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Abducted schoolgirls

Jonathan leaves for France Says ‘I didn’t plan to visit Chibok’ UK Muslim group offers to mediate Clement Nwoji, Abuja


Christian and Muslim faith-based organisations, student leaders, as well as Diaspora and human rights groups during a Bring Back Our Girls rally in Washington DC...yesterday

resident Goodluck Jonathan left Abuja yesterday for France, against the backdrop of speculations that he was billed to travel to Chibok, the traumatised Borno State community where Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped over 200 school girls a month ago. Jonathan’s trip abroad however heightened concerns that the Presidency might have relegated the country’s domestic security challenge to the background. Indeed, all of Thursday, both the local and international media were awash with speculations of the President’s proposed visit to Chibok, a development that elicited excitement.         tional cable news, which attributed the information to unnamed government sources. Also, the local media followed suit till the early hours of yesterday when suddenly, news of the ‘cancellation’ of the supposed trip emerged. Earlier, Saturday Newswatch learnt that Jonathan had planned to visit Chibok en route Paris, France, at the invitation of President Francois Hol>>Continued on Page g 2


the reign of governments in those areas.         by extending the emergency rule in the North East of the country. Like I said inside the building, before the state of emergency was declared, more than half of Borno State, for example, was in the hands of Boko Haram. “If it was not declared, what would have happened by now? I believe that extending the state of emergency is good; probably they should even go further than

that. I believe there is a problem on ground right now; it is like the military and the governors are working at cross purposes. “There is a problem; no good         civilians out of the way and then go straight into full military,â€? he said. According to him, the country would not have had issue of Chibok in its hands if there had been a         Continue on Page 4


of the Chibok school girls abducted by the Boko Haram     resident of the Christian As- over a month ago. sociation of Nigeria (CAN), He argued that imposition of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, full-scale military intervention in yesterday, called on the Federal the states has become necessary, Government to declare a total adding that the existence of the emergency rule in the three north- governors side-by-side with milieastern states of Adamawa, Borno tary operations had not produced and Yobe. the desired result. Oritsejafor gave the charge in Justifying the need for a total         emergency rule, Oritsejafor said from journalists shortly after a if there had been no military opnationwide special prayer held si- erations in the three states, the inmultaneously across the country, surgents would have taken over for the protection and safe return


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Cover UK Muslim group offers to reach out to Boko Haram

Jonathan leaves for France


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lande, to fashion out a solution to the insurgency in North eastern Nigeria and parts of Africa. Consequently, it was further learnt that the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advance party to Borno State had reportedly left Abuja on Thursday. Also, some top presidential aides and other security operatives were reportedly put on alert ahead of the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected departure from Abuja to Maiduguri but eventually, security considerations vitiated the earlier plan. The supposed planned visit to Chibok village, about one month after the abduction of the school girls, attracted unprecedented media attention from Thursday, up until midday yesterday, yet there was no refutation of the reports by the Presidency. But when the news intensi         have aborted his proposed trip to Chibok, a development that suggested that he feared more for his life than commitment to the security of the citizens, his spokesman Reuben Abati, in a twit at about 1.30 pm yesterday, claimed that the much-

publicised visit was a rumour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every trip by the President is usually pre-announced. The Presidency did not at any time announce a trip to Chibok today (Friday). Ignore rumours! â&#x20AC;&#x153;The statement issued by        day) indicated very clearly that the President is scheduled to travel to Paris today (Friday). It is therefore wrong and malicious to allege that a non-existent trip has been cancelled,â&#x20AC;? he said. One month after members of the Boko Haram sect, in a midnight raid, abducted the female students, security operatives are yet to establish their whereabouts and possibly rescue them. So there was excitement in the air following news that President Jonathan had planned to use the visit to do an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in Chibok, and also meet with other stakeholders in the area.        the search and rescue of the girls, the President had sought assistance from the international community, and subsequently last week, accepted

      " # Obama to deploy some United States security personnel and facilities to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operations. Also, other world leaders and Heads of States and Governments including British    $  %  &eron; French President Fancois Hollande, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, among others, have aligned with America in the rescue operations. The Israeli government also pledged to send its counterterrorism experts to support and assist Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security agencies. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressed the commitment of his country to   '   terrorism and also condemned the abduction of the girls. The United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) have all expressed solidarity with Nigeria and support towards the rescue of the abducted school girls.

Meanwhile, in Paris, President Jonathan is expected to participate in the summit convened by President Hollande to discuss fresh strategies to deal with the security threat posed by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in West and Central Africa. The Presidency said yesterday that Jonathan would be joined at the summit by Heads of States and Governments of Benin Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. It is also expected that Britain, United States of America and the European Union would be represented at the talks which will give special attention to the coordination and        tail the destabilising activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the wake of the recent abduction of the college girls from Chibok. President Jonathan, who was accompanied by the Min     *+/4 56 Gusau (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo #   57       principal aides and advisers, is expected back in Abuja at the end of the summit today.

L-R: Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force Committee in Abuja recently. PHOTO: NAN

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lso yesterday, the Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said news that the President was planning to visit Chibok was false and misleading. Omeri said this at a joint news conference in Abuja on           the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.                 of State Security Service and the Police.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The President is not going to Chibok; no information like that; it is totally false and misleading. The President, through the structures on ground in Borno State, is being represented,â&#x20AC;? Omeri said. He, however, said the possibility of the President visiting Chibok could not be ruled out, adding that it would be appropriately communicated. Omeri said that troops were in the forest searching for the girls with support from other countries and appealed to the

people not to politicise the campaign to bring back the girls. Omeri said that no one should politicise the lives of the abducted girls, stressing that such issues of national importance should not be reduced to politics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We appeal that this should not be politicised, since we        politician has accompanied us here because we are pursuing the Nigeria agenda.â&#x20AC;? Omeri commended the House of Representatives for

granting the request of the President for an extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Omeri announced that the extradition of Aminu Ogwuche, the alleged mastermind of the Nyanya bombing who was arrested in Sudan, was almost completed. He also said that security agencies had been put on red alert for the arrest of Rufai Abubarkar Tsiga, the alleged chief mastermind of the Nyanya motor park bombing.

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Interrogate Boko Haram sponsors, cleric urges FG Gyang Bere, Jos


he Federal Government has been urged to apprehend and interrogate prominent persons in the country who are indicted as sponsors of the Boko Haram Islamic insurgents if the orgy of killings is to end in Nigeria. President of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Rev. Dachollom Datiri, made the called yesterday    Z   the Church Headquarters in Jos saying Boko Haram is an Islamic movement geared towards eliminating Christians in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muslims should note

that they cannot and will not Islamise or achieve their Jihadist movement. Therefore, Christians must rise up and defend themselves and not give in to threats and intimidation. Christians should insist on their equal rights and advocate for justice, equity and fairness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, apprehend and interrogate some prominent personalities and clerics in Nigeria who are implicated in one way or the other in the Boko Haram activities. The Federal Government should also modify its methods of operation

of the Joint Task Force, to improve funding and acquisition of sophisticated weapons to meet the challenges of terrorists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Federal Government should collaborate with the international community to devise means to dislodge Boko Haram and terrorism, and investigate their sources of funding, arms and ammunition. We advise government, foreign nationals and the international community to crosscheck and verify information and materials and articles circulating on the social, print and broadcast media.â&#x20AC;? Rev. Datiri advised the

government to revitalise the educational system and design plans to avert the incidences that occurred in several schools in the North eastern region such as Buni Yadi, Chibok and several others, to curb the abduction of school children. The Church President claimed that the Boko Haram is not out to eliminate Western education, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a deliberately planned and sponsored by highly placed Muslim personalities in Nigeria, with massive support from international Islamic nations and organisations to attack Christians and eliminate Christianity in Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;?

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L-R: Former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Stella Odife; Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Mrs. Sarah Jubril; Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife, Ebele, during Jubrilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to the Government House, Awka...yesterday.

Jega bemoans voter apathy in Nigeria Saminu Ibrahim, Abuja


hairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has bemoaned poor voter participation during elections, blaming the trend on both the electorate and the political class. Jega made disclosure yesterday at the inauguration of the National Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (NICVEP) held at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. His concern arose from data that the commission had collated during elections in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elections are guided by rules and regulations which stakeholders are expected to comply with; it is therefore necessary to promote positive attitudes and responses among the citizenry, encourage compliance with the regulations as well as discourage apathy, violence and all forms of malprac-

tices,â&#x20AC;? he said. The committee, according to Jega, is one of the several events listed in the 2012-2016 strategic plan geared towards preparations that would engender free, fair and credible elections next year. He noted that the committee, headed by INECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national commissioner in charge of Information and Publicity Committee (IPC), Dr. Chris Iyimoga, will be replicated at states and local government levels by Resident Electoral Commissioners       5 He maintained that NICVEP     '9&          Sections 2 and 154 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which empower the commission to conduct voter and civic education as well as promote knowledge of sound democratic practices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the commission prepares for the 2015 general elections, there is need to boost

voter education nationwide, to considerably reduce, if not completely eliminate, ignorance of electoral matters and process and ensure participa    =  > * regardless of gender, age or ability,â&#x20AC;? Jega added. The objectives of the committee, according to its chairman, Chris Iyimoga, is to ensure inter-agency cooperation in voter education, promote partnership on voter education, and ensure proper coordination and monitoring of voter education activities nationwide. Others are, to standardise and streamline voter education messages and materials. The committee is also expected to trigger participation of marginalised groups and pool resources together, with a view       %    voter education campaigns. Iyimoga told the gathering that intensive and sustained voter education ought to precede the distribution of Phase 1

of the Permanent Votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Card (PVC), expected to hold between May 23 and 25, the roll out of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) from June 28 to July 1. The governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states is scheduled for June 21 and August 9 respectively. Membership of the committee is drawn from INEC, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Federal Ministry of Information, Federal Ministry

 Q   6    X  Development and ministries of Communication and Education. Others were drawn from the National Broadcasting Commission, Nigeria Communications Commission, Nigeria Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation, News Agency of Nigeria, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Federal Ministry of Youths Development.


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Improve human capacity and reduce poverty, Nigerians urged Toyin Adebayo, Abuja


Some of the traditional rulers from Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TRAMPCOM) during their meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abujaâ&#x20AC;Śrecently.

General sues Army chief, 4 others

N o n -Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the auspices of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria has urged Nigerians to harness their energy to improve human capacity and reduce poverty. The leader of the delegation, Dr. Udenta Udenta, added that the NGO will create jobs for one million youths in four years to reduce unemployment. Udenta said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for job creation and youth empowerment between National Orientation Agency and Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, held at NOA Board Room, Old Federal secretariat, Area 1 Abuja. According to him, youths consist the largest

population, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need to empower them. Udenta added this is in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck 8    " to drive the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy, and make *       In his response, Director General of NOA, Mr. Paul Omeri, said job creation is not only the responsibility of the government, but also that of the citizens. He added that job creation would enable the youths to channel their energies and talents to the development of the country rather than scheming to share the socalled national cake. NOA boss commended the group for the bold step, and urged other NGOs to follow suit until the unemployment becomes a thing of the past. He stressed that NOA "&   help the NGO succeed.

...Demands N 786m for humiliation,ill-treatment

NDLEA smashes drug syndicate, arrests two

Mikail Mumuni, Editor, Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital

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Brigadier-General, Muhammad I.U. Adeka, has dragged  $

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R"1  Military Secretary (Army)       the Federation. The Nasarawa State-born Adeka was commissioned Â&#x2021;  *    Army on June 25, 1983.

He said his travails began on March 18 when he was arrested by the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) and subsequently handed over to civil authorities. He claimed that for four years and one month, he was detained, tortured, humiliated and prosecuted for alleged treasonable charges. He added that he was released by the Federal High Court, Lagos, on April 11, 2008 when the charges against him were struck out for want of diligent prosecution. Adeka   1       he was still kept illegally in detention before he breathed the air of freedom on April 17, 2008 to continue with his military duties. He is complaining that he has now been prematurely retired from service by the Army rather than being promoted to his next rank of Major General.    2 

7, 2014 by Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana of Kana & Co. Progressive Chambers, Abuja, and a copy of which was obtained yesterday by Saturday Newswatch, Adeka, currently undergoing Phd research at the University of Bradford ,United Kingdom, is requesting the court for          orders. Some of the declarations being sought include: that the process leading to his retirement by the defendants infringe on the Armed Forces Act and some other service regulations; that his retirement on December 10, 2013 was wrong, unlawful, invalid and ultra vires, hence null and void, and that the non-inclusion of his        Â&#x2021;  presented for promotion dated October 25, 2013 violates the Armed Forces Act, harmonized terms and conditions of service of Nigerian Armed Forces 9Â&#x2021;  >@D> '   01

Building collapse:Group indicts cement companies â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the porous explanation that it is good A group, under the for plastering only.â&#x20AC;? auspices of Anti-Corruption Speaking at a mild Network (ACN), yesterday, protest staged by the         group in Abuja, the building collapse across Executive Secretary, Hon the country to low quality Dino Melaye, called on cement produced by the Minister of Trade and cement companies. Investment, Olusegun According to the ACN, Aganga, and the Directorthe 32.5 cement grade has General, Standard been phased out in many Organisation of Nigeria countries because it will (SON), Joseph Odumodu, never give the much needed â&#x20AC;&#x153;to completely outlaw the strength in construction as use of the 32.5 grade cement the 42.5 grade. and save Nigerians from It said that the companies, further building collapse.â&#x20AC;? despite the phase-out, still 4    "   &  insist on its production bearing inscriptions such Taiye Agbaje, Abuja

as: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upgrade the Quality of Cement,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building Collapse Must Stop,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop Killing Nigerians Through Low Quality Cement,â&#x20AC;? etc, Melaye warned that if not redressed, the group would go out massively on protest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If concrete policy and regulation is not enforced immediately to save Nigerians from the menace of building collapse and untimely death, we will not waste any further time to protest against the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and the Standard Organization of Nigeria,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Promotion regulations 2006 *   9Â&#x2021;  instructions for completion of performance evaluation  &*Â&#x2021; * 2077A (revised) 2007. Apart from wanting the promotion exercise to be voided on account of the omission of his name from the list, the claimant also requested a declaration by the court that his arrest and detention for 49 months and â&#x20AC;&#x153;humiliation and continuous maltreatmentâ&#x20AC;? by â&#x20AC;&#x153;the defendants for no       to discrimination.â&#x20AC;? The orders he would want the court to grant him are those voiding the process leading to his retirement and the retirement itself. He also wants to be reinstated into the Army without prejudice to the entitlements and        Â&#x2021; &&&   rank during the period of his purported retirement. Adeka equally requested the court to order the defendants to present him for promotion to the rank of Major General; restrain and prohibit the defendants or their agents from irregularly and arbitrarily dismissing, retiring or retrenching him from service and ultimately an order for general damages to be paid him in the sum of N 786 million. In the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Statements of Factâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,         to the Brigadier General, Adeka was said to have been commissioned as an Â&#x2021;  *    on June 25, 1983. It was said that calculating from that date, his 35-year length of service would expire in 2018, and not December last year.


drug syndicate that operates under the cover of a travel agency has been uncovered by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The syndicate, according to NDLEAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman Ofoyeju Mitchell, was unveiledfollowingthearrest of two suspected members of the criminal gang found in possession of 4.660kg of substances suspected to be methamphetamine at the car park of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar, who gave the names of the suspect as Gwacham Emmanuel Orakwe, 25, and Alhaji Ayila Kolawole, 47, said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gwacham Emmanuel Orakweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role was to smuggle the drug to India while Alhaji Ayila Kolawole was the one coordinating his movements. Both of them were arrested at the car park with 4.660kg of methamphetamine. The drug was packed in   &       Gwacham who had a valid Emirate ticket to India.â&#x20AC;?

Tambuwal confirms participation at law Tunde Busari


he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, CFR,    &  &  as the Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s section on Business Law (SBL) holding at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos from May 25 to 27, 2014. The keynote address will be            of the Conference which is scheduled for Monday, May 26, 2014. According to Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, MFR, Chairman of the Section on Business Law, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are delighted          Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives to

deliver this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keynote address at the conference. Clearly, the legislature has a major role to play in ensuring that exemplary governance principles are adhered to for the promotion and sustainability of transformational and impactful economic and human capital development in Nigeria.â&#x20AC;? Oyebode added that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the theme for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference is quite topical. This theme was derived, in part, taking into consideration the fact that the Conference is being held in the penultimate year to Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general elections. Therefore, it presents a unique opportunity for stakeholders to address the imperatives of exemplary governance as a platform for enhancing economic development in the country.â&#x20AC;?


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

South South


arrested for murder Group urges IG to investigate Man of girlfriend death of two lawyers A Nath Omame, Port Harcourt

Sylvester Idowu, Warri


he Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence (FJHD), in conjunction with Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged (CENTREP), has called on Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar to take over investigations of the murder of two lawyers that were assassinated on March 8 this year at Oleh while on their way to court for defence of a kidnap case. The group, in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi,

         in the Delta State Police Commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handling of the case because the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, was allegedly biased in his investigations. It recalled that the Police boss said recently that the two murdered lawyers took the briefs to appear for the suspects in the case that led to their death contrary to the position of the Delta branch of the Nigerian Bar Association that no member must defend kidnappers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First and foremost, we like to educate the Police boss that there is no branch

of the NBA called Delta State branch rather in Delta State, we have the Warri, Sapele, Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Ogwashi-Uku and Asaba branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, and out of all these branches it was only the Warri branch of the NBA that took a resolution persuading her members to steer clear from cases of kidnapping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not oblivious of the fact that the two murdered lawyers, Messrs 6 \V   and Samuel Ekwangju of Wyhfortconsult law           Warri branch of the NBA

in their life time, and were conducting a defence in a kidnap case involving the kidnapped son of the SSG in the state at the High Court, Oleh, and were on their way to the said court for a ruling in a habeas corpus application connected to the above kidnap case when they were ambushed and killed on the March 27, 2014 by unknown gunmen, the same day the applicants i.e Messrs Enueme and Edeki in the said application, who were in Police custody, were also killed on their way to court,â&#x20AC;? it stated.

28-year old apprentice in pipe  1    Chukwu, who lives at Eliozu community in Obio/Akpor Local Government of Rivers State, has been arrested by the Rivers State Police Command for allegedly murdering his 21 year old female friend, Ifeayinwa Ani. The lifeless body of Ifeayinwa, Ahamehuleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live-in-lover, was discovered in front of the Eliozu Health Centre by  $

2   9Â&#x2021;  of the centre, Dr. Ama Flag-Amachree, at about 4.30 am on March 31. Dr. Flag-Amachree    &      to the Okporo Divisional Police Station, at about 7.30 am on that very day, disclosed that she

noticed three incisions    % 5 which she had course to belief were caused by a syringe in the process of an injection. She told the Police that Ifeayinwaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifeless body was dumped in front of the health centre by unknown persons. According to Police investigation, Ahamehule who       Technical College, Port Harcourt, confessed that both of them had a cosy relationship until the late Ifeayinwa started receiving clandestine telephone calls from men. He further confessed    Â&#x2014;    1 and asked the deceased to leave his family house where they had been cohabiting since 2012.

Confusion trails judgement over council seat Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt


hree judgement delivered by an Appeal Court in Port Harcourt over the chairmanship seat of the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State is now causing ripples between the appellant, Mr. Aso Ordu and the respondent, Mr. Allen Mma, who is Cross Section of Traditional Rulers from Oil Producing Community, during their Visit to President and Vice the current chairman, President, at State House Abuja recently.Photo: Anayo Opara as the two and their counsels now give  "    &   to the decision. The court, presided over by Justice Modupe Fasanmi, had on Thursday devt,security. Uchenna Nwafor, Yenagoa â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the government and massive achievements.        According to him, the is failing in its social    Â&#x2DC;   of Allen Mma to contest administration relationship with the people yesterday at the end of the chairmanship n Ijaw youth leader, present Comrade Jonathan had introduced a style of because people are never the forumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting in governance laced with Lokpobiri, has governed by fear. Yenagoa and signed by its raised alarm over the elements of fear and â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is happening today chief coordinator, Chief intimidation to silence the indiscriminate arrest and in Bayelsa, in the name of Nathan Egba-Ologo; victimisation of perceived people. security, is that they are deputy coordinator, Hon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple of people political opponents in unjustly victimising people Kesiye Frank-Oputu; Bayelsa State by the who are perceived to be perceived to be opponents secretary, Prince Micheal Sylvester Idowu, Asaba Governor Seriake Dickson- associates of previous or associates of previous Amaegberi and head of governments are selected governments,â&#x20AC;? Lokpobiri mobilisation, Chief Ben led administration. or three days running, Lokpobiri, who was a for political persecution in said. Â&#x2021;     

   Eyororokumoh, they presidential candidate the state,â&#x20AC;? said Lokpobiri However, in related expressed satisfaction with been disrupted at during the last election of who mentioned Fakuma development, Governor the ongoing infrastructural the Ika North East Local the Ijaw Youth Council Ilagha, Tonye Okio and Dickson has been development in the state. (IYC) told newsmen Samuel Ogbuku, former commended by former â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to mention Government Area of Delta yesterday in Yenagoa aides of former Governor Deputy Governor of the also, achievements in the State as hundreds of workers Timipre Sylva as victims. that a growing scenario state, Hon. Werinipre education and tourism locked the gates to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;In some of these Seibarugu and former sectors. In view of the was emerging in the state council secretariat at Owascenarios, people are where persons were being aides of former Governor foregoing, members of Oyibu in protest against arrested before evidence arrested and detained Timipre Sylva for the forum have resolved was gathered to prosecute for over one week before improved infrastructural to support and encourage     Â&#x2021;  they look for evidence to development and security Governor Dickson and his ex-councillors and political them. He alleged that some prosecute them. of lives and property in the restoration agenda towards Â&#x2021;         â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just to put fear state. perceived opponents achieving more for the payment of their salary were being witch-hunted in the heart of Bayelsans Seibarugu and over state.â&#x20AC;? arrears. because they were so that nobody is able to 80 aides of Sylva, under On the reception held in Palpable tension enveloped associates of the previous speak,â&#x20AC;? he added. the aegis of Ex-Bayelsa their honour by the Peoples The former president    government in the state, 9Â&#x2021;   Democratic Party (PDP) the secretariat as security of IYC, Central Zone, alleging that people are Forum (EBGOF), said a during the declaration of agents were deployed to tortured in police detention stated that the Dickson- review of the last two years of the group for the party ensure that properties of the led government had  5 &    &   the present administration and President Goodluck council were not destroyed fairly in in the area of education, Jonathan, instructions that they performed the group terms of infrastructure should not be released. tourism, infrastructural commended the party and by the aggrieved workers as Sylvaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Former development which had development and security the Governor Dickson for well as prevent a clash with Deputy,ex-aides commend been acknowledged across have shown improvement the warm reception. the invaders. Dickson over infrastructural all segments.

Youth leader accuses Bayelsa govt        


of the Emohua local government area in 2011 in favour of Mr. Aso Ordu (appellant) who was one of the contestants during the primaries. Mr. Ordu had gone to the appeal court to challenge the candidature of the chairman (respondent) on the grounds that he was still a civil servant as at the time he contested the election in 2011. While interpreting the judgement, Mr. Koko Sampson, counsel to the appellant, claimed that the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision meant that his client, Mr. Aso Ordu, would take over the chairmanship of the local government from the incumbent.

Ika East LG shut over invasion by ex-councillors


Saturday Newswatch gathered that the protest by the council workers was in response to last Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invasion of the local government by about 40 ex-councillors and political Â&#x2021;      5 &   Â&#x2021;     #   $ 

   & 1 Princess Okwunonye Ijenwa. It was learnt that the excouncil workers took the action to press home the demand for the payment of their salary arrears and other emoluments owed them       Â&#x2021;   

 years ago, a development the council workers saw as 5   "    &  of their much awaited salary arrears too.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014


South West

2015: US group urges Ondo lawmaker to declare interest

Ekiti: INEC to accredit 39,510 party agents A

Adewale Giwa, Washington DC

n Akure group      United States of America, yesterday Raphael Adeyanju, Ado Ekiti part in the election till           whole process,â&#x20AC;? he said. urged a lawmaker Pai added that the representing June 5 to forward the lists 2,195 polling units for the Akure he Independent of their polling agents to conduct of the election. Commission expected North constituency under National Electoral INEC. *\$              3 X '3X0  Commission Pai, who spoke through the conduct of free, fair agentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; list to help INEC the Ondo State House of (INEC) has disclosed that   $  % X         take all necessary steps   165   to declare a total of 39,510 party W   9Â&#x2021; 1 #       that would prepare them Adeniyi, interest to contest for agents are expected to    1 [&    among participating for the election.   *      participate in the June 21 that each of the political parties in Ekiti. This has election scheduled for governorship election in parties taking part in 

  1    â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Commission will next year. Ekiti State. the poll is to produce a will keep it to the end. have to organise training The Ekiti State Resident polling agent per unit. In a communiquĂŠ We have to also give for them, though the Electoral Commissioner,  #  *\$    party agents the required     

      &    Alhaji Halilu Pai, who that the agents are to work         determined. But there of the group, Dr. Kayode made the disclosure in with the Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have critical roles to play          Victor Adesida, after Ado-Ekiti gave all the 18 &  Â&#x2021;       in this election so that prepare them thoroughly its annual meeting held political parties taking they will not mess up the for the poll,â&#x20AC;? he said. in Community Town Hall, along Upper   X  & 1 United States, praised         immensely to the development of Akure. The group noted that the lawmaker, popularly referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;GOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; if elected would touch the lives of Akure and the entire Ondo people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our investigation shows that among the LP lawmakers in Ondo State, Hon. Adeniyi stands out in terms of generosity to  & & 4   

 L-R: Representative of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Joseph Nyager, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in Oyo State, Mr. Iyiola Ambali Hammed, Chairman Board of Directors, Friesland Campina, WAMCO Nigeria Plc, consistently following        

!"#$!%"!   &""!  " politics of Ondo State Campina, WAMCO Nigeria Plc, Dairy Development Programme at Iseyin...recently.    3 X (LP) came to power. Hon. Adeniyi is a good political product that


Funsho Williams: Court sets June 9 for adoption of written addresses

Francis Iwuchukwu Court


Lagos High Court       1 &       8   \  Z   1    [ 8 Â&#x2122;1>@DQ for lawyers in the on-going trial of suspected killers of late Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Engineer Funsho Williams,  & 

         The judge took the decision

shortly after the court     [  : & 1 5  1      which the prosecution said it recovered from the point where Williams was allegedly murdered. In closing the case of the prosecution, a prosecution witness, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Shehu Sanni, while 

        Lagos State lawyer, Mrs. E. I. Alakija, informed the court    & 1 5  1  

and cushion were recovered from the scene of the crime. The CSP also told the court that the forensic department         could not get access to the         from the scene due to the short time the court gave them. The accused are, Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and 95&  

:   male.

Friesland trains 350 farmers to boost food production Olusakin Babalola, Ibadan


he Management of Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria has announced that the company has trained 350 farmers as one of the steps 

5  &    &  in the country, particularly through dairy farming. The Managing Director of the company, Mr Peter Eshiekena, made this known at Iseyin in Oyo State during the launch of Dairy Development Program (DPP). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Further to support the Dairy Development Programme, over 350

farmers in Fasola, Alaga, Maya-Eruwa and Iseyin were registered and trained on topics ranging from raw milk hygiene, raw milk  1               5   1=  disclosed. He further hinted that the company has a network of milk collection points at these communities so as to ensure the quality of milk is   "    Eshiekena added that the company which is the producer of Peak, Three Crowns and Friso milk,         


&        production to a higher volume and quality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our company commenced collection of fresh milk from Shonga Dairies in Kwara State. Over the course of four years, the success of the programme has necessitated an expansion in our operating  :9

5  area, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Eshikena stated. According to him, DPP in 9R    four highly equipped milk collection centres and a milk  5         72 farming communities actively engaged in dairy farming.

            1 &    1  Nseh Udoe, had intimated the court that the late PDP governorship candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone was recovered from      Udoe who is a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), while 

        state counsel, Mrs. Alakija informed the judge that         service providers revealed     

   used their SIM cards on late Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; phone. According to the ASP,    &       V    >@@Â&#x161;1    down to Lagos with a team   [ Â&#x2021;              then Commissioner of Police to commence investigation. I also visited the crime scene and the Forensic Department of the Police to check

[          during initial investigation. During my investigation, I discovered that huge sum of money was withdrawn     &     1       with some jewellery during the incident.â&#x20AC;?

can redeem the image of 3 X  5 1= it stated. It added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a kind of person who plays the game according to the rules. If elected, we 

         people of Akure. We  


 transforming Akure with the present position he is holding in the Ondo State 6    We have resolved to go home and campaign for Adeniyi if picked as LP House of Representatives candidate for Akure North/South. We all registered in Akure during the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registration. We are solidly active when it comes to Ondo State politics.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Adesida called on the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, not to relent in the projects

5 & 5       â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use this medium to appeal to Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to continue without allowing politics to overshadow his desire. He should do more to encourage the people of Akure and not forget that Akure is the heart of Ondo State.â&#x20AC;?

Sex workers docked for public-fighting


our sex workers, who allegedly  &    a customer, yesterday &&       Magistrate Court in Lagos. They were charged    "      &  &   The accused are Joy 25 1 ~Â&#x153;: !   +1 >Â&#x161;: # <  1 35, and Tina Osakwe, 25.

The Prosecutor, &  \Z 5

 Ayorinde, told the court that the accused      "   2DQ   R   R

1  1 Mushin, Lagos. Ayorinde said the "        Â?QDÂ&#x161;Â&#x161;  Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. The accused however, pleaded not guilty.

Monarchs make case for vigilance group Michael Olanrewaju, Osogbo


wo traditional rulers in Osun State have advocated complete involvement of the State Police Command 6 Z  Â&#x203A;    Group in the forthcoming governorship election. The Alua of Erin-Oke, 9         and Olomo of Omo-Ijesa, 9 X  9  & Adeyemi respectively

made this call while receiving the leader of the group, Alhaji Ridwan Hussein Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Salam, in their palaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need this type of security group in our society as other government owned security agencies cannot do it alone, they cannot do it in the way they will handle the situation towards security of life and propertyâ&#x20AC;?, the Monarchs said.

Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014


South East


Navy, community clash over land â&#x20AC;Ś Let them kill us over our land,the blood will be on their head â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Land owners Cyprain Ebele, Onitsha


risis is brewing between the people of Odekpe Community, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State and the Nigerian Navy over the acquisition of piece of land     Addressing newsmen in Odekpe, the traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, Igwe Chuma Onyia, expressed regret that on acquisition of Agweofe land by the former governor of Rivers State, Peter Obi, as a permanent Naval base for the Nigeria Navy, the Navy has failed to abide by the directive of the former governor that some parts of

the land would be returned to the owners since they do not have much land in the   The monarch recalled that during the land breaking ceremony about four years ago, he presented a &       $

  *  R"    former governor which prompted the governor to direct the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Oseloka Obaze, and the Speaker of the State House   1 6 $   Nwebili, to ensure that the interest of the land owners, Umuonayiwo kindred was &   Igwe Onyia, who was Â&#x2014;5    &   

leader and Ogirishi Igbo, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka,    3   9Â&#x2021;  of the land owners, Umuonayiwo kindred reiterated that unless part of the land is retrieved, and given to the owners, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the people are threatening for a show down, but you can see that we are holding  5#   : let the Navy kill us on our = In his own contribution,     Â&#x2021; 1 2 Brown Amaechi Oduma, recalled that the land was acquired on agreement that part of it would be given to owners as they have no alternative land where they  

He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presently, we are tenants in a water logged area where we are  =# *   the land without notice to       50 per cent of the total land acquired belong to the Umuonayiwo kindred, others have been compensated with money, but we want our land as we %     = 6      RR and speaker did not act as directed by the former governor, and called on the Federal Government to come to their rescue hinting that Chief Chukwuma Oputa, the chairman of the       


Group canvases reforms for Imo women Emma Mgbeahurike, Owerri


Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth for Technology Foundationâ&#x20AC;? (YTF), has raised alarm that the country is still

       = where women are not accorded their right of place in polity as the nation has not been able to give her female population, vital role in positions of    According to the Executive Director, Njideka Harry, women in the country lack the international and local       Â&#x2021;   action, stressing that the bane of political development and security in the country is the gender inequity and exclusion of women from decision 5    "        Harry stated this during a two day training workshop organised for civil society organisations towards the achievements  Â&#x2021;     reform for women held in Owerri, which focused on social and legislative   Â&#x2014;   favourable legislation for women in politics and public life, The YTF boss warned

that no government could claim to be democratic until women are guaranteed equal representation, adding that adequate representation of women in public policy making positions is essential to achieving societal   &  With women taking their proper position both in elective and appointed positions, Harry argued that Nigeria would not only join the rest of the world in giving â&#x20AC;&#x153;this gender the sense of belonging, but also guarantee social justice in  &    She explained that the workshop was designed to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;train the trainer model where â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are imparting knowledge so that it can then transfer       

  the communities, which include women in political parties or those aspiring to &     &   According to Harry, currently the nation  

  ~~~ &    Â&#x2021;     on women through the federal government policy of appointing 13 female ministers and 4 special advisers to the president,  &    ~~~ &  cent and 22 per cent  &   

Imo indigenes in South Africa commend Okorocha,seek partnership Emma Mgbeahurike, Owerri Women of Assemblies of God Nigeria, 5 Kayode Street, Morgan Estate, Ojodu, during their Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebration recently.

Customs impounds N291.7M worth of contraband goods Emma Mgbeahurike, Owerri


he Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;?, Owerri, has recorded 39 seizures of illegally imported goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) *>Â&#x17E;Â?Â&#x17E;  The customs revealed that it also recovered an under &   *Â?Â&#x2122;    *>Â&#x2122;DÂ&#x17E;    D~   The items which were impounded last month by   Â&#x2021;        unit, include 17 vehicles with VXÂ&#x203A;  *~Â&#x2122;DÂ&#x2122;Â?    the Benin/Agbor/Asaba/ Onitsha axis; 6,868 bags of 50kg rice with DPV of *DÂ&#x153;Â&#x2122;Â?DÂ&#x161;    on the Owerri/Aba/Eleme/ X{6[  The list include: 180 bales of textile materials (printed wax) also on the Eleme and Agbor axis with a DPV of N61,1 million in addition to 198 pieces of imported used   *QÂ?  !

       premises of FOU ZONE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Owerri, the Customs Area Controller explained    &   

 apprehended in connection with the smuggling and

are helping the unit in its

    Dimka who put the under &       *Â?Â&#x2122; million, said that the recent upsurge of smuggling of vehicles into the country by the smugglers is to avert payment of current duty   This he said is criminally designed to sabotage, and to

      " of the Federal Government in strengthening the   

 The CAC who spoke through the Public Relations 9Â&#x2021;   <9+   Â&#x20AC;$%1 Onuigbo Ifeoma, recalled the era where imported frozen poultry products where being smuggled into the zone, and made a

promise that it will soon be a thing of the past; while the smuggling of rice have been reduced to its barest   6    the reason the smugglers have decided to go into full scale smuggling of automobiles to circumvent the intention of the governmentinstrengthening the indigenous automobile

FRLI petitions Anambra commissioner over multiple tickets Cyprian Ebele, Onitsha


rked by the multiple tickets being imposed on tricycle operators in Anambra State, the Fundamental Rights League International (FRLI), has reportedly petitioned the state Commissioner for Transport, 6$ 21   him two weeks ultimatum within which to stop the multiple ticket imposition or      The rights group described as wicked, inhuman and arbitrary the imposition of multiple tickets on members of FRLI by the

unions; Autobike Operators and Dealers Association, '#99VR01 2  Transport Union of Nigeria '2#+*0  / 5 {*& & Owners and Operators Welfare Association Anambra R 1'/*994RR0 According to the chairman  <W31 $  2 5  Umezulike, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the three unions extort N750 from each of my members on daily basis in the name of Anambra State Government, ATOODAS,  2#+*Â&#x;/*994RR  5 = He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;what we demand is to know government approved ticket, and how

much to pay per day, the legally authorised government department that sells the ticket, and if possible for our members to procure it direct from the authorised  & = Comrade Umezurike reiterated that FRLI would not hesitate to drag those concerned to court if their demands were not met with after the expiration of the    The petition was copied to Governor Willie Obiano and three Divisional Police Stations in Onitsha and environs that include, Fegge, 95&5


n a bid to identify and acknowledge outstanding performance in governance and giants strides in developmental projects, Imo State indigenes in South Africa under the aegis of Imo State Union have joined other Imo indigenes in the Diaspora to commend the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, for making the  & The group, which paid the governor a courtesy visit at the Government House, Owerri, donated about 45,000 exercise books to the state in support of its free education programme       

 education as fundamental manpower development project, and a veritable tool for greatness and economic   The leader of the & 6   $

 /   Ike, disclosed that the group would partner with the government in industrialisation and job creation which could

 ~1@@@  He requested the inclusion of the group in community government council (CGC)  &    Â&#x2021;   Nigeria while he disclosed that about 5,000 Imo indigenes were in South   A member of the group, Chief Tobechukwu Ehirim,

stated that they were highly impressed with the achievements of the present administration which informed their decision to be partners in progress        He disclosed that the        administration, the group said they were ready to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bring investmentâ&#x20AC;? as well as mobilise people to make     Governor Rochas Okorocha commended the group for being organised, supportive of the rescue mission administration and for the exercise books they donated to school children

   The governor promised to create South African Diaspora Village in the state, and directed the Commissioner for Lands to work it out with the & 6      community government council would be extended to the group in South        5 Â&#x2021;  appointed in his cabinet for

"          The governor noted that Imo State would continue to    1    group that the Imo carnival was shifted because of the Chibok incident in Nigeria, while expressing hope that  &    carnival at a later date in 9 






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Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

NSE Daily Summary (Equities) at 16/05/2014

Market closes bullish as index gains 0.05% Abiodun Awogbemi


he weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equity trading at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) ended the week bullish as index reverses last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negative outing to record 1.21 per cent gain against 0.05 per cent loss recorded last week. Market breadth maintained its positive trend for four trading days this week except for the last trading day. Also the equities market opened and sustained uptrend for four trading days during the week. The daily up trend was maintained from Monday till Wednesday, achieving returns of 1.51 per cent. It dropped by 47 points on Thursday Symbol

but regained its uptick by 17 points on Friday to close with +121bps for the week ended. The Equities market performance indicators; All Share Index (ASI) and Market Capitalisation equally closed higher at 3 9,022.10 and N12. 853 trillion against last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing level of 38,554.19 and N12. 669 trillion respectively. Finally, the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to - Date loss of the benchmark index dropped to - 6.05 per cent. The Market capitalisation for the week appreciated by N154 billion to     *D>Â&#x17E;Â?~   &  with N12.69trillion in the week under review. Transaction level in terms Opening Price


of volume of trades dropped compared to last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level of trades. Activity levels of the market, in terms of volume traded moderated by -2.57 per cent as 1.65billion shares valued at N19.81billion were exchanged in higher number of deals of 24,031 compared with 1.69billion shares valued at N17.42billion exchanged in 21,582 deals last week respectively. #           continued its position as the most active sector during the week under review. The sector maintained its dominance in terms of volume of transaction accounting for over 60 per cent of total volumes.


Closing Price

Change (+)




635.01 1,070.25 177.00 220.31 111.82


% Price Change



640.00 1,075.01 180.00 223.00 112.50



120.80 23.50 56.50 27.52 9.85

119.06 22.95 56.00 27.10 9.55


CHANGE % 4.99 4.76 3.00 2.69 0.68

CHANGE % -1.74 -0.55 -0.50 -0.42 -0.30



85.80 0.84 9.85 3.32 1.52 0.82

85.80 0.88 9.60 3.25 1.52 0.81

85.80 0.86 9.52 3.22 1.52 0.80

85.80 0.88 9.55 3.25 1.52 0.81

0.00 0.04 -0.30 -0.07 0.00 -0.01

0.00 4.76 -3.05 -2.11 0.00 -1.22

1 1 1 1 1 1

50,129 631,963 5,334,685 543,219 3,306 250,209

4,269,196.00 550,329.44 51,043,008.00 1,761,036.00 4,959.80 201,935.20


2.36 19.55

2.42 19.99

2.25 19.70

2.42 19.70

0.06 0.15

2.54 0.77

1 1

374,813 756,098

861,083.50 14,995,927.00


2.00 1.47 10.00 18.90 6.47 70.95 38.70 4.55 9.30 0.50 3.95 0.50 49.20 1.02 0.51 1.24 0.65 2.50 2.01 5.48 0.50 220.31 8.00 9.17 6.50 1.06 3.61 14.30 2.70 13.10 4.19 2.03 2.72 68.00 155.95 67.00 0.50 27.52 177.00

2.00 1.47 10.00 18.90 6.47 70.95 38.70 4.55 9.30 0.50 3.95 0.50 49.20 1.02 0.50 1.30 0.63 2.55 2.01 5.48 0.50 223.00 8.00 9.23 6.57 1.06 3.61 14.03 2.70 13.29 4.39 2.06 2.60 68.00 155.95 67.00 0.50 27.30 180.00

2.00 1.47 10.00 18.90 6.47 70.95 38.70 4.55 9.30 0.50 3.95 0.50 49.20 1.01 0.50 1.20 0.63 2.50 2.01 5.48 0.50 223.00 8.00 9.20 6.50 1.06 3.61 14.00 2.70 13.10 4.11 2.02 2.56 68.00 155.95 67.00 0.50 27.00 179.00

2.00 1.47 10.00 18.90 6.47 70.95 38.70 4.55 9.30 0.50 3.95 0.50 49.20 1.02 0.50 1.30 0.63 2.55 2.01 5.48 0.50 223.00 8.00 9.21 6.52 1.06 3.61 14.00 2.70 13.17 4.30 2.05 2.56 68.00 155.95 67.00 0.50 27.10 180.00

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -0.01 0.06 -0.02 0.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.69 0.00 0.04 0.02 0.00 0.00 -0.30 0.00 0.07 0.11 0.02 -0.16 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -0.42 3.00

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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2,000 10,074 180,730 11,043 200 132,760 44,327 10 178,672 2,023,300 10 100 26,593 150,000 366,667 384,700 500,000 1,899,939 167,066 8,538 1,000 184,685 256,055 2,942,121 9,226,157 1,564 11,000 1,134,073 68,852 33,751,448 101,425,794 11,967,208 230,500 87,306 193,552 1,382 330,000 32,086,912 191,725

4,200.00 15,345.96 1,753,615.00 198,421.28 1,294.00 9,412,141.00 1,738,179.88 43.30 1,668,740.88 1,011,650.00 37.60 50.00 1,243,004.38 152,500.00 183,687.50 483,282.69 315,000.00 4,816,992.50 335,329.31 44,482.98 500.00 41,162,420.00 1,968,058.00 27,103,234.00 60,041,312.00 1,683.34 37,730.00 15,886,190.00 177,827.34 443,996,160.00 434,962,912.00 24,448,900.00 596,637.00 6,035,748.00 28,730,508.00 90,052.40 165,000.00 872,369,344.00 34,432,904.00


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

NSE Daily Summary (Equities) at 16/05/2014 Symbol


Opening Price

0.50 3.70 0.60 25.00 0.52 0.50 0.50 71.99 0.50 1.66 3.29 1.82 0.50 120.80 0.50 5.24 12.64 162.50 1.23 0.84 1070.25 0.50 7.46 22.01 0.95 15.98 0.53 34.11 1.50 1.57 4.86 35.00 0.57 35.30 4.50 0.50 0.59 1.08 635.01 3.45 0.50 22.04 2.29 155.00 3.70 2.20 18.05 56.50 7.24 2.35 10.18 0.50 0.50 49.37 0.50 0.50 3.97 0.50 4.20 111.82 0.85 1.00 23.50


0.50 3.71 0.63 25.60 0.51 0.50 0.50 71.99 0.50 1.66 3.13 1.82 0.50 120.40 0.50 5.24 13.48 163.05 1.17 0.82 1075.01 0.50 7.46 22.01 0.95 16.13 0.53 34.00 1.50 1.57 5.00 35.10 0.55 35.50 4.40 0.50 0.57 1.08 640.00 3.50 0.50 22.60 2.30 157.00 3.74 2.31 18.00 56.00 7.15 2.42 10.18 0.50 0.50 49.37 0.50 0.50 3.97 0.50 4.00 112.50 0.85 0.99 23.30


0.50 3.70 0.63 25.60 0.50 0.50 0.50 71.99 0.50 1.66 3.13 1.82 0.50 119.06 0.50 5.24 12.80 161.80 1.17 0.81 1073.01 0.50 7.46 22.01 0.92 15.99 0.53 34.00 1.50 1.57 5.00 35.00 0.55 35.50 4.40 0.50 0.57 1.03 640.00 3.45 0.50 22.04 2.23 155.00 3.64 2.31 17.60 56.00 7.02 2.33 10.06 0.50 0.50 49.37 0.50 0.50 3.97 0.50 4.00 111.05 0.81 0.95 22.91

Closing Price Change (+)

0.50 3.70 0.63 25.60 0.50 0.50 0.50 71.99 0.50 1.66 3.13 1.82 0.50 119.06 0.50 5.24 13.30 163.05 1.17 0.81 1075.01 0.50 7.46 22.01 0.95 15.99 0.53 34.00 1.50 1.57 5.00 35.10 0.55 35.50 4.40 0.50 0.57 1.08 640.00 3.46 0.50 22.04 2.30 155.00 3.65 2.31 17.99 56.00 7.11 2.33 10.06 0.50 0.50 49.37 0.50 0.50 3.97 0.50 4.00 112.50 0.84 0.99 22.95

0.00 0.00 0.03 0.60 -0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -0.16 0.00 0.00 -1.74 0.00 0.00 0.66 0.55 -0.06 -0.03 4.76 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00 -0.11 0.00 0.00 0.14 0.10 -0.02 0.20 -0.10 0.00 -0.02 0.00 4.99 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00 -0.05 0.11 -0.06 -0.50 -0.13 -0.02 -0.12 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -0.20 0.68 -0.01 -0.01 -0.55

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Politics Why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re honouring Biafran heros May 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Radio director In this age of calls for true federalism, resource control and creation of more states, it would have expected that any secessionist drive should have died down. Nnamdi Kanu, director, Radio Biafra, Enugu, is one man who feels that the people of the old Eastern region were right after all in seeking to go their own way, as, according to him, the same issues that were prevalent - killings, unjust leadership and tyranny prior to the Nigerian civil war of 1967, have continued unabated. In this exclusive interview with THANKGOD OFOELUE, Kanu insists that Biafra is a dream that must be realised before 2015. He also unfolds plans by those he termed Biafrans to remember those who were killed during the civil war. Excerpts:


hat is your motive in establishing Radio Biafra at this period of Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history? The reason we are resurrecting Biafra again

            declaration of independence is now prevalent R      fail to realise that the initial reason the late General \ 59 95    

 state of Biafra was because they were killing us


    #      present in Nigeria today. They are killing us every day. But they are very clever. The new thing they have done is to say that they are killing Christians.           know that those who are being killed intentionally are Igbo people - Biafrans of Christian faith. It is only a very hopeless race that will watch the

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#      here again, and that is why we say,    W !   our people to prevent their possible extinction. Biafra is here because it is the only       R \R R  There have been such movements in the past - the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Biafra Zionists which claim to represent the Biafra struggle. Are you doing the same thing they are doing, knowing that Chief Ralph Uwazurike has been     

with those whom he should be  W !    {&

  the indigenous people of Biafra. We are in over 88 countries around the world, and that is where we derive      %  {&

    Biafran in the world. If you are a Biafran, Radio Biara is your radio. The Indigenous People of Biafra 'X9!0   :   country. We are called the IPOB; we

are not a group. We are the citizens ! 4    "  those who are running around is this: we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lie; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheat; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kidnap people; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appropriate lands that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong to us; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t engage Nigerian politicians; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t travel to Abuja; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t negotiate; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t retreat, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surrender. Uwazurike cannot say this to you. Nobody else can, &      Radio Biafra which is piloting the " W !   

[    4   "  :    & 1 accountable collection of people     world. 4        nobody has been able to do. One thing we forget very quickly when discussing Radio Biafra, and it

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1 is that Radio Biafra is the only infrastructure that is owned by all the Biafrans. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own anything else, just Radio Biafra. It is the only thing that is publicly funded by Biafrans all over the world, and it is the only thing they  1  &             to address issues and voice their concerns. Between 1968 and 1970 you had Radio Biafra broadcasting      the back of a Volkswagen, driving  &   !   surface on this earth and people on satellite can receive us. Radio Biafra is on satellite, Uwazurike couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it; nobody could do it. !      !  all over the world, which will be tested on May 30 did it. This is to show people how powerful we are. We are not paper tigers, Continued on Page 16


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Why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re honouring Biafran heros on May 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Radio director Continued from Page 15

and we want to demonstrate our strength on May 30, when we honour those that died. Radio Biafra and what it represents, through IPOB is a   "  5     altogether. We are the only people registered at the United Nations as Biafrans. MASSOB is not there. I recognise the works most members of MASSOB did; those that have died, and mind you, we shall also be honouring MASSOB members that died; those that died genuinely, not those that died doing kidnapping or armed robbery. We are honouring all our dead on May 30, and anybody who is genuine about the restoration of Biafra is more than welcome in our midst. Are you just going to broadcast or do you have plans to actualise a physical nation of Biafra? Yes, Biafra will be realised  

V   ~D1 >@DÂ?4    that what Ojukwu said is correct - that even the grass will rise and  ! 1 !  cannot be defeated. Those were his words. We want to prove to humanity that those words are correct. What kind of strength do you have? What is giving you this    We are everywhere in the world. We will make the world to understand that the killing of & &    DÂ&#x2122;QÂ?#  British started killing us with the killing of our women at the Ohu W # 5  DÂ&#x2122;>Â&#x2122;  

\: DÂ&#x2122;QÂ&#x153; 5  The British have killed us. The Hausa-Fulani Muslims are killing us today. For how long will this continue? There comes a time when a man has to stand and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;At this point, I am no longer going to run. MASSOB is in one country, other people are based here in this zoo. We are in 88 countries. We are very deadly and serious. The    2~@1  very year how strong we are as a people. Are you aware that these statements could be taken as treason against the Nigerian government? Nigeria has no government. What we have is a collection of

 1    of illegality. The question we are asking is: who is a Nigerian? I can show you a Yoruba person, Biafran and Arewa persons. Is anybody an indigenous person of Nigeria before Frederick

Lugard came? The answer is no. In other words, we accept that one single white man created a nation, and no single person can create a nation. Nations emerge  &    boundaries. But in our own case, one man came, took some part of Yoruba â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are Yoruba people in Benin Republic and Togo bearing Yoruba names like Adeboye. Are you telling me that somebody bearing Adeboye in Cotonou, and we have another Adeboye in Badagry, are not more closely related? What is Adeboye of Badagry doing with Okechukwu from Okigwe? Nigeria itself is an illegal entity. Lugard did not come to my village with a visa. Nobody gave him &      &" the bight of Biafra; nobody gave him permission to land his West African Frontier Force; nobody   &   5 Arochukwu; nobody gave him permission to do what he did - to assault my tradition, my culture, my way of life. Therefore, I do not need permission to restore my people to what they used to be. What did you say is going to tackle place on May 30 this year? <       Q> years, we are going to remember the over 3.6 million people that Nigeria killed with the help of the British. We are the only people that failed to remember those that died until our dear brother, Governor Godswill Akpabio did something about it. We commend him. The reason he did it is because he listened to Radio Biafra. Every sensible person listens to Radio Biafra. In fact, most people get what is happening all over the world from Radio Biafra, not from any other source. So, on 2~@1>@DQ1       world, starting from Japan in the East - when the sun rises directly overhead in Japan, we shall hold a two minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; silence for our  & &      midday on every time zone across the length and breadth of this earth, we shall remember them. We want to tell the world that we have presence on every time zone. We have been doing our ground work for years and are about to come to the open. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intend to go after Boko Haram that sells 1   4     

     1  :     1 may God help them. But one thing can never remain the same: this abomination called Nigeria       V   ~D1>@DÂ?

Uwazurike. I invited him to London and he came. On his way back from the US. MASSOB members contributed the money that we used in establishing Radio Biafra. But Uwazurike stopped funding Radio Biafra after three months. We were on air for nine months, broadcasting on shortwave, which is very expensive. He stopped funding after three months, having realised how powerful Radio Biafra was. He became scared because he knew we were going to expose him, because at Radio Biafra, we take no exceptions. If I do anything wrong as a director, I expect them to expose me as well. He stopped because he was scared, or because his Hausa Fulani friends told him to stop funding the station. Every

"    4   to go from church to church in order to sustain the station but to no avail. Then we shut down, and  &   >@D> Kalu

Do you believe in the ongoing National Conference? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in the conference. #  

   & &  who created the problems in   &  #  & &  who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build schools or roads. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to build a sewage system. The level of technology available to the Romans before Jesus Christ was born, they could not implement. In this zoo called Nigeria, they could not do anything. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide electricity; they

The same conditions are here again, and that is why we say, we must have a Radio Biafra to alert our people to prevent their possible extinction. Biafra is here because it is the only sensible thing for anybody from the South East or South South to do

It seems you have a sour spot for Uwazurike (cuts in) donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know or understand I do, and same for every Igbo the fundamental of economic politician, and every other person development. All the factories that has used the name of Biafra here are closed. These were the to lie and cheat. I hate liars and men who presided over these cheats. He compromised the horrendous economic decline and struggle. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it very funny that decay. What can they do? The Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo is same old men. Therefore, how is coming openly to say that he will it possible for us to expect them to   5R 5 Â  do anything about it? They are all Why is it that Uwazurike has not there for the money. If somebody &5 Â 4  


 &*D> 1 doing with hotels and mansions?      1 Why did he campaign for former and have food in the morning, Governor Ikedi Ohakim? He is afternoon and night, I will go to the one now dining and eating such a place. Who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want with politicians. Why did he invite   Â *D>  5  the son of Abacha, Mohammed, rubbish. Have you noticed how 95 1  >D  :>D everybody who is a delegate from gun salute for Major Al-Mustapha here has not said anything since? - the same people that participated Do you know why they have in the genocide of 3.6 million of not said anything? It is because your people. If he was a serious their masters are there looking 

   1  %  at them. Those those that put do what we are doing today? We them in power. They made them are the only ones with the voice of senators, House of Representatives our people. We are the only ones members, councillors, chairmen of remembering our dead.  

     There was a worldwide outcry; areas. we are going to mourn our people, Boko Haram is doing what they not celebrate. are doing because they killed their leader. Today they have killed How can one get Radio Biafra to thousands. If anything happens listen to? Â&#x2021;      If you have any phone that can People of Biafra, they will be killed, access the internet, you can get it their families, everything that by googling Radio Biafra. We are bears their names will not remain also on satellite with our meagre alive. We have not come to ask for resources. Any free to air decoder any land belonging to anybody. can give you Radio Biafra. We are We have come to be free. not a household name because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in making noise. Our When and how did Radio Biafra actions speak for us. If Uwazurike start?

   1   W !   >@@Â&#x2122;1 have gone far in the Biafran with the help of MASSOB, and struggle.


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Rivers 2015: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our turn, Kalabari tells Ogoni Nath Omame, Port Harcourt


n the strength of the growing spate of endorsement of the candidature of the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, for the 2015 gubernatorial election in River State, a group, representing the Kalabari ethnic nationality, an Ijaw extraction, has declared that it is the turn of the Kalabariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to produce the next governor. According to the Kalabari group, the Se Kalabari, the Ogonis, whose indigenes have also been clamouring for the 2015 governorship, should forget the idea because a succession deal was entered into by the Kalabari elite in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999, that a Kalabari indigene would become the governor of Rivers State after the tenure of Dr. Peter Odili who is from Andoni (1999 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2003), and Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2015), from the Ikwerre. The Kalabari group in statement signed by Teme Comson-Higgwe, stated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We, the Kalabaris have always held that if truth and fairness were to be the yardstick, then no group deserves the next PDP guber ticket than the Kalabari.â&#x20AC;? Comson-Higgwe disclosed further: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Initially, on the cards of the Rivers PDP was an executive succession order that okayed an Odiliâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Amaechiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Tonye Harry succession plan. It is therefore the turn of Tonye Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people now.â&#x20AC;? The group claims that Kalabari paid the price to secure victory for the PDP by supporting Dr. Odili in 1999. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our argument is that Rivers State ought to compensate Kalabari for the sake of yesterday. Our position is based on the fact that at inception (1998 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1999), it was the Kalabaris that weaned, groomed and led the PDP to electoral victory. This is a milestone. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feat achieved on zero grounds,â&#x20AC;? the statement added. The Se Kalabari group stressed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no party had a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;carry goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advantage then. In the process, Kalabari had     1        1 Chief Ebenezer Isokariari. The Kalabari PDP leadership proved so sincere Chief Isokariari was denied the bulk of the votes from his home base â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Asari Local Government Area.â&#x20AC;? Comson-Higgwe recalled that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the January 9, 1999 guber election was herculean, in that, Chief Isokariari was so popular, so well grounded that the PDP candidate could not be defeatedâ&#x20AC;Śuntil the election culminated in a run"8DÂ&#x161;1DÂ&#x2122;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2122;4 

Gov. Amaechi   Ă&#x2013;= He lamented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In December >@@Â&#x161;1 &&   the outcome/result of its governorship primary nomination election. A distinguished Kalabari aspirant, Senator I. S. Martyns-Yellowe emerged second behind Rotimi Amaechi. But MartynsYellowe was denied his natural place. In his stead, Celestine Omehia was brought in through the back door. That is cheating: the Kalabari polity was brazenly cheated.â&#x20AC;? The Kalabari group recalled that upon being declared as the authentic governor of Rivers State by the Supreme Court in October 25, 2007, Prince Tonye Princewill, withdrew his electoral petition against the PDP over alleged election fraud. The group continued: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In

If the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) insists that the governorship rotates among senatorial districts, can MOSOP explain to Rivers people why Rufus Ada-George, Omehia and Amaechi became governors, coming from the same Rivers East senatorial district?

the 2007 election season, the same Princewill, now a PDP member, did forego his gubernatorial drive because Governor Amaechi, then of the PDP, was out for a second   Â&#x2021; X     refrained from contesting.â&#x20AC;? ${6    the position of his group in calling on the Ogonis to forget the 2015 governorship, stating that â&#x20AC;&#x153;between Governors Omehia and Amaechi, the Ogonis have had it so rosy out of the dividends. The high brow Â&#x2021;  R    State Government (SSG), has been kept exclusively for the Ogonis: Messrs Gabriel Pidomsom, Magnus Ngei Abe and George Feyii, respectively. In addition, Victor Giadom, another Ogoni, is the Commissioner for Works.â&#x20AC;? On the upland/riverine dichotomy that has welled up since the perceived candidature of Wike, an Ikwerre man who is angling to succeed Governor Amaechi, who is also from the Ikwerre ethnic extraction, the group reechoed the position of the Kalika Assembly, another Kalabari group: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) insists that the governorship rotates among senatorial districts, can MOSOP explain to Rivers people why Rufus AdaGeorge, Omehia and Amaechi became governors, coming from the same Rivers East senatorial district?â&#x20AC;? The Se Kalabari maintained that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;that question remains unanswered to this day. The reason is because senatorial district rotation is a strange song in the zoning tradition in the Rivers geo-polity. Everyone knows itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been on the basis of riverine/ upland divide.â&#x20AC;?

The group further elaborated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 1999 gesture of the Kalabari PDP was a deed of great altruism. Thus, Kalabari deserves compensation from the PDP; just as the party ought to compensate the South South  {&   Z    President Jonathan for 2015, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only the South South that has remained PDP ab ignition.â&#x20AC;? The position currently being canvassed by Se Kalabari and Kalika Assembly is loudly supported by Prof. Fons Amanye-Obu, a 2003 PDP governorship aspirant; Princewill, a 2007 governorship aspirant; the Kengema Unity Forum; and the Kalabari Progressive Movement, among others. They are all advocating that a politician of Kalabari extraction should succeed Governor Amaechi who is an Ikwerre man. However, MOSOP, which has continued to protest against the marginalization of the Ogonis at the federal as well as in the state insist that the Ogonis would not accept anything less than the governorship position in Rivers State. In furtherance of its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ogoni 2015 Project,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; MOSOP at the end of its national congress in Bori, the headquarters of the Ogonis, issued a communiquĂŠ signed by its president, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara. MOSOP enjoined all the political parties in the state to present Ogoni indigenes as their governorship candidates. Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most W 2 6 Kuka and the leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, have also spoken publicly in support of an Ogoni indigene becoming the next governor of River State. Other groups that are supporting the clamour by the Ogonis to produce Governor Amaechiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successor include the Ikwerre-Etche Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forum; Rivers Voice; Niger Delta Renaissance; Council of Orashi Ethnic Nationality, Kalabari Stakeholders Forum and the Ijaw Justice Forum. Others are the Hausa Community Welfare Association; Opobo Democratic Movement; Rivers Youth Movement; Obolo Consultative Forum; Kalabari Peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Assembly and the Rivers Democratic Congress. The groups in separate statements maintain that it would be unfair to deny the Ogonis the opportunity of producing the next governor of Rivers State considering their contribution to the Niger Delta struggle.

2015:Nigerians in Europe drum support for Jonathan Thankgod Ofoelue, Benin


uropean coordinator of the G2G, a support group for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, Prince Martins Sado, has argued that four more years of Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government will make the country the envy of many nations in terms of development. Sado stated this after his inauguration as the European coordinator for the group in Benin City on Tuesday. Based in The Netherlands, the G2G European coordinator gave kudos to the strides which the nation has made under President Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership, particularly in infrastructure renewal especially in roads and rail networks, university education and the power sector. He stressed: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are saying that here is a good leader who has paid his dues as well as knows his onions; a leader who has what it takes to take Nigeria to the next level and has deployed all his intellect into doing just that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have never had a President like Dr. Jonathan and we must support him to continue the good work,â&#x20AC;? he posited. Sado commended the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent hosting of the world to the Economic Forum on Africa, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fact that the forum attracted the cream of global business personalities and raised about $70 billion in pledges by development partners for Africa is an indication of the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global rating and an endorsement of his leadership style.â&#x20AC;? He also said the fact that the world stood still for the forum in support of Nigeria in the wake of the terror threat by the insurgent group is a vote of confidence for President Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership and Nigeria. He added that the G2G campaign was beyond politics and called on all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those in the Diaspora who wish the country well irrespective of their political parties, to unite in the interest of the nation for Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reelection.


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Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest critics know he means well for Nigeria â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Boyloaf each other and unite to face the common enemy.

Ebikabowei Victor Ben popularly known as General Boyloaf was acknowledged as having the most organised militant camp during the period of the Niger Delta crisis that resulted in the declaration of amnesty by the late President Umaru Yarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Adua. One of his exploits was the        turned out to be the game changer that altered the dynamics of the Niger Delta struggle and made the government and the multi-national oil companies have a change of strategy in addressing the crisis. From being the lord of the creeks to becoming the chairman of Bayelsa

           has really transformed. The press caught up with him recently in Lagos and he opened up on some issues of national importance. BENSON EDJEWHOVBO was there for Saturday Newswatch.


ould you say the demand and aspiration of the Niger Delta people have been met with the peace in the region and the obvious national economic rebound brought about by the granting of amnesty? If human demands are insatiable and human aspiration are limitless, then what do you expect of the demands and aspirations of the whole nation of Niger Delta people? Of course, our wants and aspirations are bound to be insatiable and limitless. Most Nigerians and foreigners alike think that with the amnesty programme and a son of the Niger Delta becoming president, all the problems associated with the Niger Delta region have been solved. But that is not the truth. The problems are still there and have been compounded by the fact that our brother is the president; our hands are tied and our voices sealed because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give politicians fuel to derail the Federal Government. The issues that took us to the creek are still there; the environment is still in a state of abject degradation; the East-West road, if not for recent


    :     issue; oil spill here and there. We did not bargain for the presidency as a demand of the Niger Delta struggle; it was a Greek gift, given to the Niger Delta to pacify us so that the exploitation of our people and resources will continue unabated. But we accepted it because as a & &      presidency by virtue of our being part of the Nigerian commonwealth         & 5 & Â&#x2021; R1 that extent while it is a fact that the amnesty programme has given impetus for rebound of the oil and gas economy and put more money into the Federal purse and brought    1   addressed the core demands of the Niger Delta people. Our irreducible minimum of expectations has not been met.

But the ex-militants in phase III, particularly those from Urhobo and Itsekiri say they are marginalised. What is your take on this? There is a kind of misconception about the amnesty programme. It is not for every ethnic group in the Niger Delta to say they are not included or are being marginalised. It is for those youths that engaged in the Niger Delta armed struggle. I personally do not like or subscribe to tribal division within the Niger Delta; but I can tell you that those youths, Urhobo, Itesekiri , Kwale, Isoko, Edo, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, Idoma, Igala, Nupe and others of various ethnic groups that one way or the other participated in the Niger Delta struggle and accepted the amnesty programme are the intended and genuine    



 of the amnesty programme because not all Ijaw youths participated in the struggle. The amnesty is for


 time and comfort for the greatness of the region; it is not based on ethnic quota. Recently you were appointed as chairman of the Bayelsa Center for z V  & '$zV0R  people termed the development as a political gimmick to empower you to   ! R  % political interests by going after his opponents. The appointment came to me as &   "  &   5 &  R 

5  Dickson is. He has a large heart and he is magnanimous and in a   &! R R1 he wants everybody to join him in developing the state. Instead of standing aloof and criticising everything that government has done, he has invited Bayelsans and non Bayelsans to join him in developing the Ijaw heartland. The appointment is an honour to me and an opportunity for me to contribute my own quota to the development of the state. If the result of our work at the CYD furthers the governors

In what ways can we address Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security challenges for sustainable peace and development? R     [&    enterprise, and it is unfortunate that politicians who are in charge of our national treasury do not understand this fact. The peace we are currently enjoying in the Niger Delta came at a great cost, both in terms of money and human lives. This happens when we have social and economic disequilibrium in the country. Government must continue to invest massively in social and economic projects that will ameliorate poverty; real projects that will not be hijacked by vested interests and politicians, like they hijacked the amnesty programme. If this is sustained for a period of about 20 years, the disequilibrium in our societies will reduce gradually to a reasonable and manageable proportion.

Victor Ben (a.k.a. Boyloaf) political interests, popularity and acceptability; I have no qualms or apology about that. After all, he is the appointing authority and all accolades are due to him. What will you be doing at the CYD, given your pedigree as an ex-militant leader? Harnessing youths for sustainable development, grooming them to unleash their potentials for meaningful development are no easy task. That exactly are what we will be doing at the centre. We are evolving a strategy on how to engage all segments of our youths. It is our hope that there will not be one idle youths in Bayelsa; every one of our youths will have something to do, to contribute to society. We are also evolving a strategy to capture all our youths that may have dropped out of the school system for one

Even the greatest critics of President Jonathan agree that he means well for Nigeria. Sanusi Lamido, the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria governor even attested to it that Mr. President means well. I am convinced beyond doubt that Mr. President means well for Nigeria. He is the father of the nation and so far I am of the opinion that he has managed the affairs of Nigeria to the best of his ability and based on information available to him to make critical decisions

reason or the other. The CYD has &5    R1 it is going to be holistic and my background as a leader puts me in a vantage position to understand the challenges our youths are facing. It equally gives me the temperament to understand them, without being judgmental and encourages them to pick up the bits and pieces of their life and give life another shot. The CYD will create a rebounding platform for the young men and women, and through it their lives       &    impact on the society. What is your assessment of the security challenges of Boko Haram and how government has responded so far? My personal take on Boko Haram is akin to when we wish for something, or create a scenario. When it becomes so big it may most likely go out of the creatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or instigatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control as those with other objectives and agenda may run with it and give it a life of its own. From a reactionary movement trying to propagate its own brand of Islam to a political mechanism with the goal of challenging the enthronement of a minority president, Boko Haram has assumed the status of an international terror organisation. The political upheavals in the Maghreb region also contributed because arms and soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of fortune suddenly found a new territory to do business having been pursued from their hitherto bases and theatre of war. !56  "   5 & security agencies busy in the last four years or so; the entire North East, particularly Borno and Yobe states are dead socially and commercially. There is no growth there! Meanwhile, the other regions are in    &   1  how small the socio-economic   

5 &    R1 whose fault is it and whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to blame? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to blame anyone, but no government will be happy to have such a crisis. The Federal and state governments should stop blaming

And how do you advise the Federal Government in taking proactive measures against Boko Haram insurgents? Nigerians have to be fair with the government on this Boko Haram issue. The government has tried all sort of strategy to get them on board; government has tried to meet them halfway, but they have not responded. Their demands are religious in nature and no responsible government will accede to such demands. Boko Haram is anti-Islam; Boko Haram is anti-North; Boko Haram is antidevelopment; Boko Haram is anti  R

      innocent children. Boko Haram is anti-Nigeria. Nigerians are watching, especially Niger Deltans. If within the tenure of President Jonathan, the Federal Government and Boko Haram can reach a peaceful solution and normalcy returns to the North East and a stop is put to the senseless killings of women and children, that will be good for Nigeria. But, and I repeat, if the insurgency persists the entire tenure of President Jonathan, then some of us might want to believe what others have been saying for long - that it is a political weapon to keep President Jonathan busy and restless and this feeling is not good for Nigeria. To answer you directly, the Federal Government recently launched a new approach. I think the soft strategy; this is proactive enough; let Boko Haram run with it; if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and it persists then ... letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leave it at that. But are you convinced that President Jonathan means well for Nigeria? Even the greatest critics of President Jonathan agree that he   *   R  Lamido, the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria governor even     2X    means well. I am convinced beyond doubt that Mr. President means well for Nigeria. He is the father of the nation and so far I am of the opinion      "  Nigeria to the best of his ability and based on information available to him to make critical decisions.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Opinion OUR VISION To support Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest for justice through intellectual approach

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Military intervention and international law


n 1928, the Brian/Kellogg Pact condemned the use of war as an instrument of state policy. The relevant provisions of the League of Nations Covenant proscribed military

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  how states have violated these provisions of international law, is the subject of this essay. In their pursuit of antiquated geo-political interests, major powers, which fervently supported the passage of international legal rules, have been foremost in their violation. If we begin from home, the British invaded our Benin Kingdom in 1898. The Benin Kingdom was very advanced in diplomatic practice, having sent an Ambassador to the King of Portugal in 1492. I reject amalgamation, which set us back inexorably. In contemporary history of diplomacy, we recall Japanese military intervention at Pearl Harbour which led to retaliatory military 56  *5 # R

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 manner some diplomats quickly forget their own violations of international law, which is usually called upon when it suits their own version of the truth. History is always a faithful reminder of past actions. #    1 "   ordinary people go through, when the Luciferians are work, is testimony to evil. The only security on earth is the one provided by God, the Father. X \ 9 \

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When tough times last, tough people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t By Samuel Ufot Ekekere


e are very much familiar with Robert H. Schulerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tough Time Never Last But Tough People Doâ&#x20AC;? dictum. My student walked into the class looking dumbfounded. He seemed lost in his words and suddenly burst into â&#x20AC;&#x153;tough time never last but tough people doâ&#x20AC;?. I looked up to him and asked him why he said that. He said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what people always say. The student seemed right to have alluded his predicament in preparing for his university matriculation exams as tough times and yearned to be free. In his opinion, he was the tough guy, but I did not see anything tough about him. Robert Schulerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement follows the crowded school of thought which appeals to sympathetic minds. You hear some folk say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon bro, we are just going through tough times, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be tough and come around thisâ&#x20AC;? and he pats the friend on his back. I have observed against this school of thought that when tough times last, tough people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. You may raise eyebrow. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be  5 1 %  5 Â       standing belief? Sure, and certainly. You do not have to be tough to get through tough times and tough times last your lifetime. Coming into the world was tough time. You squeezed through the heat of your momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womb, and prayed every day for God to bring you forth into the world, and you did not have to be tough to be born into the world. Having        1     You faced tough times having to drink only milk and wished you could eat what your mum and siblings were eating, and         = 

 be tough. When you faced tough time learning to walk and wishing you could be like every other person, tell me, were you tough? At last,      Â&#x2021;   1  these are tough times, Junior, you have to be tough. You escaped tough times in primary school, and through secondary school tough time never ended, rather it increased.   R  R R  $     times and you were not tough. You pushed through to the university and hell was let loose. You consoled yourself in Robertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book. Of course, many a student only learn the mystery

5             would need some motivation. Yet you were not tough. Do you remember there were times you got through some

courses at the university, and you wondered how you did it?         1   was also tough time. When you got the job, you had to please the boss, tough time. You considered marriage, another tough time. Children came, tough time, and if children donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come early, tough time. Large salary and the huge extended family, tough time. If you have no money, tough time still knocks. Your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health fails and your parents are fast catching the ageing sickness, and there again tough times. When you seem at ease, your thoughts arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Yet you say tough times never last Wait! Can you really boast of being tough? You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be as tough as Hitler, *& 1R1   #         tough people worldwide. Yet, when they had tough times where you would expect they live up to their billing, they cowered. 9    & &      &  themselves. They cause trouble and act as â&#x20AC;&#x153;commandoâ&#x20AC;? trying to resolve them. They make people see them as gods and often their â&#x20AC;&#x153;hand-causedâ&#x20AC;? troubles bring them down.

Those who claim being tough often cannot face tough times. They are the easiest to lick. All the renowned tough people the world over often come down like a pack of cards. Ah! You should not forget Abacha and the apple story. All our years on earth are tough times. What changes is the degree of toughness that increases as our minds develop. Tough times donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end because a tough â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; overcomes them. No, if it were so, you would have been wearied out by now having to face all the tough times. Rather, we are blessed with grace and function in hope. Grace donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to tough people, and often tough people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hope. They think they have all they need to get through life. Grace goes to weak vessels, leading them towards their hopes for as long as they consider themselves not tough. Ă&#x2122;R +\5 5    +


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014


We hold the candle By Samuel Ufot Ekekere


andle is a symbol of light, but it could mean much more. Homes, churches, schools make use of candles during valedictory services, either in commemoration of the death of loved ones or just for illumination. If you have          school or elsewhere, this story may be familiar. At the valedictory service of my secondary school many years back, all graduating students were each given  #         candle followed by the principal, teachers and then all the graduating students followed in an orderly manner. The hall was in a solemn mood as we held our candles and the minister prayed. The minister said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep your candles glowing.â&#x20AC;? I guess my mates like myself might not have understood the undertone of those words the minister said until many years after while we worked towards a reunion. Each person had carried their candles glowing across the length and breadth of this nation and abroad. Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candle has to be lit and glowing. Our world pervades in darkness and people roam in search of light. The world needs light to lighten every corner. Like the unlighted candles in the hands of the students, which was useless to us until     &5     :  do not recognise we have a candle, less lighting it. The candle in us thus remains dark and cold. We need to put on our candles. The minister helped the students with his light. He had his candleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light glowing, "         #  candle would be useless without it lit.

z   "   1 but if what you have does not come to the fore, it would be useless. It has to be bright enough to light the dark nooks and crannies. The ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s example of sharing his light to our dark candles is an example that we should light other candles too. Sometimes we light our candles where there are many candles glowing, and we doubt if our light is bright enough to outglow other glowing lights. The truth is, the

"        gets to a dark corner. You may be where all the stars reside, and you may have to struggle to glow

     #    other candles may so outweigh you that   &   4   shine in an already bright room when you can get to a dark corner elsewhere and brighten that corner. It is like lightening an already lit candle. Many persons out there are struggling to have their candle lit. They need your candle light. They need your knowledge, idea, skill, and support. They need you to be a beacon in their dark and hopeless moments. They need your help to come alive and burn. Your candle can be the switch for another personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candle that will also light

  & % #  "  make on someone could have a wider and    "    &       "   Hold out your candle for all to see. Some persons would want to have their candles lit, but they do not know how to get it done. They are waiting for an opportunity to have it lit. You have to position yourself where you can make the  "      look for them. Candlelights carry with them illumination and warmth. You can be     & %    1 and provide the comfort for some other personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold and lonely life. During internment, to symbolize the departing of a soul, lit candles are blown "\ &           "4        and warmth such persons had always provided. We need to realise that the only opportunity we have to use our candles is now when we still have the opportunity to hold it. Many persons though have kept their candle lights burning years after they have left holding it. Their lights have never left the earth. Do you know why? Their candles have illuminated so many lives that have transferred the same light  :        These persons, time has refused to forget. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be great having your name in the same hall of fame as Abraham 3  12  12 3 1 * 2 :          "Â 5      you want to live.

Samuel Ufot Ekekere writes from Uyo, Nigeria.

Where is Obiano going? By Ifeanyi Afuba


gainst the emerging trends from the less than two months regime of Willie Obiano, the turbulent events that almost derailed democracy in Anambra State between 2003 and 2006 might have been providential, and blessing in disguise. The      X      'X0   &   the April 19, 2003 election had provoked the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outrage. Acutely aware of the public 1V$  *  1      manipulation, did not need anybody to tell him that his job was already cut out for him. His controversial regime could not survive            &        zest and haste, he embarked on a daring populist campaign, and made appreciable progress in road construction. Ngigeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modest 

      " on the incoming Peter Obi administration. While not unmindful that Obi had earlier sold a beautiful manifesto to the people of Anambra State, it is reasonable to believe that the approval Ngige received led Obi to     "9      1    *  Wille Obiano, looking set to be spurred by his past accomplishments, and the standard already set in governance. No doubt, an appraisal of a regime in its infancy is bound to be problematic for obvious reasons. While a sketch of the regimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outing may only be available at this stage, the content of its activities are nevertheless important for

predicting its priorities and promises. First impression occupies a central place in psycho       &       1  Â&#x2014;   our hierarchy of values. As the maxim goes, where your treasure lies, your heart is. For this writer, two things are discernible from  4

9 %  & #   5         is an abiding faith in the continuity of governance. Beyond the connection of being "  9    19  &&    &   continuum of government programmes. This is manifested in the retention of several key functionaries appointed by his predecessor. #  {    Â&#x2021;  & a determination to follow-up critical state projects initiated by the previous regime. In practical demonstration of this resolve, one        physical assessment of project sites. At every opportune moment, Obiano has assured of regular funding of these projects. The other striking feature of the Willie Obiano governorship is the consuming desire to begin to deliver on the inaugural targets in the shortest possible time. In a number of areas, the governor has kick started the &       four cardinal programmes. It says a lot that the new leadership in Anambra State held a security summit within two weeks of its inception. In the prevailing climate of insecurity in the country, and especially for a state hungry for development and foreign investments, the primacy of

security cannot be overâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;emphasized. The obsession with security, if we may use that word, again came to the fore in the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broadcast to mark one month of his administration. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My number one priority for Anambra State is security. We shall not relent until Anambra is free from kidnappers, armed robbers, drug barons, extortionists and all enemies of the society, who ate determined to shut the doors of meaningful progress on our dear state.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; With this mindset, there can           considerable resources on security in the 9      #  Nation news story of Friday, April 18, 2014, titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Obiano buys gunboat to assist Navy.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Flowing from the above, it is not surprising that the Obiano regime has quickly moved to create a Diaspora Unit. The intention, of course, is to exploit the contacts and connections available to the state government    Â&#x2014;      foreign investments. In this drive, special

&         collaboration of citizens of the state in the Diaspora with proven entrepreneurial skills. Chief Obiano had captured the expectations of Anambrarians on the state of the capital city when he pledged to accord the 5&       Consequently, an executive bill has been forwarded to the State House of Assembly for the constitution and operations of the capital territory administration. With a semi autonomous body similar to the Federal Capital Development Authority in place, the challenging task of transforming Awka into

a modern capital city is sure to be underway. As an appetizer, the joint security operation for the demolitions of illegal structures and clean up of cities has commenced action in Onitsha with Awka to follow suit. The earnestness with which the regime is pursuing the agricultural plank of its four cardinal programmes is also noteworthy.  9  

Z   &&  to pursue his quest for mechanized agriculture to thrive in Anambra State. The passion is          of a successful agricultural enterprise spanning  Â&#x2021;

1 &   allied industrialisation. On the heels of his promise to deliver on agricultural revolution, the governor had quickly assembled and inaugurated a team of experts with the mandate to transform the agrarian sector of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. This commitment is  Â&#x2014;    *Â?Â&#x2122; &&&   agriculture in the revised stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 budget. #  "    &    *DÂ&#x161; billion allocation in the 2013 budget tells the story of priority. Another practical step in this direction is gleaned from the Vanguard story â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Anambra to purchase 100 tractors to boost agricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; published in the April 23, 2014 edition. #  %  & 5  tentativeness of a greenhorn. This must be jolting for those who tried to make an issue of his inexperience in government during the electioneering campaigns. But perhaps what is more reassuring is that Willie Obiano is a man very receptive to meaningful suggestions. Afuba writes from Nimo, Anambra State.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Business & Economy

Cartelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ploy to monopolise cement market S

UDDENLY, there are calls on the Federal Government to ban the importation of the familiar 32.5 grade of cement. This followed the recent introduction of 42.5 grade into the market by some players in the cement sector. Promoters of the new grade while launching the product recently, had announced that it is the best cement available in the country, touted to be of higher quality than other existing grades. They also said that new grade will help to prevent the menace of building collapse, adding that it will guarantee to stronger structures, which Nigerians have look forward to for years. Thus, they appealed to the government to ban the old type arguing that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the 32.5 grade is easily adulterated, and has led to many failed buildings in the country.â&#x20AC;? Reacting to these claims, a member of National Institute of Building of Nigeria (NIBN), Mr. Dapo Oluwo, in an interview with Saturday Newswatch, faulted the claim that 32.5 grade of cement was responsible for building collapse in the country. Oluwo stressed that Nigerians have been using 32.5 grade of cement before Independence in 1960, adding that the product has stood the test of time. He disclosed that his father used the brand to build his house in the

As Nigerians lament the astronomical hike in the price of cement from about N1650 to N2, 500, the Federal Government has been advised to ignore calls for the ban of the traditional 32.5 grade of cement, the popular type. JOHNMARK UKOKO reports. late 50s, stressing that the two storey         ancestral home town. On allegation that 32.5 grade of cement is â&#x20AC;&#x153;easily adultrated,â&#x20AC;? the NIBN member stressed that adulteration is common with every good product, adding that the menace is a global issue. He stressed that the regulatory agency in the manufacturing sector the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) - has not been able to identify the cause of frequent building collapse in the country. According to Oluwo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fact that buildings have been falling in    &    or so, but 32.5 grade of cement has been in existence before Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence. There were no cases of building collapse in the country in the 60s through to the early 2000s; yet 32.5 products were the only grade in the country then. People cannot say that because 42.5 grade is now in the market, the country should discard

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the other grades; that is funny, in my opinion.â&#x20AC;? A property developer at Forum 6 129 & /" 1  has over 40 years experience in the building industry, told Saturday Newswatch that every product including the newly introduced 42.5 grade is liable to adulteration. His words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have seen in recent times that every product in Nigeria can be adulterated. We have seen high quality imported products being faked in this country. It is true that 32.5 grade of cement has been adulterated in the past, there is no assurance that 42.5 grade will not be adulterated in future. If the government bans 32.5 grade of cement, what happens if 42.5 grade is faked tomorrow? Does it mean Nigerians will no longer use cement?â&#x20AC;? /"       

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were constructed with 32.5 grade of cement. Â&#x2021;  R Organisation of Nigeria (SON), who    Saturday Newswatch, said that SONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigations have not been conclusive on the cause of building failures, other than substandard products use to build those houses that came down. # R9*Â&#x2021;      Nigeria does not have substandard cement, as local products are exported to several other countries where they are in high demand. # R9*Â&#x2021;  &&    promoters of the various products to compete in the market, adding that the consumers of the products and       &   to judge which product is good and which is not. According to him, it is wrong for any promoter to seek ban of rival brands as Nigerian artisans, developers and professionals in the sector are there to judge for themselves. The people are worried about the high cost of the product whether 32.5 or 42.5. Industry watchers therefore appealed to the government to ignore the sectional clamour to ban 32.5 grade brand of cement when the people are lamenting that a bag of the product is sold for about N2, 500, way Continued on Page 23

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Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Business Interview

Negative mobilisation causes unemployment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rahmon H

ow long have you been in the paint business?

I started business quite early, I used to buy and sell building materials in 1986 to be precise. It was a bit rough then because I did not having enough capital. Later, I became a distributor of building materials and went ahead to become a paint distributor. Then I set up my own paint production industry in 1992. What has been your challenge so far? The little and insignificant production I started grew and became this large company just by the grace of God. I had encountered difficulty, especially the time I experienced fire outbreak. My company was razed by fire on two different occasions, and I lost everything I had except human lives. The first fire incident happened in 1994, two years after I started. I was discouraged, but I gained strength and continued. The second fire incident happened in 2008; again, I lost so many material belongings. What do you think is the reason Nigerian graduates are not eligible for employment? Personally, I think there had been negative mobilisation of Nigerian youths. I remember, when I was growing up, our values, norms, custom and culture were our priority. It is difficult for one to say I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand my dialect or cannot speak my mother tongue. The once cherished customs and culture have been reduced and abused. We go to farm when not in school, play only when we are permitted; parents monitor activities of their children at every stage in life. We helped our parents perform domestic chores; these were the things that shaped my life, and those who were born at that time. We got the informal training which shaped our attitude outside the home. This prepared us for life challenges. We were ready to be trained unlike youths of today. Today, the youths have neglected agriculture; this is an area they will never explore. Unemployment will affect a nation whose youths are not suitable for the available job. A young man, who is supposed to study while in school, spends time chasing shadows and looking for a short way to make it big, he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay attention to his school activities because other things are competing with his academic performance. This is a bitter mistake of our graduates; they are not creative thinkers though there are a quite number of them who are focused. Any person who wastes his productive years will not only be limited, but will be marginalised. Every year, a large number are graduates are churned

Owolabi Rahmon

In a abid to curb youth restiveness, the Managing Director ! !"#$$#% Alhaji Issa Owolabi Rahmon, who recently bagged a chieftaincy title from his community, has employed over 2000 youths and also impacted on the community. In this interview with BIANCA IBOMA, he revealed the reasons behind graduate unemployment and the way forward. Excerpts: out from schools without a plan. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the ability to be think creatively. I have met some graduates though who were posted to a particular remote village, where they identified a need, took it upon themselves to solve that need and made money from it. Those of them who had not utilised the time they had should stop complaining and face the realities of life. Everything good has never come easy, some of them cannot defend the certificate they possess. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have what an employer requires, then you cannot be hired. You went to school to acquire knowledge, it is time you branded that knowledge, you must add value; no organisation is looking for a liability; they want groomed graduates who can do the job with little or no supervision. I am a business person, I want my staff to render their services efficiently. We want graduates who can take up the job. The sad thing is that some of their parents struggled to see them through school, but they come out of school with disappointing grades. Until Nigerian graduates make up their minds not to flaunt their grade and start selling creativity, they will remain jobless.

Our graduates should develop themselves; an engineer who do not have the requisite training either as a safety officer, Autocad

I think there had been negative mobilisation of Nigerian youths. I remember, when I was growing up, our values, norms, custom and culture were our priority.    one to say I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand my dialect or cannot speak my mother tongue

specialist or any skill in the area of piping, to mention a few will never gain ground. What is the use of obtaining a first class that one cannot defend, it is just on paper as far as employers are concerned. As an employer, apart from the normal training for business developers, we encourage staff to equip themselves academically, although I prefer technocrats and those with skilled labour who already know what to do as regard their jobs. It makes production easy; I want those who will join me to build on my existing success, not otherwise. The Federal Government has consistently tackled unemployment, yet it persists. How do you think we can tackle it? I am passionate about it. I have been able to employ over 2000 young people in my company located in Badagry, but there are still unemployed youths in that region. The problem of unemployment is not for the Federal Government alone to tackle. The states governments and private sectors should be involved. We cannot afford to fold our hands without contributing to the development of our country. The society should give the youths a platform to stand on their own. Most Nigerians are searching for government jobs because of the benefits. For instance, the recent immigration aptitude test conducted nationwide attracted even those who were gainfully employed; they wanted something more beneficial. I think it has to do with the standard of living. People came to the venue in their cars, yet we are clamoring for unemployed graduates who had not secured a job. If the current job is not productive, they can do business, we should give these young ones the chance to start life with something. Also, I think better education and investment will create more jobs opportunities. The president discover what should be done by conducting a research; there should be a databank of unemployed graduates from each state while those who can add value in the government sector should be absorbed. The others should be trained to develop business ideas and become job creators; that way, we can clear the streets of unemployed graduates. Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa according to the new rebasing, how will you access the new feat? For me, this is a classical growth without development. When the growth does not have human development, we should go back to the drawing board. The condition of the average man has not change and our challenge as a nation still remains. We must experience growth commensurate to the human capital development. In the world today, we are still mentioned among the poorest countries. There is no growth in education; quality of life is low; joblessness rates high and there is nothing tangible that has happened in the life of the Nigerian in recent times.


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Business & Economy Cartelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ploy to monopolise cement market Continued from page 21

beyond the reach of most Nigerians. They said the price of the product will hit the roof top if the government bans the brand, adding that many Nigerians are already without roof over their heads. A property developer at Easy Homes Ventures, Mr. Agbaje Taiwo, told journalists recently in Lagos that Nigerians are having sleepless nights as a result of the hike in the price of cement across the country. Taiwo stressed that the product is too important to be left in the hands of a few players, adding that if care is not taken, government will create monopolists that will further hike the price of the product far beyond the reach of most Nigerians. According to him, cement is too important in the building and construction sector for government to leave in the hands of a few players.      Â&#x2021;  Nigerians to build their own homes. The rents in the cities and towns have become very exorbitant due to the price of cement. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build without cement. The call for the ban of one         promoters of the new grade. The call is not being made in the interest of the people. Why have they refused to reduce their price for the past three years, instead the price has recently gone further up.â&#x20AC;? He noted that the country is not yet  Â&#x2021;

 &     sector have succeeded in deceiving the government to believe, adding that Nigeria needs about 18 million metric tons of cement per year to bridge the shortfall. Taiwo further said what the country 

 "  availability of the product, not some so-called high grades which majority    Z " Yet those that spoke with Saturday Newswatch appealed to the Federal Government to prevail on cement producers and importers to provide " &   Z  housing is next to food, adding that governments the world over ensure that their nationals have shelters over their heads. Mr. Joseph Ighotemu, a major dealer of the product in Warri, Delta State, said that the 42.5 grade of cement with our correspondent, disclosed is yet to arrived in Warri and other that he is amazed that the price of major towns in the State. cement is increasing at this time of Ighotemu, who spoke on telephone the year when the rains usually stall

You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build without cement. The call for the ban of one of the grades will only     of the new grade. The call is not being made in the interest of the    refused to reduce their    years now, instead the       

Arik Air LOS - ABV: (Mon-Fri/Sat/Sun) 07.15, 09.15, 10.20, 13.05, 15.20, 16.20, 16.50, 18.45 ABV- LOS: (Mon-Fri/Sat/Sun): 07.15, 09.40, 10.20, 12.15, 15.15, 16.15, 17:10 (Sun) 12.15, 15.15, 16.15 LOS-PH: (Mon-Fri) 07.15, (Sun) 07.30, 11.40, 15:50 (Sat) 11.50, 3.50, 17:05 ABV-PH: 07.15, 11.20, 15.30 (Mon-Fri) 07.15, 16.00 (Sat) 13.10, 16.00 (Sun) PH-ABV: 08.45, 12.50, 17.00, (Mon-Fri) 08.45, 17.30 (Sat) 14.40, 17.30 (Sun) ABV-BENIN: (Mon-Fri/Sat) 08.00, 12.10 (Sun) 08.56, 12.10 Jamodu building and construction projects, especially in Niger Delta region with a history of heavy heavyfall during this period of the year. His words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m surprised that a bag of cement now sells N2,500. Hitherto, the price of cement is usually low as rainfall stalls building or construction projects.â&#x20AC;? Nigerians therefore appealed to the government to empower SON to increase its regulatory activities in order to identify sub-standard or adulterated cement as well as other products in the country. They argued that SON, over the years, failed to do much in its quality control drive, adding that the agency has to ensure that all the grades of cement in the country are of high standard, and are both available and "         The citizens also tasked SON to implements it proposal to work with block makers and bricklayers, adding that these artisans play a major role in producing strong blocks that will translate to strong buildings which will not come down easily as recently experienced. Analysts also appealed to the government to allow the various grades of cement to compete in the market so that Nigerians can have options.

Echoes fromWorld Economic Forum on Africa A frica has for more than two   &"     on how to tackle Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic problems and foster growth. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summit, which has ``Forging Inclusive Growth; Creating Jobsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; as its theme, took place in Abuja and witnessed the participation of over 1,000 delegates from about 70 countries. The delegates included heads of state and representatives of governments, leaders of youth organisations, economists, investors as well as leaders of local and

international organisations. The conference was, therefore, a think-tank session whose outcome was expected to the pave way for the future development of Africa, particularly     "    inclusive growth. Experts are of the opinion that the Forumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is quite apt, considering the growing challenges of unemployment and poverty facing the region. At the end of the meeting, the participants unanimously agreed

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that Africa had the wherewithal to transform its economy and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth. The participants, however, underscored the need for African leaders to synergise and work out ways of facilitating regional integration in various sectors of the economy. #      1 agriculture, industrialisation, trade, entertainment and education as the key sectors that could drive inclusive Continued on Page 73

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Business & Economy Ogun GIS supplies online information to clients

Anxiety over proposed ban of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; water T

Bianca Iboma

Abiodun Awogbemi


here has been uneasy calm in the manufacturing industry over a report that the Federal Government is set to ban non biodegradable materials such as polythene and plastic, which are the major raw materials used in packaging sachet water popularly known as pure water. A producer of sachet water, Mr. Olayiwola Adebo, while speaking with Saturday Newswatch said that though the Federal Government might have good intentions in terms of health, but there is need for government to give producers of the product time as well as provide alternative means to aid production as the action of the ban        "     increasing unemployment rate in the country, considering that the sector provides job for about ten percent of the population. Adebo explained that he has, as human and material resources, two machines, four operators, four drivers and four assistants. He added that there is also one quality  Â&#x2021; 1  Â&#x2021; 1  

Â&#x;Â&#x2021; 1   two cleaners. There is also a chief executive Â&#x2021;     1 there are thousands of hawkers and freelance sales agents who buy in bulk of 100 bags and sell to hawkers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we consider the workers and the dependants of the workers, the hawkers and independent sales group, then we will appreciate those who will join the already tensed unemployment world if government decides to ban the production of pure waterâ&#x20AC;? According to the Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria, more than 11,000 companies in Nigeria are engaged in the production of sachet water. Members of the association agreed to pay the Extended Producers Responsibility Tax (EPRT) which is a levy against environmental degradation while all producers will be encouraged to have a recycling machine to recycle the nylon. Another producer, Mrs. Victoria Ajani, said the sales of the product is in response to demand, and if government places ban on the sales of the product, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we then revert                   "    than imagined.â&#x20AC;? She said there has been    "  5   1 if it is because of the environmental issue, government should seek a solution on how  & 1"  head because of a headache. According to Mrs. Ajani, recycling of the product should be encouraged, more people should be encourage to go into recycling of the nylon or cellophane as it is done in other climes. This will also be a source of income and revenue as well as medium of employment for a lot of people; while some collect the nylon for sales others are employed at the recycling factories. The transporter, drivers and many others will derive their daily bread from the sector and soon the sector may become the highest employer of labour. Most consumers have however, queried the purity of the so called â&#x20AC;&#x153;pure waterâ&#x20AC;? Mr. Ayo Ogidi said some of the sachet      "    odour, adding that one does not have the time to inspect or access it, and even if when one can, the package must have been opened and because consumer laws just like other laws are defective, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything as it relies on the maxim of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;if you assert,

you must prove theory.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So how can one &     "    1 who would you prosecute, as many of the products bear false addresses and telephone numbers, and those that are genuine are too â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to be charged. He said the regulatory body is no longer regulating anything today, and as all the   


      targets by the Federal Government, their major concern is how to generate fund to 

     Another consumer said it seems that the products are no more being regulated as some of them bear fake NAFDAC numbers, and consumers are not in a position to know numbers that are genuine and those that are not. Sometimes ago, while on a factory inspection tour, NAFDAC discovered a lot of awful activities; for instance, in one of the factories, a life tortoise with a substance called Thira wrapped round it was found in the water tank used for production, while in another factory, a wrapped charm was discovered in the tank, and yet in another 1       water and sand was found. All these   & &    market in sales, and for their products to be irresistible to customers. These among multifaceted actions are carried out by the producers so as to outdo one another. Aside the above, the proliferation and degradation caused by the water packaging business has been of much concern to all the tiers of government as it in most cases blocks sewage/water ways thereby causing Â&#x2014;         1 destroyed properties worth several billion of naira. Meanwhile, a pharmacist has said that

The sachet water which is consumed by a large number of the population continue to pose a big question of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how pure is the pure waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? This has been a subject of debate and controversy for some time now

the so called package, table or pure water are the major causes of typhoid and cholera which are ravaging the country and called on the government to outlaw the products as it had been done in some countries such as South Africa, Taiwan, Kenya, China, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Italy among others when it was discovered that it had done more harm than good to the people. Consequently, the National Plastic Recycling Programme (NPRP), had established nine operational facilities for recycling across the country. On its part, the Federal Ministry of Environment in its determination to check the continued environmental degradation and indiscriminate disposal of used water nylon decided on August 23, 2013 to phase out all forms of non-biodegradable components used in the manufacture of water sachet. The ministry has developed an action plan which begun in December 2013, and will last for 24 months. The ministry said it will review existing legislation on solid waste, develop a national policy frame work as well as register companies with additives, and a project that would assist plastic manufacturers to convert to bio-degradable plastic production, and give more time for more environmentally friendly option. Also the ministry has said it will embark on the training of stakeholders on sustainable biodegradable plastic production and management before enforcement. The sachet water which is consumed by a large number of the population continue to pose a big question of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how pure is the pure waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? This has been a subject of debate and controversy for some time now. At some point last year when the association embarked on a strike action by withdrawing their products while clamouring for an increase in the price of sachet water from N5 from N10, but the strike was short lived as it dawned on the producers that its consumers  &  &     "  Consequently, the products has become inevitable for some people for example for those in the oil producing area where their water has been contaminated with crude oil, and on Lagos Island where the water cannot be consumed hence people in these areas has hooked on to pure water. The product which is now a household item for many homes where it is seen as the only probable source of clean water has a lot of controversies trailing it. While some said that the water is tasty and smalls, some others claim that if the water is kept for some time the dirt in it would come to the fore. In all, the question remains how pure is pure water?

he deployment of Geographic Information System in the bureau of Lands and Survey in Ogun State gives clients the opportunity to view        issues online. The Special Adviser/Director General of Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Adewale Oshinowo made this assertion during the 2014 ministerial press 


      in the last one year. Oshinowo said the deployment of GIS has been programmed in a way that each application received in the bureau could be viewed online by applicants and other land related information through the help of a Land Information System (LIS). â&#x20AC;&#x153;As part of the Geographical Information System (GIS) being embarked upon by the Bureau, the Land Information System (LIS) has been tailored in such a way that information on land can be easily accessible  5     1  " 1  development of GIS has provided a platform for clients of the Bureau and the people of the State, to be able to take               

    money on any landed property within the stateâ&#x20AC;?, he said. The Director General said the GIS had given the bureau a competitive advantage of fast-tracking timeliness on all        Â&#x2021;   the opportunity to reduce the period of &  $   9&'$ 90 [           Oshinowo stated that the payment of compensation to victims of demolition is a dual responsibility of Bureau of Lands and Survey with the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure in the state. He said compensation would be paid to owners of demolished property without any further delay after the assessment and valuation had been done by the two agencies.

GES:Iseyin farmers laud FG intervention


armers in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State have commended the Federal Government for initiating the Growth Enhancement Support scheme (GES) to support farmers in the country. Mr Adeoti Falodun, the Chairman, Fadama Usersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group in the area, described the initiative as thoughtful and wise. ``I think what our government is doing in agriculture is commendable. it is highly unfair for us not to say this government is doing well in this sector. 77#       5        country; various interventionist programmes have been initiated in the past few years. ``Look here now and see how farmers   &&1     Z 

 1 fertiliser at less than half the price through the GES; it is encouraging, we must thank the Federal Government for the gesture. ``Even if for only its unique way of transforming the sector alone, I thing the Federal Government deserves some commendation. ``Just check the contributions of agriculture to the GDP before the Jonathan administration and also check what it is now. ``You will understand what I am saying; at my age, I fear nobody, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to say the truth when I see it, we are happy and will God bless our country,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. Another farmer, Alhaji Ibrahim Iseoluwa,                   % intervention policies.

May 17, 2014

Pascal to Odemwingie

Nigeriansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll crucify you ...If the Stoke City star fails in Brazil Reading goalkeeper in love with TOWIE star, Goodger >>Pg.30

Scott to replace Tiger Woods as world no. 1 >>Pg.32


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014


Pascal to Odemwingie

W/C 2014: Omeruo vows to justify World Cup call-up

Nigeriansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll crucify you

Victor Enyinnaya


...If the Stoke City star fails in Brazil

Gbolahan Dada


ormer international, Patrick Pascal has urged Peter Osaze Odemwingie to be of good behaviour and justify his Super Eagles recall for the World Cup, saying that Nigerians will not forgive him if he fails to deliver in Brazil. Speaking to the Newswatch Sports on phone from his base in Bauchi, Pascal said Nigerians who persuaded Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi to include Osaze in his World Cup plans would be disappointed if the Stoke City star refuses to play himself into the national team in Brazil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am happy for Osaze and I hope he would use the opportunity to give

himself a new name because Nigerians are waiting for him. I hope he would behave now and humble himself to flow well with the team. You know Nigerians wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tolerate him because they begged for his recall,â&#x20AC;? he said. The personal   *<< President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari also urged Odemwingie to be at his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;very bestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Eagles camp for him to raise his profile internationally and turn to a beautiful bride after the World Cup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Osaze should know he is not growing younger. He needs to brace up and know what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing now. He has been given the final chance to reshape his career and everything depends on himâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Pascal said. Pascal said his exploit in Brazil with Eagles could open

a new door for his career as scouts would invade the World Cup venue in search of talents to boost clubs campaign next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Cup is the biggest stage for every good player. Osaze needs to gird his loins properly and make the best of the chance. If I were him, I would give the assignment full concentration and shame my critics,â&#x20AC;? he said. Speaking about Eagles chances in Brazil, he said Nigeria would strive hard to

break the World Cup barrier. According to him, the players and the technical crew are more concerned about Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances in the group which has Argentina, Bosnia and Iran. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a collective responsibility. Everybody is involved and I am confident that the team would do well. They would survive the test and scale the hurdles. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just help them in prayers and things would work out as planned,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Eagles camp not all-comers affair â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Izilein Mark Ogagan


former Head Coach of the Golden Eaglets, Godwin Izilein, says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfair to impose players on Super Eagles boss Stephen Keshi at this stage of preparations for the World Cup, stressing that the national teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camp is not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;an all comers  5[ Reacting to Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30-man provisional list released last week, Izilein told Newswatch sports that those calling for the inclusion of certain players are being unrealistic as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not possible for the coach to accommodate all  5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The truth is Nigeria has so many good players scattered across

the globe, and if we have to accommodate everyone, then the national camp becomes a warehouse of players, so it is not possible to listen to just every = *\  5 Iziliein, who coached Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Falcons to continental glory at the 2004 Africanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championship, reiterated his earlier stance that adequate support must be accorded Stephen Keshi in his quest to build a formidable squad for " >]^_`5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is no time for    # 5 For the Super Eagles to do well in Brazil we must put all personal considerations aside and support Keshi because this concerns every one of us as ' *\  5 He okayed the 30-man list submitted by Keshi,

uper Eagles centre half; Kenneth Omeruo has vowed to justify his inclusion in the Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30-man World Cup list recently released by the Super Eagles technical crew. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My main focus is to perform well in Brazil. I really want to make good impact because it would mark the beginning of my career.,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. Omeruo envisaged that the Eagles will be up and doing and with determination, the team would excel in Brazil. He added that the team would re-enact the form that saw them through in 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;By the grace of God, the Nigerian side will shame the book makers. Eagles are not afraid of any country. The African team will exhibit her brand of football which   "     "   &&  Eagles have players with big hearts to neutralise all the revamping threats. I respect

players but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fear any. I remain upbeat about the anticipated high performance of the Eagles. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t under rate or over respect any side or players. We are all plying in the same trade,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he informed. The Middleborough player restated that the secret of doing well in a major tournament like the World Cup is for a team to develop undying spirit. The team has to be motivated and become the rallying point of all. Again, any form of distraction has to be avoided. He said the technical crew led by Stephen Keshi has been up and doing since they started the rebuilding of the team. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It is my belief that with proper planning, the present side will surpass the previous World Cup records of the country and create a new one everyone of us would be proud of. Let me again &     the Keshi led technical crew. Keshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charisma will no doubt play a leading role in Brazil. Most of us drew great inspiration from it and it gingers us up to do even   1%

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not afraid of Fraser, says Okagbare ...As she eyes better result at Shangai Diamond League


and hoped the best 23 players would emerge from this list and do the country proud at the Q  & 5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no doubt in my mind that the coach went through a pain-staking moment to arrive at that list, and looking at the list critically, we can observe that almost all the players are worthy

    5 He, however,

criticised the inclusion of players like Uche Nwofor, who have only warmed their clubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; benches for        5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, let me state categorically that the coach is only human, and mistakes are part of the game, and having said that, I hope some of the dropped players will be placed on standby just in case,â&#x20AC;? he  5

igeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sprint sensation, Blessing Okagbare, has said she was not afraid of Jamaican 5 &  1<  X  & &    her result at Shangai Diamond League in China. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into competition thinking about someone else but I focus on myself and what I can do and what I will do. The Nigeria reigning athletics champion, is determined to face every opposition as she has trained very hard to remain in top shape after her exploits in the World Championship last year. Okagbare returned a personal best of 11.18 seconds      <  Pryce at the 2014 Diamond League opener in Doha at the weekend. The African champion a fortnight ago, who won the 100m race at the2014 Jamaica International Invitational said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very happy to make my season best in Doha but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m     

more and I know I can achieve it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though it is not what I wanted but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I came out of the competition without an injury.â&#x20AC;? The African Long Jump champion however revealed that she is still considering participating in two events at the Shanghai Diamond League with her focused being the 200m race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m set for the 200m race but will check the schedules at Shanghai to see if I will be doing the Long Jump,â&#x20AC;? she added.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

League Watch

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Amele unfolds Bayelsaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s form secret

Stop clubs taking undue advantage at home â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Etoroma tells NPFL


ince the Premier League commenced Bayelsa United has been in a top form. In fact, they are not pretending about their quest to make something tangible from the local league this season. But the team media Â&#x2021; 1            to lack of injury worries and discipline on the part of the players. However, Amele thanked      It would be recalled that Bayelsa United is placed 4th on the league log with 17 points to show for their

" 4   the good run we have experienced so far,â&#x20AC;? he began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our good run so far in        to the fact that we do not have any injury worries and I pray that it will continue like that. Amele revealed that the last Wednesday match

A in Benin completed the number of matches to be played outside their base following the NPFL banishment to Edo state. He expressed joy that they will returning to their home ground in Sapele. Bayelsa United last Sunday defeated hard      

champions, Enyimba International Football Club of Aba 2-1 in Benin City. #      of topping the league table if they win their two outstanding matches as it will take them to 23points, four points above the league leaders, Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt.

Abia Warriors ambush Lobi Stars


asking in their impressive outing on Wednesday in their away match against Bayelsa United, where they picked three maximum points, Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia will be hoping to consolidate on their 3-1 comprehensive beating of Bayelsa United to come out victorious against Lobi Stars of Makurdi this weekend. Abia Warriors, who are languishing on the 19th position on the table prior to the match against Bayelsa Utd is turning out to be giant killers because Bayelsa United is by no means a small side in the Nigerian Professional Football League. The Umuahia based side had earlier this season surprised league watchers when they

brave all odds to beat two time African Champions, Enyimba International Football Club of Aba by lone goal. It will be recalled that the technical adviser of Abia Warriors, Ladan Bosso was      "   Yenagoa based side and must  &     Bayelsa United despite not doing well in the League. In fact, Lobi Stars are not an easy side when one considers that fact that the Makurdi based side have been impressive this season as they occupy 7th position after 11 matches with 16 points to show 

 " 4  occupy 19th position after the same number of matches having 11 points for all their troubles.

There is no gain saying that it is going to be a tough match       for the maximum points. It is expected that Warriors will not take Lobi for granted as they just handed Bayelsa United that unexpected defeat just like Lobi shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t underrate Warriors as they will come after them.

Enyimba set to feast on Kaduna United


nyimba International Football Club of Aba is set to unleash their spleen on visiting Kaduna United when     Enyimba International Stadium, Aba. The Aba millionaires who "  

 ~{@   in the hands of the Solid Miners, Nasarawa United will be aiming to avenge as they take on Kaduna United. Enyimba have not been doing well as expected this season but this encounter against Kaduna United is very crucial if they must improve on their league standing.

Enyimba no doubt will bounce back though things seem not to be working for them at the moment. The Abia State    5   to turn their fortunes around. It

is hoped that in no distant time they will start scoring goals, which is the only thing they need to start winning matches. The Aba millionaires are placed 9th on the log after 11 matches with 15th points while Kaduna United are placed 18th on the log with 11points. It will be recalled that /+    

 former coach, Ben Duamlong as a result of the team poor run. However, with their home victory on Wednesday over Nembe City, they are poised to trouble Enyimba tomorrow      for the three maximum points.

member of the Delta State Sports Commission, Hon. Ejiro Etoroma, has urged the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to work hard to ensure that the win at home syndrome is eliminated in order for the league to move forward. Etoroma made this call in a telephone interview with League Watch. He observed that once the win at home syndrome inherent in the league is eliminated, the league will make rapid progress noting that it is extremely       


presently run. He, however, thanked God that Warri Wolves had won an away game at

Umuahia, which he described as a plus thus expressing hope that they would continue to work hard to consolidate through their remaining matches. He said there were no injury worries to the best of his knowledge in the team. He stressed that some of the players who go for national team assignment could deplete the team at times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some national team players who are called up once in a while for national assignment and when they are on national assignment, they are automatically not available for selection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no injury worries in the team to the best of my knowledge,â&#x20AC;? Etoroma said.

Home victories canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guarantee league shield â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chukwu


ormer national team captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, says any team who rely on home victories to win the league shield must be living in a dreamland. Chukwu stated this in a chat with League Watch during the week. He said for any team in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to dream of winning the league such team must be     

  all venues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that any team that want to win the league will only concentrate their


 home matches. If you are really interested in winning    1     for victories in all venues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no way you can win the league by just winning at home. To show that you want to win the

NPFL MID WEEK RESULT Sharks 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 Giwa Heartland 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;0 Rangers Akwa 0â&#x20AC;&#x201C;0 FC Taraba Gombe 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 Pillars Bayelsa 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 Abia Warriors FC Crown 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 Sunshine Nasarawa 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;0 Enyimba Kaduna Utd 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;0 Nembe

MATCH DAY 14 FC Taraba vs Bayelsa United FC AbiaWarriors FC vs Lobi Stars FC WarriWolves FC vs Heartland FC Rangers Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l FC vs Crown FC Sunshine Stars FC vs Sharks FC Giwa FC vs Gombe United FC Kano Pillars FC vs Nasarawa United FC Enyimba Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l FC vs Kaduna United FC Nembe City FC vs El-KanemiWarriors FC Dolphins FC vs Akwa United FC

league, you have to win at    1 as well as winning almost all your home matches,â&#x20AC;? Chukwu said. Reacting to Rangers and some other notable South East teams such as Heartland, and Enyimba who are yet  

   D> weeks of competitive league actions, Chukwu joked, : â&#x20AC;&#x153;May be they want to be late starters. They are not where they are expected to be but we should not forget that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t winning the league in   Z D> 13 matches.

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Sunshine Stars plot Sharks fall in Akure


ertainly, Akure township stadium       tomorrow when league leader, Sharks Football Club X6   Week 14 of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with the hope of picking the maximum points at the expense of the home side, Sunshine Stars Football club of Akure. This encounter can pass out as the star match of Week 14. Despite the fact that Sharks are topping the league, with 19points after 11 games, Sunshine Stars of Akure are not easy prey particularly when they are playing at home. Sunshine is not doing

badly in the league as they occupy 5th position on the log after 11 matches with 17points to show for their

"#    are separated by just two points.  [      two teams together have always been an explosive encounter. This particular encounter is likely to rekindle the rivalry between the two sides. Both sides are likely to throw everything they have into this encounter. And this will likely increase the  &     the tension this match is generating already, it is obvious that the pendulum of victory can swing to either side.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Sports/EURO League Messi to sign new Barca Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going nowhere! ...Suarez insists move away from Liverpool is just speculation deal worth ÂŁ15.5m L


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Madrid at home could even bring the announcement forward to Wednesday or Thursday. As well as being the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top two players Messi and Ronaldo are La Ligaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial colossi generating more money for their respective clubs than most of the rest of the league combined and due to an important change in Messiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new deal Barca will now    &  &{  that money stream as for the            >@@Â?2    *9#5

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uis Suarez said there is no cause for concern among Liverpool fans as he denied Barcelona and Real Madrid have priority over bidding for him this summer. Asked about the Spanish giants possible interest in signing him Suarez said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;As far as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware there is no clause that suggests a priority for any team. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My head now is the tunnel. We had had target then we should be focused on the World such a great season but really happy. Cup. Everyone knows and father Jorge was it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We are back in the there will be media informed in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough. The key game $ & 3  1 speculation this summer meeting that the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new was against Chelsea. which is where Liverpool manager for next season will as there always is but Maybe we lacked a touch belongs. My season I have a contract with be Luis Enrique but new of concentration or focus wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad. The whole signings were not discussed. Liverpool.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Suarez is used to stop that goal or create team played really well to seeing his name linked V &   1     a clear chance after it to and we gave the fans with moves away from that the Barça forward is get the draw and then something to be proud of.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;  1    depend on ourselves. close pals with Manchester Suarez can still win foolproof way of avoiding City striker Sergio Aguero â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they the Golden Boot for becoming embroiled in and would love him to join would have scored and most league goals in a any transfer saga. him at the Nou Camp. a draw would have been European season and Â&#x20AC; & 1% A bid for Aguero would OK for us. But after losing said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honour for he added. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know only be possible if Barcelona that game we knew        what the speculation is   "{   that we were no longer with the likes of Lionel like and you try not to strikers Alexis Sanchez relying on ourselves 2  1$  W  take any notice. I know and Pedro. This summer that was a big blow and Diego Costa who has what I want and it is more and will see Barca celebrate psychologically to the also had an incredible speculation than reality.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; winning their appeal over a team. season.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented in Barcelona transfer ban by dramatically â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a great season. If Ronaldo fails to score as the new image overhauling their squad. We did all we could this weekend the two   & do. Every player gave          Â&#x17E;Â&#x17E;Â&#x17E;&5     absolutely everything. number of goals and there had been tears We would have taken Suarez would win with of rage underneath his just being in the top four    &   Liverpool shirt when he at the end of the season. ratio.  5 " &   But then coming so close Asked if Liverpoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Selhurst Park knowing it was heart-breaking to title chances next season the league was gone. miss out. will be improved by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I had a lot of rage â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When we started the their experience in this inside me knowing season the aim was to campaign he said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well changes at AC Milan with that just a week before     &        the club reportedly closing in we had a great chance over the course of the few weeks left so that will 3 R&  1  to win the league and season it became clear give the younger players   1 &    {   in that moment it was that we had a chance to great experience going Clarence Seedorf. the realisation that the into next season. Those ZZ  R& & opportunity had probably win the league. Then you have the disappointment young players will grow that there was further contact gone. of not doing that but if we and be even stronger next between the coach and viceâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I just wanted to hide look back at that original time.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; president Adriano Galliani my face and get down over the weekend and an announcement could be made soon. Milan are currently eighth in the Serie A table with one  [     Managerial changes could also be afoot at champions 8 1   $  $2  >@DD  possibly being replaced been a regular in Antonio Conteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the current manager starting eleven. <   1Â&#x203A;  Z # ~Q{ { 1    Montella. The situation play for Italy at this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s         >Q 4 $&1    1 &&  & >Â&#x2122;  &&   &8  Corriere dello Sport feature   

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Sports/EURO League FA Cup: Gunners set for final test

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 5    during the holiday, what will be my future in the national team, because missing two World Cups is really hard for a player.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; While Nasriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence was greeted with widespread surprise, the player himself said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I must confess, I knew before. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sometimes you have the feeling, when you call to speak to the manager and he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to speak to you, you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to go to the World Cup. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It was a shock but I was prepared mentally. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m okay. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I respect his choice. He wanted to not pick me... good on him. I wish good luck to the French national team.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Former France captain Patrick Vieira has expressed his surprise at Nasriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusion. Vieira, a member of Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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    * %  &  The former Arsenal captain is now the coach of the elite development squad at City. Vieira tweeted: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It is a surprise not to see @ SamNasri19 on the way to Brazil. For me, the way he played his year would have put him on the plane.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Deschamps defended his decision to omit Nasri, suggesting the former Arsenal star was not an ideal squad player. Deschamps told reporters: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Samir is an important player for Manchester City but he has not performed that well with France. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France, and he has made it clear that he is not happy when he is a   {   can be felt in the squad.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; City manager Manuel Pellegrini was asked about the  &      Abu Dhabi ahead of his sideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s &{ 

   Al Ain. Pellegrini said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I was talking with all of the players, with Samir of course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good news for him. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very good player and deserves to be in the national squad but all teams have managers and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to them to decide.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nasriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusion might make it more likely that he plays against Al Ain in Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s        title on Sunday. Pellegrini had previously said that players involved in the World Cup would not feature. The trip has caused some consternation, with England manager Roy Hodgson expressing reservations about its timing so close to         preparations for Brazil. Asked about the issue again, Pellegrini said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All of the players who are going to the 4 $&{ % 

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one of his prime objectives will be to make further progress in the Champions League. $    { DÂ&#x161;       season after two previous failures to get out of their group. Pellegrini said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I think that during next week we are celebrating here in Abu Dhabi what we did last season. It was very important to win the league. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Next week we will start working on how we can improve. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to improve every year on what we did in the last season. R  }2  Pellegrini said no players will be risked in the end of season match â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We also want to have a   &     Champions League. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To win the Champions 3         very important teams.

ccording to The Sun the up and coming England player, 24, who narrowly missed out on the Championship & {"  1 is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;infatuatedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the star and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the pair are constantly in touchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The paper reports that despite it still being very early days, Lauren,27, has told pals that the football player, who previously dated fellow TOWIE star Frankie Essex, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;seems like a keeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. A source told the newspaper: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lauren in completely over Mark and was loving single life, but Â&#x2014;     [  grown and grown. Â&#x20AC;#      &5      Â&#x2014; ! %  recently that it has got serious.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; While Lauren, who posted a very revealing Â&#x20AC; %< 1  yet spoken about her new man, earlier this year she was forced to deny that she had a fake boyfriend. Writing in her new! Magazine column she said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A magazine run a story last week claiming Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making up my new bloke. As if! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m allowed to be secretive. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m enjoying seeing him out of the limelight. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still single, but now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m home weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made plans to see each other and go on a few dates.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; News of her man comes

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aniel Sturridge has been relaxing in Miami this week before meeting up with the England squad ahead of the World Cup. The Liverpool striker was named in Roy Hodgsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s >~{  tournament in Brazil and will be crucial if they are to progress

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will be treating all the players like children and telling them what they can and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do in their spare time,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hodgson said in February. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;But I certainly wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encourage them to go that far away, no. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My advice will be if you are going to go away with your family, keep it much closer to home and avoid the very, very long journeys. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;But whether or not I go as far as to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve booked a holiday to Las Vegas, then you can forget a place in my 23â&#x20AC;?, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go that far.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; England face Ecuador and Honduras over in Miami on June 4 and 7 respectively   Â&#x2014; R  America.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Sports MVP announces TNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspension of Roode

Global Force set for first â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;officialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talent search G

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A peep into Mo Abuduâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world TAYO MUSTAPHA takes a peep into the exciting and inspirational world of Mo Abudu, arguably Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading TV gal, often referred to as Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oprah Winfery.


osunmola Abudu, popularly known and referred to as Mo Abudu, is one of Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s female amazons with impressive resume. She has her hands in quite a lot of pies including being a talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant and a successful entrepreneur. Early life Abudu was born in the United Kingdom. At the age of seven, her family relocated to Lagos, where she was sent to stay with her grandparents at their cocoa farm in Ondo State, to learn African culture. Education For secondary education, she was at Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, Ondo State, before returning to the United Kingdom due to the death of her father. On getting to UK, she attended Hammersmith County Secondary School before moving to the Ridgeway School in Kent, and she lived with her guardian in Tunbridge Wells. From there, she went to West Kent College and MidKent College. She has a Masters degree in HR Management from the University of Westminster, London. Mo is a member of the "   X  * =  in occupational and personality testing. Career Mo started out in the UK as a recruitment consultant in 1987, becoming a branch manager. She went on to work for the Starform Group, managing the Corporate Credit Management Exhibition from 1990 to 1992. In 1993, she joined Arthur Andersen for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (now ExxonMobil) to head their Human Resources and Training unit. She left in 2000 to establish a privately owned specialist human resources development company known as Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (popularly known as VLA). While running VLA, Mo developed an executive training centre at the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, Lagos. Moments with Mo Today, Mo is the Executive Producer & host of one of Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier television talk  /$  $ /   syndicated daily talk show on African regional television. By October 2009, over 200 episodes had

been recorded and aired on numerous topics ranging from lifestyle, health, culture, politics, entertainment, tradition, to music and inter-racial marriages. Guests on her include top celebrities like Presidents, Nobel Laureates, and the 67th US Secretary-of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. According to Mo, the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;highlights the life and accomplishments of a usually well known, but sometimes undiscovered African individuals who by their own tenacity and determination, have accomplished something, overcome something or been a catalyst for something that makes them role models to others.â&#x20AC;? Aired on a Pan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Africa network in over 48 African countries, the show now also airs on terrestrial and cable TVs in other parts of the world. The Debaters Mo is the creator and executive producer of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Debatersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a reality TV show funded by Guaranty Trust Bank and launched in 2009. The show focuses on giving Africa a voice by promoting oratory. Inspire Africa Foundation Furthermore, Mo is also the founder of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Inspire Africa Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a human investment arm of Inspire Africa Ltd. It is   /  >    on raising funds to implement societytransforming initiatives. In January 2009, the Inspire Africa Foundation alongside Moments with Mo, the Lagos State Government and UNICEF held a telethon and a charity        }~ # Conscienceâ&#x20AC;?. Donations from the concert have gone towards the protection of street children. In 2009, the Foundation opened a charity store branded â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Designers Outlet for Charityâ&#x20AC;? in Lagos. The Foundation is also developing a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Harbourâ&#x20AC;?.

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Ebony Life Television Mo Abudu launched Ebony Life Television, 6 [ 4 "#$/"   Entertainment Network in 2013. As obtained on the television website, Ebony Life TV is a multi-platform broadcaster set to reach Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important target demographic - the custodians of the present and the future. Set to produce and broadcast over 700 hours of nonstop, original programming with world-class production values; doing this through a variety of engaging platforms that include TV, Mobile, Online, Apps and Live.


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Mo said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ebony Life TV has been founded d with a mission to create original, premium and inspiring content with an African soul that showcases the best of Africa for a global black audience. We are positioned to be the home of the best of African content available.â&#x20AC;? A subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa (MEC Africa), Ebony Life TV is located at Tinapa Resort, Calabar, Cross River State. Learnt the television station transmits courtesy a complete broadcast system from PlayBox Technology for a new DTH channel transmitting in HD to subscribers in subSaharan Africa. The installation includes ingest, storage, content management, channel branding and playout automation using PlayBox Technology AirBox and TitleBox servers. According to Playbox Technology UK Sales Director, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the system was assembled            requirements of Ebony Life before being % 5/   %  drive the channel output. The media asset          operation before going to air. A PlayBox Technology MAM server allows operators to access their growing content library. The    %  %   with forward planning and reporting for the advertising sales team.â&#x20AC;? The launch of the station, which was attended by dignitaries from all around the world, saw notable Nigerians recognised for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Steve Forbes was on stage to present deserving Nigerians the awards. In a report ti itl t ed Nigerian Woman Launches titled



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Entertainment TV Network, Mosunmola Abudu was referred to as Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oprah Winfrey. With a catchphrase that says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Everything you think you know about Africa is about to change foreverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, according to Abudu, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Ebony Life TV seeks to start selling the good bits of Africa. Not every African woman has a pile of wood on her head and a baby strapped to her back! This exploit by Mo Abudu also caught the attention of Forbes Media. According to media reports, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forbes Media, a renowned establishment, which has become a symbol of distinction for recognising worthy business decision makers, investors and progressive individuals, who have impacted the world through their stimulation of business growth,  $ 6      the African continent to own a pan-African TV channel.â&#x20AC;? &''     $ 6    black woman to own a pan-African TV channel, EbonyLife TV, as one of the continentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading women. Mo was interviewed on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Leading Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a show that connects its audience to extraordinary women in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a talk show host and media owner who presents  %  %   6 5                * exploring their careers, lives and ideas. Q9 + *6 [ 4 "# Entertainment and lifestyle network, Mo has won acclaim for building a TV network creating 1,000 hours of fresh, engaging, original and premium home grown programming yearly. And there are plans to unveil even more channels - all under the EbonyLife brand. Calling her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oprahâ&#x20AC;?, CNN noted that Mo Abuduâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest achievement and what makes her story remarkable is not just conquering African TV â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but doing it without any prior media experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were many knock backs along the way, many people telling me â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do these things,â&#x20AC;? said the British-born entrepreneur in an interview with CNNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stephanie Busari.



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n o s k c i D y b b E r, e t s a c d a o r b e c A â&#x20AC;&#x201C; She is a woman of many parts - with hands in several ventures in Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment and media industries. While sitting atop an ambitious and well motivated brands management agency, Ebby Dickinson is also involved in broadcasting, theatre, audiovisual production and media relations. In this interview with TAYO MUSTAPHA, pretty Eddyy shares her past memories, capping it with the story of her professional adventures, love perception and the man in her life. The chat       


an we meet you? I am Ebby Dickinson, a wife, mother and a professional brand communications consultant. How was your growing up? Growing up was fun, I was closer to my dad than my Mum. He took me everywhere; I was his treasure. I went to good schools back then, studied Computer Science, also trained as a Broadcaster with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). I further had my stage theatricsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training under the tutelage of Prof. Bode Osanyin (now deceased).

How do you perceive celebrities? Personally, I strongly believe that the term celebrity is just the creation of the media and probably the society because I belong to the school of thought that everyone is a celebrity depending on how you â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;packageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yourself. However, going by your question, I will say there are few types or categories of celebrities that I have observed. I have seen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;celebrities wanna beâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;attained celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lobbying celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Celebrities wanna beâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are those that hang around celebrities and pay for controversies. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Attained celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are those who have walked their way through from grass to grace while â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lobbying celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are those that want to be everywhere despite the fact that they are already known. They can pay any amount to be noticed.

Can you share your professional experience e with us? I am a woman of many y parts but all encompassed ed into one because I operate ate in different sectors but under der the same industry. I am a theatre p practitioner, pra actitioner, a broadcaster, cinematographer grapher and media management consultant. First, I have been in the entertainment industry for a while. Actually, while growing up as a child, I featured in Bendel Play House in Benin City and other childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programmes like Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time with Kate Okwechime of NTA Benin in the 70s. I featured in several stage plays directed by notable directors such as by Ben tomoloju, Nana of the Niger Delta, Left in the Cold by Bode Osanyin, Moremi Ajasoro to mention a few. Television soaps I did include Country People, US, Tinsel and Bellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place. As a trained broadcaster, I have presented on Radio and Television stations such as Plaza to Plaza on NTA Plus, Abuja, and Longtime No See on Star FM. I am also a professional voice - over artiste with a lot of voice over jobs to my credit. I am a member of the Association of Voice over Artiste of Nigeria (AVOA) and National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP). On the creative side, I am also into copy writing, script development and production as far as

The term celebrity is just the creation of the media and probably the society because I belong to the school of thought that everyone is a celebrity depending on how you â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;packageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yourself


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I have come to see that most men are mischievously romantic before marriage

promotional advertisement is concerned, especially about radio jingles, television commercials and documentaries. What are you actively involved in at the moment? At the moment, I am into brand management consultancy. I am a brands/ Image maker. Amongst my accounts is a recent affiliation management deal we recently signed with an international brand. I may not be able to divulge much for now because we are still putting finishing touches to the details of the contractual agreement. What does politics mean to you? To me, and going by the way it is being played in Nigeria by our politicians, I will say politics means ‘politricks’; it is very far away from what it actually means because I know it is a means of serving the people and the society but nowadays, all they are after is their own selfish interests. Politics is not about the party, it’s about the person’s integrity and dignity. Do you have any political ambition? No, not at all. I won’t touch it with a long pole. I mean honorary political appointment, yes but political ambition, no. How do you see the present democratic dispensation? It is a ‘mixed’ bag. The whole country is divided, deceitful and confused. While the President may have good intentions, he is being unfortunately choked and advised by a lot of sycophants. What are the major challenges of running your communication outfit? Like any other business in Nigeria, it’s been very challenging. The challenges vary from one to another but it all emanates from the unfavourable business climate of our Nigerian society. We are talking about lack of the basic facilities like power, road, water and what have you, up to financial limitations and most especially the gender insensitivity. What do you mean by gender insensitivity? Going by my experience in the industry where I operate, I have come to believe that a lot of sceptism and aspersions

are still being cast on the female gender, especially if she is occupying a top position or offering services that the society assumes is reserved for the males. I must appreciate a lot of Nigerian women who have risen to the challenge of addressing this issue and as well erasing such erroneous impression or belief. I also urge them not to relent in their efforts because there are still a lot of men out there who are yet to believe, appreciate and accept the fact that it’s not a man’s world alone. Our plan for the Nigerian market is to continuously project our professional expertise positively to engender people’s appreciation and patronage. Actually, the response has been a bit encouraging perhaps going by the quality of our work because while some are warm and receptive, others have a different view or perspective to what we are offering. Are you not being ‘extreme’ with your gender sentiments? No, I am not. It is just that the society, especially the Nigerian, has not been fair

to the female gender. Look around you, how many females are occupying top positions in the country’s socio-economic and political sectors? How does the rural and primitive community treat females? How does the society perceive widows? I mean I can go on and on. One thing that gladdens my heart, anyway, is that the average Nigerian woman has refused to let that continue; we have risen to take up the challenge of ensuring that men also see, appreciate and treat us as their partner and not as their subordinates. Who do you regard as your role model? First is God, and my pastor, Poju Oyemade. What is your perception of love? What type of love are you talking about? What type of love do you know? To me, there are two types of love. We have the natural platonic love and the intimate love. All in all, love, either natural or intimate is a beautiful thing


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I was very sceptical about the whole thing, but I guess he was able to prove me wrong

to my fashion. I am fashionable but very modest about the way I go about it. What is your own definition of style? Style, to me, is you. It is a reflection of your total person - mentally and physically. Which are you comfortable with; English or native dress? Both English and Native dresses are okay with me; I think the event will determine which I should wear most times. when it’s real especially when it comes with a lot of sincerity of purpose and commitment. Unfortunately in Nigeria today, it is no more what it should really be. It has been polluted, polarised and abused. You talk as if love has not been fair to you? No, why? I have had my own good share of love. It has been good to me, really good to me especially when we look at it from the natural and intimate level. I have and I am still experiencing true love. At least when I see the people around me, my family, my husband, of course, I am experiencing true love. How supportive is your husband in all these your endeavours? Very supportive! He has been, and still very supportive. He knows my job; he knows my passion goes into my job and he gives me all the support he can, for me to function effectively as a mother, wife and a professional. Where, when and how did you meet? I will say we met in line of duty. Can you be specific? We met like any other couple would meet. We met on the job, exchanged contacts, started as friends and we are... Was it love at first sight or what? No, it wasn’t love at first sight. Like I said, we started as friends. The idea of marriage was not even on the agenda of

the relationship. It was just a mutual and platonic relationship. So, how did it metamorphose into an intimate relationship? After being very close friends, we discovered we shared a lot of things in common, which, if I may say, actually accelerated the pace and attraction. What was your response or reaction when he mooted the idea of a relationship with you? I was very sceptical about the whole thing, but I guess he was able to prove me wrong.

Are you a designer freak? I am not a designer freak, whatever tickles my fancy is what I wear. So what or who determines what you wear? Like I said, the occasion does or most times my man. Really! Your man? Yes! Is there a big deal about that? He is the one I dress for now, so he should have a say in how I look. What won’t you be caught without? My perfume. It goes everywhere I go.

How? Isn’t that obvious...where am I now? (...laughter)

How do you unwind? I listen to good music, watch nice movies and unwind privately.

How did he propose? Hmmm...well, he proposed after a misunderstanding.

What do you mean by unwind privately? Haha! Don’t ask me that.

What happened? Let’s just leave it like that. Was he romantic? Yes, he was but I have come to see that most men are mischievously romantic before marriage. Did you play hard-to-get? Of course, I did; am I not a woman? I needed to let him know and appreciate the value of whom he has as wife. How fashionable are you? I am a bit on the shy side when it comes

Where is your favourite holiday spot? The Caribbeans! What are your favourites? For food, pounded yam and banga soup; for drink, Tentudia Spanish red wine; for colour, its purple, brown, red and black. My favourite car is any Toyota brand while Yellow Diamond, XS Paco Rabane remains my favourite perfume. Any good body lotion is okay for me.


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Things I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do now as married woman â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mercy Johnson

According to stakeholders and authorities of Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment industry, she sits amongst the top five of Nollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divas considering her rating in terms of talent, earnings, public acceptance and recognition. With over 150 appearances, Mercy Johnson is perhaps Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most soughthtafter actress. In this brief encounter with TAYO MUSTAPHA, Nollywood female icon and mother of one tells things about her life, profession, childhood memories and most importantly tly her husband, Prince Okojie. Excerptsâ&#x20AC;Ś


hat is the most negative report you have read about yourself? A lot of untrue things have been said about me, but I have come to realise that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost people anything to cook up lies about me. The one I remember vividly is the one they said I stole money and also snatched peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husbands. I lost a deal worth N50million from a telecommunication company because of it.

       Close to 10. Professionally and personally, what would you love to be remembered for? I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds. I would like to leave with the memory of someone with a good heart, who did her best to help others.

A fellow actress once said that you would go back to the As one of the top Nollywood divas, how have you labour room immediately Purity was weaned, it seems she is right, what with the pregnancy story we have been managed to maintain your position? I would have to give all glory to God how far He has hearing? helped me. I have tried as much as possible to give my Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discuss it. best to the industry yet I cannot say that I have arrived. It is obvious that I am not where I used to be. I will continue to But are you not pregnant? do more. I said Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather not talk about it! What does style mean to you? Style, to me, is putting on anything that makes you feel comfortable. My husband is a huge critic, so when he compliments my dressing, I feel great. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that exposing anything makes you look better. He feels when you cover up, you look real nice. What is your most favourite wardrobe accessory? That will be my y wrist-watch.

Would marriage and motherhood still allow you to put on those sexy clothes? No, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. Motherhood and marriage have changed me. I am over that because I am now a married woman and a mother. What childhood memory still makes you quiver? You see, when I cry in movies, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the script that makes me cry. y When I recall my y humble beginning, g g I give g thanks

to God. When I remember how we moved into an uncompleted building and had to take cover whenever it rained because of the condition of the house; how my brother did a menial job as a bricklayer to earn a living and those days when we rolled over a stick to cover the windows up till the point when I started acting and raised money to cover the roofâ&#x20AC;Ś I recall those days we were %>    Â&#x201E;

     house were not plastered, or when I had scars as a result of my several falls. How was your foray into acting like? After secondary school education, I failed the University Matriculation Examination (UME) and came back to Lagos to get a degree. While that was on, I watched Genevieve Nnaji in a movie entitled Sharon Stone. I later approached a friend for assistance to feature in a movie. He said I had a great body and that I would make a good actress. He later took me to the National Theatre, but a role did not come    *        entitled The Maid. What has marriage taught you? Marriage has taught me lots of things and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learnt a lot since I got married too. I know that if I had gotten married earlier, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have made most of the errors I made. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to be married to somebody that is organized; he brings you up the right way and reminds you about who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be. Marriage has been sweet for me because I have the best husband and daughter in the world. Being a married woman, I have learnt to tolerate things more. It has changed my perspective of life and the way I react to things. How do you spend your spare time? When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not at location, I spend quality time with my family. And guess what? My husband is always there for me and Purity(daughter). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious we are his priority. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a loving husband and father. He understands the nature of my job. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing that has happened to me. People usually say men are not reliable. In the case of my husband, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blessing. How did you meet him? We met the way any other man and woman would meet. What attracted him to you? His fearless approach. You know sometimes, you meet some guys and they get intimidated about you, but not 5        %   * he said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go to my house so you can cook for meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. In my mind, I was like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;seriously, this guy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know my nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. So I said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My name is Mercy Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and he said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes, I know.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; How do you pamper him? Sometimes I take him out on a date or surprise him with gifts

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How about his dad? His dad is fine. He is in Port Harcourt. We are not together anymore. But we are still good friends. We are trying hard to be a unit, even though I am in Lagos and he is in Port Harcourt. But Elisha comes first!

How about your son? He is good; he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. His name is Elisha and there are so many things attached to that name. The literary meaning of his name Elisha in Hebrew means ‘My God, my salvation.’ So he’ll grow up never to forget that without God. Also, the name has a lot of meaning to me because before I had him, I had a miscarriage that I went through before I eventually had him. I was pregnant with twins, which meant double. So when he arrived, it was like God had given me double anointing back. You know God doesn’t cheat anybody. He gives you what you really need, at the time you need it.

That means you still intend to reduce further? Yeah, but people are asking me why I want to do that, because my size as it is now is quite attractive. I feel better now. Presently, it is 115. So I have lost about 95kg. If I can get to 100kg or 95kg, then I will be very happy. When I get to that point, yeah, I can share my diet recipe and perhaps help some other people who are in such situation that I have been. All my life, I have been struggling with weight. It is not easy.

But I remember you won an international beauty pageant because of your big size, why are you slimming? I think Gloria my elder sister started it. Initially, she was the biggest amongst us all. She started losing weight first. Then I was getting bigger by the day. So two years ago, after Gloria inspired me with her gradual weight loss, I started telling myself that I could do it too. I guess what eventually triggered it was that I had been big all my life but I never had any sickness or illness. It got to a point when I was beginning to feel sluggish. I felt I was suddenly trapped in my own body. There were some things that I had always loved to do, but my body was just not responding. So I was asking myself, what was happening in my body? Also I was feeling little ache at my back, and I just had a little son. So I asked myself how I was going to be enjoying and playing with my little son when I could not even lift my body. So it was not really about being prettier or being more beautiful that I lost weight. It was more about my health. Truth is that I never had health challenges attached to my former weight. At my biggest, I weighed 210 kg and I am 5 feet 11. That is a very large person! But I didn’t have ailments like diabetes, cholesterol or hypertension except for the small ache at my back. I didn’t want a situation where I had to get to where I became unhealthy. So I had to nip in the bud, the overweight. I cannot now talk about my diet because I am not through yet. I still want to go down 16-20 more kg. That is the size I feel I should keep, not because that is what health experts say, but what I feel I want.

What efforts? Trying to reduce my weight.

You look slimmer and trendier… Thanks, I guess that confirms that my efforts are really paying off.

So what are you into now? So many but we are trying to keep everything under wraps for now. Will surely unwrap it at the appropriate time.

Where have you been? I have been around - here and there trying to survive, to make ends meet.

ow is life treating you? Very well, thanks but can still be better.



husband is unmoved by the rumour because he knows the kind of wife he has; that I can never do such a thing,” she assured.

his year’s edition of the annual African Public Relationss Association (APRA) conference themed “Advancing Africa”, is set to hold in Mauritius from May 27th- 31. Now in its 26th year, the conference will attract over 500 delegates cutting across different communication sectors and professional al groupings from all over Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Confirmed speakers include President and CEO of The Holmes Group Paul Holmes, who is the chairman of the judges for SABRE Awards and Manager of the Global Public Relations Summit. Also to speak is the former World Presidentt of the International Public Relationss Association (IPRA) and a public relations and marketing expert with h 50 years experience in communication Mrs. tion Mrs LoulaZaklama; one of UK’s 500 most influential people as named by The Sunday Times and Debrett’s Jeremy Galbraith; Football marketing Guru Ian Riley who was involved in 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup bid for South Africa. Others speakers include Chairman and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Robyn de Villiers, BHM Founder/CEO Ayeni


Adekunle, a Media and Public Relations expert who was recently listed by Business Day as one of the top 40 Nigerian entrepreneurs under 40; Group CEO of Frontiers International Services Limited, Muyiwa Afolabi and Head of Corporate Communications and CSR at Airtel, Ghana, Mr. Donald Gwira.

Adekunle Ayeni, others to speak at APRA conference

aving had two boys for her beau Musa Danjuma, Ex-Nollywood actress and wife of billionaire businessman, Caroline Ekanem-Danjuma recently showed off her baby bump, as she posed for a photo with her two sons on the social media. The former movie diva, who has jumped into music, was heard telling friends that her best wish now is to have a baby girl this time. Her friends also confided in us that Caroline is praying fervently to have a girl.


Caroline Ekanem-Danjuma prays for baby girl

electable actress, Angela Okorie, who has been enmeshed in a controversy with Muma Gee’s actor husband Prince Ekeh, has said the scandal has not affected her marriage in any way. Recently, Prince had alleged that Angela was involved in some untoward act while they were shooting a movie in South Africa. But Angela swiftly debunked the story saying Prince Ekeh must have seen her in his dream. “It never happened and I don’t know why he should be so malicious as to cook up such a story about me? Maybe he saw me in his dream, I wouldn’t know.” Concerning her marriage being under threat owing to the scandal, Angela said her marriage is intact.“What has that got to do with my marriage? My marriage is intact…very much intact. My


Angela Okorie fires back at detractors, says ‘my marriage is intact’

closed that the contract requires Alariwo to promote Tentudia Spanish wine for a period of two years while he will also be entitled to a branded Tendudia car, a six figure amount of money and other accompaniments.

orch-bearing singer, Zaaki Azzay, has remarried, two years after his first wife Hadiza Yadoo, mother of his three children, left him claiming domestic violence. Zaaki quietly married his new wife, - Hembadoon Ugema, 24, at the bride’s family home in Ushongo in Makurdi, Benue State last week. Those who should know claim that Hembadoon is somehow related to Hadiza. Hembadoon’s mum is married to Hadiza’s father’s younger brother (Hadiza’s uncle) and this family drama forced the girl’s family to suspend the wedding, which was supposed to hold last month until it was recently resolved.


Two years after marriage crash, Zaaki Azay remarries

must be smiling to his bank now following his recent clinching of a mouth watering endorsement deal with Fairludwig Export Limited, marketers of Tentudia Spanish wine. Source close to the entertainer and musician, Rotimi Martins aka Alariwo of Afrika, who recently finished shooting a movie - Stolen Treasures - for his mentor Obafemi Lasode, says he has just been signed as the official brand ambassador for Tentudia. Chairman of the company, Mr.Roland Aikins, explained that “the choice of Alariwo is based on the fact that we needed a brand that can project and promote the product properly, because the brand is for mature minds and as such needs to be projected in a very mature way. We had series of recommendations of celebrities as brand ambassador, but we chose Alariwo based on his consistency, creativity and versatility in the entertainment industry”. Alariwo’s management outfit confirmed that the endorsement deal is for real, adding that Alariwo is on set shooting his new promotional video with fuji star, Pasuma and rap act, Lord of Ajasa. His management outfit also dis-


Alariwo clinches brand endorsement deal roos over king, Alariwo of Africa,

tar Lager has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind sports platform called Star Football. The formal launch, which held recently at BeerHugz Cafe, was witnessed by the crème of the entertainment and sports industries. Also at the event, football legends and ex-eagles captains, Kanu Nwankwo and Jay-Jay Okocha were unveiled as ambassadors of the project. “Star Football is a platform that will completely change the way consumers experience football henceforth. It is a platform to recognize and reward Nigerian football fans while we have also partnered with cable network giant DSTV, to air all FIFA 2014 World Cup matches live throughout the tournament”, according to Nigerian Breweries Marketing Director, Walter Drenth. In his presentation at the event, Drenth stated: “We believe that the greatness and victory associated with the game of football is not only about the eleven players in a team, but about the millions of fans united by passion and pride cheering their team to victory. We urge all Nigerians to support this laudable project as its victory chant is similar to the legendary Mexican Wave and other highly popular celebratory recitations.” Star Football, according to Drenth, “encompasses various football-themed activities geared towards ensuring that Nigerians derive maximum satisfaction while enjoying their football matches.”

S is set for the product to hit the market as necessary logistics and regulatory indices are ready.

gant. I’m just a calm-natured person not given to stress. People have made me calm because of their constant gossips. I’m now like ‘Django’. That I bought a car didn’t mean I slept around to buy it”, she said.

n a bid to promote cultural value amongst the Yoruba race of the south-western part of Nigeria, especially Ibadan, the newly installed Magaji Aare Latoosa of Ibadan, Alhaji Hakeem Adebayo Bakare, has reiterated his quest to promote culture amongst his people. Reacting to the dwindling status of Yoruba language in the society, Aare Latoosa said some parents should be blamed as the language is at the verge of extinction. “Yorubas should form the habit of using our mother’s tongue at home to give their children the opportunity of being accustomed to our language. Anybody that puts his/her tribe’s language or dialect in relegation for another language plans its extinction. We need to change for a better society by making our language, culture and race an entity to behold”. According to Bakare, “I am from the lineage of Mohammed Obadoke, an Aare Latoosa of Ibadan land. The responsibility of an Aare is the propagation of the traditions and customs of Ibadan land and acting as the mouth-piece of the Olubadan whenever the


need arises. This, I shall discharge dutifully to the projection of Ibadan land. Aare Latoosa was installed recently by His Royal Majesty, the Olubadan of Ibadan land; King Dr. Odulana Odugade.

Yoruba language, culture endangered – Aare Hakeem Adebayo Bakare

retty actress, Halima Abubakar, has denied being a controversial actress, shrugging off allegations of being a ‘runs’ babe. According to Halima: “I’m not controversial. Why? People talk and I guess my name gives them (gossips) orgasm. I’m a simple home-couch-loving lady. I love my bed, my comfort; whether there is spring or mat, I’m great at home. I don’t party. I feel like I don’t have fun and still not having fun, because I’m too serious and have been working since I was 13 years. But it’s okay; I’m here making my own rules and making sure I follow them. I love meriting stuff, so I don’t cut corners. Hard work is better. You can sleep your way through, but it never lasts. I knew that from day one. When people reject me, I don’t worry because they are the ones missing and losing, not knowing how amazing I am. People love judging, and as long as people love hearing hear says, then they add lies to sweeten the gist. So how am I controversial? I’m always misunderstood by lots of people. Just because I don’t talk too much does not mean I’m unfriendly or arro-


with its first project for up-and-coming DJs in October. Interestingly, this year will also mark the return of his legendary TV show ‘Jimmy’s Jump-Off’ which has featured Nigeria’s biggest music acts including Tuface, Mode9, M.I, Ice Prince, Dagrin(now deceased), Sauce Kid and others. A documentary on the respected DJ and an official video ‘Glasses Up’ featuring Tuface and Burna Boy will be released as the theme song for the anniversary,” they said.

to avail herself of the various platforms that we have in the Guild to call me to order or when we met face to face at The Sun Awards. Better still, she should have even sent for me and those who know me, know that I would have honoured the call knowing how much I value the contributions and support of time tested professionals like her in our quest to move the Guild to greater heights. But she didn’t do any of these. Instead, she decided to engage in a macabre dance and I have sworn never to clap for her.

ike Peller, Nollywood actress and daughter of late magician, Professor Peller, has gone the way of her father. Nike now joins her brother er Zito Peller for magical performances on stage. The actress and d her brother recently performed at a movie premiere which left everyone breathless. They were also paid heavily to perform last year at the Gulder Club Ultimatee er launch, where she and her brother floated in the air. She has been performing with Zito for over a year now, and she is learning so


fast, a family source told us.

Nike Peller takes after father, dumps acting for magic

wura, for sometimes now, has been mouthing Actors’ Guild Of Nigeria President, Ibinabo Fiberisima, over her conduct and decisions on the association. Only re-cently, Clarion criticized Ibinabo for paying a courtesy visit to President Goodluck Jonathan while she also took a swipe at her for accepting a Federal government appointment. Early this week, Ibinabo, in an open letter to Clarion, also gave her a piecee of her mind, describing her as being hysterical, political and mischievous.. According to Ibinabo, “one thing hass become clear about her intentions, it d is that she is just being hysterical and have decided to raise the spectre of ‘political’ divide to prepare the way for her next course of action- which is to assume leadership of the Guild. And I ask, which Guild? The same AGN that she openly declared was non-existent or the one she failed to join until a few days ago because of her intent to contest the Presidency? But she needn’t go that far, I am very accessible. Members of the Guild can attest to that. If she truly means well and had all those great ideas to share, all she would have done was



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Ibinabo Fiberesima replies Clarion Chukwura eteran actress, Clarion Chuk-

conic Nigerian DJ, Jimmy Adewale Amu aka DJ Jimmy Jatt, has announced the formal launch of his 25th Anniversary at the Oriental Hotels in Lagos. At the pre-event, DJ Jimmy Jatt said: “It is hard to believe that 25 years have gone by and I have been having the time of my life doing the job I love. This anniversary celebration is to take people on my journey so far and also to show my appreciation for their continued support all these 25 years.” Members of the planning committee for the anniversary - Matthew Ohio and Ubi Franklin of Triple MG also spoke about activities schedule for the celebration. “For this 25th anniversary celebration, we are having a nation-wide tour across Nigeria from May 30 through mid-June. The tour will start in Lagos and run through Enugu, Benin, Port Harcourt, Ilorin and Abuja. Besides, a DJ Jimmy Jatt documentary will be held at an exclusive formal dinner on August 3, while Jimmy’s Jump Off show would follow on September 30. It will be rounded off with a public launch of the DJ Jimmy Jatt Foundation for the Entertainment Arts


DJ Jimmy Jatt marks 25 years on turn table

My name gives some people orgasm –Halima Abubakar

eader of the House of Ginjah, Terry G, has disclosed that his past still haunts him. According to Terry G, “our past is always a strong determinant to how successful or otherwise we become.” Asked why corporate organisations don’t consider him for endorsement or promotional deals as other artistes of his caliber are being made brand ambassadors, Terry confessed thus: “You know what, it’s due to my past. They say your past always haunts you. I can possibly say I’ve been unlucky in that regards, but I’m still so blessed. Actually, my beginning was quite rough, but today, I still give all glory to God for what He has been able to do for me. Terry also said his fans might need to wait for five years before he releases another album because he has his hands full in another ventures such as pure water business. He also confirmed that everything


My past still haunts me – Terry G

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Kanu,Okocha endorse Star Football project

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he President, Fashion De- destinations known for particusigners Association of Ni- lar fashion designs are sightseegeria (FADAN), Mrs Funmi ing experiences”. Ajila-Ladipo, has said that the According to her, the fashion fashion industry could be used industry is a multi-billion dollar to promote entertainment, if well industry globally and fashion developed. tourists are growing in number. Ajila-Ladipo spoke in Lagos ``The fashion industry has made that fashion was inter-related vital contributions to the enterwith entertainment because of tainment industry. Fashion is one the features they shared in com- of the most important phenommon. ``Entertainment is fashion, ena in Western civilisation. It is fashion is entertainment. They almost second in nature to us. both work together. It is the Fashion sightseeing is an alternaculture of a country, in terms of tive form of tourism that attracts entertainment, that will attract          tourists and visitors to it. `Travel- the world,’’ she said. ling abroad with African attire Ajila-Ladipo added that the attracts foreigners to visit Nige- role of fashion in promoting ria, in order to learn about our entertainment could not be culture, fashions, traditions and over-emphasised. ``This trend is our lifestyle, in terms of entergradually becoming one of the tainment, `` Ajila-Ladipo said. most sought after niche in the She said that fashion sightsee- entertainment industry through ing was a phenomenon where fashion. Foreigners seek destipeople travel to and stay in    

* places outside their usual envi- wants and desires for new tastes ronment to experience fashion. in garments, shoes, bags, acces``Travelling to African countries sories, shopping and the overall to purchase locally-made fabrics, experience of the destination’s visiting trade shows in exotic culture.’


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Angela Okorie is one of Nigeria’s most controversial Nollywood actresses. Born and raised in Cotonou, Benin Republic, she is from a family of five and the third child. A graduate of LASU and now studying Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos, Angela is married with a son. Her first movie was released in December 2009. Since then, she has featured in over 100 movies and famed after featuring in a movie called Holy Serpent produced by Coruma International Production. Despite her controversies and fame, underneath lies Angela’s passion for simple fashion statements that come with a lot of her personal ‘swaggs’!


hort girls have some advantages in the fashion world. It can be harder for tall girls to find clothing. You can only add some much length to a pair of pants or a skirt by letting down the hemline, but you can take up a pair of pants as much as you need to get a perfect fit. If you are on the shorter side, your goal is likely to give the illusion of length.  While we love the colour-block trend, it really can leave you looking blocky, with too many colours breaking up the silhouette. Try donning shades of a single colour from head to toe to really elongate the silhouette and give the illusion of height.  No matter your height, you should always consider proportions when picking out a flattering outfit. For short girls, highwaisted skirts, pants, and shorts create

the look of longer legs and thus a taller silhouette.  One of the most fun fashion tips for short girls is to wear high-heeled shoes. Whether you’re comfortable in platforms or just want a bit of a lift, a pair of heels will physically make you taller. If heels aren’t your thing, then try wedges or booties.  They give the appearance of added height, but leave you comfortable enough to strut  When it comes to dark coloured shoes, you will absolutely want to avoid any ankle straps, because they make the ankle appear wider, instead of longer. If you’re wearing shoes in a nude shade similar to your skin, you should still be okay with a thin ankle strap.


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hree-piece suits, pocket squares and fob watches may be coming back into fashion, but that doesn’t mean the guys wearing them can be classified as ‘gentlemen.’ Today, we’re going to have a look at the qualities a true gentleman possesses. I’d also like to point out this is just as relevant to women, because essentially, being a gentleman means not being an ‘arsehole’ to people, and there are plenty of girls who can apply this philosophy to their everyday lives. So when you’re reading these points, be aware I’m talking to both genders. Also, know you won’t be finding any rubbish about dress sense, wine knowledge or vocabulary here. 1. Respectful…to everyone I get really annoyed at the misconception that a gentleman, or an actual guy who is nice, should be respectful to a woman he is interested in. This simply perpetuates the idea that respect is merely a tool to be exchanged for sex. A true gentleman, and gentlewoman for that matter, should be polite and respectful to everyone, regardless of gender. He or she shouldn’t be using it as a means of attraction. 2. Supportive Unless his partner aims to be a crack head, a gentleman should respect her life ambitions, even if they can be difficult to achieve. In my case, my partner is incredibly supportive of my freelance writing because he is awesome and believes in me. By the same token, I don’t think it’s anyone’s sole responsibility to financially support someone who isn’t bringing anything to the table themselves. Again in my case, my partner does earn more money, but I also work two additional jobs to contribute to the household. That’s my choice, not his. In my opinion, you should never expect someone else to support your goals and dreams if you won’t support your own; financially or emotionally. 3. Honest and open A gentleman is less likely to engage in the oh-so-attractive game playing when it comes to romance. He is open and honest, because when you find the right person, neither of you feel the need to go down the road of calculating how many days after a date you should call, pretend not to actually like them so they’ll like you more, and purposely withdraw affection. 4. Always there Relationships aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. Some days they can be incredibly tough, no matter how much you love each other. A gentleman doesn’t run away when things get a little hard; he supports his partner and the relationship itself. 5. Polite … to everyone Again, politeness shouldn’t be used as a weapon for pants-dropping. A gentleman should be polite to everyone, with no ulterior motive. 6. Keep open door This may be a controversial point, because I know a lot of people hate it when guys open

doors for them. But here’s my philosophy on the subject: If I’m about to walk through a door, I always either let the person behind me go first, or keep it open for him or her once I’ve gone through. Perhaps the former is a bit much, but it’s something I’ve always done. I do however think it’s incredibly rude if I’m right behind someone and he or she lets the door close in my face. So in my humble opinion, I think a gentleman should keep a door open for someone behind him, regardless of gender or age. It’s just common courtesy. 7. They Compromise Gentlemen know compromise is a necessity when it comes to a happy, healthy relationship. Regardless of their own wants or needs (including rules about anything they have in their heads, including this list) they take their partners’ opinions and needs into consideration. Once again, the same goes for us too ladies. No matter who you are, it is not all about you. 8. Feminists Yeah, you heard me. Feel free to start writing your flame comments now if you like. Despite the fact that it’s 2014, plenty of people (both male and female) are laboring under the misconception that feminism is a dirty word. In addition, they confuse the word ‘feminism’ with ‘misandry.’ A real gentleman is aware feminism is the belief that both men and women deserve to be treated equally, and they will have absolutely no problem with that. 9. Helpful Gentlemen go out of their way to help people around them, whether they’re loved ones or someone they haven’t met. I’m not saying they need to devote their entire lives to helping others every second, but random acts of kindness never go astray. 10. Family first Whether their partner, parents and siblings or even close friends; these people will always come first to a gentleman. They don’t abandon their sick wife to go drinking with their mates, or stay home on Easter because they can’t be bothered seeing the in-laws. Family is everything to them. 11. More action…less talk A friend said to me recently, a gentleman is “someone whose actions reach further than his own self-interest.” I think that sums it up beautifully. 12. They don’t claim to be ‘Nice Guys’ Gentlemen, in the truest sense of the word, are not ‘Nice Guys.’ In case you’re unaware, ‘Nice Guys’ are dudes who claim to respect women and to be super nice and yet complain when girls don’t immediately drop their pants for them. Usually this is because the girl in question didn’t react favorably to unsolicited poetry, declarations of love, expensive presents or referring to her as “milady” within the two weeks of meeting. This is usually followed by calling her ‘slut’ or the b-word and whining about being ‘friend zoned’ again. These guys are in no way nice and are certainly not gentlemen; regardless of how many doors they open or dozens of roses they send. They simply cover up their psychological issues and inherent misogyny with a veil of outdated chivalry and fedoras.


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Bride, Oluwawemimo Ayotokunbo Dosunmu, Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Dideolu Awolowo and the Groom, Ayodeji Olayinka Anifowose.

Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.), Olori Ladun Sijuwade and Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II



Chief Bisi Akande , Chairman, BusinessWorld Newspaper, Mr Daisi Omidiji, Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his wife Sherifat.

Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola; Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salam and Guest Speaker, Professor Pat Utomi


L-R: Dr Ewumi Abosede Morenike; Mr. Idiareno Atimomo; and Mr. Michael Nwoseh L-R: Founder, First City Monument Bank Plc, Otunba Subomi Balogun; his wife Abimbola and Former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Kaka

L-R: Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye; Obi of Onisha, HRH Cukwuemeka Achebe and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu PHOTO: BODE AGBEDE

L-R: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Prof Joseph Olusanya; Manager, Youth Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Idiareno Atimomo; Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Prof Oluyemisi Obilade Oluremi; Manager, Sponsorships, Etisalat Nigeria, Orah Egwu; and Acting Bursar, Tai Solarin University, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Mr Kunle Odusanya


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L-R: Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, his wife Vivian and former MD/CEO Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr Reginald Ihejirika.

L-R: Enachioken of Abiriba Kingdom, Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu presenting an award to the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubike ihejirika,his wife Ezinne. PHOTOS: SAMUEL ALUKO


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Mr. Uzonwanne Nwanunne and Lanre Oluwole, Operations Manager, MultiChoice

L-R: MultiChoice Field Engineer, Mr. Frank Aniemeke; Public Relations Manager, GOtv, Efe Obiomah, and Edoh Yunusa Jonah.


L-R: Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, Chairman, Chief Kolawole Jamodu and Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Uaboi Agbebaku.

L-R: Human Resource Director, Mr. Victor Famuyibo; Technical Director, Mr. Hendrik Wymenga; Mr. Frank Nweke 11 and Marketing Director, Mr. Walter Drenth PHOTOS: SAMUEL ALUKO


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  to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow or white) with seeds or may be seedless.Watermelon is made up of nutritional value such as free-radicalscavenging vitamin A, the carotenoid forms which are rich sources of antioxidants that helps    5 /Â&#x201E;tory phytonutrient, and some amount of amino       *

Â&#x201E;  and overall cardiovascular health. Watermelon is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin C which helps to heal wounds, prevent cell damage and promote healthy teeth and gums. It is an excellent source of vitamin B6, which helps brain function and convert protein to energy. In addition, watermelon is a good source of heart-healthy potassium and magnesium which helps the muscle and nerve function; it also helps maintain the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proper electrolyte and acidbase balance as well as lowers the risk of high blood pressure. Aside the juicy pulp, watermelon seeds are very useful. Studies have shown that the seeds of watermelon can serve as a good source of snack when dried, and they are very rich in protein. The protein in watermelon seeds consists of several amino acids, one of which is arginine which helps in regulating blood pressure and treating coronary heart disease. The seeds are also encumbered with several B vitamins such as vitamin B3 (Niacin) which is required for processing fat in the body, lowering cholesterol levels, and regulating blood sugar levels. Other B vitamins in wa      **  Â&#x201E;%*% B6 and pantothenic acid. Watermelon seeds can provide us with a small but helpful amount of minerals such as iron and zinc. Studies have shown that the iron and zinc in watermelon seeds is surprisingly bioavailable (85-90 per cent), despite the oxalates and phytates that contained in the seeds. It also contains magnesium. According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and the metabo       


  5Â&#x2030;   minerals in watermelon seeds are phosphorous, potassium, sodium, copper and manganese. The seed also contains good fats monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-6 fatty acids as well as small amount of saturated fat. The American Heart Association reports that mono and polyunsaturated fats reduce blood cholesterol, and that omega-6 fatty acids can help reduce high blood pressure. Most people do not consume the watermelon rind. The rind may   Â&#x2C6; Â&#x201E;     * you can eat it. It contains calories, vitamin C, and vitamin B. This makes the watermelon rind good for the skin and immunity as well as the nervous system. The rind also contains phyto-nutrient citrullin, an anti-oxidant that allows increased 

Â&#x201E;     5 = prevents hypertension. Dr. BhimuPatil, director of Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center, has researched and reported that citrulline helps to relax the blood vessels, much like drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction in men. Researchers once believed that lycopene was only in tomatoes, but the watermelon holds the highest concentration of lycopene in any fresh fruit or vegetable. Lycopene has known antioxidant qualities to keep the skin, heart and prostate healthy. Watermelon could be eaten as a snack, an appetizer or as desserts that could help one lose          5 Watermelon can be combined with fruits such as cucumber and any other fruit of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice and blend together with lemon juice. Add low-fat vanilla yogurt to make it thick and a bit of low-fat milk to make it smooth. For a more frozen treat, pour the smoothie mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. Put cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. The storage methods of watermelon depends on whether you store it whole or cut into bits, but always keep it at room temperature. If watermelon is cut, to store it, cut and securely cover the cut end in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Or,     Â&#x201E;         it in an airtight container.


ersonally, as well as a lot of my generation, cooking represents the worst kind of irony. Feeding ourselves is our most basic human need, but for some reason no one bothered to tell us how to do it (or even that it was important to learn). So we grew up, left the house and became dependent on restaurants and instant meals, only to find out 10 years later that this â&#x20AC;&#x153;foodâ&#x20AC;? has been killing us slowly. Now what are we supposed to do? Learning to cook is important, but can be intimidating if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done more than boil water, open cans and zap frozen entrees. Navigating the kitchen is much easier if you know a few simple tricks that seasoned chefs take for granted. Use tongs to cooking pretty much everything Spatulas are awesome for anything that needs to be flipped or scraped, like eggs and pancakes. For everything else, tongs are the way to go. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much more nimble and less awkward to use, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find far fewer things jumping from your pan onto the floor. If you have non-stick cookware, be sure to use tongs with nylon tips. And always go for the 12-inchers. Store everything in Tupperware As much as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be the kind of person who trims their herbs, puts them in a vase then wraps them in a damp paper towel so they last a week, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m way too lazy for that. The good news though is that Tupperware keeps almost everything fresh for much longer than your crisper, including berries, salad greens and produce that has already been cut. Because it is reusable, it is also more ecofriendly. If you own a knife, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a garlic press Peeling and pressing garlic is a huge waste of time. To use a clove of garlic, set it on a cutting board and smash it with the flat side of a big knife (any chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife will do). The papery skin will come right off, and you can mince it real quick right there in about 10 seconds. Done. Keep a separate cutting board for things you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want flavoured with garlic and onion Assuming you follow any recipe ever, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be using your cutting board for cutting onions or garlic. If so, I recommend getting a separate board you keep aside for cutting fruit, cheeses and other things that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t absorb the odours of previous meals. Herbs that are supposed to be green should be purchased fresh, not dry With the possible exception of dried oregano (great in Mexican, Greek and Italian foods), herbs are always better fresh. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also cheap and available almost anywhere. In particular, always buy fresh parsley, basil, cilantro, thyme, tarragon or chives if you can help it (a few should be in your fridge at all times). The dried versions are OK if not too old, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very delicate and the jar will probably go bad before you use it twice. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother with pre-filled spice racks If you want spices to serve their purpose (making food taste better), you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own a pre-filled spice rack. Spices go off quickly, and when their colour starts to dull theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a lot of their flavour. There are several dried spices that are invaluable in my kitchen (cinnamon, cloves, curry powder, cumin, coriander, chilli pepper, etc.), but you should purchase them as you need them, and in small quantities unless you use them frequently. Overcooking is probably your biggest kitchen mistake Overcooked vegetables are mushy and flavourless, overcooked meat is tough and chalky, overcooked grains are soggy and fall apart. In other words, overcooked food is bad food. Learn the art of taking food off the heat just before it is done, and let it finish cooking with its internal temperature. You can always cook it more, but you can never cook it less.

If it tastes ok but not great, it probably needs saltâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and maybe some vinegar or olive oil The media loves to bash salt, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not convinced that sodium (rather than processed food) is the real problem. Also, the small amount you use when cooking at home wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compare to what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get at a restaurant or in a packaged meal. Though over-salted food certainly tastes bad, under-salted food is bland and boring and a little dash can often save a dish. If you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added enough salt but something is still off, try a small splash of vinegar or lemon (any acid) to brighten the flavour. If the food is dry or sticky, try adding a touch of olive oil. These three things can fix almost any lacklustre meal. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy regular big onions, use shallots or leeks For most everyday cooking, milder onions will enhance your dish and give it more nuances. Big, strong onions certainly have their place in cooking (soups, roasts, etc.), but most kitchen experiments will be improved by more subtle onion flavour. Fruit (other than berries) shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be stored in the fridge Refrigerators dull the taste of most produces, so if you bought something that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to go in there, leave it out. Most fruits including apples, oranges, pears and bananas donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong in the refrigerator unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not planning on eating them soon. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t refrigerate tomatoes, avocados or peppers either. Very hot climates are an exception, however.



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Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Special Report Inside Sambisa Forest: A journalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective

Some of the kidnapped school girls By Eric Elezuo


he noisy dormitory was gradually giving way to quietness as the over 60 girls who board the east end axis of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State seem to have exhausted their girlish chit-chat, and were reluctantly dosing in various uncompromising corners and positions. They could not lay properly to sleep because two mighty issues bugged their minds. One, they wish that nature wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strike them with sleep so they could enjoy more girly gossips and two, the burden of Mathematics which was to be the next day in the Senior School $   \[  

  heavy in their conscience. The fear of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents was surprisingly not entertained in their young minds. This was partly because the state was under emergency rule and more importantly, the government had assured them of adequate safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How prepared are you?â&#x20AC;? Gloria asked no one in particular, hoping that anyone who was still awake could answer, and the chat would continue. She is a 16 years old girl with a smooth round face, complemented with a height in consonance with her age. Hajara, who was nearest her, absolved the question with renewed fear, realising that there is no perfect preparation for Mathematics examination. For an answer, the young Moslem girl, who was still clad in her hijab, shrugged her fragile shoulders and beamed a smile, revealing a set of spotlessly well arranged set of teeth. Gloria smiled back before  


  1 temporarily leaving behind the town called Chibok. The time was 10pm.

Barely 45 minutes after the forceful slumber, Hajara woke with a start. She had had a dream. From her countenance, the dream didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear nightmarish, and with a gentle tap, she woke her friend, who responded as if she had been waiting for the prompt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a dream,â&#x20AC;? Hajara said, labouriously spreading her lips in a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Share it, pleassssse,â&#x20AC;? Gloria pleaded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were in a resortâ&#x20AC;Ś,â&#x20AC;? Hajara started, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś a kind of relaxation resort, and there were many of \     and free, and we seemed to be happy. However, there were men and women round about us who restricted most of our activities, and were teaching us a song which was though I was familiar with, but refused to comply,â&#x20AC;? she narrated. Gloria looked at her for a while, and with a friendly pat on her lap, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;go back to sleep, you need more energy to crack Mathematics tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? As Gloria returned to bed, she realised that she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep. Her mind wondered to the &&    $ 5 community. As she had lived all her live there, it was easy to visualise the town bounded on various corners by Askira, Uba, Damboa, Guoza, Kaiduga, Dikwa, Bama and Sambisa Forest. Yes! Sambisa Forest; the only possible location of a resort. Then it dawned on her that Sambisa Forest was the site of the hitherto games reserve. She had not been there before, but she remembered what her father told her about the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; her heart sank at the thought of the name. She remembered that he said the group relocated to the reserve after they were dislodged from Maiduguri by the military. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The insurgents, in their bid to escape, entered the games reserve, 5   "  1

A section of the forest; Inset: Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shakau

many of whom they killed and took possession of the place, and in extension, the entire forest, which has so far remained their stronghold,â&#x20AC;? she recollected her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story. Though the recollection sent cold shivers down her spine, she was consoled that her father also told her that the troops once raided the reserve, destroyed and killed all the insurgents. More so, the &    &  Â&#x2021;  at her school gate gave her hope. She knew she shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to dwell on the thoughts of Boko Haram but sleep in readiness for her exams the following day. Noiselessly, she folded herself and shut her eyes, much she could still      

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failed to visit dormitory yet. The time was 11: 55pm. Five minutes was too long a time to describe how long she had slept before the loud explosions of gun shots and brazen shouts of Allah Akbar    1     comforting quietness of the night. Gloria woke in confusion as other students were already running around in all direction and in no direction. She joined the mad rush, and was privileged to look through her window when she saw huge      hostels. This is serious, she thought. Hajara was already by her side, holding her hands, desperate  R    well. She needed the comfort. They had nowhere to go as men dressed

    Â&#x2014;   surrounded the vicinity. Then they waited. The dice was cast. It was death lurking around the corner. The antecedents of the Boko Haram insurgents were not new to them. They knew it was the last day and so in desperation, most of them courageously began to say their prayers - not for a miracle - but for the repose of souls. Then they waited! But instead of the slashing of well sharpened knives or the piercing   Â&#x2014;    1  were rather hurled forcibly outside into the waiting convoy of darkly painted trucks. In a gentle rush, the insurgents loaded them like potatoes into the waiting trucks. They were not in a hurry. They took their time. While a good number kept watch over girls in the trucks, another group set          

    Allah Akbar. Then the movement started slow and steady. Gloria sat with Hajara, who had refused to leave Continued on Page 67


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Boko Haram: How far can for Adewale Giwa, Washington D.C


pril 14 was a day many Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora, will not forget on the spur of the moment. It was a day members of the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, struck again in a very cruel manner, abducting over 200 students of the Federal Girls College, Chibok, Borno State. Chibok which was relatively unknown before now suddenly became popular when the students who were sitting for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) papers were packed in some trucks by the insurgents who took them to an unknown destination. The entire Chibok community in North East Nigeria has since been enveloped in fears as the whereabouts of the hapless girls have become a mystery. The Federal Government of Nigeria initially treated the issue with kid gloves when the incident was reported in the media. It did not take any serious step to find the missing girls until lately when the issue drew the attention of the international community. Ever since then it has been protest galore both in Nigeria and outside the country. Protests of all shades have continued to trail the abduction of the girls. The incident is not only unfortunate, but has caused embarrassment to Nigeria among the comity of nations. The Islamic extremist group, whose name means, ‘Western education is forbidden,’ has been terrorising some northern parts of Nigeria for four years or more. Dozens of Nigerians have been killed by the Islamic sect since its operation became known in Nigeria. Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in one of the video clips released via the internet, laughing quietly as he stood in front of an armoured personnel carrier with two masked militants wielding AK47s on either side of him. He said: “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” He went further to say that “Allah has instructed me to sell them. They are his property and I will carry out his instructions.” Shekau’s shocking video message perhaps impelled the international community to beam its searchlight on Nigeria with a promise to help the country find the missing girls. The United States was the first country to lend an helping hand towards securing the release of the abducted girls from their abductors. Britain, Israel and France later signified their intentions to join in the search for the girls, who were probably taken


into the Sambisa forest in Borno State. Counter terrorism experts from all these countries have begun the search for the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls. Before the activities of Boko Haram became known to the world, observers had blamed the Federal Government of Nigeria for negligence to act fast on the matter. Many argued that the inability of the Federal Government to handle the issue with all seriousness made the sect to take over some northern parts of the country. President Barrack Obama in his reaction to the abduction of the girls expressed disappointment over the matter. He described Boko Haram as ‘’one of the worst regional terrorist organisations.” His Words: “Obviously, it’s a heartbreaking situation, an outrageous one. This may even help to mobilise the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organisation that’ s perpetrated such a terrible crime.” President Obama said the US would do everything possible to secure the release of over 200 school girls kidnapped by members of the Islamic sect. Speaking with journalists at the US Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C, Deputy Spokesperson of the US, Marie Harf, said President Obama had provided all logistics to make sure the girls are released from their abductors. She noted that the US was only helping Nigeria to secure the girls’ release from members of Boko Haram. “In terms of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and other folks, obviously, we already have some folks on the ground. And what we are going to assist. If you think about it, many of these girls have likely been moved out of the country, and they’re probably in much smaller groups. So, this is a very tough challenge,” she stated. The US in its effort to help


Nigeria has ordered its intelligence officials to critically study a newly released video purportedly showing some of the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped. A press release from White House obtained by our correspondent in Washington, DC, said the development would help to quickly rescue the abducted school girls. “Our intelligence experts are combing over it, every detail of it, for clues that might help in the ongoing efforts to secure the release of the girls,” the statement added. The video showed about 100 of the nearly 200 girls taken by the radical Islamist group, praying in full-length black veils. Shekau said the girls had been converted from Christianity to Islam and offered

Foreigners have invaded our lands. They are looking for excuses to destabilise us. Orchestration of evil is going on. God took me in the spirit to the room of former President W. Bush in 2005. Bush told me in the vision that come 2015, Nigeria would not remain as a nation; but I told him that he was telling lies. I want to tell Nigerians that without the intervention of foreigners we successfully fought a civil war in this country

to trade them in exchange for members of his group imprisoned by the Nigerian government. But, the international community’s decision to help Nigeria secure the release of the girls may not have gone well with some Nigerians who have described the offer as a “slap” on Nigerians. This can be established in a video clip by Pastor Tunde Bakare, where he recently accused the Nigerian government of negligence of duty. Besides, Pastor Bakare criticised the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for welcoming the gesture of the international community to secure the release of the abducted girls. Bakare said: “Foreigners have invaded our lands. They are looking for excuses to destabilise us. Orchestration of evil is going on. God took me in the spirit to the room of former President W. Bush in 2005. Bush told me in the vision that come 2015, Nigeria would not remain as a nation; but I told him that he was telling lies. I want to tell Nigerians that without the intervention of foreigners we successfully fought a civil war in this country.” In his swift reaction, the ConsulGeneral of Nigeria in charge of 17 states in the South East of the United States, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, while speaking with our correspondent in Atlanta, Georgia urged Nigerians to ignore the statement made by Pastor Bakare. He said: “I want to urge Nigerians to completely ignore Bakare’ s statement. America has been helpful to Nigeria. It has given us its word that it would support us, and take the lead in this rescue mission. “As a matter of fact, we need US technology, goodwill, clout, surveillance and intelligence machinery to solve the issue of Boko Haram. “Do not forget that Boko Haram is a terrorist group and terrorism is a global problem. Even America


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Inside Sambisa Forest: A journalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective Continued from Page 65


cannot fight terrorism alone without support from other countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The realities are facing us, and we should be able to address these realities. By Bakareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement, what is the solution? Do we fold our arms and allow Boko Haram to take over the country?â&#x20AC;? He urged Nigerians to set aside fears and welcome all the countries coming to assist it, and also make maximum use of their experiences to wipe out Boko Haram from the country. He noted that Boko Haram is being sponsored by some politicians designed to undermine the administration of President Jonathan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you go back to history, you know that Boko Haram started increasing its muscles after the last election that brought President Jonathan in. There is a lot of politics involved in the issue. After the election, they started burning houses, killing innocent people and other criminal activities in some parts of northern Nigeria. Since then, the group has been terrorising the nation. His words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact is that Boko Haram does not want President Jonathan to rule; they want to frustrate him, and also make the country ungovernable for him.â&#x20AC;? However, some Nigerians in the US have hailed President 9      help Nigeria secure the release of the school girls from their abductors. Speaking with our correspondent in separate interviews, a Philadelphia based- Nigerian, Awe Ayodele Benjamin, described it as a welcome development. He, however, said there was need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to bury its head in shame, since it could not find a lasting solution to the continued state of insecurity in the country. He believed that the intervention of American soldiers would go a long way to curb the activities of members of the Islamic sects in the North. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a good development,


since the Nigerian government has failed to secure the release of the school girls. The development is a sign of relief to Nigerians. We know what America is capable doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides, the US is telling the whole world that security is nothing to write home about in Nigeria. I must confess to you that I am very sad to continue hearing the news of security challenges, either on television screens or in pages of newspapers about Nigeria. We know that there is no perfection in security, but the Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case is so porous to the extent that some set of people could enter a school and take the young ladies away, with the Nigerian government sitting down there playing politics over the matter,â&#x20AC;? he stated. Also, Mr. Longinus Nnodim believes that the development, which has attracted international community to Nigeria would put an end to the insecurity and Boko Haram activities in the country. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the time international security experts

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captures the leaders/leader of Boko Haram, you will see that insecurity will become a thing of the past in Nigeria. This is the time to bring back the glory of Nigeria. We have never had it before; the international community has volunteered to help Nigeria locate those girls.â&#x20AC;? Chief Nnodim, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in South Carolina, noted that Boko Haram is designated to discredit the administration of President Jonathan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell you if President Jonathan tells Nigerians he would not run for the office of President for a second term, the issue of Boko Haram will not come up again. If the government collapses, Boko Haram will shout Halleluiah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am glad that the international community has waded in. I can tell you that very soon the          in Nigeria. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meanwhile, government cannot do magic to search for Boko Haram. Everybody should be security-conscious; people must watch what happens around them, and report any strange development to the security agencies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In America, everybody is security conscious. When we notice any strange face, we  5   &  4   a twinkle of an eye, the police will storm the place,â&#x20AC;? he stressed. \9   5   1 an Atlanta-based Nigerian, wondered why security operatives allowed the Boko Haram sect to take the school girls away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonder why the security chiefs could not combat Boko Haram and rescue the school girls    #     answered by the presidency and the national security chiefs are: How did the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Arsenal vehicles get to the point where the girls were abducted without being apprehended? How did the abductorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; satanic conveyors move the girls without being detected on Nigerian road(s)? Until we get it right in Nigeria, we would continue to face a lot of problems every day,â&#x20AC;? he said.

side. Beside them was Naomi, fair complexioned and known for being adventurous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jump,â&#x20AC;? she suggested. 6     1  sounded like a command. Most of us in that truck heard and looked at her with the expression of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;are you serious.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; She jumped before anyone could put her thoughts into words. At her bravery other girls did the same, and suddenly there was pandemonium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go,â&#x20AC;? Gloria told Hajara, but she shook her head in fear, prompting Gloria to abandon her  9     1 

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   &     ray of the morning light shone. The camp presented an image of where a raid had once taken place, as burnt cars and partially    5       place. The girls were hurled into a large hall, and made to sit on the Â&#x2014;  &   5 dawn. As Hajara turned in her position, Gloria noticed the large patches of blood on her backside. She knew what it was, but could not bring herself to tell anyone. Hajara bore the smelly monthly cycle with ease. It was no longer an issue when it was like almost half of the girls developed the menstrual situation the next day. For a group that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in western education, they could only tear rags and distribute among  "    #      not lucky to receive the rags made do with leaves which were in generous supply. At meal times, food is served in large basin, and eating was      #       &  was in recitation of the Quran. Then one night, on the third day, Gloria was sleeping when a hand roughly turned her around facing the roof. The man was clad in only a loose towel; he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything to her but began a rough shedding of her clothes and his manhood forming a hallo from the towel. She screamed but could   5#     again, and then woke up. Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;








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Business & Economy

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       at the expiration of his tenure, despite various assurances given to him by investors who had â&#x20AC;&#x153;break fast business meetingsâ&#x20AC;? with him. A Consultant, Mr. Philips Olagunju, in an interview with Saturday Newswatch, said that for 15 years, the government has consistently gone round the world to woo investors with     1      has not done the needful that will convince serious investors to invest in the country. According to him, how many serious investors will invest in a place where generating     & && Â 4    consistently advised the government to stop          

 investors. They will come on their own if there is stable electricity supply. While the already existing investors are grappling with so many     1    "      continued to rear its ugly head all over the country. Which foreign investors will invest in the country, when the entire country sleeps with both eyes open, over the fear of impending 5Â = Olagunju stressed that such visits have only resulted in wasting the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard earned foreign resources. In his words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our government has gone round the entire world many times to invite investors. Only few have heeded the calls. Some investors that heeded the call shut their operations and returned to their countries within few years of arrival. Which investor will invest in a place kidnappers, ritual killers and armed robbers are on the prowl. The countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


 these challenges, but foreigners are sure to run from such environment. When the government ensures that the country is safe for lives and property; electricity and policies are stable; investors from every corner of the world will come on their own. You do not need anyone to go and beg them to come and invest.â&#x20AC;? The consultant added that the foreign embassies in the country read our newspapers and follow the news in the local electronics   1        which they will feed their nationals who are looking for safe place to invest their funds. He added that Nigeria only boast of huge population, adding that population alone is not enough factor for any wise investor to select the country over other countries that compete for such investment. His view is shared by the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwahab +1     % " invite foreign investors into the country will not yield the desired result unless the government wears its thinking cap to sort out the issues in the power and petroleum sectors, adding that the security challenges across the country is


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Experts have said that genuine and serious investors will continue to shun the country if necessary steps are not P$Q!T$UV!$WT!X!YW the just concluded World Economic Forum for Africa (WEFA) which aimed at wooing investors. JOHNMARK UKOKO reports. driving the existing investors out of the country. Umar, who spoke during the recent Workers Day celebration, stressed that many rich *    Â&#x2014;

 1   insurgency and insecurity, stressing that many foreigners who own businesses are also closing their plants daily. The labour leader lamented that many workers and farmers have been sent to their early graves by the various dreaded militia groups springing up across the country. According to him, Nigeria has lost more & &   &       country was at war, adding that many workers and farmers have been killed while trying to eke out a legitimate living. In his words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;many workers and farmers are being killed on a daily basis. Many business owners, both local and foreign, are running away from the country. The government and

Our government has gone round the entire world many times to invite investors. Only few have heeded the calls. Some investors that heeded the call shut their operations and returned to their countries within few years of arrival. Which investor will invest in a place kidnappers, ritual killers and armed robbers are on the prowl

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"        the middle belt region of the country.      &  "  kidnapping and armed robbery on the business and social activities in the South-South region. Many Nigerians who responded were in agreement that governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign

     &       considering how huge amount of money and many man-labour hours have been invested on the drive for foreign investment. One of the respondents, Mr. Igochie Agbefu, a teacher in one of the Federal Government Unity schools, said that the many trips by the X   &&   Â&#x2021;     &    1 &   " the country has invested in the project. Agbefu, who teaches Economics, said that investors are familiar with the challenges the country are grappling with, adding that until such issues are resolved, they will not come to the country. #      !   State, disclosed that his home state and the neighboring states have many agricultural &    & 1 adding that every time he visits home and see agricultural produce wasting away, he feels sad for this country.        '!  0 and the adjoining states, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not happy at the mangoes, oranges, cashew, pineapple, cashews, gingers and so many other agricultural & #     our peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s productivity because there is no market for their products. I know if the environment is conducive, investors will come to set-up factories for such products. Who will invest in a place where they are not sure of  Â      & & <   herdsmen killed, houses burnt and farms and agricultural products destroyed in the various 5 5&          recent past,â&#x20AC;? he lamented.

Chamber seeks eradication of corruption


*   {!   $   $  '*!$$0  commended the endorsement of Nigeria as the investment destination and the largest economy in Africa. The commendation was contained in a statement signed by the President of *!$$12      The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy got the endorsement at the recently concluded World Economic Forum Africa that took place in Abuja. The statement noted that the commendation was in recognition of the completion of the power sector reform, which it said, was one of the most successful in world history.       more foreign investments to Nigeria. The statement, however, said that there was a need to follow up with the necessary investments in power generation to ensure that there   &  distribution and supply to drive the business sector. *!$$ &&   <          " eradicating corruption, which it described as an inhibition to local and foreign investment in the country. ``We are in agreement that confronting this scourge cannot be left to government alone. Indeed, it must involve a nationwide mobilisation. 77  " 

 to be weak or compromising in the area    &  ``â&#x20AC;&#x2122;We, therefore, urge the Federal Government to go beyond mere rhetoric and show demonstrable leadership and      & 1%%         It, however, condemned of act terrorism in the country, describing it as a threat to peace, harmony and socioeconomic development of the nation.

Edo transport coy needs N250m lifeline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sole Administrator


he Sole Administrator of Edo Line, a state government owned transport company, Mr Osamede Adun, has said that the company needed N250million lifeline in order to resume operations. Adun, who was recently appointed by the state government, made the disclosure to   & 

 !   Edo line, which is the foremost transport company in Edo has been shut since 2010. He said that the fund would be used to buy new buses, pay salaries owed to the 5 1    Â&#x2021;   federation. #           of rot in the once viable company, which at     Â&#x2014;

 DÂ&#x17E;@   According to him, most of the buses have been vandalised while only 45 out of the D@Â&#x17E;       1      He also complained of the 365 personnel working in the company with only 45 vehicles on the road. ``How do we expect to function

"        5  Â ``My position is to revive this foremost transport company which used to be the darling of all Edo. ``I regret that our sons, who were saddled with the responsibility of managing the transport company at one point or another, mismanaged it. ``I have promised the governor that I will make the best use of this opportunity by restoring the company to its pride of place among other transport companies in the country.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He said that rehabilitation work had started at the company since he took over.


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International Business

Japan: Economic security per excellence Eric Elezuo with Agency reports


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the population, were below the poverty line in 2007. Housing in Japan is characterized by limited land supply in urban areas. A plug-in hybrid car was manufactured by Toyota, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest car makers. Japan is the second-largest producer of automobiles in the world. Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exports amounted to US$4,210 per capita in 2005. As at 2012, Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main export markets were China (18.1 percent), the United States (17.8 percent), South Korea (7.7 percent), Thailand (5.5 percent) and Hong Kong (5.1 percent). Its main exports are transportation equipment, motor vehicles, electronics, electrical machinery and chemicals. Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main import markets as of 2012 were China (21.3 percent), the US (8.8 percent), Australia (6.4 percent), Saudi Arabia (6.2 percent), United Arab Emirates (5.0 percent), South Korea (4.6 percent) and Qatar] (4.0 percent). Imports Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main imports are machinery   & 1  1"'  particular beef), chemicals, textiles and raw materials for its industries. By market share measures, domestic markets are the least open of any OECD country. Junichiro Koizumiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration began some pro-competition reforms, and foreign investment in Japan has soared. Japan ranks 27th of 189 countries in the 2014 Ease of doing business index and has one of the smallest tax revenues of the developed world. The Japanese variant of capitalism has many distinct features: keiretsu enterprises   Â&#x2014;   1     &   and seniority-based career advancement are relatively common in the Japanese work environment. Japanese companies are known for management methods like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Toyota Wayâ&#x20AC;?, and shareholder activism is rare. Some of the largest enterprises in Japan include Toyota, Nintendo, NTT DoCoMo, Canon, Honda, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp, Nippon Steel, Nippon Oil, and Seven & I Holdings Co. It has some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest banks, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (known for its Nikkei 225 and TOPIX indices) stands as the second largest in the world by market capitalization. As at 2006, Japan was home to 326 companies from the Forbes Global 2000 or 16.3 percent. In 2013, it was announced that Japan would be importing shale natural gas. As of 2011, 46.1 percent of energy in Japan was produced from petroleum, 21.3 percent from coal, 21.4 percent from natural gas, 4.0 percent from nuclear power, and 3.3 percent from hydropower. Nuclear power produced 9.2 percent of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electricity, as of 2011, down from 24.9 percent the previous year. However, as of May 5, 2012, all of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear power plants had been 5 Ă&#x17E;     &  opposition following the Fukushima Daiichi    1    Â&#x2021;   have continued to try to sway public opinion in favour of returning at least some of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 nuclear reactors to service. Given its heavy dependence on imported energy, Japan has aimed to diversify its sources and maintain       Â&#x2021;

 Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road spending has been extensive. Its 1.2 million kilometers of paved road are the main means of transportation. A single network of high-speed, divided, limited-access toll roads connects major cities and is operated by toll-collecting enterprises. New and used cars are inexpensive; car ownership fees and fuel levies are used to promote energy


6  1Â?@&    distance travelled, car usage is the lowest of all G8 countries. Dozens of Japanese railway companies compete in regional and local passenger transportation markets; major companies include seven JR enterprises, Kintetsu Corporation, Seibu Railway and Keio Corporation. Some 250 high-speed Shinkansen trains connect major cities and Japanese trains are known for their safety and punctuality. Proposals for a new Maglev route between Tokyo and Osaka are at an advanced stage. There are 173 airports in Japan; the largest domestic airport, Haneda Airport, is Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-busiest airport. The largest international gateways are Narita International Airport, Kansai International Airport and

Tokyo, Japan.

Japan: Economic security per excellence

$ ĂŁ$      &* Port is the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and busiest port, accounting for 10 percent of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trade value. It is stunning that despite this whirlwind of tumultuous and deracinating transformation, Japan has preserved and augmented its social capital and avoided the worst of the scourges that plague other advanced industrialized nations. The relative absence of deep cleavages in society, the highly developed sense of community and success in containing the dislocation and social ills and modernization are a source of considerable strength in Japan. X &      1    1 healthier, live longer and are, by virtually any  51  " 

&    and most other people in the world. They have enjoyed political stability, economic security, low crime, good health care, decent schools, adequate housing and an extraordinary level of public politesse. Even during the prolonged adversity of the early 1990s, the social fallout has been limited. Japan has not avoided the usual problems of industrialized societies, but 

        1 and coping with these problems. Group Orientation Altruism, team-work and group cohesiveness are all areas greatly stressed within Japanese society. Individual identity

     &$   1 when doing business, the Japanese stress compromise and self-discipline. Hierarchy With its roots in Confucianism, hierarchical structures classify an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position within a group and in society. Status is determined by factors such as age, employment, company and family background. The hierarchical system dictates    &  "      status. When doing business in Japan, be aware of hierarchy and adapt your behaviour accordingly. Respect In order to preserve harmony in society, and to maintain the clarity of the hierarchical structure, showing respect to others acts as a crucial social lubricant. Respect is conveyed     1  1    1 language and other subtle forms of non-verbal communication. Meeting and Greeting There is heightened sense of formality in Japanese interaction. When doing business in Japan, your suitability in respect to conducting business will be assessed during  

 1      professionalism. The bow is an integral part of Japanese 


 1     1   1 [&  sympathy or as an apology. Whilst doing business in Japan as a foreigner, you would

not be expected to bow. You will most likely be greeted with a handshake combined with a slight nod of the head. Introduce yourself with your full name followed by your company name. It is important to use proper titles when addressing someone, so always establish the position of the other person. The exchanging of business cards when doing business in Japan involves a degree of ceremony. The card is seen to represent the individual, so should be treated with respect. Before travelling to Japan, ensure you have ample cards and have one side translated into Japanese. Include your position within the company on it. Invest in a carry case to store cards and keep this in the inside pocket of a suit jacket. 4  [  1"  with both hands, or just the right hand. Present       8&  &\     no barrier between you and the recipient such as a table, chair or plant. When accepting, always use two hands as this shows deference. Building Relationships When doing business in Japan, a successful relationship with a Japanese colleague or client is based on three factors: sincerity, compatibility and trustworthiness. Sincerity means that you are compromising and understanding and you want to conduct business on a personal level. Compatibility is established when you are seen to be concerned about the personal relationship, the well being of the company and not just focused on

In order to preserve harmony in society, and to maintain the clarity of the hierarchical structure, showing respect to others acts as a crucial social lubricant. Respect is conveyed through language, behaviour, L Q  T T and other subtle forms of non-verbal communication

   #      faith put in you to protect from loss face. Communication The emphasis in Japanese culture on maintaining harmony has developed in such a way as to allow very vague forms of expression. The cultural logic behind this is that by avoiding direct or explicit statements,        "   When doing business in Japan, clarify meanings and dig deeper for more information. The Japanese are implicit communicators. An explicit communicator assumes the listener is unaware of background information or related issues to the topic of discussion and provides it themselves. The Japanese however, assume the listener is well informed on the subject and minimises information relayed on the premise that the listener will understand from implication. Thus the saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say one, understand ten,â&#x20AC;? i.e. you will be expected to understand nine additional points to everyone made. Meetings and Negotiations At a meeting, you will always deal with a team as opposed to an individual. Each  

      &   expertise so either bring assistance or be sure           questions you will be asked. You will greet the most senior employee        #  senior employee will be there as a ceremonial representative of the company. The lesser 5  

    5  or negotiating. Meetings usually take place for only one of three reasons: to build rapport, exchange

  &     decisions. Decisions are rarely made in a meeting. If rapport is yet to be established then this is your priority. It is important not only to build    &        1 all lower ranked ones too. Remember group consensus is important so the opinions of all "  5     to a decision on any proposal. The Japanese are very detail orientated. Expect lots of questions and lots of questions  &    "  !     the answers as the failure to do so will look unprofessional. Be sure to bring as much information as possible, in writing, on your company, service, product or proposal. The Japanese like dealing with quiet, sincere and compromising individuals. Extroverts are seen as brash and arrogant. Remain humble early in negotiations, indirect and non-threatening. Do not disagree openly, do not put people on the spot and always employ diplomatic language when doing business. !    "      proceedings. If made early, your integrity will be questioned.


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Beyond the Bar How I became a senior advocate â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Ananaba State before I later came to Lagos. At the beginning, the challenges were there and part of them was that Ayodele Olalere many clients in this country do not understand and value the services n July 2012, 23 lawyers were of a lawyer as there is no bread and elevated to the prestigeous rank meat they are seeing immediately. of Senior Advocates of Nigeria To them, there is no need to pay an 'R*0    appropriate bill for services. On the lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, Rotimi other side, the lawyer is exposed Jacobs and Paul Ananaba. to numerous pressures. If there is a !  %   launching or ceremony somewhere, to the membership of the Body of the lawyer is called because they Benchers did not come as a surprise see you as a big man who should to many, having distinguished bring money. For everything in himself over time. the family, you are looked upon Called to the Bar in 1991, Ananaba for assistance. Social and domestic had spent 21years in the profession &   "       before he was elevated. Taking into his sources of income dwindling consideration the fact that there every day. are many legal practitioners who â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another challenge is that the started out before him, some at the law school turns out thousands of same time with him, several have lawyers into the already saturated not achieved his level of success in market and that is why there are the profession such as being a SAN. serious challenges in the legal #  R {  practice.â&#x20AC;?         Though he is now a SAN and  Â&#x2021;  R &  DÂ&#x2122;Â&#x2122;>  can stand before any judge in any Ikeja, Lagos, but due to the volume  1%&     of business and the number of could intimidate a lily-livered "      judge. However, not many people   

1       know that at the time he began his  {   Â&#x2021;  career, the then young Paul was to ensure some measure of ease and      &&   comfort in doing the job. before a judge, as he confessed to # Â&#x2021; 1        Saturday Newswatch. neighbourhood of Ikeja, is equipped â&#x20AC;&#x153;As I said, I was exposed to good with modern equipment, facilities practice in Bauchi State. However, I and a well equipped library that       &&   comprises soft and hard copies of before a judge to defend a client. As legal authorities and other related a young lawyer who had just came  &

1 "        1%  quality service.    Â&#x2021;     As with every successful lawyer, You might be told to just go and %  &   take a date but there is always that of his career did not come on a fear of the unknown. However, it &   6   &  was a sweet experience for me. At with handling many cases pro bono least I can look back and say I am (free of charge). now a lawyer,â&#x20AC;? he explained. His gentle, easy going and Barrister Ananaba could have accommodating mien are evident become a medical doctor in the in the fact that there is easy access theatre performing surgery or  Â&#x2021;   &      5& &    young and old, unlike some other  %       senior lawyers who created a His father had wanted him to study Â&#x20AC; % 

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If there is a launching or ceremony somewhere, the lawyer is called because they see you as a big man who should bring money

the lawyers and their work. I told my father I would be a lawyer; so, I moved in that direction. Though, he wanted me to be a doctor, he was a man who would not want to force a child to do what he does not want. In the 70s, parents wanted their children to be doctors but my father was very liberal,â&#x20AC;? he said. He has also had his own share of threats. Yet, he said these threats have propelled him to do more in the profession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spiritual threat cannot be proved but physical threat exists. The best way out of this is to always stand for the right thing. As a lawyer, % 

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straight-forward and a man of integrity, people would know and at the end they would praise you. When you are not honest, people would also see you as a corrupt person. My belief is that God is the ultimate security being who can provide security, but if you are upright, every evil arrangement against you will fail. Contrary to popular opinions that lawyers are dishonest, Barrister Ananaba who is a devoted Christian and member of the Seventh Day Adventists Church where he is an elder, said his religious conviction would not allow him tell lies even though he is a lawyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell people everywhere that it is possible to be a lawyer and be honest. If you notice, you will see that my door is open to everyone. I have proved that you can be a lawyer and be honest, successful and get to the peak of &  z%

 to live a false life. The ethics of the profession teaches the best set of good behaviour. It is just a perception that lawyers are liars. A lawyer that chooses to be a liar will be a liar. Nothing is wrong with the profession. You must set out what you want to achieve. I set out to be a lawyer as a faithful Christian and Continued on page 78


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Beyond the Bar

How I became a senior advocate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ananaba Continued from page 77

   & 51=        He however said there are instances where a lawyer would have to defend a perceived â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;corruptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would accept the brief but I will not present a wrong fact. <  1     recklessly on the road and a policeman accosts you and asks   1          1 but if you dribble the policeman             1 it would work against you. I promote honesty. The basis of the legal profession is that you must      1    technicalities in the law that can help a person. Assuming you are supposed to take a person to an industrial court but instead takes <   6  $ a lawyer you can challenge the jurisdiction of the court. That is a technicality that can work in your 1=  [&    35 5     

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in law and she is in the process of proceeding to the law school. #      1 he said he would not pressurise him to become a lawyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My only son is still young but      R        

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 to argue on issues at home and if we 1      who are lovers. The fact is that we cannot be at the opposing sides in a court because we work in the same  4  1 &  of his time in religious activities. He also loves to watch football and was a skilful footballer in his younger days.       1  of my life is spent in the church and its activities. I like football but not so much again. I played lots of football when I was in the secondary school. I love playing games. I still have my football skills though they would have gone rusty now. When I get to retirement  1 5 '&   football) but I am presently at the &    

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r. Tunji Braithwaite has lamented the failure of an Ikeja High Court presided by Justice Doris Okwuobi to commence trial in the N10 billion     R Chartered Bank. At the resumed hearing of the  1   8  >Â&#x153;1>@DQ &&    5

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How Mimiko betrayed me in 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Ogunleye Oluwatobi Ogunleye is a Lagos-based legal practitioner gunning for the Ifedore state constituency seat in the Ondo State House of Assembly. He told Assistant Politics Editor, MANSUR OLADUNJOYE that he was betrayed by Governor Olusegun Mimiko in 2011, despite spending his personal fund to {    case. Excerpts:


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Implementation of post-election violence reports key to peace in Kaduna â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Goje of peace in the area. The meeting we had is not the last and it may        important thing is that we come to the point of convergence, and have created an avenue for us to discuss at a wider level. This time, it is involving the elites from both sides. What we are concerned with at the moment is how this initiative can go down to the grassroots for maximum utilisation. We hope we will start meeting and go down to the grassroots to tell them of the new thinking that there should be no more violence and whoever foments trouble, will be exposed him to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.

A peace agreement was recently signed between the Southern Kaduna people and the Fulani people in the area to end the security challenges facing the people. National president of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Dr. Ephraim Goje, told newsmen in Kaduna that if suggestions by the committee and other panels of enquiries are sincerely implemented by government, peace would soon return to the state. Correspondent BABA NEGEDU  the excerpts.


ecently, SOKAPU and the Fulani people in your area signed a peace agreement. How do you see the agreement; can it ensure the eluding peace? I will like to state that the initiative was not ours; it was not the state governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative, it was the initiative of the Inspector General of Police. Through it, he reconstituted his own peace and     

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   been initiated. They have been to Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau states after coming to Kaduna State. They have also been to Zamfara State. The invitation was at a very short notice and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much detail as to the motives behind it. When we came to the meeting, we discovered that our chiefs were there; the Fulani community was there and a few other groups from Southern Kaduna were also there, it was then we got to understand that it was actually a wider consultation. I strongly believe that there was communication problem. The team arrived late and our chiefs had stayed for too long and decided to leave. But based on consultation, we stayed and whatever we discussed will be communicated to them and that we have done. They called and explained to us that they wanted us to talk with the Fulani and that we have been leaving together for long. We saw it as a welcome development but at that moment we hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any submission to make. After we had met, we went into discussion with a select number of people from the Fulani side and our people though the security agents were not there. They showed us some samples of statements in places they had been to. It was much of an appeal or what one could call a communiquĂŠ. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything that could be called a legal document but an appeal to our people to desist from any act of hostility which could be aggression or counter aggression. We said it was a good initiative because peace is the panacea for development in any society. We felt that if we have been living together with the Fulani for decades in peace and from

nowhere we have found ourselves in this situation where people have been killed, villages have been completely razed, property destroyed and people are living in a state of uncertainty, something urgent needs be done to ensure peace among us and whichever way the peace initiative comes from, we accepted because the ultimate aim is to ensure mutual trust among ourselves. We went into discussion and what the document that came out is saying is that we are calling on our people to eschew violence and put an end to any form of hostility. We are saying that whoever is engaged in any act of violence or anything that will bring a breach of the peace, the law should take its course in such & 1     placed. When you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t punish, you are creating an atmosphere of continuous violence in the society. The last portion of the document is saying that we should suggest ways and means government and individuals could come in and ensure peaceful coexistence in the area. We had 15 suggestions but that does not mean we have exhausted all avenues for peaceful resolutions. One of the ways we suggested to government was that    

 & peace and reconciliation on the post Presidential election in 2011 and one of the recommendations we and the Fulani reached was that government must implement that report and even previous    &      in our various communities. #  

    a ministry for peace and reconciliation which will be actively involved in mediation   Â&#x2014;    communities in the state. It could take suggestions from individuals and groups to government for immediate action. These were some of the suggestions we made. We suggested that the issue of the old method of rearing animals should be discarded by the Fulani because in developed societies, animals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t roam; so that modern form of animal husbandry should be encouraged so that we can avoid a situation where the herdsmen move with their animals from place to place

Goje in search of pasture thereby creating problems. Another thing we suggested has to do with the traditional method of security surveillance where anybody who comes into a community, the chief or traditional ruler should be able to know who that person is, where is he coming from, what is he there to do, what is his character so that for the period of time he stays and when he is leaving, somebody would be able to give a report of his character to avoid a situation where a criminal after running away from a certain community will come and hide in a certain place to create problems. We suggested that the traditional rulers should have a prominent  &      and we unanimously agreed that the discussion will form a platform on which all other peace

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initiatives could be built. We   

&   the Fulani and our people where we can come up with a blueprint to ensure that we achieve the desired objective of our coming together as a people.  &   

   able to come up with a platform under which we would consult at a wider level and all stakeholders will be brought in before government comes in to assist. If we do that at a round table, the message will be understood to all; then we would have carried everybody along in ensuring peace and understanding in the area. That is what we are hoping to achieve. Since it was neither the Southern Kaduna people nor the Fulani from the area that initiated the peace move, do you think it will succeed since it was a third party that brought this idea to the warring factions?  %       the idea; what is important is that we have been able to come together to sit on a round table with the two parties coming together to discuss an issue that concern all of them. The success of that discussion is a collective

"    <   community and our people. All of us need peace; if it fails all of us have failed; if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk, then we have more dangers ahead of us. Coming together to talk is part of this initiative. Who is that person that is not interested in peace? All of us are interested in peace for us to go about our daily activities. It is a collective

"          % :      to ensure peace at the end of the day. What we have done so far is not exhaustive but there are so many windows for individuals, groups, organizations, religious and traditional institutions to bring in their own inputs on the way forward for the sustenance

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4    1 it will be a model to other states that are in this type of situation to emulate. The main problem in the          1 for them to desist from restiveness and avoid taking the law into their hands. These are some of the issues we are going to discuss when we meet with the youths. Do you see the people, especially the Fulani genuinely interested in this peace initiative? Though you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read the heart of a human being, from the nature of the discussion, participation in the discussion we had, there was so much excitement. They discussed freely and we contributed freely from both sides. When somebody is not talking, it is a bad situation but when one is talking, it gives an indication that something positive is likely to happen. As l told you, it was just a one-day discussion. As the discussion went, those we met with if they are not the real persons, they may be able to help us get the real people involved in the act. The people we met with if they are the ones, it means we have a solution to our problem. But, if they are not the ones, they will assist us get those involved. In the end whoever is responsible for all that has been happening, we will talk to ourselves on how to resolve the issue. What should be the role of the state government towards ensuring peace in the area and the state as a whole? I have said it initially that we have made several suggestions to the state government on the ways it can bring about peace in the area. If they are sincere in what they are doing towards ensuring peace in the area and the state everything will be okay.


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Bugaje making mockery of Niger Deltans, says Amnesty boss Chairman of Delta State chapter of Phase II of the Amnesty Programme, General Kingsley Muturu, in this exclusive interview with BENSON EDJEWHOVBO speaks on the ongoing National Conference; security challenge posed by Boko Haram; restoration of the moral and ethical values in the country; and delivery of good governance; among other very salient issues. Excerpts: What is your view on the ongoing National Conference? !         & & 1 the people and by the people, and there is an adage that says 

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2015: Enugu APCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to reap from imploding PDP Kenneth Ofoma, Enugu


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Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Brides&Grooms Relationship BOSE OLA-SAMUEL with


Skills for sexual satisfaction

L ove w i t h o u

continued from last week


ex is more than â&#x20AC;&#x153;1, 2â&#x20AC;?, like someone described the act of sex, or rising and digging. I mean what gives a couple maximum pleasures or best satisfaction is more than entering and coming out of the female virginal. For a couple to enjoy maximum sexual pleasure there is a way to go about it. This knowledge is what is lacking in many marriages, and it is causing a lot of pains, heartaches, and great disappointment for & #         among married people. Like a man responded to last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s write up in this column, a lot of men in the middle age bracket are fast losing their wives to other men, who have learnt and internalized the skills needed to give a woman sexual pleasure. Of course, this is also the reason why some men engage in extra-marital. Why the knowledge of sexual skill is lacking among couples is due to the fact that the skills are not inborn, but have to be acquired by individuals. It is not something that comes with individuals at birth (, both male and female), but has to be acquired through the process of learning, and by experience garnered by couples in the act of sexual intercourse. Of course, it is not an easy thing to acquire these skills, just like learning other        of human endeavor is not easy. It requires commitment, patience, understanding, time, money and energy. This is why a lot of people   Â&#x2021;    5  To a few others, it is simply unnecessary and unimaginable to start learning the skills needed for maximum sexual pleasure. Thus, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even get started at all, not to talk of improving on the skill. Whatever they have been able to pick up in the process of sexual intercourse experience, or hear say from friends, and in public gatherings, are the bedrock of their sex life. No wonder they keep wondering why there are so many problems bedeviling them as married people. Without  [   1    "  more from other challenges of life the couple will face. Another thing in this part of the world is that parents, religious organizations etc do not have any formal method of educating their young ones about the act of sex. Like it has been rightly pointed out by many respondents of this column and at other forum of marital interaction, no father or mother ever sat down 

"&     5  sexual satisfaction. Rather, they expected them to learn when they got married. When I got married my husband and I did not know any skill at all. All that we knew was just to lie on top of each other, and then do whatever that ought to be done. But we later discovered that there must be more to this thing called sex. Skills must be acquired for sexual satisfaction. Of course, children were coming through whatever we were having as sex, and the joy of having those children   & [ &  !1   only last for awhile, after which, we became     Skill s for sexual pleasure or satisfaction includes the following to mention but a few. *Understanding the most important sex organs of couple, for a woman, it is the mind, while for the man it is the rod (male organ) these must be worked upon and maintained if they will produce maximum satisfaction for the couple. *striking ways to give a woman maximum sexual pleasure. It is not just enough to rise and sink inside her; you must know the way to  5    "  *body exploration for male and female must also be learnt if the necessary satisfaction will be derived. ĂŞV "   [&       [  To be continued next week satisfaction to the couple

2. Listen to them By Amina Brai Omoike


t might be easy to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I love youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but can you show your love without using words? Actions, they say, speak louder than words. And when it comes to love, it is important to learn how to express love without words. Many people have been in relationships where they hear the three words over and over again but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive the gestures and emotions the words carry. However, this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t express your words to those you love. Just try to show your partner, friend or parent you love them once in a while, in order to have stronger relationship. 1. Make time for them No matter how busy you are, you should always find time for those you love. You might have plenty of important tasks and meetings and maybe your partner, parent or friend understand it. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not difficult to pick the phone to call them and ask how their day is going. Or, take a small break and drink coffee together. A weekend picnic is also a great idea. The greatest way to let a person know that you love them is to give your undivided attention, and to be fully present when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re around. Put away the never-ending work, put aside the hobby, turn off the TV, and find time to spend together, just being.

One of the simplest ways to show your love without words is to listen to them. Be a good listener. When you sincerely listen to someone, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not only opening your ears, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also opening your heart. By empathizing, you will strengthen your connection and deepen your love. Listen to each word they say even when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boring or you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the topic of conversation. If they ask you whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve told you this story before, why not say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, but could you tell it again because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve forgotten some details?â&#x20AC;? If they love telling this particular story over and over again, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interrupt and simply listen to them. 3. Kisses and hugs When it comes to showing somebody you love them without using words, the warmth of kisses and hugs are the best. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kiss good morning or good night or a hug to let them know you care or simply miss them, this is a great way to express your love. A hug speaks more than words ever could. It says â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love youâ&#x20AC;? as well as letting the person receiving the hug know that you care and support them. 4. Make their life easier This does not mean you should give them money or accomplish all their tasks or do anything like this. It simply means that you should do the small things such as taking out the trash or buying necessary foods without being

asked, or doing something that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy doing. Although it may seem like little things, if you do them you can make the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life a bit easier. Also, when you love someone, you love seeing them happy, and nothing exhibits happiness like genuine laughter. So, be laid back, lighthearted, and playful. See how many times in one day you can make the person smile or laugh. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially great to try and make someone laugh when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not supposed to laugh. 5. Random surprises Everyone loves random surprises. When you listen to everything the person says, you learn a lot about them. It could be something like a childhood fantasy or favourite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a movie you enjoyed as a child, a place you always wanted to visit or something you have always wanted but never got. This would show your partner that you really listens to stories he / she tells you.

ROMANCE TIPS Â&#x2030; Fill bathtub with warm water sprinkled with rose petals. Â&#x2030; Fix a hot cup of Raspberry Chocolate, cuddle in a warm afghan and watch a romantic movie. Â&#x2030; Leave a trail of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hersheyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chocolate kissesâ&#x20AC;? from the front door to the bedroom, right up to the bed. On the bed leave a note that reads â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I kiss the ground you walk on.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not home when s/he gets in!


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014


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man, Alhaji Sule Toheeb, has told an Ilorin Area Court that his wife, Saidat Toheeb, was always threatening to kill him. Toheeb, 36, who resided at Amilegbe area of Ilorin, prayed the court to dissolve his four-yearold marriage to Saidat for being a threat to his life. ``My wife gets angry at any slightest provocation and always promise to kill me whenever I try to correct her wrong attitude,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. He told the court that his wife always refuse to carry out his orders, and would at times threaten to arrest him if he disturbed her life. Toheeb said that their marriage was contracted in 2010 and was yet to produce any child. ``My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot withstand my wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s threat because my life is in danger,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. However, the defendant objected to the prayer, saying she was still interested in the marriage. ``My husband always provoke me to threaten him due to his rigid nature; but I promise to be submissive to my husband,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she said. She prayed the court for an adjournment to enable her make a reconciliatory move. The presiding officer, Mr Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case to June 5 for a report of settlement or continuation of hearing.

6. Send a care package If someone you love lives far away from you, why not send them a care package? When it comes to love, distance is not a problem and you can still show them you really care about them. A package of the small things you know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need or like is what you need to show your love without words. Wherever you are, whether at the dinner table seated opposite one another, or across the auditorium, try to connect and send one another love. Blow kisses, play footsie, smile knowingly or wink! 7. Cook for them It is often said that the way to a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart is through is stomach. For women, it is not too different either. Many people typically cook on special occasions such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and birthdays, but why not cook something special for someone you love? Figure out their favourite meal and try to make it today. You can even cook it and surprise the person at their workplace or college. 8. Support them Everyone makes mistakes, it is human nature. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to support someone you love during the hard times. Even if you told them not

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to do it, but they still did it and now regret it, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell them â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told you so.â&#x20AC;? Support them and tell that we need mistakes and everybody messes up, we just have to learn from them and move on. Learning to show your love without words doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be difficult; even the smallest thing can make a big difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. Feel free to express yourself through your good actions instead of telling words but make sure you do it sincerely.

Actions, they say, speak louder than words. And when it comes to love, it is important to learn how to express love without words Patrick & Andrea Affun cutting their wedding cake.

Man seeks end to marriage over threat to life

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired of this marriage, housewife tells court


38-year-old housewife, Catherine Afolayan, has asked an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court to dissolve her 14-year-old marriage to 29  1QD Catherine told the court that husband had formed the habit of beating her at  1      "     relations to check him proved abortive. The mother of two said that the husband once called her a prostitute in public, and also beat her up at their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school on another occasion. Catherine added that her husband only gave her feeding allowance occasionally. The respondent, Afolayan, said he beat the wife only when she provoked him at their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school. Afolayan said he had been providing "         &  that his wife would sometimes give food to their neighbours without his knowledge. He added that he gave his wife a huge sum of money to start a business, but she did not appreciate it. He said the wife voluntarily packed out of her matrimonial home. After hearing from both parties, the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, Mr Ogunsemi Joseph, adjourned the case till June 16 for judgment.


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Should couples exchange passwords? Everyone says trust is key in marriage but does it extend to such things as ATM pin numbers, social media or email passwords? AMINA BRAI OMOIKE seeks answers.


hat are marriage and vows for? You should be totally open and transparent with each other â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Babatunde My hubbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone has a password and he encourages me to do the same to my phone because of friends who search phones; but as partners, we use the same password on our phones so there is nothing hidden. So as a couple, you should not hide anything from one another. Trust is the key â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adetoyin

If you have to password your phones, let your partner know the password. I know my husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s password yet I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother checking his phone but maybe if he hid the password, I might actually be worried â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anthonia Trust is a great key for a successful relationship. Naturally, I keep passwords and motives count also â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yomi Passwords are no big deal for me. As for my boyfriend / husband, you can go   &  1 5   pages if you want. No big deal. You can even have my ATM card pin though that is strictly for my hubby â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Vivian In marriage, you make vows to be honest and respectful so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see why a man or woman should be hiding anything from the other partner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emma

I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give my boyfriend my e-mail account password not to talk of ATM pin code. But it amazed me when my boyfriend gave me his e-mail password and he even told me that, he has two e-mails â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sarah I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only my dad that knows my ATM pin and the possibility of my dad duping me is 0/100. For girl friend, I will be the last person on earth to do that. I rather show it to my sister than girlfriend â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Henry I will give my husband my ATM number and my email address because I do not have anything to hide, but will set up a email account for my girlfriends          1  not give it to my husband for he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to know what my girlfriends issues are â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Queen I would gladly give my husband or boyfriend my email account password(s) but not my ATM password(s). Equally, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect my husband or boyfriend to give me his ATM password but would expect him to give me his email account password(s). In my line of work, I have seen too many instances of couples &  & &    the other party has cleaned out the bank account(s) prior to announcing the split. Thus, I do not believe in having only a

joint account as a couple. Sure, we can both open an account together to pool money for bills, entertainment etc but I think that each should maintain their own personal accounts. Heck, we could just keep two separate accounts and just decide ahead of time who will be responsible for which bill(s) and simple pay them from our individual accounts. Not everyone may share this ideology but again, in my line of work Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the         that can occur when couples stop being     *&  picture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chidi

like maybe if I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to check my email myself or get money out of the ATM myself or something; I would never do that randomly as an expression of trust or love or something. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing funny going on in my e-mail but I think everyone      & 

1    a relationship â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ade

If you trust your partner and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve    1  #  problem is the uncertainty of whether the relationship will lead to marriage or not. For married couple, no excuse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yetunde

I will keep my own personal emails of 

  Â&#x2DC;4   both share a family email where all the family members in our household will share emails that directed toward the family. Personal emails will be in our individual boxes. Trust is a big thing in  Â&#x2DC;%   4  trust each other completely and I am not worrying about anything so is he. If you have to doubt or worry, then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t marry that person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ono

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I can tell my girlfriend my password. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is nothing wrong, except you are hiding something â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Charles

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1. Get a marriage license. Find out what is required by your state to apply for a      < &    what they require so you can order an appropriate copy or a signed original if needed. 2. Follow up all along the planning process. Continue to follow up and check the status of things with your party, vendors, etc. With a tight time line you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anyone lose focus. 3. Schedule makeup and hair for yourself, the mothers and the bridesmaids for the          responsible for the cost themselves. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel obligated to pay for it but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give  &       footing the bill. 4. Make a list of things you will need the day of the wedding. Keep this list in your planner. Add to it as you think of things. Discuss this with your bridesmaids or maid of honour. See if they can help you remember or take control of your bags. Stock a wedding preparedness bag.

Here are some things you may need that are commonly needed and sometimes  } Duct tape. Seriously, this is the best at [  1 1    &  1 name it. Super models use it and wedding planners swear by it. Lighted make up mirror Oscillating fan (Wedding dresses arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comfortable to hang out in, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get quite warm while waiting.) Painkiller Extra makeup, powder, lipstick Slippers or comfortable shoes for before the wedding or after if your feet get too sore Baby powder â&#x20AC;&#x201C; used to cover spots on the dress 6 &&

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a neighbouring state. Consider a location where most can travel by car (not too far,   [0  Â&#x2014; stay a night or two in a comfortable hotel without breaking the bank. Â&#x161; % & 5 &Â&#x2014;  &  Â&#x2014;       5Â&#x2014; &       Â&#x2014;  Keeping them cool may be recommended. Ask if you should store them in a refrigerator or in a cooled room. Make sure vendors document and sign any promises made that are not shown on

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Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Surveillance impregnates Osun election: Tough time awaits Father daughter criminals â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Vigilance group O Tunde Busari

With the Osun State governorship election three months away and political parties warming up for a big contest, chairman of the Osun State Police Command Harmonised Vigilance Group, Alhaji Ridwan Hussein, has V$V!! make criminals uncomfortable during the poll. The nononsense man otherwise known as Ya-Salam speaks with TUNDE BUSARI. Excerpts:


re thugs and other criminal elements avoidable during elections? Why not? That is an evidence or one of the reasons the white man says and will continue to say we are backward in this part of the world. 4       [&  to how things are done in advanced countries, I know we are truly backward, especially when we fail to do right a simple thing as choosing who will lead us. Unfortunately, our politicians, as educated some of them would claim they are, have not learnt any lesson from    &   1 &    the one that led the Western region into crisis, which eventually led to the soldiers seizing power and the following Biafra war. What is your group then doing in this regard? Having realised this, we are monitoring them closely. We are watching them and the way they are going about their preparation towards the elections. The primaries are already over now, making the election closer to us. We are talking to parents to warn their children not to allow themselves to be used as political


thugs. We are going to make it tough for criminals during the election. It  Ă&#x17E;    &  should allow their children to be used by politicians while their own children are studying abroad. Is it poverty? No, it is parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; insensitivity to the life of their children. It is time parents tell politicians to play politics like football. After a match, winners and losers shake hands and go home. What are the things that easily trigger problem among parties? One of them is using abusive words against one another on radio, television or at campaign rallies. I have found out that this provoke parties than any other thing. That is why we are appealing to the politicians to stop politics with       &   Can you review the security situation in the state in the last three years? Honestly speaking, we have enjoyed peace in the last three years. That is why we want to make sure the peace is not tampered with by the election. It is possible to have a free and fair election. It is possible to have a crisis-free election. So politicians should help us to maintain

Man,20,rapes two-year-old baby Tunde Busari


ne Afeez Raimi is currently detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID),Iyaganku, Ibadan for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a two-year-old baby. The 20-year-old suspect is a resident of !  &[ 1    fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house the parents of the poor baby reside. Saturday Newswatch gathered that the suspect was familiar with the girl, an &&   [&        entered his room.       &" after as Raimi was busy ironing his cloth. The girl was enjoying her sleep when W      &&       private part. The father of the girl, Adebimpe Gafar, later suspected a blood stain on the thigh of his daughter after he heard her crying.

He raised alarm and also confronted Raimi headlong with a hard punch, after which other people ran to the scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They stripped the suspect naked while the father went to the police station and  &   # &   deny the allegation. He said he did it, but could not understand why he did it to such     1=      Three days after Raimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest, the father of the girl returned to the police with a plea to release the suspect. Gafar was said to have told the police that his family had 

{{    The fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position is, however, frustrating police readiness to prosecute the suspect. On the day, he went to the Police Command Headquarters at Eleyele, he made himself a subject of ridicule as some policemen dismissed him as an irresponsible father, who could trade away his child.

the peace. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you stand the risk of being accused of partisanship? Those who know my antecedent in the state would tell you that I am not a politician either in the public or private. I know the implication of being a politician with the kind of job I am doing. I know some people have used this to blackmail   "   #   go to any government in power that since I am not their member I must be a member of their opponent. Everybody cannot be a politician. Politicians should stop blackmailing those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play politics. If they ask a rich man to sponsor them and the man says no, they turn back to blackmail the man. The state belongs to all of us. Politicians should not keep malice. They should allow everybody to enjoy his or her freedom under the law. I am using this opportunity to appeal to the ruling party not to listen to blackmailers but continue to work so as to convince the electorate. Performance rather than abusive words is enough to win or lose election. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care the name all the parties call me. It further shows that I am neutral. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be loyal to any of them. I am supposed to be loyal to the police because we are supposed to &    " &         &     and property. At my age, what else am I looking for than having a good name that will live after me? Indian hemp and other illicit drugs play a role in crime. What are you doing about this? We organise workshop to educate the public on the danger of Indian hemp. But it is sad to say that we are being frustrated in the process. There was a time Indian hemp sellers in Ede made an  & &     palace because one of them was killed by a soldier. Only God saved the day. This is saying that these people are still many despite all the noise against their trade. The National Drug Law Enforcement  Â&#x2021;     &    5  1 tomorrow the suspect is released and back to the business. Government needs to take a more serious step in this regard.

ne Hammed Akintola has owned up to the allegation of impregnating his own daughter in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. But the 39-year old held the devil  &      April 10, 2014 at Papa Olorunsogo, Apete, Ibadan. The secret was revealed when the 16year old girl visited an health centre to terminate the pregnancy. Her demand raised suspicion among the nurses, who probed her on the reason for her request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was at this point she revealed the whole secret to the nurse. The nurse immediately contacted the police, who later arrested the useless father,â&#x20AC;? a source said. It was further learnt that Akintola and the mother of the girl occupy a one room apartment where the girl also sleeps. How he did it without the suspicion of his wife remains a puzzle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girl said when she told her mother, the woman refused to listen to 1        out since they all sleep in the same room,â&#x20AC;? the source added. Akintola has since been charged to a magistrate court.

I have stolen three babies - Suspect Tunde Busari


suspected kidnapper, Favour Okoye, has confessed to her escapades in which she had successfully stolen three kids from their mothers in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Okoye made the confession soon after she was arrested by       #[  the rocky town. She confessed that she was contracted by a group, which she refused to disclose, to supply it with babies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said after she had got a baby, she would call the men on phone; they would quickly come and pick her before people suspect anything,â&#x20AC;? a source said. Okoye, however, said she had no knowledge of the purpose for which the stolen babies are used. Her refusal angered the youth who descended heavily on her and stripped her naked. #  &    Z  were prevented by a team of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). X W  9Â&#x2021;  *R$V$1 9  /

1       and added that his organisation had taken Okoye to the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still going to transfer her to the police. But we must say that it is not right for members of the public to take law into their hand,â&#x20AC;? he said.

PRO Kareem


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Sports Update Eagles blackout shocks Taye Taiwo ...Says nobody can bench him in Keshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team


Anti-World Cup protests cripple Brazil A

nti World Cup protests nti-World in 12 cities have marked the worst day in another awful week for Brazil as the government struggles with strikes, crime and public unease less than a month before the tournament kicks " Co-ordinated demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro, SĂŁo Paulo, Belo Horizonte and elsewhere coincided with a military police strike â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and spate of murders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in another World Cup host city, Recife, to add to the organisersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; headaches as hundreds of thousands &  1Â&#x2021;   & & Â&#x2014;   The events follow industrial action in Rio earlier in the week by teachers, bus drivers, museum employees and geologists, and underline longer term concerns about public safety and transport infrastructure. The protest of about a thousand people in Rio was far smaller than the huge demonstrations seen last year

but adds to an unusual muted and emotionally complicated atmosphere in Brazil as it & &    4  Cup since 1950. Carrying banners declaring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Na Copa vai ter lutaâ&#x20AC;? (The Cup will have protests), appeals for a general strike and claims that the cost of refurbishing the MaracanĂŁ stadium could pay for 200 schools, the demonstrators rallied with striking workers in the broadest show of dissent in several months. Many of those present cited the proximity of the tournament and the global        driver for their actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The world is looking to Brazil and we are showing that the World Cup doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t represent us,â&#x20AC;? said Felipe Mesquita, a history student at the Fluminense Federal University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like football. I like the national team but we also have to think about what the World Cup means. We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept all the bad things that go with it such

Yobo to make Canaries wait


orwichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loan defender Joseph Yoboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent has       wait until after the World Cup before deciding on his future. The 33-year-old Nigeria international was drafted in by the Canaries from Turkish side Fenerbahce in January as then boss Chris Hughton was hoping he could shore up a leaky defence         avoid relegation. Yobo had an initial impact at Carrow Road before a calf injury restricted his involvement in the closing games of the campaign and the side subsequently lost 


 League under interim coach Neil Adams following Hughtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sacking in early April. The former Everton man has          to be a part of the Super Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defence at the summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Cup in Brazil. z% 18 R 1 insisted that no decision would be

made on his future until after the tournament. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The season just ended. His future will be known after the World Cup. Until after the tournament, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to comment on clubs that are interested in his services.â&#x20AC;? It is highly unlikely that Yobo would make a permanent move to Norwich to play in the Championship with some reports suggesting he will move to the lucrative Qatar Stars League.

as forced relocations and the limits on rights to protest and strike.â&#x20AC;? In SĂŁo Paulo police used tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators. In Belo Horizonte about 2,000 people took to the streets. In Brasilia protesters carried banners decrying the deaths of stadium 5        before the tournament. Brazil has also been hit by a wave of strikes in recent weeks.

Teachers in Rio have halted classes for several days to call   &5  conditions. They were joined on Thursday by bus drivers, who had refused to work on Tuesday and Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World Cup gives us more visibility,â&#x20AC;? said one striking teacher, Jorge Luiz Monteiro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to take                   =

FIFA regrets planned 2022 summer World Cup in Qatar


< X   R <X   1R &&!  1 !  has described as a mistake the choice of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup during summer, adding that it must be held in the winter instead. When asked if it was a mistake choosing the Middle East country because of its high temperatures during the summer months, !      

 Thursday with Swiss RTS station: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, of course.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, everyone makes mistakes in life,â&#x20AC;? he added. The average temperature tops 40°C in June and July (104 degrees Fahrenheit), when World $&   5 &   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Qatar technical report ruled that it was too hot in the summer, but the (FIFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)


1   large majority, decided to play in 1= !   In these circumstances, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is more than likelyâ&#x20AC;? that the 2022 World Cup will be played in   1 !  1   repeatedly expressed his desire to move the tournament to a more suitable date Temperatures in the winter in Qatar are around 25°C (77 degrees Fahrenheit). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best time to play is at the end of the year. You must remain realistic... we must play in winter at the end of the year,â&#x20AC;? added !   Following his comments, FIFA issued a statement saying that they were fully in line with previous comments on the  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;As explained his answer â&#x20AC;&#x153;A l i d iin hi to the journalist, the President reiterated that the decision to organise the World Cup in summer was an â&#x20AC;&#x153;errorâ&#x20AC;? based on the technical assessment report of the bid, which had highlighted the extremely hot temperatures in summer in Qatar,â&#x20AC;? the statement said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At no stage did he question Qatar as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.â&#x20AC;? !  %  with the position taken by his number two, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who said in January that the 2022 World Cup should be held ideally between November 15 and January 15. A decision on whether the tournament will be moved from summer to the winter in eight yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time has been postponed by FIFA until after next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 $&   !Z  FIFA took the controversial decision to award Qatar the World Cup in December 2010, handing the organisation of the biggest sports event in the world to the tiny Gulf emirate that has become a power in world sport on the back of its immense wealth based on natural gas deposits. Since then the decision has been dogged by controversies over the validity of the vote, the treatment of foreign workers employed on World Cup infrastructure projects, as well as the date of the tournament.

urkey-based Nigerian defender, Taye Ismaila Taiwo is disappointed he was included in Super Eagles list to the Brazil World Cup. In an interview with the 5 5"*   1#  said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really disappointed because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Nigerian player. But I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I want to stop playing for the national team. Life is all about understanding. Maybe this period our coach doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want me. But that is not a problem for me. There are people who have played there before who are not there anymore. If they call me, I will come. Even in Europe when they bring a new coach, there is a lot of changes sometimes. Sometimes the new coach doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have you in his plans. Everywhere, even in Europe, the coach has his own players that he wants. If the coach doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in you, no    1 canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about it. Talking about Eagles chances in the World Cup, Taiwo urged the team to prepare for Argentina, saying that the South Americans would give Nigeria problem in the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Argentina will be our most  Â&#x2021; &&    have a problem with them. But the other teams, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we will have a problem with them. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about commitment. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to make any stupid mistakes, like what happened in South Africa last time. We had all the opportunity in our hands and we threw it away. The most important thing

   4    get three points there. If not, it is over.â&#x20AC;? On how to survive the group, he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important thing is not to think how far we can go, but to play one game at a time. Every game we play is very important. If we play    1  

points, then the boys will have        in the second game and get what they want. But if we %    1  there is pressure immediately and the second game becomes harder. So if we want to get three points, we have to work hard, be focused and play as a team. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play as a team we will never get three points.â&#x20AC;? On why coach Stephen Keshi refused to call him, he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know why. But as I always say to myself. Even my teammates ask me and I say I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. If you play very well in your club you deserve to be in the national team. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play very well, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve to go. Maybe the coach doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want me in the team because he knows that if he calls me to come and play for Nigeria with his boys, I will never sit on the bench for his boys. So maybe that is why he decided he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want me to come. Because if I come, I will surely play. So he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want me to play because he knows that if he calls me, I will not come and sit on the bench for his players. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be possible. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any problem with him but I was really really sad because I did not believe that I would not go to the World Cup with the way Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing for my club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;

YSFON congratulates Gawuna


outh Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has commended its national President, Yusuf Gawuna over his recent appointment as Commissioner of Agriculture by the Kano State Government, In a statement signed by the National Secretary of the Federation, Patrick Okpavuerhe the body noted that the appointment is coming at the right time expressing         his wealth of experience to contribute to the development of not only Kano state but the entire Federation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are quite happy with the honour done our national President by his recent appointment as

Commissioner of Agriculture in Kano state. We have no doubt in our minds that as a tested administrator, he will use his wealth of experience to galvanize the Ministry and make it the envy of all not only in Kano state but in the whole country. The statement further

[&       his appointment will help to further cement the cordial relationship existing between the Federation and Kano State Government who has been in the vanguard of supporting grassroots football development in the country through its annual sponsorship of YSFON organized Ramat Cup.


Saturday Newswatch, May 17, 2014

Sports Update

Mikel, Emenike, Enyeamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll shine in Brazil â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Kanu African football legend Nkwankwo Kanu is in South Africa and he took some time out to chat to KickOff.comâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tiyani wa ka Mabasa about Â&#x201A;     


ing Kanu, welcome to South Africa. Why are you here? I have been invited by ABSA to present the PSL Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Player of the Season award and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to be part of it, especially because it is a special award in a sense that you get picked by your peers. I was also in Alexandra township on Thursday for a coaching clinic and why not? It is always good to go to the community and give the young ones an opportunity to interact with people they look up to.  Â&#x201D;  Â? 

 Â&#x201D;Â&#x152; Â&#x201D;Â&#x152; Â&#x2014;Â&#x152;  Â? I will tell them it is not good to be an easy road, but when one    & #        no shortcut to success and it is all about working hard, then you will achieve something in your career. 

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you even having to go for a heart operation in 1997 to continue your playing career. How is the Kanu

Â&#x152;    The foundation is doing very well. We have done 480 operations over the years and successfully so. It is a very expensive process, because we take the patients out of the country for this medical help, but my dream is that we must build hospitals across Africa starting in Nigeria and we are working towards that. It has not been easy, but then again nothing comes easy. We have over 100 people on the waiting list and so the more people we can &1      Â&#x2014;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013; 


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represent the continent? Luckily we are in a good group and if you ask me, I think it is the easiest group. (Nigeria are in Group F with Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iran). I think our chances are 80% and if we can pass that group, and I know we are going to do that, then         5     &  group, the Nigerian people are going to be behind the team from the president to ordinary people. Maybe we can go to the semi  1 5Â  5    1    also have Cote dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria. As for us, we have experienced players who are playing in some top Leagues so we can reach that level.  Â&#x152;  Â&#x160;

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very strong. Also, having the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Big Bossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Stephen Keshi) is good for us, because the players listen to him and that is something very important. He pushes them to the limit and if you put those together, we are strong. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rely on one man.  Â&#x2039;  Â&#x2019; Â&#x152; ¢  Â&#x152;

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will play a pivotal role for Nigeria? Mikel Obi is a man who controls the team and coming from a big club Chelsea, all eyes will be on him. We also have Emmanuel Emenike, who I reckon wants to make his mark in the World Cup. He did that in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and I have no doubt he can do it on a world stage as well. We also have a very good goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who is one of the best goalkeepers in France. As Africans, are we ever going to see 

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Â&#x152; Â&#x201D; The answer is yes, because I can tell you every year that passes the Leagues and managements in Africa are changing. Not that we are perfect, but we are improving as a continent. So I believe that the time will come when an African country    4 $&1  foremost, I think the target should be    {  5      Â&#x201D;  Â&#x152;  Â?  


Â&#x152; Â&#x201D;   Â&#x152; I think Brazil, because they are in their own backyard and the fans will go out in numbers to support them. If you ask me, I think they are one of the favourites. There is still Germany and Spain, but hopefully one of the African countries.   Â&#x152;Â? Â&#x2014; 

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 I expect Nigeria to qualify. It is always a good game when Nigeria play Bafana Bafana. When we play in South Africa, we

are playing at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because we have a lot of Nigerians here (laughs). There are of course other countries in the group so we     1    Â&#x2014; % know if there is a country that can stop us from this group. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Nigeria is going to qualify.    Â&#x201D; Â&#x2019;    



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Do you think the current Bafana team is anywhere close to that  Â?  Â&#x201D;   No! I have seen the current team play even in the CHAN tournament earlier this year and I expected them to win with all those players who even featured in the 2010 World Cup. During Radebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, Bafana played with heart and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to disappoint anybody. They had the passion, but not with the current generation. The current Bafana players must realise that when you are &   1   "     playing for the national team. The national team is bigger than clubs, so you have to give more when you are in national colours. Bafana are giving their best, but it is just not enough, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying they are not giving their best but what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying is that they must do more. Also, physically they are not really that strong compared to the time of Radebe. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what happened,       !   is enough and refuse to be bullied anymore. When you have the physique, sometimes you can play ugly and win the games.  Â&#x2019; Â&#x152; Â&#x2014;Â&#x152;Â? Â&#x152;  Â? Â&#x152;   Â&#x201D;  



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  Â&#x152;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2019;  ¢ Â&#x152;   Â&#x2014;Â&#x152;  Â?   Â&#x2021; rsenal fan wherever they are because they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put their heads up walking on the streets. Of course they will be saying they are Arsenal fans for life, but people tease them saying they have no trophy. Having said that, this is a big &&          &   against Hull City, with all due respect, is not like playing the big teams. Yes, people can say Arsenal are playing good football but at the end of the season the fans are not happy. I wish Arsenal well and I hope they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint the fans.

Ladipo presents customised Supporters Club shirts to Media ...To storm Brazil June 13


s part of its World Cup awareness support for the Super Eagles in next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship in Brazil, Nigeria Football Supporters Club, yesterday presented customised shirts to the Television media men and women, preparing to cover the event. The shirt customised for all the media     

&&  "  of the cheering teams for decades, is made in Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colours of green and white as a symbol of showing solidarity to the course of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national team throughout their campaign in the World Cup. Speaking while presenting the shirts to    1VW 3 &    every Nigerian to identify with the Super Eagles throughout their stint in Brazil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green-white-green of Nigeria is spiritual to us in the supporters club and we always want all Nigerians to always put on the colours whenever our national team is playing in any international event.

Even we want those at home during the championship, to wear the colours as a way of identifying with the team,â&#x20AC;? he said. Dr Ladipo also announced June 13 as departure date for his club to Brazil, as the 

       &  for an hitch free trip to the World Cup venue. Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, will lead a number of prominent Nigerians to a fundraising

dinner organised by the Supporters Club. The event, to be held at the prestigious Civic Center on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island on May 20, has been billed: Fund Raising Dinner Towards Brazil 2014. According to the event managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman, veteran sports journalist, \Â&#x2021;*1<    &   the guest of honour at the occasion. Also, the president-general of the R&& $ 1W 9  &1   that his group is looking forward to the event which he said will be used to raise the bulk of the funds needed to sponsor a large number of drummers, trumpeters and singers, as well as other fans, to cheer the Super Eagles at all of their games in Brazil to ensure they feel at home abroad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are expecting a good turn out of our invited guests which include top government functionaries, prominent individuals, corporate citizens and some members of the diplomatic community. We have no doubt in our minds that we will have a full house,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Saturday Newswatch


-Tradition built on Truth

Vol. 02, No. 70


Saturday, May 17, 2014

f you had watched the CNN channels in the United States of America last week, you will be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;assaultedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the story of one old man named Donald Sterling, who seemingly committed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;harakiriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by making what Americans called racist comments to his girl friend. Donald Sterling, a Jewish American, who is a very successful sports entrepreneur, owns the LA Clippers, a professional Basketball team that is part of the National Basketball Association got into big time trouble by making racist comments recently. He castigated his girl friend, Stiviano, for going out with black boys and bringing them to his games. He did not like the idea of sharing the girl with black men. The girl friend recorded this conversation and released it to the media, and things have not been the same for Donald Sterling since then. In fact, his world seems to have crashed. First, the NBA commissioner has banned him for life; he will not attend or participate in any NBA game again for life. Second, he has been asked to sell his stake in the team, and get out. Third, Shelley, his wife of 58 years has    %  *        5        * ald Sterling said he made those remarks in the heat of passion trying to have sex with the girl. Fourth, Donald has lost most of the esteem and respect of other NBA owners, his team players and most ordinary Americans. Indeed, he has become the butt of jokes as he has said         

          the quagmire. Indeed, for every new recording or television interview, Donald Sterling has        5Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; # on Magic Johnson for example has incensed many Americans- black, white and brown who see Magic Johnson as a national icon. Watching Donald Sterling face humiliation and observing the pains he seemed to be going through, I began to wonder what would make such a very accomplished man fall suddenly from grace to grass. First, would this have happened elsewhere in the world other than the USA? Certainly not in most countries of Africa, Nigeria inclusive. Even in South Africa, where racial issues may be as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as in the USA, I doubt if this would happen. Second, I began to wonder if there was     

 *   tribalism, the latter two being rife and very common in Africa, especially in Nigeria. What actually is racism? My understanding is that it is the act of discrimination based on skin colon - white, black, brown or yellow. When one is discriminated against because of #   *   %   ism, and the one who discriminated against him is said to be a racist. The racist may have superior or inferior feelings, but usually superior complex, and may feel that people of other colour have inferior attributes like intelligence quotient (IQ), skills or capabilities based essentially on their skin colour. Racial prejudices many times are stereotyped, and can be used to limit opportunities for other races. The United States of America has a very long history of racial discrimination. For a   *        #5                   

 %  movement which climaxed with Dr Martin + Z 5         racism in America. Since then, America has been struggling with dealing with the vestiges of this obnoxious practice. So many blacks still feel discriminated against because of their colour and many of them have responded by discriminating against the white, which is racism too. But the society seems to stand squarely against racism in the public space. X 6       discrimination called Apartheid; the same segregation of blacks from the white; a show of white supremacy and dominance. Here, the white controlled politics and governance, and ruled the economy. Indeed, there was career ceiling beyond which no blackman could ascend, and there were some political


$W$QTWÂ?V"` $!"$TW!% $!"$$$Â&#x192;$!"$VT$`"!W$QXT!` â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Martin Luther, German religious reformer (1483-1546)

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Racism, ethnicity & tribalism...Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difference? and economic pursuits which no blackman could attempt until the revolution that was led by Nelson Mandela. There is some slight variance between the US racist regime and SAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s       5Q    %  in the US before the black came, essentially through slave trading; and were in majority, the whites in SA came later than the blacks who were the original settlers in the place, and who remained in majority. This genealogical     *        5 My understanding of tribalism and ethnicity is that of discriminating against people          5 Here, one is denied allocation of land because of his tribe or his child is denied admission into a school because of his ethnic background. Tribalists look after people from their tribes, and give them preferences in allocation of rights and privileges. When a tribalist is the head of an organisation, virtually everybody in that institution will be from his tribe or ethnic region. When there is an opportunity for career advancement, he thinks of his people  5*  Â&#x2039;      ism, people fail to see anything wrong in what people from their tribes are doing, but will readily criticise people from other tribes for doing the same things. Some will only vote for people from their tribes or ethnic regions each time there is a contest. Now if you ask me whether there is any difference between racism, ethnicity or tribalism, I will say that there is not much. It is like say     

Â&#x2039;  half a dozen. For me, they are all reprehensible acts that cause unnecessary divisions and disruptions of societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cohesiveness. But why do they still exist, even in societies where they have been outlawed? Though to the best of my knowledge, there is no law banning tribal-

ism in Nigeria, for example, yet it is a negative emotion and orientation which only very few people will identify with publicly. To my mind, racism, ethnicity and tribal      56   reason is that they arise from the same root. Â&#x152; *4                  5Â&#x152; *  %   #     5" we are all created in the image of God. When you go below the skin, we are the same. Irrespective of our skin colours, we all have red blood cells. Our skeletal system is the same just as our parts are the same, and perform the   5Q %   %    of feel, touch, see, hear and taste, though a few have the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sixth senseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Then why do we still harbour these negative social traits of racism and tribalism? Anthropologists and sociologists can explain it in terms of human experience and historical adaptations over the ages. Yes, like aggregates with like and like protects # 5          resources available to a group of people within a geographical location at a given time, there is bound to be competition and struggle to appropriate the most for oneself, and his kith and kin. Such competitions will always lead to     

      to determine scale of distribution, allocation or sharing. Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; revenue sharing formula between the Federal, state and local governments on one hand and that between states on the other hand illustrates the point that it is in the nature of man and human institutions           Â&#x160;    [      allocation. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We got here before you,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we have made more investments than you,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we cleared the obstaclesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fought the enemies before   [ Â&#x2C6;   

Â&#x2019;//!.Â&#x201C; " Â&#x201C;!   Â&#x201D;

But there must be a difference between â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;naturalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; struggle for advantage and the offensive social traits of racism and tribalism. These take their roots from the debased nature of the fallen man whose god is his belly. Racism, ethnicity and tribalism spring from the root of hatred man and his institutions to seek advantage over other peoples or groups that share common space. The battle for the derivation principle in Nigeria further illustrates the point; the Niger Delta people feel that they are the ones contributing more to national income or that they are the ones who bear the greatest brunt of the devastation or environmental degradation caused by oil exploration. So they are entitled to get more of the income than other regions. "      

 Â&#x160; [    %     sive social traits of racism and tribalism. These take their roots from the debased nature of the fallen man whose god is his belly. Racism, ethnicity and tribalism spring from the root of hatred. They are antithesis of Gods injunction to man to love his neighbour as himself. Love is the glue that can hold humanity together and remove the negative social traits that manifest as racism or tribalism. When you truly love your neighbour, you become â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to his colour, race, ethnicity or tribe. You just see him as a fellow creature of the Almighty God who has made the world beautiful with     *   5

 *         *   just same, with similar emotions, and craving for a successful life. But is this kind of universal love possible? Yes indeed. What motivated the missionaries to leave the comfort of their homes to come to Africa, many dying from Malaria? What motivated James Wilberforce, David Livingstone, Mary Slessor and those men and women who fought against slave trade and the killing of twins at personal cost and peril? Men and woman who worked hard to pass the legislations that brought slave trade, racial discrimination in the USA, and apartheid in South Africa to an end. We need such men and women in Africa to bring tribalism and ethnic bias to an end. And we fully recommend this to the likes of Donald Sterling - the Spirit of love which only comes from living a life surrendered to the Lord. If he had had this, his world would not have come crashing on his head in a twinkle of an eye because he would have abhorred the sin of adultery that elicited the racial bitterness which led to his fall. And the truth is that all men, who live     Â&#x201E; *     *  matter their wealth or political power, sooner or later.

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