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Mini-skirt-wearing ladies not killed in Maiduguri –JTF, Police

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fresh crisis rocks aviation ministry

Ex-staff petition Jonathan, Mark, Tambuwal, Obasanjo over sack Graduate with 4 years experience placed on level 17 NCE holder appointed AGM FINALLY, NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL BERTHS IN LAGOS

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Flood: Shell, Bayelsa govt bicker over relief items

Oil giant: We’ll hand over to Red Cross P. 52 State: No, you’ll distribute through us

L-R: South-West Zonal Coordinator, National Sports Commission, Dr Steve Olarinoye, presenting the 18th National Sports Festival’s Torch of Unity to Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, at the arrival of the torch in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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Soldiers arrest one, recover grenade, IED in Mubi

My faith in Nigeria unshakeable –Jonathan

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Jonathan’s govt has not displayed strength, will to tackle corruption



The price l paid for success... –Iyabo Ojo


FG approves N13.9bn for Bayelsa airport

Iyabo Ojo, a screen diva and a popular Yoruba movie actress, is still relevant in the acting world. This mother of two, whose marriage crashed some years ago, says it has been challenging raising her kids alone. She hopes to remarry when the right man comes, among other things.


Though no casualty was recorded, the incident caused commotion in the entire hostel as people ran in different directions. A witness said the students were in their rooms when they suddenly saw thick smokes coming from the burning block. The authorities of LUTH said power surge caused the fire outbreak at the college’s hostel.


The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved the construction of an international airport in Bayelsa State. The contract was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, at N13.9 billion with a completion period of 24 months. Briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by VicePresident Namadi Sambo, the

Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, said that the airport would be similar to the Port Harcourt International Airport, which is just two hours drive to Yenagoa. He said the approval of an international terminal for Bayelsa followed a memo by the Aviation Minister, Ms Stella Oduah, towards achieving the goals of the Federal Government’s agenda in the aviation sector of the economy.

CJN vows to deal with corrupt judges

How to prevent colon cancer

With the advent of all kinds of cancer prevalent in today’s world, medical experts have advised we pay closer attention to the kind of food we eat. For instance, fast food is being blamed for an increase in colon cancer among younger demographics. Read more inside.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, has threatened to deal with magistrates and area court judges found to have compromised their judicial oath of office. Justice Mukhtar’s warning was contained in an address she delivered at the opening of the 2012 biennial conference of the All Nigeria Judges of the Lower Courts organised by the National Judicial Institute, NJI, Abuja. The CJN said that magistrate, area and customary courts were the closest to

the masses and the most patronised by the public. She, however, regretted that reports concerning some judges of the courts left much to be desired as allegations of “corruption and bribery, especially in exchange for grant of bail, are almost becoming rampant”. The CJN, who is also the Chairman, NJI Board of Governors, threatened that “Commissions of various jurisdictions will not hesitate to administer appropriate sanctions to any judge of the lower courts found wanting”.

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the death of his younger brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan. Coincidentally, the death of Meni occurred on Tuesday which was the birthday of the President, who clocked 55 years.

A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said, “President Goodluck Jonathan announces with sadness the death, earlier today, of his younger brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan.”

Tunji Oluyemi MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLANVILL ENTHOVEN GROUP (Incorporated Insurance Brokers)


Chime’s absence and the Enugu power play

Properties worth millions of naira were on Wednesday morning destroyed by fire which gutted the male hostel of the College of Medicine, Lagos State University, IdiAraba, Lagos. The fire, which started at about 10, was put out by a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service and policemen from Itire Police Division.

Jonathan loses younger brother

Most of my time is spent on internal and external financial meetings. My Mondays are basically for such meetings. This is when planning for the week’s activities takes effect. The meeting continues this second working day of the week.


Fire razes LUTH, The News

ba. According to him, “a review, analysis and discussions of actual proposals with training vendors and educational institutions as well as other reinsertion factors have revealed that a projected figure of N35,409,859,972.63 is to be spent in the year 2013 on the reintegration of the ex-militants enroled in the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Meeting with the major clients starts today. Typically, I’m in planning session so I meet with the major clients and contacts. I meet with all those that we need to get our profitability as a company.


Amadi, that Jonathan was no longer eligible to contest in 2015. In the suit, Amadi is contending that Jonathan was barred from contesting the poll because the 1999 Constitution specifically provided for maximum period of two terms of four years each. He is contending that Jonathan, having earlier taken an oath of office in 2010 to complete the tenure of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua before taking a fresh oath of office in 2012.

The Presidency has earmarked a budget of over N35 billion for exmilitants in the Niger Delta. Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, said that the money was to cater for skills acquisition and vocational training. Kuku presented the proposal before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Niger Delta, headed by Hon. Warman Ogori-

Same applies to Thursday. Those major clients I couldn’t meet on Wednesday, I do have a date to meet them the next day which of course is on Thursday.



Although President Goodluck Jonathan told Nigerians that he would not disclose, until 2014, his intention over 2015 presidential election, however, on Wednesday he asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to hold that he was still constitutionally eligible to re-contest the presidential poll. Jonathan said this in response to a suit filed by a Port Harcourt-based legal practitioner and Peoples Democratic Party PDP-card carrying member, Henry

Presidency to spend N36bn on ex-militants

Most people expect me to work light on Fridays. But, it is not like that. I have no light day. Usually, I start work before 7 a.m. and I leave around 7 in the evening. Basically, I work five days in a week. It’s a bit challenging. I wish I could reduce the amount of work I do. Though I do almost same thing in these five days of the week, it’s not boring. It would have been boring if I were doing the same thing but the point is if you have an innovative approach to problems that confront you with regard to management, it won’t bore you. You are managing people, your finances, public relations, corporate brand, product and services. It’s not boring. Basic set of skills require basic set of challenges. What happens is that the peculiar problems you face change from day to day. In line with that, it’s exciting because you get new problems, meet new people and travel the whole world. Honestly, it’s interesting.


I’m free to contest 2015 presidency –Jonathan

Zakari Mohammed, representing Baruba/Kaiama Federal Constituency of Kwara State in the House of Representatives, is the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs. He was the guest of journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State last week after the funeral activities of Senator Olusola Saraki, where he spoke about diverse national issues.


Seven Days

I hardly go to parties on this day. I’m not a party man as such but on Saturdays I like to go to the bar to have a drink.



I go to church on Sundays to pray because prayer is power. It is very important to me. Later in the afternoon/evening on Sundays, I see to personal matters. *By Adaeze Amos (0802 301 2293)


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November 25, 2012

Getting crude oil sample for ERA, at Okpotuwari bush.

Oil broom used to contain the spread of the spill around the Manifold at Ikarama.

ERA’s field monitors led through polluted creeks at Angiama

Oil spill: Anguish on Niger Delta coastlines Anger, frustrations and bitterness appear to be the lot of indigenes and residents in the Niger Delta region, especially those living and earning a living along the coastlines. The recent oil spill, like the ones that happened many times this year, has put several communities in pains. The devastating effects of these on their means of livelihood have left the people in tears and sorrow. Our correspondents, Emma Gbemudu (Yenagoa) and Tony Anichebe (Uyo), who visited the areas recently, experienced first-hand, remnants of the massive crude deposits on the shorelines, fishing boats and nets stained by the spill.


he recent oil spill from the Mobil platform in Ibeno and Eket was spontaneous and massive. It took the people by surprise and the waters polluted. “You can see dead fishes floating on the surface of the water,” says Henry Nko, chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area, the host community of Mobil. The development, like the ones before it, has adversely affected the large communities of fishermen. In the area, people along the shorelines have been in sober mood ever since the occurrence. Their plight is understandable. Their means of livelihood has been grossly affected even as fishermen have stopped going to the sea because their fishing equipment have been damaged and contaminated. However, Mobil’s General Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Paul Arinze, in Ibeno and other Akwa

Ibom communities says the spill was not as much as has been exaggerated. “It’s only 200 barrels of crude oil,” he insisted. He, however, kept mum on the quantity from the initial spill in August 13 and 24, which is still under contention. Arinze, in a statement made available to Sunday Mirror, nonetheless, apologised to the people on behalf of Mobil for the inconveniences the spill caused them. “Mobil producing Nigeria regrets this incident, our team is being mobilised to clean up the area. The company has engaged over 200 youths from the host communities to clean up the shoreline in the next few days. “The Source of the oil spill was identified and the pipeline isolated and shutdown, while response personnel and equipment were deployed. The regulatory and community representatives were also notified. Mobil Producing



Nigeria also arranged for representatives of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Environment and Local Community to overfly the area. The oil firm regretted the incident and reiterated its commitment to high safety, health and environmental standards within its operations,” he further read. In spite of this, Ibeno, a predominately peasant fishing community is still bemoaning the fate that befell them. Chief John Etim, a community leader in Iwuokpom Ibeno, told Sunday Mirror that over 7000 peasant fishermen have been forced out of business due to the oil spill, which contaminated the Atlantic Ocean. He described the November 9, spill as the worst in recent times, and regretted that the frequency of oil spills is impoverishing the fishing population along the coastline. “Though, oil spills have been a major obstacle to us, it is worsened by the insensitivity of Mobil in the past. All we saying is for them to be reasonable and compensate everyone that was affected by their action,” Etim said. Chief Ibanga Etang, chairman of Esit Eket Local Government Area, who has employed every means to calm the nerves of his agitated people hit by the incessant oil spills, also said, “the recurring spills put to questions the claims by Mobil management that they have replaced their aged pipeline network.” According to the Council Boss, “the Impact of the spills on the predominantly fishing communities is difficult to CONTINUED ON PAGE 4




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Like a fountain, the black gold from Agip pipeline, at Kalaba

ERA’s Morris and a colleague at one of the spill sites

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Scene from the Ibeno spill

‘Impact of oil spills difficult to quantify’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 quantify. In addition to contamination of the waters, which causes fish drought, the spills distort the marine food chain; whenever an oil spill occurs, fishermen are thrown out of business because the waters would become toxic while fishes migrate away from the reach of fishermen.” In like manner, the chairman, Akwa Ibom State chapter of Artisan Fishermen Association of Nigeria (ARFAN), Rev. Samuel Ayadi says the three latest spills are the worst since 1998. He told Sunday Mirror that 6,500 members of ARFAN at various fishing ports along the Atlantic coastline have been thrown out of business since the last incident occurred. “Our members were compelled by the magnitude of the spill to suspend fishing because of fear of catching contaminated fish, which could pose a threat to public health,” he said, adding that fishermen have been counting the cost of the spill and have been considering making claims for their economic losses. Meanwhile, there had been protests by angry fishermen and members of their families in Ibeno and Esit Eket. Over 2000 people comprising fishermen, youths, women and farmers affected had earlier marched to the palace of the paramount ruler and later to the official residence of the council chairman of Esit Eket to register their grievances. Spokesman for the protesters, Ayanga Jonathan Esibe told Sunday Mirror that they took to protest to draw their leader’s attention to their plight because the frequent spills had crippled fishing in the area. Esibe said they are demanding that their leaders prevail on Exxon Mobil officials to take full responsibility for the spills. According to him, “the spill was so massive that the entire fishing gear was soaked in crude oil and some of our members who were using small canoes in fishing had their boats capsized as they tried to hurry away from the current carrying the oil. Mo-

Crude oil deposits at the coastline in Ibeno

bil should immediately come to our aid and bring relief materials because the anguish the spill has inflicted on the fishing population along the coastline is unimaginable. The 200 barrels admitted by Mobil management is mere cover up. From the spread of oil at the coastline you can see that the 200 barrels they are claiming is a ploy to evade compensation because if it is 200 barrels you cannot find it at the shores,” a visibly angry Esibe, said. Mrs. Uduak Sunday, a fish seller told Sunday Mirror that women, who engaged in the business of fish processing were adversely affected by the oil spill also. “Whenever there is oil spill, the fishermen do not bring back fish from the waters and when we cannot buy fresh fish, we would have nothing to dry and sell. We find it difficult to feed our children and the situation will continue for a long time. So, we need relief materials and some form of compensation for the damage to our source of livelihood,” she said. Chief Ukott Esseen, the village head of Atia community, has urged Mobil to “speed up action on the exercise of clean up to reduce the impact of the spill on the ecosystem. We all agreed that the spill from all indications is a major one because the intensity of the deposits was enormous. The type of heavy equipment such as booms, dispersants and pumps sent to the spill site supported our position.” Irvin Obot, Zonal Director, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said they are still visiting the affected areas to ascertain the level of impact “The agency was conducting the exercise with officials of the oil firm, community representatives and other stakeholders. We are still going round the affected communities of Ibeno, Esit Eket, Ikot Abasi, Eastern Obolo and Mbo to verify reports that the spill had stretched to those places. The inspection would ascertain the actual quantity of crude discharged in the spill,”

Obot said. Meanwhile, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, a NonGovernmental Organisation (NGO), has urged the oil industry regulators to sanction Mobil for incessant spills from the Qua Ibo oil fields. The organisation made the demand in its field report on the November 9, Ibeno oil spill, noting that the spill marked the third within four months. The report signed by the organisation’s Executive Director, Nnimmo Bassey, indicated that the oil spill had taken a negative toll on the fishing population as well as contaminated the marine ecosystem. He said that stiff penalty against the company would compel it to maintain the integrity of its pipeline network, which had exposed the coastal communities to several crude oil spills. The NGO further called for the immediate replacement of all aged pipelines to forestall further degradation of the environment. In addition, it urged Mobil to clear the backlog of pending compensation claims as well as take responsibility for the losses incurred by fishermen affected by the spills. Angered by incessant oil spill from Mobil platform, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has also called on relevant government agencies saddled with the responsibility of overseeing and monitoring oil spill clean-up to ensure that a thorough job is effected so as to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected communities. While commenting on the issue, a member representing Onna Constituency, Hon. Godwin Charlie Oton, explained that the pain, and untold hardship the spill has inflicted on the fishing population along the coastline is pathetic and unbelievable. He, however, called on Mobil to give palliatives to the affected communities without further hesitation. But, Akwa Ibom communities are not the only ones bearing the brunt of oil companies operating within their neighbourhood. Some communities in Bayelsa State

A containment to capture spilling crude in K-Dere, an Ogoni community earlier this year

are equally in pains for the same reason. They too still leave in an unclean environment. The people are not only wallowing in lack owing to gross neglect by the multinational oil firms and government at all levels, but, basic facilities of life appear to have taken flight in those communities. One of the unending nightmares faced by the people remains that of oil spills from the pipelines and manifolds belonging to the multinational oil firms. The spills, no doubt, have destroyed farmlands, fish ponds and rivers, thereby denying the locals the means of livelihood. Because of this, some host communities and oil companies have maintained frosty relations. Trading of blames between the communities and oil companies have been the case whenever a spill occurs. Sometimes, the matter is dragged to court by the communities to seek justice. Notably, equipment failure and sabotage have been identified as two major causes of oil spills in the communities. In most instances, the oil companies had appeared to be nonchalant in mopping up the spills. The first oil spill recorded in the Niger Delta region occurred at the Oloibiri oil fields in Ogbia local government of the state in the 1960s. In an interview with our correspondent, State Project Officer, Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoE), Alagoa Morris, revealed that some of the oil spills are not known to the public. Most of them, he says, occur within company sites that are hardly accessible and areas where information is difficult to get. We know that oil spills happen due to equipment failure, operational failure, sabotage and more. While we cannot pretend that there are no sabotage cases, most oil spills are as a result of equipment failure (old, rusty pipes) or operational failure as in the case at Shell’s Okordia Manifold at Ikarama. Some of the sabotage cases too are traceable to either mismanagement of information by the oil companies or the blocking of communication channels by oil companies,” Morris said. He did not stop there but said, “the several spills at Ikarama last year were as a result of a mismanaged information by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that the company stopped the surveillance contract in the community. Just a day after this news got to the community, the spills started. Between July and December, there were about 14 oil spills or so within the community environment. Another incident of sabotage at Ogbonogbene, in Sagbama local government indicated that the community youths tried to reach the management CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Chronology of oil spills in Rivers State CHINEDUM EMEANA PORT HARCOURT

The incidences of oil spills have seemingly become a norm in Rivers State, as in other areas of the Niger Delta. As revealed by the UNEP Report, these oil spills are lifethreatening and sources of environmental disasters. The Ogoni peoples have had a concerted activism against the activities of Shell Petroleum Development Company regarding the various spills and resultant pollution of their land for years. Since Shell started operation in that neighbourhood in the late 1950s, their frosty relations got to a head in 1993 when the people of Ogoni declared Shell persona non grata and chased them out of their land. The reason was the un-abating oil spills and the company’s refusal to take responsibility in cleaning up the mess. Despite the fact that Shell is no more operating in Ogoni land, its facilities, however, still remain a threat to the people and their environment. For instance, on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at about 4.30pm, large volumes of oil shot up very high into the sky from the Bomu oil Well 2, one of many Shell facilities in the area, before falling down like rain and covering vast expanse of farmlands. This continued for three days before it was stopped by Shell on March 25 of that same year. Because of that situation, the road leading to K-Dere, Kpor and B-Dere were avoided by road users to avoid being drenched by the oil rain. However, beyond Ogoni, oil spills, gas blowout and explosion are a regular occurrence in the state. On Friday, August 28, 2002, in Mgbuodo, Rumuekpe clan in Ikwerre Local Government Area, there was a major crude oil blowout at SPDC Well 3, which spilled large volumes of crude oil into the village environment. Also at Ikata in Ahoada East on June 28, 2002, Shell pipeline located in Akbor community ruptured, spewing large quantities of crude into lakes, rivers and farmlands. In the same community in 1983 at Agbeupa and in Isioku area, pipelines also spilled crude oil into the people’s farmlands. Ogbodo is a community in Isiokpo, Ikwerre council area. The community is crisscrossed by Nkpogu-Rumuekpe oil pipeline and houses two oil wells owned by Shell. In June 1995, a major blow out occurred there resulting in an inferno. This resulted in large quantities of crude oil covering the Miniamu River with large patches of oil sludge floatCONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 of Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) with a view to discussing surveillance issue. But the youth were blocked each time they made any attempt.” A community leader at Imiringi, Ogbia, Pastor Ranami Afagha, said that the oil spills in his community had been causing hell to his people over the years. Afagha lamented that fishing expeditions by the locals have been at a lull owing to pollution and contamination of their river. “The fishes are all gone. There is low yield in crop production. The cocoyam, a major crop in this area, is all gone. At present, if you plant the crop, it does not produce any yield. The gas flare is another issue that generates heat and affects food production. Any farmland or swamp, which has gone through oil spill, is gone,” he explained. Also, former Community Development Committee (CDC) chairman in Kalaba, Yenagoa local government, Roman Orukali, said though, economic activities in his community such as farming, fishing, and snails trapping have all been disrupted by oil spills ravaging the area. “Some fishermen are also being denied their fishing rights, others abandon their fish ponds and traps while some relocate to other places to eke out a living. Farmers too, abandon their farmlands that continuously produce low yield. The Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), which operates in the community, does not respond promptly to oil spill. Spills are not attended to until pressure is

Shell Cheque


ing on the entire water surface and spreading to the Egula River and other rivers and streams in the area. In July 9, 2003, a major pipeline rupture in Shell’s Rumuekpe-Adebawa pipeline at Imogu community in Emohua local government area and spewed substantial quantity of crude oil into streams, and farmlands. Also in December 3, 2003, in Mini-Ihie, Rukpoku community in Ikwerre, a leaking oil pipeline resulted in an explosion of fire that destroyed houses, farmlands, plants, animals and the environment. There was also spills and explosion from Shell facilities in that community on May 20, 1996 and July 18, 2003. Opobo Town is home to several Shell oil wells and facilities at Epellema, Ilomu, Ninimalo Okukpo and Kala Sunju. Shell pipeline in Kala Sunju Flow Station have failed severally, causing major oil spills in 1978, 1987 and 1992. Also, a major spill occurred in Shell’s “Railway Manifold” in 1999 in Umusia, a community in Oyigbo Local Government Area. This happened because valve at the apparently ill-maintained facility could not withstand the high pressure of oil and gas. The spill polluted farmlands and wetlands. In July 1997, a major gas explosion at the Agip facility at Umuisogba/Umuegi swamp caused large volumes of crude oil to spill into the large expanse of farmlands and swamps. This spill affected aquatic lives in Ogbonogi Creek, Ozubu Lake, Obollo Lake Owubu Lake and the Orashi River in Rivers state. The Bille community of Degema also experienced a major oil spill on January 20, 1997 from Awoba Flow Station. That episode cause large spillage of crude oil into the Emo-Pepelye Creek causing extensive damage to aquatic lives and the ecosystem. Another Agip facility in Amuruto

in Abua/Odual Local Government Area on October 27, 1999 spilled crude oil into the Egbo Bush. These are just some of the incidences of oil spills in Rivers state, which is exacerbate by the companies’ continue refusal to take responsibility and clean up the environment. In some case where the companies take responsibility, it offered ridiculous compensations that were capable of inciting the communities into violence. For instance, four years after acknowledging culpability for crude oil spill in Ogale community in Eleme Local Government Area, Shell unilaterally decided that the compensation that the community deserved was a miserly sum of N199, 040 only, in which the company issued a cheque to the people through the paramount ruler of the area. According to a Shell document entitled: Spills and Blockade Compensation Receipt, Shell claimed that the community was only entitled to that amount under “Section 11 (5)(c ) of the Oil Pipeline Act and or any relevant law”. The paramount ruler of the community, His Royal Highness, Godwin Okpabi, said the community felt insulted by the action of Shell. He mentioned several spill sites in Ogale, Eleme area and noted that the people expected an apology from Shell instead of insulting them with a supposed compensation. “Two of our people, including the palace secretary went to Shell. They (Shell) gave them papers to sign; our people signed and they handed over a cheque of One hundred and nineteen thousand as payment of compensation to Ogale people for oil spillage. That amount was not up to $1,000. It is laughable. It just tells you where Shell places you and me that are Africans. It tells you what they think of us,” Okpabi said.

Most spills unknown to the public –ERA mounted on the company before they are cleaned up,” he said. Orukali went further to allege that oil company officials collude with some persons to set fire on the spill thereby causing more destruction in the environment. He as well noted that compensations are not usually paid. He appealed to the state and federal governments to prevail on NAOC to be more responsive in mopping up the spills in its host communities and pay compensations to the victims that suffered losses as a result of the spills effect. “Relief materials are not distributed to oil spill victims. To confirm what I’m saying, a spill that occurred in June this year has not been cleaned up by the oil firm; the swamp is seriously impacted now,” Orukali. Also commenting, Deputy Paramount Ruler of Ikebiri community, King Bunah Walter, said that spills occur almost every day in the community from pipelines belonging to NAOC. He also alleges that the oil firms’ claim that spills are man-made or sabotage to attract compensations does not hold water. He noted that whenever oil spill occurred in the area, the community’s economic trees such as timber and coconut destroyed. The river, which is their source of drinking water, becomes polluted, thereby disrupting fishing and farming activities in the village. The monarch noted that indi-

Esit Eket community youths protesting the spill

genes had suffered various illnesses owing to the polluted river where they drink water. Speaking with our correspondent, a senior lecturer at the Bayelsa State College of Education, Sagbama town and community leader in Obunagha in Yenagoa, Tari Dadiowei, said issue of oil spills was competing with their environment. This, according to him, has caused more harm than good in the Niger Delta communities. “We are aware of the oil spillage, which occurred in Shell’s Gbarain bulk line on September 16, 2003 while construction work by Chefy Nig limited, believed to be an oil servicing company contracted by shell for the bulk

line construction was at work. The heavy equipment used were an excavator with the inscription ‘SAIPEM’ and D8 caterpillar when suddenly the machines stepped on an existing pipeline and ruptured it, causing an immediate sprout of oil spilling like champagne from the pipeline. The immediate impact was therefore, on the creeks, vegetation, swamps and crops, which are the major sources of our livelihood, “the don said. Dadiowei recalled that the spill spread rapidly through Siankpu creek to Epie creek and damaged fishing gears, economic trees, polluted waters, and deprivation of occupational rights to the fishermen.



Sunday November 25, 2012

Sunday Mirror

Fresh crisis rocks aviation ministry •Ex-staff petition Jonathan, David Mark, Obasanjo, others



he crisis rocking the Nigerian aviation sector took another dimension at the weekend as top officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) relieved of their appointments recently petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan, the

Senate President, Senator David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, traditional rulers and opinion leaders. The officials who are alleging premature termination of their appointments and ethnic cleansing want the President to direct the Minister of Aviation to reinstate them to their jobs unconditionally. In the petition dated October 21, 2012, entitled “Illegal removal from administrative career positons… plea for reversal of illegality and reversal to positions”, the petitioners made up of former General Manager, Facilitation, Mr Solanke Gideon

Akintunde; General Manager Commercial, Komolafe Samuel; General Manager, Stores, Adefarakan Adeoye Emmanuel; General Manager, Mechanical, Oyedepo Adeyemi Biodun, and Assistant General Manager, Internal Audit, Bello Olu Kayode, wrote, “Apart from the fact that the disengagement smacks of ethnic cleansing, it does not reflect any geographical spread”. They described the process as “illegal, null and void” while not conforming to any known administrative process. According to the disengaged staff, they are not political appointees but career officers who enjoy permanency of tenure, whose career can only come to termination either having spent 35 years in service or attained 60 years of age, which was not applicable in the current exercise. They said they had never been queried, interdicted or found wanting in their official carriage, “as we have high pedigree and have added value to the system in our various departments”. “We have also not been affected by the two term ten-

ured services of eight years circular as applicable to parastatals and agency reference No. MCA000S/5.6/T8 dated November 5, 2009 from the Federal Ministry of Aviation, as issued by the office of the Head of Service of the Federation vide circular No. HCSF/EMS/EIR/B.63694/ T2/96 dated July 27, 2009 on (Interpretation of Public Service Rules on Compulsory Retirement Age/Year of Service in relation to Tenured Appointments of Serving Public Officers). They described their disengagement as sudden, shocking and embarrassing “as we are responsible family men in our communities as well as the breadwinners of our families whose means of livelihood has been cut off as we have no job other than the one we are doing at present. In the letter of disengagement, according to them, the Managing Director of the organisation cited, “ongoing transformation programme of Mr. President as it affects the aviation sector”. The question that is germane is that, “Are the officers from the South-West not relevant or suitable in Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda?”

According to them, of about 75 appointments made recently, 49 of them are from the South -East Zone which is a clear indication, according to them, of ethnic cleansing and pure marginalisation of a section to favour another. They expressed bitterness at the manner they were humiliated out of office, “where all of us were marched with armed security personnel and disallowed from our offices as if we were criminals. This is deprivation of our fundamental human rights to justice, freedom, equity and fairness”. “It is even against the civil service rule for career officers to be disengaged from service without due process and unceremoniously too. The petitioners equally alleged how non-qualified personnel were placed in positions of authority in the agency. According to them, the present General Manager, Audit, who is on level 17 only graduated about four years ago. They noted that highly qualified personnel who could head the audit department were sidelined. They listed such personnel with enough qualifications and

experience to fill the position. Some of them, Sunday Mirror gathered, include an AGM, A. O. Oladipo, who has about 23 years experience; J. B Jegede, with 16 years experience, presently, Principal Internal Auditor who was posted to Owerri. Another, Deji Ogundiran is said to have 18 years experience but was posted to Maiduguri. “Why can’t they pick any of these people instead of someone with only four years experience as a graduate?” Indeed, their assertion was lent credence by the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Service Senor Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) in a circular where they raised the posers; “How can an NCE holder be employed as an Assistant General Manager? How can a school certificate holder with degree in view be employed as an Assistant General Manager? How else can a four-yearold University graduate be employed as an Assistant General Manager?” They therefore called for answers to the posers. But, the chief executive

officer, Mish Aviation College, Capt. Adamu Msheila, ruled out ethnic coloration in the whole exercise. Speaking with our correspondent on the issue, Mshelia said that those drumming the ethnicity drum were those who benefitted from the rots in the system in the past. He said that in Nigeria, whenever there is a change, people are bound to either commend or criticise the change, adding that every minister carries out restructuring in every ministry in this country anytime there is a change. He insisted that the minister had not done anything wrong with the recent changes in the sector, rather it had become a norm, which may not suit everybody Also, reacting to the issue recently, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, insisted that what the government had done was to reposition the sector for the better while shoving aside the unproductive personnel, adding that the government was looking ahead to the future, especially with creation of cargo development department in FAAN.

Jonathan reaffirms faith in Nigeria ...hails Koroma’s re-election JAMES ABRAHAM, JOS ROTIMI FADEYI, ABUJA


resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that his faith in the unity and progress of Nigeria is unshakeable and that he would continue to dedicate himself to the strengthening of the country. Jonathan who spoke yesterday at the formal graduation ceremony of the 2012 Senior Executive Course 34 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, near Jos said: “I wish to seize this opportunity to reiterate my unshakeable faith in our great nation, Nigeria.” Jonathan whose speech was delivered by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, added: “As I pledged in my 2012 Independence Anniversary Broadcast, I see it as a sacred duty to continue to strengthen the bonds of

unity that hold our nation together. Everything will be done to promote and nourish the creative energies of our people. My administration is firmly focused on this objective and will never be distracted. I wish to reassure everyone that the future of our country is bright.” President Jonathan said he appreciated the contributions which NIPSS had made in efforts to find solutions to the nation’s problems and promised that he was committed to the pledge he made earlier this month to make it unnecessary for the Institute to run around soliciting for funds to accomplish its mandate. He congratulated the graduating students for successfully completing their course and urged them to use their knowledge to help the country grow. “This is your special day and you have every reason to celebrate, but I will like you to know that your new status as ‘Members of the

Procession of the Senate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, during the Golden Jubilee Convocation of the university in Zaria, yesterday. At the back row are, from left: Vice-President Namadi Sambo; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal.

National Institute: mni’, carries with it not just privileges but more importantly, responsibilities,” the president said. Sixty-six participants formally graduated at the event from the Senior Executive Course 34 of the National Institute. In the same vein, the Jonathan has congratulated President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone on his re-election and

swearing-in for another five-year term at the helm of his country’s affairs. A statement issued yesterday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said Jonathan and Nigeria welcome Koroma’s victory with close to 60 per cent of the votes cast in the November 17 presidential elections which was keenly contested by eight other candidates as

an affirmation of the trust and confidence the people of Sierra Leone have in his capable leadership. He urged all Sierra Leoneans to join hands with Koroma in moving their country forward to an era of democratic consolidation, peace, political stability and rapid socio-economic development. Jonathan assured Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone that they

can continue to count on the support, assistance and solidarity of Nigeria as they go on with the urgent task of rebuilding their nation after years of avoidable conflict. He wished Koroma a very successful second term in office and prayed that God will grant him continued good health and divine guidance to lead his nation forward to a brighter future for allof its people.

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Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s journey into exile W hen General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu left Biafra, in a hurry, after it became apparent that the war had been lost, he was like a man dying. All he knew was that he was going away, against his will from a land and people whom he loved and who loved him. He barely knew where he was going to end up, or how long he was going to last there. So it was no surprise when he said, “Life in exile was one hell of an experience”, on his return from Cote D’Ivore in 1982. Although, he did not take part in the coup of 1966 that caused the violence leading to war, Ojukwu, then commander of the 5th Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Kano, and later military governor of Eastern Region, could not bear the ceaseless killing of Igbo people, especially in the North. So when he finally declared secession for the region, of course the military government led by Major General Yakubu Gowon, would not allow it. The result was the Nigeria-Biafra War, and for 30 months, Igbo secessionist soldiers struggled to defend their land. However, towards the end of 1969, Ojukwu had no choice but to face the reality, which was to come to terms with the overwhelming odds against the Biafran dream and the futility of staying in the collapsing enclave. On January 9, 1970, he handed over power to Colonel Philip Effiong, his second in command who was Chief of General Staff and a Major-General in the Biafran Army. Ojukwu fled to Cote d’Ivoire, one of the few countries that recognised Biafra. President Felix HouphouetBoigny, who had endorsed the new state on May 14, 1968, a year after it was proclaimed, received Ojukwu with open arms and promptly granted him political asylum. On January 12, 1970, three days after he went into exile, Ojukwu in a press conference said that his leaving Biafra was forced

The late Ojukwu

on him by the circumstances around, and for the best interest of the Igbo. He stated: “I gathered together at Owerri during the night of January 8, 1970 those members of my cabinet who could be contacted to review the situation. At that meeting, I presented in firm and clear terms the grim hopelessness of continued formal military

resistance. I informed the cabinet that my primary duty in the circumstances was to seek the protection of our exhausted people and to save the leadership of our heroic republic. I, therefore, offered to go out of Biafra myself in search of peace. I decided personally to lead any delegation in order to give it maximum effect and to speed up

How he survived in Cote d’Ivoire


jukwu was hit by penury on his arrival in Cote d’Ivoire. However, his host gave him a house in Yamoussoukro. According to Frederick Forsyth, in his book entitled ‘Emeka’, Ojukwu took the path to recovery three years after the war: “He raised a small loan, put down the deposit on two trucks and began to work.” The business grew rapidly. “By sheer hard work, he began to build up a business to maintain himself, his family and his numerous dependants”. But Ojukwu loved another woman apart from his wife, Njideka, and this caused a problem in the family. Because of a relationship with Stella Onyeador, the strain between husband and wife soon led to their divorce in 1973. Stella Onyeador, thereafter, became Ikemba’s wife in 1976 bearing him a baby girl named Ebelechukwu, (God’s mercy). Ojukwu gave an insight into his day-to-day life in exile,

in his book, ‘Because I am Involved’: “The fact of exile had not changed my daily routine - I go to bed very late and wake up late. For years, I had been content with five to six hours sleep every day. During the war, I made do with three hours sleep every night and on exceptionally calm nights; I managed a four-hour spell. As a habit, I do not take breakfast: a cup of coffee, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice”. His business enterprise would later take him from Yamoussoukro to Bingerville in Abidjan. He wrote about it in his book: “Rather than sit, vegetate and wallow in self-pity, which was the normal fare of an exile, I decided to engage myself in some productive enterprise”. He bought out a French man in a company and acquired an office in Cocody. “I dug up, washed and calibrated gravel, I dug laterite, I exploded granite rock, I calibrated granite gravel; I dug up and dredged

up sand and delivered to construction sites all around Abidjan. Sometimes, I would drive out to one or two sites.” Every morning, he would go to the office at Cocody to check the previous day’s “production figures, then the accounts, the various ledgers: work in hand and work in prospect”. As the most popular exile from the most populous black nation in the world, Ojukwu wined and dined and discussed extensively with the exile community in Cot d’Ivoire - Ghanaians, Togolese, Beninoise and Nigeriens - where he met journalist who sought to retell the Biafra story. “I met with curious journalists, some diplomats and members of the various international organisations. In Abidjan, we maintained most scrupulously the fiction of my enmity with Nigeria – the Nigerian Embassy avoided me like the plague. If by chance we met at any social occasions, we pretended

total ignorance of each other’s presence. Sometimes, we might speak to each other through a third party as interlocutor.” Ojukwu’s made a trip to Rome in January 1976, and proceeded to Brussels and Ireland. Britain denied him but entry, but he visited France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland and the United States of America. His rising fame, especially in business attracted the attention of some African heads of state who subsequently sought to tap his knowledge.

Njideka Ojukwu

matters in order to save the lives of our people and preserve the concept of Biafra. I did this knowing that whilst I live, Biafra lives. If I am no more it would be only a matter of time for the noble concept to be swept into oblivion. I chose for the delegation the following persons: Dr. M.I. Okpara, my political adviser; N.U. Akpan, my chief secretary; Major-General Madiebo, the commander of my army. “In the fluid and uncertain military circumstances, the cabinet considered it advisable and reasonable that families of envoys in or going abroad should be sent out. My last hours in Biafra before my departure were spent in close consultation with Major-General Philip Effiong, whom I had appointed to administer the government in my absence, and his last request to me was to take out his family and to maintain them under my protection. I agreed. Since the departure of the delegation from Biafra, we have remained faithful to our mandate. We have made contacts with friends and men of goodwill. We have spared no efforts to mobilise all forces in an effort to take food into Biafra on a gigantic scale. We have taken steps to alert the world to the real fears of genocide in the hands of the Nigerians. From all indications, it is clear that Nigeria will not feed our people. There is no food whatsoever in Biafra and unless food can get into Biafran mouths in the next 72 hours, it will be too late. We have always believed in the futility of this war. We have always maintained that this war will solve no problems. If this carnage must stop, Nigerian leaders and their friends must borrow a leaf from the lessons of the last World War, where it was found that a permanent settlement could only emerge from an honourable peace. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Immediate efforts should, therefore, be directed towards early negotiations for peace without exacting full tribute of conquest. Only in this way can peace which the whole world desires have any chance. I, therefore, appeal to all governments and international organisations, countries and churches of the world, men and women of goodwill, to both our friends and enemies, in the interest of humanity to come forward to assist and protect the lives and talents of Biafra, to relieve the starvation and wasteful death now the only companion of our exhausted people. I implore the world to rise to this desperate need, to mount all possible pressures on Nigeria to ensure that food gets to my people.” The surrender happened three days after, and was done by Col Philip Effiong, who took over from him. As Ojukwu went into exile, many of his top commanders in the Biafran Army were rounded up and detained in various prisons across the country. One of those arrested and detained was Col Joe Achuzia alias “Hannibal Air Raid”, whose military operations in Biafra was legendary. According to competent sources, Achuzia had reported to Port Harcourt to see the General Adeyinka Adebayo Commission of Enquiry. While lodging at the Presidential Hotel Port Harcourt, he met Adebayo by chance at the hotel reception. It was there that Adebayo invited him to dinner where he incidentally met General Olusegun Obasanjo, then (GDC) in Port Harcourt, at the dinner table. They exchanged pleasantries after dinner. Having told them that he was lodging in the Presidential Hotel and his room number, he checked out of the hotel immediately he left them and lodged in Silver Valley area of Port Harcourt where most of the Biafran officers were been held. But by 6 the following morning, Nigerian Army Intelligence officers located him at Silver Valley and arrested him. He was handcuffed and a huge iron was placed on his ankles and paraded before Biafran civilians assembled outside to see what the officers called “their Hero on chains”. After the parade, Achuzia was taken to General Obasanjo’s guard room or “guest house”. For two days he was not served food on the order of Obasanjo. On enquiry why he was not being fed, the Lt. Col. the question was directed at said that it was the order of their Commander (the GOC) that Achuzia be starved. “If bullets could not kill him, let’s see if hunger would not kill him also”.

The late Houphouet-Boigny

jukwu continued to traverse the world, but his desire to return was making him sick. And so, when Alhaji Shehu Shagari became Nigeria’s president in 1979, Ojukwu began to make more concrete plans towards returning from exile. He began to speak from Cote D’ivoire about issues bordering on Nigeria. In 1981, he wrote to a close friend in Nigeria’s government: “Since the installation of the new civilian government, I notice that Nigeria has not made progress both in internal and external politics. One thing stands out – that our new governors do not understand their mandate. The opposition is prone to excess whilst the government is jupine… “In the legislature, the reflex is West minister whilst the constitution is Washington. Whilst our honourable leaders are seeking for individual gains even at the expense of each other within the same political party the country goes leaderless”. He also lamented the state of the social infrastructure in exile: “at home services do not work…Abroad electricity light and water runs not to speak about waste collec-

Joe Achuzia


Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s journey into exile Achuzia was eventually taken to Katsina prisons to continue his indefinite detention. But when Obasanjo assumed office as military head of state in 1976 after the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed in a coup de’tat, Achuzia was unceremoniously transferred from Katsina prisons to Kaduna prisons. The following year, 1977, he petitioned Obasanjo for clemency and release from detention. Achuzia said in his letter: “I have written several petitions both to General Yakubu Gowon and General Murtala Mohammed, all to no avail. But I must thank God for little mercies. Looking at my plight, I have become so philosophical about it that I might be looking at the picture with a jaundiced eye. I see myself as an entity in the midst of an unfolding history. “Your Excellency, we fought a civil war just as America fought a civil war. Like America, the war ended on the same note of no victor nor vanquished, yet unlike America where General Grant gave General Lee freedom to go with his war horse and arms (American civil war April 19th

The late Okadigbo

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tion and disposal. Why can those not work in Nigeria? Why everything upside down? In our society those who should serve become masters – we become slaves to our government; we pay for services we have to beg for; the trader is king whilst his customers becomes peasant. “In life our properties – cars, television sets, houses etc instead of serving us become our idols and we gemflect before them. When we should sleep we roam the streets to rob the innocent. The country is rich but in nowhere is poverty more apparent. We are the giant of Africa yet our impact on the continent is puny. In the council of nations we shout loudest but are least feared. To our enemies we are lambs. To our brothers we are tigers. The catalogue is interminable – everywhere one looks, however one looks, whenever one looks, the evidence one sees is one of total dissipation, debilitation, destitution, dilapidation and desolation. Then he mentioned his intentions: “I cannot help asking what sin have we committed. What is our crime? Our sin; egoism; our crime is self-indulgence but why? I can-

1865), I and my colleagues were disarmed and detained. “As of date I am the only one still left in detention for the civil war, which ended on a note of no winner no vanquished. Maybe, both of us have a role to play in history, as I have always wondered what story history would have told mankind if General Lee had lived instead of dying by his own sword as the gallant soldiers of old. What sort of a country would today America have been? I believe that providence has now enacted the same scenario here in Nigeria and for all students of history to study. Unlike General Lee I refuse to take my life. I implore you to please give me my freedom and give history a chance. I pray to Almighty God to give you the wisdom and courage to grant me my freedom.” Achuzia handed over the letter to the Kaduna Superintendent of prisons and reportedly forgot about it as he did not believe it would attract any positive response. But to his surprise, only a few months later in September that year, 1977, he was released from Kaduna prisons.


not believe that this state of affairs is congenital. It is for this that I have sought to return home to contribute modest means to halt this premature decline. Shortly after this letter, a trusted aide of his met with Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, then political adviser to Shagari. He gave Ojukwu’s telephone number to him with which he called Ojukwu in Cote D’Ivoire. In their conversion, the late Biafran leader made a case of the need for him to return to Nigeria. He said Igbo unity is a vital pillar in the construction of Nigeria unity. With agreement that Ojukwu would bring the Igbos, whose two states were won by NPP, into the mainstream of Nigeria politics by his joining the NPN on his return home, Okadigbo then broached the subject to Shagari and his deputy, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. The former vice-president rallied leaders from the East and they put intense pressure on Shagari who eventually agreed but said he would handle the case of General Yakubu Gowon who was then in exile due to events of the 1976 Dimka Coup, with that of Ojukwu together to give it a federal character colouring. Once Shagari took the decision to grant Ojukwu, he consulted the military because

the officers who commanded federal troops during the civil war still dominated the General staff of the armed forces. They gave the president a go-ahead to proceed after much pressure. The National Assembly and the leading opposition party, the Chief Obafemi Awolowo led Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, agreed that Ojukwu and Gowon be pardoned. Shagari then ordered the Director of National Security Organisation, NSO, then, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, to implement the pardon. Shinkafi and the late police affairs minister, Ali Baba, flew to Yamousoukoro and met Ojukwu in the presence of the then Ivorian president Felix Houphouet-Boigny. At the meeting Ojukwu strenuously object to the word ‘pardon’ because he had not been tried or convicted by a court of law. In the end a compromise was reached where the federal government “noted” the technically that there cannot be a pardon without conviction. Shinkafi and Baba then travelled to London and were joined by the then National Security Adviser to the president, Dr Bukar Shaib to meet with Gowon on his own pardon. Gowon was reportedly equally opposed to the word pardon as he had neither been tried in court nor convicted. On May 18, 1982, President Shagari at a Council of State meeting attended by Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe announced amnesty for Ojukwu. All the 19 state governors and the two former heads of state unanimously voted in support of the move. A month after, on June 18, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu returned, aboard a chartered Boeing 727 Nigeria Airways Flight WT700 to a triumphant reception by his country men and women he had missed for 12 years, five months and eight days. It was a thunderous welcome in which Igbo sang Onye-ije Nnoo (the travel, welcome) as they came out en masse to see and welcome the formidable and indefatigable freedom fighter.

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Agyaragu crisis: Nasarawa Police Commissioner gets marching order to arrest perpetrators IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA


asarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko AlMakura, has directed the state Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to effect immediate arrest of those involved in the ethnic crisis that erupted in Agyaragu, headquarters of Jenkwe development area of the state. The governor gave the directive yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, during a broadcast and consequently banned activities of all ethnic and cultural militia groups in the state. Al-Makura’s directive came barely a few hours after the state assembly issued him a one-week ultimatum to restore lasting

peace in Agyaragu and other areas affected by crisis across the state or risk impeachment procedures. Accordingly, the governor said that government would enforce the provisions of the penal code and the anti-thuggery law recently passed by the state House of Assembly as a practical demonstration of government commitment in curtailing the growing culture of violence in the state. His words: “Government is no doubt aware that in all instances, ethnic militias under various guises are being used as tools to unleash mayhem and blood-letting on innocent people”. He warned rumour mongers to desist from

making inflammatory statements and politicisation of the crisis with intent to worsen the situation. Hitherto, he added, “any person or group of persons caught causing panic through the spread of inciting information will be apprehended by security forces and made to face the full wrath of the law”. Al-Makura regretted the level of destruction of lives and property, reiterating that peace and harmonious coexistence remain cardinal in the quest for sustainable socio-economic development of the state. Meanwhile, the impeachment threat to the governor came after a special session on the state of insecurity in the state

which condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property in the recent ethnic crisis between Eggon and Migili nationalities in Agyaragu, Obi local government area of the state. Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Musa Ahmed Mohammed, made the decision of the legislature clear that the House would be left with no option than to invoke relevant sections of the Constitution if the state government failed to take necessary measures that would curtail the recurrence of incessant crisis in the state. The special session lamented over the inability of the Al-Makura-led government to implement the previous resolutions passed by the House on

security matters hence it blamed government’s alleged nonchalant attitude to that effect as being responsible for the continued crisis in some parts of the state. The lawmakers therefore called on the government to immediately implement the report of a committee recently set up to ascertain the remote and immediate cause of a similar crisis that had engulfed Assakio community in Lafia local government area of the state and urged the state government to take inventory of all the structures destroyed in Agyaragu crisis for compensation of the affected persons. •See more reports on pages10, 11

Why I resigned –Dickson’s ex-aide EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA.


ormer Special Adviser on Legal Matters to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Kemasuode Wodu, at the weekend clarified that he resigned his appointment in consultation with his boss to pursue his private legal practice. Wodu, who resigned on October 15 this year, denied a rumour that he had frosty relationship with the governor, forcing him to leave he government. The erstwhile aide disclosed this why briefing journalists in Yenagoa, insisting that he still maintained a cordial relationship with Governor Dickson and was prepared

to serve the state in other capacities. Wodu was appointed a Special Adviser by the governor in March this year. Indications emerged yesterday that the Governor’s Special Representative in Brass Local Government Council, Ms. Aboye Odibikuma, had resigned her appointment to contest the forthcoming chairmanship election in the local government. The election is scheduled for March 23 next year. Odibikuma, who is contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is said to be one of Dickson’s close confidants in the politics of Brass Local Government.

Wife of the President of the Senate, Mrs. Helen Mark casting her vote in Ward 1, Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State during the Benue State Local Government election on Saturday.

Wodu opened up that he had series of hearings and notices in the appellate courts which he thought was imperative as a private lawyer as he wants to grow in the legal profession. His words:”It is true

that I have resigned my appointment as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Legal Matters and Chief Legal Officer in the Governor’s office. “I resigned after consultations with his Excellency, the Governor of the state.

The reason for my resignation is to enable me pursue my professional career.As you all know ,I am a lawyer. Of late in the last two months or thereabout we started receiving and hearing notices from the appellate courts,” he said.

Mini-skirt-wearing ladies not killed in Maiduguri –JTF, police OMEIZA AJAYI, ABUJA AND INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI


he Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has denied the massacre of 20 ladies for wearing mini- skirts and trousers at the state capital, Maiduguri, at the weekend. Its spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, in a text message sent to journalists yesterday insisted that the purported slaughtering of the young ladies was not true. But residents expressed worry that the three children be-

longing to a State Security Service (SSS) officer who were slaughtered in the presence of their mother when the officer was not in the house, and the six Camerounians and five Chadians who were also slaughtered in Lawan Bukar wards of the Maiduguri metropolis two days ago were also denied by the JTF. Sagir in his usual way said that the rumour of the 20 ladies who were recently massacred was intended to cause disaffection and crisis. He added that there was no truth in the story, stressing that the JTF had investigated it and found

no incident like that. Police authorities in Abuja have also dismissed as false the purported killing of the ladies. The police said the story was totally false and lacked any iota of credibility. When contacted last night, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba who said he was away in Enugu for a function however dismissed the report. “That story is totally false”, he said in a terse text message to our correspondent last night. However, one of the residents in one of the affected areas who spoke under

anonymity challenged the JTF operating in Borno that “they are not sincere. A number of incidents as such have happened and are still happening on daily basis, especially in the midnight. The recent one is the slaughtering of the SSS man’s children, aged five, seven and 12, which JTF equally denied.” Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Friday Itulah (PDP-Edo) yesterday condemned in strong terms, if true, the slaughter on Friday of the 20 women in Maiduguri. He told Sunday Mirror in a telephone conversation that the killing was

sheer evil and must be punished. “The killing of those ladies is a heinous crime; it is pure wickedness and there is no justification for that whatsoever. “They don’t have any reason whatsoever to take the lives of anybody for whatever reason and these evil people who carried out these killings must face the wrath of the law”. He wondered why the Killings of innocent souls would persist in a democracy. “Are we going back to the days of yore? Are we going back to the primitive days of senseless killings? , he queried.


Presidential panel on flood relief sets N50b target EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA.


o-chairman of the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, yesterday said his committee was working out modalities to raise N50 billion in a bid to alleviate the plight of flood victims in affected states in the country.

Already, Dangote said the committee had raised N12 billion including N1.8 billion donated by the 36 states of the federation and assured that the group would be transparent in the management of funds raised for the victims. Dangote, who spoke in Yenagoa shortly after donating relief materials to flood victims in the state, said the committe came to the state to assess the level of destruction caused by floods. Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, had described the state as the most affected in terms of the magnitude of the destruction by the flood. Dickson told the Dangote-led delegation that all local government areas in the state were heavily affected by the raging flood that displaced many people. “I don’t think there is any state that has the situation where all local government areas were heavily impacted,” he lamented. While describing the flood situation as an incalculable loss, the governor said the challenge before the state government was the rehabilitation of the displaced persons. Dangote assured that his committee would do its best, not only to send in relief materials, but to also rehabilitate the people affected by the flood by giving them hope. He believed the state government had the necessary records of flood victims for proper documentation, stressing that the committee had deployed some relief materials to the state. “We have seen what happened in Bayelsa State and it is quite touching”, Dangote noted. He said he would on a personal level visit the state soon in his capacity as President of the Dangote Group to contribute his quota to support the flood victims.

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Neighbours at ‘war’: Echoes of Agyaragu communal crisis NOVEMBER 25, 2012


Agyaragu, a major market for the buying of yam, rice and melon, located 20 kilometers away from Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, along the Lafia - Makurdi Road, plays host to people from all states of

the federation, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who travel there frequently to buy these food items. It also serves as the headquarters of Jenkwe Development area of Obi Local Government area of the state. But today, the popular Agyaragu market is a shadow of its old self following a fierce

ethnic violence between the Koro and Eggon indigenous communities of the town which has claimed several lives, with properties worth millions of naira destroyed. The incident paralysed all commercial activities of the sprawling market which was completely razed during the crisis. The Agyaragu ethnic violence is one

among many crises that had engulfed the southern senatorial district in recent times. Notable among these include the Alago – Eggon ethnic crisis at Asakio town in Lafia East development area of Lafia Local Government area and the ongoing crisis between the indigenous farmers and the Fulani herdsmen of Ekye and Giza de-

Mr. Agidi Dachu sitting helplessly beside the remains of his son, Ajayi, when the Deputy Governor visited the area

A section of the town was been destroyed during the crisis

Ori-Oke Baba Abiye: Mountain of WALE FOLARIN OSOGBO


Baba Abiye (Inset: Miss Yinka Ige)

ri-oke Baba Abiye is a prayer mountain located near Ede town and between the rustic towns of Awo and Iwoye in Egbedore Local Government area of Osun state. The over 500 meters stretch mountain was established in 1944 by Prophet Samson Oladeji Akande. Since its establishment, the mountain has turned to a prayer city besieged by all manners of people including those in need of inspiration, as well as those seeking divine intervention to both physical and spiritual problems. Apart from its religious significance, one striking feature of the prayer mountain is its tourist potential. Standing on top of the mountain, one will have a clear view of the luxuriant surrounding environment. The first building used as church and the personal prayer room of the founder still stand on top of the mountain, though the first church building has been converted into a male hostel. The prayer city also has a bible institute, where men of God are equipped with adequate knowledge of their calling and are prepared for the “go yea commission”. Recalling the story of how the mountain was established the cleric in charge, Pastor Funso Akande said that in 1944, God directed the founder

to go and establish a prayer city for him on a mountain after the man of God had completed a 16- month fasting and prayer session. “Prophet Samson Oladeji Akande got the call to start a prayer mountain in 1944 and the blind servant set on the journey to Gbajeero hill along Kuta-Ile-Ogbo road, but he was asked to proceed as Gbajeero hill was not the destination of his prophecy until he got to a mountain after the Osun River between Awo and Iwoye where he contended with evil being, the first of which was a python, which used the hill as its enclave. “Having conquered the python, he faced another demonic spirit, the queen of the hill (Barebaduntan) and her followers, whose abode was in the womb of the hill, but the power of prayer coupled with the support of the Holy Spirit, the queen and her followers were forcefully ejected from the hill, paving way for God promise to manifest in the life of the blinded Prophet Akande,” he said. According to him, these and many other battles were fought to make the mountain an abode of the faithful who thronged the mountain on daily basis. The cleric in charge of the mountain who is the son of the founder also recalled God’s promise to the founder of the prayer city. “When God asked Prophet Akande who is popularly known as Baba Abiye to go and established the prayer city on the mountain, He made a promise. God said he will turn this prayer mountain into a city and many rulers from different parts of this country and Europe would come here because he will work great miracles among people here and captives shall be set free.” Speaking with Sunday Mirror, Mrs. Yetunde Mohammed who was on the mountain to pray to God likened the prayer mountain to Mount Sinai; where Moses communicated with God without an intermediary and received the

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One of the burnt houses

velopment areas in Doma and Keana Local Government areas respectively. Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the death toll has risen to 20 persons The crisis was said to have been triggered by an alleged motorcycle theft at Angwan Yakubu part of Agyaragu; that part of the town that is predominantly inhabited by the Eggons, by an unidentified person, who reportedly ran into Gwadenye part of the town, which is purely inhabited by the Koros. The demand by the Eggon people of Agwan Yakubu to fish out the alleged culprit was stiffly resisted by the Koros of Gwadenye which consequently resulted in serious fracas between the two major ethnic groups. An eyewitness, who craved anonymity, told Sunday Mirror that tension had mounted in the area since Sunday evening when a vigilance group from Agyaragu main town stormed the outskirts of Gwadenye, an area notorious for having a large concentration of Indian hemp smokers. Other sources confided that there had existed a political misunderstanding between the two ethnic stocks as the Koros rate themselves as the original owners of the area whereas they refer to the Eggons as settlers. This, the source said, culminated in the creation of Jenkwe local gov-


The remains of some of those that were killed during the clash

ernment development area with the Koros dominating the arrangement. The Koros, it was also learnt, used the advantage to subdue the Eggons and other minority tribes in the area, reportedly denying them access to both political contests and civil service recruitment in the development area. The recent clash between the two ethnic groups came as a huge surprise considering the long historical and cultural relationship existing between them. The attack was systematically targeted at every Koro man on sight, as with the wanton destruction, burning and looting of their properties, which consequently threw the town into ruins, making people to desert it. Speaking to Sunday Mirror on the incident, a former deputy chairman of the Jenkwe development area, Mr. Jacob Agwale, said at present, 10 dead bodies of Koro extraction have been recovered, while all structures belonging to prominent ‘sons’ of the area have been razed. His words: “I can only give you the figure of my kinsmen, the Koros. At present, only 10 dead bodies of Koros have been recovered, but virtually all structures belonging to them have been razed while their properties were equally looted, thus compelling them to go as refugees in other towns and villages. “It is a fact that most of the Koros have

fled this town beyond the shores of Nasarawa State, with the belief that their town has been reduced rubble, beyond habitation.” He continued, saying that majority of those consumed in the crisis were old people and children, as they were set ablaze in their houses. Similarly, the administrator of the development area, Mr. Wuduyamba S. Agidi, said he was attacked by the die-hard militants and occult Eggon youths christened “Ombatse”, in his office. He said they were dressed in their traditional black attire and cap; forcing him to take a detour over the fence to escape being lynched by the armed youth. The administrator also confirmed that homes of influential Koro people were selected for destruction by the Ombatse, a scenario reminiscent of the Assakio attack, which occurred about a year ago. When our correspondent visited the town, it was discovered that the Zhe Migili Palace, Agyaragu was totally razed, while the two security men on guard were reported by an eyewitness to have been killed by the attackers. A scenario which led to the relocation of the paramount ruler of the Chiefdom, Dr. Ayuba Agwadu, to an undisclosed place of safety. Nevertheless, hundreds of other residential and commercial houses belonging to the Koro

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ten commandments. According to her, whoever comes to the mountain to pray on any problem would never go back with the problem. “God answers prayers speedily on this mountain. It is a sort of Mecca for different folk that thronged the mountain for different reasons and they never returned to their various destinations the same way they arrived on the mountain, their lives witness a great turn around.” On why she prefer to come to the mountain to pray rather than praying in her room or church, Mohammed said “ the best way to commune with God is to visit the mountain and one is sure of an encounter with God. “On this mountain God speak to those who believe in His existence. Whenever I need to meditate I come here because it gets you closer to your creator and communicate with him without any type of intermediary, in fact God is really doing wonders here”, she revealed. Asked to comment on the various miracles recorded on the mountain, Pastor Akande said that 68 years after its establishment and after the demise of its founder, the mountain has become a prayer city for all sort of mankind and that God has been performing miracles. He said: “From generation to generation, the sovereignty of God remains the same. The lord God who commissioned Prophet Akande to found the Prayer Mountain in 1944 has continued to manifest His presence and power on the mountain after the glorious home-call of His beloved servant. Another visitor to the mountain, Oyeyemi Johnson Olojede, who has been living on the mountain since 2007, disclosed that but for the intervention of God in his life he would have died when afflicted by a strange paralysis. According to him, he was brought to the mountain half dead, but today thank God for sparing his life.

He said: “I was struck by a strange sickness in early 2007 around 11pm in my room at Ekpoma in Edo state and I was paralyzed from toes to neck, only my head was functioning. I told my friends then that only Jesus could heal me, but they took me to Ambrose Alli University Teaching Hospital, where the head of Neuron-surgeon, one Dr Alele advised us to seek spiritual intervention because in his experience as a Doctor, he has never seen my type of illness. Yet, my friends took me University of Benin Teaching Hospital, where the doctors gave up on my case. “Eventually, I was brought to the mountain by my parents. At that time, I was urinating and eating through a tube and it took up to a month of intense prayer before I could urinate on my own. Today to the chagrin of everyone I can move around by myself without seeking help from anyone and all of these happened right here on this mountain”, Oyeyemi said. Another adherent, Miss Olayinka Ige, a nursing student, who has been visiting the mountain for two years said it offered her opportunity to be in constant communication with Jesus, who, according to her, has been good to her in various ways. “God answered my prayers on this mountain. It is miraculous that five different people offered to pay N500,000 for my nursing school fees at a private nursing school. My experience on this mountain is unexplainable,” she said. Today, the prayer city is not just about prayers and miracles; it also has socio-economic value for the adjoining communities. Various activities are carried out on the mountain throughout the year that attracts people to the area, thereby boosting economic activities. Notable among such activities is the Abiye convention, a mega programme aimed at providing solutions to various afflictions and challenges.

people, as well as dozens of their vehicles and motorbikes, were set ablaze. Notable among the houses destroyed are those of the former president of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC), Rev. Samson Agidi; the deputy speaker of the Nasarawa State House Assembly, Hon. Elisha Agwadu; a former member of the state Assembly, Hon. Obed Joseph, and former chairman of Obi local government area, Mr. Philip Ajeh, who is currently on a Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A victim who was taking refuge in Lafia, the state capital, Mr. Boniface Ajeh, told our correspondent that the death toll could not be imagined as they were still scattered; hence, he could not ascertain those missing. His words: “We cannot give the exact figure of the number of persons consumed in the attack as we are still scattered all over as refugees in other lands.” When Sunday Mirror visited the scene of the crisis at Gwadenye area of Agyaragu on Friday, it was virtually deserted while the few Koro men found in the vicinity were seen parking their belongings into a waiting vehicle. On the contrary, the Eggons who reside at Angwan Yakuba area of Agyaragu town were not displaced as they were seen in their multitudes, retaining their places of abode.

Another building in the Oke Abiye Prayer City

The first church, now a male hostel



Sunday, November 25, 2012

2015: ANPP appoints Shekarau contact/merger chairman AUGUSTINE MADU-WEST KANO


s part of measures to reposition the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) for the challenges of 2015, a former presidential candidate of the party, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has been appointed the chairman of the contact / merger committee. The group is empowered to facilitate ANPP’s merger with other opposition parties. Shekarau, also immediate past governor of Kano State, took over from Alhaji Bashir Tofa, who until the last convention of the party that ushered in the leadership of Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, was the chairman of the party’s contact/ merger committee. Tofa, who held the position of ANPP elders’ committee, said he was on sab-

batical from the party, but did not give reasons for his decision to withdraw. Alhaji Shekarau disclosed his new political status in the ANPP in an interview with our correspondent. He also clarified issues regarding his purported resignation from the Kano Emirates Council, widely reported in the media recently. The former governor, who insisted that he was still a member of the Kano Emirate Council, said the rumour of his resignation was a misrepresentation and misinterpretation of his letter to the Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, requesting to be excused from the council’s regular meetings to enable him attend to pressing party responsibilities. Following his appointment as the leader of the

parties contact /merger, senior councillor of the Emirate Council, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi (Wamban Kano), dropped the hint of Shekarau’s resignation while interacting with newsmen in his office and said the former governor had written to the council indicating his intention to relinquish his position as a member of the Emirate Council. He revealed that following the written request by the former presidential candidate of the ANPP, the council met and approved the request permitting the Sardaunan Kano to resign from the council. Wambai added that Shekarau had in the letter of resignation explained that his party commitments was conflicting with his traditional responsibilities as a functional member of the Kano Emirate

Council hence his decision to quit the office. Shekarau recalls: “Sometime last month, my party assigned to me the onerous task of leading a committee charged with the responsibility of contacting and discussing with opposition parties with a view to merging and forming a common front to provide Nigerians with alternative platform that will lead our dear nation to the promise land. I therefore felt that I will definitely not have enough time to enable me attend and participate fully in the council meeting. Consequently, I wrote a letter to the Emir requesting for permission to withdraw temporarily from attending council meeting to concentrate on the new national assignment given to me by my party.”

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Nigeria needs intellectual cleansing, says Tinubu …Canvasses nation’s unity AZA MSUE KADUNA


ational Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday said Nigerians need intellectual house cleaning that would lead to a prosperous nation. Tinubu stated this at the award of degree of human letters, honoras causa, on Alhaji Habibat Mogaji, the Iyaloja General, by the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, during the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration. He said children must be educated to develop homegrown solutions that would tackle pressing challenges from poverty to desertification, health care to power generation. His words: “We need an intellectual house-cleaning. I am a political progressive and make no excuse for it. The structures and policies that shape our political economy are mostly old and borrowed ones that no longer work where they were invented”.

He added “Today, I am completely humbled to accept the conferment of Doctor of Human Letters on Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, OFR, President General of Nigerian Market Women and Men. I have to tell you that being the president-general of the market women is a rewarding but tough position. It was probably the second toughest job she had. The toughest was that of being a parent, for she is my mother. “So today, I stand here on behalf of my mother to say thank you for this esteemed honour. If not for her 96 years and the wear the years have put on her physical being, she would be standing here today to say these things for herself ? Because of her advanced years, she cannot be here. Thus, as a dutiful and grateful son, I will say what she would have told you”. Tinubu, however, called for unity of the nation, stressing that Nigerians have more in common than what separates the citizens.

Group warns FG against dialogue with Boko Haram


Former Vice-President and founder of the American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Guest Speaker of AUN 2012 Founder’s Day, at the dinner in honour of the latter at the AUN Hotel and Conference Centre in Yola at the weekend.

Boko Haram: Heightened security in Kaduna over attack threat A ZA MSUE KADUNA


he manhunt for Boko Haram members over planned attacks during the festive season has caused apprehension among residents as security operatives have embarked on stop-and-search in strategic positions within the Kaduna metropolis. Our correspondent, who went round Kaduna city, observed a heavy security

presence at major road entries to the city and adjoining streets. The security operatives have put residents, especially motorists and commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada, in difficulties, just as the motorcyclists and their passengers are forced to trek long distances. Sunday Mirror gathered that the ongoing house-tohouse search in Kaduna by the Joint Task Force, JTF,

in parts of the city, had so far led to the recovery of unauthorised weapons from suspected terrorists’ hideouts. The JTF’s Operation Restore Order, Maiduguri, Borno State had declared some suspected members of Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, popularly called Boko Haram, wanted and placed N.3 billion ransom to whomsoever would supply information that

could lead to their arrest. The suspects, the JTF said, are wanted in connection with terrorist activities, particularly, in the North-East zone of the country, that led to killings, bombings and assassinations of some civilians. Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Aminu Lawan, said the stop-and-search is a routine security exercise around the city and the entire Kaduna State.

gainst the backdrop of a planned dialogue with the dreaded Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, Director General of the Centre for Democratic Governance in Africa, Dr. Dafe Akpocha, at the weekend advised the Federal Government against such moves with the insurgents. He argued that such development could encourage other ‘faceless groups to terrorise Nigerians’. Akpocha who said this in Lagos, insisted that, though, peace was desirable, considering the number of people that had been killed by the fundamentalist group, he, however, said that such a meeting should not be at the instance of the group. “Yes, we all know that we need peace; it is not going to be at their instance. These people have killed so many innocent people. Many Christians in the North cannot go to church any longer for fear of attack, yet their people move and work freely here without any molestation. Again, these people are faceless; nobody can iden-

tify them, neither can anyone say this is what they want,” Akpocha added. He recalled that the Federal Government under the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was able to dialogue with Niger Delta militants because their leaders were visible and their demands reasonable and known to all. “The irony of what Boko Haram is trying to do by asking the Federal Government to go to Saudi Arabia for a meeting is that it is trying to claim upper hand, and if the government accepts it, any other group can wake up tomorrow, terrorise all of us and still force the government for a truce, making all kinds of unnecessary demands as these people are doing”. Akpocha urged the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government to fish out the sponsors of the group and allow the law of the land take its course. He also urged Nigerians to eschew every form of violence and live together with love and fear of God.


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Jonathan’s govt has not displayed strength, will to tackle corruption Zakari Mohammed, representing Baruba/Kaiama Federal Constituency of Kwara State in the House of Representatives, is the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs. He was the guest of journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State last week after the funeral activities of Senator Olusola Saraki, where he spoke about diverse national issues. Wole Adedeji brings the excerpts: What is the stand point of the House of Representatives on the recent statement on the fuel subsidy? For us in the House of Representatives, basically, these issues are ones that are very sensitive to us because, basically, the country relies on oil. We run a mono economy and when we get back to the House, obviously, maybe as the week runs out, we will take a position on this matter. But, what I can say is that we will recall all we had said about fuel subsidy. We believe that even in the beginning, if the malpractices, the sharp practices, the under table dealings are taken off from the oil industry, of course, we know that even the subsidy issue is sustainable. But of course these issues are history now. We just know that corruption is neck deep in the oil and gas industry, and for us in the House, it was one of the reasons we expedited action on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) when it was brought to us. We had ended the debate and committed it to the relevant committees of the House. In fact, we have put up a committee of the House encompassing the chairmen and deputies of the oil and gas, petroleum, upstream and downstream, finance, and several other colleagues of ours to work on the PIB committee. Very soon, a public hearing will be carried out and these issues will be thrashed out. Part of what we want to discuss or want embedded in the PIB law is to be able to put up those stringent laws to check corruption in the oil and gas industry. For the removal of fuel subsidy totally by Mr. President, the House would always take a decision when we get back to the plenary which will be coming up as from November 20 (last Tuesday), but I am sure

–Mohammed, Reps’ spokesman

that any matter that borders on the lives of our people, who happen to be our employers, we would definitely take it in turn. I think this answer will just suffice for now. Until we get to the plenary. But it seems from all indications that the House has decided to accept it because there is not much reaction from it as it were. What is your view. Let me tell you one thing which I had said on several occasions. Though Reuben Abati is supposed to be the spokesperson of Mr. President, I consider his reactions to issues very unfortunate. I read his write-up and I got very disappointed that rather than address issues, Reuben was particular about Zakari Mohammed as a person. Then, he alluded to the fact that I was absent-minded. What was my crime? It was because I said that the government of President Jonathan, from all that we had seen, does not display strength and of course, the will to tackle corruption head on. Of course that is the truth and I stand by that. I keep repeating it and will keep on repeating it. But I just want to tell Abati that there was somebody who occupied the office of the Special Adviser on Media or spokesman of Mr. President before him. That gentleman is Segun Adeniyi. That man is still alive. My advice to Abati is that he should go and take lessons from Adeniyi on how he handled the affairs of the late president Musa Yar’Adua when issues of policy directions were on the front burner, where at some point, we didn’t know the right direction the nation was going to. But, Adeniyi handled his job as a professional and a lot of us were proud of him. But of course, the fact that you are an essayist does not make you an information manager. That is the mistake we made. Abati is not a journalist. I can say that and beat my chest anywhere. That you are in the board room and just an essayist does not make you a journalist. Having said that, the issue on ground is the fact that because we have made a mistake as a country and have relied so much on the oil, everybody that is somebody in Nigeria wants to have something to do with oil. Unless we begin to divest and direct our focus on the corruption in that sector, we may end up not having an oil industry one day. The government of the day may say it met the problem that way. But I want


to say that leadership is not by shifting blames; leadership is about responsibility. The day you desire or decide, the day you make up your mind to serve, you must be culpable for everything that goes wrong while you are there. I want to say that for us as a House, and until we are proved very wrong, the will to tackle corruption in the oil and gas industry looks selective. Unless we go for it totally, head on, we might not be able to get to where we are going. Already, people are being taken on. People are being arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) almost on a daily basis on issue of corruption, and what we witness now is plea bargaining, where rather than go to jail, accused persons prefer to return part of the loot; even in the oil industry, it is the same story. Are you not worried about this as a member of the House of Representatives? On plea bargaining, we just hope that justice should not be a circuit show. That

is, there shouldn’t be shortcut to justice. Let the rule of law prevail. That is what we keep preaching in the National Assembly. For us, we would keep asking and demanding that the right thing be done even if we are blackmailed in the process. We know that the way we are, the as things stand now, unless there is a change of attitude, we might not be able to tackle that problem head on. We would pass the PIB Bill with our observations entrenched and we will give it quick passage taking note that it is not just garbage in, garbage out but of the key issues. We had already made our observations on these issues very clear. We will come out with the law that is sustainable. We don’t intend to pass a PIB Bill that would make the country to be at the mercy of an individual. All the key issues that border on making the oil and gas industry open to investments will be looked into, so that employment would be generated and CONTINUED ON PAGE 14



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‘Call for sovereign national conference no longer relevant’

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 revenue would be created. We would be in tune with that so that we will be on the same page with Nigerians.

The clamour for Sovereign National Conference has continued to reverberate across the country, despite the ongoing Constitution amendment process. What is your take? I think we, the elite, are the major problem of this country and unless and until we are sincere with our utterances, we will definitely be running into all kinds of problems. As a House, we had said that there are issues and if you look at the 43 amendments that we sought for, for instance, independence of the legislatures at the state level, independence of the local government (financial autonomy), state creation, revenue allocation formula, presidency rotation, governorship functioning, etcetera, these issues have been in the public domain over time. By virtue of Section 9 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, we are given the power to amend the Constitution. Any how we go about it should be immaterial. But what do we do to achieve that? Some people have said that we should call a confab. We should call for a referendum. Of late, we have come out with a position that, “Anything that is not in the Constitution, we can never be a party to the execution of such”. Referendum is not in the Nigerian Constitution and it is alien to our Constitution and I am sure that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should know better. So how would the constitution drawn by the National Assembly meet the aspirations of Nigerians? For us as a House, there is no perfect Constitution in any part of the world. You keep upholding and tinkering with it as you carry on. To continue to say that the entire Constitution is faulty, I do beg to disagree with that. Unfortunately, it comes from the quarters that you think should be enlightened enough to know that if we should throw out the entire Constitution, the institutions that are products of that Constitution become illegal. If you throw them out, where do you start from? Who conducts the conference? Who funds it? Who moderates it? What modus operandi are we going to operate with? We are leaders in our own right and we believe that rather than throw out the Constitution and throw the country into confusion, we should look for a leeway out. Every responsible government, every responsible people will look for a leeway in every situation. That is what leadership is all about. It is about proffering solutions at every point in time. You navigate when it is stormy and take a right course. That is exactly what we believe in the seventh National Assembly, and that is what we are doing. These issues have been brought to the public domain, we had interacted and I know that in my constituency, some of your colleagues were there; the deliberation there was democratic. Every issue was taken according to its merit. People debated. They had a very robust debate and at the end of the day, we came up with a com-

mon stand on each of these issues. The views, the aggregate views of the people will be collated and, of course, that will form the stand of the Nigerian people as far as we are concerned. Some people have lost elections. Some have lost relevance. They believe that the best way to come back is to begin to ask for confab. If you want to stand in an election, go and follow the due process as enshrined in the Constitution. Pick up the party nomination form, sell yourself to the people, be accepted and come out rather than doing it your own way. That is exactly what I want us to put in its right perspective. Unless we get these things right, we would keep missing the point. The people that are asking for referendum, for confab and so on, if we should search their views, it might not be in the best interest of Nigeria. We are at a critical point/moment of our history. If things were not done right, we might be putting this country on the slaughter slab and we would begin to pieces it. God forbid, we don’t want to preside over the balkanisation of Nigeria. Either by mistake, commission or omission over time since 1914, we have learnt how to stay with one another. Some of us have life partners across borders. As I speak, my own wife is not from my own part of the country, she is from the western part of the country. There are several other people who have relationship over and over again. How do you reconcile that? I am just giving you a typical example of this. Some people are big business partners across the Niger. Their best friends and associates are across the Niger. How do you reconcile that? These are the issues some of these people believe that can be taken for granted. What I know and what we believe in the seventh Assembly is that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Not at any cost. On some other issues, we will keep discussing and, of course, the aggregate views of Nigerians are what we are presenting, such as ‘do we need State Police? Do we need the issue of ‘indigeneship’?’ If you stay in a place after a period of years, can you be voted for? All of these are the issues that have been embedded and are in the public domain. Those are the issues that we put forth. We didn’t just wake up and say this must be in it. The participation has shown that Nigerians have decided to take their destinies in their hands as to how to be in charge of their affairs. That is exactly what we have done with the people’s sessions and public hearings. I am sure by the end of the day, by next year, hopefully, we would come out with the clear Constitution. One important issue in the public hearings is the creation of state, but the two chambers of the National Assembly seem not to be in tune with the people’s desire. What should the people expect on this matter? On state creation, for now I cannot tell you what the stand of the House or the National Assembly is because, all of us have different views on state creation from what

we brought back. For instance, in my constituency, we are not particular about state creation rather, we prefer that the number of our local government councils be increased because the local government is the closest to the people and that of course is a bit sustainable. State creation will just be like, in my own opinion, I am not speaking on the resolution of the House, creating chiefdoms for certain people to begin to flex their own political power. For us, it is not about the number of states that matters, but how effective and how efficient these states are. Of course, when the aggregate of our opinions comes out, I know with the interactions I have had with a number of my colleagues, they are not particular about state creation. Rather, they are looking at how best the system will work for the local governments to become very effective. When we had the regional structure, some roads that you see now, for instance, were constructed during that time. There are certain works up till today that were built by the Native Authorities, and of course by the then government of Northern Nigeria. We still have such work in my village. You have them as far as Kaura Namoda, Bah or Geshu in Taraba State. These are effectiveness and we believe that with more effectiveness, state creation might not be necessary, because it would just be like creating more opportunities for certain people to go to Abuja with cap in hand to take monies that would be expended outside the interest of the Nigerian people. Recently, the United Nations (UN) fined the British Petroleum (BP) $4.5 billion for oil spillage, but in Nigeria, we keep recording oil spillage without desired compensation, the oil companies keep going scot free and the people suffer it, what should Nigerians expect from the National Assembly in this regard? Pertaining to oil spillage, we have cried out and gladly enough, Senator Bukola Saraki had a public hearing where he invited all stakeholders and he was particular about the oil spillage, an agency of government that will tackle the spillage. That agency will take it head on. Some of these multinationals as have been involved in the corruption going on in the oil industry. Some of them have those that they are answerable to and of course they do it at the expense of the people. By the time these opinions are committed into law and the law is signed by the President, you will see that we will have basis on which the oil spillage issues and environmental issues are captured. The Nigerian people will be the best for it, especially the oil producing communities. It is something that is ongoing. I know that we would come up with that because that hearing, even though we know that the people in government circle would never like it, we still went ahead to do it because we know and believe that is the way to go. This is especially to take care of the environment and the deprivation the people are suffering as a result of the oil exploration in their communities.






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Chime’s absence and the Enugu power play DENNIS AGBO ENUGU


or weeks now, speculations have been rife in Enugu State government and political circles about what could have been responsible for the long absence of the state’s helmsman, Governor Sullivan Chime, from the state. The absence became more pronounced during the constitution review hearings which the governor was supposed to be part of but from which he was conspicuously absent. Indeed, the governor’s absence has thrown up a lot of power plays in the state, pitching many of the actors against one another. Though, the House of Representatives’ first version of the hearings went smoothly with a yes or no audience and robust debate at the Senator Ayogu Eze-organised hearing at Adada house in Nsukka, the Senator Gil Nnaji version of the hearing at Agbani met a brick wall, with a council chairman refusing to allow Nnaji use

the proposed venue of the hearing which aborted the event. But the power of the council chairman to scuttle a senator’s national assignment has been allegedly placed at the lap of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, who at present is perceived as the de facto governor of Enugu State. If Governor Chime were to be physically present in Enugu, it was said, the incident could have been averted. That brings to question why the governor has long overstayed the two months leave that the people of the state were told was responsible for his travel. Since just a select people communicate with the governor, and except by information dished out by his aides, speculations have been rife in the state that Chime may have taken ill. Yet those in the corridors of power in the Enugu Lion Building insist that the governor is hale and hearty and would soon return to the country. Outspoken Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, of the Anglican Church, at a recent public function, burst out that if the gover-

nor was not well, the people should be told so they can pray for his quick recovery. The bishop insisted that if all were well with Chime, after all, he should make haste and come back to continue with the mandate given to him and the good works he had been doing in the coal city state, adding that the people were missing him. Close family members of the governor, however, told Sunday Mirror that the governor was okay and dismissed reports that Chime was suffering from a terminal disease and was flown from Europe to India. Yet there are worries among the people each day the Enugu governor failed to show up. It, however, became more worrisome last week when Senator Nnaji was denied access to his senatorial district, venue of public hearing. The information gathered by our reporter is that there is already a power struggle between the governor’s Chief of Staff, Mrs. Nwobodo, and some stakeholders in the state who are not comfortable CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Briefly Delta group defends Uduaghan Delta leaders under the auspices of the People’s Movement over the weekend berated those blackmailing the governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan. They described Uduaghan as an embodiment of moral rejuvenation, respect, loyalty, honesty, progress, peace and prosperity in Delta State. The Director of Communications of the People’s Movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua, in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of the leaders in Lagos, noted the improvement and standardisation in the various sectors, and his provision of potable drinking water, potent health care delivery and good roads as well as secured living in the state, have made the governor meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people. The leaders accused some individuals and groups of hatching evil motives aimed at dividing Deltans, destroying “the solidarity” and possibly, provoking political tension and crises in the state. “Whether taken literally or figuratively, it is obvious that they intend to expose the governor to ridicule, hatred and contempt by their actions” the leaders said. The leaders dismissed the view that some of the proposed members of local government caretaker committees members were card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), emphasising that the appointment of caretaker committees in the local government councils by the governor has nothing to do “with the actualisation of selfish agenda or to control funds accruing to local government councils from federation accounts as alleged by those faceless groups.


‘Remove immunity clause from Constitution’ KOWA Party has demanded for removal of immunity clause for the President, Vice-President, Governors and Deputy Governors, saying the idea of immunity from legal process originated from monarchical systems. It further called for the creation of state police and a reform of the Nigeria Police Force, stressing that the new constitution should change Police’s name to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and that it should remain the only federal police force in Nigeria. “The federal police tackles federal and inter-state crimes, while the state police handles crimes committed inside the state”, the party advocated. The party made the recommendation to the ongoing public hearing on constitution review in a release through its legal adviser, Mr Chinua Asuzu. Besides, it said the current six geo-political zones should be converted to states, saying the question of state creation should be permanently closed. On the third tier of government, KOWA said the Constitution should not stipulate the number of local governments in the country or define the boundaries or geography of the local government areas.



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The battle for the soul of Ondo State is not over yet as five political parties have headed for the State Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the October 20, 2012 governorship election in the state. In this analysis, Ojo Oyewamide examines the case of the candidate of the Accord Party (AP), Olawale Ojo, against the victory of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP).


h b he battle ttl for f the th soull off Ondo O d State St t is i nott yett over, as it has h shifted hift d to t the court. Five political parties have headed for the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the last governorship election in the state. Last Friday, the inaugural session of the State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal was held in Akure, the state capital. The three-member panel is chaired by Justice A. Kaka’n. Other members are Hon. Justice H.S. Mohammad and Hon. Kadi M.M. Alkali. Justice Kaka’n, speaking on behalf of the other judges, promised a fair hearing to all the parties involved. Warning against any attempts to induce or lobby members of the panel, the Tribunal Chairman said: “As judges, we took oath to discharge our duties and perform our functions honestly to the best of our ability and faithfully in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Law.” He added: “We also swore to abide by the code of conduct, not to allow our personal interests to influence our official conduct or decisions.” With the inaugural session of the Tribunal, the second round of the battle for the Alagbaka Government House has commenced. As it looks now, pundits find it quite difficult to predict when the curtain will fall on the electoral contest. The belief is that the cases may drag from the Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and, probably, the Supreme Court, given the firm resolve of the petitioners to pursue ‘justice.’ On October 20, candidates of 12 political parties engaged in the first round of the battle, seeking the mandate of the people to govern the state for the next four years. Out of 1,638, 950 electors, only 645, 597 came out to elect a new governor for the state. At the end of the exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party (LP) winner. Mimiko, according to the electoral umpire, garnered 260, 199 votes, representing 41.65 percent of 624, 659, the totality of the votes cast. Dissatisfied with the result of the election, five political parties and their candidates headed for the Tribunal to challenge his victory. The political parties are the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Others are the Peoples Democratic Congress (PDC) and the Accord Party (AP). Flag bearers of the parties claimed the election did not comply with the Electoral Act and that INEC ought not to have declared Mimiko winner of the polls, therefore seeking the nullification of the election and the conduct of a fresh one.

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Ondo: Governorship b as Accord Party drag While the PDP, ACN and CPC are contesting the outcome of the October polls on grounds of corrupt practices and non-compliance with the Electoral Act, the Accord Party is challenging the exclusion of its candidate from the contest. The PDC is contesting the ownership of the father-mother-and-child logo with the LP, saying it is the original owner. The party, which secured 21, 361 votes in the election and has a similar logo to that of the LP, claimed that the logo mix-up by the INEC prevented its supporters from voting for the candidate of the party. Of all the petitions, however, that of the candidate of the Accord Party, Olawale Ojo, has generated much public interest, created apprehension among the LP members and raised hope in the opposition camp. Ojo’s complaint is seen as the strongest among the cases against the re-election of Mimiko. The belief is that, if well presented, the case could lead to a reversal of fortune for the LP. What then is the case of the AP and its candidate? The party claimed, in the petition submitted to the tribunal’s secretary, Mr. Yusuf Musa, that the INEC omitted its logo on the ballot papers used for the October polls contrary to the 2010 Electoral Act. The AP argued that after sending three of its officials to monitor the party’s primaries held on August 1, 2012, the INEC still excluded its candidate’s name from the list of contestants. The party said it forwarded the list of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates it proposed to sponsor to the INEC through a letter dated June 30, 2012 and that the electoral body consequently issued the party’s candidate a nomination form. But when the form was to be submitted, the party added, officials of the INEC informed its candidate that their non-attendance at the primaries that produced him and his running mate may void their nomination. The party however said it informed INEC of its plan to hold another primary and invited officials of the electoral body to come and monitor the exercise. The electoral umpire was said to have sent some of its officials to witness the nomination exercise from which Ojo emerged as the governorship candidate and Mr. Olufunmilayo Jenyo Ataonoko as the deputy governorship candidate of the party respectively. The INEC officials were said to have certified the conduct of the primaries. According to the petition, the Accord Party submitted to the INEC the nomination forms earlier issued to it by the INEC with the names of its candidate and his running mate on August 10, 2012. But after several visits to the Commission’s office, it was observed that the electoral body intended to deprive the party of its right to sponsor candidate for the election. On August 24, 2012, the party wrote an official letter to the INEC requesting the clearance of its candidate. Despite the letter, the Commission was said to have omitted the name of the party’s candidate when it published the list of contestants,


without giving any genuine reason. The development prompted the p eral High Court in Akure, seeking candidate. The matter was still pend conducted the October 20, 2012, elect ously missing on the ballot papers from the election. Is the case of the Accord Party a sweep away the victory of Mimiko? to decide, lawyers are divided over it

Chime’s absence and Enu CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 with what they see as ‘the most powerful woman in the state’ taking charge in the absence of the governor. It was even alleged that the Chief of Staff stopped the entitlements of the Acting Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi. Among the crises, conflicts and struggle for power involving Mrs. Nwobodo ,there are also other allegations within the state and beyond that she has unilaterally dissolved the State Universal Basic Education Board, UBEB over N3.5 billion new grant to the board; her divide and rule tactics in the State House of Assembly over the house members overseas tour. But the ‘confrontation’ that had however come out of the public domain was that of Senator Nnaji and the Chief of Staff which made Nnaji take up advert spaces in newspapers against Mrs. Nwobodo. The scuttling of the Enugu-East Senatorial DisEze

trict public hearing for constitution amendment, penultimate Thursday was allegedly on the orders of Mrs. Nwobodo who, it was alleged, acted in the proxy of the Nkanu-West local council chairman, Ekene Okenwa, who refused Senator Gil Nnaji using the traditional political venue for the zone at Agbani. Mrs. Nwobodo has, however,denied involvement in the sham, saying it was the council chairman, Okenwa, who can tell the story better. The council chairman’s version of the story stated that, though Senator Nnaji had brought a letter to inform him about the public hearing, the senator failed to exhaust due process of consultations that would have made the event successful, adding that even at that, there was another function earlier slated for the venue. Widespread allegations, uproar and disappointment by many people that turned up for the public hearing rented the air. They were quickly disband-

ed by the Divisional Police local government. Senat managed to address news people at the venue despit DPO to stop him from talk The lawmaker regretted the abortion of the public even the traditional ruler and women of her zone th the opportunity of making tion amendment process. His words: “It is unfo hearing going on througho tricts in Nigeria, the one fo District was thwarted. Some council chairmen see, the Chairman of Nk ment, Hon. Ekene Okenw should hold here. The canopies were arra

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Nigerians and private jets’ vanity


igerians were taken aback by the recent news that Founder of the World of Bible Life Church and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayodele Oritsejafor, received a private aircraft gift worth about $45 million from a member of the congregation to mark his 40th anniversary as a Pentecostal priest. With this development, Oritsejafor has added to the long list of clerics and legions of Nigerians (especially public office holders, private entrepreneurs and others) owning private jets. Statistics suggest there are roughly 160 private airplanes owned by this class of citizens. The penchant for such expensive means of transportation, reports say, has cost the coterie of “wealthy” Nigerians more than $6.5 billion (about N1.02 trillion) in the last five years, according to reports; while private jet ownership in the country grew by 650 per cent, from 20 aircraft in 2007 to the staggering number being mentioned today. Some of the reasons flaunted to justify the morbid ostentation and profligacy, especially on the part of public officers entrusted with state power and resources, ranged from the need for privacy, fear of insecurity and ease of movement. According to industry sources, private jets cost between $40 million and $65 million; while the choice brands of Nigerians include Bombadier Challenger 60,605 Global Express; Embraer Legacy 600 – 650; Falcon 2000S – 2000EX; and Hawker Siddley 125 – 800 and 900XP. Whereas it is no crime to own a private jet, the list and calibre of the owners raise a number of moral and fundamental questions, especially in a country lacking the most basic of infrastructure and social

services, such as regular electricity supply, motorable roads, railway services, quality public schools and health facilities, etc. Even well equipped and functioning airports are in deficit, both in Abuja, the nation’s capital; and Lagos, the country’s commercial nerve centre. Sadly, too, such obscene display of wealth and affluence is being witnessed in the midst of the massive youth unemployment, poverty and destitution, decreasing life expectancy, increasing maternal and child mortality, urban squalor, decreasing school enrolment and rising killer diseases that have continued to torment ordinary Nigerians. Nigeria ranks in the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), with more than 70 per cent of the population living on less than $2 a day. Talking about the role of the church and the clergy in the reveling and private jets’ vanity, the House of God ought to be a sacred bosom for charity, a sanctuary for spiritual rejuvenation, especially for those in honest search of answers to life’s countless fears, worries, deprivations and afflictions; certainly not a showroom for the banal display of material possessions, or a farm from where ridiculous scandals and bloodshed are routinely harvested, which are the trademarks of countless religious houses and their leadership today. Whereas the missionaries that brought religion to the country preached and practically demonstrated how virtuous it is to give, by building free schools and churches, offering generous scholarships and training to indigenous Nigerians, and generally helping the helpless, for instance, many of today’s churches and worshipping

centres have brazenly been turned to temples for conjuring wealth, with some pastors competing feverishly not only among themselves, but also against corrupt public functionaries in the race for material possessions. Many Nigerian churches own schools or hospitals which their povertystricken members, their children or wards cannot afford because of their outrageous bills. It is, in addition, not impossible that vast sums of money church members were ‘spiritually’ compelled to cough up were used to build such facilities. Yet such churches do not pity famished church members when dispensing the opium on tithes, offerings and giving. This is inhuman and crass exploitation. It is ungodly! We agree with Pastor Tunde Bakare that religious institutions have done grave harm to the nation; and that it is high time worshippers started demanding explanations from their leaders on their conduct with money. Religious leaders and their followers equally owe the nation explanations on why, despite the proliferation of churches and other places of worship, immorality, crimes, corruption, frauds, divorce cases, etc., have continued to multiply and fester, instead of abating. In like manner, most Nigerians voted into public office to serve end up looting the treasury and leaving the populace more impoverished. There is no way religion can sincerely retrieve its followers or the nation from the abyss when its leaders live the unrestrained and licentious lifestyles of emperors; and are scarcely sober. Such spiritual leaders should caution themselves, turn a new leaf and stop mocking the scriptures.

Reminiscences NOVEMBER 25 IN HISTORY 1947: New Zealand gains legislative independence New Zealand ratified the “Statute of Westminster 1931” which provided Effective Legislative Independence from Britain. Australia had ratified the act in 1942. The act allowed the countries to be fully independent as self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth but only in the voluntary and symmetric sharing of the institution of the monarchy. 1956: British, French, Zionist residents leave Egypt British, French and Zionist residents were ordered out of Egypt. 1965: Mobutu oust Kasavubu Joseph Kasavubu was ousted by Sese Seko Mobutu in the Congo Republic (now Democratic Republic of Congo). 1980: Sugar Ray regains title, beats Duran Sugar Ray Leonard regained welterweight championship when he defeated Roberto Duran in the eighth round. 1990: Houphouët-Boigny remains as President President Felix Houphouët-Boigny remained in power after Côte d’Ivoire’s first multi-party elections. 1992: Czechoslovakia split into two countries Because of growing nationalist tensions in the country over economic differences, the Czechoslovakia Federal Assembly voted to split the country into two countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, from January 1, 1993. 2001: Bin Laden’s hideout revealed It was reported that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in the Jalalabad (eastern Afghanistan) area. At least one source revealed that Bin Laden had allegedly been travelling around by horseback during the night hours. 2011: Drug gangs kill 26 in Mexico Police discovered 26 bodies of men who had been killed by drug gangs in Guadalajara, Mexico. The killings were a sign of an escalation of violence between drug gangs in the city.



Sunday November 25, 2012

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Constitution review and the state creation brouhaha Uncensored U nc

Sheriff S Folarin

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he dominant agitations in the current public hearing by the National Assembly on the review of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution are creation of more states and the issue of state police. The other three loud issues have been fiscal federalism, judicial reforms and immunity clause. One of the fundamental arguments for the need to review the Constitution is that the 1999 Constitution is fraught with many inadequacies and fatal contradictions to what the Nigerian State represents. It is also contended in many quarters that the set of laws are no longer consistent with current realities, is thus obsolescent and hence needs to be overhauled to fit the currencies of our age. It can therefore be submitted that a central variable in the seeming unworkability of Nigeria is the obsolescence of the Constitution. Moreover, the 1999 Constitution is regarded as a legacy of the military. It was bequeathed to the Nigerian people after a long reign of military dictatorship. Constitutionalism and the Constitution is the twin-opposite of the reign of the jackboots. The army rules by decrees after suspending the Constitution. The irony therefore is that the army cannot initiate a process consistent with the true aspirations of the people and will not be able to put up a fantastic document that will stand the test of time. Hence, the 1999 Constitution requires a change, and after all it is constitutional to review or amend constitutions and like the late legal icon, Chief F.R.A. Williams once submitted, “If we fail in finding a solution to our political and constitutional problem, then anybody can say that Nigeria will soon come to an end. Everybody will go on his own way.” The previous attempts to review the 1999 Constitution failed because they were either had a shaky foundation, were marred by

contention over the legitimacy of the National Assembly to execute the task, or were merely a circus show orchestrated by successive leadership to distract the nation and perpetuate their whims and caprices. The first attempt in 2001 for instance was truncated even after Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had inaugurated a presidential committee on the review of the Constitution. The circus show of the Senator Ibrahim Mantu-led Constitution Review Committee of 2006 also ended up being a mirage. After taking much time dancing around the six geo-political zones “harnessing” people’s views, it turned to have zonal representation inconsistencies and contradictions, which in turn showed that the process itself was a fool’s errand to create an impression that government was busy with the people’s assignment, whereas in actual fact government was occupied with strategizing to remain in power. The current process was actually initiated in 2009 by the late President Yar’Adua, who inaugurated and mandated the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Constitution Review Committee to see to the review of the 1999 Constitution. This led to zonal public hearings. The process however witnessed a lull after the demise of the former President, until more recently when, in line with President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda and in view of the plethora of constitutional crises, the National Assembly resurrected it and commenced another round of public hearings. It is pertinent to note that there have however been three alterations by the legislature in 2011. The issues raised this time at the public hearings have ranged from the questionable “federal” structure, to state creation, state police, insecurity, insurgency in the North, power and revenue sharing, resource control, electoral reform, as well as system of government, and of course power control. The Senate had given the roadmap for the hearing. From memoranda received by the Senate Committee on the Review of the Constitution, issues proposed for consideration included devolution of powers, state creation, recognition of the six geopolitical zones in the Constitution, roles for traditional rulers, local government autonomy, fiscal federalism, amendment of provisions relating to amendment of the Constitution, boundary adjustment to remove ambiguities, immunity clause, and creation of state police. It had also proposed for hearing, the removal of the Land Use Act, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act, and the

Code of Conduct. As usual, intrigues and horse-trading bordering on the struggle for the soul of Nigeria by ethnic and religious interests have characterized the process. These were underlined by the dominant issue of state creation. The Senate disclosed that 67 requests were received on state creation alone. There is no space here to mention the incredible names of these states. But we can say that almost every ethnic group in existing states wants their own state. Oyo and Ogun States with a homogenous (Yoruba) ethnic group are not left out. Lagos wants a special political and mayoral status like Abuja. Nigeria currently has 36 states and Abuja. These emerged from an old three-region structure (it became four regions in 1964 after the emergence of the Mid-West Region). But in 1967, the military government, for strategic reason bordering on reducing the powers and potency of a mega-state (or region as it was then called) to hold the rest of the nation to ransom, created a 12-state structure. By 1976, by the army’s arrangement, we had become 19 states. Subsequently, General Babangida made it 21. From these, the military created a 30-state structure and by 1996, they had made it 36 states and Abuja. The army cashed in on the demands for states by ethnic leaders and political jobseekers to create more states if that would assuage the people and keep them busy or quiet over military misrule. Besides, by these creations, they were creating more jobs for the politicians and providing opportunities for the boys in the barracks to partake of the national cake and remain loyal to the government of the day. Although they have often alluded to the principle that more states would take government and development closer to the people, the political economy of the creation has always been the attempt to placate or compensate some people. What can one say for instance, of the creation of Delta State and situation of its capital in Asaba? This is the home state of the former First Lady and the capital, her hometown. Even if a state must be created, Warri competently qualified to be the capital, not Asaba. And why, if breaking states further down would step up development, did Niger State become bigger than it was (and ‘stole’ strategic areas like New Bussa from other states such as Kwara) before the creation exercise? Aside the political economy of state creation is the deliberate willful act of altering the federal structure by the military to suit

their own tradition. Literally, the military structure is a unitary and very hierarchical one, and as such there is no way military rule can ever thrive in a federal system. However, the military must appear to embrace the federal structure if it must earn some legitimacy. So, while it retains the tag “Federal (Military) Government”, it perfects the act of making the federal system unworkable. This started in 1967 with the creation of states by Gowon. And the Babangidas and Abachas can only institutionalize it to neutralize imagined, possible or real opposition, as well as to have a firm control on the now much weakened states. The state creation tradition is not understood by the ethnic and regional leaders; or rather they seek power and pecuniary resources from the process. If they do comprehend these politics of state creation, they will think twice. Nigeria is arguably the only Federation where states are arbitrarily created when people (the army, civilian government or some selfish people) demand it. In federal systems, states evolve. The fifty states of United States evolved constitutionally. Israel and Brazil, among others are federations that witnessed a natural (constitutional) evolution of states and who put purely constitutional processes in place to establish more states when the need arose. The army did not wake up to create them. Neither do the democratic governments. If states must be created in Nigeria, we have either had enough, or we should simply create mergers of the older ones into six mega states with an enduring power-sharing formula in which the centre and the components can coexist peaceably. The six states should have the real powers, while the centre should have coordinating and oversight responsibilities. For government to reach the grassroots, more local councils can emerge. In the course of this, some unviable states could be broken down into local councils that will be responsible to the states. The Constitution should define the roles of each tier, as well as clearly state their relationship and boundaries. States should reflect strategic and national interests; definitely not ethnic-regional interests and sentiments. This should be the mentality of the lawmakers and government, or else we would not be doing anything differently from what our military brothers did that despoiled our federation. •Dr. Folarin teaches Politics and Inernational Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.

Big country, big Police FOLABI OGUNLEYE


nity and faith, peace and progress- so goes Nigeria’s official motto. It appears, however, that the powers-that-be in Nigeria have taken a literal, if not absolutist, interpretation in their application of this expression which otherwise should simply engender a progressive union under a banner of social equality and justice. In many facets of the Nigerian life, particularly ones that are determined by government choices or actions, a pattern of desperation to impose (rather than create) unity at any cost is all too common-even where the sense in any of these ideas remains for the most part questionable. Such misapplication is perhaps evident in the continued maintenance of inefficient national bureaucracies across the board in a manner that defies the most basic of logic, the most glaring of which is the continued sustenance of a hemorrhaging central police apparatus to maintain law and order in a complex union of mini-nations as Nigeria.

The Nigerian Police has evolved in nomenclature and in organisation over the years, beginning with its earliest form as a consular guard comprising 30 members of the Lagos Colony in 1861. But as the years progressed, and Nigeria grew more complex in nature and structure, the foundational structure of Nigeria’s national police has practically remained the same as it was under the British colonial authority. The British created the police to protect its colonial interest in Nigeria, with the first large law enforcement contingent being the Hausa Constabulary in 1897. The idea of the Hausa Constabulary was later used as the basis, or platform, upon which the rest of the network of law enforcement was built across colonial-era Nigeria. That force – the Nigeria Police Force – has existed to date. It does not matter that in the recent past, the word “force” was dropped from the old official name of ‘Nigeria Police Force’ to reflect that the police was then less about ‘force’ than service. What matters is that the foundational structure of the Nigeria Police,

along with the original intent at its founding [where the police was seen as a protective buffer against any threat to colonial authority in Nigeria,] exists to date. Despite the obvious, Nigeria’s most powerful leaders, including current President Goodluck Jonathan, have continued to argue that a decentralized police as seen in many of the world’s more complex political entities is an unsafe choice. In other words, localized policing may be exploited by politicians at the state and local government levels to undermine political opponents under their jurisdiction. Therefore, according to these leaders, Nigeria is “not ripe” for a more efficient alternative to what currently subsists for law enforcement in the country. That an obvious solution may not be deployed because of anticipatory problems is defeatist. It is even more regrettable that an extensive understudy of the possible solution of localized policing has not even been broached, much less commissioned, hence causing one to wonder what really the Nigerian leadership is afraid of.

There is always more than one approach to solving problems. Sticking with the same old solution of a national police outfit to challenges in community policing speaks to the kind of mental situation that Albert Einstein associated with expecting different results while repeating the same action. The belief that a national police will be efficient in tackling law enforcement challenges in Nigeria is as laughable as expecting that Burkinabe and Cameroonian gendarmes will do an effecting policing in Nigeria. Perhaps the truth is that, more than anything else, an abiding desire to protect the current imbalance that benefits the status-quo for the minority elite in Nigeria, feeds the obstinacy against the idea of localised policing across the country for the common good. The centre will not easily give up its grip on power derived by its near-absolute control of the security apparatus in Nigeria. The benefits of such control are immense, and it is not willing to lose that kind of control to powers at the state and local government level. •Ogunleye is a social analyst.


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The price l paid for success... –Iyabo Ojo Iyabo Ojo, a screen diva and a popular Yoruba movie actress, is still relevant in the acting world. This mother of two, whose marriage crashed some years ago, says it has been challenging raising her kids alone. She tells Adaeze Amos that she hopes to remarry when the right man comes, among other things. What do you do when you want to unwind? I spend more time with my kids, especially at home and sometimes if I want to go out of my shores, I visit some of my friends just to have fun and then I’m back home. How many children do you have? I have two children, a boy and a girl. How do you combine motherhood with acting? Over the years, I think I have been able to manage. It’s been good, I have been trying. It wasn’t easy initially. I mean, at the beginning but you know with time you get to adjust and it becomes very easy, especially when your kids are growing up, then they can do most things themselves. As a single parent, what are the challenges you encounter raising two kids on your own? It’s very challenging because you have to be the mother and the father at the same time. As I said, as the years go by, you overcome and it becomes usual. You have to work hard and seek God’s support because you can’t do it alone. You also must have people around you who are very supportive. Can you reach out to single parents who could be grumbling over such responsibilities as raising their children alone? They should have faith in God and believe that their

kids are gifts from God. Whatever they invest in them, they are obviously going to reap a good fruit out of it. You know that those kids are their mansions, luxury cars, gold and diamonds. Once you invest in your kids, definitely, they would reap it one day. What is your most striking prayer-point? I pray every day to God to bless my kids and grant them wisdom, knowledge and for every effort I put in them not to be in vain. I also pray for good health and long life. Do you have any hope of remarrying? Maybe, when the man comes; no problem, I will remarry. How did you feel when your marriage crashed some years ago? I was down, in fact, devastated. Whenever you are down, what do you do to derive your inspiration? Sometimes, I watch movies, read books or share words with my loved one telling me how beautiful I am and how much he loves me. That keeps me alive, it keeps me going. Sometimes, I play with my kids and the fact that they appreciate what mummy is doing keeps my spirit alive. They also show me how much they love me.



Have you ever felt inferior or intimidated in life? Never! Nothing has ever made me feel inferior or intimidated. Not even the fact that I’m a woman in a maledominated society as ours. I talk boldly and I don’t think that a man should be able to hush or stop me from talking. I have always said my mind in every situation I find myself. I would always fight for my right whether it is a man’s world or not. Whether you like it or not, we (women) are the ones ruling the world. Are there things you couldn’t achieve because of your sex? I don’t think so. If you work hard, you will be successful. Success has no gender coloration. It is not restricted to men alone.. Every child of God is meant to be successful; that is what I believe. What price did you pay to get to where you are now? I didn’t have to pay any price to get to where I am. The only price, maybe I could say I paid, was my privacy. Apart from that, nothing! How are you coping with fame? I’m trying to cope. As you grow older in the industry, the better you are able to handle stardom…the more experience you are to deal with situations. Initially, especially CONTINUED ON PAGE 20





Sunday, November 25, 2012

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‘Even after two kids, I’m still intact’ Temitope Olanre-Alade is the Creative Director, Ibile Vogue Academy, a fashion label that gives African heritage a voice. This style icon, wife and mother tells Adaeze Amos in this interview how one can still be fashionable even with little money. How do you promote African culture through fashion? Every of our style carries a culture, African culture. I work primarily with African fabric. I use 95 per cent of the fabrics to churn out some mind-blowing styles. How did you develop passion for African fashion? As a child, I had always shown interest in fashion. For instance, in secondary school I was the best Fine Arts student. There was a time we had Fine Arts project and we made ‘Adire’ textile design. After designing the fabric, I cut my own and used needle and trade to sew it. I didn’t use machine. With handsewing I made a beautiful dress. My teacher was impressed that I went the extra mile. Others submitted fabrics but I submitted a dress. From that point, I felt it was in me. I mean passion for fashion. Not just for me to look good, I always love to make people

around me to look good. I was a banker for a few years but I opted for fashion. Did you then study Fashion in the university? I studied English Studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. I graduated in 1994. What was your style on campus? I was still a fashionista while in school. Although, I am not from a rich home, my parents were comfortable. I couldn’t afford what other students were wearing but I was trendy, creative and stylish. I liked looking good. Does that mean you can be fashionable with just little? Yes, one can be fashionable without being bankrupt. You don’t need to empty your account just to look good. With the little you have, you can afford to put two and two together to look fashionable. You just need to know how to put your stuff together. In school then, with the little I had, my attire was simple yet elegant. Even now, I always look unique. I always want to be noticed in a positive way. What things put you off in the style world? One of the things that I detest in the style world is overdressing. For instance, you are wearing a broach, a necklace, a bold pendant with rings and bangles that are blinking all over you, with so many fanciful hairpins on your head. Those things put me off. I like simplicity in everything I put on. I also don’t show off my body much. It’s true that if you’ve got it, flaunt it, but I don’t show off much. What part of your body do you like to flaunt? My boobs are nice. I have two kids (boys), the first is in JSS 2. He is 11years old but if you see my boobs, you would be amazed. Most of my friends usually tell me that I didn’t breastfeed my children. But, I did. It is my nature, gift from God that I’m still intact after everything. My husband loves that. I also have a very firm and good body. A lot of people tell me that I don’t look my age. How old are you? I will be 41 in January. I didn’t like my stature initially when I was in the university. I was smallish and I felt people were always looking down on me. What they wanted to see, I didn’t have it then. But now, both young and old admire me so much that sometimes I remind them that I’m married. I honestly like my firm body, boobs and sexy eyes. Who are the fashionistas you admire? I like Iretiola Doyle; she is classy, fashionable and retains her natural beauty. She is old but doesn’t look it. I also admire Grace Agbagbe. I like Funmi Ladipo of Regalia Fashion House. She is actually one of my mentors in the industry. Colour blocking is in vogue now, who do you think shouldn’t go for it? Anybody can go for it, why not? Where do you think some ladies are not getting it right? You have to consider your skin colour before opting for it and most ladies are not doing that first. You have to consider your skin colour before you put colours together. Someone like me who is dark could do red, yellow and green of all shades. But for someone that is light-skinned, you should go for darker shades to tone it down. Most people don’t understand the colour psychology in the fashion world. I advise every lady to take a course in colour, so that you understand what each colour symbolises in the fashion world so you don’t send the wrong signal to people. If you are light-skinned and you are wearing hot, red lipstick, with yellow earring and

‘Nothing has ever made me feel inferior’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 for the young ones, it may be shocking, annoying, frustrating and upsetting. But after a while, it becomes a normal part of you. It’s something you just have to cope with. You have to learn to cope with yourself, fans, the press, the society, family, and your environment. The more you cope, the better for you. What was that scandalous story that was written about you? I don’t want to talk about it anymore because it is a thing of the past now. If you talk about it, you start going back on it again. It’s a thing of the past. Should I remind you about some of those scandals? No, please, I know you heard some but don’t just go there. I wouldn’t want to talk about any of them. A lot of things have been written about me precisely which are not true. For some, I had taken offence in them. I see some as one of those things. But the bottom line is that I just try to manage. The press people are my friends but sometimes I try to keep them at an arm’s length. But there are some that are really close to me and for the fact, they consistently write about me. I just see that as doing their jobs. What is your style? My style is me. I create who I am. Sometimes, my mood determines my style, the way I dress and the way I look because I’m a very stylish person. I like to combine things a lot. I like to look a little bit perfect, though you can never be perfect. As long as you are stylish, I would always admire you. What fashion trends put you off? Colour blocking. To me, colour blocking is a fashion blunder. Blending shouting and ugly colours together to me is a blunder. Do you have a man in your life? I have a man in my life. He is keeping me happy. I don’t discuss my personal life. But I have a man who is keeping me happy. Of course, a pretty lady like me should have a man.


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NOVEMBER 25, 2012

Why Pasuma dropped the Arabambi title

Charles Ahize set to reopen club? If the new information at Cocktail Whispers’ disposal is anything to go by, then celebrated businessman, Charles Ahize may be gearing up to re-open his once bubbling night club, Tribeca. Keen readers of this column will recall that several months ago, it was reported that operations at the club were suspended due to legal battle between Ahize and his partners over issues concerning the club. However, latest gist making the rounds has it that the millionaire businessman may be preparing to reopen the club soon. In fact, Cocktail Whispers learnt that the club is currently being rebuilt in order to facilitate maximum business expectations of the owner. But for now, it is not yet clear what has become of the litigation matter between Chief Ahize and his business partners.

On Sunday October 21 2012, Fuji star, Pasuma Wonder, publicly dropped the Arabambi title and proclaimed himself Oganla 1 of Fuji music. This he did at the 70th birthday party of Movie veteran Idowu Phillips popularly known as Mama Rainbow. That Pasuma dropped the title Arabambi has generated a lot of controversies and while many people insinuated that he must have fallen apart with the King of Fuji music, K1 De Ultimate over irreconcilable differences, others have their reservations over what must have led to his decision to create his own identity after many years of his affiliation with Arambabi ( A clan created by K1 de ultimate). However, according to latest information made available You would be disappointed if you rewarding experience with her special passion to Cocktail Whispers, the real reason why the popular singer expect her to favour the lavish party in the area of saving lives in the state. dropped the title is far from what is being speculated. AccordIn fact, it was gathered that she has shiftlifestyle being the first lady of her state. ing to Pasuma, his reason for dropping the Arabambi title is to ed her focus to the grassroots where she has But for Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke, wife of create his own identity. Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, been assisting less privileged women to have a He started by explaining the meaning of his new title, Oganthe sweetest thing about being a governor’s chance at a better life. Of course, there are those la. “Oganla mean boss of all bosses. God has used me to crewife is being able to who disagree with her passion to help the needy ate a family and has made me the leader of the family and the in her state, but Cocktail Whispers learnt that change the lives of family is Oganla. It is a Yoruba word that means ‘Big Boss’. So, the less privileged in the Cross River State First lady is so much into since it is time for me to do according to God’s will, I needed to her love for assisting the less privileged people her state. find a name that will not only appeal but will have meaning and And according so much that she is beyond caring about what befit my new status. to feelers reaching her detractors say. And her mission is to save “I am doing this at the right time and I felt there is a need to Cocktail Whispers, and change as many lives as possible. do it and create my own identity. I have been bearing the name Mrs. Liyel-Imoke is Arambambi 11 for several years but I feel the time is right for currently havme to create my own identity. This is the new Pasuma. ing a Interestingly, those who feel that Pasuma’s decision will affect his relationship with K1will be in for a shock because he has a contrary view. “I am still loyal to K1 but I am like that child who needs to are friends of 9ice and they have all found the recent rumour misleading leave his father and start his own family and same goes for K1 and embarrassing. Mulwho will surely be happy to see me grow and mature enough 9ice also spoke on the speculation. “I attended Funmi’s birthday not t i p l e to create my own family in the Fuji music sector. It’s funny quite long which also awards winhow people are spreading rumours that I and K1 are no longer had her boyfriend in ning artiste, in good terms. Have you heard anything like we are not in attendance. Sincerely, I 9ice is not finding good terms or have disagreed over anything? Is it a crime can’t fathom where the funny the tale making or a sin for a man to act like a man and be independent? whole story is coming the round concerning his If at a certain age a man still lives in his father’s from but I know that alleged romance with Funmi house, he will be regarded an irresponsible man. mischief makers are at Omotosho, an under graduate of “If at a certain age a man still lives in his it again”. Babcock University. In fact, the popufather’s house or depend on his parent, do With 9ice’s outburst, lar music star has come out to say that his you think he will be respected? No, he it appears that there is supposed love affair with the lady in question is will not. When a man attains that no iota of truth in the false. age of maturity and is ready to romance tale. Cocktail Naturally, the singer does not like to respond to unlive his own life, will his faWhispers learnt that founded speculations but Cocktail Whispers gathered that ther not be happy? there are no strings the celebrated singer was prevailed upon by his close aides to attached between the set the record straight on the allegation instead of allowing the both parties, just an aptales to thrive. pearance at her party. According to people in the know, Funmi Omotosho and her boyfriend

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From ballet to hip-hop, eight years old Amarachi rocks Nigeria’s Got Talent The fourth semi-final show of the on-going talent hunt show, Nigeria’s Got Talent had a lot of talents to be remembered for; but one spectacular act left the viewers in awe and admiration of what great talent Nigeria has to offer. 8-year-old, Amarachi Uyanne, opened the show with a breath-taking ballet and contemporary performance. Her ballet rendition to one of Nigeria’s dance songs, ‘Ara’, by Brymo, made everyone fall in love with the cute bundle of talent. But her switch to contemporary dance got the judges and audience on their feet and also gained her unending applauses from both groups. “You have shown range, you have shown different things that you alone can do,” said Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw, a judge on the show. “I love dancing a lot. I dance with every bone in me. I also sing but that is done through my eyes. I want to be a doctor when I grow up so I can share and transfer the love and energy that I have inside

High expectations as Nigerian Idol auditions berth in Lagos

After weeks of driving through the country auditioning singing talents, the Nigerian Idol train finally came to Lagos for what could be called the ‘grand finale’ of Season 3 auditions, in substance and style. On Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, thousands of Idol hopefuls made it to Dream Studios, Bamako Estate, Omole, the venue of the Nigerian Idol auditions to try out for a shot at global fame. The event which recorded an unprecedented turn-out saw an ‘August’ hopeful. “I am very glad that I was able to make it to Nigeria early enough for the audition. I watched the show last year in the States and I made up my mind that I must be here this year for the auditions,” said Oreoluwa Liyele, who arrived from New Jersey on the day of the audition. “I have failed post-JAMB exams seven times and instead of sitting at home idle, of me with sick people. If I win this competition, I am going to I decided to come use my money to take care of the orphans, because they need here last year but I help that God has blessed me with,” said Amarachi afdidn’t make it past ter her performance, as she pleaded for votes. “I am the Top 50. Having glad that the judges were impressed as it is a gone that far last sign to me that I did well and I didn’t let year, I was encourmy family and dance instructor aged to try out this down.” year,” said another participant, Ovie Omosharley. As usual, lead sponsor, Etisalat, was on hand to ease the tension and entertain the hopefuls. There was a full blown concert headlined by young Many industry stakeholders have described the upcoming and vibrant people music concert, Top10Mics as the battle between the young and already making old artistes even though the organisers have come out to debunk the waves in the industry, claim saying the choice was made to satisfy the needs of the two differChuddy K, MayD, and Olamide. “It has been a mind-blowing ent generations. experience for the Idol team over the last one month, as we have Many are of the opinion that the organisers are trying to pitch two of the seen and heard dynamic voices from the five states where audibest generations together. They are claiming it would be a battle between 2face tions took place. There is a reason why Nigerian Idol is called Idibia and Dbanj on one hand, and Femi Kuti and SSP on the other hand. 2face the real-deal and this is why Nigerian youths look forward to and Dbanj are about the best of this generation while Femi Kuti and Shina Peters the opportunity to be part of the show every year. Nigeribecame prominent in the early 1990s and are still performing till date. ans haven’t seen nothing yet from the last two seasons, an Anu Awoseyi, an official of Koga Entertainment have come out to say it’s not true; artiste that will hold his/her own against the Beyonce “There is no battle anywhere among these wonderful entertainers, we chose this line and the Chris Browns of this world is going to be reup because we wanted to give our audience variety on the night”. vealed come December when the show will be on The widely publicised music concert will take place at the Eko Hotel and Suites on air,” said Tiwa Medubi, the Project Manger.

Top 10 Mics: A battle between the young and the old?

Friday, November 30, 2012 with the Kokomaster, Dbanj, Hypertek boss, 2face Idibia, Afrobeat icon, Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Juju exponent, Sir Shina Peters (SSP), DJs Jimmy Jatt and Neptune, Ace Comedian, Basket mouth and OAP, Yaw all headlining the concert. A pre-party concert was held last weekend at the upscale Koga Lounge in Oregun, Lagos with Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Sir Shina Peters and DJ Neptune in attendance at the event.The lounge was filled to capacity with people standing in the hall way, an indication of what might be at Eko Hotel coming Friday when the concert holds.

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Call Jesus to rebuke storm in your life, says Okereke

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November 25, 2012

Finally, Onaiyekan, five others join cardinal’s rank

•Onaiyekan ecstatic, touched RICHARD EGHAGHE WITH AGENCY REPORT


ix new cardinals yesterday joined the elite club of red-robed churchmen who will elect the next pope, bringing a more geographically, diverse mix into the European-dominated College of Cardinals.

Pope Benedict XVI presided over the ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica to formally elevate the six men, who hail from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States. As Benedict read each name aloud in Latin, cheers and applause erupted from their friends and family members in the pews. The ceremony was both joyful and emotional: Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, seen by many to be a rising star in the church, visibly choked up as he knelt before Benedict to receive his three-pointed red hat, or biretta, and gold ring, and wiped tears from his eyes as he returned to his place. Nigeria’s Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, meanwhile, seemed to want to sit down and chat with each one of the

L-R: Newly-elected Cardinals; His Beatitude, Bechara Boutros Rai, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon; Nigeria’s Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, and Philippines Archbishop, Luis Antonio Tagle, attend shortly after their consecration by Pope Benedict XVI inside St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, yesterday

dozens of cardinals that he greeted in the traditional exchange of peace that follows the formal elevation rite. Pope Benedict also said that with this “little consistory,” he was essentially completing his last cardinal-making ceremony held in February, when he elevated 22 cardinals, the vast majority of them European archbishops and Vatican bureaucrats.

Benedict noted that the new cardinals represent the “unique, universal and all-inclusive identity” of the Catholic Church. “In this consistory, I want to highlight in particular the fact that the church is the church of all peoples, and so she speaks in the various cultures of the different conti CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

Nigeria needs prayer to remain one, says prophet RICHARD EGHAGHE


eneral Overseer of Mine Shall Be Possible Evangelical Mission (MISPEM), Prophet F. O. Bamise, has warned that President Goodluck Jonathan may be the last President of Nigeria, unless very urgent, fervent prayers are offered to save the situation. The prophet, reputed as “a miracle worker” and based in Abeokuta, Ogun State, maintained that “Nigeria will break and Goodluck Jonathan will be the last serving president in Nigeria, unless, we engage in very serious prayers now”. Prophet Bamise in a statement entitled: “Son of Man Prophesises (Omo Eniyan Sotele)”, released by the MISPEM Bible Church international headquarters in Abeokuta, also threw his weight behind the deregulation policy of the Federal Government. Particularly, he said the deregulation of the down-stream sub-sector of the oil industry as being carried out by the Jonathan administration was in order and should be embraced by Nigerians. Bamise, fondly called “Papa” by his growing army of followers, shot into pub-

lic light about a decade ago when he presented a well in his church headquarters in Abeokuta, through which the sick and afflicted were said to be healed miraculously. According to a spokesman of the church, “God directed the man of God to dig a well at a spot in the wide expanse of land covered by the church’s international headquarters which is used for healing the sick. “So many sick people from here (Ogun State), America, Britain, Germany…all over the world have received their healings through the water from this well. Even, a man was healed of cancer within seven days with the water from this well which is called ‘calvary’. “And as a matter of fact, barren women become pregnant after drinking from this water, while there is this case of one mad man from Ketu, in Lagos who was made whole after tasting the ‘calvary’ water. The well’s water is spiritual and miraculous. It cures all kinds of diseases and ailments,” he claimed. Bamise, holder of Doctorate degree in Theology from Actifed University, Texas, in the United States, returned to Nigeria on graduation to practise as a lecturer at the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Theo-



Briefly Cleric counsels parents on moral education President, Lagos-West Baptist Conference, Rev. Julius Adeniji, has charged parents to create time to teach their children good morals as it would help in checking violence in society. Adeniji spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. “The society is full of rottenness and there is moral debasement all over, whether in the place of worship or in the society. ``Where you have an army of youths in a country without proper support, they would end up becoming miscreants, ``he said. The cleric said that Nigeria has the ability to be ``paradise on earth’’, if parents played their God-given roles religiously in their families. He also identified unemployment and insufficient capital as factors limiting the development of the youth in the society.

Mountain of Freedom celebrates Activities marking the 14th year anniversary and thanksgiving service of Mountain of Freedom Bible Ministry International, Freedom Chapel, which began last week, will end today. The event begins at 10am with a thanksgiving ceremony. It is billed to take place at 32, Irepodun Street, Agiliti 1 Mile 12 in Ikosi/Isheri LCDA, Lagos. The theme of the programme is, ‘You Are Special’ –Proverb 23:7. Speaking on today’s event, the host prophet, James F. Olayinka Abolarinwa, said, “Anyone who believes in Christ Jesus is special”; adding, “a lot of things that make people very special in the sight of God include holiness, righteousness.”

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logical Seminary in Ile-Ife, Osun State. He was said to have received the call of God while lecturing “and God told him that his mission was not to hold the chalk as a classroom lecturer but to go into the world and preach the gospel and plant churches.” He eventually left the Mushin District of CAC where he was posted in 1988 to establish his prophetic ministry at Ajangbadi area of Lagos State.

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QUOTE The spirit of a new man or a recreated spirit is a believer’s key to the kingdom of heaven –Pastor Adewunmi



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Pope elevates six cardinals Continued from Page 24 nents,” he told the crowd, which included Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, the vice president of the Philippines Jejomar Binay and lawmakers from India and Nigeria. The College of Cardinals remains heavily European even with the new additions: Of the 120 cardinals under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope, more than half – 62 – are European. Critics have complained that the “princes of the church” no longer represents the Catholic Church today, since Catholicism is growing in Asia and Africa but is in crisis in much of Europe. The issue of numbers is significant since these are the men who will elect the next pope from among their ranks: Will the next pontiff come from the southern hemisphere, where two-thirds of the world’s Catholics live? Or will the papacy return to Italy, which has 28 voting-age cardinals, after a Polish and German pope? The new cardinals do make the papal voting bloc a bit more multinational: Latin America, which boasts half of the world’s Catholics, now has 21 voting-age cardinals; North America, 14; Africa, 11; Asia, 11; and Oceana, one.

Among the six new cardinals is Archbishop James Harvey, the American prefect of the papal household. As prefect, Harvey was the direct superior of the pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, who is serving an 18 month prison sentence in a Vatican jail for stealing the pope’s private papers and leaking them to a reporter in the greatest Vatican security breach in modern times. The Vatican spokesman has denied Harvey, 63 from Milwaukee, is leaving because of the scandal. But on the day the pope announced Harvey would be made cardinal, he also said he would leave the Vatican to take up duties as the archpriest of one of the Vatican’s four Roman basilicas. Such a face-saving promotion-removal is not an uncommon Vatican personnel move. Harvey’s departure has led to much speculation about who would replace him in the delicate job of organizing the pope’s daily schedule and arranging audiences. Aside from Harvey, Tagle, and Onaiyekan, the new cardinals are: Bogota, Colombia Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez; the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon, His Be-

atitude Bechara Boutros Rai; and the major Archbishop of the Trivandrum of the Siro-Malankaresi in India, His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal. Cardinals serve as the pope’s closest advisers, but their main task is to elect a new pope. And with Benedict, 85, slowing down, that task is ever more present. For the second time, the consistory ceremony was greatly trimmed back, lasting just over an hour to spare the pope the fatigue of a lengthy ceremony. He will, however, celebrate Mass on Sunday with them. While Benedict didn’t mention the cardinals’ primary task in his remarks, he did remind them that the scarlet of their cassock and hat that they wear symbolizes the blood that cardinals must be willing to shed to remain faithful to the church. “From now on you will be even more closely and intimately linked to the See of Peter,” he said. The six new cardinals are all under age 80. Their nominations bring the number of voting-age cardinals to 120, 67 of whom were named by Benedict, all but ensuring that his successor will be chosen from a group of like-minded

Pope Benedict XVI...yesterday

prelates. Saturday’s consistory marks the first time in decades that not a single European or Italian has been made a cardinal – a statis-

tic that has not gone unnoticed in Italy. Italy still has the lions’ share of cardinals, though, with 28 voting-age “princes” of the church.

Many lose focus when they’ve made it, says Pastor Olusore Founder of Livinglight Church International, Pastor Israel Olusore, teaches that a man’s success or sphere of influence is guaranteed only if God’s will is given pre-eminence. Excerpts:


ehazi and Elisha were both servants under a prophet. But they had different dispositions. Gehazi was hunting for money; Elisha was hunting for God, and he became a man of influence and affluence. Though mocked and misunderstood, he ultimately became the voice of God over the nation of Israel. I see you one day becoming a voice over nations.

When others left Elijah, Elisha was the only one that kept on because he valued the kingdom of God. While others were mocking, Elisha valued the Kingdom. Gehazi messed up because he despised the prophetic. He had no value for the Kingdom; so God made him valueless. He became leprous. Every social leprosy in the lives of as many as are reading this message, I see God removing them, in the name of Jesus. Let me come down to a recent event. For seven consecutive years, Louis Armstrong was a world-acclaimed cyclist. With all the kudos, bonuses and millions of dollars that accrued to him following his athletic prowess, Armstrong lost everything because he had no value for the Kingdom. He lost all because wealth obtained by vanity shall be diminished. For seven years, nobody knew what he was doing. And everybody was celebrating him; not knowing that not all that glitters are gold.

A lot of believers have lost it because they thought and they are still thinking that the shortest way is the world’s way. If that guy had settled for fairness and integrity, he would have still become a name today. Now, he is under obligation to pay back all the money he fraudulently earned. Where will he get all that because he must have spent it. The Lord will help him. Your disposition and my disposition is a function of how determined we want to see the kingdom of God established in our lives and environments. Our kingdom is only delivered to us when the kingdom of God is established in our lives. God said, “I have found David after my own heart.” Not after what to get, not after the name to make, not after fame. But a man that is willing to do God’s own pleasure at all times. Your kingdom and my kingdom are therefore in his Kingdom, because his Kingdom ruleth over all. Our Kingdoms are a subset of God’s Kingdom. God took the Kingdom from Saul and gave it to David. God set up an Uzzaih; Uzzaih was seeking after God, the Kingdom, in 2Chronicle 26: 3-8. He was 16 years old when he became King, but he threw down the king and the kingdom, because he knew that without the influence of the Kingdom of God in his life, he would amount to nothing and irrelevant. God gave him dominion over Israel. Let see the extent his disposition towards God’s Kingdom helped Uzzaiah in 2Chronicle 26: 3-9, 15: “Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success. “He went to war against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites. The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful. Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them. 1 He also built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal officials. The total number of family leaders over the fighting men was 2,600. Under their command was an army of 307,500 men trained for war, a powerful force to support the king against his enemies. Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets, coats of armour, bows and slingstones for the entire army. In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.” God set him up. God gave him authority and God began to increase his sphere of influence. However, God removed him. When a lot of us make it that is when we lose focus. Look at verses 16-18: “But when he became strong, he grew arrogant and it led to his own destruction. He acted unfaithfully against the LORD his God by going into the LORD’s sanctuary to burn incense on the incense altar. Azariah the priest, along with 80 brave priests of the LORD, went in after him. They took their stand against King Uzziah and said, “Uzziah, you have no right to offer incense to the LORD—only the consecrated priests, the descendants of Aaron, have the right to offer incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully! You will not receive honor from the LORD God.” May the Lord give us understanding.

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rethren, I speak not just about material resources but also, peace. Yes, peace that Daniel had in the den of lion; peace that makes one to live beyond the natural life and advance to the divine realm. Isaiah 49:7 records, “Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.” The purpose of God in the life of a believer is to bring about regeneration in the human spirit. In the Christian race, the most difficult battle ensues when a believer cannot dethrone ‘self ’, so that he or she can manifest the character of a regenerated spirit. The real enemy that needs to be battled to submission is not exactly an external enemy but the enemy within called ‘self.’ To be free from Mr. Self, a believer needs the uncommon Spirit that enables him or her to do things that the world perceive as strange. Freedom in Christ is the ability to relinquish self, not conforming to the world but rather, putting Christ above every other consideration by the power of a recreated human spirit. A regenerated believer becomes a new man who is capable of doing unusual exploits through the spirit of God operating in the life of the believer. The Bible, speaking in the book of 1Samuel 10:5-7 says of David: “After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serves thee; for God is with thee.” In Numbers 14:24, it says, “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.” The spirit of a new man or a recreated spirit is a believer’s key to the kingdom of heaven. Such a believer has authority over the earth and enjoys influence in the heavenly realm that enables him or her to do the impossible, see the invincible and reach the unreachable. “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven;”Matt 16:19. The Bible further records in Joshua 5:13-15; “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, what saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.” After that encounter, Joshua became a carrier of a new consciousness. He began to manifest unusual powers over the enemies of the people of God. He actually be-

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Sunday November 25, 2012

Go for master key, not miracle –Pastor Adewunmi Failure stared House of Prayer Ministries’ General Overseer, Pastor Segun Adewunmi, in the face for a long time, until he found the master key of successful living. He said, “At almost 60 years of age, I am just learning how to cope with resounding success, which is now my portion because I am no longer alone, for the Lord is with me”. In these excerpts, he shares his personal experience to underscore the importance of the master key:


Insurgency: Cleric faults church leaders on ‘self-advertisement’


n order to defeat the menace of Boko Haram insurgencies in Nigeria, a cleric, Dr Ben Ukadike, Coordinator, World Rescue Ministries International (WORMINT), has warned Christian leaders to stop advertising themselves. Ukadike gave the warning on Wednesday in Lagos while addressing e to herald this year’s five-million-man march for Jesus on December 26 The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2012 five-million-man march for Jesus would be the 23rd edition. He lamented the fact that many Christian leaders’ always seek self recognition, instead of Jesus who they believe. ``With the number of Christians killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram, we can say the church has failed in its responsibilities. ``The church leaders should stop advertising themselves, they are not the miracle workers, Jesus is the one doing the works, `` Ukadike said. Ukadike said that many Christians have lost their lives in Nigeria to Boko Haram and other religious crisis because the antidote given to Christians to fight their enemies (Jesus Christ) has been relegated to the background. ``In many churches today, you will see big bill boards advertising the photographs of the pastors, bishops, prophets etc. Christians should know that devil don’t fear the name of pastors or bishops. ``The only name given to us to fight evil vices is the name Jesus. If we must fight Boko Haram or terrorism, we must erect bill boards of Jesus in the area they are operating. It sounds stupid but it works.

Ebonyi to sponsor 350 to Jerusalem


he Ebonyi State Government at the weekend said that it would sponsor 350 pilgrims in this year’s holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem.


gan to operate as the captain of the Lord’s host. The angelic dimension now became his higher nature which he religiously obeyed and recorded more resounding victories. This brings to pass, what is recorded in Exodus 23:20-22: “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.” That will be your portion as you yield yourself to taking on the character of Christ, in Jesus’ name. But sometimes, the new man falls into the enemy’s trap and slips back to the lower nature. This happens when a believer

allows his or her weakness to disobey the master’s biddings. Mr. Self tends to override the higher nature, as it played out in the case when King Saul disobeyed God’s charge to destroy all humans and animals in the country of the Amalekites. On the contrary, Saul chose to spare the fat animals and King Agag at Amalek. His disobedience went down in history as unforgivable sin in the sight of God and it resulted in the abortion of Saul’s destiny. Brethren we all need to seek and obtain the master-key, to attain and retain the spirit of a new man in Christ. It is important that we start today to channel our efforts to gaining spiritual recreation and placing that above the present attitude of many Christians, who today, move from prayer house to another prayer house in search of miracles and oftentimes, fall victim to fake prophets. This master-key opens the gate to a successful life and indeed, the fulfillment of God-given destiny.

The Chairman of the state Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev. Fr. Vincent Odom, announced this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki. He said the board had concluded medical screening of the intending pilgrims, adding the ``350 intending pilgrims have been medically screened and certified fit, and their documents processed to embark on the spiritual exercise’’. Odom said that the intending pilgrims cut across the armed forces, police, paramilitary forces, market organisations and the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). According to him, CAN’s slot is spread among the various blocks that make up the association and that only the nominated individuals were allowed to purchase the forms. He said that Ebonyi had completed preparation for the transportation of its pilgrims for the 2012 pilgrimage. ```Our state is the only one in the South-East to have concluded early arrangements for the transportation of their pilgrims,’’ he said. Odom maintained that government had always sponsored 350 pilgrims annually, adding that the figure was usually fewer when compared to other states.


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Sunday November 25, 2012

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Call Jesus to rebuke storm in your life, says Pastor Okereke Using the allegory of Jesus’ command to the storm to be still when the disciples’ ship was about to capsize, the General Overseer of Global Success Ministry (GSM), Pastor (Dr.) Chima Okereke, in this sermon, urges that the faithful should as well invite Jesus to rebuke the storms in their lives. Excerpts:


ark 4:36-40 read, “And when they have sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” This story is very interesting and it is clear that someone might be passing through a mighty storm now; but in the name above other names, you shall celebrate this December in Jesus’ name. Now, the storm is the problem that is about to overwhelm you. But in that storm of life, Jesus is there with you, watching and waiting for you to acknowledge him. If you are in the storm and full of fear, the storm can consume you but when you are courageous and know that you are a child of God, you can never be consumed by the storm because of your faith in God and how you cried unto Him. All you need to do is to agree with me that God had said that no matter the situation, you must experience peace. Meaning that, the storm in your life is over. After agreeing with me, the next thing you will do is to awake Jesus from sleep, knowing that he is always there to answer whenever you call on Him. We were told that those people were in the ship with Jesus. You may be a Christian, may be Catholic-which is also my mother’s church, Pentecostal or you may belong to any other denomination; but the truth remains that you are with Jesus in the ship of life. Even our brethren in the Muslim world from the same father Abraham still believes in the Almighty God being with them. When the king of kings is with you, every storm in your life must come to an end.

Dr Okereke

To awake Jesus or the Almighty in your life means to pray Isaiah 52:1 “ AWAKE, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean”. What do the prophet mean when he said uncircumcised and unclean; it means those things that are not permitted to be part of your life, as long as you know the Lord; like sin, spirit of poverty, afflictions, sickness, diseases, barrenness, household enemies, wickedness in high places, enemies and agents of untimely death. No peace in the home; spirit that makes children, husbands and wives to misbehave; evil spirits that vow that some ladies old enough for marriage shall not get married. Even graduates are made to

be jobless. Friends also betray friends. The word of God is assuring us that so long as He is with us and as such His presents has made the storm of life to be over, all these things shall no longer exist in your life any more. I am assuring you that if you agree with me by faith, you must go for thanksgiving in your church very soon in Jesus’ name. One thing is that when you are in that storm, accept that it is what God wants to use to make you stronger and then, glorify Himself. But because you have recognised and acknowledged that God is with you while in the storm, the time given to that storm is over today in the mighty name of Jesus. You may have tried your best through prayers and fasting, some people may have received prayers severally and prayed on mountains, camps, and have attended vigils and crusades, it still seems like the storm is proving

stubborn. Let me quickly tell you that ‘whatever that has a beginning must surely have an ending’. I will show you some examples of those that the storms seem to be swallowing up, yet it was not a big deal for God to prove His power. Remember our text in Mark 4:3640; As soon as Jesus rebuked the storm, the Bible said there was a great calm. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, every storm in your life shall be calm. Daddy is telling me that there is someone out there; you have been through a lot to the extent that you are losing faith in prayers. He said I should tell you that your testimony shall come before December 30, 2012. Thank you Lord for this beloveth’s testimony. In Genesis 11:30; the Bible said Sarah was barren, she had no child; but this storm lasted until she became 90 years of age; then in Gen 21:1-6; after the Lord had visited her, her storm was over; she had her son Isaac. If your storm is about fruitfulness; surely you must conceive before three (3) months in Jesus’ Name. In Exodus 3:7 “ And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard there cry by reason of their taskmaster; for I know their sorrows”. It may interest you to know that this has been on for 430 years. Exodus 12:40-41 states; “Now the sojourn of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt”. Praise the Lord! After all, what they suffered through all those years, God heard their voice and their storm became over. It doesn’t matter how long your own have lasted. It may be that you don’t know that even in your storm you need to have faith and cry unto God in prayers endlessly and tirelessly and as such, the storm kept on prolonging but thank God you have the full knowledge on how your storm can easily be over and because you have know this, you are coming out of that storm today in Jesus’ name. There are several examples but we shall take few of them, Matthew 9:20-22; the Bible told us a story of a woman with issue of blood and its been a storm in her life for 12 years but that day as she touched the helm of Jesus garment; she was healed and her storm was over. You just have to put your faith to work. James 2:17 states, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” You can pray joining your faith with mine; you can even use this message as a contact point. Just put your faith to work and that storm shall be over in Jesus mighty name. Maybe people you trusted had disappointed you; just look up to God. John 5:1-8 tells us a story of a man who was left alone for 38 years, suffering without help. Even when he makes any effort, enemies will stop him. But one day, Jesus saw him and his storm became over. What about the one who was born blind? It was like there will be nothing anybody can do but on that day, he met Jesus. He got two brand new eyes. Your time has come to wake Jesus out of sleep in your life and He will surely rebuke that enemy troubling you and you shall testify very soon in Jesus’ mighty name. Remember to send you request through text. God bless you.

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Sunday November 25, 2012


The best giver is most blessed Do not command God, says Bamidele Founder of Christ Glorious End-Time Evangelical Ministries, –Pastor Oloruntimilehin Pastor Lai Bamidele, in this message, teaches on the secret of Pastor Joshua Oloruntimilehin, Founder of Omnipotence Mission of God urges Christians in particular to give good harvest offerings to God, which he explains is an obligation that attracts blessing. Excerpts:


he Bible says in Exodus 23 verses 16 to 17, “Celebrate the feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the feast of in-gathering at the end of the year, when Oloruntimilehin you gather crops from your field….” Therefore, harvest has to do with celebration of firstfruits from Even Jesus Christ recognised the powthe farmland and the gathering of the ers of darkness when he was about to be arrested in Luke 22 verse 53: “Every day, crops at the end of the year. The proceeds from the farm are sold I was with you in the temple courts, and at the end of the year. And one who tills you did not lay a hand on me. But this is the land makes profit from his or her la- your hour-when darkness reigns” Recently, a woman lost her three chilbour. The farmer plants his or her seeds and tends the farmland and the seeds are dren, who just came from abroad, in a ghastly accident on their way to attend a nurtured till they are ready for harvest. A skillful farmer becomes greater than social event in Akure. The cause of the a lazy fellow who prefers not to work or calamity that befell the woman was later sow bountifully. The Bible verse quoted revealed to me in the realm of the spirit. above explains that God requires every- According to the revelation, the harvest one to offer their first and best produce of the bereaved mother had stains and from their farm, to earn God’s blessing. therefore not good enough. How painful to see all that she had laThe person who offers the best to God boured for perish just at the time she waswill be more blessed than others. We could see that playing out in the supposed to start harvesting the gains. lives of two brothers, Cain and Abel. What is the essence of struggling in this One was a farmer and the other, a shep- world and the struggle is just in vain. herd. They both offered their first fruit Some people worked diligently and when to God but Abel’s was accepted onto God they were about to reap the rich harvest, and Cain’s was rejected. Cain was furi- all of a sudden, everything is destroyed. Some people are enjoying the gains of ous and he started plotting against Abel, so that God’s blessing would not be mani- another person’s labour. Such people are experts at preventing the rightful perfested in Abel’s life. Eventually, he killed Abel. Exodus 4 sons to gain from their hard work. A lot verse 8: “Now Cain said to his brother of people that are in high positions today Abel, Let’s go out to the field. And while do not merit it, neither are they better they were in the field, Cain attacked his than their less fortunate fellows. Some either eliminated or implicated brother Abel and killed him.” Sometimes it is relevant that when the rightful person in order to attain that we talk about light, we should also talk position. This is happening every day; about darkness. The Lord says I am the in government agencies, private organlight and at the same time I live in brim isations, public sector, even in churches of darkness. The question is; did Abel and homes. But some are actually not getreceive the blessing? The answer is No. ting their due rewards because they fail Abel’s offering was accepted but his to give to God what is due to God or they prayers were not heard. Cain should give to Him what does not befit God. For instance, if a person fails to pay have been prevented from executing his plot. God has the power to stop the his or her tithe correctly as and when plot, but it is evident that He watched due, he or she may be facing problems the situation until Cain executed his evil and calamities. This is what the Bible says in the book of Malachi 3 verse 8 – 12: plan against Abel. Similarly, God’s response to Daniel’s “…In tithes and offerings. You are under prayer and request was withheld for 21 a curse-the whole nation of you-because days by the principalities of the world, you are robbing me…” The woman who lost her three chilwho withstood Angel Gabriel until another angel, Archangel Michael came to dren may not have been fulfilling her obhis rescue. I pray that at the time you will ligations to God. It is, therefore, pertinent reap the fruit of your labour, nothing will for people, particularly the children of God, to start following the path that will hinder the manifestation, in the name of make their harvest bountiful. Jesus.

Jabez prayer. Excerpts:


n the book of 1Chronicles 4: 9-10, the Bible says because Jabez’s mother bore him sorrow, she named him Jabez, which means, ‘I bore him in sorrow. What a man will become in life is influenced by the name he bears.’ Jabez carries a negative tag. But listen to me; whatever name people call you does not determine what God desires for you. Life is a choice. You are the one that will choose what you want to become. Many draw their plans on how their lives will look like. But you will decide that the plans of God for your life is so, so and so. The Bible emphasises in that portion of Chronicles that when Jabez discovered himself, he cried and went to God in prayer and God heard his plight. There is someone reading my message today. God is going to hear your cry before the end of this year. I do not care to know the kind of name tag or bad luck you carry before now; but after this message, whosoever that is carrying the tag of Jabez in the journey of his life, the same God that delivered Jabez out of his sorrowful life is going to deliver you in the name of Jesus. That your parent is not rich is not a license for you to fail. That your parents could not become anything in life does not indicate that you will not amount to anything in life. The Bible explained that Jabez went to God to pray and not to command God. Many call themselves Christians but when you say you want to pray, you command God. You cannot command God; you can’t command your father; you can’t command your creator; you can’t command your maker. It is the container you take to an ocean that determines the quality of water you draw out of that ocean. The prayer Jabez prayed was, “Lord, bless me.” If you look at the book of 1Chronicles 4:10, it says, “And Jabez asked God to empower him to succeed.” Which area have you


failed in life? In which segment have you failed to succeed? If only you can pray, God will hear you. If you can sustain your prayer, you don’t get tired, you don’t become weary, you will attain your goal. The Bible did not say in that scripture that Jabez prayed only once; it says that Jabez prayed. Only God knows how long he had been praying. After every prayer, there is a moment of answer. No matter how long you had been praying, at the end of this year, God will hear your prayer, He will answer you. Our God is not a prayer-storing God. He is a prayer-answering God and every time you pray, He hears you. It takes power to succeed in all that you do; even success without power is no success. Jabez asked God to bless him indeed, meaning, not just blessing but abundant blessing. The kind of blessing that he requested from God is a blessing that is beyond his human understanding. He requested for a blessing that is beyond the level of his imagination and beyond his limitations. It is your expectation that is the mother of your manifestation. Jabez asked God to enlarge his coast. Smallness is not humility. Enlarge my coast means expand my territory. It is like you are saying ‘Lord, expand my territory, I cannot end small, I am born to be great, I am born to be a celebrity, I am born to make it.’ Someone that is reading my message, just get up in the morning, after taking your shower, dress properly, appreciate yourself by the mirror and begin to make positive declaration: I am born to be great, I am born to succeed, I cannot end up small, I cannot end up a failure. When you begin to pronounce those declarations, as you continue to make the declaration, you will see God moving mightily in your life and things will begin to work in the way you want them to work out for you.

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Sunday November 25, 2012

President of Ladipo Market Association, Mr Mike Nwosu (3rd left) and members of his cabinet at the crusade.

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Pastor Muoka

Divine intervention as Muoka storms Ladipo Market RICHARD EGHAGHE


he Ladipo Market, reputed as the centre of excellence in ‘tokunbo’ business, especially motor spare parts, witnessed showers of blessing, salvation and deliverance, a fortnight ago when the General Overseer of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, stormed the market for a power-packed prayer meeting with the traders. The mini-crusade outreach, tagged, Time For Divine Intervention was facilitated by the Ladipo Spare Parts Dealers Executive Council, popularly known as LASEC. The infectious prayer session served as spiritual antidote for business failures, disappointments and other negative spiritual influences that are generally experienced by traders in the market during the Yuletide. The program, which also attracted traders from neighbouring markets such as Mushin, Oshodi, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Apapa and beyond; as well as residents, saw the manifestation of the supremacy of God with His divine intervention in the lives of the people when the anointed minister and General Overseer of Lord’s Chosen, Pastor Lazarus Muoka mounted the podium. The venue started witnessing the influx of participants as early as 6.00 a.m. as people from all walks of life came with great expectations to receive from the Lord through his anointed servant. Prior to the commencement of the program proper, at the market square, every available space had been taken over, to the extent that the adjourning streets could not take the overflow. Traders gladly closed their shops, bringing all business activities in the market to a standstill for proper participation by members in the great spiritual revival. Even customers to the market who crashed into the programme were left with great testimonies to take back home. The gloomy countenance of the traders spoke volumes of the challenges they had been facing in their different businesses and as such when Pastor Muoka mounted the podium, all eyes were centred on him to pray down the power of God to intervene in their lives and businesses. As the Scripture says tat, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. That turned out to be the scenario when Pastor Muoka opened up for supplications unto thy Lord. The G.O., tested and trusted with efficacious prayer and faith, rose rapidly in the spirit to dish

out one prayer-point after the other, until the entire atmosphere within the prayer ground and beyond became fully charged in divine atmosphere for the breaking of yokes, bounds, evil covenants, curses and to set the captives free. “My God will intervene in your business and give answer to your prayers today in Jesus’ name,” Muoka declared while the participants replied with a thunderous Amen as he grabbed the microphone to conduct the great prayer session. Continuing in another prophetic declaration, the pastor said: “You will not only experience the intervention of God in your businesses but also in your spiritual lives, family and health”, adding that it was indeed a time for God to intervene in their lives. Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, which says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up” the icon of revival evangelism said, “Now is the time for God to intervene in the life of His people. Whether they like it or not, whatever God has said will surely come to pass no matter the raging of the enemy. Now is the time of deliverance and God’s visitation upon the life of His people. God will deliver you today from the hands of economic stagnation, disap-

pointment, hindrances and failure. Bad business will no longer be your portion. It is your time of visitation.” Pastor Muoka said in his sermon that since they remembered God in their time of trouble and didn’t go to consult sorcerers or witch doctors like the people of old did to their condemnation and perished, that God of Chosen who they have ran to for refuge will surely intervene and give them answers to all their problems. “When you go through deep waters and great trouble or go through rivers of difficulty and remembered that God is your sufficiency, you will not be drowned by the water. When you walk through the fire of oppression and call upon Him, the flame will not consume you.” God will not allow any calamity, however great, to overwhelm His true children that call upon Him but will graciously intervene, sustain and comfort them under it, and above all grant them in due time deliverance from it. Advancing further his point, Muoka read from the Book of John 10:10, which says, “The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. He said that evil machination against the traders by their enemy, the devil, shall not prevail as God has come to intervene adding that whenever God comes into a situation, there will always be a positive solution. Therefore, he added, that whatever the devil had stolen

Lord’s Chosen plans program for the barren, needy


he annual international special program of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement entitled, HOPE FOR THE NEEDY will come to an end today at the headquarters of the church at Ijesha, Lagos. The programme is designed to bring an end to all forms of barrenness. General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, who will minister, enjoins everyone to come and witness the demonstration of God’s power that would make them become champions in life. “I am assuring you that anybody who comes to the program will never remain the same again. This is because the spiritual transformation that will take place in the lives of the participants will manifest physically and cause people to envy them and wish to be like them,” Muoka affirmed. He called on all irrespective of his/her religious preferences or leanings to avail themselves of this opportunity to meet with the God of the Chosen that specialises in transforming people positively and meeting all their

needs. Addressing journalists earlier, Pastor Muoka said if there is anything an average Nigerian needed now, it is the hope to continue existing and fulfilling their earthly mission. This, according to him, is because the height of depression and hopelessness has risen to a palpable level that only the intervention of God could bring the requisite hope. He implored Nigerians not to turn down this divine opportunity to be liberated from all kinds of hopelessness. He said they should come and prove the efficacy of the power of his God. Reading from the Book of Psalms 72: 12-14, which says, “For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight”, the cleric said God hears the needy when they cry and has pledged to care and deliver them whenever the time arises.

from them, ranging from joy, peace, good health, salvation and deliverance in the course of doing business must be restored today. He affirmed that all that they had lost in Adam had been recovered through Jesus Christ who came that men may have life in abundance; by having the abundance of grace, peace, love, and salvation. Not merely that, He came to preserve life but to impart and communicate it in rich and unfailing exuberance. Now that they have called upon the Lord, their business will receive abundance of life in Jesus’ name. Quoting from the Book of 1Cor. 16: 9 which says, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries”, the cleric said that, for the traders to have the wisdom to call upon God’s intervention in their business, God has also responded through the Scripture above and assured that a great door of opportunities, advancement and greatness has been opened for them. But where there is great good, there is always an equal evil that will start up to antagonise it. So they have a price to pay which entails checkmating the devil through living a righteous and holy life. They must maintain a good relationship with the Lord in order to ensure continuance of abundant life. Pastor Muoka admonished everyone to forsake evil and surrender to Jesus Christ as a prelude for God’s intervention. Still in his sermon, the cleric explained that if they can surrender their lives to Christ, renounce their evil ways and call upon God, assuredly intervention would come their way. According to him, some people go through terrible experiences which defy all human solutions until God intervenes to provide succour to the victim. ‘God is still in the business of intervention. He never changes and will never change’. The Scripture says, “He is the same yesterday, today and forever”. As the pastor was giving his message, the power in the undiluted Word of God began to wrought miracles in the lives of the participants. The atmosphere became charged with expectation and God Almighty started releasing anointing that began to break yokes of stagnancy in business, failures at the edge of breakthrough, buying goods and inability to sell, etc. Diverse miracles were simultaneously being wrought in the congregation. Suddenly, there was a spontaneous applause from the congregation. One of the beneficiaries of instant miracle was Bro. Ifeanyi Chinyereofor who said he was healed of five years stroke.

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Sunday November 25, 2012

Requirements for Great Expectation, by Pastor Adeboye General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, continues his sermon on ‘Great Expectation’, started last week. He highlights the basic requirements to achieve this. Extracts presented by Richard Eghaghe.



s there anyone who never had any expectation of something good? We have example in the Bible. Take Esau, Genesis 25: 29 -34. He was the first born, the blessings of the first born is supposed to be double that of any other person. But then, he was hungry and his brother cooked porridge, and he said: “Give me food”. His brother said, “Give me your birthright”. He said: “What does birthright mean to me? He did not expect anything good to come to him, even though he was the first born. He sold his birthright just for a plate of porridge. You may be amazed to know how limited the expectation of some people are. I still remember like yesterday something that happened more than 60 years ago when I was very young. One man was quarreling with his ward because the ward refused to go to school. Everybody gathered and said, “What is the noise about?” The man said: “This boy said he doesn’t want to go to school”. They asked the boy, “Why don’t you want to go to school?” He said, “I have told him all I want to be is a truck pusher”. He said that was all he wanted to be. Of course, if all you want to be is a truck pusher, then, why do you need to go to school? But I know deep within me that

there is somebody here sitting before me whose determination is to reach the top. If you are the one, let me hear you say Amen. From no expectation, we can have little expectation. In Luke 7: 1 -7, Peter fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus came into the boat, preached and when he finished, he said to Peter, launch into the deep and cast your net. Peter said, “I have fished all night and have caught nothing; there is no fish here today. I will try tomorrow. However, because you say so, not that I expect anything to come out of it, I will cast one net.” His expectation was little. He thought, well, maybe, he will catch a fish or two but he caught so many fish in that one net that his boat and the next boat were filled and they were sinking. Even if your expectation is little, the Almighty God will still meet you at that level, but I pray that your expectations will be great in Jesus’ name. Little expectations require divine mercy. The Almighty God can meet someone with little expectation. I know there are probably some people who have prayed over an issue again and again here and they have not seen any result. I know there some people who have been believ-

Praise & Worship ing God for something since January and they are wondering that this is now November. The one whose mercy endures forever will meet you at your point of need today in Jesus’ name. Several years ago, we were talking about going to Israel and one of my house help said well, with God all things are possible. One day, I too will go to Israel. She said it as if to say, “They say God can do anything”, she wasn’t expecting much. But there was an American lady who was visiting who asked the person next to her what the house help said (because my house help spoke in Yoruba). They interpreted it to her. The American lady said ‘I will sponsor her’. I want to decree to somebody here tonight from the direction you are not expecting, help will come to you in Jesus’ name. Then great expectation: Take 1 Samuel 17: 34 -37 to get the point. By the time David stood before king Saul, and he said don’t let anybody be afraid of this giant. I am going to kill him. They asked him ‘you are a little boy, how are you going to do this great thing?’ He said no problem, I know who my God is. I know his track record, a lion had attacked me before, I killed the lion; a bear had attacked me before, I killed the bear; This Goliath will be just like one of them. Do you know that even before David got to the stage, he had already asked the people standing by what was the reward for the one who kills this giant? In other words, as far as he was concerned, it’s a settled matter that he was going to win. He was already asking for the reward. I have good news for someone here tonight: in less than a year from now, you will stand here and say great is the God that I serve. In 2 Kings 2: 9-15, Elijah asked Elisha: ‘what do you want me to do before I would be taken from you? This boy had an extremely great expectation. He said I want a double portion of your spirit. Even Elijah had to say ‘what kind of boy are you?’ You have seen me call fire down from heaven, not once, not twice or three times. Anytime I want I just say fire come and it comes and you say you want more than that? The boy said I want double. Great faith leads to great expectations and do you know what? Great expectations will lead to great manifestations, because that boy got what he wanted. I have told you before that several years ago I asked the Almighty God that I don’t want to be an ordinary Christian. I don’t want to be an ordinary pastor. I don’t want just the normal something; I want something extraordinary. I want double the portion of the anointing of Elijah, double the portion of the anointing of Elisha, plus double the portion of the anointing of Peter, plus double the anointing of Paul, plus double the anointing of Jesus Christ while he was here on earth. Add everything together and double it again. I know you will say you must be greedy, but the word of God says covet earnestly the best gift. Is there anyone here tonight who wants to say father, give me greater power than you have given to Adeboye? Are you sure? So be it in Jesus’ name. Elisha said I want double portion of your spirit and he got it; search the scriptures, Elijah performed seven notable miracles; Elisha performed 13 before he died and in order to make the whole thing complete, his dead bone raised the dead. So he completed it, his master did seven, he did fourteen. I pray for every one of you who is here today who are my children in the name that is greater than any other names, you will be greater than I. Great expectations require some efforts on your part. In Mark 2 : 1-12, the Bible tells us that four boys heard that Jesus


was in the house so they brought their friend. When they got to the front door, they found that the place was jammed with people, the doors were blocked, the windows were blocked but they had this great expectation. ‘If only our friend can get into the presence of Jesus, we know he will be healed. We carried him in, we won’t carry him back’. When they got to the place and saw there was no way in, they climbed into the roof and broke open the roof. When you read it briefly like that you don’t get the real impact. Climbing to the roof from outside required an effort. Carrying the heavy body of a sick man, that is an extra effort and then they broke the roof of another man’s house without his permission. You know the Bible says from the day of John the Baptist, the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent takes it by force. Some of us want great miracles from God and we don’t want to make an effort at all. That is what I was saying concerning the congress in December. Some of us want the miracles to come to us via the television screen or video screen. They don’t want to make an effort at all. We want to sit in the comfort of our sitting room and expect that you will get the same blessings as the one who made an effort. Great expectation requires great efforts. Of course, you know the rest of the story; the Bible says Jesus saw their faith. Faith can be seen through actions. In 1 Samuel 17: 40-48, when David had already boasted, ‘I am going to kill you, I am going to cut off your head’, he didn’t stand still. Number one, he selected smooth stones, five of them! Incidentally, when you search the scriptures, you will discover Goliath have four brothers who were also giants. The Holy Spirit was guiding the hand of David as he was picking the stones. If Goliath should fall and the brothers should say, we want to revenge, there are enough stones for each of them. Our God is more than sufficient. The Bible tells me that when David saw Goliath coming, he ran to meet him. Great expectation will require great effort. In 2Corinthians 9: 6, the farmer who has great expectation of a harvest will sow bountifully. If you think the ground on which you are sowing is not going to produce much, then you don’t want to waste your effort. But if you know the ground is fertile then you sow in proportion to your expectation. Great expectation will require: (1), effort on your part. (2), divine faithfulness. In 1 Samuel 17: 49 -51, David said ‘I will kill you, I will cut off your head’, but do you know that when he said I will cut off your head, he had no sword in his hands? But the Almighty God provided the sword. God knows fully that the neck of Goliath is not small; an ordinary sword is not going to cut off that neck. God had already provided a sword big enough for that big head from the neck. When God has seen your faith, he will take over from there. When you ask people to pray, you can sense from the way they pray whether they are expecting something or nothing. Intense thirst will produce intense prayer, intense expectation will produce intense petition. If you expect God to answer your prayer, you will pray. I told some brethren in far away Malaysia early this year, during a world conference on prayer, who said they had heard about what God is doing among us here. They asked me to come and talk. I told them the reason people don’t pray is because they don’t expect an answer. The reason we pray is because we know He will answer. How many of you really believe God will answer you today. He will answer you in the mighty name of Jesus.


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Sunday November 25, 2012

Dare to affect the lives of others –Pastor Chidi Has anyone attested to your kindness? If not, know then that you are irrelevant on earth because you have a mission to affect other people’s life positively. This is the focus of the sermon delivered by the General Overseer of Kings in Christ Power Ministries International, Pastor Chidi Anthony, recently. Excerpts:


n Luke 16: 19, “There was a certain rich man which was clothed in purple and fine linen and fed sumptuously every day and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus who was at his gate, full of sore and desiring to be fed from the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. However, the dogs came and licked his sour; and it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosoms. The rich man also died and buried and in heaven lifted up his eyes being in torment and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosoms; and he cried and said father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus that he may dip a tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, son remember that thou in thy life’s time receiveth the good things and likewise Lazarus evil things but now he is comforted and thou art tormented and beside all this between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that they which will pass from hence to you cannot. Neither can they pass to us that will come from hence. Then he said I pray therefore father that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house for I have five brothers that he may testify unto them lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham said they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And Chidi he said, no father Abraham, but if one went unto them from the dead they will repent. And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded though one went to them from the dead.” May God bless His words? A lot of people have interpreted this portion of the scripture we have just read in many ways. Some say it is a proverb told by Jesus. But, I want you to understand if it is a proverb the Bible would not have mentioned names like Abraham and Moses. The Bible said that the man was very rich. When you talk about car, companies and estates, this rich man owns many. He is a man that is a multi-millionaire, a first-class citizen; a man who is highly respected, a man of timber and calibre. But let me ask a question here. The Bible says when this rich man died he lifted up his head in torment in hell fire. My question is, did this rich man go to hell because he was rich? The answer is No. Being rich has nothing to do with going to hell or heaven. But the rich man found himself in hell because of the kind of life he lived on earth. He was a man that believed so much in the power of wealth. He was a man that neither respected God nor man. He never obeyed or lived holy or righteous life. The Bible records that Lazarus, the beggar, was always at his gate begging for

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Bishop makes case for 34 dead miners

The President of South African Council of Churches (SACC), Bishop Joe Seoka, has urged the Marikana Commission of Enquiry to declare the place where 34 mine workers were killed during clashes with the police as a national monument. Seoka, who was giving testimony at the sitting of the Commission last week said the Marikana tragedy should be used as a platform to seek long term solution to the problems facing the country. He believes the monument is critical for affected families to put an end to their pains trusting that they did not die in vain. Seoka said that the area should be declared a monument as a gesture for the healing of memories of the crisis. ``Because of the African culture and beliefs, the place is a sacred space now because so many lives were lost there and their spirits are believed to be in that situation. ``It would be a critical gesture to help with the healing of those affected and the whole nation,” Seoka said. In his testimony, Seoka refuted accusations that he cared less about the 10 people who died in separate incidents that occurred before the Aug. 16 Marikana tragedy. Seoka has been accused by various legal teams of being biased in his role as a peace mediator during the Marikana violence. But the cleric said he’s a caring person and he’s already touched by the latest wave of violence in Carltonville where two more people were killed last night. Seoka was the chief mediator that broker the deal between the Lonmin mine management and the mine workers on the R12,500 (about N 250,000) monthly salary.

Cleric urges Nigerians to maintain integrity

crumbs of food that he may eat believing that he must find some crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; but behold this rich man never affected the life of the poor beggar. Times without number, I had said that if you are a human being on this planet (earth) and someone has not said about you, ‘if not you my children would not have gone to school or would not have had food to eat’, then know that your mission on earth is irrelevant. One can rightly guess that when this rich man was on earth, he would talk and act arrogantly. If someone as much as came close to him, he would say, “Maybe you don’t know me; if you dare me I will deal with you. If I handle you no power can rescue you from me. Do you know who you are talking to? A whole me.” That reminds me of a certain time when a family persuaded me to accompany them to the cemetery and to perform the funeral service of a dead relative. I had hesitated because, as I warned them, I had not conducted a funeral service before then. At the cemetery, my mind drifted back to the ignorance of people who displayed pitiable arrogance each time they opened their mouths to boastfully say ‘a whole me’. As I stared at the sprawling tombs in the cemetery, I could practically see a whole lot of them helpless, confined in the belly of the earth.

The Pastor of Winners Chapel Church, Owerri, Imo State, Mr Onyema Ubaka, has called on Nigerians to maintain their integrity to reduce corruption in the country. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri on Friday, Ubaka said the only thing that could make an individual to be immune from corruption was integrity., adding that one will not be able to run away from evil without integrity. ``It is integrity that will make one to say no I come from a good family, church or mosque; I will not be involved in corruption, even if everybody is doing it,” he said. The pastor noted that corruption increased in Nigeria because culprits were not punished as scapegoats. ``When they are caught, they will just be paraded for one week after which no one hears about it again. ``The fact is that they cannot be punished when there is no integrity among those who are supposed to punish them,” he said. He pointed out that corruption polluted the society, while increasing crime and poverty, saying the wealth of the nation was hijacked by a few rich people. ``Youths are no more thinking that there is dignity in labour, everybody wants to make it today without working hard. These and more are the consequences of corruption,” he stressed. Ubaka said everybody should be a watchdog unto himself or herself and unto the society if corruption must be eliminated in the country.

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Sunday November 25, 2012

The youth have crossed the lines –Utibe-Abasi General Overseer of the Rock of Salvation Ministries, Reverend Emmanuel Utibe-Abasi, in this exhortation sends warning signals to mockers, jesters, aldulterers and fornicators, many who count in the ranks of the youth. Besides, he says the leaders deserve utmost respect from the led. Excerpts:

Apostle Utibe-Abasi


he youthful age is a very important time in every person’s life. Whatever any youth does at this stage goes way to determine his or her later end. Eccl. 12:1 says, “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not. You are to serve God in your youthful age because you’re still strong and agile to run without fainting, when you get old, you become tired and weak, and then you can only do less. 1Tim. 4:12 states, “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” The Bible says, you should be an example (good example) in words and in conversation. But instead of using your words and conversation in praising God or bringing souls to God, you use it to bring damnation to your soul. You feel you are wise. I have knowledge, I can create jokes for people to laugh and crack their ribs, I can say whatever I like; after all, we are in a democracy (freedom of speech). 2Tim.2:14 states, “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. The Bible says you should not say words that will destroy someone else, condemn words that will bring shame to your fellow man. Vs. 16-17 states, “But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Verses 23-26 also state, “But avoid foolish

and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient in humility, correcting those who are in opposition. If God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” Avoid words that you know can generate strife, conversations that that can bring war. What you count as knowledge or rather being creative brings shame unto God. For example, a comedian once said that the Number One citizen of Nigeria is a monkey, that people were in the zoo, giving banana to monkeys but that the animal refused it; but when the Number One citizen of Nigeria gave the banana to the monkeys, they accepted it because they were the same kind. This kind of words can bring strife, or even death. God says His servants should be gentle. Most of you are Christians, but you allow the devil to take you captive, using you to destroy souls. Now all comedians talk about leaders and churches; you make the world to believe your leaders are not right, pasting them as Satan, as an ugly beast in the media and so on; telling the world how incompetent they are, condemning churches, making people to feel they are fake, that they are all out for money. You allow the devil to use you to work for him in form of

Praise & Worship entertainment, turning people away from God. Romans 13:1-7 state, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists will bring judgment on themselves.” For rulers are not terrors to good works, but to evil deeds. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain, for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practises evil. Therefore, you must subject yourself, not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs are due, fear to whom fear is due and honour to whom honour is due. All leaders, either by customs or religion (whether you feel they are good or bad) are being appointed by God. By insulting them and calling them names, indirectly, you are mocking God of his creation; because He (God) says He created man in His own image. So if you call his image a monkey or the devil, it means God is a monkey or devil, whatever you say to your fellow man, you are directly saying it to God. What do you think will be the consequences? Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also them, for this is the law and the prophets.” For the law, ‘what you give is what you receive’, whatever you won’t like someone to do to you, don’t do it to another.’ How would you feel if someone calls you a monkey or the devil? You will definitely be angry or even go fighting, so why use such word on your leaders, that they are not doing well, that they are a disappointment. The Bible says, “Do what is good, and you will have praise from same.” If your leaders are not doing well, what are you doing to make things right? Condemning or judging can never solve the problem. The best for us as individuals to do is to get up and do the right thing, to help our leaders and make them realise their mistakes. Romans 6:1 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” Let’s say you are a student and your father can’t afford your school fees, for that, you relax, saying ‘if he likes, let him pay or forget it.’ Who is losing, your father or you? If you don’t get up and do something, you destroy your future. Making jokes, jesting, judging, condemning or portraying them as evil will not change a thing but rather it becomes a sin unto you. 1Tim. 6:20 states: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane talk and vain babblings of what some people call knowledge. Avoid foolish argument, insultive jokes, and annoying words. Mockery on your ministers and leaders but instead pray for them because none is perfect except God. Psalm 1:1 states, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the part of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful.” You may say, ‘I don’t mock my ministers or leaders, so I am not guilty.’ But I say, “you are guilty.” Most of you pay to watch the comedians; you encourage them with your money, your presence, clapping and cheering, that makes you to be a part of the abominable act, because without your support they can never be there. Blessed is the man that sits not in the seat of the scornful. Sitting with them automatically is a curse to you. Immorality at first was something people were ashamed of; girls were ashamed to be seen with boys and boys with girls, but now it’s the order of the day. Music now is


about sex; movies, even cartoons for kids are all about sex. Our young girls are now worst, even in schools, they don’t study anymore, because they know either with their bodies or money they make their grades. Nowadays, other countries don’t honour Nigerian certificates because they believe it’s fake. When you are given a test on what is on your certificate you mess it all up, because you never studied. All they are after is the latest fashion; even married women are now joining the league. Sometimes, they don’t attend church service because they don’t have new clothes. Our youth engage themselves in wild parties, fornication and abortions everywhere. There was this beach party the youths once had, the next day, there were used condoms everywhere. Was it a party or a sex competition? And on Sundays, you wash up and go to church. You are an abomination before your maker. Galatians 5:19-21 state, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, disagreement, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, wild parties, and such like of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such thing shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” All of you that do practise all these mentioned abomination can never see God and also the word of God calls you dogs in Rev. 22:15; “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers and murderers, and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” You are a young lady, you look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I am so beautiful,’ so you don’t take to your parents’ advice, you jump from one man to the other, you use yourself as a piece of trash, you don’t respect your body and your maker. Matt. 7:6 says: “Give not that which is Holy unto DOGS, neither cast ye your pearls before SWINE. Lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” At the end, after the dogs and swine have finished tramping on you, when you think they love you and they suddenly dump you (if you read in 2Sam 13:1-17, you will know how much Amnon wanted Tamar, so badly to the extent he couldn’t eat and became lean, the love was so strong, but immediately he laid with her, the hatred was now greater than the love he had for her that he asked his servant to throw her out and bolt the door) go in shame, by the time you realise your mistakes that beauty is gone, your face starts to wrinkle, no amount of makeup can now help, you are aged. Jer. 4:30 says: “And when thou art spoiled, what will thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornament of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair, thy lovers will despise you and even make threads of your life, if you won’t let them be. Be wise, daughters and granddaughters don’t allow any dog to take advantage of you, don’t give your glory to them and at the end they will call you useless. If you have been a victim already, make a decision this minute, turn to God and let God take over your life, and you will find joy everlasting. Finally, the Lord is calling you all now, jokers, comedians, mockers, fornicators, adulterers, jesters, clubbers, wild partiers, to repent or perish, in Rev. 3:3, He says: “Remember therefore how you have received and heard, hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” •For more enquires, call 08037187775

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Sunday November 25, 2012

Emptied for glory

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Divine Message with Special Apostle James


May God bless His word and His name be praised forever. The import of this message is your uniqueness. After every other thing has been created by God, our creator made man and poured Himself into the world through man in order for us to continue the work of creation and also make new discoveries to better our world.



elcome aboard. Just another time in His presence. Feedbacks and messages are soul-inspiring and it simply showed millions are being blessed daily. As God’s total package after creation, divine power was breathed into you for earthshaking revival and hair raising positive revolution in your world but ask yourself – Are you in line with that divine plan? As repeatedly said in this column, God will not waste His raw materials to create a failure. He deposited great potentials inside you and as an investor, God expect you to deliver and bring results back to Him. This informed our teaching today – Emptied for glory.

Divine word

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply…” (Genesis 1 verses 26-28)

Hope for the Hopeless with Pastor Goke



e want to bless the name of the Lord for answering the prayer of His church and for opening our eyes to our responsibility as a church. We made it clear last week that when the church prays and wakes up to her responsibility, then the miraculous happens, the unexpected comes to be, there will be peace in the land. It’s my prayer that whenever we call unto Him on behalf of this nation, He will be there to answer us. “Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with us; fight against those who fight against us! Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for our help. Draw out also the spear and Javelin and close up the way of those who pursue and persecute us. Say to us, I am your deliverance! Let them be put to shame and dishonour those who seek and require our lives; let them be turned back and confounded who plan our hurt! Let them be as chaff before the wind, with the Angel of the Lord driving them on! Let their way be through dark and slippery places, with the Angel of the Lord pursuing and afflicting them. For without cause they hid for us their net; for without cause they dug a pit of destruction for our lives, let destruction befall ( our foes ) unawares; Let the net they hid for us catch them: let them fall into that very destruction”. Father, it is time You open a new chapter for this Nation, so that the entire world will know that we have You as our God. I know our nights are over; we are in the very morning of our days. Today is going to mark the

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Thinking corner

•You were created by God to continue the work of creation by becoming creative and a co-creator with God. •You came into the world to raise a generation whose destinies are tied to the fulfillment of your assignment. •You are a critical factor to divine manifestations this present age. •God placed you there to manifest His nature. He stopped that work since He created you. •God will not come down to do your work for you. He gave you brain for Him to rest. •He called you fruitful and said you should multiply, anything less is not from Him. Are you really manifesting that? •God poured Himself into you after giving you divine breath for you to continue the outpouring in your world. •You must not go back to your creator until you have poured yourself into your world with nothing else to live for.

Change agent

You must not be counted with the numbers, you are unique, a positive change agent, pathfinder and a leading light. Jesus Christ left the world after 33 years, only when there was nothing else to live for – Has poured Him-

self into the world, finished His assignment and knew it was time to report back to the creator – the result – Apostle Peter, James, John and the rest continued the work for Christ has poured Himself and left the stage for them. It is not about age but the fulfillment of your purpose. Will you be marked for greatness after your demise or just by a passing word? You need to know that as God poured Himself into you during creation, you must pour yourself into your world and only leave once there is nothing to live for – It is not your choice but a divine demand.

Tablet One

Prophetic legend and God’s general with divine bombshell, Saint Moses Orimolade Tunolase, a man whose birth was remarkable and founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, worldwide came into the world and positively changed the course of history. He journeyed from Ikare, Ondo State to Lagos and turned the then Isale Eko [heart of Lagos] upside down for Christ with his evangelistic and prophetic exploits. His healing ministry traveled as far as the palace of the Queen of England and the records are there till today. By the time he left, he has poured himself into the world with Baba Aladuras Onanuga, Olugbusi, Ogunyadi, Lene Ogunfeyinmi, G.I.M. Otubu, Okeyemi, Onyeleonu, Prophet Gabriel Fakeye and the likes moving on with the great work he left behind.

Tablet Two

His exploits in his days was enough to guarantee you an interest free loan in the

bank. Heard the voice of an angel in the then Dahomey, now Republic of Benin, moved to Nigeria, took residence in the swampy Makoko area in Yaba, Lagos and turned the place into a tourist attraction. Stand for honours, Prophet Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oschoffa. The founder of Celestial Church of Christ, worldwide made giant strides in his days and got great honours that Pastor Abiodun Bada, Papa Ajanlekoko, Pastor Ajose, Pastor Owodunni, Rev. Mobiyina Oschoffa and Superior Evangelist Olaolu Kadri are firing on with the outpouring.

Tablet Three

Prayer Warrior with signs and wonders, Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola was too powerful in his days that his tomb is still thronged daily by followers who believed in signs and wonders. The founder of Christ Apostolic Church, worldwide poured himself into the world and the church still waxes stronger years after his demise. Prophets Obadare, Abiara, Babajide, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, Pastor Oluseye and the likes are spreading the vision daily.

Tablet Four

Prophet Josiah Olunowo Oshitelu, a man with an unrivalled gift of the tongues of heaven moved into the agrarian town of Ogere in the present Ogun State, founded the Church of the Lord[Aladura] and transformed lives positively.That prophetic move which birthed the annual Taborrah prophetic festival became a spiritual outpouring and Prophet Adejobi and other spiritual children to the present Primate, Dr. Okikiola Oshitelu are the evidence of the outpouring. •To be continued next week

The church should take up her responsibility beginning of our unending days of peace. “We will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted us up and have not let our foes rejoice over us. O Lord our God, we cried to You and You have healed us; O Lord, You have brought our lives up from Sheol. (the place of the dead). You have kept us alive, that we should not go down to the pit (the grave). Sing to the Lord, O you saints of His and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, but His favour is for a lifetime or in His favour is life. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning”. The book of 2 kings chapter 7:1 says “ Then Elisha said, Hear the word of the Lord, Thus says the Lord: Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria! (I mean to say in Nigeria). I like to declare and decree that the expiring date for our suffering in this Nation is now. All that has not been enough will soon be surplus, because Christ is our hope and our reality, in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring . He forgets not His own. Anyone who says “it will never be well with this Nation, please Lord put them to shame and disgrace. I believe the time for God to intervene in the situation of this Nation is now. How long Lord, are you going to be silent and allow the wicked rejoice over the righteous, how long are You going to fold Your arms and allow the wicked have his way in this Nation. You never gave the enemies of Moses any opportunity to negotiate their way because it is dangerous to negotiate with the devil. Father, as from now withdraw your peace from them, let your mighty hand rest upon them for destruction. David said “because they hate peace, let it be far from them” Psalms 109:6-20. We are so rich in this country, yet we are living like a pauper, we were pilar of Africa but today outside world is regarding us as pilar of failure. Lord why are we so rich but poor, You

have endowed us with gifts ( mineral resources), Our land that was flowing with milk and honey is almost dried. Our leaders believes in national cake, followers believe in chop make I chop syndrome. Leaders have disappointed themselves, disappointed the citizenry, their immediate community and even You (God). They have dinned with the devil and they are now paying the price. They’ve sold out their conscience, looking for power where there is no power. The welfare of the electorate is no more their priority, princes and princess are walking with their barefoot while the servant are riding on horse-back. Abomination! It must stop now. Our liberation has turned to lamentation; our freedom has turned to free bound. O Lord if it’s our sin that has put us in this mess, please remember mercy. Habakkuk says in the book of Habakkuk chapter 3 verse 2 “ O Lord I have heard Thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the year make known; In wrath remember mercy”. Daddy, for the sake of the elect in this Nation, remember mercy and reinstate our hope. Don’t let our hope be dashed. One of the chief secrets to any successful ministry is a praying church. We talk often about the prince of preachers, do we? C.H Spurgeon, was asked a similar question on one occasion: what is the secret to the success of his ministry in this church? After the meeting he took that inquirer down under the main body of the church to a hall underneath; and there were hundreds of people praying while Spurgeon was preaching the gospel! Is there any wonder that people were being converted! While he was in the act of throwing the gospel net forth, there were people weeping and crying and travailing before God. Another giant in evangelism was Charles Grandison Finney; now you mightn’t have agreed with all of his theology, but you couldn’t deny that God mightily used him. He was no “here today, gone tomorrow” evangelist.

When he went into town he would stay there, perhaps, for months. He wouldn’t worry about the reaction of the people, he wouldn’t worry about the numbers, he wouldn’t even worry when people got so upset that they walked out of his meeting or sometimes the whole of the congregation followed that one person- because whatever he lost by strong preaching, he regained by his strong praying. Just as Moses had Aaron, Charles had two men that followed him everywhere. It’s amazing, the difference between Charles and us, is that he had that strong praying support. I think it’s right to say that our emphasis has change today, from praying to programmes. Programmes are not unimportant, but they’re not as important as praying. Our emphasis has changed from interceding to entertaining. Our prayer alter is no more hot, that is why you see nobody trying to show case himself as somebody. Ladies and gentlemen we must return to our old time religion. Elijah said “if I’m a man of God.......” let’s put this authority in use. It is important to have a good praise, exalt the Lord Jesus, we should get rid of this attitude that “anything will do for the Lord”, we should strive for the best and excellence for Him. Let us never replace interceding with entertaining, or even travailing before God with traveling. The sin of prayerlessness not only is tragically found in the life of individual believers, but it pervades the church of Jesus Christ in the west. To God, prayerlessness is sin, do you realize that? That there are not only sins of commission - that is, the thing that you do that God tells us not to do- but there are sins of omission, the things that we have left undone that we ought to have done. Probably very high in the “top ten” of those prayers. By His grace next week we will talk more on, “ Christians awake to your responsibility”. Remain bless in Jesus name. •You can reach Pst Goke Aniyeloye on or

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Sunday November 25, 2012

How to get out of a wrong relationship Christian Relationship with Taiwo




he first step to coming out of a wrong relationship is to recognise it for what it is: wrong, unhealthy and probably ungodly. Realise that the relationship must end for it is an ill wind that blows no one any good. It will only bring heartaches, troubles and a lot of unnecessary stress. An example is a relationship with an abuser. Another example is a relationship with an ungodly person who has no fear of God. God reveals His will concerning this in the Bible without mincing words: Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”

(2Corinthians 6:14-18) A third example of such a relationship is what Anna, a married woman had with her ex in my novel ‘My First Love’. She reconnected with the man on facebook and before long; they had met and had lunch together four times! She confided in Lisa, “He said he still loves me and believes God brought us together again. He said he is not happy in his marriage and wants us to … leave our spouses.” Lisa shook her head. Anna nodded. “I know I can’t do that. I know meeting with him, having lunch with him is wrong and it’s a dangerous game but I … I’m still attracted to him.” “What do you think is the right thing for you to do?” Lisa asked. “I know I should stop seeing him.” •The next thing to do to end a wrong relationship is to pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance so you will know what to do and how to go about it. The word of God encourages us to do this. •If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (James 1:5-8) •Inform some close friends or family members or a counsellor about your decision and reasons to end the relationship.

This could serve as protection for you in future. Besides, they could give you advice that would greatly help you. Proverbs 11:14 talks about safety in a multitude of counsellors. Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. This piece of advice was repeated in Proverbs 15:22 and Proverbs 24:6. Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22) For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counsellors there is safety. (Proverbs 24:6) In my novel ‘My First Love’, a lady Tofe followed this advice; she informed Lisa and Mofe about her troubles with Jude. •Communicate your decision to your partner, don’t just keep away or ignore the person. There is the tendency to want to do this, with the hope that the person will get the message and stay away from you. This does not really work though as the person would want to come after you, demanding to know why you have been avoiding him or her and what’s going on. Besides, ignoring the person without a reason is not the best way to end a relationship. Don’t leave the person in doubt; let him or her know you no longer wish to continue with the relationship. Your decision could be communicated via a text message, phone, e-mail or in person. Of course, the person would be upset and want to know why. Explain your real reasons in a straightforward and truthful way. Don’t give excuses or keep silent

when the person is asking questions, and don’t hurl insults at him or her. I need to sound a note of warning here though. If you are a female and you have to see the man face to face to terminate the relationship, it might be better that you don’t go alone, go in company of a trusted friend, and let it be at a public place. This depends much on who the man is and what he is capable of doing. A lady went to a man’s apartment alone to end the relationship with him because she would like to honour God and marry as a virgin; the man locked the door and raped her. In another case, the man stabbed the lady. Let the meeting be at a public place. Another good thing about having someone with you when you break the news is that the person might be able to help you explain your reasons to end the relationship better. •You should be firm about your decision. Of course, your partner would feel hurt and might want to talk you into staying or changing your mind but if you know it must end, then be firm about ending it. Don’t say things like “I just need a break for some time.” Both of you should be sure of the position of things between you. Giving in and going back on your decision would only be delaying what needs to be done. If the relationship is bad, it is bad and must end before things get out of hand. • You have to have a clean break by staying away from the person. There should be no calls, and you should return whatever needs to be returned to the person. If you still get in touch or ask for favour, you will not be helping the situation.

The keys of the kingdom Shepherd Life with Bishop Kingsley



he Kingdom of God is very real and anyone who is not consciously working towards it will have himself to blame. Many have asked why God allow robbers and evil men to operate freely. My response has always been that God has prepared a day of final judgment where those who did well will be rewarded and those who practised evil will be punished. In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus told a parable to illustrate this truth. In that parable, he narrated how in the field of a man who sowed good seeds, evil tares also sprang up. The owner of the field told his workman not to bother with the tares but to allow it to grow along with the good seed until the day of harvest when there will be a separation and final judgment. However, today, I want to share with you how to obtain the blessings in God’s kingdom. Every kingdom has its benefits. This is also true of God’s kingdom. But today, many believers are not enjoying the provision of the kingdom simply because they don’t know how to access these blessings. Every store house has a key. There are keys to unlock the kingdom blessings. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus, speaking

THE NAME OF JESUS HAS THE ABILITY TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS AND TO SET THE CAPTIVE FREE to Peter, said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. Here, Christ was telling Peter that He was going to give him the secret of how he could access the blessings of the kingdom so that he could exercise dominion in life. The first of the keys which I want to share with you is the Name of Jesus. This name has the ability to open closed doors and to set the captive free. In Philippians 2:9-11, the scripture records, “wherefore God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in the heaven, and things in earth and things under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father”. As a minister of the Gospel, I have had countless situations when ministering to people who are either sick or possessed, that immediately I mentioned the name of Jesus, they received their miracles and deliverance. No wonder in Acts 3:6, Peter told the lame man to get up and walk in the name of Jesus. In John 14:1314, Jesus said, ‘ask anything in my name and it shall be done to you.’ Another key of the kingdom is the key

of prayer. Prayer indeed changes things. Anything which God can do can be obtained by prayer. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said ‘ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you.’ Many Christians worry over so many things in life. God has told us not to worry but to ask Him for whatever we need. In Philippians 4:6, the word of God says we should not be anxious for anything, but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, we should make our request known unto God. In James 1:5-6, we are told that he who lacks wisdom should ask God for it. Beloved, stop worrying and start praying so that you can unlock those blessings. I have seen and received divine provision through the instrumentality of prayer; hence, I don’t play with prayer. It is in the place of prayer that God gives you counsel and shows you the pathway to success. The Israelites complained and received God’s wrath. But Moses prayed and God answered. Stop complaining and start praying. Another very important key of the kingdom is faith. Without this key, the other keys cannot work. In Hebrews 11:6, we are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. In verse 33 of Hebrew’s 11, we are told that the Patriarchs of faith through faith obtained promises.

The kingdom of God has so many promises that we can only obtain through faith. Without faith, you cannot receive anything from God. In James 1:6-7, we are told, “but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord”. Remember, the just shall live by faith. In Mark 9:23, Jesus said if only you can believe all things are possible. Another key of the kingdom is knowledge. Without knowledge, you cannot know what you are entitled to or how to obtain them. Many will not enter into God’s kingdom because of wrong teaching. Many who are sick cannot have access to healing because they have been told that the time of miracles is past. Others have been sentenced to poverty because they have been told that unless you are poor, you cannot enter into God’s kingdom. No wonder, God said in Hosea 4:6, ‘my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. It is time you increase what you know because it is what you know that will make you a commander.’ Finally, I want to talk of the key of obedience. If you have all the other keys and you are disobedient to the word of God, you will not be able to access the blessings of the Kingdom. Isaiah 1:19 says, ”If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land”. Matthew 7:21 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”.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Mirror

The cosmic conflict consummated (II) Footprints with Dr. Tunde

Ojewole Email: Phone: 08058299434


hile appearing as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, Satan will bring diseases and disasters until populous cities are reduced to ruin. In accidents by sea and land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish.” This is already happening. Just sample the news items across the globe. Your only protection is to stay in the Word- the Bible and the Bible only! In the crowning act of Satan’s deceptive drama, Satan himself will impersonate the second coming of Christ. Satan will manifest himself as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God in the Revelation (Rev 1:13-15; 2 Cor 11:13-15). Jesus warns us against believing the deception about the manner of His coming saying: “Behold, he is in the secret chambers” (Matt 24:23-26). Christ’s return will be literal, personal, visible, audible, tangible, world-wide, and cataclysmic. “Every eye shall see Him” (Matt 24:30; Acts 1:9-11; Rev 1:7). The teaching that the second advent of Christ is His coming to each individual at death is Satan’s device to divert minds from Christ’s second coming in the clouds of heaven. The promise of Christ’s second coming to complete the great work of redemption is the keynote of the Sacred Scriptures. From Eden, believers have waited the coming of the Promised One to bring them again to the lost Paradise. Amid suffering and persecution, the “appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ “ was the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13; Jude 14, 15; Psa 96:11–13; Isa 25:9; John 14:2-3; Matt. 25:31, 32; I Thess. 4:16 -

Holy Inquiry with Pastor Paul

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Dear Pastor, I want to know whether Jesus actually rose up from the grave. If so, where is the proof? Oluchi, Abia State. Dear reader, I can see through your question that you are aware that Jesus really died and was buried. Your only contention or disbelief is, if He truly rose from the dead. Thank God that you know and believe that He died. If I may ask; how did you know that Jesus died? You must have ascertained that fact going through the scriptures, because you were not born then. So, if you have been able to go to that extent and believe that Jesus died, why not just take the step of honour fur-

18; Rev 11:15; 22:20). Several signs were predicted by Christ that would herald His second coming and the consummation of the cosmic conflict. “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars” (Luke 21:25). “The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:24 26). The revelator saw the signs to precede Christ’s Second Advent: “There was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (Rev 6:12). All these signs have been fulfilled to the letter. Many other signs were given by Christ (Matt 24; Luk 21). If the dead are already in heaven or hell as some erroneous teach, then Christ’s promise of resurrection would be meaningless and needless. Jesus said unequivocally: “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29). The voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints to eternal life. From the prison house of death they come, clothed with immortal glory, crying: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor 15:55). The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor 15:52). At the voice of God they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt

24:31). Little children are borne to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend to the city of God. “Millions went to the grave loaded with infamy because they refused to yield to Satan. But now they are no longer afflicted, scattered, and oppressed. Henceforth they stand clad in richer robes than the most honored of the earth have worn, crowned with diadems more glorious than were ever placed on the brow of earthly monarchs. The King of glory has wiped the tears from all faces. They pour forth a song of praise, clear, sweet, and harmonious. The anthem swells through the vaults of heaven: ‘Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.’ And all respond, ‘Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever’” (Rev 7:10, 12). The cross will be the song of the redeemed through all eternity. At the close of 1000 years reign of the redeemed with Christ in heaven, Christ returns to the earth accompanied by the redeemed and a retinue of angels. He resurrects the wicked dead to receive their doom (Rev 20). They come forth, numberless as the sands of the sea, bearing the traces of disease and death. What a contrast to those raised in the first resurrection! At the same time Satan is loosed from his circumstantial bondage of 1000 years during which he had no one to deceive. Satan now leads his final assault against God and His people. Satan shall then deceive the countless hosts of the unsaved to advance against the City of God. Suddenly, fire will come down from God out of heaven. The earth is broken up. “Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very rocks are on fire. The elements

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melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein are burned up (2 Peter 3:10). The earth’s surface seems one molten mass—a vast, seething lake of fire. It is ‘the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion’” (Isaiah 34:8). The wicked are punished “according to their deeds.” They are destroyed, root and branch—Satan the root, his followers the branches (Mal 4: 1). Satan is made to suffer not only for his own rebellion, but for all the sins which he has caused God’s people to commit. While the earth is wrapped in fire, the righteous abide safely in the Holy City. While God is to the wicked a consuming fire, He is to His people a shield. (See Revelation 20:6; Psalm 84:11). New Jerusalem shall be the metropolis of the glorified new earth. “Her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” “The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Rev 21:11, 24, 3). In the City of God “there shall be no night” (Rev 22:5). There will be no weariness. The redeemed shall walk in the glory of perpetual day. “The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.” May that day come quickly! Are you ready? •The church should take up her responsibilityTunde Ojewole, Ph.D., is the Univer-

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Stephen- Acts7:59,60


Cyprus- Acts 13:4


Harp- 1 Sam 16:23

Did Jesus actually rise from grave? ther? Because the same scripture also reveals to us, substantial evidence to prove that Jesus rose up from the dead. For the avoidance of doubt, let’s examine the scriptures together for vital proof and understanding. Mark 16: 1 – 7 reads, “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, be not affrighted: ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way; tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth

before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. You can notice from the passage that there is an empty grave to prove that Jesus rose up from the dead. You can also see Matthew 28: 1 – 15 and Luke 24: 1 – 9, on your own for further proofs. Then, let’s take a look at John 20 : 19 – 20 and 24 – 29 which read: Then the same day at evening , being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for the fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Verse 24; But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Did’ymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples, therefore, said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again, his disciples were

within, and Thomas with them, then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said peace be unto you. 27 Then said he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hands, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, my Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believe: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Acts 1 : 3 reads, “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” There are still so many scriptures that proved that Jesus rose up from the grave, but I am convinced that the few scriptures above have proved beyond all reasonable doubt that Jesus rose up from the grave. I advise that you should please don’t doubt as Thomas doubted, but believe and you will see the glory of God.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Obesere, W4 visit Next Movie Star housemates The Paramount King of Fuji music, Abass Akande Obesere and Afro hip hop star, W4, stunned and surprised the 2012 Next Movie Star housemates when they visited the NMS House as special guests at the first Thank God It’s Friday night. This is a night usually reserved for the housemates to unwind and let their hairs down in an atmosphere of unbridled fun and revelry. And over the years, the producers have ensured they invite rave musicians to party with the housemates during the TGIF. Dressed in a well-cut blazer atop a checkered shirt and black pant, the Fuji music star was ushered into the warm embrace of the housemates who shrieked and screamed on sighting him. The reception was no less overwhelming for W4 whose real name is Adewale Adepoju. Settling down to chit-chat with the excited and enthralled housemates, Obesere said, “I have fol-

highlight artistic chemistry in Ojo

ge success of his Lagos City anthem ‘Lagosians’ and a brilliant 2012 so tertainment’s very own Slim T is proud to present his very amazing r your listening pleasure. ring Iye on vocals and produced by Ex-o, ‘Ojo’ is the second single to be ased from Slim T’s forthcoming debut E.P titled The Uprising EP due out on Trip City Entertainment in 2013. Led by a very remarkable strictly live instrumental backdrop featuring acoustic guitar strings, commanding drum patterns and lush horn arrangements, ‘Ojo’ is a call to arms which sees Slim T rapping boldly about the Music Meets everyday tribulations faced in Nigeria - from but this year’s the floundering economy to the lack of ter as the organizers, electricity to our education sys- adds a life-affirming dimension and balaway with new additions tem - and the ever present ance to ‘Ojo’ with her amazingly soothw trendier, fierce and over the need for change in ing vocal performance and much needed message of optimism and positivity. our country. for the 24th of December 2012 at muTogether Slim T and Iye highlight an I y e e talents in the music and fashion s i c exciting artistic chemistry on ‘Ojo’ as by some of the most outstanding talents that Slim T’s commanding and hard-hitting stry and with a runway showcase abound in the rap verses are complemented by Iye’s designs by up-and-coming design- country. beautiful vocal chorus calling for According to the orers Nigeria has to offer. togetherness, hope and posiMusic Meets Run- ganisers, the pioneering tivity - all of which are way is a exclusive show event is not to support the fashion brought together glowhere you have the fu- and music industry alone but to also riously by Ex-o’s sion of music and fash- create avenues for philanthropic growth musical miion on the same plat- through the Music Meets Runway Foundation. lieu. form for the pleasure A percentage of proceeds raised from tables sold at of lovers of fashion and the event will be donated to a chosen charity organizamusic and also to pro- tions to encourage young students to follow their dreams. mote creativity among Nigerian designers and

T9ice rocks the airwaves with two debut singles

in charge of the mixing and mastering of these songs, T9ice delivers to fans ‘Loyal & Honest’ and ‘Do Do Do’; these are two songs with an edge, more or less a break from the norm. T9ice, on ‘Loyal & Honest’ renders a perfect introduction of himself on to the Nigerian music industry; making the promise of delivering nothing short of good music. His vocal prowess is evident on this very track as he effortlessly delivers on the 265 seconds long track on an instrumental that is properly laced and arranged by Unique Sound (an official producer for the TommixMusic Record label).

DStv launches new channel, True Movie 1

From this month month, television viewers are in ffor or feel feel-good good moment as M&M can reveal that Digital Satelite Television (DStv) will this month launch True Movies 1, as a welcome addition to its already impressive array of movie channels. M&M gathered that this unique film channel is dedicated to delivering a powerful mix of remarkable true stories based on real people and actual events, 24 hours a day. With performances from a wide range of A list Hollywood stars from Meryl Streep and Glenn Close to Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, True Movies 1 features a diverse and emotional blend of award winning content from family relationship dramas, teen pregnancies and missing children to corruption, murder and miscarriages of justice. Launching on DStv Channel 138, True Movies 1 will draw from its extensive catalogue of true movies and true-to-life dramas to bring viewers a gripping schedule of weekly preto the rescue mieres, morning movies and themed days. of my people. Upcoming highlights include; Tear Jerker Day - a poiSammie Okgnant selection of emotional movies including First Do poso Hope IniNo Harm, the powerful true story of a mother’s fight for tiative is financher epileptic son’s right to treatment (starring multi ing a large chunk Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep) and the of this Light Up A heart-wrenching Trail of Tears about two women from Life concert alone different backgrounds, united in their shared pain but some of my colafter their husbands kidnap their children. Other leagues coming for the highlights include True Crime Day – a collection event have taken it upon of movies based on shocking real life crimes themselves to sort out such as Death of a Cheerleader and Dangerous their travels, accommodaChild. tions and logistics for the trip MultiChoice Africa’s CEO, Nico Meyer and I’m very grateful to them says “We are pleased to be launching for their love and support”. True Movies 1. We are certain that the “The format of the concert is launch of the channel will provide simple and straight forward. When we subscribers with expanded arrive at St Michael’s College in Oleh, viewing options and bring Isoko which is the venue of the concert, we them greater entertainwill first of all present some relief items like ment variety”. clothes, shoes, toiletries and food items to the flood victims. After the presentation, we will now thrill them to some good music and comedy.

Sammie Okposo, Ali Baba, Patience Ozokwor, others stage charity concert for flood victims A select team of top Nigerian entertainers cutting across music, comedy and movies are staging superlative free charity concert for flood victims displaced from their various comfort zones. This concert will come up on Tuesday November 27, 2012 at St Michaels College, Oleh, Isoko in Delta State. Entertainers who have come together to be part of the concert are: Sammie Okposo, Ali Baba, MC Abbey, Daddy Showkey, Bovi, Anny, I Go Dye, Patience Ozokwor, Raskimono, Zdon Paporella, Harrysong, Chioma Akpota, Essence, Solid Star, Akpororo, Orezi, Essence, Ejiro Okurame and Akpororo. Othes are I Go Save, Igos, DJ Bammy, Adaz, Micheal Angel, Foster Zeeno and Funke Kuti. While the artistes and comedians take turns to entertain the crowd, the actresses and other celebrities present will encourage the victims to put all their hope in God and not to give up. Powered by Sammie Okposo Hope Initiative, Okposo said the whole idea of the concert is to raise more relief materials for the displaced victims and show love to them which will make them believe that they are not in this alone. “This project is all about showing love to the people displaced by flood in Delta State. I come from the Isoko speaking part of Delta State and my area was really affected by the flood. So I see it as a responsibility to rise up and come

lowed the success story of the Next Movie Star since inception and I am proud at how ow far it has come. Some of you may not know ow but I am also an actor and when I see young people wanting to go into the profession, I advise them to endeavour to get the requisite training and eduT9ice (real ( l name - Anieteie A i t i Dennis D i AkAk cation. pan) was born on the 3rd day of November, “I’m happy that 1991. He hails from Adie Nsite L.G.A, Akwathese are what Ibom and loves to be described as a born singer the producand a dynamic song-writer. ers of the T9ice has served music fans with two singles as his NMS are official debut effort on the Nigerian music scene prior offering to his recent work with fellow label-mate (Mr. ChopChop) young on a track titled ‘Kilonshele’ which dropped a while back. NigeUnder the management of TommixMusic Record label rians. and the production work coming from Unique Sound, who is


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Reasons why people cheat on their partners


iscovering the shocking truth that your partner cheated on you with another person can be a hard pill to swallow. Infidelity, or deception by a loved one, create a lot of uncertainty in a home and puts a crack in the relationship between a man and a woman. With the rate of divorce escalating all over the world and most of them springing from cheating and infidelity, it becomes imperative that we look deeply at this syndrome by first answering this question: why do people cheat on their partner? We’ll start by saying that cheating, in any capacity is absolutely wrong and nothing justifies a betrayal of trust be it in marriage or in a romantic relationship. Cheating is all about abusing the trust your partner placed on you to be loyal and faithful to the bond that exists in the relationship It is important to drum out here that people cheat in the first place when they enter into marriage or a relationship for the wrong reasons. Do you know why? Once you hook up with someone merely out of physical beauty, money, peer or family pressure and Model not because you truly love that person; I can bet that you will cheat on that person sometime in future. A true partner should be someone who fulfills your psychological needs and not just your physical needs alone. If the relationship lacks any of the two, it might motivate you to cheat in order to satisfy the unmet desires. It was Eddie Murphy who rightly put it when he said in the movie classic Coming to America, “I want to marry a woman who appeals both to my intellect as well as my loins’’. It is easier to fall in love than to stay in love. To achieve this feat in marriage, you will need to have other ingredients that helps sustain a relationship such as having a deep connection between the couple and the ability to talk about anything under the sun without fear or favour. This includes the ability to communicate and discuss touchy subjects like money, sex, in-laws and things that can cause emotional distance between partners. You see nobody outrightly sets out to cheat on a partner unless that person happens to be a chronic womaniser or an incurable flirt. Most times, cheating is accidental! Take for example it can start from a harmless flirtation with a member of the opposite sex you met in the office, or on Facebook and before you know, it grows into an emotional bond that becomes difficult to wriggle out of. Recently, a friend of mine came to me with a dilemma. His fiancé had left him because he often sent text messages to a female colleague from his workplace. I asked him the nature of the text

messages and he sheepishly said they were actually flirtatious but it didn’t mean anything to him because he never intended to take it further than that. Well, his partner considered them grave enough and an act of infidelity on his part to warrant a separation. We see a lot of these cases occurring in this age where the internet and phones such as the blackberry have gradually taken over communication between couples where they hardly talk to each other without routing it through their phones! A lot of pseudo sex now goes on through these gadgets- cyber-sex, text-sex, email-sex, phone- sex and even Facebook-sex! If you have indulged in any of these at one time or the other without your partner being the person at its receiving end, then my dear friend you have cheated on your partner! Let’s get this straight: Cheating does not mean you have to kiss, meet or have sex with a third party. Once you find yourself deleting texts and e-mails so your partner won’t see them, you are already there; true or false? I say this because cheating is not only when someone is caught in the act of adultery. It starts from that flirtatious look you thought was harmless to booking a hotel room for a ‘’short time’’ with that man or woman you have been seeing without your partners’ knowledge. However in other cases, there are stronger reasons why people cheat on their partners such as lack of sexual intimacy or satisfaction, money, power or even finding true love in some other person other than their partner who treats them better or who appreciates them more than their current spouse, and so on. Seriously though, I know people have different opinions about what they consider as cheating, it’s up to you and your partner to decide what the “ground rules” are for the relationship and the things you cannot condone your partner indulging in. By setting these rules, you safeguard the sanctity of your relationship and prevent these little foxes from destroying the protective walls of the relationship you have taken years to build. The best way to avoid cheating is to sever the ties once you notice that you are getting attracted to someone other than your partner. Like the Igbo adage aptly put it: remove the hand of the monkey from the soup pot before it suddenly turns to be the hand of a human being. Lastly, couples should note that, love, intimacy, loyalty and trust are the pillars of a relationship and elimination of any of them can break a relationship. Good luck!

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Nollywood actress, Uche, weds oil merchant, Juwon

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riday, November 16 was ultimately the happiest day for Uche Iwuji and her beau, Juwon Lawal, as they were joined in holy matrimony at the Ikoyi Registry. Uche was beautifully dressed in a black and blue dress while Juwon complemented his bride in a black suit which he paired with a white shirt and black bow tie. The couple walked down the aisle in a secret wedding which took many people unawares. The couple, a few family members and friends later moved to Oriental Hotel, Lekki, where they held a low reception. The love story of Uche and Juwon began in August when they met through a friend whom Uche holds in high esteem. The woman told her about Juwon who was still very much single and would like to meet Uche. Initially, she was not interested in meeting Juwon or any other man but when the woman insisted, she agreed to talk with Juwon over the phone since she was in London. She decided to come back to Nigeria to meet him one-on-one that same month. Since then their love has waxed stronger. As the saying goes, the rest is history. Today, they are husband and wife. For pretty Uche, she feels very happy and blessed that her dream has come to pass. She described Juwon as the best gift God has ever given her, a man with a good heart, loving and caring. Above all, she loves him with her whole heart. Uche does not have a problem with marrying a Yoruba man being an Igbo lady. Aside from speaking the language fluently, she

said that had been her dream. For Juwon, he is glad and fulfilled marrying Uche. He described her as good-looking, warm, humble and social. Above all, she is God-fearing, has a good heart and very loving. For him, she is the love of his life. The couple held a low key wedding because, according to Juwon, they didn’t want to make noise about their marriage. Uche is a Nollywood actress who has carved a niche for herself in the industry while Juwon is into oil and gas and is the boss of ABD Fuel. Colleagues of the bride who graced the occasion include Chioma Okoye, Ndidi Obi, Nkem Ike and a host of others.

Abdullahi Adeyinka Hamzat was born at Onward Hospital, Agunbele Area, Osogbo, Osun State, to Adewale and Modupe Hamzat. He was delivered at 7:00 p.m. and weighed 3:5 kg. What did Modupe crave for during the pregnancy? “I craved for light food like rice, pap and indomie,” she revealed. On what irritated her during the pregnancy, she stressed that anything with odour irritated her. “I hated anything with odour”. What do Modupe love most about Abdullahi? “I love his complexion,” she said. What do Abdullahi’s parents want him to become in future? “We want him to become a medical doctor,” emphasised Ogbonna. What is the meaning of Abdullahi? “Abdullahi means God’s servant”, Modupe explained

Ex-corps members, Elias, Oluwadunsin tie the knot OLUWASEGUN IJABIKEN


ormer members of the Nigeria Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF), Niger State Chapter, Elias Dabor and Oluwadunsin Akinola, on Saturday, November 17, became husband and wife as they were joined in holy matrimony at the Cathedral Church of St James, Iludun-Oro, Kwara State. Both sweethearts participated in the March 2009-February 2010 national service. According to Elias, he was attracted to Oluwadunsin by her beauty, humility and firm stand in Christ. He waited till their service year was over before proposing to her. Oluwadunsin, the bride, appeared in a stunning white gown, a tiara and stud hair clips during the wedding. Elias, on the other hand, wore a grey suit, white shirt, silver

waist coat and a pink tie to match. They could not conceal their excitement as they added spice to the pomp of the event by dancing energetically to the fascination of guests. The reception, which took place at Iludun-Oro Anglican Girls’ College premises, witnessed a large influx of guests ranging from relatives, friends, ex and current members of NCCF, among other well wishers. Describing the groom, Oluwadunsin said, “He is strict but loving and godly.” As for pet names, Elias calls his heartthrob “Fine girl”, while Oluwadunsin calls him “Honey”. They had their traditional wedding on Friday, November 16 at Bishop’s Court, OkeOsin. The couple wore the full Yoruba regalia sewn with a combination of pink and grey aso oke. The bride, Oluwadunsin, who is the daughter of Bishop Akinola, hails from Odo Otin local council, Osun State, while Elias is a native of Warri South-West, Delta State.

Ruqayat Damilola Abake Kareem was born at Government Health Centre, Oke-Ila, Erin-Osun to Musbau and Yemisi Kareem. She was delivered at 11:30 a.m. and weighed 2:6 kg. According to Yemisi, during the pregnancy, “I craved for cold, soft drinks,” Yemisi revealed. What irritated Yemisi during the pregnancy? She said that she disliked the odour of food. What do Ruqayat’s parents love most about her? “She is an adorable little baby. Aside from that, she resembles me,” Masbau emphasised. What do her parents want her to become in future? “We want her to become a Justice and an Islamic scholar,” said Ogbonna.


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FRSC and the World Bank rating

or the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the dark moments seem to be giving way to a roseate glow. Suddenly, the Corps dazzles with the image of a prophet rejected at home but with honour abroad.

While this agency charged with ensuring safety on the roads and enforcing road transportation standards was at a time on the verge of losing its independence, there was also a widespread hoopla from critics, who excoriated it for turning itself to the manufacturer of vehicles’ driver licence and number plates. Recall that a Federal Government panel headed by Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, had recommended that the FRSC alongside other agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), be merged with the Nigeria Police. The panel’s contention was that these agencies’ roles in the polity were those statutorily belonging to the police and that there was no basis for duplicity, so as to save costs. Though initially, the FG’s panel sounded like a transmogrified monk in its line of argument, the grains of its averment in that debate badly failed to add up, in view of the reality that the Police itself was glaringly overwhelmed and weak-kneed, thus necessitating the emergence of other agencies like the EFCC, ICPC, and the FRSC. But for the FRSC particularly, last week was a moment to glide in the moon, going by a World Bank rating which described the Corps as the best in West Africa, in terms of road management and accident reduction. The World Bank, in conjunction with a body known as Sub-Saharan African Transportation Programme (SSATP), had declared Nigeria as a role model on road

safety administration within the African sub-region. It particularly commended the country for “taking responsibility for a sustained development of the road safety sector in West Africa, as a result of its headship of West Africa Road Safety Organisation (WARSO).” This commendation, the World Bank says, formed part of an independent presentation by it and the SSATP at their 2012 Road Safety workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Making this known following the Addis Ababa workshop, the Sub-Saharan Transport specialist, Per Mathiasen, applauded Nigeria for its “commitment to promoting best road safety practices in Africa through its exemplary leadership of the WARSO.” The World Bank, Mathiasen helped to inform, particularly applauded the “introduction of proper regulation of vehicle movement and the initiation and implementation of sustainable road safety strategies by relevant Nigerian government agencies.” Mathiasen, the transport specialist, also commended the FRSC “for living up to its mandate within the Nigerian context by developing an effective reporting mechanism for road crashes, especially in 2008.” According to him, the high figures of road crashes in 2008 have now drastically reduced, due to the FRSC’s improved enforcement strategies. He added that the reduction in road crashes in Nigeria was not equalled in any other country he visited during a capacity review exercise, by the World Bank/SSATP team. Speaking further, the transport specialist, who attributed the Corps’ success story to its establishment under the

Presidency with clear mandate and budget, also identified the introduction of “a world-class drivers’ licensing standard by the FRSC, which is difficult to forge.” He chummily hailed the building and maintenance of a dedicated work force, including regular marshals and a volunteer arm, and the optimal use of the new driver’s licence technology, all withing the Road Safety Corps. “It is a feat that is unparalleled in Africa, South of the Sahara,” he enthused. Though the World Bank, through the Mathiasen information, has many more alluring words for the FRSC in its road safety activities, it is apparently now left for Nigerians to shudder at where the figures fail to add, in the overall gale of tragedies that keep occurring on the Nigerian roads. While the World Bank is impressed that road accidents have reduced, thanks to the works of the Road Marshals, it, however, failed to say that fewer accidents would have been recorded if the country’s government had risen up to its responsibilities. The road safety men on the roads, even if endowed with wings and are donning the toga of the supersonic, cannot fly beyond their capacity. Insiders in the Corps often lament that most of their patrol vans have been grounded, owing to lack of funds; and that, for each patrol van, an eight-litre fuel was all the Corps could muster for each day’s runs on the highways. As Yuletide approaches, however, it can only be imagined what will be the lot of road users since the season comes with its rush-hour tendencies, when the Road Safety officials, bogged down by poor funding, would hardly be able to

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monitor, supervise, upbraid and enforce standards along the roads. Yet, despite the challenges being faced by the FRSC under young Corps Marshal Osita Chidoka, the agency is still being seen by the World Bank as performing wonder, within the sub-region! Again, this brings to an even somber focus, the horrid condition of Nigerian roads, which in itself casts an instant pall on any commendable rating given to Nigeria for the reduction in auto crashes. Given that 70 percent of the country’s road networks are well tarred and appropriately tacked with modern road signs and devices, would the accident rate not have receded greatly? All we keep hearing is that so, so billions, billions, have been earmarked for the construction or rehabilitation of so, so roads at so, so state. Yet, forever, those roads remain untouched, deteriorating and competing favourably with the fabled untarred road to hell. The dry season is here again; a moment most suitable for road rehabilitation and construction. So there is hardly any excuse for any serious government not to act at a moment like this. Or if the Road Safety Corps is excellent for reducing accidents, will it also become the most excellent to tar the roads for government, to greatly reduce accidents?

Plateau State: The hidden stories KINGSLEY OSADOLOR


he dissonance between an outsider’s perception of Plateau State and the reality can be so striking as to provoke not just amazement at the many positive sides to the state, but also some measure of disgust at being fooled by the relentless media focus on crisis and conflict as the reigning identity of Plateau. Thus, any scholar who is still interested in news flow patterns---after the debacle of the New World Information and Communication Order during the 1980s--should find Plateau a suitable laboratory for documenting and analysing the distortion of reality.

True, a serving Senator and another lawmaker were killed this year, and villagers are routinely savaged by mercenaries and other warmongers in some parts of the state. True, also, that there have been migrations, as residents flee conflict areas when trouble flares, leading many to believe that Jos and Plateau in general were well within the province of a failed state---deserted and falling back into the dark ages. But Plateau had pleasant surprises for members of the National Good Governance Tour Team who visited the state in late October. To me, the source of stunning surprise was as follows: if peace is a predicate to development, how have the state and Federal governments carried on with the many projects that are so visible, when guns are supposed to be booming? A sampler: well-paved inner city roads, sprouting from the dilapidation of yore; dualised arterial roads in Jos complete

with a flyover, stretches of road networks in local government areas, resuscitation of water treatment plants in Jos-Bukuru, and an ambitious effort to build the 45,000-seat Zaria Road Ultra Modern Stadium that was first awarded in 1988, then the contract fell into limbo until Dec. 2010, when Gov. Jonah Jang re-awarded it. The concept for the stadium is fascinating. It is intended to attract high-profile national and international competitions, and also be available for high-altitude training that will save the country forex, while boosting the state’s coffers. The completed tartan tracks and astro turf pitch wowed the Good Governance Tour Team, with some exuberant frolicking on the turf. The government is looking farther ahead, with a Greater Jos Master Plan, covering six local government areas, to be implemented over a 17-year period. There is also a new Government House under construction, with proposals to make it a revenue-earning tourist attraction. It could have been so easy to proclaim that Gov. Jang is on an ego trip with the new Government House, except that his cogent response that the project won’t be ready until 2015, when he leaves office finally, silences critics. With uncommon zeal, Jang has focused on infrastructural renewal and delivery, giving it his trademark quality. Only a man of towering confidence can boast that even when President Goodluck Jonathan came calling, riding in a chopper for two days, he could not finish commissioning the many projects that studded his itinerary. Jang is striving mightily to exorcise ghost workers (some of them infants and school children whose names have been wangled

into the payroll by collusive officials) who bilk the state of nearly N1billion monthly. He is also scaling up agriculture through mechanised services, green house technology, training, agro know-how, diary technology, and post-harvest marketing all through the Agricultural Services, Training and Marketing Ltd. Jang is driven by a peculiar yet admirable stubborn will. I applauded him when he said during the Citizens’ Forum that the government would not pay for the five or so months that local government employees had been on strike, citing the no work no pay rule. But he provided an exit window for the workers, saying that if they resumed and worked for even only a couple of days in October, he would direct that they receive full pay for the month. The significance was also not lost on many at the Forum when Jang offered what was a public apology for the incursion of the military into politics, which led to the country’s arrested political development. Yet, without doubt, he is guided in his current engagement partly by his experience as a former Military Governor of Benue and later Gongola states, and his wellknown frugality that is unpopular among the rent-seeking class. But, crucial as health is, it is only now--five years since he first took office in 2007--that the sector is beginning to appear under his radar. He was always subliminally confident perhaps that the Jos University Teaching Hospital, a Federal Government facility, which has now moved to its permanent site and is a magnet for healthcare seekers, was a dependable source of access to healthcare. Gov. Jang is also unfazed by

the security challenges in the state, blaming it partly on agents provocateurs, the absence of state police (which he says compromises his role as chief security officer of the state), and a dysfunctional judicial system, whereby arrested suspects never seem to answer for their atrocities. Plateau has its pristine aesthetics: rolling hills, balancing rocks, a kaleidoscope of greenfields punctuated by scenic ravines, and an equable climate. But there has been a recent magnificent man-made addition to Plateau’s beauty. The latest beauty enhancement lies somewhere along the 43.2km Vom-Manchok road constructed by the Federal Government. The road provides an alternative route from Jos to Kaduna. The point of attraction lies somewhere in an escarpment, where up to 30 metres of igneous rock was drilled down and blasted, to make way for the road. As you drive down the slope, the allure of the hill top ahead and the greenery below is simply breathtaking. Model agencies, glossy magazine publishers, film makers and advertising agencies would find the site a perfect location for a priceless shoot. Reassuringly, the Vom-Manchok road is not within the range, where mercenaries and herdsmen, clad in fake fatigue and armed with assault weapons, occasionally sweep down the hills to launch hit-and-run attacks on defenceless villagers. Paradoxically, beyond the regular conflict stories, which do not represent the greater scope of life and living in the state, Plateau has another bad news, which has not been sustained in the headlines, CONTINUED ON PAGE 51



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How Kogi lawmakers battled over Speaker’s removal

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here are clear indications that members of Kogi State House of Assembly have put behind them the crisis that engulfed the leadership of the house following last week’s formal resignation of the ousted Speaker, Abdullahi Bello. That crisis which lasted for seven weeks had two major actors whose roles can

never be ignored: the politicians and the masses. However, Bello’s resignation was widely felt by the section of the masses in the state as a betrayal of trust of those who stood by him while the crisis lasted. Since it is their game, the politicians won while the masses lost. The politicians who came under different names and shades were seen drumming war songs as the intrigues continued between the pro-Wada and Jibrin

Isah (the acclaimed winner of the January, 2011 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary in the state) camps. Bello was alleged to be the arrowhead of the camp of Isah Jibrin Echocho, the man who had engaged the incumbent governor in a prolonged legal tussle over the PDP ticket. What gave Bello out was the Supreme Court judgment that sacked Ibrahim Idris and four other governors out of office. Bello, the then speaker, was sworn in a few hours after the already elected governor, Captain Idris Wada, was sworn in by the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Ibrahim Atadoga. The emergence of two governors in a day gave the state away as a political entity ruled by tribal inclination and sentiments as the judicial officers separately inaugurated their kinsmen without any recourse to the rule of law. Though, a few days to Bello’s resignation as speaker of the state assembly, Kogi was full of exiting stories, including the legislators’ alleged show of shame in Abuja where they were invited by the former governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, to settle their differences. The legislators were said to have resorted to physically assaulting one another. One of them who was reputed to be a major antagonist of Bello, was rumoured to have lost two teeth when he was mercilessly beaten by a wrestler-like colleague in the hotel when the disagreement en-

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sued. The legislators could not agree on the next step to take as the two warring groups refused to shift grounds on who should become the speaker in the BelloJimoh crisis. According to sources, the convener of the peace meeting, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, was said to have told the former speaker and incumbent Jimoh Momoh Lawal to resign to pave the way for a new leadership of the house to emerge in order for peace to reign. The source further disclosed that by the arrangement, the Bello group should produce the deputy speaker and the majority leader. This arrangement could not be concluded when the fight broke out among the lawmakers. They all reportedly escaped through different routes as bottles and chairs were freely used. The legislators agreed to meet in the former governor’s house because of his influence in the emergence of representatives from their various constituencies. Sunday Mirror reliably gathered that were it not for Idris who used his power as governor to influence the electorate, none of the legislators could have mustered enough votes to win in their various constituencies in the 2011 general election in the state. Interestingly, when the reconciliation broke down, the meeting was later rescheduled for Lokoja. According to an insider, it was in Lokoja that the peace deal was allegedly brokered after several weeks of deadlock, which led to continuous boycott of the assembly by both camps. Bello was forced out of office as a price for his disloyalty to the power that made him.



inority Leader in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adekunle Rafiu, has called on the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to ensure that the 2013 Budget has a human face through eradication of poverty in the state. He gave this advice while evaluating the performance of 2012 Budget in the state. The lawmaker who expressed concern over the level of unemployment and insecurity in the state and Nigeria as a whole stated that the state 2012 Budget did not generate employment for up to 10 per cent of its graduates. This, according to him, portends serious danger for the future of the state, urging the governor to therefore ensure that the 2013 Budget carefully examined ways of generating employment opportunities for the teeming youths. The lawmaker said the ‘YES O’ programme of the Oyo State government should be totally overhauled, expanded and reinvigorated to accommodate more graduates with good remuneration. He added that the 2013 Budget should also encourage young graduates to go back to the farm through enabling incentives and modern farm technology as a way of employment generation and food production. Rafiu also noted that security provision in the 2013 Budget must be able to check the alarming and incessant attacks occasioned by armed robbers, especially during the Yuletide period that is very near. He maintained that more patrol vehicles with installed security and communication gadgets should be provided to enable the security agencies embark on a 24-hour parade of the major towns as a way of checkmating clandestine activities in the state.



While calling on the executive to endure in releasing more funds to the ministries, agencies and parastatals with genuine intention to perform, the lawmaker pointed out that good policies towards these are better than too much legislation that cannot be enforced. He maintained that vigorous and committed internal revenue generation by state and local councils remain the key to effective financial resource mobilisation to support expenditure of governance and

development. He therefore called for effective revenue planning, good data base, effective monitoring, supervision and institutional reform as a way of achieving effective and efficient governance in the state. The Minority Leader stressed that other areas of concern that the executive should look into in the 2013 Budget are civil service reforms through motivation for high productivity and payment of pensions and gratuity as and when due.

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battle not over yet... gs Mimiko to tribunal


party to institute a suit at the Fedthe publication of the name of its ding in court when the Commission tion. The party’s logo was conspicus, thereby excluding its candidate

and its candidate strong enough to ? While the issue is for the tribunal t. A lawyer and human rights activ-

ist, Morakinyo Ogele, described as illegal the conduct of the governorship election by the INEC. Ogele is of the view that the Commission conducted the polls in defiance of the 1999 Constitution and without respect for the fundamental human rights of individual Nigerians. The lawyer predicated his opinion on the omission of the name and emblem of the Accord Party from the ballot papers used during the election. The electoral body, he argued, ought not to have gone ahead to conduct the election when a case was pending in court challenging the matter. “The conduct of the election by the INEC is a poor manifestation of

ugu power play

e Officer for Nkanu-West tor Nnaji, nevertheless, smen and the remaining te attempts by the Police king to the press. d the disappointment and c hearing, lamenting that r, the clergy, civil society hat gathered were denied g input into the constitu-

ortunate that the public out the 109 senatorial disor Enugu-East Senatorial

n sabotaged it. As you can kanu-West Local Governwa, ordered that nothing

anged in the night and he

ordered his men to remove them. What he is trying to achieve is what I don’t know but this is a constitutional responsibility vested on us to go and discharge in our various senatorial districts and it is very unfortunate. “Ekene Okenwa has deliberately refused that this hearing should hold here. I discussed with him on Saturday and he agreed that this occasion be held. I don’t know if it is some people in government quarters that decided to stop this public hearing but there is no problem. I will report back to the Senate. “In the night yesterday (Wednesday) I called the Chief Security Officer to the Governor that the canopies have been removed, I also called the Chief of Staff to government house and she promised to tell the council chairman to restore the canopies. I was in her place this morning, I met with her, pleaded with her to call the chairman which she did and Ekene Okenwa refused assent to this public hear-


disregard for the Rule of Law. There is a pending matter at the Federal High Court that was initiated by the Accord Party (AP) following its omission from the list of the political parties that were to participate in the election. INEC joined issue in the case with Accord Party. The matter was still going on when the INEC in its wisdom went on to conduct the election. In a bid to frustrate the court process, INEC went on to conduct the election,” Ogele said. He added: “It has been decided by the Supreme Court that when a matter is pending in the court, all parties in the case should fold their arms until final determination of the case. What we are saying is not whether Accord Party was omitted from the election or not but that the election was illegally conducted and it is in total disregard to the Rule of Law.” But another legal practitioner, Yemi Adetoyinbo, disagreed with Ogele. He argued that the matter is not strong enough to invalidate the outcome of the election. According to him, the candidate of the Accord Party was not even registered by the INEC and that the Commission must have had its reasons for the action. Besides, Adetoyinbo said he had never seen where the outcome of an election was nullified because of the exclusion of a candidate. He said the election of Senator Oluremi Tinubu was upheld by the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, despite the proven exclusion of Durosinmi-Etti from the Lagos West/Central Senatorial election in 2011 because “it was not consequential to invalidate the election of the senator.” Other lawyers who spoke with Sunday Mirror contended that the merit of the case could only be determined by the tribunal, saying it could go either way. While conceding that INEC may have its reasons for not registering Ojo for the election, the lawyers also said the Accord Party’s candidate may also have his reasons for pursuing justice. But there have been attempts to dampen the spirit of Ojo and frustrate his petition by the leadership of his party. The leadership, both at the state and the national levels, has dissociated itself from the petition. A couple of days back, the leader of the Accord Party and former governor of Oyo State, Chief Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja, said the party assisted Mimiko to win the election and that the governor would soon defect to the Accord Party. The National Secretary of the party, Nureni Adisa, also said in a statement that the party has no case against the re-election of Mimiko, adding that Ojo was unknown to the party. The State Chairman of the party, Dr. Ajibola Falaye, has announced the expulsion of Ojo from the party for alleged misconduct and for allegedly bringing the name of the party into disrepute. But it was gathered that the State Chairman and the entire leadership of the party were part of the decision to challenge the failure of the INEC to include the name of Ojo in the list of contestants at the Federal High Court since, in their opinion, the party’s nomination exercise followed due process. But at what point did they decide to abandon the candidate of their party? What explains their action? These are the questions pundits are asking. Notwithstanding the position of the party, some lawyers, who spoke with our correspondent, said Ojo could still pursue his case and get justice. Their argument is that the fact that the party has decided not to challenge the victory of Mimiko does not remove the right of its candidate to head for the tribunal, citing Edo state as a good example. They also said other petitioners could spring surprises if they could prove their cases against the conduct of the election.

ing. “Whatever are their reasons I don’t know but if it is for 2015, it is the people of Nkanu land that will choose who will lead them. I also called the Acting Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, and he was upset because he was in Abuja for a national assignment. So whatever is their reason, I don’t know.” But the thinking by different people at the venue indicated that the Chief of Staff is positioning herself to take over from Nnaji to become the Senator for Enugu-East in 2015 and had sabotaged Nnaji’s effort to gain political advantage. Hon. Hygenius Egbo, who spoke with our reporter, said that the action had rather backfired as the people’s sympathy went for Senator Nnaji and scorn for Mrs. Nwobodo. Enugu-East Senatorial District is the constituency that produced the former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, between 1999 and 2003; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani 20032007; former governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, between 2007 and 2011 and lost to the incumbent Senator Nnaji in 2011 election.



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Who invented what…?

Wilhelm Conrad Röntge Hello children, How were your school activities last week? I hope you are doing well in your studies. I know many of you are looking forward to the Christmas holiday. Don’t worry it is just a matter of weeks. However, you still have to continue studying hard.

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Modern x-ray

enowned German scientist, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, was experimenting with cathode rays on November 8, 1895 when he discovered the x-ray. Röntgen covered his cathode tube with thick black paper and when he ran an electric current through the tube, a nearby fluorescent screen started glowing. The screen, coated in barium plati-

nocyanide, stopped glowing when Röntgen turned off the current. He realised that a mysterious kind of ray must be making the screen glow. He codenamed the ray an X-ray, and proceeded to write books on it. His discovery earned him the firstever Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. The award was officially “in recognition of the extraordinary services he




he was born on January 3, 1976 and she is a Nigerian female professional footballer, who currently plays for Swedish Damallsvenskan club, Sunnana SK. She is also a member and the captain of the Nigerian women’s national football team. With the Nigerina national team, she has participated in three CAF Women’s Championship in 2002, 2004, and 2006, winning all three of them. At the 2004 Women’s African Football Championship, she scored four goals in the final against Cameroun to help her country win the title. She also set a record by scoring nine overall goals during the tournament, and was named the best

player of the tournament. She has also participated in the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and the Olympic tournaments of 2000, 2004, and 2008. In June 2008, the BBC reported that she had announced her plans to retire in two years, and that after doing so she wants to continue to be involved in football by becoming a coach. She was voted African Women Footballer of the Year four times by CAF.



It lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, and is born in air. What is it? Answer: An echo Johnny’s mom had five kids. They were named February, March, April, May and? Answer: Johnny.

Questions Who is this footballer? What jersey number does she wear for her country?

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honour, I lose myself. –William Shakespeare

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•The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo. •Hippopotamuses are found in Africa. •The hippopotamus is generally considered the third largest land mammal after the white rhinoceros and elephant. •Hippopotamuses spend a large amount of time in water such as rivers, lakes and swamps. •Resting in water helps keep hippopotamuses’ temperature down. •Hippopotamuses give birth in water. •They have short legs, a huge mouth and a body shaped like a barrel. •Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human. •Hippos can be extremely aggressive,

especially if they feel threatened. •They are regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. •Hippos are threatened by habitat loss and poachers who hunt them for their meat and teeth. •A male hippopotamus is called a ‘bull’. •A female hippopotamus is called a ‘cow’. •A baby hippo is called a ‘calf ’. •A group of hippos is known as a ‘herd’, ‘pod’, ‘dale’ or ‘bloat’. •Hippos typically live for around 45 years. •They eat mostly grass.

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en discovered X-rays has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him”. It was named Roentgenium, a very radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes. He donated the monetary reward from his Nobel Prize to his university. Born on March 27, 1845 in the small town of Lennep (Rhine Province) in Germany; Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, was the only child of a cloth merchant. He was raised in the Netherlands because his family moved to Apeldoorn when he was still

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Polytechnic Institute in Zurich ((today known as the ETH Zurich) having failed to get admission in University of Utrecht, lacking required credentials. There he flourished greatly under the influence of the teachers like Kundt and Clausius. He graduated from the University of Zurich and received his Ph.D. in 1869. In the same year, he assisted Kundt and followed him to Wurzburg and then to the University of Strasburg in 1873. He died on February 10, 1923.

Camels have three eyelids



three. For his early education, he went to a boarding school in Apeldoorn named, Institute of Martinus Herman van Doorn. He was not a sparkling student rather he was keenly interested in nature during his young years. In 1862, he joined Ambachts school; a technical school in Utrecht. He was expelled for refusing to reveal the identity of a classmate guilty of drawing an unflattering portrait of one of the school’s teachers. In 1865, he studied mechanical engineering at the Federal

Did you know? amels live in one of the most harsh and rigid environment on earth, the desert. Hence, they come equipped with three eyelids and this is predominantly for protection against sandstorms which can occur frequently. They have one on top, one at the bottom and one on the side. The first two lids have very long eyelashes and these are used to keep sand from entering the eyes. The


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third eyelid is transparent and this allows the camel to see during a storm even when the eyelid is closed. Additionally, the third eyelid blinks in a sideways fashion, similar to windshield wipers on a car and this clears away any sand currently on or around the lid. In sandstorms, camels often close their extra eyelids and keep walking. You might say that a camel can find its way through a sandstorm with its eyes closed.

JOKES The clock and batteries Philip noticed that his friend, Amodu, takes off the batteries from the clock and keeps them outside after checking the time. Curious to know why Amodu always do this, the following conversation followed one day between them. Philip: “Amodu, why do you always remove the batteries from the clock and keep them outside? Amodu: “I want to extend the life of the batteries; hence I put them in the clock only when I want to see the time.”

The well-behaved son

Mariam: “My son is very wellbehaved.” Lovelyn: “How can you say that? Was he not arrested and imprisoned for seven years.” Mariam: “Yes, but he got out after three years for good behaviour inside the jail.”

TONGUE TWISTERS Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar. A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.



Which day of the week is most hated by fish? Answer: Fry Day What are the two things that you cannot have for breakfast? Answer: Lunch and dinner. What can burn the eyes, sting the mouth, yet is consumed? Answer: Pepper Name three keys that unlock no doors. Answer: MONkey, DONkey, TURkey


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How to prevent colon cancer VANESSA OKWARA


ith the advent of all kinds of cancer prevalent in today’s world, medical experts have advised we pay closer attention to the kind of food we eat. For instance, Fast food is being blamed for an increase in colon cancer among younger demographics. Traditionally, colon cancer has been a disease of the older people, but research shows that patients under 50 are seeing a rise in numbers. A study, published by the American Cancer Society, found incidence rates of colorectal cancer in those aged 20 to 49 increased 1.5 per cent a year in men and 1.6 per cent a year in women between 1992 and 2005. The researchers said rising levels of obesity and changes in diet towards more fast food, red and processed meat, and less milk over the past three decades might have contributed to the increase in colorectal cancer among young adults. A senior lecturer and consultant general surgeon with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, College of Medicine, Ikeja, Dr N. Akanmu Ibrahim, says cancer of the colon is becoming prevalent in the country as a result of


Dietary content has been found to be central in the cause of cancer of the colon. Globally, cancer of the colon and rectum are the third leading cause of cancer in males and the fourth leading cause of cancer in females. Constipation, bleeding through the anus and diarrhoea are usually the earliest symptoms. A burning stomach pain is the most common symptom of peptic ulcer. If you’re inactive, you’re more likely to develop colon cancer. Avoid living a sedentary lifestyle.

our change in diet. “Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be referred to separately as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending where they start. Dietary content has been found to be central in the cause of cancer of the colon. Generally, Africans are not known to eat refined foods. We eat ‘eba’, yam, vegetables etc, raw from the farm without it going through any processing. It is believed that people who take refined and junk foods do not get enough roughage and are more prone to develop cancer of the colon. If you have constipation, the stool will stay longer in the colon. By staying longer in the colon, it will release toxins. These toxins affect the cells which will start transforming and this would eventually lead to cancer or colon polyps which are benign. In blacks the ‘transit time’, that is the time the stool stays in the colon, is usually shorter, so it will not have time to release any of these toxins. We are seeing more of these problems because of the dietary changes in our environment. The frequency is becoming alarming. We have to be very careful of our dietary pattern,” he said. Dr Ibrahim revealed that it has become more frequent now in Nigeria. “In Nigeria, it may come to fourth or fifth leading cause of cancer in terms of frequency. Traditionally, it is believed that cancer of the colon is common in the elderly who are from 50 years and above. Recently, we have started seeing it in people less than 40 years old. We have seen patients in their 20s and 30s. So it is not rare as some people think,” he disclosed. Apart from our diet, people who are obese, alcoholics and diabetic are also prone to develop cancer of the colon. The expert said cancer of the colon also has some genetic disposition. A family with a history of this kind of cancer is likely to pass it along to their offspring. People with such hereditary cases should visit the hospital for proper check-up. How can one detect colon cancer? Dr Ibrahim listed some of the symptoms a

Fast food is blamed as a leading cause of colon cancer

Colon cancer

Dr. Ibrahim

patient is likely to feel: • Constipation and diarrhoea are usually the earliest symptoms. • An unusual change in bowel habit, especially the need to empty bowels more frequently or less frequently than normal over a period of time, is a sign that something is wrong and needs to be checked out. • Rectal bleeding, which is flow of blood from the anus, especially when there is a lot of blood and it is mixed with the faeces. It is important to note here that a lot of people assume this bleeding from the anus to be pile. Even when you have it, it is important that you should

check for the cancer of the colon as well. • Severe abdominal pain, anaemia caused by loss of blood, unintended weight loss; weakness and tiredness. • The most critical symptom, which is usually seen in elderly people, is acute intestinal obstruction. This means acute blockage of the intestine. That person will develop sudden abdominal pains with vomiting and the inability to pass stool. This is an emergency and should be rushed to the hospital immediately. In making a diagnosis for colon cancer, Dr Ibrahim gave an important advice to both doctors and patients alike. “The CONTINUED ON PAGE 46


‘Excessive consumption of soft drinks can cause stroke’ Expert wants parents to curtail childhood obesity A family physician, Garki Hospital Abuja, Dr Adamu Onu, has said that excessive consumption of soft drink predisposes one to stroke, irrespective of one’s sex. Onu said in Abuja that any drink with ``excessively high sugar content’’ would predispose anyone to stroke. He said that the body was not designed to take any drink with high sugar content,

adding that the sugar in drinks were in pure form, which goes directly into the blood. According to the physician, the sugar in food is in natural form and the body processes it. “For the fact that sugar comes in pure form, it induces the body to produce insulin, hence increasing the burden on the pancreas.” He said if there was too much sugar, it could cause

beta cell stress as a result, one might not only have stroke but develop other kinds of conditions like diabetes after a period of time. According to him, there is always a higher incidence of stroke as people get older, hence the effect of soft drinks is not age related. He, therefore, advised that people should cut down the intake of soft drink, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

A general practitioner, Dr. Otumu Odianosen, has called on parents to make healthy changes to their families’ lifestyle to curtail childhoodobesity. Odianosen said in Abuja that parents should also ensure the provision of nutritious foods, reduce television time and ensure good night’s sleep for their children to prevent obesity. “Parents should create an

active and healthy eating environment at home; they should limit the amount of television watching. Only two hours are recommended for a child to watch television each day,” he said. The doctor said the family should participate in regular physical activities such as walking, jogging or bicycling. “Also, parents should encourage their children to participate in at

least one of such activities as tennis, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, among others”, he urged. He recommended the implementation of healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains for the entire family. Odianosen said parents should know that they have very important role in maintaining healthy lifestyle among children.



Know your organs


esticles are parts that are found on the bodies of male creatures. Male mammals, including men, have two testicles, supported in a sac of skin below the penis called the scrotum. Along with the penis, testicles are called reproductory organs or “sex organs”. Only males have testicles; females have ovaries. Making of sperm Testicles are a type of organ called glands. Like other glands, testicles make chemical substances, called hormones that keep the body working. Testicles also make sperm which can join with ova to make new life. Most glands, like women’s ovaries, are inside the body, but testicles are outside the main part of the body. This is because the testicles work better if they are cooler than the inside of the body. In cold weather, testicles pull up nearer to the body to keep warm. The testicles are firm, oval-shaped glands. Most testicles match in size, but some testicles are much larger or smaller than others. Normalsized testicles are between 14 cm³ and 35 cm³. Nearly all men have one testicle that hangs lower than the other one. Scientists think this may be so that they do not hit against each other. It can be either the left or the right that hangs lower, but in 85 per cent of men, it is the left one. The left testicle usually descends first and this may affect which one hangs lower. The testicles hang in the scrotum by the spermatic cord. They are outside the body because they need to be cooler than the temperature inside the body, in order to make sperm. Scrotum and testicles The testicles, inside the scrotum, are covered with a tough type of white protective skin called

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Testicles a membrane. The inner part of the testicles has many small tubes called seminiferous tubules which are coiled (or twisted around). Sperm are made inside the seminiferous tubules. The sperm pass through some small tubes called ducts into another part at the back of the testicle, called the epididymis, which is where the sperm cells finish maturing. The sperm cells then travel along a tube called the vas deferens until they reach the urethra. The urethra is the main tube in the penis and leads to the opening at the end called the urethral opening. The urethral opening is also the way that urine leaves the body from the bladder. When a man feels sexual desire, sperm cells go through the ejaculatory duct. They are combined with liquid called seminal fluid from a gland called the prostate. The prostate also has muscles that push the sperm and fluid into the urethra. During sexual intercourse, seminal fluid containing the sperm comes out through the urethral opening when a man ejaculates. If the sperm from the testicles enters the vagina of a woman during sexual intercourse, it may pass into the uterus and join with a mature ovum (or egg) to begin a new baby. Roles of testicles Testicles have two important jobs in the body. They make several types of chemical substances. Making of these substances is controlled by the pituitary gland which is a small gland in the brain. One substance made by the testicles is the hormone testosterone which is important in a male person’s body, because it makes him grow into a man and feel like a man during puberty. Apart from hormones, the other important substances made by the testicles are spermatozoa, which are generally just called sperm. The most important diseases of testicles are: Inflammation of the testicles; Testicular cancer; Fluid around a testicle; Spermatic cord torsion and Varicocele - swollen veins to the testes.

Fast food increases colon cancer risk CONTINUED FROM PAGE 45 most important thing a doctor should do if a patient comes with such complaints is to stick a finger into the anus. Unfortunately, most of our colleagues shy away from this. This has led to a preventable death just because the doctor did not take time to stick his fingers into the patients’ anus. This is important because about 30 per cent of this cancer can be felt and reached by the finger through the anus. When you do that you can feel that abnormal growth. By the time you feel it early enough, there might still be hope for treatment for that patient. If a person gets to a doctor, having some of these symptoms, and the doctor fails to examine the patient by sticking his fingers into the patient’s anus, that patient must remind that doctor to do so. Don’t just assume with the doctor that it is just pile,” he advised. Dr Ibrahim gave other ways of making a diagnosis to include going through a faecal occult (hidden) blood test, in which samples of stool are submitted to a lab for detection of blood. People who have family history of such problems who are above 40 years are advised to go for check-up in the form of colonoscopy; it is readily available in our teaching hospitals across the country. Another one is a Barium Enema which

is like an X-ray of the intestine, where the image of the intestine could be seen and the tumours on the wall of the intestine. The medical expert declared surgery and chemotherapy as the most common treatment of cancer of the colon. The feasibility of surgery will depend on the stage of the cancer and how early it is detected. Those that come early enough, there is still the possibility of cutting off that part of the colon causing the problem. During surgery, the tumour is removed. The surgeon then reconnects the healthy sections of the intestine. In patients with the cancer close to the rectum, the surgeon then creates an opening (colostomy) on the abdomen wall through which solid waste in the colon is excreted. The patient will not be able to excrete through the anus anymore but will have to carry a colostomy bag for the rest of his life and most patients with colostomies return to a normal lifestyle. Dr Ibrahim counsels that early detection, prevention and proper diet are very important. “Try as much as possible to avoid constipation and living a sedentary lifestyle. If you’re inactive, you’re more likely to develop colon cancer. Getting regular physical activity may reduce your risk of colon cancer. Also stick to foods that have roughages and drink a lot of water”.

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with Dr. Olatunji Idowu

Spinal Cord injuries: Treatment and rehabilitation (3) How is a spinal cord injury treated? The first step in treatment of a suspected spinal cord injury is to verify the patient is breathing and the heart is beating. A spinal cord injury in the upper neck can cause a loss of control of normal breathing. This may require the placement of a breathing tube and use of a ventilator. The next step in treatment of a spinal cord injury is immobilization. This often occurs at the time of injury prior to being transported to the hospital. Emergency medical technicians may place the patient in a cervical collar or on a backboard to help prevent the spine from moving. If the patient has a spinal cord injury, further movement of the spine could lead to further damage. After a spinal cord injury is diagnosed the patient might be started on a high dose of steroids. This could help decrease the amount of damage to the spinal cord by reducing inflammation and swelling. There are risks associated with using steroids for spinal cord injury. The patient’s doctor can help decide if steroids are appropriate. The use of steroids is only beneficial if they are started within eight hours of the time of injury. Next the patient may be placed in traction or a halo device around the head to try to stabilize the spine and prevent further damage. Many cases of spinal cord injury are treated with surgery. There are two major goals of surgery. • The first goal is to relieve any pressure on the spinal cord. This could involve removing por-

tions of the vertebrae that have broken and are compressing the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is being compressed by tumor, infection or severe arthritis, surgery can be performed to reduce the amount of compression. • The second major goal of surgery for spinal cord injury is to stabilize the spine. If the vertebrae are weakened from fracture, tumor or infection, they may not be capable of supporting the normal weight from the body and protecting the spinal cord. A combination of metal screws, rods and plates may be necessary to help hold the vertebrae together and stabilize them until the bones heal. There are many potential complications related to spinal cord injury that may require specific treatment. These complications include: • urinary tract infections or urinary incontinence (inability to control the flow of urine), • bowel incontinence (inability to control bowel movements), • pressure sores, • infections in the lungs (pneumonia), • blood clots, • muscle spasms, • chronic pain, and • depression. After the initial treatment and stabilization of patients with a spinal cord injury, much of the treatment is geared toward rehabilitation. This includes methods to help the patient maximize their function through physical and occupational therapy and the use of assistive devices.

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


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A Fashionista’s

World NOVEMBER 25, 2012

‘I love the poise and sophistication of fashion’ Ifeatu Onuchukwu, fondly known as Onu Classy, is the Managing Director of On Rave Plus. She is a model coach, an event manager and a fashion pundit. This elegant fashionista who has graced many great events, tells Adaeze Amos what makes her chic in the style world. Could you tell us about yourself and how you came into fashion? I’m just a young lady who loves fashion with a passion. I have made tremendous impact in the fashion world having been in it for years. I studied Business Administration at the Lagos State University (LASU). After graduation and my national service, I had to follow what I love doing best, fashion. I’m at home with what I’m doing. I love to look good and a lot of people who have come across me can attest to this. What is your style signature? Anything I wear, I make sure I stand out. I combine things a lot… be it African wax with English fabric and all that. My style signature is elegance. I can’t be seen shabbily dressed. What thrills you about fashion? I just love looking good, I love sweet colours and blending them aright. I love the poise and sophistication that surround the fashion world. I’m a classy dresser. I go for things that are in vogue but I try to make my own look slightly different. That is one thing about me. I’m very creative. I could be sleeping right now and a style may just come into my brain and when I wake up, I try to sketch it down. That is why I don’t look at someone else’s style to create mine. It just comes into my mind and I try to bring it to reality thus impressing my clients. What are some fashion mistakes that put you off? One fashion mistake that gets on my nerves is seeing your bra straps out. If you are slipping into a spaghetti dress or bustier, please opt for sleeveless bra. I don’t want to see your bra strap! Another thing is if you are ‘big-sized’, opt for things or wears that would not reveal the folds on your tummy.. Wear styles that would give you a breathing space. Are you a slave to style? Not at all. I don’t follow style because it is in vogue. I’m very innovative and I love to set the pace in the style world. I even want people to emulate me. I’m a pacesetter in the fashion world. What is the roll call of Nigerian fashionistas that fly the fashion flag? They are many but let me mention the ones that are in my brain right now. Zizi Cardow, Iyalode Adunni Bankole, Ifeoma Anyawu, Funmilola Adewale and then, of course, my humble self. I’m also a fashionista because I stand out in everything I put on, in anything I make and lay my hands on. When you want to attend a high-quality event, what do you do to be red-carpet-ready? I look at my colours twice to be sure they are perfectly blended. I don’t like colour-blocking trend because it is becoming common and I’m allergic to such things. My shoes must be ‘skyscrapers’ because I love high heels and I walk well in them. Of course, my poise must be intact. I carry myself well like a lady. A fashion adage says flaunt it if you have got it, what do you flaunt? I flaunt my legs. They are hot! What style puts you off? Extremely short things that reveal your underpants when you bend down offend my eyes. You may wear mini but let it not be extremely short to show your fat laps. Also, styles that expose your boobs too much. You may just flaunt your cleavage. How many inches of cleavage should a fashionista show? Showing three inches of your cleavage is ideal. That is the fashion rule, let’s abide by that.

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Lessons of Life ‘Help, my ex-lover demands sex from me in order to wed my sister!’ TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART NOVEMBER 25, 2012


t was the evening of our Passing out Parade (POP) in Kaduna, so in excitement, some of my friends and I decided to go and celebrate the end of our compulsory one year National Youth Service in one of the popular night clubs in Barnawa. We danced and drank until the early hours of the day. When I got tired, I decided to sit at the bar and have a quiet drink alone when I heard this bass male voice behind me “Hey pretty lady why are you drinking all by yourself ? By the way, my name is Charles, what is yours?” I turned around to see who the man was and I saw a dark, tall, handsome gentleman. I didn’t want to tell him my real name so I said, “My name is Joyce and I drink alone because I feel like it,” I answered. “I am sure you are one of the corps members who passed out today. Isn’t it?” he asked. “Yes, I am and I am so happy that it is all over,” I affirmed. We chatted for a while before hitting the dance floor and I must confess, he was a good dancer. He told me that he lived in Lagos but was only in Kaduna for his friends wedding and would be returning to Lagos in three days. I also told him I lived in Delta State with my parents but will be relocating to Lagos to start living with my elder sister. Anyway, one thing led to the other and before we knew it, we ended up in his hotel room. However, before leaving, he gave me his complimentary card but I informed him that I will have no need for it since it was just a one night stand. He revealed that although he had known me for just a few hours, he had come to like my kind of person and wished that we could see in Lagos and spend quality time together again before he finally ties the knot. I told him I was not interested because I was in a serious relationship. He gave me N10,000 and we bid each other goodbye. In order not to contact each other again, I refused to give him my phone number when he asked for it. I left Kaduna the next day for Lagos and when I arrived, I was so excited to see my elder sister, Sheila, because we had not seen in almost a year. Although we usually talked on the phone and she informed me that she will soon be getting married to this handsome dude, I was so curious to meet

him. “Sister Sheila, so when can I meet my brother-in-law-to-be?” I asked. “You have to be patient Immaculate. He travelled out of Lagos, he should be back in the next two or three days,” Sheila emphasised. “I can’t wait to meet the man who finally won your heart, sis,” I stressed. Everything was going on well until Charles showed up at Sheila’s doorstep four days later. Sheila and I were having dinner when we heard the doorbell ring. I wanted to get to the door but she asked me not to worry. The next thing I heard was, “Hello sweetheart, welcome back from your trip. I missed you. Come in and join us for dinner,” Sheila said. “Join us for dinner? Who is here with you?” the man asked. She told him not to worry or try guessing until he gets to the dining table. “Sweetheart, meet my younger sister, Immaculate. Immaculate meet Gomez,

my fiancée,” she introduced. Of course, we were both surprised to meet again. My reaction almost gave me out but I had to control myself. “Gomez, it is finally a pleasure to meet the man who stole the heart of my sister,” I stuttered. “Same here, your sister had told me a lot about you,” Gomez said. While we all ate dinner together, what kept playing in my head was how I and ‘Charles’ or is it Gomez met in Kaduna and how we lied to each other about our names. Immediately Sheila left for the kitchen, he told me we needed to sit down and talk. He quickly slipped his complimentary card into my hands and pleaded with me to give me a call. I gave him a call two days later and we agreed to meet in a hotel. On getting there, I thought Gomez wanted to plead with me not to mention a word to Sheila about what happened between us in Kaduna but


instead, he told me he had not been able to take me off his mind no matter how hard he tried and prayed that we should meet someday. “God brought you back to me my darling. I have fallen in love with you. Yes, I know it was just a one night stand but I have not been able to take you off my mind. Immaculate, you are the woman of my dreams,” he stressed. “I’m sorry but I made it clear that I don’t want to have anything to do with you. So, please forget about me and think about my sister, Sheila, and your forthcoming wedding,” I retorted. “I don’t know if you believe in love at first sight because I fell in love with you right from the time I saw you at the club. Seeing you again has given me a second thought about not going ahead with the wedding,” he stressed. “What did you just say? If it is a joke please stop it. My sister loves you; you must not let her down. What excuse will you give to her?” I questioned. “Well, I don’t know yet but you are the one I want,” Gomez stressed. “The only condition I will marry your sister is if you agree to have an affair with me. I will give you time to think about it,” he said. “You must be out of your senses, Gomez,” I said angrily. Immediately, I left the hotel room in anger. But as the days went by, I realised that I was falling in love with him too. Gomez’s visit to Sheila’s house became frequent all because he wanted to see me. However, Sheila thought he was coming because of her. She became so blind to notice it because she was madly in love with him. It is just a few weeks to their wedding and Gomez has reminded me about what he discussed with me about having an affair with him if I still want him to marry my sister, Sheila. The truth is that I am already falling in love with him too but I don’t want to hurt my sister. Do I bulge so that Gomez could marry my sister, Sheila? Do I tell my sister the truth so that she will know the kind of man Gomez really is? Will he even make her happy if he eventually marries her if I give in? I don’t know how to handle this situation.

Please send your advice to the phone number or e-mail address above. No calls, please.

Re: ‘Cletus, I’m sorry I cannot marry an illiterate’

Dear Tonia, You are wicked and heartless. You are an example of why people shy away from doing good. What class would you belong to if he had not seen you through school? What you suffered in the hands of your aunt, Monica, was well deserved. If you don’t come down from your high horse, God’s wrath awaits you. Ijeoma, Ogun – 08097063071

do this to Cletus? I accept the fact that we get to a point where our dreams change, but this is wicked. You shouldn’t have let him kiss you not to talk of having an affair with him. Now he is going mad and that is on your conscience. You have no excuse whatsoever. There is adult education now so you can return the favour after all, you work in a bank. 07084789817

There is no advice given to you now that you will heed. Remember the law of karma. Now you realise he is not your class. You can change him to what you want your man to be. Gorgeeous Vivi -

You obviously knew he wanted to marry you, from all indication. After wasting his time, energy, and his life earning all on you and your education, so you just realised that you don’t want to marry him because he is an illiterate. As sad as this may sound though for the “victim”, it also sounds funny. When

I must say that you are evil. How could you

he was sponsoring your education, why didn’t you object? Who wouldn’t go insane after experiencing this emotional trauma? Young lady, this is beyond where you say “thank you” for all what you’ve done for me, it has to come with a great sacrifice also. He might have his own reason for sponsoring you but even at that, you should show appreciation by putting everything in the hands of God and marry him. Ibrahim Isah - Please, you better marry him else if anything happens to him, his blood will be upon your head. Remember, he saved you, it is now your turn to save him. Be wise. 08066643924

I will advise you to go ahead and marry him because what he did for you, you can hardly get it for free somewhere else. I really dislike when a lady call a man an illiterate. Mine refused to train me because he believed I would do to him the same way you did to Cletus. Just pray over it and it will be fine. Ruth, Lagos – 08168052356 Pack all your belongings and go back to Cletus and get married to him. He staked his life to make you what you are today. Go and get married to him before he runs mad or dies because of you. Failing to do that, you will not know peace all the days of your life. Evangelist Felix – 07030546032

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New electricity tariff: NASME proposes talk with NERC National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria, NASME, has moved to parley the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) with a view to reducing electricity tariff. Stanely Iheigbo previews the proposed consultation:


Obiora Madu, NASME Executive Member

he National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria, NASME, is proposing a consultation with the National Electricity Regulatory Commission for the reappraisal of Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs in the recently released multi-year tariff order (MYTO), which has been discovered to be having adverse effects on the operations of small businesses in the country. In the proposed dialogue with NERC, NASME is seeking a reclassification of MSMEs in the tariff regime and a reduced, fixed charge based on a new classification. Following a preliminary survey conducted by NASME after four months of running business under the new tariff, it has been discovered that an average small or medium scale business owner has been forced to deploy scarce business investment revenues to pay huge electricity bills to ensure continuity of businesses. Major reasons that make the dialogue between NASME and NERC imperative include the facts revealed by the survey that an average SMEs has been classified in the same rate category as the large corporations, which is compounded by the discovery that the increase in monthly fixed tariff has not translated to an improvement in electricity services in the first four months of the tariff regime. According to the president of NASME, Alhaji Garba Ibrahim Gusau, “The implication of the findings of our survey is enormous and it is critical to the economy of the country. It signifies the weakening of the MSME sector, which is already resulting in reduced productivity and growing unemployment. We believe that at a time when the government is seeking to grow the private sector, stimulate investment and increase employment, particularly of the burgeoning youth sector, further burden of huge operational cost is not in the interest of anybody. This is critical because there are well-documented evidences that shows the MSMEs generate the most employment in the country rather than the large corporations. The

proposed dialogue is therefore designed to create a platform for exchange of information on the new order as well as help NERC to get feedback from the MSME sector on the implementation of the new electricity order so far.” NASME has therefore prepared a detailed proposal on a more desirable tariff structure to be discussed at the event, which is billed to hold on November 26, 2012. It is believed that the forum will help both parties address all alleged grievances and set the stage for mutual understanding of all outstanding issues on the new electricity order. NASME intends to reach a mutual agreement with NERC at this dialogue. This is made more important by the fact that the commission is set to release a new framework for estimated billing as a deliberate effort to eliminate all forms of overbilling which will ensure a holistic review and amendment of operational market rules, guidelines and regulations in the Nigerian electricity industry. The NASME was jointly conceived by promoters of SMEs in the Private Sector and Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to be the apex organization to coordinate micro, small and Medium scale enterprises’ activities in the country and also interact with local and foreign organizations whose services are vital to the development of MSMEs. The association provides a forum for interaction, and adoption of concerted approach to issues of strategic importance to the development of MSMEs. NASME uses evidence-based policy research and advocacy to influence government decision on regulations and legislations in support of the MSME sector; provides member services and share information essential to doing business in Nigeria. The proposed meeting with NERC, it is believed, will further strengthen relationship between the private sector and government as well as grow the nation’s economy in the creation of more employment and the provision of goods and services very essential to the lives and livelihood of Nigerians in general.

Nigeria, Hong Kong trade hits $346 million STANELY IHEIGBO


he value of trade between Nigeria and Hong Kong has peaked at $346, (N5.43bn), the Assistant Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Mr. Raymond Yip, said at the weekend. Yip, who disclosed this at a meeting between 20 Hong Kong

companies’ delegates and Nigeria Business community in Lagos, said that they wanted to improve and reestablish a relationship with Nigeria as a big market. He said both countries have over the years enjoyed cordial trade relationships, adding that Hong Kong is intensifying efforts to improve on its partnership and to invest in the country.

He explained that his country buys leather skins, fish and some electronic like telecommunications equipment from Nigeria, while Nigeria imports wristwatches, machinery, foods. Explaining the purpose of the event, he said, “We are here to introduce some of our companies to the Nigerian business community, because we have not come over 30 years, although the

council comes but have not been sending delegates to Nigeria. We want to re-establish relationship and partner in business here. “At the moment, the western markets have been saturated and we want to explore the emerging markets and opportunities. And we are inspired by Nigeria as the second biggest in Africa and going to be the largest economy in 2023. ”

Yip added that Hong Kong has various incentives for investors in his home country, which include free ports duty and business-friendly environment. He added that Hong Kong is an international market; “our business is not indigenous; people over the world are involved; we have the Chinese, Pakistanis, Americans, Japanese , Indians, etc”.


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Sunday November 25, 2012

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10 lessons from Noah’s ark (2) Inspirati with Lanre


NMMA Capital Market Award Winner 2004, 2005 E-mail:, 08039428648


oday, we shall take the second and concluding part of this treatise, which was commenced last week. The article was actually adapted from an article sent in to a newspaper by one Adeboye Joseph sometime back. The original piece was very brief but I liked it very much and decided to expand it and let my readers have a feel of it. So here goes:

A brief reminder

Last week, we treated four of the lessons, viz; 1. Don’t miss the boat; 2. Remember that we are all in the same boat; 3. Plan ahead; it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark and 4. Stay fit, for when you’re ‘600’ years, like Noah was, someone may ask you to do something really big. Today, we shall treat the remaining six lessons. Enjoy it.

Lesson 5: Don’t listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done

There will always be critics to every idea you float. But what you need to ask yourself is, ‘Is this idea right and will it benefit myself, my dependants, and the larger society?’ If you can honestly answer in the affirmative, please go ahead and pursue it. Remember that those that are now criticising your idea were probably not there when you conceived it and may not know the nitty-gritty of the idea and where you

Money Consult Your money questions Y t answered E-mail:, 08039428648

Executive producer needed

Dear Lanre, Please help to publish this message. I am Bamidele and I’m an actor; I do write stories for films. I want a business person who can see what other people can’t see in the film industry to invest in it by being an executive producer. I have stories that we can sit and work on. Interested persons can get me on 08054284424. Thanks. Bamidele, 08083158348.

Your view on Cashcraft Limited

Dear Lanre, Please what is your view on Cashcraft Asset Management Limited, Ikoyi? Is it good as a stock broking firm? Please do respond. Reader, 08036980280. Dear Reader, I may not be able to tell you whether Cashcraft is a ‘good’ stock broking firm or not. The much I can do is to give you some information about the company. Cashcraft Asset Management Limited is one of the over 200 stock broking firms registered by the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The company has its head office at Foreshore Towers at 2A, Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, its e-mail as and its website as www. It has an issued share capital of N200 million, which is well above the required minimum. It was licensed on June 16, 1988, has branches in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Oshogbo, Ibadan, Asaba, Kano and Bonny Island, and its chief executive officer is Ade-

are headed with it. Again, if Noah had listened to those who reviled him and thought him mad, and had not gone ahead to build the ark, we would probably all not be here today.

Lesson 6: Build your future on high ground

The future of the ark was built on high grounds such that it could rest there after the storm and flood had subsided. Like the eagle, we need to build our life’s nests on high grounds; we need to embrace sound principles of successful living that would ensure that we leave the murky grounds of everyday drudgery to the sure shores of principled, successful and fulfilled living. Such principles include those of hard work, integrity, kindness, frugality, valuecreation, and patience, among others.

Lesson 7: For the sake of safety, travel in pairs

God, in his infinite wisdom, directed that Noah should travel with a pair of all animals. Even the snail, which is a hermaphrodite, was made to travel in a pair. This has far-reaching implications - two is better and much more useful than one. One is not a fashionable number; it has never been. The Good Book says it is not good to be alone. There is indeed strength in numbers. Seek out those with whom you are compatible and form a sort of union or mastermind with them – the product of the synergy will surprise even you.

Lesson 8: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Yes, it is indeed good to do things fast and some of us have a nature that wants things to happen now, now. But then the art olu Ireyomi. I hope you will find the foregoing information useful for your purpose.

Will you consult for us?

Dear Lanre, Our investment club’s inaugural meeting will be held soon. We will need to meet with you personally to discuss the possibility of your being our financial adviser or consultant who can work with a reputable researchoriented broker to produce the desired results. Engineer Bolaji, 08056680053.

of arriving your destiny is far more important than how fast you arrive any destination. It is not inconceivable to find people who are admittedly travelling fast in life but in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, most do not realise this until they arrive the wrong destination. You need to be as conscious of knowing which wall your ladder is leaning against and not just about how fast you are climbing.

Lesson 9: When you’re stressed, float a while

Take a break when you need one. Prevent burnout; you are not indispensable after all. If you should break down, that company will continue without you. We all need to work hard and diligently but we must realise when we need a rest, when we need to ‘float’ away from all the tension and ‘madness’; it is then time to soak in the rest so much available in God’s system.

Lesson 10:

Remember the ark was built by amateurs, but the titanic was built by professionals. Therefore, no matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting! He is the one that turns our folly into wisdom. The race indeed does not belong to the swift nor the battle to the strong. It is all His grace. Continually ask for this and it is always His pleasure to give it in abundance. With Him, you are definitely going to win; this is not to say there will be no trials or tests of life but you will be granted the grace to overcome them and even when the trials appear too daunting, the very grace to cope and overcome will present itself right from inside the trials! That is His very nature. Until next week when we meet again, please remain inspired in His presence. crisis and entrepreneurship. Please I need a medium to express my God-given gift. I eagerly await your speedy response. Isaac Oluyi, Ile-Ife, 08060702979. Dear Isaac, Please send in six insertions of your write-up of about 750 words each into my mailbox and we’ll see from there.

Keep it up, Lanre

Dear Engineer Bolaji, It will indeed be my pleasure to consult for your club.

Dear Lanre, Your advice and service to many Nigerians is highly commendable. More power to your elbow. Emma, 08056593855.

Livestock developer wanted

Are IPOs difficult to sell?

Dear Lanre, Please link me up with a formidable financial partner for a livestock farming project. Reader, 08035028593.

Diamond Bank share certificate please

Dear Lanre, I bought 10,200 units of shares in Diamond Bank. Since then, I have not received any certificate for it. Please sir, I want you to tell me what to do, as an expert. Uche, 08033746838. Dear Uche, I will advise that you get in touch with the Registrars of Diamond Bank Plc listed as Diamond Registrars Limited, at 59, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos on the matter.

How can I contribute?

Dear Lanre, I write to enquire about how I could be a contributor or a columnist in the personal finance section of the Sunday Mirror. I am a motivational speaker with a bias for identity

Dear Lanre, Is it true that shares bought through IPOs are difficult to sell? Please reply me through sms because I may not see Mirror to buy here in Yola. Amusa, B.F., 08069145893. Dear Amusa, Shares bought through Initial Public Offerings are not necessarily difficult to sell. It is, however, true that currently, you need to wait to receive your share certificate and do a verification of this before you can sell. The process, at times, does take some time depending on the Registrars the company is using. However, with the imminent introduction of e-transactions in the capital market, this problem will be a thing of the past as an investor’s stock holdings will then directly electronically be transferred to his account with the Central Securities Clearing System Limited (CSCS), which is the clearing house for the Exchange. I am afraid I will not be able to sms my reply to you as you requested, and hope this medium will serve.

Wealth Nuggets ‘Top 10’ To win life’s race, the mind must be put into training –Anonymous We cannot drive the darkness out of a room; we let in the light and the darkness flees –Orison Swett Marden What we do tomorrow depends largely on our thinking today –Sidney Newton Bremer What we do tomorrow depends largely on our thinking today –Sidney Newton Bremeri All our limitations are in our own minds –Orison Swett Marden As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without culture, so the mind without cultivation can never produce good fruits –Seneca The mind…..emperor of the body – Chinese proverb The mind of man is the root of bondage and release –Hindu proverb To believe a thing impossible is to make it so –French proverb Rivers have sources; trees have roots (every effect has its cause) –Chinese proverb All the money you need is in the pockets of some people; offer them service and they will gladly give it to you –Anonymous

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North News

Sunday November 25, 2012

Soldiers arrest one, recover grenade, IEDs in Mubi S oldiers in Mubi, Adamawa, have arrested a 24-year-old man, Mohammed Ibrahim, and recovered a pistol and N3.5 million from him. Briefing newsmen at the weekend in Mubi, the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Armour Brigade, Yola,

Brig. Gen John Nwaoga, said the suspect was arrested in a Honda Saloon car. He said after interrogation, the suspect led security agents to a house, where Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), grenade, tear gas and police uniforms, among others, were recovered.

He said nobody was found in the house, adding that investigation was ongoing to track down others and the owner of the house. Nwaoga re-iterated the commitment of the Army and other security agencies to combat terrorism and urged stakeholders,

particularly the media, to support them to flush out criminals from the society. He lamented the attempt by some people to blackmail the security through bad publicity, warning that no amount of blackmail would deter them from their assignment.


Police train 103 to counter terrorism PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA.


iger State Police Command has reiterated its commitment to counter all acts of terrorism through the training of officers and men of the command. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Desire Deseye Nsirim, who stated this at the end of the training of 103 officers on how to counter terrorism, said the training had became necessary, especially as the state was quoted as one of the states in the North with security challenges, owing to se-

ries of bomb explosions in Suleja area of the state. She also explained that the training was in line with directive from the Inspector General of Police, given to formations to train men to keep them abreast with security issues confronting the nation. Nsirim stated that the 103 officers and men were drawn from Bida, Minna, Suleja and Kontagora Area Commands and trained, especially on how to adequately handle certain weapons, to enable them swiftly respond in case of any form of eventualities.

Katsina Govt approves new salaries, allowance T L-R: Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang; representative of the President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Maj-Gen. Paul Omu, at the graduation ceremony of Senior Executive Course 34 of the institute at Kuru in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Niger pilgrim commission promises better services PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA


iger State Pilgrims Welfare Commission will continue to provide better services to pilgrims of the state during Hajj operations. The state chairman, Alhaji Manman Mohammed, said over the weekend. Mohammed, who stated this on arrival at the Minna International Airport with the last batch of 228 pil-

grims from Wushishi Local Government area and officials of the commission, said as part of measures to ensure improved services to the pilgrims, assessment of the 2012 Haji operations had started. To achieve this, he explained that the commission would give prominence to training of the pilgrims by engaging the services of qualified Islamic scholars to teach

them on their religious responsibilities. According to him, any preacher appointed to instruct the pilgrims will automatically be part of the Hajj operation in order to further cement the relationship between the pilgrims and their teachers. The chairman stated that when the Islamic clerics attend a pilgrimage with faithful, the pilgrim’s religious requirements

would be quickly attended to as observed in the 2012 operation. Mohammed further revealed that one pilgrim from Lavun Local Government area of the state died during the operation and was buried in Mecca in accordance with Islamic injunction and that another, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar from Suleja Local Government area had to stay back for medical treatment.

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obviously because its import is far less appreciated. During the courtesy call by the National Good Governance Tour Team on the Governor, and at the subsequent Citizens’ Forum, Gov. Jang announced the prevalence of a silent pestilence that is ravaging Plateau: cancer. According to him, some of the abandoned pits used for mining tin and columbite in the past, have been found to contain radioactive materials. People use the water from the pits for domestic purposes, while dredgers also mine plaster sand for construction.

Exposure to the radioactive elements, Jang said, was a worrisome source of cancer among men and women in the state. He provided no statistics, but that is for any diligent reporter to follow up on. Jang appealed to the Federal Government, and to the international community, to come to the aid of the state. This would require remediation of the affected sites, massive public enlightenment to reduce further exposure at the sites, and care for those already struck with cancer. A catalogue of issues arises from the cancer scourge. First, consid-

ering its alleged source, this is a matter that is fodder for environmental activists to be properly seised of, and then be up in arms over what is perhaps Plateau’s biggest quest for survival and sustenance, over and above the ethno-religious conflict. There are also posers over what the proper role of the Ecological Fund Office should be in such a matter. But there are legal dimensions as well. Where are the tin mining companies today? Or, where are their successor companies? Did they follow acceptable practices for the many decades that

they operated in Plateau? Even if they did follow acceptable practices, now that there is evidence of instances of cancer arising from the radioactive materials in the abandoned pits, what is the legal remedy, and payable by whom? Or, is the causation too remote in time as to be a valid source of claim against the tin mining companies or their successors? In any event, when will Plateau and Nigeria internationalize the issue? •Osadolor is a former Commissioner for Information in Edo State and Special Adviser to the Minister of Information.

he Katsina State Government has announced 100 per cent salary increase for chief executives of government’s agencies and boards. Alhaji Lawal Jari, the state Commissioner for Finance, made this known during a news conference in Katsina at the weekend. Jari said the State Government also approved 35 per cent of the chief executives’ annual salaries as their furniture allowance. He noted that the incre-

ment took effect from January 2012, adding that the furniture allowance will be reviewed every four years. The commissioner further said that beneficiaries included five Managing Directors, nine General Managers and 14 Executive Directors, under the state civil service. He urged the beneficiaries to intensify effort toward effective service delivery and delivery of dividends of democracy to the citizenry.

Irate youths disrupt Madagali LG election in Adamawa


ome irate youths on Saturday destroyed the election materials at the ongoing local government election in Madagali Local Government of Adamawa. Malam Modibbo Bakari, the Commissioner, Legal and Public Affairs of the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ASIEC), confirmed the incident. Bakari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Madagali on Saturday that the Electoral Officer in the area was manhandled by the youths and was now receiving treatment in a hospital. “We have directed the Electoral Officer of neigbouring Michika Local Government to move there.

“Our commissioner in charge of the zone was also asked to go there to assess the situation before we finally take a decision on whether to suspend the election or to continue,’’ Bakari said. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim, also confirmed the incident, adding that they were only awaiting details. Also report from Dumne village in Song Local Government said that one person was feared dead with many injured following a fracas at a polling unit. NAN reports that voting commenced late in most areas due to the late arrival of materials.


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Shell, Bayelsa Govt bicker over relief items Fashola receives torch EMMA GBEMUDU


There are indications that the Bayelsa State Government and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) have differed sharply on the handover and distribution of the N77m relief materials donated by the oil giant to flood victims in the state. Investigations by Sunday Mirror revealed that SPDC’s management had insisted on handing over the relief materials, which included foodstuff,drugs, mattresses ,cups, buckets ,among others to the State branch of the Nigeria Red Cross(NRC)

headed by Chief Monovie Ogbara,for distribution to the flood victims. It was gathered that Shell’s decision did not go down well with the state government, who insisted that other oil firms operating in the state and companies donated their relief materials through government . Our correspondent was reliably informed that the relief materials donated on November 3 was yet to be distributed to the flood victims owing to logistic reasons. It was learnt that the Red Cross was still waiting for logistics from SPDC to enable it distribute the re-

lief materials to the flood victims in their various communities. Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Markson Fefegha, told our correspondent in an interview in Yenagoa, that the government was not aware of the relief materials donated by SPDC to flood victims in the state. Fefegha said government had advised the oil giant to handover the relief materials to the state for distribution but that SPDC insisted that it would hand over the items to the Red Cross, noting that it did same in Rivers and Delta States .

The Deputy Governor and Chairman State Emergency Response Commitee for flood victims, Rear Admiral John Jonah(rtd.), while speaking with journalists in Yenagoa, said the state’s chapter of the Nigeria Red Cross had approached his office for financial assistance to enable it distribute the relief materials in its disposal. Managing Director of the SPDC , Mutiu Sumonu, personally donated the relief materials at the Gbarain Gas Gathering Plant premises in Bayelsa State ,where he pleaded that the items should get to the flood victims.

of unity for ‘Eko 2012’ L agos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), yesterday received the Torch of Unity for the 18th National Sports Festival being hosted by the state after its journey round the 35 states of the federation. The governor, as such urged Lagosians to come out en masse to welcome the sports men and women as well as all visitors coming to the state for the games tagged ‘Eko 2012.’. The governor who spoke at the open lawns of the Lagos House, Marina after receiving the Torch from the South-West Coordinator of the National Sports Festival, Mr Steve Olarinoye, urged the residents to also support the athletes so that the games would achieve its real objective of discovering new talents that will lead the nation back to her pre-eminent position in global sport. “I urge Lagosians to come out en masse to welcome our visitors, support the athletes, so that the games will

achieve its real objective of discovering new talents that will lead us back to our preeminent position in global sport”, he said. He reiterated that Lagos was ready to host the competition, adding that the arrival of the Torch in Lagos signified that it was just a few hours to go before the formal opening of the games. Governor Fashola expressed his pleasure to have received the Torch of Unity which he also described as “a Torch of competition and Torch of sport development”, adding that it was an additional delight that the sport festival was returning to Lagos from where it all began. The governor who also commended the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee and the Main Organizing Committee for the games, said the novelty of the Torch of Unity coming into Lagos through the waters was one of the innovations that had been brought in to add colours to the Festival.

Expert blames Nigeria’s setback on corruption HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

C Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson (left) and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, during a visit to the Government House in Yenagoa, yesterday.

Edo tribunal: I’m not a native doctor, says ailing witness SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN


he subject of the latest controversy between Edo State ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and MajorGeneral Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), the candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2012 Edo State governorship election, is alive, after all, contrary to claims that he had died in a hospital. The man, who gave his name as Mr. Israel Eyinmosan, a native of Itsekiri in Delta State but who resides in Benin City, admitted, however, that he was a card-carrying member of the ACN in Ward 7 of Oredo Local Government

Area of Edo State. He also explained that he was very much alive, contrary to earlier stories purporting his death. Eyinmosan spoke to Sunday Mirror from his sickbed at the Central Hospital in Benin City, where he was rushed to, from the tribunal after he collapsed on Thursday. On the claims made by the PDP candidate and petitioner’s campaign organisation that he was a native doctor that came to the tribunal from Uromehe, the village of the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, for “some dubious mission,” Eyinmosan said he is a devout Christian, a Jehovah’s witness and that he had never

been a native doctor. He said he did not know Odubu personally or ever meet him even as he did not know where Uromehe is located in Edo State. He said he came to the court like any other member of the public to come and follow the case because he voted for Oshiomhole during the election. Furthermore, he said he collapsed in court on Thursday, injuring his head in the process, saying he had been suffering some ailment for the past 25 years, which made him to collapse. He concluded that he was surprised to listen to news and also receive calls from the public, mourning his ‘death’. Eyinmosan said, “There

is nothing people cannot say about you when something like this happens. People can say anything to spoil you. Many people have called me since I have been in the hospital saying that they heard that I am dead. I am not dead. I am alive and talking to you as you can see.” Meanwhile, Edo Deputy Governor, Dr. Odubu, has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to both Airhiavbere and Mr. Osaze Jesuorobo, who signed the petitioner’s Friday press statement, to immediately withdraw the defamatory statement they made against him with a published apology or prepare to meet him and his lawyers in court thereafter.

orruption has been identified as the major hindrance to Nigeria’s developmental growth and also responsible for the nation’s backwardness in technological advancement. This was disclosed yesterday in Akure, the Ondo State capital by the founder of Africa Diaspora Research in Charis Complex, Centurion, South Africa, Professor Kole Omotoso, while delivering the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) 24th Convocation Lecture titled, ‘Technology and Human Development’ Omotoso, an expert in Comparative Literature, said policy inconsistencies and corruption affected the growth of industries while most of firms had suffered abandonment with no one ever punished. The don pointed to the abandonment of the multibillion dollar Ajaokuta Steel Complex and other Federal Governmentowned steel firms across the country, as a result of sharp practices by corrupt

leaders. He said lack of functional steel complex in the country made it impossible for the nation to achieve any meaningful technological growth. Omotoso said, “On July 13 1979, the Federal Government of Nigeria under General Olusegun Obasanjo, signed a global contract that was open to bidders from the whole world. “The leaders believed then that without a functional steel industry, there can be no industrialisation and no material with which to build infrastructure. “The contract was signed with TyajzPromExport of the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the establishment of the Ajaokuta Steel project. “The date of completion was 1986 but it was never completed till date owing to policy inconsistencies and massive project corruption for which no one was ever punished.” Omotoso also explained that the project was abandoned “after it had become one of the bottomless drain-pipes of the national coffers”


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Popoola assures on Lagos P. 54 hockey team


Camacho dies after P. 54 removal of life support


Anambra storms Eko 2012 with 415-man team STORIES BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA


Manchester United’s Jonny Evans scores the inevitable equalizer against QPR with a perfect header at Old Trafford yesterday.

EPL: Red Devils tops, as ambitious West Brom stuns Sunderland H arry Redknapp, watched from the stands yesterday as Manchester United came from behind to beat his new Queens Park Rangers side 3-1 at Old Trafford to top the Premiership table. Under the guidance of Hughes’ former coaches Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, the hard-working visitors refused to allow United any space and used their compact defensive unit as a base to catch their hosts on the break. Scotland international Mackie was the focal point of QPR’s counter-attacking raids and he thought he had put them ahead just before the interval when he arrowed a diving header United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. But the celebrations were correctly cut short by an offside flag, with replays show-

ing Mackie had strayed ahead of United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans. It was a laboured performance from United in the opening hour, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men allowed their opponents to score first for the ninth time in 13 top-flight matches this season. A shock looked to be on the cards as Mackie pounced from close range after Lindegaard could only parry Kieron Dyer’s low cross into his path. Wayne Rooney, back in United’s starting XI after missing the last two matches with tonsillitis, pushed further forward alongside Robin van Persie in a bid to stretch a QPR backline which had already conceded 23 goals this season. And it was the England talisman who provided the spark

Redknapp named QPR P. 55 manager

which ignited United. His leftwing corner was headed down at the far post by Danny Welbeck which allowed Evans, also making his return from injury, to thump in virtually on the goal-line. Moments later, Fletcher swung the match in to United’s favour - again from a Rooney corner. The Scotland international, whose last Premier League appearance came on 19 November 2011 before missing the rest of the season with a bowel complaint, found space in the QPR box to head in. Hernandez sealed victory as he raced on to an incisive throughball from fellow substitute Anderson before confidently slotting past Hoops goalkeeper Julio Cesar to end the game 3-1. QPR, who sacked Red-

knapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes on Friday, stay bottom of the table as they remain without a victory in their opening 13 matches. But there will be plenty of positives for Redknapp to take from the match before he assumes control on Monday. Meanwhile, West Brom yesterday recorded four successive top-flight wins for the first time since 1980 with a 4-2 win at Sunderland. Zoltan Gera curled them ahead and it was 2-0 by halftime as Simon Mignolet fumbled and Shane Long tapped in. Craig Gardner’s free-kick gave the hosts hope before Romelu Lukaku scored West Brom’s third from the spot. Stephane Sessegnon converted a rebound late on in a tense finale but Marc-Antoine Fortune sealed it on the break.

West Brom P. 55 can qualify for Champions League, says Odemwingie

nambra State government has concluded arrangements to feature a total of 415 contingents at the Eko 2012 National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Lagos from November 27 to December 9. The state contingent which is made up of 249 athletes, coaches and government officials is expected to storm Lagos today. The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Edozie Aroh, disclosed this yesterday while speaking to newsmen on the preparations so far made by the state government ahead of the event. He said the 249 athletes would feature in various events, such as track and field, judo, taekwondo, kick boxing, swimming, cricket, gymnastics, special sports and others, adding that Anambra is going to participate in swimming for the first time in Eko 2012. While thanking His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, for his love for sports development, Aroh charged all the athletes that will feature in all the games to strive hard to win medals to justify the effort of His Excellency in moving sports to the next level in the state.

NB PLC bankrolls Onitsha Sports Club tennis tourney


igeria Breweries PLC has spent about N4million to organize a tennis tournament at the Onitsha Sports Club among sports clubs in Onitsha, Anambra State. The Chairman of Onitsha Sports Club, Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke, revealed this in a chat with Sunday Mirror. Okeke who is the Chairman of GUO Group of Companies said that they approached NB Plc to sponsor the tournament, considering that they have been patronizing their products and they have not received anything in return. He said that they were happy that their request was granted, promising that they will continue to partner with the company. The Public Relation Manager of NB Plc Patrick Ejido, assured that given the success of the competition this year, the company will bankroll next year’s edition.

Mancini unfazed by Mourinho’s comment P. 55



Sunday November 25, 2012

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NSF: Ovie dreams gold medal in heavyweight class


ne of the promising amateur boxers that will participate in the forthcoming 18th National Sports Festival tagged “Eko 2012”, Daniel Ovie is optimistic that he will take other boxers to the cleaners when hostilities starts in Lagos. Ovie who fights in the heavyweight class (91kg) is representing Ogun State and he told our correspondent that he has prepared well for the tournament and nothing short of gold will satisfy him at the Nigerian version of the Olympics. “I am fully prepared for the ‘Eko 2012’ National Sports Festival and with my present form nothing will stop me from clinching the gold medal. “My coaches have been


working on me, teaching me new strategies which I hope to use during the festival and right now I am in a killer mood,” the sensational boxer said.

…As Igwemeke vows to make Benue proud


ensational pugilist, Chukwuka Igwemeke has revealed that he is ready to make Benue State proud and will not be intimidated by any boxer at the forthcoming National Sports Festival. He stressed that he has what it takes to put up a good performance at the tournament. The Benue State athlete who fights in the middleweight category (75 kg), noted that he has been preparing for the festival since the beginning of the year and that he is physically, psychologically and mentally prepared to do his state proud at the festival.


According to him, boxers in his weight category are aware of his fighting skills, promising that he will not disappoint his state and fans during the tournament.

Camacho dies after removal of life support


uerto Rican former boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho has died in hospital after being taken off his life support machines, doctors have said. The three-time world champion was clinically brain dead after being shot in the head while sitting in a car outside a bar in San Juan on Tuesday. Camacho’s mother had earlier asked that his life

support be turned off. The boxer, who was 50, fought some of the great names of boxing during a three-decade career. They included Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard and Felix Trinidad. He was known for his flamboyant style and skill in the ring, but later became known for his troubled personal life and problems with the police.

Popoola assures on Lagos hockey team IFEANYI EDUZOR


hairman of Lagos State Hockey Association, Tunde Popoola, has said the state’s hockey team has what it takes to win gold medal at the 18th National Sports Festival tagged “Eko 2012”. He told our correspondent, that the team has played some tune up matches aimed at keeping them in top shade ahead of the championship, noting that the players are in high spirit to win all available medals in the event “Lagos State hockey team is ready and roaring to go in the sports festival and by the time the

EKO 2012 National Sports Festival

game kicks off on Tuesday, they will be aiming for nothing less than the gold medal. “The team as part of its preparations participated at the Lagos Hockey Invitational Tournament at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos and also played a friendly match with Union Bank hockey team which has prepared them adequately for the task ahead,” Popoola said. Popoola, who also doubles as the Secretary General of Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), noted that the 36 male and female players selected to represent the state at the festival are tested players who has what it takes to beat their opponents to the title.

…As Team Niger targets hockey, handball gold IFEANYI EDUZOR.


eam Niger to the 2012 National Sports Festival has announced its readiness to take other states to the cleaners and cart away the gold medals in handball, hockey, volleyball as well as the 5,000 and 10,000 meters race for both men and women in the competition. According to a statement from the team made available to our correspondent, Team Niger is made up of about 200 athletes who have confirmed their readiness to dominate those sports where they have comparative advantage, to enable them enjoy the largesse promised them by the Niger State Government. “Niger State athletes are roaring to go and will take other states to the cleaners especially in handball, volleyball, hockey and the long distance races where we have been dominating over the years. “We are not coming to Lagos on a jamboree, but to improve on our records last year in Port Harcourt and that is why we have concentrated on those sports we believe we have comparative advantage,” the statement read.

Meanwhile as part of its effort to encourage the state’s athletes put up a good performance at the festival, Niger State Government has announced some financial incentives for athletes that win laurels for the state. According to the Secretary of the Niger State Government, Daniel Shashare, gold medal for team event will attract N2.5 million, silver N1.5 million while N1million goes to bronze medal team. On individual events, athletes that win gold medals will go home with N300, 000, silver medalists gets N 200,000 while bronze medalists will be N150, 000 richer.



he President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Austin Edeh-Eze has warned wrestlers taking part in the 18th National Sports Festival to avoid acts that will lead to their disqualification from the festival even as he assured that the Federation will not compromise on


BRIEFS We can’t be arm-twisted to change rules –Ekeji


atrick Ekeji, the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), said on Friday that no state would make them change the rules guiding the National Sports Festival (NSF). Alhaji Jaafar Ruwan Dorowa, special adviser to Gov. Abdulaziz Yari on sports, had complained that Team Zamfara contingent was well set for the fiesta but for the new rules; he complained that the names of some of Team Zamfara’s athletes were omitted, and blamed the MOC for the problem.

Edo athletes undergo medical fitness tests


do athletes for the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos on Friday underwent medical fitness tests in Benin, ahead of the Games, scheduled to hold from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9. Felix Otoikhide, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during a telephone interview in Benin.

Lagos reactivates street lights of festival venue roads

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Edeh-Eze warns wrestlers


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head of the kick off of the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Lagos, roads leading to some of the Games Villages now have reactivated street lights. The development was part of measures to illuminate the streets in a bid to help the round the clock security during the festival.

international rules and regulations guiding the sport during the 12-day event. “I want to advise all athletes and officials to play to the rules and avoid acts that will lead to disqualification or withdrawal of medals during the championship. “The Federation, as in previous festivals will not relent in its efforts in applying the rules of the game

because that is the only way to adequately prepare our athletes for major competitions in future,” EdeEzeh said. The wrestling boss while admonishing the athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship throughout the duration of the festival, cautioned against the use of performance enhancing drugs which he said would not be tolerated at the Games.

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Benitez expects Chelsea duo to leave


ewly-installed Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez believes Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Benitez has been appointed by Chelsea until the end of the campaign following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo earlier this week and is not expecting a major say on the future of players.

Warnock: I did well at QPR


eil Warnock has wished Harry Redknapp all the best as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers but the former boss at Loftus Road still believes he should never have been sacked by the west London club. Warnock was dismissed in January, just months after winning promotion to the Premier League, to be replaced by Mark Hughes who himself was sacked earlier this week.


Rodgers welcomes Liverpool’s new recruit


rendan Rodgers has hired a top sports psychiatrist at Liverpool, with ‘mental tuning’ of growing importance in the modern game. Backroom teams are no longer made up purely of coaches, with the science of sport having come to the fore over recent years.

Clarke: Long going nowhere


est Brom boss Steve Clarke insists in-form striker Shane Long will not be sold during the January transfer window. The Republic of Ireland international has attracted the attention of other clubs after netting six goals for Albion this season.





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Sunday November 25, 2012


Redknapp named QPR manager P remier League bottom side QPR has named Harry Redknapp as their new manager following the sacking of Mark Hughes on Friday morning. Former Tottenham boss Redknapp has signed a two and a half year deal. The 65-year-old Redknapp, who left Spurs at the end of last season, has a big task on his hands, with QPR already at the bottom of the table, having accrued just four points from their first 12 games.

Redknapp said: “I’m delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR. When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans, I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down. “There’s no doubt there’s a lot of ability in the squad but, for one reason or another, things haven’t gone as well as everyone expected since the start of the season. I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.

Reyes ready to haunt Atletico W

inger Jose Antonio Reyes has set his sights on ending former club Atletico Madrid’s perfect home record today. Reyes played a starring role as Sevilla ended a three-match winless run with a 5-1 thrashing of Real Betis last weekend, the 29-year-old scoring twice in the first half and also setting up Federico Fazio for his side’s fourth goal before making way just after the hour. Reyes revealed Sevilla’s confidence has rocketed in the wake of that win, and is hoping they can capitalise on that with victory over an Atletico side who have the only remaining 100 per cent home record this season with six wins out of six. The former Spain winger, who spent four years at Atletico before leaving in 2011, said: “We are highly motivated. Atletico are very strong at home, but we have our weapons and we’re going to try and beat them, even though we’re well aware of what they are capable of. “The team has a tremendous desire and morale has been boosted after the derby. We are going to the Calderon with confidence sky-high.” If Sevilla are to pick up three points from their trip to the capital they will need to improve on their poor away form so far this campaign, which has seen them earn just one win from six games.


West Brom can qualify for Champions League, says Odemwingie W est Brom striker Peter Odemwingie knows securing a UEFA Champions League place is unlikely but insists ‘all things are possible in football’. Odemwingie admits West Brom are unlikely candidates to finish in the top four despite their bright start. But the Nigeria frontman claimed a surprise spot in Europe with former club Lille back in 2006 and knows it’s not impossible. “At Lille nobody expected us to qualify for any European competition. “We didn’t even have any bonuses in our contracts for getting into the Champions League because it seemed pointless to write it in. But we shocked everyone by finishing second in the table behind Lyon to qualify. “Lille are a properly established European club

Williams, Suarez settle rift ahead of today’s clash B rendan Rodgers is confident that Swansea defender Ashley Williams and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez have sorted out their differences ahead of today’s Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium. Williams described the Uruguay international as “streets ahead of any player I’ve truly disliked” in an extract from his diary of last season, published this week. The Swansea centre-back’s dislike of Suarez was so strong that he claimed he wanted to “knock him out” over his diving antics. Liverpool boss Rodgers, who was in charge at Swansea last season, called Williams after reading the comments, and the defender has since spoken to Suarez to ensure that there is no animosity between them today. “I have spoken to Ash, and Ash

“I’ll give it everything I’ve got and, if the players try, we’ve got a big chance of staying up. “It’s down to the players really. They haven’t performed to their potential and we have to pick up results over the final two thirds of the season and get ourselves out of trouble.” The new boss admitted that he would be interested in recruiting his assistant bosses from Tottenham, Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond.

has spoken with Luis, so there is no issue there,” Rodgers said. “When I saw it, I was surprised because Ash is a real good man with good intelligence and maturity and a good footballer. “When I saw those comments, I spoke to him and got the full explanation of how it seemingly got out there. He was very quick to want to apologise for that. That is done. There is no problem there and I am sure they will shake hands on Sunday and get on with it,” Rodgers said. Today’s match will mark Rodgers’ first return to the Liberty Stadium since he left to take the Liverpool job in June, although he received a frosty reception from Swansea’s fans when the two sides met in the Capital One Cup at Anfield last month.

now but what they achieved then was amazing at the time, a real dream - and it shows that all things are possible in football. “To be honest, I don’t even know if there are Champions League bonus-

es in the West Brom contracts. We know it’s unlikely we will be in the same position at the end of the season but I always have the experience at Lille at the back of my mind,” Odemwingie said.


Mancini unfazed by Mourinho’s comment M anchester City manager Roberto Mancini has shrugged off an apparent dig from Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho after overseeing his side’s UEFA Champions League exit. Mourinho claimed he would not have been able to return to the Spanish capital had Real suffered the same European fate as Mancini’s Premier League champions. Real ended City’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the elite competition after drawing 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The pair have a perceived rivalry dating back to when Mourinho succeeded Manci-


ni as Inter Milan boss in 2008. Mancini said: “Mourinho is not my chairman, he is not my owner. What Mourinho said is not interesting. “Mourinho wants to talk about everything and for me it is not important.” Mourinho had spiced up the contest the night before by saying City would be eliminated regardless of the result and, given all their talent that would hurt them greatly. That was also interpreted in some quarters as an attack on Mancini as it could have suggested the manager was not making the most of the players at his disposal.



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bn, sum EFCC claimed the bn, amount the State chairman of Bi-Courtney, House Permanent Dr. Olawale Babalakin, allegedly laun- Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbile, said dered for former Delta State governor, is insufficient for the Presidency’s James Ibori. refreshments in 2013.

Urine-powered generator and children with potentials

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E-mail: Unah is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lagos

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new concept of God is gradually emerging on the Nigerian public space. It draws from the fact that it is the delivery of latent potentials in concrete human work that adds value to mankind’s spiritual, scientific, technological, intellectual or, indeed, cultural, heritage. It builds from the doctrine of perpetual striving after perfection in human endeavours; a demonstration of a sufficiency of means, or a competency. It is anchored on the thesis that the doing of God’s will rather than the mere talking about it is the clue to the final liberation of man from want and poverty. It celebrates the fact that it is in doing God rather than in talking God that humanity truly concretize the God essence. For it is in doing rather than in talking that the marvellous springs forth. And whenever the marvellous happens it is always attributed to the Lord’s doing. When the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos was completed and commissioned for use, it was not the engineers who designed it that became the object of praise and adulation. It was God Almighty that was finally eulogised for that marvellous piece

of human engineering wizardry. It will not be surprising at all if by tomorrow, a urine-powered generator can give uninterrupted electricity to a whole village in Zango-Kataf, in Modakeke, in Umunachi or in Ute-Okpu; and the daily credit from the utterances of men is not given to the four female Nigerian teenagers who invented it; but, rather, God Almighty who in His infinite wisdom located fuel in human urine, usually wasted in thousands of litres on a daily basis. Doing God entails locating the three 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old, namely, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and Bello Eniola, respectively, who jointly presented their invention – a urine-powered generator – at the Maker Faire African entrepreneurs’ event recently; duly acknowledged by the German facilitator or co-founder of the two-day research fair, Mr. Erik Hersman, as “practical innovation”. For this unique generator, one litre of urine produces 6-hour of electricity. Not too long ago, another teenage male Nigerian pupil from one of the grammar schools in one of the states in Western Nigeria invented a bio-fuel generator powered by garbage. Nothing has been heard of that young person and his invention ever since. People are calling God every minute of the day, and allowing young boys and girls with talents and potentials

to waste; only to turn round and go borrowing from the developed world. Yet, most great inventions of mankind started this way. The Caucasian race – the European world – tapped into the potentials of their people and gave the world their own brand of science and technology. Now, the Asians are in hot pursuit of the Europeans for world control and domination. The Chinese, the Koreans and the Indians as well as the older Europeans have answered the Old Testament command to take dominion of the earth. Sadly, the Africans have not heeded that call. They would rather ape the Caucasians and the Asians, kill the talents and potentials of their people, and go borrowing and complaining. This has to stop. Governments in African States, the organised private sector and church organisations should accept the challenge of collaborating and locating people with talents and potentials, but who are not in a position to develop such talents and potentials, take full charge, patent their inventions and help to develop their talents and potentials for the benefit of all. That is how the Europeans and Asians have managed to take control of their destinies and transformed their environment into God’s own countries; into paradises, into places of envy and nostalgia. Doing God means for people, especially people with potentials, to bring out

2013 African U-17 qualifier: Eaglets go synthetic for Mali


he Golden Eaglets will today relocate to Abuja from their Calabar abode to fine-tune preparations for the decisive fixture of the 2013 African U-17 qualifier against Mali in Bamako. With confirmation that the match will hold on a synthetic pitch the coaches sought NFF’s approval to conclude the team’s preparations in Abuja. The team actually took off from the FIFA Goal Project site artificial pitch in February during the screening exercise. Eaglets’ coach, Manu Garba said it is imperative to expose the players to the likely condition in Bamako so that the hosts will not have undue advantage over the Nigerians. “Our training in Calabar in the

Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba

last one week has been very good but we need to familiarise the players with the artificial surface ahead of the game in Bamako.

“Playing on synthetic surface is not a new thing to most of the players and we’re confident they will cope perfectly well,” Garba said. Garba enthused that Nigeria will be in the pot when the CAF holds its draws for the 2013 U-17 African Championship on Sunday, December 9 in Cairo. The tournament will feature eight teams with the top four qualifying to represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE. The Eaglets will take a 2-0 advantage from the first fixture win at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar to face the Junior Eagles of Mali in Bamako to decide who picks the spot to Morocco 2013 game.

their best or for such people to be identified and empowered through capacity development to add value to the stock of man’s heritage; and thus, bring glory to God and benefit to humanity. It is genuine human work that brings adulation to God, comfort and happiness to man. That is why God is praised and worshipped in monumental cathedrals and mosques; not in garbage dumps and filthy slums. God is absent in idle minds that contemplate evil; He is absent in garbage dumps and filthy places; He cannot be satisfactorily praised and worshipped in roads filled with pot-holes and death traps or in dark places or in cities and villages bereft of light or electricity; because the primary thing He did in creation was to cause light to be by oracular pronouncement, before proceeding with other things. The Nigerian State, the church, and the organised private sector should search out the four teenage girls who have answered the call of Providence by inventing urine-powered generator to teach their leaders the primary facility that society requires to set other things in motion; and that it is in luminosity and not in darkness; that it is in developing our capacities, our potentials, and not in stifling them; and that it is in doing and not merely in talking, that we bring out the divine in us and dwell in the neighbourhood of God.

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