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Seven Days TALKING POINT OF THE PAST WEEK JULY 22, 2012

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Hajia Islamiyat Animashaun is a seasoned beautician and a fashionista. She has been in the beauty business for about three decades, yet she is passionate about making other women beautiful.

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report of the commission’s Audit Committee that alleged financial wrongdoings in the execution of the Project 50 programme last year that was organised to mark 50 years of capital market regulatory activities in Nigeria. According to a circular issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, with reference number SGF.2/S.9/C.13/454 dated 17/ July, 2012, Oteh was absolved of any wrongdoing in the management of the project.

Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, in Abuja protested against the recall of embattled Director General, Ms Arunma Oteh, who was sent on compulsory leave by SEC board on June 11 to allow for an independent audit of financial dealings under her watch. Oteh was placed under investigation following a

Jos boils again ...7-yr-old, others killed as gunmen attack primary school

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Abortion: Cause of most maternal deaths in Nigeria –Expert

Unwanted pregnancy is the bane for any woman who has reached the puberty age and can engage in sexual intercourse. Most women who are single do not want to have a baby yet unless in the sanctity of their matrimonial home.

The relative peace in Jos, the Plateau State capital, was again shattered on Tuesday when gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenade at Nura Islamic Private School in Bukuru area, killing a seven-year old boy. The school owned by Jos Muslim community, narrowly escaped the rocket, which hit a nearby building. Two other persons also President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday urged the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, to create special courts for terrorism and corruption-related cases. Jonathan made the call after swearing in Justice Mukhtar as the first female and 13th indigenous CJN. He said the security challenges in some parts of the country called for con-

died in the attack which led to reprisals. Some pupils also sustained injuries in the stampede that followed. Eyewitnesses said gunmen arrived at the school in a car and fired several shots into the compound which resulted in the death of the victim. It was learnt that the Muslim community too reacted with random gunshots, turning the area into a temporary war zone.

Terrorism: Jonathan directs CJN to create special court certed actions by the three arms of government. The President also advised the new CJN to designate judicial officers with wealth of experience in criminal jurisprudence and terrorism to man the special courts for outstanding results.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, recorded a resounding victory over his opponents in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared him winner of the poll. He described his victory as a blow to election riggers. “We must make a statement that election riggers are out of business,” Oshiomhole said.

According to the result announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Osayuki Oshodi, at the INEC headquarters in Benin, Oshiomhole scored 477,478 votes to defeat five other candidates in the election, to clinch his second term in office. The incumbent governor won in all the 18 local government areas of the state and satisfied the requirements of the law to be declared winner of the contest.

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Since the confirmation of Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar’s appointment as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by the Senate on Wednesday July 11, 2012, the consensus of opinion has been that a new dawn of judicial activism has been ushered in.

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My Mondays are usually busy. I do have meetings with my team of girls and models whom I work with to know how to go about the week. We make necessary plans/arrangements so that we won’t be taken unawares by our clients about anything that might crop up within the week. My Monday meetings with my staff are not hurriedly done. We must iron out things and touch every area of our work in order to deliver immediately we are called upon.

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Tuesdays are set aside for clients that bring jobs. I interact with them to know what they are expecting from us.

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operations owing to industrial action by workers; First Nation suspended flight operations for maintenance checks on its three Airbus 320-200 aircraft; Chanchangi Airline stopped operations because of inadequate aircraft while Dana Air remains grounded after its MD 83 aircraft crashed on June 3.

Wednesdays are tight. This is normally the day for rehearsals. The models practise their catwalks. I was the former Miss Mali although I hail from Delta State, Nigeria. But I was able to win the crown because, apart from being beautiful, I performed well. I did my catwalks with shoulders high. So, I teach my models, guys inclusive how to do catwalks. Apart from catwalks, we sit down together to share ideas on this third day of the week.

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Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said the contract was awarded in favour of Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nig Ltd, in the sum of US$1,487,782,196.00 inclusive of all taxes with a completion period of 36 months. Maku said the project would now be executed in six phases, and would cover 2,733 kilometres. CCECC (Nig) Ltd commenced work on the project when it was awarded in 2006 but could not complete it owing to funds constraints.

Airlines hike fares as flight shortage takes toll

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Alhaji Lamidi Onaolapo Adesina was a former governor of Oyo State. He is the leader of the ACN in the state. In this interview with Ayo Esan, he speaks on sundry issues of national interest.

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved various contracts totalling N371 billion in the transport and power sectors as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. One of the major contracts awarded is the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Double Track with Double Formation under Addendum No. 2 (2nd segment) of the modernisation Lagos-Kano railway project. Announcing the decision after FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, the

Air passengers will have to pay more owing to the grounding of some key airlines, resulting in a 40 per cent hike in air fares on major domestic routes. Airline passengers, who are even prepared to pay the exorbitant fares, are also having a hard time booking flights, especially on Lagos-Abuja; LagosPort Harcourt and Lagos-Kaduna routes. Air Nigeria had suspended

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Child prostitution:

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Kid prostitutes arrested and deported from Italy.

Major cities in Nigeria are offering havens for child prostitution. It has become a dangerous trend that flourishes. It enjoys a unique explosion with new styles being constantly introduced to remould the old trade, writes Head, Special Investigations, Isioma Madike

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quick glance could not reveal that Ijeoma had packed such a considerable but dreaded experience into her life. She had gone through all the evils associated with prostitution. She is, certainly, a pretty girl at 16; light-complexioned with radiant skin and the right figure. The smile on her face runs contrary to the life she had led. Yet, the glow on her rosy cheeks confirmed the fact that she was very young. Ijeoma, from Anambra State, is supposed to be under the protective shield of a caring parent. She cut an innocent look but pitiable sight as she sat dejected in front of a dingy room that has been her abode since she was forced to follow a woman she knew only as ‘Auntie’ to Lagos. She was in search of the proverbial good life. It was a misadventure that has permanently altered the poor girl’s perception of the world. That was about a year ago. The Auntie, who had convinced her mother to allow Ijeoma come with her to Lagos with a promise that within a few weeks, she would be sending money home, ended up introducing her to prostitution in a most cruel way. Four days after arriving Lagos, Ijeoma was told it was

time she started earning her pay. The poor little girl, who was barely 15 years old when she left home, was taken to a decrepit hotel in the backwoods of Ifako in Agege, where Auntie instructed that she must open her legs to men for a fee. “It was a terrible experience for me, she said, adding, “the first man, who came to me was hurtful and didn’t give me anything even after he forced his way. Left with no choice, I had to cope with the job because I had to survive. I couldn’t even find my way back home, should I get anybody to lend me the transport fare,” Ijeoma narrated her rather sad story in tears. Incidentally, Ijeoma situation is not an isolated case. Omonigho, 17, is slim and fair-complexioned. She began prostitution when she was 14. She left Iruekpen, Ekpoma, her village when her parents could no longer afford to send her to school. Omonigho, whose base is AY open bar, behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba says, she could make N7, 000 once she “chin gum” well on a good day and as little as N2, 500 on a bad day. She spends N1, 000 of this earnings on rent she shares with two of her friends. The fear of the dreaded Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

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is not, however, enough to deter her. “Na Moni make I come hustle for here,” Omonigho explains in Pidgin English. “I no get choice my brother; de money way I de make, I go take am open shop soon where I go de sell rice, palm oil and tin tomatoes. Men like us we small. Dem de call us smalli and we de surprise dem well well,” she added. AY bar usually bustles with such kind of girls at night. And then, tired of waiting without landing a ‘big fish’, the girls would drift with the night to other parts of the city where they hoped their chances would be better. Omonigho has a boyfriend, a regular client with whom she has a slightly more intimate relationship. He works in one of the new generation banks in Ogba but regularly picks her up from her station because he is ‘unhappy at home’. The young woman, however, is hardly in love with anyone. She sleeps with men for money. “Him wife no de givam rest of mind for house. So, he de come cool off here. I like moni; I no love any person,” she claims, though, admitting she sometimes derives fulfillment from her banker friend. However, commercial sexual exploitation of children occurs in many cities in Nigeria. They are virtually everywhere: at street corners, behind residential homes, inside school hostels, in front of highbrow hotels, bars, shops, restaurants and other public places. They are the CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 new female hustlers, who debase womanhood without any qualms. Conventional prostitutes restricted themselves to brothels or isolated public places in the past. But today, the younger prostitutes within the age bracket of between 14 and 18 are swarming the streets like bees, ostensibly trying to bite their victims where it hurts. Some of them are from relatively comfortable homes and do not hustle out of need. They do this, sometimes, out of greed or just for the fun of it. Every evening, especially on weekends, young girls, shamelessly parade the major streets of Abuja, Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan and other cities hawking their bodies to any willing buyer. On Victoria Island streets like Adeola Hopewell, Akin Adesola and Ozumba Mbadiwe boast of a huge population of child whores engrossed in theatrical advertisement of their flesh. Clad in hot pants and brief tops that leave little for imagination, they bombard the eardrums with pleasing mantra of “I have all the styles and I’m small but mighty in bed.” Going by the way the scarlet girls chant the refrain like bats of the night, one would think there is a huge honey depot in the area. They fall over one another to secure patronage. They plant their bags in the passenger’s seats, shouting, “na me first come” the same way groundnut hawkers do in a traffic jams. Sex has also become the fad among many students of higher institutions. The’ jambites’, diploma and remedial students in higher institutions of learning are not left out. Many of them converge at nightfall at Akoka, a suburb of Lagos, where the University of Lagos (UNILAG) splendidly sprawls in its aquamarine ambiance. At such times when the skyline is black as the ace of spades, the atmosphere at the parking lot in front of Moremi Hall is always frenzied. State-of-the-art cars, some chauffeur-driven, others driven by cigar-smoking, cell-phone-clutching men, jostle for space. Of course, there are run-off-the mill cars too. But, the kindred spirits of lust unites everyone. They are united in their mission to hunt for willing ‘baby’ partners to satisfy their urge. And being an academic community, the hunting is done with scholastic elegance. Unlike the conventional street whore, the girls prefer not to slap price tags on their services. “What do you mean by how much? Do I look like a prostitute?” She

Some prostitutes in a club in Lagos.

would snap at the man if he asks what charges were; this, notwithstanding, she will not collect “chicken feed like a secondary school girl.” They prefer the hasty and brief visit to a suya spot by Mariere Hall in which case the man parts with between N1, 000 and N1, 500 after a steamy session on the back seat of his car. The deal could also be consummated in any of the secluded areas of the campus or the Lagoon front. Child sex business also enjoys a boom in the other campuses across the country. It also wears a veil like in the University of Lagos. A night crawler of note, who goes by name Chubi to avoid being recognised, had met a young girl of about 14 on the popular Allen Avenue, Ikeja and felt he could have a ‘quickie’ with her on the roadside. He could not contemplate taking her home to avoid trouble because of his wife. Chubi haggled with the little girl, who simply called herself Jane before a compromise was reached. N1, 000 was agreed but Chubi insisted on ‘doing it’ in his car, a decision Jane did not accede to. “We can do it in a very comfortable place without much stress,” she assured Chubi. “Where are we going to do it?” Chubi enquired, suspecting it could be foul play to rob him off his money. “Don’t worry, are you scared?” Jane assured him once more. They matched down, heading towards a popular hospital on the same Allen Avenue before the little girl motioned on him to divert into another one storey building, standing adjacent to the hospital. As they approached the gate, the security man, who seem to be in the know of the transaction opened the gate

to allow them access. To Chubi’s surprise, the building had transformed into a brothel, where one can have quick sex for as low as N500. Confirming Jane’s assurance, the place was littered with mattresses of different sizes and durability, which made business of the day comfortable, after which he paid her the negotiated fees. According to Chubi, whenever he is in need of quick action, he does not need to go pricing those standing, he goes straight to the unofficial ‘brothel’, where little girls of different shades, shapes and colour ply their illicit trade. The building serves a dual purpose of an office during official hours and as a brothel at night, anchored by moneymaking security guards. A further investigation showed that most of the corporate offices on Allen Avenue and Opebi are used in the same manner, serving as brothels at night, where child prostitutes hang out. But, this happening is not restricted to Allen and Opebi as painstaking investigation uncovered another spot at Ahmadu Bello Way in Victoria Island. The ‘abandoned’ liaison offices of the various state governments now serve as a make-shift for individuals hob-knobbing and needing ‘quickies’ at the Bar Beach at weekends. The security guards, who complained of not being paid regularly sell beer and pepper soup to, according to them, complement the activities going on there and augment their takings. Only a few people living in the area could claim ignorance of what is happening in the environment. The girls, most of who are in junior secondary schools sneak in with CONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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‘Child prostitution equals modern day slavery’ Nkereuwem Udofia Akpan is a constitutional lawyer and an Abuja-based human/ gender rights activist. He blames the upsurge in child prostitution in Nigeria on what he calls diminishing morals as well as lack of parental guidance, in this interview with Isioma Madike. Commercial sexual exploitation has become a problem of special concern in Nigeria, both because of its scale and role in the development of the Human Immuno Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/ AIDS) epidemic now sweeping the country. What could be responsible for the surge? Tragically, statistics has shown that the HIV/Aids pandemic has ravaged whole swaths of communities in Benue, Delta, Edo and Cross River States almost unimpeded. Half-hearted and often much belated measures have proven rather cosmetic and barely scratched the surface of the problem. Our cities have come under siege with scantily clad young girls plying their illicit trade in broad daylight. Poverty, ignorance, peer pressure, unemployment, illiteracy and hard drugs use have been fingered as the immediate and remote causes of this shameful trade. Often times, adult women are allegedly involved in recruiting the girls for sex trade. How can this be stopped? Girls as young as 10 have been tricked into the sex trade with promises of lucrative jobs abroad by traffickers, aunts, uncles and other close relatives. In Benin City, for instance, a woman was reported to have sold a large family land in order to raise funds to send her two daughters to Italy in search of the Golden Fleece in 2001. Mrs Titi Atiku Abubakar, wife of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, through her Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) rescued hundreds of teenage girls, who had fallen victim to this menace. The episode was captured vividly in the Nollywood movie ‘Italian connection’. Is there any law against child prostitution? If yes how effective is it in Nigeria? Prior to the coming into effect of the Child Rights Act, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) like WOTCLEF and Child Care Trust of late Mrs Stella Obasanjo blazed the trail in tackling this monster albeit with little success. Offences such as indecent assault, defilement, procurement of a minor contained in the penal statutes proved grossly inadequate. The Child Rights Act has been a breadth of fresh air but it has been criticised as CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 older men to have a quick and casual sex. The men always had one thing on their minds: the conquest of their innocent female ‘preys’, while the girls think of nothing else besides the opportunity to squeeze easy money from their male partners. Money and sex are two things that keep the places alive these days unlike before when chief executives of state held sway at the time the liaison offices served as executive guest houses. A severely depressed part of Oyingbo in Lagos is also a thriving sex market, where child prostitutes are the wares. “Men hardly patronise brothels again as they prefer girls who hang around these offices. Security Agents do not raid this category of girls because of the unsuspecting channels they perform their act,” said one of the girls, who identified herself simply as Ekaette, from Akwa Ibom State. The game takes a different shade in Abuja. There, many of the little ‘angels’ of the night ply their trade in the various restaurants and nightclubs dotting the federal capital. Some of them even hide under the dearth of accommodation in the city to share their bodies with who-

being too ‘shallow’. Be that as it may, the stringent calls from across a broad spectrum of stakeholders and gender rights activists are unanimously in agreement that stiffer penalties ought to be put in place for offences bordering on child prostitution. Some have blamed pornography for aggravating child prostitution. Do you agree with this line of thought? Not just the availability of pornography all over the place. On the internet, on TV, fashion trends like revealing dress that exposes the ‘cleavages’ and explicit lyrics of the music the kids listen to on a daily basis, all tend to promote sexual immorality. Not just the diminishing morals as well as lack of parental guidance are also responsible for these. Parents must watch out for early signs of deviant behavioural patterns, weir hairstyles, dress codes, late nights, drinking and drugs are warning signals. How do you think Child prostitution could be tackled in Nigeria? Sex trade deals with a commodity -the girls. So, firstly we must target the buyers of this commodity. The prostituted child does not enter into the relationship by choice; she is lured and or forced into the trade. At that point it is a contractual arrangement in which the child is simply the commodity available for sale or hire, depending on the demand. After the price is fixed and paid, the child is used by the buyer to meet his own needs and then referred to the “owner” of the child. The child is probably given no more respect than a rental car or worse. So, how would you describe the trade that does not have the consent of the child involved? Sex without the consent by one of the partners is a modern day slavery, which takes away all dignity. It turns a woman into an object and is a denial of that girl’s humanity. All hands must be on deck. The media has a pivotal role to play in changing male attitude towards demanding for young girls as escorts, sex partners and so on. In this country, girls are arranged and ‘delivered’ at hotel rooms and events to participants as ‘conference materials’. University girls organise their mates to go on

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‘weekends’ and attend government house parties where these girls are literally sold for a fee. In Thailand and other Far East nations, their laws are tough on tourist who takes delight in ‘sex tourism’. These simply stifle the demand and the sex trade dies a natural death. What exactly should the government do to curb this menace? Moral education in schools must be re-emphasised. Randy lecturers and bosses in government ministries and parastatals must be severely dealt with. Social responsibility of government in the area of job creation, free and compulsory education for the girl child must be adhered to. Finally, the family must reappraise the needs of the girl child and make adequate provisions over and above the current situation where male child preferences severely injure the interests of the girl child, who are reduced to second class kids.

‘Liaison offices now hot spots’ ever can feed and give them shelter. Wuse zone 4 district is well known for this. Even first-timers in the city know the spot. This has made commercial sexual exploitation a problem of special concern to many Nigerians. Studies of sexual abuse are scarce, owing to the clandestine nature of the phenomenon and the traditional inhibitions on discussion of sexual behavior. But, investigations have shown that child prostitution is now common in other towns such as Owerri, Calabar and Edo in the South-east and South-south geo-political zones; Markurdi and Ilorin in the North central zone, and Maiduguri in the North-east and Ibadan in the South-west. The National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) officials recently raided a Lagos hotel located in the midst of residential houses and rescued six girls within its walls. Items like clothes, photographs and used and unused condoms were found in most of the rooms. Reports quoting former head of the Lagos Zone of NAPTIP, Godwin Morka, said that six out of 12 girls

that were rescued from the hotel in January this year turned out to be HIV positive. “Most of the girls we rescued are between 11 and 16 years old. Two girls aged 12 and 14 were pregnant. They didn’t even know who the fathers of their unborn babies are. It’s really saddening,” he said. A 25-five-year-old lady, McKnight Lovelyn, was also arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging one Joy Raymond Akpan, a 15-yearold girl for the purpose of using her for prostitution on September 7, 2009. Police Prosecutor, Albert Ebota, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), told the court that the accused person at about 2100 hours, at Sir Timber Hotel, Jakande, Lagos State in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawful and indecent deals with Joy Raymond Akpan. About the same time, another Lagos socialite, Toyin Akinmola was sent to Kirikiri prison over child prostitution. The 30-year-old woman, was sentenced after she was accused of forcing a 13-year-old girl into prostitution. The girl, whose identity was con-

cealed, confessed that she was brought from Ondo State to Lagos by Toyin and forced into prostitution. This seemed to confirm a research that was carried out by Sympathy Worldwide Foundation, a non-governmental organisation fighting sex slavery and child trafficking. The report had stated that most of these young girls were trafficked to Lagos with some big promises of greener pasture, but as the promises become unfulfilled, the girls take to the streets to use the same means to help themselves. Outside Nigeria, it is even more lamentable. Reports indicate that the largest group of prostitutes from Sub-Saharan Africa is from Nigeria. According to a recent United States Department of State report, out of the 2,500 minors engaged in full-time prostitution in the streets of Italy, 2,300 are minors from Albanian and Nigeria. Italy has become the prostitution capital of Nigerian prostitutes. It is said that four out of every prostitute seen in any Italian street is a Nigerian. This CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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‘Child prostitution has become a way of life in Nigeria’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 unsavoury situation destroys not only Nigeria’s image as a nation but the future of those involved. Apart from Italy, Nigerian kid prostitutes have successfully invaded Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, United Kingdom and other countries. They also constitute, according to reports, the largest group of prostitutes in Norway. The same report put the population of underaged Nigerian prostitutes in the Netherlands to over 400. Majority of these prostitutes are recruited through the human trafficking industry under the guise of being offered a juicy employment abroad and forced into child prostitution by syndicates and paid agents. Such kids forced into such unspeakable lifestyle are threatened not to tell truth to their parents or may feel too ashamed to speak up in front of their parents. However, the child prostitutes are given economic hardship as the reason for doing what they do. There are others who cite grinding poverty for the reason for the illicit trade. There is also the case of child labour, which typically exposes children to prostitution. The hired female children are sent out to hawk food items on the streets, motor parks, and mechanic garages thereby exposing them to rapes as well as sexual harassments. Mrs. Atinuke Balogun, a trained nurse, who lives at Agbado Crossing, also believes that some girls take to prostitution due to sheer destitution. She said that some street children resort to prostitution because they see it as their only means of survival. There was a reported experience of a mother of 14-year-old girl, who lured her daughter into this ignominious trade. The woman said about her daughter, “she was beautiful and that men would like her very much. Besides, she would earn a lot of money.” In the evenings, the woman takes her daughter to a motel where they make contacts. The mother stays nearby to receive the payments. Each night, this girl has sex with three or four men. Unemployment of either the parents or the child results in unreliable source of income thereby forcing children into prostitution as an alternative means of income to support the family. Ironically, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) observes that a child’s ability to earn money is limited. It is estimated that the money

earned by the child only contributes to approximately 10 percent of the family’s overall income and, therefore, has minimal effect on the family’s monetary gain. Due to high degree of unemployment, the brothels also employ some female children who serve in their drinking spots to promote their business. That is not all. Pimps or brothel owners deceive some parents by paying them money and assuring to enlist their children in their “domestic services”, which later turns to be prostitution. These brothel owners who are termed the girl’s “owners” take control of the child’s’ activities. Moreover, these owners do everything possible to retain these girls who earn money for them to maintain their lavish lifestyle. Apart from the pimps, other intermediaries, who benefit from child prostitution, do anything possible to see the act continued. Most females are also led into this act of prostitution by their masters. Some of them could be anaesthetized by their masters in order to have fun with them and when eventually the woman of the house gets to know about the act she will be thrown outside to continue the act with other men including the master. As well, children of broken homes sleep wherever they see space to do so in the day, and go to the disco and nightclubs in the night. Investigations have shown that ill treatment of children at home might make them to take to the street in order to find solace. The end result may be the hawking of their body to support themselves. Pornography also puts viewers at increased risk for developing sexually deviant tendencies. It has been discovered that “deviant sexual acts results” when a viewer tries to act out the pornography-based fantasies. Add to that were instances where some of the girls were raped in their own homes, an act that changed their outlook in life, which eventually give vent to prostitution. Experts believe that there are two other closely related causes of prostitution; glamour associated with it and insatiable sexual urges in some females. Furthermore, illicit love affairs in the presence of children may subject them to early prostitution. Some parents perform extra marital affairs in the presence of their wards. This exposes the children to early sex life. The premature death of one or both of the parents has also been

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Mrs Eki Egbinedion, founder, Idia Renaissance.

discovered as one of the causes of child prostitution. Because of the chasm created by such loss, a teenage girl may be fraught with the onerous task of catering for herself and other family members. More importantly, no one may exist to give stern guideline on her. For instance, the reported case of one Owerri girl, who returned from Kumasi Ghana, and claimed that her father died when she was eight years, illustrates this. She claimed that the demise of her father left her with the responsibility of catering for her younger siblings and her mother, who hails from Kumasi, Ghana. These challenges make her to dabble into prostitution. But, high patronage of child prostitutes by wealthy men has been discovered as a factor that has contributed and sustained child prostitution. Some teenage girls find it difficult to resist the temptation of prostitution because of huge sum of money they receive from these patrons. Felix Azubuike, a pastor in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, ACME parish agrees with the notion that the current upsurge of child prostitution in Nigeria could partly be attributed to the moribund economy, which he said crashed people’s standard of living, making majority to live below the poverty line. He equally blames the country’s value system, which, according to him, has been relegated to the background. “It is becoming increasing difficult for people to make ends meet. Again, parents no longer have time to teach their children morals that will benefit them in the future. Quite frankly, we are reaping what we sowed,”

he said. He, nonetheless, appealed to government to rededicate itself to causes and programmes that could make Nigerians live like human beings. As a counselor, psychologist and a mother, Celine Njoku, assistant secretary general of the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON), reckons that the pervading scourge of child prostitution in the country has, to a great extent, been indirectly encouraged by the failure of the home front and the larger society to make young girls aware of some basic sexuality education. Yet, a medical doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed fear that many of the girl harlots may be living with HIV/AIDS without knowing it. “The fast growing open spots may be turning into a thing of sorrow for some families as lifestyles of these little girls are endangered and even life-threatening diseases like Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are also competing as it constantly threatens the patrons,” the doctor remarked. Though, the Nigerian government has over time come up with a variety of initiatives to combat the surging problem of child trafficking, the law enforcement officials needed legal framework for rescuing victims, and for investigating, arresting, and prosecuting traffickers. Some call it the oldest profession on earth. Others consider it the scourge of womanhood. But, evidence available indicates that child prostitution is fast becoming a way of life for many. Not even the dreaded HIV/AIDS has forced a reduction in the number of young girls to take this old vacation as their means of livelihood.


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Stock market probe: Fresh trouble for Oteh, Osibodu •EFCC set to probe SEC DG, Union Bank MD over fraudulent diversion

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rouble is not yet over for the embattled DirectorGeneral of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms Arunma Oteh, who has just been reinstated to office. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commis-

sion (EFCC) is set to probe into the report indicting her. The House of Representatives ad hoc committee, which investigated the lapses in the stock market, indicted Oteh in its report submitted last week and ad-

opted 29 recommendations, including the one calling for her sack. Although, she was recalled from suspension by the Federal Government on Wednesday after being cleared of fraud or criminal

breach of any form by external auditors – Price Water Cooper Limited (PWC) - which audited SEC’s controversial Project 50, the EFCC said it had concluded arrangements to probe the report of the House.

Dr.Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Campaign for Democracy (CD), Mr.Femi Falana (SAN), human rights activist and Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman, during an interface between EFCC and the Civil society at the weekend.

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he Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has been accused of lying about his Degree in Arts/Criminology from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, United States, according to a news portal, Pointblanknews.com findings. The Senator had, in an interview with a national newspaper (Not Sunday Mirror), and on his Facebook page and other documents, indicated that he obtained a Degree in Arts/ Criminology from the Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. However, Pointblanknews.com’s investigations at the Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, showed that the Senator representing Orlu Senatorial District never obtained a degree from the University. “Sorry, we don’t have such name in our database; you

can please call or reach out to the Registrar’s office, a lady who refused to be named in the Office of Alumni Affairs of the School, had told the news portal. A check at the Registrar’s office where data of all students including those that have graduated are kept did not find the name “Hope Uzodinma,” or any similar name. “Please, we don’t have such name in our record. But you can also check at the National Clearing House,” an official who simply gave his name as Kelvin at the Registrar’s office of the Washington University, told Pointblanknews.com. The News organisationalso checked through official records at the National Clearing House and was told the name, Hope Uzodinma, does not exist in any of its database. “We cannot get any record with such name, I am sorry,” Kerry Anderson

of the National Clearing House, allegedly told Pointblanknews.com. It was gathered that Pointblanknews.com investigation came about as a result of the alarm raised by a group, Save Imo, that Uzodinma did not have the two degree certificates from a Nigerian University and another from oversea as he had claimed. The news service reported that a statement endorsed by the coordinator of the group, Nze Ebubeagu Ekenulo, said findings by the organization revealed that the lawmaker’s claims were unfounded. “Both universities have confirmed that the senator never attended their institutions, hence obtained no degrees from them,” Ekenulo maintained. The group promised to make public the result of another investigation carried out at a secondary school in Imo State and a re-

port from Government College, Etche in Rivers State. It will be recalled that Uzodinma, who heads the Senate Committee on Aviation, had in the newspaper interview claimed he obtained a degree from Washington University and a Higher National Diploma from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State. Senator Uzodinma has been dogged by allegations bordering on fraudulent activities. In 2005, Spring Bank Plc, lodged a complaint with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against the Senator for fraudulent diversion and obtaining money under false pretenses. After a thorough investigation, the Commission found a prima facie case against him and filed a nine-count charge against him at the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Division in Charge No. ID/82C/2008: F.R.N V. HOPE UZODINMA.

An impeccable source within the anti-graft agency told Sunday Mirror that, “Although the House has not given the report to us, we have been following the matter with keen interest and we are going to probe into the report as soon as we receive it. “It is part of our statutory responsibilities and we’re going to carry it out. You will recall that when the issue first broke out we waded into it and that was what led to the arraignment of two members of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe and Ifeanyi Azubuogu, before an Abuja High Court”. The source added that the commission would investigate every aspect of the report including those bordering on the nationalisation of three banks and the roles played by the regulatory agencies. “It is not only Oteh’s case that we’re going to look into. We’re going to look at everything that is in the report including those concerning the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)”. He added that the commission is also going to probe into the missing N8 billion arising from the Union Bank Plc public offer, which the report said was a case of fraudulent diversion having been established. The ad hoc committee in its report had recommended that “the past board and management of Union Bank Plc, the CEO of the Issuing House/ Financial Adviser to the Offer, the present members of the Board and Management, including the outgoing Managing Director of Union Bank Plc, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, should be investigated by the EFCC with a view to establishing and recovering the missing amount”. It added that, “the management of AMCON and SEC, including their respective CEOs (Mustafa Chike-

Obi and Ms Arunma Oteh), should be investigated by the EFCC considering their roles in attempting to conceal the fraudulent diversion and missing fund”. The report further noted that the nationalisation of AfriBank Plc, Bank PHB, Spring Bank, and their subsequent change of names to Mainstreet Bank, Keystone Bank, and Enterprise Bank respectively, is a violation of the AMCON Act, NDIC Act and Section 44 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the processes of transfer were fraught with potential forgery, unethical practices, abuse of office, and various unacceptable bad corporate governance precedents. It thereby recommended that a transaction should be reviewed and investigation be carried out on the individuals involved by the EFCC and other security agencies. It will be recalled that while presenting the recommendations of the ad hoc committee to the House last week, its chairman, Ibrahim El Sudi-led noted that: “I want to correct an impression that has been created in the media that tends to affect the image of the House. “The Executive and all Nigerians know that this House inaugurated a committee that led to the suspension of the SEC DG and that the report of the panel set up by the Executive has not even been adopted. And now the Federal Government has recalled the DG. “I want to state categorically that Arunma Oteh is not qualified to be the DG of SEC. Sections 3, 35 and 315 of the Investment and Securities Act are clear on this. “As at the time Oteh was appointed as the DG SEC, she was not registered with the SEC as required by the Investments and Securities Act. She didn’t have 15 years cognate experience as a capital market operator and so, I want to say here today that Oteh is not qualified to be the DG of SEC”.

NIGERIA IN BRIEF Kano to get solar power plant Kano state is to benefit from a 60-megawatt solar power plant under the Nigeria-Germany Energy Partnership, coordinated by the National Energy Council, says a presidential aide.

Alhaji Ibrahim Njidda, the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Energy Partnerships, disclosed this on Saturday when he paid a courtesy visit to

Dons task African leaders on good governance Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso in Kano. Njidda said that the project was borne out of the desire to tap the abundant solar energy in the northern part of the country.

Three university lecturers on Saturday urged African leaders to pay more attention to the welfare of the people. The dons, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, noted

that prompt attention to the citizens’ welfare was the only panacea to the growing civil unrest on the continent. Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, recently

re-named Moshood Abiola University, said that good governance and populist programmes would put an end to wars, environmental degradation and crises on the continent.


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Ogun council election

Obasanjo’s name missing from voter register •Akarigbo, others disenfranchised •Violence, poor logistics mar poll FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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ow turn-out, missing names on the voter register and pockets of violence characterised the local government election held across all the 20 local governments of Ogun State yesterday.

Also, the poll took a dramatic turn with the name of former President Olusegun Obasanjo missing from the voter register. At the Ward 11, Unit 15 of the African Church Grammar School, where the former president was supposed to cast his vote, the Presiding Officer, who preferred anonymity, told newsmen that Obasanjo’s name was not found on the register. At the second polling Unit 16, within the same venue, the Presiding Officer, Miss Kolawole Oyetola, confirmed that the former president’s name was not among those on the voter register at her disposal. Also, the paramount ruler of Remoland, the Akarigbo, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, was among the eminent citizens of Ogun State who could not vote in yesterday’s local government election owing to nonavailability of voter registers. The monarch, who arrived the Owonifari Ward 2 polling unit for accreditation at about 9.35 a.m. in company with his family members, expressed surprise and disappointment when electoral officers were not on ground. When the electoral officers eventually came about 10.45 a.m., they asked the few voters at the centre to register on sheets of paper in order not to be disenfranchised. The voters however, objected and demanded that the officials should produce the real voter register. The situation which eventually led to confusion, however, saw the electoral officers abandoning the place and fleeing for dear life at 12.35 p.m. following the ensuing commotion. There was neither accreditation nor voting at the polling unit. Also at Simawa High School in Sagamu, the hometown of former Governor Gbenga Daniel, the Action Congress of Nigeria

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun,, and wife, Funsho, being accredited yesterday.

(ACN) chairmanship candidate, Mrs. Funmi Efuwape, was said to have escaped being lynched following a bitter disagreement between some ACN supporters and some supporters of the opposition parties over alleged irregularities at the polling centre. Although Efuwape succeeded in casting her vote, she was said to have been spirited out, when the atmosphere became charged. A Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) councillorship candidate, Adesina Abiodun, lamented the non-availability of election materials in some polling units. But the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muyiwa Oladipo, who also voted at the ward, described the election as impressive. Oladipo, who spoke with reporters, however, declared that the blame for non-availability of election materials in some units should be put at the doorstep of Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC). At the time of filing this report, unofficial election results already collated in some centres in the state indicated that Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Suraj Ishola Adekunbi, lost the election in his Ayetoro ward 2 but it was observed that some uniformed men took away the ballot box on his orders. Also, in Ago Isaga ward 2, Yewa South Local Government area, OGSIEC presiding officer was caught red-handed with already filled result sheets; while voters who attempted to

resist the security agents from taking away the ballot boxes without counting were mercilessly beaten. Although people turnedout well in most of the polling units monitored by Sunday Mirror within Abeokuta metropolis, particularly in Ikereku, Isale Ake in Abeokuta South Local Government area, there were complaints of missing names of voters. In other areas within the metropolis like in Oluwo Polling unit, Obafemi Owode Local Government, where the father to the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dimeji Bankole, was supposed to exercise his franchise, there were no electoral officers as at 11.35 a.m. till 3. 00 p.m., while the few voters who turned out for the exercise were becoming impatient. But the state governor, Amosun, yesterday described the council polls as “the first and most credible elections ever conducted at the local level since the return of civil rule in 1999”. The governor disclosed this yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen at the African Church Primary School, Ita-Iyalode Ward 11, Unit 12 in Abeokuta North Local Government, where he had gone to vote. According to Amosun, “This is the very first time we are conducting local government elections in a free and fair atmosphere since 1999. The last exercise under the previous administration was so marred with malpractices and an atmosphere of fear, ter-

ror and intimidation that opposition parties had to boycott the polls. So we are having under the current administration free and fair polls with every party participating.” He said contrary to prepoll allegations in some quarters, it was “our friends from the other side that are alleged to have been involved in some malpractices this morning. That’s the report we have received.” The governor and his wife, Olufunso, had earlier in the day stayed on the queue for accreditation. They returned in the afternoon to cast their votes. Sneering at the conduct of yesterday’s election, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the polls into the 20 local governments and 236 wards as “a deliberate subversion of the rights of the people of the state”. Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Ireti Oniyide, who spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta, said the missing names of voters as well as the sporadic gunshots from the security officers who accompanied the electoral materials were enough evidence that the election was a charade. Oniyide also explained that the non-availability of Form EC 81 where the election results were to be entered was a clear intention of the ruling ACN through the OGSIEC not to declare the winners at the polling booth but after such results must have been doctored. Citing situations where OGSIEC officials made

use of exercise books to accredit voters who went to the polling booth with valid voter cards, Oniyide stressed that it was part of the games to rig the council poll through the state electoral body. “Number one, names of registered voters that voted during the last governorship election have been expunged from the register. There are places where they have not produced the voter register; they are using ‘university notebook’ to record people that came with their voter cards’ for accreditation. “We made every attempt to correct these irregularities because we saw the pattern earlier this week. Members of OGSIEC, the people that we have been talking to there, all suddenly became incommunicado, they were not picking their phones and they were not taking any correspondence from us. They have security men at the gates, but we do not have access to them”. However, OGSIEC Commissioner III, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, explained that the missing names were not the fault of the commission because OGSIEC was using the register provided by the INEC in the 2011 general elections. Agboke noted that the commission had instructed the Presiding Officers to use plain papers to register people with valid voter cards. Meanwhile, an official of the Ogun State office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who did not want his name in print told Sunday Mirror that lateness in the collection of the voter register from INEC by OGSIEC was the major factor responsible for the missing of names. The source said the voter register was collected by OGSIEC less than 12 hours to the polls while election materials were being distributed out on Friday afternoon. Also, former Governor of the state and a national leader of ACN, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, who came in company with his son, Olumide, a member of the House of Representatives, to cast his vote at Ago Iba, within the Abeokuta metropolis, declined comments when journalists approached him on his views about the elections.

Power minister clarifies new tariff regime

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he Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, has said that the newly introduced Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) was not about price increase, but was based on ``pay as you consume’’. Nnaji stated this at the weekend in Jalingo at a oneday community dialogue on the MYTO organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in collaboration with the ministry. ``The era of energy charges based on estimation has gone. We should embrace this system which charges individuals based on use.’’ Represented by the ministry’s Director of Research and Planning, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed, the minister said that energy generation and distribution were capital intensive, hence the need for foreign and local investment in the sector. Also speaking on the occasion, Gov. Danbaba Suntai of Taraba, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Garvey Yawe, said the introduction of MYTO was timely, adding that the era of estimated consumption was counterproductive. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dialogue was attended by the NOA Director-General, Mr Mike Omeri.

Operators seek proper implementation of proposed SME credit facility

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perators in the financial sector have urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment to facilitate the utilisation of the proposed N200 billion Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) credit facility. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had at the just-concluded African Women Summit in Lagos, said the funds would replace the old agricultural credit guarantee scheme. The operators told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday that government’s success in supporting SMEs would fast-track and enhance sustainable economic growth. They argued that the actualisation of vision 20:20 20 depended entirely on governments commitment toward domestic creation of wealth and employment opportunities.


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Minister seeks review of national gender policy AYO ESAN

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n order to promote the welfare and rights of Nigerian women and children in all aspects of life be it political, social and economic, the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Zainab Maina, has advocated for the implementation and review of the National Gender Policy.

She made the call while paying an advocacy visit to the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefolure and the civil society organisations in Lagos State. The minister also can-

vassed for effective and efficient implementation of Child Rights’ Law as a way of ensuring the survival, protection, well being and development of Nigerian children. Maina disclosed that the Federal Executive Council approved a National Gender policy for Nigeria in 2006 and that 2011 marked the end of the five-year cycle of the policy document and the first three years of the five-year implementation period of the strategic implementation framework. She noted that the overall goal of the policy was to promote the welfare and rights of Nigerian women

and children in all aspects of life. While pointing out that tremendous progress had been made in various forms since its approval, she noted that lots of vacuum still exist, hence her call for a review of the policy so as to incorporate new issues and challenges as well as needs and aspirations. The minister stated that her ministry deemed it necessary to solicit Lagos State support and cooperation to the team of experts that would be visiting the state to gather data in this regard. As part of her ministry’s effort for the upliftment

and raising the standard of living of women and children across the country, Maina disclosed that food processing machines had been consistently supplied to states for distribution to women’s cooperatives at the grassroots. Also through Women Fund for Economic Empowerment (WOFEE), she said the ministry in collaboration with Nigeria Agricultural Cooperative and Rural Development Bank (NACRDB) now Bank of Agriculture had disbursed N261, 500 to 3, 281 beneficiaries in 28 states of the Federation including Lagos. While disclosing that Lagos is one of 24 states in the

who also doubles as the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation said Lagos under the leadership of Governor Babatunde Fashola has been given women the necessary support in politics and decision –making. She said the incumbent chief judge of the state is a woman just like her predecessor while according to her, female gender has reasonable number in the cabinet as well as in the state assembly. She also said that there is a woman senator representing the state while about eight other women are serving in the House of Representatives.

country that have passed the Child Rights’ law, Maina expressed displeasure in its implementation and enforcement. According to her, “Lagos State is one of the 24 in the federation that have passed the Child Rights’ law, its implementation and enforcement have been very slow. “This law, if well implemented will be of immense benefit to the state and ensure the survival, protection, well being and development of our children into well adjusted individuals contributing meaningfully to nationhood. In her response, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Orelope-Adefulure

Opposition plot against PDP in South-South

FAAN set to remove abandoned aircraft from airports

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head of the 2015 general election, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Bayelsa State yesterday revealed that opposition political parties in the South South region were making strategic plots to wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the region.

Chairman of CNPP in the state, Sunday FrankOputu, in a statement made available to Sunday Mirror in Yenagoa, said the landslide victory of the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole, in the recent gubernatorial poll in the state would be translated in the five states of the region to beat the dominance of the PDP. Frank-Oputu argued that God’s intervention on the plight of the people of the region had manifested in Edo State through the re-election of Oshiomhole, stressing that the victory of the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) was a living example that the people were being forced to live with the PDP. According to the politician, the 2015 election

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would be the final decision for the region, noting that the outcome of the election in Edo State was not a surprise to anybody. He said: ”We have always known that this is what was going to happen. Because, if you could recall, Goodluck Jonathan, here in Bayelsa State , made a statement that the way they are giving Bayelsa to PDP, they will give Edo as a parting gift to Chief Tony Anenih. But, I think God spoke through the people of Edo the way we had always wanted him

to speak. God through the people of Edo showed the leadership of the PDP and the Presidency that He is the ultimate fixer and not man.” “God gave Adams Oshiomhole the heart to stand firm and encouraged him to stand against injustice in our democracy. The votes counted and this is a pointer that by 2015, the end of the PDP is looming. Nigerians will wake up from their slumber and be begging to see Edo as a living example to stand and protect their votes.

It is a fact that if the real election is conducted, the PDP will not win 10 out of the 774 local government areas in the country. Nigerians are tired of the stories of the PDP. This one in Edo is a living example that they never wanted the PDP to continue,” FrankOputu insisted. “We also pray that God should not stop at Edo State, He should go to Rivers, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom states and others that are in the shackles of bondage of the PDP,” he added.

he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN has concluded plans to remove abandoned aircrafts from the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport and six others in the country. This fact was disclosed by the Public Affairs Manager of FAAN, Mr. Akin Olukunle at the weekend. According to him, the exercise is expected to take place within the month. He said, “By the end of this month, we are going ahead to remove the planes in the overall public interest. We have given enough time to the owners to do so, but some have not. “In February, we published a notice, giving three months grace period for them to move the planes away and there is no more extension. “Anyone who feels aggrieved should realise that we cannot continue to jeopardise the safety of passengers because of a few people.” Olukunle said the removal would be done in public glare adding that the presence of the disused planes could attract

BRIEF

Foundation spends N22m on Gudu cemetery The founder of the AlMuhabbah Foundation, Alhaja Aisha Mohammed, yesterday said the foundation spent N22 million to renovate the Gudu Cementary in the FCT. Mohammed, who is also wife of the FCT minister, made the disclosure in Abuja at the inauguration of the Gudu Muslim cemetery and earth-breaking ceremony of the Christian cemetery.

strange elements to the airport environment. In all there are 65 abandoned aircrafts in eight airports in the country. The airports are MMIA, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport, Owerri, Yakubu Gowon airport, Jos, Kaduna airport, Malam Aminu Kano airport, Kano, Benin airport and the Maiduguri airport. Some of the aircrafts that have been in the airports since 2009 belong to Albarka airline owned by former Lagos Military Administrator, General Mohammed Buba Marwa, Okada airline owned by the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Fresh airlines, ADC, Sosoliso and the Nigerian airways. This latest move is coming after a 10-year tussle between some airline operators, who own the disused property, and the regulators in the industry. A significant number of unused aircraft belonging to a number of defunct operators have been parked for years after they ceased to airlift passengers. Earlier attempts to remove the planes from public glare were stalled in what had been tagged a battle of wits between regulators and the defunct airline owners.

She said that the money was provided by donor agencies and the renovation was to beautify and modernise the existing Christian and Muslim cemeteries, noting that most cemeteries in the country were in deplorable conditions. “They have been turned to refuse dumpsites owing to indiscriminate solid waste disposals, encroachment activities of lunatics and

destitute. ``Cemeteries must be well kept, we need to give the dead a good environment as their resting place because one day we will also answer the call of the almighty God,’’ she said. She noted that the FCT Administration had tried to rehabilitate the cemeteries, adding that there was need to partner with the administration.

Ramadan: Up goes fruit prices in Kaduna Prices of fruits have risen in Kaduna State as Muslims observe Ramadan fasting, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A survey by NAN correspondent showed that prices of watermelon, pineapple, pawpaw and orange had risen by about 70 per cent. A medium-size watermelon now sells for between N550 and N700 as against N200 and N500, while pineapple,

depending on the size, goes for between N200 and N500. A small bucket of orange goes for between N400 and N450 as against the former price of N250, while a bag of orange now costs N10, 000 as against N5, 500 a month ago. A medium bunch of banana now sells for N600, compared to the previous price of N400, while a small bunch now costs between N350 and N500 as against N200, previously.

The survey, however, showed that the prices of other perishable foodstuff, including carrot, cabbage and Irish potato had remained stable. Traders at Station Market and Ibrahim Taiwo Road attributed the increase in the prices of fruits to the high cost of transportation. One MalamYa’u Mohammed said the price increase was not deliberate.


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Anambra Erosion

JUNE 24, 2012

‘I’ve abandoned N150m mansion to save my family’ •Ekwueme, Obi’s hometowns worst hit NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA

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ictims of erosion gullies at Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State are now counting their huge losses since the advent of this years rainy season. One of the victims, Mr. Martin Ezeofor whose house stands less than two metres away from the erosion site, said he had been forced to abandon his two-story building, a boys’ quarter and the entire compound worth N150 million to move his family to a safer place. He said although the building was yet to cave into the gully completely, he was compelled to vacate the residence because “it is only a tree that hears that it will be cut down that stands still in a place.” Speaking to newsmen at one of the erosion gully sites, Ezeofor, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to come to their aid before the entire communities were washed away. He recalled that the menace of erosion had plagued communities in the area. According to him, in Ekwulobia and Amaokpala alone, properties worth N2.5 billion had been lost over the years. Other residents who spoke to Sunday Mirror at the landslide site were Ichie Barnabas Nwafor who claimed to have already lost property worth N120 million, while Bomboy Onyeagba and Cyprian Ezeokeke put their own losses at N90 million and N70 million respectively; just as Joseph Ibeakamma, Hilary Ezeofor and Nneka Ezeokeke also claimed to have lost between N55 million, N35 million and N20 million each. They emphasised that there were still so

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hen the rains of last Saturday evening started in major parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, there was no inkling that it would come with tales of woes and disaster like the previous one that occured in July last year . For the residents, the rains turned to

One of the areas affected by the flood in Ibadan

many other victims who could not be reached to comment on their estimated losses because they had completely vacated the area. Bounded in the North by Nanka, in the South by Ndiowu, in the East by Amaokpalaand Ndikelionwu and in the West by Ekwulobia communities, Oko community in Orumba North Local Government area of Anambra State is currently endangered Not minding that the ancient community produced Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, and is also hosting the Federal Polytechnic, indigenes of Oko are now living in fears, fiollowing the menace of the ecological disaster. Many years ago, the neighbouring Nanka community also in Orumba North Local Government, was badly hit by the same erosion problem to the extent that the community became synonymous with ecological disaster. Specifically, it is no longer news that erosion is corroding fast, what remains of the habitable soil of Nanka. However, what is shocking is the frenetic speed of the corrosion. Between last year and this year’s rainy seasons alone, erosion sites have increased from 15 to 20 gullies, a situation which has so far led to the caving in of more than 15 homes and rendering the people homeless, Interestingly, Professor Dora Akunyili, the erstwhile Director-General of National Foods and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) was born in Nanka but her husband hails from neighbouring Agulu community, the hometown of Governor Peter Obi. The President-General of Nanka Patriotic Union (NPU), Chief Damian Okoye, who spoke during a recent annual cultural festival, expressed the fear that by the end of this year’s rainy season, many more houses would have caved in. sheer agony, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. The flood not only submerged houses, churches and mosques with properties worth millions of naira swept away, lives were lost and about 13 bridges washed away. The rain which started at about 9.30pm on Saturday till the early hours of the following day was so much that by the time it had subsided, heavy flood had become the lot of residents of reas such as Apete, Odo-

Erosion site in Oko community

Okoye, therefore, called on both the federal and state governments to address the erosion menace in the community, which he said had become so notorious that virtually all the heads of governments in Nigeria had visited the erosion sites and seen things for themselves but could not do anything to ameliorate the situation. In their separate speeches, the traditional ruler of Nanka, Igwe Gilbert Ofomata; Chief Peter Chinedu, the chief executive officer of Chipet Oil; Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, a onetime president-general of the town and Chief Okwudili Nwankwo, the incumbent presidentgeneral of Amalgamated Market Traders Association of Anambra State (AMATAS), also appealed to governments at all levels to expedite action in taming the erosion gullies, which they said are more than 20 in number. The same menace affected Umuchiana vil-

lage of the neighbouring Ekwulobia community few years ago to the extent that not only about 10 buildings perished, the federal road linking Oko and Ekwulobia was cut into two until Governor Peter Obi came to the rescue by awarding the contract to reclaim the road and stop further encroachment, while the big gully is left to stare at the face of passersby. Back to the latest erosion threats at Oko, which have virtually sent some of the villagers packing, the community’s monarch, Igwe (Professor) Laz Ekwueme, a younger brother to Alex Ekwueme, has sent a Save Our Souls (SOS) message to both the state and federal governments and the World Bank, asking for urgent assistance before more people are rendered homeless by the landslide. Igwe Ekwueme, who made the call on Monday when the member representing Orumba North/South Federal Constituency in the

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Ona Elewe, Sango, Eleyele, Alaro, Onipepeye , Celestial Junction area of Mokola, part of Sabo, Ajibode, Amuloko, Ogbere Olunloyo, Ogbere Babanla, Gbelekale and Sanyo with many of them counting their losses . A resident of Odo-Ona area, Mr. Akinjide Akintola , while narratinghis experience, blamed the flood on the narrow bridge constructed in the area, emphasising that “the bridge needs urgent attention to avert sad occurrence in the next few days considering the looming heavy downpour as it is too low while the river really needs proper dredging. ‘’In the first place, political influence affected the construction of the bridge. Instead of making the road from Orita to run straight and make the flow of water to be much easier, it was bent over there, so that some houses belonging to some powerful ones on the other side would not be affected. Nevertheless, the state government needs to dredge the river very deep to accommodate the volume of water flowing through it,’’ he stated. On the part of fish and poultry farmers in Ido Local Government area of the state, it would take a long time for them to recover from the loss they suffered from the flood that ravaged their farms with many of the

farmers in Araromi Idowu, Eleyele and Omi Adio worst hit . A visit to many fish ponds located at Omi Adio and Eleyele was revealing, as many of the fish in the ponds had been washed away by the flood. Speaking on his ordeal, Mr. Owoeye Ogunsanya, a fish farmer, said all his four ponds were swept away by the flood, stating, “ I cannot say this is how much I have lost but I know I have just placed about 10,000 fingerlings and as I’m talking to you, everything has been washed away. I don’t know where to start from.” A poultry farmer at Araromi Idowu , who simply identified himself as Bamidele, said about 1,000 birds were affected by the flood, saying, “ It is a natural phenomenon that we have no control over . I have witnessed flood since the 15 years of farming on this land, but this year’s came to be an exception. Well, I have to contend with it, it is a natural thing.” A victim of last year’s similar flood incident who was also affected by this year’s, Mrs. Iyabo Soyewo, while bemoaning her plight, said many of them living in Odo Ona in Apata area of the city, had thought that the state government would help find lasting solution to the problem of flood in the area.


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Community bars victims’ bodies •Says any death on water or near water is abomination he Abuloma community in Rivers State has forbidden the corpse of those who died on Friday following a fire at the Abuloma Jetty, from being carried through their land. They said it is a taboo, according to their culture and tradition, for any dead body that died inside or near water (river, ocean, etc) to be retrieved and brought into the land or carried through the community to be buried there or elsewhere. No dead by water must pass through the community. It must be buried by the waterside or inside the water, the community’s elders insist. This came against the backdrop of the fire incident that rocked Abuloma Jetty, killing at least six persons and injuring many others. Sunday Mirror after witnessing the retrieving of a dead body simply identified as “Ahmed’s brother” from the water yesterday afternoon, which was transported in a speed boat to the mortuary in Port Harcourt through Marine Base, wondered why those responsible for conveying the dead did not take the easier route of putting the body in a vehicle and depositing it in a mortuary in Abuloma. The deceased ‘Ahmed’s brother’ was said to have jumped into the water from the burning vessel, but drowned because he couldn’t swim. Mr. Robert Owoi, a security personnel in PW Yard, one of the firms in the Abuloma Jetty engaged in Tugboat and Vessel maintenance and repair, explained that anybody who dies in water is forbidden to be taken upland. “The corpse must be buried either at the waterside or any other place, but must not be carried through the land”, he said, eliciting a

chorus of agreement from those around. However, he said if anybody insists on taking a dead body from the river through their land, some sacrifices have to be performed by the elders of the community, in order to obtain permission. As at yesterday afternoon when Sunday Mirror visited the scene of the Friday jetty fire, it was observed that the fire has still not been put out totally. It was still burning slowly, emitting thick, apparently unhealthy smoke, polluting the whole environment. Some of the eye witnesses told our correspondent that those who died inside the vessel have not been removed. Mr. Emenike Umesi, South-South Coordinator of National Emergency Management Authority, confirmed that the fire “is still burning, but very low.” He put the casualty figures at four dead, and two injured, while the damages recorded include one fishing boat, one tugboat and two barges. Umesi called for the speedy removal of the burnt vessels from the water to avoid further accidents. However, The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, said that six persons died in the Abuloma Jetty vessel fire. “I can confirm to you that so far, none of the six persons who were on board the vessel came out. However, there are some other casualties but I cannot confirm that to you now, because the fire is still raging on the vessel. Until tomorrow before any one can dare go near the place. Everywhere is hot and huge smoke is billowing from the ship,” he said.

Vessel still burning as at Saturday afternoon

Youths removing one of the dead from the scene.

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Villagers lamenting their loss

House of Representatives, Hon. Ben Nwankwo, visited the erosion site which is also dangerously threatening his palace, said the appropriate authorities should save him and his family from the gully erosion. The monarch who looked worried at the rate with which the erosion menace is fast approaching his palace, said that unless something urgent was done, his palace and its occupants stood the risk of being washed away. He said that although contract for checking the threatening erosion had been awarded by the state government several months ago, the contractors were yet to be mobilised to site. He lamented the delay in starting the erosion control project even when his palace and many other buildings and lives in his community were in danger. He, therefore, called on the state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, to hasten action and mobilize the contractors to work in order to control the menace and save the lives and property of people resident in the erosion-prone areas.

Earlier, Hon. Nwankwo had told the monarch that he was in Orumba North and South Local Government areas with a team of relevant Federal Government officials to monitor developmental needs of the people, so as to work out ways of assisting them. He commended the Igwe, Prof. Ekwueme, for his contributions in offering useful advice to him as the representative of the people at the federal level The latest landslide Oko, which occurred last weekend around 8.00 am, further wreaked more havoc on the communities already ravaged by gully erosion. The erosion which had reportedly claimed many lives and destroyed property estimated at billions of Naira, according to residents of the communities including the students of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, took a more dangerous dimension sometime in February, this year when without any rains, the landslide cut the major drainage that has controlled the gully erosion in the two communities.

ur hours, we kept vigil - Victim that the experience of last year was one that they could not forget in a hurry. According to her, she, like the other residents thought that the Odo Ona River would be dredged and expanded to stave off flooding. She said, “After about four hours that the rain started and it did not stop, we knew that we were in for another problem, and it did not take long to come, such that by midnight, none of us could sleep. We kept vigil as the flood started flowing in and ravaging most of the buildings in the area. By early in the morning, it was tales of woe with those of us living on the ground floor trying to remove some of our belongings upstairs.” Speaking in the same vein, Yomi Adeniran, a student ofThe Polytechnic, Ibadan, who resides at Apete area, said the flood was “abomb expected to detonate.” According to him, while the flood of last year led to the total collapse of the bridge linking the community with Eleyele, the make shift bridge constructed was one that could certainly stand the heavy rainfall of that day. He said that he and other students could not relocate from the area because it is very close to their institution. While many people were heaving a sigh of relief that the flood did not unlike that of Au-

gust 26, last year, bring in its wake loss of lives, it was to be another story on Tuesday as three dead bodies were found floating at Dandaru River along the Secretariat/Parliament Road. The three bodies, two of which are those of policemen with the State Command were found floating in the early hours of the day at a dam close to the Fisheries Department of the State Ministry of Agriculture. The victims Ojo Adelusi, Sunday Ijoh, Sunkami Iyiola, Wole Iyiola and Ope Ogungbemi had left for a popular night club in the metropolis around 10.30pm on Saturday and their car fell into a canal at Favours area along Bodija, Ibadan with the car discovered early Sunday morning. Ijoh, who was one of the dead bodies was a corporal with the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while Sunkanmi Iyiola and Wole Iyiola were of the same parents, with Wole, only married about three weeks ago. A sister to two of the deceased, Mrs. Bunmi Qudus, said five people wereinside the car before they were swept away by the raging flood and the family had been searching for them since Sunday morning, stating “When we couldn’t find them, we reported at the police station. They had all left home

around 10.30pm on Saturday for a club. But, after sometime, we could not have any contact with any of them. We thought that they would return on Sunday morning, but we didn’t see them only to be called some minutes after that their car has been discovered”. As victims of the flood were busy counting their losses, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state while berating the state government, attributed the flood to what it called “abject negligence in handling the flood disaster by the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.” The PDP in a statement by its Synergy League spokesman, Prince Dotun Oyelade declared that “11 months after last year’s flood disaster during which federal and state governments and corporate bodies donated handsomely to bolster government purse to assist thousands of victims, nothing meaningful has been achieved by the state government. What we see is tentative and un -coordinated approach during which Governor Ajimobi threatened that government will not take responsibility if some inhabitants refuse to vacate danger zones, this virtual abdication of executive duty is intolerable and must be condemned by all’’.

The PDP also challenged the Ajimobi-led administration to own up on the donations made to the flood victims and the state government on last year’s flood, which led to the untimely death of hundreds of people. But in a swift reaction, the state government, speaking through the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, explained that as part of its efforts at preventing a repeat of the August 26 2011 flooding, it ‘’undertook the dredging of rivers and construction of bridges so as to prevent a recurrence It added that upon hearing the distress calls of residents of the affected areas in the early hours of Sunday, government immediately dispatched a team of commissioners, special advisers, State Emergency Management Agency officials, as well as the state fire-fighting team to the affected areas, so as to have a first-hand assessment of the flooding’’. Adedayo added: “We are all living witnesses to the widespread nature of the flood disaster of August 26, 201, government came back in the aftermath of that devastating flood to the drawing table. It immediately set up a panel to look into the overt and covert causes of the flood, with a view to recommending appropriate solutions.


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Nigerians, most sexually satisfied in the world - Report AYO ESAN

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global survey conducted by condom manufacturer, Durex, has revealed that Nigerians are among the most sexually satisfied people in the world. Durex said on Tuesday in a statement issued to mark the survey’s release that the online study questioned more than 26,000 respondents across 26 countries about every aspect of their sex lives in a bid to chart comprehensively “what constitutes intimate well-being”. Among other things, it found Nigeria to be the most sexually satisfied nation at (67 per cent), followed by Mexico (63 per cent), India (61 per cent) and Poland (54 per cent). The least sexually satisfied people in the world, according to the survey, are the Japanese, with a mere 15 per cent of respondents from that country. Although, most Malaysians agree that sex is important, fewer than two in

five (38 per cent) of them are satisfied with their sex lives. “On the average, South Africans have sex 120 times a year - considerably more than the global average of 103. It is the sexed-up Greeks who have the most sex, at 164 times a year, with Brazil next (145), followed by Poland and Russia (both 143). “The Japanese are the least sexually active nation, Being Intimate just 48 times a year,” Durex said. South Africans also spend more time actually being intimate, with sessions lasting an average 20 minutes, compared with the 18-minute world average, the survey found. “The Nigerians take the longest time over sex, at 24 minutes per session, while Indians have the quickest sex, at 13 minutes.” While the survey conducted by Durex never mentioned Zimbabwe, according to the latest Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey, Zimbabwe recorded the highest condom usage in the world over the last

five years. If the Durex survey results are something to cling on to, then it would mean that while Zimbabwean men are not considered when it comes to satisfying their women, at least they have topped the charts in protecting themselves and their loved ones by using condoms more than any other country. Nyarai Samkange, a social scientist based in Mutare, said the survey results published by Durex could be true and reflect some reality. “I would personally also say Nigeria is the best. Even from their African movies and what happens in their country, you can easily realise that they are undoubtedly the best in Africa. I also have a friend who once dated a Nigerian guy and she used to tell me that the man was her best boyfriend when it comes to sex, so I think the Durex survey results are unbiased,” she said. It would be recalled that the same condom manufacturer, Durex, had earlier

Middle Belt group tackles Waku over comment on Christians’ killing in North

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group under the auspices of Middle Belt Youth Forum (MBYF) yesterday faulted the comment accredited to the vice chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),Sen.Joseph Waku against president of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor over his recent address on the killings of Christians by terrorism in North. Pastor Oritsejafor had recently addressed United States Congress Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights over the spate of Christian killings. In an e-mailed statement signed by national leader of MBYF,Mr Jonathan Asake,the group accused

Sen. Waku of been paid to attack Christian leaders. According to the group “Sen.Waku outburst presents him as a desperate agent paid by his masters to execute an agenda. We wonder why his likes; always make themselves available as willing tool for use by mischief makers and agents of destruction who feels that this country must only exist on their terms” The group said it would continued to stand by Pastor Oritsejafor for boldly coming out to speak on the challenges been faced by Christians in the country in the hands of terrorists. The statement further reads in part “What Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor told the US Congress was the true position of things as it affects Nigerian Christians. The forum therefore, con-

demns Waku’s recklessness utterances against the leader of Nigerian Christians” The group however called on authorities to keep vigilance on the activities of people who are out to destabilize the country. It would be recalled that Pastor Oritsejafor told United States Congress Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights that the spate of Christian killings in the northern part of the country was a “ religious cleansing. He compared the killings to the run-up to the 1960s civil war which claimed more than a million lives. “We are reminded by the occurrences of these killings of the genesis of the civil war that took place here in Nigeria,” he said.

released the result of a survey that picked the Nigerian women as the most promiscuous in the world. According to the survey which it said involved 29,000 people from 36 countries, Nigerian women are the most unfaithful in the world. The survey shows that

Makoko eviction turns tragic as Police corporal kills Chief MURITALA AYINLA

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ne of the chiefs in the embattled Makoko settlement of Lagos was yesterday shot dead by a marine police corporal, as the ongoing demolition of structures in Makoko Waterfront of Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), by the Lagos state Government, turned bloody. The state government had on Monday commenced what it termed “clearing of waterfronts” in Iwaya/Makoko which led to the eviction of thousands of slum residents, many who are now homeless. Speaking with Sunday Mirror in a telephone chat yesterday, the leaders of the slum dwellers, Chief Johnson Agbojeti and Mr. Ade Aguntor, who witnessed the scene said a middle-aged man, Chief Timothy Huntoyanwha, was shot dead by a Marine policeman, Corporal Boma Peddle. The locals identified the slain man as next in rank to the Baale of Makoko.

Igbo youths bestow posthumous honour on Zik, Ibiam, others former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme, former Ohanaeze President General, Dr Dozie Ikedife, among others in the living category as part of activities marking its 13th Annual Convention. Speaking shortly after receiving the recognition on behalf of her husband, wife of Dr Azikiwe, Professor Uche, described the late former president as a man

that the top two countries with cheating women are Nigeria, with 62 per cent, and Thailand, 59 per cent. 39 per cent of Malaysian women also confessed to having betrayed their partners. Russian women came fourth at 33 per cent while Singaporeans are fifth at 19 per cent.

L-R: Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide; wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Fatima Sambo, wife of the Senate President, Helen Mark and wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan at the Al-Muhibbah Foundation 2nd Anniversary celebration and distribution of empowerment items to 300 women PHOTO: NAN and youths in Abuja, yesterday.

NIGERIA IN BRIEF Youths under the auspices of Igbo Youths Movement (IYM) yesterday bestowed posthumous honours on first Nigerian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, governor of defunct Eastern Region, Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam, Premier of defunct Eastern Region, Sir Micheal Okprara, for their numerous contributions to Ndigbo and Nigeria. The group also honoured

Thailand men are the most unfaithful in the world, with 54 per cent of them admitting to cheating on their spouses. South Korea came in second with 34 per cent, while Malaysia ranked number three with 33 per cent. The survey revealed

who worked so hard for the unity of the country. She explained that her late husband worked relentlessly for the freedom of Nigeria and the blacks, adding that his love for the country made him to come back from abroad. According to her, her husband was satisfied with his position then as a ceremonial president, adding that he never wanted crisis.

According to Aguntor, the incident occurred at about 10:30 am when the community’s representatives who were sent to the meet government officials were briefing the elders on the outcome of the meeting with the Commissioner for Waterfront, Mr. Adesegun Oniru. He said: “At the meeting, the Baale of Makoko community, Chief Aji Steven, was informed that the officials of the state government have arrived to continue with the demolition exercise in his territory. “Steven, who was accompanied by Huntoyanwha, sat down to watch how the demolition exercise will commence. “While the Baale was still dishing out orders, a policeman, Peddle stood up and began to shoot sporadically and the bullets hit Huntoyanwha on the left side of his stomach.” “Immediately he (Huntoyanwha) was hit by the shot, the Baale quickly rushed him into the boat

towards Oworonshoki jetty. While on their way to Gbagada General Hospital, Huntoyanwha died.” However, the Lagos Police yesterday confirmed the chief’s killing, promising to bring the erring policeman to justice. A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, read in part: “On 21st July 2012, at about 1200hrs, f/ n0 363084, Cpl Pepple Boma attached to Marine Police, Oworonsoki Division and posted on special duty with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on demolition exercise at the Waterfront of Makoko area of Yaba, allegedly shot a man in the stomach. “The victim was rushed to General Hospital, Gbagada, where he was later confirmed dead. The corpse has been deposited at the General Hospital Ikeja for post-mortem examination, while the suspect has been arrested and detained at the State CID, Panti, Yaba”.

Group commends Jonathan for new IGP An Igbo socio-cultural group, Ndigbo Unity Forum, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the confirmation of Mr. Mohammed Abubakar as Inspector General of Police. In a statement signed by its chairman, Augustine Chukwudum, the group therefore called on every Nigeria to give the Abubakar all the needed support so that he can tackle

the problem of insecurity in the country. “Let the citizens provide useful information to the police, because for Nigeria to be attractive to foreign investors there must be security. Nobody will invest in a country where there is no security of live and property, that is why it became imperative that every hand must be on deck to tackle this issue of insecurity”,

it quoted. It also urged “Northern Leaders to come out and disown the terrorist group called Boko Haram and not keep silent as if what they are killing is fowl and not human begins, that is the only way the Northern Leader’s will prove to Nigerian’s that they are not sponsoring them. “President Goodluck Jonathan must equip the police.”


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Interview ENCOUNTER WITH A NEWS MAKER Sunday July 22, 2012

In our days at National Assembly, Mark could not have emerged Senate President –Lam Adesina Alhaji Lamidi Onaolapo Adesina was a former governor of Oyo State. He is the leader of the ACN in the state. In this interview with Ayo Esan, he speaks on sundry issues of national interest. Excerpts The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), recorded victory in the Edo governorship poll recently. How would you describe the victory? The result was the wishes and vote of the people, the masses. That means the people enjoyed the programmes of the ACN in Edo State. Also, Governor Adams Oshiomhole performed to the satisfaction of the people; they have never seen such a performance before in Edo State by the previous governments. Now that they saw somebody performing they had to rally round him. What it means is that, although you can think that the masses are illiterate in this country, they know what is happening. They know those who are performing in offices and those who are not performing. There were congratulatory messages from President Goodluck Jonathan and many other PDP leaders and stalwarts to Oshiomhole. How will you compare this to the do-or-die battle stance of our politicians in the past? What I think they are trying to do is to show the world that they are sportsmen who take defeat happily without doing what most African leaders do by not accepting defeat from the opposition. I think they want to show that to the people so that others can learn from it. There are some

who think that there are no alternatives to them. At any rate President Jonathan wanted to show the world that he was very magnanimous in defeat. The level of insecurity in the country is frightening, the latest being the killing in Plateau State which led to the death of a serving senator. How do we resolve this situation? I think the necessary antidote should be applied. I don’t believe that government can meet force with force. If they do that there would be escalation of the insecurity. So what they are trying to do is in order, trying to cultivate the terrorists, to know them and trying to dialogue with them. Because as I see things, the terrorists want to divide Nigeria. If you continue to attack one religious group, how do you want to defend that? It will look like a religious war but I know it is not a religious war, it is a political war. But they want to incite people against one another. Inciting Muslims against Christians and Christians against Muslims. And there is nowhere in the world where you fight a religious war that such a nation is not divided. Can’t some of you that have been fighting for the unity of this country come to the aid of the president in resolving this insecurity

crisis ? You know they are trying to sidetrack what they should do. We have offered solutions in the past; we have reached a point in Nigeria that we should call a national conference. Nigerians should sit together and talk about the continued unity of the country and talk about how we are going to stay together. The Hausa , the Igbo , the Yoruba, the Igala, the Bini, the Nupe, and everybody, let’s sit down together and deliberate on the future of this country. During the recent killings in Plateau State, some of the Middle Belt leaders were saying that if the Federal Government refused to do anything about what was happening, the restive youths in the region would go to town and defend themselves. Don’t you think that kind of statement could threaten the country’s unity? You can say that it threatens the unity of the country. But do they have no right to defend themselves when innocent citizens are just killed like that, without any just cause? They are not fools, they are not morons. True, the problem is not the making of President Jonathan but the thing is happening during his time. Jonathan doesn’t like people killing one another but what can the people of the Middle Belt do? They have to defend themselves against attack. They are strong enough to ward off the attack but because they don’t want to cause any breakdown of law and order, that is why they have been looking. But when a situation now occurs, when a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was

attending the funeral of about 100 people earlier assassinated and they killed another member of the National Assembly, surely they cannot fold their arms. Whether Nigeria will break or not they just have to do something. But to me, it means that Jonathan has lost control. That he changed the Security Adviser is not anything bad, he is trying to see if things could improve by appointing a new security adviser. But it seems to me that he has lost control. If you say the president has lost control, then where do we go from there? We have to be full of prayers. Definitely they must call those people to the table. Those people who are causing terrorism in Nigeria and ask them, what do you want or how do we solve the problem? But the Federal Government says they are faceless, that they are not known? They should identify them. After all the Americans have named some of them, the Americans that are not living here have named some of them. Why are Nigerian leaders saying they don’t know them? And at any rate, it appears as if the terrorism has been externalised. I am not living in the northern part of the country but I know as a matter of fact that the porous borders we have with some other countries in West Africa contributed immensely to the escalation of this terrorism. I know that there are some citizens from Chad, Niger who are coming in to Nigeria to cause the mayhem. And they are being paid for the job. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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‘Present act of terrorism not religious but political’ That is why I felt bad and disappointed with Farouk Lawan who was leader of the Integrity Group in the House of Representatives. He fell into that pitfall, it is just sad. It means that over the years he has joined them. It is unfortunate. If somebody like Lawan could do that what do you expect somebody of lesser character to do? With Lawan, gold has rust then what would diamond do? Where you find gold rusting, what will iron do? It will gone to rust more than gold. That is a sad fact.

CONTINUED FROM Page 13 Could that be responsible for the directive issued by the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) through its founder and president, Dr Fredrick Fasehun, that all illegal aliens should vacate South West immediately because they are perpetrating a lot of crime? Now how many of them do you know? How do you identify them? It is a good idea, but are they not in other parts of the country? Why is the OPC singling out the South West? Fasehun said they are the ones causing most of the crimes in the South West and that the level of robbery and killings are on the increase in the region. If there is no security in other parts of Nigeria it will affect the South West. Is it because the terrorists we are talking about who are disturbing the peace of the North and Abuja don’t consider it wise to come to the South West? If they know it will quicken their programme, they will come. But they know that if they come to the South West they are courting trouble. So if we send out the illegal aliens, what of aliens who properly came to this country? How do you know the legal ones? If they say they are from Sokoto State, what are you going to tell them? You know Nigeria has not been able to identify many of the aliens in this country because of the connection between the northern region and some border countries? So it is very difficult. Lam Adesina

The issue of corruption seems not to be abating in the country, for instance the recent scandal which involved Lawan and Otedola. How do we tackle it? The issue of corruption in this country is not being tackled properly. For instance, our judicial system has not helped to curb corruption in this country. I will give you just one example: the case of James Ibori who was let off the hook in Nigeria and was caught in Britain and jailed. What is the impediment to the dispensation of justice in Nigeria? We need to ask that question. Why is the British judicial system so quick, so fast and so just and Nigeria’s is not like that? Did Britain not bequeath their judicial system to us? Are we not using identical judicial system with Britain? What is our handicap? If judiciary in Nigeria cannot adjudicate in cases of corruption, then where are we going from there? There are a number of cases in court today which are either suspended or adjourned indefinitely. So I think we have to examine our judiciary. Then on the issue of corruption, we have not been fighting corruption, we only scratch the surface. There is no done deal. Corruption in Nigeria may kill Nigeria unless positive actions are taken. Look at the issue of Lawan and Otedola. The way they are treating the matter is not the way it should be treated. The police should go into the matter and let us know the facts of the case. Why did Lawan want to take money? Why did Otedola record him? Was it a planned matter or what? Who is lying? Is it Lawan that is lying or Otedola? But let me warn: nobody can sweep that case under the carpet without serious consequences. You know at a point in time, what we do will become so troublesome that you pay dearly for it. If you have been escaping such a things before, this one you cannot. That is what I know. The case should be charged quickly and both Otedola and La-

wan should be prosecuted. If Lawan asked for the bribe, why did Otedola give the bribe? Let them go and explain this in the court of law and let’s see what the court of law will do. How do you compare the Second Republic National Assembly of which you were a member with the present one? The present National Assembly is by far lower in status, in performance, in activities, in responsible behaviour, in selfless service to the National Assembly of the Second Republic of which I was a member. Things had not spoilt to this level in the Second Republic. Things have gone almost beyond repairs in Nigeria today. In the Second Republic only the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) was looking for money at that time. They were money conscious but the opposition parties then like the Unity Party of Nigeria, the Great Nigeria Peoples Party, Nigeria Peoples Party, the Peoples Redemption Party were out to serve the people. That is why you find honourable members in the House of Representatives where I was. My take-home salary was N612. The basic was N1,000 every month. By the time they removed tax, the car loan and other things it will come to N612. And with that I was maintaining my car and I was running my family. I was even running my constituency on that and I was happy. It was not a case of allowance of one billion or one million. In terms of performance, the quality of debate in the Second Republic, especially the House of Representatives, was very high. We had seasoned people; they are not actually seasoned politicians like those of us who had been in politics before the Second Republic. But despite that they were very high in their debate. In each of the political parties we had people who were vibrant. If you look at the NPN in those days you had legislators, especially in the House of Representatives,

people like Abubakr Tugar, maybe he was from Kano, a very good debater. In the PRP you had Dr Junaid Mohammed, he is still alive today. Then you had in the UPN, Professor Ola, a political scientist from the University of Lagos; he was one of us, a good debater. If he takes the floor at that time, the Speaker would be knocking that it was time for him to sit down. He would be debating as if we were in the lecture room. So we enjoyed those things. We cannot compare the performance of the Second Republic legislators with the present two National Assemblies. In the Senate then you found seasoned politicians like Chief Jonathan Odebiyi of the UPN, also Abraham Adesanya and even in the NPP one Professor Obi was there. In the PRP it was Senator Barkin Zuwo at one time. How many people would you say are distinguished in the Senate today? In the Second Republic we couldn’t afford people like the present Senate President today. How could we have appointed a military man as president in those days? Not at all. So there is no comparison between the National Assembly of the Second Republic and the present National Assembly. I can describe the National Assembly then as the high point of democracy. With what you have said about the present National Assembly, are you supporting the idea of a part-time legislature now? I don’t support any part-time, it should be full-time. What should be done would be to water down the issue of pecuniary benefits. There is too much money in the National Assembly. The people that are elected should know that they are there to serve the people of Nigeria and not to serve themselves. They should also realise that they have not been sent there to look for money by all means.

Recently Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa appointed President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife as a permanent secretary in the state. Do you think this is in order? I support the governor’s action. He has the right to do what he did. Since the woman has been working in the state civil service before and she has attained the position of director or more, then she is qualified to be permanent secretary. More so the position of permanent secretary is a political appointment. You give that position to whoever you think can work well. You also look at the people who have been there before but it is not compulsory that you use seniority as a single factor. A senior director or whatever may not be competent to hold the post of permanent secretary. So it is in order that the governor of Bayelsa has appointed Jonathan’s wife as permanent secretary. It is a matter of honour done to that woman and an appreciation of what she did before her husband became the president. You have to appreciate the effort of the people after all when I was the governor of Oyo State I appreciated the effort of the teachers. Recently, the ACN leadership in Oyo State called on Governor Isiaka Ajimobi to sever whatever alliance he is having with other political parties in the state, and that anyone occupying political position and are from other parties should either resign his position or join the ACN. You announced this decision to the governor, what informed it? We didn’t go into any alliance with any party when we were going for the election. We contested alone, other parties also contested. But when we got there, the number of the members in the House of Assembly will not be sufficient for us to run a smooth government. I think that is why the governor entered into some form of alliance with the Accord Party but things have changed now. Some more members of the House have declared for ACN. We now have overriding majority there. The need for such alliance is no longer there. As I said, that if the governor wanted to run a sort of Unity Government in the state then he can retain them. But the level of alliance the Accord Party is talking about, especially the one being talked by Senator Ladoja, should no longer exist. Anybody found in an ACN government in Oyo State should be somebody who is invited on his own merit or as a result of a unity government, not as an accord. Has the governor complied with the directive? I know he will comply with the order and I know the Accord Party members will not say they didn’t hear what I said. It is the party’s decision. If anybody remains in the government of Oyo State originally who was in the Accord Party maybe the governor is retaining such people in the interest of the unity of Oyo State, not because they have signed an agreement.


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Politics PROVIDING FRESH PERSPECTIVES TO ISSUES JULY 22, 2012

Of Oteh’s return and SEC’s unending crisis P. 16, 41

‘ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEMS WE HAVE TODAY IS THE CREATION OF STATES. MANY OF THE STATES ARE CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF GETTING FEDERAL ALLOCATION. STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AREAS ARE DEPENDENT 90 PER CENT ON FEDERAL ALLOCATION TO SURVIVE”.

– COLONEL ABUBAKAR UMAR (RTD)

Mukhtar: An activist on the Bench? EMMANUEL ONANI ABUJA

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ince the confirmation of Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar’s appointment as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by the Senate on Wednesday July 11, 2012, the consensus of opinion has been that, a new dawn of judicial activism has been ushered in. Nothing seems to be farther from this assertion, against the backdrop of her antecedents in the Bench, spanning over three decades.

Perhaps, the highpoint of her courageous, firm and independent disposition can be summed up in the Muhammadu Buhari vs. Yar ‘Adua election petition, where she gave a dissenting judgement, viewed in legal circles as “well-researched and thorough.” The minority judgement, which was read by Justice George Oguntade (rtd), on behalf of Justices Mukhtar and Walter Onnoghen, established a case of substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act (2006), which ultimately vitiated the 2007 presidential election won by the late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua. Then, President Goodluck Jonathan was Vice-President to Yar’Adua. Accordingly, the dissenting judgement annulled the election on the grounds that it did not comply with the provision as set out in section 132 of the Electoral Act. In the face of this development, coupled with other landmark judgements to her credit, it is safe to align with the argument that, the judiciary is set to witness a paradigm shift, especially in the quality, substance and form of judgements. Also, the era of “judicial corruption”, which the immediate-past CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher and the out-going President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) admitted in separate fora as bedevilling the judiciary, may be a thing of the past, if Justice Mukhtar’s past records will achieve sustainability. Interestingly, the dignifying epithets from legal minds suggest that an enduring wind of change stares the Nigerian judiciary in the face. Describing the appointment as “welldeserved”, Professor Awa Kalu, Sir Mike Ahamba, O.C.J Okocha, Professor Taiwo Osipitan and Mallam Yusuf Ali, all members of the Inner Bar have the following edifying words on Mukhtar: Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN): “Justice Aloma Mukhtar’s elevation to the coveted position of Chief Justice of Nigeria will be a most welcome and refreshing development in that as a conservative judicial officer,

Yoruba leadership: End to age-long controversy P. 41

Briefly Maina seeks increased women participation in politics Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Zainab Maina, has called for increase participation of women in politics and decision-making. Maina made this known when she paid an advocacy visit to the civil societies organisations in Lagos. She said though politics is a game of numbers, yet women with their numerical strength have not been given their rightful place. Her words: “Politics is said to be a game of numbers, yet women’s numerical strength has not impacted positively on the political life and decision making structures of the nation due to unfavourable political environment characterised by violence. “The imbalance in political representation is so grave. And as civil society groups, I would like you to join me in the advocacy for increased participation of women in decision-making as well as come up with practical strategies/suggestions for the actualisation of 35 per cent women’s participation in both elective and appointive posts in the states and Nigeria in general.” On the spate of violence against women and the girl-child, the minister said the rate of physical, psychological and emotional violence against women in Nigeria was very high, with alarming incidences in cosmopolitan cities such as Lagos.

Kwara govt set to actualise health reform agenda

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she probably will endeavour to revamp the judicial branch in order to restore confidence in its ability to moderate the high winds that wish to blow us away as a people. “In addition, gender balance in high offices will be signposted as one of our national ethos. It is also possible that her feminine touch will bring a healing balm that will soothe the numerous frictions that have hurt the judiciary severely.” Ahamba (SAN): “Although there have been some misgivings about some Supreme Court judgements, I believe she will bring a lot of improvement to bear on what already is in the apex court. Because of her experience in administration and adjudication, I expect that she will make both to bear on her performance as Chief Justice of Nigeria. In my estimation, she is an incorruptible and upright judge.” Okocha (SAN): “Well, first and foremost is the restoration of the past glory of Nigeria’s judiciary. You know, in recent times, all these stories are being bandied around and I wonder where they are coming from about the judiciary now being a place where anything goes. The reputation of the courts have been sullied; people even allege that judges and magistrates are all

corrupt.’’ Osipitan (SAN): “one is very confident that her appointment would be a right step in a right direction. I am sure she will take decisions that will benefit the Judiciary and the legal profession. So, her confirmation is a welcome development.” Ali (SAN) said: “I think that Justice Aloma Mukhtar will bring to bear on the judiciary, quality and good knowledge of law. I know her to be upright and that will impact positively on the judiciary. I know she is hard-working and she possesses qualities that will lead our judiciary further and build on the legacies of her predecessors.” Known to be largely reticent and taciturn, Justice Mukhtar attended Rossholme School for Girls, East Brent, Somerset, England; Reading Technical College, Reading, Berkshire, England and Gibson and Weldon College of Law. She was called to the English Bar in Absentia in November, 1966 and the Nigerian Bar in July 1967. The new CJN was appointed Judge of the Kano State Judiciary (1977 – 1987), Justice of the Court of Appeal (19871993), Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal (1993-2005) and Justice of the Supreme Court in2005.

Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Alhaji Rasaq Atunwa, has reaffirmed the determination of the state government to actualise its health reform agenda. Atunwa made the remark at the weekend in Ilorin at a public hearing on the state’s Community Health Insurance Scheme Bill before the House. Represented by his deputy, Prof. Gana Issa, the speaker said the state government was working hard to ensure that qualitative and modern healthcare facilities were provided to the people. According to him, the bill seeks to further improve healthcare delivery system by making it affordable and accessible by all residents in the state, especially the rural dwellers. The speaker urged stakeholders in the health sector to fully support the passage of the bill so that better health programmes could be obtained in the state. In his remarks, Alhaji Umar Mande, the chairman of the House Committee on Health and Environment, said the bill was geared towards consolidating the efforts of government at improving the healthcare delivery system in the state. He said the bill also aimed at making healthcare delivery services accessible and affordable to the people at the grassroots. Some stakeholders who made useful suggestions towards the passage of the bill included the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Abdul Kayode, and the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji Kamaldeen Ajibade.


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Of Oteh’s return and SEC’s unending crisis TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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ike a drama with every episode throwing up issues that continue to keep the audience in suspense, the ongoing probe of the Capital Market by the House of Representatives’ Committee has remained an intriguing script that may after all turn the villain to the vanquished and turn many assailants to victims of their own roles. With over eight weeks into the exercise which seeks to look into the past of the capital market operations with a view to charting a new course for re-positioning the market from which millions of Nigerians who have lost so much investments, the coast seems not to be clear yet even as many casualties, including the inimitable Honourable Herman Ihembe, the former Chairman of the Committee, became choked up in the fiery battle and recriminations that have characterized the probe so far. To many observers of the developments, the exercise could be likened to an adventure in which some predetermined scripts are being played out by some actors with vested interests. This was well demonstrated during the appearances of the embattled boss of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Arunma Oteh, who like an endangered actor desperate to protect her integrity in the face of scandalous allegations, rose to open up a can of worms that has continued to raise questions about the credibility of the whole exercise. Oteh, did not only plead innocence of the allegations but also opened a sordid chapter in the immediate past history of the capital market and blamed Dr Ndi OkerekeOkyuike-led management for the collapse of the market. She accused the sacked management of abuse of positions, criminal diversion of funds and extravagant disbursement of funds and specifically pointed out that Okereke-Onyuike and her cohorts breached all rules known to the financial sector in many shady deals. For instance, she stated that “between August 2006 and December 2008, the Executive team of Finbank engaged six law firms to incorporate 95 companies and transferred more than 4425 billion of depositors’ funds to nine of these companies, and purchased 2.8 billion units of its own shares against SEC Rules. In addition, she disclosed further that between June 2007 and December 2008, Intercontinental Bank (now under Access bank), its Directors and principal officers engaged in unlawful share buyback schemes, buying about 3.4 billion units of shares using depositors’ funds. It violated Section 105, 106 and Section 110 of ISA 2007 as well as Section 160 of CAMA and Rule 109b of SEC Rules. While substantiating her claims with statistical details of many other transactions, Oteh pointed out that the “transactions were routed through companies owned by some senior officers of the Exchange. In 2009, several billions of the year 2008 operational surpluses were distributed to the Council members and employees of the Exchange in violation of Capital market and SEC rules.” In what appears another twist to the unraveling saga at the hearing, the committee accused the SEC of attempted financial inducements to influence the committee. It made public three internal memos from the commission to buttress its point. In one of the memos dated March 1, 2012, signed by Hassan Mamman and addressed to the Director General of the Commission, it was suggested that ‘in view of the commission’s role as the apex regulator of the Nigerian Capital market and in consideration of the existing cordial relationship cultivated over the years between it and the House of Representatives committee on Capital Market, we find it appropriate for the management to assist the committee by co-sponsoring this three weeks long event”. In another memo dated 9th March, 2012, it was suggested that management should approve the sum of N30 million in support of the Committee while in yet another memo signed by the Secretary to the commission, E.K. Aigbekaen, the sum of N30million was approved by the

board as ‘donation’ to the committee. However, the Commission in a statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Obi Adindu denied the allegation and welcomed the disbandment of the Hembe-led Committee which it described as a welcomed, timely action. SEC stated: ‘There is no doubt that the action of the House aligns with our position and the view widely held by most Nigerians that the Hearing had deviated from the course set for it by the House and degenerated instead to a hostile attack on the Securities and Exchange Commission, and its Director General, Ms. Arunma Oteh. “We note the allegation made by Hon. Hembe on the floor of the House and on live television that it was Ms. Oteh who made financial overtures to him. We wish to state unequivocally that at no time and in no place did the SEC, Ms. Oteh offer Hon. Hembe any financial inducement. Despite Hon. Hembe’s claims even as he said he had copies of internal memos which he purportedly obtained from the SEC, however Ms. Oteh did not issue or cause to be issued any correspondence to the Chairman of the Committee which offered him financial gratification. “We confirm that the SEC received a document in respect of the public hearing with a list of items with cost implications totaling N39,844,490.00. “The correspondences which the Director General sent to Hon. Hembe comprised a letter dated 5th March 2012 which expressed her support for the Public Hearing in line with the SEC’s role as the apex regulator of the Nigerian capital markets and a cover letter for SEC’s submissions to the Public Hearing dated 12th March 2012. “She had hoped that the Hearing would offer a platform for an objective examination of the market with a view to identifying the factors militating against its full recovery. She had expected that the outcome of the Hearing would facilitate realization of the SEC’s vision of a world class capital market that constitutes the engine room for our country’s rapid socio economic growth and development”. The commission further said “it is sad that a genuine act of support to the process of fair and transparent review of our capital market has been twisted into something reprehensible. We totally disagree with the claim that we tried to financially induce or influence Hon. Hembe or anyone else. It goes against everything that the Director General stands for and has been known for, internationally and locally, by those who have known her in her professional career of over 25 years. Many analysts were left wondering why the SEC boss, even with seeming excesses on her part, should be the primary object of the Probe Panel when the very gladiators that led to the collapse of the capital market through their actions or inactions at the stock exchange are walking the streets as free men and women. With so many dirty linens thrown open during the probe as Ms. Oteh and her aggrieved Commissioners engaged each other in a most bizarre episode of accusations and counter-accusations, the Board of the SEC rose to salvage the sagging integrity of the Commission by asking the Director General to step aside so that audit of the crux of the matter that polarized the combatants, that is the Project 50 programme, can be independently carried out. The Board at its 66th meeting held on June 11, 2012, directed the Director-General to proceed on compulsory leave to enable an independent investigation to be undertaken in respect of the Project and appointed the Executive Commissioner (Operations), Ms. Daisy Ekineh to act in her absence. According to the Board, which had less than two weeks to end its tenure then, the decision asking Ms. Oteh to leave was arrived at after consideration of the report of its Audit and Finance Committee which recommended an independent audit of Project 50 and that the key actors in the management of the funds should be asked to step aside to allow an unhindered investigation. In addition, the Board also considered issues regarding the Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and particularly the request of the Interim President of the Council that having stabilized the Exchange, they should

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be allowed to begin the process of disengagement. Apparently disturbed by the unfolding drama at SEC and its implications for the yet-to-be-revived capital market, the Federal Government on Friday, June 15 this year formally announced a new substantive Acting Director, General Ibrahim Bolaji Bello, as the helmsman of the Commission following the end of the tenure of Ms Daisy and two other Commissioners that day. The Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi OkonjoIweala, had on Thursday hinted during a media interactive session with journalists that Bello would take charge of the running of the affairs of the apex regulatory body until a substantive DG would be appointed. She explained: “Nobody is attempting to extend their tenure and there should be no fear or danger of that. From Monday next week, with the concurrence of Mr. President one of the senior directors will be designated on a temporary basis as Acting DG to carry on with the director’s job, but at the same time will be acting DG. His name is Bolaji Ibrahim Bello. He is presently the Director in charge of Finance and Administration and he will be acting from Monday” “We also look forward to the result of the audit that the board has ordered, once we know what the results are, we will take it from there. We do not expect it to last for too long and that is why we are giving them a timeline of three weeks for this audit to be completed”, OkonjoIweala added. As Oteh moves out to allow due process takes its course, her Communications Adviser, Obi Adindu, in what seems a last minute effort to save his boss from drowning in the muddy waters of the high level politicking the probe was largely turning into, said contrary to rumour milling round the a whopping N2 billion was spent on Project 50, the total expenses were nowhere near that figure adding that, about N155 million was spent on the project. According to him, the N155 million expended on the project is justified if the activities of the Project in which some Past Presidents and other dignitaries were invited to Abuja for awards. The project was also given live coverage by local and other electronic and print media, including CNBS and NTA. Adindu maintained that one thing that was clear is that the Director General was not involved in payments to any service provider or contractor involved in the Project and what this implies is that SEC money was not really used to finance the project. “What happened was that the sponsors, donors and partners had direct relationship with all those who offered one service or the other and paid them based on


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Ghana-Nigeria trade row and ECOWAS treaty

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he lingering Nigeria-Ghana trade standoff has put to test the essence of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) treaty on trade liberalisation. The enforcement of an extant law which placed restrictions on trading activities in Ghana by foreigners has sparked massive protests by the Nigerian business community in Ghana, who rejected the “foreigners” tag as an aberration under the ECOWAS protocol. The said protocol allows citizens of the fifteen (15) West African states that constitute ECOWAS to move freely and do business without restriction. The fresh attempt to enforce an erstwhile dormant law on all unregistered so-called foreign traders recently saw the forceful shut down of retail shops owned largely by Nigerians. The Ghana Investment and Promotion Centre Act of 1994 reserved certain petty businesses, mostly areas Nigerians have shown a strong competitive edge; exclusively for Ghanaians. Specifically, the Act stipulates that foreign traders should compulsorily cough up $300,000 (N48 million) equity capital base to register for business; in addition to employing at least 10 indigenous Ghanaians. The contentious law accepts the equivalent value of $300,000 of traded commodities in lieu of cash. The $300,000 requirement demanded by the Ghanaian authorities is, however, strange to the ECOWAS treaty. A tight economic squeeze in 1969 had compelled Ghana to jettison its pan-African goodwill policy and chase out foreigners in order to protect jobs and retail business in favour of Ghanaians. Thereafter, harsh economic conditions forced a lot of Ghanaians to take flight to different direc-

tions, with Nigeria as a choice destination for many of them. Accommodated initially, Ghanaians showed competitive edge largely as artisans, petty traders and in teaching jobs. Nigerians had to cry out at a point for government protection in such means of livelihood as mobile tailoring and shoe mending, which were hitherto ignored. The concomitant ‘Ghana-MustGo’ policy resulted when the Nigerian government directed unregistered foreigners, largely Ghanaians, to regularise their stay or quit the country about 30 years ago. As fate would have it – no thanks to Nigeria’s lackluster leadership over the years – the obvious ‘Nigeria-Must-Go’ policy in Ghana today seems the consequence of the influx of Nigerians into Ghana to escape the scorching economic situation at home. To eke out a living in Nigeria presently has become so huge a joke in the face of grossly inadequate electricity supply to sustain businesses and job creation in an economy strewn with daunting socioeconomic infrastructure deficits. Most industries that hitherto thrived in Nigeria have also relocated to Ghana to escape high costs of doing business in the country (Nigeria). When they were viewed as partners in progress, the Nigerian business community in Ghana deployed innovative enterprise and creativity in business and controlled a significant portion of the retail business in the country, trading mostly in such sundry petty items as pepper, audio and video discs, players, and recorders, among others. They added flavour to the presence of Nigerian-based giant firms like the Zenith Bank, Dangote Group, etc. Indeed, in

official circles, Ghana-Nigeria trade averages $1.6 billion annually for registered businesses, while informal trade brings the gross total to over $3 billion yearly in favour of Ghana. In addition, Nigerians invest about N155 billion annually in tuition fees for about 71,000 of her students schooling in Ghana. Right from the days of British colonialism, the Nigeria - Ghana linkage - culturally, historically, and linguistically – has been so endearing that both countries and citizens view one another as one family and as the beacons and champions of African unity, peace, and development. Therefore, the need has arisen for both countries to exercise caution not to indulge in the looming diplomatic warfare that has been ignited by Ghana. For, economic fortunes and misfortunes are scarcely predictable. Nigeria and Ghana have a lot in common. It is instructive that the Federal Government and ECOWAS Parliament have intervened, and have commenced negotiations on the disagreement. Both countries should seek ventures and policies to diversify their economies, expand businesses and investments and create jobs for their teeming nationals, not embarking on myopic or tit-fortat trade restrictions and self protectionism. But should Ghana fail to budge, the FG should move fast and protect the interest of Nigerians doing business in Ghana. After all, the recent Nigeria-South Africa face-off is still fresh in the memory. But, perhaps, more importantly, the FG should double its efforts in addressing the already over-flogged deficits that force citizens to seek succour even in less-endowed countries.

Reminiscences JULY 22 IN HISTORY

1970: OAU flays British government The Organisation of African Unity, OAU, criticises the British government for restarting arms sales to South Africa. 1987: Gorbachev to negotiate nuclear ban with US Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, indicated that he was willing to negotiate a ban on intermediate-range nuclear missiles without conditions paving the way for the groundbreaking Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States. 1992: Columbian drug lord escapes from prison Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, escaped from his own luxurious private prison, La Catedral, near Medellin. At one time Escabar was listed as the seventh-richest man in the world on Forbes Magazine. The United States Delta Force joined Columbian Police and a self proclaimed vigilance group in the all-out manhunt for Escobar and in December 1993 he was found and died in a shootout. 1994: Gambian president overthrown Gambian President, Dawda Kairaba Jawara, was removed from office by a military coup. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jamus Junkung Jammeh, chairman of the Armed forces Provisional Ruling Council took over power. 2003: Saddam Hussein’s sons killed Former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein’s sons, Qusay and Uday Hussein, were killed after a three-hour fire-fight with U.S. forces in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. 2005: Britain apologises over killing of suspected terrorist A suspected terrorist, Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician who had nothing to do with terrorist activities, was shot dead by police at Stockwell underground station in south London. An apology was made by the British Prime Minister but it was not accepted by the family. 2009: Longest solar eclipse occurs in Asia The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century lasted up to six minutes and 38.8 seconds. It occurred off the coast of Southeast Asia. The total eclipse was seen for shorter time spans in the Maldives, northern Pakistan, northern India, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, northern Philippines, central China and the Pacific Ocean. 2011: Norway hit by bombing, shooting attacks A large bomb blast hit Norway’s capital Oslo and killed at least eight people. Soon after the bombing, a gunman attacked an island youth camp run by the country’s Labor Party and killed at least 68 people. A 32-year-old suspect was detained, Anders Behring Breivik, and he admitted to committing both attacks.


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he victory of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the last Edo State gubernatorial elections was monumental as it is symbolic for a number of reasons. First, it shows the paradigm shift in the power calculus and configurations in the state. In the midst of so-called political heavyweights such as Chief Tony ‘Mr. Fix It’ Anenih, Chief Osawaru Igbinedion, and the entire PDP “election-winning machines” in Edo State, Oshiomhole emerged with a landslide victory. He polled 477, 478 votes, which represents a whole 75.9 per cent of the total votes cast, against the 144, 235 votes (or mere 22.89 per cent of the votes) of Major-General Airhiavbere, his archrival of the PDP. It was a distant second. If a soccer analyst were to use his parlance to describe the outcome of the contest, he would say exactly this: “ACN walloped the PDP in the Edo governorship election”. It was a no-contest. Second, the election sounds a note of warning to non-performers that in the next elections, there will be no hiding place for them. Oshiomhole won because he was genuinely committed to governance. From reports we have read, it appears the man had provided the kind of leadership of the late Professor Ambrose Ali of the Second Republic and a few other military governors after Ali, of which Edo had been denied for some time. The electorate will, in the next dispensation, use their legitimate and sacred voting power to kick out bad leaders and ensure they do not smell the Government House. Edo State has also demonstrated that godfatherism can no longer guarantee

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The significance of Oshiomhole’s victory electoral victory for insolent, indolent, irresponsible or inept leadership. Many persons who voted in the elections of last weekend claimed that the PDP rule eight years before ACN’s emergence was a poor example of leadership. According to them, Edo became a sort of personal estate for the Igbinedions, who milked, and ran it aground; building no roads, nor rehabilitating old and collapsing existing structures. But the people of the state rose against such mediocrity and opted for a change. And this they have demonstrated again by the outcome of the last elections. Edo State has just showed the picture of what may happen in the nearest future: 2015 and beyond. If we are to use it as a template for electoral behaviour analysis, we can begin to project that Nigerians will stage a revolution in the next few years. They will not allow mediocrity to continue. Their turnout will be massive not because of rice, garri, sugar and N500 inducements from petty politicians as has always been the case; but because they want real governance and not the endless soap opera of leadership as we have it now. Nigerians will seek and desperately desire a change. Future elections may thus be difficult for the ruling party in any state or the entire nation if the rulers are not performing. Third, the Edo State election sounds the death knell for the ruling PDP. The people are not daft. The fact that they had been cajoled in the past by those who lied or induced them with one material thing or the other for their votes does not mean they will remain foolish forever. Once their lot was worse for it the first, second and third time, they will surely become more reasonable and reject their miserable condition. If the inducers come back to think they can fool the people once more, then they become the fools because the people should, expectedly, deceive them to believing they are fooled. The election will speak for them. That was what happened in Edo State, and that is likely the new political dispensation in Nigeria: fooling the liars and the mediocrities and throwing them out of power.

The fact that the PDP could not pull a victory in spite of its potent and massive electoral machines and use of the instruments of intimidation implies that there is already a new electoral regime in place. It seems this is a new age in which rational people, determined to stay alive and enjoy the dividends of democracy, are ready to dare or defy intimidations and keep vigil over their votes to ensure that they count to effect the anticipated change. Election riggers could not work that Saturday because the people were so vigilant. This could and should be the attitude of Nigerians in the future. The recent explanations by the President on the losses of the PDP in recent elections do not suffice. He alluded to irreconcilable intra-party differences which make party members to vote against the PDP; and the refusal to use what he called “federal might” (probably he meant the rigging capability of incumbency); as the causes of the recurrent failures of the PDP in recent elections. The elections being referred to probably include the gubernatorial elections and post-election tribunal verdicts in the Southwest up to last year, in which a “political tsunami” swept the PDP out of power; as well as unfavourable verdicts for the ruling party in some Southeastern and Northern state gubernatorial and National Assembly elections; among others. I differ on the depositions of Mr. President and hereby declare that they are lame excuses. PDP is losing and may continue to lose up to 2015 for more fundamental reasons. The first is the intra-party acrimonies the President has himself mentioned. The intra-party differences are caused by what? The ruling party’s internally stagemanaged decision-making and electoral outcomes, from the primaries to the external contexts which mortgage the aspirations of other members; rigging machineries and election fraud inconsistent with the altruistic position of some members; and the non-performance of many of its political office-holders, which jeopardises the ambitions of other aspiring politicians.

There are more serious reasons for the walloping of PDP in recent polls. These include its non-performance at the state and national levels. For instance, PDPcontrolled states of Rivers, Bayelsa, Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Kaduna, to mention a few, have critically dilapidated and yet abandoned state and federal roads, which makes life extremely difficult for the people. There is the slow movement of development in the country (some people have alleged that under Jonathan, we have had a lot of motion without movement or a lot of movement without progress). Other factors include the phased removal of oil subsidy, which is already making life unbearable; the pandemic state of corruption, which the PDP government perpetrates or seems to condone by its protectivist approach towards (and the harbouring and indeed parading as political ambassadors) of alleged subsidy thieves, alleged corrupt or indicted persons (Oteh, Otedola, Lawan, Bode George, Ahmadu Ali, some serving ministers, etc); and of course the worsening state of insecurity, to which the PDP government seems absolutely to have no answer. If nothing else works against the PDP in the next elections, I bet that the security situation would. President Jonathan himself once alleged that his co-partners in government were the masquerades behind the new trade of bombings in the country. Who else are his co-partners but his PDP appointees? So, by deductive reasoning, the ruling party is behind Nigeria’s insecurity. The people are wiser, and truly, we want a change. We need someone who can fix our roads and continue winning the war on corruption. At present, the war on corruption is on hold. We need a fighter and a General as a democratic leader who will lead his troops to upstage terrorism. PDP has not been able to provide all this. As the morning shows the day, Edo State, I believe, has just shown the political future of Nigeria. •Dr. Folarin teaches Politics at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria

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very right thinking Nigerian would welcome the broad suggestion made by the United States Ambassador, Mr. Terence Maculley, to the Federal Government. In the course of an address delivered at the Distinguished Public Lecture at the 50th anniversary of the University of Lagos, the Ambassador campaigned for a change of tactics in the local fight against terrorism. Reaching into his nation’s experience, he cautioned against the heavy handed approach and went on to suggest that community policing was one of the directions in which to go. The envoy was quoted to have drawn a parallel between New York in the 1980’s and Northern Nigeria of the modern day. While Nigerians must appreciate his genuine concerns we must however make available the African opinion about his surmising. Something about his reported presentation reminds me about a setting in the primary school I attended in the early sixties. There was a particular school chum whose reputation for dullness in Arithmetic was legendary and every time the teacher would throw a question his way the entire class would mouth different answers in attempt to help save his face. Looking dumb and helpless, the poor chap would twiddle his thumbs and

curl his toes with sweat dripping down his face, as diverse answers would fly around leaving him more confused! He, however, was a different person altogether on the sports field. African nations in many ways are subconsciously handled like that on the global stage. The envoy started out by inadvertently admitting the existence of a terrorism problem in the nation but goes on in the next breath to compare the experience of an American city with that of a sovereign nation! Knowing full well that the resurgent terror problem is a documented global affair, his historical foray into the New York experience and the ideology based war that is being conducted on Nigerian soil leaves one in a daze. Both global and local patterns clearly show that the ideological war takes advantage of negative economic climes as well as government lapses. If the Nigerian opinion counts for anything we would rather have US backing for solutions that deemphasize the lines of division between northern and southern Nigeria. If we want to pursue solutions that will not create greater problems, it is our patriotic duty to announce to our allies that this colonial North-South demarcation has been the root of many national problems. More than anything, the unskillful suturing of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of 1914 promoted the Boko Haram policy that created the imbalance

in industrialisation and development. It is undeniable that the cultural clash between the Arabic bent of Northern Nigeria and the colonial interests of Britain was the reason for the indirect rule policy. We were joined together at the hip but kept apart by the social engineering skills of our colonisers and there will never be any real progress until an exercise in consensus building is undertaken. Moreover, the African world has learnt to bear hardship and poverty with dignity and it would tantamount to a slap in the face for anyone to insist that terrorism is a product of poverty instead of the other way round. Anyhow the poverty quotient of Northern Nigeria is not any different from that of most parts of our federation just that the Boko Haram has created its stronghold there because of an ancient strain of Islamism that was revived by the global quest. The letters of El Kanemi, an Islamic scholar to the Sokoto Caliphate in the early 1800’s, will lay all doubt to rest. The terrorism that sponsors bloodshed by waging war against non-Muslims and fellow Muslims alike is not a new phenomenon in Nigeria. Ideological corrosions thrive on full stomachs as well as empty ones! The failed terror attack undertaken by the scion of the wealthy Mutallab family of Northern Nigeria was no fluke and there are millions of such boys waiting in the wings to be recruited but for

want of means. The preponderance of Osama bin Ladin stickers on motorbikes, carts and walls is a pointer to the pandemic proportions of this corrosive influence. We think that the US ambassador’s suggestion about community policing is a great idea but the dynamics of Nigerian politics and the architecture of governance will not accommodate it except compelled otherwise. Finally, the US has to be made aware that many Nigerian citizens have been exposed to life in the Gulf States and the political arm of terrorism is showcasing the modern development in the Emirates as proof positive that Nigerians do not need a cumbersome democracy to enjoy the fruits of modern living. The ease of visa procurements to the emirates compared to the western nation means more and more Africans are being influenced towards an alternative form of governance. Now that Nigerians have finally come to the place where we know that no one can build a lasting structure on shaky foundations it would be tragic if our democratic republic went under because we did not face the Islamist threat for what it is. The domino effect in Africa would be something else and the globe would not want to see what an Arab-africanized continent will be in the hand of fundamentalists. •Rev. Thompson, a Conflict Resolution & Anti-Terrorism Expert, writes from Lagos.


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My job opens doors of goodness, favour for me –Essence Okoro Essence Okoro is popularly known for her inspirational songs. She studied Theatre Arts at the Delta State University, Abraka. Essence recalls in this interview with Adaeze Amos the shocking death of a roommate in the university which tormented her for a long time. Excerpts What’s your normal day like? I wake up by 5.30 a.m. everyday, tidy the house to ensure my parents are comfortable. I go to studio for my rehearsal. I sing, you know I’m an artiste under Kenny Music label. I do RnB and hiphop. I have an album in the market. I did the remix of Tu Face Idibia African Queen which I called African Prince. I did the sound track for Super Story, I did for Domino, Secret and Scandals, Emem Isong and Desmond Elliot’s reloaded movie titled Before the Light. I also do a little bit of MC. I did MC for fashion shows for City People. I’m not a comedian but sometimes people oblige me and they laugh. I’m an artiste, I’m an entertainer. To some people, their job is like a hobby; are you one of such people? Yes, I am! I’m a Theatre Arts graduate from Delta State University. Before getting into school my father said I must study Law because it is a professional course. To me, the law profession is boring and I always knew that I was not cut out for a nine to five kind of job. I’m not a behind-the-desk kind of person because I get bored easily. That is why I’m into music. Music is a spirit, remember, there is never a dull moment with music. Does it mean you won’t do well in any other profession? It’s not like I cannot work in a bank, telecom or do something else for instance. I can do anything but music is my passion. It’s my life. I love my job. My job opens doors of goodness and favour for me. By God’s grace, music has taken me to the farthest places. I have performed for kings and for presidents. I mean working in a bank as a cashier would not get me that. I hope you know now? Also, don’t forget that in life you get to that point sometimes when you are like ‘oh things are not working’. There are times when things would not work like the way you would want them. The best job basically is doing something you love. And when you are making money from it, it becomes an added advantage. I was telling someone that my job takes me here and there and that I enjoy it.

Once you love what you are doing and you are getting paid that’s the best thing ever to happen to any individual. Are there some nasty experiences you encounter in your job? Nasty experiences? ‘E get as you go take waka,’ now and people would start saying some things they are not sure of. On a more serious note, I have not really had any nasty experience on the job. Experiences I have had are those that one can learn one or two things from. I have never seen anything in life that would break me. I try to keep my head straight. I don’t take unnecessary chance risks. How was your first time on stage? I had been performing since primary school. I was always doing the national anthem at the assembly. I was excited doing it. And funnily enough, I’m still doing the national anthem till date. Any event I go to, they would plead with me to do national anthem for them. I have done national anthem everywhere. I have done national anthem for the late President Musa Yar’Adua. I had been to so many places outside the country. You never had stage fright? You know, God equipped me for my job. Despite that, there are sometimes that I would see a large crowd, my heart would skip, but when I remember it is what I love doing, I would just ginger myself and get it done properly. When you are down, what do you do to be inspired? I sing. In my house, when I’m happy I sing, when I’m sad, I also sing. I write my best songs when I’m sad. How about when you are heart-broken? I did a sound track for Desmond Elliot movie and somebody called me and said please you have to put that song in your album. Some people sent me messages on facebook. They are outside the country and they said please when your album is out, this song has to be in it. The song is touching other people’s lives. So when I’m happy I sing, when I’m sad I sing,

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when I’m mad I sing. When I do anything, I sing. When I’m heart-broken, I do same. When was the first time your heart was broken? Everybody goes through heartbreak. Some men are bad, some women equally are bad. But the thing about me is that I don’t quarrel with them because I had a roommate in school who died. People that are close to me don’t die except they are old. So when she died, a very senseless death, some boys had taken hard drugs and they were high and they wanted to take her phone, Nokia 1100 and they shot her and the bullet landed in her heart. It happened on Christmas eve. She was my roommate throughout my days on campus. So, it shocked me so much that I was asking myself ‘is that how life is’? This life is so ephemeral, it just comes and goes. I honestly don’t quarrel with

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people. I just take it like okay, it didn’t work out; it wasn’t meant to be. I cannot kill myself for any man. Some of my ex-lovers fear me. They keep saying this woman, ‘how come I don’t call to greet or to ask them how they are faring even after parting with them. When you are jilted you don’t cry? I do cry quite alright, but not much. I’m a hard person. Even though I’m emotional, once the tears come out, I’m healed. I’m half way there. But I keep in touch with them. I could call them and say how are you? Did your wife put to bed? How are children? I don’t call all the time. One guy said to me, you are rare, that he had never met someone like me. He started apologising. He was like saying ‘I’m so sorry I hurt you, I’m so sorry I did this, I didn’t know what I was thinking’. I said see, if ‘God say no be you, no be you’. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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‘No woman was created to be inferior’ Tolulope Ewejobi is the CEO, Prosper Paints Nigeria Limited. A mother of two, she studied Industrial Chemistry at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State. Tolulope, who insists that no woman was created to be inferior, tells Adaeze Amos how she dreads polygamy and what she lost while growing up because her father took another wife. Why did you choose to study Industrial Chemistry? Industrial Chemistry is a vital course. It is versatile and makes one self-dependent. You don’t need to start looking for a job and start looking for who would employ you. If you have a little capital, you can start up a business on your own. This is one of the courses people, especially girls, should opt for now that jobs are scarce. You can be self-dependent.

Is there any need for a woman whose husband is very rich to work? Yes, why not? Do something to keep your body, soul and spirit busy else you rot away and you start forgetting what you studied in school. No person is meant to be idle. If you just sit at home and feed fat on his money, you may become obsessed, lose your shape and that is not healthy according to health experts. Every woman has one or two things she wants to do before settling down, so why not opt for that thing you have desired to do. For me although I studied Industrial Chemistry, I’m also good in electrical work. That is why in every church I have been, I have always been in their technical crew. I didn’t study Electrical Engineering but I’m good in it. It’s my talent and CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 What if we get married and maybe you have short lifespan, (laughs) that would make me a widow. When God brings my own man, he would see me. We have seen situations like that. It happened to my sister. She had a heart-break and then she met this guy who refused to let go. So, if it is not working, don’t kill yourself. When your man comes, he would recognise and respect you but don’t keep malice with your ex-lovers because life is too short. Some ladies get antagonistic because they are in their 40s and they are still single, what’s your advice to them? My sister, you see, it’s not easy because as a single woman, we go through a lot of things. You talk to a guy and then you are like maybe he is married and his wife now begins to clear her throat just to give you sign that the person you are discussing with is somebody’s husband. You then begin to wonder what’s so bad in a mere discussion. Also, there is what I call married women’s club, even though they may be unhappy in their marriages, outside they would be showing off to us that they are happily married. They would be treat-

that 100 per cent. Women should not be brushed aside, they should be embraced in all walks of life, be it politics, banking, education. I for instance, I can decide to join politics tomorrow and I will do well because I know what to say and I trust myself I won’t perform poorly. We should be allowed to contribute our own quota in the society regardless of our sex. We are human beings too with variety of talents and no woman was created to be inferior to man. We are all equal in the sight of God and for the fact that he chose to create us after Adam shows he doesn’t tag us inferior. Let me tell you one thing, each time I look at myself in the mirror I bless God for making me a woman. Why? Because I enjoy myself as a person, I give myself a VIP treatment. I listen to gospel music and I read my Bible where I see how women embraced the ministry of Jesus Christ. I’m feminine to the core, a happy mother and wife.

What kind of business can someone who studied Industrial Chemistry do? You deal with chemicals. You can treat water and sell (sachet or table water). You can make soaps/detergent, you can make paint, you can make dye for clothes, you can make polish, toothpastes. I would encourage more girls to opt for this course because you can be on your own. For instance, when I graduated and after my youth service, I was able to gather some money and start off something. I didn’t wait to be employed. Are you saying it is not good for women to be idle? Women are not created by God to be idle. When God made Eve, for instance, He called her a helpmate for Adam. So, this means you should be a helpmate to your own Adam who of course is your husband. You can’t do this without doing something. You have to work and support him. If your husband leaves home early in the morning for the office, you too need to have a business that can also give you time to take care of the home and children.

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Can you recall any incident that made you downcast? That was when I lost my mum. She died three years ago. She was my role model. She taught me lots of things that I know today. She taught me the importance of keeping to time. She also taught me how to dress and how to sit properly making sure your legs are properly closed and how to walk well as a lady bearing poise in mind. She never discriminated against people based on tribe. That is why I’m not a tribalist. She taught me how to cook and how to tidy up the home. She taught me everything one should know as a woman. How can one forget such a person in a hurry?

right from when I was in secondary school, I started paying attention to anything that has to do with electric. Why I’m saying this is that as a woman, you can do a whole lot of things. Don’t just fold your hands and watch your husband work, do something. Have you ever been relegated to the background because you are a woman? No, never! I bless the name of God for the father I have. He never discriminated his daughters from his sons. He treated us equal and showed us, especially his daughters with adequate love and attention. My parents are Christians and they raised my brothers and sisters up without any discrimination. When I was growing up house chores were shared among us without bearing your sex in mind. I believe this kind of treatment was not restricted to my family alone. Some other people were also raised in the same manner and I would advise our society to emulate

What is your worst fear in life? Polygamy is my worst fear in life. In fact, polygamy really dealt with me. When I was growing up and when I ought to have enjoyed the love of my parents, I couldn’t because of polygamy. My advice to any man who is planning to get in a second wife is not to do so. It is not always the best. You may not have peace of mind at the end of the day because one wife is a problem according to some men. You can imagine what having two would result in. Polygamy encourages extramarital affairs in the lives of women. Any wife who feels that the other wife is getting more attention and love may end up straying, so as to fill up the emptiness. Have you ever nursed the fear that your husband may marry another woman? No, I have never nursed that kind of fear because he already knows it is not worth it getting in another wife. Another thing is that my marriage is not born of flesh. He is my husband indeed. I already knew him when I was on campus and God was telling me that in future he would be my husband. So, I know he won’t try that.

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ing us single ladies as if we are lepers. So, it’s not easy sometimes when you just sit back and think about it. Sometimes, you have some issues and you really need to share it with somebody and there is nobody there to share it with. It’s not everything you share with your mother or your father. You may want somebody that would give you concise advice. But there is no one there except Jesus. It’s not easy. The best person to talk to is Jesus.

How do you do that? I just say father Lord this is what I’m going through, please help me. I say that and I just feel relieved. Don’t you snap at times when you are waiting on the Lord for Mr. Right? Sure! Why not? I do have the tendency of getting snappy. Sometimes I do snap. When I snap and then I caution myself or my mum would do that. I watched something on DSTV the other day and I saw one woman, she was born without limbs. Her limbs did not form. So, they had to amputate it. She was wearing a

T-shirt which was knotted at the bottom because she has no legs. She goes around on a roller. But guess what? The woman is married with two children. Oh if you see her husband, fine boy! When I saw them I screamed and I said to myself, this person that has no legs! It’s not as if she had an accident. She was born like that and she still was able to get married, the man impregnated her and she has two children. I said to myself forget, there is nothing God cannot do. My own man is coming.

What spiteful things have people said about you? Oh that? One just needs to develop a thick skin. People say stuffs about you and sometimes you get upset. Sometimes they say things to my mother, she gets upset. But I do tell myself that if they don’t talk about you, you are no longer relevant. People have said all manner of things. People have insinuated that I’m dating this person or the other person. And when they don’t see me with anybody ‘oh she must be a lesbian’ and it’s so sad. Because I’m just like ‘oh men why should people open their

mouths and say such things’. If you are seen with a man, you must be dating him. Will I date all the men? People have said all manner of rubbish but I don’t pay attention to them. Some people have said some stuff about me which they later came back to say sorry. They have said I once took somebody’s husband. But did you take somebody’s husband? What am I doing with someone’s husband? A married man to me is a secondhand? What’s that style you won’t go close to? I can’t wear micro mini. I’m on a big side and I have excess of everything, and I don’t think it would be nice to be showing off the excess, so I can’t. But you can wear bustier? Yeah I can wear bustier but not the one that would only cover my nipples flaunting the rest of the boobs, no. Do you have good legs? Yes, God tried for me.


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Uche Jombo gives Big Friday Show dress to fan

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he has thrilled many with her act on the screen where she is a goddess. But not many of her fans are aware that she is a generous person. And just a few days ago, sensational Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo, proved that she is not averse to dishing out something she cherishes. Yes, in what came as a big surprise to the benefactor and others, the very talented actress gave away the dress she wore in Episode 2 of the MTV Base’s Big Friday Show to one of her fans, Buiti Christian.

Hours after the show, which held a few days back, Buiti - an Abuja-based fan of Uche on Twitter – requested the dress she wore on the show via the social network – and the actress then promised to get the dress to her. Buiti originally tweeted, “I love the maxi gown you wore on the BFS. Can I come have it?” Uche replied, “What is your size?” “I am a size eight” responded an already excited Buiti. She received the dress in Abuja a few days later.

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Basketmouth opens bar in Lagos

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f the latest gist making the rounds is anything to go by, then fans and well wishers of popular comedian, Basketmouth, will do well to put on their shoes and get a party started on his behalf. According to current information made available to Cocktail Whispers, the hugely talented host of MTV Base’s The Big Friday Show, has created a lot of excitement in the night clubbing scene as he recently opened a bar in the city of Lagos. The bar known simply as ‘The Embarsy Lounge’ is located somewhere in Akoka, Lagos. Cocktail Whispers learnt that ‘The Embarsy’ bar and lounge is co-owned by Basketmouth, Jide Salako and Kay-

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our years after he won the maiden edition of MTN’s Project Fame, it is obvious that Iyanya Mbuk is living the big life as things seemed to be happening right for him. With three albums to his belt, Iyanya is certainly on the fast lane as his past and current music efforts appear to be paying off for him after all. According to the information made available to Cocktail Whispers, the celebrated singer’s stage performance fee has moved higher. This means that if you are planning to invite Iyanya to perform at your show, then you must be ready to cough out as much as N1.5 million. And since he released ‘Kukere’, the singer has been smiling to the bank. This is obvious when you consider the fact that Iyanya has just moved houses. Yes, words have it that he recently

moved to an apartment in highbrow Lekki. The accommodation was said to have cost the singer a lot of money. It was also learnt that Iyanya recently acquired a Range Rover which gulped close to N7 milion. All these attest to the fact that the Cross River State-born entertainer is a real star.

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ode Peters and was opened in the first weekend of July. The opening event was attended by plenty of Nigerian entertainers; including Mo’Cheddah, Davido, Overdose, Buchi, Djinee, Bovi and Modenine. The new bar, which is open to the general public from noon until midnight, has been described as a sophisticated, relaxing space where guests

can come unwind after the everyday hustle of the workplace. Interestingly, apart from music from their in-house DJs, the establishment has also come up with other fun and exciting ways to entertain guests, such as comedy night activities including; Friday Nite Laffs, One Night Stand, as well as their monthly comedy and music show, Laffs ‘n’ Jamz. The lounge will also host ladies night, Saturday Night-fever and open mic nights.

Lizzy Anjorin rubbishes tale of romance with Almoroof

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exy actress, Lizzy Anjorin, has described those behind recent rumours making the rounds about her as insane and mischievous. The very talented screen goddess of the Yoruba movie genre disclosed recently that she cannot comprehend the rumour. In fact, Cocktail Whispers gathered that Lizzy Anjorin is of the opinion that those spreading the rumour are only trying to cause disaffection between her and Funke Akindele. Assuming you are not aware, a few days ago, rumour mongers went to town with the shocking tale that Lizzy Anjorin was seen in a hotel together with Funke Akindele’s husband, Kenny Almoroof. The hot gist that spread like wild fire was that Lizzy and Kenny were in a kind of hot romance. However, the very beautiful Lizzy Anjorin has described the tale bearers as fools. She said the rumour that she was seen in a hotel with Almaroof is senseless and a blatant lie. According to her, she had never met Funke Akindele’s husband before and did not attend their wedding as she was busy elsewhere.

Lizzy stressed that if anybody saw her in a hotel, it would be because she supplies hotels with expensive wines or when shooting a movie.

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f you want to know to what length a mother would go for a child on the verge of seeming selfdestruct, ask Alhaja Monsurat Olumuyiwa, the mother of acclaimed talking drummer, Aralola, the story of how she almost fell victim to convicted, infamous man-eater, Clifford Orji, because of Ara. Some days before the lid was blown off his nefarious activities, Alhaja Olumuyiwa had typically gone in search of Ara who had made the studios around their neighbourhood her second home. While recalling her stories of sacrifices and sufferings and narrow escape on this week’s edition of the Supermom Celebrity show, she says, “All her brothers are graduates; she was the only one who said she was dropping out of school to concentrate on music. I and her father could not reconcile with that because she could have acquired whatever degree she wanted but Ara chose music.” On one of those heady days, Ara had characteristically not returned home and there was no GSM in the country then. Out of sheer maternal instinct, Olumuyiwa hopped into the car with one of Ara’s brothers behind the wheel. She was desperate to find her only daughter. She was however less concerned not oblivious to the danger that lurked in the eerie darkness of mid-90s Oshodi, Lagos. Her child means so much to her. As they inched towards the Charity bus stop where Orji reigned supreme, two flashlights emerged, flagging down the Olumuyiwas’ car in the same style as policemen. Time was around 1a.m. The hosts of heaven had retired for the night. And the hounds of hell had taken over. But fate had decreed that the hapless woman would not make up the numbers on Orji’s list of victims. As the car slowed to a roll, two men on either side of the road maniacally ran towards it. Instinctively, Olumuyiwa knew these were no policemen and just as the assailants made to open the car, she screamed and her son stepped off the brake as the car gathered frenzied speed in seconds. Still, she went in search of Ara that night. Thankfully, today, Ara, with her signature mermaid-like hair is the most decorated and recognised talking drummer from Africa. She has toured the world extensively, performed for the Queen of England and President Bill Clinton at different banquets; and performed alongside global music icons like Stevie Wonder and Wyclef Jean. She is a holder of the Freedom Key to Miami-Dade County, USA.

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With the benefit of hindsight, it was not by accident that Ara (meaning mystery or wonder) was so named. Her mother recalls that she knew from when Ara was a baby that she was an unusual child. “She started walking by the time she was seven months, which is a rarity till this day and yet, had no tooth. So, when people are visiting, I would strap her to my back so that people won’t see her walking and start asking questions. But I thank God for what and who she is today.” But the colourful singer-drummer who hails from Ondo town in Ondo State isn’t the only one with a Supermom. On this episode also, Chico Ejiro, one of Nollywood’s most respected producers, with a repertoire of about 500 movies, says he owes his success and that of his siblings, Peter and Zeb, pre-eminent filmmakers, to their mother, Mrs. Eloho Susan Ejiro’s, relentlessness. A hard working woman who was forced to train her three boys all by herself after her separation from her husband in 1971 while in Equatorial Guinea, she went through the entire gamut of sufferings without letting her faith flag. The

challenge of taking care of three boys alone plagued her that she engaged in all manner of trading. She sold garri, ogogoro and even her wrappers to raise money for her children’s fees. Borrowing became the order of the day since all the money she made from her sales put together wasn’t enough to pay for their fees. But she ensured that they went to school against all odds. In the midst of their penurious existence, she knew her kids were entitled to some form of leisure. Thus, because she had no television in the house then, she would take her children to the cinemas whenever she could. Unknown to her, she was unconsciously arousing a passion in their heart for the movie industry. Today, the three brothers have made their names as Nollywood greats and they are stopping at nothing to show their supermom how grateful they are for weathering those stormy and uncertain years. The Supermom celebrity edition airs on the prime time and network belt of Africa Independent Television on Saturdays, and on many other terrestrial television stations across the country.

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he Central Working Committee (CWC) for The Future Awards, which the World Bank has called “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans”, has again decided to unveil the long list for the biggest award, Young Person of the Year before the full list. As is the tradition, the nominees for Young Person of the Year have been taken out of the various categories as always and identified as trailblazing role models for young Nigerians - all except for the Science and Technology categories; and that is a deliberate exception to encourage and spotlight more high-impact activity in those sectors. “All of the Young Person of the Year nominees are winners,” Atafo said. “They are honorees and will yet again all be given plaques. Also, they will not go through the four stages of judg-

ing for the awards, only one stage wuonu, beat Genevieve Nnaji, Don for voting and one stage for judg- Jazzy, Psquare and others to clinch ing. These guys inspire us!” the top prize. The nominees for the category include musician/entrepreneur/ activist, Bankole Wellington (Banky W), 26-year-old engineer, Chinwe Njoku, Dapo Oyebanjo (D’banj) (musician/entertainment entrepreneur) 32, Jason Njoku (media entrepreneur) 31, Peter and Paul Okoye (P Square) (musician/entertainment entrepreneur) 31, Linda Ikeji (blogger/media entrepreneur) 31, Idris Akinbajo (journalist) 30, and Raheem Temitope Bello (scientist) 19. Previous Young Person of the Year winners include malaria scientist Ify Aniebo, awardwinning writer Chimamanda Adichie, NASA scholar Tosin Otitoju, among others. Last year, agriculture entrepreneur and advocate, Nnaemekan Ikeg- Linda Ikeji

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ere is a delightful piece of news for the fans of multiple award-winning Nigerian Gospel star, Sammie Okposo. M&M can reveal that the United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace and Globacom Ambassador will be staging an album release concert for his fourth album in Lagos on August 3. Tagged ‘The Statement’, the new album unveiling and dedication concert will feature multiple awards winning American artiste, Deitrick Haddon, who will be coming to West Africa for the first time. The concert will take place at the MUSON Centre and will also feature top gospel artistes and popular comedians. The 26-track album would favour collaborations from other talented Nigerian artistes like Bouqui, Lamboginy, Marvellous, among many others.

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he Episcopal Bishop of South Carolina, US, he Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence, has expressed fears for the future of the church, known elsewhere as the Anglican Church, following its recent endorsement of gay marriage.

One week after the U.S. Episcopal Church overwhelmingly voted to approve a provisional rite for blessing gay unions and the ordination of transgender people, Bishop Lawrence said in an interview at the weekend, that his denomination was moving too far out of the mainstream. “Do I think that these two decisions will cause further decline? I believe they will,” Bishop Lawrence said. “I think we’ve entered into a time of sexual and gender anarchy.” Lawrence’s comments come amid a growing debate over the future of socalled mainline Christian churches: Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, some Lutherans and more. These denominations, which are generally more liberal than their evangelical counterparts, have been in decline for decades, a trend some observers attribute to their supposed leftward drift. In a recent New York Times editorial, columnist and author Ross Douthat, tackled the “looming extinction” of liberal Christianity, adding that: “Practically every denomination — Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian — that has tried to adapt itself to contemporary liberal values has seen an Episcopal-style plunge in church attendance.” Since 2000, the Episcopal Church has lost more than 16 per cent of its membership. This decrease reflects a wider

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trend across most other Protestant denominations. In 2008, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported that “the proportion of the population that is Protestant has declined markedly in recent decades.” Following the Episcopal Church’s decision to adopt gay-union rites last

week, most of the Diocese of South Carolina’s delegation left the General Convention to show their concern. “I had an issue of conscience in which I believed that a line had been crossed in the church’s teachings, that I CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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or allegedly threatening Pastor Chris Okotie and disrupting service at the Household of God, Lagos, an ex-pianist with the church, Okiotor Dafiagbor, was yesterday docked at an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court. The 40-year old defendant is facing a three-count charge of breach of public peace, assault and threats. Dafiagbor, who gave his address as 6, Rudolf

Church launches ‘poverty eradication’ programme All Power in Christ Church a.k.a. Power House, is set to hold another seven-day quarterly revival billed to start tomorrow. It is meant to mark the fifth anniversary of the church, during which it will launch a N1 million poverty eradication fund. The event is slated for Prayer House 7, Elegbeleye Street, Ketu. Commenting on the event, the General Overseer of the church, Pastor (Mrs) Eunice Bukola, Elusope said, “to the glory of God, the essence of this quarterly revival is to bring people closer to God in prayers, saying God has been faithful in answering our prayers with lots of joy and testimony”. Rev Elusope also revealed that the fund raising was set apart to support the less-privileged to boost their earning capacity.

Foursquare empowers Kosofe locals

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Close, Maitama, Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty. According to the prosecutor, Inspector Samson Ekikere, the defendant had on July 15 at 10 a.m. stormed the church located at Oregun and prevented the officiating ministers from holding a Sunday service. “He threatened the ministers in front of the congregation and disrupted the church service.

“Dafiagbor told the court that the church was owing him for the service he rendered as the pianist between 1995 and 2009.” He said the accused also threatened and insulted the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Chris Okotie, over the alleged unpaid allowances. Ekikere said the pianist claimed that he was supposed to be paid N20, 000 per fellow-

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ship, but did not provide further details. The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 166 (1), (d), 125 and 126 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State. Magistrate Taiwo Akanni granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the case to October 23 for further hearing.

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In order to encourage the residents of Kosofe community in Lagos State on the need to be self-reliant, Anthony Village branch of the Foursquare Gospel Church has embarked on an empowerment programme tagged, “Give to Take”. Declaring the event open, the host pastor, Rev. Dean Adegbenga Adekoya, identified the need and aspiration of the church in the community quoting from Gen. 1:26 in which God says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: let them have dominion over the fish of the seas: and over the fowl of the air: and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, pronouncing that they should go ahead: be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth” On the occasion, Mr. Gabriel Adegboyega Adetiloye, the principal, Lagos Skill Acquisition Centre, explained that to overcome unemployment in the face of non-existent white collar jobs, everyone is expected to acquire a skill to be free from liabilities.

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Be security conscious, Baptist Convention urges Nigerians

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he Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) at the weekend urged Nigerians to be security conscious, saying confronting the nation’s current challenges was a collective business of all stakeholders. The body made the plea at a forum in Ibadan to herald its crusade tagged,`` Night of Wonders.’’ Speaking at the forum, NBC Central Workers Commit-

tee Chairman, Rev. Johnson Adeleke, said the terrorist attacks in some parts of the country required divine intervention to tackle. Adeleke urged Christians to pray fervently in order to assist the nation to overcome its current challenges. Vice-President of the NBC, Rev. Gold Anie, also said government and security agencies must be given support to tackle

the current security challenges. ``I want us to know that government and security agencies are working tirelessly to bring to an end the predicament although it may not be overcome in a day as terrorism is a global war,’’ he said. The reports that the NBC, which was established in 1914, would begin a dedicated prayer session on national security on Friday.

L-R: Parish Priest, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Peter Oshomah; Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and his Deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu, during a thanksgiving service to mark the governor’s victory in the Edo gubernatorial election, recently.

C&S empowers eight members

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he Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, Kubwa branch, Abuja, at the weekend celebrated its seventh year Founder’s Day anniversary with pomp and ceremony as friends, families and well-wishers of the church gathered at their prayer house to offer thanks to God.

As part of the week-long celebration, eight members of the church were billed to receive various soft loans, amounting to N500,000, aimed at boosting their businesses. Sister Folashade Bamigbaye, one of the beneficiaries of the revolving loan who could not hide her joy said, “The glory really is to God. I am happy to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the first phase of this loan. “I know that God will help me to succeed in my business, to be able to pay back the loan so that others too can benefit from it.” Speaking with newsmen, the Leader-in-charge, Pastor Alex Ogundipe, called on Nigerians to continue to live as one. “We all preach love but we don’t practise it. If every religion will uphold love and realise that we are one, living together will become easier. What we are experiencing today is because we have not given room to love and oneness. I am sure that we shall

Pastor Ogundipe overcome this present predicament. Nigeria will not fall apart. Mark the word of God. Nigeria shall soon know peace and we’ll all enjoy the fruit of God’s blessing for this country,” he prayed. Guest preacher on the occasion, Prophet Raphael Odunkunle, of the Seal o Life Cherubim & Seraphim Church Movement, Kaduna, in his sermon, charged members and Christians across the nation to remain steadfast in

their love for God. “We must let the teachings of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be the guiding principle for our lives, being the only way we impact on the society we live in and make it a better place for everyone.” According to the chairman of the organising committee, Pastor Tope Yoosuf, who is also the church youth president, weeklong activities were lined up to celebrate this anniversary.

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Decline in US church attendance over gay marriage CONTINUED FROM Page 23 could no longer pretend that nothing significant had happened,” Bishop Lawrence said, adding that the departure of the deputies should not be understood as a departure from the Episcopal Church. “It’s not merely a matter of adapting the Church’s teachings about Jesus Christ, about salvation, about right and wrong to the culture,” he said. “The culture is adrift in sexual confusion and obsession.” But Jenna Guy, an Episcopalian from Iowa, said when the gay-rites vote was taken that the issue is important to the younger generation of Episcopalians and that the resolution would bring more people into the church. “It’s always with great pride that I tell [people] of the inclusive nature of this church,” Guy said. The Episcopal Church’s approval of the rites makes it one of the more liberal churches on that issue. • In May, the United Methodist Church, the largest mainline denomination in the United States with about 7.8 million members, voted against changing its definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. • Earlier this month, the U.S. Presbyterian Church narrowly rejected a proposal for a constitutional change that would redefine marriage as a union between “two people” rather than between a woman and a man. The church, with around 2 million members, currently allows ministers to bless gay unions but prohibits them from solemnizing gay civil marriages. • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America defines marriage as “a lifelong covenant of faithfulness between a man and a woman” and has no official rite for same-gender unions. • Standing out among the rest, the United Church of Christ, a mainline Protestant denomination with about 1 million members, voted in 2005 to support full civil and religious marriage equality for same-sex couples. “I see other mainline denominations that are fairly liberal, like the Presbyterians and the Methodists, just really being very careful about jumping over this hurdle,” David Hein, Hood College historian and co-author of “The Episcopalians,” a history of the church, told NBC News, “because it really wreaks havoc with the denominations for the national headquarters on down, the institutions, the seminaries, the parishes when you start to lose huge numbers of members.” “I think churches that are

fairly clear in their stance and are not either fundamentalist or way out there on the fringe are doing pretty well,” Hein added. Steady decline in membership, however, is a problem across the board for mainline Protestant churches. According to the National Council of Churches’ 2011 report, membership in the UCC declined 2.8 percent to 1.1 million members over the previous year; the Presbyterian Church was down 2.6 percent to 2.7 million; the Episcopal Church was down 2.5 percent to two million members and the Evangelical Lutheran Church was down 2.0 percent to 4.5 million members. The United Methodist Church’s membership has declined every year since it was formed in 1968, according to a 2010 report commissioned by the denomination. In the case of the Episcopal Church, Hein believes it “might not have been hemorrhaging so quickly “ had it been more accommodating of its traditionalists. “I think it’s a mistake that the Episcopal Church is not more welcoming of the mainstream attitude,” he said, adding that “these accommodations should really have been made five, seven years ago, because really about all that’s left of the Episcopal Church is the left wing of the Episcopal Church.” In 2003, the election of the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church caused a deep rift between liberals and conservatives within the global Anglican Communion, with many churches leaving the U.S. and affiliating instead with the global Anglicans. The Episcopal Church is an independent church affiliated with the worldwide Anglican Communion. “I still believe there is a broad and silent middle [within the Episcopal Church], I just don’t know what it would take for them to stand up with moral courage and say, ‘We don’t believe this,’” Bishop Lawrence said. Bucking the national trend, the Diocese of South Carolina experienced growth in 2011 in its average Sunday attendance, which rose 10.8 percent, from 11,086 to 12,286, according to the diocese. “If ever there was a time for the church to be clear, hopeful, and to offer a moral compass to the struggling, and grace, and forgiveness, and healing to the broken, it’s now,” Bishop Lawrence said. Do you think mainline Christian churches are in decline because they are too liberal?


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Sunday July 22, 2012

‘The reason of going to church and its benefit’ In this message, Apostle Utibe-Abasi Emmanuel, General Overseer, The Rock of Salvation Church Ministries, Iju, Lagos State stresses the need for Christians to hold firmly to the faith and be sure-footed in claiming God’s promises, rather than running from pillar to post. Excerpts:

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he Bible states in Jer. 14: 10– Thus saith the Lord unto his people. Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore, the Lord doth not accept them, He will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sin.” Vs 11 says, “Then said the Lord unto me; pray not for this people for their good.” People have different reason of going to church. Some because they are poor so that the church can help them in one way or the other, for business connection or business breakthrough, for job opportunities, for healing from divers sickness, to look for husband or wife, to tempt the man of God, to cause confusion, for deliverance, for children and some for prophecy to know their past and present [mind you, pastors are not fortune tellers]. That is why they wander from church to church, they don’t trust in God. They believe it is the church that will help them; that is why God says: pray not for the good of this people for I will not hear. But, instead we should teach them to know and accept God.

When blind Barthemeaus heard that Jesus was passing by, he began to cry out to Jesus of Nazareth to have mercy on him. People tried to stop him but, he cried the more. When Jesus saw him, he asked, ‘What do you want that I should do for you? ‘(Don’t forget that Jesus saw he was blind) but he still asked and he (the blind man) answered, ‘that I may see.’ Then Jesus said unto him, “thy faith has made thee whole”. Immediately his eyes were opened. Read Mark 10: 46-52. When Jesus asked the blind man what his problem was, he did not say ‘Jesus you know’, but ‘Lord that I may see’. Some people when they go to church with a certain problem instead of telling the minister their problem, they expect the minister to know and tell them. If they don’t, they will say there is no power in this church; they cannot even see my problem. Then they start wandering looking for another church. Psalm 2: 8 says” Ask of me, and I shall give thee. When you don’t ask, will you then receive”? When God told you to ask, why then do you want someone to tell you your problem? I am not condemning prophecy but don’t depend 100% on it so that you don’t make mistake for people to start prophesying lies to you. Jer. 14: 14 states: Then the Lord said unto me. The prophets prophesy lies in my name, I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither

Apostle Utibe-Abasi speak I into them. They prophesy unto you false vision and divination and a thing of nought and the deceit of their hearts. False prophets can destroy your home, and take away your happiness or even take away your life. I knew of a man that found life so difficult, a friend took him to a prophet who told him his mother was the cause of his predicament. He was angry and went to the village to kill his mother. He got to the village at night to avoid being seen and with a sharp cutlass in his hand, he knocked on his mother’s door, his mother peeped from the back yard and saw him with a cutlass and ran to the next yard. The son ran after his mother and in error killed another woman (it was dark). His mother escaped. The son was tried and sentenced to death. He died because of false prophecy. I f he had taken the problem to God instead of man, he would still be living today and God will take care of the situation. 1 Cor. 13: 8-10 states: But whether there be prophesies they shall fail. Whether there be tongue (speaking in tongues) they shall fail. Whether there is knowledge, it shall vanish away. So when all these are no more, what next? It’s very hard to see someone going to church for the salvation of his soul or to know about God and walk in His ways. (That is

to keep God’s commandments). Remember the Bible says – seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you. Luke 12: 31, John 12: 20 say: And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast. The same came there to Philip who was of Bethsida of Galilee and desired him, saying, sir; we would like to see Jesus. They desired to see Jesus, not Philip or Peter. They wanted to meet directly with the saviour, why because they knew once they see him, their problems would be over. Don’t go to a church because someone promised to grant you a favour or this pastor can preach. You do not listen to what he is preaching: you only love his moves and his spoken English. (Mind you, he is not Michael Jackson) Ez. 33: 31-32. Or, you like that girl; because of getting her, you start attending her church. GO TO CHURCH TO SEEK GOD. And as I said earlier, other things in life shall be added unto you. Benefits The benefit is to prepare you for heaven by teaching you the word of God because only the word can cleans you. Joshua’s garment was filthy. Zech.3: 3-4 states: Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garment, and was standing before the Angel. Then answered and spoke to those who stood be-

fore him saying, “Take away the filthy garment from him”. The bible says he spoke, that is the word, this word cleansed Joshua, this same word will cleanse you and prepare you for the wedding of our Lord, but before you attend this wedding you must put on the wedding garment in Matt. 22: 8 13. We heard when the king had a wedding feast; the invited guests did not turn up. So he said to his servants “go into the highways and as many as you find invite to the wedding”. When they all arrived and the king came out to see his guests, he saw a man there who did not put on a wedding garment, he was very angry and said to his servants to bind his hands and legs and cast him into outer darkness. When the wedding garment is not on you, you can never see God. Through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, I will teach you how to put on the wedding garment. 1 John 2:7 says “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you and you do not need that anyone teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and it is not a lie, and just as it has taught you , you will abide in Him. When this anointing abides in you (which is a special gift of understanding and interpreting the word of God) Jesus, when he was on earth always speak in parables. Matt. 13:10 says “And His disciples came and said to Him, why do you speak to them in parables? Vs. 11 says, He answered and said to them “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it has not been given. Only when you have this anointing that you can understand the mysteries of the kingdom. WHAT IS THE WEDDING GARMENT? Gal. 3: 27 states “for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. The wedding garment is baptism (into Christ) for that is what will raise you up on the last day. Before the church began, Jesus told his disciples to baptize in the name of the FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT. Note, he said in the NAME not in the TITLE. Then he told them not to depart from Jerusalem that they should wait for the comforter, that when he comes, (which is the Holy Spirit), he will teach them new things. Acts 1:4 “When the Holy Spirit came upon them, their eyes were open to the truth, of who the FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT was. I believe the foundation they as the first church laid is what we should follow. 1Cor. 3:10-11 says, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master, Peter started preaching immediately after receiving the Holy Spirit ( for now they preached with understanding). When they heard his preaching, they said to Peter and the rest of the apostle, “men and brethren what shall we do”? I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Christ

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Jesus. The disciples have laid out the foundation (on baptism) which all that says are the followers of Christ should follow. In what name did they baptize? Acts 2:37-37 says “Peter started preaching immediately after receiving the Holy Spirit” (for now they preached with understanding). When they heard the gospel, they were pricked in their hearts and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,” men and brethren, what shall we do”? Then Peter said to them repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Also when the apostles heard that the Samarians have received the word of God, Peter and John were sent to them. Even though they had not received the Holy Ghost yet, but they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 8:14-16). In Acts 10:44-48, when Peter was preaching, the Holy Ghost fell on all those that heard him In Vs 47, Peter said can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized? Vs 48 and he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. In Acts19:1-5, “When Paul came to Ephesus he found out that the people there were only baptized unto John’s baptism. He told them that John’s baptism was for repentance. He told the people to receive Christ Jesus. When they heard this they were re-baptized into the name of the JESUS CHRIST. I, myself was baptized in the name of the FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT. When the truth was revealed to me by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, I was re-baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Most of you have been baptized into this title, FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT; sometimes will be ashamed to be re-baptized. Matt. 8:38 says “whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the son of man be ashamed of when the He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. Why being ashamed of what people will say and face condemnation? Put on Lord Jesus today and be saved. Rom. 6:3 says “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? Vs. 4 says, “Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into his death. All those that are being buried with him through baptism into his name (putting on the wedding garment) on the last day will rise to meet with their bridegroom. If you are found without the wedding garment, you will be cast out into utter darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Christians accept my teachings or if not show me in the Scriptures where the apostles of Jesus Christ baptized anyone in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. •Apostle Utibe-Abasi Emmanuel 08037187775 General Overseer - The Rock of Salvation Church Ministries- Iju, Lagos State.


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he rich also cry, if you will permit me to say. When we talk about weeping, we are not referring to the poor alone. In fact, there are situations that give the rich sleepless nights but the poor sleep peacefully, hence the latter have not encountered such experience as did the rich under focus here. The truth of the matter now is that I have good news for all; both the poor and the rich. The Bible tells us that vain is the help of men. Psalm 121: 1-2 states; “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, who made the heaven and the earth.” The best help you can get from a house you wish to live as a tenant is the one that comes from the landlord of that house. If he decides to give you the house free, the agent, lawyer or caretaker of the house cannot stop it. But if the lawyer to the landlord or caretaker gives the prospective tenant a promise, it cannot be confirmed until the landlord approves.

The earth where you build houses in, ride your cars, enjoy the fresh air and do so many other things belong to the greatest landlord, the Almighty God. Psalm 24:1 states, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.” It doesn’t matter what your belief is all about, but common sense will tell us that since the men who are very great with all kinds of wisdom and power later succumb to death, then there is a big force that is greater than man. Almost all inventions were copied from the creatures of the Almighty. For example, airplanes were copied from birds, yet such inspiration must come from a higher spiritual force. If you doubt the great power of the Almighty, then just take a look around you; the sky, the ocean, and the air you breathe, they are just there for uncountable years. Men come into the world and depart but these things are just there. Now you have grown and become big but there was a time when you were just a foetus in your mother’s womb. Now you are an adult and could study Psychology, Sociology, become a medical doctor or even the President of a Nation but there was a time you were defecating in your napkins as a little baby. So if I come to tell you that God has come to wipe off your tears, believe it and understand the greatness of His power to get it done. The Bible says in Psalm. 30:5, “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.” I have good news of blessing and uplift for you who are going through this article; in the name above every other names; your morning which will usher you into your joy has finally come in Jesus’ name. In Jeremiah 29:11, the Almighty says, “For I know the thoughts I think towards you saith the Lord; thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Whenever there is a disaster coming, He will warn His people so that it will be averted. For example, on Monday, July 9, 2012, during our prophetic and deliverance faith clinic service, by 6pm, a prophecy came concerning the flood in Ibadan, Oyo State, stating specifically that it would take place during the weekend and the congregation was asked to pray that no life would be lost. This prophecy and prayers were recorded and anyone who needs the tape can have it. God did not want the people to die like

Sunday July 22, 2012

Your weeping time over, says Pastor Okereke Charismatic man of God, Pastor (Dr.) Chima Okereke, the General Overseer of Global Success Ministries, in this message of hope for the dejected, makes a striking reference to the recent flood in Ibadan, Oyo State. He said God had earlier revealed the disaster during his church programme. Richard Eghaghe produces excerpts from his message:

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the previous one that happened, so He mentioned the name of the city (Ibadan) and also said that it would happen by the weekend. I think people from Ibadan need to watch the clips and when we call upon the same God for solution, He will provide it. The major reason for this revelation is to give glory to God who saved lives. And He who has started a good work in the lives of those living in Ibadan shall complete it in Jesus’ name. I believe the Lord does not delight in seeing His people suffer. I am prophesying to someone that from today, you will never weep again in Jesus’ name. There is something we call tears of joy. If your father,

mother or relation dies at the age of 120 for instance, the tears you shed is called tears of joy. If I say your weeping time is over, believe it, claim it, keep confessing it and you will suddenly see that all those troubles around you will begin to vanish one after the other in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer for the city of Ibadan “This prayer is being made specifically for the city of Ibadan and the residence thereof, following the fulfillment of the prophecy about the flood on Monday 9th of June during the evening service by the man of God, Dr. Emmanuel Chima Okereke and it was fulfilled on Saturday. We the

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members of the Global Success Church are praying that the Almighty shall protect Ibadan Communities and their Kings to overcome the powers that are causing the flood in Jesus’ name. As Elisha prayed and the land of Jericho was healed, so we are praying that the city of Ibadan be protected from evil floods in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.”

“Pharaoh must die” revival ends today The Global Success Ministries (GSM), monthly ‘Breaking News International Crusade’ for July, tagged: “Pharaoh Must Die (Exo. 14:28)”, will be concluded today at the church main auditorium at Plot 34, Global Success Street, Alao B/Stop, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, with the General Overseer and spiritual head of the church, Pastor (Dr.) Chima Okereke, ministering alongside other anointed men of God. The crusade, which has been on since 4.00p.m on Friday, according to one of the international coordinators, Sister Nkechi, has witnessed great manifestation of the power of the Almighty through the series of deliverance and liberation of the oppressed, divine healing, salvation as well as the enumerable testimonies to miracles to the glory of God. Okereke had earlier assured that the crusade was the appointed time by God to destroy every Pharaoh, Goliath and cankerworm causing obstructions and hindrances to the lives of the people. “Every Pharaoh in your life must die by the end of the crusade by the special power or our Lord and saviour. So come and be blessed, delivered and be healed by the power of the Most High God and be guaranteed your freedom for a breakthrough in the 2nd half of the year,” he said. Meanwhile, abundance of testimonies trailed the celebration of the mid-year ‘Holy Ghost Victory Night’ by the Global Success Church last month. One of such testimonies was given by Mrs. Chidimma Ike, who was safely delivered of her baby after a scan test showed that the baby in her womb lay breeched. “My husband took me to many prayer houses, herbal healing homes and hospitals for this condition to be normal but all efforts proved abortive. “When it seemed all hope was lost, a God-sent member of Global Success Ministry brought me to this church. The man of God ministered to me the first day, told me that by the power of the Holy Ghost, my baby would be positioned to normal. He then prayed for me and the baby turned in my womb and immediately I left the church after service with my husband, labour started”. She has since put to bed through self-delivery and without undergoing any form operation, she claimed. •If you have any special request, send a text message to any of the phone numbers or send an e-mail. If you are sick or you need deliverance, send a text message also and you will be told how to receive prayers from the man of God. When you are sending a request, do not forget to tell us where you are communicating with us from, that will help in attending to you, whether to invite or send you a special or deliverance message. The numbers to text are: 08067802407, 07038638984. Email us at: info@globalsuccessministry.org Website: www.globalsuccessministry.org God bless, speak with you next week.


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omebody brought money to Peter. He said take this money, give me this gift. So that whoever I pray for will receive the Holy Spirit and be speaking in tongues. Peter looked at the fellow, laughing he said, “Your money perishes with you.” That means there was nothing in Peter that will respond to that sensation and temptation of money.

You know I tell you about the guy that came here about some years ago. That time, we didn’t have this kind of structures-auditorium ‘A’, canopies, auditorium ‘B’-and I used to feel sorry for my Ikoyi and Victoria Island friends. The place was marshy and they were putting their legs in the water and were saying ‘I never put my legs in this kind of water before.’ That was those days and this man came. He said “Sir, Pastor, pray that I can sleep. I will give you N2 million so that you can do so, so for your church.” He has not slept for up to six months. I said ‘eeh’. The money that you have and you cannot sleep; you want to transfer it to me? I said ‘I don’t want it’. Keep your money. Peter has allowed God to crucify that area in his life. And this is the only area where the flesh is on the throne in many lives. For some people, when you say ‘Mo... mo…mo… before you say ‘ney’, their temperature has gone up. Whereas one kobo, you won’t take it away from here; not one single Kobo. You won’t take away anything. The Bible says ‘we came into the world with nothing and you will go back with nothing.’ You came to the world fasting, you will go with empty tummy. If Eba (boiled garri meal) remains in the tummy, the termites will eat it. It is still going back the way it came. So, why should you now glue yourself to this sinking world, because you don’t want to crucify your flesh? The flesh is anything that is not energised by the Holy Spirit. And it is always fighting you. You want to read your Bible, it (the flesh) says ‘get set, go begin to sleep’, and you sleep off. You want to pray, it is that time somebody will look for your trouble. And you spend two hours fighting and quarrelling. You want to pray, it is that time they bring vampire movie, and you begin to watch. Many Christians engage in activities not ordained by the Holy Spirit. The bottom-line for getting rid of our grave cloths is that God must rule our flesh. Do not deceive yourself; don’t think that the flesh will improve. It can’t improve; it is rotten to the core. Many of the problems that we have as individuals were brought on ourselves by ‘Mr. Flesh’. Whether it is rash decision or inability to make decision, or plain disobedience to God or looseness to the opposite sex or irrational thinking, bad thinking, boiling anger, we must take responsibility for our own lives. When you say ‘Mr. Flesh you die’, all heavens will now rejoice. They’ll say ‘now you got it, you got it.’ Then they will come to your aid. But if you do not point that finger to yourself yet…eh is he that annoyed me, he made me to say that one… You are not serious yet. But the day you point fingers at yourself, heavens will rejoice and they will come to your aid. Our most difficult problem is facing ourselves. There were some sisters in the church I was going. Long time ago, one brother prayed and said one of the

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How to conquer the flesh, by Pastor Olukoya Every day we come across people who are trying to train the flesh. They do this to help Mr. Flesh not to over eat; and to help their mind to think right. But in this message, Dr. D K Olukoya contends: “You cannot train the flesh. It is like a cancer that destroys things, and harder to deal with than the devil.” Discover how dangerous the flesh can be in the excerpts presented by Tai Anyanwu:

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YOU WANT TO TRAIN MR. FLESH NOT TO OVEREAT; THEY WANT TO TRAIN THEIR MIND TO THINK RIGHT. YOU CANNOT TRAIN THE FLESH BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS, “THEY THAT ARE AFTER THE FLESH DO MIND THE THINGS OF THE FLESH sisters was his wife. And the Pastor invited the brother and the sister. I am talking about 1979; and the Pastor said this brother said he had prayed, he said

you are his God-chosen wife. The woman looked at the Pastor and looked at this brother from head to toe and said, “Sorry Pastor, this one that is sitting beside

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me cannot carry my load.” And the Pastor said which load do you carry that his person cannot help you to offload? She said, ‘Pastor, it is my decision, it is my life and that is it; that is what I want to do, that is it, that is it.’ This is 2000 AD; she is still looking for somebody to carry that load. I still saw her two weeks ago, still looking for somebody to carry that load. Philippians 3: 3, “For where the circumcision which worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh…” The flesh is dangerous and has no mercy; the flesh is harder to deal with than the devil because if you say ‘you demon, by the name that is above other names, which is the name of Jesus, I bind you.’ The thing will shake and say ‘ah sorry sir’. Because it is already written that ‘in my name, they shall cast out devils’; but you see, you cannot bind your own flesh. So, the flesh is a harder problem. All the selfcenteredness, selfishness, lack of discipline, boasting, stubbornness are nothing more than the flesh. Many church goers are very stubborn. A stubborn person will say ‘I will do everything my own way’. The Bible says “woe unto those that are at ease in Zion.” And it says “if we work with the footmen and they weary you, what will you do when you are asked to run with the horsemen?” It is the footmen that are still around now. Eventually, the footmen will go and the horse riders will come in, things will get worse, because that is what the Bible says. Evil men will wax stronger and stronger; peace will disappear more and more, unless we welcome the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords. Every day, we come across people who are trying to train Mr. Flesh. You want to train Mr. Flesh not to overeat; they want to train their mind to think right. You cannot train the flesh because the bible says, “They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the Flesh. They that are after the Spirit mind the things of the Spirit; for the flesh cannot please God.” It cannot because it is enmity against God. The flesh is fighting against the spirit; it is in contention with the spirit of God. And once this thing is inside and you don’t do anything about it, it is like a cancer that destroys things. In the battle that we fight every day, our flesh cannot fight the spiritual war, can’t fight the spiritual war. I shared something a long time ago. One of the most popular preachers the world has known is a man known as Charles Spurgeon, a British fellow. He was the one that said this thing. One day, he was teaching his Bible students, and one fellow was asked to give a lecture on wearing the armour of God. And this fellow came to the stage with a helmet, shoes, belt, and girdle, everything that was mentioned in Ephesians six. As he was mentioning them, he was putting them on. So very soon, he was fully dressed like a soldier. He now faced the audience and said, “Now I am fully dressed in this armour. Where is the devil now? He will run.” Spurgeon answered, “The devil is inside that armour, that is you; that devil is inside you. So you have already worn the armour to cage him inside you.”


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Sunday July 22, 2012

Good Success is prosperity without adversity –Pastor Adeboye General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. O. Adeboye, continues his message on Biblical injunctions to ‘Good Success” under seven sub-titles. Here, he dwells on Prosperity without adversity as produced by Richard Eghaghe at the just concluded Holy Ghost service for the month of July, 2012, which held at the Redemption Camp Arena, Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Mowe in Ogun State. Excerpts:

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ood success has many facets. We could be talking of prosperity without adversity; we could be talking about promotion without the possibility of demotion. It is better never to be promoted than to be promoted today and demoted tomorrow. We could be talking about deliverance without relapse. Some people were delivered once but things relapsed. We could be talking about healing without a scar, healing without a residue. We can be talking about victory without the possibility of a future defeat. We can be talking about anointing that will never dry up, anointing that will last forever. And then, of course, we can be talking about salvation without backsliding, we could talk about several other things but let me go over these seven that I have mentioned.

Prosperity without adversity;

Proverb 10 verse 22 says, ‘the blessings of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow.’ In the name of the one who made heaven and earth, your blessings will be without sorrows. But that depends on you, because, I mean the Bible is full of examples of those who received from the Lord and then the blessing turned to sorrow. The classical example is Ephraim; you know the story of Ephraim? When his grandfather wanted to bless him and Manasseh his elder brother, the father transferred the blessing of the elder brother to the younger Ephraim and within years, Ephraim prospered 10 times more than his elder brother but he ignored God. By the time we got to Hosea 4 verse 17, God said Ephraim has joined himself to idols, leave him alone! And then, God said in Hosea 5 v. 9 that Ephraim shall be desolate. The blessing that God has pronounced on you will never become a curse. How do you have prosperity without adversity? The blessings of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow with it. However, don’t forget God because he said in Deuteronomy 8 verses 17 -18, when prosperity comes when you begin to leave in houses you didn’t build, when you begin to drink from a well you didn’t dig, when wealth begins to change hands; don’t begin to say that it is the power of my hands that has got me this wealth. He said, ‘you must remember it is God who gives you power to get wealth.’ You want your blessing to last? You want your prosperity to be without adversity? Don’t forget God.

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Don’t forget who is prospering you. And how do you show him you don’t forget him? You put him first in everything. Malachi 3 v. 10 says, “If you rob Him of his tithe, He will place a curse on you.” It says but if you bring all the tithes into his house, he will open the windows of heaven and pour you blessings so that there won’t be enough room to contain. Put him first. In Genesis 22 verses 1 -18, when God gave a test to Abraham, He told him, “I gave you a son in your old age, I know you loved him, let’s find out whether you love him more than you love me.” He said ‘go and sacrifice him to me.’ Abraham obeyed but before he could kill the boy, God intervened and then God said, ‘because you have done this, because you have shown me that you feared me more than your son, you put me first, I swear, your blessing will be irreversible. When we talk to you about first fruit and you think it is a pastor’s way of making money, you are making a great mistake. When you put God first, he makes sure that your blessing is irreversible. Put him second and then, you will see what will follow. I have told you several stories. There are many I could tell you but I will remind you of just one. One young man came to me and said, ‘God has answered your prayers!’ I said, ‘amen!’ What happened? He said one big chief called him in Lagos and said

he wanted him to sell his house; the house had 13 flats, 12 of them a regular flat and then a pent house on top. The chief said ‘all I want is so much money.’ How much you sell it, that is your own lookout. He said ‘Daddy! God has answered your prayers.’ he said from that deal alone, I am settled for life. I said “congratulations, 13 flat?” He said yes, I said good! That means you will give one of the flats to the Church. He said why? I said at least tithe of 13 could be 1.3 but we can’t have point three of flat. He said this is first breakthrough now, let God wait. Some of you are like that. A week later, he had got a buyer ready to pay far, far, higher than what the owner wanted. He asked the chief “where do I pay?” The man said “what are you talking about?” He replied and said “your house that you asked me to sell, I have gotten a buyer; the money is ready now, just tell me where you want me to send the cheque”. The man said “Whatever charm you used on me has been destroyed; who told you I want to sell my house?” When we talk about tithe, some of us think 10 percent is too much to give to God. Wait till you compare 90 percent of something to 100 percent of nothing. The blessing that will last forever, may the Almighty God give you in Jesus’ name.

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Impartation for wealth transfer, by Pastor Kalejaiye (2) Pastor kalejaiye stood in for the General Overseer, Pastor E.O. Adeboye at the special prayer session for the ‘Impartation For Wealth Transfer’ at the Headquarters’ Church of the RCCG, (Throne of Grace), in Ebute-Metta on the first Sunday of this month. Here are excerpts from his message, presented by Richard Eghaghe:

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roverbs 13: 11, says wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. So, there are two ways here: you can acquire it legitimately or acquire it illegitimately. That is under acquisition.

Wealth can be transferred: talking about transfer, there is what we call divine transfer. Jacob was a beneficiary of this type of wealth. In Genesis 35:12, God told Jacob, He says, “and the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee will I give it and to thy seed after thee will I give the land- Wealth transfer. Psalm 35:27 says: the Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. Apart from divine transfer, there is physical transfer. In Psalm 49:10, the Bible says that wise men die, likewise the foolish and the brutish persons perish, and leave their wealth to others- Physical transfer. I am sure you have read 2Chronicle 20:20-25; the Bible tells me that the wealth of the enemies were transferred to Jehoshaphat and his team. Verse 25 says “And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil.” The Bible also says “it was so much.” The enemies will work for you. That is why I said, begin to prize a car of your choice. Even if you don’t want, it is too late because wealth will be transferred. Isaiah 61:6 says, “Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves”. Proverb 13:22 says, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children; and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. But the big question here is: who is a sinner? And who is not a sinner? This is a topic that time will not permit us to discuss here because this day, contrary to what the Bible says, the church is supposed to be an extension of the kingdom on earth. But today, there are so many things you find in the church that you cannot find in the kingdom. There is serious envy in the church. You don’t find that in the kingdom.

Briefly RCCG gears up for 60th convention Preparation is now on top gear for the 60th Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), which comes up between 6th – 12th August 2012 at the Redemption Camp Grounds, Km 46, LagosIbadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State. It has as theme, ‘Come up Higher.’ The General Overseer, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, who made this known at the July Holy Ghost service at the Redemption Camp ground, said for as many as those who believe that they will be going higher before this year runs out,

are invited for the convention, which will feature power ministration, deliverance, salvation, breakthrough, fruitfulness and lots more. The G.O. also announced that because of the convention, there will be no Holy Ghost service for the first Friday of August. “The Holy Ghost service for August will come up during the convention. “So don’t come for Holy Ghost service on first Friday of next month (August). The divine encounter and Shiloh hours also, will come up the Monday after the convention”, the G.O disclosed.


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Sunday July 22, 2012

Worshipping without holiness is abominable –Pastor Muoka Pastor Lazarus Muoka General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic and d Revival Ministries, in this exhortation, says commitment to the gospel without the e thirst for holiness is an exercise in futility. Richard Eghaghe presents excerpts from the special message: 1st Peter 1:15 and16 says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”. Worship is the adoration and homage offered to only the God Almighty in recognition and acknowledgement of His divine, excellent nature. It is the worship of the Creator that God alone deserves. In doing this, we must do it in such a way that it must be acceptable to God so we can make heaven at last. This is because God is the cause of all things and the fountain of all perfection. He fills the heavens and the earth, and pervades, governs and upholds all things and can only be pleased with that which resembles Him. Jesus says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:24). We all know that God is a Spirit. This is one of the greatest and most sublime truths in the compass of nature. As all creatures were made by Him, so all owe Him obedience and reverence, and if we are to worship Him, it must be spiritual in nature and must spring from the heart, through the influence of the Holy Ghost and above all, must be in TRUTH, not only in sincerity, but performed according to that divine revelation of himself, which He has given men. God should be worshipped in spirit under the influence of the Holy Ghost. And when we are to give God worship, we must bring all our affections, appetites, and desires to the throne of God; and worship Him in truth, with every purpose and passion of our heart. And when every act of our religious worship is guided and regulated by the word of God. By so doing, we must ensure we obey all His commandments and instructions given by Him in the Bible, on how He is to be worshipped. We must do things in the Bible’s way. Anything less or more than or different from what the Bible says cannot be said to be devotion. Many people in the present day do not bother of the type of life they are living and their relationship with God. They worship God with unrepentant and sinful hearts. These peoples’ worships and praises are abomination in the sight of God because they do not conform to the principles of God. If God has called us to worship Him, it is His condition of worship we must adhere to and not our own that is convenient to us. God, who has called us, is our grand model and if every of His attributes is holy, we ought therefore to be holy. He calls upon all who believe in Him to imitate His holiness and the reason they should be holy is that God who has called them is holy. Although Christians are already holy unto God by consecration, they are also expected to demonstrate it in their outward walk and behaviour in all respects. What we do outwardly when worshipping Him must correspond to the inward man. It is very unfortunate that many who claim to be worshipping God ignore the rules as prescribed by the Bible and we know that the scripture is the true source of all authority in questions of doctrine and practice. I wonder how some people will boldly come in the presence of God to worship Him with materials and money obtained through wicked practices such as advance fee fraud otherwise known as ‘419’, stealing, lying, robbery, kidnapping, fraud, ritual, prostitution, etc, and believe that God is having communion with them. I have in every service warned the wicked not to give any offering in my Church. I place emphasis on this because my God is a consuming fire and anyone that ignores it will incur the wrath of God. This should be the position of all men of God. We should discourage evil men from polluting the sanctuary of God with evil donation and pledges. Provb. 21:27 says, “The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? Sacrifices were of divine institution; and when they were offered in faith, and with repentance, God will be greatly honoured by them and well pleased in them. But they are not acceptable when they are brought by wicked men, who do not repent of their sins, mortify their lusts, and amend their lives; just as Cain’s offering was not accepted when he

brought his offering to God. Just as Absalom’s vow, Jezebel’s ezebel’s fast, and the Pharisees’ long prayers were not accepted. ted. Provb. 28:9 says, “He that turneth away his ear from m hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination”. Many people are victims of these abominable practices; ractices; they worship and serve God in sin but in truth all such uch worships or services do not please God. Whatever you do in the worship or service to God does not matter one bit iff you do it in unrighteousness. You may be a pastor, bishop, evangelist, deliverance minister, counsellor or chorister; if your adoration does not conform to the righteousness of God, it is abominable to God. Isaiah 1:11-15 says, “To what purpose is the multitude itude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am fulll of the burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; and nd I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required red this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood” When your hands are filled with blood, whatever you do, the Lord is hardly interested. Today y, unfortunately, many ministries/worship centres res are filled with these kinds of abominable people whose hearts are filled with hatred, malice, unforgivenesss and all sorts of immoral thoughts and acts, and they provoke voke the Lord to anger while they pretend to worship Him. m. The Lord is angry with them, and all that they do in that at house of God is not acceptable but are abomination before re God. All such people that are into abominable things have angered the Lord and because they have provoked the he Lord and instead of making progress they are stifled in their progress both physically and spiritually. You need to examine yourself. Are you among them em who provoke the Lord to anger with your ungodly lifestyles? estyles? Beware, the Lord is angry with you; amend your lifestyle ifestyle now before it is too late. It does not matter to Him whether you are a priest, pastor, evangelist, teacher, etc. You ou need to worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness. John 4:23-24 says, “But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father ather in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must ust worship him in spirit and in truth”. God is holy and if you must work with Him, dwell ell with Him, approach God in prayers or, if you intend to go to Heaven you need to be holy. Ensure that nothing is standing tanding between you and God. Every believer ought to know that the Almighty y God is holy and as such, can never compromise His stance on holiness or be bribed by emotional or sinful worship, no matter how hard you may fast or pray. He cannot be bribed ibed or moved by such as long as that individual is into unrighnrighteousness. Everything about God and all that surround ound Him are also holy. Heaven is holy, the angles are holy y, the cherubim and Seraphim are holy, and so are the other ther saints over there. And God does not behold evil or iniqniquity and so if you are raising your hands in worship hip and you are not holy, the Lord will not behold you. Habakkuk 1:13 says, “Why dost thou shew me iniqiquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling ing and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention”. The Lord cannot behold evil; so if you a Christian outwardly and your heart is far from om God, the Lord has no business or relation with you.

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Let no problem overwhelm It’s time to soar like an you –Oloruntimilehin eagle, says Pastor Bamidele In this message, Pastor Oloruntimilehin Daramola of the Omnipotence Mission of God, teaches on how to handle stubborn problems with courage and faith. Excerpts as presented by Tai Anyanwu

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hy do some people allow their problems to overwhelm them? Brethren, I want people to know that if someone allows problems to overwhelm him or her, the person can never be delivered of the problem.

How do you identify people who allow their problems to weigh them down? They are the people that magnify the problems confronting them. They carry their problems on their heads as load. On their faces, one can see they are immensely troubled; and they actually want to tell whoever cares to know that they have so, so problems, like joblessness, hunger or any financial problem. When they do not have problem and everything is working for them accordingly, they do not put them on their heads. But when they are in problem, it is easily noticed. But anyone that magnifies his or her problem, and fails to confront the matter with faith might take more time than may be required to get delivered from the problem. Most times, the person would have to live with the problem till old age. There are three unfortunate consequences that befall someone who allows problems to take over control. First, the person’s prayer will not be answered. His or her mind is not properly focused. Secondly, the person’s soul becomes weak and sick; and thirdly, the person’s mind is disturbed. People who have good health are those that think positively and they always have at the back of their minds that tomorrow will be better. Some people’s minds are always in confused state in the presence of God. They forget that God does not have much to do for a person with confused mind. Imagine the woman with the issue of blood in the Bible subjected to bleeding for twelve years. She became confused since the first day of her marriage because she could not sleep with and enjoy her husband. Eventually, she made the problem a major concern to her that she had no time for her husband and God. She started consulting herbalists spending her fortune and all she had on fetish things to get solution but to no avail until she had about Jesus’ coming. Some time people tend to forget God when they allow their problem to overwhelm them. Immediately she heard of the coming of Jesus, she became agile and zealous Jesus. zea ze alou alou al ous to ous o ssee ee eJ esus es sus us. So So she she he made mad ade up ade up her her er that she will be m i n d healed when she touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak. Matt h ew 9 verse

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20 – 21 “Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, if I only touch his cloak, I will be healed. Jesus turned and saw her, Take heart daughter, he said, your faith has healed you. And the woman was healed from that moment.” Brethren, my prayer for people is that God should take the spirit that confuses the mind such as worry that will not allow you to serve and worship HIM, away from their life. Now my concern and advice for people is that they should be optimistic and believe that their request will be granted. Definitely, problem and temptation will come our way; we should not be overpowered by these problems. The story of Joseph the son of Jacob in the bible teaches us to be focused and steadfast in the Lord. Joseph was a special person because he was a dreamer. He encountered problem with his sibling because of the dream he had concerning them. Genesis 37 verse 5 “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” His brothers became worried and made Joseph to be their problem; they forgot that they too have their own glory. Instead of focusing and paying attention to their lives, they started plotting the elimination of Joseph. Eventually, they sold Joseph into slavery where the manifestation of his glory started. It is not mentioned that Joseph nagged or talked about his brothers’ action. Some people feel bad and envious when their brothers or sisters or friends are prospering, then they become uncomfortable and this became a problem for them. There are some men who never want their wives to prosper in life. When they hear that their wives are building houses, they start complaining, telling people that care to hear about the achievement of their wives. These men always want their wives to come cap in hand for their needs. They forgot that what belong to their wives is for their children. My position is that women should be totally submissive to their husbands, if the women want those things they acquire to last long. So they need to inform their husbands when they are ready to acquire a house; but if by omission or commission, the women start the project, the husbands need their wives. need ne d to to encourage en en Some men allow their wives’ achievement to be problem for them which they start nursing and discouraging them from nur being optimistic to acquire their own house. opt Parents always pray for their children to a succeed iin life, have good things of life. So women have the right to build houses, if h they have the capacity. Joseph was sold to an Egyptian who was a Pharaoh’s official. God was with him and He prospered. His master saw that God was with Joseph. Genesis 39 verses 1 – 4 “...The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of prosp his Egyptian master. When his master E saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in t everything he did. Joseph found favour in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household and he entrusted to his care everything he owned”.

Pastor Lai Bamidele of Glorious Christ End-time Gospel Ministries, in this message, urges the faithful to learn the characteristics of the eagle, a unique and powerful bird, so that ‘they can soar high’ in life. Tai Anyanwu presents the excerpts:

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am trusting God that today is going to be a glorious day in the life of someone. Listen to me very well. Watching your situation is worsening your situation. I don’t care to know what you are going through. I don’t care to know the situation you are passing through. But I like to encourage you today, that watching your situation is like worsening your situation. What is that situation that you are passing through? What is that circumstance that you are going through? If you watch your situation without a corresponding action, it is like you are worsening your situation. But hear me: every unpleasant situation you are going through God is turning to testimonies for you. We are talking about soaring like an eagle. We are told that the eagle is an uncommon bird. Eagle is a bird with a difference, a unique bird. It is a powerful bird. Eagle is a bird that chooses what it wants to eat. It is a bird that flies so high. An Eagle can be found on the mountain top. It cannot be found in ‘anyhow place’. An Eagle cannot be found in the midst of rubbish. So, it is a unique bird. There is someone here today, maybe you are coming from a hopeless background, listen to me today, everyone God has created is created to be unique. Whatever has held your destiny captive, whatever could not allow you to excel, because you are created as a unique person, after reading this message, you will end this year on a colourful note, in the name of Jesus. I am not bothered by where you are coming from. I am not concerned with what you are going through. Listen to me; we are also told that the Papa Eagle is the King of Kings. I am not of the Nigerian Green Eagles. Those ones have become another Eagle, they have turned to hawks, and they are not Eagles again. An Eagle can travel far; it is a swift bird, very swift. An Eagle can see far. If an Eagle will b e seated in a place, it can sight what it will eat 3000 to 4000 meters afar. A n d the moment an Eagle sights what it wants to eat, before you can blink

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your eyes from that same distance, an Eagle will pursue after that thing. And an Eagle will catch the prey. Hear me today, after this encounter, every pursuit of your life you will catch it in a swift way that Eagle catches whatever it desires. After grasping this message, whatever it is that you have been trusting God for, whatever you have been believing God for, without any stress or struggle, without any hard labour, you will catch those blessings, in the name of Jesus. We have many prayers points that we are going to pray today, because before you become an Eagle, you will pray. Second Samuel 1: 23, “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death, they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.” Now, that portion refers to Saul and his son; it says they were swift like an Eagle. Do you know the difference between an Ostrich and an eagle? An Ostrich is a bird that is very tall, with a long neck, the leg too is long. But hear me, the Ostrich eats rubbish. But an eagle chooses what it eats. After today, your life will not end up like an Ostrich’s. Do you know the difference between a lion and a pig? An Eagle is a bird that reigns on the hill. It is the greatest animal on the hill. The lion is the greatest animal on the ground. The difference between an eagle and an ostrich is similar to the difference between a lion and a pig. You can’t see a lion going to look for a dead meat to eat. Even if it is killed that day, the lion will look for fresh meat. An eagle eats fresh meat, but a pig has an appetite for dead meat. An eagle is very swift. What do we mean by ‘swift’? It is very fast, it makes haste. Everything that has to do with an aircraft is designed after the swift character of an Eagle. When an eagle is faced with a storm, while other birds will be afraid to enter ent that storm, an eagle will position himself and will be watching that storm. him An eagle will go against that storm; and it will w be rejoicing while in the storm. He uses use the storm to move ahead. I don’t care to know the storms you are going through or the situations you are goi passing through, but after reading this pas message, that same storm will take you to me your you glory, in the name of Jesus. That is why I say ‘watching your situT ation atio is worsening your situation.’ If you are reading now, you need to go against that tha situation; you need to confront that enemy; you need to confront that devil. ene Psalm 103:5 states, “…who satisfies you P with wit good things as long as you live so that your you youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” After his message, God is going to renew someone’s one wing like an eagle’s. Some of you, the wings you are using S are ar old enough to be changed. When an eagle gets to a particular stage after 30 e years, an eagle will go to the mountain’s top, and will stay there without tasting food, without tasting water. An eagle will be fasting. It will be living without any food. And all the feathers will come out; it will remove all its feathers; and new feathers will start coming out.


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I know the teachings has bless you and as a forward looking being who is aiming higher in life, as you advance your life and career, you are bound to meet some hurdles on the way which brings to the fore our teaching today—What is your problem?. When I wrote on ‘Delay is not denial’, it was clear that every pregnant woman must pass through the nine months course before delivering the baby. Anything short of that is counter-productive, abnormal or a stillbirth, owing to the fact that God has designed that a normal child must be in the womb for solid nine months. The pain experienced by the mother for the duration of the pregnancy and the severe one in the labour room seem like problem to the mother but it is a bundle of joy (a new born baby) that ultimately comes out of the endless groaning. No pain, no Gain.

Divine word And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his earth. And the Lord said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the

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earth, both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air, for it repented me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6 verses 6-8). God will always create something out of nothing. There is always a way of escape. In that Bible chapter, God was not happy with his creature because of their evil deeds. He wanted to destroy all, and as he was planning that, He remembered that among the lot, there was a shinning light-Noah. God has to work out His plan through Noah – the escape route for mankind.

Climbing the ladder We are wired to face problems daily. What you see as problem is not a problem, it is a challenge – without challenges, there is no lifting in life. God will not deliver you from problems but deliver you in problems. Problems are challenges, an avenue for your lifting. No trial, No triumph. No test, No testimony. No examination, No promotion. Problem is not the problem; the problem is the person confronting the problem. You need positive mental attitude and winning mentality to make a big success out of that little challenge you see a

problem. God used Noah to solve His own problem and the challenge became a testimony which produced generations and fathers of faith. The size of the person is more important than the problem. It is not your dead end. If Goliath did not come, David will not be announced. The challenge facing Hannah gave her Samuel, the first renowned prophet in Israel. The challenge of leadership in Israel made God to choose Joshua as the leader after the demise of Moses. It was a new dawn when Peter spoke on the day of Pentecost. You will outlive the problem with the right mental attitude – it is a challenge. God will not give you any challenge beyond your capacity. He will always provide a way of escape for you. Whatever you are passing through now, it came because you can handle it. Just ask God the way of escape, Heaven will show you.

•Many problems are man-made. Examine yourself and run from sin. •Some are meant to happen anyway. •Problems are learning process. Always see the positive side of life, be proactive and optimistic. See possibilities. Think ahead of your peers. •Expand your thinking, expand inside, positively minded. As he thinketh in his heart, so he is, says the Bible. •Necessity is the mother of invention. Be a value added thinker. Those who made the first flying machine, aeroplane, failed 16 times but were undeterred. On their seventeenth attempt, they hit it right and the world marveled at their exploits. Nobody will remember you for many things you did that did not work but for just one thing you did that worked. It is your year of celebration, arise and transform your world positively.

Solving Posers •What is this problem teaching me? •Why did it happen? •What caused the problem? •What is the source? •What is the way out? •How do I prevent a reoccurrence? Value added thinking

THE CHALLENGE FACING HANNAH GAVE HER SAMUEL, THE FIRST RENOWNED PROPHET IN ISRAEL. THE CHALLENGE OF LEADERSHIP IN ISRAEL MADE GOD TO CHOOSE JOSHUA AS THE LEADER AFTER THE DEMISE OF MOSES

Your attitude to the problem is more important than the fact of the problem. What seems like a mountain to an ant is a stone to human beings. Know that this situation will soon pass. It is not over until it is over and it is not over until you win. Have a winning mentality, winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win. Be like a postage stamp that sticks to a letter till it gets to its destination. The dark cloud will clear soon. Those without problems are only found in the mortuary or burial ground. Nigeria has a great future. Jesus loves you. Be a right thinker. It is well.

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(PSALM 121:1-8) The manifestation of your glory can never come until you encounter the help of God (2Chron. 26:5, Ps. 46:1). There are four sources of help. Help from man: No man can help you if he is not sent by God (2Sam. 9:3-5). Any man that is not sent by God to help you can endanger your vision if care is not taken. Most times we come in contact with such people because we are in distress. No matter what you get from them, you can never come out of your predicament because all they will offer you is a temporary relief. Any help that cannot deliver you from your challenge run away from it. It is a vain help. No wonder David said the help of man is useless (Ps. 60:11). Don’t waste your time impeding yourself from divine help. You will not die without them; it is expedient you cut off from such people, because until they leave, God’s help shall not come (Gen. 13:14-15, Ps. 46:1).

Physical things: Every help that comes from any physical thing should give you peace and comfort in the accomplishment of your dream and vision on earth. For example. The jaw bone in the hand of Samson (Judges 15:15-16), and the rod in the hand of Moses. There is no point holding on to anything that takes away your peace and resources. It is best to discard such an item. Help can also come from you: There are lots of help one can give to himself in achieving God’s purpose on earth. Every man has the ability to make a life changing decision. Such decisions can emanate from refusing to lose hope in whatever dream you are pursuing in life. Therefore, after God, you must be your number one source of encouragement. The bible says but David encouraged himself in the Lord (1Sam. 30:6b). If David had lost hope in himself, those around him that were hopeless would have brought him destruction. He encouraged himself in God, and he got his breakthrough (1Sam. 30:1-19). As a child of God, you must always recall to what God has said either in His word or directly to you in times of distress. Through this, hope will be restored to face any situation before you. However, you must also be mindful of the choices of friends you make. Many of us are where we are today

because we have chosen to make friends with those God have called worthless people. Every man is born with an inner ability to create encouragement, therefore, you must not wait for people around you before you encourage yourself despite the situation. I must also warn you not to even think of waiting for men, because it is very dangerous. The same people who praise you to encourage you to continue in what you are doing, can also be the ones to nail you. This was what happened to David. Like David look at the word of God and encouragement will come. lastly, God. No man can make any reasonable progress without the help of God. Every help outside God is limited. Only God’s help has the potency to endure the test of time. You need the help of God for yourself and also for others. That is, when God comes to your help, you can become a helper to other people. Only men who finds the help of God manifest their destines. Until this happens, (Find help from God) the men that will launch you into your manifestation will not show up (1Chron. 12:21-22). This has nothing to do with either prophecy or dreams; they cannot fulfil themselves in the life of any man. Even the role of the anointing that is upon a man’s life is different from the help of God. God

the father helps, Jesus (the Son) helps and the Holy Spirit help (Rom. 8:2-6). We also have angelic help (Acts 12:6-11, Matt. 28:2, 1Kings 19:5-8). What a helper does at times is to give instruction and not to take over the assignment (Acts 8:26, 29). For Peter to come out of the prison, he took the instruction the angel gave him. The instruction you take will take you from calamity of life. Failure to take instructions will cause you to be irrelevant (Acts 8:27, Acts 12:8-9). Prayer: 1) Father, help me to manifest my glory. 2) Every invisible go slow in the journey of my life, let the whirl wind of God blow them away in the remaining days of this year in Jesus Name. 3) Father, in this month of July, revive your works in my life in Jesus Name. 4) Every opportunity that have closed against me, father reopen it unto me in Jesus Name. • For prayer/counselling, please call: 0803-722-9730. E-mail: taiye_olayemi@yahoo.co.uk


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You are more than this Shepherd Life with Bishop Kingsley

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n every barren situation, there is a hidden potential seeking to be unlocked. When you are surrounded by emptiness and unfruitfulness, turn around and peep deeply within you and you will discover astonishingly the potential lying waste.

You actually cannot imagine what you are capable of achieving until you give it a first try. The truth is, what we cannot attempt, we fear and what we fear, we tend to avoid. Until you realise the greatest force in you, enhance it and commercialise it to affect your life positively you may likely end up in complaints. As we confirm to the happenstances of the time, it should be made known to all those seeking for whom to blame, that anybody who is not productive and fruitful, as to feeding his family, having little to keep aside for the unforeseen day and stretching a hand of charity to the needy, is in his state of barrenness. Furthermore, any acquired knowledge and certificate which cannot feed, clothe and house its benefactor is barren, hence such a person should seek for means of practical empowerment. In the womb of a barren woman, there

is a potential nation and in the loins of the infertile man is the chance to be called a father. Every barren situation in life is subject to the yearning of our heart, and the choices we make individually define how far we go in the journey of life. After the fall of man, he had the continuing capacity to be fruitful and to multiply. This mandate was not retrieved from him. (Genesis 1:28) Fortunately, there is something buried deeply inside all of us which is a fine tool to be fruitful and multiply. And that is, our individual potentials. In Ephesians, the word of God states clearly that when Christ ascended on high, He led captivity captive and He gave gifts unto men. This means every person has been given a gift that is meant to bring you out of that barren state. All you need to do is to discover that gift or potential. To get to the top, which is very roomy, you must learn to take a leap from nothing to something. The unseen gap between nothing and something must be filled with illuminating potentials. How do you unlock this? It is simple! Just have a creative mind. When you are trapped in the wilderness of life, to survive, you have to release the potentials inside you by constantly having a creative mind in every step. Roman 12:2 says: “…always renew your mind”. Life is a harsh place, so notorious for its appalling conditions. Nevertheless, our mind is a layer of everyday experi-

ences. These experiences contract or expand the mindset. But as human nature is, our self is easily expressed on negativity. And that is why Apostle Paul advised that we should not conform to the variable circumstances and standard of this world but rather, we should “always renew your mind”. To renew the mind needs the transforming power of God’s word, to reject its old occupations. Your mind must be renewed; it must go from value to value. It must bubble to bring out something uncommon. When the mind is agitated, something great will erupt inside of you. The greatest force to agitate the mind is meditation. Those potentials are deeply buried in you. It is only through deep meditation in the word of God that you can draw them out. Jesus Christ was a man of meditation. Often has he gone into his closet to meditate. There is a great potential in you in which when harnessed can turn your situation around for good. Your potential is your inner powers, your ability and talent. To step out of the crowd you must step out of yourself. Most people have stumbled into the discovery of their talent, others have purposefully discovered it. Notwithstanding, when you are trapped in barrenness, look for the area of your strength and settle there. Never concentrate on your weakness but focus on your strength. When was the last time you tried something for the first time? You must make

an attempt. You must try something new; something afresh must be born in you. David had never killed anyone before, but his first attempt to kill Goliath put his name in the history of time. You never can tell what you are capable of until you take a risk. Nevertheless, risk is of varying magnitude. Risk is good but blind risk is dangerous. David ran through series of self appraisal before attacking Goliath. When you take an analytical risk, there is this force in you that will be unlocked to press you to fulfillment. The four lappers in 2 Kings 7:1-7 who took the risk that averted the calamity upon Israel never knew that their footsteps could be magnified to cause tension in the camp of the Assyrians. God dwells in the impossibility that is why until you attempt something greater than yourself, you cannot have greater result. There is something God-like in you. Until you release it your foot steps will not be magnified. Until you take a natural risk, God’s Angel will not show up in your fire (as was the case of Shedrack, Meshack and Abednego) To reach out to your destiny you must learn and start releasing the greatest force in you. Don’t give up, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). You are more than you think you are. Look inwards and tap from the Power (God) that works in you.

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used to think it is impossible for a married woman, especially one with children, to have an affair, sleeping with a man other than her husband but gone are those days. I thought it couldn’t happen. Why would she be sneaking around with a man? Why would she want to sacrifice the happiness of her children? I have since realised though that with human beings, especially those who are led and controlled solely by their emotions and needs rather than the Spirit and the word of God, anything is possible. That is why the Bible says the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked but God wants us to change. This is not to condemn but to encourage my fellow women who have been caught in this web of deceit to come out of it and be separate. This is also to help the husbands who have been cheated on and are struggling in their marriages. Just as some men have affairs, some women also do it, giving reasons to justify it. But cheating, which is what an affair really is, is wrong and destructive in every way. I have counselled thousands of people with marital challenges, and as I mentioned in my book, ‘30 things husbands do that hurt their wives’, the most painful and traumatic of the issues is unfaithfulness. Spouses who have been cheated on are praying for the strength to carry on.

No reason can ever be good enough to justify adultery. It seems sweet initially but ends in sorrow eventually. As much as God hates divorce, the Bible gives a ground for it and that is adultery. It is the only reason for divorce, to show the seriousness of it but of course, God still wants us to forgive rather than choose the way of divorce. That is why I never cease to be shocked when some people seek to justify adultery. Some men defend it by making reference to David, forgetting the fact that God judged him. David was a good man but he soon realised he was not a good father. He did not give his children a good example to follow. His sins brought calamities not only to himself but to his entire family as well. He sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind. (Hosea 8:7) He would have died if not for God’s mercy. In ‘Love Fever’, (one of my novels) Tosin, a married woman became very close to Joe, an unmarried man in her office. On one of their dates, he told her, “I’d like to kiss you.” “No Joe, it’s wrong. Let’s cool things. I’m married. We shouldn’t get involved.” She said lamely. “We’re already involved, no matter what you say.” He said frankly. And in my latest novel, ‘My First Love’, Anna, a married secretary reconnected with her first love through facebook. One day, she told Lisa, “We met and we’ve had lunch together four times…he said he still loves me and believes that God brought us together again. He is not happy in his marriage and wants us to leave our spouses.” She added, “I don’t feel strong enough to say no to him or stop seeing him.” Lisa counselled her. “The problem is that you are focusing on only yourself

and your feelings. You are not thinking about your husband and how he would feel if he should get to know about it. What about your children? How would this make them feel? What example are you giving them? What you and your socalled friend are doing is wrong for both marriages.”

What should you do as the husband?

You will definitely feel very sad, hurt and angry, to put it mildly. You may experience several emotions at the same time. In ‘Love Fever’, when Ladi discovered that his wife, Tosin, had been involved with Joe, he was shocked and filled with rage. He stormed out of the house, and could have committed adultery himself that night but exercised self control. And in ‘My First Love’, Anna’s husband stumbled on some of the text messages between his wife and her first love, one evening. Upset, he left the house and did not return that night. Reactions like these are natural and only to be expected but then, you still have to be careful and calm down so that you don’t overreact and do something you will later regret. A woman caught her husband with another woman. Angry, she stabbed him and ended up in jail. Two wrongs don’t make a right. As I have pointed out several times in this column, adultery and divorce don’t have to go hand-in-hand. The marriage can and should be saved. It might be difficult to do but it can be achieved if the process to healing the hearts and the marriage is followed. Don’t end the marriage because of the terrible thing your wife has done. Don’t make a hasty decision; don’t throw the baby away with the dirty water. The first question to ask yourself is: Do I want to save this marriage? I hope your

answer is ‘yes’. If it is, then here are some of the things you should do. 1) Talk to a trusted person such as your pastor. As I like to say, a problem shared is half solved. This relieves you a little. It also helps you sort out your feelings to know what to do. 2) You will need to talk to your wife but be sure you have calmed down by then. Ask her questions which will let you know what happened, what went wrong in your marriage; if the affair is over, and if she wants to save the marriage as much as you do. 3) Both of you will also need to go for counselling, talk to someone and get help for your marriage. 4) Choose to forgive her. You might not feel like forgiving her immediately but as you follow the healing processes, working on your marriage, you will eventually be able to say ‘I forgive you’. 5) You should pray about the issue as well. There is nothing we cannot pray about. Ask God to help you, heal your heart and save your marriage. 6) Also, let your wife know that it must never happen again.

Words of encouragement for you

You may be wondering: Why should you save your marriage? Think about these words of an author which I mentioned in my book, ‘Love Fever’. Marriage means I must acknowledge that I can’t be God to you, I need Him too. Marriage means ‘You are the other part of me and I am the other part of you. We will work through with never a thought of walking out. It also means two imperfect mates building permanently in partnership with God. Marriage means love that is not based on feelings.


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nowing the will of God is the greatest knowledge on earth. Finding the will of God is the greatest discovery on earth. Doing the will of God is the greatest achievement on earth. “Your will be done” is the gateway to the kingdom of God! How do I know the will of God for my life? This is the most important question you may ever ask in your life. God created you for a purpose. God has reason for keeping you here. God has a will/purpose for your life. It is your utmost assignment to find will of God, do it, and stick with it each stage/step of your life. To follow His will for your life brings satisfaction and fulfillment. To miss the will of God for your life brings frustration, bitterness, miserable existence or even eternal damnation!

“I delight to do your will, oh God” is the zenith of Christian living (Psalm 40:8). To Jesus, doing God’s will was His daily food. “My food is to do the will of Him that sent me” (John 4:34). You must do the will of God. Your relationship with God is determined by one thing: doing the will of God. Your joy and security in life is directly proportionate to how well you carry out the will of God for your life. Jesus identified his true brothers and sisters as those who constantly and consistently carry out God’s will (Matt 12:50). If you don’t do the will of God, you are a rebel. Rebels do not have the blessings and peace of God. Only those who do the will of God will go to heaven (Matt 7:21). You cannot be a rebel and be a disciple of Christ at the same time. You can profess Christ and not possess Christ. You can sing amazing grace but not live in grace.

You can get under the water, but not under the blood. Many who sing about heaven are not going to heaven. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was weighed down by the sins of the whole world on His head. The fate of humanity was hanging on the balance. He cried out in prayer: “father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but yours be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:42-44). “Not my will” has become a pious empty statement from the lips of hypocritical worshippers. John Climacus noted well: “obedience is the burial of the will and the resurrection of humility.” “Your will be done” is a statement that crucifies selfwill. There is a battle that rages in your heart about doing the will of God and your carnal will. Your cross is where your will and the will of God intercept. Crucify your will on a daily basis so that the will of God may reign supreme in your life. Self-will is a spiritual cancer that will destroy your soul and family. Prophet Samuel, in rebuking King Saul classified disobedience with witchcraft and idolatry: “for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Sam 15:23). You cannot bribe yourself out of the will of God. God is not mocked. Whatever

you sow, you shall reap (Gal 6:7). Do not waste your time praying for a crop failure! You cannot give a large offering to replace the will of God. Too many religious people are giving offerings of guilt and sin all over this land. That was what King Saul attempted to do, but Prophet Samuel told him what you need to hear today: “behold, to obey is better than sacrifice: and to heed than the fat of rams!” (1 Sam 15:22). Charles H. Spurgeon preached this: “a man is not far from the gates of heaven when he is fully submissive to the Lord’s will.” John Newton understood this well when he said: “if you give God your will, He’ll give you His power!” You can only be blessed and safe as you give God your body and soul, with your all laid on the altar of sacrifice. Obedience to the will of God is always for our good and His glory. The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience. Oswald Chambers advocated: “God will never reveal more truth about Himself till you obey what you know already.” Henry Ward Beecher wrote: “the strength and happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going that way too.” “Justice delayed is justice denied,” they say, but a higher truth is that: “delayed obedience is disobedience.” What God tells you to do now, do it NOW! It is wrong to do God’s will at your own leisure. God’s will always brings you to your high-

Answer these questions and win a prize 1. 2. 3.

“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” Who said this while being stoned to death and where in the Bible? The Island that Paul and Barnabas first stopped in their first missionary journey is… Supply the scripture. Name the instrument David played to enliven Saul’s spirit when Saul was distressed. Supply the scripture.

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est potential. You cannot succeed in your marriage/parenting/education/relationship/profession . . ., etc, until you follow the will of God. Jesus knew more than His parents and He still obeyed them! Stop kicking, struggling, screaming, and wrestling in defiance against God’s will! It is better to affirm the will of God in your life. Affirm the will of God with confidence and joy and deep satisfaction. It is the will of God for you to preach the gospel. “Go ye into the world and proclaim the gospel” (Matt 28:19-20). God wants you to be conformed to His image (Rom 8:29). Obeying all the ten (10) commandments including the weekly seventh-day Sabbath on Saturdays is God’s will (Exod 20:8-11; Mark 2:28; John 14:15; James 2:10-12). Husband must love their wives according to God’s will (Eph 5:25; Col 3:19) and wives must respect their husbands (Eph 5:22, 33). Children must obey their parents in the Lord and stop making unbiblical excuses (Eph 6:1-3)! In courtship, marriage or business, do not be unequally-yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14). You cannot be a true Christian and evade taxes (Rom 13:1-7). Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar is Jesus’ instruction (Luke 20:25). You are a thief if you fail to return faithful and correct tithes and offerings (Mal 3:8-11). Now that you know the express will of God, OBEY in Jesus’ name! •Tunde Ojewole, PhD, is the Babcock University Pastor in charge: Division of Spiritual Life. For enquiries, contact: ojewolea@babcock.edu.ng or call/SMS 08058299434/08060376577

Answers to July 15, 2012 Quiz 1. 2. 3.

Sabbath day- Exodus 20:8-11 At a well (spring); RebekahGen 24:13,15 Moses- Numbers 12:3

How does one know God’s will? Holy Inquiry with Pastor Paul

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How do we know God’s will in our lives and follow it scripturally? Is it true that evil people have the power to change God’s destiny for somebody? If yes, how can the devil be able to change God’s work?” -Mr. Briggs O., Port Harcourt Dear reader,

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wonder why people are still asking about the will of God. However, let me inform you that the will of God is the word of God. If you can base your life on the word of God, then you will be following the will of God for you. I mean, practising or doing what the word of God says, that means you are doing the will of God. You live by every word of God; by so doing, you are following the will of God. Let’s study the scriptures below.

Matthew 4: 4 reads, “But he answered

and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” According to the scripture above, the importance of food to your body, that is the importance of the word of God to your spirit as your body cannot do without food, that is how your spirit cannot do without the word of God. Let’s also see 3 John 2- 4 which read, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth; verse 3, “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. Verse 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” According to the scripture above, it is obvious and evident that God’s will is for you to prosper in all things and live in divine health. Above all, verse 4 states that the greater joy that God has is hearing that His children are walking in truth. What is truth and what does it take to walk in truth? Truth is the word of God, and walking in truth means doing or living by the word of God, as we

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learnt earlier. Exodus 23: 26 reads, “There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land; the number of thy days I will fulfill.” Another will of God is that you will not be barren or suffer miscarriage, and that you will live a long life on earth. So, doing the word of God is doing the will of God Talking about whether the enemies can be able to change God’s destiny for one? I will answer you ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Why yes and no at the same time? It is because you have to know that SATAN THE DEVIL HAS POWER, BUT AS YOU ALLOWED HIM. How do I mean? I mean that the power you think that the devil or the enemies have is given to them by you, and this is

done through your sins, fear, mistakes, ignorance, misunderstanding and lack of knowledge in the word of God. If not, the devil or the enemies have no power to change your destiny or the work of God as you think. See Hosea 4: 6. Let’s see the book of James 4: 7 which reads, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Verse 8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.” How then can one resist the devil? This is done by avoiding anything that is sinful, and living a righteous and holy life, as this will make you to be close to God, and when you are close to God, the devil and the enemies will not have the power to change your destiny. My dear, if you have knowledge in the word of God, the enemies can only delay you, but can’t deny or stop you. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world...See 1John 4: 4. The power that created heaven and earth and everything therein is in you. You will surely overcome.


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trace Urban releases music video guide for artistes, directors

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and proper lifestyle. And this year, some of the hottest Nigerian artistes of the year will be performing alongside the international big act. St Eve Concepts aims to promote healthy living through music and entertainment. It is an internal Wellness and Enzymatic Weight Management Company which was founded in 2006. Good music lovers would recall that Rick Ross released his fifth studio album ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ earlier this year and also collaborated with Nigerian hiphop duo, P-Square on the remix of the well-known song ‘Beautiful Oyinye’, a hit that has dominated the airwaves since it made its debut.

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The young music performers were taken on with their debut single titled ‘Kilonshele’, as produced by Tony Ross. Already, the song has started thrilling music lovers straight to the clubs. ‘Kilonshele’ basically is one of the widely used Nigerian slangs which means – “what’s happening?” or like the Jamaicans would say, “wa’guan?” M&M gathered that the song was inspired from a club scene involving the two artistes and the owner of Tommix Music label. The song basically sprouts around the admiration for a club girl who did her thing on the dance floor, leaving the men at the club in awe. As new artistes, they are yet to work with any Nigerian artiste, but the duo are optimistic that in the nearest future, they would be looking out to work with top Nigerian/international

artistes/producers. Etiobhio Charles Deguale, a.k.a. Mr. ChopChop was born in Benin City, on February 11, 1990. The good news for the 22-year-old Afro Hip-hop rapper/ singer, who is currently in his final year at “Igbinedion University, Okada”, where he is studying Biochemistry, is that he is well liked by fans. Apart from his diversity, ability to deliver and uniqueness, he is a masterpiece creator when it comes to dishing out good music. There is no doubt he is a rising super-star. Anieteie Dennis Akpan a.k.a. T9ice on the other hand was born on November 3, 1991. He hails from Adie Nsite LGA, Akwa Ibom. He is a born singer and a dynamic song writer; his vocal skills are to be classified as world-class combined with his craftsmanship. T9ice and Mr. ChopChop are currently working on their complete debut album, and they have ‘Kilonshele’ as their first hit single.

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The album will be released n Africa by Zamar Entertainment and released in America y Tate Music Group (TMG) ecords, Oklahoma as part f the deal the artiste signed ith the label in July 2011 to ntroduce his work to the inrnational market. Speaking concerning the oncert, Okposo said what is

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giving him joy about the album concert is the positive reactions he has been getting from people. “We are putting all necessary resources together to stage one of the biggest album release concerts in Nigeria. It’s very challenging though I’m overwhelmed with the responses we have been getting. I’m convinced that it will definitely be a show of a life time for all those that will make it to the concert”. As regard international collaborations and relationship with Deitrick Haddon, he said there is a lineup of collaboration projects he would embark on in the nearest future. “My record label has been working hard to project more internationally the image of Sammie Okposo. One of the

strategies is inviting Deitick Haddon to Nigeria to perform together on same stage at my album concert and also work together on new tracks in the studio. There are lots of other plans but we will take them one after the other”. In 2000, Sammie took Nigerian Gospel music to another level with the release of his debut album titled ‘Unconditional Love’. The hit track off the album, ‘Welu-Welu’ was a monstrous hit and it gained international popularity. Labelled as one of the most electrifying and inspiring voices in gospel music, his music has won him not only a wide audience and critical acclaim, but also numerous Awards in appreciation of his work. He won Best Male Gospel Artiste in Africa at KORA Awards, South Africa in 2005.

f you are an artiste looking for how to get your music video on television, then you will be glad to know that premium music channel, Trace Urban, has released a guide to help artistes who are seeking airplay for their music videos on the channel. This was revealed recently in a statement from EMC, the Nigerian licensees for the popular music channel. The document highlights the three most important factors to be considered before a music video makes the cut on Trace. It also shows the step by step progression of how a music video makes it to the ‘Smash hit’ or premium playlist. According to the statement, this document has been provided as a means to continue to contribute to the development of Nigerian music. Trace Urban, which prides itself as the most watched music channel in public places in Africa and the number 1 MPS (Media Planning Services) rated music channel, emphasises that this document is part of their contribution to the development of music vid-

eos in Nigeria. The channel also reassures that they will never collect funds from any artiste to air their videos on the channel. Interestingly, videos that are successful in getting on Trace stand to gain more as the channel just announced a new block on all 36 stations of NTA Network on Saturdays at 4 p.m. Launched in 2003, Trace is a brand and an international media group that provides contemporary music and sports entertainment content to a large and predominantly young audience. Its core business is original content and pay-tv channels, available in English and French, distributed in over 150 countries through 28 satellites and 200 carriage agreements. With the tag-line “We Love hiphop and R&B” Trace Urban gives a unique insight into urban music and culture and airs the most popular urban music genres focusing on the latest in R&B, hiphop, dance, rhythmic pop, reggaeton. Its brand and content is also developed and licensed through all digital and multimedia platforms, including web, mobile, radio and events.

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his piece will come as feel-goodstory to fans of soulful songstress, Tiwa Savage, that have been waiting anxiously to grab a copy of her maiden album. If you are such a fan, then it will interest you to know that the amazing singer is currently working on the release of her debut album titled ‘Tiwa O Ni Baje’. And what is even more exciting is that Miss Savage’s first album is likely to be ready for grabs in a matter of weeks. The talented singer and songwriter, who has worked with the

ollwood’s hugely talented actor cum movie director/producer, Desmond Elliot, is right now putting finishing touches to the release of his long-awaited movie, ‘In The Cupboard’ in cinemas, nationwide. According to latest information made available to M&M, movie fans keen on seeing ‘In The Cupboard’ are in for a huge treat as it will hit the cinemas from August 17. Movie buffs will recall that the amazing movie was successfully premiered in several cities is the U.S. last year. And now, it is finally set for release in Nigeria. ‘In The Cupboard’ tells an exciting story that revolves around the lives of six siblings born into the rich, aristocratic Desouza family, a name synonymous with wealth and power. Everything seems perfect in their lives until their father dies unexpectedly. And all the siblings gather together from different parts of the world to be with their mother, the elegant matriarch Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Desouza (played by Biola Williams) for two weeks. What ensues is a series of events that threaten to shake the family to its very foundations.

likes of Kelly Clarkson, Spice Girls, Mary J Blige and Destiny Child, was said to have disclosed recently that she was putting finishing touches to the release of her first album. “What I am working on at the moment is the release of my debut album and it will be released very soon. Tiwa captured the hearts of many with her hit song “Love Me’ (x3)” and has collaborated with numerous artistes, including Flavour and Adey.

Desmond Elliot set to screen In The Cupboard

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The movie’s star-studded cast include Nollywood star actress Ini Edo alongside Big Brother Africa Winner, Uti Nwachukwu, award winning Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson, Mr Nigeria 1st Runner-Up, Alexx Ekubo, ZAFAA Award winner, Bishop Ime Umoh and features up-and-coming actors, Morris Sesay and Tessy Abubakar. The movie, which is currently being marketed under the Royal Arts Academy brand, was produced and directed by Desmond Elliot.


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hat is your true motive for being in the relationship you are in right now? What were your true reasons for marrying that man or that woman you have been living with for a long time now? Are those reasons playing out the way you discerned they would – in good fate or in bad fate? You see, why I ask these questions is because I have come to understand that people enter into relationships with a lot of intentions and reasons and a good percentage of them do not have LOVE on top of their list. A lot of people are suffering in bad marriages today because they married for the wrong reasons. In this part of the world, we see a lot of marriages contracted between two people that have no business being together except for the fact that their parents think marriage between their children will seal a business deal or bring more wealth into their homes. I’m not saying that most of these arranged marriages have not worked out over time, yet for some, it has become a living hell as the two people involved had no business staying together from the beginning. They only end up hurting each other and leave a legacy of hate and bitterness for their children to inherit. So I ask again, what are your true reasons for being in the relationship you are in right now? Do you truly love your partner in the true sense of the word or are you angling for what you stand to gain if the relationship matures to a reasonable state? Women are mostly culprits when it comes to marrying a man for Models the wrong reasons and they are also the ones who suffer the most when the consequences come to light. These reasons could stem from external pressure from their friends and family, loneliness or financial security. Funmilola’s situation is a typical case of a lady who married a man she hardly knew for the very wrong reasons. She was approaching her midthirties and felt her maternal clock was ticking rather fast towards menopause. So she decided to take fate into her hands by marrying a man she didn’t love with the hope she will learn to love him inside the marriage. While in courtship, she saw some character flaws she didn’t like about him such as his drinking and smoking habits but she drew a blind eye to all these with the mindset that she will change him. She reasoned it was not a bad deal since she will be getting financial security and putting an end to her lonely life. Unfortunately, it didn’t go quite as well as she

envisioned. When they got married, her husband’s drinking problem graduated to the extent that he beats her up anytime he got drunk and she dared scold him about it. The last straw was when he beat her up mercilessly one night he came home drunk and she was six months pregnant at the time. This incident landed her in the hospital and of course she lost the baby due to complications. Right now her marriage is a living hell and she’s contemplating whether to file in for a divorce or to continue in this charade of a marriage. Men also find themselves marrying a woman for the very wrong reasons. Most men get so bowled over by a woman’s beauty and sexual prowess that they don’t think straight until they’ve made a commitment to a woman who could be best described as cousin to the proverbial Jezebel. In the heat of the moment, they easily loose voice to reason and every gut feeling that tells them this woman will be the death of them if they go ahead to marry her. Such women enter into a man’s life like a tornado; destroying every good thing in sight including the peaceful co-existence that may have been existing in that man’s life and family prior before she entered into it. Some men also have the selfish reason of marrying a woman for her money or family wealth. In any of the cases described above, I can bet you that their gut feelings sounded off the alarm about the kind of person they were dealing with right from the beginning, but they failed to listen to it. Those gut feelings can sound like a little voice in your head that makes you stop and pause, or the funny feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, or the sense that something is just not right. Our gut feelings are triggered by what I call red flags when you meet someone. Some call it intuition — it is being able to trust yourself enough to do what is right if you are dating a man/woman who is constantly setting off a gut reaction within you, listen carefully to what that little voice in your head is trying to tell you about him/her. If you have been ignoring those warning signals or pushing them aside, STOP! Take a moment to examine those feelings and ask yourself if you truly want to be committed to someone who causes you so much discomfort. That way you can save yourself as well as your partner the future pain of marrying someone you will only end up being miserable with.

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omp filled the air as love birds, Amina Chukwueke and Tunde Oyelola (Jnr) exchanged marital vows in the presence of family and friends at the Church of the Assumption, Falomo, Lagos on Saturday, April 21. The fair-complexioned bride, Amina, stepped out in a dramatic stunning couture gown accessorised with a cathedral-length lace trimmed veil and a delicate yet dazzling headband. The lace bodice, silk duchess satin cummerbund and full circle silk satin faced organza skirt of Amina’s dress was a perfect fit for the bride as she radiated with glamour throughout the wedding. Ebony-complexioned Tunde looked dapper in his blue tuxedo with black lapels and an elegant black bow-tie. The bridal train added colour to the event in their pink and blue lace dresses while the groomsmen kept things sleek in their black suits. A lavish reception immediately followed at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The all-white theme of the reception was complemented by delicate touches of pink vintage elements with chandeliers and beautiful, white rose balls all around the venue. Guests listened and enjoyed music from the Sharp band. However, there was a surprise performance by Nigerian rap star, Naeto C, who thrilled them with some of his songs as they settled down to their food and drink. Tee- A was the Master of Ceremony; he also made guests laugh as he chipped in jokes from time to time. At the end of the event, the couple changed into their party wear with Amina in a show stopping gold sequined dress while Tunde appeared in a stylish black suit as they danced the night away surrounded by their family, friends and well wishers. The couple performed their traditional wedding on April 7 at Awaka, Owerri, Imo State. Their Igba Nkwu Nwanyi ceremony was filled with fun and spectacle as family and friends turned

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aturday, May 26 was a day of joy for the families of Aigbo and Bankole as their children, Cornelius Aigbo, and Olushola Bankole, were joined in holy matrimony.

out en masse to support the young couple. The ceremony was completed with an added touch of glamour, including fireworks. Amina and Tunde met some time ago when they were introduced by two mutual friends at a dinner party. However, after a second meeting at another friend’s birthday party, they hit it off. They became good friends; this grew into a beautiful relationship that led to the altar.

Providence brings Cornelius, Olushola together in marriage Their colourful cross-cultural traditional wedding took place in the early hours of the day. It was a beautiful blend of Ekiti and Benue state traditional culture and attires. The solemnisation of holy matrimony followed immediately at the Foursquare Gospel Church, Abule- Egba, Lagos. After the conjugal blessing, the train moved to the Trendy Events Centre, Meiran venue of the reception. The hall was beautifully decorated in sky-blue and red colours amid white sparkling lights. Sky-blue and red were also the themes for the day. The hall was filled to the brim with guests gorgeously dressed to suit the occasion and also rejoice with the couple. According to the couple, they had been dating for quite some time now, however they agreed to keep it under wraps until they were sure of what they actually wanted from the relationship. Handsome Cornelius stood out in a black suit, with red waistcoat and

a cravat to match while his bride, Olushola, on the other hand, cladded a farthingale ivory sleeveless gown paired with a bolero. She completed her bridal look with beautiful accessories. The couple was the cynosure of all eyes as they both looked extremely stunning in their outfits. Arise and Shine International Singers added spice to the ceremony as they mesmerised guests with melodious tunes. The couple took over the dance floor and thrilled guests with numerous dance steps to the amazement of all present. Cornelius is a medical doctor while Olushola is a nurse. Besides that couple was drawn to each other by their profession, they also enjoy and respect God’s perfect predestination through which their relationship emanated. Guests were treated to sumptuous assorted foods, drinks, good music and of course, they went home with souvenirs.

Abdul Hafeez Ameenah Abebi Morenikeji Animashaun was born on February 25 at Gbagada General Hospital to Abdul Hafeez Tolulope and Lateefah IbrahimAnimashaun. She was delievered at 10: 30 a.m. and weighed 2.6kg. According to Lateefah, during the pregnancy which was her first, she craved for hot amala with Amstel Malta. “During Ameenah’s pregnancy, I craved for hot amala and Amstel Malta,” she revealed. Speaking on what irritated her, Lateefah said, “I was irritated by the smell of perfume.” What do Ameenah’s parents love about her? “She is smart and always happy,” stressed Lateefah. What do they want little Ameenah to become in future? Lateefah said, “We want her to be a medical doctor and a God-fearing, virtuous and intelligent woman.” What is the meaning of her name? “It means Trustworthy which is also the name of the Mother of Prophet Muhammad,” she cadded. Prince Iremide Anthony Adewole was born on January 3 at Excel Specialist Hospital, Sango Otta to Banji and Busayo Adewole. He was delivered at 8:40 p.m. and weighed 3.4kg. According to Busayo, “I craved mainly for fruits. I ate a lot of banana, apple, pawpaw, pineapple and orange during the pregnancy.” On her physical body changes, she said, “I looked more beautiful during the pregnancy.” What do Iremide’s parents love about him? Excited Banji said, “I like his date of birt, it was a perfect timing. My little prince is also cute and charming.” What do his parents want him to become in future? Banji said, “We want him to become a medical doctor with the help of God so that he can help save lives.” What is the meaning of Iremide? “Iremide means my joy has come. With his birth, our joy has really come,” Banji noted.


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‘My style is glamorous’ ous’ Hajia Islamiyat Animashaun is a seasoned beautician and a fashionista. She has been in the beauty business for about three decades, yet she is passionate about making other women beautiful. She told Adaeze Amos what thrills her in what she does for a living, among other things. How are you enjoying your job as a beauty expert? Honestly, I have been enjoying it. There has never been a dull moment for me in the beauty circle. Take it from me because I love what I’m doing passionately. Is your beauty business limited to facial make-up and cosmetics only? No, I do everything about beauty. You know, beauty includes the totality of you: your face, body, skin, hair and figure. Your nails are also inclusive. You don’t neglect any part. I pay great attention to those things most women consider mundane. What exactly is your style signature? My style is nothing but glamorous. That has been my watchword anytime I’m dressing up for an occasion. I stand out in my style because I don’t imitate people sheepishly. I try to set the pace in fashion and beauty, that’s me! That is why even when it seemed that showing off the boobs and shoulders were in vogue irrespective of age and marital status, I wasn’t part of it because I hate exposing my body. For me, I like to wear long dresses, long gowns and skirts but they must fit me. That is the major thing I put into consideration. What have you been doing right to retain a spotless skin and complexion? I think my spotless skin shows that I know what I’m doing as a beautician. My complexion too helps to define my beauty the more; it shows I know my ability in the beauty world. Remember, I have been in beauty business for about 30 years. One of my major beauty routines is to make sure that I do the right thing on my face and on my body before going to sleep, so that I would be able to wake up beautifully. Do you know that most women don’t know that if they want to wake up looking more beautiful in the morning, they should start making extra effort at night before going to bed. I mean, you adhere to your night beauty tips. Second, you should pay great attention to some of the things most women consider minor. By so doing, you wake up to see yourself beautiful in the morning. That is what I do. What are those night beauty tips you are talking about? A little bit of facial treatment for instance is always good at night. If you are careless with your face before retiring to bed, you may wake up with pimples in the morning. This is because the face was not washed and cleansed before sleeping and that of course means that you slept leaving the facial pores clogged. It is like suffocating a person. So, it’s good to give yourself some tender-loving care, especially at night. Have your bath; cleanse your face with the right product that is suitable for your skin. Don’t also forget to apply your night cream, especially if you are up 35 years old. That is the ideal age you can start so that you don’t waste it. Then when you wake up in the morning, you will see that

your face is well rested. Are you in support of boobs lifting and tummy tuck? It is not wrong to do whatever you can do to look good. If any part of your body is making you sad and you have the wherewithal to change it or improve on it, go on girl! I’m not against it at all. What is wrong with a woman getting rid of those things that make her look old and flabby? If you can change it, go ahead but if you can’t, I advise you to change your attitude towards those parts that make you feel inferior in the midst of your friends. What do you do in your spare time? I use my spare time to ensure that I look good. I like looking beautiful, I like dressing to please myself and that is when I see the glamour in me. I hardly look at others. When I finish dressing, I feel confident in what I’m wearing and that helps to keep my self esteem high. I have lived in the US for a long time, and there I grew up to know that anything you are wearing, you should be confident in that and carry yourself well like a lady. In every moment, let your head be tall. It is important. What fashion accessory won’t you mind spending a fortune on? Jewelry is one fashion accessory I like. I can part with any amount to get a good one. That is one accessory I don’t compromise on. You know, jewelry has a way of giving you that glamorous appearance. If I walk into a shop, for instance, that is the first thing I would go for. I have them here in my beauty palace as well. One thing I always do is to blend my jewelry with my shoes, bags and dresses. Costume jewelry is very hot now; they are still my favourite because they are very colourful. So, I jazz up my style with colourful jewelry. Sometimes when I want to dress formal, I play down on my jewelry. But if I’m go-

ing to a party, I wear something loud, but it must blend with my outfit. So, I think it is the place I’m going to that determines the kind of jewelry I put on. If it is an evening outing, I know the right jewelry for such an event. I would of course wear a perfume that is feminine. I never leave home without it. Have you bagged any award? Yes, numerous awards! I was given the Intra Continental Media Award for Pillar of African development. I also had the 2008 Today’s People International Awards/Diamond Awards for African Leadership Role Model. Then also, I got 2006 Cowlso award given to me by the former First lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, for my immense contribution to the success of the conference and realisation of the objectives of Cowlso. And so many other awards I may not be able to mention here.


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Oshiomhole: A deserving victory

dams Oshiomhole, the newly re-elected governor of Edo State, is indubitably a fortification personified. The trajectory of life for this former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress has helped teach that through hard work, perspiration, intelligent sorting and the compulsory hue of providential spur, a lame man, for instance, can climb Mount Everest unaided.

He rose through the ranks of a labour union, which members, going by their seemingly unending demand for wage increase, were inwardly viewed in officialdom as pesky monkeys. Though perspicacious and brainy, the ilk of an Oshiomhole was never given a chance in Nigeria’s conjured hell to become a commissioner, much less an elected governor. Just like Thomas Edison, the patriarch of the incandescent bulb, the Edo governor conquered the inanity of an environment hostile to the commoner, to achieve political greatness. But apart from the fact that his road to the top has been rough, his path also has been bloodied by both human factors and what may be termed, natural causes. Without having to dwell on tragedies that trailed some of the peregrinations of the comrade governor, which resonated in the death of some of his aides and associates, the recent suspected political assassinations calibrating in the demise of no fewer than four persons working with him cast an apparent slur on what should be the revelry of an election victory. While on a campaign tour, an articu-

lated vehicle suspected to have been laid in ambush, rammed into his convoy, and ran over a vehicle conveying journalists and others. Three persons lay dead in the crash with many severely injured. Also, a few weeks to the governorship poll, suspected hired killers, walking in the dark of the night, invaded the home of the governor’s aide, Olaitan Oyerinde, and shot him dead in the presence of his wife and children. Some days before the incident too, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion, had providentially escaped death in the night he decided to sleep over in the home of a fellow commissioner. In the simultaneity of that midnight moment, sundry traducers were in his house, itching to waste him. But despite all these soul-wrenching experiences, Oshiomhole summoned courage and pulled through in his campaigns. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that the governor’s first four years in office was a selling point in his aspiration to govern again. For a state that could be said not only to have been bereft of development for over eight years but was actually desolated by leaders who were after the spoils of office, the coming of Oshiomhole was a soothing balm. The locals of Edo were rabid in their support for the comrade governor having tasted the dividends of democracy as never before. That in itself, should shape the thought-form of Nigerians in other parts of the country; that leadership is all about service and sincerity of purpose. Tanzania’s iconic President for 19 years,

Nwalimu (‘Teacher’) Julius Nyerere, was a qualified reference point in frugality and undying quest to die for his people, if need be, in the course of service. A jingoist par excellence, Nyerere turned down most of the mouth-watering superannuation perks offered him upon retirement on the grounds that, there were still others in dire need of the basic things of life. He would rather that money to be spent on giving him the deserving comfort be diverted to the service of humanity. In Nigeria, however, it would seem that after securing a second term, there is the predilection for the concerned principal in power to back down from the high horse of great performance and start giving vent to spending public funds to satiate political patrons and to also in the process, begin to line personal and family pockets. From such, Oshiomhole should run. He should re-devote himself to fixing public infrastructure, ensure effective industrialisation and empower the locals, many who have been laid prostrate by grinding poverty. Improvements, particularly, should be brought to bear on agriculture, which is the veiled bailout in the emerging world, going by the methodic, failing glory of the oil regime. With ethanol alcoholic extract from choice crops gradually being perfected to give bio-fuel for energy needs, a country lagging in agriculture is doomed ab initio. The Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, seems to the vibrating in that hue with his quest to make the state feed the rest of the Southwest through a

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large-scale agricultural programme, to be anchored by some foreign experts. Also for the ears of Oshiomhole is the story of a long abandoned water scheme in Benin, which if re-jigged, can serve the water need of most parts of the state. More access roads are also anticipated from the governor, with enhanced medicare, and many more. The main opposition party in Edo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Major-General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), deserve commendation too for sportmanly conducts during and in the aftermath of the election. Assuredly, in Edo, there is no loser so long as the political players say ‘amen’ to that prayer. For a country aping the federalism concept of the United States, there are bucketful of lessons to be learnt from the be-gone Edo governorship poll, chief among which are that, the people are supreme, and that, Edo’s fate had been decided by the Edo people, not through the so-called ‘federal might’. So, for Adams Oshiomhole, it is happy second ride.

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ith the recently concluded Edo State gubernatorial election, Nigerians have proved once again that they are fast imbibing the tenets of democracy. It’s particularly exciting that the dire predictions of violence and bloodletting that took over the pages of newspapers and airwaves just before the election failed to materialise.

As it turned out, there was no report of a single limb broken, much less any life lost as a result of violence during the election. Against the doomsday prediction, the election turned out to be one of the most peaceful that has been held in the country. There were no reports of ballot snatching, stuffing and thugs on the payroll of politicians scaring away voters from the polling units with gunshots. Of course, the peaceful atmosphere in which the election was held can only enhance its credibility. In essence, the election was a clear departure from what we have known polls conducted in Nigeria to be. But just as the winner of the election is still very busy savouring his victory and the losers are weighing their options, it is also very important to know that it is not just a happenstance that the conduct of the poll was peaceful and the outcome credible. Rather, what the Edo experience has shown is that with a leader who clearly understands the basic tenets of democracy, especially the fact that ultimately it is the people that will determine who they want to govern them through their votes and is ready to allow them to exercise their franchise without bias of party, ethnic or religious affiliations, peaceful and credible elections are possible in Nigeria.

To be candid, President Goodluck Jonathan has demonstrated his deep appreciation of this concept of democracy in all the elections he had presided over since he assumed the number one position in the country. In the Edo State instance, I recalled that just before the election, President Jonathan had promised that he will do everything to ensure that every vote in the election counts when he went to participate in the mega rally of Charles Airhiavbere, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the polls. I observed that the President even took more time in assuring all residents of the state that the election will be free, fair and devoid of any violence than the time he took to campaign for the candidate of his party. He even informed the residents of the state that he had put all the relevant security chiefs on notice about the election. The water-tight security provided by men of the armed forces, the police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence in the nook and cranny, among other similar measures, during the election was a fulfillment of his promise. Unfortunately, some section of the opposition even tried to politicise the security arrangement, impugning the reputation of the men of our armed forces with insinuations that they were deployed to help rig the election. It is to the shame of such cynics that the behaviour of all members of the armed forces that took part in providing security during the election were declared exemplary. Even in the heat of the celebration of his victory, Gov Oshiomhole was gracious enough to acknowledge the role played by the President in the success of the election. The comrade governor had described Jonathan as a “statesman and a man of honour” for fulfilling his pledge that he

will ensure that the gubernatorial election is peaceful and credible. Also, during his visit to Aso Rock Presidential Villa last two days after the election, the governor also commended the President’s stance on free and fair elections. “For me, what the Edo election has confirmed is that when the President and Commander-inChief puts the country first and foremost and conducts himself as a statesman and not just a party leader, credible elections are possible,” Oshiomhole was quoted in many newspapers as saying. The fact however is that the President only built on the reforms of the Nigeria electoral system he started last year with the Edo gubernatorial election. I can still recall that just before the 2011 general elections, President Jonathan launched the very popular campaign of one-man, one-vote, one-woman, one-vote and oneyouth, one-vote as part of his reform of the Nigeria electoral process. This was a clear message to Nigerians not only signifying the fact that every vote must count, but that the culture of rigging should be jettisoned from our electoral process. The President had expressed his readiness to be one of the few incumbents that will not be returned if the electorate said so through their votes. As he went around the country during the campaigns, Jonathan also kept telling his party men and women not to rig elections for him. Rather than just mouthing it, the President also took concrete action that helped fine-tune the electoral process and resulted in the success of the 2011 elections. He ensured, for example, that the Electoral Act was signed into law immediately it was passed. But even more important is that he ensured financial and operational independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. To further

engender confidence in the system and in response to popular clamour, it can also be recalled that the President wasted no time in effecting a change in the chairman of INEC, bringing in Prof Attahiru Jega which all Nigerians agreed is a man of integrity. And when the new chairman assumed office and raised alarm that the about N45 billion initially budgeted for registration of voters and conduct of the 2011 elections was inadequate and presented a bill of about N88 billion, the President wasted no time in sending an appropriation bill to cover the requested amount to the National Assembly. The President has given Prof Jega the free-hand to run the electoral commission. He has ended the unnecessary meddlesome culture of the past in which the electoral commission boss is always summoned to the Presidency at every available opportunity. An indication of independence now being enjoyed by INEC was what happened when the initial presidential election was cancelled in April 2011. The President, just like the other Nigerians, got to know over the radio! Indeed, he was far away in Otuoke, his village waiting to go out to vote when he was informed of the development. No doubt, as was seen in the Edo State election, the President’s refusal to adopt the do-ordie attitude and these other proactive measures is yielding the desired result of helping to make the electoral process more transparent. As was seen in the 2011 polls, the result has been that most of the victories obtained through the ballot box have been upheld by the various electoral tribunals. And that was because they were products of a transparent process. •Jokolo writes from Sokoto


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agreed terms. These facts will be proved by the Auditors and help to correct some of the blatant lies and misinformation on the project which some mischievous rumour peddlers have been feeding the public over the months”, he assured. Despite her absence from the Commission, the Federal Government still continued to involve Ms. Oteh in national economic development activities, including her attendance of the National Economic Management Team’s meetings. This action which drew some flaks from her antagonists who felt that she should not have continued to play any public role as far as allegations against her subsists. But then, government felt that since Oteh had not been indicted for any official misconduct, it would be unfair to presume her guilty just on the face of allegations. The most vocal of the opposition to her continued participation in NEMT’s and other economic programmes activities were that workers of the Commission who described her continued attendance of the NEMT meetings undesirable for the integrity of the nation’s capital market. The workers, under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Public Service Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), noted that since Ms. Oteh is currently under investigation for alleged corrupt practices involving the ‘Project 50’ programme, the principle of due process and the Rule of Law require that the Acting Director General should have been performing the roles of the Director General of the Commission. The Chairman of the Union, Comrade Salihu Muhammed, who expressed the workers grouse on the issues in Abuja, said the Union and other well meaning Nigerians were concerned about the Red Flag her continued attendance of the NEMT meetings could have on the stability of the capital market. He explained: “Although the Investments and Securities Act, 2007 which sets out the criteria for appointment of the DG is silent on what should happen if a DG is asked to proceed on compulsory leave, the dictates of good governance demands that such a person should refrain from acting in the capacity of DG pending the determination of the investigation and by implication should not be engaged in official functions of the Commission to which he / she is appointed by virtue of being the DG. “We are of the view that the representation of Arunma Oteh at the meeting of the Economic Management Team is therefore in total disregard of due process and rule of law and capable of sending mixed signals to the market, which may negatively affect it. CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

he appointment of the former military governor of the defunct Western Region, Major- General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd), and the President of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), by the group, as leader of the Yoruba race, during the week, may have put a stop to the search for the occupant of the office. The position has been vacant since the demise of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1987. The late sage was perhaps the only occupant of the position in the history of the race, but those who later emerged as leaders of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, after his demise appeared to have managed the office so well as to have also been unofficially approved as the leaders of the race. • However, since the death in 1997 of Pa Adekunle Ajasin, who succeeded Awolowo as Afenifere leader, and that of his successor, Abraham Adesanya, in 2008, Afenifere has neither been able to get its act together nor has it been able to provide the needed leadership for the race, hence the search for a new Yoruba leader. It would be recalled that the emergence of Chief Reuben Fasoranti as Adesanya’s successor in November 2008 was opposed by a faction loyal to Senator Ayo Fasanmi, who is another leader of the group. Meanwhile, in a statement by the YCE’s Secretary General, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), and its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Oluyemi Falade, at the end of its general assembly, in Ado-Ekiti, last Tuesday, YCE hinged the conferment of the title on Adebayo on his contributions to the development of the region in the last five decades. It said: ‘Igbimo Agba Yoruba and the entire Yoruba nation hereby ratify the nomination and acceptance of the President of Igbimo Agba Yoruba, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd) as the Asiwaju of Yoruba nation in Nigeria and in the Diaspora forthwith. Speaking on the development, former Afenifere spokesman who is now the spokesperson for Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Yinka Odumakin, said the development was a step in a wrong direction, saying YCE did not have the right to choose a leader for the race, even as he maintained that the elder statesman remains a man of high repute both among the race and in the country. Speaking in a telephone chat with Sunday Mirror, he said: “Without any disrespect to General Adebayo, what was done is a joke because YCE can only appoint its leader and not a leader for the race. General Adebayo remains a man of high repute and I believe as the governor of the region when the late Chief Awolowo was conferred as Yoruba leader in Ibadan, he knows how it was done”.

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Speaking further, he reeled out the criteria for choosing a leader for the race. He recalled that after Awolowo, “there was Ajasin, after Ajasin there was Abraham Adesanya; since the demise of Adesanya, we’ve not had a leader in Yoruba land. Looking at the horizon now, I’m still searching; I have not found anyone who can be called a Yoruba leader at the moment because a Yoruba leader must not be selfish, it is more than a political office; if it is, Obasanjo would have taken it”. Awolowo who was described as the first Yoruba leader after Oduduwa was said to have been made Asiwaju by the Ooni of Ife, after a series of meeting called by Adebayo who was then the governor of the defunct Western Nigeria. Yoruba traditional rulers were involved in the emergence of Awolowo. Moreover, Ajasin was acceptable to all because of his age and humane disposition. There is no record that Yoruba Obas had a hand in his emergence, but he was acceptable to the traditional rulers. It must be pointed out that Ajasin appointed Adesanya as his deputy. The emergence of Adesanya was at a time the Yoruba race was at the receiving end of the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s despotism and annihilation of the Yoruba. Adesanya, who was deputy to Ajasin, had the support of all because he proved that he was prepared to die for his people. Former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, who wanted to contest against him announced his withdrawal when he discovered that other leaders were in favour of Adesanya emerging as Yoruba leader. In his comment, founder of the famous Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), a self determination group championing the cause of Yoruba of the South-West geo-political zone, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, described the conferment of the title on Adebayo as “a very good development”. He added: “He merits it by all parameters. You remember he was the governor of the old western Region

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when Papa Awolowo was made Yoruba leader.” The medical doctor-cum activist also said there was nothing wrong with the group’s nomination of a Yoruba leader. “Members of the group are Yoruba leaders and Yoruba don’t deny their leaders. I think it’s alright,” he said urging the new leader to work for the unity of the race. “Such unity should begin with traditional rulers.” It will be recalled that at a recent meeting with the former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, Fasehun also harped on the need for Yoruba unity. Fasehun, at the meeting, recalled that “at a recent meeting with some Obas, I told them they are responsible for the division among Yoruba. Many traditional rulers don’t see eye to eye. How do you then champion Yoruba unity? And unity is a force but because we are not united we lack this force. They don’t like it but I was not apologetic. We have got to the last bus stop but what about the younger ones and the coming generations?” George, at the meeting, assured his guest that he would do everything possible to ensure unity among the people of the race, and to also ensure that the zone returned to the mainstream of the nation’s politics by 2015. National coordinator, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, and the Publicity Secretary of the Pro-National Conference Organisations (PRONACO) , Mr. Wale Okuniyi declined to comment on the matter. It will, however, be recalled that there is a pronounced acrimony between the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is a leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who during the search for a replacement for Adesanya was an arrowhead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West. Those within the Tinubu CONTINUED ON PAGE 50


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agreed terms. These facts will be proved by the Auditors and help to correct some of the blatant lies and misinformation on the project which some mischievous rumour peddlers have been feeding the public over the months”, he assured. Despite her absence from the Commission, the Federal Government still continued to involve Ms. Oteh in national economic development activities, including her attendance of the National Economic Management Team’s meetings. This action which drew some flaks from her antagonists who felt that she should not have continued to play any public role as far as allegations against her subsists. But then, government felt that since Oteh had not been indicted for any official misconduct, it would be unfair to presume her guilty just on the face of allegations. The most vocal of the opposition to her continued participation in NEMT’s and other economic programmes activities were that workers of the Commission who described her continued attendance of the NEMT meetings undesirable for the integrity of the nation’s capital market. The workers, under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Public Service Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), noted that since Ms. Oteh is currently under investigation for alleged corrupt practices involving the ‘Project 50’ programme, the principle of due process and the Rule of Law require that the Acting Director General should have been performing the roles of the Director General of the Commission. The Chairman of the Union, Comrade Salihu Muhammed, who expressed the workers grouse on the issues in Abuja, said the Union and other well meaning Nigerians were concerned about the Red Flag her continued attendance of the NEMT meetings could have on the stability of the capital market. He explained: “Although the Investments and Securities Act, 2007 which sets out the criteria for appointment of the DG is silent on what should happen if a DG is asked to proceed on compulsory leave, the dictates of good governance demands that such a person should refrain from acting in the capacity of DG pending the determination of the investigation and by implication should not be engaged in official functions of the Commission to which he / she is appointed by virtue of being the DG. “We are of the view that the representation of Arunma Oteh at the meeting of the Economic Management Team is therefore in total disregard of due process and rule of law and capable of sending mixed signals to the market, which may negatively affect it. CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

he appointment of the former military governor of the defunct Western Region, Major- General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd), and the President of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), by the group, as leader of the Yoruba race, during the week, may have put a stop to the search for the occupant of the office. The position has been vacant since the demise of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1987. The late sage was perhaps the only occupant of the position in the history of the race, but those who later emerged as leaders of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, after his demise appeared to have managed the office so well as to have also been unofficially approved as the leaders of the race. • However, since the death in 1997 of Pa Adekunle Ajasin, who succeeded Awolowo as Afenifere leader, and that of his successor, Abraham Adesanya, in 2008, Afenifere has neither been able to get its act together nor has it been able to provide the needed leadership for the race, hence the search for a new Yoruba leader. It would be recalled that the emergence of Chief Reuben Fasoranti as Adesanya’s successor in November 2008 was opposed by a faction loyal to Senator Ayo Fasanmi, who is another leader of the group. Meanwhile, in a statement by the YCE’s Secretary General, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), and its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Oluyemi Falade, at the end of its general assembly, in Ado-Ekiti, last Tuesday, YCE hinged the conferment of the title on Adebayo on his contributions to the development of the region in the last five decades. It said: ‘Igbimo Agba Yoruba and the entire Yoruba nation hereby ratify the nomination and acceptance of the President of Igbimo Agba Yoruba, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd) as the Asiwaju of Yoruba nation in Nigeria and in the Diaspora forthwith. Speaking on the development, former Afenifere spokesman who is now the spokesperson for Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Yinka Odumakin, said the development was a step in a wrong direction, saying YCE did not have the right to choose a leader for the race, even as he maintained that the elder statesman remains a man of high repute both among the race and in the country. Speaking in a telephone chat with Sunday Mirror, he said: “Without any disrespect to General Adebayo, what was done is a joke because YCE can only appoint its leader and not a leader for the race. General Adebayo remains a man of high repute and I believe as the governor of the region when the late Chief Awolowo was conferred as Yoruba leader in Ibadan, he knows how it was done”.

Chief Bola Tinubu

Speaking further, he reeled out the criteria for choosing a leader for the race. He recalled that after Awolowo, “there was Ajasin, after Ajasin there was Abraham Adesanya; since the demise of Adesanya, we’ve not had a leader in Yoruba land. Looking at the horizon now, I’m still searching; I have not found anyone who can be called a Yoruba leader at the moment because a Yoruba leader must not be selfish, it is more than a political office; if it is, Obasanjo would have taken it”. Awolowo who was described as the first Yoruba leader after Oduduwa was said to have been made Asiwaju by the Ooni of Ife, after a series of meeting called by Adebayo who was then the governor of the defunct Western Nigeria. Yoruba traditional rulers were involved in the emergence of Awolowo. Moreover, Ajasin was acceptable to all because of his age and humane disposition. There is no record that Yoruba Obas had a hand in his emergence, but he was acceptable to the traditional rulers. It must be pointed out that Ajasin appointed Adesanya as his deputy. The emergence of Adesanya was at a time the Yoruba race was at the receiving end of the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s despotism and annihilation of the Yoruba. Adesanya, who was deputy to Ajasin, had the support of all because he proved that he was prepared to die for his people. Former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, who wanted to contest against him announced his withdrawal when he discovered that other leaders were in favour of Adesanya emerging as Yoruba leader. In his comment, founder of the famous Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), a self determination group championing the cause of Yoruba of the South-West geo-political zone, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, described the conferment of the title on Adebayo as “a very good development”. He added: “He merits it by all parameters. You remember he was the governor of the old western Region

General Adeyinka-Adebayo

when Papa Awolowo was made Yoruba leader.” The medical doctor-cum activist also said there was nothing wrong with the group’s nomination of a Yoruba leader. “Members of the group are Yoruba leaders and Yoruba don’t deny their leaders. I think it’s alright,” he said urging the new leader to work for the unity of the race. “Such unity should begin with traditional rulers.” It will be recalled that at a recent meeting with the former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, Fasehun also harped on the need for Yoruba unity. Fasehun, at the meeting, recalled that “at a recent meeting with some Obas, I told them they are responsible for the division among Yoruba. Many traditional rulers don’t see eye to eye. How do you then champion Yoruba unity? And unity is a force but because we are not united we lack this force. They don’t like it but I was not apologetic. We have got to the last bus stop but what about the younger ones and the coming generations?” George, at the meeting, assured his guest that he would do everything possible to ensure unity among the people of the race, and to also ensure that the zone returned to the mainstream of the nation’s politics by 2015. National coordinator, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, and the Publicity Secretary of the Pro-National Conference Organisations (PRONACO) , Mr. Wale Okuniyi declined to comment on the matter. It will, however, be recalled that there is a pronounced acrimony between the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is a leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who during the search for a replacement for Adesanya was an arrowhead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West. Those within the Tinubu CONTINUED ON PAGE 50


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Aunty Angela growingup5@yahoo.com

Hello children, How was your week? How are you going to spend your long holiday? You don’t have to sleep, watch cartoons all day or to visit friends all the time. Please make your stay at home worth the while. I wish you all a very wonderful week ahead.

JOKES

Deliver us from e-mail

DID YOU KNOW?

Susan has been teaching her three-yearold daughter, Christy, the Lord’s Prayer for several evenings and at bedtime, she would repeat after her the lines from the prayer. Finally, Christy decided to go solo. So that evening, her mother listened with pride as Christy carefully articulated each word, right up to the end of the prayer. Susan nodded her head with pride as she listened to her daughter until she got to the last line of the prayer. What Susan heard was: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from e-mail. Amen.”

Yes and no Teacher: “Ola, are you good in Math? Ola: “Ma, yes and no.” Teacher: “What do you mean by yes and no? It should either be a yes or a no.” Ola: “Yes, I’m not good in Math!”

RIDDLES

I am a long snake that smokes. What am I? Answer: A Train The more you take me, the more you leave me behind. What am I? Answer: Footsteps What has teeth but cannot bite? Answer: A comb

The love of a mother

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mother duck and her little ducklings were on their way to the lake one day. The ducklings were very happy following their mother and quack-quacking along the way. All of a sudden the mother duck saw a fox in the distance. She was frightened and shouted, “Children, hurry to the lake. There is a fox.” The ducklings hurried towards the lake. The mother duck wondered what to do. She began to walk back and forth dragging one wing on the ground; this made the fox happy. He said to himself, “It seems that she’s hurt and can’t fly. I can easily catch and eat her.” Then he started running towards her. Quickly, the mother duck ran as fast

What you can break but not touch? Answer: A Promise

as she could, leading the fox away from the lake so that he wouldn’t be able to harm her ducklings. The mother duck looked towards her ducklings and saw that they had reached the lake. She was relieved, so she stopped and took a deep breath. The fox thought she was tired and he came closer, but the mother duck quickly spread her wings and rose up in the air. She landed in the middle of the lake and her ducklings swam to her. The fox stared in disbelief at the mother duck and her ducklings. He could not reach them because they were already in the middle of the lake. Morale: Children, it is good to obey your parents.

CROSSWORLD PUZZLE Find and circle all the words below. They could be found in any direction. W S E V I L O C

E H I T A L Y O

S E A Y R B V A

O H W L A E S T

O N I F E H D A

G A R L I C O T

N O N A B E L S

W S E V O L G A

Gloves

Block

Coat

Fox

Whale

Garlic

Italy

Blue

Red

Fin

Sea

Seal

Olives

Pasta

Lebanon

Goose

B L O C K A P P

X O F U E U L B

Children, you can send your contributions and pictures through this email address growingup5@yahoo.com or call telephone number: 0805 198 0588

Fresh eggs sink in A

very fresh egg will immediately sink to the bottom of a deep bow with water and lie flat on its side. This is because the air cell within the egg is very small. The egg should also

Sport Quiz

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e was born in Owerri. He began his football career at Nigerian league club, Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. He is also one of the few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold medal. He holds the record for most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times. He is also a UNICEF ambassador. He was a member of the Nigerian National Team from 1994 until 2010, making his debut in friendly against Sweden. Earlier on at the start of his career, he was instrumental in Nigeria’s overall success at the 1993 FIFA U-17 tournament in Japan and their subsequent 2–1 victory over Ghana in the final. As well as winning the Olympics gold in the football event in the 1996 Olympics, he participated in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. On 24 June 2010, he ended his international career following Nigeria’s exit from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He won 86 caps and scored 13 goals for his country and was the joint most capped Nigerian player of all-time alongside Muda Lawal, until Joseph Yobo surpassed both players in 2012, winning his 87th cap. After he underwent a surgery in November 1996 he founded a Heart Foundation, an organisation that helps predominantly young African children who suffer heart defects. He is known throughout Africa for his philanthropic work. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and for the second time in 1999. Questions • What is the name of this player • What jersey number did he wear for his country? • What is his nickname?

feel quite heavy. As the egg starts to lose its freshness and more air enters the egg, it will begin to float and stand upright. The smaller end will lie on the bottom of the bowl,


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WHO INVENTED WHAT…?

Ladislas Biro: Invented the ball point pen? T

he ball point pen is used by millions of people throughout the world. They were used to sign important documents, write amazing books and compose music. They come in a variety of different colours and styles and are found everywhere. The ballpoint pen was invented by Hungarian Ladislas Biro. He was very talented and confident of his abilities, but he had never had a pursuit that kept his interest and earned him a good living. He studied medicine, art, and hypnotism. In 1935 he was editing a small newspaper where he was frustrated by the amount of time he wasted filling fountain pens and cleaning up ink smudges. Besides that, the sharp tip of his fountain pen often scratched or tore through the newsprint. Determined to develop a better pen, Ladislas and Georg (who was a chemist) set

water

whilst the broader end will point towards the surface. The egg will still be good enough to consume. However, if the egg fully floats in the water and does not touch the bottom of the bowl at all, it should be discarded, as it will most likely be bad.

about making models of new designs and formulating better inks to use in them. Bíró created a pen with a tiny ball in the tip that when moved across paper would rotate in the ink inside the pen and transfer it smoothly to the paper. Bíró filed a British patent on June 15, 1938. He also acquired a patent for the ball point pen in Argentina in 1940. They were marketed by the British as the Biro and used by RAF aircrew as they worked much better

BRAIN TEASERS There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it? Answer: Incorrectly If it takes three people to dig a hole, how many does it take to dig half a hole? Answer: It is impossible to dig a half of a hole. Either you have a hole, or you don’t.

QUOTE Children need models more than they need critics. –Joseph Joubert

TONGUE TWISTERS

Swan swam over the sea, Swim, swan, swim! Swan swam back again Well swum, swan! A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies

than fountain pens at high altitude. Whilst Bíró’s is recognised as the inventor of the ball point pen as various models were in use before his was marketed, in 1888 John Loud created a ball point pen to mark his leather products. While this was sufficient to mark his leather, it was too coarse for letter writing and was not commercially exploited. Milton Reynolds, a Chicago salesman, became the first American manufacturer to market a ballpoint pen successfully. The first successful ballpoint came out on October morning in 1945.

Answer to last week’s sport quiz

Who is she?

Serena Williams

CHILDREN AND LAW

Laws protecting children in Nigeria • Indecent treatment: This involves making any sexual bodily contact with another person or treating somebody as a sex object. It can also be verbal in nature like offensive remarks or jokes of a sexual nature. The Criminal Code forbids the treatment of a child in such a manner.

• Defilement: It is engaging in sexual activity

with a child through natural or unnatural means and is an offence punishable with life imprisonment under the code because of its damaging effect on the child’s emotional and physical development. • Abduction: Under the Code, it is a crime to kidnap a girl under the age of 18 with the sole purpose of having sexual intercourse with her.

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Lessons of Life

ANGELA DAVIES lessonsoflife2@yahoo.com 08023342083

TRUE LIFE STORY ON MATTERS OF THE HEART JULY 22, 2012

‘Help, I am married to a bully!’ “C

elestina, where are you coming from at this time of the night?” Andy enquired from me. “Sweetheart, I am coming from work. I am sorry for coming late but you know how my work is,” I replied. Hardly had I completed my reply than he gave me a hot slap and then pulled me by the hair into the sitting room. I was totally dazed because he had never hit me before or after our wedding which is almost two years now. As I was trying to comprehend what made Andy, my husband, hit me, he pulled his belt and started beating me in the presence of my housemaid, Mary. Junior, my eight-month-old son, who was asleep was jolted and started crying when he heard my screams. Mary tried to stop him but he threatened to throw her out of the house if she came near him. She too stood at a corner crying as she watched my husband pummel me. Andy punched me from the sitting room to the bedroom, calling me a prostitute who was using my job as a journalist to cover up my numerous affairs. He pounded me until he had no strength left to lift up his hands any longer. While he was beating me, I kept asking him, “What did I do? When did you change Andy?” The more I asked, the more he beat me. From that day, once he got home before me, I would either get a slap, a punch or, in worse cases, beating for coming home late. For him, the moment it was 8:30 p.m., coming home was late. The day Andy does not feel like beating, punching or hitting me, once I knocked on the door, he made sure he will be the one to open the door for me. Once I get into the house, he will drag me by the hair straight into the bedroom and ask me to undress. He would start by smelling my clothes just to check if he would perceive a man’s perfume on it. After that, he would tell me to pull my underwear and he would smell them thoroughly too before throwing them at my face. Then he would say sarcastically “Celestina my darling so which hotel did you go for your assignment today? How many men told you they liked you? You know you can talk to me.” Shaking like a leaf blown by the wind in the forest, I would reply, “I did not go to any hotel for any assignment and no man told me he liked me. They know I am a married woman who will never be unfaithful to her husband.”

“Shut up you flirt,” he would scream. Next, he will snatch my handbag and go through the content. If he saw any complimentary card with a man’s name on it, he would ask me why the man gave his card to me. “Why did this man give you his complimentary card? So where and when are you going to meet him”, he retorted. “I met him at an event today. I may need to interview him in the future, that is why I collected his card,” I emphasized, shivering. He would kick or even give me a blow, after which he would take my cell phone and scroll through my call log and text message. A new set of ‘interview’ will begin. I will cry for hours almost every night without being able to talk to anyone. I did not want to report him to anybody because I loved him so much. I knew if I ever mentioned that he hit me, my mother would encourage me to leave him. The only person who knew what I was passing through was my housemaid, Mary. Sometimes, he locks me in the bedroom when leaving for the of-

fice. Not just that, he will seize my cell phone as well. The worse is that he is careful not to hit or beat me where people would see the marks or bruises and ask what happened to me. He beat me mainly at my back, thighs and at other areas that could be covered by the cloth. I just groan in pains and complain of body ache, but nobody knew the gravity of what I was passing through. My housemaid became my doctor. She massages my body with hot water and towel everyday and I was constantly taking pain-killing drugs. Just to erase every suspicion that I was unfaithful to him because of my job and also keep my marriage, I resigned three months after Andy started beating me. The few months I stayed at home, we had no quarrels or fights. He became the man I married again. But months later he got me a job in a human resources consulting firm on the Island, he started beating me again. He kept accusing me of being unfaithful. Where he got that idea from, I

wouldn’t know. When I got pregnant with our second child, he beat the pregnancy out of me. The day I discovered I was pregnant, I didn’t know how to break the news to him since we were living like master and servant in the house. I shivered at the sound of his voice. It was that bad. Three days later, I summoned courage to tell him I was pregnant. Of course I got the shock and beating of my life. “Andy, I am pregnant,” I informed him. “Who is the father of the bastard you are carrying?” he asked. “I don’t understand what you mean. You are my husband,” I replied. He punched me in the stomach as if he was fighting with a man. To be continued.

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

RESPONSE

Re: My wife and best friend are cheating on me Dear Rilwan, It was not your intention to make your friend, Victor, mad for sleeping with your wife but you could have confronted them and made a decision whether or not to divorce her on the ground of infidelity and sue your friend for sleeping with your wife. As the case is now, you stand to be afflicted if Victor is eventually cured. I would advise you to go back to the herbalist, to cancel the juju. Thereafter, you can institute legal action against him. If

your wife continues to cheat on you, you better divorce her and get another woman. There are many good fishes in the ocean. -Patrick Adiasor, Surulere – 08033452087 In this modern day of camera phones, you should have videoed them together and expose them publicly. -Apeji, Lagos - 08060504740 What you did was very bad though Victor is a bad friend. You

would have divorced your wife and take your burden to God. 07085222435 I will advise you to take your friend Victor to the native doctor for cure because it will be disastrous if his friend takes him to another person for cure since the baba told you that if he is cured at any point in time the sickness will be transferred to you. May the good Lord give you the wisdom to be able to carry it out. -Mrs Adesina, Iyana Ipaja - 07083698578


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wellness YOUR HEALTH AND HEALTH RELATED ISSUES JULY 22, 2012

Abortion: Cause of most maternal deaths in Nigeria –Expert

Diagram showing abortion processes.

A lady undergoing abortion surgery.

VANESSA OKWARA

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nwanted pregnancy is the bane for any woman who has reached the puberty age and can engage in sexual intercourse. Most women who are single do not want to have a baby yet unless in the sanctity of their matrimonial home. In Nigeria, as in all parts of the world, women experience pregnancies that are unplanned. Some of these women seek to terminate their pregnancies either by safe, medical methods or by whatever means available to them at that particular time. Owing to religious backlash and fear of ruined reputations, Nigerian women often turn to unprofessionals and quacks when they receive news of unwanted pregnancy. Unintended pregnancy is a problem in all parts of the world, and Nigeria is no exception. Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that 21.6 million unsafe abortions took place worldwide in 2008, almost all in developing countries. These unsafe abortions are carried out by untrained persons under poor hygienic conditions. Deaths due to unsafe abortion remain close to 13 percent of all maternal deaths.

In a survey conducted by Guttmacher research institute in Nigeria, they discovered that Nigerian women obtain approximately 610,000 abortions, a rate of 25 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years of age. The rate is much lower in the poor, rural regions of northern Nigeria than in the more economically developed southern regions. Also, an estimated 40 per cent of abortions are performed by physicians in established health facilities, while the rest are performed by non physicians. From the above statistics, it becomes obvious that although abortion is illegal in Nigeria, thousands of women resort to it each year. Nigerian law makes it a crime to perform or to obtain an abortion except to save a woman’s life. Penalties exist for any person who performs an abortion, as well as for any woman who seeks an abortion or who attempts to cause her own miscarriage. In Nigeria, abortion is illegal and carries a stiff jail sentence, up to 14 years, unless done to save the life of the pregnant woman. The question on the lips of many now is: has this penal code stopped women from committing unsafe abortion? Dr chukwuma Ejiogu a medical practitioner with the Military Hospital Ikoyi

and the primary health centre in Festac, divulged that in the medical world, abortion is not looked upon as a criminal offence but could be termed safe or unsafe. “Abortion has two indications as far as medical profession is concerned. In this part of the world, it is either a fetal factor or a maternal factor. When the foetus is life threatening to the mother, we have no other option than to expel the baby. In some fetal diseases where the baby is not well formed, we give the options to the parents that it is best this child is expelled, this is because if the child is eventually born it might turn out not to be normal. So it is better the pregnancy is terminated instead of allowing such a child to be born. Illegal abortion is not performed here in Nigeria because our laws do not permit it. A girl cannot come to the hospital to request to have an abortion; it is a criminal offence,” he said Still, unsafe methods of abortion continue to be used widely, resulting in severe health consequences for women. Maternal mortality is estimated at 1,000 per 100,000 live births in Nigeria, while an estimated one in eight deaths in West Africa is attributed to abortion. Dr Ejiogu explained that abortion could be performed in three ways: the

Dr. Ejiogu

use of prescribed drugs; manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) or through Dilation and Curettage (D&C). “The use of drugs is 70 per cent safe after 12 to 26 weeks in complete expulsion of the foetus. MVA is like a big syringe put into the uterus which is used to suck out whatever is in the womb. It could be manual or electric. The safest is the manual. D&C is to dilate the cervix and then use a sharp object to bring out what is in the womb. This has more complication because you are using a sharp object that can perforate the womb. This should be performed only by a trained professional CONTINUED ON PAGE 45

HEALTH NEWS

‘Anti-AIDS drugs prolonging lives’ More people are living with AIDS than ever before, thanks to antiretroviral drugs, which prolong the lives of people living with HIV, according to a UNAIDS report released last week Eight million of the 34 million people worldwide living with

AIDS now receive anti-AIDS drugs, up 20 per cent from last year, the report says. The progress has been greatest in sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of people receiving anti-AIDS drugs increased to 56 per cent of those eligible, up from

37 per cent last year. The report cites studies showing people receiving anti-AIDS drugs are 96 per cent less likely to transmit the disease to their partners. A contributing factor to increased availability has been a drop in cost.

FG to deploy 2,000 additional midwives

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Mohammed, says the agency is set to deploy additional 2,000 midwives to help curb maternal and infant mortality in the country. Mohammed said this during the orientation held for the 2012 set of Basic Midwives in Minna recently.

He said that 1,300 midwives out of the 2,000 had been engaged, while the balance of 700 would be engaged before the end of this year. He added that the agency had deployed 4,000 Midwives in rural communities under the Midwife Service Scheme (MSS), which began in 2009, thereby reducing the mortality rates in public health institutions.


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Know your organs

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Your

The prostate gland

he prostate in men, like the breast in a woman, is a gland that produces and secretes fluid and controls the flow of fluid. Cells lining the prostate gland make some of the semen that comes out of the penis at the time of sexual climax (orgasm). Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) helps to keep the semen in its liquid form. It is an enzyme in the form of a glycoprotein produced primarily by cells lining the acini and ducts of the prostate gland. A normal human male prostate is about the size of a small plum. The prostate sits above the base of the penis below the urinary bladder and backs onto the front wall of the rectum.

Its functions The prostate evolved in this tight-wedged position to aid reproduction. The prostate makes some of the fluid for semen, keeps urine out of the semen, and enhances pleasurable sensations of arousal and orgasm. In males a single pipe, the urethra, serves two functions, urination and ejaculation. The urethra runs from the bladder through the prostate to the tip of the penis. The section that runs through the prostate is called the prostatic urethra. The prostate gland makes almost a third of the fluid in the semen that a man ejaculates. During ejaculation millions of sperm arrive in the prostatic urethra. The sperm are made in the testicles. Leading from each testis is a coiled mass of spermatic ducting called the epididymis which houses maturing sperm. The epididymis looks like the crest on a helmet. It connects to a tube called the vas deferens. Sperm lodge in the epididymis for several days. When sexual excitement triggers ejaculation, muscle contractions in the wall of the vas deferens suck the sperm from the epididymis through to the vas deferens. As muscle contractions continue in waves the sperm rocket up towards and around the bladder and down by the two seminal vesicles into the prostatic urethra. Some of the prostate is made of muscle. When sperm reach the prostatic urethra the prostate contracts, this may pinch a duct to the bladder so that sperm are kept urine-free. The contraction helps secrete prostatic fluid into the urethra and may also help expel the ejaculate.

BONE Health

with Dr. Olatunji Idowu

Ankle injuries (Fractures and sprains) {4}

I Zinc exists in prostate gland Fluids from the prostate, the seminal vesicles and Cowper’s glands make up the bulk of semen. They flow into the prostatic urethra around the sperm. Zinc is also found in the prostate at high concentrations. Zinc is used as an antiseptic in everything from diaper rash ointment to cold remedies. Scientists think it has some role in fighting bacterial infection in the prostate. The PSA in prostatic fluid, at the appropriate time, undoes the effect of the clotting enzyme derived from seminal vesicle fluid. The clotting enzyme makes the ejaculate gel and “glues” the semen in place by the female’s cervix in her vagina. For a few minutes the sperm stay inside this gel. With 15 to 30 minutes PSA enzyme in the semen dissolves the clot and frees the sperm to swim into the uterus.

Danger in men’s swollen prostate gland This has an obvious advantage in reproduction. The sperm are in the best place to increase the chances of fertilisation. Unfortunately, the prostate’s brilliant wrap-around structure with dual-purpose core tubing can become a liability if the prostate swells or enlarges. This may happen in a man of any age from a prostate infection (prostatitis). In middle age and beyond, after the male reproductive peak has passed, the prostate may become troublesome as a result of benign growth (BPH). An inflamed or benignly overgrown prostate can cause discomfort and pain and interfere with urination. Even more seriously, a prostate in which some cells are cancerous can threaten a man’s health and eventually his life. Semen is propelled along the urethral tube and out of the penis.

n some cases, for instance if the doctor suspects a stress fracture, the doctor will ask for other imaging scans such as an MRI, which will show more detail about the injury. In addition to an ankle X-ray, your doctor may ask for X-rays of the leg and foot to determine whether there are other injuries. If there is a fracture, the doctor may also ask for a stress test, which is a special X-ray taken with pressure applied to the injury. This will help the doctor determine whether or not surgery is needed. For most ankle injuries, pain is controlled by using an over-the-counter-medication such as paracetamol or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen. The specific treatment of the injury depends on the type of injury.

Treatment of Fractures Fractures can be treated either surgically or non-surgically. If only one bone is broken, and if the bones are not out of place and the ankle is stable, the doctor may treat the break without surgery by immobilizing the ankle. Typically the doctor will do this by putting on a brace that works as a splint or by putting on a cast. If the ankle is unstable, the fracture will be treated surgically. Often, the ankle is made

to avoid complications,” he warned. Unsafe abortion has significant negative consequences beyond its immediate effects on women’s health. For example, complications from unsafe abortion may reduce women’s productivity, increase the economic burden on poor families; cause maternal deaths and long-term health problems, such as infertility. That is the reason why Dr. Ejiogu advocates the liberalisation of the abortion laws in the country to minimise the rate of deaths that occur from unsafe abortions. “We have early and late complications that can occur during an abortion operation such as bleeding, infections, trauma, perforation of the womb and intestines. Most of these

complications occur because most of these women prefer to patronise quacks and unprofessionals who hardly perform preliminary checkups of the patient before proceeding in the surgery. I always say that if the country can liberalise and not necessarily legalise abortion laws then it will minimise our girls going to the quacks. This is because they cannot just stop committing abortions. It would be okay if these quacks can be allowed to go for training and know how to perform these abortions, so that women will not be coming down with the complications of abortions. We still see women today take herbal concoction to remove pregnancy and this can cause permanent damage to their reproductive organs resulting in infer-

stable by using a metal plate and screws to hold the bones in place. Following the surgery, the ankle is protected with a splint until the swelling goes down and then with a cast. It usually takes at least six weeks for the bones to heal, and your doctor will probably ask you to not put any weight on the ankle during that time. Putting weight on a fracture too soon can cause the fractured bones to slip and cause your operation to fail. After the bones heal, time will still be needed for the ligaments and tendons to heal. It can take as long as two years to completely heal after an ankle fracture, although most people are able to resume their normal daily routine within three to four months. After the doctor has determined it is safe for you to start moving your ankle, you will need physical therapy and will be given a home exercise routine to help you regain a range of motion in the injured ankle. Eventually, you also will be given strengthening exercises to build the muscles back up. It will probably take several months before you are strong enough to walk without a limp.

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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tility and even death,” he bemoaned. He advised that most of these unprofessionals should go for seminars to learn how to use some of the equipment such as the Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and do these procedures properly. “If they are trained, I believe it will reduce the risk of deaths through abortion we have in the country today,” he emphasised. The medical expert insists that proper home training and sex education still remain the best way to check the epidemic of unsafe abortion in the country. “Unsafe abortion is preventable through enlightenment, family planning. As much as possible, parents should understand that if their child is pregnant, they should talk to that child and help her come out

of that predicament rather than sending her away from home and to the mercy of quacks. Training starts when a child is growing up. Tell the child what it means to have sex. Tell the child to feel free to come to you if anything happens so that you will be able to take her to the right channel than her running off to quacks to get an abortion and have complications. This is my basic advice,” Dr Ejiogu counselled. The legal implication for abortion in Nigeria is quite restrictive and this has made unsafe abortion a silent and persistent epidemic. Access to abortion services is particularly important for women and girls who are victims of sexual violence, rape and incest. There is a need for a review of our restrictive abortion laws due to the human rights implications of unsafe abortion.


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Osun: ‘White farmers’ arrive to revolutionise Agric K AYODE FASUA

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wo out of the foreign farmers needed to rev up large-scale mechanised farming in Osun State arrived from South Africa at the weekend, but will be leaving today to later return with their family members.

Similar foreign agric experts, usually referred to in local parlance as white farmers, had been engaged by former Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, to develop the state’s agriculture. The duo, Hans Strydom and Dries Van Eeden, upon arrival, assured of giving a lion’s share to Osun host communities in terms of employment. They said to start with, there are initial 3,000 jobs waiting for the locals, cutting across the 30 local government areas of the state, as they would need to de-forest the hectares of land allotted to them. The Osun State Government had earlier set aside 1,000 hectares of land in each local government, for the project. Strydom and Eeden are farmers in Leanora, a town in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Speaking exclusively with Sunday Mirror, Eeden said, “We specialise in growing maize, corn, soya beans and are also breeding on a large scale, boran, a species of cattle from Kenya. “Also, we are into piggery, feed lock and dairy. We are here to advance agriculture in Osun State and we are happy that the people here are hospitable.” Eeden said he is an offshoot of a generation of farmers. “My great-grandfather was a farmer;

Briefly Conoil turnover hits N157.5bn, declares N1.73bn dividends Conoil Plc has declared a profit after tax of N2.95 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2011, an increase by 5.7 per cent when compared to the N2.79 billion recorded in the same period of 2010. The company’s turnover rose by 53.2 per cent in the review period, from N102 billion in 2010 to N157.5 billion in 2011, while gross profit stood at N14.9 billion in 2011, from N13.7 billion in 2010, representing an increase by 9.3 per cent. The board of the company has recommended payment of N1.73 billion dividends to shareholders, representing N2.50 per share.

Tariff regime not about price increase –Minister L-R: Hans Strydom, Hon. Dipo Okeyomi and Dries Van Eeden, after an interview with Sunday Mirror, to herald the coming to Osun State of the South African white farmers, in Lagos on Friday. Photo: Yinka Adeparusi.

my grand-father was a farmer, my father was a farmer and I am a farmer.” He observed with regrets that whereas Nigeria has the agricultural potentials to feed the rest of West Africa, 80 percent of the potentials were yet to be tapped. “My wish for Nigeria is for it to be an exporter of grains. It has got a lot of food yet imports a lot of food. It is food security that keeps a country going.” According to him, their brief, as given by the Osun State Government, was to produce food items sufficient to feed the whole of the South West, as the bulk of the foods coming to the region are from the northern parts of the country. Strydom, also in his remarks, said what delayed their coming to the country was the series of neg-

ative reports in the South African media about Nigeria. “The initial report we gathered was that Nigeria is very dangerous. What we heard is that nowhere in Nigeria is safe, that Boko Haram killers are everywhere. That’s why we risked our lives to come first, leaving behind our families. “But as we got here, we have found that it is not everywhere in Nigeria that is troubled. Osun, Lagos and the other states we passed through are peaceful and their people are hospitable. “But above all, I must remark that Nigerians are great drivers; they are smart on the wheel and understand how to drive through intersections even without traffic lights,” Strydom remarked. The South African farmers were received on arrival in Lagos by a facilitator for the agric scheme, Hon. Dipo Okeyomi,

who later led them to Osogbo, the Osun State capital, where they met with the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Adewale Adedoyin, and other officials of the ministry. The team later went to Iwo, the community still being considered for the pilot scheme of the agric programme. It was learnt that that since the South Africans have recommended red clay as the nature of soil needed for their crops, Ilobu community, also in the area, might be suitable for the pilot scheme. Concerning growing vegetables and other local staples, the white farmers said, “We are not experts in growing vegetables but we will invite experts in that area, who will work with us.” Definitely, time will tell concerning the impact these white farmers will make in the ‘State of Osun’.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, has said that the newly introduced Multi-year Tariff Order (MYTO) was not about price increase, but was based on “pay as you consume”. Nnaji stated this on Friday in Jalingo at a one-day community dialogue on the MYTO organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in collaboration with the ministry. “The era of energy charges based on estimation is gone. We should embrace this system, which charges individuals based on use.” Represented by the ministry’s Director of Research and Planning, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed, the minister said that energy generation and distribution was capital intensive, hence the need for foreign and local investment in the sector. Also speaking at the occasion, Gov. Danbaba Suntai of Taraba, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Garvey Yawe, said that the introduction of MYTO was timely, adding that the era of estimated consumption was counter-productive.

Operators seek enabling environment for implementation of SME credit facility

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perators in the financial sector have urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment to facilitate the utilisation of the proposed N200 billion Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) credit facility.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had, at the justconcluded African Women Summit in Lagos, said that the funds would replace the old agricultural credit guarantee scheme. The operators told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in

Lagos on Saturday that government’s success in supporting SMEs’ would fast-track and enhance sustainable economic growth. They argued that the actualisation of vision 20:20 20 depended entirely on government’s commitment toward domestic creation of wealth and employment opportunities. General Manager, Capital Trust Broker Ltd., Mr. Joseph Edoh, said that government’s prolonged inability to meet the electricity needs of Nigerians

was a major setback in growing the economy. Edoh said that a lack of effective electricity supply in the country remained an impediment to SMEs’ moderated industrialisation and economic growth. “There is the need to fasttrack development in the power sector so that the loan to SME can impact positive on the economy,” he said. General Manager, Trust Bond Microfinance Bank Ltd., Mr. Wole Olowu, said that the

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proposed credit would only promote economic activities in an environment with developed infrastructure. Olowu said that infrastructure development would attract investors and provide job opportunities for unemployed youths. “Serious monitoring and transparency in the distribution of the fund would also ensure the achievement of the loans objectives. He said the loan innovation would, if properly managed, assist in harnessing the potential

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of Nigerians and contribute to the growth of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Olowu also urged government to establish a monitoring team that would, through the CBN, facilitate the provision of loans to SMEs’ at single digit interest rate from commercial banks. A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Lagos, Dr Isaac Nwaogwugwu, said that government should also address the current security challenges in the country.


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Property Watch •For Lagos area as at Friday July 13, 2012 A. Building materials Cement: Dangote Cement per bag of 50 kg.......N1,900 Burham Cement per bag of 50kg.......N1,900 Elephant Cement…………………N1,850 Sandcrete blocks 6 inches sandcrete block ..........N120 9 inches sandcrete block ..........N140 Sand Sand per tipper load .......... N12,000 Sharp sand (double) ..........N22,000 Gravel (single) ...................N18,000 Gravel (double) ..................N22,000 Granite ...............................N165,000 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 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

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SEC, Fund Managers to expand access to Collective Investment Schemes JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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und Managers Association of Nigeria (FMAN) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the third quarterly meeting held weekend in Lagos agreed to produce an all-encompassing strategic plan with the objective of expanding the reach of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) to a greater percentage of the investing public.

The strategy document will project expected growth in assets under management over the next few years. The document will also incorporate innovations into the market such as introduction of incentives to encourage retail investors back into the market through collective investment schemes, introduction of distribution and sales

points, classification of schemes to cater for the investment appetite of the various classes of investors, review of minimum subscription levels for retail investors, reviewing the offering process for Schemes, among other strategies to be considered. The expectation is that the fund managers will have ownership of the document and two major drivers will be to increase total asset under management and total number of subscribers within an agreed timeframe. FMAN and SEC also agreed on the importance of improving professionalism in the sector and consequently the need to structure a curriculum geared towards improving and updating the capacity of fund managers and the sales marketing staff, which would culminate in certification.

In addition, it was also agreed that continuous education would be a criteria to remain in the industry. A committee comprising members of the association, the commission and the Nigerian capital market institute are to work on the initiative. Speaking at an interactive meeting of the association and SEC on Thursday in Lagos, it was agreed that there was an urgent need to raise the total assets of the funds through expanded participation in the schemes as well as reducing cost of participation in mutual funds to encourage more investors. According to FMAN and SEC, the best investment window for retail investors in the capital market remains Mutual Funds. This would enable them avoid pitfalls of investing direct-

Interbank rate rises on NNPC cash withdrawal L ANRE OYETADE

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B. Landed property (Current and 5-year estimated prices) i. Plots of land in Mowe, Ofada, Ibafo Price: from N450,000 to N1m Estimated price in 5 years: N1.2m to N1.5m ii. 20 plots for sale by Omole Phase II, Olowora, Lagos Price: N8m each Estimated price in 5 years: N15m each iii. Dry vacant plots on 650 and 350 square metres at off Allen Avenue, Ikeja with C of O Price: N30m Estimated price in 5 years: N50m iv. 9,300 sq mts of land with existing properties on off Isaac John, G.R.A, Ikeja Price: N1 billion Estimated price in 5 years: N1.5bn v. 2 hectares of land in Ikate, Elegushin Title: Governor’s Consent Price: N760m Estimated price in 5 years: N800m vi. 20 hectares of land at Okun Ajah, ideal for development of an estate Title: Governor’s Consent Price: N650m Estimated price in 5 years: N750m vii. A fenced land measuring 5.081 sq metres at Ajasa Ipaja, Ayobo Area, Lagos. Price: N25m Estimated price in 5 years: N30m viii. Plots of land at Chevron Area, Lekki Title: Governor’s Consent Price: N15m Estimated price in 5 years: N20m ix. A low-rise commercial property on Olowu Street, Ikeja. Title: Registered Conveyance Price: N150m Compiled by Dayo Ayeyemi, 08033312578.

ly in the market as experts in mutual funds would professionally be investing on their behalf. The association and the Commission also agreed that the potential investing public are not aware of the existence of mutual funds as an investment vehicle thus resulting in low participation in the sector. FMAN noted that it was imperative that the commission and FMAN embark on focus sensitization as a means of encouraging retail investors to embrace mutual funds. The Director, Collective Investment Schemes (CIS), Mrs. Liouse Eni-Umukorowho, represented the Ag Director General at the Meeting therefore directed that the all-encompassing strategic document for the sector must be ready within six weeks.

L-R: Country Manager, British Airways/Iberia, Nigeria, Mr. Kola Olayinka; Government Affairs Manager, British Airways, Chief Henry Seymour; one of the winners of Business Class tickets, Mrs. Moroti Adedoyin-Adeyinka and Regional Commercial Manager, British Airways, Africa, Mr. Ian Petrie, during a dinner organised by the airline in honour of its corporate clients in Lagos on Thursday.

Insurance database will eradicate fake insurance documents –Institute T

he President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Dr Wole Adetimehin, said on Friday that the new Nigeria Insurance Industry Database (NIID) would eradicate fake vehicle insurance certificates.

Adetimehin told newsmen in Lagos that the initiative, introduced by the Nigeria Insurance Association (NIA), would make it easier for the association to verify the validity and authenticity of any

vehicle insurance particulars. “I think with this, the usage of fake vehicle insurance documents would be reduced to the barest minimum or completely wiped out.” Adetimehin said that such an idea would also restore the society’s confidence in the insurance industry. According to him, in the event of any unforeseen circumstance during transit, the travellers’ interest would be

protected. Adetimehin said that NIA was currently collaborating with law enforcement agencies and Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOs) to ensure the effectiveness of the initiative. He said that the initiative would ease the work of the VIOs in checking vehicles’ documents on the road. “It is a good initiative by the association, but being a new idea, it will take some time for its impact to be felt.’’

Customs denies NEPZA, Tinapa allegation of frustrating operations

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he management of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) and Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort have raised alarm over what they called attempts by the Nigerian Customs Service to shut down Tinapa. Contrary to the law guiding the operations of Tinapa, men of the Nigerian Customs Service

for the past few days, had barred customers from buying goods from the zone without paying custom duties. The law guiding the operations of Tinapa allows customers to enter the zone and buy items below N50,000 without paying any customs duty. Three customers at Tinapa alleged that their wares were

seized by an operative of the customs at the exit gate of the resort. “We bought washing machines at N35,000 each for each person but the customs man at the Tinapa gate who simply gave his name as Sadiq stopped us. “He insisted that we must pay duties even though what we bought was below N50,000 for each person.

he country’s interbank lending rates climbed to an average of 15 per cent last week, compared with 14.33 per cent the previous week, after large cash withdrawals by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) causing flows to bonds and foreign exchange purchases to drain liquidity. Market liquidity closed negative this week after NNPC recalled over N200 billion ($1.24 billion) from some lenders to its central bank account, shrinking liquidity to a negative opening balance of about N12 billion on Friday, traders said. NNPC supplies the bulk of dollars traded on the interbank foreign exchange market and usually withdraws a portion of the naira proceeds to its account with the central bank. The CBN also sold N75 billion worth of bonds ranging from 5-year to 10-year maturities on Wednesday and $500 million at the bi-weekly forex auction, soaking naira liquidity from the system and forcing an increase in the cost of borrowing among banks. The secured Open Buy Back (OBB) rate rose to 14.75 per cent, compared with 13.50 per cent the previous week, 2.75 percentage points above the central bank’s 12 per cent benchmark rate, and 475 basis points above the Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) rate. “We are expecting the release of budget allocations to government agencies by this week, which should raise the liquidity level in the system and help lower cost of borrowing in the Interbank,” one dealer said.


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Exceed the expected! Inspirati with Lanre

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few years back, specifically on Saturday, June 21, 2008, I was guest motivational speaker to a group of bank executives at their zonal retreat to attempt to galvanize their performance in such a way as would empower them make the input necessary to outperform their peers.

The following, which I felt we should all share together, is a synopsis of my delivery at the event.

A little background

The bank, whose identity I would prefer not to reveal, had recently raised scores of billions of naira from the capital market and consequently had its shareholding base enlarged, thus necessitating improved profit and profitability on the enlarged capital base to ensure good returns to its equally enlarged shareholders. Besides, all other stakeholders of the bank would naturally expect more value from a much enlarged bank and this boiled down to better performance expectations from the people in charge of the day-to-day running of the bank. This became the more pertinent for a bank, which could do with some better performance in terms of its bottom line vis-à-vis those of its competitors. And the above topic – Exceed the expected – was the topic I chose to give my delivery that fateful day; for I believed that if each individual staff of the bank chose and acted in such a way as to exceed the stakeholders’ expectations, then the bank

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I need a co-investor

Dear Lanre, Warmest greetings to you and your loved ones. I appreciate God for the good works He is doing through you. May your rewards be plenty. Please, I have an existing business, which I have been doing on my own since I left the university five years ago, and I need your advice on how to get an investor or a business partner who can invest a minimum of N200,000 into the project at hand. We will then agree on how profit will be shared. Thanks Ola, 07044183502. Dear Ola, I have published your request in the possible event that it will come to the attention of an interested party(ies).

What’s happening with AP?

Dear Lanre, Good evening sir. I am one of the shareholders of AP Plc. I do not know what is really happening to AP, as I have not heard anything in the last two years. May I ask you to shed more light on it? Thanks. Oladejo Mohammed M. Dear Oladejo, AP Plc is now known as Forte Oil Plc

indeed would collectively exceed its stakeholders’ expectations. It was a big task no doubt but nevertheless one that was achievable.

Our fate in our hands

We each have our fate – the level of our very own successful achievement - in our hands, whether in the personal or in the work life. It was my mentor-on-paper, Dr. Sidney Newton Bremer, who once said that we are each about 50 per cent responsible for anything that may happen to us; for our fate indeed lies nowhere else but in our very hands and we must steer it as we choose. This reminds me of the legend of a certain man that found himself in the position of the captain of a vessel, even though he was inexperienced in such tasks. The story has it that, as soon as the ship sailed out, the captain watched in amazement many of the things going on the vessel. He particularly watched as a certain young man steer a big wheel now here and then there, and asked what the wheel was for. He was told it was the steering of the ship, which determined in which direction the ship would go. The captain, however, ordered that the sail should simply be put up and that the steering man should quit the exercise and find something ‘more useful’ to do on the ship, arguing that the ship needed no steering until an obstacle appeared in sight. And so the steering man reluctantly quit his position, after trying to convince the captain otherwise to no avail. Well, the story goes that only a few survivors lived to tell the story of the foolish, inexperienced captain after the vessel crashed and sank, killing the captain and most of the sailors on board. The morale here is simply that our fate is in our hands, and we should not for once

and the oil marketing firm ended 2011 with a loss but has opened the current year with significant recovery. For instance, profit after tax grew from N262.81 million in the first quarter of 2011 to N396 million in the corresponding period of 2012. Moreover, the management of the company says it expects that shareholders, who have waited with bathed breath on when the situation will improve in the company, following the near crash situation in the equities market starting from 2008, will begin to enjoy good returns again. So if this is anything to go by, you should be able to start smiling soon. For further information, you may wish to get in touch with the company’s Registrars i.e. Afribank Registrars Limited at 2A, Gbagada expressway, Anthony Village, Lagos, or on telephone numbers 01-735963 or 7735967 or through email address: afribankregistrar@ yahoo.com.

Fixed deposits vs stocks

Dear Lanre, You are a blessing to a frustrated race like ours. Can you please enlighten me on the benefit of fixed deposit to investing in stocks or both? Thanks. Reader, 08076903724. Dear Reader, Fixed deposits are investment instruments in the money market, which generally have the features of being short term (in maturity) but stable in terms of income, even though these incomes are usually low, compared with capital market instruments. Money market instruments, under which fixed deposits fall, are usually less risky

leave the steering to the wills of life’s uncertain winds, chance or happenstance.

It is not beyond you!

Nothing is beyond mortal man. Let me repeat again that statement for emphasis: Nothing is beyond you even as a mortal. The Good Book, God’s own Word, declares profoundly that ‘Ye are gods.’ We are indeed gods and there is about nothing we will put our minds to that we will not attain. Most of the things in existence now through man’s invention were thought impossible just a few decades back. And by extension, many of the things that man would bring about in a few decades from now would beat our very own imagination. And these will come through the instrumentality of individuals, of mortal men.

And you can’t be too young!

And man cannot be too young to attain his heart’s desires, as history is replete with samples of great successful achievements attained then at unprecedented ages. For instance, Alexander ascended the throne at 20 and conquered the known world before 33. Julius Caesar captured 800 cities, conquered 300 nations and defeated 3 million men, became a great orator and one of the greatest statesmen known while still a young man. Washington was appointed AdjutantGeneral at 19, was ambassador to France at 21, and won his first battle at 22. Elizabeth Barrette Browning was proficient in Greek and Latin at 12. Hannibal, the greatest of military commanders, was only 30 when he conquered Rome, and nearer home, our own General Gowon was barely 29 when he became Commander-in-Chief of the federation. •So, you too should go ahead and….exceed the expected! Cheers!

thus are suitable for the risk-averse investor. Stocks or shares on the other hand are capital market instruments, which have longterm maturities, and relatively higher but more volatile returns. They are also more risky investments in that their returns are volatile and unpredictable. So which instrument an individual chooses will depend on a number of factors including his risk-proneness, investment objective(s) and whether he is investing for the short- or long-term. His age also comes into play in the general decision. Fixed deposit rates differ from bank to bank but hover around five to eight per cent depending on amount deposited, duration of deposit and ability to bargain, while the stock market has been known to return as high as between 10 and 35 per cent per annum, while the going was good but now generally return much lower.

About Marriot Investments

Dear Lanre, Please is there a Marriot Investments in Ibadan? Are they reputable? God bless. Mrs. Idowu, 08028123032 Dear Mrs. Idowu, The only address listed for Marriot Securities & Investment Company Limited is its head office address at 3rd floor, Elder Dempster Building, 47, Marina, Lagos, P.O. Box 70760, Victoria Island, Lagos. You may also get in touch with them on telephone numbers 01-2661901, 2664328, 2660936, 4717006 or 4718030 or on email address marriot@intracom.net.ng. You can get in touch with them through these contacts to verify whether they have a branch in Ibadan or not.

Wealth Nuggets ‘Top 10’ There’s right sharp schooling in the tail of a ‘possum, never let go a thing long as there’s a chance left –American Negro proverb Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance and make a seeming impossibility give way –Jeremy collier One rain won’t make a crop –Geechee (North American Indian) proverb Great men have found no royal road to their triumph. It is always the old route, by way of industry and perseverance –Orison Swett Marden If your mind is open, no door can be closed –Pastor Gbenga Igbafen Success in most things depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed –Montesquieu The hand of the diligent maketh rich –Proverb of Solomon Little by little the bird builds her nest –Channel Islands: Guernsey proverb An enterprise, when fairly once begun, should not be left till all that ought is won –Shakespeare Grain by grain – a loaf; stone by stone – a palace – Bulgarian proverb


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 “The present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has shown that it respects the principle of the Rule of Law and as such it should be seen to uphold it in this instance, too. National interest must take pre-eminence over personal interest; Ms. Oteh should be advised to refrain from attending any official assignment”, Muhammed added. After three weeks of investigation the Federal Government last Wednesday recalled Ms. Oteh and absolved her of any wrong doing in the management of the finances of the Project. The government by a letter entitled, Re: Compulsory Leave, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Pius Anyim, reads: “Please refer to the decision of the Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to send you on compulsory leave inorder to enable SEC’s external auditors - the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), to examine the records of the Commission’s transactions covering SEC project 50 which you supervised. “I am to note that Government has studied the report submitted by the external auditors and you are neither indicted for fraud nor criminal breach in any form”, it added. The Federal Government however noted that some administrative lapses were reported, particularly, in cases where administrative procedures were not thoroughly observed and advised that she must henceforth endeavour to diligently observe all extant rules and administrative procedures in the conduct of all official transactions. Curiosly, the workers of the Commission rose again in arms despite the heavy presence of security operatives stationed

SEC’s unending crisis at the premises and the heavy rainfall, resisting the decision of the government. In anticipation of her resumption early yesterday, some staff of the Commission the rain to allegedly protest Ms Oteh’s recall. The workers, who had about three weeks ago faulted government’s involvement of the SEC’s boss in National Economic Management Team’s activities, also displayed placards with various inscriptions, some of which read; No to Oteh, We do not want Oteh, warning that they would make her stay uncomfortable if she was foisted on them. But then, sources claimed that the employees were being instigated by forces who are aversed to the reforms she has commenced at SEC adding that the audit has been concluded and Oteh exonerated of any wrong doing. “The elements that instigated the audit are now uneasy given that their grand plot at unseating Oteh and stopping the reforms have failed. We are very impressed with the way this has turned out”, a source said. Reacting to Ms Oteh’s recall, a financial analyst, Dr Joseph Nnana, described the decision of government as desirable, adding that “it just demonstrated government’s commitment to due process and this should send signals to public servants on the need to be transparent in all their dealings. Nnana, a former Director of the CBN, said government must have given due consideration to the contents of the independent audit report before taking the decision which, he said, is desirable to current efforts to reform the capital market. A source close to Oteh confirmed that

Hon Hembe she would likely stay away from the volatile office environment until the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi. OkonjoIweala, returns from her trip, to facilitate a truce between the irate workers and their returning boss.

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As the twists and turns of the investigations of the Capital Market continue to unfold, one of the problems the crisis may create that may take time to resolve is the waning investors’ confidence in the heavily depressed market. Although the Presidency has given Ms. Oteh the mandate to go back and continues the reform of the market, the increasing polarization of the workforce, particularly the organized labour unions which are bent at frustrating her return may undermine initiatives aimed at recapitalizing the capital market and make it investment haven for local and foreign investors, no matter how well designed. As the case seems now, Ms. Oteh may get back to office but indications are that she might face series of challenges in getting her transformation agenda through. If she decides to be vindictive and punish those who have been championing her removal, the Commission may be thrown into a major operational crisis with the attendant implications for the growth of the market. On the other hand, if she decides to embrace all, get working again, she would be taking along the train of transformation hundreds of workers whose loyalty to getting is in doubt and who, as recent events have shown, may be working for her failure and pursuing the agenda of the vested interests they appear to have been representing over the past two months. In the long run, the country and millions of investors in the capital market would be the losers. Unless urgent steps are taken by government to address the drift of the Commission into anarchy, the desire of investors to recoup their investments may be a mere wishful thinking. As it is now, head or tail, it is the economy that may suffer the pains of the unending crisis in the SEC.

Yoruba leadership: End to age-long controversy? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 camp are majorly former governors of the geo-political zone who believe that former President Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP deceived them into a pact but later swept the carpet from under their feet which made them lose their bid to return to office in 2003. They still hold that against Obasanjo, Daniel and others who were beneficiaries of their misfortune. The division among the two groups led to the emergence of Afenifere Renewal Group, an interventionist assemblage that sprung up to save the situation. But soon after that, some notable Yoruba leaders converged on the Ikenne, Ogun State residence of the late sage, Chief Awolowo, to broker peace within the Afenifere. The activist also spoke on the rumour making the rounds on the purported bid of the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for the position. It will also be recalled that the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Otunba Daniel, may have sponsored the emergence of Fasoranti in 2008 to pave way for his eventual becoming Yoruba leader. He stated that “Bola Tinubu is just a leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); he is just a leader of his party in the South West. Those who are call-

ing him the current Yoruba national leader are just expressing their own ideas. He is the leader of his party, ACN, and not Yoruba nation”. It will also be remembered that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, in 2009 also gave the criteria for the emergence of a leader for the race. The royal father, in a speech read on his behalf at the presentation of the Commemorative Publication entitled “Awo: On the trail of a titan” as part of activities to mark the centenary celebration of the late sage, said the Yoruba traditional rulers across the West African subregion had agreed to collaborate and come up with strategies on how the new leader would be appointed to lead the Yoruba race into the promised land. Sijuwade, who was represented on the occasion held at the Shell Hall, MUSON centre, Onikan in Lagos by the former Chairman, of Oodua Investment Company Limited , Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, stated that the 250 traditional rulers of Yoruba stock who attended the festival of Yoruba Arts in Ile-Ife had agreed to appoint 40 eminent Yoruba leaders who would be chosen from various segments of the Yoruba society to examine and recommend who will be the next leader of the Yoruba race.

Chief Reuben Fashoranti Addressing the audience, including the aged wife of the late Awolowo, Chief (Mrs) HID Dideolu Awolowo, Sijuwade noted that in the record of the Yoruba race, Awolowo was the second

leader that lived after the legendary “Oduduwa”, stressing that, “ Up till today, Papa’s record has not been beaten and we are all praying to God Almighty to provide for us another leader

that will be like the late Papa Obafemi Awolowo”. He pointed out that, “If Awolowo had not taken that decision to form that political party that governed Western Nigeria at that time, we would probably have lost our identity as a race by now”. However, during the recently held church service to mark the 25th anniversary of Awolowo’s death in May, at Ikenne, Ogun State, Bishop for Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Peter Awelewa Adebiyi, who preached on the occasion, called for unity among the Yoruba, urging Tinubu and former President Olusegun Obasanjo to lead the unification charge. “Whether you like it or not, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a formidable leader of the Yoruba nation. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is also a leader of the Yoruba. All Yoruba leaders should unite to give the Yoruba a common voice in Nigeria,” the bishop pleaded. With the conferment of the title of Yoruba leader on Adebayo, the preponderance of opinion is that although the man may be eminently qualified for the office, the way and manner it was done appears to be questionable. Hence, the age-long search for a leader for the race may have to continue.


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Brass LG boss accused Imo ALGON chairmen vow of diverting wages of 25 to resist move against reinstatement sacked aides

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he Bayelsa State House of Assembly at the weekend discovered that the embattled Chairman of Brass Local Government Council of the state, Nathaniel NgoSylva, allegedly diverted the wages of his 25 sacked supervisors and special assistants for 10 months. The House, during a probe into the financial transactions of the council said the sum was collected till June this year by the chairman and valued at N2.5m, not until he re-appointed five supervisors in June, whose take-home was N180,000 each monthly. Ngo-Sylva had told the House that he was disturbed on the 1,177 staff of the council, even as 1,029 workers were identified on the nominal roll presented to the State House of Assembly. The House was amazed that the chairman said that the council had 31 messengers, 32 security guards, 134 cleaners, 165 accounts

staff, 462 works staff and 205 health personnel on its nominal roll. Ngo-Silver claimed the council was still overstaffed, even after a verification exercise had been conducted by the local government. Deputy Speaker of the House and lawmaker representing Brass Constituency 1, Sam Ateke, who made reference to the nominal roll queried that the council has 134 cleaners, but still awarded a monthly contract of N350,000 to the detriment of projects without genuine reasons. Perusing a document presented by Ngo-Sylva, another legislator representing Yenagoa Constituency 3, Gentle Emelah, alleged that he was duplicating projects in the local government. Emelah cited the document, which claimed that the chairman’s apartment and boys quarters was completed on June 11, 2010, while another column in the document also stated that the completion was on July 7,2010.

The chairman claimed he inherited the project and awarded it through direct labour, noting that N42 million was allocated for the roofing of the chairman’s lodge as another fund was raised to complete the project. During a cross-examination, Ngo-Sylva said when he assumed office in April 2010, the first allocation received by the council was N74 million,while the document presented indicated N57.99 million. Shortly, the chairman claimed he thought it was N68 million, saying he carried over some payment when he assumed duty, even as he met no money in the coffers. Ngo-Sylva also claimed a loan of N20 million was obtained by the council, but it was not reflected on the document presented while there was no legislative approval for such loan. The Assembly alleged that the chairman had been using fake names to sign documents in regards of payments in the name of the council.

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embers of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, (AIGON), Imo State Chapter, has vowed to resist any attempt from the state government to frustrate their re-instatement in office. The association made this known in a statement issued by the chairmen of the 27 local government areas and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri. The ALGON Chairperson, Mrs. Ruby Emele, said that since their reinstatement following the directives from the Federal Attorney General, the members had met with opposition. She, however, said that, in spite of the opposition, most of the chairmen had resumed their legitimate duties and would not give in to moves from any quarters to disrupt their activities. Emele noted that the ‘antagonism’ suffered by the ALGON chairmen in the councils was uncalled for, saying that they came back to help government deliver

the dividends of democracy to the people. “ALGON members have been under serious threat of their lives since they resumed office. The antagonism against the elected chairmen is unwarranted. What is necessary is to join hands with government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. “We have come to help reduce poverty and unemployment in the land,” she said. On the appeal filed to the Supreme Court and Motion for Stay of Execution by the state government through the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, the group in the statement noted that the appeal did not follow due legal process. The statement was signed by the 27 LG chairmen. It explained that an appeal could not be said to have been lodged when the party concerned had not entered into bond and fulfilled the statutory conditions precedent including settlement of records of appeal. It added that no Order for

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Stay of Execution of judgment would succeed from what it called ‘inchoate’ appeal as the conditions had not been satisfied by the appellant. According to it, an intending appellant must pay cost awarded against him else his appeal will be incompetent. It added that the Court of Appeal awarded N100,000 as cost in favour of the chairmen, which, she added, had not been paid by the respondents. NAN reports that the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Soronnadi Njoku, had in a statement, faulted the directive by both the Attorney General of the Federation and Inspector General of Police instructing the council chairmen to resume duties following the July 5 court ruling. He said the order by the IG instructing the state police to aid the installment of the sacked 27 LG chairmen was contrary to the Rule of Law, and that the state government had appealed against the Court of Appeal verdict.

Akpabio lists factors responsible for untimely deaths in Nigeria TONY ANICHEBE UYO

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overnor Godswill Akpabio has identified factors responsible for untimely deaths in Nigeria and called for collective efforts from the people and government to halt the trend. Chief Akpabio, who stated this on Friday during a funeral service for the late Pharmacist (Mrs.) Maria Esio Oquong Udoh conducted by Methodist Church of

Nigeria, Oron, mentioned the factors to include stress, air pollution, road accident and prevalence of diseases, among others. He lamented that as a result of these problems, many people who would have lived to old age die young, saying Mrs. Udoh would not have died now, but for poor road network The governor remarked that his administration had not discriminated in the construction of the state

and federal roads in a bid to preserve lives, saying that untimely death is a common feature among Nigerians due to a myriad of problems. Akpabio advised communities to stop creating impediment to government’s effort during the construction of roads in their areas by pegging traditional injunction and erecting tombstones to collect compensation, noting that such attitude hinder development projects in the rural areas.

L-R: Component Manager, Justice For All, Mr. Jeff Ansell; Representative of Controller General of Prisons, Alhaji Nuhu Zuru and Controller of Prisons, Enugu Command, Mr. Chris Ntewo, during a seminar on prisons rehabilitation in Enugu on Friday. PHOTO: NAN

Ebonyi House of Assembly, ministry partner on development of education FG releases N150m to A’Ibom SUBEB T TONY ANICHEBE UYO

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he Federal Government released N150 million to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Akwa Ibom for the training of primary school teachers last year and would release N140 million for the same purpose this year. The Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyeson Wike, disclosed yes-

terday during the flag-off exercise for the distribution of educational materials schools in the South-South Region. Wike regretted that, apart from Katsina State that has accessed the funds for this year, Akwa Ibom was yet to access the funds for the current year, advising the SUBEB to access the funds from the commercial bank. The minister noted that the Federal Government

chose Akwa Ibom to flag off the distribution of the materials at the zonal level because of the role the state is playing in the improvement of educational sector. According to him, the choice of Akwa Ibom was due to the numerous achievements of the Akpabio administration in the state’s education and particularly in line with the transformation agenda of Mr. President.

he Chairman, Ebonyi House of Assembly Committee on Education, Mr. Chris Osulor, said on Friday in Abakaliki that the House would partner with the state Ministry of Education to develop the sector. Osulor said this this when members of the committee paid a familiarisation visit to the ministry in continuation of its oversight function. He said that the visit would enable the commit-

tee interact with officials of the ministry with a view to identifying areas of assistance and cooperation. He said ideas generated from the interactive session would assist the government to formulate policies geared toward the overall development of the sector. Osulor said that the assembly was particularly concerned about the improvement of the quality of education in the state. “We are concerned about

the development of education in the state and what steps are needed to actualise this. This visit, therefore, provides a platform for us to brainstorm, know areas of needs, what has been done and need to be done to develop the sector.’’ The lawmaker observed the importance of education in the government’s transformation agenda and stressed that no meaningful development could take place without functional and qualitative education.


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he Kaduna State Ministry of Education yesterday said more than 100,000 pupils sat for the state’s common entrance examination into junior secondary schools for the 2012/2013 academic year. The Director of Schools in the ministry, Malam Ya’u Jumare, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna. Jumare said that the common entrance examination was to test the level of preparedness of the pupils to gain admission into institutions of higher learning. He said that the state had 527 public schools,

including science and technical colleges. According to him, the result for the examination and interview will be released in two weeks and successful candidates are to be given admission to the schools. Meanwhile, the National Examination Council (NECO) has resumed conducting the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) which was postponed in Kaduna State. The examination was postponed, owing to the bomb attack on three churches and the reprisal attack witnessed in the state on June 17.

Hannatu Musa, a student, expressed her excitement over the resumption of the examination, noting that the delay had affected plans of many students in the state to gain admission into higher institutions this year. The Vice Principal, Government Girls Secondary School, Barnawa, Mrs. Kate Saleh, described the conduct of the candidates as impressive and peaceful. Saleh stressed the need for peaceful co-existence in the state, adding that the incessant crisis was affecting standard of education in the state.

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Gunmen attack bank, kill policeman in Kogi ADEMU IDAKWO

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unmen suspected to be robbers on Friday night, attacked a bank and police station, killing a policeman at Iyara Community in the Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi.

An eye-witness told newsmen that the robbers, who invaded the town, divided themselves into two groups before they commenced operation at about 9.45 p.m., shooting sporadically into the air. It was learnt that one

group attacked the Iyara branch of a new generation bank, bombing the strong-room with explosives and carting away cash from the vault. The robbers were said to have gunned down a policeman on guard duty at the bank before blasting the strong-room. After robbing the bank, they were said to have headed straight to the Divisional Police Station, where they met strong resistance from the Police Anti-Terrorist Squad which foiled their plans to loot the armoury at the station.

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Some residents of the town who with our correspondent, said that the robbers held the town hostage for a long time, detonating explosives indiscriminately and shooting sporadically. The spokesman of the Kogi State Police Command, Mr. Ile Simon, confirmed the incident but could not give the casualty figure or amount stolen from the bank. ``We cannot say for now, all we got from there is that they attacked the bank and our station and there was exchange of fire,’’ he said.

Katsina votes N70m to power supply JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA

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lectricity supply in Katsina State is to be boosted in the coming months as a German company is to set up 30 megawatts of solar-powered electricity project in the state. The project is in addition to ongoing construction of wind farm project that would generate 10 megawatts of electricity which is being handled by the Federal Government in the state. The state government and representatives of the German company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

at the weekend with the entire work to cost N70 million. Speaking during the occasion, Governor Ibrahim Shema said the state government would commit 25 percent of the project’s cost at the initial stage, and that the rest would be committed as work progresses. Shema said land would be provided to fast-track take off of the project and that all things being equal, the state would begin enjoying the 30 mega watts in the next 18 months. He announced the formation of a committee to see to the eventual setting up of the project with

him as its head, along Aminu Safana, and Engineer Bala Tanwa, who is Environment Commissioner and General Manger, Rural Electrification Board respectively. Others include, the state’s Head of Service, Aliyu Daura to serve as secretary, Engineer Isa Radda, and a law firm, Global Jurist, Abuja, to serve as legal consultants. Sunday Mirror learnt that the solar powered project would be driven through the state’s company to be known as KECO, with the state being the fourth in the country to invest in similar project.

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he Kaduna State Government yesterday urged members of the public to patronise the new e-library built by the government. The Director of the state’s Library Board, Mrs. Gyeyock Kore, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna. The State Government built the e-library with free Internet facilities to boost reading culture among students and mem-

bers of the public in the state. The director noted that the e-library had been attracting patronage, saying however, that more people ought to be taking advantage of the facility. She said the e-library was established to enable students to have access to the Internet, especially while writing their projects or research works. Kore lamented what she described as the fallen

standard of education in the country, attributing the development to poor reading culture. ``Children are more interested in football, movies, Facebook, twitter and peer pressure,’’ she said, reiterating the State Government’s commitment to attaining quality education. About 27 per cent of the N159 billion budget of the state government for this year was allocated to the education sector.

L-R: Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, David Iorhembe, representing Governor Gabriel Suswam; Mrs Veronica Umaru, representing Mrs. Titi Abubakar, wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, and Rector, Getway (ICT) Polytechnic, Igbesa, Ogun State, Dr. Godwin Ejodame, at an ward programme organised by Corporate Media Africa Communications Ltd, in Abuja at the weekend.

Ex-minister, Shaahu, demands Tiv State HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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ne of the surviving close allies of the late Tiv legend, Senator J.S. Tarka, and former Minister for Commerce during the disbanded Second Republic, Chief Isaac Shaahu, at the weekend in Gboko called for the creation of Tiv State, to be excised from the present Benue State. Chief Shaahu made the call in an interview with Sunday Mirror at his residence along Ihugh- Gboko Road. He alluded to the high population of the Tiv nation, which according to the last census, was estimated to over four million. He was of the view that other agitators have demanded for at least three states out of their various existing states but that the agitation for a Tiv State was more resonant in Benue State.

Shaahu who noted that though so many requests for new states would be put across by almost every segment of the country, reminded that the committee entrusted with handling additional states’ creation and other matters would have to make their selection based on realities of issues on the ground, “as well as available resources in the nation’s purse.” Chief Shaahu asserted that the country required “only few additional states that could be at least 14, with view to have the grand figure of 50”, which to him, is the best for the country. He enjoined Nigerians seeking states’ creation to be considerate with their demands and appealed that people should not abuse the opportunity to give the country over-bloated number of states. In the same vein, he appealed to both the National

Assembly and the Federal Government to be sincere in the states creation move. “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate that Nigerians are fed up with endless assurances which have not been forthcoming and this time, if at the end of the day the exercise becomes a fruitless venture, posterity would not forgive the National Assembly, including the executive arms of government” He further decried the spate of corruption ravaging high places in the country and warned the politicians to desist from corrupt tendencies, noting that it brings setbacks to the people as well as a nation. Shaahu revealed that during his days at the National Assembly, his total emolument then was one pound “as compared to the current House of Representatives members who are receiving N4 million on monthly basis.”


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Blessing Okagbare (right) making a blistering finish in the 100m to win the Samsung Diamond League last Friday in Monaco.

Expect my best in London, Okagbare promises Nigerians YEMI OLUS

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ack-to-back wins at the Samsung Diamond League by Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare have raised expectations from her fans as the sprinter cum long jumper has promised Nigerians a good outing in her second appearance at the Olympic Games commencing in London on July 27. The Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist in the long jump on Friday clocked a Personal Best of 10.96 seconds to win the ninth leg of the Diamond League series, which has a total of 14 meetings.

The national champion pulled away over the final 20m during the 100m to another victory in Monaco despite a stumble at the start, while American Tianna Madison and Jeneba Tarmoh came second and third, respectively in 10.99 and 11.09. After her race, the reigning African long jump queen said, “For now I’m just going to keep my focus, go to London and do my best for Nigeria.” Her performance has placed her among the top 10 in the world as her time ranks as the eighth fastest this season. Current Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from

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Jamaica holds the world’s leading time of 10.70, followed by world champion, Carmelita Jeter’s mark of 10.81 while another Jamaican and double world indoor champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown has the third fastest time of 10.82 in 2012. Despite losing her 100m African title to Gabon’s Ruddy Zang Milama last month, Okagbare drew the attention of athletics watchers when she defeated the duo of Jeter and Fraser-Pryce to win the Aviva London Grand Prix with a personal best of 10.99 seconds. Jeter came second in 11.03 while Tianna Madison, placed third with 11.13.

It is obvious that the University of Texas El Paso graduate has more on her plate this time around as she attempts to complete a double in 100m and long jump just as she did at the NCCA Championships and the 2010 Africa Championships in Kenya. She would most likely feature in the 4x100m relay and observers would be keen to see how she would successfully combine these events in London. Another highlight of the Monaco meeting includes a world lead of 37.61 seconds set by the USA men’s 4x100m relay team made up of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey.

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oach of the Nigeria’s U-20 team, Sam John Obuh, has named a 20-man squad for a 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier in Tanzania on Sunday, July 29. Real Mallorca of Spain youth team striker, Cedric Omoigui, was the surprise inclusion on the squad, which is dominated by players from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). The Flying Eagles will also face the Rwanda U-20 side in a warm-up game prior to their qualifying match in Tanzania. The return leg match will be played on August 11 with the overall winners taking on the winners of the match between South Africa and Congo for a place in the final tournament to be hosted by Algeria in March 2013. The invitees are goalkeepers’ Jonah Usman and Samuel Okani, while the defenders are Abubakar Hassan, Aliyu Mohammed, Tope Aluko, Ikechukwu Okorie, Chizoba Amaefule and Boniface Abonima. The midfielders who made the team are, Agboyi Ovbokha, Shehu Abdullahi, Moses Orkuma, Kingsley Patrick, Chidi Osuchukwu and Uche Agbo, while strikers’ Cedric Omoigui, Sikiru Alimi, Harrison Egbune, Yahaya Adamu, Alhaji Gero, Aminu Umar completed the squad.

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ight clubs have emerged for the quarter-finals of the 2012 Federation Cup. The teams to play in the quarter-finals are Cup holders, Heartland, Lobi Stars, Crown FC, Kano Pillars, Sharks, Prime FC, Plateau United and back-toback losing finalists in the last two editions, Enyimba.

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NBB of C pledges support for Helen

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ecretary General of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Remi Aboderin, says the body will give all necessary support to Ghana-based Nigerian female boxer, Helen Joseph, in her quest to win a world title. Helen will on August 25 in Ghana face Dahianna Santana of the Dominican Republic for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) female featherweight belt. In an interview with our correspondent, he noted that NBB of C will be fully represented in the bout to give her moral, physical and psychological support in her bid to write the country’s name in gold. “NBB of C is already in contact with the world boxing

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body, our Ghanaian counterparts and the boxer and as has been the tradition of the body, we will be fully represented at the bout. “We are not only going there to represent the country, but will also give her all the support she needs to win the world title,” Aboderin said.

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orld champion boxing coach, Enzo Calzaghe has offered former WBA lightwelterweight champion Amir Khan the chance to rebuild his career with him. Khan, 25, insists he will not retire after being stopped in the fourth round by unbeaten WBC champion Danny Garcia in Las Vegas last Sunday. “My next goal is to talk to Amir Khan and his team. “We spoke before, about three years ago. I have always believed Amir is a great fighter, despite what people think. “People say he should quit but I don’t think he should be

quitting. I believe with the right trainer he will be unbeatable,” Calzaghe said. The 63-year-old, one-time coach of former supermiddleweight champion Joe Calzaghe had his training license reinstated in June after his old one lapsed following son Joe’s retirement in 2009. Calzaghe, who took a break from boxing when Calzaghe Jr retired, has been in the corner for 33 world title fights for Calzaghe, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli and former WBA light-welterweight titleholder Gavin Rees.

Amir Khan was recently knocked out by Danny Garcia.

Boxing coach arrested for molesting teenager girls away from gangs over he coach of a prominent the years. Serrano also is the Southern California youth T sports director at the Orange boxing club was arrested on suspicion of molesting one of his teenage athletes. Anthony Serrano, 45, was arrested after the 15-yearold boy’s mother contacted police, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Serrano is head coach at the Santa Ana Boxing Club, a program located in a rundown building in Santa Ana that has been credited with steering dozens of boys and

County Youth Commission. The teen joined the club four years ago and spent a lot of time with Serrano because he had talent, Bertagna said, adding that Serrano tried to act as a father figure. The boy told his mother about the alleged abuse after the family had recently moved away from Santa Ana, the police spokesman said.

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n its efforts to ensure that “Team Nigeria” puts up a successful performance at this year’s Paralympics’ games, the National Sports Commission (NSC) has made a presentation of two complete sets of Eleiko brand training equipment to the federation. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Technical Director of the federation, Samuel Ekeoma, noted that the procurement of the equipment has brought fulfilment to the yearnings of the athletes who over the years have been lacking these items for both train-

ing and competition. According to him, the Federal Government and the management of the National Sports Commission have by this gesture demonstrated commitment to sports development in Nigeria by ensuring that appropriate sports equipment are provided for excellent performance. He maintained that it is not the lack of funds to purchase training equipment that make Nigeria athletes embark on training tour, but the need to have a serene environment devoid of any form of distraction. He therefore charged the athletes to make maximum use of the equipment and to

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reciprocate the Federal Government’s gesture gesture by ensuring that they win medals at the Games and at every competition.

Cowbell Olympic Medal Rush promo produces winners ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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inners have begun to emerge in the on-going Cowbell Olympic Medal Rush promo that was recently launched by Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk to reward loyal customers of the brand and create excitement around the 2012 London Olympics. The winners are Mrs. Akinola Bosede, a business woman who won a gold medal of N50, 000 and Mrs. Akinbola Bolanle, also a business woman that won a bronze medal of N20, 000. The winners were at the head office of Promasidor in Lagos to collect their cash prizes last Thursday. In an interview, Mrs. Akinola Bosede expressed great delight after receiving the prize, remarking that, she could not believe it was real until the cheque

of N50, 000 was handed over to her by Mrs. Chioma Ajunwa-Okparah, the Cowbell Olympic Medal Rush promo ambassador. In this same vein, Mrs. Bolanle, a business woman who won N20, 000 in the promo said she had never participated in any promo before in her life because she did not believe in it. Chioma Ajunwa-Okparah, the promotional ambassador and the 1996 Olympics gold medal winner, encouraged more people to participate in the promo by buying Cowbell milk, adding that, the promo is as real as life. “I will advise all our athletes that are going for the Olympics to make Nigerians proud and Promasidor as a company for believing in them by partnering with Nigerian Olympics Committee because if they did well, the company would be motivated to invest more

money on them subsequently,” she added. Meanwhile, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, has sponsored the grand finale of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) inter-platoon women volleyball competition The event which held last Thursday at the Lagos orientation camp, Iyana Ipaja, in Lagos had platoons 5 and 3 playing host to invited guests and other corps members. Besides the sponsorship, the company also rewarded the winners of the competition with N30, 000, N20, 000 and N10, 000 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively, amidst several other consolation prizes resulting from raffle draws. It will be recalled that the company recently donated a volleyball court to the Lagos National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp.

L - R: Manager, Project Management Office, Judith Okolo; Divisional Sales Manager (West), Mr Kunle Ayeni, both of Promasidor Nigeria Limited; winner of a gold medal of N50, 000, Mrs. Akinola Bosede; Cowbell Promotional Ambassador and 1996 Olympics gold medallist, Mrs Chioma Ajunwa-Okparah; winner of a bronze medal of N20, 000, Mrs. Akinbola Bolanle; Business Development Manager, Mr. Segun Koleoso, also of Promasidor at the presentation ceremony of the winners of the Cowbell Olympic Medal Rush promo in Lagos.

Enyimba’s skipper heads to South Africa Enyimba’s influential skipper, Josiah Maduabuchi, would be unavailable for Enyimba’s Federation Cup quarter-final clash against lower division side, Prime, on Monday, in Ibadan, as he jets out for South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Bloemfontein Celtic. Sunday Mirror gathered that the Gauteng provincebased club have since begun their pre-season programme and are ready to add Maduabuchi to their roster ahead of the new season which begins, in August. Club gaffer, Clinton Larsen, is expecting to see Maduabuchi and others invited to the club. And the Enyimba skipper expressed readiness for the trip to Johannesburg. “It’s a great opportunity to train with Celtic. I hope to make the best out of this,” Maduabuchi enthused.

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Fed Cup: Kwara United apologizes for poor run IFEANYI EDUZOR

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ollowing the dismal performance of Kwara United Football Club at the on- going Federation Cup, the management of the club has appealed to their teeming supporters to keep faith and bear with them. In a statement by the club signed by the chairman, Bamidele Aluko and made available to our correspondent, stated that the large number of calls received and passion shown after losing two matches from their fans, is an indication of how people loved the Afonja Warriors. The statement stated that all efforts geared towards repositioning the team will be vigorously pursued by the management.


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Ekeji tips Akinyemi for Olympic medal ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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he Olympic torch relay began its final stretch in London’s historic district of Greenwich on Saturday; a journey officials hope will help dispel a cloud of gloom and cynicism hanging over the Games. Officials were all smiles in Greenwich as a young torch bearer jogged through the maritime district’s Royal Park past the grand colonnades of the old naval college. But many Britons fear the games will be a costly, rain-soaked logistical fiasco. As weeks of rain dampened prospects of a summer buzz ahead of the sporting event, Britain has struggled to raise the necessary number of security guards for the Games, while transport and border staff are set to strike. “As it sprints through the city, I know that its radiance will dispel any last remaining clouds of dampness and anxiety ... and it will spread the crackling bush fire of Olympic enthusiasm throughout the city,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said, referring to the torch. In the coming days the torch will be carried around London’s religious, political and royal landmarks, culminating in the lighting of the Olympic cauldron in Stratford. In Britain, pressure is mounting to beat or at least maintain the fourth place its athletes achieved on the medal table at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. African neighbours Kenya and Ethiopia, giants of middle and long distance running, will renew their long tussle for dominance of the running track, and North Korea hopes it will flex its muscles at the Olympics in weightlifting and wrestling. Athletes began arriving in London last weekend, and yesterday Libya’s delegation to the Games left Tripoli for the British capital, hopeful the committee’s president, taken from his car by gunmen last week, would join them.

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irector General of National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji, has expressed optimism that the country’s representative in canoeing at the London 2012 Olympics, Jonathan Akinyemi, will do the country proud at the Games. The 23-year-old Akinyemi became Nigeria’s first Olympic slalom canoeist at London 2012, having beaten the Beijing 2008 bronze medalist, Togolese Benjamin Boukpet in the Olympic qualifiers in South Africa.. According to him, Akinyemi has

been training very hard for the Olympics and we look forward to his winning a medal for the country in our debut in the sport. “We are looking forward to Akinyemi winning a medal for the country in canoeing at the Olympics. He has been preparing seriously for the Games and I am optimistic that he will do the country proud. “His qualification was a big challenge to us and immediately after the Olympics, we will take the development of the sport serious because we have good paddlers in this country who needs exposure and good training to excel in the sport,” Ekeji said.

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ndy Murray says he struggled to sleep after losing in the Wimbledon final but has put the pain behind him and is now fully focused on winning Olympic gold. “I’m feeling positive ahead of the Olympic competition; I really want to do well here. I had a few days off where I went go karting with my friends and

went to see comedy shows. “Getting back on the court has helped. I needed to make sure I got over the disappointment quickly,” Murray affirmed. The tennis star has not played since Wimbledon and will return to action for the first time during the Olympic tournament on July 28. The world number four

lost to Yen-Hsun Lu in the Beijing Olympics first round in 2008, prompting him to reconsider his build-up this time. In addition to singles action, Murray will also be playing doubles with brother Jamie, who has claimed he would put success in London ahead of winning any other tournament.

Pistorius tired of eligibility question Murray

Igille rules out boxing medal for Nigeria IFEANYI EDUZOR

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ormer national middle weight boxing champion, Godwin Igille, has revealed that Nigeria’s chances of picking a boxing medal at the Olympics is very slim. He told our correspondent that, although the pugilists currently in London preparing for the Games are good individually, they did not have enough exposure and training that would make them excel at the Games. ‘’ The three boxers that will represent the country namely; Muideen Akanji, Lukman Lawal and Edith-Agu Ogoke are quality boxers, but their preparation ahead of the

Games is not adequate. “It is high time relevant authorities take a clue from Europe and South America who begins preparations for major sporting events two to three years before the championship, Igille said. He noted that it will be a surprise if any of the pugilists gets to the medal zone of the Games because of the quality of opposition they are going to face. “When you look at the history of the Olympics, you will discover that boxing has always been dominated by Cubans, United States of America and some Eastern European countries and it takes special efforts and adequate preparations to defeat them, “he concluded.

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outh African athlete Oscar Pistorius has admitted he is tired of questions about his eligibility. The 400m runner is known as the ‘Blade Runner’ because of the prosthetic carbon-fibre limbs he uses to run with. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared Pistorius to compete against able-bodied athletes in

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2008, but the issue continues to dominate. “This is not something I can give much more energy to. I have been answering these questions for days. You’ll find a journalist who has not approached the story properly, or somebody with the title of professor or doctor who wants to make a name for himself. “He will argue that wa-

ter is dry, or that orange used to be green. They will try to be controversial for the sake of it,” the 25-yearold said with a tinge of regret. Pistorius, who will also compete at the Paralympics, is hoping that the London Olympics will give him the opportunity to change views on disability.


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Oshiomhole’s victory, Jonathan’s triumph

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eople are relieved that the seed of discord sown by political magicians in Edo State anticipatory of July 14 governorship election to serve the whims and caprices of a nonperforming political party did not germinate. With his resounding victory, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, appears to have finally nailed the coffin of an old generation of godfathers who had been adept at fixing voters to guarantee electoral victory for their candidates and proteges. We do not yet know whether that feat alone will end the costly and nauseating regime of godfatherism in the Nigerian political landscape or whether indeed he will not ultimately end up substituting a primordial model of godfatherism with a more virulent, politically dangerous version, of patriarchal fraternity. The point is that the job done by Oshiomhole in Edo State had emboldened the Edo electorate to use the power of their votes to sustain a change. The body language of the typical Edo voter is that it is

politically rascally and perilous to throw away a regime that has provided service, and striving to close the huge gap in infrastructure deficit within the state, for a mere dish of pottage which leaves the recipient more hungry and impoverished after a roguish victory had been secured. This time the votes clearly and visibly counted; and there was no room for the stuffing or ballot boxes with stolen or purchased ballot papers. This raises the question whether Adams Oshiomhole and his party could have successfully fought off the vote fixers, without the goodwill and commitment of a Goodluck Jonathan, to free and fair election? Granted that had the contrary to expectations happened in the Edo gubernatorial poll, an unparalleled mayhem would have been unleashed in the state, it certainly took the commitment of Mr. President to police the people’s votes - even as the major challenge to the incumbent governor is from his party candidate - to make July 14 a wonderful electoral experience for the majority of Edo State voters. In this, President Goodluck Jonathan triumphed and re-established his credential as the apostle of credible election. If he sustains this tradition, the much prophesied disintegration of Nigeria in 2015 will be averted. And contrary to prediction, it may not necessarily result in the political suicide of the ruling Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP); if and only if the PDP keys into the new conversation and commitment and re-strategises in the next three years. But what is this new conversation, this new commitment, and how can PDP re-strategise to remain relevant in 2015 and even beyond? The new Nigerian conversation which appears to have given birth to a new commitment is that there will be violence whenever the people are cheated; that there will be mayhem if the people’s votes are stolen or not made to count; that performance, delivery on electoral promises to the people, will be the main consideration for voting in or returning candidates to office. The new commitment is that political parties and their leaders accept the new conversation as an article of faith, and institute real governance as the only moral authority on which to solicit the people’s mandate in any election. If the political actors fail to perform, if they fail to deliver service to the people, and attempt to force themselves on the people through rigging and vote fixing, such politicians would only be programming for anarchy.

Lesson for PDP and ACN The lesson of the Edo governorship election for the PDP and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) is that they must get their governors and local government chairpersons to deliver service to

IOC awards Nigeria Sydney 2000 gold medal T

he International Olympic ed Nigeria the gold medal of the Committee (IOC) has award- 4x400m men’s relay race from the Sydney 2000 Olympics after it closed the case on doping offender Antonio Pettigrew of the U.S. The United States of America, original winners of the

medal, were disqualified and stripped of the medal following late Antonio Pettigrew’s confession to having been doped at the time of the Games. Pettigrew, who committed suicide in 2010, had been disqualified in 2008 from the

Nigeria’s 4X400m men’s quartet celebrate after winning silver at Sydney 2000 Olympics.

4x400m race in Sydney after he admitted to doping. The IOC had delayed reallocating the medals while awaiting any new information from an ongoing investigation into the American doping scandal. It said, given that no new information was provided, it proceeded with awarding Nigeria the gold medal. Jamaica was moved up to silver and the Bahamas awarded the bronze medal. The Nigerian men’s 4x400m relay team was made up of the late Sunday Bada, Enefiok UdoObong, Clement Chukwu and Jude Monye. In another related development, American Crystal Cox, who won 4x400 meters relay gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was also stripped of her medal on Saturday.

the people, and put an end to the destructive practice of forcing candidates on people through rigging and vote fixing. As a mega party with about 70 per cent of national spread, PDP has credible candidates, call them first eleven, all over the country that it can field for elections with resounding success. But these have been relegated to the background because they say it as it is, and want the best for the whole country, not just the PDP and its members. This is the time to promote and prepare them for future elections. That way they can regain the trust, confidence and support of Nigerians. There is no need for desperation and panic, but to get governance done right henceforth. For the formidable ACN that came away with impressive performance in Edo governorship poll, there is cause for celebration; and even greater cause for better performance in the states where it has control in order to consolidate its political gains, and win more territories to gain impressive national spread in future elections. That way it could easily take over national leadership if the PDP fails to get its elected officers to perform or refuses to field its best candidates in future elections. I think that Nigeria can get it right, and get out of troubled waters, if they cooperate with, support, allow President Goodluck Jonathan to perform.

Expect my best in London, Okagbare P. 53 promises Nigerians

FEDERATION CUP QUARTER FINAL FIXTURES Monday, July 23, 2012 Bauchi: Lobi v Sharks Lagos: Kano Pillars v Plateau Utd Ibadan: Prime v Enyimba Port Harcourt: Heartland v Crown

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