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Jonathan’s cabinet: Why opposition party members didn’t make list

ppointment of opposition parties members as ministers appears no longer a feasible feature of the Government of National Unity(GNU) proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan after winning the last presidential election.

A source close to Aso Rock exclusively revealed that President Jonathan was willing to include the members of the opposition parties, especially, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Labour Party (LP) in his cabinet but was overruled by the members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is evident in the list of ministerial hopefuls submitted to the Senate on Tuesday.The source said President Jonathan had called Governor Peter Obi of


As the opposition parties nominees can no longer be made minister, Senator Joy Emordi is likely to pick the Special Adviser slot on behalf of APGA. But whether Prof Dora Akunyili would accept the ambassadorial position is still unclear.

Anambra State and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State to tell them that his party members were strongly against the Government of National Unity and that there was nothing he could do about it. “President Jonathan called governors Peter Obi and Olusegun Mimiko and told them

that what he could do for them was to give them one Special Adviser slot each as well as two ambassadorial positions each,”the source said. It was gathered that the Anambra State, Governor, Peter Obi had submitted the names of Prof Dora Akunyili and Senator Joy Emordi for ministerial appointment.

Many political parties have adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as their candidate in the last presidential election and as a way of showing appreciation, he had promised to run a government of national unity with the members of the opposition parties, especially APGA and LP but the members of his party had rejected the idea, telling him that it was going to be a government of the winner takes it all.

Jonathan’s multi-party cabinet plan crashes


acts emerged in Abuja that the multi-party cabinet proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan to leaders of opposition political parties during his consultative meeting with them at the State House will not materialize after all.

This is as the Senate commence the screening of the 34 ministerial nominees submitted by the President. The President told the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and his Anambra State counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi that he was facing opposition from his ruling Peoples Democratic Party on the subject. “I am under intense pressure from my party, I am sorry about that,” Jonathan reportedly told the governors. Mimiko and Obi respectively belong to the Labor Party and All Progressives Grand Alliance. Both parties endorsed Jonathan as their presidential candidate during the April election. Highly placed sources from the two parties confirmed the President’s verdict on the multi-party agenda to our correspondent in Abuja. Besides the PDP votes, Jonathan rode to power on the crest of multi-party support given to him by the Action Congress of Nigeria, APGA Labor Party, among others. Buoyed by such support, Jonathan shortly after his victory had asked Mimiko and Obi to forward nominees for his new cabinet. But while Obi was said to have nominated the former information minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili, who had served in Jonathan’s former cabinet, Anambra’s ministerial slot, according to the list of nominees already submitted to the Senate by Jonathan, has been filled by Mrs. Stella Odua Ogiewonyi. Stella is an indigene of Anambra State, married to a former minister from Edo State. One of the sources told our correspondent, “The President called Governors Mimiko and Obi to announce his regret of not giv-

ing their parties senior ministerial positions as earlier promised because of pressure from the PDP. He therefore disclosed that he was willing to give their nominees the lower “Minister of State” portfolios. At this point, Obi told the President that he was sure that Prof. Dora Akunyili would not accept to be a Minister of State after having served as a senior minister.

“After a long drawn discussion, the President then offered each of the two governors a Special Assistant and Ambassadorial slots.” It was gathered that Jonathan had penciled Senator Joy Emordi, an APGA member from Anambra State for the position of Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters. A member of APGA said that the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Victor Umeh, had been vindicated because he felt that the party ought to have extracted strong commitment from him before the party endorsed his candidature in April. The APGA chieftain explained that Obi and Umeh’s disagreement on this delayed the commencement of the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, where Jonathan was adopted for three hours. “Obi ought to have rejected the offer to preserve the dignity of the party like ACN and Congress for Progressive Change that rejected his offer right from the outset.” Reacting to the development, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, said that the party never endorsed Jonathan with the hope of getting political appointment. He said that the party endorsed Jonathan because it was convinced that he was the best man for the job. Nwanyanwu said, “It was the president that solicited the support of Labour Party. The only thing Labour Party put before him was the manifesto of the party, and we raised issues like industrialization of the

country, power, building more rail tracks, serious fight against corruption, education, workers welfare, Niger Delta among others. “He accepted all this programs, so we have not lost anything yet because the government has not commenced action.”

He added, “The Whiteman produced a pencil and put an eraser on top, which means you can correct your mistake. It is the President himself that announced to the whole world that he would run a government of National Unity. “So, if he has decided on his own and his party (PDP) to withdraw from it, he is entitled to it. It is his own word against his

own word.” It was reported that the PDP National Working Committee had kicked against Jonathan’s ministerial list because the party felt the list was dominated by technocrats outside the party.

At that meeting, he had said, “I want to plead with you that I will not want to run a government of opposition party or main party. I want us to collectively run a Nigerian government, a government that will take the interest of the country at heart and work towards solving our problems; the problems that are so clear to our people,”

Reps fault Jonathan on appointment of Special Advisers

Cost of maintaining Special Advisers THE House of Representatives, expressed dismay over the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to inform it of his request for the appointment of Special Advisers as required by Section 151 of the constitution. Section 151 of the Constitution stipulates that: “The President may appoint any person as a Special Adviser to assist him in the performance of his functions. The number of such Advisers and their remuneration and allowances shall be as prescribed by law or by resolution of the National Assembly.” The House instructed its Clerk, Mohammad Ataba Sani Omolori to draw the attention of the Presidency to the issue to ensure that the constitution was complied with on the matter immediately. The matter was brought to the attention of the House by the immediate past Minority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila ,ACN, Lagos State, who stated that by writing a letter to only the Senate for approval to appoint 20 Special Advisers, President Jonathan had acted in complete disregard of the Constitution. When the House was about commencing the legislative business of the day, Gbajabiamila was heard shouting: “Point

of Constitutional Order! Point of Constitutional Order!!” Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha who presided over the session quickly recognized him to state his case and he explained that: “I am drawing attention to the provisions of section 151 of the constitution. This constitutional provision stated that the President should seek approval from the National Assembly to appoint Special Advisers. But I am not aware of any letter sent to this House in that regard. I have even heard that the Senate has approved that the President could appoint 20 advisers.” “I do not want to believe that there is any intention to undermine the House of Representatives but I just want to ask that the House should ensure that the right thing is done” Ihedioha was quick in upholding the point of order and also directed the clerk to get in touch with appropriate authorities on the matter to make sure that the constitutional provision was complied with. “In upholding your point of order, I believe that it is more of an oversight than a deliberate attempt to undermine the House. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is therefore directed to get in touch and get the issue sorted out”




22 years barrenness ends with twins •After 2 failed IVFs

r. Jide Bambe is a medical practitioner and indeed the only medical doctor in the rural and agrarian town of Bode Saadu in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State. Bambe, who is in his 50s, owns the only private clinic and maternity hospital, known as Shalom Clinic and Maternity, established in the late 1990s. He is a graduate of Ahmed Bello University (ABU), Zaria in Kaduna State, where he bagged his MBBS degree to practice as a medical doctor. He is an indigene of Offa town, but lives in Bode Saadu. It is an understatement to say he is popular in the area. Ask anyone in the town, particularly the commercial okada riders; you will be taken to his hospital instantly. After 22 years of carrying the psychological burden of childlessness, his wife, now in her late 40s, gave birth to a set of male twins on June 15, 2011. The outpouring of emotion and felicitation by the residents of the town, made up of Yoruba and Fulani cattle-rearers, could best be described as heartwarmingly unrivalled. It was gathered that from the moment the bundles of joy; Isaac Ibukunoluwa and Samuel Olaoluwa, were delivered, the couple had been receiving gifts ranging from animals, food items, prayers and what have you. While sharing his experience with the Nigerian Tribune, Dr. Bambe said, “ People that know me that I live a quiet life, even all through the years of struggle and the trouble. In fact, if I had my way, I would not have allowed anyone to know about the birth of the twins, but I couldn’t hide it. The most important thing to me is that God was with us throughout the travail. The issue is not actually when it did happen or how it did happen, but how did we cope for 22 years. I must say that it’s purely the grace of God; because there were times people would call us to try this or that.“For instance, I was asked to try another woman. We just believed that it is God that can give children and if God doesn’t give you children, no man on earth can do it. We had our experiences. Sometimes we wept all through the night, especially, when we saw people that we got married at the same time. Many of them are grand parents now. What we are celebrating now, many of our age


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mates are already grandparents (laughing), but we thank God all the same for if God still refused to give us, we would not have had to arrest Him. So, that’s why if anybody has anything to give me, let them just thank God for me. “Especially, as a medical practitioner, every time women were delivered in my clinic, after the delivery, they would say, ‘May God do your too.’ The way they said it you would feel like shedding tears. You know, that kind of thing could be very saddening. One of the most difficult things on earth is the time of waiting. When you are waiting, you can’t say it’s going to be today, tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. Nobody knows but you just keep waiting. So, I must say it’s purely the handiwork of God.” Speaking on pressure from their family members, the medical practitioner said, “Of course, naturally, your family would give you advice; they would ask you to try another woman. Even on the wife’s side they would suggest to her to try another man. But we saw all that as infidelity and we decided to look unto God and put our trust in Him. “If a prophet or seer had told me we would wait for 22 years, I would have told the person to

perish the thought. Shortly after we got married, I had some hard currency on me and a relative of mine was traveling abroad and I gave him the money to buy baby items for me from the UK. We were thinking that in the next one year after our wedding the babies would start arriving. And you can imagine one year passed, two years passed and on and on and on like that.” When asked if he and his wife kept the baby things they had ordered from the UK, he said, “Yes, that’s a good question! We kept the baby things until two years ago. Two years ago, we went to church and then the pastor said, ‘you have to sow for what you are looking for. If you are looking for baby, sow for babies, if you want money, sow money.’ My wife called me and said, ‘Look, all these baby things we’ve been keeping for the past 20 years or so, let’s take them to motherless babies home.’ So, we packed all those items, everything bought from Britain, put them in my car and off we went to Ilorin. When we got there, I stayed in the car, offloading. My wife went inside and said we just wanted to see the babies. They were all excited and we offloaded everything in the booth of my car. And they said, ‘can we know you?’ and we said, ‘You don’t need to know us.

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We have just come to greet the children and give them the items and contribute to the upkeep of the motherless babies home.’ “It’s part of what God has used to help us. We wanted baby and we sowed for babies, motherless babies that cannot repay us in any way. So, if you ask what we did, we’ve done so many things that I cannot say in particular which one God used to answer our prayers. But I know that everything had worked out for our own good.” When pressured to shed more light on what they did, he said, “The one I just told you is one of them. The other thing is to trust in God. The bishop of my church usually says, ‘never mistake your negative condition in life for your portion in Christ. When you have a negative condition, don’t see it as if this is my lot. Like some people will say may be God does not want us to have children, so, let’s just cope with it. Somebody is suffering an affliction and he is saying well, maybe it’s how God wants it.’ Because of that preaching I always hear, I believed that one day I would have my own children and we thank God that it has come to pass. That’s one of those things. “We did IVF (intro vitro fertilization) popularly called test tube baby, but it failed two times. You know I am a medical doctor, yet we tried all these Chinese herbs and GNSC stuff. You know when the pressure was too much, people would say all sorts of things. Some people even thought we didn’t want children. They would say don’t mind them; I don’t even think they are really serious; otherwise they would have gone to do this or that. But when it was God’s appointed time the babies came.” He added that unlike what happens sometimes, his wife never advised him to marry a young girl. According to him, when the wife finally became pregnant, his joy knew no bounds and they both prayed ceaselessly that the pregnancy would not be aborted. Speaking on whether the family would want more babies after the twins, he said, “After waiting for 22 years? You know, all I had wanted was to have a child of my own, praying that God would bless us with a blessed child. Now that we have two, what more can one ask for?”

Miracle: After 8 years of childlessness, Anyaora family gets 4 children in 24 months

years ago after waiting for eight years. This year 2011; God gave me triplets, two girls and a boy. Within a space of two years, He made me mother of four children, what more will I say? God is great and faithful.”

ight years after Mr and Mrs Fred Anyaora got married they were childless, which led to most people advising them to end the marriage. But the devout Christian couples remained undaunted and thus paid deaf ears to those who insisted that the marriage be dissolved since it failed to produce the fruit of the womb which was the true essence of marriage, especially in Africa. But in due season, God visited them and they bore four children.

Advice to childless couples

“Please, tell the world, especially those waiting on the Lord for children, that God is faithful. If God can do it for me, He will do it for anyone that faithfully believes in him and diligently serve him.”

“I cannot tell you what I went through during those eight years which appeared to me as 80 years. I can only tell you that it was not easy,” Mrs Anyaora expressed her profound appreciation to God.

When in 2009, the couples was blessed with a bouncing baby boy, they heaved a sigh of relief and never thought that God had a bigger plan for them.

“In fact, when I delivered my first child, I was so appreciative of what God has done for us. We were so happy that we never thought of praying for another child. We were sleeping together as husband and wife not necessarily because we were expecting another child,” she said. Mrs Anyaora, who became mother of four in

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two years, told Daily Sun that when she discovered she was pregnant again, she and her husband were overwhelmed with joy. Her words: “Our joy nearly drove us mad when the pregnancy turned out to be triplet; My hus-

band and I shed tears of joy when we remembered our gory experience as a childless couple.”

Appreciating God

“I just want to thank God for his faithfulness and safe delivery. He gave me my first son two

“For the fact that we sought for a child for eight years, we should not ask for help now that God has answered our prayer even more than we asked. We remain grateful to Him and could not thank him enough. Ordinarily, we would not have solicited for assistance but for the fact that our case seems to be a case of a mother of quintuplets. My wife is looking after four toddlers and this is an enormous task, requiring a lot of money and time. We will, therefore, appeal to governments, philanthropists, organizations and churches to come to our aid. We can be reached on cell phone- 0805700861; 08033056216 or First Bank Plc Account number – 5503160002325 (account name, Anyaora Great C.)” - DAILY SUN

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et’s praise our God because he’s good and his steadfast love never ceases in our life. It is a new day, it is a new month and we give thanks to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We thank the, I am that I am for his care over everyone. It is good to be in the presence of God and we thank him for this opportunity. This is the Kingdom news. Your number one gospel newspaper and as we continue in this beautiful summer season, let us take a moment before we dig deep into this edition to share the word of God. The question we want to address in this edition is to know if you are an FBI, KGB or a double agent believer? So as not to confuse you with this question, FBI, KGB and in some cases double agents are secret agents, men that constantly carry out their operation under cover or disguise. They are several faces in different places and don’t want anybody to know who they really are. They can be a drug dealer somewhere and a local priest in another place. They can be a businessman in one place, and a cab driver somewhere else. It is not wrong to call them chameleon that changes colors depending on the environment. But how is this applicable to a believer of Jesus Christ, filled with Holy Ghost and anointed with the gift of tongue? Well the answer to this is a lot. Our generation is now witnessing an unprecedented advent of multitude in to the Pentecostal movement like never before. Everyone now profess to be “born again”. Many now easily affiliate themselves or their ministries to fast growing churches and ministries. In this process, monitoring and following up with members is problematic and the result is half bake believers. Believers that will raise holy hands in the morning and later dine with the devil in the evening. “Children of God” who are rolling on the floor, jumping, and shouting hallelujah (in awe of God) during praise and worship and few hours after in another environment sweating, shouting and screaming on the dance floor as if they never met the Lord before. These are the believers that do not know the date or year that they became born again, because, “ I can’t really remember, it was some years back and actually I was born into a Christian family,” that’s their usual response when you ask them. You might as well forget your natural date of birth, if you don’t know your spiritual date of birth. These are Christians that unbelievers on their jobs normally tease by saying “if you are “born again”, then I am a “Saint”” and because of the fear of rejection, they ended up saying, “actually, I am not a believer, I just go to church.” What an irony?

With this explanation, you should be ready to answer the question if you have not answered it already in your mind. Are you an FBI, KGB or a double agent believer? Can you boldly tell them at work that you are born again or is their response the same as we explained above?

Why would you choose to be a pretender, why are you deceiving yourself? The word of God says do not be fooled, God cannot be mocked and whatsoever a man sow, so shall he reap, Gal 6:7. Why are you toying with your eternal life? Do you have two sets of CD’s, tapes or DVD’s, those that you listen to when you are alone and those that you listen to when your Pastor or members of the church are with you? C’mon answer this question brethren. In a world where members of a particular religion are killing themselves because of a religion that is nowhere close to what you have. In a world where men and women are coming out to say yes I am committing sin against the God of heaven and earth and I am proud of it, you are hiding and disguising. Jesus knew all these will come to pass before he made that powerful statement in Matthew 5:13-16 that you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world and of what good are you when you loose your saltiness and of what good is your light if you hid it under the table? This passage is reminding us of what we are doing when we refuse to let the world know that we are the redeemed of the Lord. This is what we are doing when we cannot proudly show the world that we belong to the family of God. And this is the message we are sending to people around us when we are showing double faces; one in the church and another one out in the world. Today’s generation has another way of describing it; it is called “hypocrisy”. Have you not read your bible to Matthew 6:21-23? Do you want to know what it says about this kind of behavior? Stop reading for a second, open your bible and check it out and we pray that it will touch you and make you to declare to the world that you are of the Lord. Do not be ashamed of the gospel; do not be ashamed of your God, so that he will not be ashamed of you before his father in heaven. May our God protect you, may He send you help from His throne and grant you support from Zion. May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your offerings. May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed. It is well with you in Jesus name and enjoy your summer activities.

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One Sunday in a Midwest city, a young child was “acting up” during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, “Pray for me! Pray for me!”

Adam’s Underwear: A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it closely. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. “Mamma, look what I found,” the boy called out. “What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: “I think it’s Adam’s underwear.” First Member: I thought the sermon was divine. It reminded me of the peace of God. It passed all understanding. Second Member: It reminded me of the mercies of God. I thought it would endure forever. The following conversation was overheard at a party attended by high society people: “My ancestry goes all the way back to Alexander the Great,” said one lady. She then turned to a second lady and said, “And how far does your family go back?” “I don’t know,” was the reply. “All of our records were lost in the Flood.”

Did you hear about the town’s richest man who met with the minister after the Sunday service? “Why does everyone call me cheap and stingy?” complained the man. “I’ve told everyone I’m leaving half my money to the church when I die.” The minister nodded. “It reminds me of the story about the pig and the cow. The cow was much loved by the farmer and his neighbors, while the pig was not popular at all. The pig could not understand this and asked the cow about it. ‘How come you are so well liked, cow? People say you’re good because you give milk and butter and cream every day. But I give more than that. From me they get bacon and ham; they even pickle my feet. Yet I’m not popular and you are. Why do you think that is?’ The cow looked down at the pig and answered, ‘Perhaps it’s because I give while I’m still alive.’” Three men were arguing about what the first profession mentioned in the Bible was. First, the surgeon spoke up: “I think the medical profession is the first profession mentioned in the Bible. God made Eve by carving a rib out of Adam.” The engineer replied: “No, engineering was first. Just think of the engineering job it was to create things out of chaos.” Finally the politican retorted: “That’s nothing! Who do you think created the chaos?”

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n 2006 the Light of the World newspaperpublished the article below to warn the Church of God about the plan of the Gay and Lesbian Movement to take over the majority in the New York State Assembly in order to carry out their plans to actualize same sex marriage in the State. We cried out aloud then but was ignored. The rest, (5 years) later is now history. New York’s Assembly under gay and lesbian majority of Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and their cohorts have carried out their plan, while the church is still competing over whose congregation is bigger and who has the biggest Cathedral in town. This article is not to point fingers, rather it is to challenge every believer to rise and stand for their faith. All evil needs to prosper in the land is for the righteous to stay quiet, you cannot allow demonic forces to destroy this land while you are busy chasing the dollars. Christians all over the United States we must stand up and root out this evil in our society now. ***This article was first published in 2006***


At a recent Ministerial Conference that I attended in New York, I met a participant whom after introducing myself as a publisher of a Christian newspaper offered me what Christians will term a carnal newspaper, and wondered what the Light of the World is doing to counter the agenda of the enemy as published in this other newspaper.

Reading through the newspaper, I discovered the grand master plan set up by the gay and lesbian movement via one of the political parties to absolutely destroy this nation from foundation by the year 2010. The plan of the group is to heavily sponsor candidates of one of the parties into the state’s Legislature. By 2010, according to this plan, they would have gotten majority seats in the House, making it easy for them to pass the Marriage Bill that will legalize same sex marriage in the State. Sound unbelievable to you? Well, this is just the first phase of their grand master plan; the next will shock you to your marrow. Some of the other plans (yet to be confirmed) include stopping the broadcast of Christian messages on the web, TV, Radio

etc, canceling the celebration of Christmas, and Easter and many other anti-Christ activities.

Are you surprised? Why would you be? Don’t you know that once they take over the law-making machinery in the state, they will not stop at any length? Don’t even think this is just mere talk. They are pumping millions of dollars into the party campaign machineries. The enemy has set up his agenda and has recruited human minds to achieve the goal of destroying our nation by 2010, when in their calculations, they would take over the Legislative arm of the government and pass any bill (laws) that suits their agenda. If you think this piece is to attack or counter their plan, you are wrong. Rather (get ready for this), as unbelievable as it might sound to you, this article is to confront the church, yelling, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHURCH?” While I do not care about the plan and the grand agenda of the enemy, I am perplexed and bewildered at the attitude of the church of God. Pastors, Bishops and Ministers, Holy Ghost-filled, tongue-talking children of God, what are we all doing to ensure that the counsel of God is maintained in the land? Are you still busy recruiting more members for your church? Are you still holding revivals and conferences as you have done for the past one, two, five, ten years? Is your church still in the same corner of the streets where prostitution, drug peddling, rape and murder are still happening and yet, you have no influence in the community?

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t a recent Ministerial Conference that I attended in NY, I met a participant whom after introducing myself as a publisher of a Christian newspaper offered me what Christians will term a carnal newspaper and wonder what the Light of the World is doing to counter the agenda of the enemy as published in this other newspaper. Reading through the newspaper, I discovered the grand master plan set up by the gay and lesbian movement via one of the political parties to absolutely destroy this nation from foundation by the year 2010. The plan of the group is to heavily sponsor candidates of one of the parties into the state's Legislative starting from the November election. By 2010, according to this plan, they would have gotten majority seats in the House, making it easy for them to pass the Marriage Bill that will legalize same sex marriage in the State. Sound unbelievable to you? Well, this is just the first phase of their grand master plan, the next thing will shock you to your marrow. Some of the other plans (yet to be confirmed) include stopping the broadcast of Christian messages on the web, TV, Radio etc, canceling the celebration of Christmas, and Easter and many other anti-Christ activities. Are you surprised? C'mon, why are you, don't you know that once they take over the law making machinery in the state, they will not stop at any length? Don't even think this is just mere talk. They are pumping millions of dollars into the party campaign machineries. The enemy has set up his agenda and have recruited human minds to achieve the goal of destroying our nation by 2010, when in their calculations, they would have taken over the Legislative arm of the government and pass any bill (laws) that suits their agenda. Unfortunately, if you think this piece is to attack or counter their plan, you are wrong. Rather and (get ready for this) as unbelievable as it might sound to you, this article is to attack the church and yell at the church that "WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHURCH?" While I do not care about the plan and the grand agenda of the enemy, I am perplexed and

bewildered at the attitude of the church of God. Hey, Pastors, Bishops and Ministers, holy ghost filled, tongue talking children of God, what are we all doing to ensure that the counsel of God is maintained in the land? Are you still busy getting more members for your church? Are you still holding revivals and conferences just like you've been holding for the past ten years. Is your church still in the same corner of the streets where prostitution, selling of drugs, rape and murder are still happening and you have no influence in the community? Talk to me church, what are we doing? This is the year 2006 and the enemy has concluded his plan for the year 2010? "But the church cannot be involved in politics?" Is that your excuse? Well, let me remind you that the same set of people that the enemy is going to use to carry out their plan will come to your church in October, the Pastor will present them to the church, permit them to mount the alter of God and allow them to address the people of God without knowing the hidden agenda. Why is the church not educating the members about politics? What is the church doing to support and train members interested in pursuing political career? Do you know the issues involved in the November election or you don't want to be bothered by politicians? Yet, you are praying that the plan of the enemy should be destroyed? Well God has answered your prayer and you have decided to throw the answer to the garbage because you don't want to be bothered. Or are you one of the folks that believe that no matter what, they must follow the tradition of voting for a particular party because they support a race? I believe it is time to look at the party that will uphold the agenda of God and maintain sanity in our land. Why is the church of God sleeping? Will someone please help me scream it loud for the church to wake up? The enemy is using his agents to perfect plans for 2010 and the church is not doing anything to meet the needs of the society through righteousness. When are we going to rise up and begin to train men with Godly principles who will carry the grace and anointing of God to the political



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arena? Men that will be good ambassadors of the Lord, men that will not be funded by the enemy to carry out the agenda of the devil? When will the church of God raise men to go into the sports world, business world, educa-

tion, entertainment, media, medical and other facets of human endeavors? All these gifts are in the church of God. Just check out your local assembly and look at the potentials that will bring this nation back to the Lord. When are we going to stop fighting among ourselves and bury our ego? When are we going to unite as one body that we are, and map out the strategy to defeat the grand agenda of the enemy before 2010? When we fail to rise up and take our rightful places, the enemy is standing by to take them and having succeeded in driving prayers out of schools, will now (before we know it) drive out prayers from the homes. No wonder Solomon in his wisdom said in Proverbs 17:2, "A wise servant will rule over a

disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers". We must not be disgraceful children of the Lord, the agents of darkness will not rule over us, but it is more than prayer, it is faith and we must put it into action. One of the major issues in the coming election is the Marriage bill. The devil wants to destroy the fabric of the society by heavily funding his agents to win the majority seats in the Legislative by 2010 so that they can easily pass this same sex marriage plan. Unfortunately the devil has been disgraced again by the recent "separation" of two of those who took the State to court over the matter (or haven't you heard that less than 24 months, the "marriage" has hit the rock? See story on page 22 ). This is to prove that, "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord." Proverbs 21:30 Let the people of God be at alert and on guard. Arise the Church in NY, arise the church in the United States, let us pay closer attention to the devise of the enemy. Remember, this is their first strategy and many more are still coming. We cannot stand by the side and watch. There was a generation that decided to watch rather than intervene. There was a generation that was busy filling the land with babies, now those children and their children's children cannot pray in schools today. What will our generation be remembered for? That we were concerned with having more church members, going to crusades, seminars and conferences and by the time we come back same sex marriage is legalized? That will not be our portion, but we have a choice. The bible says people perish because of lack of knowledge. We have the information. Let us process it into knowledge and apply wisdom to map out our strategy in accordance with the law of the land to dismantle the altar of darkness erected by the agents of the Satan. This is my opinion. Stay blessed in the Lord. Julius Ogunnaya


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issues involved in the November election or you don’t want to be bothered by politicians? Yet, you are praying that the plan of the enemy should be destroyed? Well, God has answered your prayer and you have decided to throw the answer out with the garbage because you don’t want to be bothered. Or are you one of the folks that believe that no matter what, they must follow the tradition of voting for a particular party because they support a race? I believe it is time to look at the party that will uphold the agenda of God and maintain sanity in our land.

Why is the church not educating the members about politics? What is the church doing to support and train members interested in pursuing political careers? Do you know the

Why is the church of God sleeping? Will someone please help me scream that question loud enough for the church to wake up? The enemy is using his agents to perfect plans for 2010 and the church is not doing anything to meet the needs of the society through righteousness. When are we going to rise up and begin to train men with Godly principles who will carry the grace and anointing of God to the political arena? Men that will be good ambassadors of the Lord; men that will not be funded by the enemy to carry out the agenda of the devil. When will the church of God raise men to go into the sports world, business world, education, entertainment, media, medical and other facets of human endeavors? All these gifts are in the church of God. Just check out your local assembly

organization in order to protect the moral health of our nation. “That Malawi palaver raised many questions in my mind and I believe that many of our church leaders and those others involved in mobilization and advocacy projects may be having the same problem, because many things are happening rightly or wrongly in the name of human rights. It has become absolutely necessary to know more about it. “People were using the UNO as a basis for campaign for general acceptance of homosexuality and we say if that is the situation, then, Nigeria has a moral right to protect its own people and, therefore, Nigeria should not subscribe to that type of tenet.” “We live our life here; men marry women, women marry men, for anybody to come in the name of human right and begin to advocate that we live without regard to our moral standard is not a friend. This human

right is not culturally conditioned. Doesn’t it have a content? What is acceptable in China, England, USA, does it necessarily become acceptable in Nigeria? The Primate queried. The guest speaker, Dr, Vinay Samuel, from UK in his keynote address, urged Nigerians to be carried away by the quest for human rights that will make them flourish rather than one that was contested, saying every human right must be shaped by the cultural understanding of each area. He said: “Nigeria as a much larger nation has to take leadership in seeking to relate human rights to Christian faith and to African culture. “The church cannot be just defensive in this context. It is a struggle where it must be able to be active in shaping the outcome, not by numbers or moral posturing, but by careful reflection and by proposing substantial alternatives.

Talk to me church; what are we doing? This is the year 2006 and the enemy has concluded his plan for the year 2010? “But the church cannot be involved in politics.” Is that your excuse? Well, let me remind you that the same set of people that the enemy is going to use to carry out their plan will come to your church before the elections; the Pastor will present them to the church, permit them to mount the altar of God and allow them to address the people of God without knowing their hidden agenda.


and look at the potential that will bring this nation back to the Lord.

When are we going to stop fighting among ourselves and bury our ego? When are we going to unite as one body that we are and map out the strategy to defeat the grand agenda of the enemy before 2010? When we fail to rise up and take our rightful places, the enemy is standing by to take them and having succeeded in driving prayers out of schools, will now (before we know it) drive out prayers from the homes. No wonder Solomon in his wisdom said in Proverbs 17:2, “A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers”. We must not be disgraceful children of the Lord. The agents of darkness will not rule over us, but it takes more than prayer; it requires faith and we must put it into action. One of the major issues in the coming election is the Marriage bill. The devil wants to destroy the fabric of the society by heavily funding his agents to win the majority seats in the Legislature by 2010 so that they can easily pass this same sex marriage plan. Let the people of God be at alert and on guard. Arise the Church in New York; arise the church in the United States; let us pay closer attention to the devises of the enemy. Remember, the enemy has very many strategies. We cannot stand by the side and watch. There was a generation that decided to watch rather than intervene; there was a generation that was busy filling the land with babies; now those children and their children’s children cannot pray in schools today. What will our generation be remembered for? That we were concerned with having more church members, going to crusades, seminars and conferences and at the end of the day, same sex marriage is legalized? The bible says people perish because of lack of knowledge. We have the information. Let us process it into knowledge and apply wisdom to map out our strategies in accordance with the law of the land, to dismantle the altar of darkness erected by the agents of the Satan. This is my opinion. Stay blessed in the Lord. Julius Ogunnaya

Homosexuality: Okoh urges FG to quit UN


he Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, has called on the Federal Government to pull out of the United Nations Organization, UNO, if it continued in its recognition of gay marriage in the guise of promoting fundamental human rights. The Primate, who made the call in Abuja at the human rights consultative forum to define the stance of the church on the issue of human rights and homosexuality, described as a wolf in sheep clothing those championing homosexuality under the guise of human rights advocacy. His words: “In reaction to the role of the UN human rights groups who were using that platform to fight for the two Malawi boys who got married as homosexuals, I said that if the UNO is now an organ for the advancement of homosexual lifestyle, it was time Nigeria pulled out of that

“The church is under pressure by the state to align its policies and activities to the view of rights set forth in the states policies and laws. This is very likely the way of the future as states develop policies and laws that are shaped by an understanding of rights that are promoted internationally and businesses, civil society institutions and religious bodies in particular will be forced to comply. “It is not the universal nature of human personhood that we are contesting as Christian. It is how the rights within that personhood are embedded, defined and enforced. This is also true of cultures the Chinese have long contended that their cultural understanding must shape any set of human rights as any universal description of human rights is someone’s universal.”

I ’ll hit Jonathan again – El-Rufai F LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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ormer minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir ElRufai, has said he is more determined in criticizing the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying his actions have nothing to do with Jonathan not choosing him as his deputy. Speaking exclusively in Abuja on his arrest by the State Security Services (SSS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his way from the United Kingdom, El-Rufai said he was more determined than ever in his position.

El-Rufai declared: “I am more determined than ever, that I will continue this because the fact that I have been arrested, proves that I am making my point and Nigerians are getting hit. “The fact that the authorities see what I am writing as inciting, it means that Nigerians are beginning to understand how their government works and I will continue and determine to do so and I will spread my message through more than one medium if given the opportunity.” On the alleged rumor that he was criticizing the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan because of his disappointment that Jonathan did not pick him as his deputy when he returned from exile, the chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) said it was all nonsense.

President Godluck Jonathan

while I was in exile and after I returned. And I made it very, very clear before I came back that I was not available for any public office. “And the thought of being Jonathan’s anything has never occurred to me and I am not ready for public service. I came back to Nigeria voluntarily on my own and to clear my name against the smear of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). And that is the only job I have put on my agenda. I am doing nothing else, but that and as well as suing people that have published libels against me. “In fact, but for the fact that Pastor Tunde Bakare was picked as running mate to Muhammadu Buhari, I would not even have got involved in politics. It was because of that I took the singular decision to come out and publicize my sympathies towards the Buhari/Bakare ticket. Other than that, I would have been minding my own business. “I am not interested in public service, I will not work for Jonathan, never considered it and never will,” El-

Rufai declared.


On his arrest, El-Rufai said once you were in the opposition party in Africa, being arrested and detained was part of the territory, adding that “it was something that was expected sooner or later. “I was just a little surprised that it happened so quickly. But you know, it has happened, we will deal with it and move on,” he said. On what led to his arrest, he said it was a combination of two or three factors. “In my own opinion, it was a combination of two or three factors. The articles I have been writing in the media, which had exposed the spending patterns in the government in a way that people will understand how their resources are being wasted.

“And thirdly, you know generally, the attitude of this administration to blame others for problems, rather than facing and solving them. And I am, I represent a group of people who have been vocal and outspoken against this administration, against the rigging in the elections and so on and so forth. So, I know I am a target,” El-Rufai stated. El-Rufai also faulted the SSS’s position on the N286 billion, which he said the security forces received, saying; “I did not get the figures wrong. I took the figures from the 2011 Budget on the National Assembly’s website.” “My figures are correct. What they can call wrong is that fact that I said N98 billion was allocated for amnesty program. And that was the amount allocated but I added that it was under the control of the National Security Adviser. They said it was under the control of another adviser in the presidency. It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t change the point I was trying to make. “The point I was trying to make is that the power sector got N91 billion, while the NSA’s office got more than that and even if you remove the N98 billion, the NSA’s office got N110 billion. So it doesn’t change the argument and the figures are correct because I took them from the National Assembly’s website. They are just pathetic, looking for excuses to prove that I was wrong and I was not wrong.

My 15 minutes in ‘hell’, by survivor

“That is nonsense. I have been very active in social media, on facebook and so on,

But for the flashlight of his telephone, 21year-old Agboola Adegoke, an undergraduate, would have kissed the world a grimly farewell. He was in his room, preparing for bed, at No.6 Magaji Close, Idumota, Lagos Island when the four-storey building suddenly caved in. The next 15 minutes were hellish, he said. Adegoke, a 100 level undergraduate of Agric-Economics at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), lost his mother and sister. They died in the collapsed building. He was lucky to have been rescued alongside three other members of his family. He said: “I was in the room with my brother when my mother came in to discuss with us. She had barely left for the sitting room to pray when suddenly the whole place was thrown into darkness. “Immediately my mother left the room, I tried to put on my phone to call a friend and it was through the flash light from the phone that neighbors and sympathizers that came to our aid traced the four of us that got out of our apartment.” Adegoke described his experience under the rubble as “the most traumatic 15 minutes of my life”. “I have never seen anything like that. I thank God that I’m alive to tell the story. The first thing that came to my mind when the whole place was dark was the dream my father had the previous day. In the dream, my father said he saw that robbers attacked the building. During the 15 min-

“Secondly, I think my activities as chieftain of the CPC, particularly our recent outing at Chatham House in London, may also have contributed.”

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utes of darkness, I felt the robbers had come before I noticed the weight of the rubble on my body. “Before the building collapsed, six of us, including my mother, father, uncle and my younger brother and sister, were at home. My father and sister had retired to bed while I was in the room with my brother. We would not have been this lucky too, if not for the plywood of our bed that held the pillar from trapping us to the ground.” He said one of the victims taken to the hospital along with him was treated for minor injuries and discharged, but he died at home. Adegoke said neighbors had alerted occupants of the building about a crack on the wall about two years ago. They did not see

the crack as a major defect on the building. “I cannot believe that my mother and sister will not be around when I will be going back to school. Two days ago, when I returned home, I met everyone in high spirits without any premonition that something tragic was lurking in the corner for my family. “My mother was 50 on April 6. I thank God that we had the opportunity of celebrating her birthday before this tragic end.” He said the building had about 65 occupants. “I still believe a lot of people are still trapped there because it actually sank and compressed the entire first floor. “As at late yesterday (a day after the tragedyy), some of our neighbors got telephone calls from trapped victims but after

“If I said the NSA was controlling the budget rather than an adviser, it doesn’t change anything,” El-Rufai maintained.

a while, we could no longer reach them. I’m here to assist because am okay now and I still feel very bad that people that we have lived together are not this lucky.” Abiodun Akinlabi, a relative of a bus driver who died along with his two children, said: “My brother was a commercial bus driver and he was living here with his wife and two children. Unfortunately, only the wife survived. Even then, her condition is critical. We were told there were no bed spaces at the general hospital. We have to take her to Ibadan.” As at noon, no victim had been rescued. There was a huge stench of decomposed body. Officials of various agencies, including the Red Cross, Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASMBUS), Police and local government authorities were still continuing with the rescue operation. The co-ordinator of the Red Cross team, Mr. Eze Ugwumba, said: “We have been here since yesterday. We have taken about 31 people to the hospital in collaboration with LASMBUS. So far, the cooperation of the people has been quite impressive, but the unfortunate thing is that this thing is being done manually. “It would have been good if we had tractors to speed up the rescue and, who knows, maybe one or two other people can still be saved. Local government officials demolished some of the K-clamp stores attached to some of the buildings to make way for tractors to join the rescue.

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Slain banker’s hubby claims innocence, but questions persist undergo psychiatric test

he murder of Titilayo Arowolo, a banker, allegedly killed by her husband, Akolade, on June 24, 2011, took a surprising twist when the suspect claimed that he was innocent. As the saga is about to shift to a law court any moment from now, the Lagos State Police Command said Akolade claimed during interrogation, that Titilayo was the one who stabbed herself to death. “On interrogation, Akolade told the police that it was his wife that stabbed herself to death. Meanwhile, investigations are still ongoing,” the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Samuel Jinadu, said while parading Akolade. But the police seem not to be convinced by Akolade’s alibi as they said the suspect’s mental state would have to be determined by a psychiatric hospital. Jinadu said, “The corpse of Titilayo has since been deposited at the mortuary of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where an autopsy is being done in order to determine the extent of injuries sustained through the particular act of her husband. “Meanwhile, Akolade himself will be examined (mentally) in order to know what exactly went wrong and why he actually perpetrated the act.” When Akolade appeared before journalists in the office of the PPRO, he fainted but was quickly revived by the

Army declares war on Boko Haram

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, talked tough in Abuja recently on the menace of Boko Haram, vowing that the Army would stamp out the sect for its “heinous” acts against innocent Nigerians. He said while he was not concerned with ongoing talks on the possibility of going into dialogue with the members of the sect, the army was worried that the radical Islamic sect had continued to kill Nigerians. The Army boss said the fact that Boko Haram members detonated a few bombs in some places did not make the group invisible. Ihejirika’s uncompromising stance came in the wake of renewed insurgence by Boko Haram, whose two separate bombings in Maiduguri last month left a total of 28 people dead, including children. Ihejirika explained that the Islamic sect only took advantage of Nigerians general complacency on security matters to perpetrate their heinous acts. As a result of the havoc wreaked by Boko Haram, Ihejirika explained that the Army would enforce the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan that the Boko Haram be stamped out. He said, “We are appraising the issues involved in Boko Haram; the Nigerian Army will carry out Mr. President’s directives that the issue is stamped out. “This (issue of dialogue) is not the concern of the Army. Our concern is that people are being killed and people are committing crimes unnecessarily for no just cause. “The fact that they exploded two bombs does not make them invisible. They have only capitalized on the general complacency to security. This is a criminality that should not be given a chance.”

only succumbed to marry her when the pressure from her family became too much for him to bear. Akolade reportedly denied stories that he was frustrated because of his unemployment, stating that he had veered into cashew exporting business. The source said Akolade informed the police that after their marriage, he was responsible for the initial payment of the house rent but admitted that his wife assisted him in making subsequent payments.

policemen. Although he refused to speak at length, when asked if he killed his wife, he said while crying profusely, “Please I am bereaved. I just lost my wife. I am also injured. Look at the series of stab wounds on my stomach and hands. Have I not suffered enough? “At the right time, information will get to you. I am not in the right state of mind. If you have any question, you can ask my lawyer.”

A policeman, who spoke to PUNCH METRO on the condition of anonymity, said, “Akolade said during investigation that he had been having serious marital issues before that fateful day and that Titilayo ended up killing herself after stabbing him too.” Our source claimed that Akolade said during interrogation that Titilayo was acting under the influence of demons who took over her body and turned her into another person entirely. The source further added that Akolade told the police that Titilayo was possessed that day and while they were quarrelling, she went into the kitchen and brought out a knife with which she overpowered him and then began to stab him in the body and head. He said the suspect claimed that his banker wife repeatedly stabbed herself, threatening to opt out of the marriage and kill herself if her husband did not allow her to leave. The source said, “Akolade said they had been hav-

COAS Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika

With heightened bombing in the NorthEast zone, masterminded by Boko Haram, the Nigeria Army has despatched 3,000 troops to Maiduguri, to flush out members of the sect. The Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, led by Maj. Gen. Jack Nwagbo, is exploring the option of banning the use of commercial motorcycles, which the sect had used to perpetrates its criminal activities. A security source had confided that the plan to ban the use of commercial motorcycles arose from the thinking that it would help to keep Boko Haram elements in check. “I cannot talk of arrest now. But I think those leading the operations are pushing for a legal framework to stop the use of commercial motorcycles in the area,” . The Chief of Army Staff, therefore, enjoined Nigerians to resist being intimidated by the Boko Haram group, stressing that it was only adopting the strategy of instilling fears in the minds of citizens. Ihejirika said, “Nobody should be intimidated by Boko Haram; their tactics is to intimidate people into keeping silent. If they are not cowards, why should they not carry out their acts in the open?” The PUNCH


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ing issues since the day they got married so much that he contemplated divorcing Titilayo. He said because he was a spiritual person and a pastor, he decided to hang on.” Akolade told us that “he regretted that decision because he should have been bold enough to divorce her and then face the consequences instead of this mess he found himself in.” He reportedly went on to say that he never had plans to marry Titilayo as he had a lady he was dating but married her because of the pregnancy she was carrying for him, adding that he


The suspect reportedly told the police that after Titilayo had killed herself, he ran to his family members to report himself after which they went to Ejigbo Police Station where he was moved to Aswani Police Station and subsequently to the State Criminal and Investigation Department, Musiliu Smith Street, Yaba. However, when Akolade’s lawyer, Mr. Vincent Obianoyi, was quizzed by journalists, he said, “The matter is still under investigation and it will be very dangerous to make certain comments until police reports are out. So, everyone should keep their gunpowder dry.” While insinuating that Titilayo’s murder was caused by spiritual forces, Obianoyi said, “We feel that this whole saga may have been masterminded by a far relative of the deceased who has never seen anything good in my client and has always been against the marriage.”

We know police hqtrs bomber, says Ringim

enators, security chiefs strategise -Police raid Boko Haram hideout -Two policemen killed in Borno -Military patrol squad bombed Inspector-General of Police Hafiz Ringim told the Senate that the police have a CCTV footage of the terrorist behind the June 16 explosion at the Police Headquarters, Abuja. National Security Adviser Gen. Owoye Azazi allayed the fears of Senators on the security challenge in the country. He said security agencies are on top of the situation. State Security Service (SSS) Director-General Ita Ekpenyong gave details of the antecedents of Boko Haram insurgents and the atrocities they have committed. He said the Boko Haram menace is limited to the Northeast and a few areas in the Northwest, such as Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Katsina and, to a negligible extent, Katsina and Kano states. The security chiefs spoke during the two and a half hours executive session with the Senate on the activities of Boko Haram members and the implications for Nigeria’s security. A source, who pleaded not be named because “the matter is sensitive”, said the IGP was bombarded with questions. The source quoted the IGP as saying: “We have the camera which captured the terrorist that came within the complex. It was because of vigilance that the man was forced to move away from where he wanted to park the exploded car. “We are still networking with local and international agencies to be able to have a thorough report on the incident. “We are determined to get to the roots of the explosion; we are further spreading our dragnet to conduct more intelligence work.” The National Security Adviser asked worried Senators not to panic as security agencies are on top of the situation. Another source quoted Gen. Azazi as saying: “Contrary to what people think, the situation is under control; we are on top of the situation; there is no reason to panic. “We are trying to police all the trouble spots in order to flush out members of the Boko Haram. We will make every part of the country a no-go area for them.” He asked Nigerians to “bear the traffic gridlock in some cities.” But Gen. Azazi hit the nail on the head when he requested for more funds for security agencies to cope with the latest security challenges nationwide. “Security agencies need more fund. They got about 10 per cent of what they requested for. “They require more funds to order some equipment, especially modern gadgets which would enable them to do most of the things that they are

now doing manually. For instance, with modern gadgets, there may be no need for roadblocks as any vehicle or person with bomb can easily be detected. “We have acquired some equipment since the last incident but we need more funds.” Responding to a question on whether the Boko Haram menace was political or religious, Gen. Azazi said: “Terrorism is a global problem and that is why it is attracting global attention and collaboration.” The DG of SSS reportedly gave what the source described as “an insight” into the Boko Haram group, their antecedents, mode of operation and the crimes they have committed. Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin said: “We are working hard with other security agencies to protect lives and property nationwide.” Senate President David Mark reportedly asked the security agencies to check Boko Haram and make the nation safe. Another source quoted Mark as saying: “The security agencies must rise to the challenge. Nigerians are looking forward to them even though it is a strange crime being committed now.” But Senators were divided on the outcome of the meeting. A Senator from the South said: “They (the security chiefs) did not have much to say; we were not impressed because of the magnitude of the challenges at hand. “It was one of the reasons why we had no appetite to continue with the screening of ministerial nominees.” A Senator from the Northeast said: “With their presentation, many senators were not too impressed. While we know that they cannot tackle the problem of terrorism overnight, they must be on their toes. Nigerians are becoming agitated.” Another senator, who is from Northwest, said: “The SSS gave serious and detailed reports that sounded very convincing. “If I gained anything, the fact-sheet from the SSS, which cannot be divulged to the press, was farreaching and it made most of us to appreciate the extent of the menace they are trying to curtail. “With the analysis of the SSS, I had some confidence that the Boko Haram palaver can be tackled by our security agencies, if they are serious.” Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba told reporters that the discussions centred on every aspect of security threats, including the Boko Haram. Ndoma-Egba said the security chiefs assured all that the Boko Haram menace would be curtailed in the shortest possible time. He said the Senate assured the agencies of maximum support in terms of oversight and adequate appropriation.



Why EFCC can’t try ex-leaders – Adoke

FORMER Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, explained that the majority of corruption cases filed against high profile Nigerians lacked substance. Adoke who spoke at his ministerial screening at the Senate made the assertions against the background of claims that he facilitated the withdrawal of many of the high profile corruption cases investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other investigative agencies of the Federal Government.

and costly in both time and resources.

Adoke said that he did not pursue the prosecution of former military leaders alleged-


The assertions against Adoke nonetheless, he was confirmed by the Senate alongside six other ministerial nominees that appeared before the Senate. Asked on his assessment of the corruption cases raised against some politically exposed persons, Adoke explained that a number of the cases raised against the individuals were built on sentiments and lacked substance. He said the pursuit of the cases were sometimes diversionary

The former attorney general also spoke on the withdrawal of cases against the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the Vaswani Brothers, Chief Kenny Martins, Julius Berger and Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Agency.t

The Embassy of the United States in Nigeria has said that the law of supply and demand as well as poor planning by some Nigerians are largely responsible for what appears to be a delay in the issuance of its visas.

Frahn said that in Abuja alone, the Embassy had in view 40,000 applications for this year.

US embassy explains delay in issuance of visas

The US consular chief in Nigeria, Stephen Frahm, gave the explanation at a media briefing in Abuja. He said there was no deliberate policy to turn down applicants who had a genuine reason to go the United States. Frahn explained that a diplomatic Note Verbale obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would not confer on the holder an immediate approval for a visa to be issued. According to him, a person or group of persons seeking to go to the US to transact an official business on behalf of government would be required to obtain a certain kind of visa, which like every other, must comply with the US immigration laws. He said, “Just submitting a Note Verbale does not change those requirements.”

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday said he sent his son, who has just completed secondary education, to a carpenter’s workshop, to acquire vocational training.

Addressing the maiden edition of the Governor’s Education Awards in Lagos, Fashola said he was surprised that his son could not fix a plug after six years of sound post-primary education.

ly indicted in the infamous Halliburton bribery scandal as canvassed by many Nigerians because “there was no sufficient evidence” that would have warranted a successful prosecution of the leaders in court.

The embassy also stated that the number of Nigerians seeking visas outweighed what it had the capacity to deal with on a daily basis.

Fashola: why I enrolled my son as carpenter apprentice

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He also said 6,700 student visas (representing 67 per cent) were approved for Nigerian students last year, making it the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. In response to questions on whether there was a deliberate “refusal” policy targeted at genuine Nigerians wishing to travel to the US, he said, “In Nigeria, there is a greater number of applications than we have the ability to process. Abuja can only deal with 200 applications and Lagos, between 350-400, that’s about 600 per day. Nigerians should plan ahead of time, say six months.” He also said the possession of a valid US visa does not permission to stay in the US. “The procedures (involved) are based on the activities you are engaged in, in the US. Even at that, a visa is not a permission to be in the US, but a permission to go to the US. So, just to have a visa does not mean that part is guaranteed. “So, the inspector or immigration officer at the point of entry has to determine. The check is whether the activity you are engaged in is consistent with the US law,” he said.

He said: “I called my son and asked him: ‘What do you want to do now that you have finished your secondary education?’ He replied: ‘I want to do something with my hand’. “And I asked him: ‘Ccan you fix a plug?’ He said no. Then, I knew there was a problem and we (my wife and I) decided to send him to a carpenter’s workshop to acquire some skills.”

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by the Lagos Eko Project to reward performance in schools.

Fashola stressed the need for pupils to balance classroom education with vocational training, saying it would empower the youths and promote the technological development of the country. He described technical and vocational training as the bedrock of education. Fashola said: “This type of education is key to solving high rate of employment and the poor technological development of the country. “Government will continue to come up with initiatives to promote technical education apart from the measures that had been taken to ensure that the five stateowned technical colleges are revived.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme was organised

The governor, who urged students to show more interest in the acquisition of vocational training, praised the 120 schools recognised for exceptional performance on the occasion.

Members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram have struck again in Bauchi. They sacked a police station in Toro, looted the armoury and freed a detainee – in what is seen as a daring retaliation for earlier Police raid on their hideout. In Maiduguri, the group threw a bomb at soldiers who are members of the Joint Police/Army Task Force, enforcing security in the troubled city. Four soldiers were injured in the explosion that followed. The explosion took place at the mini super market at Abbaganaram ward opposite the state low cost housing estate. The soldiers were on patrol when they came under attack. The Commander of the Military Task Force, “Operation Restore Order” Gen. Jack Nwagbo, said: “One of the patrol teams was targeted by hoodlums around the new prison in Maiduguri. Three soldiers were injured and there was no civilian casualty.” An army spokesman who said four soldiers were indeed injured, said last night that one of the soldiers was in critical condition. He said soldiers had started interrogating 50 people that were arrested in the area which they cordoned off. The interrogation will determine if they were involved in the attack on the patrol team, he said. “We have arrested one of the perpetrators. My men are in the process of cordoning off the entire area as part of the initiatives to contain the activities of the hoodlums.” Earlier in Unguwar Kur Jahun ward in Bauchi, guns boomed as police raided a Boko Haram hideout. Residents of Tanshi Police Division, Danjuma Goje Street, Federal Low Cost

Housing Estate and Games Village were shaken by the action. Boko Haram members sacked the Toro Divisional Police Station. The five policemen on duty escaped unhurt. The fundamentalists seized the armoury and hauled away guns and ammunition. An official of Toro local government council who pleaded for anonymity for security reasons, said six gun-wielding Boko Haram men stormed the station a few minutes after 8 pm and started shooting sporadically into the air to scare away people. Policemen at the station, students of nearby Toro Teacher’s College and members of the public ran for safety. “After the policemen ran away, the gunmen entered the empty station, and took away the arms,” the official said. A suspect, who was arrested earlier in the day for allegedly stealing a goat, was set free by the invaders. It was gathered that before leaving the police station, the attackers dropped a bag suspected to contain explosives between the police station and the Toro Local Government secretariat. No casualty was recorded during the operation but hoodlums took advantage of the pandemonium to break into shops and other business houses, unchallenged. Bauchi police spokesman Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Barau declined comments. The Toro raid is the second by Boko Haram on police stations outside Bauchi, the state capital. The sect launched its first attack on police in Bauchi on July 27, 2009. Christian and Muslim clerics have urged their followers to fast and pray to God to touch the hearts of the fundamentalists.

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!It is that time of the year when many people travel abroad for vacation, business, volunteerism, and to visit friends and family.

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Traveling Abroad? Before You See The World, See Your Doctor Unvaccinated U.S. travelers, especially infants and young children, are at risk for being exposed to measles. Infected U.S. residents returning from international travel or infected foreign visitors to the United States put others at risk for measles, leading to outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that international travelers of all ages be up-to-date with their vaccinations.

About 20% - 70% of people report health problems while traveling. For every 100,000 people, 45,000 will experience some health problems.

Close to 35,000 will contact traveler’s diarrhea.

1 traveler in 12 (approx 8,000) will be sick enough to require medical attention.

Whatever your reason for traveling, the information on this page will help you when it comes to your health and the health of others, while you are traveling.

It is important to anticipate any issues that could arise during your trip. Find out about the health recommendations, vaccinations, health warnings/travel notices for the country you are visiting. Make adequate preparation. Make multiple copies of all your documents such as passport, vaccination records, prescriptions and Identification Card. Pack one set of documents in your suitcase and give copies to a close friend or relative. A First Aid kit including bandages and over-the-counter medicines is essential. Place prescription medicines in your carry-on bag and not in your checked luggage. Consider travel health insurance. Visit a travel clinic or your physician at least 4-6 weeks before leaving to obtain advice on how to avoid falling ill or being injured while away. Get necessary vaccinations and preventive medications. Pack insect repellents and sun block. Avoid risky behavior like alco-



By Safiya Byars, Esq. his month’s article will address the issues that applicants face when they receive a denial of their permanent residence petitions. Most applicants who receive a denial of their permanent residence petitions face the uncertainty of removal proceedings or the issue of whether or not to re-file their application or to file an appeal. This month I will answer questions that I receive from applicants who are in this uncertain position. Question 1: My permanent residence application was denied. However my employment authorization card does not expire for another six months. Am I still able to work despite the fact that my permanent residence application has been denied? Response: According to Immigration regulations a denial of a permanent residence application effectively revokes any prior authorized employment authorization. The fact that the employment authorization card had not yet expired at the time of the I-485 denial is irrelevant.

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hol intake and always wear a seat belt. Immunizations are a must! Primary vaccines include tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, and influenza. Make sure you are up-to-date with all your boosters. Travel vaccines like yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, polio, and the tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster every 10 years, are important, depending on where you are visiting.

Traveling with infants/children requires alternate/accelerated vaccination schedules to ensure adequate protection prior to exposure to infections. Only 4 countries remain polio endemic; Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is very important that you and your young ones are protected from Polio. Travel vaccines are not limited to traveling to the developing countries. Children traveling outside the U.S. are at risk for measles. Although measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, it continues to be common in many developed and developing countries. This includes Western Europe, a common destination for U.S. travelers.

For children traveling internationally, an accelerated MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine schedule is recommended. Other diseases to consider are Malaria, Japanese encephalitis, Yellow fever, and Dengue fever which are all transmitted by insects, most commonly, mosquitoes. Mosquitoes that cause Malaria bite from sunset until sunrise. Mosquitoes that bite during the day cause the other diseases. Symptoms of Malaria are high fevers, chills, headaches, body aches. Malaria can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites and taking certain prescription medication prophylaxis. The most commonly used medicine is mefloquine. It should be started at least 1 week prior to travel and for up to 4 weeks after returning. You should not take the medicine for more than 12 months. It is also important to discuss infectious diarrhea characterized by watery stools, bloody stools, abdominal pain, fever, and nausea. Diarrhea can be prevented by drinking boiled and filtered water. It is safe to drink tea and coffee if made with boiled water. Carbonated soft drinks are “safe.” Dry the outside of wet containers before opening and pouring. Beware of contaminated ice cubes and use boiled water to brush your teeth. Eat only well-cooked


foods that are still hot. Avoid salads or leafy greens. Fruits and veggies must be washed and peeled. Tomatoes are classified as fruits and should be peeled. Avoid watermelon - water is often injected into it to increase its weight. Avoid eating leftover food and food from street vendors. Other travel tips - Never go barefoot…even on the beach, do not swim in rivers, lakes and streams, and allow plenty of time to check-in at the airport.

We often hear of Jet-Lag which is caused by rapid transit across world time zones. The more time zones you cross, the greater the disruption to our body clock which regulates our temperature, heart beat, blood pressure. Symptoms of Jet-Lag include fatigue, disorientation, lack of concentration and motivation, disrupted sleep, dehydration, and discomfort of legs and feet. Jet-lag makes travelers more susceptible to colds, flu and stomach upsets. Prevention of Jet-lag starts by getting adequate rest. Get as much sleep as you can on the plane, especially if it is bedtime at your destination. Set your watch to the destination time when you board the plane. Drink plenty of water, not dehydrating fluids like coffee or tea. Exercise during the flight; walk through the aisle; stretch frequently to avoid blood clots. When you arrive at your destination, stay awake until bedtime and resist taking a nap, allowing your body to adjust. No one wants to think about getting sick or hurt during a trip, but sometimes these things happen. You may not be able to prevent every illness or injury, but you can plan ahead to be able to deal with them. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Immigration Question & Answer: Permanent Residence Application

questions to our firm. If you have a general question or an immigration topic, you may submit it to our firm at Your question and our answer may appear in our monthly Q&A article. Please note that the complex questions will not appear in our article and can only be answered via a paid confidential consultation.

Question 2: My permanent residence application was denied. Should I re-file my application or should I wait until I am in removal proceedings.

Response: This is a very common question. The answer is dependent on the reason for the denial of the permanent resident application. In some instances an application is denied for a procedural issue such as the applicant missed the appointment or the applicant inadvertently failed to respond to Immigration’s request for additional evidence. If the applicant is not currently in removal proceedings then it is sometimes permissible to re-file the permanent residence application. In the event that the applicant is already in removal proceedings all issues regarding the denied application and refiling will be addressed by the Immigration Court. Question 3: My permanent residence application was denied and I want to file an appeal. If I file an appeal will I be able to have legal status? What is the processing time for my appeal?

Have a safe and fun-filled summer!

Safiya Byars, Esq.

Response: The processing time for appeals varies. Immigration processes appeals on a first come first serve basis. Unfortunately, a pending appeal does not confer legal status on an applicant who does not already have legal status. Thank you to everyone that had submitted

Safiya Byars ( is the senior partner and owner in the Law Office of Safiya Byars ( She is an active member of the Caribbean and International communities in Georgia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Montevallo and received her law degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The firm is located at 160 Clairemont Avenue, Ste. 200, Decatur, Georgia 30030. Attorney Byars handles all immigration matters, deportation defense, family law issues, business, and estate planning. To discuss your case, contact Attorney Byars at 404-992-6506/678-954-5809.

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wo months ago, when Kano rioters unleashed a bang of terror on human and material values across many Northern states, several innocent persons were killed in cold blood. Many others, though alive, witnessed their own funeral in that bloody episode.

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while they were some distance away. We rushed out with nothing but our clothes. We ran to the house of a neighbor, a Moslem woman. There we took refuge.

For Madam Faith Ozuluonye Ajibola, a widow and mother of three, her life and that of her family changed dramatically and tragically. Today, she is left with no money, no house and no one to listen to her songs of pains and travails. “I have no husband,” she lamented. “I roam about, begging for food, shelter and clothing. What are my sins? Why must my childrenand I be condemned to death by fellow Nigerians we had no previous quarrel with?” Squatting somewhere inside the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) area, a temporary domicile, she is left with nothing but the traumatic memories of how some red-eyed rioters snatched her joy away and how they razed the only property she inherited from her late husband. Madam Ajibola, who hailed from Delta State, she was married to a man from Osun State, the late Engr. Rapheal Adeshino Ajibola on December 1, 1984. They had lived in Kano State thereafter and their life as a family was smooth until death snatched him away on August 8, 2005. But her late husband left behind a house at Unguwa Mallam-Jarkasa area of Naibawa quarters, where the entire family had lived. “But look at it now, the rioters have destroyed everything we have ever had. Everything that my husband left for me upon his death in 2005 is gone,” she said amidst sobs. Her face-to-face encounter with the rioters was like watching death come on a visit. Hear her: “On the day of the riot, I was in the house. I never knew that anything was happening. About 7am, my first daughter left for her place of work. On getting to work about 9.30 am, she called me to say there was trouble in Mariri area, the place where she worked; that they were fighting. I asked her what could have caused the

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riots but she replied that she wasn’t sure. She insisted that she saw people running up and down in distress. In fact, when the situation was getting out of hand, she said she had to run into the hospital where she was working.” “So, I called the other children. I told them that their sister had just phoned that there was riot in town but they were less disturbed. In fact, they replied that I should not worry, that the riot or whatever would not get to us at Naibawa Quarters. I believed them. I went back to the kitchen to make some food for the family. But not long afterwards, the story changed. Suddenly, I heard the bang of gunshots. They were coming from outside the compound but I could not exactly say where. And then, I knew we were in trouble. “When I attempted to peep out of the house to find out what was happening, a number of people were already running up and down. There was confusion. The street was scattered. There was screaming as people scampered to safety. There was fear in their eyes as they ran to different directions. “From the rear of the street, the rioters were marching down. Most of them were almajiris, small, small boys. Some of them were even wearing their white school uniforms. They were holding sticks, axe, machetes and other range of harmful instruments. We rushed out of our house

“Maybe they saw us as we dashed to safety, maybe not. But it was obvious that we were not their main targets. They were more interested in our house. And within seconds, while we were still hiding inside the compound, the Hajia came back to inform us that they had set our house on fire. It was so painful and sad. We started crying. The only legacy that my husband left for me and the children was on fire, burning. But we soon realized that they might want our lives after they had finished with our house. So, our thought flew to how to escape from the area. But outside, they were everywhere brandishing their arrows and bows and clubs and knives. There were uncertainties and fear everywhere. Worst of all, the phones were not working that very day. We were calling people to come to our rescue, but there was no network. Those minutes or hours were like eternity. There was nothing we could do but we kept on trying the phone. It was about 4 .00 o’clock when we now called a family friend of ours to come and rescue us. So he came with some policemen and they took us to the barracks “The Hotoro Mobile Police Barracks where they took us to was something else. We arrived there almost naked. We had nothing but our clothes. The first day, it was like hell. We met so many people, people who were distressed, people with bruises on their heads and bodies, and some people that died there. There were so many horrific stories. “There were different sad stories from different victims. They were pouring water on a woman and I asked them what was wrong. They said the woman lost her five children, that the five children were burnt in the house while the woman went to the market. There was also the case of another man. When they came to his house, he gave them N50, 000. Yet they still wanted to kill him. He had to struggle with them and escaped, but they injured him all over his body.“In the morning, we would stay

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under a tree. In the evening, we would rush to catch a space on the parade ground where we would sleep in the night. My son would go and catch a ‘bed space’ because we were over 10, 000 refugees at the barracks. We would queue on the line before we could take our bath. It was another different world. “But as the days went by, we started to adjust and support ourselves. People brought food for us, people bought stoves for us and we started cooking there in the open. We started eating together. That was how we stayed at the barracks for about 10 days before I finally got a temporary accommodation somewhere in town.” Madam Ajibola said at the time of the incident, the house was filled with property belonging to herself, her children, family members and her friends. Said she: “My sitting room was well equipped. It is a four-bedroom bungalow and all my children’s rooms were well equipped. The cost of the destruction of assets inside our home is well over N17 million. That is apart from the cost of the building complex itself. Where will I get back the money to replace any of them? Where do I start?” Among the family items lost to the madness, she stated, were furniture, volumes of law books, belonging to her daughter, sundry goods items and about N60, 000 cash. And as the presidential panel on the riots visits the affected states, she has a list of prayers. She wants the Federal Government to assist her in ameliorating the cost of the destruction wreaked on her. She wants President Goodluck Jonathan to help soothe her pains. She is also hopeful that the Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, will come to her aid as she tries to stand on her feet again. “I have lived in Kano for the past 30 years and any help from the governor of the state will not be too small,” she said. She also prayed that the federal and state governments would take steps that would put a permanent end to riots in the country and stop the killings of innocent Nigerians by their fellow countrymen.

Post Election Panel: ‘How my teacher killed my father

Kaduna – A 16-year-old student has accused her teacher of killing her father during the April post election crisis in Kaduna State. The student told the post election panel sitting in Kaduna that her History teacher, (name with held) used a machete to kill her 52-year-old father in her presence. “After the incident, he looked at me and said, `l am sorry, forgive me’, and left me and my other siblings,” the student said. She explained that her deceased father, Alhaji Abubkar Sidi Ali, was dressed in a female attire in a bid to move him to safe-

ty among women and children when he was spotted by her teacher. According to her, women and children are the only group spared by the rioters during the violent crisis.

She, however, said that the culprit was left walking the streets as no arrest was made to bring him to justice. The SSS III student of Government Secondary School (GGSS), Zonkwa, Kaduna State was invited as a witness to support a memorandum presented by an NGO, Network for Justice. She said that her grand parents resided in the area since 1945, adding that she and

her parents were born and lived all their lives in Zonkwa, Zangon-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The student said the crisis had disrupted her studies and that of her sisters and brothers, who were displaced, lamenting that they could not write their WAEC and JAMB’s UTME examinations. She appealed to the Federal Government to investigate and prosecute those involved in the killings of innocent persons in the area for peace to reign. Earlier, Dr Bashir Kurfi, the coordinator of the NGO, accused the security agents of taking sides in handling the situation in

most of the affected areas.

Kurfi said there would be no peace without good governance and justice to the aggrieved. He accused Kaduna State Government of what he described as slow motion intervention into the crisis. Meanwhile, Mustapha Wali, the Sub-chairman of the panel, adopted the memo and gave the assurance that the panel would investigate and make appropriate recommendations to the Federal Government. (NAN)

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oyin Adesola, an author, a deaconess of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and daughter of exUniversity of Lagos (Akoka) ViceChancellor, late Prof. Akin Adesola, tells about her experiences as a person living with the sickle cell anaemia disorder.

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It felt like someone was continuously stabbing me when I had attacks – Adesola gained admission to the Lagos State University to study economics.

“Economics was a four-year course, but I spent five years because I always fell sick, especially during the exam period. There was a time I was writing my exams and the crisis came.

Despite being plagued with the sickle cell anaemia disorder from birth, Toyin Adesola has shown courage and character to weather the storms of life. Physically, she may be fragile, but her mental strength is comparable to none. Behind her small frame is a big heart that has fought several survival battles and today, she is a model for people living with sickle cell anaemia. Although her experience may be harrowing and touching, the 45-year-old Adesola seems to have taken consolation in the words of British statesman, Winston Churchill, who once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” On this bright day at her Lagos residence, Adesola was in a boisterous mood as she narrates her life experience as a person living with the SCA. “I was born with it and have been living with it for over 40 years,” she says with a charming smile. “During my early years, I experienced attacks in my bones. These attacks are known as crises. It’s very painful. It’s like someone sticking a knife into you and continuously stabbing you. In fact, some say it’s even more painful than labor pains. It’s indescribable. “It’s continuous and you have to go on heavy drugs. I had anaemia as well and suffered from low haemoglobin (protein attached to red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body). Sometimes, the haemoglobin drops and triggers the crisis again. “So you had to go through a lot of blood transfusions. My life was about hospitals and admissions on a regular basis. As I grew older, I was able to cope with it, but I was not allowed to do anything strenuous because my parents were very protective.” However, one day, a mistake by a doctor almost cost Adesola a leg. Consequently, she was once again thrown into long suffering from the resultant pains. She narrates her ordeal, “I had more and more crises when I got older and one day, I was rushed to the hospital and it was discovered I had an infection and they gave me blood transfusion. The doctor said I was anaemic and he gave me blood. Unfortunately, there was an issue with the blood and it created a greater infection in me called septicaemia (the presence of bacteria in the blood often associated with severe infections). “It affected my bones and one day, while lying in bed after long hours, I wanted to turn because of bed sores. When you stay long in bed, you get bed sores, so the nurs-

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es are supposed to switch you from time to time but they hadn’t done it for a long time. I decided that I would turn myself. “Next thing I had was a snap and I was in excruciating pains. The nurses didn’t believe me. It was when my father came that they took me to the theatre and they found out that I had dislocated my hip; it had come out from the socket. “They had to put my leg in POP from my waist to my ankle. I was there for six months. It was six months of depression, anger and frustration because I couldn’t do anything. I would lie in bed and hear my parents having fun, receiving visitors and eating. Even when they came upstairs to see me, they would stay for a while and go back to face their lives. They couldn’t stay with me permanently.” But that was not the end of her problems as she was plagued by several other ailments. “I also had gallstones and I couldn’t take anything with oil. Anytime I did, I had terrible pains and I was placed on a low-fat diet. I managed to overcome that hurdle and I started using crutches. Later, I started having leg ulcers. This can last for between one to 10 years depending on how it’s treated. I had about four of them all over my legs and I was the one who had to dress them. That’s when I got frustrated. “Dressing the wounds and carrying the legs around with pus wasn’t easy. Basically, I had no life except within my house. School was totally out of it and after Form One, I didn’t go to school again. My parents taught me handcraft so I could occupy myself with it, but it wasn’t the same and I felt frustrated. Thank God the legs finally healed.” A saying goes that a bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless of course, you fail to make the turn. For Adesola, she was ready to make the turn and her next hurdle after recuperating was to gain admission into the university. “One day, I just told myself I couldn’t continue staying at home; I had to go to the university. My friends were almost graduating and I hadn’t even written my WASCE or JAMB. So, they got me a tutor and I did a crash course in two years and I

“Initially people around me didn’t understand what was going on, except my friend who said, ‘Let’s rush her to the hospital.’ They took me to the university’s health centre quite alright, but unfortunately, they didn’t have a clue on what to do. I did my National Youth Service Corps virtually at home and I started baking, which I actually turned into business.” She had survived against all odds but interestingly, her father, the late Prof. Akinpelu Adesola, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ilorin and University of Lagos, was a highly respected surgeon, while her mother – Oyebola Adesola – is a nurse. So, it’s quite shocking to learn that both parents – who had the AS genotype – are in the medical field, but didn’t know that it was risky for two people with the AS genotype to marry and bear children. Adesola explains, “My parents got married in the ’60s and there was hardly anybody that knew much about SCA then. In fact, it was only one doctor that finally diagnosed the problem. “The awareness wasn’t strong then. Even in the United Kingdom, they didn’t have a clue because it was a predominantly a disorder of the blacks. It was when it was now well known that precautions were given about it. “I don’t hate my parents because it wasn’t known to them. What would hatred for another person do? Anger and hatred cause even more stress. I’m really proud of my parents because they carried the burden till now, though my father died last year. They handled my case well, unlike some parents who can’t cope with it.” In a twist of fate, her elder sister, Foluke, has the AA genotype, while Toyin is SS. “Initially, I felt, ‘Why didn’t she take one A and leave the other A for me?’ But after a while, I realized that though she may look physically stronger than I am, I’m mentally stronger. “God balances things though we don’t realize it. Maybe because of what I have gone through, I have the capacity to handle issues better.” Having overcome life’s challenges as a person living with SC, Adesola founded the Sickle Cell Anaemia Advocacy and Management Initiative, a non-governmental organization aimed at touching lives and provide awareness on the reality of the disorder. She is also the chief executive officer of


Amai Confectioners, author of Still Standing, a book on her life and a deaconess in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. In fact, it was when she became a born-again Christian that she finally won all her battles, according to her.

“My faith in God saw me through,” she says. “The Bible says without God, you can do nothing. My friends’ support was invaluable too, and again, I had a purpose in life. “SAMI was founded to create awareness and advocacy for the better treatment of people with the disorder because we’re not properly treated. Doctors don’t even know the basic medication to give. I had people who encouraged me, so I want to encourage others living with it.” According to Adesola, the World Health Organization, in a report, estimates that 20 in 1,000 people live with SC in Nigeria, adding that based on the census, it accounts for over seven million people afflicted with the disorder in the country. The figure, she says, makes Nigeria the highest centre in the world and of the 150,000 born annually with the SC disorder, over 100,000 don’t make it to their fifth birthdays. However, she says most Nigerians are ignorant about the disorder. She says, “There’s a perception that people are aware of the disorder, but it’s not so. I’ve spoken to people who don’t live with it and especially those who live with it. Those who live with it don’t even know the basic things they are supposed to do in terms of medication and checking their haemoglobin. “Some parents don’t inform teachers about their kids who have SS because of the stigma. Some people live with it and they are not aware. Some people are not even aware of their genotype. So, I don’t think there’s enough awareness.” Still single at 45, she says her happiness is paramount. “The most important thing is for me to be happy than marry and the person says ‘I can’t cope with this your sickness.’ That will be more depressing to me. I just believe when it’s the right time, it will happen.” What is Adesola’s advice to people living with SC?“It’s not the end of the world; be informed. Don’t just rely on what your parents or the doctors say. There’s so much information out there on the Internet and books. I used most of my life to read and that’s why I have a wide knowledge of the disorder. “Don’t take everything the doctor says. Get a second opinion. Choose a personal doctor that knows about SC and don’t keep changing. The sky is your limit,” she sums up, ever smiling.


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“The technology behind the power project is 1970 and they are refurbished and to think that those are the assets that put us in debt, “I knew it was bad, I never imagined it was this bad. Ogun government property at Victoria Island was signed out to a person for 60 years.’’

gun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has explained why it might be difficult for the state government to immediately commence the payment of the N18, 000 minimum wage. Addressing over 100 paramount and traditional rulers at the Obas’ complex, Abeokuta, the state capital, Amosun lamented the financial position of the state, adding that the legacies of the founding fathers of the state had been mortgaged.

Explaining why he had to address the traditional rulers ahead of (today’s) ‘’state of the state address’’, Amosun said: ‘’ I believe it is important to carry our Kabiyesi along in all that we do. We will be addressing our people. We will be stepping on toes in trying to rebuild the state, but we have to’’.

He, however, disclosed that he was not interested in probing his predecessor. His words: “I am not interested in any probe. I don’t want to use my good time to chase what I know is bad. They said they left N50 billion, but at the appropriate time, we will tell you what we met on ground. “I will even be happy if what we met on ground is N50 billion. Ogun is the most indebted state in Nigeria. Lagos borrowed N250 billion and Rivers – N150 billion. Lagos generates N30 billion per month. Rivers generates between N12 billion and 15 billion. He continues: “What we generate is between N900 million and N1 billion and you have a loan of N50 billion. There is irrevocable standing payment order. The position we met is so bad. Bond is a veritable tool for development, but we can’t go


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there to pay salaries unless other things happen.” According to the governor, the state needs to borrow about N4 billion to pay salaries, “so if the civil servant wants N18, 000 minimum wage, we will have to borrow about N6 billion. All our assets have gone into concession.’’ Speaking on the concessioning embarked upon by his predecessor, Amosun told the traditional rulers, the number one tourist centre in the state, Olumo Rock, which is the least was concessioned for 15 years. “Others are between 25 and 60 years. I begin to wonder why somebody will sign all our patrimony. To make matter worst,

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‘’As a Mega city status and to prepare for such envisioned development, he said his administration would renew the urban areas, which will affect some of our building. We will do envelope urban renewal roads.

“For me, we will look into all of these and review them. If it affects any of you our Kabiyesi, it is nothing personal, it is about the state. I am not here to witch-hunt anybody. On the power plant projects embarked upon by the administration of Governor Gbenga Daniel, Amosun said: “A totality of N15.9 billion was expended. The state has paid 50 percent to contractors and the percentage of completion is just 20 per cent.

‘In all we do, we will not allow our people to suffer. We will provide alternative. It is not to demolish for demolishing sake, our people have suffered a lot, we will not add to their problems. We will take briefing from you. ‘’ We will at all times try to follow due process which will make it different for whoever is governor to do what is right, but find it expedient to correct us readily. When we veer off the track, feel free to correct us’’, he told the traditional rulers.

ity, the issue of security to make sure that this kind of killing does not occur again in this nation

who perpetrated this action were already having plans to destroy churches, but were just waiting for something to occur to give them a justification of what they did and we said the government should do something about it now.

all of them were made without the laiddown procedure. It did not go through the State Executive Council, not even the Assembly.

Post-election killings: What Christians expect Jonathan to do — Assemblies of God GS

• Our church’s Peniel will be miracle filled The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Nigeria and the Enugu State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Prof Paul Emeka, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to put security issues on his priority list, as a way of preventing unnecessary violence such as the post-election mayhem that occurred in the North in which many Christians lost their lives. Rev Emeka, who spoke with Saturday Sun at the Assemblies of God Nigeria headquarters in Enugu, ahead of the annual Peniel celebration of the church, said that Christians do not believe that the violence that erupted in some parts of the North was politically motivated, insisting that the president must put down proactive measures to stem future unwarranted killings such that trailed the post-election violence. He, therefore, said that they would use their upcoming Peniel, scheduled to hold along Abakaliki-Enugu Expressway, to review the unfortunate violence in which many Christians died, saying that the reports that have so far reached them showed that so many of their churches were burnt and some of their pastors killed. The man of God also advised the

newly sworn in members of the National Assembly to remember that they have the mandate of the people to serve, saying that they should always strive to make laws that would better the lots of their people.

He also looked into the Assemblies of God Nigeria Peniel program, saying that it would be a wonderful outing as many miracles are bound to take place during the period. Using Peniel, how would you look at the post-election violence that rocked the country? It will be one of the major empathies of the Peniel this time because, prior to the elections, we prayed, the Assemblies of God Nigeria prayed very vehemently and we thank God that it was peaceful. It was peaceful quite well, but we also saw violence trailing the elections. What made us not to lose hope was that it was a violence we know why it occurred; it was not violence that was in-built in our elections. The people tried their best and the elections were okay, but the violence came and it was quite unfortunate as well as unnecessary. I thank God that Goodluck Jonathan and his men are planning to put a stop to that kind of occurrence in subsequent elections. Of course, all of us are saying that the president should put it in his top prior-

How did you feel during the post-election violence in the North? I felt bad, like very many other Nigerians. Our bad feeling was very obvious; we went beyond that to hold prayers and also speak as well as we could through any available medium to let the people know how bad we felt because apart from being Christians our brothers and sisters were among the people that were killed and we didn’t feel good about that at all. It will really stop so that everybody will be free to contest; those people who were the brain behind the violence should be greatly cautioned, not respecting any person, not even tolerating any one because of his high placed position. The people did it and we did not like it. One problem we have here is that in our own view as Christians is that beyond politics, it was equally religiously motivated because if it was mere politics churches should not be burnt; the party headquarters should be burnt, but they left the party headquarters, institutions and structures connected directly with politics and began to burn churches, and that is where we began to discover and feel that the people

What did your church lose in the violence? The statistics are still being compiled by Christians as a whole and also the Assemblies of God, which I lead today; they burnt many of our churches and killed some of our pastors and members. Our people are sending in statistics of these things that happened; already the ones we have are very surprising and when we hear about the others, like Anglican, Catholic and other churches that have been destroyed, if you compile all of them together, it will be too much. So, we said that the government should do something proactively and not to wait until churches are destroyed and people are killed before they begin to set up commission of inquiries, nobody would like to have his or her brothers or sisters killed because even when you set up a commission; it will not resurrect the person that is dead. So, one of the things we are expecting Jonathan to do is to really sit up and go digital to make sure that these things do not happen again.

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Dr. Anthony Isedeh Jr and Dr. Evelyn Isedeh both graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. Mommy, Daddy and sisters (Christ Healing & Deliverance Ministry New Jersey).

Dr. Priscilla Isedeh. She graduated from Meharry Nashville Medical College. (Christ Healing & Deliverance Ministry New York)

Emmanuel Ikihidero at his graduation. He's a faithful worker at the Emmanuel Evangelical Missionary Church New York

Godson Ademola-Thomas RCCG Zion Sanctuary New York on his graduation day.

Oreoluwa displaying his Kindergarten Diploma (RCCG Zion Sanctuary New York)

Tope Ajifowobaje with family members at her graduation (ALCC New York)

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CAN Opposes Islamic banking

elta State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Thursday opposed the planned introduction of Islamic banking in the country Apparently reacting to the controversy over the legality or otherwise of Islamic banking in the country, CAN described the planned introduction as “a ploy to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country.” While some had opposed the planned introduction on the grounds that the law that established the Central Bank of Nigeria did not empower it to licence a religious bank, others said the move would affect the secular status of the country.

But, Governor of the CBN, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, had insisted that Islamic banking had nothing to do with the promotion of religion or any belief, describing it as another financial product designed to diversify and broaden the scope of banking services to customers. Sanusi, while dousing the fears of those opposed to the move, had said, “There is nothing called Sharia banking. There is non-interest banking or Islamic banking, which is a financial product all over the world.

gal about it. The Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act) was amended specifically to allow for it’’

Chairman of Delta CAN, Archbishop Goddowell Avwomakpa, at a press conference in Warri noted that in view of the religious and ethnic complexities of the country, the idea should be discarded. He quoted section 43 of the BOFIA, which he said barred any individual or group from using names such as ‘’Islamic, Muslim, Quranic and Christian’’ except with the authority of the CBN governor who should further take directives from the Minister of Finance. He said there was no finance minister to ratify the establishment of Islamic banking now.


The CAN chairman maintained that the implications of Islamic banking were farreaching, noting that the banks would have to be operated in its entirety with the principle of Sharia and Islamic transactions.

He said, “The introduction of Islamic banking in Nigeria is unlawful, unacceptable and unjustifiable in its whole ramification. It means the ‘islamicisation’ of banking in the country. “The naira is not the currency of a particular religion and every bid to make Nigeria an Islamic state must stop as it will not augur well for this country.”

Christy Igbokwe dies at 50 ’This is the only country in the world that I know that Islamic banking is being seen as a religious issue. But this view is being held by the minority. There is nothing ille-

Songster and actress Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe is dead. She died in Lagos yesterday at the age of 50. She would have been 51 on November 11. Her husband, Chief Edwin Igbokwe, said that she was ill for two days.

Igbokwe said his wife had the premonition of her death. According him, she told her kids a few years ago that after clocking 50, she would leave this planet earth. He said she had been lamenting the state of the country, the growing rate of crime and the bad economy saying she would soon leave “this sinful world to go and rest.” Her eldest son, Obiora, described her death as “a global loss.” Obiora said he was tired of receiving international calls following his mother’s death. The songster and actress started her career very early in life. She recorded her first album (Freedom) in 1976 when she was 16. She got married three years later.

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe She followed up with other albums, including; ‘Patience’, ‘Time Waits for No One’ (both 1978), ‘One Understanding’ (1979), ‘Give Me A Chance’ (1980), Her 1981 hit album, ‘Ever Liked My Person’ remains her best.

The late Mrs Igbokwe started her musical career at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 6, Aba. She sang on Ukonu’s Club and Now Sound programmes. Besides her then fledgling musical career,

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them, it will be very discouraging and also makes us to suspect them, a moderate amount of money will make us to believe that they are very serious. But when you take pays just because you are there to make laws for ourselves, you are encouraging corruption. The EFCC is chasing people around and the same members of the legislature as soon as somebody steps down, he is not voted again or he served his tenure, you will see the EFCC going to hound the person and takes him to cell, it is not healthy too, it doesn’t bring respect to the people. We also promised to be backing them up with prayers.

she was also part of the cast of one of Nigeria’s longest running sit com, the rechristened New Masquerade, Masquerade. She played the major role of Apena, the wife of the Yoruba character Jegede Shokoya. Although Christy Essien-Igbokwe became a household name through her performance in The Masquerade, it was her foray into music that shot her into national and international stardom. The late musician had such hit songs like ‘Omo mi seun rere’, “Hear the call” and “Tete nu na ula” and she also had the honour of composing and performing her state’s anthem ‘Akwa Ibom mi’ when the state was created in 1987. The late Mrs Igbokwe was the President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) between 1996 to 1999. She was reportedly planning for her 11th album before her demise. She was also into business with her husband.

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Members of the National Assembly were recently inaugurated. What advice will you give them? My advice to them is to have the interest of the people they have come to make laws on their behalf at heart. A situation where we begin to see them in fisticuffs is not healthy enough; it doesn’t put our image correctly to the outside world, they should be mature enough in the way they handle issues; disagreements are bound to occur, but let them handle them maturely, argue about them probably, but not to engage in fighting; like somebody polling his shirts and you will see it on the pages of the newspapers and viewing it on the international cable network, that is not healthy enough. I will also say that we are expecting them to make laws that are relevant, laws that will help the people, laws that

o far, I will say that I like the style of David Mark to an extent because we came to begin to believe that a legislature that is working hard is the one that is engaged in continuous battle with the executive, but in this case he had applied principles and strategies of conflict management and resolution; so, let’s not begin to notice so many impeachments and too many breaches with the executive, let them put their intelligence to work. I will also like to say that the Nigerian citizens are expecting them not to vote too much money for themselves, otherwise we won’t take them seriously, let them just take some money, we know they are doing a very good job, but to begin to take pays that are very outlandish when you hear

What’s your view on ordained men of God going into politics? My stand, as a person? What I believe is that it is good for Christians to get

involved in politics, but a clergyman who is called to preach the word of God should concentrate on preaching and leave getting into partisan politics. I feel that if a clergyman comes up and said God, He told me to go and contest, we are expecting that the same God that told you to go should make a way for you to win. And when you go first, you don’t win, you go second, you don’t win, you go third, you don’t win, if you go another one, don’t tell us that God asked you to go, you are just going in as every other Nigerian is going in and not that God said that you should go. But I would like to say that the ideal thing is for the prophet to concentrate on the word of God and the ministry that God has committed into his hands and leave politics alone.


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WENTY years ago, exactly July 6, 1991, when the news of the death of ex-Green Eagles midfielder, Mudasiru Babatunde Lawal, filtered through, most people, at first, did not believe that the ever-smiling Muda could be dead. He was young, hale and hearty, neither was he involved in any automobile accident, but before the dusk of that fateful day, the news of the demise of the midfield maestro was confirmed. Though known as Mudasiru Lawal throughout his playing career, the late midfielder’s name was actually Mudasiru Babatunde Agboluaje. The name Lawal came from his mentor, who introduced him to football. When he started playing football, he was referred to by fans and playmates as Muda, Lawal’s boy (Mudasiru omo Lawal). Hence, the adoption of Lawal as his surname; the appellation that stuck to him till his death. Known for his creativity, composure in the heart of the midfield and knack for goal scoring, Haji Shiru as he was fondly called, never went to any football academy before he broke into football limelight in Nigeria. Formerly an automobile mechanic, the late Muda Lawal began his football career with the then IICC Football Club of Ibadan at the age of 21 and had his playing career span 16 years. He started his career in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital with IICC, then moved to Stationery Stores FC of Lagos, and Abiola Babes FC of Abeokuta, before returning to his first club which had been rechristened Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) Football Club as player/ assistant coach. According to football analysts who had the opportunity of watching him live, Nigeria has not produced another player in his class. His contribution to the game made the Confederation of African Football (CAF), in 2003, confer on him a posthumous award for football development on the continent. Then, he still held the record of five consecutive appearances at the African Cup of Nations, the biggest biennial football showcase in Africa. This simply means that Muda was on top of his game for 10 years that he usually made the list for Nigeria's final team in the days when selection of players into the national team was based purely on performances. During his playing days, he was one of those players that forced spectators into the stadium on weekends apart from watching their darling team- IICC. Appreciated and wanted by football clubs, fans and administrators, Muda could not refuse the call when IICC was disbanded by the then military administrator of old Oyo State, Colonel Oladayo Popoola (now a retired Major General), in the aftermath of the team's loss in the final of the then Champions Cup at the National Stadium, Lagos in 1984. Easily, he joined the defunct Stationery Stores FC of Lagos and whenever his new club had a league game against 3SC, Muda Lawal, playing in the famous Stores' white shirt became the cynosure of all eyes at the former Liberty Stadium, now Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan. And belonging to the class of players regarded as world-class

Ex-President Babangida decorating Muda Lawal with National Honor

(Top) Muda Lawal (right) with Segun Odegbami (below) Lawal's daughters Bolanle & Bose

Muda (2nd left) during his days with IICC

today, the ever-smiling and energetic Lawal would always deliver despite boos from Ibadan fans. When his career took him to the Abiola Babes FC of Abeokuta, owned by the late business mogul, Chief MKO Abiola, Muda was never found wanting and he later became a football ambassador. With Ibadan and his first club claiming his originality and ownership, he became a subject of an ownership tussle between the Egba and the Ibadan football followers, where he hailed from and where he cut his teeth as a footballer respectively. He was well appreciated in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, and an evidence of this was his quick assimilation when he returned to the club as an assistant coach/ player in 1989, two years before his death. But the Ogun State government proved differently after his death. The popular Asero Stadium in Abeokuta was renamed after him, while the farewell match organised in Ibadan till date, is still the best for a dead hero in the country. Capped 86 times for the national team and scoring 12 goals, Muda Lawal's record in the national team, especially his five consecutive appearances at the African Nations Cup became a target for some sections in the fraternity. His exploits in the colours of the national team and his contribution to Nigeria's first ever triumph as African champions on home soil can never be forgotten. Muda broke into the national side in 1974

during a qualifier match against Sierra Leone in Lagos when he was picked ahead of the more experienced Rangers 'master dribbler', Christian Madu, and since then, he charismatically won the shirt for keeps until the 1984 Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire. His energy and dynamism was second to none. His passing ability was second to none, his vision was excellent as well as his knack for goals despite playing in the midfield position. Muda broke into Africa's limelight at the 1976 Nations Cup in Ethiopia with fantastic goals against Egypt and Zaire. He became a general at the heart of the national team, forming great partnership with the like of Aloy Atuegbu, Kadiri Ikhana and George Iwelumo towards Nigeria's participation at the Argentina '78 World Cup. His contribution towards Nigeria's lifting the 1980 African Nations Cup on home soil cannot be over-emphasised. In Nigeria's first game against Tanzania, it was his mis-hit shot that was turned in by Atuegbu for Nigeria's first goal. In the third game against Egypt, he was sensational, combining well with Segun Odegbami, while Okey Isima scored the only goal of the encounter. In the semi-final against Morocco, Felix Owolabi's 'goal made in heaven', the lone strike that gave Nigeria the ticket to the final, came from his long throw. Segun Odegbami stole the show in the final, but the match did not end without Muda reg-

istering his name on the score sheet. His versatility saw him playing in the striking position, he justified his coach Otto Gloria's faith in him by scoring Nigeria's third goal. In Libya '82, he captained the team to a first round defeat but still made the team until the 1984 addition when he scored in 3-1 loss against Cameroun in the final, his fifth consecutive and last Nations Cup appearance. Muda Lawal's contribution to national team was a selfless one. After his death, the football fraternity in Nigeria, especially the Nigeria Football Association/Federation (NFF/NFA) has done nothing to immortalise the real midfield maestro. When the Confederation of African Football (CAF) nominated him for a posthumous award for his contribution to the development of the game on the continent, locating his family members became a huge task for the Glass House despite the fact that the FA secretary general then, is a former administrator of the club he had played for. Respected by all, the late Mudasiru Lawal was the first footballer to receive two national honours. First, as a member of the historic 1980 African Nations Cup winning squad as Member of the Order of Niger (MON) and secondly, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) award. Shortly before his death in 1991, he was said to have signed a coaching contract with a Belgium club, Watershell FC. Muda was survived by a wife, Yetunde and five children; Bolanle, Bose, Olatunde, Bisola and Oluwaseun, aged seven, five, nine, three and fifteen months respectively. In 2003, Muda's widow, with two of the children, left for the United Kingdom, apparently to make ends meet, while it was gathered that two of his children have graduated in various disciplines from Nigerian tertiary institutions.

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dreaded Argentine national team by the Eagles, the Argentine Football Association, AFA, are spoiling for a re-match to save the shame the scoreline has brought to their team.

Lukman Haruna

Nigeria midfielder Lukman Haruna has signed for Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev, completing a US$2.8 million move from French club AS Monaco.He joined Monaco in 2007 shortly after he captained Nigeria to the Under-17 World Cup title in South Korea. The 21-year-old was part of the Super Eagles squad at last year’s World Cup in South Africa and played against Argentina and Greece. Lukman passed a medical on Wednesday then completed a five-year deal. Monaco were relegated from the French first division this season. There was also interest from clubs in England and France but none would match Monaco’s asking price. Despite being called up by Nigeria’s under-23 coach Austin Eguavoen for this weekend’s All Africa games qualifier against Ghana, Haruna is expected to join his new team-mates at their training camp in Austria.The player will play alongside compatriots Yusuf Ayila and Frank Temile at Dynamo.APPARENTLY stung by the embarrassing 4-1 pounding of the once-

Coach Sergio Batista led a colourless Argentine national team without the heavyweights like Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Gerardo “El Pipita” Higuaín, Ángel Fabián di María, Diego Milito, Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero among others to the national stadium in Abuja where they were bashed 4-1 in a most embarrassing match that the Samson Siasia-led Eagles dominated. The football world was dumb-founded with the scoreline and to make matters worse, the Albiceleste image were further dented with a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Poland in a friendly after the Nigerian humiliation. Weighed down by these defeats, the South Americans are smoking of revenge with the Nigerians in a yet to be agreed venue for a rematch where they intend to field their world stars. NFF scribe, Musa Amadu confirmed the re-match by the Argentines but noted that talks were still on-going. “Soon, we should have confirmed the dates and venues of the matches lined up for the Eagles”,. The Eagles who drew their African Cup of Nations qualifier with Ethiopia (2-2) known more for long distance races than football are now biting their nails and calculating how they can qualify for the Nations Cup that would be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Nigeria under-23 striker Ujah joins German club Mainz Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah, the top scorer in the ongoing Norwegian league, has signed for German club Mainz.

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Nigeria international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has joined French champions Lille.

The Super Eagle signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Israel’s Hapoel Tel Aviv. And the 28-year-old says he is excited with the opportunity of playing in the French league with the club.“It feels good to be here and the chance to play in a competitive league makes it very exciting for me,” Enyeama told BBC Sport.“The club is magnificent. I feel welcomed and accepted - even before the medical - and that is a positive sign. “Interestingly, it is a club brimming with so much talent and I hope to bring the best of my ability to ensure a progressive step for the team.“The fact that they won the league-andcup double shows how much progress they have made, but I am extremely proud to be around winners and win trophies here as well.” Enyeama will have the chance to compete in the Uefa Champions League given Lille’s first title in a half-century. After rejecting offers in England, Spain and Portugal, the Nigerian is confident he has made the right choice in Lille.“I considered a lot of things before coming here,” he explained.“I also spoke to Osaze (Odemwingie) and he told

me many positive things about the club.

“The choice and decision was easy - this is a club with so many promises and I feel honoured to be here.“The opportunity of playing in the Uefa Champions League is also appealing I must confess.”Enyeama has been the Super Eagles’ first-choice goalkeeper since 2002 and experienced six years in the Israeli league, where he first tasted European club football. He won the Israeli league in 2010 and enjoyed back-to-back Israeli cup success both last year and this.“It is a big challenge for me but I’m confident - a different league but I’m prepared for the challenges ahead.“I’ll miss my friends in Israel and my family also have friends there but in football change is constant.Enyeama burst into international light in the colours of Nigerian side Enyimba after wining back-toback African Champions League titles in 2003 and 2004. He spent a season at rivals Heartland before joining Israel’s Bnei Yehuda in 2005, where his pperformances attracted Hapoel Tel Aviv and the country’s powerhouse snapped him up in 2007. Enyeama made 113 appearances for the Israeli giants and scored eight goals - ultimately attracting interest from clubs in England, Russia, Turkey, Spain and Ukraine.

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The 20-year-old signed a four-year deal and cost the German side US$4.3 million from Lillestrom.

The Nigeria under-23 star has scored 13 goals in 12 matches this season, including four goals each against Stabæk and Strømsgodset.

“I’m happy for this major step in my career,” Ujah, who has spent just 16 months in Norway, told BBC Sport.

“I thank both Lillestrom and Mainz for making a dream come true for me.

“I read about several interested clubs but the Mainz coach (Thomas Tuchel) gave a positive impression from the very moment I first spoke to him.

“In football, there are many things that are more important than money and some of these things Mainz appear to have.” A free scoring forward, Ujah began his professional career at Nigerian side Warri Wolves before joining Lillestrom in February 2010 on a four-year contract.

He ended up scoring an impressive 32 goals in

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42 appearances during his short time at Lillestrom.

Mainz beat off competition from the likes of Danish giants FC Copenhagen, Brondby as well as clubs in France, Holland, Russia and Ukraine.

“I want to develop as a player in Europe and Mainz has the perfect platform for me,” added Ujah. “They have a remarkable and exciting youth set-up and as a footballer keen to improve I see this club as the right one for me.

“I hope to learn, get better and hopefully prove to the club that they have invested well in a striker.

“With Mainz my game will get better for club and country. I’m excited this is done.”

Taye Taiwo

Nigerian and former Olympique Marseille defender Taye Taiwo is expected to join new club AC Milan anytime now for preseason training after he was granted a work permit. Taiwo is still on holidays but he is expected in Paris soon to pick up his work permit. Italian champions Milan are due on an overseas training tour ahead of the new season. The left fullback joined Milan on a three-

year deal worth over 12 million Euros as a free player from top French side Olympique Marseille. Taiwo himself has admitted to being “stunned” he is moving to the famous San Siro on a salary four times what he was on at OM. He was linked with several top European clubs including Benfica of Portugal when it became clear he will not extend his contract at Marseille.

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n Sunday June 12, two of Nigeria’s biggest clubs in the last four decades, Shooting Stars a.k.a 3SC and Rangers International, contested a league game in Abeokuta. Forty years ago, after the country’s Civil War, it would have been the match everyone talked about. The media would have been awash with the fact that the two clubs that represented different philosophies and regions in the country were about to rekindle their rivalry having won 11 championships between them. However, during this recent face-off, the players traded tackles in front of a near empty stadium. Apart from those who watched on television because there was no competing programming from Europe on that fateful day, there was little interest. The game, like many things in local Nigerian football, has lost its sheen.

In the past decade, the Nigerian league has suffered a demise of colours. Fans have kept away from the stadiums and a coterie of them can now be found on Saturday evenings watching European league football in television viewing centres. In Lagos, the commercial capital, over a thousand shops screen the English Premier League. A report by TELL magazine in 2008 estimated that more than 500 outlets sell jerseys of major European clubs while viewing centre entrepreneurs make at least $200,000 monthly from screening live games. In all this, the Nigerian league has gone to sleep. Lagos has no representation in the Premier League, as it’s most supported side - the Stationery Stores - have been battling with ownership issues for the better part of two decades. And without the impact of Lagos, the support base of the league has nosedived. Adebayo OlowoAke, a Stores supporter who is leading a revival of the side, told “SSFC supporters would charter all the [buses] in Lagos in those days and head for these Nigerian cities a day before the game, and residents would know that ‘The Lagos people had arrived.’ SSFC took on the might of governments, for these other clubs were government-owned, unlike Stores, that was wholly private and even better supported than them.” In the past, all the major clubs were owned by business people and as such ran as profit-making ventures. Today they have all been taken over by state governments and

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The demise of the Nigerian Premier League are run as political tools. This has brought about a lack of checks and balances and a lackadaisical attitude towards the sport. “They’ve taken the soul out of football and that’s why fans do not come out anymore,”

home teams have the upper hand with the award of scandalous penalties are a bane of the league. A penalty is gifted to home sides in virtually one out of every two games played in the season and this makes

Rangers v IICC in an African Winners Cup Competition, products of the League then

Products of the League then: L-R Ojebode, CHukwu, Odegbami & Okala Oluwashina Okeleji said. It was a sentiment echoed by former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami in his column last week. “In Nigerian football everything is about government. Until the economic and political situation changes, proper professional football, the sort that will bring up a private organisation as defined by the Fifa statutes, cannot exist in most of Africa.” he wrote on the SuperSport website. Also, spurious refereeing decisions that ensure

sure that fans keep away from the stadiums. Many say there’s no joy knowing that your club will always win their home clashes, even when they play badly. Poor pitches also reduce the beauty of the game. Many of the stadiums, except a few that were repaired during the country’s hosting of the Fifa U17 tournament two years ago, do not have playable surfaces. Pundits have called for retiring Nigerian


stars abroad to return home to play for a few years in order to ignite fans’ desire and passion for the league. The country’s highest scoring player, Rashidi Yekini, did that a few years ago when he featured for Julius Berger. The stands were packed again, even if it was short-lived. Imagine Kanu or Okocha in the jersey of Enyimba or Kano Pillars - the fans would go crazy. No other stars followed Yekini’s footsteps because pay conditions are poor. Signingon fees are rarely delivered and local players chase after the Golden Fleece in Europe. The Nigerian Premier League board has a great deal to do to rediscover local interest in the top flight. First, the league must be given back to private hands and clear its stables of corruption. Then try to bring Lagos back into the picture; it is, after all, where the bulk of the fans exist. Super Eagles head coach Samson Siasia has admitted that his team committed too many blunders in the 2-2 draw with Ethiopia in last Sunday’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa. “It was a bad performance from the players. We committed too many mistakes in the midfield with players bumping into each other and even in defence we did badly,” Siasia said. The Nigerian manager also attributed the belaboured display of the Super Eagles to jetlag, saying that the travelling plan, which was supposed to last four hours, claimed an additional three hours, leaving the players with little time to rest before the game. “Our travelling plans were poor and we took seven hours to get here. So the players got there jetlagged but that’s not enough excuse for us to play badly,” the former coach of Nigeria’s Under-20 and Under-23 teams said. has learned that the travelling plan of the Super Eagles saw the team being flown through Lagos to Entebbe in Uganda where they had a onehour stop-over before proceeding to Addis Ababa. Nigeria are now three points behind Group B leaders, Guinea, who have 10 points after defeating Madagascar 4-1 in Conakry on Sunday. The Super Eagles’ next game will come up in Antananarivo against Madagascar in September before they play host to the Guineans later in the year.

NFF to interview Garba, Amuneke, Ugbade for Eaglets’ job


HE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee has formally invited the Gombe United and National U-17 former assistant coach, Manu Garba, Super Eagles’ former left winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, and Nigeria’s 1987 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning captain, Nduka Ugbade, for interview for the vacant coaching position at the U17 team.

The NFF has already positioned the three coaches for the U-17 team coaching crew, which would be constituted soon, with Garba tipped to be head. It was also learnt that the interview, which is expected to come up next week, would formalise the

process since the technical committee, headed by Chris Green, has already submitted the three names for the executive board’s confirmation. The choice of Garba as head coach, sources said, was taken for the purpose of ethnic balancing, hence Amuneke and Ugbade would work as his assistants. The interview, we all know, is for formality sake, the federation is waiting for its executive board meeting to confirm the appointment before it is formally announced,” a top NFF official said. “Already, the job has been won and lost and I think the decision to have these former internationals in the process of restructuring the national U-17 team is a

step in the right direction.

“The letter inviting them for interview, has been sent on the orders of the president, Aminu Maigari.” On why the federation decided to appoint Amuneke as assistant to Garba, the official noted that having both of them on the U-17 team’s technical bench, irrespective of who becomes the boss, was to take positive results in the new team, considering the vast coaching experience they possess. Light of the world, spreading the good news.



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