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Reps probe N3trn security Confab leadership, FG disagree over expenditure

Private Jet scam: You can’t probe me, Alison-Madueke tells NASS

Titilope Awe is the Group Human Resources Manager, Rocky Sporting Club Limited, Lagos. This interesting woman, who loves to stand out in whatever she wears, seldom allows anything to weigh her down. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, she speaks about her philosophy and what she does whenever she’s brokenhearted.

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Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison -Madueke yesterday warned the National Assembly against embarking on her probe over the private jet scandal. The minister contended that the two chambers of the National Assembly not only lacked the constitutional powers to probe the alleged scandal, but also warned that embarking g on

the probe would be prejudicial, having submitted its constitutionality before a Federal High Court for interpretation. Madueke who covertly indicated that she would make herself unavailable for any probe has also written a letter to the National Assembly through her lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) to drop the probe in the interest of the rule of law.

FRSC defers enforcement of new number plate, driver’s licence scheme

Causes and treatment of Typhoid fever Typhoid fever is an ailment caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria which spreads through contaminated food and water or through close contact with someone who is already infected. The disease has received various names, such as gastric fever, abdominal typhus, infantile remittant fever, slow fever, nervous fever and pythogenic fever. The name typhoid means “resembling typhus” and comes from the neuropsychiatric symptoms common to typhoid and typhus.

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has again deferred enforcement of the new motor vehicle number plate and driver’s license scheme. Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu in a statement said the decision was a consequent upon the Joint Tax Board, JTB, suspension of the June 30, 2014 deadline for a change to the enhanced motor vehicle number plate

and driver’s license and separate court judgments from Lagos and Abuja. Agwu said the Corps has therefore directed its commanding officers to commence robust nationwide public awareness on the new initiative for motor vehicle administration in the country, emphasizing on the benefits of the new scheme and the need to key-in for all Nigerians.

NEITI to expose oil block owners The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, is to expose owners of oil blocks under the just unveiled revised standards of the global Extractive Industries

Transparency Initiative, EITI. NEITI Chairman, Mr. Ledum Mitee, disclosed this at a capacity building workshop for civil society organisations in Abuja yesterday.

The power sector received a boost yesterday as the United States announced a grant valued at $480m to support energy projects in Nigeria. At the grant signing ceremony held in Lagos and attended by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga and his Power sector counterpart, Prof Chinedu Nebo, the Director, United States Trade and Development Agency, USTDA, Mrs. Leocadia Zak, said the grant demonstrat-

ed the agency’s commitment to fostering sustainable economic growth in Nigeria and throughout West Africa. She explained that the grant is meant to strengthen the energy sector in the country, saying that there is real need for power in Nigeria and the US is committed in ensuring this. Zak stressed that the USTDA is proud to connect US industry to the country’s efforts to ensure that reliable, clean and affordable electricity is accessible to its citizens.

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I derive joy by focusing on my achievements –Titilope Awe

The union also said that it was protesting the killing of 173 teachers by militants in Borno and Yobe states. The NUT had on Wednesday ordered all public schools to be shut yesterday to allow the teachers protest the abduction and demand the release of the school girls.

As an artiste, my Mondays are usually light. I take time out to rest, unlike those in the corporate world that start with meetings today. I go to events and shows where I perform as a musician. After my hectic weekends, I don’t wake up early on Mondays. When I wake in the afternoon, I do a check list of what I want to do during the week.

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Academic activities were suspended in public schools across the country yesterday as members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, took to the streets to demand the release of the over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, abducted by

I set today aside to see my clients for business negotiations or to introduce my brand, both as a musician and tour professional.

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I research into my songs, new projects and proposals. I also do my voice check and training. I also attend mid-week services on wednesday evenings.

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Today is mapped out for rehearsals with my dancers and choreographers. I also rehearse my songs sometimes on my own and at other times with my band members, depending on the kind of gig I have for the weekend.

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of Defence are below 50 per cent, and we would look into this. We would talk with those (the Ministry of Finance) who make these releases because of the situation we have now in the country,” he said. The spokesman lamented the continuing killings in the country, stressing that the House would explore every measure to assist the government in tackling insurgency.

given six weeks’ extension. Following this development, the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, has therefore mandated the conference secretariat to close the conference on or before July 17. Chairman of the conference, retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Idris Kutigi, announced this development at the plenary yesterday, adding that the conference would now have to adjust its schedule to comply with the directive.

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The House of Representatives has initiated an investigation into the alleged poor management of over N3trn budgeted to tackle insecurity in the country. Spokesman of the House, Hon. Zakari Muhammed, disclosed this yesterday at a press briefing in Abuja. “We know that, because of the tradition at the Budget Office, releases for the Ministry

The Federal Government and the leadership of the National Conference yesterday disagreed over the extension of time for the conference. While the leadership of the conference was demanding for a six-week extension to enable it come out with good report, the Federal Government declined granting such long time, but approved four more weeks. Rejecting the six-week extension request, the Federal Government said that the conference would drag for too long if

I rest in the morning, do a little more of song rehearsals in the afternoon and on some Friday evenings, I perform at shows. This is very hectic for me because I attend weddings, perform at different events and parties. I go to church in the morning, attend events in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening. I attend events where I also perform to entertain people. If I don’t have shows, I would attend house fellowship in the evening. *By Adaeze Amos (0802 301 2293)


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Nigeria’s deadly roads: The issues involved Travelling on the country’s roads is usually accompanied with trepidation as it is now a dangerous sortie. Several lives have been lost on the roads while many promising Nigerians have been maimed. But what are the authorities now doing and what are they not doing? Tayo Adelaja, Head, Special Investigations, examines the issues involved. ROAD ACCIDENTS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF NIGERIAN CELEBRITIES

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he deterioration of most roads across the country often begins with cracks on the pavements or at the edges and potholes along the drive way which differ by their shapes, configuration, movement of traffic and rate of deformation. Some of these potholes are like a fishing pond. Their presence aside from human and vehiclerelated factors is known to be the major cause of road traffic accidents. The immediate cause of a road accident may also be as a result of mechanical factor and carelessness in the form of omission to check and maintain the vehicle at the appropriate time. Accidents may be fatal, resulting in deaths of the road users (passengers, drivers or pedestrians), or minor when it is not severe enough as to cause substantial hardship. Vehicular accidents occur worldwide but the incidence is more in developing countries. Annually, about 1.24 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Thus road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death

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among young people, aged 15-29 years. 91 per cent of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in low-income and middle-income countries, even though these nations have approximately half of the world’s vehicles. In Nigeria today, hardly does a day go without the occurrence of a road traffic accident, leading generally to increasing incidence of morbidity and mortality rates as well as financial cost to both society and the individual involved. Information on some of these traffic accidents get to the news rooms of media houses and are aired while the majority go unreported. Nigeria has the highest road accidents rate as well as the largest number of death per 10,000 vehicles, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO. One may be tempted to believe that the level of awareness on the causes of vehicular accidents is very low among Nigerians. The roads have become killing fields without protection for their CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 users. Travellers heave a sigh of relief whenever they make their destinations. The country has the status of a developing country where road facilities are grossly inadequate to cater for the teeming population of road users. The discovery of oil came with its own problems. Prior to the ‘oil boom’, road accidents were rather rare. The boom brought along with it an increase in disposable income of the people which in turn increased vehicle ownership and brought about ‘rapid’ industrialisation. This undoubtedly called for improved road network accessibility. Roads were therefore built albeit without dire attention to standard. These developments were not matched by adequate measures and control. Consequently, the roads not expanded as traffic increased grew to be a death trap for the citizens and its users. It becomes worrisome with the fact that the road accidents are on the increase. Corps Public Education Officer of the Federal Roads SSafety Corps, FRSC, Jonas Agwu, traced the regular crashes to the recklessness of the drivers. While not dismissing the role played by bad roads, he argued that crashes are caused more by the poor attitude of motorists than the poor state of the roads. He said, “All we are saying to Nigerians is that bad roads don’t cause accident; bad vehicles don’t cause crashes; it is the bad use of the roads and the vehicle that cause accidents. “So, we appeal to Nigerians to change their driving attitude. As the roads get better, don’t be tempted to say you want to do 120 kilometres per hour; cut down that speed. Don’t be tempted to say you can drive and use your phone at the same time.” Assistant Corps Marshal in charge of Ekiti, Kogi and Kwara states, Kehinde Adeleye in agreement with Agwu attributed recklessness of drivers as a prime factor for the frequent accidents. He said it had been discovered that many drivers engaged in making or receiving calls while driving on top speed, adding that this affected their concentration often, resulting in crashes along the road. He disclosed that acts of indiscipline and flagrant disregard of traffic rules were particularly rampant among the elite. Olalomi Musibau, a driver that plies Lagos-Kwara route strongly disagreed with both of them. He noted that most of the accidents are due to the deplorable state of the roads. “I’ve been on this road for about three decades. Look at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, one of the busiest roads in Nigeria. Since it was built, when did the government deem it fit to expand it? How many times do they do

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patch-patch job which doesn’t always last? I’m even talking about expansion when that road was a death trap. It was the same road that claimed the lives of so many Nigerians. I’ve lost count of how many times I’d to help accident victims on this road,” he bemoaned. He recalled the death of Chief Rufus Giwa, a renowned industrialist and former Chairman and Chief Executive of Unilever Nigeria Plc, in 2003. “I arrived at the spot of that accident a few minutes after it happened. His Lexus Jeep tried to avoid a pothole on that road and that was what claimed the life of that man on the same Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at the Sagamu end. It was an avoidable death,” Musibau added. There are so many cases of such deaths on our roads. Celebrated actor and university teacher, Dr Larinde Akinleye, also died from injuries sustained in a car crash in 2004. In 2011, another Yoruba actor, Ishola Durojaye, popularly known as Alaasari also died from injuries sustained from a car accident on his way to promote his new movie titled, ‘Omo night club’ in Abeokuta. Popular Gospel comedian Cee Dee John (Ibu Chineke), met his untimely death in an accident on his way from an album launch in Lagos. Koko Mansion star, Chidinma Mbalaso, was unfortunate as she died in a car crash on her way from Kaduna. Olaitan Olanipekun, popularly known as Da Grin had an auto crash which claimed his life on April 22, 2010. Da He presumably would have become one of the mega stars around today. He connected with his fans on such a real level. His demise, which

marked the end of his career, left a vacuum that is yet to be filled by anyone. MC Loph, the ‘Osondi Owendi’ exponent also was a victim. Rapper, Nwaozo Obiajulu aka MC Loph, who came into the limelight with the release of a remix of Osita Osadebe’s hit song, ‘Osondi Owendi’ died in his prime. He had a tragic car accident which claimed his life, alongside his only sister, Chinwe on September14, 2011 while on his way to Enugu for his traditional wedding. He died on Benin-Ore Road due to the bad state of that road at that time. The carnage on the road continues with the death of a senior lecturer at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Dr Gbenga Dally and two other persons along Abeokuta/Sagamu Road. The head of operations of the anti-robbery squad of the Ogun State Police Command, Folahan Ogunkoya, also died in a ghastly auto crash on the same road. The foster mother to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of the President, Madam Charity Obah had an auto crash along East-West Road and she could not cheat death as the accident claimed her life. The Emir of Ngelzarma in Fune Local Government of Yobe State, Alhaji Mahammadu Mai Yeri Ibn Isa II, a first-class emir also died in a terrible car crash in Gerei, Adamawa State. Students were not left out as Donald Onukaogu, the Senate President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and five of his colleagues were CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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Preventable accidents caused by bad roads CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 involved in a grisly motor accident on their way to University of Uyo to mediate in the crisis rocking the institution. Also, three student union presidents from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, and the Ondo State School of Midwifery were killed in an automobile accident near Emure Ile along Owo Road, Ondo State. They were returning from Abuja after attending a ceremony organised by NANS to honour Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo State. In that accident, those that lost their lives were Dapo Awopegba of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Abiodun Akintola of Adeyemi College of Education and the Student Union President of Ondo State School of Midwifery. Journalists also lost their colleagues to fatality last year along Ilesha-Akure Road. The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) officials from Oyo and Lagos State councils returning from Abuja were involved in a fatal auto crash which claimed the lives of Adolphus Okonkwo of the Voice of Nigeria and the Lagos NUJ Secretary, Kafayat Odunsi of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Tejuosho, Lagos and the chairman of the Radio Nigeria, Ibadan Network Centre of the NUJ, Tunde Oluwanike. Nigeria also lost one of her best brains when Professor Festus Iyayi, former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) died in an accident on Lokoja-Abuja road. Last month, the immediate younger brother of Nigeria’s Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, also died in a grisly accident in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Mr. Sambo was a pilot in the defunct Nigeria Airways. He later became the CEO of Manyata Engineering Services Ltd, an aviation consultancy business he started 7 years ago. These bring to the fore the volatility of our roads. According to the FRSC, not less than 3,000 people died in road accidents in 2011 alone in the country. 2,235 fatalities were recorded in separate road accidents across the nation according to the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Osita Chidoka. He further disclosed that on Dec 25, 2012 a total of 94 persons lost their lives in road crashes in 191 incidents recorded in just five days across the country. He disclosed this in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, when he stopped over in the course of the aerial monitoring of traffic situation on Lokoja-Abuja highway. He however blamed the crashes on speed violation by road users. Another official figure released by the FRSC stated that a total of 124 persons were killed in crashes on Lokoja-Abuja road between January and September 2013. According to reports, 78 crashes occurred in February, 2013 across the nation. The crashes also caused injuries to over 200 people. 10 persons lost their lives in different crashes on February 18 while 38 others sustained various degrees of injuries. Some of the roads where the accidents

Accident scenes across the nation

Failed section of Benin-Ore road

occurred on February 18 include Enugu –Port Harcourt Expressway; Oyo-Ogbomoso route; Egbu –Awka junction along Owumu route; Lagos – Ibadan Expressway; Irrua junction, Ekpoma; Zaria-Kano route; Koton-Karfe/Abuja route; IsseleAzagba Junction; Aku village, Kano; and Zaria-Kano road. Three people were killed the next day (February 19) in various accidents while 23 were injured. The accident occurred along Lagos– Ibadan Expressway; Okigwe –Umuahia route; Television garage, Kaduna; Hadeji –Balangu route, Ugba junction, along Aba–Owerri route; Yola–Numan route; and Keffi–Masaka route. The FRSC recorded 11 deaths and 20 injuries on February 20 nationwide. One of the accidents of February 20 was a robbery-induced crash at kilometer 9, Abuja–Kaduna road and it led to the death of 10 men while four others were injured. Armed robbers had earlier barricaded the road before a Mack trailer conveying about 14 passengers ran into the obstruction. On February 21, one person was re-

ported dead in 11 crashes in different states; while 34 persons were injured. The following day, six people died and 57 others injured in 15 crashes across the country. February 23 recorded the lowest number of crashes with five accidents recorded by the FRSC. Two people lost their lives while 13 people were injured from the crashes. On February 24, nine persons died while 15 others sustained injuries in 10 crashes that occurred across the country. In Ondo State, road accidents consumed 189 persons in 10 months. Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, President Abdulwaheed Omar, who spoke on the Lokoja-Abuja crash which claimed the life of Prof Iyayi said, “The LokojaAbuja stretch of the road is arguably one of the busiest in the country. The contract for its dualisation was awarded about 10 years ago to ease vehicular movement as well as reduce carnage on the road. Quite sadly and unfortunately, no appreciable work has been done, thus turning the stretch of the road into a slaughter slab.” Reflecting on the road that has now become a death trap, Eno Essien, a businesswoman that lives in Abuja but

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travels frequently to Lagos noted that the road was constructed by the administration of General Abdulsalami Abubakar and it was completed within a year and half with less hazard and accident. She therefore wonders why the current effort to rehabilitate and expand it has become a lifetime project. Essien decried the death and disability the construction work had caused many because of the failure of the companies working to put diversion signs on the road. “I’m not too sure that our lives matter to these people. Many times, one would have run into some construction equipment carelessly placed on the road without proper notification before knowing it. This has caused countless number of accidents,” she said. The ongoing construction of the Lokoja-Abuja dual carriageway has been divided into four sections with each given to different construction companies. The first section, which commences from Zuba and runs to Sheda Village Junction, with interception from Giri Village Junction to the Airport Link Road Junction, is being handled by Dantata and Sawoe Construction Co. Limited. The second section, which spans between Sheda Village Junction and Abaji, is being handled by Reynolds Construction Company (Nig) Ltd. Section three of the road, from Abaji to Koton Karfi, was awarded to Bulletin Construction Co. Ltd, while the last section, Koton Karfi to Lokoja, is given to Gitto Construzioni Generali Ltd. “We are told that the road has been given to four prominent construction companies, that should have facilitated the completion of the project, but that has not been the case. One expected that by now, the project would have become history, but only God knows when they will actually complete the project and save us from the problems we face on this road. This project has been on for the past 10 years. Why should the construction of a road as busy as this last for this length of time?” Essien added. When the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, motorists plying the ever-busy road breathe a sigh of relief. The contract was awarded to Julius Berger and Reynold Construction Company, RCC, in July 2013 and is expected to take 48 months. Prior to the contract award, there was public outcry as the road recorded several accidents some of which led to loss of lives and destruction property. The frequency of these tragic incidents as reported in the media prompted public outcry. This underlined the need for palliative measures in terms of temporary repairs on some severely failed sections of the road which caused motorists to spend several hours on the road. During the inauguration by the President, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, Oluwatoyin Obikoya, promised that emergency repairs would be carried out on bad portions of the road. According to him, “Julius Berger will carry out emergency repair of those sections so that motorists would enjoy a smooth ride and not spend a long time on that road again.” Almost a year after this contract CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 award-signing event, amidst pomp, the situation on this road is becoming worse. A journey from the Sagamu end of the road to Lagos now takes between two and three hours due to so many bad portions and recklessly parked articulated heavyduty vehicles. Among the bad segments which demand urgent attention is the adjoining bridge between Berger Bus Stop and Kara Bus Stop towards the Berger axis of the road. This portion is fast deteriorating as the adjoining bridge now has huge cracks leaving a big gap between it and the road. This situation is responsible for the daily long queue of vehicles which take their turns to pass at a snail speed. Isiaka Omojola, a commercial bus driver, lamented on the number of hours spent each time he plies the road. “How can one be on a road for five hours or more on a journey of two and a half hours from Ife (in Osun State) to Lagos? We spent less than two hours to Ogere and the remaining hours from Ogere to Lagos is like eternity,” he said. Ogere is a town in Ogun State close to The Redeemed Christian Church camp in Mowe, Ogun State. Barrister Kunle Obijimi who lives at Asese, a town along the expressway, lamented: “Why do we live as if there is no government in this country? A road of this importance should attract urgent attention from a responsible government. How long do we have to continue like this? “The incessant traffic jam on this road which is as a result of the deplorable condition has made many travellers vulnerable to armed robbery attacks, leading to loss of cash, other personal belongings and also lives. My friend, a journalist, was attacked just last month at Ogere. He was robbed and dealt with in broad daylight, in the presence of his three kids! “I wonder how long it will take before the road is repaired. We complained of Bi-Courtney taking too long to repair and build new roads as agreed. We’re happy when Federal Government took responsibility for the road. It is about a year now, our lot is to waste productive time on the road,” he said. Ekegbu Chibuzor, a private school tu-

Different faces of failed sections on express roads across the nation

IT IS SAD AND DEPRESSING THAT THE EXPRESSWAY THAT SHOULD BE FREE AND UNIMPEDED FOR MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES ESPECIALLY FROM THE IBAFO AXIS HAS LONG CEASED TO BE SO tor in a Lagos secondary school pointed out that the 125 Km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has since been defying every attempt to upgrade and restore the status of the longest road in Nigeria. He noted that it had been suffering diverse setbacks from indiscriminate parking of heavy vehicles by the roadside, lack of consistent periodic maintenance and upgrades, unending signing and cancellation of reconstruction contracts, just to mention a few. He stressed that the resultant effects are unending tragic accident scenarios as witnessed in 2010 when a most horrendous accident occurred at the Berger section of the expressway which claimed about 60 lives with about 25 vehicles burnt. A similar tragic accident occurred at Ibafo which resulted in about the death of about 10 persons, including children and the loss of 13 vehicles to inferno, while a lot of people sustained injuries. Also, it aids robbery attacks, kidnapping, ritual killings and lots of other mishaps which are mostly the cross of the common man. “The accident was caused by obstruction on the expressway, particularly the indiscriminate parking of trailers by the roadside at Ibafo. The accident at Ibafo occurred when a tanker loaded with petrol lost control due to break failure. Some people said it was a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that collided with another car that was avoiding a pothole on the road. As they were being rescued, a petrol tanker on high speed came from behind and hit one of the vehicles before crashing into three other parked tankers. The impact ignited an inferno that engulfed other vehicles trapped in the usual traffic jam, including trailers parked by the roadside,” Chibuzor said. He pointed out that usually there are more than one account of accidents because of the angle the witnesses of such

incidents view it, but it is sad and depressing that the expressway that should be free and unimpeded for movement of vehicles, especially from the Ibafo axis, has long ceased to be so. He lamented that the expressway built over 30years ago has suffered neglect and, worse, trailer drivers have the effrontery to abuse it with impunity. In a bid to save the nation from the carnage on the roads, the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, last week explained the effort of the government to salvage the situation when he said that 25,000 kilometres out of the total 35,000 kilometres federal roads are now motorable. He also said that work would soon begin on the expansion of the OshodiMurtala Muhammed International Airport Expressway, Lagos. The minister added that all the federal road projects in Borno State had been suspended because of the activity of the Boko Haram insurgency. He stated, “On the Oshodi-Murtala Muhammed Airport Road in Lagos, the ministry is currently at the detailed project development stage in the planned expansion of the road to an eight-lane expressway with flyovers and pedestrian bridges to ensure a befitting gateway to our country’s foremost commercial city. Early work on this project is expected to commence soon.” According to him, in 2011, only 5,000 kilometres of the 35,000 kilometres of the federal roads were in good condition. He stated, “From about 5,000 kilometres of fair roads in 2011, today about 25,000 kilometres of the 35,000 kilometres of federal roads are now in good and motorable condition.” The minister disclosed that in 2013, the Federal Government completed nine road projects nationwide, totaling 421.6

kilometers at the cost of N57 billion. The projects, according to him, include Oturkpo-Oweto Road in Benue State; Otukpa-Ayangba-Ajaokuta-Okene Road in Kogi; Ningi-Yadagunmgume-Fuskar Mata Road in Bauchi State and Yana-Shira Azare Road also in Bauchi State. Others are Wukari-Takum Road in Taraba State; Benin-Ore Road in Edo and Ondo states; Enugu-Abakaliki Road, Enugu and Ebonyi states; Ogoja JunctionIkom Road in Cross River and Ado-Ilumoba-Agbago-Ikare Road in Ekiti State. On the insurgency in the North-East, the minister said it had affected the projects of the ministry. “All the road projects of the Federal Government in Borno State have been suspended,” he stated. Onolememen recalled that Boko Haram killed five workers of the CCC construction company, adding that seven expatriates of Setraco construction company kidnapped by the insurgents had not regained their freedom. The minister said that two engineers of the ministry were killed by the insurgents. He stated that 184 road projects were being undertaken by the Federal Government across the country. Giving a breakdown, the minister said 30 projects were going on in the North-Central at the cost of N275.6 billion. He put the length of the projects at 1,255.1 kilometres. However, Corps Marshal Chidoka unfolded a new initiative at an air rescue demonstration at Girin Junction, Gwagwalada, Abuja also last week. He said the helicopters would complement the 23 ambulance points on some major highways in parts of the country in attending promptly to crash victims. Chidoka disclosed that the commission had entered into agreement with some petroleum companies for the use of helicopters in their fleet during such emergencies. “The FRSC is committed to reducing the impact of road accidents on victims,” he said. Chidoka, however, pointed out that not all road accident victims required air ambulance rescue, stressing that only in critical cases would the services of the helicopters be requested.


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iger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, yesterday urged General Abdulsalami Abubakar to prevail on past leaders of the country to help curb insurgency rocking the Northern region.

Aliyu, who is the Chairman, Northern States Governor’s Forum (NSGF), made the call at the maiden convocation of the Ibrahim Babangida Badamosi University, Lapai, Niger. He expressed the hope

that security challenges in the Northern states could be surmounted in the next three months. Aliyu insisted that with concerted efforts from prominent Nigerians, the unbearable situation in the North would soon be a thing of the past. “I call on Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar to invite Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Ibarahim Babangida, to

come together and help the North end the scourge of Boko Haram in the next three months.” The governor also called on students of the university to imbibe the best moral practise, saying that academics were not only about learning but also about moral and character. “As young people, you have central role to play in addressing the situation as positive change agents by

advocating for peace, unity and peaceful coexistence devoid of ethnic and religious sentiments in the society.’’ The governor, who is also the visitor to the university, urged tertiary institutions in the country not to limit instructions of students to academics alone. The Chairman of the university endowment fund, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, announced that

the fund was yielding results. Abubakar said that money collected so far was already running into hundreds of millions of Naira, saying that it was kept in a dedicated account awaiting judicious use to develop the institution. Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Kolo, said that well over N19 billion had been expended on the university.

Kolo also commended the interventions of TETFund and NIMASA whose contribution to university could not be over emphasised. 1,732 students, comprising four sets from 2010 to 2014 received their degrees in its maiden convocation. A breakdown revealed that eight had first class, 324, second class upper; 902, second class lower; 476, third class; and 22 passes.

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ice President, Muhammad Namadi Sambo has advocated for fervent prayers and peaceful co-existence as the major panacea to the current security challenges facing the country.

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara (1st right) in a warm handshake with the Governor of Maryland, Mr. Martin O’Malley, while the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Adebowale Adefuye (middle) and a Tanzanian official (left) watch with keen interest during the ES Award as the Outstanding African Public Servant in USA recently.

Ondo: Monarch accused of intimidating subjects HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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he Olu of Igbokoda, in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, has been accused of using his influence to harass his subjects in the riverine area of the state. Oba Afolabi has been accused of using his palace guards to intimidate the family of one Prince Omolebi Titiola who was killed some times ago in the town as the monarch and some of his men were said to be instrumental to the assault on late Omolebi brother, Iwatan, recently, where so many people were injured in a fracas. Counsel to the Omolebi family, Barrister Atima Koboju, stated this in Akure yesterday, saying the monarch’s guards accused Prince Iwatan of not showing any respect to the monarch. Koboju stated that the monarch with 10 others was standing trial over the death of Prince Titiola Omolebi who was allegedly murdered by the monarch’s guards in 2012. He narrated that the fracas occurred on Friday

•It’s a blatant lie –Monarch at about 5.30pm when a younger brother of the slain Omolebi, Prince Tale Iwatan who was returning home in his car along College Road, Igbokoda, was allegedly accosted by the monarch’s guards. Koboju said the monarch’s guards having identified Prince Iwatan who arrived from Malaysia last month as a younger brother of the late Titiola Omolebi, allegedly descended on him and inflicted several injuries on him in the process having sighted his Honda Element SUV with registration number LAGOS ER 111 APP which was badly damaged by the thugs during the attack. According to the counsel, Prince Iwatan immediately rushed to Igbokoda police station to lodge complaint about the attack on him from where he was taken to the hospital by the police for treatment. The counsel alleged that the Olu of Igbokoda having sensed the implication of his guards’ action, allegedly connived with the police in the

area to manipulate the case in his favour by turning the complainant to a suspect. To perfect the alleged deal, Barrister Koboju said the police hurriedly discharged Prince Iwatan from the hospital and took him to the state police headquarters in Akure without taking the case file along. “I am beginning to suspect foul play in this matter. The police are helping the Olu of Igbokoda to turn the complainant to the suspect by doctoring the case file which they are yet to produce two days after the complainant was brought to Akure. They want to manipulate the case in order to secure detention against Prince Iwatan who they have now turned to the suspect so as to frustrate the murder case against the monarch and other suspects in the death of Prince Titiola Lebi”, Koboju said. He said the monarch also stormed the Igbokoda police station with his subjects and denied the allegation, claiming that Prince Iwatan attempted to hit him with his car on his way to his palace

on the said day. The monarch during interrogation by the police said it was the timely intervention of his guards that saved him from being hit by Prince Iwatan. But the monarch in a swift reaction, denied the allegation and wondered why people were peddling rumours about his arrest but said Prince Iwatan has been detained at the state criminal investigation Department in Akure for attacking him. He said the young man was arrested on Friday in Igbokoda and has been kept in police custody for attacking him. He however urged his people to discard the rumour that he had been kept in police custody over the matter, saying the real suspect is answering questions over the matter. He said:” I am at the state CID as I am talking to you and the accused has been kept behind the bar and I am sure the police will get to the root of the matter. I am a law abiding person and I will never take law into my hands even as a respected monarch.”

He made the appeal during the 28th Maulud Anniversary of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass held in Gombe yesterday where about six million adherents of the Tijjaniyya sect were said to have attended the ceremony from the 36 states of the federation, including delegations from Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and many other African countries. Our correspondent gathered that over 37 people from Soba in Kaduna State died in a motor accident on their way to the event while one person died as a result of suffocation at the overcrowded Abubakar Umar Memorial stadium in Gombe metropolis, venue of the occasion. The Vice President who

urged the Muslim ummah to pray for the peace of Nigeria and the world at large added that with prayers and peaceful coexistence among Muslims and followers of other religions, there will be progress in every part of the world. The Vice-President who was optimistic that Nigeria would overcome its current security challenges, identified fervent prayers and peaceful coexistence as what is urgently needed to move Nigeria and the entire universe forward. In his speech on the occasion, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State said the observance of the Maulud could not have come at a better time than now when our society is facing a lot of socio-economic and security challenges. He said that truthfulness, discipline and tolerance are some of the rare qualities of Sheikh Nyass and described him as a Sheikh in all the degrees and ramifications of ranks.

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nother bomb explosion rocked Jos, the Plateau State capital yesternight in another attack believed to have claimed many lives. Though there was no information regarding casualty figures as at press time, it was feared that scores of persons were killed. A security agent and two Jos residents disclosed over the phone that yesternight’s explosion occurred around 9 p.m at a centre where people had gathered to watch a football match. However, the National Emergency Management

Agency (NEMA) Zonal Information Officer in Jos Audu Yohana, said the bomb exploded on Murtala Mohammed near the old University of Jos Teaching Hospital. He said emergency responders were afraid to approach the scene of the explosion yester night for fear that another bomb might be planted nearby. It would be recalled that over 118 persons died and several others were injured in the twin bomb blasts that exploded at a crowded bus terminal and market in Jos last Tuesday.


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2015: Jonathan, Obasanjo again disagree over Sambo as vice OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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he peace that is gradually returning to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, could be under threat as who will be the Vice Presidential candidate of the party appears to be in the way between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. While President Jonathan feels comfortable with Namadi Sambo, the present Vice President as his running mate in the February 14, 2015 presidential election, Chief Obasanjo is demanding that Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, be offered the job. President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo met recently shortly after the President’s trip from Paris last week where he had attended the summit on insecurity in Africa. Sunday Mirror sources

confirmed that the meeting was centred on President Jonathan’s 2015 presidential ambition as well as the spate of terror attacks in the north. Obasanjo, who had initially objected to Jonathan’s return bid in 2015 still stood his ground but gave a condition to back Jonathan. He wanted the president to drop Sambo for Lamido, a proposal President Jonathan was not comfortable with. According to the source who is a top PDP officer, “It is true that both leaders met last Sunday to discuss matters of national interest; you should know that it is only sensible for the President to have audience with Baba Obasanjo in view of the insecurity situation in some parts of the north. “There is also nothing wrong in the two leaders meeting to iron out differences if at all there are, but the only snag in what a sec-

•As former President prefers Lamido tion of the media carried was just out of context; the former president cannot say President Jonathan should not run because he knows too well that Mr President has the constitutional right to run for another term. “The only thing which I can tell you in confidence that featured in their discussions was that the former president sounded the president out on the various agitations that have mounted against his vice from the North West region of the PDP. “He reminded the President that unlike Abubakar Atiku in his days, Architect Namadi Sambo does not command the required political followership in the North West zone to carry the PDP afloat if at all he (Obasanjo) decided to back Jonathan for

2015. By inference, the former leader was canvassing that Sambo be dropped for someone else.” Lamido is the former president’s godson; he had appointed him as Foreign Affairs minister in 1999; wanted him as governor of Jigawa; he failed twice but made it in 2007. Obasanjo has severally spoken of the qualities of Lamido as a potential president of Nigeria. It was the former President that persuaded Governor Lamido to stay put with PDP at a point when other aggrieved PDP governors decamped to the opposition All Progressives Congress late last year. Amongst the governors include Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wammako

(Sokoto), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa). The refusal of Lamido and Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, to join the other five governor restored hope to the PDP and the presidential aspiration of President Jonathan. It is however believed that the card on the board is the only way the President will get the support of these two governors as well as the former President. The source confirmed that the former president concluded by saying Sule Lamido would make a better rallying point for the party in the North West come 2015, expressing optimism that at least three of the five PDP governors who dumped the party for APC would return if Lamido was picked. President Jonathan, ac-

cording to the source, could not make any commitment as he was yet to see what in particular Sambo had done wrong to warrant being dropped and the fact that he was more at home with Sambo as vice than any other. Also, he reminded the former president that the most popular item of criticism of his administration is that he had paid lip service to corruption which in actual fact is not. And that, picking Lamido was as good as endorsing corruption in view of the alleged money laundering charges against two of his sons recently and that the opposition would swoop on this and isolate the issue to mean that he, Jonathan, has endorsed corruption by trying to cover up Lamido’s sons. Lately, Lamido has been touted to be oiling his political machinery to give a shot at the nation’s top job.

Groups want FG to take decisive action against Boko Haram THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN WARRI

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wo Non-Governmental Organisations, Every Child Counts Initiative for Education, ECCIFED, and Nigerian Aid Group of Islam Jama’atu Nasril Islam, have urged the Federal Government to expedite action against terror group, Boko Haram sect, to rescue the over 200 abducted female students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. The groups at a rally/ prayer session in Warri, Delta State, said they have decided to join the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign to mount more pressures both on Federal Government and the insurgents for quick release of the schoolgirls abducted over five weeks ago. Speaking at the rally, former Commissioner of Education in the state and founder of ECCIFED, Dr. (Mrs.) Veronica Ogbuagu, called on government to take decisive action against the Boko Haram Sect. Ogbuagu, however, described as worrisome several committees being set up by government to find the missing girls, saying that government was too slow in its rescue mission.

According to her, “Boko Haram has been operating in the country’s North East since 2002 but the government never saw them as a big threat until now. A common practice with Nigerian government is the manner with which they set up committees to deal with matters that could be dealt with instantly. I am of the opinion that if we see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee for snakes. Ogbuagu , who is popularly known for bringing sanity to the educational institutions in the Delta State, asked parents to be up and doing, and ensure that the young ones are kept safe from societal ills. In his speech, the state Chairman of Nigerian Aid Group of Islam Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Mr. Sadiq Musa, condemned the senseless killings and abduction of innocent citizens by Boko Haram sect, saying the actions of the sect were in clear contradiction with the tenets of Islam. The ceremony was attended by several secondary schools children in Effurun and Warri Local Government Areas as well as parents, teachers, heads of schools and religious leaders in the state

Members of Peace Intercessors staging a walk against insecurity in Abuja, yesterday.

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APC’s ‘evil plot’ against Gombe exposed –PDP OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has uncovered a well-laid out plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to discredit the government of Gombe State using the instruments of lies, deceit and propaganda. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday said the APC has not been happy with the peace and rapid development going on in Gombe State under the PDP-led administration and as such is doing all it could to destabilize the state. “We wish to alert Nigerians on the real intention behind the unpatriotic statement by the APC wherein its spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in

his usual stock in trade, maliciously dished out tissues of lies and fabrications against the PDP-led Gombe State government with the aim of causing disaffection among the people and worsening the security situation in the North East geo-political zone where their unguarded and provocative utterances have continued to motivate and fuel insurgency,” the PDP stated. Insisting that the claims in the APC statement were mere fabrications, the PDP said at no time did the Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo-led administration clampdown on any APC member or engaged in the destruction of property owned by the APC or any other opposition party for that matter. “Why would the PDPled government of Gombe

State clampdown on members of a party that is practically non-existent in the state? Why would the PDP border about a party which has no single functional structure in Gombe State? Why would the PDP clamp down on members of a party which has since been rejected by the people due to its quarrelsomeness and preference for violence? “The APC is particularly pained by the achievements of the Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo-led government which have earned the PDP the support of the people. Realising that they have been rejected by the people, the APC is now using every means, including the spreading of falsehood to attempt to destabilize the state ahead of the 2015 general election. Having failed in its attempts to destabi-

lize Bayelsa State, the APC has now turned its syringe of venom on Gombe, a plot which has also failed. “Is it that the APC do not want Nigerians to live in peace? Why is APC bent on causing disaffection among the peace-loving people of Gombe State who have continued to show their commitment to live in harmony under the PDP-led administration? Why would they insist on sowing seeds of discord among our people as a means to actualize their inordinate quest for power?,” the PDP queried. Describing the APC onslaught against Gombe State as a failed project, the PDP charged the people of the state to continue to be on the alert and resist plots by the APC to destroy the peace and unity they enjoy under the PDP-led administration.


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Anambra APC prays for Akunyili’s quick recovery, slams Obiano FRANCIS EKPONE ONITSHA

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espite political differences and interest, the Anambra State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) in its fourth meeting held yesterday in Awka, the state capital, unanimously prayed for the quick recovery of former Minister of

Information and Anambra Central Senatorial APGA candidate, Prof. Dora Akunyili, who is currently receiving treatment over an ailment in far way India, expressing hope that she would return to her family and Anambra State in no distant time. In the meeting presided over by the State Chairman of the party, Barris-

ter Emeka Ibe, the State Executive Committee of the party commended the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party for upholding the Congresses held in the Anambra State chapter of the party on April 8,16 and 26, 2014, for the election of 326 Ward Executives, 21 Local Government Executives and one state Executive

led by Barrister Emeka Ibe respectively. The meeting reaffirmed that “there is no faction within APC in Anambra State and asked all members of the party to remain steadfast, and loyal to the values that stand the party out from others in the state and prepare for the remaining part of the struggle to free Anambra State from

South Africans waving the national flags at the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Total will stop offshore gas flaring in Nigeria –Official

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rench oil and gas company, Total, has expressed its determination to be the first multinational oil and gas company to stop offshore gas flaring in Nigeria. A Senior Development Engineer for the company, Mr. Bamidele, made this known when he received some Nigerian journalists at Total’s headquarters in Paris, France. Bamidele said the commitment to stop gas flaring was motivated by the company’s desire to provide better energy in a friendly manner. ``The motivation did not

start today, it is the philosophy of Total to intelligently manage its resources and we are committed to better energy by using gas flaring to power our equipment on the field. ``Our footprint is not as big as our competitors on shore. We are mostly off shore and for gas we are beginning to monetise much of the gas and use the gas for reservoir purposes. ``In some cases, we re-inject the gases to do proper reservoir management to make sure that we are able to provide oil for a longer period without degrading the environment.

``We have been doing it for a longer period of time and that makes us different from other oil companies in Africa countries,’’ he said. He said the company had also invested in renewable energy, with the aim of reducing gas flaring and carbon dioxide. Also, Mr. Betrand de Nadaillac, Vice President in charge of Environment and Health, said the company had another action plan to eliminate gas flaring. Nadaillac said the action was to increase the energy efficient of its stations by promoting projects that emit low carbon dioxide in

the downstream business. He said the company would showcase its achievement in the area of low carbon and renewable energy at Conference of Parties (Cop 21) on Climate Change to be hosted by France in 2015. ``We are planning to showcase our efforts and achievements because people think that oil companies are polluters and they are not doing anything to address it. ``We are concern because it is a serious thing and we are addressing the problem of gas emission step by step though it is costly to do that but we are committed to achieving that,’’ he said.

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he President, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Mr. Anthony Nted, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to relocate tank farms to ensure safety of lives. Nted, who made the appeal at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union in Lagos, also said the relocation of the tanks would prevent economic losses. According to him, the

continuous presence of tank farms in the Lagos port area was responsible for the heavy presence of petrol tankers on major roads leading to the ports. ‘’We have repeatedly called for the relocation of tank farms from TinCan and Apapa for both the safety of lives, properties and economic reasons. ‘’We appeal that all tank farms be relocated from the

seaports at Warri, Port Harcourt and Onne and moved far from residential and commercial areas,’’ he said. Nted said that it was regrettable that petrol tankers had taken over the Apapa/ Oshodi express road and all access roads to the seaports. He said the gridlock in the area had made movement of people and goods in and out of the seaports and within the Apapa industrial and

commercial area impossible. The problem, he said, had compromised the efficiency and service delivery level at the ports and caused loss of man hours. On politics, Nted, cautioned politicians against utterances that could mar the peaceful conduct of the 2015 elections. ‘’We urge politicians to stop sowing seeds of discord and hatred among Nigerians.

the shackles of god-fatherism and imposition”. While congratulating the leader of the party in the state, Senator Chris Ngige, for his appointment as the Secretary of the APC National Convention holding in Abuja from June 13-14, 2014, the party also described as illegal, unconstitutional, retrogressive and undemocratic, the recent demolition of suspected kidnappers’ building in Aguleri, the home town of the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano. Recall that Governor Obiano last week ordered for demolition of three different buildings and one upstairs allegedly belonging to suspected kidnappers. APC condemned the hasty demolition of the buildings, saying that the Governor took laws into his hands. According to the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Okelo Madukaife, shortly after the meeting, “Government of Anambra State led by Chief Willie Obiano directing the demolition of three buildings reportedly providing shelter to suspected criminals in the state is not only vile and crude, but patently runs against the grains of the fundamental human rights enshrined in Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution

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of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended. Continuing, the APC state image maker said Gov. Obiano wants to score cheap popularity by taken such hasty decision, adding that whoever advised him to do that, advised him wrongly. “It remains to our recognition a fundamental human right for every accused person to be presumed innocent until pronounced guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. We however stand in defence of Anambra State presumed innocents from any premature punishment without the due process and conviction, even by a Junta, eager to demolish those to be protected so as to score cheap gallery points with sacred life and rights of Ndi Anambra. “We have heard sympathizers of this illegitimate Junta, some of them unfortunate lawyers refer to, without citing an Act of House of Assembly which they claim gives the illegitimate government headed by one who is under trial for a criminal offence to demolish the house of another suspected criminal without trial and see this argument as puerile, in the face of superior laws of the land and the world” he vented.

Insurgency: Borno pledges to support FG

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orno State Government said yesterday that it was ready to provide all the necessary support to the Federal Government toward ending the Boko Haram insurgency. Governor Kashim Shettima made the pledge in Maiduguri while addressing members of the Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the abducted students of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, Borno. Shettima also said that the state government would collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure the safe return of the abducted girls. He expressed optimism that the committee’s report would provide a leeway toward ending insurgency in the country. ``Going by the calibre of people in the committee, I believe that the committee will come up with lasting solutions to insurgency in the country. ``I am glad that you have

already interacted with a wide range of stakeholders in your quest to present a credible report. `` As for us as political leaders, I want to assure you that we will not politicise the abduction saga. ``Rather we will like to direct our energy toward restoring peace and rescuing the abducted girls,’’ he said. Shettima, who described the abduction as a national calamity, also said: ``We will remain focused and committed to giving the Federal Government all necessary support to bring the insurgency to an end so that our people can live in peace and harmony. ``We are going to partner with the federal government toward bringing back peace in our country.’’ Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, retired Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Sabo, said the meeting was part of the committee’s numerous interaction process with stakeholders toward identifying the facts of the matter.


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Mu’azu should take PDP from control of governors –Tapgun Sir Fidelis Tapgun is a former governor of Plateau State and delegate ate to the ongoing National Conference. In this interview with JAMES ABRAHAM, he speaks about his experience so far at the confab, how the governors ‘are killing democracy’ and Jonathan’s fight againstt Boko Haram, among other issues. Excerpts: It is now over two months since the National Confab started. As a delegate, what has been your experience like? First of all, let me say that it is a good thing that the conference has started.. Mr President believes in it and he is very passionate about it.A lot of us delegates are also passionate about it .It is true that a lot of Nigerians have expressed reservations about the conference but thankfully, Mr. President summoned the courage to convene it in the belief that as a nation, there is the need for us to sit together and talk in view of the fact that we have been together for 100 years. Within this period, so many things have happened and are still happening which need collective examination so that we can forge ahead. I think that is commendable. And he was very careful in selecting the delegates. It is composed of eminent Nigerians and people of high integrity. Nigerians that have seen it all. They know what has gone wrong in this country. Besides, the youth, women, the disabled were all represented. And the idea is to ensure that nobody was left. As it is, we have now gone into committees and we are looking at the various aspects of the Nigerian life after which we report back to the plenary where every issue will be considered in details before coming out with the final position. One of the reasons why some people were sceptical about the conference was because conferences of this nature were held in the past without achieving tangible results. But Mr. President has told us that he was working with the National Assembly so that the 1999 constitution which they are working to amend should have a provision for referendum so that Nigerians will have a final say at the end of the day. When he made the speech, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate President were there and he also pleaded with them to fast-track the constitution amendment so that as soon as we finish our assignment, the report will be sent to the National Assembly and we now have one document that will be sent to Nigerians to take a final decision in form of referendum.

What gives you confidence that the conference will succeed this time? From the discussion on the floor of the conference, after Mr President made his speech, all the delegates spoke one after another. And like I said earlier, the mode at the confab is that of reconciliation, that of moving the country forward; that of making the country a better place for all to live. You may not have 100 percent agreement among delegates but I can assure you that more than 80 percent fall within this paradigm Moreover, Mr President is passionate and sincere about what he is doing. We the delegates are also enthusiastic about the whole thing. They were scepticisms initially even among delegates themselves but from the way things are going, this conference as convened by President Goodluck Jonathan will not go the way of the previous conferences because the determination, sincerity and commitment necessary to get it right this time is there. So what is your expectation at the conference? It is my desire that we are going to come up with a constitution that is drawn up by Nigerians themselves. There appears to be calm in PDP after many years of internal wrangling. As a stakeholder, would you say that the crisis in the party has been resolved? That is to be expected. Since the new party Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu assumed office, his reconciliatory efforts have been paying off. That is why you don’t seem to hear internal wrangling within the party family again. Every leader has his own style of leadership. So Mu’azu has come with his own style. So its just style of leadership that makes the difference. You have always advocated for a reform that will return the party to the vision of its founding fathers centered on justice, accommodation and such virtues. Do you see that being achieved under Mua’zu-led administration?

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ONE OF THE REASONS WHY SOME PEOPLE WERE SCEPTICAL ABOUT THE CONFERENCE WAS BECAUSE CONFERENCES OF THIS NATURE WERE HELD IN THE PAST WITHOUT ACHIEVING TANGIBLE RESULTS.

BUT MR. PRESIDENT HAS TOLD US THAT HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SO THAT THE 1999 CONSTITUTION WHICH THEY ARE WORKING TO AMEND SHOULD HAVE A PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM Well, I hope it will come. Although we haven’t seen it yet. But it is obvious he has set the machinery in motion. And how will it come? By taking away the party structures from the firm grip of the state governors. In any case, it is one of the issues under discussion at the conference. Even the political parties are being discussed. Everything boils down to indiscipline and it is killing our

hard earned democracy. The governors are killing democracy and it should not be allowed to continue. How? Are you still asking? You are a journalist and you are seeing it.Nigerians too are seeing it because it is everywhere. The Governors are the ones doing evCONTINUED ON PAGE 55


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Politics PROVIDING FRESH PERSPECTIVES TO ISSUES MAY 25, 2014

THE WAY THE MILITARY DIVIDED NIGERIA INTO STATES OR IN TERMS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SHOWS A LOT OF INJUSTICE. TAKE FOR INSTANCE, KANO STATE HAS A POPULATION OF 9.4M AND HAS 44 LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS. LAGOS

Soldiers should be motivated to combat insurgents –Aduwo

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Briefly INEC will rectify anomalies in voter registration –Chime

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overnor Sullivan Chime of Enugu has assured residents of the state that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will rectify all anomalies in the state’s voter registration record. Chime gave the assurance at the weekend after collecting his permanent voter’s card at Udi Ward I in Udi local government area of the state. “We have extracted assurances from INEC that, depending on the voters’ turnout, they are likely to extend it because you cannot disenfranchise people.’’ He said that the continuous registration exercise in the state became necessary following some technical problems which INEC had with their records in the affected areas. Chime said that he would not discuss the resolution by the State House of Assembly to take INEC to court on the matter, because it is a different arm of government. “People should come out en mass and ensure they are registered to perform their civic duties.

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Intrigues as Ondo Assembly T decides on Speaker

Osun PDP urges Aregbesola to parley with lecturers

Hakeem Gbadamosi in Akure examines the intrigues surrounding the selection of new leadership for the Ondo House of Assembly after the demise of Hon. Samuel Adesina in February.

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hree months after the death of the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Samuel Adesina, who died in February, after a protracted illness, the affairs of the lawmakers in the state has since then been directed by the Deputy speaker, Hon. Dare Emiola. He has been occupying the position on acting capacity for the past eight months and his leadership quality has been commended. Prior to the burial of the late Speaker, in-House politics and intensive lobbying have been the order of the day with interested members eyeing the Speakership, canvassing other members for their support in succeeding the late speaker. However, following the political arrangement within the ruling Labour Party, the next speaker of the state is ex-

pected to emerge from the Southern Senatorial District where the late Speaker hailed from. Adesina represented Odigbo State Constituency II. It is definitely obvious that the LP which controls the majority seats in the State House of Assembly will produce the next speaker. Though many of the lawmakers are at home with the style of leadership of the acting speaker, Emiola, but he is not from the senatorial district where the party zones the speaker as he hails from Akoko in the Ondo North senatorial district. Members of the LP in the state House from the Ondo South who are qualified to vie for the speakership post include Hon Jumoke Akindele, representing Okitipupa Constituency II, Hon Soji Akinkurolere representing Okitipupa I,

Hon Gbenga Edema, representing Ilaje State Constituency II, and Hon Oyebo Aladetan representing Ilaje Constituency I. Others are: Hon Victor Akinwe representing Odigbo Constituency I and Hon Folagbade Gbemibade of Ile Oluji/ OkeIgbo State Constituency. A source within the House of Assembly disclosed that all the qualified lawmakers had been lobbying intensively for the position, but only three members are most favoured to step into the shoe of the number one lawmaker in the State House of Assembly. The trio include Hon. Victor Akinwe, Hon Oyebo Aladetan and Hon. Jumoke Akindele, the only female member among the three. The source within the House said CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State at the weekend urged the state government to heed calls to reach a compromise with lecturers of state-owned tertiary institutions. In a statement made available to newsmen, the PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, said this was necessary ``to avoid the breakdown of law and order in the state’’. Olaoluwa said the All Progressives Congress, APC -led government should find a way of addressing the issues before it degenerated. OlaOluwa said that ``the frequency at which young students take to the streets is becoming worrisome; the students are eager to return to their classes’’. He appealed to striking lecturers and students in Osun tertiary institutions to maintain the peace, adding that ``there will be light at the end of the tunnel’’. The lecturers of the state-owned tertiary institutions have been on strike since Feb. 17. The lecturers are demanding that the state government implement the 65 years retirement age for lecturers and also implement fully the consolidated salary scheme for lecturers.


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Ekiti: Collapse of issue-based campaigns ABIODUN NEJO, ADO EKITI

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he governorship election in Ekiti State, which is less than four weeks, has gone through different phases since March 23, 2014 when campaigns for the exalted office among the participating political parties officially began. Some of the leading political parties in the race including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Labour Party (LP) and Accord Party (AP) started on a spiritual note, the day being a Sunday with thanksgiving services and other political programmes. Other parties saw the day as a time to step up their political activities while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the major opposition party, began moves to get its acts together following its March 22 primary, the outcome of which the numerous governorship aspirants rejected at that time. For the different political parties, one common denominator as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifted ban on campaigns was the call for an issue-based campaign so that the election would be devoid of violence and attendant loss of lives and property that could mar the poll. But this was soon to collapse, intolerance and violence suddenly crept into the activities of the political parties as perpetrated by and unleashed on supporters of the three leading parties – APC, PDP and LP.

The attendant injuries, destruction and negative publicity, which had unpalatable implication for the success of the election, attained a dangerous dimension when some party leaders and supporters were pitched against the position of some monarchs. This development forced the state traditional council to summon all the candidates to a meeting where they were made to pledge to conduct themselves and their activities peacefully. As if the monarchs had the magic wand, their intervention restored sanity to the campaign rallies and political activities as cases of attacks and violence which erstwhile took centre stage were relegated to the background. However, the different participating political parties and candidates cum their campaign outfits stepped up verbal attacks on opponent(s) in a bid to sway their supporters as commonly noticed among APC, PDP and LP. And with less than a month to the election, a fresh twist was added when the governorship election shifted to the law courts, a trend alien to the erstwhile norm when legal fireworks take place after elections. The fireworks, expected to be between the APC and PDP, were instituted by some individuals who the PDP alleged were APC-sponsored with a view to stop PDP governorship candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, from contesting in the June 21 election in the state. The three different suits said to be filed at the state high court are targeted at ensur-

ing Fayose’s disqualification from the governorship race based on certain grounds. The Chairman, Legal Committee of Ayodele Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO), Barr Kolapo Kolade, at the weekend, raised the alarm of what he called conspiracy by the APC to use the judiciary to frustrate Fayose out of the race “through diabolical judicial process”. Kolade accused the ruling party of planning to get black market injunction to restrain the PDP from participating in the election which is less than four weeks away. The AFCO chieftain, who is also the PDP State Legal Adviser said, “some APC-sponsored personalities have filed frivolous and spurious actions against our candidate with the intention of getting a black market injunction to restrain our candidate as we get closer to Election Day purposely to cause confusion”. According to him, the three suits are with the intention to embarrass Fayose and frustrate his ambition. Kolade said that part of the plots to stop Fayose included a petition written by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, to Kogi State Judiciary seeking the transfer to Ekiti State courts of a case involving one Charles Ovie on the kidnap of the Attah of Ayede, Oba Joseph Orisagbemi and the late Provost of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Dr Gabriel Olowoyo in 2009. He said one of the suits was filed by an Ilorin based lawyer, who claimed that Fayose was not competent to contest on account of his impeachment on October 16, 2006 and

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prayed for an injunction restraining him from contesting. He said the third suit had to do with an APC chieftain and former local government chairman in Ekiti State, who instituted a suit in Ado Ekiti High Court seeking N10 million as damages over allegation that Fayose’s campaign train barricaded the road at Igede Ekiti during a PDP rally recently and deprived his vehicle of passage. Kolade said: “Their desperation to resort to judicial process in less than 30 days to the election is an acceptance of their pending defeat at

Intrigues as Ondo Assembly decide CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 most of the members would have loved to see the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Oyebo Aladetan emerge as the State Speaker because of his leadership quality, but the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko is not comfortable with him. Aladetan was said to have led a revolt group against the governor last December during the presentation of 2014 budget at the floor of the house. Those who revolted against the governor claimed that the governor failed to recognise them afterwards. They vowed not to attend the presentation and they never failed to make their threat a reality. This has placed Mimiko against Aladetan’s ambition and aspiration of becoming the speaker as he was seen as an arrowhead in the revolt. He is a second timer and could garner support from the members who appreciate his sterling quality. Another lawmaker who is also qualified for the post is Victor Akinwe. He is in the state House of Assembly for the second time and hails from the Odigbo Constituency II. He is favoured because he is from the same local government area with the late speaker. He was first elected to the House between 1999 and 2003 and was re-elected in 2011 for his

second coming. Many believed he should step into Adesina shoe by virtues of coming from same area as the late speaker. Most members believed that Odigbo people should be compensated and Akinwe should be allowed to complete Adesina’s tenure. The third lawmaker and the only female lawmaker among the three, Jumoke Akindele, seems to be highly favoured for the post. The source within the House stated that the body language of the state governor tilted towards her aspiration. She is from Okitipupa constituency II and was elected to the House in 2011 on the LP platform. But Akindele, according to the source will be easy to manouvre by the governor and the party, and that her assumption as speaker will make the governor to sleep with his two eyes closed. The source disclosed that the people the lawmaker is representing are not in her support because according to them, the lawmaker is arrogant and none of the people she represents ever benefitted from her representation in the House. They claimed that they never enjoyed dividend of democracy since she was elected into the House. A source said the lawmaker’s relationship with other members of the House

was not cordial and they might decide not to vote for her as the speaker of the House against the wish of the governor, but she can achieve the feat only if the state governor intervenes with an assurance that she will change. The source also revealed that the alleged preferred candidate of the Governor is a first-term legislator. According to the source, Akindele’s preference by Mr Governor was due to her unflinching loyalty to the governor and the party, noting that the governor does not want any arrogant person that would impair the existing cordial relationship between the legislature and the executive. He said “Out of all the candidates penciled down for the position, I think The governor prefers her because he believes she would be loyal to the core like the late Speaker: he doesn’t want anybody that would be rude or arrogant to him. “ If not for the zoning that does not favour the incumbent Acting Speaker, Hon Dare Emiola, the Governor would have preferred him more than any other member because of his loyalty and love, as he also commands great respect from his colleagues. “He has also been able to show good leadership quality since he has assumed

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STORIES THAT TOUCH YOU Sunday May 25 2014

Sore tales from Jos blasts victims

‘While the bomb threw me on a roof, my friend landed inside fire’ JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

•Plateau’s stakeholders again in search of peace

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ast Tuesday’s twin bomb blast in Jos, the Plateau State capital in which over 150 people died and over 100 injured has again left both the residents and state government in quandary. The blasts which virtually caught everyone unawares have equally put stakeholders on their toes, as they are once again in the search of solution to the wave of insecurity in the state. Until last Tuesday, terrorist activities in the state had reduced with the state enjoying relative peace. The prevailing peace was so real that the road-blocks which hitherto dotted every part of the state had almost disappeared, a development which also made residents to relax or so it seemed. “Honestly, we thought that the era of bomb last had gone for good in Plateau State. In fact, nothing of this sort had happened since 2012 when residents stood up to resist the last bomb attack on the people. At a point, we even thought that the Federal Government will soon consider the possibility of withdrawing the Special Task Force (STF) from the state and allow the people themselves to consolidate on the prevailing peace,” a cross section of residents told Sunday Mirror in Jos yesterday. But last Tuesday’s bomb blasts have changed the atmosphere to a frightening dimension. On that fateful day, before the traders who came for the day’s business could close their shops, the city of Jos was literally on fire, sending out smokes of despair across the 17 local government areas in the state. Terrorists who were suspected to be members of the heinous Boko Haram sect, in what was later described as a coordinated attack, bombed the ever busy Terminus Market area, close to the old site of Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH. According to witnesses, two cars wired with explosive devices had been parked by the roadside by unknown persons in the morning with no one suspecting that the contents were harmful . All of a sudden, the first explosion went off around 2:45pm while

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the second explosion was heard at about 25 minutes interval, a few metres away from the scene where the first one occurred, resulting in the death of the victims most of whom were burnt beyond recognition. The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, who corroborated the witnesses’ account said he was in his office when the first blast occurred. According to him, investigation revealed that a suicide bomber who abandoned his car at the terminus Market axis later came back to detonate it, adding that 30 minutes later, a sienna bus also laden with Improvised Explosive Devices also exploded, killing more persons. Apart from the chaos and confusion that set in immediately after the blasts, the manner in which the victims were sent to their early graves had particularly been condemnable Investigation by Sunday Mirror reveal that many associations in the state, including ethnic groups and

community leaders have been busy trying to compile the names of their members who died in the blasts. This is even as gory testimonies of survivors, many of who are still in critical conditions at various hospitals continue to emanate on daily basis. As at yesterday, at the four major hospitals including Jos University Teaching Hospital, Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Plateau Specialist Hospital and Nigerian Airforce Hospital where most of the victims were rushed to, doctors were seen still battling to save the lives of surviving victims who were mostly women and children, with many of them calling for assistance from government and public-spirited individuals. Writhing in pains on her bed at the Bingham University Teaching hospital, a woman, Mama Chinenye who had her five fingers cut off by the blast narrated her experience to our reporter when he visited: “I sell tomatoes at the market.

On that day, I was attending to my two customers-a husband and wife, when we heard a loud explosion. My two customers died instantly. What saved me was that I went to a nearby shop to look for ‘change’ to give to my customers who were waiting for me at the shop. It was terrible”, she said, with tears streaming down her eyes. Another victim, David whose bed lies opposite Mama Chinenye’s, burst out and started singing praises to God. By the time he was through, he told our reporter: “Who says this God we serve is not alive?” He fought back tears as he held his bandaged thigh firmly. David, after a while, further recounted his ordeal: “I was in the market to deliver a message to my friend who asked me to come after we spoke on phone. The bomb threw two of us up. While I landed on a roof of a nearby shop, my friend landed in the fire ignited by the bomb. I saw my friend roasted to death.”

Such has been the tales since the blast even as many people have been expressing concern over the safety of the citizens in the state. However, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alexander Badeh, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who visited scenes of the blasts and victims receiving treatment at the various hospitals, urged the people not to see the situation as hopeless. Barde said: “Nigeria has a Military that is capable. Fight against insurgency is not something you win in one day, but we will eventually overcome. Some people have fought it for over 40 years and they are still at it. “For Nigeria, we started our own over a year ago by declaring a state of emergency and we have already done so much in the North-East, that the insurgents are running from there to look for softer targets. According to him, “The insurgents are moving out of the northeastern part of the country because of the pressure the military is putting on them. So it is no longer a safe haven for them to operate and they are moving to other softer targets and we will follow them. “My impression is that they are being cowards, because coming to the market to come and kill people who leave day by day, the poorest of the poor, you come and kill them. What they are trying to do is to intimidate us, but you know that terror will not deter us from being Nigerians. “We will continue to do what we are doing, we will continue to live our lives, terror will not succeed” Similarly, Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police, vowed that the perpetrators of the Jos bomb blast would not go unpunished. He further said the police would do anything possible to unmask the perpetrators of the Tuesday bomb blast. .Abubakar said no government will tolerate this kind of situation anywhere in the world and that President Goodluck Jonathan was concerned over the plight of Plateau people. “He had directed me here to come and see what has happened and to see the level of damage and get back to him.” He added that investigation had started and that all the security agencies would partner to ensure that those behind the act were arrested .


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nformation materials flying around much of which can be found on the internet contain arguments and sometimes convincing articulations that the multiple cases of insurgency and indeed the monster of Islamist terror are covert operations of some world powers to dismember Nigeria. he articles are as numerous as their central argument, which is that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the most potent security intelligence organization of the United States responsible for sniffing around the world to detect and repel any threat to America’s national interest, has been sponsoring Boko Haram by proxy to destabilize the country with the sole aim of dismantling the expanding power and influence of Nigeria that have been constituting a strategic threat to the US influence in Africa. The argument goes further that the CIA uses elements in Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia that it funds, to pay the bills, cater for the cost of and sustain the Islamist insurgencies in the northern part of the country with the view to compelling the nation to slide into a civil war, total anarchy and eventual breakup into five different nations. The insurgents, the argument goes, are recruited from among the army of unemployed youth in the north, commercial motorbike bike riders, barely literate boys that have no ideological depth and mostly susceptible to dogmatic brainwashing, who are made to believe that they are fighting corruption, injustice, inequalities, a Nigeria that does not care for their future and so forth. Such youth are promised plenty of lucre, fortunes in the course of the fight and sometimes injected with drugs that can “hypnotize” them to play the fool. The argument is almost convincing when it points at

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‘Battling for the soul of Nigeria’ the sustained and growing military might of Boko Haram, ability to live and expand both in arms and human elements in socalled deserted forests, capacity to record, edit, send videos and audio messages by satellite transmitters without traces, the reception of such messages by Agence-Press France (AFP) alone, which is a French news agency, and Boko Haram’s intelligence superiority to supposedly well-trained Nigerian military. Again one is tempted to believe this western conspiracy theory when one reads between the following lines: that the US National Intelligence Council boldly predicted the disintegration of Nigeria in 2015, and just in 2009, the Boko Haram crisis started, and in spite of its clueless cause and struggle, the group remains undaunted and irrepressible; that the disintegration of Sudan was as a result of Omar Bashir’s audacity to allow China to upstage US in the oil pie; that the dismantling of Kaddafi’s empire and eventual civil war and slow disintegration of Libya was because of Muamar’s stiff opposition to western influence and his Pan-African leadership ambitions; and that Pakistan got to where it is today in terms of armed struggles and political destabilization because of the use of that country to engage covert operations in the Middle East and Africa; and that it is now Nigeria’s turn to die for daring the west. The puzzle however, is why would the west-particularly the US- want the disintegration of Nigeria? Nigeria is US’ strategic ally in Africa, and this has been the case for a very long time. Sometime ago when I was undertaking a course in US foreign policy at the University of South Carolina and I was privileged to visit a number of places, including The Pentagon, National Security Council, and Brookings Institute in Washington, as well as US Mission to the UN in New York, the perception resonated that Nigeria was one of the most trusted allies of the US, over whom security experts in American intelligence circles had no sleepless nights. The US is open to Nigeria and indeed Nigeria has a large community in Texas, Chicago,

Atlanta and New York, among other places. If foreign policy is well understood, such are signs of trust and true friendship. So, why the suspicion that America is after the disintegration of Nigeria? Well, maybe this little bit of history may have incensed the mind of some preceptors. When Liberia, a US social stronghold in West Africa was encountering a descent into perpetual chaos, it was Nigeria that initiated the crisis-intervention group and campaign, using ECOMOG to redeem the battered soul of Liberia. Contributing 90% of food, safe haven, human resources, military expertise and hardware, exemplary military intelligence, Nigeria showed leadership in Africa and struck the world as an emerging world power that could comfortably compete with established powers in independent crisis response initiatives. Crisis broke out in Sierra Leone, a British enclave and yet again, Nigeria used ECOMOG to outwit the many warlords and restore democracy in that country. And so did it continue in the case of Ivory Coast and Togo, two crucial French bases. This same Nigeria had muscled its resources to act as counterforce to western imperialists in the liberation of Angola, Namibia and South Africa before and during the West African crisis. Nigeria was thus showing and proving too much and could become the most reliable force and not the US or France to bail the continent out of any trouble. This might lead to Pax Nigeriana, and not Pax Britannica or Pax Americana in the geo-economically fertile continent. And if Morgenthau’s thesis of the centrality of National Interest in international politics is anything to go by, Nigeria might have attracted unnecessary distrust from the west, particularly from France that had never liked her for being a potent strategic rival in a French-dominated West Africa. The African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI) and the US Africa Command (Africom) were immediate responses to Nigeria’s dominated ECOMOG in West Africa that had established Nigeria’s supremacy in the entire continent. France too did not wait for Nigeria to steal the show again before it

Rauf: The responsibility in power SEMIU OKANLAWON

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hose who have encountered the City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism, authored by that former Associated Press’ Correspondent in the Persian Gulf, Jim Krane, would easily reconnect with the story of how that hitherto isolated Village grew to today’s centre of commerce and tourism, that is the destination for all from across the globe. Really, the aborigines of present day Dubai, were dismayed to learn that no part of the world knew about their existence (despite their glorified exploits in fishery and other aquatic activities) until the architect of that modern heaven, Sheikh Rashid Makhtoun, decided to change that course through purposeful leadership; challenging his power with the responsibility to change the history of his people. No doubt, the Dubai’s story today stands tall among those who have demonstrated in practical terms the fact that in power really lie some heavy responsibilities. Rauf Aregbesola, 57 today, sits atop the affairs of Osun, the almost 4 million strong populated area in the South-West of Nigeria. With an epic and tortuous journey to power, what manifests majorly in more than three years of being in the saddle are the responsibilities that accompany his position of power. Arriving as a leader in a state that not many

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seeking peace and pleasure would want to live, there is a grandiose display of the realization that the power pails into insignificance if it does not translate into a tool for changing history from an unenviable past to a new world of possibilities. The very grim scenario Aregbesola met in Osun is worth remembering! It was story of a people boxed to an unfortunate corner of misery, hopelessness, want, violence, injustice occasioned by lack of functional education, jobs, dangerous environment, uncoordinated plans of actions and total failure of leadership. They had equally but painfully resigned to fate given the dearth of choices away from the misery. Any leader who fails to confront these multiple under-development evils with coordinated plans of actions must realize ab initio that he has written his name indelibly in the hall of infamy. Thus, what would be tools to confront these maladies with were no more than some six cardinal objectives that on their own appeared comprehensive enough to have taken care of the various dimensions the Osun challenge presented. The ingenious manner with which the Aregbesola administration’s banishment of poverty, hunger, unemployment, restoring healthy living, functional education and communal peace and progress has been pursued has produced only one result: transformation. With doggedness, Osun is fast transform-

ing to what Lisa Jones describes as “a model of progressive urban development” in her article, “The improbable story of how Bogota, Colombia, became somewhere you might actually want to live.” Giving one of the reasons for awarding Aregbesola the Daily Independent’s Man of the Year 2013 honour, the national daily’s Editor, Rotimi Durojaiye, had cited the drift back to Osun as one strong illustrative point that the state where those who lived there were without choices is where dwellers of metropolitan Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and others now want to return. After three years of exploits, not a few are coming to terms with the potency of the Osun experiments under Aregbesola. There is a fascinating way in which the media, the voices of the people, appear to be amplifying what Daily Independent called “Symbol of Alternative Perspectives” and The Nation newspaper just last week simply dubbed “The Osun Example”. It was what PUNCH’s erudite columnist, Prof Niyi Akinnaso, referred to as “Unravelling the Nigerian Paradox”. Of course, the isolated case that “The Osun Example” has become in the face of national development tragedy appears to be the reason for clamour that Nigeria needs to look into that tiny fraction of its geographical spread to see how an application on a national scale could help provide answers to some of the

swiftly and forcefully entered Mali in 2013, where it now maintains permanent forces, to rescue it from Islamist insurgency. Well, Nigeria had, at that time, been kept busy with Boko Haram and other insurgencies and would not be able to repeat gallantry like it did in the 1990s. The military high command also seemed compromised and now had shadowy images of caricatured competence or total incompetence in the fight against Islamism. The rank and file of the high command now seem pulverized, and the officials of government seem divided just like it was during colonial rule. France summoned African leaders, including “almighty” Nigeria to discuss the conflict situation, more in apparent bid to save French interests in Francophone West Africa and not to salvage Nigeria. This Paris Peace Conference was again reminiscent of colonial rule and World War days when the principal motive was national self-interest. The meetings and helps coming from the west and indeed the dismissal of Nigerian military as worthless/corrupt/inept, and the Nigerian government as unreliable partner/corrupt/clueless may not be far from the truth; but they seem like the “good old” colonial implantations to render African state power demystified, the state vulnerable and ultimately destabilized for easy control. This bit of historical background and realpolitik could provide the basis for the thinking that the west wants Nigeria disintegrated. But realities on ground, particularly as discerned by someone like me familiar with the American society, prove otherwise. The US government may have its worries and problems with Nigeria in terms of global money laundering, advance fee fraud, drug peddling and corruption in government; it may also have issues with Nigeria undermining its influence in the regional politics of the continent; but surely, I do not believe it would wish Nigeria dead. • Dr. Folarin is the Head of Department of Political Science and Internatinal Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

nagging national questions. In another article, I once made reference to Waller Newell’s The Soul of a Leader: Character, Conviction and Ten Lessons in Political Greatness. “What, the author asked in his book, “are we looking for in a leader?” Given the Nigerian experience, what we must be looking for in a Nigerian leader is salvation through the deployment of those creative strategies that have practically solved some puzzles such as unemployment and its concomitant offspring, promotion of justice and fairness, commitment to the welfare of the people through people-centre, peoplefocused policies. Jettisoning political sentiments, the Peoples Democratic Party-led Senate had recommended in very clear terms to Nigeria the latest education policies of Osun as pragmatic solutions to the current national education policies that produce more illiterates than educated minds. What, for instance, is in it for Nigeria as a whole adopting the Osun initiative in youth empowerment just as The World Bank has compellingly suggested? The scheme that takes 20,000 idle but able-bodied youths out of the job market every two years definitely has the magic to ward off youth restiveness, insurgency and other crimes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 54


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Police save woman kidnapper from being set ablaze WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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woman, Taiwo Damilare, narrowly escaped being set ablaze by an angry mob though the intervention of the police in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Friday. The alleged kidnapper, a 32-year-old, was rescued from the angry mob at Offa Garage Area in Ilorin on Friday morning after she was said to have moved to kidnapped some kids on their way to school. The middle-aged woman was beaten to pulp by the

mob and given a bath with petrol ready to be set ablaze when a patrol team of the police arrived to save her life. It was a tough drama when the mob turned against the police hauling stones and several items at them for saving the woman, from their own kind of judgment because of what they described as lack of confidence in the police. Damilare was said to have earlier confessed when first nabbed that she was working for some powerful individuals before the police disrupted the process.

She was said to have been identified by someone that she was last week caught at the Post Office Area but was also saved by the police only to let her off and enable her continue in the nefarious trade. After rescuing her from the mob, she was rushed to the Civil Service Clinic, GRA Ilorin, by men of the State CID from the Police headquarters before taking her to a protective custody in their office. The Sunday Mirror saw Taiwo writhing in pains at the Police Headquarters yesterday apparently from the

severe beating she got from the mob before her rescue. A source told Sunday Mirror that the number plate of the police van that took Taiwo away was NPF 2523 C, wondering why the Police refused to let the suspect lead the mob to her confessed hideout. When contacted, Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Okasanmi,an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), confirmed the incidence but said police investigations showed that she had traces of mental imbalance.

Sokoto State Governor Aliyu Wamakko (middle) with traditional rulers and other officials during distribution of Zakkat at Gandi town in Rabah Local PHOTO: NAN Government area of the state, yesterday.

Kaduna ranks second in maternal deaths, says expert A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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aduna State Coordinator of Reproductive Health, Mrs. Bathsheba Halid, at the weekend said the state ranked second in the North-West region with highest number of maternal deaths. Halid disclosed at this year’s safe motherhood day at Unguwan Rimi Primary Health Centre, PHC,

Kaduna. While commending the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Initiative, NURHI, for providing free child spacing to women, she said government has done a lot to change the negative status of high mortality rate. Also speaking on 72 hours for quality family planning services to reduce maternal mortality provided by NURHI, Health provider at PHC,

Unguwan Rimi facility, Mrs. Baba John, called on other non-governmental organisations to emulate NURHI for total eradication of maternal deaths. She added that NURHI training on maternal related issues has placed her in a better position to offer quality child spacing services to women, adding that many women are trooping in to access the services for their health benefits.

Mrs John said: “Child spacing services have no side effect. Many women are in this facility to benefit from this free service provided by NURHI; women are happy now because before many of them had little knowledge about family planning but now with much awareness being created by NURHI for the need to space children for better family, we have plenty of them receiving this commodity”.

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asarawa State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the Federal Government to fight insurgency. Governor Tanko Almakura made this known at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapha Agwai, in Lafia yesterday. Al-makura said the col-

laboration became imperative because of the security challenges facing the state and some part of the country. According to him, the activities of insurgents have negatively affected our lives and the socioeconomic development of the country. ``Peace is the panacea required for the development of any society. No

society or nation can experience meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour, violence and confusion. ``I want to assure the people of my administration’s readiness to collaborate with the Federal Government, security agencies, traditional and religion leaders to fight insurgency in the country

for the benefit of all,” AlMakura said. He said the collaboration would ensure peaceful coexistence for speedy development to be achieved in the country. The governor expressed happiness that the people were celebrating the 40th year of Agwai, who was enthroned as the 16th Emir of Lafia in 1974.

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Benue: Businessman drags agency, NURTW before ICPC HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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prominent Makurdibased businessman, Alhaji Usman Shaibu, has dragged the Benue State Urban Development Board and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) before the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for illegal encroachment and trespass on his piece of land. In a summons made available to Sunday Mirror by Rowland C. Ndefo and Co. solicitors for Alhaji Usman Shaibu (plaintiff) dated April 28, 2014, the plaintiff is claiming damages for trespass and seeking perpetual injunction against Benue State Urban Development Board and National Union of Road Transport Workers (defendants) for alleged acts of trespass in front of the plaintiffs landed property covered by the Right of Occupancy No. BN 7328, situated at No.3 New Bridge Road in the capital city. The solicitor on behalf of the plaintiff said he took the action after several entreaties in resolving the matter amicably had failed, thus resulting to slamming a suit against the defendants claiming damages for wrongfully leasing of the plantiff ’s land to a third party without permission to the tune

of N100 million. He averred that the Benue State Urban Developments granted an illegal permit to the NURTW and collected gratification to set up a Motor park in front of his client’s parcel of land, thereby blocking his premises from public view and access thereto. Ndefo said his client is seeking relief for withdrawal of illegal permit from NURTW and the subsequent demolition of illegal structures set up by the NURTW in the frontage of the plaintiff ’s premises as well as penalties that may follow the findings of ICPC after investigating corrupt practices therein. Several attempts to get the reaction of the General Manager of the Benue State Urban Development Board, Mr. Musa Ujor, on the legal action could not yield result as he was said to be out of office after series of visits. Meanwhile, sometime in October 2013, the plaintiff instructed his Solicitor to issue notices to the Defendants to quit his premises at the end of December 2013 but all efforts to get them vacate the premises which he acquired in 1981 proved abortive as he was told that the land was allocated to him when Igala’s were part of Benue State and that they were no longer part of the state.

Tributes as Dungs, ex-MilAD, is buried JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

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overnor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Armoured Division and the Gbom Gwon Jos were among dignitaries who paid tributes to former Military Administrator of Delta State, Col. Jonh David Dungs, who was buried at the week end. Col. Dungs whose father was also buried at the weekend, died on May 9, 2014, at the age of 62 after a brief illness. At the Church service held in his honour in Jos, the state capital, Governor Jonah Jang described him as a hardworking gentle-

man who was committed both to the development of his people, the state and the nation at large. The Governor, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ezekiel Best, said that the people of the state would definitely miss him but added that the state would be consoled by the good legacies he left behind. On his part, Governor Uduaghan said that the foundation of many developmental strides being recorded in Delta State at present were laid during Col. Dungs administration, saying that the people would ever be grateful for his vision for the state. Col. Dungs was later committed to mother earth at his Rayfied residence after the church service.


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Sunday May 25, 2014

Osun assures of improved health facilities BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSUN

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eople of Osun State were yesterday assured of improved health facilities in all local government areas in the state to enhance their health status. Among other things, all state-owned health centres in the state will be equipped with essential drugs, free maternal and child medical services and free surgical equipments. Giving this assurance in Ijebu-Jesa, headquarters of Oriade Local Government Area, at the flag-

off ceremony of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week programme organized in collaboration with SURE-P MNCH Advocacy team and the State Ministry of Health, wife of Osun State governor, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola, said that the present administration in the state would do its best to keep its citizens in sound health. Earlier in her remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Temitope Ilori, expressed the determination of the government to fast-track the achievements of Millennium Development Goals

that has to do with the improvement in maternal health and reduction in childhood morbidity and mortality in the state. Speaking on behalf of the advocacy team, Revd. Tunde Olaniran on behalf of the Advocacy Team, the organiser of the event, he charged Mrs. Aregbesola to use her good offices to give more support to the issue of pregnant women and also try to create an enabling environment for MNCH programmes in the state. Speaking in similar vein, Mrs. Fadele Esther who spoke on behalf of her boss, Dr. Ado J.G Mu-

hammed, the Executive Director/CEO NPHCDA, said SURE-P program is to better the life of pregnant women in the state and that the provision has been made to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in the state. Also, Mr. Femi Oke Tayo, one of the Advocacy team member and representative of DOMA Development Foundation in his team’s presentation, appealed to the policy makers and all stakeholders to work together to create enabling environment for MNCH programme in the state for the benefit of women and children.

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Public service is a glorious venture –Obi

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ormer Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has described public service as a glorious venture. He said this yesterday at Holy Rosary College, Enugu when he visited the school. Mr. Obi, while speaking to students of the school, exhorted them to take education seriously as the most portent tool for competition in the world. Recalling the old song that education is valuable but hard to acquire, he called on them to be blind to pleasure and easy things of life and pursue their academics with all seriousness. On what he may likely be doing now he had served his second term, Obi said that as the former Governor of Anambra State, that education was one of his priorities, which led to the return of

schools to their missionary owners. He said that he was comforted by the results the efforts to rehabilitate schools in Anambra State are yielding and revealed that he would, apart from other activities, devote his life to contributing to the improvement of education among the people. Advising wealthy Igbos on how to contribute to the growth and development of the South-East, Obi said that it was infinitely better and more fulfilling to contribute to rebuilding of schools than spend money on buying champagnes and on conspicuous and Epicurean consumption. Donating materials to the school, he said he would keep supporting schools across the country with little resources he was able to mobilize from friends and institutions.

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E Former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi (middle), with Rev. Fr. Anthony Ani (right) and the Principal of Holy Rosary College, Enugu, Sr. Mercy Ani (left), when Obi visited the school yesterday.

2015: WILPF mobilises women for elective positions DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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he Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF, a pro-democracy group, says it has mobilized enough women to vie for elective positions in the 2015 general elections. The group said that in Rivers State alone, more than enough women have indicated interests to participate in next year’s general election, adding that same is obtained in Enugu and Benue states. It bemoaned the low level participation of women in the democratic process since 1999, noting that it had devised strategies to ensure that women take effective part in the coming elections. WILPF has already flagged off ‘Team 2015’ project which it described as an awareness creation project on the critical need for women to par-

ticipate in the political process at different levels in the country, adding that the project is a direct response to the challenges faced by women in Nigeria in the area of governance and democratic processes. Addressing newsmen during the Team 2015 Media Advocacy in Enugu, the President of WILPF Nigeria and Coordinator of the project, Mrs. Joy Onyesoh, explained that the three states of Enugu, Benue and Rivers drawn from three geo-political zones of the country have been selected where intensive mobilisation will be carried out, while efforts were also in top gear to extend the project to other states. She noted that unlike in other African countries like Rwanda and Liberia, Nigerian women were yet to take advantage of the nation’s democratic process, adding that Team 2015 project is committed to not only change the

trend but to also ensure sustainable development and have equal gender representation in the decision making table and by so doing effect positive change in governance. While identifying 20102020 as Decade for African Women, the Team 2015 leader said Nigerian women must see the period as defining moment, adding “as the tempo towards 2015 elections heightens, awareness on the potentials and entry points for women in governance increases, we

must be very focused in leveraging on this so as to see the change we so desire and need for sustainable peace and development to become a reality”. She also dismissed the issue of funds as one of the major challenge facing women politicians in the country, insisting that building the technical capacity of women was more important as their findings revealed that Nigerian women see themselves as inferior to their male counterparts.

astern Star Care Foundation, a Non-governmental organisation that specialises in capacity building programmes for the less privilege, physically challenged and vulnerable persons in Lagos and other parts of the country marked its 12th anniversary last weekend. In a press conference at Home Foundation Estate, Igando Lagos, heralding the anniversary, the founder of the foundation, Evangelist Upright Wonders, who herself is physically challenged said she chose to become a source of succour to physically challenged and vulnerable persons having experienced and understood the pains and agonies they go through in the society. Wonders, who said she became physically chal-

lenged while working as a programme staff of old Cross River State TV, was full of praises to God who has been helping her sustain the foundation in the last 12 years. “The journey has been smooth by the grace of God and I’m so grateful. Although it has also been challenging but we have been able to reach out to so many physically challenged and vulnerable persons in various ways as spiritually, educationally, materially, medically, financially and provision of temporary accommodation,” she said. She disclosed that the foundation in the last 12 years has engaged numerous physically challenged persons and the less privilege in capacity building programmes like skill acquisition and hand craft making, adding that many of them become gainfully self employed after the programme.

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nambra State Police Commissioner, Usman Gwari, said yesterday in Aguleri, that the police have arrested two suspected kidnappers operating in the state. Gwari, who addressed journalists in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, said they were arrested through the collaborative effort of

the State Joint Security Operations. According to him, one of the suspects, Okwuchukwu Nnagbo from AguUkwu Nri, Anambra was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. He explained that the suspect was arrested with the assistance of the protocol department and

staff of the airline while trying to board a flight to South Africa. Gwari said the suspects were already helping the police with useful information, and would be prosecuted after investigation. He assured that the police in Anambra were determined to rid the state of criminals and bad elements, and urged mem-

bers of the public to continue to assist the police with useful information. Reacting to the arrest, Governor Willie Obiano thanked the police for efforts at combating crime in the state. He reiterated the determination of the state government to combat crime and create enabling environment for investment.


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new domestic airline, Azman Air Services, has entered the murky Nigerian aviation industry. And toasting to the new entrant at the presentation of Air Operators’ Certificate, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos recently, the Acting DirectorGeneral of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr. Benedict Adeyileka, threatened to sanction any airline that did not comply with international best practices. He also impressed it upon all the aviation stakeholders the need to cooperate with the agency in its drive towards ensuring air safety. The point was well made by the NCAA’s helmsman. For, the agency’s diligent regulation and airlines operators’ strict adherence to industry’s best practices are the right paths to guaranteeing safe air travel operations. But Adeyileka and his team should walk the talk. The NCAA must both meet the expectations of the public and deliver on its own set deliverables. The nation’s troubled aviation industry has been a cause for concern to Nigerians. The sector at a time was a reference point in African aviation, especially in the West African sub region, where it was the hub. In the 1980s, there were over 100 airplanes flying the Nigerian airspace. The defunct Nigeria Airways alone had about 20 aircraft; and it flew many routes. Today, unfortunately, the industry is in pains. So bad is the situation that about N300 billion is remitted abroad annually by the country’s domestic aviation sector while only N15 billion is realised by local airlines, aeronautical authorities and associated domestic service providers. This sad development is said to be the result of a combination of factors, the most debilitating being corruption and paucity of investible funds. The aviation sector contributes $67.8 billion to Africa’s GDP and supports 6.7 million jobs. The indus-

try facilitates tourism and business services, while air freight is crucial for the success of African organic produce and stimulates a growing manufacturing base. Nigeria has much to gain from pursuing growth and connectivity in the industry. Improved safety is absolutely central to that goal. The prevailing abysmal under capacity utilisation of aviation opportunities by domestic operators in local and international routes; penchant for the acquisition of old aircraft instead of new ones; operation of limited fleet; as well as the lack of positive aura in terminals at the numerous airports, etc.,

SINCE THE SECTOR IS SAFETY DRIVEN, NCAA MUST, THEREFORE, SET THE BENCHMARK FOR SAFETY AND ENSURE STRICT COMPLIANCE are traceable to the poor funding of the sector. With a very limited number of aircraft, many of the about 10 domestic airlines could not reap the economies of scale that operating large fleet brings about. And limited number of aircraft is the reason for undue pressure under which the airlines operate to meet both market needs and shareholders’ expectations. Such pressure translates to poor service delivery and inability to keep to flight schedules. The nation’s aviation market is ever expanding, but equally underserviced. This is why the entry of Azman Air Services is welcomed. It is expected that the increase in the number of operators will engender the right competitive spirit and enhance customer-sovereignty. But all these will pale into insignificance if the airworthiness of aircraft in use is compromised. Since the sector is safety driven, NCAA must,

therefore, set the benchmark for safety and ensure strict compliance. Many of the air crashes recorded in the nation’s recent history were partly blamed on the state of the aircraft involved. It is gratifying to note that there are both the Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan (ASIAP) aimed at addressing safety deficiencies and strengthening regulatory oversight capabilities; and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) safety-related standards and recommended practices. The Abuja Declaration of 2012, for example, which endorsed the ASIAP, aims at bringing African air accident rate to the global average by 2015. For Nigeria to meet the implementation deadline, all hands must be on deck. The time is now for both the review of the N300 billion Aviation Intervention Fund and its efficient deployment. NCAA’s role in all of these is strategic, and it needs to brace up for the challenges ahead. The recent assessment visit by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for International Air Safety Assessment (IASA) category one certification exposes some unwholesomeness in the agency’s operations. One shocking revelation of the visit, for example, is the failure of NCAA to meet the recommended number of training programmes for its inspectors who play very key roles in the determination of aircraft airworthiness. Reports have it that since the last three years, the inspectors never attended any training. Though the Supervising Minister of Aviation, Dr. Samuel Ortom, is said to be taking measures to redress the situation, the development is quite embarrassing. Not to be overlooked, too, are passengers’ rights, since airline operators have been linked with too much impunity. Consequently, the extant Passengers’ Bill of Rights should be enforced with all vigour.

Reminiscences MAY 25 IN HISTORY 1967: UK - Lennon’s Rolls Royce arrives

John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce is delivered. It caused an uproar including the Rolls Royce Company raising a formal complaint. He had bought the car new from Rolls Royce in 1965 and become bored with the colour so had a psychedelic paint job.

1968: U.S.A. - Gateway Arch dedicated

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis standing 630 feet tall, and 630 feet wide at its base is dedicated.

1895: England - Oscar Wilde jailed two years Playwright Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency in London and sentenced two years of hard labour.

1920: Study on American shipping out

A study into American merchant shipping confirms that 79 per cent of new ships just built or in design and build stages have moved from coal burners to oil burners as fuel.

1925: Teacher indicted over evolution theory A high school science teacher, John Scopes, was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his classes, as the Tennessee State law, U.S.A. prohibits the teaching of evolution in public schools.

1935: U.S. - Jesse Owens breaks 3 world records

Jesse Owens broke three world records at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan including broad jump, the 220-yard dash and the low hurdles.

1943: World War II - Dusseldorf bombed 500 RAF Bombers bombed Dusseldorf and laid waste parts of the city that have been left standing, also the RAF were in action in Burma with raids into western Burma. 1958: Charles de Gaulle becomes France PM

General Charles de Gaulle becomes Prime Minister of France.

1963: Ethiopia - OAU is born

African states unite to create the Organisation of African Unity, OAU, to “decolonise” the remaining bastions of white rule in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, Mozambique and Angola.

1965: Ali stops Liston in first round

Following the Cassius Clay defeat of Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, for the world heavyweight boxing championship and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, Liston and Ali meet for a second time in Lewiston, Maine, for the Heavyweight Championship. During the first round Liston goes down (often called by a phantom punch) and the referee, Jersey Joe Walcott, stops the fight awarding Ali a firstround knockout.


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he Redeemed Christian Church of God, Miracle Centre, is set to celebrate its 21 years anniversary and thanksgiving service. The programme which has “Overflowing Blessing -Ps 23:5 as theme is billed for No. 19, Bello Folawiyo Close, off Mr. Biggs Bus-stop in Ikosi/ Isheri Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Weeklong activities marking the anniversary began from Thursday, May 22 through Friday, May 23, 2014 (Night of Praise and Worship). The thanksgiving service comes up today, Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 9am. Spokesman of the church, Deacon Akinyemi Akindele, who is a member of the Anniversary Committee for this year, said God will show all members and guests abundant blessings and cause them to testify. The guest minister of the day is Pastor Olaitan Aromolaran of RCCG covenant of Peace, Ikorodu. Other expected guest Artistes includes Evang. Oladoyinbo, Bro. Sola King among others. Jacob Service comes up on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6pm.

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Wonder World Outreach dedicates new church building in style

Deliverance Church of Christ (C&S) holds vigil session

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ll is set for this year’s Annual Covenant Vigil and Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of Deliverance Church of Christ (C&S) Eri Ologo Anu which is affiliated with Greater World Christian Spiritual Association. It is slated for No. 14, Peter Akinmoladun Street, Kajola Quarters, Ibafo, Ogun State.

The programme began on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 and continues to Wednesday, May 28 at 11pm. The thanksgiving service comes up on May 29, 2014 at 11am. Themed “Nibe ni Emi o si ma padere emi yio ma o soro lati ori ite anu na wa”. The host, Rev, Mother Esther Abosede Olanrewaju, speaking about the programme said this year’s Annual Covenant and Thanksgiving session is calling of God, adding that it is for deliverance and upliftment of attendees, urging all to come for Salvation, Deliverance, Repentance Victory, Success, Break-through among others.

Pope agrees to discuss celibacy

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ecently, the Pope Francis’s new number two man, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, said that the practice of celibacy by priests in the Roman Catholic Church is open for discussion. Archbishop Pietro Parolin said in response to an interview question with media men that “celibacy is not an institution; but look, it is also true that you can discuss (it) because as you say, this is not a dogma, a dogma of the Church”. Parolin also noted that though the Church is not a democratic institution but it must “reflect the democratic spirit of the times and adopt a collegial way of governing”. In a 2012 interview, Pope Francis – then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – said celibacy “is a matter of discipline, not of faith; it can change.”

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A cross section of worshippers dancing in the new church building

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here were fun, glamour and glitz for clerics, members and guests recently, when the Wonder World Outreach Ministry Inc, Apapa, Lagos, dedicated its new church building in grand style. While speaking with journalists on the occasion, General Overseer of ministry, Rev. (Dr.) George Omoruyi, said it took eight years for him and members of his church to complete the new building. He said: “We are celebrating the dedication of the church of Christ. We started the building of this church eight years ago, and today, to the glory of God, we are dedicating it to the Almighty God. When God calls you to work for Him and gives you a task with a covenant of promise that you will build a house for Him where nations will gather, the task may not be easy, but through Him, who sent me, it was easy and we have been able to dedicate the church today. “You can see the people gathered here; they are also very excited just like I am to worship in this edifice today. It should not surprise anyone that people of other races came to worship with us here in Apapa; an area that is supposedly inhabited by the lowliest of the lowly, but remember that Jesus was born in a manger; the power of God is in the manger. Today, we dedicate

this sanctuary to the Lord”. Concerning the challenges encountered in the process of building the church, the G.O. said they were numerous, citing the case of Sanballat and Tobias in the Bible, who wanted to frustrate and stop Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. He explained that he cannot count them, adding that though there were many challenges, but God is bigger than them. “Detractors were not able to stop the erection the house of God because my God who is bigger than them, said no to their plot. The challenges were much, the Omoniles, armed robbers and a host others got in our way, but God stood on His word and gave us victory, so we thank Him for what he has done for us”, he submitted. The man of God further said that the spirit of laziness and the desire to make it very fast has led many to deviate from the plan of God for their ministries. According to him, some people would claim that less than three weeks of starting their church, they have 3000 members which he pointed out to be untrue. He said that some of the mega ministries that people see and hear of today, did not start and grow in just a few weeks of inception. “If you look at the history of any living church, you would realise that it did not grow immediately it was established. If a church grows just months after its inception and attracts thousands of worshippers

immediately, then it means that such church is not built on a good foundation, and with time, it will eventually collapse. This means that for one to start off a successful ministry, he or she must be imbued with patience. When one exercises patience even in the face of challenges, the person will surely triumph over them as God continues to crown all their efforts with success”, he posited. The cleric further said that it is not every man of God that is expected to build a church for the Lord, adding that just like Solomon was called by God to build a house for Him, so also does He (God) continue to call on peculiar people to build places of worship for Him. He urged other clerics who are yet to build a befitting place of worship to wait patiently on the Lord instead of rushing to rent shops in the market places all in the name of worshipping God. Concerning the state of the nation, especially attacks from the Boko Haram sect, the G.O. said that the Boko Haram is a terrorist group that has chosen all along to misrepresent Islam which is a religion of peace and disrupt the affairs of the nation all in the name of Islamizing the country which he said was their initial plan and complaint of marginalization of the northern region of the country which he said so far gets the largest share of allocations in the country since they have the highest number of local governments.


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It’s only through music that I can send positive messages to people –Orfayo

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rfayo Anason is a Gospel Reggae artiste from Edo State who believes that music should be used to instill positive values in the lives of those who listen to it. Orfayo is a member of the Milk and Honey Choir, Goshen Assembly of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Idimu Lagos. He believes that through his music which he described as Gospel Reggae, he can change the world.

Orfayo is popularly known among his fans by his stage name- Anaci Fayo. For the past 20 years, he has been involved in writing, arranging, producing and performing music not only as a chorister but also as a practicing Gospel reggae musician. About his journey through music, Orfayo said: ‘‘Music is one thing that gives me so much of joy and encouragement. It is not about the training or coaching classes that I have attended but it is a talent and a thing that is inside of me. Music is food for the soul. I believe so much in music and I think it’s only through music that I can send positive messages to the people. Music is a tool through which I can pour out my mind freely without fear or favour as long as it is actually coming from a heart of gratitude which links one to God.’’ Speaking further, he said it is very important to send sound messages that edify the mind, so that even if one is long gone, the music

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he operators of Church must understand that Church is not owned by individuals but Christ. The concept of owning a Church and lording over Church is a concept of gentile’s nature where individual own his own god and claims the entirety of its ownership. Church is owned by the First Born. Heb 12:22 says, “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and the Church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven and to God the judge of all and the spirits of just men made perfect”.

The codes that drive the Church

will continue to touch lives. “Being in the choir is not a new thing to me. I always want to work together in a group of combined, talented people where I can learn to add to what I have,” he said. On how he has been able to combine his musical career with being a chorister, Orfayo said, ‘the choir ministry is a very demanding ministry and one has to sacrifice time and sometimes money, but as an artist, it adds value to me because in the choir, it’s a combined effort and you need to open your heart to learning. So, combining musical career with the ministry is not a struggle because it adds value to me and it makes me a better artist’’. ‘‘I teach Guitar in the choir. I call out to choristers who are interested in learning the Guitar, which is the instrument that I know how to play. I create time for the people who are interested in playing the guitar in order to teach them to the glory of God,” he added. On his vision for music, Orfayo said ‘‘helping the choir grow is a thing that cannot be over emphasized because my presence in the choir alone is an encouragement to other choristers. Together, we give each other support in making the choir grow.’’ He said his vision is to be able to make greater impact using music as a tool to reach the people both far and near. He also plans to write songs that have great messages that will lift the

heart, positively encourage the soul in order to make the world a better place. He passionately believes that Gospel Reggae can change the world for the better. On how the choir has helped him in his musical carrer, Orfayo said ‘the choir has really been of great encouragement to me in the area of boldness, being able to flow freely in the face of an audience.’’ According to him, he is currently working on an album which is titled; “You cannot run away from your Creator” which by God’s grace will be out by the end of the year. The songs are spiritually guided to edify the mind. On how he has been able to combine family with music, he said ‘‘it’s not really a big deal because even before I got into marriage, I had been doing music; so my wife and children understand what I am into and they give me full support and the necessary encouragement to carry on.’’ On his musical education, he said: ‘‘As long as you’re alive, you are learning. It is only those who are dead that have stopped learning. As long you are alive on a daily basis you must have something new to learn to add to your daily growth that will add value to your life. A musician must develop himself on a daily basis.’’ On what attracted him to the choir, Orfayo said: ‘‘The way the choir is being run is not like the secular world. We have rules and regulations in the church, so you must not

overrate yourself. You must submit to the choir leadership. You can suggest your idea that could enhance growth in the choir with humility and not pride. I find that attractive.’’ Orfayo’s patrons and supporters in the music business include Hon. Akogun, Pastor. Bamidele Akanbi, Sen. Bode Olajumoke and also DPO Adamu who he said, has been of great support both in cash and ideas that make things work. According to him, the title of his new album is “You cannot run away from your Creator,” explaining the title of the album implies that the creator knows our hearts and all that we are and all that we will be in the future. On his contribution to the Nigerian music industry, he said it is great to belong to Nigeria because the music industry is really growing, adding that there is still a lot to be achieved in the area of great mess a g e s which

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Church as God designed it (2) are heavenly codes written by the First Born. Teaching of philosophy, swelling words, is to bring the Church to the world. There are “sure words” of God in which we do well than motivational teaching. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “ Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. Apostle Peter’s argument is a reminder of the manner in which our redemption had been effected. Does anyone purchase an item for its own use? No, an item is purchased for the use of the purchaser. Christians are purchased “commodities”. Titus 2:14 says, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” The life of Jesus Christ was ransomed as a price to redeem ours. This, in essence, is for His Father to inhabit us for the good works of the Father on earth. We are not expected to have

our own motive than becoming His willing servants. Self motive, self serving, and self seeking are contrary to the manner of our redemption. Christians do not own themselves. Seeking things that serves self is contrary to the purpose of Church. It is contrary to the manner in which our redemption is effected. “Redeemed” is rendered as ransomed or rescued from one hand to another hand. The rescue was not pretentious by corruptible elements such as silver and gold. Therefore, it cannot be sustained by silver and gold. It can only be sustained by the life of the son, who was a sacrifice for our redemption. What is expected of us is devotion, fidelity and given of self to Him. Seeking His interest, rather than self, is the main calling of believers. What Church seeks and preaches is what the gentiles seek and preach. The main sail of the journey of Church is to seek the nature and life of Christ fashioned after meekness and love. Our vain conduct and manner of life apply too empty and fruitless searching of that which gratify souls rather than pleasing God. I am not saying

is lacking. He hopes to contribute his own part through his albums. His greatest achievement is been able to build a Godly family who gives him full support in what he finds himself doing which is music. According to him, his extended family also supports him and they seem to say to him, ‘‘go ahead, we’re in total support of you and we’re happy with what you’re doing’’.

having riches is wrong but Church is not called to seek for it but to seek for the nature of Christ as life. The empty, foolish and unprofitable pursuit of Church has robbed her of her endued and endowed power and potency. A story was told of a Prince of Rome, who visited Pope Francis several years back, of how the Pope flaunted the wealth, glory and riches the Church had accumulated. The Pope in his boast said to the Prince of Rome “gone were the days, like Peter said about the Church, that gold and silver I have not, Church has both gold and silver now”. The Prince, in his quick response, retorted, that “gone were the days when Church will ask lame to rise and walk and would walk”. This is pathetic state of the Church today. However, clarifications should be made between the Church of Christ and the assumed Church of Christ. Matt 7:21-23 says, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, have we not

prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Miracles, signs and wonders, wealth and prosperity are not what validate Church as the Church of Christ but conduct. The claim to healing and financial capacity does not validate Church. These are normal life styles of those who are His. Not all Churches are Churches of Christ. Though we have remnant people who are true Church of Christ, most are however, an assumed Church of Christ. The symptoms of an assumed Church are evidently manifest. They are, they that seek after self and not after Christ. Christ never seeks things of himself but of the Father. We do not go or become Church because we need His blessing, miracles, healing and other things. The essence of seeking him is to become a house for his dwelling. Contact Pastor Bola Bello on 08033704564; Email: bolabelo@gmail.com.


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N the Bible, the first place in which speaking in tongues occurred in the New Testament was Acts 2:1-4. It says: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Reverend Father John Okoro of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Elegbata, Lagos Island, explained that it is an ability given through the Holy Spirit that enable Christians to speak or pray in a language that is different from their own. According to him, speaking in tongues cannot be taught in schools or learnt from another person. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. The difference between those who spoke in tongues at Pentecost and those who do today is that ‘tongues were being spoken as known languages among the early Christians. They were words with specific meaning unlike today people just babble meaningless words mostly without interpretations. In the Bible, the people who heard the Apostles understood what the Apostles were saying because they heard their own languages. Apostle Paul encouraged people to translate what they say (1 Cor. 14:27, 28). If there is no interpreter, people should keep quiet because they only edify themselves and not the body of Christ - 1 Cor. 14:5 says: “Now, I would like for all of you to speak in tongues, but I prefer that you prophesy. Indeed, he that prophesies is greater than he that speaks in tongues, unless, in fact, he translates, that the congregation may receive up building.” In the book of Acts 2:7-11, the Bible says that the people who were present when the apostles spoke were “Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” So those who heard these tongues or languages knew the languages were known and that the believers may not have known how to speak”. According to Reverend Father Okoro, this is different from what we see today. “There are different kinds of gifts as discussed in the scriptures. There is the gift of prophecy, the gift of healing. These are gifts of the Holy Spirit. What Jesus wants us to emphasize is love which he said is the greatest. He said by this men shall know that you are my followers if you have love among yourself -John 13:35. If we look at the way it happened in the book of Acts, someone who is Yoruba will be speaking Hausa and he doesn’t understand Hausa but when

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Speaking in tongues is as old as the Christian faith. The Bible traced its beginning to the day of Pentecost when the early Christians converged on one place and tongues as of fire descended on them as they spoke in unknown tongues. Those who heard them at the time heard their own languages and marveled. There are many Christian denominations who speak in tongues today. Some of them are Pentecostal, Baptists, Episcopals, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians and white garment churches. However, there are many questions observers ask about the practice: Can speaking in tongues be learnt? Can it be taught others as in a school? Should every Christian speak in tongues? Is speaking in tongues the major evidence that a believer has the Holy Spirit? Senior correspondent, Yemi Olakitan, examines the issues. the Holy Spirit descend on him, he will speak these languages to the edification of the brethren but what we have today is different people just say things that have no meaning without an interpreter. Speaking in tongues among the early Christian church was not about speaking unknown languages and not the making of unintelligible sounds without an interpreter,” he stated. In another chat with Elder Theophilus Ajibola of the African Methodist Church, UAMC, ‘‘Speaking in tongues is first mentioned in Acts 2:1-18 when the apostles gathered during the day of Pentecost and were filled with the Holy Spirit and subsequently gained the ability to be understood in all languages. Onlookers expressed confusion when trying to understand why each of them heard the words of the apostles in their own native language. The doctrine that unless one can speak in tongues, one has not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not of biblical origin. People should not feel less “spiritual” if they don’t speak in tongues. By the way, tongues are the

last gift mentioned of all the gifts of the Spirit and love is over and above all other things. Christians often take it to the extreme and belittle those who do not speak in tongues and incorrectly associate their inability to speak in tongues as a sign that they are not being filled with the Spirit. This cannot be true because the Bible says that it is one of the gifts of the end time to be poured out on Christians”. Speaking further, Elder Ajibola said there are also false tongues today which are being spoken by false prophets, “therefore Christians need to be aware because not all the speaking in

THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF GIFTS AS DISCUSSED IN THE SCRIPTURES. THERE IS THE GIFT OF PROPHECY, THE GIFT OF HEALING. THESE ARE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. WHAT JESUS WANTS US TO EMPHASIZE IS LOVE WHICH HE SAID IS THE GREATEST.


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attracts hot debate tongues are genuine because there are counterfeits of the original. Do you know that even idol worshipers speak in tongues? In Kenya, voodoo worshipers also speak in tongues”. Furthermore, Elder Ajibola said: “Apostle Paul later in the book of 1st Corinthians 14:1-39 offered advice as to how to speak in tongues. He endorsed the practice to a certain extent but cautioned against babbling in such a way that no one understands what is being said. He advised that only one person at a time should speak in tongues and that it should only be done when there is someone on hand with the ability to translate what is being said. Paul, being a fine example of Christian humility, claimed to speak in more tongues than anyone else. Paul’s reasoning appears primarily based on the problem that people in church were actively competing against each other—and of course it’s a bit difficult to conduct a solemn religious meeting when stuck in a room full of people yelling in unknown languages”. Pastor Abiola of Living faith Church opined that not all tongues can be understood without the supernatural gift of interpretation as not all of them are actual existing languages. His words: ‘‘In the book of Acts, the Bible describes a form of speaking in tongues that is miraculously understood by all. 1 Corinthians and Galatians alter the nature of this alleged religious experience. In these later books, there are those with the gift of tongues—who can only be understood by those with the gift of interpretation.’’ Deaconess Shola Abimbola of Global Church of the Living God opined that not all Christians have the gifts of speaking in tongues and that tongues cannot be taught or learnt. “It is a gift of the spirit; therefore, everybody cannot have the same gift,” she said. According to her, those who have the gifts should learn how to use it with decorum and according to the laid down manner which Apostle Paul stipulated in the Bible, otherwise, disorderliness and false tongues will reign in the churches. Speaking further, she said that the greatest quality that God want us to embrace in this world is love because not all can speak in unknown tongues or interpret tongues, prophesy or see visions. “1st Corinthians 14:2 says that for the one who speaks in a tongue speaks, not to men, but to God, for no one listens, but he speaks sacred secrets by the spirit”. In 1Corinthians, 12: 28, Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians Christians on the subject of speaking tongues: 28. “Here is a list of some of the members that God has placed in the body of Christ: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who can get others to work together, those who speak in

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unknown languages. 29. Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? 30. Does everyone have the gift of healing? Of course not. Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages? Can everyone interpret unknown languages? No! 31. And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts”. Contributing, Pastor Emmanuel Onoja, opined that speaking in tongues is good because the Bible says so. He said however Christians must beware of false prophets and false tongues. According to him, Apostle Paul instructed believers on how to conduct themselves when they speak in tongues. “They were to limit the ‘speaking in tongues’ to two or three persons who might do that at any given meeting; they were to do it “each in turn,” and if there was no interpreter present, they were to keep silent. (1 Cor. 14:27, 28). Jesus also specified that love is the actual sign that one is a true Christian and John 13:35 says “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves,” Pastor Onoja said.

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The war is over, says Pastor Muoka General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, in this piece, teaches about God’s plan to give rest to his people. Excerpts: Ex. 15: 9 says, “The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them”

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eloved, there is no doubt that the present economic, social and political woes that have bedevilled the world have expose mankind to different kinds of trouble and difficulties which thus look like everything God created is at war with us. But whichever problem like war you are experiencing today, God has decided to intervene in your situation and bring that war to an end. I therefore want to assure you that henceforth that war is over.

I do not know the war that is ongoing in your life now which you have been into for sometimes now or years and it appears that the enemies are waxing stronger and stronger or the problems are getting too much, whether spiritually, materially, financially, academically etc and it appears there is no sign of victory. I want you to look at that problem for the last time, for God has come to your rescue. This is because when God steps into that war, or whenever He stepped into any war front, that will be the end of the battle and today God is going to step into that your war, trouble or battle and it will be over. I am assuring you that your enemies can never survive it in Jesus name. I do not know whether the war is in your body, family, business, marriage, carrier, etc. Neither do I know who is after you and saying you have come to the end of your life. What I know is that God Almighty has come to deliver you. God stepping into that battle today will be the end of that war. They may say you will never make it in life and they have been pursuing this ideal to ensure their word war remains unabated and you have been wondering what is happening to you, whether you can survive the situation. My friend, with God, all things are possible. The God whom I serve will give you victory today in Jesus name. Whether your enemy likes it or not, if God be for you, nobody can be against you. It does not matter how many years you have suffered in the war but what I can assure you is that God who is intervening for you today is the man of war. He is an expert in warfare. In fact, He is the owner of all the instrument of wars and

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I’m sure if He releases one today, your enemies will bow. After all, it was only one stone out of five stones that killed Goliath. For so many years, Goliath was a warrior but when the Lord took over the battle, only one stone killed Goliath. Now, imagine when the Man of war releases one weapon from His arsenal, I bet you your enemy will be wiped out. Today, the Lion of the tribe of Judea, the King of glory, the I Am that I Am, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Present help in the time of trouble, the Man of war, will step into your situation. And as He comes into that war today, it shall be no more; victory shall be your own in Jesus name. And because He is visiting your situation, you should begin to celebrate for victory is certain and definite. There was a time when the Israel went to war and because God was not with them, they lost the battle. But when the Lord told them to go that He was with them, something happened. They gained victory without putting any fight. I do not know the battle you are going through but I’m very sure as the Lord takes over the battle today, you will go home rejoicing. Josh. 8: 1 says, “And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his

land”. Some of us sometimes, we use to be afraid of our enemies. Of course, you know the fearlessness of our enemy can cause us to shiver but when you have God by your side, you have the soothing wordfear not. I do not know what is happening to your body that looks like a war. God tells you, fear not! Whatever battle going on in your business, marriage or community that appears like a war, I implore you to fear not. That battle the enemy is waging against you- fear not, because greater is He with you than he that is in the world. The word God told Joshua was to fear not for He has given him the city with its people and king, and that word settled the matter. Today, the Lord has bid me to tell you that He has taken over that battle and therefore – That war is over. Let me assure you therefore that that your marriage will not collapse. If you are a graduate and it appears that since you graduated nothing is happening, and people are wondering if you really went to school, today, that war is over. If it appears your business is now hanging on the balance and things look very hopeless, I want to let you know that the war is over. If you are having the same dream where food are served repeatedly at same time of the night, and things are just going upside down with you, today because you are reading this message, that war is over. If people are thinking you are going to die because you have an incurable dis-

ease which nobody can cure, it is a lie, that war will be over today. That diabetes, cancer, moving object in your body, you will not have them again in Jesus name. That rising and falling that makes people to be asking you to show evidence of your daily toiling, thereby making mockery of you, asking whether Jehovah Jireh you claim to be worshipping does not provide again. Since you declare to be born again, why is it you are not having enough for your family, why is it that your situation remains the same? Today, the Angel of God who I serve will go into war on your behalf. I do not know the war or the problem you are going through but I know the war will surely end today. Ex. 15:9-10 says, “The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 10. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters?” At a time when Pharaoh and his soldiers thought they were gaining ground against the Children of God, they spoke carelessly and proudly as people who have already won the war but how soon was their boasting confounded, for within a while, God sent the wave which hastened its return to overwhelm the Egyptians! When the enemies of God are most confident of success, they are often the nearest to destruction. Ps 46: 9 says, “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire”. God who for our unfaithfulness delivered us into the hands of our enemies, and subjected us to a long and grievous war of affliction, will today turn our captivity, and raise up for us the most powerful friends and protectors in the very place in which we have been enduring so great a fight of afflictions. Our enemies do not know that while the conflict rages, God governs in the midst of it, and will overrule it for His glory and our good. He crushes the great powers till they cannot provoke strife again and gives His people profound repose. That war will cease forever. As the Lord takes over the battle today, that war will be over forever. You will not fight it again; neither your children nor children’s children nor will any of your family members fight it again. Whether the battle is in the court, police or anywhere and they have been making jest of you CONTINUED ON PAGE 41


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I derive joy by focusing on my achievements –Titilope Awe Titilope Awe is the Group Human Resources Manager, Rocky Sporting Club Limited, Lagos. This interesting woman, who loves to stand out in whatever she wears, seldom allows anything to weigh her down. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, she speaks about her philosophy and what she does whenever she’s brokenhearted. How does it feel being a woman in a society like ours? I think being a woman is a great thing. It is a special gift from God. I have always loved to be a woman maybe because I love beauty and fashion. I love career women and basically, hard working women. Without women, this world would not be what it is. I pity those very few women who feel inferior in the midst of the men just because they are females. For such women who feel inferior, what do you think they should do to avoid inferiority complex? I think for such kind of women, what they need is some kind of counselling. They should start attending what I call women’s conference where people’s confidence and ego can be built. They should be enlightened so as to have confidence in themselves. You find out that some women are very ugly but because they don’t have that confidence, they cannot actually carry themselves out. You find out that some are fat, and because they don’t have self-confidence, that is why they feel inferior in the midst of slender, shapely ones. They need to go through counselling in order for them to be able to carry themselves well anywhere they are. Despite how ugly you look, you need to have a personality. You need to have confidence and you should love yourself. For you to be able to do this, you may need a lot of counselling. Don’t you think our mothers need to give this counselling? We shouldn’t wait to be counselled by our mothers. We should actually take advantage of any opportunity. It can be done anywhere, anyhow, time and place as long as a woman is ready to be counselled. It has to do a lot with the woman being ready. If the woman is not ready, you are just wasting your time. Women are ready to change, when it is time, they would take up the change. Do you think women can change and stop being their worst enemies? This petty jealousy and backstabbing that women do to their fellow women can be curbed if we can start loving ourselves. If we are able to love ourselves, we have to basically take that initiative and see ourselves as humans and love ourselves as God has created you and accept yourself the way you are. This would solve it. But most ladies don’t want to do this, they would rather, criticise people rather than looking at themselves first before looking at others. We need to check ourselves first before looking at people to criticise and condemn. People who run other people down are not near or close to

the kind of achievements people they criticise have made for themselves. They just talk down on them for nothing sake. I think it has to do with inferiority complex. When you have inferiority complex, it is just basically how you have been brought up. Maybe you have lived a very shabby lifestyle that you don’t recognise the good things people have done. If you are such a person, you need to work on yourself, see what you are doing that is wrong and take the initiative to change it. First, look at yourself before you look at another person and begin to criticise or condemn. Remove the log from your own eyes before you try to remove the speck from another person’s eyes. What is your life philosophy? In life, I think one needs to live a simple life. You need to enjoy it as you live it. You shouldn’t dwell on what you don’t have. We should basically live and appreciate the life that God has given to us rather than dwell on what we don’t have...whether we have a car/house or not. We should appreciate the lives of people around us. Also in life, I believe we need to take the initiative on some orphanage homes. I’m part of the initiative where we care for the needy. In life, we need to see where we are and how we can stretch our hands to the people that actually need help.. What I don’t have doesn’t bother me, rather I thank God for the ones that I have. I appreciate the fact that I am alive. Some people die without actually knowing God. We should love ourselves and God for the fact that we are able, and are not handicapped. When you are down, what do you do to overcome? My joy in life is to actually make people happy, that is where I get my joy. When they smile, I smile as well. That is the way I take away anything that is bothering me. I try in life not to let things bother me. Whatever I feel is the problem, I don’t murmur or brood over it because by so doing, it would weigh me down more. I don’t sleep over it; I just leave it to God, or try and leave it behind me. I wait patiently and see what would happen and appreciate what I have at the moment. When I’m down, I think about what I have, that would make me happy. I would dwell on things that I see that would make me happy. I don’t even know what would make me feel down. A heart break can make a lady feel worried; haven’t you had one before? I have had it before and in order for me not to dwell on that heartbreak, I basically move out of it. By so doing, I would live longer. I don’t dwell on my problems. If I had dwelt on my heartbreaks, I think I wouldn’t be here today granting this interview. I would have grown much grey hairs here and there, I would have had so many wrinkles and I would not have my life to myself. I’m in control of my life and I don’t think anything in life is worth giving anyone heartbreak. God would not let us have those heartbreaks that can kill us. There is nothing we can do about it. It is God that would take control. What did you study? My Master’s was on Human Resources; likewise my first degree.


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mem Ekong, the Regional Director in one of the branches of Sky Bank said she got to the level she is in her banking career through hard work. “I got to this level through commitment. I had the belief that I would get to the top. I had it in mind to get whatever I wanted as long as I’m committed to it. I would say that commitment and dedication are my key words,” she said Ekong did not rule out the fact that she had some challenges in her course of duty. “Most of the challenges I faced came from men. Some would want to give you business and want to have relationship with me, but I never succumbed to that. I used my professional skill and intelligence to overcome all that. I have always had the belief that working hard can always give me what I wanted. Today, I’m happy at the level I find myself. I want to motivate and encourage women not just to be housewives, but to do a whole lot of meaningful and positive things with their lives. I say this because women are born to be great. Hence, they can manage some big companies because they are born leaders. Your life shouldn’t just end in the kitchen or in labour wards of the maternity

hospitals,” she counselled. Ekong really had a humble beginning. “My growing up was humble. I came from a very humble background, I had parents who really supported me a lot, especially my mother. She encouraged me in my career and was a motivational factor to me,” she affirmed. This fascinating lady who comes from Akwa Ibom State, has grand feeling for her state. “As the governor will always say that he is working on Akwa-ibom, he is developing the state to be a place of destination not just a state of predestine. I can see that come to pass in the next couple of years. The first citizen of the state for me has set the pace. My prayer now is his successors to follow his footstep, keep the ball rolling and ensure he develops the state to that dream height that his Obong Godswill Akpabio has set. The man has focus, is intelligent and the emotional mindset to lead the people of Akwa Ibom,” she said. Does she intend to go into politics in future? “I’m not thinking of that currently, but I’m leaving everything to God to decide for me, because He created everything and knows better. Currently, I’m focusing on my banking career,” she said On her vocation, she opened up on the transformation going on in the banking sector. “The transforma-

tion in the banking industry is quite expensive. The new governor of the Central Bank has brought some policies that are sustainable. The ones that aren’t sustainable; we stood up against them, and he adhered to it,” she enthused. Ekong maintained that the President did well by sacking the former CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi. “It was a good idea because he was taking some decisions that were not favourable to the banking industry. Some of his decisions were bias and not favourable for the banking industry; these are the things that displaced him,” she revealed. This graduate of University of Calabar who had attended foreign and leadership courses is enjoying her marriage. “I’m happily married to Eniete Ekong who is a security printer. He runs a security printing outfit, which is accredited to Central Bank of Nigeria. We are both living in Akwa Ibom State,” she said. What is her advice to women who want to be like her? “I’m going to anchor my advice to women on what our Mrs Ekaete Akpabio, the governopr’s wife usually say; that if you don’t want to be criticized, then stay in the kitchen, but if you want to be a leader, come out and be criticised,” she grinned, pleased.


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he golden jubilee celebration and 33rd convocation ceremony of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo in Ondo State was rounded off over the weekend with the bestowal of honours on eminent Nigerians who include elder statesman and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN). Babalola was decorated with the Distinguished Fellowship Award of the College. Aare Babalola, SAN, with Yeye Aare Modupe Babalola on arrival at the Award Ceremony

Yeye Aare Modupe Babalola admiring her husband after being decorated.

Aare Babalola making his acceptance speech.

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Aare Babalola (middle) with Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Prof. AdeyemiIdowu (left) and Chairman of Council, Ambassador Musa John Jen.


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Dude Style I can’t be caught in camouflage cloth –MC Above Monday Solomon, popularly known as MC Above, is an up-andcoming comedian. He’s an affable personality. In this interview with Victor Udoh, he speaks about his passion for comedy and his dress sense. Can we know more about you? My name is Monday Solomon, from Ika North East, Delta State. I had my primary and secondary education in Lagos. I’m currently studying Entrepreneurial and Business Management at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. What informed your knack for dressing in a corporate way? On the contrary, I don’t dress corporate all the time, rather, I dress the way I want. Sometime, I dress casually to look simple and smart. I am the kind of person who doesn’t like looking too official. I always dress simple and smart; my cloths come in different kinds of colour. What is it you can never be caught wearing? I don’t really have any. You can always see me in any form of dress, so far as it makes me feel comfortable, smart and okay. But really, I don’t think I can wear a camouflage cloth. Who is your mentor in fashion? I would say Yomi Casual. I’ m always looking out for new styles from him. He is my boss when it comes to fashion. Fashion must always complement your taste. He brings out the best in me, because he drives your imagination to the wild. Have you ever been embarrassed on stage? Sure; I can remember when I started my career. At the first event I performed, the audience booed me. I felt embarrassed. Now, I always expect anything from the audience at anytime. I think I have overgrown such embarrassment now. I believe it is something one comes across every day. Who is your mentor in comedy? My mentor is Gordons; he is God’s own gift to the comedy world. I earnestly think he will go anywhere to do his things if the environment is right. Why did you choose comedy? I chose to become a comedian because I want to redefine the comedy industry. It is an artistic and creative thing. What has been your achievement so far? God has been faithful to me so far. I have won several competitions; I can mention a few, I have performed live on stage and in big ones like ‘Night of a Thousand Laughs’ and ‘Stand-up Nigeria’. I have been MC at wedding ceremonies, corporate events, seminars, birthday parties, among others What is your philosophy in life? My philosophy is to take things the way you see them, and I always try to do the right thing at the right time. Consistency and readiness for anything is key to living ones life. Which do you see as the ultimate media vehicle to actualise your dreams? I would say the television. I like the medium because it enlivens creativity. Reading also helps in bringing out the best in my presentation; it also helps in the expansion of my creativity. Nigerian comedians are known to be naughty Nigerian comedians are great. When it comes to that genre of performance, in the world, the first country they will talk about is Nigeria. Our comedians always stand out any day, anytime. What is your projection for the future? By God’s grace, in the five years time, I know and believe that I will be the next person people will always be demanding for in the comedy industry. Who are your five best comedians? I like Godons so much; especially the way he delivers his jokes, he is very creative and I see him as my mentor. Another person is MOG; I like the way he cracks his jokes. Emeka Smith is another comedian I will choose any time, any day because of the way he talks. I admire the way he anchors events. I love Koloman too; he is one person that will never bore his audience. He is one of the craziest comedians in the industry. I also like Calibird because of the way he demonstrates on stage.

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His jovial, lovely conduct attracted me –Bride BABIES OF THE WEEK A M kure, the Ondo State capital, hosted the wedlock between Ayomide Balogun and Omolara Omokore recently. The event which took place at Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Idande, Oke-Ijebu area was witnessed by numerous guests among who are relatives, colleagues and well wishers who came from far and near to felicitate with the couple. In his exhortation, the officiating minister, Pastor Adeola, advised on the three pillars that uphold a Christian marriage, which are love, respect and tolerance. After the Church blessing, all roads led to the multipurpose hall of St. Matthias Anglican College, Alagbaka also in Akure for the reception. The colours of the day, red and white characterised the atmosphere in decoration drapes, wedding cake and aso-ebi worn by guests. Guests were sumptuously delighted as food, drinks and souvenirs were in abundance while the Immaculate Band was on ground to serenade the air. Ayomide was decked in a white shirt, black trouser, an ensemble of red waist coat, cravat tie and pocket square, complemented with a white jacket taped with black velvet.

Omolara, on the other hand, appeared in a dazzling white bridal gown, hair accessories and jewellery. After cutting of the cake, the couple changed their outfit to attire of white lace and red aso-oke to rock the floor where they both danced tremendously to the amusement of everyone. How did they meet? Ayomide disclosed that they met five years ago at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Higher Ground Parish, Rivers State. He got attracted by her calmness and saw a good wife in her. They became friends, while he was observing her character, until last year

when he proposed marriage. He advised bachelors to allow God to have his way. Describing her husband, Omolara said “he is jovial and lovely”. She advised spinsters that, “There are still good men out there, just be good so that you can find them.” Their traditional wedding held earlier at the bride parents’ home at Oke-Ijebu where they both wore the Yoruba regalia of white lace and turquoise blue aso-oke. Ayomide teaches at University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while Omolara works as a nurse.

rs. Yemisi Adeyemo never knew she was pregnant until she started having morning sickness as this was her first pregnancy. “I went about my nor mal daily activities without knowing I was pre gnant. It wasn’t until I started having mor ning sickness that my husband asked me to go to the hospital for test. That was when I was told I was pre gnant and I had to re gister for antenatal,” she said. Mrs. Adeyemo

had her baby girl at her local mater nity centre in Ondo State. She is named Mofeayo. On why they chose the name, she said Mofeayo means, ‘I desire joy’. They see their baby as a source of joy, she added.. Mofeayo is described by

her mother as always quiet. “I believe she takes after me in that aspect,” her mother said. The Adeyemos disclosed that they want their daughter to be known worldwide and would support her in all she does in life.

Thrills as Awoyemi exchanges marriage vows with Ijabiken

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HRH Oba Gbadebo Oni, and his friend, Olubara of Ibara land, was at the event. Popular actress, Foluke Daramola also graced the occasion. Oluwabunmi hails from Owo in Ondo State, while Oluwabusola is from Ile-Ife in Osun State.

degboyega Balogun was bor n into the family of Chief and Mrs. Balogun at First Inland Hospital. He weighed 3.35kg at birth. His mother, Mrs. Balogun, who is a nurse by profession, told ‘Sunday Mirror’ that her pregnancy period was smooth and had no surprises whatsoever because she knew what pregnancy entails. Speaking on her body changes, she said she only had swollen face, especially her nose and this

started from the seventh month. Speaking on the choice of name for her baby, she explained that it was easy to name her because he is of a royal lineage. “The name Adegboyega means ‘Crown exalts the chieftaincy’, she said. Mrs. Balogun told Sunday Mirror that her son is the first male child of her husband, hence they would expect so much from him. Both parents wish that their son becomes a lawyer.


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What to wear …to headgear exhibition MAY 25, 2014

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his short piece brings to mind the Gele exhibition that Abiola Atanda, fondly known as Madam Kofo, organised some years ago. It was tagged ‘Gele Exhibition’. Nigerian ladies that came for it really honoured their heads with all manner and style of African headgear. That was the time this lady of style/actress who is known for her flamboyant headgear made up her mind to open an academy where young ladies who find it difficult to tie Gele on their own could actually come and learn the art. If you have that kind of event where you are not expected to leave your head bare, but to tie your traditional crown stylishly, here on this page is how to appear so that your headdress can actually speak. Make a fashion statement with your African crown.


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f you are a proud African, let what you wear or the way you dress show it. If you are a proud Nigerian, you should dress like one! The way a person chooses to dress tells a lot about him/her. If you love your culture, it would show: it could be the fashion accessories you regularly use, your native hairstyle or your attires. It is amazing that native fabrics can be used to make all sorts of wears these days. Our home-made fabrics can be used to design bags, shoes, costume jewellery jewellery,, etc. For the ladies, you can use it to make palazzo zo o skirts, ski k rts, jumpsuits and pencil pants.


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f you have been thinking that pregnancy is a sickness, you would surely stop doing so after reading this piece. Although, it is accompanied with some bodily changes, it is not in any way a sickness. That is why after six weeks of nausea, you can continue to live your life the way you were doing until after six or seven months when your tummy will start protruding. Even at that, nothing stops you from living happily and doing the things you had always loved to do. The only thing is to be cautious as regard what you eat or drink. Nevertheless, you can attend a friend’s party, wedding or event if you like and rock the red carpet with shoulders high. If you have always loved to be stylish or you are the type that loves to make fashion statement with what you wear, don’t let pregnancy hinder you. There are maternity dresses you can wear to events and rock your style well. Check out the picture of this pregnant mother on this page; aren’t you thrilled that with large tummy she can still carry her shoulders high stylishly? That is what you too should do. But there are some tips you should bear in mind while dressing for an event. • Comfort is one of them. Avoid dresses with tight elastic on the sleeves or waist. Wear clothes that would allow for free circulation of blood. • Avoid high-heeled shoes for now. Flat shoes are better and more comfortable at this period of your life. If your feet are swollen a bit, opt for tongs but ensure that your toes are well filed and polished. Your pedicurist can do that for you. • Your hairdo should not be too long and fluffy because you may be sweating more than you used to. Don’t you know you are a like a mobile incubator for your unborn baby? Opt for hairstyles that are more comfortable • Cotton maternity dresses are better than rayon, taffeta or any air-tight fabric. Since our climate is tropical, opt for airy fabric that would make you sweat less.

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his thing happened and till date when I remember it, I laugh. It actually occurred when I was discussing downstairs with some friends in a hotel that I lodged. I suddenly got so pressed that I needed to use the toilet. What I did was to dash into an elevator that could easily take me to the room I lodged in. I couldn’t wait to ask the receptionist downstairs the closet’s toilet. Maybe because I was so pressed; all my attention was centred on going to my room upstairs. Luckily enough for me, that was the moment the elevator opened. I had to use it in order to fast-track my mission. On entering the elevator, there was this guy and his girl, presumably his girlfriend, right inside the elevator before I hopped in. When I stepped in, I felt a silent and most embarrassing air going out of my anus. At that moment, my heart skipped and my stomach rumbled. I knew what I had done but honestly I couldn’t control it nor stop its pervasive smell the entire elevator. When the two lovebirds started looking at me, I suddenly frowned. I noticed the girl was trying to squeeze her nose while stealing glances at me; I kept a straight face. The unpleasant odour hit our noses. Once the elevator opened, I was the first to dash out. I’m sure the guy and his babe would have a good laugh when I ran out. I tell you, that was indeed bad or naughty of me. But, I was only responding to nature’s call; it wasn’t entirely my fault. The guy and his girl didn’t know how to escape the natural disaster I dropped. Neither did they know how to express their discomfort and disappointment, because of the straight face I had put up in defence of the havoc I caused. None of them could confront me because among the three of us, they didn’t know who did it. I think that was one naughtiest thing I’ve ever done. Monkals (real names Mong Kalu) is a comedian. –ADAEZE AMOS


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shbebe, a top comedian and talented artiste, held a show at the High-Profile Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, recently. Tagged ‘Chronicle of Ushbebe’, it featured an array of wave-making artistes like Solid Star, Illbliss, Emmanyra, Ay, Funny Bone, Harry Song, among others. Top-rated artistes also graced the comedy, film and theatre-rendition show. It was indeed an evening of fun and music as crooners will forever cherish the razzmatazz that lighted the glamorous event.

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Govt should involve more in film-making, says Yemi Blaq As one of the nation’s finest actors, Yemi Blaq has gone full circle in the movie industry. With several roles in his kitty, he fits the bill on the A-list of achievers in Nollywood, where he has played several roles. The Ondo-born thespian bares his mind to Victor Udoh, on his journey to stardom and the challenges and state of the move industry, among other issues. For some time now, we have been absent in films; what has been happening to you? I have decided to go from the age of quantity film production to quality ones. I have been doing movies that are very qualitative, that will define who I am. Posterity is a bond to me, I want my son to grow up, look at my movie, and tell his friends that that is my father. There is nothing better than that, because it gives me so much joy. That was why I have been acting good films. To me, I have been doing great movies. You just came out of the shell, yet you were able to stamp your feet in the challenging movie industry, how do you manage to achieve that? I believe it is a combination of talent and hard work. When I shot my first film, at the location I realised that it was really imperative to make a decision to deviate from the regular, but it wasn’t easy. However, with time, I was able to make a distinction out of it. I believe that is just the actual thing that stands me out. Moreover, I can’t take the grace of God out of everything I have been doing; he’s been faithful to me always. Can you tell us those films you shot that really hit the charts, and how? Unfortunately, that is not a question I can answer like that, because I am one person that believes in the fact that the movies I make are different and beautiful. It speaks much about who I am. Whatever character I play is about me, but that is not the real Yemi Blaq. I take it differently. I have shot movies like ‘Letter to a Stranger’ and ‘Great Focus’. I really like the challenges they have put me through, because it really brought out the real Yemi Blaq in me. What was your growing up like? My growing up was rather regular. I grew up in a family of five. I have four siblings who are older than me. They left home when I was young. I grew up like the only child. I love to read a lot; reading was fun to me. I have a sister who studied Pharmacology and another, English. I also have a brother who studied Zoology. As a result of that, I have a lot of materials to read at home. Today, much reading has made it easy for me to communicate with a lot of people around the world, especially on different subjects. It always amazes people how I am at home with different subjects. I usually tell them that I learnt it when I was growing up. What is your vision of acting in Nigeria in the next five years? It is amazing, because quality is now coming into it, not quantity anymore. If producers, directors and actors know what they are doing, before five years, Nollywood would be a force to reckon with in the world. Hollywood

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watch out! Nollywood is aggressively competing with Hollywood in the U.S., how long did it take the former to get there? We are almost there, because, very soon, collaboration is going to be more. Hollywood is going to realise that we have the potential to produce and sell great movies. We have a lot of talented people in Nigeria. We have about 170 million Nigerians, and we are going to have more people going to the cinemas to watch movies. I bet, they will really want more collaboration with us. Nigeria is like the China in Africa. We have realised the power in us. In the next five years, we will begin to harness it. I just went for a reading, a movie produced by Idris Elber. I’m the person that acted as Mandela in that movie. Hopefully, I am going to feature in more international production. Apart from acting, what else do you do? I’m a writer; I write poetry nand music. I’m working on something now in the studio. I do voice over. I just started my own production company called ‘Applause Entertainment’ with my wife. It is all about Africa, because I believe so much in African content. Who attracted you into acting? Nobody talked to me to join acting. I motivated myself for it, because I’d always loved acting. I studied Theatre Art, so I’m doing what I studied in school. You have not been involved in any scandal, how do you manage that? It’s just because of my way. I don’t create scandal, I just do my thing and leave. I respect my family and myself. I work so hard to prevent negative information about me.

What is your take on piracy in Nigeria? Piracy gets you a lot of publicity, but when it comes to making money, it’s not working at all. A producer will spend so much money to produce a film and some people out there would just pick it up and start making money from it. It’s very bad; that is why producers take their films to the cinemas. I believe that we are getting there, though. Who is your mentor? God and I. God is the ultimate. He made everything perfect. I don’t like to be somebody else; I like to be myself. It is good to be original. What is that thing you can never be caught doing? I can never be caught beating a woman. I can’t do that. What is your philosophy of life? Live and let live. Let’s just try to support people with great vision, purpose and potential. Don’t ever forget that whatsoever you do for people, you are doing it for yourself at the end of the day. Karma dictates that “what you do, you have a hundred fold”. What is your take about the abducted girls in Chibok? It’s really nice that we are getting a lot of publicity from it. We are getting a lot of people to talk about it all over the world. Hopefully, it will make the authorities to do the right thing. Some friends and I are working on something. Very soon, you will feel it. What is your contribution to moving Nollywood forward? The best way is for the government to be involved more in filmmaking. With that, it would gain a lot of publicity and the world will be forced to reckon with Nigerian films.


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Alariwo now brand ambassador for Tentudia wine

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f you have recently seen Rotimi Martins, affectionately known as Alariwo of Afrika, in good mood, you should know that something good has happened to him. The multi-talented entertainer, musician and actor, who recently finished shooting a movie, entitled ‘Stolen Treasures’ for his mentor, Obafemi Lasode, has just been signed as the brand ambassador for Fairludwig Export Limited, importers of Tentudia, a Spanish wine. According to the Chairman of the company, Mr.Roland Aikins,”the choice of Alariwo is based on the fact that we needed a brand that can project and promote the product properly, because the brand is for mature minds and as such needs to be projected in a very mature way. We had a series of recommendations of celebrities as brand ambassador, but we chose Alariwo based on his consistency, creativity and versatility in the entertainment industry.” Alariwo’s management confirmed the endorsement deal. Sunday Mirror learnt that he was on set shooting his new video with Pasuma and Lord of Ajasa.

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igerian superstars, HKN Boss, Davido and Tiwa Savage have been nominated in this year’s BET Awards. The two talented artistes will go alongside other African actors for the award of Best International Act, Africa category. BET has announced the nominations for the “BET Awards” 2014. Nominations were announced in 20 categories, selected by BET’s Voting Academy comprising a group of respected entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public

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relations, creative arts and fans. The “BET Awards” 2014 will take place on June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, USA. “This year’s nominees represent the best of the culture,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials. “It’s great to see our talented new artist’s right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.” –Adaeze Amos

he seventh stage of Star Music Trek, Onitsha ended on a grand note. Thousands of fans converged on the Godwin Achebe Stadium, Onitsha, to witness live the very best of Nigerian music and performance art at the weekend. Music fans, many coming from surrounding environs, were eager to watch the dazzling array of headline artistes which had previously been unveiled for the concert among them, Wande Coal, Phyno, KCee, Naeto C and Mr Raw. The concert began at 4 p.m. and immediately showed Onitsha to be a haven of talents as young homegrown artistes stormed the Star Music Trek stage exhibiting the best of their gifts and clearly showing what makes the bustling city truly great. “We’re tremendously impressed by the reception we’ve received today and the talent we’ve seen in the city. Onitsha is a beautiful city, not just an economic nerve point but also a city that clearly nurtures massive talent in its youth as seen here today,” says Omotunde Adenusi, Brand Manager, Star, Nigerian Breweries. After a pulsating seven-week across the country, headline artistes, Naeto C and Mr Raw have finally bowed out of the exciting pan Nigerian concert that officially commenced on March 29 in Nsukka, Enugu State. Naeto C’s energetic performance delivered with some of his greatest hits, ‘I Gentle’, ‘10/10’, ‘Tony Montana’, ‘Kini Big Deal’ and more was a fitting end to his final performance on the Trek this year. At a brief stopover at Radio Sapiente, Onitsha earlier on in the day, the popular rapper had promised to ‘shut down the city’, which he did to an appreciative ovation from the audience. The dynamic duo of Harrysong and KCee know exactly how to stir their teeming fans. Again, the pair wearing matching white outfits, threw the audience into a frenzy as they performed their hit songs.

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‘Beta Pickin’, ‘Bulienu Jesu’s, ‘Pull Over’, ‘Akuna Matata’ and others. The Limpopo King, Kcee, as usual, rewarded his fans on stage after an extremely energetic mini-dance competition produced some skilful and enthusiastic winners. ‘One Love’ was the delightful introduction to Mr Raw’s stunning last act on the Trek stage this year. The fan favourite made sure he went the extra mile to please his audience with songs which draw inspiration from the numerous challenges faced in the country today as well as his regular staples, ‘Hip Hop Gyration’, ‘Angel’ and more. Exceptionally stylish dancers unveiled the Black Diamond, Wande Coal on stage and with his signature fluid dance steps, he got guests dancing to his every song and demanding for more. Phyno continues his dominance as the King of the East consolidating his new album, ‘No Guts No Glory’. The lanky rapper wrapped up the night with a stunning finale eliciting tumultuous cheers from the eager audience who remained dancing long after the Phyno had bowed off the stage. Guest appearances from Dammy Krane, Efa and Pucado added spice to an already exceptional night. A pre gig party also held on May 10 at Picalilly Licks and Bites, Onitsha. Special guest artiste, Naeto C, presented the grand prize of an LED TV to the winner, Martins O.C, to the delight of fans. Delighted consumers also carted away numerous other prizes such as home theaters and headphones. On Saturday May 17, the 8th stage of Star Music Trek was hosted in Benin at Sam Ogbemudia Stadium. The exciting 10 week-10 city pan-Nigerian tour culminates in a grand finale in Lagos at Jalisco Open Field, Oshodi on May 31. –Adaeze Amos

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TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART MAY 25, 2014

‘Lloyd gets a son by another woman’ In this riveting story, which series began last week, Irene has three daughters and no male child for Lloyd. Lynda, her husband’s ex-girlfriend, resurfaces in his life and they have a brief affair which results in pregnancy. Eventually, she has a son for him. Their marriage is now in trouble...

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rene’s parents sent some kindred to Lloyd’s village to find out his family background. “They came home with good news; there was nothing wrong with the family though, the villagers didn’t know much about Lloyd because he left the country very early to the United States in search of golden fleece. “The traditional marriage was the talk of the town. Oguta where I came from rolled out the drums and made merry while giving one of their daughters out in marriage. But the church wedding was done in Lagos where my friends and Lloyd’s friends live,” Irene said. On that wedding day, Irene’s parents were excited in having Lloyd not just as a son-in-law but as the son they never had. “My wedding was actually what I imagined and dreamt of. My two sisters were proud of me. Big personalities in Lagos were in attendance. Some of Lloyd’s friends abroad had to travel down to Lagos for the wedding. My siblings and their friends were chatting around happily, hoping that they too would meet their own suitors. It was a day I would never forget in a hurry because the wedding reception actually started with red carpet where fashionistas showcased their styles. My mummy who had always loved to showcase her style had a field day. She changed into different attires that day. Her fashion designer and makeup artiste were paid to dress and make her up. During the wedding reception, she also made sure that I changed into another dress, which was pinkish in colour and very beautiful,” she narrated excitedly. When it was time for guests to present their gifts to the bride and groom, “my parents waited until others presented theirs first. Then my mum stood up with a key to a brand new CRV jeep, which was parked outside, in her right hand and handed it over to me. She said that inside the vehicle were more gifts for me. There was a resounding applause. I collected the key, stood up and hugged her. It was when she was done that my dad stood up, looked at Lloyd and called him son. He said he would not call him sonin-law because he was actually his son. “He turned to where his friends sat and told them ‘to some of my friends who wondered why I was never worried that I didn’t have a male child, have you seen why I wasn’t perturbed? Who would ever be worried and ask God questions for not

giving me a son when He had given me this gentleman? An engineer by profession, handsome and intelligent for that matter. I had sat with him on so many occasions, I had discussed with him so many times and I had come to the conclusion that he is all I need in a son. He is the type that when I would have gone and I remember I left my things in his custody, I would sleep well in my grave. Having said that, I hereby hand over to him the keys of a brand new detached house, located here in Gbagada, Lagos. He would also be the one to manage my petrol stations in Lagos, Aba and Umuahia. I said it that God predestined him for me. He is a petroleum engineer, so what more would I be asking for?’ “Lloyd bent his face, dipped his hand into his trouser pocket for his handkerchief and wiped his tears. My dad was still talking, showering praises on him and thanking God for bringing him to his daughter when he whispered into my ears that he would never hurt me as long as I live. I looked into his eyes, saw he was indeed serious. I helped him to wipe his tears and told him to control his emotions,” Irene reminisced. A few months after the wedding, they had their first child, a girl. They named her Jennifer after Irene’s mum. “My mum was happy but when she came to help me to nurse my baby according to the tradition of my people, I remember she carried my baby and gave her a different name. She called her Olileanya, Hope in Igbo translation. “When I asked her why she named her that, she said she still had hope that another child I would bear would be a male child. I laughed and waved it off. I knew she didn’t want me to have all female children and no male child as she did but I’m not God,” Irene said. The second baby came after two years, “another baby girl. When my mother came, she had a different name. She called my second daughter Nwanyibuife, which translates, woman is a treasure. I didn’t ask her questions about the name because I already knew the meaning and her reason for the choice of the name. She only asked me if I had prayed for a male child. When I asked her same question because she too couldn’t have a male child, she couldn’t find answer to it. But I wasn’t annoyed she asked or showed concern that she wanted me to have a son. I knew mum wanted me to be happy in my marriage. She didn’t want anything that would leave a crack in my marriage,” she emphasised. When Irene had a third baby, a girl, she called her mother on the phone from the hospital to tell her. “Mum, it’s another baby girl but my doctor said I could have one more, maybe, after four years. He advised me to give some gap and try again,” she said. “Okay, your father is happy you delivered safely. He said I should tell you that if the baby is a girl, you should still be happy because a child is a child. It is only Igbo tra-

ditions that make it look as if it is a taboo to have only female children. He said he would call Lloyd and congratulate him,” she said, and hung up. Lloyd and Irene were married for 18 years before what she never bargained for happened. “That was when my husband’s exgirlfriend resurfaced in his life and both started from where they stopped. I could remember he told me briefly about one girl in his life whom he had parted ways with before he started dating me. I was happy when he said so because I didn’t want anyone that would compete for his attention with me. When he came home from work one evening, looking confused, I wondered what was amiss. He first started apologis-

ing to me; that I should forgive him and that I still mean a whole lot to him. I was totally confused at the way he was looking harassed,” Irene recalled. When he managed to control himself, he sat beside his wife and unfurled what the problem was. “Honey, do you remember Lynda? The girl I told you I dated before I met you?” “Yes-ye-yes, I do,” she stammered. “Is she dead, my God. Is she dead?” “No, honey, far from that.” He paused, held his wife’s face with his two hands and pleaded with her not to hate, leave, nor even tell her parents what he was about to tell her. To be continued

RESPONSES Re ‘My best friend cursed me for snatching her fiancé’ Chizoba, You really stabbed Elena at the back. I think it is her curse that is working on you believe me. The only way out is for you to get her to reverse that curse she placed on you. Then pray asking God for forgiveness and for Him to place you with a child. 08180033019. Chizoba, Advise you to seek for God’s forgiveness and locate her friend Elena to beg her too. In doing that your problem will be over. This is a good lesson to others. Wole Isaiah.

Ondo state. 08035734954. Chizoba, You have taken the wrong step and killed your dear friend’ s joy. Of course her curse is taking its toll on you now. Solution? Two of you (I mean you and Sunny your husband) should go back to Elena and beg her for genuine forgiveness. Let the pastor of a living church deliver you people. With God all things are possible. Have faith and trust God. With Him there is hope. Apeji Onesi. Lagos. 08060 504740.


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How to cultivate a worry-free mind –Oloruntimilehin

General Overseer of Omnipotence Mission of God, Prophet Joshua Daramola Oloruntimilehin, in this piece, explains how to cutivate a worry-free mind. Excerpts:

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piritual investigation and study have revealed that whatever a person bears in his or her mind before going to sleep at night, he or she would dream about it. If the person does not dream about it that very night, in a week’s time, the person would dream it. The person would have forgotten he or she thought of it before going to sleep at night.

Similarly, if a person desires to eat a particular food before going to sleep at night and he or she could not get the food to eat, it is possible for the person to dream a week or month later that he or she ate that particular food in his or her sleep. Then the person would be worried and troubled that somebody gave him or her food in the dream. This is one of the spiritual researches carried out. If it is the food people claimed they ate in dreams that causes their problems and predicaments, many people would not have been alive today or they would not be happy and enjoying their lives. Whenever a person is hungry and wants to eat a particular food which he or she saw another eating and the person could eat it before going to sleep, the eyes would have captured and recorded it in the retina and transferred it to the brain which would be played back as a dream while sleeping. A man or woman that is nursing the spirit of adultery in his or her mind would always want to have sexual intercourse with the opposite sex. Also, a mother that always thinks and shows too much concern for her child and could not sometime damn and ignore the child would always have problems. In fact, such mothers do not command any regard and respect from the children. Truly, mothers are to show concern for their children but not a burden in their minds. When a mother or father damns her or his child occasionally, the child would caution herself or himself not to offend his or her parent. A great Prophet of God shared his experience with me during our discussion on why people should be wary of giving pref-

erence to worldly things than God in their minds. Since the advent of mobile phone 12 years ago, he had never entered the church with his mobile phone for service. On a particular Sunday, he came into the church with his phone and placed it in his office behind the altar. While the service was in progress, he entered his office and found many missed calls of the same number on the phone. Then he decided to call the number and got response that a member of his church had a fatal accident and the person was in the hospital. Immediately, he called some of his elders and pastors to go and see the victim. He was so thankful to God that if not for the phone he brought to the church, he would not know what happened to his member. After the service, the people came back and gave him feedback. About two weeks later, he came into the church with the phone again and went to his office and saw missed calls of a number. He dialled the number and got response that the church patroness was critically ill. He became worried because the woman was not in the church. In the vein, he sent some emissaries to the woman in the hospital. Later, he noticed that whenever he did not come into the church with the phone, he was not getting distressed missed calls. Then he reflected and thought deeply on the matter and noticed that prior to his coming into the church with phone, he was not receiving distress calls and his church members were not encountering problems. Immediately, he realised his undoing, he stopped the act of coming into the church with phone. The implication is that the man of God had allowed the phone to be important than his life. He was having the phone because he wanted to receive distress calls and definitely distress calls would come in. God knew he was putting his mind on vain things. The spirit of God does not stay in an unsettled mind, so a doubtful mind does not create an avenue for the spirit of God to dwell in a person’s mind. Imagine Peter,

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a disciple of Jesus Christ, who had double mind. He and other disciples saw Jesus walking on water and Peter requested if he could come and Jesus obliged him. He then stepped into the water and found he was walking and he imagined himself not sinking. Immediately, he started sinking until Jesus rescued him and told him he had little faith. Matthew 14 verse 25 – 31 says “Immediately, he reached out his hand and caught him. You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?” Therefore, a person that believes that something would happen to him or her has already cursed himself or herself. Brethren, let your mind be very light. Do not allow anything to bug your mind. If a person’s mind is not light, there is nothing the person requests

for that would be granted for him or her. If a person wants the spirit of God in his or her life, what is required is to relax the pressure exerted on the mind. In the process, start rejecting and forsaking certain things and allow your mind to be clean and pure to man and God. Do not fight, endure and tolerate that anger that is coming, and the stains and insults that are coming. Do not claim to be too wise because you might eventually be the foolish person. When all these are done, then, the body and mind would become lighter. Avoid telling lies, committing adultery and greed, etc. All these are sins that make the mind to be heavy. Finally, endeavour to be doing what is godly so as to have free mind.

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and writing petition everywhere against you, my friend, today, they will meet the greater power for our God is the Man of war. In the midst of wars and tumults, it is a consolation to God’s people to know that the issues concerning them are in His hand, and that He will in the end give them peace. The reason and example We must know that God is the Father of all spirits- be it good and bad spirit, God created them and they are subject to His command. God created the devil, demons, including all the fallen angels. One thing that is certain is that none of the aforementioned spirits can do what God never permitted or allowed. If God says to a particular spirit you cannot operate again forever, the spirit will cease to operate. Col. 1: 16 -17 says, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principali-

ties, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him 17. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” God created all the bad and good spirits. So by Him all things were created that are in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions. All things are kept in the present state of their existence, order, and arrangement by the power of the Creator. If unsupported by him, they would fall into disorder, or sink back to nothing. He is the fountain of authority and power. Isaiah 43: 10- 11 says, “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour”. Today, God will work in your life, and nothing can hinder Him, or reverse His work because He is the Alpha and the Omega. Whatever He purposes, is what He will do and unhindered. And as He decreed, ev-

ery knee shall bow including the one holding you captives or attacking you now, either in your body, business, family, etc. At the mention of His name, every spirit whether bad or good must bow. Isaiah 44: 24- 26 says, “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; 25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; 26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof ”. Beloved, that war is over!! My Father will confirm my word today. I do not know who vowed in your family that you should not make it in life and he has been monitoring you 24hrs and saying ‘come and make

it, let me see’. Now let me assure you that the God that I serve, the one that brought you this message today, that makes diviners mad, will frustrate the imagination and thoughts of your enemies. He will make that war in your life to cease. God that availed this message to you, will confirm my word because He is the one that makes all things. I assure you that that war is over. You’re going to enjoy your life again, your business, career, etc, shall receive a divine touch and shall blossom, for there is nothing too hard for God to do. Your problem must bow today. That occult man, witch or wizard, that vowed he will show you, must bow. His power must bow, his weapon must bow and God is giving you victory today in Jesus name. God will do all His pleasure. What He purposes He will do it. And what He has purposed today for you is that war is over. That war waged against your desire to marry, or get a child, or war against your heath, etc, that war is over.


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t is essential to appreciate the position of biblical studies in the contemporary world. My main intention is to give a clear picture of the present alarming academic situations in Nigeria so that believers will take a clear stand. My other concern is that Christian faith is being hurt and Christianity is being ruined. It is the responsibility of Christians and their leaders to recognize the importance of basic truths and beliefs they are charged to ‘’ keep that which is committed to thy trust’’. Theology is mainly the study of the Bible, interpretation of the revealed facts and development of intellectual understanding of the facts for application to human situations; hence theologians and Christian experts are very useful to human development. Research confirms that theological education standards have fallen because church workers are either not trained or half-trained. The reason for this has been popularly attributed to economic situation of our nation. Many of us who are involved in the development of theological education disagree with this stand. We see the fall as a result of the secularity of our nation and the nonchalant attitude of some Christian leaders who place their personal interest above that of the nation and its people. Believers enjoy involving in worldly culture, leisure and entertainment, while liberal scholarship is encouraged, embraced and developed. Theological liberalism which is taught in secular institutions is embraced by some Bible colleges and seminaries that affiliate with secular higher institutions for selfish reasons. Bible makes it clear that there should be no fellowship with people who deny the inspiration of Scripture and the saving truth of the Gospel. Antagonism by the secular govern-

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Importance of Christian and theological scholarship ment in 1998 to the development of Christian scholars confirmed that the purpose of secularism is to kill and destroy Christian scholarship but many leading Christian leaders and seminary professors then took a firm stand, rejected the challenge and defended the foundational truths. Christian scholars are very careful about scholarship. There is no doubt that they are engaged in believing scholarship and will do all things possible to defend it. Christian scholarship is moving out of the age of innocence. If we consider efficiency, pertinacity and fortitude as the measures for excellence, we cannot claim any natural preeminence for man but our vision and human performance and activities spring up from spiritual knowledge, biblical revealed facts and historical experience which lift us to a spiritual plane and allow us to know the plan of God for man. In the year 2002, I called the attention of Christian leaders and theologians to the fallen standard of theological education and the erosion of truth in churches. The trouble is that some ministers and church workers attended secular institutions where they absorbed theological liberalism. Universities established by Christian denominations in Nigeria are not only managed by liberals, they are regulated by government appointed accrediting body that has nothing to do with religion. Government appointed accrediting commission like National University Commission (NUC) manned by liberals and non believing scholars cannot understand spiritual matters, so, how can God’s plan of salvation be accomplished by courses approved by this commission? The Bible said that the illumination and anointing of regeneration is essential to spiritual understanding. Christianity is sacred and secularity is human. Secular higher education puts a premium on knowledge rather than on thought and understanding. Bible is authoritative. It states clearly what we have to believe and how we are to act. It tells us how we should live and how churches should be organized. It

directs everything we do in Christian life and in church. We do not need any help from nonbelievers on what to teach, how to teach and how to certify church workers; that is the responsibility of Christian experts, hence the need to have Christian regulatory body devoid of secular interference. Christian and theological studies in secular university heavily colour the vital messages of the Bible. They determine the long established standards and practices in the church. The main objective of secular universities is to produce graduates that will improve the social, economic and political situations of the nation. Nigerian education follows strictly the National Development Plans and the National Policy on Education which is developed to improve the nation economically. I am not against the government and its human agents in controlling academic standards in secular institutions with secular objectives. What I am emphasizing here is that they have no right to accredit theological disciplines until the constitution allows it. It is impossible for them to understand and develop spiritual courses that are clearly grounded in the Word of God. I am convinced that the Federal Ministry of Education, the government body that directs education in Nigeria is not constitutionally empowered to direct spiritual or Christian or theological education. Let us call a spade a spade, sacred scholarship is in many ways different to secular education. A secularist or secular government cannot understand the purpose of our faith on earth. God commissions all his believers to put soul-winning firmly at the top of their agenda, showing of compassion and sympathy to a suffering world is close to the heart of every believer but it is secondary. Jesus instructed his disciples when he sent them out, ‘’As you go, preach this message, the kingdom of heaven is near.’’ Later he added this, ‘’Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.’’ Matt 10:7-8. There is no better time to relate Christian

scholarship to the conditions of the rapidly changing world especially our unstable Nigeria. Secular education cannot change the moral of a nation. It cannot stop poverty, immorality, family violence, drunkenness, addiction, criminality, child abuse, kidnapping, assassination, prostitution and armed robbery but Christian and theological education can. It is the only answer to the too numerous problems of our nation. In 1739, when British Society was utterly depraved, it was the preaching and teaching of George Whitefield, John Wesley and other Christian leaders that brought spiritual blessing which saved Britain from its misery. It created renewed and tender hearts, brought decency from immorality and responsibility from indolence. While Christian scholars believe that acts of compassion will flow from converted hearts, secularists underestimate the power of Holy Spirit. University education without the presence of Holy Spirit for actualization of the skills and knowledge is nothing but academic enslavement. The call of a man of God is spiritual, his training is spiritual and cannot be assessed by secularists; his field of operation is the world with the power of Holy Spirit. Christian experts believe in Christ’s finished work and stick to the absolute necessity of biblical message of redemption and they will not allow it diluted in any way. Professional theologians, Christian experts and properly trained seminarians are developed to affect positively the mind, moral and behaviour of people. I will respectfully state here that our major concern as Christian scholars is to examine the spiritual needs of our time in relation to the character of our contemporary world, to reduce or exterminate hostility to intelligent responsibility and to develop intelligently responsible people. • Prof. Kunle Macaulay is the Director of Studies of United Bible University, Lagos. Phone: +447448533586; email : profkunlemacaulay@yahoo.com

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legend story is told of an old monk who sang every Christmas Eve for his brothers in the monastery. His voice was rough and cracked, but he loved the Lord and sang from his heart. One year, the choir director said: “I’m sorry, Brother Don, we have a new monk who has such a beautiful voice ... he will sing this Christmas.” The new fellow sang beautifully and everyone was happy. But that night, an angel came to the superior and said, “Why didn’t you have a Christmas Eve song?” The superior replied: “we had a beautiful song, didn’t you hear it?” The angel shook his head sadly commenting: “it may have been very inspiring to you, but we didn’t hear it in heaven.” God is more interested in the “heart” than “art” in your singing – or in whatever ministry you possess. He gives us talents to showcase His grace, not our glory. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord and for His honour alone. Paul exclaims: “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31). Jerry Bridges concurs in The Joy of Fearing God: “the person who fears God seeks to live all of life to the glory of God . . . All the activities of life should be pursued with the aim of glorifying God.” It does not matter how much applause and

accolades one receives down here on earth, it is the “well done” from heaven that counts. Could it be that God did not hear from heaven all the standing ovation, honourable mentions, and public acclaims people receive? No; not even one of them? Jesus said: “I do not receive honour from men” (John 5:41). We must not be men-pleasers and eye-service persons. Paul was not interested in finding the glory of human beings either (1 Thess 2:6). All the glory of man is like the withering grass and fading flower (1 Pet 1:24). Sometimes, the line between “what God is doing” and “what our leader is doing” is almost nonexistent. In other words, God isn’t getting the glory, an individual is. Nebuchadnezzar boasted: “is this not Babylon that my hands have built?” God reduced him to an animal. It is criminal to take credit for another person’s belonging or property or product. This is my Father’s world. He takes all the glory for everything in it. We are but “unprofitable servants” (Luke 17:10). “No flesh should glory in His presence . . . He that glories should glory in the Lord” (1 Cor 1:29, 31). Let no one glory in human beings (1 Cor 3:21). There is nothing you have that you did not receive! Nothing is original with anyone. God is the source of all things (John 3:27; 1 Cor 4:7). No flesh can glory in God’s presence. We must eschew all vain glory (Gal 5:26). We should not be like King Herod Saul and the Pharisees who “love human praise more than the praise from God” (1 Sam 15:30; John 12:43). Labour not for human praise, but for the praise from

God (Rom 2:29). It is not the one whom people praise that matters but one whom God praises. Those who shout “hosanna” for you today, would petition: “crucify him” tomorrow! (Mark 15:13-14). Sometimes when God blesses people to have a certain degree of success in their lives, they become overly arrogant and confident of their own abilities. Then, they start to take little account of their weaknesses and fail to anticipate ever having to experience stumbling blocks. They think they are above the frailties of common people. In this state of mind, they are easily tripped up. Satan likes to lead us to that precipitous (steep/abrupt) pedestal. God abhors all services provided in His name by persons in such a state. Heaven ceases to hear or receive or reckon with such services, no matter their earthly commendation. They have received their rewards on earth already! Let others praise you and not your own mouth. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Avoid a hyperbolic (deliberately exaggerated) sense of your own importance. If riches or possessions or accolades increase, lay not your heart on any of it (Psalm 62:10). Never let success get to your head or pollute your heart. Do not become a “ceased learner,” feeling like you already know everything. The next time you feel indispensible, put your hand into a bucket filled with water. It will make room for your hand. As soon as you remove your hand from it, there will be no trace of it inside the water. You are not the center-of-attention, God is! How do you handle criticism? How quick

are you to apologize? Are you always right? Be reminded of God’s utter disdain for a prideful spirit. Be on guard and quiet that inner whisper when it tries to tell you: “your way is always the best way.” Ultimately, that is saying: “I don’t need God.” This resists God’s leadership, has no regard for God’s Glory, and does not exalt God’s name. God is not pleased with such hollow worship. The sounding brass and clanging cymbal of our religion and community activities may amount to nothing if our motive is selfish. All around us, we hear the noise on the highway, big machines on the construction sites and factories, the “I big pass my neighbour” generators in many houses and apartments, and all kinds of man-made noise. We might easily believe that work and noise must always go together. However, the world’s greatest WORKER does most of the world’s work in complete silence or with very little noise. Around us, God is causing great changes with absolutely no sound whatever or with very little. Consider the growing vegetation and crops on which life depends and the work our human minds perform—how silent that is! •Tunde Ojewole, PhD, is the Babcock University Pastor in charge: Division of Spiritual Life. Get your copy of the newly released book: GOD’S FOOTPRINTS. For enquiries, contact: ojewolea@babcock.edu.ng or call/SMS 08058299434/08060376577. Note: Quiz will resume shortly.


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A man is rendered senseless once you’ ve worked your way between the cracks of his armours. Please can you explain this?

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he two major words here are “Cracks” and “Armour”.

Armour can be defined as tough more-or-less rigid protective of an animal or plant. All men on this earth have general armour which people refer to as ‘the ego of man’. With these they feel protected as if they know what they are doing. However, this does not go that far, because ego is like a small sheet, if not further covered will easily tear. For a child of God, immediately you give your life to Christ, automatically the Lord will build a hedge of protection round you. In Job 1:9-10, the Bible says, “Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side?” The Lord will always build a hedge

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round His own to protect them from the devil. Before Satan could touch Job, he had to go back and ask God to remove the hedge from Job himself for him to afflict him. Job 2:6-7 says, “And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” It was only when the hedge was removed that Satan could afflict. This hedge is also known as our armour. Though as you go onto maturity in Christianity, you are expected to now acquire power i.e. the whole armour of God. This you do yourself. Ephesians 6:11-13 says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” We are expected to keep these armours safe. These bring us to the second word. “Crack”. Crack is defined

as “a long narrow opening”. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 10:8, “whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” Meaning that the hedge can be broken. That hedge that God has surrounded you with can be affected and have a crack. When a man loses his discernment and can’t see, he is wide open for all of his defenses to crumble to dust. He is then a sitting target for destruction. Using the story of Samson as a good example; Delilah knew all about the issue of the hedge (just like so many ladies outside there) and she went ahead to prepare her house with incense and prepare herself with costly toiletries and seductive clothings ( some go to the extent of using diabolical items to manipulate). She carefully planned her time with Samson as she prepared his favourite dishes and wine for dulling his senses. So she fed him, pampered him, romanced him and set him up for the kill. With the silver promise from the Philistines, she set to work; also promises, reward and position for from the devil set all these ladies into motion. Delilah poured on the flattery, appealing to his ego, telling him how much his strength impressed her. And while he lay in her praises, well fed, well loved and well appreciated, she struck,

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and immediately the hedge got broken. One major tool the devil uses all the time is immorality: fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, masturbation, etc. Any of these automatically breaks the hedge and the Bible says immediately there is a crack, the serpent will bite. And when we talk about the serpent, we are actually talking about the devil himself. When it comes to the devil, he can bite you anywhere - your health, academics, finance or even your helpers making life so difficult for you. Delilah rendered Samson an imbecile - one that is not able to do anything anymore. Many men have found themselves in such situation, however thank God for His mercies. He is always ready to give you a second chance if you ask for it. He did for Samson. He answered Samson’s request exactly as he asked. Just repent of that which you have done, ask for forgiveness, use the blood to sanctify your soul, determining with His help never to go back into it. He will bring you back and re-established you. •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

Waging war against poverty: Benefit of tithing Prophet Lai Bamidele, General Overseer of Christ Glorious End-time Evangelical Ministry, Abule-Egba, Lagos, in this exhortation, teaches on waging war against poverty through tithing. Excerpts:

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or everyone who is ready to make it in life, you must adhere to your instructor’s instruction. There is no sensible pilot who will not listen to his instructor. The moment he refuses his instructor’s instruction, the next thing that will happen is for him to crash. But hear me today, this day that is a day of worship, you will not crash. Listen to me; it is insanity to do one thing the same way all the time. It is insanity to do the same thing in the same way and expect to get a different result. There are some steps you need to take for your life to move forward. There are some revelations the Lord has given you and until you take the step God wants you to take, you won’t move forward. God wants to help you; He is always there waiting and ready to help you. Praise God! It is the step you take that God will back up. If you take the wrong step, God will be there looking at you. Listen to me today; you know how to pray, and you know how to fast, but you don’t know how to take a step. You see people lamenting ‘I have been praying, I have been fasting’ but they will be indoors when others have gone to work and complain of hunger. You will not die of hunger in Jesus name. Amen. Praise God. Waging war against poverty! The reason why there is poverty will be looked into today. If I begin to prophesy that 10 people will become millionaires, people will fly through the roof. For every rising in life, there is a price. Nobody became rich without passing through some stressful times. Before gold becomes gold, it must pass through fire. So for you to succeed there is a procedure you must follow. Listen to me today; there is someone today who in the next three months as you take that wisdom step, the position you are now is the

least position you will be in. Amen. Let us wage war against poverty; poverty is not good. The enemy you do not fight will not flee. So until you fight poverty, poverty will not let go of you. Few years ago, everything about my life reeked of poverty. I have told people before that I proposed to my wife in a white garment church. I had no house for two and half years. I was sleeping in the church; my wife too had no relative to go to so she too was sleeping in the church. One day, I invited her out and said ‘woman, I want to marry you”. Being very poor then, the day I went to know my in-laws was a wonderful day; you need to see the cloth I was wearing on that day and what I put on for my shoe was bathroom slippers. We were not bold enough to walk as a couple; my wife was going in front, and I was walking far behind her. When we got to their house, she told her people she had brought the man that would marry her, and the next thing they did was to look at me and ask ‘which man’. And she answered this one. Meanwhile, my legs were already shaking where I was standing. Her brother who already was infuriated burst out saying ‘this one, this old man that has nothing left in him, someone who has given birth to all the children he needs in this world, no you are not going to marry him. But my wife stood her ground and I believe the reason for this is because she could see afar. She could see the future which her family members could not see. That episode was just an interlude compared to her sister’s. When she took me to introduce to her, she embarrassed me in the market where she had a shop. That was the level I found myself at the time. Praise God. I thank God for where he put me today. And I tell you this day that wherever you are

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starting from, you will end well. Amen. I told you the enemy you don’t fight will not flee. Poverty is a spirit, so also afflictions like HIV, fever, etc. Everything you are going through has a spirit behind it. People abhor you when they see that you are poor, but when you are rich, everyone wants to relate with you. When you come into a family where the youngest child is the one that is the bread winner or the richest in the family, when he speaks, even if what he is saying does not make sense, the rest don’t have a choice but to listen to him because he calls the shot. But if you are poor, no matter the amount of grammar that you can speak, people will not listen to you, they would rather ask you what your grammar would amount to in monetary terms. When you are poor, you have no say in anything. People like associating with the rich to the extent that they will claim that the person is their relation just because he is rich. Sickness and diseases were described by Christ as

spirits. Poverty is a reproach just like cold is a symptom of fever; that is the way lack is a symptom of poverty. You will not lack in life. Amen. Listen to me, the root of poverty is lack. In medicine, every cure relies on diagnosis. Diagnosis is finding out what the problem is and its extent. In poverty, there is need to diagnose some of the things that make people poor. When you diagnose the problems in your life, then you know how to go about solving them. The lack of knowledge is the mother of every lack in people’s lives. Until you handle the problem of lack of knowledge, you cannot handle the problem of material lack. When you trample on God’s word, then you will become trapped by the devil, you become trapped by poverty. Many of us in church do not pay our tithe; there is no way you can be tithing and things become tight for you. Many people will give excuse of not paying tithes, saying what is on ground is not enough to solve the problems on ground. When some people are looking for job, they make all the promises there is to make telling God that they will pay their tithe if He provides them with a job. But immediately they get the job, they change music. There is this young man I knew from Kano when he came to me to pray with him for the gift of job. When he eventually got one, he started giving stories and never paid his tithe. Three years after, he lost the job and came crying back to me, confessing that he ran from me so that he won’t pay his tithe. I told him that he can run away from me, but he can’t run away from God. The person that gave him the job took the job back. I prayed with him and he got another job and he was still not communicating but recently he was transferred and he is calling me now though I don’t pick his call. Tithing is an ordinance of God. When you are not a tither, your life will be tight.

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I shall be concluding the teaching on the Spirit of Counsel, which manifests in divine guidance. Virtues inherent in divine guidance • When God guides, He goes Before the Guided (Isaiah 45:1-3): When God leads, He goes before the led to make every crooked path straight. • He goes with the guided: And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (John 8:29). That means, I follow His guidance; so, He has not left Me alone. • He walks with the guided (Mark 16:20): So, we become co-labourers with God in the pursuit of every guidance He gives. We work together with Him, so we

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here are many people who have not known what the power of God is. There are some believers who are going through a lot and that is why God whispered to me about this power of God. God is weeping for those believers today that have not experienced this power. Acknowledge in your heart that you will be where it happens which is the power region. It is only God that can impact this knowledge to his people. What is Power Region? It is where it happens; it is the region of prosperity, when you are not tormented by any witchcraft. In this power region, you will have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, animals and every creeping thing on earth. You will see yourself as a commander when you taste this power. There are many who are passing through one thing or the other. They promised themselves that they will achieve this or that. Why they have not attained to this height is because of challenges. But when you are in the power region, you will accomplish your heart desire and your hope will never fail. So many people have not known who the Holy Spirit is and this pains my spirit so much. Holy Spirit is the God that makes things happened. He is the God of action, the only God that make you feel and know the power of God. He brings your relevance /importance out. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, you are just a handkerchief in devil’s pocket. Holy Spirit is the God of fire. Jesus said something that if you sin against God the Father or Son, God can forgive you but when you sin against the Holy Spirit, He will not forgive you because He is a God of judgment. People, when they don’t have the Holy Spirit,

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Impartation of spiritual gifts for supernatural turnaround! (4) cannot fail because whatever involves God cannot fail. • He works through the guided: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). • He works for the guided: Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Also, Psalm 118: 23 says: This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. So, when God is at work, marvelous results are obtained. Therefore, when we are guided, we end up a marvel to our world. • The Spirit of Wisdom: It enthrones and establishes that throne. This Spirit empowers us to rule in the midst of our enemies, because the endtime church is ordained to reign (Proverbs 8:14-16). What is unique about the spirit of wisdom? • It connects the believer to celestial wisdom—wisdom from above: The Spirit of wisdom is our access to the wisdom from above, and whatever is from above is above all (John 3:31). There are four kinds of wisdom namely: earthly, sensual, devilish and the wisdom from above. The Spirit of wisdom is our only access to the free flow of the

The power region they don’t feel happy and they are always upset. Say this-any character/habit in me that is chasing the Holy Spirit away from my life, let the Blood of Jesus flush it away. That was why Daniel was comfortable even though he was in a foreign city. He had the boldness in him because of the Holy Spirit. Joseph also knew what was in him; he didn’t go back to Portiphar’s wife, he chose to remain in prison believing the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 John 5:6-9 it says, “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one. And there are three that beareth witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his son”. In verse 7, you can see that in heaven, there are three (3) personalities of God. If at the end of this teaching, you still remain at the complaining side that means something is wrong somewhere. What God has put in my spirit or assured me makes me to be bold to teach on this topic. These personalities are God the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit. The three are one God. This is the mystery of the Gospel. In heaven, Jesus is known as the Word. The name of Jesus is the honour the Father God gave Him. He said ‘I’ m going to give you the name that is above every other names and at the mention of this name- Jesus Christ, every knee must bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord. In the beginning of the beginning, He was known as the WORD, but after he had conquered the world, Satan and sin and had given redemption to all humanity, God gave a name above all names which is Jesus Christ. The three gospel writers, Mathew, Mark

wisdom from above, which is superior to any other form of wisdom (James 3:1517). • It unveils divine secrets: Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven (Daniel 2:19). It guarantees our access to divine secrets, which will make a star of us any day. Job became the greatest of all men in the East because of his access to divine secrets, which he encountered by the fear of the Lord (Job 29:4). • It unravels the future: Joseph reigned by the Spirit of wisdom, so he could not be deterred or discouraged. We cannot see a future and still be discouraged. The Spirit of wisdom unlocks the future to us and that sets us free naturally from discouragement or depression. • The Spirit of wisdom is innovative: It generates witty inventions, which implies creating solutions. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions(Proverbs 8:12). It is constructive and creative. It does not wait for solutions; it creates them. • It is the Spirit of exploits (Mathew 13:54): This Spirit does not just speak great words, but accomplishes great feats. The wisdom of God is the wisdom of mighty works. In conclusion, God has ordained our

and Luke in the beginning their story about the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ started by enumerating the biological incarnation of the person of Jesus. But John, who wrote the gospel of John, did not consider the human incarnation of Jesus Christ, instead he begun by announcing that Jesus had been before creation and in the beginning of beginning, he was called the Word, the word was God and word was God. The word was manifested on earth as light. The light that came into the world, the darkness in the world could not comprehend it. That light is the light of men and whosoever believe in that light and receive that light is given power to be called the sons of God. Those who are not born by the desire of men and women but are born by the word of God. John 1:1-12 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto his own, and the world his own received him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”. And through Him by the quickening of the word, everything that was created by God were created; the firmament is spread as a curtain over the earth. By the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, God led the beam of the foundation of the earth upon many waters. And through His wisdom, the heavenliest was spread over the earth. The word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit is holding the heaven-

access to all the seven Spirits of God. The end-time church is ordained to reign, because we shall be ruling effectively in the midst of our enemies before Jesus comes. It is these Spirits that make stars of believers. Therefore, today, by the encounter with the impartation of spiritual gifts, your star must shine! Friend, the spiritual gifts for supernatural turnaround are the preserve of the saved. Are you born again? You can become saved, simply by confessing your sins, accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and saying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again!” 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

liest from collapsing upon the earth. The same power of God holds the foundation of the earth from sinking into the waters below. This is the function of the Holy Spirit, the God of power. Those who will join me in this power region will experience the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit in every ramification of their lives in its fullness. Do you know that when you go beyond this firmament, there is power above it? Gen. 1:7 says, “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so”. The Holy Ghost power stops the waters above the firmament from crashing on earth. Today, I prophesy in your life that as you read this massage, whatsoever should be separated from you, for you to achieve your purpose on earth, be separated in the name of Jesus Christ. We are studying about God the Holy Spirit who is called the power, action, reamer, signs/ wonder and the transformer. When He enters into your life, He will transform everything in you. Gen. 1:1-2 it says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. If you read critically, you will observe that in the beginning when God created the heaven and earth, the Holy Spirit was there. If you make him your friend or companion, you will excel. Why you have problems is because you don’t reverence the Holy Spirit. When you reverence God the Father and God the Son, you should also reverence the Holy Spirit. He is the God that is holding this firmament. He is His power and presence that is holding it because beneath this earth is a mighty ocean. •Pastor K. I. Bona is General Overseer of Chapel of Holiness and Testimony Ministries, 6 David Egbetuyi Street, Fagbile Ijegun, Ikotun, Lagos. Tel:08038206508, 08023404926


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OHN 3:22 – 36: He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all …. He that hath received this testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the spirit by measure unto Him. The Father loveth the son and hath given all things into His hand. He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on Him. “

John 3:30: John’s willingness to decrease in importance shows unusual humility. Pastors and other leaders, other Christians can be tempted to focus more on the success of their ministries than on Christ. Beware of those who put more emphasis on their own achievements than on God’s kingdom. “He must increase”. For a time, John the Baptist’s influence over the nation had been greater than that of its rulers, priests, or princess. If he had announced himself as they had flocked to his standard. Every consideration that appeals to the ambition of the world’s conquerors, Satan had stood ready to urge upon John the Baptist. But with the evidence before him of his power, he had steadfastly refused the splendid bribe. The attention which was fixed upon him he had directed to another. Now he saw the tide of popularity turning away from himself to the saviour. Day by day, the crowds about him lessened. When Jesus came from Jerusalem to the region about Jordan, the people flocked to hear Him. The number of His disciples increased daily.

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his story is about Judah, the fourth born of Jacob. Judah means ‘’I will Praise the Lord’’. Jacob along with his children had settled in the land of Canaan, the land God promised Abraham to give him as inheritance and his descendants after him. It was in this land that Judah married a Canaanite woman whose name was Shua, who bare him three children. Judah took wife for Er, his first son. Her name was Tamar. But because of the wickedness of Er, the Lord slew him and by this time he was without a child. It was the custom of the Israelites that if a son died without a child, his younger brother will marry his elder brother’s wife so as to get a son for the deceased - Deuteronomy 25:5-10. In keeping with this custom, Judah asked Onan to marry his brother’s wife, Tamar. Onan thought the seed should not be his, so he decided to spill his sperm so that the woman would not have a child. On account of

Many came for baptism, and while Christ Himself did not baptize, He sanctioned the administration of the ordinance by His disciples. Thus He set His seal upon the mission of His forerunner. But the disciples of John looked with jealousy upon the growing popularity of Jesus. They stood ready to criticize His work, and it was not long before they found occasion. A question arose between them and the Jews as to whether baptism availed to cleanse the soul from sin: they maintained that the baptism of Jesus differed essentially from that of John. Soon, they were in dispute with Christ’s disciples in regard to the form of words proper to use at baptism, and finally as to the right of the latter to baptize at all. The disciples of John came to him with their grievances, saying “Rabbi, He that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou bearest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to Him”. Through these words, Satan brought temptation upon John. Though John’s mission seemed about to close, it was still possible for him to hinder the work of Christ. If he had sympathized with himself, and expressed grief or disappointment at being superseded, he would have sown the seeds of dissension, would have encouraged envy and jealousy, and would seriously have impeded the progress of the gospel. John had by nature the faults and weaknesses common to humanity, but the touch of divine love had transformed him. He dwelt in an atmosphere uncontaminated with selfishness and ambition, and far above the miasma of jealousy. He manifested no sympathy with the dissatisfaction of his disciples, but showed how clearly he understood his relation to the messiah and how gladly he welcomed the one whom he had prepared the way. He said: “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear witness that I said; I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the

bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice.” John represented himself as a friend who acted as a messenger between the betrothed parties, preparing the way for the marriage. When the bridegroom had received his bride, the mission of the friend was fulfilled. He rejoiced in the happiness of those whose union he had promoted. So John had been called to direct people to Jesus, and it was his joy to witness the success of the saviour’s work. He said, my joy therefore is fulfilled; he must increase, but I must decrease.” Looking in faith to the redeemer, John had risen to the height of self – abnegation. He sought not to attract men to himself, but to lift their thoughts higher and still higher, until they should rest upon the Lamb of God. He himself had been only a voice, a cry in the wilderness. Not with joy, he accepted silence and obscurity, that the eyes of all might be turned to the light of life. Those who are true to their calling as messengers for God will not seek honour for themselves. Love for self will be swallowed up in love for Christ. No rivalry will mar the precious cause of the gospel. They will recognize that it is their work to proclaim, as did John the Baptist who said, “Behold the Lamb Of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,” John 1:29. They will lift up Jesus; and with humanity will be lifted up. “Thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to receive the heart of the contrite ones” - Isaiah 57:15. The soul of the prophet, emptied of self, was filled with the light of the divine. As he witnessed to the saviour’s glory, his words were almost with Nicodemus. John said, “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. For He whom God hath sent speaketh the

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words of God: for God giveth not the spirit by measure unto Him.” Christ could say, “I seek no Mine own will, but the will of the father which hath sent me”-John 5:30. To Him, it is declared, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”- Hebrews 1:9. The Father “giveth not the spirit by measure unto Him.” So it is with the followers of Christ. We can receive of heaven’s light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We cannot discern the character of God, or accept Christ by faith, unless we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this, the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ “dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him we are made full.” Colossians 2: 9, 10. The disciples of John declared that all men were coming to Christ but with clearer insight, John said, “No man receiveth His witness“. So few were ready to accept Him as the saviour from sin. But “he that hath revived His witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true.” John 3:33. “He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life.” No need of disputation as to whether Christ’s baptism or John’s purified from sin. It is the grace of Christ that gives life to the soul. Apart from Christ, baptism, like any other service, is a worthless form. “He that believeth not the son shall not see life.” The success of Christ’s work, which the Baptist had received with such joy, was reported also to the authorities at Jerusalem. The priests and rabbis had been jealous of John’s influence as they saw the people leaving the synagogues and flocking to the wilderness but here was one who had still greater power to attract the multitudes. Those leaders in Israel were not willing to say with John,” He must increase, but I must decrease.” •Your Steward: Pastor Jacob Ade-David can be reached at No. 54/56 Okesuna Street, Lagos Island Lagos. Tel: 08023535110, 08023539857,, 08034078158, Email:jacobpastordavid@yahoo.com

Mortgage not your glory his refusal to fulfill his obligation to his brother and Tamar, God was angry with him and killed Onan. As it was Judah’s wish to get seed for his first son, so he entered into agreement with Tamar to remain at her father’s house until Shelah was old enough to marry her. What than is a contract?’’ It is a legally binding agreement made between two or more persons by which rights are acquired by one or more to act or forbearance on the part of the other or others’’. Why then did Judah breach the agreement he entered unto with his daughter in-law? First, he did not want what happened to his two children to happen to Shelah, his last son. Second, he might be thinking about age disparity between them (Shelah and Tamar) which might likely bring communication gap and by extension lack of love and respect which are two vital ingredients in marriage. In contract, the aggrieved party has the right to sue the other party for breach of contract which may give rise to compensation as liquidated or unliquidated damages. As Israel and Canaan were two strange bedfellows, Tamar decided to use extrajudicial means to get the contract enforced, but this time between her and her father in-law. On hearing that her father was going to Timmah to shear his sheep, Tamar put off her widow’s garment covered herself with veil and wrapped herself and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown and she was not given unto him to wife (Gen-

esis 38:13-14). Up to that moment, Tamar proved her faithfulness to the agreement by putting on widow’s garment. However, contrary was the case with Judah. As at the time Judah was going to Timnath, he had lost his wife. Ordinarily, he ought to have gotten married to another woman instead of engaging in sexual immorality. The Bible says in Romans 7:1-2 that “the law hath dominion over man as long as he liveth; Ditto for a woman. Nowadays, nearly every Christian denomination gives approval for a widower to get married again maybe a year after his wife’s death to avoid being engaged in sexual immorality with members of the opposite sex especially if he is a high ranking officer in the church. As Judah was going to Timnath to shear his sheep, he saw a woman on the road with a veil that was thought to be a harlot and bargained with her to have fun with her. In her wisdom, the woman in question demanded “consideration” from him. Judah in turn promised to send her a kid from the sheep. As Judah promised her kid, she asked for a pledge as an evidence of the agreement. What then is a pledge? In a pledge, the lender obtains possession of the chattel, while the borrower retains ownership. To get his lust of flesh accomplished, Judah gave Tamar three things namely: His signet, bracelet and staff. Because of the lust of the flesh, Judah mortgaged his glory. What of if the woman had died before

he had retired his pledge? What if the woman had left the place they met? How would he have recovered his possession from the woman? This is a great lesson to worshippers of God. In any commercial or social agreement, do not rush into it; try to get all the necessary terms and conditions of such an agreement clear, otherwise you may be at receiving end. Three months later, it was reported to Judah that Tamar, his daughter in-law was pregnant. Immediately, she was asked to be brought for death judgment to be pronounced on her because in Israel a woman who engages herself in adultery is stoned to death or get burnt (Gen. 38: 24; John 8: 1-5; Leviticus 20: 10; Deuteronomy 22: 22). On her being brought to her father in-law to defend adultery act preferred against her, she did not only hesitate to bring the security in her possession out and demanded to know the rightful owner of the security. As there was no more hiding place for Judah, he acknowledged the ownership of the security in question (Gen33:26; 1 John 1:19). Are you ready to acknowledge and confess your sins to Jesus Christ? Are you prepared to forsake them? Judah did forsake his son because verse 26 of Gen. 38 made us to understand that ‘’he knew her not again’’. •You can contact us at: The Word of Life Agbo Igbala Ti Kiish Aladura Church 70 Patey street Lagos State 07040517413


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alleluyah! I am glad that you made it again. God’s preservation for you is not in vain. Rather, He preserved you so as to be blessed and be a blessing. This is one of those avenues of blessing.

The major character we would be examining for this series on “Maturity for Mandate Fulfillment” is Apostle Peter while the anchor Scripture is Acts 3:1-10. The reason why we are examining Apostle Peter is because he grew from spiritual immaturity into spiritual maturity over a period of time. His maturity later made him become an object of amazement to his generation and the generation beyond, even till now. Acts 3:10 says, “And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” Peter brought about wonders and amazement by healing the man who was lame from his mother’s

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Maturity for mandate fulfilment (1) womb at the Beautiful gate. However, there are a lot of procedures to follow in order to grow into such level of becoming a wonder and amazement in Christ. That’s what this series would examine. First of all, we must realise that there is always a real image and there is always a shadow. For every real image, there are shadows. You must also know that God has a bigger agenda for you than you think about yourself. God has what it takes to turn you to wonder beyond what you can imagine. At best, Peter wanted to be an expert fisherman (shadow) but Christ changed him to a world shaker and a star all over the world doing God’s work (which is the real image). All earthly and secular ambitions are just shadows and that is what humans always concentrate on. This makes them to shift their attention from the real image which is to become a wonder in your generation for God (Mandate). Peter was running after shadows (fishing) before God turned him to a wonder and object of amazement in Acts 3:10. Peter in John 21 went back to fishing after the death of Christ. That was someone whose mandate was to win souls in their thousands for God. That was someone whose mandate was to perform miracles, signs and wonders to liberate mankind from de-

monic oppressions. Oh! He left those great mandates (real image) and was running after earthly ambitions (shadows). John 21:3 says, “Simon Peter said unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, we also go with thee. They went forth and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.” Peter did not only get distracted by shadows, he also distracted those he was leading. Therefore, one must know that one’s misdeed would not only affect oneself but also capable of distracting and misleading the led. Despite Peter’s physical adulthood in age at that time, Christ called him together with the other disciples, “Children.” He saw that they were not matured enough to know what to run after at that point in time. He knew they were not matured enough to recognise the real image (mandate) rather their immaturity had pushed them into running after shadows. See that in John 21:5: “then Jesus saith unto them, children have ye any meat? They answered him No.” I am not saying that you should not in any way have secular job or have secular possessions. Rather, the message is that they must not be your priority. Pursuing them and concentrating on them is like wanting to catch a shadow. Of course, that is not possible; the only thing you can catch

is the real image. Running after earthly ambitions would at best bring about vacuum of unfulfilled mandate in your life. We all know that those who run after earthly ambition, even politicians eventually run after those that have spiritual power (mandate) in order to be blessed, relevant and protected. So, why are you running after shadows as if it’s the real image? Peter after he grew to maturity, become a wonder to himself and even to the world at large through Christ (Acts 3:12) and he himself didn’t know how it happened. Oh! You might have been rising and falling before. You might have been running after shadows before. You are liberated today in Jesus name. Receive the courage and strength to run after the real image today in Jesus name. Next Sunday is another day. Then, we would examine the differences between children (immature) and adults (matured) and the relationship of such to the pursuit of mandate.

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he Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines effective as “producing the result that is wanted or intended while ‘communication is defined as “the activity or process of expressing ideals and feeling or of giving people information”. To be effective means to be fruitful, profitable, result oriented, etc.

One of the very things that are expected of a leader (father) is to be an effective communicator. What is the power of effective communication? It is the act or process through which a leader is expected to communicate to their followers in order to be fruitful, profitable and result oriented as per the vision and day-to-day activity of a particular ministry. The Bible is the perfect example of an effective communication. Why? It contains the history (revelation) of all that had ever happened before the foundation of the earth; how the world was created by the power of the spoken word; all that will ever happen when “His coming” would be drawing nearer and all that would ever happen to all the souls created: both the sinners and the saints. Let’s consider the Scriptures below: What God did before the foundation: “In the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world” - Rev: 13:8. How the world was created: Read Col: 15 – 18, and Gen. 1:1-31. Signs of Christ’s coming: Read Matt 24:3-14 and 2Tim 3:1-7. Effective Communication in action: John the Baptist John the Baptist was one of such great leaders who understood the power of effective communication. All the teaching and the preaching of John the Baptist from the book

of Matt 3:1-10 was just to create an awareness (carry them along or communicate) to them about someone who is greater and mightier than himself . All the people, individuals, followers, or groups that had ever listened to John the Baptist were more conscious and eager to see the personality that can ever be greater than John the Baptist, whom they knew and saw in action. Lets us see the way John the Baptist prepared the heart of his people then in order not to get distracted and confused by the time Jesus Christ would come on board or to the scene. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoe I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” - Mat 3:11-12. By the period Jesus Christ would arrive at the scene, there was no question in the heart of the people then. Why? Simply because they were well fed (the feedback of the leader, father, mentor or general overseer in the house was very strong). I mean there was no lack of communication gap between the leader and his followers. Effective Communication in action: Jesus Christ Our God is not an author of confusion. Right from the foundation of the earth, God by his spirit has been making mention of His dear son, Jesus Christ. God used both Old Testament and the New Testament prophets to give prophecies about the conception, birth, crucifixion and the resurrection of His only begotten son, Jesus Christ. So there is no need for confusion about the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ; those who were confused about the ministry of Christ were confused not because of anything such as they were not well fed, carried along or as a result of communication gap. Let us consider one of such prophecies “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of h is roots: And the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might,

the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the love - Isaiah 11:1-2. Effective Communication in action: God by His Spirit to some of His Servants Joshua: Immediately after the death of God’s servant Moses, God called unto his servant Joshua, downloading or communicating to him as per how to fulfill purpose and destiny. God was re-assuring that more than the way he was with his mentor (Moses) that he will also be with him. In God’s final speech, God was telling Joshua the very best way to fulfill his mandate. “Be strong and be of good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous: that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withers ever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success”-Joshua 1:6-9. The summary of the information God gave Joshua, His servant, can be seen in this light: 1. God was re-assuring Joshua or confirming His presence to Joshua and the children of Israel. 2. God was telling Joshua to be strong and courageous, why? Because to be strong and courageous is not the absence of fear. This simply means sometimes if not most of the times, you will see something that will make you to be afraid. And although you are afraid, you must not show it to your followers i.e. the people you are leading. Jeremiah: Another person God communicated with (carried along) was Jeremiah, God’s servant in the manner of Joshua and other personalities called or used. The summary of the information or essence of God’s communicating with Jeremiah could be seen in the following ways: 1. God confirmed his calling and

anointing upon Jeremiah 2. God ignited the spirit of boldness and cast the spirit of fear out of Jeremiah 3. God anointed Jeremiah for future challenges 4. God gave Jeremiah specific directions on how He wanted him to operate. (Redefinition of vision or assignment) Example of ineffective or absence of Communication Can there be smoke without fire? There is a saying that there is no smoke without fire. In other words, there are elements of truth in every rumour. I would rather say – find out the real truth behind every rumour. Was there any truth in any of these terrible accusations? The answer is yes. Then what was the truth? The truth is that member(s) or follower(s) are not carried along. There was lack of communication or ineffective communication. It is normal experience in ministry to hear numerous accusations, rumours and forged stories about every man of God. I remember one of my pastors who was committing many sins or making costly mistakes that he had to be corrected and even suspended. Note that in order to preserve the said pastor’s ministry, I kept the details from the congregation who consequently thought his suspension was a vacation. However, when the rebellious pastor eventually defected from the ministry, he went around spreading all sorts of stories about me. You see, he had justified his unexpected defection. But nobody knew that this pastor was undergoing discipline because of his multiple wrong doings. And when all sorts of questions arose concerning his character, I had a hard time explaining to people. Ironically, my church members, most especially the leaders, were now questioning my integrity. •I know this teaching has blessed and imparted you. Please, write and share your testimony with me through: Covenant and Fulfillment Ministries 10, Onuwusasoigwe Close, Hostel Bus Stop, Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos. Email: omogbehin31@yahoo.com or Call: 08034980921, 08054120540


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have a message for someone reading right now; take up the story of the Israelites who had a hunger situation during the time of Prophet Elisha. God used lepers to scare the enemy away leaving behind food, wealth and riches through which God turned the situation of Israel overnight. If you can believe and say amen, God will use seemingly negative situations to give you an embarrassing surprise before 2014 is over in the name of Jesus.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:17; that “the gospel we preach is not in the wisdom of men” but according to Romans 1:16; “it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes”. I have not come this day to dazzle you with multiple words or give you motivational thoughts on wealth; I have come with a message for you – no matter what you have seen so far in 2014, God is turning your situation around in Jesus name. The cattle upon a thousand hills belong to Him; He is the maker of the heavens and the earth. He has the ability to make a river in the desert. God fed the entire Israelites in the wilderness and kept

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he faith that moves God! God’s blessings came upon Phinehas and generations after him because he was zealous for God and made atonement for the children of Israel. Psalm 106 is mentioned in this story. Let us go to Psalm 106. It was mentioned years after Phinehas. In Psalm106, the Psalmist was making reference to it when he was giving a narration of what happened in the wilderness. When he came to verse 28-31, he said, “They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plaque brake upon them. Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plaque was stayed. And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.”

What Phinehas did was counted to him for righteousness. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Hallelujah. Yes, the faith that moves God, that is one of it. That you can stand up and fight evil; check it wherever it is but it must be something that God will justify you. And when I say fight evil, there is the right and wrong way to fight evil. But if you must fight evil, do it like Phinehas because God was pleased with his action and it brought peace to Israel. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. Blessed be the name of the Lord. I am talking about the faith that moves God. Another kind of faith that moves God is when something bad or evil happens to you and when you are supposed to cry, weep and grumble, you begin to praise God. That kind of faith moves God. A ready example is that of Jehoshaphat. We know his story. His story

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Fundamentals of wealth them. He watches over the birds of the air and ensures that they do not starve how much more YOU, His child, the apple of His eyes. I pray for you this day, you are entering a level of embarrassing wealth in Jesus name. Remember like we said some time ago, wealth is not limited to money; it transcends it into having an abundance in all things, abundance in sound health, sound mind, sound intellectual capacity. So as I pray for you, God will embarrass you with wealth in all areas of your life in Jesus name. I don’t know if you have expected some levels of wealth in the year 2014; God made you some promises and it seems as if the time is running out and you are yet to see them. I have good news for you, God is never late. His timetable is perfect. He made time and seasons, so He shows up in His own time and His own time will favour you in the name of Jesus. Taking a break from the fundamentals of wealth, let me give you an assignment being laid on my heart for someone this week; thanksgiving is a multiplier, a perfecter and it brings speed to your endeavours. Write it down; everything you can remember God has done for you so far in 2014; you know you did not wake yourself up, you know God paid the school fees for your children (He will complete it). You left for work every morning and He brought you back. He gave you a new job and gave you a sound mind to work. He provided

for your covering, fed you and gave you shelter. He gave you a place you can call home among His children and fed you with His word…. Write them down and every night for seven (7) days continue to table them before Him and thank Him profusely for these things He has done and my God who is never too late will show up for you before the next publication in the name of Jesus. Why am I so confident? God shows up whenever we have an encounter with His word and He exalts His words above His name. What scripture excites me; the Bible says in Psalm 65:11, “He crowneth the year with His goodness and His path drops fatness”. God cannot lie. It is impossible for Him to deny His words and if He says it, He will surely do it. Therefore, I pray for you, God will crown this year with goodness for you in the name of Jesus. If you can receive it, the Psalmist says in Psalm 23:5 that “He anointeth my head with oil and my cup runneth over”. Your cup of blessings and wealth will run over starting from today in the name of Jesus. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:18; “thou shall remember the Lord thy God because it is He who giveth thee power to get wealth…” The completion of that passage makes me to understand that the wealth God has promised me is not a function of my righteousness but a function of the covenant He has

The faith that moves God (3) can be likened to people who receive quit notice from their landlords especially in Lagos. Immediately a quit notice is given to you, the next thing is to begin to lament. Some landlords are really terrible. In Lagos, some of them can go to the extent of bringing area boys or use ‘juju’ to scare their tenants. It was the same way Jehoshaphat was scared. But after he went praying, he received, ‘Thus saith the Lord’. That story is in 2 Chronicles 20 where the Bible says the battle ‘battle belongs to the Lord’. Every battle a Christian faces is not your battle. When you meet people that have received revleation, they even release songs to back it up, ‘Leave it there, leave it there, take your burdens to the Lord, leave it there, if you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out, take your burdens to the Lord, leave it there’. Some of us take our battle to the Lord and still take it back. Jehoshaphat made that statement in verse 20, where he said, “Believe the Lord your God, so shall you be established, believe His prophets and so shall you prosper.” The prophet has spoken, we believe it. It is ‘Thus saith the Lord’. But how will it happen that all those enemies that have surrounded him; mightier nations than he could face, stronger in battle than Israel; how the Lord will fight the battle was not his business. And he knew he was not more skilled in battle than the Lord. He did not start telling the Lord how He should fight the battle as many of us would pray and do. ‘Father, bend his neck’ and all those type of prayers. ‘Father, let him have stroke’. God knows how to fight the battle. Don’t tell Him how to fight the battle. Commit the problem to Him and leave it there. Report the matter to Him. ‘Lord, you

know I have not done my mother in-law any evil. She comes to my house and I cook the best meals for her. The other time, I bought a wrapper for her but for no reason at all, she has continued to hate me. Father, I commit this battle into your hands, fight for me’. Instead of this, many of us tell God how to fight it. ‘Father, this woman will know I am a daughter of God, I decree that she will not enter this house again’. She will come and she will enter because your husband is her son. Sometimes, some women will even pray for their mother in-law to die. Who told you when she dies, that problem will be over? The Bible says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood.” The spirit that makes your mother in-law hate you will jump to another relation of the man and it will be worse because they will go to their oracle and the oracle will confirm that you killed her. And this is true. You killed her because you prayed the prayer that killed her. You may not even know this and you will say you can swear that you didn’t kill her. You did because you prayed for her to die and her death has created more problems for you. But when God fights your battle, He will not leave any problem for you. Learn to commit the problems and the battles into God’s hands instead of giving Him battle tactics. He is the mighty man in battle. The Bible says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood “and therefore it says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Blessed be the name of the Lord. God can ask you what you want Him to do for you. You can then think of what you want Him to do. And as a true Christian, if I am the one and my mother in-law hates me and the angel of the Lord comes to tell me he wants to

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made with my father Abraham. Therefore, I am wealthy. I pray for you today, begin to reap the dividends of that covenant in the name of Jesus. The power to get wealth or make wealth is given by God through ideas, inspiration, and different levels of creativity. Enter that realm in the name of Jesus. However if you are not born again, you cannot access the level of wealth we speak of. 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 total wealth in Christ. Please locate a Bible believing church and share you new-birth experience with the church leaders. •For further prayer & counselling, pleases contact: Pastor Femi Lanre-Oke, Jesus Praise Evangelical Ministries International, Ibadan, Oyo State. +2348030752799, +2348053695097; Email: femi_lanre01@yahoo.co.uk

fight my battle and what I want Him to do, the answer I will give is for the angel to go and make my mother in-law to love. That will be my answer. ‘Father, go and make my mother in-aw to love me’. If your mother inlaw loves you, the whole matter is settled. And that is the bigger battle to fight; to turn her heart around. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. When you cry, praise Him. When Jehoshaphat heard what was to befall Israel, what did he do? He organised a special song service. He put singers to go in front when he was going for the battle. They began to praise God. Instead of crying, he praised God and the praises moved God. The enemy began to fight each other. The power of praise! This moved God. God will say, ‘Instead of this girl to cry that her boyfriend has disappointed her, the man she has hoped on has messed her up; when she should have been saying ‘all hope is lost, what will my friends say’? When she should break down, she is saying like Job, ‘The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh, blessed be the name of the Lord. You know that was what Job did. Some people do not know. Open your Bible to Job chapter 1 verse 6. After Satan had that discussion with God, “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was perfect and upright and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Why that aspect of Job’s uprightness was stressed here is to show that Job was not guilty of anything. Job’s testimony before God was that there was no human being like him on earth. How many of us can God speak of like that? How many? That you are sure God can say, ‘This is my son, search him, there is nobody like him on earth, that hates evil, lives the life of righteousness and everything he does, is pleasing before me’. How many? •Pastor Moses Alu; The Bride Assembly, Odofin Park Estate, OshodiApapa Expressway, Ijesha Bus stop 08033524903 : Email: pastormosesalu@yahoo.com


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How to defeat Satanic prophets (1) ‘‘Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD GOD had made. And he said to the woman, ‘‘has God indeed said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden’’ Gen 3:1.

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he Deliverance Ministry is that aspect of Jesus Ministry designed to confront the works of Satan directly and bring liberty to God’s people. When we are talking Deliverance, we are talking about the anointing to put the devil where it belongs and ensuring that he has no place in the lives of God’s people. Whether we are talking about Old Testament or New Testament, even through different levels, satanic activities are real. Here we see Satan using a beast of the field i.e. domestic cattle to speak to the first family. Whether we like it or not, Satan is looking for a mouthpiece and he will not relent until he gets one. May you not be that one. Amen. ‘‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil…….The tempter came to him and said, ‘‘If you are the son of God, tell these stones to become bread’’-Matt 4:1-3. In Genesis, we see how Satan came to the first representative of the human race; Adam and Eve. His aim was to speak to them. Now in Matthews’s gospel, a type of Genesis for the New Testament, Satan came to Jesus, the last representative of the human race. What was his aim? To speak. Right from creation and the release of the image of God in the likeness of God called man, Satan longs and desire to be a ‘‘Prophet’’ of some sort to humanity. My assignment today is to deliver the keys into that will deliver dominion into your life and also deliver you completely from the snares and bondage of Satanic Prophets; prophets who speak for Satan. Hear what Satan said when they ask him what his job is. ‘’ Am moving up and down the earth looking for whom I may devour’’. He himself knows that there is no guaranty for his work, so he said “may’’. He is not sure. Satan can only devour those he can talk to. Whom you talk to, you have given power to and who talks to your life is your prophet. I want us to learn this wisdom that I want to share with us so that we do not become victims of satanic prophets. In other words, we need this wisdom so that Satan does not control or take over our lives through people who speak for him. The beast in the garden became the first satanic prophet for man.

He spoke to them and they fell from their exalted position. This beast of the field was under the commission of Satan. My assignment is to show you why the beast succeeded in his prophesy against Adam and Eve. The beast succeeded because they were in disobedience to the principles and the wisdom of faith. Satan himself came to Jesus for the same reason but he failed. He failed because Jesus was in obedience to principles and wisdom of faith. I believe that our obedience to the principle that is revealed in the victory of Jesus over Satan is the key to developing our faith and receiving deliverance from satanic prophets that are scattered all over the place. To grow in faith, you must defeat satanic prophets. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Since faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God, Satan has anointed some people in the world to speak for him and many of these people are on the pulpits. If you do not defeat them, you will hear them, and if you hear them, you will be whatever they want you to be, and your faith is annihilated. If you don’t want Satanic prophets to defeat you, raise you into one of Satan’s disciples and then destroy you, you must know what Jesus knew and operate as Jesus. I believe that the way Jesus handled Satan in his temptation and dispatched him hold the key to victorious life. Principle One God is not moved by your needs, he is moved by your seeds. Satan is motivated by your needs and he want to annihilate your seeds. To defeat satanic prophets, you must kill anything in your life that wants you to be controlled by your needs. Fear is not the number one enemy of your faith; rather, it is your need. Fear and anxiety are activated when you surrender your minds to be controlled by your needs. Satan’s power is activated when your needs controls you. There is nothing that Satan cannot do with a man that is driven and controlled by needs: what to eat, what to wear, where to live, etc. This is the main crux of the matter. When Satan sent the beast of the field to Adam and Eve, the main issue was built on what they considered to be a need; Satan first made them to see the forbidden fruit as their dire need. When Satan came to Jesus, the first thing he said was about his need of the very hour. Had Jesus allowed his needs to control him like Adam and Eve, he would have yielded and fail the entire human race. Witness Kiishi Adejuwon teaches at Wisdom Restoration Ministry at 31,Ijoko Road, Yomdok, Akute Ogun State.

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he President, The Way of Reconciliation Evangelistic Ministries (TWOREM) Int’l, a.k.a. Prophetic & Solution Chapel, Lagos, Prophet Oladipupo Funmilade-Joel, popularly called Baba Sekunderin, has described the insecurity and insurgency in the country as worrisome, just as he condemned the recent abduction of over 200 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

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made the statement in a statement, supported the move of Federal Government to seek the assistance of Western nations including the United States os America, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Israel and others who have successfully tackled terrorism in the past, to assist the country with their expertise. According to the cleric, insecurity and insurgency challenges are hydraheaded monsters and are diversionary and uncalled for, thus, he urged Nigerians irrespective of their religious, political or tribal affiliations to be patriotic and put the well-being and peaceful existence of the

country above every other consideration. He also noted that kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency, child and other forms of Human Trafficking, child theft, baby factories are strange to our way of life, hence, “Nigerians need to close ranks and ensure that these nasty and crazy developments are tackled headlong and brought to an end”. Prophet Funmilade-Joel further urged national and religious leaders and the governments in the six zones of the country especially the North-East zone to meet and find solutions to any manner of unhealthy situations

which borders on insecurity or insurgency in their various zones. He also maintained that all Nigerians need to pray fervently to God that He might touch the hearts of the perpetrators of the heinous crime. The cleric who pleaded with citizens to be tolerant of each another also admonished them not to engage in do-or-die politics as is obtainable these days. While assuring Nigerians that the country will not witness any form of disintegration, he urged that they work in unity so as to continue to build a better and greater nation.

L-R: President, Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Adebayo Akande; Mama of the Province, Mrs Bassey Akande, and Archbishop of the Province of Lagos/Bishop of Lagos, The Most Revd Ephraim Adebola Ademowo, at the second PHOTO:ADEMOLA AKINLABI session of the third Synod of Diocese of Lagos Mainland, over the weekend.

Children’s Day: Church reaches out to young people through dance EMMANUEL EGHAGHE

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n its effort to relate better with its immediate environment, the Christian Community Church International (CCCI) is to adopt the winning school of its maiden children’s day gospel dance competition.

The competition which is set to hold on Children’s day at the church auditorium, will play host to students from different secondary schools in Surulere-Lagos area, who have already shown interest in participating in the dance competition. According to the Presiding Pastor, Ayo Abisagbo, the church decided to embark on the gospel dance competition, “to create a forum where talents can be identified amongst children in our community, and helping them to utilize their God-given talents in such a way that will glorify God.” “Help the young people to channel their energies into activities that will develop them mentally, spiritually and socially. This will ultimately create a community of vibrant and productive youths devoid of crime and other social vices.” “We want to celebrate Children’s day in such a way that will not only impact our children but other children in our communi-

ty,” Abisagbo added. Pastor Abisagbo added that discovery of talents is not enough, but to ensure that young people know that their talents can be used to glorify God and let them be aware that there is a church in the community that cares for their well being. Students and teachers of the invited schools who have shown much enthusiasm for the programme are encouraged to come with open mind and put their best foot forward, as prizes range from cash prizes to

the church adopting the winning school for a year. “We intend to partner with the winning school for a year in the execution of projects, mentoring and provide spiritual guidance.” Abisagbo said. The church also intends to take advantage of the Children’s day programme “to lend our voice to call for the immediate release of the abducted girls in Chibok. We plan to gather and pray with about

150 children that would be present and we believe since theirs is the kingdom of God, their voices will come out louder than a thousand adults.” CCCI, also called His Divine Presence Ministries, has branches in both Ireland and Nigeria. Its Nigerian arm is located in Surulere, which is why the schools participating in the dance competition are from the environs of the church.

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rchbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, Plateau State, has lamented the twin bomb blasts that rocked city Tuesday, saying the incident has punctured the relative peace in the state capital. “Just two weeks ago, the Catholic Church launched its cathedral, and Muslim leaders were not only there, but actually made donations,” Archbishop Kaigama, adding “because of the solidarity

and the oneness that characterized the event, we concluded that peace had finally returned to Jos. So this news is very disturbing, very retrogressive and quite sad.” The prelate, who also serves as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, said “we are all worried, but dialogue continues, and we are in touch with Muslim leaders … We should not be intimidated, and we must continue our dialogue of peace.”

Archbishop Kaigama said the international community should act to restore order in Nigeria, since the Federal Government has not been able to stop raids by the Boko Haram sect. “While we appreciated what has been done recently, with so many coming together in solidarity with us….what we need to do is work together to find solutions,” he said, suggesting that moves to stop arms traffic would be a step in the right direction.


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EPZ: Navy, Interface Committee signs peace pact THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN WARRI

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he Nigerian Navy and a newly inaugurated interface committee have pledged to maintain the peace in the proposed Ugborodo Export Processing Zone, EPZ, in Warri South West Local Government area of Delta State. This is coming ahead of a ground-breaking ceremony by President Goodluck Jonathan. The agreement was reached yesterday when Barrister Austine Oboruegbeyi led Ugborodo EPZ Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the first time met with security agencies at the Nigerian Naval Ship, NNS Delta, Warri Naval Base to ensure that the peace accord was not maim by any group of persons. Speaking at the meeting, the Commander, NNS Delta, Captain Musa Gemu, charged members of the committee to facilitate the peace that would enable the successful takeoff of the EPZ in Ogidigben-Ugborodo. Captain Gemu urged members of the Committee to initiate a move that would encourage all those who fled the community during the period of the crisis to return home, as a parameter for achieving genuine and endurable peace in the area. He said: “This meeting is a follow-up to the inauguration of the Udgorodo Peace Committee by His Excellency, the Governor of Delta State. You are all aware of the peace initiative which you are part and parcel. Without peace in your community, development cannot take place. Therefore, it is a follow up of some of the agreements of which you have to make compromise between the two factions. And some of those decisions that came up was as a result of the two factions.” Chairman of the Ugborodo/Ogidigben EPZ Peace Committee, Barr. Austin Oboroegbeyi

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NAICOM tasks govts on flooding, terrorism insurance T

he National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) yesterday urged the three tiers of government to consider insurance cover for citizens against natural disasters and terrorism. A NAICOM Official, Dr Sam Onyeka, made the call in a paper entitled: “Insurance Regulations as Catalysts for Market Development: Lessons for Media”. Onyeka presented the paper at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during the 2014 NAICOM Seminar for Insurance Correspondents. According to him, risks from natural disasters such

as flooding and activities of terrorists, among others, are considered high level risks not covered by insurance. He said that insurance companies did not have the capacity to cover those risks, urging that governments should make provisions for them. “Most people affected in situations of natural disasters such as flooding and terrorism attacks are the vulnerable in the society. “To ensure that money is pooled together for such, the federal, state and local governments should make provisions to

pay insurance premium to cover them. “This way, insurance companies will take responsibility of ensuring that victims of such disasters are properly provided for,” he said. Onyeka explained that providing insurance premium for such would relieve governments of the burden of making emergency provisions from scarce resources anytime natural disasters would occur. Mr Babajide Oniwinde, also a NAICOM official, called for massive awareness about insurance to en-

sure that members of the public would understand why they should buy insurance cover. In a paper entitled: “Financial Literacy and Insurance Education: Issues and Challenges - Role of the Media,” Oniwinde said that journalists had a lot of work to do in this regard. He said that the commission had focused attention on creating such awareness through its school outreach, mass sensitisation, public enlightenment and by supporting training for teachers and journalists.

L-R: Executive Director, British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Foundation, Mrs. ‘Dayo George; Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Bimbo Ashiru and Head, Litigation and Intellectual Property, British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited, Mrs. Odiri Erewa-Megisson, during the flag-off of the 2nd edition of the Ogun State Investors’ Forum in Abeokuta recently.

Oil spill: Shell seeks stakeholders’ collaboration DENNIS NAKU

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Oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has called on stakeholders in the oil industry to work together to combat oil spill. Managing Director and Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, stated this at the Niger Delta Environmental and Reputation Management Stakeholders’ Workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the weekend. Sunmonu decried the

continued incidents of oil spills and repeat spills at sites that had already been remediated or in the process of remediation. He reiterated the company’s commitment to improving its environment practices during its operations. He further said that it was necessary for stakeholders to collaborate with Shell in the drive towards achieving a healthy environment in a sustainable way. He expressed the need for the reputation of the Niger Delta to improve in order to attract more public and private investment.

He said that investors must view the region as a suitable and enabling environment for business to thrive. According to the SPDC Managing Director, “The environmental state of many parts of Niger Delta makes me very sad on a very personal level. This is an area where I have spent a great deal of my career. “So, the incidents of oil spill and repeat oil spills at sites that have been remediated or in the process of remediation really sadden men. “There is urgent need for stakeholders to work together in our various areas

to do all we can to resolve this issue.” He further said that the company’s Nigeria Content Development Programme was also evidence that it was committed to the development of the oil and gas rich region. Also speaking, the National Coordinator of National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spill in the Niger Delta, NACGON, Reverend Father Edward Obi, expressed the need for oil and gas companies to abide by the ethics that govern the morality of their workplace.

‘How IFAD improved security, well-being in Zamfara’ IBRAHIM KANOMA GUSAU

The Zamfara State Coordinator of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Alhaji Mainasara Shehu Bakura, at the weekend said that the state government through the help of the IFAD has improved the security and well-being of people in the rural areas of the state. According to him, the people were supported with improved seeds that will increase their productivity so that they can be able to eat and feed themselves for food security and also sell the surplus so that they can send their children to school and take care of their health. “The state government is able to provide a lot of irrigation water so that farmers will be able to farm during the wet and dry season. This will improve their income and reduce poverty,” Bakura said, while speaking with our correspondent. In terms of funding IFAD, the state coordinator explained that the Zamfara State Government helped in funding of the programme. “IFAD programme is not like government work because government work is service that you render but the IFAD programme is a time-bound one. Every quarter, a report has to be provided, so there is a timeline and time-plan for the programme.” He explained that the release of funds from the state government is very commendable. He further said that this funding had helped the IFAD chapter of Zamfara State to score a high percentage as the second state in the whole federation where the IFAD programme has recorded huge success. “The farmers were given seeds, fertilizer, pesticide, insecticide and also proper guidance on how to properly go on modern farming. The result of all these is that there has been a large increase their production.


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lobally but more particularly in Nigeria, the roles of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in development through productive contributions to national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have been largely identified as special in nature, that only nations that want to lose out in the drive for leadership position in the global economic order will underestimate such in their fiscal and monetary policies and programmes. In Nigeria, the SMEs which constitute the largest group of the informal sector, have been acknowledged as crucial to past and current initiatives aimed at achieving inclusive growth and mitigating the effects of poverty on millions of the vulnerable and socially deprived people over the past years. Doubtlessly, policies had been adopted at public sector over the years to achieve this goal but poor implementation of such policies had left most of the SMEs uncared for, leaving them in the throes of capacity under-utilisation and inability of the small entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and reap any returns on their financial and labour investments. It is therefore against this background that the 20th Conference on Small, Medium Scale Enterprises, the second to be hosted in Nigeria, is seen by real sector analysts as not only timely but desirable for repositioning the largely under-productive sub sector on the path of sustainable growth. Organised by the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME), the Conference which held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, attracted captains of industries and entrepreneurs including, the President of WASME, Alhaji Babale Girei, and the United Nations Aids Ambassador and Chairman/Co-Founder of Africa Rising Foundation, Mr. Ndaba Mandela, and the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Arunma Oteh, amongst other world business and investment leaders. The WASME, which has been championing the cause of SMEs development globally since its inception in 1980, enjoys consultative/ observer status with agencies in the UN system such as ECOSOC, UNCTAD, WIPO, UNIDO, UNICITRAL, UNESCAP, ITC and ILO. It also cooperates actively with several intergovernmental and international organisations such as WCO, OECD, ICSB, APCTT, etc. Its Mission Statement calls for WASME to be a strategic resource centre for SMEs, to

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foster In her contributions at the conference, the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms Arunma Oteh, who also played significant roles at the conference, lamented the endemic nature of poverty and unemployment in Niger Delta and the country, dwelling on SMEs’ potentials to curb the high poverty and unemployment challenges. She noted that SMEs remained critical importance to the growth and development of a nation especially countries with significant employment and income distribution challenges given their productive impact on GDP growth and catalytic implications for inclusive growth in global economies. For instance, Oteh disclosed that SMEs accounted for over 95 per cent of the business population, constitute between 60 to 70 per cent of employment and contribute between 60 to 50 per cent to GDP. Noting that governments globally are increasingly recognising the roles of SMEs as drivers of entrepreneurship, growth and job creation, the SEC boss explained that such realisation informed the Federal Government to establish the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in 2003 to promote the development of micro, small and medium enterprises in the economy Oteh, who identified some challenges of SMEs in the country which includes lack of robust business incubation systems, urged states across the country to move from SME-support to effective business incubation system, which speeds up the process of starting and growing companies and provides entrepreneurs with expertise networks and tools needed to make their ventures successful. She cited the examples of Israel, United States of America, and Brazil, where SMEs represent 98 per cent of existing companies, as countries where incubation programmes and the ecosystem they engender have helped to diversify economies, commercialise technologies, create jobs and build wealth. The SEC boss said: “One of the earliest incubation centres to benefit from such support is located around the South Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, the area we today refer to as Silicon Valley. “Silicon Valley today remains an enduring ecosystem for the development of SMEs into large and successful companies comprising 33 universities and colleges, three government agencies and hundreds of venture capital funds all working in synergy to support

start-ups”, she said. On the roles of the capital market in SMEs development, the investment expert said the SEC was conscious of the importance of SMEs, hence the ongoing efforts of the Commission to do all it could do to build a worldclass market that supports, nurtures and enables them to continue growing. Oteh, who commended the Bayelsa State Government for far-reaching initiatives it was undertaking to create enabling environment for SMEs to thrive and contribute to the poverty-alleviation agenda, pointed that the efforts by Governor Seriake Dickson, to make entrepreneurship, small and medium scale enterprise a key pillar for his restoration programme were desirable for the state’s inclusive socio-economic growth. “We believe that with the way that the Governor is tackling this initiative, Bayelsa State has the ecosystem to become Nigeria’s Silicon Valley, to become Africa’s Dubai given what we have seen today. We feel that this should be emulated across the nation and it is quite similar to what President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is doing at the Federal level”, she added. At the conference which attracted participants from various states and countries, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, spoke on sundry programmes initiated by the Federal Government to boost SMEs capacity and assured the commitment of government to constantly broaden the scope of such interventions through appropriate fiscal and other policies. The Minister, who was represented by the DirectorGeneral of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Masari, explained that SMEs had created 32.4 million jobs for Nigerians and stressed the need for all stakeholders to tackle the problems facing the sector. Speaking at the Conference, the United Nations Aids Ambassador and Chairman/Co-Founder of Africa Rising Foundation, Mr. Ndaba Mandela, said Africa Rising was an organization dedicated to creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive in the continent. According to him, SME is the centre of any economy and the foundation is established to ensure, that young people have access to technology and information to empower themselves and take full advantage of the opportunities that exist. “Where opportunities do not exist, the foundation creates them. Africa is rising, has helped to groom young minds, so that their dreams will soar beyond reality and Africa can prosper.” On the sidelines on the conference, SEC organized a clinic where investors had the opportunity to walk in and had their investment issues resolved. The World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises’ (WASME) annual International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprise development (ICSME) is a prestigious annual event, which brings together under one roof business support organisations, policy makers, banks and financial institutions, international experts, academics, entrepreneurs, UN and other international and multi-national aid agencies involved in small business development. Governor Seriake Dickson, who hosted the delegates at the Conference, identified lack of access to finance and skills as major challenges militating against the growth of small businesses in the state, even as he indicated the government’s desire to inject N20b into SME development. He also talked about the readiness of Bayelsa State to partner with the private sector and providing specialists that would train the indigenes on entrepreneurship with a view to developing their skills and enhancing their capacity to contribute more to the state’s GDP size.


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orty-two days ago today, Islamists as of goons from the Boko Haram militia invaded a female secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, and abducted over 200 students in one fell swoop. The act, perpetrated in daylight still ricochets, raising many questions that beg for answers. Yes, the mass seizure was made easy under the couch of a tale that the insurgents were clad in military uniform and thus successfully lied that they came to save the hapless students from an impending attack of Boko Haram. Of course, the school’s teachers would have even helped, harrying the laybacks among the students into the waiting lorries of their pretended messiahs.

The scales fell off the padded eyes of the Chibokians when after having herded the terrified students into the lorries, the so-called Nigerian soldiers set the school buildings ablaze. This reality spurred some of the students into a mortally risky escape attempt as they jumped out of the lorries, some while the vehicles were in motion. But that the ‘to and fro mission’ of the insurgents was successfully carried out without any challenge in a zone under a state of emergency drives home the conviction that in Nigeria, a virgin can be found among nursing mothers. In the first place, the Sambisa Forest from where the insurgents peregrinated is largely located in the supposedly militarised north-eastern zone. The area, accord-

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Chibok: Now, reality dawns on Nigeria ing to accounts, covers an approximate 60, 000 square kilometers in the North-East and traverses states such as Borno, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi, leaving out a corridor along Darazo in Jigawa and slightly extending to some parts of Kano State in the North-West. With such location’s encapsulation, it would simply be delirious of anyone to believe that the heavily armed attackers would have successfully embarked on this mass kidnapping without being confronted by soldiers who of course recognise true troops of their ilk, as they would a Naira note. Again, let’s assume that the Boko Haram militia brilliantly cloned all the attributes of the Nigerian soldiers and were able to make good their escape, what about the students themselves? If in their journey to the land of the unknown, they ever came across a military check-point, would they not have yelled and called for help? Two possible things would have happened under a critical appraisal of this human-heist. One, it was possible that the emergency rule as widely publicised was merely a make-believe, the type often designed in Nigeria to tickle the imagination of the blinded masses that assume that they see. In that style, those given to destabilising tantrums, that Boko Haram has savagely decimated the northern population, would have cause to relax and be obsessed with something else. Again, could it have been possible that there were commissioned Judases within the country’s military that divulge sensitive information as regards troops’ itineraries to the enemies? Yet in the hue of this ‘Judasic tendency’, is it plausible to assume that the foot-soldiers’ meal had been diluted with opium by some evil doers, so that while the Boko Haram fighters galloped to their destination, our soldiers were

snoring away, being unconscious? Assuredly, it is neither here nor there. But what is indubitable is that there are many things wrong in the security parlance that have to be put right. The denouement of the Boko Haram terror so far has regrettably resonated in the Yoruba native wisecrack that says, ‘the wind has blown, showing the whole community the feather-draped cloaca of the chicken.’ It becomes even more distressing that from the United States of America (USA), a country which had once described Nigeria as crucial to the peace of Africa, came denigrating and sometime comically degrading comments, with the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls as peg. For instance, only recently, the vociferous Republican senator and former presidential candidate in the US, John McCain, came forth as to pillory the administration of President Barrack Obama for not acting fast in coming to save the abducted students but ended up his political upbraid with a big blow on Nigeria’s homely caressed sovereignty. His words: “If I knew where the schoolgirls were, I certainly would send US troops to rescue them, in a New York minute. I would, without (the) permission of the host country. I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan.” As if that was not enough, he went on to remark that “Nigeria has a particularly non-existent government.” Also, the American First Lady, Michelle Obama, who has been restless, galvanising global rallies to condemn the students’ abduction through the mantra, #BringBackOurGirls, recently spat at what she regarded as the non-serious attitude of the Nigerian authorities. She had quaintly re-

marked, “The Nigerian government has been in my view, somewhat derelict in protecting their children.” And looking up the word ‘derelict’ in the dictionary as regards its ascription to a person or an authority, surely shows that our government has lost the respect of America. Besides that, the overall decay of public utilities made so through poor maintenance culture, corruption and dubious procrastination, has wondrously provided abode for evil doers who now have comfortable hiding places. Specifically, what is now reversed as Sambisa Forest used to be known as Sambisa Forest Reserve, a kind of zoo cum tourist retreat that paraded leopards, lions, elephants, hyenas and had huts built for tourists and sundry hedonists. Regrettably, both the federal and some state governments that jointly owned the reserve had long abandoned it, allowing it to fall into a state of disrepair. All the animals have died while its buildings, road networks, water system and power supply have all gone kaput. Today therefore, the wide expanse of the jungle, laced with various booby traps, have become home to the Boko Haram insurgents, whose weaponry is said to be intimidating, having been smuggled in through the Chadian and Nigerien borders, under the sponsorship of God-knows-who. This seemingly accursed attitude of abandoning social infrastructure and companies that fell on evil days is a nationwide plague. A sickening example is the Ibadan, Oyo State evil forest known as Soka. That enclave, reports have it, was once a thriving factory that had many workers. But like other Nigerian private firms, Soka collapsed and ritualists took over its premises. That is the summary of a Nigerian state.

In honour of #Bring Back Our Girls SONALA OLUMHENSE

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nce upon a time, a new country came to be. It was called Internet. It had many states and many peoples and many kinds.

On Internet, you could live in different states. The state of Facebook, for instance. Or Email. Or Twitter. You could even choose to be a citizen of any or all of them at the very same time. You could be in the state of Happiness, or of Unhappiness. On Internet, you could do as you pleased. You could hold many passports and cause one problem to many. Or you could hold one passport, and cause many problems to one person. The country of Internet had an avalanche of opportunities and prospects, and everyone began to acquire real estate. Some people kept their feet on the ground, some chose to travel upside down. The country was free and exciting. The young took their places alongside the older. The sick took their places alongside the healthy. The women shopped alongside the girls; the grandparents photoshopped with the best of the boys. That made for a lot of citizens who were happy and hopeful for the first time in their lives. Happy for hope. Hoping for happiness. One evening, in one state, Wendell Simlin bellied up to the bar.

“Sir, he said to Oga at the top, “Sir!” “Yes, Wendell, what is it?” Oga asked, evidently in high spirits. “May I speak freely sir?” It was very late, but there were still several others at the wellappointed bar. “Yes, speak, Wendell? Are you alright? You do not seem to be drinking anything. This bar is not going to empty itself you know?” Wendell smiled. “Thank you sir. I am just pacing myself.” Oga thought about that. “You are at home, you know,” he replied. “Pace has no meaning when both road and car belong to the driver. This is your home, your road, your car. You don’t need to pace yourself.” “Thank you, sir. I just want to be sure I am always able to give you my best. I am grateful for all you have done for me.” “Don’t worry, we have not even started. What did you want to say?” “Thank you. Sir, have you heard of the country of Internet?” Oga belched into Wendell’s face as he lifted a cup of beverage. “That I have,” he said. “Internet. You know that is why I brought you here. I have been told it is at the edge of the cut.” “Cutting edge, sir!” “What?” “Cutting edge. But it does not matter. I just wanted to let you know that you are sitting on a gold mine!” Oga jumped out of his seat. “Gold mine? Here? Under this chair? In this palace?”

Simlin laughed. “No, not here sir. Internet. An exciting land full of students, housewives, the unemployed, everybody. We can really take advantage of it sir. With one keystroke we can have all of them eating out of your hands!” “Really? How?” And Wendell Wendell talked. Oga at the top listened, nodding. He nodded off. And so it was that Wendell, empowered, travelled widely in Internet to extend extending Oga’s reach and his message, using all kinds of messengers who carried different passports. Oga followed in all the territories, establishing a major outpost in the state of Facebook. There, he spoke every day. He travelled to the state of Unhappiness and showed them his feet, clasped in glittering snakeskin designer shoes. “Remember I once walked barefoot,” he told voters in the city of Poverty, “because we were very poor. Look at me now!” In the villages and towns of Promise-andFail, he told them to fear no more because he had untold riches planned for them. He would give them electricity and jobs. He would build universities and airports and hospitals and roads and farms. Their wives would never walk naked, and their children would never lack honey. Wherever he spoke, the people applauded widely, and Oga would turn around and find Wendell with a knowing wink and a grin. Some of the people were wary, however. They

told Oga they hated the company he represented, but that they would support for him personally. And so it was that Oga received the endorsement of all the states. The state of Facebook. The state of Happiness. The city of Expectation. The towns and hamlets of Doubt. The villages of Disappointment and Poverty. “That caught out edge really worked!” Oga told Wendell. “You were right!” “Thank you, sir. The country of Internet is a marvelous creation. We don’t even have to rely on the press or the Ministry any more. You don’t need the journalists. With Internet, you can say whatever you want whenever you want it, and nobody can tell the difference!” “Yes. It is a canoe we will ride as long as we like and we can fish for as long as we want. And it is your house, Wendell. Eat what you like. Drink what you like. By the way, why are you alone again today? Na only you waka come? Have fun!” And so it was that the exciting canoe ride began. They travelled whenever and wherever they went. Riches. Power. Life was wonderful. The only thing that remained was to prepare for another round. Incredibly, the country of Internet also expanded, but nobody seemed to notice. Citizens of the states of Happiness and Disappointment, like those of Facebook and other places, began to raise their voices in anger. There were riots and mutinies and fights. CONTINUED ON PAGE 54


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Causes and treatment of Typhoid fever

Victims of typhoid fever

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n estimated 16 to 33 million cases of typhoid fever occur annually. According to statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the chlorination of drinking water has led to dramatic decreases in the transmission of the ailment in the U.S. The fever is one of the health issues that have persistently threatened the lives of people in the developing world, especially children and young adults between five and 19 years old. These cases as of 2010 caused about 190,000 deaths up from 137,000 in 1990. Historically, in the pre-antibiotic era, the case fatality rate of typhoid fever was 10 to 20 per cent. Today, with prompt treatment, it is less than one per cent. According to Dr. Francis Ighabor, a medical practitioner with Mount Carmel Medical Centre, Mushin Lagos, typhoid fever also known simply as typhoid is a common worldwide bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the faeces of an infected person, which contain the bacterium Salmonella enterica enterica, serovar Typhi. He said: “Typhoid fever is an ailment caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria which spreads through contaminated food and water or through close contact with someone who is already infected. The disease has received various names, such as gastric fever, abdominal typhus, infantile remittant fever, slow fever, nervous fever and pythogenic fever. The name typhoid means “resembling typhus” and comes from the neuropsychiatric symptoms common to typhoid and typhus. Despite this similarity of their names, typhoid fever and typhus are distinct diseases and are caused by different species of bacteria. The signs and symptoms usually include high fever, headache, abdominal pain, and either constipation or diarrhoea. When treated with antibiotics, most people with typhoid fever feel better within a few days; although a small percentage of them may take longer time to feel better. “Where there are severe complications, the ailment may lead to death. Vaccines against typhoid fever are available, but

they are only partially effective. These vaccines usually are reserved for those who may be exposed to the disease or are travelling to areas where the fever is common. The impact of this disease fell sharply in the developed world with the application of 20th-century sanitation techniques.” The medic said that classically, the course of untreated typhoid fever is divided into four individual stages, each lasting approximately one week, adding that over the course of these stages, the patient becomes exhausted and emaciated. “In the first week, the temperature rises slowly, and fever fluctuations are seen with relative bradycardia sign, malaise, headache, and cough. A bloody nose (epistaxis) is seen in a quarter of cases, and abdominal pain is also possible. There is a decrease in the number of circulating white blood cells (leukopenia) with eosinopenia and relative lymphocytosis; blood cultures are positive for Salmonella typhi test result may read negative in the first week. “In the second week of the infection, the patient lies prostrate with high fever around 40 °C (104 °F) and feels delirious and calm, but at some point becomes agitated. This delirium gives to typhoid the nickname of ‘nervous fever’. Due to abdomen distention, pains are felt in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. Constipation can also occur at this stage. The spleen and liver are enlarged and tender, and there is elevation of liver transaminases. The Widal test is strongly positive, with antiO and antiH antibodies. Blood cultures are sometimes still positive at this stage. “The major symptom of this fever is that it usually rises in the afternoon up to the first and second week. In the third

week of typhoid fever, a number of complications can occur and they include intestinal haemorrhage due to bleeding in congested Peyer’s patches; this can be very serious but is usually not fatal.” According to the expert, when untreated, typhoid fever persists for three weeks to a month. Death occurs in between 10 per cent and 30 per cent of untreated cases. In some communities, however, case-fatality rates may reach as high as 47 per cent. While enumerating the causes and spread of typhoid, Ighabor cautioned that hygiene habits and public sanitation be improved. He added that public education campaigns encouraging people to wash their hands after defecating and before handling food are an important component in controlling spread of the disease. “Sanitation and hygiene are the critical measures that can be taken to prevent typhoid. Typhoid does not affect animals, and therefore, transmission is only from human to human. The ailment can only spread in environments where human faeces or urine are able to come into contact with food or drinking water. Careful food preparation and washing of hands are crucial to prevent typhoid”, he reiterated. Typhoid diagnosis, he said, is made by any blood, bone marrow or stool cultures and with the Widal test (demonstration of salmonella antibodies against antigens Osomatic and H-flagellar). “In epidemics and less wealthy countries, after excluding malaria, dysentery or pneumonia, a therapeutic trial time with chloramphenicol is generally undertaken while awaiting the results of the Widal test and cultures of the blood and stool. This is time-consuming and most times, when a

TYPHOID FEVER ALSO KNOWN SIMPLY AS TYPHOID IS A COMMON WORLDWIDE BACTERIAL DISEASE TRANSMITTED BY THE INGESTION OF FOOD OR WATER CONTAMINATED WITH

THE FAECES OF AN INFECTED PERSON, WHICH

SALMONELLA ENTERICA ENTERICA AND SEROVAR TYPHI CONTAIN THE BACTERIUM

diagnosis is reached, it is too late to start an antibiotic regimen. “Vaccines can also be used for the prevention and currently, there are two vaccines licensed for use for the prevention of typhoid: the live, oral Ty21a vaccine (sold as Vivotif by Crucell Switzerland AG) and the injectable Typhoid polysaccharide vaccine (sold as Typhim Vi by Sanofi Pasteur and Typherix by GlaxoSmithKline). Both are 50 per cent to 80 per cent protective and are recommended for travellers to areas where typhoid is endemic. Boosters are recommended every five years for the oral vaccine and every two years for the injectable form. There exists an older, killed-whole-cell vaccine that is still used in countries where the newer preparations are not available, but this vaccine is no longer recommended for use because it has a higher rate of side effects, mainly pain and inflammation at the site of the injection. “Where resistance is uncommon, the treatment of choice is a fluoroquinolone such as ciprofloxacin. Otherwise, a thirdgeneration cephalosporin such as ceftriaxone or cefotaxime is the first choice. Oral alternative such as Cefixime is also suitable for use as treatment. Typhoid, when properly treated, is not fatal in most cases. Antibiotics, such as ampicillin, chloramphenicol, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, amoxicillin and ciprofloxacin, have been commonly used to treat it. Treatment of the disease with antibiotics reduces the case-fatality rate to approximately one per cent,” he submitted. “Surgery, he stressed, is usually indicated in cases of intestinal perforation, but most surgeons prefer simple closure of the perforation with drainage of the peritoneum. Small-bowel resection is mainly used for patients with multiple perforations. Dr Ighabor explained that if antibiotic treatment failed to eradicate the hepatobiliary carriage, the gallbladder could be reset. “Cholecystectomy is not always successful in eradicating the carrier state because of persisting hepatic infection. Resistance to ampicillin, chloramphenicol, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and streptomycin is now common, and these agents have not been used as first-line treatment for some years now,” he emphasised.


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the poll on June 21. “But in as much as anybody is free to institute legal action in any court of law, our judiciary should allow due process to prevail as some politicians are boasting everywhere that they have the judiciary in their pocket,” he said. Counsel to Fayose and AFCO Deputy Director General, Barr Owoseni Ajayi, said that although the applicants had approached courts that did not have jurisdiction over the matters since it affected the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “we are crying out to ensure that they do not get black market injunction against

us”. “They are jittery and desperate. The matter should be in a competent court of jurisdiction where we will argue the matter in the law court,” he said. But the APC State Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Segun Dipe said that PDP was only jittery in view of the past of Fayose. He said PDP candidate should not be afraid of prosecution if he had nothing to hide. Dipe said: “The act of governance is different from politics. If you don’t want to be prosecuted, don’t commit offences. If Fayose deserves to be prosecuted, he has to. Is it because he is afraid of his past?” The APC spokesman queried: “Are you saying that if a man commits offence that he should not be prosecuted because he is a candidate of a political party?” “Whether we are in election period or not, governance must continue. If anybody has committed any offence, that person must be prosecuted at any time”, Dipe concluded. Opinions however differed on the implication of the legal fireworks instituted against PDP candidate few days before the election. While a school of thought believes it would bring about distraction especially in the camp of the PDP candidate’s supporters who could be affected by rumours and distortion of facts over the litigations, another is of the view that the court cases will popularize Fayose the more and endear him to some people who will feel the former governor is being victimized.

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erence did not go down well with other honorable members and this was one of the reasons for the delay in the election of the new Speaker. The source further explained that Akindele,

being a first-term member of the House may not have the required experience to manage the affairs of the Assembly and this may not give room for understanding and unity among other members. But he noted that against all odds, Akindele may emerge at the end of the day. Speaking on the development, the Majority Speaker of the House, Hon Ifedayo Akinsoyinu said the issue of the Speakership was going to be the decision of both the leadership of the ruling party and the lawmakers who are members of the party. The lawmaker representing Ondo West State Constituency II, while speaking with journalists on the matter said since the House is dominated by members of the ruling LP, the onus lies with the lawmakers to decide who will be elected as the Speaker. He said the party leadership would be involved also in choosing the next speaker. It was gathered that the party leadership has been meeting over the matter in other to make the election mere formalities. The selection would be devoid of any rancor among the concerned honorable members, and will also be in the overall interest of the House and the people of the state in general.

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Soldiers should be motivated to combat insurgents –Aduwo Mr. Olufemi Aduwo is the national coordinator of Rights Monitoring Group (RMG) and Country Director, Centre on Convention for Democratic Integrity (CCDI). In this interview with Ayo Esan, he speaks on insecurity in the country; the ongoing national conference, the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States and INEC preparation for 2015 election. Excerpts: What is your assessment of President Goodluck Jonathan government’s response to the spate of insecurity in the country? First of all we go to the genesis; let’s agree that terrorism and insurgency are the same. Today in Africa, it is not only in Nigeria that the terrorists are involved in kidnapping of children or the young ones. As of today, one mad group in Uganda has kidnapped more than 20,000 so far. So people could have asked a lot of questions as to why the foreign countries are not so much interested to get those people rescued. Why is it that the Chibok kidnapping becomes very hot news across the globe? As for our government, you cannot give what you don’t have. For example see the American soldiers, before America send a troop to anywhere in the World, they make sure they provide logistic and food. If America soldiers come to your land here, they are going to eat American food. But our military over the years never envisaged that one day we would get to this level of terrorism. Overnight the thing just came and there had been a lot of decay in the system over the years. If you asked me whether our military’s performance is satisfactory so far, I will say, a lot of people can sit down somewhere and condemn the military. But thank God we were together; we went as far as to the border of Cameroun and Adamawa at Guru just about four days ago with about four professors and members of RMG when we were doing assessment. We met this military and we must ask them their level of motivation? Do they have what it takes to do the surveillance? Are they well equipped for the job? What they have done so far? They should be commended and they need to be motivated but not to be discouraged. President Jonathan inherited the mess in the system. Remember that since Jonathan came to power there is no particular time that there was not a problem or the other. It was either the politicians telling him that they would make the country ungovernable for him or due to some inaccuracy or inadequacies within the PDP itself. It has been a kind of problem after problem. But as a leader, you don’t tell your followers that there is a problem, you provide the solution. The essence of any government in the World is to provide protection for property and lives in the society. But if you cannot do that people will judge that you have failed. By and large, the area in which I am not so comfortable with the Federal Government and the Borno Government is

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the way they are handling the affairs of Chibok girls, the time-frame. We allowed a lot of time, we do the talks so much before we are now asking for foreign assistance. I have read in Nigerian dailies that the foreign soldiers are on our soil. I said no, there is no single foreign soldier in Sambisa forest or in Nigeria soil. We are talking of nearly forty days that the girls have been kidnapped. The government today has found itself in a situation that we are going to exchange the girls for criminals. When you do that America will call you name. These girls are not prisoners of war. You can go ahead and kidnap the army and negotiate but these are ordinary people who are not involved in this mess. And now Nigeria government has found itself in a tight corner that we are going to engage in negotiating terrorists with young girls. U.S. and UN will be watching and looking on how you are going to do that because these people have also attacked the UN building in the country. When the government do that it means that Boko Haram is winning. Are you saying the Federal Government should not negotiate with the Boko Haram but many people believe that the government should do anything to get the girls released? We should look at the consequence. These guys are militants and they are terrorists. For example now, Alhaji Sokoto who killed a lot of people, you will now release him to go just because of your own inadequacies. I am a father and I want the children to come out alive but the price may be very high for Nigeria in future, if we negotiate with terrorists. CONTINUED ON PAGE 54


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Soldiers should be motivated to combat insurgents –Aduwo CONTINUED FROM PAGE 53 Recently President Jonathan went to France, a lot of people should have asked questions as to why the president of Benin Republic, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria should go to France to go and discuss issue of security, why not in Nigeria. And why U.K and America should become observers. Over the years France government still believe that Nigeria is a threat to their neighbours and you will remember the policy of assimilation. These countries are just like a baby to France and anything that will affect them, France will get involved. American government established this Africom command based in Germany and you will remember that the ECOWAS presidents have agreed that they don’t want the Africom, to stay in Africa country. Now America is now asking Nigeria government, we are coming to rescue these girls for you but we want to stay. Jonathan is now in problem again but for me I don’t know why America should not come and stay. For me what America want is more than this Boko Haram, they want to stay here in Nigeria and for me, why not? Then let us talk about the national conference which is ongoing in Abuja. What is your view on what they are discussing there now? National conference is just a talk shop. People will just talk and go. It is also a failure of the national assembly. All

those issues that are to be discussed, lets mentioned them, people are asking for genuine fiscal federalism. In other words, the power should not concentrate at the centre. So you can ask, how do we get to this level? The military came, by their fiat and commandeer structure, everything was restructured. Before the military 50 per cent of what you produce go to you. That was how it was done during Late Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikwe and Late Ahmadu Bello. Suddenly the military incursion came and they restructure that. Now people are now yearning that they want genuine federalism like it was before the military. In America, it is only the issue of currency and the foreign affairs that brings the states together. In fact America is operating a loose confederation, because one of the states in America like State of Michigan and State of Ohaio until five years ago was having a trade mission in Nigeria. In the 60s, Western Nigeria had its agent general in the United Kingdom to take care of its trade. The whole thing collapsed with the military incursion. I am an Ilaje-Ikale man, from an oil producing state, if I was in the national conference, I will not support resource control. This is because, you give us the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC; the Ministry of Niger-Delta; We are given 13 per cent derivation and the new oil bill is discussing how oil companies will be sharing profit with

Aduwo the host communities, what do you want again? You know the cause of problems we are facing today in Nigeria, it is not poverty but redistribution of the wealth. Election is coming up in 2015, how do you see the INEC preparation for the elections? The little I have seen from Professor Jega’s INEC, it is determined to have a very good election. In the past seven months to one year now, it has embarked on in-house training, seminar and retreats for the members. We need to get it right. For example now, they are saying in Ekiti if you

What is in it for Nigeria to restructure its agricultural policies in a way that causes positive ripples in jobs creation, food sufficiency and other value chains? Is there anything in it for Nigeria if it dedicates its resources to massive infrastructure upgrades in nationwide roads networks, energy generation and distribution and provision of adequate security to investments to thrive? Are these not the requirements for igniting an industrialization revolution that will engage more hands than the current army of idle hands? Is Nigeria not fertilizing the pull from which insurgency draws its Army of mindless attackers by failing to adopt a method that will erode that pull? Perhaps, Nigeria’s main problems stem from that acute ignorance of the responsibilities

that lie in power before those in leadership positions take it. The many decades of failed leadership in Nigeria buttresses Gary Hamel’s argument in The Purpose of Power where he claimed, and rightly so, that “Power has long been regarded as morally corrosive, and we often suspect the intentions of those who seek it.” I am more than convinced that many of those who passed through Osun as leaders in its 23 years of creation must be asking themselves whether it is the same Osun they governed that Aregbesola is currently handling. Compelled by the responsibilities he believes lie in the power he holds, Aregbesola has demonstrated that his eyes can be open where others are blind and that he can hear where others are deaf and dumb. That,

peal to the government, the police and the security agencies to do their best. I think the royal fathers in the state have been supporting INEC by calling on those candidates to come and sign undertaken that there will be no violence. But if anybody says Osun and Ekiti election are going to be violence-free, he is lying. Even before the election there is violence already. I will be there as an observer and I know what I went through in the past elections in Ekiti. I was attacked and I was nearly killed. It will go well if everybody plays their roles well.

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want to vote you must be with permanent voters’ cards. Then the gubernatorial elections will be coming up in Ekiti next month and Osun in August. With the level of violence in the campaigns what can be done to have a violence-free election in the two states? There is no way you can have an election in Ekiti and it would be violence-free. Like I said some of the candidates are not supposed to contest. Don’t be surprised that election in Ekiti may be inconclusive. Because a lot of people believe that if I lose this place will be shut down. I will ap-

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 51 to me, seems to be the layman meaning of The Nation Newspaper of last Tuesday when it succinctly said that the state has shown that “there is ability in disability”. And the lesson here! Power is empty and of no use when it is stripped of its responsibilities. Every genuine leader must subscribe to that Martin Luther King’s position that “I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.” This appears to be what Aregbesola, 57 today, has sworn to and for this, salute to his motto where he proudly and daily declares: Power is Responsibility! •Okanlawon is the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Osogbo, State of Osun.

“What about our rights?” they were asking. “What about the promises made to us? Why are we so unsafe? Why are strangers killing our families and taking our livestock? Why are there so many thieves and liars walking unchallenged?” But nobody seemed to hear them. There was just so much to do that nobody saw the roof as it unraveled, despite all the reports in Internet. As so it was that, in the end, the country of Internet revealed itself as being everywhere and everything, of being without boundaries and being able to see into the bedrooms of Emperors and the hearts of Kings. For the first time, the country of Internet was revealed to be the heart of every man and woman everywhere, and Oga and his people could hear, through the tongues of

strangers in lands known and unknown, his own people’s anguish for service and responsibility. In just two weeks, the horror of a government being unconcerned about using its vast resources to rescue and return hundreds of kidnapped children exposed Oga before the world as naked and weak and confused. Wendell, unmasked as a manipulator and liar in the earlier days of the unraveling, had failed to tell Oga that country Internet gives, but may not forgive, and never forgets. And now, country Internet roars on beyond all boundaries and beyond Oga’s control, in the effort to find the abducted children, with the unmistakable message that unless they returned home safely, there will be hell to pay, by the few, to the many. •Olumhense is a Nigerian journalist, based in the US.


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Discrimination, major problem in Plateau State ON PLATEAU STATE

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 erything from the beginning to the end. They do not allow real elections to take place.You can see how they decide who becomes LGA chairman,people that are in their good books,their friends and relations.The same thing happens during state Assembly elections and even up to the national Assembly.In a democracy,it is not one person that decides for the people what they want but the people themselves.And if the Governors are not killing democracy by usurping the powers of the people,then tell me what their actions are doing to our democracy. It is not only happening in PDP but in other parties as well. And like I told you earlier, these issues are being discussed at the National confab because we can’t continue to run our democracy upside down. That is why I want to urge Nigerians to have faith in the confab because every aspect of our national life is being discussed.

WELL, THE TRUTH IS THAT THE PROBLEM OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ONE ANOTHER HAS REMAINED A MAJOR CHALLENGE IN THE STATE.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SCATTERED. ENMITY HAS BEEN CREATED. THERE IS NO UNITY AMONG OURSELVES AND ONCE UNITY IS LACKING, PROGRESS BECOMES DIFFICULT.

Comment on the agitations by the three senatorial zones in the state to have one of their own produce the next Governor. The three senatorial zones cannot be asking to have one of their own produce the next Governor in 2015.Because the northern zone cannot say she wants to be Governor this time because the incumbent Governor Jonah Jang who is about to complete his eight year tenure is from that zone. Also, the central zone cannot say they want to be Governor because the immediate past Governor Joshua Dariye who handed over to Governor Jang is from that zone. So, if you eliminate the two zones, it is the Southern zone that is left which should produce the next governor of the state. That

What do you consider as the major problem of Plateau state? Well, the truth is that the problem of discrimination against one another has remained a major challenge in the state. People have been scattered. Enmity has been created. There is no unity among ourselves and once unity is lacking, progress becomes difficult. This problem is also a problem of Nigerians. What we need is reconciliation. We need to reconcile with ourselves and God. We need to forgive ourselves and come together as a people. That is the way forward. Are you worried that the reports of various commissions of inquiry into Jos crisis have not been implemented? One thing you should know is that peace on the Plateau is possible without those reports. The issue is that a lot of things have happened here in the state and reports of commissions have been made and reconciliation is an aspect of those reports. What is needed is to start the work from the state and possibly from the various units where those issues arose from. We don’t need to go to the federal or national level to do that. It is just a matter of sitting down and plotting how to bring the various people together so that they can believe in what you are doing. Once they do that and you show them transparency that you are doing the right thing, they will reconcile among themselves. Then peace will follow and everything will fall in place.

President Jonathan has enlisted the assistance of foreign countries in the fight against Boko Haram. Do you think this is a step in the right direction? Why not? Other countries too have been enlisting us to help them whenever they have problem and we have been doing very well in that regard. So there is nothing wrong in asking others to come and assist us in a situation that is proving difficult for us to handle. So I think Mr President has taken a very wise decision that will benefit all Nigerians. Some people have expressed the fear that such action may have negative consequences for the country? No. I don’t think so. Those countries are not just coming, they have specific areas which the assistance is needed and from what I read in the papers, those areas are being worked out in conjunction with our security agents Could you clear the air on the speculations making the rounds that you are in the 2015 Governorship race in Plateau? I am not sure if the speculations are out of place. The truth is that we are working towards that but we are still consulting with the people.

they like but the people know the reality on ground and when the chips are down, it is that reality that will prevail.

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is just the natural sequence it should follow so as to give all the zones a sense of belonging. But some people have argued that the Southern zone has had its turn in the past in Chief Solomon Lar and yourself as as Governor? That argument cannot hold because we are talking about new Plateau and not when Nasarawa state was under it. Even at that, Chief Lar who was supposed to be Governor for two terms of eight years was sent away by the military after spending one term and three months. Would you say he has been Governor for eight years? I also came during the military transition and spent one year and eight

months. Would you say I was Governor?. When the immediate past Governor of the state, Chief Joshua Dariye from the central zone was there, he served for two terms of eight years. The incumbent Governor Jonah Jang from the northern zone to whom he handed over in 2007 is about to complete eight years. Even the combined period of Chief Lar and myself in office was not up to eight years. Besides, the Supreme Court has declared that the period under which we were Governors was null and void. In other words, I was not even a Governor. So if you are talking about the Southern zone having had their turn, it is only Chief Lar who only served four years and three months So like I said, we are in a democracy and people can said anything

In your view, do you think Nigeria really needs State police as a solution to its many challenges? There have been agitations and we are looking at it from all sides. Some people are criticising it because of what the Governors are doing. Like I told you earlier, because of the fear that they can use it against anybody going by what they are doing presently. But we are saying that these crop of governors will go away and the parties will be reformed to pave way for the right atmosphere. We were not operating a system of Nigerian police before. If you go down into history, you will discover there were even Local Government police before. But what we have developed to see now is that the Governors are too powerful such that they can do anything they want. And some of them are agitating for it so that they can punish their perceived enemies. But that won’t happen again under the expected new arrangement that will allow the state police to thrive. Because it is easier to maintain security when the state Governor and Commissioner of police are working together and not a situation where the commissioner has to take permission from Abuja before taking action on a deteriorating situation. I think that is unhealthy for the nation and something must be done about it


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Hello Children, I hope you are all enjoying and learning new things at school. Also, don’t forget to help mum and dad at home. In this edition, we have games and interesting articles for you.

Once upon a time The cunning Fox and the clever Hen

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nce upon a time, there lived a very cunning fox who always wanted to cheat and deceive others with its awful and stupid acts. The fox used to deceive others with its sneaky mind. He used to speak to other animals sweetly to make him trust. One day he tried to cheat and have fun with a hen. He befriended the hen gained the trust. The fox acted like he is a very good friend and cares a lot for the hen. One day, he invited the hen to have a feast with him as he wanted to treat his friend with delicious food. The happy hen accepted the invitation. The fox promised to offer rich and tasty foods for the hen. Considering the delicious dinner proposed by the fox, the hen remained hungry for a whole day. Fox took the hen to his home. He apologized that he could not make anything due to his illness and offered soup. The hen although disappointed, cared for fox and was happy with the soup. The cunning fox put the soup in a shallow bowl and offered it to the unsuspecting hen. The hen was stunned to have the soup in the shallow bowl. The long beck of the hen prevented it from putting its head inside the bowl. As the fox easily licked the soup from the plate, the hen wasn’t able to even wet his taste a bit of the soup. It was just able to touch the soup with the tip of its beck. Fox enquired the hen, ‘How was the soup? Don’t you like it?’

Hungry hen replied, ‘Oh it was good, but I have stomach upset and I can’t take anymore soup!’ I’m sorry for troubling you, said the fox. The hen replied, ‘Oh dear, please don’t say sorry. I have some health problem and cannot enjoy what you offer. Please take care of your health.’ And left the place thanking the fox! However, in the meanwhile the hen understood that it was cheated by the fox and decided to give it back. After few days, the fox met the hen again and decided to play another prank on him again. This time it was hen’s turn. The hen welcomed the fox happily and invited to pay a return visit to have a dinner. The fox was happy and they decided on a date to have the dinner. Hen asked fox’s favorite food and offered to cook the same for the dinner. The day arrived and fox reached hen’s place. The hen served soup to the fox and asks him to have soup first. The soup was served in a narrow jar with a long-neck. The hen was able to drink the soup very easily with its long beck, however fox couldn’t. The hen asked fox to enjoy the soup, and there are many foods waiting in the row. The hen showed several delicious foods in the long-necked jars. The disappointed fox said, ‘My stomach is very painful. I’m leaving now’ and left the place running.

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ANIMAL FACTS

There are about 75 million horses in the world. Horses’ hooves grow approxi mately 0.25 in a month, and take nearly a year to grow to the ground. A healthy adult horse should have a pulse of between 36 and 40 beats per minute while at rest. A horse typically sleeps two and half to three hours a day. No two horses are identical. The left side of a horse is called the “near side” and the right side is the “off side”. A horse’s teeth can be used to estimate its age. Horses generally dislike the smell of pigs. A female horse is called a ‘filly’.

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Children, you can send your contributions and pictures through this email address Ayoweke@gmail.com or call telephone number: 08024694990

Horses have fairly good eyesight, thanks to their very peculiar eyes. The horse eye has three eyelids—two ordinary ones and a third called the nictitating mem brane—which is located in the inner corner of the eye and occasionally sweeps the eye, lubricating and cleaning it if need arises. Horses can’t properly focus their eyes like humans do. Instead, the lower parts of their retina see objects at a distance, and the upper ones are for closer viewing. This means that if you want to know where a horse is looking, you should pay attention to how it’s hold ing its head.


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It’s the children 1. Everything you can do with a ruler and a compass you can the world almost do with the compass alone breaks who grow up 2. 90% of everything written in to save it. English uses just 1,000 words. –Frank Warren 3. Blue and white are the most JOKE common school colors. How do bees get to school? 4. Coca-Cola was originally (By school buzz) What is the biggest ant in the green. 5. Grasshoppers have white world? (An eleph-ant) blood. Why can’t a leopard hide?

s children, socks is an essential clothing that your all must have, either you are a girl or boy. You wear stockings to virtually everywhere, from school to church, to a party. Since this is an important part of your wardrobe, it would be ideal that you keep them clean and fresh. Below are tips on how you can have clean and germs free stockings.

Do not wring dry, just squeeze them, and hang them to dry.

Do not wring dry, just squeeze them, and hang them to dry.

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WHO INVENTED WHAT? Wright brothers produce first Airplane The first working airplane was invented by the Wright brothers. Their “Wright Flyer” was a fabric-covered biplane with a wooden frame. The power to the two propellers was supplied by a 12-horsepower water-cooled engine. On December 17, 1903, the “Flyer” flew for 12 seconds and for a distance of 120 feet (37 m). The flight took place at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA.

(Because it’s always spotted) Why do hens lay eggs? (If they dropped them, they’d break) What animal keeps the best time? (A watch dog)

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Little Johnny’s teacher asks him, “If I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?” Little Johnny replies, “Seven!” His teacher asks him again more slowly, “If I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?” But again Little Johnny replies, “Seven!” Next she asks, “If I get two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would I have?” Little Johnny replies, “Six!” “Good Job Johnny! Now if I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?” Johnny thinks for a second, “Seven.” But Johnny is not wrong. Why?

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Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Kabir Akingbolu, has sued the Ekiti State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Ayo Fayose, for misconduct and trampling on his rights to pass the federal highway. Akingbolu in a suit filed before the Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti, under Order II Rule 3 of the Fundamental Right Enforcement Rules 2009, accused the former governor of blocking a federal way, Igede-Iyin road on April 29, 2014 during a political rally with the help of policemen. He, however, demanded N10 million exemplary

damages against the respondents jointly and severally. The respondents are Fayose, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State, Mr. Felix Uyanna. Akingbolu, a lawyer who stated that he was on his way from Lagos to Ado-Ekiti on the fateful day, said the entire federal way-Igede-Iyin road-was blocked by the respondents in violation of the fundamental right to freedom of movement. In a separate suit filed at the Magistrate’s Court also in Ado-Ekiti, the applicant sought for an order binding

Fayose to show cause why he should not be ordered to enter into a recognizance with sureties for his good behaviour and keeping the peace for the next one year upon his threat to public peace and disturbance by his habitual blocking of highways and public roads leading to schools and markets within the capital city. In an affidavit filed in support of the application, Kafayat Oyelade, a lawyer in the Chambers of ‘Akingbolu and Akingbolu’ averred that the policemen on duty on the said day got angry and threatened to shoot her client when he tried to correct them.

“That the policeman also told him that Mr. Fayose as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party can do anything on the road because he has the backing of the powers that be.” The applicants asked the high court to declare that the blocking of the highway by the respondents or anyone at all for political campaign “is unlawful, illegal and unjustifiable.” *That every Nigerian citizen including the applicant is entitled under the law to move freely and access the roads in Ekiti State without any let or hindrance. *That the blocking of Igede-Iyin road on April 29

L-R: Aladegunsebi of Odorogunshin, Epe, Lagos, Oba Olawale Olagoke Ogunsanya; his wife, Olori Adunni and Senator Representing Lagos-West Senatorial District, Sen. Ganiu Olanrewaju Solomon, during his visit to the community in Lagos, at the weekend.

Ikere people’ll vote for Fayemi –Sodeinde

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he media aide to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Mr. Gbenga Sodeinde, has said that the people of Ikere-Ekiti has assured Fayemi of their total support for his second term bid. The governor`s aide made this declaration while speaking with jour-

nalists after a tumultuous crowd of supporters received Fayemi who was on campaign tour of the local government. Sodeinde who said he had been in constant touch with his people in Ikere Ekiti, revealed that they were very happy with the governor whose administration has touched the lives of the people across the 16 local government ar-

eas and Ikere Ekiti in particular, positively through his eight-point agenda. He listed some of the areas where the administration of Dr. Fayemi had improved the lives of his people to include the comprehensive renovation of primary and secondary schools, free health programme for children, construction of township roads and social security

scheme for the aged who receive N5, 000 monthly stipends each. Others, he said, include peace, employment for the youth through the Peace Corps and volunteer corps, free education and free health care for the underprivileged. He said the people oriented programmes of the governor had endeared him to the hearts of the people.

for political rally and campaign of (Fayose) by the help of and assistance of Abubakar and Uyanna is a violation of the applicant’s right to freedom of movement. Consequently, he prayed the court for “an order of injunction restraining the respondents whether by

themselves their agents, political thugs, policemen, men and officers of the state Security Service, soldiers, political supporters or any other person how’s over described from blocking the highways in Ekiti State for Political Campaigns or any other activities.”

APC chieftain shot, others injured at LP rally

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rally of the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, turned awry yesterday following the shooting of an All Progressives Congress, APC chieftain, Otunba Femi Ayodele. Others reportedly sustained injuries during the rally at Ikere, Ekiti’s second largest community. Ayodele was reportedly shot in the neck by a political thug leader from Akure, Ondo State. The thug leader reportedly led other thugs into Ikere from the neighbouring state. The APC in a statement issued yesterday claimed that supporters of the LP candidate unleashed unprovoked attacks on innocent women and children on the vengeance note that locals were shouting ‘Koduro Soke’, the campaign slogan of the APC when Mr. Opeyemi and the Ondo State Governor, Mr Olusegun Mimiko mounted the rostrum to address the crowd. “The LP candidate also felt intimidated by the display of APC souvenirs in many homes at Ikere, making Opeyemi’s supporters to move from the home of one APC member to the other, attacking them in

their homestead. “One of the victims was Otunba Femi Ayodele, who together with his siblings, were holding an engagement ceremony in front of his house in Ikere. The thugs who were moving from house to house saw Fayemi’s posters pasted on the walls of the house and they became enraged. One the thugs pointed to Otunba Femi Ayodele and he was shot instantly on the neck with a pump action gun. He is presently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the State Hospital. The windows of the house were shattered with bullets,” the APC in a statement by its state publicity secretary, Mr. Segun Dipe. The statement added that five APC supporters have sustained various degrees of injury while many have fled their homes from the rampaging thugs who were given cover by policemen from Ondo State. Fayemi’s billboards were destroyed all over the town while any house with his posters was visited with violence. “At this moment, we cannot ascertain the number of those wounded, but certainly they are in three digits’”, the APC spokesman said.

Ekiti podium collapse: I’m hale and hearty, says Folarin

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s rumours buzzed following a sudden collapse of the campaign podium of Ekiti Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, recently, Oyo-born Senator

Teslim Folarin who was also on the podium has denied insinuations that he was gravely injured. The podium suddenly collapsed bearing Fayose and his campaign team members as the wooden

structure caved in, making the campaigners to land with a thud. It was gathered that some of the campaigners who fell as the podium collapsed, sustained varying degrees of injuries.

But reacting to a rumour that he had his spinal cord broken during the incident, Folarin who expressed surprise, said there was no truth in the insinuation as he is hale and hearty.

One of Folarin’s aides, Mr. Akin Adegboyega, in an interview with our correspondent yesterday, said the allegation that his principal broke his spinal cord was a wicked one.

“For your information, my boss has just finished dancing to Dele Abiodun’s music at a party in Oluyole, Ibadan. So can a man with a broken spinal cord dance?” He asked rhetorically.


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Yuguda urges MDAs to imbibe strategic planning TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Supervising Minister of National Planning, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, has advised public and private institutions in the country to embrace the culture of strategic planning as a means of achieving evidence-based growth and development goals. The Minister, who gave the advice in his keynote address delivered at the 2014 Conference of Directors of Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) in the Public Service, which held

in Minna, Niger State, disclosed that the National Planning Commission had spearheaded Nigeria’s return to strategic development planning after about 30 years in view of the increasing relevance of planning as a management tool of economic governance globally. Yuguda described the theme of the 2014 conference “Socio-Economic Reforms for Inclusive and Transformative Development in Nigeria” as most appropriately and timely, as it is consistent with the aspirations of the Government’s Transformation

Agenda and NV20:2020. He said: “Strategic planning has over the years been universally recognised as a very useful reform based management tool of economic governance. “It serves as a veritable framework for coordinating the economic and social activities that takes place at the national and sector levels, especially in developing economics or states where resources are limited with institutional weaknesses,” the minister added. Explaining further, he said the aim of the con-

ference was to provide a veritable platform for interaction and cross fertilisation of ideas among the Directors and other senior level officials of the Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) Department with a view to strengthening the capacity of public servants for enhanced implementation of strategic plans, service delivery and transformation of Nigerian economy. The Minister recalled that the DPRS was established by the Civil Service Reorganisation of Decree 43 of 1988, on the realisation of a strong need to

strengthen planning, research and data gathering functions, by creating planning cells in the Federal MDAs, adding that the initiative as was also aimed at institutionalising the planning process and facilitating the development and implementation of strategic plans in Nigeria. Yuguda hinted that the Commission was working closely with the Office of Head of Civil Service towards the professionalisation and institutionalisation of planning cadre in the Federal Public service, and therefore the DPRS is

expected to, among other things, formulate the sectoral components of the nation’s reform based national strategic plans as well as ensure their effective implementation. The DPRS Conference in the Public Service is an annual event jointly organised by the National Planning Commission, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Nigeria and Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP - MDGs).

Wada orders immediate use of completed projects WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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L-R: Former Edo State Governor, Oserhiemen Osunbor; former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark; former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Uwais; former CJN, Justice Alfa Belgore; CJN, Justice Mariam Muktar and Director-General, Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal PHOTO: NAN Studies, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, presenting a book on Justice Muktar during the institute’s lecture in Abuja at the weekend.

Nigerians to be educated on living requirements in China –Envoy

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he new as Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie, says his government has put some arrangements in place to educate Nigerians on living requirements in China. Gu, who made this known to journalists in Lagos yesterday, said that such education would make Nigerians overcome problems of language, lack of understanding of Chinese people, and culture shock. The envoy added that the planned education was also aimed at guarding Nigerians against vio-

lating Chinese laws. “But we have to educate Nigerians on the need to respect Chinese laws, overcome language barriers and culture shock, to be able to live in China. “We are going to do more to let Nigerians know much, he said. Gu said that the Chinese Embassy would soon prepare and circulate enlightenment materials to Nigerians for more understanding of Chinese laws and living requirements. The ambassador said that some Nigerians were in Chinese prisons today

due to their lack of understanding of the country’s laws and people. Gu expressed optimism that through the planned enlightenment, many Nigerians would no longer violate Chinese laws and would be able to live in China without being imprisoned. “We want Nigerians to know that violation of laws is not allowed in China. It is only foreigners who violate our laws that are in our prisons,’’ he said. The envoy restated his government’s commitment to strengthen strategic partnership with Nigeria

in the years ahead, especially in the areas of bilateral trade and technology. Gu described as unfortunate the impression that China was flooding Nigeria with inferior and substandard products, noting that his country was producing quality goods for markets all over the world, including the USA and the EU. He, however, noted that efforts would be made to arrest both the Nigerian and Chinese businessmen who might be engaged in cutting costs by engaging in the production and distribution of such goods.

ogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has directed that all completed government and community projects be put to use immediately rather than unnecessarily waiting for official commissioning. Wada gave this order at the official inauguration of completed Iknekpo Cottage Hospital and Electricity projects executed by the community with assistance and supervision from Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (KGCSDA). The governor who was visibly enraged by the nonutilisation of the facilities almost five months after completion said: “I am not happy that this health care centre has been completed and not put to use for so many months. “It has been built for the benefit of our people. It does not make sense to me that government and community jointly provided funding for a project only for it to be left fallow. “Don’t wait for commissioning. Commissioning is just a ceremony. The important thing is for people to be attended to”, Wada said.

He, therefore, directed the chairman of Ankpa Local Government Area to deploy personnel to the clinic for it to commence operation immediately and urged officials of government and agencies to always inform him when projects were completed. Mr. James Odiba, General Manager of Kogi CSDA earlier in his speech commended the governor for his support to the agency especially in meeting its counterpart obligations to the World Bank. Odiba said the Rural Health Centre and Electricity projects were executed at the cost of N9.7 million under the supervision of the agency through the Community-Driven Development Approach (CDD). The General Manager noted that so far, the agency had expended over N62.3 million on 18 micro projects in Education, Health, Water, Socio-economic and Power sector in Ankpa Local Government of the state. In his welcome address, chairman of Ikanekpo Development Association, Mr. Victor Ocheje, thanked the governor for the CSDA-Assisted projects and recent establishment of a Palm Oil Mill in the community.


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CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL

Bobby Zamora (right) scores the vital goal that earned QPR promotion to play in next season’s English Premier League.

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obby Zamora’s last-minute goal earned 10-man Queens Park Rangers a return to the English Premier League (EPL) as they beat Derby 1-0 in the Championship play-off final yesterday at the prestigious Wembley Stadium. The Rams started the game on the front foot, and within the first few minutes of the game, Johnny Russell skipped past several QPR challenges and fed the ball to Will Hughes from the edge of the area. The youngster was hacked down to gift the Rams a free kick, but Russell blasted the ball into the wall. Charlie Austin then blasted a speculative effort into the stands for QPR in the eighth minute, but the Rams had argu-

ably the best chance of the half in the 24th minute when Craig Forsyth sneaked into the box unmarked and sent his header just over the bar. Just two minutes later, Steve McClaren’s men had a penalty shout when Hughes appeared to be felled by Richard Dunne in the box, but the referee waved away the appeals. Towards the end of the first half, Robert Green had to be at his best to deny Jamie Ward’s in-swinging free kick, which looked to be creeping into the bottom corner, but the ex-England goalkeeper was able to get down low to keep the effort out. The Rams picked up from where they left off after the interval, but were wasteful in the final third and from set pieces, nearly paying the price when Austin nearly converted Armand Traore’s cross

in the 55th minute. On the hour, Gary O’Neil was sent off for QPR after hacking down Johnny Russell just outside the vital area, but Ward wasn’t able to make the most of the subsequent free kick. Derby continued to turn the screw against their ten-man opponents, Craig Bryson forcing a good save out of Green with a low drive, before teeing up Chris Martin, whose effort rattled the outside of the woodwork. Just when it seemed like the game would go on to extra time, a defensive error by Richard Keogh gifted the ball to Zamora, and the substitute steered the ball beyond Lee Grant’s dive to send the blue and white half of Wembley into raptures. The victory was more of an estimated £80m promotion windfall!

ayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has told revealed that signing for Manchester United is “not an option.” Reports have suggested that new United manager Louis van Gaal could target his Dutch compatriot Robben as he looks to get the Red Devils back on track next season. However, Robben, 30, has stressed he is happy at the Allianz Arena, having signed a new contract with the Bundesliga champions in March. The former Chelsea player was quoted as saying about a possible transfer to United: “That’s not an option. I’m staying with Bayern Munich. Period! “I cannot imagine why Bayern would want to lose me. I just renewed my contract and we are happy with each other. “It’s very different when you’re not completely happy. I had a fantastic time with Van Gaal at FC Bayern and know what I have with him.”


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Kareem plays down defeat He described the loss as fter failing to win back a temporary setback, promthe Commonwealth A ising to come back better in Super Flyweight title last Wednesday, former Commonwealth champion, Yaqub Kareem has declared that his loss to British Kal Yafai will not lead to his hanging the gloves, but will rather propel him to train harder for future fights. Yaqub last Wednesday at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, England failed in his bid to win the vacant title when he was stopped by his opponent after 106 seconds of the 12-round encounter.

his next fight. “I know I disappointed a lot of my fans, but I want them to understand that this is not the end of my career because the loss will propel me to train harder and win more future fights. “My team will also look at the fight to find out what actually went wrong and why I lost concentration so early in the fight. So, from there we will make corrections and avoid such happening again in future.

Joseph seeks support for world title quest

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hanaian-based Nigerian female boxer, Helen Joseph has made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to give adequate financial backing in her bid at winning a world title. She told our correspondent from her base in Ghana that she is prepared to write the name of the country in gold in boxing but lack of sponsorship and financial support is affecting her plans of having a crack at the world title. According to Joseph who stopped Mariana

Gulyas in 28 seconds to win the IBF Inter-continental title at the Accra Stadium in May last year, she is fully prepared to face any opposition but needs financial assistance to succeed. “I am appealing to the Nigerian Government, sports administrators and corporate organisations in the country to support me financially in achieving my dream of winning a world title for the country because winning such a title will also help to increase the respect fans have for Nigeria in proboxing,” she said.

Arum hints on possible Mayweather, Pacquiao fight

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orld renowned boxing promoter, Bob Arum has expressed confidence that undefeated welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will soon accept to fight Manny Pacquaio, “I think that fight will eventually happen. We are certainly open to the fight happening and we are prepared to sit down with the Mayweather team at any time and work out terms,” said Arum.

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He noted that the fight when it happens will be a mega fight which boxing fans will be glad to watch, saying that he expects Mayweather team not to delay in discussing terms about the fight. According to Arum, this is the best time for the fight to happen because a fight by the two great boxers will not only be a sellout, but will help in improving the fortune of both boxers.

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AYC Qualifiers: Flying Eagles whip Tanzania 4-1 to advance

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he Flying Eagles yesterday beat their visiting Tanzanian counterparts 4-1 in Kaduna to qualify for the third and final round of the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers. The national under-20 men’s football team qualified on a 6-1 aggregate, after winning the first leg match two weeks earlier 2-0 in Dar es Salaam. They will now face the winners of the second round match between Lesotho and Angola in August to secure a berth at the AYC in Senegal in March next year. In the match played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, hosts Nigeria took the lead in the seventh minute through Alhas-

san Ibrahim whose low shot beat goalkeeper Hamad Joma. However, the Ngorongoro Heroes drew level after 16 minutes, when Banda Hassan curled a free kick from outside the box beyond Flying Eagles goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo. Musa Yahaya put Nigeria in front again in the 33rd minute, moments after Taiwo Awoniyi threw away a sitter and Wilfred Ndidi’s header off a corner missed target narrowly. Two minutes later, Awoniyi made up for his several misses with a third goal for the Flying Eagles, who continued to control proceedings. Substitute Chidera Eze made the game safe for the Nigerian side in the 69th minute by scoring their fourth goal.

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asketball enthusiasts yesterday hailed the appointment of Hakeem Olajuwon a two-time U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) League Champion and Basketball Hall of Famer, as Africa NBA Ambassador. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olajuwon was on May 21 named the NBA African Ambassador to help in the development of basketball on the continent. He would be working in collaboration with Amadou Gallo Fall, the NBA Vice-President Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. The basketball aficionados gave the commendation in interviews with NAN in Lagos. Agboola Pinheiro, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Board Member said Olajuwon and the NBA Africa programme should develop the African Basketball Leagues. “In the past, the NBA programme has always done basketball clinics and taken some of our players overseas. “However, it is a good development that one of ours has been given an ambassadorial role to help to promote the face of basketball in

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nambra State Governor, Dr Willie Obiano has promised to immortalize the name of late Green Eagles player, Albert Onyeanwuna who died in Lagos on April 21. The state Commissioner for Sports, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta made this known in Lagos when he visited Onyeanwuna’s family home in Festac Town Lagos to console them over the demise. Nnachetta noted that Governor Obiano who was really touched by Onyeanwuna ‘death, described the late legendary footballer who debuted for the Red Devils on October 30, 1955 against the Black Stars of Ghana in Jalco Cup, as a role model whose life both on and off the pitch was worthy of emulation, adding that Anambra State is fully set to accord him a state burial. Olajuwon Nnachetta stressed that the state Africa,” Pinheiro said. Government is already discussing Olumide Oyedeji, Nigeria’s widely- with Onyeanwuna’s family and other travelled player and D’Tigers’ Captain stakeholders for the burial rites fixed stressed that the appointment was a for August 26 to 31, in Lagos, Awka great gain for Nigeria and Africa. and Abatete, his home town.

Danagogo urges Nigerians to engage in regular exercise

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he Minister of Sports, Dr Tamuno Danagogo, has called on government agencies to emulate the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) by engaging their workers in regular physical exercise. The minister, who was the special guest at the FRSC’s monthly jogging yesterday in Abuja, said physical fit-

ness of staff would enhance their productivity. “If we have more agencies like the FRSC involving in physical fitness, then there will be improvement in productivity in all the sectors of the economy,” Danagogo said. Danagogo, who was represented by Alhaji Yakmut Alhassan, the Director of

Grassroots Sports Development, expressed regret that people do not show interest in physical fitness activities. “Among all the level of fitness, mental, spiritual and moral fitness, the most neglected is physical fitness. “Therefore, we are using this opportunity to say that all citizens should improve the quality of their lives and

also extend their lives span by engaging in physical activities.That is the only activity money cannot buy,” he said. The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Osita Chidoka, represented Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, a Deputy Corps Marshal, underscored the need for people to embark on physical exercise to improve their living.


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Simeone is a ‘god’ to Atletico players, says Tiago

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tletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has described manager Diego Simeone as a “god” to the players, and the main reason why they played in the Champions League final. Simeone’s rise as a coach has undeniably been the main story in Atletico Madrid’s path to Lisbon and, whatever can be said about him being a “god”, the Argentine has performed something close to a football economic miracle by winning the Spanish league and taking the club so far. “I think for us, for the entire club, he’s like a god,” Tiago said. “He arrived to the club and changed everything. What he says comes true. “If he tells us to jump from a bridge, we jump. I think he knows a lot of football. We as a group follow him, and we’re very proud to have him as a coach.”

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avid Luiz has praised Chelsea following his move from Stamford Bridge to Paris Saint-Germain. The fee, which could potentially rise to £50m, was agreed on Friday evening with the Brazilian defender undergoing his medical yesterday. Luiz, 27, reserved special praise for the west London side. “Thank you Chelsea for three years and a half of a great partnership. I gained friends, matches and titles that will always live on in my memory,” he said. “I thank the staff, players and fans! Geezers! This story wouldn’t have been possible without you. “I am sad to leave because of the friends that will stay but I am happy to

be on my way to another big European club and to go to a city that has always fascinated me. “This is a new stage and new challenges and I am sure that together we will go even further. Allez Paris!” The former Benfica defender is currently in Brazil preparing for this summer’s World Cup, where he is widely expected to partner PSG captain Thiago Silva in central defence. Luiz, who made 143 appearances for the Blues, took to social media yesterday morning to send another thankful message to Chelsea. He said on Twitter: “Tks CFC for this time of great partnership. I’m thankful for all! It’s a new challenge and together we’ll go even further. Allez Paris!”

isfiring strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young look set to leave Arsenal, as Premier League clubs revealed their retain/release lists. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger’s patience with Bendtner and Park has seemingly run out with the two forwards among seven players placed on the club’s free-transfer list. Although players on the free-transfer list may re-sign with their former clubs before next season, it seems unlikely that Bendtner and Park will be given another chance by Wenger. Bendtner played just 14 matches in all competitions for Arsenal in the 2013/14

campaign, scoring twice, but his continuing disciplinary problems off the field have ensured the Danish striker remains on the outer at the Emirates. Park, who is set to lead the line for South Korea at the FIFA World Cup, played just nine minutes for Arsenal this season, coming off the bench in the League Cup, while he only managed two appearances on loan at Watford in the second half of the campaign. Bendtner has scored 47 goals in 171 appearances for Arsenal, since making his debut in 2005, while Park has just one goal in seven games in three seasons at the Emirates.

ngland captain Steven Gerrard says he has laid the disappointment of not winning the English Premier League (EPL) title with Liverpool last season to rest and is fully focused on leading the country at the World Cup. Liverpool led the Premier League with three games remaining but saw their title challenge slip away after a 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea was followed by a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace. But Gerrard is keen to take away the positives from Liverpool’s Premier League campaign and revealed he cannot wait for England’s World Cup opener against Italy. “I know everyone wants to know what frame of mind I’m in after the slip that happened to me against Chelsea,” he said. “I’m over it. It’s gone. I can’t change it, but of course I was disappointed in it from a personal point of view. The title slipping away from Liverpool with three games to go was a blow. “But you’ve also got to look at the positives as well having Champions League football back, finishing second in what is the most difficult league in the world. I can’t just focus on one mistake I made over 38 games. “I’m in a good frame of mind. Everyone’s starting to get really excited and looking forward to the tournament getting started. This is the important part, the preparation, making sure you get into peak condition. You try and find your form before that very important game against Italy.” Gerrard and vice-captain Frank Lampard are the most senior players in the squad with a combined 212 international caps between them. Roy Hodgson will lean on the experienced duo to provide help and guidance to young trio Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw who have just six caps between them.

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laude Makelele has been confirmed as the new Bastia coach after signing for a two-year deal. Speculation has been rife this week linking Makelele with Bastia and the 41-year-old has now been installed as Frederic Hantz’s successor in what is his first managerial role. Hantz left at the end of the Ligue 1 season following a four-year tenure as his contract expired, while Makelele’s move to Bastia ends his spell at Paris Saint-Germain. Makelele has worked as assistant coach at PSG since ending his player career at the French champions in 2011. Bastia finished 10th in Ligue 1 in 201314 under Hantz and Makelele will be tasked with helping to push for Europe. Didier Tholot has also joined Makelele at Bastia as the former France international’s assistant. Makelele will formally put pen to paper on his contract tomorrow.

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ngland vice-captain Frank Lampard looks set to head to the FIFA World Cup as a free agent, with Chelsea likely to release him. The 35-year-old midfielder’s future has been unclear throughout the Premier League season and he was on a list of released players on Friday alongside Ashley Cole, Samuel Eto’o and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

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ormer Tottenham and Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Gareth Bale can match Cristiano Ronaldo. Having played alongside both, the Frenchman has backed Bale to reach the same level as Ronaldo, if he mimics the Portuguese forward’s commitment at training.

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HONDURAS SQUAD GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana). DEFENDERS: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan/England), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City/England), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes/ USA), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon/China PR), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua). MIDFIELDERS: Arnold Peralta (Rangers/Scotland), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan/England), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke/England), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids/USA). STRIKERS: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution/USA), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad/Spain).

FACT-FILE Capital: Tegucigalpa Population: 8.2million File copy of Honduras line-up

Honduras relies on youngsters EVEREST ONYEWUCHI

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fter returning to the FIFA World Cup finals, the first time in nearly three decades, Honduras were faced with tough group opponents at the last edition in South Africa, including eventual World Champions, Spain. The Los Catrachos, La Bicolor, La H or La Garra Catracha as the Honduras national team is variously called, opened the tournament with a 0-1 loss to Chile, and soon became the ill-fated team to first encounter the wrath of tournament top-scorer, David Villa, who scored both goals in Spain’s 2-0 win. In their only other FIFA World Cup appearance, Jose de La Paz was the coach and led Honduras to a surprising opening 1-1 draw with Spain, the 1982 tournament’s hosts, and followed up that account with the same scoreline against Northern Ireland. However, their campaign was cut short at the group stage after Yugoslavia beat them 1-0 thanks to a late goal. On the Road to France, following their group-phase exit at South Africa 2010 and the departure of Coach Reinaldo Rueda, La H went through a rocky period. The appointment of Luis Fernando Suarez in March, 2011 brought stability to the national set-up, however, with the new coach also working hard with Honduras’ youth sides, steering the U-23s to the quarter-finals of the Men’s Olympic

Football Tournament London 2012. Having gauged the quality of the country’s new generation, Suarez set about rejuvenating the full national team, giving it fresh impetus by drafting in a set of promising youngsters. The result was a convincing performance in Round 3 of the CONCACAF preliminaries, with Los Catrachos topping their group on goal difference from Panama to knock out Canada and Cuba. They went on to take the third and last direct qualifying slot in the final six-team phase, an achievement made possible by their form at home, where they dropped just four points, and an era-defining defeat of Mexico at their Azteca fortress in September 2013. Announcing his 23-man squad for the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil recently, Coach Suarez included six British-based players in his list, with FA Cup finalists Hull defender, Maynor Figueroa, Stoke midfielder, Wilson Palacios, Wigan duo, Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia, plus Celtic defender, Emilio Izaguirre and Rangers midfielder, Arnold Peralta all selected. Suarez said, “I ask the ones who have not been called up to understand. A lot of players were part of this process, but only 23 can be called. I cannot keep everybody satisfied.” Twenty-year-old Luis Lopez, meanwhile, pipped a number of prospective rivals to earn himself one of the three goalkeeping berths in the squad thanks

to his good form for Real Espana this season. Honduras will travel to the United States tomorrow to play three warm-up friendlies ahead of the World Cup. They will face Turkey in Washington on May 29 before meeting Israel in Houston on June 1. Six days later they face England in Miami before heading to Brazil, where they will meet France, Ecuador and Switzerland in Group E.

Association: Federación Nacional Autonoma de futbol de Honduras Appearances: 3 (First in 1982) FIFA Ranking: 30 Nickname(s): Los Catrachos, La Bicolor, La H, La Garra Catracha Top Scorer: Carlos Pavon (58) Most Capped Player: Amado Guevara (138) Captain: Noel Valladares Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez

GROUP MATCHES Sunday, June 15, vs France (Porto Alegre) Friday, June 20, vs Ecuador (Curitiba) Wednesday, June 25, vs Switzerland (Manaus)

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aynor Figueroa, Hull City defender, will be relied upon by his team to stop France, Ecuador and Switzerland strikers. He was first brought to England by Hull manager, Steve Bruce, when he was in charge of Wigan back in January 2008 from Deportivo Olimpia for £500,000. The 30-year-old, who has 95 international caps, made 200 appearances for the Latics, scoring six goals, but missed out on the FA Cup final victory over Manchester City due to a groin injury. He is Hull’s second signing of the summer following George Boyd, whose loan move from Peterborough was made permanent last month. Figueroa will join up with his new Tigers team-mates when they return for pre-season training in early July ahead of their Premier League return and he said, “I’m happy to be here and to be a part of the club.”

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he battle by the government to rid the country of terrorists gets messier by the day, as communities in the North-East have resorted to self help to repel the murderous activities of the suicide killer squads where trained soldiers appear to be developing cold feet. In the last one week, reports indicate that community security groups otherwise called vigilantes in Adamawa and Borno states have engaged the dreaded Islamic fundamentalists in gun duels resulting in the death of hundreds of the insurgents. In a dramatic turn of events in mid May, and acting on a tip off from food vendors, a vigilante group in a village called Kalabalge in Borno State mobilized its ranks and laid an ambush for the terrorists who were coming to the area to forage for food in preparation for a major onslaught on some villages, surprised the insurgents and killed about 200 of them in a gun battle. Two days after, another vigilante group in Adamawa State in a

community called Madagali, laid an ambush for the terrorists who were coming for food supplies, killed over 70 of them and handed over about 10 of them captured in the operation to the local police. About three days later, the terrorists launched a counter attack on the communities where their members were killed and unleashed mayhem, killing scores of the villagers. The concern here is that it appears that the security forces, especially the soldiers are not really interested in scotched earth operation to completely rout the insurgents by demonstrating superior military stratagem and fire power. Were the contrary to be the case, soldiers and other security personnel should have done an immediate undercover operation in those communities where insurgents were ambushed and killed in hundreds; thus taking over and replacing the vigilante groups to defend those patriotic communities. Unfortunately, nothing of the sort happened. The communities, like the Chibok secondary school where hundreds of female students were abducted by the insurgents effortlessly, were left completely unprotected by the security forces; thus leaving an open sesame for the reign of terror by the Islamic fundamentalists. This act of negligence by the security

forces which resulted in the death of vigilante groups that successfully dealt with the terrorists makes it extremely risky for the ordinary citizen to demonstrate patriotism. If communities that are fighting terrorists are left unprotected by the military might of the nation, isn’t it foolhardy for any ordinary citizen to stick out his neck for the state? To correct the wrong and dangerous impression that you are on your own when you dare the terrorists in support of the state, a lesson should immediately be taught to re-assure communities by empowering, supporting and protecting them when they demonstrate extraordinary courage in confronting the insurgents. Military intelligence should have established clearly, without prompting, that communities that obstruct criminals and insurgents are usually hotbeds of reprisals by insurgents and criminals. Thus, the security forces should not have left Nyanya, Kalabalge and Madagali unprotected after a first encounter with terrorists. Now, we hear that the military is blaming their bungling of several security issues relating to the insurgents on poor funding. Press conferences are making the rounds in which the focus of attention is not how to rein in the terrorists

UEFA Champions League: Real conquers Europe!

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eal Madrid came from behind in dramatic circumstances to claim the UEFA Champions League crown in extra time at the expense of Atletico Madrid yesterday in Lisbon, Portugal. Real Madrid won the Champions League for the 10th time thanks to extra time goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo as they beat Atletico Madrid 4-1. Atletico seemed set for their first ever European crown as they led deep into stoppage time thanks to Diego Godin’s firsthalf header, but Sergio Ramos took the game into extra time with a towering header in the 93rd minute. And for the second time this season having already scored the winner to hand Real the Copa del Rey against Barcelona last

•Beats Atletico 4-1 to lift trophy month, Bale scored the crucial goal when he headed into an empty net after Thibaut Courtois had parried Angel di Maria’s effort.

With Atletico committed to finding an equaliser, Real were able to counter-attack at will and Marcelo killed the game off when his low

shot had too much power for Courtois before Ronaldo sealed his return to Lisbon with a fourth goal from the penalty spot.

and bring respite to traumatized Nigerians in the troubled parts, but how to leverage the opportunity provided by insurgency to canvass for the upping of military budget. That is official blackmail and the very zenith of military unpatriotism. Let the soldiers first of all demonstrate stratagem and superior fire power against the insurgents, and quiet, decorous request for enhanced military budget will be understandable. If Syria could crush its insurgents, and if local vigilance groups could wreck such devastating blows on the insurgents, it is difficult to fathom the fears and obvious miscalculations of the soldiers trained with state resources to defend the nation and guarantee peace, security, order and civilized progress. Let the military gird its loins, demonstrate professionalism in intelligence gathering and superior fire power over the insurgents, as exemplified by the Adamawa and Borno vigilante groups. Let the nation’s security forces cooperate with external forces that have demonstrated the willingness to assist in putting an end to the needless and senseless killing perpetrated on a daily basis by insurgents misguided by infantile religious bigotry and fanaticism now writ large in other-worldly fundamentalism.

Championship play-off final:

Zamora’s late strike wins QPR EPL P. 60 promotion UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid 2014 AWC QUALIFIER RESULT Rwanda 1-4 Nigeria AYC QUALIFIER RESULTS Nigeria 4-1 Tanzania RD Congo 0-2 Malawi Today’s Matches South Africa v Ethiopia 15:00 Cameroon v Burundi 15:00 Angola v Lesotho 16:00 Mali v Burkina Faso 17:00

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