicker and shinier hair. However, some women experience the flip side of that coin just as you are experiencing now. Dryness, breakage and hair loss are common complaints from pregnant women. The good news though, is that you don’t have to wait for the birth of that bundle of joy to get your real hair back,” she said, gazing at her to be sure her points are driven home. Nkechi therefore asked what she could do about the situation. “To combat hair dryness, get good hair conditioner and deep-condition your hair more often. This would reduce its brittleness and hair breakage drastically. You are not expected to do much now until you are delivered of your baby and your hair would bounce back on its own. Better still, there are lots of styles your hairstylist would give you so as to hide the evidence. Don’t allow this disturb you or rub you of your sleep. Some of my pregnant patients even complain that their hair started falling off after delivery. Others say their hair become thick and shiny while pregnant but after recede and their hair would start falling off. It is not always the same. Your fellow pregnant friends may tell you they are not observing hair loss and dryness; theirs may start when yours is growing. Some women don’t even observe it, just as all pregnancies are different, so are reactions on the body due to hormones. But don’t let those pregnancy hormones make you go crazy. Don’t worry because of hair loss and dryness. Rather be occupied with what needs to be done to live with the situation until your hormones are back to normal. Your hair will bounce back!’, her medic counselled.

new line of anti-rape underwear named AR Wear uses modern chastity belt-type technology to ward off potential sexual predators. Unlike the electric shock anti-rape underwear introduced in spring, AR Wear locks wearers into the gear with cutproof, adjustable straps that don’t leave underwear lines. It is currently being vetted online through a crowd funding campaign. AR Wear’s creation is meant to give wearers a sense of comfort while running at night, travelling alone, going out to a nightclub, as well as other ‘risky’ environs, as is explained in a promotional video. The project has already raised $37,000 of its requested $50,000 budget on crowd sourcing site Indiegogo, with 17 days left of seed funding to go. The project was founded by two Nyack, New York-based young women named Ruth and Yuval, who say they have carried out years of research before launching their Indiegogo campaign. They admit on their site that ‘only by raising awareness and education, as well as bringing rapists to justice, can we all hope to eventually accomplish the goal of eliminating rape as a threat to both women and men.’ The page continues to explain: ‘Meanwhile, as long as sexual predators continue to populate our world, AR Wear would like to provide products to women and girls that will offer better protection against some attempted rapes while the work of changing society’s rape culture moves forward.’ While AR Wear bills itself on providing safe alternatives to women who feel threatened or want a bit of added safety to go out, its designs have been met with controversy online. Website The Daily Dot wrote: ‘These ideas for anti-rape clothing never go anywhere, and that’s because preventing rape has nothing to do with what a woman is wearing, or not wearing, and everything to do with the rapist and a culture of victim-blaming. Are panties with thigh locks really making us safer, or is every woman’s fear simply being exploited for profit?’ And blog site The Belle Jar feels that ‘continuing to embrace the idea that rape has something to do with what kind of clothing you are wearing (or not wearing) is not empowering’ In addition to VPL-proof underwear, AR Wear has already developed running leggings that integrates its rapedeterrent techniques. They are also in the process of creating traveling shorts in a tourist-friendly shade of khaki as well. The brand has additional plans for expansion, and would like to offer a lifestyle array of items for those looking for some added protection. Source: Daily Mail


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oving and being loved in return give off a thrilling feeling of walking on cloud nine. You smile at the mention of your partner’s name. When your phone rings, you wish the call is from your love even before you see the name of the caller. You yearn to spend every special moment of your life with him or her. Love brings new meaning and excitement into your life, you go around with this sheepish smile on your face and people close to you wonder why you have this glow of happiness all around you. This feeling is even headier when your love is reciprocated by the subject of your desire. Love does make the world go round. We cannot help but need to be loved at every stage in our life. Nature has wired the human heart to yearn for the love of another human being. It is a magic word that catches our attention anytime, any day. The heart of everyone yearns to love and be loved back in return. For the sake of love, we do incredible things and go through unimaginable heartaches; yet we still go back seeking for love and have our hearts broken all over again. At a point it becomes a vicious circle because you find out that you keep falling in and out of love like a ping ball. As exciting as the feelings I have described above depicts when one falls in love, I will say here that there’s no hard and fast rule that says you must have these feelings registered in your life before you know that you are actually in love. In fact some have argued with me that when they married their partner, they didn’t have all those feelings which romance novels have fed our heads with while growing up, yet they are truly in love and happy with their partner. The mere fact that your heart beats fast does not mean he/she is the one. Most times, these feelings can only be just pure lust or mere infatuation and as such deceptive and misleading. That is why much emphasis should be laid on how you truly feel about this person and not necessarily how fast the heart beats when that person walks through the door. Falling in love is a heady feeling that is often mistaken with infatuation and lust. Because of the excitement of meeting someone interesting who make the adrenalin pump faster and increases the sexual tension in the relationship, we neglect to do what is most needful and that is ask questions!

If you can sit down and take a quick inventory of your love life, you will realize you must have fallen in and out of love with quite a number of people in your lifetime. The question is: where you really in love with all of them? Oftentimes we allow lust and infatuation to overrule our thinking and we fail to ask the right kind of questions that will help us to know if this person fits the criteria of the kind of person we wish to spend the rest of our lives with or not. Our personalities or what psychologists call temperaments often play a part in the way we approach the issues of love. Some approach it in a standoffish formal way, while others get all romantic and fairy tale like when dealing with matters of the heart. So how do you see love? Do you believe in fairy tale love? Are you the type that looks at issues logically? They way you see love determines your approach to it and what you also get in return. If you can truthfully answer these questions about yourself then you are half way finding out if you are in love with your partner you just met or not. One of the litmus test I always tell people to use to discover if they are truly in love or not is to first of all rid their partner of every paraphernalia they may have around them such as the kind of job they do, wealth, their beauty, properties and every other thing that may look like physical attributes. The reason for this is for you to know for sure that the real reason you love that person has got nothing to do with what they have but you love them for who they are. True love lasts forever and does not look at the physical attributes but it is based on finding that person who fits or compliments you in every way. So my advice to all those who have been writing Emails asking how they will know if they are really in love or not, I’ll just say: FOLLOW YOUR HEART. If you are the type that rationalise and analyse, find out if that person meets with the criteria of the kind of personality you wish to spend the rest of your life with and also gauge if romance and chemistry( which I call the oils of love) can be felt in that relationship. Once you have been able to identify these major things about yourself and the kind person you want to be with, then go ahead and enjoy the exhilarating feelings only love can bring into your life. You only live once!

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egency Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos played host to guests at the unveiling of Villa Alero wine new bottle and the official introduction of the wine into the Nigerian market. Aside from the magnificent DJShyshy Shillion’s great mixes of old classic tunes on turntable, guests also enjoyed various thrilling performances from artistes such as De-Don, Helen Paul, K-Sax, Zdon Paporella, Lil’ Jojo and others. Ace actor and comedian, Basorge Tariah Jnr anchored the event which was graced by celebrities such as Basorge Tariah Jnr, Helen Paul, Shan George, De-Don, Douglas Akhabue aka Sabongary, among others.

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Helen Paul thrilling guests with rib-cracking jokes

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Music means love, life, strength to me –Zoe Chinaka Zoe Chinaka is the last child in a family of nine children. She studied Mass Communication tion at the Abia State University. She came into the limelight when she contested for the ut Nigerian Idol season one event. In this interview with Angela Davies, she speaks about her music, among other issues. Excerpts: What have you been doing since contesting in season one of Nigerian Idol? I have been growing my two careers which are music and broadcasting. The latest thing about me is that I am branding myself as an On-Air-Personality, OAP, with we-tv and nigeriainfo. How is your music career going? It is slow but steady. I’m happy because I really needed the time to balance out my careers. Why did you go into music and what does it mean to you? Music makes me feel good about myself and gives me a platform to offer change to the world through the thoughts and expressions put forth. I get my inspiration from experiences, day-to-day life relationships and God. However, professionally, I went into music in 2011. Music means life, love and strength to me. My music is good-news oriented, inspiring and all about love. Can you tell us about your new work? They are ‘Wait a minute’, a gospel song that encourages us to be patient and wait for God’s time and ‘Iya ni wura’, which means mothers love is precious in Yoruba. It was released a week to the Mothers’ Day, to celebrate our love and strength. As an AOP, what part of your job gives you joy and what do you not fancy in your job? The timing is crazy but it is fulfilling. At least, my parents did not waste their time and money making sure I became a lawyer or broadcaster. It gives me joy that they are happy.

How do you handle criticisms? At times I respond and then sometimes I ignore. But except the posts, I have made it a habit not to listen or read comments on blogs about me. Who are your role models in the music industry? They are Don Moen, Cece, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Aaron Neville and Onyeka Onwenu. Who is the man rocking your love life? I’m dating my career right now. Have you ever been heartbroken? I have not had heartbreak else my father would have killed somebody. What can you do for love? I can do everything other than break God and my family’s heart. With the increasing divorce rate these days, do you get scared to get married? Yes I do. I’m really afraid but I trust God because even some people who are spiritual are faulty in that area today. It is disappointing. What makes you happy? Comedy, music, fashion and giving to make others happy make me happy. What language does your style speak and what would you consider a fashion mistake? It speaks comfort, creativity, class and covered. Hence, I won’t be caught wearing cleavage-baring outfits. My

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favourite piece of fashion items are my high waist skirt and high-heeled shoes. For me, over-exposure and dressing against your body shape are mistakes in fashion. How do you relax? I relax by getting a massage at the spa and attending comedy or music events. How would you describe Zoe Chinaka? She is brave, shy, God-content and creative.

Broken is my most emotional movie ever –Nse Etim

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After an impressive movie credit, including Mr. and Mrs, Phone Swap, Guilty Pleasures, Re-loaded, Kiss and Tell, Edikan to name but a few, star actress, Nse Ikpe Etim has declared that her role in Broken, an-about-tobe-released movie is the most emotional film she has ever played. Broken, which featured stunning actress her, Kalu Ikeagwu and veteran actor, Bimbo Manuel, alongside some up-and-coming acts from Abuja was released on DVD yesterday. Speaking on the movie, Etim said, “When I was given the script, I couldn’t but say yes. The storyline is very touching. It was a real life scene to me. Being on set with Kalu Ikeagwu and Bimbo Manuel was a nice experience; Broken is my most emotional movie till date, the experience will linger for a long time.” With outstanding directing skills from the director and the producer, Bright Wonder, Broken is an emotional flick centred on the lives of two adults and past lovers, Etim and Ikeagwu, once married, got separated and along the line, their lives were later thrown into chaos as mistakes of their past lives. However, the aftermath of the children they failed to bring up properly in their selfish union, came haunting their present as asylum, death-row and street living mar their once sane lives. According to Wonder, “Broken is a social movie that addresses the menace of child abuse, neglect, and trafficking. It exposes the adverse effects, repercussion on the Nigerian child and the society as a whole.” –Adaeze Amos


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Clarion Chukwura bounces back in Hustlers Zayo emerges winner of Koga Open House Award-winning producer, Elvis Chucks, is back with a new blend in his new movie, Hustlers. It tells the story of a mother who wants to use her daughter as a channel of finding an easy way out of poverty. The movie has memorable twists and bends with Mercy Johnson and Nse Ikpe Etim playing roles of two local girls ‘hustling’ to survive in the city while Clarion Chukwura returns to the big screen with the role of Mercy’s mother. Speaking on the relationship with the cast, Elvis Chucks said, “It was an honour having Clarion Chukwura on my set; it was a welcome back for her and she is an actress who understands the industry. Nse Ikpe Etim, Mercy Johnson and others brought their A-game to set. I will work with all of them over and over again if the need arises. I want to make history in Nollywood with this movie. Hustlers is a glamour-filled movie aimed at correcting the ills of the society. I try to do something unconventional with the movie,” he added. For Clarion, it was a sweet return to movie making. “I had already taken a break in the movie industry but when Elvis gave me a brief summary about the movie, I said in my mind that there is nothing challenging about it; not until he brought the script and I read through it. I was amazed at the impeccable themes, characterisation, plot and the rest. I couldn’t help but say yes,” she disclosed. Other cast members include IK Ogbonna, Chelsea Eze and Paul Sambo. –Adaeze Amos

Mr. ECOWAS pageant makes debut Mr. ECOWAS, the first of its kind, will emerge tonight at a male pageant organised to find a male representative for the ECOWAS countries. To find out who wears this coveted crown, hundreds of handsome and eligible men were screened and 15 contestants emerged. Constant in-house activities slashed the number down to six to bring a total of nine contestants competing for the crown at the final stage. Whoever emerges as Mr. ECOWAS will go away with the star price of two million naira, a car and a modelling contract with an international modelling agency, Sis Model Agency. –Vanessa Okwara

Zayo has emerged winner of this year’s Koga Open House competition which held in Lagos. He was announced winner at the bimonthly show on the mainland tagged Koga One Night Stand with Olamide which held on Saturday, November 2 and guests were thrilled to an evening of unforgettable experience. There were performances from Olamide, Eva, Ketchup, Jaywon and Falz. Other artistes who also performed were Karat Kid, Timix, Splash, Flowsick, Seriki, Moses, Phenom, Qdot and the top six finalists from Koga Open House competition, which included Wyll Diamond, Timothy, Hope, Skinnie Tweed, Dris and Zayo. The winner, Zayo, will be signed onto Koga Records Zayo alongside first runner-up Dris and second runner-up Skinnie Tweed. According to Project Manager of Koga Entertainment, Amaka Emorele, the show is all about the fun, excitement and bonding experience between the contestants and producers who are also the judges. –Angela Davies

Gospel and Comedy Nite shows tonight

The much awaited eight days performing arts festival by ‘Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria’ SPAN, kicked off last Friday with a spectacular show ‘Autobiographica’ by Battery Dance Company from New York, the United States. It was a colourful event and well attended by art lovers and dignitaries from different genres of music and arts. The festival continues tonight with spellbound performances in Gospel and comedy by notable gospel musicians like Nikki Laoye, Spirit of David, Pita, Gig time with Olufunmi, Gloria Braimah and a host of others. The comedy performance will be showcasing the likes of Saki the Comedian, Mc Abbey and many more.

Davido named MTV Base artiste of the month

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MTV Base, a music channel on DStv has named superstar artiste and producer, Davido as the channel’s Artist of the Month for November. To shine a spotlight on this sensational Nigerian artiste, MTV Base has put the music video for Davido’s ‘Skelewu’ on high rotation. The channel is also focusing its lens on Davido via a range of themed programming about the artiste, to be broadcast across its pan-African TV footprint throughout November. Head of MTV Base, Tim Horwood, disclosed that Africa says, “Davido is the perfect choice for the coveted Artist of the Month slot: His infectious energy stands him out on stage and in videos. His latest track ‘Skelewu’ is getting major attention in Nigeria and starting to cross into the South African market. As an artiste, Davido has consistently been putting out amazing songs and beautifully crafted music videos. This is definitely his time, and he deserves to be celebrated.” The Artist of the Month accolade is awarded to artistes adjudged by MTV Base judges making waves on a continental scale. Davido follows South African artiste, Mafikozolo, who was Artist of the Month for October 2013. –Vanessa Okwara

Jombo, Chinda, Okeke out with Lagos Cougars Royal Arts Academy is set to release a wickedly hilarious, suspense-filled and emotional movie entitled ‘Lagos Cougars’ soon. The movie stars three Nollywood stars as lead acts and they are Uche Jombo Rodriguez, Monalisa Chinda and Daniella Okeke. Featuring alongside the actresses are Alex Ekubo, Bobby Michaels and Diana Yekini as well as newcomers, Benjamin Touitou, Shawn Faqua and Ifeanyi Kalu. The movie directed by Desmond Elliot and produced by Emem Isong is set to premiere in cinemas on Friday December 6. The movie centres on three bored professional, single women in their 40s who decide to take a walk on the wild side and let go of their inhibitions and date some hot young men. –Angela Davies


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Lessons of Life

ANGELA DAVIES lessonsoflife2@yahoo.com 08023342083

TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART NOVEMBER 10, 2013

‘My mother’s death has caused problems between me and my family’ We conclude the story of Ekaete who derived joy in beating her mother thus incuring her curse. Unfortunately, the mother died from her incessant beating. But she is now suffering the same treatment she meted out to her mother.

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mmediately, I pulled my mother by her blouse, slapped and pulled her to the ground and kept kicking her. She kept begging me but I did not listen. Instead, I kept hitting, kicking and calling her wicked, ungrateful and stupid mother. When she could not stand the beating anymore, she fainted. I left her there and went to meet Alhaji in the sitting room. It was when Vivian came back that she saw our mother lying on the floor unconscious that she shouted for help. “Ekaete, please come mama is lying on the floor unconscious. Do you know what happened to her? Please, we need to rush her to the hospital,” she pleaded. It took me about 10 minutes to decide if I wanted to help save my mother’s life or not. When we got to the hospital, she was immediately put on a drip. I deposited some money and also gave Vivian some cash before leaving with Alhaji. When Vivian came home the next morning, she told me our mother had regained consciousness. However, the doctor advised that she had some internal bleeding and her chances of survival was minimal. “Mother said you beat her up just because she sent me to the market and couldn’t come back on time to prepare the meal you asked me to. Ekaete, you have gone too far this time round?” Vivian said. When she saw that I showed no sign of remorse, for the first time, Vivian looked straight in my eyes and threatened, “Ekaete, you may be the breadwinner of this family but if anything happens to our mother, I will never forgive you and her blood will be upon your head. You didn’t even come back to the hospital last night to see how she was doing. What did she even do to you? Pray hard that noth-

ing happens to her.” Reluctantly, I decided to go and see her. She was alone with my father discussing but immediately I entered the room, she pointed at me and in tears said, “Ekaete, except I did not carry you in my womb for nine months or you did not suck from my breast, for all the things you have done to me just because I talked to you about Alhaji Rahman, your daughters will do same to you five times over. They will treat you so bad that you will regret ever being born. I don’t want to see you again for as long as I live.” As I took a step toward her with the intention of asking her how she was feeling and also plead with her to forgive me, the fear of my hurting her again scared her and she screamed for help.

“Your curse will go back to you. I even wanted to ask for your forgiveness but I guess it is useless,” I retorted. At that moment, my father asked me to get out of the room. That was the last time I saw my mother. About three hours later, Vivian informed me that she had died. Our mother’s untimely death caused a big problem between me and my family. They vowed that they will never forgive me and they truly kept to their word. After the burial, my father and siblings moved out of the apartment to where I don’t know till date. With this incident, Alhaji took everything he had given me including the car, boutique and also asked me to vacate the apartment. He said I was a evil young woman and that my action was wicked.

With the money in my account, I started buying and selling second-hand women wear. It was during that period that I met and fell in love with Ifeanyi, a spare part seller. We dated for a while and then got married. God blessed us with two beautiful daughters. However, Ifeanyi died eight years later, so I had to raise the girls alone. The truth is that my daughters have no iota of respect for me. They started by smoking and drinking. I complained about the habit and they told me to stay out of their life. When I kept complaining, they slapped me. Later, they turned our two-bedroom apartment into a brothel by bringing men old enough to be their father home to sleep with. When I complained, they beat me blue and black and advised me to do the same thing since their father was late. In fact, at 48 years of age, I became an errand woman for my 19 and 21-year-old daughters. They don’t do any form of house chores; I do the cleaning, washing, cooking as well as other errands which need to be done. If they got home and met the sitting room untidy, especially when they are with their sugar daddies, they would beat me and sometimes lock me in the room for hours. They even send me to buy drinks, cigarettes and even condoms for them. I dare not refuse, else they will beat me until I faint. At a point I felt like running away from the house. It was then that I understood what my mother went through in my hands. When I was discharged, I went straight to my friend’s house. It was there I remembered the curse my mother placed on me some hours before she died. I wish I could turn back the hands of time and make everything right. It is almost three months and I have not set my eyes on any of my daughters because I am scared of visiting them. Honestly, I don’t want to place a curse on my own daughters. What do I do? Please, I need your candid advice. Please send your advice to the phone number or e-mail address above. No calls, please.

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Re: ‘In desperation, I used charm to make Victor marry me’ Dear Lucy, If you have accepted Jesus into your life, the Holy Spirit will put utterance in your mouth for your husband. It should be a lesson for women to desist from evil way of achieving their heart desires. – 08068882171 The use of charms is satanic. You cannot serve satan and God at the same time. Expiration of the charm can end the marriage with Victor. Turn to God immediately as delay is dangerous. Tell him the truth and let it set you free now.. – Asimewun Temitope Emmanuel,

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–Adekunbi, Lagos – 08076429058

My advice is that you tell your husband the truth because if he finds out by himself it might cause a big problem. As a born-again Christian, God will protect your marriage. –08033231742

The truth of your repentance should go beyond losing your husband, but making heaven is more important –Magit P.D - 08023122770

Although, you have gone contrary to God’s will, you need to confess to your husband, Victor, as directed by the man of God and seek for forgiveness from God so that you will live in peace. Leave everything in the hands of God.

It is a pity that you could not have a little patience, since Victor has already proposed marriage without sex like other men. To me, you don’t need any charm, but I know the fear of losing him prevailed. You don’t need to confess anything to your husband since you have

confessed to God who is the ultimate forgiver. Now that you have found your way back to church, you should take your family along. – Mrs Adeshina - 07083698578 Please, before you confess to your husband, make sure he is born-again. Then you can make your confession in the presence of the man of God who will share the word of God to you both on repentance, forgiveness, love, peace and harmony in the family. Otherwise, the devil may want to strike using the confession to cause confusion –Pastor Emma Nwoko - 07030058943


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Pastor Chidi asks: what do you take the church of God for?

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uke 10:17 says; “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” I want to minister shortly on a message I title ‘Rejoice not.’ And Jesus said I saw a lightening and behold it was Satan falling from heaven. The Bible records that the seventy Disciples of Jesus returned back t him saying unto Him, ‘Master, with happiness that the Devil bowed down even at the mentioning of the name of Jesus. They said to Jesus that when they laid hands on the cripple, the crippled walked in the name of Jesus. When we speak to the deaf and the dumb by your name, they speak and they hear. But Jesus said unto them, though you do these miracles, rejoice not that these things happen through your ministry, but rejoice because your names are written I heaven. The truth is that the church of the 21st century is eager for miracle; 98% of the people in the church are not even born-again. Many are in church because

new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. (Luke5:37). Immediately you give your life to Christ old things must pass away for the newness of God to manifest. There are so many other ways that a child of God can enjoy rather than doing it the ways of the world. Secondly, the Bible says in, Romans 12:1-2, “ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not confor med to this world: but be ye transfor med by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 6:13, “Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace. That which is perfect, good and acceptable before God is to preserve your body. Committing for-

If God did not create Satan many people would not have smelt the four corners of the church. “That is why I sometimes thank God for allowing Devil to make people go through problems,” Said Pastor Chidi Anthony, General Overseer of Kings in Christ church, Lagos. Excerpts:

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you want to get your miracle and move along. Thank God that you are alive up to this moment. Thank God that he blessed most of us and we can eat three square meals. Thank God that you have a good cars, thank God for that well fur-

nication or getting involved with pre-marital sex is sin when we talk about our body. Also kissing, caressing, smooching etc. are all part of misuse of your body if not done after marriage. Yes, temptations today are strong, but every Christian has power to say No. you have been given the power to dominate sin, start using it. Don’t allow your emotion or your feelings to overcome you, let God take over for you to have a smooth ride. lf you walk near the pit and you are not careful you will definitely fall into it, many believe that they are too smart and wise to fall but others that are better than you have already fallen. When you start doing some of these dirty stuffs before you know it you are trapped. Don’t join the multitude to do evil, stand clear, and be different, for you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar person. Don’t allow them to stain you, keep holding on for the Lord and at the end you will reap the fruit of your sacrifice. For when the Lord reward your faithfulness they would have lost all their integrity. •You can send in your QUESTIONS and the Holy Spirit will be set to give you the ANSWERS. Barr. (Mrs) Favour Tioluwani Tel: 08050272259 or 07062738213 Email: letsgobible@gmail.com

nished duplex where take abode, but do not rejoice because things are going well for you. But rejoice be\use Christ dwells in you band that you know him. Do you know that if not for problems most of us would not be coming to church? I had an encounter with a young m man. Things were working very fine for h It was when I got to his family that I hm. k knew he was stinking rich. You know we h house, we have home and we have castle. T young man’s house is a castle, paraThe d dise on earth. The young man began to te me about himself. He said: “Sir it is tell n I realize that had climbed to the level now w where I was is supposed to be strong in G or be strong in the Devil. God He hinted that he left himself empty an that was why they captured him. and N to eat is a problem to him. When you Now go to the house, the past glory is still what is covering the young man. But when yo come closer, you will perceive that you th guy is good as dead. He has just realthe iz that he needs to stay closer to God. ized A Assuming that things were still rosy for h him as it used to be, he would still not h have known God. But now he can pray. W Wherever you see this young man, he is al always with his Bible, and could speak in tongues. This is happening in his life b because God allowed him to experience so some little problem. That is why someti times I thank God for allowing the devil b because with that there will be nothing li born-again. I don’t know if I am comlike m municating. If God decided not to create devil you w never be in church because everywill th thing will be moving fine. So it is good for so somebody to experience problems so that yo will know that who you are is not by you yo own power. The wealth you have is your n by your own power. Even the life you not li is not by your own power. He seventy, live th bible tells us returned to Jesus rethe jo joicing because demons bow when they p preached in the name of Jesus, the deaf h hear, the dumb spoke and all manners of

miracles happened. But Jesus told them rejoice not because these things happen through you but rejoice because your names are written I the heaven. The greatest miracle is the miracle of salvation. And time has gone very far; these days the only thing people call testimonies is when they carry miracle and say praise God. God has given me a husband, a car, my brother sent Millions of Dollars to me. Those are the king of testimonies we hear now. We never hear like we used to hear them in the 1970s. Some would get up and declare without bust of joy that I used to be a sinner. I didn’t know God, I used to live a rough life but now I am born-again. Rejoice no. rejoice because you are alive, those that are dead you are not better than them. Let me tell you something, how many of you have visited a mortuary before? Pleas have time to visit the mortuary. If you have been to a mortuary, you would see people your size, those you are bigger than and those bigger in size than you. You will see people of all sizes. There dead people who are more beautiful than you and those more ugly than you are. Have you asked yourself why those people are dead and why you are still alive? It is only by God’s grace and what can you do to appreciate that God? It is only to serve him with all your heart and might. Regarding this service, man is inexcusable. What are you going to give as an excuse on the last day, for not serving God qualitatively? Is it that you were sick; God would show you some who is sicker in heaven? Or are you going tell God that you were crippled? How many of you have seen Pastor Nick, the Pastor who has no legs and no hand. The quadruple Pastor is usually carried to the altar and placed on a table from where he will minister the gospel to his congregation. You see him praising God, telling you the goodness of God. When I behold him, I say God you are wonderful. If this man can say the Lord is good what should I having my parts in tact say to God? If God is good to that person, that means that God is over good to me and you. I tell you something child of God, that you are passing through what you are passing through is not an excuse not to serve God. A sister came to my office one day and said; “in fact Daddy am tired am going to drop this bible. I told her it is not good. As you are dropping that Bible you will see somebody picking it up. The Bible is not only the bestselling book worldwide; it is an embodiment of goodness. There is no day that thousands of people do not buy the bible. So as you drop it thousands of other people are queuing up to pick a copy of it. Rejoice not. What do you take the church of God for? Some people think the church is a place to come sing and dance. That is why you see some people dance like mad people inside the church. What is your vision and purpose of coming to the house of God?


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ou are welcome to your regular column. Last week, I showed you some fringe benefits of covenant practice. Also, I gave you examples of some covenant fathers, who enjoyed longevity. This week, I will be teaching on Why Does God Bless and How Can You Be A Blessing?

It is important to note that you cannot fly higher than the mentality you possess. You cannot possess a poverty mentality and be in command of prosperity. Never! So, it is your mentality that defines your destiny; whatever you cannot imagine, you cannot make happen (Genesis 13:14-15). It is what you can see with the eyes of your mind that God is committed to giving you. So, God responds to your mentality in defining your destiny. If you cannot think it, your hands cannot have it. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he... (Proverbs 23:7). Every transformation begins in the mind. Therefore, your life cannot be transformed, until your mind is renewed. When you possess a prosperity mentality, no amount of money can

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ife is a battlefield of all sorts. There is warfare between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness and man seem to be caught in the middle. From the moment we are born into this world we are thrust into the battlefield of life. My dear reader, life is not a bed roses as many wish it were. Since the day that corruption entered the world through Adam, man has been at war. From the the scripture life is a fight and we are in a warfare. 2 Cor. 10:3-4 says: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does the weapons of our warfare Are not the weapons of the world” Many believers are ignorant of the fact that the earth is a battle field, and the invisible forces of evil are daily working to enslave mankind. And being a Christian does not exempt us from these battles. In fact our lord Himself warned us in advance while on earth in john 16:33 “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace”. In this world you WILL have TROUBLE (trials and sorrows) but take heart I have overcome the. Note the word “WILL have”, not “MAY HAVE”.

make your heart quake with fear. Why Does God Bless?: You are blessed primarily to be a blessing: This means, you cannot be blessed beyond your capacity to be a blessing. God will only release to you what He knows you will be willing to give to those in need, and for whatever purpose He wants you to (1 Timothy 6:17-19). God’s provision is a function of your distribution capacity. He will not make available to you beyond your capacity to distribute judiciously and discretionally, because it will weigh you down. The law of seed time and harvest is a commanding law that elevates you into the realms of financial fortune (Genesis 8:22). You are blessed to be a blessing or the blessing is turned into a curse. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee (Deuteronomy 16:17). The rich fool in Luke 12: 15-21, stored so much possession and food in his barn and said, ‘Now my soul shall eat and rest.’ God took his life, because he did not understand the mystery of distribution. He did not know that giving is the launching pad to a world of financial fortune. How Can You Be A Blessing?: • By giving for Kingdom promotion (Matthew 6:24-33): Putting God first is what gets you into the flow of fi-

nancial fortune. Wherever your heart is, that is where your treasures will be. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). So, you must be committed to God’s Kingdom and its advancement, before He can financially bless you (Malachi 3:10). Spiritual maturity is your capacity to distribute and let go of what God directs you to, per time. • Giving to those around you: When you give excitedly, you give God an opportunity to move you forward. Job in Job 29:11-18, gave to the poor, the needy, and the helpless. He was a servant of God, serving God and humanity with his resources. He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse (Proverb 28:27). God never lays a burden on anybody. You do not give beyond His blessings on your life, because He knows the level of blessings He has committed in your care. So, give according to that blessing, when you are giving to Him. Also, when it is in your heart to give, God will make the provisions available (1 Kings 8:17). In addition, your giving only changes your level; it does not change God’s level. It does not change the level of the person you gave; if you did not give, someone else will. Receive grace for pleasurable giving!

Winning the battles of life I speak into your life right now peace and an overcoming spirit, no matter what you are going through, or you are about going through, in Jesus name! Troubles means challenges that try our faith- pressures, tribulations, difficulty from within and without. Sorrows are those things that will cause us grief, like death of loved ones, boss of a job, betrayal etc. The bible says in 1 peter 1:6, 7: “Now for a little while (in this life) you may have to suffer grief in all kinds’ of trials. These have Come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire May be proved genuine and may result in praise, honour and glory when Christ JESUS is revealed” In this life “for a little while” we may suffer grief in all kinds of trials. That life is fraught with challenges, problem, unexpected happenings and trial is certain. Therefore as believers we are in a war, there is a fight going on and we are all involved. The fight to live, to maintain our healing, prosperity, our families and relationships, etc. People who are not equipped with this understanding (mentally) often fall prey to the devil and lose ground to him. In 1 Tim 6:12 Paul says: “Fight the good fight” We have to FIGHT (engage in it). God does not want us to be ignorant or faint rather he says “TAKE HEART” John 16:33. Take heart means to GAIN CONFIDENCE, TO BE COURA-

GEOUS. Though there is a fight, Jesus wants us to have the right ATTITUDE and MENTALITY so that we can overcome and be VICTORIOUS. Although we are in a fight, the OUTCOME HAS ALREADY BEEN DICIDED IN OUR FAVOUR two thousand years ago. “for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” 1John 5:4. Unlike natural battle, our victory in this battle is certain. Jesus has already secured victory for us two thousand years ago, however, we need to stand firm and enforce that victory in our lives, or else the devils will deny us the blessings already secured for us. WE ARE AT WAR WITH THE ENEMY. WE ARE ALL INVOLVED, NO ONE IS EXEMPT. IT IS A GOOD FIGHT BECAUSE JESUS HAS SECURED VICTORY FOR US. Let’s take a careful look at some words in 2 Cor 1:3-7: “Blessed be the God and father of our lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, With the comfort with which ourselves are comforted by God. For the sufferings of Christ abound in us So our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and Salvation which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are Comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast,

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Friend, the power to be a giver is available, if you are born again. You become born again, by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as the Lord and Saviour of your life. If you are not born again, you can do so right now, as you say this prayer with all sincerity of heart: 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. Now I know I am a child of God! I will conclude this series next week. May God bless you! From December 10-14, the story of many lives will be re-written at SHILOH 2013 tagged, Exceeding Grace. Shiloh is a historic and prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, coming up at Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Idiroko Road, Ota. Come for a change of status! Jesus Is Lord! Every exploit in life is a product of knowledge. For further reading, please get my books— Understanding Financial Prosperity and Breaking Financial Hardship. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 7747546-8; or E-mail: feedback@lfcww.org

because we Know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation” 1. Compassion: Means pity and mercy Pity for those suffering with desire to help or to spare (save). It means relieving the suffering of others. To have mercy or show kindness or assistance towards the sufferer. To suffer with another or share their grief (sympathy) 2. Comfort: Means to be by the side of another to relieve and support: to give solace, consolation, encouragement. There is the idea of strength, enablement and confidence. 3. Suffering, affliction, troubles These words means to be weighed down exceedingly. To be pressed or crushed. It is a picture of a person with a crushing heavy weight on His chest that threatens to suffocate him. God who is the father of compassion and from whom all comfort flows; comfort you right now in Jesus name. he does not have favorites. His compassion and comfort for everyone. He will comfort you in ALL not in some of you trials and sufferings. He is not far off. He is always near to help. This means you do not have to bear your burdens or fight your battles alone. *I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Christ Riches Church. N0 5 Brass Street Umungasi, Aba- Abia State. Or call: 08033409221 or E-mail: ocdavidmins1@yahoo.com.


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How to receive the kingdom of God like a child

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wight L. Moody once returned from an evangelistic meeting and reported two and a half conversions. “Two adults and a child, I suppose?” asked his host. “No,” said Moody. “Two children and an adult. The children gave their whole lives. The adult had only half of his left to give.” How much God desires the full control of our lives from our youth, rather than the yielding of the remnant dregs of life ebbing away after youthful strength have been spent in drudgery! Make no mistake, God would rejoice in saving anyone and every age, rather than going into a Christless and hopeless grave. God invites us to receive His kingdom like a little child today. Children have more qualities we are to emulate. What are the elements of such childlike receiving? Innocence of a baby is to be noted, not sinlessness. God wants us to be innocent when it comes to evil surmising. “In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults” (1 Cor 14:20). Even when our innocence has been diluted as adults, we may come to Christ for a chance to begin again. Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new (2 Cor 5:17). Children’s trusting spirit and believing hearts endear them to Jesus. A child is easy to convince and would believe what the significant adults in their lives tell them. God wants us to be quick to believe and jettison the suspicious and doubting dispositions. Children exhibit complete, sincere, and unmitigated trust. Their ability to believe has never been

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ast time, we looked at being empowered for the God kind of life part 2, we spoke extensively by the grace of God on how to contact the required boldness to stay above the situations of life. We started the series by saying that the Apostles exhibited boldness in their assignment and in spite of intimidation. We also said the last time that Jesus the perfect example for us and the one whose level and stature we all aspire to be, also displayed boldness in His assignment on earth.

Jesus engaged the learned and the unlearned in His daily engagements on earth, there were times when the people were too angry at what he was saying and decided to kill Him but this did not stop Him from carrying out the Father’s assignment. Not until He was ready to die, did He lay down His life because He knew what He was, His function on earth, His connection to His Father and he was prayerfully prepared. So what is the first requirement for a child of God to live above every vermin, every assault and insult of the enemy and of life? The word of God Do not say you have heard this before because anytime the same thing comes over and over again, there is the need to be mindful of the contents. The Bible says

wounded by wicked suggestion or burdened with superstition or perverted by falsehoods, cynicism, pretensions and skepticism. Children demonstrate untarnished receptivity without beginning to think whether they are deserving or not. Children willing receive from others with anticipation, expectation, excitement, joyfully, and thankfully. They come realizing that they are not sufficient in themselves. They depend totally on others. If these same attitudes are not present in adults, they can never enter into the kingdom. We all need to receive God’s kingdom and enter into it with untarnished receptivity. We must remain grace-oriented and constantly open to God’s unmerited favor. A child’s inherent untutored humility comes from their helplessness. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3, 4). Children are not naturally proud and self-righteous like adults. Self-righteousness is impossible in a child! A little child is free from the pride of knowledge, intellectual acumen, and seared consciences. Children are generally simple and not

complex in their approach to things. Most things are “black” or “white,” no “grey” areas. Jesus rejoiced that the things of the kingdom are not given to the naturally wise and prudent, but to the simple’ (Matt 11:25). Children are willing to surrender to their care-giver. They show unabashed love to others. They easily return smile, enthusiastic hugs, and kisses to givers and helpers. The love of wonder and childlike appetite for “what next,” would keep any one of us in perpetual youthfulness. Douglas MacArthur said: “you are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” Minnesota Medical Association noted: you may be old at 40 and young at 80; but you are genuinely old at any age if: you feel old; you feel you have learned all there is to learn; you find yourself saying, “I’m too old to do that”; you feel tomorrow holds no promise; you take no interest in the activities of youth! You would rather talk than listen; you long for the “good old days,” feeling they were the best. As adults, we feel that asking question suggests weakness and ignorance on the part of the questioner. We then put on the adult facade of self-sufficiency and pretense

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God commanded humanity to remember which of the Ten Commandments? Supply the scriptures. 2. Where did Abraham’s servant sent to fetch a wife for Isaac first sight her? What is her name and locate the passage? 3. The leader adjudged the “most humble and yet greatest” by God is...? Support answer with scripture. •Please, be informed that the first correct entry via text message wins the prize. See next week’s column for answers to the quiz. Send your answers with your names to 08054238905. Gifts: courtesy Babcock University. 1.

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and hypocrisy. More often than not, we refuse to ask or first apologize if we ask even those perceptive and searching questions. “The tragedy of this is not the questions and doubts we never express but the answers we never get.” George MacDonald opined: “true and good and reverent doubts, springing from devoutness and aspiration—are far more precious in the sight of God than many so-called beliefs.” We must be inquisitive, as children. The little child learns to obey its parents simply, lovingly, and uncomplainingly. Jesus here presents the little child with trusting and simple and loving obedience as the model for adults in coming into the kingdom. Children are teachable and eager to learn. They are spontaneous and often creative about the learning process. We must remain flexible, open to the Holy Spirit as a child is usually open to the leading of loving parents. Children easily imitate role model. This agrees with Paul’s admonition: “follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children (Eph 5:1-2; 1 John 3:10). Children are under government; so must we be. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” was Saul’s submissive cry at his conversion (Acts 9:6). We must receive the kingdom of God as the child Samuel did: “speak, Lord, for thy servant hears” (1 Sam 2). As the story of Mark 10 unfolds, Jesus touched and blessed those children! He wants to touch each one of us today if we are willing to cuddle with Jesus as His faithful little children. We must never outgrow our Father’s tender loving care. Now is your time to receive the kingdom of God like a child!

•Tunde Ojewole, PhD, is the Babcock University Pastor in charge: Division of Spiritual Life. For enquiries, contact: ojewolea@babcock.edu.ng or call/SMS 08058299434/08060376577.

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Philadelphia- Rev 3:7, 17 Plagues- Exodus Chapters 7-11 Aaron- Exodus 28:29, 30 NIV

Empowerment for the God kind of life (3) in John 10:35, ‘If He called them gods unto whom the word came, and the scriptures cannot be broken’. The life we are called to is no doubt an overcomer’s life to be lived in boldness and display of the power of the kingdom of God but understand that the major thing that makes us gods over the affairs of life is not our confessions, or the fact that we are born again or because we live above sin, (they are requirements actually) but the major thing that makes us gods over the issues of life is the word of God. We do not take the word of God as seriously as we need to, if you understand the potency of the word of God, you will turn your bible to shreds as you engage it on a daily basis. Let us look at a few instances of the word of God; Jesus told his disciples in John 14:10; Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Every time the word of God came to a Prophet in the Old Testament, no matter their occupation, no matter their temperament, they become powerful, speaking boldly the word as given utterance by God. The Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah name them. Joshua was Moses’ assistant but when Moses died, the word of God came to Joshua (Moses my servant is dead, Now then….. Joshua 1:2) and he proceeded by the word of God. Literarily, the word of God in the Old Testament brings life to a lifeless man, talk of Prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 2:2 who was

set upon his feet and infused with life by the word of God, why Jesus told us that the word of God is spirit and life and when it enters into you it emboldens you and empowers you John 6:63. Looking at the New Testament, the Apostles understanding the importance of the word of God had to appoint deacons over the affairs of the Church so that they could concentrate on prayers and on the word of God Acts 6. The adage says a prayer-less Christian is a powerless Christian but I challenge you that a wordless Christian is a powerless Christian. The majestic source of boldness for every child of God is the Spirit of God who brings you understanding and empowers you to walk in the will of God as shown to you from scriptures. We mentioned in the last edition that Jesus said lo” I come in the volume of the books concerning me to do your will O Lord, He was confident of His assignment because He was sure of the will of God for His life, Jesus read the scriptures in the tabernacle and told them emphatically that “this day is the scriptures fulfilled in your hearing, this too from an understanding of the word of God. Prayer born out of an empty mind does not last or go far, it takes the word of God in you to know what to pray for, the bible says we ask and do not receive what do not get because we pray according to our will and not according to God’s will. The more you read and meditate on the word of God, the more time you spend with the Holy Ghost, why? He is the author of Bible using the hands of anointed men to put down every word 2

Peter 1:20-21. When you pick a book to read, you engage the person of the writer; his concepts, values, views, notions and beliefs and before long you begin to emulate the person. The same way when you engage the bible, you engage the person of the Holy Ghost, you need Him to explain all to you so He comes and tabernacles with you expounding the scriptures to you and before long you begin to emulate the nature of Christ born from an intimate walk with His Spirit through a tireless study of the Word of God. We will continue next week by the grace of God. If you have not surrendered your life to Jesus, the process is simple: Believe in your heart that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. Believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary paying the price for your sins and rose from the dead the third day to establish your victory Confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and saviour. Repent of all sins before the Lord and forsake them. Welcome into God’s family. Now you can enjoy and experience true healing of the soul. Please locate a bible believing church and share you new-birth experience with the church leaders. •For further prayer & counseling, please contact: Pastor Femi Lanre-Oke Jesus Praise Evangelical Ministries International, Ibadan, Oyo state 2348030752799, 2348053695097. Email: femi_ lanre01@yahoo.co.uk


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Cast down but not cast out! In Acts 16:6-40, we see Paul and Silas being greatly used by God in healing and deliverance services. We see their gifts making a way for them as the bible says. We see them attracting a great crowd without public address system, posters, hand bills. We see them having a great crusade without a Television announcement and rally.

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hat gift of miracle, however, put them into political trouble. They encountered a wrong person for deliverance as written in Act 16:18

“As we were on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who was possessed By a spirit of divination claiming to foretell future events, and to discover hidden knowledge, and She brought her owners much gain by her future telling. She kept following Paul and the rest of us Shouting loudly, these men are the servants of the Most High God. They announce to you the way Of salvation! And she did this for many days. Then, Paul being sorely annoyed and worn out Turned and said to the spirit within her, I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ come out of her And it came out that very moment”. This particular deliverance of the slave girl jailed Paul and Silas contrary to the scripture that “Hotter than it was usually heated. And he commanded strongest men in his army to bind shedrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to cast them into the burning furnace” Daniel 3:19-20 It does not matter how strong the man who executed a judgment against may be. One thing is certain, in every judgment, the fourth man must appear. In verse 2124, the king was overtaken by the presence of the fourth man. Any where you are, king Nebuchadnezzar exist. But no matter how strong He is, he must be overtaken by the fourth man who is your Deliverer. In verse 25 of the same chapter, the bible records: “He answered, lo I see four men lose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth man is like a son of the gods” The king was wrong! But he saw well. He saw the son of God and not the son of the gods. These three men were bound and cast down to the furnace, but they were losing when they got in there. The fourth man is available now to lose you no matter how bound you are. THERE IS A LOOSING POWER! It rested on Lazarus he was freed. John 8:36 says: So, if the son librates you, makes you free man, then you are really and unquestionable Free. So you that are cast down does not

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They will still hear about you! (3) mean you are cast of God’s presence. In every situation be steadfast and you will see the presence of the fourth man. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. BEYOND LIMITATION You can live above limitations. You can overcome your shortcomings. Acts 4:15-16 reads But having ordered (the prisoners) to go aside out of the council (chambers), they conferred (Debated) amongst them saying what are we to do with these men? For an extraordinary Miracle has been performed by (through) them is plain to all the residents of Jerusalem, and we Cannot deny it. All these began to happen shortly after the outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Incredible signs and wonders followed their ministry. They visited cities, villages and towns. Apostle peter who was victimized at the highest level of Jesus’ trial became the chief Apostle. For he was a prisoner of fear and uncertainty. Secondly, he was an illiterate. These short comings put together rendered him spiritually impotent. But has soon as the encounter at the upper chamber was concluded, peter’s history changed. He became an epitome of wisdom, knowledge and Bible history. When they were mocked for speaking the unknown tongue, he was the first person to rise to defend the Christian faith. Fear disappeared, power and boldness took over. A man of fear became a man of boldness and power. The words that came out of his mouth that fateful day were so strong, persuasive, convincing and convicting that three thousand men, gave their lives to Christ excluding women and children. If you add them probably five thousand people were saved in less than thirty minutes message. This is beyond limitation! Peter grew above tradition and educational limitation. The people were even amazed. They said “is this not this man of no education”. When the power of God falls on you, you do not need a University certificate to attract the crowd or win a contract. God’s power is what we need to change us. You may have all it takes to be great and yet be useless. You may acquire all the degree in the universities and still suffer limitation, poverty and shame. The earth is of the lord and the fullness thereof. (Psalm 24:1). What you need most is Gods power, grace, favor, and mercy. When these follow you, the skies will be your limit. I have seen many poor professors, poor engineers, poor medical scientist, and poor lawyers. Greatness is not the making of a profession but the making of God. David did not become a king by being a political scientist. David was not king’s Saul family member. He came from one of the poorest cities. He was a boy of the bush and not of the throne. But what took David to the throne was the oil Samuel poured on him that had no name. These days we do anointing service and

call it names: Anointing for increase, Anointing for Excellence, Anointing for Exaltation, Anointing for Expansion or Anointing for this or that. But the day Prophet Samuel anointed David; he did not tell him the purpose of the anointing. See it written in 1 Samuel 16:12 Jesse sent and brought him. David had reddish hair and fair skin, beautiful eyes and fine-Looking. The lord said (to Samuel). Arise anoint him: this is he. There is no mention of Prophet Samuel to David of the purpose of the anointing. But one day, the anointing brought him out from the bush and took him to the throne. Then, boy David became King David. What do say about that! He was beyond limitation. Do not attribute your joblessness, business failure, late marriage, infertility to any power of Satan. The moment you are born again, old things are passed away. (2corithians 5:17). You should begin to believe God for new things to happen to your life. Do not accept any limitation. Think beyond your discouragement and shortcomings. A young girl studied to gain admission into an American University to read medicine. When she went for the examination, she was disqualified because she was disfigured. She was crippled. The medical Directors reasoned that her state of health would not permit her to do well in the field. When she heard this, she was not discouraged. As an American citizen, she applied to another University in France. She was accepted, and she went for the examination and passed. So, she gained admission to read Medicine in a French University. After many years, she graduated and came out as the best Medical graduate of the year. Her name was published in Newspapers. Those

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isten what you desire is what you become. If want to end up like a king, you must learn to behave like a king. The day you decide not to make excuses is the day you begin to be at the top. I pity anyone that celebrates pity party.

Many will be giving excuses but what about the testimonies of the good things God has done for them. Did you pay price for breathing in and breathing out? You are not the manufacturer of the air.

who rejected her in America read about her. Yes, they heard about her. They did not hear about her rejection this time, but her victory. They did not hear about her calamity, limitation and short coming but her greatness. She came back to America and was celebrated. Among her guests, were men who turned down her University admission in America. She became an epitome of pride in America. They brought her to a Medical Chamber as an Authority to help in medical activities in America. It may b the same thing you are passing through today. Are you suffering rejection and dejection as a result of your health, academic shortcomings or family background? You need to develop the heart that crippled medical scientist had God said to me one day, “I am not moved by what anybody says about you. I am only moved by what you say about yourself ”. Do not let people talk you out of your destiny. Do not let people talk you out of your hear desires, especially when you know where you are heading to in life, the only one who knows where you are going is God. So, He is the only one you should consult. When you feel downcast or rejected, God is always available to guide and direct you. Do not listen to the discouragement. *Write us if you are blessed through this piece or call or visit us, “Apostle Clement A. Ogbonnaya” Ph.D Senior Pastor/President word of faith Int’l Church Inc. Kingdom life Bible College and Seminary Int’l Email: theapostleofgrace2010inwof@gmail. com, apostleofgrace2011@yahoo. com, www.facebook.com/clementogbonnaya Telephone : 08036774737, 0805083848482, 08029704562.

Do you know why you must give thanks to God? If it is not because there are a lot of people that want to breathe with their nose but they can’t breathe with it; there are a lot of people that want to excrete but they need medical aid to be able to excrete. There are a lot of people they are looking at food, they feel like eating it but the situation will not allow them to eat. They can only be fed by pipes. But He has not made your story to be like these ones. Do you know that if you have a tablet to sleep, you will have a tablet to wake up? You can take drugs to sleep but you can’t take drugs to wake up. Only God is the one that can wake someone up. Common wave your hands and say, Lord I thank you; appreciate him. Listen it your decision and not the condition of your life that determines how far you go in life. In spite of you position in life, you can see God’s grace if it is your decision. And if it is your decision that you are destined to be small, life is a choice. And what one chooses to become that is what he or she will become in life. I have chosen to succeed and I know I am going to be a success. This morning I will share with us on the topic I title ‘Covenant Day of your Favour’. The month of November is the month of favour. Is there anyone here who de-


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ear reader, can you imagine the resolve and resilience that goes into the kind of sacrifice the woman of Alabaster jar made. The bible says in Mark 14:5 “It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages….” It would be such a wrench of the heart to part with such expensive stuff. She had to “let go”, a very rich and forceful way to express love. I personally believe that “letting go” is one of the greatest ways of expressing love. When you have to let go of something very valuable to please or redeem the one you love. Every great story of love has been a story of letting go. 1. God had to let go of his only son for the world that He loves so much. 2. Jesus Christ had to let go of His own life to please His father and redeem the world too. 3. Jonathan had to let go of His father’s throne for David to become King because He loved David. This jar- breaking woman had to let go of something worth a year’s wage because she was driven by the force of love. She had a noholds barred heart for God. Her love was so great and unbelievable that even the disciples who preached love could not understand its depth. When one is driven by love, there is absolutely no limit to what he or she can do. Have you ever gotten to the point in love with God or anyone where you had to say, “I give it all up for you” that’s an extraordinary level of brokenness and submission. You can’t separate love and submission Submission is not easy but it is made possible by love Imagine Jesus at Gethsemane

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The force of love Think about Ruth and Naomi WHEN LOVE RULES, SUBMISSION PREVAILS. The word SUB-MISSION is made up of two words: SUB and MISSION. It means to submit your own mission to another. It means to say like Jesus, “Not my will but thine be done”. The sacrifice here is that though you have your own will, agenda, or mission; you decide to let your will go and submit your own mission to pursue and fulfill someone else’s. The woman in this context must have had a very wonderful reason for buying such an expensive perfume. She must have saved for a year for it. She must also have denied herself many good things and luxury to be able to afford it. But here is the woman letting go of what she gave up almost everything to have. No wonder she got everyone’s attention. She was so unconventional and unusual because she was driven by THE FORCE OF LOVE. Have you ever given up everything for Him? It reminds me of mine own story! My walk with God has been a history of letting go. Everything I spent my entire adult life fighting to get both as a banker as an individual, have been laid down for him. Every money I made- I let go. Every gold I had, even my societal status was all given up for Him. The sweetest part of this story is that He will never let you down. He is a faithful rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ANYTHING YOU LET GO FOR HIM IS NOT LOST! I have proved God over and over again and found Him SUPER-FAITHFUL. It’s a powerful fact that nobody can out-give God in any way. In spite of what you do for Him out of love, He will always have more for you because His love is more and consistent. Nobody has ever given up anything sacrificially for God and have a reason to regret it. This jar-breaking woman is a perfect example. The bible says in Mark 10:28-30

“Then peter began to say unto Him, lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, verily I say unto you, there is no man that left is house, brethren or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundred fold now in this time, house, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land, with persecution; and in the world to come, eternal life”. Certainly, we lose nothing by giving our all to Him. If you will receive a hundred fold now and still get eternal life in the world to come than all your labour of love for God is not in vain. LOVE IS BIRTHED BY REVELATION! I want you to know that there is nothing like LOVE without REVELATION. LOVE is the EFFORT of force but REVELATION is the FULCRUM on which the force rest. Love is powerless until there is revelation. Deep revelation births deep love. Deeper revelation births deeper love. This is practically because love hinges on knowledge. You can’t truly love someone in the true sense of the word until you know him. In this regard I speak personal love and not the love of God which we ought to have for everyone including strangers. Consequently you cannot love God until you know Him. It is your revelation of God that drives your love for Him. The more you know God (revelationally) is the more you will love Him. Some people seem to love God more because they know Him more. How much of God do you know? IF I CAN SEE HOW YOU LOVE HIM THEN I CAN TELL HOW MUCH OF HIM YOU KNOW. When someone’s action is born out of love from a higher revelation of God, you may have difficulty understanding or appreciating it, because it is not just HIGHER. This was the case of this woman. The bible says: “And there were some that had indignation within them, and said why

It’s good to be in covenant with God –Pastor Bamidele Pastor Lai Bamidele of Christ Glorious End-time evangelical Ministries, urges Christians to explore the amazing power of a covenant walk with God. Excrpts: sire god’s favour? What do we mean by the word covenant? Covenant is an Agreement that cannot be broken between man and God. Very shortly from now, we will enter into the covenant with God because you obey and you are destined for favour. Covenant has no regard for your situation. It has no regard for what you are going through. Covenant has nothing to do with your story. Listen until you fulfill your own part of the agreement you have with Him, then you are not qualified to be favoured. Everything that God has been doing in my life and ministry is as a result of covenant. If you are not happy over your present situation, you have to enter into a dangerous covenant with Him today. Listen to me; when I look at myself and look at my life, I look at how I started the journey of my life and I look at where I find myself I got a discovery that I made a covenant to be able to succeed. Because where I am coming from, there was no testimony.

One of the reasons that made me to respect covenant was a day I stumbled on a scripture concerning covenant; when the word of God said: “I am the Lord God; I respect my word than my name. He now said further, “I am the Lord God; I respect my covenant than my word.” I said God I need this. Before then I didn’t know that there is anything that God respects more than his words.

Listen to me; every time I am faced with difficulty, there is always one prayer I normally pray: “Lord; remember the covenant between me and you.” The moment I mention that word, solution will naturally come to my situation. God does not break covenant; it is men that break covenant. And as long as you keep His covenant, the sky is you limit. I know where I can fall. I know what Satan can use to destroy me. And I knew where I am coming from. I knew I have started. I knew if I did not change, I will

end up like the other ones as a Muslim.

Listen to me today. In the generation where I came from, nobody has ever recorded success. And I told God, if others have never succeeded, I must be a pacesetter. And the only thing that can help me is for me to forego what I love most- woman. Ah! I love woman to a fault. Listen to me; when I discovered that is the areas where the Devil can get me, all those ones that did not embarked on the journey of success in my generation them ended up with three or four wives; and their destiny became worse than the way they started. And I said God; it is good to be in covenant with you. There is someone reading me today, you enter into a dangerous covenant with God. That is why there is no situation that I find myself, God will naturally open a way for me-covenant.

Was the waste of the ointment made? Mark 14:4-5 But Jesus waded in with revelatory insight into her actions; “She is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying” In other words she has done this by REVELATIONS. She has a revelation of my death and burial, and has done this because of her revelation of me. WHEN THE FORCE OF REVELATIONAL LOVE IS AT WORK IN A MAN, NOTHING CAN STOP HIM, because he would take UNCOMMON steps and go out of His way to express the love He feels on the inside of him. Sometimes you feel so uncomfortable inside you until you have emptied you account for the work of God. Love is a powerful force that cannot be denied especially when it is by revelation. LOVERS ARE GIVERS Read John 3:16, 1 John4:8. Love is Gods nature that is who He is, He is the right person to learn love from because He is the best at it. For God so love the world? Yes! He loves, He is a lover, when He loves- He gives, He so loved the world that He gave. Today people love you only when there is something they can take from you. SURPRISINGLY, WE APPROACH GOD WE THE SAME ATTITUDE OF TAKING AND TAKING. We claim to love God so much yet nothing about us shows that, our prayers are laced with, bless, give, deliver or uplift me lots of gimmees. Everything revolves around us; we are always at the centre of our own focus. We seem to have lost the true meaning and definition of love; the kind of love that was displayed by the woman who broke the jar. Nothing about love is selfish. 1 cor.13:4-7 When you begin to serve God in love, everyone around you will know because your actions and depositions will change from normal to abnormal or even weird. LOVE MAKES YOU A KINGDOM ADDICT, LOVERS ARE GIVERS NOT TAKERS. Everyone followed Jesus for miracles, some did for food but this woman showed up with a Jar filled with the most expensive perfume not to market at the meeting but to break it at His feet. The cry of her heart was. “Take it and let it be consecrated unto you” she broke the Jar; she gave her all because she was moved by love that came from a revelation. It is not possible to love without giving. The most outstanding proofs of love are: Giving and Forgiving. It is a tragedy today that we have people who claim to love GOD but cannot serve Him with their resources and time. What manner of love is that? Giving out of love activates Gods nature in us. It reveals the true image of God in us because it is HIS nature. I challenge you today to become a Jar breaking lover of God and see the wonders that God will do with you and for you. God is love and cannot ignore any act of love done for Him in His name. Yes! She broke the jar. Now it’s your time to break the yours. What are you going to do with yours? Keep the Jar because the perfume in it is very expensive or break it all at His feet and let Him take you beyond your wildest dreams? The choice is totally yours. Destiny is waiting.

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he meek are those who quietly submitted themselves to god and are gentle towards all men (Titus 3; 12) who can bear provocation without being influenced by it; are either silent, or return a soft answer; who can be cool when others are hot; and i their patience keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. They are the meek who would rather forgive twenty injuries than revenge one. These meek ones are here represented as happy, even in this world. They believe that in this world we shall have the joy of heaven. They are bleeding, for they like the blessed Jesus. They are blessed, for they have the most comfortable, undisturbed enjoyment of themselves their friends, their god, they are fit to live ad fit to die. they shall inherit the earth for they have started to enjoy things of heaven here on earth like joy, peaceful mind and comfortable life not that they shall always have much of the earth, much less that they shall be put off with only, but this branch of godliness has, in a special manner, the promise of that life that now is. Meekness, however ridiculed and run down has a real tendency to promote our health, wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world, they shall inherit the land i.e, the land of canning that flows wit milk and honey, which is a type of heaven. so that all the blessedness of heaven above. And all the blessings of earth beneath are the portion of the meek. The meek has its satisfaction from god who never fails. For its god only who can fill a soul, whose grace and flavor are adequate to its just desires. So they are contented for they inherit the good things of the earth as

Life of the meek the joy the lord is their strength. So that all the blessedness of heaven above, and all the blessings of earth beneath, are the portion of the meek. The blessings of earth beneath are the piton of the meek. The meek has its satisfaction from god who never fails for its god only who can fill a soul, whose grace and favour are adequate to its just desires. So they are contented for they inherit the good things of the earth as the joy of the lord is their strength. That they shall inherit the earth include the providence of god shall prosper them in all their in all undertaking here on earth whatever they lay their hands upon to do shall prosper. • The meek shall never be in need, for god will supply his needs here on earth according to his riches in heaven for god blessings is on his to inherit the earth. He shall surely be supplied with whatever he needs so he shall be in needs. • The meek shall be successful even in his business in all their employment; god would own their industry and bless the work of their hands. • The meek shall not borrow for he shall inherit the earth and this will make him to be honorable among men, only the foolish. • The blessing of god on them that they shall inherit the earth makes them formidable to all their neighbors they shall be victorious over enemies; for they can bear provocation without being influenced by it thus they overcome enemy wit love. They have patience; their tongue can break the bone. • They can keep best of friends; for they are lovely, gentle ad they are the type who would rather forgive twenty injuries than revenge one the book or proverbs say love forgets mistake nagging at it separate the of friends. The opposite of the meek is in psalm 49;20 man that is in honor and knowing it, not understandeth how is like a beast. Abraham was a good example of the meek in Genesis 13:8- Abraham’s separation from lot was an example of unselfishnessi.e. meekness. The result we all know, the same spirit is exhorted in the N.T. Ephe-

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inisters of God from within and outside Lagos State converged at the Apapa District headquarters of Assemblies of God church, FESTAC Town, Lagos to give a rousing send-off ceremony for one of the ministry’s Presbyters, Mr. Frank Amaefula, last Sunday.

It was not only a day of gathering of God’s Generals; but also a day of paying glowing tributes to a man described as a notable deliverance minister. Our reporter gathered Rev Amaefula 36 years of meritorious service in the Lord’s vine yard was trailed by great deliverance, signs and wonders, include the healing and restoration of a raving mad man that terrorized passersby along Achakpo Road in Ajegunle area of Lagos.

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“According to fate, Reverend Amaefula was designed o live to manifest the finger of God upon his life,” said Pastor Mrs. Nneoma Amaefula, his wife. “ All hope of surviving was lost, as his step mother, barren decided to burn him alive. Born in Umuahia, Abnia State to to Mr. and Mrs. Mgbede, little did Frank know that he was hated, until tragedy struck. “His ordeal in the hand of his step mother was a sympathetic experience. At seven months, he faced tragedy in his life. “On that fateful day, most farmers set out to their farm work, little Frank as he was fondly called then, was left in the hands of his sister Chioma. “But he never knew that his little brother would be dead by the end of the day.

sians 4:1-3, philipains 2:1-4. We should emulate Abraham in meekness, who with the spirit of gentility he inherited the green pasture for his flock. Lot being selfish made haste to choose before his senior brother without courtesy to his brother he allowed lustfulness to overwhelm him, but the choice of lot has a great contrast before and after curse on Sodom. It no longer is fruitful, for the men of sodomite sin is the one that god cannot and will not tolerate God sent judgment upon these sodomite cities as a lesson to other who would be tempted to follow in their sin, and condemned many people afterward who did so, promising eternal hell as their reward. What is their sin? All homosexuals, sodomities or lesbians and other perverts are always classed as wicked sinners before the lord. it was after the separation that god blessed Abraham and his seeds for ever so I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye brethren are called with all with love let there be no strife among you, but keep the unity of spirit in the bond of peace.ehp 4;1-3. Man showing meekness like Abraham him, departed from where he was not wanted so as to keep peace Gen 26;20. In numbers 12; 3 Moses was said to be most meek above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. This is a statement of fact regarding his personal character and very necessary to the proper understanding of this incident, being prompted by the holy spirit, the real author ,and not by self –love on the part of Moses(v3).the words are inserted here to explain how Moses did not take steps to defend or vindicate himself and show why god so take steps to defend or vindicate himself and show why god so promptly intervened, Moses was afflicted by his brethren, the rebellion of Miriam and Aaron, they complained against Moses. it should be noticed that the holy spirit records the good points about men, whenever it is wise to do so, well as their faults, as is clear from numbers 20;12,exd 4;24&dt 1;37. There are many men, in the bible that God used as an example of meekness – like Gideon Judge 8:23, Hannah 1 Sam 1:13-16, Saul 1 Sam 10:24 David psalm

17;29 Paul Acts 21:20-22 and Jesus Christ Mathew 11:28-39, Mathew 11:29, Mathew 21:5, 2 Corinthians 10:1 And God bless them indeed and the blessings are satisfaction, guidance in judgment, knowledge of God Earth as an inheritance, salvation, help from God, increase joy Isaiah 29:19, Holy Spirit, Gal 5:22-23. A blessing to others for example Abraham inherited blessing for his eternal generations out of meekness. Patience 2 Timothy 2:24-25 *Your Steward, PASTOR JACOB ADE-DAVID 54/56 Okesuna Street, Lagos Island Lagos. TEL:08023535110,08023539857, 08034078158 Email:jacobpastordavid@yahoo.com.

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his is the introductory part to the Mandate of Life. Mandate is the purpose for which God has made you to exist on planet earth to fulfil. However, self fulfilment is being mistaken for mandate. Self fulfilment includes personal pursuits in life like career, buildings, cars, riches etc. In as much as those things are good, yet they are not, should not and cannot be our purpose of existence.

He is your maker (manufacturer), therefore, He is the only one that can talk about your function and purpose on earth. Mandate is an assignment from God and it must be pursued with so much passion. In the secular world (in the political sphere), politicians can go any length (even the point of death) to fight and collect the mandate the masses have given to them, if it has been collected from them wrongfully. There’s one notable politician in Nigeria who died fighting for his mandate. In the same way, you might fight hard to pursue your mandate on earth. We conclude next week. For comment or enquiries, contact Peace Tabernacle Int’l through: 08067142127 or bunmichristy75@yahoo.com.

The mother had left him and his sister, Chioma, to play compound. Suddenly the step mum beckoned on her to get her a bottle of oil from the market in the village square,Pastor mrs Amaefule continued.

“Chioma obliged her leaving her brother in her care of the step mother called Janet. “Soon after she left, Janet took little Frank to her fire place locked the door of her room and left with the key to the stream. “He cried but no one heard his little voice from behind the locked doors he was burnt beyond recognition before a Good Samaritan heard him and rescued him,” Mrs. Amaefula related. Having survived the tragedy, Frank joined the service of God where he put in 36 years of service. Now aged over 70, he retires with honuor and with great admiration from both his colleagues and his numerious God’s sons and daughters.

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f you prayed for Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, governor of Edo State, that his path should not be dogged by controversies, you would have succeeded in meaning the opposite. For a man who grew up from the tribe of the holoi poloi, to now rise steadily through the harrowing tunnel of innocuous struggle for the liberation of the masses, his path cannot but be accustomed to a trajectory of controversies.

A livid instance of this was last week’s dissonance, spurned by erstwhile coupist, Tony Nyiam, a retired Colonel who was until a few days ago, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the proposed national conference. For an orator of the calibre of Oshiomhole, whose words cannot but bite, Nyiam, in reacting the way he did, had probably been accustomed to the insipid slur of mental articulation, for which bloody civilians of our time should be noted. Midway into the governor’s speech during the committee’s public hearing in Benin, Nyiam created a stir by shouting down the governor; but he was unable to control the consequence

of his action, which snowballed into sheer hullabaloo. A week after, an embarrassed President Goodluck Jonathan politely showed Nyiam the exit door, replacing him with Solomon Asemota, in the presidential committee. Granted that Nyiam was wrought that the governor was not addressing issues in tandem with the former’s articulation, the truth is that, the governor, like any other person, is entitled to his opinion and should be allowed to so be. Remarkably however, the Nyiam controversy came at the dawn of a deserving one year anniversary of the second coming of Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State. Exactly November 12 last year, the comrade governor was sworn in at the Benin stadium amid a joyous crowd to continue what the people boldly proclaimed as his good works. For those who knew Benin, the Edo capital city in the locust years of Governor Lucky Igbinedion, of how decaying infrastructure was a signpost of that ancient city noted for its culture, gnomes and beauty, the coming of Oshiomhole was a soothing relief. Having led the labour force as National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in which he spoke the truth to power, an Oshiomhole in government cannot afford to be a letdown. That alone is a driving force for the governor who in his first four years transformed Edo communities to an ambience of colourful habitation.

Through massive road construction and youth empowerment, especially in the grassroots, the governor easily convinced the masses of the need to return him to power. The urban transportation system with luxury buses of assorted mould in its fleet also counted for the governor in a state that is in a hurry to trudge on the path of progress. Indubitably so, Oshiomhole cannot be loved by everyone, neither is he a saint. But through the passion for the job of serving the electorate in a way that is purposely inclusive, the governor has demonstrated leadership with the panache of heroic Mao Zedong of China, who was best known as Chairman Mao. Mao who lived between 1893 and 1976 was a Chinese communist revolutionary and socio-political theorist. His impactful role in ruling China which he converted to a single-party state through the wide acceptance of his Communist Party was awe-inspiring. Mao, considered as a dictator in some circles and revered as a natively intelligent democrat in another, was able to carry on with his transformation agenda by remaining to the global community, a replica of legendary Egyptian Sphinx, awing massively but speechlessly. For this achiever of a governor who marks the first anniversary of his second term next Tuesday, the revelry of celebration can best be appreciated with inauguration and commissioning of projects,

which officials working with Oshiomhole have said are never in want. The governor too has been learning the ropes of power through experiencing, and should be ready to absorb as many criticisms as come his way, through dogged appreciation of the ways of humans, to enable him concentrate on the onerous task of improving on the wellbeing of the Edo people. That also speaks for governors across the country, who collect the monthly handout of monetary allocations from the federation account: they should justify their states’ share of the national wealth through physical achievements, targeted at transforming lives and living. The major problem however, is Nigeria’s assailable electoral system, which has been perforated by rigging and so many unprintable shenanigans. Once the country is able to improve on this through a thorough understudy of electoral system in the western world, especially in the US, the avenue for the electorate to boldly express their wishes would be open, to the delight of all lovers of democracy. This for instance was palpably expressed in the emergence of Oshiomhole as governor and he owes the people a continued fulfillment of his pre-election vows, to remain in their heart. Continue on this road of purposeful idealism, however rough, the people’s governor.

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igeria of today is a country that devours its youth. It is a country that terrorizes its youth. It is country that is hostile and antagonistic to its youth. It is a country that offers no hope, no life, no dream, and no future. It is a dead country full of dead youth.

On the high road of history on which each country must sooner or later travel, Nigeria has taken a lead in ignoble purposes. Nigeria is a classic example of a society where the youth dreamed but for which they no longer dared hope. The future of humanity and the fate of our culture as a nation are at stake. During my visit to Nigeria last July, I was not able to enjoy moments of deep joy. Nowhere resembled the Nigeria that I grew up as a youth. There was no deep feeling for humanity. No immediate surge of brotherly love. My heart swelled and tears came into my eyes. The youths I saw were depressed and despondent, sad, confused, and lost in transit as it were, not knowing where they were coming from and where they were headed. Their eyes were unclear full of no confidence and hope. This expression of illuminated unhappiness I saw on their faces tells me the Nigerian youth is headed for extinction. At once, a mental picture of Nigeria invaded my thought space: a crude and wicked nation, civilized yet uncivilized, literary yet illiterate, tasteless wealth stood out against a vast darkness. The entire environment for the Nigerian youth remained hazy to me. It com-

pletely shut out any hope of redemption of our youth. Nigeria has become very inhospitable, unwelcome, and dangerous to its teeming homeless, lifeless, and dispossessed youth. Like any other group in Nigeria, our youth suffers not just from human condition in general but from very specific social arrangements and government policies. Implied from the foregoing is the incontrovertible truth that the situation of Nigerian youth is one that calls for political activity on the part of the victims – the youths. For once let’s blame the youth for self inflicted apathy, cultivated timidity, paranoid fear, and criminal complacency for their situation. Today’s Nigerian youth are known for their almost traditional despair. For them to create a better life, they must shake off the restrained spirit of compromise and conformity. They should shred the garment of stealth and silence. It is within the capacity of Nigerian youth to alter the political arrangements and government policies that work against them. Nigerian youth have become less politicized. They are not ready to commit themselves to political action either out of compassion or solidarity with their suffering. They seek to avoid the infliction of pain. They are painstakingly miserly in calculating the human costs of their political engagement with their oppressors. These costs – real or imagined – are afflicted by overpowering anguish of cowardice, timidity, and shame. Nigerian youth should be reminded that they have

the right to end their suffering by confronting the government. They must be prepared to accept the price of suffering that will have to be paid in overthrowing the status quo. They must be resolved to unleash the raw energy of youth in organizing not agonizing, in demanding what is legitimately due to them, in challenging and fighting the oppressive political system that is ruining their lives. I believe it is romantic illusion to expect President Obama or whoever for that matter to enact a Marshall Plan so to say, that will bail the Nigerian youth out of their abbreviated life. Their salvation lies in their own hands. The ruling class doesn’t care what happens to them. After all their children are not among the suffering legion, they are stowed away in comfortable palaces scattered around the world. History of resistance, protests, agitation, and rebellion against injustice, neglect, and tyranny continue to unfold every now and then before the very eyes of Nigerian youth. Such events are not meant for consumption as TV entertainment but as a model for other victims to learn and replicate for their own benefit. Unfortunately, our youth remained undisturbed and unaffected. Cataclysmic events of history produced beneficent change – change of ideas, values, and consciousness. The Nigerian youth should not be afraid of police beating, arrest, or being killed if need be to free them from poverty, meaningless, wasted, and unfulfilled life. We should remind our youth that history is one endless massacre stretching

back to the dawn of mankind. Wherever we are in history, we stand on a mountain of corpses – and, however terrible the thought, we are the beneficiaries of all this carnage. Our youth should understand that the only language understood by those who are responsible for their stunted, empty, and broken life is confrontation not cooperation. There is strength in numbers. The numbers are on their side. Let the youth take to the streets. Set fire of protest on the local governments, state governments and finally the federal government with prolonged and sustained determination that would bare fruits. They should take the fight to the governors and demand their share of the so called security vote. Take the legislators and the president hostage and demand job creation bill. Demand for share of the legislator’s monthly compensation package of N29 million. Disrupt and paralyze services from Lagos to Bayelsa, from Abuja to Kontagora, from Akure to Minna and let the tsunami of civil disobedience sink the whole country – simultaneously. The youth should push ahead impatiently for necessary changes and reforms. They must move from resistance to aggression, from revolt to revolution. Every protest or resistance or uprising has some notion of redemptive suffering. Some must die if Nigerian youth is to be liberated in a new order. • Oluwasanmi is a US-based Nigerian socio-political analyst


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The ABC of gonorrhoea Vaginal infection with STI can cause itching

Drug-resistant gonorrhoea bacteria

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side from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which is dreaded as the most dangerous sexually transmitted disease (STD), a lot of people still do not know that other types of STDs are equally dangerous and can have devastating effect on their health if contracted. Gonorrhoea is one of such sexually transmitted diseases that is quite deadly if early treatment does not commence. Medical experts describe it as an infection caused by a kind of bacteria that is passed during sexual contact. It can also be passed from a woman to her fetus during birth. It is not passed through casual contact. It is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Anyone who has any type of sex can catch gonorrhea, be it oral, anal or vaginal intercourse. Sometimes it is called “the clap” or “the drip”. Gonorrhoea is treatable but can be a serious health risk if it is not diagnosed and treated at the early stage. From global statistic by the World Health Organisation, WHO, gonorrhoea represents 88 million of the estimated 448 million new cases of curable STIs – that also includes syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis, which occur globally every year. Medical experts disclose that men have a 20 per cent risk of getting the infection from a single act of vaginal intercourse with an infected woman. The risk for men who have sex with men is higher. Women have a 60-80 per cent risk of getting the infection from a single act of vaginal intercourse with an infected man. It is most

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common in young adults who are sexually active. A medical practitioner with Havana Specialist Hospital, Surulere Lagos, Dr Abdussalam Mukhtar Aderemi, says ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhoea to be transmitted or acquired. He explains that the ailment does not always come with symptoms, especially in women. In men, gonorrhoea can cause pain when urinating and discharge from the penis. “The first presentation of this disease is either the vaginal discharge for the women or urethra discharge for men. Sometimes, women can be asymptomatic. This means they may not have symptoms. In female, when there is foul smelling and itching, know that it is likely to be an infection, although other diseases also present with these symptoms. This is where a laboratory test comes in to know which kind of organism is causing the symptom. Whenever there is a bacterial infection, it normally comes with a discharge but to differentiate between organisms, you have to do what is called microscopic culture and sensitivity

NAS to reward deserving scientists In a bid to encourage research in tertiary institutions, the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) said recently that it would institute grants for deserving scientists in Nigerian universities. In a statement made available to newshounds in Lagos, the academy said

this was one of the recommendations arrived at during a workshop it held recently. It said the workshop was organised by the Academy in collaboration with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) for stakeholders in science research and education. “By virtue of its position,

NAS is dedicated to the advancement of evidencebased science, technology and innovation,” the statement said. It recalled that one of the rewards of excellence in science had been the Nigerian Science Prize, which is being administered by the academy.

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(MCS). This is where you take a swab of that discharge to the laboratory and find out what organism that is involved in this kind of symptom and be able to differentiate between them. Another symptom is dysuria, that is painful urination can occur in both male and female. In males, there can be swelling of testes. In females, there can be lower abdominal pain. Women with gonorrhoea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms. Symptoms of rectal infection in both men and women may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. Infection in the throat may cause a sore throat, but usually causes no symptoms,” Dr Aderemi disclosed. He debunked popular beliefs that the disease can be transmitted from toilet seats or door handles. “The bacterium that causes gonorrhoea requires very specific conditions for growth and reproduction. It cannot live outside the body for more than a few seconds or minutes, nor can it live on the skin of the hands, arms or legs. It survives only on moist surfaces within the body and is found most commonly in the vagina, and, more commonly, the cervix. It can also live in the urethra through which urine drains from the bladder in men. Gonorrhoea can even exist in the back of the throat from oral-genital contact and in the rectum,” he said. Medical experts also say that the ailment is curable unlike some other STD’s like HIV virus, or the Hepatitis B virus, which have no cure. This can be done by giving the appropriate antibiotics after the necessary interrogation that your doctor

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puts you through. When you have these symptoms, it is best you see a doctor immediately to confirm the best drugs to use to cure the disease. They caution against the use of traditional medicines to cure STDs which oftentimes cause more complications than cure. Dr Aderemi warns that although gonorrhoea can be cured, there are complications that could occur if it is not properly treated. “Untreated gonorrhoea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men. In women, it is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, stillbirths and infertility in both men and women. It is treated with a range of antibiotics which must be taken religiously and under strict supervision of medical personnel,” he warned However, scientists reported finding a “superbug” strain of gonorrhoea in Japan in 2008 that was resistant to all recommended antibiotics and warned then that it could transform a once easily treatable infection into a global health threat. WHO said those fears are now a reality with many more countries, including AusCONTINUED ON PAGE 51

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Expert tasks women on frequent HIV tests, counselling An expert in Environmental and Reproductive Health, Dr Akinsola Oluwayemisi, has urged women within the reproductive age to seek frequent HIV and AIDS tests and counselling. Akinsola who made this call in an interview with journalists recently in Osogbo, Osun State spoke on the factors that tend to increase

vulnerability to HIV and AIDS among women of reproductive age. She said that HIV and AIDS was the leading cause of death and diseases among active women of reproductive age from 15 to 49 all over the world without any contradiction. “Research has proven to us that women within reproduc-

tive age are more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS with the resultant effect of death and various diseases,” she added. The expert also pointed out that sexual violence increases the risk of HIV and AIDS infection. “The greatest factor that continues to increase the risk of HIV and AIDS infection is sexual violent.


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The human neck

he neck is the part of the body that distinguishes the head from the torso or trunk. It is the body portion that separates the head from the rest of the body. Its role The neck supports the weight of the head and protects the nerves that carry sensory and motor information from the brain down to the rest of the body. In addition, the neck is highly flexible and allows the head to turn and flex in all directions. From top to bottom the cervical spine is gently curved in convex-forward fashion. It is the least marked of all the curves of the column. The major components present in the neck are jugular veins, carotid arteries, nerves, portion of oesophagus, vocal cords or larynx, cervical spine (that encloses spinal cord) and sternocleidomastoid muscles. Jugular vein The jugular vein comprises internal and external veins. The interior jugular vein receives blood from the face, brain and neck; whereas, the external jugular vein collects blood from the cranium, deep tissues of face. The external jugular vein consists of the anterior external or posterior external vein. The former drains blood from the lower jaw and voice box, while the latter collects blood from the back of the neck. The carotid arteries distribute blood to the head and neck. There are two major carotid arteries that extend on each side of the neck. The left carotid artery originates from the arch of the aorta, while the right one originates from the brachiocephalic trunk. Each of these carotid arteries is categorised into internal and external carotid artery. The nerves in the neck portion are cranial nerves and cervical nerves. The pharynx, larynx, trachea and portion of esophagus are collectively referred to as

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visceral column. Cervical spine The bone present in the neck is referred to as cervical spine. It originates just below the skull and comprises seven vertebrae and eight pairs of nerves. The seven vertebrae are symbolised as C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7. Cartilaginous discs are present between two vertebrae. The cervical spine of the neck is comparatively smaller than other vertebrae of the spinal column. From top to bottom, it is slightly curved in a convex manner. The cervical spine is responsible for movement of head, protection of skull and spinal cord and supporting the muscles and ligaments of the neck. It also helps in supporting the blood vessels and nerves located in the neck. The neck muscles and structures are highly complicated, hence for better understanding, they are divided into triangular components. The digastrics muscle extends from the mastoid (posterior to external ear), joins the hyoid (bone at the base of the tongue) and ascends to the mandible. The large sternocleidomastoid muscle, which is attached to the mastoid process of temporal bone, divides the neck into two major triangles, namely the anterior and posterior triangle. The neck anatomy In addition, some of the important features of the neck anatomy are thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hyoid bone and Adam’s apple (more prominent in adult males than females). Disorders of the neck are a common source of pain. The neck has a great deal of functionality but is also subject to a lot of stress. Common sources of neck pain and related pain syndromes, such as pain Whiplash, strained muscle or other soft tissue injury and cervical herniated disc, cervical spinal stenosis and Osteoarthritis.

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Knee replacements (2) What is involved with the preoperative evaluation for total knee replacement? Before surgery, the joints adjacent to the diseased knee (hip and ankle) are carefully evaluated. This is important to ensure optimal outcome from the surgery. Replacing a knee joint that is adjacent to a severely damaged joint may not yield significant improvement in function as the nearby joint may become more painful. Furthermore, all medications which the patient is taking are reviewed. Bloodthinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin may have to be adjusted or discontinued prior to surgery. Routine blood tests of liver and kidney function and urine tests are evaluated for signs of anemia, infection, or abnormal metabolism. Chest X-ray and ECG are performed to exclude significant heart and lung disease which may preclude surgery or anesthesia. Finally, a knee replacement surgery is less likely to have good longterm outcome if the patient’s weight is greater than 100kgs. Excess body weight simply puts the replaced knee at an increased risk of loosening and/or dislocation. A similar risk is encountered in younger patients who may tend to be more active, thereby adding trauma to the replaced joint. What happens in the postoperative period? A total knee replacement generally requires between one and a half to three

hours of operative time. After surgery, patients are taken to a recovery room, where vital organs are frequently monitored. When stabilized, patients are returned to their hospital room. Passage of urine can be difficult in the immediate postoperative period, and this condition can be aggravated by pain medications. A catheter inserted into the urethra (a Foley catheter) allows free passage of urine until the patient becomes more mobile. Physical therapy is an extremely important part of rehabilitation and requires full participation by the patient for optimal outcome. Patients can begin physical therapy 48 hours after surgery. Some degree of pain, discomfort, and stiffness can be expected during the early days of physical therapy. Knee immobilizers are used in order to stabilize the knee while undergoing physical therapy, walking, and sleeping. They may be removed under the guidance of the therapist for various portions of physical therapy. A unique device that can help speed recovery is the continuous passive motion (CPM) machine. The CPM machine is first attached to the operated leg. The machine then constantly moves the knee through various degrees of range of motion for hours while the patient relaxes. Patients will start walking using a walker and crutches. Eventually, patients will learn to walk up and down stairs and grades. A number of home exercises are given to strengthen thigh and calf muscles.

If you have any problem or question about your musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles) do send me a mail at tunjiidowu@live.com for advice. Meanwhile, your comments and feedback on the issues discussed are highly welcomed.

Stop spread of untreatable gonorrhoea –WHO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 50 tralia, France, Norway, Sweden and Britain reporting cases of the STD resistant to cephalosporin antibiotics - normally the last option for drugs against the disease. “Gonorrhoea is becoming a major public health challenge,” said Manjula LustiNarasimhan, from the WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. She said more than 106 million people are newly afflicted with the disease every year. “The organism is what we term a superbug - it has developed resistance to virtually every class of antibiotics that exists,” she told a briefing in Geneva. “If gonococcal infections become untreatable, the health implications are significant. We need to stop the spread of un-

treatable gonorrhea,” she added. The emergence of superbugs has been driven by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which help fuel genetic mutations within the bacteria. WHO said it is not yet clear how far or wide drug resistance in gonorrhoea has spread, as many countries lack reliable data. “The available data only shows the tip of the iceberg. “Without adequate surveillance we won’t know the extent of resistance...and without research into new antimicrobial agents there could soon be no effective treatment for patients,” said Lusti-Narasimhan. In new guidance letter issued, WHO is calling for greater vigilance on the correct use of antibiotics and more research into alternative treatment regimens for gono-

coccal infections. WHO’s Global Action Plan to control the spread and impact of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoea also calls for increased monitoring and reporting of resistant strains as well as better prevention, diagnosis and control of gonococcal infections. To prevent contracting or spreading this dreaded disease, Dr Aderemi advised that if you are diagnosed of having gonorrhoea, it is best to do what is called Trace on Contact. “This means to find out the people you had sexual contact with and have him or her undergo treatment. There is the possibility of that partner having it as well. It is the man that manifests it first in symptoms before a woman does. If a man has multiple sex contacts, then it is best he informs them

all else, even if he gets cured of the disease, there’s the possibility of having it again if he has intercourse with any of his numerous partners,” he advised. The medic cautions that the best way to prevent having gonorrhoea is to “practise abstinence from sexual intercourse until you are married and have a legal partner you call your own. Be faithful to your partner, whether you are married or not. You are at a greater risk of contracting gonorrhoea if you have multiple partners. This is because those partners may contract the disease from their own partner and distribute it, causing a vicious circle of spreading the disease. And lastly, use Condom. This helps to reduce the spread of these STDs, though it is not 100 per cent proof.”


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ith the successful handover of the privatized generation and distribution companies in of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor companies to the core investors, there is a natural assumption that the duty of the ministry of power has lessened. But the Minster, Professor Chinedu Nebo said there are a lot more to be done in the ministry to ensure smooth running of the transition and eventual stability of the electricity market. Nebo said the ministry will begin to play oversight role as well as the role of sharpening the policies of government. “At the Ministry of Power, we can begin to play oversight role. We will play the role of sharpening the policies of government, defining government policies and ensuring that these policies are implemented through the regulatory agency. In addition, the ministry will continue to work to ensure that government will have a working and workable policy of first, rural electrification, renewable energy and

Handover of Gencos, Discos: Tasks ahead of power ministry thirdly, energy conservation. Federal Ministry of Power will also continue to champion the renewable energy sources, one of the most critical being the hydro. The hydros were not privatised per say, they were concessioned, like Jebba, Shiroro, and Kainji hydro dams were all concessioned. They are not outright sales to the private sector. So the ministry will continue to ensure that as more hydros are built and other renewable forms are adopted like solar, wind, biomass, that an enabling environment is created for the private sector to thrive in these areas still” Electricity in Nigeria predates the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914. As most utilities, the initial purpose of electricity was to cater for the growing interest of the colonial administration in Nigeria. The first step towards establishing electricity in the country was the in 1898 when the first electricity

generating plant was established in Lagos. There was no coordinated central plan for the development of the utility but individual generating plants were established to cater for several parts of the country. The first coordinated approach towards electricity development in the country

was in 1950 when the colonial government passed the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria Ordinance 15. The ordinance established the ECN which took over the work of the electricity department as well as the generating plants that had been established in different parts of Nigeria.

For many Nigerians, no organisation captures the progress as well as the frustration of the citizenry with electricity better than the defunct National Electric Power Authority. NEPA was an amalgam of the Niger Dam Authority and the Electricity Cor-

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Entrance to the Uyo Council Secretariat barricaded by members of the National Union of Local Government Employees over unpaid salaries in Uyo PHOTO: NAN recently.

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he Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku yesterday urged political leaders in Kogi to adopt proactive measures to address any breakdown of law and order in the state. Maku made the call at a Town Hall Meeting in Lokoja to end the tour of projects in Kogi by the National Good Governance team. The minister stressed the need for leaders in the state to support the peace

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efforts by government to douse tension often generated as a result of political activities. He advised that security must not be taken for granted, stressing that ``Kogi is the heart of the nation and we must not tolerate any disruption of peace in the state. ``Government is doing its best to secure the state, but it cannot do it all alone. ``Let us therefore lend a helping hand to the govern-

ment for the sustenance of peace in the state by dealing with minor crisis before it degenerates into a major one.’’ Maku, who congratulated the Golden Eaglets’ 3-0 victory against Mexico to lift the FIFA Under 17 World Cup on Friday in the United Arab Emirate, attributed the victory to government reform in the sporting sector. According to the him, the achievements of

the nation’s sports men and women in international competitions are some of the glaring signs of Nigeria’s growing profile in the international community. He said the achievements in sports and other sectors of the economy have shown that Nigeria was a nation succeeding through sheer determination of its people and leaders. ``It is important to note that when a nation is on the rise, you see it in the confi-

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dence of its citizens. ``The reality is that the spirit of the youth is rising and the nation itself is rising, that is what our sports men and women have demonstrated,’’ he said. On the Ajaokuta Steel Company, Maku said ``it will be a crime for this nation to allow its huge investments in that company to vanish just like that.’’ He, therefore, restated Federal Government’s de-

termination not to be distracted or intimidated to abandon the transformation programme. There were goodwill messages from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS). They separately expressed the hope that Nigeria would be better, but CONTINUED ON PAGE 54

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Registration: Lagos decries non-compliance by commercial drivers MURITALA AYINLA

L-R: Deputy Director, Programme Coordination, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Priscilla Ibekwe; Director-General, Prof. John Idoko; representative of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on MDGs, Dr. Mai Yakubu and Auxiliary Bishop’s Secretary, Abuja Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Raph Obichie, at the graduation ceremony of women empowered at Anawin Skill Acquisition Centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

He added that the state government would begin to sanction any commercial motorists would fail to comply by January 2014, even as he promised that his ministry would begin mobilisation of motorists from their motor parks across the state. He assured residents that the accreditation exercise was to ensure security and safety among the citizens in the state, saying many security challenges often experi-

enced in the state as a result of continuous operation by several unregistered vehicles owners would be addressed if all vehicles owners are captured in the state data. The commissioner, who also hinted that the state is working several policies through enforcement of the second phase of the Lagos traffic laws, said Lagosians would soon begin to see more benefits of laws when fully implemented and enforced. Harping on the 13th Na-

tional Council on Transport conference, the commissioner who described the council as the highest body on the transportation related matters in the country said the government would reveal its resolutions on transportation policies after the conference. He said the theme of this year’s conference is entitled: “Transformation of Transport Infrastructure: Catalyst for SocioEconomic Growth”.

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he Sokoto State Government said it bought two 2000 KVA power plants for the state water board, valued at about N163 million. The Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Shehu Tangaza, made the

disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto. Tangaza said the plants would further boost the process of water supply to Sokoto metropolis and its surroundings. He added that ``the

measure is part of sustained efforts by the present administration toward improving water supply to the people of the state.’’ The state government, he noted, had also awarded contracts for more

power plants to ensure that all the bad ones were replaced. He appealed to Sokoto residents to use water judiciously, warning that ``people should desist from illegal connection of water pipes.’’

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he Sokoto State Government on Saturday donated 100 computers to some physically challenged students of the Abdulrasheed Adisa Raji Special School for the Physically-Challenged. The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Yusuf Danchadi, made the disclosure at the graduation

of the beneficiaries from a three-month computer appreciation course. The course was organised by the Sokoto State Education Development Trust Fund ( SEDTF). Danchadi, who was represented by the Director, Sokoto State Education Resource Centre, Alhaji Abubakar Dange,

said that the gesture was to assist the physicallychallenged students to pursue education with relative ease. The commissioner expressed optimism that the students would continue with their computer study after the training. He commended SEDTF for the effort to educate

the students on Information Communication Technology (ICT). In a remark, the Chairman, Vocational Training Committee of SEDTF, Alhaji Tukur Abdurrahman, said it was imperative to educate and train students in ICT ``because that is what is in vogue globally.’

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urged everyone to partake in the country’s progress and development initiatives. Most of the speakers thanked the Kogi government for its vision and concept of continuity in project execution, but stressed the need for im-

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arely a week after the Lagos State Government began commencement of the registration of all commercial passenger vehicle owners, drivers and conductors in the state, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa yesterday decried low turn-out of motorists. The Commissioner also said that the Lagos State Government would host the 13th National Council on Transportation as part of its activities to ensure adequate improvement in the transportation sector and identify the opportunities. Briefing journalists at the secretariat on the activities slated for the organisation of the National Transportation Council, Opeifa said the registration of commercial passenger vehicles which commenced on 1st of November, 2013 was part of implementation of the Lagos Road Traffic Law 2012, saying the exercise will only last for 60 days.

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provement. The Deputy National President of NUJ, Mr Rotimi Obamuwagun, urged the Federal Government to ensure timely completion of the Lokoja-Abuja expressway. He also called for improved partnership between the federal and state

governments to ensure efficient use of resources for the development of the economy. The Deputy National President of RATTAWU, Mr Jethro Sunday, called for continuity in the execution of projects started by previous administrations.

He urged the private sector to support governments’ development efforts by providing basic amenities to the people. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various groups and organisations in the state were represented at the Town Hall Meeting.

cess of galvanisation of power resources, the nation experienced a boost in electricity supply. However, this was not for a long period of time. Some of the power generation stations that NEPA had to manage include the Ugheli Power Station constructed between 1966 and 1975 and the Kainji Dam constructed in 1968. Others include the Sapele Power Station constructed between 1978 and 1981, the Jebba Power Station constructed in 1985, the Egbin Thermal Power Station constructed between 1985 and 1986 and the Shiroro Dam constructed in 1990. As the population of the country was growing, there was no commensurate investment in power plants. According to the Presidential Taskforce on Power, by May 1999 when the country returned to democratic rule, the total power production in the country stood at 1,850 Megawatts. The inefficiency of the electricity monopoly had become so apparent that Nigerians had to dub NEPA Never Expect Power Always. There was no doubt that one of the issues that rattled the government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo when he assumed office in 1999 was the epileptic power situation in the country. This showed in the nature of the appointments and the magnitude of expenditure in the power sector. The liberalisation of the telecommunications sector embarked upon by the administration so much exposed the inadequacy of the power sector that the new service providers that rolled Global System for mobile communications networks had to roll out their own power system. It was therefore apparent that the state had to do something differently if the power sector was to be rescued from the ‘powers of darkness’ that was holding it captive. The Electric Power Sector Reform Implementation Committee was set up in 2000 with the key mandate to proffer an appropriate legal and regulatory framework for the sector. This gave birth to the

National Electric Power Policy which was approved by the Federal Executive Council in September 2001; followed by the passage of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005. The passage of the Act gave the National Council on Privatisation and the Bureau of Public Enterprises the legal impetus to set up the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, according to Director General of BPE, Mr. Benjamin Dikki. The passage of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 specified the vertical unbundling of NEPA into transmission, generating and distribution facilities. This also led to the transformation of NEPA into a transition organisation now known as the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (to be declared defunct soon). As the electricity sector was being transformed from a monopoly utility, attempts were also made by the government to increase the generation capacity through massive investment in gas generation plants. The exact expenditure on the NIPP plants had been shrouded in controversies. The NERC, on its own, started licensing independent power producers. Although many had been licensed, most had been unable to take off as a result of poor pricing of power. This was another area of reform that the NERC had to undertake. Following the assumption of office by President Umaru Yar’Adua, the reform of the power sector suffered two setbacks. The governors of the 36 states of the federation contended that it was wrong for money to be taken from the federation account and invest in the power plants without due consultation with the units of the federation. The second setback was the bias of the administration for the power monopoly. This put the unbundling of the PHCN on a reverse gear. The first setback was resolved when the federating units agreed to be part of the integrated power projects as shareholders and a structure was worked out for their investment.


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Lagos pays N3.34bn bond to 580 retirees MURITALA AYINLA

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agos State Government has paid N3.34 billion to 580 public servants who retired from the state public service this year, reiterating its commitment to sustain improvement of workers welfare while in the service and after service.

A total of 395 retirees got N2.4 billion under the second tranche of the 9th batch of the presentation of retirement bond certificates, while 185 retirees paid N943.14 billion in September, under the first tranche of the 9th batch. Presenting bond certificates worth N2.4 billion to the 395

retirees at the NECA Building Auditorium, the Director-General of the Lagos State Pension Commission, LASPEC, Mr. Rotimi Hussain said the payment of money to the retirees brought the overall figure to N3.34 billion paid to retirees under the 9th batch. His words:”This particular set of 395 retirees form the sec-

L-R: Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Babatunde Ruwase; Acting Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Florence Ekwochi; Vice-President, LCCI, Alhaji Remi Bello and Enugu State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Jude Akubuilo, during the Enugu Day at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair, yesterday. PHOTO: YINKA ADEPARUSI

Expert tasks FG on East -West road SAM OLUWALANA

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case has been made for the speedy completion of the East-West coastal highway by the Federal Government, in order to properly position it to link up with the proposed Golden Triangle super-highway being planned by the Federal Ministry of Works, which will is supposed to improve the nation’s economy.

The case for the multi-billion naira coastal road was made by Engr. Mayne David-West, in his dinner lecture to mark the end of the 11th National Civil Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers held at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, yesterday. David-West also suggested that the East-West Coastal Road, for which design and tender had been submitted to the Ministry of Works, be made the base-alignment of the planned Golden Triangle super-highway since it was the natural course of the Nigerian segment of the Trans-Africanhighway network. Stressing the importance of the 704-kilometre coastal road, which-

stretched from Odukpani Junction in Cross River State to Ibeju on Lekki-Epe expressway in Lagos State and traversing over 1,000communities. The Civil Engineer said“The unique alignment of theEast-West Coastal Road, coupled with the abundant natural resources available along its corridor, easily qualifies it as natural ‘trade corridor’’.He noted that the economic potentials of the road were bountiful as itpassed through nine states, namely Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers,Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Ogun and Lagos adding that the road wouldlink up major industrial facilities such as the Tinapa free Trade Zonein Calabar, the Bonny LNG, the Brass LNG, the Koko Free Trade Zone,among others.David-West, whose speech was delivered at a dinner lecture entitled“Economic Development of Nigeria and the Challenge of RoadInfrastructure Improvement,” stated that the value of roads went beyond transportation of goods and people, as it also provided thefoundation for economic development. According to him, “roads areimportant drivers in facilitating economic

growth. It is a corridorwith the ability to augment tade, increase productivity, and improveliving standards of a nation.”In his remarks before the lecture, the National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Engr. Saliu Alao Lawal, saidthat the three-day conference was a part of the mandatory continuingprofessional development of its members. He, therefore, challenged theengineers to leverage on the gains of the conference to improve on thequality of service they render to the society.Engr. Lawal underlined the fact that honour was usually reserved forthose who gave and not those who received. He challenged them to makeexcellence their hallmark as they made their contributions to findingsolutions to the grave inadequacy and poor infrastructures in thecountry. The conference and annual general meeting, tagged “Garden City 2013”,was attended by Civil Engineers from across the country. The conference papers revolved around the theme: “Enhancing National Economic Growth Though Sustainable Civil Infrastructures”

ond tranche of the 9th batch of our retirement bond certificates presentation, thus bringing ther total number of the 9th batch beneficiaries to 580,” he said. Hussain disclosed that with the presentation, the state government had so far in remitted a total accrued right of N21.375 billion into the Retirement Savings Account, RSA, of 3,884 retirees. He described the development as historic in the state’s Contributory Pension Scheme. He added”: Let me however at this juncture clarify the issues about the actual number of Lagos State employees that are registered under the Contributory Pension Scheme. I wish to put it on record at this forum, that the number of Lagos State employees under the CPS is 135,000 (one hundred and thirty-five thousand). This number includes employees in the core Civil Service, Tertiary Institutions, Local Government Staff, Teaching Service (TEPO and SUBEB) and Government Parastatals. “We are pleased to note that despite the large number of employees duly registered by the State approved Pension Fund

Administrators (PFAs), the State has never relented in ensuring that monthly remittances are made into the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) of every employee through the State Treasury to the PFAs. LASPEC also has the responsibility of monitoring and ensuring that the remittances sent are received by the PFAs accordingly”. On her part, the state Head of Service, Mrs. Josephine Oluseyi urged the retirees not to venture into businesses that make them lose all they have saved in the rainy days. She added that Lagos remained steadfast in its commitment at sustaining full implementation of this pension scheme even beyond the present administration as solid and well defined structure had been put in place to ensure that the statutory 5% contribution that goes into the Redemption Fund Account created for the purposes of redeeming the retirement bonds which showed the accrued pension rights for years spent in service prior to the commencement of the Contributory pension Scheme was sustained.

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takeholders in the local government system yesterday in Lagos advocated 30 per cent revenue allocation for local governments by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The stakeholders were reacting to a proposal by the RMAFC on the new revenue-sharing formula for the country, with 20.6 per cent proposed for the local governments. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a good number of the stakeholders said 20.6 per cent would further hinder the third tier of government from performing its role. Mr Rotimi Agunsoye, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, advocated for 30 per cent for the local governments. ``I want to state categorically that the review of the revenue allocation formula to 20.6 per cent is not acceptable at all. What can 20.6 per cent do? ``They should give 30 per cent of the revenue to local governments. I know what goes on at the grassroots. ``If the local governments are to perform to expectations, power and funds should be given to them because they are supposed to bring the dividends of democracy to the people,” he said. The former commissioner however decried the treatment being meted out to the local governments, saying they were not being treated as the

third tier of government. ``Even with the little funds being allocated to the local governments, I will tell you that they are still doing their best.``From my own perspective, they are not treated as the third tier, especially in the area of revenue allocation,” he said. Alhaja Nourat Babs-Olorunkemi, a former council chairman in the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area (LGA), disagreed with the 20.6 per cent. ``Only an increase in revenue will make the grassroots government perform better. ``We all know that the local government is the closest to the people and they know where it hurts the people most. ``I will suggest that there should be an increase in their revenue. They have a lot of projects to do, but lack of funds is hindering them,” she said. The former council chairman suggested that the bank accounts of the local governments should be separated from those of the state governments, saying they deserve an autonomy. ``The control by the state government is another issue hindering the local governments. Any allocation given to the local government should go straight into its account,” she said.(NAN)


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Bayelsa to procure new gas turbine Emma Gbemudu YENAGOA

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he epileptic power supply in Bayelsa state may soon be over as the state government at the weekend said it was working out modalities to procure a new 100 mega watts gas turbine at Imiringi,near Yenagoa.

To this end, the State Governor, Seriake Dickson, said government had finalized arrangements with Independent Power Energy Limited of America and their financiers, Deutsch Bank of Germany

to commence work on the gas turbine project. Dickson who met with officials of the foreign power firm and bank yesterday in Abuja, said the generated energy from the new gas turbine would be completed within a period of one year and would be added to the existing one that would generate 214 megawatts to boost power supply in the state The Governor noted that the power plant would be executed under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) agreement between the American firm and the state

government. However, total cost of the gas turbine project was not disclosed by the authorities in the state. Dickson informed that government had also concluded arrangements to upgrade the existing gas turbine plant at Imiringi to generate 114 megawatts . It was learnt that the said gas turbine was in a deplorable condition for over four thereby limiting its scope. The Governor said when the installment of the new gas turbine was completed ,part of the power

would be sold to the national grid to enable it generate revenue for the state and the investing company for a year after its commissioning. Earlier, President, Independent Power Plant Energy Limited,America,Ian Duff, has assured that, it would deliver the new turbine with the latest technology, within stipulated time. Duff said standards would not be compromised in the construction of the plant, adding that the firm was ready to build a first class independent gas power

plant, which would be of world standard. The President said the company would employ Nigerians, especially Bayelsans, who would also be trained with the latest technological skills of gas turbine operations and maintenance. Duff also said part of the company’s social responsibility, a clinic would be established to take care of the health needs of workers and indigenes of the host communities.

Aviation stakeholders want FG to investigate Oduah’s transactions OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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L-R: Marketing Manager, Nokia West Africa, Mr. Kesiena Ogbemi; General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Mr. Kola Oyeyemi and Managing Director, Nokia West and Central Africa, Mr. Nick Imudia, at the 3rd Marketing World Awards in Lagos on Friday.

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he National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized two bags of tetanus vaccines worth N2.5 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The head of the NAFDAC office in the airport, Mr. John Okwori, told newsmen on Friday that the vaccines were seized on Oct. 25 during the teams’ physical inspection of the items at the airport after they arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight. Okwori said the action of the airliner’s members of staff toward the black boxes put the NAFDAC officers on the alert. ``On October 25, we noticed two strange boxes and found out that the boxes were unattended to and besides there were no passengers around. ``Keeping a close watch on the boxes, our officers saw some Ethiopians Airline staff members dragging the boxes through another exit rather than the nor-

mal exit. ``We interrupted and asked them why they were dragging the boxes and they told us the boxes were unaccompanied and that raised suspicion among our officers,” Okwori said. He said the two boxes were put on hold at the airport while investigation continued to find out why the boxes were unaccompanied and their content. Okwori said the NAFDAC workers were informed that the contents may be some drugs or biological items. ``Based on the information, I directed the airline officials to ensure that the owner of the boxes was contacted to appear in person, and that if we did not see him within one week we will alert security officials. ``The owner of the vaccines, one D. Iwuanyanwu, appeared a week later to plead for the release of the boxes and we alerted the airport police to apprehend him,’’ he said.

He said Iwuanyanwu played some pranks with some of the airline workers and ran away and that all efforts to get him had failed. ``In the circumstance, NAFDAC, in collaboration with the police and other security agencies, had no option than to forcefully open the boxes. ``In the first box, we found 224 packets of fake Dano Tetanus Vaccine and in the second box we also found 220, a total of 444 packs,” Okwori said. He said the agency could not see any temperature monitor card in the boxes, one of the requirements for the importation of biological items. ``The vaccines were not declared to the agency and there was no permission for their importation. In fact the drugs were not properly imported,’’ he said. He warned members of the public against taking drugs that did not have NAFDAC registration numbers.

takeholders and professionals in the Nigerian aviation industry have called on the Federal Government to probe past transactions by the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, saying that apart from the recently exposed BMW 760 armoured vehicles procurement saga for the minister by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, at hyper-inflated prices, there are still several illegal transactions involving the minister. Specifically, stakeholders want the government to delve into the ongoing airports remodeling exercise spearheaded by Oduah. They alleged that the cost implications of the exercise are still shrouded from the public while, saying that the approved contractors for the project were substituted by the minister. The Secretary General of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Comrade Abdulkareem Motajo insisted that apart from the armoured cars, which were procured at N255m for the minister, the unions also have several petitions against the minister in the National Assembly. Speaking with our correspondent, Motajo said that the recent events in the sector were not novel to the unions. According to him, the NUATE had severally in the past written petitions to the presidency, National Assembly and other agencies without any action taken by the government. Motajo said that Oduah should be properly probed for her past dealings in the sector, alleging that the industry has been run aground by the minister. He said, “What is happening is part of what we have been saying in recent times. What is going on today is unprecedented. A lot of things are happening. Somebody was talking about the diversion of N19.5bn intervention fund and somehow today, the security agencies are looking into that and the

money has been traced to somewhere. “But who is investigating the particular one that is happening now? Nobody. My union has written a petition to the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation over some of the ills happening in the sector till date and not even an acknowledgement was given and if this thing continues like this, you can be rest assured that the sector is not save and the industry is going to be looted continuously like this. “As we speak, none of the six parastatals have been able to send their staff for training and others. They owe months of such allowances and leave allowances have not been paid to staff. They are just going from hand to mouth to pay salaries. The minister is taking over N150m per month from each of the CEOs and on what grounds we don’t understand. “I just told somebody this morning, if care is not taken, we cannot last the next six months in this industry. The industry will collapse and it will affect the lives of many people including the travelling public. “The record has it that the FAAN alone bought over 200 cars recently and we know some of these cars were given to general managers and directors, but the fact is that how many directors and managers do they have in the agency? We know those who were given in the industry and the rest were given to those that are unknown to the industry. The same thing applies to other agencies. The chief executives have been caged and they can’t do anything.” Also, the President, Aviation Round Table, ART, Captain Dele Ore said that the specific amount spent on the ongoing remodeling exercise is shrouded from the public, saying that the government should come into the sector. Speaking at a forum last weekend in Lagos, Ore said that the sector needed a professional to be at the helm of affairs.


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Igunnuko: Cultural revelry in Lagos community ATINUKE RAFIAT

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gunnuko cult is a Tapa cult from Pategi in Niger State of Nigeria. It was brought down to Lagos by Yaisa Ayani, the great grandfather of Aleje in 1805. Yaisa Ayani’s people saw what other tribes were doing with their own cults during a festival and this motivated them to put pressure on their man to go and bring their own cult which is used not only for festival performances, but also to appease the gods. A ritual performance is done when they sense that an outbreak of any disease or war is approaching. In 1814 Yaisa Ayani went to his home town in Pategi, Niger State and brought the Igunnuko Cult to Lagos. It first settled at Odo-Oba (Oju-Oto), his residence. He bought some ingredients with which some rituals were performed; it was after these rituals that it started coming out. Later when this place could not accommodate them again, Yaisa Ayani went to Chief Oshodi Tapa, a Nupe man and an important war chief in Lagos, to appeal to him to give him a place to be used as ‘Ibasoshi’ Igbo-Igunnu which Chief Oshodi Tapa joyfully gave to him and which is known as “IGBO-IGUNNU EPETEDO” till today. It was from this place that Igunnuko cult spread all over modern day Lagos State. This place is also known as the origin of Igunnuko in Lagos State. According to Chief Mrs. Ige Adubi Ayinde, a traditionalist (Aluwo Of Ogudu Land) and Mr. Sulaimon Ayinde (Maaji Of Ogudu Land), the (head of the Igunnuko cult) in Ogudu Local Government area of Lagos, says that the festival is done between October and November each year and the festival lasts for fourteen days. When it is time for the festival or an occasion calls for its ritual performance, a ritual performance is first done for the pot drum before anyone beats it. To perform the festival or ritual ceremony, the following are required: - one native goat, duck, pigeon, snail, hen, rooster, black turtle, cotton wool, calabash, kolanut, bitter kolanut, native wine, hot drink, three yards of white cloth and some other useful items. The festival starts when all these are ready. The young and old men (alone) will go to uproot a living tree. This is called ‘kuso’ and when they are returning from kuso, any place that trees are dragged or passed with means a lot. When the festival is on, the Igunnuko masquerades are seen. The Igunnuko dresses in robes, and rides on stilts; it is a very tall figure and is also a secret cult used to hunt witches. It parades the streets and visits important people. On sighting an Igunnuko one has to remove his hat and shoes. The tall, graceful shape of the masquerades, their ability to telescope into any height at all and their other amazing display of agility in spite of their height, make these masquerades and their performance a fascinating sight.That was all that took place in the Ogudu commubity of Lagos, last week.

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Abina Ayinde Ahmed (a.k.a Adewale Konta Creator) Chief Mrs. Ayide Ige Jokotade (Aluwo of Ogudu land)

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Chief Asimiyu Raufu, Idanikali of Ogudu, Chief Yekini Bajulaiye (Potun of Ogudu land), Chief Lateef Isawu (Shiaba of Ogudu land) Chief Sulaimon Ayinde, Idamaaji of Ogudu land Chief Raimi Mustapha Otun Idamaaji of Oguduland.

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Chief Mrs Zainab Waisu, (Iyonkoyansu) of Ogudu, Chief Mrs. Mariam Ayinde (Shukuso of Ogudu land, Taiwo Hassan, daugther to Aluwo of Ogudu land, Fatimo Birisiyu (Inogada of Ogudu land).


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You’re bias, partisan, Kwankwaso tells Police AKEEM BOLAJI KANO

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overnor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State has advocated for the creation of State Police in the country, alleging that the present “Nigeria Police Force is biased and only protecting the interest of those in the villa”. The governor, a member of the G7 group and the new Peoples Democratic Party faction, said,

“Before last week’s saga where a DPO (Divisional Police Officer) came and asked us to disperse from the legitimate meeting we were holding at the Kano Government Lodge, Abuja, I was opposing the creation of the state police; but now, I have to rethink as this has exhibited the immaturity and lopsidedness among the Nigeria Police Force.” Receiving the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Chief

Igwue Paulinus Nwagu to Government House, Kano yesterday, Governor Kwankwaso maintained that what happened in the lodge was an insult not only to them but the entire people of Kano state. “I am not advising the police to pitch their tent with any side, but they should be seen as neutral because politics is not a permanent and pensionable game,” Governor Kwankwaso said, adding,

“the Nigerian Police Force has involved in the national politics”. He said that the police involvement in politics would not augur well for the national unity, alleging that the force has now lost integrity in the eyes of many Nigerians. Kwankwaso also explained that even though the Federal Government was taking a larger share of the total national revenue, state governments

were the major financiers of the Nigeria Police Force in their respective states, adding that “government is now spending hundreds of billion naira in funding the Joint Task Force (JTF) since their establishment”, and that Kano was now safe and peaceful. Governor Kwankwaso then appealed to the Federal Government to equip the police with modern facilities so as to cope with current challenges at

hand in the country. In his remarks, Senqator Igwue Paulinus Nwagu said that they were in the state to inspect all the facilities of the police on ground and have a firsthand information about the condition of the Nigeria Police. He said that the visit would give them an inside achievements in the sector and find out the challenges and proper solutions.

Dankwambo to probe Goje over alleged N29.8 bn fraud

jected to a referendum in order to allow for wider participation”. They equally expressed doubt that the outcome of the National Conference may not see the light of the day like previous exercises, lamenting that huge resources and people’s time were wasted. The women society however, advocated for adequate representation by female delegates as women’s views are very crucial in discussing the unity and progress of the country, and called for the inclusion of the 35 per cent affirmative action in the constitution. Meanwhile, the Tindeyatso women association Ussa has advocated for both Christians and Muslim men to be allowed to marry four wives to reduce rate of prostitution among young ladies.

ombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo says he is waiting for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) report before proceeding on a probe of alleged misappropriation and diversion of N29.8 billion Gombe State funds by the immediate past administration of Muhammed Danjuma Goje, now a serving Senator. He stated this yesterday while receiving a committee’s report that authenticated pension and gratuity liabilities for the state and Local Government retirees. Governor Dankwambo who promised to vigorously investigate the fraud, also took time to explain the financial position of the state and promised to take gradual steps in repaying the N4.5 billion pensions liabilities of the state inherited by his government. He also directed the State Ministry of Finance to release the sum of N1 billion for the outstanding pension liabilities after government had studied the report and another monthly N50 to N100 million to be subsequently released monthly for servicing the pension liabilities. On the alleged misappropriated and diverted N29.8

billion State funds and the financial situation of the government which had made servicing government and executing other projects a bit challenging, Dankwambo stated that as at the last time the State Government received refunds for road, airport and other projects to the tune of N5.7 billion, “we cannot trace the record of Government, these monies have gone into various accounts and have gone into third party accounts and diverted from the account of government”. According to him, “as Accountant-General of the Federation then, I have records myself that I had reimbursed Gombe State Government in the excess of N10 billion but N5.7 billion has been diverted from the accounts of Government. We will probe them, EFCC started probing some of them, and we are still awaiting the report, because the probe has to continue”. He said, “I am therefore using this medium to say that immediately EFCC reports to Government of Gombe State, the reconciliation of the monies that were lodged in respect of refunds that were received from the Federal Government into Gombe State account to the tune of N5.7 billion will continue. While this is going on, we will continue to reconcile because every day is a brand new story”.

the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading for Vietnam. Among the hardest hit was coastal Tacloban in central Leyte province, where preliminary estimates suggest more than 1,000 people were killed, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of

the Philippine Red Cross, as water surges rushed through the city. “An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban as reported by our Red Cross teams,” she told Reuters. “In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing.”

She expected a more exact number to emerge after a more precise counting of bodies on the ground in those regions. Witnesses said bodies covered in plastic were lying on the streets. Television footage shows cars piled atop each other.

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L-R: Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, Dr. Akilu Indabawa; Chairman, Sen. Femi Okurounmu and Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda, during the visit of the committee to Bauchi, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Confab committee receives 4000 memoranda in Bauchi EZEKIEL TITUS BAUCHI

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nlike in Borno and Adamawa states where only 30 memoranda were submitted, the Presidential Advisory Committee on National dialogue has received over four hundred (400) memoranda from Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba state governments, individuals, groups, traditional councils, Non Governmental Organizations, women societies, as well as youth and religious organizations. The committee had commenced a tour of the six geo-political zones recently and was in Bauchi state to receive suggestions from individuals, groups and organizations within the North-East zone to work out modalities for the suc-

cess of the conference. Items that topped the submissions were security of the country with emphasis on the role of Nigeria Police, the unity of the country, local government autonomy, resource control, indigent/settler issue, state creation, and the need to maintain the indivisibility of Nigeria dominating discussions at the committee’s sitting. Also, the fear of minority groups being dominate by the majority groups was put in focus and the urgent need for boundary adjustment of states and local government areas in order to reduce cases of boundary disputes in the country. Most presenters insisted that the time of the conference should not be more than six months from the

day President Goodluck Jonathan would inaugurate the conference, so as the 2015 campaigns doesn’t interfere with the conference. There was also the need to revisit names of certain states and local government created through military fiat which didn’t reflect the ethnic identity of the people of those states and local government, with special emphases on Adamawa state. On the mood of selecting the delegates, most of the presenters warned that government should select delegates to the conference but that the delegates should be elected at the ward and local government levels, so as to avoid government hijacking the conference. According to some of the presenters, “Outcome of the conference should be sub-

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ne of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on Satur-

day, as reports of high casualties began to emerge. A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-

flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees. The death toll is expected to rise sharply from the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed


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Bamidele, Fayemi’s aide in verbal war over Ekiti killing ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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ouse of Representatives member and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday took on the Chief of Staff to Ekiti State Governor, Chief Yemi Adaramodu, over the petition written by the governor’s aide to the State Security Services, SSS, over last Sunday’s political violence in Emure Ekiti.

Adaramodu had in a petition to the SSS dated November 6 alerted of plots to implicate him and other All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains, saying “the alarm became necessary following a fracas that erupted in Emure-Ekiti on November 3, 2013 which his opponents are trying to use to have him and other APC leaders incarcerated”. The Chief of Staff had specifically accused Hon Bamidele of conniv-

ing with a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state in a grand plot to frame him up, adding that his detractors had fingered him as the only stumbling block to their governorship ambition in the state. But Bamidele, in a reaction yesterday, called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, to thoroughly investigate the Chief of Staff, saying the petition he wrote

over last week’s violence in Emure Ekiti was “curious”. The lawmaker, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Ahmed Salami, averred that “Adaramodu was not mentioned by his group as the mastermind of the nefarious act”, adding that the petition by the governor’s aide “was a pointer to the fact that he was hiding something”. It would be recalled that members of Ekiti Bibiire Coalition, Bamidele’s outfit,

were attacked during their ward meeting at Emure Ekiti last Sunday leaving Mr. Foluso Ogundare dead while others sustained various degrees of injuries. The police have since arrested four persons including a member of the State House of Assembly over the incident. However, Adaramodu alleged in his petition that “certain individuals have been commissioned to be arrested in a phantom manner in connection with the Emure violence and other previous disturbances in

various parts of the state. He said that based on information available to him, the arrested individuals would thereafter claim to be members of an imaginary sponsored squad and claim that he (Adaramodu) was the one who sent them. But Bamidele, who described the petition as an attempt to preempt police probe, advised the governor’s aide “not to impede or derail police investigations. It is only the security agencies that can clear him of any culpability, not any emotion-seeking noise-making”.

Attack on Delta speaker: Aniocha not dangerous, say community leaders TAI ANYANWU

C Wife of former Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Mrs. Sotonye Harry (left) and her children, during the burial of her husband, Tonye Harry at Onuama in Rivers State, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

PFN wants ASUU to call off strike

...as Christian body holds special prayer for Nigeria FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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he Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has broken its silence over the near five months old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union f Universities (ASUU) with a plea that varsity lecturers should call off the strike which has short down the nation’s education sector. Chairman of the Ogun state chapter of PFN, Rev-

erend (Dr.) Tunde Akin– Akinsanya made the appeal yesterday while speaking with newsmen shortly after a leadership capacity building workshop tagged “enhancing efficiency” organised by PFN for pastors in the state. Speaking further, the PFN state chairman appealed to the striking lecturers to heed the various calls by several stakeholders in the country who have pleaded with them to return to the classrooms.

Akinsanya, who noted that the students had stayed at home for too long, further expressed worry over the continuous closure of higher institutions which he said, could cause the future leaders to engage in crimes that are capable of further jeopardizing their future. The workshop, which witnessed a larger turnout of pastors and Christian workers across the state and held at Chapel of Victory in Sagamu however, offered special prayer ses-

sion for peaceful co-existence of Nigerians as well as political office holders and students of higher institution in the country. The immediate past PFN chairman in Ogun state, who is also the current National Vice Chairman of the Christian body in South West Zone, Rt. Reverend Reuben Oke also led a special prayer session for policy makers in the country’s education sector, parents, lecturers and students for God to intervene on the matter.

PPN accuse Amosun of drifting Ogun into despotism FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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he governorship candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) in the 2011 election in Ogun State, Gboyega Isiaka yesterday accused the Ibikunle Amosun led administration in the state of drifting the state into despotism and intolerance. With reference to an alleged memo, which banned both political office holders and other

government functionaries in the state from granting any media interview, as well as the alleged high-handedness of the state against traditional rulers in the state, Isiaka declared that Governor Amosun was running an administration of “closed government with dark intentions”. Reacting to the statement however, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sola Lawal absorbed the state government of any wrong doing

through the issuance of such a directive. In a press statement issued yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital, the former PPN governorship flagbearer in Ogun stated that it would amount to “Insensitivity and criminal silence” on his part should he fail to speak on the matter which he described as an assault on the people of the state. “After a long period of holding myself back in the face of barrages of unchari-

table and brutal actions of the Ogun state government under the leadership of Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and a deliberate refrain from commenting on such matters in order not to heat the polity as I believe the season to do politics was not yet set”. “However, it will amount to insensitivity and criminal silence to remain quiet in the face of brazen impunity and assault of the people. Two fresh instances (among others) suffice here”.

oncerned community leaders from Aniocha North in Delta State have condemned recent press reports which wrote off the community as a dangerous zone. The leaders stated this yesterday in reaction to the bomb attack on the campaign team of Delta State Speaker, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei, which the speaker claimed was an attempt to assassinate him. The community leaders made their complaint known through a statement signed by one Barrister Elvis Odika on behalf of the coalition. Rising from its executive council meeting recently, the Committee

Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CICOFGOG), umbrella name for the leaders, lamented that it was unfair for a segment of the media to label Aniocha North as a securitythreat area. “There is no doubt that the news is shocking and disturbing as well, considering the simple and obvious fact that the action is alien to the good citizens of Aniocha North whose record on peaceful co-existence as culture has remained untainted over the year, the group stressed. It would be recalled that an explosion occurred in Abomkpa area of the community on Friday November 3rd which the Delta State House had insisted was an assassination attempt on his life.

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he Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the weekend, reiterated that his administration was committed to the uplift of the socio-political and economic fortunes of the state. He stated that his administration believes so much in the monthly physical exercise called Walk to Live because physically unfit citizenry have little or nothing to contribute in the drive towards economic prosperity. Aregbesola stated these at the monthly Walk-toLive programme in Ikoyi in Isokan Local Government Area of the State.

He said the state has witnessed tremendous development since he came to power almost three years ago. According to him, government is about development of physical and human materials and as such his programmes and policies are centred on the people. “Government is about the welfare of the people. Our administration knows this very well and that is why we make people the centre of policies. “In all sectors of government, we look at the maximum benefits therein for the people before we execute the programmes.


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Orlando Pirates striker, Thabo Matlaba (left) and Al-Ahly of Egypt goal poacher, Mohamed Aboutreika (right) scored a goal each when both sides clashed in the 1st leg of the CAF Champions League final in South Africa.

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even-time winners of the CAF Champions League and current Cup holders, Al-Ahyl of Egypt will today, be aiming for an unprecedented eight title in the money-spinning tournament when they confront South African giants, Orlando Pirates, in the second leg of the most important club competition in the continent, to determine who wins

the prized trophy this year. The match that will be played at the Arab Contractors Stadium in Cairo is unarguably the biggest game on the African club football calendar. Ahly will be seeking to win their first back-to-back titles since 2005 and 2006 seasons, while Pirates will be looking forward to win the trophy for the second time having won it once in 1995. It will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this year; with Pirates being the better side, thanks to a 3-0 win

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over their hosts at the group phase at the Red Sea Resort of El Gouna, Egypt. Ahly have since recovered from that defeat, recording an unbeaten run in the remaining games on their way to the final. The Cairo-based club is favourites when it comes to experience at this level of the competition, with veterans such as Aboutreika, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Fathy, Sherif Ekramy among others, inspiring them to the final. However, the South Africans are probably a most-improved side in the cam-

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Eleme LGA lifts SPDC Governor’s P. 62 Cup paign with a blend of youth and experience with players such as Andile Jali, Daine Klate, goalkeeper Senyo Meyiwa and Tlou Segolela creating waves locally and internationally. On paper, the Egyptians seems to have an edge over their South African opponents considering that the first leg a fortnight ago in Johannesburg ended 1-1 with the Pirates snatching an equaliser through Thabo Matlaba in the 93rd minute of the added time to cancel out Mohamed Aboutreika’s first half goal. Al-Ahyl also boosts of a good record in the African showpiece with just two losses at the final in their history in the continental championship, against Asante Kotoko in 1983 and Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel, 3-1 on aggregate in 2007. However, the game presents them a perfect opportunity to give their fans some cause to cheer in the wake of the political crisis in the country. Although, Ahyl could be said to be favourites in today’s final, considering that they have an away goal advantage in the first leg, but Orlando Pirates coach, Roger de Sa is optimistic that his players has what it takes to turn the table and win their second title far away in Cairo. He stated that although two of his key players; Jali and Happy Jele will not be available for the encounter but he has a strong back-up for the absence of the duo. “We are quite aware that we are in a difficult position considering that Al- Ahyl has an away goal advantage because the 1-1 draw we played at South Africa, but we are undaunted and the players are prepared for the ‘Battle of Cairo’ because we have what it takes to turn the table against the Egyptians. “My players equally believe that if they can come to South Africa and get a draw we can equally go to their back ground and defeat them. And in doing this, we shall not be distracted by their vociferous supporters or the political situation in that country, but will be focused in our bid to make South Africans proud,” he said. Also speaking on the encounter, AlAhyl coach, Mohamed Youssef, noted that his players are fully prepared for the match which he described as the most important of his coaching career. Youssef, a member of theAl- Ahly squad that won the defunct CAF Cup Winners’ Cup in 1993, who is seeking to join a rare breed of coaches to have won a continental club title as a player and coach noted that he is confident his players will rise to the occasion and make their supporters happy at the end of the full 90 minutes. “We are confident of winning the trophy for the eighth time in Cairo. The goal we scored in the first leg was important and with the backing at home, we are definitely going to come out victorious. “It’s going to be very difficult considering the pedigree of the Buccaneers’ in African football, but we are in the right frame of mind to create history once more in the continental showpiece,” he said.


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ormer national boxing coach, Obisia Nwankpa, has appealed to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to commence early camping of boxers ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. According to him, the Games is the biggest sporting event after the Olympics and there is need for Nigerian boxers to start early preparation to enable them excel in Scotland. “There is the need for the NSC to embark on early camping and oversea training tours for boxers that will represent the country at the Commonwealth Games to enable them excel at the competition. “I am happy that the Nigeria Boxing Federation will be organizing Eagle Belt in December where boxers that will represent the country at the Games are likely to be

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selected, but I want to advice them to organise close camping for them immediately after that championship to keep them in top shape before the Commonwealth Games,” he said. Obisia while expressing optimism that Team Nigeria will win medals at the Games, cautioned that unless serious preparations are made ahead of the Games, it could be difficult to have medals haul in Glasgow, Scotland.

Iheanacho: I’m feeling a million things Golden Eaglets striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, put up a dazzling display of football at the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE, scoring six goals and setting up a further seven en route to a fourth title for Nigeria. FIFA. com caught up with the best player of the 2013 U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates to talk about how it feels to be a world champion, his chat with Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu and why he had doubts about his size and strength when he was called into the national team camp. Excerpts:

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opponent is very strong and has been adjudged the best female fighter in Kenya in her weight category, she will use her wealth of experience in the ring to subdue her and retain her title. She stated that she is preparing seriously for the title defence with an appeal for support from Government and corporate organisations to enable her bring more glory to the country.

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BA Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) and his promoter Dan Goosen are both open to a fight against IBF Light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s). Ward says he’d like to take on the younger fighters, but he’d take the fight against the 48-year-old Hopkins. His promoter Goosen thinks it would be an excellent fight and believes they could make it for pay-per-view.

The boxer who will be defending his title against unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (26-0, 14 KO’s) noted that although he would not like to fight older boxers but believes it will be a very big fight if Hopkins camp accepts the offer. “I don’t have a desire to call Bernard out, but I am a fighter. If it makes financial sense, I’ll step to the plate. I’m more interested in fighting guys from my era, but at the same time I don’t back down from fights,” Ward said.

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ow does it feel to be a world champion? I feel good, I feel good, I feel good! I thank God because I feel so good. I don’t know if I can find the words to say what I’m actually feeling. I can’t even tell what I’m feeling because I’m feeling a million things at the same time. I am feeling love for my teammates and my family and my country. I feel all of it. I’m on a high for winning the World Cup and the Golden Ball (best player).

is preparing something special for me. It’s been an exciting few weeks for you and your Golden Eaglets here in the United Arab Emirates. How has your time been? I’ve loved the time I’ve spent here in UAE. It’s a wonderful country and it was amazing for me and my teammates to see a different part of the world and to show our football to the people here. I will remember it always.

You had tremendous support from Nigerian fans here for all of your games. How important was that? The fans here have supported us so much. It’s been incredible. They’ve given us courage and cheered us up when things weren’t going so well. The fans here in the stadium and the ones back home, they own a part of this trophy too. They helped us to win it. One of Nigeria’s best-ever players, Nwankwo Kanu, was here to watch the final, and you two had a long chat after the whistle. What did you talk about? He is the true hero of football in our country. Back home, he’s like a father, like a brother. He’s like everything to me. He always gives us advice. He comes to train with us, to make sure we’re happy and moving in the right direction. He helps us to understand what football is really about, and what it takes to make it in the game. Talking with him and being with him is just a great honour. Do you have a message for the people back home? I just want to send my love back home; to everyone and to everything Nigerian.

It’s all smiles here in the locker-room. How close do you feel to your teammates at this moment? None of this could have been possible without my teammates. They are the best. The way we all cooperated together to win the World Cup is simply amazing. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever felt. I give them thanks for making it possible for us to do what we did. You were named the tournament’s best player and you were the second top-scorer. How does that feel on a personal level? It means a lot to me personally because when I came into the national team camp I felt uneasy. A lot of the boys thought maybe I was too small, too skinny to be a good player. But I realised now with what I’ve done here that God

Kelechi Iheanacho (right) receiving his Adidas golden ball as the competition’s outstanding player and the Adidas silver boot as second highest goal scorer from FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, on November 8.


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UAE 2013: Manu dedicates trophy to Jonathan, wife Coach Manu Garba has dedicated Nigeria’s record fourth FIFA Under-17 World Cup victory to both President Goodluck Jonathan and his own wife, Babita Garba. The Golden Eaglets thrashed Mexico 3-0 on Friday in Abu Dhabi to take the trophy. Away from the battery of cameras and in the hallowed corridors of Al Jazira’s dressing room in Abu Dhabi, Manu said both President Jonathan and his jewel of inestimable value more than anybody deserved praises for the feat he achieved with his team. He recalled it was only President Jonathan that hosted the team upon their team’s return from the CAN Under-17 Championship where they came second. “This trophy is for President Goodluck Jonathan who had a

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he winners of this year’s edition of MTN Lagos Street Soccer, Championship, in male and female categories, ABS Street of Mosan Okunola LCDA and Triumph Football Academy, of Lagos West Island, respectively who are on training tour in United Arab Emirate were at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, venue of the final match of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where they watched the Nigerian Golden Eaglets defeat their Mexican counterparts 3-0 to lift the coveted trophy for a record fourth time. The MTN Lagos Street Soccer champions were very elated to be part of Nigerian fans at the stadium to watch the match live and celebrate with the victorious team. Speaking at the stadium, the captain of ABS Street team, Adigun Yussuf on behalf of his team members expressed their joy for being part of the glorious experience. “This is a life time experience. My joy today cannot be quantified. Watching a FIFA U-17 World Cup final live is a great experience on its own and also for Nigeria to carry the day is another wonderful thing. I must really thank MTN for this great opportunity,” he said. Also, the captain of the female team, Esther Emaowodia of Triumph Football Academy, Lagos Island East was also overwhelmed by the golden opportunity. “This is amazing and wonderful indeed. I enjoyed every moment of the game and happy to be part of the celebration, the experience is unprecedented in my life. On behalf of my team I give big kudos to MTN,” she said. Meanwhile a member of the LOC, MTN Lagos Street Soccer, Bodunrin Olanipekun has encourage the street soccer champions to continue to be good ambassador of the country. The teams will continue on their training tour today, where they will engage some local teams in UAE in football matches before they return to the country. MTN Lagos Street Soccer is an initiative of Lagos State and supported by MTN. The championship is in sixth edition.

strong belief in us despite the fact that we came second at the African championship,” Manu said. “We were really fired up when he hosted us after the African Championship and we are looking forward to meeting Mr. President again with the World Cup trophy.” Manu described President Jonathan as a very lucky man after the Golden Eaglets followed the footsteps of the Super Eagles for winning a major trophy in 2013. The senior national team started the year with glorious outing at the AFCON in South Africa and the Golden Eaglets World Cup win is more than an icing on the cake as 2013 drags to an end. He revealed that the first person he called immediately after the final whistle of the match that saw his

young guns dethrone Mexico as the World Under-17 Champions and entered the pantheon of world football as the first to win a record fourth world title was his wife. “In fact, for the past four months I was not able to see my wife because of the nature of this job and I’m so happy that all the efforts we put into this work was not in vain,” he said. “I want to use this opportunity to thank my wife so much for taking care of the home front.” Manu also heaped praise on both Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Ibrahim Auwalu, who rode on the team’s bus in company of NFF’s President Alhaji Aminu Maigari for a dinner reception hosted by Nigeria’s Embassy in the UAE.

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leme Local Government Area on Friday emerged the champions of the 2013 Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) sponsored Rivers State Governor’s Cup decided at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt. The side defeated hard fighting 10-man Bonny LGA side 5-3 on penalties after full time score stood at 1-1 apiece in a thrilling encounter watched by a capacity crowd. Notable Nigerian coaches like Christian Chukwu, Sharks coach, Gbenga Ogunbote and Monday Sinclair watched the match. Others include former Nigerian defender and coach of Abia Warriors, Emeka Ezeugo and Dolphins coach, Stanley Eguma, among others. Tamuno Koko who was later sent off on accumulated yellow card offence scored Bonny’s opening goal while Onwuka Ebube equal-

Players of Eleme LGA celebrate after emerging champions of the 2013 SPDC Rivers State Governor’s Cup.

ized for his side, ending the first half 1-1. Earlier in the day, Khana LGA compounded the poor form of dethroned Cup holders, Okrika in the losers’ game with 2-1 win. The captain of Eleme, Adams Sunday said he knew from the quarter-finals stage that his side will win their first title of the annual football showpiece. “We started the title cam-

paign not quite convincingly but after we survived the scare of Opobo/Nkoro in the quarterfinals it dawned on us that just a little more push would see us win our first title of the competition. “I’m excited we won, I know also that everybody in Eleme will be happy right now. “Council workers were given a work free day to allow them come out en-masse

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igerian-born Heerenveen defender Kenneth Otigba was on target for the Eredivisie side as they thumped visiting RKC Waalwijk 5-2. Otigba, who is still eligible to play for Nigeria, has been one of the stalwarts of Marco van Basten’s team and he showed why he is highly reckoned with a cracking goal in the 11 minute. The former Gyulai Termal FC defender, who can play from right-back or in the centre of defence, was at the right place to volley home a cross by Hakim Ziyech to put Heerenveen on their way and also add to his rising profile. That was the second goal of the season in about 11 games he has played

this season for the Kaduna-born player who has caps for the Hungarian Under-21’s but is still eligible for Nigeria. Alfred Finnbogason got a hat-trick for the White and Blue, Ziyech added his name to the repertoire in between a consolatory goal by Jean-David Beauguel. Michael Lamey, who plays with a Dutch passport but is also eligible for Nigeria, scored Walwijk’s second with a late header, but it was too late to stage a comeback as Heerenveen ran out 5-2 winner on Friday night. Otigba’s teammate and Super Eagles striker, Uche Nwofor, who has been invited for the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying match with Ethiopia next week, was not listed for the game.

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to cheer us to victory and I’m happy we didn’t disappoint them rather we made them proud with the victory,” Sunday said. Eleme goalkeeper, Oluka Eppie won the best goalkeeper award while Bonny’s striker, Tamuno Koko emerged the highest goal scorer with four goals. Captain of Bonny, Israel Banigo, was declared the Most Valuable Player of the competition.


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Victorious Golden Eaglets identification parade Quite a few eyebrows were raised at the performance of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets at the African Under-17 Championships held earlier in the year in Morocco, but the team never allowed their performance at the continental stage where they placed second behind Cote d’Ivoire to affect their goal at the world stage. The Eaglets, against all odds stunned the world on Nov 8, by lifting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates for a record 4th time for Nigeria. Below is the profile of the 18-member squad that gave Nigeria victory in UAE. TAIWO AWONIYI

KELECHI IHEANACHO

The Golden Eaglets striker was voted the Most Valuable Player at the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Emirates. He won the Golden Ball award as the best player of the tournament having scored six goals and provided seven assists. By this achievement, Kelechi who plays for Taye Academy thus became the third Nigerian to be bestowed with the honour following in the footsteps of Phillip Osondu (Canada 1987) and Sani Emmanuel (Nigeria 2009).

Drafted from the National U-15 team that missed the Adidas Tournament in Mexico last year. Taiwo has blossomed in the Golden Eaglets, scoring a brace on his debut against Botswana in an international friendly match. Enlisted at the Imperial Soccer Academy, Odogbolu in Ogun State where he started his budding career. Supporter of Arsenal FC; he The burly striker was snapped from picks ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas as his favoufamous Megap Soccer Academy (now rite player. known as B-J Foundation) in Benin which incidentally produced Super Eagles’ Elderson Echejile. He is a great admirer of four-time African Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto’o Fils. He was the engine room of the Golden Eaglets. Although he sustained an injury in the second Group F match against Sweden which ended 3-3 that prevented him from playing enough role in the championship, but his contributions towards the success of Golden Eaglets in UAE cannot be over emphasized.

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MUSA MOHAMMED In Musa there is the truism that leaders are born and not made. Cool, calm and confident player, the Golden Eaglets’ captain is a great admirer of Barcelona Carles Puyol, known for his offensive adventure.

ZAHARADDEEN BELLO He was drafted into the team after an excellent performance at the 2012 Airtel Rising Stars Championship in Lagos. Zaharadden is a great admirer of Thiago Silva- the Brazilian who plays as a centre back for Paris Saint-Germain and the Selecao.

AKINJIDE IDOWU

One of the only three players that featured in all the Golden Eaglets’ six qualifying matches to book the ticket for the 2013 CAN Under-17 tournament in Morocco. He was a runner-up with National Foundation Academy of Delta State during the 2012 Shell Cup tournament. He polished his skill at Nigeria Nath Boys Academy. His favourite meal is fried rice with chicken but the ever-present ‘Jide is known for his bravery.

MUSA YAHAYA Yahaya is an introvert who only allows his velvet soccer skill to do the talking for him. He started his career at Mutunchi Football Academy in Kaduna and adores Real Madrid’s Brazilian and 2007 World Player of the Year, Kaka. Always wearing a smile, he’s called Musa Iniesta!

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1 Dele Alampasu

Dec 24, 1996 (aged 16)

Nigeria Football College Academy

16 Abdulazeez Abubakar

July 20, 1999 (aged 14)

Nigeria Nath Boys Academy

21 Francis Uzoho

Oct 28, 1998 (aged 14)

Qatar Aspire Academy

2 Musa Muhammed

Oct 31, 1996 (aged 16)

Nigeria FC Heart Academy

3 Samuel Okon

Dec 15, 1996 (aged 16)

Nigeria Greater Tomorrow Academy

5 Denis Nya

Dec 1, 1996 (aged 16)

Nigeria Canaan Football Academy

6 Aliyu Abubakar

June 15, 1996 (aged 17)

Nigeria Mutunchi Academy

14 Chidiebere Nwakali

Dec 26, 1996 (aged 16)

Nigeria Shuttle Sports Academy

15 Raymond Japhet

May 28, 1997 (aged 16)

Nigeria NFF U-15

19 Zaharaddeen Bello

Dec 21, 1997 (aged 15)

Nigeria Dabo Babes Academy

4 Akinjide Idowu

Sept 9, 1996 (aged 17)

Nigeria Nath Boys Academy

7 Habib Makanjuola

April 19, 1999 (aged 14)

England Chelsea

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CHIDERA EZEH Ezeh is one of the success stories of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) catchthem-young policy. He was former star striker of the National Under-13 and Under-15 teams, who has led his local Riverlane Football Club of Enugu to several conquests. He scored a remarkable hat trick on his debut for the Golden Eaglets in the 3-0 spanking of Junior Wasps of Rwanda in an international friendly last September. He is a fan of Manchester United and admirer of Atletico Madrid’s Falcao.

8 Abdullahi Alfa

July 29, 1996 (aged 17)

Nigeria Football College Academy

11 Musa Yahaya

Dec 16, 1997 (aged 15)

Nigeria Mutunchi Academy

12 Chigozi Obasi

June 15, 1998 (aged 15)

Nigeria Fosla Academy

13 Saviour Godwin

Aug 22, 1996 (aged 17)

Nigeria El-Kadme Academy

20 Baba Salihu

Aug 10, 1997 (aged 16)

Nigeria Rangers Academy Bida

FORWARDS 9 Success Isaac

Jan 7, 1996 (aged 17)

Nigeria BJ Foundation Academy

10 Kelechi Iheanacho

Oct 3, 1996 (aged 17)

Nigeria Taye Academy

17 Chidera Ezeh

Oct 2, 1997 (aged 16)

Nigeria River Lane Academy

18 Taiwo Awoniyi

Aug 12, 1997 (aged 16)

Nigeria Imperial Academy


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t was on October 13 this year that it dawned on me that a lot of work is going on at the Airports, in terms of functional upgrade and modernization of airport facilities, equipment and infrastructures. I was pleasantly surprised that with the volume and quality of work on the buildings, the expansion of the operational space for airways staff and passengers and the modern gadgets and facilities being installed everywhere, the nation’s Aviation industry is poised for a radical reform.

This is not to say that I was oblivious that the airports in the country have been undergoing a face-lift in the last one year or so. People scarcely notice things of that sort in their bustle and speed or in the haste to conclude airport formalities before catching a flight, especially with the endless struggle to beat Lagos traffic jams or gridlocks. Even so, awareness that work of a commendable magnitude is going on in some public utility, like the airports, does not often sufficiently excite the ontological wonder of many to warrant a reflective attitude. It is largely when the dam burst, as in the bullet proof BMW saga or when a plane crashes for inexplicable reasons that all hell is let loose. This is a warning that I am

not about to join the affray of Princess Stella Oduah’s query by the House Committee on Aviation because of the obscurity of the matter and the deafening hullaballoo it has generated. I hasten to add, however, that what is perceived as improper conduct of public officers in the implementation of budgetary provisions or whatever should be roundly condemned by all. My point here is that political actors should act with caution and prudence in the appropriation of entitlements or perquisites of office, lest it should provoke public outrage. Notwithstanding the travails of her ladyship at the Aviation Ministry, what has excited my wonder and reflective attitude about the good work going on is how the innovations and edifices springing up at the nation’s airports is shockingly, embarrassingly, going on side by side with airport workforce that has not been trained to embrace change to align properly with the new aviation culture and glorious era which the Stella Oduah performance is bringing into being. Can we point to the possibility of a similar glorious era in the nation’s highways and railways or is there a likelihood of sterling performance from the Charge de Affairs of these other vital, though neglected, infrastructures of national development? As I said at the onset, the day was October 13, 2013. I was in the company of a senior colleague to which I am deputy travelling to Duoala in Cameroon en-route Malabo for some professional assignment in the Gulf of Guinea. It was boarding time for Arik Air — the main Airline busy that morning. The hall was crowded like Ajegunle musical extrava-

ganza. There was just one queue of passengers meandering from the check-in counters of the Airline in the large hall and spilling outside the Muritala Mohammed International Airport complex. It was incredible! An airport hand took charge of my luggage in a trolley which he pushed through the crowded hall towards the check-in counters, at least five of them fully manned by Arik Air staff. I was told to go back and join the queue outside the complex, especially with irate passengers protesting what appeared as a move to shunt or senior guy bravado. Looking at the crowded hall, I surmised that since I had just one hour to board or miss the flight, it was going to be one hell of time on the endless queue. Then, I raised my voice and inquired to know whether everybody on the queue was headed for the same destination. The reply came that everybody was directed to be on a single file regardless of their destinations. My help whispered to me that I could actually speed things up for myself if I parted with N2, 000 to facilitate executive shunting. That was when I shouted loud and clear that I wasn’t going to stay on the same queue of passengers bound for London since I wasn’t going to London. I then insisted that since there were about five counters, there should be different queue for people going to different locations. Sensing danger, the Arik Air supervisors sprang to action, as I was threatening to call a press conference on deliberate strangulation of passengers with intent to extort N2, 000 for express service! In a split second, there was a flurry of activities. The five counters were designated

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aira rain awaits the victorious Golden Eaglets today as President Goodluck Jonathan hosts the team in a grand reception at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. The team on Friday made the country proud, by defeating hard-fighting Mexico in an explosive FIFA U-17 World Cup final match played in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), A statement by his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the president was proud of the young lads for doing the nation proud.

“President Jonathan joins other very proud and happy Nigerians in saluting the glorious achievement of the Eaglets in winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup for an unprecedented fourth time,” it said. “The President commends the young players for the exemplary commitment, dedication, resilience, determination, patriotism and unity of purpose they displayed through-out the tournament to make Nigeria the champions once again. “In fulfillment of his promise of a heroes’ welcome for the triumphant Golden Eaglets on their return home, President Jonathan will today host a grand reception for the team

at the Banquet Hall of the State House at 7 pm in appreciation of the great feat and glory they have brought to their fatherland. “The President also urges the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to strive to ensure that the worldconquering Eaglets, who have shown such immense potentials as youngsters, are properly nurtured, trained and developed to represent the nation at higher levels in future international football competitions. “He wishes the Golden Eaglets and their handlers a safe journey home and looks forward to receiving them in Abuja today.”

for passengers bound for different destinations, and in no time the long winding queue gave way to five well organized queues. I was checked-in in less than 15 minutes for what was going to take hours on end and possibly a missed flight. It dawned on everybody present that day at the airport that though President Jonathan or Stella Odua or indeed the National Assembly may appropriate more than the required financial resource to update infrastructures and facilities, it still remains for those at the lowest level of administration at our airports—the Airline counter staff and supervisors-- to be trained and supervised to make the nation’s huge investments in the Aviation industry deliver efficient service to the public. More important still is that Nigerians themselves who use aviationservices should cultivate the habit of asking questions and demanding that things be done properly when those in charge appear to be bungling their affairs. Were it not for my intervention that October 13 at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, many passengers, including my humble self, could have missed their flights through no fault of their own, and through no fault of the President, the Aviation Minister or the National Assembly. As for the irritating matter of over-inflated cost of procuring BMW cars for official use, Stella Odua should clear and distance herself from improprieties and concentrate on the task of giving the country a befitting Aviation industry; which she is already doing admirably. That is what she will be remembered for by posterity; not the embarrassing perquisites of office!

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