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TheBoss Celebrates Seasoned Administrator, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo @ 61



Oluyemi orn Oluleke Osinbajo on March 8, 1957, Yemi Osinbajo as he has come to be known has proved bookmakers wrong as a seasoned administrator, especially as the number two citizen of the most populous black nation in the world, having surpassed expectations. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law practice. Osinbajo had his early education at the prestigious Corona Primary School, in Lagos, from where he attended Igbobi College Yaba, between 1969 and 1975. In 1975, he gained admission into the University of Lagos to study Law, and graduated in 1978 with a LLB Law degree. From 1979 to 1980, he attended Nigerian Law School, and in 1981, he was awarded a Master Laws having attended the London School of Economics earlier. Osinbajo served the compulsory one year youth service as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), old Bendel State. After service in 1981, he was employed as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos. He started lectur-

ing at the age of 23. From 1983 to 1986, he was Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos. In 1988, he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-

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General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola, a post he served in till 1992, In 1997 through to 1999, he was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University

of Lagos. In 1999, Osinbajo delved into politics when he was appointed a member of Lagos State Cabinet as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Jus-

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tice by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He was in office till 2007. After his stint at politics, he returned to the classroom in 2007 and was once again em-



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ployed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. He served till 2013 In the same 2007, Osinbajo was made Senior Partner, Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Nigeria while also a Senior lecturer at the Lagos State University. It is worthy of note that Yemi Osinbajo is a notable clergy, and was the Pastor in charge of the Lagos Province 48 (Olive Tree provincial headquarter) of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikoyi before his inauguration into office as the Vice President of Nigeria. He however still insists that he remains the pastorin-charge of the said province and he is only on loan to the Federal Government. In his words, "Just like Pastor Ibitayo has said we are on loan. I am still the pastor-in-charge of Province 48 in Lagos and my wife remains wife of the pastor-incharge and wife of the Vice President.” At inception of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, he was among other notable Nigerians, who designed and produced a manifesto for the new political party "Roadmap to a New Nigeria", with highlights such as a free schools meal plan among other mouth-watering plans, On 17 December 2014, Osinbajo was announced as the running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections by the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari. Osinbajo became the



Vice President on May economic planning tions in Somalia, Justice faculty of law, Lagos 29, 2015 after Buhari team, report, as well as Division, UNOSOM II. State University LecturMember, United ing public law. won the March 28, 2015 make recommendations •

elections. . Ever since, he has performed the duties of the Vice President creditably including being the acting President for a period of 150 days when his principal was away on medical grounds. He has among other things oversaw the

to the president who takes the final decision. He is living his campaign of feeding a school child a meal per day. Other roles Osinbajo had been involved in include: • Staff Member, United Nations Opera-

Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN, Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member, 2006. • Partner in Law Firm of Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye. • Senior lecturer at

Osinbajo is married to the delectable Dolapo (née Soyode) Osinbajo, a granddaughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and they are blessed with three wonderful children.

Tinubu: Eclipse of a Political Dynasty

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Cover Story



By Eric Elezuo

lot of things have happened in recent past to suggest that the one known as Jagaban of Borgu, and by implication, as far as his followers are concerned, the Jagaban of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, may not be having the best of times in his political career. This is as he continues to delve into one political obscurity after another. The latest being the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) supposedly tak-

member, the duo had been embroiled in one crisis after another in the fight to decide who takes the superior decision in the party affairs; whose opinion must be respected and treated as gospel truth at all times irrespective of the direction. Tinubu who is chairman of the peace and reconciliation committee recently set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile all aggrieved persons within the party had alleged in a 7-page letter that the national chair-

needed support in ensuring its success in the disof its charge assignment. Whether it is mere talk, or he meant it, is still left to be desired. As national chairman, Oyegun officially has overriding influence as against Tinubu, who is blessed with the title of national leader, a post not recognised by the constitution of the party, but only exists as an honour. So while Tinubu acts on influence, Oyegun rides on the wings of authority, legality and officialdom. It is there-

past, the NWC struck the last blow that broke the camel’s back when they passed a vote of confidence on the administration of the party chairman, Oyegun in total scorn of Tinubu’s protests and incessant complains about Oyegun’s total disregard of his status in the party and President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent assignment to reconcile the aggrieved members of the party. The Forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) State Chairmen, during their meeting on

Committee Working and other constituted organs of government at the state, local and ward levels, according to their communique. The development means a major knockback for interests, within the party, opposed to the continued stay of Odigie-Oyegun which Tinubu represents. Today, followers of Tinubu in Lagos, where his influence is strongly felt, has rejected the extension of Oyegun’s term. This, according to political

ing sides with his latest political rival and National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. For as long as the political circle can re-

man was sabotaging his efforts. But in a swift reaction, Odigie-Oyegun who denied the allegation of sabotage promised to give the Tinubu committee all the

fore, not hard to imagine where the pendulum of obedience and loyalty would naturally swing to among party members. In the not too distant

ahead of the National Executive Council meeting, “unanimously resolved” to propose a two-year tenure extension for Odigie-Oyegun-led National

watchers, is a typical example of the voice of Jacob, but the hand of Esau. The face-off between the self-acclaimed political

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godfather of the Southwest region, Tinubu, and the Edo-born chairman of the party, Oyegun is dated back to the twilight days of 2016 when the battle for the soul of Ondo State was being fought. While tinubu, in his wisdom preferred a Segun Abraham, the party chairman allegedly opted for due process where Rotimi Akeredolu emerged winner. Oyegun insisted on the winner of the primaries to the chagrin of Tinubu. Since then, even as Akeredolu went ahead to win the election and was sworn in in February 2017, the cold war between the two has continued. The demystification of Tinubu at the Ondo front gave impetus to the chairman and other party bigwigs to constantly call his bluff, leading to his near-obliteration from political relevance. Things did not get better as the leader of the party, President Buhari, failed to accord relevance and recognition to the man whose ingenuity unseated a sitting president. Tinubu’s influence and relevance continued a free, unabated fall, prompting his wife, Senator Remi Tinubu, to cry out, accusing Buhari of ‘thrashing’ her husband. This outburst, political watchers say prompted Buhari to give Tinubu a near impossible task of reconciling the aggrieved members of the party ahead of the 2019 General Elections. Tinubu is supposedly meant to reconcile himself as well. In the cause of assuming to do the job, Tinubu raised an alarm, claiming that the chairman was stampeding his efforts, accusing him detrimental actions aimed at sabotaging the ‘presidential assignment’ of reconciling the warring interests within the party. In the letter, which many referred to as ‘bomb’, Tinubu did not spontaneously ask the chairman to relinquish his position as was

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the case in 2016 when he slammed him for allegedly breaching the APC “democratic pledges” in the wake of the conduct of the party’s governorship primaries in Ondo State, but sternly prevailed on him to stop being a spanner in the wheel of progress. Buhari’s invitation of the chairman to Aso Rock for a closed door meeting in the absence of Tinubu ‘could have meant one thing – a pat on the back for a job well done’. Much as the media waited, no party voice condemned Oyegun for his affront against Tinubu, rather every notable office in the APC family has given his approval for the elongation of tenure for the chairman, leaving Tinubu continually aggrieved and embattled. When the state chairmen expressed support for the leadership of Mr. Odigie-Oyegun as well as President Muhammadu Buhari, whom they urged to present himself for another term in 2019, they positively spoke one voice, and that is that the president and the chairman are on the same side of the divide, and whoever does not seem to agree with them is an outsider. Tinubu understands such language in the political equilibrium. In a communiqué released after the vote of confidence meeting, the body declared: “The forum, after dissections and thorough appraisal of the APC-led Government, hereby unanimously pass a vote of confidence on our dear President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Chairman of our great party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other leaders of our great party for their numerous achievements, despite the challenges so far experienced in our dear country.” “We also urge Mr President to present himself



for (a) second tenure come 2019.” Mr. Odigie-Oyegun and his officers were due for re-election or removal this year in a national convention, having assumed their positions in 2014. In a related development, the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said while discussing with state house correspondents after a meeting with APC governors and the president that state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the majority of

“one size fits all” method for all the affected states. Bello said, “We the governors and the majority of APC members have confidence in our National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun. “We also believe in the President by appointing Bola Tinubu, our leader to reconcile some aggrieved members of our party.” While the governors have ‘confidence’ in Oyegun, they only ‘believe in the president’ as regards Tinubu’s situation. The governors Bello spoke for include

cated himself from the blanket representation. Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is reputed as the brain behind the ousting of former President Goodluck Jonathan when he made full use of his political sagacity in 2013, bringing together strange bed fellows from various political divide. But today, events have proved that most of his political associates just rode on his back to stardom, and thereafter ‘thrashed’ him. Tinubu’s situation today is akin to all that he faced in 2016 during the

the party members have confidence in the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. The statement was in obvious reaction to the letter written Tinubu to Odigie-Oyegun for sabotaging his efforts aimed at reconciling aggrieved party members. Tinubu had among other allegations accused the party chairman of unilaterally constituting a parallel party executive council in Kogi State. Bello, in spite of Tinubu, insisted that the governors have confidence in Odigie-Oyegun, warning against what he described as

Senator Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Abubakar Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Muhammad Badaru (Jigawa), Nasir El-rufai (Kaduna), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi). Others are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Sani Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) as none has so far extri-

runoff to the Ondo State governorship election. Unfolding events have proved however, that he did not survive the onslaught as unleashed on him by the duo of Oyegun and Akeredolu, which began the gradual eclipse of a once vibrant political dynasty. As it stands now, the political clout of the once voice to be reckon with is gradually dwindling except for a handful of followers from Lagos – his base. It would not be a surprise if Nigerians wake up one day to hear that Tinubu has defected to another party, or has formed his own (another) unilateral party. Time will tell!

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Why I Should Be Re-Elected NANTA President – Bankole Bernard By Eric Elezuo


mong the bodies helping the growth of the Nigeria aviation section is the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) under the leadership of the lively, capable and seasoned aviation practitioner, BANKOLE BERNARD. In this interview, the soft spoken great achiever highlighted how far he has taken the special association, and why he should be given another two-year term of office as the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) comes up in Port Harcourt later in the month. Excerpts: Can we meet you sir? My name is Bankole

Bernard, and I am the National President of National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA). You are majorly an economic and financial person, how did you delve into tourism and airline business? Well, in life, one thing you can't do is change destiny. I feel I have been destined to go through this path at a particular point in time. I was in the financial world for a while. I left to seek my first passion which has to do with travelling and haven’t looked back ever since. Travelling is something that is very dear to my heart, because it comes with a lot

of opportunities. There is a lot the government can get from travelling but unfortunately they've not given it the desired attention in terms of policies that would help it blossom. That explains one of the reasons I became the president of the association; so I can draw government’s attention to what is going on in the aviation industry. You called it a passion; at what stage in your life did this develop? The passion has always been there. I've always wanted to move around, even at a very young age. Then, I didn't understand what it was all about, but with time, it became

clearer as I got more involved. I had the opportunity to travel to several countries like Togo, Ghana amongst others. Whilst growing up, I embarked on domestic trips with the family - just to know Nigeria. As you can see, the passion for travelling has always been there. Later, I made it a point of duty to visit all continents. Presently, I'm trying to draw people's attention to the fact that domestic tourism is the key thing and we need to focus on it and know the happenings around us to erase the impression that Nigeria is unsafe to visit. I just got back from Kano and I was surprised but

pleased to see a safe state with happy people which runs contrary to the stories we hear about the Northern states. How long have you been the president of NANTA? I've been the President of NANTA for 2 years. In the next couple of days, there would be an election, are you running again? Yes. Now, why do you think you should be re-elected having been the President for 2 years? What are those things that stood you out in the last 2 years? Well, in the last 2 years, the face of NANTA has changed. NANTA has been rebranded and new products developed. The association has created more presence than ever before in the travel and tourism space. As it stands today, NANTA is one of the trade associations around to reckon with. Based on the good works we've done in the last 2 years, we've had trade associations like SATA in South Africa, KTA in Kenya, willing to partner with us. More so, we have developed a better relationship with International Airline Travel Association (IATA), the international umbrella body of travel agencies. Also, during my tenure, we have had the privilege of visiting IATA home office on two different occasions, and we are collaborating with them on a lot of things. One of them is NANTA collecting annual dues for IATA on behalf of their members in Nigeria; this is one of the noble things we've been able to achieve. We have come up with NANTA identity

Interview card to regulate people in the industry. With that, you can identify a genuine travel agency and those that are not; it will be launched next month. In addition, we have created chapters for state NANTA. The association generally has just five zones, and in each of those zones, we have state chapters that are coming up. The membership of NANTA is fast growing because there is a much more improved visibility and connectivity, in addition to creating a user friendly online registration portal for NANTA members. This has made registration for new members stress-free and easily available as they can register and submit all their documents online. Saying quite a lot has been achieved will be an understatement. We have intervened where necessary with the Ministry of Aviation, as well as the Ministry of Tourism. They know the importance of NANTA and they liaise with us when required, every step of the way. What are the things limiting the growth of the tourism industry? The limitation is basically knowledge and policy based. Most of those policies need to be changed and some need to be upgraded for one reason or another. Aviation is a striving business everywhere in the world, and countries use it to showcase their countries’ worth. However in this part of the world, we've not done so well, but I know the present Minister of State for Aviation, Alhaji Sirika, is doing a lot to revive it with the assistance of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the highest ruling body in the aviation industry. We just need to harness the things that we have; all our facilities need to be ungraded and

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organized. The government needs to focus on formulating enabling policies as well as allow private entities to drive the business aspect of aviation. If we do these, we would get the dividend. Things have changed around the world and Nigeria cannot be left in isolation. We need to change the way we do things as well. Sir, what is your take on not having a national carrier in Nigeria? The truth is, there is a misconception about national carriers. What is a national carrier? It is a name you give to an airline that is owned by the country. In these days, several countries are changing from their national carrier to having flag carrier as long as they have the representative that can take it up and service it well. I believe the government can partner with lots of domestic carriers and make the best out of them, either by investing or by giving them a real environment that enables them fly to other countries uninhibited. Floating national carriers is not the best option right now, because we really don’t have the resources and even if we do, there are other things that deserve it. Talking about resources, does it make smaller African countries thriving in aviation are better than Nigeria? They are thriving because they have accountability, and they make the best of what they have. Here, we have been distracted by our oil. If Ethiopia had oil today maybe they won’t concentrate on their aviation. I think we need to divert our attention from oil and let it be an alternative. We have the population, therefore, I see aviation as the next main stay of the economy - if the government can pay attention to

it. As the president of a body that supervises aviation, have you made a formal proposal to the government as regards these? The good thing is that we have a very good

relationship with government as a pressure group, and we've always made it known that they need to have a change in policies or renewal of policies. We make suggestions to them from time to time, just to make sure that they are



given proper guidance concerning the policies. And all these while, have they been listening to you? Yes, we have had situations where we have agreed on issues, and other times we have con-

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flicting opinions. Nonetheless, we are good making progress. Are there situations where they implemented your policy? Yes! Like when they were having ‘light’ issues at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and they were giving excuses. We came in advising them that if generator is available, it will handle the situation. Immediately, something was done about it,

never come. All you need is to walk around it, look at it from a positive angle and you will see opportunities. Therefore, challenges to me are opportunities. Tell us a little about your background? I finished from the University of Lagos, and I'm a Bachelor’s degree holder in Economics. Thereafter, I went into banking and I took different courses just to improve myself before I found myself in this (tourism and aviation) industry.

established under a regulation under Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and because it is an Act under the government, we depend on the government to get some things done. But what we have done on our own is to push for a bill in the house, which has passed through the first reading. When we have an Act, we would be able to enforce. What are you promising members of NANTA, come con-

also to pull people to the eastern part and let them know that there is peace and stability in that area. Therefore, we want to showcase domestic tourism and luckily for us, we have the chairman of NDDC coming as a keynote speaker. We have the Minister of Aviation coming as well. The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is in charge of tourism, is also coming. And we are waiting for confirmation from Governor of

pact, you have to do more than enough. To be fair to myself, I think a lot of my time has gone into the job. All the zones can feel the presence of NANTA; from the Northern zone to the Eastern zone, to the Western zone, Lagos and Abuja, they all know that we reckon with them. What food makes you happy? Just beans! How many kids did you have? 3 When you travel, do you take your fam-

every summer. from Apart NANTA, what other body executive did you belong to? I am the Treasurer of SACO. I'm a member of IOD; I am a member of their hospitality and tourism committee. And by the time I play all these roles, I wonder what time is left. What advice would you give to people who would want to make a living in the world of tourism? Chase your passion! Don't chase

and since then, they've not had issues with light. A lot can still be done. Are there challenges that have ever made you regret going into this business? Well, it depends on how you see challenges. I have always seen challenges as a stepping stone to a greater height. When there are no problems, solutions can

What honors have you picked up in the course of doing this job? I've picked up quite number of awards from different bodies. When you have substance, people are always willing to call you out. Has there been a situation where you apprehended fake NANTA members? NANTA was

vention in PortHarcourt? We've been encouraging members and the general public to come to Port-Harcourt. There is a wrong impression about Port-Harcourt which is about oil and insecurity. We want to showcase Port-Harcourt as a destination that is not just about oil, but as a tourist attraction and

Rivers State, and we hope government would be able to take certain decisions. On a personal note, how do you relax? Any little time I have, I try to spend it all with my family. I listen to music to ease the nerves too. I am an ardent tennis player. The work is extremely challenging. And if you are going to make an im-

ily along? No, they have to be in school. But most of the times, I just keep in touch with them to ensure that there is no gap. And they've come to realize that their father is the President of NANTA, and one who has a lot of commitment. They understand it. However, I ensure we take family holidays

money, chase your passion. This is my passion, and that is what has brought me to where I am. The passion would eventually bring food to your table. Passion is not what you study in school. Passion is who you are, and it is what drives you. Passion is something you are always happy to do. Thank you...


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The Legend of Kakawa Street Lagos Island Millionaire, Candido da Rocha


ave you ever asked any of your parents for money, especially continuously, and they gave you this reply: “Do you think I’m Da Rocha?” Candido Da Rocha, the Ilesha man was born in 1860, and he live through to 1959. He was the first millionaire in Nigeria. A historian narrates: “Well, I experienced it and growing up, I never knew the meaning of the statement, until I came across a book a friend gave me, when I stumbled on the name ‘Candido da Rocha’.

“He was a rich man who would, from the balcony of his one-storey building, throw down coins to children who would, in a tangle of bodies and flapping hands, struggle for them. So, I remembered vividly why my parents deny being “a da Rocha” anytime I ask for money I don’t literally need as a child,” he said. Da Rocha was a rich entrepreneur, businessman, landowner and creditor who owned Water House or Casa d’Agua on Kakawa Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. It was named Water House because it

was the first and only house in Lagos in those days to have a borehole and in turn sells water to residents. He was born to the family of Joao Esan Da Rocha, who was captured as a slave when he was 10 years old on his way to school in Ilesha. Candido was born in the Bahia region of Brazil. His mother was Angelica Josephina da Rocha. His father returned to Lagos, Nigeria in the 1870’s where he built his wealth and passed it to his son, Candido.

Due to his wealth, his friend, Herbert Macaulay nominated him as a candidate in one of the elections of the time. And when da Rocha met the electorate, he told them: “I am Candido da Rocha, your candidate into the House. Vote for me if you like. And if you don’t, all well and good.” That statement ended his sojourn in politics as he lost the elections, acquiring only 20 votes. Indeed, Da Rocha was a very modest and generous capitalist. During the Second World War (1939 – 1945), when the

authorities of Kings College were looking for a place to relocate the students in the boarding house – among whom were Tiamiyu Bello-Osagie, who would become one of Nigeria’s most celebrated gynaecologist; Adenekan Ademola, son of Nigeria’s first indigenous Chief Justice, Adetokunbo Ademola; Dapo Aderemi, son of Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the legendary Ooni of Ile-Ife, Da Rocha volunteered his Bonanza Hotel on Customs Street, Lagos, and did not collect a dime for the period it was used. Even after the war, when government asked influential Nigerians to contribute to the rehabilitation fund, he made substantial donations and he instructed that the amount should not be disclosed to the public. D espite his wealth and political clout, no street in Lagos is named after him. Candido Da Rocha died on March 11, 1959 and his remains are interred at the Ikoyi Cemetery. Among many of his businesses is the now defunct Bonanza Hotel in Lagos. He collaborated with Lagos businessmen J. H. Doherty and Sedu Williams on a money lending business established under the name of the Lagos Native Bank. He was a founding member of the Lagos auxiliary to the Anti Slavery and Aborigines Right Society which was headed by James Johnson and had Samuel Pearse and Sapara Williams as members. Among his children were Alexander Da Rocha, Adenike Afodu, Angelica Folashade Thomas and Louissa Turton.


At the 7th Annual Rufus Okikiola Ositelu Foundation (ROOF) Colloquium





Story: Michael Effiong

he seventh edition of the Rufus Okikiola Ositelu Foundation Colloquium - an annual celebration of the birthday of distinguished theologian, accomplished author and Primate Of the Church of the Lord (Aladura) Worldwide (TCLAW), Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu, held at Aladura Comprehensive High School Multipurpose Hall, 8/9 Crescent, Anthony Village,

Lagos. Dr. Rufus Ositelu, is the son of the late Prophet Josiah Olunowo Ositelu, the founder and first ever Primatce of the church, and his wife, Late Archbishop (Mrs.) Susannah Adewunmi Ositelu popularly Known as 'Mama Aladura' and the 4th Primate of the Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide. The event which had

The cutting of the cake

Aladura Comprehensive High School presenting a portrait to Pope Dr. Rufus Okikiolu Ositelu

Photo: Adekoya Adegbite and Ken Ehimen

Reuben Abati the former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, was the guest speaker while Ogun State Commissioner of Finance, Kehinde Sogunle chaired the event. The fundamental objectives of the Rufus Okikiola Ositelu Foundation (ROOF), are the promotion of democracy, freedom, human right, justice,

the rule of law in a non partisan approach, the conduct of research and periodic organisation of seminars symposia, lectures on topical issues of public interest, the award of scholarships to well endowed but financially disadvantaged students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the encouragement and action participation in ecumenical and inter-faith conversations.


Ogun State Commissioner of Finance, Kehinde Shogunle

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Reuben AbatiFormer Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

Pope Dr. Rufus Okikiolu Ositelu giving ROOF grants to one of the beneficiaries

Rev. (Mrs.)Bunmi Badejo

Archbishop Fabusoro David, Archbishop Kola Adeolu & Archbishop John Ogunshile

Oloye Victor Olagbeye



Mr. Segun Adebowale

Pope Dr. Rufus Okikiolu Ositelu presenting an award to Former Special Adviser

Aladura Comprehensive High School presenting a portrait to Pope Dr. Rufus Okikiolu Ositelu

The Prelate of the Church of The Lord (Aladura) world wide

Silverbird Man of The Year Honours Achievers Across Nigeria


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Story by: Ajibade Morakinyo Photo: Segun Lawal

Silverbird Man of the year, Nyesom Wike presented by Alhaji Atiku Abubarka with Senator Godwill Godswill Akpabio It was a celebration of Nigerian ingenuity, entrepreneurial excellence and outstanding all-round achievement as the annual Silverbird Man of the Year Awards held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, with the cream of Nigerian politics, business, media, and entertainment in attendance. Organised yearly by one of Nigeria's oldest privately owned

media organisations, the Sliverbird Group, the prestigious award for Man of the Year was conferred on the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike following voting by members of the public. The Chairman of Sliverbird Group, Senator Ben Bruce, disclosed the Governor Wike emerged the winner from a keenly contested vote by members of the public, for

amongst other things, engaging in massive infrastructural development in his state. The keynote address was delivered by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Other awardees included Chief MKO Abiola, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Dr Olusola Abubakar Saraki, who won Post Humous Awards. Chief (Mrs) Abba Folawiyo,

Sen. Daisy Danjuma, Dame Maiden Ibru (Publisher, the Guardian Newspaper), and Stella Chinyelu Okoli (Founder, Emzor paracetamol), received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Dr Ola Orekunrin-Brown, Leo Stan Eko (founder, Zinox), Deji Alli, Biodun Shobanjo (Troyka), and Alhaji Samad Rabiu, won Extraordinary Business Achievement

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Silverbird Legislative Man of the year, Senator Ike Ekweremadu presented by Mr. Terry Waya

Awards. Godwin Emefiele (CBN Governor) and Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State Governor)won Special Achievement Awards whike Babatunde Fowler (FIRS Chair), won Public Servant of the year

Award. Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, won Man of the People Award; Bayelsa State Governor, Gov. Seriake Dickson, won Education Award; Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, won Legisla-

tive Awards. Among the dignitaries at the event were Alhaja Bola Shagaya, Uche Secondus (PDP National Chairman), Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Jimi Agbaje, Segun Awolowo, Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, Hon. Desmond El-

liot, Sen. Dino Melaye, Prince Bisi Olatilo, Rita Dominic, Chief Tom Ateke, Gov. Willie Obiano (Anambra State Governor), Prof. Steve Osaeke, Chief Austin Operating , several legislators among others.

Lifetime Achievement Award to Senator Daisy Danjuma presented Senator Ademola Adeleke

Lifetime Achievement Award to Mrs. Stella Okoli

Silverbird Man of the people, Ekiti State Government, Ayodele Fayose presented by Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu

Silverbird Legislative Man of the year, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila


Mr. Terry Waya & Mr. Segun Awolowo

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Sanator Daisy Dajuma

Hajia Bola Shagaya

Deputy Senator President, Senator IkeEkweremadu

Mr. Ingram Osigwe

Alhaji Atiku Abubarka

Mr. & Mrs. Biodun Shobanjo

Dideolu Falobi



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PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus, Chairman Silverbird Group, Senator Ben Bruce, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Rivers State First Lady, Eberech Wike & Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

Chairman Silverbird Group, Ben Murray Bruce, Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubarka & Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Hajia Bola Shagaya & Senator Andy Uba

Guy Murray Bruce & Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Otunba Funsho Lawal

Former Lagos Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulure

Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Hajia Abbah Folawiyo & Hajia Bola Shagaya



Ogun 2019:



Prominent Ogun State Obas Endorse Bimbo Ashiru


by Eric Elezuo

s the race for Ogun State seat of power gathers momentum up, top contender and current Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, has begun sensitization tour to drum support for his ambition. Ashiru was on November 17, 2017 presented as the preferred candidate from the Ogun West Senatorial district, and endorsed by not a few stake holders. During his consultation visits during the week, seasoned economist and great

The high point of the occasion the decision of Oba (Engr.) Mufutau Kasali, the Moyegeso of Itele-Ijebu to make a turnaround at his palatial residence at Itele-Ijebu and declared his support for the aspiration of the governorship hopeful and prayed for him. Oba Kasali had openly opposed the emergence of Ashiru when the Ijebu-Remo Agenda presented him to the Ijebu Obas at the palace of the Awujale of Ijebu land on the 17th of November,

when he succeeds Amosun, especially as it concerns continuity in the ongoing mission to rebuild the state. At the palace of the Gbegande, Ashiru received a rousing welcome which stated the acceptability of the governorship hopeful. In his words, the Gbegande expressed confidence in Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, having followed him closely in his activities in addition to the long standing relationship he has with the Ashiru Family. He also expressed confidence in the ability of the banker-

Royal Highness, Oba Kayode Alakija,. The presence of high chiefs and prominent personalities to receive the aspirant was highly commendable. In his words, Oba Alakija stated that Otunba Ashiru has performed exceptionally well as a Commissioner in the cabinet of Gov. Ibikunle and therefore, is a credible personality who can take Ogun State to greater heights. "You are credible, you have performed creditably well; you have made us proud as an Ijebu man. Otunba, you

employment generation, youth empowerment and skill acquisition programmes as priority projects if elected governor in 2019. The campaign team moved to Odogbolu where the Alaye of Odogbolu, Oba Adedeji Onagoruwa also gave his blessing to the aspiration of the gubernatorial hopeful. Otunba Ashiru also took time to inspect one of the state Investors’ site - the Solis Agro Group, located in Odogbolu Local Government Area. The Akarigbo of

achiever visited palaces of prominent obas, who gave their blessings and pledged to stand by him before during and after the electioneering season, when the battle would have been won. The visits began with homage to the Palaces of three eminent Obas in Ijebu Land, and the moments turned out to be that of praises, blessings and support for his aspiration to succeed his hard working boss Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA.

2017. He declared that he had seen the reason Ashiru should continue in the strides of Senator Amosun. The train moved to the palace of Oba Adesesan Oguntayo FCA, JP, and the story was not different as the monarch eulogised Ashiru's contributions to the economic developments in the state as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry. He expressed confidence in his abilities, stressing that he believe the performing Commissioner will perform excellently

turned-politician to deliver on his words. Oba Gbengande also pledged his support and prayed for Otunba Ashiru who was accompanied on the visit by Dr. Gbolade Osinowo former Chief of Staff to late President Musa Yaradua and Alhaji (Dr.) Olusaga Adenusi a Real Estate guru and Accountant. There was very clear boost of Ashiru’s aspirations when the train visited the palace of the Alakija of Ikija-Ijebu, His

are the best man to continue the good job come 2019." "We can see your meaningful contributions in the present administration as the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry. Without mincing words, you are the most qualified person to succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA come 2019," the Alakija stated. The visit also gave Otunba Ashiru the opportunity to highlight some of his programmes which included

Remoland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, was also on hand to receive Otunba Ashiru and his team in his palace at Sagamu. He said that the emergence of Otunba Ashiru as the consensus candidate of the Ijebu-Remo Agenda is a 'choice that cannot be faulted'. In his response, Dr. Gbolade Oshinowo, Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a chieftain of the party in the State thanked the


monarch for the reception, stating that Ashiru has been presented to distinguished leaders in the state including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who all testified to his sterling character as someone who is eminently qualified to govern the state and exploit the economic potentials of Ijebu-Remo. Otunba Bimbo Ashiru congratulated the Akarigbo on his coronation and led others in observing a minute silence in honour of the late wife of Oba Akarigbo, Olori (Dr.) Linga Ajayi. In his speech, he stressed that professionals are needed in politics so that they can deploy their wealth of experience in governance, adding that the same promoted him as a two-term Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in a state reputed to be the industrial hub of Nigeria to present himself for the plum job. He stated further that he wants to continue with the good works of Gov. Ibikunke Amosun who he referred to as his boss, friend, brother and mentor, promising to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. Oba Ajayi, who expressed his shock on the huge turnout of followers at the occasion advised the team to further reach out to well-meaning people in other divisions of the state in order to gain their support.

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Oba Amos Awobajo, Limeri of Awa-Ijebu

"This is a cause I agree with. The candidate you are putting forward cannot be faulted. He is a man of peace who would not hold anything against you and I will only advise that the team intensify more efforts by working hard to ensure victory. "If you have a good candidate, you still need to work hard to reach your goal", he said. In continuation of the consultation, Ashiru

Ashiru was received by the monarch, palace chiefs and eminent personalities, he reiterated his motive to contest the governorship election which is a genuine desire to consolidate on the achievements of the present administration through the employment of the experience he has garnered over the years in both private and public sectors. This, he stated could only be achieved

tailored to guide his government has been formulated indicating his readiness to hit the ground running once elected. OBA, as he is known based on his initials, also assured that no area will be left out of the development process as he is aware of the peculiar potentials of each community in the state and Ago Iwoye is not an exception. In response, the

Oba Rasaak Adewale Adenugba, Ebumawe of Ago-Iwoye

moved to Ijebu North Local Government with visits to the palaces of the Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, Oba Adewale Adenugba and the Limeri of Awa, Oba Amos Awobajo. At Ago Iwoye, where

with the support of all, especially community leaders whose positions are very significant in the running of the society. He said further that in achieving his set goals for the State, a blueprint

Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, Oba Adewale Adenugba welcomed Otunba Ashiru to his domain and urged him to continue to consult widely with the people as democracy is people's government.



Acknowledging Otunba Bimbo Ashiru as 'the only best" and "the most qualified" person to succeed incumbent Gov. Amosun, the Ebumare also advised elders on his entourage to guide him on the right path to ensure his emergence. Oba Amos Awobajo, the Limeri of Awa, in his own response stated that the aspiration of Otunba Bimbo Ashiru could be likened to that of the biblical Moses who took his people out of the wilderness. According to the traditional, ruler, Otunba Ashiru's audacity and resoluteness to lead the Ijebu cause and vie for the position of governor is laudable and deserves every support being a beacon of hope for the Ijebu people both home and in the Diaspora. He also charged Otunba Bimbo Ashiru to mobilise notable sons and daughters of Ijebu to strengthen his chances and ensure victory at the general election in 2019. Among prominent citizens present at the consultations were Pa. O. Okuboyejo, Aare Are T.O. Dawodu, Bashorun Adebisi Adesanya, Senator Dipo

Odujinrin, Chief Bisi Rodipe, Prof. Toyin Ashiru, Asiwaju Tobi Lawal, Alh.O. Adenusi, Prince Segun Aderibigbe, Hon. Tokunbo Oshin, Chief Jare Dada, and other distinguished personalities.

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ellow Nigerians, how are you today and how is our dear beloved country? I’ve spent most of this week in Accra, Ghana. Many Nigerian leaders have also passed through the Republic of Ghana this week. The reason is not far-fetched. Ghana celebrated her 61st Independence anniversary on March 6, 2018, and the country has been in celebratory mood all week and Ghanaians have been upbeat all the way. This state of jollification is well-deserved. Ghana has not done badly at all even if it had suffered her own challenges like most African nations in the past. As with all those

progress they have achieved since independence. It would be an understatement to say how much I love and appreciate the giant strides of Ghanaians. Ghanaian politics is not different from religion. Majority of Ghanaians are born with political parties. They are brought up on certain ideologies and principles. As with their religious beliefs, which they hold firmly to, and hardly waver from by criss-crossing religions, it is more difficult for a Ghanaian politician to abscond from one party in order to join another. This notwithstanding, democracy thrives because Ghanaians have learnt and perfected

party if and when their own party is seen to be failing to deliver the goods. Hence, electoral results and fortunes of the different parties are often quite close. Ghana is thus more politically advanced than most other African nations. I’m always fascinated by the level of political awareness even amongst those in the rural areas. The mass proliferation of radio stations has also helped in the dissemination of news to every nook and cranny. I have followed Ghanaian politics since my secondary school days and I’ve been a passionate disciple of Kwame Nkrumah whose revolutionary zeal

who wish others well, Nigerian Leaders, including, President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki came to salute the Ghanaians for the tremendous

the art of bringing their political leaders to account. Therefore, whilst they may be affiliated to a political party from birth or infancy, they are politically astute enough to vote for another

and passion fascinated me from the outset, and, later, President Jerry John Rawlings who caught the attention and imagination of the world by his summary execution of former Ghanaian

Presidents and Heads of State, on the basis of their perceived corruption, at the time. Nkrumah was like our own Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe or Chief Obafemi Awolowo, not just because of his dogged fight for Ghanaian independence but also, because of his great intellectual prowess. I read his powerful books and fell in love with ‘Consciencism’ and ‘Africa Must Unite’. In Rawlings, I found a revolutionary soldier, turned politician, who had an idea of what he wanted to do, what he needed to do and how he needed to it. His main goal was to rid Ghana of the cankerworm of corruption and corrupt influences even if violent and tragic means were required to achieve this. He made mistakes, as he acknowledged to Ovation International magazine, in several interviews, but still did his best to turn Ghana around in a most dramatic but efficacious fashion. It is to his credit that those who like him ,and those who do not, jointly rise to applaud his role in the development of a modern, accountable Ghana. This year’s Independence celebration in Ghana was very exciting and colourful. It was also special and unusual because two prominent Nigerians were invited, and they both attended. First, our President, Muhammadu Buhari, was the special guest of honour. Second, the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki was also invited as a special guest of the Ghanaian Parliament. This meant we had both the number one and number three citizens of Nigeria in attendance at the

Pendulum ceremonies. Nigeria being an acclaimed giant of Africa, the presence of these two lofty personages added grandeur and significance to the ceremonies, to say the least. I paid special attention to the speeches, especially that of President Buhari of Nigeria and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana. One is taciturn and ponderous in his delivery whilst the other is undoubtedly an orator. The Ghanaian President, dealt with and, rolled out his developmental plans and vision for Ghana and President Buhari also dealt with and, rolled out his achievements with respect to his pet project, the war against corruption. Indeed, he made headlines with his offer and promise to help Ghana fight corruption. Many of his listeners wondered how Nigeria can help Ghana in the fight against corruption when Nigeria was already rated as one of the world’s most corrupt nations and Ghana was way behind. For me, I was happy that President Buhari accepted Ghana’s invitation and witnessed a superb ceremony by a country that has done fantastically well against all odds. On a serious note, it is my belief that, Ghana is now far superior to many African countries in many areas. In the area of security of lives and properties, Nigeria has become over-militarised with more and more reliance on the Armed Forces rather than the Police, but in contrast, Ghana relies more heavily on its police. We have succeeded in turning our police into an inferior force of unmotivated, inefficient and corrupt officers, and our soldiers now appear more in public as if we are in a military era or worse still, state of war. Our police have, as a result become ill-equipped to deal with the security challenges that face our nation. They are unable to fight the rising menace of armed robbery and kidnappings by a rag-tag, motley crew of undesirable elements, such that, it is painfully obvious that, they cannot fight the dastardlier, highly organised, but cowardly insurgency of the Niger Delta or Boko Haram not to mention control those agitating for secession in the East, all of which are ravaging Nigeria and threatening our corporate existence. I was

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thralled and encouraged when the Ghanaian President declared, emphatically, that he would enlarge the size of the Ghanaian police and give them sufficient training and equipment to enable them fulfil their role as the guardian and protector of a civilian populace in peace time. He asserted that the military would only be used in exceptional cases as back up, since indeed that is their role when there is no war. I have said it repeatedly that we must return power, purpose and significance to the Nigeria Police. The only way to do this is to follow the vision of President Akufo-Addo and recognise that the time has come to deal with all the issues which plague the police and make them the sorry and sometimes laughable outfit that they have become. A situation where the police have been turned into little more than escorts and security guards for the rich and famous cannot augur well for the internal security of the nation. I do not object to the police carrying out this role, in part, given the security challenges that our nation faces. However, there is no reason why they cannot and must not fulfil their constitutional role of maintaining and securing public safety and public order, even as they protect the upper echelons of society. The Armed Forces should be restricted to its constitutional role of defending the country from external aggression, maintaining and securing the integrity of our borders and quelling insurrection. They should only be called upon by the President to aid and assist the civil authorities, like the Nigeria Police when there is a real need to do so. Even in such circumstances, the President is required to act only upon conditions laid down by an Act of the National Assembly. It seems clear to me in my layman’s understanding of the law and the relevant constitutional provision of s. 217 of the 1999 Constitution that in the absence of such an Act of the National Assembly, the constant and regular resort to the Armed Forces to deal with simple matters of public order and security is not only wrong but unconstitutional. To enable the Police to fulfil their constitutional role, our governments now need to con-

centrate on making bigger budgetary provision not only for equipment but also the number of personnel. Their personal welfare must also be improved. For people who constantly and continually lay their lives on the line, improving their welfare should be a no-brainer. Their salaries should be paid as at when due and must be increased. It is common knowledge that the Police earn a pittance, hence their eagerness to work as security detail and escorts because they know that they will not just be paid on time, but they will earn a package much more considerable than that offered by Government. If we complain about the brazen corruption of police officers and their reluctance to perform their duties, we should appreciate that their emoluments make their position a bit understandable, even though a corrupt police officer cannot be justified and must never be condoned. There should be a comprehensive insurance, medical and pension package for all Police officers, which will see them adequately taken care of, not just when they are in service but even afterwards, upon retirement. In case of their untimely demise in the call of duty, proper provision should be made for their families. I have no doubt that the level of performance of our officers would increase tremendously if their welfare was improved and they knew that the Government really cared for them. Having dealt with their personal welfare, the Government must further make provision for a strong and well-equipped police force. A situation where police officers have to pay for their own uniforms must be anathema to us. It is an absolute disgrace to see police officers wearing bathroom slippers because, the individual officer, or the Police force, cannot afford to kit them out with shoes, not to talk of boots. How can any sane person chase a criminal in such circumstances? To imagine this scenario is comical and farcical, to say the least. Yet this is the state of our police today. For me and my house however, the major area that Government also needs to concentrate upon is equipping the Police Force. There is no reason why the Police should not be as



well, and heavily equipped as the Armed Forces. Even though they are a peace time force, it is apparent that the criminals that they sometimes contend with have not just superior fire power, but also superior intelligence gathering techniques. This puts them several steps ahead of the police and sometimes leads us to deride the efficacy of the police when they are not to blame. I see no reason why the Military police should not have armoured combat vehicles like the Army. The air wing of the Police should have sophisticated aircraft including surveillance and assault helicopters. A sea arm of the police should have heavily armed patrol boats that can navigate and take control of our creeks and riverine areas. It seems apparent, that part of the unwillingness of our present leaders to deal with the situation and have an effective, well-equipped, militarised and properly motivated police force is the military background of those leaders. Esprit de corps properly mandates them to ensure that the Nigeria Police is not as strong as the armed Forces, because such a situation would mean that the Armed Forces could be permanently checkmated as a possible alternate force for governance in the country. Our history demonstrates, that army generals would always want to keep this trump card. To protect our nascent democracy, especially at this time, when some of our leaders are making dangerous references to the possibility of a military takeover, it is imperative to have a strong viable police that can curb the excesses of the military since that is part of its duty of maintaining and securing public order. As President Nana AkufoAddo demonstrated with his vision and plans for the Ghanaian Police, the problem is not with our police force, but with the will of our leaders to empower the police force to take its proper constitutional position as the protector of our security and public order. This can only be done by giving and afforded the Police the necessary resources to carry out their duties. It is not too late to carry out the essential reforms of the Nigeria Police. May God protect and secure us all!

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By Babatunde Jose

n the earth are Signs for Allah creates what He wills; for verily Allah has power over all those of assured Faith. things. (Quran 24:45) As also in your own selves: Will ye The greatest of all creations not then see? (Quran 51:2021) is man himself, the marvellous maMany enjoy looking at creation: chine—precise and efficient. After looking at the wonders of Though man-made machines are God’s creation as manifest in the lubricated only by outside sources; heavens and earthly creatures, man the body lubricates itself by manbegins to ponder: How does the ufacturing a jelly-like substance in size and order of the physical uni- the right amount at every place it verse deepen your appreciation of is needed. God? When we look closer at The body has a chemical water, what can we learn about the plant far more intricate than any One who designed it? 'He spoke plant that man has ever built. This in a loud voice: 'Fear God and pay plant changes the food we eat into him homage, for the hour of his living tissue. It causes the growth judgement has come! Worship him of flesh, blood, bones and teeth. It who made heaven and earth, the even repairs the body when parts sea and the springs of water!' are damaged by accident or dis(Rev. 14:7). How does the earth’s ease. Power, for work and play, size and proximity to the sun comes from the food we eat. demonstrate God’s wisdom? What The body’s cooling system purpose does the moon serve? is very efficient during time of exHow has God designed humans to cessive heat. Drops of perspiration enjoy life? pour from millions of tiny sweat It is He Who sendeth down glands in the skin. This is a major rain from the skies: With it We pro- way in which our cooling system duce vegetation of all kinds: From keeps our temperature down. The some We produce green (crops), human body has an automatic therout of which We produce grain, mostat that takes care of both our heaped up (at harvest); out of the heating and cooling systems, keepdate palm and its sheaths (or ing body temperature at about spathes) (come) clusters of dates 37°C (98.6°F). hanging low and near: And (then As for the human brain, it there are) gardens of grapes, and is ‘… the most complex and orolives, and pomegranates, each derly arrangement of matter in the similar (in kind) yet different (in universe’, says Isaac Asimov. The variety): When they begin to bear brain is the centre of a complex fruit, feast your eyes with the fruit computer system more wonderful and the ripeness thereof. Behold! than the greatest one ever built by In these things there are Signs for man. The body’s computer system people who believe. (Quran 6:99) computes and sends throughout the What is DNA? Of all body billions of bits of informaGod’s earthly creations, how are tion, information that controls humans different? Again we pon- every action, right down to the der: Where do colors come from? flicker of an eyelid. In most comHow does water overcome gravity puter systems, the information is to reach the tops of trees? What carried by wires and electronic role does water play within our parts. In the body, nerves are the bodies? How do creatures know to wires that carry the information form partnerships with others? In back and forth from the central the Bible, Mathew 6:26-28, we are nervous system. And in just one told to observe intensely God’s human brain there is probably handiwork as doing so can deepen more wiring, more electrical cirour faith, instil confidence in the cuitry, than in all the computer sysCreator and build appreciation for tems of the world put together. Yes, God’s wisdom and power. The it is a wonderful thing—this brain Quran reads: of ours. And Allah has created In fact, as we look at this every animal from water: Of them very moment, we are actually seethere are some that creep on their ing with our brain. Although, of bellies; some that walk on hind course, the message is carried there legs; and some that walk on four. from another marvellous structure,

the human eye. In our eye the focus and aperture are adjusted automatically; a process called accommodation: The act or state of adjustment or adaptation; the automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances. The sound we hear is being played on a perfect little musical instrument inside our ear. The sound waves go down the auditory canal and are carried by the bones of the middle ear to the cochlea, which is rolled up like a tiny sea shell. The outer ear operates in air. But the cochlea is filled with liquid, and transferring sound waves from air to liquid is one of the most difficult problems known to science. Three tiny bones called the ossicles are just right to do the job that enables us to hear properly. Interestingly, the size of these little bones does not change from the time we are born. The heart actually is a muscular pump forcing blood through thousands of miles of blood vessels. Blood carries food and oxygen to every part of the body. The heart pumps an average of six litres (1.5 U.S. gallons) of blood every minute, and in one day pumps enough blood to fill more than forty 200-litre (50-gallon) drums. A far more astonishing wonder is in the development of the human embryos. Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay); Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed; Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it another creature. So blesses be Allah, the Best to create! (Quran 23:12-14) The wonders which occur during the nine-month gestation period are unsurpassable. During the first four weeks of the new life, billions of cells are formed, and they arrange themselves according to a fascinating plan to shape the new human being: A dramatic new development occurs; the first blood vessels appear. A few days

later another wonderful event takes place: Within the tiny breast of the 1.7 mm long embryo two blood vessels join to form the heart, which begins to pump blood through the miniscule body. The tiny new heart provides the developing brain with blood and oxygen. In the fourth month, the heart of the foetus already pumps almost 30 litres of blood per day, and at birth this volume will increase to about 350 litres. In the embryonic stage, lungs, eyes, and ears develop, although they are not used yet. After two months, the embryo is only three to four centimetres long. It is so small that it could literally fit inside a walnut shell, but even at this stage all organs are already present. During the following months the organs increase in size and assume their eventual shape. Allahu Akbar! How is it possible that embryonic development does not entail a disorderly growth of cells, but is systematic and purposeful according to a set timetable? A precise plan, in which all stages are programmed in the finest detail, underlies all these processes. Surely, there is God! Having said all these, Man is a most ungrateful and inconsiderate being. He steals from his fellow man and even commits other transgressions in the name of God. He is a liar, cheat, fornicator and a reveller in the sinful ways of life. Like our political leaders, Man is often not worth the value of the skin that covers his lips. Yet, Man forgets all that Allah has said in the Quran Chapter 76 Al-Insan (The Human Being): Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing--(not even) mentioned? Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts) of Hearing and Sight. We showed him the Way: Whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will). For the Rejecters We have prepared Chains, Yokes, and a Blazing Fire. (Quran 76:1-4) If only they knew! Barka Juma’at and a happy weekend

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The Matter Of Withdrawal From Certain Christian Brethren By Isaac Love Pappoe

This is a must read with. for every believer. 1. Those who walk There is often a disorderly The word brother in notion when people Greek is "adelphos"

embrace the message of Grace. Some think under Grace, there is nothing like avoiding or withdrawing from certain brethren who could also be Christians. The Bible clearly teaches withdrawal from certain brethren even under Grace. You must understand that withdrawing from certain brethren is not walking away or drifting from love, but rather walking in wisdom. The epistles helps us know under which circumstances we can walk away or withdraw from certain brethren even under Grace.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that ye WITHDRAW yourselves from EVERY BROTHER that walketh DISORDERLY, and not after the tradition which he received of us‌.

Now this is a command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ written by the Apostle of Grace, Paul. The Greek word for withdraw is "stello" which means to "shrink from a person". It also means to repress or abstain from associating

which means someone near you or remote person close to you who has a spiritual relationship with you. The word disorderly in Greek is ataktos which means irregularly, unarranged, insubordinate (defiant of authority or disobedient). The word tradition in Greek is paradosis which means precept, ordinance or teaching. In this case refers to the teaching of the gospel in the epistle. Paul warns us to withdraw or shrink away from a Christian brother who walk in disobedience

to the word of God. This is not hatred. The Bible teaches withdraw, not hatred.

2. Disobedience to the Epistles Almost the same as the first.

2 Thessalonians 3:14: And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15: Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother". The epistles warns us to have no company with those who rebel against teachings in the epistles. Yet it tells not to count that brethren is



an enemy but should be admonished as a brother. The teaching of withdrawal is explicit. There is nothing esoteric or difficult to be understood about the foregoing teaching. There is a prescribed course of conduct and it is the gospel of Jesus. It must be received and lived. 3. Fornicator, covetous, idolaters, drunkard, extortionists, etc.

1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle NOT to COMPANY WITH F O R N I C AT O R S : 5:10 YET NOT ALTOGETHER WITH the FORNICATORS OF THIS WORLD, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. Paul was careful and cautious of his words not to sound religious. He warned them to to keep company with fornicators, then he

Faith softened his tone of voice by saying that it doesn't necessarily mean we should completely avoid everyone single person in the world with that habit. There some that are hardened and don't want to be corrected and there are other who genuinely want to be free from that habit. Not withstanding, Paul warns to be careful of habitual fornicators, those who are eager for gain, image worshippers (or believers who advice you to consult occultic or demonic powers for quick solutions), habitual drunkards, abusive people, dupes and greedy brethren. Paul even went on to tell the brethren not to even eat with such people. This is a serious matter outlined by the Apostle of Grace. In the verse 12 of this epistle, Paul explains that, as for those who are in the world without Christ, it is God that judges them, but for those in the church, we have the right to withdraw and leaders have the right to put them away from the congregation.

4. The heretics Titus 3:10 A man that is an HERETICK after the first and second admonition REJECT; 3:11 Knowing that he

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that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. Again Paul warns us to reject or refuse an heretic after the first and second rebuke. A heretic is one who gathers or raises a sect to teach them something contrary to anyone outlined standard and empowers them to rebel. We need to be careful of such people. We will have many in the Grace community especially who are unbalanced and misconstrued in the teaching of the message of Grace. Be careful of such people who want to sound revecal, different and habitually controversial. Paul says such people are perverts, they sin and condemned of themselves. You don't immediately avoid them, but you can do so after a first and second counsel, admonition or warning. 5. Those who cause division and offenses through strange doctrines of teachings

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which CAUSE DIVISIONS and OFFENCES CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM.

16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. You to take this scripture very serious. Paul again warns us to avoid brethren who cause divisions and offenses contrary to doctrine which are learned by believers. He says people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ but their own belly. They're selfish and promote confusion rather than unity.

THE PURPOSE OF WITHDRAWAL. Withdrawal or walking away from a brethren is not an act of vengeance. It is not performed for corporal or physical punishment. So if that is you motive, then it is wrong. ------Withdrawal is done to maintain honor and respect for Bible authority (Col. 3: 17). - - - - - - - Wi t h drawal is designed to maintain the purity of the local church (I Cor. 5: 6, 7). This is necessary so that other brethren do not think it is okay to also do same. The fear (respect not terror) of God must be observed, and recognized. ------- Preserve

or protect the character of the believer. 1Cor 15:33 says, Be not deceived, bad company corrupts good manners (character). If the believer keeps company with such brethren for a long time, they will soon begin to act same way as these brethren. -------- The act of withdrawal is intended to also save the member living in sin or disobedience (I Cor. 5: 5). Withdrawal is spiritually punitive in design and nature (2 Cor. 2: 6, reference is apparently made to the man of chapter five of the First Letter, the man who was living in fornication but has now repented as a result of the withdrawal taught and practiced, vs. 1-11 (read 1Cor 5:1-11). It's done to make them ashamed and come to their senses. So now, is there a reason why a brother should withdraw from another brethren in the Lord? Yes. Isn't that drifting away from love? No. This is an instruction in the epistle where the message of Grace is preached. You must understand that in the epistles, there is a place for the finished work of Christ, the current work of Christ, the position of the church, the



conduct of the church (how the church is to behave), commandments for the church and INSTRUCTIONS for the church as well. As students of the gospel, we must give full attention to every detail outlined in the epistles.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: 3:17 That the man of God may be PERF E C T , T H R O U G H LY FURNISHED unto all good works. NB: You must understand that all sins (past, present and future sins) has already been forgiven by our Lord Jesus Christ. All these sins before God has been forgiven by God, but some these same sins cannot be overlooked or forgiven by the church as a body and as an authority on earth. Some of them must be critically dealt with along with with brethren who committed them so that the sanctity and image of the church will be preserved. Hope this opened your eyes.

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Chad Basin National Park:



Relaxation Spot Par Excellence


earching an ancient park, whose natural beauty is undiluted for a wholesome experience, Chad Basin National Park is the best place to visit. The Chad Basin National Park is a national park in northeastern Nigeria, in the Chad Basin, with a total area of about 2,258 km2. It is one of the seven (7) National Parks in Nigeria. The park is fragmented, with three sectors that facilitate a memorable experience. The Chingurmi-Duguma sector is in Borno State, in a Sudanian Savanna ecological zone while the Bade-Nguru Wetlands and Bulatura sectors are in Yobe State in the Sahel ecological zone, of which are blessed with beauties that captivates the eyes of every privileged being in the area. Chad Basin National Park is situated within the ancient KanemBorno Empire (present day Borno and Yobe states). The Empire was established prior to 10th Century A.D. It was one of the famous and politically well-organized Empires comparable to its contemporaries of Songhai and Mali Empires in Africa. The then Borno Empire developed mainly within the Conventional Basin of the Lake Chad which Chad Basin National Park is now located.

The Empire played a prominent role in the growth and expansion of the Trans-Saharan Trade, Arabic and Islamic Learnings, Scholarship and diplomatic ties with Countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Libya, Morocco and Spain. As a result of the Continental Trade, Islam was first introduced to what is today Nigeria around the 11th century A.D through Borno Empire. One of the noticeable relics of the material culture of the ancient Borno Empire which is still outstanding is the Rabeh’s Fort at Dikwa. Chad Basin National Park is one of the seven (7) National Parks in Nigeria, under the overall administration of the Nigeria National Park Service (NNPS), a Federal Parastatal under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Environment established by Act 46 of 1999 (LFN Cap 65 of 2004). The Park has the same organizational structure as the six (6) sister Parks, being operated under Category II of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources otherwise known as the World Conservation Union (WCU). Surely, a visit to this park will unleash experience that would never be erased.



Profile of Woefully Failed Actor-Musicians

i n g i n g , which is a well appreciated and accepted profession, now seems to be the most desirable

serious crisis. However, they all believe that they are doing music. Although there have talented actors who are also doing Anita Joseph

amongst the masses, who believe they have all it takes to venture into it, taking into consideration their different reasons for venturing into the act. Some sing for

the fame, some for money while few sing to pass well constructed and positive messages to the masses, building hope for the hopeless, especially when there is

well in the musical industry, they are very few. This is because one is identified with one talent or the other which if worked on, becomes perfect. It is therefore, one thing


to have an angelic voice, and another thing to cook up wonderful and sensible lyrics that would drive listeners (Nigerians), most especially the youths, off their

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By Eric Elezuo

MISSING YOU and FEEL ALL RIGHT then she released an album but she got a lot of discouragement and disapproval from Fans all over the world, saying that she should stop deceiving herself because she can never be a successful musician even in a thousand years. GENEVIEVE NNAJI Another Award winning Nollywood Actress and mother of one, Genevieve Nnaji, also tried her hands in music as an R&B and Hiphop singer, after being suspended from acting in the year 2005. With a big hope of doing well in music and taking the musical industry to the next level, she launched forward. Having joined EKB

single titled ‘NO MORE’ and her debut album, ONE LOGOLOGO LINE, which didn’t get a good public recognisation despite her efforts in promoting the song. So she decided to back off as she nur-

Another thing these actors and actresses failed to realize is that fame and personality doesn’t influence the minds of fans or persuade them towards developing interest in music that is not palatable to the ears. The following are some Nigerian Alist actors, who failed woefully in their bid to become musical stars. O M O T O L A J A L A D E EKIENDE Elegant, beautiful and talented goddess, who has created a brand name for herself in the Nollywood Industry, Omotola, who tured her big idea of ventured into acting having a clothing at the age of 18 in line and Fashion the year 1995 with Magazine. NKEM OWOH her first appearance in a movie titled One of the most FaVENOM OF JUSTICE, which brought her to the lime light, however thought she could also perform better in the musical industry to improve her fame as this decision was made based on the fact that her angelic voice could set a pace for her in the industry. In 2005, She decided to try her hand in music, JIM IYKE releasing a single and musical video titled “GBA”, fol- RECORDS, a mous, Funny and lowing this are re- Ghanaian record Rich actors, Nweh leased singles like, label, she released a Owoh, easily identi-



fied as ‘Osofia’, a name he assumed from his first movie, OSOFIASON. With a great passion for music as he has for comedy movies, he ventured into music, grabbing the mic to prove that he is inCossy Orijakor

deed a master of talent, and came out with “I GO CHOP YOUR DOLLAR” which didn’t even get recognitions of the public only from few family and friends who just wanted to show a little sign of encouragement. Despite the fact that it didn’t make waves, the audio and video was banned due to its lyrical content but he made another attempt to release another single titled OLAMMA, but this didn’t see the sun of the day. COSSY ORIJAKOR Of no doubt, this sexy, beautiful and naturally endowed

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Lilian Bach

actress, Cossy, has a sonorous voice that could easily sweep any man off her feet, but this wasn’t enough to give her a place in the musical industry because its takes talent to write fantastic lyrics. She pushed hard with the believe that she can also be identified as one of the best female musicians in Nigeria, depending on her prospering acting career to boost her chances. Having released so many singles and videos, she didn’t even get likes from her community or friends, not to talk of fans. JOHN OKAFOR Another Nollywood fine, funny and sought after actor,

Ibu also followed the new trend possibly to prove that actors who ventured into music may have failed woefully but he has all it takes to have a permanent stand in the music industry, but like the others, he ended up a failure. His efforts were vain even with the release of funny and danceable hits such as ‘This Girl’. His supposed fan base saw his efforts as a waste of time and money.

him out but this worked contrary to his expectation, not even featuring music Legend, Tuface Idibia in his first single, WHO AM I, and spending a lot on promoting, publicity and broadcast hyping, helped his ambition to make sense. Still having self confidence in himself within letting discouragement let him down, he released another single titled BORN TO DO THIS, featuring Mike Word and Puffy T, but this didn’t still make him a success, but somehow con-

believe. Between 2008 and 2009, she released two new gospel singles, claiming that God directed her to do so during the nationwide fuel subsidy removal strike, performing in couples of shows, including News of The People Awards, which still didn’t persuade her fans to love her music as they saw her as one who just wanted popularity by all means. TONTO DIKEH Full of action actress, Tonto Dikeh, a mother of one, didn’t consider the flaws of her colleagues believing

JIM IYKE Most crushed on and Controversial Actor, Jim Iyke, OMOTOLA JALADE who was a former Glo Ambassador, also decided to go tributed to his fail- she had all it takes into rap musical, ure as a rap artiste. to get lots of love, ANITA JOSEPH recognition, acceptWith much claims ance and encourof being a born agement to conquer again Christian who the musical world now wants to from fans, friends preach God through and relatives all ministerial songs, over the world. She Anita Joseph, some- kick started with the times described as a release of three sinharlot due to the gles titled, TERRIroles she plays in BLE TREMELO, movies, decided to HI and ITZ OVER. take a U-TURN to In response, fans singing gospel took to various soTONTO DIKEH songs but these cial media platJohn Okafor, popu- believing that his claims seems diffi- forms to make a larly known as Mr. fame would help cult for the public to huge mockery of

her efforts while others gently advised her to back off, making it clear that come rain,

by fans as noise just as most of them have either insulted or advised her against the voca-


come shine, she would never make it in the music industry. SHAN GEORGE She is indeed perfect when it comes to acting as she knows how to interpret roles, but the choice of going into music was just the worst decision that she ever made, even as she still seem not to accept defeat. Shan George continues to drop more singles which to her, is a big hit, just because of the privilege of getting invitation for shows like Felebration but most of her songs have been described

tion. Now that one of her sons is into music, let’s keep our fingers crossed and watch if she would one day, do a collab with him. LILLIAN BACH The half cast Nollywood diva, Lilian Bach, also join the clique of actors turned failed musician as it didn’t take a prophet to tell her that music is not her calling, seeing the hatred, disapproval and rejection expressed by fans, family and friends. She was wise enough to call it quits and focused on her acting career.


International Women’s Day: Towing the Path of Rwanda

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ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Mobolaji Momodu EDITOR Michael Effiong

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ver since the conscientious exposure of the womenfolk following the Beijing Conference of many years ago, so much good much tidings have come the way of the women, among them the setting aside of March 8 of every year to celebrate their relevance and great contributions to the world. However, as important as many believe the women are in the scheme of things, it is still disheartening that they are still placed at the lowest rung of decision making and taking. Most world governments are yet to see the need to equally allocate governmental functions in relation to their male counterparts. This is majorly as a result of culture and tradition which the African society tenaciously holds on to. A typical example is the Nigerian society where just a handful of women are manning top notch government positions, especially elected positions. From the north down to the south, the discrimination against the womenfolk especially as regards holding leadership position has gone beyond the ordinary, and entered into typical chauvinism. To further portray the disdain culture has made Nigerian men hold their female counterparts, a member of the House of Representatives,Hon. Gudaji Muhammed Kazaure, declared that giving women too much laissez-faire might lead to the eventual overthrow of men. Kazaure represents the Kazaure, Roni, Gwiwa and Yankwashi Federal Constituency of Jigawa State, in the lower chamber.

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But the United Nations has taken the bull by the horn by appointing a woman, a Nigerian for that matter, the Deputy Secretary General, proving that time has come when women should be allowed to bite the bigger chunk of world administration. This is also highlighting the fact that a woman is in charge of the International Monetary Fund, and is performing creditably. But more kudos should be given to the government and people of Rwanda, who have come to realize that performance is not a function of what lies between the laps, but the content of the mind, which the women proudly possess and exhibits in no small measure. The Rwandan parliament boast of more the greatest number of women in its fold. The East African country has 49 women in its 80-seat lower house of parliament and 10 women in its 26-seat Upper house of parliament. Rwanda is followed directly by Bolivia, Cuba and Iceland. Sadly enough, Nigeria is ranked 180 out of 190 in countries that have given women chance to showcase the stuff they are made off. It is therefore, imperative that the Nigerian public should take in consideration the example of Rwanda, a country that saw years of civil war, yet got it right and give the Nigerian women more opportunities. We must be understood that the likes of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili, late Dora Akunyuli among many others did not disappoint with the positions they manned or is it (wo)manned. Happy International Women Day!

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