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R-L: Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Rotimi Amaechi; Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko; Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, and Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, during the Award of Honorary Doctorate Degrees and Investiture of Elumelu Legacy Prize by The Tony Elumelu Foundation, to the outstanding Postgraduate students of Othman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto yesterday.

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INEC to issue 10-year electronic voters’ cards

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has disclosed that the commission would soon begin issuing permanent electronic voters’ cards that would be valid for 10 years. The aim of the policy, according to him, was to eliminate electoral fraud and ensure a more credible process. Jega spoke in Abuja at a parley with civil society

groups aimed at assessing past collaborative efforts and evolving more strategic partnerships for future elections in the country. The INEC boss also stated that from the first quarter of next year, the commission would commence the issuance of permanent voters’ cards even as the contract for the production of 40 million voters’ registered cards out of the 73.5 million registered had been awarded.

FG intervenes in oil majors, NUPENG face-off Can Anambra North succeed Obi in 2014? Applause

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‘As a drummer, I’m appreciated more in Europe’ Oluwatosin Olakanye-Olayemi is the Project Director, Mother-Drum Arts. She studied Chemical and Polymer Engineering at the Lagos State University. Some call this music icon, Ayanbinrin, others refer to her as Mother-Drum of Africa (‘IyaIlu’). In this interview she tells what makes her tick in an art that is maledominated, among others.

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‘Fibroid growth at peak during childbearing age’

Various research studies and statistics collated from hospitals show that over 400,000 women in Nigeria are affected with fibroid and this has been a major cause of infertility and pregnancy-related deaths in the women.

The Federal Government, FG, has intervened in the face-off between two oil firms, Shell, Chevron and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, over the sack of some workers. NUPENG had declared a strike against the management of the Anglo-Dutch oil firm, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, for sack-

ing union members in the employ of the oil firms. NUPENG alleged that SPDC sacked 1,500 workers, including the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee in the company, Mr. Kingsley Emomate, while CNL was accused of terminating the contract awarded to six contractors of the company and thereafter proceeded to employ their 2,000 workforce as casual workers.

Fashola accuses FG of scuttling Lagos’ $600m loan Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of stopping the $600 million loan sought by the Lagos State Government from the World Bank. Fashola told the House of Representatives Committee on Aid, Loans and Debts that the President’s action could adversely affect the economy of Lagos State and its 20 million residents. He said: “We have a commitment with the

World Bank for a loan of $600 million offered to Lagos. It is supposed to be in three tranches and the first tranche was paid in 2011. We were expecting the payment of the second tranche when we got the shocking information that the loan facility had been stopped.” The governor said he was yet to be briefed by the Debt Office of the Federal Government on why the loan was stopped.

Gunmen kill 5 policemen, raze police station in Borno attacks Gunmen suspected to be terrorists on Tuesday laid ambush for Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, killing five policemen. They reportedly used Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, during the operation. The hoodlums, who invaded the town on motorcycles, also succeeded in attacking the of-

ficial residence of the Local Government Caretaker Committee chairman, the Central Primary School, the Government Lodge and destroyed the GSM telecommunication masts belonging to major communication firms, MTN, Glo and Airtel. Three AK 47 rifles were also stolen from the station by the gunmen.

Gunmen attack SARS headquarters en unawares were said to have taken refuge in their offices. This was even as the police force confirmed that two of its men were killed while two of the attackers were arrested. The police did not, however, disclose the identities of its men that were killed and those arrested. It was, however, gathered that the two suspects would be transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, in the Area 10 District of Abuja for thorough questioning.

Hell was let loose in the early hours of Monday in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as gunmen invaded the Abuja Command Office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. They were said to have held some policemen hostage and allegedly set free over 100 suspects kept in the cells. The facility is home to a lot of terror suspects and other hardened criminals, including armed robbers arrested by the police. While the attack lasted, some unarmed policemen tak-

Jonathan fires BPE boss

The Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises, BPE, Ms. Bolanle Onagoruwa, has been relieved of her appointment. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, to the Vice-President, Umar Sani, directed Onagoruwa to hand over to the most se-

nior director in the bureau, Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki. He is to occupy the position of directorgeneral in an acting capacity. The statement added that President Goodluck Jonathan expressed his appreciation to Onagoruwa for her services to the nation and wished her the best in her future endeavours.

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Of course, I go to the office on Mondays. I resume work at about 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. I meet with my management team at about 12. We do other business operations or the normal office work.

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Mr. Bamidele Aturu is a Lagos-based legal practitioner and human rights activitst. In this interview, he speaks about issues as they affect Lagos State and the country at large.

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We start the week fully. As technical people, we have those who go to the sites. We prepare them for what they are going to do there. They come back with reports and then we handle the maintenance. We either do the supplies or the repairs.

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At about 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, I look at our maintenance report that is coming and then see if I need to step out myself and oversee some things. This is what I do every Wednesday around 2 o’clock.

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I go back to my normal routine on Thursdays. I resume at work at between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. I work on whatever I meet on my table. I recommend what I feel is needed.

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I resume at the same time as on Thursdays on this fifth working day of the week, but I close early. My operation on Fridays is minimal in that I close early, at 3 p.m. I don’t like to be held in traffic. I close so that I can spend some time with my family, because my two boys close early at about 1 o’clock, so I go to their school and pick them up.

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On Saturday mornings, we go to play lawn tennis together. When we finish, we go for swimming. I dedicate my weekends to my family, especially Saturdays. Lest I forget, I call my wife five times every day of the week. My family means a lot to me.

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On Sunday, I go to church. I’m a pastor as well. After Sunday service, maybe later in the evening, we dine out. We do this every Sunday. *By Adaeze Amos (0802 301 2293)


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Social media: The good, the havoc Social media has been acknowledged as a system of peer evaluation with some usefulness. It has also made the world a global village where everyone comes to a round table conference by just the click of a button. Yet, it serves as a tool that has increased the speed and breadth of the traditional rumour mill. In this report, our correspondent, Vanessa Okwara, looks at the effects of social media - the good, the havoc

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onday, November 26, was just like any other day, until the afternoon brought what many described as a bad news to Lagos residents. One of the buses in The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme was rumoured to have been involved in an accident and had plunged into the lagoon. The buses are of two kinds: The blue ones, which is private sector driven in a franchise under the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) that regulates its operations and the red buses that are under the authority of LAGBUS Assets Management Limited. Eko, as Lagos is popularly known, had been agog in anticipation of the 18th National Sports Festival since the previous week. The festival was scheduled to officially open on Tuesday, November 27. The excitement, in a typical “Eko for show” fashion, was everywhere within the mega city and Lagosians, known for showing off at such occasions, were at their best on this day. Suddenly, the news broke, and triggered a rumour. The rumour stemmed from a post, taken from the twitter page of the FRSC: “A fully loaded BRT bus fell off the 3rd mainland bridge into the Lagos lagoon, 26-11-12. Rescue work in progress. Motorists be cautious,” the tweet announced.

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Within minutes, the news was all over. Then began the confusion; it did not only rattle Lagos residents but got many agitated. While many in the ensuing “madness” made frantic efforts to reach their loved ones, others tried to rebroadcast the message. There were some also that got themselves involved in minor accidents. Nobody attempted to confirm the report. It was swallowed, hook, line and sinker. Immediately, word began to spread around. It all seemed quite plausible. People could only imagine the colossal loss. So, the news was re-tweeted and re-tweeted, magnified in the great twitter echo chamber, and veered into other social networks, particularly, facebook. Until finally the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), whose site the news emanated from, debunked the report. Nevertheless, it was gathered that there was an accident involving a LAGBUS, with registration number Lagos KSF76XA, at Ebute-Ero area of the Lagos Island. According to witnesses, the LAGBUS had dropped some passengers at an undesignated bus stop and attempted to join the expressway, before it rammed a coming green-colour Danfo with registration number Ogun XC595JGB into the railings of the bridge, almost plunging it into the lagoon. A team of policemen, led by Sani Saka, was said to have

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rushed to the scene to evacuate the victims to the General Hospital, on Broad Street. But, there was a pandemonium before that could be achieved, which sent the rumour mill agog, backed by a twitter post allegedly from the FRSC. While the LAGBUS was taken away by state officials, its driver was briefly detained by the police to calm nerves. The managing director of LAGBUS, Babatunde Disu, was among the first persons to deny the incident when he said, “no bus in the LAGBUS fleet, as well as its sister transport company, BRT, was involved in any accident on Monday. Some people can be mischievous! Nothing of such has happened and nobody is praying for such a disaster.” In like manner, Kolawole Ojelabi, a consultant with LAMATA said that the “malicious rumour was only the imagination of some weird people.” When contacted, the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, though, confirmed that there was, indeed, an incident involving a LAGBUS but refuted claims that it fell into the lagoon. He, however, pleaded that members of the public should abstain from sending false emergency messages that would cause panic. “We were told there was an accident on Third Mainland Bridge and we rushed down to the scene but we did not see anything. Members of the public should please refrain from sending out false messages,” he further said. The FRSC’s spokesman, Jonas Agwu, also said the tweet, which was sent out from a Blackberry phone at 12:33pm Monday, should be “disregarded.” The tweet, according to him, had been deleted from the commission’s handle. But, if there is an organ of government that makes use of the social media – twitter, facebook - FRSC takes the top position. Today, its twitter, which it began operating since September 2009 and has over 13,000 followers it feeds CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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‘Twitter has killed many people’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 with road accident updates and driving tips. It also maintains a Facebook Page with over 16,000 ‘likes’. This, many believe, is what fraudulent minds intend to exploit to cause unnecessary confusion. Yet, the rumour tweet represents a typical example of the kind of information people filter into the internet to create panic. There have been countless similar ones announcing deaths of prominent people. Dr. Nelson Mandela was a victim of several death hoaxes. On September 13, 2011, the rumour spread through twitter and other social media that Mandela, popularly called Madibo, was dead. The same rumour resurrected again early in January this year and all were quashed by the Mandela Foundation as false. The revered statesman went on to celebrate his 94th birthday on July 18, and he is still alive today. However, he was not the first to die via twitter. A lot of other international stars have been victims of social media rumour mongering as well. Prominent among them was the rumoured death of international singer, Justin Bieber. His, was a celebrity hoax because of his celebrity status. Will Smith’s son was next in line. Smith’s 12-yearold son, Jaden Smith, reportedly died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland. Global Associated News, which took the news from the net said, “Actor Jaden Smith is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today.’’ This was later retracted as false and apology issued for the misinformation. Jackie Chan “died” on the internet too. The blog Skiphopz put together a fake Cable Network News (CNN) article claiming that the Chineseborn martial art star died of a heart attack. Like the others before it, it also turned out to be untrue. “Twitter has killed more people than Hitler” has now become a cliché people post on their timeline when death rumours spread through the social network and later verified as incorrect. Indeed, twitter, facebook, flicker, LinkedIn and other social media have become the hub for people who peddle unfounded rumours and publish falsehood to achieve either cheap political points or to simply destroy the integrity of perceived enemies. People targeted with such malicious gossip include celebrities, political office holders and disgruntled lovers, who make their former supposed spouse to pose nude and subsequently send the pictures to the net out of spite. A Nigerian-born Big Brother Africa (BBA) All-stars winner, TV presenter, model and actor, Uti Nwachukwu, recently came under the hammer of social media rumour peddlers. According to reports posted on various blogs, facebook as well as twitter, Nwachukwu was alleged to have shared his 1004 apartment in Victoria Island, Lagos with his imaginary live-in-lover/publicist, Alex Ekubo, who was former Mr. Nigeria, and a concocted budding love tango that saw the two men travel in and out of the country together. Nwachukwu had to take to Facebook and twitter, warning and threatening those who were spreading the false rumour about his sexuality. Reacting to an online article titled “The Dirty Lifestyle of Uti Nwachukwu Exposed” by various blogs and websites such as Global news magazine, Kenya daily news and Big Brother fan club website, the star was quoted as saying “I will teach offenders a lesson.” He later

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blamed the issue on the proliferation of blogs. Today, there are similar unsettling incidents in the country. The onslaught of the social media as a tool to lure unassuming users into one fake scheme or the other are one too many. Stories abound of many users who have fallen victim to this evil scheming of people they met on the social media. In many countries, unsuspecting users have been duped by online fraudsters, losing money and sometimes their lives in the process. On November 7, an agency report broke a story of a 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), who was hospitalised after she was allegedly pushed down from the third floor of a building in Lagos on November 1, following a disagreement with a man she met on facebook. The report said that Akabugu Nkiruka sustained multiple injuries, including a pelvis fracture, and had to undergo a surgery at the General Hospital, Marina, Lagos. Nkiruka, a Linguistics student of UNILAG said on her hospital bed that she met the young man through the social media, barely a week before the November 1, incident. She said that the 26-year-old man invited her to a night club in Apapa from where they ended up in his family home at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos. “The young man had earlier talked about sex on the phone prior to the outing but I told him I was on my period. But, getting to the house, the man tore my dress and tried to rape me. He, thereafter, pushed me down from the third floor of the building because I refused to have sex with him,” she recounted. There was another. The recent case of Cynthia Osokogu, the trusting young woman who was lured into Lagos and murdered in a hotel room is still very fresh in the minds of Nigerians. She was murdered by friends she met on facebook. They lured her all the way to Lagos from Nasarawa State in the guise discussing business with her. They robbed, raped and finally killed her in a hotel room in FESTAC, Lagos. Incidentally, the despicable characters in that saga confessed that they had committed similar crimes in Published on Monday, 10 September 2012 16:35 Written by Elombah.com Hits: 2152 Share

Elombah.com is in possession of authentic document indicating the Minister of Interior, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro has engaged himself in an arms smuggling deal. A copy of the internal security report with the National Security Adviser with subject titled, “Error in Ministerial Clearance by D. S. S,” shows that the Dept of State Security Service erroneously cleared Comrade Patrick Abba Moro prior to his nomination as Minister designate by Mr. President. The NSA then advised President Jonathan to demand the immediate resignation of Comrade Patrick Abba Moro who came on board with a huge moral burden bordering on gun running. See the internal memo below: The tweet from FRSC site

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the past through people they met on facebook, though not on the scale of murder in the past. From that singular confession, it is obvious that there may be many unreported cases of victims of social media criminals in the country. Equally worrisome is the current assault on the integrity of public office holders. The first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, could not escape from this assault on the rich and famous. Many times, some speeches of the first lady were posted on social media to denigrate her person. Not even the first lady’s ailment could dissuade the bloggers, who continued to post reports about her health. Senator David Mark also came under the focus of users of these social networks after his recent outing at Umuahia, the capital of Abia State. The Senate President had raised the alarm while in Umuahia over the activities of some Nigerians who hide under the cover of the social media to attack the integrity of public office holders. As if to corroborate the Senate President’s assertion, around the same period, a medium called nairaland on the social media posted a letter that was purportedly written by a hitherto unknown group, which styles itself as National Anti-Terrorism and Peace Network. In the said letter, Comrade Abba Moro, the Minister of the Interior was accused of gun running. According to the medium, the letter was addressed to the United States government and some international agencies. The Minister reacted by describing it as “outright falsehood and diabolic”, and said he was “saddened by this unwarranted character assassination. Though, the online social media has come to stay but not without the unavoidable concomitant dangers to the lives and integrity of private and public individuals. Its users, most of them with basically no training in journalism, do not bother about the need to verify the report and be fair to people whose affairs they write about. They do not bother CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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Internet should not be used as an excuse for poor judgement – Odusan Ope Odusan is the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the body saddled with the responsibility of promoting Nigeria’s Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), .ng. He tells Kunle Azeez, in this interview that with the adoption of .ng domain names, which is Nigeria’s identifier on the web, sources of false and malicious information through emails or social media can be traced, among other internet security issues. Many people have raised concerns about the use of internet and other social platforms to carry out nefarious activities, especially for broadcast of false information. What do you think can be done to curb this? This is a global problem not unique to Nigeria. However, the lack of adherence to the use of .ng domains by Nigerian companies and individuals can make it difficult to trace the source of information. Information source needs to be credible and the domain used for spreading false information needs to be carefully examined. Are you saying it is possible to trace the source these false and mischievous information put on the internet and assign appropriate sanctions? Yes of course. There are tools, both open source and commercial tools that can be used to trace the real source of domains. One very important tool is the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the originating email address. As humans, we tend to remember domain names but computers on the internet communicate via IP addresses. So, every email has an IP source, which can be traced. In fact, you can use the IP address to trace to the exact location

economic benefits of this to the country as a whole? We have been working with various stakeholders including the Nigerian Computer Society, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Computer Professionals Registrations Council of Nigeria (CPN), the Information technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and a host of others, to educate the Nigerian public about the need to work with .ng domain for their private and public communication and maximum security in the cyber space. Recently, the Ministry of Communication Technology announced that all Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies should use .gov. ng for official website and email. This is a huge step towards information security in Nigeria. In addition, NiRA has organised public lectures, seminars and workshops to promote the use of .ng and the internet in general. Odusan

in a country where the source of information originated. Where is the place of .ng domain in the quest to ensure a secure internet environment in Nigeria? Indeed, .ng is at the heart of secure information on the internet in Nigeria. All Nigerians, physically located in Nigeria, using a local Internet Service Provider have a unique IP address that is used to communicate. NiRA manages the .ng domain, which actually maps domain names to specific name servers. When an email originates from any service provider in Nigeria that is using an IP block provided within Nigeria, that information can easily be traced to the specific IP address and, if needed, to the particular ISP router/location where it originated. What is NIRA doing currently to ensure that .ng is subscribed to by most Nigerian internet users and what is the

Is there anything NIRA is doing as an orgainsations to ensure social media/internet misuse is addressed in the country? NiRA Board and Management have continued to sponsor Information and Communication Technologyrelated events in Nigeria. They have also continued to contribute to global debates about Internet Governance both locally and globally. NiRA participated in the last Internet Governance forum in Abuja where one of the key issues discussed was impact of social media and internet misuse. I personally think everyone using the social media network should answer this basic question: Do you allow everyone that knocks on your house door to enter your house? If the answer is No, then you should not allow anyone that you do not know to join your social media network. Crime online is not different from crime offline. The internet should not be used as an excuse for poor judgment or to ignore common sense.

Experts advocate caution on use of social media CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 also about being slammed with libel cases because most of them hide under pseudonyms to post horrendous stories about others. Like established columnists, bloggers too owe the reading public two major obligations: to be fair and factual at all times. Social media employ web- and mobile-based technologies to support interactive dialogue and “introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organisations, communities, and individuals.” It is inherently a system of peer evaluation with some usefulness. It has, no doubt, made the world a global village where everyone comes to a round table conference by just the click of a button. Through the social media, people can gain useful information and obtain knowledge on virtually every issue in the world. These sites have broken down walls of partition erected by religion, tribes and social standing among the nations of the world. By being a member of any of the social media, one can easily have direct access to world celebrities, renowned persons and president of nations. It has also increased the speed and breadth of the traditional rumour mill, and serves as a useful tool for family and friends to keep tabs on each other. Although, the false information spread through theses medium can go viral. This is why experts are advocating for caution before posting or sharing information on the internet. But, should social media be censored? The immediate past President, Nigeria Internet Group and Managing Director of Pinet Informatics, Lanre Ajayi, says regardless of the current problems and fears associated with the use of the internet and social media, its tools come with great advantages. He stressed, however, that the use to which individuals put the internet is where there is a problems as, according to him, some individuals leverage the unrestricted access to commit all sort of atrocities. He, nonetheless, cautioned internet users to be wary of the kind of information they “carelessly put on the web and the person being given such information to.” In a similar view, a social media analyst, Bayero Aganbi,

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pointed out that using ICT tools for perpetrating anti-societal behaviours is not peculiar to Nigeria. He said: “We can only advise that we use this gadget for activities that are economically productive. We all know that some use their Internet and particularly, social media platforms to carryout legitimate activities such as networking and staying connected with their associates. Yet, others use such platforms to set traps for some unsuspecting and undiscerning users of these platforms.” Destiny Amana does not also believe in Internet censorship. He says that access to the internet should be open to all because, according to him, “Internet access would be declared by all nations as universal human right of every citizen” while individuals users are guided on the positive use of the internet to change the society and create wealth as against using it for anti-society dealings. For Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, the Executive Director, Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), the situation is really regrettable and a negation of other good intentions the

social media are set out to achieve. However, he believes that such notorious and evil acts would not be enough to dismiss the good and positive effects of social media because “in every forest, you must find both the good and friendly animals and the bad and wicked ones. The evil effects cannot override the numerous good ones. The operators must begin to think out ways of checking these abuses and those who patronise this kind of media ought to be extra-vigilant, careful and as wise as the serpents but innocent as the doves. “While people must verify their facts before they post to these media, those who make friends through the social media, must verify their friends before they begin physical relation with them and, as well, must get adequate information about those friends, verify them and give such information of their unknown friends to trusted relations and friends before meeting them in case of events like that of Cynthia,” he advised. Additional report from Kunle Azeez


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eoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from its Board of Trustees meeting in the early hours of yesterday without electing the new chairman of the BoT, a development which is traced to the strained relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Sources in the meeting confirmed that the former President’s absence at the meeting stalled what could have been a coronation exercise of the former BoT chairman, Chief Tony Anenih. Chief Anenih is President Jonathan’s anointed replacement of Chief

Obasanjo who incidentally was the last BoT chairman. According to information available to Sunday Mirror, former President Obasanjo had objected to the imposition of Chief Anenih as his successor as both PDP leaders had parted ways shortly after the 2007 general election. It would be recalled that Anenih served as BoT chairman from 2003 to 2007 after Dr. Alex Ekwueme’s five-year tenure as pioneer boss of the board. Ekwueme, a former vice president in the Second Republic, and the founding protem National Chairman of the party, served as the BoT boss between 1998 and 2003. However, Anenih was

displaced by Obasanjo in 2007 in what was akin to a palace coup, barely a month after the end of his second term as president. Both men also had a major disagreement over the alleged and unsubstantiated third term agenda of the former president which Anenih was said not to have been in support of. Both men also disagreed though not in the open over the choice of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua as the PDP presidential flagbearer in the 2007 presidential election. Ever since then, both leaders have refused to agree on any major party issue. But in spite of Obasanjo’s indisposition towards Anenih, Jonathan appeared disposed to an-

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan; National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, during the party’s board of trustees meeting in Abuja on Friday.

nointing him the next BoT chairman over his roles in his nomination and subsequent election as the President in 2011. According to a source who was at the meeting, the President had promised Anenih the top job since 2011 when he played a key role by armtwisting the PDP governors in accepting his candidacy against all odds. “If it was not for Chief Anenih, perhaps Jonathan wouldn’t have been the President. When the PDP governors refused to work with him over the party’s policy of zoning which clearly favoured the North, it was Anenih that came to his rescue. “It was an agreement entered into since 2011 and it was the reason why Jonathan wanted to appoint Anenih as his presidential campaign coordinator but for the refusal of Obasanjo. Now, he wants to redeem his vow by granting Anenih his desires and it is certain that no one, not even Chief Obasanjo, can stop this endorsement.” The Friday night meeting ended without producing a new BoT chairman, seven months after former President Obasanjo voluntarily resigned from the chairmanship of the BoT. Accordingly, the party has fixed January 8, 2013 for another meeting to elect its BOT chairman, since no election was held. President Jonathan led prominent party stalwarts into a closed doors

session after a cocktail that lasted for about 30 minutes at the banquet hall. A source at the meeting said that issues bordering on the party’s internal democracy were discussed. According to the source, “We agreed that all those who are interested in the Bot chairmanship position should indicate their intention in writing to the scribe of the BoT.” BoT Secretary, Senator Walid Jubril, also said the emergency meeting which had the BoT chairmanship as the only business of the day on the agenda was to look at the modalities to adopt in electing Obasanjo’s successor. He said, “The issue of the election will come up in January but before then, we have to get intent from members of the committee. Up to the moment of the meeting, the board was yet to get any intent from any member. “We are not in a hurry to bring up a new chairman. We want to come up with a chairman who is sound, credible, accepted and with proven integrity and has a clear vision for the party’s mission.” He also said the position is open to any member of the board. Ex-President Obasanjo had resigned his appointment as the BoT chairman, thus creating the vacuum. Whoever emerges, according to the party constitution, will serve a single term of five years. Former Speaker of the

House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, who spoke after the proceedings, said although the meeting did not make any resolutions or anoint anybody to take over the position, discussions went well without rancour or bickering. “We hope to have our BoT chairman soon. For now, nobody has been elected,” he added. Main contenders for the office are former national chairman of the party, Dr Ahmadu Ali; former Works Minister, Chief Tony Anenih; former Senate President, Dr. Ken Nnamani and Chairman, Champion Newspapers, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. Some of the notable personalities present were PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, Senate President, David Mark, former vice-president, Alex Ekwueme, PDP Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former chairman of the party, Dr. Haliru Bello, former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, Sam Sam Jaja. Others are Chief Jim Nwobodo, former Speaker, Ghali Na’Abba, Barnabas Gemade, Bode George, Mrs. Mariam Amodu Ali, Vincent Ogbulafor, Sunny Odogwu, Mrs Kema Chikwe and Danjuma Goje, Ebenezer Babatope and Ibrahim Mantu, among others.

Taraba plane crash: Suntai suffers brain damage • Governor unable to recognise visitors MUYIWA OYINLOLA

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iling Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State is alleged to have suffered extensive brain damage. According to a report by SaharaReporters, an online news portal, the governor , who was seriously injured when his plane crashed on October 25 in Yola, capital of Adamawa State, could also not recognise members of a presidential delegation that visited him at a hospital in Hanover, Germany. Quoting an authoritative source, the online news

portal said the trip to see the governor was highly secretive. Members of the delegation had officially travelled to Vatican City in Rome to witness the consecration of Archbishop John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. After the ceremony in Italy, the delegation then made a quick detour to Germany to see the injured governor. The report said the trip was put together by Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi, a staff of the Protocol Department at the Presidency and was led by Senate President, David Mark. The delegation included Governor Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State, President

Goodluck Jonathan’s chief of staff, Mike Oghiadomhe, also on the delegation was John Kennedy Opara, the secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba. Quoting a source, SaharaReporters said members of the delegation were shocked to see Mr. Suntai in a vegetative state. “His condition was so bad that they could not publicly disclose his condition after they returned to Nigeria,” said the source. The governor was injured in the crash of the small plane he was piloting.

The crash happened a short distance from the Yola airport. Initial reports from eyewitnesses said he had died, but it later emerged that he had survived the crash with critical injuries. He was transferred to the National Hospital in Abuja before being airlifted to Germany after President Jonathan had visited him and given a rosy picture of his condition. Four state officials travelling with Mr. Suntai in the crashed plane were treated in hospitals in Adamawa and later transferred to Germany for treatment after a public outcry. Since Mr. Suntai’s airlift to Germany, officials of the Taraba State government have engaged in

propaganda, claiming that the governor was making remarkable recovery. But our sources, including an official of the state government, admitted that Mr. Suntai’s mental faculty had deteriorated since the accident and that his memory was virtually impaired. “It is possible that he suffered brain damage because there was some delay before he could be taken abroad,” said a state official. Contacted by SaharaReporters, a Taraba-born political activist who is based in Abuja, said he had also heard about the visit to the ailing governor by Senate President Mark’s delegation. He wondered if Mr. Mark’s silence on Governor Suntai’s health status

signalled a scheme by President Jonathan to delay the swearing-in of the deputy governor as the substantive governor. However, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Hassan Mijinyawa who spoke with another online news portal 247ureports.com, refuted the report saying the governor had not suffered brain damage. The CPS indicated that the governor had been responding to treatment and had been able to receive and make telephone calls. “He has been talking on the telephone” said the Chief Press Secretary who added that the governor was initially incapacitated immediately following the plane crash .


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SHAPING THE FUTURE WITH THE PAST DECEMBER 2, 2012

The late Ige

Bola Ige: Murder that shook the nation K AYODE FASUA

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leven years after, the murder of Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, James Ajibola Idowu Ige, by yet to be identified assassins, has continued to be shrouded in mystery. Bola Ige, as he is best known, killed in his Bodija, Ibadan residence of Oyo State around 8pm on December 23. Ige was governor of old Oyo State in the Second Republic. As a serving minister, Ige arrived in his home that night with his armed police security guards. But he permitted them to go for their dinner following which the assailants invaded his home. Reports said they gained entry unchallenged, after which they forced his household staff, grown-up children and wife into a room before shooting the attorney-general. Ige was pronounced dead on arrival at Oluyoro Catholic Hos-

pital, Ibadan, minutes after. It was reported that Ige posed initial resistance which made the killers threaten to kill his entire household. This, it was said, made it easy for them to kill him. The deceased’s son, Muyiwa, and wikileaks, a web news service leaking a report by Ajibola Osomo, female Assistant Inspector General of Police investigating the murder, alluded much to this. Ige was reputed for being highly perceptive and gifted in native intelligence, rare qualities which threw his teaming admirers into quandary, as to why ‘they got him cheap.’

Investigation and trial of suspects A few days before Ige was murdered, an event happened to him in the palace of the Ile-Ife monarch, the Ooni, when during an occasion in the palace, Ige was molested by a mob perceived to be loyal to his enemies in the politics of Osun State. The state’s governor, Chief Bisi Akande, who was Ige’s deputy in the Second Republic, was installed governor through the influence of Ige in the AD in 1999. But by 2001, things had fallen apart between Akande and his deputy, Chief Iyiola Omisore, a native of Ife.

To worsen what had by then turned to a political war of attrition, a member of Osun State’s House of Assembly, Odunayo Olagbaju, representing the Ife constituency, and a loyalist of Omisore, was murdered under befuddling circumstances, early December, 2001. And while being molested at the Ife monarch’s palace, Ige’s native cap was removed but was afterwards returned, and which he reportedly re-donned. And as investigations commenced into the Ige murder, came a declaration from a Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, that someone who was his client, Mr. Olugbenga Adebayo, popularly known as Fryo, had confessed to killing Bola Ige, and that Fryo was also in the team of those who removed Ige’s cap at the IleIfe palace. This declaration had immediate, electrifying effect on Nigerians many who applauded the ‘confession’, describing it as divine breakthrough. But a few days after, Fryo came out to repudiate Keyamo’s statement, saying the lawyer had in fact urged him to tell lies. Fryo said that Keyamo specifically asked him to mention the name of Omisore, as the sponsor of the murder and that N5 million was involved. By mentioning big names, Fryo stated that his lawyer said that the evolving scenario would create a picture similar to that of Sergeant Roger, one of the Abacha goons. Fryo’s repudiation thus landed Keyamo in trouble as he was arrested and detained for months. Meanwhile, after the murder of Olagbaju and of Ige, the political hostilities in Osun continued to worsen. In December 2002, Omisore was eventually impeached as Deputy Governor to Akande. Soon after, he was arrested in connection with the murder of Ige and was in detention until he was formally charged to court in March 2003 along with five of the 11 persons detained over the murder. Curiously, however, while in detention, Omisore contested the senatorial election for Osun East district on the platform of the PDP and he won. While the trial of the Ige suspected murderers was still in court but was having no headway, Ige’s widow, Atinuke, a judge of the Court of Appeal, also died in April 2003. The Omisore and co’s trial ran through jerkily, starting and stopping several times, and in the process, two judges resigned and attributed their withdrawal to pressure and threats. In the course of the trial, the Oyo State Government applied to the court to drop murder charges against four associates of Omisore, but in July 2004, it withdrew the application. On July 30, 2003, Justice Moshood Abass, the third High Court judge to handle the trial, also withdrew, citing “untold pressure... from unexpected quarters”. Before withdrawing, however, the judge had ordered Omisore to be remanded in prison. Eventually, Omisore and the others on trial for the Ige murder were acquitted in November 2004. But before the series of trials finally came to a denouement, the Bola Ige family had withdrawn their involvement in the trial processes, describing them as sham.

The drug baron dimension In 2011, however, a certain suspected drug baron, Moshood Enifeni, was paraded in veil by the Federal Government as having owned up to the murder of Bola Ige, to avenge the minister’s strict handling of his drug trial. Curiously, the man, when paraded in veil, was incoherent. Afterwards, Kehinde, Enifemi’s wife, addressed a press conference to lampoon the Federal Government for attempting to frame up her husband. Speaking on behalf of the family, she CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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dismissed the claim that her husband was distraught with Ige. Her words: “The fact that he entered a plea bargain in his trial shows that at that time, there was no acrimonious and bitter trial going on. Bola Ige appeared just once in the case and when he saw it was not going to be a full, long-drawn trial, he stopped coming. There was absolutely no ill-feeling between Enifeni and Bola Ige.” Wikileaks expose Meanwhile, the whistle-blowing web news site, Wikileaks, recently evoked the Bola Ige memories by

revealing “how the Nigerian Police Force struggled to cope with the challenges of investigating the murder” of Ige. Citing a cable forwarded by the then US Ambassador to Nigeria, Howard Jeter, investigators in the murder of Ige were described as “being illequipped and under-trained.” Wikileaks added that the police sought the aid of the United States Government to help solve the murder. Even AIG Osomo that handled the investigation was excoriated, especially in the ways she went through the process.

The man they called ...the Cicero

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ge, a native of Esa-Oke, in present-day Osun State, was born in Zaria, near Kaduna in northern Nigeria on September 13, 1930. He left Kaduna and headed south to the Western region at the age of 14. He studied at Ibadan Grammar School (1943–48), and then at the University of Ibadan. From there, he went to the University College London where he graduated with a Law degree in 1959. He was called to the bar in London’s Inner Temple in 1961. He then set up Bola Ige & Co., that year. He became well known in the country for his oratory gift which calibrated in his being branded as ‘Cicero of Esa-Oke’. The real Cicero was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist, who lived between January 3, 106 BC and December 7, 43 BC. As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the man Ige was particularly renowned for his advocacy work on civil rights and democracy. As a cutting edge in Nigeria’s heterogeneous complications, Ige stood out as one politician able to speak all the three major Nigerian languages-Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa-fluently. He wrote several books, and an anthology of articles and tributes about him was published shortly after his death. At age 31, Bola Ige had become a name in Nigerian politics as he was already a chieftain of Action Group, the South-West’s dominant political party led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. A die-hard Awoist, Ige was in the eye of the storm in the fierce clash between Awolowo and his deputy in the party, Chief Ladoke Akintola, who was Premier of the Western Region, between 1963 and 1966. Ige was Commissioner for Agriculture in the now defunct Western Region, from1967 to1970, under the military government of General Yakubu Gowon. Ige, the politician, resurged in the late 1970s as the military was set to relinquish power to the civilians, in a transition programme begun by then Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed but which General Oluse-

gun Obasanjo concluded, following the assassination of Mohammed. He joined the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Awo’s party that replaced the Action Group. In 1979, he contested the governorship of Oyo State and won, and was thus the governor of that state from 1979 to 1983. But he lost in his reelection bid to Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo of National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and unsuccessfully challenged Olunloyo’s victory in court. But Olunloyo only occupied the seat for three months as the entire democracy in the country was sacked on December 31, 1983, when the military staged a successful coup that brought in Major-General Muhammadu Buhari and his steely deputy, Brigadier Tunde Idiagbon. The military, upon taking over, detained Ige along with other politicians; they accused the ex-governor of enriching party funds. He was released in 1985, after the next coup, by General Ibrahim Babangida. Ige afterwards, especially after the death of his mentor, Awolowo, in 1987, returned to his legal practice and to writing. In 1990, he published People, Politics And Politicians Of Nigeria: 1940-1979, a book that he had started writing, while in prison. Being a founding member of Yoruba pressure group, Afenifere, Ige soon mounted on the group’s stump to oppose the military under General Sani Abacha, following the political crisis that engulfed the country in the aftermath of the annulment of June 12 presidential election was by the mogul, Chief M.K.O Abiola. The Afenifere, led by Chief Abraham Adesanya, became proactive with the formation of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) but Ige also lay low in the period, with his preference for ‘siddon look’ attitude; that is, a non-committal stance in political activism. Nonetheless, he described the five political parties set up for politicians by the Abacha administration as “the five fingers of the same leprous hand.” After the death of Abacha on June 8, 1998, the military administration under General Abdulsalami Abuba-

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The cable read, inter alia, “There has been little progress in solving the December 23 murder of Attorney General Bola Ige. A frank meeting with the head of the police investigation found a group of undertrained and ill-equipped investigators struggling with a complex criminal investigation. With political and public pressure inexorably mounting, the police desperately seek United States Government’s assistance. “RNLEO, LEGATT and Assistant LEGATT called on Assistant Inspector General of Police Mrs. Ajibola Ojomo January 10 to discuss the ongoing investigation into the December 23 assassination of Attorney General Bola Ige. Ojomo, with whom the Embassy has a long- standing and excellent working relationship…has moved her office from Abuja to Lagos to be nearer to the murder scene and the location of most suspects. The strain of several weeks of continuous work showed in her tired composure. “The AIG summoned members of her handpicked investigative team to join in discussing the case with the United States Government visitors. The ballistics expert confided that unspent shotgun shells left at the crime scene were not processed for latent fingerprints and were handled by at least six police officials before being placed in a paper envelope and marked as evidence. “Similar examples of poor collection and preservation of crime scene evidence were evident, including the removal of the body, the movement of a suitcase that the assailant reportedly opened and searched, and the failure to take fingerprints of the Attorney General to compare with unknown fingerprints found at the crime scene. Mrs. Ojomo candidly expressed disappointment in her team’s performance and noted that these deficiencies highlighted the need for advanced training for CID investigators – training that could be provided by the USG, particularly the FBI, in evidence collection and forensic analysis,” the cable revealed. kar soon embarked on a transition programme and Ige was again, back to his beat. He was said to have been instrumental to the formation of the Peoples Democratic Party, before leaving the camp for All Nigeria Peoples Party and finally, for the Alliance for Democracy (AD). He worked along with his colleagues in the Afenifere/ NADECO fold. But he was soon to be disillusioned within the Afenifere fold as contrary to his expectation, the AD presidential ticket was given to Chief Olu Falae. Afterwards, however, President Olusegun Obasanjo, who defeated Falae in the presidential election, made Ige Minister for Power and Steel during which the latter made his famous resolve to transform the power sector. He said, “I will turn a stone to bread.” But it would seem that Ige’s effort was frustrated by hard realities of the sector as he was soon redeployed to become Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, a position he held until he was murdered in the night of December 23, 2001.

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Insurgency: National Assembly beefs up security

...as Police intensify security ahead of Yuletide EMMANUEL ONANI

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s part of measures to forestall any security breach at the National Assembly, NASS, in the wake of growing insurgency, security and intelligence gatherings have been stepped up, Sunday Mirror findings reveal. It was further gathered that the renewed security alert followed the dawn attack on the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Abuja, where dozens of the detainees held in the detention facility of the squad were said to have been set free. A top security source at the Assembly, who craved anonymity said the new consciousness arose from last Sunday’s twin bomb explosions that hit St. Andrew Military Protestant Church (Jaji Cantonment) as well as the SARS’ daring invasion; both incidents happened in succession. The attack on the church was confirmed to AFP by Army Spokesman, Brigadier-General Bola Koleosho, in the following words: “There were twin suicide bombings today at St Andrew Military Protestant Church (in the town of Jaji)”. When asked to reveal some of the new strate-

gies towards warding off any insurgent attack, the highly-placed source said, “My friend, I’m not a very patient officer; why would you expect me to disclose top security secrets and such arrangements to you? “The only insight I will give you is to refer you to the Mobile Workshop at the pilot gate, entrance to the National Assembly and the increased presence of armed policemen”. Further investigations by our correspondent revealed that the vehicle called “Mobile Workshop” is fortified with sophisticated security gadgets and hi-tech equipment capable of detecting high-calibre bombs, metals and improvised explosive devices, IEDs. It was further learnt that heads of all the security agencies in NASS have been “exchanging notes” and keeping their men upto-date with new arrangements. The State Security Service, SSS, is said to be coordinating, as usual, the business of intelligence gathering. Another security source noted that, “The SSS has never failed in its task. In fact, whether here in NASS or outside, they have always been on top of their game with credibility, dignity, public trust and confidence

by Nigerians.” When ‘Sunday Mirror’ contacted the Senate Committee Chairman on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Enyinnaya Abaribe, for official statement on the development, he said: “The Senate is doing everything within its constitutional powers to strengthen existing legislation on security, and will continue to support the executive in its efforts to ensure the security of lives and property in the country.” In the same vein, ahead this year’s Yuletide, the Nigeria Police has placed its officers and men on the alert in order to curtail the rising wave of crime and terrorism in some parts of the country Acting on intelligence report, the force is said to have mandated its Criminal Investigation Departments (CID) in all the commands to scale up their gathering mechanism or risk severe sanctions in the event of any “serious security breach” in their areas of jurisdiction. A source at the Force Headquarters in Abuja said the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar specifically ordered officers and men of the force to scale up efforts at ensuring a terror-free Yuletide.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio (middle), receiving The Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize Award from Director of Millennium Excellence Foundation, Ghana, Mr. Kofi Nyaik, at Government House, Uyo, yesterday. With them is the President of the foundation, Ambassador Ashim Morton (right).

NIGERIA IN BRIEF

GECORN seeks constitutional recognition for women

The Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) is aggressively advocating that women should henceforth be recognised in the Nigerian Constitution. According to GECORN National Coordinator, Abiola Akinyode-Afolabi, “maybe women are excluded from the Nigerian constitution because it was drafted by the military. For example, other

countries including South Africa and Eritrea have moved away from the use of the word ‘he’ which appears 235 times in the 1999 Constitution. “The Constitution is derogatory of women in the two places it mentions us. That’s why we are asking that gender equality should be addressed in the Constitution review. We can’t continue to

be treated as second-class citizens in the country just because we are women. Men are allowed to bring in their foreign wives but there is no legal procedure for a Nigerian woman to bring in her foreign husband. We are tired of it and we want the Constitution review to address all the discrimination against women once and for all.”

Only recently, during the conference of senior police officers from the rank of Commissioners of Police to Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, DIGs, in Abuja, the IGP had threatened to sanction Commissioners of Police in whose states there is a rising crime wave, explaining that the police had no other job than to maintain law and order in the society. “Any command that allows its grounds to be used for criminal activities, the CP there will face sanctions. Nigeria must continue to

be safer than what it is today. Every CP will go to his or her command and ensure a hitch-free Christmas and new year. All cases of criminality must stop and the criminals fished out. Kidnappers must be apprehended”. Abubakar, however, promised to checkmate the excesses of his men, ordering the officers to pay serious attention to the issue of bribery and corruption. He also said he would discipline any Commissioner of Police who treated such issue with levity in the com-

mand. The source said the IGP had also directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs, and command police commissioners to deploy effective crime fighting strategies in their domains in order to forestall criminal activities during the Yuletide. According to him, the police would focus greater attention on Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna and Adamawa as well as Zamfara and Taraba states while not also neglecting other states of the federation.

Govt must reduce workforce Sanusi insists

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espite criticisms by the organised labour and opposition by other Nigerians, including state governors, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has said he stands by his position that the government must reduce its workforce by not less than 50 per cent. Sanusi, who spoke with journalists on the sidelines of the 13th meeting of the Honorary International Investment Council (HIIC) in London, United Kingdom, said that his position was the painful truth. According to an online publication, theeagleonline.com, Sanusi said that occupying the position of the CBN governor did not mean he should not speak the truth. He said the position of the CBN governor was not a popularity contest. Sanusi, at the HIIC meeting, also attended by VicePresident, Namadi Sambo, and some ministers, told newsmen: “Well, the headlines said I advised the Federal Government to sack 50 per cent of workers but headlines are headlines and I can’t do anything with anyone taking what I say. “If people chose to pick on just one aspect of my speech and make it the issue, I can’t do anything

about it. “You know the Central Bank governor is not in a popularity contest. “My job is to give a frank and honest opinion as to where I think the economy will go. “Sometimes, people will be happy, sometimes they will not. “People call for my sack, that’s fine but it doesn’t change the reality. “I mean if you sack me, you appoint the next governor of Central Bank; if he knows his job, he will say the same thing and you can sack him and the next governor will say the same thing. “In general, we were speaking about the Capital Market and development and my view is that we cannot have a thriving capital market, a long term economic development until the government starts spending less money on itself and more on the real economy. “A situation in which 70 per cent of government’s revenue goes to payment of public service workers in some states in the North, obviously they are going to pay monthly salaries, there is no way in that situation you are going to create the economic growth that you require and the government cannot employ all the 167 million Nigerians.

“So, we have a situation in which one million public servants at the local, state and federal levels take 70 per cent of government revenues and 30 per cent is left for 166 million Nigerians for health, education, roads and for power. “It’s simply not assisting the system. “Then certainly, I spoke about the need to reduce the size of the public service and I wasn’t necessarily talking about civil servants because you also have political appointees. “We have 774 local governments. “Each local government has a chairman and 10 councillors. “We have 36 states in Nigeria – governors, deputy governors, special advisers, special assistants, state Houses of Assembly and their officials. “There is one state governor I know that, according to the newspapers, has over 400 special assistants. “At the federal level, we have the president, the vice-president, 500 federal legislators, 43 ministers. “Now, these are constitutional issues but even if they are, we have a clause that says you must have a minister from every state and what does that mean? “Do you decide the numbers of ministries at the federal level based on the number of states that you have?

Gamjitel telecommunications company with our affiliate company, Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN) Nigeria,” Abubakar explained. He said the merger would produce “a bigger and more vibrant telecommunication company which will enable us to get better value as a result of synergy”. The NNDC chairman said discussion was going on with

the NNPC on the oil and gas exploration in the Northern Region. “We are making plans to collaborate with the NNPC in our continuous search for hydrocarbon potentials in the Northern Sedimentary basins. “The objective is to be part of all the activities of NNPC in the basins and this will reduce financial commitments of our company,” Abubakar noted.

NNDC to float telecom coy New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) said it had concluded arrangement to float a new telecommunications company even as it posted a pre-tax profit of 609 per cent. Chairman of the company, Prof. Halidu Abubakar, gave the indication shortly after the company’s 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kaduna. “Arrangements have gone far in the merger between our


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UN building: Reminiscences of a dark Friday MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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riday, August 26, 2011 would not only remain a memorable day to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora but also to the international community. It was the day the United Nations’ building was bombed by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. It was the second major suicide bombing incident in Nigeria’s 52 years of nationhood. The deadly incident occurred two months after the attack on the Force Headquarters’ building – the first major suicide bombing Nigeria ever witnessed. While dozens of persons were wounded in the UN house blast, official figure eventually put those that died at 24. The incident was believed by many as one of the ways by which the Boko Haram group intended to undermine the Nigerian state and give the group more global outlook with its activities, probably influenced by al-Qaeda ideology. Whereas, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, said a fortnight ago in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, that the Islamist militant group had killed no fewer than 3,000 people in Nigeria. He did not specify if the figure included military officers, many who had fallen to deadly strikes of the sect in the past years. The bombing of the UN building led to the pulling-out of various UN agencies that had been accommodated in the building. Some of the agencies include the World Health Organisation (WHO); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among others. They were moved and scattered over various public and private offices, including hospitality institutions in the nation’s capital. Their activities were negatively impacted upon by the sudden relocation. After about 15 months after the incident occurred, the Federal Government, on Wednesday, announced the approval of N5.15 billion for renovation of the building which part of which yielded to the bombing’s deafening blast. It was in fulfillment of the Federal Government’s promise to take responsibility of the building’s renovation. However, “the building was built by the Federal Government and given to the UN, according to international practice,” said an official of the UN. When Sunday Mirror visited the UN building on Friday, the premises were overgrown with weeds and the surrounding looking unkempt, as a result of suspension of all UN activities from the house. Our reporter saw some officials of Julius Berger PLC within the building carrying out preliminary renovation assessment

and work on the building. At the time of filing this report, no heavy equipment was yet brought into the premises by the contractor. The shattered parts of the building, including its window glasses, have not been touched since the incident occurred. Apart from abandoned vehicles of the UN within the building and three other functional vehicles belonging to the UN, there was nothing significant within the premises. There were also security shields erected by soldiers outside the building, even as palpable quietness overshadowed the environs which also has embassies of various nations. The house was guarded by pockets of policemen while private security guards manned every corner of the building. One of the security guards who refused to give his identity told our reporter, “We thank God that the Federal Government has finally remembered this building. Our experience here over the last one year has not been a good one. None of the agencies uses the building any longer since the incident occurred last year. We have always been here alone with some of the government security personnel. When we saw the staff of Julius Berger come into the building to begin the renovation work, we were very happy. We pray that government release money on time for this building to come alive again.” With the 16 months deadline given to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC by the Federal Government to execute the N5.15bn rehabilitation contract on the bombed building, the various UN agencies will have to remain where they are till March 2014 when the renovation work is expected to be completed. In a telephone interview with Sunday Mirror, UNICEF Communication Specialist (Media and External Relations) Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, said, “We have not been coping well at all. The offices are scrappy. If you have shared a house with somebody before, you will understand what I am talking about. For instance, you have a problem and I ask you to come and take a room in my house. And, you pack your family in. Maybe you have been living in three or four bedroom flat and you are coming to stay in a room with your family of seven; you can imagine how that will be.” He, however, expressed happiness with the Federal Government’s intervention saying, “We have been looking forward to it. We all want to go back into the building. In fact, if it were possible to take the hand of time back and moved into the house yesterday, we would have been happier. Also, a top official of UNFPA, who pleaded anonymity told Sunday Mirror, “We are very grateful to the Federal Government and all good people across the country that help us with the temporary offices we are

A team of security officials at the scene of the blast.

UN building after the blast

using now. We are particularly grateful to the government of Gombe State. “Though the present experience may not fully be like when one was in one’s former building, but we thank God we are here today. There are, however, challenges which include where to park our vehicles. You know, you want to park your vehicle in the morning and it will bring a kind of inconvenience to the people around. You see them complaining sometimes. You will not be happy over that kind of situation. And, for some of us coming from far places such

as Asokoro and other distant communities to where we are accommodated at the moment, it is a big challenge. We shall be happy to return to our former building. But, you know, the memory of our colleagues that died in that blast would be very fresh in our mind again immediately we get there. We are just hoping that there would be speedy work on the building with the approval of the fund,” the official said. Efforts to speak with the contractor, Julius Berger PLC, were unsuccessful as they could not be immediately reached on phone.


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Nwalozie, Igbo king in Ikeja, turns 12 on throne •Empowers youths, widows and rallies kinsmen

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he 12th anniversary of Eze Ndi Igbo in Ikeja, His Royal Majesty, Eze Agbawodikeizu Nwalozie was marked recently in the Ikeja axis of Lagos State. The whole of Ikeja, Onigbongbo and Ojodu Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), consisting of 23 units of Igbo residents and those business community, came together to honour their king, who was chosen in 2000 to lead as the king of the Igbo, in the Diaspora. Ikeja is also the administrative headquarters of Lagos, making Eze Nwalozie the king of the Igbo in the capital city. There has been recognition of his throne both by the Yoruba and other non-Igbo ethnic groups. As a matter of fact, he is known as the Asiwaju (leader) Ndi Igbo of Ikejaland. Before 2000, there were various splinter groups in Ikeja Local Government under different names, working for one objective or the other. But in the last 12 years, the palace of Eze Nwalozie was able to synergize resources and unite them under one umbrella. That is why the Obi Ndi Igbo of Ikeja has become a rallying point for all the splinter groups and all of them have collapsed to form one major umbrella, so that the Igbo there will be able to contribute to central Igbo welfare or Aka Ikenga, or whatever name was being used hitherto. He is their leader and patron, the Number One Igbo citizen in Ikeja Local Government. Just like an Eze back home in Igboland, Nwalozie is seen as the leader of the people. He is the second-in-command to God, or to the ancestors. They see him as a human being, and also a spirit. The Eze is a demi-god. He is there all through his life-time. “It is until he has finished his sojourn on earth that we will start thinking of looking for a replacement. As for now, as long as he is breathing, as long as he has not been found wanting, criminally or otherwise, as long as he has not moved away from Ikeja Local Government area, he remains the Eze ndi Igbo of Ikeja,” stated one of the kingmakers, who did not give his name. Eze Nwalozie earned the rights of administration over the Igbo when, in the late 1990s, the Igbo people in the area needed a leader in the Diaspora. As a long-standing businessman, kingmaker and resident of Lagos, Eze Nwalozie had stood in the defence of his people for several years. According to the executive secretary to the palace, High Chief PJ Uwechue, who spoke with Sunday Mirror, “there was a time the Igbo were not regarded as an ethnic stock in the sense that most of us sojourners were being ejected in our various houses of tenancy indiscriminately. But his coming stopped all that. They always have recourse to the throne, and the throne will always find amicable ways to see that those issues are settled. “One other thing was that there was a time an Igbo boy was used for rituals, and those who perpetrated the act denied it. You find out that it was the Eze Ndi Igbo of Ikeja who ensured that justice prevailed. Those who were involved were duly arrested and the state government, un-

der then Governor Ahmed Tinubu who also compensated the family of the slain young man. The government went on to pledge both orally and written, that such a thing will never repeat itself. So far, it has never been repeated.” So, when the Igbo needed to chose a leader, a defence and a voice to speak for them, it was not too difficult for them to select Eze Nwalozie. In attendance at his 12th year anniversary, which began with a thanksgiving service at St. Francis Catholic Parish, Oregun, were two prominent traditional prime ministers who came all the way from the South-East to witness the event. HRM Eze Donatus Ogbonnaya Eke, the Ezeala1 of Akabor and HRM, Eze Sabinus Nwaneche, the Ogwu 1 of Ogwuama, both of Ahiara Mbaise Autonomous Community in Imo State were the home-based Ezes who witnessed the event. The event is also for the first time, brought the Eze from Nwalozie’s hometown- Akabo-Eze Donatus Ogbonnaya Eke, to Nwalozie’s palace in Lagos, to celebrate with him. The event proper began at about 11 am, at the Obi Ndi Igbo, palace of Eze Nwalozie in Ikeja, Lagos. Addressing the teeming guests, High Chief Chrysantus Ugwulor stated that Eze Nwalozie did not choose himself. Ikeja is the capital of Lagos. There are 23 zonal units that came out and chose Eze Nwalozie to rule over them. He did not choose himself. “Also, there are seven states in the South-East which chose Eze Nwalozie to lead them. Although he is from Imo State, he did not choose himself. He will keep leading us, because he is a good king, until he goes to meet our ancestors,” Ugwulor said. Addressing the Akabo king, Ugwulor further stated, “Akabo people should feel happy that their son was chosen by all the Igbo in Lagos, and of the seven states of the South East. He has been described as ‘Aku ruo ulo’ by his people (the one whose wealth gets home), but he is more than that. Everyone here will testify that he is ‘Aku ruo ebe n’ile (the one whose wealth gets everywhere). Please, you people should thank him for us, because he has the welfare of the Igbo people at heart. Speaking to Sunday Mirror to, Uwechue also said Eze Nwalozie cut his teeth in professional administration through his readiness to empower the Igbo. “The widows have been empowered at various Igbo communities to see that they have the means of livelihood. The youths too have been empowered. These among many other things have been the notable achievements that have been carried out, and of course, recently, we set up an ultra-modern palace, which is the Obi Ndi igbo of Ikeja where everyone, both the Igbo and non-Igbo flock, either to lay complaints or seek refuge. Majority of them always go home happy. The palace is now the centre of activities of all Igbo functions, socially, ethnically and religiously.” Highlights of the event included a thanksgiving church service, and the distribution of bags of rice to all the women who attended the event.

Palace chiefs, their lolos, the Eze and other kingmakers in a group photograph

His Royal Majesty, Eze Agbawodikeizu Nwalozie (M), with HRM, Eze Sabinus Nwaneche (R)) and HRM Eze Donatus Ogbonnaya Eke(L), in a group photograph

His Royal Majesty, Eze Agbawodikeizu Nwalozie (m), with HRM, Eze Sabinus Nwaneche (r) and HRM Eze Donatus Ogbonnaya Eke (l)

His Royal Majesty, Eze Agbawodikeizu Nwalozie and the queen, Ugoeze Chinenye Nwalozie at the palace

The kingmakers

Eze Nwalozie during the thanksgiving for the anniversary

Wives of the kingmakers

Eze Nwaneche (standing) paying homage to Eze Nwalozie

The visiting ezes and Eze Nwalozie offering libation


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My ‘Dad’s Will’ suspicious, says Ojukwu’s first son JOE AGULANNA

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hief Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu, first son of the late ex-Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, reacted fully to the reading of his father’s will, saying that it reeked with suspicion. He agreed with a confidant and former speech writer to the late Ojukwu, Uche Ezechukwu. Ezechukwu, who stated on his Facebook page that the will was very suspicious and was very likely to be fake. Debe, who spoke to Sunday Mirror in a telephone interview, said that there

were several things wrong with the will, which included the fact that the will was read without any of the sons being invited. “That sends the message to you. Only the person who benefited was at the reading of the will, you can see.” He also went on to say that shortly after the death of his father, there were also attempts to sideline him. “They were taking pictures and trying to make me who is the first son, look irrelevant. But they did not get anywhere. Now this one is another attempt. It is good responsible Nigerians like Uche Ezechukwu could see how the will is inconsistent with everything normal”.

He however said that he would not point a finger at anyone as being the suspect who might have forged the will. Debe also told Sunday Mirror that his father had told him to sit by his side when the will was being drafted, but that he refused. His words: “In fact, once, when my father was writing a Will, he asked me to come and sit beside him. “But I refused. He asked me why and I said, ‘I don’t know whether you are going to give me anything. Because if you are giving me anything and it now turns out when the Will goes into probate that I sat with you, it could be assumed that I influenced you to do cer-

tain things in my favour. So, I left him and his lawyer in the parlour to continue writing the Will.” On his part, seasoned journalist and political analyst, Uche Ezechukwu, also picked holes in Ojukwu’s will, declaring it as fake. In a social network post he made yesterday on Facebook, Ezechukwu stated that it was strange and out of place for Ojukwu to give very little to his sons and everything to his widow, Bianca Ojukwu. He also wrote that it was not the culture of Igbo people to will out the ancestral home, as it is automatically inherited by the first son, and that Emeka Ojukwu Junior could not have inherited what is rightly his elder brother’s ancestral heritage. He also stated that it was out of place for his first son, Sylvester Debe Ojukwu, to have been totally left out on the will.

In the will, Chief Sylvester Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s name, the 56 years old first son of Ikemba who has legal battles with other family members since the old man’s death on November 26, 2011, is absent. Those whose names appeared included Chukwuemeka Jnr, Mmegha, Okigbo, Ebele, Chineme, Afam, Nwachukwu and one Tenny Haman, an unknown daughter of the Eze Igbo Gburugburu. Ezechukwu, author of ‘Ojukwu, the Rebel I Served’ who served Ojukwu for two years, made the following comments : “Accordingly, the will gave the family compound to Emeka. The Ikemba I knew understood Igbo culture very well and knew that you can’t will out your traditional compound as it automatically goes to the first son, who holds it in trust for the family. It continues to be held in trust by every first male child. So in

practical sense, Emeka got nothing! Very abnormal! “A man’s ancestral house is not part of the will. The first son automatically inherits it. That is the house you say he willed to Emeka. What of Okigbo and Sylvester?” Ezechukwu also hinted that a fierce legal battle is about to be generated by the controversial will: “the nation should get ready for perhaps the longest playing soap opera that will rubbish and dwarf all those acclaim we have had for Ojukwu.” “I knew this rumpus would erupt and when I was writing my book on him, I dodged everything about his family. I was there and knew his relationship with all his children before Bianca came. I didn’t want to become the source of the storm that started breaking even before the mourning dress was shed.”

Boko Haram: Shun fanatical clerics, Oritsejafor warns youths OLUFEMI ADEOSUN ABUJA

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CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, receiving a copy of the Holy Qur’an from a Muslim faithful in Warri, Delta State.

Police dismissed me for being HIV positive –Widow MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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alpable shock rocked the Banquet Hall venue of Special Session for this year’s World AIDS Day in Abuja yesterday when a 33-year-old widow, Auta Bako, told the gathering that she was suddenly dismissed by the Nigeria Police for being HIV/AIDS positive. Bako told the gathering that she was fired by the Force while serving at the Abuja Command of the Police in January, 2007. A widow with three children and of Benue state origin, she said the burden of her family’s upkeep had become unbearable to her relatives.

According to her, she was listed into the Force in 2002 with Force number F/ N003389. She stated that all efforts made towards her reinstatement had proved abortive. Her words: “I was serving at the Abuja Command when I suddenly received a letter on my disengagement. We had been asked to do a test. They did not tell me the result of the test; all I discovered was that I was fired from the Force. I want the government of Nigeria to help me. I am a mother of three children and my husband is late. I need Nigerians to assist me. My relatives have been helping me in taking care of the children but they are becoming tired. “At the time I was dis-

missed, I was a Constable. Many of my colleagues at that time are now Corporal. I live in Abuja and it is very difficult for me to cater for children and myself,” she stressed. Fortunately, none of her children, according to her, lives with the virus at present. Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu promised at the event that the matter would be looked into by the Federal Government. Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, Doris England, on phone proved abortive as he neither picked his call not respond to the text message sent to him on the subject-matter.

NIGERIA IN BRIEF ADC holds conference Dec 9

The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University and other Diaspora organisations will be organizing an African Diaspora Conference between December 9, 11, and 12 in Lagos . The Conference with the Theme:”Effective Mobilization Of The Diaspora for Socio - Political , Economic and Technology Development “. The chief convener Akinwale Ojomo said the event

which has as chief host Lagos State Governor Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola(SAN) will also be attended by eminent Nigerians including the Chairman House of representative Committee on Diaspora, Hon .Abike Dabiri Erewa, Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Mrs Hafsat Abiola - Costello and Professor Pat Utomi. He said the conference is a follow up to the Global Diaspora

s killings orchestrated by the dreaded Islamic sect, otherwise known as Boko Haram continues unabated, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has urged Nigerian youths- Christians and Muslims-to resist overtures from fanatical clerics and politicians who may want to work on their psyche with a view to engaging them in acts that are detrimental to the peace of the country. This is even as a Muslim group under the auspices of Amir of Amah Youth Forum warned the man of God not to be partial in the process of coming up with practical solution that would help to end the crisis Oritsejafor, who spoke in Warri, Delta State Friday evening, while playing host to the group that came on a peace mission to the Word of Life Bible Church, said that the spate of violence that had engulfed the nation in the recent time would be reduced if the

youths could resist being used as tools in the hands of clerics who had motives other than propagating the words of God. The pastor said, “You are the future, you are the face of Nigeria, and you are the Nigeria that we are looking for. My appeal to you is this, that when you leave here, please tell your members, including Christian youths too, that they must never make themselves available to fanatical clerics, preachers, and bad politicians to use. “You put the icing on the cake for me; you have made me feel that there is hope for Nigeria; you have demonstrated to me that there are people that we can reach out to, that we can be sure that are prepared to make sure that Nigeria as a nation continues to exist.” The CAN President, who is also the founder of Word of Life Bible Church, stated that giving the pride of place youths occupied in any nation and the fact of their youthfulness and agility, they are very critical to the peace process in Nigeria. “I demand of you to be-

gin to carry this message of one Nigeria. I will also extend this overture to Christian youths as well. Youth communicate better with youth, that no matter what I am saying, no matter what the elders say, young people interact better with each other, so, it is easier for you to convince young people like yourselves that it is better for Nigeria to be one. You must help us, go out there, go to the grass-root and begin to spread this message that we can believe in this nation,” he counseled. He also urged government at all levels to come up with employment generation projects that would help in absorbing some of the youths with a view to making them channel their energies into productive use, stressing that “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. Responding, the leader of the group, Murtala Abubakar urged the CAN President to open up a line of communication with the men of goodwill across religious divide to find lasting solution to the mindless killing going on in the Northern part of the country.

Atiku emerges African Leadership Magazine Man of the Year Forum hoisted by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and USAID in Washington DC. Ojomo said the conference is aiming at sensitizing Nigerians and Africans staying abroad to come back home and develop their country . He said there are great opportunities in Nigeria and said that the best Nigerian brains living abroad should be mobilized to come back home and develop the country.

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has emerged winner of the prestigious African Leadership Magazine Man of the Year - 2012. Mr. Abubakar will be decorated with this award during the forthcoming African Leadership Awards billed to hold on Wednesday 12 December 2012 at the Al Falak Ball Room, situated on the 27th floor of the magnificent Burj Al Arab, Dubai, U.A.E. The selection team, comprising of leading African Business and political

Leaders, in arriving at this decision took into cognizance his enormous contributions to Nigeria’s Socio- Economic Growth as an employer of repute, creating jobs for thousands of Nigerians and indeed Africans; and as a frontline political icon and astute manager of people and resources. Atiku Abubakar had a distinguished career in public service, private business, and philanthropy – perhaps his most outstanding legacy was his founding and support of the American

Prayer for the late Adebutu The eight-day prayer for the late Alhaji Ligali Afolabi Adebutu comes up tomorrow, Monday, December 3 at his residence, 2 Ogundipe drive, opposite Apostolic Grammar School, old Lagos-Ibadan Road, Iperu Remo, at 10am.


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National Assembly is one of the problems of this democracy –Aturu Mr. Bamidele Aturu is a Lagos-based legal practitioner and human rights activist. In this interview with Ayo Esan, he speaks about issues as they affect Lagos State and the country at large. Excerpts: The call for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) has been on for long but penultimate Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan said convening it was not feasible. What is your position on this? I am not surprised that the President is opposed to a Sovereign National Conference because, ideally, a national conference is truly a negation of the existing government in many respects. This is because when you say a conference is sovereign, it means that during the period that the conference is in operation or in existence, it assumes certain sovereign powers which today are being exercised by the existing government of the federation. But, of course, you expect governments in power in Nigeria, particularly due to the fact that they do not see themselves as truly representing the people always, fighting against the concept of sovereign national conference. It is not a recent phenomenon. Under the military when we made attempt to do a sovereign national conference, they scuttled it. I remember very well that we were trying to do one at the National Theatre under the late Alao Aka-Bashorun. They brought in the police and it was stopped with force of arms. From that time, all governments, whether civilian or military, had always insisted that there was no need to have sovereign national conference. Under the civilian regimes, the argument is always that the National Assembly represents the people, even though you and I know that the National Assembly only represents the people in name and not in deed. I am not surprised that the President is hostile to the idea of a sovereign national conference. It

is like asking him to vacate or abdicate because once you called that conference a sovereign national conference, it means that conference now must take decisions that must bind on the society and the government generally. I think that is where the problem comes from now. If you just want to do a jamboree, I am sure he would not oppose that. The National Assembly is currently embarking on review of the 1999 Constitution, but many people believe that for the Constitution to have the necessary fundamental changes, there must be a Constituent Assembly. How do you see the insistence of the National Assembly in carrying out the review? The truth of the matter is that as the Constitution stands today, the power to review or amend it is given to the National Assembly, not to any Constituent Assembly. So if we want to review it within the context of the Constitution itself, it is the National Assembly that has powers to do that. Of course, there are procedures for that, particularly there are some clauses that cannot just be amended by a simple majority. I think that is what they are doing. They are trying to alter the Constitution in accordance with what its section 9 says. That you passed a bill in both the House of Representatives and the Senate and if such bill is passed by a certain number, certain majority, I think two thirds, then you now take it to all the state assemblies. If you get a majority of state assemblies to endorse it, then under section 9, the laws become amended. This is what they are doing. You must then begin to separate amending the constitution within the context of the constitution

with the kind of holistic amendment that the Nigerians are yearning for. So they are two different things. If you ask me whether what the National Assembly is doing within the existing Constitution is correct, I will say yes. But if you ask me whether that is desirable, I will say no, it is not desirable. This is because the kind of amendment that I am envisaging, that I think is desirable, is the one that will be driven by the people of Nigeria, an amendment that will be outside the context of the constitution itself. In other words, we are asking people at the grassroots, all classes of people, professional bodies inclusive, to embark on a very extensive and serious debate on the future of Nigeria. They should look at, for instance, what kind of system of government they want to adopt. Are we trying to do federalism or confederation? Are we going to do parliamentary or presidential system of government? I mean the people discussing these and in this kind of discussion there must be a referendum that will then ratify the constitution that will truly be the wishes of Nigerians. But what we have today, people have said a lot of things on that, is a constitution that is telling lies against itself and I agree with them. This is because the constitution that we are using today was not made by the people of Nigeria. There are two kinds of amendment processes, the one within the context of the constitution. The other outside the context of the constitution, in which case it must be driven by the people. But that cannot happen without the civil society being organised under a very serious-minded body that is pan-Nigeria. That is raising the question of power and making it very clear that this is the agenda that we have, we want to change the way things are done here. It is a very revolutionary procedure which cannot be achieved by newspapers or internet activism. Sometimes when some people go to the newspapers, television or radio houses and begin to shout about how we need referendum and all that, I know they don’t understand what they are talking about, because they are talking about revolution. These chaps in power today at all levels, judiciary, legislature and executive are not just going to easily abandon power for them. That is why you hear the President saying, why must you talk about sovereign national conference when I am in power? We need to get this right and create this awareness in the people. The Boko Haram sect has offered to dialogue with the Federal Government but the President recently said the group remains faceless and there is no way the Government can dialogue with a faceless group. How do you see the two positions? For me, there are a number of issues that we need to look at. The first thing is, is it desirable to discuss with Boko Haram? The second issue is, if it is desirable, has government made adequate commitment to do so? The third thing is what are the issues to be discussed? What is going to be the subject matter of discussion? If you ask me in the first place, I have no doubt in my mind that given the state in which we have found ourselves now, the state of utter incompetence of the police authorities and security agencies to protect lives in the wake of Boko Haram insurgency, where almost on a daily basis, people are being killed and the police and security agencies are standing by helpless. I think we must be realistic if there is a window for discussion, government must seize it. It is not because we want to encourage Boko Haram but because we know that government has no solution to the problem of Boko Haram insurgency. I think that is very crucial. We cannot allow our people to be killed mindlessly on a continuous basis when we know that the state does not have capacity to respond. We will just be grandstanding unnecessarily and waste lives. To say the truth, this government is utterly incapable of responding to Boko Haram insurgency. If there is a window for discussion, we should grab it immediately. That is my own position. I am not opposed to the discussion if that will stop the carnage. What is important now is what we are going to be discussing. I think whatever grievances the Boko Haram have must be put on the table. What could these grievances be? If the grievances are that, we want the families CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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‘This government lacks capacity to respond to insurgent attacks’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 of our members that are killed compensated. We want an end to the violation of the rights of our members by the police or security authorities. We want our members who have been unlawfully arrested to be released wherever they are. Those are issues that can be discussed. But if the issue is that you want to Islamise Nigeria or turn it to an Islamic state, then that issue is not discussable. That is my view because this is a secular state. Of course, they have their right to want to live in a state that is governed by Islamic law. But they must get the support of other people in the North to leave Nigeria peacefully. As long as South is part of Nigeria, for as long as there are Christians like you and I in Nigeria who are still in this country, the issue will not be a discussable issue. I am not going to become a Muslim even if they put a gun on my head. Boko Haram should also respect that there are people like you and me. On the question of compensation of their members, many Nigerians will remember that I was one of the few Nigerians who said the way the leader of Boko Haram was killed was wrong. A man has been captured and you go and murder him. What the security authority did was very wrong. That was unfair to the Boko Haram people. You cannot just go and waste their lives just because you don’t like what they have done. You just murdered him in cold blood without the judiciary authorising the killing. Those are the issues that I think can be discussed. On President Jonathan’s claim that they can’t discuss with a faceless group, he is not being honest to Nigerians. I want to believe that they must have had interaction through third party with Boko Haram. It is not correct to say these people are faceless. If government is saying Boko Haram is faceless after several months or years then that means that government has not been doing its work very well. That means that the security agency has failed. You cannot tell me that government didn’t know the people in Boko Haram when international media even mentioned their names. It is the duty of government to level up with us, tell the truth and let us know what problems had been in their discussion or negotiation. I want to believe that there must have been some form of interaction maybe with third parties, maybe not with Boko Haram directly. I don’t think it is acceptable for government to say the group is faceless. Boko Haram is not faceless. Government may be incapable of reaching them or dismantling them but that does not mean that the group is faceless. Government must level up with us. There is a lot of dishonesty going on on this issue. Analysts have however attributed the success of Edo and Ondo elections to the fact that they were held separately and have suggested we should adopt staggered elections for us to achieve credibility. What is your position on this? I have said even before the elections in Edo and Ondo states, and we have made the point many years ago even in the civil society, that we have to do staggered elections. This is because if we do that, we can then mobilise enough security agencies. It is also a shame really because elections are conducted as if we are having war because the politicians see election as war. We need to have electoral system that can guarantee staggered elections, where our people can focus because it appears Nigeria is very huge for our electoral agencies and so they don’t have the competence and the capacities to deal with all these at once. Why don’t we face realities and do these elections on staggered basis, so that we can do credible elections that people can say is fair? Although there will be problem of rigging, imperfection here and there, at least we can put our logistics and facilities in place and prevent the kind of difficulties we have had in the past. How would you rate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)? I think INEC has done tolerably well given the limitations that confront the organisation. Jega has tried to be honourable, I will say. I think we still have logistics problems but on a general note, we can say INEC has fairly and tolerably done well. What’s your assessment of the National Assembly? The National Assembly has always failed Nigerians. It has never performed well and it doesn’t have the capacity to perform well. The people there don’t even understand what the problems are. As far as I am concerned and I think, they are just turning out laws. But what kind of

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I HAVE SAID IT WHEREVER I HAD GONE THAT WE CANNOT SUSTAIN THIS BLOATED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. WE CAN’T AFFORD THIS KIND OF BLOATED DEMOCRACY WHERE WE PAY SO MUCH MONEY, WHERE THESE LEGISLATORS EARN HUGE ALLOWANCES. THEY BUY THE BEST AND THE LATEST JEEPS IN TOWN.

THEY SEE THIS DEMOCRACY AS THEIR PROPERTY

laws are we even turning out? What is their disposition to the war against corruption? Even the laws that are being passed out, are they helping in the war against corruption? Look at the way its members are involved in scandals. The National Assembly is one of our albatrosses, if you like. It is one of the problems of this democracy and until we realise this, we will continue to have big problems. It can really do much to help resolve some of the problems we have in Nigeria but unfortunately we have to look at those who are there. I know there are some fine gentlemen and women there but they are in a woeful minority. Some people are saying the national legislators should not serve full-time. What is your take? That has been my argument. Everywhere I have gone, I have said that we cannot sustain this bloated National Assembly. We can’t afford this kind of bloated democracy where we pay so much money, where these legislators earn huge allowances. They buy the best and the latest Jeeps in town. They see this democracy as their property, so we cannot allow that. I have said it, give them parttime structure; let them get sitting allowance maybe a maximum of N50,000 per day; if they like they can go and stay in the best hotel in Abuja, that is their business. If you like, go and stay with your brother but then go and have a job you are doing. When you do it that way, people will then want to go there if they are serious about making good law for Nigeria and they will not kill people to get there. They shouldn’t earn more than N50,000 per day. Lawmaking should not be a lucrative business. It is not even a business, it is for those who are serious-minded, who want to make laws for their country. I mean this country is a developing nation, as they say. We can’t afford the luxury of what they pay in other advanced capitalist countries. The local government election tribunal in Lagos State nullified the elections of the ACN candidates who were declared winners in the Agbado/Oke Odo and Ikoyi/ Obalende LCDA recently, and declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates winners. It has also

ordered a rerun in Yaba. How do you see the decisions of the tribunal? I think it is a very good and robust development. Lagos State Government should also claim that as part of its own contribution to democracy in Nigeria. They should do everything possible not to rubbish the decision of that tribunal. As a matter of fact, if I were the governor of Lagos state and members of his party, I will claim that as one of the evidence that we are the most democratic party in Nigeria. If they now do anything to work against that decision, apart from appeal which they have the right to do, then it is bad. If they do anything to sabotage it, then it means that they are not democrats. It is a welcome development that a tribunal set up by the government of Lagos State, through its mechanism, can go against the ruling party. It is a good development for democracy. But their reaction to it will say a lot as to whether they are democrats or not. Lagos State recently introduced the new traffic law which has generated much controversies, especially the aspect that banned the okada riders from certain routes in the state. How do you see the introduction of the new law? You know I cannot say much about that law particularly as it relates to my challenge of the proscription of okada riders from some of the routes because the matter is in court. I can speak about the general purpose of that law as a Nigerian because that is now a matter being contested in court. For me, I think that Lagos State Government may actually mean well. It may really want to pursue this idea of Lagos being a mega city which nobody is trying to quarrel with. It is its idea to beautify Lagos. We must also understand that there are social costs that come with these sorts of ideas. In doing that, we must sit down and calculate those costs very well and then begin to do these fantastic ideas gradually. As I keep saying and I am saying again, the poor will not disappear from Lagos State; they are not going to vanish. You don’t make London out of Lagos when that London is going to be populated by paupers. You must always look at this social cost which unfortunately Lagos State has not been doing. It has got carried away by the way people have praised it in the press that it is doing well. That it is building roads, planting flowers and all of those things. But that is not governance. Governance is really about ensuring that you remove those conditions that create inequity in the system by ensuring that it creates jobs, access to free medical care and decent houses for the people. That is where I differ from them ideologically. I want to live in a beautiful state. I want to live in a state where you would not even find okada on the road. That is my wish, but I don’t want to live in a state where you will force the okada from the roads and then force them into crime when there is no alternative. Lagos State is getting it extremely wrong in terms of its understanding of the sociology of the state and of its laws. You can make the best laws but if they are counter-productive, they’ll create increase in crime rate, because these guys won’t run away from the world.


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I DON’T DISSOCIATE MYSELF FROM THE PEOPLE. I ASSOCIATE WITH THEIR WISHES, DESIRES, ASPIRATIONS, FEARS, ANXIETY AND JOIN HANDS WITH THEM TO MEET THEIR ASPIRATIONS, ELIMINATE THEIR FEARS AND WHITTLE DOWN THEIR ANXIETIES –OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA.

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ALGON asks Okorocha to comply with Appeal Court judgment

Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) yesterday called on Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to comply with the Appeal Court judgment which returned council chairmen sacked by him. In a communiqué issued in Enugu after its three-day national conference, the association regretted that the Imo government was yet to comply with the judgment. It threatened to use all legitimate means to ensure that the governor obeyed the court judgment. The association also amended its constitution with a resolution that the office of its national president should oscillate between the North and South of the country. It also resolved that the tenure of the national president should be a single term of three years. The communiqué also said the chairman of the association’s board of trustees should not come from the same zone with the national president and should also serve a renewable term of three years. It increased the membership of the board to two from each of the six geo-political zones. The association also resolved that their members should enjoy pension benefits as being paid to the heads of other tiers of government.

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Can Anambra North succeed Obi in 2014?

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s the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, ends in 2014, the paradigm of power shift being promoted by people of the North Senatorial zone and key leaders of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has taken a centre stage in Anambra politics. It is the contention of the North Senatorial district that the governorship should be zoned to them during the next election. The senatorial zone is made up of seven local government areas: Ogbaru, Oyi, Onitsha North, Onistha South, Anambra East, Anambra West and Ayamelum respectively.

Spearheading the campaign to have the governorship zoned to their area are key leaders such as Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnemeka Achebe; Justice P.A.C Obidigwe, former Chief Judge of Anambra State; Senator Emmanuel Anosike; traditional rulers from the towns in the zone; Omambala Union and host of other key protagonists of power shift to the North. Already, the restless North has received both the support of Governor Obi and the backing of APGA. They have argued that it is their turn to produce a governor that would replace Obi at the end of his second tenure in 2014. At the formal inauguration of Omambala Union at Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government in July, Justice Obidigwe stated that their desire to grab power and

rule the state in 2014 was derived from the fact that they had been marginalised by successive governments of the state. He also stated that the zone would no longer play a second fiddle role on the issue of who becomes the state governor in 2014. Justice Obidigwe contended that the zone has a lot of qualified and able people who would be positioned to vie for the top post in any party platform of their choice, adding that if any person ignored the people of Omambala in the next election, that would be to the person’s peril. However, as the zone has not produced a common candidate for the post, some prospective candidates, like the former commissioner for local government, Chief Dubem Obaze from Ogbaru, Senator CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

Delta lawmaker renders stewardship The member representing Isoko South constituency 1 in the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Benjamin Essien, has reiterated his commitment to the betterment of the lives of his. Essien who made the disclosure while rendering his stewardship to his people at the civic centre, Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South council area of the state, said in one year he had been able to build 6 classrooms and administration blocks at Ivrogbo-Irri, three modern classrooms for pupils and modern toilet facilities at Itimi Primary School, Irri. The legislator, who vowed to continue to carry his people along in the scheme of things, also disclosed that he had empowered his constituents with 28 vehicles worth N46.8 million and 178 motorbikes to females and a few males in his constituency worth N23.4 million. “I have also empowered 10 people with N200, 000 each to start various businesses. 92 indigenes comprising males and females in my constituency were equally given N100,000 each to start any trade of their choice. 136 indigenes equally got N50, 000 each across my constituency. 49 students of tertiary institutions within the state and outside were equally assisted with various sums of money to cushion the effects of their tuition fees, accommodation, feeding, among others. Students and other individuals received N20, 000 each as well as enlistments of some of my people into the armed forces, police and para- military.” According to the lawmaker, a total sum of N238.9 million had so far been spent, which include his election tribunal cases, vehicles, motorbikes and cash rewards.


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MUYIWA OYINLOLA Against the hope that the recently held public hearing on constitution review would give the nation an acceptable constitution, Yoruba National Assembly (YNA), says the exercise was a mere jamboree and incapable of yielding the desired result. Members of the group who converged on the Lagos residence of Dr. Tunde Braithwaite, last week, arrived at this position after evaluating the exercise. They concluded that it was an outright abuse and embarrassment to Nigerians, adding that it could not deliver the much-expected people’s constitution. The group, in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, held that the only solution to having a people’s oriented constitution that will be acceptable to all and sundry is through the convocation of a National Constitutional Conference. The communique read in part: “The meeting noted that citizens’ interest cannot be secured or guaranteed either as to their rights or development needs until they become stakeholders in their affairs. This can only come about through an agreement of the people on the manner and terms of government or in other words a constitution of the people. “The meeting held the view that the present constitutional amendment charade promoted in various zones by the National Assembly in place of a people’s constitution is an outright abuse and embarrassment to our people. This is apparent from the disorderly constitutional amendment meetings organised by the National Assembly to achieve wrong purposes, such as the intended undue extension of tenure of political office holders at the expense of the people. “The meeting resolved that without a constitution acceptable to the people of Nigeria, no election is valid, proper or even legitimate. Therefore, the Yoruba people in today’s meeting adopted this position that the participation in any further election until a people’s constitution is made is not only futile but utterly unacceptable.” Moreover, it also called on all Yoruba sons and daughters, especially those in the National Assembly to stop further participation in the ongoing constitution review exercise. The Yoruba nation has been at the vanguard of the convocation of SNC for over two decades, and successive governments have turned it down for fear that allowing it would destabilise and divide the country and perhaps break it up. It will be recalled that in October 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan, like his predecessors, ruled out the convocation of SNC. According to him, Nigeria “had gone beyond the call for the SNC and should be concerned about how to build a prosperous country”, he said, adding, “We have gone beyond asking how ethnic groups can live together. We will not allow history to hold us down. We have gone beyond the agitation for Sovereign National Conference.” But the convener of YNA, General Alani Akinrinale, former Chief of Defence Staff, believes that SNC is the solution to all the woes of the country. Speaking in defence of the agitation, Akinrinade in a recent interview disclosed, “All ethnic nationalities have complaints about how Nigeria is being run and only a national conference can resolve this. It is wrong to say that only the government has the sovereignty that empowers them to make a new constitution for Nigeria. When Nigeria is on its death bed, the ethnic nationalities, which are its doctors, will rescue it. “This house (Nigeria) is threatened and it needs not be so. There are very large nations in Nigeria differentiated by languages, cultures, traditions and territories. We have Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa-Fulani and other nations. They are large enough to constitute separate countries like those who have votes in the United Nations. But we are backward, unprogressive and illiterate. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 Emma Anosike, Surveyor Obianwu and others were alleged to have been discreetly campaigning to grab APGA’s governorship ticket. The aspirations of the North to produce the next helmsman after Obi raises the crucial question of whether they would succeed at the end of the adventure, considering the fact that very strong contenders from the Anambra Central and South senatorial zones, are also positioning themselves to grab the top post. The strong contenders from the South Senatorial zone include Dr Andy Uba; Professor Charles Soludo; Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu; Dr Obinna Uzor; Chief Ifeanyi Uba and Chief Godwin Ezeemo, publisher of the Orient Magazine. Stories are rife that these rich and influential people would contest for the governorship post in 2014, notwithstanding the position of the proponents of zoning. Also, from the Central Senatorial zone, Dr Chris Ngige is expected to make another attempt to grab the governorship post. It was gathered that these prospective candidates and others that would declare their interest later, as the election approaches, would give a serious challenge to the North’s wish to govern

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“The large size should be to the benefit of those in it and the world. If things go on like this, the prophecy of disintegration may come true. “It will not have mattered much who led the country, if there has been a good structure, backed by a good constitution. What is required is an equitable federation,” he averred. “Why should the Federal Government sit on enormous resources and fail to deliver on basic needs, such as security, electricity and infrastructural facilities? All the vehicles and equipment for the police are bought by governors. They do not have the budget for that, but, if they do not do it, there will be no security in their states. “In the spirit of non-negotiability, Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia, which led the Non-aligned Movement, collapsed. We don’t want Nigeria to unravel in a messy way. Till now, they are still trying people for war

crimes in Czechoslovakia. They cam and won medals. “Scotland may not leave Great Br This is a country that foisted unwork Ireland is autonomous. Wales is prepa Like the retired general, the late La ist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, was of th national tragedies is the fundamenta the process of determining every co ity. Our constitutional arrangements reflected the political, economic, socia the country. “The Sovereign National Conferen

Anambra: Which zone takes over

Anambra State. The philosophy of zoning of the governorship is a new innovation in Anambra politics. The nature of the state’s politics, especially as it relates to the contest for the governorship post since the creation of the state in 1991, is such that it had been characterised by an open contest and the struggle of the fittest among the interested candidates, irrespective of their places of origin. The senatorial zones of origin of the candidates did not matter. That was the prevailing situation in 1992 when Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, from the South Senatorial zone, became the state governor. The trend continued in 1999 when Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and from the same South won the election and functioned as the state governor till 2003, when his tenure expired and he was not re-elected. At the end of Mbadinuju’s tenure, Dr Chris Ngige, from the Central Senatorial zone became the governor, having been declared winner of the 2003 election by INEC. Dr Ngige functioned in

the capacity of governor for more than three years until his victory was quashed by the election tribunal and subsequently he was thrown out of office by the Court of Appeal which upheld the nullification of his election victory. With the termination of the tenure of Dr. Ngige, a new phase began in Anambra politics. The PDP lost power and Mr. Peter Obi of APGA and from the Central Senatorial zone took over as the new governor. Obi has functioned in that position for more than six years now, during which period he has made innovations and introduced changes in governance. One of the critical innovations introduced by Obi which has generated serious debate among critical observers of Anambra politics, borders on his campaign to have the governorship post zoned to the North Senatorial zone in 2014. Obi had during his recent working visit to Anambra East local council area urged the people to strive and present a strong and credible candidate that would receive his support during the election. Al-

ready, the Chairman of Pe isation and a key leader o Chief Sylvester Nwobu-A port for Obi’s desire to ha the North. He told Sunda port for the North was b Chief Nwobu-Alor, shedd was supporting the zoni to Anambra North said, “ we have felt that the area these years and we will j nate a candidate, but wh must be credible and hav ning election”. He disclos the governorship ticket to t ple have up till December candidate, otherwise the away from them. Among those who have on the desirability of zoni Anambra is Chairman of


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he Federal Government’s repeated acceptance of the huge problems and challenges besetting the country’s education sector, particularly President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent expression of regret on poor research output from tertiary institutions, in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyat Rufai, at an education innovations exhibition in Abuja, did not offer any fresh surprise. The government and the unions in tertiary institutions, especially the Academic Staff Unions of Universities, ASUU, have always been at loggerheads on the unflattering learning conditions in the institutions. Foremost in the unions’ agitations is alleged poor funding of higher education by the government, compared to the outstanding budgetary allocations for security and the bureaucracy. Also raised by ASUU were issues on the dearth of contemporary literature and well equipped laboratories in the universities, among others. Such criticisms had compelled the government to establish the Education Tax Fund, ETF, and other forms of interventionist bodies in the education sector, especially at the tertiary level. It is also noteworthy that the government had often convened national conferences to discuss the nature and dimensions of the education crisis in the country. The conferences, more often than not, end up disaggregating the education crisis, rather than perceiving the problem in a holistic sense. The logical approach should have been to confront the challenges right from the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, since they are interrelated and reinforcing. Besides, the government had excluded critical stakeholders, like ASUU, in the design and implementation of major conferences on tertiary education. It (the government) has its own perception of what the crisis is and how it should be resolved, hence the public impression that the FG simulates situations

and thoughts that produce predetermined results. The country is blessed with several research institutions. They include the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Cocoa Research Institute, Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research, Cereal Research Institute, Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research and others. These institutes are under specific government ministries which ought to service their annual budget needs for proper research in different disciplines. But in addition to the fact that the research institutions are poorly funded, like higher institutions, they are often duplicated, a development that leads to senseless competition, wasteful spending and confusion. Synergy between the research institutes and the manufacturing sector, on the one hand; and the government and institutes, on the other, is also poor. The FG has often demonstrated scant appreciation of science and the research culture; and seemed to be retaining the research institutes as mere bureaucratic structures. We think there ought to be clearcut linkages between the government and the economy, with the government providing the regulatory milieu and defining the relevant rules that facilitate production. It is the bounden duty of any government desirous of accelerated economic development to create superstructures, including research institutions; provide road maps and lead the thought process in the economy. The economy itself is essentially the production domain and thrives on the mix of production factors. It is sustained and expanded by the intellect of the state and its institutions. The economy provides the revenue that feeds government institutions and superstructures. Thus, the government’s complaints about declining education standard and regressing research output are the direct consequences of its equally poor leadership in education, research

and the economy. The persisting Nigerian situation, however, is not only about the poor linkage between the government and the economy, but government’s manifest incapacity to regulate the public domain and guarantee the kind of hospitable and secure environment needed for meaningful production to occur. The Nigerian economy relies heavily on self-help and internal research efforts with the least government involvement, for instance. Such an economy can scarcely generate the kind of resources the government expects of it. Indeed, the resources seem to be disappearing. Our position is that the twin challenges of the education sector and poor research output would involve recreating the research institutions, evolving a dynamic, coherent and viable science and technology policy; and reconciling the economy with research institutions and the educational system. The challenges are daunting and require a new perception of education and development by the governing elite that appear rudderless because of its reliance more on petro-dollars than developing quality human capital. Also inevitable is the government’s iron cast determination and commitment to adequately fund all levels of education and research efforts, with proper supervision to ensure the achievement of desired results. The dependent nature of the economy seems a major reason the government should not trifle with tertiary education and research, and align them with the country’s development plans. Contrary to the temporary succour oil money promises, the country’s growth, development and prosperity would be better guaranteed and sustained when they are internally driven with the right calibre of human capital, quality research and a stable technology policy that can drive indigenous technology breakthroughs and economic independence.

Reminiscences DECEMBER 2 IN HISTORY 1956: Castro, others embark on Cuban revolution The yacht Granma arrived on the shores of Cuba after travelling from Mexico where Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the Cuban Revolution movement disembarked to begin the Cuban Revolution. 1969: Boeing 747 receives airworthiness The Boeing 747 (often known as Jumbo Jet) a long-haul, wide body commercial airliner, received its FAA airworthiness certificate, paving the way for its introduction into commercial service in 1970. 1971: United Arab Emirates formed The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formed as a federation from the seven emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain became one united country, which has evolved into a modern, high-income nation. 1982: Doctors perform first artificial heart implant Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark. The artificial heart used was designed by Robert Jarvik, the Jarvik-7. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device. 1990: Chad’s Hissène Habré overthrown President Hissène Habré of Chad was ousted by Idriss ‘Cowboy of the Sands’ Déby in a military coup. 2006: Raúl Castro attends military parade Raul Castro attended a military parade which started with the Cuban national anthem and a multiple cannon fire salute. He talked about the government’s willingness to negotiate with the United States and made no reference to his brother, Fidel’s, health, and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the revolution. It was Fidel Castro’s 80th birthday. 2011: US - Honda to recall over 300,000 vehicles Honda announced that it will be recalling 313,000 Honda Civics and Accords built between 2001 and 2003 and sold mostly in the US and Canada. This was after findings that the vehicles could have airbags that malfunction. The malfunction in the airbags could cause them to inflate with too much pressure to the point that they burst causing injuries or even death to the passengers.


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nce upon a time in this great country, the sight of the green uniform was a source of inspiration to a sizeable number of people. You would love the smart fatigue on a well-built frame. You would enjoy watching the column of well set soldiers on Independence Day parade. The orderly stepping of the jackboot, the drills, the creative way of using the rifles, the hard focused looks, the orders from the commanders, the martial music and the displays were not just a sight or beauty to behold; they also gave ample confidence to people and were a source of pride to the nation. What was particularly delightful was the variety of smart colours: blue for the air force, immaculate white for the Navy, green for the ‘almighty’ Army, black-upon-ash of the Mobile Police, and the not-particularlyinspiring all-black of the regular Police. The first three always stood out, while the Army was the main focus because they were more often in the news. During and after their adventure in national politics, they have always been in the news accomplishing tasks and keeping the peace in the region, continent and world. And they had always returned with laurels or accolades for great accomplishments. The show of the armed forces, despite their misadventure in public governance, still inspired many of us to nurse the ambition to join the army, navy or air force. They were much respected and in most cases revered because of their awe-inspiring conduct.

The fear of the forces was the beginning of ‘moral and political wisdom’. No matter the extent of social decadence or crisis, once the armed forces were involved, there would be calm. Whatever the police were struggling to contain was the easiest task of the army to handle. The regular people feared the forces. Armed robbers would not dare the forces. Rioters fled from the presence of the army. Insurgents would not dare the army. Members of the armed forces were no-nonsense people who would apply brute or excess force in any situation. We cannot forget so soon the street treatment of the ordinary man in the ‘mad dog and bloody civilian’ syndrome of the 1990s. We can still recall the treatment of the Abiolas (the clan of the late billionaire, MKO) by the Nigerian Navy in Lagos in the early 1990s. Also, an attack on a soldier was an attack on all soldiers and was never taken lightly by the army, who, fired by the principle of espirit de corps, seeks and smokes out the culprits. The sense of solidarity was so strong that the army would protect the police, the navy would protect the airforce, and vice versa. Such solidarity was the backbone of the collective action in Odi, Bayelsa State in 1999, when the army on the orders of their Commander-in-Chief, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo went to retaliate the brutal murder of servicemen by ethnic militias. The same factor was instrumental in the Zaki Biam, Benue State response of the army in 2003 after the savage killing of 17 soldiers in the line of duty to contain the fratricidal Tiv-Jukun conflict. The armed forces would not take any nonsense from any group of people. And they were partly justified in that regard because they should be the ultimate source of national security and as such their sacred image must never be in any way compromised. They must not be vulnerable or deemed by anyone or group as susceptible. But what does it look like in recent times? Civilians target and slaughter men of the armed forces at will. Soldiers are targets and preys of ethnic and religious militias, armed

robbers and any vicious group of persons. No one seems to fear the army any longer. What more, solidarity even seems dead as soldiers and police now betray and fight to the point of killing one another. Even soldiers are now identified to be accomplices to criminals, like it was in the case of the soldiers of the Special Task Force (STF) in the Mikel Obi’s father kidnap saga in Jos. A policeman was reportedly identified by one of the victims of the last week bar mass murder in Barkin Ladi, Plateau State. The soldiers have become so vulnerable now that robbers and militants now take the ‘war’ to their very doorsteps. The Force Headquarters in Abuja was invaded by a common one-man suicide squad last year. So many police stations have been successfully attacked by civilians in the last one year. Robbers have sacked some police stations in Lagos, Eastern part of the country and of course in the North. Customs, Immigration and Prisons offices in the North have been under siege. The most incredible but embarrassing attacks were the last week terrorist onslaught on the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State and the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters in Abuja. The Command and Staff College is the apex institution for the training of Nigerian military officers. Officers who do not attend Sandhurst, Aldershot or military schools in India or the United States for additional military training have a fitting alternative in Jaji. Many if not all officers (retired or still serving today) must have passed through Jaji. Jaji is thus the source of the strength and success stories of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It must be impregnable to external assault, and of course never be a prey for ordinary domestic insurgents. But it came under attack. SARS is the factory for the production of those stern-looking, physically well-built plain-clothes policemen who carry out coordinated operations against robbery in the country. SARS is the clearing house and logistics headquarters for serious operations. SARS should be the last place any criminal should think of attacking. But it came under attack and the invincible and

dynamic SARS personnel were overpowered while the cell gates were reportedly flung open for hardened criminals. Too many policemen and soldiers have been killed by terrorist groups, rioters, robbers; by ordinary criminal civilians! The Nigerian military has been demystified. President Obasanjo was right after all that the present administration had not done enough in combating the festering insecurity until it degenerated to this ridiculous level in which soldiers are easy preys. A Civil War hero, General Shuwa who fought to keep Nigeria one was even recently killed like an ordinary chicken in his home. A Major-General was also killed by robbers under a bridge in Lagos some two months ago. It is that bad! This is anarchy starring us in the face. And yet we all seem unperturbed. The Nigerian military needs to first and foremost restore its image, honour and dignity, and then protect it very jealously. We are losing confidence in the armed forces, and we are seriously and sincerely embarrassed by the shameful killing of soldiers and attack on army and police formations. It is damn ludicrous and unpardonable. The killing of General Shuwa alone is clear enough that the perpetrators of the evil deserve war from the armed forces. They should not be spared. The murder of the Major-General and police officers in parts of the nation almost every day means that there is need for decisive and coordinated action against robbers, kidnappers and terrorists. It should be total war against them to stop the criminals and deter others. But if these things continue unabated, that means this government has failed. And if the many retired Generals and police officers are still around enjoying the golf courses, sedate country homes and officers messes, doing nothing to stop it, that means they have labored in vain and, and surely do not deserve any honour in the land, and may soon be next to be wasted by these dare-devils. •Dr. Folarin teaches Politics and Inernational Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.

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n 2009, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) resolved to check the spread of HIV in Nigeria by focusing on the prevention of new infections. Its major area of emphasis was motherto-child HIV transmission, which reportedly accounted for a large percentage of the cases. The Director-General of NACA, Prof. John Idoko, said that Nigeria had the largest burden of mother-to-child HIV transmission in the world. He said that 70,000 children were born with the virus yearly, while virtually all of them received no treatment in the first three years of their lives. Idoko noted that the global theme for the World AIDS Day from 2011 to 2015 was ``Getting to Zero.’’ He said that the theme, which was selected by the World AIDS Campaign, was endorsed by the United Nations (UN). The World AIDS Day is celebrated on Dec.1 of every year, while the focus of the World AIDS Campaign has been on three goals: ``zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths’’. ``In order to achieve the first zero in Nigeria, we need to look at the issues of HIV prevention with specific focus on Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT),’’ Idoko said. He gave the assurance that Nigeria had

the relevant technology that could provoke a 100-per-cent interruption of vertical HIV transmission, which he described as the transmission of the virus from a HIV-positive pregnant woman to the unborn child. ``The country’s focus on the 2012 World AIDS Day is on the elimination of motherto-child transmission of HIV, in line with the national target of achieving 90 per cent coverage for PMTCT, as stated in the National Strategic Plan 2010-2015. ``The significance of this focus is hinged on the availability of technology that will enable HIV-positive parents to have HIVfree children and the possibility of using pregnant women to generate public interest in HIV testing in households,’’ he said. Idoko said that the World AIDS Campaign’s focus on the third zero (zero AIDSrelated deaths) signified a push towards greater access to treatment for all. ``It is a call to honour promises like the Abuja Declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV,” he added. Idoko, however, stressed that Nigeria should address perceptible gaps in HIV treatment, pointing out that less than 500,000 HIV-positive persons were currently assessing antiretroviral therapy, out of the over 1,500,000 persons who needed the treatment. He, nonetheless, noted that a significant progress had been achieved in 2012, particularly in the scale-up of the PMTCT pilot exercise, which was ongoing in 12 states and the FCT.

Idoko noted that the exercise received support from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and the Children Investment Fund Foundation of UK. Besides, the Journalists Alliance for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (JAP), a non-governmental organisation, in September pledged that it would strengthen its advocacy role in efforts to ensure that babies were born HIV-free. Mr Sola Ogundipe, the National Coordinator of JAP, expressed the hope that the group’s advocacy role would further boost efforts to articulate a sustainable mother-tochild HIV transmission prevention policy for Nigeria. He, nonetheless, stressed the need to sustain existing HIV programmes, as donor agencies were increasing withdrawing their sponsorships. ``We, as a country, must look inwards for sustainable funding arrangements,’’ he added. Nevertheless, Mr David Diai, a member of JAP, said that Nigeria had not created sufficient public awareness on PMTCT. He suggested that community media strategies should also be employed in the public awareness creation efforts. Diai argued that women, particularly those in the rural areas, ought to have proper information on mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention strategies. Another member of the group, Mrs Ify Onyegbule, however, noted that the stigmatisation of people living with HIV and AIDS had been a major hindrance to the fight

against the disease in the country. ``Although the issue of stigma is reducing but we need to do more to help expectant mothers to have access to HIV treatment so as to enable them to give birth to babies who are HIV-free,’’ she said. On his part, Mr Victor Ogbodo of Family Health International underscored the need to involve men in the PMTCT programme. Ogbodo said that HIV-positive expectant mothers would be more willing to access the PMTCT therapy if their husbands were involved. He stressed the need for a behavioural change by Nigerians; saying that the stigmatisation of persons living with the virus in the society would frustrate efforts to make the country HIV-free. ``We need to tackle the menace of stigma because it is the biggest challenge we are facing in the fight against HIV and AIDS,’’ he added. In 2011, UNAIDS launched a campaign, ``Believe it; Do it’’, which is aimed at ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring that HIV-positive mothers remain healthy. Dr Abiola Davies, a UNICEF HIV Specialist, said that a report of UNAIDS in 2011 indicated that globally, Nigeria alone accounted for 21 per cent of new infections in children. Davis said that the government should mobilise and educate women on motherto-child HIV transmission prevention strategies. •Ofili is of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)


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Applause LIFESTYLE, FASHION & ENTERTAINMENT DECEMBER 2, 2012

As a drummer, I’m appreciated more in Europe –Tosin Olakanye-Olayemi Oluwatosin Olakanye-Olayemi is the Project Director Mother-Drum Arts. She studied Chemical and Polymer Engineering at the Lagos State University. Some call this music icon, Ayanbinrin, others refer to her as Mother-Drum of Africa (‘IyaIlu’). She tells Adaeze Amos in this interview what makes her tick in an art that is male-dominated, among others. me wide. When I performed in Europe, they were so amazed. They rushed, wanting to touch my drum and after my performance, a white woman told me to sell my drum to her. She was ready to buy it at any price. I said no, that was my identity, my culture and my art. In fact, I’m appreciated more in Europe.

You are called many beautiful names based on what you do. Which of the names do you prefer? I’m a female talking drummer. That is the way I see myself.

music. My dad loved King Sunny Ade, Pa Orlando Owoh and Haruna Ishola music. The love for such music actually led to the kind of music I’m doing now. I grew up listening to the indigenous music. I hail from Ondo State.

What was your field of study in the university? I studied Chemical and Polymer Engineering at the Lagos State University. In my third year in the university, I decided to pick up drumming because I had always wanted to be a Theatre Arts person though my parents never wanted it. They asked me to study Engineering because I was good in Mathematics. Thank God I ended up discovering myself and now I’m doing what I would have loved to do at the initial stage.

Was your grandmother a talking drummer? No, but my great-grand-paternal uncle used to be a drummer. It runs in the blood. My parents are glad I’m doing this now and sometimes I tell them they wasted my time. But I no longer see it as a waste of time because I still see myself doing what I would have loved to do. I thank God I didn’t end up an engineer, though that is what I am professionally.

How was growing up? I grew up in a family that really loved indigenous

Where has your drum taken you to? It has taken me far and wide…outside Nigeria, Africa, London, America, South Africa and Ghana. It has taken

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You teach female university undergraduates how to beat the talking drum; what informed this? I’m just trying to empower women. I’m a pace setter, a leader and an ambassador of culture. The little way I can contribute in the society is to empower women. I see that some women want to learn but they don’t want a male tutor. I decided to come in and fill up the gap and give them the opportunity to be what they want to be in future. I teach students from different universities. I actually wanted more female students to come and let’s do this together. We should encourage women. If the people up there can help one or two women, we would be empowered and not be slaves anymore. We would have a voice. Women should not just be baby-making factories and bed-warming machines. We have talents and things inside us that we can use to contribute to the development of our country and even to the whole world. I’m just giving a helping hand to girls, and women. I have a woman in my class who is 70 years old. She wants to learn how to drum because she wants to be playing it in her church. When you say women should be empowered so that we wouldn’t be enslaved; are women actually enslaved? Women are built in so many ways. People believe that women are weaker vessels. As much as that could be right, we are intellectuals, precious and have something inside us. We should not be neglected; we should have a voice, a contribution and be carried along in societal issues. As much as we respect the men as our heads, we should not be neglected as people that should be there to make babies. We should be given the opportunity to express ourselves. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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‘I am endowed with poise and elegance’ Barbara Jemide studied Building Technology at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria but fashion designing has a fascination for her. The Managing Director, Zibani, told Adaeze Amos why it is unnecessary to follow vogue sheepishly. Do you see yourself as a fashionista? Yes, I’m a fashionista because I’m always looking good. For me, fashion is all about looking good, being comfortable in what you wear. Sometimes, people wear some very glamorous outfits, yet they don’t have the carriage. That confidence is not even there. You could however wear an outfit that is so simple but your carriage would actually bring out the beauty in the fabric and style. Where do you fit in? I’m endowed with poise and elegance. I don’t like to flow with the tide. Of course, as a fashion designer, you try to check what the trend is and work with it. In doing that, you have to make things comfortable for yourself and the clients. What do you have to say about sticking to styles that are in vogue? For ladies who feel they must wear everything that they see on people, they should first seek for the advice of their fashion designer. You should put the choice of your fabric into consideration too. You could bring your own fabric and want to copy a design and they might not flow. Inasmuch as you try to copy the design, it might give you the same thing because of different kinds of fabric. How about colours? That also has to do with colours because some people just see a red ensemble on someone and a very black woman wants to wear something red. It might not just go well with her and you just find out that though the outfit is very nice, it might not sit well on her and the purpose of the fabric/outfit is defeated. When you are set for red carpet event, how do you go about it? I try to make pieces that are not common. I try to make my own pieces that people would know definitely is not copied. Are you a trendy kind of fashionista? I don’t follow trends or vogue. I just like to wear things that are very comfortable. Things I know would make me stand out. What did you study? I studied Building Technology at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. I graduated in 1998. What are you doing in the fashion world? It’s passion that brought me into the fashion world. When people say ‘you are supposed to be constructing building’, I do tell them that, well, I’m constructing outfits; it’s still the same thing I’m constructing. I love what I’m doing. What are the common fashion blunders? Sometimes, it’s mixing of colours. You really have to study your fabric and know what colour you want to mix with it. Don’t say because you want to follow the trend, then you must have that colour or that texture of fabric. What thrills you about fashion? I love to see women look good. Fashion has a way of making one happy. I mean if you are well dressed, if your outfit sits well on you, there is this confidence that it brings in you. You can stand out, no matter how simple it is. You stand and you feel very comfortable because you know that you are prepared for whatever comes.

‘Women aren’t bed-warming machines’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Are you happy being a woman? Yes, I am. I’m proud to be a woman and if I would have to come back, I would like to be a woman. I’m proud to be African a black and a Nigerian. Even though people imbibe other cultures, we should never neglect what is ours. If we don’t propagate what we have, nobody is going to do that for us. What’s your dress sense? I try to blend African attire with the western one. The trend is moving, even culture is dynamic, so you must move with the trend. As much as I want to put on my jeans, I still want to have something African on me. What is your style signature? I’m always having my ‘Suku’ hairdo. It’s my identity. You must see something African you would appreciate in me. Are you married? Yes, I am. I give God the glory, I have an understanding husband who is 100 per cent supportive of what I’m doing. When you tour the world to perform, does he go with you? Sometimes he does. Not all the time... What attracted you to your husband when you met him? I met him when he was graduating and I was getting into Lagos State University. He had finished his five years course. He studied Mechanical Engineering. I went in for Chemical and Polymer Engineering. When I was in 100-level, he was graduating. I would say that he is somebody that knows what he wants. That is the first criterion that actually made me choose him. He was ready to give me all the support I needed. I believe in giving a chance to a man who supports your dream, and he is not unnecessarily jealous. How do you cope with fans that want to get intimate with you? I don’t go beyond my boundary. I draw a line between my family and the work. When I’m working, I’m Ayanbinrin (female drummer) and once I’m off the stage, you don’t just come to me anyhow. I will tell you that Ayanbinrin ends on the stage. Once I step out of stage and my costumes are off, I become Tosin, the lady my husband married. I don’t mix my personalities. I also tell my hubby that he is married to Tosin not ‘Ayanbinri’ and when I’m doing my ‘Ayanbinri’ thing, he doesn’t interfere. When I’m off stage, I try to take care of the kids. It’s normal for my fans to want something intimate from me because most of my fans are males and they want to be really close. It is I that would determine the rule of the game. Would you want your kids to take up what you are doing? I would actually want my daughter to take up what I’m doing because it’s been fun, but she is not showing interest. It is my son that is interested. What thrills you? My drum; that is also what drives me. When I make people happy, I’m also happy. Does what you do fetch you enough money? Of course yes. I travel out of the country a lot to perform. I go for festivals. I do a lot of stage performances and that brings money. It’s fun, I’m enjoying it and it is paying too.


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Cocktail Whispers

Stories by Olumide Segun-Oduntan

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DECEMBER 2, 2012

Joseph Benjamin’s best kept secret

Rotimi Makinde finds love again If the information at Cocktail Whispers disposal is anything to go by, then Hon. Rotimi Makinde may have caught the love bug even though it is happening for the second time. According to the gist reaching this column, just months after he parted ways with his ex-wife, the politician representing Ife Central in the House of Representatives has fallen in love with a 23-yearold student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Oyebanke Oyelami. Although they met a few months ago, it was gathered that Makinde is so smitten If the information at Cocktail with Oyelami and their romance is so Whispers disposal is anything to go serious that they are said to be making by, then Hon. Rotimi Makinde may preparations for wedding soon. have caught the love bug even though it Interestingly, while the lawmaker is happening for the second time. recently bagged the chieftaincy tiAccording to the gist reaching this coltle of Bobagunwa of Ila Oragun, umn, just months after he parted ways with his new lover is a beauty queen his ex-wife, the politician representing Ife and the reigning Miss Osun. Central in the House of Representatives has However, while the House fallen in love with a 23-year-old student of Obaof Representatives memfemi Awolowo University, Oyebanke Oyelami. ber may be enjoying his Although they met a few months ago, it was being shot by Cupid’s arrow, his romance with his soon-tobe bride has already set tongues w a g ging.

Do you know that event host, Joseph Benjamin was at one time a married man with kids? Well, if your answer to that is ‘no’ then you are not alone. At least the popular Project Fame host did a good of hiding the fact that he was married until he finally came out with it recently. While it may come as a shock to many, Benjamin was actually married a while back. But he is back to being single as he is currently separated from his ex-wife and mother of his two children. Cocktail Whispers learnt that Benjamin was in an ‘odd situation’ some years back when he got his then girlfriend preggathered that Makinde is so smitten nant. But because he did not want to with Oyelami and their romance is so have a child outside wedlock, he deserious that they are said to be making cided to wed the lady and they evenpreparations for wedding soon. tually had two lovely kids. Interestingly, while the lawmaker reHowever, the popular show cently bagged the chieftaincy title of Boanchor remained married for bagunwa of Ila Oragun, his new lover is a only eight years. Accordbeauty queen and the reigning Miss Osun. ing to him, there were isHowever, while the House of Representasues that brought about tives member may be enjoying his being shot crisis in his marriage by Cupid’s arrow, his romance with his soon-tothereby making him be bride has already set tongues wagging. to separate from his former wife. In fact, he has parted ways with her for about a year now.

Sumbo Ajaba denies dating Lagos pastor

Is Falilat Ogunkoya stocking up for festive season? It appears that Olympic medalist, Falilat Ogunkoya is stocking up for the coming festive season. At least, that was the impression some people got when they saw her recently. Falilat, who was the first Nigerian to win two medals in the same Olympics, was spotted recently at Shoprite, Lekki in Lagos. It became obvious to many who saw the popular sport personality that she was really there to

do some serious shopping after she spent a long time at the shopping centre. According to some of those who spotted her, the amiable sport woman seemed to have visited Shoprite in preparation for the forthcoming holiday season. But one thing that appeared to be obvious was that she enjoyed the long time she spent shopping recently.


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Eviction fever grips Next Movie Star housemates Inside the Next Movie Star House, a thick cloud of anxiety hangs over the remaining housemates after two bouts of evictions hit them within one week. Four of the prospective actors, Alabi Folake, Tonia Ese Oria-Arebun, Ifovboa Ehijemen Jude and Esigbone Ejiro Kingsley, were evicted from the show in one fell swoop. Adducing reasons for the eviction, the associate producer, Uche Sam-Anyamele said, “At this point, the housemates are aware that not all of them can make it to the finals. Evictions have to happen and nobody is immune from it. More so, the fate of each housemate is in the hands of the teeming viewers of the show, not the organisers.” He said further that the evicted quartet failed to live up to expectations when it mattered most, which did not go unnoticed by the viewers. “Their votes in the Veteran actor, Chika Okpala (middle); General Manager, GOtv, Mrs. Elizabeth Amkpa and week under review were very low and another representative of GOtv during the launch in Enugu therefore had to be evicted,” Sam-Anyamele averred. Speaking after the eviction, Ejiro, a 500 level student of University of Benin, said, Television viewers in the Coal City, Enugu are in for feel-good “I didn’t expect my journey here (NMS) to moments as M&M can reveal that GOtv, the newest pay television end so soon, but I must confess that I have service on the latest Digital Video Broadcast (DVB-T2) technolgained a lot in the past few weeks; from ogy has now been launched in the state. the training and grooming to being in the GOtv deploys the latest DVB-T2 standard technology which House proper, it has been a worthwhile Shakirah leapfrogs the outdated T1 system that is still been utilized by experience.” some pay television services in the digital migration process. Hardly had the remaining housemates The DVB-T2 technology allows for up to 21 channels per frequency come to terms with this sudden turn of while the DVB-T1 only allows for 12 channels per frequency. events than another eviction hit them. With the DVB-T2 technology therefore, GOtv gives viewers a This time, Chimezie Okeke and Million dramatic improvement on the dividend of terrestrial frequencies. Santong, were the unlucky duo. They were It offers subscribers the most advanced technology and broadcast equally evicted after recording low votes. system in Africa and the rest of world to date, and currently the only Interestingly, voluptuous Million, esdigital television pay service on DVB-T2 technology in Nigeria. pecially, had become a viewers’ favourite First launched in Ibadan in 2011, GOtv offers great family enterwith her matronly outlook and dispotainment channels and viewers will be able to enjoy selected local and sition; her exit, being one of the most international channels in the comfort of their homes. painful for the housemates. But, like “GOtv is uniquely placed to become the home of African television. Chigbufue Bridget said, “It is all We firmly believe that there is enough rich content created here on the a game. Some people will continent to make a case for packaging great African entertainment and lose and some will win, we have committed ourselves to making this a reality thus, offering chaneverybody cannels made in Africa for Africa”, said the General Manager of GOtv Nigenot win the ria, Mrs. Elizabeth Amkpa. NMS.” Tonia She concluded by saying that GOtv will be giving out the grid antenna for free to early subscribers in Enugu. M&M learnt that subscribers to GOtv would have access to news, children’s programming, documentaries, series, sport, and movies. Some of the channels that will be available to GOtv subscribers in Enugu include AfricaMagic Movies, AfricaMagic World, AfricaMagic Yoruba, AfricaMagic Hausa, E! Entertainment, DiscovA s ery World, eTV Africa, Select Sports, Al Jazeera, 2012 is fast CNN, Channel O, Disney Junior, Kiddrawing to an end, Wale Adsco, Islam Channel, One enuga Productions Limited, pro- mance Gospel and Sound ducer of multi award-winning TV there will City amongst programmes - Superstory, This be his best ever and has others. Life, Papa Ajasco & Co. and Nnena stated that he is looking forward pany, Ni& Friends TV Show, is now putting to having an awesome time with geria’s No. 1 Comedy Group finishing touches on a plan to en- thousands of fans there. sure that all families are treated to Nnena, a versatile artiste, who will be there to perform top family entertainment this De- is adored by kids and teens all over live on stage with their cember at this year’s edition of the the country, will be hosting the unique brand of comedy. 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Great faith delivers great expectation by Pastor Adeboye

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he present spate of persecution of Christians in the country should not be perceived in the context of what is obtained in the Arab world and other Islamised parts of the world, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, has declared. Bishop Kukah`s position was contained in his lecture delivered at a conference on Contemporary Christian Martyrs `Seed of the Church`, Notre Dame, USA. The topic for his lecture was ‘Persecution of Christians in Africa: Contexts, Contents and Opportunities’. Outlining the fundamental issues responsible for Christians’ persecution, the bishop noted that the subject matter must be addressed along with other forms of persecution and assault on the dignity of the human person, especially in the developing world. Using Nigeria as the principal focus of his presentation, Bishop Kukah who is also the Nigerian Bishops Conference Episcopal Chairman on Interreligious Dialogue, spoke on the origins of religious persecution and the historical circumstances that have led to this suffering by Christians, especially in Africa. Speaking on the Nigeria situation, the bishop remarked: `While I believe there is persecution of Christians around the world, I notice that Nigeria ranks as one of the countries where Christians are being persecuted. It is my view that we need to clarify the issues around what we face in Nigeria....` Using some incidents of the Boko Haram-induced bomb attacks of Christian churches, particularly in the northern part of the country, Bishop Kukah said: `We must not confuse the visible manifestations of the severe weakness of a failing state, shown visibly in its incapacity to restrain and punish the criminal aggressor and then use it to measure the relation between Christians and Muslims as is often stated in the case of Nigeria. He added: `With the Nigerian President being a practising Christian, with some 22 out of his 36 governors being Christians (10 are Catholics), with the security chiefs almost all being Christians, it is

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eneral Overseer of Christ Victory Life Church International, Dr. Napoleon Obayojie, at the weekend called on the Federal Government to dialogue with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. He however warned that any condition to mold the country into one reli-

Revival Assembly holds convention Activities marking the 22nd anniversary and annual fire convention of the Revival Assembly will hold from December 14 to 17, at the church’s headquarters, Revival Miracle Cathedral at Cocoa Road, Ogba, Lagos. The four-day event is divided into two sessions; morning and evening, each day. The morning session begins at 9 while the evening session holds from 6. This year’s convention, will feature foremost international gospel minister, singer, and prophet, Dr. Juanita Bynum, alongside other gospel acts like South Africa-based singer, Uche Agu, and Nigeria’s Chioma Jesus. It promises to be an exciting, powerful and spirit-filled convention with life-transforming experience. It will also feature salvation, healing, miracle and praise jamz from both local and international acts. Overseer of the Revival Assembly, Apostle Anselm Madubuko.

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difficult to speak about the persecution of Christians as if they were merely vulnerable, defenceless and weak part of the society. Pointing out that the form of Christian persecution in northern Nigeria can be remedied through honest dialogue, Bishop Kukah stated further; `In August this year, the governors of the 19 Northern states which are largely the theatre for the violence set up a committee of persons drawn from the different states to examine the issues of the crises in the northern states and to proffer solutions.` He added, “It is for me instructive that I, a Catholic Bishop, have been appointed by the governor of Sokoto State, the seat of the Caliphate as the Muslims like to say, to represent Sokoto State at the said committee. Throughout the entire crisis, all the Catholic Bishops in the affected areas have been unanimous in both condemning the violence but also stating clearly

that the violence is not about religion.` Summarising the Nigerian situation, Bishop Kukah said: `I personally have serious reservations as to whether we can classify what is happening in Nigeria as the persecution of Christians in the way and manner that this conference frames the issues. Furthermore, the claims and attribution of martyrdom to the victims seems to be too hasty and does not do justice to the theology of martyrdom as we understand it.` He added, “To appreciate the Nigerian situation, it is important to note the nature of the configuration and balkanisation of the Nigerian state from colonial times to the present. We must appreciate the context of the convulsion and the violence that have become part and parcel of life in Nigeria. We must see these as part of the process of development and growth, though avoidable and unacceptable as the violence is.”

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gion should not be considered. Speaking with journalists during his bishopric consecration and dedication of the church auditorium, in Abuja, the retired Army officer-turned cleric equally supported the use of the military to tackle the security challenges posed by the sect. According to him, “there is no way we can separate force from defence. The

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military can be called upon to defend the nation and through that cause, definitely, there is going to be loss of lives. Even when we fought the civil war, deliberately, we were not looking for people to kill but in the course of defending the integrity and unity of the nation, anybody who stood on the way to stop the defence, pays for it. It is better for one person to CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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Holy Fire Evangelical Church (Miracle Child) has concluded plans to hold its ninth year convention tagged, ‘Celebration.’ The programme is billed to start on Thursday December 6, between 9 a.m. and noon for morning session, and at 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for evening session. It is expected to end on Sunday, December 9. The event is scheduled along Plot 1, Ogudu Phase 2, opposite MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, Estate Bus Stop, Alapere, Lagos. The programme is expected to feature seminars/ministers’ conference, Holy Fire Mass Choir and word explosion, among others. Speaking to journalists, the chief host, Rev. Edward Benson, who doubles as the presiding Bishop-elect said God gave this year’s theme to bless all ahead of 2013.

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Cleric urges dialogue with Boko Haram CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 die than for the whole nation to go down.” On the ‘Odi option’, he said, “I don’t think there was any option that would be better than that. For the enemy, they have seen it that Nigeria is not joking. During the civil war, many of my mates and colleagues died for Nigeria to be one. We cannot play and toy with that. “The Federal Government has told us that the Boko Haram members have no face and so they don’t have the people to negotiate with. We are preaching peace and there should be peace everywhere. “If Boko Haram members are ready for peace, government should enter into dialogue with them. They should dialogue with them and discuss reasonable, the things that will make Nigeria to be progressing. “But as a Christian, I do not believe that everybody in Nigeria must become a Christian. A Muslim is my friend and my brother. Nigeria must not be tailored along one particular religion or people. I believe that if we all come together and reason together, Nigeria will move forward.” Napoleon also stated that despite the challenges facing the country as a nation, hope still beckons. He said, “Nigeria is heading there; the problem is that where we are coming from is too deep. We have been plunged into a deep ocean. So it is now that we are rising. After all, the democracy is very young compared with other advanced nations. “Right now, we are seeing great politicians and those who are ready to serve the nation coming in and I am very sure that very soon, Nigeria will witness a turn around and it will become a better place”.

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eneral Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has urged all to attend this year’s edition of the popular annual inter-denominational Christian spiritual feast of the church, tagged: ‘Holy Ghost Congress’, with their enemies.

Delivering a sermon with the theme: ‘Great Expectation’ at this month’s Holy Ghost Service at the Redemption Camp grounds, in Ogun state, the cleric as-

sured that this year’s congress slated to hold between December 15 and 20, promises to be filled with multiple signs and wonders. Towards this end, the regular monthly Holy Ghost service of the RCCG on the first Friday has been cancelled. According to Daddy G.O., as Adeboye is fondly called, “next month, there will be no Holy Ghost service on the first Friday, instead we are having our congress, it is from December 10 to 15. The theme is SIGNS AND WONDERS. The congress of

this year is going to be one of its kinds; it will be a kind of congress you have never seen before. Beginning from Monday, signs and wonders will multiply. If I were you I will tell all my friends, relatives and even all my enemies that from December 10 to 15, they should make sure they are here. “You could say there is no problem; I can watch it from the television or on the internet, sure! But let me assure you there that there are certain things camera cannot transmit, there is

nothing like a personal touch. If you are far away, we can understand, you are in Papua New Guinea, or in Australia and you don’t have the means of travelling down, we can understand. If you are able to come, but chose to sit down at home, the blessing of coming can never be the same as the blessing transmitted by any means at all. If I were you, I will just make sure I won’t miss a single day and the Almighty God will surprise you in Jesus’ name,” he urged.

Use your talent well, by Olusore Your talent is God’s gift for you to possess and dominate your world; so use it well. This is the kernel of this exhortation by Pastor Israel Olusore, General Overseer, Livinglight International Church.Excerpts:

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hy a lot of people are running about in a circle is because they have stepped into where they ought not to be. Then Uzziah became furious because he had a sensor in his hand to burn incense and while he was angry with the priest, leprosy broke out on his fore head, before the Priests in the house of the Lord and beside the incense altar. And Azzaraiah the chief Priest and all the priests looked at him and there on his forehead, he was leprous; so, they thrust him out of the place. Indeed, he also hurried to get out because the Lord had struck him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. May your blessing never be corrupted. God wants to bless us, but there is the need for us to be cautious. Somebody might say ‘I am not leprous.’ Whatever makes you not to live life to the fullest is a sign of leprosy. That is social leprosy; you can’t stand before men, you cannot stand in the community of men. You are always looking down, always hiding from your colleagues. You are not even ready to pick calls. You are changing telephone line like water. That

is social leprosy. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of dominion that influences and cannot be influenced. Mathew 6: 33 states, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Our Kingship and dominion cannot be attained outside the kingdom of God. Though the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom, it is what controls everything. The spiritual controls the physical. God has given us what it takes to possess that kingdom, but we have a duty to make use of it. You are equipped to possess and occupy it. The Bible says, “…and he delivered unto them His goods.” That is the kingdom. God made Uzziah King over Israel, but his sphere of influence extended to Egypt and to Philistine. God has given you all it takes to occupy your allotted kingdom. But have you used it? However, we all determine our sphere of influence and affluence. You determine your sphere of kingdom. The Bible states in Genesis 13:14, “As far as your eyes can see, I have given you.” You determine where you want to stop. The scripture in Mathew 25 tells us God’s mind for us. That He has created us for dominion. Whatever we need, to become relevant in life, he has given us. One does not need to look for it elsewhere. However, you and I determine the sphere, the coverage of our dominion. Genesis 1:28: “And God blessed them and said ‘let them have dominion.’” The one that has dominion is the king, don’t you think so? With the dominion you

have in your hand, are you now not a king? Why are you now behaving like a subject? In the parable of the talents, the master gave one servant five talents, he gave another two talents and gave yet another, one talent, according to their ability, respectively. God knows your ability. God knows what you are capable of doing and He will never give you more than what you have the capacity to handle. If you don’t have the capacity to handle one million naira, he won’t give you. Your influence is what determines your affluence. With your ability, you can determine your accessibility. God does not determine our accessibility, we do. God does not determine how far we can go, we determine it. That guy went and traded his talent. He made 100% profit. The one that had two never looked at the one that had five to despise him. He celebrated that two and doubled it. Rather than looking at others, why don’t you look at yourself because you are entitled to a kingdom? And you have all it takes to rule and reign and dominate that kingdom. Every nation of the earth is endowed with natural resources. There is a country that is controlling nations with the ability that God has given to them. Britain does not have natural resources like Nigeria; but it came to Nigeria to have dominion. That guy went to Philistine and built an embassy there, and the Philistines started bringing gifts to him. Rather than envying others, God wants us to make use of the ability he has given to us, to possess the kingdom.


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ituated about two kilometres from the major transit ways of Udugbe Bus Stop, Akoore area of Ado-Ode Ota Local Government area, Ogun State, the Christ Discipleship Dominion Life Church epitomises a success story, out of adversity. The church, which began from a living room, somewhere in sub-urban Akute, Ogun State in 1994, enjoyed great following. By 2006, the sitting room meetings gave birth to seven vibrant branches located in different parts of Lagos. Pastor Olapade, who is endowed with the gift of miracle performance, moved his headquarters to Ajaye in the City of Lagos where he began to enjoy great support from the city dwellers. But unknown to him, a higher calling wrapped in an apparently unpleasant package began to unfold. “The Lord told me to proceed on village evangelism and this resulted in the establishment of 10 outreach centres around the remote environs of Ade-Ode Ota Local government area of Ogun State,” Pastor Olapade explained. At first, he did not know that the Lord was about to terminate his flourishing city ministry and assign him to a less attractive beat- become a village cleric. His words: “The Lord signified expressly that He wanted me to leave Lagos and come to this village to stay, not just to pay occasional evangelical visits. While the church was in Lagos, I was in the wave of doing miracle; people loved it and brought lots of gifts. My ministry was doing well in every sense of it; and God had blessed me with four cars. “When the Master told me to move into the village in 2004, I was hesitant. I was already a success story here in the city. So, I found it difficult to take the plunge. But the Lord told me to remember the name of the church he committed into my hands and raise Him disciples. I was greatly troubled; and was no longer enjoying the ministry in Lagos on account of this. He added, “My wife noticed my mood change and me if God was telling me something. That very day, I brought here (Akoore). When we got back home I was still foot-dragging but she packed her some things she would and went ahead of me. She hired a small room in the village and began to settle down for mission work. She said that she did not want trouble from God having heard about how severely God dealt with servants who disobey His orders.” Three months later, the reluctant evangelist joined his wife in Akoore in 2006; rather more resolute to get down to the service of the Master. “My first challenge was that the people are predominantly Yoruba speaking people. Though I am a Yoruba man, I am used to speaking in English. So I had initial problems of getting through to the people in the surrounding communities. The people’s inclination to idolatry and consequent to resistance to Christian religion were other problems to deal with. “Though we met an African Church and a mosque that appeared sleepy, we were further told that no church ever thrived in the area; and that more than five churches, had come and gone because there was no enabling environment to do the work of God.” Pastor Olapade said that God raised one Pastor John Oluwasola who spoke Yoruba language more fluently and became his interpreter in the mission field. But what else helped the missionary to gain recognition among the people of Akoore and environs? It was evident that the servant of God enjoyed extra grace from the Master.

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My story is ‘success in adversity’, says Olapade Yomi Olapade, a Microbiologist and founder, Christ Disciple Dominion Life Church, had a flourishing ministry in Lagos. But when God told him to move his ministry to a remote village considered less lucrative, he was disturbed. He eventually did and great testimonies followed. Tai Anyanwu reports:

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“God gave me a strategy that opened the door for His work here. The strategy he gave is: live among the people, identify with the people and solve their problems,” Pastor Olapade explained. So, we sank a bore-hole which till date is the only source of clean water for people here. Olapade also brought specialist doctors and Christian health workers to the mission area, to address the health needs in the communities from time to time. Alongside, the servant of God said he held crusades and used the avenues to minister both to the people’s souls and cater for their materials need. He said that the ministry also took care of some aged people who had no one to look after them. The ministry also adopted helpless children, sent them to school, while some were sponsored to at vocation centres to enable them start their own businesses. “There is much work here, so much people here that love to know about God because of our good deed. The people marvelled at the nature of Christ in our ministry,” Pastor Olapade added. Soon, 15 notable indigenes gave their

lives to Christ, according to him. Every Sunday, no fewer than 100 regular worshippers gathered inside Christ Disciple Dominion Life Church auditorium, the single, imposing building, in a community of few, little structures. The clergyman told Sunday Mirror; “I don’t just believe in winning members into the church, but I am more inclined to raising disciples for Jesus. In this kind of setting, there are no riches to distract us; we are compelled to look unto God’s provision. In fact, survival here is by divine favour; no particular sponsor, but we draw our strength from God.” “We don’t raise pledge, vows or special offerings in this church. I don’t believe in it; but we thank God for open heaven. Because, in spite of all these, we go to other communities and countries like Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana and Burkina Faso to plant and assist other missionaries.” But how does the financing come? Pastor Olapade explained: “One thing I have discovered in the lives of people is that any life that one’s ministry has imparted on will always come back to thank God for whatever God had done in the life. My core ministry is discipleship; but in

teaching and preaching the word of God, God confirms His words and people under my ministration are delivered from one form of captivity or the other. “I simply place people with problems on what I call ‘word therapy’ for seven hours every day. During such ministrations, many have shared great testimonies. There was a lady who was pregnant for three and half years. When she came here, I put her through prayers and teachings. She was delivered and she came back to show appreciation. The lady paid for the aluminium windows of this auditorium.” The same word therapy, Olapade explained, worked in a different dimension for another lady who was jobless and homeless. According to the pastor, the ministry rented one room for her near the church and took care of her needs. During word therapy with the sister, she received an invitation from an oil company where she now works. The other side of her testimony is that the homeless lady came back to buy a piece of land beside the church and today she is a proud owner of two blocks of flat apartments,” Olapade related.


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Call Jesus to rebuke your storm –Pastor Okereke In continuation of last week’s lecture, The General Overseer of Global Success Ministries, Pastor (Dr.) Chima Okereke, says no storm of life is too difficult for Christ to calm down. All that is required on your part is to pray fervently and exercise faith, he says. Excerpts:

know the thought that I think towards you, saith the LORD; thought of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Now you should know that delay, disappointment, failure, depression, stagnancy and confusion are there to stop you from getting to the expected end. And it is only when you realise it that the storm can be over and you will see yourself moving to the next level in life with a fulfilling joy. In Hosea 4:6, the Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” An adage also has it that ‘if you are not informed, you will be deformed’. I pray that the knowledge and information you shall get from this message today, you will use it by the power of the Almighty God to stop the storms in your life in Jesus’ name. It is clear that you can never see Jesus face-to-face in the midst of the storms of life to awaken Him, so that He can rebuke the storms, but the good news is that, you can call on Him earnestly in prayers and He will never fail you. One of the problems many people face is that they cannot pray effectively. Prayer, faith and courage are the keys and solution to every storm in your life. When praying, do not faint and be fervent in your prayers. You cannot do anything on your own. It is only when there is divine direction that you can overcome the storm. If you have no faith, calling upon God to rebuke your life’s storms is useless because you don’t have a strong belief that He can stop the storm and so, you may be calling on Him ignorantly. I pray that every spirit of fear will be removed from your life and you will be filled with courage to face and overcome every storm of life in Jesus’ name. It is true that the world is not a bed of roses, but I tell you that with God, all things are possible. We gave some examples from the Bible with the woman with the issue of blood for 12years and the man who was blind for 38 years; and just one day, their storms became over because of their faith and how they cried to Jesus. I am talking to someone now that no matter how long you have been going through that storm in your life, the time has come for God to glorify Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Whatever has a beginning must surely have an ending. So long as you will cry unto God this day, He will surely come to your rescue, to rebuke the storm in your life and you shall surely testify before the end of this year in Jesus’ name. Instead of complaining and running to the wrong places where there is no solution, why not go down on your knees in faith and call on Jesus to come and help you. He is right there with you, waiting for you to acknowledge him. There may be a way you have been going all the while but the situation still remains the same or may even be getting worse. Why not apply a new system from this message and see how God will transform your situation and your life will be full of testimonies in Jesus’ name. Proverb 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. If you know you are tired of the storm in your life, hearken unto the word of the Lord and it shall be well with you in Jesus’ name. Love you all.

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n Mark 4:35-40, the Bible states, “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had 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?” Now, the purpose of this storm which is caused by the enemy is to stop an individual, nation or country from achieving their desired results, goals, objectives or purpose in life. In the above scripture, you can see that the storm actually came to stop Jesus and His disciples from moving to the other side of the sea, to continue teaching the gospel and performing miracles. But Jesus, knowing who He was and His mission on earth, rebuked the wind and they were able to move to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes where he delivered a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tomb. All the trials, temptations and suffering of Jesus are regarded as the storm in His life because they tried to stop Him from fulfilling the purpose for which He was sent into the world. But the fact is that Jesus acknowledged the Father in Him and had the full knowledge of who He was that is why he was able to overcome them all and fulfill the purpose for which He came to this earth by His death on the cross. Last week, we wrote that the reason people are still suffering with the storm of life is that they have refused to acknowledge the presence of God with them while in the storm of life. Jesus asked His disciples; ‘why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?’ He expected that they should have known that their ship cannot capsize and they can never perish because He was there with them. But before Jesus spoke to them, He first of all rebuked the wind and commanded the storm to be calm, after his disciples hurriedly woke him up. The storms of life could be individual storm, where you may have planned that at a certain stage in life, you would have been a Master’s degree holder, a PhD holder or even a Professor; you will own houses everywhere, cars, get a job of your choice or be a business tycoon, be married with children and become rich and prosperous; seeing yourself in a certain stage of life that you will be living like a royal person, where everyone will be at your beck and call. But you have not been able to achieve all these things you planned for. Rather, the individual is restricted from reaching his dreams or visions in life. It may be a national storm; where the nation is experiencing natural disasters, famine, infectious diseases, causing high rate of mortality, as all these could affect the economic standard of the nation. Such situations will lead the nation to unbudgeted expenses, thereby restricting the nation from achieving their set goals and objectives as planned. It may be a family storm where there is barrenness, poverty and sicknesses on which money is spent without cure. All you should know is that the storm is caused by the devil just to stop you from attaining that best designed destiny which the Almighty has made for you from the day He formed you in your mother’s womb. It is written, ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.’ Even if you are the President of any country, Governor of any state, Senator or any political leader or occupy one exalted position or the other, God knows and have allowed you to be there to execute good plans and purpose for His people. But sometimes, the reason your good visions are not yet executed is because of the storms the enemy have projected before you so that you will end up becoming a failure and a disgrace to the people. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I

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The Holy Ghost Congress of the Global Success Ministries (GSM) International, holds from Friday, December 14 through December 16, at the church’s main auditorium, Plot 34, Global Success Street, Alao Bus-stop, Amuwo-odofin, Lagos. The theme for the congress is “Greater Signs and Wonders (Acts 2:43)”. It is expected to attract participants from within and outside the country, with the host pastor, founder and General Overseer of GSM, Pastor (Dr.) Emmanuel Chima Okereke, ministering with other anointed men of God, Rev. Daniel Okechukwu Onuchukwu of the Diocese of Amichi, Anglican Communion Province of the Niger, is expected to deliver the guest lecture during the event while Prince Mich. C. Philips will perform as the guest artiste. According to the Media Coordinator of the programme, Bros Ogochukwu, the congress will be declared open during a colourful welcome ceremony at the large church auditorium by 4pm on Friday the 14th, while events for the remaining days, (15th and 16th December, 2012) commences from 7am daily.


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The name you bear says a lot –Bamidele To break through life’s problems, it most times helps to have your name changed to something that carries positive connotation. This is the advice of Pastor Lai Bamidele, General Overseer of Christ Glorious Evangelical Ministries, in this message. Excerpts:

Learn to ask God for all your needs –Pastor Oloruntimilehin I Pastor Joshua Oloruntimilehin, founder of Omnipotence Mission of God, reveals in this message that it gives God pleasure when people turn to Him for all their needs. Excerpts:

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he Bible says in the book of Jeremiah 32: 27, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

There is something God loves but people do not understand this. God wants people to always ask for our needs from Him. If people do not put their requests to God, it might be difficult to receive one’s desires in full. Therefore, people ought to learn how to request because they are created to acquire knowledge from the teachings of their parents, pastors, Muslim clerics, school teachers, peers and from the words of God. Learning starts from what we see in the environment we live, work and in our relationship with others. The knowledge we acquire should teach us how to put our requests to God. If people do not learn how to request, many things can go wrong within and around them. For instance, such people may not live long, they may do a lot of things wrongly; their lives may become meaningless, they may not live in a peaceful environment and may not have good health. There was this elderly man in my town that could not sleep for eight days, even after he had taken necessary drugs that could make him sleep. When I went to see him in his house, I told him that he was only languishing in ignorance, not having the requisite knowledge. I told him that the tree he was resting his back on is the thing that would let him sleep. What he simply needed to do was to peel the back of the tree, wash it thoroughly, add two cubes of sugar and cook it altogether. Then he should filter it and drink the solution. When he did as I told him, he slept within 30 minutes. God wants people to acquire knowledge. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs, chapter 18 verse 15, “The

heart of the discerning acquires knowledge.” Therefore, it is better to acquire the knowledge that will help us know how to get our needs from God. How do we put our requests to God? Why do we request and we do not receive? The Bible says in book of Matthew 7 verse 7, “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find.” A lot of people request and they do not search for what they are requesting for. Can you imagine a person that needs food staying at home without making efforts to provide food? Yet he or she hopes that food will grace his table. No way. Many people complain that they do not have but they refuse to ask God who graciously provides for all who look upon Him. But that God grants people’s request does not always cover people who are wallowing in sin. This because, they make their requests to service the lust of the body. The Bible says that the prayer of a sinner is an abomination unto God. The book of James 4 verse 2, verse 3 says, “You want something but you do not get it. You kill and covet, but cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motive, that you spend what you have on your pleasures.” Brethren, I want to implore you to know what you are requesting for and how to make the request. The Almighty God has made it possible for people to get answers when they request for their needs. This is achievable when you are close to your angel; and keep God`s commandments. I pray that God will grant all our requests, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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like to encourage everyone reading my message that God created you for a purpose. And God wants you to fulfill His purpose for your life. But are you working towards the fulfillment of God’s purpose for your life? Are you working towards the edification of His name? Are you working to succeed in life? Are you working to establish your greatness in life? That you do not have a father or mother is not reason not to succeed. That you come from a background that is hopeless is not an excuse for you to say you will end up a pauper. I came for a very bad background, but to the glory of God, when mercy came, it turned everything around. Many people rely on men; you do not rely on God, that is why you are in the bondage you put yourself. The bible did not tell us that Jabez relied on his brother, his sister, his cousin or any relation that was in a good position. Jabez’ reliance was totally on God; and when you rely on God, the latter makes things available for you. That is why I often say, each time I preach to people, that you do not to look for gold; you get God and have gold. But when you pursue gold, you miss God. I pray that someone will not miss God, in the name of Jesus. Jabez asked God’s hand to be upon him. When God’s hand is upon a man, He can go to any length with that man. He also asked God to deliver him from evil, to deliver him from the name tag he was carrying. A man came to me two years ago; he told me that he was attending a church. In the process of counseling him, the man told me that he graduated from the university 17 years back and that he had never worked for one day. He had several applications for job but nothing came out of them all. But when he came to me, I counselled him and prayed with him. He was already on his way out when the Holy Spirit ministered to me and told me to call him back. I called him back and asked, “Young man, in case we meet tomorrow outside here, how should I address you?” And the young man said; “I am Yinka Oritshabunmi.” I said, “What? Don’t you know that it is the name you carry that

determines how far you go in life? When the word of God said, ‘I am the Lord; I the Lord your God I am a jealous God, I will not share my glory with anyone; and you are sharing God’s glory with Orisha (lesser god), with evil. And right away from there, I gave him a new name. I said your name from today is Oluwabunmi; not Oritshabunmi. The same man returned six months later, to come and dedicate his personal house after changing his name. Maybe there is someone reading my message now and you are carrying a dangerous name. When my own name was Gbadamosi, the surname they bear in my family, after I looked for the meaning of Gbadamosi, I didn’t find any cheering meaning to it; I had to change it so that my life can change. The only tonic that the journey of my life required to come out of failures in life was when I changed my name tag. And I began to bear Lai Bamidele instead of Kasali Gbadamosi. The name tag you carry determines the glory you attain. If you are bearing a negative name, it’s bound to affect you. I did not look at family. I looked at God; and when you get God, you get gold. I pray that someone will have understanding of what I am talking about. Jabez was carrying a bad name but when he had understanding, his name changed. Can someone decide within himself or herself that he does not want to carry that dangerous tag that he is carrying, that has been placed upon him? Jabez’ parent gave him a bad name based on the circumstance of his birth. Some people are bearing some names. Some bear Babatunde, Iyabo. I don’t allow people around me bear such names. When you are bearing Babatunde, don’t you know that you are bearing the same problems that your forefather left behind and you are inviting problems into your life? If you know you are bearing such bad name tags, you had better go and change them so that your life can move forward. It shall be well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen. •For counselling contact: pst_lai@yahoo.com, phone08074484415, 08027502864 and 08161285586


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God has no challenger, says Pastor Muoka General Overseer of Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Renewal Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, puts your mind at rest that once you are on God’s side, your challenger is bound to be crushed as God has no challenger. He quotes from the Bible to bring out instances of the triumph of the faithful over the heathen. Excerpts:

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ne indisputable fact that has stands the test of time is that God has no challenger. There is no spirit, man or woman that can challenge or oppose God or His people. Nothing can stop Him from achieving His purpose or will. God has His ways in all things and His designs are accomplished without frustration. The counsel of the Lord shall stand and none of the devices of His foes can thwart His decree. The power to fulfil His purposes can by no means be diminished by the lapse of years or be challenged. Isaiah 46: 9-10 says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” The Lord brings the counsel of the heathen to naught. While He ensures His will is done, He takes care to anticipate the willfulness of any challenger. Before any challenger will come with action, He will vanquish it and if he is armed with craft, He will frustrate it and make the plot to end in nothing. Various men have various designs, as their inclination or interest leads them, but the counsel of the Lord shall stand, regardless of whatever become of the devices of men. His counsel breaks men’s devices and men devices cannot in the least, alter His counsel nor disturb the proceedings of it. Isaiah 8: 9- 10 says, “Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. 10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us” When the ten heathen nations gathered against the Children of God in Judah, God through His prophet sternly declares to the confederate adversaries of Judah that their declaration against His people shall be in vain. He told them that although they associate themselves in a strict alliance and resolutely prepare for action with swords. Although they animate and encourage themselves with all the considerations they could think of, although they take counsel together, call councils of war, and all heads at work to make themselves masters of the land of Judah. He affirmed that all their efforts will be ineffectual. They cannot and shall not only prevail against His order but shall be broken in pieces. Though they associate and guide themselves with all the imagined policy and precaution, yet they shall be baffled and be broken in pieces by those designs they formed against Judah. Their counsels shall come to naught because God has no challenger. Lam 3:37 says, “Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” God has no rivalry or challenger. Whatever men’s actions are, it is God that overrules them. Nobody can say a thing and it comes to pass, if the Lord has not permitted it. Men can do nothing but according to the counsel of God, nor have any power or success but what is given them from above. A man can propose something that

Muoka and his wife, Joy (right), at a programme recently.

A MAN CAN PROPOSE SOMETHING THAT HE WILL DO BUT IT CANNOT COME TO PASS UNLESS IT IS WHAT GOD’S HAND AND HIS COUNSEL HAD DETERMINED he will do but it cannot come to pass unless it is what God’s hand and his counsel had determined before to be done. This is because men are but tools which the great God uses as He pleases and they cannot accomplish any of their designs without Him. All creatures and creations of God can never and will never be able to withstand God Almighty. Our God, the creator of all things in heaven and on earth, and to whom all powers belong has no challenger. Isaiah 43:10-13 says, “10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Examples of those that challenged God and the consequence

Many people in the Bible days attempts to challenge or oppose God but could not; even the devil, demons and human agents have on constant basis attempted the same but were all destroyed as God turned them into testimonies even to the advertising of His name and kingdom. Rev. 12:7-10 says, 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old

serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” Satan and all his ‘fallen’ angels challenged God but could not prevail. There is no one, thing, situation that can challenge God because at the end of such contest God will take all the glory. When Pharaoh the king of Egypt challenged God and His people, God used Moses to deal with him and proved to the world that He has no challenger. Exodus 5:1-3 says, And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.” But Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let Israel go but he got more than he bargained for as in the end he could not stand God. Exodus 6:1 says, Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.” With these words the Lord released His power in signs and wonders and the Is-

raelites were delivered in Jesus name. Today all those who trouble you shall be troubled in Jesus name. Exodus 12:29-33 says, “29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.” The Lord visited Pharaoh and his people with un-imaginable weapons culminating in the deaths of the entire first born in their land and Pharaoh rose up in the night as he became troubled and bade the Israelites bye-bye with haste. If you are a child of God anybody who challenges you is challenging God and must be crushed. Anyone who rises against a Chosen shall be cursed and the Lord will vindicate the Chosen. My beloved, I want you to note also that so many others as recorded in the Bible attempted to oppose God and failed. The case of Nebuchadnezzar is another. He became so proud and in the process arrogated so many things to Himself and this caused God to become offended with him and was cast into a bush to eat grass for seven years until he came to the realization that God Almighty is He that rules in the affairs of men before his freedom could be determined. All your enemies shall be subdued in Jesus’ name.


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Great faith delivers great expectation, by Pastor Adeboye S everal years ago, in 1984 specifically, I heard about the great work God was doing in South Korea through the ministry of a young man called Doctor Youngi Cho. At that time, he had the biggest church in the whole world -450,000 members. So I went. I didn’t have much money and you know how much it must have cost to go from here to South Korea. I wanted to go, so I cried to God and he provided the ticket. I listened to this man; I wanted to find out his secret; what made him so successful in the ministry.

Of course, he taught us about several things like house fellowship and other things but he kept on coming to one thing: Prayer! Prayer!! Prayer!!! In fact, he brought a whole mountain into which they dug little, little holes where people can crawl into and pray. People came from all over the world. Then they took us on tours on the mountain to go and pray. I had a lot to pray about because I was tired of labouring in vain. Is anybody here tired of labouring in vain? Your failure will end tonight in Jesus’ name. So I was in that hole and I was praying and of course, I forgot myself. By the time I checked myself, I discovered I have been in that hole for about two hours, I discovered that I was the only one left, because they were waiting for me, thank God I am a black man because they discovered one black man was not there. And they were upset with me, “why have you kept us waiting?” I said “am sorry, I thought we came here to pray”. They said “yes but are you going to pray everything in one day?” You don’t know what brought me; I mean they were so upset nobody spoke to me all the way back to the hotel, which was very good because I wanted to continue with my prayer. Today, you can see the result. How many of you believed that the Almighty God will answer your prayers? In Mark 10 v 46 – 52, when Bartimeaus heard that Jesus was passing by, he cried out; they asked him to shut up. He said, “you don’t need help, I need help, keep quiet and let me cry out because this is one single person who I know will solve my problem. He had a great expectation and it was revealed in his prayer. And so that brings us to our case-study: the woman with the issue of blood that I read to you in the text , Mark 5 verses 25 to 34. The woman with the issue of blood, number one, had heard about Jesus, that there is a prophet in the land; He is healing the sick, He is opening blind eyes and solving problems. She had heard and Romans 10 verse 17 says “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. She had heard; so faith was born in her and then she said with her mouth, “if I can just touch the helm of his garment, I know I will be made whole.” Romans 10 v 10 says “with the heart, man believes and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.” Matthew 12, verse 34 says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Like I said before, your faith, your hunger will determine how you will pray. And then, she made an effort, she didn’t sit down expecting Jesus Christ to come to her house, she came. You put it in the modern language; she forced her way through until she touched the helm of his garment. James 2 verse 17 says “faith without works is dead, being alone.” You have

Still on his sermon on great expectation, delivered at the last Holy Ghost service of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at the Redemption Camp, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, for the month of November, the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, explores the scriptures to prove that great faith delivers a great expectation. Excerpts:

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great expectation, you are expecting God to do mighty things for you. It will require an effort and then of course, God will do the rest, because as soon as she touched the helm of the garment of Jesus Christ, power flowed through to her. Proverbs 24 v 14 said there shall be a reward. You make an effort, the reward will come! It is that passage that says your expectation shall not be cut off. There will be a reward! You make an effort, God will respond because Hebrews11 v 6 says “God is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Don’t forget the word ‘diligent.’ He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. He is the one who answers the prayers of those who pray diligently; he is the one who rewards the effort of those

who made the effort diligently. Now, what then can I expect as a child of God? With faith in Him, knowing full well that when He promises, He will keep his promise. Forever oh lord, your word is settled. Psalm 119 verse 81. Thank you Lord! What can I legitimately expect as the true child of the living God? Quite a lot but I will just give you few of them based on His word. Number One; I can expect healing?. Because 1 Peter 2 v 24 says by his stripes you were healed. Not by his stripe you are going to be; it is by his stripe you are already healed, if he says I have already been healed, I have every right to expect that my healing will come. How do you want your healing? I will explain. I know that may stand to be a

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tricky question but I had gone to pray for a man before who was coughing very badly and I said sir, how can I help you? You know what he said to me? He said, “man of God, I want you to pray that the cough will be going down little by little”. Little by little? So when did you want it to vanish? Little by little? Do you want your healing little by little? So how do you want your healing? Number Two; I have a right to expect to live the rest of my life in divine health. I can expect never to be sick again. Why? Based on the promise of God. In Exodus 15 v 26, He says to me, ‘son/daughter, if you hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord your God to observe and to do all that he commands you this day, I will bring none of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians upon you, for I am the lord that heals you. He says if I obey him, he will be my physician. I have a right to expect that for the rest of life, I will not know sickness again. And I am believing God for someone here tonight; though you might be sick now, before the sun rises, you will be well, and for the rest of your life, you will not know sickness again. But how are you going to die if you don’t know sickness? You don’t have to be sick to die. At least I know an uncle of mine who went to church on Sunday, it was a thanksgiving Sunday, he sang, he danced, he had a wonderful time, went home, took breakfast and his wife began to prepare launch and as they were pounding the yam, he decided to go into the toilet. When they finished pounding the yam, they came to knock at the door of the toilet and said ‘come out, the table is set.’ When they opened the door, they found that he has gone home, that is the way to go. No ache, no pain! That is the way to go. My own will be slightly different; it is going to be on Sunday. I will go to church, have a wonderful service, eat pounded yam and go. That is the way! I have a reason to expect divine health. I pray for every one of you here today, the grace to obey God for the rest of life, will be with you in Jesus’ name. Therefore the grace to enjoy divine health for the rest of your life receives it right now in Jesus’ name. I have a right to expect total security, based on the word of God. Isaiah 54 verse 17 says “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.” No weapon! It doesn’t matter the name of the weapon, he said when he comes to you it will not prosper. it is the word of God and I can tell you stories upon stories. The very first year when we were here trying to build our little tent, the expressway then was just like the headquarters of the highway robbers. So they were robbing people everyday on the expressway. And because this is the only place where there was some fair electricity supply then, not now when light is everywhere. Then people will run in. On one occasion, they ran to the camp, they came to the carpenters and the workers. And they followed them to go and collect their loads from the car. They will throw something, the tyre will puncture, people will run away and the robbers will take whatever they want. But the policemen had arrived before my boys got there and they laid in ambush. So when they saw my boys coming, they thought they were the robbers and they cocked their guns and the leader of the police patrol said ‘fire! And the guns refused to fire. They said it again, nothing happened. I decree tonight for the rest of our life, no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. I decree tonight, no weapon fashion against me shall prosper.


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I declare the voice of God –Pastor Chidi TAI ANYANWU

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ith the exception of a worn out poster on the wall, there is really nothing showing that No. 18-20 Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos, is a place of worship. However, people thronged into the humble auditorium of Kings in Christ International Power Ministry. Its over-flow facility extending to the edge of the un-gated entrance at the edge of Osolo Way is filled to the brim. Thrice in one week (Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday), people come from within and outside Lagos to seek solutions to various problems or spiritual needs. The church described by some respondents as ‘the last bus stop for’ has become another destination for pilgrims plagued by diverse afflictions. Some spend days or weeks in the church just to get the presiding minster, Pastor Chidi Anthony, to lay hands on them. Out of curiosity, Sunday Mirror elected to witness a recent deliverance session held usually in the church on Thursdays, to discover what makes the minster thick. The deliverance service started with the choir leading the congregation into some songs of praise. The congregation went into frenzy as more intense deliverance songs were raised. With the agility of a cat-walker, Pastor Chidi took four long strides to the pulpit. He sang a few stanzas of song to end the first segment of songs ministration and to usher in word ministration. “Turn with me very fast to the book of Isaiah 42, I want to read from verse 6,” he proceeded. “I, the Lord, have called thee in righteousness and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison. And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” After today, you shall be a light in family, he declared in a rich confident tone. “Come along with me to verse 9; it is key; he said invitingly: “Behold the former things are come to pass and new things do I declare they spring forth before I tell you of them. Verse 13-1 says, “The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: He shall cry, yea, roar; He shall prevail against His enemies. “I have been holding my peace for long time; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.” At this point, the deliverance Pastor explained that the portions just read carried good news for the congregation. He went on to explain the verses pointed by point. If you are conversant with the travail of a woman in labour, you understand that everyone around her, including the husband, is her enemy. She will even curse her husband. And the Lord, for your sake,

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said He will cry like a woman in labour; when the Lord cries, your enemies will be in trouble. I speak to you today; any moment from now your enemies will face the wrought of your God, in the name of Jesus. The Lord says he will destroy and devour at once, sickness, hindrance and whatever has oppressed you in your life after today, you shall see them no more, in the name of Jesus. The Lord says every mountain in your life shall be destroyed. I don’t know the mountain you are passing through. Is it mountain of sickness, mountain of near-success syndrome; by prophetic unction upon my ministry, I command such mountains to crumble and catch fire, in the name of Jesus.” As the declarations are released, the people eagerly jumped in and out sitting positions with outstretched hands like ones who are receiving a package from heaven. He continued, “Hear the words of God in Isaiah 42: 15-16, ‘I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and dry up the pools. I will bring the blind by the way they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.’ He Offered more explanation of the scriptures, “Brethren this morning, I want to speak to you on a message I title, ‘The prison door has opened to close no more’. I feel like talking to somebody. Prison is not

a good place to be. Anyone that is imprisoned has lost his freedom. Such person has no say about where he or she can move to at any given time. It is a horrible thing to be imprisoned. “In that portion of scripture, we just read, the Lord said every prison door against you shall be opened. And I command, under this abundant prophetic unction, that every prison door that has held your life, business, finance and destiny captive for years, to open in the name of Jesus.” Having wrapped up the word ministration segment, the minister went to deliverance session proper. He picked out of the church crowd, some people with diverse afflictions, most of who were identified as first timers. Pastor Chidi’s method of conducting deliverance follows a system of spiritual diagnosis that characteristically foretells revealed nature and causes of a particular affliction. Usually, the deliverance subjects confirm that every revelations made by the minister was correct. The minster would quote relevant scriptures dealing with the person’s circumstance, and then lead the congregation through prayers of faith to seal the deliverance. How is he always able to tell people’s problems, causes and solutions accurately? Pastor Chidi said, “The Holy Spirit speaks to me directly concerning each case just like you and I are now talking? When I hear the voice of the spirit of God, I have no choice than to declare it with authority.

Jonathan lauded for appointing Ambassador to the Vatican

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xecutive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing an Ambassador to the Vatican. Mr. Opara made this commendation recently in his office during an interview with newsmen. He explained that the appointment of Ambassador Francis Okeke as the first Nigerian Ambassador to the Vatican by Mr. President is commendable. He thanked Jonathan for considering it worthy and noble to appoint an Ambassador to the Holy See this time of our transformation process as a nation. The NCPC boss, who just returned from the Vatican, was among the Federal Government delegation to the official presentation of letter of credence to Pope Benedict XVI by the new Ambassador. He described the ceremony as very colourful and eventful. According to him, the respect and dignity accorded to the Nigerian delegation was wonderful, as special guards of honour were mounted for the members of the delegation. Mr. Opara explained that one of the benefits of the appointment of a Nigerian Ambassador to the Vatican is that it would help to facilitate all consular issues for effective pilgrimage activities for Nigerian pilgrims while in Rome. He stressed that before now the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain used to oversee Vatican as part of the countries under his supervision, which was not too palatable and convenient in terms of prompt attention to consular matters. He further stated that during the NCPC State of Readiness visit to Rome with Chairmen and Secretaries of States Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards in September, that the new ambassador was on ground with his officials to receive members of the delegation at the Fulmicino Airport, Rome. He also participated at the NCPC meeting with the Vatican authorities during the visit. According to Mr. Opara, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Vatican, presented a souvenir of the Nigerian brochure to Pope Benedict after the formal presentation of letter of credence at the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo. The country for long has had a representative of the Pope, known as Apostolic Nuncio of Nigeria.

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Hatred and rejection are satanically inspired, by Pastor Adewunmi Prophet Michael Olusegun Adewumi, founder of House of Prayer Ministry, is a man who had known persecution but found freedom through prayers. In this message, he reveals those things that plunge people into hatred and rejection. Excerpts:

hold would bow down to him; their hatred for him became intensified. The brothers conspired to kill him for the purpose of aborting his destiny. The Bible speaking in Gen 37:19-20 records: “And they said one to another. Behold this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say some evil beast hath devoured him, and we shall see what becomes of his dream.”

Coat of many colours

The first target of the enemy against Joseph was the “coat of many colours.” Coat of many colours could be interpreted as one’s gift, competence and special ability, that quality that one has which others do not possess. Removal of the coat translates to non-appreciation of that quality in the victim. Instead of appreciation and praises, Joseph received condemnation and hatred. That is what happens each time one is rejected. The pit of life is a situation of “inaction” or “failure” where life went on without such a victim having any progress. It is about the wasted years. For example a target of such attack may spend years seeking admission into the university, while others with less ability gained such admission easily. It is a situation when one is left behind in the race of life. In Genesis 38 verse 25, we can see that while Joseph was in the pit, his brothers sat down to eat.

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atred is a situation of strong dislike. When hatred is demonically induced, it is called “Rejection”. Rejection is a terrible situation whereby the victim is hated by nearly everyone around him for no just cause.

Such a person is often hated by his parents, siblings and other members of his family. In the sight of the people, everything a victim of rejection does is never right. Such people are subjected to perpetual resentment at the work place and at home. Whenever anything goes wrong, such person is always the first suspect; and suffers wicked gossips and idle talks from many detractors. . Always, the victim is misunderstood, castigated and ridiculed for his verbal or physical contribution to any discussion. Such victims do not do well in business, because people will not patronize him. A female victim may not have a suitor and where one surfaces, he dumps her under mysterious circumstances. What others get easily comes to the rejected person with serious efforts. One suffering rejection is underrated and bypassed when anything good is about to come their way. In the book of Psalm 69:4, David suffering under rejection cried out: “Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hair of my head. They are mighty who would destroy me; being my enemies wrongfully. Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.” “I have become stranger to my brothers; and an alien to my mother’s children.” Psalm 69:8. In Psalm 31:11, He lamented, “I am a

reproach among all my enemies; but especially among my neighbours. And am repulsive to my acquaintances those who see me outside flee from me.” Brethren, someone suffering from Rejection is isolated, avoided and despised. It is a terrible thing to be rejected.

Causes of rejection

Rejection is caused by spiritual attack of the evil people. Usually, it is the making of family members who are envious of the star of the victim. The envious relations turn the victim into a spiritual slave for the purpose of manipulating his life. In Africa, divination is often made after a child is born, to enquire about the life of the new born. When such enquiries show that the new born has a special life assignment, the child becomes subject of attack. The purpose is to kill, destroy or steal the destiny of the person concerned. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy.” John 10:10a Joseph is an example of the Rejected. His brothers hated him for the following reasons. What was his offence? He did not commit any crime against his brothers; but the hated him because he told the dreams he had. His brothers took offence having discovered that he was born with special star. Besides, Joseph showed loyalty to his father by telling him the truth of what happened on the field. His father loved him more than his other children; and made him alone a coat of many colours. These are the things that counted against him and when his brothers heard about his dream which revealed he would have a throne and that the house-

A slave is someone who has been degraded from human being into an animal. He is not in control of his life. He is like any other property of his owner. He is not better than the domestic animals such as dog, goat, bird, etc. He could be sold and resold at will. The Bible says one’s enemies are the members of his own household “Micah 7:6. The brothers of Joseph sold him into slavery. The so-called merchants into whose hand Joseph was sold are the witches (Isaiah 47:15). This is why it makes no difference when the person known as a witch in the family dies, because he had already transferred the legal rights over his or her victims into the congregation of the other witches (life manipulators) through a sale. If one’s life lacks direction, such a one may be a spiritual slave.

Spiritual attacks

One may become rejected through spiritual attack usually in his dream. Such dream experiences are as follows: 1. When he falls into a latrine in his dream 2. When he is covered by human waste and people run away from him. 3. When he visits the Leper Colony and associates with them. 4. When the lepers rob their wounds on him 5. If he finds stinking sores on his body 6. If he finds himself on dirty refuse dump. 7. Eating in dreams, sexual intercourse in dreams and being pressed down and suffocated could also translate into spiritual slavery. But hear the word of God, “Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel the Holy One, To Him whom man despises.

To Him whom the nation abhors, to the servant of the rulers, kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship. Because of the Lord who is faithful the Holy One of Israel. And He has chosen you.” Isaiah 49:7 The objectives of the Devil As stated earlier, rejection is aimed at derailing the will or the resolve of the victim so that he will not be able to meet the target of God in his life. As we have the examples of those that held out against the devil and thereby got the purpose of God in their lives fulfilled, we also have examples of those who gave in to Satan and lost the purpose of God in their lives. These are the dejected. While Rejection is an external pressure mounted by the devil on his victims with the sole aim of frustrating the victims into submission, Dejection is the situation where the victim gives in to the devil. It is the failure of one’s inner will reminiscent of the malfunctioning of the central bolt of a lorry which makes the lorry to loose it’s shape and face a direction different from that which it is going. Dejection is a state of gloom, confusion and submission to failure. One does not become a failure until he looses the desire to succeed. The dejected is worse than the dead because he is a burden to life. The essence of life is to advance the world a little forward than one met it. A man is positively dead the day he stops to struggle. We can list out some of the statements made by the dejected people among who are: 1. Ten of the twelve spies sent by Moses to Canaan. 2. Eli the prophet whose two sons sinned against God. 3. The servant who buried his talent. “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” “Num 13:33 “Then Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said he is the Lord let him do what seems good of him.” 1 Sam. 3:18. “Then the one who had received the one talent came and said Lord I know you to be a hard man reaping what you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground: Look there you have what is yours.” Matt. 25:24-25. One thing is common to the above categories of people. They became frustrated and fell to the zero point of their faith. They lost confidence in God and in themselves. The life of God, which is the Holy Spirit, has left them so they are like dry wood that must be cast unto the fire. The bible says of them. “Yes they turned back and tempted God and limited the holy one of Israel”. Psalm 78:41 Backsliding is as grievous a sin as idolatry. It is a rebellion against God. The Rejected bears the image of grasshopper and so he is to his enemies. He conceded defeat long before the contest ever started thereby granting the enemies an undeserved walk over.


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scroll, Pastor Josiah Akindayomi. This God’s general emptied himself into the world and his followers took the vision to the next level. Pastors Enoch Adeboye, Kalejaye, Tony Rapu and the rest are building on the vision today making the church the fastest growing in Africa.

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A spiritual phenomenon with fire in his bones who believed church without education is not complete was a great prophet in his days. Enter the hall of fame, Saint Benjamen Adekahunsi. The founder of Oke Igbala Olu Missionary Society and schools in the then Western Nigeria was so great in his evangelistic voyage that he journeyed to Ghana by foot. By the time he left, Apostles Omolola, Akinjise, Akinbobola, Ogundowo, Olakanye, Ayeye, Ewanobi and the rest has caught the fire and the outpouring is now flowing into generations.

Never in the history of Nigeria has one man brought so much panache and great publicity into evangelism that bookmakers jostled to write something on him. This great man, Archbishop Benson Idahosa, founder of Church of God Mission International moved round the world for crusades and was honoured in Korea as the African tornado. His outpouring has rubbed off on many people in the Pentecostal movement and the likes of Bishops Wale Oke, David Oyedepo, Ayo Oritsejafor, Mike Okonkwo, Anslem Madubuko, Chris Oyakhilome and Isaac Idahosa are the results of his sterling qualities while his voyage lasted.

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One ministry that has brought great honours to Nigeria today is The Redeemed Christian Church of God, but it took the outpouring of a man of God with divine obedience to make this a reality. Take your

The day he left the stage, the world shook and stood in awe of his exploits. He was celebrated by the high and the mighty for a man of great outpouring has signed off. Honour to you, the great Premier of Nigeria’s Western Region, Chief Obafemi

Awolowo. He introduced free education during his tenure and poured his vision into millions. The Awoism ideology made the likes of Papa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Bola Ige, Papa Ayo Adebanjo, Bola Tinubu, Gbenga Daniel, Olusegun Mimiko and the new progressive order of governors in Nigeria’s South West.

The real you

What are you doing with your in-built mechanism? Will you die wasted? What will be your report after leaving the stage? Be reminded that your work and vision must outlast you. You only leave once there is nothing to live for – If you leave before then, you will be in for it in heaven. Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) left and his talents produced Majek Fashek and other reggae artistes with Buchi[gospel musician] also flowing with his style. Martin Luther King stood and Barrack Obama caught the vision, Sir Isaac Pitman introduced Shorthand and became father of Secretarial Studies while Umaru Musa Y’ardua spoke and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan understood the journey.

Nigeria has a great future.

Run from sin. Jesus loves you. God bless you. It is well. •Concluded

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atholic faithful in Nigeria will today join their counterparts worldwide to usher in the season of Advent, one of the most significant periods in the Church’s calendar.

Sunday Mirror learnt that the event would be marked with colourful mass celebrations at different places of worship in Lagos. His Grace, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins, would be leading the faithful in prayer of thanksgiving to the Almighty God at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos. Director, Social Communications of the Lagos Archdiocese, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, explained in a statement issued in Lagos that Advent marks the coming of Christ. “It is a time of preparation for the feast of Christmas, and for watching over our individual lives. “Advent gives every one of us the opportunity to come closer to Christ, to become more like Christ, so that when he comes, we would be prepared to meet and accept his invitation to the feast that will never end,” Osu said. He added, “Advent means ‘coming’. We are invited to think on the promise made by God, that a great blessing shall come to the world from the Holy City Jerusalem. “Also at advent, we are invited to consider the coming of the glorified Lord on judgment day,” he emphasised.

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eso International High School, Ilesha, Osun State, beat four other schools to emerge winner of this year’s National Secondary School Bible Quiz competition, organised by The Bible Society of Nigeria, BSN.

Mr. Baba Babatunde Thomas, MD/CEO of Legacy Insurance Brokers (left) presenting a trophy and a plaque to students of Feso International High School, Ilesha, Osun State, winners of BSN National Secondary School Bible quiz competition.

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unday, November 18 will forever remain indelible in the minds of the congregation and visitors who attended the first ordination and thanksgiving service of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification of Nigeria, Ipinle Otito, Itele, Ogun State. The event was the ordination of nine people into various offices for the purpose of serving God in His vineyard. The ordained individuals include Mrs. Bisi Olaleye, staff of the Sun Publishing Limited, as the Iya Ijo; Mr. Peter Osho as Baba Ijo; Mr. Aro Toriola as Youth Leader; Mrs. Abigael Olarenwaju as prophetess; Mr. Peter Fadahunsi as Baba Ewe; Mrs.

Rashidat Aro as Women Leader;Mrs.Juliana Adeniyi as Iya Ewe; Mrs. Jumoke Aregbeas Alakoso Ijo and Shadiat Tiamiyu as Aladura. The guest speaker, Prophet Lawal (Imisi Jesu), during his sermon noted that only those who were ordained were called by God, adding that only God can call and anoint simultaneously without any condemnation. He explained that there was no condemnation for those who were in Christ Jesus, while urging the newly ordained to walk in the ways of the Lord regularly, shunning every vice like anger, lies, deceits, fornication, adultery and forgery “that may nail Jesus to the cross the second time and be mindful that they have become carriers of God’s word.”

Lawal explained that being in Christ entails more than the superficial meaning but a deeper one can truly be interpreted by the Holy Spirit, stressing that those ordained have been called and carefully selected among many to work in His vineyard, with or without their permission. Speaking in the same vein, the founder of the church, Prophetess R. A. Olarenwaju, disclosed that she diligently listened to God’s voice to ordain the people, adding, “It is, most especially, quite difficult to pin down the Iya Ijo to accept what God told me”, until God gave her a confirmation. “In all, I want to bless the name of God for His mercies over these ones because the Bible says: “It is not of him that willeth nor runneth but of God that sheweth mercy,” she said.

At the event which took place at The Apostolic Church, District headquarters, Palmgrove, Lagos , the school, which represented the South-West geopolitical zone, scored 308 points to clinch the first position. Speaking at the event, the Guest Speaker, Mr. Babatunde Thomas, Managing Director/CEO of Legacy Insurance Brokers, charged the students to strive and make the difference in their environment. Thomas noted with concern that Nigeria and the world at large, with high population of Christians, are replete with all kinds of evil. He urged them to submit themselves to right attitude which would transform them to a people with character. Earlier in a welcome address, Assistant General Secretary, Operations & Programmes, The Bible Society of Nigeria, Reverend Dare Ajiboye, who represented the General Secretary/CEO observed that corruption had kept Nigeria in bondage, adding that only regenerated youths could deliver the country. Ajiboye urged them not to join the multitude to do evil.


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Seek reconciliation, not divorce Christian Relationship with Taiwo

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ivorce is terrible. It brings pain and consequences that can last a lifetime. It affects not only the couple involved but their children as well, and sometimes, other families. Feelings are affected, plans are affected and if care is not taken, destinies will be affected. These were not part of God’s plans when He created the first woman and brought her to the man, Adam. Afterward, God looked at what He had done and thought it was very good. Adam saw Eve and shared God’s opinion – very good, brilliant idea!

21 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:21-25) God wants to save His children from the agony and consequences of divorce, and that is why He states in the Bible, “I hate divorce!” “For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce,”(Malachi 2:16) God hates divorce because He loves marriage and established it for a purpose. Another reason He wants the man and his wife to be together is that He wants good and godly children who have the love and good example of both parents.

“But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” (Malachi 2:15) In Matthew 19, when the Pharisees asked Jesus if a man should be allowed to divorce his wife for any reason, Jesus took them back to the beginning, reminding them of God’s words and will: What God has joined together, let no man put asunder. In other words, no one should try to break a marriage. 3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” 4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” 8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:3-9) Jesus’ message was clear, ‘Married couples should stay together. Seek reconciliation, not divorce.’ Children of God must also love marriage and hate divorce. Challenges are a normal part of life. No one prays to have them but they come anyway. Challenges in marriage including adultery do not have to end in divorce though. A quick word about adultery: It is a very grievous sin, so serious that Jesus told the Pharisees that it is the only ground for divorce. The Bible also says that adulterers and whoremongers will not inherit the kingdom of God.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1Corinthians 6:9-10) Yet many people take it lightly. Some people serve God and serve adultery. This is very wrong. “My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10b) If God does not want divorce, that means there are other ways of handling marital challenges. When the challenges come, seek reconciliation by all means. Here are two of the things you should do: 1) Pray. Ask God for help and wisdom, and 2) Discuss with your spouse. Talk, talk, and talk. If after you have discussed with your spouse there is no change and you cannot handle the situation, then 3) Get in touch with someone you trust such as your pastor, for counseling before things get out of hand. This is what Fred did in my novel ‘Tears On My Pillow’. He entered the room and told his wife, Moni, “I want us to talk.” Moni looked up from the book she was reading and their eyes met. Her remote eyes looked away from him as she thought - Whatever he has to say can’t be worse than all that has happened. “I don’t think I can continue like this anymore.” He told her. … She sighed. He spoke again. “What do we do? …Is there anything you would want us to do or someone you would want us to see before we think of divorce ... someone like your pastor?”... They went to see the pastor who began to counsel them. During one of the counseling sessions, the pastor told them, “What happened is that both of you fell into the mistakes many couples make. You began to take each other for granted and you stopped doing many of the things you were doing before you got married. I’m sure you were

The kingdom lifestyle

Shepherd Life with Bishop Kingsley

Enakirerhi Last week, we talked about the keys of the kingdom which enable us to have access to the blessings of the kingdom. If we have access to the kingdom blessings, it is important for us to know some of the ways of the kingdom. Without living according to the rules of the kingdom, the keys of the kingdom will not work effectively. To, therefore, enjoy the fullness of the blessings of the kingdom, it is very important we know how to conduct ourselves in the ways of God’s kingdom. In Romans 14:17, we are told that the kingdom of God is not about meat and drink, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Every member of the kingdom is expected to behave in a particular way. Believers are expected to live a righteous life. Righteousness means living right with God. It means living in obedience to God’s word. In 1 Peter 1:16, the scriptures say, “be ye holy for I am holy”. Holiness is a must for every believer. God is a holy God hence all who will have close dealings with Him must be holy. In 2 Cor-

inthians 7:1, we are told to “cleanse ourselves from every filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord”. Many today want to serve God and live the way they like. They claim to be Christians yet they collect bribe, tell lies and involve themselves in immorality. This is not supposed to be. There must be a difference in our previous way of life and now. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new”. Today, it is difficult to distinguish between a Christian and an unbeliever. We speak like them, dress like them and behave like them. God’s people must live a righteous life; a life unspotted from the world. It is time for us to start living right. Another way of life for believers is the pathway of faith. No one can successfully run this race to the end without faith. Hebrews 10:38 states that the just shall live by faith. That means that anybody who professes Christ cannot do without faith. In Hebrews 11:6 it is written, “For without faith it is impossible to please God ,for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him”. Faith is a universal currency in the kingdom. Anything you want in the kingdom, you can access by faith. To please God, you must be a person of faith. Faith

is having strong confidence in God’s ability to perform what He said He will do. God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his people and go to a place which He will show him. Abraham believed and immediately left. Now that is faith. Again, God told him to offer his only son as a sacrifice to Him. Abraham again obeyed without any delay. No wonder he is called the “father of faith”. In the same way, we have been promised a home in heaven. No believer has gone to heaven before. Only few have been privileged to have a glimpse of heaven. But we all believe it is so, hence, we are labouring to enter into it. This is an act of faith. Giving is another way of life in the kingdom. The foundation of the kingdom was established on giving. John 3:16 states, “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”. God loved and He gave. Giving is the kingdom lifestyle. When the church started in Acts 4: 34-35, the early believers even sold their property and remitted the proceeds to the church. They gave sacrificially and joyfully. No wonder, the gospel spread very quickly in their time. There was no lack among them. In Ephesians 4:28, the apostle Paul instructed the believers to work with their hands so that they will be in a position to give to others. Today, there are many who come to churches, who don’t want to give. They

doing certain things that made you decide to get married. But the problem is this, the moment people marry, they stop doing those things. I realise it’s so easy to know couples who are married to each other from couples who are courting.” He paused, grinning. “If you see those who are in courtship, they most likely will be holding hands, looking into each other’s eyes; they want to be together all the time. In fact, they are a source of concern to many pastors; we want to guide them so that they don’t go into sex. But when you see those who are married, they usually behave like strangers, calling each other by their children’s names - Funke’s Daddy, Joseph’s Mummy.”

Fred and Moni smiled.

He continued, “They hardly sit together. If they look into each other’s eyes, they are most likely having an argument. And it’s not supposed to be like that, alright?” …. For the divorced Now, if divorce has already happened, God would still want to help the people involved. As Jesus pointed out in one of the parables, “The enemy has done this.”(Matthew 13:28) Divorce is the work of Satan, and he has no good plan for anyone. He wants to steal and eventually destroy but Jesus wants to help and restore. The devil has come to steal to kill and to destroy but Jesus has come to give us life and that we may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) The Bible teaches us to be very careful and resist our adversary, Satan by all means. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, be steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1Peter 5:8-9) For the singles, don’t rush into marriage. You need to be very sure that the person loves you and loves God because as I wrote in the novel, ‘Tears on my pillow’, there’s life after saying ‘I do.’

rather want to be receivers. The remarks of Paul in Acts 20: 35 is instructive. He said, “I have shown you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive”. There is no way we can stop talking about giving in God’s house because it is the only source of sponsoring the gospel. Loving is a way of life in the kingdom. In fact, without love, there cannot be true giving. This is because giving is an expression of love. It is the expression of love that propels a man to make sacrifices. It is love that makes it easy to forgive an offender. It is love for God that makes a man to pay his tithes and give offerings despite the fact that he has pressing needs. It was love for mankind that kept Jesus on the cross, though physically pained by the nails of the soldiers. In John 13:35, we are told that love is the Christian identity- “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”. Another way of life in the kingdom is prayers. No Christian can survive without prayers. In Luke 18:1, Jesus said men ought to pray always. Prayer is the only mode of communicating in the kingdom. This is not to say that you must always hide yourself in a room before you pray. There is a place for intensive prayers coupled with fasting. However, we must know that prayer is simply communicating with God.


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Treasure trap Footprints with Dr. Tunde

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hen my father died on December 12, 2003 in a ghastly motor accident, he had some amount of money in his pocket. Not a dime of it was recovered and given back to the family. He had his favorite Bible and hymn book with him. They were so marked and annotated that I believe they were a treasure that belonged to the archives! I still wish I could get them! When I had a chance to look through his closet, I found a tangible amount of money hidden some place and gave it to my mother. We soon gave away several brand new shirts and other clothes belonging to my dad. All of my dad’s stuff has changed hands! I can’t believe that it’s almost nine years already!

No matter how much of the world’s goods you have accumulated during your lifetime, you cannot take anything with you when you die! Neither can lifeless hands hold anything! The Egyptian Pharaohs and mummies thought otherwise. They accumulated vast quantities of precious materials and had these placed in their tombs for their use and enjoyment in the future life. However, robbers stole much of this treasure, archaeologists removed what was left and placed it in museums. It is a divine privilege for you to give while you are alive. Just do it!

3 Reasons Why God blesses us with material possessions: • For Personal and Family Support: God knows we have the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter (Matt 5:25-31; 1 Tim 6:8). God fills our mouth with good things (Psalm 103:5) Our loving father does not want us to “lack in any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). “I have been young, now I am old. I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25).

• A Test: “We should never forget that we are placed on trial in this world, to determine our fitness for the future life. None can enter heaven whose characters are defiled by the foul blot of selfishness. Therefore, God tests us here, by committing to us temporal possessions; that our use of these may show whether we can be entrusted with eternal riches.” (White, Counsels on Stewardship, 22.) “Temporal blessings are given us in trust to prove whether we can be entrusted with eternal riches.” (White, Adventist Home, 367.) • As Heaven’s Agents: “When Christians are controlled by the principles of heaven, they will dispense with one hand while the other gains. This is the only rational and healthy position a Christian can occupy while having and still making money.” (White, Testimonies to the Church, 2: 240.)

Enemies of Faithful Stewardship: A preacher was preaching one day and said that with God, “a thousand years like a minute, and a million dollars like a kobo.” An eager listener quickly retorted back at the preacher saying: “Lord, can I have a kobo, please?” The preacher answered back: “Just a minute!” By this, he understood that he could have a million dollars in a thousand years! Many of us just only tell God: “give me, give me, and give me;” and we never give back to God adequately and faithfully. What are the en-

emies of faithful stewardship? Consider the following: • Mismanagement—those who live up to their incomes and those who live beyond their incomes. • Unwillingness to adjust the lifestyle to the income • Unwillingness to accept alterna tive employment because of job preference, or lower pay. • Indolence – habitual laziness and slothfulness. Indocile – unwilling or indisposed to be taught or disciplined. • Debt. In a remote village of China lived an old grandma who was so mean to everyone, including children. She had a terrible temper and swore horribly. She attended an evangelistic series and decided to give her life to Christ, to the surprise of everyone. They waited for months before the missionary could come to their village to baptize the new converts. To her joy, the missionary finally arrived and she presented herself for baptism. Before he could baptize her however, he needed to examine her, to see if she really understood the details of the doctrines. He began. “do you know the books of the Bible? She explained that she could not read. “Who were the 12 apostles?” She shrugged her shoulders helplessly in ignorance. The Church leader begged. “She always returns her tithe, and gives as much as she can in offerings. She walks miles to and

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from Church each time. The whole village can testify to the change in her behavior. So the missionary asked her: “do you know God? Her face lit up! “I know Him! He is my heavenly grandfather! Oh, I know Him.” The missionary continued: “do you ever talk to Him?” She replied: “Oh, all the time. Oh I know Him.” The missionary agreed that she was ready for baptism. She might not know all the fine details of religion and doctrine, but she knew the most essential: she knew God! She gave back to God! God wants abundance for His children! The Psalmist declares: “you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me. All the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:5-6). This is a picture of abundance. This is where God wants to take you and I. Abraham’s blessings are mine! But do you know the secret of abundance? The SECRET to abundance is GIVING. “There is one who scatters yet increases more. And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich. And he who waters will also be watered himself ” (Prov 11:2425). “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). Generosity releases God’s abundance on you. •Tunde Ojewole, Ph.D., is the University Pastor and Associate Vice-President for Spiritual Life, Babcock University. For enquiries: ojewolea@babcock.edu.ng; 08058299434/08060376577

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How will Jesus take us away? Holy Inquiry with Pastor Paul

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Dear Pastor, Thanks for last Sunday’s publication, but I will like to know one thing. Since the righteous ones go to heaven through death as the Bible states, what happens to the faithful who are still alive, when Jesus comes? Harmony Edem from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Dear reader, I wonder if you are used to reading or studying your Bible very well. You could have known that your question is a very simple one. The answer to your question is not far-fetched. Let’s carefully examine the scriptures below for a clearer understanding. 1 Thessalonians 4 : 13 – 18 reads, “But I

would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hopel; 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him, 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep, 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first, 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord, 18 Wherefore, comfort one another with these words. I believe verse 17 of the scriptures above has answered your question beyond reasonable doubt; thus the scripture states that while the dead in Christ will rise on the coming of the Lord Jesus with a shout, the living will be caught up or will be lifted just like that, to go and

meet the Lord and others in the air or cloud. So don’t be bothered with what happens to you; whether alive or dead but be bothered about what to do in order to be with the Lord on the last day. Furthermore, let’s also quickly take a good look at 2 kings 2 : 9 – 12, which reads, “And it came pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee, and Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me, 10 And he said, thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee, but if not, it shall not be so, 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven, 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.” I believe with all the above scriptures

or statements, it is very obvious and evident that your question has been well taken care of. In 2 Kings above, the Bible records that when Elijah was lifted up into heaven, that Elisha saw it, that means that Elisha is the express witness to that. Time will not permit me to talk about Moses, which was also recorded that he also went to the mountain and disappeared, of which nobody can tell what became of him. There is no place any one can say this is Moses’ grave. The Bible is able to record that Abraham was buried and state where he was buried, even Isaac’s and Jacob’s. In conclusion, be aware that nothing is hard or difficult for God to do, and nothing is new under the sun. Only pray that you make heaven; whether in death or alive, it does not make any difference. All we desire is to be with Christ where soever he may be. I, therefore, advise that you try and live a holy life so that when Jesus shall come, you will not be left out. Yes it is true, Jesus is coming soon.


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The Future Awards begins national tour

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As part of the post-awards activities for its 7th Season, The Fu- College, Ronik International School, International School Lature Awards Central Working Committee has begun its annual gos, Aunty Ayo Secondary School, Mayflower School Ikenne, seminars across secondary schools and universities around the with more schools on the calendar. “We are glad that to be chosen as one of the privileged schools country. The seminars kicked off recently and will run until Januto host the winners of The Future Awards,” said the principal ary 2013. “The Future Awards is a year-long season where there is an un- of Premier College. “And we are grateful to the organisers for ending thread of events devoted to our core values of leadership, giving our students this eye opening opportunity on improving enterprise and active citizenship,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is ex- themselves and adding value to their communities and Nigeria.” ecutive director of The Future Project. “And beyond the awards, we are passionate about ensuring that a critical mass of young people engage directly with the wide range of winners: their stories of inspiration, value-creation and belief in self and country. As a bottom-top, grassroots-driven idea, beyond inspiring hope and faith, this is a practical youth-driven platform that ensures a multiplier-effect of positively engaged young people and a strengthened Nigerian economy.” The national Now tour has already visAkin has come ited Premier out with a debut album entitled ‘True Stories’. What would also excite M.I. with some that students music fans is that Akin’s new music offerleased will caping is available online on iTunes. a preview tivate fans on Akin’s The album covers a wide range of topics song entitled ‘Mo So Rire’. debut album include; ‘Problems After on 15 songs. ‘True Stories’ is Akin’s musiNigerian-Canadian award winProblems’, ‘Brand New Day’ (featuring cal gift, and by the staggering number of ning artiste, Akin pushes the boundRegular Robb), ‘They Said’ (featuring thousands of fans and followers, it is ceraries of music by merging R&B, Hip Nevahurd), ‘Strenght’, ‘Rock It’, ‘The tain that his messages of hope, love and enHop and Reggae with his African Way You Are’ and ‘Radio Killer’ (featurcouragement are reaching the souls roots influence. Akin is a story-teller ing Yomi) among others. of many. Fans will also be delighted to know through his music, writing and proS o n g s that Akin is working on an early 2013 ducing songs about life experiences,

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worship to God, and motivational messages. His positive music is a strong factor on his well-received reputation as an artiste due to his substance, mass appeal and musical depth. presented an interesting mix as sexy songstress, Tiwa Savage and R&B star, Darey Art Alade’s videos seem to be leading the pack. In the Best Afro Hip-hop category, Dona Diva’s ‘Shut Up’ is up against Neato C’s ‘Tony Montana Remix’, Sauce Kid/Sinzu’s ‘Carolina’, Uzikendu’s ‘Osiso’ and Vector’s ‘Angeli’. In the Best R&B category, Burna Boy’s ‘Like to Party’ will be slugging it out with D’beat’s ‘Oyoyo’, DIPP’s ‘Rock Your Body’, Jeffery’s ‘Tona Tona’ and Timi Dakolo’s ‘Love Song’.

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You have watched the videos on your screen. Now, you will soon know which of those music videos can win awards. After much anticipation, the organizers of the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) have finally released the official list of nominees for the 2012 edition of the show. The main award will come up in Lagos on December 20, 2012 at the Exhibition Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites. The theme for this year’s is ‘Preserving Culture’. But the 2012 NMVA official nominees list has

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And if you love Afro-pop, then you will be glad to know that in this year’s NMVA, the video of Brymo’s ‘Ara’ is up for the Best Afropop category alongside Chidinma’s ‘Kedike’, JJC’s ‘African Skank’, PSquare’s ‘Beautiful Onyinye’ and Shank’s ‘Ghetto’ In the Best Use of Costumes award, Darey Art Alade’s ‘Sisi Eko’ has been nominated alongside Tiwa Savage’s ‘Ife Wa Gbona’, Goldie’s ‘Say My Name’ and Sexy Steel’s ‘Bebedi Alhaja’.

Faith Ajiboye Port Harcourt agog for Crack Ya Ribs maintains consistency One of Nigeria’s prolific entertainers, Julius Agwu, who has carved a niche

for himself as far as comedy business is concerned, is yet again set to ignite Life/Hip-Hop artiste and performer Dee Consistency is one of the key elements of the bubbling city of Port-Harcourt this Christmas with his popular y presented his brand new single titled success in the music industry. Over time, accomedy brand, Crack Ya Ribs. For over a decade, Crack Ya Ribs has usic lovers on the continent. claimed gospel artist Faith Ajiboye has proven been an exciting night of music and comedy both within and outard-winning music producer Gafacci that he is consistent, and he further proves his conside the African continent. E Records’ very own Shaydee, Dee sistency with his latest album which will soon be reJulius Agwu revealed that he is going all the way to y No’ is a captivating future hit released. make the event, billed for December 25 at the Aztec y poised to take over the clubs and Titled Heaven’s Song, and produced by Pastor Paul AdeArcum, Stadium Road l, the biggest in Port-Harcoming weeks but is also set for farasin’s House On The Rock’s keyboardist, Ayotunde Onabolu, court in 2012. ess in Nigeria, Ghana and the the 14-track effort has being tipped by top gospel “Crack Ya Ribs on Christmas day is going pundits as an album to watch out for. to be my Christmas gift to my Port Harcourt a lush beat-heavy bass-line, According to them, the standout tracks that will people and the whole South-South. The event also ements and infectious drum make the album a critical and commercial success marks the end of this year’s Jaffy Football Talent put together by Gafacci, are Highly Awesome, Holy, All I Need, Fill This Place, Hunt competition which I started last year,” JuDee Moneey and Shaydee Great God and We Shout. lius says. As always, the show will be hosted rtistic elements with Dee Isaac Daniel, a gospel music expert for several years by Julius Agwu and it is expected to thrill g his catchy flow, thrillnow, said, “Faith Ajiboye has been very consistent in gosthe audience. lyrical dexterity and Ajiboye pel music and it is paying off for him. One of his videos, Do Others artistes expected are occans exactly why Banky Am 4 Me, is probably the longest aired gospel music video on sion include Okey Bakassi, Seyi ds signed the young TV while another one, Tomiloju, surprised everyone when it Law, Daniel D’humorous, Aje ooth and enthrallwas nominated in the Nigerian Music Video Awards fuji catbaba, Funky4, Iyanya, Burna nce that will knock egory last year. Boy, Ijaw Boys and DJ Abi.

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he need to take the right decision in every area of our lives cannot be over emphasised. Every step we take in life whether right or wrong is a product of a decision we took and the choices we made. We see these choices reflect in the way the wind of life sway in our direction making right choices leads to success while the wrong choices we make is the highway that leads to failure. That is why it is crucial to always Endeavour to make the right kind of choices from the start. This is so important to bear in mind when you want to get a life partner. Fine, you may think you have the right to date as many men or women you desire and when you want to get married, you simply look at your long list of your conquests and do the guessing game we all did at one time in our childhood that goes - mini mini mani mo - and the right person that will fit into your life as your future partner jumps out from the list. Well, dear

RESPONSES Reasons why people cheat on their partners This is a very articulate article. I now see the need to marry someone who appeals to me physically as well as psychologically just as Eddie Murphy said in that movie coming to America. Gabriel.gabby20122@yahoo.com This is the first time I visited your column on the web. I discovered entertaining stuff in your weblog, especially its discussions. Please keep up the fantastic work. Alexander McQueen, UK

Beware of online romance scams That is a well processed item. I loved digesting it a lot. There are plenty of portals on the computer today, and for that reason we need a lot of understanding on how to use the internet. It is nearly impossible to discern what could be factual, fake or what stories are real on the internet today. People should also be careful the kind of information they leave on the internet for anybody to use against them. Oge Maduforo.mauforoog@yahhoo. com

friend you couldn’t be more wrong! I am not here to tell you a particular pattern to take when you want to find a life partner. There is no checklist that exists that will help you find The One. Everyone has a different idea about what they want in a partner. I will encourage you not just to make a checklist of features you want in a wife or husband (funny, sexy, slim, fat etc.), but to also consider who you are, what’s important to you, and the type of life you want to live. Once you have thought about that, consider the qualities your potential partner must possess in order to complement this vision. This will help you have a clear idea the kind of Models choice you must make in order to see your desire in marriage come to pass. Taking the decision from the onset to only date men or women who will likely fit into your desired marital vision is the key to unlocking making right choices of marriage partners. I wish you all the best in your hunt!

HELPLINE Hi, please I need your advice. I am in love with a guy and we are both AS! I am AS B+, while he is AS O+! We are confused and don’t know what to do! Please I will prefer u reply me back privately on my email and not disclose my email address. Thank you Nkechi’s email address withheld. My answer Your situation is a very heartbreaking one. I understand your confusion. Love is a beautiful thing especially if it is with the right person. But, I must confess that you need to put a check to the love you feel right now. You might be compatible with this person in every way, but medically you are not. You stand the chance of having children born with sickle cell anaemia if you proceed to marry your love. In the long run, having such a child can take a terrible toll on that love you both have now and you might end up frustrated in that marriage. I know it will be a painful decision to take, but you need to think very carefully about the future and the possibility of bringing children with sickle cell anaemia into the world. All the same, if both of you still insist and want to go ahead with your plans, I’ll advise you seek medical counsel before proceeding. I will also advise you to visit the SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION in Idi Araba, opposite LUTH, if you live in Lagos or you can visit any Sickle cell centre in your own locality if you are not in Lagos for more medical advice since they are expert in these things. Marriage is a lifetime issue. Please do not play with it. Seek advice from professionals before taking any final decision. I wish you the best in whatever you deicide.

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t was the beginning of a new phase of life for Femi Brainard and his pretty beau, Uche Nwokocha, when they performed their traditional wedding on Saturday, November 24. The event took place in the bride’s hometown in Imo State. The couple was elegantly dressed in the Igbo native attire. Pretty Uche looked eye-catching in her green lace, two-piece wrapper, an orange-coloured lace blouse and headgear. She harmonised her look with a gold clutch purse, shoes and coral beads. Femi complemented his bride in his green lace traditional attire, cap and coral beads. Femi and Uche had been dating for a while. They however decided to keep it under wrap although they sometimes attended events together. It was gathered that Femi and Uche met at her office at Top Radio FM, Ikeja, Lagos while at the radio station for a show interview. They began a romantic relationship which today has blossomed into marriage. Dark-complexioned Femi is a popular and talented Nollywood actor and has featured in so many English and Yoruba home videos as well as a couple of soap operas. Uche, works as an On Air personality and producer at Top Radio 90.9. She was also a contestant in the Amstel Movie Box Office (AMBO) back in 2008 and placed fourth in the competition. She holds a degree in Cell Biology in Genetics from the University of Lagos. The church wedding will take place early next year.

Chiadikanma Emem Nwauzor was born at Ancilla Hospital, Iju Ishaga, Lagos to Jude and Oluchi Nwauzor. She was delivered at 8.20 a.m. and weighed 3.6kg. According to Oluchi, during the pregnancy, “I craved for roasted plantain. I also ate watermelons and apples daily. I also drank a lot of water.” What irritated her during the pregnancy? “I was irritated by the body cream of my younger sister. Also, the smell of perfume irritated me,” Oluchi stressed. Were there physical body changes during the pregnancy? “I had pimples on my face, back and chest. I was looking very dark compared to my fair complexion,” Oluchi said. What do Chiadikanma’s parents love about her? “Chiadikanma is a special child. She only cries whenever she is hungry,” Oluchi emphasised. What do they want her to become in future? “I want her to become a nurse,” she said. What is the meaning of Chiadikanma? “It means my God is too good. He showed himself during her delivery. Indeed, God is too good,” Oluchi revealed.

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aith Arigbe and Kenny Umenyi’s traditional wedding ceremony took place at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, November 22, amid pomp. The bride and groom looked glamorous in their traditional attires. Faith dazzled guests in her gold three-quarter sleeve blouse with brown and gold-coloured skirt. She matched her bridal look with a gold headgear and coral beads accessories. Kenny also matched his lovely bride in a gold-colour traditional outfit, coral beads and red cap. She chose a black sequined material paired with burgundy velvet

fabric and fuchsia pink headgear as the aso ebi for her friends. The different styles made with the combination of the fabric created an inspiring and thoroughly sizzling effect while the groom’s people looked magnificent in yellow and blue outfits. The friends of the groom looked splendid in cream-coloured outfit which they paired with black and pink fila. The hall looked wonderful as it was skillfully decorated with artificial flowers, white fabrics and lightening. The chairs and tables were covered with white and silver fabrics. Invited guests had lots to eat and drink.

Oluwafikayomi Oluwademilade Odusanya was born at Fuja Hospital, Lagos Island to Abiodun and Omolara Odusanya. She was delivered at 10.42 p.m. and weighed 3.2kg. What did Omolare crave for during the pregnancy? “I desired beans and yam. I also drank a lot of water,” she said. What do Oluwafikayomi’s parents love about her? “She sleeps and eats well. She is also a little, beautiful girl,” Omolara revealed. They want her to become a medical doctor in future “so that she can help treat and save the lives of the sick”. What is the meaning of Oluwafikayomi? “Oluwafikayomi means God has added joy to our life,” Omolara added.


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World I can flaunt anything but can’t go nude DECEMBER 2, 2012

–Favour Lucky, Nigerian Next Super Model Fourteen-year-old Favour Lucky is a student of Shekinah Comprehensive Secondary School, Lagos. The skinny, spotlessbody youngster beat 22 others to win the Nigerian Next Super Model title last Sunday, taking home a Rio Kio car for her beauty. She tells Adaeze Amos in this interview what she thinks about modelling, and her aspirations in life. Could you tell us about the contest? We were 23 in number and we were camped for two weeks before the night of the competition. How was life in the camp? It was stressful though interesting. We were busy rehearsing our catwalks. We were also placed on diet but it was only in the night that we were allowed to eat something heavy. We also rehearsed our dance steps. I don’t think I would easily forget my experience in the camp. I was writing down my experience on my note book, starting from the day I moved into the camp, but after a while, I got tired of that and stopped. What happened on the night of the pageant? The pageant took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on the November 24. I was scared at first but immediately I got on the runway, stage fright fizzled out and was replaced with boldness. Before I came up for the contest, I didn’t know how to catwalk well. I was groomed by Olumide Da Silva for four days and I picked up, coupled with rehearsals we had in the camp. When I walked on the stage, the applause was impressing. The spectators really cheered me up. They were impressed the way I walked. I knew I was doing well due to the expressions on their faces. We were 23 models that came out on the stage and gradually some were dropped along the line. From 23 contestants, 13 were dropped, remaining 10. From 10, five were dropped and from five two were dropped, remaining three of us. When my name was mentioned as the winner, I was amazed. I saw my mom shouting, ‘that’s my daughter,’ in a loud voice. She was happy for me. My dad too was present. My school principal came too on the night of the pageant and my classmates were also present to cheer me up. I made them proud. Right now, I’m the Nigerian Next Super Model Season 6 and the winner of a brand new Rio Kio car. But you don’t know how to drive? That is no big deal. I can easily learn how to drive. How old are you? I’m 14 years old. I was born on February13, 1998. Were you aware of some negative impressions some people have about models? I heard all sorts but that’s all fallacy. What is sinful about being a model? They should erase such negative impressions please. In the camp before the contest, when I heard that some models were going to be evicted, you needed to see how I was praying for God to see me through. My colleagues were even laughing at me, calling me a fire brand from Mountain of Fire church. At last, God answered my prayers. Nobody was evicted from the camp. While I was doing my catwalks, I was now wondering what was sinful about modelling. Nothing! How about some scanty wears you may be asked to model? Once a model is on the runway, she is seen as a model. Your normal life is different from what happens on the stage. You may not see a model wearing some of the dresses she models on runway elsewhere. That is the fact. If you are asked to model nude, wouldn’t you do it? No one will ask me to model nude. I can model just anything, including beach wears, bikinis inclusive but I won’t model nude. Now that you are the Nigerian Next Super Model, Season 6, what happens to your education? I will still continue. Most of the Isis models (the modelling agency in charge of the Nigerian Next Super Model) have never relented in their education. For instance, Aisha Bello, the Nigerian Next Super Model 2010 is not doing badly in her education. Bunmi Ademokoya, the first runner-up in the Next Super Model 2007, who was 18 at the time of the contest and who later won the Best Model of the World Competition which took place in Istanbul, Turkey and was given a cash prize of $5,000, is studying Law at the moment in a South African university. She is also

doing well and she has been with Isis Modelling Agency since 2007. She works with Isis Modelling Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa. She left Turkey because of language barrier to pursue her educational career in South Africa. She recently won the Most Outstanding Model of the year also by Isis Modelling Agency and was given a brand new car. I will not relent in my education because it is power. Even though I hope to move my modelling career to greater heights, I will also not lose focus onmy education. What would you want to study in the university? I would want to study Computer Science. I would love to be a renowned international model and a computer scientist. Who are your mentors in the modelling world? Aisha Bello. She has been there for me. She advised me never to allow fame get into my head; that it pays to be humble in life and I believe her. Internationally, I admire Bunmi Ademokoya and Naomi Campbell who has endured in the modelling world. Who are you grateful to for winning this diamond-studded crown and your car prize? I’m grateful to God first, the giver of life, and to Mrs Joan Okorodudu, the owner of the Nigerian Next Super Model. She has used this platform to give so many youths a lift in life. God will always bless her. She relates with us her models like a mother relates with her children.


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distraught man, battling a lifethreatening problem rationalised as cosmic attack, had gone to meet a wood-side herbalist in his native community, for solution. There, he was told to go find the intestines, oesophagus and the four legs of a tortoise, needed to provide an antidote. Patently rattled, the man asked the eye-twitting herbalist, “Baba, which market in this country can offer those body parts of a tortoise?” Laughing hysterically with interludes of shrieking chants of the cognomen of his domiciled gnomes, the herbalist, amid hiccups, said, “Whoever seeks the head, intestines and legs of the tortoise, will have to buy a whole tortoise.” That intended allegory is taken from the rich, almost bottomless pouch of the Yoruba folklore. It comes to navigate the raging tango between the Lagos State Government and the operators of commercial motorcycles, best known as Okada riders. Already, under the new Lagos traffic law, Okada operation is still being allowed. Okada riders are permitted to work and earn their living like other law-abiding citizens. But they have been banned from plying 475 routes in Lagos megalopolis; routes which majorly count as highways. In the sense of the ‘whole tortoise story’, therefore, it looks clear that there is a full application of euphemism in the approach adopted by the Lagos government, which is that, Okada riders are to quit the trade, at least in Lagos. Again, one basic truth is that, once government states, ‘you are please advised to desist from so, so’, Nigerians have come to know that what is actually beneath the

tongue of government is that, ‘C’mon, leave; pack your things now and leave, else I break your coconut head!’ Ever since the full implementation of the Lagos traffic law, the need to exorcise what inexorably becomes the ghost of Okada from Lagos roads, has now taken the dimension of few powerful cats hounding down a densely populated community of rats. The police, jaded by the usurping of its traffic duties by the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Lagos State Transportation Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), have now found respite in the blanket order from Alausa, the seat of Lagos government, to arrest, seize and bring any Okada found on the highway, to government for destruction. In tow, a Lagos task force charged with the seizure and destruction of Okada, headed by Bayo Suleiman, a Superintendent of Police, is no more than a dreaded killer-masquerade, reportedly breathing down on police stations, to know the number of Okadas each Divisional Police Officer has hauled. Besides, inside sources informed that each DPO has been given a marching order to seize 200 Okadas, primed for destruction, per week. While not playing the advocate for Okada riders, it would seem that as the Lagos State Government is imbued with brilliant ideas on how to transform this city which is Nigeria’s commercial nervecentre, it lacks the grace of decency, in tackling perceived infractions. The governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), says his laws are for the common good; but his

foot-soldiers, as it were, are no fools. They must have been propped to be brutal, to have been this brutal. In the course of chasing Okada around the Lagos streets, many avoidable accidents have occurred, resulting in deaths and severe injuries. Assuredly, Okada deserves to be phased out, as it is really, no means of transportation. A committee once set up by the Fashola government, chaired by Olusegun Kazeem, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, had recommended a ban of Okada operation in view of its high accident profile, which had sent many to their early graves and maimed countless others. Besides, the committee found that Okadas are mostly used for quick robbery operations as the auto bikes have the advantage of cleanly beating traffic jams, consonant with Lagos roads. The committee, ‘through its scientific research’, was also able to discover that the fume coming out of the Okada exhaust pipe is a veritable decimator, which can increase mortality rate. But getting down to the brass tacks, what does the Fashola administration intend for the hundreds of thousands of those thrown into the labour market with the loss of their source of income? Has he factored in the fact that his action could cause setbacks to the gains recorded in crime control under his administration? Certainly, there has been no reflection of democracy in the attitude of the Fashola government to the weakling, the holoi poloi, who are the wretched of the earth. The justification for this averment is the way and manner many landlords and traders lost their properties, especially in

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the construction efforts best carried out in his first tenure, without any modicum of compensation. Not a few persons, out of frustration and attendant depression, have died while many more still ail, in one form or the other. One would have expected the Lagos government to, for instance, provide a soft-landing for the displaced Okada riders, by grouping them into unions of beneficiaries of alternative means of transportation. In this sense, the new genre of durable tricycles could be bought for them, on loan, with their registered associations as sureties. In banning Okada from Bayelsa roads, Governor Seriake Dickson cushioned the pains with the purchase of taxicabs and tricycles for the ex-Okada operators, thus bringing smiles to their wrinkled faces. This is, however, not an attempt to gloss over the brilliant performance of the Fashola administration, calibrated in resounding success as Lagos, all over, is wearing a new look in terms of road construction, dredging of canals and resuscitating some demented social facilities. But all that can be said is that, the administration needs a human face, which it has lacked all this while.

What about us? LEONARD K ARSHIMA SHILGBA

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am not going to bore you with statistics about how the Nigerian public officers and civil servants take more than 70 per cent of Nigeria’s revenues every year; probably, you know about that already. My intention is not to make you the Nigerian more discouraged about your country, for that would defeat the purpose of the passion I feel for this country. My desire or great expectation is to paint a scenario that is true of our situation, and which puts in clear relief the ineluctable judgment that our wrong actions and cowardly inactions would inevitably foist on Nigeria; then, I would make a call to action. When a government consistently spends more than three quarters of its country’s revenues on recurrent expenditures, here is the real but hidden information: •All citizens who are not part of the civil service or of the governing political class are not the focus of governance. •If the national wages are not living wages, the civil servants are not able to support the mass of citizens who are related to them, but who have no source of livelihood of their own. •The general mass of the people have no use for “government”. If five civil servants are employed by government to do the work of one civil servant for the only reason of “creating jobs”, the excess four are a burden on society and not a solution. In Nigeria, the burden is growing for the simple reason that government is afraid of facing the consequences of poor governance. If we must have a smart and effective government (both at the national and local levels), we could do with just 20

per cent of the entire civil servants of the nation. But the result is that a massive social unrest will be created by the 80 per cent that will join the colony of the unemployed and unemployable Nigerians. The tax revenues on workers (both in the private and public sectors) are so small, which is testimony to the fact that the political class, the judiciary, business leaders, religious leaders, and traditional leaders have appropriated the lion share of our commonwealth. The story is this, the collective wages of civil servants in Nigeria constitute a huge hole in public revenues, but the average remuneration is so small that the taxable income is a pittance. Accordingly, government revenues from workers’ income are so insignificant. Therefore, taxes on workers’ earnings in Nigeria are a very small fraction of the total tax revenues collected by either the Federal Inland Revenue Service or its state counterparts. I include taxes on private sector workers in Nigeria, who slave for the private business owners in this country that has recently been rated the worst country to live in, where prospects for healthy, safe, and prosperous living are discouraging. In addition, we have a generally unproductive political class, whose professed service to the country does not translate to better roads (as they and their religious collaborators testify in their frenzied acquisition of private jets), world-class public schools and universities (as they would bear witness by the fact that they send their children and relatives to better equipped and funded private schools and universities in Nigeria and abroad), and safe, efficient, and well-equipped public hospitals and clinics (as they would agree by how they and the super-rich in society spend billions of naira annually seeking medical help in India, the UK, and other countries that have

public officials who offer real service to their people). Nigeria’s public officials (both elected and appointed) have failed to provide the needed public infrastructure on which the private sector should rely to create jobs and consequently, wealth. In a capitalist or quasi-capitalist economy such as Nigeria’s, it is not the primary duty of government to create jobs, but it is the role of government to provide the enabling environment for the private sector to create high income jobs. Such environment should include elements such as a tax code that is neither harsh on low-income earners (which income range should be defined based on median and average family incomes) nor discouraging to private sector job growth, basic physical and social infrastructure that would contribute to reduction of cost of doing business (by social infrastructure, I am particular about reducing the drains and frustrations of bureaucratic corruption), problem-solving oriented education that is attractive to private sector employers, and fiscal and monetary policies that encourage both repatriation of profit by foreign investors and exports by local producers. There is presently an oppressive League of Four in Nigeria. The political, religious, business and traditional rulers in Nigeria have all come together in the general oppression of the Nigerian people. I have used the word “rulers” advisedly because these are no leaders in Nigeria. They protect each other, encourage each other, and defend each other. What about us? It is impossible to rely on the same oppressors to deliver Nigeria from the sludge. Where then does relief come from? For those of us who believe in the teachings of the Bible or the Koran, we think God should intervene. For others who believe in “pragmatic” solutions, the people must rise up against the current system of

poaching and corruption. What do I mean by poaching? In order to protect their positions of privilege and influence, the political class in Nigeria has learned and perfected the skills to scan through the land to pick and corrupt former “activists”, “social critics”, and “progressives” whom they believe are becoming increasingly a threat to their interest. Once they get into government, only few of them can resist the cultic broth. And once they taste it, they undergo a transformation both of the mind and spirit. And so, the Nigerian people have gradually lost warriors. Protest resignation is an alien phrase should there be a conflict of principles in the conduct of official duty. Thus have those “wretched of the earth” (courtesy of Frantz Fanon) always been betrayed. The people then find difficult to trust any of us “social critics” or “progressives” anymore. Recently, they suffered a serious let down in the January uprising. They shed blood in Ilorin for nothing. From Lagos to Kano, they protested for nothing. The Abuja and Kaduna displays brought them no profit as eventually their trusted “progressives” betrayed them at the night meetings in Abuja. For any positive change to come out of governance in Nigeria, something new must happen to make the political class (being urged on by their religious, business, and traditional cheer leaders) undergo a complete make-over of the mind and spirit. The inquiry now should be about what can bring about this change. Some believe that our collective repentance and prayers can bring this about, and so the people must do nothing but “pray”. But there are some that believe that faith without action is vanity •Shilgba is an Associate Professor of Mathematics with the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State.


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hen will the strike embarked upon by local government workers in Plateau State come to an end? Will the public primary school pupils who have lost two consecutive terms as a result of the strike ever recover? What future for the local governments in the state whose activities have remained grounded for more than half a year? These are some of the nagging questions, as the trade dispute between the state government and council workers over the implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage enters the seventh month. “Since the strike began in June, this year, activities at the third tier of government have been paralysed while public primary schools have remained shut against the pupils. Also, the citizens can no longer access the services of the primary health care centres. Economic activities in the state are at a standstill. A lot of people are said to have died as a result of the strike’’, lamented Mr. Peter Gwom, a parent who has been monitoring the strike. She added: ‘Initially, when this strike started, we thought it wouldn’t last for a week. It is very unfortunate that the strike has dragged on without solution. In fact, if you visit the 17 local government areas, the damage which the strike has caused the people is better imagined than stated. I think something needs to be done to save the local governments in the state from total collapse’’. But rather than heed the warning, both government and the workers have intensified the battle with accusations and counter-accusations. Not even intervention from many quarters, including the state’s elders, the House of Assembly, the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and other stakeholders, has yielded the desired result. As it is, there is a growing belief in some quarters that the strike, which has witnessed many protests by the workers, if not resolved, may aggravate the security challenge facing the state, especially given the 10-day ultimatum given to gov-

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Seven months on, strike paralyses Plateau LGs •It’s no work, no pay, says Govt •It’s also no pay, no work, workers reply ernment by labour, to resolve the issues or face the wrath of the workers. At a sitting by the state lawmakers, member representing Shendam Constituency, Johnbull Shekarau, who noted with concern the security threat which the industrial action has come to assume said, “The strike is gradually turning to anger. It has reached a stage where lawmakers can no longer move about freely for fear of being attacked by the workers. Properties belonging to politicians in the state are also being targeted.” The dispute started when the local government workers demanded for the implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage which was subjected to negotiation. An agreement was eventually reached in January 2012, resulting in the payment of 50 percent to the workers, as minimum. Not satisfied, the union leaders of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) later called for an upward review of the 50 percent. It was learnt that the government expressed its intention to concede the upward review to the extent that monthly revenue from the local governments can accommodate. The demand also attracted intervention not only from government’s standing committee on collective bargaining but also the state House of Assembly, to no avail. The Plateau State stakeholders at a meeting in September further constituted an Elders Committee headed by the former Deputy Governor of the state, Air

Marshal Bitrus Atukum, to further look into the matter. After several appeals by the Elders Committee, the workers accepted an additional five percent increase making it the 55 percent upward review offer but insisted that salary arrears of the months which the strike lasted be paid to them, a position which the government rejected, maintaining that it contradicts the existing labour law of ‘no work, no pay’’. Section 43, Subsection1 (a) of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T 8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) reads thus: “Where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wage or remuneration for the period of the strike and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continued employment and all rights dependent on the continuity of period of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly’’. Besides, in separate statements by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, and Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor, James Mannok, the government accused labour of playing in the hands of the opposition to prolong the strikes. It maintained that its relationship with workers had been cordial since the inception of the administration as it had gone ahead to clear 11 months’ salary arrears owed the workers in Bariki Ladi, and Bassa local government areas by the previous administration, including payment of N504 million Leave Transport Allowance for primary school teachers, as well as payment of Leave Transport grant to state civil servants, from 2003 to 2007. Government also highlighted other steps it had taken to improve the welfare of its workforce to include payment of

salary areas up to four months owed in ministries, departments and agencies; harmonisation of promotions and increment in the workforce as well as payment of arrears dating to 1970s. It further maintained that with these steps and others taken since the inception of the administration, it was wrong for anyone to accuse it of non-commitment to the welfare of workforce. The workers have equally faulted government’s position on the ‘no work, no pay’, insisting that the strike would have been averted if government was sincere with labour. At a press conference in Jos at the weekend, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Comrade Jibrin Bancir, said there was no going back on the strike, unless government pays the workers their entitlements. He said government was misled into invoking the ‘no work, no pay’ policy which he said had never been applied anywhere in the country. “The bone of contention is the payment of our outstanding salaries. We have accepted the 55 percent offered to us but since the government is saying ‘no work, no pay’, we equally insist that ‘no pay, no work’. But let it known that government was misled on the policy. “Instead of showing the governor the 2005 Act, they showed him the 2004 Act which has been already been overtaken by the 2005 Act.” The NLC chairman said the union had given the government 10 days ultimatum to resolve the strike or face the wrath of the workers. According to him, all the affiliate unions to NLC and TUC across the country have been mobilised to relocate their national headquarters to Jos, if the workers’ demand is not met at the end of the ultimatum.


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iew: Yoruba tand •Insists on SNC

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me to the Olympics as two countries

ritain, but its autonomy is assured. kable arrangement on us. Northern aring,” he said. agos lawyer and human rights activhe belief that, “The root cause of our al defects that have always afflicted onstitutional frame-work of the pols since 1914 to date have never truly al, cultural and religious realities of

nce being advocated is to rebuild this

single sovereign nation from its collapsing foundation, not to tear the country into several sovereign nations.” Meanwhile, the Pro-National Conference Organisation (PRONACO) has described the ongoing constitutional amendment process driven by the National Assembly as a false hope deliberately raised to supplant the popular will of the peoples for a brand new peoples constitution. Commenting on the series of public hearing held across the country by members of the National Assembly, PRONACO spokesperson, Olawale Okunniyi, said yesterday in Lagos that while it may be legal for the National Assembly, by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution to amend sections of the constitution, such a process can never lead to the desired peoples’ constitution. Okunniyi said since the constitution under review was not owned by

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eter Obi Campaign Organof Anambra State APGA, Alor, has thrown his supave his replacement from ay Mirror that their supbasically based on equity. ding light on why APGA ng of governorship post “It is the issue of equity; a has not enjoyed it for all just allow them to nomihoever they will choose ve the potentials for winsed that APGA had zoned the North and that the peor 31 to produce a common privilege would be taken

e expressed their position ing of the governorship of Anambra Elders Council

and former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife. Speaking to Sunday Mirror on the issue, Dr. Ikedife said the artificial demarcation of North and South should not be made an issue or over-politicised. He contended that what the state wanted was a governor that would bring responsive governance and spread development, even distribution of patronages and infrastructure across the state. Summing his position, he contends, “I doubt when it is absolutely necessary to say that Anambra North Senatorial zone has not produced leaders; the greatest leader Nigeria and Africa have had was the Zik of Africa. He was from Anambra North, and after the civil war, Dr Ukpabi Asika, the Administrator of East Central State, was from Onitsha. Let us not cut our history at a period it suits us. If we are going historical, then we should go the full length of the history”. He stressed that until that was done, people cannot justify the claim that Anambra North Senatorial zone had not produced a governor

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the constituents of Nigeria but foisted on the people by a military government, it would forever remain, in reality, a military decree, no matter the degree of amendments carried out on it. “Under the present constitutional contraption foisted by the military and sustained by opportunistic politicians in government, the current amendment is not likely to make the desired impact of isolating corruption, except the peoples of Nigeria are first allowed to own and restructure their political system and make it less juicy, bogus and ostentatious,” he said. However, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity, Zakari Muhammed, has disclosed that the ongoing exercise by the lawmakers would produce a new constitution that would be based on the people’s will, adding that it would be unveiled to Nigerians by the National Assembly next year. The lawmaker stated that already, members of the National Assembly have commenced the collation of the report of the just-concluded public hearings on the amendments of the major grey areas of the 1999 Constitution. Fielding questions from journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on the state of the nation, recently, Muhammed said: “There is no constitution that is perfect in the world, hence, the conduct of the public hearing across the federal constituencies in Nigeria would allow more inputs for service delivery.” He added, “Development has provided an opportunity for all and sundry to take part on how they feel the laws that would be guiding them in their day to day governance are made.” Muhammed, who represents Baruten/Kaima federal constituency from Kwara State at the lower chamber, said, “Among such agitations include, the issue of creation of states, new revenue formular, state police, creation of more local government councils and autonomy of local government councils and the 36 state House of Assemblies in the country.” In the same vein, the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor (PDP/Delta), has assured Nigerians of transparency and adherence to due process in the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution. Ogor, who gave the pledge at the weekend, during a chat with journalists at the National Assembly, said the kind of enthusiasm shown by Nigerians during the just-concluded “Peoples Public Sessions” was an indication that the House of Representatives was right in taking the constitution review process to the grassroots. Ogor, who represents Isoko Federal Constituency, said the leadership of the House and the Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review would do everything possible to preserve the sanctity of the process and ensure that the will of the people prevailed at the end of the day. He lamented that the town hall meetings have also become a platforms for political detractors to launch unnecessary campaigns of calumny against legislators, including self. Speaking also during the Zonal Executive Council meeting of the party in Enugu, the National Vice- Chairman of PDP, South-East zone, Austin Akobundu, said a situation where the South-east remained the zone with the least number of states was no longer acceptable and as such should be addressed in the course of the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution. He noted that the current constitutional amendment exercise had generated great national interest and participation and called on the National Assembly members to present and pursue all those aspects of the constitution amendment that are of great interest to their people, particularly the creation of additional States in the South-east geo-political zone. Akobundu, however, commended the efforts of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, who are the Chairmen of the committees for constitutional amendment in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively for the good job they are doing.

or leader of the state. He also urged the proponents of that idea to open up their minds, rather than narrowing it down. According to Chief Ikedife, “we want progress, we want development and above all, we want peace for Anambra State. We are talking about a new state, let’s concentrate on that. When we get the new state, we can talk about who rules it and who does not. In fact, if the new Orimili State becomes a reality, it is mainly in Anambra North Senatorial zone, with a bit of Anambra Central.” Another key personality who spoke about the issue was the State Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Chief Chukwuemeka Orjiako. He told Sunday Mirror that every zone had the right to aspire for the position of governorship in the state and that ANPP was open for any person from any zone in the state who wished to contest for the governorship post. He stated that in doing this, the party would consider justice and equity before supporting a candidate. Chief Orjiako advised those insisting that the governor must come from their zone to tidy up plans and ensure that they are ready and united to present a good, God-fearing and a practical Chris-

tian as candidate. As the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), PDP and Labour Party (LP) respectively have not indicated their position on the issue, feelers show that it is going to be very tough for those who are marketing the project of zoning the governorship post to Anambra North zone in 2014. It is apparent that the central and south senatorial zones would throw up some strong and well connected candidates, who would wage a frontal battle against any common candidate of Anambra North.

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Hello children, How did you find your studies last week? I know you are warming up for your Christmas holiday. Don’t worry; it is just a matter of days. However, ensure that you work hard in order to excel in your examination. That would make daddy and mummy happy. I wish you a pleasant week ahead.

Portrait Painting

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portrait painting is an artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. It is a representation of the human face painted from real life. Portrait painting can be used to instill posi-

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JOKES

Akpos and the missing N1,000 note Akpos got late to school one Monday morning and his class teacher demanded to know why he came late. The following conversation followed. Teacher: “Akpos, why did you come late to school today?” Akpos: “A man lost his N1,000 note at the bus stop.” Teacher: “It seems you were helping him to look for his lost money then. That is good of you.” Akpos: “No, teacher. Am I mad? I was the one standing on the money so I couldn’t move.”

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Eyesight A woman went to the doctor and when she got there, she said, “When I looked into the mirror this morning, I saw my hair was frizzy, my skin wrinkly and my eyes were red. Doc, what is wrong with me?” The doctor replied, “Well, the good news is that your eyesight is fine.”

WHO INVENTED WHAT…?

Sylvan Nathan Goldman created the shopping cart

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he first shopping carts were put into service by Oklahoma City grocery owner Sylvan Nathan Goldman in 1937. At the time, customers dragged their goods in baskets, making for a heavy and difficult shopping experience. One night, in 1936, Goldman sat in his office wondering how customers could move more groceries. He stared idly at a wooden folding chair and he had an idea. Put a basket on the seat, wheels on the legs… Wait a minute. Why not two baskets, one above the other? Goldman and a mechanic, Fred Young, began tinkering. Their first shopping cart was a metal frame that held two wire

baskets. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”. Basically, they were folding metal frames with handles and wheels. Customers could place handheld baskets on the carriers, and take them off again at checkout. Goldman’s concept was simple, make shopping easier for the customer so that they will visit the store more frequently and buy more. Unfortunately, the customers didn’t want to use the carts. Young men thought they would appear weak; young women felt the carts were unfashionable; and older people didn’t want to appear helpless. So, Goldman hired models of all ages and both sexes to push the carts around the store, pretending they were shopping and this trick worked. When not in use, the carts are folded and stacked against a wall and the baskets stacked on the floor. It was patented on March 15, 1938. In 1946, Orla E. Watson, of Kansas City, MO, devised a plan for a telescoping shopping cart which did not require assembly or disassembly of its parts before and after use; this cart could be fitted into another cart for compact storage. Watson applied for a patent on his shopping cart invention in 1946, but Goldman contested it and filed an

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application for a similar patent. In 1949 Goldman relinquished his rights to the patent and granted them to Watson. In exchange, Goldman received licensing rights

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in addition to the three other licences previously granted; Watson continued to receive royalties for each cart produced. In 1952, a piece of plastic was added to close off the tiny leg holes. The shopping cart has undergone many more changes as time has progressed. Today’s shopping carts are a larger version of Goldman’s invention. He was born on November 15, 1898 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died November 25, 1984.

My best food

Food is life Life is Food If there is no food There is no life Everybody like food My best food is beans Beans gives me growth It gives me protein Some people hate beans But I like beans. By Macharthy Kehinde (Baptist Boys High School (Mission) Oke-Saje, Abeokuta, Ogun State)

QUOTE

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. –Anatole France

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IT’S STORY TIME …

PROCESS STEP 1: It is either a model (person) poses before you or you may choose to draw from a picture. You must study your model very well before you commence drawing. STEP 2: Observe critically the position, shape and direction of the parts of the head such as the eyes, nose, mouth and ears and so on. You are to ensure that they are properly drawn and balanced on the paper. STEP 3: Having drawn the portrait with an HB pencil, trace out the outline with a permanent marker. STEP 4: Apply colour to the forms showing an effect of depth with introduction of light and shade. STEP 5: Frame the finished work or mount it on another shade of coloured cardboard. These are portrait painting as executed by the students of Baptist Boys High School (Mission), Abeokuta.

The stranger in the garden

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nce upon a time, there was a man who had a big garden. He planted different seedlings and cared for them until they bore fruits and became trees. One day, he wanted to pick up some fruits so that he could take to the market, sell them and make money for his family. So, that fateful day while picking fruits with his son, the man saw a stranger sitting on the branch of one of the trees picking fruits. He became angry and shouted, “Hey you, what are you doing on my tree? Are you not ashamed of stealing fruits in the daytime?” The stranger on the branch just looked at the gardener but didn’t reply but continued to pick the fruits. The gardener was very angry and shouted again, “For a whole year I have taken care of these trees, you have no right to take the fruits without my permission. Come down at once”. The stranger on the tree answered, “Why should I come down? This is the garden of God and I am the servant of God, so I have the right to pick these fruits. You should not interfere between the work of God and his servant”. The gardener was very surprised at this answer and thought

of a plan. He called his son and said, “Go, bring a rope and get this man down from the tree”. His son brought the rope and the gardener ordered him to tie the stranger to the tree. The gardener then took a stick and started to beat the stranger. The stranger began to scream, “Why are you beating me? You have no right to do this!” The gardener paid no attention and continued beating him. The stranger screamed, “Don’t you fear God? You are beating an innocent man.” Then, the gardener answered, “Why should I fear? This stick in my hand belongs to God and I too I am the servant of God, so I have nothing to fear, and you shouldn’t interfere with the work of God and his servant.” The stranger hesitated and then said, “Wait, do not beat me, I am sorry for taking the fruits. This is your garden and I should seek your permission before taking the fruits. Please forgive and set me free.” The gardener smiled and said, “Since you have now realised your mistake, I will forgive you but remember that God has given all his servants brains so every person’s deeds are in his own hands.” Then the gardener untied him and let him go free.

DID YOU KNOW?

It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile

Moral: Seek people’s permission before taking or using their things

TONGUE TWISTERS

Amidst the mists and coldest frosts, With stoutest wrists and loudest boasts, He thrusts his fist against the posts And still insists he sees the ghosts.

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smile is a facial expression in which the corners of the mouth are raised, usually expressing amusement, pleasure or approval. Life could be a little easier if we all smile more and frown less or not even frown at all. A smile does not take time away from you and you only require 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown. So do you prefer to smile or to frown? The choice is yours.

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What does a cat have that no other animal has? Answer: Kittens. What has two heads, four eyes, six legs and a tail? Answer: A cowboy riding his horse. What always sleeps with its shoes on? Answer: A horse. What has a horn but does not honk? Answer: A rhinoceros.

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Fibroid growth at peak during child-bearing age –Expert VANESSA OKWARA

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rs Olowomofe is a woman in her late thirties who has been battling with infertility for over 10 years in marriage. She had visited many hospitals and herbalists in her desperation to conceive but to no avail. Her mother-in-law had also given her all manner of herbal concoctions she brought from the village in a bid to see her grandchild but that did not yield any fruit either. In desperation, she confided in a friend who advised her to seek consultation with a gynaecologist. The doctor sent her to do a series of tests, scan and x-rays. It was discovered she has fibroid of the uterus. From the size of it, she was advised to come in for surgery immediately to remove it before treatment of her infertility could commence. Mrs Olowomofe is not the only woman going through this disease, which medical experts say can come without any symptoms. Experts have described fibroid as an abnormal growth of muscular tissue of the uterus. It is a benign or non cancerous tumour of the uterus. Various research studies and statistics collated from hospitals show that over 400,000 women in Nigeria are affected with fibroid and this has been a major cause of infertility and pregnancy-related deaths in the women. A Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with Lagoon Hospital in Apapa, Lagos, Dr Kunle Ajayi, described fibroids as “tumours or growths that affect the muscles of the womb. They are also called uterine fibroids. They are growths affect-

ing the smooth lining of the womb. When there is a particular abnormal cell in the lining of the womb, that cell can grow and become what we call fibroid”. Medical researches reveal that fibroids usually crop up in the muscular wall of the uterus and differ in size from minute seedling growths to large masses which occupy nearly the whole abdomen. At the onset, they lie in the uterine wall. They are found far more often in the womb than in the cervix. They can remain exclusively within the muscle of the womb for as long as five to 10 years. Fibroid can grow silently and progressively and project to other parts of the womb, more especially to the muscles which line the uterus where it distorts the normal shape of the inner cavity of the womb and disturbs pregnancy. However, it may project to the outside lining of the uterus and become stalked in the abdomen. Such fibroid may be so big in the abdomen that it may be mistaken for normal pregnancy. Many women have carried such fibroid for many years regarding it as pregnancy. Dr Ajayi said the cause of fibroids in women has not been discovered yet, but medical research has been able to identify several risk factors that predispose women to have fibroid. “It is a disease of reproductive age women. We are thinking that it has receptors from what we call oestrogens. It is a hormone that every young woman produces for other functions in her body, so it cannot be removed. It is what makes a woman’s body to be young and supple. That is the reason why a young woman’s body does not sag like the old woman’s or have hip fractures. Studies have shown that fibroids have more of estrogens in

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Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages but are most common in women of child-bearing age. No one is sure why women develop fibroids, which have a high rate of incidence among black women, especially those of African descent. There is a possible link between uterine fibroid tumours and oestrogen production, which every woman secretes during her child-bearing age. Do not patronise traditionalists if you notice symptoms of fibroid. See a gynaecologist for proper diagnoses. them than normal tissue, but the reason why one young woman will have fibroid and another do not have is what we still do not know medically,” he disclosed. Clinical evidence suggests that fibroids arise during the periods of menstrual activity. They do not originate as a new formation once menstruation has ceased. This means that this kind of disease cannot be found in older women who have passed the age of child bearing. Some doctors are of the view that fibroids are fed by estrogen because they grow bigger and bigger during the child bearing period of women only to decrease in size when these women reach their menopause from 40 - 45 years of age. Fibroid growth is at its height during the child bearing age of women. Dr Kunle also stated that the ailment is common in women that have never given birth to any child, sexually active women

who are barren or not getting pregnant easily and women who have not been pregnant for some time and are in their productive age. “Some have big fibroid but it does not prevent them from being pregnant but others have fibroid that gives them infertility problem. It is really a complex disease with no particular pattern,” he said. In all, he says the disease can co-exist with a baby. This means that a woman can have fibroid and still be able to conceive and bear children. “It used to be said that fibroid is the cause of infertility. This is because it is most women who do not conceive that have fibroids. But now we know that even women with big fibroids get pregnant. There is a casual relationship between the two and not that one causes the other. One can actually have fibroids and still conceive,” he affirms. What happens with the baby and the fibroid in the womb? Dr Ajayi explains: “There is a way pregnancy affects the fibroid and there is a way it can also affect the baby. The way pregnancy can affect the fibroid is to make it grow bigger owing to the increase in the production of oestrogen during pregnancy and it undergoes changes called degeneration. The fibroid can also affect the pregnancy in cases where they do In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Before you undergo IVF, you must first remove the fibroid. It can also affect implantation even in normal pregnancy and leads to early miscarriages, especially when the foetus is planted on the fibroid. The blood supply to that area is usually not very good. There is also recurrent fever during the pregnancy because of the pain the paCONTINUED ON PAGE 46

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FG is committed to family planning –Minister Contaminated water, food cause typhoid fever, says expert Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said an effective and efficient family planning programme could reduce maternal and child mortality rate by 30 and 25 per cent respectively. Onyebuchi said this in Abuja at the 2nd National

Family Planning Conference tagged, ‘Population and National Development’. ``In Nigeria, there has been an improvement in the maternal and child health indices with maternal mortality ratio of 545 per 100,000 live birth,

under-5 mortality rate of 157/1,000 live birth,’’ he said. Onyebuchi said the increasing access to utilisation of quality contraceptive commodities would go a long way in reducing the death of women and children.

A medical practitioner, Dr Nathaniel Adebowale, has said that typhoid fever, which is becoming endemic in the country, can be prevented through proper hygiene. Adebowale, who works with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) told newsmen in Abuja that the disease was

caused by contaminated water and food, among others. “Typhoid is caused by Salmonella typhoid and other causes could be contaminated water and food, among others,” he explained. Adebowale noted that the ailment could lead to serious sickness, typhoid perforation and even to death if not prop-

erly treated or managed. The doctor, therefore, advised that people should stop rushing to do typhoid test except with a doctor’s recommendation. He also counselled people to imbibe a hygienic way of preparing food, and keeping drinking water in hygienic state


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Know your organs The aorta is the largest artery in the body. Arteries are vessels that carry blood away from the heart. The aorta arises from the left ventricle of the heart, forms an arch, and then extends down to the abdomen, where it branches off into two smaller arteries. The aorta carries and distributes oxygen rich blood to all arteries. Most major arteries branch off from the aorta, with the exception of the main pulmonary artery. The aorta is the main trunk of a series of vessels which convey the oxygenated blood to the tissues of the body for their nutrition. It commences at the upper part of the left ventricle, where it is about 3 cm. in diameter, and after ascending for a short distance, arches backward and to the left side, over the root of the left lung; it then descends within the thorax on the left side of the vertebral column, passes into the abdominal cavity through the aortic hiatus in the diaphragm, and ends, considerably diminished in size (about 1.75 cm. in diameter), opposite the lower border of the fourth lumbar vertebra, by dividing into the right and left common iliac arteries. Aortic blood pressure The aorta is an elastic artery, and as such is quite distensible. The blood pressure is highest (normal blood pressure is a reflection of aortic blood pressure) and most pulsate in the aorta as blood pressure decreases and becomes more smooth (and less pulsate) as you travel from aorta to arteries to arterioles to capillaries where metabolic exchange occurs. The aorta consists of a heterogeneous mixture of smooth muscle, nerves, intimal cells, endothelial cells, fibroblast-like cells, and a complex extracellu-

The Aorta lar matrix. The vascular wall consists of several layers known as the tunica adventitia, tunica media, and tunica intima. The thickness of the aorta encourages an extensive network of tiny blood vessels called vaso vasorum which feed the layers of the aorta. The aortic arch contains baroreceptors and chemoreceptors which relay information concerning blood pressure and blood pH and carbon dioxide levels to the medulla oblongata of the brain. This information is processed by the brain and the autonomic nervous system mediates the homeostatic responses. Blood vessels Aortic pressure is highest at the aorta and becomes less pulsate and lower pressure as blood vessels divide into arteries, arterioles, and capillaries such that flow is slow and smooth for gases and nutrient exchange. The aorta is usually divided into five segments/sections • Ascending aorta—the section between the heart and the arch of aorta • Arch of aorta—the peak part that looks somewhat like an inverted “U” • Descending aorta—the section from the arch of aorta to the point where it divides into the common iliac arteries • Thoracic aorta—the half of the descending aorta above the diaphragm • Abdominal aorta—the half of the descending aorta below the diaphragm Diseases that affect the aorta include: Aneurysm of sinus of Valsalva; Aortic aneurysm associated with valvular heart disease; dissecting aortic aneurysm; Aortic coarctation; Marfan syndrome Trauma, such as traumatic aortic rupture, most often thoracic and distal to the left subclavian artery and frequently quickly fatal.

‘Woman with fibroid can still be pregnant’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 45 tient will be having. “The risk of prolonged labour is also there. If the disease is occupying the lower cervical area, the baby will not be able to descend into the birth canal. It will cause obstruction. In some cases, the woman will be operated on, but it is not in all the cases. Excessive bleeding after childbirth (postpartum haemorrhage) has killed so many women when their case is not handled properly from the onset of the pregnancy. “Some women have fibroid but they are not aware of it because it usually does not cause them any problem. They only discover that they have it when they go for routine scan at the hospital. While some will come with signs and changes in the woman’s body.” Dr Ajayi listed some symptoms of fibroid to include:

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Increased abdomen (abdominal tumours). Excess menstrual flow (menorrhagia). Multiple menstruations in one month. Frequent urinating. Retention of urine and difficulty in passing out faeces. • Constipation, haemorrhoids and varicose veins (swollen and knotted veins). • Pain. • Enlargement of the uterus. He advised women that once they noticed some of these changes in their bodies, especially in their menstrual flow, they should visit a gynaecologist for examination and proper diagnoses. The expert also advised them not to patronise the traditionalist as there are convenient ways that modern medicine removes fibroids such as keyhole surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopic surgery.

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How to maintain a positive outlook with spinal cord injury What is the outlook for patients with spinal cord injury? The best chance for recovery of function following spinal cord injury is through prompt treatment. Early surgical decompression and stabilisation leads to better recovery. Aggressive physical therapy and rehabilitation after surgery also maximizes recovery. The majority of recovery occurs within the first six months after injury. Any remaining loss of function present after 12 months is much more likely to become permanent. Maintaining a positive outlook is extremely important for patients with spinal cord injury. The use of assistive devices allows most people with even severe spinal cord injuries to integrate into society and stay productive. Unfortunately, the rate of depression, divorce, and substance abuse are significantly higher in people with spinal cord injury. There are many support groups and treatments available for people with spinal cord injury as listed below. Is there a cure for spinal cord injury? There is no cure for spinal cord injury at this time. Many physicians and scientists devote their professional lives to this goal. There have been many promising advancements in research into spinal cord injury recently. It is hoped that these advancements will lead to a cure. How does a spinal cord injury affect the rest of the body? People who survive a spinal cord injury will most likely have medical complications such as chronic pain and bladder and bowel dysfunction, along with an increased susceptibility to respiratory and heart problems. Successful recovery depends upon how well these chronic conditions are handled day to day. • Breathing Any injury to the spinal cord at or above the C3, C4, and C5 segments, which supply the phrenic nerves leading to the diaphragm, can stop breathing. People with these injuries need immediate ventilatory support. When injuries are at the C5 level and below, diaphragm function is preserved, but breathing tends to be rapid and shallow and people have trouble coughing and clearing secretions from their lungs because of weak thoracic muscles. Once pulmonary function improves, a large percent-

age of those with C4 injuries can be weaned from mechanical ventilation in the weeks following the injury. • Pneumonia Respiratory complications, primarily as a result of pneumonia, are a leading cause of death in people with spinal cord injury. In fact, intubation increases the risk of developing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) by 1 to 3 percent per day of intubation. More than a quarter of the deaths caused by spinal cord injury are the result of VAP. Spinal cord injury patients who are intubated have to be carefully monitored for VAP and treated with antibiotics if symptoms appear. • Irregular heart beat and low blood pressure Spinal cord injuries in the cervical region are often accompanied by blood pressure instability and heart arrhythmias. Because of interruptions to the cardiac accelerator nerves, the heart can beat at a dangerously slow pace, or it can pound rapidly and irregularly. Arrhythmias usually appear in the first 2 weeks after injury and are more common and severe in the most serious injuries. Low blood pressure also often occurs due to loss of tone in blood vessels, which widen and cause blood to pool in the small arteries far away from the heart. This is usually treated with an intravenous infusion to build up blood volume. • Blood clots People with spinal cord injuries are at triple the usual risk for blood clots. The risk for clots is low in the first 72 hours, but afterwards anticoagulation drug therapy can be used as a preventive measure.

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


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December 2, 2012 feared. This is because agriculture in Nigeria is such that each crop type has a different gestation period and prevalence in each State leading to different harvesting periods in different parts of the country Relying on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) findings on the flooding which affected mostly Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, and Taraba, the Bureau explained that although some of the affected states were known for the production of crops with significant contributions to crop production GDP but that it should be noted that not all parts of these States were inundated by the floods affected farmlands. Meanwhile, the report has revealed that in terms of output, the real agricultural GDP growth in the 3rd Quarter stood at 3.89 per cent as against 5.76 per cent in the corresponding period of 2011. It attributed the slowdown in the GDP growth rate partly to security challenges facing most agricultural producing states in Northern part of the country. Against the background of wild claims, unverified figures and expressed apprehension arising from the recent flood disaster in some parts of the country, the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister last week in Minna, Niger State, re-assured Nigerians that the country “will not experience food shortage.” Adesina, noted that though the situation of the flood presents a huge challenge on food security in many parts of the country, including Niger State, he however, for the umpteenth time restated the commitment of the government to mitigate the impacts of the flood and ensure that the country recovers from the flood. For instance, he disclosed that a total of the floods on crop production in the of 8.1 million metric tones of food had country. been added to the domestic food supply The Minister explained further that the in the last one year, adding that “from surveys showed clearly that only about our efforts, this year alone, from maize, 1.4 million hectares, representing 1.17 per rice, cassava, sorghum, we are adding a cent of the estimated 40 million hectares total of 8.1 million metric tonnes of food total cultivatable land was affected by the to our domestic food supply. floods and that out of these, only an esti“That is 70 per cent higher than the tarmated area of 467,000 hectares suffered get of five million metric tonnes we set crop losses. for 2013; and 41 per cent of the total target The NBS report stated: “In addition to that we set for 2015. If we had not added the prevailing (though gradually improvthe 8.1 million metric tonnes of food to ing) security challenges facing most agthe domestic food supply, which provided ricultural producing states in northern a significant buffer, Nigeria would have Nigeria, growth in the sector was also seriously felt the impact of the flood. We partially affected by floods, which reached will continue to work hard,” Adesina asa peak between late October and early sured November 2012, affecting several states Speaking further, the Minister reacross the country to varying degrees. marked that the Federal Government, in “However, due to the fact that the peak partnership with the state governments, of the flooding was towards the end of the have been collaborating over the past third quarter, the impact on agricultural year on the Agricultural Transformaproduction was less observed during the tion Agenda (ATA) to boost food producquarter. It is conceivable that the full imtion, pointing out that at least 1.2 million pact of the floods will be more visible in farmers have benefitted from Growth Q4 2012 and Q1 2013. Enhancement Support (GES), through “Nevertheless, NBS’ preliminary analysupply of improved seeds and fertilizers, sis suggests that the impact of flooding on using the electronic wallet system. agricultural GDP may not be as severe as On the inputs distribution component

No food crisis in 2013, say Statistics Bureau, minister •‘Only 1.7% of farmlands affected by floods’

Agric Minister, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

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he National Bureau of Statistics has corroborated the research-based position of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that despite the recent flooding of some farmlands across 12 states, the country would not experience any food crisis.

In its just published 3rd Quarter 2012 GDP report, the statistical agency pointed out that although the impact of the peak flooding period on agricultural productivity would not be determined fully until the fourth quarter report is produced. It, however, stated that its analysis suggested that the impact would not be severe in view of the fact that each crop type has a gestation period and prevalence in each state. The Bureau’s findings confirmed the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina’s position which he has consistently maintained over the past few weeks that extensive surveys carried out based on technologydriven satellite images, remote sensing and vegetation data, showed clearly that there had been exaggeration of the impact

of the food recovery programme, the Minister disclosed that “67,000 metric tonnes of maize seed, which was planted on 3.5 million ha of land, with estimated production of seven million metric tonnes of food had been distributed, while 30 million stem cuttings of cassava had also been given out free of charge to farmers. He explained further: “Federal Government is distributing, free of charge, over 3.5 million hybrid cocoa pods or a total of 114 million cocoa seeds. We are distributing nine million sprouted nuts of oil palm seedlings to revamp our palm oil production. Free cotton seeds have been provided to farmers across the northern states, to plant 75,000 ha of cotton this year alone; all done free of charge. “We must avoid those that want to create unnecessary panic. There have been all kinds of figures in the media on the extent of damage by the floods. While we do not dispute that there are economic losses, some of the figures and information being used are not based on real data. If you believe all the figures being bandied, you would think that all of Nigeria is under water. That is simply not correct. “None of these statements are based on any real rigorous data and analysis. Furthermore, those that want to flood our markets with cheap imported food, taking advantage of these panic statements, have started clamouring for waivers for food imports. Nothing is better business than the panic business,” the Minister added. On the outcome of the remote sensing and satellite imagery surveys carried out by the International Water Management Institute –the world’s leading centre for water management and issues of flood which was invited by his ministry to help determine the extent of the flood; the extent of the inundation and how soon the flood water will recede for us to carefully plan our post-flood food production strategy, said the report of the surveys showed clearly that at the peak flood period of October 12-13, the estimates showed that the total flooded area was 1.4 million ha. The estimated area for crop loss was 467,000 ha. While urging Nigerians to have a sense of proportion, Adesina described the potential impact of the flooded farmlands as over-exaggerated by some uniformed analysts, insisting that since Nigeria’s total cultivated area under crop is 40 million ha of land, it invariably means that the cultivated areas estimated to have experienced crop loss affected was only 1.17 per cent. He pointed out further that if calculated on production loss basis and we assumed an average yield of 2.5 tons per ha, it means that the estimated crop loss would be about only 1.2 million metric tonnes of production loss. The Minister concluded that in view of the fact that these are maximum loss estimates, based on the satellite imagery and remote sensing data, it was clear that Nigeria’s food security will not be compromised by the flood.


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AFDB to spend N96bn on climate change Property Watch •For Lagos area as at Friday Nov. 30, 2012 A. Building materials Cement: Dangote Cement per bag of 50 kg.......N1,800 Burham Cement per bag of 50kg.......N1,800 Elephant Cement…………………N1,800 Sandcrete blocks 6 inches sandcrete block ..........N130 9 inches sandcrete block ..........N150 Sand Sand per tipper load .......... N12,000 Sharp sand (double) ..........N22,000 Gravel (single) ...................N18,000 Gravel (double) ..................N23,000 Granite ...............................N120,000 Reinforcement 8mm(153) pieces per ton (N125,000 10mm (153) pieces per ton .......... N135,000 12mm ............................................N161,000 16mm ........................................N172,000 20mm (53) pieces ....................N122,000

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he Division Manager Tunisia, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Anthony Nyong, has said the bank will spend $6.4 billion (about N96 billion) on climate change in the continent. Nyong, who made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the amount covered 2011 to 2015. He said that this amount would come from the bank’s internal resources which were exclusive of other funds, noting, ``We have a climate

change programme in the bank. ``We have a framework. We have an action plan and a very good monitoring and evaluation framework that will help us identify criteria to measure results. ``It is important to use a framework because if you say you want to build climate resilience, how do you measure it? So we developed a good result measurement framework. ``How do you know that the activities you are funding ac-

tually contribute to low carbon development and is not high polluting infrastructure or high polluting technology that you are financing? ``We have criteria for that,’’ he said, adding that the bank was established to serve 54 African countries. He said that the bank would welcome all climate change projects from member countries which meet its qualification. Nyong explained that climate change occur differently in various African countries,

Participants at SMEDAN fair decry low patronage

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articipants at the just-ended fair for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Enugu have decried the low turnout and patronage at the fair.

Wood Timber (hard) 1x1x12 ..........N1,000 Timber (hard) 2x2x12 ..........N600 Timber (hard) 2x4x12 ..........N700 Soft wood 2x2x12 ..........N250 2x3x12 ..........N300 Plywood 3x3x6-----------------N3,500 2x4x8-----------------N2,400 Roofing Sheet Corrugated iron sheet per bundle ...N10,000 Asbestos 4x8 per piece ..................N1,600 Asbestos (solo) ............................N1,100 B. Landed property Focus area: Lagos Mainland 1. Four bedroom detached house with BQ at Omole Phase 11, Kosofe -----N40m Estimated price in 5 years------------N60m 2. 800 square metres at block 47 at Isheri North Estate, Lagos ---------- N6m Estimated price in 5 years----------N15m 3. 6 bedroom wing of duplex plus BQ at Adeniyi Jones off Opebi, Lagos------- N55m Estimated price in 5 years------------N100m 4. A land measuring 5.081 square metre at Ajasa, Ipaja, Lagos------------------------------N25m Estimated price in 5 years---------N50m 5. 2 nos bungalows on 800 square metres along Oba Akran, Lagos----------------N150m Estimated price in 5 years----------N250m 6. 1.12 acres of land with uncompleted building at Marwa Road, Satellite Town, Lagos---------------------------------------------------N1,5bn Estimated price in 5 years------------------N2bn 7. Uncompleted block of flats at Isheri -Osun, Lagos--------------------------------------------------N15m Estimated price in 5 years-------N20m 8. Four bedroom duplex at Gbagada------N18m Estimated price in 5 years-----------N30m 9. 8 nos of 3bedroom flats with BQ at Surulere, Lagos---------------------------------N80m Estimated price in 5 years----------N100m 10. A detached house at Oke Ira, Ogba, Lagos--------------------------------------------------N22m Estimated price in 5 years---------N35m •Compiled by Dayo Ayeyemi, E-mail: dayoayeyemi@yahoo.com

adding that while countries in coastal areas battled with flood, others were faced with desertification. He said that others in the forest zones could be battling with deforestation, adding, ``climate change issue affects all Africans’’. He, however, said that diversity of climate change made the bank to include it into its intervention and other areas like sustainable water management, land use management and agriculture.

L-R: Member Osun State House Assembly, Hon. Lekan Afolabi; Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola , Commissioner for Finance ,Economic Planning &Budget ,Hon. Wale Bolorunduro and Commissioner for Land, Physical Planning & Urban Development, Arch. Muyiwa Ige, during the Investors Forum of the State Government at the Wheabaker Ikoyi, Lagos at the weekend.

Only 20% world population enjoys social security –Don AYO ESAN

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rofessor Ifeanyi Onyeonoru of the Sociology Department of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, has said that only 20 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage while more than half lacks any protection at all.

He made this known while delivering a lecture titled, “The challenge of social security and the Nigerian trade unions,” organised to mark the 16th memorial anniversary of Dr M.E. Kolagbodi, in Lagos. He said social security has become a universal challenge, adding that those without coverage tend to be part of the informal economy. Speaking on the import of social security, he said it provides workers and their families with access to health care and with protection against

low income, due to unemployment, sickness, maternity invalidity or employment injury. He added that it provides older people with income security in their retirement years and helps families of children to cope with the cost of education. Other import of social security, according to the don, is that it helps to maintain stable labour relations and a productive workforce as well as ensuring country’s growth and development . Also speaking at the lecture, the Resident Representatives of Friedrich-EbertStiftung , Mr Thomas Maettig, said Nigeria does not have a well –organised, comprehensive, well-structured, unified funded social security which seeks to guarantee social protection of the individual against economic consequence of income, poverty, old age, income protection, ill-health, maternity invalid-

ity and unemployment, but that what exist are piecemeal social security programmes. According to him, this trend has manifested itself in the numbers of beggars on the streets. He said the individual is left to their own devices in the fight against risk of life adding that this situation is made worse by insecurity of life and property and a harsh economic environment. Speaking while giving his opening remarks at the event, the chairman, Kolagbodi Memorial Foundation, Dr Abayomi Ferreira, said though there is some provision in the constitution that gives direction to the legislators to make laws for the provision of social security for Nigerians, neither the government nor any member of the legislative houses has ever made any attempt to initiate any move towards the application of this law.

Some of the participants, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu at the weekend, complained that the organisers, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) did not give it adequate publicity. Miss Chineme Tagbo, a bead maker, lamented that she made very little sales as the fair witnessed very few visitors. ``I am not happy with the way things were done at the fair because many people were not aware of the fair,’’ she said. Tagbo, however, commended SMEDAN for providing them with free exhibition stands, saying that she was able to register her business at the fair. Mrs Ngozi Ezeilo, producer of bar soap, urged the government to come to the aid of micro enterprises by giving them soft loans. Mr Uche Nwenyi, a manufacturer of antiseptics, complained of multiple taxes and regulations, adding that they affected the growth of SMEs. ``You are expected to pay taxes to the local government, register with NAFDAC, SON and pay your rents. How will the business grow?’’ he asked. Reacting to the complaints, an officer of SMEDAN who spoke in anonymity, said the publicity for the fair was contracted to a consultant. The officer said that this was the first SME fair and promised to improve subsequent editions. The four-day event which commenced on Nov. 26 ended on Friday and was organised in collaboration with the Enugu State Government.


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Ajah/Ilaje clash: Police Obi urges Anambra detain monarch, take indigenes to invest at over community home

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ollowing a five-day devastation of Ilaje community in the Ajah area of Lagos, a clash triggered by struggle over who collects tolls between Ajah and Ilaje communities, a detachment of riot policemen have cordoned off the area. The clash, which started last Monday, left two people dead, many houses burnt, shops looted, as people in the area ran for dear life. Over the weekend, however, the Ajah Monarch, the Baale, Alhaji Alani Murisiku Oseni Ojupo, was arrested and he is said to be presently helping the police in their investigation at the

Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos. The Lagos State Police Public relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the arrest and detention of the Ajah Baale. Meanwhile, elders of the devastated Ilaje communities have cried out over what they described as forceful ejection of their kinsmen from their homes. They alleged that there is more to the crisis than meets the eye, pointing out that the struggle over who collects N500 toll per truck was a mere ploy by Ajah indigenes to chase them out of their landed properties bought from the Aberejo family of Ajah. Pastor Oluwale Adejimi

of the Episcopal Church, Cherubim and Seraphim in Ajah-Ilaje and spokesman of Ilaje people, told our correspondent that his people bought part of the water front portion of Ajah called Ajah-Ilaje from the Aberejo family in 1944. According to the clergyman, someone whose father sold the land to the Ilaje rose up three months ago and declared that he wanted to name the major street in Ilaje after himself. After consultation with their lawyer, elders of Ilaje said they have resolved that they would not let that happen; hence they wrote the Eti-osa East local council authority to express their concern.

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overnor Peter Obi has called on wealthy Anambra people to consider their state as first port of call for investment before considering other parts of the country. He made this call yesterday at the opening of the Tourist Garden Hotel, Asaba, Delta State, built by an Anambra indigene, Chief Paul Pokobros Okonkwo. Obi, who expressed happiness with the level of investment of Chief Okonkwo in the state, said the state would be a better place if other Anambra people emulated him. “Considering the

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our years old Master Onyedikachukwu Ede, a Nursery 1 pupil of Precious Child Foundation School, Agu Uwani, Akwuke, Enugu who was kidnapped at the school premises on November 5, 2012, has been found. He was said to have been found at a bus stop at Garriki, Awkunanaw, Enugu on Thursday evening, by a Good Samaritan, who took him to Awkunanaw Police Station. Little Onyedikachi went to school on November 5 and a lady simply identified as Sister Faith, who lived in the neighbourhood with a boy friend, came to the Pre-

Wife of the Governor, State of Osun, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola (Middle); Commissioner for Health, Dr (Mrs) Temitope Ilori (2nd Right); Wife of Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola (2nd Left); Commissioner for Women affairs, Mrs Adetoun Adegboyega (Left) and Executive Secretary, Olorunda Local Government, Honourable Hakeem Okunade (Right), during the 2012 World Aids Day Celebration in Osogbo, yesterday.

Fire guts 3-storey building in Lagos MURITALA AYINLA t least seven people sustained varying degrees of injury and property worth millions of naira were destroyed when a three-storey, residential building on 7A Obadina Street, Lagos went on flame yesterday. Sunday Mirror gathered that third floor gutted fire at about 3pm when most of the residents were away for their businesses. Although the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained at press time, a source in the

area told Sunday Mirror that the fire was probably caused by a small girl who was trying to cook. The source said, “We are watching football match in front of the building when someone perceived that something was burning and we immediately went upstairs to check, only to find a room in flame and the children from that room running away. So I cannot specifically say it was the stove that caused the fire”. But the Director of the Lagos Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, who also

confirmed the incident, said only one person was injured in the inferno. He blamed the INFERNO on electrical power surge, adding that their operation was initially delayed owing to a crowd of people around the scene. “We responded quickly because we got distressed call by 15:37, but it took the intervention of one of the community leaders, Alhaji R O. Adeniji, and the police, before the hoodlums and other volunteers could allow us to carry out our operation. We are able to put out the fire successfully,” he said.

level of his investment in the state (Anambra), you can imagine how many people he has employed, thus helping in a special way in building a better Anambra State, ” Obi said. Obi said that he would be available to celebrate any Anambra person that had contributed to the growth and development of the state as Pokobros had done. Obi assured that his government would continue to support industrialists through the provision of infrastructure. “The routine meeting with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

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(MAN) is designed to exchange ideas with them on how to expand the industrial base of the state,” he said. An elated Okonkwor, in his response, said he was happy for God’s goodness to him. He thanked Obi for his support and good governance he is providing in Anambra State, describing him as “one of the best things to have happened to the state.” He said the Governor had secured economic future for Anambra State and had made real development the mantra of his leadership.

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cious Foundation School on the pretence that she was taking him away to buy him something to eat when the school dismissed. Unknown to the school proprietor, Mr. Chidi Okonkwo, the woman had ulterior motive and released the child only to learn later that the lady had made away with the child. It was gathered that what prompted the school head to release the child to the lady in question was because she had come to the school the previous Friday, and convinced the proprietor that the boy was known to her. It was also gathered that Onyekachi’s mother died im-

mediately he was born four years ago on March 14, 2009. As a result of the disappearance of the lady with the child, the school proprietor, Mr. Okonkwo, Sister Faith’s boy friend and his landlord, were arrested by the police and kept in detention ever since, while investigation into the matter continued. Sources said that while the child was missing, his father, Mr. Michael Ede went to a prayer house where he learnt that his child was not dead but alive and that the lady did not know how to return him. According to the story, the deity where they took him for ritual purposes refused to accept his blood for sacrifices.

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inister for health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that in order to tackle the challenges facing the health sector in Nigeria, a multi-sectoral approach involving not only the health sector, but other related sectors such as Education, Environment, Water Resources, Women and Youth Development are required. Professor Chukwu said that the Federal Government cannot tackle health problems alone; urging different stakeholders, including the academia to help in resolving health problems. The Health Minister spoke in Enugu, as lecturer

at the 2012 Biennial Guest Lecture of the Institute of Child Health, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu. Dwelling on the theme of the lecture, ‘Vision 20:2020- Challenges before the Health Sector’, Prof. Onyebuchi said that there was abundant opportunity for the academia to support the health transformation process and called on the health care professionals, the private sector, the media and the corporate world to rise up to the occasion and see to it that Vision 20:2020 is realised. He said, “The Nigerian Health System must be revived, retooled and made more vibrant to deliver on

the health sector responsibility within this great vision. The task ahead of us is indeed enormous and the time is short. We must not relent. Our actions or inactions today can make the difference between one more soul dying or living. I urge you all to contribute your best towards realizing our set goals.” He also stated that central to the Vision 20: 2020 in Nigeria is the target of ensuring health care delivery to the citizens to ensure a productive workforce which will be the driver of the economic transformation, adding that improvement in the life expectancy of a country is critical to its GDP, hence the cliché: health is wealth.


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‘SURE-P’ to provide One killed in herdsmen, 5000 jobs in 14 states farmers’ clash WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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ontrary to the view of the Central Bank Governor (CBN), Mr. Lamido Sanusi, that the Nigerian workforce should be reduced by 50 percent, the Federal Government is swelling it with 5000 in each of 14 states of the country including Kwara, this December. Chairman of the state implementation committee of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Chief Moses Ibiyemi who disclosed this in an interview with the Sunday Mirror in Ilorin, said other states of the federation would join early next year. Ibiyemi said the scheme which is a pet project of President Goodluck Jonathan was his response to the issue of unemployment in Nigeria and a fulfillment of his promise

earlier in the year that the partial subsidy removal from petrol would be best channeled to the advantage of Nigerians. He disclosed that already, the first set of 500 participants in Kwara State have been selected in seven local government areas while the remaining 4,500 which would spread over all the 16 local governments would be added this month. Also, Minister of Labour, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu had earlier in the week rubbished Sanusi’s position when he said the Federal Government was quite serious about the SURE-P programme in addition to other channels of job provisions like the Skill Development and Job Centres and National Electronic Labour Exchange system. Wogu also said government was collaborating with captains of industries and

corporate bodies to jointly address the issue of unemployment in the country. Meanwhile, a social critic, Alhaji Olola Kasum who is also the President of Afonja Descendants Union has described the CBN Governor as “insolent, haughty and overbearing” which he said had never happened “in the annals of Nigerians’ banking industry” Kasum said the first sign of Sanusi’s extra professional excesses was his “undue brawl” with the National Assembly over their salaries and then later, when he claimed superior protocol over the legislators. He also condemned Sanusi’s unilateral donation of N1OO million to victims of Boko Haram insurgence without recourse to the Federal Authorities, calling on the government to call the Kano prince to order.

L-R: Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers, Plateau State chapter, Mrs. Ladi Madaki and Master of Ceremony, Rachel Nanle, at a news conference on Global Action Against Human Rights Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination of Women in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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o fewer than four people were killed while six others sustained serious injuries in an auto crash that occurred at Irepeni village along the Abuja -Lokoja Highway, over the weekend. Eyewitnesses revealed that the accident which happened at about 10 am, involved a Toyota Hias bus with registration number XB 586 EKP, a truck with registration

number XA 468 DGB and another truck with registration number XA 429 DKA. Sources said four people died while six others sustained varying degrees of injury and that that both the dead and the injured passengers were taken to the hospital by the Federal Road safety Commission (FRSC). The Kogi Sector Commander of the commission, Mr. Muhammed Garba, who confirmed

the accident blamed it on dangerous driving and wrong overtaking. He said three people died on the spot while one other died on the way to the hospital, adding that one of the corpses were deposited at the Kogi state specialist hospital and others were handed over to their relatives for burial. He added that the injured victims were taken to the Specialist hospital Lokoja and FRSC clinic at Zariagi for treatment.

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lash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Malumfashi Local Government area of Katsina State has left one person dead with two others in critical condition at a local hospital. The incident, which occurred Friday night in Danbilago, a rural community in the area, started when herdsmen and their animals entered into some farmlands and several crops were destroyed in the process. Community leaders

then reported the incident to the police and asked them to persuade the herdsmen to leave the area as a way of checking further destruction of crops. But some youths, angry that animals belonging to the herdsmen were destroying their crops, decided to attack and push them back from their farmlands. In self-defence, the herdsmen used their dane guns and shot at the youths, killing one, Saifulahi Yahaya, a15-year-old. Another youth, Mansur Salisu, 20, was also shot and was receiving treatment at the Malumfashi

General Hospital. A third, Murtala Usman, 15, was clubbed several times on the head, and was also hospitalized. On learning however that they had killed one of the youths, the herdsmen fled and left their animals. Speaking on the issue, the community’s traditional leader, Yahuza Sulieman, accused the herdsmen of instigating the clash. Sulieman said the community sent the youths to speak with the herdsmen to get them to leave their farmlands, but that the herdsmen ended up attacking them in the process.

Mark, Akande, Amosun condole Buhari over daughter’s demise EMMANUEL ONANI ABUJA

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enate President, David Mark, has condoled with former Head of state and Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), over the death of his first daughter, Zulaihatu. In a condolence message to Buhari, the Senate President expressed deep sympathy over the loss, and prayed that the Almighty Allah gives him and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “I earnestly identify with you at this moment

of your of your grief. The Senate of the federal Republic of Nigeria share in this grief. May Allah in His infinite mercies grant her eternal rest”, Mark wrote. Mark urged the bereaved family to “take solace in the fact that late Zulaihatu lived a short but eventful life worthy of emulatio.” Similarly, Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, also commiserated with the former Head of State, on the death of Zulaihatu. Amosun also expressed his condolence to the immediate family of the deceased and the entire family of Gen. Buhari on the

unfortunate incident. In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Senator Amosun said the loss of Zulai was most lamentable. In the same vein, the National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Chief Bisi Akande also commiserated with Buhari stating that the fact that Zulaihat was not in the most expensive hospital in Europe or America says so much about the pristine disposition of the Buharis. If Zulaihat had lived till 5th December, she would have turned 40.

Delay, low turnout mar Kaduna LG poll D elay in the distribution of materials and low turn-out of voters marked the commencement of yesterday’s local government elections in Kaduna State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the electoral officials were yet to be at most polling units across the state as at 11a.m for the election that was official scheduled to begin by 8 a.m. Reports from Chukun, Zaria, Kaduna North, Birnin Gwari, Kubau, Kaduna South and Soba Local Governments indicated that the materials were yet to be distributed. In Jema’a Local Government, however, the election was said to have started on

time. In Kaduna North, only three of the 12 polling units had received election materials, so also in Soba where the exercise was also being delayed. Efforts to get the reaction of the local government electoral officers proved abortive as most them said they were barred from granting media interview. The Electoral Officer for Kaduna North Local Government, Mustapha Ibrahim, however, told NAN that that the delay was due to late arrival of the election supervisors for the area. NAN reports that the turn-out in most of the areas was unimpressive, as

people moved about their normal businesses. In Anchau, Kubau Local Government, markets and other businesses were opened, while farmers were seeing on their farms harvesting crops. Some of the eligible voters expressed dismay over the situation, saying that it was discouraging. One of them, Aliyu Barkat said at the Bida road polling unit in Kaduna that most voters were out as early as 7.50 am, “now it is 11 am and we are returning to our various homes without casting our votes”. The Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission, Mrs Hannatu Biniyat denied any hitches.


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World AIDS Day: Gombe LG poll: Dickson directs targets zero-infection level interested aides to resign

he Gombe State Government has said that it will strive to achieve zero HIV infections in the state in the coming years. The Commissioner of Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, said this at a news conference held on the 2012 World AIDS Day in Gombe. ``Nigeria and, indeed, Gombe State will continuously strive to achieve zero HIV infections over the coming years,’’ he said. Ishaya said that the focus for this year’s AIDS Day campaign was partly on how to ensure ownership and sustainability of HIV and AIDS programmes. He said that this involved mobilising resources to fill the huge gap in response patterns, while giving major emphasis to expanding the people’s access to treatment. He said that many deaths within the past 10 years were AIDS-related, adding that the ages of those who succumbed to the disease ranged between 15 and 44 years. The commissioner noted

that theme of the World AIDS Day was: “Getting to zero”, adding that it referred to ``zero new HIV infections, zero discriminations and zero AIDS-related deaths. ``The theme seeks to encourage individuals and communities to adopt a non-discriminatory and non-judgmental approach to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support,” he said. Ishaya said that in line with the national and international resolutions and strategies, Gombe State was eager to achieve a reduction in HIV prevalence among young people and sex workers. ``This is possible, as HIV counselling and testing services are freely available at most government facilities. ``Counselling and testing are essential so that people who are affected can know their status, seek care and increase their knowledge on how to change their behaviours to prevent transmission of the virus to others. ``Special attention would be given to people living with HIV who also have

tuberculosis (TB); while deaths arising from TB among people with HIV must be reduced. ``People living with HIV and households affected by HIV will be addressed in all social protection strategies and they will have access to essential care support,’’ he said. Ishaya, however, urged the communities to actively participate in efforts to render assistance to people living with HIV. ``They should also initiate fund-raising initiatives to raise money to support the services and help the poor. ``We are now trying to open up the society to know what they are supposed to do; the affluent should also play a role in the society. ``The wealthy people should be able to pay extra tax to support some of the HIV and AIDS programmes,’’ he said He said that the government also planned to reduce its dependence on development partners for the finance of the programmes.

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allies were held in different parts of the country on Saturday to mark the 2012 World AIDS Day. In Yola, Dr Halima Nyako, the Chairman, Adamawa State Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS (ADSACA), commended the State Government for upgrading the agency. Nyako said upgrading

of the agency was a dream come true in the fight against the scourge in the state. ``It is on record that this administration has gazette the agency; a feat which defied all successive administration in the state. She said that the state Government released funds to the agency, stressing that it was one of the

few state agencies in the country which did not owe any counterpart funds. According to her, the sustained support from government and other stakeholders in the fight against the virus had manifested in the reduction in prevalence rate in the state from 6.8 per cent in 2009 to 3.6 per cent.

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overnor Kashim Shettima has created a new office to manage vocational trainings and jobs with a view to strengthening his administration’s fight against unemployment and poverty in Borno State. The new office is to be managed by the Special Adviser on Labour Matters, Comrade Garba Ngamdu, who has now become Special Adviser on Labour Matters and Vocational Jobs Creation. In a press statement by the governor’s Special

Adviser on Communication, Isa Gusau said, the government said, “by this new addition, Comrade Ngamdu is to coordinate all vocational training activities across all ministries in the state, which include documentation of all trainees, monitoring of all stages of training programmes across all ministries, ensuring regular payment of stipends to trainees, analysing skills acquired by all trainees to determine readiness for provision of necessary tools for takeoff of entrepreneurship and working in collaboration with the Borno State Civil Service

Commission, to take records of all new jobs created from May 29, 2011 to date.” The task ahead of Ngamdu, according to Gusau, is to identify areas where new vocational jobs can be created with a view to creating massive employment opportunities. He added that Governor Shettima had directed all ministries with trainees in different fields to henceforth work in collaboration with the Special Adviser for proper coordination of all vocational activities, in line with the schedules of the new assignment.

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ayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, yesterday instructed all political appointees in the state that have purchased forms to contest the March 23 council poll to tender their letters of resignation. The recent directive by the Governor is causing panic among his aides contesting the election which they view as a do or die affair. In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson ,said the resig-

nation letters of the appointees should be submitted to the office of the Secretary to the State Government not later than tomorrow. Investigations by Sunday Mirror revealed that at least 20 political aides of the Governor had purchased their forms without tendering their letters of resignation. Some of the aspirants who confided in our correspondent regretted the expensive rate of the Chairmanship and Councilorship forms sold at N750,000 and N340,000 respectively. Some qualified and popu-

lar aspirants could not afford to purchase the form owing to its expensive rate which they described as unfair. It was gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state had preferred candidates in the primaries scheduled for December 9,but the party hierarchy has denied the allegations. In the same vein, the governor has also directed the Head of Service and Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission to ensure civil servants vying for the council poll should tender their letters of resignation with immediate effect.

L-R: Special Adviser to Rivers Governor on New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Dr. Tex Wariboko; Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Rivers State chapter, Mr. Opaka Dokubo and Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Leyii Kwanee, during a media forum on HIV/AIDS in Port Harcourt on Friday. PHOTO: NAN

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ayelsa State Police Command yesterday disclosed that a list of 150 persons comprising politicians, contractors and exmilitant leaders were under security watch over alleged cases of cultism and violent crimes in the state. The State Commissioner of Police, Kingsley Omire, who spoke to journalists

yesterday in Yenagoa, said these individuals were suspected to be sponsors of some dreaded cult groups and violent crimes, stressing that they would soon be arrested and interrogated for prosecution. While noting that the list under security watch had received the approval of the state governor, Seriake Dickson, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, Omire alleged

that these persons were involved in various degrees of criminal activities and sponsorship in the last six years. According to the Police boss, intelligence report gathered by the security agencies including the State Security Service(SSS) revealed that many of these listed persons were involved in activities that promote, reward and recruit youths for cultism and violence during electoral processes.

Edo: Kidnappers strike again, abduct businessman SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN

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ess than two days after Benin-based Estate Surveyor and Valuer, Mr. Dan Odiete, was abducted in Benin City, unknown gunmen struck again in Edo State, precisely on Friday evening, abducting in the process a businessman, Mr. Uyi Oloton, popularly called Uyi Technical.

Sunday Mirror reliably learnt that during the process of the kidnappers’ operation, out of the three police orderlies that were shot, one of them eventually died, bringing to three lives that have been lost in the criminal process of kidnapping in Edo State in the last 48 hours. The other two police orderlies are in critical condition after sustaining severe injuries in the shoot-

out that ensued. The suspected kidnappers that were said to have operated in a commando style were said to have laid siege to the Mission-Road office of the victim before attacking him on his way out at about 6 pm on Friday. Uyi Technical was said to have worked for some longer time instead of his normal closing time of 5pm with a view to resting properly at the weekend.


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EKO 2012: Team Anambra refutes media report ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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Crunchy! Jack Wilshere(right) sees his effort blocked by Swansea’s Angel Rangel yesterday at the Emirates Stadium.

Swansea earns late win at Arsenal, as Chelsea slumps again A rsenal’s worst start to a season under Arsene Wenger continued as Michu scored two late goals for Swansea to compound Arsenal’s Premier League woes. There were early warning signs for Arsenal as the visitors began playing with a confidence borne from manager Michael Laudrup’s instruction to express themselves without the constraints of pressure. Sharp, intricate passing released full-back Angel Rangel behind the static Arsenal back four, but Szczesny was alert to save his first effort and then block the second shot on the rebound. The Gunners were then indebted to a last-ditch lunge from Thomas Vermaelen to deny Dyer, whose hesitation after running free from the halfway line gave the Arsenal captain a chance to recover.

Despite a lack of invention, pace and fluidity, Arsenal could easily have scored twice before half-time through Gervinho. The striker was inches away from connecting with an inviting cross from Carl Jenkinson, but then got it all wrong when left unmarked six yards out. So poor was Gervinho’s attempt that Theo Walcott retrieved the ball before it went out for a throw-in. The Gunners finally showed some urgency and appetite after the break, quickly forcing Gerhard Tremmel into a first save when Santi Cazorla delivered a low drive. Gervinho’s ineffectual afternoon ended just after the hour mark, and his replacement, Olivier Giroud, gave referee Mark Clattenburg a tight call to make almost immediately. Giroud was brought down

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by a desperate Chico Flores lunge on the edge of the area, but Clattenburg saw the faintest of touches from the Swansea defender. But having offered little after the break, the Swans struck with ruthless efficiency to snatch all three points. A simple one-two was enough split the home defence to release Michu for the first, and his lifted side-foot finish beat the outstretched hand of Szczesny. Another incisive finish followed two minutes later when Jenkinson’s attempted backpass was deflected into his path by Dyer, leaving Swansea to celebrate only their second away win over the Gunners. Meanwhile Rafael Benitez’s troubled start to life at Chelsea plumbed new depths at Upton Park yesterday, as West Ham produced an incredible second-half

comeback to snatch a memorable victory. Chants of “sacked in the morning” and “one Di Matteo” rang out as Chelsea allowed a 1-0 half-time lead to slip, with West Ham roaring back thanks to goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga. Juan Mata fired Chelsea in front early in the first half and the visitors might have increased their advantage before the interval, only to see a series of good chances go to waste. Carlton Cole headed West Ham level, before Diame fired in with a ferocious low shot. With time running out West Ham broke again, allowing Maiga to turn in a rebound to bring the final scores to 3-1 in favour of West Ham. To make matters worse, 26 points from 15 matches represents Chelsea’s worst Premier League start in the Abramovich era.

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n official of Team Anambra has refuted a recent media report that the athletes of the state has turned to beggars in the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, tagged ‘Eko 2012’. Debunking the report, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Anambra State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bernadette Nwakile, said the publication falsely revealed that their female hockey team borrowed hockey equipment from Delta State in their game against Kaduna on Thursday. Speaking to Sunday Mirror, Nwakile said nothing of such happened in the explosive match and that it was an attempt by the publication to rubbish the goodwill which Team Anambra are enjoying from the state government at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Lagos. “The publication was meant to tarnish the good image of Anambra State, without taking into consideration the efforts His Excellency, Governor Peter Obi, has made in using sports as a veritable instrument for harnessing of the abundant sporting talents that abound in the state. “Our female hockey team never borrowed or rented any equipment from Delta State when we played Kaduna State because I was present at the venue of the event. The publication was a pure case of an attempt to bring to disrepute the soaring image of the present administration in the state which is committed in reviving sports through grassroots-oriented programmes. “No amount of blackmail, frivolous publication or intimidation will dissuade members of Team Anambra from achieving its present goals,” Nwakile said. In a separate interview, captain of Team Anambra female hockey squad, Miss Chizoba Obiekor confirmed that she never granted any press interview to any media organization in that regard, stating that the team is well motivated and that the publication only existed in the imagination of the writer. She added that the publication was meant to cause distraction to the athletes of the state who are bent on winning more medals for Anambra and commended the efforts of the state government and the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Edozie Aroh, in taking sports to the next level in the state.

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he Technical Director, Lagos State Judo Association, Oteje Olugbenga, has labeled some of the officiating officials at the ongoing National Sports Festival as dubious, saying their action could damage the morale of the serious minded athletes. Olugbenga, who is excited over Team Lagos performance at the Games, assured the fans of more medals while calling on the athletes to justify the state’s investment on them by winning more medals.

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r Aondowase Chia, the Benue Commissioner for Youth and Sports, said yesterday that the state’s contingent to the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos had medal potential. Chia said in Lagos on the fifth day of the competition that the sports which would fetch medals for the state at the Games would begin on Dec. 3.

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nthony Idolor, the Head Coach of the Lagos State Handball Association, yesterday expressed his desire to deliver gold medals in both the male and female categories in the ongoing sports fiesta. Idolor revealed this at the Handball Court of the University of Lagos, after Team Lagos dispatched Team Gombe 38-18 in the male category and attributed the team’s performance to the wide exposure given to the athletes, before the commencement of the NSF.

he Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development in Lagos State, Hon Waheed Enitan-Oshodi, yesterday commended the state judo team who clinched eight medals at the overall medal table. Team Lagos got three gold, three silver and two bronze medals and Oshodi told NAN at the closing ceremony of the judo event of the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF) that the total of eight medals at the event was a good achievement for the state. “I tell people that with the

young team that we have, we are very proud of the achievement, we had hoped for at least six gold medals. “This is a very good outing for us considering the experience we had in Rivers NSF where we really did not do well. “The Lagos Judo Association has done a fantastic job, so far so good, I have to give kudos to Judo Federation of Nigeria (JFN) for good organisation,” he said. Oshodi expressed optimism that Lagos State would move up the medal table, saying he had

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elta State athlete Rasaq Tanimowo has set a record at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, tagged ‘Eko 2012’ by winning three gold medals in the 56kg category at the weightlifting event held at the Brai Ayonite boxing gym, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The Delta athlete who won two gold medals for Akwa Ibom State at the last Festival in Port Harcourt left no one in doubt of carrying the day when he lifted 97kg in the snatch cadre, while Olasupo Ibrahim from Federal Capital Territory settled for silver after lifting 95kg. The bronze went to Olawunmi Olayemi of Lagos who lilted 93kg.

In the clean and jerk event, Tanimowo got gold when he lifted 130kg ahead of the duo of Olawunmi Olayemi (FCT) and Kunle Soyelu of Team Ogun who lifted 120kg to win silver and bronze respectively. Tanimowo got his third gold when his total lift in the clean and jerk as well as the snatch event totaled 227kg while Olawunmi Ibrahim and Olasupo Ibrahim both from FCT settled for the silver and bronze respectively. Meanwhile, in the female category, Nkechi Okpara representing Delta State won two gold medals, while Temidayo Jegede from Ogun got one gold and two silver as Edo State lifter, Grace Namayo won three bronze in the 48kg category.

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he Team Ondo female basketball team yesterday secured a place in the quarterfinals stage of the event at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos. The team qualified by beating their Niger State counterparts 56-52.

Team Imo (left) versus Team Bayelsa at the para-table tennis event at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

confidence in the contingents. Team Delta topped the table with four gold and five bronze medals, Team Lagos came second with three gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Edo came third with three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, Team Rivers came fourth with two gold, two silver and four bronze. Team Niger came fifth with one gold, two silver and four bronze while Team Kogi came sixth with one gold and one bronze.

NTTF presents 3 discovered cadet players to MOC T he Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) says it has officially presented the three cadet players identified at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos to the festival’s Main Organising Committee (MOC). Nasiru Bello, NTTF National Coach, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos that the athletes comprised two females and a male. “They are 11-year-old Tosin Oribamise from Ekiti, 12-yearold Agnes Oroje and 15-yearold Ogun Olasunkami, both from Ondo State. “It is their first outing ever at the ongoing 18th National

O Team Bayelsa (in black jersey) against Team Taraba (in white) during the male basketball match at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Lagos, on Friday. PHOTO: NAN

gun State male hockey team has advanced to the quarter-final stage of the 18th National Sports Festival. They achieved the feet by defeating their Kebbi State counterparts by 5-0 to gather the maximum points in their Pool having defeated Gombe by 2-0 earlier on Wednesday. Team Ogun scored their first goal in the first half of

the one-sided game while the remaining four goals were scored in the second half of the encounter, thus making the team the first to qualify for the knockout stage. In the other results of matches played yesterday, Delta State hope of advancing to the knockout stage came alive when they defeated Niger by 1-0, while Rivers ended their game with Kaduna goalless thereby putting them in a difficult position to advance to the last eight.

Sports Festival and they exhibited unique and brilliant skills during their matches. “They have unusual skills and even defeated their senior players, without being intimated by their ages and exposure,” Bello said. He, however, added that the federation was still on the look out to fish out more talents. The coach noted that with adequate follow-up programmes for the discovered athletes, the glory of the game would be restored in the country and urged the National Sports Commission (NSC) to ensure proper monitoring of the discovered players, as well as others yet to be discovered.

Future bright for taekwondo –Adam

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sa Adam, a silver medalist at the 2011 All Africa Games (AAG) in Mozambique, has commended the skills being exhibited by athletes at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival (NSF). Adam made this remark yesterday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos

venue of the taekwondo event. He added that with what he had seen at the ongoing sports festival, the prospect for the sport in the country was very bright. He stressed that the development will not make the athletes feel out of place when they participate in international competitions.

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Ogun hockey team advance to quarter-finals T IFEANYI EDUZOR

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eam Niger female basketball coach to the ongoing National Sports Festival, Aminu Dada, has identified Team Lagos and Ogun as the sides that have the potential of stopping his side’s ambition of winning the gold medal in the event. Dada’s team has picked one of the quarter final tickets having made a bright start to the tournament which saw them defeating Adamawa and Taraba respectively. Though, his side lost to Team Ondo by 52-55 points yesterday, Dada believes the result

will not in any way have negative effect on his team, adding that the team is determined to go all the way to the final. “We have announced our seriousness about this competition by picking one of the quarter-final tickets, but playing in the final has always been our objective and we are doing everything possible to achieve that. “The tournament gets tougher by the day and the likes of Team Rivers, Lagos FCT and Ondo will always be a tough nut to crack, but we will study their style of play in order to stand a better chance of beating any of them,” Dada stated.


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iverpool star Luis Suarez believes Southampton attacker Gaston Ramirez will be a success in the English Premier League. Fellow Uruguayan Ramirez joined Southampton in August, moving from Serie A side Bologna with high hopes after becoming their most expensive ever signing at a fee of 12 million pounds.

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aris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is confident he is over his early season injury woes. The Argentina international joined the club from Napoli in July and after finding the back of the net twice in their last Champions League encounter – a win over Dynamo Kiev – the 27-year-old is confident his best form is not far away.

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Mancini charges Nasri to rediscover form

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anchester City manager Roberto Mancini has challenged Samir Nasri to rediscover his best form. The defending champions paid Arsenal 24 million pounds for the 25-year-old midfielder 15 months ago but Mancini believes Nasri is yet to find his best form in a City shirt. The 48-year-old Italian says he wants to see more consistency from the Frenchman.

“In my opinion, we are talking about a top player. “If he wants, he can change every game, but I think he can do better. He’s played some good games for us, but he can do better because he has got ¬everything,” Mancini said. Nasri has managed just a single goal in his past 13 appearances for Manchester City and has failed to reach the level of performance that earned him a nomination for the PFA

Players’ Player of the Year in the 2010/11 season – his last at Arsenal. Mancini said Nasri had been suffering from an injury in recent weeks but is fit to play good football. “Samir has had a problem with his calf in the last two games, but he’s fit now. “But sometimes, in spells when we are playing a lot of games in a short space of time – like at the moment – a player can be tired,” he said.

Lewandowski heads Carroll ruled out until February to Old Trafford O S triker Robert Lewandowski is heading to Manchester United. The Poland star has indicated to friends he has set his sights on the move from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. After rejecting overtures from United last summer, the German club have reluctantly accepted they are about to lose their leading marksman. With his Dortmund deal running out at the end of next season, United hope the fee will be little more than the initial £12million they paid for his former team-mate Shinji Kagawa last summer. Sir Alex Ferguson believes pairing 24-yearold Lewandowski with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney operating just behind would give him the most lethal attack in the Premier League. As well as picking up Lewandowski, Ferguson has told Rooney he needs to get back towards the top of the scorers charts. The Englishman has only three goals in 14 games for United, one of which was a penalty.

n-loan West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out for up to two months with a knee ligament injury. The Liverpool forward moved to Upton Park in the summer on a seasonlong deal but suffered the injury in the midweek defeat at Manchester United. Carroll, who missed several weeks earlier in the campaign with a hamstring problem, was substituted shortly after the hour mark at Old Trafford and further assessment has now identified the £35million man will be ruled out for the remainder of 2012. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce fears the England international, who only scored his first goal of the season in last weekend’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, may not return until February. “It is pretty severe - lateral ligament, I think. We did not expect it to be quite as severe as it was but it looks like maybe six to eight weeks. So that is a bit of a blow for us and Andy. “But we must solider on. There is not a lot we can do about these trauma injuries,” Allardyce said.

Moyes keen on Lescott return

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iorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is playing down his chances of winning the Serie A title this season as he prepares to face a former club. The Viola who hosts Sampdoria today are only four points adrift of league leaders Juventus, but the man nicknamed the little aeroplane from his time as a Samp striker is currently keeping his feet firmly on the ground. “I think its right to be realistic and understand where we come from. “Being realistic means we need to see how things develop game by game. “It will depend on us, but also on our opponents. If they make big investments in January, then the gap between us can only grow,” he said.

David Moyes has not ruled out bringing Joleon Lescott back to Everton if Manchester City decides to sell. The England centre-half has been sidelined at City in recent weeks by the emergence of Serbia youngster Matija Nastasic. And despite the acrimonious nature of his move from Goodison Park to the Etihad Stadium three years ago, Lescott would be welcomed back Lescott by his former manager. lighted to have him back. “If Joleon wanted to come back - if “If he was available he’d be someone I’d mayI thought we needed him - I’d be de- be show an interest in,” Moyes said.

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anchester City are ready to meet Isco’s release clause of 21 million euros this January before loaning the playmaker back to Malaga. City’s new director of football Txiki Begiristain has learned Malaga are looking to extend the midfielder’s contract at La Rosaleda. Such a move would likely raise his buyout clause to over 30 million pounds and the English Premier League champions

are preparing to act fast to grab a bargain. Roberto Mancini has been desperate to land the 20-year-old for several months, with the youngster proving pivotal to Malaga’s outstanding form this season. The Italian had hoped to bring Isco to Manchester in January, but would be willing to let him stay in Spain until the end of the season in order to keep the fee down as they continue to monitor Radamel Falcao and Stevan Jovetic.


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Corruption: special courts or revolution?

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he news media carried a report recently that the Nigerian Bar Association and notable Senior Advocates of Nigeria have openly objected to the setting up of special courts to try high profile corruption cases in the country; hinging their arguments on the position that what the courts require to perform creditably and deal effectively with the numerous corruption cases mocking the criminal justice system is adequate funding, and not the creation of special courts. If there is undue delay in the trial and disposal of corruption cases, the lawyers contend, it would only be because the courts are congested. To speed up the pace of handling cases in the courts or rather to decongest the courts, the government needs to re-tool the judiciary with modern technological gadgets and probably appoint more judges. Besides, the special courts that legal ignoramuses are calling for, the lawyers aver, may result in hasty trials and convictions of accused persons, and thus, a travesty of justice. For the judge is obligated to evaluate the facts painstakingly and weigh evidence carefully, in all criminal cases and trials, to arrive at a fair delivery of justice. All of this looks fine and well said. But

is this not a roundabout way of saying that judicial reform is unnecessary; that the dispensation of justice in the country is okay as it is, and that the prevalence of high profile graft is not really a big deal as it is being made out by critics and activists? Is there no clear connection between the growing incidence of violent crimes in society and the breakdown of the social security system, arising from abysmal failure of social infrastructure provisioning, large scale, intolerable youth unemployment and the diversion of public funds to private pockets by state actors and their conniving contractors? If there is, and many people think that there is, the failure of the criminal justice system in the country to punish those who steal public money with reckless abandon, thus depriving the country and its citizens the requisite infrastructure and social amenities that make civil life enjoyable, not unwittingly sowing the seeds of anarchy, which has become manifest in several regions in the country? The last chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, before the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, had canvassed the idea of setting up special courts to fast-track the prosecution of financial crimes extensively, as an effective way of putting a strong check against the practice. President Goodluck Jonathan had also charged the newly appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, to speed up the process of creating special courts to put the judiciary in the stead to tackle corruption cases that have reached epidemic, if not, pandemic propor-

tions in the country, head on and bring sanity and moral health to the conduct of public affairs. Unfortunately, the CJN does not appear to wish to heed that charge. And now, the baloney that the nation’s judicial system is selling to the public through its top-notched lawyers is that the country does not need special courts to stem the tide of corruption violence unleashed by public functionaries and their contractors on the Nigerian people; but rather that the existing courts just require more funding to be able to deal appropriately with the corrupt elements in society. But let me ask the lawyers these questions: was it because of inadequate funding that they (the lawyers) aided and abetted the dropping of all charges against and acquittal of the former Governor of Delta State, Mr. James Ibori; who then later pleaded guilty to the same offences of money laundering preferred against him by a London court, which then convicted him? Was it because of poor funding of the courts that the EFCC lawyers turned into double face Januses and moles, eating from both sides of the mouth, and making conviction of criminals against the state impossible to secure? Why is it that no conviction of high profile financial criminal in public service has been secured by any court in the country ( I don’t mean private sector banker thieves)? Do the lawyers not smile home to their families and to the church to give special thanksgiving after they had successfully got the courts to mess up cases involving state functionaries and their contractors through crooked technicalities, ungodly lies and endless adjournments? Are

CAF Presidency: Anouma vows to challenge Hayatou

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IFA executive committee member Jacques Anouma has vowed to stand against incumbent Issa Hayatou for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The elections are scheduled to take place next March in Marrakech, Morocco. A statement from the Ivory Coast Football Federation yesterday said it was nominating Anouma as a candidate. The 60-year-old Ivorian’s name, the statement added, would be submitted before the December 9 nomination deadline. However, it is not yet clear whether Anouma will be able to run after Hayatou, 66, engineered a change in the CAF statutes that allows only voting

members of its executive committee to run for the presidency. The change was overwhelmingly approved at a special CAF Congress in the Seychelles in September. Anouma is a member of CAF’s executive committee only because he serves as one of the continent’s representatives on the FIFA executive. Although he attends CAF meetings, he does not have any voting rights. But in a series of recent media interviews, Anouma has said the amendments passed were not legal and has been seeking to challenge their validity. An attempt by Liberia, one of a handful of countries to vote against the amendment, to overturn the changes was rejected by

they not somehow, in a very special sense, partners in crime with their clients who had deprived the Nigerian State, with their thievery, of the required development, job creating infrastructure ; the absence of which have turned thousands of Nigerian youths into desperadoes and violent criminals? How can the lawyers and court judges absolve themselves from blame regarding the state of insecurity, insurgency and anarchy into which the country is being gradually plunged by the greed of their clients who turned public wealth into private estates and impoverished a whole generation of Nigerians? Nigerians used to think and talk highly of the Nigerian Bar Association and its senior lawyers. If they fail to join in the civil and peaceful battle against graft that threatens to swallow up the nation with a cataclysmic vortex; if they do not work in concert with civil society to expedite and secure convictions against the once ordinary and hungry Nigerians who turned billionaires and scoundrels because they ran public office by default, and drive the masses of the people into desperation and despondency, the emergent violent social rebellion that would result will swallow all of them, including some many other innocent people. For if the judiciary fails to act as a bulwark against official impunity, recklessness and against discretionary rule, official corruption and state profligacy; what is left for the ordinary man if not open invitation to anarchy? Which do the lawyers and judges prefer? Special courts or bloody revolution? Let them tell Nigerians!

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the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday because CAF’s own appeal systems has not been exhausted. Anouma, a former president of the Ivorian Football Federation, has long been touted as an alternative to Hayatou, who has been the head of African football since 1988.

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