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he head of the Eritrean Consulate in Toronto has been ordered to leave Canada in the wake of reports that said Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael has been involved in soliciting a “diaspora tax” from Eritreans in Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued a news release Wednesday that said he has taken steps to expel Micael and he must leave by noon ET on June 5. “Today’s actions speak for themselves,” Baird said. “Canada has repeatedly made clear to Eritrea to respect international sanctions and Canadian law.” Baird’s office wouldn’t give the specific reason why Micael is being expelled but the move comes days after CBC News and other media have been reporting on the activities of his office. Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to Baird, gave more of an explanation when he spoke to

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continued from p(1) defence against Ethiopian invasion.” Eritreans say tax collection ongoing The CBC’s Rick MacInnesRae reported last week that Baird’s department advised the Eritrean consul in Toronto in September that soliciting and collecting these taxes was incompatible with consular duties, and his accreditation would not be renewed if he and his consulate didn’t stop. The consulate later indicated in writing that it would comply. But an Eritrean in Toronto who did not want to be identified told CBC that the practice hasn’t stopped and that if he doesn’t pay, his family in Er-

itrea “would get in trouble.” Another Eritrean, Teklezghi Yohannes Gabir, provided audio to CBC from a meeting he attended in Winnipeg on April 21, with a voice he identifies as that of Micael sounding as if he is again soliciting money. Gabir, 36, an Eritrean living in Winnipeg, has paid the tax in the past but refuses to pay any more, and offered the audio hoping it might help stop the collections. Eritrean rep must ‘play by the rules’ The Eritrean regime relies on diaspora cash for hard currency. But according to the UN, it also uses its money to support armed rebels opposing Ethiopia, and others with ties to the notorious al-Sha-

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There is no greater master of playing fair and seizing opportunities than Sunday Oliseh. It is always pleasing to hear news of personal achievement through hard work, determination and passion. This week it was revealed that Oliseh, Former Super Eagles of Nigeria’s Captain, fulfilled every man and boy’s secret fantasy. It was leaked on Twitter that he has been selected for a job in FIFA. Oliseh’s glowing career so far includes no less than 60 appearances for Nigeria, he is also a licensed UEFA coach, and a Super Sport Soccer Analyst. You make us proud Mr Olisheh. Hats off to you. “Hats off” was also the order of the day in Lagos Public Schools on Tuesday, but in a different sense. It was announced by the Lagos state government that female students were banned from the use of Hijab. The ban has caused outcry from the Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA). It was argued that the wearing Hijab would cause confusion and breakdown of the

law. Others believe that banning Hijab does not promote harmony and equity. The banning of Hijab in schools will result in children being pulled out of public education and into private establishments. For some, accessing education will no longer be an option. They should not feel that they are unwanted in Lagos public schools. The ladies among the no doubt well educated decision makers might well remember what their parents taught them: you should hold the door open for others behind you. Our hearts go out to the girls who are worrying about where and if they can go to school. It is difficult to feel much sympathy for shamed Senators Duffy and Wallin. The Senators found themselves in more trouble over expenses claimed under the “honour system”. The system allowed them to claim for expenses without producing receipts. It defies belief how so much money could be siphoned away from the Canadian taxpayer in a blatant and continuous lack of self-restraint.

Or does it? We are very used to seeing this type of greed and opportunism from politicians back home. There appears to be something about getting into a position of power which leads some of us into temptation. Even though Duffy and Wallin have repaid their spurious expenses, the fact remains that they thought that they could get away with fleecing the public because they believed that they were above the already lax rules on Senators’ expense claims. Some opportunities should never be taken. We all have choices. Let’s make good ones. When there’s a disappointment... When there’s a disappointment, I don’t know if it’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Pema Chodron

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catholic school. Bizarrely, the video and the people selling the video disappear and don’t collect the money on offer from the Gawker. According to CNN there is a lot that we don’t know, but Rob Ford is smiling again and its business as usual behind the revolving doors at City Hall. The Eritrean consul general in Toronto, Semere Ghebremariam O Micael will no doubt be wondering where he is going on June 5 when he exits Canada after being expelled for charging a “diaspora tax”. He has been declared to be a “persona non grata”. The Foreign Affairs minister drew a diplomatic veil over his reasons for expelling Micael over the money raising scheme, but we suspect that methods of enforcing payments are less than fair to the folks back home. The expulsion has not come out of the blue. Baird showed O Micael the yellow card after Eritrea was told to respect international sanctions. The Eritrean representative has been told, in no uncertain terms that he must play by the rules.

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Opportunities come and go. Sometimes we can seize them and sometimes we can’t. Mayor Rob Ford is no stranger to the revolving door of life’s fortunes and misfortunes. Despite the controversy surrounding Rob Ford, we can’t help but feel sorry for him. We’ve seen many images of the Mayor looking distressed and anxious. But something has changed in the past day. There is a calming of the storm of uncertainty and accusation that has surrounded him recentlt. Readers who have been following the saga will be familiar with the headlines that have dominated in the media this week. A video recording of Mayor Tom Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine was shown to the Toronto Star and the Gawker; the story hits the media. The video goes on sale and the Gawker raises the $200 000 on the price tag. The beleaguered mayor fires his chief of staff, and his press secretaries resign from office. Ford is fired from his job as a football coach at a

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‘Adequate intake of water protects from kidney damage’ by Sade Oguntola Against increasing worries on increasing cases of kidney problem in the society, a dietician, Mr Tunde Ajobo, has stressed the need for regular intake of water, stating this was important to protect from some cases of kidney damage. Mr Ajobo, who spoke at a programme to mark World kidney day at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, said that adequate intake of water, especially in-between meals and during the dry season is important to

maintain good kidneys. The expert, who noted that people were not conscious of the importance of their kidney for the excretion of waste products from the body and production of blood, declared “people must know that their kidneys can be protected by taking enough water.” As part of steps to take to protect the kidney from damages, he talked about the need to dissuade from indiscriminate use of drugs and herbs, alcohol intake, intake of foods prepared with potash (kaun) as well as increased intake of fruits and vegetables.

Mr Ajobo, who cautioned on excessive intake of processed and synthetic foods because of their preservative and chemical additives that could be injurious to the kidney, warned fruit traders to dissuade ripening their fruits with carbide because it was harmful to the kidney and other organs of the body. A neurologist at the hospital, Dr Yomi Raji while stating that between 20 and 30 million Nigerians have kidney disease, said often times many are not aware until their kidneys had been badly affected. He declared: “In the early stages of kid-

WATCH IT!: Diabetes, cancer and heart disease risk linked to meat-heavy diets

BY TOBORE OVUORIE A new study has suggested that red meat is not only bad for your health, but places your heart at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases as a result of a key component in it called L-carnitine. Meatheavy diets have also been linked to increased risks of developing heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Until recently, there has been the perception without strong scientific evidence that eating suya and other kind of red meat increases the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat and cholesterol they deliver were cited as key culprits. But a team of United States based researchers have revealed Lcarnitine, a compound that is abundant in red meat as the dangerous ingredient. According to this study which was published recently online in the journal Nature Medicine, eating red meat delivers L-carnitine to bacteria that live in the human gut. These bacteria digest L-carnitine and turn it into a compound called trimethylamine-Noxide (TMAO). In studies in mice, TMAO was shown to cause atherosclerosis, the disease process that leads to cholesterol-clogged arteries. Clogged coronary arteries can lead to heart attacks. “The studies of red meat and heart disease in humans are conflicting,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “This new research was well-done and compelling, but it’s too early to decide that this molecule, TMAO, causes atherosclerosis in humans or that this is responsible for some of the associations of meat intake and risk.” Dr. Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and epidemiologist, ney disease, most people will not be aware of it because there are usually no signs. People only come to the hospital when the kidney disease has gone far.” The expert stressed the need for regular tests of the kidneys to ensure early detection of any kidney problem, saying that when a

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on red meat and health and found that people who eat unprocessed red meat regularly have, at worst, only a slightly higher risk of developing heart disease.

They also tended to weigh more, exercise less, smoke more, and drink more alcohol than those who ate less red meat. Yet even when the researchers compensated for unhealthy lifestyle factors, mortality and meat remained associated. “This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death,” said Dr. Frank Hu, one of the senior scientists involved in the study and a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Cutting back on red meat offers a life-extending dividend. In the Harvard study, adopting a diet with less than half a serving of red meat a day could have prevented about 1 in 10 deaths, says Dr. Walter Willett, a senior scientist on the team and chair of the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Swapping out red meat for more healthful protein sources is another life-extending option. Six good choices include: fish, chicken and turkey, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy products and whole grains. Replacing one serving a day of red meat with one of these options reduced mortality in the study by 7% to 19%.

Unprocessed red meat includes virtually all fresh cuts of beef, pork, and the like. “If you look at people who eat unprocessed red meat, there is a relatively weak association with heart disease,” Dr. Mozaffarian stated in his published study adding that “It’s not protective and healthier dietary choices exist but major harms are also not seen.” In addition, research at the Harvard School of Public Health has shown that people who eat the most processed meats have a higher overall risk of death. According to experts, the ultimate reason for this is not yet clear, but may be as a result of the huge doses of sodium delivered in them. In a related study, new findings from two long-term studies also indicate that eating lots of meat, especially processed meat, may also shorten human life. The new warning on red meat comes from a study of nearly 125,000 female nurses and male health professionals, whose diet and health have been followed by Harvard School of Public Health researchers for more than two decades. During this period, about 24,000 of the participants died from

kidney disease is picked up in its early stage, measures can be put in place to reduce or retard the progression of the disease. Dr Raji, however, stated that individuals with poorly controlled blood pressure and blood sugar or with an infection of the kidney stand a higher tendency of

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State Pardon: Alamieyeseigha Says Jonathan Had No Choice Former Bayelsa State Governor and ex-convict, DSP Alamieyeseigha has said that President Goodluck Jonathan had no choice in the state pardon he recently granted to him, as it was a deal that had been negotiated since the tenure of late President Umaru Yar’Adua. ““Well, it (state pardon) started during the late President Yar’Adua’s
reign,” he said in Lagos. “It was a pardon that was negotiated. People who don’t know what happened are the ones talking.” The ex-convict held back on what the deal was, but boasted that President Jonathan was his deputy as Bayelsa State Governor, and was part of the entire deal that he would disclose in a memoir he is writing. “Like I said, the pardon was negotiated and if I fulfilled my own part
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its part?” he asked. “President Goodluck Jonathan was part of the negotiating team. There
is no person in this country that knows issues surrounding
Alamieyeseigha better than Mr President. He was my deputy governor and
all that transpired were known to him. I am already writing my memoir. At the appropriate time, you will know that my pardon was in order.” Reviewing the comment today, a political observer in Abuja described Alamieyeseigha “a balloon of hot air.” He told SaharaReporters, “There is nothing that an in-

dividual convict could have negotiated with the federal government by which to obtain pardon. Alams did not negotiate anything and could not have negotiated anything. This is like IBB telling Nigerians he will soon disclose the reason for annulling the 1992 elections. IBB has been making that promise for 20 years now, but he cannot fulfill it because words cannot frame the depth of his betrayal of Nigeria. Alams took advantage of a weakling in presidential office that used to be his Deputy Governor, that is all. I feel sorry for Nigeria and Nigerians.” 

Saharareporters gathered that Alamieyeseigha has begun moves to throw
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Ibadan: Customs intercepts vehicles conveying 56,750 live ammunition By CHIDI NKWOPARA and OLA AJAYI

IBADAN - FEW hours after the Oyo State Police Command arrested a man with 3,500 live cartridges, the Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service also impounded a vehicle loaded with 56,750 rounds of ammunition at Saki in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State. The Customs Area Controller, Mr Richard Oteri, said the vehicle conveying the ammunition was arrested along the Igboho road in Saki. Disclosing that the contraband was concealed in bags packed with dried cassava tubers, he appealed to royal fathers and community leaders to sensitize their subjects on the dangers of smuggling especially in

the light of serious security challenges in the country. He said the command generated more than N4.5 billion in the first quarter of this year. The breakdown showed thatN49,726,393 was made from revenue collected on vehicles between January and April this year. Oteri further explained that 2,716 bags of rice, 28 fairly used assorted cars and SUVs, 2,500 cartons of frozen product, a lorry loaded with 700 cartons of foreign shoes, a bus loaded with textile materials and 521 used tyres concealed with 600 bags of animal feeds in a trailer were seized by his command. Oteri later handed over the ammunition to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Oyo State Police Command, Musa Kimo. Kimo, while receiving the

ammunition said “we shall not relent in ensuring adequate security” Customs impounds N5.9m contraband Also the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, yesterday, intercepted a trailer loaded with 62 sacks of second hand clothings. Showing newsmen round the seized items, Customs Area Controller, CAC, Mr. Victor David Dimka, explained that the vehicle was impounded at about 5.20 a.m along the ever busy Aba-Uyo federal highway. “Sixty two bales of banned second hand clothes that were carefully concealed in a 10-tyre Mack tipping trailer, were early this morning (yesterday) impounded by our operatives,” Dimka said. Vanguard

Millionaire who quit Microsoft to educate Africa’s future leaders From Vladimir Duthiers and Jessica Ellis, CNN Having just quit a highly lucrative job with tech giant Microsoft in the United States, where he’d made millions working as a program manager, Patrick Awuah would wake up once in a while wondering if he’d done the right thing. And then I read the words of Goethe,” remembers Awuah: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it -- begin it now.” What Awuah wanted to begin was to create a university in his native Ghana, a stateof-the-art education hub that would help educate the country’s next generation of leaders. Inspired by the saying of the famous German writer, Awuah moved with his family back to Ghana. There, he invested his own money and with the help of other donors he founded Ashesi University. “Africa needs to have a renaissance,” says Awuah, as he explains what drove him to take the risky decision. “The world needs to change in this way and I strongly believe that people like me who have had the privilege of a great education need to be part of the solution; that I need to be really actively involved in helping to drive this change in Africa so that 30,

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50 years from now, the world will be a different place for all people of African descent in the world.” Fostering leaders Located about an hour’s drive from the capital Accra, Ashesi, which appropriately translates to “beginning,” is the first Ghanaian university to combine technical majors with a liberal arts approach. Its vibrant campus, set on 100 acres in a town called Berekuso, was designed to be inspiring for the more than 500 young Ghanaians studying there. And while Ashesi has already come a long way -when the school first opened in 2002 there was no campus, just a couple of rented buildings for its 30 students -- Awuah plans to expand his offering as part of his dream of finding and developing Africa’s next problem solvers. “In this country, only 5% of college-age kids go to college,” he says. “And there’s two problems with that number: one is it’s too small, but the second is that everyone who goes to college by definition is going to be running this country one day, the 5% -- they’re going to be running the courts, they’re going to be designing roads and buildings and infrastructure, they’re going to be running the hospitals, the schools, the businesses. “So when I look at universities I see Africa fast-forward

30 years. When this 20-yearold is now in his or her 50s, that person is going to be a leader. And so I felt that engaging how that leadership, that future leadership core, is educated could be catalytic.” Tough decisions Awuah, who grew up in Accra, left Ghana in 1985 to pursue his own education in the United States. There, he got a job at Microsoft, spearheading software design for dialup internet access, making millions in the process. He admits that quitting Microsoft was not an easy decision and credits his American wife for supporting him. “I won’t lie to you -- it was tough,” says Awuah. “But I can tell you that when I mentioned this idea to my wife, she immediately agreed,” he adds. “She’d never been to Africa before she met me and part of her conviction that this sounded like a good idea and her willingness to go ahead with it was very encouraging.” Committed to providing greater education opportunities in Ghana, he went back to school himself, earning a Master’s degree at Berkeley, one of the world’s top business schools. For his efforts, he’s

Changing the continent Today Ashesi, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers degrees in business, information systems and computer science, with plans to offer engineering and economics majors in the near future. Its graduation rate is between 70 and 90%, according to Awuah. Total fees costs $9,000 a year, including tuition, housing and meals. Awuah says the university brings together a diverse mix of students from different backgrounds, including scholarship-winning undergraduates from humble beginnings who are the first in their families to attend college.

“Our last freshman class, 50% of that class paid full tuition, 25% were on full scholarships and 25% on partial scholarships,” he says.”The reason why diversity’s so important is that the most important conversation on campus is a conversation about the good society -- what is the good society we would like to see in Africa?’ That conversation is a lot more interesting if you have diversity in the classroom,” adds Awuah. “Because each person has an important perspective to share, but each person also has certain blinders that need to be peeled away -- that can be peeled away if they’re in a room with others who have other perspectives as they do.” Looking ahead, Awuah says

he hopes Africa’s universities will cultivate a new generation of bold and innovative leaders, helping the continent to transform itself. “If you come back in 30 years, universities will be competing for the best and brightest students,” he says. “I hope that universities will also be competing on things such as whose students are the most ethical,” he adds.” If that happens, it will change the continent.” Trumpetmediagroup

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1,497 Illegal Routes Into Nigeria – Interior Minister By SaharaReporters, New York There are no fewer than 1,497 illegal routes that lead into Nigeria. The startling disclosure was made by Nigeria’s Interior Minister, Abba Moro. Mr. Moro spoke in Abuja while briefing the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s national headquarters.

In order to curb the security crisis associated with porous borders, the minister said Nigeria needed more than $244 million. The fund would go into installation of electronic surveillance round the nation’s borders.

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Canada Will Soon Need 250,000 New Construction Workers Canada needs over 250,000 new construction workers between now and the year 2021, says a leading industry organization. BuildForce Canada, a national construction organization, recently released this statistic in Construction Looking Forward. The document is a summary of the field’s projected growth and needs for the next 8 years. This projected number is somewhat less than last year, where the organization theorized that 319,000 workers would be

needed. However, the Canadian Construction Association has stated that this does not mean the industry’s needs are any less dire. The construction industry in Canada is expanding at a rapid pace thanks to a booming natural resources trade as well as increased needs from the country’s population as a whole. As Canadians retire in larger and larger numbers, finding qualified candidates to replace workers in important sectors has become increasingly difficult. This

has the potential to lead to construction delays which have the potential to negatively impact a number of important economic sectors. “If you have one or two or three major projects slightly delayed [...] that can have a big impact,” said the association’s president. “We’re filling that need either domestically or through measures like the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.” Source: www.canadavisa. com

Turai Reclaims Disputed Land from Dame Patience An Abuja High Court has recently revoked the notice of revocation issued by the FCT Administration on a plot of land allocated to Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua. Presiding Justice Peter Affen held that “the revocation issued by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Bala Mohammed, was “invalid,

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Nigeria’s champagne sales second highest in world

tral Zone AOO, Central Business District, Abuja, FCT, was initially allocated to Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WAYEF) while Mrs Yar’adua was First Lady. The Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed revoked the allocation for what he described as `overriding public interest’. He then reallocated the same land to Mrs Jonathan for the building of African First Lady Peace Mission Headquarters on the 2nd of November, 2011. The action of the FCT administration is not tenable in law as it was done

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350,000 companies in Nigeria not paying taxes - FG ...To introduce e-payment for tax collection

THE Federal Government has lamented the high incidence of tax evasion in the country as it observed that more than 350,000 companies are not paying tax. To capture more companies and individuals in the wider tax net, the government is considering the idea of E-payment in the country. Minister of state for finance, Dr Yerima Champagne is displayed at a shop in Lagos. Consumption of champagne in Nigeria is expected Ngama disclosed this to reach 1.1m litres by 2017. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images on Thursday, in Abuja while presenting a Written by Afua Nigeria had the fast- it has to be the finest – keynote address at the Hirsch, West Africa est growing rate of new Cristal, Dom Pérignon or correspondent champagne consump- Moet et Chandon rosé – workshop of the African tion in the world, second these are the things that Tax Forum organised by only to France, and ahead are important symbols the Federal Inland RevNigeria’s love of cham- of rapid growth nations here,” said Vanessa Wal- enue Services (FIRS) Disclosing that it was pagne takes sales growth Brazil and China, and es- ters, the Lagos-based edito second highest in tablished markets such as tor of Nigerian women’s regrettable that most companies in Nigeria world
Not everyone in the US and Australia. magazine Genevieve. country where 63% live “Champagne has its “People say that at ev- were not remitting taxon less than $1 a day own demographic on the ery elite event the cham- es to government, the is impressed with the higher end of things – it’s pagne has to be flow- minister stressed that $50m and rising spent not even about the mid- ing, and that how much something has to be each year on fizz dle class, it’s about the champagne there is is a done urgently on this, if The lyrics to Pop Cham- elite,” said Spiros Malan- one-upmanship thing, the economy must move pagne – one of many Ni- drakis, a senior analyst at like showing people that forward. gerian pop songs to pay Euromonitor. your house is bigger than Dr Ngama disclosed homage to the ubiquitous “People may find it sur- theirs.” that the fall out of tax French drink – are self prising that Nigeria came But not everyone in Ni- evasion is the high cost explanatory. “We dey pop second in the rankings, geria – 63% of whose 160 of doing business in Nichampagne, pop pop pop but it has an extremely million population still geria. According to him, pop, pop champagne!” extravagant elite, with live on less than $1 a day if all the companies are the song goes, as a night- Nollywood and the oil in- – is impressed with the paying taxes, the govclub jumps with men dustry.” extent of Nigerian chamernment can use the tax holding bottles and womNigerians’ love of big pagne consumption. proceeds to take care of en glasses full of bubbly. spending has attracted “Nigerians’ unhealthy infrastructural facilities But Nigerians’ love of growing attention in re- enthusiasm for anything such as electricity, good champagne is fast becom- cent months. Last year foreign or imported is ing fact as well as legend figures revealed that Ni- a plague that continues – with new figures fore- gerian tourists in the UK to pull the country back casting that champagne are the fourth biggest into this sort of wasteful consumption in the west foreign spenders, ring- expenditure,” said an ediAfrican country will ing up an average £500 torial in Nigerian newsreach 1.1 million litres in each shop where they paper the Daily Trust in by 2017, with 2011 con- make purchases – four response to the figures. sumption at almost 8bn times what the average “[These figures] reveal naira (£31m). UK shopper spends. the profligacy that is ofThe figures, from re“At all the celebrity par- fensive, if not obscene.” search company Eu- ties in Lagos, they always romonitor, found that have champagne. And Source: guardian.co.UK continued from p(10) and so the dispute does not amount to overriding public interest,’’ the judge said. Affen said that the claim by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) that the plot had earlier been allocated for the building of the African First Lady Peace Mission was wrong. “There is no evidence in all of the materials before me that the land had been initially granted. The Minister did not rely on the alleged error while revoking the land but rather relied on evidence of overriding public interest. The disputed land, plot no. 1347 Cadas-

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contrary to the rules and law, and therefore will not stand.’’ Turai, the wife of Late President Umar Yar’Adua, approached the court seeking the revocation of the plot allegedly taken by Dame Patience. The plaintiff said that the land allocated to WAYEF on Feb 19, 2010, was being trespassed upon by the President’s wife. Those joined as co-defendants in the suit are the Minister of FCT, Federal Capital Administration, the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) and the AGF.

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roads, water and many more, and in the process bring down the high cost of doing business for the benefit of all. Apart from the high incidence of tax evasion, the minister stated that compare to the size of Nigeria, the quantum of taxes collected is nothing to write home about. The situation, he said was caused by the large size of the informal sector within the Nigerian economy. Dr Ngama lamented that despite the fact the Nigeria is the number one fastest growing economy in Africa and the fifth in the world, 54 per cent of business activities in Nigeria are taking place in the informal sector while the figure has reduced to 40 per cent at the present.

Unlike in Ghana which collects 21 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as taxes, the minister said it is only 7 per cent GDP in Nigeria.
Describing the situation as unacceptable, Dr Ngama said the government would do all things possible to bring a larger part of the informal sector into the tax net with a view to raking more taxes. The minister, applauding the Nigerian Custom Service for using e-payment in its duty collection stated that the federal government may consider the option of using e-payment for tax collection as well so that more money will accrue to government in form of taxes. Nigerian Tribune

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Canada gives $5m for Nigeria’s 2015 polls The Canadian government has said it was satisfied with Nigeria’s democratic credentials and promised to provide the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) with $5 million to conduct the 2015 general elections.The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Chris Cooter, said at an interactive session with the media and civil society groups on Sunday in Benin city, that his country was impressed

with INEC’s conduct of the 2011 general elections and other subsequent elections in some states of the federation. “We hope it will get better in 2015 and we have dedicated about five million dollars to that project. “We will be working with Prof. Jega and INEC very closely to promote democracy in Nigeria” he declared. The High Commissioner acknowledged that since

his arrival in the country three years ago, “we have seen great improvements in governance in your country. “It does not mean we have to have a revolution, but it just means that there has to be a little more of transparency in governance and a bit more of good governance to make a difference in most peoples’ lives. “It is never a straight path. But a path that requires lots of people working together,

But I am confident that Nigeria will make lots of progress because we have had a great year with Nigeria”. He however, added that the vibrant presence of civil society groups “is a guarantor of good governance”. He said after travelling to 29 of the 36 states in Nigeria, he could realize the improved difference in governance. Source:en.starafrica.com

Ex-McGill hospital boss Arthur Porter has 15 days to fight extradtion Former colleagues and associates of Arthur Porter are watching closely as Canadian authorities work to extradite the influential businessman and former head of the McGill University Health Centre following his arrest in Panama on fraud charges. Porter, the former head of Canada’s spy-agency watchdog and one-time MUHC CEO, was arrested by Interpol Monday at 2:30 p.m. at a hotel, according to Panama’s national police service. His wife, Pamela, was arrested on Sunday night at 11:40 p.m. local time shortly after arriving at Tocumen airport near Panama City with Porter. Although the Sierra Leone-born Porter arrived at the same time as his wife, he avoided being arrested Sunday night by, according to La Presse, telling police he was a diplomat. He was arrested the next day. He and his wife are currently being kept in separate cells in Panama City. He now has 15 days to fight extradition. Local authorities, operating under a “red notice” issued by Canadian authorities, detained Porter and his wife soon after the pair had arrived in Panama. They were en route to Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation off the coast of Venezuela. Porter has previously told Canadian media that he was too ill with stage-4 cancer to return to Canada to face the charges against him. One doctor who worked under Porter at the MUHC says a lot of questions remained after Porter resigned three months before the end of his contract. “This is the concluding

largest academic health institution, in charge of one of Canada’s largest public construction projects, a $1.3-billion so-called superhospital. Arrest warrants issued for Porter, 4 others Porter is accused of being at the heart of a scandal involving the superhospital and Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, the company responsible for its construction. In February, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit (UPAC) issued arrest warrants for Porter, along with four others suspected of conspiring to defraud the MUHC. - Yanai Elbaz, former MUHC director - Pierre Duhaime, former CEO of SNC-Lavalin - Riadh Ben Aissa, a continued on p(22)

episode of a very long and very sad saga, but I’ll be interested to see what happens when he comes to trial,” said Dr. David Morris, an MUHC endocrinologist. Following his early departure from the MUHC, Porter travelled to his clinic in Nassau, Bahamas. It was there that he told media he had diagnosed himself with terminal lung cancer. The arrests come several months after Quebec police released an international warrant for his arrest, following an investigation into the MUHC’s superhospital project. The pair’s arrest was announced in a statement by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit (UPAC), which said the operation was carried out with the help of the RCMP, Interpol and Que-

bec provincial police. Canada’s Department of Justice has started extradition proceedings, but the timeline depends on whether Porter contests the extradition. René Verret, spokesman for the Quebec Crown prosecutor’s office, said the process might only take a few days if Porter does not fight extradition. Porter faces multiple charges (PDF), including: - Fraud - Conspiracy to commit government fraud - Abuse of trust - Secret commissions - Laundering the proceeds of a crime His wife is facing charges for laundering the proceeds of a crime and conspiracy. Until his abrupt departure in December 2011, Porter was CEO of Canada’s

African Development Bank approves US $300 million loan for Nigeria ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, February 28, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, a loan of US $300 million to finance the Transport Sector and Economic Governance Reform Program and the Nigeria Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for the period 2013-2017. The loan aims to support the Nigerian Government to accelerate reform implementation in the areas of transport sector governance, and public expenditure management. Reform measures include the establishment of a Federal Road Authority, National Road Maintenance Fund, Road-Tolling Policy, and Axel Load Control Policy. In the areas of public financial management reform, the program involves the adoption of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), Internal Audit Modernization Plan, Treasuring Single Account (TSA), Government Integrated Public Financial Management (GIFMIS), and Transparency and Compliance in Procurement and Audit Practices. The program will also

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create fiscal space for increased investment in road infrastructure development. It is an integral part of a broader set of interventions of the Bank designed to support Nigeria’s Transformation Agenda with emphasis to economic governance and infrastructure development. The Country Strategy Paper outlines the Bank’s engagement and assistance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It will focus on two strategic pillars, namely supporting the development of a sound policy environment, and investing in critical infrastructure to promote the development of the real sector of the economy. The strategy is aligned with the Government’s long term development agenda. •Photo: AfDB President Donald Kaberuka.

We Had No Relationship With Rivers On Aircraft N565RS – Caverton Helicopters Aviation company, Caverton Helicopters, has denied any relationship between it and Rivers State Government over an aircraft with registration number N565RS, contrary to the submission by House of Representatives’ committees on Justice and Aviation. In a statement recently, the aviation company denied the existence of such a relationship and demanded concrete evidence from those who claim otherwise. It will be recalled that in their report, laid before the House on May 23, 2013, the committees not only submitted that there was an agency relationship between Rivers State and the company, they called for the prosecution of Caverton Helicopters “for providing information that led the au-

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thorities to wrongly believe that Rivers State Government falsified documents leading to the grounding of its aircraft.” In a reaction, Caverton Helicopters said it was surprising how the committees arrived at such weighty position and recommendation “without an independent, forensic investigation and without any counter-veiling evidence other than the mere say-so of a party to a dispute.” The statement, by Mr. Waziri Adio, Communication Consultant to Caverton Helicopters, said: “We expected more rigour, nuance, balance and greater restraint from such an august body. We challenge those who insist on manufacturing an ‘agency relationship’ where none exists, to show concrete evidence. Such

concrete evidence should include mandate from Rivers State Government to Caverton Helicopters on the said aircraft; evidence of payment(s) to Caverton Helicopters with corresponding invoice(s) for the purported services provided by us to the state government in the last eight months on this aircraft; executed management or agency contract between Rivers State Government and Caverton Helicopters; and any correspondences (whether through letter or email) on the issue during the past eight-month period we were purportedly involved with the aircraft.” The company maintained that the only relationship it had on the aircraft was an “unconsummated” one. Source: Vanguard


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Pi does not understand this and cries in disappointment. But in the way of nature, things are not designed to serve the sentiments of individuals but rather to enforce balance. And looking back makes no difference in the final moment of separation. We find that everything is presented in nature to fulfil our needs, and it is preposterous and conceited of us to go after heavenly stars to the stark negligence of earthly sparks. We earnestly seek the knowledge of God but often fail to see the hints in the reality of our existence, in the manifestation of His Will through the nature around us. We go to the end of the earth to seek inner peace, we scale the highest mountains but find no fulfilment. The question of God still sets everyone on every quest without rest; scientists are frustrated, atheists are irritated, seekers seek in holy books, some listen to high priests, others await the coming of a deliverer and non is at ease. What we seek above is already provided below, but we don’t see. It is all as in the words of the poet, we “search for the Friend with all our passion and all our energy, until we learn that we don’t need to search”. Nothing has seemed to change since the times of the dreamers who seek treasure abroad but find it at home. Richard Meseko richmeseko@gmail.com

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It is an illustration that confines man within his bounds where everything is already provided for and can be afforded. We are all confronted in our individual lifeboats with problems we would love to prevent. But hard as we may try, we can neither outwit worries, flee misfortunes nor escape mishaps that are designed to help us grow and mature. Psychologists paint problems with palatable pastel to portray them as mere ‘difficulties’ or ‘challenges’, but the fact remains however that the tough circumstance that becomes our lot is in fact designed especially for us. Seeking to run away from it would be like an attempt to escape from a little boat with wild tiger in the middle of the sea. The outcome will be worse and help will be always too far off and unattainable. True help lies in what we may make out of our circumstance; no man can run away from himself. Each man must find the answer to his own question. Once we resolve the problem we evolve to the next stage of development; all debts are paid, everything is compensated and we can move on. This is beautifully illustrated with the tiger promptly jumping out of the boat once at shore and disappearing into the forest without as much as a mere glance backwards at Pi despite having been stranded at sea with him for 227 days.

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Stuck in the same boat Nowhere have I seen the expression “stuck together in the same boat” brought to life more vividly than in the recent Academy Award winning film “Life of Pi” directed by Ang Lee, based on the adventure novel of same title by Yann Martel. Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel is the sole survivor of a shipwreck that ends his family’s trip from India to Canada with their collection of exotic animals. He is alone in a small boat in the middle of the sea with a surviving Bengal tiger. The tiger being not tamed poses an enormous difficulty for Pi, but using the meagre resources available to him, he is gradually able to train and bring the animal to do his biddings, allowing them both ultimately to foster peace and co-habit in the same lifeboat. The boat finally washes ashore on the coast of Mexico where the tiger promptly disappears into a nearby forest and Pi is rescued. During his ordeal at sea, Pi admits that he may have died without the tiger the initial fear which keeps him alert, and his eventual care of the animal gives his life purpose. The author says in an interview that he wrote the book in order to make people believe in God. Viewers of the film are indeed encouraged to believe in God, but without overtly seeking God. What seems to be specially designed to make one seek God would appear to make it obvious that God is not for seeking. The manifestation of God pervades all realities, and although a man must first deny his own existence to deny God, the greater impact is brought about by the simple truths of daily life, not in the constant verbal invocations to acknowledge God. An employee is promoted in his employment based on hard work and respect of rules rather than a consistent shouting of the employer’s name. Many things are highlighted in the film to project the majesty of the Almighty, but what suffuses the senses is the overwhelming reality that forces man to look inward, focus on self reliance and adopt pragmatic measures for his survival. Any required help comes of its own accord, and it’s a waste of time to hanker hither and yon beyond the limits of one’s ability.

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THIS TIME AROUND continued from last issue Afterward, Misan and Ruth with some other people went to the restaurant on the 8th floor for refreshments. After settling down in a seat, Misan glanced round the hall at the white faces but none was Antonio’s. She didn’t know whether that was good or bad. As they ate, there was an announcement by a male voice that the ship would arrive at Cozumel the following day. She and her friend agreed to meet up in the morning for breakfast and leave for sight-seeing in the town at 10AM. In the night, Misan tossed and turned under the comforter, thinking. She was worrying again, she knew but how could she not worry in this situation? Bringing Antonio into Weyin’s life would certainly affect some things. More importantly, how would it affect Antonio? He might think she wanted to blackmail him. She didn’t sleep until about 1:00AM. It was the intercom’s ring that woke her up. As she rolled out of the bed to pick it, she looked at the time. It was 9:10AM. “Hello?” It was Ruth. “I’ll join you soon.” Misan told her. After replacing the receiver, she went back on the bed to pray. She had her bath and wore one of her favorite dresses. She left the room and went to meet Ruth. Together, they entered the elevator to go to the 11th floor for breakfast at the general restaurant. ********** Antonio walked the length of the hall to be sure Misan hadn’t come. Then he sat in a corner, reading a book, half-heartedly. He looked up intermittently to see if she was around. Misan. He wondered what the name could mean. He had been sitting for about twenty minutes when a lady came over to his ta-

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ble. “Hi,” She called out. He looked up and saw a heavily made up face. “Hi, how’re you doing?” He looked her over. The white lady was curvaceous in a mini skirt and a tight low cut top that revealed her midriff. He knew her type. “Good. Are you alone?” She asked with a smile, fluttering her false eyelashes at him. “Yeah, I guess.” “May I join you?” She asked as she sat down. “Sure.” “I am Vivica.” She reached out to shake his hand. “Antonio.” He said simply, noticing her red painted claw-like finger nails. “Antonio.” She repeated the name slowly, not taking her eyes off him. “It’s a nice name, very masculine. I like it. It suits you.” “Thank you. Are you traveling alone?” Antonio asked. “Yes. It’s actually my first time. My friends came last year and told me it’s a lot of fun. What about you, are you travelling alone?” “Yes.” “I bet it’s not your first time, though.” She giggled in an inviting way. “No, it’s not.” He answered patiently. “Oh beautiful.” She took his hand. “In that case, Tony, maybe you’ll be kind enough to show me around.” He winced at the way she called him. He carefully removed his hand and used it to hold his book. She was still talking. “The only place I’ve been to is the

pool area.” “Well, maybe when I have the time I can do that. I actually have some friends around.” His mind was twirling, thinking of how he might bring the talk to God. He knew she was flirting with him and talking about God would make her leave. “I could also give you this book to read.” He held the book in his hand up. “It’s very interesting.” “What’s the title?” She asked with a frown, looking at the book. “A little of God.” “That’s weird. Is it a religious book?” She asked with irritation. “Yes but I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it.” She held a hand up. “Not me.” She smiled a little. “What do you see in it, are you one of these church people?” Her eyes went over him to see if he looked like one. “Yes.” She moved her head back a little as if she found it difficult to believe. “You? Church?” “Yes and you should be a church person, too.” She shook her head immediately. “No, spare me please.” She looked round as if she was looking for a way to escape. “I’m serious. You see, God loves you and…” She interrupted him. “No, Tony, let’s discuss something else.” She said uneasily, placing a hand on his hand in a pleading way. ********** When Misan and Ruth got out of the elevator, they met some people from their group chatting in the lobby. They joined them and together they entered the hall. Misan looked around and eventually her eyes rested on Antonio. He wore a baseball cap and dark sunglasses. He was not alone. There was a slim, redhead beside him. It sure didn’t take him long to find continued on p(49)

True or False Sugar makes kids go bonkers The Journal of the American Medical Association published a review of 23 studies on the subject of kids and sugar, the conclusion: Sugar doesn’t affect behavior. And it’s possible that it is the idea itself that is so ingrained as fact that it affects our perception. Case in point: In one study mothers were told that their sons had consumed a drink with a high sugar content. Although the boys had actually consumed sugar-free drinks, the mothers reported significantly higher levels of hyperactive behavior. That said, some scientists warn that sugar can make you dumb.

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Dear Agatha, Men are very treacherous. How unfair can a man be to a woman! I am going to be 60 this year and have been married for 40 years. I invested everything I had into this marriage. I am the only child of my parents so I inherited everything they had. When things were very difficult for my husband and I, the only house they had in Surulere, I sold to enable my husband begin his business. Today, he is quite successful. If anybody had told me that this man I helped to become a success would turn round to bite my fingers, I would have called that person a liar. About two months ago, I went to the United Kingdom to visit my son whose wife just put to bed. While there, one of the wife’s cousins came to visit her. From their discussion, it was obvious that they hadn’t seen in recent time. This cousin apparently lives in the United States with his family. I really couldn’t say what was so familiar about the cousin but he looked like someone I once met long time ago. I was really curious to know so I asked him about his work, state of origin, his parents and all the things you would ask when trying to help the memory recall something from its bank. My daughter-in-law innocently aided my quest for information as she announced that he shares the same surname as our family name. I was very curious to know so asked him his full name; the same names as my husband’s. I asked him about his mother, who I gathered is from the Caribbean. I didn’t know what to do because the face I thought was familiar was actually my husband’s. The boy was the replica of my husband. He was more of his mirror image than my son. When I asked how old he was, I discovered he was just three years younger than my first son while his sister and my third were age mates. Again, my daughter-in-law provided the information about the sister. When I asked him about his father, he said he was fine and presently in Nigeria with his other family. Further questions reveal that he has told them about his Nigerian family; and how afraid he was of them coming to visit him because of his wife. He said the mother and father were legally married in the United States. When he asked if

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I knew his father going by the similarities in our surnames, I told him, I would find out from my husband. It was all I could do at that time not to let the secret out of the bag. Without explaining my reasons, I told my children I was going back to Nigeria the following day. In the plane back home, I was praying against the reality of what I just heard but it turned out to be the truth. He didn’t bother to hide the truth from me. His excuse? I never made him feel like a man. Right from the very day I married him, I have always made him feel inferior, never lost the opportunity of reminding him I made him. He said I kept disrobing him in the presence of the children by my recount of how I sold my father’s house to help him. He attributes the attitude of the children towards him to that. I am really hurt and confused. I know he is trying to justify what he did by all the excuses about my behavior. Even if I am guilty of all that; is marrying another woman right? His way of repaying me for all I have done for him? Of his own volition, he personally told the children about his other family. Ironically, my children, especially my sons, I thought would align with me against their father all appear to be blaming me for the situation in my house. My eldest son, actually told me he didn’t blame his father for sourcing for happiness else where. He stopped short of calling me a nag. My only daughter though wasn’t as vocal as the brothers just urged me to take things easy and sort it out with their father. I have made up my mind to leave and have actually initiated discussion on the ownership of his business since I brought the money for the initial capital. I won’t let another woman reap where she didn’t sow. But I need your help, am I

doing the right thing? An old friend of mine thinks, I am going about it the wrong way and that if I am not careful, I risk losing the respect and support of my children? But I cannot allow any woman into my home; the one it took my parents’ money to establish. It isn’t possible! As it is, he has already used my money to train his other children. What kind of help can you offer me Agatha? I want you to appreciate that I am a hurt woman who is desperate to keep her inheritance. Patience Dear Patience, At 60, you should be more concerned about your peace of mind, making up with your children than fighting over a legacy your children from your narration may not really need? Can two wrongs ever be right? Granted, your husband has been unfair to you but don’t you think your current reaction is giving him basis for his decision to marry another woman? If your children are not supporting you, actually appear to be giving their father tacit support, can you still say you are right? There are situations in life when our righteousness can be very wrong. In this situation, your justification may not be right at the end of the day. What is life? What is the essence of marriage? Is it to just have children? We can all give one reason or the other to rationalize our actions but would these excuses stand the test of time, when our actions and the results we get are put side by side? Yes, you did the right thing, helping to kick start your husband’s success in life but does it merit your nagging of him; exposing him to the disdain of the children? If your own children can say those things about you, then you must have been terrible in your quest to ensure their father didn’t forget the side where his bread is buttered. Marriage is more than a journey of having good financial base; it is more of a journey of success, respect and tolerance. Nagging him to remain loyal to you obviously drove him into the hands of another woman; one who knows that a good marriage is more than having plenty of money to spend. Unwittingly, you created the opportunity for this woman to have a continued on p(50)


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First Ladies of style She is the wife of the governor. That makes her the First Lady of the state. She stands tall above other women and everything she does becomes news. Not even her closet is spared from scrutinyeveryone wants to see what she wore and where! Style pundits feast on her clothes and the pricey accessories she adorns. But not all First Ladies really have a grasp of what style means. For a select few who have, here is an abridged version of their style books. Bisi Fayemi She is the First Lady of Ekiti State. With a degree in History from the University of Ife, she also earned a masters degree from the University of Middlesex in Gender and Society. She is the President, African Women’s Development Fund. Fayemi’s style is simple but gorgeous. You can’t but notice her turban/headgear. Of this she says, “I do the turban myself and I tie any style but someone helps with my gele.” She is also a buff of indigenous fabrics but she would tell you she is not a designer label freak. “I don’t care about designer labels. I am more concerned about comfort because style is about comfort and that is what I go for in any design.” Her designers? Ituen Bassey, Ayoola Violet Braids, Joke Okeowo and Renee Acquah, who is resident in Ghana. Her favourite colours remain purple, blue, and coffee brown. Accessories she loves? “I love pearls, silver and gold,” she says. Clara Chime By virtue of being married to Governor Sullivan Chime, this fair-complexioned beauty is the First Lady of Enugu State. In her 30s, the graduate of Marketing from the Abia State University is the youngest First Lady in the South-East region. Immensely attractive; graceful and elegant are some of the words that have been used to describe her. Averagely built, her style is one that embodies simplicity, humility and yet, is up-to-date. Most times, she favours the traditional mode of dressing and thus, she opts for long skirts and blouses made

from Ankara fabrics and sometimes, exquisite foreign lace fabrics. For accessories, she is a devoted wearer of gold jewellery and other precious stones. Clara is the founder of Child and Mother Empowerment, a pet project with special focus on women and children. Yemisi Suswam The delectable Benue State First Lady rates as one of the prettiest of the pack. An architect by training, she would tell you being a governor’s wife is much more than being fashionable. “It does not mean extravagance,” she says in an interview. Style, she believes, should hinge on comfort. Of Emure Ekiti extraction, she explains: “I’m now a Tiv woman and we are known to be simple. I wear things that make me comfortable. To me, that is style. You are dressed up in your way and still very comfortable. I love looking good but not at the expense of my service to humanity. Nobody would remember you for those expensive clothes you wore, but you would make a mark in life by the lives you have touched. Fashion is also charity.” Funso Amosun Her 21-year-old marriage to Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Ogun State governor, positions her as the First Lady. A mother of five, she is a graduate of English Education from the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University. Soft-spoken and trim for a 47-year-old, she is a stickler for indigenous fabrics. Hear her: “I am an indigene of Ogun State and a citizen of Nigeria. So, I am supposed to be an ambassador for African clothing. Besides, I love being comfortable and simple. So, I would not be caught wearing anything uncomfortable and vulgar.”

Judith Amaechi The 43-year-old First Lady of Rivers State, Judith Amaechi, is a mother of three. A graduate of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, where she bagged a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Judith like her predecessors in office, has cultivated a style only very few dare have reasons to criticise. In the South-South region, she easily ranks among the best-dressed wives of state governors. The founder of Empowerment Support Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, Amaechi oscillates between local and international fashion. Omolewa Ahmed The wife of the Kwara State governor and founder of Life Empowered Anchors Hope Charity Foundation might be adjudged a simple woman but this does not affect the way she dresses in any way. One of the best-dressed First Ladies from the North Central region, Omolewa Ahmed is an epitome of values, yet she remains stylish. Owing to lifestyle and religion, she is often found wearing native attire in different hues. Whether made from local Ankara or imported fabrics, she always stands out. Her ability to determine what styles suit her is one other thing she has going for her beside her use of matching accessories. Margaret Peter-Obi Bold and assertive in her dressing, she is married to Governor Peter Obi and she represents an embodiment of style. A quintessential model, she demonstrates without repentance that sophistication is her maxim. Her laudable style is colourful and conspicuous. In her 40s, the lover of everything modern is blessed with an interesting silhou-

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Kemi Mimiko Well built, the First Lady of Ondo State has proved over time her ability to enhance her best features. Apart from her humanitarian works, another way she draws attention to herself is via her dressing. A lover of the traditional iro and buba, she also favours boubous of all colours and designs. In keeping true to African tradition, she accessorises with aso-oke most of the time. Elegant looking and dark-skinned, her use of make-up is minimal and this boosts her facial structures. She also loves to wear choice jewellery like her contemporaries. Nafisa Yuguda One of the daughters of the late President Musa Yar’adua, Nafisa got married to the Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda in 2009. The wedding, which was celebrated amid pomp, was a revelation on the style of the lady who did not fail to impress everyone present that she is indeed a style pundit. Since then, she has not lowered her standard and has instead, raised the bar higher. Interestingly, while her style can be described as conservative, the delicate looking beauty has a rich assortment of clothes made from exotic fabrics. While she is not favourably disposed to wearing western attire, she gets heart thumping whenever she makes an appearance at state functions. An ardent fan of exquisite jewellery, she boasts of a rich collection of assorted precious stones too and she never fails to pair them with her clothes.

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By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu Upwards of 2 million children are killed through abortion worldwide every 40 minutes and another 2 million via violence of all sorts, according to public health consultant and physician, Prof. Amobi Ilika. The Nigerian medical expert made the shocking disclosure while speaking at a ceremony for the handover of a cenotaph worth a million naira which he built and donated to St. Mathew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State. He described abortion

as a serious public health problem not only in Nigeria but across the world. Prof. Ilika, the immediate past Commissioner for Health in Anambra, explained that abortion, violence and killing are on the increase in the society. The pro-life promoter warned doctors and health workers who commit abortion to desist from that as condemnation awaits them. He issued the same warning to lecturers as well as politicians who sexually abuse young girls. On why he built the cenotaph, Prof. Ilika, who had also built one in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, said that the cenotaph is for continued on p(49)


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The 4 Things Every Son Needs From His Father Roland Warren, father of two sons and board member of the National Fatherhood Initiative, explains the simple but critical support any dad can give his child. By Roland C. Warren

I am often asked what sons need from their fathers. My answer really boils down to a few simple but critical things that every good dad must do, built on a framework of providing, nurturing and guiding. But here’s the problem: Too often, fathers think they’re doing a better job in these areas than they really are. I’ve found that these four questions, though, can help a father ensure he’s giving his son the fundamental things he needs. (And if a child’s father is not in the picture, his mother can use these questions as a guide to help her find male role models who can give her son these kinds of affirmation.) “Does my son know that he matters to me?”

We invest—money, time and energy—in the things we care about. In other words, if you ever want to know what someone cares about, look at their bank statement or ask them how they spent their time. The primary way that dads can help their boys understand that they matter is by making them a priority over the myriad demands that life throws at us. With many things competing for a dad’s

money, time and energy—our jobs, technology, entertainment, sports, television—it is easy for a child to think that he doesn’t matter. It is critical that dads make it clear to their sons that they are a priority, that our most important investment is in them and that all the other “stuff ” gets only the leftovers. “Does my son know that I love him?” Nurturing means a lot of things. It certainly includes hugging and kissing our boys—yes, even boys need hugs and kisses—on a daily basis and telling them that we love them. But it also includes taking care of their daily needs, like cooking for them, giving them baths, playing with them, reading to them and helping their mothers. And I have discovered that despite the conventional wisdom that nurturing is primarily mom’s territory, the root meaning of “nurture” is “to protect,” a role that most dads are comfortable with. “Does my son know that what he does is important to me?”

A son wants to know that the way he is living his life—his interests, schoolwork, hobbies and passions—is pleasing to his father. And, as a good dad, it is critical for a father to guide his son into the right actions and help him live a life centered on serving others. However, you can’t expect to teach a son the value of charity if you are not charitable in how you

spend time with him. You can’t expect to get him interested in your church’s community-service project if you haven’t established a “community” that includes him in your home. Show him that everything he does is important to you, and then you can show him what is really important—and he will welcome it. “Does my son know how proud I am of him?”

This boils down to a son’s innate need to be affirmed by his father. Your affirmation prepares your son to enter the world with the confidence and “emotional armor” that he needs in order not just to survive, but to thrive. A son needs to know that you are pleased with him, not for what he does or does not do, but because of who he is. And remember that the way a father affirms his son depends on things like his culture and community and his son’s temperament and interests. The objective of affirmation is to meet a son at his particular point of need and to connect with him—heart to heart. Indeed, there is no cookie-cutter approach to affirmation. One boy may simply need an encouraging word at the right time. A special breakfast out with dad may be what another son needs. A formal ceremony or rite of passage might fit certain cultures and situations. But what all of these acts of affirmation, big and small, communicate to your son is that you are his advocate and that your love is abiding and unconditional. Roland Warren is a board member (and former president) of the National Fatherhood Initiative. He can be reached at r warren@fatherhood.org. -OPRAH. COM

Wills and survivorships What is a Will? A working description of a Will is that it is a testamentary declaration contained in a deed, voluntarily made and executed according to Law by a Testator who is of sound mind and body, distributing his assets and giving such directives as he may wish to be carried out upon his death. The instructions in a Will only take effect after the demise of its maker, i.e. the Testator. A Testator cannot however generally distribute a property which he inherited under native customary law. What is a Codicil? A Testator can always effect changes or amendments, or insert additional devises or bequests to his Will, while he is still alive, by making a Codicil. A Codicil is a supplementary deed to a Will which is made for the purpose of adding to or varying or revoking the provisions of an existing Will.

Advantages of a Will (1) A Will excludes the rules of inheritance under native law and custom. (2 )A Will excludes the statutory rules of inheritance. (3) A Will affords the Testator the opportunity to choose his executors, administrators and Guardians if the Testator’s children are minors on his death. (4) A Will avoids the extravagant bureaucratic costs, effort and time expended in applying for letters of administration. (5) A Will allows the last surviving executor to complete the winding up of the administration of the estate without applying to the Probate Registry for the grant of fresh letters of administration. (6) A Will allows the executors to it, to act as from the death of the Testator pending when final Probate is granted. E.g. follow burial rites instructions, act as Guardian of minor, if any, etc.

Wills and Survivorship There are two kinds of survivorship. The first and more common one in Nigeria is known as Joint Tenancy. This is where two or more people jointly own a property. In the event of any of the owners pre-deceasing the other owner(s), the deceased owner’s share of the property passes to the surviving beneficiaries of such a property to the exclusion of the estate of the deceased co-owner. The other kind of survivorship is known as Tenancy-incommon. Here, in contrast to joint tenancy, the deceased owner’s share of a property forms a part of his estate, to be inherited according to the terms of his or her Will - if there is any - or according to such Law that governed the deceased affairs during his life time. Whether a devise or a bequest under a Will, to two or more beneficiaries, will be regulated by the rules of Joint Tenancy or Tenancy-incommon will depend on the interpretation of the wording of the Will. continued on p(50)

It Calms ADHD Symptoms, Plus 5 More Reasons to Get the Kids Outside Playing outside is good for kids' mental and physical health. Here's why and how to get them out outdoors By Arricca Elin SanSone

Remember how much fun you had fooling around outside when you were a kid? Your kids should be doing the same thing. Sure, it’s fun but it also has tons of benefits, like lowering stress and boosting immunity. Make outside time a regular thing through organized sports (if your kids like them) or with frequent trips to your neighborhood park or playground. “Plan to do outdoor activities together,” says Jennifer Shu, M.D., medical editor of Healthyliving.org. You can make outdoor play part of fun family traditions, like hikes or even lawn games and hopscotch. Here’s how that outside time will make them healthier. 


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1. It Calms ADHD Symptoms 
Kids with ADHD who play outside regularly have milder hyperactivity symptoms, according to studies at the University of Illinois. Get your kid outside for a 20 minute walk and he will be able to concentrate better.

 2. It Reduces Obesity Risk 
Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years. But being outdoors

can help: The more time your kid actively plays outside, the lower her odds are of being overweight. (An Australian study confirms this bit of common sense.). So limit computers and TV -- two hours tops, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) -- and get them outdoors instead.

 3. It Reduces Stress 
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My Ex is Pregnant, how do I tell my wife? Dear Pastor, My Ex wife is pregnant for me. I am a happily married man with children. How do I handle this situation? Do I confess to my wife or keep it from her? Dear Wale, I really appreciate what you are going through. I will not judge you for your actions as God has not made me a judge over you. The Bible advises us as Christians to "flee from every appearance of evil". Falling into fornication or adultery is not something that happens all of a sudden. It is premeditated. You must have been meditating on this for sometime. You might be divorced from your ex-wife but there are some things you still admire and appreciate about her. She was not altogether bad to you. Perhaps, in your interactions with her, you began to imagine the good times you had together and you drifted off. You ignored the warning signals. I am sure they were glaringly visible to you. Alas! you ignored them. The Bible says, "Come, let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet, or red as crimson, they shall be as white as snow". God has made a way of deliverance through the Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. First and foremost, you

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must repent before God as you have wronged God and gone astray from His ways. Begin to appropriate the blood of Jesus and confess your sins before God as the Bible says, "If we confess our sins and forsake them, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all forms of unrighteousness". When you have repented before God, ask him to touch your wife's heart. Prayerfully bring this seriously before God. You MUST confess this to your wife. I pray she does not hear it from outside. Let her hear the story from your mouth. Be the first to tell her. I am not guaranteeing you that she will forgive you instantly as soon as you make your confession. Give her time as you prayerfully ask God to touch her heart to forgive you. You have hurt her by this action of yours. She will surely forgive by God's grace. But please, make a conscious effort and commitment to remain faith-

ful and loyal to your wife. Let this never happen again in your marriage. If you had intentions of going back to have carnal knowledge of your ex wife, why did you divorce her in the first place? Please stop toying with these two women's hearts. It is very despicable to be involved with these two women - you divorced one to marry the other and now went back to impregnate her. Put yourself in your wife's shoes. How would you feel if the table were turned the other way. How would you feel if your wife came back to inform you she was pregnant for her ex husband. Hell will be let loose, I am sure. Let the golden rule apply in your relationship with your wife, "Do unto your wife what you would have her do unto you". God bless you. Do you have a problem? Why not share with our pastor. Send all letters to publisher@nigeriancanadiannews.ca

Canadian Court Dismisses BC Temporary Worker Case The Federal Court of Canada has dismissed a case centered on a British Columbia company’s hiring of 201 Chinese miners. The company, HD Mining, had received positive Labour Market Opinions (LMOs), allowing it to bring the workers to Canada on a temporary basis. The Canadian chapters of two unions, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union, sought to challenge the validity of

these LMOs in court. The unions contended that Canada had no shortage of qualified miners, and that bringing Chinese labour would serve to undercut the Canadian labour market. The case prompted discussion on the national stage, calling into question the role of temporary labour in the Canadian economy. In part due to backlash over this incident, the government has recently announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Work-

er Program. Despite the case’s dismissal, union representatives are glad to have brought the issue to light. “We’ve had a chance now to get the public awareness up, the problems and the flaws of the [program],” said one union spokesperson. The company hiring the foreign workers plans to continue bringing the 201 miners to Canada. Source: www.canadavisa. com

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In the 1920s, an English adventurer named Mallory led an expedition to try to conquer Mt. Everest. His first expedition failed. So did the second. Mallory made a third assault with a highly skilled and experienced team, but in spite of careful planning and extensive safety measures, an avalanche wiped out Mallory and most of his party. Upon their return to England, the few who had survived held a banquet to salute Mallory and those who had perished on the mountain. As the leader of the survivors stood to speak, he looked around the hall at the framed pictures of Mallory and the others who had died. Then he turned his back to the crowd and faced a large picture of Mount Everest, which stood looming behind the banquet table like a silent, unbeatable giant. With tears streaming down his face, he spoke to the mountain on behalf of his dead friends: “I speak to you, Mt. Everest, in the name of all brave men living and those yet unborn. Mt. Everest, you defeated us once; you defeated us twice; you defeated us three times. But, Mt Ever-

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est, we shall someday defeat you, because you can’t get any bigger and we can.” Needless to say, Mt Everest was defeated because Mallory and his team refused to give up. Dear reader, what is the Mt Everest in your life currently? What is it that seems insurmountable in your life? Events have shown that men achieve their dreams irrespective of defeats they may encounter on their journey to the top. If you are a regular follower of this column, you will agree with me that nothing is impossible. I mean on this platform, we have showcased men and women who have left their marks on the sands of time. Individuals whose name must be mentioned when the history of their time will be told. They did not achieve what they did on a platter of gold, but were ready to fight to the end to get what they wanted. The story is told about a woodcutter who kept hit-

ting at a particular wood for a long time, yet it seems he was just wasting his time, for the wood didn’t give any sign of breaking apart. That did not discourage the woodcutter. He kept hitting. By the time he has hit the wood ninety nine times, nothing happened, but the hundredth time, the wood split into pieces. Now the question is “Was it the last hitting that broke the wood?” The truth is that the wood broke as a result of all the accumulated hitting. Maybe if the man had given up by the time he was very close, he would not have achieved his desire of breaking the wood. The same is with us, when pursuing our heart desires. The answer we want may not come when we expect it, but if we persist, surely someday we will have cause to shout eureka eureka (I have found it, I have found it). I want you to form a very thick skin against failure. When it seems nothing will work, smile and keep pushing. It might be the day that you decide to give up that the breakthrough you have been working for will come. Beloved, just one more time. Believe me. Just one more time!

Okonjo-Iweala is Forbes’ 83rd most powerful woman FORBES released its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women and Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ranks 83rd. According to Forbes, the list is made up of 100 women who made the most impact. They include top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities. Okonjo-Iweala moved down from the 81st position to the 83rd. Joyce Banda, president of Malawi, is up from the 71st position to the 47th and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia, ranks 87th on the list. On the international level, Angela Makel, German chancellor and a member of the 27-member European Union retains the number one slot. Dilma Rousseff, presi-

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dent of Brazil; Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States and Hilary Clin-

ton round up the first five list, ranking second, third, fourth and fifth respectively. Also on the list are musician/actress, Beyonce Knowles Carter; media mogul, Oprah Winfrey; actress Angelina Jolie; actress Sofia Vergara; musician Lady Gaga; TV personality Ellen DeGeneres; musician Shakira Mebarak; author J.K Rowling and supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Nigerian Tribune


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Olive oil and nuts make you smarter, study finds A Mediterranean diet with a boost of fat proves to be good for cognitive ability, say researchers in Spain.

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By Melissa Breyer In February, the Mediterranean diet made news (again) when a study found that some 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet. Meaning, simply eat as they do in many Mediterranean countries with an emphasis on whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and red wine, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and fish. Now researchers in Spain are attributing more good news to this style of eating. After following more than 1,000 people for six and a half years, they discovered that those who were on a Mediterranean diet and supplemented with extra nuts or olive oil performed better on cognitive tests than the control group, which followed a lower-fat diet. “We found that a Mediterranean diet with olive

cognitive impairments,” said Dr. Miguel MartinezGonzalez, the chairman of preventive medicine at the University of Navarra in Spain. The Mediterranean diet skips over processed foods and bad fats, and relies on food items that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These kinds of foods are thought to help decrease circulatory damage, inflammation and oxidative damage in the brain. “The quantity of the difference between the groups was small from a clinical point of view, but it was statistically significant,” he said. “The harmony, the combination of all of the micronutrients,

ing of the central nervous system.” One of the beauties of the diet is that it is practical, easy, and nice on the palate. And aside from blatantly unhealthy food, it is not terribly restrictive. (Not to mention the distinctly pleasurable perks of olive oil and red wine.) “The Mediterranean people enjoy this kind of diet every day,” MartinezGonzalez said. “It is pleasant, it is healthy, it is sustainable, and it is not very expensive.” The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

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the subject of renewed police scrutiny, following the death of Tim Bosma, 32, who disappeared May 6 after taking two men on a test drive in the pickup truck he was trying to sell. Toronto police homicide investigators had planned a second day of searching for clues in connection with the

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would not confirm if they’re digging. Fresh piles of dirt were spotted at the farm Tuesday and police officers were seen raking and cutting back tall grass with a weed trimmer on the property. Officers were also observed using a groundpenetrating radar device, which is commonly used to find underground objects. Millard, 27, was charged with first-degree murder on May 15 in connection with the death of Bosma. A second man, Mark Smich, 25, of Oakville, was arrested on May 22 and has since been charged with

first-degree murder. A third suspect is still being sought by Hamilton police. Babcock has been missing since June 2012. According to friends of the Toronto woman, she was once in a relationship with Millard. Police have also reopened the investigation into the apparent November 2012 suicide of Millard’s father, who’s death was not considered criminal at the time. After the recent charges against Millard, police said they would take another look at the case. Reprinted with permission from CBC.ca


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I Can’t Find Jobs For My Daughters — El-Rufai Former Federal Capital Territory minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Thursday bemoaned the spate of unemployment in the country, saying despite his connections, he had yet to secure jobs for his two daughters, who are both holders of Masters Degrees. The former minister, whose lecture was entitled Impunity, Injustice and Insecurity: What Role for the Law,’ said Nigeria needed to create three million jobs yearly to tackle its employment problem.El-Rufai said this while delivering a lecture at the Sixth Annual Alao Aka-Bashorun Lecture, organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch. He said, “Forty-two per cent of Nigerian youths are unemployed. “I have two daughters with Masters Degrees and they are unemployed. They have been at home for more than a year and I cannot get a job for them.

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“We are sitting on a demographic time bomb and unless we have visionary leaders that are able to plan for the future, we will have a huge problem.” According to him, the Nigerian government is spending N2bn daily on security, instead of investing in infrastructure and human capital development. El-Rufai queried the N100bn Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government, saying it had not solved the problem of pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the Niger Delta region. He said, “Our oil production output is at its lowest since 2009 as a result of oil

theft and closure of facilities by oil companies. “That is why the government is borrowing more than ever and dipping into the nation’s foreign reserves.” The former FCT minister added that granting amnesty to people who take up arms against the state would not solve the problem of insecurity in Nigeria. “Even if you grant amnesty to Boko Haram, without addressing the fundamental issues such as lack of opportunities, poverty and social injustice, it will not solve the problem,” he said. Also speaking at the event, Prof. Akin Oyebode, advocated life imprisonment for corrupt public officials as a way of reducing the high incidence of corruption in the country. His lecture was entitled, ‘Corruption and Insecurity in the Society: What Role for the Law?’ Informationng.com

More questions raised in Senators Duffy and Wallin expenses scandal OTTAWA - Two of the four senators in the spotlight for their questionable claims for expenses are subject to further investigations into their expense reimbursements. The expenses were claimed under the “honour system”, which allows Senators to claim for expenses without producing receipts. The Senate committee examining Senator Pamela Wallin’s travel expenses has asked independent auditors, Deloitte, to widen the scope of their review to include another year’s worth of the Saskatchewan senator’s expense claims. Ms Wallin has charged approximately $375,600 in travel expenses between September, 2010, and the end of February, 2013. The National Post reports that Independent Senator Mike Duffy has been offered a meeting with the Senate committee re-examining an audit into his living expenses. He has been invited to meet the executive of the Senate’s internal economy committee next Tuesday. Contrary to

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behind closed door meetings should be limited. Sen. Anne Cools expressed concern over the closed door policy. “Incamera meetings are supposed to be exceptions to the rule,” said the independent Sen. Cools. “There is some concern there that has to be addressed.” Sen. Cools is reported to have said “I have found the treatment of the issues unsettling … and disturbing.” Critics of the Senate’s internal economy committee

The committee is also expected to request that the auditors reviewing Saskatchewan Sen. Pamela Wallin’s expenses speed up their work. The Senate was first criticised for its handling of the affair when it transpired that Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Harper’s (now former) chief of staff, wrote a personal cheque to Mike Duffy for $90,000 to cover the costs of dubious Senate expenses. Wright resigned on May

“Our aim is to chase Jonathan out of Aso Rock in 2015” – FaniKayode confirms defection to APC A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the yet-tobe-registered All Progressives Congress, APC. In a post on his Facebook post, Mr. Fani-Kayode said he took the decision after he met with Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi earlier today. “I had a meeting with Gov. Kayode Fayemi afterwards and I have just publicly and formally declared for the APC,” the former minister said. “For me, this is a great and historic day. Goodbye forever PDP.” He said he met Mr. Fayemi after he chaired the public presentation of a book written by an old friend, Bunmi Aborishade, who now teaches journalism at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.
Confirming the development to DailyPost in a telephone interview, Fani-Kayode said, “Yes it is true that I have dumped the People’s Democratic

Party for the All Progressives Congress. I made the declaration after a meeting with my brother, Governor Kayode Fayemi at the Ekiti Government House. In fact we had a press conference afterwards.” Giving reasons for his decision, “You see, some of us have been enduring the many garbage of PDP. I left for two reasons actually. One is the manner they conducted the chairmanship election of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. The fact that Governor Amaechi won and they denied him. And then a few others came out to say that someone else won. How can any sane person remain in a party like that? he asked. “Two is that they (PDP leadership) have marginal-

19 while in a statement to the press, Prime Minister Harper said he was unaware of the cheque or Wright’s actions, and that he was “very sorry” about the whole affair. The initial audit into Senators expenses was criticised by the opposition when Liberal leader in the Senate, James Cowan, expressed concerns that the Duffy report was “sanitized”. Canada.com reported that the opposition claimed that the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration was not duly critical of Duffy in the audit of his expenses. Senators Mac

Harb and Patrick Brazeau received much harsher criticism in the report. The committee allegedly removed language in its final report on Duffy’s living expenses. The report suggested that he had broken “unambiguous” rules about housing expenses and that the committee were unconvinced that Duffy’s home in Cavendish, P.E.I. was his primary residence. The Duffy affair is being re-examined by the same Senate committee that produced the original report. Both Sen.Duffy and Sen. Ann Wallin left the Conservative party caucus as

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ized everything and everyone including the founding fathers, those who laboured to ensure that the party is where it is today; people like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and a host of others.” “So I am joining my friends like Bola Tinubu, Muhammadu Buhari, Nuhu Ribadu, Nasir el-rufai, Sam Nda Isaiah and the likes in APC. Our aim is to ensure that Goodluck Jonathan doesn’t come back in 2015.” “If they can split the NGF because Jonathan’s candidate did not win, that means they will split our great country Nigeria if he doesn’t get re-elected.” On whether he discussed his defection to the opposition with his political godfather and ex-President Obasanjo, the former minister retorted that, “This has nothing to do with Baba, it is purely a personal decision.” Daily Post

the expenses scandal drew increasing attention from the media. The shamed Senators actions are at odds with the Conservative agenda to bring Senate reforms through strengthening integrity and accountability. The Senate is likely to adopt changes to the way senators report expenses following recommendations made by the Internal Economy committee earlier this month. Senators will be required to submit receipts, pass “primary residency” tests and payments for foreign travel (other than to New York) will cease.

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How to get a good man to marry

‘I helped a ‘sister’ into my home, she took over my husband’ By ANGELA DAVIES Is it wrong to give shelter to a female church member? I was once a happily married woman but today I am a single mother because of ‘sister’ Patience whom we all thought was a true born again Christian and actually needed a roof over her head. If I had only listened to my husband, Anthony, and stuck to his initial suggestion, I know my marriage would have still been intact despite my childlessness then. My name is Jasmine and this is my story. It was one fateful Wednesday afternoon at about 2:30 pm that I received a phone call from my pastor, Pastor Emmanuel; he requested to see me and my husband after church service that evening. Amazed, I said, “Pastor, I hope there is no problem because you have not called us for some time now.” He assured me that everything was alright. Immediately after the service, Anthony and I went to

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the pastor’s office. He told us that there was a ‘sister’ who needs assistance and he believes we were the only ones who could help her. “Sister Patience has been in the church for just a few months however, she is on fire for the Lord. She is a member of the prayer warrior, sanctuary cleaners and choir,” he said. He further stated that, “The sister she is putting up with brought two of her younger siblings to stay with her and since it’s a one-room apartment, the place has become too small and uncomfortable for them so she is looking for another place to stay. When she mentioned it to me, my mind went to you and your husband,” Pastor Emmanuel revealed. At the end, he pleaded with us to

be our brother’s keeper. My husband, Anthony promised him that we would think about it and get back to him in three days before leaving his office. When Anthony and I talked about the issue, he bluntly told me he does not like the idea of a full grown woman living with us; nevertheless he is willing to get a small apartment for her. “Darling, she cannot live in this house with us. But I am willing to get a small apartment for her if Pastor Emmanuel will not mind,” he suggested. “But darling, we live alone in this duplex. There is enough room, aside that, the boy’s quarters is also there. Why not allow sister Patience stay with us even if it is continued on p(45)

Islamic Perspectives on Life

Is there such thing as rape in a marriage? Dear scholars, As-Salaam` Alaykum. Is there such thing as rape in a marriage? Is a wife obligated to do EVERYTHING her husband demands of her? Jazakum Allah khayran. Aminah Wa`alykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear questioner, we appreciate the great confidence you have in us, and we implore Allah to help us serve the cause of Islam and to render this work for His Sake. We hope our efforts meet your expectations. It should be stated first that Islam is keen to build a strong society. Since family

is the cornerstone of society, Islam pays it much attention so as to preserve its stability and well-being. In doing so, Islam defines the main objectives of family life and clearly defines the role of each partner. We’d also like to make it clear that “domestic abuse and rape within marriage is a social issue that happens within our society. It is everyone’s problem and not confined to any particular religion or ethnic group. It is almost never talked about, but one thing is clear, wives who are battered are more likely also to be raped. Rape is the term used to describe sexual intercourse committed without a person’s consent and / or against a person’s will. Often, it is easy to view marital rape as less serious and traumatic when compared to other forms of rape. Studies , however,

have shown that marital rape is frequently quite violent and generally has more severe, traumatic effects on the victim than other rape. A stranger rape, as devastating as it is, is a one-time occurrence. Marital rape however, involves a series of devastating occurrences, often spanning years. When you are raped by your husband, you have to live with your rapist! Why would a man rape his wife? Strangely enough, it is not due to a wife’s withholding of sex which is the most common myth. Most women who report being raped by their husbands also report having consensual sexual intercourse with them. If the offender is not deterred by social conventions against hitting and punching, he will probably not be inhibited by social conventions against forcing sex either. continued on p(50)

Every woman wants a good man to marry, and in my new novel ‘With This Ring’, forty somethingyear old single mother, Ibie was no exception. She was looking for a certain type of man: not just good but godly as well, a man after God’s heart who would be good to her. Having made a terrible mistake before, she was determined to get it right this time around. She knew that getting married to an ungodly man would be a recipe for disaster. How can I get a good man to marry? This is one of the questions ladies frequently ask me. How did I find my husband? The truth of the matter is that I did not find him, he found me. I just wanted to serve God and do things the right way. I wasn’t even praying about a man yet, and there he was. I immediately started praying and studying him. Does he love God? Does he love me? Does he have a good heart? Yes, yes, yes. Eureka! Who can find a good man? Where is he? Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man? (Proverbs 20:6 NKJV) A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. (Psalm 112:5 NKJV) There are ladies who think that all the good men are dead but that is not true. They think that they can never find a good man. Anyone who believes this has believed satan’s lies. I was in a church recently and a lady got up to say that if ladies could not get Mr. Right, they should settle for Mr. Available. This is another lie of satan that people listen to. I had to address the issue and correct the lady when it was time for me to preach. Going for Mr. Available will not take a lady to her destination, she will not reach her goal. People need to begin to listen to the truth which can only be found in God’s words. They must shun satan’s lies which is why I’m writing the novels, counselling, and teaching people on how to have a good relationship and marriage. There are still a lot of good men around, men

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who will do their wives good all the days of their lives. In First Kings chapter nineteen in the Bible, when Elijah claimed that he was the only faithful prophet left, God told him he was wrong. There were still some faithful men in the land. 14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then the Lord said to him: “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1Kings 19: 14,18 NKJV) I need to admit that getting a good man might be a little difficult and challenging sometimes but it’s not impossible. The people who know God shall be strong and do exploits for with God all things are possible. God desires to guide and help His people, who put their trust in Him and listen for His voice. For ladies who sincerely desire to marry a good man but have been coming across the wrong ones, here are some of the steps you must take. You will also need to read my novels especially the new one, and You Found Me, My First Love. What to do 1)To get a good man, you need to decide and know what you want in life first. Do you want a good marriage or just any kind of marriage? If you want a good marriage, then you must wait for Mr. Right. Don’t compromise your stand, God is faithful, He will do it. If marriage is what interests you and not the ‘good’ part, then you can marry any one. The end

justifies the means. 2)To get a good man, you must also be a good woman because a good man will want only a good woman. He would not settle for less. Like attracts like. But there are ladies who want good men but are unwilling to work on themselves. Some ladies only want to take from a man. They want a man who will pay their bills but they have nothing to add to his life. Such ladies might never get a good man. Most of them end up getting users who will treat them like a piece of trash. Being a good woman goes beyond going to church or being a Christian. You must have good character which can only come by working on yourself and yielding to God. You need to realise that as you are watching and studying the man, he is also studying you to know if you are the one who is to come, or should he look for another? He knows how a good lady will dress, he knows that she will not wear clothes that are revealing or will expose her cleavage. As a good lady, you must know that little is usually much and enough. Wear the right things for your body and do not bare your midriff. Prepare yourself inside and outside. Second Peter chapter one from verse five to ten admonishes, “For this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; And Proverbs chapter thirty one states, “She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13 She willingly works with continued on p(22)


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Grieving Family visits scene of London Killing LONDON – In reports in the Guardian UK and Mirror, the family of murdered London soldier, Lee Rigby visited the scene of his brutal killing as tensions rise in London. Members of Mr Rigby’s family laid flowers at Woolwich Barracks where the 25-year-old drummer with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was based. They comforted each other as they looked at the thousands of floral tributes that have been left in his memory. Moments later, they crossed the road to look at the spot where he was attacked in the street. The barbaric killing, that has shocked the world, happened at 2.20pm on a busy main road just 50 yards from a primary school and 200 yards from Woolwich Barracks in South East London. Lee Rigby’s attackers butchered the father one, after a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into him. He had just left Woolwich Barracks wearing a “Help for Heroes” tshirt. Horrified witnesses tell how, during the cowardly attack, the beheaded soldier was hacked at ‘like a piece of meat’. His attackers used knives and meat cleavers according to witnesses who saw the attack which took place in broad daylight.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies using crack cocaine TORONTO - The media storm surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s alleged crack cocaine use continues to grow. The worldwide press furore followed claims of the existence of film footage which, according to the Toronto Star, appear to show Mayor Tom Ford partaking of the illicit

drug. Prompted by the accusations, the mayor issued a statement in which he denied the claims. In a press conference the mayor said that he did not use crack cocaine, nor was he an addict of crack cocaine. “It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that my

colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence,” said Ford. “This past week has not been an easy one. It has taken a great toll on my family and my friends and the continued on p(37)

former SNC-Lavalin employee - Jeremy Morris, a businessman About one month later, the MUHC said it was cancelling plans to pave an “Arthur T. Porter Way” onto the hospital property. A sixth man, Yohann Elbaz, was arrested in April on similar charges. MUHC spokesman Ian Popple declined to comment on the extent of the case, saying only that “this is a police matter. Justice is following its course. The MUHC continues to co-operate with the authorities.” Less than one month before he left his post at the MUHC, Porter resigned as chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee,

which monitors the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), after his ties to a controversial lobbyist became public. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Porter’s alleged criminal acts had nothing to do with the work he did for the government of Canada. Porter also has a history with the current leader of Quebec’s Liberal Party, Philippe Couillard. In the past, other party members have questioned Couillard about his relationship with the embattled executive. Quebec Health Minister Réjean Hébert raised this point today when reached for comment. “We know that [Couil-

lard] was the best friend of Mr. Porter and he was one of his associates, also, in a company,” Hébert said. “I think Mr. Couillard should explain that relationship he has with Mr. Porter.” But Liberal finance critic Raymond Bachand said on Tuesday he is no longer concerned. “We’ve set up UPAC. It shows the efficiency of the means we put in place to combat corruption,” Bachand said. “I am very happy that the police have found the means to go to the ends that we’re all wanting as citizens.”

continued from p(19) began in Toronto in 2011, RCMP have said. Active in community Snook was originally scheduled to enter pleas in March, but his lawyer requested the matter be adjourned until Wednesday, saying he was waiting for full disclosure from the Crown. Boyle had questioned whether Snook would be able to get a fair trial in Saint John, where he has been an active member of the community for many years. Snook, a second-term city councillor, resigned

his seat on Jan. 17. “Regrettably, due to the current circumstances I find myself in, I am no longer able to continue in my role as a councillor in the City of Saint John, representing Ward 3,” he stated in his handwritten resignation letter. He was also suspended as director of the Saint John Inner City Youth Ministry, which involved overseeing the Chicken Noodle Club, a daily hot lunch program for disadvantaged youth, for several years. Snook served as a fos-

ter parent for 25 years, a former board member for the Boys and Girls Club, and a volunteer with several other organizations, including PRO Kids (Positive Recreational Opportunities for Kids), National Child Day committee and the South End Little League executive, according to his Facebook profile. His work in the community was recognized in 2003 with the YMCA Canada Peace medal.

continued from p(21) her hands. 15 She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. 17 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. 20 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of

kindness. 27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:12-27 NKJV) 3) As a Christian, you must realise that you cannot and should not marry outside the camp. The man must be a child of God. Christian ladies sometimes ask me if they can convert a man to Christianity in order to marry him. No, this is not the way to go. This is what Moni tried to do in my novel ‘Tears On My Pillow’ but she failed. You cannot change a man or make him

become a good man. Only God can. 4)Prayer is very important. Be prayerful and ask God for wisdom so you will recognise the good man when he comes and see into his heart. You should never forget that God’s plans for you are plans of good and not evil, to give you the expected end. A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.” (Proverbs 24:3)

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A bloodied man with knives in his hand posed in front of cameras and spoke to onlookers immediately after the attack. Eye witnesses reported that the attackers were also seen filming themselves and taking pictures. The two attackers were identified as Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22. Both men are British citizens of Nigerian decent. The suspects were carrying a gun – believed to be a revolver – were later wounded in an apparent “suicide by cop” attempt after waiting at the scene for 20 minutes. When anti-terror squad officers arrived they charged at the police vehicle. Both men were both taken to hospital.

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Talking in a chilling mobile phone video, Michael Adebolajo is shown with his hands covered in blood as he clutches a cleaver and knife, the body of the soldier lying in the street behind him. Speaking with a London accent, Adebolajo, ranted: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.” “You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns?” So far, 10 suspects have been arrested in connection with the sickening killing. The incident has sparked a wave of protests from London’s diverse community in largely peaceful demonstrations. Supporters of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) rallied in London outside Prime Minister David Cameron’s residence. Some waved placards and shouted anti-Islamic obscenities. Demonstrators chanted “Muslim bombers off our streets”. At a separate demonstration on Sunday, Right-wing protesters gathered at Islamic marches around London, including Sunday’s Al Quds march for in support of pro-Palestinian groups. Tension rises around the city. Nigerians in the United Kindom and around the world have spoken out to condemn the killing.

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MAMATOTO Celebrating the Lives of Moms and Babies in Africa

Anne-Marie Kamanye Executive Director

The African Medical and Research Foundation held an event tagged, “MAMATOTO, AMREF Canada African Marketplace Gala” on the 9th of May, 2013 in Toronto. The event which featured Bestselling Canadian Author and global doctor, Dr Gretchen Roedde, as the featured speaker, was a fund raising event to assist the lifesaving work of this reputable NGO. MAMATOTO, Swahili for “MOTHERBABY”, reflects the belief that mother and baby are one – what affects one, affects the other. Nowhere are mothers in more danger than in sub-Saharan Africa: i) 1 in 39 women in sub-Saharan Africa have a lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth, compared to 1 in 5,200 in Canada. ii) Over 80% of the deaths of African mothers are from complications that could be treated in a health care facility with basic emergency care. iii) Almost all global maternal deaths (99%) occur in develop-

women’s lives to promote safer deliveries for pregnant women and to manage any complications, we just need to work together to make it happen. MAMATOTO is an excellent example of an African-led initiative to build health systems which save the lives of pregnant women.” AMREF is working to change the difficult reality faced by African mothers by training midwives and ensuring women have access to health care before and after delivery. MAMATOTO will raise funds to continue this lifesaving work. Globally, AMREF is aiming to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 to save the lives of mothers and their children. MAMATOTO featured a marketplace alive with the sights and sounds of Africa, African-inspired cuisine and exclusive silent and live auction items, including a trip of a lifetime to Tanzania. The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) works with communities to improve Africans’ health. Africanbased and African-led, AMREF

ing countries. More than half of these deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa. 162,000 women died in pregnancy or childbirth in Africa in 2010 iv) Uganda, one of the countries where AMREF works, has a shortage of more than 2,000 midwives. Dr Roedde, who has a career spanning over 25 years, has worked in more than 30 developing countries to improve the health of mothers and their children. She has this to say in her bestselling book, A Doctor’s Quest: The Struggle for Motherand-Child Health around the Globe, a personal account of her work: “The sad reality is that the global community has made limited progress in reducing the death rates of pregnant women, especially in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Dr. Roedde. “I saw firsthand the problems that contribute to mothers’ deaths: poverty, illiteracy, gender inequality, and lack of leadership. We know what needs to be done to save

is a global organization with intimate first-hand knowledge of the health challenges facing African communities. With more than 55 years of experience we are a recognized global leader in African health, having won both the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health and the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. Contact AMREF Canada at: 489 College Street West, Unit 403 Toronto Ontario M6G 1A5 email: info@amrefcanada.org Tel:(416) 961-6981 For media inquiries, please contact: Jennifer Foulds Communications and Public Relations Director jfoulds@amrefcanada.org Cell: (647) 771-5815

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CANADA-NIGERIA INVESTMENT CONFERENCE 2013

(NCN) The Canadian Council of Africa, in partnership with the Nigeria High Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, hosted the Canada-Nigeria Investment Conference 2013 with the theme Canada-Nigeria Synergy Vision 20:2020. The highly anticipated event which was designed in line with the vision 20:2020 Economic Transformation Agenda of the government of Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, was held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel at Downtown Toronto between the 2nd and 4th of May, 2013. The conference brought together more than 400 participants from public and private sectors, including government

madi Sambo reiterated that the Conference was borne on the need to pursue the Economic Transformation Agenda of the present government. He said that while Canada had the

networking with both Nigerian and Canadian investors. He announced the signing of the Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) between Nigeria and Canada in Ottawa

best country for investment. He explained that in the nearest future Nigeria, China anda India would become the best country for investment. He put the growth rate of the Nigerian

Oyo, Adamawa each addressed investors during the information session on the reasons why they should invest in their states. The governors of some states in Nigeria

officials of the two countries. This conference witnessed the largest gathering of Nigerian government officials outside the Nigerian shore in the last decade. It had in attendance 13 state governors, 14 Ministers, more than 40 companies and their CEOs and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts. In his opening remarks, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc Na-

technological knowhow and expertise, Nigeria was blessed with abundant mineral, non mineral and human resources. A synergy of the two countries will enhance a perfect economic relation between the two nations. He thanked the Nigerian High commission for putting together such an innovative and beneficial conference. He encouraged all participants to make maximum use of the conference by

before his arrival at the conference. In his speech, the Minister of Trade in Canada, Ed Fast, said what the Nigerian government had done so far was great as it took China 13 years to sign a trade agreement that took Nigeria less than three months. The Minister of Trade and Investment in Nigeria, Olusegun Aganga, who spoke with Nigerian Canadian News in Toronto, said that Nigeria remains the

economy at 7 per cent in the last 14 years. He further stated that every investor wooed at the conference will be followed up logically and every business investment sealed appropriately. He said every sector of the economy will benefit from the dividends of the conference. The state governors’ present- Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Rivers, Ogun, Ondo,

presented wonderful profiles of investment climates in their states. The governors apparently aware of the security situation in the country, assured the Canadian investors of adequate security. Governors Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun were spectacular in their presentations, designating their

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states as the “real investment havens” in Nigeria with the abundant oil, gas and solid minerals. Amaechi and Akpabio specifically assured of security and the provision of adequate enabling laws to the Canadian investors. In his brief to the Canadian investors, the Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr Shamsudeen Usman, said that Nigeria will have GDP of $900 billion and $4000 national minimum income by 2020, urging the Canadian investors “to ignore stories they hear about Nigeria, as they are not true of what is on ground”. As if adopting a new foreign economic policy for the country, the Minister of Foreign Af-

fairs, Olugbenga Ashiru said that as part of the Federal Government’s new policy drive of economic diplomacy, that ambassadors would become the foot soldiers to drive the fight for Foreign Direct Investment. All Nigeria’s ambassadors, he said have been directed to commence drive to hold economic conferences to bring direct investors in to the country. by Amina Okoye - NCN Photos by Nigerian Canadian News


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7 UNIQUE A D VAN TA GES OF SHORT NATURAL H A IR By Cipriana of Urbanbushbabes.com When it comes to natural hair some think long flowing Rapunzel like locks, reaching to the floor or in my case to the sky is the ultimate advantage, but to be honest short hair has more advantages than you think, and if it were not for my alien sized head I too may have considered a shorter style in the past, but the Lord blessed me with all this hair for a reason. Short hair has been a style rocked by all, whether by choice or a transition to longer lengths. Here are 7 reasons why short hair rules. 1. Stronger Ends New growth equals stronger hair simply because it has not been around long enough to be exposed to the elements, manipulation and wear and tear that come naturally as the hair ages. Basically shorter hair is stronger, period. As long as you are not causing damage to your hair by heat, over manipulation and chemicals, your ends are the strongest of them all! 2. More Styling Manipulation The advantages of having shorter hair not only means less manipulation (if you can keep your hands out of your hair in those idle moments, lol) but also being able to withstand a little more manipulation than longer lengths. As previously mentioned new growth is stronger and can handle a little more manipulation than longer hair, which is why there are women (like Amber Rose) who rock short haircuts and dye their hair every color under the sun but still have healthy hair. The constant cutting of your ends to achieve a shorter look eliminates damage that occurred while using a chemical such as dye. 3. Water is Your Best Friend We all know water is your best friend regardless of length but if you are a shorty, you really have the comfort of enjoying Mother Nature’s greatest gift without the process of protective styles or sectioning to reduce tangling, not to mention air-drying short hair is a dream! 4. Protective Styling WHAT? The length of short hair is automatically a protective style within itself since your ends will not be in friction with any clothing articles you may be wearing. No matter what your hair type texture, if hair is above shoulder length you have more freedom to wear your hair out without risking damage from friction. 5. Less Time The hands of time are on your side! With less hair you save time on everything from detangling, washing to styling. 6. Easier Detangling The longer/older your strands are, the more susceptible they are to feathering; when your ends are thinner and finer than your roots due to wear over time. Feathering leads to tangling, single strand knots and split ends. 7. Product Usage More money more problems…Less hair less products! Rockin short styles obviously means less product usage, saving you money. blackgirllonghair.com

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What Must The Law-Abiding Masses Do To Be Heard By Jonathan? By Ogaga Ifowodo What do the Nigerian people have to do to be heard by their government? As you read this, President Jonathan is busy trying to impose amnesty on a bloodthirsty jihadist group that feels insulted by the idea. For all we know, the recent bloodbath in Baga — 200 bodies and still counting — may be partly Boko Haram’s way of avenging the slur! But the more frenzied the holy warriors’ killing and maiming spree in the name of a merciful Allah, the stronger the commitment to dialogue with them. Admittedly, the precedent was set by Jonathan’s deceased boss, Umaru Yar’Adua, with his programme of amnesty for militants of the Niger Delta who had taken to arms, kidnapping and sabotage to press home their demands for fiscal federalism, also known by the misleading shorthand “resource control.” Still, it is clear that the aims of one militant struggle, its excesses notwithstanding, can be met by constitutional means, and those of the other only by scripture.

So the answer to the question that begins this essay is obvious: the people must take up arms, form themselves into militias, and wage murderous campaigns that lay waste to entire neighbourhoods, towns and regions. Only bloody violence, for Nigerian governments do not hesitate to crush peaceful protests with tanks and bullets. For merely singing and drinking “pure water” in the streets, Jonathan rolled out the tanks to quell the January 2012 petroleum subsidy scam protests. If “we, the people” are to be heard, we must speak with guns and bombs and oceans of blood in our hands. Even better if we can block the flow of petro-dollars to the treasury or render an entire region of the creaky republic ungovernable. Reminds you of that time-worn phrase, “the balance of forces,” and it explains the government’s double standards in its treatment of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. While Jonathan bends over backwards to placate Boko Haram, he is vigorously prosecuting MASSOB’s leader, Ralph Uwazurike, together with six of his comrades,

for treason. So amnesty for Niger Delta militants and Boko Haram but death for MASSOB because … well, MASSOB is not shutting down oil wells nor trying to establish with bombs, bullets and tears the New Jerusalem east of the Niger. What, then, is Jonathan telling law-abiding citizens if not that they must first become bloodthirsty militants before he listens to them? Otherwise, why has he been so eager to set up advisory panels on every imaginable problem but the most important: that of making a genuine nation out of the mere “geographical expression” or “mistake of 1914” called Nigeria? In just three years, Jonathan has set up so many committees it is hard to keep count. A partial list: the General Danjuma presidential advisory council on ways of cutting the behemoth federal government to size; the Justice Belgore committee on review of outstanding constitutional issues; the Adamu Fika committee on review of the reform processes in the Nigerian public service; the Lateef Adegbite committee on public awareness on (sic) security and civic responsi-

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CBC/CBC - Jane Verot, who has cancer, is being navigated through her treatment by specially-trained nurse Arlene Throness

But at the same time, Levadi said nearly two in five employers also say they plan to transition their temporary workers into full-time roles at some point this year. Other jobs on CareerBuilder’s list include: landscaping and grounds maintenance workers, purchasing and inventory clerks, records management and filing clerks, payroll clerks and light duty cleaners. Registered nurses and computer network technicians also made the list of fastest-rising temp jobs. Temporary work appears to be here to stay, growing at a faster rate than permanent work, according to a Globe

of peaceful co-existence; agree on the structure and fundamental objectives of the state, and devolution of power from the centre to the federating units; collate opinions from different ethnic, socio-cultural and professional groups on the modality of the conference, including a specific time frame for its activities culminating in a people’s Constitution subject only to ratification by plebiscite; the manner of ensuring stability of government during the period of the SNC until the elections to usher in the new republic. But, of course, Jonathan will not do the most needful thing in our country today, so I will remind him of those prescient words of John F. Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent change inevitable.”


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By Jennifer Kwan There is a steep rise in the proportion of temporary work in Canada, especially in the areas of nursing, information systems analysts and consultants and financial services clerks. That’s according to recent data by job search site CareerBuilder.ca, which focuses on the top 10 fastest-growing temporary jobs in Canada based on percentage growth. Licensed practical nurses topped the list and is an occupation that has ballooned by 60 per cent, representing some 296 jobs, since 2010. Information systems analysts and consultants ranked second, with a 44 per cent increase, while bank and insurance clerks was third on the list with a 43 per cent increase. Still, employers appear split on their hiring intentions. Half of nearly 300 employers surveyed say they plan to hire temporary or contract workers sometime in 2013, Ross Levadi, director of staffing and recruiting at the job site, said in a statement.

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bilities; the Steve Oronsaye committee on rationalization and restructuring of federal government parastatals, commissions and agencies, essentially a replication of the Danjuma committee; the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu panel on the civil disturbances that trailed the 2011 general elections; the panel of governors of the Niger Delta to strengthen the Niger Delta Development Commission and make it accountable; the Nuhu Ribadu special task force on petroleum resources, as well as several ministerial and legislative committees. On 4 April, Jonathan set up a committee to advise him on “the feasibility or otherwise” of granting amnesty to Boko Haram. Twenty days later, he constituted the Turaki implementation committee in the hope of restoring peace to the northern region. But Boko Haram’s goal of an Islamic republic

amounts to a total renunciation of the constitution, of the basic governing principles of the federation. Their jihadist cause is certainly not a matter for dialogue among a few handpicked individuals reporting to the president. It is, rather,part of the National Question, different aspects of which have every corner of the country seething with barely containable fury. If Jonathan could think and act for a moment like a bold statesman, rather than as a squeamish politician, he would seek nominations directly from the public and set up forth with a preparatory committee for a Sovereign National Conference. Its terms of reference, loosely stated, would be to consider the feasibility or otherwise of convening a Sovereign National Conference wherein Nigerians, as citizens, would for the first time decide on the terms

and Mail report on Monday. It cited most of the growth in temporary work over the past decade and a half has been among young people and mostly in education, culture and the accommodation and food services sector. Statistics Canada data showed the number of temporary workers in Canada hit a record two million last year, amounting to 13.6 per cent of the broader work force. Since the recession, temporary work has risen at more than triple the pace of permanent employment, the report noted. Yahoo.com

ABUJA—SENATE President, David Mark, blamed leaders and politicians from the North for the growing almajiri in the region, saying they must urgently rise up to ban the system. This is even as he said the Federal Government would no longer condone criminal acts by people in the country on excuse of unemployment. Mark, who spoke during a debate on a bill, “A Bill for an Act to Repeal and Re-enact the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act 2003”, sponsored by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, PDP, Cross River Central, was reacting to the issue of parental negligence raised by Senator Alkali Abdulkadir Jajere, ANPP, Yobe South. Jajere had sought a stiff legislation compelling parents, particularly in the North, to take adequate care of their wards, saying it was time for the almajiri system

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in the region to be done away with. He also gave a heartrending picture of how he grew up without knowing his parents because of the system. He gave a horrific story of the life he went through as an almajiri child. According to him, it is by the grace of God that he was enrolled in school. He also recalled that many of such children never had the opportunity he had to be educated. Moved by Senator Jajere’s graphic story, Mark said: “It is amazing when we tend to make excuses for our fail-

ings. If you cannot gain employment you, go and join a terrorist group so that you can be employed. “You join Boko Haram because you have no employment. If you are poor, then you begin to trade and traffic in human beings so that you can be rich. “These are all excuses. What about the people who are buying these people outside. Is it because they can’t find employment or because they are poor? I think we should stop making excuses. “Everything is reduced to the level of unemployment in the country. Nigeria is not the only country where everybody is not employed. That you are not employed does not mean you should go and do something very bizarre. “You open up a baby factory; you begin to sedate people and remove their organs to sell. It’s just never a good excuse for some of the things that we do.” Vanguard


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I received an offer on my home Now what?

Ask questions when buying or renewing insurance

When you get the call from your Realtor saying that an offer has been submitted on your home, your first reaction will probably be excitement. But soon after, the reality that you are going to be moving out of your home will set in, which may spur some conflicting emotions. Next, you will have a number of questions, such as, how much the buyer is offering, if there are any terms or conditions on the offer and if your Realtor will have to get into a series of negotiations. “Remember, this is primarily a business transaction so try and keep the emotion out of it. Focus on evaluating the nuts and bolts of the offer, without letting your emotional attachment to the home influence your judgment,” says Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “Your Realtor will act as an intermediary between you and the buyer, which will help you assess the offer in a calm, rational manner,” says Dorner.

Once you receive an offer: • Your Realtor is required to show you every offer submitted on your property. She or he will make an appointment with you to discuss the offer or offers. • Most offers are submitted on a form prepared by a local real estate board or association based on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale created by the Ontario Real Estate Association. • If the offer was drawn up by another Realtor he or she may present it in a meeting with you and your Realtor. The Realtor(s) will walk you through the language of the offer step-by-step. • Once you’ve thoroughly reviewed the offer, you will discuss it with your Realtor and of course, have the opportunity to think about the offer and talk privately. • With any offer, you have three choices: accept, reject, or “sign it back,” to the buyer with a counter-offer.

What happens next depends on what you and your Realtor decide to do with the offer. If you choose to accept and sign the offer, you have signed a legally binding contract to sell your home, subject to any conditions. If you reject the offer, the buyer may choose to submit another offer for your review and response. Finally, if you “sign back” proposed changes to the buyer’s price or terms through a counter-offer, the buyer then has the option of accepting your terms, rejecting them or submitting yet another counter-offer. This process of exchanging counter-offers continues until both parties agree completely, or until one of you ends the negotiation. No matter what you decide to do with an offer to buy your home; your Realtor is there to guide you through the process and make sure that you are comfortable with your decision. For more information, visit www.howrealtorshelp.ca.

Think carefully before buying a water heater at the door (NC)—From cookies and knives to life insurance and water heater rentals, there is almost nothing you can't buy from a doorto-door salesperson. But buyer beware: With this convenience may come a cost. When making any purchase, especially a major home appliance like a water heater, it's important to do your research and know what you're buying. Here are some things that a qualified contractor can help you consider: • What are your water usage habits? Households have different needs when it comes to hot water. Every house contains different appli-

example. How you wash your dishes or clothes, and how often, also affects the overall hot water consumption. An assessment of your household needs will help you to decide the size of the water heater required—and if energy costs are important to you, the energy-efficiency rating should be noted as well.

ances with different requirements. A home with teenagers may need more hot water for showers, for

• Rent or Own? Like any other element of the mechanical systems in your home, water heaters are an investment in the future comfort and convenience of your family. There are many different options for continued on p(49)

4 credit score myths busted By Bobby Box (NC)—Your credit score is a three-digit number ranging from 300-900 that tells future lenders how risky it is to lend you money based on your history of making debt payments. There are many miscon-

ceptions about what it takes to keep your score high. We asked Henrietta Ross, the CEO of the Canadian Association of Credit (CACCS) to help us sort fact from fiction: Myth 1: You must use major credit cards to build a good score.

Truth: If you're unable to obtain a major credit card, there are other ways to build your credit history. Making regular payments on installment loans such as a car lease can positively affect your score, as do department-store cards and secure credit cards, which require a cash deposit in the amount

By Glenn Cooper (NC)—Part of being an educated consumer is asking questions when you make a purchase, especially if you are putting out a considerable amount of money. The truth is that while people often spend hours researching retail purchases such as a new Smartphone or pair of shoes, they spend very little time researching their insurance options. Whether you are buying a home, auto, or travel insurance policy, make sure you fully understand the coverage you are agreeing to. There are too many people that sign up for or renew an insurance policy without giving it more than a quick glance. This leads to situations where

people make assumptions about their coverage, only to find out at inopportune times that they don’t have the coverage they thought they had. “Always get your insurance coverage advice from a licensed insurance broker before you sign up for a policy,” says Wayne Ross, an insurance expert with Aviva Canada. “They will work with you to understand your needs and recommend coverage that is right for you and your family.” If you are not clear about something in your policy, ask your broker for clarification. This will help ensure that you have the coverage you need. Here are some of the questions that you may want to ask when buying

insurance: • Can I save money if I pay for my policy upfront each year? • What discounts are available? • Can I save money if I raise my deductible? • Does the coverage vary for different types of occurrences? • Does my policy include sewer back-up coverage? Asking these questions will help you make an informed decision about your coverage. Insurance coverage is an important investment and you owe it to yourself to be diligent and understand what you are getting for the money you are paying for your policy. More information is available from your insurance broker or online at Aviva Canada.com.

Want to file a complaint about a telemarketing call? Here’s how and what to expect (NC)—If you register a telephone or fax number on Canada’s Do Not Call List (DNCL), yet still receive telemarketing calls more than 31 days after you registered, you can file a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). If you decide to file a complaint, here are some things to keep in mind: • The CRTC investigates complaints, and while investigators do not follow up personally with every consumer, they may contact you if they need further information. • When filing a complaint, you must provide as much detail as possible, including the telemarketer’s name and

number, the date of the call, the nature of the complaint and your contact information. If the complaint relates to a fax, you will need to send a copy of the fax to the CRTC. • You can withdraw your complaint at any time by contacting the CRTC (although it may continue to investigate the matter). • While the CRTC will not comment on the status of ongoing investigations, it does report on concluded investigations on its website. • If the CRTC finds a violation has occurred, it will act to bring the offender into compliance and may impose penalties of up $1,500 per violation for individuals and

up to $15,000 per violation for corporations. • Sometimes telemarketers use “spoofing” which is not an acceptable business practice. Spoofing is when a business hides it’s actual telephone number. Be sure to ask for a call back number when you have the telemarketer on the phone. More information, including a summary of the National DNCL Rules and the Telemarketing Rules, is available at www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca. You can also file a complaint at the website, by phoning 1-866-580-DNCL (1-866580-3625) or by placing a TTY call to 1-888-DNCLTTY (1-888-362-5889).

of the credit limit. Myth 2: You can't make up for mistakes such as late payments. Truth: It takes time, but your credit will become positive as you build consistency with timely payments, Ross says. How much time it will take depends on a number of factors, including how long the 'late payment' has been on your record and how long you've had the debt.

Myth 3: Paying cash boosts your score. Truth: You need to use credit in order to demonstrate your ability to make payments. Using credit at least once every 30 days and making payments on time will keep you in good standing, says Ross.

credit score. Truth: Lenders look at your entire financial picture, including your assets, available cash flow, and debt-to-income ratio. They'll also review your housing expense-to-income ratio, which is a comparison of your expected monthly mortgage payment with your gross monthly income. For more information on buying a home please visit, www.genworth.ca.

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London police arrest two Arik cabin crew members over alleged drug trafficking * Airline may be fined, NDLEA begins probe TWO workers of Arik Air were recently arrested at London Heathrow Airport in connection with alleged drug trafficking. Both the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Arik Air are investigating the circumstances that led to the drug trafficking by the duo said to be cabin crew members of the airline. The airline, however, said it would wait for the outcome of the investigation before it could come out with a statement on the situation. There are indications that Arik Air may be fined if the suspects are found guilty of the illicit act in line with aviation practice. The frequency of drug trafficking aboard Brazilian national airline, Varig, was one of the reasons the carrier ceased operations to Nigeria 19 years ago. The same reason was adduced for the cessation of operations of Air India to Nigeria many years ago. The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, has ordered the investigation of the two crew members of Arik Air. It was learnt that one of the suspects was found in possession of 6kg of cocaine while continued from p(22) great people of Toronto.” He explained that he had remained silent on the accusations of crack cocaine use on the advice of his solicitor. He thanked the people of Toronto for “their outpouring of support”. Regarding the termination of his ten year football coaching arrangement at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, Tom Ford said that he “would like to thank and congratulate all the young men that I’ve had the opportunity to coach and improve their lives.” In his brief statement to the media, Tom Ford said that it was “business as usual” at City Hall. He offered assurances that City Hall was continuing to fight for the taxpayers every day. He

the other was found with 60 packets of cigarettes. The Arik Air flight reportedly took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. Eight out of 10 crew members that travelled with the flight were said to have been cleared while the remaining two were still being held in London. According to the NDLEA chairman, “we have received a report of the arrest and I have ordered a full-scale investigation of the incident. Anyone found wanting shall be brought to book as no effort shall be spared in protecting the image of our country.” The Spokesman for NDLEA, Jarikre Ofoyeju, recalled that on August 8, 2007, officials of the NDLEA arrested a Virgin Atlantic crew member with drugs on a Londonbound flight. The crew member was caught at the Lagos airport with 1.743kg of cocaine. The drug, which was concealed in a black polythene bag inside a hand luggage, was found in the flight compartment. The agency also vowed to beef up security checks at

said that he would continue to do what he was elected to do and that was “to keep taxes low, to improve customer service, and to reduce the size and cost of government.” He also made reference to ousted Chief of Staff Mark Towhey who, according to the Toronto Star, was fired without explanation as the crack cocaine scandal deepened. In the statement to the press Ford said “I would like to thank my former Chief of Staff Mark Towey for all he has done.” Mark Towey is not the only person who has left City Hall suddenly. According to CBC news, Tom Ford’s press secretary and deputy press secretary resigned shortly after the

all entry and exit points in the country. The Spokesman for Arik Air, Banji Ola, said the airline was co-operating fully with the United Kingdom (UK) authorities and all other agencies concerned in the investigation. The street value of the cocaine in possession of a member of the crew, according to a source in NDLEA, is valued at over N180 million. He said the carrier remained committed to the fight against drug and illicit substances trafficking and would not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the trafficking of banned items and substances. According to the airline, “the attention of the management of Arik Air has been drawn to the detention in UK of two of its cabin crew members in connection with alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances. “Arik Air is co-operating fully with the UK authorities and all other concerned agencies in their investigations.” The Guardian

statement to media representatives. The exit of Tom Ford’s press staff has fuelled the media interest surrounding the troubled Mayor. The speculation is increasing as the gossip website, The Gawker exceeds its controversial crowd funding target of $200 000 to purchase the video from its owners. The owners of the video claim that they wish to use the money to relocate to another city where they feel safer. In the event of the deal falling through, The Gawker has pledged to donate the money to a Canadian non-profit institution that helps people suffering from drug addiction. Nigerian Canadian News

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JTF bans hawking, begging around checkpoints in Yobe The Joint Task Force on Internal Security (JTF) in Yobe, has banned hawking and begging around security checkpoints in the state, a statement said in Damaturu. The statement, issued by the JTF spokesman, Lt. Eli Lazarus, advised hawkers to use “designated markets and other approved places for trading activities.’’ ”Henceforth, anybody

found hawking around security checkpoints will be arrested and prosecuted,” the statement stated. It further warned beggars against squatting around checkpoints to beg for alms from motorists lined up for stop and search operations. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that hawkers and beggars in Damaturu and other major towns in the state often besiege se-

curity checkpoints to do business and beg respectively. The Yobe Government on Monday reviewed the curfew period in the state from 8.00p.m. to 7.00a.m, to 6.00p.m. to 6.00a.m. after the Federal Government declared emergency rule in the state with two others. Punch

Ogun uncovers N200m WAEC fees fraud Ogun State Government has uncovered a fraud of about N200m in the payment of the West African Examination Council fees for students in its secondary schools. A statement by the government on Tuesday, said the fraudulent practices being perpetrated by officials in the education sector, spanned the last three academic sessions. The statement said, “Four officials, two males and two females, are already in the police net and they are aid-

Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa ing in the investigations on the matter. Other suspects are being investigated for their roles in the fraud.” The government said preliminary investigation suggested that the fraud was perpetrated through inflation of the list of candidates

in public schools. The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said, “This is a disturbing development. Education is number one on the five-cardinal programme of our administration and that is why we are investing so much to rebuild the sector. “Officials who think they can divert funds meant for this important sector are in for a surprise. Anybody who is implicated in this scam will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

Oshiomole Says Edo State Government Will Not Subsidise Pilgrimage It has been annual practice of Nigerian states for years now to send selected indigenes of the state on pilgrimage to Mecca and Jerusalem, but Edo State will not be sending pilgrims to the holy lands this year. Governor Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday, made this known as he said the state government would not use taxpayers’ money to subsidise pilgrimage to holy lands, describing the exercise as “a luxury”. Oshiomhole who stated this while receiving commissioners and officials of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission in Benin, the Edo State capital said, “For those who want to travel for pilgrimage, we cannot discourage them, but what I am not ready to do is to take taxpayers’ money to subsidise someone who wishes to go and pray. I

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have issues with that because people who pay taxes work so hard to pay. “If you look at the totality of the challenges that we face, many are homeless, so many communities are without water, many schools we have rebuilt and still many more to be done. Many people are unemployed, many are hungry; quite a number are in the hospital, who are not able to pay their bills. When you look at all these and several other problems, I am of the opinion that pilgrimage is not a priority.” The governor added, “I have a deeper insight into the challenges that con-

front the Nigerian nation and even Edo State. I have come to the conclusion that pilgrimage is a luxury. Even from the point of view of the poor, a man who has no roof over his head cannot be spiritually uplifted if he goes to Israel and returns to a state of homelessness. “I would rather subsidise production, education and health care, because these are central to the survival of our people. So, this is an issue to which I have very strong position. “Government is not going to campaign for more people going on pilgrimage as this puts more pressure on the exchange rate. “In any case, only clean heart, rather than pilgrimage is what will decide our place hereafter.” Source: www.informationng.com


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State news FG okays military base in Ekiti

Ekiti Names New Deputy Governor

BY FEMI MAKINDE, ADO EKITI Federal Government has approved the establishment of a military base in Ekiti State in order to check the activities of criminals in the state. Governor Kayode Fayemi made this known in Ado Ekiti during a stakeholders’ meeting with traditional rulers, security agencies, and representatives of sub-ethnic groups as well as transport unions in the state. Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, Director of State Security Services, representative of the Commander of the Nigerian Army 33 Artillery, Okitipupa, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Comptroller of Immigration in the state all attended the meeting. The governor, who promised the citizens of continued protection of lives and property, said his administration would install surveillance cameras in strategic places in the state. The initiative, according to him, is to make the state a no-go area for criminals. Fayemi said, “I just got a message

Governor Kayode Fayemi

from the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, informing me of the President’s approval for the establishment of a military base in the state. The proposed cameras, which operation would first begin in Ado- Ekiti, will help security agencies in tracking and curbing crimes.” He added that the state government was in talks with the Nigeria Communications Commission to obtain “emergency lines” that would facilitate better communication among the citizens, security agencies as well as officials of the revitalised state Fire Service and paramedics. Punch

Ogun signs MOU on light rail mass transit

The Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on light rail mass transit with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company that will link major cities in the State as well as boost its economy. While signing the MOU in his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, Governor Ibikunle Amosun noted that there can be no development without putting the necessary infrastructures in place. He said “We have been doing our best on roads but it is high time we paid attention to rail as well. We are starting the mass transit within Abeokuta metropolis. This will be extended to all our major towns including the Ado-Odo/Ota axis which will encompass all the border area with Lagos.”

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has forwarded the name of Chairperson of the State’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof Modupe Adelabu, to the State House of Assembly for consideration as the new deputy governor of the state. Governor Fayemi, in a letter dated May 3, 2013, and addressed to the Speaker of the Assembly, Adewale Omirin, requested the House to consider Prof Adelabu for the position of deputy governor, in the bid to fill the vacant position following the death of the former deputy governor, Funmilayo Olayinka, on April 6, 2013. Mrs Adelabu, a Professor of Education at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife, was Head of the Department of Education Administration and Planning of the institution before her appointment as Chairperson of Ekiti State SUBEB in July 2011. An Ado-Ekiti Princess, Prof Adelabu was born on May 23, 1950 in Ado Ekiti to Prince and Mrs. Samuel Adepoju Adejugbe. She attended Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti (1962 – 1967) and Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo (1968 -1970). She holds a B.A. (Ed) (1975); MPhil (1981); and PhD (1990), all from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), IleIfe. Prof Adelabu started her teach-

Prof. Modupe Adelabu

ing career as a Graduate Assistant in 1976 in the Department of Educational Administration and Planning , OAU, where she rose to the post of Professor in 2008. She served as Head of the Department of Educational Administration several times and also served as External Examiner in some universities including the University of Ibadan; University of Lagos; University of Ilorin and Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti. She has served as Council Member of National Teachers’ Institute (2001 – 2003), Council Member, Christ International Divinity College (an affiliate of Acadia University Canada) Erinmo (2005 – 2010); Member Planning and Implementation Committee Joseph Ayo Babalola University (2004 – 2005); Member of Council Joseph Ayo Babalola University (2005 – 2010). She

was also a foundation member of Board, Ekiti State World Bank Assisted Poverty Reduction Agency (2000 – 2003); Member of Oxford Round Table, Oxford England, among other bodies. A seasoned scholar and administrator of international repute, Prof Adelabu’s major research area is on policy and personnel issues in education, including the roles of the state in education; teacher education as well poverty and gender related issues in education, particularly in rural areas. She has published over 30 articles in both national and international journals. She has consulted for the World Bank, Universal Basic Education Commission in Nigeria, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and other international agencies. She has also served as resource person for UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO on various educational issues. She was also part of the 15-member Education Reform Panel that worked on Ekiti State government’s reforms in the education sector.
She is a recipient of the 2013 Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award (African Administration Icon) organised by the All- African Student Union (ASSU).
SOURCE: http:// ekitistate.gov.ng/2013/05/fayeminames-new-deputy/

Oyo state begs EFCC for seized money from ex-governor

“Our first focus is intra city rail mass transit, thereafter we will embark on linking the cities together. Within the next couple of years, you will begin to see the results of what we are trying to do to improve transportation of goods and services,” he said. Amosun said it was imperative to boost transportation in the State since the state population is projected to rise significantly over the next couple of years. In his remarks, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Cao Bao Gang applauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for its developmental vision for the State, pointing out that, “the project on completion will enhance the transportation

Government of the Nigerian western state of Oyo has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release to it money and property belonging to the state confiscated from its former governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, as well as expedite the trial of former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala. This decision described as necessary for good governance was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council. The State Commissioner for Information, Pastor Taiwo Otegbeye who disclosed this to the press through a press statement made available to P.M. NEWS said, “The Executive Council of Oyo State Government has passed a resolution urging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to expedite action on the trial of the two former governors of Oyo State and their co-accused

persons facing trial for misappropriation of the state funds and resources.” While commending the EFCC for its giant strides in investigating, arresting and prosecuting the two former governors for offences relating to misappropriation and conversion of the state funds and resources, the government noted that the trials of the former governors were yet to commence. More specifically, in the statement, the state asked the com-

system and contribute to the economic development of the Gateway State.” He assured that the highest quality will be deployed in the implementation of the project adding that it will also provide jobs for residents and help the unskilled ones to gain adequate knowledge

through training and involvement in the whole process. The signing of the MOU was witnessed by top government functionaries including the Secretary to the State Government - Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice - Mrs. Abimbola

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mission to release to it the state government money and property, which included impounded vehicles which were purchased from the proceeds of the loot for some family members, that were recovered from the former governor and fellow accused persons. According to the government, the money and property recovered by the anti-graft agency, which it said were well over N700 million was still outstanding. The government thus demanded for the refund to enable the state apply and use it for the execution of developmental projects in the state. “The council pledges the support and cooperation of the Oyo State Government to EFCC in its task of ridding the country of corruption,” the statement said.
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While Southern Kaduna Burns, Senator Nenadi Accused Of Trying to Buy Re-election With Exotic Cars

Matthew James in the Kafanchan area of troubled Southern Kaduna, is angry because he states that while Southern Kaduna is on fire, Senator Nenadi Esther Usman is distributing exotic cars to leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area in an effort to win re-election. Former Finance Minister Usman represents the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District in the Upper House, and James alleges she is trying to clear her way by giving away the cars by the name of economic empowerment, while she ignores the ongoing killings by so-called “unknown gunmen.” Mr. James added that the Senator is also heavily inducing elders and unprincipled politicians in the area to her side by doling out hard cash. He observed that there is growing resistance, particularly among radical Southern Kaduna youths and politicians who are working against her “monetized politics”

and ineffective representation in the Senate, drawing attention to under-development issues along with the insecurity in Southern Kaduna. He said, “It surprised us on Monday when the Senator instead of [being] bothered about the killings, and myriads of crucial issues in Southern Kaduna just came in and bribed chairmen of PDP in all eight local government’s area of Southern Kaduna with exotic cars. While we are still searching for the corpses of our people killed in Attakar. “Her primary duty is to make laws and make our wishes known to Nigerians through the Senate and not sharing exotic cars and bribing elders ahead of 2015,” James said. “It is an insult; to her, the people

of Southern Kaduna are commodities, and she can price and pay like she did in 2011. She did that in 2011, buying Golf Cars for Christian Association of Nigeria leaders and now counting on buying cars and dishing out money as a bribe in lieu of concrete achievements. How can a Senator behave like this ? He expressed anger that the Senator is unworried about the killings that have crippled socio-economic activities, including agriculture, stressing that the people cannot farm without security. “And now she is boasting that it was her money that gave her and nothing will stop her in 2015,” James said. Saharareporters

Ekiti immortalises late Deputy Governor In fulfilment of the pledge by the Ekiti State Government to immortalise the late Deputy Governor of the State Mrs Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka, who died last month, the State Governor - Dr Kayode Fayemi, has named one of the administration’s legacy projects - the Ultra-modern Civic Centre, currently under construction after her. A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary - Olayinka Oyebode indicated that the Civic Centre, which is being built on a large expanse of land near the Government House complex and billed for completion by the end of the

year, would be known as Funmilayo Olayinka Civic Centre. The Governor also announced the naming of the newly constructed Atikankan-Baptist Church Road in Ado-Ekiti as Funmilayo Olayinka Drive. Also, a Cancer Diagnostic Centre - Funmi Olayinka Cancer Diagnostic Centre - would be built in the memory of the de-

parted Deputy Governor at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH). The Cancer Diagnostic Centre, which would be built by the state government in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation – Ekiti Development Foundation (EDF), will focus on early detection and treatment of the dreaded disease. The centre will commence initial operation in the coming months with the commissioning of a mammogram at the centre aimed at detection and early diagnosis of breast cancer. Tr umpetmediagroup. com

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Kano Governor, Kwankwaso, Blames Government And Society For Nigeria’s Insecurity Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State took a critical look at the insecurity in the country, and divided the blame between governments, politicians, traditional rulers and religious leaders, parents, and communities. “We are all guilty,” was his verdict. Kwankwaso was speaking at a meeting with the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of security challenges in the North, aka Amnesty Committee. He traced the security problem to the failure of the nation’s leaders to take full responsibility of governance and offer the dividends of democracy to the people. He also regretted that family values are no longer being upheld. “Parents no longer take responsibility of their family,” he said. In a statement with important implications for the lifestyle in the North, he said, “We have a situation in this part of the country where parents give birth to 20 to 30 children, chose only two out of them and send the rest away to God knows where.

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso

“Children are sent to places that they don’t know. They are left to fend for themselves. We have a situation where you go round the city and find garrison of children—able-bodied youths begging.” He said that having been abandoned by their parents, those children “grow up to hate themselves, hate their parents, hate the leaders, hate the government and the society. They feel they were deprived, they feel injustice and they become enemies of the state and constituted authorities; and thereby becoming vulnerable to crime and violence.” According to the governor, “These are the bitter pills we must swallow—that we are all guilty of what is happen-

ing today. We have to wake up and rise up to the challenges. What started in Yobe and Borno is everywhere in the North, it may eventually envelope the country if we don’t check it now. It is a national issue that must be addressed.” The governor, also a former Defence Minister called on the government and Nigerians to eschew greed and ensure that what is meant for the people goes round. To end the Boko Haram insurgency, he challenged the leaders to embark on long-term planning, and on incumbents to plan only for their chance at a second term in office while the actual business of governance suffers. “As a former Defence Minister, I advise that the rule of engagement must be strictly followed by soldiers deployed to those areas [in which] we have emergency rule,” he cautioned. “I appeal to those affected in this insurgency to come to the table and dialogue. We have to reduce the issue of greed, if we cannot eliminate it. We have to ensure that continued on p(49)

Imo awards 11.5km road for N1.7b Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri

IMO State Government has awarded contract for the dualization of 11.5 kilometre Imo University, Owerri-Egbu-Orlu ring road at a cost of N1.7 billion, the state governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed. Inspecting the preliminary construction work at the site on Tuesday in Owerri, capital of Imo State,

Okorocha said the state government was bothered by the increasing menace of traffic jam in the city, adding that the contract awarded to J P Construction Company would ease the problem encountered by scores of motorists in the capital city. The governor said his administration would complete all the ongoing projects before the end of his tenure in 2015. He urged residents of Owerri city to have patience on

the construction work going on, adding that the simultaneous construction of the road and drainage, when completed, would take care of the recurring flood witnessed in the Works Layout vicinity. Okorocha appealed to inhabitants of the city to desilt the drainage in front of their houses, appealing to them to desist from blocking gutters with substances. The Guardian

Lagos bans construction of buildings on weekends, at night by Chukwuma Okparaocha As part of measures to combat incessant collapse of buildings in the state, the Lagos State government has banned developers from carrying out construction works on weekends, public holidays and at night. This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, during the ministry’s yearly press conference, in Lagos.

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According to Ayinde, a common feature of many of the buildings that had collapsed in the state but which were still under construction is that many of them were located in obscure areas of the state “Very worrisome is the fact that some unscrupulous developers and builders have decided to embark on illegal construction work at weekends, public holidays and even at night. This will no longer be tolerated.

He said subsequently, the ministry would now beam its searchlight on such activities and would soon extend its monitoring services to spot out those involved in such acts. He added that henceforth, all illegal structures would be removed while there would be arrests of developers and any construction worker found on sites beyond regular working hours. Nigerian Tribune


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BOOKS - Editor’S Pick Nigerian Wins Commonwealth Prize for Books By Zacheaus Somorin A Nigerian academic, Sule Emmanuel Egya, who writes poetry and fiction under the preferred style name E. E. Sule, has won this year’s Commonwealth Prize for Book Africa region. 
His first novel, Sterile Sky, published by Pearson Education in the African Writers Series in 2012, was adjudged best by the Commonwealth Prize panel. It was announced on Wednesday.
Dr. Egya was a member of the Editorial Board of Leadership Newspapers Group. 
Born on 20 October 1976, Egya is a native of Usha village, Nasarawa local government area, Nasarawa State. He attended Gwale Primary School, Kano, and Tony Cheta College, Kano, for his primary and secondary education. He proceeded to University of Jos where he obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He attended Benue State University for his MA Literature and University of Abuja for his PhD Literature. He has taught at Nasarawa State University and University of Abuja, and is currently an associate professor of English at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai. 
From 2006 to 2007, he was a resident writer at the Per Sesh Writing Fellowship in Senegal, run by the world class Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah. From 2009 to 2011 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fel-

low and resident scholar at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham in 2011. From

2011 to 2012, he was an African Humanities Program Fellow. His research interests include the intersection of literature and politics in Africa, feminism, cultural studies, and ecocriticism. 
His numerous articles have appeared in internationally respected journals such as Research in African Literatures, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Matatu, English in Africa, and Wasafiri. He is the author of the scholarly works Poetics of Rage: a Reading of Remi Raji’s Poetry, The Writings of Zaynab Alkali, In Their Voices and Visions: Conversations with New Nigerian Writers, and Nation,

The Black Digital Elite: African American Leaders of the Information Revolution by John T. Barber

Most discussions of the digital divide focus on the gap between African Americans and others when it comes to using, and benefiting from, the technological and business opportunities of the information age. Although many African Americans are locked out of the information revolution, others are an integral part of its development and progress. Barber profiles 26 of those leaders here, engagingly and informatively blending biography with insight and analysis.

Power, and Dissidence in the Third-Generation of Nigerian Poetry in English (forthcoming, UNISA Press). 
Besides poems and short stories published in numerous anthologies, literary magazines and journals, he has published three poetry volumes namely What the Sea Told Me (winner of the 2009 ANA Gabriel Okara Prize), Naked Sun, and Knifing Tongues. 
The Blurb of Sterile Sky is a story of a gifted young Murtala who grew in Kano where violent riots escalate with his family’s own woes threaten to erase all he holds dear. Stalked by monsters real and imagined, desperate to preserve a sense of self and the future, Murtala hunts for answers in the wreckage of the city and gives us a unique insight into modern life in northern Nigeria. Mould-breaking in its tackling of religious conflict, this extraordinary first novel offers a powerful portrait of an African community in shock and transition.

Lost Daughters

The Witness

By Nora Roberts Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems programmer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The breadwinner

By Deborah Ellis The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is arrested by the Taliban, the religious group that controls the country. Since women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, or go to school, or work outside the home, the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Parvana’s determination to survive is the force that drives this novel set against the backdrop of an intolerable situation brought about by war and religious fanaticism

Friends Forever

Full House [Paperback]

By Mary Monroe Maureen Montgomery still can’t believe she was able to break away from her dominating Mama Ruby. Her happy, secure life with her husband Mel is more than Maureen ever dared hope for. And helping her pretty teenage daughter Loretta achieve her modeling dreams helps Maureen keep her bizarre childhood and disturbing memories firmly behind her. Until Mel and Loretta run off together, claiming they’re in love.

By Daniel Steel

Dee loves her children very much, but now they are all grown up, shouldn’t they leave home? Rosie moved out when she got married, but it didn’t work out, so now she is back with her parents. Helen is a teacher, and doesn’t earn enough for a place of her own. Anthony writes songs, and is just waiting for the day when someone will pay him for them. Until then, all three are happy at home…… When a crisis occurs……..

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Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girl s discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

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RELIGION - FICTION & NON FICTION A Family Affair

New Answers The Book of Job: When Love Honor Book Part 1 Bad Things Happened to a Or Stray Good Person [Hardcover] By Harold S. Kushner

By Ken Ham Evolution...intelligent design...creation...or a little of all three? What do you really believe and why does it matter to your life, your family, and your faith today?

Part of the Jewish Encounter series From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.
 
The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing everything, Job—though confused, angry, and questioning God—refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job’s experience,

questions that have challenged wisdom seekers and worshippers for centuries. What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does God test loyal followers? Can a truly good God be all-powerful?

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to Reopen in 2014 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship stream will re-open on January 2nd, 2014. At that time, the program’s processing time is expected to be cut in half. The Parent and Grandparent sponsorship stream has been closed as the government works to reduce application backlogs. These efforts have been outlined in the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification, which has also laid out a four step process to reforming and

streamlining parental sponsorship. The process is as follows: Step 1: In 2012 and 2013, CIC has set a goal of admitting 50,000 parents and grandparents through the Family Class of immigration. This is the highest admittance of parent in grandparents in 20 years, and will result in a reduction of the program’s backlog by 50 per cent. Step 2: 2012 saw the introduction of the Super Visa, a 10-year multiple entry visitor visa that provides another option for parent and grand-

parents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who wish to come to Canada. The Super Visa, formerly a pilot program, is set to become permanent. Step 3: When the program opens on January 2nd, 2014, new eligibility criteria will be put in place that increases the financial accountability of Canadian sponsors. Step 4: In 2014, an application intake cap of 5,000 will be instituted. This will ensure that CIC will be able to continue reducing both the application backlog and processing times.

Love, Honor, or Stray is a book of learning how to lean on God for strength, the kind that will get you through any storm. It’s a book about waiting on the Lord for him to give you direction when you feel lost A book about the power of prayer and the power of forgiveness. Miss. En Joy did an excellent job in bringing out these four. (Strength, directions, prayer and forgiveness) in her book, I highly recommend Love, Honor or Stray, for those of you who need the strength to stand, direction, Prayer when you feel all prayer out and to forgive those who hurt you along the way. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney believes these changes represent a win-win situation for both Canadians and family members abroad. “These new criteria ensure sponsored family members are well supported by their sponsors throughout their time in Canada,” he said. “The redesigned Parent and Grandparent program reunites families faster while respecting Canadian taxpayers and the limited resources for health and social pro-

Breast Cancer The problem: Mammograms can miss cancers in women with dense breast tissue, which can mask tumors. The fix: According to a 2012 study that examined 954 women with breast lumps or pain, ultrasounds may be better than mammograms at both detecting and ruling out cancer in women under 40, who are more likely to have dense breasts. Researchers found that breast ultrasounds revealed 95 percent of the

By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Olivia Dawson has watched her mother struggle her whole life. For as long as she could remember, it’s always been just the two of them, trying to make ends meet. When Olivia finally gets her big break— acceptance into Julliard— she chooses not to go because she would rather stay home to take care of her sickly mother and help pay the bills than chase after her dream. When Olivia’s mother finds out about her abandoned dream, however, she reveals a shocking secret: Olivia’s father is alive and doing very well for himself. Olivia decides to track down the man that might be her father, and confront him about the lifelong deception. grams.” With these changes, Canada will continue its tradition of having one of the most open family sponsorship programs in the world. Similar countries such as the

The story is a simple one, centering on what happens when a marriage is strained by distance. A young woman, Yolanda (Alexis Jones), is tempted by an extramarital affair when her husband is deployed to Iraq. She moves in with her wacky parents, Reverend Wallace (Palmer Williams Jr.) and Hattie (Lovely)--who seem to be deeply in love after many years of marriage-but are they? The story is simple, the ending uplifting, and the journey one of smiles and crude laughter, and just a little heart-tugging. If you’re a Tyler Perry fan, and you don’t want to do wrong, you can’t go wrong by watching I Don’t Want to Do Wrong. --A.T. Hurley US, UK, Australia and New Zealand do not allow grandparent sponsorship and have greater restrictions on the sponsorship of parents. www.canadavisa.com

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cancers, compared with mammography’s 60 percent. Colon Cancer The problem: About half of adults 50 and older who should get screenings, like colonoscopies, every ten years don’t. This may be why only 39 percent of these cancers are found early. The fix: Wisconsinbased diagnostics company Exact Sciences has developed a stool test shown to be 98 percent accurate for detecting cancer and up to 83 percent effective for spotting precancerous

lesions. The test has the ability to uncover polyps years before they become cancerous. The company hopes the test, which is undergoing clinical trials, will earn FDA approval next year. Pancreatic Cancer The problem: Though pancreatic cancer afflicts roughly 22,000 women every year, it’s often diagnosed late because there are no obvious symptoms. When you have the disease, your body releases an overabundance of a protein called mesothelin, but scientists haven’t been able

to develop a way to detect it with a high level of accuracy. The fix: A dipstick test created by Maryland high schooler Jack Andraka. After months of working in a lab at Johns Hopkins, Andraka, 16, created a test that can measure levels of mesothelin with extreme sensitivity in just a single drop of blood. The test, which will begin the FDAapproval process later this year, would finally give anyone at risk for the disease a simple and effective screening option. Oprah.com

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Appeared in a church magazine. It was written with the congregation in mind, do you think there’s a message in it for us all? “Some a like watering cans, they pour out kindness, faith and peace. Some are like wheelbarrows, going no further than they are pushed. Some are like balloons, full of hot air and ready to blow up. Some are like trailers, they have to be pulled. But some are like a good watch - Open face, pure gold, quietly busy and full of good works.” -

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Ghanaians abolish killing of children with deformities PAUL ARHEWE WITH AGENCY REPORTS Local leaders in northern Ghana have announced the abolition of the ritual killing of babies born with physical disabilities, who were believed to have been possessed by evil spirits. “Spirit children” were thought to have been a sign of impending misfortune and given a poisonous drink to kill them. One campaigner told the BBC that improved healthcare and education meant such beliefs were becoming less common. Activist Raymond Ayine welcomed the ban, which covers seven towns. But he said he could not guarantee that the practice had been eradicated from the whole country. The BBC’s reporter says the Kasena-Nankana region, where the ban has been announced, is the part of Ghana where such beliefs are most widespread. Sometimes, babies born at the same time as a family misfortune were also accused of being “spirit children” and killed. The “concoction men” who used to give the children the poisonous drink

have been given new roles; they will now work with disabled children to promote their rights. Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that he took a plastic doll to a soothsayer, saying it was a child with eating problems and physical disabilities. “He consulted the oracles, jumped up and down and after this said that the oracles confirmed that the child was an evil child and that the child needed to be killed immediately, and that the child had already killed two members of my family,” he said. Local chief Naba Henry Abawine Amenga-Etigo said that anyone caught trying to harm children from now on would be handed over to the police. Ayine, from the campaign

group Afrikids, said he was “saddened that in today’s era, a child could lose its life because of such a barbaric practice”. He noted that in rural areas where such beliefs are more common, women often give birth without ever seeing a midwife, let alone having a pre-natal scan. As a result, childbirth leads to complications more often than elsewhere, he said. He also said that even before the official ban, there had been no recorded case of the killing of “spirit children” in the area for the past three years. He put this down to awareness campaigns, as well as improved access to education that meant more people understood that physical disabilities had a medical explanation.

sis which led to the loss of more than 3,000 lives. She is being accused of crime against humanity, including murder, rape

and other forms of sexual violence committed between Dec. 16, 2010 and April 12, 2011. But the UN Independent Expert on the Human Rights situation in Cote d’Ivoire, Doudou Diene, said Simone was in good

Omar Borkan Al Gala, a smouldering poet, actor and photographer from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has sparked a frenzy after dropping hint that he is one of the three Emirate men ejected from a festival in Saudi Arabia and deported because they were “too handsome.” Reports said the unusual incident which took place last Sunday, April 21, arose out of the fear of Saudi authorities that Saudi women could find the men too irresistible. The identity of the men forcibly removed from the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh was not disclosed but attention turned in Omar’s direction when he shared a story on the incident on his Facebook page. This has sparked a massive interest in Omar (shown in photo) from people all over the world. When News Express checked Omar’s Facebook page around 14:30 GMT today it had 165,304, likes. But when News Express checked back in about 20 minutes’ time, it had jumped to 169,098 likes,

representing additional 3,794 likes in so short a time. Omar has however refused to confirm that he is one of the deported men, only preferring to heighten interest by posting more of his photos for the viewing delight of his fans, mainly ladies, some of whom have been inviting him to come to their countries because they appreciate handsome men. Below is the story published by http:// streamlux.blogspot.com which shared by Omar shared on his page: Three Emirati men were ejected from a festival in Saudi Arabia as they were deemed “too handsome”, leading authorities to fear women could become attracted to them, it has been reported. According to Arabic language Elaph newspaper, the UAE nationals were taking part in a heritage

event in the capital Riyadh on Sunday when they were thrown out by Saudi’s religious police. Saudi Arabia, a strictly conservative Sunni Muslim society, prohibits women from interacting with unrelated males. “A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them,” the newspaper said. Steps were then taken to return the three men to UAE capital Abu Dhabi, according to Elaph. Earlier this week a video posted on YouTube appeared to show a Saudi religious cleric interrupting a traditional dance being performed by Emirati men at an event in the Gulf kingdom. After remonstrating with the Emiratis, he is then shown being escorted away from the scene by members of the Saudi Arabia national guard. It is not clear whether the two incidents are related. Source News Express

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Gbagbo’s wife in poor state of health, says lawyer Rodrigue Dadje, a lawyer to Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, said that his client’s health is deteriorating. He told newsmen in Abidjan that the former Ivorian first lady had become very weak and emaciated. “We visited her, she is conscious but she is in a situation that gives us serious concern,’’ he said. Mrs. Gbagbo is said to be currently receiving medical attention at an international clinic in Abidjan. The former first lady, who has been in detention in the northern part of Cote d’Ivoire, was transferred to Abidjan on health grounds after many requests from her lawyers. The arrest of the former president and his wife on June 11, 2011 ended the Ivorian post-electoral cri-

Man deported for being “too handsome” and too sexy

health condition. The International Criminal Court (ICC) on February 29, 2012 issued an arrest warrant on Simone

Gbagbo for crimes against humanity. The Ivorian government also said it had not responded to ICC’s call as it was still awaiting the recommendation of its justice ministry. (NAN)

Africa backs Kenya call for Hague court to drop Kenyatta case African nations have backed a request by Kenya for charges of crimes against humanity by its president to be referred back to the east African country, African Union documents show. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are both facing trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC), accused of masterminding ethnic bloodshed in post-election violence five years ago that killed more than 1,200 people. Both deny the charges. One minister, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters that the African Union specifically avoided calling on the war crimes tribunal to drop its prosecution, but he acknowledged that the request for a local process

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amounted to the same thing. The document seen by Reuters on Friday said: “(The Assembly) supports and endorses the eastern Africa region’s request for a referral of the ICC investigations and prosecutions.” The proposal, drafted after foreign ministers had debated the issue late on Thursday, now has to be voted on by heads of state, which diplomats say is typically a rubberstamping exercise. Kenya told the assembly that the ICC trials

risked destabilising east Africa’s biggest economy when it was undertaking reforms to avoid a repeat of the violence after the election in December 2007. The African Union said that a referral of the cases would “allow for a national mechanism to investigate and prosecute the cases under a reformed judiciary ... to prevent the resumption of conflict and violence in Kenya.” The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has previously said that she will not drop the cases. Many Africans feel that the continent is targeted by the ICC, making the court deeply unpopular across Africa.
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Africa gets giant hydro dam Work on the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam will start in October 2015 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a statement said in Paris after talks between DR Congo and international officials. The meeting on the proposed Inga dam on the Congo river also involved multilateral lending institutions. A statement released said the “foundation stone will be laid in October 2015.” “With a production of 40,000 megawatts, the Grand Inga project will eventually provide electricity to half the African continent,” it said. This is less than half of the DR Congo’s total hy-

dropower resources, which the World Bank estimates at 100,000 megawatts. World Bank estimates suggest that if completed and running at full capacity, the complex could provide energy to up to 500 million African households. The first phase of the project, Inga 3 Basse Chute, will have a capacity of 4,800 megawatts. The Paris meeting follows a deal signed on May 7 between South Africa and DR Congo for cooperation in the energy sector and for South Africa to buy some of the electricity produced. Plants would need to be rehabilitated and massive new stations built on the

powerful Inga falls, which lie in a narrow strip of DR Congo territory through which the Congo River runs down to the Atlantic coast. Three consortiums are bidding to clinch the contract for the project: China’s Sinohydro and Three Gorges Corporation; Spain’s Actividades de Construccion y Servicios (ACS), Eurofinsa and AEE; and South Korean firms Daewoo and Posco with SNC Lavalin of Canada. Three Gorges Dam in China is currently the world’s largest hydropower complex, with a capacity of 22,500 megawatts. Iafrica.com

Mandela Daughters Sue For Control of Fathers Money Presented by Adam Justice The battle on who should own the Nelson Mandela brand has intensified as two of the former South African president’s daughters, Zenani and Makaziwe, sue their father for the rights to his artworks and control of his millions. According to a newspaper report, the two sisters intend to fight an April 2004 Johannesburg High Court order which gave Mandela the right to instruct Ismail Ayob, his then lawyer, to stop managing his financial, personal and legal affairs. The court order barred Ayob from selling any of Mandela’s artworks. The legal wrangle has raised concerns and some analysts

Africa loses billions to conflict Harare – Africa loses US$18 billion annually through armed conflicts, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has said. Opening the 10th Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) in Harare, President Mugabe said the continent should concentrate on adding value to its resources. “If we arrest the scourge of conflicts, a bright future for Africa becomes a reality as the necessary tranquil environment for Africa will obtain. Consequently, Africa will be fully capable of exploiting her own resources for developmental purposes. “Estimations are that Africa loses US$18 billion per annum through conflicts. “The continent loses even more if we factor in resources siphoned out from us by our erstwhile colonisers during times of military conflict, as well as the loss of human capital as our skilled manpower is sometimes constrained to seek seemingly greener pastures

abroad,” President Mugabe said. He urged Africans to unite in resolving domestic problems without outside interference. “Fellow Africans, the time for us to demonstrate a will of common purpose, if the battle against the evils of foreign intervention and its attendant latter-day scramble for Africa is to be won, is now. Allow me, therefore, to cast the gauntlet before you all. “The time has come for Africa to accept primary responsibility and behave in a manner that should exclude the requirement for others to intervene in our affairs. This is the time we should take responsibility for our omissions and remedy the mistakes, which we would have made. “This sense of account-

ability should be the ultimate phase towards Africa’s self-interpretation in the broad trajectory of charting our Pan-African destiny.” He said past interventions by foreigners in Africa saw deployment of stealth predator drones, which not only gather military intelligence but also conduct geological surveys targeting the continent’s resources. President Mugabe urged Africa’s intelligence and security services to acquire the necessary tools for early detection of possible conflicts and mechanisms to stop them. He said Western intelligence services had policy documents outlining future interventions in Africa. “As CISSA similar policy guidelines need to be crafted and driven by the intelligence community in your annual, intermediate and long term assessments and in projections of the destiny of Africa, even up to the next 50 years.” He commended Africa’s security services for continued on p(49)

Iran to build 6 oil refineries in Africa have called the sisters’ action “unAfrican”. “It has very negative implications for the name of Nelson Mandela because he’s not only a father to the daughters that are taking him to court, he is a global icon. The message it sends out the world is that the legacy of Nelson Mandela is being rubbished while he is still alive,” said Prince Mashele.

Mandela’s current lawyer, Bally Chuene has filed an affidavit in response to a lawsuit brought by the sisters, who are represented by Ayob. The story headlines have upset many Johannesburg residents who have called the court action selfish and said it’s motivated by greed. In another court battle the two sisters are trying continued on p(49)

Brazil announce Africa debt cancellation Some 12 African countries will benefit from a $900 million debt cancellation by Brazil as the world’s seventh largest economy renews its commitment to Africa for the next few decades. The announcement was made recently in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where a Brazilian delegation was led by President Dilma Roussef to attend the 50 anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity which in recent years has been transformed into the African Union. “Almost all the aid will be cancelled. Maintaining a special relationship with Africa is strategic for Brazil’s foreign policy” Thomas Traumann, Ms Rousseff ’s spokesman

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told journalists at a news conference on the sidelines of the AU golden jubilee in Addis Ababa. According to him, the bulk of the debt in question had been accumulated more than forty years ago and was subjected to some earlier renegotiations. He also indicated that the debt restructuring exercise regarding Africa’s debt would favour the introduction of better interest rates and longer repayment terms. Congo-Brazzaville are Brazil’s biggest debtors owing the Latin American country $352m, followed by Tanzania ($237m) and Zambia ($113.4m). The three countries were named among the 12 Afri-

can countries with strong economic links to Brazil to benefit from the debt cancellation and restructuring. The other countries to benefit immediately from the initiative are Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Sudan, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In recent years Brazil has been expanding its economic involvement in African countries as part of its South-South cooperation with the continent with trade between the two blocs picking up from $5bn in 2000 to $26.5bn twelve years later. Source: en.starafrica.com

TEHRAN - Iran will establish six oil refineries in Africa, the chairman of the union of Iranian exporters of oil derivatives announced on Sunday. Memorandums of understanding have been signed with six African countries and preliminary measures have been taken for finding appropriate places to

establish the refineries, the Mehr News Agency quoted Hassan Khosrojerdi as saying. The refineries are projected to have 20,000 barrels per day of capacity, he added. In March, the Fars news agency quoted an informed source as saying that Iran has come to terms with Al-

geria, Angola, and South Africa to build small refineries in these countries. Iran has also been holding talks with Pakistan to establish refineries in the country, the source said, adding the two sides will hopefully ink a deal in the near future. -247UREPORTRTS

First Gay marriage to take place despite fears of violence PARIS - According to Paris Reuters, the first gay marriage in France will take place in Montpelier in the wake of unrest in Paris following the new French law legitimizing same sex marriage. The recent decision to legitimize gay marriage has led to deep divisions of opinion in predominately Catholic France. Vincent Autin and his partner Bruno Boileau will tie the knot in a ceremony which will attract the attention of protesters and the media. The couple’s marriage vows have been honed down to a simple: “Do you take this man as

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your spouse?” At least two French cabinet members will be attending alongside guests which include 130 accredited journalists according to France 24. “It could be intimidating,” Boileau said. “But we will try to retain the spirit of the goal - equality for all. That Mister or Miss Anybody can get married in the town hall.” The Mayor of Monpelier, Helene Mandroux, said that she did not want a media circus. Mandroux told Guardian sources that “This moment should be a moment that is respectful of the event.” The local administration

has banned festivities immediately outside the wedding venue to avoid clashes between guests and angry protesters. During the controversial gay marriage bill vote, Herve Mariton, a member of the opposition UMP party, told lawmakers that they were “adding a crisis to a crisis.” He warned that they were stirring up tensions and lighting the fuse of homophobia.” The debate in the run up to the passing of the French gay marriage law, was blamed for a series of attacks on members of the gay community. continued on p(49)


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Actress Genevieve Nnaji Relocates Parents To Lekki From Egbeda Nollwood Star actress, Genevieve Nnaji is repaying her parents for their support and training. She has just moved them from Egbeda, a Lagos suburb to highbrow and upscale Lekki, Lagos. Both parents are in late 60s and 70s respectively, according to sources close to the family; they were full of excitement about the move. Genevieve, according to the source had in recent time found it challenging to check on her parents due to distance, besides, she felt

her dad who could hardly walk due to old age on his own would be closer to her and receive adequate medical care. On few occasions that she has visited, fans, especially boisterous school children had swarmed her. Since the relocation, her mum, who has been a very active member and President of the Catholic Women’s Association Wing of the St. Louis Cathedral, Egbeda, has not been regular in the church though a family source said she has

completed her tenure as the President and a fresh election brought in a new President. The mother now attends a church close to their Lekki home. The family now lives together as one and that really makes Genevieve happy.” Until the movement the family has stayed the better part of their lives in Egbeda. Checks revealed that Genevieve actually started her career from 11, Olugbede Street, Egbeda, where she lived with her parents

in one of the apartments in a four block of flats. As soon as she started having a rising profile, earned fatter cheques, and endorsements, she moved them to another place also in Egbeda six years ago. When her fame grew bigger, she relocated them to another spacious and expansive apartment, situated in a block of nine flats in 7/9 Aderibigbe Sokunbi Street, Egbeda. Source: tionng.com

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Meet One Of The Strongest Couples In The World You won’t find them on the cover of Us Weekly but engaged couple and extreme bodybuilders Don Akim and Rosanna Beckett are the It couple of the muscle world. The couple, who lives in Lowestoft, Suffolk, have been dating for almost nine years since they met at a nightclub, but only been seriously body building for four months. In that time, they’ve won a total of three trophies at the Miami Pro World Champions held in April in Hertfordshire, England, beating out more than 200 contestants. They’re the first couple to win world championship honors at the same bodybuilding event— Don won two awards for male Muscle Model class and the male Fitness Model category and Rosanna won for Ms. Bikini tall class B category. “Although we’ve always been into fitness, we didn’t look like this when we met,” Akim told Yahoo! Shine. “We only started really training when we entered the world champions.” Beckett stumbledacross the competition one day when she was looking online for a new “bikini body” diet.

Upon seeing the contestants’ toned bodies, she spontaneously entered herself and her fiance. When the couple aren’t busy with their day jobs (Beckett, 33, is a dancer and Akim, 43, is a seaman) they’re putting in time at the time, working out 5-6

times per week. During each workout, which lasts 3 hours, they tackle a different body part. Beckett told Yahoo! Shine: “For example, one day, we work on our legs for two hours straight and then spend the last hour doing cardio such as running, rowing, and lots of interval

training.” And all that exercise requires a hefty diet of five or six high-protein, low-carb meals per day. “For breakfast we eat oatmeal with a banana and a scoop of protein powder, or an oat biscuit with peanut b*tter. A few hours later, we’ll cook a large batch of salmon, steamed vegetables, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. We eat half and save the other portion for a second lunch later. Dinner is similar but we’ll substitute skinless chicken for fish.” Save for a few scoops of Haagen Daz ice cream when they’re not training, dessert is off-limits and the two motivate each other to stay on course. Beckett and Akim also keep their 5-year-old daughter active by making sure she gets enough play time outside and Akim even assigns her spotter duties by having her sit on his back while he does push-ups. Would the couple be content if one of them went soft? “Of course I would still find him attractive if he wasn’t big and strong,” says Beckett. “But those muscles are sexy.” Yahoo

I’ll Like To Change My Tribe From Igbo To Yoruba – Nollywood Actor, Larry Koldsweat He has made so much impact in Nollywood to the extent that some of the stars the industry is proud of today have his touch in their lives. The Igbo born actor who has turned a pastor has revealed in an interview that he’s if he had the opportunity of coming back to this world again, he would still be an actor and a pastor but he would love to be a

Yoruba man by birth and inclination. Hear him, “If I have to come back to this world, I will be an actor again, I will be pastor and I will be a Nigerian again but I’ll like to change my tribe, I will like to be a Yoruba man (laughs). Reasons are, Yoruba people are very receptive; they are the only people that can give you a land irrespec-

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tive of your tribe. They have a large heart. This is my 40th year in Yorubaland and God made me what I am today in

My marriage will not stop me from acting, Kannywood star, Sadiq Sani, says

Yoruba land. I am a Lagosian take it or leave it. This is where my children can call their home, this is where we met God; this is where I made my dream and it is where I met my wife.” I think this is a good one for the Yorubas, in fact, Lagos State should be proud to have this kind of commendation from an Igbo man

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Sadiq Sani married the younger sister of Governor Shema of Katsina

Mohammed Lere The stylish new entry to the Kannywood movie industry, Sadiq Sani Sadiq, got married to Murja Shema, the younger sister of the Governor of Katsina State, Shehu Shema. The three-week we dding ceremony which stated on March 2 was extravagant witnessing a football and a polo match. The entire members of the Kannywood industry stool still for the event. At the wedding fatiha (ceremony), the brother of the bride and Governor of Katsina State, Shehu Shema, prayed for the bride and groom and wished them a happy married life. The groom, popularly called Dan Marayan Zaki, a role he played in what is at the moment the most

expensive movie ever produced in the Kannywood, said his marriage will not stop him from acting. “My wife likes what I am doing; and she is not complaining,” he told PREMIUM TIMES. The actor told his fans to expect a lot more from him. Sadiq, who came to limelight recently, got the lead role in movies like the Danmarayan Zaki, a film that featured Kannywood big actors and actresses. He also featured in one of the best selling movies of Kannywood, Wani Gari. According to a movie marketer, Wani Gari is the Hausa movie with the highest number of sales in a long while. premiumtimesng.com

Ali Nuhu becomes Samsung Ambassador In another big achievement for Kannywood actor, Ali Nuhu, Samsung Mobile Nigeria has just signed a one year endorsement deal with him. With the signing, Ali Nuhu will be the first Kannywood celebrity to sign such a deal with Samsung. Nuhu, who is the current Hausa Actor of the Year at the BON Awards, is currently an ambassador of Glo Mobile. Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, Ali Nuhu said he is in the Kannywood industry not just to produce, act and di-

The popular Kannywood actor is the Hausa movie actor of the year

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Nigeria, South Africa sign visa waiver, 8 other MoUs *As Jonathan tasks African leaders on economic emancipation NIGERIA and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to make it unnecessary for nationals of both countries holding official or diplomatic passports to acquire visa before travelling to either country. The MoU was signed on Tuesday between President Goodluck Jonathan and his host, President Jacob Zuma, during a closed door bilateral session between the two leaders in the South African president’s office in Cape Town. Other MoU signed between the two countries were on cooperation in legal field, oil and gas sector, power sector development, environment, defence cooperation, women development and empowerment, as

well as child development. There were also bilateral agreements on geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy and fields of information and communication technology. The two leaders also agreed on the need for stronger cooperation in other sectors, including economic, social and political development on the African continent. Speaking after the meeting, Zuma observed that Jonathan’s visit to South Africa had generated a lot of interest, excitement and optimism among its citizens in view of the historic relations between the two leading economies in Africa. “We have a duty to take this historic relationship further. Our two countries have already grown very warm bilateral relations structured through the bi-national commission that was offi-

cially inaugurated in 1999,” he said. The South African president observed with delight that over 100 South African companies were already doing businesses in Nigeria with the biggest investment being in the telecommunication sector. He spoke of the plan for the country to expand into other areas such as engineering, construction, banking, oil and the media, noting the need for both countries to promote people to people relationship, especially through tourism, which he said had generated huge foreign direct investments for the country. “Last year alone, South Africa received a total of 73,282 Nigerian tourists, which is an 13.8 per cent increase from 2011, contributing about 720 million Rands to the South African

economy within the period,” Zuma revealed. In his remarks, Jonathan noted that the signing of nine bilateral agreements between the two countries was a major achievement that would enhance the critical role of Nigeria and South Africa in transforming the continent. Meanwhile, President Jonathan has stressed the need for African leaders to give the fullest possible attention to the economic emancipation of their countries now that they have successfully liberated the continent from colonialism, racism and apartheid. Addressing the South African Parliament during his state visit, the President advised the leaders make building strong economies and strengthening democratic governance their topmost priority.

According to him, “On the 25th of this month, Africa will be celebrating the golden jubilee of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union. As we take stock of the achievements of our continental organization, it is also appropriate that we reflect and decide where our continent should be in the next fifty years. “That destination has to be a democratic and united Africa that is at peace with itself and can compete with the rest of the world,” Jonathan said. The president noted that Africa has emerged as the new frontier for trade and investment in the world, added that African leaders must rise to the challenge of managing the new opportunities presented by this situation for the benefit of their peoples and countries.

Furthermore, he said: “There is certainly a lot more that we can do. We must work together to put an end to the exploitation and exploration of Africa’s resources for export without any value added; African countries must transform from being primary sources of raw material into producers to create jobs and opportunities for our people. “We must check the loss of Africa’s trained manpower to already developed countries. We must work together, to promote trade and investment among our countries and build transnational infrastructure in such critical sectors as trade, telecommunications, and transportation in order to fast-track the process of people-centred, continental integration.

continued from p(21) in the boy’s quarters,” I suggested. I knew Anthony would eventually agree because he loves me so much and would do anything that would make me happy even though we have been married for almost 10 years without a child. Despite all the pressure from his mother he neither thought of marrying another wife nor chasing me away from our matrimonial home. Anyway, I succeeded in convincing him and he agreed that she would stay in the boy’s quarters. On the morning of the third day which coincidentally was a Saturday, Pastor Emmanuel came to visit us at home believing that we would have made up our mind. “Welcome pastor, we wanted to come and see you later in the day but since you are already here, we will just give you our answer,” said Anthony. “Well, pastor sister Patience can stay with us, however, she will stay at the boy’s quarters,” he stressed. “O thank you brother Anthony, I know I can always count on you and your wife. I will inform her immediately. But when she can move in?” he asked. “Whenever she likes,” I answered. He thanked us and happily left. The next day, sister Patience showed up at our house and I took her to the boy’s quarters. “This is where you will be staying. You are welcome and

please my dear I want you to feel at home,” I said. “Thank you sister Jasmine, I really appreciate this kind gesture from you and your husband,” she stated. I became challenged as a Christian when I hear sister Patience praying every night, especially between 12 and 2:00 am. Then at exactly 6:00 am again, you would hear her praising God and praying for at least another hour or thereabout. I felt that was the kind of Christian I should be. I felt I was not praying enough about our childless situation and so I decided that I would be a good friend with her so that we could be praying together concerning my childlessness. If possible hold vigils together at least twice a week if necessary. As weeks went by, I told her I wanted us to be prayer partners and she accepted. She asked me what the matter was and advised that I open up so that she would know how best to handle the prayer. Since I felt she was a true born again, I told her certain things about myself and my husband because I wanted quick result. We held prayers inside my sitting room once my husband leaves for the office because I am a full time house wife. I never allowed her go beyond my sitting room. However, a few months later, I took ill when Anthony travelled

so I pleaded with sister Patience to come and stay with me until he returned and she agreed. For those four days, I noticed that I didn’t hear her praise God nor pray like she used to. Even when we scheduled to hold one hour vigil, she told me that she was too tired and I became a bit worried. Anyway when Anthony came back from his trip, I told him how helpful sister Patience was in his absence and he thanked her. About two weeks later, I realized that Anthony keeps going to the boys quarters to see sister Patience and when I asked him, he said they were praying concerning ‘our situation’. “Anthony, if you want to pray concerning our situation, I should be there too and the prayer should be done in our apartment and not inside sister Patience’s room,” I emphasized. From that day, Anthony’s attitude towards me changed. She snaps at me at the slightest provocation, he calls me a witch who has eaten up all her children and advises that I become a true child of God like sister Patience. At this point, I knew that the devil had taken over my home and marriage. When I confronted sister Patience about what was going on between her and my husband, she said she had no idea about what I was talking about. An-

thony started making our home uncomfortable for me; so one day, I asked him, “What has taken over your soul? You are no longer the loving husband I married. Darling please tell me what my offence is and I will apologize to you,” I begged. “You are a barren woman and I need children so I have decided to take another wife,” he revealed. “Did you just say another wife? Who is this woman? Where is your faith? God is the giver of children,” I wept. He told me it was over as God has just revealed his God given wife to him. I rushed to the church to inform the pastor Emmanuel and he told me he was sure I didn’t hear Anthony well hence he would follow me home to talk to him. To our shock, when Pastor Emmanuel and I got to our house, we saw ‘sister’ Patience sitting on my husband’s lap and they were both drinking whisky while the bible was on the chair. “Sister Patience, what do you think you are doing with Brother Anthony? Is this how you intend to thank the woman who accepted into her house?

You should be ashamed of yourself,” Pastor Emma said. “I want you to go to your room, pack your things and leave my compound this minute,” I said. “Well, sister Patience is not leaving this house, and my dear wife you are the one leaving. As we speak she is pregnant for me, something you could not do in almost 10 years. We are getting married at the registry in three days. As for you Pastor Emmanuel, thanks for making me meet my God giving wife. However, I don’t want to see you in my house again. Now both of you leave my house,” he screamed. “Well, my mission is accomplished. My mission was to get a husband and I said to myself, the easiest place to achieve this was in the church. And thank God it worked. I only pretended to be born again so that I could win the heart of Pastor Emmanuel and some church members. My God, I am a good actress”, Patience revealed. With teary eyes, I said, “Sister Patience, I accepted you into my house and you had the effrontery to destroy my marriage? I assure you that you will

never enjoy your marriage. Now you are all smiles but believe me tomorrow you will be all tears.” Even Pastor Emmanuel shed tears because of the deception from ‘sister’ Patience who he thought was a true child of God and he was trying to help. Since Anthony asked me to leave his house, I went to my bedroom, packed some of my belongings and important documents and left for my brother’s house. A month later, I discovered that I was pregnant and nine months later, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. Meanwhile I heard that ‘sister’ Patience lost the pregnancy some months later. Anthony and ‘sister’ Patience I learnt live like cat and mouse at home and they are very unhappy. I always remember them in my prayers. I have moved on with my life and God has been so faithful to me. My son is my world and I don’t intend to remarry. The only advice I have for readers is that it is good to help people but please you should be sensitive in your spirit because we have a lot of fake born again people in the house of God.

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The nature of a leader Femi Awodele As the early church grew, the Apostles as they were now called (was called disciples), responded to the complaint of the Hellenistic Jews (those who believe in bringing Jewish tradition into Christianity) that were among them, by appointing seven deacons. There were only three criteria set by the apostles for the appointment of these men, 1), Good Reputation (older manuscripts didn’t include “good reputation”), 2), full of the Holy Spirt and 3), full of Wisdom. I’ve chosen to call these three things Primary Attributes of Leadership. Leadership in the context of this article is not limited to God ordained positions such as the man (leader in the home) or apostles/pastors (leaders in the church institution) or government positions, it includes anyone who leads another, the mother who leads the children, the older sibling who leads the younger siblings, the teacher who leads his/her classroom, the senior janitor who leads the team that cleans the wrigley stadium or Madison square garden after sold out games etc. Too many times, what we look for in a leader are the secondary attributes that might be good but never guarantee success. A good friend (Bro. Dave Ravenhill) would always say “integrity would not let you stay where anointing takes you”. Many companies (sometimes even churches) ignore the nature of the person, rather they focus on education, tactical skills and outcome (at all cost). Today, we employ politicians who promises

us the most “stuff ” or who look like us, not one that has the most integrity, full of godly wisdom and has a good reputation. Many of our leaders in DC have ethics committee looking over their conducts (they’ve been in DC for decades) and some have family members in jail for corruption, we jail petty thieves but we re-elect those who are ruining are nation through selfenriching (corruption). Generals Petreaus and Allen have been in the news lately not for their wellknown military skills but their careers are ending based on integrity issues. As the apostles (led by Peter) determined, the primary attributes we as leaders must must these attributes, be full of the Holy Spirit, be full of Wisdom and be of good Reputation. The Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead and also a person, He is the God that now exist in our world and within us. The Holy Spirit is here to encourage, to rebuke, to lead and direct etc. However, as readily as the Holy Spirit is available in our world, He cannot dealwith nor dwelt-in someone who has not made Jesus Christ Lord and Savior, and simply by His nature He cannot dwell in anyone that has unrepentant sin (iniquity) in their lives. When we humans have the Holy Spirit, we get to have His gifts and if we allow Him continuos reign in our lives then we bear fruit consistent with Him living inside us. The gifts of the Holy Spirit according to Apostle Paul in a letter to the church in Corinth are wisdom,

knowledge, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discernment, speaking in different tongues, and interpretation of tongues. The fruit (produced through us) of the Spirit is highlighted in another letter, this time to the church in Galatia, they are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol. There is no book that speaks more loudly on the influence of the Holy Spirit or allowing Him in our lives more than the book of Acts, it is amazing to read about the cowardly disciples who dispersed after Jesus was crucified, now stand as Apostles before secular leaders proclaiming Christ fearlessly after they’ve received the Holy Spirit. It is amazing to see the Holy Spirit work through the apostles doing miracles and transforming lives. Simply put wisdom is the application of knowledge, while knowledge and understanding are information we seek or acquire in various settings. Wisdom could also be a gift of the Holy Spirit, this is the ability to have unusual insight into issues more than most people around you, either as you seek information (strong desire to learn) or simply through the Holy Spirit indwelling you. As a leader operating in wisdom (applying or obedient to Gods word) is very essential or very helpful, whether you want to or not, people look up to you, many would honor and hold on to your counsel more than their spouses or even parents, many who don’t bother to check the bible for themselves would even quote your

words, so your obedience to God’s written word and leading of the Holy Spirit is a must, whether in church, at home or your workplace. As the early church grew, they did not have the bible like we do now, they relied more on the wisdom given by the Holy Spirit. The church in Antioch (Syria) was populated by gentiles accepting Christ as Messiah, and Hellenistic Jews were causing division in the church, to the point that Barnabas (Joseph of Cyprus) and Saul of Tarsus, went to Jerusalem to seek the wisdom of the Apostles on the issue. Today, we have the written word, and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. The wisdom God has placed in other Christians (that are written in books, articles, magazine etc.) are still invaluable to us, but would never super-cede nor should contradict written words. Some (older) manuscript do not have good reputation as an attribute giving by the apostles for who a deacon should be, regardless, it is absolutely impossible for someone to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God and not have good reputation. Reputation is what people think of you based on your character over time. Reputation could be good or it could be bad, a person with a sterling reputation could jeopardize that with a mistake, however, he/she could easily make amend and return to his/ her true nature, at the same time someone with a bad reputation might do

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ment that the recent tragedy in the church could have been avoided if the

church had been located at a bigger worship centre. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a stampede that occurred at the church premises on Sunday May 19 led to the death of four persons while several others were injure.

perience that have honed his/her leadership skills, however, without this nature (full of the Holy Spirit and full of wisdom) it is a matter of time before that leader fails. King Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived (without Holy Spirit indwelling), yet with all his human wisdom and wealth, his disobedience nature separated him from God. President Bill Clinton ridiculed the office of the presidency because of his nature, General Petraeus just messed up an excellent 37 years military career with an adulterous affairs (his name was even mentioned as a potential presidential candidate), Bishop Eddie Long did the same thing to the body of Christ with infidelity. As I wrap up this article, I want to appeal to leaders in the body of Christ, we have lost our influence as a church, the world no long listen to our God because we have compromised His Truth, because we do not live what we teach, our homes are in shambles because we ignore the same we teach and we have grieved the Holy Spirit in our personal lives, we only teach things that tickles people’s ears so they can keep coming back and the church account is balanced, we have forgotten our first love and have fallen for the counsel of prophet Balaam to king Balak (see Rev.2:14). Today is our day to return Christ back on the throne of first our lives and then let Him have His church and we move out of the way. Remain Blessed

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Ghanaian police directs Synagogue Church to relocate The Ghanaian Police in Accra directed the Synagogue Church to stop hosting worship sessions at its Spintex Road church for security reasons. The police ordered the church to relocate to a more convenient venue. Accra Regional Police Commander, Mr Christian Yehonu, said in a state-

something nice and people would be suspicious. It is very difficult for many of us to know what people think of us, except we ask (this is a reason to have people around you that will challenge you). A true believer who is knowledgeable in the word of God and led by the Holy Spirit will always have good reputation, Daniel loved The Lord and would rather die than disobey the laws of God, his reputation among his peers in government was that he consistently prays. King David also has a reputation “keep your wife away from him” but he was also always very quick to repent and more importantly he has the reputation of a worshipper, worships The Lord with psalms and instruments. Joseph (Levite from Cyprus) aka Barnabas has a reputation as an encourager, he is what we call an optimist today, always seeing the bright side of every and anything. We don’t really have to worry about our reputation if we diligently seek and follow God’s written word and are led by the Holy Spirit. People who focus on their reputation often resort to human intellect or other shenanigans to protect a public persona. In America’s politics, a lot of money is spent on demonizing the reputatior of the opponent, they call it redefining, while another chunk is spent protecting their own, even if the truth/reality stinks. Any intelligent human can be trained in skills of leadership, and have ex-

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Bishop crisis: Mbaise radicals threaten to pull out of Catholic Church Radical members of the Catholic Church from Ahiara Mbaise Diocese have threatened to break away if they are pushed to the wall over their rejection of the Most Rev. Dr. Peter Ebere Okpaleke as the new Bishop of the Diocese. Okpaleke was consecrated in Owerri, capital of Imo State, South-East Nigeria, than in neighbouring Mbaise due to fears of possible outbreak of violence in view of his rejection by the people. While several Mbaise priests attended the event and even kissed his ring as a symbol of their loyalty, most of the priests and the laity remain adamant that he is not their Bishop. They say they prefer to stay without a Bishop for the ten years his tenure will last while the more radical ones are threatening severance of ties with Rome if the Vatican goes ahead to punish the Diocese in any way as speculated. “Ahiara Diocese will soon have her Bishop whether the Vatican likes it or not,”

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said Robert Ogueri Unegbu, one of those preaching no-compromise on the issue. According to him, “There are several Catholic sects with their Popes, like the Coptic and Orthodox Catholic Churches around the world and all are recognised within Christendom. Therefore, stripping Ahiara of her Diocese will strengthen her. Let them come on with it.” Ben Okoro, a former Seminarian in the Vatican City, who holds the revered Cardinal Arinze responsible for the crisis, claiming that he misled the Vatican to appoint a man from his home

state Anambra as Bishop rather than an Mbaise man, spoke in a similar vein. His words: “Some people in Nigeria and those who have not know much about Catholic Church do not know that Mbaise will not lose if the Diocese is taken away from them. There are other Catholics of Washington DC (USA) that do not take orders from Vatican that will embrace Mbaise immediately and supply them with money and more to make Mbaise part of theirs. It is just a rumor that Mbaise will be stripped off their diocese. Mbaise Catholics are on the way to getting their Bishop.” News Express learnt that in view of the people’s current mood, Bishop Okpaleke will steer clear of the Diocese pending when the people’s anger runs its course. Source: www.newsexpressngr.com Ghanaian police directs Synagogue Church to relocate

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Muslim group condemns ban on hijab in Lagos schools, threatens showdown The Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) has condemned the ban on the use of Hijab (headscarf) by Muslim female students in all Lagos Public schools, saying it would resist the policy. In a statement signed by its National President, Prof. Wahab Egbewole and Abdur-Rahman Balogun, National Public Relations officer, the group said such ban was a breach of the fundamental rights of the students to practice their religion. The Lagos state Government through its Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye had on Tuesday in Lagos announced a ban on Hijab for Muslim female students in all its public schools. Mrs Oladunjoye claimed that wearing Hijab would cause confusion and break down of the law. UNIFEMGA insisted that hijab is part religious

obligation of a Muslim woman that cannot be detached from her work or studies. The group said, “If, the Lagos state Government, or the Ministry knows that the affected students need to wear Hijab when they go for prayers or read Quran, why not for all times’’. “It is unacceptable and laughable that wearing of Hijab will create confusion and break down of law as claimed by the commissioner during her press conference on Tuesday. “We want to say categorically that even in advanced democracies, this right is guaranteed to Muslim female students to dress in accordance with their faith’’. “As a Muslim alumni body, that cut across the country and beyond, we have not heard of any state or public schools where wearing of Hijab causes confusion or led

to break down of law and order. “It is actually an affront on our faith system to equate hijab with confusion or break down of law. It is also insulting to the collectivity of our faith to say that Muslims should send their daughters to private school if they want them to wear hijab! “It must be stressed that the public schools are maintained with our taxes and we have a right to benefit from its use. “We hereby register our protest that banning Hijab in Lagos public schools is against the Muslim fundamental human right and we will not allow our fundamental right to be trampled upon with impunity. “UNIFEMGA urge the Lagos State Government to reverse this unpopular and ungodly decision, in the interest of peace, unity, harmony, equity and justice.”

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Biting a Syrian Soldier’s Heart: Islamic? As-salamu `alaykum. Some news reports, and a circulated video, show a Syrian opposition fighter as taking a bite from the heart of a pro-Bashar dead soldier. Is it Islamic? What do you think about this issue? Shaam Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Brother, thank you for your good question and apparent interest to know more about Islam and its teachings. The reported horrible practice of a fighter eating the heart of a pro-Bashar solider is an abhorrent, barbaric, and odd crime that goes against well-established values and ethics of Islam and all world conventions. Responding to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of

the Shari`ah Dept. of Onislam.net website, stated, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, innocent and helpless people of Syria are still facing inhuman and brutal capital crimes at the hands of one of the most corrupt and oppressive leaders and regimes of the world. The Syrian dictator is severely and mercilessly attacking people’s lives, honor, and properties. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 80 thousands of Syrian people have been killed since March 2011. It is, therefore, the duty of all world nations to defend the suffering Syrians by all possible legal means. The UN, the Arab League, the OIC, and responsible world organizations should carry out their well-established duties towards helpless Syrians and put an end to their unimaginable suffering. As for the circulated video, which is not authenticated yet according to the BBC report, that shows a man eating the heart of a dead solider, this is

nothing but barbarism and a war crime that is punishable in Islam and all world conventions. Islam never justifies aggression against people’s lives, honor, or properties. Even in war times, Muslims are not allowed to commit atrocities like rape, killing innocents, or mutilating dead bodies. In Islam, just wars are bound by a set of morals and values that maintain justice, human dinging, and honor. Allah Almighty says: {Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits for God loves not transgressors.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 190) It is noteworthy that it has never been recorded along the course of Islamic history that Muslims mutilated dead bodies of their enemies. Moreover, the principle of reciprocity has wellestablished rules in Shari`ah, whereby Muslims are forbidden from embarking on such inhumane attitudes such as mutilating dead bodies and raping women. Below are the Prophet’s instructions to his chief commanders while

dispatching them to resist aggressions: “Fight in the Cause of Allah. … Do not be aggressors. Do not be treacherous. Do not mutilate. Do not kill children or those (people) in convents.” Given the above, it becomes clear that mutilating dead bodies of the enemies is a punishable barbaric crime that could not be justified under any pretext. Even in war times, Muslims are bound by morals and ethics that maintain justice and human dignity and prohibit aggression and mischief. The Qur’an unequivocally emphasizes, {The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.} (Fusslilat 41: 34). May Allah accept your and our good deeds, ameen. Consultant: Wael Shihab Allah Almighty knows best. Source:onislam.net

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in trouble at school, according to research at Cornell University. Even if you don’t have a huge back yard, you can still create a little slice of nature. “Give kids a space of their own so they want to spend time out there,” says J’Nell Bryson, a landscape architect in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate.” For example, set up a bird bath and feeders and flowering shrubs to attract birds and butterflies. It’ll be your family’s own little nature preserve. And if you don’t have a yard, take regular walks to a local park.
 4. It Improves Social Skills 
 Kids in undirected play learn how to work in groups, share, negotiate and resolve conflicts, according to the AAP. An idea to encourage more outdoor time: Incorporate activities such as a scavenger hunt into social events, like your kid’s next birthday party. 5. It Provides Vitamin D for Bone Health
 A recent study in Pediatrics found that more than 6 million kids ages 1 to 11

are not getting enough vitamin D, which is essential to absorb calcium to build healthy bones. Vitamin D deficiency may also be a risk factor for developing other health issues later in life such as osteoporosis. Vitamin D is found in some foods, but the best way to get it is exposure to sunlight. To boost vitamin D production, kids should get 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine a few times a week, according to the NIH. 6. It Boosts the Immune System 
Tell your kids to get their hands dirty -- it’s good for them. Playing in the dirt can get messy, but early exposure to microbes in dirt may have lasting anti-inflammatory effects that protect against diseases in adulthood such as heart disease. Encourage kids to help plant a garden or fragrant herbs such as rosemary and lavender. You can create a little garden even without access to a yard: “Containers and pots are a good alternative if you live in an apartment or don’t have a lot of space in your yard,” says Bryson. Ivillage.com


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sports Nigeria Supporters Club to Acquire Private Aircraft Aderonke Ogunleye

The President of Nigeria Supporters Club said a private aircraft is needed to facilitate its numerous activities. The Nigeria Supporters Club said it plans to acquire a private aircraft of its own to transports its members to sporting events across the world. The President of the Club, Rafiu Ladipo, told PREMIUM TIMES that the Club intends to acquire a private aircraft because of its busy schedule. Mr. Ladipo said the club engages in numerous activities and recognizes that it is necessary and cheaper to purchase an aircraft. “It’s time for us to get a

private aircraft, we want to see how much we can get in for the supporters club, we engage in so many activities and we need a lot of money to spend on our journeys; and we have to make many trips, so we need our own aircraft to cut cost,” he said. As regards the financier(s) of the aircraft project, Mr. Ladipo said “we are talking to foreign companies that have these planes for lease. Don’t forget that most of the planes in Nigeria are on lease, they are not 100 per cent purchased”. The supporter’s boss said when the proposed aircraft is not being used by the Supporters Club; it would be used for business. He said the club makes about 30 trips in a year,

The President of the Club, Rafiu Ladipo

hence the aircraft will be free to generate revenue for the 300 days it will not be transporting club members. “We will use it for local flight business so that we can get money to maintain the plane. We have just started consultations with foreign firms and we are still talking to them so we won’t mention their names for now, we will make sure it’s a brand new plane not an old plane and which will

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be accepted by Nigerians for local shuttling,” he said. Mr. Ladipo said that “monies made from the aircraft will be used to maintain the aircraft and to pay the workers”. He said the Nigeria Sports Commission is not yet aware of its plan to buy a private aircraft. “We will inform them about the development and the arrangement later,” Mr. Ladipo said. The Nigeria Supporters club has become a prominent feature in Nigerian sports particularly football matches. For over three years they have been supported by Globacom, owned by billionaire businessman, Mike Adenuga. Premium Times

Jossy Lad, ex-Super Falcons coach dies GBENRO ADESINA/IBADAN The Late Joseph Ladipo Former Coach of Super Falcons, Mr. Joseph Ladipo, fondly called, Jossy Lad died on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in his residence at Kuole Area of Apata, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, southwest Nigeria. Jossy Lad who died around 10:15am despite efforts by friends and family to save his life had been battling with a heart related illness. P.M.NEWS gathered that the late coach was discharged from the Southwest Ward 3 of the University College Hospital (UCH) on

Mr. Joseph Ladipo

Friday, 3 May after assurances from the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor Temitope Alonge that hi s condition had improved. However, according to his son, Wale, he suffered a relapse and was to be flown abroad for proper medical attention but for financial constraints. Sources told P.M.NEWS

that his body was taken to the mortuary in an ambulance provided by the Southwest zone of the National Sports Commission. Reacting to his death, Chairman, 3SC, Toyin Akintunde, who was in Abuja for a meeting of NPFL Club managers with League Management Committee said on telephone that Jossy Lad’s death was shocking. “There is virtually nothing we can do when God says the time has come. We tried our best but our dad has gone to rest with the Lord. May God grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he added.

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria’s captain, Sunday Oliseh, has been appointed into the FIFA Technical Study Group. Oliseh broke the news of his appointment by the world soccer governing body on social media networking website, Twitter on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The ex-Super Eagles’ captain wrote via his Twitter account: “BREAKING NEWS: F.I.F.A (Federation International de Football Federation) Appoints

Oliseh with FIFA boss, Blatter

Oliseh…am honored! The former Ajax Amsterdam man is however “flattered” by his appointment into the FIFA Technical

Study Group. “It is with great honour that I share with you my appointment by the world’s football governing body,

Obafemi Martins

geles Galaxy is the highest earner in MLS with $4million salary and $4.333million as his guaranteed compensation. Second on the list is ex-Arsenal star Thierry continued on p(49)

EFCC Arrests NFF VicePresident for Money Laundering By Phillip Eta

Also, Chairman Ibadan Football Association IFA, and Lad’s close associate, Alhaji Banji Akintayo, who also witnessed his last moments said: “he lived a fulfilled life, as a footballer, a coach and an administrator. He distinguished himself in his career and left promising children behind. So we cannot but thank God for his life.” Also his erstwhile teammate, Niyi Akande said: “I have lost a great teammate, colleague and good friend. I feel so sad and short of words.” PM NEWS

Oliseh Gets FIFA Job By Taiwo Adelu

Obafemi Martins is the fifth highest paid player in Major League Soccer for the 2013 season, according to a players’ union release. He is also the highest ever paid player for Seattle Sounders with an annual basic salary of $1.6million. Martins beat Freddie Ljungberg record of $1.3million at Seattle Sounders as highest paid player ever in the club history in 2009/2010 season. According to a statement by MLS players’ union, Martins is on the basic wage of $1.6million per season and earn guaranteed compensation fee of $1.725million. Robbie Kaene of Los An-

The vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mike Umeh, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for money laundering and misappropriation of public funds, for which former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto State is standing trial. Umeh was picked up recently in Lagos, following

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“We Want to Make Ronaldo the Best Paid Player in the World” – Real Madrid President

FIFA as a member of its Technical Study Group amongst other functions. “I am flattered to be a part of this football family and I believe that this is a blessed period not only for me personally but for my beloved nation, Nigeria!” Oliseh, a Super Sport Soccer Analyst further stated on his official website, www.sundayoliseh.tv. Oliseh holds a UEFA Pro Licence in coaching and made more than 60 appearances for Nigeria between 1993 and 2002 PM NEWS

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Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, has declared that the club is ready to make Cristiano Ronaldo the best paid player in the world, in a bid to keep the Portuguese superstar. The former Manchester United forward, has been linked with a return to Old Trafford and Paris Saint-Germain, but Perez doesn’t want Ronaldo to leave along with compatriot Jose Mourinho this summer. “I would like Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best-paid player in the world. We’re going to do everything at our hand to make him happy,” he said. Ronaldo has scored 146 times in 135 appearances, since

Cristiano Ronaldo

he moved to Spain in 2009. Speaking about Mourinho’s departure, Perez insisted that despite all the speculation, there was no dressing room unrest.


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another lady, Misan thought, noticing the lady’s hand on his. Fine, what he does is not my business. Let him just stay away from me - she thought as she joined the queue for food. ********** “I am a Christian -” Antonio was saying when he spotted Misan and some people. He stopped and looked at them as they walked toward the food counter. Vivica was surprised that he stopped talking and looked in the direction of his eyes and saw some Africans. “Do you know them?” He brought his eyes back to her. “Oh I’m sorry. I - er - know one of them.” “Oh well,” Vivica stood up immediately. “I must say it’s nice to meet you.” She said with a smile. Antonio thought she looked relieved. He almost smiled as he replied, “Same here.” “Catch ya.” She said and left. Antonio kept his eyes on Misan, watching her like a cat would watch its prey. He would wait until she finished eating before going over. He opened his book and began to read, keeping an eye on her. Some few minutes after, he looked in her direction and saw

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Misan and her friend walking toward the door. He was surprised. Didn’t they eat - he thought as he got up with the book in his hand and followed them. He met them at the lobby, waiting for the elevator. Misan looked at him briefly and looked away. This man is not serious, what’s his game? “Hi.” He greeted Ruth with a smile, extending his hand. “I’m Antonio.” Ruth took his hand. “I’m pleased to meet you. I’m Ruth.” She smiled at him.” Then he greeted Misan. She answered coolly, without looking at him. From the corner of her eyes, she could see Ruth watching them. “I’d like to see you.” Antonio said. The words were softly spoken. Misan’s eyes went to his earring. She had been fascinated by it before. It made him look rugged at that time but now … she thought it made him look irresponsible. Yet she had a child by him. To be continued. This story is from the novel, This Time Around To order this book and others by the same author, Call: 1-410-5196888 1-410-8187482 Website: www.pastortaiwoodubiyi.org.uk

continued from p(43) Mandela Daughters Sue For... to push Mandela’s long time friend and advocate, George Bizos and other advisors out of companies connected to Mandela. Makaziwe Mandela and Zenani Mandela allege amongst other things that Bizos and other associates were not appointed by the former president as major shareholders or directors, and have applied for a legal order to have them removed. If the application is granted, Makaziwe and Zenani will be the only two directors of the companies set up to manage proceeds from the sale of his image. Analyst Prince Mashele says the ongoing legal

wrangles will worsen when Nelson Mandela dies “It’s very clear, they have already given out the signal that when he (Nelson Mandela) is gone, they will fight over his estate, that’s the message that comes out of this. I mean, they have the audacity to fight over his estate while he is still alive, what more when he is gone,” asked Mashele. Nelson Mandela is old and frail and has been admitted to hospital three times in four months. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 is a global symbol of tolerance and the struggle for equality.

continued from p(48) Henry, who earns $3.75million and a guaranteed compensation for New York Red Bull striker is $4.35million. Another New York Red Bull star Tim Cahill is next with an annual wage of $3.5million with guaranteed compensation fee of

$3.625million. The fourth on the highest paid players list is Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan with an annual wage of $2.5million with a guarantee compensation fee of $2.5million. Vanguard

the salvation of souls involved in bloodshed including the souls of the perpetrators of the dastardly act as nobody, according to him, has the right to terminate life except God. According to him, “Life is precious and nobody has right to take life except the eye of God. But today, violence crime comes in a new form. It comes in the form of kidnapping, Boko Haram insurgency, thuggery and others. It is no more the issue of abortion as it has gone further to issue of killing of people at early age. As I speak to you

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now, 2 million children are killed in abortion in every 40 minutes and another 2 million are killed in violence of all sorts. So, it is a serious public health problem.” Unveiling and blessing the cenotaph, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, commended Prof. Ilika for his enthusiastic fight against violent crimes and abortion. He urged Christians, especially those who are in need, to always go to the cenotaph for prayers. www.newsexpressngr. com

continued from p(39) the right thing is done under the worst circumstance. We also have to control our emotion,” Kwankwaso noted. The chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Kabiru Taminu Turaki, commended Governor Kwankwaso for his efforts towards ensuring security of life and property in the state, even in the face of the insurgency. He said the Committee was in Kano in furtherance of its nation-wide consultation geared towards initiating dialogue for peacefully resolving the insurgency facing the country and the North in particular. He listed the Committee’s terms of reference to include constructively engaging the Boko Haram sect to dialogue, and in the process restore peace and stability in the country. The Committee will also seek, within 60 days, a comprehensive and workable framework that will ensure total disarmament.

Turaki observed that in Kano, “We have seen changes taking place as far as the insurgency and insecurity is concerned. Security has so much improved. We want to learn from you (Kwankwaso) how you have been able to do this. “We are satisfied that Kano is well-secured. We also observe that the state government has rebuilt most of the structures that were affected. We thank you for the bold step you have taken to finding the root causes of the insurgency, by empowering the youths. We have seen how you have been making bold steps to creating opportunities to youths to become self-reliant.” He also promised that the recommendations of the committee will touch on serious issues that will put an end to the insurgency, and solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders. Saharareporters

continued from p(43) coming up with programmes such as the Continental and Regional Early Warning System, the AU Border Programme, and the AU Policy Framework on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development among others. Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, who was standing in for AU Chair Dr Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma, bemoaned Africa’s failure to intervene in the Mali conflict resulting in France sending troops to the North African country. He also reiterated Africa’s sovereignty over its resources. “The inter-relation between natural resources, de-

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velopment and security has manifested itself in many ways. “Sovereignty over our natural resources is an inalienable right of our nations and must be harnessed for the development of our nations. It is a fact that if the resources are properly harnessed Africa can be a leading continent in the 21st century,” Ambassador Lamamra said. Also present at the conference were representatives from China, Italy, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates. The CISSA conference ran under the theme “The nexus between Africa’s natural resources, development and security”.

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purchasing a water heater, from outright purchase, to financing, to renting – and since there are merits to each of these options, make sure you consult with a qualified contractor before making your decision. • Think about Energy Use. The water heater is one of the larger energy consuming appliances in your home. If you are considering a new system, think about some energy-saving options, such as continuous flow, on demand, instantaneous water heaters. • Before you rent, read and understand the contract. Contracts are an important measure to ensure confidence in a purchase; however, they can

be long and sometimes difficult to understand. Protect yourself against misleading contracts by taking the time to read through the document, have a friend or neighbour read it, and ask questions to ensure you understand what you are signing. There are many considerations to keep in mind when choosing a water heating solution. Be sure to consult a qualified contractor instead of buying or renting a heater at the door. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) maintains a list of qualified contractors that can be accessed by visiting www.hrai.ca or call 1-877-467-4724. More information is available online at www. hrai.ca.

continued from p(43) First Gay marriage to take place Interior Minister Manuel Valls warned of “zero tolerance” for violence against homosexuals. On French Mothering Sunday, only days before the marriage, over one hundred thousand Parisians took to the streets to march in protest at the French government’s decision to pass the controversial law permitting gay marriage and adoption. The largely peaceful protest became violent as night fell. Right wingers battled with riot police. Hundreds of protesters were arrested during the Paris demonstrations. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the angry mob that gathered in the historic Esplanade des Invalides in the 7th arrondissement. The Guardian UK reported that during the night before the demonstration, 50 people were arrested after chaining themselves to metal barriers they had placed in the middle of the Champs Elysées. Smoke canisters were fired. Police

seized a van carrying masks, banners and smoke bombs. It is believed that tensions in Paris increased following the suicide of 78-yearold French far-right activist who committed suicide at Notre Dame cathedral by shooting himself in the mouth. The tragedy took place only three days after the law legalizing same-sex marriage came into effect. The Prime Minister, JeanMarc Ayrault, attacked Popular Movement Union politicians for supporting the demonstration, warning that they were taking “a heavy responsibility” in “sparking tension and radicalisation”. Christian Jacob, head of the Union for a Popular Movement, the French centre right political party, attended the rally, said: “Even though the law has been voted in, it doesn’t mean we can’t contest it.” Riot police will be standing by at Montpelier Town Hall. Nigerian Canadian News

continued from p(48) EFCC Arrests NFF Vice... “Mike Umeh is an accomplice in the case of money laundering and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N15 billion ($94.8m),” EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told BBC Sport. “It’s a case for which former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto State is standing trial.” The NFF has however refused to comment on the matter.

“The issue mentioned has nothing to do with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF),” NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said. “It’s a very sensitive matter and the NFF cannot make a categorical statement at the moment. The NFF is aware of the position and is continuing to monitor its progress.” Daily Post


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(Excerpted, with slight modification, from http:// www.geocities.com) So in the light of this, we came to realize why Islam lays much emphasis on the concept of mutual love between spouses; why the Glorious Qur’an made it clear that “It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love) Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, clarifies this further by saying: The relations between the spouses should be based on tranquility, love and mercy. Allah says, “And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.” (al-Rum 30:21) Tranquility (sukun), love (mawaddah) and mercy (rahmah): these are very important concepts in Islam. These three summarize the ideals of Islamic marriage. It is the duty of the husband and wife to see that they are a source of comfort and tranquility for each other. They should

do everything physically, emotionally and spiritually to make each other feel happy and comfortable. They must care for each other. They should not inflict any harm or injury, neither physically nor verbally, to each other. In order to increase the tranquility and comfort in their relations and in their home, they should love each other and should have mercy and kindness for each other. Loving and merciful relationship is an important ingredient of a good marriage and good family life. In Islamic marriage, neither the husband is allowed to demand his wife what is forbidden by Allah and what is harsh and unseemly, nor the wife is allowed to demand her husband to do anything that Allah has forbidden and what would put undue burden upon her husband. Sex is a natural urge and desire. Islam allows sexual intercourse only among the married couples. Fornication and adultery are forbidden in Islam. Since according to Islam there is no other permissible way for this desire to be fulfilled except between the spouses, they must be considerate to each other.

The Shari`ah has given us two important principles in this matter. (1) The first principle is that the husband should not deny himself to his wife and the wife also should not deny herself to her husband. They should do their best to satisfy their marriage partner. Even during the menses or post childbirth bleeding, when intercourse is forbidden, husband and wife can be together and can enjoy affection and intimacy in other ways. (2) The second principle is that in their conjugal relations the couples should be kind and considerate. There are some Ahadith that report that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, disapproved when he heard that some husbands approached coitus abruptly and make a crude departure at the end of the act. It is reported, for example, that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “It is a rude manner of a man to proceed to have intercourse with his wife without first playing with her.” Or “It is a vice in a man to assault his unprepared wife, seeking to satisfy his own lust and leaving her before she could achieve her own fulfillment…” Imam al-

your shoes, I would discard any attempt at sharing out the property or leaving the home. To continue with this line of action is to say your 40 years together as a couple have been a complete waste. Deep down, isn’t this marriage worth saving despite what he has done to you? The beauty of life is our ability to learn from our mistakes. At every level in life, we must make conscious effort to do away with the mistakes of the past. There is nothing stopping you from enjoying your marriage by making conscious and positive attempts at correcting the mistakes of the past. Going ahead with your decision will further cause a disharmony between you and your children on one hand and your husband on the other hand. Take advantage of your chance meeting with your step son to mend the wounds your attitude and utterances have caused in your home. To do otherwise is to be-

come a very lonely woman in life. As it stands, your children already have their own families; ones if you stay longer than necessary would become uncomfortable for you while your husband too has a wife and children to fill his space too. Your leaving the house will give him the freedom he needs to fully integrate his family into his life. Old age gives us the opportunity to count our losses; adjust our lives to accommodate the many imperfections of life. There is nothing love cannot forgive. Become the rallying point for your family. His other wife and children will never take your place if you are wise and know how to patch things up. Rather than fight him, encourage discussion, this way you will know what went wrong as well as how to manage all the new challenges without becoming the ultimate victim. By being close to God, you make things easier for you to manage. Good luck.

continued from p(14) permanent stay in your husband’s life because the resonances of your words were hurting his being. You were making him feel worthless of himself and as a man he needed to assure himself that he was man enough to command the respect and loyalty of a woman. Granted, he started with your money but over the years, he has invested his time, intellect to making that money a success. If it weren’t for his sound business mind and judgments, do you think, you would have been able to manage that inheritance you seem to pride more than anything else in your world? If it wasn’t his destiny to be successful, that money would have gone down the drain. What you only did was to give him an early start; he did the rest. If you hadn’t given him the money, someone else would have. God only used you to make His desires for your husband to come to early manifestation. If I were in

Ghazali in his Ihya’ (vol. 2: 49-50) has mentioned these Ahadith. Most of the scholars of Hadith consider these Ahadith weak (da`if ) and we cannot say with surety that they are the statements of the Prophet -peace be upon him, they do, however, contain some wisdom and etiquette that are natural and Islamic. Excerpted, with slight modifications, from, http://pakistanlink.com As for the husband’s right to sexual access and its conditions, Sheikh Ibn al-`Uthaymin, the well-known Saudi scholar, adds, It is obligatory upon the wife to respond to her husband if he calls her to his bed. However, if she is psychologically ill and is not able to actively respond to his call or if she has a physical illness, then in such cases it is not allowed for the husband to call upon her. This is because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “There is to be no harm done or reciprocation of harm.” He should either refrain or enjoy her company in continued from p(16) Joint Tenancy and Tenancy-in-common The rules regulating Joint Tenancies and Tenanciesin-common are common law rules which are not applicable to customary law modes of inheritance. Where no specific words of severance are used in devolving a property, which words of severance indicate separate partitions or interest of the same property devolving to two or more beneficiaries, or to two or more people, the law assumes that a joint tenancy has been created with the result that the estate of any of the deceased co-owner cannot assume the place of the deceased in the enjoyment of such a property. A Joint Tenancy is therefore implied where there is a unity of title, unity of interest, unity of time, and unity of possession. Tenancy-in-common: The presence of any of the following words in a Will creates a Tenancy-in-common: - “in equal shares”; “share and share alike”; “to be distributed between”; “to be distributed among them in joint and equal proportion”; “equally”; “among”; “respectively”. In the case of Chinweze v.

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such a way that does not harm her.So, this indicates that there shouldn’t be anything called marital rape in the Islamic marriage, i.e. marriage governed by the rules and teachings of Allah Almighty and the beautiful example set by the noble Prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Sexual relationship between husbands and wives should be based on mutual love and respect. This point is stressed by the following fatwa, issued by the eminent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti, member of the North American Fiqh Council, Intimacy should be a matter of etiquette and courtesy, not a matter of abstract desire. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as `Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her narrates, used to have good foreplay and fondling and the like so that a spouse should be in the mood to have intimacy. What the Hadith means is that a wife should respond positively. Man should never jump to the

extent of forcing his wife, but she should show no arrogance or hatred or denial when it comes to her appreciation and respect of her husband. Her denial to intimacy usually should give a hint to the husband that she is not physically or emotionally ready for that. The husband should be of good reason and understand her situation. The husband should show almost the same response, and the same etiquette, if the wife hints to desiring intimacy with him. However, he is less offensive than his wife if he doesn’t show a good response. In general, the Qur’an says, “They (wives) have as many rights as they are committed to duties.” But a man should not be away from intimacy for any longer than four months, if the woman is in need of it. Consultants: Ibn `Uthaymeen Sheikh, Muhammad Al-Hanooti Muzammil Siddiqi

Mazi (1989) 1 SC (part 11) 33 @ 46 for example, the Nigerian Supreme Court held that by operation of Law, Joint Tenancy leads to the doctrine of survivorship by which if one joint tenant dies without having obtained a separate share of the property for him or herself, during his or her life time, his or her interest will not pass to his or her estate but such interest will accrue to the other surviving joint tenants. The Nigerian Supreme Court also held that on the facts in this suit, the legal assignment it considered did not contain words of severance and therefore, the half brothers to the 2nd Defendant’s sister could not take any benefit in the contested property due to the applicability of the rules of joint tenancy to the disputed property. The case of Sonekan v. Smith (1964) ANLR 161 is also recommended in the event that you intend to undertake further research on this subject.

itative legislation on the taxes that can be collected by each level of government – i.e. Federal, State or Local Government - in Nigeria. Legal challenges on the taxing powers of the various tiers of government especially with respect to which tier of the government has the taxiing authority to charge and collect value added tax (“VAT”), lottery and gaming fees licences, vehicle registration fees, etc are pending in some courts of law. t is expected that the Supreme Court decision in Attorney General of Ogun State v. Aberuagba & Ors (1997) 1 NRLR 51 on the taxing powers of the Federal and State Government will be revisited and further clarity brought to the subject matter in the light of this Law. Enforcement of Section 2 of the Approved List of Taxes Law, being the unlawful mounting of road blocks with or without the security agents of the government, need to be strictly enforced as are the other provisions of the Law in order for the level of tax compliance to increase appreciatively.

Conclusion Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 the Approved List of Taxes Law is the most comprehensive and author-

Allah Almighty knows best.

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